Stories for February 2004

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Friday, February 27

 

Working Stiff

Owning his own business allows Sunnyside man more time with his family

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Gold Wings to host Mall bike show

The Yakima Valley Wings, a chapter of the Washington Gold Wing Touring Association, will host a spring bike show at the Mid Valley Mall in Sunnyside Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7.

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Thursday, February 26



Young Life growing

In January Lower Valley Young Life Director Tom Dekker had the opportunity to hear Joni Erickson Tada speak to 3,000 Young Life staff members and spouses. The woman, who has been a quadriplegic for 30 years due to a diving accident, attended Young Life activities as a high school student. She shared with the Young Life staff and spouses that it was Young Life kids and leaders that helped her get through more than a year in the hospital, Dekker told members of the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Thursday morning.

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Simpson top girls 'B' coach

Mabton High School girls basketball coach Brett Simpson was honored this past weekend for his hard work and dedication to the Lady Vikes program.

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Boring opens land for housing

Even though the city of Sunnyside's existing sewer system was not adequate for the project at hand, the developer of Villa Real Estates located off West Edison Avenue, between Edison and Yakima Valley Highway, has worked out a way to push forward with building 51 houses.

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State proposes Sunday liquor sales

Traditionally, liquor stores throughout the state of Washington have been a Monday through Saturday affair. However, House Bill 2131 is threatening to change that tradition, allowing liquor stores to open their doors for Sunday sales.

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Wednesday, February 25



Health, fitness night scheduled

Family Health and Fitness Night is scheduled to take place Thursday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School in Sunnyside.

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REC board queried on why funds not allocated for skate park

As the Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (LYVREC) board met Tuesday night to review progress being made by the agencies that received funding from the federally-funded board last month, representatives of a rejected Sunnyside city project waited to question the board on its funding decisions.

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Lady Grizzlies go down fighting

ELLENSBURG - Last night's opening round 3A Regional girls basketball game between Ellensburg and Sunnyside will be known as the one that got away from the Lady Grizzlies.

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Personal budgeting workshop on tap

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Yakima Valley is offering a free workshop on budgeting through tough times on Tuesday, March 2, in Sunnyside.

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Mabton schools make improvement plans

MABTON - Cross grade collaborations, improved teacher-student-parent communications, and strengthening of staff training towards improving classroom instruction are high on lists of goals being examined by Mabton School District building improvement teams.

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Greyhounds' season comes to a close

SELAH - There were times in last night's 3A first round Regional tournament game between the Selah High School boys basketball team and Grandview where it looked as if the Greyhounds were still sitting on the bus.

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Tuesday, February 24

 

Elerding State titlist

FEDERAL WAY - Sunnyside Christian High School sophomore Patrick Elerding is the 1A/2A/3A State champion in the 100-yard breaststroke.

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Monday, February 23



Nine injured in collision

GRANGER - A Moses Lake woman ran a stop sign on Beam Road near Granger Saturday afternoon, and it resulted in nine people sustaining injuries.

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G'view kids helping choose park toys

GRANDVIEW - When it comes to making decisions for the City of Grandview, the local city council usually takes the reigns. However, Thursday afternoon a different approach was taken to decision making in Grandview.

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SCHS girls play Saturday for State tournament berth

An inspiring District tournament semi-final win over LaSalle last Friday and a heartbreaking overtime loss to Riverside Christian in Saturday's District championship game has earned the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team a one-shot opportunity to play for a trip to State.

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Knights finish third at Districts

Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball Coach Dean Wagenaar is taking into this coming weekend the attitude that things that are meant to happen will.

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Thursday, February 19

  

Greyhounds earn a date with West Valley

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's big man, Chris Mejia, had his usual solid night, but fans of the Greyhounds boys basketball team can send their thank you cards to Blake McFerran.

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'Water Statesman Award' presented to S'side lawmaker

OLYMPIA - Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) recently received the Water Statesman Award in recognition of his work on irrigation and other water issues in recent years. The award was presented by the Washington State Water Resources Association.

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Wednesday, February 18

   

Ethics topic of discussion at Daybreak Rotary meeting

For the past two years Sunnyside resident and pastor of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Ron Jetter has been spending time serving as part of the Sunnyside School District Ethics Committee as a representative of the Sunnyside Ministerial Association.

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Mabton boys tether the Eagles

GOLDENDALE - The road to the State 'B' tournament is looking well paved for the Mabton High School boys basketball team. The only question for the emotionally-driven Vikings is which road they want to take to Spokane.

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Knights blow out Cougars in District opener

GOLDENDALE - The confines of Goldendale High School once again proved to be a friendly place to the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team. But no one could have imagined that last night Goldendale High School would have opened its arms like it did to the Knights.

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Voters being asked to maintain Sunnyside's quality of life

A library is an important piece of any community. It serves as a place to gather information, peruse different magazines and newspapers, offers a wide selection of reading materials and can also be a site from which to search for your favorite musical group on the internet. According to Yakima Valley Regional Library Director Monica Weyhe, libraries play such an important role in a community that realtors often include information on libraries, alongside information on public schools when talking to perspective home buyers.

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Tuesday, February 17



Sunnyside JC Penney store ranked 42nd in nation

The Sunnyside JC Penney store has done it again. The store has met and exceeded its sales and profit goals for 2003, putting it into the top 1 percent of the company's nationwide chain of retail stores.

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WASL changes on the horizon

From the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to local school districts, changes are being discussed concerning the Washington State Assessment of Student Learning (WASLs) exams.

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Monday, February 16

   

City employee wages differ slightly in the Lower Valley

Every city in the Lower Valley, no matter its size, offers vital services to its citizens. A part of those services includes having a knowledgeable staff on hand to help with everything from law enforcement to street clean-up. However, how much each of those staff members makes is something that differs slightly from community to community.

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Grizzlies sending six to State

Gabe Lara's performance this past Saturday night in the 215-lb. Regional tournament championship match put an exclamation point on the season for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team.

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Lady 'Hounds head into postseason

The Grandview High School Lady Greyhounds may have had a tough weekend, but in the end the team was able to finish with a third place finish in the Mid-Valley League going into the postseason.

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Knights weather the Lightning

The million dollar question entering Friday night's game between the LaSalle High School boys basketball team and Sunnyside Christian was who would show up to play. The answer turned out to be the Knights' Andrew Schutt.

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Friday, February 13

   

Mabton administrator 'Principal of the Year'

MABTON - Artz-Fox Elementary School Principal Julie Schmick can be hard to find. Her office space is no longer in a spacious, windowed room in the bustling school's main office. Rather, her office is a small room off a main hallway with a sign on the door reading, "Welcome to the Closet."

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Thursday, February 12

   

How are you going to spoil your Valentine?

Boxes of chocolates, bouquets of flowers and jewelry are all traditional Valentine's Day gifts. However, there are plenty of other options open to people living in the Lower Valley. Tokens of how much you care can be given in the form of everything from a weekend at a local bed and breakfast to a special dinner cooked right at home.

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Wednesday, February 11



Squires resigns

Sunnyside Planning and Community Development Director Pete Squires tendered his resignation Feb. 6.

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Valentine's Day a labor intensive effort at Morris Floral

Although some people don't start thinking about Valentine's Day until Feb. 14, there is one local couple who has to start thinking about the holiday synonymous with love and red roses long before they ever flip their calendars from January to February.

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Bickleton girls swamp Glenwood

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School girls basketball team finished regular season play at home last night with a victory over Glenwood, 33-10.

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Pirates lose to Glenwood

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School boys basketball team finished off its season with a loss to Glenwood, 61-44, Tuesday night.

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Lady Knights maintain first place standing with win over Mabton

The Mabton High School Lady Vikings didn't make staying on top of the B league easy for the Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights Tuesday. The visiting Mabton team kept pace with the Lady Knights, pushing them to their limits and making the Sunnyside team work hard for the first-place ensuring victory.

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Friends of the Library prepare for annexation election in S'side

The fate of the Sunnyside library will be decided in a special election set to take place Tuesday, March 9, and a group of volunteers calling themselves the Friends of the Library aren't about to sit idly by and wait to see what the community decides will happen to the annexation proposal.

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Knights crush Vikings as they battle to reach playoffs

Where have you been all season? That was probably the question fans of the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team were asking last night of their Knights. The SCHS boys dished out a powerful performance that proved they aren't about to ride off quietly into the night.

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Dead calves dumped

The Port of Sunnyside reported Tuesday that 17 dead calves were dumped on Port property.

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County park facility fees go up

It will now cost a little more money to rent a facility at local Yakima County parks, thanks to a resolution passed by Yakima County commissioners last week.

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Tuesday, February 10

  

Nine vying for Grandview Junior Miss

GRANDVIEW - Nine high school juniors tossed their hat into the ring Monday night, turning in forms and learning what the next two months has in store for them as they prepare to vie for the title of Grandview Junior Miss 2004.

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Mad cow disease investigation complete

Monday, Dr. Ron DeHaven, Deputy Administrator of Veterinary Services for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, announced that the field investigation of the case of BSE, or mad cow disease, in a cow that once was being milked at a Mabton dairy is complete.

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Larger location means bigger selection at Blue Bird Scrapping

For some people the only difficult thing about scrapbooking is learning how to get started, which is where Christina Adams, owner of Blue Bird Scrapping, likes to step in. Adams, who recently moved her business from a shared space near China Grove in Sunnyside, is now sharing the how-to's of scrapbooking from her new location in the Mid-Valley Mall.

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Grizzlies crown three Sub-regional champions

WEST RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School wrestling team took a small army, 27, in all to the 3A Sub-regional tournament at Hanford High School this past weekend and seven of them advanced to this coming week's Regional tournament.

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Sunnyside High School leaders earn national honors

Saying they face tough choices every day, Sunnyside High School leaders were honored last week by national leaders in the fight against substance abuse in schools. Honored as student heroes for their stand against substance abuse were members of the SHS Leaders in Action group, Club SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use).

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Monday, February 9



Vikings move nine on to Regionals

GRANGER - All but one of the Mabton High School wrestlers is going on to Regionals at Royal City this coming weekend. But the key to advancing as one of the top four finishers out of this region to State for the Vikings, said Coach Ron Rutz, will be his team's ability to finish off opponents.

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Mabton locks up No. 2 seed in northern division

MABTON - The Mabton High School boys basketball team wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Greater Columbia 'B' League's northern division with a pair of weekend wins. But the Vikings have one more game to play before reaching the postseason and it isn't going to be an easy one.

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Elerding advances to State swim meet

ELLENSBURG - Much like a pioneer farmer's wife was easily able to transform cream into butter, Sunnyside Christian High School junior Patrick Elerding churned through the competition this past weekend at the District swim meet.

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Friday, February 6

         

Granger school levy failing

Sunnyside School District's bond and special levy measures, which achieved an easy 60-plus percent approval on election night, gained more "yes votes during the count of late arriving absentee ballots Thursday afternoon.

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Valley dairies in compliance with state regs

Yakima County dairymen have made excellent progress in meeting the state's deadline for the implementation of nutrient management plans , according to an announcement by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

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S. First Street project advances

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night approved an agreement with Gray & Osborne Inc. of Yakima to assist with the South First Street improvement project.

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Grandview council retreat set for Monday, Feb. 9

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council will conduct its council retreat Monday, Feb. 9, at noon at Countryside Catering, 810 W. Second St., in Grandview. The retreat will offer council members a chance to review their 2004 council goals and priorities.

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CD Review

Skip a 'Date with Tad Hamilton,' get the soundtrack

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Thursday, February 5

 

Grizzlies loaded headed into Sub-regionals

The good news for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team is there are a ton of Grizzlies going to the Sub-regional tournament at Hanford High School this Saturday. The bad news is that the brackets are drawn up, and there are a lot of Sunnyside pairings.

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Dead animals dumped on S'side Port property

The corpses of more than 50 animals dumped near the gate to the Sunnyside rendering plant on Midvale Road greeted Sunnyside Port District Operations Manager Brad Berk late yesterday afternoon

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Roza pioneer shares book with Kiwanians

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club heard first-hand accounts of pioneer life on the Roza, Thursday morning as Grandview resident and author Barbara Skinner shared about her life settling 80 acres of land north of Grandview.

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Court ruling reverses annexation law in state

Just as Sunnyside was changing all the forms for its annexation process, the Washington State Supreme Court reversed itself and upheld the petition method of municipal annexation, which has been used in the state for nearly 50 years.

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More mad cow cases believed to be in U.S.

A subcommittee made up five international representatives said Wednesday that although the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) infected heifer found at Sunny Dene Dairy in Mabton could end up being the only infected animal from the Canadian herd of origin, it is likely that other infected animals have gone undetected.

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Wednesday, February 4

    

Voters say 'YES'

Sunnyside voters gave their overwhelming support for two issues which will raise their property taxes, but in turn will bring in millions of dollars in state equalization funds to the Sunnyside School District in the next four years.

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Mabton Food Bank needs overhaul-money and volunteers

MABTON - Tucked away in the basement of the Mabton Veterans of Foreign Wars building is the Mabton Food Bank. The sign at the stairs leading to the food bank is faded, but those who depend on the service know what is found in the basement of the building located on B Street.

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Bickleton girls claim victory over Burbank

BICKLETON - An aggressive man-to-man-defense is credited with aiding the Bickleton High School girls basketball team to a 53-41 non-league victory over Columbia Burbank Tuesday night.

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City scheduled to test hydrants

Sunnyside Public Works Superintendent Ken Ott wants to forewarn citizens there is the possibility of some temporary water service disruptions later this week.

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Tuesday, February 3



Grandview eyes downtown revitalization

GRANDVIEW - Downtown Grandview could be on its way to receiving a facelift if Grandview City Council chooses to move forward with the creation of a downtown revitalization plan.

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Lady Vikes tromped by Liberty Christian

MABTON - The Mabton Lady Vikings were defeated 50-28 by Liberty Christian last night in a non-league make-up game. The game was rescheduled after being postponed due to snowy weather conditions.

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Artz-Fox names honor roll students

MABTON - Artz-Fox Elementary School officials have released the names of the students who earned honor roll status for the second quarter of the 2003-04 school year. To qualify, students had to earned all A's and B's.

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Rape reported in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department is currently investigating a rape that allegedly took place Monday evening.

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Monday, February 2

   

Family displaced by mobile home fire

GRANDVIEW - A fire Friday afternoon caused extensive smoke damage to a mobile home owned by Juan Saldivar. According to the Grandview Fire Department, the mobile home was located in the Lamplighter Village Mobile Home and RV Park on Wilson Highway.

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Fond farewell bid to Fonfaras

A bronze statue of a lanky cowboy will accompany former Sunnyside City Manager Dave Fonfara to his new post as city manager of Chelan.

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School secretary wears many hats during the day

Answering the phone and making sure things get done in the office at Sunnyside Christian Elementary School are two duties that make up the tip of the iceberg for school secretary Ellen Dekker and her numerous responsibilities.

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Sunnyside boys drop two conference games

Despite losing a pair of Mid-Valley League games this past weekend, the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team maintained its grip on the No. 6 spot in the conference standings.

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