Stories for June 2004


Wednesday, June 30


Support sought for highway name change

After more than 20 years of having a twin identity, old State Highway 12 may yet again be renamed - at least on the Sunnyside area stretch of road now known as Yakima Valley Highway.

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Local swimmer seeking help

Katie Knee loves swimming and she is planning to venture into new waters this summer by competing at the AAU Junior Olympic games.

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Linder runner-up in Super Gas

KENT - Wayne Linder Jr. took runner-up honors during a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) division points race at Pacific Raceways in Kent the weekend of June 18.

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Tuesday, June 29

Golob competes for State Dairy crown

LYNNWOOD - Outgoing Yakima Valley Dairy Princess Kendra Golob was one of nine young ladies competing for the title of Washington State Dairy Ambassador last Friday in Lynnwood.

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Bank robber makes clean getaway

Bewildered customers of the Sunnyside branch of the Bank of America, 401 S. 7th St., were turned away Monday afternoon when a sign was posted stating the bank was temporarily closed due to circumstances beyond its control.

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Grid Kid sign-ups Wednesday

The tenth year of Sunnyside Grid Kid football is about to get underway. Team sign-ups will be held on Wednesday, June 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. near the Sunnyside High School football field.

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Hall's return to prestigious Million Dollar Round Table

For the second year in a row Bob Hall Jr. of New York Life and Hall Financial of Sunnyside was invited to participate in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premiere Association of Financial Professionals, annual meeting. His father ,Bob Hall Sr., who has been an MDRT member for 37 years, also took part in the five-day conference held in Anaheim, Calif.

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Toppenish firm earns Port's building bid

Work is already underway on a new operations office building to be located next to the Sunnyside Port District's new sequencing batch reactor, to be located at the Port's Midvale Road wastewater treatment plant.

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Monday, June 28


Vandals damage statue

As far as Bill Flower remembers, the statue of Ren Ferrell was in perfect condition for the Sunnyside Pioneer Association picnic two Saturdays ago.

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Gubernatorial candidate stops off in Sunnyside

Working as a member of the private sector, gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi feels he has a different perspective to bring to the office. Rossi, who is a commercial real estate investment banker and has served in the Washington state senate, is the leading Republican candidate for Washington state governor.

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Friday, June 25

Traffic safety fee set to increase

The 2004-05 school year will see an increase in the fee for traffic safety classes. Thursday night, members of the Sunnyside School Board voted to increase the fee from $275 per student to $285.

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Sun Valley wins tournament opener

WEST VALLEY - Tyler Esqueda kicked it into high gear and the rest of his teammates followed as the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team won its opening game of the West Valley tournament yesterday.

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Split-the-pot leads to larger than expected donation

Last weekend, when Elmer Schilperoort was named the winner of the Pioneer Picnic split-the-pot raffle to benefit the community fireworks display, it was assumed that the $320 that had been collected would be split between Schilperoort and the local groups putting together the display.

June 25, 2004 midnight read more..

S'side School Board votes to eliminate WASL

Looks of satisfaction in the crowd and a smattering of applause marked a decision made by the Sunnyside School Board Thursday night. The local school directors voted to submit a legislative proposal to the Washington State School Districts Association (WSSDA) that would call for the replacement of WASL testing.

June 25, 2004 midnight read more..

Lincoln Avenue home Ok'd for renovation

A house set back off Lincoln Avenue will be undergoing renovations in the near future. The structure, located at 1121 E. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside, which is currently in a B-2, general commercial zone, was approved for a conditional use permit Wednesday night at the Sunnyside Board of Adjustment meeting. The house belongs to Norberto Bobadilla, and will be used as a rental home, according to Tom Biehl, a local realtor who attending the meeting and spoke on behalf of Bobadilla.

June 25, 2004 midnight read more..

New elevator open to serve church goers

In mid-May, all of the church members of the Sunnyside Church of God were able to go downstairs at the same time. It was the first time some long-time members of the church had seen the church's fellowship hall in the basement in three years. They were able to attend the church's graduation ceremony for high school seniors held in the basement by way of the shiny new elevator situated on the east side of the church's narthex.

June 25, 2004 midnight read more..

Water forecast better than expected

Although the Bureau of Reclamation announced that rationing will be a part of this year's irrigation season, the situation isn't as extreme as it has been in years past.

June 25, 2004 midnight read more..

Thursday, June 24


Building permits issued in May account for $2 million in construction

The hillside near I-82 exit 69 is abundant with activity as construction continues on the new Best Western hotel structure located on Quail Lane in Sunnyside. The building permit for the $1.62 million project was issued May 13, but it was only one of the building permits issued by the Sunnyside Building Division in May.

June 24, 2004 midnight read more..

Teen burned

Sixteen-year-old Jason Hopper of Outlook is in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center following an explosion and fire in a truck camper Wednesday night. The 1973 truck camper was on the ground at a residence at 22 Fordyce Road belonging, to Charlie Guinn. Brenda Hopper is the occupant of the home.

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Quintero, Galvan pull all A's at Mabton High

MABTON - Two students, freshman Luis E. Quintero and senior Jesus Galvan, earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the final quarter of the 2003-04 academic year at Mabton Jr./Sr. High School.

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Council says no to housing project

Citing uneasy economic times, the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night voted to not pursue a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a housing rehabilitation program.

June 24, 2004 midnight read more..

DOT working to protect roadside habitats

YAKIMA - Driving over Snoqualmie Pass it is easy to be taken in by the beauty of the mountains and the lush green forests that surround the road. But it's those same roads that can end up bisecting migration routes for animals native to the area, making it difficult for them to move from one place to another.

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Parent-child golf tourney held

The father and son combination of Toppenish's Dave and Adam Story bested the field this past Sunday at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

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Funding needed for Lower Valley roads

YAKIMA - Lack of funding to help maintain roads in the Yakima Valley was the main concern brought before the Washinton State Transportation Commission during a presentation made by Yakima Valley Conference of Governments Chair Al Hubert.

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Wednesday, June 23

Sharks power past Barracudas, 406-183

NACHES - Winning 38 races to only 13 victories snagged by the Barracudas, the Sunnyside Sharks rolled over Naches last night in Mid-Valley Summer Swim League action, 406-183.

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Hispanic conference speakers stress importance of learning to love yourself

The idea of inclusion and not limiting oneself by what other people expect of you was the inspiring message behind keynote speakers Victor Villasenor and Debbie Wooten, who spoke as part of the third annual Child Welfare Hispanic Conference and the community forum that was held Tuesday evening at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Garden club to meet Tuesday

The Sunnyside Garden Club will be meeting for the last time for the summer Tuesday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside Food Pavilion meeting room.

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Tuesday, June 22

Ricks asked to resign

Long-time Sunnyside businessman Pete Sartin stood before the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night asking for the resignation of one of its members.

June 22, 2004 midnight read more..

Brown Sox tourney champs

KENNEWICK - Led by the MVP performance of Bobby Garza, Sunnyside's KFC/A&W Brown Sox men's slo-pitch softball team won the title of the June 12-13 Sports Page Invite.

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Cancer survivor survives one more ordeal

Sunnyside native Kyle Rattray was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, which is cancer of the kidney. Rattray spent the next several years of his life battling the life threatening cancer and survived.

June 22, 2004 midnight read more..

Travel agency moves to Sunnyside depot

After 25 years in the same downtown Grandview store front, Travel Connection has made the jaunt down the road and set up office in Sunnyside at the old train depot building on Sixth Street.

June 22, 2004 midnight read more..

17-year-old girl aces second hole at Black Rock Creek

Maybe it was a case of one-upping her grandfather, Bob Rice. Or perhaps, it might have been that the lessons she's been taking from PGA club professional Jeff Bender are quickly paying off. Then again, it's possible that her cousin, Brandon Rice, may be the lucky charm that was responsible for it all.

June 22, 2004 midnight read more..

City Council rejects public hearing request

Mayor Ed Prilucik admitted at the June 12 Sunnyside City Council meeting that an official public hearing on a proposed landscaping ordinance was not held as he said it would be. But that didn't stop Council from passing the controversial ordinance, much to the dismay of one of its members, Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar.

June 22, 2004 midnight read more..

New sales manager one of several faces back at Denchel's

For a little more than a month, Dale Dawson has been back at work behind the desk at Tom Denchel Ford Country in Sunnyside. Dawson recently came back to the company as sales manager after spending the last seven years working for a Ford dealership in Moscow, Idaho.

June 22, 2004 midnight read more..

Alleged computer buying scheme results in indictment, arraignments

A local man and three others were indicted last week on 91 counts that include wire fraud, commercial interstate carrier fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and aiding and abetting, as well as a criminal forfeiture. The indictment alleges that together the group defrauded Cisco Systems, Inc. out of $6 million worth of computer equipment, as well as other businesses across the country out of more than $2 million.

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Monday, June 21

6-year-old qualifies for National motocross race

He has nerves of steel, an unflinching belief in his ability to gain victory and he really loves to go fast. Still, 6-year-old Grandview resident Damon Palacios is admittedly a bit nervous about competing in the upcoming American Motocross Association national motocross championship.

June 21, 2004 midnight read more..

Horse tosses teen, injuries are serious

A 19-year-old woman is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center, after she was bucked off a horse in the middle of West Edison Avenue in Sunnyside Saturday, June 19, at about 8:30 p.m.

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Friday, June 18

S'side swimmers harpoon Whales

Neither Sunnyside nor Wapato could eke out an advantage over one another in collecting first place points last night. But when it came to piling up points for second and third place finishes, the Sharks came out on top.

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Bender third at PGA pro-am

SELAH - Black Rock Creek Golf Course head pro Jeff Bender tied for third place honors in the pro division at this past Monday's Central Washington PGA chapter pro-am series event, staged at the Yakima Elks Golf & Country Club.

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County enters into agreement with City of Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Later this year work is scheduled to begin on the installation of two traffic signals along Wine Country Road in Grandview. Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved an agreement with the City of Grandview for certified acceptance services for the two projects.

June 18, 2004 midnight read more..

Public hearing date set to discuss proposed franchise agreement

MABTON - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners set a public hearing date to consider an application filed by Simpson Brothers Farms of Mabton for a non-exclusive franchise agreement. The agreement would be for the construction, operation and maintenance of a wastewater pipe under Rusk Road.

June 18, 2004 midnight read more..

Sunnyside's Promise works with parents to ensure success

When the school year started last fall there were 566 first grade students filling up elementary school classrooms throughout the district. However, when the class of 2004 walked down the aisle for commencement services just a couple of weeks ago, only 301 students graduated from high school. These are the numbers Sunnyside's Promise is hoping to avoid for the class of 2012, which is why the organization is adopting the more than 400 students who will be moving into the fifth grade next year.

June 18, 2004 midnight read more..

Uberuaga tosses no-no in Sun Valley rout

MOXEE - Domination might be the word that best describes Derek Uberuaga's outing on the mound yesterday in the opening game of the annual East Valley Classic baseball tournament.

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Thursday, June 17

Chamber meets to discuss ways to increase membership

Learning about the inner workings of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is something members of the community were invited to do Wednesday evening. Tom Gaulke, chamber president and executive director of Horizons, explained that the meeting was the second installment in an effort to educate the community about what it means to be a chamber member.

June 17, 2004 midnight read more..

Port contributes $20,000 to help advance new reservoir

Money the Port of Sunnyside received for selling excess water rights back to an irrigation district during a water short season several years ago will be used for the purpose of helping ensure water is available to irrigators who need it.

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U.S. Bancorp donation helps with expansion of downtown electrical system

There is going to be more power surging through downtown Sunnyside thanks to a donation that was recently made to the Foundation for the Community of Sunnyside. Wednesday morning, U.S. Bancorp Foundation donated $2,752 to the Sunnyside foundation, which in partnership with the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is going to use the funds to upgrade outlets in the downtown corridor.

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Wednesday, June 16

Commissioners set public hearing date for CDBG program

YAKIMA - In 1998, Yakima County adopted a citizen participation strategy when it comes to applying to the state for Community Development Block Grant funds. Since then the county has worked to ensure that community members have a chance to voice their concerns and opinions when it comes to different projects the county submits to the state for possible funding.

June 16, 2004 midnight read more..

Elder Dalrymple moves into all-stars lead

John Dalrymple moved into the lead of the all-stars competition in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) after winning a race this past weekend he wasn't even supposed to be competing in.

June 16, 2004 midnight read more..

Dolphins slide past S'side Sharks, 422-333

SELAH - Winning on the road is always tough in the Mid-Valley Summer Swim League. Traditionally, the home team always fields more swimmers. And more times than not, that translates into a victory for the club that is churning through its own waters.

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Sun Valley dismantles Richland team

RICHLAND - Baseball is a simple game in concept. It involves playing defense, pitching and hitting. The Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team excelled in all three areas in yesterday's doubleheader route of a Richland squad.

June 16, 2004 midnight read more..

Rotarians hear of Schuler's rail rides

When Sunnyside resident and Daybreak Rotary Club member Randy Schuler first had a friend invite him out for a ride in a speeder car, his thoughts automatically turned to oval tracks and brightly painted NASCAR racers. Instead, Schuler discovered that a speeder car is actually a small railroad car that once was used as a track inspector, but is now used by rail enthusiasts as a unique way to get from point A to point B.

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Tuesday, June 15


Landscaping ordinance OK'd despite opposition

A new landscaping ordinance for commercial entities the Sunnyside City Council has wanted to implement has been controversial since it was first introduced a couple of years ago. Last night was no different, but the Council went ahead and approved a condensed version of it anyway.

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DSHS Hispanic Conference will include public presentation

Bringing family members together, reminding families that good moral upbringing starts at home and promoting understanding of Hispanic culture are all things the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is hoping people will gain by taking part in its third annual Hispanic Conference.

June 15, 2004 midnight read more..

Police nab six teens at busted party

Six teens were cited for minor in possession and/or consumption of alcohol early Sunday morning when a large party was busted in the 100 block of NW Crescent Avenue.

June 15, 2004 midnight read more..

Noted educator dies

SPOKANE - Former Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Albert L. Ayars died May 27, 2004 in Kirkland.

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Monday, June 14

Youngsters pucker up in bubble blowing contest

More than 50 Lower Valley children, ages 12 and under, took time Saturday to pucker up their lips and try their hand at blowing the biggest bubble gum bubble they could muster. Saturday morning, Wal-Mart stores across the country hosted the fifth annual Dubble Bubble National Bubble Blowing Contest, which pits kids against kids to determine who can blow the biggest diameter bubble.

June 14, 2004 midnight read more..

Friday, June 11


Two injured in shooting incident

Two Sunnyside men were rushed to Sunnyside Community Hospital and later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following a shooting incident Thursday evening.

June 11, 2004 midnight read more..

Lady 'Hounds fall to Prosser in the seventh inning

GRANDVIEW - Rainy weather didn't put a damper on the Grandview High School girls fastpitch softball team Wednesday afternoon, as they took on the Prosser Mustangs. The two teams were able to play one seven-inning game before rain caused the doubleheader to be cut short.

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Baggerly headed to national rodeo competition

Sunnyside High School senior Ty Baggerly has been riding horses since he was old enough to walk. Later this month he will have a chance to showcase the talent he has been working all his to hone. June 29 through July 4, Baggerly will be competing in saddle bronc riding events in Falon, Nev., before going to the national high school rodeo in Wyoming for team roping with Taylor White of Prosser.

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For Rodriguez clan, it's soapbox derby time

Building, designing and working on soapbox derby racers has become a family affair for the Rodriguez family. Raul Rodriguez and his two sons, 12-year-old Anthony and 10-year-old Jeromy, have been building racers together for the past three years. To date they have two completed cars and two cars that are still under construction.

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Thursday, June 10


Bears GM visits Sunnyside to recruit fans to Yakima games

A good old-fashioned game of baseball, 25 cent hotdogs and fireworks are images that spring to mind when a person begins to think of things that are traditionally American. And June 21, during the Yakima Bears home opener, these are things that everyone in attendance will have a chance to be a part of.

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Wednesday, June 9


Grandview girls' split double header against Ki-Be

BENTON CITY - After only two practices and with only eight players, the Grandview High School girls' fastpitch softball team gave Ki-Be a run for their money, during a double header that took place Monday evening in Benton City.

June 9, 2004 midnight read more..

Emphasis patrol a good exercise for Valley officers

MABTON - Friday afternoon, representatives from police departments throughout the Lower Valley, including the Washington State Patrol and the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, joined forces to help ensure that residents of the Valley are wearing their seatbelts. The seatbelt emphasis patrol meant there were officers out patrolling the streets until 8 p.m. doing nothing more than traffic enforcement, specifically looking for people who were not wearing their seatbelts.

June 9, 2004 midnight read more..

Tuesday, June 8


Monday, June 7

Grandview graduates 138 prep students

GRANDVIEW - Saturday afternoon, as the 138 graduates of Grandview High School marched to their seats dressed in a mix of crimson and gray gowns, the faces of the graduates told the story. There were smiles, looks of pride and even a few sad faces, as the students prepared to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.

June 7, 2004 midnight read more..

de la Cruz's award winners

Admittedly a fanatic about neatness and cleanliness, Alex de la Cruz is forever straightening, wiping down and admonishing his crews to do the same.

June 7, 2004 midnight read more..

Taiwanese recording artist shoots music video in Lower Valley to promote cherry sales

As Pacific Northwest cherries begin arriving on the shores of Taiwan in about two weeks, another production from the area will also be getting ready to debut. Last week, Northwest Cherries, an organization that represents cherry growers in the three Northwest states, brought a video crew from Taiwan to shoot a music video that will help promote the fruit in that country, which has been the number one export market for Northwest Cherries for the past five years.

June 7, 2004 midnight read more..

20 graduates say good-bye to S'side Christian High

GRANDVIEW - Before the members of the Sunnyside Christian High School Class of 2004 marched to their seats at the front of the Church of the Nazarene in Grandview, guests were invited to take a look back at the past year through the eyes of the 20 graduating seniors.

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Grads bid farewell to Sunnyside High School

Leading 275 students onto the field of Clem Senn Field, 80-year-old Roy Culver was the oldest graduate to receive his diploma at the Sunnyside High School commencement exercise last Friday night.

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Friday, June 4

Sunnyside High class of 2004 comes together for baccalaureate

More than 30 graduates marched their way into the Sunnyside High School auditorium Thursday night dressed in their red and black robes with their mortarboards placed stoically on top of their heads. The members of the class of 2004 were ready to celebrate their coming accomplishment, as well as recognize the role God has played in their lives.

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Woman arrested on drug charges

A 38-year-old woman believed to be from Wapato was arrested Thursday on charges of attempting to get drugs from Sunnyside Community Hospital using a false name.

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Mabton girls coach taking his game to a different level

MABTON - As the head coach of the Mabton High School girls basketball team, Brett Simpson didn't win a State title. He didn't win any league titles. In fact, Simpson didn't post a winning league season until this last year, his fifth as coach of the Lady Vikings. Simpson may not have won a championship, but in many ways he did something so much more important than that-he brought life back into what was a dying program and reinstilled pride in Lady Viking basketball.

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Thursday, June 3


Wednesday, June 2


Spring athletes honored at awards ceremony

Ending a successful spring sports season on a high note with state berths in tennis, golf and track, and strong finishes in soccer and baseball, the young athletes were honored at the Sunnyside High School Spring Sports Banquet Tuesday night.

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Tuesday, June 1

Gas, electric scooters revving to new heights of popularity

Whizzing around town, the wind blowing through your hair and the quiet whir of a small engine at your feet is something more and more local residents are spending the money to experience. Since last summer Sunnyside's Schuck's Auto Supply has been selling different models of gas and electric powered scooters, which give riders a chance to scoot around town without having to give much thought to things like high gas prices.

June 1, 2004 midnight read more..

SCHS girls knock off Curlew at State tourney

WENATCHEE - The goal was to bring home a trophy from State. That didn't happen for the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team this past weekend. But, the Lady Knights proved they belonged at State, via their extra inning victory over the Curlew Cougars.

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Herrett Trucking reunion planned

YAKIMA - Past employees of Herrett Trucking Company, which used to be based out of Sunnyside, are invited to attend a company reunion June 12 at Yakima's Ahtanum Youth Park.

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Seatbelt emphasis to target local drivers

UNION GAP - Washington state might have the highest seat belt usage in the world at 95 percent compliance, but that isn't stopping the efforts of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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