Stories for March 2004

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Wednesday, March 31



Falcons topple Greyhounds

WEST RICHLAND - The Hanford High School boys soccer team must still have bad memories last night of a game the Falcons lost badly to Grandview over the summer.

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SHS girls tennis pick up first victory of season

WAPATO - The Sunnyside High School girls tennis team (3-2) picked up its first victory of the season against the Lady Wolves of Wapato, while the boys team still seeks its first victory of the season after losing 4-1.

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Grizzlies learn a lesson about being champions

YAKIMA - The West Valley and Sunnyside high school boys soccer teams opened a new chapter in their bubbling rivalry last night. The two teams picked right up where they off last year with another classic for the books.

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Port's SBR project hits watery snag

A little extra rock is being used to shore up the foundation of the Sunnyside Port District's new Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) construction project on Midvale Road. .

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SHS 1964 class seeks classmates

The Sunnyside High School class of 1964 is seeking the whereabouts of classmates for their 40th class reunion, which will be held July 31, 2004.

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Timberwolves outhit G'view boys, take two

GOLDENDALE - The Goldendale Timberwolves scored the winning runs in the last innings of both games yesterday to sweep a non-league doubleheader from the Grandview High School baseball team.

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Tuesday, March 30

 

Motorists who don't yield to pedestrians to be targeted

Sunnyside Police Captain Phil Schenck has one message for motorists. If a pedestrian has one foot, one toe, one heel or any inch of their body in a crosswalk, then you as a driver better wait your turn. If a driver doesn't allow a pedestrian to cross the street unobstructed, it could cost them $101.

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25-year-old woman named assistant principal at S'side school

When Jennifer Allen was a senior in high school she wrote a paper on how she wanted to be an administrator in education. Allen, who still has the very paper she wrote, didn't have to wait all that long to fulfill the very words she wrote about less than a decade ago.

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Brother, sister duo work together to get to Nashville

GRANDVIEW - When it comes to doing a partner project, one might automatically think that living under the same roof as your partner would make completing the project easier. But talking to brother and sister, Krista and Brandan Artz, two Grandview High School students, that might not always be the case.

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Lick second in Jr. Golf Tour event

KENNEWICK - Sunnyside High School junior Kevin Lick tied for runner-up honors this past weekend in a Jr. Golf Tour event staged at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course.

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SHS boys finish middle of the pack

PENDLETON, ORE. - The Sunnyside High School boys golf team, behind Kevin Lick's 76 and Ryan Webster's 84, earned an eighth place finish Monday at the Wild Horse Invitational.

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Monday, March 29

     

Mabton boys track team places sixth at Simcoe Invite

GOLDENDALE- Wind and cool temperatures didn't chill the enthusiasm of the Mabton Jr./Sr. High School track team last Saturday. The Vikings placed sixth at the Simcoe-Thompson Invitational field and track meet held in Goldendale.

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Four Grizzlies nab second place finishes

WEST RICHLAND - Cody Heckert, Joe Schwartz, Luke Schilperoort and Branimir Janjev posted the top marks for the Sunnyside High School boys track and field team this past Friday night at Hanford.

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Grandview woman submits winning phone book photo

GRANDVIEW - It was just this past February that Teresa Kollmar and her husband used a gift certificate to Coeur d'Alene Resort, which she won for a photograph she took of an old, flooded barn that appeared on the cover of the 2003-04 phone book published by Hagadon Directories.

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Lady Knights stay unbeaten in league play

Limiting the Lyle Cougars to just five hits in each of the two games of a South Central 'B' League doubleheader this past Saturday, the Sunnyside Christian girls fastpitch softball team rolled to a pair of 5-4 and 12-4 victories.

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Greyhounds win wild shootout

GRANDVIEW - Penalty kicks are a common part of any soccer game. But having four penalty kicks in one half of play is almost unheard of in soccer.

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Friday, March 26

    

Grizzlies blank Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE - The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team posted its second shutout of the season in just three games played so far. Both shutouts have come against 4A teams.

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Candidate for Patty Murray's seat addresses Sunnyside GOP club

There are several issues that Dr. Reed Davis, a candidate running for the U.S. Senate seat currently filled by Democrat Patty Murray, feels very strongly about. This morning (Friday), during a quick stop over in Sunnyside, Davis was given a chance to talk about the different issues that make up his campaign.

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Thursday, March 25

  

Misfortune strikes Greyhound boys

SELAH - A freak mistake that could have happened to anyone unfortunately happened to Grandview High School goalie Gustavo Martinez this past Tuesday night.

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Focus students help cancer patient

MABTON - When Focus High School Principal Stephen Busby received a phone call around 5 p.m. last Friday afternoon he was on his way out of the office for the weekend.

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New bill gives citizens leverage for challenging state agency rules

Citizens affected unfairly by state agency rules and regulations will have an easier time challenging those rules, thanks to a new law ushered in by state Rep. Janéa Holmquist, R-Moses Lake. The governor signed House Bill 2598 Monday, which will allow citizens to file suit against state agencies in one of four counties throughout Washington.

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Wednesday, March 24

  

Knights cruise past Warriors

MATTAWA - Past games between the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team and Wahluke have either been really close or the Knights have been blown out. Yesterday, Sunnyside Christian left little doubt about which was the best team.

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Mabton High baseball canceled

Yesterday's non-league baseball game at RiverView was canceled by Mabton High School because its sophomores were gone Tuesday on a field trip.

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S'side area legislators review work in Olympia

Sixty days may seem like a long time to some people, but ask local legislators and you'll get an entirely different answer. Wednesday morning, Rep. Dan Newhouse, Rep. Bruce Chandler and Sen. Jim Honeyford talked to members of the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club about just how much they were able to accomplish during the last 60-day legislative session.

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Bender, McIntyre cash at golf pro-am

KENNEWICK - Black Rock Creek golfers Jeff Bender and Gene McIntyre cashed at Monday's pro-am series event sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA.

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G'view girls fall to Ki-Be Bears

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School girls' fastpitch softball team played evenly with the visiting Ki-Be team through the first two innings in Tuesday's game, then the flood gates opened and the Lady Bears never looked back.

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Grizzlies have trouble in Mid-Valley League opener

PROSSER - The Grizzlies had their fair share of problems last night in Sunnyside's Mid-Valley League opener against Prosser. But, after a scoreless first half, the Grizzlies post a couple of second half goals to win 2-1.

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Sunnyside's state employees more than generous

Lower Valley state employees are congratulating themselves for an outstanding charitable fund-raising effort designed to help many of the same people who receive services through the local office of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

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Tuesday, March 23

     

Viking athletes honored at banquet

MABTON - Mabton High School's standout athletes from the recently concluded winter season were honored last Thursday at the annual winter awards banquet.

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City says no (again) to Daily Sun News' bid

Sunnyside City Councilman Bruce Ricks started the night off defending his position for voting to reject the lone bid submitted to the city last week for publishing the city's legal notices. But by the time everything was said and done, there was some doubt left about what the one-term councilman was truly saying.

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Lady Grizzly linksters get in early season work

The Sunnyside High School girls golf team's first Mid-Valley League match is still three weeks away. With two invitationals already under their belt, and two more scheduled before conference play begins, the Lady Grizzlies are using the early part of the season to hone their games.

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Local Perry Tech grads secure jobs while still in school

Before graduation at least three of six Sunnyside area graduates from Perry Technical Institute in Yakima had secured jobs. Tristan Kelley, a recent graduate of the telecommunication technology program, is now working for Lockheed Martin in the Tri-Cities; Lorenzo Sabedra Jr., a recent graduate of the electrical technology program, is now working for Berg Electric in California; and Marcus Rasmusson, a recent graduate of the electrical technology program, is now working at Shields Bags and Printing in Yakima.

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Monday, March 22

  

Lady 'Hounds stay ahead of the Wildcats

TOPPENISH - Saturday afternoon the Grandview High School girls' fastpitch softball team came out of the gates swinging, leaving the Toppenish Wildcats unsure of what had happened.

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Friday, March 19



SCHS girls open season with win

The Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team, dominated by underclassmen, opened the 2004 season with a resounding 13-4 victory over the Thorp Tigers yesterday afternoon.

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Valley chambers plan spring festival

Thousands of tourists flood the Yakima Valley each April to sample the early release of Yakima Valley wines during the Valley wine industry's annual Spring Barrel Tasting weekend.

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Equestrian center may be added to Yakima fairgrounds

YAKIMA - The end of March will mark the beginning stages of a new venture for the Central Washington State fairgrounds. Curtis King, past chairman of the Central Washington State Fair Association board, said the organization will begin work on a study to determine how and where an equestrian center could fit in at the fairgrounds.

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Tigers too strong, Knights lose 16-5

For those who didn't notice, yesterday was a very windy day. But Sunnyside Christian Coach Kevin Fennell isn't making any excuses for his team's loss to Thorp. Fennell said the Tigers were simply the better team.

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Ki-Be Bears maul Lady Grizzlies, 15-8

Despite a combined five hits from sophomores Victoria Solis and Monique Montelongo, the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team dropped a 15-8 non-league contest to the Kiona-Benton Bears Thursday afternoon.

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Martin's Eagle Scout project goes the distance

Those making use of the path between Sunnyside and Grandview have Sunnyside High School freshman Jonathan Martin to thank for being able to gauge just how far they have traveled during their usual morning exercise routine.

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Drug sniffing canine demonstrates talents for students

His clear, blue eyes watch every move the man makes as he crosses back and forth across the room. It's not that he is particularly interested in the man. He is, however, interested in the round, green object the man has concealed in his right hand.

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Thursday, March 18

   

County hits snag in attempt to purchase right-of-way

Plans to improve Chaffee and Scoon roads near Sunnyside may have hit a roadblock. Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved a resolution that authorizes the condemnation of the right-of-way required for the improvement project.

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County, Farm Workers Clinic agreement addresses nursing shortage

Employees of the Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic will have a chance to go back to school and expand their medical education thanks to an agreement with the Yakima County Department of Employment and Training. The agreement was approved by Yakima County commissioners during their meeting Tuesday morning.

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Bender places third at golf pro-am event

KENNEWICK - Jeff Bender, head pro at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course, tied for third in the professional division at a pro-am series event sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA.

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Bid opening date extended for portion of jail work

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved a request from the Yakima County Department of Corrections Jail Transition Team that will extend the bid opening date on a portion of the construction of the Yakima Valley Justice Center project.

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Wednesday, March 17

 

Grizzlies sink the Pirate ship

The best way to describe what the Sunnyside High School boys soccer team did to 4A Davis in last night's non-league season opener might be to say the Grizzlies took it to another level.

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2004 session ends with a flourish

The last week of a legislative session usually sees a flurry of activity as the House and Senate try to agree on key issues before session ends. This year was no different as the Legislature reached compromise on the supplemental operating, capital and transportation budgets, and a replacement for the blanket primary.

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Licks cards 74 for low prep round

Sunnyside High School junior Kevin Lick, a model of consistency yesterday, easily bested all comers in a non-league match that pitted the Grizzly golf team against Grandview and East Valley.

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Tuesday, March 16

     

PRIDE teacher earns state accolades

Kylee Sonnabend-Liberty was so busy worrying about a fellow teacher, she didn't hear her name called as the winner of the 2004 WALA (Washington Association for Learning Alternatives) Educator of the Year award.

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Black Rock team in second place

WALLA WALLA - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek five-man squad is just one stroke off the pace for top honors in the team competition in the two-day March Madness Tournament.

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Knights open season with win

GRANDVIEW - For only having a week's worth of practice because of the State 'B' basketball tournament, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team didn't look too shabby yesterday.

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Monday, March 15

      

Two 4A teams beat S'side girls

The Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team had its hands full this past Saturday. In the 2004 spring openers, the Lady Grizzlies were clipped by a pair of strong Class 4A schools.

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Lady 'Hounds start season with spli

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School fastpitch softball team is coming into the season led by a group of upperclassmen that are no strangers to the softball diamond. Saturday, the 10 juniors and seniors that make up of a large part of the team showed Coach Doug Hansen what he can expect as the season progresses.

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Friday, March 12

 

Historic downtown building receives facelift both inside and out

GRANDVIEW - For many people the idea of taking on the refurbishment of a 15,000 square foot building that was first built in 1911 and now serves as an apartment building and retail space might be seen as too large a task. However, on Feb. 2 that is the exact task that taken on by Prosser resident Lynn Boast.

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Luther lives out dream

Ever since he picked up his first dumbbell, Joe Luther has dreamed of taking part in the prestigious Arnold Classic, organized by current California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Thursday, March 11

 

School district will ask for bids again on two MSDR program cars

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole took the blame during a special meeting of the Sunnyside School Board last night for the confusion that has arose over a series of car bids for the Migrant Student Data and Recruitment (MSDR) office, formerly known as the Migrant Student Record Systems (MSRS).

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Sunnyside on the move, reports city engineer

Driving through Sunnyside it is becoming apparent that something is happening here. There is land being moved at several locations around town, surveyors are out taking careful notes and counter strips have been laid out on several streets.

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Wednesday, March 10

 

Men's softball meeting March 16

Teams and players planning to compete in this summer's Lower Valley Men's Slo-pitch Softball Association league are being encouraged to attend an organizational meeting next Tuesday, March 16.

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New railroad signal to be in place by spring

Sunnyside Engineer Jim Bridges is expecting Burlington-Northern Railroad officials to have in place by this spring new safety signals at the railroad crossing at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Fourth Street.

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Republican caucuses staged at various sites in Lower Valley

Republicans throughout Yakima County gathered in 26 different community locations Tuesday night to take part in the Yakima County Republican Precinct Caucuses. The local caucuses serve as a way to bring people together to discuss various political issues and help mold the state Republican platform.

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Tuesday, March 9

 

Bleyhl dividends total $331,794

At the 40th annual board meeting of Bleyhl Farm Service, Inc., board chairman Bob Golob announced that the money paid to growers for their cash portion of dividends and revolved equities totaled $331,794.

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31-year police department veteran retires

GRANDVIEW - In 1973, Grandview resident Sue Poteet was working graveyard shifts at the 10-4 Cafe. At that time of the night most of the people who came in for a hot cup of coffee or a bite to eat were Grandview police officers.

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Light pole fruit being dressed up by G'view merchant

GRANDVIEW - Driving into Grandview along Wine Country Road there are many sights to take in, from the green grass that runs along either side of the pathway to the light posts that line the street. However, for the past few months something has been missing.

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Monday, March 8



Thoroughbred breeders claim top honors

Listening to local horse breeders talk can be like listening to someone speak a foreign language. However, their love of what they do is easily expressed through their words. Last month, four area horsemen were recognized with awards from the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association at the 2003 Washington Champions Annual Awards Dinner held at Emerald Downs in Auburn.

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Athletic advisory meeting tonight

The Sunnyside School District Athletic/Activities Advisory Council will meet tonight (Monday) at 6:30 p.m. in the media center at Sunnyside High School.

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Lady Knights 5th at State!!!

SPOKANE - Coach Al Smeenk will be the first to tell you that this year's Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team isn't the most talented bunch he's ever had. But if you want to talk about motivated and thirsty for success, Smeenk says there is no other group in the school's history that has shown such drive.

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Friday, March 5

   

SCHS girls stay alive by taming Lions, 51-33

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian High School girls hoop team repelled a late charge by the Snohomish County Christian Lions yesterday afternoon, coming away with a resounding 51-33 victory in a loser-out, second round game at the Class 'B' State Basketball Tournament.

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S'side pastor serves Navy in Middle East

Once he departed the plane, Sunnyside United Methodist Church Pastor Randy Quinn knew he wasn't in the United States any more. Quinn, an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves, was aboard a flight for 24 hours before he arrived in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia on Feb. 13.

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Thursday, March 4



Sunnyside Christian girls drop 69-51 game at State

SPOKANE - Last night's 69-51 defeat suffered by the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team wasn't so much a case of the Lady Knights playing poorly. Rather, Almira-Coulee-Hartline Coach Scott Isaak's Warriors showed why pollsters have them ranked as the No. 2 Class 'B' team in the state.

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Republic conquers Vikings at State, 71-45

SPOKANE - The much taller Republic Tigers (25-1) jumped out to a 21-10 lead on the Mabton High School boys basketball team last night and coasted to a 71-45 State tournament first round victory.

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Another burglary in G'view

GRANDVIEW - A homeowner on Pleasant Avenue in Grandview came home early Wednesday evening to find jewelry had been taken from the top of a bedroom dresser, said Grandview Police Detective Mark Ware.

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Knights give away opening game at State

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team's inability to do the simple things down the stretch in yesterday's opening game against Wilbur-Creston at the State 'B' basketball tournament in Spokane cost the Knights.

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Car purchases still under review

The purchase of two Toyotas for the Migrant Student Record Systems (MSRS) program is still on hold, according to Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole.

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Senate honors Walter George

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Senate honored Sunnyside water conservationist Walter George yesterday (Wednesday) for his work on water issues on behalf of the people of the Yakima Valley.

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Wednesday, March 3

       

Tuesday, March 2

 

Council touches up graffiti ordinance

One still has to be 21 years of age to purchase any sort of graffiti-causing materials, but last night the Sunnyside City Council did approve some changes in its newly adopted ordinance.

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Grandview Council learns of future college plans

GRANDVIEW - As more and more students begin attending classes at the Grandview campus of Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC), the more the school is forced to look toward the future and possible expansion efforts.

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Morning accident causes minor injury

Airbags are believed to have saved 21-year-old Carissa McNerney from serious injury this morning. McNerney, who was driving her 1994 Ford Aspire westbound in the 1300 block of Yakima Valley Highway, rear-ended Sandra Enriquez, 18, of Sunnyside, at about 8 a.m., according to Sunnyside Police Department Officer Kent Coffman.

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KZXR-AM to carry State basketball games

KZXR-AM General Manager Frank Allec has announced that his radio station will broadcast the games of the Sunnyside Christian and Mabton high school teams from this year's Class 'B' State tournament in Spokane.

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Monday, March 1



Oregon couple hurt in auto mishap

An Oregon couple was transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital this past Saturday afternoon to be treated for injuries they received in a one-vehicle accident.

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School bonds go on sale March 10

Based on a recommendation from John Gores of Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation, the Sunnyside School Board opted to fast-track plans to sell bonds to help finance the construction of a new school voters approved during an election at the beginning of February.

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Vikings heading to State for the first time in eight years

ELLENSBURG - The last time the Mabton High School boys basketball team made it to State was in 1996. Eight years later, Mabton will be returning to the State 'B' tournament, earning a berth at the show in a way only the Vikings could-playing their type of game.

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