Stories for May 2004

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Friday, May 28



Scouts turned back by bad weather

Foul weather conditions kept five Grandview Boy Scout Troop #643 members and their three leaders from reaching their goal of summiting Mt. Hood the first weekend in May.

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Karate students earn regional tournament honors

May has been a good month for Rocky Gonzales' Sunnyside karate school. His students recently earned karate honors and trophies for martial arts style and form at regional tournaments held on opposite sides of the state.

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Sunnyside float headed to Moses Lake

The Sunnyside community float, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be headed to the Moses Lakes community festival Saturday, May 29. The float will appear in the Moses Lake torch light parade beginning at 8:30 p.m., according to a float spokesperson.

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Thursday, May 27

  

Bender nabs skin at PGA pro-am

MOSES LAKE - Black Rock Creek head pro Jeff Bender may not have brought his 'A' game to last Monday's Central Washington PGA pro-am event, but it was good enough to earn him one of seven skins on the day.

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Wednesday, May 26

  

Drive-offs at the gasoline pumps on the rise

"Steal gas, lose your license" is the message showing up on gasoline pumps around the Lower Valley. Area gas merchants faced with increasing numbers of drive-offs are installing security cameras, requiring pre-payment and yes, using the courts to punish the offenders.

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SHS junior closes out State tourney with a 77

WEST VALLEY - Yesterday's closing round at the WIAA Class 3A State golf tournament may not have been as spectacular as what Kevin Lick dreamt about the night before. Nonetheless, the Sunnyside High School junior finished up the postseason affair with a solid 77.

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Cream of the crop bestowed Golden Apple awards

The Sunnyside School Board took time out of its schedule at Tuesday night's monthly meeting to recognize some of its best and brightest staff members with the annual Golden Apple awards. This is the third year the district has handed out the awards recognizing staff members for their efforts in providing Sunnyside School District students with a place to have a prosperous education.

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Tuesday, May 25

   

Skate park may be switched to South Hill Park

For the past several years a group of people have been interested in building a skate park at SunnyView Park. But, following this past Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting, the skate park could have a new home.

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Monday, May 24

 

Parents share dismay with new discipline program

About a dozen parents were in attendance this past Friday morning at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School to share their concerns about the new discipline program, Make Your Day, implemented at the fifth/sixth grade school. The new program penalizes students for such things as walking on grass or laughing in class.

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Magical run comes to a halt for the Grizzlies

It is not too bad of a season when a team's only losses are to a group that will place in the top four at State, Cheney; the Mid-Valley League champion Hanford Falcons; and a pair of losses to one of the most prestigious boys soccer programs in the western United States, West Valley.

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Friday, May 21

        

League honors announced for local teams

Sunnyside High School boys soccer coach Juan Pineda was bestowed with one of the highest coaching honors in the league. Pineda was named the Mid-Valley League Coach of the Year this season for his efforts in guiding the Grizzlies to the State tournament.

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Thursday, May 20



Library says no to Initiative 864

In an effort to prevent further cuts in revenues, the Yakima Valley Regional Library will host an informational meeting in Sunnyside tomorrow (Friday) at noon. The meeting, to be chaired by Monica Weyhe, executive director of the regional library system, will be held at the Sunnyside Masonic Hall.

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Wednesday, May 19

   

Tests show some farm workers over-exposed to pesticides

Since February, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has been monitoring cholinesterase levels in farm workers throughout the state, working to ensure that workers are not being overexposed to different pesticides.

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Berry farmer presents fund-raising opportunity

Mike and Jean Youngquist of Mount Vernon have been farming berries, cauliflower and cucumbers in the Skagit Valley for move than 35 years. Wednesday morning, Jean spoke to the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club about the possibility of selling berries as a local fund-raiser.

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Tuesday, May 18

  

Grandview leaders discuss ways to work together

GRANDVIEW - Although Monday night marked the regularly scheduled meeting of the Grandview City Council, the first official words of the meeting were uttered by Grandview Schools Superintendent John Mathis. Mathis, as well as other members of the Grandview School Board and Kevin Chase, who was recently hired to take Mathis' position when he retires this summer, were all on hand for a joint meeting of the city council and school board.

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Shed fire causes $50,000 in damages

A shed fire at 2561 Green Valley Rd. caused $50,000 in damages and resulted in the loss of both the 30-by-70 foot shed and its contents, which included a boat, tools, welder and a mower.

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Local shop plans to donate refurbished vacuums to Habitat for Humanity

Taking old used vacuums and breathing new life into them is one thing that is done at Sunnyside's Active Vac and Bernina, but that isn't all that is being done at the local store. Cameron McMillan of Active Vac said the shop is refurbishing used machines with plans to donate them to Habitat for Humanity.

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Monday, May 17



Knights' season comes to an end

ZILLAH - Getting base hits wasn't a problem for the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team this past Saturday. It was what the Knights did when they were on base that caused them fits.

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Plesha brothers advance to Regionals

WEST RICHLAND - The brother combination of Johnny and Danny Plesha were the only Sunnyside High School boys tennis players to make it out of the District tournament this past Saturday at Hanford High School.

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Grizzlies capture first-ever Regional

CHENEY - At the beginning of the season Sunnyside High School boys soccer coach Juan Pineda, who was recently named the 2004 Mid-Valley League coach of the year, said his Grizzlies planned on being one of the four best teams in the State.

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DeAtley shares results of jail siting survey

YAKIMA - Last week, Yakima businessman Al DeAtley, who opposes the decision to locate the new Yakima County Justice Center at the Central Washington State Fairgrounds, announced the findings of a public opinion poll conducted by Elway Research on his behalf.

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Hotel undergoes renovations

The sound of hammers hitting the roofs of buildings around town is unmistakable. During the month of April, the Sunnyside Building Division issued 75 building permits, and of those 16 permits were issued for roofing projects.

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Deputies seek motorist who hit 4-year-old girl

GRANDVIEW - Yakima County Sheriff's deputies are seeking a hit-and-run motorist. A 4-year-old girl was struck yesterday afternoon by an older model pick-up, but after the driver of the truck transported the youngster and her father to Sunnyside Community Hospital, he fled the medical facility without leaving his name.

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Relay for Life generates $100,000 in pledges

GRANDVIEW - Spring showers did little to dampen the spirits of the more than 450 walkers who turned out for the 2004 Lower Valley American Cancer Society Relay for Life benefit held this past weekend in Grandview.

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Friday, May 14

 

SHS seniors caught partying won't be banned from grad ceremony

Nine Sunnyside High School seniors have been disciplined following an incident involving alcohol that occurred on the high school football field a week ago. According to the Sunnyside Police Department, officers responded to a suspicious person call at 1:50 a.m. on May 7. A statement from the Sunnyside School District notes that the officers witnessed the students drinking on school property.

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High school episode brings out the hangmen

I've received my fair share of phone calls and e-mails this week. Numerous people are apparently up-in-arms about the teens who decided to "celebrate" their pending graduation from high school. Seems some of the seniors last week (nearly 10 of them) got liquored up or pot-eyed, or both, made a mess of the press box at the football field and got nabbed by our local police. Charges of DUI, malicious mischief, drug and alcohol possession, trespassing on school property and attempting to escape from police custody are pending.

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State Supreme Court hears cases in Valley

YAKIMA - Thursday morning, the Washington State Supreme Court took its work on the road, listening to oral arguments on three cases during a visit to Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima.

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Thursday, May 13

    

SHS names top grads

Just 14 more days remain until the Sunnyside High School class of 2004 can celebrate graduation from high school and begin the next leg of their journey in life.

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Wednesday, May 12



120 scrap radiators stolen from local business

Approximately 120 scrap radiators were reported stolen Tuesday afternoon from American Radiator Inc. in Sunnyside. According to the Sunnyside Police Department, the report of the stolen radiators was received just before 3 p.m. yesterday.

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Parents of Miss Mabton candidates upset

MABTON - While technically the Mabton City Council has no jurisdiction over Mabton Community Days and Miss Mabton Pageant activities, parents of the Miss Mabton candidates found themselves in front of the council last night (Tuesday) with a laundry list of complaints.

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No TV...no problem for these families

The idea of giving up television for two weeks might make some people a little crazy. Questions such as what will we do until bedtime or how will we entertain the kids would plague most families.

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SCHS Lady Knights 'B' league champs

LYLE - The Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team came within a whisker of pulling off an unbeaten season in South Central 'B' League play.

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Tuesday, May 11

    

Cougars stop Mabton nine from advancing to playoffs

MABTON - When the Lyle Cougars breezed into town this past Saturday, Mabton High School's baseball team knew it had to win both games of the doubleheader to advance to the postseason. With the season on the line the Vikings battled tooth-and-nail, only to come up a run short in the opening game.

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Monday, May 10

     

S'side boys nab golf league crown

SELAH - First year Coach Glenn Braman's Sunnyside High School boys golf team earned a share of the Mid-Valley League crown yesterday by sweeping Selah and Wapato.

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Lady Grizzlies competitive in losses to Selah Vikings

SELAH - For some clubs, closing out conference play against the league's No. 1 and 2 teams might not be considered a springboard heading into the District playoffs. But for the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team, the Lady Grizzlies relish the competition.

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Friday, May 7

 

Lady Bulldogs sweep Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds fastpitch softball team got off to a rough start Thursday afternoon against the visiting Ellensburg Bulldogs, starting the first game of the doubleheader with a first inning that included allowing six runs to cross the plate.

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Thursday, May 6



Local wine industry has arrived

Twenty years ago, Washington winemaker Brian Carter had a hard time convincing East Coast wine drinkers that grapes weren't being raised under umbrellas in the rainy part of the Pacific Northwest.

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Horn Rapids pro picks up points on PGA pro-am leader Bender

WALLA WALLA - Scott Johnson, head pro at Richland's Horn Rapids Golf Course, claimed a three-way share of the title at this past Monday's Central Washington PGA pro-am series event to virtually move into a tie for the series points lead with Sunnyside's Jeff Bender.

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S'side hires new building inspector

Karl Ford may be the new building inspector in Sunnyside, but working in the field is nothing new for the man who spent the last 10 months as a building inspector for Bonneville County in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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Garbage pick-ups questioned

The Sunnyside City Council at its meeting this week agreed to continue to examine the type of garbage services offered to local residents.

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Wednesday, May 5



Southern, Hernandez compete at Apple Tree

WEST VALLEY - Richland's Molly Lindbloom paced a select group of golfers representing six high schools at a special competition staged at Apple Tree Golf Course yesterday afternoon. Lindbloom carded a one-over 73 to claim medalist honors.

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Tuesday, May 4

  

Tigers scratch out win over SCHS girls

THORP - Both clubs came up with four hits yesterday, but in the end the Thorp Tigers prevailed over the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team, 5-3.

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Pathway seeks volunteers

The Lower Valley Pathway Foundation is seeking groups or individuals interested in adopting a section of the Yakima Valley Pathway for spring clean-up.

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Sunnyside awards legal bids to Daily Sun News

At Monday's meeting, the Sunnyside City Council unanimously approved the Daily Sun News to serve as the official newspaper for the City of Sunnyside for 2004. This means the Daily Sun News will publish all legal notices for the city.

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Sunnyside PD trains reservists

This past January, 15 people from around the Valley and as far away as Yakima and the Tri-Cities started making bi-weekly trips to Sunnyside to learn the ins and outs of law enforcement from Sunnyside and Grandview police officers, Washington State Patrol troopers and a prosecuting attorney.

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Monday, May 3



Hillcrest Manor opens transitional care unit

For the past several weeks Hillcrest Manor has been offering a new service to both its residents and people referred to the facility by the local hospital. Hillcrest Manor recently created a transitional care unit, which serves as a rehabilitation area for patients who need to gain strength to do everyday activities, including getting out of a wheelchair on their own.

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Granger police get defibrillator units

GRANGER - By the end of the month both the Granger Police Department and the Yakima County Sheriff's Office hope to have their eight new automatic external defibrillator units in their patrol cars and ready for duty.

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Grizzlies finish third after sweep of Grandview

The Grandview High School baseball team came to Sunnyside this past Saturday with a little pep in its step. But the Greyhounds couldn't overcome the powerful bats of the Grizzlies, as Sunnyside came away with a doubleheader sweep.

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Grizzly golfers 8th at Pendleton Invite

PENDLETON, ORE. - Shoot-ing a 315 team score for the second straight day, the Sunnyside High School boys golf team earned an eighth place finish last Friday at the Pendleton Invitational.

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Cherry Festival means fun for everyone

GRANGER - The sun was shining bright as the Granger Cherry Festival kicked off Saturday morning with a parade that included community floats, a local marching band and everything in between.

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