Stories for November 2004

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Tuesday, November 30

              

Monday, November 29

  

Granger Chamber readies for next year

GRANGER - Student art shows, community award banquets and holiday light tours are all activities the Granger Chamber of Commerce has on its slate when 2005 rolls around.

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S'side, G'view receive grant funding

The communities of Sunnyside and Grandview are two of only a handful in the Yakima Valley to recently be awarded grant money from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board.

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Friday, November 26

      

Lower Valley soldier home from Iraq

Imagine going into the unknown, not knowing what lurks behind any corner, crack or crevice. Imagine putting your life in the hands of others and being responsible for their lives, as well. For some of us, a scenario like that might never happen. But for Will Gannon it was an everyday occurrence during the year he spent in the Army in Iraq.

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Wednesday, November 24



Keeping school children safe Hughes' top responsibility

When emergencies happen in the school setting, John Hughes' adrenaline kicks in. Whether the incident is a missing child, a suspected building invasion or a chemical disaster, Hughes wants the Sunnyside school staff to be prepared to handle the emergency.

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Eisenhower clips S'side girls, 4-0

Nothing flashy, just middle of the road scores. That was all the Eisenhower Cadets needed to subdue the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team Tuesday afternoon.

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Stolen car found on fire

Even before it was reported missing, the Yakima County Sheriff's Office found a Sunnyside woman's car on fire, according to Sunnyside Police Officer Melissa Rodriguez.

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Tuesday, November 23

     

Two hurt in Hwy. 241/Factory Road collision

Failing to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Hwy. 241 and Factory Road has been determined to have been the cause for the motor vehicle accident that slowed traffic from all directions for over an hour Monday afternoon.

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18 SHS students earn perfect marks

A total of 18 Sunnyside High School students, nine of them freshmen, earned 4.00 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2004-05 academic year.

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Monday, November 22

 

Billboard gets Board of Adjustment's OK

With a 3-1 vote last Wednesday night, the Sunnyside Board of Adjustment approved a 20x8 billboard to be constructed on South First Street. The group also decided, unanimously, to wait until December to decide on a variance request for a garage on Decatur Avenue.

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Grizzly athletes honored

Last week, Sunnyside High School honored some of its best and brightest student athletes of the fall sports season.

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Granger lawmaker lands top GOP post

OLYMPIA - Rep. Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) was elected late last week to the position of Republican Leader in the state House of Representatives. The Granger lawmaker was the unanimous selection by his colleagues during a half-day caucus meeting in Tacoma.

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Friday, November 19

  

Working Stiff

Foray into beauty field leads to 25-year career for local stylist

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Herriman Grandview's 'Person of the Year'

GRANDVIEW - Thursday night, 22 Grandview residents and business people were honored for the hard work and dedication they put into the local community. They came away from last night's Grandview Community Awards Banquet with engraved plaques commemorating their contributions and the realization that what they do for the community is important.

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Thursday, November 18

 

New Subway restaurant opens

GRANDVIEW - Lower Valley residnets can begin preparing for no-stop dining. You can now purchase your favorite Subway sandwich without getting out of your car thanks to entrepreneur Brandon Christensen.

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Wednesday, November 17

    

Mabton Council begins 2005 budget planning

MABTON - With city water improvement funding applications ready for the mail, the Mabton City Council Tuesday evening turned its attention to setting public hearings for the coming budget year.

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Rotaplast mission detailed for Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarians

Changing lives and saving smiles remains the ultimate goal of Rotaplast International, an organization which funds travels to third world countries to offer surgical repairs to the faces of children disfigured by birth defects, such as cleft palate.

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Selah keglers blank Lady Grizzlies, 4-0

YAKIMA - The 2004-05 prep winter sports season officially got underway yesterday for Sunnyside athletes. The venue for the season debut, though, wasn't on a basketball court or even on a wrestling mat. Rather, Sunnyside High School's winter season kicked off at Minda Lanes in Yakima.

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County budget $58 million

GRANDVIEW - Yakima County Commissioners held council in Grandview Tuesday night to take public input on county funds for the 2005 budget year.

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Tuesday, November 16

   

Store target of shoplifting

Four people were arrested by Sunnyside police after they allegedly tried shoplifting from a local business located on Lincoln Avenue.

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Monday, November 15

  

Durfey places 13th at State

FEDERAL WAY - Sunnyside High School senior Chelsea Durfey placed 13th in the 50-yard freestyle event at the State swim meet held this past weekend in Federal Way.

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Key Club members freeze for a good cause

It was impossible to miss the activities taking place at Centennial Square Friday and Saturday, as Sunnyside High School Key Club members withstood freezing temperatures to collect food and clothing donations for local food banks.

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Lady 'Hounds place sixth at State

YAKIMA - The Grandview High School volleyball team started strong this past weekend at the 2A State tournament, but a loss Saturday kept the 'Hounds out of the running for the title.

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Friday, November 12

   

Miss Sunnyside Court available for holiday parties

The Miss Sunnyside Court wants to help area clubs and organizations have hassle free holiday dinners and parties. The court, led by Miss Sunnyside Andrea Phillips, are hiring themselves out as hostesses, waitresses or clean-up crews for interested groups.

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G'view native home on leave shares what life is like in Iraq

When Grandview High School graduate Nick Ortiz first signed up for the National Guard, the Washington State University freshman thought it would be a good way to help pay for college. Little did he know that several years down the road he would be called up for active duty and sent to Iraq.

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Veterans honored at special ceremony

Just a handful of people turned out yesterday (Thursday) under overcast skies to honor America's military veterans at a special Veteran's Day program held at Sunnyside's Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza.

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S'side Port lands $3.3 million loan

Sunnyside Port officials learned this week they will have an additional $3.3 million to aid with the construction of a sequencing batch reactor at the Port's industrial wastewater treatment facility.

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Time for farm equipment to shine

In just three weeks, holiday- decorated farm equipment will rumble onto the streets of Sunnyside for the 16th annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade. To make the holiday event more fun, a variety of activities have been added to the weekend, ranging from a museum open house to a breakfast with Santa.

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Fire captains air concerns with 2005 budget cuts

All three captains from the Sunnyside Fire Department-Ryan Case, Paul Filicetti and Gene Smith-were on hand at Wednesday's Sunnyside City Council budget study session to voice their concerns about the 2005 budget.

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Thursday, November 11

     

Low income housing proposal hits snag

After nearly two hours of public testimony surrounding an annexation and land use request from Sunnyside property owners Brandon Burns and Harry and Laura Burns, the Sunnyside Planning Commission voted this past Wednesday night to approve the Burns' annexation into the city limits.

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Veteran's Day lesson

Today, Americans are saluting the sacrifices of military veterans who have served and are now serving their nation, in Veteran's Day ceremonies in every town and city in the country. But yesterday (Wednesday), about 100 Harrison Middle School students took time from their classroom work to pay tribute to area veterans.

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Wednesday, November 10

  

Council expresses concerns with Chamber

The Sunnyside City Council held the first of its annual budget study sessions Tuesday night, but someone forgot to tell the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce about the get-together.

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New heroes, vets honored by students

GRANGER - Toughened by memories of violence, military veterans living in the Granger community were visibly moved by the sound of more than 300 youngsters reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" during a school assembly held yesterday (Tuesday) at Roosevelt Elementary School.

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Tuesday, November 9

 

Mt. Adams PGA pro leaving to take over Enumclaw course

1980 Sunnyside High School graduate Scott Galbraith has had a long-time dream of owning his own golf course. The PGA head pro at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club for the past 14 years is now one step closer to fulfilling that dream.

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Veteran's Day dinner planned

American Legion Sunnyside Post #73 will host a Veteran's Day dinner Thursday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside VFW Post, 615 North Ave.

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Clown classes begin in Sunnyside

Part of the next generation of clowns attended the first of several classes last night to learn the basics and secrets of how to become a clown.

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Grandview Council continues to hash out 2005 budget

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council is going to have some tough decisions to make as it gets ready to hash out the 2005 budget. Monday night, Council members listened and asked questions about the proposed current expense fund budget, which includes the municipal court, planning and economic development budgets.

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Monday, November 8



Grape society trade show this week

GRANDVIEW - The two-day Washington State Grape Society trade show will be held this Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12, at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene, 500 N. Elm St., Grandview.

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SHS senior parents to meet

The parents of the Sunnyside High School class of 2005 are asked to attend a senior party planning meeting Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the high school commons.

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Pioneers end G'view's season

OMAK - Omak's power-I offense proved to be too much to overcome for the Grandview High School football team last Friday night.

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Cisneros nabs ninth place finish at State

PASCO - A week after running a less than spectacular District meet race, Grandview cross country runner Cordero Cisneros had the crowd this past Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course thinking for a while he might just come away with the State 2A title.

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Sanchez claims 2A State title

PASCO - Many considered Grandview High School cross country runner Brittnee Sanchez a favorite for the 2A State title after she easily won the District crown last week in Selah. But what many didn't suspect was that Sanchez would completely annihilate the field at the 2A State cross country meet at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco this past Saturday.

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Friday, November 5

  

Veteran's Day program set

Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside will be the keynote speaker the Sunnyside Veteran's Day ceremony to be held Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Jerry Taylor Memorial Veterans' Plaza, East Edison Avenue and Ninth Street.

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Retired teachers to meet Tuesday

The Lower Yakima Valley unit of the Washington State Schools Retirees Association (WSSRA) will meet Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Sunny Spot Restaurant in Sunnyside.

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Recycle Day event planned

YAKIMA - A workshop for business owners to learn more about county recycling services will be held Monday, Nov. 15, at the Yakima Area Arboretum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Enjoy a laugh at work, its good for you

Dorothy Bristow is the first to admit she keeps toys in her office. Bristow, who was the featured speaker at the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday morning, said those who walk into her office will see a shelf of toys, which is what she uses to combat stress and enjoy life, even while at work.

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Interlocal agreement yet to be formalized

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole suggested that he and Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell sit down and talk about the interlocal agreement the two sides have with one another.

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Festival of Trees kicks off the holidays

What has long been viewed as a gala to kick off the Sunnyside holiday season, the Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary's ninth annual Festival of Trees will be held Friday, Nov. 19.

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High school brings modern touch to Romeo and Juliet

When the audience sits down to enjoy the Sunnyside High School performance of Romeo and Juliet, they should be prepared to see some modern-day touches. This year when the local drama students take to the stage they may be speaking Shakespearean language, but there will be no denying that the play is set in modern times.

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Gregoire inches closer to being named governor

Exactly who will be leading the state in 2005 is still up in the air, although Democrat Christine Gregoire has seen her lead increase since ballots were first counted following Tuesday's general election.

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Victory over Cascade sends Grandview to second round of District play

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School volleyball team didn't let a little thing like playing in the first game of Districts shake their confidence Thursday night. Instead, the Lady Greyhounds pushed forward with their season-long winning streak, sending the Cascade Kodiaks home without a game win.

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Lady Vikings volleyball honored

MABTON - The Mabton High School girls volleyball team will be looking to qualify for State this weekend with a couple of wins at the Regional tournament this Saturday in Wenatchee.

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Thursday, November 4



Grant funds beef up fire prevention program

The grant funding the Sunnyside Fire Department received last summer from the Federal Emergency Management Act and the Department of Homeland Security has been spent to improve fire prevention in Sunnyside.

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Commissioner needed

Interested in helping shape the direction of the City of Sunnyside's parks and recreation programs? Then you're needed as on the seven-member Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Villanueva new Scouting executive

As a boy, Frank Villanueva enjoyed his adventures in scouting, but he never dreamed he'd grow up to be involved in recruiting other boys to the 96-year-old Boy Scouts of America organization.

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Wednesday, November 3

         

Guns, ammo recovered by Mabton police

MABTON - Five rifles and more than 600 rounds of ammunition were stolen by whom police believe to be three Mabton teens this past weekend. So far, two of the rifles have been recovered, according to Mabton Police Chief Raul Almeida.

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Tuesday, November 2

         

Employee cuts recommended to balance Sunnyside budget

The City of Sunnyside is facing nearly a $400,000 deficit with its 2005 current expense fund. As a result, Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell is making some proposals that could mean some major changes in the make-up of city operations.

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Monday, November 1



Selah blanks the Grizzlies

SELAH - It was a long night for the faithful of the Sunnyside High School football team this past Friday night in Selah.

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No charges yet in shooting death

YAKIMA - No charges have been filed yet against the 14-year-old cousin of 11-year-old Nora Gonzalez, who died last week from a gunshot wound to the forehead.

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S'side police sergeant dies on elk hunting trip

For the next few days the flags at city buildings will be at half mast in memory of Sunnyside Police Sgt. Steve Evans. Evans, 50, died this past Saturday while hunting elk above Ellensburg. The request to lowered the flags came from Sunnyside Mayor Ed Prilucik.

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Mabton gridders clip Eagles' wings

MABTON - Win and they're in. But lose this coming Friday night, and the Mabton High School football team will have to hold its breath to see if it qualifies for the postseason.

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