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Thursday, September 30



Hastings asks USDA to purchase more pears

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fourth District Congressman Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) led a bipartisan coalition of Washington and Oregon lawmakers in asking USDA Secretary Ann Veneman to make a bonus purchase of canned Bartlett pears for the nation's federal nutrition programs.

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Wednesday, September 29

             

Lady 'Hounds play tough, but lose to East Valley

MOXEE - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds saw many aspects of their game come together Tuesday night against a tough East Valley team. However, their efforts were not enough to allow them to push past the Red Devils.

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Riverside slows down Lady Knights, 3-0

YAKIMA - Tuesday night's trip to Riverside Christian High School turned out to be a downer for the Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team. Coming off a rousing win over Trout Lake last Friday, the Lady Knights failed to add another victory to their win column.

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Three arrested on burglary charges

A 20-year-old Sunnyside man and two local teenagers were arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the burglary of a home in the 700 block of Crescent Avenue.

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Tuesday, September 28

      

Tractor-trailer mishap disrupts electrical power

GRANDVIEW - Some Grandview residents woke up Sunday morning without electricity, thanks to a tractor-trailer accident that brought down the power lines at the intersection of Grandridge and West Second streets.

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Paintball tourney to be held Oct. 16

GRANDVIEW - Looking to get a start in one of the fastest growing extreme sports? Those interested in the sport of paintball can enter a tournament that will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Grandview Nazarene Church paintball field.

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Housing Authority requests $283,040 from HUD for upgrades

Residents of the Sunnyside Housing Authority could have a lot of updating to look forward to if the local organization receives all of the funding it is requesting from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the 2005 funding cycle.

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Monday, September 27



Sunnyside High School drop-out rates improving

With all of the efforts being made to keep kids in schools, the Sunnyside School District is seeing a decline in the number of students who leave school. This past year of the 1,347 students who started the 2003-04 school year at the high school, 8.6 percent dropped out.

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Child struck in Friday afternoon hit-and-run

The Washington State Patrol is looking for a 1990s pickup truck and its driver that left the scene after reportedly hitting 11-year-old Angel Garcia Friday afternoon as he attempted to cross Van Belle Road on State Route 241.

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Rams too much for S'side girls

WEST VALLEY - The West Valley Rams maintained their grip on a first place tie in the Mid-Valley League standings with a straight set victory over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies this past Saturday.

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Lady 'Hounds third at 4A tourney

LAKE STEVENS - The Lady Greyhounds took their show on the road Saturday, showing several 4A schools just what the 2A Grandview team is made of.

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Friday, September 24

      

Heart Beat

Getting older ain't getting any easier, just more fun

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Lady Grizzlies muzzle Scotties

COWICHE - The Sunnyside High School ladies soccer team defeated the Highland Scotties, 6-3, in a non-league game Thursday afternoon.

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Sunnyside fire chief apparently forced out

Sunnyside Fire Chief Jim Stanton is leaving his position with the local fire department. After 33 years of service to the fire department, Stanton will be leaving under a mutual agreement he came to with City Manager Bob Stockwell Thursday afternoon.

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Scott, Martinez Sunnyside's top x-country finishers

WEST VALLEY - Mid-Valley League cross country competition got underway Thursday afternoon. And, based on the opening meet of the season, it appears that Brenden Scott and Mercedes Martinez are going to be the catalysts for this year's Sunnyside High School boys and girls squads.

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Mabton girls win in three

GLENWOOD - For the first time ever, the Mabton Lady Vikings found themselves on the court facing off against the Glenwood volleyball team. This is the first year Glenwood has had its own team. In previous years the Eagles have combined and played with Trout Lake.

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School board dedicates new S'side parent center

The community of Sunnyside has a new place to go when it comes to resources to help better the achievement of both children and parents in the local school district. Thursday night, the Sunnyside School Board, as well as representatives from the Northwest Community Action Center and Education Service District 105 gathered together to celebrate the dedication of the new parent center at 810 E. Custer Ave. in Sunnyside.

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Thursday, September 23

        

Wednesday, September 22

   

MOMS offer stay-at-home moms support

GRANDVIEW - Heidi Owen believes the Peace Corps must be a piece of cake. She believes being a stay-at-home mom is the "toughest job you'll ever love," to borrow the slogan.

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WWII Rotary topic

Tales of dangerous missions, daring escapes and a bit of history awaited Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary members at their meeting Wednesday morning.

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County to file claim of damages against Toppenish

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners, Tuesday morning, decided the time is right to take action against the City of Toppenish for what the county feels was misleading information that led to the county purchasing more than 30 acres for the siting of the Yakima Valley Justice Center, which is now being built at a site near the Central Washington State Fairgrounds in Yakima.

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Black Rock Creek golfers fare well at pro-am

KENNEWICK - Two members of Black Rock Creek Golf Course earned first place individual finishes this past Monday at a pro-am tournament sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA.

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G'view sweeps Ki-Be Bears

BENTON CITY - Tuesday night, the Grandview Lady Greyhounds managed to pull out a win against a tough Ki-Be team, sweeping past the Bears in a three-game match.

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Young Viking squad powers past Sunnyside

SELAH - The Selah Vikings girls volleyball team doesn't have many upperclassmen this year. It doesn't matter. The Vikes are once again the team to beat in the Mid-Valley League, as Sunnyside learned last night.

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Tuesday, September 21

     

China Grove temporarily closes

Faithful patrons of the China Grove were notified last week that the Chinese restaurant will be closing until their new building on Picard Place, which is just off Wanita Road, is completed. The Yakima Valley Highway restaurant closed its doors Sunday, Sept. 19.

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Sunshine Days raffle winners named

Robin Gonzales of Sunnyside is the winner of a Lower Valley Community Concert Series family ticket, which was offered as one of the prizes in this year's Sunshine Days Raffle. Gonzales' name was drawn last Saturday night during the Miss Sunnyside Pageant.

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Veliz second at PGA pro-am

RICHLAND - Black Rock Creek's Pete Veliz garnered a second place finish at last week's pro-am tournament sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA. The Monday, Sept. 13, tourney, staged at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course, drew a field of 168 professional and amateur golfers.

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Adventurer turns to Jesus Christ for fulfillment

PROSSER - Lower Valley Christian Women's Club speaker Barbara Moss of Melbourne Beach, Fla. is an adventurer. Having traveled to Africa, South America, Europe, Antarctica and the Arctic, she has filled her life with adventures.

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Monday, September 20



SCHS Knights claim two wins

The Sunnyside Christian High School Knights nailed down a pair of victories in their home openers this past Friday and Saturday.

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'Doc' pushes GOP platform

Congressman Richard "Doc" Hastings has been in the political arena for nearly three decades. Last Friday, Hastings talked to members of the Sunnyside Republican Club, noting that it was nice to talk to members of the local organization again, something he remembers doing for the first time in January 1975.

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Eagles fly past G'view gridders

GRANDVIEW - A 13-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Artz to Matt Emerson was the only scoring the Grandview High School football team could muster against the visiting Connell Eagles last Friday night.

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Eastside Catholic trips up Sunnyside grid team, 14-7

SEATTLE - Sunnyside Coach Mark Marro isn't one to lambaste an official for a call that many would say cost his team a victory. But when asked if the pass interference penalty that was assessed his club late in Saturday night's game was a horrible call, Marro couldn't offer up much support for the referee in question.

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Lady Vikings stick it out to beat Riverview

MABTON - The Mabton Lady Vikings had a tough go of it Saturday night, going up against the hard-hitting team from Riverview High School. Despite having powerful hits over the net, the Riverview team was unable to stave off the Lady Vikings, who finished on top after a five-game match.

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Lightning bolts past Mabton gridders, 35-7

UNION GAP - Ouch! The Mabton High School football team got stung by a lightning bolt last Friday. The LaSalle Lightning racked up a 35-7 Central Washington 'B' League victory against the Vikings.

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Lady Grizzlies defeat Wapato

WAPATO - The Sunnyside High School girls soccer team beat the Wapato Wolves 5-1 Saturday for its second win in Mid-Valley League action.

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Friday, September 17



Mabton band getting local air time with first CD

MABTON - It's just a tiny sound-proof room located just off his kitchen, but from it Jesus Prado of rural Mabton is mixing the sound he hopes will soon be rocketing him and his fellow band members to fame and fortune.

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Lady Vikings push past Klickitat in five

MABTON - The Lady Vikings had a long night Thursday, battling against the team from Klickitat High School. Ultimately, though, Mabton came out on top of the five-game match.

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Publisher talks about his Yakima Valley Justice Center coverage

More than 20,000 people receive copies of at least one publication from Yakima newspaper publisher Bruce Smith. According to Smith, just under 7,000 businesses in Yakima County receive the Yakima Valley Business Times, as do 13,000 people ages 55 years or older in the Yakima and Tri-Cities areas.

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Lady 'Hounds sweep past Naches

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds managed another league win Thursday night, sweeping past the visiting Naches Rangers for a three-game victory.

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'Stangs sting Sunnyside girls

To Sunnyside's credit, the Lady Grizzly volleyball team basically shut down Prosser's top hitter last night. Dynamo Claire Raap, Prosser's sensational force at the net, was limited to just seven kills Thursday evening.

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Thursday, September 16

 

Commissioners vote to lower card room taxes

YAKIMA - Card rooms operating in unincorporated Yakima County, of which there currently are none, are no longer required to pay the county a 20 percent tax of the establishment's gross receipts.

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Wednesday, September 15

 

Lady Vikings sweep SCHS

MABTON - The Mabton High School varsity volleyball team pulled it together Tuesday night, playing tough against the team from Sunnyside Christian High School.

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Ellensburg blanks Lady Grizzlies, 3-0

Stevie Fischer's blistering attack from the service line carried the Ellensburg High School girls volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies last night.

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Guest Editorial

Bush was right to tell Congress to settle its differences on highway funding

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Few problems on election day

While federal election observers watched Sunnyside voters file into the Lincoln School gym all day Tuesday, election volunteer Bob Hazzard greeted voters with a quick lesson in electronic ballot casting.

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Cozy Cookie therapeutic to children and adults alike

ELLENSBURG - It's made of soft, tan polar fleece and when warmed in the microwave oven it gives off a scent of fresh gingerbread. The Cozy Cookie is the innovative doll/heating pad created by best friends and Ellensburg residents Mollie Edson and Jane Wright.

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Tuesday, September 14



Pearl Hughes Guild meets Friday

The Pearl Hughes Guild of Children's Hospital and Medical Center will meet Friday, Sept. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sunny Spot Restaurant in Sunnyside.

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Dekker adds real estate to his repertoire

Things are changing in the life of Sunnyside Young Life director and newest member of the Prudential Valley Investment Properties staff Tom Dekker. Dekker recently started working at the local real estate office and is looking forward to helping families purchase homes in the Lower Valley.

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Sunnyside wins big

Jesse Montelongo touched the ball just four times in last night's freshman football game between Sunnyside and Selah. Unbelievably, Montelongo scored all four times.

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Pre-school begins annual aluminum recycling drive

Candyce Villalobos may only be 4-years-old, but she is already learning how to help others. Villalobos and her fellow students at Calvary Lutheran School of Sunnyside are again collecting the aluminum tabs from soda cans as a part of a school-wide recycling drive to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Spokane.

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Monday, September 13

      

'Hounds open CWAC play with 35-14 victory

BENTON CITY - In its season opener two Fridays ago, the Grandview High School football team committed more mistakes than it could overcome in a 32-25 loss to class 3A Sunnyside. This past Friday night, the class 2A Greyhounds played nearly error-free. The end result was a 35-14 victory over the hapless Ki-Be Bears.

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Shockers blow past Mabton gridders, 42-7

MABTON - Like a knife slicing through warm butter, the Waterville Shockers ran through Mabton's defensive squad last Friday night enroute to posting a convincing 42-7 victory.

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Friday, September 10

   

Help sought for former Sunnysider striken with cancer

When Katie Gonzalez discovered a lingering cold had become something much more serious, the former Sunnysider called on her family to lend support. Her parents, Fred and Mary Alice Gonzalez of Sunnyside, have been staying with their daughter while she battles Primary Progressive Hodgkin's Disease, a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system.

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Lady Grizzly swimmers make good showing at relay invite

WENATCHEE - An informal relay invitational in Wenatchee Thursday afternoon opened the season for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly swimmers. The five girls from Sunnyside who attended the meet placed seventh as a team, according to Coach Scott Southard.

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Local Republicans hear from three judicial candidates

What should a person look for when it comes to choosing a candidate to fill an open position in Yakima County Superior Court? This morning (Friday), three candidates for the position talked to members of the Sunnyside Republican Club, noting what they feel are important things voters should keep in mind when selecting a candidate.

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Prosser hospital a safe place for newborns

PROSSER - A second chance at life for infants in danger of being abandoned is now possible at Prosser Memorial Hospital, where, as "A Safe Place for Newborns," distraught mothers and fathers can leave their babies anonymously without fear of prosecution.

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Push is on for new aquatic center

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board began strategizing Thursday night, one of the first steps to building a new aquatic center in the community.

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Thursday, September 9



Sunnyside Planning Commission OK's annexation

A 3.24-acre parcel of land located near the corner of North 16th Street and Sheller Road has been recommended for annexation into the city limits of Sunnyside. The annexation request was reviewed Wednesday night by the Sunnyside Planning Commission.

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Lady Grizzlies compete at East Valley jamboree

MOXEE - Things got off to a bad start for the Sunnyside High School girls volleyball team Tuesday night. But Lady Grizzly Coach Angel Carrizales still feels good about how her players did at the four-team East Valley jamboree.

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Grandview receives extra money for new playground

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation program recently received word that it was not only awarded the $3,000 it requested from the Lower Yakima County Rural Enterprise Community, it was given an extra $2,000.

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Grandview Council signs off on project completion

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Public Works Director Cus Arteaga Tuesday night requested the Grandview City Council accept the city's new public storm water retention project as complete. The council voted unanimously to accept the project as completed.

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Wednesday, September 8

 

Tejano music promoters apologize to G'view Council

GRANDVIEW - Tino Patina and Ruby Carbajal, board members of the Pacific Northwest Tejano Music Association, publicly apologized to the Grandview City Council Tuesday night, two days after one of their concerts got out of hand.

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Burglars strike in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Two Grandview businesses were busy Tuesday morning repairing broken windows and doors after would-be thieves attempted burglaries in two different parts of town.

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Annual flea market to be held in Bickleton

BICKLETON - Looking for antiques, books to read this winter or fresh baked goodies? Head for the hills and the fourth annual Bickleton Presbyterian Church ladies flea market, where a variety of goodies will be available for purchase this Saturday.

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Tuesday, September 7

         

Wash. State Migrant Council teaching people how to drive

Not far from where thousands of Yakima Valley residents took their driving test years ago, a new generation of drivers is getting a chance to study up before heading over to the Washington State Department of Driver Licensing office in Sunnyside to try for their driver's license.

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Friday, September 3

   

Prosser celebrates States Days this Sept. 6

PROSSER - It's a day when the Prosser community celebrates States Days, while the rest of the nation celebrates Labor Day. Set for Monday, Sept. 6, Prosser States Day will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. winding through downtown Prosser.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate looks at the colorful side of life

Rayann Van Beek enjoys things that bring color into her life. Things that make each day bright and filled with joy. With this in mind, Van Beek is looking at a possible career in interior design after she graduates from Sunnyside Christian High School in a couple of years.

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Thursday, September 2

 

Neighborhood mural target of graffiti

Several years ago after a rash of graffiti marked a small brick wall on Fourth Street in Sunnyside, the residents of Sunnyside Manor I, wanting to make a difference in their neighborhood, got together and commissioned a scenic mural to be painted on the wall across the street from the apartment complex.

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Sunnyside Public Works Director to join SVID

When Delmas Church retires from the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) ending over his 33 years of service, his position will be taken over by Ken Ott, the Sunnyside city Public Works Director, according to SVID District Manager Jim Trull.

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Commissioners set hearing date for two local agreements

Tuesday, Sept. 21, is the day two public hearings will be held to help decide if Yakima County commissioners will approve non-exclusive franchise agreements with Ted Durfey of Sunnyside and Jane Manley of Grandview. Both agreements deal with the construction of irrigation pipes, although each is in conjunction with a different project.

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Wednesday, September 1



Sunnyside murder case must be retried

Just days before the four-year anniversary of the gruesome murder of local nurse Stephen Graves, the state appeals court over-turned the conviction of his step-son, Mark Greer.

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