Stories for August 2005

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Wednesday, August 31

  

There's no 'i' in team

MABTON - Ask Viking head football coach D.J. Search how his team looks this year, and he'll quickly tell you it's not his team.

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Pawn shop owner makes good on $1,000 reward

Randy Harris of Kennewick was extremely happy to part with $1,000 yesterday (Tuesday). The pawnshop owner presented the money to the Sunnyside Police Department as reward for their excellent police work.

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Defense the big question for the Grizzlies

The chemistry of a football team is one of the most important aspects in terms of success. This year, the chemistry of the Grizzlies' defensive unit is one of the concerns of Sunnyside High School football coach Mark Marro.

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Sunnyside hairdresser completes Kraft Foods internship

Maggie Alejandre is a driven, young woman. Articulate and polished, she is well on her way to earning a Bachelor's degree in business administration. As she nears her 2006 graduation date, Alejandre is already looking at a career in marketing.

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Fireworks spark more discussion in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Possible solutions ranging from a $10 permit to utilizing school grounds all had a hearing Tuesday, as Grandview continues to wrestle with how to have safe - and sane - July 4 fireworks.

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Yakima County District Court offers amnesty

Those people with outstanding traffic tickets or misdemeanor fines have a chance to get their debt paid off without having to pay collection fees and interest, thanks to an amnesty period being offered by the Yakima County District Court.

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Tuesday, August 30



Grandview introduces Link Crew program

GRANDVIEW - As freshmen head back to class today, they are walking in with their heads held high. Instead of the high school being seen as a big, new place with a lot of upperclassmen, most freshman have a new outlook on things. The class of 2009 is already familiar with the layout of the school, has had a chance to meet fellow freshmen and even know an upperclassman or two.

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Ramos to umpire national softball tourney

Rudy "Bull" Ramos hit a home run with national softball organizers when he was called on to umpire at the Amateur Softball Association tournament this coming weekend in Valdosta, Ga.

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Welding program becoming fixture at SHS

Sunnyside High School Fusion Technology (welding) teacher Tom Dolan has done plenty of interesting things in his life, but he hasn't enjoyed anything more than what he is doing now-teaching.

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Communication key for two Mabton School Board candidates

MABTON - Both Elsa Sanchez and Gabriel Mireles Jr. feel that communication in the Mabton School District is lacking. And that is one of the reasons why both of them decided to throw their hat into the ring for an open seat on the Mabton School Board.

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Monday, August 29

      

Local firefighters save Snokist building from being razed Friday

GRANDVIEW - It is not often that $250,000 in damages can be considered something positive to look at. This is the case, though, with a fire that could have easily done a lot more structural damage to the Snokist Growers warehouse at 614 West Wine Country Road if it had not been for the efforts of some 35 area firefighters.

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Sunnyside Grid Kid squads fall in season opener

WAPATO - It was a nice start to the season for both of the Sunnyside Grid Kid youth football teams this past Saturday. The only problem is that while playing relatively well for the first game of the season, neither of the local teams notched a win.

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Friday, August 26



Sanders home on leave from Iraq

Enduring temperatures as high as 130 degrees and escaping injury, or worse, by just seconds are all in a day's work for Army Sergeant Aaron Sanders, now home on leave in Sunnyside.

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One big red wagon now part of Sunnyside's Promise program

Sunnyside's Promise presented a child's toy nearly the size of a semi truck to the public during the Sunnyside School District's opening ceremonies celebrating the start of the new school year held at the Sunnyside High School auditorium yesterday (Thursday).

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Two political newcomers vying for Mabton City Council seat

MABTON - Two Mabton residents have decided that after years of living in the community they were ready to test their political savvy and run for public office. Angel Reyna and Sophia Gutierrez-Sotelo, who are both running for Mabton City Council position three, are newcomers to the political arena.

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Thursday, August 25

     

Wednesday, August 24



Schatz captures Hogue Invite title

Playing the "old nine" in the first ever Wayne Hogue Invitational at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course last Thursday, Aug. 18, Ty Schatz bested the field by shooting a 1-over-par 36.

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Sunnyside forming team to assist emergency responders

Who helps those who help us? Who helps a firefighter deal with the trauma of seeing a person tragically die before their very eyes? Who helps a police officer deal with the horrors that can sometimes be found at a crime scene? Who helps the nurse or doctor at the hospital sort through the death and injuries they see on a daily basis?

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Plesha working hard for an education

Some prep athletes are dedicated to the idea of having an outstanding collegiate career in their chosen sport. Others dream of a professional career one day. Anyone who has ever seen Sunnyside High School standout Danny Plesha play the sport of tennis might think he is gearing up for the latter.

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G'view Council incumbent faces youthful challenge

GRANDVIEW - At just 22, Maria Armendariz is ready to take on an active role at city hall. For that to happen, though, she'll need to defeat incumbent councilwoman Joan Souders for Grandview City Council position 1.

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Weddings

Schinkelshoek, den Hoed wed in July, 2004 ceremony

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Tuesday, August 23



Safeway welcomes new manager

Some who have walked into the Sunnyside Safeway store may have noticed a new face. That face belongs to the new store manager, Ryan Helton.

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Sunnyside Grid Kid teams show promise at Grandview scrimmage

GRANDVIEW - No football team shows everything it has at a pre-season scrimmage. And neither of the Sunnyside Grid Kid football teams proved to be the exception this past Friday night. But it was nice, felt the local coaches, for the football players to get out and knock someone around.

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SVID gains $300,000 for conservation projects

With a projected savings of more than 130 million gallons of water per year, the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District received $300,000 in grant money towards pipe replacement and water measurement equipment.

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Three seek director's seat on Grandview School Board

GRANDVIEW - At first, no one wanted to fill the seat left open by long-time Grandview School Board member Kirk Michels, who decided to not seek re-election this fall. Then during a special filing period by the Yakima County Auditors office, candidates started flooding in for the director district #2 seat on the local school board.

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Sunnyside trucker involved in fatality

PASCO - A Sunnyside semi-truck driver, 32-year-old Jeffrey T. Still, escaped injury yesterday afternoon in a collision that resulted in the fiery death of an Othello potato truck driver.

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Monday, August 22



Burglary suspect nabbed

An alert Washout Road resident's fast thinking and daring action led to the quick arrest of one Sunnyside man, who with an accomplice was reportedly seen leaving the victims' residence yesterday morning (Sunday).

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Drug arrest made

A man's attempt to take a shortcut through a Sunnyside business parking lot yesterday (Sunday) morning led to his arrest on a possession of drugs charge.

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Friday, August 19

    

Miss Sunnyside hopeful Kerri Urrutia

Serving up ice cream treats, creating deli-style sandwiches and answering hundreds of Yakima Valley tourists' questions has kept Kerri Urrutia busy this summer.

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Annie brings out seniors for musical fun

What could be more fun than playing with a bunch of little children? Pretending you are the little kid! And that is just what the Over the Hill Senior Theatrical cast of "Annie" plans to do for the next couple of months.

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Thursday, August 18



Firemen look for support with Fill the Boot campaign

Don't be surprised to see the intersection at Seventh Street and Edison Avenue near the post office clogged on Friday. The congestion won't be a bad thing, as members of the Sunnyside Fire Department will be out for their annual Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

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Wednesday, August 17

 

Task force to recommend to keep fireworks in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A committee that was formed in Grandview at the request of Mayor Norm Childress to address the combat conditions that envelop the community every Fourth of July has decided it wants to keep allowing the public to discharge fireworks.

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10-week course offers weight management help

Managing weight through developing a healthy lifestyle is the goal of a 10-week series being offered at the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church Friendship Building, 1875 E. Lincoln Ave., beginning Aug. 22.

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Couple reunites after decades apart

When Ernie Ribail, then 13, and Mary Lou Schut, then 10, first met in the asparagus fields of Eastern Washington, neither one of them realized that they were working alongside their future spouse.

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Tuesday, August 16



Pruning for spiritual growth

Growing up in a Christian family was no guarantee that Christine Masters of Powell River, B.C. would choose to accept Jesus as her Savior.

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Motorist runs stop sign, three injured

OUTLOOK - A Toppenish man, whom Washington State Patrol troopers said failed to stop at a stop sign, is being blamed for a two-vehicle collision that occurred yesterday afternoon (Monday).

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Francis new barber in town

There is a bit of Americana in Larry's Barber Shop in downtown Sunnyside. The smell of aftershave and hot lather fills the 1960s looking barber shop.

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Monday, August 15

    

Outlook Junior Grange earns top ag exhibit honors at Grandview fair

GRANDVIEW - The Outlook Junior Grange, with a display dedicated to the agriculture bounty of the Yakima Valley, earned the Marie Combelic Memorial Trophy at the 78th annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo held in Grandview last week. The trophy is given to the best overall agricultural exhibit, according to Willard Mears, superintendent of the fair's agriculture division.

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Train strikes, kills S'side man

MABTON - A 33-year-old Sunnyside man, stopped and sitting in a 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse on the railroad tracks in Mabton, was struck by a train and killed this past Saturday morning.

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Friday, August 12

 

Yakima County prioritizes public development projects

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners voted to prioritize a list of 13 proposed public development projects. Creating a prioritized list will help open the doors for possible state and federal funding for the various projects.

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Chamber hires marketing coordinator

Pam Turner of Sunnyside has been hired as the new Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce marketing and events coordinator, according to Rado Harrington, chamber director.

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Brown Sox fifth at 'D' State tourney

WENATCHEE - Arguably the most successful men's slo-pitch softball team from the Sunnyside area for the past several years, the Brown Sox earned a fifth place finish last weekend at the class 'D' State tournament in Wenatchee.

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Thursday, August 11

 

Stolen property, $70,000 worth, recovered

Sunnyside police served a search warrant on residents at 391 S. McLean Rd. late Wednesday afternoon, which resulted in the recovery of more than $70,000 worth of stolen property. Police believe the residence to be the center of an organized crime ring, which they say has been operating in the Lower Valley for the past five months.

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Wednesday, August 10

      

Fair time brings out blue ribbon winners

GRANDVIEW - Even though the number of open class entries are a bit down at this year's Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo, which opens today (Wednesday), the Beavan Building is filled with plenty of jellies, jams, pickles and canned vegetables, all competing for the many blue ribbons available to Lower Valley fair competitors.

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Couple works to ensure that local children have bicycle helmets

There is a new effort being made to ensure that children riding bicycles through town are doing so as safely as possible. The Aaron Saunders Foundation is working with the Sunnyside Police Department to give away bicycle helmets to those who are currently riding around without the safety gear.

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Tuesday, August 9

     

Calling all men

Area men over age 45 wanting their shot at stardom are encouraged to try out for a role in the Over the Hill production of "Annie".

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Outlook man arrested on felony warrants

A report of a trespasser in the 1500 block of Federal Way in Sunnyside early Monday morning led to the arrest of an Outlook man, but not before he led the officers on a short vehicle chase through several residential areas.

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Sunnyside to offer probation services

The Sunnyside City Council Monday night approved an agreement to offer Yakima County Probation Department services through the Sunnyside Municipal Court for adult offenders.

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Monday, August 8

   

S'side veterans memorial completed

Giant cranes have lowered the final slabs of granite into place to bring to a close a 10-year effort to create a lasting salute to the Lower Valley military men and women who served their nation.

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Police arrest two on drug charges

Sunnyside police, with the aid of Yakima County Sheriff's deputies and LEAD Task Force detectives arrested a 33-year-old Sunnyside man and a 23-year-old Outlook man last Saturday night on charges of possession of methamphetamine.

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Woman found buried at rural Grandview home

GRANDVIEW - A five-year-old murder could be one step closer to being solved. Last Thursday, 63-year-old Daniel Sauber walked into the Grandview Police Department and told officers that he had killed a woman five years ago and buried her body behind his house at 471 Hickory Rd. in Grandview.

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Friday, August 5



GHS grad debuts in St. Louis opera

Finding someone who is proficient in English, German, Italian and French can be somewhat of a challenge. But Grandview High School graduate Joe Michels was required to learn the three romance languages, not for a trip around the world, but for his profession.

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Miss Sunnyside hopeful: Dianna Mendoza

The summer has flown by for Dianna Mendoza, who spent a week in Washington D.C. visiting with family and seeing her older brother, Danny, receive the Congressional Youth Leadership Award in June.

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Thursday, August 4

   

Hot, dry summer weather forecasted to continue locally

Meteorologists are warning that Washington and Oregon residents will continue to face above average temperatures and little or no rainfall in the coming weeks, which they say, will make it even more difficult to contain the major wildfires that have broken out recently.

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Wednesday, August 3

  

Stop being fair, start catching bad guys

Random checks of bags on subways won't stop terrorism anymore than random prostate exams would eliminate cancer. Instead, we need to focus our resources and concentrate on checking the people most likely to blow things up.

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ACLU vs. America

If you are wondering where the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is standing in the war on terror, contemplate the following: the ACLU wants U.S. courts to allow the Quran to be used instead of the Bible when administering the oath to Muslims in court.

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Tuesday, August 2

 

Meth Act would strengthen restrictions on pseudoephedrine

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved and forwarded the Combat Meth Act of 2005 out of committee and to the full Senate. The legislation would regulate the sale of pseudoephedrine by keeping products that contain it behind a pharmacy counter and allowing only a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to sell such products.

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Hospice auction well attended

The Lower Valley Hospice benefit auction, held Saturday night at Navarro's Family Community Center in Sunnyside, attracted more than 200 people. According to organizers, most everything up for bid found buyers, including a gently used John Deere lawn tractor and an adorable Golden Retriever. "Bidding was spirited," said co-chairman Carol Bos. "We don't know exactly how much money we grossed yet, but we are very happy with the event."

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Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championship Meet

WAPATO - The first and second place finishers in each event at the July 29-31 Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championship Meet are listed below, as well as all the Sunnyside swimmers who earned team points by garnering a "Top 8" finish.

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Sunnyside Sharks 3rd at swim championships

WAPATO - Paced by high point age division winners Toni Castillo, Jacob Hollander and Katie Knee, the Sunnyside Sharks garnered a third place finish this past weekend at the seven-team Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championship meet.

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