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West Nile virus found in horses

West Nile virus has been confirmed in two horses in Snohomish County.

The horses, a mare and a foal, were imported from Europe and placed in a holding facility in California before being transported to Snohomish County in mid-July. It is thought the horses acquired the West Nile virus while in California.

"This is a reminder that horse owners in Washington should vaccinate their horses," said Dr. Leonard Eldridge, state veterinarian.

"We're already into the mosquito season, but now may still be a good time to act because the vaccine requires two doses three to six weeks apart,a nd immunity will not be achieved until five weeks after the second vaccine," Eldridge said.

West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and can infect people, horses and many types of birds. About one-third of horses that are infected with the virus die.

Lower Valley students graduate from Eastern

CHENEY - Numerous Lower Yakima Valley students were awarded degrees from Eastern Washington University at the end of spring quarter 2005.

The EWU graduates include Sunnyside's Andy Simpson, BA in studio art; Emma Holwegner, BS in applied developmental psychology; and Linda Tejeda, BS in social work.

Other Lower Valley grads include Mabton's Lucy Rivera, Master of social work; Maribel Torres, Master of social work; and Sonia Sanchez, Master of social work; Grandview's Curtis Campbell, BA in government; Danielle Browitt, BA in communication studies; Katherine Kimbrough, Master of social work; and Annette Mejia, Master of science in applied psychology; Granger's Crystal King, BA in education health and fitness; and Jose Alviso, BS in computer engineering technology; and Prosser's Nate Petersen, BA in health services administration; and Sara Adams, BA in psychology.

Lick awarded scholarship

2005 Sunnyside High School graduate Kevin Lick has been awarded an Aaron Douglas Scholarship to study electrical engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The scholarship will pay for 25 percent of Lick's tuition at the Nebraska college.

City pool closes

in two weeks

With the start of the 2005-06 school year rapidly approaching, time is running out for Sunnyside youngsters to take advantage of the hot summer days at the city swimming pool.

Recreation Department officials have announced that the city pool will close for open swim sessions on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Those interested in renting the pool for private swim parties before it closes are urged to contact the Sunnyside Recreation office (837-8660).

Union Gap highway work receives funding

UNION GAP - Congressman Doc Hastings led the charge to have $5.12 million included in the federal transportation bill that will be used to make improvements at two interchanges in Union Gap.

"Improving these interchanges will help ease traffic flow and allow for further growth and job creation," said Hastings.

Hastings helped secure half a million dollars for the project in 2003. The additional $5.12 million will help complete the design and engineering work on the I-82 interchanges.

The federal highway bill has yet to be signed into law.

Mabton man injured in

car accident

19-year-old Antonio Figueroa Ramirez of Mabton required hospitalization last Friday evening, at about 5:50 p.m., as the result of a one-vehicle accident on SR-24.

Washington State Patrol troopers said Ramirez was westbound on SR-24, approximately 36 miles east of Yakima, in a 1992 Mazda van and failed to negotiate a left curve. The van exited the roadway and rolled, ejecting Ramirez from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Ramirez was transported to Kadlec Medical Center in the Tri-Cities.

WSP officials said an investigation is underway as to whether or not charges will be filed against Ramirez.

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