West Nile virus found in horses
West Nile virus has been confirmed in two horses in
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
"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
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
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
Ramirez was transported to Kadlec Medical Center in the
WSP officials said an investigation is underway as to
whether or not charges will be filed against Ramirez.