Stories for December 2005

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Friday, December 30



SCHS boys topple Evergreen Lutheran

SHORELINE - Seniors Chad Den Boer and Matt Haak, along with junior Aaron Van de Graaf, lit up the scoreboard for a combined 40 points yesterday at the Shoreline Invitational.

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Mabton grapplers third at 12-team tourney

ROCKFORD - Learning from mistakes made last year, the Mabton Vikings wrestling team fared much better this year at the Freeman Tourney, finishing in third place, with 148 points, out of 12 teams.

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Thursday, December 29

     

Grandview wins Hanford Winter Cup invite

RICHLAND - Grandview wrestlers Fernando Godinez at 130 lbs. and Shay Seimears at 140 lbs. each captured individual titles to help the Grandview wrestling team win the team title at the Handford Winter Cup tournament Wednesday.

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Yakima Valley parents slow to buckle up their kids

Although studies show that motor vehicle crashes are the single largest killer of children 4-8 years old, many parents in the Yakima Valley are not using the booster seats that could mean the difference between life and death.

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Wednesday, December 28

  

Second man charged with murder

Francisco Acevedo, 18, of Sunnyside made a preliminary appearance in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday after being arrested in Sunnyside about 11 p.m. this past Sunday on a charge of murder in the first degree.

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Tuesday, December 27

 

Identity confirmed of man killed Dec. 22

With the help of family members in California and the Los Angeles Police Department, Sunnyside police were able to put a legal name, Xavier Perez, to the man who was shot to death in Sunnyside Thursday, Dec. 22.

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Homeless survival

When her mobile home was completely destroyed in an unexplained fire in Sunnyside Nov. 26, Cynthia Fernandez went into survival mode instead of moving into what was to be her new home.

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Grandview police busy

GRANDVIEW - Police in Grandview have been busy in the past week with several burglaries and vehicle-related thefts.

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Friday, December 23



Finding Christ in Christmas

BETHLEHEM - I've done a lot of heavy lifting in my time, but let me tell you about my most precious cargo more than 2,000 years ago.

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Lady Vikings pummel Warriors

MABTON - The Mabton High School girls basketball team, out of action for 11 days, used the down time to refine its defensive play and communication skills.

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Roommates of slain man sought as witnesses

The two roommates of a 27-year-old man, who was killed at a Sunnyside rental home at 1713 Guernsey Street yesterday (Thursday) morning, are being sought as witnesses, according to Det. Sgt. Jeff Cunningham of the Sunnyside Police Department.

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U2-Vertigo Tour 2005

Total round-trip driving time on horrible, unplowed, icy roadways: eight hours. Overpriced mediocre hamburger from Rose Garden Arena vendors: $9. Getting the chance to be present at an unforgettable U2 concert: priceless.

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Vikes fifth at Warden invite

WARDEN - Robert Marquez won the 275-lb. weight division to lead Mabton High School's wrestlers at the Warden Invite Thursday.

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Mabton boys take revenge on Wahluke

MABTON - On a night when Mabton's offense was sputtering and making costly turnovers, the Mabton defense stepped up and allowed the Vikings to come away with a 45-43 victory over the Wahluke Warriors last night.

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G'view home hit by burglary

GRANDVIEW - A burglary in the 200 block of Pleasant Ave. in Grandview on Thursday, Dec. 22, resulted in the loss of numerous items totalling about $3,500 in value, according to Police Captain Mark Ware.

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Thursday, December 22



Police busy yesterday with assistance, burglary, theft

Vacationing Sunnysiders had their home in the 1500 block of East North Avenue broken into. The burglary was reported at 12:28 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) by a relative who had been checking on the residence. No information was available as to what was taken in the burglary.

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Snow sculpture a sign of love

For Jon Esqueda, the seven to eight hours it took him to construct the snow sculpture in front of his South First Street home was a labor of love - literally.

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Area students made the grade at YVCC

Each quarter, Yakima Valley Community College recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President or Dean's list. Each student who meets the criteria of the specific designations receives a letter and certificate acknowledging the award and a notation will be placed in the student's permanent transcript.

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Unwelcome 'bombshell' brings family closer together

One day you're caught up in the rush of balancing a working career with being wife to a husband of 14 years and mother to a 10-year-old daughter and a Boy Scout of 13, and then an unwelcome surprise hits you like a bolt out of the blue.

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Wednesday, December 21

      

Brazen thieves strip tires off car

The front tires were removed from a car parked in the 2000 block of East Lincoln Avenue. The owner, a Mabton resident, reported the loss to Sunnyside police yesterday (Tuesday) at 4:06 p.m., telling them the car had been left on the Sunnyside street overnight because it was low on gas.

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Tuesday, December 20

  

Greyhounds avenge loss to Prosser

GRANDVIEW - It was the second donnybrook in a week between rivals, only this time Grandview held on in a 52-48 boys basketball victory over Prosser Monday night.

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Monday, December 19



Sunnyside boys top Connell, 77-63

Singling out one player who keyed Sunnyside's 77-63 victory over visiting Connell is tough to do, considering the great team effort the Grizzlies put forth last Saturday night. But if you had to choose one, that honor would go to senior Derrick Simmons.

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Mabton 4th at invitational

CATHLAMET, WASH. - Four was again the Mabton wrestling team's magic number as for the second consecutive weekend the Vikings were fourth in a 12-team meet.

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Friday, December 16

 

Henry places first for SHS swimmers

MOSES LAKE - The Sunnyside High School boys swimming duo of Zile Wagner and Alex Henry recorded near personal best times at Moses Lake Thursday, but it wasn't enough against the larger Pullman team, which prevailed 145-15.

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Hansen feted on 15th anniversary with Port

"She was surprised!" laughed Port of Sunnyside Administrative Assistant Vernita Coffey as she recalled a surprise honor given Tuesday to Port Manager Amber Hansen for her 15th anniversary with the district.

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Vehicles collide head-on on I-82

Two 18-year-old women and a 19-year-old man were injured Thursday morning when one vehicle careened out of control, crossed the median and struck the other head-on near exit 69 on Interstate 82.

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Sheriff unveils new digs

YAKIMA - There was no room in the inn (the new county jail), so Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin found something better.

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Children pay the price of 'Free Trade'

There is a poignant scene in the new movie "Walk the Line" where Johnny Cash's adolescent brother is tragically killed working with a saw. The theater was silent, as dramatic tension built.

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Newly elected council member gets jump start

Carol Stone got a jump start ahead of the other two newcomers elected to the Sunnyside City Council this past November. Her opponent, incumbent Bruce Ricks, abandoned his position early to let her be seated as soon as the General Election results declared her the overwhelming winner.

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Wednesday, December 14

 

City's 2006 budget $8.65 million

A remodeled city hall, expanded park services and a return to hiring new employees are hallmarks of the $39,407,108 total budget approved by the Sunnyside City Council Monday night.

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Ki-Be stuns Grizzlies, 68-58

Bottom line last night? Sunnyside's Grizzlies couldn't get their shots to drop against a Ki-Be Bears team that was smoked by 27 points at home last Friday by Class 'B' Sunnyside Christian.

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S'side girls overcome slow start

Despite coming out flat-footed Tuesday night against visiting Kiona-Benton, and being outscored 17-7 in the first quarter, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies came back for a 57-47 victory.

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Fast start helps Granger to win over Knights

GRANGER - The Spartans outscored Sunnyside Christian 21-8 in the first quarter to open a lead that would be too much for the defending State B champion Knights to overcome as they fell 57-45 Tuesday night.

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Students build gazebo for Hillcrest Manor

Memory Lane Park just got some new furniture. A brand new gazebo arrived Tuesday morning. Sunnyside High School students built and then delivered the gazebo to the park area at Hillcrest Manor.

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Lady Grizzly keglers fall

EAST WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee High School girls bowling team roared to a 4-0 sweep over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies Tuesday afternoon at Eastmont Lanes.

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School board hears parental complaints

MABTON - For more than 20 minutes Tuesday night at Mabton's School Board meeting, a group of six parents asked the board to take action about what they feel are mistreatments of their children by school officials.

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Grandview firefighters quickly control motel fire

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City firefighters quickly knocked down a fire in a room at the Red Apple Motel in Grandview yesterday (Tuesday). Their speedy, four-minute response time to the 2:04 p.m. call helped confine the blaze to the one room in which the fire started.

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Tuesday, December 13

  

Vikes fourth at Granger invite

GRANGER - Two days after taking a pounding at defending state champ Warden, the Mabton wrestling program righted itself with a solid fourth-place showing at this past Saturday's 12-team Iron Man wrestling tournament in Granger.

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Sign code a go for Sunnyside

After months of debate and discussion, the Sunnyside City Council finally adopted a sign code during Monday's council meeting.

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Port of S'side deals with thefts

According to a memo presented to Port of Sunnyside Commissioners Monday, thieves have taken about $6,200 worth of irrigation equipment from Port land since mid-November.

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Mabton loses second straight basketball game

MABTON - Some tough luck and sloppy play were enough to keep Mabton from winning its contest with the Moses Lake Christian Academy Lions last night. The Lions won 61-47 to hand the Vikings (1-0, 4-2) their second straight loss.

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Monday, December 12



Moses Lake girls blank Lady Grizzlies

Junior Veronica Uribe rolled the high two-game series on the day, but it wasn't enough to spark the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team to a win over visiting Moses Lake Thursday afternoon.

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Grandview outlasts Grizzlies

GRANDVIEW - "For three quarters we took a page out of Grandview's playbook and in the fourth quarter they ripped it out of our hands," Sunnyside boys basketball coach Steve Urrutia said of his team's closer-than-it-looks 85-64 loss at Grandview Friday.

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Newhouse vows to hold governor to her word on budget promises

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside) responded to last Thursday's news conference highlighting her supplemental budget priorities by vowing to hold Gov. Gregoire to her word. Newhouse, however, said he was pleased to hear the governor compare the state budget to a family budget - something Republicans have done for years.

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S'side girls bury Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Despite not having senior Talia Spini for most of this past Friday night's game, who was nursing an injury and only played briefly, the Lady Grizzlies dominated from start to finish against the Grandview Greyhounds, winning 57-29.

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State champs too much for Vikings

WARDEN - "When you're going up against the four-time defending state champs you're going to get walloped," Mabton wrestling coach John Kilian said of his team's 64-9 loss at Warden Thursday night.

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Thursday, December 8

   

Planning gives nod for Lander Park East

Preliminary plats for 19 home lots on the west side of Mayhew Street and south of Columbia Avenue were recommended for approval by the Sunnyside Planning Commission Wednesday evening.

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Wednesday, December 7

  

Lady Knights slay Kittitas

The Lady Knights' defense took over the game last night as the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team beat up on Kittitas by a score of 73-34.

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Pirates just miss in overtime, again

BICKLETON - The Bickleton boys basketball team worked overtime for a second straight game and again came up short in a 53-48 home loss to Jubilee Christian Tuesday evening.

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S'side girls lose in fourth quarter

HERMISTON, ORE. - A nine point halftime lead wasn't enough for the Sunnyside girls Tuesday night in Hermiston as a 23-point fourth quarter sealed a win for the Bulldogs.

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Aggressive shoplifter arrested

A theft and burglary were reported yesterday to Sunnyside police, along with two shoplifting incidents, one of which turned aggressive and resulted in an arrest.

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Mabton dismantles Riverview

MABTON - Despite committing 25 turnovers, 19 in the second half, Mabton cruised to a 54-19 win over Riverview Tuesday night.

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Grandview grapplers get win

WAPATO - Grandview got pins from Max Saldina at 140 lbs., Shay Seimears at 145 lbs., Jacob Robillard at 160 lbs. and Freddy Magana at 275 lbs. en route to a 40-30 win Tuesday night.

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Council says no to tax increase

After four meetings totaling nearly 10 hours the Sunnyside City Council finally said no Tuesday night during the fourth and final budget workshop.

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Mabton boys win third straight

In a tale of two halves, the Mabton boys basketball team over came and won their third straight game, beating the Riverview Panthers 58-50.

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West Valley clips Sunnyside bowlers

Despite a strong, two-game 351 series from Lady Grizzly senior Tiara Moon, the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting West Valley Tuesday afternoon.

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Tuesday, December 6

 

S'side to beef up police presence

Better think again before releasing Fido for his morning stroll, as Sunnyside's animal control officer will begin making rounds in the early morning hours.

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Kids can close out 2005 in hoop style

GRANDVIEW - Youngsters in grades one through eight will have an opportunity to say goodbye to 2005 during the first annual three-on-three basketball tourney to be held Dec. 31 in Grandview.

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Grandview's water, garbage rates to rise

GRANDVIEW - With little public input, the Grandview City Council voted unanimously Monday night to raise rates on water and garbage service in what amounts to an increase of $4.06 a month for city customers.

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Lady Knights liberate Patriots in season opener

After the Knight's season opener Friday night against the Liberty Christian Patriots, two things were sure. The Knights won the game 50-40 and they have a lot of things to work on before they play again on Tuesday.

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BOO

Every area has its urban legends and ghost stories that get passed on from generation to generation. The Sunnyside area is no different.

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Grandview city fire chief resigns

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Fire Chief Charles Damron has submitted his resignation to the City of Grandview, which has kicked into gear a search for a new chief of the 30-volunteer fire department.

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Theft reported

The theft of pneumatic hoses, batteries and other equipment was reported yesterday at 7:47 a.m. by a business in the 800 block of Duffy Road.

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Monday, December 5

   

Mabton girls split weekend games

The Mabton girls basketball team split a pair of weekend games, beating Moses Lake Christian on Saturday after falling Friday night to 1A White Swan.

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Sunnyside business broken into yesterday

Sunnyside police were dispatched to the business Totally Cellular on East Lincoln Avenue Sunday at 2:31 a.m. when the front door alarm was activated. The officers reported that they secured the door as best they could, but anyone could still walk in.

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Greyhounds nip Wapato

WAPATO - Grandview's boys basketball team saw a 16-point lead nearly evaporate before holding on for a 69-57 non-league win Saturday at Wapato.

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Friday, December 2

  

Santa sightings confirmed locally

GRANDVIEW - Santa was sighted at Les Schwab's in Grandview last Saturday, Nov. 26, greeting people and having his picture taken with several kids.

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Thursday, December 1

     

Recount Friday

GRANDVIEW - The only Lower Valley election result still undecided from the General Election in November is the race between Mark A. Meyer and Karen Veloz, who are vying for the school director District 2 spot on the Grandview School Board.

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