Stories for January 2005

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Monday, January 31



Knights overcome the Crusaders

The beauty of the sport of basketball is that one never knows who will step up on any given night. And on a night when things weren't going too well for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team, it was Matt Haak who proved to be the team's savior.

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Bulldogs nip Grizzlies, 57-51

ELLENSBURG - Riley Sivak popped in 9 of his game high 17 points in the final period to rally the Ellensburg Bulldogs past the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team last Friday evening, 57-51.

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Chemical fire evacuees return to G'view homes

GRANDVIEW - Things are starting to get back to normal in Grandview after a chemical fire at the Wilbur-Ellis facility on Wine Country Road practically shut down the town of 8,500 people for nearly three days last week.

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13-year-old boy faces rape charges

A 13-year-old student at Harrison Middle School was arrested by Sunnyside police officers last Friday morning on charges of raping a girl about the same age of him.

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Apartment complexes going up near St. Joseph's Church

Earth should start moving soon at the site of Sunnyside's newest apartment complex. Vaughn Bay Construction Inc. was issued two building permits in December 2004 for work to be done at the intersection of Fifth Street and East Harrison Avenue.

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Bickleton slips past Lyle in weekend action

BICKLETON - In a tightly contested game on their own turf, the Bickleton High School girls basketball team gave Lyle an exciting game this past Friday night before slipping ahead to win 53-50.

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Bickleton loses to Lyle 45-32

BICKLETON - The Bickleton Pirates put up a fight against the Lyle Cougars last Friday night, but a first quarter Lyle run proved too much for the young Bickleton team. Lyle went on to win 45-32.

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Crusaders edge SCHS girls, 48-41

Limiting Riverside Christian's top two scorers on the season to just six points last Friday, the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team nearly pulled off an upset. But in the end, the Crusaders eked out a 48-41 victory.

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Greyhounds sprint by the Huskies

OTHELLO - The Othello High School boys basketball team has been trying to regain its court legs after getting a late start to the season, following the football team winning the 2A State title.

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Farm Workers Clinic uses latest technology to better serve its patients

A young mother walks into the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Family Medical Center in Walla Walla, carrying her sick child, looking for nothing more than something to cure the ailment that has suddenly overcome her feverish son. Not speaking the language and living in the Lower Yakima Valley, the only reason she's in Walla Walla is because she's followed the harvest.

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Friday, January 28

  

Parent group meets Monday

The Chief Kamiakin Elementary School Parent Involvement Club will meet Monday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the school library.

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Bickleton Pirates remain winless

GLENWOOD - The Bickleton High School Pirates couldn't catch a break in Thursday night's battle with the Glenwood Eagles. The Pirates struggled to keep up with the fast pace set by the Eagles, falling 62-34.

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Grizzly wrestlers Mid-Valley champs!!!

WEST VALLEY - Gaining a share of the Mid-Valley League title hasn't been all that uncommon for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team. But standing alone atop the conference standings with the league championship trophy in hand has been another thing as of late.

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Sartin calls it quits

After 37 years of selling State Farm Insurance, Pete Sartin is retiring, turning the reins over to his son Ben.

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Lady Pirates slips pass Glenwood

GLENWOOD - In a tightly contested game, the Bickleton High School girls basketball team held off Glenwood Thursday night to claim a 30-25 victory.

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Grandview close to getting back to normal

GRANDVIEW - Road blocks could still be seen at many of Grandview's intersections this morning, as the half-mile evacuation area around the Wilbur-Ellis facility, where a fire broke out Wednesday afternoon, was still in effect. However, by this afternoon it is estimated that many of those road blocks will be removed.

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Thursday, January 27



HMS students take honors in local math competition

GRANDVIEW - Answering complicated math questions under pressure is not something many people would exceed at, but 11 students from Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School recently brought home awards for their efforts doing just that.

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Retired educators to meet Feb. 8

The Lower Yakima Valley Unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Sunny Spot Restaurant, 1850 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

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Emergency moratorium bans new signs from going up

Signs of all kinds have become a growing problem in Sunnyside over the past few years, believe some. This past Monday night, the Sunnyside City Council made a statement by declaring an emergency moratorium on erecting any new signs for 90 days.

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Chemical fire shuts down Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Getting into the sleepy community of Grandview was more difficult than trying to break into Fort Knox yesterday. Every calculated turn along back country roads was foiled as emergency workers and police officers stood, their faces shielded by gas masks, denying entry into the downtown corridor.

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Lady Pirates beat Yakama Tribal

BICKLETON - Led by Annie Hess, the Bickleton High School girls basketball team swept past the Yakama Tribal Eagles, 43-35 this past Tuesday night.

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Peach growers getting the word out about quality of Washington's fruit

BUENA - Getting consumers to eat Washington-grown peaches and nectarines is at the heart of a marketing plan that is now spreading across the United States. Encouraging consumers to "Taste the Difference" in Washington grown fruits is at the heart of a national advertising campaign being used in markets from coast to coast and even in some international markets.

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Wednesday, January 26

      

Guest Editorial

Scout battle is about American values "To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions every day, I say: the First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny." - Ronald Reagan

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Snowpack worrisome to irrigators

With the initial water supply outlook for the Yakima Valley looking bleak, Don Schramm on Tuesday updated members of the Board of Control for the Sunnyside Division of the Yakima Irrigation Project on the water outlook for the coming season.

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Lady Grizzlies claim pressure-packed victory against Hanford

With less than a minute left and the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team down by one against Hanford, six-foot tall junior Talia Spini was likely feeling some pressure as she made her way to the foul line last night. But with a quick flick of the wrist, Spini sealed the fate of the Falcons and pushed the Lady Grizzlies to their first win over Hanford this season.

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Yakama Tribal stop Bickleton Pirates, 83-35

BICKLETON - The Yakama Tribal High School boys basketball team's speed and the power of the shooting arms of the Payer brothers proved too much for the Bickleton Pirates Tuesday night. The Eagles leapt out to an early lead, eventually claiming an 83-35 victory.

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Knights knock off DeSales

WALLA WALLA - Two state ranked basketball teams battling for bragging rights was the scenario in last night's match-up, pitting Sunnyside Christian and DeSales against one another.

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Grandview woman faces lung transplant

GRANDVIEW - For years, Ofelia Castilleja thought she suffered from lupus, a debilitating disease that attacks the body's connective tissue and organs. It was a disease that took one baby daughter and forced her to adapt to a very restricted lifestyle. Her life took yet another restrictive turn when doctors determined she doesn't suffers from lupus, but faces something even more life threatening.

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Relay for Life offers a way to remember those touched by cancer

For Chief Kamiakin Elementary School Library Assistant Marge Zylstra, volunteering her services to the Lower Valley Relay for Life is something that helps her do something to fight the disease that took the life of first her best friend and most recently her sister.

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Tuesday, January 25

 

Lady Knights split weekend contests

Playing a pair of road games this past weekend, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team earned a split in Greater Columbia 'B' League play.

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Bickleton Pirates drop two league games

Coming off a 76-36 loss to LaSalle High School last Friday night, the Bickleton High School boys basketball team had hoped to redeem themselves against Trout Lake on Saturday.

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Billboard won't be erected any time soon

Tom Paul, the artist responsible for the demonstrative signs that decorate the corridor along South Hill Road chastising city government and local media, found a hesitant ally at Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting. But not even the support of Mayor Pro-tem Mike Farmer was enough to get Paul his way.

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Port to host open house at new building

Plans are being made to host an open house at the Sunnyside Port District's new operations and laboratory building, now nearing completion at the Port's industrial wastewater treatment plant on Midvale Road.

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Pitching great Dwayne Kamphuis returns to center stage

GRANDVIEW - There was a time when many followers of men's fastpitch softball made the argument that Dwayne Kamphuis had the deadliest arm in the country. Many fans argued Kamphuis' arm was better than that of legendary softball pitcher Eddie "The King" Feigner.

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AutoZone coming to Sunnyside

Where once stood an auto parts store, soon another auto parts store will take its place. AutoZone is planning to open a new store at 1800 Yakima Valley Hwy. in Sunnyside this coming spring.

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Port purchases Yakima Rendering plant

In an effort to create larger parcels of land to attract potential industrial users, the Sunnyside Port Commission has agreed to purchase the old Yakima Rendering plant, located in the middle of the Port's property on Midvale Road.

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Monday, January 24



Grandview, Prosser teens compete at Washington Junior Miss program

PULLMAN - Pullman was a bustling center of activity last week, as 32 high school seniors from around the state gathered in the eastern Washington community to take part in the 47th annual Washington Junior Miss competition. Among the 32 girls were Grandview Junior Miss Jody Davis and Prosser Junior Miss Kendra Cabbage.

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Grizzly grapplers sweep double-dual

YAKIMA - Based on how the Sunnyside High School wrestling team fared against Eisenhower and Davis this past Saturday, the Grizzlies ought to be competing in the Class 4A Big Nine Conference.

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Vikings tame the Cougars

MABTON - The Mabton High School boys basketball team geared up for this coming Tuesday night's battle at LaSalle with a victory over Lyle this past Friday.

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Kick-off meeting planned for LV Relay for Life

Although skies are still gray and temperatures are still cold, it's time for people in the Lower Yakima Valley to start thinking about spring and the American Cancer Society's Lower Valley Relay for Life, which is set to take place May 14-15.

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Rams batter Sunnyside, 70-47

WEST VALLEY - Sunnyside's big man, 6'6" Jake Thomas, was unable to go Friday night, and for the Grizzlies their chances of upsetting West Valley on the Rams' home floor went by the wayside.

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Lady 'Hounds split weekend games

Everything looked good for the Grandview Lady Greyhounds as they went up against Naches last Friday, but things took on a different spin as the Grandview team faced East Valley the following night.

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Friday, January 21

                

Thursday, January 20



County contracts with EWU

Yakima County commissioners recently approved a consultant agreement with Eastern Washington University's Department of Archaeological and Historical Services in Cheney.

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Push for new pool facility continues in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - For more than a week, members of the Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board have been pounding the pavement, visiting with different groups to get feedback on the proposed plans for a family aquatics center.

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Garden Club meets Tuesday

The Sunnyside Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. to share new plant ideas. The group will meet at the Sunnyside Food Pavilion community room. Gardeners of all ages are invited to attend.

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Changes made to Crewport block grant

Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners voted to execute an amendment to the Community Development Block Grant agreement for the Crewport water system improvement project.

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Sunnyside truck driver perishes in canyon crash

SELAH - A head-on collision early Wednesday morning on SR-821, known to many as the Ellensburg Canyon Highway, claimed the lives of two men. One of the deceased was a Sunnyside resident-41-year-old Martin G. Guerrero.

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Wednesday, January 19

 

Yakama Tribal no match for SCHS

Content with launching just 3-point shots and rarely trekking into the paint to fight for a rebound, the Yakama Tribal High School girls basketball team paid the price last night. Sunnyside Christian, despite substituting freely, lambasted the Eagles, 87-14.

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Vikings survive Mustang stampede

TROUT LAKE - In basketball, some teams simply cause other teams match-up problems. Also, things aren't easy when one has to travel on the road during a school night.

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Granger Chamber to meet Thursday

GRANGER - The Granger Chamber of Commerce is set to meet Thursday, Jan. 20, at noon at the Granger Scout Cabin, 100 Sunnyside Ave. in Granger.

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Sunnyside boys harness Huskies

Nothing flashy, just solid, fundamental basketball propelled the Sunnyside High School boys hoop team past the Othello Huskies last night.

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Business success secrets to be shared at Chamber function

Success and failure rarely happen accidentally. Businesses that plan are proactive and seek to follow proven business strategies are much more likely to be successful. That's the message Sunnyside's Economic Development Association (SEDA) will share with those who attend the January Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce business after-hours social.

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Tuesday, January 18



Pirates lose to Klickitat, 84-58

BICKLETON - It started out alright, but the Bickleton High School Pirates couldn't contain the Klickitat explosion known as J.J. Keyes this past Friday night.

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Greyhounds round up the Goats

YAKIMA - It was nothing quite like their classic game for the 2002 2A State basketball championship, but nonetheless, the Grandview and Chelan high school boys basketball teams served as an entertaining prelude to last night's main event at the Tourneytown.com Shootout.

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Bickleton girls lose to Klickitat

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School girls basketball team just couldn't get past the Klickitat girls' press this past Friday night, losing 51-40.

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Monday, January 17

  

Ten apply for Sunnyside School Board vacancy

Sunnyside School Board directors had a full slate this past Friday night, as they started conducting the initial interviews to fill the vacant position left by the death of Fred Kilian this past November.

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Lady Grizzlies split weekend games

Sunnyside faced two tough opponents this past weekend, taking on Wapato Friday night only to go up against East Valley, one of the best teams in 2A division, on Saturday night.

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Friday, January 14

  

Greyhounds rise to the occasion

GRANDVIEW - With a possible share of the Central Washington Athletic Conference south division title in the balance, the Grandview High School wrestling team didn't disappoint last night.

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Husband-wife duo in concert Sunday, Jan. 16

The husband-wife team of Smith & Adams will present the second concert in the Lower Valley Community Concert 2004-05 Series. The duo will be performing Sunday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. on the stage of the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Lower Valley Riders appreciate holiday help

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Grandview man to be arraigned today

GRANDVIEW - Chris Cardenas, 23 of Grandview, who was arrested this past Monday in connection with the theft of a set of golf clubs and a chainsaw was set to arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court this morning (Friday).

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Parent booster club honors Kilian, Evans

Wanting to reach out to the community, the Washington Elementary School Parents Booster Club raised money for scholarships honoring two of the community's best, who died last year.

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Thursday, January 13

  

10-year-old's birthday party going to the 'dogs'

When Sarah Berumen and her mother, Linda Hall, were discussing how to celebrate the little Sunnyside girl's upcoming 10th birthday party, the Washington Elementary School fourth grader surprised her mother with an unusual request.

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Wednesday, January 12



Greyhounds maul Red Devils

MOXEE - The Grandview High School wrestling team gained some steam Tuesday night heading into this Thursday's home match against Kiona-Benton, with a possible league title at stake.

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Grizzly hoop team posts conference win

PROSSER - With senior Cody Heckert earning a rare start and beefy sophomore Ryan Engel called up from the JV to provide some muscle, the Sunnyside Grizzly basketball team rallied in the second half to down Prosser last night, 58-52.

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Tuesday, January 11

 

S'side shoe store robbed (again)

The thieves who broke into Taylor'D Footwear this past weekend didn't make as big a mess as they did the first time. But this time they seemed to know exactly what they were looking for.

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Car thief suspect arraigned

Juan Luis Barragan, 20, of Sunnyside was arraigned Monday in Yakima County Superior Court on charges of first degree possession of stolen property.

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Lady Grizzlies lose two over the weekend

The Lady Grizzlies had a rough weekend, losing games against both Hanford and Selah this past Friday and Saturday nights. Sunnyside lost against the Vikings in the fourth quarter and had to fight to keep up with the Falcons, losing a close game Saturday night.

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Monday, January 10

   

Eagles soar above the Greyhounds

CONNELL - There are some nights when you just can't hit the broad side of a barn. That was the case for the Grandview High School boys basketball team this past Saturday night at Connell.

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Newspaper carrier comes to aid of woman who fell, broke her hip

Last Thursday started off as a normal day for 14-year-old Michelle Redick, a seventh grader at Harrison Middle School. She stopped by the Daily Sun News after school with her father, George, and her younger sister Rebecca, to pick up the newspapers for her paper route and started on her way.

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Lady Vikes struck down by Lightning

MABTON - In their second league game of the season the Mabton Lady Vikings were defeated by the LaSalle Lightning 56-30. The loss is Mabton's second of the season.

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Roe, Evans honored at firefighters banquet

A three-year member of the Sunnyside Fire Department, Josh Roe, and the late Steve Evans, a 17-year volunteer with the department who died of an apparent heart attack while hunting this past fall, were honored last month at the Sunnyside Fire Department Award Banquet for outstanding service in 2004.

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Vikings still undefeated halfway into the season

MABTON - Perfect! At least that is how things are panning out so far for the Mabton High School boys basketball team (3-0, 10-0) at the midpoint of the season, following Saturday's 60-49 victory over LaSalle.

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Friday, January 7

   

Greyhounds in hunt for league title

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School wrestling team moved into contention last night for the Central Washington Athletic Conference (CWAC) South Division title, following a 50-18 pounding of Naches at home.

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Herndon headed to China as part of leadership group

Sunnyside farmer Rick Herndon will be headed to China next week as part of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation's leadership program. He spoke to members of the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Thursday morning about the leadership program, which he has been a member of since the fall of 2003.

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Vikings thump Cle Elum in mat action

CLE ELUM - The Cle Elum High School wrestling team hadn't been on the mat for three weeks prior to last night's encounter against Mabton. The time off showed, as the Warriors were pounded by the Vikings 46-21.

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World famous Garcia triplets quietly turn 5 this Saturday

Five years ago when their birth was announced, the Garcia triplets of Sunnyside and their mother, Arcelia Garcia, made international media headlines largely due to the fact that their mother was 54-years-old. It is rare that a woman in her 50s would give birth to triplets. In fact, health experts say such pregnancies are a one in a million probability.

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Thursday, January 6

     

Jan. 1 stabbing suspect formally charged

Alejandro Martinez of Mabton, who was arrested Jan. 1 following a stabbing in Grandview, was arraigned yesterday (Wednesday) in Yakima County Superior Court on charges of second degree assault.

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Local JCPenney store ranked among the top selling stores in the nation

JCPenney is a store that may have been around since 1902, but it was not always known by its current title. Wednesday morning, Jonica Bridges, manager of the Sunnyside JCPenney store, told members of the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club that when the retail business first started it was known as the Golden Rule.

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PRIDE student attains goal of playing on SHS basketball team

When Efren Duran started taking classes at PRIDE High School, his junior year he knew he was going to have to make some changes in his life. Along with improving his attendance record and getting good grades, Duran said he made a conscious decision that he was going to play basketball.

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Wednesday, January 5

    

Lady Grizzly bowlers earn tie against Davis

Junior Megan Saunders rolled a match best 305 two-game series to lead the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team to a 2-2 tie against the Davis Pirates Tuesday afternoon at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes.

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County certifies buildings removal as complete

Several buildings in the Sunnyside are are no longer standing. Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners certified the removal and disposal of several buildings along Riverside Road and Midvale Road near Sunnyside as complete. The work was done by Russell Crane Service, Inc. of Yakima.

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Parents warned of lead in candy

When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth there are many options, everything from chocolate bars to gumdrops. But what most people don't realize is that there can be hidden dangers at play where candy is concerned.

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Tuesday, January 4



District receives estate money

Sunnyside School District Executive Director of Business Dave Plesha informed the Sunnyside School Board at its December meeting about some money the district received from the estate of a former teacher.

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Stereo stolen in car prowl

A stereo face and compact discs were reported stolen to the Sunnyside Police Department Jan. 1, when the owner of the pickup found his vehicle had been broken into during the night.

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Newhouse receives committee appointments

OLYMPIA - Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside) was recently appointed to three House committees which, according to the state GOP, will significantly impact the 15th Legislative District.

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Childress sworn in as Grandview mayor

GRANDVIEW - After having served as a member of the Grandview City Council for more than a decade, Monday night Norm Childress found his place on the governing body shifting. Last night, Childress raised his right hand and was sworn in as the new mayor of the City of Grandview.

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Monday, January 3

   

School retirees to meet Jan. 11

The Lower Yakima Valley unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Sunnyside's Sunny Spot Restaurant.

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Library story time Jan. 4

The Sunnyside Library will kick-off another six-week story time session tomorrow, Jan. 4, with a farm animal-themed tale.

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Mabton man arrested after stabbing incident in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The new year didn't get off to a good start for several Lower Valley residents. Just two hours after ringing in the new year, Grandview police responded to a report of a fight in the 900 block of Conestoga Way and ended up finding a stabbing victim.

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New Year's Day baby arrives in S'side

Maria Gomez of Outlook was in her last day of work at the Sunnyside Wal-Mart store before the start of her maternity leave last Friday, when her water broke at about 8:30 p.m. putting into motion the birth of her first child.

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