Stories for June 2005

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Thursday, June 30

    

Sunnyside neighbors haunted by Tuesday's fatal shootings

Coming home from the store late Tuesday night, 18-year-old Tony Cantu was startled to see a man collapsed on his front porch. Not recognizing the man as a neighbor, he demanded to know what the man was doing at his home. The man asked Cantu for help as he struggled to get up and go inside Cantu's home.

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Effort being made to repeal gas tax

People across the state are banning together, working to ensure that a 9.5¢ per gallon gas tax approved by the Washington legislature does not go into effect the first of July.

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Wednesday, June 29



Parkland Homes site of fatal shootings

This morning Sunnyside police are trying to sort out the details in the multiple shootings that occurred in the Parkland Homes Trailer Park Tuesday night, which left two persons dead and three seriously injured.

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Election filing period July 25-29

Decisions about running for city council or school board governing positions are now being made, but potential candidates will have until July 29 to register for election.

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Tuesday, June 28



Mt. Rainier art course offered

GRANDVIEW - Yakima Valley Community College is offering a unique summer art experience on Mt. Rainier, under the leadership of Grandview instructor Robin Walker. Students will have an opportunity to study and create art in the mountains, from any art medium, including photography.

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City manager not impressed with new S'side homes

Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell isn't impressed with the building practices of developer Mel Aho. During last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting, Stockwell berated Aho Construction, which is building the new homes in the Sunnyside Harvest Village development.

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Monday, June 27

      

Blood donors urgently needed at drawing Tuesday

A regional blood supply shortage, coupled with the fact that early summer is always a slow time of year for blood donations, is prompting American Red Cross officials to encourage a big turnout for tomorrow's blood drawing in Sunnyside.

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Elderly S'side woman run over by car dies

A 75-year-old Sunnyside woman, Helen M. Sams, has died as the result of being run over by a car. The driver of the vehicle, according to the Washington State Patrol, was Carl R. Sams, 80, of Sunnyside.

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Friday, June 24

   

2005 Yakima Valley Farm Products Guide now available

Cherries and apricots are ripe, and so the summer harvest of Yakima Valley fruits and vegetables begins. But where can consumers find the luscious fruits? Fortunately, there is help available, thanks to Lino Guerra of Sunnyside.

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Circus Chimera coming to Sunnyside for limited engagement

The Sunnyside Lions Club is bringing Circus Chimera to town for a limited engagement. The beautiful one-ring big top, the tallest circus tent in the world, will be set up on Allen Road, next to C. Speck Motors, July 5- 7 with two shows daily at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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Track meet volunteers

Sunnyside Recreation would like to thank all the youngsters who participated at the Pee Wee and Hershey's track events on Saturday, June 11. We had more than 167 participants, ranging from 1 to 14 years of age.

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Granger plans Dino-Mite Fourth of July

GRANGER - Hisey Park in Granger, where sightings of dinosaurs are a regular occurrence, will again be the site of that community's All-American Dino-Mite 4th of July celebration.

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Thursday, June 23

     

Wednesday, June 22

   

Bender second at PGA pro-am

WENATCHEE - Jeff Bender's 1-under-par 71 this past Monday earned the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek golf pro a runner-up finish at the PGA pro-am tournament staged at the Wenatchee Golf & Country Club.

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Tuesday, June 21



GEAR-UP offers summer camps

The GEAR-UP program is offering a myriad of summer camps over the course of the next few weeks. Students can take part in camps that deal with writing and language arts, as well as camps that focus on getting ready for college.

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Court monitors needed for 3-on-3 tourney

Sunnyside's three-on-three basketball tournament will take place July 23-24 this year. But in order to make the tournament a success volunteers are needed to serve as court monitors.

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Summer mariachi music class offered

The Sunnyside School District, in cooperation with the Allied Arts Council of Yakima Valley, will be offering a free mariachi class and clinic beginning Thursday, June 23, at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School.

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Monday, June 20



Russian delegates to tour several Sunnyside businesses

A group of delegates from Russia will be spending the day in Sunnyside and Grandview on Friday, July 1. The group, which is made up of Russian farmers, will be touring the Cow Palace Dairy operation, Valley Processing and Snipes Mountain Brewery.

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Lawnmower thieves cut no slack to S'side home owners

The season of missing lawnmowers is upon us. Lawnmowers temporarily left idle in neighborhood yards are beginning to randomly disappear from people's yards, sometimes in the time it takes to a person to go inside for a glass of water.

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Friday, June 17

  

Omnibus hearing continued to August

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's Ignacio Rosas, 35, who is facing one count of first degree child molestation, had his omnibus hearing scheduled for yesterday continued to August.

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Spoon's 'Gimme Fiction' vastly different from last CD

Coming off a three-year studio hiatus, you'd expect a band to have matured and changed its sound a bit. When 2001's "Girls Can Tell" ended a two-year break brought on by a break-up with Elecktra records, it showed a band more focused, more determined, to just make great rock records than ever before. So you'd expect "Gimme Fiction", the band's first release in three years, to show the same kind of maturity, and it delivers, but the result is still surprising.

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Mabton summer program offers adventure

MABTON - Mabton children interested in learning more about a summer of adventures and travel are invited to attend Mabton Summer Rocks, an educational enhancement program, which begins June 23, at Mabton Jr./Sr. High School.

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Thursday, June 16

 

Senior Sun Valley team rebounds with win

After a disappointing twin bill loss to West Valley earlier in the week, the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team bounced back Wednesday afternoon with a solid victory over visiting Hermiston, winning 5-4.

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Brown Sox rally for tourney title

WENATCHEE - Winless on the first day of the Grip It & Rip It Men's Slo-pitch Softball Tournament in Wenatchee last weekend, the Aztlan Sportswear Brown Sox stormed back on Sunday to win championship honors.

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Wednesday, June 15

      

Sewer TV system upgrade OK'd

Sunnyside Public Works Director Jim Bridges went before the Sunnyside City Council Monday night asking for approval to purchase a new mainline sewer television system.

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Sun Valley drops twin bill

YAKIMA - Baseball is a game where pitchers have to do their jobs. Well, yesterday the pitching of the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team seemed to be on a break for the most part.

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Tuesday, June 14

      

Monday, June 13

 

Varsity girls win alumni game

They might not be as conditioned as they were when they played for Sunnyside, but alumni members of the Sunnyside High School girls soccer team showed they still have a few things going on.

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Mabton graduates ready to push forward

MABTON - If there was one common theme at this past Friday night's Mabton High School graduation ceremony, it was that the 30 members of the class of 2005 are ready for life.

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SCHS graduating class 17 strong

GRANDVIEW - The chatter rustling through the sanctuary of Grandview's Nazarene Church last Friday night came to an abrupt halt as the 17 members of the Sunnyside Christian High School class of 2005 burst through the doors and one by one marched to the front of the church. Each graduate, wearing a crimson gown, took their seat at the front of the church knowing that it would be the last time the class would be together as one.

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Friday, June 10

 

2005 cherry crop promising

While some farmers are still praying for rain, the cherry farmers are praying that it will hold off, at least a little while longer while picking takes place.

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New Miss Mabton crowned

MABTON - After an evening filled with colorful dance routines, rousing singing performances and nerve wracking impromptu questions, a new Miss Mabton was crowned Thursday night.

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Thursday, June 9

 

Commissioners say no to residential annexation

After an hour of hearing objections Wednesday night to a proposed Factory Road area annexation request, the Sunnyside Planning Commission rejected the property owners' R-2 zoning request following a public hearing to take testimony regarding the proposal.

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Bender places fourth at PGA pro-am event

ROSLYN - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek club pro Jeff Bender earned a fourth place finish this past Monday at a Central Washington chapter of the PGA pro-am tournament staged at Suncadia Resort, near Roslyn.

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Sunnyside sign ordinance moves to public hearing July 13

After months of tweaking the City of Sunnyside's proposed sign ordinance, a carefully crafted document detailing the acceptable types of business signage will be presented for citizens' comments at a Sunnyside Planning Commission public hearing in July.

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Wednesday, June 8

      

PRIDE grads prepared to move on

They plan to become Marines, commercial artists, nurses and some will "just go out and get a job," said PRIDE High School principal Gary Babcock, as he called off the names of the 2005 graduating class of PRIDE High School Tuesday night.

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S'side hospital bringing Vegas-style entertainment to Lower Valley

GRANDVIEW - Sitting out under the stars and listening to the tunes of Elvis Presley, Reba McIntyre and Roger Miller may sound like nothing more than a good old-fashioned day dream. But the Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation is making that day dream into a reality with its upcoming Evening in the Park event.

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Tuesday, June 7

 

Sun Valley learns a hard lesson

This summer marks a learning year for the fresh faces on the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team, a group that is basically the future of the Sunnyside High School varsity squad. And boy did these future Grizzly players get a lesson last night.

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Monday, June 6

    

Class of 2005 quietly celebrates its achievements

This past Friday night the Sunnyside High School Class of 2005 said its goodbyes and hello to the future in a quiet, straight to the point graduation that most likely left those in attendance filled with hope of a prosperous future for these young men and women.

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Cisneros leads G'view at State 2A track meet

PULLMAN - The Grandview High School boys track and field team snagged several top-eight placings at the State competition held at Eastern Washington University this past weekend, but it wasn't quite enough to medal as a team.

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SCHS girls 4th at State

YAKIMA - A stingy defense, coupled with a dare devil approach on the base paths, powered the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team to a fourth place finish at the 'B' State tournament, held at Yakima's Gateway Sports Complex this past weekend.

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Sun Valley douses the Peppers

Pitching was decent this past Saturday for the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team, but it was really hitting that was the backbone of the Sunnyside team's 6-5 victory over the visiting Yakima Peppers.

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Friday, June 3



Five vying for Miss Mabton title

MABTON - Five Mabton High School juniors will be vying for the title of Miss Mabton at a pageant scheduled for Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Artz-Fox Elementary School. The cost to attend the pageant is $3 for adults and $1 for students.

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Prosser run to honor fallen Marine Marvin Best

PROSSER - The Fourth of July will include more than fireworks for those who make the trek to Prosser this Independence Day. This year family and friends of the late Marine Staff Sergeant Marvin Best are planning to remember the fallen soldier with a memorial run.

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S'side police apprehend registered sex offender

Due to the diligence of Sunnyside Police Officer Sam Ramos, a registered sex offender who failed to report his whereabouts to local officials and who illegally re-entered the United States after being formally deported was taken into custody this past Wednesday.

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Lopez finishes ninth in 3,200

CHENEY - Mabton High School track and field runner Webster Lopez duplicated his performance from the previous year at last night's opening day of the State 'B' track and field meet at Eastern Washington University.

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Thursday, June 2

 

Chandler, Newhouse named top job makers

OLYMPIA - Washington State Representatives Dan Newhouse (R) of Sunnyside and Bruce Chandler (R) of Granger were recently recognized as two of the top supporters of policies that will help create jobs, according to Washington Roundtable, a business coalition that scored lawmakers' performances during the 2005 session.

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No more leads in recent armed robbery

Even with a list of witnesses to a robbery that occurred at TW Market this past weekend, Sunnyside police are no closer to making an arrest in the latest armed robbery.

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Pool opens Saturday

This Saturday, June 4, the Sunnyside swimming pool located in Central Park will be open for the first day of swimming season.

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Sunnyside farmer receives accolades

Sunnyside's Rick Herndon recently received two honors. He graduated from the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation's two-year leadership program and received the National Grape Cooperative/Welch's Leadership Fellowship Award.

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Wednesday, June 1