Stories for March 2005

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Thursday, March 31

 

Shenyer named new G'view Port commissioner

GRANDVIEW - Applying to be a member of the Grandview Port Commission was more than just answering an advertisement for Grandview's Richard Shenyer. Instead, it meant trying out for a chance to help be a part of the future of the community.

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Wednesday, March 30

 

Vikings slay the Spartans

GRANGER - It was a good day for the Mabton High School baseball team, but Viking skipper Kerry Snodgrass joked the weather was nothing to write home about in yesterday's game at Granger.

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Ki-Be Bears blank Sunnyside

BENTON CITY - Three singles were all Sunnyside could muster off senior hurler Roni Feth yesterday. The Ki-Be Bears went on to blank the Lady Grizzly fastpitch softball team, 5-0.

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Errors do in the Knights

MATTAWA - If one has ever been to Mattawa, then they know how strong the wind can blow. And yesterday was no exception, as the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team made its way down the road to play Wahluke in a non-league game.

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Bank staff shares business opportunities

Deborah Stearns, the new branch manager of Bank of the West, 1820 Yakima Valley Highway, opened up her facility to greet the community Tuesday night for a Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce business after-hours event.

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Applications to use emergency drought wells starting to pile up

YAKIMA - There are 53 emergency drought well applications awaiting the approval of Department of Ecology officials in the Yakima water resource office. Every day more applications are coming from Yakima Valley farmers, who are facing one of the worst droughts in the Valley's recorded history.

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Tuesday, March 29

 

Sunnyside girls trudge through windy conditions

PASCO - The weather was anything but accommodating yesterday at the Pasco Girls Golf Invitational. But despite trudging through an intermittent downpour and what appeared at times to be gale force winds, the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies completed their task at hand and made it back to the clubhouse with scorecards in hand.

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Parents voice support for Artz-Fox principal

MABTON - Twice the parents filling the chambers of the Mabton School Board were asked by Chairman Manual Guzman if they wanted to address the school board on an issue on the agenda, and twice they stood silently.

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Adding a personal touch to every car

GRANDVIEW - The shop is quiet as Ray Anciso Jr. expertly applies thin yellow tape to the hood of a Dodge Viper. He quickly moves his hand, manipulating the tape into the outline of a flickering flame.

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Monday, March 28



'Clucks, Ducks & Bucks' fair theme

GRANDVIEW - "Clucks, Ducks and Bucks!" will be the theme of the 78th annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo to be held Aug. 10-14 at the Country Park and Fairgrounds in Grandview.

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GEAR-UP brings new perspectives to local students

Inspiration is the name of the game when it comes to the Sunnyside GEAR-UP program. Over the past few weeks, the local program has brought in new speakers and programs, all aimed at giving students a chance to see different things if they put their minds to it.

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Sunnyside fares well at Othello track relays

OTHELLO - A total of four first place finishes at the Othello Track & Field Relays this past Saturday gave Sunnyside a second place finish in the boys standings and a third place showing among the girls.

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S'side 6th, G'view 7th at boys golf invitational

Powered by Kevin Lick and Andrew Michels, Sunnyside and Grandview earned sixth and seventh place team finishes, respectively, at last Friday's Grandview Boys Golf Invitational, staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

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Rough start to league for Vikings

UNION GAP - The LaSalle High School baseball team is the team to beat in the Greater Columbia 'B' League this season. And this past Saturday, the Lightning made a statement at the expense of Mabton.

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Greyhounds win league opener

BENTON CITY - With a couple of new faces in the line-up, the Grandview High School boys soccer team picked up its first win of the year, and in dominating fashion.

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Lady Vikings third at Tri-City Prep tourney

PASCO - The Mabton High School fastpitch softball team overcame the pouring rain and 24 errors on the day to finish third at the Tri-City Prep Fastpitch Tournament at the TRAC facility in Pasco this past Saturday.

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Friday, March 25



Class ring lost 20 years ago, found, returned

Coralea Farris-Pickett of Grandview remembers exactly where and when she lost her shiny 1982 Sunnyside High School class ring. As she recalls, she lost the pretty, silver ring just two years after she received it.

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Smith suggests abandoning WIAA

Sunnyside School Board member Bill Smith has long been a proponent of education over athletics. In that vein, last night he bravely stood alone.

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Yard sale signs can become colorful hazards

Idling at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and South First Street early on a Friday or Saturday morning, drivers can be privy to a colorful display of bright pink, florescent green and day-glow orange. But it isn't a colorful display of spring flowers pushing up through the ground. Instead, it's a cluster of attention grabbing yard sale signs, pointing potential customers in the right direction.

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Knights drop non-league game

GOLDENDALE - New Sunnyside Christian High School Coach Jeff Bosma wasn't worried as much about winning last night's non-league game at Goldendale, as he was about saving some pitching arms for this coming weekend's league opener.

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Thursday, March 24



Sunnyside woman hits it big in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - When Kristina Guerrero dusted Sunnyside off her shoes and headed for college in the fall of 1998, she left town with a promise that she was going to do big things with her life.

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City hall does listen, at least in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The public comment period at a city council meeting can be a very powerful thing. It can be a chance for community members to approach their elected officials and voice concerns about what is happening in their own back yards.

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Science program is hands-on at PRIDE High School

Students are getting their hands dirty at PRIDE High School. First year science teacher Teri Alvarez-Ziegler has spent the last year bringing in hands-on activities for her students, ranging from creating planets out of paper mache to sitting under an inflatable canopy of stars.

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Local security team trains to detect terrorists

Suspicious activities, ranging from persons lingering around a business too long or dangerous looking items left in plain sight on car seats, are among the signs that send up a red flag for the staff at Sunnyside's Garza Security.

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Stolen car stopped by State Patrol

GRANDVIEW - A car reported stolen just after 2 a.m. this morning (Thursday) from the 300 block of Wilson Highway in Grandview was recovered during a traffic stop.

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Wednesday, March 23

  

Vikes win season opener

WHITE SWAN - The good news is that the Mabton High School baseball team won its season opener. The bad news is the Vikings didn't get as much baseball in as Mabton skipper Kerry Snodgrass would have liked.

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Leopards scratch out win over SCHS girls

ZILLAH - Considering Zillah was a 1A State tournament qualifier last season and lost only two starters off that squad, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls softball team made a decent showing against the Leopards yesterday.

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Greyhounds give Huskies all they want

GRANDVIEW - Even Grandview High School baseball coach Mike Chester will tell you that Othello has had its way with the Greyhounds for years in baseball. Well, last night, the Huskies probably left Grandview with a new found respect for Greyhound baseball.

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Grizzlies lose heartbreaker

NACHES VALLEY - Some good old fashioned baseball was played in the confines of Naches Valley yesterday as the Grizzlies made their way to the home of the Rangers.

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Gas prices on the rise, again

For about a month Mike Said, owner of Park-N-Pak on the corner of Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue, has watched as the gas prices in Sunnyside have, once again, been on the rise.

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Grizzlies blank the Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - Those in the know had to be surprised when the Sunnyside High School boys soccer team pounded Grandview 6-0 in last night's non-league affair.

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Coloring book focuses on canal safety

Every spring, as the weather begins to warm up and farmers start preparing for the coming growing season, something else happens - the irrigation canals spring to life, with water flowing through the long, winding ditches that intersect many Yakima Valley communities.

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Granger family pleas for humane dog treatment

GRANGER - Saying a stray dog he had recently adopted shouldn't have been shot by police last week, Granger resident Grant Norwood asked the Granger City Council last night to re-examine its dog ordinances.

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Tuesday, March 22



Ranchers face problems

The 2005 drought in Washington state will affect everyone, but it will hit agriculture the hardest as farmers look to find ways to water their crops.

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Bender third at PGA pro-am

KENNEWICK - Black Rock Creek's Jeff Bender shot an even-par 65 yesterday to earn a share of the third place prize at a PGA pro-am event at Tri-City Country Club.

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'Full mean deal' aquatics center recommended

GRANDVIEW - If the Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board follows the suggestion made last night (Monday) by the Grandview City Council, community members could soon have a new multi-purpose room to utilize as part of the proposed family aquatics center.

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Export markets may dry up due to drought

The impact the 2005 drought will have on Pacific Northwest foreign markets is just a guess at this point, say economic experts. But judging by past experiences, the costs to the agricultural industry may exceed 2001's $1 billion in losses.

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Syverson's season comes to a close at nationals

JACKSON, TENN. - Despite a furious, late game rally spearheaded by former Sunnyside High School basketball standout Carly Syverson, the Carroll College women's hoop team got knocked out of the NAIA Division I national tourney last Friday.

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Farmers can work together to get through this year's drought

The most precious commodity to farmers as they prepare for the upcoming growing season, especially this year, is the availability of irrigation water. With rivers at record low flows, snowpack nowhere near normal in the mountain passes and rainfall below normal in the Yakima Valley, farmers and growers are beginning to look for different ways to make the most of the water they have available to them.

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Conserve water, let the lawn go

Water rationing won't be impacting just Yakima Valley farmers this year. Home gardeners wanting to maintain green lawns will be impacted as well, said Matt Johns, a turf grass technician with Washington State University.

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Winter wheat drought impact may be minimal

BICKLETON - A wet August on the Horse Heaven Hills set the roots for some well established winter wheat, but on the flatlands of the Yakima Valley winter wheat hasn't been so fortunate.

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Monday, March 21

 

Knights win season opener

It was a good start to the spring season for the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team under new head coach Jeff Bosma.

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Church burglarized Friday

GRANDVIEW - The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located in the 100 block of North Elm Street in Grandview, was burglarized last Friday. Police are unsure of exactly when the building was broken into.

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Grizzlies split weekend games

Considering last Friday and Saturday would normally be the weekend the Sunnyside High School baseball team would be playing in a jamboree setting to work out all the kinks, the Grizzlies didn't have too bad of a start to the 2005 season.

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Greyhounds fall to Mustangs in OT

PROSSER - Grandview High School boys soccer coach Anne Holden would have liked to have started the season off with a win. But Saturday's non-league game against 3A Prosser showed the long-time Greyhound mentor exactly what she wanted to know-that her team can play with the best of them.

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Fund-raiser for fireworks

It's time to dredge up your spare change for this year's Sunnyside Fourth of July fireworks display to be held at Sunnyside High School football field.

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County denies nuisance order appeal

MABTON - More than two months after having their property denoted as a public nuisance by Yakima County, several Mabton residents are back in the county's good graces.

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Friday, March 18

 

Axis of Justice Concert Series Volume 1 may be for a good cause, but overall it's not very good

When the "Axis of Justice" CD was placed on my desk a week ago, awaiting a review, I didn't think anything of it. I saw the parental advisory on the front and was unfazed. To tell you the truth, I thought it was going to be a group of artists getting together to protest the war in Iraq. Upon further investigation, I found that "Axis of Justice" is actually a group of musicians, including Flea, Chris Cornell and Serj Tankian, who came together in response to the striking Los Angeles grocery workers.

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Latino farmers hammer out details for co-op

About 20 Latino farmers from around the Lower Valley gathered Thursday night to iron out the details of a cooperative that would allow local farmers more say in the prices they receive for their products.

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14-year-old girl remains missing

A Sunnyside High School freshman, 14-year-old Mariale Osorio, is still missing. It's been nine days since her mother, Justina Solona of Sunnyside, has seen her daughter.

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State workers honored for service

Three women employed by the Department of Social and Health Services Sunnyside Community Service Office were surprised Wednesday, March 9, when they were each presented with 2004 Employee of the Year plaques.

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City hires associate engineer

Shane Fisher has long wanted to work in municipal government and now he has his opportunity and plans to make the most of it in Sunnyside for many years to come.

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Thursday, March 17



Dual language classroom program discussed with school board

Since the start of the dual language classrooms, designed to teach both English and Spanish speaking children of the community the language opposite their native tongue, there has been some adjustments to the program to make it fit the Sunnyside community.

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Geography knowledge lands Newhouse in state competition

Which country's vegetation regions range from the Nubian Desert in the north to the tropical rain forest in the extreme south? The United States Naval Academy is in Annapolis, the state capital located closest to what large bay? One of the world's largest oil exporters borders the North Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Name this country.

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Wednesday, March 16

 

Hall-Aguilar to wed in Vegas

Mon Bel Ami Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev. will be the setting of the wedding ceremony uniting Sondra Hall and Travis Aguilar, both of Sunnyside.

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Aguilar-Mohr to wed Oct. 8

Former Sunnyside resident Amy Aguilar will marry Michael Mohr, both of Hillsboro, Ore., at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Brookwood Baptist Church in Hillsboro, Ore.

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Saldana-Gonzalez to wed Sept. 3

Former Grandview resident Magdalena M. Saldana will marry Leonardo Gonzalez Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005 at Saint Louise Roman Catholic Church in Bellevue. The wedding will be at 2 p.m. Both the bride- and groom-to-be are now living in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Open Mike

Men, have you ever wonder what happens to all your money?

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Tuesday, March 15

   

Speaker to share date rape facts

Katie Koestner, a nationally recognized speaker and survivor of date rape, will present her story to Sunnyside parents, middle and high school students March 21-23.

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Council backs city manager

The Sunnyside City Council Monday evening gave a unanimous vote of confidence to City Manager Bob Stockwell for what the body viewed as an unwarranted attack by the Daily Sun News.

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Monday, March 14

  

Kacee Jo Bootsma Regional Science Fair champ

KENNEWICK - Led by Sunnyside High School senior Kacee Jo Bootsma, the Sunnyside High School science fair contingency cleaned up at the Mid Columbia Regional Science and Engineering Fair held in Kennewick this past weekend.

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Chamber honors community's outstanding citizens

Deception, white lies and bribery were used to ensure the winners at this year's Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce awards banquet were in attendance at this past Saturday night's gala held at Navarro's Family Community Center.

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Water leases sought for state drought relief

The Department of Ecology is offering to lease irrigation water from senior water-right holders so that junior water-right holders in the Yakima Valley facing cutoffs this year will still have water for drinking, flushing toilets and other domestic uses.

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Friday, March 11

 

Forum

State tournament experience unbelievable

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SHS grad earns national spotlight

JACKSON, TENN. - After years and years of playing AAU basketball as a youngster, progressing to middle school ball, then on to prep hoops and finally advancing to the collegiate level, Sunnyside's Carly Syverson is getting her day in the sun.

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Greyhounds come out as top dog

YAKIMA - With their backs against the wall, players for the Grandview High School boys basketball team left it all on the floor and received some help from an unlikely hero in last night's quarterfinal match-up against Pullman.

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Thursday, March 10

  

Governor declares drought a statewide emergency

YAKIMA - Describing today's weather at Sarg Hubbard Park as an August day in March, Governor Christine Gregoire signed an order this afternoon authorizing the Department of Ecology to declare a statewide drought emergency.

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Sunnyside teen caught with marijuana cache

A 19-year-old Sunnyside man was arrested early Wednesday morning when Sunnyside Police Department detectives executed a search warrant at his home in the 400 block of W. Madison Avenue.

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Sunnyside's Promise seeks youth team members

Sunnyside's Promise is joining with the America's Promise Youth Partnership Team to seek members for the alliance for youth leadership program, designed to create a new view of the needs of today's youth.

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Wednesday, March 9

   

Grandview store has beef with burglars

GRANDVIEW - Employees at Grandview's Market Place arrived at work this morning (Wednesday) to find their meat department wasn't as well stocked as it had been the night before.

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Dry conditions cause of fire at wrecking yard

Monetarily, very little was lost in a fire at Tee-Pee Auto Wrecking on Outlook Road yesterday. But according to Fire District #5 Battalion Chief Pat Mason, it is a reminder that conditions are dryer than normal this year.

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Radio enthusiasts given an opportunity to hit the airwaves

Talking to astronauts in the space station, chatting with a businessman in Russia and swapping stories with a teacher in Australia is easy when you are a HAM radio operator. Even with today's technology, including cellular telephones and Internet, there is something special about the human contact that HAM radios bring with them.

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Tuesday, March 8



SHS senior seeks dairy princess crown

Desireé Pritchett, a senior at Sunnyside High School, hopes to one day operate her own 10,000-head dairy. In the meantime, Pritchett is learning the rudiments of herdsmanship under the guidance of her father, a retired dairyman.

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Thieves are posing as police officers

Sunnyside police are still searching for a man who posed as a police officer and stole another man's wallet back on Feb. 20. But Sunnyside detectives aren't the only ones looking for the culprit. Law enforcement from across the state are perplexed by the highly efficient thieves who are posing as police officers across the state.

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High school freshman prepares for All-State Orchestra performance

For a vast majority of his somewhat short life, Anthony Kim has spent time carefully honing his craft. And later this week he will have a chance to take that craft and put it to use, playing his violin as a member of the All-State Orchestra, one of the largest orchestras with which the 14-year-old has ever played.

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Monday, March 7

 

Grandview girls end season with loss to Connell

MOXEE - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds gave it everything they had last Friday, as they took on the Connell Eagles in the game that would decide which team would go on to the State tournament and which would finish its season.

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Friday, March 4

  

Young Life brunch to be held Sunday

The Lower Valley Young Life brunch will be held Sunday, March 6, at Navarro's Family Community Center, located in the 500 block of South Sixth Street in Sunnyside.

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Mary Baker Eddy - a woman in history

March is Women in History Month. There is one 18th century woman whom many of you know little about even when as recently as 2002, the U.S. Congress passed resolution honoring her contributions to humanity and the advancement of women - the woman is Mary Baker Eddy.

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Lady Knights hand one over at State

SPOKANE - The Almira-Coulee Hartline (ACH) girls basketball team won its 21 game in a row yesterday evening at the State 'B' basketball tournament in Spokane. And the Lady Warriors have no one to really thank but the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team.

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Labor department holds meetings

RICHLAND - U.S. Department of Labor officials will be available to answer questions about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act at town hall meetings, Wednesday and Thursday, March 9 and 10, in Richland.

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Thursday, March 3

    

Sunnyside boy avoids surgery

Noah Clift, a 3-year-old boy who lost an eye nearly a year ago, will not need surgery for the removal of a blood clot as originally feared.

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Salmon recovery takes community support

YAKIMA - "It takes a village to raise a child," is a saying often associated with child rearing, however it is something that can also be pertinent when it comes to restoring salmon populations in the middle Columbia sub basin.

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Wednesday, March 2

   

March knitting class offers

Registration is now being taken for beginner and intermediate knitting classes being offered through the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department.

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Tuesday, March 1

  

Parent conference set for Saturday

Parents are encouraged to attend a day-long conference this Saturday (March 5) to learn more about the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, truancy laws and impact of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Alcohol use suspected in Monday afternoon crash

Car parts and broken glass were strewn across Arrowsmith Road at the intersection of SR 241 following a Monday afternoon crash, that Washington State Patrol Trooper Pelleberg has determined was alcohol related.

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