Stories for November 2005

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Wednesday, November 30

         

Voters give Sunnyside Council fresh, new look

When the official election results came out of the Yakima County Auditor's office at 8 a.m. yesterday (Tuesday) the suspense of the November General Election came to a close, with three incumbents on the Sunnyside City Council losing their seats to challengers.

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Greyhounds perfect at S'side jamboree

They may not count on the official season record, but victories in two "mini-games" by Grandview's boys basketball team at the Sunnyside jamboree Tuesday night provided a hopeful start.

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Tuesday, November 29

    

WASL dominates conversation with state legislators

The Washington Assessment of Student Learning was the topic on most educators' minds Monday night as state Senator Jim Honeyford, and state Representatives Bruce Chandler and Dan Newhouse were in town for the Lower Valley School Board's Legislative Dinner.

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Schools consider liquor license ban

Members of Sunnyside's Promise delivered a proposal to the Sunnyside School Board Monday that, if passed, would in essence, ban any business from obtaining a liquor license within 500 feet of the district's new Sierra Vista Middle School currently under construction on Washout Road.

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Grandview ponders rate increase for utility users

GRANDVIEW - Working with figures submitted by department heads in August, the Grandview City Council struggled more than an hour Monday night to find a way to make up a $208,000 shortfall in its preliminary budget without taking the problem to its citizens.

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Prosser working to revitalize downtown area

PROSSER - Deb Heintz says she gets approached all of the time from business owners, property owners and community members asking her, what can be done to enhance the business core in Prosser.

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New Sunnyside bakery offers the best from Mexico

As a young boy in Mexico, Jose Cortez put a canastos on his head and rode his bicycle through Puruandiro selling the baked goods his father made. Cortez, one of 12 children, was just taking his place in a family of bakers.

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Monday, November 28

    

Friday, November 25

   

Parade to kick off Christmas season

Sunnyside's 17th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade is important to the community, and even more important to the farming community, Jeff Norem, this year's parade chairman, said.

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Improvements set for Washout Rd.

Citing a history of repeated motor vehicle accidents, Yakima County will spend $20,000 to install warning signs and flashing beacons at the intersection of Washout Road and Independence Road.

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Wednesday, November 23

        

Selah 3-1 winners over Sunnyside girls

Tiara Moon rolled a team high two-game 290 series yesterday-including a team best single game 171-but it wasn't enough to counter the efforts of Selah's Emma Beemer and Whitney Jennerjohn.

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Tuesday, November 22

  

Teen arrested on burglary, child molestation charges

GRANDVIEW - An 18-year-old man was arrested on counts of first degree burglary and child molestation for entering a house in the 500 block of East Wine Country Road and fondling a 12-year-old girl, Grandview Detective James Drisscoll said.

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Monday, November 21

      

Festival gets residents in the holiday spirit

With members of the Sunnyside High School band playing Christmas songs, dozens of decorated trees and dozens of donated gifts to be opened, Friday's Festival of Trees was sure to get even Scrooge ready for Christmas.

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Lions International to settle in Mabton

MABTON - There will be an organizational meeting to form the Mabton Lions Club on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at noon. The meeting will be held at the Silver Dollar Inn in Mabton.

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Walco expands to S. First Street

A fixture on Sunnyside's 16th Street for more than 25 years, Walco Animal Health will move by the end of this year to a new building on South First Street.

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Friday, November 18

 

New Beginnings... for troubled lives

Six months ago, Cheryl Emerson couldn't have known she'd soon be going to college. As she hung in her jail cell, her last breath moments away, she could only think of despair and how messed up her life was.

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Sunnyside bowlers drop two matches

A pair of losses to Kennewick on Wednesday and to West Valley yesterday (Thursday) dropped the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team's record on the season to 0-4.

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Thursday, November 17



County makes road safety improvements

YAKIMA - Changes are coming to roadways in Yakima County. The safety measures approved Tuesday, Nov. 15, by county commissioners will extend to some Lower Valley areas.

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County budget totals $60 million

GRANDVIEW - With few changes since the preliminary budget approved last month, Yakima County Commissioners presented a 2006 budget proposal during a hearing in Grandview on Wednesday night.

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Burn bans extended to tribal lands

The smell and smoke from fire has been unmistakable the past few days, wafting south from the Emerald Road area-even as Yakima County has issued a burn ban.

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SCHS scholars gain recognition

Sunnyside Christian High School officials have released the names of the students earning honor roll accolades for the first quarter of the 2005-06 school year.

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Retired doctor a reliable Food Bank volunteer

Three hours a day, three times a week . . . regular as clockwork, Dr. Gerald Dierdorff, a long time Sunnyside physician now retired, settles into a little cubicle at the Sunnyside Food Bank amid gunny sacks full of rice and beans.

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Wednesday, November 16

 

Bulldog bowlers best S'side girls

PASCO - Despite an impressive 362 two-game series from Veronica Uribe, the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team dropped a 3-1 decision to the Pasco Bulldogs Tuesday afternoon.

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Hospice welcomes chamber guests

The warm glow of lighted windows reached through the dark to welcome guests to the Sunnyside Business After Hours networking event last night at Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.

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Tuesday, November 15

    

Bell ringers needed

The Salvation Army's good works march on-but bell ringers are needed if the needy are to have happy holidays this year.

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Monday, November 14

  

Epps overtakes Farmer for S'side council race

The neck-and-neck race between Sunnyside City Council incumbent Mike Farmer and challenger Bruce Epps took a turn late Friday as Epps grabbed his first lead in ballots counted from the Nov. 8 general election.

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Vikings lose heartbreaker on late touchdown run

MABTON - Asotin's Ryan Witters punched in a late 1-yard touchdown run with seven seconds to go to steal a victory from the previously undefeated and eighth-ranked Vikings, 17-10 this past Friday night.

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Durfey competes at State

FEDERAL WAY - Sunnyside High School's Rachelle Durfey swam in her first State meet last Friday and although she didn't win, she gained some valuable experience for next year.

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Friday, November 11

    

Veterans reflect on war experiences

Though World War II ended more than 60 years ago, the experiences of those who have been called the Greatest Generation have not been forgotten. Nor have the efforts of those who've served since, in places like Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.

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Grief and the Holidays Workshop set

As a community service, Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care will host two Grief and the Holidays Workshops on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 S. First Street, Sunnyside, to help people cope with loss of a loved one.

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Thursday, November 10

       

Farmer's lead narrows

The Sunnyside city council race between incumbent Mike Farmer and challenger Bruce Epps narrowed to seven votes, according to the latest ballot count as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.

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Veterans Day travel info

For many, the Veterans Day holiday means a long weekend skiing or traveling to get-away destinations. With that in mind, the Washington Department of Transportation remind motorists to check travel conditions before venturing out.

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Wednesday, November 9

        

Sunnyside throws out two incumbents

It was not a good night for incumbents Tuesday, as Sunnyside voters threw out two of the three city council incumbents facing challengers and a third was hanging on by an eyelash.

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Battle of the seniors

The first ever boys vs. girls senior volleyball game has been set for Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 per person.

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Golf results

The team of Hibbard, Askin and Sternfeld won the Shamble tournament golf held last weekend at the Black Rock Creek course in Sunnyside.

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Tuesday, November 8

  

Grandview store owner jailed on drug charges

GRANDVIEW - The owner of the Tienda Mi Morenita store at 1401 Wine Country Road in Grandview was sentenced yesterday, Nov. 7, to 55 months in prison for drug charges after pleading guilty in Yakima County Superior Court.

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Meeting set for potential Lions

Lions club members from several valley towns will gather in Mabton tonight, Nov. 8, to test the waters to see if the community would like to organize a Lions Club.

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Monday, November 7

  

Paul resumes his fight with city hall

The clock is ticking on what appears to be a contentious conclusion to the ongoing billboard battle between Prosser contractor Tom Paul and the City of Sunnyside.

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Ready to vote?

The General Election is tomorrow (Nov. 8), and, if you haven't mailed in your ballot yet, there is still time.

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Knights fall to Riverside one more time

YAKIMA - Hoping to keep going in the Columbia B League soccer playoffs, the Sunnyside Christian High School team traveled to Riverside to play the Crusaders for the fourth time this year.

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Bickleton runner finishes season strong

PASCO - Just making it to state was an accomplishment for Junior Hernandez. The 8th grader finished 24th out of 67 runners this past Saturday at the state cross country meet.

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Friday, November 4

 

Sunnyside educator to spend time in Japan

Jennifer Allen doesn't speak any Japanese; not one word. But she's not letting that stop her. The Pioneer Elementary School vice principal will be spending time in the Land of the Rising Sun from Nov. 20 to Dec. 8.

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Class teaches poaching prevention

Citizens who are interested in helping prevent poaching of Washington State's fish and wildlife resources are invited to attend a two-hour training session Nov. 9 in Lacey, WA.

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Yakamas to host pow wow this weekend

TOPPENISH - In celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month, the Yakama Nation will host its fourth annual Cultural Heritage Center Tiin-Ma Gathering Pow Wow.

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Vote...it's the right thing to do

Normally you would be urged to not forget to get out to the polls and cast your vote. We would be telling you what time the polling locations opened and which school or church to go to cast your vote based on where you live.

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Snow strands hunters

High winds and drifting snow stranded several hunters yesterday (Nov. 3) on the 1600 Road southeast of Little Bald Mountain.

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The musical Annie opens Nov. 12 in Sunnyside

Mark your calendars! There will be five opportunities in November to watch the rip roaring musical, Annie, as performed by the Over the Hill Senior Theatricals at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Thursday, November 3

 

Free conference to help parents in local school districts

Parents of students in the Grandview, Granger, Mabton, Mt. Adams, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Wapato and Zillah school districts may take part in a free parent conference called "Stepping Up for Student Success" Saturday, Nov. 12 at Sunnyside High School. The morning session begins at 8:30 and the afternoon session begins at 12:30.

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Free bike helmets to be distributed Saturday

Thanks to a $4,977.50 grant from Toppenish's Legend's Casino, Sunnyside's Promise, in conjunction with other Sunnyside kid-friendly agencies, will sponsor a Sunnyside Bicycle Rodeo and Helmet Give-A-Way Saturday, Nov. 5, at Sunnyside's Chief Kamiakin School.

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Wednesday, November 2

 

Rotarian rides the rails

Rotarian Randy Schuler was the guest speaker at Monday's Noon Rotary Club meeting. Schuler spoke about his hobby of riding along railroad tracks, some abandoned and some not. He also gave a slideshow of some of his trips.

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Nuestra Casa receives health education grant

Nuestra Casa, a Spanish-language outreach program in Sunnyside, received a $9,000 grant to aid its programs for 2006. The grant was one of nine, totalling $200,000, announced Tuesday by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation

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Tuesday, November 1

 

FEMA extends disaster aid deadline

The deadline to apply for disaster aid for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has been extended to Jan. 11, 2006, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Grizzlies JV beats up on Selah

SELAH - The Sunnyside JV football team used a strong running game and a dominating defense to control the game clock and beat up on Selah by a score of 32-6.

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Antiques added to Lava Rock Gift Shop

Antiques-mostly furniture-have been added to the gift shop at Lava Rock Nursery and Landscaping. The new inventory is just the first of many plans being put into operation by owner Gary Warwick and his wife, Billie.

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