Stories for February 2006

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Tuesday, February 28

  

Science fair participants win awards

With many participants dressed in athletic clothing following the beginning of spring sports at Sunnyside High School, science teacher Joyce Stark handed out awards that marked what were judged to be the best projects at the school's annual science fair Monday night.

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Sunnyside sewer rates to rise

Sunnyside sewer users will likely see a 10 percent jump in their minimum monthly fee this year and more than a 30 percent hike over the next four years.

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Monday, February 27

  

Lady Knights move on to State

ELLENSBURG - Playing a team with a 23-2 record can be challenging but the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights were up to that challenge as they easily beat the Entiat Tigers 58-32 last Saturday in Regional action to earn a spot at State.

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Man hit by car in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A 53-year-old Grandview man was hit by a car while walking across Division Street in Grandview at 8:30 p.m. last Friday.

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Chimney fire causes no damage

Sunnyside firefighters were called out Sunday to a chimney fire at a residence in the 1300 block of Upland Drive. It was extinguished without damage to the residence.

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Friday, February 24

      

Grandview boys take top league awards

GRANDVIEW - With the exception of a State trophy, it doesn't get much better than this for the Grandview boys basketball program, which garnered the CWAC South's two highest individual honors.

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Greyhounds top Toppenish in a shootout

GRANDVIEW - Scoring nearly a combined 100 points in the second half alone, Grandview's boys basketball team and Toppenish slugged it out in a first-round CWAC District playoff contest Thursday night.

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Thursday, February 23

      

WSP Yakima communications center remodeled

UNION GAP - The dispatchers at the Washington State Patrol Communications Center in Union Gap won't be able to blame their working stations for sore backs or necks anymore now that the consoles have been updated.

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Upgrades streamline S'side dispatch center

The Sunnyside dispatch officer's limbo days of leaning one way to respond to the intercom, then swaying to the other to answer the phone are over thanks to a $160,000 upgrade of the dispatch center.

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Wednesday, February 22

 

Principal resigns

MABTON - Keith Morris, the principal for Mabton High School for the last 22 years, has decided to call it quits.

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Two arrested in murder case

A man and woman were arrested in Sunnyside yesterday (Tuesday) at 7 a.m. by the Sunnyside SWAT team in connection with the murder of Xavier Perez on Dec. 22 at his rental home at 1713 Guernsey Street in Sunnyside.

February 22, 2006 midnight read more..


Amanda Sharpe engaged

The engagement of Amanda Sharpe of Mabton to Phil Rigaut of Quantico, Virginia has been announced.

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Tuesday, February 21

         

Monday, February 20

   

Torres, Marquez take third at State for Mabton

TACOMA - "It could have went a little better, but it could have gone a lot worse," Mabton wrestling coach John Kilian noted of his team's finish at the State 1A-B wrestling meet, or Mat Classic, held this past weekend at the Tacoma Dome.

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S'side's Kim just misses consolation finals at State

FEDERAL WAY - After getting past his nerves, Sunnyside High School's Anthony Kim calmed down to take 17th place in the 500-meter freestyle during the 3A State swim meet this past weekend at the King County Aquatic Center.

February 20, 2006 midnight read more..


Mabton girls earn Regional berth

After falling big to LaSalle last Friday afternoon 56-30, it would have been easy for the Mabton girls basketball team to roll over and bow out of the District tournament.

February 20, 2006 midnight read more..
 

Knights earn Regional berth

After an emotional loss this past Friday afternoon to Mabton, Sunnyside Christian looked to rebound Saturday, facing Lyle in a loser-out game to advance to the Regional tournament.

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Sanchez, Romero finish 1st, 2nd at State

TACOMA - Senior Steve Sanchez capped off his prep wrestling career with a second straight State wrestling title this past weekend, topping all comers in the 125-lb. weight division.

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Friday, February 17



Wind storm knocks out trees, power

An Arctic front moved through the Lower Valley over night and into this morning, dropping temperatures to nearly single digits and bringing high winds that snapped trees.

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Lady Greyhounds falter at Othello

OTHELLO - A solid start wasn't enough for the Grandview girls basketball team, which lost their season finale 73-58 to Othello on Thursday evening.

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Workshop teaches budgeting basics

With a view towards prioritizing spending needs, and separating them from wants, Consumer Credit Counseling Service provided a free, one-hour workshop at the Sunnyside Library Thursday evening.

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Grandview boys thump Othello

OTHELLO - The Grandview boys basketball team completed a perfect league season Thursday with a 91-61 CWAC South victory at Othello.

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Lady Grizzlies beat Wapato, advance to Regionals

It wasn't quite game seven of the NBA Finals or the World Series, but it might as well have been for Sunnyside. The Lady Grizzlies had their backs to the wall and needed a win to stay alive in postseason competition.

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Thursday, February 16

    

Sunnyside woman new state trooper

Jennifer Ortiz, the daughter of Gary and Jamie Weenink of Sunnyside, was sworn in as a Washington State Patrol trooper at a ceremony at the state capitol Feb. 10.

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Wednesday, February 15

            

'Keep Guns Outta Schools' program launched

YAKIMA - Members of several Yakima County law enforcement agencies and school districts gathered Tuesday at Yakima's Millennium Plaza to kick off a new program aimed at keeping county students safe in schools.

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Tuesday, February 14

           

Monday, February 13

 

Vikes take four to State

ROYAL CITY - This year the Mabton High School wrestling program will send double the number of athletes (four) to the State tourney as it did last season, known as the Mat Classic, to be held in the Tacoma Dome this coming weekend.

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G'view advances seven grapplers to State

MOSES LAKE - Grandview's wrestling team tied a best-ever mark set in 2001, by qualifying seven grapplers for the Mat Classic next weekend in Tacoma. Grandview also has two alternates who could possibly wrestle at the dome.

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Lady Knights finish second in league

YAKIMA - Losing two out of its last three games was not the way the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team wanted to finish its season. But that's what happened as the Lady Knights fell to league leading LaSalle 56-30 last Friday night.

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Lady Pirates fall short in final game

TROUT LAKE - Hoping to end its less than illustrative 2005-06 basketball season on a positive note, the Bickleton girls lost a close one to Trout Lake/Glenwood, 24-18, last Friday.

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Sunnyside boys rout Wolfpack, 81-60

Based on the large crowd that showed up last Friday to watch Sunnyside wrap up its highest finish in Mid-Valley League play in about 20 years, the Grizzly gym most likely will be jumping this coming Wednesday when District tourney play gets underway.

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Easy win earns Knights outright league championship

LASALLE - Co-league champions doesn't have quite the ring to it that outright league champions does, but Sunnyside Christian won't have to share its Greater Columbia B League title with anyone else after a 71-48 victory over LaSalle this past Friday night.

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Greyhounds clinch CWAC South crown

The Grandview boys basketball program continued its winning ways this past weekend, recording a sweep in clinching the CWAC South regular season crown.

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Friday, February 10

     

Take the polar bear plunge

YAKIMA - Are you up to the challenge? Are you man or woman enough to plunge into ice cold, freezing water for a good cause? If so, then Sarg Hubbard Park Pond in Yakima is the place to be Saturday, Feb. 25.

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Thursday, February 9

 

Model Rule addresses access to public records

A state Supreme Court decision in 2004, restricting journalistic access to public records related to the Seattle Monorail, prompted Attorney General Rob McKenna to address the state's rules on access to public records.

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S'side Port plans repairs at wastewater plant

During an action meeting this past Wednesday evening, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved the expenditure of $101,285 to re-engineer its wastewater treatment facility's influent structures, design and construction management.

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S'side accepting bids for new well

The city of Sunnyside is now accepting bids for the construction of well 11, the city's newest, which is intended to not only help meet current but future water needs.

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Wednesday, February 8



Lady Knights get past Mabton

In a match-up of league rivals, the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team held on to beat the Mabton Vikings last night, 41-34.

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Grandview School levy passes

GRANDVIEW - Yesterday, voters in Grandview approved a four-year school maintenance and operation levy, by a margin of 936 votes to 613.

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Tuesday, February 7

   

Family displaced by rural home fire

The American Red Cross was called to assist Juan Manuel Huerta and his wife, whose home in the 1600 block of Allen Road in rural Sunnyside was damaged by fire, smoke and heat in a blaze yesterday.

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Monday, February 6



Kim qualifies for State

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside High School swimmer Anthony Kim punched his ticket to the State tournament with a time of 1:52.09 in the 200-meter freestyle during the District swim meet in Ellensburg this past Saturday.

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Mabton splits weekend games

MABTON - Relying on Alex Zavala's 28 points, the Mabton Vikings beat up on the Bickleton Pirates last Friday night, 77-37.

February 6, 2006 midnight read more..


S'side advances six to Regionals

Of the 23 wrestlers Sunnyside had competing at this past weekend's Sub-Regional tourney, only six qualified to move on to the Regional competition.

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Lady Grizzlies let halftime lead slip away

PROSSER - Though the Lady Grizzlies held a 28-21 lead going into the lockerroom at halftime, they'd let it slip away in the second half as Sunnyside dropped a 51-45 decision to the Mustangs this past Friday night.

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Elerding District champ in 200 freestyle

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside Christian High School swimmer Joey Elerding captured the boys District 2A/3A championship in the 200 meter freestyle with a State-qualifying time of 1:50.64.

February 6, 2006 midnight read more..
  

Wal-Mart, S'side team up for child safety

By 10:30 a.m. this past Saturday a line was starting to form in the Sunnyside Wal-Mart layaway department, as local police teen explorers gingerly took fingerprints from little Andrea Villegas.

February 6, 2006 midnight read more..
  

Liberty Christian shocks Lady Knights

RICHLAND - Playing the Patriots for the second time this season, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team lost to Liberty Christian 45-36 this past Saturday night in a non-league game.

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Friday, February 3

    

New Lions Club forming in Mabton

MABTON - A work in progress since this past November, the Mabton Centennial Lions Club is up and running with elected officers and plans for 2006.

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Thursday, February 2

    

Sunnyside to get new doctor

Dr. Katheryn Norris has been hired to fill a vacant position at Lincoln Avenue Family Medicine, Sunnyside Community Hospital Community Relations Director Tom Lathen said.

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Wednesday, February 1

  

Lady Grizzlies get Mid-Valley League win

SELAH - After a first period that saw the score deadlocked at 11s, Sunnyside pulled away in the second quarter and never looked back, winning a much-needed Mid-Valley League game 54-47 Tuesday night.

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A few simple ways to lose weight

This is the time of the year when everyone is trying to lose weight. We're in February now and it's time to lose those pounds we packed on during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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Grandview firefighter still fighting the good fight

One day he was a gung-ho, volunteer firefighter who climbed a ladder to change a light bulb at a private school in Grandview. In the next minute, he was a crumpled heap at the bottom of that 25-foot ladder, with two broken legs and a smashed up ankle.

February 1, 2006 midnight read more..
 

County puts more bite in dog laws

YAKIMA - Following comments from a full house of concerned citizens, Yakima County Commissioners on Tuesday approved tighter restrictions on dogs and their owners.

February 1, 2006 midnight read more..
  

Owner readies long vacant building for lease or sale

Despite rumors that the city of Sunnyside has ordered Francisco Garcia to improve security at the Flodin Building, behind Sunnyside High School along Yakima Valley Highway which he owns, Garcia said he's made the improvements on his own accord.

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