Stories for January 2006

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Tuesday, January 31



Linehan readies Rams for 2006-07

MIAMI, FLA - In less than two weeks as head coach of the St. Louis Rams, Sunnyside native Scott Linehan has already named offensive and defensive coordinators for his new staff.

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Fourth graders taking care of business

It was a veritable mini-mall at the Lincoln gym in Sunnyside last Friday, with homemade bracelets and trading cards vying for consumer dollars along with video games and face painting.

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Pirates hold off Prosser freshmen

BICKLETON - The Bickleton varsity boys basketball team got back on the winning track Monday night with a 58-52 win over Prosser's C squad, made up of freshman players.

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Mason named new Grandview fire chief

GRANDVIEW - City officials announced Monday that Yakima County Fire District No. 5 Battalion Captain Pat Mason has accepted a position as the new fire chief for the city of Grandview.

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Monday, January 30

   

Sunnyside girls lose close game to Ellensburg

Kayla Standish was on a mission for Ellensburg this past Friday night. The Bulldog's post player dropped in 40 points to bring her team back from as much as a 10-point defecit to drop Sunnyside 65-60.

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Lady Pirates drop two more

LYLE - Trying for its second league victory of the season, Bickleton went into Lyle last Friday night with high expectations, only to fall 43-23 to the Cougars.

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Nine JV Grizzlies earn spots at postseason tourney

PROSSER - Besides the 14 varsity wrestlers Sunnyside will have competing at this coming Friday and Saturday's Sub-Regional tournament, the Grizzlies will be represented by nine of their JV grapplers at the postseason affair.

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Fire destroys Grandview home

GRANDVIEW - Fire destroyed a Grandview family's home this past Sunday morning according to a report from Yakima County Fire District No. 5.

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Knights prove road-tough

The Sunnyside Christian Knights did something this past Friday night they hadn't done in two previous attempts - beat Riverside Christian at the Crusaders' home gym. The Knights beat Riverside Christian 37-26.

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Grandview tames Huskies

GRANDVIEW - The Othello Huskies made it a game for about two minutes before Grandview's boys basketball team demolished the visitors in a 77-32 CWAC South victory on Friday night.

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Mabton gets needed league win

TOPPENISH - The Mabton girls basketball team continued to play down to the level of its competition to begin its Greater Columbia B League game against the Yakama Tribal Eagles this past Friday night, but this time Coach Mike Roettger didn't let the girls play through it.

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Vikings split weekend games

TOPPENISH - Weekends like the one the Mabton boys basketball team just experienced are best had now and not later as the Vikings split a pair of games last weekend.

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Friday, January 27

    

Preparing for adulthood

Kids at Outlook Elementary School clustered in small groups for nine weeks to get a taste of what they might like to do when they grow up.

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WASL alternatives pitched to school board

Heidi Hellner-Gomez, a Sunnyside High School reading coach and administrative intern, presented the Sunnyside School Board with two possible alternatives to the WASL at Thursday night's meeting.

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Grizzlies post best times in loss to Cheney

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School boys swim team may have been on the losing end of a 115-34 score against Cheney on Thursday, but the Grizzlies' contingent of four swimmers improved their postseason hopes.

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Athletic facility upgrade tabled

Sunnyside School Board directors took no action Thursday night on the issue of how to finance nearly $5 million in athletic facility improvements proposed for the district.

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Thursday, January 26

   

Posters made by local fourth graders chosen for calendar

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center based in Seattle and the Center for Hispanic Health Promotion located in Sunnyside developed a project to help promote nutrition and physical activity among fourth grade students in the Lower Yakima Valley.

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SCHS academic achievers named

The top students, academically speaking, have been named for the second quarter of the 2005-06 school year at Sunnyside Christian High School.

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Wednesday, January 25



Sunnyside grapplers pummel East Valley

Winners of 11 of 14 matches last night, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team throttled the East Valley Red Devils, 58-15. The non-league victory boosted the Grizzlies' overall dual meet record to 6-2.

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Sunnyside store robbed yesterday

A clerk at El Toro Pesado at 420 South 6th Street reported that a man, who might have been armed, took a stack of pants from the store yesterday. The report was received by Sunnyside police at 1:55 p.m.

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Mabton boys win, wrap up district playoff berth

MABTON - The Mabton boys basketball team hosted the LaSalle Lightning, winning the game 59-50 to pull even with Sunnyside Christian for first place in the Yakima Valley Division of the Greater Columbia 'B' League.

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Grizzlies refuse to walk the plank

RICHLAND - It would have been easy to abandon ship last night after the Hanford boys basketball team jumped out to a 26-7 first quarter lead. Instead, the Sunnyside Grizzlies fought back, going tit-for-tat with the Falcons the second quarter and outscoring Hanford after intermission to avert a blowout.

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S'side Christian dominates DeSales

For the first time in a long time, Sunnyside Christian senior Chad Den Boer didn't lead his team in the scoring column - Aaron Van de Graaf did. The Knights knocked off Desales 55-32.

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Lady Knights get back on winning track

After losing their first league game of the year last week, the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team wanted to get back to winning. They did just that with a 55-31 victory over visiting DeSales last night.

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Mabton to start enforcing kids curfew

MABTON - Due to increasing graffiti around the city, Mabton Police Chief Raul Almeida told the city council last night his officers will be enforcing a curfew already on the books.

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Pirates handle Goldendale JV's

GOLDENDALE - The Bickleton varsity boys basketball team clamped down on defense, holding Goldendale's JV to 14 first-half points on the way to a 53-40 win.

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New air quality standards could impact Yakima County

YAKIMA - At the Yakima County Regional Library Tuesday morning, Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority Executive Director Les Ornelas told members of the media, the business community and the U.S. Forest Service that new air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could hurt Yakima County if those standards aren't met.

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Tuesday, January 24

   

Sunnyside stiffens jail penalties

A record murder count of five in 2005 and a 50 percent spike in burglaries prompted the Sunnyside City Council on Monday to add jail terms for misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges.

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Attendance up on early release Fridays in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Staff Developer for Elementary Schools in Grandview, Rob Roettger, gave a presentation to school board directors Monday night that showed what he believes is a positive increase in a number of areas in the district thanks to early release Fridays.

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Grizzly wrestlers double-dual winners

MOXEE - Posting a 17-11 record on the day in the 28 bouts it competed, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team came away with a pair of non-league victories over Eisenhower and Davis last Saturday afternoon.

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Monday, January 23

 

Bickleton swept in league games

The Bickleton boys basketball team showed a little more firepower, but still dropped a couple of league games this past Friday and Saturday.

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Mabton gets league win despite flat play

LYLE - Despite an 11-point victory over league foe Lyle this past Friday night, Mabton Coach Mike Roettger said his team continues to play flat and play down to the level of their competition.

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Knights get two league victories

Behind two big performances from Chad Den Boer this past Friday and Saturday nights, Sunnyside Christian got two wins to improve to 7-1 in the Greater Columbia B League.

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Grandview girls continue to struggle

GRANDVIEW - Poor shooting and playing well in only three of four quarters doomed the Lady Greyhounds as they lost to the Naches Rangers last Friday night 63-45.

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Friday, January 20

  

Low income families have opportunity to purchase new home

MABTON - Thanks to the Diocese of Yakima Housing Services, Yakima Federal Savings and Loan and the United States Department of Agriculture, low-income Lower Valley families will get a chance to do something many families in the same position never get - a chance to own a home.

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Vocal Magic to perform in 'Best of Times'

The Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present "The Best of Times," featuring Vocal Magic, on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Grizzly grapplers manhandle Wolfpack

WAPATO - When freshman Baltazar Avalos took the mat last night for his 137-lb. bout against Wapato junior Jaymar Imperial, the Grizzlies already had the Mid-Valley League wrestling match well in hand, leading 30-15.

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G'view grapplers beat Toppenish

GRANDVIEW - The Wildcats took two of the first three matches of the night Thursday to build what would be their only lead of the night as the final match decided the outcome, and sealed a 40-30 CWAC South victory for the Greyhounds.

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Thursday, January 19

 

Skate park construction to proceed

After more than six years of planning, the SunnyView skate park will finally become reality this year, Recreational Coordinator Joan Niemeyer told the Sunnyside Recreation and Community Center commissioners Wednesday evening.

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Wednesday, January 18

           

Second half swoon costly for Pirates

PASCO - Losing one player to injury and another to foul trouble, Bickleton's boys basketball team struggled in the second half in a 61-31 loss to Jubilee Christian.

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Tuesday, January 17

   

Burglary suspect nabbed

Grandview police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a burglary at Dave's Recycling Center on Saturday, Jan. 14.

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Monday, January 16



Rivalry contest goes Mabton's way

Playing two of their toughest competitors, the Mabton Vikings boys basketball team came away from this past weekend in great shape, they sit on top in the Yakima division of the Greater Columbia 'B' League.

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New hires in the Grandview School District

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board has approved recommendations to hire Bruce Johnson as a middle school head wrestling coach. Dave Parker will be hired as an At-Risk tutor for Compass High School.

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Sunnyside boys stumble

You can't take any team for granted in the Mid-Valley League. The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team learned that the hard way last Friday night.

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Grizzly grapplers fizzle at Hoquiam

HOQUIAM - Like the air rushing from a deflated balloon, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team sagged miserably this past weekend at the Hoquiam Invitational.

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Grandview takes third at Foss Invite

TACOMA - Grandview put three wrestlers in the finals of the Henry Foss Invitational and had one individual champion en route to a third-place finish this past weekend.

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Friday, January 13

 

Fire destroys Mabton home

MABTON - A home on 791 Boundary Road, about a mile south of Mabton, was declared a total loss of $100,000 following a fire Thursday morning.

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Greyhounds outrun Bears

KIONA-BENTON - The Grandview wrestling team traveled to Kiona-Benton last night and destroyed the Bears by a score of 64-12.

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Wednesday, January 11

   

Sunnyside's new librarian to meet patrons at Jan. 24 open house

After 22 years in various positions at Yakima Valley Regional Library, Amy Ravenholt is settling in as librarian at Sunnyside. She will have an opportunity to meet library patrons and get acquainted with the community at an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the library.

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Sunnyside boys corral Mustangs

Talk about a team effort! Last night, the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team-fully utilizing all 12 members of the varsity-tamed the high spirited Prosser Mustangs.

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Grandview grapplers dominate East Valley

GRANDVIEW - Six pins by Grandview wrestlers helped the Greyhounds cruise to an easy 67-12 victory over East Valley Tuesday night. The win puts Grandview's league record at 2-0, and on top of the CWAC South in a tie with Othello.

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Tuesday, January 10



Pirates edged at Prosser

PROSSER - Bickleton's varsity boys basketball team came close, but not close enough in a 54-52 loss to Prosser's C squad Monday night.

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New council appoints officers

Five Sunnyside City Council members were sworn into office Monday. Three of them-Carol Stone, Bruce Epps and Bill Gant-were elected in last November's general election.

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Worker housing could hit a snag

The Diocese of Yakima Housing Services project near Sheller Road and 16th Street in Sunnyside hit a possible bump in the road Monday night.

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Lady Pirates lose to Prosser "C" squad

PROSSER - Trying to get another check in the win column, the Bickleton Lady Pirates varsity squad traveled to Prosser last night. Bickleton's efforts to notch its second victory of the season went for naught, though, as the Muastangs 'C' squad prevailed, 41-23.

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Monday, January 9

 

G'view grapplers win home tourney

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview wrestling team put nine wrestlers into the finals at the Grandview Winter Classic this past Saturday en route to a team victory, the host school's first in the nine-year history of the event.

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Alleged kidnappers' cases still pending

A status hearing at Yakima County Jail last Thursday for Heriberto Martinez, 24, and Pedro Ochoa-Mendoza, 23, resulted in a continuance of their cases with their January trial dates being reset.

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Flags mark sanctity of human life

GRANDVIEW - "What are all those flags for," civil engineer Steve Martin was asked this past weekend as he hauled thousands of pink and blue survey markers in his truck.

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Knights get two league wins

The Sunnyside Christian Knights got two big league wins this past weekend, winning by a combined 92 points to stay perfect in Greater Columbia B League play.

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Police bust recovers thousands in stolen property

The Grandview Police Department's Special Incident Response Team, with help from the Law Enforcement Against Drugs Task Force, this past Friday raided a house in the 4000 block of Stover Road and recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property, Detective James Driscoll said this morning.

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Pirates cool off in loss to SCHS

For a quarter, anyway, Bickleton's boys basketball team looked like it might have a shot at knocking off defending state B champ Sunnyside Christian.

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Mabton girls get weekend split

The Mabton Lady Vikings cruised to a 55-27 victory this past Friday night over Trout Lake-Glenwood before falling to LaSalle 52-28 Saturday night.

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'Hounds hold off Connell

CONNELL - Grandview's boys basketball team reeled off a 21-9 second quarter run, then held on for a league opening 62-51 win at Connell on Saturday.

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Sunnyside notches first league victory

A 20-point effort by senior Derrick Simmons powered the Sunnyside Grizzlies to a 64-56 victory over Selah last Friday. The win was Sunnyside's first this season in Mid-Valley League play.

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Lady Knights continue to dominate league

BICKLETON - One week after the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights lost their second game of the season, they came out on fire and destroyed the Bickleton Lady Pirates, 67-6 during last Friday night's basketball game.

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Friday, January 6

          

Granger High School receives grant money

GRANGER - The Office of the Superintendent of Public instruction announced Tuesday that Granger High School was one of 38 schools and school districts in the state to receive part of a $139,600 grant aimed at improving access to Advanced Placement classes and Pre-Advanced Placement classes.

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Squilchuck State Park open as snow play area

WENATCHEE - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced that Squilchuck State Park is open on a limited basis for winter snow play, which includes sledding, inner tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. This is a pilot program initiated in response to public demand.

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Thursday, January 5

 

Senior parentsto host basketball taco feed Saturday

SHS senior parents will host a taco feed at Saturday night's basketball contest with Hanford. Sales will begin at 4 p.m. and continue into the evening. One taco meal is $3, two tacos are $4, and a three-taco meal is $5. Meals will include rice and beans.

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Port eyes change to agreement

During their meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4, Port of Sunnyside commissioners reviewed changes to a draft interlocal agreement for a Black Rock study area.

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Wednesday, January 4



Only one charged in murder

Michael Rodriguez, 25, of Sunnyside was formally charged with first degree murder in his Dec. 29, 2005 arraignment in Yakima County Superior Court.

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Court opening delayed

GRANDVIEW - The expected opening of Yakima District Court in Grandview has been delayed. The court, returning to the Lower Valley after an eight-year absence, was scheduled to open Jan. 1, but the estimated date is now mid-February, according to Harold Delia, court administrator.

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Tuesday, January 3



Dance studio opens in S'side

With hip-hop and salsa tunes providing the canvas, dancers artfully spun and leaped during a recent class offered at the 4 JAMZ Dance Studio in Sunnyside.

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Sunnyside's Pub out of business

Washington's new smoking ban has claimed its first victim in Sunnyside. The Pub at 432 S. Sixth St., a fixture in downtown Sunnyside for the past 33 years, will officially close its doors today.

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Monday, January 2

 

Klippert announces U.S. Senate candidacy

KENNEWICK - Taking a lesson from his 2004 run for the U.S. Senate, Sunnyside native and Benton County Sheriff's deputy Bradley Klippert (R) announced his candidacy for Maria Cantwell's Senate seat on Dec. 30, 2005, nearly 10 months before the Sept. 2006 primary.

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Knights win Oakleaf Classic

SHORELINE - Down 10 points going into the locker room against the host Shoreline Christian Crusaders, it would have been easy for Sunnyside Christian to just roll over and accept their second defeat of the season.

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Lady Knights get split at Shorline

SHORELINE - The Sunnyside Christian Knights got a split in the Oakleaf Classic this past week, defeating Clallam Bay 66-20 Thursday and losing to Shoreline Christian on Friday, 57-48 to bring their record to 6-2 on the season.

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