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Friday, June 30



Story Time

Bookkeeping snafu makes you wonder if city has too much money to handle

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Thursday, June 29

  

National Night Out block parties Aug. 1

A meeting was held last night (Wednesday) at the Law and Justice Center regarding Sunnyside's "National Night Out." This is a program funded by local police departments to promote neighborhood unity in the fight against crime.

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Century old house to remain tri-plex

In a hearing last night that left no stone unturned, the City of Sunnyside's Board of Adjustment considered a request by Tim and Cherie Thompson to continue to use their property at 512 Stackhouse Street as a tri-plex in an R-1 zone that allows only single family dwellings.

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Fire damaged house to be replaced soon

An abandoned and fire damaged house at 1008 East Decatur Avenue in Sunnyside will soon be demolished and replaced with a stick-built house, which will be offered for sale by Carl Kern, who is buying the property from Jesse Hernandez as a re-sale investment.

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Wednesday, June 28



Mabton City Council raises mayor's monthly pay to $500

MABTON - A pay increase for Mayor Velva Herrera at the city council meeting last night, June 27, was approved by council members. The current position pays $120 per month. A request had been made by the members of council at the previous meeting to increase Herrera's compensation to $500 per month.

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'F' as in Frank

One of my news "beats" this summer is to cover the three Sun Valley boys baseball teams. They range in ages from 13 to 18-years-old.

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Walks prove costly

A see-saw game through five innings went south in a hurry, as the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team surrendered 17 runs in the sixth inning in a 24-7 home loss to Richland yesterday.

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Poteet shines but Neptunes fall to S'side Sharks, 526-302

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's Kinzi Poteet broke two pool records at last night's meet against the visiting Sunnyside Sharks but that wasn't enough as Sunnyside's Katie Knee (16&U) and Tad Tyhuis (10&U) led the Sharks to their fourth straight win with a 526-302 thrashing of the Neptunes.

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Tuesday, June 27

              

Monday, June 26

       

G'view Dairy Queen hit by theft

GRANDVIEW - The theft of money from the Grandview Dairy Queen was among four reported thefts that police responded to between last Friday and Sunday.

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Friday, June 23



Today's dads deserve a better holiday

Another Father's Day has passed without much hoopla. There were no all-star salutes to dad, no Charlie Brown special and most certainly no special episodes of "Oprah" leading up to the big day. Like all the Fathers' Days before it, this one went by quietly, leaving little more than the pleasant smell of barbecue and a slew of pun-filled cards in its wake.

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First annual lowrider show this weekend

Lucky Stylez and Ladyz Luck car clubs will host their first ever low rider car show and concert this Saturday, June 24, at The Forum/Old Tropicana building, located at 1818 Morgan Rd in Sunnyside.

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Documentary promotes Washington wines

Washington wines have fast become very sought after. It could be due to the fact that Washington has some of the best soil in the world for growing grapes, or possibly that the people of this state believe that the wine business is vital to the economy. Either way, people in Washington are passionate about wine.

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Home Country

It happened in the checkout lane down at the Soup 'R' Market last week. We discussed it thoroughly, of course, and no one knows yet what to make of it. As sometimes happens, when we are glancing at the tabloids to see who fathered Bigfoot's new baby, we get into discussions of trivia.

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Forum

A disturbing article appeared in the June 18 Yakima Herald Republic concerning "Seattle schools finding ways to let Muslims pray."

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Who's steering the boat?

It's always difficult for me when election time rolls around, if there is an issue on the ballot that involves increasing taxes.

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Thursday, June 22

 

Theft from vehicles reported

Sunnyside police received reports of two thefts from vehicles this past Tuesday and Wednesday, but one was later determined to be a case of a misplaced item rather than a theft from an unlocked car.

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Automatic external defibrillators purchased by Mabton School District

MABTON - Accidents requiring emergency care can happen anywhere and anytime. The response time to any emergency can be the difference between life and death. Communities in rural settings have an even longer wait so school officials in Mabton made their district safer with the addition of three automatic external defibrillator (AED) units, according to a press release from the Mabton School District.

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Hospice convenes annual board meeting

Expressing pride in Lower Valley Hospice's work in providing treatment for the terminally ill, Executive Director Joel Stephens yesterday noted the agency treated 111 patients in 2005.

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Brush fire extinguished

A brush fire on Alexander Road, reported at 3:48 p.m. this past Tuesday, was extinguished by Sunnyside firefighters.

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Wednesday, June 21

         

Tuesday, June 20



Local job growth 'on solid footing'

The Yakima County job economy may not be booming along at the state's rate of adding 3.3 percent jobs over the past year, but it is "on solid footing," said Don Meseck, a regional labor economist for Washington state.

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Monday, June 19



Judge lifts restraining order

YAKIMA - In the rarest of judicial outcomes, all sides came away seemingly happy following an appearance in Superior Court last Friday by the city of Sunnyside, Prosser contractor Tom Paul and the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID).

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Philippine Vice-Consul visits Valley

At the special invitation of Rey Pascua of Sunnyside, the Philippine Republic sent Vice Consul Anthony Mandap to Wapato yesterday to arrange passports and even dual citizenship for Filipinos.

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14/15-year-olds drop 17-10 game

A tight game was broken open in the seventh, and final, inning as the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team fell 17-10 at home last Friday to Richland Milestone.

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Friday, June 16

      

Neptunes splash water in Selah's face

GRANDVIEW - After being blown out of the water by Prosser on Tuesday night, the Grandview Neptunes won their first meet of the season over Selah, thanks in part to a strong performance by Kinzi Poteet, 403-312. The victory gives the Neptunes a 1-1 record in the Mid-Valley Swim League.

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G'view man arrested twice on drug charges

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police got a little more than they bargained for yesterday when they arrested Abel Chacon in response to charges from a Yakima County warrant on possession of marijuana.

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Senator launches re-election bid

Running opposed for the first time since 1998, 15th District State Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) launched his re-election campaign this morning during a breakfast fundraiser at the Sunny Spot Restaurant in Sunnyside.

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Stolen Cockatoo finds his way home

YAKIMA - On Wednesday, May 31, Goober, a Salmon Crested Mulocca Cockatoo, was stolen from the front porch of Rene and Alina Green. Two men walked right through their gated front yard, and up onto the porch.

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Sharks nip Piranhas, 395-385

For the Sunnyside Sharks, last night's Mid-Valley Summer Swim League opening meet against the visiting Prosser Piranhas couldn't have been much closer.

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Thursday, June 15



Teen dances make a comeback

Teen dances in Sunnyside were a thing of the past but, this summer Lisa Fairbairn, the director of Sunnyside's Promise, is organizing a series of dances to keep teens involved in safe activities.

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Trees need replaced atS'side parks

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Committee held a special meeting last night for the purpose of discussing the condition of trees in local parks and along streets.

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Wednesday, June 14

          

Wood cashes at PGA pro-am

CHELAN - Derek Wood was the lone Black Rock Creek Golf Course team member to cash at this past Monday's PGA pro-am at Chelan's Bear Mountain Ranch.

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Tuesday, June 13

             

M&J Tavern to get new lease on life

GRANDVIEW - Brian Gilbert always wanted to own a bar. His girlfriend, Tammy Guerin, thought owning one would be an interesting and fun adventure. Gilbert got his long-time wish and Guerin will get to see how fun running a bar is when the two re-open M&J Tavern in Grandview at the end of June.

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Monday, June 12

  

Sunnyside Christian High School graduates 25

GRANDVIEW - Hundreds turned out to honor the Sunnyside Christian High School Class of 2006 Friday night, at the Church of the Nazarene in Grandview, encouraging them to find the path God has chosen for them.

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Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds lose at Richland

RICHLAND - It was a contest for all of one inning. The rest of the game clearly belonged to Richland, as the Tri-Cities club handily defeated the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth team 13-1 at Richland this past Friday.

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Friday, June 9

          

Grandview golfer hits first hole-in-one

Grandview's John Prilucik has toiled at the game of golf for 32 years. His efforts were rewarded last week when he aced the ninth hole at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

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Thursday, June 8

 

Two days of fun in the Mabton community sun

MABTON - Mabton Community Days begins this Friday, June 9, at Feezell Park and continues through Saturday evening. There will be live music, including Blaze from Hot 99.7 FM. Pony rides, bingo, great food and raffles are just some of the events that will take place throughout the weekend.

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Peppers too hot for Sun Valley 16/18-year-olds

SELAH - After losing an extra inning heartbreaker in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday, the Sun Valley Junior Leagion team of 16/18-year-olds dropped the second contest as they were swept by the host Yakima Valley Peppers of Selah.

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Feed lot clean-up on track

The first fruits of Sunnyside's purchase of the 150-acre Monson feed lot will be reaped beginning in August when the city takes over the first 75 acres of the property.

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Wednesday, June 7

 

Commissioner candidate makes pitch to Rotarians

Although the official filing for the one district position that is vacant on the Yakima County Board of Commissioners doesn't open until July 24, a number of eager candidates are making the rounds of service clubs and organizations to announce their intention to run for the office.

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RV Dump reopened

After three months of being closed, the RV dump in Sunnyside located at 1338 S. Fourth Street has been re-opened.

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Sunnyside physician hoods new graduate

Dr. John Allen had the honor of being invited to the graduation of Tammy Harrington, one of the students who trained for two years at Sunnyside Community Hospital in the medical student program for future doctors of osteopathic medicine.

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Hospital upgrades technology

Sunnyside Community Hospital officials last week announced they have acquired two new, high tech ultrasound systems from GE Healthcare.

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Sunnyside optometrist's aunt honored posthumously

SPOKANE - A woman known for her life-long dedication and devotion to improving the eyesight of others, Dr. Mae Booth-Jones, was honored posthumously at the annual convention of the Optometric Physicians of Washington.

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Tuesday, June 6

 

Mokí Graphics offers design solutions

Sunnyside natives Ray Morrow and Mark Kilian have combined to form Mokí Graphics. The two are longtime friends and brothers-in-law, and bring complementary skills to the new company.

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City offering free mulch

The City of Sunnyside is offering free mulch to the public. The mulch can be picked up at the Public Works service center located at 1509 S. 6th St., Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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SHS alumni soccer games this Saturday

The fourth annual Sunnyside High School alumni girls soccer game is scheduled for this coming Saturday. Soccer fans this year will be treated to more than just one game, though, as two other soccer matches will also be staged that day.

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Students graduate with 'pride'

During an at times raucous celebration, 35 students graduated from PRIDE High School during a ceremony yesterday at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Monday, June 5



Sunnyside athletes drop two

The home field advantage in Sunnyside wasn't enough for the Sun Valley Junior Legion team of 16-18 year-old players this past Saturday, as it fell to 0-4 on the season with 9-0 and 11-1 losses to Moses Lake.

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Sun Valley nips Pasco

In a contest that saw more swings than a playground, the Sun Valley 14-15 year-old Babe Ruth baseball team blew a 4-1 lead then, down to their last out, had to rally for a 7-6 home victory over Pasco this past Saturday.

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Granger park gets another dinosaur!

GRANGER - Under the watchful eye of a Parasaurolophus, several children descended on Hisey Park to help give birth to the newest dinosaur, the Chasmosaurus, last Saturday at the ninth annual Dino-N-A-Day.

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Guest speaker challenges 2006 Grandview grads to be mentors

GRANDVIEW - Teacher Chris Fleischer was invited by the Grandview High School Class of 2006 to be its guest speaker at graduation this past Saturday. In return, he challenged each of the 132 graduating seniors to help two younger people reach the seats they were sitting in waiting to receive diplomas.

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Friday, June 2

  

CD Review

Live recording captures time and essence of rock mainstay

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Carrera 'retires' to a busy life

"I'm not retiring," insists Ruben Carrera, an executive director with the Sunnyside School District. "I'm going to still be active, I'm just leaving the district's employ."

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Antique show coming to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A Yakima antique show at the SunDome in April proved so popular that the same company that brought that show, Centralia-based JLC Promotions, will bring a similar antique show and sale to Grandview next weekend, June 10-11.

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Fundraiser planned for Prosser runner

PROSSER - Nectaly Barbosa of Prosser is the 3A State champion in the 800 meters, the second fastest runner in the nation in that event and he's still only a high school junior.

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Thursday, June 1

 

13-year-olds falter, 20-3

An 11-run fourth inning rally was more than enough for Richland in a 20-3 win over Sun Valley in 13-year-old Babe Ruth action in Sunnyside yesterday.

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A hidden treasure-Nature's Farm & Nursery

A hidden treasure of unusual herbs and plants is nestled on 10 acres between Grandview and Prosser, so near to Prosser Butte that it appears a giant step would elevate you to that grandiose view of the Valley.

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State ag department may increase apple maggot quarantine area in county

A public hearing on a proposal by the Washington State Department of Agriculture to increase the size of the area quarantined for apple maggots in Yakima County will be held next Thursday, June 8, in Yakima. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. in the Washington State Department of Agriculture's conference room at 21 North 1st Ave.

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Momentum rolling for Black Rock

Yakima County commissioners appear set next Tuesday to sign a resolution supporting the Port of Sunnyside's study to research the economic benefits of the Black Rock reservoir.

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Sun Valley drops season openers

The Sun Valley team of Sunnyside, a Junior Legion summer team of 16 to 18 year-old baseball players, opened its 2006 campaign with a pair of home losses in a doubleheader against Prosser this past Monday.

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