Stories for May 2006

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Wednesday, May 31

      

Changes proposed for Girls swimming agreement

Sunnyside High School is proposing a change in the girls swimming program, which would have the girls in a cooperative agreement with 3A West Valley High School instead of 4A Davis, as has been the case in the past.

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Rotary speaker details 30-year winemaking boom

In 1976 there were six wineries in Washington state. Today there are more than 400 wineries across the state making wine that is recognized around the world. How did this happen? According to Mike Wallace, it all changed in 1969.

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Tuesday, May 30

  

Floyd wins State crown

YAKIMA - Kevin Floyd made Grandview High School history this past weekend, winning the school's first ever tennis crown during this past weekend's 2A State tennis tourney.

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Linde sixth at State meet

PASCO - Sunnyside senior Christy Linde concluded her high school athletic career with sixth-place honors in the 100 hurdles at the State 3A track and field meet in Pasco this past weekend.

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G'view boys fourth at State

CHENEY - After finishing a disappointing seventh in the 400 meter dash, Grandview's James Vela bounced back and won the 800 meter run to secure an individual State championship and help the Grandview boys place fourth out of 51 teams and take home a trophy.

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Mabton graduates largest class ever

MABTON - Mabton's graduating class of 2006 was not only praised for being the school's largest ever with 59 graduates, but commended as pace setters in other areas.

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Hess, Williams excel at 'B' State meet

CHENEY - Regional champions Eric Hess of Bickleton and Trishi Williams of Mabton won medals at the State B track and field meet at Woodward Field on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney this past weekend.

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Friday, May 26

     

Dunbar encourages scouts to aim high

From an Outlook farm girl to a space shuttle astronaut, Bonnie Dunbar shared her story with local scouts and their supporters during a fundraising breakfast Thursday morning at the Sunnyside Community Center.

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Grandview women spurs troops care-package effort

GRANDVIEW - Being a soldier stationed in Iraq can be uncomfortable to say the least. It's not fun to drink warm, 100 degree water or shave without shaving cream or a fresh blade. The sand gets in everything and when the troops aren't working, they're trying to find something to do to pass the time that doesn't include wiping sweat out of their eyes, swatting flies away from their face or finding cover from the daily windstorms.

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Thursday, May 25

  

Slow day at S'side fire house

Sunnyside firefighters scored an evening call when an automatic alarm was set off in an apartment at 1500 Federal Way yesterday (Wednesday) at 11:55 p.m. At 12:58 p.m. they were called out again to transfer a patient from Sunnyside Community Hospital to Yakima Regional Hospital.

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Mixed greeting for Vicente Fox's arrival

YAKIMA - Dogs sniffed bouquets of flowers-for explosives, not for their scent-as a wall of regional and national press awaited the arrival of Mexican President Vicente Fox yesterday at McAllister Field in Yakima.

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Michels 12th at State!

SPOKANE - Yesterday, senior Andrew Michels stamped his ticket as one of the best to have gone through the Grandview High School golf program.

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Wednesday, May 24

   

Ask the AG:

When choosing a credit card, there's more to consider than APR

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Pleasing the palate his forte

Creating a fine dining experience with cuisine to complement the premier wines of the Valley is the goal of a big guy who goes by the moniker of Big John.

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Michels makes first day cut at State tourney

SPOKANE - Talk about walking a fine line! Grandview High School senior Andrew Michels finished right on the cut line at yesterday's 2A State golf tournament to earn one of 22 spots in today's final round action at State.

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Tuesday, May 23

  

Animal problems plague S'side Police Department

The City of Sunnyside has its share of animal problems, and they come to the attention of the police department every day. Yesterday and today (Tuesday), officers were called out to take care of nine complaints about animals that ranged from dogs chained up and left unattended to a dead cow behind a residence in the 1300 block of South 16th Street.

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Monday, May 22

   

Tigers roar past SCHS girls, 9-0

ELLENSBURG - Playing a Regional tourney game this past Saturday to determine seeding into this coming weekend's State tournament, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team got blown off the field by the Entiat Tigers, 9-0.

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Memorial Day activities set

Memorial Day weekend will kickoff for local veterans this Saturday, May 27, when members of the VFW, Am-Vets and American Legion will place more than 1,300 U.S. flags on the graves of deceased veterans at local cemeteries.

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Friday, May 19



Grandview announces new concert series

GRANDVIEW - Raising public awareness about Grandview's Country Park Amphitheater resulted in the formation of the first ever Country Park Concert Series, set to begin May 23.

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Wind storm blows into Lower Valley

Sustained winds of up to 35 mph in the Lower Valley yesterday afternoon resulted in 1,441 Pacific Power and Light customers in the Granger area losing electrical service for more than two hours. Numerous Sunnyside area residents also lost power for much shorter periods of time.

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Thursday, May 18

     

NHRA 'Super Gas' racer off to winning start

BOISE, IDAHO - Sunnyside's Wayne Linder Jr. isn't unfamiliar with being at the top of the heap. Over the years he's found plenty of success competing on the National Hot Rod Association circuit.

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McKinley Springs Winery hosting grand opening

ALDERDALE - Although McKinley Springs Winery has been open since Feb. 3, a grand opening will be held Saturday, May 20, at 1201 Alderdale Rd., between Mabton and Alderdale, to officially open the winery to the public.

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Wednesday, May 17

   

G'view girls fall in loser-out game

EPHRATA - On a very hot afternoon yesterday the Grandview Lady Greyhounds saw their hopes of advancing in the postseason dashed as they lost a loser-out District playoff game, 10-0, to Ephrata.

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Devil in a bottle trapped a free spirit

He tasted alcohol the first time when he was 9 years old, trying his mother's homemade wine. Spirits didn't cross his lips again until he was a sophomore in high school and started partying once in a while.

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Grandview pool to open June 9

GRANDVIEW - With the mercury steadily rising the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department announced the Grandview pool will be opening Friday, June 9, at 1 p.m.

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Car-jacker sought here

At 7:30 p.m. this past Monday, a man forced his way into a car in the Safeway parking lot and forced the driver, Olga Medelez, 32, of Sunnyside to leave the area and drive outside the city limits.

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Tuesday, May 16



Go-go dancer finds love and forgiveness

PROSSER - A mother at age 15 and a grandmother at 32 is just part of the life story that Clatskanie, Ore. resident Faye Marie Miller shared Monday with the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club.

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One person can make a difference

Encouraged to surround themselves with "dream builders", Harrison Middle School students in Sunnyside received a first-hand example of how one person can make a difference.

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Shooting reported

At 8:13 p.m. yesterday the 911 dispatcher advised Sunnyside police officers that there had been a shooting in the area of the 8000 block of Van Belle Road where, they were told, a female had been shot in the leg.

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VFW Poppy Day Friday

You will be carrying on a tradition of helping U.S. veterans when you accept one of the red poppies that will be offered by the American Legion Auxiliary this Friday.

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Monday, May 15



Girls spark S'side at District track meet

PROSSER - Led by nine Regional-qualifying marks in the throwing events, the Sunnyside girls track team placed third at the Mid-Valley League District meet this past weekend in Prosser.

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'Hounds just miss State baseball berth

After breaking out the bats and committing just one error in a 12-8 win at Cashmere this past Friday, Grandview's baseball team forged an early 3-1 lead over Omak in a winner-to-state contest at Ephrata on Saturday.

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Skate park open house

The city of Sunnyside will have an open house for the new skate park this Wednesday, May 17, at 5 p.m. at the Community Center, 1521 S. First Street. The meeting will focus on discussing design plans for the skate park, to be built at Sunnyview park.

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Sunnyside seniors continue tradition

Continuing a 28-year tradition, the senior class of Sunnyside High School presented the 29th annual Senior Follies this past Friday and Saturday nights at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Grizzlies fall to West Valley

YAKIMA - A Regional tournament playoff game filled with fouls and interruptions ended with the Sunnyside Grizzlies losing to the West Valley Rams by a score of 2-1.

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Knights lose to Crusaders in extra innings

The first four innings in Saturday's District game between the Sunnyside Christian Knights and the Riverside Christian Crusaders were going just the way the Knights hoped they would go. Then, the fourth inning ended and the fifth began.

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Friday, May 12



Chinook fishing to reopen May 13

With large numbers of salmon now moving up the Columbia River, fishery managers for Washington and Oregon have agreed to reopen the recreational spring chinook fishery in the upper Bonneville Pool to McNary Dam starting tomorrow (Saturday).

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South Hill Road faces temporary closure

Eastbound access to South Hill Road, near the intersection of South First Street, will be closed for three days next week so crews can construct a ditch for SVID drainage pipes.

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Toppenish breaks ground on tallest flag pole in the state

TOPPENISH - Travelers coming down Satus Pass on Hwy. 97 into Toppenish usually see the 144-foot water tower with the city's name printed in bold letters on it. In the very near future, they will still see the tower but flying next to the tower high above will be the American Flag.

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Thursday, May 11

            

Wednesday, May 10

     

Greyhounds CWAC runners-up

For the first time in at least 10 years, maybe ever, the Grandview High School boys golf team finished CWAC South League play in the second place spot.

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S'side advances at Regionals

SPOKANE VALLEY - The Sunnyside Grizzlies walked away with a Regional Tournament win over East Valley of Spokane Tuesday. The Grizzlies won the game in teh second of two shootouts.

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Tuesday, May 9



Yard sale sign ordinance softened

After fielding complaints and concerns from the community, Sunnyside City Council members voted Monday night to ease some restrictions on the town's yard sale sign ordinance.

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Grizzly linksters stumble at District

SELAH - With virtually nothing at stake, in terms of advancing to the Regional tournament, the Sunnyside High School boys golf team turned in a not-so-glitzy performance yesterday in the Mid-Valley League District competition, staged at the Yakima Elks Golf Course in Selah.

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Monday, May 8



Cascade ends Greyhounds' season

LEAVENWORTH - Taking on the Cascade Kodiaks in the first round of the CWAC soccer playoffs, the Grandview Greyhounds lost 1-0 last Saturday to end their chances at a state title.

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Plesha tops Inland Empire field

SPOKANE - Sunnyside's Danny Plesha dominated the state's biggest stage last weekend in taking the boys title during the annual Inland Empire tennis tourney in Spokane.

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Lady Grizzlies rocked by Bulldogs

Playing for a spot in the District playoffs, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly fastpitch team didn't help itself this past Saturday, getting shut out in two games with Ellensburg, by identical 7-0 scores.

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S'side teen earns Eagles Scout award

After eight years in the scouts, Sterling Scott reached the pinnacle of his scouting career last Saturday as he was promoted to Eagle Scout in a ceremony at the Church of Latter Day Saints.

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S'side Grizzlies Regional-bound

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside High School baseball team won a pair of must-win games this past Saturday to capture the Mid-Valley League's fifth and final berth to the District/Regional tournament.

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Friday, May 5

      

Linde, Gonzalez lead S'side at home track meet

Sunnyside senior Christy Linde again broke her own school record in the girls 110 hurdles and won two events overall to lead the Lady Grizzlies to a second-place finish in a home MVL track meet on Thursday.

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Volunteers honored

Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care honored volunteers who have served at the Hospice Benefit Shop (HoBS) in Prosser, at a special meeting April 24.

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Drollinger competes at league POD

RICHLAND - Yesterday, sophomore Dacia Drollinger got a final tune-up in for next Wednesday's District tournament, on the same course the postseason competition will be held.

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Lady 'Hounds take two from Toppenish

TOPPENISH - Needing some victories to climb into the playoffs, the Grandview High School fastpitch team easily swept Toppenish yesterday to put two more Ws in the win column.

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Thursday, May 4

  

Vandals shoot door at doctor's office

Sunnyside police officers were dispatched to the office of Brent Bingham, D.O. at 10:17 a.m. yesterday (Wednesday), where two windows and the glass door to his office had been hit with bullets. It was also noted that the screens on the windows were not properly attached, indicating someone may have tried to enter the doctor's office.

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S'side cousins at head of their class

Landing a spot in the top 5 percent of a graduating class with hundreds of students is one thing, but for three of those top classmates to be cousins is a rare thing indeed.

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Wednesday, May 3



Knights bats come alive, sweep Trout Lake

TROUT LAKE - Playing for the third playoff spot in the Greater Columbia "B" League, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team traveled to Trout Lake Tuesday, sweeping the Mustangs 14-7 and 14-3.

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Grizzlies lose crucial twin bill

RICHLAND - Taking care of business. That means getting the job done, and the Sunnyside Grizzlies didn't do that yesterday, as they dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Hanford Falcons.

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Busy courtrooms delay trial for Sunnyside man

Pedro Ochoa-Mendoza of Sunnyside, accused of attempting first degree kidnapping, indecent liberties and first degree robbery with a deadly weapon, is now scheduled to be tried on May 22 in Yakima County Superior Curt.

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53-year-old man charged with murder

Charges of first degree murder, first degree attempted murder and two counts of burglary have been filed against Richard Rangel, 53, following the fatal stabbing of Kevin David Underwood, 44, of Grandview on April 27 in Underwood's home and a stabbing attack on Lee Ann Ferson, 36, of Grandview.

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GHS boys finish league play at 11-1

OTHELLO - So far, so good! After locking up the best record in CWAC South League play yesterday with a 4-1 victory at Othello, the Grandview High School boys tennis team now has nearly two weeks to prepare for the District tournament.

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Tuesday, May 2

 

Sunnyside woman inducted into bowling hall of fame

Darlene Spek retired in 1996 after 33 years as an educator in Sunnyside but she hasn't slowed down. She's been involved with the Washington State Women's Bowling Association and was recently inducted into its Hall of Fame.

May 2, 2006 midnight read more..
  

Gas station gets a new life

In business for nearly 60 years, Grandview-based R.H. Smith Distributing is providing a face life for its gas station near the Hiway Fruit store on Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

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Monday, May 1



Grizzlies roll over Selah

SELAH - The Sunnyside High School soccer team traveled to Selah last Saturday and had a much easier time than the last time the Grizzlies took on the Vikings.

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Honeyford ally seeks Supreme Court seat

A close friend and political ally of State Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside swung through this Lower Valley community last week to get the word out that he is seeking a seat on the Washington State Supreme Court.

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Knights sweep Lyle

LYLE - Trying to even its league record at 4-4, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team rode into Lyle last Friday and swept the Cougars 6-5 and 16-1.

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