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Friday, August 29

DEATH NOTICE

ALICE M. HUNSAKER

ALICE M. HUNSAKER

FORUM

Think twice about volunteer fire department

Think twice about volunteer fire department

Parks, youth programs and community center topics of interest for Sunnyside's Promise

Sunnyside's Promise is concerned about the future of youth programs, parks and the Sunnyside Community Center.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Avalon Valencia

Avalon Valencia is a natural born leader and gifted multi-tasker. The 13-year dancer is currently teaching the craft to kids ages four through 12 and while she's not busy with that, she's engaging in a myriad of fun activities, like tennis, softball, cheerleading and volleyball. Should she be selected Miss Sunnyside next month, she's ready to tackle the responsibilities.

Gross Point Blank

Getting on track

Getting on track

Quilters to display more than 175 quilts this Monday

When Sunnyside's Stephanie Martin returned to the area after her husband's 20 or so years of service in the military, it seemed natural to get reacquainted in the area by finding a group of women who enjoyed one of her favorite pastimes: quilting.

School board officials learn about district health program

Sunnyside School Board Directors learned about healthcare for students in the district at last night's regularly scheduled meeting, Thursday.

Grandview woman entering fourth year as gun safety instructor

GRANDVIEW - Helen Trusley will begin her fourth year offering gun safety classes on Monday, Sept. 8, at the Odd Fellows Hall in Grandview.

Long-time Mabton VP takes helm at new middle school

MABTON - Long time Mabton junior and high school assistant principal Denny Brown assumed the helm at Mabton Middle School in its inaugural year, which started this past Tuesday.

Thursday, August 28

City mulls utility tax for port users

At the first Sunnyside special study session on Monday, Aug. 18, to discuss proposed budget cuts, city manager Eric Swansen questioned why Port of Sunnyside wastewater treatment plant users aren't being assessed a 6 percent utility tax.

DEATH NOTICE

DOROTHY LUCILLE BENJAMIN

DOROTHY LUCILLE BENJAMIN

Firefighters train in practice burn

Firefighters from the Sunnyside, Grandview and Mabton fire departments, plus Yakima County Fire District No. 5 personnel, participated in an annual controlled house burn exercise last night, Wednesday.

Mabton begins new girls soccer program

MABTON - Mabton High School has a girls soccer team this year and coach Lucia Tovar is looking forward to providing learning opportunities, establishing the school's newest soccer program.

Foreclosure process underway for delinquent SVID users

The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District has begun a foreclosure process in response to users it says have not paid their 2005 assessment.

Wednesday, August 27

Biggs Bridge to close Sept. 8 Detours planned for state border crossing

GOLDENDALE - The final stage of a project that is replacing the US 97, Biggs Rapids-Sam Hill Memorial Bridge concrete deck will begin a week after Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 8.

OBITUARY

EPIGMENIO ZAVALA

EPIGMENIO ZAVALA

Mabton puts immediate halt to spending

MABTON - Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera issued a memo to city staff last Wednesday ordering an immediate spending freeze, city council members learned at the regularly scheduled meeting last night, Tuesday.

Lara readies for American Miss pageant in Bellevue

GRANDVIEW - Young Alexis Lara is gearing up for competition in the National American Miss pageant, slated to take place in Bellevue this coming Saturday, Aug. 30.

Local club hosts nuclear energy presentation

This Friday, Aug. 30, the Sunnyside Republican Club will open its meeting to the general public for a presentation by Energy Northwest CEO Vic Parrish on nuclear energy. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Sunny Spot Restaurant. A no-host breakfast will be available.

Cutting to the Core

Let the mudslinging begin

Let the mudslinging begin

BRIEFS

Food drive set for Friday, Aug. 29

Food drive set for Friday, Aug. 29

Tuesday, August 26

DEATH NOTICE

EPIGMENIO ZAVALA

EPIGMENIO ZAVALA

Sunnyside council listens to public comments, accepts findings of fact on moratorium

Several citizens spoke at a public hearing last night, Monday, held by the Sunnyside City Council on a moratorium delaying exotic dancing licenses for Sunnyside businesses.

Summer school provides improved learning in Grandview schools

GRANDVIEW - The results from this past summer's Grandview School District summer school are encouraging, according to summer school administrator Pam Kinne.

Sunnyside Council takes action on gang legislation

Unhappy with revisions to the city's gang law forced upon them by the Washington State Legislature, the Sunnyside City Council adopted a resolution that reflects its desire to seek further enactments on the state legislation.

OBITUARY

GEORGE EUGENE DOSCH

GEORGE EUGENE DOSCH

Twenty-three teams participate in hospital golf tourney

Twenty three teams participated in the annual Sunnyside Community Hospital Golf Tournament held at Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past Saturday.

Monday, August 25

Grizzlies begin practices for 2008 season

The 2008 high school football season is only 11 days away which means teams across the valley are beginning practices.

Migrant council gets thumbs up from federal review

The Washington State Migrant Council received a 100 percent rating for compliance in all of its program services following a recent federal review of the agency.

DEATH NOTICE

RICHARD PRIGMORE

RICHARD PRIGMORE

Friday, August 22

Tradition continues at Prosser States Day Sept. 1

PROSSER - Families and community members from all over are invited to attend Prosser's annual States Day Celebration and Parade.

DEATH NOTICE

HUGO ENRIQUE GARIBAY

HUGO ENRIQUE GARIBAY

Choices of faith lead to personal fulfillment

PROSSER - The Lower Valley Christian Women's Club were told this past Monday how a series of choices led one woman, Marge Scott of Bandon, Ore., to a fulfilled life.

New Christian thrift shop opens

Shoppers, especially thrifty ones, now have an additional place to find their treasures with the opening of Iglesia de Cristo Miel's store, located at 524 S. Seventh Street in Sunnyside.

OBITUARY

LAURA ANNA KRUEGER

LAURA ANNA KRUEGER

FORUM

Cut the perks

Cut the perks

Grandview VFW in financial peril

GRANDVIEW - For years, members of Grandview VFW Post 6929 have taken care of their own, hosting various fundraisers and benefits when a member's in trouble.

BIRTHS

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Jennie's Journey

Middle school-bound

Middle school-bound

Local seniors place second at Canyon Lakes

KENNEWICK - A streak of five consecutive victories on the 2008 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour came to an end this past Wednesday for the Black Rock Creek team.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Ivette Torbay

Ivette Torbay is every bit like her mother, Laura Matus--they look alike and act alike, so it's not surprising that Ivette is following in her mother's footsteps by pursuing the crown of Miss Sunnyside this coming September.

Criticizing other congregations serves no purpose

I could never imagine a time where I found a need to write a column in the Daily Sun News defending my personal faith. Frankly, it's a matter for personal conversation, but considering the fact that multiple articles have been published recently, which have effectively served as a pamphlet against my faith, a response is necessary if only for the sake of journalistic ethics.

It's possible to balance Sunnyside's budget without raising taxes or cutting police services

Can you balance the city budget without raising taxes or cutting police service? Here are a few ideas:

Thursday, August 21

Sunnyside equestrian rides to two 'Top 10' finish at World Championships

OKLAHOMA CITY - Approximately 2,750 participants recently competed for world titles in 33 events at the Ford AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Port lab gets good marks

The Port of Sunnyside's wastewater treatment lab has received a clean bill of health from the Department of Ecology.

OBITUARY

ARTHUR MENTEN WARWICK

ARTHUR MENTEN WARWICK

Vision specialist details advantages on new lenses

GRANDVIEW - Refractive surgery is a method of allowing cataract patients to see the world, according to Dr. Fred Boboth of Grandview's Boboth Vision Clinic.

Wednesday, August 20

FORUM

Donate blood

Donate blood

Gamache eliminated from county race

The state's new "top two" primary went off without a hitch yesterday, Tuesday, with most primary races shaping up as expected.

Planning commission approves zoning change

Maria and Ignacio Ramos of Sunnyside cleared their first hurdle in getting their one-acre plot of land on Scoon Road changed from a zoning designation of B-2 General Commercial to R-1 Low Density Residential at last night's Sunnyside Planning Commission meeting.

Granger gets USDA assistance for water system improvements

GRANGER - Officials met in Granger yesterday, Tuesday, to celebrate a $480,000 direct loan from USDA Rural Development.

OBITUARY

HUGO R. SCHATZ

HUGO R. SCHATZ

'F' as in Frank

Eight 'wonders' for city officials

Eight 'wonders' for city officials

Rival gang-clash results in gunfire

Sunnyside police officers yesterday afternoon raced to the 1200 block of South 13th Street when gunshots were fired at a group of people.

Tuesday, August 19

City manager paints bleak financial picture for Sunnyside

A scary picture was painted for Sunnyside residents last night, Monday, at a special budget meeting held by the Sunnyside City Council.

Efforts underway to improve quality of life in Yakima Valley

GRANDVIEW - At last night's Grandview City Council meeting Dave Edler and Ken Marble of Citizens for Safe Yakima Valley Communities addressed issues their group seeks to resolve within Yakima Valley.

County commissioner warns of lean times ahead

In an indication of what's to come, Yakima County Commissioner Rand Elliot told the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club yesterday, Monday, to expect slower services from the county in the near future.

New truck stop opens in Granger

GRANGER - Truckers driving through the Lower Yakima Valley now have another place to park for the night.

Pediatrics clinic opens anew

Sunnyside Pediatrics celebrated its move to 812 Miller Avenue this past Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.

OBITUARY

JULIAN FLORES

JULIAN FLORES

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Monday, August 18

DEATH NOTICE

NINA W. JAMES

NINA W. JAMES

Firestone's Bigfoot car crusher makes stop at Sunnyside tire store

Firestone's Bigfoot car crusher made a stop in Sunnyside this past Friday and Saturday at Sunnyside Commercial Tire.

State touts health care coverage for all children

In an effort to promote medical insurance for every child in Washington, the state's Apple Health For Kids Campaign made a promotional stop in Sunnyside this past Friday.

LEAD Task Force, local cops make three more pot busts

The LEAD Task Force notched three more pot busts last week, all in vineyards.

Changes in upholstery trade keep upholsterer busy

Upholstering furniture and interiors has been a lifelong trade for Rick Melendrez of Rick's Upholstery and Glass.

Friday, August 15

OBITUARY

EDYTHE MARIE HARRIS

EDYTHE MARIE HARRIS

Family, friends bid farewell to men bound for Iraq

Nicholas Ortiz and Brandon Gowan will leave the Lower Valley on Monday in preparation for a 10-month tour in Iraq.

Young Ridaz go global with Foreign Exchange CD

Sunnyside has been the stomping grounds of such notable figures as Bonnie Dunbar, Scott Linehan, Evel Knievel and Kristina Guerrero.

Alpha course being offered in Sunnyside

These questions and more will be explored in an Alpha course that is being offered in Sunnyside, starting Monday, Sept. 8.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Anita Tadlock

When Anita Tadlock was just a little girl, she was crowned Tiny Miss Sunnyside. Ever since then, she's been eager to vie for the title of Miss Sunnyside. The 16-year-old Sunnyside High School student will get her chance this coming September.

Gross Point Blank

The most expensive birthday present ever

The most expensive birthday present ever

Sunnyside woman helping African orphans

A trip to Africa for a Sunnyside woman sowed the seeds for an effort to help the children of that impoverished area of the world.

Forum

Budget cuts

Budget cuts

Sunnyside native invents much needed jack for U.S. troops

by Corey Russell

Fired Sunnyside jailer wants his job back

A former Sunnyside corrections officer fired last January is fighting to get his job back by taking the city to a scheduled union arbitration hearing this coming December.

Guest Editorial

War in Georgia shows U.S. foreign policy is a bust

War in Georgia shows U.S. foreign policy is a bust

Thursday, August 14

Mabton City Council discusses policy changes

MABTON - Mabton City Council members dedicated their regularly scheduled study session this past Tuesday night to reviewing and updating the city's personnel and policy manual.

$62 million budget to be pitched to school board

Sunnyside School District officials are expected to approve the 2008-09 budget later this month.

10-Year agreement forged for Columbia River salmon harvest

PORTLAND, ORE. - A new 10-year agreement guiding salmon harvest and production on the Columbia River, approved yesterday by a federal judge, provides a long-term framework for rebuilding weak fish populations and conducting sustainable fisheries, state and tribal leaders said today.

Downtown fire razes two Sunnyside businesses

A fire quickly engulfed In and Out Auto Service and Ruiz Mobile Auto Detailing this morning, Thursday, and destroyed both downtown Sunnyside businesses in the 300 block of South Sixth Street.

Sunnyside High grad MVP of United States development soccer league

Junior Garcia, a 2005 Sunnyside High School grad, was recently named the most valuable player in the United States League's Premiere Development League.

Wednesday, August 13

Secretary of State visits Eastern Washington

PROSSER - Secretary of State Sam Reed stopped off in Prosser yesterday during a statewide media tour to address Washington's brand new top primary, release his voter turn-out prediction and explain the state's MyVote program, an online customized individual voter information center.

Cutting to the Core

Falling gas prices a bit suspicious

Falling gas prices a bit suspicious

Transformation Sunnyside offers alternative to lifting up community

Recently named director of Transformation Sunnyside, Roberto Matus told Daybreak Rotary Club members in Sunnyside this morning, Wednesday, that the Christian organization plans to help those in need by "stop giving fish and give them the tools to fish on their own."

Mabton mayor defends herself at packed meeting

MABTON - It was a tense gathering at the regularly scheduled Mabton City Council meeting last night, Tuesday, in which the mayor became defensive with the standing-room only crowd.

Men's slo-pitch all-star game features 20 mammoth blasts

Long ball was the name of the game last night as players from the National and American leagues blasted 20 home runs in the annual Lower Valley Men's Slowpitch Association's all-star game.

Words from Washington

Stocking our lakes key to recreational, tourism industries

Stocking our lakes key to recreational, tourism industries

Yakima teenager gunned down in Granger

GRANGER - A Yakima man is dead today after reportedly being gunned down in Granger last night, Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 12

New mini-mall opens in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A myriad of treasures awaits eager shoppers at Grandview's newly opened mini-mall, Trinkets and Treasures, in downtown Grandview.

Matus named Transformation Sunnyside director

Roberto Matus has been appointed to serve as the director of Transformation Sunnyside.

Elevating education

Elevating education

DEATH NOTICE

ANTONIA M. BARRIGA

ANTONIA M. BARRIGA

Driver's education class fees, lunch, breakfast prices going up in Grandview schools

GRANDVIEW - Come the start of the 2008-09 school year, parents will notice an increase in meal rates and driver's education classes in the Grandview School District.

OBITUARY

MARIETTA J. GRANT

MARIETTA J. GRANT

BIRTHS

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Community relations director hired by school district

Curtis Campbell is now serving as the Sunnyside School District's community relations director. Campbell took the position little more than a week ago.

Sunnyside trio cards rounds of 74 for low scores at final Home & Home competition

Shooting identical 2-over-par 74's, Justin Bos, Trini Madrigal and Juan Guerrero bested the Black Rock Creek amateur contingent at this past Sunday's Home & Home competition against squads from the Goldendale and Toppenish golf courses.

McIntire, Laverman power senior squad to first place finish

PENDLETON, ORE. - Winners of the last five competitions, six total for the season from eight tournaments staged thus far, the Black Rock Creek senior squad walked away with top honors last week at Wildhorse Resort.

Monday, August 11

DEATH NOTICE

LOIS CHURCHILL CROW FINN

LOIS CHURCHILL CROW FINN

OBITUARY

ENEDINO MEDRANO CARLON

ENEDINO MEDRANO CARLON

Ellensburg man takes top prize at Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo

GRANDVIEW - Ellensburg's Jason Minor was named the "all-around cowboy" at this past weekend's Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo in Grandview.

Sunnyside senior high rollers during 'casino' night

The Sunnyside Lions Club and the Sunnyside Recreation Department brought a bit of Vegas to local seniors this past Friday night during a "casino" night at the Sunnyside Senior Center that featured blackjack and other games of chance.

Rodeo, concert fun being staged each weekend in Outlook

OUTLOOK - What has been a dream 10 years in the making finally became a reality this summer.

Friday, August 8

OBITUARY

AUDREY FERN EVERETT

AUDREY FERN EVERETT

Absence of nationally acclaimed speaker leads to pleasant surprise

Turns out there was a silver lining when a nationally acclaimed speaker was unable to show for a large conference in Sunnyside earlier this month.

$2,500 scholarship awarded to local student

One of Canaam Steel Corporation's education awards was recently presented to Kassandra Guillen of Sunnyside.

GUEST EDITORIAL

When it comes to improving our schools, just do it!

When it comes to improving our schools, just do it!

FORUM

Endorsement

Endorsement

Government agencies need to work hand-in-hand

I don't normally watch congressional or senate hearings on television. I am just not that interested in those kinds of debates.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Crystal Rivera

Crystal Rivera is a firm believer in family. That's why her goal is to create more family oriented recreational opportunities should she be selected to serve as Miss Sunnyside.

Wildlife in your back pocket

About the size of a compact city bus schedule, "Olympic National Park Wildlife" is a laminated pocket guide that easily fits in a backpack or even a back pocket.

Thursday, August 7

Volunteer coordinator bids farewell

MABTON - More than 10 years ago Volunteer Coordinator Betty Carlyle left the Sunnyside School District for the Mabton School District.

Microbrewery to be built in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - For the past 15 years or so, Mark Pedersen has been brewing his own beer. By 2010, he'll likely be cooking up his special recipes for others.

LEAD notches two more pot busts

The Yakima County LEAD Narcotics Task Force tallied two more pot busts in what has already become a very busy summer for them.

Wednesday, August 6

Liska scores

Sunnyside's Debbie Liska aced the par-3, 107-yard 12th hole at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Councilwoman explains pool closure decision to Grandview swimmers, parents

GRANDVIEW - At last night's awards ceremony and parent meeting for the Grandview Neptunes swim team, Grandview Councilwoman Joan Souders spoke regarding recent decisions regarding the city's budget.

Sex offender registers at Outlook address

The Yakima Sheriff's office reports that Juvencio J. Garcia, a registered sex offender, now lives in the 4000 block of Hudson Road in Outlook.

Doc unhappy with Democrats on energy issues

GRANDVIEW - Opening up America's coast to drilling, more investment in nuclear and hydropower, and expanding the nation's alternative energy sources are just some of the solutions to the country's energy crisis, U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings said while in the Lower Valley yesterday, Tuesday.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Are the people prepared?

Are the people prepared?

Sunnyside High School class of 1953 to hold reunion

The Sunnyside High School class of 1953 will host its 55th reunion Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21.

General education budget close to $15 million in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview School Board officials are expected to approve the 2008-09 budget at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Aug. 25.

DEATH NOTICE

RAYMOND FRED OWEN JR.

RAYMOND FRED OWEN JR.

'F' as in Frank

Beijing wrong choice for Olympic games

Beijing wrong choice for Olympic games

OBITUARY

FRANK GALAVIZ SR.

FRANK GALAVIZ SR.

Tuesday, August 5

Facelift underway for natural gas call center

Cascade Natural Gas's call center near Fifth Street and Decatur Avenue in Sunnyside is in the midst of a spring cleaning of sorts, with changes inside and out.

National Night Out observance kicks off with fanfare

Last night (Monday) the community turned out in droves at Sunnyside's Central Park for the Lower Yakima Valley's National Night Out Against Crime kick-off party.

Grandview Junior Miss wins honors at Pullman

PULLMAN - For the first time in 10 years, Grandview's Junior Miss took home two honors at State competition.

Molotov cocktails blamed in two Sunnyside arsons

Shortly before 1 a.m. today (Tuesday) Sunnyside police raced to a reported arson in the 500 block of Victory Way. Less than 20 minutes later police were called to the 300 block of Spruce Avenue for another reported arson.

Teen shot in Outlook

A 16-year-old Outlook youth was seriously injured early this morning, Tuesday, when he was shot in the legs during what appears to be a drive-by shooting in the 100 block of Second Avenue in Outlook.

Frozen treat makers expanding business

For nearly 20 years Jose Mendoza and Jesus Ramos have been churning out frozen fruit bars at their Sunnyside business.

OBITUARY

JOSEPH STRUNK

JOSEPH STRUNK

Sunnyside Police Explorers provided insight into law enforcement at national conference

FT. COLLINS, COLO. - Three Police Explorers from Sunnyside traveled to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. last week to participate in the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference and to learn from law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S.

Sunnyside plans to add well near former Monson property

The city of Sunnyside is planning on a new well to serve its municipal water supply needs. Sunnyside is planning on spending roughly $2.7 million to design and construct the well, to be called well #12.

Grandview Council impressed with document detailing design standards

GRANDVIEW - Parking lot designs, street lighting and colors were just some of what the Grandview City Council looked at in a document detailing design standards at last night's council meeting.

Monday, August 4

Weather forecasters call for dry August in Sunnyside

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center is predicting near to below normal temperatures for the month of August, and below normal precipitation.

World War II veteran recalls time spent as Japanese prisoner of war

Clarence "Skip" Schilperoort grew up in Sunnyside and left for the Navy with his twin brother, Lawrence, at the age of 19 in 1936.

OBITUARY

JAMES SHANNON

JAMES SHANNON

Hutchins, Alcala 'Triple Threat' golf tourney winners

Winning by the narrowest of margins, Gary Hutchins and Louis Alcala bested an 18-team field at this year's Triple Threat Golf Tournament, staged this past Sunday at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Schmidt cards low AAU round

Cameron Schmidt, a boys 16 & under competitor, bested the field this past Saturday in an AAU golf competition at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

DEATH NOTICE

FRANCES MCCLOUD

FRANCES MCCLOUD

Allen named president of health care volunteer board

Carol Allen is president-elect of the Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals board of directors.

Friday, August 1

Reality check for 'Reality Check' book series

Just in time for the 2008 presidential election, The Century Foundation has published a revised update of its "Reality Check" series first published in 2004, the previous presidential election year.

OBITUARY

SAVANNAH RAE SHARPE

Tough love at work

Even at the most miserable low points in my professional career, I never sat around desperately wishing I was my own boss. I've had some really tremendous bosses, like the one I have now, and I've had some horrendous ones.

Learning to lean

Years ago we were missionaries in Thailand...before online banking, when our paper check was sent via airmail (snail mail). The treasurer of our organization was notorious for being late and slow at getting the remittances out.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Rebekah Paulakis

Rebekah Paulakis has lived in Sunnyside all of her life and it's a fond appreciation for her community that's compelling her to run for the Miss Sunnyside title this coming September.

Linde named to ethics committee

Sandra Linde was named to the Sunnyside School District Ethics Committee at last night's regularly scheduled school board meeting, but choosing committee members for the District Continuous Improvement Team is proving to be slightly more difficult.

Sunnyside police receive $116,000 to combat auto thefts

This morning at a press conference in Yakima the Sunnyside Police Department announced it will receive a $116,365 grant from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority to help the city combat auto thefts.

FORUM

What is this world coming to? Shame on the people who found the deaf puppy “Denver” and called the owner to say they had the dog, but refused to give the dog up…all because of greed.

Kolvane drives dagger into the heart of blues

The most recent release from Portland's Kolvane is out and like the title suggests, Kolvane seems to put distance between himself and the blues.

Marijuana discovered in Mabton area vineyard

MABTON - Overwatering and overgrown weeds were tell-tale signs that more than grapes were growing in a Mabton area vineyard. The result was a major marijuana haul this morning by the LEAD Task Force.

Lost puppy

What is this world coming to? Shame on the people who found the deaf puppy "Denver" and called the owner to say they had the dog, but refused to give the dog up...all because of greed.