Stories for March 2008

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Monday, March 31

Sunnyside boys seventh at Eisenhower Holder Relays

YAKIMA - Unusually wintry weather trimmed the field to about 15 schools, and spring break meant several athletes had other commitments, but the Sunnyside track team made its presence known last Saturday at the Holder Relays at Eisenhower High School.

Ecology officials warn farmers about using unpermitted frost dams

According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, many frost ponds have been constructed in recent years without adherence to state laws and rules governing the safe design, construction and operation of these reservoirs.

Sunnyside robber found guilty

YAKIMA - A Toppenish man accused of committing an armed robbery outside a Sunnyside bank has been found guilty.

Southridge hands Grizzlies second straight loss

KENNEWICK - Struggling on offense, the Sunnyside High School soccer team suffered its second straight setback, this time a 1-0 loss to Southridge High School.

Grizzlies swep

Things started promisingly enough for the Sunnyside High School baseball team last Friday, as the Grizzlies were knotted at 0-0 through the first four innings in a home twin bill with West Valley.

Roadside DUI awareness signs will be updated

Yakima County has three signs with the photographs of drunk driving victims pictured on them along its freeways.

OBITUARY

THELMA B. HORNSTEIN

THELMA B. HORNSTEIN

Friday, March 28

Grandview outlasts Huskies in shootout

OTHELLO - The Grandview High School boys soccer team (5-0, 5-1) kept its CWAC league record perfect last night, but it took 10 shootout kicks to get the job done against Othello.

SCHS powers past LaSalle Lightning

Sophomore Hilari Bosma cracked a pair of home runs Thursday afternoon, one in each game, to power the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team to a doubleheader sweep of the LaSalle Lightning.

Sunnyside High School seniors waiting graduation requirement appeals will be allowed to march

Sunnyside School Board directors approved a change in district policy, allowing high school seniors waiting on graduation requirement appeals to participate in commencement exercises.

OBITUARY

ANDREW WALLACE KRAMER

ANDREW WALLACE KRAMER

FORUM

Free speech

Free speech

Guest Editorial

Newspapers must embrace change to remain vital

Newspapers must embrace change to remain vital

Grandview volunteer fireman honored for his commitment

GRANDVIEW - When Omar Gomez signed on as a volunteer fireman for the Grandview Fire Department, he was simply looking for "something different." Now, little more than three years later, he's hooked.

Fish diverter built for Sulpher Creek

Each fall it's estimated hundreds of salmon and steelhead fish find their way into Sulpher Creek and spawn their eggs.

Haringa, Rinehold, Jaquish, Schilperoort lead Grizzlies to victory over Kennewick Lions

KENNEWICK - Roy Haringa captured first-place honors in two events to lead the Sunnyside High School track team at a four-way CBL meet at Southridge High School. Also competing yesterday besides the Grizzlies and host Southridge were Kennewick and Eastmont.

Forget Perfect

Giving, getting and the nutty assumptions that hold us back

Giving, getting and the nutty assumptions that hold us back

Thursday, March 27

Braves stun unbeaten Grizzlies

The Sunnyside Grizzlies' defense has been stifling this season. In the first five games of the 2008 soccer season the Grizzlies hadn't given up a single goal.

OBITUARY

PAUL ERIK LOPEZ

PAUL ERIK LOPEZ

Re-regulation reservoir construction back on track

PUNKIN CENTER - Construction on a Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District re-regulation reservoir was brought to a halt last week when the embankment around the in-let structure gave way.

City's own Betsy Ross designs flag for Sunnyside

Maureen Rouse is so creative, it stands to reason that when she found out Sunnyside doesn't have an official city flag, she'd simply design one.

Wednesday, March 26

Guest Editorial

YES: Black Rock Dam is the potential answer to many problems

YES: Black Rock Dam is the potential answer to many problems

Three Bickleton Pirates earn victories at four-school Kiona-Benton track meet

BENTON CITY - Bickleton's track team traveled to Benton City yesterday afternoon to participate in an A league meet against Ki-Be, Riverview and Royal and walked away with some impressive finishes.

Grizzlies square league record at 2-2

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School baseball team righted the ship yesterday with a 4-3, 2-1 sweep at Hanford High School in CBL play. The wins came on the heels of 10-0 and 17-0 losses to Kamiakin last Friday.

DEATH NOTICE

IDA STEWART

IDA STEWART

Grandview forum explores issues facing local youths

GRANDVIEW - Grandview School District hosted a community forum last night, with discussions regarding teen alcohol and drug use, depression and suicide and involvement with gangs.

Forum

Questions for Doc

Questions for Doc

OBITUARY

LILLIAN CATHERINE HALLMAN

LILLIAN CATHERINE HALLMAN

Grandview's pitching woes give Prosser 22-2 victory

GRANDVIEW - For the first two innings of yesterday's match-up between the Prosser Mustangs and the Grandview Greyhounds it was anyone's game.

Mabton City Council discusses unexpected $19,000 bill for well

MABTON - Means of payment for a well project in Mabton was the topic of discussion at Mabton's regularly scheduled city council meeting last night.

Numerous services available locally for pregnant women through Life Options

Pregnancy medical clinics sprung up in response to abortion clinics, according to Jan McDonald of Grandview's Life Options.

Tuesday, March 25

Mabton opens door for non-graduates to participate in commencement exercises

MABTON - The Mabton School Board last night stated it has decided to allow seniors not meeting state standards to appeal for the right to walk with the class of 2008 at graduation.

Sunnyside JC Penney store garners fifth consecutive Chairman's Award of Excellence

Sunnyside's JC Penney is part of the community, according to store manager Jonica Bridges.

Sunnyside seeks $220,000 grant for East Lincoln Avenue upgrades

The city of Sunnyside is applying for a grant/loan package valued at nearly $220,000 to improve a portion of East Lincoln Avenue.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Gang ordinance working in Sunnysid

Recent legislation passed in Washington state now defines what a gang member is, according to Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder.

Sunnyside High net squads' struggles continue

KENNEWICK - Both the Sunnyside boys and girls tennis teams lost league matches to the Kamiakin Braves last night.

Search continues for new city manager

With the application closing date approaching this Thursday for the Sunnyside city manager job opening, the city council last night prepared the way for phase two of the search.

Monday, March 24

Defending leauge champs clamp down on Sunnyside

When you have a team full of young players competing against last year's league champs it can turn into a long afternoon.

Bickleton freshman top pole vaulter at Yakima invite

YAKIMA - Bickleton High School tracksters traveled to the Papa Wells Invite in Yakima this past Saturday, squaring off against 23 other schools.

DEATH NOTICE

ORALIA G. VILLARREAL

ORALIA G. VILLARREAL

Grizzlies remain unbeaten with win over Hanford

The Sunnyside High School soccer team continued its unbeaten run this season with a 1-0 shootout victory against the Hanford Falcons this past Saturday at home.

Granger man gunned down Easter morning

GRANGER - A large gathering early Easter Sunday morning turned deadly yesterday, when Paul Erik Lopez, 24, was shot and killed in the street near his Granger home.

OBITUARY

ANNA ROSE YATES

ANNA ROSE YATES

Bulldogs nip Greyhounds

Bulldogs nip Greyhounds

Mabton middle school begins taking shape

MABTON - Two new portables are currently being installed to house a new middle school separate from the senior high school in Mabton.

Friday, March 21

FORGET PERFECT

The Fashion Whisperer...going from frump to fashionista

The Fashion Whisperer...going from frump to fashionista

OBITUARY

CATALINA S. SUTTON

CATALINA S. SUTTON

FORUM

Stripeless society

Stripeless society

Schilperoort, Haringa notch wins at Davis meet

YAKIMA - In a non-scoring cross-over meet between 3A Sunnyside and West Valley, and 4A schools Eisenhower and Davis, the Grizzly track teams were led by Claire Schilperoort's first-place honors in the discus (109-7) and javelin (114-9).

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Democrats' federal budget raises our taxes

Democrats' federal budget raises our taxes

Jennie's Journey

Invasion of privacy?

Invasion of privacy?

Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo candidate...Rubi Chavez

Sixteen-year-old Rubi Chavez often heard about the activities of the Miss Cinco de Mayo Court. The Sunnyside High School junior knew, for example, the court helps out in the community. She knew that being involved with the court was about helping people.

Davis Pirates slay Sunnyside netters

Sunnyside's boys and girls tennis teams were handed 6-1 defeats yesterday by the Davis Pirates.

Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo candidate...Yesenia Ruiz

Yesenia Ruiz does a lot of community service work. The 17-year-old sophomore at Sunnyside High School helps out with National Night Out. On Halloween she goes to daycare centers to hand out candy and helps explain to children the dangers of candy that's been tampered with.

Early innings doom Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies

Take away the first two innings of yesterday's softball game between the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies and the Selah Vikings and spectators would have seen a tight ball game.

Thursday, March 20

Sunnyside martial arts school trophies at Benton City tournament

BENTON CITY - Martial artists from the Northwest Tae Kwon Do Association, a martial arts school in Sunnyside, competed in the inaugural Benton City Open Martial Arts Tournament last Saturday.

Stanton top fireman

GRANDVIEW - Eric Stanton is the kind of guy that would do just about anything for a friend. Perhaps that's why his peers at the Grandview Fire Department selected him as firefighter of the year.

Grizzlies lose non-league match-up against Riverview

KENNEWICK - The 3A Sunnyside High School baseball team rallied, but fell just short in a 6-4 loss at 1A Riverview yesterday.

BRIEFS

Pruning of S'side trees postponed

Pruning of S'side trees postponed

Mabton hires new city clerk/treasurer

MABTON - She's been "learning the ropes" at Mabton City Hall for the last couple of weeks and will begin her full-time duties next Monday.

Wednesday, March 19

Two Grizzliettes advance to State

Although the Sunnyside High School Grizzliettes missed out on a State invitation by just a few points, two of its members will be competing this Saturday in the State drill down competition in Yakima.

EDITORIAL

Switch highway back to four lanes

Switch highway back to four lanes

FORUM

Return things to normal in Sunnyside

Return things to normal in Sunnyside

Grizzlies open with win

The Sunnyside High School baseball team opened 2008 on the right track yesterday, Tuesday, with a 3-2 home win over Hermiston, Ore.

Faith helps speaker overcome rough waters

PROSSER - Donna Paris grew up with three fears: the dark, men and dying.

Relay for Life team readies to sell Krispy Kreme doughnuts

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic's Relay for Life team from the Grandview site is gearing up to sell Krispy Kreme doughnuts this coming Friday to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

SHS students disappointed with random drug testing ruling

Sunnyside High School leadership class students were hopeful that the school district might be able to implement random drug testing of the school's athletes.

U.S. Supreme Court reinstates Washington's Top-Two Primary

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday, Tuesday, upheld Washington's open, Top-Two Primary in a 7-2 decision.

Homeless survey results released

This past January, the Homeless Network of Yakima County conducted its annual Point in Time survey to get a handle on the number of homeless individuals in the area.

Grandview knocks off defending State champs

GRANDVIEW - It took nearly an hour of play for the Greyhound boys soccer team to score in its second league match of the season yesterday against East Valley.

Tuesday, March 18

Port interested in learning more about tire recycling plant

Will the Port of Sunnyside try to woo a tire recycling plant to the city now that the city of Moxee has a nixed a deal?

Vikings clip Sunnyside High golfers

SELAH - Powered by the 3-over-par round of J.J. Wood, the Selah Vikings stormed past the Sunnyside High School boys golf team yesterday, 334-399.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

DEATH NOTICE

NORMAN LEON HILL SR.

NORMAN LEON HILL SR.

Grandview falls to Wapato Wolfpack

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview boys and girls tennis teams fell to the Wapato Wolves yesterday by identical 4-1 scores.

Council workshop addresses meeting rules, personnel policies

The way citizens interact with city councilmen will likely change at future Sunnyside City Council meetings.

It's about opportunities...says Grandview businessman

GRANDVIEW - After spending a number of years in Arizona developing land, Granger native Earl Eric Horn and Grandview native Brian Stoneking decided to return to the Lower Yakima Valley.

Monday, March 17

Grizzlies power past Rams in league opener

Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda put out a challenge to Grizzly soccer player Brian Galvan last week. Galvan had been playing well in the first two games of the season but Pineda wanted more offense from his mid-fielder.

Sunnyside's 'most wanted' captured

The Sheriff, also known as Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder, was in town Saturday night and he named a number of outstanding citizens recently nominated as "Sunnyside's Most Wanted."

Newhouse leads Lady Knights to first victories of the season

Five hits on the day by senior Emma Newhouse, four of them for extra bases, propelled the Sunnyside Christian girls fastpitch softball team to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Morton.

Grandview receives $660,000 for infrastructure improvements

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview received notice this past Friday it will receive a grant worth $660,000.

Grizzlies open season at Ike Jamboree

YAKIMA - Jordyne Jaquish and Claire Schilperoort each claimed first and second place honors for the Sunnyside High School track team during this past Saturday's 21st annual Ike Jamboree.

Bos three shots out of top 10 finish at Kennewick invite

KENNEWICK - It's quickly becoming clear that Sunnyside has a young and inexperienced boys golf team this season. That would explain the Grizzlies' 23rd place finish at the 24-school Kennewick Invitational last Friday.

DEATH NOTICE

RUTH BOYLE

RUTH BOYLE

OBITUARY

GEORGE WESLEY MOSBY

GEORGE WESLEY MOSBY

Friday, March 14

Volunteers to help the elderly, disabled needed

Being a volunteer provides many benefits to people. It can help them feel like they are making a difference. Volunteering allows special skills and talents to be displayed. It enhances personal growth and self-esteem and according to Natalie Curfman, volunteering two to three hours a week can even make people live longer.

Equine vaccinations and tack sale slated at G'view fairgrounds

GRANDVIEW - To help raise money for the grooming of horse trails in Washington state, the Wine Country Riders will sponsor equine vaccinations and host a tack sale Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Grandview fairgrounds.

Sunnyside holds off Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - "There is one team on the pitch that is hustling to every loose ball and it's not us," Grandview High School varsity boys soccer coach Anne Holden told her 2A team at the half yesterday.

Miss Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo candidate...Daniela Ramos

Community service is one of the main reasons Daniela Ramos is in the running for the 2008-09 Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo title.

FORUM

Four-lane highway needed in S'side

Four-lane highway needed in S'side

Gross Point Blank

Even a training seminar can be an adventure

Even a training seminar can be an adventure

GUEST EDITORIAL

Political buyer beware

Political buyer beware

Lady 'Hounds rally past SCHS

GRANDVIEW - A see-saw affair tipped in Grandview's favor Thursday evening, as the Lady Greyhound fastpitch softball team rallied with two runs in the bottom of the last inning to squeak past the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights, 10-9.

ACROSS OUR STATE

America the bountiful

America the bountiful

Sesame Street's Elmo and friends headed to Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK - Everybody loves Elmo and now they have a chance to see him and his Sesame Street friends perform live at the Toyota Center come Tuesday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 14.

OBITUARY

MARTIN W. SALDANA SR.

MARTIN W. SALDANA SR.

Miss Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo candidate...Liliana Trujillo

Looking to get people to notice her more and possibly make some new friends, Sunnyside High School sophomore Liliana Trujillo is competing for the title of 2008-09 Miss Cinco de Mayo.

Thursday, March 13

Procedures explained if radiation release occurs at Hanford

In an effort to make the agricultural community aware of the impact on Yakima County and a step by step process for releasing information should a radiation release from Hanford occur, emergency management specialists trekked to Sunnyside last night.

New housing tops building starts in Sunnyside

Housing construction was a big factor in new building starts within the city of Sunnyside during the month of February.

2008-09 Miss Sunnyside candidates now being sought

It's often described as an experience of a lifetime. It's also an opportunity for young ladies to earn scholarship money.

Latino Club celebrates leadership, culture

Sunnyside High School's Latino Culture Club is as much about celebrating Latino culture as it is about leadership.

Wednesday, March 12

Forget Perfect

How do you grow a grown-up?

How do you grow a grown-up?

Forum

School's classified staff appreciated

Former turkey processing plant now one of leaders in juice industry

Once a turkey plant, Valley Processing, Incorporated has become a leader in the juice industry, according to company President Mary Ann Bliesner.

Toppenish farmer candidate for county commissioner

Kevin Bouchey, a farmer from Toppenish, has announced his intention to run for Yakima County Commissioner, district two.

Mustangs take top honors at G'view jamboree

Prosser won both the boys and girls team titles at yesterday's Grandview Golf Jamboree, but the Mustangs were unable to corral all the top honors.

Obituary

BRUCE ALLEN BROWN

BRUCE ALLEN BROWN

Guest Editorial

Continued battle huge advantage for Dems

Continued battle huge advantage for Dems

Sunnyside's Fennell named Miss Spokane

SPOKANE - Going to college can be expensive so it never hurts to add a little bit of money to your pocket.

Cutting to the Core

Come home, Chok Dee

Come home, Chok Dee

Gang bill a 'good starting point'

OLYMPIA - It may not be the bill originally proposed, but the anti-gang legislation state lawmakers passed last week gives law enforcement a tool to combat criminal gangs.

Tuesday, March 11

New barber shop opens in Sunnyside

The male population of Sunnyside now has another option for their hairstyling needs.

Sunnyside's Yakima Valley Highway won't be returned to four lanes of traffic

After discussing alternatives ranging from three up to five lanes, the Sunnyside City Council last night opted to stay with the current two lanes and a center turn lane on Yakima Valley Highway.

Police car crash results in additional training for local officers

Last December's car crash with Police Officer Jose Navarro at the wheel has resulted in extra training for the city's law enforcement personnel.

Sunnyside City Council receives first budget update

The Sunnyside City Council last night received its first monthly budget update of the year.

Grandview City Council agrees on tax hike

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council met last night (Monday) to decide how much to ask local voters to tax themselves.

OBITUARY

ANGEL GONZALEZ

ANGEL GONZALEZ

Monday, March 10

Grizzly soccer club wins season opener

The Sunnyside boys soccer team saw plenty of action this past weekend. On Friday the Grizzlies played Prosser and Richland to a draw at the Richland Jamboree. On Saturday, Sunnyside traveled to East Valley and stung last year's 2A State champs, 1-0.

15th District lawmakers laud passage of anti-gang legislation

OLYMPIA - Reps. Dan Newhouse and Bruce Chandler last Friday praised the passage of legislation to crack down on criminal gang activity.

OBITUARY

GORDON T. GIFFEN

GORDON T. GIFFEN

Grizzlies show 'resilience' in diamond opener

KENNEWICK - "Our team word this year is resilient," first-year coach Terry Shines says of the Sunnyside High School baseball squad.

Friday, March 7

Miss Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo contestant Margarita Manzo

Margarita Manzo, a 15-year-old sophomore at Sunnyside High School, has known about the Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant since she was 10-years-old.

Wind machines on Rattlesnake Ridge get thumbs up

YAKIMA - Wind towers could dot the Rattlesnake ridge near Sunnyside in the next few years.

FORGET PERFECT

Can a girlfriend save your marriage?

Can a girlfriend save your marriage?

'F' as in Frank

Ask some questions

Ask some questions

FORUM

God is good!

God is good!

To burn or not to burn

The residential burning season is just around the corner, slated to run from March 15 to October 15.

Miss Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo contestant Jazmine Salmeron

"I've always had a dream to be famous."

GUEST EDITORIAL

Losing well can ultimately end in triumph

Losing well can ultimately end in triumph

Thursday, March 6

Torbay helps Columbia Basin hoop team earn collegiate title

Vanessa Torbay, a 2007 Sunnyside High grad, has in the past 12 months experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows when it comes to basketball.

Fashionable

Fashionable

Neighborhood block watch programs in Mabton suggested by police chief

MABTON - Approximately 10 Mabton citizens attended a meeting held last night (Wednesday) to discuss forming block watch programs and crime prevention tips.

Sunnyside Masons donate bicycles to encourage literacy

Members of the Sunnyside Masonic Temple have rallied to support a program that encourages literacy, reading at the elementary school grade level.

DEATH NOTICE

ENELOPE ANN MOON

ENELOPE ANN MOON

Knights to suit up for 8-man football

Get ready for some football, Sunnyside Christian fans, as the Knights will take to the gridiron starting with the 2009 season.

World Day of Prayer to be observed in Sunnyside tomorrow

Christian women throughout the world will be gathering in their communities to celebrate World Day of Prayer tomorrow, March 7.

Wednesday, March 5

Palencia sentenced to 41 months for burglary

A 20-year-old Sunnyside man was sentenced to 41 months in prison earlier this week for his role in a December home invasion.

OBITUARY

ZELLA MARIE RAMSEY

ZELLA MARIE RAMSEY

'F" as in frank

Leap Daisy

Leap Daisy

Grandview man stabbed

GRANDVIEW - Emergency room workers at Prosser Memorial Hospital alerted Grandview police to a stabbing victim last night (Tuesday).

GUEST EDITORIAL

Moving women from bench-warmers to captains

Moving women from bench-warmers to captains

FORUM

Blunders

Blunders

DEATH NOTICE

VIRGINIA IONA LANSING ADAMS

VIRGINIA IONA LANSING ADAMS

Childress home open to strays

Installed at Norm and Sandy Childress's house is a revolving door. A revolving doggie door, that is.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Tuesday, March 4

Serna earns top honors at Sunnyside science fair

In an awards ceremony held Monday night at the Sunnyside High School auditorium, students from Harrison Middle School, Sierra Vista Middle School and Sunnyside High School were recognized for participating in this year's Sunnyside Science Fair.

DEATH NOTICE

JOSE GONZALEZ

JOSE GONZALEZ

Sierra Vista hosts math quiz kids

Forget "got milk?" as nearly 150 students from around the Lower Yakima Valley last night were wondering "got pi?"

Expanding to Sunnyside top priority for Life Options

GRANDVIEW - Life Options, a pregnancy medical center in Grandview, will be going through some changes in 2008, according to Executive Director Jan McDonald.

Wind-measuring towers proposed north of Sunnyside

Four proposals to see what's blowin' in the wind will be presented during a public hearing this Thursday, March 6, at 9 a.m. in the Yakima County Courthouse. The hearing will be held in Room B-33, site of the weekly Yakima County Commissioner meetings.

Woodworker transforms scraps into works of art

When Al Harris sees a pile of firewood, or a building torn down, he's not looking at a pile of scrap or something that should be burned.

Staff policies, re-districting top priorities of councilmen

The Sunnyside City Council's wish list of more than 20 items to review was prioritized last night to a handful that will be tackled right away.

Grandview tables decision on tax hike

GRANDVIEW - A decision on how much to ask Grandview taxpayers to increase their private utility taxes was tabled at a city council meeting last night in Grandview.

Monday, March 3

Eye care for diabetics accelerated with acquisition of new digiscope

Advances in technology have allowed Sunnyside's Dr. Ronald Couturier to acquire a new machine that photographs the back of the eye.

Teen arrested, charged for Grandview drive-by shooting

GRANDVIEW - An 18-year-old man was arrested following a drive-by shooting on Ash Street in Grandview this past Friday night.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY

OBITUARY

AARON MARK BERG

AARON MARK BERG

Insurance-coverage reprieve granted Mabton police officers

MABTON - During a special meeting held last Friday night, Mabton City Council members voted to extend insurance benefits for the dependents of police officers until the end of March.