Stories for April 2009

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Thursday, April 30

   

Push underway to reinstate county's law and justice tax

YAKIMA - City police chiefs, Yakima County commissioners, prosecutors and personnel from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office were all on hand yesterday in Yakima to kick off a campaign designed to encourage people to keep the county's three-tenths law and justice tax.

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Wednesday, April 29

    

Suns too hot for Sunnysid

The Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team kept things interesting early before falling 21-2 and 13-1 yesterday to visiting Southridge.

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Tuesday, April 28

 

Dozen new Sunnyside homes OK'd

The Sunnyside City Council last night, Monday, followed the recommendation of staff and the planning commission in approving the New Life Home development proposed by Catholic Charities Housing Services.

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'Bye Bye Birdie' will have you laughing

GRANDVIEW - If you haven't already seen it, the Grandview High School drama program's production of "Bye Bye Birdie" is something you won't want to miss. If you did happen to see it this past weekend, I think it is worth watching again.

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Monday, April 27

    

Friday, April 24



Hospice remembers

They tend to terminally ill patients from Selah to the Tri-Cities and points in between.

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Thursday, April 23

   

Wednesday, April 22



Local designer enjoys work as custom seamstress

Crafting a career as a custom seamstress is the last thing Sunnyside's Lora Solis ever imagined herself doing, but this prom season Solis can be found either at her sewing machine or at the home of her clients, making last minute alterations before the big event later this month.

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Mabton's Vasquez leads the way for Vikings

MABTON - Mabton's Sara Vasquez has many reasons to celebrate-she placed first in three track events against Ki-Be and Wahluke yesterday and was also named Athlete of the Week in the Seattle Times.

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FORUM

In regards to last Friday's front page article about the Sunnyside police planning a "school safety emphasis" on Monday, April 20, I would like to make a comment about yielding to students using crosswalks. The students, or anyone else using crosswalks, need to step it up to get across and not walk at a snail's pace as if they owned the crosswalk, as though no one else is around.

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Coyotes' Maupin tosses ;no-no against SCHS girls

The way the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team was booting the ball around yesterday, it wouldn't have mattered if Kittitas pitcher Dallas Maupin had yielded a dozen hits to the Lady Knights. As it turned out, Maupin fired a no-hitter to lead the Coyotes to a dominating 9-0 victory.

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Lady Vikes drop two to Naches Valley

MABTON - It was night and day between the two games played by Mabton and Naches Valley high schools yesterday. The Naches Valley softball team had an easy time in game one, winning 13-1, but needed the help of what some described as a horrible call at home plate to walk away with a 6-5 victory in game two.

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Tuesday, April 21

    

Council guts Sunnyside stormwater fund

The Sunnyside City Council last night allowed the stormwater fund to run a negative balance - essentially bankrupting the account - and decided to start from scratch on a stormwater budget.

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Monday, April 20



Miscues costly for SHS

PASCO - The good news is the 3A Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team held 4A Pasco to just three earned runs on four hits in the first game of a league doubleheader at Pasco this past Saturday.

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BRIEFLY

Molotov cocktail thrown at Sunnyside vehicle

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Marisol Velazquez Sunnyside's new Miss Cinco de Mayo

Eight young ladies vying for Sunnyside's Miss Cinco de Mayo crown took to the stage last Friday at the Sunnyside High School auditorium. Each wanting to represent the community with their own spirit of individuality and passion, showed the community a sense of passion and pride in both their culture and the city of Sunnyside itself.

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Friday, April 17

 

Mabton boys skin Ki-Be Bears

BENTON CITY - The Mabton Vikings soccer team scored its second victory of the season against Kiona-Benton yesterday, a 3-0 shutout. Mabton defeated the Bears by a 2-1 score in early March.

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Visser cards personal best

Well, not exactly, but Sunnyside's Renae Visser does know what it's like to be the Lady Grizzlies' sole representative at girls golf competitions.

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CD REVIEW

I've got it bad for Lisa Hearns' 'I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good'

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Thursday, April 16



Bos bests the field at PGA pro-am

YAKIMA - Justin Bos of Sunnyside has found his groove. The 2008 Sunnyside High School graduate, now a member of the Columbia Basin Community College men's golf team, is firing on all cylinders on the links.

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Mabton adds new dimension to after-school program

MABTON - When students in Mabton's 21st Century after-school program said they'd like to learn a life-skill, the site supervisor responded. For that reason, two times a week students are huffing, puffing and beating the dickens out of staff from First Response Consulting, LLC.

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Wednesday, April 15

   

Retiree finds joy in volunteering

For 37 years, Pat Hull had her hands full. She taught at the old Chief Kamiakin school until it burned down, double shifted for a time at Washington Elementary School, returned to the newly built Chief Kamiakin, then began working at Outlook Elementary School. About four years ago, she hung up her teacher's hat and retired.

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Mensonides new Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador

Plenty smiles, abundant laughter and even a few tears heralded in the Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador last night, Tuesday, as Krystal Leyendekker passed her crown on to Kristyn Mensonides, a Sunnyside Christian High School junior.

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Leopards scratch out 12-5 win over Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - Timely hits by Zillah and costly errors on the part of the Grandview High School varsity baseball team contributed to a 12-5 non-league win yesterday, Tuesday, by the visiting Leopards.

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Tuesday, April 14

       

Monday, April 13



Democrats name Mabtonite to state post

MABTON - After previously serving two terms in the office, Walt Braten of Mabton was recently re-appointed by 15th District Lower Valley Democrats as their state committee man.

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Sunnyside Red Cross gets new blood

The local Red Cross organization received its own infusion of new blood recently as Sunnyside's Pat Kezele and Janet Schuler agreed to take on the roles of local blood drive coordinators.

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Friday, April 10

    

FORUM

Daffodil project beautifies Sunnyside

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CD REVIEW

Background music, the stuff you hear in movie soundtracks.

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Thursday, April 9

  

CBCC golfer off to good start

REDMOND - Justin Bos is off and running...for the Columbia Basin Community College Hawks. The 2008 Sunnyside High School grad made an impressive spring debut for the CBCC men's golf team earlier this week.

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Wednesday, April 8

     

New Holland's hydrogen-powered tractor in the works

NEW HOLLAND, PA. - Not only are cars getting the eco-friendly treatment, but so is farm equipment. New Holland's experimental hydrogen-powered NH2(tm) tractor is a project the company hopes can free farmers from the cost of purchased fuel and allow them to achieve fuel autonomy.

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Tuesday, April 7

 

Mabton eyes school budget cuts

MABTON - In an effort to gain community input, Mabton School Board officials held the first of two meetings last night, Monday, to share budget cut ideas for the next school year.

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New housing starts on the rise in Sunnyside

Whether it's the advent of spring and another building season, or perhaps a light at the end of the recession tunnel, building starts in Sunnyside were on a definite uptick during the month of March.

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Monday, April 6

 

Jessica Torres crowned Miss Granger

GRANGER - "Dance the Night Away" was the theme of the Miss Granger Pageant this past Friday, and the night belonged to Jessica Torres, who was selected from among four candidates to be Miss Granger for 2009-10.

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Newhouse replacement completes first week as state lawmaker

OLYMPIA - From the moment he arrived at the state capital last Tuesday morning, the newest member of the state House of Representatives barely had time to grab a fast cup of coffee as he adapted to the pace and demands of a legislative session moving into high gear, and in its final weeks.

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Feds hike cigarette prices

Turns out it wasn't a nasty little April Fool's Day joke played on smokers when they woke up that day to a new federal tobacco tax. The new tax hike totaled 62¢, which brings the current federal tax on each pack of cigarettes sold in the United States to $1.01.

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Friday, April 3



Lucky 13 for Sunnyside Little Grapplers

PROSSER - The number 13 proved to be lucky for the Sunnyside Little Grapplers wrestling team as 13 wrestlers took home first place honors from a tournament in Prosser last Saturday.

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GUEST EDITORIAL

Reading, talking, sharing play time with a child-acts of love. Inflicting bruises and broken bones, family violence, a baby shaken, hurtful words-acts of anger. Either one will have lasting effects on a child. It's obvious which is healthier for the child-positive family time, time spent between parent and child.

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Thursday, April 2



Murder suspect arrested

A 17-year-old Sunnyside teenager wanted in connection in a shooting that left another Sunnyside teenager dead was arrested by Sunnyside police yesterday, Wednesday.

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Wednesday, April 1



4A Pirates beat Sunnyside in shootout

The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit, but fell short in a 6-5 shootout loss after two overtime sessions at home against 4A Davis last night, Tuesday.

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BRIEFLY

Miss Granger Pageant scheduled for this Friday

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