Stories for February 2009

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Friday, February 27



Lady Knights guarantee themselves State trophy

YAKIMA - For the second straight day at the 1B Washington State Girls Basketball Tournament, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights held their opponents to single-digit scoring in all four quarters. That led to a workman-like 48-29 victory Thursday evening over the Columbia Lions.

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Grandview students to display art work

YAKIMA - Six Grandview High School students will display their artwork beginning this Sunday, March 1, during the 36th annual high school art show sponsored by ESD 105.

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Remains of homicide victim identified

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office has identified the remains of a homicide victim whose body had been burned and left in a vineyard on Arrowsmith Road near Sunnyside.

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Thursday, February 26

  

Grandview freshman serves as Senate page

OLYMPIA - Natasha Lara, a freshman at Grandview High School, took time away from her studies last week to participate in the Senate Page Program. She was sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside).

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Wednesday, February 25

     

Griz attack grounds Eagles

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team survived its second loser-out game in four days, prevailing 51-45 last night over Mount Spokane.

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Tuesday, February 24

     

Grandview Knowledge Bowl team fourth at Regionals

SELAH - Grandview High School sent one of its two Knowledge Bowl teams to compete at the 2A Regional meet last Wednesday. The team competed against five other schools, including championship winner Ellensburg and runner-up Selah. Grandview garnered fourth place honors, one point behind Toppenish.

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Herbalife dealership locates to Vineyard building

GRANDVIEW - A new business has set up shop in the Mike Bren-owned Vineyard building in downtown Grandview, only these ladies won't be serving up your favorite latte-their business is nutritional supplements in the form of Herbalife products.

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Sketch of murder victim released

The Yakima County Sheriff's office has released a sketch resembling an as of yet unidentified murder victim whose charred body was found in a vineyard near Sunnyside.

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Monday, February 23

  

Guillen State runner-up for Grandview

TACOMA - Santos Guillen became the first Grandview Greyhound wrestler to reach the Mat Classic wrestling finals in six years before falling short this past Saturday in the 2A, 103-lb. championship match by a score of 10-4.

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Grizzly grapplers claw their way to fifth place finish at State

TACOMA - Sunnyside's Steven Romero capped a storied high school career with his second straight State title, and Christian Reyes earned his first ever State championship as the two led the Grizzlies to a fifth place finish at Mat Classic XXI this past weekend at the Tacoma Dome.

February 23, 2009 midnight read more..


Sunnyside boys earn Regional playoff berth

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team played one of its best quarters of the season in a 70-47 home win over Hanford this past Friday, punching its ticket to the 3A Regional competition.

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Christian girls returning to State

GOLDENDALE - "This is frosting on the cake," Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk said of his team's return trip to the 1B State girls basketball tournament this week.

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Friday, February 20



BPA moves forward with major transmission project

In part, thanks to new borrowing authority contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law earlier this week by President Barack Obama, the Bonneville Power Administration has decided to build a major new transmission project - the McNary-John Day 500-kilovolt transmission line.

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Falcons eliminate Lady Grizzlies from District play

RICHLAND - The Hanford High School girls basketball team used an aggressive offense last night to quickly snuff out any hopes the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies had of advancing in District tournament play, as the Falcons beat Sunnyside 73-37 in a loser-out game.

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Ode to construction workers...unsung heroes of America

You can usually tell by their hands. Gnarled and rough, dry and cracked, bearing scars from years of twisting metal, pounding concrete, ripping lumber, stripping plastic and pushing and shoving all kinds of rough material into awkward shapes and tight places.

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Matson jumps in race for Newhouse's seat

A day after Skamania County Auditor J. Michael Garvison announced his bid, Port of Sunnyside Commissioner Jeff Matson today, Friday, announced he is seeking the 15th District legislative post vacated by Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside.

February 20, 2009 midnight read more..


Vikes upset by Burbank in playoff opener

MABTON - Home court wasn't enough to help Mabton to the SCAC District semifinals, as visiting Columbia-Burbank clung to an early lead in a 67-65 win over the Vikings last night.

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'Songs of Our Fathers' uneven tribute to past

With cover art cluttered with an old family photo, as well as other heirlooms and an old harmonica, jazz trombonist/composer Aaron J. Johnson tells you right away that his new instrumental CD, "Songs of Our Fathers," is homage to the past.

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Thursday, February 19

  

Cascade Natural Gas call center in Sunnyside to be phased out

Dave Goodin, president and CEO of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., Great Plains Natural Gas Co., Cascade Natural Gas Corp. and Intermountain Gas Company, announced this week that the utility group will go through an integration plan that will result in the streamlining of processes, elimination of some existing programs and subsequently, a reduction of work force.

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Skamania County auditor campaigns for Newhouse's post

STEVENSON - On the same day Sunnyside Republican Dan Newhouse began his duties as the state's new ag director, leaving his 15th District Legislative seat in the House of Representatives, J. Michael Garvison of North Bonneville threw his hat into the ring for Newhouse's old post.

February 19, 2009 midnight read more..


Sunnyside High School student attends all-state musical event

SPOKANE - Some of Washington's finest musicians and vocal students, including Sunnyside High School junior Kurt Furan, gathered for the 54th annual Washington Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir event this past weekend.

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Wednesday, February 18



Grizzlies fend off Hanford, 71-68

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team built a 10-point first half lead, then held on to edge Hanford 71-68 last night in the regular season finale for both teams.

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Christian speaker: Jesus the answer to heart problems

PROSSER - With a theme focused on love and the heart in light of the fact that Feb. 14 was just this past Saturday and that February is heart health month, Lower Valley Christian Women's Club members learned the true solution to problems of the heart.

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Bickleton advances to District title tilt

GOLDENDALE - For the first time in 24 years, Bickleton's Lady Pirates are headed to the District championship game, slated for this Friday following a 42-39 win over Klickitat last night, Tuesday.

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First half hole too deep for Lady Grizzlies to scale

The Sunnyside High School girls basketball team woke up in the second half of its last regular season game last night with the Hanford Falcons, but unfortunately the hole the Lady Grizzlies dug for themselves proved to be too deep.

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Sunnyside's Promise asked to revise gang proposal

An information blitz to parents and the community about gangs and drugs was at the heart of a proposal Sunnyside's Promise presented yesterday to an executive committee of hospital, school and city representatives.

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Lady Vikes move on in District play

MABTON - The Mabton High School girls basketball team overcame a slow first quarter to beat the visiting Riverview Panthers last night in opening District tournament play, 60-56.

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Tuesday, February 17

 

Lady 'Hounds split league games

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School Lady Greyhounds hosted Ellensburg and Selah this past Friday and Saturday, coming away with a 60-52 loss to the Bulldogs and a 64-43 win over the Vikings.

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Christian girls poised

ZILLAH - Barring an upset that would rival the 1980 Herb Brooks-led U.S. Olympic hockey team upsetting the powerful Red Machine from Russia, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team will be making yet another appearance at this year's 1B State tournament.

February 17, 2009 midnight read more..
 

Port commissioner honored for 20 years of dedicated service

An abundance of people slowly but surely began to fill the Sunnyside Port commissioners meeting room last night, Monday, during a regularly scheduled meeting. It wasn't until Port Commissioner Arnold Martin eyed his two sons that the thought hit him this might just have something to do with him.

February 17, 2009 midnight read more..
 

Monday, February 16



Knights on verge of State berth

ZILLAH - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team began its quest for a third straight State 1B Championship this past weekend by brushing aside Trout Lake/Glenwood on Friday night and then outlasting Klickitat on Saturday to put themselves in the driver's seat for the lone State berth from the Greater Columbia 1B League.

February 16, 2009 midnight read more..


FDIC limits Columbia River Bank lending practices

Columbia River Bank, which just last year built a new branch office in Sunnyside, has agreed to FDIC orders that limit issuing some lines of credit and other emergency steps, such as restrictions on issuing cash dividends.

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Nine Grizzlies qualify for State

The Sunnyside High School wrestling team qualified eight wrestlers for the state tournament this coming weekend and will send one grappler as an alternate.

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Greyhounds split weekend games

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview boys basketball team split this past weekend's games at home, beating the Ellensburg Bulldogs 52-50 on Friday night but losing to the Selah Vikings 78-53 on Saturday.

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Bickleton splits District games

ZILLAH - Bickleton's Lady Pirates carried out a 49-31 win over Trout Lake this past Saturday night in the second round of District play-offs.

February 16, 2009 midnight read more..


Mabton sending five grapplers to State

CONNELL - Five of Mabton's grapplers will be going to State competition this coming Friday, Feb. 20, as a result of their performances at this past Saturday's Regional competition in Connell.

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Friday, February 13

 

BOOK REVIEW

Local author shares story of breaking free from 'wrong thinking'

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It's simple...just vote YES

Ballots will be mailed to Sunnyside School District patrons next week. Local voters are being asked to approve an $11.4 million bond.

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Dinosaurs will roam SunDome in April

YAKIMA - Dinosaurs once again roam the earth in a spectacular theatrical arena show, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series.

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BRIEFLY

Sunnyside plans special meeting for airport grant

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Mabton girls defeat Naches in thriller

MABTON - The last four minutes of play in last night's Mabton basketball game against Naches could, at best, be described as harrowing. Ultimately, the Lady Vikes won the game from the free throw line, 62-56.

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Newhouse new state ag director

OLYMPIA - Rep. Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside was today appointed to serve as the director for the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

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CD REVIEW

Margie Notte's 'Just You, Just Me &Friends' live CD a must for any music lover

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Burned body found near Sunnyside

The charred remains of an adult male, believed to be between the ages of 15 and 25, were discovered yesterday (Thursday) in a grape vineyard on Arrowsmith Road near SR-241.

February 13, 2009 midnight read more..


Thursday, February 12

     

Wednesday, February 11

 

Mabton mayor dodges police supervision questions

MABTON - Questions posed by fellow councilmen, audience members and police officers that should have prompted routine answers from Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera instead sparked a heated, childish debate at last night's regularly scheduled Mabton City Council meeting.

February 11, 2009 midnight read more..
  

Lady Grizzlies fall to Panthers, 64-45

The Wenatchee High School girls basketball team jumped all over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies in the opening quarter of last night's basketball game in Sunnyside enroute to posting a 64-45 league victory.

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Mabton rallies for road win at Cle Elum

CLE ELUM - In what Mabton Coach Brock Ledgerwood called a "trap game," the Viking boys basketball team went on a 17-2 tear in the fourth quarter to escape last place Cle Elum with a 47-39 victory last night.

February 11, 2009 midnight read more..


Allen sentenced to prison

A Sunnyside man will spend more than 15 years in prison after being sentenced for his role in a gun theft and shooting in Sunnyside last September that left a Sunnyside juvenile dead.

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Tuesday, February 10

   

BRIEFLY

Deadline approaching to apply for Sunnyside City Council vacancy

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State Patrol detachment receives two new troopers

GRANDVIEW - Fresh from successfully completing State Patrol cadet training, troopers Andres Martinez and Trevor Downey began their careers last week with the State Patrol office just east of Grandview on I-82.

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Monday, February 9

      

Friday, February 6

 

FORUM

Southridge sportsmanship appreciated

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Nurse anesthetists ensure smooth flying for patients

Entering an operating room is a little intimidating if you're not a patient and can be downright scary if you are one. That's why it is so important to have someone by the patient's side that will inform them of what is happening every step of the way. In Sunnyside, these people are nurse anesthetists, known as CRNAs.

February 6, 2009 midnight read more..
 

Prieto seeks Cinco de Mayo crown

Seeking to become the first person in her family to attend college, Sunnyside High School sophomore Arasele Prieto is vying to be a part of Sunnyside's 2009-10 Miss Cinco de Mayo court.

February 6, 2009 midnight read more..


Gang awareness effort seeks to move forward

From the get-go, Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder said yesterday's Sunnyside's Promise meeting would be about coming up with a plan of action for taking on the problem of criminal gangs.

February 6, 2009 midnight read more..
  

Valley Theater Company presents 'Fantasticks'

PROSSER - Valley Theater Company is gearing up to present "The Fantasticks," the longest running off-Broadway musical, at Prosser's historic Princess Theatre on Feb. 13, 14 and 21. Show times are 7:30 p.m. all three dates with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 21.

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Thursday, February 5

   

Wednesday, February 4

   

Wagenaar picks up 300th win in victory over Eagles

TOPPENISH - Reaching a milestone in the 15 years since he's been at the helm of the Sunnyside Christian boys basketball program, Coach Dean Wagenaar earned his 300th career win last night in Toppenish as his Knights overwhelmed Yakima Tribal, 69-19.

February 4, 2009 midnight read more..
      

Water outlook 'pretty decent' for 2009

Despite heavy rains about a month ago that put a damper on heavy mountain snows, the water outlook for irrigators in 2009 is "pretty decent," according to Don Schramm, assistant manager of operations for SVID.

February 4, 2009 midnight read more..


Tuesday, February 3

 

Miss Sunnyside Court unveils community service project

Amid Sunnyside residents and members of the group known as Transformation Sunnyside, the 2008-09 Miss Sunnyside Court last night unveiled its community service project, which is to help promote the ideas of Transformation Sunnyside.

February 3, 2009 midnight read more..
 

Historic café gets new owners

The Silver Dollar Café at the SR-241 and Hwy. 24 interchange north of Sunnyside has been a mainstay for many years. The eatery closed temporarily, but new owners Rick and Martha Lounsbury reopened the cafe earlier this month.

February 3, 2009 midnight read more..
 

Monday, February 2