Stories for November 2009

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Monday, November 30

Witness account of girl's murder detailed for deputies

YAKIMA - Jesus Fabian Perales, 22, went before a judge last Wednesday in a preliminary hearing on the charge of first degree murder. The judge ordered he be held on $500,000 bail for the alleged slaying of 14-year-old Francisca Ramirez-Hernandez of Sunnyside.

Not all 'Sunnyside' residents required to pay city cell phone tax

Ever since Jim Stanton of Sunnyside got a cell phone a few years back he's been paying a city tax for using the device.

Burn ban declared

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority declared a stage one burn ban today, Monday, that is expected to last through Thursday.

SHS senior plans holiday pageant

Audra Hays enjoyed being on the Miss Sunnyside Court so much she decided to give the opportunity to others.

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SELENA FARIAS-BARAJAS

SELENA FARIAS-BARAJAS

Friday, November 27

Upgrades planned for Yakima Valley Highway in 2010

The stretch of Yakima Valley Highway between Outlook and Sunnyside is in for a makeover next summer.

I-82 eastbound lanes to get makeover next summer

For those wondering why the Washington State Department of Transportation only worked on the westbound lanes of I-82 this past summer, rest easy. The eastbound lanes are slated to get their makeover next summer.

Grandview 4th, 5th graders learn about career options

GRANDVIEW - "They get to learn about jobs other than what mom and dad do," said Grandview School District Parent Involvement Advocate Debi Foster.

'Toy Train Christmas' event opens his Saturday

TOPPENISH - A ride aboard a caboose, a visit from Santa Claus, model trains chugging around tracks lined with villages and townspeople, decorated Christmas trees and much more all await visitors to the sixth annual Toy Train Christmas in Toppenish.

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Guest Editorial

It's all about jobs

It's all about jobs

Jennie's Journey

Hunters and fishermen have been taking care of the environment for decades, always mindful of the age-old saying, "Take out what you bring in."

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HERSCHEL FRANCIS COLEMAN

HERSCHEL FRANCIS COLEMAN

Wednesday, November 25

Sunnyside School Board informed effort underway to retain levy equalization funds

Curtis Campbell is speaking out, only this time he's doing it as a concerned citizen, Sunnyside School Board members learned at last night's meeting, Tuesday.

Mabton misses out on park and ride funding

MABTON - The Mabton City Council learned last night, Tuesday, that the city's grant proposal for a park and ride was turned down.

Arrest made in 2008 murder of 14-year-old girl

Yesterday (Tuesday) the Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Jesus Fabian Perales, 22, in connection with the murder of Francisca Hernandez-Ramirez.

Lions roar past Sunnyside girls

Powered by junior Brittany Blackketter's 350 two-game series, the Kennewick Lions blanked the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team yesterday, 4-0.

Funds approved for Bleyhl propane site

Yakima County commissioners yesterday, Tuesday, approved a grant/loan package for Bleyhl's new petroleum storage and delivery site located east of Midvale Road between Curfman Steel and the Port of Sunnyside's industrial wastewater plant.

High school renovation plans detailed for Kiwanians

Sunnyside Kiwanis Club members this morning, Wednesday, were treated to a sneak peek at a remodel and addition planned for Sunnyside High School.

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Website update draws kudos

Website update draws kudos

'F' as in Frank

Eating crow at Thanksgiving

Eating crow at Thanksgiving

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EULALIA CASTRO

EULALIA CASTRO

Tuesday, November 24

Stone requests hand recount in Sunnyside City Council race

Yakima County elections officials certified the 2009 general election results yesterday, Nov. 23, but it could be another two weeks before the public knows the outcome of the Sunnyside City Council, District 3 race.

City of Sunnyside's sewer rate increase kept to bare minimum

The Sunnyside City Council lowered the 2010 rate increase for city sewer customers at last night's meeting.

Legislators get an earful in seeking solutions to fires in no-man's land

If you have manpower and machinery on site then you have a responsibility to act.

Sunnyside man sentenced to five years for attempted robbery

Sunnyside man sentenced to five years for attempted robbery

SHS honor roll students singled out

A total of 17 Sunnyside High School students have been singled out for achieving perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2009-10 academic year.

Bickleton trio earns perfect grades

BICKLETON - Bickleton High School students Jessica Cummings and Joshua Cummings compiled perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2009-10 academic year.

Thermal imaging useful when it comes to inspections

GRANDVIEW - Thermal imaging has been around for quite some time, but Andrew Conklin is emphatic that he's found a new application for the technology.

Mid-Valley adding Tire Factory branch of service

GRANDVIEW - Mid-Valley Chrysler Dodge and Jeep has undergone a lot of changes in the past few years and the Grandview company is in the process of adding yet another.

Wine Country Day Spa...a place for healing

PROSSER - Whether a person has suffered injury at work or in a car accident, or if an individual suffers pain from the stress of daily pressures, Wine Country Day Spa offers relief through healing massage.

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ROSA A. RODRIGUEZ

ROSA A. RODRIGUEZ

Monday, November 23

Thanksgiving a little brighter for 10 local families

Ten families served by Sunnyside's Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast because of the generous spirit of the Lower Valley Riders.

Barrel racers compete in Sunnyside

Horse and rider become one as they fly around first one barrel, then another. They round a third barrel in unison, at breakneck speeds, with the rider hoping to have been that much faster than the last racer.

Thanksgiving service speaker urges community to open its heart to the less fortunate

Residents of Sunnyside and the Lower Valley community gathered for the annual Community Thanksgiving Service last night. Guest speaker Pastor Debbie Blehart of Sunrise Outreach Center in Yakima told those gathered there is much for which we can be thankful, but others are less fortunate.

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NORMAN THEODORE KING

NORMAN THEODORE KING

Friday, November 20

Guest Editorial

It's time to raise revenue, not taxes

It's time to raise revenue, not taxes

City council asks employees to clean house

MABTON - In a budget belt-tightening move, the Mabton City Council last night recommended having library and city hall employees perform janitorial services in their respective work areas.

'Patriotic Pen' essay winners named

GRANDVIEW - For his first year of public schooling, Kaelen Clute isn't doing all that bad...last month the Grandview Middle School student put his thoughts to paper and just recently learned he'd taken took top honors in the local Patriotic Pen essay contest, part of a national contest locally hosted by the Grandview VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Life Options hosts open house at Sunnyside satellite office

An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the opening of Life Options' Sunnyside satellite office took place yesterday, Thursday, and was met with community enthusiasm.

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MARGARITO E. CORTINEZ

MARGARITO E. CORTINEZ

New police, code enforcement officers included in 2010 budget

The Sunnyside City Council met last night, Thursday, for a budget workshop where hiring a new code enforcement officer and three police officers was discussed.

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Young writers inspiring

Young writers inspiring

For second straight year, a Sunnyside chef wins 'Savor the Flavor' contest

PASCO - Cooking competition newbie and Sunnyside resident chef Andy Jones trekked to the TRAC in Pasco last weekend to compete in the "Savor the Flavor" fresh chef cooking contest, but it was no easy feat making it to the stage, where he ultimately won out.

Community concert pianist breaking barriers

The fall of the Berlin Wall was the best thing to happen to Rudolf Budginas (pronounced "bud-guinness"), a Lithuanian-born pianist appearing in concert in Sunnyside Thursday, Dec. 3, as part of the Lower Valley Community Concert Series.

Thursday, November 19

Grandview Grid Kid team wins league title

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Grid Kid C team of nine-year-olds finished an undefeated season this past Saturday to claim the Yakima Valley Grid Kid Association's league title in their division.

Genealogy expert Rotary Club speaker

Follow the trail...that's Kathleen Anderson's mantra.

Firefighters test their skills in live fire training exercise

OUTLOOK - Firefighters from Sunnyside, Grandview and Yakima County District No. 5 were able to learn how fire behaves in a residential environment during a controlled house burn in Outlook last night, Wednesday.

City plows ahead in extending sewer, water lines to former Monson property

A long trench stretching out alongside Yakima Valley Highway headed west from Sunnyside is part of the city's effort to extend water and sewer utilities to the former Monson property.

Community input needed in planning for Grandview Community Center

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department is seeking input from the community in devising plans for a community center, according to Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carpenter.

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RAMONA JOAN SHARP

RAMONA JOAN SHARP

Wednesday, November 18

Firefighting has come a long way since Ben Franklin

"The reason I am here is partly due to Ben Franklin...he was a member of one of the first fire departments," Sunnyside Firefighter and Paramedic Sean Glasser told those gathered last night at the Sunnyside Library.

New street department personnel part of budget talks

The Sunnyside City Council continued deliberating the 2010 preliminary city budget last night, Tuesday, at a special budget workshop.

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New fetal heart monitor will be purchased with proceeds from Friday's 'Festival of Trees'

The Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation has designated proceeds from this coming Friday's Festival of Trees in Sunnyside toward the purchase of a new fetal heart monitor for the family birth center.

Lady Grizzlies defeat E'burg, 3-1

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside squared its record at 1-1 on the season by notching a 3-1 victory over the Ellensburg High School girls bowling team yesterday afternoon.

Cutting to the Core

Time is now for citizen input

Time is now for citizen input

Tuesday, November 17

Grandview daycare center fired on with shotgun

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police raced to the area of avenues E and D at about 7:30 p.m. last night, Monday, after fielding a report of shots fired.

Colley leads local contingent at Central Washington Open

Spokane bowler tops 62-person field

Spokane bowler tops 62-person field

County to close14-bed juvenile jail pod

2010 budget calls for 26 lay-offs

2010 budget calls for 26 lay-offs

Library, parks, city clerk holding 2010 budget to 2009 numbers

GRANDVIEW - With little changes anticipated at Bleyhl Community Library, the city clerk's office and with parks and recreation programs, the Grandview City Council Monday heard much of the 2010 budgets will remain as they were in 2009 in those three areas.

Port moves forward with piping project

Sunnyside Port commissioners have approved moving forward with a piping project on Midvale Road despite a lack of commitment from Union Pacific Railroad to pay its portion.

Monday, November 16

DEATH NOTICE

BUSTER E. WOLFE

BUSTER E. WOLFE

Ben Franklin...international man of intrigue

Not immune to occasional espionage or trying to win the hearts of the ladies, Ben Franklin was a man of his time and ahead of his time.

Third year med student studying under Dr. Elerding

Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine student Jon Sarsiat is currently studying under the tutelage of Dr. Steven Elerding in Sunnyside.

Broersma, Castillo fare well at 3A State swim meet

FEDERAL WAY - Sunnyside High School swimmers Toni Castillo and Marisa Broersma competed at State competition this past weekend.

Health care bill will hurt more than it helps...Doc Hastings

Health insurance rates rising through the roof and reduced levels of medical care will be the results if Congress approves a health care bill.

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DOLORES PRISCA MENDOZA VILLEGAS

DOLORES PRISCA MENDOZA VILLEGAS

Burn season ends

The residential burn season has officially ended due to seasonal weather changes, according to the Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority.

Sunnyside teen struck by gunfire

A report of gunshots in the area of Rouse and Cemetery roads was made to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office at approximately 3:45 p.m. this past Saturday afternoon. Several callers reported hearing multiple gunshots and a young man, described in his teens, was reportedly struck by a bullet.

Greyhounds fall twice at 2A State tournament

KENNEWICK - The Grandview High School volleyball team started the season young and inexperienced.

Friday, November 13

Grizzly freshmen finish with best record in CBBN

It was a pretty good season for the Sunnyside High School Grizzly freshman football team. The Grizzly cubs finished the season with a record of 8-1, the best this year in the CBBN.

City budget deliberations lead to decision to expand summer swim season in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside City Council continued its 2010 budget deliberations at a special meeting last night.

Mabton exchange student goes from big city to small town life

MABTON - If Jakob Donner is shell shocked as a result of going from a big city and life with a fellow populous of three and a half million or so to living on a farm and going to school in Mabton, he doesn't show it.

Latino leaders share their concerns with Sen. Murray at meeting in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - There is a great desire for immigration reform.

Forget Perfect

Table graces...blessings for the spiritually eclectic

Table graces...blessings for the spiritually eclectic

Shannon named 'Person of the Year' by Grandview Chamber

GRANDVIEW - In what she hailed the highlight of her life, Cookie Shannon was selected Grandview's Person of the Year at Thursday night's annual Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet.

Guest Column

Driven to distraction

Driven to distraction

Jennie's Journey

The truth can be painful

The truth can be painful

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Key Clubs appreciate local support

Key Clubs appreciate local support

Art exhibit on tap

Guerra's Coffee Company in Sunnyside and Jose Tapia will present The Dead Live On, an art exhibition with works by Pedro de Valdivia.

Story time

No rock-throwing yet, please

No rock-throwing yet, please

Thursday, November 12

Local baristas have bean there, done that

Some had a fruity aroma, others were more on the floral side.

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GLADYS JANET MOORE

GLADYS JANET MOORE

Nuestra Casa receives grant for child services

Yakima Valley Community Foundation announced this past Tuesday that it has awarded $406,000 in grants to 18 Yakima County non-profit organizations.

Loving Sunnyside Day brings out nearly 150 volunteers eager to spruce up community

Amazing, blessed, incredible. Those were the adjectives heard from the people of Sunnyside who volunteered last Saturday.

Wednesday, November 11

GHS students honor veterans

GRANDVIEW - Freedom isn't free.

Homeless shelters in Sunnyside on hold

The fourth annual Extreme Winter Weather Shelter Program is on hold in Sunnyside as organizers attempt to locate homeless shelters in town for the winter.

City to absorb garbage fee increase

Yakima Waste Systems, Inc. Manager Scott Robertson was on hand at this past Monday night's Sunnyside City Council workshop to discuss an increase in the fee for disposal services.

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Blood donors exceed goal

Blood donors exceed goal

Flu vaccine supplies limited in Yakima County

Due to an increase in demand, seasonal flu vaccines are hard to come by in Yakima County.

Mabton eyes 5 percent utility tax reduction

MABTON - Mabton residents could be looking at a reduction in their utility bills as last night the city council gave initial thumbs up at reducing utility taxes by 5 percent.

'F' as in Frank

The Beatles and Budapest

The Beatles and Budapest

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KAREN SATTERFIELD

KAREN SATTERFIELD

Grandview Junior Miss fundraiser underway

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Junior Miss program is introducing a new winter fundraiser this year with its Holiday Treat Towers featuring three delicious types of delights for $15.

Tuesday, November 10

Former Grizzly football coach's family honored

PORTLAND, ORE. - During halftime of a recent Jesuit High School football game, the George Potter family was honored as Nike made a $26,000 donation in the family's name to the Police Activities League of Greater Portland.

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GLENNIS JEAN PORTER

GLENNIS JEAN PORTER

Vlieger edges Stone for city council seat

The most recent General Election tally, updated late yesterday afternoon by county officials, shows challenger Don Vlieger unseating incumbent Sunnyside Councilwoman Carol Stone by a slim 10-vote margin.

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CLYDE WALLACE

CLYDE WALLACE

American Legion hosts Vets Day dinner

Two members of the House of Representatives and a Superior Court judge spoke to the American Legion Sunnyside Post last night, Monday, at the Sunnyside VFW hall.

Council refuses to rescind planning commission appointments

A motion to rescind two planning commission appointments that were approved at the last Sunnyside City Council meeting was struck down by a vote of 6-1 at last night's council meeting.

Monday, November 9

Two perish in three separate vehicle accidents

Three separate motor vehicle accidents in the Lower Yakima Valley this past Saturday ended up claiming the lives of a Grandview woman and a Toppenish man.

Bickleton's Hernandez finishes 19th at State

PASCO - Bickleton's entire boys cross country team competed at State in Pasco this past Saturday, a first for the small school in decades. But ultimately it was germs that held back standout runner Junior Hernandez.

Columbia-Burbank blanks Vikings in final game of season

MABTON - The final game of the season for the Mabton-Bickleton football team ended this past Friday with a 49-0 loss to the visiting Columbia-Burbank Coyotes.

Armed woman robs Sunnyside bank

Sunnyside police are still looking for a female who robbed Banner Bank in Sunnyside this past Friday.

Regional playoff contest goes to Mt. Spokane

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside High School football team tangled with a gorilla last Friday night.

Last jail escapee caught

A member of the Nortenos gang that escaped from the Sunnyside City Jail Nov. 30, 2006 has been caught and arrested in Manzanillo, Mexico in the state of Colima.

Sanchez ties personal best time at State

PASCO - More than 135 harriers from across the state converged on Pasco this past Saturday to compete in the 2A State championships.

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PEARL EVELYN BURCH

PEARL EVELYN BURCH

Raines concedes election to Hancock

The race for Sunnyside City Council, District 1, ended this past weekend when challenger Jason Raines conceded the election to incumbent Theresa Hancock.

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GUADALUPE MARTINEZ

GUADALUPE MARTINEZ

Friday, November 6

American Legion to host veterans dinner

American Legion Sunnyside Post #73 will celebrate Veterans Day with a dinner for its members and their guests on Monday, Nov. 9, at the Sunnyside VFW hall, located on North Avenue.

Reading should continue to be fundamental

In the last few weeks I read two Star Wars novels, a collection of essays by Laurie Notaro, a biography of Axl Rose, Carrie Fisher's latest memoir, a book about the stomach disorder I may or may not have as well as three non-fiction books by Ben Mezrich. During that time period I also managed to read a newspaper nearly every day, countless magazines and, yes, a variety of news found online.

Lady 'Hounds State tourney-bound

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School volleyball team survived a bout against a spirited Ellensburg Bulldogs team last night, Thursday, with a 25-23, 28-30, 17-25, 25-15, 15-8 win that moved the 'Hounds onto State.

Schools to undergo independent review of operations

Sunnyside School Board officials approved at their most recent meeting the hiring of Lahmann Consulting, which will conduct an independent review of the district's organizational structure.

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Banner Bank Robbed

Banner Bank in Sunnyside was robbed this morning, Friday, at approximately 11:30 a.m.

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EORGE WILLIAM SIMPSON

EORGE WILLIAM SIMPSON

Sunnyside church hosting concert this Sunday, Nov. 8

Community residents are being urged to attend a free concert at Sunnyside's First Church of Christ Scientist this coming Sunday, Nov. 8.

Festival of Trees set for Nov. 20

November is here, which means its time again for the Festival of Trees, an annual fundraiser by the Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation.

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Mentors enrich our lives

Mentors enrich our lives

Thursday, November 5

Hancock, Rodriguez overtake opponents

Sunnyside City Council challengers Mike Farmer and Don Vlieger held on to their leads, according to the latest ballot count published yesterday, Wednesday.

Perfect 300 paves the way for an 809 series

Imagine stepping onto the approach 35 times during a sanctioned bowling competition and delivering 32 shots that result in a strike.

Manhunt underway for shooting suspect

Sunnyside police are looking for 20-year-old Ramon Verduzco in connection with an assault with a firearm that took place in Sunnyside last night.

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ALICE LAVAUN BECKER

ALICE LAVAUN BECKER

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HIGINIO BARRAZA

HIGINIO BARRAZA

Wednesday, November 4

Cutting to the Core

Soccer fields in Sunnyside a great idea

Soccer fields in Sunnyside a great idea

Bolan, Souders voters' favorites in Grandview City Council races

GRANDVIEW - If there is an election that proves every vote matters, it is last night's general election in Grandview.

Grubenhoff unseats Woodworth in Sunnyside Port election

Jim Grubenhoff was St. Clair Woodworth's first opponent in nearly two decades as a Port of Sunnyside commissioner.

Perry claims landslide victory

Michelle Emery Perry was the victor in the Sunnyside School Board, District 2, general election contest last night, garnering more than two-thirds of the vote over opponent Robert Lemos.

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Keep music in the schools

Keep music in the schools

Lady Grizzlies advance to Regionals

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School volleyball team punched its ticket to Regionals with a 3-2 win over Hanford at Districts last night, Tuesday.

Farmer only clear winner in Sunnyside Council election

Though by the narrowest of margins, the tally from last night's general election shows all three Sunnyside City Council challengers holding a lead.

Change looms in Mabton, starting with new mayor

MABTON - One thing is certain when it comes to the Mabton City Council, change looms on the horizon.

Tuesday, November 3

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DAWN BRONKHORST

DAWN BRONKHORST

Design standard committee not a good idea...says city of Grandview insurance provider

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview's insurance provider, Washington Cities Insurance Authority, has advised against the formation of a design standard committee, according to City Administrator Scott Staples.

Sunnyside Food Mart changes hands

Car companies might be going under and lay-offs are looming all over America but convenience stores are seemingly untouchable during these tough times.

Monroe joins Standard Paint and Abbey Carpet

Standard Paint and Abbey Carpet in Sunnyside has announced the addition of Jerry Monroe to its sales staff.

Sanchez qualifies for 2A State x-country meet

QUINCY - Grandview Coach Jim Pillers couldn't say enough about Jordan Sanchez after this past Saturday's CWAC District meet in Quincy.

Conservative budget presented to Sunnyside City Council

The Sunnyside City Council was given copies of the 2010 proposed budget last night, Monday, at a special meeting held at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center.

Sunnyside's Broersma headed to State swim meet

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside's Marisa Broersma is readying for State competition and teammate Toni Castillo has a shot at a wildcard berth for the event, which takes place Nov. 12 - 14 in Federal Way.

All of Bickleton boys x-country team qualifies for State

SPOKANE - For the first time in decades, the Bickleton boys will have its entire cross country team at State-a goal that Coach Darrell Lang has been eager to reach.

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GEORGE WILLIAM SIMPSON

GEORGE WILLIAM SIMPSON

Gang-reduction meeting attendees filled in on progress being made locally

Momentum is building towards starting neighborhood block watches in Sunnyside. That was one of the big announcements made last night, Monday, to a committee of local volunteers and agencies participating in a gang reduction initiative.

Monday, November 2

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ART BORCHARDT

ART BORCHARDT

Greyhounds roll big over Wapato Wolfpack

WAPATO - The game was almost over as soon as it began as the Grandview Greyhound football team continued its winning ways with a 35-0 rout over Wapato this past Friday.

Ben Franklin lecture draws large crowd to Sunnyside Library

When Central Washington University Professor Daniel Herman PhD. entered the Sunnyside Library this past Sunday to deliver a lecture about Benjamin Franklin, he uttered, "Wow, this is more people than I expected."

Victory over West Valley propels Grizzlies into playoffs

The Sunnyside Grizzlies are headed to Spokane, and are looking to make some noise.

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Sunnyside teen runner-up at piano competition

ELLENSBURG - Jackie Kilian, 16, of Sunnyside brought home a trophy from the Central Washington University 2009 Sonata-Sonatina Festival in Ellensburg on Oct. 24.