Stories for July 2007


Tuesday, July 31

WASL retakes set for next week

Sunnyside High School will hold retakes of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) next week.

Emergency closure for Van Belle Road

This morning, Tuesday, Yakima County engineers closed Van Belle Road, near Sunnyside, due to erosion caused by a broken drainage pipe.

Yakima County commissioner guest speaker at Sunnyside Noon Rotary meeting

Yakima County Commissioner Rand Elliot answered questions from members of the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club Monday.

State legislators get an earful on gang problem

YAKIMA - A state task force, or work group, charged with developing an answer to criminal gangs held its first meeting yesterday in Yakima.

Bleyhl Country Store in planning stages

GRANDVIEW - Come winter, Grandview residents and those zipping along the nearby freeway just might notice a change on East Wine Country Road where the Bleyhl's main office and Cenex gas station are located. According to Bleyhl Farm Service, Inc. General Manager Greg Robertson, plans are currently underway to build a 30,000 square foot facility that will house a convenience store, offices, retail farm supplies store and warehouse.

Humanitarian trek takes Sunnysiders to Peru

PERU - Sunnyside dentist Gary Martin recently traveled to Peru as part of a Southern Cross Humanitarian trip.

Monday, July 30

Sharks second at championship meet

SELAH - The Sunnyside Sharks Rotary swim team edged Toppenish for second place honors in last weekend's six-team Mid-Valley Swim League championship meet held in Selah.

Neptunes fifth at season ending swim meet

SELAH - The Grandview Neptunes traveled to Selah this past weekend for three long, hot days of swimming in the Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championships, placing fifth out of six teams.




Second gang shooting in a week claims life of Sunnyside woman

Sunnyside police have identified a 25-year-old Grandview man thought to have shot and killed a 26-year-old Sunnyside woman early Sunday morning.

Auditors take Sunnyside to task for handling of migrant monies

Lunch for 200 people at the Space Needle and a dinner train ride for 225 people are two of eight incidents included in a finding by state auditors regarding the Sunnyside School District's bookkeeping.

Sunnyside block party highlights services of strip mall merchants

Looking for ways to improve visibility and let people know about the businesses in the strip mall in front of Wal-Mart, business owners and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce threw a block party last Friday to open people's eyes.

Sunnyside schools reshuffle community relations position

With the departure of Julie Kaplicky to a new job opportunity in the Spokane area, the Sunnyside School District is looking to reshuffle rather than replace the vacancy.

Big 5 setting up shop in Sunnyside

A new building will be going up in Sunnyside, home to a Big 5 Sporting Goods store. The site for the new store will be next to the Auto Zone store near the Mid Valley Mall.

Friday, July 27

Grandview Junior Miss readies for state

Come next Tuesday, Grandview Junior Miss Katie Veloz will pack up her bags and head to Pullman to compete in the Washington Junior Miss program.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Gabriela Castillo

The last thing Gabriela Castillo probably imagined herself doing was tossing her hat into the ring to run for Miss Sunnyside. But the shy-at-first-glance high school junior sees this as a huge improvement for personal growth.

Grandview police giving Dodge Chargers a try on patrol

GRANDVIEW - The difference is between night and day, according to several of the officers in the Grandview Police Department.

Four Sharks to make trek to Junior Olympics

The Toppenish AAU swim meet held earlier this month proved profitable for the Sunnyside Sharks squad.


Home County

Home County

Secure your passport well before it's time to travel

With many families planning vacations, summer is traditionally a busy time for U.S. passport offices. Over the past several weeks, however, I have heard from many Central Washington residents who are experiencing longer than expected delays in obtaining their passports. In many cases it is taking three months or more to receive a passport.

Princess to host Virginia musicians

PROSSER - A mix of folk rock, bluegrass and punk, the unique sound of the Hackensaw Boys of Charlottesville, Va. will be in Prosser at the Princess Theatre Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18.

Sunnysiders enjoy an evening with Edgar Allen Poe

His visit to the Sunnyside Library last night (Thursday) was brief, lasting only about an hour or so. But in those 60 minutes, Edgar Allen Poe captivated his audience.

Thursday, July 26

Former Sunnyside doctor allowed to resume practice

Dr. Muhammad Ayub, whose license was suspended by the Washington State Department of Health in December 2005 for having sexual contact with a patient at a Sunnyside clinic and making inappropriate sexual inquiries to a second patient, is being allowed to resume his medical practice.

Rotarians informed great ideas prosper with diligence

According to Rotary International District 5060 Governor Corwin King, "Everybody has one great idea in life, but most don't do anything with it..." because they underestimate the value of the idea.

GV Parks n Rec brief

Fun in the water promised at youth water carnival

Tasers issued to local troopers

UNION GAP - Troopers from Yakima and Sunnyside were issued tasers Tuesday and Wednesday of this week during eight-hour courses taught by Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Tegard of the agency's training division.

Lincoln Avenue merchants plan block party this Friday at site of Sunnyside strip mall

Businesses in the strip mall in front of Wal-Mart in Sunnyside are planning a block party Friday, July 27, at 4 p.m. as part of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce's ambassador program to network and get people to know each other.

;Sharks finish7-3 in league play

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside Sharks swim team closed out the regular season with a bang and improved its record to 7-3 Wednesday night via a 570-258 win at Grandview.

Swinger's Nine ladies compete

The Wednesday morning Swinger's Nine ladies group at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course held an "irons only" competition on July 18. But, due to rainy weather some of the golfers withdrew from the competition.

Sunnyside man wins 'rant' contest on Carlos Mencia's cable show

What started as a hobby when Luis Del Angel met a co-worker at Radio Shack in Sunnyside two years ago has turned into a desire for Del Angel to have a career in show business.




Wednesday, July 25

Tarpons too quick for Grandview Neptunes

TOPPENISH - Toppenish defeated the Grandview Neptunes on the Tarpons' home turf Tuesday night, 566-215.

Mabton schools budget reviewed

MABTON - Despite the loss of monies from several grants, Mabton School District Finance Director Charlie Plesha anticipates business as usual in the coming school year.




'F' as in Frank

Wine tasting and driving don't mix

Wine tasting and driving don't mix

ER expansion reaches midway mark

"It's a long time coming," Sunnyside Community Hospital CEO Jon Smiley observed as today the hospital reached the midway point on efforts to nearly double its ER space.

Guest Editorial

My Super Spoiled Sixteen: TV doesn't lie

My Super Spoiled Sixteen: TV doesn't lie

Piranhas earn season sweep over Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team had its three-meet win streak snapped Tuesday night in a 467-362 home loss to the Prosser Piranhas team.

Candles blamed for fatal fire

GRANGER - According to Yakima County Sheriff's Detective Dave Johnson, Melvina Broncheau, 49, of Granger died of smoke inhalation after candles started a fire in the mobile home she was renting.


High-five wasn't meant to be all that memorable

High-five wasn't meant to be all that memorable

Tuesday, July 24

Apple Valley Mortgage expands to Sunnyside

Apple Valley Mortgage, based in Yakima, has been doing business in Sunnyside for a long time. So much business in fact, owner Francine Dubrule added a third branch to the Apple Valley Mortgage chain in Sunnyside, July 13.

Granger woman perishes in mobile home fire

GRANGER - The woman who died in a mobile home fire that occurred at approximately 11:20 p.m. this past Sunday has been identified by Yakima County Sheriff's detectives as Melvina Broncheau, 49.

Gang shooting in Sunnyside sends two youths to hospital

A 17-year-old Sunnyside boy and a 12-year-old girl from Mabton were shot last night in what police believe was a gang related incident.




Monday, July 23




Primary Election ballot will include three candidates vying for Grandview City Council seat

GRANDVIEW - Next month's Primary Election will whittle the field of three candidates for the Grandview City Council, position 2, seat down to two people.

Outlook alumnus recalls school's history as annual reunion draws near

OUTLOOK - The elementary school in Outlook holds a lot of memories for many, including Dorothy Cullen, who is currently readying for the annual Outlook School Reunion, slated to take place on Sunday, Aug. 5, beginning at 11 a.m.

Former standout QB for Grandview Greyhounds transfers to Univ. of Idaho

GRANDVIEW - After red-shirting his freshman year at Southern Oregon University, Grandview's Brandon Artz is looking to take his game elsewhere, to the University of Idaho.

Lamborghini owners cruise into Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek course for special golfing clinic

In conjunction with the Prosser Art Walk & Wine Gala held last Saturday, local winery and hotel operators approached Black Rock Creek Golf Course pro Jeff Bender about staging a golf outing for some of the visitors from the westside.

Art, wine and fine cuisine fill Prosser's downtown streets

PROSSER - The city of Prosser's downtown area was filled this past Saturday night with good food and good music topped off with art and wine.

Friday, July 20

Collision causes fatality, manhunt ensues

GRANGER - A two-vehicle head on collision yesterday (Thursday) just outside Granger resulted in a fatality and a manhunt.

Selah Dolphins defeat Grandview Neptunes, 508-308

Grandview Neptunes were defeated at a home meet last night (Thursday) by the Selah Dolphins, 508-308.

Gross Point Blank

Dishonesty isn't a good policy

Dishonesty isn't a good policy

Meet Miss Sunnyside candidate Rebeca Barrios

All Rebeca Barrios wants is a shot at becoming more involved in her community. And that's what she intends to do should she be crowned Miss Sunnyside come the September pageant.

Sunnyside Sharks torpedo Barracudas

NACHES - The Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team enjoyed its most lopsided win of the season last night in a 618-188 victory at Naches.

Jennie's Journey

Display of poor sportsmanship has no place at swim meets

Display of poor sportsmanship has no place at swim meets

New church opens its doors

This past Sunday, July 15, United Reformed Church opened its doors for its first service.

Air Force pilots will be competing in Central Washington skies next week

Next week McChord Air Force Base will conduct a flying competition called Air Mobility Rodeo 2007, over the skies of central and eastern Washington.


It's Hospice auction time

It's Hospice auction time

Guest Editorial

Voter's Anonymous is setting up shop

Voter's Anonymous is setting up shop

Grandview man grad of WSP academy

It's official: Leif Van Doren of Grandview is now a Washington State Patrol Trooper.

Dishonesty isn't a good policy

I have a suggestion to make: when a reporter calls you for an interview, if you have a secret to keep or don't want to talk, say so. But don't tell tales or misrepresent the basic facts.

Sunnyside patio fire suspicious in nature

Sunnyside firefighters were called to the 1000 block of South 10th Street Thursday at 12:37 p.m. for a patio fire.

Thursday, July 19

Voc-tech skills center in Sunnyside may be operational this fall

At a regularly scheduled meeting this past Wednesday night, Port Commissioners approved a ground lease with the Sunnyside School District to get portable buildings moved from the former PRIDE High School location to the Port's property on Barnard Boulevard.

Local cyclists participate in Seattle to Portland bike run

The Lower Valley was represented during last weekend's Seattle to Portland bicycle run. That included two doctors from a Sunnyside chiropractic clinic, Troy Fodor and Tim Thompson, and a Sunnyside Community Hospital employee, Tom Lathen.

Wednesday, July 18

Black Rock Creek, Desert Aire battling for senior tour points lead

MOSES LAKE - The race is on, it appears, for the top spot in the 2007 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour points standings.

Words from Washington

Rural health coalition working to increase access to care

Rural health coalition working to increase access to care

Cutting to the Core

I love my carbs

I love my carbs

Sunnyside teen qualifies for WJGA State tourney

RICHLAND - An eagle and three birdies, all coming during a four-hole stretch in the waning moments of the Washington Junior Golf Association's District tournament at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course yesterday, vaulted Sunnyside's Justin Bos to a third place finish.

Politics must play no role in health care

Partisan politics kills people. The battle between the left and the right has hampered stem cell research, created an absurdly inefficient system of health insurance and has kept needed drugs wallowing in FDA approval limbo.

Christian club speaker overcame hardships with faith, laughter

PROSSER - Just a week after announcing their engagement the young couple found themselves in a terrible, tragic car accident.

Grandview Parks Department hosts youth track meet

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department held its annual Youth Track and Field Meet this past Monday evening at Rich Leenhouts Stadium.

Additional sales tax funds to stay within Yakima County

YAKIMA - Yakima County's rural status has led state legislators to allow the county to retain an extra one-tenth of 1 percent of sales tax revenues.

Teen charged with impersonating cop insists it was a prank gone bad

MABTON - What Freddie Perales says began as a prank resulted in his arrest and subsequent charges of second degree criminal impersonation of a police officer and five counts of unlawful imprisonment following an incident in Mabton this past Saturday night.

Teen readies for European trip

Not too many teens can say, "I spent my 14th birthday in Spain." But it's likely Ryan Hernandez will utter those words when he returns from a trip to Europe made possible by the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

Sharks prevail over Grandview in S'side pool

The Sunnyside Sharks swim team ruled the home pool last night in a 549-251 win over Grandview.

Mabton Wellness Center to open next Wednesday

MABTON - Mabton residents with absolutely no form of health insurance need worry no longer, thanks to Sunnyside Community Hospital's latest venture: the Mabton Wellness Center.

Tuesday, July 17

Electoral districts, city council salaries eyed in Sunnyside

Whether to split the city of Sunnyside into council electoral districts was the focus of discussion at a special city council meeting held last night.

Domestic violence focus of community forum

A community forum was hosted last night (Monday) to help the public become better aware of the services provided by Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services.

Magic card tourney draws crowd to downtown Sunnyside

Downtown Sunnyside was the site last Saturday for nine hours of gaming with 33 participants, some coming from as far away as Oregon and California.




Monday, July 16

Working in the heat doesn't faze nursery worker

Watering plants, helping customers make landscape decisions and loading landscape materials is a true joy, according to Lava Rock Nursery's Martha Yanez.




Grandview plans new look for downtown

GRANDVIEW - With just over $40,000 in state grant funding in hand, the city of Grandview is set to look at planning a new look for its downtown area.

G'view Neptunes place sixth at nine-team AAU swim meet

TOPPENISH - The Grandview Neptunes placed sixth out of nine teams at an AAU regional swim meet held in Toppenish this past weekend, garnering 487 team points.

Long distance learning available for local doctors

It's a conundrum.

Sharks second at Toppenish invite

TOPPENISH - The Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team captured second place honors during last weekend's AAU meet in Toppenish, the biggest swim event of its kind in central Washington.

Friday, July 13

'Johnny B Good' drag racers three Division 6 victories

It would be hard to blame the members of Sunnyside's Johnny B Good Racing team if they had a bit of swagger in their gait come next weekend. That's because the local drag racing team will enter a national competition in Seattle the weekend of July 20-22 with three big victories under its belt.


Bad checks affect many people

Bad checks affect many people

Sunnyside teen helps fastpitch team land trophy

The Pepsi Stealers American Softball Association's fastpitch season has been a work in progress.

Experienced volleyball veteran new SHS coach

With 13 years of coaching experience and more than 25 years of actually playing the game, Sunnyside High School's new volleyball coach is looking to improve upon last year's winless season.

Sharks snap two-meet losing streak

Both, Sunnyside's 10&U and 18&U girls swept all the first and second place finishes in their respective divisions last night to power the Sharks to a convincing 465-337 victory over the visiting Toppenish Tarpons.

Guest Editorial

PK-3 expands educational opportunities for Chicano-Latino children

PK-3 expands educational opportunities for Chicano-Latino children




State attorney general opens 15-city identity theft prevention tour in Yakima Valley

YAKIMA - During the first forum of a 15-city tour, Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and Chuck Harwood of the Federal Trade Commission gave a presentation at Yakima Valley Community College last night (Thursday) to help citizens learn more about deterring, detecting and defending themselves against identity theft.

Guest Column

System responsible for wrestling deaths

System responsible for wrestling deaths

Sunnyside youths fight freeway litterbugs

GRANGER - It's hot, it's dry and Sunnyside High School junior Omar Valencia takes a well-deserved lunch break at the Conoco gas station here.

'Transformers' recruited to volunteer as CAB members

Supporters of the Transformation Sunnyside group learned last night how they could help transform one life at a time through participation in the community accountability board program offered by the Yakima County Juvenile Court.

Thursday, July 12

Settlement reached in rodeo injury claim

GRANDVIEW - In a deal reached late last month, a Prosser man will receive $100,000 in a settlement for injuries he said he sustained during a rodeo held at Grandview's Country Park fairgrounds in May 2004.

Impersonating cop charges filed

MABTON - Freddie Perales, 19, was arrested last Saturday on charges of impersonating a police officer, according to interim Mabton Police Chief Robert Perales.




Moth trapping program underway in the Lower Valley

Armed with traps and the latest in global position satellite technology, Joan Prchal was on the hunt in Sunnyside earlier this week.

Irrigation water status good for 2007

There's enough irrigation water to carry users through this season. That's according to Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District Assistant Manager Don Schramm.

Wednesday, July 11

Daytime lawn watering no-no in Mabton

MABTON - Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera informed council members that, starting today, the Public Works Department will be knocking on residents' doors when they notice lawns are being watered during the day.

Planning commission approves annexation

A Sunnyside woman has received her wish and is one step closer to becoming a city resident.

Several land parcels in Sunnyside to get re-zoned

Several Sunnyside residents turned out for a public hearing Tuesday night at a Sunnyside Planning Commission meeting.

Dolphins turn the table on Sunnyside Sharks

SELAH - The host Selah Dolphins avenged their June 19 loss in the Sunnyside pool by claiming a 445-380 victory over the Sharks last night.

Sunnyside barrel racer gains experience at Wrangler rodeo finals

GALLUP, N.M. - This was Kellie Wiersma's first and last year riding for the Washington State Wrangler Junior High Rodeo Team but still the upcoming freshman learned a valuable experience.

'F' as in Frank

Change of scenery

Change of scenery

Grandview Neptunes fall to Prosser Piranhas, 634-179

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Neptunes fell to the Prosser Piranhas at home Tuesday night, 634-179, which moved their record to 2-4 in Mid-Valley Summer Swim League standings.

Guest Opinion

Blame the Beetles

Blame the Beetles

Tuesday, July 10

Fired city administrator disputes mayor's claims

MABTON - He said, she said. As is often the case when someone has been discharged from their job, like the recent termination of Mabton City Administrator Ildia Heitzman, two versions of what led up to the firing are usually forthcoming.

Sunnyside blaze destroys three sheds, two cars and boat

A Sunnyside resident lost three outdoor sheds, a couple of old junk cars and an inoperable boat yesterday in a fire.

Sunnyside City Council OK's wide ranging random drug testing program

The Sunnyside City Council last night passed an ordinance adopting a formal drug testing program. Affected are council members, themselves, as well as those serving on city boards and commissions, and all management and non-represented employees, full-time or part-time.

Bonds now needed for Monson feedlot purchase, upgrade

The city must now sell bonds to reimburse itself for the purchase of property formally known as Monson Ranches Feedlot, now renamed West Sunnyside Business Park. The bonds will also be used to make water and sewer improvements to the property.







Sunnyside's newest business features gift shop, salon, espresso service

Something for everyone is about the best way to describe Jem's, a hair salon, coffee stand and gift shop that opened this month at 712 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

Monday, July 9

Sunnyside School District's learning director semi-retires

Sally Lorenz-Reeves may have retired as the Sunnyside School District's Director of Student Learning, but the Yakima resident plans to keep plenty busy in retirement.

Newest Mabton school director passionate when it comes to education

MABTON - Focusing on education is the goal of the newest Mabton School Board member, David Rodriguez, who believes in serving the community.




Sunnyside's I-82 exit 69 closed Friday due to rollove

After passing a semi last Friday at approximately 4 p.m., along Interstate 82 just before exit 69, a westbound Ford F-250 driven by Randy Groves, 41, of Prosser rolled four times before landing on its top and pinning the driver's leg.

Friday, July 6

Neptunes power out a win against Naches

NACHES - The Grandview Neptunes swim team powered out a win over the Naches Barracudas Thursday evening, 423-307. The victory boosted Grandview's record to 2-3 in the Mid-Valley Summer Swim League standings.





Can smoky plastic letter trays make you insane?

Can smoky plastic letter trays make you insane?

Art and wine to meet in Prosser

PROSSER - Sixth Street in downtown Prosser will again turn into a delight for wine and art enthusiasts at the fourth annual Prosser Art Walk and Wine Gala set for Saturday, July 21.

Gross Point Blank

I need a good plan

I need a good plan


Independence Day event wonderful

Independence Day event wonderful

Cutting to the core

Thank you Mr. Carrier, the father of cool

Thank you Mr. Carrier, the father of cool

Wastewater treatment plant upgrades complete

Upgrades to Sunnyside's wastewater treatment plant that were prompted by a lawsuit are now complete.

Touring musical group in Sunnyside July 16

The touring musical cast of "The Lady and the Knight" will perform at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church on Monday, July 16.

Charred remains

Yet another grass fire occurred along the stretch of I-82 between Sunnyside and Grandview yesterday afternoon. At approximately 2 p.m. Yakima County Fire District #5, station 14 responded to a fire at milepost 71. Station 13 assisted in extinguishing the blaze that is believed to have been caused by a motor home that lost a tire. The wheel sparked, igniting the grass along the interstate. The fire began encroaching upon structures on nearby North Hornby Road, but fire crews were able to stop it before the flames were able to ignite the property. Captain Tony Castillo (right) and fireman A.J. Barrera (left) remained near the property line to ensure hot spots would not re-ignite.

OTH plans tryouts for 'Pajama Game'

It's a struggle between labor and management set in post World War II America.

Sunnyside chamber plans July 27 block party

Business isn't exactly booming for some of the businesses at the strip mall in front of the Sunnyside Wal-Mart.

County updates harassment codes for employees

In keeping with recent changes in state law, Yakima County commissioners on Tuesday approved employment policy changes to include homosexuals among the groups protected from discrimination and harassment.

Thursday, July 5




Tribute to the birth of the United States held in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview held its 30th annual flag raising ceremony in tribute to the birth of the United States yesterday at Stokely Square.

Loads of fun planned at Sunnyside library

Looking for a cool, quiet place to escape the summer heat? You may want to take the Sunnyside library off your list.

Prosser Piranhas swim past Sunnyside Sharks

PROSSER - The Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team hit the road on Tuesday of this week and came away with a loss at Prosser by a score of 490-334.

Toppenish Tarpons too much for Grandview Neptunes

GRANDVIEW - Swimming on their home turf Tuesday evening, the Grandview Neptunes swim team was defeated by the Toppenish Tarpons, 625-263.

Tuesday, July 3

Jagged Edge owners take clients' personality, lifestyle into consideration before donning shears

GRANDVIEW - Two well-known Lower Valley hair stylists, Sherry Pina and Carolina Martinez, feel it is important to take into account a customer's facial features, personality and lifestyle before giving tresses a new look.




Kassebaum named president of Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club

Joking with other Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club members, incoming president Jim Kassebaum reluctantly said he would take the reins of the club, again.

Controlled burn reignites, destroys garage

GRANDVIEW - An effort to burn off some weeds got out of hand yesterday, destroying a garage near Grandview.

New Safeway manager loves country lifestyle here

Nate Payne has a simple plan when it comes to managing a grocery store.

Monday, July 2

Sunnyside migrant students get 'Close Up' with D.C. policy makers

WASHINGTON D.C. - Six migrant students from Sunnyside joined students from California, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona June 17-22 in Washington D.C. as part of the project Close Up.




Sun Valley ends 2007 season with 7-14 mark

RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Sun Valley baseball team ran into stiff competition this past weekend at a season ending baseball tournament in Richland. Sun Valley played two games Friday and Saturday, losing to Richland's Milestones 17-7 on Friday and Richland's Campbell and Company 17-5 on Saturday.

Grandview man's murderer sentenced to two life terms in prison

The man accused of murdering Grandview resident Kevin Underwood in April 2006 plead guilty to his murder last week.

SHS seniors learn to govern at 2007 Girls State conference

ELLENSBURG - A Washington university town is in the throes of student growth, creating problems for local housing and hospital services.