Stories for April 2004


Friday, April 30

Now is the time to apply for grants, says county

YAKIMA - Those people and organizations who are interested in applying for funds through Yakima County's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program have just about a month to get their proposals in writing and to the county's planning department.

Victoria Hernandez shines as new Miss Granger

GRANGER - From the moment she stepped on to the stage, there was something about Victoria Hernandez.



Sunnyside Tire Factory hard at work on new site

Spring has officially sprung in Sunnyside, with new building projects springing up throughout the community. During March, the Sunnyside Building Division issued 63 permits, which is more than the 55 permits issued in both January and February combined.

Republican Club speakers not happy with 2004 session

Disappointment was the common theme among three area lawmakers with the 2004 state legislative session.

Hart Beat

Missing the sounds of summer

Missing the sounds of summer



Mabton schools to serve meals this summer

MABTON - The Mabton School District will sponsor a summer food service program for children this year. Meals will be made available at no charge to children under the age of 19.

It's Cherry Festival weekend in Granger

GRANGER- It's Cherry Festival time in Granger this weekend and the festival organizers have lined up three days of fun starting today for the 57th annual event.

S'side girls up win streak to three

CONNELL - Losing the first 10 games of a season can be a tough thing from which to rebound. Yet, the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team apparently has done just that.

Sunnyside jazz teacher scores high at Denver dance contest

A 17-hour cross country road trip with three small boys would have been enough exertion for most young mothers, but not for energetic Kristine Gimlin of Prosser. She not only made the trip to Denver, Colo. this past weekend, she donned dance shoes to compete against more than 500 hip hop dancers.

District forced to adopt new way of buying buses

Sunnyside School District Executive Director of Business Dave Plesha informed the school board this past Tuesday night of a new method for purchasing buses.

Grizzly linksters pick up two wins

Talk about a team effort, the Sunnyside High School boys golf team could have provided an instructional video yesterday.



Thursday, April 29

Red Cross volunteers needed in Lower Valley

For nearly 100 years the American Red Cross has been on site for disasters as large as the wildfires that ripped through California or as significant as a single family house fire. Despite the size of the disaster or how many people are affected, the Red Cross is there with thousands of volunteers across the country to provide needed services and comfort during times of need.

Sunnyside School Board decides on uses for I-728 monies

The Sunnyside School Board decided this past Tuesday night on how to spend the money it receives from the state as part of Initiative 728.

Father-son find success on the coast

KENT - John Dalrymple and his son, Bubba, found the newly laid surface at Pacific Raceways in Kent this past weekend to their liking.

Mabton dance team to march in Cinco de Mayo Parade

MABTON - The Mabton Vikettes will meet Friday, April 30, to prepare a routine for the Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo Parade, to be held

Canine Parvo Virus outbreak suspected in Lower Valley dogs

The City of Grandview Animal Control officer reports an unusually large number of sick dogs being impounded. The symptoms displayed by these canines, said Animal Control Officer Luis Valdez, indicate the strong possibility of Parvo Virus.

Three men arrested on armed robbery charges

The Sunnyside Police Department apprehended three suspects last night who officers believed attempted to rob a convenience store in the 400 block of Cemetery Road.

Grizzly boys fall to Wapato

The Wapato High School boys tennis team improved to 9-2 in Mid-Valley League play this past Tuesday.





Doubles teams give Lady Grizzlies win over Wapato

Sunnyside High School girls tennis coach Troy Whittle said this year's Lady Grizzlies have been one of his most enjoyable groups to coach ever. And the Lady Grizzlies gave their coach one more reason to cheer this past Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, April 28

Granger voters approve school levy

GRANGER - After seeing a levy request fail by just six votes in February, the Granger School District is celebrating in the aftermath of Tuesday's levy election.

Weather forces cancellation of golf match

WEST VALLEY - Windy weather conditions forced the Sunnyside and West Valley high school boys golf teams off Apple Tree Golf Course yesterday afternoon.

Price of unleaded at an all-time high

If the current trend of rising gasoline prices continues, few may be able to afford a summer vacation this year.



Dogs threatening kids on school grounds

A tragedy was averted on school grounds this morning when a pit bull grabbed hold of a Sunnyside first grader.

Bickleton's Annie Hess claims three first place victories at Riverview

FINLEY - Despite strong winds and blowing dust, the Bickleton High School track team brought home some "very good" results from Tuesday track meet held at Riverview High School in Finley.

Greyhounds breeze by Bulldogs

GRANDVIEW - Senior night for the Grandview High School boys soccer team was indeed a true celebration.

Gamache seeks second county commisioner term

TOPPENISH - Standing near the Toppenish railroad station platform, Yakima County Commissioner Ron Gamache announced his platform for re-election as a county commissioner Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, April 27

JV soccer players piecing together successful season

Nine times out of 10, any successful high school varsity sports program will feature a thriving junior varsity roster that serves as the catalyst.

Working Stiff

Sunnyside para-educator on a mission

Sunnyside para-educator on a mission

Ban on car repairs in streets suggested

Sunnyside City Councilman Don Vlieger wants residents to stop working on their vehicles in the streets.

Mabton's success with AP program to be detailed at national meeting

MABTON - The Mabton Jr./Sr. High School teaching staff's unique approach to offering Mabton's college bound students upper level courses will be shared with other small schools at the National College Board's Western Regional Small Schools Conference to be held in San Jose, Calif. later this week.

County Democrats show support for Dean

YAKIMA - Surprisingly, many Yakima County Democrats are still in favor of Howard Dean facing off against President George Bush this coming November.

Monday, April 26

Sunnyside man killed in rollover

27-year-old Alfonso Moran Delgado of Sunnyside died Sunday evening in a one-vehicle rollover accident.

SCHS girls snap three-game skid

KLICKITAT - Sunnyside Christian's three-game losing streak came to an abrupt end last Friday. The Lady Knights fastpitch softball team blasted the Klickitat Vandals, 9-2 and 21-5.

Lady Grizzlies back in the hunt for playoff spot

After opening the season with 10 consecutive losses, the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team now finds itself in the hunt for a Mid-Valley League playoff berth.

Sunnyside Chamber award winner dedicated to serving up good food

El Conquistador has become a popular spot in downtown Sunnyside to celebrate special family events, from birthday dinners to family reunions.

Quijano named new Miss Cinco de Mayo

Nicaragua native Kathya Quijano has been named the 2004-2005 Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo.

Friday, April 23

Working Stiff

Carrera's job is to provide migrant youths educational opportunities

Carrera's job is to provide migrant youths educational opportunities

Entertainment Briefs


Tacitly Yours

Two weeks later, and we're still moving

Two weeks later, and we're still moving



Sunnyside community float ready to roll

Sunnyside community float ready to roll

Two women share title of Volunteer of the Year

For the past three years Sunnyside Community Hospital volunteers Betty Brown and Donna Langworthy have manned the front door to the hospital, accepting flower deliveries, showing people to different areas of the facility and at times just serving as a smiling face during people's times of need. The two women were recently honored as the hospital's co-recipients of the Volunteer of the Year award. The honor was presented during a luncheon this past Tuesday afternoon.

Parents rally to save child care center

Parents of youngsters attending the Sunnyside School District's Early Childhood Learning Center met with Ruben Carrera, executive director of school and community resources, Thursday night to discuss way to cut the child care and pre-school's budget, making it more self-sufficient.

Southern posts personal best at Pendleton invite

PENDLETON, ORE. - Heidi Southern, a senior at Sunnyside High School, toured the back nine of the Pendleton Country Club yesterday with a personal best four-over 41.

CWU's Orchesis Dance Company to take the stage

ELLENSBURG - Central Washington University's Orchesis Dance Company will present its 37th spring concert next week-April 29, 30 and May 1-in McConnell Auditorium on the Ellensburg campus.

Police seek two would-be robbers

The Sunnyside Police Department is seeking two men who are believed to have gotten cold feet this morning and changed their plans to hold up Highway Fruit.

Schutt leads Grizzlies to victory over Prosser

Draining three birdie putts yesterday, Andrew Schutt paced the Sunnyside High School boys golf team to a 314-373 victory over Prosser.

Greyhounds catch no breaks

GRANDVIEW - With the playoffs nearing it is a shame last night's crucial Mid-Valley League pairing between the Grandview High School boys soccer team and Hanford came down to what some thought was less than stellar officiating.

Thursday, April 22

Sunnyside runner pleased with results from Boston Marathon

BOSTON - Mid 80-degree temperatures devastated the Boston Marathon field this past Monday. The unusually high temps resulted in more than 1,200 of the starting runners dropping out of the 20-plus-mile race.

Identity theft on the rise

No one is safe from identity theft.

Council invited to Cinco de Mayo pageant

On behalf of Carlos Maya, Sunnyside City Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar extended an invitation this past Monday night to her peers to attend this Friday night's Cinco de Mayo Pageant.

Fire cadet program off and running

Sunnyside High School junior Michelle Gonzalez is motivated to move forward with the Sunnyside Cadet program.

City Council muffles the ice cream man

The original discussion this past Monday night was to center around the Sunnyside City Council amending the city's noise ordinance. But the discussion took a 180-degree turn and quickly focused on the friendly neighborhood ice cream man.



Wednesday, April 21

HUD's Fair Housing Act van rolls into Sunnyside yesterday

For more than a year Valley resident Gracie Galaviz has been dealing with an issue involving the management at the apartment she rents in Grandview. However, it wasn't until Tuesday morning that she learned that she can do something about it.

Mabton takes two from Tri-City Prep

PASCO - Paced by Jovanni Ochoa's combined 6-for-7 performance at the plate yesterday, Mabton's baseball team swept a pair of non-league games from Tri-City Prep, 19-4 and 24-5.

'Hounds still in chase for postseason berth

PROSSER - Despite falling to 2-7 in conference play with yesterday's loss to Prosser, the Grandview High School baseball team is still very much in the hunt for a playoff berth.

SCHS girls drop two non-league games

KITTITAS - Oh-oh! After starting the season with nine straight victories, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team is now sitting on a three-game losing streak.

County commissioner candidate says Sunnyside has much to offer economically

YAKIMA - Yesterday, in the ballroom of H&H Furniture in Yakima, Yakima resident Mike Leita announced his intentions to seek the Yakima County Commissioner Position #1 vacancy this fall.

Wolves shock Grizzlies

WAPATO - Fans of the Sunnyside High School baseball team will find out what kind of character their Grizzlies are made of this Saturday at Selah.

Sun Terrace offers many options to local residents

Sun Terrace is a local facility that offers different options to its residents, be it the various activities they can choose to take part in or the long list of services the facility offers. Wednesday morning, Sun Terrace Marketing Director and member of the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club Cheryl Larrick talked to fellow club members about her position at the assisted living facility.

Open Mike

From super bowling gods to bowling duds

From super bowling gods to bowling duds

Grandview City Council Briefs


Hospital gives city ambulance service preferential treatment

Sunnyside Community Hospital took a major step at this past Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting to ensure that area residents will continue to have a quality ambulance service.



Grizzlies ground the Falcons

WEST RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team brought Hanford's undefeated jaunt through the Mid-Valley League to a crushing end last night.

Tuesday, April 20

JV Lady Knights defeat Prosser club

The Sunnyside Christian High School JV girls fastpitch softball team swept a doubleheader from Prosser's freshman squad Monday afternoon.

Larry Hill city's first citizen patrol officer

Interim City Manager Mark Kunkler had the distinction of announcing at Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting a unique honor for citizen Larry Hill.

Grandview garbage rates on the rise

GRANDVIEW - Grandview residents will soon find themselves paying more to have their garbage hauled away. Monday night, Grandview City Council members voted to increase the current garbage rate by 10 percent. This means the residential rate will increase from $8.40 to $9.24 a month.

Hockey legend speaks with Mabton students

MABTON - When an act of brutality on the National Hockey League ice ended the rising career of Henry Boucha in the late 1970s, he thought his life was over.

Grandview youths place first at science fair

BREMERTON - Three students from Grandview's Harriet Thompson Elementary School traveled to Bremerton two weeks ago to compete at the Washington State Science Fair.



Bilingual chiropractor opens Sunnyside office

With deep ties to the Lower Valley, opening a chiropractic office in Sunnyside seemed like a natural step for Dr. Luis Nicacio.

Stevens praises Council for stance on King holiday

Former Councilman Jim Stevens had nothing but praise this past Monday night for the Sunnyside City Council.

Jesse Palacios promotes partnerships

Yakima County Commissioner Jesse Palacios is pumped.



Sunnyside woman wins 10th Mary Kay car

When Gerri Mitchell first became a Mary Kay consultant in 1973 she was moving home to Sunnyside to be near her elderly parents, for what she thought would be a short period of time.

Southern Californian finds Lower Valley to her liking

Jennifer L. Johnson, who passed the Washington State bar in October, is now working from the Garrison Law Offices of Sunnyside.

Monday, April 19

Energetic teen youth award winner

Her calm exterior and slender build belies the bundle of energy which makes up Stacey Gorski.

Jody Davis new Grandview Junior Miss

GRANDVIEW - Beads were thrown, masks were worn and in the end a new Grandview Junior Miss court was decided. Saturday night, after a Mardi Gras themed program, Jody Davis was named 2004 Grandview Junior Miss, along with co-finalists Tara Collins and Jae Mains.

Rams come out on top in shootout

The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team is going to have to come up with another strategy to beat West Valley, because simply outplaying the Rams isn't getting it done.

Nicole Linde crowned Yakima Valley Dairy Princess

YAKIMA - Nicole Linde, 18, of Outlook has been selected as the Yakima Valley Dairy industry's youth ambassador for 2004.

Vikes baseball team splits league games

TROUT LAKE - Good defense will win games. Just ask the Mabton High School baseball team.

Marquez helps Grizzlies split with Falcons

The Sunnyside High School baseball team may have been looking ahead to next week's big showdown with Selah this past Saturday when Hanford rolled into town. But one thing the Grizzlies may have forgotten is that the Falcons have never been shy about coming to Sunnyside.

Rams spoil great outing by Sunnyside pitcher

WEST VALLEY - Despite limiting the high flying West Valley Rams to just five hits on the day, Sunnyside High School pitcher Viri Pasillas absorbed a pair of losses this past Saturday.

SCHS softball team tourney runners-up

MATTAWA - It took 10 games into the season and a Class 2A team to finally knock the Class B SCHS Lady Knights from the undefeated ranks.

Friday, April 16

Greyhounds stun Mustangs

PROSSER - Talk about being thrown for a loop.



Hart Beat

Sometimes your words come back to bite you

Sometimes your words come back to bite you

Ten hopefuls vie for Miss Cinco De Mayo crown

Ten Lower Valley teenage girls will vie for the right to wear the Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo crown at the 2004 Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant Friday, April 23, at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Donated items rolling in for Sunnyside Booster Club auction

A giant silver swing set created by Stan Beltman of Outlook has been added to the long list of items on the Sunnyside Christian School Booster Club auction block.



Police department plans to slow illegal street racers

Street racing is becoming a growing problem that the Sunnyside Police Department is planning on putting the brakes on.

Sunnyside officer injured in foot pursuit

A Sunnyside Police Department sergeant was injured early Friday morning while pursuing an 18-year-old Sunnyside man found in possession of beer and drug paraphernalia.

Grizzlies take care of pesky Vikings

Rams travel to Sunnyside this Saturday

Rams travel to Sunnyside this Saturday

Lady Vikings fall to Lyle

LYLE - Wednesday afternoon the Mabton Lady Vikings fastpitch softball team played a doubleheader against Lyle, letting the Lady Cougars run away with the first game, but managing to reign them in a little more effectively in the second game.

Thursday, April 15



City taking steps to address potential water shortage

To prevent a possible water shortage in the next few years, the Sunnyside City Council approved a request this past Monday night to begin researching ways to solve the potential shortfall.

Spirit of Sunnyside award nominations due this Friday

At Monday's Sunnyside City Council meeting, Councilman Don Vlieger offered a reminder that the Spirit of Sunnyside award nominations are due this Friday.

HUD van will roll into S'side

To celebrate the 36th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is launching a three-week fair housing van tour through Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Lights, camera, action...Wal-Mart distribution center celebrates grand opening

GRANDVIEW - Like a Hollywood premiere, the stars of the Lower Valley were out Wednesday morning to celebrate the grand opening of Wal-Mart Distribution Center 7021. Grandview Mayor Mike Bren, Port of Grandview President Colleen Byam, Fourth District U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings and Yakima County Development Association President David McFadden were just a few of the local officials who took part in the glitzy grand opening ceremony.

Mabton nine drops 20-8 non-league game

MABTON - It wasn't exactly textbook baseball being played on the Mabton High School field yesterday afternoon.

Wednesday, April 14

Doc will let his record speak for itself in 2004 campaign

4th District Congressman Doc Hastings has no qualms on how he will be judged by voters come November.

Grizzly golfers split conference matches

The Sunnyside High School boys golf team easily handled Grandview yesterday, but the Grizzlies might have let one get away in their match against Hanford.

Sunnyside defeats Bulldogs

ELLENSBURG - While the Yakima Valley lay covered in clouds and cold weather yesterday, the Sunnyside High School baseball team made the trip to Ellensburg, where the sun shined bright on the Grizzlies.

Swan Road to receive active railroad crossing

Next year, Yakima County is hoping to begin construction on a gated railroad crossing on Swan Road, just off of Yakima Valley Highway near Sunnyside.

Red Devils roll to non-league win over Sunnyside girls

MOXEE - The powerhouse East Valley High School girls softball team lived up to billing yesterday, subduing the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies, 12-2. Tuesday's non-league game was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Grizzlies take away Prosser's attack

Last night's match between Mid-Valley League boys soccer rivals Sunnyside and Prosser wasn't quite as close as the final 6-4 score might indicate.

S'side Christian girls up league mark to 6-0

Banging out 16 hits on the day, including a two-run homer by sophomore Courtney Rice, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team swept a South Central 'B' League doubleheader from the Klickitat Vandals Tuesday afternoon.

County approves agreement with Sunnyside

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners held a public hearing to receive input on a non-exclusive franchise agreement with the City of Sunnyside.

Grandview fair takes on new look

The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo is going to look a little different this summer, according to fair and rodeo representatives Sharon Fisher and Jim Herriman. Instead of being spread over 11 acres the fair will be more compactly laid out. The Yakima Valley event will include a carnival and there will be more events, activities and sights for people to take in during their visit to the fair and rodeo.

Lower Valley truancy commissioner works to keep kids in school

YAKIMA - State law makes it mandatory for every child between the ages of six and 18 to attend school and it's Truancy Commissioner Sid Ottem's job to ensure that all of the youth of the Lower Yakima Valley are doing just that.

Don Engel new District Court judge

YAKIMA - The vacancy on the Yakima County District Court bench has officially been filled and Sunnyside resident Donald W. Engel is the attorney who has been chosen to take the spot.

Tuesday, April 13

Prudential has new bilingual realtor

She's known by a lot of names, but usually, people know her as "Amanda's mom." She's also known as the mother of Sunnyside High School graduate Adrian and high school junior Aaron.

It's official!

Sunnyside has new city manager

Sunnyside has new city manager

Parks and recreation department asks Parks and recreation department asks Sunnyside residents to take part in local survey before April 22

Would you like to tell Sunnyside's Parks and Recreation Department how to do its job? If so, you must be willing to take a few minutes to tell parks officials your suggestions on how to improve existing programs and facilities.

Identity theft workshop scheduled for April 21

A public forum on protecting yourself against identity theft will be held Wednesday, April 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 S. First Street.

Sunnyside golfers top R'side Christian

SELAH - Junior Kevin Lick's three-over 65 paced the way in the Sunnyside High School boys golf team's 280-395 non-league victory over the Riverside Christian Crusaders Monday afternoon.

Lady Grizzly linksters split league matches

RICHLAND - Shooting bogey golf on the back nine at Horn Rapids Golf Course, Heidi Southern and Jensie Hernandez led the Sunnyside High School girls golf team to a split yesterday in the squad's Mid-Valley League openers.





Nineteen HMS students get all A's

A total of 19 Harrison Middle School students in Sunnyside earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the third quarter of the 2003-04 academic year.

Miss Sunnyside courts works hard to benefit area charities

Thirteen isn't necessarily always an unlucky number, just ask members of the Miss Sunnyside Court. Saturday afternoon 13 teams took part in the Miss Sunnyside bowling fund-raiser at Valley Lanes, raising more than $1,600 for the American Cancer Society and the Wishing Star Foundation.

Pearl Hughes Guild meets Friday

The Pearl Hughes Guild of Children's Hospital and Medical Center of Seattle will meet Friday, April 16, at the Sunny Spot Restaurant, Yakima Valley Highway, Sunnyside at 11:30 a.m. Ruth Olson will provide the gift for the April hostess gift project, which benefits the Seattle research and medical center.

Monday, April 12

S'side screen printing business continues to boom along

Even though the thrill of being named the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding New Business has not quite worn off, a new wave of excitement is sweeping through the L&M Screenprinting shop at 420 S. Seventh St.

Grandview police arrest DUI suspect following car crash

GRANDVIEW - A 28-year-old Mattawa man was arrested last Friday night following a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of West 5th Street and Euclid Road in Grandview just after 10 p.m.

Two innings cost Sunnyside girls

With the exception of two innings, the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team gave Ellensburg all it could handle this past Saturday.



Robbery/assault suspect arrested

WAPATO - Of the eight suspects accused of being involved in a strong arm robbery attempt last October near Prosser, only two now remain at large.

Grizzlies in second after sweep of Prosser

Good pitching can keep just about any baseball team in a game to the very end. Bad pitching can make a team not even want to take the field.

City leaders conservatively ete new housing rehab program

Citing financial concerns, Sunnyside City Council members last week decided to proceed slowly before entering a new, more extensive housing rehabilitation project to benefit local residents.

Friday, April 9

Fatboys Triathlon hats, jackets available locally

Playing 18 holes of golf, skeet shooting and bowling three games may sound like too many activities to squeeze into one day. However, for Brad Kuhlmann of Selah, the three events, when combined, make up the basis for an annual triathlon event that helps raise money for the Yakima Wishing Star Foundation.

Entertainment Briefs


Guest Editorial

Good Friday passion

Good Friday passion



Fishing season moving into full gear

Saturday, April 24, marks the opening day of the lowland lake fishing season in Washington.

Tacitly Yours

Mayhem rules the roost

Mayhem rules the roost



Challenger for U.S. Senate seat makes short visit to Sunnyside

Creating jobs, working to improve health care and ensuring that young people receive a good education are all things that are important to U. S. Representative George Nethercutt, the Republican candidate who is running for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Patty Murray.

Street racing a problem

Imagine sitting in your home late at night and all of a sudden the windows start shaking and the foundation of your house is rattling. Then you open the door only to see a group of cars racing down your street in something that resembles a scene out of the movie "Fast and the Furious."

City Council close to extending boundaries for those appointed to planning commission

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night moved one step closer to implementing an ordinance that will open the door for a new set of people to serve on the city's planning commission.

Thursday, April 8



Black Rock golfers dominate PGA pro-am

It's tough to beat a golfer who's swinging away on his home course. Most of the 135 competitors entered in this past Monday's Central Washington chapter PGA pro-am tourney at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course learned that the hard way.



Weekly Bowling Report


Sunnyside High junior gold medalist at state science & engineering fair

BREMERTON - A project on biofiltration of environmental pollutants earned Sunnyside High School junior Megan Cornelius a gold medal at the annual Washington State Science and Engineering Fair, held in Bremerton this past weekend.

Housing developments a win/win situation, says area developer

Developer Mike Johnson is no stranger to building new neighborhoods in different communities, working to construct entry-level homes for the people who need them.

Guerra appointed to county advisory board

YAKIMA - Hilda Guerra of Sunnyside was appointed Tuesday to a three-year term on the Yakima County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board by the Yakima County commissioners.

Community center open for business

The Sunnyside Community Center is open and people have been flooding through the doors to marvel at the building, which is expected to be a hub of community activity.

Wednesday, April 7

Open Mike

It's not easy being pregnant-especially when you're a man

It's not easy being pregnant-especially when you're a man

Growth in Lower Valley creating excitement

The Lower Yakima Valley is home to a diverse mix of communities and peoples. Some residents have been here for generations, others have only been here for weeks. We speak several languages, have different customs within our homes, celebrate our religions in different ways, and relate to our communities from different perspectives.

13-year-old stabbed during weekend argument

GRANDVIEW - One female juvenile is in custody and charges are pending against a 13-year-old boy who were involved in a knife assault that took place in Grandview on Sunday, April 4, at approximately 2:34 p.m.

'Hounds notch first league win

GRANDVIEW - A complete game pitching performance by Brian Hall (1-3), coupled with some nifty hitting on the part of the Greyhounds, lifted the Grandview High School baseball team to its first Mid-Valley League victory of the season yesterday afternoon.

S'side woman celebrates 100 years of life

Bertha Curfman has been waiting a long time for today. The Sunnyside resident is now officially 100 years old.

WSDA puts emergency quarantine on California nursery stock

In an effort to stop the spread of disease from California nurseries, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) today joined almost a dozen other states in placing a quarantine on nursery stock from California. The emergency quarantine is in response to the spread of sudden oak death from infected nursery stock from California.

City Council says no to Dr. King holiday

The Sunnyside City Council has long been known for standing alone on several issues. Add another item to the list for the local governing body.

Grizzlies solid in win over Wapato

Paced by pitcher R.J. Elizondo's one-hitter, the Sunnyside High School baseball team pieced together a solid game yesterday against visiting Wapato.



Tuesday, April 6

Grandview rodeo moves to the PRCA

GRANDVIEW - Several years ago when the Yakima Valley Junior Fair in Grandview was looking for a way to boost attendance, a new idea was brought forward to coordinate a rodeo that would take place during the annual summertime event. The idea was approved, and now three years later, the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo is planning on taking its rodeo up another notch.

Mother-daughter team takes over Invitations Plus

When long-time Sunnyside businesswoman Carol Ashby announced her decision to close her popular South Sixth Street wedding stationery shop, Jacki Hansen saw an opportunity to expand her growing second-hand shop.

3-year-old boy injured in car-pedestrian mishap

Three-year-old Luis M. Lopez is in satisfactory condition at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland after he was hit by a car driven by his father near his home Monday afternoon.

City close to hiring new city manager

The Sunnyside City Council made its choice for a new city manager following a hour-long executive session last night. Now all that is left is finalizing a contract that will bring him to Sunnyside.



Monday, April 5

Lightning strikes Mabton boys twice

UNION GAP - The LaSalle Lightning claimed a pair of Greater Columbia 'B' League victories over Mabton this past Saturday, 11-1 and 27-4.

Selah blanks 'Hounds twice

SELAH - You can't give up eight walks to Selah in the first game of a doubleheader and then commit seven errors in the nightcap and expect to compete with the Vikings. Grandview's Greyhounds learned that this past Saturday.



Lady Vikings win two over White Swan

MABTON - The Mabton High School Lady Vikings were on top of their game Saturday, playing hard and winning two in a doubleheader against White Swan.

Sunnyside area lawmakers indicate 2004 session a bust

Taxpayers may not have got their money's worth with the recently concluded 2004 legislative session in Olympia.

Grizzlies split with West Valley

Sunnyside High School baseball pitcher Micah Zakahi really seems to have the number of the West Valley Rams.

Sunnyside physician honored for dedication to elder care

A decision to attend his 30th high school class reunion changed the course of Dr. John Allen's medical career.

Con artists take Granger man's money, wallet

A 36-year-old Granger man was scammed out of his wallet and its contents, by a man posing as a security officer and his accomplice this past Friday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m.

Townhouse development going in on McClain Drive

In the next few weeks ground will be broken on another new development being built in Sunnyside. Sunridge Townhomes is a community of duplexes set to be built in the 700 block of McClain Drive.

Fire destroys contents of Sunnyside home

A Sunnyside family has lost its home following a house fire at 609 North Sixth Street this past Friday night just after 10 p.m.

Friday, April 2

Grizzlies power past Grandview in Mid-Valley League play

Interesting might not be the right word to describe what took place in last night's boys soccer game between Grandview and Sunnyside.

Hart Beat

Daylight Savings Time means it's yard sale time

Daylight Savings Time means it's yard sale time

Palm Sunday parade set for April 4

A Sunnyside procession to celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into the city of Jerusalem will be held Sunday, April 4, down Lincoln Avenue, from 16th Street to Sixth Street.



G'view aquatic center back on drawing board

GRANDVIEW - The times are changing and the Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board is taking a fresh look at building an aquatic center in the community.

Lady 'Hounds lose two to Goldendale

GRANDVIEW - Although the Grandview Lady Greyhounds' fastpitch softball team fell victim to the Goldendale Timberwolves Thursday afternoon, Grandview Coach Doug Hansen was still happy with what he saw happening on the field.

Grandview tennis teams beat Grizzlies

The Grandview Greyhound tennis team swept through Sunnyside handily, beating the Grizzlies on their home turf Thursday afternoon.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

Wedding planning is no reason to stress out

Wedding planning is no reason to stress out

Sunnyside's Promise looking for talent

Sunnyside's Promise is sponsoring a "Promise to Succeed Night" on Wednesday, April 14.

Railroad warrants approved

The Sunnyside Port Commission approved warrants in the amount of $3,400 during a special meeting held Thursday afternoon.

Building division sets date for Building Safety Week BBQ

The City of Sunnyside Building Division will celebrate Building Safety Week, April 4-10. Building Safety Week is a world-wide event that focuses on the importance of following building safety and fire prevention codes.

Entertainment Briefs


County narrows list to top three candidates for vacant district court judge's position

YAKIMA - Judges have been moving through the court system recently with Judge Michael Leavitt being appointed from Yakima County Superior Court to serve as a U.S. magistrate judge, then judge Ruth Reukauf was appointed from Yakima County District Court to fill Leavitt's position in superior court. And most recently, Yakima County has been on the lookout for an area attorney to fill Reukauf's vacant seat in district court.



New downtown S'side business caters to women's hidden desires

Thank goodness the days of never mentioning a woman's undergarments is a thing of the past. At least, that is the philosophy of Amanda's Lingerie Closet, East Edison Avenue, Sunnyside, owned by Amanda Blount of Sunnyside.

Former Sunnyside writer featured in new PBS documentary

The definitions of Americans' cultural identity is the theme of "My Journey Home," an upcoming two-hour documentary, which features a segment about the life of writer Faith Adiele, formerly of Sunnyside.

School board takes no action

The Sunnyside School Board met for just over an hour last night in executive session at the district administration office.

Thursday, April 1

SHS principal talks about course changes

Sunnyside High School Principal Dennis Birr went before the school board last week to talk about some changes with the 2004-05 course description book.



New home approved for Eighth Street

The Sunnyside Board of Adjustment Wednesday night approved the construction of a new home on the corner of Eighth Street and Grant Avenue.



Weekly Bowling Report


City's new phone system beginning to show savings

The City of Sunnyside might already be seeing some differences in its phone bill, but according to information technology manager Troy Huff, it is only the tip of the iceberg.

Board of Adjustment grants variance for farm animals

The Sunnyside Board of Adjustment granted Eric and Georgia Porter permission Wednesday night to house livestock on pasture located at 626 W. Edison Avenue.

Bender bests the field at pro-am series event

MATTAWA - Last year's points runner-up in the Central Washington chapter of the PGA pro-am series, Jeff Bender, earned a top finish in a 2004 series event, held this past Monday at Desert Aire Golf & Country Club.

Timeliness key to pear psylla control

Crop consultants are urging pear growers to get an early jump on pear psylla this year. The typical approach to controlling these yield and quality robbing pests involves three steps, and precise timing.