Stories for December 2004


Friday, December 31

Working Stiff

East L.A. transplant enjoys quiet lifestyle of Lower Valley

East L.A. transplant enjoys quiet lifestyle of Lower Valley



Hart Beat

Let it snow somewhere else

Let it snow somewhere else

Religious Reflections

Prepare for a new journey

Prepare for a new journey

Golf pro reveals anniversary plans for Black Rock Creek course

Since PGA Pro Jeff Bender joined the staff of Black Rock Creek Golf Course a few years ago, a lot of things have changed.


Opinion piece?

Opinion piece?

Greyhounds have another outstanding effort

WAPATO - The Grandview High School wrestling team backed up its aggressive performance at Tuesday's Hanford Winter Cup with another solid outing at the eight-team Wapato Invitational Thursday afternoon.



Donate wisely to tsunami disaster

TheLocalBBB warns our service area that some people will attempt to take advantage of Americans' eagerness to assist victims of the recent Tsunami tragedy in Southern Asia.

Lady Greyhounds getting it done together

YAKIMA - The holiday break has proved to be a good one for the Grandview High School girls basketball team.

Here's your 2004 last warning - 'Don't drive hammered!'

Don't risk starting off 2005 from behind bars by over indulging and then driving.

Greyhounds drop first game of the season

YAKIMA - Going into Thursday night's game against Selah, Grandview High School boys basketball coach Scott Parrish was concerned about the match-up problems the Greyhounds would have without all-star Chris Mejia in the line-up. Parrish's concerns were well justified.

Entertainment Briefs


Put a sparkle in New Years with dessert cocktails

Looking for the perfect beverage to ring in the New Year? Try adding a sweet touch to champagne with frozen strawberries and Torani's strawberry flavored syrup. Or, try your hand at mocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails creating Candied lemon drop, Berry bubbly, Holiday swing punch or Torani-politan. Either way guests will be sure to have a smile on their face when greeting the new year.

Grizzly skipper looking at holding alumni game

Sunnyside High School baseball coach Dave Martinez is looking at reviving an old tradition.

Weekly Bowling Report


Agencies rally to help those devastated by deadly tsunami

The following organizations are accepting donations for aid they or their affiliates will provide to those affected by the deadly tsunami in Asia.

Late Steve Evans honored with extra mile memorial award

An award given to Sunnyside Police Department officers and ancillary staff who go the extra mile in the line of duty has been renamed the Steve Evans Memorial Award in honor of this year's recipient.

Guest Editorial

Beware of cavorting with the global green giants

Beware of cavorting with the global green giants

Thursday, December 30



DSHS bails out non-Medicaid eligible health patients

People ineligible for Medicaid services for their mental illnesses can continue to receive treatment from Washington's mental health providers through at least June 30, 2005, the Department of Social and Health Services announced this week.

Greyhounds overcome game Cougars squad

YAKIMA - It almost had to be like looking in a mirror for the Grandview High School boys basketball team.

Demolition crew to raze Anciso building next week

Downtown Sunnyside streets will be cordoned off all of next week to accommodate a demolition crew that will be knocking down one of the city's landmark structures.

Sanctity of Life display going up

GRANDVIEW - Every year 1,370,000 abortions are reported in the United States. To create a visual representation of that number, the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center will launch a month-long Sanctity of Human Life display on the lawns of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview.



Lady 'Hounds beat Zillah at the SunDome

YAKIMA - The Lady Greyhounds were on fire when they took the court last night against Zillah in the SunDome Shootout tournament. Grandview managed to hold Zillah to one point in the first quarter, which resulted in a 38-30 victory for the Lady 'Hounds.

Area lawmakers cast wary eye on 2005 legislative session

Even though as of today (Thursday) there is still no clear cut winner in the historic state gubernatorial race, Sunnyside area lawmakers are preparing to head back to the state capital for a new round of action when the state legislature convenes on Jan. 10.

Wednesday, December 29

Open Mike

Wishing you the best in the new year

Wishing you the best in the new year

Library switch-over expected to go smoothly

For 40 years, Elaine Becker has straightened book shelves and lined up newspapers for Sunnyside public library patrons. It's a job the long-time librarian assistant expects to continue into the future, even though the library will be under new ownership as of Jan. 3.

Grizzly wrestlers capture invite title

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School Grizzlies earned themselves a late Christmas gift by capturing top honors at yesterday's Hanford Invitational.

Viking boys chalk up another win

MATTAWA-The Mabton High School boys basketball team claimed another victory, but it was a lot closer than some might have expected.

First snowfall blankets Lower Valley

Two inches of snow and everything seems to be fine. This morning Lower Valley residents awoke to a blanket of snow and according to local law enforcement agencies everything is so-far-so-good at this point.



Greyhounds finish a solid fifth at Hanford invite

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School wrestling team has pretty much dominated the annual Hanford Winter Cup tournament the past few years and this past Tuesday was no exception.

Mabton girls scoot past Wahluke, 50-20

MATTAWA - It wasn't much of a challenge, nonetheless, the Mabton High School girls basketball team claimed its eighth consecutive victory last night.

Vikings place fifth at Lake Roosevelt tournament

COULEE DAM-The Mabton High School wrestling team came off the Christmas holiday with a fifth place showing at the Lake Roosevelt Invitational Tuesday afternoon.

Grandview police only dealing with handful of holiday thefts

GRANDVIEW - A piece of heavy equipment, a car and a video game system were stolen from Grandview area homes and businesses during this holiday season.

Death Notice


Tuesday, December 28

Sunnyside police investigating early morning gunshots report

Sunnyside police are investigating an early morning report of gunshots in the 700 block of South Sixth Street.

Christmas bandits pass bad checks

Two unidentified men tried to get a little extra in their stocking this Christmas holiday.

Death Notice


Canales clan clips lengthy locks to benefit children without hair

It's a family affair when it comes to haircuts in the Hector Canales household.

Den Boer off to a good start for CWU Wildcats

by Chris Newberry

One tiny prick from a needle can help save up to three lives

When it comes to giving blood, most people's thoughts never get past the needle prick, and the cookies and orange juice that await them after donating. The piece of the puzzle they are missing is what happens to the blood after it's been donated.

Monday, December 27

22-year Sunnyside city shop employee retires

After 22 years at the city shop, Sunnyside Maintenance Supervisor Dennis Cromwell has decided it's time to throw in the towel. Cromwell's last day with the city was Dec. 22.

Christmas day fire damages barn

Yakima County Fire District #5 firemen were called out early Christmas morning to save a storage barn in the 3100 block of Waneta Road, south of Sunnyside.

Grandview thieves busy on Christmas

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police are investigating two burglaries which took place between Christmas Eve and Sunday morning, Dec. 26.

High school teacher selected for makeover

When three unexpected visitors walked into Sunnyside High School science teacher Robin Bryson's room two weeks ago, she could hardly believe she had been the next one selected for the Sunnyside Bodacious Makeover and Dinner sponsored by local salons, restaurants and massage therapists.



Christmas Day fire razes house

MABTON - A fire ripped through a home at 315 Second Ave. in Mabton Christmas night. According to Yakima County Fire District 5 officials, the fire was reported at 11:06 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 25.

Thursday, December 23

Reluctant Santa most likely to give repeat performance

When Karen Friend of Sunnyside approached her long-time friend Bernie Charvet with a very special holiday request, he was hesitant to comply.

Sewing seminar set for January

YAKIMA - Area seamstresses are invited to experiment, embellish, explore and expand their creative horizons at the 2005 Yakima County Clothing and Textile Advisors sewing seminar to be held in late January.

S'side Christian JV girls improve to 6-0 on the year

This past Monday's 58-24 victory over the Shoreline Christian JV team upped the Sunnyside Christian High School junior varsity girls basketball team's record to 6-0.

Grizzly JV gets back on the winning track

After a shaky start to the season, the Sunnyside High School junior varsity boys basketball team finds itself back on the winning track.

Midnight Live 2005 celebration set for next Friday night

The annual Midnight Live celebration to ring in the new year for area youth will be held on New Year's Eve, Friday, Dec. 31.

Sunnyside Christian JV undefeated

The Sunnyside Christian High School junior varsity boys basketball team is enjoying a pretty good start to its season, having gone undefeated through eight games so far.

SHS freshman boys improve record to 2-3

The Sunnyside High School freshman boys basketball team improved its season record to 2-3 with a pair of wins over West Valley and Kiona-Benton's frosh squads.

In spite of Christmas-Christmas lives on

For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulders. And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. -- Isaiah 9:21

It's all about helping others

Sunnyside teens find joy in helping local woman decorate for Christmas

Sunnyside teens find joy in helping local woman decorate for Christmas

Sunnyside resident's 2003 Christmas celebration distinctively memorable

Remembering Christmases past is something many people do as they prepare for the holiday season. And this year, Sunnyside resident Amy Betancourt has a lot of reminiscing to do. Last year, at this same time, Betancourt was getting ready to attend midnight mass at the Vatican in Rome.

News Briefs

Garbage collection on track this week, next

Wednesday, December 22

Phillips, Lara write award winning patriotic speeches

Taking as their theme, "Celebrating Our Veterans' Services," two Lower Valley high school students have written award winning speeches, earning recognition from SunnyView VFW Post #3482.

Vikings take third at Warden invite

WARDEN - One of the preseason goals for Mabton High School wrestler Robert Marquez was to win one tournament this season.

Knights enter Christmas break on a high note

The holidays will be a bit brighter for members of the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team.

Sunnyside can't keep a secret

As a newcomer, I've found out there's one secret Sunnyside can't keep. The word's out. Can't be denied.

A look back on a year to be thankful for

This has been quite some year. As I think back to the last full year in my 20s a lot has happened, but I also have a lot to be thankful for.

Incentive pay suggested to recruit bilingual teachers

Sunnyside School Board member Bill Smith wants the district to start looking outside the box when it comes to recruiting bilingual teachers.



Lady Vikes' winning streak continues

MABTON - Up by 11 before Stevenson even netted a basket, the Lady Vikings took their lead and built on it, continuing their winning streak with a 69-30 victory over the 2A Lady Bulldogs.

Outlook woman dies in single car accident

ZILLAH - A late night car accident near milepost 55 on I-82 took the life of Claudia Salinas, 23, of Outlook about midnight Monday, Dec. 20, according to a Washington State Patrol report.

Jackrabbits hop past Sunnyside boys, 69-54

QUINCY - Matt Medina and Dustin Kniep poured in a combined 44 points to lead the Quincy Jackrabbits to a 69-54 non-league victory over the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team last night.

Lady Knights earn Smeenk 400th coaching victory

Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk, at the helm of the Lady Knights basketball program since its inception, reached a milestone yesterday afternoon. His girls team gave him his 400th coaching victory.

Baking up Christmas spirit


Privatization benefits should be judged with potential for problems

My fellow citizens of Sunnyside, I would like to take a moment to address the current proposals being contemplated for our community by our city government and council regarding the privatization of some of the services that the municipality has traditionally provided.

Bulldogs finish with a flurry to beat Sunnyside wrestlers

ELLENSBURG - Trailing defending Mid-Valley League champion Ellensburg by a slim 28-23 score with just two bouts remaining last night, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team was unable to pull off the upset on the Bulldogs' home mat.

Christmas miracle


Letters to the Editor


Tuesday, December 21

Grandview mayor steps down

GRANDVIEW - When Grandview Mayor Mike Bren was first appointed to serve as mayor in 1998, he didn't anticipate keeping that title for long.

SCHS girls pull away from Shoreline Christian

Up until the fourth quarter of yesterday afternoon's game between Shoreline Christian and Sunnyside Christian, the victory was for the taking.

Knights get back to winning form

After stumbling in the league opener this past Saturday against Riverside Christian, Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball coach Dean Wagenaar was wondering if his team learned anything from the experience.

Grandview Council approves preliminary plats for 68 homes

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council took time Monday night to approve two preliminary plat applications that will bring 68 new single-family residences to the community.

‘Light up a Life’ service set for Jan. 6


Sunnyside youths grads of Young Marines program

Some may think of the Young Marines program as a military recruitment tool. But that is not the case, said John Haeg.

Monday, December 20

Cascade no match for Lady Hounds


Mabton woman comfortable at school

MABTON - Cooking for nearly 1,000 children and attending their sporting events is a full-time job for Mabton's Sandra DeRobles.

Family gets new home for Christmas

GRANGER - Newest Granger resident Alicia Vasquez received the greatest Christmas gift she's ever had Sunday afternoon as she accepted the keys to her new home.

YVCC pre-school to remain open through June 2005


Mabton girls dominate league openers

MABTON - In the first two league games of the season the Mabton High School girls basketball team dominated the court, defeating Yakama Tribal 74-14 and Klickitat 54-25. The two wins push Mabton's league record to 2-0, 6-1 overall.

Grizzly grapplers win four titles at Mt. Vernon Invite

MT. VERNON - Four individual championship performances propelled the Sunnyside High School wrestling team to a fourth place finish at this past Saturday's Mt. Vernon Invitational. A total of eight schools competed.

Greyhounds nearly flawless against Kodiaks

GRANDVIEW - When a team can hold another team to just two points in seven minutes, things are going rather well.

Sunnyside boys clip Eagles, 45-36

CONNELL - Limiting the Connell Eagles to just 14 points in the opening half, the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team handily rolled to a 45-36 non-league victory this past Saturday night.

Friday, December 17

Grandview church sets the stage for Christmas wonderment

GRANDVIEW - When Christian music artist Sonny Salsbury of Yakima asked if there were any churches in the area that would be interested in staging his newest musical production, the group at Grandview's Bethany Presbyterian Church knew it was an opportunity they couldn't let pass them by.



Lady Grizzly bowlers no match for Selah

The Sunnyside High School girls bowling team turned in one of its flattest performances of the season yesterday. It resulted in a cakewalk for the Selah Vikings.

Hart Beat

Children's laughter a true blessing

Children's laughter a true blessing

Greyhounds lose heartbreaker

OTHELLO - The Grandview High School wrestling team couldn't put the finishing touches on one of the best 2A teams in the state Thursday night, losing in heartbreaking fashion to Othello.

Cinematic story of Saint Thérése opens Friday at local theater

A motion picture, Thérése, the true story of Saint Thérése of Lisieux, the most popular saint of modern times, opens today (Friday, Dec. 17) at Sunnyside's Grand Cinemas 12 Yakima Valley, 3400 Picard Place.

Social Security reform No. 1 priority, says Hastings on short stopover in Sunnyside

Central Washington's spokesman in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Doc Hastings, fully expects Social Security reform to be the hot topic next year in Washington, D.C.



Guest Editorial

Together, we make miracles

Together, we make miracles

Grandview debates size of pool

GRANDVIEW - Without a quorum, the Grandview Park and Recreation Service Area Board last night informally discussed plans for a new multi-million dollar aquatic center they want to bring before voters in May 2005.

Vikes win double dual

FINLEY - Thursday night was a good night for the Mabton High School wrestling team, but Coach John Kilian still wasn't totally satisfied with his wrestlers' efforts.

Greer convicted second time in shooting death of step-father

For the second time, former Sunnyside resident Mark Greer has been convicted of the shooting death of his step-father, Stephen Graves.

Thursday, December 16

Future of G'view YVCC day care center in question

GRANDVIEW - The future of the Yakima Valley Community College Learning Center, located on the Grandview campus, is up in the air.

Weekly Bowling Report


Villanueva receives national honor for housing work

Going to work for the Diocese of Yakima Housing Services seemed like a natural way for Mario Villanueva to combine two of his passions, construction and faith.

Physical Therapy Services relocating

Sunnyside issues 53 permits in November

Sunnyside issues 53 permits in November



Downtown building demolition delayed

Plans to remove the condemned downtown Sunnyside building on South Sixth Street have been delayed a few weeks at the request of downtown merchants.

Newscaster highlights top stories for Kiwanians

Preparing for an upcoming year-in-review program on KIMA, television reporter and managing editor for the station Craig Galbraith spoke to members of the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Thursday morning.

Zylstra, Wedam fourth place finishers at Ho Ho Ho Classic

YAKIMA - Two Sunnyside girls opened the 2004-05 gymnastics season in fine fashion last Saturday.

Wednesday, December 15

School district insurance carrier appeals court decision

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Rick Cole learned Tuesday morning of Coregis Insurance's decision to appeal a decision that awarded the family of Joshua Hui $2 million.



Knights pass test to remain undefeated

Going into Tuesday night's game against 1A Granger, Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball Coach Dean Wagenaar knew it was going to be a test for his Knights. Was he ever right!

Library board to be dissolved

At the end of the month there will no longer be a Sunnyside Library Board.

Chamber director leaving to publish e-books

After two years of organizing and promoting Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce community events, Kathy Corliss is planning to take some time to stay at home. But the retiring Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce director of tourism and promotions has no plans to be idle.

Thomas keys Sunnyside's win over Ki-Be Bears

BENTON CITY - 6'6" senior Jake Thomas planted his imposing frame inside the paint last night and it paid big dividends for the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team.

SCHS girls break into the win column

A win is a win is a win. But, sometimes it's not. Just ask Sunnyside Christian High School Coach Al Smeenk.

Open Mike

Dishing out my Christmas wishes

Dishing out my Christmas wishes

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Dismal effort pins the Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School wrestling coach Jeff Sevigny is not a happy camper. Sevigny said he was disappointed with the way his team performed last night in a non-league loss to 3A Prosser, dropping the meet 45-27.

Sunnyside narrowly wins over Ki-Be Bears

BENTON CITY - Sunnyside may have started a little slow last night against Ki-Be, but in the end the Lady Grizzlies were able to pick up steam and leave the Bears behind.

Guest Editorial

Americans receiving the least bang for their education buck

Americans receiving the least bang for their education buck

WASL testing extended to grades 3-10 by 2006

It may be driven by the No Child Left Behind Act, but many educators are seeing it as a good way to help children before they fall through the academic cracks.

Tuesday, December 14

City pushes forward with privatization plan

Should city leaders opt to privatize Sunnyside's water and sewer services, a firm with strong ties to France has been singled out to take on that responsibility.

Speaker discusses history of Yakama Nation with PRIDE students

Although residents of Sunnyside live just on the border of the Yakama Indian Reservation, not too many people know about the history that created the reservation or much about the customs of the Yakama Indian Nation.



Anciso building scheduled for demolition Thursday

Heavy equipment is expected to be moving to the Anciso building on South Sixth Street in downtown Sunnyside tomorrow morning (Wednesday), according to a spokesperson in the Sunnyside building department.

Greyhounds maul the Mustangs

Mejia goes down early in the game

Mejia goes down early in the game

City budgets $38,000 for Chamber activities

Following an inspirational presentation by Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce President Tom Gaulke, the Sunnyside City Council last night approved his request for $38,000 in funding for 2005.

More national chains moving to Sunnyside in 2005

Two national chains are expected to open outlets in the old Kmart building in Sunnyside in the spring, according to reports from the Sunnyside building department.

Lady 'Hounds fall to Mustangs

GRANDVIEW - Monday was a tough night for the Grandview Lady Greyhounds, who started out tough against Prosser, only to allow a 51-point run in the second half that ended in a 77-47 win for the Mustangs.

Monday, December 13

Lady Pirates Snowball tourney champs

ARLINGTON, ORE. - For the third year in a row, the Bickleton High School girls basketball team has claimed the Arlington High School-hosted Snowball Tournament championship title.

SCHS girls let one slip away

You can't say the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team didn't have its chances down the stretch to knock off the visiting Kiona-Benton Bears this past Saturday.

Knights slay the Bears

It was an all-around outstanding performance this past Saturday for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team.

Lady Grizzlies fall to West Valley, push past Grandview

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies may have lost their first league match-up of the season Saturday night against West Valley, but it wasn't enough to dampen the team's spirits.

Greyhounds take down the Grizzlies

Going into Friday night's game, Grandview High School boys basketball coach Scott Parrish was concerned with how his players were going to combat the height of the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team.

Sunnyside woman enjoys bustle of high school setting

Rosie Kranz claims she has always liked working with children. It's a good thing because since becoming the Sunnyside High School counseling office secretary, Kranz is seeing more than 1,000 kids a day.

MDA to hold fund-raiser in Sunnyside

About 70 Sunnyside area residents will be going to jail on Tuesday. But don't worry, these jailbirds are going behind bars for a good reason.

Rams hold off Sunnyside boys

West Valley's vaunted flex offense caused Sunnyside problems this past Saturday night, allowing the Rams to escape the Grizzly den with a Mid-Valley League opening 64-56 victory.

Infrastructure solution found with proposed 20-acre purchase

One can't say that Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole and his staff don't know how to solve a problem.

Evans' estate to receive full financial account

In a brief special meeting held last week, the Board of Trustees for the Volunteer Firefighters' and Reserve Police Officers' Relief and Compensation Fund approved paying out the full amount in the pension account of volunteer firefighter Steve Evans, who died recently while on a hunting trip.

Grandview Port commissioner ends 10-year tenure

GRANDVIEW - Since 1995 a lot of development has come to the sleepy city of Grandview. Port property has been developed, the city has started participating in the Northwest Food Processors Convention and the Wal-Mart distribution center has come to town. Last Friday afternoon, one of the men behind all of these developments decided it was time to throw in his hat. Grandview Port Commissioner Jim White asked to resign from his post after nearly 10 years with the organization.

Grandview loses two over the weekend

GRANDVIEW - Saturday night the Lady Greyhounds started off strong against Hanford, but it wasn't enough to leave the 'Hounds with a win over the Falcons. Instead, Grandview fell to the visiting team, losing by a score of 54-44.



Vikings win 'Ironman' championship

Six Mabton wrestlers earn individual titles

Six Mabton wrestlers earn individual titles

Motorist who killed Shifflett gets prison time

YAKIMA - Nearly five months after the automobile-bicycle crash that killed local school volunteer Ronnie Shifflett, the driver of the vehicle, Gerardo R. Maciel, 43, of Toppenish, pled guilty in Yakima County Superior Court.

NW Crescent Ave. house fire deemed arson

Sunnyside Police Department investigators are calling the house fire early last Friday morning at the corner of NW Crescent Avenue and Buena Vista an arson.

Romero, Sanchez, Garza Vancouver invite titlists

VANCOUVER - With four grapplers advancing to the finals, and three of them coming away with top honors, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team earned a third place finish at the Skyview Invitational this past Saturday.

Mabton defeats Wahluke 48-21

MABTON - Mabton's Michelle Tellez led the Lady Vikings to victory Saturday night as they defeated the Wahluke Warriors 48-21.

Viking machine keeps rolling

MABTON - Four games, four wins.

Charter offers high-definition TV

High-definition television has arrived in Sunnyside. Charter Communications just recently launched its Charter HDTV service, which gives local customers the opportunity to take advantage of such high-definition cable channels as HD Discovery Theater and ESPN HD.

Friday, December 10

Religious Reflections

Can you hear me?

Can you hear me?

Story time is monkey time

Monkeys will be the theme for Tuesday's storytime to be held at the Sunnyside Public Library Dec. 14, at 10 a.m.

Entertainment Briefs


Early morning blaze destroys Sunnyside home

No one was at home when a fire broke out in a Sunnyside home at 329 NW Crescent Ave. early this morning (Friday).

New graduation specialist aids migrant students through educational maze

Sunnyside High School graduation specialist Lucia Ramos is drawing on her own experience to aid the 499 SHS students classified as migrant students.

Death Notice


Benton City woman details foray into wine industry

Breaking into the wine industry is something that can end up being the result of cracking open a book, or at least it was for Kelly Hightower, winemaker and owner of Hightower Cellars on Red Mountain in Benton City.

Guest Editorial

Leading with purpose

Leading with purpose

Dept. of Ecology proposes delisting Outlook school site as a hazardous zone

OUTLOOK - The Washington State Department of Ecology believes that the Outlook Elementary School site no longer poses a threat to human health or the environment. The agency is now proposing to remove the property from its hazardous sites list.

Story Time

Kick da bums out

Kick da bums out

SHS senior class taco feed is tonight

A taco feed will be held tonight (Friday) at Sunnyside High School near the gym entrance from 4:30 to 8 p.m., during the Sunnyside-Grandview basketball game.

Tacitly Yours

One little Christmas card is all it takes

One little Christmas card is all it takes

Thursday, December 9

Sunnyside's Promise adopts fifth graders

With the delivery of little red wagons to each of their classrooms, 414 Chief Kamiakin Elementary School fifth graders received a solemn promise.

JV Lady Knights claim two wins

The Sunnyside Christian High School JV girls basketball team may have only six players on its roster, but they apparently know how to win.

Quilts showed path to the north for slaves during Civil War times

Local quilter and co-owner of Quilts & More, Jeanne Pickel spoke to members of the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Thursday morning about the use of quilts on the underground railroad.

Grandview Rotary serve up holiday cheer

GRANDVIEW - Dressed in distinguished black bow ties and white dress shirts the Grandview Rotarians served dinner to more than 100 of the community's elderly citizens.

Is the Mid-Valley League a thing of the past?

Reclassification may leave only two 3A schools in the league

Reclassification may leave only two 3A schools in the league

New economic development director on board

Impressive might be the word some first think of after meeting Rado Harrington.

G'view resident charged with resisting arrest

A 27-year-old Grandview man was arrested early this morning (Thursday) after allegedly resisting arrest by a Sunnyside police officer.

Police investigate possible rape

Sunnyside Police Department detectives are investigating a reported rape that a 40-year-old Sunnyside woman called in Tuesday morning, Dec. 7.

Wednesday, December 8

The Newcomer

A victim of Christmas Spirit

A victim of Christmas Spirit

Five area educators nationally certified

Months of self-reflection and peer reviews to determine if what they are doing in their classrooms is improving student learning is paying off for a handful of Lower Valley educators.

Oregon team too much for Grizzly hoop squad

HERMISTON, ORE. - Coach Larry Usher's Hermiston Bulldogs were a force to be reckoned with last season. Based on how they dismantled the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team last night, the Bulldogs appear to be poised for a return trip to State.

Early season streak continues for the Vikings

FINLEY - Make it 3-0 for the Mabton High School boys basketball team.

City of Sunnyside 2005 annual salaries


Jr. Indelook Club set to celebrate the holidays

Members of the Jr. Indelook Club are getting a jump on the holiday season, as they prepare for their annual Christmas party.

Lady Grizzlies lose to 4A Hermiston

The Sunnyside Grizzlies got off to a good start last night (Tuesday), finishing the first half of the game with a one-point lead over the 4A Hermiston team.

Wenatchee defeats Lady Grizzly bowlers

EAST WENATCHEE - Tiffany Stephens may well likely be the top prep girls bowler this side of the Cascade Mountains. She showcased her skills yesterday in leading the Wenatchee High School girls bowling team to a 4-0 sweep of the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies.

Greyhounds race past the Mustangs

PROSSER - Basketball is about establishing the tone of a game. That is what the Grandview High School boys basketball team did Tuesday night and did it early, as the Greyhounds ran past 3A Prosser, 68-52.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

Kids make the holidays fun

Kids make the holidays fun

Working Stiff

GHS grad loves teaching

GHS grad loves teaching

Garden Club hosts holiday potluck

The Sunnyside Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Sunnyside Food Pavilion at noon. A holiday potluck and a gift exchange will be followed by a meeting. Members are asked to bring their own table service.

Knights take the bite out of Coyotes

KITTITAS - The bus trip probably proved more exciting Tuesday for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team than the game, itself.



Tuesday, December 7

Sunnyside city budget approved

A short-handed Sunnyside City Council made it official Monday night, adopting the 2005 city budget.

Grandview Council approves $3.6 million general fund budget

GRANDVIEW - Monday night, the Grandview City Council unanimously voted to adopt the 2005 city budget, which is just over $3.6 million.

Police Chief Ed Radder encourages Rotarians to mentor youth in after-school programs

Locally, crime is down, but more work needs to continue in order to keep youth busy during the danger hours after school.

Greyhounds finish ninth at White River Invite

BUCKLEY - It is one of the most difficult wrestling tournaments in the state and Grandview wrestling coach Jeff Sevigny couldn't be more pleased with how his team performed.

Grandview City Council Briefs




Inn hub of proposed business center

Oohhs and ahhs" over its elegant amenities were heard throughout the new Best Western GrapeVine Inn located on Quail Lane in Sunnyside last night.

Mabton's Marquez wins 275-lb. title at West Valley invite

WEST VALLEY - This past Saturday afternoon will be a memorable one for Mabton wrestler Robert Marquez.

Honeyford re-elected caucus chair

OLYMPIA - Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside has been re-elected Republican Caucus Chair.

County's manual recount starts Thursday

YAKIMA - The manual, or hand, recount for the position of governor will be conducted in Yakima County on Thursday, Dec. 9.

Monday, December 6

One injured in motor vehicle accident

PROSSER - Grandview resident Keri C. Leidig, 36, was taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital Friday night just after 8 p.m., following a motor vehicle accident on I-82 near milepost 79.

Greyhounds win season opener

GRANDVIEW - It took the Grandview High School boys basketball team a while to get going in the Greyhounds season opener this past Saturday, but once they did it was sort of the same old story-a victory.

Cohu newest Board of Adjustment member

Torchey Cohu is the newest member of the City of Sunnyside Board of Adjustment.

Grizzly grapplers middle of the pack at White River Invite

BUCKLEY - Senior Steve Sanchez was one of the few bright spots for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team this past Friday and Saturday.

Lady Vikings defeat Moses Lake Christian, 47-17

MABTON - In a non-league match-up, the Lady Vikings defeated Moses Lake Christian 47-17 Saturday night.

Prosser senior trying to organize Valley towns to support MS walk

The senior project Prosser High School student Derek Anderson took on this year is a bit more than just another assignment.



Grizzly cage team declaws Tigers, 68-50

EPHRATA - The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team broke away from Ephrata in the second half last Friday night, outscoring the Tigers 44-27 in the final two quarters, to register a non-league win in its first regulation game of the season.

Vikings win two to open season

The Mabton High School boys basketball team looked simply deadly this past weekend, as the Vikings opened their 2004-05 campaign with two victories.

Friday, December 3

SHS wrestlers leave today for big invite

Coming off a successful debut at the Eisenhower Takedown Jamboree in Yakima this past Tuesday, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team is headed to Buckley to compete in the prestigious White River Invitational.

Vikings open season at takedown tournament

BURBANK - The Mabton High School wrestling team got an early start to its season last night at the Columbia-Burbank Takedown Tournament.

Sunnyside's favorite recycler headed for retirement

With her 90th birthday less than a week away, Margaret McLean is finally retiring from her favorite job - collecting newspapers and aluminum cans for the Pearl Hughes Orthopedic Guild.

Sunnyside parks & rec department has new home

Next year, the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate 25 years of serving the community. And now, the parks and recreation department staff will have a new home to celebrate their silver anniversary.

Commissioners approve corrections agreements with LV communities

Yakima County commissioners recently approved interlocal agreements with the cities of Sunnyside and Grandview, as well as the towns of Granger and Mabton.

Commissioners hold public hearing on new law and justice tax

Wednesday morning, Yakima County commissioners held a public hearing to consider an ordinance that will approve the three-tenths of 1 percent law and justice sales tax, which was approved by voters last month.


Move forward

Move forward

Commissioners approve going to bid for modular for Sheriff's Office

Monday, Dec. 20, Yakima County commissioners are set to open bids for a used modular office building for the Yakima Sheriff's Office.

Hart Beat

Lighting up my little corner of the world

Lighting up my little corner of the world

Guest Editorial

What did we do to deserve Condoleezza Rice?

What did we do to deserve Condoleezza Rice?

Commissioners approve retroactive pay plan for county law enforcement

Wednesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved a pay plan and medical benefit contribution guidelines for classified employees represented by the Yakima County Law Enforcement Officers Guild.

Pirates too much for Sunnyside girls

YAKIMA - Two days after knocking off West Valley for its first victory of the season, the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team got served a slice of humble pie.

Religious Reflections

A Christmas to remember

A Christmas to remember

Thursday, December 2

Mailman spit on by customer

A customer in a dispute with his mailman over mail delivery spit on the public worker Tuesday afternoon.

Young Life faces raising challenge

For most people, December is a time when thoughts turn to snowy weather, wool sweaters and fluffy scarves. But for those involved in Lower Valley Young Life, December has turned into a time to think about water skiing, wake boarding and hiking.

Open Mike

Making America dime at a time

Making America dime at a time

12-2 •farm parade marshalGranger's Granger's Chuck Alexander named S'side parade marshal

GRANGER - Charles Alexander's passion for farming makes him an ideal parade marshal candidate for Sunnyside's 16th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade being held this coming Saturday, according to Beverly Duncan of Granger.





Board of Adjustment refuses to reconsider S'side billboard decision

Sunnyside Board of Adjustment members who voted last month in favor of a conditional use permit allowing a billboard at 1600 S. First Street in Sunnyside refused a request by city staff members last night to make a motion to reconsider their decision. The refusal to reconsider leaves the city one alley of recourse, which is to appeal the decision to the Sunnyside City Council.

Board of Adjustment approves three separate variance requests

Three requests for variances put on hold last month were approved unanimously at the Sunnyside Board of Adjustment meeting held last night (Wednesday).

12-2• CK troopsChief Chief Kamiakin students collect more than 2,000 items for troops

In less than a month more than 2,000 items were gathered by Sunnyside Chief Kamiakin Elementary School fifth and sixth graders for troops serving in Iraq this Christmas.

Two Sunnysider men arrested following vehicle break-ins

Two Sunnyside men were arrested Tuesday morning after they were reportedly seen breaking into a vehicle in the 400 block of South Ninth Street.

New businesses coming to town

The City of Sunnyside Building Department has been kept busy during the past month handling requests for building permits, which will result in more than 15 new businesses coming to town during the coming months.

Souvenirs, memories, fun all part of weekend celebration

A small, red Farmall H tractor is being offered as a Lighted Farm Implement Parade souvenir this year, according to Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce officials.

Guest Editorial

The chemical industry's Bhopal legacy

The chemical industry's Bhopal legacy

Burglary suspects nabbed

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department SIRT team assisted the Prosser Police Department and the Benton County Sheriff's Office with the service of two search warrants earlier this week. The search warrants led to the arrest of four suspects believed to be involved in a ring of burglaries that have taken place in Benton County, Prosser, Yakima County and Grandview.

Motorists failing to stop for kids, say bus drivers

If she didn't love the kids so much, being a bus driver would drive Bobbie Gorence crazy.

Wednesday, December 1

Greyhounds lose thriller at jamboree

All in all, Tuesday night's jamboree pairing between the Sunnyside and Grandview high school boys basketball teams didn't mean much, but it sure was fun to watch.

Knights humbled at Sunnyside jamboree

The Sunnyside Christian Knight boys basketball team opened its 2004-05 season at a five-team jamboree at Sunnyside High School Tuesday night. Although the Knights were hammered in both jamboree games, head coach Dean Wagenaar felt it was a good experience his team had against two 3A schools.

Vikings shine at jamboree

MABTON - What a night for the Mabton High School boys basketball team.

Grizzly cage team rings up two jamboree victories

Last night's wins won't be tacked on to the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team's season record, nonetheless, the Grizzlies came away from their 2004-05 debut with a pair of victories.

Sunnyside bowlers roll past West Valley

A balanced team effort on the part of the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team spelled defeat for the West Valley Rams yesterday afternoon.