Stories for February 2004


Friday, February 27

Calvary Lutheran School celebrates 25 years of teaching pre-schoolers

Tracy Bunch doesn't remember too much about her year as a student at Calvary Lutheran Pre-School, although she does remember the names of a few of her classmates. "My teacher's daughter, Angie, was in my class," she recalls.

Working Stiff

Owning his own business allows Sunnyside man more time with his family

Owning his own business allows Sunnyside man more time with his family

Sunnyside school superintendent puts vehicle bids on hold

The Sunnyside School Board last night approved a bid to purchase two vehicles for the Migrant Student Records System (MSRS) program.

Gold Wings to host Mall bike show

The Yakima Valley Wings, a chapter of the Washington Gold Wing Touring Association, will host a spring bike show at the Mid Valley Mall in Sunnyside Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7.

School board informed Mid-Valley League hoop schedule to be changed next season

Mid-Valley League high school basketball will have a new look to it next year.

Entertainment Briefs


Tacitly Yours

No more snoozing away my morning

No more snoozing away my morning

Valley's Republican precinct caucuses to help mold GOP local, national platforms

County Republicans to gather March 9

County Republicans to gather March 9



4-year-old 'leaper' old enough to be issued a state driver's license

Sunday is a big day for Sunnyside's Kyle Tyler and Damian Solis. Both boys will be celebrating birthdays, events which for them only come around once every four years.

Thursday, February 26

Young Life growing

In January Lower Valley Young Life Director Tom Dekker had the opportunity to hear Joni Erickson Tada speak to 3,000 Young Life staff members and spouses. The woman, who has been a quadriplegic for 30 years due to a diving accident, attended Young Life activities as a high school student. She shared with the Young Life staff and spouses that it was Young Life kids and leaders that helped her get through more than a year in the hospital, Dekker told members of the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Thursday morning.

Weekly Bowling Report




Simpson top girls 'B' coach

Mabton High School girls basketball coach Brett Simpson was honored this past weekend for his hard work and dedication to the Lady Vikes program.

Mabton School Board Briefs


Boring opens land for housing

Even though the city of Sunnyside's existing sewer system was not adequate for the project at hand, the developer of Villa Real Estates located off West Edison Avenue, between Edison and Yakima Valley Highway, has worked out a way to push forward with building 51 houses.

State proposes Sunday liquor sales

Traditionally, liquor stores throughout the state of Washington have been a Monday through Saturday affair. However, House Bill 2131 is threatening to change that tradition, allowing liquor stores to open their doors for Sunday sales.

Newhouse, Chandler displeased with House supplemental budget

OLYMPIA - Sunnyside area lawmakers Dan Newhouse and Bruce Chandler maintain that the Democratic-crafted supplemental budget adopted by the House of Representatives yesterday puts taxpayers at risk.

New manager named for livestock identification program

For nearly 70 years the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has been recording brands and therefore recording ownership of livestock.

Wednesday, February 25

Health, fitness night scheduled

Family Health and Fitness Night is scheduled to take place Thursday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School in Sunnyside.

REC board queried on why funds not allocated for skate park

As the Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (LYVREC) board met Tuesday night to review progress being made by the agencies that received funding from the federally-funded board last month, representatives of a rejected Sunnyside city project waited to question the board on its funding decisions.

Outlook Grange still serving rutabagas at annual dinner

OUTLOOK - Originally, the Outlook Grange dinner menu consisted of chicken as part of its main course, but five years after the first dinner it was switched to roast beef and turkey.

Lady Grizzlies go down fighting

ELLENSBURG - Last night's opening round 3A Regional girls basketball game between Ellensburg and Sunnyside will be known as the one that got away from the Lady Grizzlies.

Open Mike

Kunkler should be city manager

Kunkler should be city manager

Personal budgeting workshop on tap

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Yakima Valley is offering a free workshop on budgeting through tough times on Tuesday, March 2, in Sunnyside.

Mabton schools make improvement plans

MABTON - Cross grade collaborations, improved teacher-student-parent communications, and strengthening of staff training towards improving classroom instruction are high on lists of goals being examined by Mabton School District building improvement teams.

Greyhounds' season comes to a close

SELAH - There were times in last night's 3A first round Regional tournament game between the Selah High School boys basketball team and Grandview where it looked as if the Greyhounds were still sitting on the bus.

Kitchen stove, heat lamp blamed for two house fires

Two Lower Valley homes were damaged by fire Tuesday, causing more than $30,000 in damage and forcing one family to stay with neighbors.



State acts as catalyst for community development, says speaker

When the state offers funding for projects in various communities it does so with the intent of acting as a catalyst; to help spark activity in the community.

Construction of jail at county fairgrounds to begin in next few weeks

YAKIMA - In the next couple of weeks people living near the Central Washington State Fairgrounds could see some movement as far as construction of the new county jail is concerned.

Tuesday, February 24

Business Briefs


Elerding State titlist

FEDERAL WAY - Sunnyside Christian High School sophomore Patrick Elerding is the 1A/2A/3A State champion in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Blanket primary eliminated in Washington state

Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a Ninth Circuit Court decision that declared Washington state's blanket primary unconstitutional.

Planned Parenthood hire will take on outreach duties

Earlier this month Wapato native Anita Vargas returned to doing one of the things she enjoys the most, working as an educator.

Sunnyside man charged with sexual assault

A 34-year-old Sunnyside man has been charged with assaulting his 22-year-old niece.





SCHS freshman student ambassador for European trip

Sunnyside Christian High School student Adrian Van Oostrum will be making his first trip to Europe this summer as a People To People student ambassador.

Monday, February 23

Nine injured in collision

GRANGER - A Moses Lake woman ran a stop sign on Beam Road near Granger Saturday afternoon, and it resulted in nine people sustaining injuries.

Nine injured in collision near Granger

GRANGER - A Moses Lake woman ran a stop sign on Beam Road near Granger Saturday afternoon, and it resulted in nine people sustaining injuries.

G'view kids helping choose park toys

GRANDVIEW - When it comes to making decisions for the City of Grandview, the local city council usually takes the reigns. However, Thursday afternoon a different approach was taken to decision making in Grandview.

Five teens named S'side fire cadets

Five Sunnyside teens ages 16 and 17 have been selected to participate in the newly formed Sunnyside Fire Department Cadet program.

Elerding State titlist in breaststroke

FEDERAL WAY - Sunnyside Christian High School sophomore Patrick Elerding is the 1A/2A/3A State champion in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Grizzlies place fifth at State

Romero wins State title on first trip to Dome

Romero wins State title on first trip to Dome

SCHS girls play Saturday for State tournament berth

An inspiring District tournament semi-final win over LaSalle last Friday and a heartbreaking overtime loss to Riverside Christian in Saturday's District championship game has earned the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team a one-shot opportunity to play for a trip to State.

Knights finish third at Districts

Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball Coach Dean Wagenaar is taking into this coming weekend the attitude that things that are meant to happen will.

Lady Grizzlies seeded fourth for Regionals

WHAT HAPPENED? This is probably the question of the hour for fans of the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team.

Nine injured in accident near Granger

GRANGER - A Moses Lake woman ran a stop sign on Beam Road near Granger Saturday afternoon, and it resulted in nine people sustaining injuries.

Vikings need one more game to get to State

It wasn't a District title and an automatic berth to the State 'B' tournament, but the Mabton High Schools boys basketball team got the next best thing.

Friday, February 20





Working Stiff

Sunnyside studio owner captures moments in time

Sunnyside studio owner captures moments in time

Entertainment Briefs


S'side Girl Scouts launch patriotic cookie project

Sunnyside Girl Scouts Cadette Troop #391 is asking the public to participate in its "Cookies from Home, Notes from America," project.

Bickleton's flea market date changes

BICKLETON - The third annual Bickleton Goodwill Society Flea Market will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, according to event organizers.

13 ladies vying for Miss Cinco de Mayo crown

After years of seeing a sparse turnout, Miss Cinco de Mayo organizers in Sunnyside are gleaming with pride because of the number of young ladies competing for this year's crown.

Hart Beat

Watch's Leap Year

Watch's Leap Year

Safeway store helping out Lions' vision cause

The Sunnyside Safeway store is helping the Sunnyside Lions Club raise awareness of the Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight and Hearing during the month of February.

Third annual 'polar plunge' set for Saturday

YAKIMA - Interested in taking the plunge for Special Olympics?

Sports Briefs


New motel slated for construction in Sunnyside

Tourists, business travelers or people who just want to get away from it all will have somewhere new to stay in Sunnyside by the end of this summer.

Thursday, February 19

State Senate wants mad cow disease tests for live animals

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Senate this past Tuesday adopted Joint Memorial 8050, asking the federal government to give Washington State University money to develop a mad cow disease test that can be used on live animals.

Sunnyside's season comes to screeching halt

WEST RICHLAND - The Hanford Falcons took advantage of the raucous, playoff atmosphere in their home gym last night and sent the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team packing.

Greyhounds earn a date with West Valley

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's big man, Chris Mejia, had his usual solid night, but fans of the Greyhounds boys basketball team can send their thank you cards to Blake McFerran.

Potato, onion producers honor Granger lawmaker

OLYMPIA - State Rep. Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) was presented the "2004 Legislator of the Year" award by the Washington Potato and Onion Association in Olympia this past Monday.

'Water Statesman Award' presented to S'side lawmaker

OLYMPIA - Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) recently received the Water Statesman Award in recognition of his work on irrigation and other water issues in recent years. The award was presented by the Washington State Water Resources Association.

Grandview City Council Briefs




Seniors dominate 4.00 GPA list at Sunnyside High

Of the 38 students named to the 4.00 grade point average honor roll for the first semester of the 2003-04 academic year at Sunnyside High School, nearly half are seniors.

Wednesday, February 18

Lady Grizzlies pull off shocker of No.3 Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Ellensburg High School girls basketball team might be wishing it was playing someone else this coming Friday night after seeing what Sunnyside did to Grandview last night.

SCHS girls escape foul trouble, claim District tourney win

GOLDENDALE - Ticky-tacky calls by the officials got the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team in foul trouble yesterday afternoon. The Lady Knights weathered the early adversity, though, and stormed past the Lyle Cougars 55-34.



Ethics topic of discussion at Daybreak Rotary meeting

For the past two years Sunnyside resident and pastor of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Ron Jetter has been spending time serving as part of the Sunnyside School District Ethics Committee as a representative of the Sunnyside Ministerial Association.

Mabton boys tether the Eagles

GOLDENDALE - The road to the State 'B' tournament is looking well paved for the Mabton High School boys basketball team. The only question for the emotionally-driven Vikings is which road they want to take to Spokane.

Knights blow out Cougars in District opener

GOLDENDALE - The confines of Goldendale High School once again proved to be a friendly place to the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team. But no one could have imagined that last night Goldendale High School would have opened its arms like it did to the Knights.

Voters being asked to maintain Sunnyside's quality of life

A library is an important piece of any community. It serves as a place to gather information, peruse different magazines and newspapers, offers a wide selection of reading materials and can also be a site from which to search for your favorite musical group on the internet. According to Yakima Valley Regional Library Director Monica Weyhe, libraries play such an important role in a community that realtors often include information on libraries, alongside information on public schools when talking to perspective home buyers.

Grandview 'super' elects to retire

GRANDVIEW - As of June 25, 2004, Grandview School District Superintendent John Mathis will be retiring permanently.

No one grabs lead on downtown revitalization efforts

GRANDVIEW - Both the City of Grandview and the local Chamber of Commerce support the idea of revitalizing Grandview's downtown corridor. However, exactly who will take the lead is something that has yet to be decided.

Weekly Bowling Report


Lady Pirates end season with loss to Riverside Christian

GOLDENDALE - The Bickleton High School girls basketball team gave its all, but fell short of advancing beyond District action in Goldendale Tuesday afternoon.

Beyond the Norm-Mel

I want to start all over again

I want to start all over again

School board advances plans to build new school

The voters have given their approval, the land has been purchased and a plan has been formed for constructing a new middle school in north Sunnyside to ease the growing public school population.

Tuesday, February 17

Sunnyside JC Penney store ranked 42nd in nation

The Sunnyside JC Penney store has done it again. The store has met and exceeded its sales and profit goals for 2003, putting it into the top 1 percent of the company's nationwide chain of retail stores.

'82 SHS grad finds Iraqi people appreciative of American troops' efforts

A mother's eyes. They can speak volumes without a single word being uttered.

Spiritual blueprint outlined for Lower Valley women

PROSSER - Using her skill as an interior designer, Federal Way businesswoman Betty Anne McIrvin presented a blueprint for life to the members of the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club Monday afternoon.

WASL changes on the horizon

From the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to local school districts, changes are being discussed concerning the Washington State Assessment of Student Learning (WASLs) exams.



Internal medicine specialist moving to Sunnyside

Valley Internal Medicine will soon have a new physician working side-by-side with long-time specialist Dr. Coke Smith, and Sunnyside Community Hospital will soon have a new member to its medical staff.



Clark recieves recognition for mentoring work

Working to promote the medical field amongst high school students is something Mid-Valley Community Clinic's Irma Clark has been doing since moving to the Yakima Valley in June 2003.



Monday, February 16



Greyhound boys finish fourth in Mid-Valley play

The Grandview High School boys basketball team ended its regular season campaign with stops in two of the toughest places to play in the Mid-Valley League.

ady nights get ready to open up Districts Tuesday as No. 3 seed

The Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights may be tied for first place in their league, however after losing to LaSalle Friday night the local team will go into postseason play as the third seed at Districts.

City employee wages differ slightly in the Lower Valley

Every city in the Lower Valley, no matter its size, offers vital services to its citizens. A part of those services includes having a knowledgeable staff on hand to help with everything from law enforcement to street clean-up. However, how much each of those staff members makes is something that differs slightly from community to community.

Pioneer recruiting assistant principal

More than 25 applicants are seeking the assistant principal position now open at Sunnyside's Pioneer Elementary School.

PRIDE High teacher demonstrates commitment by shaving off his hair

by Julia Hart

Sunnyside police, WSP seek 'most wanted'

With new technology available to law enforcement officers, the Washington State Patrol has launched a link to their website dedicated to the agency's "most wanted."

Grizzlies limp into playoffs

by Bob Story

Lady Grizzlies advance to postseason with momentum

Watch out for the Lady Grizzlies.

Grizzlies sending six to State

Gabe Lara's performance this past Saturday night in the 215-lb. Regional tournament championship match put an exclamation point on the season for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team.

Lady 'Hounds head into postseason

The Grandview High School Lady Greyhounds may have had a tough weekend, but in the end the team was able to finish with a third place finish in the Mid-Valley League going into the postseason.

Knights weather the Lightning

The million dollar question entering Friday night's game between the LaSalle High School boys basketball team and Sunnyside Christian was who would show up to play. The answer turned out to be the Knights' Andrew Schutt.

Friday, February 13

Entertainment Briefs


Lower Valley man serves up full-length feature film starring local faces, locations

KENNEWICK - Michael Charboneau's life-long dream to be a filmmaker is finally a reality.

Yakima County Briefs


Mabton administrator 'Principal of the Year'

MABTON - Artz-Fox Elementary School Principal Julie Schmick can be hard to find. Her office space is no longer in a spacious, windowed room in the bustling school's main office. Rather, her office is a small room off a main hallway with a sign on the door reading, "Welcome to the Closet."

Starlings dropping like flies

Local residents finding hundreds of dead birds in their yards

Local residents finding hundreds of dead birds in their yards

New water and sewer rates in effect March 1

Sunnyside residents can expect to see another rate increase on their water and sewer bills at the beginning of March.



SHS drama club play to take stage for five-day run

A story of jealousy, power and betrayal set to music is the foundation for the Sunnyside High School Drama Club's presentation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

No leads in local arson investigations

Last year there were at least two arsons within the Sunnyside City limits that Sunnyside Fire Department Battalion Chief Lloyd Hazzard remembers clearly.

Grandview police chief retires, but not for long

One of the most respected police officers in the state has joined the ranks of the retired.

Tacitly Yours

I've chosen to let go of the Valentine's Day pressures

I've chosen to let go of the Valentine's Day pressures

Religious Reflections

Various views about Valentine's Day

Various views about Valentine's Day

New Gospel album combines Motown savvy with street ministry jive

Perhaps it's no accident that only those who make it in the music world are related to someone else who's in the producing end. But occasionally complete unknowns have been known to walk in off the street to grab the brass ring of fame.

Working Stiff

Sunnyside woman lives to soothe tired, damaged muscles

Sunnyside woman lives to soothe tired, damaged muscles

Across Our State

Where's the farm?

Where's the farm?

Thursday, February 12



Landscaping ordinance sent back to drawing board

by Julia Hart

How are you going to spoil your Valentine?

Boxes of chocolates, bouquets of flowers and jewelry are all traditional Valentine's Day gifts. However, there are plenty of other options open to people living in the Lower Valley. Tokens of how much you care can be given in the form of everything from a weekend at a local bed and breakfast to a special dinner cooked right at home.

Sunnyside school levy, bond issues validated, Granger measure defeated by a single percentage point

In the final count of special levy and bond issue votes, the Sunnyside voters gave the Sunnyside School District a narrow 60.9 percent approval for its $1l million bond.

Braman named new golf coach

Glenn Braman has been named the new head golf coach at Sunnyside High School.

Children, senior citizens at risk during weather alerts

YAKIMA - Every breath you take during gray winter days may be a danger to your life, according to Dr. Harriet Ammann of Washington's clear air program.

Weekly Bowling Report


Sunnyside student attends prestigious science academy

A win at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair last April has earned Kacee Jo Bootsma yet another opportunity to show off her inquiring mind.

VFW ladies auxiliary to host fundraiser for troops

Sunnyview VFW Ladies Auxiliary #3482 will hold a fund-raiser Friday, Feb. 13, to support the American soldiers now serving in Iraq.

Wednesday, February 11

Squires resigns

Sunnyside Planning and Community Development Director Pete Squires tendered his resignation Feb. 6.

Valentine's Day a labor intensive effort at Morris Floral

Although some people don't start thinking about Valentine's Day until Feb. 14, there is one local couple who has to start thinking about the holiday synonymous with love and red roses long before they ever flip their calendars from January to February.

Bickleton girls swamp Glenwood

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School girls basketball team finished regular season play at home last night with a victory over Glenwood, 33-10.

County gearing up for spring, summer dust abatement

Materials are being purchased and contracts are being awarded as part of the 2004 Dust Abatement Program in Yakima County begins getting ready for spring.

Pirates lose to Glenwood

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School boys basketball team finished off its season with a loss to Glenwood, 61-44, Tuesday night.

Horizon labors to help developmentally disabled find work

Putting people to work throughout the community is a job Horizons Inc. Executive Director Tom Gaulke is proud to do.

Mabton Council sticks with four-foot fences

MABTON - After several meetings to review its fencing ordinance, the Mabton City Council has decided to stick to a four-foot front fence restriction.



Lady Knights maintain first place standing with win over Mabton

The Mabton High School Lady Vikings didn't make staying on top of the B league easy for the Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights Tuesday. The visiting Mabton team kept pace with the Lady Knights, pushing them to their limits and making the Sunnyside team work hard for the first-place ensuring victory.

Friends of the Library prepare for annexation election in S'side

The fate of the Sunnyside library will be decided in a special election set to take place Tuesday, March 9, and a group of volunteers calling themselves the Friends of the Library aren't about to sit idly by and wait to see what the community decides will happen to the annexation proposal.

Knights crush Vikings as they battle to reach playoffs

Where have you been all season? That was probably the question fans of the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team were asking last night of their Knights. The SCHS boys dished out a powerful performance that proved they aren't about to ride off quietly into the night.

Open Mike

The best Valentine's Day gift I ever received

The best Valentine's Day gift I ever received

Dead calves dumped

The Port of Sunnyside reported Tuesday that 17 dead calves were dumped on Port property.

County park facility fees go up

It will now cost a little more money to rent a facility at local Yakima County parks, thanks to a resolution passed by Yakima County commissioners last week.

Tuesday, February 10



Local dentist honored for work with low-income children

Walking into the under-sea themed office at Spavinaw Dental Center children are at ease as they prepare to have their teeth checked.

Nine vying for Grandview Junior Miss

GRANDVIEW - Nine high school juniors tossed their hat into the ring Monday night, turning in forms and learning what the next two months has in store for them as they prepare to vie for the title of Grandview Junior Miss 2004.



Bickleton girls win one, lose one in weekend play

BICKLETON - A fast start helped the Bickleton High School girls basketball team claim a 59-42 victory over Trout Lake this past Saturday night.

Greyhounds qualify one for Regionals

WEST RICHLAND - Nestor Soriano is the lone Grandview High School wrestler advancing to the Regional tournament this coming weekend at Sunnyside High School.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Mad cow disease investigation complete

Monday, Dr. Ron DeHaven, Deputy Administrator of Veterinary Services for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, announced that the field investigation of the case of BSE, or mad cow disease, in a cow that once was being milked at a Mabton dairy is complete.

Larger location means bigger selection at Blue Bird Scrapping

For some people the only difficult thing about scrapbooking is learning how to get started, which is where Christina Adams, owner of Blue Bird Scrapping, likes to step in. Adams, who recently moved her business from a shared space near China Grove in Sunnyside, is now sharing the how-to's of scrapbooking from her new location in the Mid-Valley Mall.

'Quit dieting and get moving,' advises Oregon fitness expert

Americans' passion for fad diets and an enthusiastic aversion to exercise is making them fatter, claims Ogie Shaw, Oregon's answer to national fitness guru Jack LaLayne.

Graffiti-marking materials banned to those under age of 21

Turning 18, a person can buy a pack of cigarettes, vote or head off to war. But those the age of 18 in Sunnyside won't be able to purchase a can of spray paint.

Price is right for former Sunnysider

Former Sunnyside resident Tammi Jager, now of Kenosha, Wis., went to California on vacation with friends and came home a big winner.

Grizzlies crown three Sub-regional champions

WEST RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School wrestling team took a small army, 27, in all to the 3A Sub-regional tournament at Hanford High School this past weekend and seven of them advanced to this coming week's Regional tournament.

Sunnyside High School leaders earn national honors

Saying they face tough choices every day, Sunnyside High School leaders were honored last week by national leaders in the fight against substance abuse in schools. Honored as student heroes for their stand against substance abuse were members of the SHS Leaders in Action group, Club SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use).

Monday, February 9

Vikings move nine on to Regionals

GRANGER - All but one of the Mabton High School wrestlers is going on to Regionals at Royal City this coming weekend. But the key to advancing as one of the top four finishers out of this region to State for the Vikings, said Coach Ron Rutz, will be his team's ability to finish off opponents.

Not a good weekend for Sunnyside cagers

Getting everyone on the same page at the same time has proved difficult for the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team.

Greyhounds fall to third in Mid-Valley with weekend loss

GRANDVIEW - The final homestand of the year for the Grandview High School boys basketball team didn't quite end the way the Greyhounds had hoped.

Mabton locks up No. 2 seed in northern division

MABTON - The Mabton High School boys basketball team wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Greater Columbia 'B' League's northern division with a pair of weekend wins. But the Vikings have one more game to play before reaching the postseason and it isn't going to be an easy one.

Lady Grizzlies play well in weekend losses

Sunnyside , Wapato preparing to fight for final playoff spot

Sunnyside , Wapato preparing to fight for final playoff spot

Elerding advances to State swim meet

ELLENSBURG - Much like a pioneer farmer's wife was easily able to transform cream into butter, Sunnyside Christian High School junior Patrick Elerding churned through the competition this past weekend at the District swim meet.

S'side pastor to spend two weeks in Middle East

by Elena Olmstead

Yakima County Democrats back John Kerry for President

More than 750 Yakima County Democrats took part in Saturday's statewide precinct caucuses, taking time to voice their opinions on who the Democratic presidential nominee should be in 2004.

Drilling at Black Rock Creek to determine reservoir feasibility

Bureau of Reclamation workers have started the second phase of drilling as part of a federal feasibility study for the Black Rock Creek dam and reservoir.



Council approves new rate for biosolids disposal

Sunnyside City Council members approved at last week's meeting a new rate to pay Natural Selection Farms Inc. for disposal of the city's biosolids.

City Council urged to conduct meetings with civility

Sunnyside resident Martin Campbell covered a wide range of issues in addressing the Sunnyside City Council last week. But the longtime Sunnyside resident had one clear message to the city's governing body-get along.

Friday, February 6

Hart Beat

It's time to extend hands across the border

It's time to extend hands across the border

Religious Reflections

The Christian method of dealing with conflict

The Christian method of dealing with conflict



Weekly Bowling Report


LEAD officers wary that meth use in on the decline

For the second consecutive year the state of Washington has seen a decrease in the number of methamphetamine labs and dumpsites that have been located.

What's Happening

What's Happening



Classification proposal would change the look of the Mid-Valley League

There is a proposal that will be coming up for a vote before Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) members in April that could change the make-up of the Mid-Valley League.

Highway mishap claims life of Mabton man

A Mabton man is dead after a one-vehicle tractor-trailer accident occurred along State Route 243 Thursday afternoon.

Granger school levy failing

Sunnyside School District's bond and special levy measures, which achieved an easy 60-plus percent approval on election night, gained more "yes votes during the count of late arriving absentee ballots Thursday afternoon.

Valley dairies in compliance with state regs

Yakima County dairymen have made excellent progress in meeting the state's deadline for the implementation of nutrient management plans , according to an announcement by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

S. First Street project advances

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night approved an agreement with Gray & Osborne Inc. of Yakima to assist with the South First Street improvement project.

Grandview council retreat set for Monday, Feb. 9

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council will conduct its council retreat Monday, Feb. 9, at noon at Countryside Catering, 810 W. Second St., in Grandview. The retreat will offer council members a chance to review their 2004 council goals and priorities.

Sunnyside church's 100th anniversary celebration to begin a week from Sunday

100 Years in God's Service" is the centennial theme of the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church.



Greyhounds leaving Mid-Valley League

Vikings moving up (in two years)

Vikings moving up (in two years)

Across Our State

History of initiatives dates back 100 years

History of initiatives dates back 100 years

CD Review

Skip a 'Date with Tad Hamilton,' get the soundtrack

Skip a 'Date with Tad Hamilton,' get the soundtrack

Andrus & Roberts rallies back after devastating fire

Small flare-ups are continuously shooting up at the razed cold storage and packing building at the Andrus and Robert Produce Company facility on Wanita Road in Sunnyside.

Lower Valley folks asked to help buy satellite telephones for soldiers in Iraq

TOPPENISH - When Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Davison alerted his parents that he was headed to Iraq, he told them there was only one thing he really wanted them to do for him.

Thursday, February 5

Harrison Middle School team plays a numbers game

For the past several months a group of 15 Harrison Middle School students has been working under the guidance of teachers Brianne Carmody and Thalyne Carey to learn the ins and outs of math competitions.

Grizzlies loaded headed into Sub-regionals

The good news for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team is there are a ton of Grizzlies going to the Sub-regional tournament at Hanford High School this Saturday. The bad news is that the brackets are drawn up, and there are a lot of Sunnyside pairings.

Ozuna, Aguilar to help decide how more than $6.5 million will be spent on local health care issues

A 15-member board has been selected to help manage more than $6.5 million that will be used to provide health care and other services to the people of the Yakima Valley. Of those 15, two members of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation are from the Lower Valley.

Dead animals dumped on S'side Port property

The corpses of more than 50 animals dumped near the gate to the Sunnyside rendering plant on Midvale Road greeted Sunnyside Port District Operations Manager Brad Berk late yesterday afternoon

Roza pioneer shares book with Kiwanians

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club heard first-hand accounts of pioneer life on the Roza, Thursday morning as Grandview resident and author Barbara Skinner shared about her life settling 80 acres of land north of Grandview.

Canadian mayors trek to Yakima Valley stumping to open borders to beef trade

Lethbridge, Alberta, Can. Mayor Robert Tarleck and his colleagues refer to themselves as "the three Canadian amigos."

Court ruling reverses annexation law in state

Just as Sunnyside was changing all the forms for its annexation process, the Washington State Supreme Court reversed itself and upheld the petition method of municipal annexation, which has been used in the state for nearly 50 years.



SHS students experience real life research, thanks to Northwest summer intern program

Investigating the architectural intregity of the buildings on the 60-year-old Hanford Reservation occupied Elias Wise's time for eight weeks last summer.

Road to Regionals looks promising for Mabton Vikings

by Michael Kantman

Grandview City Council Briefs


More mad cow cases believed to be in U.S.

A subcommittee made up five international representatives said Wednesday that although the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) infected heifer found at Sunny Dene Dairy in Mabton could end up being the only infected animal from the Canadian herd of origin, it is likely that other infected animals have gone undetected.

First round looks good for Greyhounds

The first round of this coming weekend's Sub-regional wrestling tournament at Hanford High School looks rather promising for the Grandview wrestling team.

Wednesday, February 4

Blaze engulfs produce packing plant

Fire, water damage to Andrus & Roberts estimated to be almost $1 million

Fire, water damage to Andrus & Roberts estimated to be almost $1 million

Clean-up efforts continue in Sunnyside, reports Eikenbary

The Sunnyside City Council heard on Monday night a report from Property Maintenance Facilitator Bill Eikenbary about incidents he has dealt with in the past year.

Beyond the Norm-Mel

More people should care about television programming

More people should care about television programming

Living art

Local artist turns steel into representation of life

Local artist turns steel into representation of life

Voters say 'YES'

Sunnyside voters gave their overwhelming support for two issues which will raise their property taxes, but in turn will bring in millions of dollars in state equalization funds to the Sunnyside School District in the next four years.

Mabton Food Bank needs overhaul-money and volunteers

MABTON - Tucked away in the basement of the Mabton Veterans of Foreign Wars building is the Mabton Food Bank. The sign at the stairs leading to the food bank is faded, but those who depend on the service know what is found in the basement of the building located on B Street.

Bickleton girls claim victory over Burbank

BICKLETON - An aggressive man-to-man-defense is credited with aiding the Bickleton High School girls basketball team to a 53-41 non-league victory over Columbia Burbank Tuesday night.

Garcia re-appointed to planning group

The Sunnyside City Council approved the request of Mayor Ed Prilucik this past Monday night to re-appoint Paul Garcia to the city planning commission.

Collision injures two Lower Valley men

A two-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon near Sunnyside injured both a Granger man and a Prosser man.

City scheduled to test hydrants

Sunnyside Public Works Superintendent Ken Ott wants to forewarn citizens there is the possibility of some temporary water service disruptions later this week.

Weekly Bowling Report


Day reporting classroom puts routine back in to the lives of juvenile offenders

Going from math class to English to reading may sound like just another day on a high school campus, but for students attending the Lower Valley Day Reporting program going to class isn't an option, it's a requirement.

Tuesday, February 3

Grandview eyes downtown revitalization

GRANDVIEW - Downtown Grandview could be on its way to receiving a facelift if Grandview City Council chooses to move forward with the creation of a downtown revitalization plan.

Funding decision by REC explained to Sunnyside City Council

Basically, it came down to the fact the Sunnyside City Council wanted all of the money in the pot and the Lower Yakima County Rural Enterprise Community (REC) didn't want to give all of its remaining funds to just one entity.

Vikings win third game in four days

MABTON - The last four days have been a wild ride for the Mabton High School boys basketball team.

Lady Vikes tromped by Liberty Christian

MABTON - The Mabton Lady Vikings were defeated 50-28 by Liberty Christian last night in a non-league make-up game. The game was rescheduled after being postponed due to snowy weather conditions.

Artz-Fox names honor roll students

MABTON - Artz-Fox Elementary School officials have released the names of the students who earned honor roll status for the second quarter of the 2003-04 school year. To qualify, students had to earned all A's and B's.

Yellow Rose breaks ground on new facility in Prosser

PROSSER - This past fall as Teresa and Lou Gannon, owners of Yellow Rose Nursery, packed up for the winter, they were also packing up for good in Mabton.



Lady Greyhounds ready to stand tall

Grandview having super year under new head coach

Grandview having super year under new head coach

Sisters open new diner: Grandview Lunchbox

GRANDVIEW - They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that is the case, Ruby Ruiz and Celina Valdez are well on their way to a successful career in the food industry.

Twenty-six Harrison students pull all A's

A total of 26 students at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School, 24 of them girls, earned all A's for the second quarter of the 2003-04 school year.

Turkey fryer causes $15,000 in damages to Sunnyside house

Turkey fryer catches $15,000 in damages to Sunnyside houseA Sunnyside family deep fat frying chicken wings outside their home caught their house on fire Sunday evening.

Rape reported in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department is currently investigating a rape that allegedly took place Monday evening.

Graffiti crackdown on Feb. 9 agenda

An interlocal jail agreement with the City of Yakima is expected to be approved by the Sunnyside City Council at its Feb. 9 meeting.

Hospital changes status to offset financial deficits

To help offset huge operating deficits from caring for Medicaid and Medicare patients, Sunnyside Community Hospital has applied for and received a new status designation.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Grandview teen charged with robbery, assault

A Grandview teen elbowed his way out of Wal-Mart in Sunnyside and into a heap of trouble this past weekend.

Monday, February 2

Veteran police officer moves to detective position

A Sunnyside native and 18-year police officer veteran has been named to the detective's division of the Sunnyside Police Department.

Improvements to water system set to begin in Crewport

Next month, work is set to begin on improvements to the Crewport potable water system, which delivers drinking water to the residents of the small community located north of Granger.

Legislation proposed to limit obesity lawsuits

OLYMPIA - State Sen. Dale Brandland (R-Bellingham) has introduced legislation that would prevent food and beverage manufacturers from being held liable for obesity-related health problems.

Family displaced by mobile home fire

GRANDVIEW - A fire Friday afternoon caused extensive smoke damage to a mobile home owned by Juan Saldivar. According to the Grandview Fire Department, the mobile home was located in the Lamplighter Village Mobile Home and RV Park on Wilson Highway.

Voter turn out requirement already met in Sunnyside

Although the official election is slated to take place tomorrow, Feb. 3, many ballots have already been received by the Yakima County Elections Department.



Fond farewell bid to Fonfaras

A bronze statue of a lanky cowboy will accompany former Sunnyside City Manager Dave Fonfara to his new post as city manager of Chelan.

Grandview boys anything but Greyhound-like weekend split

Many of the problems the Grandview High School Greyhounds experienced this past weekend were from their own doing. Just ask Coach Scott Parrish.


Mabton upsets top ranked Riverside Christian

Mabton upsets top ranked Riverside Christian

School secretary wears many hats during the day

Answering the phone and making sure things get done in the office at Sunnyside Christian Elementary School are two duties that make up the tip of the iceberg for school secretary Ellen Dekker and her numerous responsibilities.

Sunnyside boys drop two conference games

Despite losing a pair of Mid-Valley League games this past weekend, the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team maintained its grip on the No. 6 spot in the conference standings.