Stories for June 2004


Wednesday, June 30



Sunnyside Fire Department receives federal grant

The Sunnyside Fire Department recently received word that it has been awarded a federal grant to enhance fire safety programs and fire prevention efforts.

Guest Editorial

U.S. economic system stacks up well against European counterparts

U.S. economic system stacks up well against European counterparts

Support sought for highway name change

After more than 20 years of having a twin identity, old State Highway 12 may yet again be renamed - at least on the Sunnyside area stretch of road now known as Yakima Valley Highway.

S'side Port commissioners review Midvale Road landscaping guidelines

A draft plan to create conformity with attention to industrial needs is being reviewed by the Sunnyside Port Commission as it advances its efforts to attract more industries to Sunnyside Port District property bordering Midvale and Alexander Roads.

Sunnyside will have zero tolerance for fireworks this year

City of Sunnyside law enforcement and fire department personnel will have a strict zero tolerance when dealing with violators caught discharging fireworks in the city limits.

Open Mike

I am not fat, I just have a small chest

I am not fat, I just have a small chest

Local swimmer seeking help

Katie Knee loves swimming and she is planning to venture into new waters this summer by competing at the AAU Junior Olympic games.

Seahawks holding football camp in Pasco, Prosser

Seattle Seahawks kicker Josh Brown will be overseeing two four-hour clinics being sponsored by the NFL franchise, in Pasco and Prosser.

Union Gap dialysis center celebrates open house

UNION GAP - Davita is a national dialysis facility that just recently opened two new facilities in the greater Yakima area, including one in Union Gap, along Ahtanum Road.

Linder runner-up in Super Gas

KENT - Wayne Linder Jr. took runner-up honors during a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) division points race at Pacific Raceways in Kent the weekend of June 18.

Piranhas chew away at Sharks, win 462-376

PROSSER - The Prosser Piranhas dealt the Sunnyside summer swim team its second loss of the season last night, 462-376.

Tuesday, June 29

Golob competes for State Dairy crown

LYNNWOOD - Outgoing Yakima Valley Dairy Princess Kendra Golob was one of nine young ladies competing for the title of Washington State Dairy Ambassador last Friday in Lynnwood.



G'view police need help in locating fraud suspect

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department is asking the public for help in locating a woman it believes is involved with mail theft, counterfeiting, forgery and conspiracy.

Bank robber makes clean getaway

Bewildered customers of the Sunnyside branch of the Bank of America, 401 S. 7th St., were turned away Monday afternoon when a sign was posted stating the bank was temporarily closed due to circumstances beyond its control.

Grid Kid sign-ups Wednesday

The tenth year of Sunnyside Grid Kid football is about to get underway. Team sign-ups will be held on Wednesday, June 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. near the Sunnyside High School football field.

Hall's return to prestigious Million Dollar Round Table

For the second year in a row Bob Hall Jr. of New York Life and Hall Financial of Sunnyside was invited to participate in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premiere Association of Financial Professionals, annual meeting. His father ,Bob Hall Sr., who has been an MDRT member for 37 years, also took part in the five-day conference held in Anaheim, Calif.

Working Stiff

Dunham takes indirect path to becoming a public library librarian

Dunham takes indirect path to becoming a public library librarian

Toppenish firm earns Port's building bid

Work is already underway on a new operations office building to be located next to the Sunnyside Port District's new sequencing batch reactor, to be located at the Port's Midvale Road wastewater treatment plant.

Monday, June 28



Changes in district athletic code outlined

Bill Daley, Sunnyside High School athletic director, presented some of the changes in the activities club code that were made earlier this year, to the local school board recently.

Tuesday pizza sales to benefit memorial fund

Josie Alvarez's co-workers will be working harder than ever to sell lots of pizzas tomorrow night.

Vandals damage statue

As far as Bill Flower remembers, the statue of Ren Ferrell was in perfect condition for the Sunnyside Pioneer Association picnic two Saturdays ago.

Sun Valley finishes in the cellar at West Valley

WEST VALLEY - It wasn't quite the finish Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball coach Dave Martinez was looking for, but the local skipper saw some promising things from his team at the West Valley tournament.

Two injured in four-car pile-up

PROSSER - Three motorists who arrived on the scene of a one-vehicle rollover this past Sunday morning ended up with damaged vehicles.

Gubernatorial candidate stops off in Sunnyside

Working as a member of the private sector, gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi feels he has a different perspective to bring to the office. Rossi, who is a commercial real estate investment banker and has served in the Washington state senate, is the leading Republican candidate for Washington state governor.

Riverside Drive seal coating project begins this Tuesday

The gravel portion of Sunnyside's Riverside Drive will be transformed into a paved road.

Friday, June 25

Traffic safety fee set to increase

The 2004-05 school year will see an increase in the fee for traffic safety classes. Thursday night, members of the Sunnyside School Board voted to increase the fee from $275 per student to $285.



School superintendent candidates meet Mabton parents

MABTON - The two Mabton School District Superintendent final candidates spent Wednesday and Thursday in the community answering a litany of questions, touring the facilities and meeting with the public.

96 percent of Mabton grads are college bound

MABTON - A new phenomenon has been rippling through the Mabton School District for the past few years, turning students' attention to the possiblity that college is something for everyone.

Sun Valley wins tournament opener

WEST VALLEY - Tyler Esqueda kicked it into high gear and the rest of his teammates followed as the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team won its opening game of the West Valley tournament yesterday.

Trinity Baptist Church to hold concert, vacation Bible school

Sunnyside's Trinity Baptist Church is inviting community residents to attend a special concert scheduled for Wednesday, July 7.

Split-the-pot leads to larger than expected donation

Last weekend, when Elmer Schilperoort was named the winner of the Pioneer Picnic split-the-pot raffle to benefit the community fireworks display, it was assumed that the $320 that had been collected would be split between Schilperoort and the local groups putting together the display.



S'side School Board votes to eliminate WASL

Looks of satisfaction in the crowd and a smattering of applause marked a decision made by the Sunnyside School Board Thursday night. The local school directors voted to submit a legislative proposal to the Washington State School Districts Association (WSSDA) that would call for the replacement of WASL testing.

Berkompas recognized for theater lighting work

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA - A former Sunnyside Christian High School student, Laura Berkompas, has been honored for her work in the theater while attending Dordt College.

Lincoln Avenue home Ok'd for renovation

A house set back off Lincoln Avenue will be undergoing renovations in the near future. The structure, located at 1121 E. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside, which is currently in a B-2, general commercial zone, was approved for a conditional use permit Wednesday night at the Sunnyside Board of Adjustment meeting. The house belongs to Norberto Bobadilla, and will be used as a rental home, according to Tom Biehl, a local realtor who attending the meeting and spoke on behalf of Bobadilla.

Sunnyside youth picked to compete at Safeco Field

12-year-old Tyler Niemeyer of Sunnyside will compete at the Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championships at Safeco Field this Sunday, June 27.

Off-premise signs approved on 3-1 vote

With a vote of 3-1, the Sunnyside Board of Adjustment approved a conditional use permit for two All-City Bail Bonds signs for off-site advertising.

New elevator open to serve church goers

In mid-May, all of the church members of the Sunnyside Church of God were able to go downstairs at the same time. It was the first time some long-time members of the church had seen the church's fellowship hall in the basement in three years. They were able to attend the church's graduation ceremony for high school seniors held in the basement by way of the shiny new elevator situated on the east side of the church's narthex.

Water forecast better than expected

Although the Bureau of Reclamation announced that rationing will be a part of this year's irrigation season, the situation isn't as extreme as it has been in years past.

Sunnyside native headed back to Yakima Valley for charity dance performance

When Tara Mosier was three years old she took her first dance class, starting with ballet and later expanding to jazz and gymnastics. Now, 24 years later Mosier has studied not only ballet and jazz, but also tap, modern, hip-hop, funk, flamenco and salsa dancing.

Tacitly Yours

It's time to be a little daring

It's time to be a little daring

Setback change approved for Grandview Avenue home

Excusing himself from the bench of the Sunnyside Board of Adjustment, Craig Miller requested the board consider his request for a variance to the side-yard setback at his 1018 Grandview Ave. home.

Neptunes no match for Sunnyside Sharks

Full throttle. That's how the Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team attacked the visiting Grandview Neptunes last night.

Thursday, June 24

Rotary, Curfman Steel provide storage units for Sunnyside museum

The Sunnyside Museum and Historical Society finally has a little room to breath, thanks to two new metal storage units that have been carefully placed behind the museum, along South Fourth Street.

Building permits issued in May account for $2 million in construction

The hillside near I-82 exit 69 is abundant with activity as construction continues on the new Best Western hotel structure located on Quail Lane in Sunnyside. The building permit for the $1.62 million project was issued May 13, but it was only one of the building permits issued by the Sunnyside Building Division in May.



Teen burned

Sixteen-year-old Jason Hopper of Outlook is in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center following an explosion and fire in a truck camper Wednesday night. The 1973 truck camper was on the ground at a residence at 22 Fordyce Road belonging, to Charlie Guinn. Brenda Hopper is the occupant of the home.

Quintero, Galvan pull all A's at Mabton High

MABTON - Two students, freshman Luis E. Quintero and senior Jesus Galvan, earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the final quarter of the 2003-04 academic year at Mabton Jr./Sr. High School.

Council says no to housing project

Citing uneasy economic times, the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night voted to not pursue a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a housing rehabilitation program.

DOT working to protect roadside habitats

YAKIMA - Driving over Snoqualmie Pass it is easy to be taken in by the beauty of the mountains and the lush green forests that surround the road. But it's those same roads that can end up bisecting migration routes for animals native to the area, making it difficult for them to move from one place to another.

Parent-child golf tourney held

The father and son combination of Toppenish's Dave and Adam Story bested the field this past Sunday at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Nearly two dozen earn 4.00 GPA's at middle school

Approximately two dozen students at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School aced their grades the final quarter of the 2003-04 academic year.

City to save money on plant upgrade

City of Sunnyside Engineer Jim Bridges had some good news for local residents this past Monday.

Sports Briefs


Funding needed for Lower Valley roads

YAKIMA - Lack of funding to help maintain roads in the Yakima Valley was the main concern brought before the Washinton State Transportation Commission during a presentation made by Yakima Valley Conference of Governments Chair Al Hubert.

Wednesday, June 23

Sharks power past Barracudas, 406-183

NACHES - Winning 38 races to only 13 victories snagged by the Barracudas, the Sunnyside Sharks rolled over Naches last night in Mid-Valley Summer Swim League action, 406-183.

Hispanic conference speakers stress importance of learning to love yourself

The idea of inclusion and not limiting oneself by what other people expect of you was the inspiring message behind keynote speakers Victor Villasenor and Debbie Wooten, who spoke as part of the third annual Child Welfare Hispanic Conference and the community forum that was held Tuesday evening at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Garden club to meet Tuesday

The Sunnyside Garden Club will be meeting for the last time for the summer Tuesday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside Food Pavilion meeting room.

Rotary speaker charter school advocate

When voters step into the voting booth this fall there is a very good chance that they will be asked to make a decision on the fate of charter schools.

Sainthood close for Mother Navarrete

Members of the Catholic Church celebrated the world around yesterday in honor of Pope John Paul's announcement about Mother Julia Navarrete.

Fourth of July flag raising planned

GRANDVIEW - This year Grandview residents will mark the Fourth of July holiday with a flag raising ceremony set to take place Saturday, July 3.

Efficiency highlights Sun Valley outing

SELAH - Efficiency might be the best word to describe last night's outing under the lights for the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team.

Tuesday, June 22

Ricks asked to resign

Long-time Sunnyside businessman Pete Sartin stood before the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night asking for the resignation of one of its members.

Brown Sox tourney champs

KENNEWICK - Led by the MVP performance of Bobby Garza, Sunnyside's KFC/A&W Brown Sox men's slo-pitch softball team won the title of the June 12-13 Sports Page Invite.

Cancer survivor survives one more ordeal

Sunnyside native Kyle Rattray was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, which is cancer of the kidney. Rattray spent the next several years of his life battling the life threatening cancer and survived.

Travel agency moves to Sunnyside depot

After 25 years in the same downtown Grandview store front, Travel Connection has made the jaunt down the road and set up office in Sunnyside at the old train depot building on Sixth Street.

17-year-old girl aces second hole at Black Rock Creek

Maybe it was a case of one-upping her grandfather, Bob Rice. Or perhaps, it might have been that the lessons she's been taking from PGA club professional Jeff Bender are quickly paying off. Then again, it's possible that her cousin, Brandon Rice, may be the lucky charm that was responsible for it all.

City Council rejects public hearing request

Mayor Ed Prilucik admitted at the June 12 Sunnyside City Council meeting that an official public hearing on a proposed landscaping ordinance was not held as he said it would be. But that didn't stop Council from passing the controversial ordinance, much to the dismay of one of its members, Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Mason takes another run at 'Doc'

Craig Mason is ready for round two with U.S. Fourth District Congressman Doc Hastings.

New sales manager one of several faces back at Denchel's

For a little more than a month, Dale Dawson has been back at work behind the desk at Tom Denchel Ford Country in Sunnyside. Dawson recently came back to the company as sales manager after spending the last seven years working for a Ford dealership in Moscow, Idaho.

Alleged computer buying scheme results in indictment, arraignments

A local man and three others were indicted last week on 91 counts that include wire fraud, commercial interstate carrier fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and aiding and abetting, as well as a criminal forfeiture. The indictment alleges that together the group defrauded Cisco Systems, Inc. out of $6 million worth of computer equipment, as well as other businesses across the country out of more than $2 million.

Home & Home results announced

Bud Schatz of Sunnyside bested the field at the Home & Home golf competition staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course two Sundays ago.

Sheriff seeks councilmen's support for county law and justice sales tax

What was basically a sales pitch to the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night turned into an interesting discussion between Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell and Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin.

Monday, June 21

6-year-old qualifies for National motocross race

He has nerves of steel, an unflinching belief in his ability to gain victory and he really loves to go fast. Still, 6-year-old Grandview resident Damon Palacios is admittedly a bit nervous about competing in the upcoming American Motocross Association national motocross championship.

Four Mabtonites perish in car crash

Four Mabton residents were killed Sunday, June 20, when their vehicle struck an elk.

Horse tosses teen, injuries are serious

A 19-year-old woman is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center, after she was bucked off a horse in the middle of West Edison Avenue in Sunnyside Saturday, June 19, at about 8:30 p.m.

Sun Valley finishes third at East Valley tourney

MOXEE - It was a good weekend of baseball for the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old squad.

State's test scores show schools making headway

Local school districts are making gains on statewide and standardized tests, but they still have a ways to go to catch the state average.



Local youngsters invited to take part in Yakima Valley Band and Cheer Day

GRANDVIEW - Learning what it takes to make the most of a march down a parade route is something band members from throughout the area will be doing as part of the first ever Yakima Valley Band and Cheer Day, which is scheduled to take place Aug. 12, during the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo in Grandview.

Grandview chamber to hold meeting

GRANDVIEW - Have ideas on how to revitalize Grandview's downtown core?



Friday, June 18

S'side swimmers harpoon Whales

Neither Sunnyside nor Wapato could eke out an advantage over one another in collecting first place points last night. But when it came to piling up points for second and third place finishes, the Sharks came out on top.

Tacitly Yours

Missing: One kitchen table (and maybe a few chairs)

Missing: One kitchen table (and maybe a few chairs)

County executes contract for final phase of Crewport project

Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved the execution of a contract with Apollo, Inc. of Kennewick for work on the final phase of the Crewport water improvement project.



Plans to avoid water contamination murky

City Engineer Jim Bridges this past Monday night provided the Sunnyside City Council with a status report on the South First Street project.

Familiar face taking over Mabton girls program

MABTON - Mabton native Mike Roettger is coming home.

Bender third at PGA pro-am

SELAH - Black Rock Creek Golf Course head pro Jeff Bender tied for third place honors in the pro division at this past Monday's Central Washington PGA chapter pro-am series event, staged at the Yakima Elks Golf & Country Club.

Guest Editorial

I'm dreaming of a BIO based world

I'm dreaming of a BIO based world

Shooting investigation continues

Sunnyside police detectives are continuing the investigation into a shooting, which left two men seriously injured.

County enters into agreement with City of Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Later this year work is scheduled to begin on the installation of two traffic signals along Wine Country Road in Grandview. Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved an agreement with the City of Grandview for certified acceptance services for the two projects.





Plesha brothers dominate in E'burg

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside brothers Johnny and Danny Plesha dominated the action last weekend at a U.S. Tennis Association-sanctioned event in Ellensburg.

Public hearing date set to discuss proposed franchise agreement

MABTON - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners set a public hearing date to consider an application filed by Simpson Brothers Farms of Mabton for a non-exclusive franchise agreement. The agreement would be for the construction, operation and maintenance of a wastewater pipe under Rusk Road.

Sunnyside's Promise works with parents to ensure success

When the school year started last fall there were 566 first grade students filling up elementary school classrooms throughout the district. However, when the class of 2004 walked down the aisle for commencement services just a couple of weeks ago, only 301 students graduated from high school. These are the numbers Sunnyside's Promise is hoping to avoid for the class of 2012, which is why the organization is adopting the more than 400 students who will be moving into the fifth grade next year.

Entertainment Briefs


Uberuaga tosses no-no in Sun Valley rout

MOXEE - Domination might be the word that best describes Derek Uberuaga's outing on the mound yesterday in the opening game of the annual East Valley Classic baseball tournament.



Thursday, June 17

Chamber meets to discuss ways to increase membership

Learning about the inner workings of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is something members of the community were invited to do Wednesday evening. Tom Gaulke, chamber president and executive director of Horizons, explained that the meeting was the second installment in an effort to educate the community about what it means to be a chamber member.

Kiwanis barbecue set for tonight

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club is holding a barbecue for those interested in becoming a Kiwanis Club member.



Port contributes $20,000 to help advance new reservoir

Money the Port of Sunnyside received for selling excess water rights back to an irrigation district during a water short season several years ago will be used for the purpose of helping ensure water is available to irrigators who need it.

State Grange leader tackles myriad of issues during convention address

Hunt particularly emphasizes primary election in this morning's talk

Hunt particularly emphasizes primary election in this morning's talk

Grizzliettes holding weekend yard sale

The Sunnyside High School Grizzliettes drill team will hold a yard sale this weekend.

U.S. Bancorp donation helps with expansion of downtown electrical system

There is going to be more power surging through downtown Sunnyside thanks to a donation that was recently made to the Foundation for the Community of Sunnyside. Wednesday morning, U.S. Bancorp Foundation donated $2,752 to the Sunnyside foundation, which in partnership with the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is going to use the funds to upgrade outlets in the downtown corridor.



Wednesday, June 16

Commissioners set public hearing date for CDBG program

YAKIMA - In 1998, Yakima County adopted a citizen participation strategy when it comes to applying to the state for Community Development Block Grant funds. Since then the county has worked to ensure that community members have a chance to voice their concerns and opinions when it comes to different projects the county submits to the state for possible funding.

Elder Dalrymple moves into all-stars lead

John Dalrymple moved into the lead of the all-stars competition in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) after winning a race this past weekend he wasn't even supposed to be competing in.

Dolphins slide past S'side Sharks, 422-333

SELAH - Winning on the road is always tough in the Mid-Valley Summer Swim League. Traditionally, the home team always fields more swimmers. And more times than not, that translates into a victory for the club that is churning through its own waters.

Sun Valley dismantles Richland team

RICHLAND - Baseball is a simple game in concept. It involves playing defense, pitching and hitting. The Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team excelled in all three areas in yesterday's doubleheader route of a Richland squad.

Open Mike

Finally, a day all our own

Finally, a day all our own



Bail for drug defendant set at $1 million

Four of the eight people arrested in the Lower Valley by the Law Enforcement Against Drugs task force have been arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court on drug charges.



No action taken in executive session

No action was taken by the Sunnyside School Board yesterday following an hour-long executive session.

Family embraces challenges on way to achieving dreams

Envision it and it will happen. That is the guiding force that drove one local family in achieving their dreams of finishing a college education.

Rotarians hear of Schuler's rail rides

When Sunnyside resident and Daybreak Rotary Club member Randy Schuler first had a friend invite him out for a ride in a speeder car, his thoughts automatically turned to oval tracks and brightly painted NASCAR racers. Instead, Schuler discovered that a speeder car is actually a small railroad car that once was used as a track inspector, but is now used by rail enthusiasts as a unique way to get from point A to point B.

Tuesday, June 15



Landscaping ordinance OK'd despite opposition

A new landscaping ordinance for commercial entities the Sunnyside City Council has wanted to implement has been controversial since it was first introduced a couple of years ago. Last night was no different, but the Council went ahead and approved a condensed version of it anyway.

DSHS Hispanic Conference will include public presentation

Bringing family members together, reminding families that good moral upbringing starts at home and promoting understanding of Hispanic culture are all things the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is hoping people will gain by taking part in its third annual Hispanic Conference.

Reformed hippie turns to God

For most of her life Roxanne Bowman of Florence, Ore. thought of herself as a failure.



Police nab six teens at busted party

Six teens were cited for minor in possession and/or consumption of alcohol early Sunday morning when a large party was busted in the 100 block of NW Crescent Avenue.

Noted educator dies

SPOKANE - Former Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Albert L. Ayars died May 27, 2004 in Kirkland.

S'side hospital acquires Occupational Health Services

June not only marked the official beginning of the summer season for residents of the Lower Valley, it also marks a changing of the guard at Occupational Health Services.

400 S'side fifth graders to be adopted this fall

Students' parents asked

South First Street to be renamed after Reagan

Heated discussion ensues when Ricks lavels former civil rights leader an adulterer

Heated discussion ensues when Ricks lavels former civil rights leader an adulterer

Monday, June 14

Youngsters pucker up in bubble blowing contest

More than 50 Lower Valley children, ages 12 and under, took time Saturday to pucker up their lips and try their hand at blowing the biggest bubble gum bubble they could muster. Saturday morning, Wal-Mart stores across the country hosted the fifth annual Dubble Bubble National Bubble Blowing Contest, which pits kids against kids to determine who can blow the biggest diameter bubble.

Five sisters sustain injuries in mishap

An attempt to avoid an animal that ran across the path of the vehicle they were riding in last Friday evening resulted in five Sunnyside sisters sustaining injuries.

Teens busted at end of school year party

The Washington State Patrol was called into assist in cracking down on a large underage drinking party in the 100 block of NW Crescent Avenue in Sunnyside early Sunday morning.

Shooting investigation still hanging in the balance

Sunnyside Police Department investigators are waiting to see whether two men involved in a shooting last Thursday evening live before they announce what charges will be filed against the men.



Sharks begin defending title this Tuesday at Selah

The Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team begins its quest for a second straight league championship tomorrow night (Tuesday) in Selah.

Friday, June 11

Sports Briefs


Entertainment Briefs


Tacitly Yours

No one told me country living would up the cleaning quotient

No one told me country living would up the cleaning quotient

Comstock's chosen Mabton Parade marshals

MABTON - Long-time Mabton couple John and Darlene Comstock will serve as the grand marshals in this year's Mabton Community Days Parade.



City does away with ambulance household tax

If you paid your water bill recently, you might have noticed you didn't have to dig quite as deeply into your pocket.

Two injured in shooting incident

Two Sunnyside men were rushed to Sunnyside Community Hospital and later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following a shooting incident Thursday evening.

New Grizzly newspaper advisor lands scholarship to attend workshop

Sunnyside High School teacher Elizabeth Wiederspohn will be taking part in a two-week journalism education workshop in San Francisco to learn all she can for her new role.

Lady 'Hounds fall to Prosser in the seventh inning

GRANDVIEW - Rainy weather didn't put a damper on the Grandview High School girls fastpitch softball team Wednesday afternoon, as they took on the Prosser Mustangs. The two teams were able to play one seven-inning game before rain caused the doubleheader to be cut short.





Grizzliettes holding car wash this weekend

The Sunnyside High School Grizzliette drill team will hold a car wash this Saturday, June 12, at the Denny Blaine building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Four teens vying for Miss Mabton title

MABTON - Reigning Miss Mabton Sophia Beltran will relinquish her crown tonight to one of four young ladies vying for her title.

Baggerly headed to national rodeo competition

Sunnyside High School senior Ty Baggerly has been riding horses since he was old enough to walk. Later this month he will have a chance to showcase the talent he has been working all his to hone. June 29 through July 4, Baggerly will be competing in saddle bronc riding events in Falon, Nev., before going to the national high school rodeo in Wyoming for team roping with Taylor White of Prosser.

For Rodriguez clan, it's soapbox derby time

Building, designing and working on soapbox derby racers has become a family affair for the Rodriguez family. Raul Rodriguez and his two sons, 12-year-old Anthony and 10-year-old Jeromy, have been building racers together for the past three years. To date they have two completed cars and two cars that are still under construction.

Thursday, June 10

City officials still undecided on where to build skate park

At this last Monday night's meeting, the Sunnyside City Council moved forward with a grant application process to help fund the construction of a skate park at SunnyView Park.

Citizens expressed concern about yard upkeep

Local resident Bob Johnson came before the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night to share some concerns he had about people maintaining their yards.



Kiwanis to hold membership BBQ

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club will be holding a free barbecue Thursday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. for those interested in becoming members.

2004 S'side High grad supports Locks of Love by clipping off her hair

When Sunnyside High School graduate Deann Trautman had more than a foot of her hair cut off Wednesday afternoon, her reaction told the story.

Council approves minor changes with COG

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night approved a minor change in the contract the city has with the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (COG).

Bears GM visits Sunnyside to recruit fans to Yakima games

A good old-fashioned game of baseball, 25 cent hotdogs and fireworks are images that spring to mind when a person begins to think of things that are traditionally American. And June 21, during the Yakima Bears home opener, these are things that everyone in attendance will have a chance to be a part of.

Explorers recognized for work on spring clean-up day

The Sunnyside City Council took time out of its meeting this past Monday night to recognize a group of police explorers for their work with the annual spring clean-up day.

Mabton VFW, food bank at odds

MABTON - Four non-profit organizations in Mabton share a 1910 brick structure in need of some serious TLC.

Wednesday, June 9

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Seneca announcement leaves state's asparagus industry on life support

This is asparagus season in the Yakima and Walla Walla river valleys. The region's rich soil and perfect growing conditions have produced another bumper crop of high-quality asparagus destined for America's dinner tables.

Van de Graaf to play in all-state game

Hilary Van de Graaf, a 2004 Sunnyside High School graduate, will be playing in the girls all-state basketball game this weekend.

Grandview girls' split double header against Ki-Be

BENTON CITY - After only two practices and with only eight players, the Grandview High School girls' fastpitch softball team gave Ki-Be a run for their money, during a double header that took place Monday evening in Benton City.

Beyond the Norm-Mel

Its not that difficult to be courteous

Its not that difficult to be courteous

Grandview City Council Briefs


Roping benefit set for local high school team ropers going to nationals

Sending two boys to Wyoming for a week is never an inexpensive venture. But for team ropers Ty Baggerly of Sunnyside and his teammate Taylor White of Prosser, the expense is the only thing between them and competing in the national high school rodeo set to take place July 18-25 in Wyoming.



Engineering firm holds public meeting for South First Street project

Representatives from Gray & Osborne were on hand last night at the Sunnyside Community Center along with city staff to discuss with local residents ideas concerning improvements to the South First Street area in Sunnyside.

Emphasis patrol a good exercise for Valley officers

MABTON - Friday afternoon, representatives from police departments throughout the Lower Valley, including the Washington State Patrol and the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, joined forces to help ensure that residents of the Valley are wearing their seatbelts. The seatbelt emphasis patrol meant there were officers out patrolling the streets until 8 p.m. doing nothing more than traffic enforcement, specifically looking for people who were not wearing their seatbelts.

Tuesday, June 8



Mabton High School honors spring athletes

MABTON - The staff at Mabton High School honored some of its best and brightest of the past spring sports season last Thursday night, June 3.

Fire District #5 chief ready to cap off career

He is chief of the largest fire district in the state, but right now Mark Kimm is busy, anxiously awaiting one special night he can spend with his wife, Ellen.



Graduates laud efforts of PRIDE High staff

Five PRIDE High School graduates shared pieces of their lives with a near capacity audience at the PRIDE commencement ceremony held Monday night.

Monday, June 7

Grandview graduates 138 prep students

GRANDVIEW - Saturday afternoon, as the 138 graduates of Grandview High School marched to their seats dressed in a mix of crimson and gray gowns, the faces of the graduates told the story. There were smiles, looks of pride and even a few sad faces, as the students prepared to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.



Mabton grads advised not to be afraid to fail

MABTON - One of the largest classes to ever graduate from Mabton High School took center stage before a capacity crowd this past Friday night.

de la Cruz's award winners

Admittedly a fanatic about neatness and cleanliness, Alex de la Cruz is forever straightening, wiping down and admonishing his crews to do the same.

Taiwanese recording artist shoots music video in Lower Valley to promote cherry sales

As Pacific Northwest cherries begin arriving on the shores of Taiwan in about two weeks, another production from the area will also be getting ready to debut. Last week, Northwest Cherries, an organization that represents cherry growers in the three Northwest states, brought a video crew from Taiwan to shoot a music video that will help promote the fruit in that country, which has been the number one export market for Northwest Cherries for the past five years.

20 graduates say good-bye to S'side Christian High

GRANDVIEW - Before the members of the Sunnyside Christian High School Class of 2004 marched to their seats at the front of the Church of the Nazarene in Grandview, guests were invited to take a look back at the past year through the eyes of the 20 graduating seniors.

Grads bid farewell to Sunnyside High School

Leading 275 students onto the field of Clem Senn Field, 80-year-old Roy Culver was the oldest graduate to receive his diploma at the Sunnyside High School commencement exercise last Friday night.

Friday, June 4

Sunnyside High class of 2004 comes together for baccalaureate

More than 30 graduates marched their way into the Sunnyside High School auditorium Thursday night dressed in their red and black robes with their mortarboards placed stoically on top of their heads. The members of the class of 2004 were ready to celebrate their coming accomplishment, as well as recognize the role God has played in their lives.

Sports Briefs


Woman arrested on drug charges

A 38-year-old woman believed to be from Wapato was arrested Thursday on charges of attempting to get drugs from Sunnyside Community Hospital using a false name.

Mabton girls coach taking his game to a different level

MABTON - As the head coach of the Mabton High School girls basketball team, Brett Simpson didn't win a State title. He didn't win any league titles. In fact, Simpson didn't post a winning league season until this last year, his fifth as coach of the Lady Vikings. Simpson may not have won a championship, but in many ways he did something so much more important than that-he brought life back into what was a dying program and reinstilled pride in Lady Viking basketball.



Tacitly Yours

One person's junk is another person's treasure

One person's junk is another person's treasure

Entertainment Briefs


Story Time

Illegal immigration too costly for Americans

Illegal immigration too costly for Americans

Soldier home in time for wedding anniversary

Former Sunnysider Sgt. Jason A. McNabb is returning home to Guam just in time to be with his wife on their first wedding anniversary.

Suitcase project benefits foster kids

MABTON - An art project in Betsy Desmarais' resource room at Mabton Jr./Sr. High School is making some Yakima Valley foster kids very happy.

Big name acts will entertain Central Washington State Fairgoers

YAKIMA - The Mardi Gras theme was so popular at last year's Central Washington State Fair that officials decided to build upon the success in 2004.

Soroptimists receive grant to aid in breast cancer detection

Sometimes the difference between seeking a lifesaving medical treatment is the difference between the cost of buying groceries for one's families and the cost of the treatment. Most uninsured women will buy the groceries.

Eagle Scout Court of Honor Saturday

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held Saturday, June 5, at 6 p.m. at the Sunnyside LDS Church.

Religious Reflections

Find your purpose in life

Find your purpose in life

Thursday, June 3

Sunny Valley Saddlers hone their riding skills during first ever 4-H gaming day

Lower Valley 4-Hers spent May 15 taking it back to basics for their first ever 4-H gaming day. Karen Tucker, leader of the Sunny Valley Saddlers 4-H group, said the gaming day brought the kids together to try their hand at western-style riding games.







New prep graduation requirements adopted

The Sunnyside School Board at its May meeting adopted a new set of high school graduation requirements.

Bickleton church gives graduates a warm send-off

BICKLETON - For the nine Bickleton High School seniors there is a lot of love and support surrounding them.

Nearly 60 years later, World War II vet will get his high school diploma

Sitting in a sea of black caps and gowns, Roy Culver looked as nervous as any of the 270 Sunnyside High School 17 and 18-year-olds seated in the Sunnyside High School bleachers for graduation rehearsal.

Wednesday, June 2

Working Stiff

Sunnyside car dealer's passion is motorcycles

Sunnyside car dealer's passion is motorcycles

Port's financial director leaving for private sector

M'liss Bierlink will be leaving her position as financial officer with the Sunnyside Port District to join her husband, Ken, in his construction business as of July 9.

New concession stand planned for high school

Sunnyside School District Executive Director of Business Dave Plesha announced at last month's school board meeting plans to rebuild the concession stand at the high school football field.

Love for the outdoors keeps Chamber award winner working hard

Described by those who know him as a man with a zest for life, Luigi Rosal admits working at the Sunnyside city parks is never a chore.



Open Mike

Was life really that bad with Bill as president?

Was life really that bad with Bill as president?

Mabton's Webster Lopez places in top nine at state

CHENEY - Webster Lopez went to the State track and field championships already a winner last Saturday.

Spring athletes honored at awards ceremony

Ending a successful spring sports season on a high note with state berths in tennis, golf and track, and strong finishes in soccer and baseball, the young athletes were honored at the Sunnyside High School Spring Sports Banquet Tuesday night.

Tuesday, June 1

Gas, electric scooters revving to new heights of popularity

Whizzing around town, the wind blowing through your hair and the quiet whir of a small engine at your feet is something more and more local residents are spending the money to experience. Since last summer Sunnyside's Schuck's Auto Supply has been selling different models of gas and electric powered scooters, which give riders a chance to scoot around town without having to give much thought to things like high gas prices.

Death Notice


SCHS girls knock off Curlew at State tourney

WENATCHEE - The goal was to bring home a trophy from State. That didn't happen for the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team this past weekend. But, the Lady Knights proved they belonged at State, via their extra inning victory over the Curlew Cougars.

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Gonzalez goes out a champion

PASCO - Isley Gonzalez finished off her prep high school track and field career as a champion.

Herrett Trucking reunion planned

YAKIMA - Past employees of Herrett Trucking Company, which used to be based out of Sunnyside, are invited to attend a company reunion June 12 at Yakima's Ahtanum Youth Park.

Seatbelt emphasis to target local drivers

UNION GAP - Washington state might have the highest seat belt usage in the world at 95 percent compliance, but that isn't stopping the efforts of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.