Stories for May 2004


Friday, May 28

Scouts turned back by bad weather

Foul weather conditions kept five Grandview Boy Scout Troop #643 members and their three leaders from reaching their goal of summiting Mt. Hood the first weekend in May.



Karate students earn regional tournament honors

May has been a good month for Rocky Gonzales' Sunnyside karate school. His students recently earned karate honors and trophies for martial arts style and form at regional tournaments held on opposite sides of the state.

Watercolor painter to teach techniques to S'side youngsters

A picture of fish in a ice chest. A clipping of a woman holding a bowl of peppers. Blackberries on the vine.

Sunnyside float headed to Moses Lake

The Sunnyside community float, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be headed to the Moses Lakes community festival Saturday, May 29. The float will appear in the Moses Lake torch light parade beginning at 8:30 p.m., according to a float spokesperson.

SHS baccalaureate planned for June 3

Baccalaureate ceremonies will be held Thursday, June 3, at Sunnyside High School auditorium for the graduating class of 2004.

Entertainment Briefs


Hart Beat

I'm finally "nouveau" something

I'm finally "nouveau" something





Greyhounds welcome new coach

GRANDVIEW - A large crowd of players welcomed new Grandview High School football coach Dustin Lamb last night.

Asst. principal cites need for pre-school classes in Sunnyside

Washington Elementary School Assistant Principal Diann Zavala presented the Sunnyside School Board with a report this week about implementing a pre-school program.

Thursday, May 27

Engel sworn in as District Court judge

YAKIMA - For the second time Sunnyside resident Don Engel has followed in the footsteps of now Superior Court Judge Ruth Reukauf.

Maling re-elected hospital auxiliary leader

Charlene Maling has not only been named the Sunnyside Community Hospital's outstanding auxiliary member of the year, she has been re-elected auxiliary president.

Bender nabs skin at PGA pro-am

MOSES LAKE - Black Rock Creek head pro Jeff Bender may not have brought his 'A' game to last Monday's Central Washington PGA pro-am event, but it was good enough to earn him one of seven skins on the day.

Sunnyside Council puts condition on annexation request

The Sunnyside City Council moved forward this past Monday night with an annexation initiation request from Rene and Paula Lemos, but not without some conditions.

Grandview graduate makes his way through pro wrestling ranks

The professional wrestling industry has names like Randy "Macho Man" Savage, The Hurricane, Latino Heat Eddie Guerrero and The Undertaker. Now, the professional wrestling world can add the name Josh Childress to its list.



Project Safe Neighborhoods aims at getting guns off the streets

Sending career criminals to jail and keeping them there is part of a new law enforcement movement aimed at reducing gun violence across America.

Wednesday, May 26



High school graduation exercises begin June 4

From Bickleton to Grandview, high school seniors are counting the days until graduation.

Drive-offs at the gasoline pumps on the rise

"Steal gas, lose your license" is the message showing up on gasoline pumps around the Lower Valley. Area gas merchants faced with increasing numbers of drive-offs are installing security cameras, requiring pre-payment and yes, using the courts to punish the offenders.

SHS junior closes out State tourney with a 77

WEST VALLEY - Yesterday's closing round at the WIAA Class 3A State golf tournament may not have been as spectacular as what Kevin Lick dreamt about the night before. Nonetheless, the Sunnyside High School junior finished up the postseason affair with a solid 77.

Cream of the crop bestowed Golden Apple awards

The Sunnyside School Board took time out of its schedule at Tuesday night's monthly meeting to recognize some of its best and brightest staff members with the annual Golden Apple awards. This is the third year the district has handed out the awards recognizing staff members for their efforts in providing Sunnyside School District students with a place to have a prosperous education.

SHS spring sports award ceremony June 1

Sunnyside High School will open its doors to the community to come and celebrate the accomplishments of Grizzly student athletes on Tuesday, June 1.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

Changing names...sometimes it's difficult

Changing names...sometimes it's difficult

Tuesday, May 25

SHS Grizzlies beat West Valley to reclaim Apple Bowl trophy

ELLENSBURG - The questions flew back and forth. The buzzer rang under the hot studio lights as the Sunnyside High School Grizzlies confidently set out to reclaim the coveted Apple Bowl trophy for the fourth time in Apple Bowl history this past Saturday.



Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Skate park may be switched to South Hill Park

For the past several years a group of people have been interested in building a skate park at SunnyView Park. But, following this past Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting, the skate park could have a new home.

Former Sunnysider hit, killed by train

Former Sunnyside resident Severiano "Chico" Rodriguez Jr., 36, died early Monday morning in a train-pedestrian accident in Skamania County.

New city pool idea resurfaces in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Plans to tour regional swim centers were approved during the Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board meeting held Monday night.

Monday, May 24

Annual torch run helps raise awareness of Special Olympics

Saturday morning, across Yakima County representatives from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Sunnyside, Grandview, Granger and Yakima police departments took to the streets to show their support for the Special Olympics.

Parents share dismay with new discipline program

About a dozen parents were in attendance this past Friday morning at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School to share their concerns about the new discipline program, Make Your Day, implemented at the fifth/sixth grade school. The new program penalizes students for such things as walking on grass or laughing in class.

Sunnyside School Board Agenda


Grizzly boys bring season to a close

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School boys track and field team saw its season come to a close this past weekend at the 3A Regional track and field meet in Yakima.



Teacher has no plans to retire anytime soon

Getting up and going work is a pleasure for Sunnyside Pioneer Elementary School teacher Rose Hall.

Plesha brothers win Regional doubles crown

Sunnyside High School's top boys tennis players Danny and Johnny Plesha showed their true colors this past weekend as they earned the 3A Regional doubles title on their home court.

Garbage hauler encourages residents to stick to city garbage limits

Consider the repetitive motion of lifting and dumping more than 1,200 50-pound cans of trash every day. A person can get into a pretty good rhythm, only to have it interrupted when several 60-plus cans show up on the daily garbage pick-up route.

County approves contract for bridge inspections

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners have approved a contract with Sargent Engineering to conduct load ratings on bridges throughout the county.

Magical run comes to a halt for the Grizzlies

It is not too bad of a season when a team's only losses are to a group that will place in the top four at State, Cheney; the Mid-Valley League champion Hanford Falcons; and a pair of losses to one of the most prestigious boys soccer programs in the western United States, West Valley.

Lady Pirates to be well represented at State

ELLENSBURG - The Bickleton High School track and field team qualified three of its members for the State track meet at Eastern Washington University this coming weekend.

Changing cellular service providers no longer means having to change your number

Changing your cellular phone number no longer comes with the hassle of having to tell all of your friends, family and business associates your new phone number. That's because today (Monday) marks the first day that Lower Valley cellular customers will have a chance to take advantage of wireless number portability.

Friday, May 21

Call center interested in S'side as new site for a satellite office

GRANDVIEW - Enthusiasm for the future economic development of the Yakima County is at an all-time high, according to members of the Yakima County New Vision board.

Freshman class organizes first Grandview High School Follies

GRANDVIEW - The youngest class at Grandview High School is shouldering a lot of responsibility. Since March, the freshman class has been working to organize the first ever Grandview High School Follies.



Entertainment Briefs


Sunshine Days pared from three days to one

Sunnyside's grand Sunshine Days celebration won't be so grand this year.

Roach begins new term as Nouvella Club president

Even though she has been the president of the Lower Valley Nouvella Club for the past several years, Lu Ann Roach has not lost her enthusiasm for the leadership role.



Tacitly Yours

Where has the time gone?

Where has the time gone?

League honors announced for local teams

Sunnyside High School boys soccer coach Juan Pineda was bestowed with one of the highest coaching honors in the league. Pineda was named the Mid-Valley League Coach of the Year this season for his efforts in guiding the Grizzlies to the State tournament.

Thursday, May 20

Library says no to Initiative 864

In an effort to prevent further cuts in revenues, the Yakima Valley Regional Library will host an informational meeting in Sunnyside tomorrow (Friday) at noon. The meeting, to be chaired by Monica Weyhe, executive director of the regional library system, will be held at the Sunnyside Masonic Hall.

Local veterans prepare for Memorial Day services

On the morning of May 29, the members of Sunnyside veterans groups will head to local cemeteries to place American flags at the grave of each Sunnyside veteran who has served in the United States military.





Wednesday, May 19

Hit-and-run motorist still being sought

The Yakima County's Sheriff's Office is still seeking information regarding a hit and run accident that took place Sunday, May 16, around 5 p.m. in the Grandview area.

Grizzlies one game away from State trophy round

Hanford might be the Mid-Valley League boys soccer champions, but the Falcons can't figure out how to beat the Sunnyside Grizzlies to save their lives.

Canadian crop to get its start in Sunnyside

Soon, one of the spray fields near Sunnyside Port District's lagoon #4 will be covered in straw.

Tests show some farm workers over-exposed to pesticides

Since February, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has been monitoring cholinesterase levels in farm workers throughout the state, working to ensure that workers are not being overexposed to different pesticides.

Open Mike

There is nothing quite like "The Moment"

There is nothing quite like "The Moment"

Working Stiff

S'side stylist enjoys the art of hair creaitons

S'side stylist enjoys the art of hair creaitons



Berry farmer presents fund-raising opportunity

Mike and Jean Youngquist of Mount Vernon have been farming berries, cauliflower and cucumbers in the Skagit Valley for move than 35 years. Wednesday morning, Jean spoke to the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club about the possibility of selling berries as a local fund-raiser.

Lady Knights get top seeding into State tourney

The Regional tournament seeding game between the Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights softball team and Entitat, scheduled for this coming Saturday, has been cancelled.

Tuesday, May 18

S'side golfers falter in playoff for State

What could easily have been three or four Grizzly golfers heading to the State tournament ended up yesterday with only Sunnyside's Kevin Lick qualifying for the big dance.



Grandview leaders discuss ways to work together

GRANDVIEW - Although Monday night marked the regularly scheduled meeting of the Grandview City Council, the first official words of the meeting were uttered by Grandview Schools Superintendent John Mathis. Mathis, as well as other members of the Grandview School Board and Kevin Chase, who was recently hired to take Mathis' position when he retires this summer, were all on hand for a joint meeting of the city council and school board.



City Council leads the way in dedication of new center

Monday night was truly a momentous occasion for the City of Sunnyside.

Shed fire causes $50,000 in damages

A shed fire at 2561 Green Valley Rd. caused $50,000 in damages and resulted in the loss of both the 30-by-70 foot shed and its contents, which included a boat, tools, welder and a mower.

Local shop plans to donate refurbished vacuums to Habitat for Humanity

Taking old used vacuums and breathing new life into them is one thing that is done at Sunnyside's Active Vac and Bernina, but that isn't all that is being done at the local store. Cameron McMillan of Active Vac said the shop is refurbishing used machines with plans to donate them to Habitat for Humanity.

Monday, May 17

Knights' season comes to an end

ZILLAH - Getting base hits wasn't a problem for the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team this past Saturday. It was what the Knights did when they were on base that caused them fits.

Selah squeaks out 5-4 win over S'side at District tournament

RICHLAND - Despite a full-fledged effort that put a scare into the Selah Vikings, the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team saw its season come to a close this past Saturday at the District tournament.

Plesha brothers advance to Regionals

WEST RICHLAND - The brother combination of Johnny and Danny Plesha were the only Sunnyside High School boys tennis players to make it out of the District tournament this past Saturday at Hanford High School.

Grizzlies capture first-ever Regional

CHENEY - At the beginning of the season Sunnyside High School boys soccer coach Juan Pineda, who was recently named the 2004 Mid-Valley League coach of the year, said his Grizzlies planned on being one of the four best teams in the State.

DeAtley shares results of jail siting survey

YAKIMA - Last week, Yakima businessman Al DeAtley, who opposes the decision to locate the new Yakima County Justice Center at the Central Washington State Fairgrounds, announced the findings of a public opinion poll conducted by Elway Research on his behalf.

Grizzlies bow out one game short of State

WEST RICHLAND - It is not every season a team can say it was in the upper echelon, but that is probably little consolation for the Sunnyside High School baseball team.

'B' league champs District titlists, too

ZILLAH - It didn't come easy, nonetheless, the South Central 'B' League champion Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights won the District title this past Saturday.

Bickleton advances seven to Regionals

WAPATO - The weather was warm and sunny for the District 5 Championships held this past Friday in Wapato.

Van Belle slowly turning over family farm to son Chris

From his kitchen window, Cliff Van Belle can see the fruits of several generations of farmers who have tilled the land on property that has been in his family more than 80 years.

Hotel undergoes renovations

The sound of hammers hitting the roofs of buildings around town is unmistakable. During the month of April, the Sunnyside Building Division issued 75 building permits, and of those 16 permits were issued for roofing projects.



Deputies seek motorist who hit 4-year-old girl

GRANDVIEW - Yakima County Sheriff's deputies are seeking a hit-and-run motorist. A 4-year-old girl was struck yesterday afternoon by an older model pick-up, but after the driver of the truck transported the youngster and her father to Sunnyside Community Hospital, he fled the medical facility without leaving his name.

Relay for Life generates $100,000 in pledges

GRANDVIEW - Spring showers did little to dampen the spirits of the more than 450 walkers who turned out for the 2004 Lower Valley American Cancer Society Relay for Life benefit held this past weekend in Grandview.

Friday, May 14

Hart Beat

Banned from the movies

Banned from the movies

SHS seniors caught partying won't be banned from grad ceremony

Nine Sunnyside High School seniors have been disciplined following an incident involving alcohol that occurred on the high school football field a week ago. According to the Sunnyside Police Department, officers responded to a suspicious person call at 1:50 a.m. on May 7. A statement from the Sunnyside School District notes that the officers witnessed the students drinking on school property.

High school episode brings out the hangmen

I've received my fair share of phone calls and e-mails this week. Numerous people are apparently up-in-arms about the teens who decided to "celebrate" their pending graduation from high school. Seems some of the seniors last week (nearly 10 of them) got liquored up or pot-eyed, or both, made a mess of the press box at the football field and got nabbed by our local police. Charges of DUI, malicious mischief, drug and alcohol possession, trespassing on school property and attempting to escape from police custody are pending.

Grandview Chamber guest speaker details Wal-Mart success

GRANDVIEW - Steve Martin, human resource manager for the Grandview Wal-Mart distribution center, was the guest speaker this week at the monthly Grandview Chamber of Commerce meeting.

State Supreme Court hears cases in Valley

YAKIMA - Thursday morning, the Washington State Supreme Court took its work on the road, listening to oral arguments on three cases during a visit to Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima.

Entertainment Briefs


Citizen has complaint about Cinco de Mayo festivities

Sunnyside resident Fred Peterson came before the City Council this past Monday night to voice some concerns with this past weekend's Cinco de Mayo festivities.

Citizen compliments Cinco de Mayo event

Sunnyside resident Doris Brandvold complimented the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and the city at this past Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Thursday, May 13

McTeacher Night on tap May 20 at McDonald's

Next Thursday, May 20, McDonald's in Sunnyside will host McTeacher Night.

Attorney General candidate guest speaker in S'side

In a day when American leaders of integrity are a rarity, the Boy Scouts of America youth organization is needed more than ever, said Seattle's Rob McKenna.

City takes steps to ensure water supply

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night approved a contract that will help ensure the city's water supply is secure from bioterrorism.



SHS names top grads

Just 14 more days remain until the Sunnyside High School class of 2004 can celebrate graduation from high school and begin the next leg of their journey in life.

Lady 'Hounds finish the season with loss to West Valley

WEST VALLEY - The Grandview High School fastpitch softball team played one of the better teams in the league Tuesday, and lost both games of the doubleheader to West Valley.

Wednesday, May 12

120 scrap radiators stolen from local business

Approximately 120 scrap radiators were reported stolen Tuesday afternoon from American Radiator Inc. in Sunnyside. According to the Sunnyside Police Department, the report of the stolen radiators was received just before 3 p.m. yesterday.



Parents of Miss Mabton candidates upset

MABTON - While technically the Mabton City Council has no jurisdiction over Mabton Community Days and Miss Mabton Pageant activities, parents of the Miss Mabton candidates found themselves in front of the council last night (Tuesday) with a laundry list of complaints.

Sunnyside Lions Club seeks support for fireworks display

The Sunnyside Lions Club needs your help to promote freedom's birthday

No problem for these families

The idea of giving up television for two weeks might make some people a little crazy. Questions such as what will we do until bedtime or how will we entertain the kids would plague most families.

Two automobile thefts reported in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Two auto thefts have been reported in Grandview since Monday, that of a Volkswagen Passot and a 1990 Buick LeSabre.

S'side girls enter District play coming off two losses to Hanford

RICHLAND - Yikes! The Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team learned the hard way why Hanford is unbeaten in Mid-Valley League play this season.

SCHS Lady Knights 'B' league champs

LYLE - The Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team came within a whisker of pulling off an unbeaten season in South Central 'B' League play.

Four juveniles arrested after fight at Central Park

Four boys, including three 16-year-olds and one 14-year-old, were arrested late last Thursday after a fight broke out at Sunnyside's Central Park.

Open Mike

I could have built the jail by now

I could have built the jail by now

Grizzlies going to the show

WEST RICHLAND - It had the makings of a championship game and it lived up to its billing.

Tuesday, May 11



Fixing cars in streets now a 'no-no'

The Sunnyside City Council adopted a new resolution banning the repair of vehicles on public property or in public right-of-ways.

Mabton seeks new school superintendent

The Mabton School District will begin its search for a new superintendent starting next week.

Working Stiff

Teacher turned guidance counselor working at alma mater

Teacher turned guidance counselor working at alma mater

Cougars stop Mabton nine from advancing to playoffs

MABTON - When the Lyle Cougars breezed into town this past Saturday, Mabton High School's baseball team knew it had to win both games of the doubleheader to advance to the postseason. With the season on the line the Vikings battled tooth-and-nail, only to come up a run short in the opening game.

Rams score late to oust Greyhounds from Regionals

WEST VALLEY - Victory was within the grasp of a determined Grandview High School boys soccer team this past Saturday.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Monday, May 10

Tacitly yours

Life with a new puppy is a new experience

Life with a new puppy is a new experience

Chase hired as new Grandview School District superintendent

GRANDVIEW - There will be a changing of the guard in the Grandview School District.

Warm, caring words to describe Chamber health care award winner

Raising three children, managing a small farm and working long hours at the local hospital would sap the strength of a lesser woman. But not Ruth Barry of Sunnyside.

Uberuaga powers Grizzlies past Clarkston

Sunnyside to face Selah this Tuesday

Obituaries for Friday May 7, 2004


S'side boys nab golf league crown

SELAH - First year Coach Glenn Braman's Sunnyside High School boys golf team earned a share of the Mid-Valley League crown yesterday by sweeping Selah and Wapato.

Grizzlies devour the Eagles

Sunnyside to face Hanford for trip to State

Sunnyside to face Hanford for trip to State



District enrollment down in April

The Sunnyside School District saw a notable drop in enrollment in the month of April.

Lady Grizzlies competitive in losses to Selah Vikings

SELAH - For some clubs, closing out conference play against the league's No. 1 and 2 teams might not be considered a springboard heading into the District playoffs. But for the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team, the Lady Grizzlies relish the competition.

Obituaries for Monday May 10, 2004

Disorderly conduct reported in the 500 block of Rouse Rd

Music, food and fun highlight annual Cinco de Mayo festival

Sunnyside's South Sixth Street was lined from Franklin to Decatur avenues for Sunnyside's biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration this past weekend.

Grizzly boys end league play with win

The Sunnyside High School boys tennis team enters this weekend's District tournament at Hanford on a bright note.

Friday, May 7



Lady Bulldogs sweep Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds fastpitch softball team got off to a rough start Thursday afternoon against the visiting Ellensburg Bulldogs, starting the first game of the doubleheader with a first inning that included allowing six runs to cross the plate.

Thursday, May 6

Local wine industry has arrived

Twenty years ago, Washington winemaker Brian Carter had a hard time convincing East Coast wine drinkers that grapes weren't being raised under umbrellas in the rainy part of the Pacific Northwest.



Horn Rapids pro picks up points on PGA pro-am leader Bender

WALLA WALLA - Scott Johnson, head pro at Richland's Horn Rapids Golf Course, claimed a three-way share of the title at this past Monday's Central Washington PGA pro-am series event to virtually move into a tie for the series points lead with Sunnyside's Jeff Bender.

Sunnyside High School honor students who go 'above and beyond' recognized

Sunnyside High School students expect to be singled out for honors based on their academics or performance on the athletic field. But few are ever honored for simply being great volunteers. Sunnyside High School Assistant Principal Jan Schuette has decided that oversight must change.

Sunnyside High School mariachi band to perform at local Cinco de Mayo fest

"You don't play Peter, Paul and Mary with an electric guitar," said Sunnyside High School band teacher Jim Sleater, explaining that just like acoustic guitars are used to create a unique American folk music sound, a mixture of trumpets, violins and nylon stringed guitars create a sound unique to mariachi music.

S'side hires new building inspector

Karl Ford may be the new building inspector in Sunnyside, but working in the field is nothing new for the man who spent the last 10 months as a building inspector for Bonneville County in Idaho Falls, Idaho.



Garbage pick-ups questioned

The Sunnyside City Council at its meeting this week agreed to continue to examine the type of garbage services offered to local residents.

Wednesday, May 5

Southern, Hernandez compete at Apple Tree

WEST VALLEY - Richland's Molly Lindbloom paced a select group of golfers representing six high schools at a special competition staged at Apple Tree Golf Course yesterday afternoon. Lindbloom carded a one-over 73 to claim medalist honors.

Beyond the Norm-Mel

I'm not going to fret

I'm not going to fret

SCHS gets back on winning track

A two-hit performance by Tami Lambrecht highlighted Sunnyside Christian's 4-1 non-league victory over Liberty Christian Tuesday afternoon.



Red wagon, reminder of grandson, stolen from Mabton yard

MABTON - Last Wednesday when Gloria Cantu and her husband were doing some routine yard work they discovered something was terribly wrong.



Elimination of sludge, odors at wastewater plant being eyed

Sunnyside Port District engineers are in the preliminary stages of finding new ways to handle the disposal of lagoon sludge incurred during the treatment of industrial wastewater from its Midvale Road treatment facility.

Sunnyside, Grandview tennis teams split

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside High School boys tennis team brought home another win (3-2) Tuesday night while the girls lost to Grandview 3-2.

Tuesday, May 4

Mabton candidates preparing for pageant

MABTON - The Miss Mabton Pageant will be held Friday, June 11, at the Mabton Jr./Sr. High School gym as a prelude to Mabton Community Days.

Sunnyside to adopt ordinance banning car repairs on streets

The City of Sunnyside currently has no ordinance on its books prohibiting people from performing vehicle repairs on public right-of-ways. That is about to change.

Tigers scratch out win over SCHS girls

THORP - Both clubs came up with four hits yesterday, but in the end the Thorp Tigers prevailed over the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team, 5-3.

Pathway seeks volunteers

The Lower Valley Pathway Foundation is seeking groups or individuals interested in adopting a section of the Yakima Valley Pathway for spring clean-up.

Parks commission meeting canceled

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. has been canceled due to a lack of a quorum.



Sunnyside awards legal bids to Daily Sun News

At Monday's meeting, the Sunnyside City Council unanimously approved the Daily Sun News to serve as the official newspaper for the City of Sunnyside for 2004. This means the Daily Sun News will publish all legal notices for the city.

Sunnyside PD trains reservists

This past January, 15 people from around the Valley and as far away as Yakima and the Tri-Cities started making bi-weekly trips to Sunnyside to learn the ins and outs of law enforcement from Sunnyside and Grandview police officers, Washington State Patrol troopers and a prosecuting attorney.

Monday, May 3

Hillcrest Manor opens transitional care unit

For the past several weeks Hillcrest Manor has been offering a new service to both its residents and people referred to the facility by the local hospital. Hillcrest Manor recently created a transitional care unit, which serves as a rehabilitation area for patients who need to gain strength to do everyday activities, including getting out of a wheelchair on their own.

Sunnyside girls keep victory train rolling

WAPATO - The Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team is steaming down the tracks at full speed.

Granger police get defibrillator units

GRANGER - By the end of the month both the Granger Police Department and the Yakima County Sheriff's Office hope to have their eight new automatic external defibrillator units in their patrol cars and ready for duty.

Grizzlies finish third after sweep of Grandview

The Grandview High School baseball team came to Sunnyside this past Saturday with a little pep in its step. But the Greyhounds couldn't overcome the powerful bats of the Grizzlies, as Sunnyside came away with a doubleheader sweep.

Grizzly golfers 8th at Pendleton Invite

PENDLETON, ORE. - Shoot-ing a 315 team score for the second straight day, the Sunnyside High School boys golf team earned an eighth place finish last Friday at the Pendleton Invitational.

Car wash to aid 4-year-old diagnosed with neuroblastoma

GRANDVIEW - 4-year-old "Lil Gibby" Orosco has a rough road ahead of him. The youngster has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer.



Cherry Festival means fun for everyone

GRANGER - The sun was shining bright as the Granger Cherry Festival kicked off Saturday morning with a parade that included community floats, a local marching band and everything in between.

Educator ready for new adventures

After 28 years of going to school, Stan Davis of Sunnyside is ready for a change of direction.