Stories for November 2004


Tuesday, November 30

New flower shop offers colorful silk arrangements

Although Maria Alanis has been using her creativity to put together silk flower arrangements for some time, it was just this past Saturday that she opened the doors to her first floral shop.

Outlook Elementary honor roll students named

OUTLOOK - Outlook Elementary School has listed the names of the honor roll students for the first quarter of the 2004-05 academic year.

Landowner not happy with city's latest decision

One Sunnyside landowner isn't happy with the City of Sunnyside and he is letting everyone know it.

Lady 'Hounds push past Wapato, SCHS during jamboree

Last night, the Grandview High School Lady Greyhounds took their first steps onto the basketball court this season. The tentative steps ultimately led to two jamboree victories for the Lady 'Hounds.

Sunnyside School Board Briefs




School district close to buying more property

The Sunnyside School Board gave its permission following an executive session Monday night to allow superintendent Dr. Rick Cole to negotiate to purchase property.

Lady Knights scrappy against Grandview at Sunnyside jamboree

Considering the Class 'B' Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights faced both a 2A and 3A opponent last night, their season opening debut wasn't all that shabby.

Rodriguez, Espinoza earn top honors at Artz-Fox Elementary

MABTON - Two Mabton fifth graders excelled scholastically at Artz-Fox Elementary School the first quarter of the 2004-05 academic year.

Bank of the West welcomes new manager

A hometown girl running a hometown bank.

Angel Tree project providing Christmas presents to children with parents in prison

Tony Cardenas, the Lower Valley co-coordinator for Angel Tree, a program that provides Christmas gifts for children whose parents are in prison, is seeking people who would like to sponsor a child this Christmas.

Modest sewer rate increase OK'd by Grandview councilmen

GRANDVIEW - The City of Grandview may be facing a budget crunch in 2005, but it won't mean any stiff increases in water and sewer rates for local utility users.

Plans for new school move forward

The Sunnyside School Board took a major step towards the construction of a new middle school Monday night.

Lady Grizzlies win two jamboree games

The Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies came on strong last night, winning their first two match-ups of the season.

Revitalization efforts offered to Sunnyside-Grandview communities

The University of Washington wants to help Lower Valley towns revitalize their communities.

Monday, November 29



Holiday leftovers can be utilized for festive meals

As the holidays grow closer there is an inevitable time crunch when it comes to making time for work, family, Christmas shopping and decorating. There is little time to sit down and plan meals, let alone make them.

Granger Chamber readies for next year

GRANGER - Student art shows, community award banquets and holiday light tours are all activities the Granger Chamber of Commerce has on its slate when 2005 rolls around.

Blaze destroys G'view house Saturday night

GRANDVIEW - Twelve members of the Grandview Fire Department worked to douse a blaze that destroyed a home at 312 Washington St. this past Saturday.

S'side, G'view receive grant funding

The communities of Sunnyside and Grandview are two of only a handful in the Yakima Valley to recently be awarded grant money from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board.

Family portrait night this Tuesday at Chief Kamiakin Elementary

A family portrait night is being planned for Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School.

Friday, November 26

Tacitly Yours

I couldn't resist

I couldn't resist

Guest Editorial

Looking north and seeing our future

Looking north and seeing our future

Firefighters provide five families with Thanksgiving baskets

Pounds and pounds of food packed in cardboard boxes was delivered by ambulance to five Sunnyside families Wednesday afternoon.



Entertainment Briefs




Lower Valley soldier home from Iraq

Imagine going into the unknown, not knowing what lurks behind any corner, crack or crevice. Imagine putting your life in the hands of others and being responsible for their lives, as well. For some of us, a scenario like that might never happen. But for Will Gannon it was an everyday occurrence during the year he spent in the Army in Iraq.

Wednesday, November 24

Keeping school children safe Hughes' top responsibility

When emergencies happen in the school setting, John Hughes' adrenaline kicks in. Whether the incident is a missing child, a suspected building invasion or a chemical disaster, Hughes wants the Sunnyside school staff to be prepared to handle the emergency.

S'side women showcasing their talent for Sun King basketball fans

Bright lights, glitzy outfits and the fastpaced setting of sports is now the life of two young Sunnyside women.





Sunnyside couple wed 65 years ago on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving day holds special memories for Lloyd and Esther Freeburg of Sunnyside.

Eisenhower clips S'side girls, 4-0

Nothing flashy, just middle of the road scores. That was all the Eisenhower Cadets needed to subdue the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team Tuesday afternoon.

Working Stiff

Young Sunnyside entrepreneur knows what she wants out of life

Young Sunnyside entrepreneur knows what she wants out of life

Open Mike

The holidays a time to be thankful

The holidays a time to be thankful

Beyond The Norm-Mel

City council out of touch

City council out of touch

Stolen car found on fire

Even before it was reported missing, the Yakima County Sheriff's Office found a Sunnyside woman's car on fire, according to Sunnyside Police Officer Melissa Rodriguez.

The Newcomer

Writing on a clean slate

Writing on a clean slate

127 building permits issued in Sunnyside last two months

The rebuilding process is nearly complete. The Sunnyside Housing Authority has spent the past three months recovering from a fire that razed a duplex in the organization's Reeves Way complex.

Tuesday, November 23

City Council OK's utility fee to help fund ambulance service

No one can accuse Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell of being long-winded. Not after last night's response to Mayor Ed Prilucik's request for a brief explanation on a proposal to initiate a new ambulance utility fee.

Councilman proposes individual water meters for mobile homes

Sunnyside City Councilman Don Vlieger says you can call it a discount or a subsidy, but either way many mobile home park residents are getting a huge break when it comes to their water, sewer and garbage bills.



Wenatchee man ready to deal in video games

Barry Shackleford doesn't think used video games ought to be left to collect dust on a shelf. The former Wenatchee man thinks those abandoned games ought to be put back into use.

City retains option of financing feedlot purchase with bonds

A resolution that was unanimously adopted by the City Council last night gives Sunnyside the option of financing the purchase of the Monson feedlot with reimbursement bonds.

Two hurt in Hwy. 241/Factory Road collision

Failing to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Hwy. 241 and Factory Road has been determined to have been the cause for the motor vehicle accident that slowed traffic from all directions for over an hour Monday afternoon.

18 SHS students earn perfect marks

A total of 18 Sunnyside High School students, nine of them freshmen, earned 4.00 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2004-05 academic year.

City, police guild close to agreement

It appears there are few obstacles, if any, in ongoing contract negotiations between the Sunnyside Police Officers Guild and City Manager Bob Stockwell.

Monday, November 22



Billboard gets Board of Adjustment's OK

With a 3-1 vote last Wednesday night, the Sunnyside Board of Adjustment approved a 20x8 billboard to be constructed on South First Street. The group also decided, unanimously, to wait until December to decide on a variance request for a garage on Decatur Avenue.

Grizzly athletes honored

Last week, Sunnyside High School honored some of its best and brightest student athletes of the fall sports season.

Granger lawmaker lands top GOP post

OLYMPIA - Rep. Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) was elected late last week to the position of Republican Leader in the state House of Representatives. The Granger lawmaker was the unanimous selection by his colleagues during a half-day caucus meeting in Tacoma.

Open house planned for 100-year-old

GRANDVIEW - Long-time Lower Yakima Valley resident Vera Massey will celebrate a milestone later this week.

Syverson starts first season at Montana's Carroll College

HELENA, MONTANA - Carly Syverson has come a long way from her days as a member of the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team.

Long-time Sunnyside School Board director dies

Long-time Sunnyside School District advocate and board member Fred Kilian, 64, died Saturday, Nov. 20, at Yakima Memorial Hospital.

Friday, November 19



Story Time

How much time do you have left?

How much time do you have left?

Working Stiff

Foray into beauty field leads to 25-year career for local stylist

Foray into beauty field leads to 25-year career for local stylist

Food and wine paired for wineries' annual Thanksgiving open house

In order to encourage the perfect pairing of Yakima Valley wines with carefully selected culinary treats, the Wine Yakima Valley Association members are again throwing open their winery doors for their annual Thanksgiving in Wine Country celebration, Nov. 26-28.

Public invited to Sunday dinner

The Sunnyside Community Center on South First Street will be the site of a community pre-Thanksgiving dinner Sunday, Nov. 21.

Religious Reflections

Invest energy and effort to find fulfillment

Invest energy and effort to find fulfillment

Hart Beat

What's stuffing without giblets?

What's stuffing without giblets?

Shooting suspect released on bail

The Sunnyside teen involved in the Oct. 28 shooting death of his 11-year-old cousin made bail yesterday.

Food Fore Thought

Is Vanity Fair fair?

Is Vanity Fair fair?



Herriman Grandview's 'Person of the Year'

GRANDVIEW - Thursday night, 22 Grandview residents and business people were honored for the hard work and dedication they put into the local community. They came away from last night's Grandview Community Awards Banquet with engraved plaques commemorating their contributions and the realization that what they do for the community is important.

Thursday, November 18

Trial for Sunnyside teen charged with killing his cousin set for Dec. 8

YAKIMA - Following a pre-trial hearing Wednesday, a 14-year-old Sunnyside teen faces a trial and additional charges in connection with a late October shooting that left 11-year-old Nora Gonzalez dead.

New Subway restaurant opens

GRANDVIEW - Lower Valley residnets can begin preparing for no-stop dining. You can now purchase your favorite Subway sandwich without getting out of your car thanks to entrepreneur Brandon Christensen.

Bicyclists hit by motorist

GRANGER - Two Granger teens riding tandem on a bicycle were struck by a motorist late Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, November 17

Rural Enterprise Community closes last chapter of 10-year book

A decade of hard work and dedication came to a close last night (Tuesday), as members of the Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (REC) gathered for their final report to the community.

Open Mike

To teach or not to teach...that is the question

To teach or not to teach...that is the question

Sports Briefs




Mabton Council begins 2005 budget planning

MABTON - With city water improvement funding applications ready for the mail, the Mabton City Council Tuesday evening turned its attention to setting public hearings for the coming budget year.



Rotaplast mission detailed for Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarians

Changing lives and saving smiles remains the ultimate goal of Rotaplast International, an organization which funds travels to third world countries to offer surgical repairs to the faces of children disfigured by birth defects, such as cleft palate.

Selah keglers blank Lady Grizzlies, 4-0

YAKIMA - The 2004-05 prep winter sports season officially got underway yesterday for Sunnyside athletes. The venue for the season debut, though, wasn't on a basketball court or even on a wrestling mat. Rather, Sunnyside High School's winter season kicked off at Minda Lanes in Yakima.

Earlier report of cuts to Sunnyside Police Department much rosier now

Prior to Tuesday night's Sunnyside City Council budget study session, life at the Sunnyside Police Department looked pretty grim for 2005.

Weekly Bowling Report


County budget $58 million

GRANDVIEW - Yakima County Commissioners held council in Grandview Tuesday night to take public input on county funds for the 2005 budget year.

Tuesday, November 16

Council looks at how best to spend new criminal justice tax

GRANDVIEW - Although voters just recently passed Proposition #1, which implements an additional 3/10's of a penny sales tax increase in Yakima County to help support the area's criminal justice system, voters are already looking for results.

Food Pavilion welcomes new manager

The staff at Sunnyside's Food Pavilion welcomed a new face to the mix recently.

Food Pavilion closes pharmacy

Earlier this month, Brown and Cole officials announced they would be closing the pharmacy at the Sunnyside Food Pavilion store.

Store target of shoplifting

Four people were arrested by Sunnyside police after they allegedly tried shoplifting from a local business located on Lincoln Avenue.

City Council's 2005 budget relatively unchanged

The Sunnyside City Council spent Monday night's 2005 budget study session combing through several department budgets, including the legislative fund.

Executive budget sees hefty increase

One of the areas reviewed by the Sunnyside City Council at Monday night's budget study session focused on the executive branch of local government.

Two arrested in attempt to steal tire rims

Two men were arrested Monday, Nov. 15, night just before midnight on charges of attempting to steal a set of tire rims.

Water conservation project expected to add flexibility to Sunnyside canal system

PROSSER - In the shadow of yellow, monster dump trucks and earth movers, dignitaries representing federal, state, local and tribal agencies witnessed an historical ribbon cutting ceremony on the windy slopes above Prosser yesterday morning.



Another public defender may be added to judicial budget

One of the discussion items before the Sunnyside City Council Monday night at its budget study session was the 2005 judicial budget for the municipal court system.

Monday, November 15

Yakima Valley woman appointed chair of Latino/Hispanic farm group

One of the most influential voices in Yakima County for the rights of Latinos/Hispanics has been appointed chair of a newly formed national organization.

Elderly man robberty victim in Sunnyside

A 91-year-old Granger man was the victim of a robbery Sunday afternoon.

Durfey places 13th at State

FEDERAL WAY - Sunnyside High School senior Chelsea Durfey placed 13th in the 50-yard freestyle event at the State swim meet held this past weekend in Federal Way.

Broncos gallop past Mabton gridders, 45-18

RITZVILLE - Throw out the opening half of last Friday's first round State playoff game between Mabton and Lind-Ritzville, and the Vikings are headed to the State quarter-finals.

Death Notice


Diener, Stegeman, Durado winners of 'Turkey Shoot'

The trio of Tom Diener, Mike Stegeman and Frank Durado won the Black Rock Creek Golf Course "Turkey Shoot" this past Sunday.

Key Club members freeze for a good cause

It was impossible to miss the activities taking place at Centennial Square Friday and Saturday, as Sunnyside High School Key Club members withstood freezing temperatures to collect food and clothing donations for local food banks.

Lady 'Hounds place sixth at State

YAKIMA - The Grandview High School volleyball team started strong this past weekend at the 2A State tournament, but a loss Saturday kept the 'Hounds out of the running for the title.

Medicaid funding cuts put mentally ill at risk

Nearly 200 Sunnyside patients may go untreated

Nearly 200 Sunnyside patients may go untreated

Friday, November 12

City's technology department budget to grow by $34,000

Things are going to remain pretty much status quo for City of Sunnyside Information Technology Manager Troy Huff in 2005.





Miss Sunnyside Court available for holiday parties

The Miss Sunnyside Court wants to help area clubs and organizations have hassle free holiday dinners and parties. The court, led by Miss Sunnyside Andrea Phillips, are hiring themselves out as hostesses, waitresses or clean-up crews for interested groups.

G'view native home on leave shares what life is like in Iraq

When Grandview High School graduate Nick Ortiz first signed up for the National Guard, the Washington State University freshman thought it would be a good way to help pay for college. Little did he know that several years down the road he would be called up for active duty and sent to Iraq.

Veterans honored at special ceremony

Just a handful of people turned out yesterday (Thursday) under overcast skies to honor America's military veterans at a special Veteran's Day program held at Sunnyside's Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Entertainment Briefs


S'side Port lands $3.3 million loan

Sunnyside Port officials learned this week they will have an additional $3.3 million to aid with the construction of a sequencing batch reactor at the Port's industrial wastewater treatment facility.

Time for farm equipment to shine

In just three weeks, holiday- decorated farm equipment will rumble onto the streets of Sunnyside for the 16th annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade. To make the holiday event more fun, a variety of activities have been added to the weekend, ranging from a museum open house to a breakfast with Santa.

Tacitly Yours

Bring on the holiday lights

Bring on the holiday lights

Religious Reflections

Can we talk?

Can we talk?

Church youth groups host holiday dinner

A free Thanksgiving dinner for the community is being planned by two Lower Valley church youth groups.

Bluegrass concert tonight in Mabton

MABTON - The Mabton Grace Brethren Church will host a Christian bluegrass concert tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. at the church, on "B" Street.

Transforming the red and blue into the red, white and blue


Fire captains air concerns with 2005 budget cuts

All three captains from the Sunnyside Fire Department-Ryan Case, Paul Filicetti and Gene Smith-were on hand at Wednesday's Sunnyside City Council budget study session to voice their concerns about the 2005 budget.

Thursday, November 11

Council opts to renew grant writing partnership

Seeing a 36 to 1 return on its investment, it is no wonder the Sunnyside City Council opted to renew the grant writing partnership with the Sunnyside Economic Development Association (SEDA).

Council approves purchasing police car from Texas firm

The Sunnyside City Council Monday night approved a request to purchase a new police car from a firm in Texas.

Weekly Bowling Report


Council invests in local economic development

The Sunnyside City Council extended a friendly hand this past Tuesday night to representatives of the Sunnyside Economic Development Association (SEDA), formerly known as Sunnyside Inc.

Council grants funding for New Vision

In hopes of boosting economic development even more in the Valley, the Sunnyside City Council Tuesday night approved a request for funding from New Vision.

Low income housing proposal hits snag

After nearly two hours of public testimony surrounding an annexation and land use request from Sunnyside property owners Brandon Burns and Harry and Laura Burns, the Sunnyside Planning Commission voted this past Wednesday night to approve the Burns' annexation into the city limits.

UW students gain insight into housing needs of the Valley

MABTON - One or two car garage, two-story or rambler, courtyards, three or four bedrooms, so many choices. The sky's the limit when it comes to designing a dream house.

Veteran's Day lesson

Today, Americans are saluting the sacrifices of military veterans who have served and are now serving their nation, in Veteran's Day ceremonies in every town and city in the country. But yesterday (Wednesday), about 100 Harrison Middle School students took time from their classroom work to pay tribute to area veterans.

2005 will bring many changes for S'side's parks department

Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Director Tom Byers made what will almost certainly be his last budget presentation to the Sunnyside City Council during its study session on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, November 10

Sunnyside Key Club to freeze out for the needy

Sunnyside High School Key Club members will be bundling up in their parkas and long woollies for the club's first 24-hour freeze-out to be held this coming weekend.

Painting by the numbers...the numbers on the TV remote control

13-year old Nicanor Garza of Sunnyside is learning to paint one lesson at a time.

Council expresses concerns with Chamber

The Sunnyside City Council held the first of its annual budget study sessions Tuesday night, but someone forgot to tell the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce about the get-together.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

City needs to provide critical services

City needs to provide critical services





New heroes, vets honored by students

GRANGER - Toughened by memories of violence, military veterans living in the Granger community were visibly moved by the sound of more than 300 youngsters reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" during a school assembly held yesterday (Tuesday) at Roosevelt Elementary School.

The Newcomer

Getting to know you

Getting to know you

City council learns some are against privatizing public works

The Sunnyside City Council has said all along that it can't hurt to at least hear presentations from different companies about privatizing the city's public works department in order to save taxpayers money.

REC prepares to say good-bye after 10 years of service

The Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (REC) is planning to to bid on ey prepare for their final report to the community and sunset meeting to be held next week.

Tuesday, November 9



Mt. Adams PGA pro leaving to take over Enumclaw course

1980 Sunnyside High School graduate Scott Galbraith has had a long-time dream of owning his own golf course. The PGA head pro at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club for the past 14 years is now one step closer to fulfilling that dream.



Life doesn't always have a storybook ending

PROSSER - Life sometimes is much like a storybook, according to Kathie Nelson, the featured speaker at the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club meeting Monday.

Sunnyside pharmacist earns Doctorate degree

Working full time and studying for the past four years has resulted in Thuha "Bac" Nguyen earning the right to add doctor to his name.

Veteran's Day dinner planned

American Legion Sunnyside Post #73 will host a Veteran's Day dinner Thursday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside VFW Post, 615 North Ave.

Clown classes begin in Sunnyside

Part of the next generation of clowns attended the first of several classes last night to learn the basics and secrets of how to become a clown.

Grandview Council continues to hash out 2005 budget

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council is going to have some tough decisions to make as it gets ready to hash out the 2005 budget. Monday night, Council members listened and asked questions about the proposed current expense fund budget, which includes the municipal court, planning and economic development budgets.



Mabton teen dies in accident

GEORGE - Jesus Garcia, 18, of Mabton died in a car accident near George this past Saturday night, Nov. 6, just after 8 p.m.

Weekly Bowling Report


Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Hefty increase in S'side property tax rate OK'd

Years of not raising property taxes has finally caught up with the City of Sunnyside.

Monday, November 8

Grape society trade show this week

GRANDVIEW - The two-day Washington State Grape Society trade show will be held this Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12, at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene, 500 N. Elm St., Grandview.

Lady 'Hounds remain undefeated as they head into State tournament

EPHRATA - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds continued their winning ways over the weekend, earning the number one seed at the State Championship tournament.

Working Stiff

Mabton man helps explain to doctors where it hurts

Mabton man helps explain to doctors where it hurts

SHS senior parents to meet

The parents of the Sunnyside High School class of 2005 are asked to attend a senior party planning meeting Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the high school commons.

Ramirez brothers return from Iraq

GRANDVIEW - The home of Eva Garcia was festive this past Saturday night as she welcomed her sons home from Iraq.

Mabton grid team in 'B' State playoffs

ENTIAT - Last Friday's dominating 35-7 victory over Entiat earned the Mabton High School football team a berth in this year's 'B' State playoffs.

Mabton ends season with loss at Regionals

WENATCHEE - The Mabton volleyball team may have lost their first game of Regionals, ending their season, but they played tough and didn't make it easy for the opposing team.

Sunnyside's Promise in need of reading volunteers

Sunnyside's Promise "Promise to Read" program is in need of volunteers to spend about 30 minutes a week reading with children in the local community.

Pioneers end G'view's season

OMAK - Omak's power-I offense proved to be too much to overcome for the Grandview High School football team last Friday night.



Cisneros nabs ninth place finish at State

PASCO - A week after running a less than spectacular District meet race, Grandview cross country runner Cordero Cisneros had the crowd this past Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course thinking for a while he might just come away with the State 2A title.

Sanchez claims 2A State title

PASCO - Many considered Grandview High School cross country runner Brittnee Sanchez a favorite for the 2A State title after she easily won the District crown last week in Selah. But what many didn't suspect was that Sanchez would completely annihilate the field at the 2A State cross country meet at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco this past Saturday.

Friday, November 5

Grandview City Council Briefs


Working Stiff

Electrologist rids people of unwanted hair

Electrologist rids people of unwanted hair

Veteran's Day program set

Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside will be the keynote speaker the Sunnyside Veteran's Day ceremony to be held Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Jerry Taylor Memorial Veterans' Plaza, East Edison Avenue and Ninth Street.

Retired teachers to meet Tuesday

The Lower Yakima Valley unit of the Washington State Schools Retirees Association (WSSRA) will meet Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Sunny Spot Restaurant in Sunnyside.

Community center operations may change

Thursday night's meeting between the Sunnyside School Board and the Sunnyside City Council spurred a couple of ideas about partnerships between the two entities.

Story Time

The people in our lives

The people in our lives

Jr. Indelook Club to hear about life in Argentina

Members of the Jr. Indelook Club will have a chance to hear about life in Argentina when they get together for their next meeting, set to take place Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the home of Marjorie Cullen.

Hart Beat

I didn't mind waiting in this long line

I didn't mind waiting in this long line

Recycle Day event planned

YAKIMA - A workshop for business owners to learn more about county recycling services will be held Monday, Nov. 15, at the Yakima Area Arboretum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

School district, city at odds on needed infrastructure upgrade

One thing can be gathered from Thursday night's joint meeting between the Sunnyside City Council and the Sunnyside School Board-communication has been lacking between the two entities.



Enjoy a laugh at work, its good for you

Dorothy Bristow is the first to admit she keeps toys in her office. Bristow, who was the featured speaker at the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday morning, said those who walk into her office will see a shelf of toys, which is what she uses to combat stress and enjoy life, even while at work.

Interlocal agreement yet to be formalized

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole suggested that he and Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell sit down and talk about the interlocal agreement the two sides have with one another.

Religious Reflections

A tale of two people

A tale of two people

Festival of Trees kicks off the holidays

What has long been viewed as a gala to kick off the Sunnyside holiday season, the Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary's ninth annual Festival of Trees will be held Friday, Nov. 19.

High school brings modern touch to Romeo and Juliet

When the audience sits down to enjoy the Sunnyside High School performance of Romeo and Juliet, they should be prepared to see some modern-day touches. This year when the local drama students take to the stage they may be speaking Shakespearean language, but there will be no denying that the play is set in modern times.

Gregoire inches closer to being named governor

Exactly who will be leading the state in 2005 is still up in the air, although Democrat Christine Gregoire has seen her lead increase since ballots were first counted following Tuesday's general election.

Victory over Cascade sends Grandview to second round of District play

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School volleyball team didn't let a little thing like playing in the first game of Districts shake their confidence Thursday night. Instead, the Lady Greyhounds pushed forward with their season-long winning streak, sending the Cascade Kodiaks home without a game win.



Entertainment Briefs


Guest Editorial

Field of (bad) dreams

Field of (bad) dreams

Mayor pro-tem suggests regaining control of library

During Thursday night's joint meeting of the Sunnyside School Board and the Sunnyside City Council, Mayor Pro-tem Mike Farmer offered a suggestion concerning the local library.

Grizzlies end season with a loss

The 2004 season didn't end on a bright note for the Sunnyside High School football team.

Lady Vikings volleyball honored

MABTON - The Mabton High School girls volleyball team will be looking to qualify for State this weekend with a couple of wins at the Regional tournament this Saturday in Wenatchee.

Thursday, November 4

Grant funds beef up fire prevention program

The grant funding the Sunnyside Fire Department received last summer from the Federal Emergency Management Act and the Department of Homeland Security has been spent to improve fire prevention in Sunnyside.

Commissioner needed

Interested in helping shape the direction of the City of Sunnyside's parks and recreation programs? Then you're needed as on the seven-member Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commission.

Villanueva new Scouting executive

As a boy, Frank Villanueva enjoyed his adventures in scouting, but he never dreamed he'd grow up to be involved in recruiting other boys to the 96-year-old Boy Scouts of America organization.

Migrant Council opts out of operation of S'side community center

It was supposed to be a five-year contract, but the Washington State Migrant Council's (WSMC) management of the Sunnyside Community Center didn't even make it a year.



Wednesday, November 3

14-year-old faces charge of manslaughter

Charges were formally filed Tuesday afternoon against a 14-year-old Sunnyside youth involved in the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Nora Gonzalez.

Murray retains U.S. Senate seat

Washington voters must still like the message of the lady who made a name for herself wearing tennis shoes and being a working mom.

Lincoln School kindergarteners in favor of Bush

While the long lines of adult voters waited to cast their votes in Lincoln School gym Tuesday, the students in Sue Downing's kindergarten classroom were also making choices.

Guest Editorial

Coal doesn't have to be a four-letter word

Coal doesn't have to be a four-letter word

Kerry concedes Presidential race Tuesday morning

It looked as if the country was heading for a repeat of the 2000 Presidential election, but there will be no exhilarating counting of the chads or Supreme Court battles this time around.

Local couple encourages salute to S'side lawman Steve Evans

The American flag is flown proudly at the home of long-time Sunnyside resident Ramon Bermudez of Reeves Way, 365 days a year.

Open Mike

Election night headache

Election night headache





Guns, ammo recovered by Mabton police

MABTON - Five rifles and more than 600 rounds of ammunition were stolen by whom police believe to be three Mabton teens this past weekend. So far, two of the rifles have been recovered, according to Mabton Police Chief Raul Almeida.

Washington voters approve new style of primary election

Election day isn't just a day when the next president of the United States is decided. It is also a day when voters get a chance to voice their opinion on the fate of various ballot measures.

Holiday Bazaars


Tuesday, November 2



Nethercutt makes late night visit to S'side looking for votes

Yesterday wasn't an ordinary Monday for Congressman George Nethercutt.

Fake checks costly to G'view businesses

GRANDVIEW - To date, the counterfeit check scandal believed to be operating in the Lower Valley has bilked more than $25,000 from unsuspecting business owners.

Funeral set for police sergeant

The funeral for Sunnyside Police Sgt. Steve Evans is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church.

Hall, Stokes, Schatz, Risk Great Pumkin Shootout winners

The Sunnyside foursome of Bob Hall, David Stokes, Bud Schatz and Eddie Joe Risk claimed top honors in the first ever "Great Pumkin Shootout," staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past Sunday.

Grandview police have busy Halloween weekend

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police were kept busy this past weekend answering calls involving burglaries, auto thefts and vehicle prowls.

Working Stiff

Classrom assistant enjoys working with children

Classrom assistant enjoys working with children

Passion for teaching earns Steen state accolades

MABTON - One cannot listen to Tamara Steen talk and not be drawn into her web of enthusiasm.

Grandview Council begins tackling 2005 city budget

GRANDVIEW - Facing a budget shortfall of $190,000, Monday night Grandview City Council members rolled up their sleeves and got to work on the 2005 budget.

Employee cuts recommended to balance Sunnyside budget

The City of Sunnyside is facing nearly a $400,000 deficit with its 2005 current expense fund. As a result, Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell is making some proposals that could mean some major changes in the make-up of city operations.

Outlook Grange booster night open to the public

OUTLOOK - Friendship and great food are being offered to Lower Yakima Valley residents by Outlook Grange #256 this coming Saturday, Nov. 6.

Monday, November 1

Selah blanks the Grizzlies

SELAH - It was a long night for the faithful of the Sunnyside High School football team this past Friday night in Selah.



SHS harriers' season ends at Regional meet

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School cross country team's 2004 season came to a close this past Saturday at the Regional meet in Richland.

Five injured in automobile accidents

Five Lower Valley residents were injured in three separate automobile accidents this past weekend.

Durfey qualifies for two events at State

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside swimmer Chelsea Durfey placed first in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-free this past weekend at District competition, earning berths at State.

Sanchez collects top District honors

SELAH - Grandview's Brittnee Sanchez and Cordero Cisneros took different routes in qualifying for this year's 2A State cross country meet.

No charges yet in shooting death

YAKIMA - No charges have been filed yet against the 14-year-old cousin of 11-year-old Nora Gonzalez, who died last week from a gunshot wound to the forehead.

S'side police sergeant dies on elk hunting trip

For the next few days the flags at city buildings will be at half mast in memory of Sunnyside Police Sgt. Steve Evans. Evans, 50, died this past Saturday while hunting elk above Ellensburg. The request to lowered the flags came from Sunnyside Mayor Ed Prilucik.

Wicker fills role of chaplain at Sunnyside Fire Department

For the past year, Sunnyside pastor Lloyd Wicker has been providing his services to the Sunnyside Fire Department, counseling both those who have been struck by disaster and those who work in the department.

Mabton gridders clip Eagles' wings

MABTON - Win and they're in. But lose this coming Friday night, and the Mabton High School football team will have to hold its breath to see if it qualifies for the postseason.