Stories for October 2004


Friday, October 29



News Briefs


Seniors celebrate Halloween early

Melissa Dekker/Daily Sun News

Sunnyside's soccer season ends in first round of Districts

SELAH - The Sunnyside High School girls soccer team's season is over after losing 5-0 to Selah in a loser out District match-up Thursday night.

Masters of Mexican Music to take the stage at the Capitol

YAKIMA - The sounds of traditional Mexican music will fill the halls of the Capitol Theatre next weekend, as the Masters of Mexican Music bring the sounds of mariachi, marimba and tejano music to the stage.

Classical pianist to perform at Zillah church Nov. 4

ZILLAH - Former Exxon nuclear engineer Catherine Exarhos will be performing the works of Bach, Haydn, Debussy and Chopin Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at Zillah Faith Community Church.

Lady 'Hounds rush past Wildcats

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady 'Hounds finished the regular season with a quick victory over the Toppenish Wildcats Thursday night.

Tragedy strikes

S'side girl, 11, dies from gunshot wound

S'side girl, 11, dies from gunshot wound

S'side directors look at infrastructure options for new school

The Sunnyside School Board got its first look at the price tag for infrastructure improvements associated with the construction of a new school on Washout Road.

Avoid hypocritical costumes in everyday life

I remember as a young boy having lots of fun dressing up in weird costumes for Halloween - and for other occasions.

School Board Briefs




I'm patiently waiting for the doorbell to start ringing

I will admit Halloween is probably not my favorite holiday. I don't really enjoy the idea of dressing up in costume any more.



Lady 'Hounds rush past Wildcat

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady 'Hounds finished the regular season with a quick victory over the Toppenish Wildcats Thursday night.

Initiatives, referendums topic of local GOP meeting

State legislators Sen. Jim Honeyford and Representatives Dan Newhouse and Bruce Chandler spoke to the Sunnyside Republican Club Friday morning regarding the initiatives and referendums on the ballot this year.

Thursday, October 28

Legislative honors afforded Honeyford

Washington State Sen. Jim Honeyford, a Republican from Sunnyside, recently received two individual honors for his legislative efforts.

Planning Commission votes for mini ranchette zoning for new annexation

It's a case of majority rules in the Sunnyside neighborhood bordering Saul Road and South Hill Road.

No more drugs for these Mabton teens

MABTON - Whether it's wearing comfy pajamas to school or crazy socks, the signs of support for Red Ribbon Week have put smiles on the faces of Sarah Appling, Sophia Beltran and Angela Lupercio.

Robbery suspect arrested in Burien

Ivan Rivera, who was wanted by Sunnyside police detectives for his alleged involvement in the armed robbery at the Minute Mart near the corner of 13th Street and Decatur Avenue, was arrested last night in Burien, according to Sunnyside Det. Jim Orth.

Mabton School Board approves purchase of portable classroom

MABTON - In an effort to gain space for extra classrooms, the Mabton School Board approved the purchase of a portable unit during this past Monday's board meeting.



Wednesday, October 27

Reservoir project update given at Rotary meeting

For more than a year the Bureau of Reclamation has been working on a study that will determine the feasibility of the proposed Black Rock reservoir project.

Lady 'Hounds beat Othello in three

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds kept their winning streak alive Tuesday night, defeating Othello in a three-game match. The Grandview team has yet to lose a game in league play.



Moses Lake Christian swamps Knights, 7-2

MOSES LAKE - Imagine the surprise and the looks on the faces of the powerful Moses Lake Christian boys soccer team yesterday afternoon when they found themselves in a 1-0 hole just five minutes into the game against lowly Sunnyside Christian.

Workers at Grandview Foods unionize

GRANDVIEW - The employees of Grandview Foods, LLC and Barrett Business Services have voted to unionize.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

I know what it means to be cold

I know what it means to be cold

Guest Editorial

Paige an impressive educator

Paige an impressive educator

Mabton scores District tourney victory

The Mabton Lady Vikings took home their first victory of the postseason Tuesday night. The Vikes were able to push past Trout Lake, winning in five.

Mabton Council OK's annexation

MABTON - Mabton City boundaries will soon be a little larger and its treasury will be a little fuller following action taken by the Mabton City Council Tuesday night. The Council voted to accept two annexation requests during Tuesday night's public hearing.

Tuesday, October 26

Nethercutt to hold rally in Sunnyside Wednesday

Rep. George Nethercutt and his wife, Mary Beth, will be stopping in Sunnyside for a rally Wednesday afternoon.

New state fire marshal hails from Louisiana

After a five-month nationwide service, Samuel P. Pierre was selected to serve as the next State of Washington Fire Marshal. Pierre comes to the state from Lafayette, Louisiana.

Consent items receive approval

Monday night, the Sunnyside City Council unanimously approved four consent agenda items, which don't warrant discussion before the voting takes place.

Cantu, Villanueva each score three TD's in win over Bulldogs

ELLENSBURG - Getting three touchdowns apiece from Joseph Villanueva and Adrian Cantu, the Sunnyside High School freshman football team rolled to a 53-0 victory over Ellensburg's freshmen Monday afternoon.

TJ's Refrigeration celebrates 10 years of service to the community

When Joe Tovar of TJ's Refrigeration first opened his doors for business he was a one-man operation based out of his home. In the past decade, Tovar has grown his business to include six employees and a list of clients that includes both commercial and residential accounts.

Sunnyside City Council says no to Catholic Diocese housing presentation

Told that last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting was not the correct public forum to present a slide show on a housing development planned for this community, several members of the Catholic Diocese quietly packed up their projector and went home.

Clinics collecting items for Christmas baskets

GRANDVIEW - Brightening Christmas morning for clients of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is the goal of Mountainview Women's Health Center, Mt. Adams Medical Clinic and Prosser Medical Center. The four health care clinics are made up of dedicated employees who work on a daily basis with some of the poorest families in the community.

Mabton drill team is made up of 11 hard working girls

MABTON - Not everyone who takes to the football field during a game is wearing a football jersey and shoulder pads. The Mabton Junior/Senior High School drill team is at every home football game during the season, marching out on the field to entertain the crowd with their halftime performances.

District hopes dashed as 'Hounds lose to Othello

OTHELLO - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds were bounced out of postseason play Monday night. The Grandview team lost a must-win game against Othello, that left Othello with the berth to Districts and the 'Hounds with an end to their season.

JV Grizzlies gridders score second win of season

A strong defensive showing by the Sunnyside High School JV football team propelled the Grizzlies to an 8-6 victory over Ellensburg's junior varsity yesterday.

Monday, October 25

Nethercutt's wife stumps for votes in Sunnyside

On the campaign trail for her husband, Mary Beth Nethercutt stopped in Sunnyside Friday afternoon to speak to a group of women about farming, finance and women's issues.

Grizzlies say goodbye to 2004 playoff picture

ELLENSBURG - The Sunnyside High School football team had its postseason hopes dashed this past Friday night at Ellensburg with a 20-0 loss to the Bulldogs.

21st Century centers offer adult ESL classes

Adults interested in taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are invited to take part in the ESL classes currently being offered at the 21st Century Learning Centers throughout the Sunnyside School District.



Grandview falls to East Valley on penalty kick

MOXEE - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds absorbed a tough loss Saturday, losing to East Valley on a penalty kick.

Standing in for her late husband

Standing not much taller than some of the middle school children waiting for her "go-ahead" to cross the busy South 16th Street, Carolyn Shifflett of Sunnyside commands attention as she steps out into the street with her school crossing flag.

Bickleton girls end year with loss

UNION GAP - The LaSalle Lightning earned a three-game sweep of the Bickleton High School girls volleyball team last Friday evening.

Horizon Inc. to host Chamber's after hours event

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce's October's Business After Hours will be held Thursday, Oct. 28, at Horizons Inc. located at 440 Barnard Blvd., Sunnyside at 6:30 p.m.

Knights eliminated from playoff race with Friday's loss to Crusaders

YAKIMA - Last Friday's 3-2 loss to the Riverside Christian Crusaders mathematically eliminated the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team from the Greater Columbia 'B' League playoff race.

Scott, Garza turn in strong performances at 3A District meet

SELAH - Senior Brenden Scott and sophomore Ariel Garza led the Sunnyside High School cross country team at this past Saturday's Mid-Valley League District meet, hosted by the Selah Vikings.

Sunnyside's season ends

WEST VALLEY - The second place finishing team at last Saturday's District tournament, the Prosser Mustangs, put an end to the Sunnyside High School volleyball team's season.

Turnovers cost Mabton in loss to 1A Highland

COWICHE - Five turnovers were too much to overcome for the Mabton High School football team last Friday night.

West Valley blanks Sunnyside girls, 7-0

Lady Grizzlies open District play Thursday

Lady Grizzlies open District play Thursday

Free gun locks available locally

More than 1,000 guns in the Lower Valley could be made safer if people take advantage of Project Childsafe and the 1,300 gun locks that are available free of charge at the Sunnyside Police Department.

Friday, October 22

Sanchez, Cisneros boost running resumes

BENTON CITY - Grandview High School's two standout long distance runners, Brittnee Sanchez and Cordero Cisneros, added more accolades to their impressive resumes yesterday afternoon.

Sunnyside girls lose last game of the season

PROSSER - In the next to the last game of the regular season, the Sunnyside High School girls soccer team lost to the Prosser Mustangs 3-0 Thursday evening.

Lady 'Hounds leave Wildcats scoreless

GRANDVIEW - Grandview came out of the gate on fire Thursday night, scoring the first of two goals against Toppenish in the first few seconds of the game. The goal would ultimately help the Lady 'Hounds defeat the Wildcats, and get them one step closer to postseason play.





Lady 'Hounds getting close to another perfect season

MOXEE - The Lady Greyhounds are on their way to their third consecutive undefeated season. Thursday night, the Grandview team played tough against East Valley, walking away with a 3-0 victory.

Entertainment Briefs


Nouvella Club speaker captures fish in artistic detail

When Bob Harwood has a fish story to tell, he brings along proof of his catch. A passionate fisherman prone to exploring dark backwater fishing holes, Harwood is also an artist.

Guest Editorial

Getting 'Botox-ed' the hard way

Getting 'Botox-ed' the hard way



Spring Fling evolving into a 10-day festival

GRANGER - Spring Barrel tasting may be more than six months away, but area chambers of commerce are already starting to look ahead to the annual event as they makes plans for the next Spring Fling festival.

Aquatic center proposal may be decided by voters next May

GRANDVIEW - If the Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board has its way, voters will take to the polls May 17, 2005 to decide the fate of the proposed family aquatic center set to be built at Euclid Park.

Sunnyside swimmers challenge Pullman

PULLMAN - In the last regular meet of the season yesterday the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly swimmers lost to powerhouse Pullman 112-55.



Governor reappoints Matson to state economic board

Sunnyside Port Commissioner Jeff Matson was recently appointed to a group that has a lot of economic pull within the state.

Hart Beat

No classic 'top 10' reads here

No classic 'top 10' reads here

Robert Simms to open Community Concert Series

Robert Simms, the first performer in the 2004-05 Lower Valley Community Concert Series, will be singing African American spirituals, as well as Broadway show stoppers on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Thursday, October 21



Kiwanis speaker shares how to keep home safe from burglary

Knowing how to keep your home safe from burglary is the first step to reducing the problem in the community, according to Sunnyside Police Department Officer Scott Bailey.

Weekly Bowling Report


Plan in place to monitor spread of BSE in United States

PROSSER - Dr. Rory Meyer of the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), was the featured speaker at the Washington State University Research Center in Prosser Thursday afternoon.

Christian women listen to one woman's journey down the road of life

PROSSER - The road of life does not always make for easy traveling. There are often unexpected detours and rough roads. Monday afternoon, Elaine Andvik, a retired registered nurse and grandmother of 10 from Stanwood, talked to members of the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club about her experiences traveling down the road of life.



Granger barber wears plenty of different hats

GRANGER - Getting established as a beautician or barber is something that can be difficult to accomplish. For Granger barber Gail Johnson, the owner of Stanton Family Barber Shop, the process involved moving her chair into the local liquor store.

Youth wrestling program holding fund-raiser

The Sunnyside Little Grappler youth wrestling program will be holding a barbecue this Saturday and Sunday.

Granger couple fares well at Friesian horse competition

OGDEN, UTAH - Granger couple Willem and Teresa Bron just returned from a three-day trip to Ogden, Utah, where dressed as Vikings, they took first place in the Costume Cavalcade and Musical freestyles competition held at Friesian Extravaganza 2004.

Donations sought to aid fire victims

Donations to help pay for landfill are being sought by friends and family of the Carmen Wilson family.

Pumpkin shootout set for Halloween

Jack-o-lanterns are orange, and so will be one of the balls each team uses on Sunday, Oct. 31, in the first ever "Great Pumpkin Shootout."

Wednesday, October 20

Guest Editorial

New Orleans turns to charter schools

New Orleans turns to charter schools

Beyond The Norm Mel

Returning to the polls, no more absentee ballots for me

Returning to the polls, no more absentee ballots for me

Voters urged to test new voting system

Those voters who didn't get a chance to use Yakima County's new eSlate voting system during last month's primary election still have a chance to familiarize themselves with the machines before Nov. 2.

Lady Vikings tied for second in league going into postseason play

MABTON - The Mabton volleyball team was on fire Tuesday night. The girls lit up LaSalle, leaving the team with three straight game losses for the night.

Proposition #1 will provide much needed funding for Yakima County law enforcement

Three-tenth's of a penny may not sound like much, but Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin believes it will be enough to help give the county's criminal justice system a much needed shot in the arm.

Casino/restaurant opening planned

Rob and Sue Rice of Sunnyside, as well as a handful of investors, are gambling that opening a casino in the Lower Yakima Valley will be a sure bet with local residents.

Girls swim team loses 107-58 to Selah

YAKIMA - Outnumbered, the Sunnyside girls swim team lost to the Selah Vikings 107-58 Tuesday afternoon.

REC makes plans for its farewell meeting

GRANDVIEW - The colorful 10-year history of the Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (REC) will be on display when the organization's board of directors adjourn their final meeting next month.

Knights nearly nab first league win

This game will be known as the one that got away from the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team.

Be patient for flu vaccine, say state's top health officials

The top two health officials in Washington, Mary Selecky, secretary of health, and Dr. Maxine Hayes, state health officer, held a telephone conference with reporters across the state Tuesday afternoon to discuss the flu vaccination situation.

Riverside Christian sweeps Lady Knights

The scores might not reflect the skills which with the Sunnyside Christian High School girls varsity volleyball team displayed Tuesday night against Riverside Christian High School. But a look at the number of the Lady Knights' digs and kills reveals a hard fought match against the powerhouse Lady Crusaders (10-0, 14-0).

Lady Grizzly spikers advance to postseason

WAPATO - A win was required last night to get the Sunnyside High School girls volleyball team into the postseason playoffs. The Lady Grizzlies delivered in a big way.

Tuesday, October 19

Warning issued on flu vaccine price gouging

OLYMPIA - Washington state's Attorney General's office is urging consumers, merchants and health care providers to be on alert and immediately report suspected price gouging for the flu vaccine.

15th District legislators will address ballot issues Oct. 29

15th District legislators Jim Honeyford, Bruce Chandler and Dan Newhouse are scheduled to address the November ballot issues at a meeting sponsored by the Sunnyside Republican Club.

Collision sends car into canal

A semi-truck broadsided a vehicle, pushing it into the canal along side Highway 241 between 8 and 8:30 p.m. last night (Monday).

Montana graduate joins Lincoln Ave. Family Medicine

An advertisement in a job search newsletter led Rachel Mattern of Billings, Mont. to the Lower Valley, and an opportunity to begin practicing medicine in a rural setting.

Grandview men face burglary charges

PROSSER - Two Grandview brothers were arrested last Friday by Benton County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly burglarizing a home in the 9000 block of S. Moore Rd. in Prosser.

Conservation official keynote speaker Nov. 8

MOSES LAKE - USDA Farm Service Agency Deputy Adminstrator John A. Johnson will be the opening speaker at the Conservation Reserve Program forum scheduled for Monday, Nov. 8, at the Moses Lake Convention Center.

Firewood buying tips offered

OLYMPIA - The cool fall weather is prompting many residents to buy firewood for the approaching winter. The state's Department of Agriculture is advising consumers to take steps to make sure a bad deal doesn't leave their wood piles and wallets short.

Grandview Council takes first look at 2005 city budget

GRANDVIEW - Monday night, Grandview City Council got its first look at the 2005 budget. Although it's only October, council members are getting ready to pull up their sleeves and get to work on ensuring that the budget is drafted in a way that looks beyond next year, helping to ensure that the city continues to be in fair financial shape in the future.

Sunnyside's Farm Credit Service manager brings agricultural heritage to Lower Valley

As one of the newest members of the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club, Rob Crum is learning his way around the group of Sunnyside business owners and community professionals. Monday, the club members had an opportunity to learn a bit more about the third generation Eastern Oregonian, who is now the manager of the Sunnyside branch of the Farm Credit Service.

Anti-driving and drinking message to be aimed at young Hispanic men

MABTON - An anti-drinking and driving campaign to make sure the media message is getting to the right population will be launched this weekend in the Lower Valley.

Parks and rec commissioner neeed in S'side

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department has one opening for a parks and rec commissioner.

Vegetable growers trade show set for Nov. 17-18

PASCO - The 18th annual Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association's convention and trade show will be held Nov. 17-18 at Pasco's Red Lion Hotel.

Five local students earn EWU degrees

CHENEY - Five Lower Yakima Valley students earned degrees from Eastern Washington University at the end of summer quarter 2004.


Clara Ann Lysiak, 79, of Yakima and a former Lower Valley resident died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at Heritage Grove Nursing Home in Yakima.

Grizzly freshmen dump Wolfpack

A team knows it is having a pretty good night when it racks up more than 500 yards offensively. This was how a wet Monday night went for the Sunnyside High School freshman football team against visiting Wapato.

School problems focus of legislative dinner

Administrators and school board members from school districts in the 15th Legislative District addressed concerns they have when it comes to the future of education in the state of Washington, Monday night at the Lower Valley School Board/Legislative Dinner.

;Lady Vikings win non-league match in three

MABTON - Everything came together at once for the Mabton Lady Vikings. Monday night, the Mabton team slammed the door shut on Lyle, leaving them without a single game win for the night.

Explorers to conduct survey of local residents

Members of Explorer Post 685 will be going door-to-door during the next two weeks in Sunnyside, conducting a survey as part of an effort to apply for government grant funds.

Monday, October 18

'Hounds race past Toppenish, 42-12

TOPPENISH - The Grandview High School football team picked up its third CWAC South victory of the season last Friday night via a dominating 42-12 win over the Toppenish Wildcats.

Grandview campus to host fall job fair

GRANDVIEW - Yakima Valley Community College will host a job fair Wednesday, Nov. 10, for students interested in applying for work in Grandview.

Church concert

Blackwood Legacy singers (L-R) Bobbie Frye, Jacob Perez and Michael Barns perform at Bethany Presbyterian Church Saturday night. They sang newer Gospel music as well as old favorites such as "Because He Lives."

Mabton grid team tethers Billy Goats

PATEROS - The Pateros Billy Goats were undefeated in Central Washington 'B' League play heading into last Friday's football game against visiting Mabton. They no longer are.

Lady 'Hounds blank Ki-Be Bears

BENTON CITY - The Grandview Greyhound soccer team took on Ki-Be this past weekend, and by making changes both on the field and in their attitude the 'Hounds were able to put another hash mark in the win column.

Artistic efforts rewarded

Patty Nguyen, 12, was the overall winner in the 13th annual pumpkin coloring contest sponsored by the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department and Sunnyside Food Pavilion. Nguyen received a $25 gift certificate for her efforts.

Mustangs too strong for S'side Christian

TROUT LAKE - Despite a hat trick from senior Micah Koopmans, the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team came up on the short end of an 8-3 score last Friday at Trout Lake.

Lady Rams sink Grizzlies

YAKIMA - After a week without a swimming competition, the Lady Grizzlies were defeated by the West Valley swim team 132-34 at Lion's Pool in Yakima this past Saturday.

'Mame' opens on Sunnyside stage

A swinging party in New York City is the scene in the opening number of the Over the Hill Senior Theatricals production of "Mame," which opened to theater-goers this past weekend. Mame, (center), played by Betty Minnich, is surrounded by party goers (L-R) Karen Santos, Louise Rohmann, Sheila Hazzard and Dave Wells. The story is about an eccentric woman who becomes mother to her nephew. The Over the Hill group will give two performances this coming weekend, Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Students leave their mark on historical Sunnyside site

A group of local fifth graders can now claim ownership in one of Sunnyside's most recognizable pieces of history. Students in Erica Barrom's class spent most of Friday afternoon rechinking Ben Snipes cabin at the corner of Grant Avenue and South Fourth Street.

Canal water safety illustrator needed

The canal water safety committee is looking for an illustrator for a color book it is creating. The color book will be used to educate the youth of Sunnyside about the importance of irrigation canals but also the hidden dangers, according to Lisa Fairbairn, a committee spokesperson.

Grizzlies maul the Wolves in Homecoming game

A fumble prone second half was about the only drawback for the Sunnyside High School football team in this past Friday night's Homecoming game against Wapato.

Four suffer injuries in Sunnyside crash

A 31-year-old woman from Beverly and her three children were injured this past Saturday as the result of a two-car collision just outside the Sunnyside city limits.

Friday, October 15

Religious Reflections

Lessons from the Pro Bowl

Lessons from the Pro Bowl

Lady 'Hounds secure top spot in CWAC standings

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School Lady Greyhounds did what they had to Thursday night. Now, they find themselves sitting alone at the top of the CWAC standings.

Time to decide

This is the season of debates and decisions in the political world. We have watched with some concern and much frustration at the spin thrust at us by the major networks. We are wading our way through the hype to arrive at a choice that is the best one for our country.

County commissioner candidates participate in forum

GRANDVIEW - Former Sunnyside City Councilman Chad Werkhoven served as moderator for a political forum Thursday night in Grandview, which featured candidates running for Yakima County commissioner positions.

Second annual teen event to be held at Silver Dollar in Mabton

MABTON - It hardly seems possible that it's been a year since Silver Dollar Inn Manager Linda Chester was frantically planning for "Holla at the Dolla," a Halloween event planned for teens at the local watering hole turned family restaurant.

Bender has hill to climb to qualify for national tourney

PATTERSON, CALIF. - Black Rock Creek Golf Course head pro Jeff Bender has his work cut out for him at today's Western PGA Club Professional Championship.

Entertainment Briefs


Toastmasters is a club that can inspire confidence

Public speaking isn't something that necessarily means standing up in front of a large group of people and giving a formal speech. Instead, it can mean simply going door-to-door and talking to each of your neighbors or sitting down and talking to someone about a particular subject. Either way, there is a group in Sunnyside that is working to ensure that its members are confident no matter what the speaking situation might be.

L.V. Clowning Association to meet Oct. 21

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley Clowning Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, in the courtroom at the Grandview Police Station.

Working Stiff

Florist keeps one eye to the sky

Florist keeps one eye to the sky

Former Sunnyside Mayor Don Hughes recovering from heart surgery

Long-time Sunnyside resident and former Sunnyside Mayor Don Hughes is recovering nicely following heart surgery a week ago, according to a family member.

Guest Editorial

Relief needed for uninsured workers

Relief needed for uninsured workers

SHS harriers finish up conference match-ups

ELLENSBURG - Let the fun begin!

Lady Grizzlies succumb to Selah

If the Sunnyside High School girls volleyball team ever figures out that it needs to play as strongly at the end of a contest as it does at the beginning of each game, the Lady Grizzlies are going to be a force with which to be reckoned.

Tacitly Yours

Looking for the truth

Looking for the truth

Choose right side

I have been very pleased to see the overwhelming level of support for President Bush in our community during this election season. Thankfully, most of us realize the need for Bush's leadership, resolve and clarity during this critical time in our history.

Comedian entertains at pregnancy center fund-raiser

GRANDVIEW - Laughter rang through the Grandview Church of the Nazarene hall last night as Christian comedian Mike Williams entertained, inspired and challenged those attending the fund-raising dinner for the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center.

Thursday, October 14

Bender shoots for $20,000 at PGA club championship

PATTERSON, CALIF. - Jeff Bender, the club pro at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course, begins his quest today on attempting to capture the title of the Western PGA Club Professional Championship.



Local church wants to make dream of home makeover a reality for one lucky family

Fans of the hit television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," will soon have a chance to nominate someone they feel deserves a home makeover of their own.

Second annual home ownership fair on tap

The second annual Yakima Valley Home Ownership Fair will be held Sunday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Joseph's Church gymnasium in Sunnyside.

Weekly Bowling Report


Two injured in car collision at Sheller Road

Two women, one from Sunnyside and the other from Mabton, suffered injuries yesterday afternoon as the result of a two-vehicle collision at SR-241 and Sheller Road.

Wednesday, October 13

Rotarians learn importance of stress management

Public speaking, a death in the family, a job change and divorce are all situations that can bring stress into a person's life. Stress is something that can lead to a number of health problems, including high blood pressure and extra wear and tear on the body.

Lady Vikings push past Sunnyside Christian

The Mabton High School Lady Vikings walked out of Sunnyside with another win under their belts, following Tuesday night's match against Sunnyside Christian High School.

Lady 'Hounds win against Naches

NACHES - The Grandview High School Lady Greyhounds roared into Naches Tuesday night, winning against the Rangers and leaving them looking forward to their next match, which will determine the league champion.

Church checks stolen, local man arraigned

Former Lower Valley resident Joel Leaverton was arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court Tuesday on two counts of forgery.

Guest Editorial

Washington's most irresponsible agency strikes again

Washington's most irresponsible agency strikes again

Mustangs gallop past Sunnyside spikers, 3-0

PROSSER - Early on, if the Sunnyside High School volleyball team had played as well as it did in the third game of last night's match against Prosser, the Lady Grizzlies might not have been swept Tuesday evening.

Selah topples Lady Grizzlies

The Sunnyside High School girls soccer team lost 5-1 to the Selah Vikings Tuesday afternoon at home .

SCHS boys much tougher second time around against Moses Lake Christian club

MOSES LAKE - Their first meeting of the season proved to be an embarrassment for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team.

Port sues builder for breach of contract

The Port of Sunnyside is seeking $169,843 in damages from Sunnyside contractor Timothy Bardell for what it maintains is a breach of contract and for improper work done on the Port's Horizon building project, located on East Edison Avenue.

Mystery rock leaves local folks with questions

This past Monday morning a loud crash startled long-time Sunnyside resident Della Vasquez, leading her to the discovery of a mysterious rock resting on the roof of her South Hill Road home. Vasquez, who had never seen the rock on her roof before, thought it may have caused the large noise.



Open Mike

Don't take things for granted

Don't take things for granted

Tuesday, October 12

Rough night for Grizzly JV

Simply put, it was a rough night for the Sunnyside High School junior varsity football team Monday evening.

Beauty salon owner dreams big

When Blanca Rios, the owner of Images of Beauty salon on South Sixth Street in Sunnyside, was a child she remembers playing with her sister's hair, trying to give her new hairstyles.

Teacher looks for gaps in curriculum to help build better students

During her principal internship last year, Lori Froese determined that her calling maybe wasn't heading a school, but rather crunching the numbers and looking for patterns in student test scores to see where there are gaps in the curriculum.

Grizzlies maul Falcons for first league victory

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School football team got on the winning track in the Mid-Valley League this past Friday night with a 24-6 thumping of Hanford.

Victory over Rangers no cakewalk for 'Hounds

NACHES - The Naches Rangers know how to put a hit on opposing players. Just ask the Grandview High School football team.

Brazilian fishing adventures is Nouvella program

The Novella Club will meet Thursday, Oct. 21, for lunch at Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant, Yakima Valley Highway, Sunnyside at noon.

Mini Mall serves as gallery for Bogen's work

The rigidity of pen and ink drawings and the fluidity of watercolor come together under the tutelage of Prosser artist Sharon Bogen.

Kepcha hopes to unseat Newhouse

58-year-old Michael Kepcha knows he has a snowball's chance in Hades of unseating 15th District Rep. Dan Newhouse (R) of Sunnyside.

City looks at privatizing public works department

It has long been a desire of some members of the Sunnyside City Council to look at privatizing the public works department.



Monday, October 11

Lady Grizzly spikers tough at Crossover Classic

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside High School volleyball team may have only won one match this past Friday and Saturday at the Spokane Crossover Classic, but the Lady Grizzlies played like winners.

Wetlands project funded

The Port of Sunnyside has received word that the federal Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which includes a $233,000 grant for the Port's proposed wetlands project, has passed through Congress.

Sunnyside man arrested in connection with alleged knife assault

A 28-year-old Sunnyside man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend with a knife, according to Sunnyside Police Department Capt. Phil Schenck.



Parents walk to remember their tiny angels

GRANDVIEW - A small group of walkers gathered at Grandview's Dykstra Park early Saturday morning for a stroll around the park - not for the exercise, but to remember the absent members of their families.

Mabton's 'O' line subdues Manson

MABTON - The story of the game last Friday night in Mabton was the Vikings' offensive line.

Scott 27th at Richland invite

RICHLAND - Sunnyside High School senior Brenden Scott stayed within a minute of the leaders at this past Saturday's 36th annual Richland Cross Country Invitational.

Sunnyside woman overwhelmed by community support

The outpouring of community support for Katie Gonzalez, who is battling cancer, has made the 23-year-old realize why Sunnyside is her home.

Friday, October 8



Sunnyside School Board Briefs


High school singers invited to audition for cash

GRANDVIEW - The Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is offering an opportunity to area high school singers to be guests at the Adelines' January 2005 show.

USDA deputy secretary treks to Valley for chat with farmers

TOPPENISH - Gathering input from Washington farmers and agencies working with local farmers, USDA Deputy Secretary Jim Moseley listened and tried to answer questions at a specially called meeting held in Toppenish yesterday.

Hall scores win at PGA pro-am

YAKIMA - Bob Hall of Sunnyside was one of three golfers who shot the low amateur round at the final event of the season sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA.

Monson family will continue operating cattle feed mill

The Monson family may be moving its cattle feedlot operation out of the Sunnyside area, but that doesn't mean the Monsons won't be conducting business here.

Entertainment Briefs


Masked man attempts purse snatching

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department is looking for a suspect that attempted a purse snatching this past Wednesday night outside of Eli and Kathy's restaurant at 813 W. Wine Country Rd.

Grizzlies defeat Wolves for spot at Districts

The Lady Grizzlies defeated the Wapato Wolves 3-2 Thursday night, earning a spot in the District playoffs this year.

Religious Reflections

Focus on harmony, not volcanic fury

Focus on harmony, not volcanic fury

4-H clubs prepare youngsters to be adults

October may signify a time of ghosts, goblins and bright orange pumpkins for some people, but for those involved in 4-H, October marks the beginning of a new year. This week marks National 4-H Week, a time when clubs throughout the Valley are busy signing up new members and getting ready to start another year of competition and camaraderie.

Hart Beat

Femme Fatale - Who me?

Femme Fatale - Who me?

Thursday, October 7

New DSHS family home child care rules in effect

New licensing rules to protect the health and safety of children enrolled in home-centered day care situations are now in effect.

Grandview City Council Briefs


Fire cadet program growing

It's been nearly a year since the Sunnyside Fire Department Volunteer Cadet program was formed and already the group is looking to expand.

MOOvin' out

City brokers deal to purchase Monson feedlot

City brokers deal to purchase Monson feedlot

Mount St. Helen's alert dropped to level two

The volcano alert level at Mount St. Helen's was lowered yesterday (Wednesday), from level three, which indicates that an eruption is imminent, to level two. A level two alert indicates that although volcanic activity is still probable, it is not expected to threaten life or property.

Weekly Bowling Report


Parents of boy who drowned awarded $3.7 million

The parents of Joshua Hui, a 6-year-old first grader who wandered off from a Sunnyside classroom just over three years ago and was found dead in a nearby irrigation canal, have been awarded $1.85 million each in a court settlement that was reached this morning (Thursday).

Wednesday, October 6

Trout Lake Mustangs rally for 3-2 victory over Christian boys

It appeared that the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team had its first Greater Columbia 'B' League victory of the season all wrapped up yesterday.

Fire ravages home, family of three loses everything

The Yakima County Fire Marshall's office is investigating the cause of a structure fire that completely destroyed a home at 800 Bishop Road, just south of Sunnyside, and its contents, Tuesday afternoon.

Hart Beat

Quit attacking my work ethic

Quit attacking my work ethic

Chamber looking at ways to spruce up S'side events

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is in the middle of what some people might call a regrouping period. Wednesday morning, Tourism and Promotions Director for the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Kathy Corliss explained to Rotary Club members that the chamber is currently working to redefine its goals, looking specifically at what the group hopes to accomplish in the next five to 10 years.

Mabton annexation hearing extended because of no-shows last night

MABTON - In what will be the largest land addition to the city of Mabton in its 100-year history, no one last night except state agencies appeared to be interested in its impact on the tiny little community.

Lady 'Hounds secure second win of the season

TOPPENISH - Everything came together for the Grandview soccer team last night (Tuesday), which celebrated its second win of the season. The Lady 'Hounds were able to swoop in and put the game against Toppenish away within the first 10 minutes.

Lady Knights sweep Bickleton in three

Tuesday night was not a good night of volleyball for the Bickleton High School girls volleyball team. The team just couldn't get their act together in order to stop the Sunnyside Christian High School volleyball squad.

Sunnyside swimmers sink Mustangs

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School ladies swim team defeated the Prosser Mustangs 82-73 Tuesday afternoon.



Guest Editorial

Big things happening on the Little Walla Walla

Big things happening on the Little Walla Walla

Cisneros, Sanchez claim invite titles

TOPPENISH - Grandview's Cordero Cisneros and Brittnee Sanchez were never seriously challenged enroute to winning the boys and girls races yesterday at the Toppenish Cross Country Invitational.





Tuesday, October 5

Grandview Council opts to back off on scooter restrictions

GRANDVIEW - What started out the night as a fairly restrictive motorized scooter ordinance that would have banned anyone without a driver's license from driving the vehicles and would have prohibited the scooters from being driven on downtown streets, may end up making Grandview one of the more scooter friendly towns in the Valley.

Mount St. Helen's continues to emit steam, ash

Volcano alert at level three

Volcano alert at level three

Sunnyside swimmers compete at state-wide invitational

SEATTLE - The Sunnyside High School girls swimming team participated in the ninth annual Mukilteo Invitational held at the King County Aquatic Center this past weekend. Five hundred and fifty swimmers from around the state gathered to test their skills in the meet.

Still time to register to vote in General Election

The clock is ticking for those citizens who have not yet registered to vote in November's general election.

Mabton squares 'B' league record

KITTITAS - Mabton quarterback Ryan Harris turned in one of his better efforts of the season last Friday, helping lead the Vikings to a 20-6 victory over the Kittitas Coyotes.

Grandview agency promotes post abortion counseling

GRANDVIEW - Believing there is a link between depression and post abortion trauma, the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center is preparing to launch its fall series of post abortion counseling and education (PACE) classes.

Sunnyside store manager promotes anti-cancer campaign

In 2004, Washington state will record 4,040 new cases of breast cancer and more than 750 female breast cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.

Pregnancy center hosts October fund-raiser

GRANDVIEW - Tickets are on sale for the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center's "Celebrate Life" fund-raising dinner set for Thursday, Oct. 14.

Monday, October 4

Man arrested for using fake ID

Sumner resident Robert E. Ford, 38, was arrested Saturday evening after he reportedly attempted to cash a fake Washington State unemployment check at Sunnyside's Valley View Market, 107 W. Lincoln Ave.

Three robbery suspects arrested

Three people believed to have been involved in multiple armed robberies over the past few weeks were arrested Saturday.

Working Stiff

She's Sunnyside's Toy Dreams leader

She's Sunnyside's Toy Dreams leader

Rams make off with win over S'side

Watching a fallen teammate being carted away to the hospital seemed to take the life out of the Sunnyside Grizzlies last Friday night.



Sunnyside School Board Briefs


Othello Huskies ruin G'view Homecoming

GRANDVIEW - Ouch! The Othello Huskies pinned a whopping defeat on the Greyhound football team during Grandview Homecoming this past Friday.

Friday, October 1

Knights register fifth win of season

A hat trick by senior Micah Koopmans and three assists tallied by senior Luke Marx sparked the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team to a 6-1 victory over visiting Boardman, Ore. yesterday afternoon.

Bickleton runners slowed by hot Royal courses

ROYAL CITY - A long, grueling sloped hill in Royal City proved awfully tough for the Bickleton boys cross country team Thursday afternoon. Only Bickleton Pirate Cody Loomis finished in the top 20 runners. Loomis, a freshman, completed the 2.9 mile-long course in a time of 20:19.



Mabton in process of annexing largest acreage ever in its history

MABTON - The city of Mabton is in the process of annexing what city administrator Ildia Jackson anticipates will be the largest acreage in the town's history.


Where's your thinking cap?

Where's your thinking cap?

Entertainment Briefs


Markham named S'side's new fire chief

Battalion Chief Aaron Markham takes the reins of the Sunnyside Fire Department, effective immediately.

Tacitly Yours

I can't imagine life without my dog

I can't imagine life without my dog

Lady 'Hounds race past Othello

OTHELLO - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds out ran the Huskies Thursday night, racing past the Othello team to claim victory in a three-game match.

Planning for new aquatic center continues

GRANDVIEW - The compiled results of the nearly 300 surveys concerning a new aquatic center in Grandview proposal were reviewed by the Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board last night.

Lady Vikings outpace Bickleton, win in three

BICKLETON - The Mabton Lady Vikings left Bickleton in the dust Thursday night, racing past the Pirates in a three-game match.

Greyhounds defeat Grizzlies in sudden-death

GRANDVIEW - One and a half minutes into the first five minute overtime period Grandview's Akane Tomizawa scored the first and only goal in the rival match between the Greyhounds and the Sunnyside Grizzlies, giving the Grandview team its first victory of the season.