Stories for September 2004


Thursday, September 30

Hastings asks USDA to purchase more pears

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fourth District Congressman Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) led a bipartisan coalition of Washington and Oregon lawmakers in asking USDA Secretary Ann Veneman to make a bonus purchase of canned Bartlett pears for the nation's federal nutrition programs.

Mount St. Helens' seismic activity prompts closure of public trust land

Mount St. Helens is waking up. After years of lying in rest, the giant mountain is beginning to show signs of life.

Auditors give Housing Authority glowing marks

Executive Director Ketha Kimbrough and the board of commissioners for the Sunnyside Housing Authority are quite proficient at dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's.



Wednesday, September 29

Chamber's future plans, goals discussed at after-hours event

Where is the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce headed in 2005? More importantly, how do Chamber members want the Chamber to aid them?



Working Stiff

Waitress trades rainy Westport for Sunny Spot

Waitress trades rainy Westport for Sunny Spot

Beyond The Norm-Mel

City needs housing for our farm worker population

City needs housing for our farm worker population

Robertson named Department of Corrections director

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners appointed Steve Robertson to serve as Director of the Yakima County Department of Corrections.

County approves franchise agreements for two area residents

Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved two non-exclusive franchise agreements, one for Jane Manley of Grandview and the other for Ted Durfey of Sunnyside.

Memorial sought for S'side historian

A history buff himself, Dr. Jack Hale spends a lot of time sharing tales about the late Roscoe Sheller, Sunnyside historian and early businessman.

Mustangs make it two in a row over S'side frosh team

The Prosser High School freshman football team is plenty tough. Just ask the Sunnyside frosh squad.

REC to hold festive sunset meeting for 10 years of service

With little more than three months left of existence, the Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (REC) is planning on going out in style.

County executes contract for work on Crescent Ave.

Work will begin soon on improvements to a section of Sunnyside's N.W. Crescent Avenue.

Mabton loses in three to LaSalle Lady Lightning

YAKIMA - The Mabton Lady Vikings weren't able to put anything together Tuesday night, losing to LaSalle High School.

Sunnyside girls hop past Jackrabbits, 3-1

The Quincy Jackrabbits rolled into Sunnyside Tuesday evening with just two matches under their belt this season. The lack of court time showed.

Grizzly grid game against West Valley at home Friday

Sunnyside Athletic Director Bill Daley doesn't want Grizzly football fans trekking to West Valley this Friday, to find an empty field.

Lady 'Hounds play tough, but lose to East Valley

MOXEE - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds saw many aspects of their game come together Tuesday night against a tough East Valley team. However, their efforts were not enough to allow them to push past the Red Devils.

Riverside slows down Lady Knights, 3-0

YAKIMA - Tuesday night's trip to Riverside Christian High School turned out to be a downer for the Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team. Coming off a rousing win over Trout Lake last Friday, the Lady Knights failed to add another victory to their win column.

Junior bowling leagues get underway Saturday

If you're 18 years of age or younger and like knocking things down, be at Valley Lanes this coming Saturday morning.

Three arrested on burglary charges

A 20-year-old Sunnyside man and two local teenagers were arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the burglary of a home in the 700 block of Crescent Avenue.

Guest Editorial

Lawmakers should stay on the right track

Lawmakers should stay on the right track

Tuesday, September 28

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


U.S. Cellular customers have second spot to shop

U.S. Cellular customers wishing to upgrade their service can now avoid long lines at the busy Sunnyside Mid Valley Mall cell phone service office.

Weekly Bowling Report




Public speaks out against proposed PacifiCorp rate increase

YAKIMA - Washington Utilities and Transportation Commissioner Patrick Oshe and Dennis Moss, presiding judge over a public hearing held Tuesday night at the Yakima County Courthouse, gathered public comment on a proposed PacifiCorp rate increase.

SHS grads tops in national automotive technology testing

2003 Sunnyside High School graduates Jacob Hazzard and Ryan Johnson have earned scholarships while attending Universal Technical Institute to study automotive technology.

Tractor-trailer mishap disrupts electrical power

GRANDVIEW - Some Grandview residents woke up Sunday morning without electricity, thanks to a tractor-trailer accident that brought down the power lines at the intersection of Grandridge and West Second streets.

Paintball tourney to be held Oct. 16

GRANDVIEW - Looking to get a start in one of the fastest growing extreme sports? Those interested in the sport of paintball can enter a tournament that will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Grandview Nazarene Church paintball field.

Housing Authority requests $283,040 from HUD for upgrades

Residents of the Sunnyside Housing Authority could have a lot of updating to look forward to if the local organization receives all of the funding it is requesting from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the 2005 funding cycle.

Monday, September 27

Sunnyside High School drop-out rates improving

With all of the efforts being made to keep kids in schools, the Sunnyside School District is seeing a decline in the number of students who leave school. This past year of the 1,347 students who started the 2003-04 school year at the high school, 8.6 percent dropped out.

Fate of boy with gun still unknown

GRANDVIEW - The fate of a 10-year-old Grandview boy who displayed a handgun after school in a nearby park last week is still unknown.

Child struck in Friday afternoon hit-and-run

The Washington State Patrol is looking for a 1990s pickup truck and its driver that left the scene after reportedly hitting 11-year-old Angel Garcia Friday afternoon as he attempted to cross Van Belle Road on State Route 241.

UFW co-founder encourages Sunnyside Latino voters to support Kerry for president

For Marisela Guzman of Toppenish, attending last Friday's public meeting in Sunnyside that was geared towards Latino voters was more of a curiosity.

Mabton gridders lasso Mustangs for 14-2 Homecoming victory

MABTON - Mabton Coach D.J. Search will gladly take last Friday's 14-2 Homecoming victory over the Bridgeport Mustangs. Although he'll be the first to tell you that his Vikings should have won by a much bigger margin.

Rams too much for S'side girls

WEST VALLEY - The West Valley Rams maintained their grip on a first place tie in the Mid-Valley League standings with a straight set victory over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies this past Saturday.

Lady 'Hounds third at 4A tourney

LAKE STEVENS - The Lady Greyhounds took their show on the road Saturday, showing several 4A schools just what the 2A Grandview team is made of.

S'side subdivision includes mix of manufactured and stick-built homes, city issues 55 building permits in August

The name of the subdivision located off of West Madison Avenue brings to mind colorful flowers and green lawns, but instead of popping up blooms Larry Tadlock of Yakima is helping new houses spring to life in Jaquetta Gardens.

Lady Knights rally to beat Trout Lake, 3-2

Never say die was the rallying cry for the Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team this past Saturday.

Lady Vikings take first in Tri-City Prep tourney

TRI-CITIES - The Mabton Lady Vikings this past weekend proved they are a team to be reckoned with, taking home first place honors from Saturday's Tri-City Prep tournament.



Friday, September 24

Commissioners approve creation of revolving fund

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved the creation of a revolving fund for the Department of Corrections.

Hot air balloons will fill the skies over Prosser

PROSSER - This weekend the skies above the Lower Yakima Valley will be alive with color, as Prosser hosts its 15th annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally.

Guest Editorial

Switzerland succeedswith consumer-driven health care

Switzerland succeedswith consumer-driven health care

Entertainment Briefs


UFW leader Dolores Huerta to speak in Sunnyside tonight

United Farm Workers Union leader Dolores Huerta will be in Sunnyside this evening to help launch "Latinos for John Kerry," an outreach effort to attract Hispanic voters to the Kerry presidential campaign.



Heart Beat

Getting older ain't getting any easier, just more fun

Getting older ain't getting any easier, just more fun

Community center dance group forms

At the annual Sunshine Days Parade held last Saturday, the Sunnyside Community Center dance troupe made its debut performance.



Sunnyside spikers blank Wapato, 3-0

The Sunnyside High School girls volleyball team is officially off the snide.

Lady Grizzlies muzzle Scotties

COWICHE - The Sunnyside High School ladies soccer team defeated the Highland Scotties, 6-3, in a non-league game Thursday afternoon.

State-of-the art music hall opens Oct. 3 in Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG - Launching a new era of music education and music performance, Central Washington University in Ellensburg will open the doors to its new, state-of-the-art music education building on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Sunnyside fire chief apparently forced out

Sunnyside Fire Chief Jim Stanton is leaving his position with the local fire department. After 33 years of service to the fire department, Stanton will be leaving under a mutual agreement he came to with City Manager Bob Stockwell Thursday afternoon.

Neighborhood bans together to take back the community

GRANDVIEW - Sitting in the quiet living room of Debbie Hanson's Concord Avenue home, it is easy to see why neighbors are banning together to ensure that their streets stay safe and their neighborhood stays friendly.

10-year-old Grandview boy found with gun after school in park

GRANDVIEW - A 10-year-old Grandview boy allegedly had a handgun in Euclid Park after school Tuesday afternoon.

Scott, Martinez Sunnyside's top x-country finishers

WEST VALLEY - Mid-Valley League cross country competition got underway Thursday afternoon. And, based on the opening meet of the season, it appears that Brenden Scott and Mercedes Martinez are going to be the catalysts for this year's Sunnyside High School boys and girls squads.

Mabton girls win in three

GLENWOOD - For the first time ever, the Mabton Lady Vikings found themselves on the court facing off against the Glenwood volleyball team. This is the first year Glenwood has had its own team. In previous years the Eagles have combined and played with Trout Lake.

Religious Reflections

The trust of a child

The trust of a child

School board dedicates new S'side parent center

The community of Sunnyside has a new place to go when it comes to resources to help better the achievement of both children and parents in the local school district. Thursday night, the Sunnyside School Board, as well as representatives from the Northwest Community Action Center and Education Service District 105 gathered together to celebrate the dedication of the new parent center at 810 E. Custer Ave. in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside woman dies in auto crash

A 31-year-old Sunnyside woman died last night at about 11:30 p.m. as the result of a two-vehicle collision at Factory and Bethany roads.

Thursday, September 23

Weekly Bowling Report


Benedicto dominates Sunshine Days tennis tournament

Wapato's Khalid Benedicto proved to be the man to beat this past weekend in the annual Sunnyside Sunshine Days tennis tournament.

Grandview sophomore invited to run in Hawaiian sun this winter

GRANDVIEW - This winter, while most people are bundled up in sweaters and warm coats, Grandview High School sophomore Brittnee Sanchez is planning to be running in the Hawaiian sunshine.

Local grape prices drop as harvest hits midway mark

Drive past any grape vineyard and the sweet smell of ripened grapes fills the air, but not all is sweet in the grape market.





Garden club members share summer activities

The Sunnyside Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Sept. 28, for its first meeting of the new club year.

S'side freshmen sustain first defeat of 2004 season

PROSSER - The Sunnyside High School freshman football team gave Prosser a run for its money this past Monday. But in the end, the vaunted Mustang grid program proved to be too much for the Grizzlies.

Snipes Mountain Restaurant to host Nov. 2 dairy conference

"Herd Management - The Key to Progress" is the theme of the Tuesday, Nov. 2, dairy conference that will be held at Sunnyside's Snipes Mountain Restaurant.

Wednesday, September 22

Story Time

County commissioners looking for a scapegoat

County commissioners looking for a scapegoat



Beyond the Norm-Mel

Sunnyside didn't put its best foot forward during Sunshine Days

Sunnyside didn't put its best foot forward during Sunshine Days

MOMS offer stay-at-home moms support

GRANDVIEW - Heidi Owen believes the Peace Corps must be a piece of cake. She believes being a stay-at-home mom is the "toughest job you'll ever love," to borrow the slogan.

WWII Rotary topic

Tales of dangerous missions, daring escapes and a bit of history awaited Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary members at their meeting Wednesday morning.

County to file claim of damages against Toppenish

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners, Tuesday morning, decided the time is right to take action against the City of Toppenish for what the county feels was misleading information that led to the county purchasing more than 30 acres for the siting of the Yakima Valley Justice Center, which is now being built at a site near the Central Washington State Fairgrounds in Yakima.

Lady Grizzly swimmers score first team victory

YAKIMA - The Lady Grizzlies swim team won its first meet of the season against Ellensburg yesterday, 74-67.



Black Rock Creek golfers fare well at pro-am

KENNEWICK - Two members of Black Rock Creek Golf Course earned first place individual finishes this past Monday at a pro-am tournament sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA.

Daily Sun News staff earns five awards in WNPA contest

The Daily Sun News staff has earned state recognition for its outstanding efforts in photography, advertising and writing.

Sunnyside Inc. director Marshall Doak to leave post

Sunnyside Inc. Executive Director Marshall Doak has announced he will be leaving the economic development agency to go into private business.

G'view sweeps Ki-Be Bears

BENTON CITY - Tuesday night, the Grandview Lady Greyhounds managed to pull out a win against a tough Ki-Be team, sweeping past the Bears in a three-game match.

Young Viking squad powers past Sunnyside

SELAH - The Selah Vikings girls volleyball team doesn't have many upperclassmen this year. It doesn't matter. The Vikes are once again the team to beat in the Mid-Valley League, as Sunnyside learned last night.

Tuesday, September 21

Bowling Report

Weekly Honor Roll

Weekly Honor Roll



Working Stiff

Former medical transcriptionist now a retailer

Former medical transcriptionist now a retailer

McClure leads Brown Sox to Sunshine Days softball title

The wins just keep piling up for the KFC/A&W Brown Sox men's softball team.

Women only support group forming

Are your relationships with others making you sick? Do the people you care about drive you crazy?

China Grove temporarily closes

Faithful patrons of the China Grove were notified last week that the Chinese restaurant will be closing until their new building on Picard Place, which is just off Wanita Road, is completed. The Yakima Valley Highway restaurant closed its doors Sunday, Sept. 19.

Sunshine Days raffle winners named

Robin Gonzales of Sunnyside is the winner of a Lower Valley Community Concert Series family ticket, which was offered as one of the prizes in this year's Sunshine Days Raffle. Gonzales' name was drawn last Saturday night during the Miss Sunnyside Pageant.

Veliz second at PGA pro-am

RICHLAND - Black Rock Creek's Pete Veliz garnered a second place finish at last week's pro-am tournament sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA. The Monday, Sept. 13, tourney, staged at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course, drew a field of 168 professional and amateur golfers.

Adventurer turns to Jesus Christ for fulfillment

PROSSER - Lower Valley Christian Women's Club speaker Barbara Moss of Melbourne Beach, Fla. is an adventurer. Having traveled to Africa, South America, Europe, Antarctica and the Arctic, she has filled her life with adventures.

Grandview explores regulating scooters

GRANDVIEW - For the second time in just a matter of months, the Grandview City Council is looking at regulating the use of motorized scooters on city streets.

Monday, September 20

SCHS Knights claim two wins

The Sunnyside Christian High School Knights nailed down a pair of victories in their home openers this past Friday and Saturday.

'Doc' pushes GOP platform

Congressman Richard "Doc" Hastings has been in the political arena for nearly three decades. Last Friday, Hastings talked to members of the Sunnyside Republican Club, noting that it was nice to talk to members of the local organization again, something he remembers doing for the first time in January 1975.

Eagles fly past G'view gridders

GRANDVIEW - A 13-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Artz to Matt Emerson was the only scoring the Grandview High School football team could muster against the visiting Connell Eagles last Friday night.

Eastside Catholic trips up Sunnyside grid team, 14-7

SEATTLE - Sunnyside Coach Mark Marro isn't one to lambaste an official for a call that many would say cost his team a victory. But when asked if the pass interference penalty that was assessed his club late in Saturday night's game was a horrible call, Marro couldn't offer up much support for the referee in question.

Lady Vikings stick it out to beat Riverview

MABTON - The Mabton Lady Vikings had a tough go of it Saturday night, going up against the hard-hitting team from Riverview High School. Despite having powerful hits over the net, the Riverview team was unable to stave off the Lady Vikings, who finished on top after a five-game match.



Lady 'Hounds beat Ellensburg, fall to Selah

SELAH - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds played seven games Saturday, sweeping past the Ellensburg Bulldogs in a three-game match, then falling to the Selah Vikings in a 3-1 match.

Varying opinions on I-297, which addresses clean up of Hanford Nuclear Reservation

A recent poll shows that seven out of 10 likely voters in Washington state will vote in support of Initiative 297, which deals with the clean-up of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.



Sunnyside, Grandview harriers fare well ;at Prosser Invitational

PROSSER - Both, the Sunnyside and Grandview high school cross country squads turned in notable performances at this past Saturday's Prosser Invitational.

Lady Knights blast pass Lyle in Friday night action

LYLE - The Sunnyside Christian High School's girls volleyball team walked past Lyle this past Friday night to claim a 4-1 victory in Greater Columbia B league action.

Lightning bolts past Mabton gridders, 35-7

UNION GAP - Ouch! The Mabton High School football team got stung by a lightning bolt last Friday. The LaSalle Lightning racked up a 35-7 Central Washington 'B' League victory against the Vikings.

Store owner shoots back at armed men

The owner of T&M Market in the 400 block of Cemetery Road in Sunnyside shot back at two armed gunmen who held him at gun point late last night.

Lady Grizzlies defeat Wapato

WAPATO - The Sunnyside High School girls soccer team beat the Wapato Wolves 5-1 Saturday for its second win in Mid-Valley League action.

Friday, September 17

Mabton band getting local air time with first CD

MABTON - It's just a tiny sound-proof room located just off his kitchen, but from it Jesus Prado of rural Mabton is mixing the sound he hopes will soon be rocketing him and his fellow band members to fame and fortune.

Pot plants uprooted in Mabton

MABTON - 21 large marijuana plants were found along State Route 22 near Mabton Thursday.



Lady Vikings push past Klickitat in five

MABTON - The Lady Vikings had a long night Thursday, battling against the team from Klickitat High School. Ultimately, though, Mabton came out on top of the five-game match.



U.S. Senate candidate stumps for votes in S'side

On a two-day campaign across Washington state, U.S. Senate candidate George Nethercutt took time to speak to a group of supporters at the Darigold plant in Sunnyside Thursday afternoon.

Religious Reflections

Searching for the truth

Searching for the truth

Publisher talks about his Yakima Valley Justice Center coverage

More than 20,000 people receive copies of at least one publication from Yakima newspaper publisher Bruce Smith. According to Smith, just under 7,000 businesses in Yakima County receive the Yakima Valley Business Times, as do 13,000 people ages 55 years or older in the Yakima and Tri-Cities areas.

Food Fore Thought

Invest in growing AGtivists

Invest in growing AGtivists

Tacitly Yours

I can't wait to vote again in November

I can't wait to vote again in November

Lady Rams dominate S'side soccer team

The Lady Grizzly soccer team was defeated 11-1 by the Mid-Valley League leading West Valley Rams Thursday.



Lady 'Hounds sweep past Naches

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds managed another league win Thursday night, sweeping past the visiting Naches Rangers for a three-game victory.

'Stangs sting Sunnyside girls

To Sunnyside's credit, the Lady Grizzly volleyball team basically shut down Prosser's top hitter last night. Dynamo Claire Raap, Prosser's sensational force at the net, was limited to just seven kills Thursday evening.

Hancock, Bierlink to aid Sunnyside with community planning

During last week's Sunnyside Planning Commission meeting, there were two new faces in the group. The Sept. 8 meeting marked the first public appearance of new commission members Theresa Hancock and Ken Bierlink.

Grizzly swimmers sunk by Hanford

RICHLAND - The Lady Grizzly swimmers were defeated by the Hanford Bombers 112-46 in the first full meet of the season.

Retired Sunnyside dentist opens East Edison art gallery

Having spent the past six years practicing various painting techniques, Dr. Harold Clark is now ready to show off his huge portfolio of artistic creations to the public.

Entertainment Briefs


Thursday, September 16



Commissioners vote to lower card room taxes

YAKIMA - Card rooms operating in unincorporated Yakima County, of which there currently are none, are no longer required to pay the county a 20 percent tax of the establishment's gross receipts.

S'side family to mark mother's 100th birthday

Albie Gallaway of Sunnyside doesn't see too well anymore and she doesn't like to sit up for very long at a time.

Stamschror new building inspector

Andy Stamschror hit the ground running this week as the City of Sunnyside building department's newest member.

Strong business community benefits more than just shop owners

Horizon Inc. Executive Director Tom Gaulke believes that building a strong community is part of a creating a successful program for the residents of the community with special needs, such as Horizon.



Retired neewsman parade marshal

Just as he was quietly going about enjoying his well-deserved retirement, Don Cole finds himself in the spotlight again.

Family prepared to move into their first home, thanks to work of many

GRANGER - The Ang family, soon to be of Granger, finally has a place where their three young boys can play outside, a kitchen large enough for wife Erika to be comfortable while making dinner and enough space to give everyone in the family a little extra room.

Wednesday, September 15

County voters lean toward Republican candidates

Of the votes counted county-wide in Tuesday's election, more than 62.9 percent were cast for Republican candidates.

Lady Vikings sweep SCHS

MABTON - The Mabton High School varsity volleyball team pulled it together Tuesday night, playing tough against the team from Sunnyside Christian High School.

Ellensburg blanks Lady Grizzlies, 3-0

Stevie Fischer's blistering attack from the service line carried the Ellensburg High School girls volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies last night.

Guest Editorial

Bush was right to tell Congress to settle its differences on highway funding

Bush was right to tell Congress to settle its differences on highway funding

Tuesday arrest in Sunnyside follows gun wielding incident

Cesar Ortiz Farias, 21, of Sunnyside was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he attempted to flee police by ditching his car at an office building on Ninth Street in Sunnyside.

Lady 'Hounds speed past last year's 2A league champions

CONNELL - The Grandview High School varsity volleyball team started league play off right Tuesday night, racing past last year's 2A league champion, Connell, and never looked back.



Lady 'Hounds fall to last year's State champions

GRANDVIEW - Tuesday evening, Grandview found itself going up against Connell High School, the defending 2A State championship soccer team.

Few problems on election day

While federal election observers watched Sunnyside voters file into the Lincoln School gym all day Tuesday, election volunteer Bob Hazzard greeted voters with a quick lesson in electronic ballot casting.

Cozy Cookie therapeutic to children and adults alike

ELLENSBURG - It's made of soft, tan polar fleece and when warmed in the microwave oven it gives off a scent of fresh gingerbread. The Cozy Cookie is the innovative doll/heating pad created by best friends and Ellensburg residents Mollie Edson and Jane Wright.

Tuesday, September 14

Pearl Hughes Guild meets Friday

The Pearl Hughes Guild of Children's Hospital and Medical Center will meet Friday, Sept. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sunny Spot Restaurant in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Sanchez, Cisneros excel at Selah invite

SELAH - Grandview's Brittney Sanchez and Cordero Cisneros turned in top-notch efforts this past Saturday to open the 2004 prep cross country season.



Schatz makes the shots to win Banana Belt title

Ty Schatz's hobby is collecting birdies. Not parrots or canaries, the types you keep in a cage in your living room. Rather, he picks up his birdies on golf courses.

Sunnyside's Brown Sox win berth to World Series

KENNEWICK - One can only marvel at the season the Sunnyside KFC/A&W Brown Sox have had thus far.

Working Stiff

Apartment manager formerly sold commercial fishing boats

Apartment manager formerly sold commercial fishing boats

Dekker adds real estate to his repertoire

Things are changing in the life of Sunnyside Young Life director and newest member of the Prudential Valley Investment Properties staff Tom Dekker. Dekker recently started working at the local real estate office and is looking forward to helping families purchase homes in the Lower Valley.

Sunnyside wins big

Jesse Montelongo touched the ball just four times in last night's freshman football game between Sunnyside and Selah. Unbelievably, Montelongo scored all four times.

Sunnyside urologist urges men to undergo prostrate screening

Health nights for women have become a common event, but so far men's health discussions have been few and far between. But, helping to bring light to one of the leading causes of death among men is Dr. Robert Kim, a Sunnyside urologist.

Council approves chamber's request for Sunshine Days

The Sunnyside City Council had no problem this past Monday night approving a request from the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce for the annual Sunshine Days celebration.

Pre-school begins annual aluminum recycling drive

Candyce Villalobos may only be 4-years-old, but she is already learning how to help others. Villalobos and her fellow students at Calvary Lutheran School of Sunnyside are again collecting the aluminum tabs from soda cans as a part of a school-wide recycling drive to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Spokane.

Monday, September 13

Three vehicles vandalized on Fourth Street

Three vehicles on South Fourth Street were vandalized early this morning.





Scott places 9th at Hermiston invite

HERMISTON, ORE. - A mere 35 seconds separated the winner of the Hermiston Invitational and ninth place finisher Brenden Scott of Sunnyside.

Racers gather in Grandview looking to earn top honors

GRANDVIEW - Nearly 30 people participated in Grandview's annual soapbox derby race, which took place this past Saturday.

Lady Vikings lose to Riverside Christian

MABTON - The Mabton High School varsity volleyball team lost in three straight to the team from Riverside Christian High School this past Saturday.

'Hounds open CWAC play with 35-14 victory

BENTON CITY - In its season opener two Fridays ago, the Grandview High School football team committed more mistakes than it could overcome in a 32-25 loss to class 3A Sunnyside. This past Friday night, the class 2A Greyhounds played nearly error-free. The end result was a 35-14 victory over the hapless Ki-Be Bears.

Saul Road neighborhood annexation tabled

An annexation that would bring four parcels of land in the Saul/South Hill road island neighborhood into the city limits has been tabled for further investigation.

Sunnyside market Friday night target of armed robbery

Shots were fired into the air as an armed robber fled North Avenue Market late Friday night after holding up the cashier.

Shockers blow past Mabton gridders, 42-7

MABTON - Like a knife slicing through warm butter, the Waterville Shockers ran through Mabton's defensive squad last Friday night enroute to posting a convincing 42-7 victory.

Koopmans leads SCHS to split in soccer matches

TROUT LAKE - Senior Micah Koopmans scored four of his team's five goals to lead Sunnyside Christian to a season opening split this past weekend.

Downtown Grandview businesses express concern over temporary banners

GRANDVIEW - Last month, members of the Grandview community came together to hear what had been learned from downtown businesses as far as the chamber of commerce's downtown revitalization efforts were concerned. One subject that came up was that of banners and other temporary signs.

Friday, September 10



Entertainment Briefs


Sunshine Days celebration plans coming together

This year's Sunshine Days celebration, set for Saturday, Sept. 18, may only be limited to a single day, but event organizers are packing a lot of activities into the one-day celebration.

Help sought for former Sunnysider striken with cancer

When Katie Gonzalez discovered a lingering cold had become something much more serious, the former Sunnysider called on her family to lend support. Her parents, Fred and Mary Alice Gonzalez of Sunnyside, have been staying with their daughter while she battles Primary Progressive Hodgkin's Disease, a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system.

Lady Grizzly swimmers make good showing at relay invite

WENATCHEE - An informal relay invitational in Wenatchee Thursday afternoon opened the season for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly swimmers. The five girls from Sunnyside who attended the meet placed seventh as a team, according to Coach Scott Southard.

Lady Greyhounds look good in loss to Prosser

PROSSER - With the exception of the loss, Grandview High School girls soccer coach Anne Holden saw exactly what she wanted to see from her Lady Greyhounds last night.

Local Republicans hear from three judicial candidates

What should a person look for when it comes to choosing a candidate to fill an open position in Yakima County Superior Court? This morning (Friday), three candidates for the position talked to members of the Sunnyside Republican Club, noting what they feel are important things voters should keep in mind when selecting a candidate.



Guest Editorial

Payroll is much more than a paycheck

Payroll is much more than a paycheck

Religious Reflections

Walk in the light

Walk in the light

Prosser hospital a safe place for newborns

PROSSER - A second chance at life for infants in danger of being abandoned is now possible at Prosser Memorial Hospital, where, as "A Safe Place for Newborns," distraught mothers and fathers can leave their babies anonymously without fear of prosecution.

SHS senior parents planning meeting set

The parents of Sunnyside High School seniors are invited to attend a planning meeting Monday, Sept. 13, to be held at the high school commons.

Church Briefs


Salaries make up 79 percent of Sunnyside School District's $50.1 million budget

Of the Sunnyside School District's $50.1 million budget recently adopted by the Sunnyside School Board for the 2004-05 school year, 79 percent of those funds will be used to pay salaries for everyone from building secretaries to the superintendent.

Lady Grizzlies give powerhouse East Valley all it can handle

The Sunnyside High School girls soccer team lost to East Valley 2-1 Thursday evening in the first game of the season.

Hart Beat

My grandmotherly prejudices are showing

My grandmotherly prejudices are showing

Push is on for new aquatic center

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board began strategizing Thursday night, one of the first steps to building a new aquatic center in the community.

Grandview karate instructor has 25 years of teaching experience

GRANDVIEW - Karate. Many people misunderstand the purpose of the mystical sport of martial arts. Some people don't respect it while others have found that it has a place in their lives.

Lady Vikes get their share of volleyball

YAKIMA - There was plenty of volleyball going on yesterday for the Mabton High School girls volleyball team.

Thursday, September 9

Sunnyside Planning Commission OK's annexation

A 3.24-acre parcel of land located near the corner of North 16th Street and Sheller Road has been recommended for annexation into the city limits of Sunnyside. The annexation request was reviewed Wednesday night by the Sunnyside Planning Commission.

Lady Grizzlies compete at East Valley jamboree

MOXEE - Things got off to a bad start for the Sunnyside High School girls volleyball team Tuesday night. But Lady Grizzly Coach Angel Carrizales still feels good about how her players did at the four-team East Valley jamboree.

Sunnyside Port passes state audit with flying colors

In 40 years of operation the Sunnyside Port District has never had an audit finding, according to Washington State Auditor's office records. The most recent audit report, dated Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2003, is no different.

Grandview receives extra money for new playground

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation program recently received word that it was not only awarded the $3,000 it requested from the Lower Yakima County Rural Enterprise Community, it was given an extra $2,000.

Grandview renews agreement with economic development group

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council unanimously approved to renew a five-year agreement with New Vision and the Yakima County Development Association (YCDA).

Grandview Council signs off on project completion

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Public Works Director Cus Arteaga Tuesday night requested the Grandview City Council accept the city's new public storm water retention project as complete. The council voted unanimously to accept the project as completed.

Wednesday, September 8

Garden glider memorial to life of Hillcrest resident

These days when Grace Zaun takes her daily stroll through the gardens at Hillcrest Manor, she will be able to rest for a spell near a very special reminder of her family's love.

Tejano music promoters apologize to G'view Council

GRANDVIEW - Tino Patina and Ruby Carbajal, board members of the Pacific Northwest Tejano Music Association, publicly apologized to the Grandview City Council Tuesday night, two days after one of their concerts got out of hand.

Burglars strike in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Two Grandview businesses were busy Tuesday morning repairing broken windows and doors after would-be thieves attempted burglaries in two different parts of town.

Criminal justice levy to be on November ballot

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners yesterday approved adding a levy for criminal justice to the November ballot.

Guest Editorial

Washington is stuck with the Montana Primary

Washington is stuck with the Montana Primary

Villanueva dominates in Sunnyside frosh season opener

GRANDVIEW - There is nothing quite like starting off the season on the right note. Just ask Sunnyside High School freshman football player Joseph Villanueva after his amazing performance last night.


We'll be taxed if we don't act

We'll be taxed if we don't act





Annual flea market to be held in Bickleton

BICKLETON - Looking for antiques, books to read this winter or fresh baked goodies? Head for the hills and the fourth annual Bickleton Presbyterian Church ladies flea market, where a variety of goodies will be available for purchase this Saturday.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

The power of technology helps unite families

The power of technology helps unite families

Tuesday, September 7





Clean Air Authority holds up demolition of Anciso's building

A Sept. 10 deadline is looming as the Yakima Clean Air Authority waits to see if a plan for the safe removal of the asbestos found in the Anciso building is brought before the environmental protection agency.

Grizzlies get win in double overtime to open season

GRANDVIEW - This past Friday night's non-league encounter between the Sunnyside and Grandview high school football teams pretty much had the look of a season opening game.

Working Stiff

Assistant police chief feels he has found his niche in life

Assistant police chief feels he has found his niche in life

Outlook water deemed safe for elementary students

OUTLOOK - For a few days last week it looked like Outlook Elementary School children would be drinking bottled water after it was discovered the school's water supply had been contaminated.

Two Lower Yakima Valley men face drive-by shooting charges

Two men were arrested in Sunnyside Saturday night after they allegedly fired shots from their vehicle in the 700 block of South Seventh Street. The shots were fired Saturday night at about 11:45 p.m.

Sunnyside man arrested on stolen gun charge

A tip that a 22-year-old Sunnyside man was in possession of a stolen firearm led to his arrest last Friday night.

Penalties costly, but Vikes victorious

MABTON - Nearly 200 yards in penalties stifled a strong start by the Mabton High School football team this past Friday night against visiting Lyle.

Wash. State Migrant Council teaching people how to drive

Not far from where thousands of Yakima Valley residents took their driving test years ago, a new generation of drivers is getting a chance to study up before heading over to the Washington State Department of Driver Licensing office in Sunnyside to try for their driver's license.

Friday, September 3





Tacitly Yours

Is dressing for a wedding always this complicated?

Is dressing for a wedding always this complicated?

Prosser celebrates States Days this Sept. 6

PROSSER - It's a day when the Prosser community celebrates States Days, while the rest of the nation celebrates Labor Day. Set for Monday, Sept. 6, Prosser States Day will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. winding through downtown Prosser.

Oregon Outlaws shoot down competition at Chicano State tourney

Behind the MVP performance of Abel Valdez, the Oregon Outlaws captured the title of this year's Aztlan/Chicano/Latino State Softball Tournament, held Aug. 28-29 at Sunnyside's SunnyView Park.

Loan store employee held up in mall parking lot robbery

An employee of KB Loans in the Mid Valley Mall was the target of an armed robbery Friday morning.

Prosser's Great Balloon Rally to launch 15th aerial show

PROSSER - The Great Prosser Balloon Rally will lift off from the Prosser airport Sept. 25 and 26, with more than two dozen balloons participating in the 15th annual event.

Sunnyside's newest council member ready to jump into the 'frying pan'

Sunnyside's newest city council member is no stranger to public service. Before being recently appointed to Sunnyside City Council, Paul Garcia was a member of the local planning commission, a position he held for more than four years.

Open Mike

I hate being sick

I hate being sick

Future drivers urged to register to traffic safety class Tuesday, Sept. 7

Sunnyside High School students wishing to take traffic safety education are urged to pre-register for the courses Tuesday, Sept, 7.

Wood scores top honors at PGA pro-am tourney

MOSES LAKE - Derrick Wood of Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course turned in a career type round this past Monday.

Miss Sunnyside candidate looks at the colorful side of life

Rayann Van Beek enjoys things that bring color into her life. Things that make each day bright and filled with joy. With this in mind, Van Beek is looking at a possible career in interior design after she graduates from Sunnyside Christian High School in a couple of years.



State WASL achievement gaps narrow, local schools make significant gains

"We are beginning to achieve momentum" said new Mabton School District Superintendent Sandra Pasiero-Davis.

Thursday, September 2

Commissioners set bid opening date for jail work

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved a bid opening date for phase one, stage two of the Yakima Valley Justice Center project.

Neighborhood mural target of graffiti

Several years ago after a rash of graffiti marked a small brick wall on Fourth Street in Sunnyside, the residents of Sunnyside Manor I, wanting to make a difference in their neighborhood, got together and commissioned a scenic mural to be painted on the wall across the street from the apartment complex.

Sunnyside Public Works Director to join SVID

When Delmas Church retires from the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) ending over his 33 years of service, his position will be taken over by Ken Ott, the Sunnyside city Public Works Director, according to SVID District Manager Jim Trull.

Credit retrieval program helps keep high school students on track for graduation

Failing a class at Sunnyside High School used to mean having to attend summer school and hoping that any of the courses failed would be offered at that time. However, in the last year something has changed in the way the high school deals with credit retrieval.

County set to go out to bid for Crescent Avenue improvements

Residents living along a small section of Crescent Avenue in Sunnyside could soon see some road improvements heading their way.



Nothing set in stone on South First Street project

The City of Sunnyside and representatives from Gray & Osborne engineering firm held the final of their public meetings last night concerning the upcoming South First Street improvement project.

Commissioners set hearing date for two local agreements

Tuesday, Sept. 21, is the day two public hearings will be held to help decide if Yakima County commissioners will approve non-exclusive franchise agreements with Ted Durfey of Sunnyside and Jane Manley of Grandview. Both agreements deal with the construction of irrigation pipes, although each is in conjunction with a different project.

Spokane family first to participate in innovative conservation program

SPOKANE - Eight years ago, when Bill and Dean McLean switched from their traditional farming methods to a conservation-based approach, they believed their investment would pay off - someday.

County prepares to surplus myriad of items

YAKIMA - Saturday, Sept. 25, people from throughout the area will have a chance to bid on items being surplused by Yakima County.

Summer bbq honors Hillcrest staff for perfect survey

To celebrate a perfect survey from the state nursing home inspectors, the staff of Sunnyside's Hillcrest Manor nursing home and rehabilitation center enjoyed a Hawaiian luau Wednesday night.

Guardrails to be installed along Yakima Valley Highway bridges

Thanks to an agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation, Yakima County officials plan on installing guardrails along three bridges and a small section of Nagler Road.

Wednesday, September 1

Sunnyside murder case must be retried

Just days before the four-year anniversary of the gruesome murder of local nurse Stephen Graves, the state appeals court over-turned the conviction of his step-son, Mark Greer.

Commissioners set hearing date to consider changes to card room taxes

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners set a date for a public hearing to consider changing the amount of taxes levied against social card rooms located in unincorporated Yakima County.

Networking, socializing enjoyed at first Chamber after hours event

After many attempts to create the perfect marketing strategy for their specialized product, Sunnyside's Lloyd and Ellen Phinney have discovered two important things.

Guest Editorial

Homework tussle pays off

Homework tussle pays off

Annual Sunshine Days tennis tournament Sept.18-19

The annual Sunnyside Tennis Club's Sunshine Days Tennis Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, and Sunday, Sept. 19, at the high school tennis courts.



Working Stiff

Receptionist likes answering the phone

Receptionist likes answering the phone