Stories for April 2005


Friday, April 29

Religious Reflections

Experience the power of prayer

Experience the power of prayer

Guest Editorial

Taking away a patient's choice

Taking away a patient's choice

Sunnyside scores two wins against Grandview

Thursday marked the third straight shutout victory for the Sunnyside High School boys tennis team. The boys were able to push past Grandview, winning 5-0.

Goldendale golfers squeak past S'side

The 1A Goldendale Timberwolves eked out a one-stroke non-league victory over the 3A Grizzlies at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course Thursday afternoon.

Hanford boys, West Valley girls dominate S'side meet

Winners of nine of the 17 events, Hanford won the boys title Thursday afternoon at a Mid-Valley track and field meet hosted by the Sunnyside Grizzlies.


Volunteer advocates invited to May 4 potluck

Volunteer advocates invited to May 4 potluck

Death Notices


Grandview boys defeat Othello

OTHELLO - It was the Grandview High School jumpers that made an impression on the Othello Huskies at Thursday's track meet. Although all of the results are not yet in, Grandview Coach Jared Lind said he knew the Greyhound boys team won by a score of 100-42.

Sunnyside couple offers simple wedding ceremonies

Diana and Tim Lyczewski of Sunnyside have launched a new venture which combines two of their favorite things - being married and a sense of fun.

Sex education committee highlights its findings for school directors

The Sunnyside School Board was treated to a presentation from the district's sex-education review committee at Thursday night's monthly meeting.

Entertainment Briefs


Michels medalist at CWAC match

YAKIMA - Andrew Michels carded the low round on the day, an 8-over 80 to win medalist honors, in leading the Grandview High School boys golf team to a second place tie at a five-school CWAC match at the Yakima Country Club Thursday.

Annual booster club auction promises something for everyone

The organizers of the 25th annual Sunnyside Christian School Booster Club auction and dinner have set Friday, May 20, as the date for this year's event.

Tacitly Yours

I'm not the crazy new neighbor

I'm not the crazy new neighbor

Task force recommends not opening county new jail

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners have a $28 million white elephant sitting on their chests as a task force reviewed the new county justice center and recommended the facility slated to have the first phase completed next month not be opened.

Sunshine Days Committee needs help

The Sunnyside Sunshine Days Committee is progressing with its plan to host a three-day party for the community in September, said Pat Kezele, committee chairman.

Sunnyside prepares for Hanford game with win over Connell

CONNELL - If the Sunnyside High School boys soccer team wants to be considered a serious playoff team, the Grizzlies are going to have to get past Hanford this Saturday.

Thursday, April 28

Kresse teaches youngsters about saving money

For the past three years, Sunnyside U.S. Bank Manager Dorris Kresse has been taking one day a year to teach youngsters about the importance of saving money.

Identity thefts one of fastest growing crimes, especially in this state

PROSSER - With fraud and identity thefts as one of the fastest growing crimes in the country, the staff of U.S. Bank offered a fraud prevention class at the Inn at Horse Heaven in Prosser Wednesday night.

Bickleton releases honor roll lists

BICKLETON - The top academic achievers for the third quarter of the 2004-05 school year in Bickleton have been named.

Greyhounds make it two in a row, but...

GRANDVIEW - Regardless of the outcome of a protest made in Wednesday's game against Connell, the Grandview High School baseball team was the better club.

Greyhounds fall short against Red Devils

MOXEE - It was another well played outing for the Grandview High School boys soccer team that left the Greyhounds coming up just a bit short.

Bender one stroke away from Pendleton course record

PENDLETON, ORE. - When you're hot, you're hot. This past Monday, Black Rock Creek Golf Course club pro Jeff Bender went a step further. He was sizzling!

Kiwanians learn safe ways to handle food

The state's requirements for food handling were discussed Thursday morning as Sunnyside Kiwanis Club members prepared to take the food handlers test offered by the Yakima Health District.

Newhouse 'cabulance' bill signed into law

OLYMPIA - An idea brought to Rep. Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside by Zillah resident Brad Bergener, to give patients confined to a stretcher a low cost option for travel to and from medical facilities, became state law this past Tuesday.



Hounds nearly swept by Vikings

SELAH - The Selah Vikings tennis teams posted domination victories over Grandview yesterday.

Bender recognized for efforts in promoting youth golf

Black Rock Creek Golf Course Pro Jeff Bender will be the first to tell you he was blessed when he was young to know good people who encouraged him to do well.

Maria Belen Ramos the new Miss Cinco de Mayo

The Sunnyside High School auditorium was packed Wednesday night for the fourth annual Miss Cinco De Mayo Pageant. And, the audience got what they came for.



Mabton School Briefs


Wednesday, April 27

Local folks encouraged to attend Friday dinner

The public is invited to attend an All-American fund-raising dinner this coming Friday, which will benefit the 2005 Fourth of July fireworks display fund.

Stabbing suspect found

GRANGER - A third man has been charged in connection with a stabbing that took place recently at a residence in Granger.


Couple plans June nuptials

Couple plans June nuptials

Open Mike

Good coaches tough to come by

Good coaches tough to come by

Errors costly in Sunnyside's loss to East Valley Red Devils

MOXEE - You can't make many mistakes against the defending 2A State runners-up and expect to be victorious. So learned the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team yesterday.


Marx-Anderson wed in garden ceremony

Marx-Anderson wed in garden ceremony

Bickleton tracksters fare well at White Swan meet

WHITE SWAN - The Bickleton High School track team fared well at the White Swan four-school meet held Tuesday afternoon.


Leavenworth setting for Smith-Murray nuptials

Leavenworth setting for Smith-Murray nuptials

Lady Vikings demolish Klickitat

KLICKITAT - What a performance from the Mabton High School fastpitch team yesterday! The Lady Vikings were unrelenting in their twin bill sweep of Klickitat.

Rohde posts low score for Lady Greyhounds

QUINCY - Senior Allyson Rohde, struggling the past few weeks, broke out of a minor slump by carding the low Grandview girls golf team score at a CWAC match, hosted by the Quincy Jackrabbits yesterday afternoon.

Port District hires city's former finance director

The Port of Sunnyside held a special meeting Tuesday for an executive session on a personnel matter.

Mabton Vikes second at Riverview

FINLEY - Warm weather benefitted the Mabton High School track and field team at the Riverview High School Invitational held Tuesday afternoon. The team placed second at the four-school meet.

S'side Burger Ranch hosts business after-hours social

With items on its menu like fresh peach milkshakes, French fried asparagus and the ever- popular Burger Ranch burger, Dean and Wanda Stokes of Sunnyside have managed to maintain a niche in the local fast food scene for more than 30 years.

Lady Knights run league record to 6-0

LYLE - Like a runaway locomotive with the throttle stuck wide open, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team appears unstoppable.

Working Stiff

Nurse fills many roles at care facility

Nurse fills many roles at care facility

Greyhound bats finally come around

BENTON CITY - It was like a sleeping giant had been awoken yesterday.

Liberty Christian walks to victory

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team keeps remaining competitive, but the Knights still find a way to dig themselves into a hole.

Sunnyside tennis teams dominate Wapato

WAPATO - Tuesday was a good day for Sunnyside tennis, with both Grizzly teams coming out on top against Wapato.

Tuesday, April 26

Teen enters Alford plea in shooting death of his cousin

YAKIMA - Dressed in a simple black jersey with a silver 07 emblazoned on it, 15-year-old Antonio Aguilar Jr. of Sunnyside entered an Alford plea to one count of first degree manslaughter Monday afternoon in Yakima County Juvenile Court.

Deaton family to open steakhouse

It is still a few weeks out there, but the excitement is mounting for Andy and Greg Deaton, who along with their father Jerry of Jerry's Valley Meats are planning the opening of Sunnyside's newest restaurant.

Catalina's welcomes not so new face

Ashley Benjert liked getting her hair and nails done so much at Catalina's Hair Salon when she was a young girl that she decided to go to work for them when she grew up.

New program designed to teach youth more than just golf

Learning to play golf will be just one of the benefits for youngsters if Black Rock Creek Golf Course Pro Jeff Bender and company have their way.

Hitting proves woeful for Greyhounds

PASCO - The Grandview High School baseball team nearly has it put together, but the Greyhounds are missing just a few things, one of which is timely hitting.



Chiropractor reprimanded by state

After a two-year investigation by state officials, Dr. William "Duane" Harrington, a Sunnyside chiropractor, has been reprimanded by the Washington State Department of Health Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission. He has been fined $40,000, half of which has been suspended, based upon Harrington's compliance with the terms of an agreed order signed by Harrington.

Port officials decide against D.C. trip

Port of Sunnyside officials had been looking at traveling to Washington D.C. in May to make a face-to-face pitch to local representatives to help secure additional money for a wetlands habitat project.



Prosser net squads slip by Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - Despite victories by Kevin Floyd, Cristina Meza and the doubles pair of Nick Saldana and Robert Madrigal, the Grandview High School boys and girls tennis squads fell to Prosser yesterday.

Grizzly JV squeaks by Knights

Saturday's torrential downpour put a stop to the cross town doubleheader between the Sunnyside Christian High School varsity baseball team and the visiting Sunnyside High School junior varsity squad.

Grandview business gives yards a professional look

GRANDVIEW - Finding himself out of a job last year, Dan Atha was looking for something to do when he discovered a business opportunity which is helping him to beautify neighborhoods, one yard at a time, all over the Lower Valley.

School Briefs


Monday, April 25

Greyhounds literally give defending champ Wahluke win

MATTAWA - The defending 1A/2A State champion Wahluke High School boys soccer team didn't really have to do all that much this past Saturday to gain the win. Actually, Grandview was the one that helped the champs out the most.

No one injured in one-vehicle rollover accident

A one-car rollover accident that involved seven people, two of whom were riding in the trunk, ended with no injuries.

High school classrooms flooded due to heavy rains

More than 10 classrooms were flooded at Sunnyside High School this past weekend, thanks to a rain storm that pounded the Yakima Valley Saturday afternoon.

Prep students work to clean up G'view

GRANDVIEW - Early morning showers this past Saturday didn't deter a group of Grandview Compass High School students, who were bent on cleaning up their community.

Sunnyside tracksters come up empty

PASCO - The six Sunnyside girls who trekked to the Pasco Track & Field Invitational this past Saturday got a taste of just how fierce the competition can be. The invite only lets in those athletes who have recorded qualifying marks.

Vikings play tough in loss to Lyle

LYLE - The Mabton High School baseball team just keeps getting better. The only problem is the young Vikings are having trouble putting everything together at one time.

UW students hope to revitalize Grandview's downtown area

GRANDVIEW - Downtown Grandview is being looked at with a fresh pair of eyes. Well, 17 fresh pairs of eyes.

Tourism the name of the game for local Chamber group

Pennants hanging in downtown Sunnyside, the upcoming 3-on-3 basketball tournament and music in Centennial Square were all topics of conversation during last week's Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce tourism committee meeting.

Hess second in discus at Pasco Invite

PASCO - Bickleton High School's Annie Hess represented her school well at the nationally known Pasco Invitational held at Edgar Brown Stadium this past Saturday.

Esquivel case referred to drug court

YAKIMA - A case pending against 19-year-old Teodomiro Esquivel Jr. has been forwarded to the Yakima County drug court.



First place Rams batter Sunnyside

The Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team found out why the West Valley Rams are currently sitting atop the Mid-Valley League standings with a perfect 4-0 mark.

It's not over till its over

Rams rally to win another classic

Lady Knights limit Klickitat to one hit in league twin bill

The Klickitat Vandals might as well have been swinging toothpicks at the plate last Friday. In a South Central 'B' League doubleheader at Sunnyside Christian, the Vandals only managed one hit the entire afternoon.

Mabton girls sweep twin bill at Lyle

LYLE - Alida Mendoza paced the way for the Mabton High School fastpitch team this past Friday in a twin bill sweep over Lyle.

Friday, April 22

Religious Reflection

It's a seasonal thing

It's a seasonal thing

Garden Club plans to meet Tuesday at Food Pavilion

The Sunnyside Garden Club will meet Tuesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside Food Pavilion Store meeting room. The topic will be "What I Like About April."

Guest Editorial

Time to restore democracy to U.S. Senate

Time to restore democracy to U.S. Senate

High school survey on sex an eye-opener

What do Sunnyside teens think about sex? Who do they discuss it with? Who is most effective speaking with teens about sex?

Sunnyside man instrumental in drafting new emergency vehicle legislation

Sometimes it takes a life altering event for change to be made. This was the case with Sunnyside resident John Cullen.

Entertainment Briefs


Hart Beat

Sassy at 50

Sassy at 50

Grandview tracksters excel in close competition

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School track fans went wild Thursday afternoon several times, cheering on the home team in some of the tightest races of the season. The Grandview boys defeated Toppenish, East Valley and Naches Valley.

Obedience class for dogs on tap

The basics of training your dog to be obedient is the basis of a nine-session course to be taught by local dog groomer, trainer and kennel owner Shelly Halma.

Family Night Brief

Family Awareness Night to take place April 26

Veloz, Bottineau spark G'view girls to runner-up finish

YAKIMA - Getting a personal best 110 from freshman Katie Veloz and a 113 from sophomore Chante Bottineau, the Grandview High School girls golf team turned in a super effort yesterday at a four-school match staged at the Yakima Country Club.

Mabton school hosts family night

MABTON - The Mabton Artz-Fox Elementary School will host a family literacy night tonight (Friday), from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school library, according to Robert Morales, literacy night organizer.

Boys and girls win over Prosser

Thursday was a banner day for Sunnyside High School tennis. Both teams were able to put away Prosser, working to ensure the Mustangs didn't win a single match all afternoon.

Mabton High School track team fourth at Zillah meet

ZILLAH - Mabton placed fourth place honors at the South Central Athletic Conference track and field meet held in Zillah this past Tuesday.

S'side couple tour Peruvian landmarks

PERU - For Lucia Ramos and her fiancé Sergio Tovar, visiting the ruins of the Incas' civilization was akin to seeing the seventh wonder of the world.

Zakahi leads Grizzly charge

HERMISTON, ORE. - Sunnyside High School pitcher Joel Zakahi must have taken his vitamins yesterday because the Grizzly hurler was nearly unstoppable.



'Li'l Abner' includes colorful cast of characters

GRANDVIEW - As the lights in the gymnasium went dark last night, the stage at Grandview Middle School was brought to life with colorful characters from Dogpatch, USA. Grandview High School drama students celebrated the opening night of their production of "Li'l Abner" with a performance full of catchy songs and unforgettable moments.



Nouvella hosts antique road show

Bavarian hand painted plates, Carnival glass candy dishes, Art Deco lamps, and even a Belgian tapestry were among the items presented for appraisal at the Nouvella Club's Antique Road Show held Thursday afternoon at Sunnyside's Snipes Mountain Restaurant.

Mabton girl in stable condition after dog bite

MABTON - A 10-year-old Mabton girl is in stable condition this morning after being attacked by a dog Wednesday evening.

W.Valley, Hanford golfers squeeze in under S'side boys

WEST VALLEY - An apple a day keeps the opponents at bay. Not a bad motto for the West Valley High School boys golf team.

Sunnyside Chamber Briefs


Grizzly respond in big way against Wolfpack

WAPATO - The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team came back in grand fashion last night against Wapato.

Thursday, April 21

Planning commissioners want answers before approving school property annexation

The Sunnyside School District will have to wait another three weeks before it learns the fate of its annexation request, a request that would bring nearly 62 acres of property located off of Washout Road into the city limits. The site being requested for annexation is set to be the location of a new middle school.



California man Washington state cribbage champion

Ron Morgan of Loyalton, Calif. won top honors at the Washington State Open Cribbage Championship, staged in Sunnyside the weekend of April 8-10.

Hall cards 76 at PGA pro-am

WALLA WALLA - Bob Hall of Sunnyside shot the fifth lowest amateur round at Monday's PGA pro-am event, staged at the Walla Walla Country Club.

Mabton students design suitcases for foster kids

MABTON - Colorful city skylines, patriotic American flags and inspirational rainbows decorate the 20 suitcases recently given to the state Children Protective Services (CPS) Division.



Weekly Bowling Report


Drought doesn't necessarily mean severe fire season

One might think with the worst drought predicted in years on the horizon that this summer will be a horrific fire season. Believe it or not, though, that is not necessarily the case.

School shop burglarized

A burglary believed to have occurred Saturday, April 16, was discovered Wednesday by Sunnyside School District employees.

California irrigation specialist urges Yakima Valley farmers to review water principles

YAKIMA - Making more efficient use of technology was the theme of a lecture hosted by the Yakima Pomological Club Wednesday evening.

Durfey shares findings from canola oil study

In 2003, local farmer and businessman Ted Durfey was able to participate in a study to determine the use of alternative energy in relation to agriculture.

Mabton's Tamara Steen headed home

WASHINGTON D.C. - Washington State Year of the Year Tamara Steen of Mabton is on her way home after ending her exciting ride to compete for the National Teacher of the Year selection held in Washington D.C. Wednesday.

Last survivor of Mann Gulch fire recounts fiery tale for state's emergency responders

YAKIMA - One of the highlights of the opening day of the 2005 Washington Incident Management Team annual meeting in Yakima was a presentation by Robert Sallee.

Bickleton's Annie Hess sets school record

GOLDENDALE - Bickleton High School senior Annie Hess shaved a foot off of her high school record in the shotput at the Goldendale track meet held Tuesday.

Grandview FFA plans plant sale

GRANDVIEW- The Grandview High School FFA chapter will offer for sale a wide array of bedding and vegetable plants Friday, April 22, from 7 a.m. until 4 p. m. at the high school greenhouse, near the high school softball fields.

Wednesday, April 20

Christian club speaker points out the three sides to everyone's lives

PROSSER - A self-proclaimed hater of shopping, Kathy Murphy of Bellingham had a deal with her husband when they first started having children.

Sunnyside Grizzlies lose to West Valley

WEST VALLEY - The Sunnyside High School tennis teams may have lost to West Valley Tuesday afternoon, but the overall match scores don't reflect how close each of the individual matches actually were. The Grizzlies fought hard against the Rams, but in the end West Valley came out on top.

Horticulturist specializes in unusual herbal plants

PROSSER - For the past two years Kelly Wiegers has been able to operate her 1,500 square-foot greenhouse on Wilgus Road in Prosser as a full-time nursery.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

Where does it end?

Where does it end?

G'view splits league tennis match

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview girls tennis team won and the boys lost Tuesday against the Toppenish Wildcats.

Food Fore Thought

Hollywood's hypocrisy

Hollywood's hypocrisy



Crop Walk this Saturday

Come rain or shine, many area residents are gearing up to join in the Sunnyside Crop Walk, which is set to take place Saturday, April 23, beginning at 9 a.m. The three-mile walk will begin and end at the Chief Kamiakin Elementary School parking lot on Lincoln Avenue.

Jewelry stolen from G'view home

GRANDVIEW - Approximately $150 in jewelry was reported stolen from a home in the 600 block of East Wine County Road this past Sunday morning.

Lady 'Stangs defeat S'side, 5-1

Three hits were all the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team could muster off Prosser yesterday.

Sunnyside girls off the mark in four-team match

With none of the five Lady Grizzly linksters able to get under the 120-mark, Sunnyside's girls golf team was bested by both West Valley and Hanford yesterday at a four-school match staged at par-72 Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Sunnyside delegation tours Wenatchee's technical skills center

WENATCHEE - Classrooms linked by fiber optic technology are giving the youth of the Wenatchee area a leg up on the high tech world awaiting them when they leave school.

Greyhound linksters second place finishers at five-school match

Steele powers Tigers to win over G'view girls

Steele powers Tigers to win over G'view girls

Forged check attempt made

A Toppenish man was arrested Monday after he attempted to cash a forged check.

Historical photos sought for new Sunnyside publication

The history of a community is often found in the photographs of common events, such as ribbon cuttings for new businesses, community celebrations and school activities. Sunnyside residents have an opportunity to have their photos preserved for generations to come between the covers of a keepsake book being published by the Daily Sun News and several community partners.

Lady 'Hounds fall to Huskies

OTHELLO - League play didn't get off to a good start for the Grandview Lady Greyhounds, who took on Othello Tuesday afternoon. The Grandview team found themselves unable to keep up in a doubleheader that ended with two Othello victories.

Tuesday, April 19

Police captain to be hired in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - After a short executive session last night, Grandview City Council members voted to hire someone to fill the position of police captain in the Grandview Police Department, a position that has never been put to use in the city until now.



Grandview City Council Briefs


Zylstra completes gymnastics season

WOODINVILLE - Jamie Zylstra, 14, of Sunnyside completed the 2005 gymnastics season at the Northshore Gymnastics Invitational, staged in Woodinville recently.

Scramble to benefit Grizzly golf program

The marquee sports programs traditionally are funded at a higher level when it comes to prep athletics. And rightly so, considering football bleachers and basketball gyms are usually overflowing with fans.

Bickleton High seniors visit the Big Apple

NEW YORK CITY - A spring vacation to New York City has left the four members of the Bickleton High School senior class a little overwhelmed and some wanting to make a return trip to the Big Apple.

Stolen vehicle recovered, 18-year-old charged

Yesterday, a suspected car thief from Grandview hit two mile-stones. He turned 18 and he was arrested for allegedly stealing a white, 1987 Mercury Cougar.

Van Wingerdens, Anderson, Whitaker win Black Rock scramble

The foursome of Mike and John Van Wingerden, Gunnar Anderson and Bill Whitaker captured top honors at this past Saturday's annual Black Rock Creek Golf Course four-person scramble.

Sunnyside police recover stolen tools

On a tip that two men were possibly selling stolen tools behind a Sunnyside residence, Sunnyside police officers began an investigation that led to the arrest of a Sunnyside man not unfamiliar with local crime.

Thief plows stolen car into manufactured home

Early this morning (Tuesday) while children were still waiting for the bus to take them to school, a late model Pontiac Sunfire, which was stolen last night from a home in the 700 block of Skyline Drive, was crashed into a manufactured home on Parkland Drive.

Monday, April 18



Prosecutors kick back rape case

YAKIMA - Yakima County Prosecuting attorneys reviewed a rape case that Sunnyside police officers investigated and determined there wasn't sufficient evidence to charge a 33-year-old Prosser man at this time. The man was arrested last week and charged with third degree rape.

Gang stabbing in Granger results in two being nabbed

GRANGER - Two men have been arrested in connection with a stabbing that occurred this past Saturday in the 300 block of Sunnyside Avenue in Granger.

Grandview building inspector has held a variety of jobs

GRANDVIEW - For the past 11 years, anyone wanting to obtain a building permit in the City of Grandview has had to go through one person - Billie Barrett, the city's building inspector and code enforcement officer.

Police make arrest in Grandview shooting

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with a shooting that took place this past Sunday outside of El Pueblito in the 300 block of West Second Street.

G'view tracksters compete at Cashmere Invite

CASHMERE - Only a handful of the members of Grandview's track and field team were able to compete this past Saturday, but they did well, making several placings, said Coach Jared Lind.

WASL testing begins Tuesday

According to Sunnyside High School officials, ninth and 10th grade students will begin state mandated testing this week. The ninth graders will be taking the Iowa Test of Educational Development and 10th graders will be taking the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, said Kriste Hildahl, high school counselor.

Greyhounds drop two to the Huskies

OTHELLO - If the Grandview High School baseball team wants to make it to the postseason, then the Greyhounds better start swinging their bats better.

Lady Knights third at Wahluke tourney

MATTAWA - A disastrous second inning in the opening game at a tournament in Mattawa this past Saturday cost Sunnyside Christian an opportunity to play in the championship contest.

Grizzlies overcome the Vikings

SELAH - The Selah High School boys soccer team has long been known as a determined bunch and this past weekend was no exception.

New life being breathed into old K-Mart building

From the outside it may look like things have been at a standstill at the old K-Mart building at 2600 Yakima Valley Hwy. in Sunnyside. But things are about to change. Walls are coming down and going up at the same time, as the building is being prepared for one of its first tenants.

Hess sets invite record with 129-1 discus throw

ROYAL CITY - Bickleton High School senior Annie Hess set a meet record in the girls discus at this past Saturday's Royal City Track & Field Invitational.

Mistakes cost Grizzlies sweep

It was a day of contrasts for the Sunnyside High School baseball team. In one game, the Grizzlies couldn't stop playing and in the other Sunnyside just didn't play.

Council approves bond refinancing

The Sunnyside City Council last week gave its blessing to Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell to oversee the refinancing of two water and sewer bonds. But the proposal was slightly different than what Council was presented with in March.

Lady Vikes go 2-1 at Wahluke tourney

MATTAWA - The Mabton High School fastpitch team, at an eight-team tournament at Wahluke this past Saturday, finished 2-1. But the Lady Vikes didn't place because of the format.

Friday, April 15

Frost hits Valley hard

The Yakima Basin Storage Alliance is currently trying to assess just how badly growers in the Roza Irrigation District were hit by Tuesday and Wednesday nights' frosts.

Spring Fling Festival brings out the best in local communities

As people from throughout the state begin funneling into the Yakima Valley next week for Spring Barrel Tasting weekend, those living in surrounding communities are hoping to entice those visitors to stay and enjoy the other fruits the Valley has to offer.

Sunnyside police investigate thefts

Sunnyside police officers are investigating two thefts that were reported this past Wednesday.

Tacitly Yours

Need heavy lifting, no problem - I have a little experience

Need heavy lifting, no problem - I have a little experience

Lady 'Hounds win over Wapato

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview girls fastpitch team was on fire last night, hitting everything that came their way. The Lady 'Hounds weren't about to let the Wapato Wolves walk away with another win.

New medical school planned for Yakima

YAKIMA - Retired Sunnyside physician Dr. Lloyd Butler hasn't been resting on his laurels since giving up his family practice. The Grandview native has been instrumental in the formation of the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, which announced yesterday it is opening a new medical school in Yakima.

Grandview drama students to present 'Li'l Abner'

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Middle School stage will be transformed to Dogpatch, USA, complete with a cabin and a backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains, next week as the Grandview High School drama club presents the Broadway musical "Li'l Abner."

Clymer Museum exhibit a tribute to the dairy industry

ELLENSBURG - The dairy industry is the focus of the Clymer Museum of Art's newest exhibit scheduled for May 6 through June 26.


Influencing public policy

Influencing public policy

Peggy Brewer Sunnyside Community Hospital board president

Grandview businesswoman Peggy Brewer has been elected president of the Sunnyside Community Hospital Board of Directors.



Downtown parking problem turned over to merchants

After trying to assist downtown business owners with a number of issues for the past few years, the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night voiced its frustration with a lack of response from the merchants.

Grizzlies rebound to defeat Red Devils

If coaches don't believe their athletes will perform them when asked, they should look no further than last night's Sunnyside High School boys soccer game.

Granger Boosters plan fund-raiser for high school track

GRANGER - The Granger Booster Club is planning a barbecue and auction later this month to raise the necessary funds to compete a project at the Granger High School track

Graham, Schilperoort spark Grizzly tracksters to win over Prosser boys

PROSSER - Three wins apiece from Michael Graham and Luke Schilperoort paced the Sunnyside High School boys track and field team to an 82-61 victory over Prosser Thursday afternoon.

The Newcomer

Gardening is a mystery

Gardening is a mystery

2004-05 Grandview Junior Miss royalty prepares to step aside

GRANDVIEW - The 2004-05 Grandview Junior Miss Court came dancing in under the theme of Mardi Gras and they will be going out this Saturday behind a spring backdrop.

Thursday, April 14

Ex-athletes bring message of WASL readiness to HMS

Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School got a visit from some big names with a big message Wednesday afternoon. Students had a chance to listen as three ex-college and professional athletes brought them a message that stressed self-confidence, academic importance and getting ready to take on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) exams.

Rape charges filed

Two Prosser brothers were arrested Wednesday for their alleged connection with a rape that occurred earlier this month.

Working Stiff

Oxley loves tinkering on small engines

Oxley loves tinkering on small engines

Brown cards lowest net score of field at PGA pro-am invite

KENNEWICK - Mac Brown, a member of the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek Golf Course team, turned in the lowest net score at this past Monday's PGA pro-am tournament staged at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course.

Grandview observes Arbor Day

GRANDVIEW - This fall the leaves of three newly planted trees will be ablaze of a striking orange-red color, brightening a small corner of Dykstra Park in Grandview.

Reyna, Ahumada earn straight A's at Artz-Fox Elementary

MABTON - Two Artz-Fox Elementary School students earned straight A's for the third quarter of the 2004-05 school year. Achieving the perfect marks were Alejandro Reyna and Isabela Ahumada.

Red Devils slip by Grandview nine

GRANDVIEW - Oh, the heartache the Grandview High School baseball team must be feeling after Tuesday afternoon's loss to East Valley.

County approves agreement with Flying M Farms

Yakima County commissioners voted Tuesday morning to approve an application filed by Flying M Farms for the construction of an irrigation pipe in the area of Van Belle and Harrison roads, just outside of Sunnyside.

Proposed sign ordinance for Sunnyside detailed, lengthy

Last night, as members of the Sunnyside Planning Commission reviewed a draft of an ordinance designed to control placement of signs in the community, there was one concern that kept popping up - the length of the 23-page document.

Honor roll accolades handed out at SCHS

A total of 31 students at Sunnyside Christian High School have been afforded "High Honor Roll" status for the third quarter of the 2004-05 academic year.

Harriet Thompson first graders excel at state science fair

GRANDVIEW - Ask any of the six Harriet Thompson Elementary School first graders who worked on their science fair project what their project was about and in unison the group will respond, "How does temperature and light affect the time it takes a chrysalis to hatch."

G'view linksters third at five-school match

Michels shoots 77

Michels shoots 77

Wednesday, April 13

Grandview boys tame Tigers, 356-379

A runaway, 23-stroke margin of victory was claimed by the Grandview High School boys golf team this past Monday.

Lady 'Hounds edge SCHS girls in extra innings

GRANDVIEW - A regulation seven-inning game wasn't enough yesterday to decide the outcome of a non-league match-up between the Sunnyside Christian and Grandview high school girls fastpitch softball teams.

Free identity theft seminar to be held

PROSSER - A free fraud awareness seminar, sponsored by the Sunnyside branch of US Bank, will be held at the Inn at Horse Heaven, 225 Merlot Dr., Prosser, Wednesday, April 27.

Coyotes nip Lady Vikes

KITTITAS - It was a combination of a little bit of everything that did in the Mabton High School fastpitch team yesterday against Kittitas.

Floreses celebrate 50th anniversary

Felipe and Josefina Flores of Sunnyside will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner the first weekend in May.

Falcons drop Grizzlies from ranks of the undefeated

Tuesday night's clash between the Sunnyside High School boys soccer team and visiting Hanford lived up to the billing. But the one thing that will stick out about the game is how content the Grizzlies seemed on the field at times.

Broken pipe disrupts school

MABTON - A broken water main line near the Mabton High School football field concession stand was the cause of Mabton High School students being sent home early yesterday (Tuesday).



Downing shoots personal best at Apple Tree

WEST VALLEY - Junior Megan Downing shot a personal best 105 to lead the Sunnyside High School girls golf team to a third place finish at a four-school Mid-Valley League match yesterday.

Open Mike

The Pope was one-of-a-kind

The Pope was one-of-a-kind

Eagles fly past S'side girls, 5-2

CONNELL - Too much of Michelle Booker cost the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team yesterday.

Sunnyside girls beat Hanford, boys fall to Falcons

Tuesday's chilly afternoon weather didn't do anything to dampen the spirits of the undefeated Sunnyside High School girls tennis team, who worked to defeat Hanford 3-2. The Sunnyside boys didn't fare quite as well, absorbing a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the unbeaten Hanford team.

Nouvella plans antique road show program

Nouvella Club members will host their very own antique road show program at the group's Thursday, April 21, meeting. The club meeting will be held at Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant in Sunnyside at noon.

State auditors find concerns when examining Sunnyside School District financial books

A Washington State audit of the Sunnyside School District, which highlighted three areas of concern, has led to a series of school district reimbursement policy changes.

Myers recalls time spent in Germany

Listening to Sunnyside High School student Amanda Myers talk about her experiences as an exchange student in Germany is much like watching a young child talk about their favorite Christmas present.

Car stolen when owner turns his back

A Lower Valley man's car was stolen Tuesday afternoon when he ran inside the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District office to make an irrigation payment.

Hastings wants level playing field for asparagus growers

Congressman Doc Hastings yesterday continued his efforts to level the playing field for American asparagus growers by urging a top U.S. trade official to make asparagus a focus of negotiations on a new Andean free trade agreement.

Tuesday, April 12

L&M Screenprinting expanding with move to new location

After two years the small downtown Sunnyside storefront on South Seventh Street opened by Larry and Marietta Schmid for their tattooing, screenprinting and sign business has become too small.

Cinco de Mayo festivities in S'side approved for May 6-8

The Sunnyside City Council gave its formal approval Monday night to have the city assist the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce with the 17th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration May 6-8.

Farmers fastest growing segment of population to use cell phones

Farmers, who must daily check weather reports for the current frost conditions and water availability, are the fastest segment of the population to adopt the use of cell phones.

Thefts reported in Sunnyside

A broken car window Monday night prompted Sunnyside police to begin an investigation into a vehicle prowl in the 1300 block of South 11th Street.

Bottineau paces Grandview golfers to 4th place finish

EPHRATA - Behind the efforts of sophomore Chante Bottineau, the Grandview High School girls golf team nabbed a fourth place finish yesterday at an eight-school CWAC league meet at Lakeview Country Club.

Truck routes within city limits clearly defined

There should be no confusion now for truck drivers piloting their large vehicles through the streets of Sunnyside.

Grizzly JV drops two to Rams

The Sunnyside High School junior varsity baseball team didn't experience any more success than its varsity counterparts this past Saturday.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Vocational technology center on the drawing board

Tonight (Tuesday), the Sunnyside Economic Development Association board of directors will learn the details of a proposal to build a community vocational technology center in Sunnyside by 2006.

Death Notice


Monday, April 11





Paintball tournament slated for April 23

GRANDVIEW - Sign-ups to participate in the Grandview Nazarene Church paintball tournament are currently ongoing. Team registrations will be taken until April 18. The cost is $30 per player.

Greyhounds whip Deer Park

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School boys soccer team entered spring break on a down note, having lost 2-0 to Selah in a non-league game. The Greyhounds, though, must have had a good week off because they annihilated visiting Deer Park this past Friday night.

Sunnyside police investigate business break-in

Employees arriving to work at Jireh Boutique, 638 E. Decatur Ave. in Sunnyside, last Thursday morning found the front door of the business forced open.

City manager celebrating year anniversary

If there is one thing that Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell understands about municipal government, it is sometimes one has to stick their neck out to get things done. And in the past year, Stockwell has certainly stuck his neck out.

Vikings limit S'side to three hits in twin bill

SELAH - The Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team took one on the chin this past Saturday.

Grizzlies swept by West Valley

The lesson learned this past Saturday by the Sunnyside High School baseball team is that if the Grizzlies want to be a playoff contender, then they better start acting the part.



Arsonists strike again in Sunnyside

For the second time this year an empty apartment building at 504 East Harrison Avenue in Sunnyside has been damaged by fire.

Grizzly-Falcon showdown on the horizon

Sunnyside rallies to beat Prosser

Sunnyside rallies to beat Prosser

Friday, April 8

The Newcomer

I don't need a 'Big Brother'

I don't need a 'Big Brother'

Religious Reflections

Living our Christian calling

Living our Christian calling


More caring people to be foster care parents

More caring people to be foster care parents

Bi-Mart stores celebrate 50th anniversary with special promotions

Rather than being buzzed into the members-only Sunnyside Bi-Mart store Thursday, everyone was able to walk in and enjoy the benefits of the store's competitive prices during the first of several days celebrating the company's 50th anniversary.

Break out the poles, it's time to go fishing

That time of year for the avid outdoorsman has finally arrived-fishing season.



Sexually active teens urged to be tested for STDs

It is estimated that more than 15 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are diagnosed each year in the United States. Approximately one-fourth of the new infections are occurring among teenagers.

Entertainment Briefs


Hart Beat

Sexual assault must be brought out into the open

Sexual assault must be brought out into the open

Bridge club members honored




Thursday, April 7

Grandview parks service board meets to get fact sheets ready for the public

GRANDVIEW - If the Grandview Aquatic Family Center bond issue fails, it's not because the people behind the bond issue haven't been thorough in their efforts to present the facts clearly to the Grandview voters.

Seven earn 4.00 GPA's at Mabton Jr./Sr. High

MABTON - Seven Mabton Jr./Sr. High School students, four of them seventh graders, earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the third quarter of the 2004-05 school year.

Armed robbers hit local market

Last night about half an hour past midnight three young men, two of them armed, walked into Valley View Market, 107 W. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside, and demanded the clerk hand over cash.

Pregnancy center holding annual golf fund-raiser

The Lower Valley Pregnancy Center in Grandview will hold its annual fund-raiser, Golf 'Fore' Life Saturday, May 14, at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.



Survey of Outlook residents scheduled for Saturday afternoon

Wastewater treatment system grant funds sought by county

Wastewater treatment system grant funds sought by county

Grizzlies complete sweep of Warriors

The Sunnyside High School baseball team got what it needed over the stretch of the last two days, heading into this weekend's crucial Mid-Valley League doubleheader at home against West Valley. What the Grizzlies gained with its sweep of Rochester was some much needed confidence, after some error prone games earlier this season.

County auctioning Sunnyside area property

Yakima County officials will be auctioning off two pieces of property on Thursday, April 14, at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 6

Gaulke new Noon Rotary Club leader

It's really just a formality, but one that the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club delighted in undertaking this past Monday.

Veteran home from Baghdad with rest of his life ahead of him

GRANDVIEW - When 23-year-old Nick Ortiz signed up for the Washington Army National Guard, "the war against terror" didn't exist. Saddam Hussain was the dictator of Iraq and the name Osama bin Laden wasn't known by most in the free world.

Sketched into memory

Memories are a great thing. Last night I was speaking with my grandmother and she was recalling vague recollections of staying with a Danish family, which stem back to the time she was about two years old.


Jean K. Wentworth, 63, of Prosser and a former Sunnyside and Grandview resident died Monday, April 4, 2005, at Sun Terrace in Prosser.

Sunnyside woman aids in supporting troops

MANAS AIR BASE - Most people avoid living in a town where shoppers regularly empty convenience store shelves, where table space at the only kitchen in town is frequently at a premium and guests must sleep in warehouses when tent space runs out.

Grizzlies solid in non-league win

What a stark difference a couple of days can make. One might never guess that the Sunnyside High School baseball team that took to the field yesterday at home against Rochester was the same group of players that let victory slip through their fingers this past Saturday at Selah.

Three S'side vehicles vandalized

Three vehicles were the targets of vandalism Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

2005 primary most likely to be conducted by mail

YAKIMA - Don't expect to go to the polls this fall for the 2005 primary election. Instead, absentee ballots will most likely be mailed out to everyone in Yakima County. The county commissioners Tuesday morning approved a 100 percent primary election by mail ballot, the first step to a county-wide mail ballot primary election.

Thou shalt not steal

To whom it may concern: I know you probably won't read this unless you stole someone's newspaper, but I just want you to know that if you are the one stealing my lawn decorations you can buy more of them at Bi-Mart.

Oregon man new L&I director

OLYMPIA - An Oregon bureaucrat described as being a "consummate manager" has been pegged to head the Washington Labor and Industries Department.

Errors sink Viking ship

THORP - Mabton High School baseball coach Kerry Snodgrass is a believer in the fundamentals of baseball, hitting, pitching and catching. Snodgrass believes excelling at those three things will usually lead to success. Unfortunately, the Vikings had problems in all three areas yesterday.

Roza shutting canals down for April

Roza shutting down canals for April

Tuesday, April 5

PRIDE to have its first yearbook thanks to three hardworking students

Several students felt that Sunnyside's PRIDE High School was missing something. That something? A vital piece of the high school experience - a yearbook.

Weekly Bowling Report


Cinco de Mayo candidates collecting comfort kit items for American Red Cross

For the past three years the Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo candidates have held a community service project just prior to the pageant to give some of the girls their first opportunity of giving back to the community.

Granger chamber sponsors spring fling golf tourney

GRANGER - Do you like golf? Do you like spring? Well, if you like these two things then the Granger Chamber of Commerce has something right up your alley.

School board meets Cathy

Irrigation canal safety curriculum to be presented to Sunnyside youngsters

Irrigation canal safety curriculum to be presented to Sunnyside youngsters

Unemployment insurance bill displeases Newhouse

OLYMPIA - You might say Rep. Dan Newhouse is fuming with a new piece of legislation that would repeal the negotiated agreement on the state's unemployment insurance system.

Farm Bureau questions if storm water utility fee warranted

When it comes to addressing Yakima County's storm water problems, there are still a lot of things up in the air.



Wedam places third at gymnastics meet

SEATTLE - Sunnyside's Kristen Wedam earned third place honors at the Seattle Gymnastics Academy's Northern Star Invitational on Saturday, March 26.

Rangers take two from Greyhounds

NACHES VALLEY - The Grandview High School baseball team wasn't able to carry the momentum of a 4-1 victory over Connell on March 29 over to this past Saturday's doubleheader at Naches Valley.

Grandview on the grow

GRANDVIEW - With very little fanfare, the Grandview City Council approved a developer's request for an adjustment in his real estate development plan.

Grandview City Council Briefs


Monday, April 4

Aguilar trial April 25

YAKIMA - Sunnyside teen Antonio Aguilar is set to stand trial for his supposed involvement in an October 2004 shooting that left his 11-year-old cousin, Nora Gonzalez, dead.

Sunnyside schools recognize dangers of obesity

A move is afoot to prevent local children from becoming obese.

Escobar, Aguirre, Rinehold team for 3rd place finish at Don Holder Invitational

YAKIMA - Collectively, the trio of Daniel Escobar, Jason Aguirre and Eric Rinehold turned in the third best effort in the discus relay at last Saturday's 31st annual Don Holder Invitational Track & Field Meet, hosted by the Eisenhower Cadets.

Council considers refinancing bonds

The Sunnyside City Council at its Monday, April 11, meeting will consider refinancing the city's water and sewer bonds. Such a move could keep the city from having to increase water rates.

Working Stiff

Domestic violence counselor goes from being victim to advocate

Domestic violence counselor goes from being victim to advocate

Sunnyside Lions bring home District honors

The Sunnyside Lions Club earned several honors for its projects during the international organization's district meeting held in Moscow, Idaho recently.

Teacher of the year Tamara Steen awarded free car

YAKIMA - Calling herself an idealist Pollyanna, the 2005 Washington State Teacher of the Year has reason to be happy.

10 young ladies vying for Grandview Junior Miss honors

GRANDVIEW - A spring backdrop will serve as the setting for this year's Grandview Junior Miss program.

Grizzlies get the monkey off their backs

YAKIMA - After countless, hard fought, gut wrenching outings against one of the premiere soccer programs in the Western United States, Sunnyside High School boys soccer coach Juan Pineda got the win that he has been coveting since he started coaching a few years ago.

Grizzlies let Vikings off the hook

SELAH - It's not often when the perennial power of Mid-Valley League baseball, Selah, is on the hook. And when those moments come, a team better finish off the mighty Vikings. Well, this past Saturday, the Grizzlies had their shot at knocking off those powerhouse Vikes, but walked away with nothing.

Lady Vikings sweep Klickitat

MABTON - What a difference a week can make.

LaSalle sweeps twin bill from Knights

UNION GAP - The LaSalle High School baseball team continued its domination of the Greater Columbia 'B' League this past Friday.

Friday, April 1

Another lawsuit that's way off the mark

I cannot imagine a family tragedy worse than the death of a child. As parents, we work to pass on a brighter future to our children, and when that dream is destroyed by a child's death, our world is turned upside down.

Fire set in South Hill Park restrooms

Sunnyside police officers were called to a report of a fire in the 1500 block of South First Street, South Hill Park, late this past Wednesday afternoon. Toilet paper was set afire in the park restrooms. It was found just before 6 p.m. There has been no report of damage filed with the police department.

Five Grizzlies bring home 1st place finishes

WEST RICHLAND - At yesterday's track invite at Hanford High School, a five-school non-scoring affair, Sunnyside won three of the 17 boys events. On the girls side, the Lady Grizzlies were victorious in two of the 17 events.

Entertainment Briefs


Sunnyside plans on bringing new principal on board soon

At their March meeting, Sunnyside School Board members heard about plans to hire a new administrator.

Reaching a compromise can be exhausting

When my husband and I moved into the house we are currently living in I had a lot of colorful decisions I had to make. For example, what color was the living room going to be painted, what color would the craft room be and what color would we paint the kitchen.

Some good news and some bad news

We've all heard of the pastor who cheerfully announced one Sunday, "I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we have the necessary funds to build our educational unit. The bad news is that the money is still in your wallets."

Lopez takes first in 3,200-meter run at Grandview Invite

GRANDVIEW- Going up against top runners from throughout the Lower Valley only slowed Mabton High School's long distance runner a little.

Granger gets a dose of Greyhound soccer

After Tuesday night's lopsided league loss to Highland, Grandview High School soccer coach Anne Holden had a talk with her troops.

April 11 meeting to be held at community center

At the suggestion of Councilman Don Vlieger, the Sunnyside City Council agreed this past Monday night to hold the April 11 meeting at the Sunnyside Community Center.

S'side girls second in three-team match

Megan Downing's 18-hole round of 115 led the Sunnyside High School girls golf team to a second place finish yesterday.

Women, children being sold as sex slaves

As big of a problem worldwide as women and children being sold into sexual slavery is, Sunnyside Det. Sgt. Joe Guillen is surprised there aren't more rumors of forced prostitution in the Yakima Valley.

20-year city employee takes on new challenges

Since Elva Chumley was in high school she has been involved in one part of law enforcement or another.

Statewide earthquake drill scheduled to take place April 21

Would you know how to protect yourself and family if the Yakima Valley was hit by an earthquake of the magnitude of the one which hit the west coast of Indonesia this past Monday?

Golden Apple nominations sought locally

The Sunnyside School District is now accepting nominations of people to be considered for this year's Golden Apple Awards.

Villains invade Bickleton Grange Saturday night

BICKLETON - Villains, orphans and hapless heroines will invade Bickleton Saturday, April 2, when the Bickleton Community Players present The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt in a single 7 p.m. performance.

Grandview third at home invite

GRANDVIEW- With 170 points, the Grandview High School track team earned third place honors at its own invite Thursday afternoon.

Open Mike

Sunnyside School Board missed class on this one