Stories for August 2005


Wednesday, August 31

Plesha brothers hold the purse strings for two school districts

Between them, the Plesha brothers hold the purse strings to school treasuries containing more than $64 million in federal, state and local funds.

Four-person Mabton School Board race narrows to three

MABTON - There were plenty of people interested in the open position No. 1 at-large Mabton School Board seat after director Peggy Zeebuyth opted not to file for re-election this past July.

There's no 'i' in team

MABTON - Ask Viking head football coach D.J. Search how his team looks this year, and he'll quickly tell you it's not his team.

Pawn shop owner makes good on $1,000 reward

Randy Harris of Kennewick was extremely happy to part with $1,000 yesterday (Tuesday). The pawnshop owner presented the money to the Sunnyside Police Department as reward for their excellent police work.



Grandview man aids disaster relief

Larry Houser of Grandview left this week to help the Red Cross' disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Lower Valley road improvements receive approval

Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners voted to award a contract to Columbia Asphalt and Gravel Inc. of Yakima for work on several Lower Valley road improvement projects.



Defense the big question for the Grizzlies

The chemistry of a football team is one of the most important aspects in terms of success. This year, the chemistry of the Grizzlies' defensive unit is one of the concerns of Sunnyside High School football coach Mark Marro.

Sunnyside hairdresser completes Kraft Foods internship

Maggie Alejandre is a driven, young woman. Articulate and polished, she is well on her way to earning a Bachelor's degree in business administration. As she nears her 2006 graduation date, Alejandre is already looking at a career in marketing.

Open Mike

People amaze me

People amaze me

County offers change to dispose of burn barrels

Families who use burn barrels to take care of everyday household waste are being offered a chance to dispose of their barrels for free.

Fireworks spark more discussion in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Possible solutions ranging from a $10 permit to utilizing school grounds all had a hearing Tuesday, as Grandview continues to wrestle with how to have safe - and sane - July 4 fireworks.

Yakima County District Court offers amnesty

Those people with outstanding traffic tickets or misdemeanor fines have a chance to get their debt paid off without having to pay collection fees and interest, thanks to an amnesty period being offered by the Yakima County District Court.

Hounds look to speed in '05

Much like its greyhound mascot, Grandview football will be fleet of foot heading into the 2005 season.

Tuesday, August 30

Grandview introduces Link Crew program

GRANDVIEW - As freshmen head back to class today, they are walking in with their heads held high. Instead of the high school being seen as a big, new place with a lot of upperclassmen, most freshman have a new outlook on things. The class of 2009 is already familiar with the layout of the school, has had a chance to meet fellow freshmen and even know an upperclassman or two.

Sunnyside administrators to explore year round school

The Sunnyside School Board last week decided it was worth a look to examine the possibility of the district moving to a year-round school schedule.

Death Notice


Ramos to umpire national softball tourney

Rudy "Bull" Ramos hit a home run with national softball organizers when he was called on to umpire at the Amateur Softball Association tournament this coming weekend in Valdosta, Ga.

S'side High grad spends summer hanging out in hangar

RENTON - For the past nine weeks, Maggie Ramirez has spent each day learning what it takes to construct a 737 airplane inside a large airplane hangar in the greater Puget Sound area.

Welding program becoming fixture at SHS

Sunnyside High School Fusion Technology (welding) teacher Tom Dolan has done plenty of interesting things in his life, but he hasn't enjoyed anything more than what he is doing now-teaching.

Communication key for two Mabton School Board candidates

MABTON - Both Elsa Sanchez and Gabriel Mireles Jr. feel that communication in the Mabton School District is lacking. And that is one of the reasons why both of them decided to throw their hat into the ring for an open seat on the Mabton School Board.

Community Calendar

4-calendar rev.

Monday, August 29

Ramos murder trial postponed until October

The murder trial that was supposed to begin today (Monday) in Yakima County Superior Court has been postponed until October.

Primary election ballots hit the mail tomorrow

Voters in Sunnyside, Mabton and Grandview will begin receiving their primary election ballots Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Motel robbed last Thursday

Sunnyside police are investigating the theft of cash taken from Sun Valley Inn sometime this past Thursday evening.

Political newcomer faces off against illusive incumbent

MABTON - There are two people vying for Mabton City Council position two. One candidate is political newcomer Shelley Luther-Mireles, while the other candidate is the illusive incumbent Ernesto Armendariz.



Felony, misdemeanor charges pending against Spanaway man

The actions of an alert Sunnyside police officer early this morning (Monday) led to the arrest of a Spanaway man who now faces felony and misdemeanor charges.

Local firefighters save Snokist building from being razed Friday

GRANDVIEW - It is not often that $250,000 in damages can be considered something positive to look at. This is the case, though, with a fire that could have easily done a lot more structural damage to the Snokist Growers warehouse at 614 West Wine Country Road if it had not been for the efforts of some 35 area firefighters.

Sunnyside Grid Kid squads fall in season opener

WAPATO - It was a nice start to the season for both of the Sunnyside Grid Kid youth football teams this past Saturday. The only problem is that while playing relatively well for the first game of the season, neither of the local teams notched a win.

S'side, G'view fire departments receive Homeland Security grants

Sunnyside and Grandview firefighters will breathe easier thanks to more than $200,000 in Homeland Security grants.

New regulations force local mental health agency to make cutbacks

While other mental health care providers across Washington have been forced by funding changes to not only cut services, but close facilities, Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health has managed to find a way to continue plugging along.

Friday, August 26

Sanders home on leave from Iraq

Enduring temperatures as high as 130 degrees and escaping injury, or worse, by just seconds are all in a day's work for Army Sergeant Aaron Sanders, now home on leave in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside Sunshine Days three weeks away

Community organizers are beginning to gear up for the 39th annual Sunnyside Sunshine Days celebration, set to be held this year Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-18.

One big red wagon now part of Sunnyside's Promise program

Sunnyside's Promise presented a child's toy nearly the size of a semi truck to the public during the Sunnyside School District's opening ceremonies celebrating the start of the new school year held at the Sunnyside High School auditorium yesterday (Thursday).

Hart Beat

The back to school clothing frenzy

The back to school clothing frenzy

The Newcomer

A perfect morning

A perfect morning

Religious Reflections

Contamination risk worth taking

Contamination risk worth taking

Miss Sunnyside hopeful Heather Van Corbach

Staying physically fit is a big part of Heather Van Corbach's motivation when choosing her leisure activities.

Two political newcomers vying for Mabton City Council seat

MABTON - Two Mabton residents have decided that after years of living in the community they were ready to test their political savvy and run for public office. Angel Reyna and Sophia Gutierrez-Sotelo, who are both running for Mabton City Council position three, are newcomers to the political arena.

Death Notice


Entertainment Briefs


Grizzly Success Academy off to rousing start

The Grizzly Success Academy at Sunnyside High School has had a successful start.



Hot Summer Night to feature BBQ, bands

GRANDVIEW - The amphitheater at Country Park Fairgrounds in Grandview will be jumping with the sounds of country music over Labor Day weekend.

New reporter brings world of experience to new position

John Fannin of Cle Elum has joined the news staff of the Sunnyside Daily Sun News.

Thursday, August 25

Company to look into arsenic levels at Cheyne Landfill

Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved an amendment to its contract with Pacific Groundwater Group of Seattle, which will allow the company to monitor arsenic levels at the Cheyne Landfill.

2005 Mabton mayor's race three-way contest

MABTON - Mabton Mayor David Conradt will face two challengers for his position on the Mabton City Council in the Sept. 20 primary election.

Green Valley 4-H award winners at fair

GRANDVIEW - The Green Valley 4-H Club brought home several awards from the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, held in Grandview during the second week of August.

Pre-Labor Day Red Cross blood drive set for Aug. 30

Sunnyside residents are being asked to give of themselves while making plans for that last summer get-away over Labor Day weekend.

Lower Valley Credit Union donation benefits local students

by John Fannin

Death Notice


Wednesday, August 24

Schatz captures Hogue Invite title

Playing the "old nine" in the first ever Wayne Hogue Invitational at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course last Thursday, Aug. 18, Ty Schatz bested the field by shooting a 1-over-par 36.

Give your children the ammunition they need to succeed in school

A study released this week shows that 22.7 percent of Americans are obese. That figure is up from a similar study conducted a couple of years ago, which reflected a 22 percent obese rate.

Granger man turns self into Pasco police

PASCO - A Granger man wanted in connection with the shooting of a Kennewick man last Saturday night has turned himself in to the Pasco Police Department.

Sunnyside forming team to assist emergency responders

Who helps those who help us? Who helps a firefighter deal with the trauma of seeing a person tragically die before their very eyes? Who helps a police officer deal with the horrors that can sometimes be found at a crime scene? Who helps the nurse or doctor at the hospital sort through the death and injuries they see on a daily basis?

Plesha working hard for an education

Some prep athletes are dedicated to the idea of having an outstanding collegiate career in their chosen sport. Others dream of a professional career one day. Anyone who has ever seen Sunnyside High School standout Danny Plesha play the sport of tennis might think he is gearing up for the latter.

International business major would rather invest his time with Mabton teens

MABTON - After graduating from Sunnyside High School in 1982, Dave Mendoza went to Washington State University to study international business. Boy, did he end up doing something completely different.

Port seeks support for I-82 Exit 67 landscape project

Right now it's just an idea, in the discussion stage, but a proposal for landscaping the south side of the Interstate-82 exit 67 could become a reality in the coming year.


Munozes celebrate 30 years together

Munozes celebrate 30 years together

Tacitly Yours

Surviving our first road trip

Surviving our first road trip

G'view Council incumbent faces youthful challenge

GRANDVIEW - At just 22, Maria Armendariz is ready to take on an active role at city hall. For that to happen, though, she'll need to defeat incumbent councilwoman Joan Souders for Grandview City Council position 1.


Schinkelshoek, den Hoed wed in July, 2004 ceremony

Schinkelshoek, den Hoed wed in July, 2004 ceremony

Guest Editorial

The gas pump and the chickens

The gas pump and the chickens

Tuesday, August 23

Safeway welcomes new manager

Some who have walked into the Sunnyside Safeway store may have noticed a new face. That face belongs to the new store manager, Ryan Helton.

Tri-Cities couple takes over Jasmine Thai Cuisine

Thai cooking comes naturally to SomKaew Harden.

Candy, soda, junk food pulled from vending machines at Mabton schools

MABTON- Above the sounds of audience chatter, the Mabton School board approved its new state-mandated nutrition and physical fitness policy.

Sunnyside Grid Kid teams show promise at Grandview scrimmage

GRANDVIEW - No football team shows everything it has at a pre-season scrimmage. And neither of the Sunnyside Grid Kid football teams proved to be the exception this past Friday night. But it was nice, felt the local coaches, for the football players to get out and knock someone around.

SVID gains $300,000 for conservation projects

With a projected savings of more than 130 million gallons of water per year, the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District received $300,000 in grant money towards pipe replacement and water measurement equipment.

Three seek director's seat on Grandview School Board

GRANDVIEW - At first, no one wanted to fill the seat left open by long-time Grandview School Board member Kirk Michels, who decided to not seek re-election this fall. Then during a special filing period by the Yakima County Auditors office, candidates started flooding in for the director district #2 seat on the local school board.

Sunnyside trucker involved in fatality

PASCO - A Sunnyside semi-truck driver, 32-year-old Jeffrey T. Still, escaped injury yesterday afternoon in a collision that resulted in the fiery death of an Othello potato truck driver.

Rodriquez state softball official of the year

Lifelong Sunnyside resident Rafael "Ralph" Rodriguez was named Washington state's fastpitch official of the year in ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Yakima Convention Center.





Two local residents graduate from Western Washington

Two Lower Valley residents were awarded their degrees from Western Washington University during graduation ceremonies held this past spring.

Monday, August 22

Burglary suspect nabbed

An alert Washout Road resident's fast thinking and daring action led to the quick arrest of one Sunnyside man, who with an accomplice was reportedly seen leaving the victims' residence yesterday morning (Sunday).

Second degree murder trial date set for suspect charged with stabbing death

Rene J. Ramos, 32, will face a felony charge of murder in the second degree in Yakima County Superior Court when his case goes to trial on Aug. 29.

Drug arrest made

A man's attempt to take a shortcut through a Sunnyside business parking lot yesterday (Sunday) morning led to his arrest on a possession of drugs charge.

Darr challenges Childress for Grandview's top elected spot

GRANDVIEW - One believes she can make a positive change while the other feels things are running fine the way they are.



Friday, August 19

Jazz music will fill the air during 'A Night Out'

PROSSER - Jazz music will reign supreme during this year's Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation's "A Night Out," hosted by Destiny Ridge Vineyards.

Religious Reflections

Missing the Father

Missing the Father


No respect for others' property

No respect for others' property

S'side Mini Mall site of after-hours social

One of the mainstays in the business world of Sunnyside has been the downtown building that currently houses The Mini Mall, located at 214 Sixth Street.

Miss Sunnyside hopeful Kerri Urrutia

Serving up ice cream treats, creating deli-style sandwiches and answering hundreds of Yakima Valley tourists' questions has kept Kerri Urrutia busy this summer.


Smell that air

Smell that air

Minnesota woman seek whereabouts of family in Sunnyside

Eddica Castaneda of Saint James, Minn. knows she has family ties to the Yakima Valley, although where those relatives live is a mystery to her.

Annie brings out seniors for musical fun

What could be more fun than playing with a bunch of little children? Pretending you are the little kid! And that is just what the Over the Hill Senior Theatrical cast of "Annie" plans to do for the next couple of months.

Open Mike

Too much technology

Too much technology

CD Review

Lucinda Williams' music strong, moving

Lucinda Williams' music strong, moving

Hillcrest Manor receives top grades from regular visitor

Helping her brother-in-law Herbert Dale Hendricks during meal times brings Mabel Hendricks of Sunnyside into contact with the staff at Sunnyside Hillcrest Manor and Rehabilitation Center on a daily basis.

Food Forethought

Where is the "public" in Public Broadcasting?

Where is the "public" in Public Broadcasting?

Entertainment Briefs




The Newcomer

A happy alternative

A happy alternative

Thursday, August 18

Firemen look for support with Fill the Boot campaign

Don't be surprised to see the intersection at Seventh Street and Edison Avenue near the post office clogged on Friday. The congestion won't be a bad thing, as members of the Sunnyside Fire Department will be out for their annual Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Could Sunnyside have a field of dreams?

As many in the community know, long-time Sunnyside resident Bob Sarmiento Sr. is an avid fan of the sport of baseball.

Dairy competition results in from Grandview fair

GRANDVIEW - The winners have been announced from this year's dairy competitions at the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo.

Sunnyside police provided with life-saving equipment

Officers from the Sunnyside Police Department are often the first to arrive on an emergency scene. And more often than not their first actions play a huge part in the outcome of what will happen to an injured person.


Dorothy Ann Dolan

Dorothy Ann Dolan

Sunnyside Scout beautifies Van Belle Road eyesore

Not long after Sunnyside teen Sterling Scott completed his mural on the side of the old Bailey Nursery building at the corner of Van Belle and Scoon roads, people started to notice the improvement.

Lower Valley vo-tech center attracts designers' interest

Lower Valley Vocational Technology Center planners learned yesterday (Wednesday) that 23 architectural firms have expressed interest in designing the Yakima Valley's new center for vocational technology training.

Wednesday, August 17

Hart Beat

Fair ribbons lead to bragging rights

Fair ribbons lead to bragging rights

Task force to recommend to keep fireworks in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A committee that was formed in Grandview at the request of Mayor Norm Childress to address the combat conditions that envelop the community every Fourth of July has decided it wants to keep allowing the public to discharge fireworks.

High gas prices got you down?

Do something about it!

Do something about it!

Tacitly Yours

Another year older

Another year older

10-week course offers weight management help

Managing weight through developing a healthy lifestyle is the goal of a 10-week series being offered at the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church Friendship Building, 1875 E. Lincoln Ave., beginning Aug. 22.


Brigham Young grads plan Aug. 27 wedding

Brigham Young grads plan Aug. 27 wedding

Couple reunites after decades apart

When Ernie Ribail, then 13, and Mary Lou Schut, then 10, first met in the asparagus fields of Eastern Washington, neither one of them realized that they were working alongside their future spouse.

Heritage University plans orientation time

TOPPENISH - Heritage University will host a new student orientation tomorrow (Thursday) from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Fort Road campus in Toppenish.

Working Stiff

YVCC welcomes new dean

YVCC welcomes new dean

Tuesday, August 16

Pruning for spiritual growth

Growing up in a Christian family was no guarantee that Christine Masters of Powell River, B.C. would choose to accept Jesus as her Savior.

Motorist runs stop sign, three injured

OUTLOOK - A Toppenish man, whom Washington State Patrol troopers said failed to stop at a stop sign, is being blamed for a two-vehicle collision that occurred yesterday afternoon (Monday).

Francis new barber in town

There is a bit of Americana in Larry's Barber Shop in downtown Sunnyside. The smell of aftershave and hot lather fills the 1960s looking barber shop.

Grandview Council eyes on speeders, on-street parking

GRANDVIEW - Much of the Grandview City Council meeting last night was focused on slowing speeders in residential districts and the enforcement of the city's new nuisance ordinance.

Grandview City Council Briefs


Monday, August 15

Fire causes $10,000 damage to Rouse Road home

A fire in the 900 block of Rouse Road caused an estimated $10,000 in damage.

Sunnyside to receive grant to help with stormwater plan

The City of Sunnyside is one of 32 communities across the state to receive a $75,000 grant from the Department of Ecology (DOE) to help address a federal mandate to improve stormwater runoff.

Equestrians compete at Grandview fair

GRANDVIEW - The results from the horse show staged by the Sunny Valley Saddlers 4-H Club on the opening day of the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo have been announced.

Three file for Grandview School Board seat during special filing period

GRANDVIEW - It took an extra go-around, but three candidates threw their hats in the ring last week for an open seat on the Grandview School Board.

Outlook Junior Grange earns top ag exhibit honors at Grandview fair

GRANDVIEW - The Outlook Junior Grange, with a display dedicated to the agriculture bounty of the Yakima Valley, earned the Marie Combelic Memorial Trophy at the 78th annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo held in Grandview last week. The trophy is given to the best overall agricultural exhibit, according to Willard Mears, superintendent of the fair's agriculture division.

FFA, 4-H competitors excel at G'view fair

GRANDVIEW - A host of Lower Valley youths brought home top honors last week from the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo in Grandview.

Train strikes, kills S'side man

MABTON - A 33-year-old Sunnyside man, stopped and sitting in a 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse on the railroad tracks in Mabton, was struck by a train and killed this past Saturday morning.



Friday, August 12

Miss Sunnyside hopeful: Stacey Olivarez

For the past couple of months Stacey Olivarez has spent a lot of time in the city pool, working on her tan and splashing around with a lot of other boys and girls.

Yakima County prioritizes public development projects

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners voted to prioritize a list of 13 proposed public development projects. Creating a prioritized list will help open the doors for possible state and federal funding for the various projects.

Chamber hires marketing coordinator

Pam Turner of Sunnyside has been hired as the new Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce marketing and events coordinator, according to Rado Harrington, chamber director.

Father-son duo win 'Triple Threat' tourney

At times, they're unbeatable. And last Saturday, they were just that.


Water meter posts missing

Water meter posts missing

Religious Reflections

Best life lessons come from people

Best life lessons come from people

Miss Sunnyside court claims top honors at SeaFair Parade

SEATTLE - The Miss Sunnyside Court has done an outstanding job of representing the community this year, but the four young ladies on this year's court really put their best foot forward at the illustrious SeaFair Torchlight Parade.

SIFE students raising money to help teach local third graders financial responsibility

Third graders throughout the Sunnyside School District will be getting a lesson in managing their money if the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) group from Heritage University has anything to do with it.

Guest Editorial

Congress should stay out of steroids mess

Congress should stay out of steroids mess

Brown Sox fifth at 'D' State tourney

WENATCHEE - Arguably the most successful men's slo-pitch softball team from the Sunnyside area for the past several years, the Brown Sox earned a fifth place finish last weekend at the class 'D' State tournament in Wenatchee.



Entertainment Briefs


The Newcomer

Old age is what?!?

Old age is what?!?

Thursday, August 11

Grandview man arraigned on child rape charges

GRANDVIEW - A 22-year-old Grandview man, Juan A. Saucedo-Sanchez, was arraigned Wednesday on charges ranging from first degree rape of a child to first degree child molestation.

Stolen property, $70,000 worth, recovered

Sunnyside police served a search warrant on residents at 391 S. McLean Rd. late Wednesday afternoon, which resulted in the recovery of more than $70,000 worth of stolen property. Police believe the residence to be the center of an organized crime ring, which they say has been operating in the Lower Valley for the past five months.

Planning commission votes to annex in six residential parcels

The City of Sunnyside could very well be growing by more than five acres.

City planners put the brakes on sign ordinance

After much discussion, the Sunnyside Planning Commission took a very important step Wednesday night in regards to the implementation of the city's new sign ordinance.

Grandview Chamber of Commerce celebrates 120th new member

GRANDVIEW - Just two years ago the Grandview Chamber of Commerce was ready to close its doors and abandon its mission of promoting community business.

Wednesday, August 10



Council approves street closures for Sunshine Days

At this past Monday night's meeting, the Sunnyside City Council approved a request from the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce to assist with the 39th annual Sunshine Days celebration.


Newhouses celebrate 60 years of marriage

Newhouses celebrate 60 years of marriage


Van Klinken, Baze set Sept. 17 wedding date

Van Klinken, Baze set Sept. 17 wedding date

Port to add proposed technology skills center to its comprehensive plan

It's a formality, but one which the Sunnyside Port District's funding sources insist upon. In order to sell any of its property, the Port must declare it surplus, according to Sunnyside Port Manager Amber Hansen.

Cribbage tournaments draw numerous players

Last week, cribbage players from across the country and abroad traveled to Sunnyside for a pair of noted tournaments.

Fair time brings out blue ribbon winners

GRANDVIEW - Even though the number of open class entries are a bit down at this year's Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo, which opens today (Wednesday), the Beavan Building is filled with plenty of jellies, jams, pickles and canned vegetables, all competing for the many blue ribbons available to Lower Valley fair competitors.

ID of woman found buried not yet confirmed

GRANDVIEW - The identity of a woman's body found buried in a Grandview back yard late last week has yet to be confirmed.

Working Stiff

Former truck driver new pastor at Spanish church

Former truck driver new pastor at Spanish church

Open Mike

SunnyView Park-the gem that will never be?

SunnyView Park-the gem that will never be?



Nationals win all-star game behind Sarmiento's four HR's

The National League All-Stars won the annual Lower Valley's Men's Softball League season-ending all-star game Tuesday night.

Walco building 5,000 square foot retail center

For the past 25 years Walco International Inc. has been located on 16th Street in Sunnyside. But that is about to change.

Couple works to ensure that local children have bicycle helmets

There is a new effort being made to ensure that children riding bicycles through town are doing so as safely as possible. The Aaron Saunders Foundation is working with the Sunnyside Police Department to give away bicycle helmets to those who are currently riding around without the safety gear.



The Newcomer

What is curiosity getting us?

What is curiosity getting us?

Mabton approves six-year street plan

MABTON - The Mabton City Council Tuesday night learned it may be eligible for transportation improvement funds to improve its city streets.

Tuesday, August 9

Grandview man arrested on child molestation charges

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview man is behind bars facing 11 counts, ranging from first degree rape of a child to child molestation, following a report made by two mothers.



Results from Grandview Hoops Fiesta announced

GRANDVIEW - The 12th annual Grandview Grand Hoops Fiesta was another huge success.

Young Sunnyside filmmakers launch video company

Seeing the results from their own wedding video was the inspiration for a new business for Alejandro and Suzie Ortiz of Sunnyside.

Former fire chief encourages Council to be proactive

Former City of Sunnyside Fire Chief Jim Stanton stood before the Sunnyside City Council Monday night encouraging the governing body to take a proactive approach when it comes to the safety of those in the community.

Calling all men

Area men over age 45 wanting their shot at stardom are encouraged to try out for a role in the Over the Hill production of "Annie".

Kennewick firm awarded Sierra Vista Middle School construction bid

A construction company which has previously worked in the Sunnyside School District was awarded the $12.1 million contract to build the district's new Sierra Vista Middle School.

High speed chase ends in arrest

A high speed chase through downtown Sunnyside resulted in the arrest of a Longview man late Monday night.

6-year-old injured in collision

A 6-year-old boy was injured Monday evening when the driver of an SUV struck the child, who was riding his bicycle down Willowcrest Road.

Outlook man arrested on felony warrants

A report of a trespasser in the 1500 block of Federal Way in Sunnyside early Monday morning led to the arrest of an Outlook man, but not before he led the officers on a short vehicle chase through several residential areas.

Council approves SRO agreement with school district

The school resource officer program the City of Sunnyside and the Sunnyside School District have partnered in for several years has been a huge success. That notable partnership will continue.

At the forefront

Local farmer at forefront of bio-fuel production

Local farmer at forefront of bio-fuel production

Sunnyside to offer probation services

The Sunnyside City Council Monday night approved an agreement to offer Yakima County Probation Department services through the Sunnyside Municipal Court for adult offenders.

Monday, August 8

Hastings awaits signings of energy, transportation bills

Although they haven't been signed into law yet, Congressman Doc Hastings points with pride to the energy and transportation bills that await President George Bush's signature.



TV Towne reopens, management plans to rebuild

Just days after its store was totally destroyed by fire, the Sunnyside TV Towne management has relocated and opened its doors in the east end of the old Kmart building on Yakima Valley Highway.

S'side veterans memorial completed

Giant cranes have lowered the final slabs of granite into place to bring to a close a 10-year effort to create a lasting salute to the Lower Valley military men and women who served their nation.

Police arrest two on drug charges

Sunnyside police, with the aid of Yakima County Sheriff's deputies and LEAD Task Force detectives arrested a 33-year-old Sunnyside man and a 23-year-old Outlook man last Saturday night on charges of possession of methamphetamine.

Woman found buried at rural Grandview home

GRANDVIEW - A five-year-old murder could be one step closer to being solved. Last Thursday, 63-year-old Daniel Sauber walked into the Grandview Police Department and told officers that he had killed a woman five years ago and buried her body behind his house at 471 Hickory Rd. in Grandview.

Friday, August 5

GHS grad debuts in St. Louis opera

Finding someone who is proficient in English, German, Italian and French can be somewhat of a challenge. But Grandview High School graduate Joe Michels was required to learn the three romance languages, not for a trip around the world, but for his profession.

How sweet it is...

Sunnyside father-son duo one step away from American Legion World Series berth

Sunnyside father-son duo one step away from American Legion World Series berth

Guest Editorial

Drive safe and sober this summer

Drive safe and sober this summer

Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 10

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo officially opens at noon Wednesday, Aug. 10, for the first of five days of fun at the Grandview Country Park Fairgrounds on Wallace Way.

Death Notice


Religious Reflections

Seeing the signs of the day of doom

Seeing the signs of the day of doom

Three S'side youths arrested in connection with TV Towne fire

Three juvenile boys were arrested Thursday afternoon shortly after Sunnyside firemen responded to a fire that destroyed the newly remodeled Sunnyside TV Towne store on Yakima Valley Highway.

Van Wingerden 6th at PGA pro-am

YAKIMA - Mike Van Wingerden of Sunnyside shot an even-par 72 to claim the sixth low amateur score at this past Monday's PGA pro-am.

Miss Sunnyside hopeful: Dianna Mendoza

The summer has flown by for Dianna Mendoza, who spent a week in Washington D.C. visiting with family and seeing her older brother, Danny, receive the Congressional Youth Leadership Award in June.

Mabton VFW post commander receives national recognition

MABTON - When Granger's William Russell first took over the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Mabton, membership numbers were dwindling and the post was in danger of losing its charter.

Hart Beat can hit you in the face can hit you in the face

Thursday, August 4

Two more arrested in Harrison Avenue shootings

Sunnyside police have arrested two more people in connection with the July 28 gang-related shootings at 801 E. Harrison Ave.

Sunnyside School Board Briefs


Quality Liquid Feeds opens plant in Granger

GRANGER - Fifty-eight days. That's all the time it took for Quality Liquid Feeds to build, move into and begin production at its new Granger facility.

Hot, dry summer weather forecasted to continue locally

Meteorologists are warning that Washington and Oregon residents will continue to face above average temperatures and little or no rainfall in the coming weeks, which they say, will make it even more difficult to contain the major wildfires that have broken out recently.

Fire destroys Grandview Pavement home

MABTON - Very few details were available this morning about a fire that destroyed a home in 2600 block of Grandview Pavement Road in Mabton late Wednesday night.



Granger High School cheer advisor hangs up her pom poms

GRANGER - Knowing she was finally going to retire her cheerleader uniform, the children of Brenda Ayling of Granger decided to throw the long-time Granger High School cheer squad advisor a surprise retirement party.

Wednesday, August 3

There is still time to squeeze in a summer vacation

Last week marked the end of summer school for students throughout the Yakima Valley, and with only four more weeks of summer left there is still time to take a quick family vacation before school is back in session.

Working Stiff

Young mom turns excess clothing into resale outlet

Young mom turns excess clothing into resale outlet

Stop being fair, start catching bad guys

Random checks of bags on subways won't stop terrorism anymore than random prostate exams would eliminate cancer. Instead, we need to focus our resources and concentrate on checking the people most likely to blow things up.

Tacitly Yours

A skewed view of reality

A skewed view of reality

Police volunteer has no mercy for motorists who park illegally

Ray Herd is a patient man. He doesn't mind waiting to ticket those who park on the wrong side of the street.

A road trip with the kids doesn't have to be filled with 'are we there yets?'

For many people the idea of taking a road trip with their children brings to mind hearing an endless string of "...are we there yets?," and having to break up sibling arguments in the back seat.

Public input on proposed sign ordinance sought

Sunnyside planners also to consider annexation request

Sunnyside planners also to consider annexation request

ACLU vs. America

If you are wondering where the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is standing in the war on terror, contemplate the following: the ACLU wants U.S. courts to allow the Quran to be used instead of the Bible when administering the oath to Muslims in court.

Cribbage tournaments hit Sunnyside this week

The Masters Mid Week Challenge III Cribbage Tournament will be held this week, Aug. 4-5, at the Sunnyside Eagles Lodge.

School board briefs


Tuesday, August 2

Friday's election filings bring total to 49 seeking office in the Lower Valley

Friday afternoon was a busy day at the Yakima County Courthouse, as candidates from throughout the Yakima Valley made the decision to run for office. In the Lower Valley, 15 candidates on Friday filed for election to offices from Granger to Grandview.

Meth Act would strengthen restrictions on pseudoephedrine

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved and forwarded the Combat Meth Act of 2005 out of committee and to the full Senate. The legislation would regulate the sale of pseudoephedrine by keeping products that contain it behind a pharmacy counter and allowing only a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to sell such products.



Grandview businessman has snarling encounter with Russian brown bear

Hungry bears have no sense of humor, especially after waking up from a long winter's nap. Grandview businessman Gary Christensen found that out the hard way this past April while on a bear hunting trip to Russia.

Water measuring request to be heard Aug. 11

The Washington Department of Ecology is asking that all surface water diversions in the Yakima River basin be measured to assure that stream flows and senior water rights are protected.

Hospice auction well attended

The Lower Valley Hospice benefit auction, held Saturday night at Navarro's Family Community Center in Sunnyside, attracted more than 200 people. According to organizers, most everything up for bid found buyers, including a gently used John Deere lawn tractor and an adorable Golden Retriever. "Bidding was spirited," said co-chairman Carol Bos. "We don't know exactly how much money we grossed yet, but we are very happy with the event."

Nooksack Valley wins annual Grandview tourney

GRANDVIEW - Nooksack Valley walked away with the title from the eighth annual Late Summer Classic Basketball Tournament in Grandview this past weekend.

Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championship Meet

WAPATO - The first and second place finishers in each event at the July 29-31 Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championship Meet are listed below, as well as all the Sunnyside swimmers who earned team points by garnering a "Top 8" finish.

Sunnyside Sharks 3rd at swim championships

WAPATO - Paced by high point age division winners Toni Castillo, Jacob Hollander and Katie Knee, the Sunnyside Sharks garnered a third place finish this past weekend at the seven-team Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championship meet.

No arrests made yet in local gang shooting

Sunnyside police have made no arrests in connection with last Thursday night's shooting that sent one 16-year-old male to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.



Guerrero/Benitez, Bender/Bender top finishers at golf invite

Juan Guerrero and Balbino Benitez, and Jeff Bender and Les Bender bested the field last week in a match-up between Black Rock Creek Golf Course members and visiting Desert Aire golfers.