Stories for December 2005


Friday, December 30

SCHS boys topple Evergreen Lutheran

SHORELINE - Seniors Chad Den Boer and Matt Haak, along with junior Aaron Van de Graaf, lit up the scoreboard for a combined 40 points yesterday at the Shoreline Invitational.

Guest Editorial

Resolve to be a little better in 2006

Resolve to be a little better in 2006

Mabton grapplers third at 12-team tourney

ROCKFORD - Learning from mistakes made last year, the Mabton Vikings wrestling team fared much better this year at the Freeman Tourney, finishing in third place, with 148 points, out of 12 teams.

Effects of smoking ban felt locally

Black Thursday. The day the smoking lamp went out in the State of Washington.

Behind the Plate

New Year's: My least favorite holiday

New Year's: My least favorite holiday

Working Stiff

Everybody's welcome here

Everybody's welcome here



'Hounds knock off Colfax in SunDome Shootout

YAKIMA - A 17-2 third quarter run by Grandview, after the Greyhounds scratched out just a one-point lead in the opening half, was enough to subdue the Colfax Bulldogs Thursday evening.


Christmas cheer

Christmas cheer

News Briefs

Blood drawing next Tuesday

Blood drawing next Tuesday

The Newcomer

I firmly resolve...not to resolve!

I firmly resolve...not to resolve!

Sunnyside doctor suspended on charges of sexual misconduct

Citing alleged inappropriate sexual contact with a patient, the Washington State Department of Health has suspended Sunnyside physician Muhammad Ayub's medical license indefinitely.

Thursday, December 29

School's Out program helps kids learn healthy habits

Throughout the rest of the school year the Sunnyside Recreation and Community Center is giving kids the chance to participate in a program that teaches them healthy eating habits and helps improve hand-eye coordination.

Six thefts reported in Sunnyside yesterday

Six thefts, including two of vehicles, were reported yesterday (Wednesday) in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside cop receives WSP commendation

It had all the makings of a minor traffic stop for state trooper Robert Morris when he pulled over a vehicle in Sunnyside at about 1 a.m. this past July 17.




Gonzalez, Sanchez power S'side to third place Winter Cup finish

RICHLAND - The Lower Valley has long been a hotbed for producing quality prep wrestlers. This year is no exception.

Grandview wins Hanford Winter Cup invite

RICHLAND - Grandview wrestlers Fernando Godinez at 130 lbs. and Shay Seimears at 140 lbs. each captured individual titles to help the Grandview wrestling team win the team title at the Handford Winter Cup tournament Wednesday.

Associated Press names Lower Valley athletes to all-state prep lists

Grandview quarterback Brandon Artz was named the 2A all-state quarterback in a recent announcement by the Associated Press.

Yakima Valley parents slow to buckle up their kids

Although studies show that motor vehicle crashes are the single largest killer of children 4-8 years old, many parents in the Yakima Valley are not using the booster seats that could mean the difference between life and death.

Wednesday, December 28


Be wary of Internet predators

Be wary of Internet predators

'F' as in Frank

Taking back Christmas

Taking back Christmas

Second man charged with murder

Francisco Acevedo, 18, of Sunnyside made a preliminary appearance in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday after being arrested in Sunnyside about 11 p.m. this past Sunday on a charge of murder in the first degree.

Death Notices


Local banker receives honor, Sunnyside's Promise gets $1,000

Dorris Kresse, manager of US Bank in Sunnyside, was recently named a US Bank Five Star Volunteer award winner, an honor that puts $1,000 into the treasury of the organization to which she volunteers.

The Newcomer

Never thought a roommate was my style

Never thought a roommate was my style

SR-241 upgrades included in state's road improvement plants

Yakima County residents will be watching their gas tax dollars at work on local highways and byways in the state's recently announced 2006-08 road funding package.


Campaign support much appreciated

Campaign support much appreciated

Tuesday, December 27

Death Notice



Identity confirmed of man killed Dec. 22

With the help of family members in California and the Los Angeles Police Department, Sunnyside police were able to put a legal name, Xavier Perez, to the man who was shot to death in Sunnyside Thursday, Dec. 22.

Sunnyside man survives being pinned by car

A Sunnyside man received what appears to be a miracle for Christmas.

Homeless survival

When her mobile home was completely destroyed in an unexplained fire in Sunnyside Nov. 26, Cynthia Fernandez went into survival mode instead of moving into what was to be her new home.

Suspect in Christmas Eve homicide nabbed this morning

Michael Rodriguez, 25, was caught up at 2 a.m. this morning by Yakima police in a net cast by Sunnyside police following the shooting death last Saturday, Christmas Eve, of Rosendo Barron Hernandez, 29, of Sunnyside.

Grandview police busy

GRANDVIEW - Police in Grandview have been busy in the past week with several burglaries and vehicle-related thefts.

Friday, December 23

Finding Christ in Christmas

BETHLEHEM - I've done a lot of heavy lifting in my time, but let me tell you about my most precious cargo more than 2,000 years ago.

Lady Vikings pummel Warriors

MABTON - The Mabton High School girls basketball team, out of action for 11 days, used the down time to refine its defensive play and communication skills.

Roommates of slain man sought as witnesses

The two roommates of a 27-year-old man, who was killed at a Sunnyside rental home at 1713 Guernsey Street yesterday (Thursday) morning, are being sought as witnesses, according to Det. Sgt. Jeff Cunningham of the Sunnyside Police Department.

Guest Editorial

Drive safe, smart this holiday season

Drive safe, smart this holiday season

Eagle Scout badge latest award for S'side teen

The Sunnyside's Promise wagon has been making the rounds this fall and winter.

U2-Vertigo Tour 2005

Total round-trip driving time on horrible, unplowed, icy roadways: eight hours. Overpriced mediocre hamburger from Rose Garden Arena vendors: $9. Getting the chance to be present at an unforgettable U2 concert: priceless.

Sunnyside Port commissioners taking second look at RV park prospects for Lower Valley

Does Sunnyside have enough recreational demand for an RV Park?

Story Time

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa...

Vikes fifth at Warden invite

WARDEN - Robert Marquez won the 275-lb. weight division to lead Mabton High School's wrestlers at the Warden Invite Thursday.

Christmas church services

Sunnyside Churches

Mabton boys take revenge on Wahluke

MABTON - On a night when Mabton's offense was sputtering and making costly turnovers, the Mabton defense stepped up and allowed the Vikings to come away with a 45-43 victory over the Wahluke Warriors last night.

The Newcomer

There are books, and then there are books!

There are books, and then there are books!

Lower Valley Community Concert series continues Jan. 10

The second of five performers in the 2005-06 Lower Valley Community Concert series will take center stage at the Sunnyside High School auditorium Tuesday, Jan. 10.



G'view home hit by burglary

GRANDVIEW - A burglary in the 200 block of Pleasant Ave. in Grandview on Thursday, Dec. 22, resulted in the loss of numerous items totalling about $3,500 in value, according to Police Captain Mark Ware.

Thursday, December 22

Police busy yesterday with assistance, burglary, theft

Vacationing Sunnysiders had their home in the 1500 block of East North Avenue broken into. The burglary was reported at 12:28 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) by a relative who had been checking on the residence. No information was available as to what was taken in the burglary.

WestFarm Foods to expand cheese production in Sunnyside

WestFarm Foods, site of Darigold's Dairy Fair on Alexander Road, will expand cheese production at its plant in the new year.

Snow sculpture a sign of love

For Jon Esqueda, the seven to eight hours it took him to construct the snow sculpture in front of his South First Street home was a labor of love - literally.

Area students made the grade at YVCC

Each quarter, Yakima Valley Community College recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President or Dean's list. Each student who meets the criteria of the specific designations receives a letter and certificate acknowledging the award and a notation will be placed in the student's permanent transcript.

Man slain in Sunnyside

A man was shot to death early this morning in a home in a new housing development in Sunnyside.

Unwelcome 'bombshell' brings family closer together

One day you're caught up in the rush of balancing a working career with being wife to a husband of 14 years and mother to a 10-year-old daughter and a Boy Scout of 13, and then an unwelcome surprise hits you like a bolt out of the blue.

S'side getting a read on new business prospects

Sometime within the next few weeks the city of Sunnyside should have a pretty good handle on the types of new businesses that would be a good fit for the local community.

Wednesday, December 21

Board approves purchase of science kits

The Sunnyside School Board Tuesday approved the purchase of science kits for 7th and 8th grade students that will cost the district almost $87,000.

Conflicts of interest discussed at S'side School Board meeting

With only three Sunnyside School Board members in attendance, and two being new members Miguel Puente and Rocky Simmons, Superintendent Rick Cole made a presentation Tuesday night to the board about their role as school board directors.

Cutting to the Core

Christmas is a time for reflections

Christmas is a time for reflections

Working Stiff

Life on the court

Life on the court


Tom Paul needs new hobby

Tom Paul needs new hobby

Sunnyside School District Briefs


Brazen thieves strip tires off car

The front tires were removed from a car parked in the 2000 block of East Lincoln Avenue. The owner, a Mabton resident, reported the loss to Sunnyside police yesterday (Tuesday) at 4:06 p.m., telling them the car had been left on the Sunnyside street overnight because it was low on gas.

Contests teach Outlook students about giving

OUTLOOK - To say the students at Outlook Elementary School are generous would be an understatement.

Guest Editorial

Uncle George's addiction

Uncle George's addiction

Tuesday, December 20

Grandview students adopt families for holidays

GRANDVIEW - Michelle Swearingen's Grandview High School classroom looked like a warehouse last week.

Grandview School District Briefs


Greyhounds avenge loss to Prosser

GRANDVIEW - It was the second donnybrook in a week between rivals, only this time Grandview held on in a 52-48 boys basketball victory over Prosser Monday night.

Tuesday sporting events postponed

The full slate of high school sporting events for both Sunnyside and Mabton athletes scheduled for today (Tuesday) has been cancelled.

Grandview City Council Briefs


Sunnyside Rotarian follows the lead of Teddy Roosevelt

About a year ago at this time, Sunnyside Rotarian Leroy Ganser made the same trek Roughrider Teddy Roosevelt, then president of the United States, took in December 1905.

Grandview Council approves fee increase for water reconnects

GRANDVIEW - With little discussion, the Grandview City Council approved Monday an increase in the water re-connect fee for non-paying customers.

Monday, December 19

Sunnyside boys top Connell, 77-63

Singling out one player who keyed Sunnyside's 77-63 victory over visiting Connell is tough to do, considering the great team effort the Grizzlies put forth last Saturday night. But if you had to choose one, that honor would go to senior Derrick Simmons.

Lady Knights breeze through weekend opponents

The Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team hosted the Riverside Christian Crusaders Friday night, easily beating them 63-29.

Signs of change

Do's and don'ts of Sunnyside's new sign code

Do's and don'ts of Sunnyside's new sign code

Sewer plant upgrade tops November's construction list

The City of Sunnyside is in the process of a $15 million upgrade of its wastewater treatment plant.

Knights pick up two league wins

This past Friday night's game with Riverside Christian was intense.

Mabton 4th at invitational

CATHLAMET, WASH. - Four was again the Mabton wrestling team's magic number as for the second consecutive weekend the Vikings were fourth in a 12-team meet.

4-wheeling Jeepers find Christmas spirit

Imagine not having a Christmas tree. It might not be a big deal to some people, but now imagine not having a TV to watch, a couch to sit on or beds to sleep in, too.

Grizzly grapplers third at Mt. Vernon invite

MT. VERNON - Sunnyside dominated the lower weight classes to garner a third place finish at the eight-school Mt. Vernon Wrestling Invitational this past Saturday.

Friday, December 16

Last escapee captured

Yakima County Jail escapee Luis Soto was captured on Sheller Road Thursday afternoon.

Henry places first for SHS swimmers

MOSES LAKE - The Sunnyside High School boys swimming duo of Zile Wagner and Alex Henry recorded near personal best times at Moses Lake Thursday, but it wasn't enough against the larger Pullman team, which prevailed 145-15.

;Newly elected school board director believes in Sunnyside's mission statement

Rocky Simmons has lived in Sunnyside all his life.

Police, fire, economy top Epps' priorities for city council

Scheduled to take the oath of office next month, Sunnyside City Councilman-elect Bruce Epps wants city government to focus on police and fire protection.

Hansen feted on 15th anniversary with Port

"She was surprised!" laughed Port of Sunnyside Administrative Assistant Vernita Coffey as she recalled a surprise honor given Tuesday to Port Manager Amber Hansen for her 15th anniversary with the district.

'Christmas Spoken Here'

'Christmas Spoken Here'

Sunnyside opens league play with win over Vikes

SELAH - For Sunnyside High School wrestling coach George Paulus, the wins just keep coming. Last night in Selah, Paulus picked up his 150th dual meet victory of his career.

Rams rally second half to beat Sunnyside boys

WEST VALLEY - The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team turned in a carbon copy-type performance last night, mirroring the efforts from its previous five games this season.

Christian women's group to 'Slip into the New Year'

PROSSER - A program luncheon entitled "Slip into the New Year" will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at The Barn Restaurant at 490 Wine Country Road in Prosser.

Bowling stats


Perception, appearance high on Gant's list for his term in office

Perception and appearance are the two words that pop up repeatedly in a conversation with newly elected Sunnyside City Councilman Bill Gant.

Guest Editorial

Tolerance and sensitivity can go too far

Tolerance and sensitivity can go too far

Behind the Plate

My late-night entertainment

My late-night entertainment

Vehicles collide head-on on I-82

Two 18-year-old women and a 19-year-old man were injured Thursday morning when one vehicle careened out of control, crossed the median and struck the other head-on near exit 69 on Interstate 82.


Show enjoyable

Poor free throw shooting costs Grizzlies league opener

YAKIMA - Sunnyside was just 2-of-8 from the free throw line Thursday night as the Lady Grizzlies fell 52-49 to West Valley in their last-ever Mid-Valley League opener.

Mabton Briefs

Mabton to continue service with Yakima County Jail

Washington State Water Resources Association awards Pat Bailey 2005 Leadership Award

Pat Bailey, assistant manager, administration at Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District, received the prestigious Washington State Water Resources Association Water Leadership Award at the association's annual conference in Spokane, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

Sheriff unveils new digs

YAKIMA - There was no room in the inn (the new county jail), so Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin found something better.

Children pay the price of 'Free Trade'

There is a poignant scene in the new movie "Walk the Line" where Johnny Cash's adolescent brother is tragically killed working with a saw. The theater was silent, as dramatic tension built.

School briefs

New board members sworn in at meeting

Newly elected council member gets jump start

Carol Stone got a jump start ahead of the other two newcomers elected to the Sunnyside City Council this past November. Her opponent, incumbent Bruce Ricks, abandoned his position early to let her be seated as soon as the General Election results declared her the overwhelming winner.

Wednesday, December 14

SCHS girls get back on track, beat Granger

The Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team returned to its winning ways Tuesday night, beating the Granger Spartans 57-42.

City's 2006 budget $8.65 million

A remodeled city hall, expanded park services and a return to hiring new employees are hallmarks of the $39,407,108 total budget approved by the Sunnyside City Council Monday night.

Ki-Be stuns Grizzlies, 68-58

Bottom line last night? Sunnyside's Grizzlies couldn't get their shots to drop against a Ki-Be Bears team that was smoked by 27 points at home last Friday by Class 'B' Sunnyside Christian.

Guest Editorial

Easing the tax burden

Easing the tax burden

'F' as in Frank

Tying up loose ends

Tying up loose ends

S'side girls overcome slow start

Despite coming out flat-footed Tuesday night against visiting Kiona-Benton, and being outscored 17-7 in the first quarter, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies came back for a 57-47 victory.

Fast start helps Granger to win over Knights

GRANGER - The Spartans outscored Sunnyside Christian 21-8 in the first quarter to open a lead that would be too much for the defending State B champion Knights to overcome as they fell 57-45 Tuesday night.

Students build gazebo for Hillcrest Manor

Memory Lane Park just got some new furniture. A brand new gazebo arrived Tuesday morning. Sunnyside High School students built and then delivered the gazebo to the park area at Hillcrest Manor.

Firefighters extinguish early morning suspicious blaze

A plastic gas can was found at a 1:20 a.m. fire this morning in an unoccupied house at 923 Lincoln Avenue, according to Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham.

Commissioners hash out budget

Dig into county reserves

Dig into county reserves

Mabton city council approves 2006 budget

MABTON - After weeks of budget meetings and workshops, the Mabton City Council voted to adopt the 2006 budget at Tuesday night's meeting.

G'view police receive burglary calls

GRANDVIEW - Police responded to two burglary calls in Grandview Tuesday night. The first came at 5:32 p.m. in the 200 block of F Avenue.

Lady Grizzly keglers fall

EAST WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee High School girls bowling team roared to a 4-0 sweep over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies Tuesday afternoon at Eastmont Lanes.

School board hears parental complaints

MABTON - For more than 20 minutes Tuesday night at Mabton's School Board meeting, a group of six parents asked the board to take action about what they feel are mistreatments of their children by school officials.

It's hard to believe what you might see in 40 years at a veterinarian clinic

When you've been treating members of the animal kingdom for 40 years for various ills, ailments and accidents, you've probably bumped into a few surprises along the way.

Grandview firefighters quickly control motel fire

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City firefighters quickly knocked down a fire in a room at the Red Apple Motel in Grandview yesterday (Tuesday). Their speedy, four-minute response time to the 2:04 p.m. call helped confine the blaze to the one room in which the fire started.

Tuesday, December 13




Laughter, music, fun mingle with inspirational message

PROSSER - Laughter, music and a crazy game in which presents passed from hand to hand were all part and parcel of the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club holiday meeting yesterday (Monday) in Prosser.

Vikes fourth at Granger invite

GRANGER - Two days after taking a pounding at defending state champ Warden, the Mabton wrestling program righted itself with a solid fourth-place showing at this past Saturday's 12-team Iron Man wrestling tournament in Granger.

Sign code a go for Sunnyside

After months of debate and discussion, the Sunnyside City Council finally adopted a sign code during Monday's council meeting.

Four burglaries, theft yesterday in Sunnyside

Four burglaries and a theft took place in Sunnyside in a 12-hour period yesterday (Monday).

Greyhounds lose heartbreaker at Prosser

PROSSER - Grandview's boys basketball team was 15 seconds away from escaping Prosser with a win over a Lower Valley rival.

Media, law enforcement gather to improve highway safety

With radio, television and print media members in attendance Monday afternoon at Sunnyside's El Conquistador restaurant, law enforcement officials presented their vision for making roads safer in the Yakima Valley and statewide.

Program will allow better access to health care for kids

YAKIMA - Thanks to a federal grant of $850,000 from the Bureau of Primary Health Care, uninsured kids in the Yakima Valley will have better access to health care.

Port of S'side deals with thefts

According to a memo presented to Port of Sunnyside Commissioners Monday, thieves have taken about $6,200 worth of irrigation equipment from Port land since mid-November.

New Prudential agent aims to please

Michelle Mensonides likes the feeling of matching the right home with a buyer.

ColorTyme opens in Sunnyside

National rent-to-own franchise ColorTyme has expanded with a new store in Sunnyside.

Keeping order in the court, 20 years running

Judge, S'side court mark anniversary

Judge, S'side court mark anniversary

Mabton loses second straight basketball game

MABTON - Some tough luck and sloppy play were enough to keep Mabton from winning its contest with the Moses Lake Christian Academy Lions last night. The Lions won 61-47 to hand the Vikings (1-0, 4-2) their second straight loss.

Mabton rolls past Moses Lake Christian

MABTON - For the second time in the past two weeks, the Lady Vikings demolished Moses Lake Christian, this time at home Monday night 52-26.

Monday, December 12

Moses Lake girls blank Lady Grizzlies

Junior Veronica Uribe rolled the high two-game series on the day, but it wasn't enough to spark the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team to a win over visiting Moses Lake Thursday afternoon.


Campaign support much appreciated

Campaign support much appreciated

Grandview outlasts Grizzlies

GRANDVIEW - "For three quarters we took a page out of Grandview's playbook and in the fourth quarter they ripped it out of our hands," Sunnyside boys basketball coach Steve Urrutia said of his team's closer-than-it-looks 85-64 loss at Grandview Friday.

Five Grizzlies make finals at Skyview Invitational

VANCOUVER - For Sunnyside, a pair of sophomores - Isaac Romero and J.T. Gonzalez - and junior Ricardo Rivera brought home top honors this past Saturday from the Skyview Invitational.

Construction on second natural gas well set to start Dec. 19

As part of an ongoing project, Sierra Engineering is set to have Lang Drilling start work on its second natural gas well north of Sunnyside Dec. 19.

Working Stiff

New S'side employee has gone from builder to planner

New S'side employee has gone from builder to planner

Sheller Road annexation receives initial nod

An annexation request for 12 acres near Sheller Road to be included in the city of Sunnyside has impacted 12 neighboring parcels.

Newhouse vows to hold governor to her word on budget promises

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside) responded to last Thursday's news conference highlighting her supplemental budget priorities by vowing to hold Gov. Gregoire to her word. Newhouse, however, said he was pleased to hear the governor compare the state budget to a family budget - something Republicans have done for years.

Peruvian trade agreement hurts local asparagus growers

Hastings 'disappointed' with agreement

Hastings 'disappointed' with agreement

S'side girls bury Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Despite not having senior Talia Spini for most of this past Friday night's game, who was nursing an injury and only played briefly, the Lady Grizzlies dominated from start to finish against the Grandview Greyhounds, winning 57-29.




Tips given on how to pay for college expenses

College is expensive, we all know that. Parents want to help their children by paying for their college but that's hard to do sometimes.

Sunnyside parks budget no longer lean

The people have spoken and Sunnyside appears to be listening as the city staff has proposed to increase its parks budget by more than 50 percent in 2006.

Sunnyside woman is a living miracle

May 30, 2004 was like any Sunday morning for Juanita Moya.

The Newcomer

The shopping frenzy has to go!

The shopping frenzy has to go!

Grandview grapplers place sixth in White River Classic

BUCKLEY - For being the only 2A school at the White River Classic this past Saturday, Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny was pleased with how his team finished.

Assisted living options presented to Kiwanians

"There's no place like home," said Toni McBean of TLC In-Home Care during a presentation to Sunnyside Kiwanians Wednesday morning.

Death Notice



State champs too much for Vikings

WARDEN - "When you're going up against the four-time defending state champs you're going to get walloped," Mabton wrestling coach John Kilian said of his team's 64-9 loss at Warden Thursday night.



Senior parents meet Monday night

SHS senior parents will meet Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school commons.

Fire destroys Sunnyside home Saturday

Fire destroyed a two-story home at 625 South 9th Street in Sunnyside in the early morning hours Saturday, but all of the residents escaped without injury.

Thursday, December 8

WSU baseball coach shares experiences with S'side students

Donnie Marbut has played a lot of positions in his life: point guard, quarterback, defensive back and second baseman, just to name a few.

Honda, mail stolen yesterday

Sunnyside police received reports of three thefts yesterday, among them a Honda Accord and mail.

Water quality in Yakima basin improving

How clean is the water in our rivers and streams in the Yakima River Basin?

Planning gives nod for Lander Park East

Preliminary plats for 19 home lots on the west side of Mayhew Street and south of Columbia Avenue were recommended for approval by the Sunnyside Planning Commission Wednesday evening.

The Nutcracker to be performed-with a twist-in Sunnyside this weekend

A traditional holiday dance performance will be given a new twist in Sunnyside this weekend. "We will be doing a production of The Nutcracker All Jazzed Up," said Teri Lain, studio manager for Martin's School of Dance.

Death Notice



New ambulances on the way for S'side fire dept.

For the first time in recent history, if ever, Sunnyside's fire department will have three identical ambulances.

Granger receives homeland security grant of $49,000

GRANGER - Last Friday, the Granger Fire Department received a grant of $49,081 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.



Wednesday, December 7

Former Sunnyside teacher marks 104 years of life

Birthday gifts and song greeted Jessie Frazier as she entered the Sunnyside Senior Center yesterday. Her friends at the daily nutrition meal were honoring Mrs. Frazier on her 104th birthday.

WWII veteran recalls time aboard USS Idaho

When 18-year-old Stan Sainsbury was sent to Honolulu as part of the 6th fleet in 1940, little did he know that the next December would change naval history forever.

Lady Knights slay Kittitas

The Lady Knights' defense took over the game last night as the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team beat up on Kittitas by a score of 73-34.

Pirates just miss in overtime, again

BICKLETON - The Bickleton boys basketball team worked overtime for a second straight game and again came up short in a 53-48 home loss to Jubilee Christian Tuesday evening.

Guy with big town dreams finds a niche in Sunnyside

Take one college graduate, shake him up at a job interview and send him off to a small town when he was intending to make it big in a big town and what do you get?

Cutting to the Core

Cold turkey during the holidays

Cold turkey during the holidays

S'side girls lose in fourth quarter

HERMISTON, ORE. - A nine point halftime lead wasn't enough for the Sunnyside girls Tuesday night in Hermiston as a 23-point fourth quarter sealed a win for the Bulldogs.

Aggressive shoplifter arrested

A theft and burglary were reported yesterday to Sunnyside police, along with two shoplifting incidents, one of which turned aggressive and resulted in an arrest.

Second half surge powers Hermiston to win over S'side

Outscoring Sunnyside 45-15 in the second half, the Hermiston Bulldogs rallied for a 78-49 non-league victory over the Grizzly boys basketball team last night.

Greyhounds get kicked by Mustangs

PROSSER - A lack of presence inside and too many second chance points doomed the Lady Greyhounds as they lost 66-48 to Prosser.

Mabton dismantles Riverview

MABTON - Despite committing 25 turnovers, 19 in the second half, Mabton cruised to a 54-19 win over Riverview Tuesday night.

Guest Editorial

Use your head this holiday season

Use your head this holiday season

G'view man earns city beautification award

GRANDVIEW - There's no curbing Dan Atha's enthusiasm for community volunteerism, as the Grandview man received the city's 2005 Beautification Award from Mayor Norm Childress.

Grandview grapplers get win

WAPATO - Grandview got pins from Max Saldina at 140 lbs., Shay Seimears at 145 lbs., Jacob Robillard at 160 lbs. and Freddy Magana at 275 lbs. en route to a 40-30 win Tuesday night.

The Newcomer

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Council says no to tax increase

After four meetings totaling nearly 10 hours the Sunnyside City Council finally said no Tuesday night during the fourth and final budget workshop.

Bickleton makes gains but still falls to Tri-City Prep

BICKLETON - The Lady Pirates hosted Tri-City Prep last night, losing 44-27.

Mabton boys win third straight

In a tale of two halves, the Mabton boys basketball team over came and won their third straight game, beating the Riverview Panthers 58-50.

Prosser reschedules boys hoop game with G'view

The non-league boys basketball game scheduled for Tuesday between Grandview and Prosser was moved to Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Grandview.

Den Boer scores 1,000th point in Knights' win

Sunnyside Christian senior Chad Den Boer scored his 1,000th career point Tuesday night in a Knights' 64-46 win over Kittitas.

West Valley clips Sunnyside bowlers

Despite a strong, two-game 351 series from Lady Grizzly senior Tiara Moon, the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting West Valley Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, December 6

Swan Market open under new management

Long time Sunnyside resident Tony Magana has taken over Swan Market on Harrison Hill and re-opened it.

S'side to beef up police presence

Better think again before releasing Fido for his morning stroll, as Sunnyside's animal control officer will begin making rounds in the early morning hours.

Kids can close out 2005 in hoop style

GRANDVIEW - Youngsters in grades one through eight will have an opportunity to say goodbye to 2005 during the first annual three-on-three basketball tourney to be held Dec. 31 in Grandview.

Business partners tabbed as 'volunteers of the year'

GRANDVIEW - Gaylene Tucker and Becky Ruppert of Consumers' Choice Insurance were selected as Grandview's "Volunteers of the Year" for 2005.

Grandview's water, garbage rates to rise

GRANDVIEW - With little public input, the Grandview City Council voted unanimously Monday night to raise rates on water and garbage service in what amounts to an increase of $4.06 a month for city customers.

Lady Knights liberate Patriots in season opener

After the Knight's season opener Friday night against the Liberty Christian Patriots, two things were sure. The Knights won the game 50-40 and they have a lot of things to work on before they play again on Tuesday.

School concerts in S'side, G'view kick off Thursday

A pair of musical performances scheduled for this coming Thursday kick off the holiday concert season in the Sunnyside and Grandview public schools.


Every area has its urban legends and ghost stories that get passed on from generation to generation. The Sunnyside area is no different.

Grandview city fire chief resigns

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Fire Chief Charles Damron has submitted his resignation to the City of Grandview, which has kicked into gear a search for a new chief of the 30-volunteer fire department.

Granger to host alumni hoop games

GRANGER - Calling all former Granger basketball players, your skills and time are needed on Friday, Dec. 23.

Theft reported

The theft of pneumatic hoses, batteries and other equipment was reported yesterday at 7:47 a.m. by a business in the 800 block of Duffy Road.



S'side eyes city hall expansion

Touted as a commitment to downtown, Sunnyside is looking at remodeling its city hall, including a 1,200-foot expansion.

Monday, December 5

Loomis' buzzer-beater earns split for Bickleton

LYLE - Bickleton sophomore Cody Loomis is accustomed to pressure, riding bucking bulls against a ticking clock.

Mabton grapplers place nine at White Swan invite

WHITE SWAN - With four-time defending state 1A wresting champ Warden looming this Thursday, Mabton wrestling coach John Kilian was concerned.

Christensen earns G'view's economic development award

GRANDVIEW - Gary Christensen, President of R.E. Powell Distributing, recently earned a Grandview Chamber of Commerce award for economic development.

Mabton girls split weekend games

The Mabton girls basketball team split a pair of weekend games, beating Moses Lake Christian on Saturday after falling Friday night to 1A White Swan.

Sunnyside business broken into yesterday

Sunnyside police were dispatched to the business Totally Cellular on East Lincoln Avenue Sunday at 2:31 a.m. when the front door alarm was activated. The officers reported that they secured the door as best they could, but anyone could still walk in.

Sunnyside girls split against 2A teams

The Lady Grizzlies (1-1) outlasted the 2A Ephrata Tigers (0-1) this past Friday night, 59-48.

Lighted Farm Parade a success

Sunnyside hosted its annual lighted farm implement parade Saturday night.

Mabton goes 2-0 in first weekend of play

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings hosted White Swan Friday night in the Vike's season opener.

Working Stiff

Insurance agent brings wealth of experience to the job

Insurance agent brings wealth of experience to the job

Strong individual efforts for S'side swimmers

WEST VALLEY - With only two swimmers eligible to compete, Sunnyside's boys swim team lost 123-12 at Mid-Valley foe West Valley on Saturday.

Sunnyside Hornets...uh, make that Grizzlies, split season openers

Before all's said and done this winter sports season, the hottest ticket in town may be the price of admission to a Sunnyside High School boys basketball game.

Knights shoot lights out from beyond the three-point line

The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team was hot from beyond the arc this past Friday night as the Knights (1-0) blew out Liberty Christian (0-1) 67-32.

Lady Greyhounds lose season opener

WAPATO - The Grandview girls basketball team traveled to Wapato on Saturday, losing to the Wolves 76-56.

Lady Pirates split games at Lyle tourney

LYLE - The Bickleton girls basketball team split a couple of games this weekend at the Lyle tourney.

Marquez Mfg. of Sunnyside sold to Portland firm

A Sunnyside firm that has been in operation since April 1972 has been sold to a Portland firm. On Dec. 2 Bob Marquez gave over control of Marquez Manufacturing LTD to Beall Corporation.

Greyhounds nip Wapato

WAPATO - Grandview's boys basketball team saw a 16-point lead nearly evaporate before holding on for a 69-57 non-league win Saturday at Wapato.

Call center will help county residents find social services

The United Way of Yakima County has donated $150,000 to help the non-profit orgnization People for People open a call center to help residents find health, human and social services in the county.

Grandview police log busy weekend

GRANDVIEW - Several burglaries, a theft, and even a fire had police in Grandview busy over the weekend.

Death Notice



Smies wins first Jingle Bell run

Russ Smies won the first annual Jingle Bell Run with a time of 5:44.77.

Friday, December 2

Entertainment Briefs


A sneak peak at Toy Train Christmas arriving this Saturday

TOPPENISH - All was glitter and glow inside the Toppenish Northern Pacific Depot Wednesday night at a preview of a three-day Toy Train Christmas event the Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring with the Toppenish Rail and Steam Museum.

Santa sightings confirmed locally

GRANDVIEW - Santa was sighted at Les Schwab's in Grandview last Saturday, Nov. 26, greeting people and having his picture taken with several kids.

Icy conditions cause string of vehicle accidents

49 in Lower Valley alone

49 in Lower Valley alone

'Role model' selected as G'view's police officer of the year

GRANDVIEW - Called a "role model for the city's youth," Mitch Fairchild was selected as Grandview's police officer of the year for 2005.

Eisenhower rolls past Lady Grizzly keglers

YAKIMA - Ouch! The Sunnyside High School girls bowling team took one on the chin yesterday.

Grandview man perishes in two-vehicle collision

GRANDVIEW - A 28-year-old Grandview man died yesterday morning as the result of a two-vehicle collision.

Grape growing is in Lower Valley man's blood

Don Golladay is the Washington State Grape Society's Grower of the Year

Don Golladay is the Washington State Grape Society's Grower of the Year



Behind the plate

The other, other Ben Davis

The other, other Ben Davis

Holiday cheer or stressful New Year?


Working Stiff

Sunnyside woman has aspirations of becoming a nurse

Sunnyside woman has aspirations of becoming a nurse

Thursday, December 1

National Grape Co-op building named for Kilian

GRANDVIEW - A year after his death, the memory of Fredrick Kilian was honored by having Grandview's National Grape Co-op building named for him.

This little lady has seen 101 years of history in the making

A 100th birthday party is old hat for Vera Massey of Grandview, who celebrated her 101st birthday Nov. 29 at a party given by the Grandview Health Care Center where she resides.

Grandview grapplers successful at takedown jamboree

YAKIMA - After graduating just two seniors last year and winning a CWAC co-championship, Grandview's wrestling team is looking to repeat last season's success.

Grizzly grapplers open season at Ike takedown tourney

YAKIMA - Last night's season opener for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team at the Eisenhower Takedown Tournament yielded a couple of surprises for the Grizzlies.



Recount Friday

GRANDVIEW - The only Lower Valley election result still undecided from the General Election in November is the race between Mark A. Meyer and Karen Veloz, who are vying for the school director District 2 spot on the Grandview School Board.

Stanton named Grandview's 'firefighter of the year'

GRANDVIEW - Eric Stanton, son of Sunnyside's former fire chief Jim Stanton, was named Grandview's firefighter of the year for 2005.

Mock interviews help prepare freshmen for life

Angel Martinez sat dressed in a black shirt and silver tie Wednesday morning.

Two vehicles stolen in S'side this morning

Two vehicles were reported stolen in Sunnyside this morning, one at some time after 1 a.m. and the other about 3:20 a.m.