Stories for February 2005


Monday, February 28

Vikings season comes to an end

ELLENSBURG - The third time proved to be the charm for the Moses Lake Christian Academy High School boys basketball team.

Lady Knights going to the show

Teamwork propels Sunnyside Christian to State tournament

Teamwork propels Sunnyside Christian to State tournament

Grandview man killed in motor vehicle accident

GRANDVIEW - Twenty-five year old David Q. Hernandez of Grandview died in a motor vehicle accident early Saturday morning.

Greyhounds to play for District crown

BENTON CITY - The big showdown proved to be a big dud as the Grandview High School boys basketball team proved its superiority in grand fashion this past Friday night.

Garbage transfer station offers alternative while county collection site is fixed

GRANGER - The privately owned Yakima Waste Systems, Inc. solid waste transfer station, located near Granger, is open to the public and offers a closer dump alternative while the county-owned facility is under repair.

Lady 'Hounds one game away from State tournament

MOXEE - This past Saturday, the Grandview Lady Greyhounds did what they needed to do. They managed to pull out a win against Cashmere, bringing the Grandview team one game closer to the State tournament.

Working Stiff

Campos enjoys interacting with her clients at Hairworks

Campos enjoys interacting with her clients at Hairworks

Knights win Regional crown

ELLENSBURG - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team captured its second Regional title this past Saturday in four years with a hard-fought 47-43 win over Pateros.

Trucker sets up traveling art studio

OUTLOOK - Country and western music blares out of a small boombox set precariously on the running board of an idling semi truck. The driver isn't anywhere near the large vehicle that is parked on the Outlook Interstate 82 freeway on-ramp. Looking across the asphalt roadway, a figure can be seen waving a paint brush over a canvas set on an easel along side the on-ramp. The colorful brush strokes quickly give way to a mountain scene, complete with a crystal clear lake that reflects the azure sky.

Granger teens arrested in connection with vandalism around the Lower Valley

GRANGER - When five Granger teens were stopped in a routine traffic stop early Sunday morning in the 200 block of E Street, Granger police didn't at first know who they had stopped.

Burn ban still in effect in Yakima County

YAKIMA - This morning's (Monday) rain shower has helped, but is not enough to lift a burn ban issued this past Friday by the state Department of Ecology.



Friday, February 25



And the name of the new middle school is....

The Sunnyside School Board formally approved the naming of the new middle school that will open at the beginning of the 2006 school year, during Thursday night's meeting.

The Newcomer

I'd rather be surprised

I'd rather be surprised

Forum 2

Privatization the correct choice

Privatization the correct choice

What's Happening

What's Happening

School board member unhappy with alcohol, tobacco banners

Adults around town, if they pay attention, can easily spot an array of banners and other signs advertising tobacco and alcohol. But it isn't the adults that Sunnyside School Board member Bill Smith is worried about.

Hospice Talent Show benefit slated for March

In light of the cancellation of the Lower Valley Hospice's An Intimate Red Wine and Chocolate Affair fund-raiser, the Sunnyside High School leadership class' annual talent show benefit takes on even more importance this year.

Hart Beat

Mastering the art of distraction

Mastering the art of distraction

20 years and counting

Twenty years ago when Hillcrest Manor Administrator Mary Arthur took over operations of the Sunnyside health care facility, life in a nursing home was much different than it is today.

Local trio goes from being Grizzlies to Knights

Three homegrown young men from Sunnyside are now taking the talents they showcased for high school football fans on the Grizzly field to the arena of semi-pro football.

S'side directors adopt 2005-06 school calendar

The Sunnyside School Board formally adopted the calendar for the 2005-06 school year at Thursday night's meeting.



Religious Reflections

Like chaff and smoke

Like chaff and smoke

Thursday, February 24

Weekly Honor Roll


Sunnyside watercolor artist's works on display at Mini-Mall

Sunnyside's Terri Rice was no stranger to the arts when she sat down in her first formal watercolor class, but she still wasn't quite prepared for what greeted her when she walked through doors at the University of Miami in Florida. Rice said on her first day of class she realized that what she had signed up for was a watercolor class filled with professional artists.

Local farmer helping people, businesses on a global level through partnerships

Christian businessmen from the Sunnyside area are making a difference around the world. And one of those businessmen, Herman te Velde, took time Wednesday morning to talk about the influence these local individuals are having overseas.

Veolia Water advertising for S'side project manager

With no official deal yet in place, Veolia Water is already advertising on its company website for a water and sewer systems project manager for the City of Sunnyside.

Breakfast to benefit Rotoplast mission

Going out for Sunday breakfast is a tradition in many households across the Yakima Valley, and Sunday, March 6, people will have a chance to use their weekly tradition to help others.

Granger air spraying firm faces Environmental Protection charges

GRANGER - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials have announced that Ag-Air Flying Services, Inc. of Granger is one of three Yakima Valley companies that has been charged with violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

Freshmen cap off year with 17-game victory streak

WAPATO - Matthew Jongsma picked off an inbounds pass with 6.5 seconds left to play, securing a 70-69 victory for the Sunnyside High School freshman boys basketball team in its season finale at Wapato.

Farm Credit pays big dividends

Sunnyside's Northwest Farm Credit Services office returned nearly half a million dollars back to its customer stockholders, based on their average loan balance for 2004. The average check size was $1,728.

County one step closer to offering Lower Valley district court services

After taking an initial look at three sites for the possible siting of a Lower Valley district court, the county is ready to take the next step.

Red Cross blood drawing March 1

An American Red Cross blood drawing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, at Sunnyside's United Methodist Church.

Vandals damage 16 vehicles

Wednesday was not the night to be a resident of Sunnyside's Harrison Hill. Sixteen residents of neighborhoods on the hill reported having vehicle windows shot out between 11:45 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. this morning, according to police records.

Wednesday, February 23

Police investigate suspicious S'side fire

The Sunnyside police and fire department staff are investigating a suspicious fire at 509 East Harrison Avenue that damaged a vacant apartment building Tuesday night.

Lady Grizzlies finish the season with loss to North Central

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies ended their season last night with a heart breaking loss to the North Central Indians. After traveling four hours to the Spokane-area school, the Lady Grizzlies took awhile to warm up on the court and didn't get their heads into the Regional tournament game until the second half, finally losing to North Central by two points.

Guest Editorial

Averting a budgetary shipwreck

Averting a budgetary shipwreck

Mabton Council presses ahead with proposed well drilling project

MABTON - With only the official proclamation of March 11 as Mabton Town Hall Day on its agenda, the Mabton City Council spent most of Tuesday evening discussing progress on the city's new well project.

Williams' celebrate 50th anniversary

Long-time Mabton residents Earl and Erma (Anderson) Williams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at their home. The couple was surrounded by family for the momentous event.

Community residents not enamored with idea of privatizing water, sewer systems

True to their word, members of the Sunnyside City Council sat for four hours last night listening to a variety of input concerning the possibility of entering into a contract with Veolia Water to operate the community's water and sewer systems.

Grandview writes off $239,000 in uncollectible debts

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council members voted Tuesday night to write off more than $239,000 in uncollectible debts. The official action erased the outstanding accounts from the city's ledger, but caused council members some heart burn.

Greyhounds turn back the Pioneers in District opener

Lock your doors and get in the basement because this Friday night there is an explosive showdown on the horizon.



Monroe-Braman to wed June 25th

The Sunnyside United Methodist Church will be the setting of the marriage ceremony of Kacy Jo Monroe and Glenn Braman, both of Sunnyside. The wedding will be Saturday, June 25, at 4 p.m.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

City Council needs to let the public make up its own mind on privatization

City Council needs to let the public make up its own mind on privatization

S'side boys butt heads with West Valley Rams

WEST VALLEY - Don't let Tuesday evening's 72-52 score fool you. It was anything but a blowout. Just ask the West Valley Rams, who almost visibly let out a collective sigh of relief when the final buzzer sounded.

Music program at Artz-Fox ends

MABTON - The students of Artz-Fox Elementary School will not be having music class for the rest of the year. The Mabton School Board, behind the urging of Superintendent Sandra Pasiero-Davis, approved two contracts Tuesday night, which will eliminate the music program for the rest of the year.

Tuesday, February 22

Stolen S'side pickup leads deputies to two arrests

PROSSER - Two Grandview teens were arrested following an investigation into a report of a pickup truck found in an irrigation canal. The truck was found Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the canal west of Prosser near Hicks and Apricot roads.



Broken water pipe floods Gregory Avenue Extension

Repairs to a water pipe that broke last night were wrapped up early this morning as Sunnyside Public Works employees tamped down dirt on a large hole in the center of Gregory Avenue Extension, behind Sears and Taylor'd Footwear.

Street racing can be deadly

The cold weather chill of the winter months in the Yakima Valley has most hot rod street racers indoors, but as the weather warms car enthusiasts will be looking to show off their latest modifications and speed.

G'view police arrest teens on robbery charges

GRANDVIEW - A 16-year old male is being held today (Tuesday) at the Yakima County Juvenile Detention Facility in Yakima in connection with his possible involvement in an attempted robbery which took place this past Sunday night in the area of West Fifth Street.

Greyhounds claim league title outright

GRANDVIEW - Anthony Andrews finished this past Friday night's regular season finale for the Grandview High School boys basketball team with only two rebounds. But it's pretty hard to get a rebound when one is hitting everything in sight.

Sunnyside police reserves sought

The Sunnyside Police Department is now accepting applications from those interested in become a reserve police officer.

Vikings looking to get back to State

One year after making the State basketball tournament for the first time in eight years, the Mabton High School boys basketball team finds itself looking for a repeat trip to Spokane. Only this time around, the Vikings are going to have to win back-to-back elimination games to get back to the confines of the Spokane Arena.

Monday, February 21



Lady Knights move on to Regionals

The Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team made short work of the Klickitat Vandals last Saturday, and in the process earned a berth to Regionals.

Grizzly grapplers 7th at State tourney

TACOMA - Mid-Valley League champions. Third at Sub-Regionals. Second at Regionals. Another "Top 10" finish at State. Not too shabby for a team that was basically in a rebuilding mode this past season.

State auditors give SVID another clean audit report

For the ninth year in a row, the Sunyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) has passed its Washington state audit with no findings.

New city planner on board

City of Sunnyside Planning Director Mark Kunkler finally has a new face aboard to assist him in the duties of mapping out the future growth of the community. And the new planner seems more than excited about a long future with the city.

Granger Chamber honors community members

GRANGER - Honoring its citizens for making a Granger a better place to live was the focus of the annual Granger Chamber of Commerce awards banquet held this past Saturday night. Despite a small turnout, attributed to the many mid-winter prep basketball tournaments being held the over the weekend, the Chamber board honored a few of the community's outstanding citizens.

Man posing as policeman robs mall shopper

Sunnyside police are still investigating a robbery that occurred at the Mid Valley Mall, 2010 Yakima Valley Highway, late Sunday morning.

Two injured in motor vehicle rollover

Kenith Kenison, 36, of Grandview and Brad Kenison, 9, of Oregon were injured in a one-vehicle rollover on SR-221 between Patterson and Prosser Friday, Feb. 18.

Knights heading back to State

Now is the time to book your hotel rooms in Spokane because the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team is heading back to the State 'B' tournament at the Spokane Arena, March 2-5.

Strong team effort carries Grizzlies over Wapato, 61-35

WAPATO - It ain't over until the fat lady sings. Or in Sunnyside's case, until the Grizzlies decide to quit playing team ball.

Friday, February 18



Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant to feature 17 candidates

The auditorium at Sunnyside High School is sure to be packed the night of the annual Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant.

Mabton house damaged by fire

MABTON - Yakima County Fire District #5 firefighters responded to a house fire at 435 N. 3rd Street in Mabton just before midnight Thursday night.

Tacitly Yours

Stepping to the music

Stepping to the music

Privatization wasn't the answer for Bremerton

The idea of saving money and having a more efficiently run plant was something that appealed to the City of Bremerton in the mid-1980s, which is when the city decided to contract out the operation of its wastewater system to a private firm.

Privatization could bring more expertise to the city for less money

The privatization of the City of Sunnyside's water and wastewater systems isn't a new concept. It's something city officials have contemplated for the past three or four years and something other communities have been doing for a number of years.

3-year-old boy faces a seventh surgery

3-year-old Noah Clift is a holy terror. Much like other youngsters his age.

Entertainment Briefs


Dairy workshop set for Feb. 25

A one-day workshop on dairy anaerobic digestion will be held Friday, Feb. 25, in Sunnyside at the Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant featuring three top experts in the field.

Privatization successful in neighboring Northwest cities

Two shining examples of how privatizing a municipal water system works can be found in two nearby Northwest communities. The community of Wilsonville, Ore. has experienced a great deal of success in the last couple of years since it has contracted out with a private firm to run its water system, while the city of Vancouver, Wa. is one of the pioneers in privatization.

The Newcomer

That little red dress

That little red dress

Veolia has rich tradition in managing municipal water systems

Veolia Water is a nationally recognized leader in the field of operating municipal water systems.

Religious Reflections

Prepare for a soulful audit

Prepare for a soulful audit

City manager recommends privatizing water system

Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell's office Thursday afternoon released a report recommending the city contract with Veolia Water to provide oversight of Sunnyside's water system. But, a couple of Council members are waiting to hear from the public before making their decision.

Public works director optimistic on future of water system operations

Even though he would like to have a chance to see what kind of cost savings or changes he can make within the water department for the City of Sunnyside, Public Works Director Jim Bridges remains optimistic about the future of services for local residents.

Privatization raises questions for S'side public works crew

Mentioning the word privatization in front of the Sunnyside public works crew is something that incites a number of reactions and brings with it an endless number of concerns, from the possible degradation of personal service to just how the city hopes to save money.

Death Notices


Thursday, February 17

Lady Vikes get two on all-opponent team

The Mabton High School girls basketball team received some recognition earlier this week to complement the successful season the Lady Vikes had.

Port approves environmental review of old rendering plant

As part of the Port of Sunnyside's purchase of the Darling Delaware property, the Port Commission has approved funds for an environmental review of the former rendering plant site.

Election reform necessary, agree those in attendance at public forum

PASCO - Emotions ran high last night as Central Washington voters talked to members of the Washington State Election Reform Task Force about their thoughts on the 2004 general election. People stood up and said they were angered by how the election was handled, to find out later that provisional ballots had been counted with regular ballots, that felons' votes were counted and that even a few deceased people had votes that were tallied.



Fire razed home burgarlized

The manufactured home in the 400 block of West Maple Street in Sunnyside that caught fire earlier this week was the target of thieves.

Police veteran focuses on stopping crime before it occurs in Sunnyside

Sam Ramos, a 10-year veteran of the Sunnyside Police Department, recently became the city's crime prevention officer.

Grandview parks board fine tunes aquatic facts for Feb. 24 public meeting

GRANDVIEW - With the Grandview family aquatic center bond issue to be decided in less than three months, the Grandview Park and Recreation Service Area Board is fine tuning its responses to questions the public may have about the issue.



County moves to vacate portion of Angle Road right-of-way

Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners voted to move forward with plans to vacate a portion of right-of-way along Angle Road, just outside of Sunnyside.

Lottery scam slithers into S'side via the mailbox

Boyce Bishop didn't jump for joy when a letter arrived in his Lower Yakima Valley mailbox recently, informing him he was the winner of $615,810 from the El Gordo Sweepstake Lottery.

Harrison Middle School boasts 29 straight-A students

A total of 29 students at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School earned 4.00 grade point averages for the second quarter of the 2004-05 academic year.

Lady Grizzlies bring home District win

RICHLAND - Within the first few minutes of last night's game between Sunnyside and Hanford, the Lady Grizzlies found themselves trailing by nine points. But two points scored from the foul line was all it took to rev up the Sunnyside team and get things moving in the Grizzlies' direction.

Granger Lions Club continues to serve as lunch site

GRANGER - Earlier this week, Yakima County commissioners approved an agreement between the county and the Granger Lions Club. The agreement allows for the Granger Lions Club to continue serving as a nutrition site for the county.

Russell specializes in auctions that have a purpose

The friends of the quiet, reserved Alesha Russell are often surprised to learn she is an auctioneer.

County awards contract for purchase of new Sheriff's Office building

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office will soon have a new place to call home thanks to a contract awarded Tuesday by the Yakima County commissioners.

Death Notice


Wednesday, February 16

Suspect caught in school district shop burglary

GRANDVIEW - The man police suspect burglarized the Grandview School District main shop on Tuesday was arrested later that morning.

Open Mike

Whatever happened to pride and teamwork?

Whatever happened to pride and teamwork?

Vikings make a statement

GOLDENDALE - With their backs against the wall, Mabton High School boys basketball Coach Brock Ledgerwood admittedly didn't know which one of his teams was going to show up last night in the opening round of the Greater Columbia 'B' League District playoffs.

'President's Day' breakfast scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 20

The Sunnyside Masonic lodge will hold its traditional President's Day pancake breakfast this coming Sunday, Feb. 20.

Planning for annual Cinco de Mayo festivities underway

The Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo Committee kicked into full gear Tuesday afternoon for this coming year's celebration of the area's Hispanic heritage.



Bulldogs win District opener over Sunnyside

ELLENSBURG - Too much Riley Sivak spelled defeat for the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team last night in its District tournament opener against Ellensburg.

Grandview loses to undefeated Lady Red Devils

MOXEE - Grandview was able to stay close to the East Valley Red Devils for half of the game, but it wasn't enough for them to come anywhere near taking home the victory the team was hoping for.



Bickleton no match for Lady Knights

GOLDENDALE - Some prize! After ending Bickleton's season with a dominating 67-23 win in the first round of the Greater Columbia 'B' League District tournament, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights move on take on the state's top ranked LaSalle Lightning.

Sunnyside schools undergoing change

The Sunnyside School District is a large entity in the community, employing 700 staff members, working with 6,000 students and just as many parents. With so many people involved, the school district is a very busy place.

Greyhounds clinch top seed into postseason

MOXEE - Composure is the one word that stands out and best describes the performance of the Grandview High School boys basketball team.

Tuesday, February 15

JV Lady Knights remain undefeated

MABTON - Junior Courtney Rice spearheaded a 21-8 second quarter surge by the Sunnyside Christian JV girls basketball team, which ended with the Lady Knights taking a 64-20 decision against Mabton's junior varsity last week.

Reigning Apple Bowl champs head back into competition

Sunnyside High School's Apple Bowl team, the reigning champions, will head back into competition when the 25th season of the KYVE Apple Bowl opens later this month.

Grizzly JV splits last two games of year

The Sunnyside High School junior varsity boys basketball team closed out its 2004-05 campaign by splitting its last two games of the season.

Computer stolen from local business

A computer was reported stolen Monday from Koch Manufacturing, located at 504 E. Warehouse Avenue in Sunnyside.

Oil change specialists open shop in Sunnyside

Dave Parmeter of the Tri-Cities has 22 years experience in the express oil change business. For the past six years he has owned Autobahn, a quick lube service located on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick.

New wireless store opens its doors on Yakima Valley Highway

Looking for cellular telephone service in the Lower Yakima Valley just got easier. Wireless Connection, a new business located at 712 Yakima Valley Hwy. in Sunnyside, offers customers a chance to choose between AT&T Wireless, Cingular and T-Mobile cell phone service.

$4 million loan now available to city

Adoption of water plan opens way for $4 million loan

Idaho woman's story of being disillusioned leads to happy ending

PROSSER- Talking about the disillusion of marriage might not seem like an appropriate topic for a Valentine's Day program for a women's club luncheon. But when the discussion leads to finding joy, not just in one's marriage but in one's spiritual life, a happy ending is the ultimate story.

City gives thumbs up to Sunnyside School District annexation request

The first step was taken last night to extend the city limits further out along Washout Road.

FCC denies city's radio license request

Nearly four years ago the City of Sunnyside submitted a request for a low power FM radio license. The intent was to broadcast over the airwaves city council meetings, and to use the radio signal to alert local residents in cases of emergency.

Billboard issue moved to Feb. 28 council meeting

The issue of the erection of a billboard on the Tom Paul property on South First Street has been postponed.

Valley Lanes Bowling Report


Nouvella Club meets Thursday

The current condition of the Lower Valley Young Life program will be the topic at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Nouvella Club.

Fire department equipment to be discarded

The Sunnyside City Council Monday evening unanimously approved a resolution that declares old fire department radio equipment, outdated cellular phones and pagers, as well as two vehicles, as surplus.

Engineering services secured

Monday evening, the Sunnyside City Council unanimously approved a $25,000 contract with the firm of Gray & Osborne, Inc., consulting engineers.

Faulty lamp suspected in Sunnyside house fire

No one was at home when a manufactured home located at 402 West Maple Ave., #66, in the Sun Valley Mobile Home Park caught fire late Monday morning. Sunnyside fire officials are a bit baffled at the cause of the fire, but, according to Fire Chief Aaron Markham, the cause is believed to be linked to a faulty lamp in one of the bedrooms.

Aguilar's lawyer to use diminished capacity defense

Pre-trial motions against 15-year-old Antonio Aguilar of Sunnyside will be heard April 1.

10,000 steps in a problem for HMS students

1,2,3,4,5...This is the way every student at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School started their day last week, counting how many steps it took them as they rolled out of bed, made their way to the bathroom to brush their teeth, scuffled to the kitchen for breakfast and ran to catch the school bus.

Monday, February 14

Memorial service for long-time Sunnyside activist Feb. 26

A memorial celebration of the life of long-time Sunnyside resident and activist Ellen Bird will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Sunnyside Senior Center, where Bird was active for many years.

Sunnyside advances six wrestlers to State

ELLENSBURG - Advancing six of its seven wrestlers at Regionals to the State tournament, the Sunnyside Grizzlies are poised for another "Top 5" finish in the Tacoma Dome.

Death Notice


Greyhounds hauling four to Tacoma Dome

CHELAN - Grandview High School wrestling coach Jeff Sevigny was expecting Regionals to be tough for his team, and it was.

Trial date of stabbing suspect pushed back to May

Alejandro Martinez of Mabton, who was arrested Jan. 1 following a stabbing incident in Grandview and is facing second degree assault charges, has had his tentative trial date pushed back from Feb. 22 to May 2.

Greyhounds move into first place

The Grandview High School boys basketball team moved into first place in the Central Washington Athletic Conference south division, following a weekend sweep of Kiona-Benton and Naches Valley.

SCHS girls knock off state's top ranked Lightning

Washington state's top ranked Class B girls basketball team, the LaSalle Lightning, didn't have any thunder bolts left at the end of last Friday's game to singe the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights.

Grandview splits games against Ki-Be and Naches

The Grandview Lady Greyhounds are still busy plowing through their regular season, working hard to keep their third place ranking in the CWAC division. This past weekend, the team split its games, possibly jeopardizing a top three finish for Grandview.

Grizzlies fall to Wapato

WAPATO - Buoyed by an overflowing, emotionally charged crowd, the Wapato Wolfpack rose to the occasion last Friday and dealt the visiting Sunnyside High School boys basketball team a 66-57 defeat.

Vikings qualify two for State

ROYAL CITY - It was a disappointing run for the Mabton High School wrestling team at this past weekend's Regional tournament at Royal City.

Sunnyside 'Advanced Placement' students measuring up to statewide success story

Just as the State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is handing out praise for Washington students' success on their advanced placement tests, seven Sunnyside High School students have been singled out for special AP honors.

Knights leave no doubt

Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball coach Dean Wagenaar had said before Friday night's regular season finale against LaSalle that if his players weren't ready to show up and play by now, then they never would be.

Goal of life coaches is to keep kids in school

Sunnyside High School teacher Ryan Maxwell, who is currently completing his administrative internship at the school, spoke to Sunnyside Kiwanis Club members last week about the new life coach program instituted at the high school.

Friday, February 11

Hart Beat

Know someone special?

Know someone special?

Valentine's Day storytime planned

The Sunnyside Public Library will host a Valentine's Day storytime Monday, Feb. 14, at the library, 621 Grant Ave.



Walker new Chamber spokesman

GRANDVIEW - After filling in as the interim office manager for about a month, Nicole Walker was recently hired by the Grandview Chamber of Commerce to serve as the community and member affairs manager.

Grandview City Council Briefs


Sunnyside sign ordinance in the works

Since the Sunnyside City Council put a moratorium on erecting new signs Jan. 24, city staff has been scrambling to come up with a proposed ordinance that will meet all of the needs of the community.

Sunnyside business burglarized

The owners of Aztlan Sportswear in the 500 block of East Edison Avenue in Sunnyside arrived at work Thursday to find the front door of their business kicked down.

Grammy winning 'Chanticleer' to perform at CWU

ELLENSBURG - Hailed by New Yorker magazine as "the world's reigning male chorus," Chanticleer will appear at Central Washington University as part of the inaugural season showcase series of concerts in the new music building.

Sunnyside High School Drama Department to present 'Grease'

Get ready for the return of those crazy kids from "Old Rydell High," as the Sunnyside High School Drama Department present its production of Grease. Set to such songs as Greased Lightning, Summer Nights and Beauty School Dropout, the play illustrates the foibles of young love, career choices and the whole boy-girl thing in surprising reality.

Religious Reflections

Surprised by love

Surprised by love

Across Our State

Back-and-forth trips to Olympia can be interesting

Back-and-forth trips to Olympia can be interesting

New mental health site director in Sunnyside hits the ground running

There is someone new at the helm of Sunnyside's Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health agency. For just a little more than a week, Chris DeVilleneuve has been working as the new site director at the local office.

Working Stiff

Jennifer Allen ... a self-admitted workaholic

Jennifer Allen ... a self-admitted workaholic

Thursday, February 10

Fodors denied land use change

After much public testimony against a 75-unit housing development at 451 East Allen Road, and without a development plan, the Sunnyside Planning Commission last night unanimously voted to deny a request to change 20 acres east of Neighborhood Assembly of God Church from B-2 zoning, general commercial, to a planned unit development (PUD).

City planners reject annexation request

Two parcels of property located at the Sunnyside intersection of Factory Road and Highway 241 won't be annexed into the city, based on a decision made last night by the local planning commission. The commissioners didn't agree with the proposed zoning for the lion's portion of the annexation.

Cinco de Mayo Committee meets Feb. 15

The first 2005 Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15, at noon at El Mejor Tequito, 544 South Sixth St.

Durfey, Scott nominated for national scholarship program

Chelsea Durfey and Brenden Scott, Sunnyside High School seniors and members of the National Honor Society, have been nominated to compete in the National Honor Society scholarship program, sponsored by National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Local doctor card- carrying son of a revolutionary

While Dr. Jack Hale admits his own life has been devoted to academic and scientific research, he can lay claim to being a member of a rabble-rousing family.



Village Park R-3 rezone approved

The Sunnyside Planning Commission approved, by a vote of 5-1, to change the zoning of a 30.23-acre parcel of land along Mabton-Sunnyside Highway currently owned by Village Park, LLC from R-1 to R-3. Commissioner DeAnn Hochhalter cast the lone vote against changing the zoning designation.

Mabton boosters plan Valentine's day dance

MABTON - Need a place to celebrate Valentine's Day? Then make plans to attend a pre-Valentine's Day dance Friday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Silver Dollar Inn in Mabton.

HMS students showcase their heritage with colorful display

The bright colors, unique artifacts and lively music coming from a display case at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School are enough to make anyone stop and take notice. It's once you take a minute to really look at the display that you can see evidence of all of the hard work and thought that was put into the Mexican-inspired decor.

School Briefs


Weekly Bowling Report


Wednesday, February 9

Beyond The Norm-Mel

Four months and counting. . .

Four months and counting. . .

Car theft, burglary reported

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a missing 1996 KIA taken from the 100 block of Hillcrest Road early this morning (Wednesday).

Knights claim league title (again)

MABTON - A couple of key questions arose from last night's encounter between Greater Columbia 'B' League boys basketball powerhouses Mabton and Sunnyside Christian.

Fire may have been caused by children

A fire at the Paragon Apartments, 1320 South 11th Street in Sunnyside, Tuesday was not caused by faulty electrical wiring or a curling iron, candle or heater, according to Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham.

Aguilar's pre-trial hearing moved to Feb. 14

A pre-trial hearing scheduled for the case of 15-year-old Antonio Aguilar of Sunnyside took a couple of twists and turns in the last week.

Chief provides update on G'view chemical fire

When the call rang through the Grandview fire house exactly two weeks ago that a blaze had started in the 1300 block of Wine Country Road in Grandview, Fire Chief Charles Damron said there was only one thought on his mind.

Glenwood hands Bickleton 65-43 loss

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School boys basketball team gave it a great try but were unable to overcome Glenwood Tuesday, losing 65-43.

Vegetable processing plant in Grandview goes out of business

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Foods plant, located near the intersection of West Second Street and Grandridge Road in Grandview, closed its doors Jan. 28. The closure of the vegetable processing plant is the third in recent years.

Crowd gathers to kick off Relay for Life preparations

GRANDVIEW - More than 50 people piled into the fellowship hall at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grandview last night, waving checks and pushing to the front of the room for a slice of pizza. The crowded event served as the kick-off rally for the 2005 American Cancer Society Lower Valley Relay for Life.

Lady Knights lock up District playoff berth

MABTON - The Mabton High School girls basketball team put a scare into Sunnyside Christian last night.



Master of chocolate

Ultimate Chocolate Judgment winner learns to work with silky, smooth chocolate by trial and error

Ultimate Chocolate Judgment winner learns to work with silky, smooth chocolate by trial and error

Monday, February 7

Prosser edges Lady Grizzles, 60-58

It was a tense moment as the Sunnyside team watched a shot put up by Prosser swish through the basket Friday night, putting the Mustangs two points ahead of the Lady Grizzlies. That basket, shot in the last few seconds of the game, meant a 60-58 loss for Sunnyside.

Grandview splits weekend games

The Grandview girls are sitting pretty at third place in the CWAC standings. Following this past weekend's play the Lady Greyhounds are now two games ahead of the fourth place team.

Valentine's dance to benefit youth

The Sunnyside Youth Coalition in conjunction with Horizon Inc. will be holding a Valentine's dance Saturday, Feb. 12, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Sunnyside School Board delays approving Best SELF contract

At the urging of Sunnyside School Board member Bill Smith, directors pulled from their January agenda a contract to help fund the Best SELF program.

New legislation could put an end to smoking in restaurants

Smoked filled restaurants are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Legislation being supported by the Washington Restaurant Association could make it even tougher for smokers to find an eatery that allows them to light up.

Sunnyside boys lasso Mustangs

6'3" Reid Schilperoort and 6'6" Jake Thomas dominated the boards last Friday, powering the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team to a 66-57 win over the Prosser Mustangs.

Crisis center offers advocate training

No group of people, no individual, is immune to the devastation that sexual assault or domestic violence can leave in its wake. People should never have to go through such violent, life-changing experiences alone.

S'side woman president of regional library board

Melba Fujiura of Sunnyside has been elected president of the Yakima Regional Library Board of Directors.

Greyhounds fly high with pair of wins

GRANDVIEW - The high flying boys basketball team of Connell High School was grounded this past Friday night.

Shriners to hold screening clinic in S'side

The Masada Shrine Center is conducting a semi-annual search for children with orthopedic problems ranging in age from birth to 18 years old.

Sunnyside third at Sub-Regionals

Romero, Sanchez, Garza to lead seven Grizzlies to Regionals

Romero, Sanchez, Garza to lead seven Grizzlies to Regionals

Friday, February 4

Tacitly Yours

We adopted Houdini

We adopted Houdini

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Entertainment Briefs


Athletic Club meets Monday

The Sunnyside Athletic Club will hold its monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Sunny Spot Restaurant, Yakima Valley Highway.

Tom Paul saga takes a new twist

The construction of five mini-storage barns on a South First Street property has led the Sunnyside building department to issue a building permit citation to Tom Paul, the property's outspoken owner.

Hanford downwinders health site launched

People who grew up downwind of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and who are concerned they now have thyroid problems have a new friend.

Grandview merchants consider downtown facelift

GRANDVIEW - Nearly a dozen business owners gathered in downtown Grandview Wednesday morning, huddled together outside listening with interest as Randy Lechelt of R.L. Lechelt Inc. of the Tri-Cities talked about ways to give the area's storefronts a facelift.



Chandler, Newhouse host local Dairy Federation board members

OLYMPIA - Fifteenth District Reps. Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) and Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside) hosted board members of the Washington State Dairy Federation this past Wednesday at the annual Dairy Day held in Olympia.

Bye, bye, bye Mid-Valley League

The historic Mid-Valley League, which helped produce some of the greatest moments in prep sports history in Washington state, is expected to be a thing of the past.

Religious Reflections

What's the message we're getting

What's the message we're getting

Grizzly JV splits league games

The Sunnyside High School junior varsity boys basketball team this past Tuesday bounced back from a weekend defeat.

CWU notes Black History Month by hosting 2004 Presidential candidate for special presentation

ELLENSBURG - The first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate, Carol Moseley Braun will discuss her political career - including her 2004 Democratic presidential bid - during an address at Central Washington University Thursday, Feb. 24, in McConnell Auditorium.

Across Our State

Olympia has more to offer than just stately buildings

Olympia has more to offer than just stately buildings

Thursday, February 3

Six Mabton students earn perfect 4.00 GPA's

MABTON - Half a dozen students at Mabton Jr./Sr. High School tallied perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the first semester of the 2004-05 school year.

Emergency personnel work well together

GRANDVIEW - Emergency response personnel are trained to respond to a variety of emergency situations, and last week they were able to put some of that training to work. Last Wednesday, a chemical fire at the Wilbur-Ellis facility in Grandview forced an evacuation, street closures and the set-up of an emergency shelter. It also brought together emergency responders from across the state, from local police and fire officials to members of the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Raschko, Cummings earn straight A's at Bickleton Jr./Sr. High

BICKLETON - Two students in Bickleton earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the first semester of the 2004-05 school year. The straight A students are prep student Corryn Raschko and jr. high student Jessica Cummings.

Legislation allowing for less expensive travel options for medical patients gets hearing

OLYMPIA - Rep. Dan Newhouse's legislation to give patients confined to a stretcher a low-cost option for travel to and from medical facilities received a public hearing in the House Transportation Committee this past Monday.

Greyhounds have District title in their sights

GRANDVIEW - Finishing the season with a share of the championship title of the Central Washington Athletic Conference south division, the Grandview High School wrestling team has its eyes on a bigger prize.

Jr. Indelook Club to meet Monday

Members of the Jr. Indelook Club are invited to attend a light luncheon at the home of Edna Golob, 500 Nelson Rd. in Granger, this coming Monday, Feb. 7.

Sunnyside, Ellensburg, East Valley favorites to win Sub-Regional crown

SPOKANE - Sub-Regional wrestling action begins tomorrow afternoon in Spokane. On paper, Mid-Valley League champion Sunnyside, along with the Ellensburg Bulldogs and the host East Valley Knights appear to be the favorites to win the Sub-Regional title.

Schools of learning

Sunnyside fifth graders learn about fish life cycle

Sunnyside fifth graders learn about fish life cycle

Local hospitals respond efficiently to those affected by G'view fire

When the chemical fire at Wilbur-Ellis was first discovered, both Sunnyside Community Hospital and Prosser Memorial Hospital were put on alert.

Hastings to chair House ethics panel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Con-gressman Doc Hastings is the new chairman of the U.S. House ethics panel, formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

Sunnyside Christian High names honor roll students

The junior class at Sunnyside Christian High School excelled academically during the second quarter of the 2004-05 school year. A total of 12 juniors have been named to the high honor roll, reserved for those who achieve between a 3.50 and 4.00 grade point average.

'Shelter in place' one option not used

As the Grandview families returned to their homes last week after being displaced due to the Wilbur-Ellis chemical fire, area emergency experts began the process of re-evaluating their chemical emergency management procedures.

Grandview superintendent pleased with schools' response to chemical fire

GRANDVIEW - Grandview School District Superintendent Kevin Chase hit the road running during last week's emergency that basically shut down the town.

Business owners bounce back from evacuation

GRANDVIEW - When business owners within the half-mile evacuation radius of the Wilbur-Ellis fire were told to close their doors last Wednesday, many had no idea that their doors would remain closed for more than just a few hours.

Athletic Club meets Monday

The Sunnyside Athletic Club will hold its monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Sunny Spot Restaurant, Yakima Valley Highway.

Wednesday, February 2

Sunnyside rallies to defeat Selah

Things didn't look good for the Lady Grizzlies early on, as they only scored two points in the first quarter. No one would have guessed Sunnyside would come back to not only win last night, but do so by 10 points.

Sunnyside ponders joining WEA lawsuit

The Sunnyside School Board was presented this past Monday night with an opportunity to join a lawsuit being filed by a coalition headed by the Washington Education Association (WEA).

Sunnyside boys deal third place Selah loss

Sunnyside fended off a late barrage of 3-pointers to upset the No. 3 team in the Mid-Valley League last night, 51-48.

Bickleton Pirates lose to West Valley "C" team, 58-57

WEST VALLEY - It took a double overtime for the West Valley High School freshmen to beat the Bickleton High School varsity boys basketball team Tuesday night. The fast paced back and forth scoring saw West Valley ultimately claiming victory by a score of 58-57.

The Newcomer

The stranger in my house

The stranger in my house

Bickleton Lady Pirates beat West Valley freshmen

WEST VALLEY - Every Bickleton High School Lady Pirate got in on the rebound action in Tuesday night's basketball game against the West Valley freshmen team.

Weekly Bowling Report


Lady Vikes pull out big win over 4th ranked Kittitas

KITTITAS - On the Kittitas home court, the Mabton Lady Vikings defeated the Coyotes, ranked fourth in State, Tuesday night 60-49.

Best SELF program seeks community partners

The story of a little boy who had never seen mountains up close or had walked along a mountain stream served to illustrate Judy Jacobson's plea for support of a program close to her heart.

Home makeover makes it possible to bring home cancer stricken son

What started out as a mini-extreme home makeover involving about 40 people over the past few months has grown into a project that one might call an actual extreme home makeover. Local contractor Ken Bierlink and other members of the Grandview Church of the Nazarene have come together to make it possible for a Grandview family to bring their young, cancer stricken child home to a sterile environment.

Three teens arraigned in adult court on theft, assault charges

Three of the five teens Yakima County Sheriff's office detectives are investigating following a theft and assault at a gun shop located in the 300 block of South Lester Road in Outlook were arraigned in adult court Tuesday.

Names to be whittled down for new middle school

The Sunnyside School Board is anticipating receiving a list of between three and five names to choose from for the new middle school that the district will begin building soon.

Guest Editorial

How many kids left behind in Washington?

How many kids left behind in Washington?

Superintendent receives satisfactory review

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole is doing a pretty good job. Or at least that is the thinking of the Sunnyside School Board.



Sunnyside loses popular activist Ellen Bird

Always ready to share a smile or a word of encouragement, long-time Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commission member Ellen Bird, 76, will be missed.

Curtiss rolls 834 at Valley Lanes

To say Chuck Curtiss is in a groove right now is a major understatement.

Sunnyside School Board Briefs


Tuesday, February 1


Sunnyside man arrested for fraud

Sunnyside man arrested for fraud

Van Wingerden hits 1,000-point plateau in win over DeSales

Senior Tyssyna Van Wingerden topped the 1,000-point mark in her prep basketball career last night, leading the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights to a 65-58 non-league victory over the DeSales Irish.

Sunnyside man arrested for fraud

A Sunnyside man was arrested Monday on charges of fraud.

Carpenter named new school board member

The Sunnyside School Board brought to a conclusion Monday night what turned out to be an extensive process in replacing Director Fred Kilian.

Wal-Mart distribution center donates funds to Grandview programs

GRANDVIEW - Ten thousand dollars has been pumped into the Lower Valley, especially the community of Grandview, by the Wal-Mart distribution center.

Pioneer family movie night a hit

How about taking the family to the movies - at the school gym? That is exactly what the parents of students attending Pioneer Elementary School did this past Friday night.

$1 million payment to Monson family city's first step in cattle feedlot purchase

Today, Feb. 1, the City of Sunnyside coffers are a million dollars less than they were yesterday.

Thefts reported to local police

Late last week and over the weekend several Sunnyside businesses and cars were the target of thieves.

Outlook man injured in Monday night fire

OUTLOOK - An Outlook man is listed in serious condition this morning (Tuesday) at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center intensive care unit, where he is being treated for injuries he received in a house fire at his Outlook home Monday night.

Gang graffiti pops up in Sunnyside

Since last Thursday gang graffiti has been popping up all over Sunnyside.

Hearts to be theme at Feb. 14 meeting

PROSSER - Valentine's Day hearts will be plentiful at the Monday, Feb. 14, meeting of the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club.

Armed robber pleads guilty

Lucio Cruz Benavidez, 26, of Sunnyside pled guilty in Yakima County Superior Court this morning (Tuesday) for his involvement in a string of armed robberies that plagued Sunnyside late last summer. Benavidez was scheduled to be tried this week, but pled guilty after the first day of the trial.