Stories for January 2005


Monday, January 31

Vikings get two wins heading into important weekend

Alex Zavala and A.J. Valencia had a field day this past weekend for the Mabton High School boys basketball team.

Bickleton loses to Lyle 45-32

BICKLETON - The Bickleton Pirates put up a fight against the Lyle Cougars last Friday night, but a first quarter Lyle run proved too much for the young Bickleton team. Lyle went on to win 45-32.

Crusaders edge SCHS girls, 48-41

Limiting Riverside Christian's top two scorers on the season to just six points last Friday, the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team nearly pulled off an upset. But in the end, the Crusaders eked out a 48-41 victory.

Move afoot to give police more funding to battle methamphetamine drug dealers

The methamphetamine problem in Washington state has reached epidemic heights.

Chemical fire evacuees return to G'view homes

GRANDVIEW - Things are starting to get back to normal in Grandview after a chemical fire at the Wilbur-Ellis facility on Wine Country Road practically shut down the town of 8,500 people for nearly three days last week.

13-year-old boy faces rape charges

A 13-year-old student at Harrison Middle School was arrested by Sunnyside police officers last Friday morning on charges of raping a girl about the same age of him.

Sunnyside qualifies 10 JV wrestlers for Sub-Regionals

SELAH - The Sunnyside High School wrestling team will be at least 24 strong when it heads off to Sub-Regional action this coming Friday.

Grandview burglars strike during Wilbur-Ellis fire

GRANDVIEW - While Grandview law enforcement was busy helping with traffic control and evacuation efforts during last week's chemical fire at the Wilbur-Ellis plant, Grandview criminals were busy as well

Apartment complexes going up near St. Joseph's Church

Earth should start moving soon at the site of Sunnyside's newest apartment complex. Vaughn Bay Construction Inc. was issued two building permits in December 2004 for work to be done at the intersection of Fifth Street and East Harrison Avenue.

Farm Workers Clinic uses latest technology to better serve its patients

A young mother walks into the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Family Medical Center in Walla Walla, carrying her sick child, looking for nothing more than something to cure the ailment that has suddenly overcome her feverish son. Not speaking the language and living in the Lower Yakima Valley, the only reason she's in Walla Walla is because she's followed the harvest.

Knights overcome the Crusaders

The beauty of the sport of basketball is that one never knows who will step up on any given night. And on a night when things weren't going too well for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team, it was Matt Haak who proved to be the team's savior.

Bickleton slips past Lyle in weekend action

BICKLETON - In a tightly contested game on their own turf, the Bickleton High School girls basketball team gave Lyle an exciting game this past Friday night before slipping ahead to win 53-50.

Bulldogs nip Grizzlies, 57-51

ELLENSBURG - Riley Sivak popped in 9 of his game high 17 points in the final period to rally the Ellensburg Bulldogs past the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team last Friday evening, 57-51.

Greyhounds sprint by the Huskies

OTHELLO - The Othello High School boys basketball team has been trying to regain its court legs after getting a late start to the season, following the football team winning the 2A State title.

Death Notice


Sunnyside parks commissioner still in critical condition

A week after suffering a massive stroke, Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ellen Bird is still in critical condition as of this morning (Monday).

Friday, January 28

Sunnyside swimmers qualify for District

YAKIMA - Thursday afternoon, three Sunnyside swimmers clocked times fast enough against the West Valley team to secure spots at Districts scheduled for next weekend.

Bickleton Pirates remain winless

GLENWOOD - The Bickleton High School Pirates couldn't catch a break in Thursday night's battle with the Glenwood Eagles. The Pirates struggled to keep up with the fast pace set by the Eagles, falling 62-34.

City of Sunnyside receives good financial news from state

City of Sunnyside Public Works Director Jim Bridges is a happy man.

Letters To The Editor

Change to Civil Rights Day would have been disrespectful

Change to Civil Rights Day would have been disrespectful

Religious Reflections

Are men hiding?

Are men hiding?

Grandview close to getting back to normal

GRANDVIEW - Road blocks could still be seen at many of Grandview's intersections this morning, as the half-mile evacuation area around the Wilbur-Ellis facility, where a fire broke out Wednesday afternoon, was still in effect. However, by this afternoon it is estimated that many of those road blocks will be removed.

Lady Pirates slips pass Glenwood

GLENWOOD - In a tightly contested game, the Bickleton High School girls basketball team held off Glenwood Thursday night to claim a 30-25 victory.

Guest Editorial

Purple heart pinning a reminder of everyday heroes who protect us

Purple heart pinning a reminder of everyday heroes who protect us

Art to Wear entries on display through Feb. 19

YAKIMA - Larson Gallery is hosting the eighth biennial Art To Wear Juried Exhibition, a national juried exhibit of original art that includes anything that adorns the body.

CD Review

WWE CD proves to be addicting

WWE CD proves to be addicting

Hart Beat

Gray days call for desperate measures

Gray days call for desperate measures

Sartin calls it quits

After 37 years of selling State Farm Insurance, Pete Sartin is retiring, turning the reins over to his son Ben.

Grizzly wrestlers Mid-Valley champs!!!

WEST VALLEY - Gaining a share of the Mid-Valley League title hasn't been all that uncommon for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team. But standing alone atop the conference standings with the league championship trophy in hand has been another thing as of late.

Parent group meets Monday

The Chief Kamiakin Elementary School Parent Involvement Club will meet Monday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the school library.

Entertainment Brief

Welch, Teeny featured draws at this year's sportsmen show

Welch, Teeny featured draws at this year's sportsmen show

Thursday, January 27

News Briefs

Retired educators to meet Feb. 8

Retired educators to meet Feb. 8

Peach growers getting the word out about quality of Washington's fruit

BUENA - Getting consumers to eat Washington-grown peaches and nectarines is at the heart of a marketing plan that is now spreading across the United States. Encouraging consumers to "Taste the Difference" in Washington grown fruits is at the heart of a national advertising campaign being used in markets from coast to coast and even in some international markets.

Juveniles rob, beat Outlook resident

OUTLOOK - A 65-year-old Outlook resident was robbed and beaten yesterday (Wednesday) by a group of juveniles.

Emergency moratorium bans new signs from going up

Signs of all kinds have become a growing problem in Sunnyside over the past few years, believe some. This past Monday night, the Sunnyside City Council made a statement by declaring an emergency moratorium on erecting any new signs for 90 days.

Table top pruning leads to large fruit

BUENA - Can pruning a peach tree vigorously help produce more and better fruit?

HMS students take honors in local math competition

GRANDVIEW - Answering complicated math questions under pressure is not something many people would exceed at, but 11 students from Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School recently brought home awards for their efforts doing just that.

Retired educators to meet Feb. 8

The Lower Yakima Valley Unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Sunny Spot Restaurant, 1850 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

Weed, graffiti, yard sale sign violations in S'side up in 2004

City of Sunnyside Property Maintenance Facilitator Bill Eikenbary kept himself busy in 2004.

Wedam places fourth at Tri-Cities Columbia Classic gymnastics meet

RICHLAND - Kristen Wedam had a successful outing at the Columbia River Classic at the Mid-Columbia Gymnastics Academy in Richland on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Elerding sets State qualifying times

YAKIMA - Sunnyside Christian High School swimmers Patrick and Joey Elerding competed against Eisenhower Tuesday and took first in all four events they swam.



Public input on privatizing public works will be taken in February

In response to a concern from local businessman Pete Sartin, the Sunnyside City Council confirmed this past Monday night that it will be taking public input at two coming meetings concerning privatization of the public works department.

Lady Pirates beat Yakama Tribal

BICKLETON - Led by Annie Hess, the Bickleton High School girls basketball team swept past the Yakama Tribal Eagles, 43-35 this past Tuesday night.

Chemical fire shuts down Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Getting into the sleepy community of Grandview was more difficult than trying to break into Fort Knox yesterday. Every calculated turn along back country roads was foiled as emergency workers and police officers stood, their faces shielded by gas masks, denying entry into the downtown corridor.

Wednesday, January 26

Meininger earns Eagle Scout status

Sean T. Meininger has been presented Boy Scouting's highest rank, the Eagle Scout award.

Red Devils no match for Sunnyside grapplers

MOXEE - Winners of 11 of the 14 matches staged last night, the Sunnyside Grizzlies made short work of the East Valley Red Devils. Sunnyside prevailed handily, 56-14.

Business strategies discussed at Chamber after-hours event

New Sunnyside Economic Development Association Director Rado Harrington spoke to those attending the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce after-hours event Tuesday night about successful strategies for economic development.

Snowpack worrisome to irrigators

With the initial water supply outlook for the Yakima Valley looking bleak, Don Schramm on Tuesday updated members of the Board of Control for the Sunnyside Division of the Yakima Irrigation Project on the water outlook for the coming season.

Lady Grizzlies claim pressure-packed victory against Hanford

With less than a minute left and the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team down by one against Hanford, six-foot tall junior Talia Spini was likely feeling some pressure as she made her way to the foul line last night. But with a quick flick of the wrist, Spini sealed the fate of the Falcons and pushed the Lady Grizzlies to their first win over Hanford this season.

Benefits of Boy Scouts programs detailed for Rotarians

Frank Villanueva, the new executive director of the Chief Kamiakin District of the Boy Scouts of America, has memories of traveling to summer camps and winter retreats with his scouting friends.

Yakama Tribal stop Bickleton Pirates, 83-35

BICKLETON - The Yakama Tribal High School boys basketball team's speed and the power of the shooting arms of the Payer brothers proved too much for the Bickleton Pirates Tuesday night. The Eagles leapt out to an early lead, eventually claiming an 83-35 victory.

Knights knock off DeSales

WALLA WALLA - Two state ranked basketball teams battling for bragging rights was the scenario in last night's match-up, pitting Sunnyside Christian and DeSales against one another.

Grandview woman faces lung transplant

GRANDVIEW - For years, Ofelia Castilleja thought she suffered from lupus, a debilitating disease that attacks the body's connective tissue and organs. It was a disease that took one baby daughter and forced her to adapt to a very restricted lifestyle. Her life took yet another restrictive turn when doctors determined she doesn't suffers from lupus, but faces something even more life threatening.



Beyond The Norm-Mel

Right on cue, city council raises Dark Horse issue

Right on cue, city council raises Dark Horse issue

Falcons soar to 80-52 win over Sunnyside Grizzlies

As good as advertised! The Sunnyside Grizzlies won't argue that point when it comes to the play of the Hanford boys basketball team.

Relay for Life offers a way to remember those touched by cancer

For Chief Kamiakin Elementary School Library Assistant Marge Zylstra, volunteering her services to the Lower Valley Relay for Life is something that helps her do something to fight the disease that took the life of first her best friend and most recently her sister.

Vikings falter against Goldendale

GRANGER - "We saw the good, the bad, and the ugly," said Mabton Coach John Kilian.

Guest Editorial

Scout battle is about American values "To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions every day, I say: the First Amendment of the Consti

Scout battle is about American values "To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions every day, I say: the First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny." - Ronald Reagan

Bird in critical condition

Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commission member Ellen Bird is in critical condition at Yakima Regional Hospital.

Outlook's 21st Century marks end of 12-week session

OUTLOOK - While parents gathered around classroom tables, their children proudly showed off some of the new skills they have been learning while attending what is fast becoming a powerful education tool.

Tuesday, January 25

Four school board applicants called back for second interviews

After finishing the second set of interviews Monday evening for the vacant Sunnyside School Board position, the school board decided to ask four of the 10 interviewed back for a second set of interviews to be held Monday, Jan. 31.

Bickleton Lady Pirate lose to LaSalle 56-22

BICKLETON - Annie Hess's game high 22 points were not enough to get the job done against the LaSalle High School girls basketball team last Friday night.

Weekly Bowling Report


Port to host open house at new building

Plans are being made to host an open house at the Sunnyside Port District's new operations and laboratory building, now nearing completion at the Port's industrial wastewater treatment plant on Midvale Road.

Billboard won't be erected any time soon

Tom Paul, the artist responsible for the demonstrative signs that decorate the corridor along South Hill Road chastising city government and local media, found a hesitant ally at Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting. But not even the support of Mayor Pro-tem Mike Farmer was enough to get Paul his way.

Lady Knights split weekend contests

Playing a pair of road games this past weekend, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team earned a split in Greater Columbia 'B' League play.

Bickleton Pirates drop two league games

Coming off a 76-36 loss to LaSalle High School last Friday night, the Bickleton High School boys basketball team had hoped to redeem themselves against Trout Lake on Saturday.

Dark Horse liquor license request put on hold

The Sunnyside City Council once again put on hold giving its approval to a liquor license renewal request from owners of the Dark Horse Inn on Yakima Valley Highway.

Port's wetlands project moves into design phase

The Sunnyside Port District's wetlands project has now moved into the design stage, moving it a step closer to reality.

AutoZone coming to Sunnyside

Where once stood an auto parts store, soon another auto parts store will take its place. AutoZone is planning to open a new store at 1800 Yakima Valley Hwy. in Sunnyside this coming spring.

Council moves privatization issue to February

At the recommendation of Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell, the Sunnyside City Council moved to table a report on negotiations concerning privatization of the city's public works department.



Pitching great Dwayne Kamphuis returns to center stage

GRANDVIEW - There was a time when many followers of men's fastpitch softball made the argument that Dwayne Kamphuis had the deadliest arm in the country. Many fans argued Kamphuis' arm was better than that of legendary softball pitcher Eddie "The King" Feigner.

Port purchases Yakima Rendering plant

In an effort to create larger parcels of land to attract potential industrial users, the Sunnyside Port Commission has agreed to purchase the old Yakima Rendering plant, located in the middle of the Port's property on Midvale Road.

Snipes honored at World Beer Championships

Snipes Mountain Brewing is quickly adding to its reputation as a quality maker of beers.

Monday, January 24

Police investigate local thefts

Sunnyside police officers are investigating several thefts in town.

Death Notice


Grandview, Prosser teens compete at Washington Junior Miss program

PULLMAN - Pullman was a bustling center of activity last week, as 32 high school seniors from around the state gathered in the eastern Washington community to take part in the 47th annual Washington Junior Miss competition. Among the 32 girls were Grandview Junior Miss Jody Davis and Prosser Junior Miss Kendra Cabbage.

Vikings tame the Cougars

MABTON - The Mabton High School boys basketball team geared up for this coming Tuesday night's battle at LaSalle with a victory over Lyle this past Friday.

Lady 'Hounds split weekend games

Everything looked good for the Grandview Lady Greyhounds as they went up against Naches last Friday, but things took on a different spin as the Grandview team faced East Valley the following night.

Rams batter Sunnyside, 70-47

WEST VALLEY - Sunnyside's big man, 6'6" Jake Thomas, was unable to go Friday night, and for the Grizzlies their chances of upsetting West Valley on the Rams' home floor went by the wayside.

Greyhounds show the meaning of team

The Grandview High School boys basketball team overcame two significant challenges this past weekend. And, the Greyhounds did it together as a team.

Identity theft reported in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview man reported to police this past Friday that his debit card had been used without his permission.

Grizzly grapplers sweep double-dual

YAKIMA - Based on how the Sunnyside High School wrestling team fared against Eisenhower and Davis this past Saturday, the Grizzlies ought to be competing in the Class 4A Big Nine Conference.

Commissioners approve new pay plan

Yakima County commissioners took the steps necessary last week to adopt the 2005-2006 pay plan for county employees not represented by a union.

Kick-off meeting planned for LV Relay for Life

Although skies are still gray and temperatures are still cold, it's time for people in the Lower Yakima Valley to start thinking about spring and the American Cancer Society's Lower Valley Relay for Life, which is set to take place May 14-15.

Friday, January 21

Now landscaping ordinance not a deterrent to business growth

Landscaping has long been an issue in the City of Sunnyside, an issue that for a time seemingly drug on and on.

Entertainment Briefs


Cast in rehearsal for musical 'She Loves Me'

PROSSER - Casting is complete for the Valley Theater Company's spring musical She Loves Me and rehearsals are well underway.

Sunny Side

Council can respond to citizen concerns

Council can respond to citizen concerns

Guest Editorial

Don't water down our right to vote

Don't water down our right to vote

School board meeting moved

The Sunnyside School Board has opted to reschedule its January meeting.

Sweet Adelines seek volunteers for Jan. 28 show

Faye Vlieger arrived at the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club yesterday morning (Thursday) with a request.

Tacitly Yours

During flu season it's not always appropriate to share

During flu season it's not always appropriate to share

Religious Reflections

Is God responsible for disasters?

Is God responsible for disasters?

The Newcomer

Coming in from the cold

Coming in from the cold

Story Time

Let's hope 2005 brings some changes

Let's hope 2005 brings some changes

Death Notice


Community donations being used to train local police officers

A spur of the moment decision by Sunnyside Police Officer Jim Ortiz has led to the purchase of more than $2,300 worth of tactical training equipment.

Working Stiff

Training the work force is important to Mendoza

Training the work force is important to Mendoza

Vikings have a quiet night in Highland

MOXEE - It was a rather quiet outing, before a rather quiet and small crowd at Highland last night for the Mabton High School wrestling team.

Greyhounds grab at least a share of league title

TOPPENISH - The Grandview High School wrestling team can now add the word champion to its resume.

Linehan accepts offer from Miami Dolphins

MIAMI, FLA. - The Miami Dolphins earlier this week announced Sunnyside High School graduate Scott Linehan is the team's new offensive coordinator.

Thursday, January 20

Honeyford's bill ups the ante to improve safety for emergency vehicles

OLYMPIA - Don't think you need to pull aside for ambulances or police vehicles? Well, you might want to think again. The penalty is about to go up.

Changes made to Crewport block grant

Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners voted to execute an amendment to the Community Development Block Grant agreement for the Crewport water system improvement project.

County contracts with EWU

Yakima County commissioners recently approved a consultant agreement with Eastern Washington University's Department of Archaeological and Historical Services in Cheney.

Death Notice


Garden Club meets Tuesday

The Sunnyside Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. to share new plant ideas. The group will meet at the Sunnyside Food Pavilion community room. Gardeners of all ages are invited to attend.

Sunnyside truck driver perishes in canyon crash

SELAH - A head-on collision early Wednesday morning on SR-821, known to many as the Ellensburg Canyon Highway, claimed the lives of two men. One of the deceased was a Sunnyside resident-41-year-old Martin G. Guerrero.

15-year-old boy's manslaughter trial tentatively set Feb. 14

YAKIMA - The trial of a Lower Valley teen for his involvement in the death of his 11-year-old cousin is tentatively set to start Feb. 14, but that could change, said Yakima County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Bill Eller.

Push for new pool facility continues in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - For more than a week, members of the Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board have been pounding the pavement, visiting with different groups to get feedback on the proposed plans for a family aquatics center.

Wednesday, January 19

Despite looming court battle, race is over

As you know by now, Washington state has a new governor, Christine Gregoire, or Chris as she liked to be known during the campaign.

Sunnyside Christian brings down the Eagles

It's not often a team can say it tired out the Yakama Tribal boys basketball team. But that is exactly what happened on Sunnyside Christian's home court Tuesday night.

Vikings survive Mustang stampede

TROUT LAKE - In basketball, some teams simply cause other teams match-up problems. Also, things aren't easy when one has to travel on the road during a school night.

Chief Kamiakin Elementary to host gigantic book sale

Chief Kamiakin Elementary School will be hosting a Scholastic Warehouse book sale later this month.



Granger Chamber to meet Thursday

GRANGER - The Granger Chamber of Commerce is set to meet Thursday, Jan. 20, at noon at the Granger Scout Cabin, 100 Sunnyside Ave. in Granger.

Business success secrets to be shared at Chamber function

Success and failure rarely happen accidentally. Businesses that plan are proactive and seek to follow proven business strategies are much more likely to be successful. That's the message Sunnyside's Economic Development Association (SEDA) will share with those who attend the January Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce business after-hours social.

Yakama Tribal no match for SCHS

Content with launching just 3-point shots and rarely trekking into the paint to fight for a rebound, the Yakama Tribal High School girls basketball team paid the price last night. Sunnyside Christian, despite substituting freely, lambasted the Eagles, 87-14.

Lady Grizzlies win over Othello

The Lady Grizzlies were unstoppable last night, pushing ahead of Othello in the first quarter and never looking back.

Weekly Bowling Honor Roll


Grandview plans for 170 new homes

GRANDVIEW - Last night, the Grandview City Council set the groundwork for more than 172 new homes to be built in the community.

Lady Grizzly keglers earn tie against Pasco

PASCO - The Sunnyside High School girls bowling team won both Baker games yesterday to pull out a 2-2 tie against the Pasco Bulldogs.

Sunnyside boys harness Huskies

Nothing flashy, just solid, fundamental basketball propelled the Sunnyside High School boys hoop team past the Othello Huskies last night.

Sunnyside War Veterans Memorial earns national honors

The Sunnyside War Veterans Memorial located at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens has earned its supporters national recognition.

Letters to the Editor


Grandview council approves ordinance regulating solicitation on public property

GRANDVIEW - People looking to solicit donations in Grandview are going to have to jump through a few hoops before they are allowed to hit the streets.

Grandview City Council Briefs

Food service agreement

Tuesday, January 18

State lawmakers not fully funding education, say school leaders

Is the Washington state legislature meeting its top constitutional priority of funding education without placing the burden on taxpayers?

Bickleton girls lose to Klickitat

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School girls basketball team just couldn't get past the Klickitat girls' press this past Friday night, losing 51-40.

Greyhounds round up the Goats

YAKIMA - It was nothing quite like their classic game for the 2002 2A State basketball championship, but nonetheless, the Grandview and Chelan high school boys basketball teams served as an entertaining prelude to last night's main event at the Shootout.

Greyhounds sixth at Foss Invitational

TACOMA - To say it was a long weekend for the Grandview High School wrestling team might be a bit of an understatement.



Pirates lose to Klickitat, 84-58

BICKLETON - It started out alright, but the Bickleton High School Pirates couldn't contain the Klickitat explosion known as J.J. Keyes this past Friday night.

Christian club speaker finds fulfillment following God's plan

PROSSER - As a former executive secretary, real estate broker, high school teacher and now as a homemaker, Karen Gunderson of Bellevue knows the value of being organized.

News briefs


Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities staged in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Community Center was abuzz with activity as community members gathered to commemorate the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 17

Sanchez, Villanueva, Garza lead Grizzly charge at Hoquiam

HOQUIAM - Based on how the Sunnyside High School wrestling team has fared at tournaments this season, the Grizzlies have to be licking their chops in anticipation of the 3A State tourney.

Ten apply for Sunnyside School Board vacancy

Sunnyside School Board directors had a full slate this past Friday night, as they started conducting the initial interviews to fill the vacant position left by the death of Fred Kilian this past November.

Lady Grizzlies split weekend games

Sunnyside faced two tough opponents this past weekend, taking on Wapato Friday night only to go up against East Valley, one of the best teams in 2A division, on Saturday night.

Grizzlies nab second league win

The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team is back in the race for a postseason berth.

News Briefs




Oregon native joins WSP's Sunnyside branch office

Oregon native Robert Morris has lived in Washington state for just as long as he's been a member of the Washington State Patrol.

Friday, January 14

Working Stiff

Dairy supplier makes carts and wagons in his spare time

Dairy supplier makes carts and wagons in his spare time

Parent booster club honors Kilian, Evans

Wanting to reach out to the community, the Washington Elementary School Parents Booster Club raised money for scholarships honoring two of the community's best, who died last year.

Perez shines as the hero for the Vikings

MABTON - Enthusiasm has not been a problem for Mabton High School wrestler Eli Perez. The only issue has been the way he has challenged that enthusiasm.

Chamber to take new direction in '05

A new year, a new direction is the mood at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce office these days.

Husband-wife duo in concert Sunday, Jan. 16

The husband-wife team of Smith & Adams will present the second concert in the Lower Valley Community Concert 2004-05 Series. The duo will be performing Sunday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. on the stage of the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Sunnyside School District is seeking new school name suggestions

What should the Sunnyside School District's new middle school be named?


Lower Valley Riders appreciate holiday help

Lower Valley Riders appreciate holiday help

Guest Editorial

The grand re-opening

The grand re-opening

Religious Reflections

Hey, that's my name!

Hey, that's my name!

Grandview man to be arraigned today

GRANDVIEW - Chris Cardenas, 23 of Grandview, who was arrested this past Monday in connection with the theft of a set of golf clubs and a chainsaw was set to arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court this morning (Friday).

Hart Beat

Departing library board deserves our thanks

Departing library board deserves our thanks

Greyhounds rise to the occasion

GRANDVIEW - With a possible share of the Central Washington Athletic Conference south division title in the balance, the Grandview High School wrestling team didn't disappoint last night.

Thursday, January 13

Mabton educator one of four finalists for national teacher of the year honors

Mabton Junior/Senior High School English teacher Tamara Steen was recently selected as one of the top four finalists for 2005 National Teacher of the Year honors.

Leadership class members freeze for tsunami victims

Five Sunnyside High School students will be freezing for a good cause outside the front doors of the school while the Sunnyside Grizzlies take on the Hanford Falcons at home Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Grandview runner brings home three gold medals

HAWAII - The humidity in the air may have slowed Grandview's Brittnee Sanchez down a bit while she was running her latest 3200-meter race, but it wasn't enough to deny her a first place finish.

Gorton details role of 9/11 Commission

RICHLAND - Former United States Sen. Slade Gorton was the guest speaker of the Tri-City Area Chamber of Commerce yesterday morning (Wednesday).

Cars targeted by thieves

Several Sunnyside vehicles were reportedly targets of car prowls and thefts Wednesday.

10-year-old's birthday party going to the 'dogs'

When Sarah Berumen and her mother, Linda Hall, were discussing how to celebrate the little Sunnyside girl's upcoming 10th birthday party, the Washington Elementary School fourth grader surprised her mother with an unusual request.

Wednesday, January 12

Work begins on new Sunnyside retail center

Ground is moving at the corner of Yakima Valley Highway and Factory Road, and when there is ground moving there is construction expected to shortly follow.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Grizzly hoop team posts conference win

PROSSER - With senior Cody Heckert earning a rare start and beefy sophomore Ryan Engel called up from the JV to provide some muscle, the Sunnyside Grizzly basketball team rallied in the second half to down Prosser last night, 58-52.

Funny money not all that uncommon in Sunnyside

At first glance it may look real, but there is a big difference between some of the $100 bills being passed in Sunnyside and the bills issued by the U.S. Treasury.

Greyhounds maul Red Devils

MOXEE - The Grandview High School wrestling team gained some steam Tuesday night heading into this Thursday's home match against Kiona-Benton, with a possible league title at stake.



Sunnyside Port District commissioners approve 3 percent salary hikes

Sunnyside Port District commissioners approved a 3 percent cost of living salary increase for the Port's 12 full-time employees.

Guest Editorial

Drug importation only delivers risks, not benefits

Drug importation only delivers risks, not benefits



Lady Grizzlies fall to Mustangs

PROSSER - Sunnyside had a tough night Tuesday, losing what ended up being a close match to local rival Prosser.

Open Mike

I've learned a lot in 11 years of marriage

I've learned a lot in 11 years of marriage

Tuesday, January 11

Car thief suspect arraigned

Juan Luis Barragan, 20, of Sunnyside was arraigned Monday in Yakima County Superior Court on charges of first degree possession of stolen property.

Sunnyside City Council gives Martin Luther King Jr. his due

Impassioned pleas by several community residents to not have the city refer to Martin Luther King Jr. Day as Civil Rights Day apparently struck a chord with the Sunnyside City Council last night.

Weekly Bowling Report


Lady Grizzlies lose two over the weekend

The Lady Grizzlies had a rough weekend, losing games against both Hanford and Selah this past Friday and Saturday nights. Sunnyside lost against the Vikings in the fourth quarter and had to fight to keep up with the Falcons, losing a close game Saturday night.

Harvest Village housing development gets stamp of approval

The Sunnyside City Council last night approved a resolution that gives final plat approval to the Harvest Village subdivision.

S'side shoe store robbed (again)

The thieves who broke into Taylor'D Footwear this past weekend didn't make as big a mess as they did the first time. But this time they seemed to know exactly what they were looking for.

Pray for snow, urge Lower Valley irrigators

"Let it snow" is the prayer of Yakima Valley irrigators and those who regulate the life's blood of the Yakima Valley's agriculture industry.

Monday, January 10

Eagles soar above the Greyhounds

CONNELL - There are some nights when you just can't hit the broad side of a barn. That was the case for the Grandview High School boys basketball team this past Saturday night at Connell.

Newspaper carrier comes to aid of woman who fell, broke her hip

Last Thursday started off as a normal day for 14-year-old Michelle Redick, a seventh grader at Harrison Middle School. She stopped by the Daily Sun News after school with her father, George, and her younger sister Rebecca, to pick up the newspapers for her paper route and started on her way.

Vikings still undefeated halfway into the season

MABTON - Perfect! At least that is how things are panning out so far for the Mabton High School boys basketball team (3-0, 10-0) at the midpoint of the season, following Saturday's 60-49 victory over LaSalle.





Mustangs win Greyhound Invitational

GRANDVIEW - The Prosser High School wrestling team came out on top of the Grandview Invitational this past Saturday.

Roe, Evans honored at firefighters banquet

A three-year member of the Sunnyside Fire Department, Josh Roe, and the late Steve Evans, a 17-year volunteer with the department who died of an apparent heart attack while hunting this past fall, were honored last month at the Sunnyside Fire Department Award Banquet for outstanding service in 2004.

Seven Grizzly wrestlers post perfect 4-0 marks at Sunnyside JV invite

A total of seven Sunnyside High School junior varsity grapplers posted 4-0 records Saturday at the annual Sunnyside JV Wrestling Invitational.

Grizzly cagers still seeking first league win

The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team dug a hole for itself this past weekend, in terms of earning one of the six Mid-Valley League berths to the District tournament.

Jerri Honeyford first woman named president of Farm Bureau

She might not have stepped up if they hadn't thrown that single piece of bait towards her.

Cold weather brings perils, so be prepared

Cold weather can often be dangerous, especially when mixed with gusting winds.

Lady Vikes struck down by Lightning

MABTON - In their second league game of the season the Mabton Lady Vikings were defeated by the LaSalle Lightning 56-30. The loss is Mabton's second of the season.

Friday, January 7

Tacitly Yours

Live entertainment as you drive

Live entertainment as you drive

Grandview residents to be given two aquatic center options

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Board is getting ready to take its show on the road.

World famous Garcia triplets quietly turn 5 this Saturday

Five years ago when their birth was announced, the Garcia triplets of Sunnyside and their mother, Arcelia Garcia, made international media headlines largely due to the fact that their mother was 54-years-old. It is rare that a woman in her 50s would give birth to triplets. In fact, health experts say such pregnancies are a one in a million probability.

Religious Reflections

Nothing can keep God's love from us

Nothing can keep God's love from us

Greyhounds in hunt for league title

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School wrestling team moved into contention last night for the Central Washington Athletic Conference (CWAC) South Division title, following a 50-18 pounding of Naches at home.

Herndon headed to China as part of leadership group

Sunnyside farmer Rick Herndon will be headed to China next week as part of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation's leadership program. He spoke to members of the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Thursday morning about the leadership program, which he has been a member of since the fall of 2003.

Three local teens to get shot in the Adelines' spotlight

Three Lower Valley teenage singers will have a chance to shine and compete for cash prizes before a hometown crowd, thanks to the Rolling Hills Chorus Chapter of Sweet Adelines International.

Grizzly grapplers move to top of league standings

Graham avenges earlier loss to help S'side sew up win

Graham avenges earlier loss to help S'side sew up win

Jr. Indelook Club to meet Monday

The Jr. Indelook Club will meet Monday, Jan. 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the Flour Shop Cafe in Grandview.

'Light Up a Life' honors loved ones

The 16th annual "Light Up a Life" event, sponsored by Lower Valley Hospice, moved indoors this year and was held at Smith's Funeral Home Thursday night.

Vikings thump Cle Elum in mat action

CLE ELUM - The Cle Elum High School wrestling team hadn't been on the mat for three weeks prior to last night's encounter against Mabton. The time off showed, as the Warriors were pounded by the Vikings 46-21.

Thursday, January 6

Death Notice


PRIDE student attains goal of playing on SHS basketball team

When Efren Duran started taking classes at PRIDE High School, his junior year he knew he was going to have to make some changes in his life. Along with improving his attendance record and getting good grades, Duran said he made a conscious decision that he was going to play basketball.

New Vision plans to open new doors with new program

New Vision, an economic development organization in Yakima County, has already started the ball rolling on a welfare reform program designed to open doors of new opportunity in the workplace.

Warm up your car unattended and you're asking to be ripped off

Sunnyside police officers have arrested a 20-year-old Sunnyside man believed to be responsible for several car thefts in the Lower Valley.

Jan. 1 stabbing suspect formally charged

Alejandro Martinez of Mabton, who was arrested Jan. 1 following a stabbing in Grandview, was arraigned yesterday (Wednesday) in Yakima County Superior Court on charges of second degree assault.



Weekly Bowling Report


Local JCPenney store ranked among the top selling stores in the nation

JCPenney is a store that may have been around since 1902, but it was not always known by its current title. Wednesday morning, Jonica Bridges, manager of the Sunnyside JCPenney store, told members of the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club that when the retail business first started it was known as the Golden Rule.

Wednesday, January 5

Wagenaar becomes all-time winning coach at Sunnyside Christian

by Michael Kantman and Julia Hart

Greyhounds take the bite out of the Leopards

ZILLAH - Tuesday night's non-league wrestling meet between 2A Grandview and 1A Zillah looked more like a lamb going to slaughter, as the Greyhounds dominated the Leopards, winning 39-18.

Lady Grizzlies notch first league victory

Sunnyside may have won last night's basketball game against the Ellensburg Bulldogs, but it wasn't an easy victory for the Lady Grizzlies.

Guest Editorial

If at first you don't win-try, try again until you get the result you want

If at first you don't win-try, try again until you get the result you want

County certifies buildings removal as complete

Several buildings in the Sunnyside are are no longer standing. Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners certified the removal and disposal of several buildings along Riverside Road and Midvale Road near Sunnyside as complete. The work was done by Russell Crane Service, Inc. of Yakima.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

Now I feel like an aunt

Now I feel like an aunt

The Newcomer

Where are the candles?

Where are the candles?

E'burg charges hard in second half to rally past S'side

Riley Sivak poured in a game high 24 points against Sunnyside last night, but it was his Ellensburg teammate, Tony Quirk, who sparked the Bulldogs to a come-from-behind Mid-Valley League victory over the Grizzly boys basketball team.

Police chase ends in crash

A vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant early Wednesday morning following a pursuit by Sunnyside police officers.

Commissioners ready to serve on various boards

Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners did some new year house keeping, working to decide which of the three commissioners will sit on various boards.

Gamache to serve as chairman of the board

Yakima County Commissioner Ron Gamache was selected Tuesday morning to serve as the chairman of the county commission board.

Sunnyside police investigating burglary, thefts

Sunnyside police officers are investigating several burglaries and thefts that were reported Tuesday and early this morning (Wednesday).

Saga of downtown building nears an end

It is going to take several days for the dust to settle from the demolition of the 94-year-old Anciso building in downtown Sunnyside.

Lady Grizzly bowlers earn tie against Davis

Junior Megan Saunders rolled a match best 305 two-game series to lead the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team to a 2-2 tie against the Davis Pirates Tuesday afternoon at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes.

Lady Knights subdue Bickleton

Sunnyside Christian's objective last night was to take control early and end any suspense as to the outcome.

Parents warned of lead in candy

When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth there are many options, everything from chocolate bars to gumdrops. But what most people don't realize is that there can be hidden dangers at play where candy is concerned.

Counterfeit money recovered at market

A counterfeit $100 bill was recovered by Sunnyside police officers Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, January 4

She commutes seven hours for administrative job

For her full-time job as house supervisor at Sunnyside Community Hospital, Terri Sanchez travels seven hours - one way - from her home in Libby, Mont.

Stereo stolen in car prowl

A stereo face and compact discs were reported stolen to the Sunnyside Police Department Jan. 1, when the owner of the pickup found his vehicle had been broken into during the night.

District receives estate money

Sunnyside School District Executive Director of Business Dave Plesha informed the Sunnyside School Board at its December meeting about some money the district received from the estate of a former teacher.

Childress sworn in as Grandview mayor

GRANDVIEW - After having served as a member of the Grandview City Council for more than a decade, Monday night Norm Childress found his place on the governing body shifting. Last night, Childress raised his right hand and was sworn in as the new mayor of the City of Grandview.



Grizzly skipper looking at holding alumni game

Sunnyside High School baseball coach Dave Martinez is looking at reviving an old tradition.

Newhouse receives committee appointments

OLYMPIA - Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside) was recently appointed to three House committees which, according to the state GOP, will significantly impact the 15th Legislative District.

Monday, January 3

School retirees to meet Jan. 11

The Lower Yakima Valley unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Sunnyside's Sunny Spot Restaurant.

Delay with starting spring sports season could cause graduation ceremony conflict

Sunnyside High School Principal Dennis Birr has long been an advocate of the efforts of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). But at the December Sunnyside School Board meeting, Birr made his feelings known about the changes WIAA enacted regarding the spring sports season.

Diabetes training to be offered in S'side Jan. 20

An all-day training on "Hand in Hand-Living Well with Diabetes" will be offered in Sunnyside on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Mabton man arrested after stabbing incident in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The new year didn't get off to a good start for several Lower Valley residents. Just two hours after ringing in the new year, Grandview police responded to a report of a fight in the 900 block of Conestoga Way and ended up finding a stabbing victim.

Library story time Jan. 4

The Sunnyside Library will kick-off another six-week story time session tomorrow, Jan. 4, with a farm animal-themed tale.

New Year's Day baby arrives in S'side

Maria Gomez of Outlook was in her last day of work at the Sunnyside Wal-Mart store before the start of her maternity leave last Friday, when her water broke at about 8:30 p.m. putting into motion the birth of her first child.

Technical skills center proposed for Sunnyside

The Sunnyside School Board at its December meeting agreed to allow Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole to continue to take part in an effort to establish a technical skills center in Sunnyside.



Safeway manager has worked in grocery business since age 17

Jim Zook may be a relatively new face in Sunnyside, but he is no stranger to the grocery industry. Zook, who has been the manager of the Sunnyside Safeway store for the past two years, has been working with groceries for nearly 16 years.