Stories for June 2005


Thursday, June 30



City leaders view D.C. trip as a success

Four of Sunnyside's most notable names made their presence known in Washington D.C. last week.

Granger woman running her way through life

Busy might not be the right word to describe the life of Granger resident Edelza Knights.



Sunnyside neighbors haunted by Tuesday's fatal shootings

Coming home from the store late Tuesday night, 18-year-old Tony Cantu was startled to see a man collapsed on his front porch. Not recognizing the man as a neighbor, he demanded to know what the man was doing at his home. The man asked Cantu for help as he struggled to get up and go inside Cantu's home.

Effort being made to repeal gas tax

People across the state are banning together, working to ensure that a 9.5¢ per gallon gas tax approved by the Washington legislature does not go into effect the first of July.

Wednesday, June 29

Parkland Homes site of fatal shootings

This morning Sunnyside police are trying to sort out the details in the multiple shootings that occurred in the Parkland Homes Trailer Park Tuesday night, which left two persons dead and three seriously injured.

Sharks too powerful for G'view Neptunes

GRANDVIEW - The host Neptunes were unable to fend off a strong challenge from the visiting Sunnyside Sharks last night, as Grandview fell by a 480-287 score.

Black Rock Creek takes top team honors at PGA pro-am tourney

TOPPENISH - Black Rock Creek club pro Jeff Bender, as well as four amateurs from the Sunnyside course, stole the show this past Monday at a PGA pro-am event staged at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club.

Open Mike

Being a parent is difficult

Being a parent is difficult

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Guest Editorial

Wanted: more choices for consumers

Wanted: more choices for consumers

Election filing period July 25-29

Decisions about running for city council or school board governing positions are now being made, but potential candidates will have until July 29 to register for election.

Tuesday, June 28

Mt. Rainier art course offered

GRANDVIEW - Yakima Valley Community College is offering a unique summer art experience on Mt. Rainier, under the leadership of Grandview instructor Robin Walker. Students will have an opportunity to study and create art in the mountains, from any art medium, including photography.

City manager not impressed with new S'side homes

Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell isn't impressed with the building practices of developer Mel Aho. During last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting, Stockwell berated Aho Construction, which is building the new homes in the Sunnyside Harvest Village development.

YVCC moves forward with plans to renovate Grandview Safeway store

GRANDVIEW - Monday morning the final step needed to meet the requirements to secure funds for the eagerly anticipated renovation of the former Grandview Safeway building were met.

Port of Sunnyside purchases 10 acres from Roehl family for $250,000

A 10-acre piece of property located near the Sunnyside-Mabton Highway is the Sunnyside Port District's latest acquisition.

Sleeping G'view driver blamed for wreck on I-82

ZILLAH - An elderly Wapato couple was injured yesterday afternoon when their 1988 Toyota pick-up truck plowed through an adjoining fence along I-82 near Zillah and rolled.

New technology uses steam to rid vineyards of weeds

PATERSON - On a day-to-day basis, steam is used for a lot of things. It's used to steam clean carpets, iron clothes and now it's being used to rid vineyards of weeds.



Monday, June 27



Sunnyside fastpitch squad wins season opener

A summer fastpitch team headed up by Sunnyside High School fastpitch coach Ralph Mendoza started its season in a new league last week.

HAM radio operators use field day to test their skills, equipment

GRANDVIEW - At precisely 11 a.m. Saturday morning, radios were turned on and traffic started racing across the airways during the Lower Valley Amateur Radio Club's field day, held at the Grandview High School football stadium.

Sun Valley finishes sixth at West Valley tournament

YAKIMA - Considering the caliber of competition at the West Valley June Jam Tournament, the sixth place finish the Sun Valley baseball team nabbed isn't too bad.

Grizzlies learn about strengths, weaknesses at grid camp

ELLENSBURG - While summer camp didn't provide the whole picture of what this fall's Sunnyside High School football team will look like, it did give coaches an idea of what to expect.

UW students get started on construction of 'green' home

MABTON - Saturday morning, a Mabton family of four watched as the footprint of their house slowly became visible. They watched as a backhoe started digging into their lot, making room for the foundation of their new home.

Blood donors urgently needed at drawing Tuesday

A regional blood supply shortage, coupled with the fact that early summer is always a slow time of year for blood donations, is prompting American Red Cross officials to encourage a big turnout for tomorrow's blood drawing in Sunnyside.

I-82 accident claims life of S'side man

GRANGER - 22-year-old Elias M. Rocha of Sunnyside died Saturday morning as the result of a one-vehicle accident on I-82 near Granger.

Elderly S'side woman run over by car dies

A 75-year-old Sunnyside woman, Helen M. Sams, has died as the result of being run over by a car. The driver of the vehicle, according to the Washington State Patrol, was Carl R. Sams, 80, of Sunnyside.

Friday, June 24

Entertainment Briefs


Story Time

As Earl Pitts says, 'Wake Up America'

As Earl Pitts says, 'Wake Up America'

Death Notice


2005 Yakima Valley Farm Products Guide now available

Cherries and apricots are ripe, and so the summer harvest of Yakima Valley fruits and vegetables begins. But where can consumers find the luscious fruits? Fortunately, there is help available, thanks to Lino Guerra of Sunnyside.

Circus Chimera coming to Sunnyside for limited engagement

The Sunnyside Lions Club is bringing Circus Chimera to town for a limited engagement. The beautiful one-ring big top, the tallest circus tent in the world, will be set up on Allen Road, next to C. Speck Motors, July 5- 7 with two shows daily at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Track meet volunteers

Sunnyside Recreation would like to thank all the youngsters who participated at the Pee Wee and Hershey's track events on Saturday, June 11. We had more than 167 participants, ranging from 1 to 14 years of age.

New city lawnmowers opening up more work time for S'side park crew

Sunnyside Public Works Director Jim Bridges, inspired earlier this year after watching a television episode of American Chopper, paved the way for the City of Sunnyside to purchase two top of the line riding lawnmowers.

Religious Reflections

We are not being vigilant enough

We are not being vigilant enough

Sunnyside Sharks nip Prosser Piranhas, 387-362

Sunnyside's dominance in last night's 50-meter breaststroke races was the difference between victory and defeat.

Sunnyside annual Fourth of July celebration spread over two days

Sunnyside's annual Welcome Back to the Country Fourth of July celebration will be held over the course of two days this year. The weekend festivities will include the annual soapbox derby, concluding with the biggest fireworks display in Sunnyside history.

Grizzly football coach excited about camp

It has been something that Sunnyside High School football coach Mark Marro has been wanting to do since coming aboard.

Tacitly Yours

Bit by the yard sale bug

Bit by the yard sale bug

Granger plans Dino-Mite Fourth of July

GRANGER - Hisey Park in Granger, where sightings of dinosaurs are a regular occurrence, will again be the site of that community's All-American Dino-Mite 4th of July celebration.



Thursday, June 23

S'side Board of Adjustment approves residential rebuild

The Sunnyside Board of Adjustment last night approved a conditional use permit request to rebuild a residence in a B-2 commercial zone.

Best SELF kids get into the swing of things

Black Rock Creek Golf Course Pro Jeff Bender played host to about 100 or so possible future Tiger Woods Wednesday afternoon.

News Briefs


S'side hardware store employees hope to Ace soapbox derby races

One of the regulars at the annual City of Sunnyside soapbox derby is the crew from the local Ace Hardware store.

School board reviews new middle school construction plans

In an effort to cut down on cost over runs during the construction of its new middle school, the Sunnyside School Board met last Saturday to review the engineer's plans and projected construction costs.



Wednesday, June 22

Halls, Jr. & Sr., team up to win Father's Day event

The duo of Bob Hall Sr. and Bob Hall Jr. bested the large field of golfers entered in this past Sunday's "Parent-Child Tournament" at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.





Bender second at PGA pro-am

WENATCHEE - Jeff Bender's 1-under-par 71 this past Monday earned the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek golf pro a runner-up finish at the PGA pro-am tournament staged at the Wenatchee Golf & Country Club.

Guest Editorial

State's new gas tax hurts the poor

State's new gas tax hurts the poor

Large influx of Hispanics generates need for citizenship class funding

Tuesday night, 26 people started their journey to U.S. citizenship.

County transfers authority on middle school project to city

The annexation may not be final, but Tuesday morning Yakima County commissioners voted to transfer permitting authority for the Sierra Vista Middle School project, which will be located off of Washout Road, to the City of Sunnyside.

Hart Beat

Celebrating summer

Celebrating summer

Boboth's performance not enough for Sun Valley

An outstanding pitching performance from Cole Boboth went for naught, as the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team wasn't able to hold on last night in its game against visiting West Valley.

Tuesday, June 21

GEAR-UP offers summer camps

The GEAR-UP program is offering a myriad of summer camps over the course of the next few weeks. Students can take part in camps that deal with writing and language arts, as well as camps that focus on getting ready for college.



SunnyView VFW, Auxiliary earn national, state honors

SunnyView VFW Post #3482 and Ladies Auxiliary received national and state honors at the annual VFW State Convention held in Yakima June 16-18.

Court monitors needed for 3-on-3 tourney

Sunnyside's three-on-three basketball tournament will take place July 23-24 this year. But in order to make the tournament a success volunteers are needed to serve as court monitors.

Teens arrested in vehicle prowling incidents

Three Sunnyside teenagers were arrested early Monday in connection with a series of North Sunnyside vehicle prowling incidents, according to Sunnyside police reports.

Grandview eyes diversity with new housing starts

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Planning Commission found itself being given a new assignment Monday night.

Summer mariachi music class offered

The Sunnyside School District, in cooperation with the Allied Arts Council of Yakima Valley, will be offering a free mariachi class and clinic beginning Thursday, June 23, at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School.

Monday, June 20

Russian delegates to tour several Sunnyside businesses

A group of delegates from Russia will be spending the day in Sunnyside and Grandview on Friday, July 1. The group, which is made up of Russian farmers, will be touring the Cow Palace Dairy operation, Valley Processing and Snipes Mountain Brewery.



Lawnmower thieves cut no slack to S'side home owners

The season of missing lawnmowers is upon us. Lawnmowers temporarily left idle in neighborhood yards are beginning to randomly disappear from people's yards, sometimes in the time it takes to a person to go inside for a glass of water.

New building starts in May valued at $1.5 million

Doctors working at the office located on the corner of Edison Avenue and South 11th Street will soon find themselves with a little more room to maneuver thanks to a remodeling project that is taking place.

Three injured in I-82 mishap

ZILLAH - Three people sustained injuries Sunday afternoon in an I-82 accident that occurred just outside of Zillah.

Friday, June 17

Sunnyside high school reports cards mailed

Sunnyside High School report cards have been mailed to students who did not have fines at the end of the 2004-05 school year, according to school officials.

Benefit car wash being held to help Garcia

A car wash will be held this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Sunnyside's La Fogata Restaurant along Yakima Valley Highway.

Omnibus hearing continued to August

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's Ignacio Rosas, 35, who is facing one count of first degree child molestation, had his omnibus hearing scheduled for yesterday continued to August.

Ham radio operators plan public field day

To help recognize Amateur Radio Week, which is June 19-26, the Lower Valley Amateur Radio Club will be holding a field day at the Grandview High School football stadium.



Spoon's 'Gimme Fiction' vastly different from last CD

Coming off a three-year studio hiatus, you'd expect a band to have matured and changed its sound a bit. When 2001's "Girls Can Tell" ended a two-year break brought on by a break-up with Elecktra records, it showed a band more focused, more determined, to just make great rock records than ever before. So you'd expect "Gimme Fiction", the band's first release in three years, to show the same kind of maturity, and it delivers, but the result is still surprising.

Family looks for missing teen

Tina Elliott is desperately searching for her daughter, Angela Martinez.

Entertainment Briefs


Grand marshal has long history in the grocery business

MABTON - When the Mabton Community Days Parade makes its way down Main Street this Saturday, Mabton's Blue Sky Market owner Mike Meyer is going to be leading the charge.

Story Time

Father's Day memories

Father's Day memories

Open Mike

Happy Father's Day to all

Happy Father's Day to all

Mabton summer program offers adventure

MABTON - Mabton children interested in learning more about a summer of adventures and travel are invited to attend Mabton Summer Rocks, an educational enhancement program, which begins June 23, at Mabton Jr./Sr. High School.

No action taken at Mabton School Board executive session

MABTON - Following a two hour executive session, the Mabton School Board took no action, according to a school district spokesman.

Guest Editorial

Road to home ownership easier now

Road to home ownership easier now

Religious Reflection

Celebrating fatherhood

Celebrating fatherhood

Thursday, June 16

Gangs persist in Sunnyside

Speakers advise parents to keep tabs on their kids

Speakers advise parents to keep tabs on their kids

Senior Sun Valley team rebounds with win

After a disappointing twin bill loss to West Valley earlier in the week, the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team bounced back Wednesday afternoon with a solid victory over visiting Hermiston, winning 5-4.

Sports Briefs




Sunnyside voc-tech proponents ready for Washington D.C. trip

In an effort to find additional funding for the proposed $10 million Sunnyside Vocational Technology Center, a delegation of local proponents will travel to Washington D.C. next week.

Sheller Road accident sends one to hospital

Failure to stop at a stop sign is credited as the reason for a two-car collision at the intersection of Sheller Road and SR-241 early Wednesday evening.

S'side Wal-Mart warns shoppers of phone scam

If you get a phone call and the person on the other end tells you that you're the lucky winner of a Wal-Mart shopping spree, you're not as fortunate as you think.

Brown Sox rally for tourney title

WENATCHEE - Winless on the first day of the Grip It & Rip It Men's Slo-pitch Softball Tournament in Wenatchee last weekend, the Aztlan Sportswear Brown Sox stormed back on Sunday to win championship honors.

Wednesday, June 15


Friends to celebrate golden anniversary

Friends to celebrate golden anniversary


Fey, Mandrell to celebrate June wedding

Fey, Mandrell to celebrate June wedding

Mabton residents cautioned to limit fireworks use on the 4th

MABTON - Concern about dry weather conditions and limited water supplies, Mabton Fire Chief Bill Roettger asked the Mabton City Council to place a ban on fireworks inside city limits this year.

Tacitly Yours

Baking is for the dogs

Baking is for the dogs

Guest Editorial

Our country's policies need to reflect needs of local farmers

Our country's policies need to reflect needs of local farmers



Sewer TV system upgrade OK'd

Sunnyside Public Works Director Jim Bridges went before the Sunnyside City Council Monday night asking for approval to purchase a new mainline sewer television system.

The Newcomer

Vive la France

Vive la France

Sunnyside police respond to rash of thefts

Sunnyside police were kept busy Tuesday answering citizens' reports of thefts involving everything from lawnmowers to debit cards.

Crazy hair day observed at library

The Sunnyside library invites children of all ages to visit the library on Friday, June 17, from 9:30 a.m. to noon sporting their craziest hairstyles.

Sunnyside to hold public hearing on water rates

The Sunnyside City Council at this past Monday night's meeting approved holding a public hearing on Monday, June 27, to consider input on new water utility rates.

Sun Valley drops twin bill

YAKIMA - Baseball is a game where pitchers have to do their jobs. Well, yesterday the pitching of the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team seemed to be on a break for the most part.

Castillo, Knee, Hollander, Morris power S'side Sharks to season opening win

While it was a true team effort by Sunnyside that sunk the visiting Selah Dolphins last night, the foursome of Toni Castillo, Katie Knee, Jacob Hollander and Riley Morris were the Sharks that provided the muscle.

Tuesday, June 14

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Board left trying to pinpoint why aquatics center measure failed

GRANDVIEW - This summer the laughter of children will still waft over downtown Grandview as kids splash around in the municipal swimming pool. But just how long the more than 50-year-old swimming pool will be able to stay in operation is in question.

Ace Hardware. L&M join forces to raise funds for 4th of July bash

Sunnyside's Ace Hardware store, along L&M Screenprinting, have joined forces to raise funds for Sunnyside's annual Come Back to the Country Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

City councilmen want police to take the bite out of dangerous dogs

Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder heard plenty from the Sunnyside City Council Monday night on the problems roaming dogs are creating in the community. But the chief stood firm on his belief the direction his department is taking with the issue is working.

Sun Valley junior squad wins two of three

Winners of two of its last three games, the Sunnyside Sun Valley 13-14-year-old baseball team improved to 8-4 on the season.

Death Notice


City Council Briefs


Monday, June 13



Varsity girls win alumni game

They might not be as conditioned as they were when they played for Sunnyside, but alumni members of the Sunnyside High School girls soccer team showed they still have a few things going on.

Sunnyside mayor earns leadership certification honors

Sunnyside Mayor Ed Prilucik has been rewarded by the Association of Washington Cities for his efforts to improve his leadership skills.

Pee Wee tracksters get help from Dad, Mom

A packed house crowded the Sunnyside High School track this past Saturday for the Sunnyside Recreation Department's annual Pee Wee track and field meet.

Sun Valley splits weekend games

A pair of road games this past Friday and Saturday brought different results for the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team.

Mabton graduates ready to push forward

MABTON - If there was one common theme at this past Friday night's Mabton High School graduation ceremony, it was that the 30 members of the class of 2005 are ready for life.

SCHS graduating class 17 strong

GRANDVIEW - The chatter rustling through the sanctuary of Grandview's Nazarene Church last Friday night came to an abrupt halt as the 17 members of the Sunnyside Christian High School class of 2005 burst through the doors and one by one marched to the front of the church. Each graduate, wearing a crimson gown, took their seat at the front of the church knowing that it would be the last time the class would be together as one.



Friday, June 10



2005 cherry crop promising

While some farmers are still praying for rain, the cherry farmers are praying that it will hold off, at least a little while longer while picking takes place.

Hart Beat

Challenged but not intimidated by golf

Challenged but not intimidated by golf

New Miss Mabton crowned

MABTON - After an evening filled with colorful dance routines, rousing singing performances and nerve wracking impromptu questions, a new Miss Mabton was crowned Thursday night.

Guest Editorial

Immigrants being made scapegoats for our nation's woes

Immigrants being made scapegoats for our nation's woes

California murder suspect believed to be in Yakima Valley

The Yakima Sheriff's Office is assisting investigators from the Redwood City, Calif. Police Department in an attempt to locate a man wanted for murder, who may have Lower Yakima Valley connections.

Sunnyside Sharks swim team schedule

June 14: Selah at Sunnyside

Festivities planned for Mabton Community Days

MABTON - Next weekend there will be only one place to be seen, as Mabton kicks off its centennial Community Days celebration.

Sunnyside grads involved in big grid game this weekend

This weekend's big clash between the Tri-City Knights semi-pro football team and the Yakima Mavericks will feature several local faces.



Family communication key to honoring end of life directives, say local experts

The case of Terri Schiavo's last days which made national news earlier this year is causing local elders concern that their end of life wishes might not be honored.

Thursday, June 9

'I Love Dance' competition warm-up to local production

"Around the World in 80...Minutes," the title of this year's spring production staged by the Martin School of Dance students, promises to amaze and wow those who take in one of the two performances.

Commissioners say no to residential annexation

After an hour of hearing objections Wednesday night to a proposed Factory Road area annexation request, the Sunnyside Planning Commission rejected the property owners' R-2 zoning request following a public hearing to take testimony regarding the proposal.

Sun Valley 13-14-year-olds win defensive battle

Baseball is a game about putting the basics together. And that is exactly what the Sun Valley 13-14-year-old baseball team did last night in what proved to be a defensive battle.

Sunnyside resident celebrates milestone

This Saturday, June 11, Gertha Bodley, a resident at Sunnyside's Hillcrest Manor Rehabilitation Center, will be celebrating a milestone. She will be turning 100 years old.

Bender places fourth at PGA pro-am event

ROSLYN - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek club pro Jeff Bender earned a fourth place finish this past Monday at a Central Washington chapter of the PGA pro-am tournament staged at Suncadia Resort, near Roslyn.

Sunnyside pioneers to gather June 18

The annual Sunnyside Pioneer Association Picnic will be held Saturday, June 18, at Sunnyside Central Park as a time of celebration and greeting old friends.

Sunnyside School Briefs


Sunnyside sign ordinance moves to public hearing July 13

After months of tweaking the City of Sunnyside's proposed sign ordinance, a carefully crafted document detailing the acceptable types of business signage will be presented for citizens' comments at a Sunnyside Planning Commission public hearing in July.

High school looking to build successful links with freshmen

In a large school it is too easy for a student to get lost in the hustle and bustle of things. But officials in the Sunnyside School District are trying to do their best to ensure that doesn't happen.

Wednesday, June 8

Grandview City Council Briefs


Parade entries being sought for Grandview parade

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parade, which is staged in conjunction with the Yakima Valley Fair, will be Aug. 11.

The Newcomer

Do unto others...

Do unto others...

Bicyclist struck by Granger motorist

GRANGER - Christian Camacho, 12, of Granger was injured yesterday afternoon when he was struck by a motorist while riding his bicycle.

Open Mike

Tom Paul...the hero of the working man

Tom Paul...the hero of the working man

Sun Valley 13-14-year-olds pick up a pair

It has been a strong start to the summer season for the Sun Valley 13-14-year-old baseball team.

PRIDE grads prepared to move on

They plan to become Marines, commercial artists, nurses and some will "just go out and get a job," said PRIDE High School principal Gary Babcock, as he called off the names of the 2005 graduating class of PRIDE High School Tuesday night.

Sunnyside High School honors spring athletes

Sunnyside High School held its annual spring sports ceremony this past Monday night honoring the best and the brightest Grizzly student athletes.

S'side hospital bringing Vegas-style entertainment to Lower Valley

GRANDVIEW - Sitting out under the stars and listening to the tunes of Elvis Presley, Reba McIntyre and Roger Miller may sound like nothing more than a good old-fashioned day dream. But the Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation is making that day dream into a reality with its upcoming Evening in the Park event.


Morgans celebrate 50th anniversary

Morgans celebrate 50th anniversary

Tuesday, June 7

Sunnyside Community Hospital staff practices Hazmat techniques

Thanks to a $31,000 federal grant, Sunnyside Community Hospital now has a trailer full of equipment with which to handle hazardous material accidents or bioterrorism incidents.

Sun Valley learns a hard lesson

This summer marks a learning year for the fresh faces on the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team, a group that is basically the future of the Sunnyside High School varsity squad. And boy did these future Grizzly players get a lesson last night.

Local students graduate from Univ. of Wash.

SEATTLE - A total of 11 Lower Yakima Valley students graduated this month from the University of Washington.

Sunnyside grad wants to bring back the barber shop tradition

After spending more than a year working at Shear Heaven in Sunnyside, barber Mark Baysinger is stepping out on his own.





Grandview Council votes to sell right of way for DQ expansion

GRANDVIEW - After more than a month of discussion, both the City of Grandview and Ken Herber, the owner of the local Dairy Queen, are getting what they want.

SWAT storms G'view Council chambers

GRANDVIEW - Monday night, the Grandview Police Department's SWAT team stormed the council chambers wearing full protective gear and armed with weapons.

Hancock new Council member

Theresa Hancock is the newest member of the Sunnyside City Council.

G'view fire determined to be accidental

GRANDVIEW - A fire at 43 East Elm St. in Grandview has been determined accidental by Yakima County Fire District #5.

Monday, June 6

Floyd 3rd at 2A State tennis tourney

YAKIMA - Grandview High School tennis player Kevin Floyd placed third at State this past Friday and Saturday in Yakima.

Board looks to deal with student records

At their May meeting, Sunnyside School Board members passed the first reading of a policy dealing with the management of student records.

127 grads receive diplomas in Sunday ceremony

GRANDVIEW - In front of a standing-room-only crowd, 127 Grandview High School graduates received their diplomas Sunday afternoon.

Hess goes out a champion

CHENEY - Bickleton High School track and field star Annie Hess went out the only way she knew how-on top.

Class of 2005 quietly celebrates its achievements

This past Friday night the Sunnyside High School Class of 2005 said its goodbyes and hello to the future in a quiet, straight to the point graduation that most likely left those in attendance filled with hope of a prosperous future for these young men and women.

Teen kidnapped in Sunnyside, manages to escape

A 17-year-old Sunnyside teen managed to escape from a man who demanded he get into his car Sunday night just before 9 p.m.

Cisneros leads G'view at State 2A track meet

PULLMAN - The Grandview High School boys track and field team snagged several top-eight placings at the State competition held at Eastern Washington University this past weekend, but it wasn't quite enough to medal as a team.

SCHS girls 4th at State

YAKIMA - A stingy defense, coupled with a dare devil approach on the base paths, powered the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team to a fourth place finish at the 'B' State tournament, held at Yakima's Gateway Sports Complex this past weekend.

Sun Valley douses the Peppers

Pitching was decent this past Saturday for the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team, but it was really hitting that was the backbone of the Sunnyside team's 6-5 victory over the visiting Yakima Peppers.

Pleshas finish third at State

SEATTLE - Johnny and Danny Plesha represented Sunnyside well over the weekend, finishing the 3A State tournament in third place.



Friday, June 3

Five vying for Miss Mabton title

MABTON - Five Mabton High School juniors will be vying for the title of Miss Mabton at a pageant scheduled for Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Artz-Fox Elementary School. The cost to attend the pageant is $3 for adults and $1 for students.

Prosser run to honor fallen Marine Marvin Best

PROSSER - The Fourth of July will include more than fireworks for those who make the trek to Prosser this Independence Day. This year family and friends of the late Marine Staff Sergeant Marvin Best are planning to remember the fallen soldier with a memorial run.



Lawsuit filed over city building inspector's findings

The City of Sunnyside and local property owner Tom Scotto are currently at a standstill as they await an independent engineer's assessment of a house at 322 West Edison Ave.

Tacitly Yours

Graduation marks a new beginning

Graduation marks a new beginning

Grandview doctor makes it to the top of Rainier

When Grandview physician Dr. Martin Dubek moved to the Yakima Valley two years ago he knew there was one thing he wanted to do while he lived here. He wanted to climb Mt. Rainier.

'The Arcade Fire' steals the show at Sasquatch Fest

by Rachel Bott

Religious Reflections

God's plan for your life

God's plan for your life

S'side police apprehend registered sex offender

Due to the diligence of Sunnyside Police Officer Sam Ramos, a registered sex offender who failed to report his whereabouts to local officials and who illegally re-entered the United States after being formally deported was taken into custody this past Wednesday.

Lopez finishes ninth in 3,200

CHENEY - Mabton High School track and field runner Webster Lopez duplicated his performance from the previous year at last night's opening day of the State 'B' track and field meet at Eastern Washington University.

City hires new finance director

Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell announced this past Thursday the hiring of a new city finance director.

Home Country



Class of 2009 party a success

Class of 2009 party a success

Jr. Indelook Club sets last meeting of the year

The Jr. Indelook Club will come together next week for its last meeting of the 2004-05 club year.

Police seek Sunnyside man for harboring a runaway

Sunnyside police are seeking an 18-year-old man who is allegedly harboring a 13-year-old runaway.



'Summer Institute' for teachers coming to S'side in late June

A unique opportunity-a time when local educators can gather for a week to learn new teaching techniques while enjoying social and wellness opportunities-presents itself in Sunnyside June 27 through July 1.

Thursday, June 2

Michels misses cut at State by five strokes

LIBERTY LAKE - Looking back, Grandview High School junior Andrew Michels has to wonder where he could have shaved five strokes off his score Wednesday.

Chandler, Newhouse named top job makers

OLYMPIA - Washington State Representatives Dan Newhouse (R) of Sunnyside and Bruce Chandler (R) of Granger were recently recognized as two of the top supporters of policies that will help create jobs, according to Washington Roundtable, a business coalition that scored lawmakers' performances during the 2005 session.

Herrett Trucking Company reunion barbecue June 11

Former employees of Sunnyside's old Herrett Trucking Company are invited to attend a reunion barbecue set to take place Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at the Ahtanum Youth Park in Union Gap.

No more leads in recent armed robbery

Even with a list of witnesses to a robbery that occurred at TW Market this past weekend, Sunnyside police are no closer to making an arrest in the latest armed robbery.

Lick's illustrious prep golf career comes to an end at State tourney

SPOKANE - After shooting one of your worst rounds of the year at a setting that features the best of the best in the prep ranks, civility doesn't figure in with most high school golfers.



Pool opens Saturday

This Saturday, June 4, the Sunnyside swimming pool located in Central Park will be open for the first day of swimming season.

Sunnyside farmer receives accolades

Sunnyside's Rick Herndon recently received two honors. He graduated from the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation's two-year leadership program and received the National Grape Cooperative/Welch's Leadership Fellowship Award.

Working Stiff

Dance studio aide also a certified gemologist

Dance studio aide also a certified gemologist

Wednesday, June 1


Espinozas to celebrate 25th anniversary

Espinozas to celebrate 25th anniversary

Beyond The Norm-Mel

29 shopping days left

29 shopping days left

Sunnyside stallion sires record breaker

There is a very proud horse owner living in Sunnyside.

Teen nabbed for vehicle prowl

A Sunnyside teen was arrested early this morning (Wednesday) as he was seen fleeing from the scene of a vehicle prowl.

Budding Sunnyside film maker prepares for first movie venture

The Lower Valley is about to get a taste of Hollywood, at least if Sunnyside's Alex Aleman gets his way.


Morrow-Tinsley to wed Aug. 6

Morrow-Tinsley to wed Aug. 6