Stories for May 2005


Tuesday, May 31

Valedictorian one of the last in a long line of relatives to graduate from Mabton High

MABTON - This summer, as Mabton High School senior Ryan Harris walks down the aisle at graduation, he will be following in the footsteps of more than 65 relatives who received their diplomas before him.

City hopes to renovate South Hill tennis courts

City of Sunnyside officials are looking to pump some new life into the once popular tennis courts at South Hill Park.



Lady Knights rally late in loser-out Regional game to advance to State tourney

ELLENSBURG - The Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team has qualified to play at the 'B' State tournament. It will be the Lady Knights' third appearance at State in the last four years.

Sunnyside qualifies six for State

This past weekend the Sunnyside girls tennis team did what no other Lady Grizzly girls tennis team has done in recent memory, they took the Regional championship. After fighting hard, Sunnyside's two girls doubles team ended with the No. 1 and 2 seeds to State.

Friday, May 27

Christian Booster raffle a big success

Susan and I would like to take a minute to thank all the folks who helped make our Sunnyside Christian School Booster team so successful! There are many hands involved in getting the auction planned, advertised, donated, set up, decorated, arranged, fed & entertained! Not to mention those folks who stayed up late to clean and put it all away. Thank you everyone!

Flowers in bloom at fire station

What started off as a parking problem has since grown into a colorful garden. Walking past the front of the Sunnyside Fire department it's not the new cement slab that most people notice, instead it's the lush green bushes and the colorful flowers that are pushing up out of the ground.

Lipizzaner Stallions to perform at Sundome

YAKIMA - A chance to see the newest choreography of the world-famous Lipizzaner Stallions will be available to Yakima Valley residents.

Religious Reflections

Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Legacy

Guest Editorial

The consumer is boss

The consumer is boss

Granger prepares to bring its newest dinosaur to life during Dino-in-a-Day

GRANGER - A corythosaurs is a four-ton dinosaur that roamed the earth 72 to 75 million years ago. Next weekend, it is being brought back to life, as the community of Granger prepares for its annual Dino-in-a-Day event.

Mabton has a future

My heart is breaking for a town I called home for almost 10 years. I started out in Mabton and for nine years was a teacher, coach and advisor at the high school. I called my students my kids and participated in numerous community events. I am here to tell you that I am by far not the only teacher that would tell you this.

Annual ministerial potluck picnic to be held

The Sunnyside Ministerial Association and Sunnyside's Promise will be co-sponsoring the third annual Sunday After Church potluck picnic Sunday, June 12, at 3 p.m.

Sports Briefs


Tacitly Yours

It's helpful to know the lingo

It's helpful to know the lingo

Smith tenders resignation from S'side School Board

Sunnyside School Board member Bill Smith tendered his resignation at Thursday night's Sunnyside School Board meeting.

Hancock, Pascua, Stone seek vacant city council seat

Three local residents met last night's 6 p.m. deadline to submit applications for the Sunnyside City Council seat recently vacated by Don Vlieger.



Fireworks show support lauded

I would like to thank all those who gave cans for the 4th of July fireworks show.

Generous support much appreciated

On behalf of the Sunnyside Christian High School 2006 Close Up class, we would like to thank the following for their generous support in donations toward the dinner held on May 20 with the SCS Booster Club auction: Washington Beef, Rainwater, Sunnyside Safeway, Grandview Safeway, Food Pavilion, Sunnyside Wal-Mart, Richland Fred Meyer, Welch's, Eakin Fruit Co., Simplot, Pronto Market, Vibrant Health, Darigold, Hutchinson Produce and Yakima Costco.

School district bestows annual Golden Apple honors

It was a night where those in attendance found out just how loved the cooking staff at Harrison Middle School is while many echoed the same thoughts of how they enjoy going to work every day.

Eight arrested in Grandview marijuana, meth bust

GRANDVIEW - Ironically, a billboard advertising the halt of illegal drug trafficking towers over what police believe to be the latest drug operation shut down by the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) task force.

UW students working to revitalize Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Changing the face of an entire downtown area is a goal that takes longer than a month to accomplish. However, 17 students from the University of Washington's business and economic development program have been working hard to at least get a foothold on Grandview's downtown revitalization efforts.

Kids Day Parade

In your coverage of the Sunnyside Kiwanis Kids Day Parade a mention of the Harrison Middle School band being in the parade would have been nice. They did a nice job.

Thursday, May 26

'Click it or Ticket' emphasis ongoing in Sunnyside

It doesn't take long, only a few short hours, to write up a pile of tickets for failure to wear a seatbelt.

Sunnyside formalizes agreement with Tom Paul

The Sunnyside City Council convened from a 15-minute executive session this past Monday night to announce terms of an agreement struck with Tom Paul.

Rogers, Mitchell to be named new school building heads

It is just a matter of getting the formalities out of the way. The Sunnyside School Board is expected to approve the naming of two new building principals at tonight's (Thursday) meeting.

Death Notices


New S'side Recreation commissioner has a few ideas of her own for change

Filling the shoes of former Sunnyside Recreation Commissioner Ellen Bird is a big task. But, Patsy Maynard knows right off the bat she is no Ellen Bird. But that isn't going to stop the feisty 71-year-old from making her point as the new senior citizen representative on the Sunnyside Recreation Commission.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Police, fire phones down

The emergency lines reaching the Sunnyside police and fire departments are working fine, but non-emergency numbers and the direct lines to different personnel are not, according to Deputy Chief Phil Schenck.

Wednesday, May 25



McIntyre, Plata score victories at PGA pro-am

There's nothing quite as comfortable as playing your home course. Just ask Gene McIntyre and Miles Plata.

SCHS grad meets President Bush

Ruth Dekker had a unique opportunity this past weekend that not many 21-year-olds can claim.


Hathway-Lint to marry July 9

Hathway-Lint to marry July 9

Commissioners set hearing date for Mabton franchise application

MABTON - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners voted to set a hearing date for two franchise applications filed by Northwest Horticulture in Mabton.

Cookie makers sweeten the market

PROSSER - When asked with a wink, if her popular cut-out cookie recipe is low-fat and low-carb, Glenna Dragoo rolled her eyes toward the ceiling of the Sixth Street Cafe in downtown Prosser and drummed her fingers on the table. Her answer is an uneasy, "sure."



Open Mike

Enough is enough

Enough is enough

Michels earns trip to 2A State tourney

CHELAN - Grandview High School junior Andrew Michels has earned a return trip to the State golf tournament.

S'side teen sentenced on manslaughter charge

YAKIMA - Emotions ran high yesterday in courtroom 1 of the Yakima County Juvenile Justice Center as the parents of Nora Gonzalez made statements before Judge F. James Gavin regarding the death of their daughter.

City manager details S'side projects for local Rotarians

With the air beginning to clear and the number of cattle housed at Monson feedlot quickly beginning to decrease, Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell sees a good opportunity for Sunnyside.

Celebrating our country's freedom isn't free, learns Sunnyside Council

While all of the Sunnyside City Council members this past Monday night agreed that a quality Fourth of July celebration for the community is American as apple pie, not all agreed it should be city dollars paying the bill.

Tuesday, May 24



Mabton parents question what it takes to be placed on school board agenda

MABTON - Giving a presentation at a Mabton School Board meeting is something that takes a little forethought. Monday night, school board members informed parents of what it takes to make the agenda.

Council to fill vacancy June 6

Mayor Ed Prilucik laid out his plans for filling the vacant Council seat left by Don Vlieger during this past Monday night's regularly scheduled Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Two Sunnysiders place first at Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run sectionals

Two Sunnyside boys took first place honors at the Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run sectional competition held this past Saturday at South Hill Park in Sunnyside.

Castros, Carrasco lead Safari to top tourney finish

Tournament MVP Fidel Castro Sr. and all-star selections Fidel Castro Jr. and Neto Carrasco led Sunnyside's Safari Restaurant team to the top finish in the recreation division of the third annual Aztlan Sportswear Summer Kickoff Softball Tournament.

Kevin Lick to make fourth appearance at 3A State tourney

SPOKANE - Taking few chances, just happy with pars, Sunnyside High School senior Kevin Lick earned a fourth straight trip to the 3A State golf tournament at yesterday's District competition.

Technology means real time sports scores without having to sit in the stands

Finding out what the score is for the Mariners game used to mean either sitting in front of the television watching the game as the innings ticked by, waiting around for the 11 p.m. news or waiting until the newspaper hit your front porch the next day.

Park on the wrong side of the street, expect a $38 ticket

Beginning Monday, May 30, the Sunnyside Police Department will be enforcing the left-wheel to curb law on the state books.

Working Stiff

Ex-nursing student finds satisfaction in administrative role

Ex-nursing student finds satisfaction in administrative role

Sunnyside taking six to Regionals

ELLENSBURG - It's been a long, hard fought season for the Sunnyside boys and girls tennis teams, but the recent District competition proved that hard work pays off. Six Grizzly players advanced from the District competition to Regionals.

Vikes move 11 on to Regionals

WAPATO - The District track and field meet at Wapato High School this past Friday night proved to be a pretty good setting for the Mabton High School track and field team.



Floyd, Diaz advance to Regional competition

CONNELL - After two days of Sub-district tennis play, Grandview High School's Kevin Floyd came out on top Monday afternoon, defeating Toppenish's Daniel Serna 6-0, 6-0 in the final set of the singles competition.

Librarian recognized for 25 years of service

Linda Dunham has crossed many milestones as Grandview's librarian.

Tree takes out power lines, small building

Esther Cabrera had just reached her job at Sunnyside Food Pavilion Sunday evening when she received a call that a large oak tree in her back yard had split. A large arm of the tree smashed into a shed her son spends much of his time in, which is across the yard from the main house, located at 909 Franklin Avenue in Sunnyside.

Southern shoots low score for S'side at District tourney

SPOKANE - Lady Grizzly freshman Nicole Southern was 13 strokes away from qualifying for this year's 3A State golf tournament.

S'side city manager receives healthy pay raise

The Sunnyside City Council had nothing but accolades for City Manager Bob Stockwell this past Monday night, as it unanimously approved what amounts to a $20,440 annual pay raise from when he was hired just over a year ago.

Monday, May 23

Parents urged to keep eyes open to signs of gangs and meth

GRANGER - Gathering together on a Friday night, more than 30 Granger residents came to learn about the signs for methamphetamine and gangs in their neighborhoods.

Candido lone Grizzly to win at District meet

PROSSER - Sunnyside's Yanet Candido brought home the 3,200-meter girls title from the Mid-Valley League District track and field meet staged in Prosser last Friday.

Lady Knights headed to Regional tournament

ZILLAH - A pair of convincing wins at the District tournament in Zilla this past Saturday makes the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team the favorite to advance from this coming Saturday's Regional tourney to State.

G'view tracksters move on to Districts

CONNELL - It was no surprise to Grandview High School track Coach Jared Lind that several of his athletes will be moving on to Districts this coming Friday.

West Valley blanks Sunnyside at District

RICHLAND - When a pitcher sets a school record with 16 strikeouts in a single game, all you can hope for is that it comes against someone else.



Veterans plan two Memorial Day services

Two Memorial Day services will be held in the Sunnyside area this year.

Kiddies on parade

Some were dressed in costumes, other rode their bikes as part of the Kiwanis Kids Day Parade held this past Saturday in downtown Sunnyside.

Hess leads way for Pirates at District meet

WAPATO - Bickleton High School senior Annie Hess looks on pace to bring her prep track and field career to an exciting conclusion.

Lady Vikes fall one game short

ZILLAH - The hopes of the Mabton High School fastpitch team reaching the Regional playoffs this coming weekend were dashed by a determined Lyle squad that only got better as the day went on.

Big turnout for specially called Mabton meeting

MABTON - From the number of cars that filled the parking lot at Mabton Junior/Senior High School Friday night, you'd think there was a championship basketball game going on. Instead, the crowds that filled the gymnasium weren't there to cheer on their hometown team. Instead, they were there to learn more about a situation that last week led to many students being absent from class.

Friday, May 20

District's athletic/activities council to meet Monday

The Sunnyside School District's Athletic/Activities Advisory Council will be meeting Monday, May 23.

Death Notice


Helpers sought to build deck at home of Steve Evans Saturday

Sunnyside police officer Oliver Hernandez is looking for volunteers to help build a deck at the home of former Sunnyside Police Sgt. Steve Evans, who died while hunting last fall.

The Newcomer

What's next?

What's next?

Mormon Tabernacle Choir in concert June 21 in Spokane

SPOKANE - The scenery isn't the most splendid one can see while motoring the three hours or so to Spokane, but the trek may well be worth it on Tuesday, June 21.

Grandview scores two wins over Toppenish

GRANDVIEW - Things turned around for the Lady Greyhounds Thursday afternoon as they racked up two league wins over Toppenish.

Bickleton carousel big part of picnic, rodeo

BICKLETON - The ongoing work on the restoration of the Cleveland Park Carousel will dominate the Alder Creek Association's 95th memorial program to be held Saturday, June 11, at the Cleveland Park, located four miles west of Bickleton.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

Funny little peopl

Funny little peopl

Lady Grizzlies move on

Sometimes one doesn't have to be great, they just have to be consistent.

Guest Editorial

Social Security demeans workers

Social Security demeans workers

Attractions at Hisey Park continue to grow

GRANGER - The attractions at Granger's Hisey Park continue to grow and last night members of the Granger community came out in droves to put some of the newest features to the test.

Entertainment Briefs


Hart Beat

Talk to your kids about underage drinking today

Talk to your kids about underage drinking today

'Cold Roses' touches the soul

by Rachel Bott

Local lawmakers not pleased with recently ended legislative session

More than 20 people packed into the meeting room of the SunnySpot Restaurant this morning to learn of the outcome of the most recent legislative session in Olympia.

Pet Health Clinic notes ownership change

Things may be in transition at Sunnyside's Pet Health Clinic, but not too much is changing.

Bottineau captures medalist honors at S'side/G'view match

Grandview sophomore Chante Bottineau bested the field Thursday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course in a non-league match between the Lady Greyhounds and the Sunnyside High School girls golf team.

School board takes no action

The Sunnyside School Board took no action following an executive session Thursday afternoon.

Working Stiff

Grandview's biggest cheerleader a Benton County traffic engineer

Grandview's biggest cheerleader a Benton County traffic engineer

Municipal court judge receives salary hike

The Sunnyside City Council approved several measures last week that gives a new look of sorts to the operation of the Sunnyside Municipal Court.

Thursday, May 19

Yakima County Briefs

Unsecured load fees at landfills to increase

Unsecured load fees at landfills to increase

Sunnyside City Council Briefs




New apartment complex nears completion

In case one hasn't noticed, there is something peeking above the skyline along South Sixth Street.

SHS freshman serves as page

OLYMPIA - Sunnyside High School freshman Angela De La Barrera recently returned from a one-week stay in the state capital.


There are several discrepancies in yesterday's story about Mabton Principal Fabian Castilleja filing a civil suit against the Mabton School District, as noted by Mabton School Board Chairman Manuel Guzman.



Skateboard park looks to become a reality

The saying that good things come to those who wait might hold true for Sunnyside High School senior Danny Mendoza.

Sunnyside emergency medical service workers mark national observance

They answer for emergency aid at the scenes of car accidents, as well as hazardous waste spills on a 24/7 basis. You can find them offering first aid and comfort in homes or businesses after an injury or medical crisis.

Grandview City Council Briefs


Grandview processing plant to be operated by Bybee Foods

GRANDVIEW - Walking through the new Bybee Foods building off of Grandridge Road in Grandview, it is easy to imagine the rush of noise and buzz of activity that will soon fill the plant when the large pieces of machinery roar to life, and pounds and pounds of peas start running down the processing line.

Support sought for community voc-tech center

Should a vocational technology center be established in the Sunnyside community it definitely needs to have components for adult occupational training.

Wednesday, May 18

G'view voters reject aquatic center proposal

GRANDVIEW - When it comes to bond measures for aquatic centers, it is not uncommon for voters to deny the passage of such issues one, two or even three times, according to Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board Chairman Dave Copeland. If that's the case, then Grandview took another step in the process yesterday, voting down the aquatic center proposal for the second time in five years.

Mabton principal files civil lawsuit

MABTON - The principal of Artz-Fox Elementary School in Mabton, Fabian Castilleja, has filed a civil suit against the Mabton School Board, Chairman of the school board Manuel Guzman and school district Superintendent Sandra Pasiero-Davis.

Guest Editorial

Abandoned military bases would make good energy centers

Abandoned military bases would make good energy centers

Credit union breaks ground on new building in Prosser

PROSSER - With an eye on offering extended services to its clients in the Prosser and Benton City areas, the Lower Valley Credit Union Board of Directors broke ground on a new office in Prosser yesterday (Tuesday).

Greyhound boys finish fourth at Jewett invite

McMillan earns two first place finishes

McMillan earns two first place finishes

Grandview linksters clip Sunnyside in regular season finale

An impromptu match-up between the Grandview and Sunnyside boys golf teams went the Greyhounds' way yesterday afternoon.

Bottineau and teammates tune up for District tourney

Led by sophomore Chante Bottineau, the Grandview High School girls golf team closed out the regular season yesterday with a second place finish at a CWAC South four-school match.

Girls nab third place finish at Jewett invite

ELLENSBURG - The Ellensburg and Monroe girls high school track and field teams dominated this past Saturday's Jewett Invitational.

SHS softball team faces must-win game to get to District tourney

It's simple. Win and you're in. Lose and pack up the gear and call it good until next spring.

Grizzlies' season comes to a close

SPOKANE - Sometimes things just take a weird twist and that was sort of the case yesterday for the Sunnyside High School baseball team.




Hernandez-Santoy plan August wedding

Hernandez-Santoy plan August wedding

Tuesday, May 17

Sunnyside Sharks have new coaching staff

Carolyn Hazzard is not new to the world of summer youth swimming. But Hazzard is new to the role she will be assuming this year as head coach of the Sunnyside Sharks Rotary Swim Team.

AHO housing project offering affordable homes

For a mere $500 deposit, a Sunnyside family can be on their way to owning their own house in Sunnyside's newest subdivision.

RDO offers new on-site mower maintenance service

RDO Equipment Company is among the first lawn equipment dealerships in North America to offer at-home preventative maintenance services to owners of lawnmowers or lawn tractors.

Nouvella Club officers installation this Thursday

The Nouvella Club will hold installation of officers when the group meets Thursday, May 19, at noon at Sunnyside's Snipes Mountain Restaurant.

Stone questions use of community center

Carol Stone, a regular attendee at Sunnyside City Council meetings, questioned Council members last week about the use of the Sunnyside Community Center at South Hill Park.

Grandview council delays decision on vacating right-of-way

GRANDVIEW - Members of the Grandview City Council have spent nearly two weeks trying to decide the fate of a 200 foot by 20 foot piece of property along Wine Country Road. After last night's city council meeting, it will be at least another three weeks before a final decision is expected to be made.

Death Notice


Lower Valley native speaks at Christian Women's Club

Linda (Holmes) Sieveke, now of Spokane, was born while her father was working on a hop farm in Mabton. Her family moved to Wapato before settling in the Rattlesnake foothills north of Sunnyside.

Monday, May 16

Hess sets meet record

GLENWOOD - The Bickleton High School girls track team finished in third at the Greater Columbia League 'B' meet held this past Friday in Glenwood. Led by senior Annie Hess, the Lady Pirates collected 54 team points. Hess broke the discus record set by Chelsey Wheelhouse of Glenwod in 2002 The old mark was 133-8.

SCHS sweeps Mabton for second consecutive 'B' league championship

MABTON - A doubleheader sweep over the Mabton High School girls fastpitch softball team this past Saturday gave Sunnyside Christian the Greater Columbia 'B' League northern title.

Ellensburg girls take two from S'side

ELLENSBURG - The Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team dropped a heartbreaker in the opening game of a twin bill against Ellensburg this past Saturday. In the nightcap, the Bulldogs used the momentum they gained from staging their opening game last inning rally to subdue the Lady Grizzlies, 10-1.

Arrests made in Sunnyside

Several drug and immigration related arrests were made in Sunnyside last week as part of a multi-jurisdictional raid that led to the arrest of 15 people throughout Yakima County.

Grizzlies go down fighting

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team saw its season come to a close this past Saturday in the second round of the Regional playoffs.

Vikings/Knights split season finale

MABTON - The regular season finale for the Mabton High School and Sunnyside Christian High School baseball teams mirrored one another, having the same results for both teams-a victory.

County continues working on storm water drainage program

The issue of storm water in Yakima County may have come one step closer to being solved last week.

Top academic achievers for SHS class of 2005 named

A cross country runner and a math whiz lead the Sunnyside High School class of 2005. The two have been selected as the valedictorian and salutatorian of the class of 291 seniors. The duo will be the class speakers when the class graduates Friday, June 3.

Vlieger steps down from council

The seat Sunnyside City Councilman Don Vlieger has filled for nearly eight years will sit empty next Monday when the council convenes for its next meeting.

Mabton advances 14 to District

GLENWOOD - Mabton High School's Webster Lopez was the lone first place finisher for the Vikes at the Greater Columbia League 'B' Track Meet held in Glenwood this past Friday.

Death Notice


Cancer fund-raiser tops $113,000

GRANDVIEW - Emotions were worn on the sleeves of survivors as they shared their progress with one another taking the first lap of the 9th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life fund-raiser held at Leenhouts Stadium in Grandview this past weekend. More than 100 cancer survivors, wearing deep purple shirts, walked the first lap, kicking off the event.

Students, parents want Mabton principal retained

MABTON - Cheers roared from the people lining sidewalks along North Main Street in Mabton this morning, as honking cars drove by a healthy group of protesters who were standing up in support of Artz-Fox Elementary School Principal Fabian Castilleja.

Friday, May 13

Hart new SHS principal

Sunnyside native Brian Hart has been named to replace Dennis Birr as prinicipal at Sunnyside High School.

Grandview chamber working to ensure 'Summer Eve in the Park' event continues

GRANDVIEW - The stage may be quiet at Grandview's Country Park fairgrounds, but if the Grandview Chamber of Commerce has its way the stage will be rocking again by the end of summer.

Sunnyside girl selected as American Miss Pageant state finalist

For the third time, 9-year old Jasmine Sandoval-Torres will be competing for a national American Miss title. In the past she has been selected as a finalist as she vied for the Little Princess title, but now the youngster is seeking the Jr. Pre-Teen title, according to her mother, Letty Torres.

Zamarron, Candido each score two wins at Selah track meet

SELAH - Both, Sunnyside's boys and girls teams garnered a second place finish yesterday at a three-school track and field meet hosted by the Selah Vikings.

One-two punch of Michels, Tudor tames Ephrata Tigers

EPHRATA - With a solid effort from its No. 1 through No. 4 golfers, the outcome of yesterday's match against Ephrata was never really in question for Grandview. The Greyhound boys golf team ran past the Tigers, 333-344.

Positive attitudes are infectious

Last week someone at the office came up with a brilliant idea, which I will admit that at the time I didn't think was all that brilliant. The idea was to designate Friday as positivity day. This meant dressing in your most positive outfit, not letting negative comments slip out and, all in all, just having a nice, positive day.

SIED grant to be used for road improvements in Granger

GRANGER - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners voted to execute a SIED contract with the City of Granger to help fund a study on planned improvements to the roads surrounding the North Granger industrial area.

Grizzlies unload on the Vikings

Sunnyside High School boys soccer coach Juan Pineda is a big believer in sticking to the game plan, to keep executing, until things eventually go your way.

Prosser natives publish romantic novel, Chasing Galahad

PROSSER - Maybe it's ironic that the first published novel by Jena (Shedd) MacPherson and Joanne (Dorsey) Otness is entitled Chasing Galahad.

Chamber's tourism committee attempting to re-organize

Fresh off what is being called the biggest Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo Festival in local memory, the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee met Thursday afternoon to decide how to capitalize on that success.

Grandview man arraigned on child molestation charges

GRANDVIEW - Ignacio Rosas, 35, of Grandview was arraigned Thursday in Yakima County Superior Court on one count of first degree child molestation.

Thursday, May 12

Semi crash slows traffic on freeway

A Pasco man traveling in his privately owned semi-truckthis morning from Pasco to Yakima drove the vehicle off I-82 near milepost 67, laying the front end of it in the left-hand lane of eastbound traffic.

Sunnyside Hillcrest Manor employees honored at tea

Hillcrest Manor's dining room was packed Wednesday afternoon for the annual employee appreciation tea, as 46 of the facility's 85 employees gathered to attend a ceremony honoring long-time co-workers.

Southern shoots low round for S'side

The Sunnyside High School girls golf team settled for a third place finish at yesterday's four-school Mid-Valley League match.

Flash flood sweeps through several farms

It's not often the Lower Yakima Valley experiences flash floods, which is why Monday's unusual weather caught Bridgman Road resident Kathy Schaneman off guard.

Forty-four Harrison students earn 4.00 grade point averages

A total of 44 students at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the third quarter of the 2004-05 academic year.

Granger man perishes in one-car rollover

GRANGER - A 23-year-old Granger man died last night in a one-vehicle rollover accident that happened southeast of Granger, at Satus Longhouse and Drainbank roads.

Planning Commission takes another look at sign ordinance

Exactly what types of signs are permitted, how large signs can be and where signs can be placed were all topics of conversation that arose during last night's Sunnyside Planning Commission meeting.

News Brief


Commissioners approve annexation of Sunnyside school property

After much discussion, the Sunnyside Planning Commission voted Wednesday night to approve the annexation of more than 61 acres of property north of town. The property, which is set to be zoned public facility, will be used for the construction of a new middle school by the Sunnyside School District.

Wednesday, May 11

Open Mike

I forgot the first rule of marriage

I forgot the first rule of marriage

Sunnyside High's all-time leading scorer set to lead Grizzlies back to State tourney

He is often referred to by his coach as having the feet of an angel. This Thursday night, reigning Mid-Valley League player of the year Junior Garcia (and his feet) will be leading the Sunnyside High School boys soccer team into the opening round of the postseason against Selah.



Hawes-Guillen to wed in September

The Sunnyside home of Lynn and Joe Hawes will be the setting of the wedding ceremony uniting Jenneil (Liebich) Hawes and Jose Guillen Jr. The couple are planning a late afternoon ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005.

Tree Top closing Oregon plant, moving freezer cherry operations to Prosser

Tree Top has announced it will close it Milton-Freewater, Ore. cherry processing plant at the end of the current growing season.

Tudor cards 81 for G'view boys

Grandview's Sean Tudor posted a respectable 9-over-par 81 yesterday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course to pace the Greyhound boys team. But with numerous golfers scoring in the 70's, the Grandview linksters settled for a third place finish in the five-school field.

Utility trailer stolen from local cemetery

OUTLOOK - A utility trailer valued at $1,000 was reported stolen Tuesday afternoon by a member of the Outlook Cemetery Association.

Guest Editorial

Are the folks we send to Olympia listening?

Are the folks we send to Olympia listening?

Sunnyside wraps up postseason berth

The Sunnyside High School baseball team took destiny into its own hands yesterday and took care of business with an impressive sweep of visiting Hanford to secure a postseason berth.

Chamber of Commerce generators reported stolen

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce reported two portable generators as stolen from the intersection of Sixth Street and Edison Avenue. Sunnyside police officers are looking into the theft, which was reported Tuesday afternoon.

Greyhounds finish season on a bright note

TOPPENISH - It was a good ending to a season filled with mixed highlights for the Grandview High School baseball team.

Paul prevails in battle with S'side City Hall

It took eight months of disagreement and the threat of a lawsuit against the City of Sunnyside, but Prosser contractor Tom Paul has prevailed.

Lady Knights blank Grandview to avenge earlier loss

When all the cylinders are firing, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team is nearly untouchable.

Hess, Loomis collect top honors at Burbank

BURBANK- Even though the officials at the Burbank track meet didn't score the Bickleton High School track team, there was no denying three first place wins by the Pirates.

Dolans to celebrate 25th anniversary with trip

Tom and Sharon (Kirk) Dolan will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a family trip to Hawaii.

Lick leads S'side to league victory

SELAH - Sunnyside High School senior Kevin Lick powered the Grizzly boys golf team to a runaway win at a four-school Mid-Valley League match Tuesday afternoon.

Sunnyside girls win over Hanford

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Grizzly tennis teams faced some tough competition Tuesday afternoon as they took on the Hanford Falcons.

August nuptials planned

The North Shore Bible Church in Manson will be the Aug. 13, 2005 setting for the marriage of Lindsay Marie Pittman to former Sunnysider Craig Michael Timmermans.

Hernandezes celebrate 50th anniversary

Estanislado and Josephine Hernandez of Grandview celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of their vows at the Sunnyside Apostolic Church Saturday, May 7. The ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by their children at the Granger Lion's Club hall.

Tuesday, May 10

New homes sprouting up

Families looking to purchase a house in the Sunnyside area no longer have to settle for a home where carpets will have to be replaced, cabinets refinished and light fixtures replaced before it begins to actually feel like home. With new subdivisions coming into Sunnyside, families can now watch their dream home go up before their very eyes.



Man arrested on child molestation charges

GRANDVIEW - A 35-year-old Grandview man is in Yakima County Jail today, after being arrested Monday on child molestation charges.

Clean-up Saturday

For Sunnyside residents, getting rid of trash and garbage couldn't be easier, and it's free.

Sandwich shop moves to new location

The Tuscan decor of the new Sunnyside Subway shop is the first thing one notices when walking in the door of the restaurant.

Seattle Times Coach of the Year acknowledges basketball is only a game

For those who may not realize it, the community of Sunnyside is very fortunate to have one of the best high school boys basketball coaches in the Valley.

Council supports mail-in primary

The Sunnyside City Council gave its approval this past Monday night to a plan from the Yakima County Elections Department to conduct the Sept. 20 primary election by mail-in-ballot.

Cemetery flower thefts all too common

When Lower Valley Memorial Gardens Manager Larry Montague arrived at work the Tuesday after Memorial Day last year, he was confronted by a woman reporting that two women had just left with her planter, one she had placed at a loved one's grave the day before.

Monday, May 9

Grizzlies finish seaso in third place

Sunnyside to host Selah this Thursday

Sunnyside to host Selah this Thursday

Play-offs oh so close for Grizzlies

PROSSER - There is a lot for the Sunnyside High School baseball team to play for this coming Tuesday afternoon, as the Hanford Falcons roll into town for a twin bill.

Lady Knights thump Lyle

Collecting 24 hits on the afternoon, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team rolled to a pair of easy wins over the visiting Lyle Cougars last Friday.

Sunnyside finishes ninth at Inland Empire tourney

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside tennis team brought a ninth place finish home from this past weekend's Inland Empire tournament in Spokane.

Jolliff ninth in pole vault at Kirkland meet

KIRKLAND - Cassie Jolliff had the best finish of the five Sunnyside High School girls who competed Saturday at the Lake Washington Track & Field Invitational in Kirkland.

S'side freshman provides highlights against Hanford

RICHLAND - Coming up with half of her club's hits on the day, freshman Cassie Guillen provided about the only highlights for the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team last Friday.

East Valley sweeps

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview tennis teams lost to Valley powerhouse East Valley Saturday. The score wasn't close as the East Valley girls won 5-0 and the Red Devils' boys team defeated the Hounds 4-1.

Greyhounds season comes to a close

NACHES VALLEY - The good news for fans of the Grandview High School soccer team is that the Greyhounds ended their 2005 campaign on a winning note. The bad news is that the Greyhounds' season is just that, ended.

National Nursing Week:

Sunnyside nurse recounts five months as a patient

Sunnyside nurse recounts five months as a patient

National Weather Service issues Valley tornado alert

The Emergency Broadcasting System issued a tornado alert at 11:48 a.m. for the Yakima Valley today (Monday).

Hess dominates discus at Wapato

WAPATO- One way to describe Bickleton's Annie Hess is to say she is poetry in motion , at least when she's throwing the discus.

News Briefs


Police pursuit ends in death

A high speed chase between a Sunnyside police officer and a man suspected of a hit and run accident outside the Dark Horse Inn, which is located in the 1400 block of Yakima Valley Highway, ended in the suspect's death Sunday night.

Knights grab first league win

The Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team finally broke into the win column in Greater Columbia 'B' League play. The Knights did it by playing good old fashion baseball, mixing in some solid pitching with fundamental defense.

McMillan takes first in shot, discus

WAPATO - Grandview High School hurler Cody McMillan placed first in both the shot and discus at the Lions Club Wolftrack Invitational at Wapato High School this past Saturday. Grandview was one of 10 teams competing at the meet.

Friday, May 6

Plata, Puente cash at PGA pro-am

WEST VALLEY - Miles Plata of Prosser and Miguel Puente of Sunnyside were the only Black Rock Creek Golf Course team members to cash at this past Monday's Central Washington chapter of the PGA pro-am event.

The boys are back

It just seemed the Sunnyside High School boys soccer team needed a few days of rest after a hectic week.

Ellensburg girls eke out victory over Lady Grizzlies

Two wins apiece by Yanet Candido and Fatima Ruelas weren't enough to jettison the Sunnyside High School girls track and field team past visiting Ellensburg yesterday.

Chamber short-handed as Cinco de Mayo celebration kicks off

As Sunnyside prepares for a very busy Cinco de Mayo weekend, the local Chamber of Commerce has found itself a little short-handed.

Play pokes fun at old-time mysteries

For her first undertaking as the Sunnyside Christian High School drama advisor, Beth Hedstrom chose a play with which she was familiar.

Mother's Day drama offered Sunday

Invite your mother to the theater Sunday, May 8, when he Sunnyside Church of God, 344 N. 11th St., presents Dear Diary, during the 10 a.m. worship hour.

Parents receive phone call from missing daughter

The parents of a 13-year-old girl, reported missing last Sunday night, are resting a bit easier today (Friday) after having received a phone call from their daughter last night.

Annual SHS senior talent show tonight, Saturday

It is that time of year again when Sunnyside High School seniors don funny clothes, sharpen their slapstick talent and present the Senior Follies talent show. The 2005 Senior Follies will open tonight (Friday) at the Sunnyside High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 per person and will be available at the door.

Sunnyside survey to be used to assure safe drinking water

I am aware that there are significant penalties for submitting false information, including the possibility of fine and imprisonment for knowing violations.

Guest Editorial

Oklahoma City and 9/11

Oklahoma City and 9/11

Grizzly boys rope Mustangs

PROSSER - Things didn't pan out very well for the Sunnyside Grizzly girls tennis team Thursday night. But the boys team made up for it, winning against the Mustangs.



Mother's Day tribute

For this Sunnyside woman, becoming a mom was instantaneous

For this Sunnyside woman, becoming a mom was instantaneous

Grandview loses doubleheader to Naches

NACHES - Things didn't pan out well for Grandview Thursday afternoon as the Lady Greyhounds fastpitch team took on the Naches Rangers.

The Newcomer

Guys and their toys

Guys and their toys

Hart Beat

Please - nothing exotic for Mother's Day

Please - nothing exotic for Mother's Day

Grizzly golfers claim easy wins

Sunnyside's No. 1 golfer, senior Kevin Lick, wasn't all that pleased with his 8-over-par 80 yesterday. Regardless, it was the Grizzlies' low individual round on the afternoon, as Sunnyside cruised to easy victories over Riverside Christian and Grandview.



Schatz seeks $2 million in lawsuit against city

Former City of Sunnyside Finance Director Bud Schatz is seeking a minimum of $2 million in a lawsuit that names both the city and City Manager Robert Stockwell as the defendants.

Religious Reflections

Leaving your comfort zone for God

Leaving your comfort zone for God

Kim scores birdie at E'burg course

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside High School sophomore Christine Kim nailed a rare birdie during yesterday's three-team golf match in Ellensburg.

CD Review

Hot Hot Heat's newest CD lacks spontaneity, but has its bright spots

Hot Hot Heat's newest CD lacks spontaneity, but has its bright spots

Grandview students learn about effects of drunk driving

GRANDVIEW - With prom this weekend, the entire Grandview High School student body was able to see first-hand yesterday the effects of drinking and driving.

Thursday, May 5

District plans to get more use out of parent center

Sunnyside School District Executive Director of School and Community Resources Ruben Carrera presented plans to increase parental involvement at last week's Sunnyside School Board meeting.

Grandview teens honored for efforts to support troops

GRANDVIEW - When three Grandview High School seniors decided to send care packages to Iraq as part of their senior project, little did they know they would be receiving letters of appreciation from the Washington National Guard.

Sunnyside School Board Briefs


Grizzlies suffer losses to Ellensburg

Things did not go smoothly for Sunnyside Wednesday afternoon. Although the morning rain had stopped, the sun wasn't shining on the two Grizzly tennis teams.

Cantwell vows to help preserve research funding

PROSSER - It takes more than a couple of years to breed a new cherry variety. It's a process that can take anywhere from 25 to 30 years to complete. But finding research funding that spreads over three decades can be tough. For the past century that steady funding has come from the Hatch program.

Ramirez crowned Miss Granger

GRANGER - After Ana Ramirez heard the name of her competitor for the title of Miss Granger, Melissalyn DeLuna, called at a crowning ceremony two weeks ago, she was a bit confused.

Death Notice


Sunnyside girls host Goldendale

Junior Megan Downing and freshman Dacia Drollinger each shot 18-hole rounds of 120 yesterday during a non-league, non-scoring golf match against the Goldendale High School girls team.

Wednesday, May 4


Bunkers-Schliep wedding held at Lake Tahoe

Bunkers-Schliep wedding held at Lake Tahoe



Unprofessional...not so says Board of Adjustment member Miller

After the Sunnyside Board of Adjustment members made their decisions on three issues Tuesday night, board member Craig Miller brought up a concern regarding recommendations by city staff.

On-duty trooper involved in two-car accident

GRANGER - Washington State Patrol Trooper Brandon Karas was treated and released from Sunnyside Community Hospital following a car accident that occurred Tuesday night.

Lady Vikes pull out sweep

MABTON - It took a bit of work, but the Mabton High School fastpitch team got the job done against visiting Lyle yesterday.

Mabton's Lopez and Gomez claim firt place honors at Granger meet

GRANGER - The Mabton Vikings track team has a good day at the Granger High School track meet held Tuesday afternoon. Good weather and healthy athletes resulted in a number ofnotewothy efforts, said Mabton Coach Rob Roettger.

Guest Editorial

State budget held together with chewing gum, baling wire

State budget held together with chewing gum, baling wire

Mother's Day plant sale in G'view on tap

GRANDVIEW - The plants are piling up and as Mother's Day approaches the Grandview High School plant science class is ready to sell off the colorful foliage they have been nursing along for the past few months.

SCHS grad named top WSP trooper

Following in the footsteps of his father-in-law, Gary Hughes of Prosser, former Outlook resident David Kaiser was recently named Washington State Patrol Trooper of the Year.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

Childbirth class bring reality to pregnancy

Childbirth class bring reality to pregnancy

Bickleton's Annie Hess sets school discus record

WHITE SWAN - Bickleton's Annie Hess not only set a new personal best in the discus at Tuesday's White Swan meet, she set a new school record.

Greyhounds nearly ground the Eagles

GRANDVIEW - Despite playing well, luck still doesn't seem to be on the side of the Grandview High School boys soccer team.

Greyhounds go down to the Rangers

GRANDVIEW - Baseball is about executing the fundamentals and that is what propelled the Naches Valley High School baseball team yesterday past Grandview.

Schutt, Lick post sub-80 rounds at Ellensburg match

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside High School golfers Andrew Schutt and Kevin Lick, both seniors, turned in a pair of sub-80 rounds Tuesday at a Mid-Valley League three-school match in Ellensburg.

Marez-Guerreo wed in home ceremony

The Sunnyside home of Debbie Marez and Pedro Guerrero was the setting for the couple's wedding on Sunday, April 24, 2005.

SCHS softball team runs win streak to 10

KLICKITAT - Dusting off the Klickitat Vandals in two shortened, five-inning games yesterday, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team upped its winning streak to 10 games.

Grizzlies score two wins over Selah

SELAH - The Sunnyside boys tennis team is on a roll. Tuesday afternoon the team scored its fourth straight victory, this time tallying a 3-2 win against the Selah Vikings.



Tuesday, May 3

Greyhounds put scare into East Valley

MOXEE - Kevin Concienne nearly had enough to get it done for the Grandview High School baseball team this past weekend.

Sunnyside Community Hospital imaging department enhances technology

New technology has changed one of the most technological departments at Sunnyside Community Hospital - the imaging department. Even that name is a change for some, who still want to call the department X-Ray.

Runaway sought

Thirteen-year-old Rebecca Redick was supposedly going to a neighbor's house to drop off some beauty supplies needed to prepare for a wedding Saturday at about noon, but hasn't been seen since by family members.

Christian school foundation holding 11th annual golf tournament

The Sunnyside Christian School Foundation will be holding its 11th annual fund-raising golf tournament in June.

Cougars scratch out win over Vikings

MABTON - Interesting might be the right word to describe how yesterday's non-league twin bill against visiting White Swan played out for the Mabton High School baseball team.

Council tables decision on vacating right-of-way

GRANDVIEW - Whether or not the city is willing to vacate nearly 20 feet of right-of-way along Wine Country Road to enable the expansion of the local Dairy Queen is a decision that will be made at a later date.

Horizon works to find jobs for disabled adults

Sunnyside Noon Rotary members learned Monday at their noon meeting how Rotary International supports disabled adults. With the Partners for Work program, disabled adults in the Valley are being employed in a variety of capacities.

Denny Blaine Park closed

Denny Blaine Park, located at the intersection of Seventh Street and Custer Avenue in Sunnyside, will be closed until further notice.

Death Notices


School director chastises administrators for being left in the dark

One of the notable qualities of Sunnyside School Board member Bill Smith is that he isn't shy about sharing his thoughts. And at last week's monthly directors meeting, Smith had plenty to share with the district administration team about a situation that arose.

Grandview softball rained out last week

MOXEE - Last Friday, an afternoon rainstorm postponed Grandview's softball game against East Valley.

State officials have minor concerns with Sunnyside audit

The Washington State Auditor's Office sent a management letter to the City of Sunnyside, which is one step below a finding, for the accountability audit conducted for the year 2003.

Stokes, Schatz Christie Memorial Best Ball winners

There was no touching former Sunnyside High School golf standouts David Stokes and Ty Schatz this past weekend at the annual Bill Christie Memorial Best Ball Tournament.

Sun Valley baseball holding sign-ups May 17

The Sun Valley summer baseball program is starting to kick things into high gear for the coming season.

School board explores new policy dealing with liquor license requests

Some in attendance at last week's Sunnyside School Board meeting may have been a bit perplexed as to why policy #4270 was a blank sheet of paper.

Thefts reported in Sunnyside

Last Thursday, four thefts were reported to Sunnyside police.

G'view links crew 3rd at 5-team match

OTHELLO - Paced by Sean Tudor's 10-over-par 80 and an 81 from Andrew Michels, the Grandview High School boys golf team earned a tie for third place honors at a five-school CWAC league match staged at the Othello municipal golf course Monday afternoon.

Six seek board of director seats for Sunnyside Christian Schools

Six Lower Valley people are seeking spots on the Sunnyside Christian School Board. Three of the candidates will be selected for the board when the Sunnyside Christian School Society meets Monday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in the Sunnyside Christian Elementary School gym. Candidates include Nanci Campbell, Frank De Jong, Rob Faber, Bob Groeneweg, Aaron Prins and Doug Tyhuis.

Monday, May 2

Realtors' auction for this Wednesday

Realtors' auction this Wednesday

Principal interviews set for mid-May

Principal interviews in May

Drug, alcohol survey provides insight into lives of S'side kids

Sunnyside School District Director of Safe and Effective Schools John Hughes provided the Sunnyside School Board last week with insight into some of the issues facing students regarding drugs and alcohol use.

Classroom flood damage extensive

The Sunnyside School Board signed an emergency resolution at last week's meeting to forgo the requirements of the state bid law to make repairs to the high school.

Police apprehend motorist with stolen Grandview car tab

PROSSER - A enton County Sheriff's deputy apprehended a 22-year-old Prosser man last Thursday afternoon who was driving a pick-up truck that had a license plate tab stolen from a vehicle in the Grandview area.

Firemen take part in live-burn training

Firemen take part in live-burn training

Fire damages office

OUTLOOK - A home converted into office space at J&J Bosma Dairy at 160 Issacs Road, northwest of Outlook, caught fire due to electrical problems Sunday afternoon.

Washington State Patrol detectives investigating car/pedestrian incident

Washington State Patrol detectives are investigating an incident at 3251 SR 241 which sent a Sunnyside woman to Harborview Medical Center early Sunday morning.

Sun shines bright for annual Cherry Festival celebration

GRANGER - Despite rainy, gray weather for most of last week, the clouds parted Saturday morning, allowing the Granger Cherry Festival to proceed without fear of a downpour.



Mid-Valley League golfers score well at Pendleton invite

PENDLETON, ORE. - The Class 3A Mid-Valley League has long been a hotbed for talented golfers. This year is no exception.

Hess wins discus at Hermiston

HERMISTON, ORE. - Following her impressive second place finish in the discus the previous weekend at the prestigious Pasco Invitational, Bickleton's Annie Hess did one better this past Saturday at the Hermiston Invitational.

Stop sticks help end high speed pursuit

A high speed chase ended this morning when the Yakima County Sheriff's Office used stop sticks that punctured two of the tires on the vehicle being pursued by the Granger Police Department.

Grizzlies split with Wolfpack

WAPATO - It was a day of ups and downs for the Sunnyside High School baseball team this past Saturday at Wapato.

Grizzlies lackluster against Hanford Falcons

RICHLAND - If the Sunnyside High School boys soccer team went into Saturday's game at Hanford with the goal of finishing third in the Mid-Valley League, then the Grizzlies accomplished what they set out to do.

Prayers for leaders to be offered at Sunnyside Day of Prayer event

Realizing that the community, state and nation is in need of prayers, each year the Sunnyside clergy and others gather to celebrate a "Day of Prayer."