Stories for September 2005


Friday, September 30

Ethics Committee sees little value in schools opposing liquor ads

The question of whether the Sunnyside School District should be opposing liquor licenses and liquor advertisements at premises within 500 feet of school property, is one the Sunnyside Ethics Committee has been tangling with for some time.

'Diary of Anne Frank' to hit the Sunnyside stage

When Drama Club Advisor Maisy Sylling began looking through scripts for this fall's Sunnyside High School production, she wasn't looking for anything in particular.

Sunnyside's Promise visits juvenile detention center

YAKIMA - The young people come from different backgrounds and range in age from eight to 17.

First CD by The Oranges Band shows talent, but lack of identity

by Rachel Bott

Vote for Gant

I am writing this letter to support Bill Gant's candidacy for city council. I have known as a friend and worked professionally with Bill for more than 27 years.

Great year for 2004-05 court

Wow! What a wonderful year it's been for the 2004-05 Miss Sunnyside court and their parents.

Grandview walks past Huskies in three-game match

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds volleyball team didn't have too much to worry about going head-to-head with Othello Thursday night. Grandview was able to walk away from the match with a three-game sweep, improving the team's league record to 5-0.

Cheney sinks Sunnyside swim team

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School girls swim team met Cheney last night at Lions pool, losing 113-37.

Farmer supporter

I was angry and upset after reading the opinion of Rick Berk (Daily Sun News 9-21-05), accusing Mike Farmer of being motivated solely by politics and doing a poor job for the city on the odor abatement project at a local cattle operation.

Time to take action

Thanks to all the people who supported me this past year as the principal at Artz-Fox Elementary, and continue to support me during my appeal process. The parents, students, community members and staff who rallied for me were much appreciated and made an impact with the superintendent and the Mabton School Board.

Murder suspect trail date set for December

Renee Joseph Ramos will face a felony charge of murder in the second degree in Yakima County Superior Court when his case goes to trial on Dec. 5.

Lady Grizzlies earn first victory

WAPATO - It was a clean sweep for the Sunnyside volleyball team, which won 25-16, 25-15, 25-16 at Wapato on Thursday night.

Religious Reflections

A lesson on leaning

A lesson on leaning

Guest Editorial

Ron Linehan one-of-a-kind

Ron Linehan one-of-a-kind

Hanford girls, E'burg boys dominate race in Sunnyside

Hanford's girls team claimed the top three individual spots and the Ellensburg boys squad had three runners among the top seven finishers to dominate the only high school cross country competition of the season hosted by the Sunnyside Grizzly harriers.

Tacitly Yours

One last thank you

One last thank you

Razor clam season scheduled to open Oct. 15

The fall razor-clam season will get underway Saturday, Oct. 15, at all five ocean beaches if tests continue to show the clams are safe to eat, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Olympic National Park announced this week.

Sidewalk supervisor on the job

by Frances Potts

Mabton elementary students pledge to help victims of Hurricane Katrina

MABTON - Victims of Hurricane Katrina will be receiving help from a group of Mabton Elementary school fifth-graders.

Sunnyside school construction speeding along

by Frances Potts

S'side outlasts rival Grandview

The soccer match had more plot twists than a "B" movie and one player had to leave the field to catch her second wind.

The Newcomer

It will look good on your . . .what?

It will look good on your . . .what?

Death Notice



Thursday, September 29

Sunnyside Board of Adjustment OK's 24-hour day care

With no public comment in opposition, the city of Sunnyside's Board of Adjustment last night approved a 24-hour children's day care service.

Teddy bear drive on to help kids involved in local emergencies

Sunnyside High School's leadership class takes turns on community projects. "They have one week to come up with a service idea, then a week to implement it," explained advisor Dave Martinez.

Scrapbook seminar planned for Oct. 15

GRANDVIEW - The five-member Grandview scrapbooking group, the Sassy Scrappers, will be hosting a scrapbooking seminar on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grandview Christian Church.

Grizzly freshmen making strides

PROSSER - This past Monday's 49-2 thumping administered by Prosser against Sunnyside in a freshman football game may appear to some that the Grizzlies are going nowhere fast.



Weekly Bowling Report


Several Sunnyside intersections to sport new rumble strips

The intersections where Edison Avenue, Factory Road and Sheller Road come together with State Route 241 are about to get a little safer thanks to a partnership between Yakima County and the Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT).



Van Wingerden shoots 2nd low amateur round at PGA pro-am

KENNEWICK - Mike Van Wingerden's sizzling 2005 season on the area's golf links continues.

Wednesday, September 28

Lady 'Hounds lose to East Valley

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhounds shut out league leading East Valley for the first 30 minutes but it wasn't enough in a 3-0 CWAC soccer loss Tuesday evening.

'Little Pre' seventh at Royal City run

ROYAL CITY - "Little Pre," as he is called by Bickleton High School Coach Darrell Lang, turned in another solid performance for the Pirates cross country team yesterday afternoon.

Why complain about gas prices?

We complain when gas prices are $2.74 a gallon and then when they rise to over $3 a gallon we're asking for them to be $2.74 again. I don't like paying more money for gas, but I don't have a choice and neither does anyone else. The only other choice people have is to ride a bicycle or walk.

Rallies costly for S'side volleyball

Sunnyside's volleyball team took the early lead but couldn't sustain the momentum in a 3-0 home loss to Selah on Wednesday evening.

Man suspected of mugging senior citizen nabbed by police

Sunnyside police have apprehended a 41-year-old man, believed to be involved in the Tuesday night, Sept. 20, mugging of a 71-year-old Sunnyside woman.


Vining, Clinton united in June ceremony

Vining, Clinton united in June ceremony

Prosser edges Lady Grizzlies soccer team

PROSSER - A new coach and new strategy helped make the difference as Prosser escaped with a 1-0 win over Sunnyside in Mid-Valley League soccer action Tuesday night.

Sunnyside pageant supporters thanked

We, the Miss Sunnyside Program Committee, would like to recognize the following individuals for making the Miss Sunnyside Pageant one of our community's most anticipated events:

Sunnyside residents ride out Hurricane Rita at home

Last Friday, Russell and Jacqueline Hazen anxiously waited out Hurricane Rita from their home in Sunnyside.


Herreras celebrate 40 years together

Herreras celebrate 40 years together




Mabton student starts collection for hurricane relief

MABTON - Mabton High School senior Jesica Orozco has begun a canned food drive to help victims of hurricane Katrina and Rita.

Letter offensive

In regards to the letter that Mr. Fabian Castilleja wrote about Ms. Julia Hart, I find it offensive.

Lady Knights lost to Riverside Christian

The Sunnyside Christian High School volleyball team may have lost to Riverside Christian Tuesday night, but the Lady Knights coach isn't complaining.

'F' As In Frank





Kids Corner great experience

On Saturday, Sept. 17, I had the opportunity to host for Sunnyside a Kids Corner at the annual celebration of Sunshine Days. What a truly wonderful experience!


Balderas, Pollard set wedding date

Balderas, Pollard set wedding date

Tuesday, September 27

Sunnyside ironing out new Pacific Power contract

The clock is ticking on Sunnyside's electric utility franchise with Pacific Power.

Sports Briefs




Black Rock Creek Golf Course 2005 President's Cup



eBay class presented in Sunnyside

Most people, through the years, start to accumulate a fair amount of junk, knick knacks, and other treasures, making it increasingly more difficult to store all of it.



Sunnyside School District looks at upgrading outdoor athletic facilities

The Sunnyside School District received nothing but encouragement Monday night, when parents, staff members and coaches were asked whether or not the district should continue to move forward with a $4 million plan that would upgrade the outdoor athletic facilities at Sunnyside High School and Harrison Middle School.

Future of soon-to-be annexed property has yet to be decided

The future of a proposed Aho subdivision is still up in the air.

Weekly Bowling Report


Former standout Sunnyside athlete, Ron Linehan, dies of Alzheimer's

Many people in Sunnyside remember the name, Ron Linehan. Some people connect the name to a rough and tumble Sunnyside High School football player, others remember the name from Linehan's time playing football at the University of Idaho, others remember nothing more than the Sunnyside man's competitive nature and natural drive. But everyone who remembers Linehan can agree on one thing - he was a good man.

Smasne takes first in football contest

David Smasne of Grandview beat out Billy Van Wingerden of Sunnyside for first place honors in the third week of the Sunnyside Merchants Football Contest. Smasne will receive $50 with Van Wingerden garnering a three-month subscription to the newspaper.



Monday, September 26

Sanchez places third at Connell Invite

CONNELL - Grandview traveled to Connell this past Saturday to join 22 other teams at the Connell Invite.

Mustangs stampede past S'side

PROSSER - Sunnyside's football team kept it close for a quarter before giving way to state-ranked Prosser in a 64-3 Mid-Valley League loss last Friday.

Sunnyside Christian loses two heartbreakers

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian boys soccer team played a heartbreaker of a game Friday afternoon against Valley Christian.



SHS students collecting stuffed animals

Sunnyside High School's Leadership class is now accepting stuffed animals which will be donated to local law enforcement agencies.

'Hounds nipped in a thriller

GRANDVIEW - Ellensburg and Grandview played a football game Friday night - and a chess match broke out.

S'side girls second at Apple Ridge invite

Messmore wins Flight #2 race

Messmore wins Flight #2 race

Mabton gridders get by Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT - It wasn't their best effort of the season, nonetheless, the Mabton High School Vikings knocked off the Bridgeport football team last Friday, 35-6.

Crusaders win in three games at Bickleton

BICKLETON - The high flying Riverside Christian Crusaders dominated as expected last Friday night against the inexperienced and young Bickleton Lady Pirates volleyball team.

Up, up and away at Prosser Balloon Rally

PROSSER - More than 30 hot air balloons turned out for this past weekend's 16th annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally.

Grandview loses to 3A Selah

GRANDVIEW - Visiting Selah brought its scoring powerhouse to Grandview last Saturday and came away with a 6-0 win.

Lady Grizzlies swept at Hanford

RICHLAND - Sunnyside's girls volleyball team will retool following a 25-14, 25-12, 25-18 Mid-Valley League loss at Hanford last Saturday.

Cowan Vineyards grand opening held last Saturday

PROSSER - "We've been growing wine grapes for 10 years, so we decided to see what it's like," said Susan Cowan of Cowan Vineyards, which held its grand opening in Prosser this past Saturday.

HMS teachers going door-to-door to invite parents to open house

A group of teachers at Harrison Middle School is going the extra mile to try to get parents more involved in their children's schooling.

Shorthanded S'side falls at home

A shorthanded Sunnyside girls soccer team was no match against league leading Hanford last Saturday in a 9-0 home loss.

Lady Vikings take first place honors in Saturday tourney

PASCO - Things are starting to turn around for the Mabton High School volleyball team. The Lady Vikings brought home a first place finish from this past Saturday's Tri-City Prep Tournament held in Pasco.

On the road with 'Burn Barrel Bob'

"My name is Bob and I chase burn barrels," so began my ride-along last week with "Burn Barrel" Bob West of the Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority.

SCHS cheer team aids Katrina relief

"We've been blessed with so much, we just want to help however we can," said Sunnyside Christian High School student Juliana Erickson.

Grandview girls keep improving

PULLMAN - The Grandview High School swim team traveled to Pullman this past Saturday to compete against Pullman, Prosser and Clarkston.

Lady Knights win over Glenwood/Trout Lake

TROUT LAKE - The Sunnyside Christian High School volleyball team had to fight hard last Friday night, giving it everything they had to come out on top against Glenwood/Trout Lake.

Epps, Ahumada hang on for wins in Primary Election

In the latest tabulations from the Yakima County Auditor's Office, both Sunnyside City Council candidate Bruce Epps and Mabton School Board candidate Teresa Ahumada appear to have garnered enough votes to move on to November's General Election.

Friday, September 23

Irrigation water drying up

It's now late September, when autumn leaves put on their colorful best and there's a crisp chill in the night air.

The Newcomer

Let's talk it over

Let's talk it over

Referees call back two goals in 2-1 loss Thursday to Scotties

In a case of "what might have been," the Sunnyside girls soccer team had two goals called back in a 2-1 home loss to Highland on Thursday night.

Lady Grizzlies swept in league match-up

PROSSER - For the first time all season the Sunnyside volleyball team came out of the gate strong, not waiting for the second or third game to establish themselves.

Mabton beats Kittitas Coyotes in four games

MABTON - Everything fell into place for the Mabton High School volleyball team Thursday night, as it was able to battle past Kittitas for a four-game win.

First-year SHS harrier runner-up at E'burg

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside sophomore Britany Messmore may be kicking herself for not taking up running a long time ago.

Religious Reflection

A Fall Lullaby

A Fall Lullaby

Art entries sought for 50th annual exhibition

YAKIMA - Larson Gallery is accepting entries for the "50th Annual Central Washington Artists Exhibition," a juried exhibit of artists residing in Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Walla Walla and Yakima Counties. More than $6,000 in cash awards will be presented. Entries will be accepted Oct. 18-20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Larson Gallery, on the Yakima Valley Community College Campus in Yakima.

Sacajawea State Park hosting cowboy poetry, music fest this Saturday

PASCO - Enjoy an afternoon and evening of music and poetry of cowboys of the west in a beautiful outdoor park setting!



S'side Housing Authority receives perfect report from Washington auditors

For the second year in a row the Sunnyside Housing Authority breezed through its annual state audit, garnering the most prized of audit results. The Housing Authority's audit ended with no recommendations and no findings.

Catching the second wave

The move from Cle Elum to Sunnyside left us in TV limbo for a few weeks.

Family begins rebuilding life after Hurricane Katrina hits

Watching Elena Hazle sit outside on her front steps and play with her children, she looks like a typical mother, outside enjoying the warm fall weather.


Wait on RR crossing repairs

Police arrest two women in connection with robbery

Two Sunnyside women have been arrested in connection with this past Tuesday night's incident of a 71-year-old woman being knocked to the ground outside a local church, then robbed of her purse.

Granger man sustains injuries in 3-vehicle mishap

UNION GAP - 53-year-old Rudy G. Guzman of Granger sustained injuries yesterday afternoon as the result of a three-vehicle accident at SR-97 and Lateral A near Union Gap.

Thursday, September 22

Weekly Bowling Report


Miss Sunnyside's attention directed towards American Cancer Society

Before 2005-06 Miss Sunnyside Kerri Urrutia ever thought about walking away from last Saturday's pageant with a crown, she had to make a tough decision.

S'side students join nationwide prayer movement

A prayer vigil was held Wednesday morning, as about 30 Sunnyside High School students gathered around the school's flag pole for the annual "See You at the Pole" event.

SIFE students are working to reach out to change lives

There is a group of Heritage University students who are working hard to ensure that life in the Yakima Valley changes.

Sunnyside woman robbed outside of church

A Sunnyside woman was injured this past Tuesday night, Sept. 20, while being robbed after attending a church meeting.

Sunnyside City Council race tightens

Numerous Lower Valley ballots arrived at the Yakima County Courthouse Wednesday via mail, but they did little to change the initial results posted by the county auditor's office late Tuesday evening.

Noon Rotary hears plans to retain, prepare S'side high school students

Programs to retain eighth graders entering high school and to help prepare students for college were the focus of a presentation at the Sunnyside Noon Rotary meeting earlier this week.

Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar new Museum of Flight CEO

SEATTLE - The Museum of Flight on Wednesday announced the selection of NASA astronaut Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Ph.D., as its new president and CEO.






Grandview wells bring upgraded

GRANDVIEW - When it comes to water, the City of Grandview is ahead of the curve.

Wednesday, September 21

Lady Grizzlies dunked by West Valley

YAKIMA - The Lady Grizzlies were almost at full strength last night when they met West Valley at Lions Pool, but it just wasn't enough.

Grandview school to host parents night Sept. 26

GRANDVIEW - Harriet Thompson Elementary School in Grandview will host a parents night get-together Monday, Sept. 26. The gathering is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Lady Pirate spikers take first game against Goldendale

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School varsity volleyball squad is making strides. For the second consecutive match, the Lady Pirates claimed a single game victory against their opponent.

Grandview City Council Briefs


Adaptive programs makes recreation come alive for those with disabilities

GRANDVIEW - Most people take going for a dip in the pool or shooting hoops for granted. But for some people simply getting into the swimming pool can be an arduous task.

Knights blanked by Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE - The Sunnyside Christian Knights boys soccer team played its league opener last night against Moses Lake Christian, losing 7-0 and dropping their second game in as many tries.

Death Notice


The Newcomer

An earthquake? No, just change

An earthquake? No, just change

Raschko, Hernandez, Loomis garner 'Top 10' performances

GRANGER - Danielle Raschko earned the top individual finish for the Bickleton High School cross country team at yesterday's five-school meet staged in Granger.

Lady 'Hounds score big win over Ki-Be Bears

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School volleyball team secured an important win Tuesday night, pushing past the Ki-Be Bears in a three-game match.


Couple wed in June ceremony

Couple wed in June ceremony

Chiprez receives scholarship

Sunnyside High School graduate Lizeth Chiprez recently received a $2,000 scholarship from the PacifiCare Latino Health Scholars program.

Lower Valley schools GEAR UP for six more years

YAKIMA - Facing the ax due to federal budget constraints, a program preparing students for college not only received a second life, but six more years.

Tacitly Yours

Rushing for no reason

Rushing for no reason

Williams, Ahumada advance in Mabton School Board race

MABTON - A three-way race for Mabton School Board's position one was whittled to two following Tuesday's Primary vote.

Lady Vikings lose to Klickitat again

MABTON - The Mabton High School volleyball team had trouble pulling itself together Tuesday night in a non-league match-up against Klickitat.

Meyer, Veloz advance to General Election in race for Grandview School Board seat

GRANDVIEW - Mark A. Meyer and Karen Veloz will be moving on to the General Election, in the race for the Director #2, Grandview School Board seat.

Grandview soccer team scores first victory

KIONA-BENTON - Anna George recorded a hat trick in the first half to spark Grandview to a 7-0 soccer win at Kiona-Benton on Tuesday.



S'side rally falls short

ELLENSBURG - It was a case of too little, too late, as the Lady Grizzly volleyball team rebounded from an 0-2 deficit Tuesday before losing 3-2 at Ellensburg.

Voters stamp 10-year council veteran as top mayoral choice

MABTON - Ten-year Mabton City Council veteran Velva Herrera drew the majority of the votes cast in the Primary Election Mabton mayor's race yesterday.

Second half surge not enough for Lady Grizzlies

The Sunnyside girls soccer team outscored Selah 3-2 in the second half in Tuesday night's Mid-Valley League match-up.

Farmer, Epps to face off in November election

And then there were two. Tuesday was election day in Yakima County, and a three-person race for Sunnyside City Council position two was narrowed down to two names at the end of the day.

Tuesday, September 20

Port of Sunnyside Briefs


Widdows joins Conover team

YAKIMA - Conover Insurance in Yakima has hired Jeff Widdows as the newest member of its commercial lines sales team.

Council OK's smooth crossings in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview motorists could soon find traveling through the community to be a little smoother going.

Port officials review 2006 budget

With little fanfare, the Port of Sunnyside commissioners gained their first look at the 2006 operating budget this past Monday night.

Sunshine Days tennis tournament fields 45 players

The Sunnyside Tennis Club hosted its annual Sunshine Days Tennis Tournament this past weekend at the Sunnyside High School tennis courts.

Living the American Dream takes a lot of work

PROSSER - When Iva Lou Chestnut of Gig Harbor was growing up she knew exactly what she wanted to accomplish one day. She wanted to live the American Dream.

Messmore 10th at Prosser invite

PROSSER - Britany Messmore brought home the top individual finish of all the Sunnyside High School harriers at this past Saturday's Prosser Cross Country Invitational.

First public hearing held on salmon recovery plan

YAKIMA - A draft plan to preserve fish species, while respecting tradition and the economy, had its first hearing Monday at the Yakima Convention Center.



Bickleton eighth grader Pirates' top finisher

PROSSER - While Bickleton didn't have enough cross country runners to collect a varsity team score, Bickleton Coach Darrell Lang was pleased with his small team of runners who competed at the Prosser Invitational held last Saturday at Fiker Stadium.

Monday, September 19

'Hounds can't keep pace with Connell

CONNELL - Last Friday, Grandview couldn't overcome its third slow start in a row in a 38-14 CWAC football loss at Connell.

Short-handed Lady Grizzlies fall to Hanford

WEST RICHLAND - Sunnyside High School girls swim coach Scott Southard is happy to head up the Lady Grizzly squad, but he is quick to point out the time has come for the group to rededicate itself to the cause.

Blaze destroys Outlook home

OUTLOOK - A late night fire caused an estimate $40,000 in damage to an Outlook home over the weekend.

Grandview's Britnee Sanchez claims first place in Prosser Invite

PROSSER - A cool, but sunny morning, no wind and a 2.9 mile course were the ingredients for the 18:57 finish handed in by Grandview High School's Britnee Sanchez at the Prosser Invitational this past Saturday.

Toppenish bird tests positive for West Nile virus

TOPPENISH - A dead magpie found in the Toppenish area has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Vikes clip LaSalle in double overtime

MABTON - Nothing fancy. Steak and potatoes type football. Run it right at 'em.



Sun shines on Saturday community parade

Smiles and laughter greeted parade watchers Saturday morning as the 38th annual Sunshine Days Parade made its way through the streets of Sunnyside.

Grizzlies blanked

The good news for Sunnyside High School football fans after this past Friday night's 33-0 loss to Eastside Catholic is that none of the problems the Grizzlies have are unfixable.

Working Stiff

From orchard to pulpit, she's taking the call

From orchard to pulpit, she's taking the call

First half lapse costly for Lady Hounds

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's girls soccer team played toe-to-toe with defending state 2A champ Naches Valley in a 3-0 loss Saturday.

Kerri Urrutia new Miss Sunnyside

Grandpa Tony was smiling proud from up above Saturday night as his youngest granddaughter, Kerri Urrutia, was named the new Miss Sunnyside.

Tough weekend for the Knights

Its home field proved to be a brutal place to play for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team last Friday and Saturday.

Sunnyside swept by West Valley

A third game lead wasn't enough Saturday as the Sunnyside volleyball team was swept at home 25-11, 25-14, 25-22 in a Mid-Valley League loss to West Valley.

Lady Knights defeat Lyle

The Lady Knights volleyball team came together last Friday, using teamwork to handily defeat Lyle.

Lady 'Hounds split non-league matches

SELAH - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds faced some tough competition over the weekend, taking on non-league rivals Selah and Ellensburg. Although the Lady 'Hounds were able to battle past the Bulldogs, they weren't as fortunate when it came to taking on the Vikings.

Lady Grizzlies whip Wapato

Sunnyside's girls soccer team made quick work of last-place Wapato on Saturday. Paced by Yanet Candido's three first-half assists, the Lady Grizzlies struck early and often in a 6-0 home win.

Friday, September 16

Apex Cellars pairing wine with the unexpected

Local history, whitewater rafting and art are all coming together at Sunnyside's Apex Cellars.

Outlook open house serves as fund-raiser for hurricane victims

OUTLOOK - Would be strangers came together Thursday night not only to work to better the educational experience at Outlook Elementary School, but also to lend a helping hand to those effected by the wrath of Hurricane Katrina.

'F' As In Frank

A case of mistaken identity

A case of mistaken identity

Clean Air Authority director wants dialogue with city officials

The Sunnyside City Council expressed its displeasure with the Yakima Clean Air Authority this past Monday night, vocalizing its disdain to the point of wanting the agency deactivated.



Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Hart Beat

It's Sunshine let's meet downtown

It's Sunshine let's meet downtown

City seeks loan for wastewater plant design work

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night authorized Public Works Director Jim Bridges to move forward with a Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) loan application to help pay for design costs for upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant.

Grandview para-pro injured in suspicious accident

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's Teresa Kollmar was headed home with her three children in the backseat on Tuesday night around 7 p.m., when she was blindsided by what Yakima County Sheriff's Office officials describe as a 1997 Dodge pickup.

Knerr to head up Sunshine Days parade

It may have been a year since Dorothy Knerr has lived in Sunnyside, but the community still holds a special place in her heart.

Guest Editorial

The requires civic duty

The requires civic duty

Hot air balloons invade Prosser for 16th annual rally

PROSSER - The skies over Prosser will be filled with giant, rainbow-colored, hot air balloons when the Great Prosser Balloon Rally takes flight from the Prosser Airport Sept. 23-25.

Shout Out Louds' newest CD a must-buy

by Rachel Bott

Mall shopping trips can include trip to doctor

Going to the mall means shopping, usually. But at Mid-Valley Mall in Sunnyside, youngsters can also go see their doctor.

Religious Reflections

President Bush calls for National Day of Prayer

President Bush calls for National Day of Prayer

Best-selling author coming to Grandview

Food, wine and fellowship will come together during the third annual fund-raising auction presented by the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview.

Thursday, September 15

Van Wingerden fourth at PGA pro-am tourney

RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Mike Van Wingerden earned a fourth place finish this past Monday at a PGA pro-am tournament staged at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course.

Bridge club host special event

The Lower Valley Bridge Club of the American Contract Bridge League sponsors special events throughout the year.

Trout Lake claims volleyball victory in Bickleton

BICKLETON - The combined enrollment of Trout Lake and Glenwood high schools has created a winning volleyball team. This past Tuesday night the team, calling itself "TLG", claimed its first victory of the season against the Bickleton Lady Pirates by scores of 25-5, 25-10, 27-7.

State businessmen laud Honeyford with their top award

There is no lawmaker in the state who works harder supporting the interests of employers than Sen. Jim Honeyford.



Planning Commission meeting canceled

The Sunnyside Planning Commission meeting scheduled to take place Wednesday evening, Sept. 14, was canceled due to lack of agenda items.

Grandview doctor joins hurricane relief team

GRANDVIEW - Grandview physician Dr. Albert Fiedler is trading his stethoscope for a chainsaw to help a Louisiana town recover from Hurricane Katrina.

Bickleton projects to harness wind energy

BICKLETON - The sheer numbers are staggering - 133 wind turbines, 10,605 acres and enough electricity to power 250,000 homes.

Rotary welcomes new exchange student

Eda Calguner has only been in Sunnyside for a few weeks, but the new Rotary exchange student is already finding her new home a comfortable place to be.

Wednesday, September 14

Local grower uses hops for more than brewing

MABTON - Hop harvest is a season that brings to mind a lot of different sights and sounds for residents of the Lower Valley. Hop harvest means trucks loaded down with vines ambling down country roads, workers in the fields cutting the long, green vines and the sound of the processing plants, turning the vines into dried hops.



Guest Editorial

Helping those impacted by Hurricane Katrina

Helping those impacted by Hurricane Katrina

Former Sunnyside police chief back home after helping to rebuild Iraqi police force

Each day for the past two years U.S. Army Reservist Wallace Anderson of Sunnyside donned a police uniform and went to work in a downtown Baghdad police station. It was a job that could have cost him his life.

Help for hurricane victims trucked out each Friday from Lower Valley

MABTON - Going to church on Sunday sparked a grassroots effort by Mabton hop farmers Diane and Stacy Puterbaugh to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Port district ribbon cutting moved to Sept. 20

A Sunnyside Port District's ribbon cutting and open house ceremony, originally set for Thursday, Sept. 15, to celebrate the completion of the Midvale Road improvement project has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Barn burner goes Mabton's way

It was a tough night for the ticker Tuesday, as the Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights battled it out against the Mabton Lady Vikings.


Outlook bear

Outlook bear

Granger fire causes $10,000 in damages

GRANGER - With the assistance of Yakima County Fire District #5, the Granger City Fire Department was able to contain a fire at 519 Railroad Ave. yesterday evening.

Time has come to say good-bye

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my son's death. As you can imagine, something of that magnitude has a profound effect on your life.

Death Notice


Freshmen lose season opener

SELAH - It was a rough start to the season for the Sunnyside High School freshman football team this past Monday at Selah.

Boise golfer tops Banana Belt field

A Boise, Idaho CPA, Greg Braun, made the most of a rare visit to Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past weekend.

Rotarians gift dictionaries to local fifth graders

There was a striking color combination on display at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School Tuesday afternoon, as people in bright yellow shirts delivered bright red dictionaries to more than 400 Sunnyside fifth graders.


Tates to celebrate 50 years of marriage with Hawaiian cruise

Tates to celebrate 50 years of marriage with Hawaiian cruise

Golden goal nets win for S'side girls

ELLENSBURG - The Sunnyside girls soccer team earned its first victory Tuesday, edging host Ellensburg 2-1 on Yanet Candido's game winning - or golden - goal in sudden death overtime.

Anonymous tip leads to capture of two burglary suspects

Two men attempting to walk away from the area of a break-in at a downtown clothing store this past Monday morning with an armload of merchandise are now in jail, thanks to the quick thinking of an anonymous citizen.

Gold Wings association to host event Saturday honoring late director

Bike enthusiasts from around the state will be converging on the Sunnyside Community Center this Saturday for an event honoring the late co-director of the Yakima Valley Wings Gold Wings Association Chapter.

Lady Hounds win over Connell

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School may have a rather young volleyball team, but that didn't stop the Lady Greyhounds from putting away the Connell Eagles in three games last night.

Two Granger residents killed at railroad crossing

GRANGER - A fiery crash at a railroad crossing claimed the lives of two Granger residents Tuesday evening.

Harrington resigns

Just days before the opening of the annual Sunnyside Sunshine Days celebration, the executive director of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and Sunnyside Economic Development Association, Rado Harrington, has resigned.

Grandview pair square off against Falcons

WEST RICHLAND - The two-person Grandview High School girls swim team faced Hanford yesterday.

Tuesday, September 13

Miss Cinco de Mayo Court plans talent showcase fund-raiser

In an effort to showcase the talent of Yakima Valley community royalty and to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo Court is hosting a special fund-raiser.



Rotarians look to establish sexual harassment policy

In an effort to be pro-active, Rotary International is asking all Rotary Clubs to adopt sexual harassment policies to protect both club members and the youth participating its international student exchange programs.

Library begins family night story time

The Sunnyside Public Library will host family night at the 621 Grant Ave. facility beginning Wednesday, Sept. 14.

G'view fields one swimmer at Moses Lake meet

MOSES LAKE - Only one of the two swimmers for the Grandview High School girls swim team was able to compete this past Saturday at a meet in Moses Lake against Cheney.

Sunnyside grows by 180 acres

The Sunnyside City Council Monday night approved two annexation requests that added an additional 180 acres to the community.

Council wants Clean Air Authority axed

The Sunnyside City Council's issues with the Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority came to a head last night, as Mayor Ed Prilucik received unanimous support for a request to ask the Yakima County commissioners to deactivate the agency.

Bestebreurs best football field

The father-son duo of Franklin and Patrick Bestebruer of Zillah came out on top of the first week's football contest. Franklin only missed one game to take the $50 first prize money with Patrick picking up a three-month subscription for the family with his second place finish.

Lady Knights get season off to a good start

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian High School volleyball team got its season off to a promising start last Friday, winning two of four matches during the season opening SunDome tournament held in Yakima.

Four Sunnyside girls swim against Pullman

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School girls swim team fielded four swimmers this past Saturday in a meet at Lions Pool in Yakima against Pullman.

Grandview's Brittnee Sanchez third at Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG - Grandview High School defending 2A State cross country champion Britnee Sanchez is off to a slow start this season. The stand-out runner at last year's state meet was only able to claim a third place finish in the Greyhounds' season opener held in Ellensburg this past Saturday.

American flags at half-staff in support of hurricane victims

Sunnyside residents may have noticed that American flags at Sunnyside City Hall and the Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial are being flown at half-staff.

Monday, September 12

Miss Sunnyside pageant 'all shook up'

With the theme, "All Shook Up," the 2005 Miss Sunnyside Pageant this coming Saturday promises a good time for a good cause.

Late goals costly for Lady Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - Late goals by Othello in a 3-0 win thwarted a solid Grandview defensive effort in CWAC soccer play on Saturday.

Veterans honor supporters in Patriot's Day ceremony

In what turned out to be a very emotional ceremony for the organizers and the award recipients, Sunday's Veterans War Memorial banquet saw many of the awardees wipe a tear or two from their cheeks.

Bickleton loses to West Valley in volleyball action

BICKLETON - Despite some strong serves from Bickleton High School senior Kristin Slater, the Lady Pirates varsity volleyball team was unable to pull off a win last Thursday against West Valley's freshman team.

Katrina prompts local family concerns

"Have you heard anything yet?" That's the question Billie Warwick of Sunnyside hears every morning from her 90-year-old father-in-law, Art Warwick.

Grandview soapbox derby attracts downhill race fans

GRANDVIEW - Race fans lined the course for the second annual Grandview Soapbox Derby held this past Saturday on Euclid Hill.

Knights slay the competition in season openers

TROUT LAKE - After a couple of less than stellar seasons, the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team seems to be on the right track this year.

Questions arise during Chamber meeting

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce board of directors has some questions, and last Friday they were looking for some answers from Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rado Harrington.

Grizzlies turn game over to the Bears

MOSCOW, IDAHO - Football is a game of limited possessions. And with those possessions a team must make the most of its opportunities in order to win a game. But it is rather hard to win when a team can't hold on to the ball.

Lady Grizzlies rally for win at SunDome

YAKIMA - Sunnyside capped off a frustrating day at the SunDome volleyball tournament Saturday by whipping Wapato 25-16, 25-15.

Six SHS runners earn 'Top 10' finishes at E'burg

ELLENSBURG - Considering it was only the second competition of the young 2005 season, the Sunnyside High School cross country team fared well this past Saturday.

Grandview slams Ki-Be

GRANDVIEW - Greyhound football took the fourth Friday in a 47-7 romp over Kiona-Benton in the CWAC opener for both teams.

Mabton grid team shocks Shockers

WATERVILLE - Saturday afternoon, the Mabton High School football team stamped itself as the favorite to win this year's Central Washington 'B' League title.

Friday, September 9



Sunnyside City Council candidates offer different views on future growth

It's a tale of two cities, as Sunnyside City Council incumbent Bruce Ricks and challenger Carol Stone see it.

E. Valley shoots past S'side soccer

MOXEE - The Sunnyside girls soccer team opened the season Thursday with a 4-1 loss at East Valley.

The Newcomer

Riches are where you find them

Riches are where you find them

Entertainment Briefs


Domestic advocate classes offered

Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services of Sunnyside is currently registering individuals interested in volunteering as advocates for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Tacitly Yours

Just how big is a baby?

Just how big is a baby?

Sunnyside swimmers take seventh at jamboree

WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside High School girls swim team took to the pool for the first time this season on Thursday afternoon, taking part in the Wenatchee relay jamboree.

Kid County Courier hits the classroom

Every third, fourth and fifth grade student in the Sunnyside School District is going to be bringing home a little something extra today (Friday).



'Quatrocelli' opens 2005 Community Concerts series

Music aficionados throughout the Yakima Valley have a chance to take in a wide variety of sounds during the course of this year's Lower Valley Community Concerts series.

Wild wheels show coming to Granger

GRANGER - Lower Valley bicycle enthusiasts are encouraged to enter their "tricked out" bikes in the second annual Wild Wheels Bicycle Show to be held in Granger Sunday, Sept. 18.



Sunnyside girls unable to tame Falcons

On paper, Hanford won 3-1 at Sunnyside Thursday night in the Mid-Valley League volleyball opener for both teams.


Bear hunt inhumane

Bear hunt inhumane

Guest Editorial

Doctors must be able to tell the truth

Doctors must be able to tell the truth

Call police with stray animal problems

Sunnyside residents with stray cat problems are asked not to call Sunnyside City Hall which such complaints.

Granger radio station plans Sunday tardeada fund-raiser

GRANGER- An afternoon of culturally diverse entertainment and food is being planned for Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Northwest Communities Education Center, 121 Sunnyside Ave., in Granger.

Outlook man brings down rogue bear

OUTLOOK - Bryan Porter's aim was true and many in the small community of Outlook breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Religious Reflections

Responding as quickly as humanly possible

Responding as quickly as humanly possible

West Nile virus detected near Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley has its first reported case of West Nile virus since 2002, according to a report from the Benton County Mosquito Control District.

Thursday, September 8

Jr. Indelook plans officers installation

The Jr. Indelook Club, celebrating 56 years of service, will install new officers Wednesday, Sept. 14. The ceremony will be held at the home of President Margory Wright at 7 p.m.

Former principal seeks Aguilar's city council seat

Ex-Sunnyside High School Principal Bill Gant says he has entered the race for Sunnyside City Council Position #4 with no hidden agenda. Sunnyside Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar, who is completing her first term of office, wants to continue serving the community.

Fire razes Emerald Road home

It took 24 Yakima County Fire District Five firefighters nearly an hour to control a fire that engulfed an Emerald Road home, just outside of Sunnyside on Thursday night.

New 'Ocean in View' nickel in circulation

Five cents a nickel make, but a new one out these days may cause a double-take.

Sunnyside police investigate recent thefts

Sunnyside police are investigating three vehicle thefts which occurred earlier this week.

S'side Brown Sox earn back-to-back tourney championships

Sunnyside's Brown Sox are on a roll.

Volunteers needed help make adoption a success

Working to improve the lives of nearly 500 fifth graders is a challenge. But when Sunnyside's Promise decided to adopt the class of 2012, that's exactly the challenge that it took on.

Parks and Recreation Briefs




Wednesday, September 7

The Newcomer

A totally inappropriate urge

A totally inappropriate urge

Hart Beat

Finding the perfect idiot's guide to pet tricks

Finding the perfect idiot's guide to pet tricks

Retired teachers meeting Sept. 13

PROSSER - The Lower Yakima Valley Unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Golden Horse, 108 Merlot Drive in Prosser.

High school welding program arcs SHS graduate into lucrative career path

Instead of taking a summer job that might have earned him a substantial hourly wage, 2004 Sunnyside High School graduate Frank Kearney recently elected to stay in the classroom.

Bickleton girls drop season opener to Lyle

LYLE- The Bickleton High School girls volleyball team had a few shiny moments in Tuesday night's season opener in Lyle last night. But not enough bright moments as Lyle won the match in three sets by scores of 25-12, 25-5 and 25-11.

Sunnyside woman newest Sunnyside police officer

Erica Rollinger is the newest officer to join the Sunnyside Police Department and is the third female officer to become a member of the force, according to Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder.



Grandview police investigatinng two burglaries

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police officers are investigating two Tuesday night residential burglaries

Lady Grizzlies winners at jamboree

MOXEE - Recording its best start in recent years, Sunnyside opened the 2005 volleyball season at East Valley yesterday in a four-team jamboree.

Death Notice


Grandview loses season opener

GRANDVIEW - For the first 10 minutes Grandview's soccer team had Prosser on its heals Tuesday, recording two shot attempts on goal and a couple of corner kicks.

Three vie for council position

Although the general election is still months away, local voters have a very important decision to make in the coming weeks. There are currently three candidates in the running for Sunnyside City Council position two, a race that will be narrowed down to two during the upcoming primary.

Summer internship sparks career interest of Granger valedictorian

GRANGER - At a time when most recent high school graduates were busy thinking about how to make the most of their summer before college, Granger High School Valedictorian Karin Golob was busy spending her time learning how to sequence DNA.

Tuesday, September 6

Weekend thefts investigated

GRANDVIEW - In what could be considered a felony as the price of gasoline continues to rise, Grandview police are investigating the theft of $14 worth of gas from a Grandview gas station Thursday afternoon.

Motorcyclists injured in White Pass wreck

WHITE PASS - Two cyclists from the Lower Yakima Valley were injured this past Saturday in an accident that occurred approximately two miles east of White Pass.

Hounds shock Grizzlies, 40-7

Grandview (1-0) broke open a tight game with 21 points in a span of six minutes to romp 40-7 over rival Sunnyside (0-1) last Friday in the football opener for both schools.

Long-time Sunnyside School Board director faces challenge from Nuestra Casa founder

With 28 years of experience under her belt, Sunnyside School Board Chairman Joanne Kilian is facing political newcomer Sister Mary Rita Rohde as a challenger for the Sunnyside School District Director #2 seat. The women will face each other in the November General Election.

Beware of current letter scam circulating

A letter brought into the Sunnyside Police Department this morning (Tuesday) certainly looked legitimate, but upon further inspection Sunnyside police officers confirmed what the letter recipient believed.

Grandview man escapes serious injury in double fatality auto accident

PROSSER - Two passengers in a 1995 Plymouth Neon that ran a stop sign on Gap Road, just northwest of Prosser, died this past Saturday afternoon.

Bear killed in Outlook over Labor Day weekend

OUTLOOK - Over the long holiday weekend, the bear that had been roaming through Outlook area corn fields was shot and killed by an area hunter.

Cougars caged Vikings blank Lyle, 48-0

MABTON - Holding visiting Lyle to no offensive yards, the Mabton High School football team zipped past the Cougars 48-0 last Friday night.

Grandview police seek leads in gun fire incident

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police are seeking information regarding a report of gunshots reported late Monday night in the area of Grandridge Road.

Friday, September 2

Bear sighting Thursday

OUTLOOK - The tiny community of Outlook became a very exciting place Thursday evening, as reports of a bear sighting kept area residents on their toes.

Entertainment Briefs


Salvation Army closing Sunnyside homeless shelter

"Do we continue to run a program with a larger deficit, or cut our losses to do something else to help the community?"

Briefs-September 2, 2005


Annual Grandview Soap Box Derby trials scheduled

GRANDVIEW - The annual Grandview Soap Box Derby will roll down Grandview's Euclid Street hill Saturday, Sept. 10.


Local paramedics a valued resource

Local paramedics a valued resource

Miss Sunnyside hopeful - Corrin Veiga

Wrapping up what has been a busy summer, Corrin Veiga has her eyes set on competing in the Miss Sunnyside Pageant to be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Pangle and Simmons to face off for school board seat

They've faced each other before on the ballot for a seat on the Sunnyside School Board. They've even served on some of the same school improvement committees during the past several years.

Religious Reflections

Through the storm

Through the storm

Tacitly Yours

Technology has its advantages

Technology has its advantages

Boosters help erect new school sign

When something big is happening at Washington Elementary School, parents will know in a heart beat...or more appropriately, with just a quick trip around the block.

Seniors to be treated to a day of caring, Hawaiian style

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department is inviting all area seniors citizens to a special day all their own.

Guest Editorial

Laugh a little...feel a lot better

Laugh a little...feel a lot better

Lucero's Nobody's Darlings impressive

by Rachel Bott

Nicaragua project full-time passion for former Sunnysider

Dave Van Klinken went from being a flat land farmer in the Yakima Valley to showing Central American farmers how to start their own farming operations in the hill country of Nicaragua.

Thursday, September 1

No answers in Snokist fire

GRANDVIEW - There are no immediate answers for a fire that left $250,000 in damages to the Snokist Growers warehouse in Grandview last week.

Salvation Army offers ways for local people to help with disaster relief efforts

For Grandview resident Dale Burgeson, watching the destruction brought on by Hurricane Katrina has hit close to home.

Critical incident team forming to help when tragedy strikes

Crisis and trauma are two things that can affect people in different ways, and Sunnyside Fire Department Chaplain Lloyd Wicker is working to ensure that when a crisis hits at home there are people on hand to help deal with the mental aftermath.

School board candidates believe in importance of parental involvement

Sunnyside School Board candidates Lorenzo Garza and Susanna Zamarron, who are running against each other for the director district three position, have one thing in common - they both believe in the importance of parental involvement.



Was punishment severe enough for boy responsible for starting TV Towne fire?

Is a one-year probation and a $500 fine adequate justice in a case involving the endangerment of lives and destruction of more than $1 million in property?

Mabton principal prepares for D.C. trip

MABTON - The Mabton School District's participation in the Bill and Melinda Gates grant program continues to reap dividends as Junior-Senior High School Principal Keith Morris travels to Washington D.C. next month.

Grizzly coach looking to build momentum with win Friday night

While it is highly unlikely the two teams will duplicate last year's double overtime thriller, Sunnyside High School football coach Mark Marro is expecting another classic encounter with long-time rival Grandview.

Sunnyside School District has plenty to cheer about

D Day arrived yesterday for educators across the state as the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released the scores of the latest Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL).

School board approves new employee assistance program

Employees of the Sunnyside School District will now have a place to turn to when something traumatic is occurring in their lives.

Goins, Diener nab first place finishes at PGA pro-am event

MOSES LAKE - Robbie Goins and Tom Diener, representing Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course, won top honors in their respective divisions at this past Monday's PGA pro-am tournament, hosted by the Central Washington chapter of the Professional Golfers Association.

'Air Hounds' eye rivalry win

GRANDVIEW - Two overtimes, two teams, one heartbreaking loss.