Stories for February 2006

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Tuesday, February 28

Sunnyside Christian High School inducts students into honor society

Friends, students, parents and faculty gathered late last week to honor and induct 17 new members into the Sunnyside Christian High School chapter of the National Honor Society.

Hispanics seeking a bigger voice in Sunnyside

Members of the Hispanic community expressed support at last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting in the fight against rising crime rates.

Science fair participants win awards

With many participants dressed in athletic clothing following the beginning of spring sports at Sunnyside High School, science teacher Joyce Stark handed out awards that marked what were judged to be the best projects at the school's annual science fair Monday night.

Young Sunnyside author published nationally

A regular school assignment turned into a great opportunity for one young Chief Kamiakin Elementary School student.

Briefs

1-Column

Family-friendly environment planned for Sierra Vista Middle School

When parents walk through the door of the new middle school that's due to open this fall in Sunnyside, it's the intention of Doug Rogers, principal, that they'll feel right at home.

Sunnyside man charged with first degree attempted murder

Daniel Alanis Balderas, 24, of Sunnyside was arraigned in Yakima Superior Court Feb. 22 and charged with first degree attempted murder, following the Feb. 16 shooting of Margarita Calderon, a 22-year-old Sunnyside woman.

Sunnyside sewer rates to rise

Sunnyside sewer users will likely see a 10 percent jump in their minimum monthly fee this year and more than a 30 percent hike over the next four years.

Working Stiff

Peruvian balances school, play and work

Peruvian balances school, play and work

A day at the races

Duel in the dust at Mabton motocross

Duel in the dust at Mabton motocross

New Sunnyside restaurant owner has two decades of Chinese cooking experience

Want real authentic Chinese food in Sunnyside? It's harder to get more authentic than at Sunnyside's newest Chinese restaurant, China Wok, located at 613 Yakima Valley Highway, which opened for business just over a week ago.

Monday, February 27

Yard sale permit violations carry $1,000 fines

Thinking about holding a yard sale in Sunnyside? If so, don't forget to obtain a yard sale permit.

Obituary

CHARLES CLIFFORD DAMRON

CHARLES CLIFFORD DAMRON

Lady Knights move on to State

ELLENSBURG - Playing a team with a 23-2 record can be challenging but the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights were up to that challenge as they easily beat the Entiat Tigers 58-32 last Saturday in Regional action to earn a spot at State.

Man hit by car in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A 53-year-old Grandview man was hit by a car while walking across Division Street in Grandview at 8:30 p.m. last Friday.

Mabton boys edge Pateros

ELLENSBURG - Sometimes ugly is good.

Chimney fire causes no damage

Sunnyside firefighters were called out Sunday to a chimney fire at a residence in the 1300 block of Upland Drive. It was extinguished without damage to the residence.

S'side police deal with 100 calls over weekend

Sunnyside police officers dealt with 100 incidents over the weekend, including three thefts, a burglary and a report of an attempted kidnapping.

Red Devils deal G'view District loss

GRANDVIEW - The third time was the charm for the East Valley High School boys basketball team.

Jack Phillips retires after 30 years in concrete business

It was a who's who of people at the Central Pre Mix Concrete Co. in Sunnyside last Friday as Jack Phillips retired after 30 years.

Friday, February 24

Obituary

C. DALE BAILEY

C. DALE BAILEY

Behind the Plate

Modeling my career after a brash sportswriter

Modeling my career after a brash sportswriter

Reward goes up for S'side man wanted in connection with murder

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office is seeking Sunnyside resident Roberto Cisnero Saavedra in connection with a shooting in a Toppenish tavern that occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 22.

Massage school to open in G'view

Hoping to turn out high quality massage practitioners, Sunee Conklin will be opening the Lower Valley School of Massage this spring.

Entertainment Briefs

1-Column

Get your binoculars ready for Birds of Washington State

AUBURN, WASH. - Whether you're a casual bird observer or an experienced naturalist, Birds of Washington State is now available just in time for the spring migration season.

Grandview boys take top league awards

GRANDVIEW - With the exception of a State trophy, it doesn't get much better than this for the Grandview boys basketball program, which garnered the CWAC South's two highest individual honors.

Sports Briefs

1-Column

No arrests made yet in suspected case of child abuse in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A two-year-old Grandview boy who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle has been released and is back at home with his parents, Grandview police say.

Guest Editorial

More laws mean less freedom

More laws mean less freedom

G'view student's artwork selected for regional show

YAKIMA - The 33rd annual ESD 105 Regional High School Art Show is set to begin this Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Allied ArtsCenter Gallery in Yakima.

Greyhounds top Toppenish in a shootout

GRANDVIEW - Scoring nearly a combined 100 points in the second half alone, Grandview's boys basketball team and Toppenish slugged it out in a first-round CWAC District playoff contest Thursday night.

Mabton School Board Briefs

1-Column

Death Notice

CHARLES CLIFFORD DAMRON

CHARLES CLIFFORD DAMRON

Home Country

BY SLIM RANDLES

Thursday, February 23

Police seek help in removing crows

For the forseeable future the Sunnyside Police Department will be exterminating and removing crows from the area.

Briefs

1-Column

Obituary

OLLIE M. DODD

OLLIE M. DODD

'We're back!'

County opens doors on new Lower Valley District Court

County opens doors on new Lower Valley District Court

Sunnyside School Board Briefs

1-Column

Balderas charged with attempted first-degree murder

YAKIMA - Prosecutors have charged Daniel Balderas with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a 22-year-old Sunnyside woman in the head, critically wounding her, at a home near Sunnyside on Feb. 16.

WSP Yakima communications center remodeled

UNION GAP - The dispatchers at the Washington State Patrol Communications Center in Union Gap won't be able to blame their working stations for sore backs or necks anymore now that the consoles have been updated.

Death Notice

FRED LEROY BIGELOW

FRED LEROY BIGELOW

Briefly

1-Column

Upgrades streamline S'side dispatch center

The Sunnyside dispatch officer's limbo days of leaning one way to respond to the intercom, then swaying to the other to answer the phone are over thanks to a $160,000 upgrade of the dispatch center.

First semester honor roll students named at SHS

A total of 31 students at Sunnyside High School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the first semester of the 2005-06 school year.

Wednesday, February 22

Sunnyside firefighters to climb for cancer

Every 10 minutes, another child or adult is expected to die from leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. This statistic represents 151 people each day, or six people every hour.

Principal resigns

MABTON - Keith Morris, the principal for Mabton High School for the last 22 years, has decided to call it quits.

Two arrested in murder case

A man and woman were arrested in Sunnyside yesterday (Tuesday) at 7 a.m. by the Sunnyside SWAT team in connection with the murder of Xavier Perez on Dec. 22 at his rental home at 1713 Guernsey Street in Sunnyside.

Amanda Sharpe engaged

The engagement of Amanda Sharpe of Mabton to Phil Rigaut of Quantico, Virginia has been announced.

Six SHS juniors to vie for Cinco De Mayo crown

Six Sunnyside High School juniors, many of whom have known each other for years, will compete for the title of Miss Cinco De Mayo at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at Sunnyside High School.

Death Notices

FABIAN GONZALEZ IV

Guest Editorial

NBC can't make me watch the Olympics

NBC can't make me watch the Olympics

Grandview drag racer is Winternationals champ

Call it a hobby, an expensive hobby, but a hobby nonetheless. For 32-year-old Grandview native Anthony Castillo, drag racing has been a way of life for the past 11 years.

Toppenish city manager new G'view administrator

GRANDVIEW - Toppenish City Manager Scott Staples will replace Jim Sewell as Grandview's city administrator when he begins his new job on April 3.

'F' as in Frank

Feeling Hungary in Sunnyside

Feeling Hungary in Sunnyside

Lady Grizzly's season ends with loss to Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG - After a wild ride full of ups and downs, the Sunnyside girls basketball team's season ended Tuesday night in Ellensburg as the Bulldogs beat the Grizzlies 59-35.

Tuesday, February 21

Obituary

ROBERT M. TEGARDEN

ROBERT M. TEGARDEN

Death Notice

DON JERRY BOAST

DON JERRY BOAST

On the road with...

Mailman Chris Dominguez

Mailman Chris Dominguez

S'side cribbage player makes a haul at nationals

RENO, NEV. - A steady diet of coffee, some good cards and three days of constant playing earned James Morrow second-place honors in what could be described as the Super Bowl of cribbage.

RV park study 'doesn't pencil out'

The final results won't be available for another month, but a draft survey on a possible RV park in Sunnyside is sending mixed signals.

Five thefts, burglary occur

Five thefts and a burglary were reported to Sunnyside police in the past four days.

Four earn perfect marks in Mabton

MABTON - Four Mabton Jr.-Sr. High School students have earned 4.00 grade point averages for the second quarter of the current school year.

Port's East Edison Avenue research study raises questions

On Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners addressed a recently completed survey that researched the marketing and economic feasibility of developing the Port's 100 acres on East Edison Avenue.

Briefs

1-Column

Christian club speaker shares roller coaster type lifestyle

PROSSER - Judy Grams knows well the roller coaster of life, and shared those ups and downs during a program sponsored on Monday by the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club.

Monday, February 20

Trent Ball named to head new grape and wine education center in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The new grape and wine education center that's being established on the Grandview campus of Yakima Valley Community College has been put into the hands of Trent Ball.

Elerding reaches two finals in State swimming for S'side Christian

FEDERAL WAY - Joey Elerding, a sophomore at Sunnyside Christian, came home with fifth and seventh-place finishes from the State 3A boys swimming championships this past weekend at the King County Aquatic Center.

Obituaries

JESUS FLORES

Torres, Marquez take third at State for Mabton

TACOMA - "It could have went a little better, but it could have gone a lot worse," Mabton wrestling coach John Kilian noted of his team's finish at the State 1A-B wrestling meet, or Mat Classic, held this past weekend at the Tacoma Dome.

Lady Knights earn second place at District Championships

Before the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights could play their third game this season with LaSalle, they had to get through the Klickitat Vandals.

S'side's Kim just misses consolation finals at State

FEDERAL WAY - After getting past his nerves, Sunnyside High School's Anthony Kim calmed down to take 17th place in the 500-meter freestyle during the 3A State swim meet this past weekend at the King County Aquatic Center.

Mabton girls earn Regional berth

After falling big to LaSalle last Friday afternoon 56-30, it would have been easy for the Mabton girls basketball team to roll over and bow out of the District tournament.

Vikings beat Knights, fall to Crusaders

Last Friday the Mabton Vikings played the Sunnyside Christian Knights for the third time this year and beat them for the second time.

Knights earn Regional berth

After an emotional loss this past Friday afternoon to Mabton, Sunnyside Christian looked to rebound Saturday, facing Lyle in a loser-out game to advance to the Regional tournament.

American Legion plans major facelift of downtown memorial for veterans

Noting the veteran's memorial at the cemetery lacks space for additional names, American Legion Post #73 in Sunnyside is proposing an expanded memorial at the intersection of Ninth Street and Edison Avenue.

Sunnyside man recovering from savage mule attack

On Jan. 21 Bob Siebenberg celebrated his 56th wedding anniversary with his wife, Betty.

Death Notice

C. DALE BAILEY

C. DALE BAILEY

Sanchez, Romero finish 1st, 2nd at State

TACOMA - Senior Steve Sanchez capped off his prep wrestling career with a second straight State wrestling title this past weekend, topping all comers in the 125-lb. weight division.

Grandview boy airlifted to Harborview, police suspect child abuse

A 2-year-old Grandview boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after he was brought to Sunnyside Community Hospital last Friday with severe injuries.

Grizzly hoop team's season ends with 89-64 loss to Prosser

There were two glaring stats that came out of the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team's 89-64 season ending loss to the Prosser Mustangs last Saturday night.

Grandview places four at State

TACOMA - Grandview took seven wrestlers to the Mat Classic this past weekend and came home with four placers.

Friday, February 17

Wind storm knocks out trees, power

An Arctic front moved through the Lower Valley over night and into this morning, dropping temperatures to nearly single digits and bringing high winds that snapped trees.

Organist to perform in S'side Tuesday

Hector Olivarez, a renowned world-class organist, will perform in Sunnyside next Tuesday as part of the Lower Valley Community Concert Series.

Lady Greyhounds falter at Othello

OTHELLO - A solid start wasn't enough for the Grandview girls basketball team, which lost their season finale 73-58 to Othello on Thursday evening.

Workshop teaches budgeting basics

With a view towards prioritizing spending needs, and separating them from wants, Consumer Credit Counseling Service provided a free, one-hour workshop at the Sunnyside Library Thursday evening.

YVCC to present 'The Diary of Anne Frank'

YAKIMA - Yakima Valley Community College will stage performances of "The Diary of Anne Frank" March 3-5 and March 9-11 at Kendall Hall Auditorium on the YVCC campus.

Beauty and the Beast-Beastly beautiful at Sunnyside High School play

Back stage was charged with energy but first night jitters were in short supply last night at the opening of Beauty and the Beast at Sunnyside High School.

Former Valley girl to sing Saturday at Sunnyside church

Lisa Marie Buster, who was raised in the Yakima Valley, will perform in concert Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Sunnyside woman shot in head yesterday

Margarita Calderon, a 22-year-old Sunnyside woman, remains hospitalized in critical condition this morning following a shooting yesterday.

Grandview boys thump Othello

OTHELLO - The Grandview boys basketball team completed a perfect league season Thursday with a 91-61 CWAC South victory at Othello.

Public invited to opening of Lower Valley District Court

GRANDVIEW - An open house will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. in Grandview to mark the opening of the Lower Valley District Court after an 8- year absence.

Death Notice

WAYNE GILBERT CARPENTER

WAYNE GILBERT CARPENTER

Lady Grizzlies beat Wapato, advance to Regionals

It wasn't quite game seven of the NBA Finals or the World Series, but it might as well have been for Sunnyside. The Lady Grizzlies had their backs to the wall and needed a win to stay alive in postseason competition.

Across our State

Meet Attorney General Rob McKenna

Meet Attorney General Rob McKenna

The Newcomer

Marking time

Marking time

CD Review

Imogen Heap's Speak For Yourself worthy CD

Imogen Heap's Speak For Yourself worthy CD

Thursday, February 16

Briefs

1-Column

Obituary

BERNICE S. MORTENSEN

BERNICE S. MORTENSEN

Jackson re-appointed to Mosquito Control board

MABTON - Mabton City Administrator Ildia Jackson was re-appointed Tuesday to a third two-year term on the Benton County Mosquito Control Board.

Selah Vikings clip S'side boys 75-73 in District opener

None of the Grizzly faithful asked for their money back last night. Not even after Sunnyside, the favorite heading into last night's District tournament opener, dropped a two-point decision to the visiting Selah Vikings.

Sunnyside woman new state trooper

Jennifer Ortiz, the daughter of Gary and Jamie Weenink of Sunnyside, was sworn in as a Washington State Patrol trooper at a ceremony at the state capitol Feb. 10.

Lower Valley Hospice offers 'more life' to each remaining day

"When medical science can no longer add more days to life, hospice care can add more life to each day," said Debbie Roe, Clinical Director for Lower Valley Hospice.

Wednesday, February 15

Engagement

Elizabeth Bruhn, Penyak engaged

Elizabeth Bruhn, Penyak engaged

Briefs

1-Column

Cutting to the Core

The best wallet I ever owned

The best wallet I ever owned

Guest Editorial

'Pay or play' legislation: unions play, workers and taxpayers pay

'Pay or play' legislation: unions play, workers and taxpayers pay

Mabton girls take care of business in District opener

Lady Vikings run away with 63-17 win over Lyle

Lady Vikings run away with 63-17 win over Lyle

S'side police still searching for suspects, witnesses to Dec. 22 shooting

Sunnyside police are still searching for Fidel Medina, 26, and Deciderio Palencia, 18, whom they consider suspects in the fatal shooting of Xavier Perez, 28, on Dec. 22, 2005 at his Sunnyside rental home.

Mabton boys win District opener over Klickitat

Vikings will play Sunnyside Christian Friday at 4:45 p.m. at Sunnyside High School

Vikings will play Sunnyside Christian Friday at 4:45 p.m. at Sunnyside High School

Honeyford offers praise for passage of historic water bill

OLYMPIA - Today, the Washington State Senate passed a bill that could provide Eastern Washington with a long-awaited water storage solution.

Greyhounds nip East Valley

Valencia soars for 34

Valencia soars for 34

Red Devils get best of Grandview girls

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's girls basketball team couldn't overcome a 26-10 first quarter run by East Valley in an 80-34 CWAC South loss on Tuesday.

S'side looks to fill two seats on planning commission

The city of Sunnyside is two members short on its planning commission, which has the responsibility of making recommendations to the city council.

Something for everyone at S'Side library

Second-guessing a group of people she had never met before, Sunnyside's new librarian came to the Noon Rotary meeting Monday prepared to provide something for everyone.

'Keep Guns Outta Schools' program launched

YAKIMA - Members of several Yakima County law enforcement agencies and school districts gathered Tuesday at Yakima's Millennium Plaza to kick off a new program aimed at keeping county students safe in schools.

Sunnyside girls suffer third loss at hands of Mustangs

Game with Wapato moved to Thursday to accommodate District playoffs

Game with Wapato moved to Thursday to accommodate District playoffs

S'side Christian girls cruise to District opening win, 75-4

GOLDENDALE - There is a stark difference in the caliber of competition in the Yakima Valley and Klickitat County divisions of the Greater Columbia 'B' League.

Tuesday, February 14

Science Fair assists with WASL preparation

(Note: Following is additional information from Sunnyside High School biology teacher Joyce Starks on other benefits from the Science Fair.)

Sunnyside police report

Sunnyside police investigated three thefts yesterday (Monday).

Grizzlies send five to state

Includes two alternates

Includes two alternates

Sunnyside fire report Feb. 9-13

Sunnyside Fire Department responded to 20 calls from 8 a.m. Feb. 9 through the first 43 minutes of Monday morning.

Burglaries reported in G'view

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police received three burglary calls throughout the day Monday.

Death Notices

SIMON DEKKER

S'side volleyball coach wants to spend more time with family

When Angel Carrizales took the volleyball head coaching position at Sunnyside High School, she made a commitment to stay on as the coach for five years.

Obituary

KARI ANN WATSON

KARI ANN WATSON

SHS gears up for Science Fair

From bugs to candy, students eye Nationals

From bugs to candy, students eye Nationals

Working Stiff

Non-traditional role fits this male nurse just fine

Non-traditional role fits this male nurse just fine

S'side encouraged to develop employee handbook

Sunnyside City Council members learned the do's and don'ts of their position during an hour-long, wide-ranging seminar conducted Monday night.

Grandview School Board Briefs

1-Column

Monday, February 13

Granger leaders honored at banquet

GRANGER - Nobody knows how to throw a party like the Granger Chamber of Commerce - well, that might be stretching it.

Vikes take four to State

ROYAL CITY - This year the Mabton High School wrestling program will send double the number of athletes (four) to the State tourney as it did last season, known as the Mat Classic, to be held in the Tacoma Dome this coming weekend.

G'view advances seven grapplers to State

MOSES LAKE - Grandview's wrestling team tied a best-ever mark set in 2001, by qualifying seven grapplers for the Mat Classic next weekend in Tacoma. Grandview also has two alternates who could possibly wrestle at the dome.

Lady Knights finish second in league

YAKIMA - Losing two out of its last three games was not the way the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team wanted to finish its season. But that's what happened as the Lady Knights fell to league leading LaSalle 56-30 last Friday night.

Death Notice

ESTHER MARIE GOETZ

ESTHER MARIE GOETZ

Community Calendar

4-calendar rev.

Lady Pirates fall short in final game

TROUT LAKE - Hoping to end its less than illustrative 2005-06 basketball season on a positive note, the Bickleton girls lost a close one to Trout Lake/Glenwood, 24-18, last Friday.

Pirates just miss a shot at postseason

TROUT LAKE - The Bickleton boys basketball team just missed a playoff opportunity last Friday in a 60-55 loss to Trout Lake.

Sunnyside native stateside after serving in Iraq

"I taught my sons to serve their country no matter what," said Sunnyside resident Odilia Carlson.

Grandview election results remain unchanged

GRANDVIEW - The latest results from last week's Grandview four-year school maintenance and operation levy vote are 1,063 (60.99 percent) for and 680 (39.01 percent) against.

Mabton residents get 'Mabton experience' at town hall meeting

MABTON - Mabton's fourth annual town hall meeting this past Saturday gave parents of students in the district and residents of the town a chance to experience what students are learning in school, if only for 10 minutes at a time.

Sunnyside boys rout Wolfpack, 81-60

Based on the large crowd that showed up last Friday to watch Sunnyside wrap up its highest finish in Mid-Valley League play in about 20 years, the Grizzly gym most likely will be jumping this coming Wednesday when District tourney play gets underway.

Easy win earns Knights outright league championship

LASALLE - Co-league champions doesn't have quite the ring to it that outright league champions does, but Sunnyside Christian won't have to share its Greater Columbia B League title with anyone else after a 71-48 victory over LaSalle this past Friday night.

Lady Greyhounds lost two this weekend

Last Friday night the Grandview High School girls basketball team hosted the Ki-Be Bears, losing a close one, 50-49.

Greyhounds clinch CWAC South crown

The Grandview boys basketball program continued its winning ways this past weekend, recording a sweep in clinching the CWAC South regular season crown.

Lady Grizzly win seals Valentine's Day date with Prosser

It was an emotional night this past Friday as Lady Grizzly seniors played their last regular season home game.

Obituaries

DANIEL STEPHEN HOPPER

Friday, February 10

The Newcomer

Valentine tips for would-be Romeos

Valentine tips for would-be Romeos

Sunnyside High School to present Beauty and the Beast

The Sunnyside High School drama club will perform the musical Beauty and the Beast for five nights starting Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Sunnyside High School Auditorium.

Sportsmen show in Yakima Feb. 17, 18, 19

What's new, what's old and what's possible in the outdoors?

Sierra Vista, Harrison boundaries topic of meeting

A draft version of 2006-07 school year boundaries for Harrison Middle School and the new Sierra Vista Middle School were unveiled Thursday during a special meeting of the Sunnyside School Board.

Briefs

1-Column

Take the polar bear plunge

YAKIMA - Are you up to the challenge? Are you man or woman enough to plunge into ice cold, freezing water for a good cause? If so, then Sarg Hubbard Park Pond in Yakima is the place to be Saturday, Feb. 25.

Chocolate dessert entries sought for 'Intimate' affair

PROSSER - An Intimate Red Wine and Chocolate Affair is yours for the asking next weekend in Prosser, and the creator of the best chocolate dessert could win $300.

Fighting illiteracy

Fitness clubs join effort to give kids new books

Fitness clubs join effort to give kids new books

Obituary

MANUEL CONTRERAS

MANUEL CONTRERAS

Roos top realtor third straight year

ZILLAH - The Lower Yakima Valley Association of Realtors held its annual recognition and awards banquet last night at the Zillah Civic Center.

Across Our State

Meet Steve Appel of Farm Bureau fame

Meet Steve Appel of Farm Bureau fame

'Welcome to Dinner at Center Court' newest Sunnyside boys basketball tradition

"It is amazing what you can accomplish when no one cares who gets the credit."

Behind the Plate

Playing the blame game

Playing the blame game

Tom Paul, S'side city fight heads back to court

On Thursday the long-standing dispute between Prosser contractor Tom Paul and the city of Sunnyside returned to court.

Thursday, February 9

Obituaries

LUCILLE ALICE QUARNSTROM

Model Rule addresses access to public records

A state Supreme Court decision in 2004, restricting journalistic access to public records related to the Seattle Monorail, prompted Attorney General Rob McKenna to address the state's rules on access to public records.

Area fire stations having trouble recruiting and keeping volunteers

Some towns in the Lower Valley are having trouble recruiting and keeping their volunteer firefighters.

S'side Port plans repairs at wastewater plant

During an action meeting this past Wednesday evening, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved the expenditure of $101,285 to re-engineer its wastewater treatment facility's influent structures, design and construction management.

S'side accepting bids for new well

The city of Sunnyside is now accepting bids for the construction of well 11, the city's newest, which is intended to not only help meet current but future water needs.

Wednesday, February 8

Lady Knights get past Mabton

In a match-up of league rivals, the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team held on to beat the Mabton Vikings last night, 41-34.

Grandview School levy passes

GRANDVIEW - Yesterday, voters in Grandview approved a four-year school maintenance and operation levy, by a margin of 936 votes to 613.

Guest Editorial

America: a nation of grasshoppers?

America: a nation of grasshoppers?

County to buy inflatable boat

YAKIMA - What's yellow, shaped like a banana and has a hole at both ends?

Pounding the Rock

Officiating less than 'super'

Officiating less than 'super'

Sunnyside Christian wins at least share of seventh league title in eight years

You couldn't have scripted it any better if you tried.

Food Forethought

Groveling degrades our cattlemen and our country!

Groveling degrades our cattlemen and our country!

Forum

Appreciates efforts of city

Appreciates efforts of city

Water outlook:

So far, so good

So far, so good

'F' as in Frank

Collecting on interest

Collecting on interest

Grandview City Council Briefs

1-Column

Tuesday, February 7

More entertainment events at Grandview park goal of task force

GRANDVIEW - A variety of changes may be coming to Grandview's Country Park thanks to Councilwoman Pam Horner's task force.

Chamber Briefs

S'side Chamber sets ribbon cutting for new office

What's Happening

Outlook Grange dinner Feb. 26

Family displaced by rural home fire

The American Red Cross was called to assist Juan Manuel Huerta and his wife, whose home in the 1600 block of Allen Road in rural Sunnyside was damaged by fire, smoke and heat in a blaze yesterday.

Obituaries

PAID OBITUARY

Obituary

PATRICIA A

Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce yearly awards banquet set for March 11

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce will honor 10 outstanding people in the community at a March 11 awards banquet and auction. Organizers are still open to nominations in the 10 categories.

Grandview School Brief

Taco feed planned Friday night at Greyhound games

Paying job might not be most difficult work this lady faces

Eloise Lusch of Sunnyside knows about work. As a young mother she signed on at a warehouse to support her three sons, the eldest eight, and to pay for a divorce.

School Briefs

Outlook woman named WSU counselor

Sunnyside Port likely recipient in new bio-fuel loan program

The Port of Sunnyside was named the recipient of a $750,000 low interest loan for encouraging the development of bio-fuels.

Hoop Brief

Make-up games rescheduled for this Wednesday

Monday, February 6

Kim qualifies for State

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside High School swimmer Anthony Kim punched his ticket to the State tournament with a time of 1:52.09 in the 200-meter freestyle during the District swim meet in Ellensburg this past Saturday.

Overtime win vaults Grizzlies into No. 3 spot in league standings

PROSSER - "One for the ages." That's how third year Sunnyside Coach Steve Urrutia described the Grizzlies' thrilling 82-80 overtime victory over Prosser last Friday night.

Girl Scout cookie sales start today

Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Thin Mints.

Lady Pirates fall twice

MABTON - Playing from behind is never easy, especially against Mabton.

Mabton splits weekend games

MABTON - Relying on Alex Zavala's 28 points, the Mabton Vikings beat up on the Bickleton Pirates last Friday night, 77-37.

S'side advances six to Regionals

Of the 23 wrestlers Sunnyside had competing at this past weekend's Sub-Regional tourney, only six qualified to move on to the Regional competition.

S'side Chamber considers hiring events coordinator

To hire or not to hire is the question facing the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, which last Friday discussed whether or not to bring on a full or part time events coordinator.

Lady 'hounds lose twice this weekend

A horrendous first half doomed the Grandview girls basketball team last Friday night as they fell to the Connell Eagles 73-56.

Sunnyside men hope their invention will save lives of children who are lost

What would you do, if you heard that a Boy Scout was lost on a Utah mountain?

Lady Grizzlies let halftime lead slip away

PROSSER - Though the Lady Grizzlies held a 28-21 lead going into the lockerroom at halftime, they'd let it slip away in the second half as Sunnyside dropped a 51-45 decision to the Mustangs this past Friday night.

Elerding District champ in 200 freestyle

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside Christian High School swimmer Joey Elerding captured the boys District 2A/3A championship in the 200 meter freestyle with a State-qualifying time of 1:50.64.

Vikings take second at District wrestling meet

Perez, Marquez earn individual titles

Perez, Marquez earn individual titles

Pirates lose a pair in weekend play

With three minutes to play in the first half last Friday, Bickleton's boys basketball team was still in contention against Mabton.

Wal-Mart, S'side team up for child safety

By 10:30 a.m. this past Saturday a line was starting to form in the Sunnyside Wal-Mart layaway department, as local police teen explorers gingerly took fingerprints from little Andrea Villegas.

Mabton girls secure first playoff berth in 20 years

MABTON - Two big weekend wins over Bickleton and Riverside Christian helped the Mabton girls basketball team secure its first District playoff appearance since 1986.

Greyhounds roll in weekend sweep

The Grandview boys basketball team remained undefeated in CWAC South play with a pair of double-digit league wins over the weekend.

Liberty Christian shocks Lady Knights

RICHLAND - Playing the Patriots for the second time this season, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team lost to Liberty Christian 45-36 this past Saturday night in a non-league game.

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PATRICIA A. YOUNG

PATRICIA A. YOUNG

G'view qualifies 13 grapplers for Regional tournament

OTHELLO - The injury bug couldn't have bitten the Grandview wrestling team at a worse time.

Friday, February 3

Defense key to Zavala's scoring

Senior to lead Mabton against S'side Christian

Senior to lead Mabton against S'side Christian

Scoring a family matter for Den Boer

Senior will lead Knights' hopes against rival Mabton

Senior will lead Knights' hopes against rival Mabton

Second annual show & shine scheduled for March

The second annual All School Show and Shine will take place Saturday, March 4, at Sunnyside's Clem Senn football field.

Local establishments plan 'super' celebrations

With the closure of the Pub in January, Sunnyside residents lost a watering hole to take in the excitement of the Seahawk's first Super Bowl appearance.

New Lions Club forming in Mabton

MABTON - A work in progress since this past November, the Mabton Centennial Lions Club is up and running with elected officers and plans for 2006.

Local paintball team wins tournament in Canada

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA - After months of practice and lots of bruises, the PBR Street Gang took second place honors in Division-ll at the Canadian National Speed Ball Championships last weekend.

The Newcomer

Working on a new image: from Scrooge to romantic?

Working on a new image: from Scrooge to romantic?

Valentine dance at Grandview senior center

GRANDVIEW - The popular Parade of Hearts Valentine's Dance returns this year to the Grandview Senior Center on Friday, Feb. 17.

In spring, a young man's fancy turns to...gardening!

The recent days of milder temperatures and sunshine may have gardeners thinking thoughts of spring. But, according to Jim McLain, WSU master gardener, it is still too early to do more than think about those flower beds.

Valentine party planned for Grandview seniors

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Senior Center at 401 W. Second Street will host a Valentine's party on Tuesday, Feb. 14, for all area senior citizens ages 55 and older.

Contract learning: alternative education offered in Sunnyside

High school isn't easy for everybody. Alternative high schools have given some students the chance to graduate when they otherwise might not have. But the Sunnyside School District is taking it one step further.

Across Our State

Bickleton Day in Olympia

Bickleton Day in Olympia

Despite rising recycling numbers across the state, Valley residents not following the trend

According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, recycling is high in Washington state

Religious Reflections

There is a solution to the world's problems

There is a solution to the world's problems

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Thursday, February 2

Little tykes enrolled at Sunnyside pre-school stage play, make tarts

Students in Mary Schlenker's pre-school class at the Sunnyside United Methodist Pre-School took a break from learning the alphabet and how to write numbers to have a bit of fun Wednesday afternoon.

Drug sting nets six from Mabton

A wide ranging drug bust led by the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force netted 42 arrests last week, six of them from Mabton.

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BILL MARSHALL HAYS

BILL MARSHALL HAYS

First semester honor roll students named at Bickleton

BICKLETON - Two high school students, and one in junior high, have earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the first semester of the 2005-06 school year in Bickleton.

Sunnyside to get new doctor

Dr. Katheryn Norris has been hired to fill a vacant position at Lincoln Avenue Family Medicine, Sunnyside Community Hospital Community Relations Director Tom Lathen said.

Meth users give rise to new crimes being committed in Valley

Detective Sergeant Jeff Cunningham of the Sunnyside Police Department addressed the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Wednesday morning regarding the city's crime rate.

Sunnyside's Mid Valley Mall prepares for Fiesta Foods tenant

Fiesta Foods, a grocery store which originated in Pasco, will soon an anchor tenant of a building currently under renovation at the Mid-Valley Mall.

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Wednesday, February 1

Knights fall in home non-league game

The Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team did something Tuesday night it had done just two times before since 1998 - lost on its home floor.

Pre-schoolers learn about fire safety

Pre-schoolers at the Lower Valley EPIC Headstart center in Sunnyside learned about fire safety Tuesday from some of Sunnyside's finest, the Fire Department.

Lady Grizzlies get Mid-Valley League win

SELAH - After a first period that saw the score deadlocked at 11s, Sunnyside pulled away in the second quarter and never looked back, winning a much-needed Mid-Valley League game 54-47 Tuesday night.

A few simple ways to lose weight

This is the time of the year when everyone is trying to lose weight. We're in February now and it's time to lose those pounds we packed on during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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ADELA CAMPOS

Grandview firefighter still fighting the good fight

One day he was a gung-ho, volunteer firefighter who climbed a ladder to change a light bulb at a private school in Grandview. In the next minute, he was a crumpled heap at the bottom of that 25-foot ladder, with two broken legs and a smashed up ankle.

Cutting To The Core

A few simple ways to lose weight

A few simple ways to lose weight

County puts more bite in dog laws

YAKIMA - Following comments from a full house of concerned citizens, Yakima County Commissioners on Tuesday approved tighter restrictions on dogs and their owners.

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Bush's plan for salmon recovery makes sense

Bush's plan for salmon recovery makes sense

Crow control patrol to be out in Sunnyside tonight

Shotgun fire will be heard in Sunnyside tonight between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., but only the crows will have something to fear.

Owner readies long vacant building for lease or sale

Despite rumors that the city of Sunnyside has ordered Francisco Garcia to improve security at the Flodin Building, behind Sunnyside High School along Yakima Valley Highway which he owns, Garcia said he's made the improvements on his own accord.

S'side boys slay Vikings

SELAH - Halfway there!