Stories for January 2006


Tuesday, January 31

Linehan readies Rams for 2006-07

MIAMI, FLA - In less than two weeks as head coach of the St. Louis Rams, Sunnyside native Scott Linehan has already named offensive and defensive coordinators for his new staff.

Death Notice



G'view police deal with more thefts

GRANDVIEW - Following a busy weekend, Grandview police received two reports of thefts and one report of a burlgary on Monday.

Fourth graders taking care of business

It was a veritable mini-mall at the Lincoln gym in Sunnyside last Friday, with homemade bracelets and trading cards vying for consumer dollars along with video games and face painting.

Port of Sunnyside buys land near airport

In a two-minute meeting yesterday, Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved the purchase of two acres at the east end of the Sunnyside Airport.

Why Sixth Street Xpresso?

Ask the owner...

Ask the owner...

Pirates hold off Prosser freshmen

BICKLETON - The Bickleton varsity boys basketball team got back on the winning track Monday night with a 58-52 win over Prosser's C squad, made up of freshman players.

Tom's Car Store still going strong

A love of community and for automobiles has kept the owner of Tom's Car Store, at 1020 Yakima Valley Highway, going strong in Sunnyside.




Mother, son reunite after 24 years

It's been 24 years since Teresa Cendejas of Sunnyside has seen her son, Valdemar Moreno.

Teen assaulted yesterday in Sunnyside

A 14-year-old boy was assaulted yesterday by four men on a street where three shootings have taken place in Sunnyside.

Mason named new Grandview fire chief

GRANDVIEW - City officials announced Monday that Yakima County Fire District No. 5 Battalion Captain Pat Mason has accepted a position as the new fire chief for the city of Grandview.

Monday, January 30

S'side boys muzzle first place Bulldogs

The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team took the bark out of the Bulldogs last Friday night, knocking off Mid-Valley League leading Ellensburg 66-62.

G'view grapplers win late-season non-league dual

HANFORD - Though the Grandview wrestling team got a big non-league win this past Friday night against Hanford, 54-21, the Greyhounds may have lost one of their best chances to place a wrestler at State.

Lady Greyhounds remain winless in league

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhounds, trying to get their first league win, played host to the Othello Huskies this past Friday night, losing 62-45.

Sunnyside girls lose close game to Ellensburg

Kayla Standish was on a mission for Ellensburg this past Friday night. The Bulldog's post player dropped in 40 points to bring her team back from as much as a 10-point defecit to drop Sunnyside 65-60.

Lady Pirates drop two more

LYLE - Trying for its second league victory of the season, Bickleton went into Lyle last Friday night with high expectations, only to fall 43-23 to the Cougars.

Lady Knights roll up two more league victories

YAKIMA - When things are going smoothly, like they are for the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team, sometimes you have to look hard to find something wrong.

Family safe after house fire

The Jesus Arenas family escaped unharmed from a fire in their Granger home this past Saturday.

Nine JV Grizzlies earn spots at postseason tourney

PROSSER - Besides the 14 varsity wrestlers Sunnyside will have competing at this coming Friday and Saturday's Sub-Regional tournament, the Grizzlies will be represented by nine of their JV grapplers at the postseason affair.

Fire destroys Grandview home

GRANDVIEW - Fire destroyed a Grandview family's home this past Sunday morning according to a report from Yakima County Fire District No. 5.

Sunnyside police locate two of four wanted for questioning in December shooting

Two of the four people Sunnyside police were seeking in relation to the Dec. 22 shooting of Xavier Perez, 28, at his rental home at 1713 Guernsey Street have been located.

Knights prove road-tough

The Sunnyside Christian Knights did something this past Friday night they hadn't done in two previous attempts - beat Riverside Christian at the Crusaders' home gym. The Knights beat Riverside Christian 37-26.

Grandview tames Huskies

GRANDVIEW - The Othello Huskies made it a game for about two minutes before Grandview's boys basketball team demolished the visitors in a 77-32 CWAC South victory on Friday night.

Mabton gets needed league win

TOPPENISH - The Mabton girls basketball team continued to play down to the level of its competition to begin its Greater Columbia B League game against the Yakama Tribal Eagles this past Friday night, but this time Coach Mike Roettger didn't let the girls play through it.

Survey results show S'side's homeless population tops 100

The final numbers aren't in, but it appears Sunnyside may have a bigger homeless problem than anyone imagined.

Death Notice



Vikings split weekend games

TOPPENISH - Weekends like the one the Mabton boys basketball team just experienced are best had now and not later as the Vikings split a pair of games last weekend.

Pirates fall in weekend league games

Free throw shooting woes haunted the Bickleton boys basketball team during two league losses over the weekend.

Friday, January 27

Grizzlies thump West Valley, finish second in league play

After splitting the first two matches of the night and falling behind 6-4 to visiting West Valley, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team ran off six consecutive victories enroute to scoring a 34-25 win over the Rams Thursday evening.

Viking wrestlers win regular season finale

MABTON - Paced by four match victories and five forfeit wins, Mabton's wrestling team took care of Zillah 49-21 in the regular season finale.

Guest Editorial

Politicians dumping problems they helped create on Wal-Mart

Politicians dumping problems they helped create on Wal-Mart

Lower Valley city looks to expand on its successes

PROSSER - Coming off what the Prosser Economic Development Association (EDA) calls an exciting 2005, a variety of projects look to build on that excitement and success this year.

Preparing for adulthood

Kids at Outlook Elementary School clustered in small groups for nine weeks to get a taste of what they might like to do when they grow up.

WASL alternatives pitched to school board

Heidi Hellner-Gomez, a Sunnyside High School reading coach and administrative intern, presented the Sunnyside School Board with two possible alternatives to the WASL at Thursday night's meeting.

Grizzlies post best times in loss to Cheney

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School boys swim team may have been on the losing end of a 115-34 score against Cheney on Thursday, but the Grizzlies' contingent of four swimmers improved their postseason hopes.

Behind the Plate

Maddening musings

Maddening musings

January credit card bills deliver nasty surprise

Some credit card holders received a jolt along with their January bills.

Religious Reflections

Fun to share joy of Seahawks season, even more fun to share joy of Jesus Christ

Fun to share joy of Seahawks season, even more fun to share joy of Jesus Christ

Across Our State

Monuments and markers honor those who sacrificed for us

Monuments and markers honor those who sacrificed for us

Hospice to host 11th annual "An Intimate Red Wine and Chocolate Affair"

PROSSER - Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care will once again host "An Intimate Red Wine and Chocolate Affair" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Prosser Community Center, located at 106 Merlot Drive in Prosser.

Athletic facility upgrade tabled

Sunnyside School Board directors took no action Thursday night on the issue of how to finance nearly $5 million in athletic facility improvements proposed for the district.

Death Notices


Thursday, January 26

Mabton pastor finds freedom, family after being granted asylum

MABTON - Fear of an oppressive government and a need for family led Juan Marenco to leave his native Nicaragua and eventually settle in Mabton, where he is pastor of Grace Brethren Church's Hispanic congregation.

Mabton City Council Briefs


American Contract Bridge League results


Posters made by local fourth graders chosen for calendar

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center based in Seattle and the Center for Hispanic Health Promotion located in Sunnyside developed a project to help promote nutrition and physical activity among fourth grade students in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Durfey enjoys role as state quarter horse association queen

Sunnyside High School junior Rachelle Durfey is the 2005-06 Queen for the Washington State Quarter Horse Youth Association.

Heart attack causes Grandview man's fatal accident

GRANDVIEW - An 88-year-old Grandview man died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday morning before veering off the road and colliding with a power pole in the 200 block of Old Inland Empire, Grandview police said.

SCHS academic achievers named

The top students, academically speaking, have been named for the second quarter of the 2005-06 school year at Sunnyside Christian High School.

Wednesday, January 25

Sunnyside grapplers pummel East Valley

Winners of 11 of 14 matches last night, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team throttled the East Valley Red Devils, 58-15. The non-league victory boosted the Grizzlies' overall dual meet record to 6-2.

Staff selected for Sierra Vista

Student enrollment boundaries to be set in next two weeks

Student enrollment boundaries to be set in next two weeks

Viking grapplers split league matches

GRANGER - It was a split decision for Mabton wrestlers last night, recording a 39-32 win over Goldendale while losing 55-16 to Granger.

Sunnyside store robbed yesterday

A clerk at El Toro Pesado at 420 South 6th Street reported that a man, who might have been armed, took a stack of pants from the store yesterday. The report was received by Sunnyside police at 1:55 p.m.



Mabton School Board Briefs


Mabton boys win, wrap up district playoff berth

MABTON - The Mabton boys basketball team hosted the LaSalle Lightning, winning the game 59-50 to pull even with Sunnyside Christian for first place in the Yakima Valley Division of the Greater Columbia 'B' League.

Bickleton girls lose close one to Goldendale

GOLDENDALE - Playing a non-league game against Goldendale's C squad, the Lady Pirates varsity came up short, losing 30-27.

Grizzlies refuse to walk the plank

RICHLAND - It would have been easy to abandon ship last night after the Hanford boys basketball team jumped out to a 26-7 first quarter lead. Instead, the Sunnyside Grizzlies fought back, going tit-for-tat with the Falcons the second quarter and outscoring Hanford after intermission to avert a blowout.

G'view secures CWAC South second-place finish

CONNELL - The Grandview wrestling team wrapped up a second-place finish in the CWAC South with a 53-18 victory over Connell Tuesday night.

S'side gets tougher on animal control

Sunnyside residents will see more of the dog catcher after the City Council doubled the number of hours for animal control.

New building starts valued at just over $1 million for December

A 3,000 square-foot retail building topped the list of most valuable properties for which a building permit was issued in December in Sunnyside.

S'side Christian dominates DeSales

For the first time in a long time, Sunnyside Christian senior Chad Den Boer didn't lead his team in the scoring column - Aaron Van de Graaf did. The Knights knocked off Desales 55-32.

Lady Knights get back on winning track

After losing their first league game of the year last week, the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team wanted to get back to winning. They did just that with a 55-31 victory over visiting DeSales last night.


Coles to celebrate 60th with dinner cruise

Coles to celebrate 60th with dinner cruise

Turning wine waste into money

Most people think of wine grapes as only making wine but a professor at Heritage College is thinking differently.

Mabton to start enforcing kids curfew

MABTON - Due to increasing graffiti around the city, Mabton Police Chief Raul Almeida told the city council last night his officers will be enforcing a curfew already on the books.

Pirates handle Goldendale JV's

GOLDENDALE - The Bickleton varsity boys basketball team clamped down on defense, holding Goldendale's JV to 14 first-half points on the way to a 53-40 win.

Food Forethought

Trends, fascinating or frightening?

Trends, fascinating or frightening?

New air quality standards could impact Yakima County

YAKIMA - At the Yakima County Regional Library Tuesday morning, Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority Executive Director Les Ornelas told members of the media, the business community and the U.S. Forest Service that new air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could hurt Yakima County if those standards aren't met.

Mabton falls to league-leading LaSalle

MABTON - After playing flat of late, Mabton played up to its opponent's level Tuesday night, Coach Mike Roettger said.

Close first half ends in a blowout for S'side girls

RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Tuesday night Mid-Valley League game with Hanford was close - at least for a while.

Police searching for missing man

Sunnyside police are searching for Dennis Clement, 60, of Sunnyside who was reported missing by his family Jan. 21.

'F' as in Frank

Fighting a losing battle

Fighting a losing battle

Tuesday, January 24

Toppenish police seek Sunnyside man in connection with fatal shooting

TOPPENISH - After issuing an all-points bulletin early Sunday morning for Roberto Cisneros Saavedra, 34, of Sunnyside following a fatal shooting at a Toppenish tavern, Toppenish police continue to search for Saavedra, who is suspected of killing Jose Luis Fragoso Zavala, 30, of Yakima.

Grandview soldier honored at All-American Bowl

by Dona Fair

Death Notices


Sunnyside stiffens jail penalties

A record murder count of five in 2005 and a 50 percent spike in burglaries prompted the Sunnyside City Council on Monday to add jail terms for misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges.

Attendance up on early release Fridays in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Staff Developer for Elementary Schools in Grandview, Rob Roettger, gave a presentation to school board directors Monday night that showed what he believes is a positive increase in a number of areas in the district thanks to early release Fridays.

Junior Miss experience confidence builder for teen

GRANDVIEW - A self-described tomboy, Grandview High School senior Jessika Babcock returned this past Sunday from the Washington State Junior Miss Pageant in Pullman.

Grizzly wrestlers double-dual winners

MOXEE - Posting a 17-11 record on the day in the 28 bouts it competed, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team came away with a pair of non-league victories over Eisenhower and Davis last Saturday afternoon.



School Briefs





Monday, January 23




Bickleton swept in league games

The Bickleton boys basketball team showed a little more firepower, but still dropped a couple of league games this past Friday and Saturday.

Sunnyside boys deal West Valley 75-59 loss

Coleman comes up big to help Grizzlies avenge earlier defeat to Rams

Coleman comes up big to help Grizzlies avenge earlier defeat to Rams

Viking grapplers third at home tourney

MABTON - With five wrestlers qualifying for the championship finals, Mabton's wrestling team earned third-place honors at its 11-team Mid Valley Classic.

Mabton gets league win despite flat play

LYLE - Despite an 11-point victory over league foe Lyle this past Friday night, Mabton Coach Mike Roettger said his team continues to play flat and play down to the level of their competition.

Greyhounds knock off league rivals

In a battle of CWAC South unbeatens, Grandview's boys basketball team knocked off Naches 68-52 this past Friday.

S'side girls fall to West Valley

Despite a 12-6 opening quarter in favor of Sunnyside, the Lady Grizzlies fell 57-29 to West Valley this past Friday night.

Lady Knights crush Klickitat, lose first league game to LaSalle

Facing the number one team from the southern division of the Greater Columbia 'B' League, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights made a statement by crushing Klickitat 62-12 last Friday night.

Bickleton girls struggle against LaSalle, lost to Trout Lake/Glenwood

YAKIMA - The Bickleton girls basketball team traveled to Yakima last Friday night to take on LaSalle and lost in a blow-out, 60-4.

Survey to count Sunnyside's homeless

How many homeless people are there in Sunnyside? Are they young or old? Predominantly male or female?

Sunnyside police 'sample' shocking new X26 Taser tool

Say 'yes sir' and smile like you mean it if you are stopped for questioning by a Sunnyside police officer because all of Sunnyside's finest are now armed with tasers.



Vikings tame Cougars, look ahead to LaSalle

LYLE - The Mabton boys basketball team continued its march to the District tournament last Friday with a 57-26 win over the Lyle Cougars.

Working Stiff

Port treasurer goes by the book - Bickleton grad returns hom

Port treasurer goes by the book - Bickleton grad returns hom

Knights get two league victories

Behind two big performances from Chad Den Boer this past Friday and Saturday nights, Sunnyside Christian got two wins to improve to 7-1 in the Greater Columbia B League.

Grandview girls continue to struggle

GRANDVIEW - Poor shooting and playing well in only three of four quarters doomed the Lady Greyhounds as they lost to the Naches Rangers last Friday night 63-45.

Friday, January 20

Woman of the Year 2005

Tamara Steen: Dedicated to community's children

Tamara Steen: Dedicated to community's children

Grandview City Council Briefs


Low income families have opportunity to purchase new home

MABTON - Thanks to the Diocese of Yakima Housing Services, Yakima Federal Savings and Loan and the United States Department of Agriculture, low-income Lower Valley families will get a chance to do something many families in the same position never get - a chance to own a home.

Story Time

Santa came through

Santa came through

Viking grapplers pin Highland

MABTON - With Highland's wrestling team surrendering six forfeits, Mabton cruised to a 48-30 dual match win Thursday.


Cool heads prevailed

Cool heads prevailed

Guest Editorial

Service businesses must go back to serving

Service businesses must go back to serving

Across Our State

Rainy days, winter break

Rainy days, winter break

Relay for Life gears up for '06

GRANDVIEW - The first meeting for the Lower Valley's 10th annual Relay for Life was held last night in Grandview.

U.S. Senate candidate touts morality, leadership in S'side speech

With a Bible and a copy of the Constitution, senatorial candidate Brad Klippert spoke before the Sunnyside Republican Club this morning in a speech that explained his reasoning for his senate run.

Man of the Year 2005

Jim Sewell: A professional to the core

Jim Sewell: A professional to the core

Vocal Magic to perform in 'Best of Times'

The Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present "The Best of Times," featuring Vocal Magic, on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Entertainment Briefs


Grizzly grapplers manhandle Wolfpack

WAPATO - When freshman Baltazar Avalos took the mat last night for his 137-lb. bout against Wapato junior Jaymar Imperial, the Grizzlies already had the Mid-Valley League wrestling match well in hand, leading 30-15.

G'view grapplers beat Toppenish

GRANDVIEW - The Wildcats took two of the first three matches of the night Thursday to build what would be their only lead of the night as the final match decided the outcome, and sealed a 40-30 CWAC South victory for the Greyhounds.

Don't wish away today

"I can't wait for..."

Thursday, January 19

New liaison helping parents help children to gear up

Thanks to a Two Valleys One Vision Grant, Chief Kamiakin Elementary school is offering after-school GEAR-UP activities.

Skate park construction to proceed

After more than six years of planning, the SunnyView skate park will finally become reality this year, Recreational Coordinator Joan Niemeyer told the Sunnyside Recreation and Community Center commissioners Wednesday evening.

Charvet appointed to SVID board

Third-generation farmer Ernie Charvet was appointed to the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) Board this past Wednesday.



Veterans Plaza in downtown S'side may get $250,000 facelift thanks to American Legion

The American Legion is hoping to totally remake the Jerry Taylor Veteran's Plaza in downtown Sunnyside.



Fire destroys vacant house in Sunnyside

Sunnyside firefighters were called out at 2:51 a.m. this morning to a house fire at 1206 Ida Belle Street.

Sunnyside native tabbed as NFL Rams' head coach

ST. LOUIS, MO. - It appears Sunnyside native Scott Linehan will be the St. Louis Rams' new head coach, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported this morning (Thursday).

Wednesday, January 18

Knights get back on track with win over Yakama Tribal

TOPPENISH - Chad Den Boer led the way for the Knights with a game-high 23 points as Sunnyside Christian got back on the winning track, running away from Yakama Tribal for a 71-38 win Tuesday night.

Cartoon-collector featured speaker at women's meeting

Helen Wilson of Ephrata is a collector of cartoons who never expected to give up her lifestyle in Spokane to settle in a little old town in the desert.

Port of Sunnyside Briefs


Henry, Wagner record personal bests for SHS swimming

YAKIMA - Despite a 144-14 loss to West Valley on Tuesday, the outmanned Sunnyside boys swim team celebrated as Alex Henry and Zile Wagner each recorded personal bests.

Police identify four suspects in fatal shooting of S'side man

Sunnyside police are looking for three men and two women suspects in relation to the fatal shooting of Xavier Perez, 28, on Dec. 22, 2005 at his rental home at 1713 Guernsey Street in Sunnyside.

Grizzly cage team knocks off Quincy

The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team took the hop out of the Quincy Jackrabbits last night, winning by an 82-72 score.

S'side girls earn tie against Ike Cadets

The Sunnyside High School girls bowling team closed out the 2005-06 season with a 2-2 tie against the Eisenhower Cadets yesterday afternoon.

Lady Knights beat Eagles, tune up for this weekend

TOPPENISH - In what turned out to be a tune-up for the big game with LaSalle this coming weekend, the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team last night crushed Yakama Tribal 78-23.

Mabton girls flat in non-league win

PASCO - In what Mabton Coach Mike Roettger called a flat performance, the Lady Vikings got a non-league victory over Tri-City Prep 49-33 Tuesday night.

S'side girls get much-needed win over Quincy

After four consecutive losses the Sunnyside girls got a much-needed boost to their confidence with a 68-44 win Tuesday night over the Quincy Jackrabbits.

Grandview voters asked to support levy

GRANDVIEW - Today, the Grandview School District will ask voters to approve a four-year maintenance and operation levy.

Second half swoon costly for Pirates

PASCO - Losing one player to injury and another to foul trouble, Bickleton's boys basketball team struggled in the second half in a 61-31 loss to Jubilee Christian.

Industrial wastewater surcharges eliminated in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Despite the potential loss of $44,000 in revenue, the Grandview City Council voted unanimously to remove industrial waste discharge surcharges from wastewater contracts with large industrial and commercial companies.

Guest Editorial

Keep the WASL

Keep the WASL

Grandview grapplers fall to Othello in league clash

GRANDVIEW - Othello got the best of Grandview, winning 42-25 Tuesday night in a dual meet both schools had been looking forward to since it was rescheduled from its original Dec. 15 date.

County hires appraiser for South First Street expansion

Within two months from now the city of Sunnyside should have a good idea what it will cost to purchase property in order to widen South First Street.

Tuesday, January 17

Sunnyside hospital PR director attends FEMA training session

Sunnyside Community Hospital Public Relations Director Tom Lathen was one of 27 health care staff from around the United States attending a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training in Anniston, Alabama last week.

Slow start costs Greyhounds a run at number one

YAKIMA - In Monday's 59-53 loss at the Classic in the SunDome, the Grandview boys basketball team tangled with Nooksack Valley, top-ranked among 2A teams in the state.



Burglary suspect nabbed

Grandview police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a burglary at Dave's Recycling Center on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Monday, January 16

Rivalry contest goes Mabton's way

Playing two of their toughest competitors, the Mabton Vikings boys basketball team came away from this past weekend in great shape, they sit on top in the Yakima division of the Greater Columbia 'B' League.

SHS begins parking permit system

Proof of insurance, license required

Proof of insurance, license required

Death Notice



New hires in the Grandview School District

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board has approved recommendations to hire Bruce Johnson as a middle school head wrestling coach. Dave Parker will be hired as an At-Risk tutor for Compass High School.



G'view express rolls on

Win streak now at five

Win streak now at five

G'view narrows fire chief choice

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview has narrowed its choice for its next Fire Chief.

Sunnyside boys stumble

You can't take any team for granted in the Mid-Valley League. The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team learned that the hard way last Friday night.

G'view teen earns Eagle Scout honors

This past Saturday, Tim Wyatt did something just 2 percent of boys who join the Boys Scouts do - he became an Eagle Scout.

Mabton gets weekend split

by Ben Davis & Corey Russell

Grizzly grapplers fizzle at Hoquiam

HOQUIAM - Like the air rushing from a deflated balloon, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team sagged miserably this past weekend at the Hoquiam Invitational.

Grandview takes third at Foss Invite

TACOMA - Grandview put three wrestlers in the finals of the Henry Foss Invitational and had one individual champion en route to a third-place finish this past weekend.

S'side girls drop a pair of games

Against Wapato this past Friday night, the Sunnyside girls basketball team suffered a heartbreaker.

Friday, January 13

The Newcomer

Wrinkles follow crinkles in my new year

Wrinkles follow crinkles in my new year

Fire destroys Mabton home

MABTON - A home on 791 Boundary Road, about a mile south of Mabton, was declared a total loss of $100,000 following a fire Thursday morning.



Two burglaries, two thefts reported in Sunnyside

Two burglaries and a theft were reported in Sunnyside yesterday and another theft early this morning.

Pirate hoopsters rally past Lyle

BICKLETON - After giving up an NBA-like 24 points to Lyle in the first quarter, Bickleton's boys basketball team needed to find an answer.

Grizzly grapplers deal Prosser first league loss

Winners of eight of the 14 bouts last night, six by pin, Sunnyside knocked the Prosser Mustangs wrestling team off the top perch of the Mid-Valley League standings.

City removes more signs from Paul's property

City crews were at it again Wednesday, removing two more signs erected along South First Street by Prosser contractor Tom Paul.

Greyhounds outrun Bears

KIONA-BENTON - The Grandview wrestling team traveled to Kiona-Benton last night and destroyed the Bears by a score of 64-12.

Viking grapplers pin White Swan

WHITE SWAN - Mabton's wrestling team secured its first dual meet win of the season Thursday in a 51-13 victory over White Swan.

Shakira's Oral Fixation Vol. 2 will stop you in your tracks


Sunnyside physician contesting sexual misconduct charges

Dr. Muhammad Ayub, the Sunnyside physician who had his medical license suspended following accusations of sexual misconduct, has contested those charges according to the Washington State Department of Health.



Religious Reflections

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Old-time musician to perform at Sunnyside's Sun Terrace

When Activity Director Shari Wilson heard what kind of music Glenn Cutler performs, she thought he'd be perfect to book as entertainment at Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living.

Northwest climate change possibly due to global warming

A variety of events in the past year have triggered scientists to question whether climate change is a reality and whether it's a result of global warming.

City hosts appreciation meal for S'side municipal employees

The city of Sunnyside renewed a tradition Thursday morning, today, with an employee appreciation breakfast at the community center.

Relay for Life rally set for Jan. 19

Nothing succeeds like success and that is the case for the American Cancer Society Lower Valley Relay for Life.

Behind the Plate

Not impressed by the future, so far

Not impressed by the future, so far

Lady Grizzly bowlers drop pair of matches

The Selah Vikings and Pasco Bulldogs proved to be too formidable this week for the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team.

Bickleton girls finally finish off Lyle

BICKLETON - It took almost a month but the Bickleton Lady Pirates finally played the remaining 28 seconds of their game with Lyle and won 34-31.



Across our state

We, the People

We, the People

Tired of paying $40 a week for gasoline?

Get into a van pool!

Get into a van pool!

Wednesday, January 11

Police praised for response to dog attack

Saying the Yakima County Sheriff's office could take some lessons, Jim Stanton praised the Sunnyside Police Department's response to a vicious dog attack last Saturday.

Bickleton group works to fund trip to Olympia

Six Bickleton young people, who are interested in government, are working to become part of the YMCA 59th Youth Legislature Program that could take them to the state capitol in May.

Guest Editorial

Think hard before becoming a parent

Think hard before becoming a parent

Sunnyside's new librarian to meet patrons at Jan. 24 open house

After 22 years in various positions at Yakima Valley Regional Library, Amy Ravenholt is settling in as librarian at Sunnyside. She will have an opportunity to meet library patrons and get acquainted with the community at an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the library.

County tables Midvale Road funding agreement

YAKIMA - Citing a lack of information from his own staff, Public Works Director Vern Redifer asked Yakima County commissioners to table the Midvale Road supplemental agreement.



Mabton City Briefs


Sunnyside boys corral Mustangs

Talk about a team effort! Last night, the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team-fully utilizing all 12 members of the varsity-tamed the high spirited Prosser Mustangs.

Food handlers class to be offered by VFW

The Sunnyside VFW will be sponsoring a food handlers class Saturday, Jan. 14, at the VFW Hall in Sunnyside at 2 p.m.

Grandview grapplers dominate East Valley

GRANDVIEW - Six pins by Grandview wrestlers helped the Greyhounds cruise to an easy 67-12 victory over East Valley Tuesday night. The win puts Grandview's league record at 2-0, and on top of the CWAC South in a tie with Othello.

'F' as in Frank

Anyone got a light?

Anyone got a light?

S'side girls lose double-OT thriller to rival Prosser

Thirty-two minutes of basketball just wasn't enough to decide things Tuesday night as Prosser and Sunnyside were deadlocked at 61 when the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation.

Mabton rejects well drilling bid

MABTON - The city council of Mabton rejected a bid for work on the city's fifth well because it's too expensive.

The Newcomer

Crinkles in my new year

Crinkles in my new year

Tuesday, January 10

Pirates edged at Prosser

PROSSER - Bickleton's varsity boys basketball team came close, but not close enough in a 54-52 loss to Prosser's C squad Monday night.

Local carpet cleaning company making rounds

After two months in Sunnyside, Bill LaForce is pleased with how business has been going.

Death Notice



New council appoints officers

Five Sunnyside City Council members were sworn into office Monday. Three of them-Carol Stone, Bruce Epps and Bill Gant-were elected in last November's general election.

Benefit set for Grandview 18-year-old cancer victim

GRANDVIEW - VFW Post 6929 of Grandview is holding a benefit for Matt Honeycutt, a 2005 graduate of Grandview High School, a cancer patient who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant in Seattle.

Worker housing could hit a snag

The Diocese of Yakima Housing Services project near Sheller Road and 16th Street in Sunnyside hit a possible bump in the road Monday night.

Lady Pirates lose to Prosser "C" squad

PROSSER - Trying to get another check in the win column, the Bickleton Lady Pirates varsity squad traveled to Prosser last night. Bickleton's efforts to notch its second victory of the season went for naught, though, as the Muastangs 'C' squad prevailed, 41-23.

Martin Luther King march scheduled for Monday

OIC of Washington and the Sunnyside Community Center are sponsoring a march and celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday.

Monday, January 9

Wenatchee bests Lady Grizzly bowlers

The Wenatchee High School girls bowling team claimed a 3-1 victory over Sunnyside last Thursday.

G'view grapplers win home tourney

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview wrestling team put nine wrestlers into the finals at the Grandview Winter Classic this past Saturday en route to a team victory, the host school's first in the nine-year history of the event.

Alleged kidnappers' cases still pending

A status hearing at Yakima County Jail last Thursday for Heriberto Martinez, 24, and Pedro Ochoa-Mendoza, 23, resulted in a continuance of their cases with their January trial dates being reset.

Flags mark sanctity of human life

GRANDVIEW - "What are all those flags for," civil engineer Steve Martin was asked this past weekend as he hauled thousands of pink and blue survey markers in his truck.

Knights get two league wins

The Sunnyside Christian Knights got two big league wins this past weekend, winning by a combined 92 points to stay perfect in Greater Columbia B League play.

Police bust recovers thousands in stolen property

The Grandview Police Department's Special Incident Response Team, with help from the Law Enforcement Against Drugs Task Force, this past Friday raided a house in the 4000 block of Stover Road and recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property, Detective James Driscoll said this morning.

City willing to talk, Paul headed to court

The dust has settled from the sign and fence poles Sunnyside officials removed last Thursday from Tom Paul's property along South First Street.

Mabton boys sweep through weekend

The Mabton boys basketball team hosted Trout Lake/Glenwood this past Friday night, winning 67-27.

Chamber 'after hours' set to unite three cities

If you're a Chamber of Commerce member or a potential member, The Inn at Horse Heaven in Prosser is the place to be Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Death Notices


Pirates cool off in loss to SCHS

For a quarter, anyway, Bickleton's boys basketball team looked like it might have a shot at knocking off defending state B champ Sunnyside Christian.

Mabton girls get weekend split

The Mabton Lady Vikings cruised to a 55-27 victory this past Friday night over Trout Lake-Glenwood before falling to LaSalle 52-28 Saturday night.

'Hounds hold off Connell

CONNELL - Grandview's boys basketball team reeled off a 21-9 second quarter run, then held on for a league opening 62-51 win at Connell on Saturday.

Lady Grizzlies split weekend games

The Sunnyside girls basketball team got a split this past weekend beating Selah on Friday 58-50 and losing to Hanford 59-54 on Saturday.

Sunnyside notches first league victory

A 20-point effort by senior Derrick Simmons powered the Sunnyside Grizzlies to a 64-56 victory over Selah last Friday. The win was Sunnyside's first this season in Mid-Valley League play.

Year-round schooling not coming anytime soon

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Rick Cole said many school districts go from traditional school schedules to year-round schooling because of enrollment and financial issues.

Grizzly swimmers make progress in loss to Cheney

YAKIMA - The outnumbered Sunnyside's boys swim team lost to Cheney on Saturday, 111-28. But it was a defeat full of victories, according to Coach Carl Scott.

Food handlers class to be offered by VFW

The Sunnyside VFW will be sponsoring a food handlers class Saturday, Jan. 14, at the VFW Hall in Sunnyside at 2 p.m.



Lady Knights continue to dominate league

BICKLETON - One week after the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights lost their second game of the season, they came out on fire and destroyed the Bickleton Lady Pirates, 67-6 during last Friday night's basketball game.

Grandview girls fall to Connell

CONNELL - The Connell Eagles came against the Grandview Lady Greyhounds aggressively Saturday night, winning by a score of 66-37.

Friday, January 6

G'view grapplers open league play with a win

NACHES - After two league dual meet postponements, the Grandview Greyhounds finally opened their league schedule Thursday night with a 49-22 win over the Naches Valley Rangers.

Food label changes now in effect

You'll never look at a package of food the same way, thanks to requirements now in effect on the nutrition panel found on food packaging.

Artwork of Larson Gallery director to be featured in Yakima this month

YAKIMA - The Larson Gallery will showcase an exhibit by Carol Hassen, entitled "I'm Still Dancing as Fast as I Can," which features a selection of her paintings, drawings and collages.

Business Brief

Mall seeks tenant

Sunnyside swimmers keep making gains

YAKIMA - After a long Christmas Break, the Sunnyside High School boys swim team competed in a dual meet against Hanford and Pullman Thursday at Lions Pool.

Sunnyside pastor retiring from his flock

Pastor John Jacobs has preached the message of God in Sunnyside for a long time. 29 1/2 years to be exact.

Guest Editorial

Barking up the wrong tree

Barking up the wrong tree

The Newcomer

Wasted lives

Wasted lives

Undermanned Mabton Vikings fall at home to Warriors

MABTON - Forced to concede 18 points to Cle Elum due to forfeits, the Mabton Vikings lost to the Warriors 48-30 Thursday night.




Granger High School receives grant money

GRANGER - The Office of the Superintendent of Public instruction announced Tuesday that Granger High School was one of 38 schools and school districts in the state to receive part of a $139,600 grant aimed at improving access to Advanced Placement classes and Pre-Advanced Placement classes.

News Briefs

Sunnyside fire department tallies 2005 responses

School Briefs

Drill camp to be held in Mabton

On the road with...

Sunnyside's street sweeper

Sunnyside's street sweeper

Squilchuck State Park open as snow play area

WENATCHEE - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced that Squilchuck State Park is open on a limited basis for winter snow play, which includes sledding, inner tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. This is a pilot program initiated in response to public demand.

Salmon-rearing experiment serves as two-fold lesson

Students in Mrs. Long's fourth-grade class at Sunnyside Christian Elementary School took possession of 130 Chinook salmon eggs Thursday morning.

Chiefs score win against Sunnyside girls

MOSES LAKE - With four JV bowlers subbing in for the Sunnyside varsity, the Moses Lake High School girls bowling team scored a 4-0 victory this past Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, January 5




Senior parentsto host basketball taco feed Saturday

SHS senior parents will host a taco feed at Saturday night's basketball contest with Hanford. Sales will begin at 4 p.m. and continue into the evening. One taco meal is $3, two tacos are $4, and a three-taco meal is $5. Meals will include rice and beans.

Port eyes change to agreement

During their meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4, Port of Sunnyside commissioners reviewed changes to a draft interlocal agreement for a Black Rock study area.

County to research Outlook sewer woes

OUTLOOK - Now it's Outlook's turn.

Invasion of the sign snatchers

An ongoing battle between the city of Sunnyside and Prosser contractor Tom Paul hit the mother of all loggerheads today, Thursday.

Wednesday, January 4

Only one charged in murder

Michael Rodriguez, 25, of Sunnyside was formally charged with first degree murder in his Dec. 29, 2005 arraignment in Yakima County Superior Court.

Sunnyside drops Mid-Valley dual meet to Ellensburg grapplers

Dropping 10 of the 14 individual matches last night, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team sustained a 48-21 Mid-Valley League defeat to the visiting Ellensburg Bulldogs.

Court opening delayed

GRANDVIEW - The expected opening of Yakima District Court in Grandview has been delayed. The court, returning to the Lower Valley after an eight-year absence, was scheduled to open Jan. 1, but the estimated date is now mid-February, according to Harold Delia, court administrator.

Lady Grizzlies get slammed by Bulldogs

ELLENSBURG - In Sunnyside Coach Leo Gomez's mind, his players just didn't show up to play Tuesday night.

G'view councilmen OK well rehabilitation project

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council voted to award the city's well rehabilitation project contract to the lone bidding contractor, Schneider Equipment, Inc., Tuesday night.

Guess Editorial

Congress is adjourned

Congress is adjourned

S'side store owners unhappy with beer sign ban

To Mike Nassar, owner of the 16th Street Market, it's all about fairness.

Grandview Council tables gated community ordinance

GRANDVIEW - After a lot of discussion Tuesday night, the Grandview City Council opted to table an ordinance that would set rules for future condominium and gated community development in the city.

Cutting to the Core

It's the most boring time of the year

It's the most boring time of the year


Mabton shows holiday support

Mabton shows holiday support

Seamstress steps back into business world after 10 years doing field work

Margarita Torres, mother of six and grandmother to 13, stepped out of her safe zone and into the business world four years ago in Sunnyside.

Grandview Briefs

Council members sworn in




Sunnyside boys trip against Bulldogs

ELLENSBURG - Not having played for nearly three weeks, the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team couldn't get into any kind of a rhythm last night.

Weets powers S'side girls to 2-2 tie with Kennewick

Yesterday, the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team avenged, in sorts, a 4-0 loss it suffered to Kennewick earlier in the season.

Tuesday, January 3

Dance studio opens in S'side

With hip-hop and salsa tunes providing the canvas, dancers artfully spun and leaped during a recent class offered at the 4 JAMZ Dance Studio in Sunnyside.




Versatile fire truck, designed by volunteers, arrives in Granger

GRANGER - A spanking new fire truck arrived in Granger Dec. 22, designed by six Granger volunteer firefighters and purchased with a $250,000 grant received by the Granger Fire Department from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2004.

Sunnyside's Pub out of business

Washington's new smoking ban has claimed its first victim in Sunnyside. The Pub at 432 S. Sixth St., a fixture in downtown Sunnyside for the past 33 years, will officially close its doors today.



Monday, January 2

G'view boys make it two-for-two at SunDome

YAKIMA - The Grandview boys basketball team made it two in a row at the SunDome last week, with a 54-43 win this past Friday over Lakeside.

Klippert announces U.S. Senate candidacy

KENNEWICK - Taking a lesson from his 2004 run for the U.S. Senate, Sunnyside native and Benton County Sheriff's deputy Bradley Klippert (R) announced his candidacy for Maria Cantwell's Senate seat on Dec. 30, 2005, nearly 10 months before the Sept. 2006 primary.

Knights win Oakleaf Classic

SHORELINE - Down 10 points going into the locker room against the host Shoreline Christian Crusaders, it would have been easy for Sunnyside Christian to just roll over and accept their second defeat of the season.

Lady Knights get split at Shorline

SHORELINE - The Sunnyside Christian Knights got a split in the Oakleaf Classic this past week, defeating Clallam Bay 66-20 Thursday and losing to Shoreline Christian on Friday, 57-48 to bring their record to 6-2 on the season.

Death Notice



S'side man dies in New Year's Eve accident

A single car accident on Outlook Road claimed the life of Sunnyside resident Thomas W. Merry, 21, at about 11 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Lady Greyhounds falter late at SunDome

YAKIMA - The Grandview girls basketball team saw a close game get away in a 53-35 loss to Chewelah on Friday in the two-day SunDome tournament.

Thefts, cars thefts reported in S'side

Several thefts were reported in Sunnyside over the weekend.