Stories for July 2006

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Monday, July 31

Sisters donate to Locks of Love

Seven-year-old Marissa Mirelez and her sister, 5-year-old Savannah Mirelez, did something last Friday they've never done before. They cut their hair.

Obituary

ALEX JAMES WHITMORE

ALEX JAMES WHITMORE

Guest Editorial

It's not why we fall, but how we get up

It's not why we fall, but how we get up

Miss Sunnyside candidate:

Yeraldi Espino

Yeraldi Espino

The Newcomer

Bring on the snakes!

Bring on the snakes!

Rachel's Ramblings

Are you crazy? Women aren't archaeologists

Are you crazy? Women aren't archaeologists

Sartin just misses out on top 20 finish

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Riding a rented horse, Sunnyside High School's Sammi Jo Sartin made up for a shaky start to finish 25th out of 138 girls at the National High School Rodeo Finals held last week in Springfield, Ill.

Home Country

BY SLIM RANDLES

Mini hydros hit the water Aug. 12-13

GRANGER - An estimated 30 hydroplanes will hit the water at Granger's Hisey Park Aug. 12-13.

Bev Hogue's 'Blue in the Face' art on exhibit at Hogue Cellars

PROSSER - Pop surrealist work is making an appearance in Washington wine country in a spectacular splash of blue.

Blaze destroys Grandview home

GRANDVIEW - A house fire left six people in Grandview homeless this past Saturday evening.

Sharks complete perfect season

NACHES - After posting an unblemished 12-0 record in dual meets, the Sunnyside Sharks capped off the 2006 summer season with what appears to be a first place finish at the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships, staged in Naches this past weekend.

Good news-fewer meth labs; bad news-just as much meth

According to Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Ron Zirkle, drugs are a big problem in Yakima County.

G'view takes third at home tourney

GRANDVIEW - A total of 35 high school boys basketball teams from around the state played in the ninth annual Late Summer Classic hosted by Grandview High School this past weekend.

Forum

Take down signs

Take down signs

Granger dedicates jewel of a park Sunday

Jim and Lena Bell remembered

Jim and Lena Bell remembered

Sunnyside schools set hiring record

The Sunnyside School District will have 60 newly hired certificated staff members-such as teachers and counselors-for the 2006-07 school year, the school board learned during a meeting last night.

Johnny 'B' Good team owner wins national super street title

KENT - Hitting speeds of 155 mph in a quarter of a mile for two qualifying rounds and six elimination rounds was enough for Sunnyside's John Dalrymple to take home first place honors in the Shucks Auto Supply NHRA Northwest Nationals. The drag racing event was held last Sunday at Pacific Raceways in Kent.

Motorist target of gang-related shooting

GRANDVIEW - Gunfire aimed at a vehicle traveling in Grandview on West Second Street near Avenue F on Wednesday evening was believed to be gang related, Grandview Police said.

Thursday, July 27

Quick action saves Dark Horse Inn

Fire damage at the Dark Horse Inn in Sunnyside was limited to $2,500 due to quick action taken by a crew from Sunnyside Tire Factory and speedy response to last night's blaze by Sunnyside firefighters.

Sharks finish 12-0

Sometimes the best things come in small packages. Such was the case last night for the Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team.

New weigh station will keep trucks moving near Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A new weigh station is being constructed by the Washington State Patrol at exit 75 on I-82 near Grandview.

Obituary

DELBERT CARL HUBBARD

DELBERT CARL HUBBARD

Residential use of auto shop gets approval

Medina's Auto Repair at 2400 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside was granted the conditional use of converting a portion of its double-wide trailer office into a residential use.

Rumors false that Sunshine Days to be moved from downtown area

Changes may be afoot for a couple of Sunnyside events, but they do not reflect a diminished commitment to the city's downtown, say city and chamber of commerce officials.

Piranhas out-swim Neptunes

GRANDVIEW - The Piranhas were biting.....hard. The Grandview Neptunes found that out Wednesday night when they hosted the Prosser swim team, losing 558-248 in the last dual meet of the season for the Mid-Valley Swim League.

Sunnyside bee property nearly 'bee-utiful'

Darrell "Andy" Downing of Downing Construction has been cleaning up at what was formerly known as Bunch's Bees since this past Monday.

Wednesday, July 26

Wapato's longer pool sinks Neptunes, Grandview falls to 2-9 in league meets

WAPATO - Swimming in a 50-meter pool versus a 40-yard pool makes a difference and that showed Tuesday night in Wapato as the Grandview Neptunes struggled, losing to Wapato 437-344.

Fundraising underway to remodel veterans plaza

Greg Schlieve posed this question. "If a soldier, sailor, airman or marine from our area were to die in Iraq or Afghanistan today, where would we engrave his or her name?"

Guest Editorial

Good news on Northwest energy costs

Good news on Northwest energy costs

Sharks one win away from perfect 12-0 season

NACHES - A robust 656-181 victory over the Naches Barracudas last night leaves the Sunnyside Sharks one victory shy of a perfect 12-0 season.

Grandview School Board approves dairy, fuel bids

GRANDVIEW - Receiving a bid from R.H. Smith Distributing for 3¢ over cost on gasoline and 2.5¢ over cost on diesel, the Grandview School Board accepted the proposal at Monday night's school board meeting.

Fair association chairman shares package of dreams with Rotarians

Curtis King, chairman of the Central Washington Fair Association, brought a package of dreams to the Noon Rotary meeting this past Monday in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside Hispanics seeking to become U.S. citizens

Pending immigration laws that could shake up residents who have lived five, six and even 15 years in the United States-and Sunnyside specifically-have given birth to a citizenship class at Nuestra Casa at 1007 South Sixth Street.

Nozaka leads Black Rock Creek golfers at senior tour competition

MOSES LAKE - Grandview's Akira Nozaka fired a 79 at last week's Columbia Basin Senior Tour event staged at the Moses Lake Country Club to lead the 24-man contingent from Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Obituary

FLOYD BERG

FLOYD BERG

'F' as in Frank

Gone, but not forgotten

Gone, but not forgotten

Tuesday, July 25

New public comment protocol now in effect at Mabton meetings

The Mabton School Board adopted a new public comment protocol Monday night. During the meetings visitors will be asked to speak only during the "Pubic Comment" portion of the agenda.

Quick start to county, state political races

Monday was the first day for candidates to file for office in this fall's election, and races are already developing.

Youthful spirit oversees Coyote Canyon Winery

PROSSER - Calling his winery a mix of wine culture and rock and roll, Matt Gray of Coyote Canyon Winery brings a youthful flair to the traditionally staid wine industry.

Grandview Police Brief

7-25 grandview police

Mabton man turns trash into treasure

MABTON - A piece of scrap metal is anything but a scrap to Mabton hop farmer Gary Anderson.

Monhollands win

Troy and Carol Monholland of Wapato ran away from the field at this past weekend's 2006 'Love Is' Golf Tournament, hosted by Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Local college student caught in midst of war

HAIFA, ISRAEL - Caleb Barr, a graduate of Sunnyside High School and current student of linguistics at the University of Washington, was evacuated to a bomb shelter this past week in Israel.

Death Notice

W. EARLE JOHNSON

W. EARLE JOHNSON

'Little David' benefit set

1-Column

Obituary

WILMA KEPHART

WILMA KEPHART

Monday, July 24

Gunmen enter S'side home

Five people, armed with guns and with their faces covered, walked into a Sunnyside home in the 200 block of North 13th Street just after midnight Friday night.

Sunnyside Summer Jam postponed due to heat spell

The fourth annual Sunnyside Summer Jam, a three-on-three basketball tourney, was postponed this past weekend because of high temperatures.

Death Notice

LARRY ROBERT CELIUS

LARRY ROBERT CELIUS

Friday, July 21

Sunnyside School District still considering athletic bond issue

The Sunnyside High School football field and bleachers were the primary topics of a school board study session held last night.

G'view swimmers cut Barracudas down to size

GRANDVIEW - Barracudas are large, ferocious fish found in the Mediterranean seas that often grow to 10 feet in size. Last night, the Grandview swim team found a way to cut the Barracudas down to size.

Hospice auction, dinner slated for Aug. 5

Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care and the Children's Hospital of Seattle will be holding an auction Saturday, Aug. 5. The auction is a major fundraiser that involves volunteers from surrounding communities working hard to prepare for this event.

The Newcomer

In favor of a 'new army'

In favor of a 'new army'

Rachel's Ramblings

Adventure not easily forgotten

Adventure not easily forgotten

In the name of the son...

S'side mother launches car show in honor of fallen son

S'side mother launches car show in honor of fallen son

Youths investigate fun at CSI Camp

A crime scene in Sunnyside required three days of intense investigation this week.

Obituaries

JESS C

Home Country

BY SLIM RANDLES

Guest Editorial

Ice Age floods - sharing the story

Ice Age floods - sharing the story

Miss Sunnyside candidate:

Challea Bussert

Challea Bussert

Fire damages Sunnyside home

Sunnyside firefighters responded to an apparent electrical fire last night (Thursday) at 1130 W. Columbia Avenue, Sunnyside.

U.S. Senate hopeful visits Sunnyside

U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McGavick took a break from his "Open Mike" tour to visit Sunnyside Republicans this morning (Friday).

Briefs

1-Column

Thursday, July 20

Briefs

1-Column

Obituaries

DONNA MAE HARRIET HICKS

Man charged with child rape

Roberto Quiroz Figueroa, 31, was arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon and charged with first degree rape of a child and first degree molestation.

Louis places first at PGA pro-am tourney

LEAVENWORTH - Golfing for Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club team, Sunnyside's Aaron Louis earned a first place tie at this past Monday's Central Washington PGA pro-am event at Leavenworth Golf Club.

Granger audience awed by slithery lessons

GRANGER - The Reptile Man took it easy on his Granger audience yesterday, easing them into the world of scales and slime with an introduction to a bullfrog, while exotic not too terribly terrifying.

LEAD Task Force makes drug arrest

The LEAD Task Force (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) utilized a search warrant yesterday to enter a home in the 2600 block of Allen Road to arrest a 27-year-old Sunnyside man, charging him with delivery of a controlled substance.

Vikettes earn five trophies at dance camp

PORTLAND, ORE. - The Mabton Vikettes are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to entertain Mabton High School sports fans.

Death Notice

JESS C. ANTHONY

JESS C. ANTHONY

Local couple trades apples for entrees

RICHLAND - As owners of an apple orchard in Sunnyside, Paul and Jackie Hollander had plenty of experience in growing food.

Full slate of seats in county, state up for grabs this fall

The time is nearing when rhetoric hits the road as Yakima County's 2006 candidate filing period for political office kicks off Monday, July 24, and runs through next Friday, July 28.

Wednesday, July 19

Guest Editorial

'Surprising' increase in tax reveniues NOT a surprise

'Surprising' increase in tax reveniues NOT a surprise

Sunnyside teacher puts years of Red Cross training to work to save choking student

For special education teacher Linda Hall it was just work as usual, but to one of her students a recent day was the day Hall saved her life.

Obituaries

DANA LAURA ARÉVALO-HADDOX

Working Stiff

Lower Valley resident finds new career as a mammographer

Lower Valley resident finds new career as a mammographer

Neptunes no match for Sunnyside Sharks

The Sunnyside Sharks, garnering 66 wins to just seven victories collected by Grandview, dealt the Neptunes a lopsided 655-149 defeat last night.

Nearby Boardman, Oregon making plans for NASCAR track

Tentatively it would go something like this. One hundred and forty-five thousand race fans would converge on Boardman, Ore. to see a NASCAR race at the recently built motor speedway. Some of those 145,000 spectators would undoubtedly need to stay in the Sunnyside area, using our hotels and restaurants and buying gas from Sunnyside stations.

Rachel's Ramblings

Heaven help those who help moochers

Heaven help those who help moochers

Cutting to the Core

Tips to save money and gas during these troubled times

Tips to save money and gas during these troubled times

Death Notice

MARCOS C. SANCHEZ

MARCOS C. SANCHEZ

City of Sunnyside hires CWU graduate as intern

A 2005 graduate of Central Washington University, Nathaniel Gouk is putting his Bachelor of Arts degree in geography to use at the Sunnyside Planning Department. He has been working as a paid intern for the past month.

Tuesday, July 18

Death Notice

GENARO ALCAZAR CHAVEZ

Mabton chauffeurs offer rides in style

MABTON - For the past three years Colin and Cindy Mears have been offering tours around the Yakima Valley that feature the agriculture, recreation and history that the area has to offer. Since this past April, they have added wine tours to their array of services.

Teacher shares life's hard lessons

GRANDVIEW - Taking a cue from elementary students she has taught for the past 26 years, Linda Wozniak shared the life lessons she has learned.

SHS fastpitch team hammers Prosser

Improving its summer season record to 6-1 last night, the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team hammered the visiting Prosser Mustangs, 20-2.

Former police officers work to clean up Sunnyside

Trying to keep the streets of Sunnyside clean is a busy job. This task is charged to two men in the code enforcement department, Bill Eikenbary and Jim Rivard.

Sun Valley teenss close winless season

At home to close out the season yesterday, the Sun Valley 16/18-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team lost 18-1 and 21-7 to visiting Kennewick.

Obituary

WANDA LEE MYERS

Monday, July 17

Shorthanded SV 16/18-year-olds lose at Richland

RICHLAND - Down three players because of other summer commitments, the Sun Valley 16/18-year-old Junior Legion team still managed a good start on Sunday, before falling 22-2.

Obituary

ZELDA L. MCCLURE

ZELDA L. MCCLURE

New Mexico governor rallies local Democrats with visit to Sunnyside

Mission accomplished.

Starbucks coming soon to Lower Valley

PROSSER - What has been just a rumor for years is finally coming true. Starbucks is coming to Prosser.

Friday, July 14

Home Country

BY SLIM RANDLES

Briefs

1-Column

Sunnyside tops Tarpons, 496-326

TOPPENISH - Many of the Sunnyside Sharks are making major strides as the Mid-Valley Summer Swim League progresses. But perhaps none more so than Joslyn Ahumada.

Births

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY

The Newcomer

Neighbors and dreams

Neighbors and dreams

DeRuyter, Durfey energy projects awarded $2.7 million in loans

George DuRuyter and Sons Dairy of Outlook received nearly $2 million in a competitive state loan yesterday for continued work on its anaerobic digester that will turn cow manure into enough electricity to power 200 homes.

If it's furry, cuddly or even scaly, she loves it!

Dena Howe of Sunnyside has been working at The Veterinary Clinic for Jonathan Mercer, D.V.M. since August 1970, and, along the way, she has collected two dogs, two cats and Beta fish.

Death Notice

JEWEL TAYLOR GRAMPS

JEWEL TAYLOR GRAMPS

Bender fourth at PGA pro-am

PENDLETON, ORE. - Jeff Bender, the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek Golf Course club pro, tied for fourth place honors in the professional division at last Monday's PGA pro-am at Wildhorse Resort Golf Course.

Forum

1-Column

Bickleton School District living within 'itsmeans'

BICKLETON - The Bickleton School Board approved the 2006-07 school budget Thursday night.

Guest Editorial

Parenting takes more than just having a kid

Parenting takes more than just having a kid

Governor's visit 3 p.m. Saturday

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will appear in Sunnyside at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday), Washington state Democrats confirmed yesterday afternoon.

Tasty pairing...Chukar Chocolate Cherries and Northwest wines

PROSSER - Wine aficionados have long enjoyed a taste of chocolate with a sip of red wine.

Truck stop rolling Granger's way

GRANGER - A full-fledged truck stop is coming to Granger, complete with a Subway sandwich shop, Chevron gas station, laundromat, showers and check cashing services.

Miss Sunnyside candidate:

Brittney Amaro

Brittney Amaro

Entertainment Briefs

1-Column

Thursday, July 13

Sunnyside police 'lock in' new employees

Hoping to protect the Sunnyside Police Department from short-term employees making lateral moves, the Sunnyside Civil Service Commission approved a pre-employment agreement for the police department Wednesday night.

Naches Pass trail named one of the best for 2006

NACHES - National tire giant BF Goodrich recently recognized something that local 4x4 enthusiasts already knew, the historic Naches Pass Trail is some kind of fun.

Monthly quilting circle brings friends-old and new-together

Laughter spills out the door, sewing machines hum and camaraderie prevails at the monthly quilting circle at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Fruit commission to meet July 26

WENATCHEE - The Washington State Fruit Commission has scheduled a Board of Directors meeting for Wednesday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Wenatchee.

S'side swimmers harpoon Whales

WAPATO - The Wapato Whales had few answers for Sunnyside's Shark attack last night. Sunnyside's summer swim team rolled to a 530-282 victory over the Whales, improving its league best record to 8-0.

New Mexico governor in Sunnyside Saturday

It could be at noon, it could be at 3 p.m. or it could be at 2 p.m., as uncertainty swirls around New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's visit to Sunnyside.

This 6-year-old knows how to defend herself

Ki-Yah! If you here this sound from Jayde Cienfuegos, you better watch out.

Obituaries

LOUIS IRA DOHRMAN

Wednesday, July 12

Lightning ends Neptunes' bid to stop losing slide

GRANDVIEW - Trailing by 40 points with nine events still left in Tuesday night's swim meet, the Neptunes felt confident they would have a chance to overtake the Toppenish Tarpons and notch their second win of the season.

Sun Valley stumbles twice against Hanford

The Sunnyside-based Sun Valley 16/18-year-old baseball team took two more on the chin yesterday, as Hanford rolled into town and made off with a pair of 18-6 and 18-2 victories.

'F' as in Frank

Need a tune up?

Need a tune up?

Little school with nine lives to host alumni reunion

In 1901 the best guess was that the little community of Outlook would grow its roots on what is now Van Belle Road.

Forum

1-Column

Mabton mayor's pay raise questioned at Tuesday's meeting

MABTON - Tuesday night's Mabton City Council meeting was a little heated as council members justified Mayor Velva Herrera's pay increase.

Briefs

1-Column

Residential landscaping ordinance clears first hurdle in city

Homeowners in Sunnyside will have an added incentive to keep up their lawns if the City Council follows the advice of its planning commission in adopting a residential landscaping ordinance.

Death Notice

GLADYS BEIERLE-SIMPSON

GLADYS BEIERLE-SIMPSON

Selah Dolphins suffer Shark attack

The visiting Selah Dolphins split last night's relay races with Sunnyside, but after that it was all the Sharks as they defended their home pool by claiming a 366-266 Mid-Valley Summer Swim League victory.

New life breathed back into Monterey Estates

GRANGER - After sitting unfinished for 10 years, Monterey Estates is well on its way to being complete. Robert (Bob) Douglas and his wife, Donna, owners of Permanent Exteriors of Washington, Inc., have purchased 20 of 47 lots that are located in Monterey Estates.

Possible change in fireworks ordinance for Mabton

MABTON - Fireworks clean-up was the main topic of discussion at last night's Mabton City Council meeting.

Summer enrichment program a success

MABTON - Displays of class projects were set up against the gym walls at Artz-Fox Elementary School Tuesday. There were Native American teepees, patriotic displays and other works. A color-guard from Post 10384 in Mabton was on hand. Parents, teachers, school administrators and students all assembled for the closing ceremonies of the summer program.

Tuesday, July 11

S'side parks up a tree

City wants to eliminate 34 trees in Central Park

City wants to eliminate 34 trees in Central Park

Sharks dominate competition at 10-team Toppenish invite

Sunnyside swimmers set nine meet records

Sunnyside swimmers set nine meet records

Increase sought in residential burn permit fees

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority is seeking to increase residential burn permits from $17 to $20.

Fastenal opens store in S'side

Open just over a week, the Fastenal Company is now doing business in Sunnyside at 1818 E. Edison Ave., next to Amerigas in the Eastway Shopping Plaza.

Blockbuster goes bust in Sunnyside

Movie rental chain closing 150 stores this year

Movie rental chain closing 150 stores this year

Drowning toddler saved

A 2-year-old boy who fell into an above-ground swimming pool at a residence in the 700 block of 12th Street in Sunnyside Thursday, July 6, is recovering at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Death Notices

CHARLES DUANE CLUFF

Paul asks for $3.8 million in damages from city of S'side

In what may be a prelude to a court date, Prosser contractor Tom Paul is asking the city of Sunnyside for $3.8 million in damages stemming from a boundary dispute along South First Street.

Monday, July 10

Sunnyside hosts annual tennis tournament

The Sunnyside High School tennis courts were the scene this past weekend for the 26th annual American Cancer Society Benefit Tennis Tournament.

Late inning struggles costly for Sun Valley 16/18-year-olds

Almost wasn't good enough for the Sun Valley 16/18-year-old Junior Legion team, which lost both ends of a doubleheader Sunday to visiting Pasco.

Death Notice

JIM A

Grandview's Churchill excels at Toppenish invitational

TOPPENISH - Taking a break from the normal grind of the Mid-Valley Swim League, 10 teams met in Toppenish this past weekend for a regional swim meet.

Obituaries

GENEVIEVE LEONA ROBERT

Drinking and driving blamed for I-82 fatality

A 22-year-old Pasco man died when his 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe rolled several times on I-82 near Sunnyside early Sunday morning.

Infant receives support

This past Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. a car wash fundraiser was held in the Daily Sun News parking lot to help the family of "Little David" Miranda Jr. with medical expenses. Brittney Alvord gave birth to David when he was only 25 weeks old, and he is expected to stay at the University of Washington hospital until September.

National Guard unit in Grandview gets hometown send-off

GRANDVIEW - Yesterday was a typical July day in the Yakima Valley, which meant that the 158 men and women of Grandview's Army National Guard 790th Chemical (Recon) Company stood sweltering under the sun in Grandview's Country Park for 45 minutes while they were honored at a departure ceremony.

Winnebago helps local law enforcement with DUI arrests

UNION GAP - The slogan "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed takes on a whole new meaning with the Washington State Patrol's new mobile impaired driving unit. The Washington State Patrol presented its new DUI Winnebago last Friday in Union Gap.

Friday, July 7

New principal brings super hero outlook to Outlook

OUTLOOK - Outlook Elementary School Principal Robert Bowman was six years old when his retired predecessor, Cathy Mears, first took the reigns of the rural school 28 years ago.

Forum

Book review far off the mark

Book review far off the mark

Dancer with ties to Sunnyside to perform with dance troupe at Yakima benefit

YAKIMA - A dance troupe designed especially to raise money for a variety of organizations will perform Saturday, July 15, to benefit Wellness House in Yakima.

Sharks slide past pesky Piranhas, 475-359

PROSSER - Thanks to the likes of Heidi Vergara, Brittany Broersma, Alissa Martin, Katie Knee, Rachelle Durfey, Tim Stiteler and Jacob Hollander, the Sunnyside Sharks made a clean sweep of the Prosser Piranhas this season.

G'view church to host 'Witness'

GRANDVIEW - Next Wednesday, July 12, at 7 p.m. the Grandview Bible Baptist Church will host a free Christian concert featuring Witness.

The littlest David the light at the end of a dark tunnel

They say bad luck comes in threes, and hopefully that is true for one Sunnyside family. The Alvord family has had to face a series of devastating events in the last three months.

S'side schools update safety, security standards

The Sunnyside School District hopes to have a better handle on creating safer schools and enforcing school rules following a recently completed update of its security standards.

Guest Editorial

Just build better cars and we'll buy them

Just build better cars and we'll buy them

Sun Valley 16/18-year-olds show improvement in losses

The Sun Valley 16/18-year-old Junior Legion baseball team found pitching and defense in a pair of competitive home losses to Wenatchee yesterday.

Dolphins have their way with Neptunes

SELAH - Sometimes it's just a numbers game and that was the case in Selah Thursday night as the Dolphins beat the Grandview Neptunes 531-205.

Death Notice

RAYMOND EARL CAIN

RAYMOND EARL CAIN

Home Country

BY SLIM RANDLES

Briefs

1-Column

Working Stiff

SHS grad calls 'em as he sees 'em

SHS grad calls 'em as he sees 'em

Thursday, July 6

Police hope to 'pimp out' ride

The Sunnyside Police Department is in the process of trying to pimp out the police car driven by Joey Glossen, who has been driving it since October 2005. The idea came about when some students suggested it to Glossen, a school resource officer, and he then mentioned the idea to Police Chief Ed Radder, who liked the idea.

S'side schools mull state pilot testing project

The Sunnyside School District could be one of just five in the state to not use the WASL exam in assessing student learning in some grade levels.

Burglary, thefts reported in S'side

A burglar broke into a home in the 1400 block of Federal Way while the owner was away. The burglary was reported at 2:15 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday). No inventory of missing items was available.

S'side High releases final 2005-06 grades

The numbers are in, albeit a bit on the tardy side, nonetheless they show a total of 23 students at Sunnyside High School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the second semester of the 2005-06 school year.

S'side Sharks bounce Barracudas, 692-120

It was over before last night's swim meet fully got underway. The host Sunnyside Sharks claimed one of the most lopsided victories ever in Mid-Valley Summer Swim League action, defeating the visiting Naches Barracudas by a 692-120 score.

S'side's rising sun receives a facelift

The sun still rises on the city of Sunnyside's logo, and a recent change in the design by city hall is intended to make the city's name shine even brighter.

Working Stiff

Travel helped data coordinator realize her calling

Travel helped data coordinator realize her calling

Wapato sinks Neptunes despite stellar effort from Carpenter, Poteet

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Neptunes kept up with the Wapato swim team for most of Wednesday night's meet but when it came time for the freestyle relays, Wapato showed its strength and pulled away to post a 407.5-318.5 victory and hand Grandview its fourth straight loss.

Wednesday, July 5

Hospital to host 14th annual Foundation Golf Tournament

Sunnyside Community Hospital will host the 14th annual Foundation Golf Tournament at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course Saturday, Aug. 26. Play of the day is a four-person scramble, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start planned.

S'side School Board seeks a fix for football grandstand

Use a band-aid approach, or completely start over.

Grandview Neptunes lose to Naches Barracudas

NACHES - For the second straight meet the Grandview Neptunes lost, this time to the Naches Barracudas, to fall to 1-4 on the season.

G'view police field 41 calls involving fireworks on July 4th

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department responded to 41 complaints related to fireworks between 8:21 a.m. yesterday and 1:01 a.m. today.

Obituary

DONALD GORDON BENNETT

Dance in Mabton could lead to acting roles

MABTON - Benjamin Vargas, a 1994 Mabton High School graduate, is returning to Mabton Friday, July 7, in a search for bit actors for a movie he's planning to film in Mabton and Grandview later this summer.

Briefs

1-Column

Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds close out 2006 summer play

RICHLAND - The most successful of Sunnyside's three Sun Valley baseball teams this summer, the local 14/15-year-olds finished up the 2006 campaign by winning one of three games this past weekend at the season ending postseason league tournament.

S'side already ringing up cell phone tax

A 6 percent cell phone tax passed by the Sunnyside City Council two weeks ago has already been on the books since 2002, city officials learned this week.

Guest Editorial

Energy costs focus of Friday's meeting

Energy costs focus of Friday's meeting

Try it on for size:

Volunteer firefighters needed in Sunnyside

Volunteer firefighters needed in Sunnyside

Grandview residents jump the gun on fireworks

GRANDVIEW - Although Grandview is one of the few cities in the Lower Valley to allow fireworks on Independence Day, residents jumped the gun with 27 reports of fireworks violations received by police from 2:06 p.m. last Friday through 10:14 p.m. Sunday.

Treatment plant in Sunnyside earns top award

The Sunnyside wastewater treatment plant was one of 46 plants throughout Washington to be recognized by the Department of Ecology.

Wastewater treatment plant in Sunnyside earns top award from state ecology officials

The Sunnyside wastewater treatment plant was one of 46 plants throughout Washington to be recognized by the Department of Ecology.

Go forth in safety this Fourth

The Fourth of July holiday is here, which means barbecues, apple pie and fireworks.

Two autos stolen in Sunnyside

Two vehicles were stolen this past weekend. One was reported stolen from the Wal-Mart parking lot at 3:36 p.m. Friday. The other, a truck parked in the 400 block of West Edison, was reported stolen at 7:17 a.m. Saturday by a friend of the truck driver, who was out of town. No description of either vehicle was available.

Provident Horizon Group honors long-time employees

Some have been there for 10 years, others 15 and there's even eight employees who have 24 years of service at the Provident Horizon Group.

Book Review

Bullfrogs, newts and toads, oh my!

Bullfrogs, newts and toads, oh my!

Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo accepting vendor applications

GRANDVIEW - With the theme, "Ribbons, Cats and Cowboy Hats," the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo in Grandview is gearing up for Aug. 9-12 at Country Park.

Chandler highlights Washington's trouble areas for GOP club

Bruce Chandler thinks the government needs to be more accountable.

School board mulls action against stores selling booze to minors

A store selling alcohol to minors may find the Sunnyside School District opposing the renewal of its liquor license.

David's House to perform church concert series

The Neighborhood Church of the Assemblies of God in Sunnyside is holding a concert series and everyone is welcome to attend.

Cutting to the Core

A bang-up Fourth of July

A bang-up Fourth of July

Operation Barnabas teenagers trek to Sunnyside for summer ministry

Thirty-two students and six group leaders from around the United States were in town the last couple of days as part of Operation Barnabas.

Sunnyside to host Fourth of July patriotic program

Under the sponsorship of the Sunnyside Lions Club, the local community will celebrate this year's Fourth of July holiday with a patriotic program.

Diener fires 76 at senior golf tour event in Richland

RICHLAND - Grandview's Tom Diener paced the Black Rock Creek team at last Wednesday's Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour event, hosted by Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course.

World War I Auxiliary member receives thanks from local VFW

Mabel Reilly, 87 years young, stood in last Monday's heat to receive a certificate of appreciation from Greg Schlieve, memorial chairman of Sunnyside VFW Post 3482.

Forum

Coins for Cancer

Coins for Cancer

Hillcrest auction to benefit seniors

The residents at Hillcrest Manor and Rehabilitation Center have been busily cutting five inch squares of flannel fabric for a quilt that will be auctioned off later this summer.

Death Notices

MERLIN BREWER

MERLIN BREWER

Monday, July 3

Obituary

DONALD GORDON BENNETT

DONALD GORDON BENNETT

Religious Reflections

Forgiveness brings its own blessings

Forgiveness brings its own blessings

The Newcomer

A thousand stories in the naked city

A thousand stories in the naked city

Guest Editoral

Bookkeeping snafu makes you wonder if city has too much money to track

Bookkeeping snafu makes you wonder if city has too much money to track

Guest Editorial

Gore's doomsday talk mostly about politics

Gore's doomsday talk mostly about politics