Stories for June 2006


Friday, June 30

Story Time

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

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

Religious Reflection

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 Editorial

Gore's doomsday talk mostly about politics

Gore's doomsday talk mostly about politics

Thursday, June 29

Sun Valley 16/18-year-olds whitewashed by Kennewick team

KENNEWICK - After a two-week lay-off, the Sun Valley 16/18-year-old Junior Legion baseball team returned to action on Tuesday and sustained 12-0 and 10-0 losses at Kennewick.



National Night Out block parties Aug. 1

A meeting was held last night (Wednesday) at the Law and Justice Center regarding Sunnyside's "National Night Out." This is a program funded by local police departments to promote neighborhood unity in the fight against crime.

Sun Valley 13-year-olds lose slugfest in season finale

So close.

Local educator toils to earn Doctorate degree

Six years of hard work have paid of for one local woman. Sonja McDaniel of Sunnyside has recently completed her Doctorate of education degree with a focus on curriculum and instruction.




Where have all the pickers gone?

WorkSource currently recruiting 400 orchard workers

WorkSource currently recruiting 400 orchard workers

County commission candidate preaches unity for the valley

The message Dan Olson sent to the members of Sunnyside's Daybreak Rotary Club Wednesday morning was the valley needs to have unity.

Grandview designates urban land for future use

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's planning commission held a public hearing Wednesday night to hear comments on whether the city should amend its urban growth future land use designation map.

Century old house to remain tri-plex

In a hearing last night that left no stone unturned, the City of Sunnyside's Board of Adjustment considered a request by Tim and Cherie Thompson to continue to use their property at 512 Stackhouse Street as a tri-plex in an R-1 zone that allows only single family dwellings.

American Cancer Society tennis tourney set for July 7-9

The Sunnyside Tennis Club will host the 26th annual American Cancer Society Benefit Tennis Tournament the weekend of July 7-9. All of the matches will be played at the Sunnyside High School tennis courts.

Fire damaged house to be replaced soon

An abandoned and fire damaged house at 1008 East Decatur Avenue in Sunnyside will soon be demolished and replaced with a stick-built house, which will be offered for sale by Carl Kern, who is buying the property from Jesse Hernandez as a re-sale investment.

Sunnyside Christian High School honor roll

Sunnyside Christian High School honor students for the fourth quarter of the 2005-06 school year with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 in the ninth grade were Leah Bosma, Matt Crabtree and Bo Kim.

Wednesday, June 28

Mabton City Council raises mayor's monthly pay to $500

MABTON - A pay increase for Mayor Velva Herrera at the city council meeting last night, June 27, was approved by council members. The current position pays $120 per month. A request had been made by the members of council at the previous meeting to increase Herrera's compensation to $500 per month.

Guest Editorial

Line item veto necessary in controlling spending

Line item veto necessary in controlling spending

American Vets plan membership drive on July 4

What better day to hold a membership drive for a veterans group than the Fourth of July?

War memorial brings honor to Sunnyside veteran

Schlieve named State Veteran of Year

Schlieve named State Veteran of Year

'F' as in Frank

One of my news "beats" this summer is to cover the three Sun Valley boys baseball teams. They range in ages from 13 to 18-years-old.

Walks prove costly

A see-saw game through five innings went south in a hurry, as the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team surrendered 17 runs in the sixth inning in a 24-7 home loss to Richland yesterday.

Avoid heat stress...state agencies warn outdoor workers

State agencies warn outdoor workers

State agencies warn outdoor workers

Death Notice



No thefts in S'side yesterday

Yesterday was a red letter day for Sunnyside police officers. There were no reports of thefts, burglaries or shots fired.

G'view police respond to two thefts

GRANDVIEW - Among the 24 incidents Grandview police responded to yesterday, two involved reports of theft.


Readers respond

Readers respond

Poteet shines but Neptunes fall to S'side Sharks, 526-302

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's Kinzi Poteet broke two pool records at last night's meet against the visiting Sunnyside Sharks but that wasn't enough as Sunnyside's Katie Knee (16&U) and Tad Tyhuis (10&U) led the Sharks to their fourth straight win with a 526-302 thrashing of the Neptunes.

Sun Valley 13-year-olds drop 11-1 game to Richland club

RICHLAND - The host Richland team exploded for 11 runs in the first four innings enroute to posting an 11-1 victory over the Sun Valley 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team.

Tuesday, June 27

New owners add family flavor to Mabton nightspot

MABTON - The spaghetti sauce was bubbling, throwing its appetizing smell throughout the Silver Dollar Inn, as Art Jasso hurried over to give the sauce a few stirs.

Skate Park grand opening is June 29

It's finally here.

$600 plus gas will train a chaplain to support emergency responders

The Reverend Lloyd Wicker was casting a big shadow as he outlined an ambitious plan to provide two chaplains for each of the four fire battalions in Yakima County Fire District #5.

Anderson, McDougall honored at RDO

Two employees at RDO Equipment Company in Sunnyside have been awarded the RDO Equipment Company's Choice Award.

Fruiting walls, the future of orchard architecture

PROSSER - Researchers at the WSU Roza experimental farm in Prosser have been experimenting with several ways in which to better produce cherries.



Mechanized harvesting of cherries in the not-so-distant future

PROSSER - The heat did not keep local cherry growers and researchers from gathering at the WSU Roza experimental orchard to discuss the future of cherry growing last Friday.

Junior high sweethearts, partners in life and in business

Leon and Rhonda Fultz were junior high sweethearts. They were married when Leon was 18 and Rhonda was 16 and have been together 31 years.

Six-run rally in fourth inning costs Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds

A visiting Richland team broke open a tight game to defeat the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team by a score of 14-4.




Building starts valued at nearly $1 million for May

Topping the $922,230 in valuation for building starts for the city of Sunnyside during May was a project valued at $200,000 related to the West Farm Foods plant at 355 E. Alexander Road, behind the Dairy Fair.

S'side sets July 10 for street plan hearing

Work to improve 16th Street from East Edison Avenue to Yakima Valley Highway is one of 21 projects proposed for Sunnyside's six-year transportation improvement program.

New high school principal in Mabton introduced to school board

Superintendent Sandra Pasiero-Davis introduced Jay Tyus at the Mabton School Board meeting last night, June 26. He is the new Mabton Jr./Sr. High School principal. He replaces the retiring Keith Morris.

East Valley ekes out 8-7 win over S'side girls

Technically, the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team came away with a win over the visiting East Valley Red Devils yesterday afternoon.

SVID assumes responsibility for Parker rest area

PARKER - The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District has formally taken control of the Parker rest area on Highway 12.

Monday, June 26

Local youth wins top honors at Safeco Field pitch, hit and run event

Tyler Niemeyer made the most of his return to Safeco Field, bringing home state first-place honors at the Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition.

S'side police deal with snakes, bees and locked up animals

Dealing with animal problems is an everyday occurrence for Sunnyside police officers, but several of the six animal problems reported this past weekend presented something of a challenge.

S'side library to host puppet show

As part of its summer program, the Sunnyside Library will host a puppet show, entitled "Pirate and His Pet" this Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Miscues costly for Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds

A combined four errors over two innings blew open a tight game this past Friday, as the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team lost 10-5 at home to a Richland team.

Death Notice



Fourth annual Sunnyside Summer Jam set for July 22-23

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce will host athletes from across the Pacific Northwest for its fourth annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, set for July 22-23.

Beneficiary of Lions' clubs good deeds expresses his gratitude

GRANGER - A man legally blind from birth expressed his gratitude for the help he's received over the years, to numerous Lions Club members at a special officer installation meeting held last week.

G'view Dairy Queen hit by theft

GRANDVIEW - The theft of money from the Grandview Dairy Queen was among four reported thefts that police responded to between last Friday and Sunday.

Yakima County Briefs


Two injured in separate motor vehicle accidents

An 8-year-old boy and a 40-year-old man sustained injuries as the result of two separate motor vehicle accidents this past Friday and Saturday.

Friday, June 23

Today's dads deserve a better holiday

Another Father's Day has passed without much hoopla. There were no all-star salutes to dad, no Charlie Brown special and most certainly no special episodes of "Oprah" leading up to the big day. Like all the Fathers' Days before it, this one went by quietly, leaving little more than the pleasant smell of barbecue and a slew of pun-filled cards in its wake.

Don't put that windmill in my back yard!

Virtually everyone wants their electricity to be generated by clean, renewable wind power - unless that windmill is in their back yard.



First annual lowrider show this weekend

Lucky Stylez and Ladyz Luck car clubs will host their first ever low rider car show and concert this Saturday, June 24, at The Forum/Old Tropicana building, located at 1818 Morgan Rd in Sunnyside.

Motorcycle scavenger hunt planned for July 8

The first annual Sunnyside motorcycle scavenger hunt is all about putting kids first, said Dan Denchel of the Sunnyside Motorcycle Company.

Sharks chew up Tarpons, 546-256

Sunnyside had no answers for the Galaviz siblings, Anthony and Sabrina. But the rest of the night belonged to the Sharks.

Wapato author to hold book signing in Toppenish July 4

The Bishop's Daughter holds appeal for select audience

The Bishop's Daughter holds appeal for select audience

Artz, Vela represent G'view at all-star football game

YAKIMA - Former Grandview football teammates Brandon Artz and James Vela play their last game together this Saturday in the Earl Barden 1A/2A All-Star Classic football game matching East versus West.

Documentary promotes Washington wines

Washington wines have fast become very sought after. It could be due to the fact that Washington has some of the best soil in the world for growing grapes, or possibly that the people of this state believe that the wine business is vital to the economy. Either way, people in Washington are passionate about wine.

Lower Valley District Court extremely busy

GRANDVIEW - About 1,600 cases have been heard in Lower Valley District Court since it opened March 1, 2006 in Grandview.

New Vision eyes i-Pod technology

You see them everywhere, micro-thin i-Pods providing a custom-made selection of downloaded music and videos.

Home Country

It happened in the checkout lane down at the Soup 'R' Market last week. We discussed it thoroughly, of course, and no one knows yet what to make of it. As sometimes happens, when we are glancing at the tabloids to see who fathered Bigfoot's new baby, we get into discussions of trivia.

Working Stiff

Five months into the job, she's where she wants to be

Five months into the job, she's where she wants to be


A disturbing article appeared in the June 18 Yakima Herald Republic concerning "Seattle schools finding ways to let Muslims pray."

Quick start not enough for Sunnyside Sun Valley 13-year-olds

Nursing a 2-1 lead after two innings, the Sun Valley 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team appeared to have a shot at its first win of the season.

Who's steering the boat?

It's always difficult for me when election time rolls around, if there is an issue on the ballot that involves increasing taxes.




Local Girl Scouts paint their way across the U.S.

Junior Girl Scout Troop 393 of Sunnyside has been busy for the past week repainting a portion of the sidewalk that has a map of the United States on it at Washington Elementary School.

Thursday, June 22

Granger in search of July 4th entertainers

GRANGER - The city of Granger is in search of entertainers willing to showcase their talents during the community's annual All-American Dino-Mite Fourth of July celebration.

Theft from vehicles reported

Sunnyside police received reports of two thefts from vehicles this past Tuesday and Wednesday, but one was later determined to be a case of a misplaced item rather than a theft from an unlocked car.

Bender cards low round at PGA pro-am tourney

SELAH - Sunnyside Black Rock Creek club pro Jeff Bender tied for top honors at a Central Washington PGA Pro-Am Tournament staged at Selah's Yakima Elks Golf & Country Club this past Monday.

Automatic external defibrillators purchased by Mabton School District

MABTON - Accidents requiring emergency care can happen anywhere and anytime. The response time to any emergency can be the difference between life and death. Communities in rural settings have an even longer wait so school officials in Mabton made their district safer with the addition of three automatic external defibrillator (AED) units, according to a press release from the Mabton School District.

Rallies fall short for Sun Valley 13-year-olds

The Sun Valley 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team broke out the bats early, but fell short in a 17-7 home loss to Pasco yesterday.

Grandview police respond to reports of vehicle theft, prowl

GRANDVIEW - In two unrelated cases last night, Grandview police responded to reports of teenage boys involved in a vehicle prowl and taking a car without permission.

Hospice convenes annual board meeting

Expressing pride in Lower Valley Hospice's work in providing treatment for the terminally ill, Executive Director Joel Stephens yesterday noted the agency treated 111 patients in 2005.

Grandview school board briefs

06-21-06_GV School Briefs

City of Sunnyside aids victim of unlicensed contractor

The price seemed like a good deal, too good to be true.

Brush fire extinguished

A brush fire on Alexander Road, reported at 3:48 p.m. this past Tuesday, was extinguished by Sunnyside firefighters.

Death Notices


Tips provided on hiring a contractor

Tips on hiring a contractor

Historic S'side home razed

A Sunnyside house, believed to have been built in 1910, was destroyed in a fire yesterday morning at 922 Cemetery Road.

SHS grad selected for trip to Israel

Moving to a foreign country can be difficult. Going with the hopes of making a difference is an even more daunting task.



Dave & Adam Story top 35-team field at fourth annual Father's Day tourney

The Toppenish father-son duo of Dave and Adam Story bested the 35-team field at last Sunday's fourth annual Parent-Child Golf Tournament, hosted on Father's Day by Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Black Rock Creek senior golfers retain No. 2 spot in standings

With Tom Diener besting the entire field by shooting a 4-over-par 76, and teammate Akira Nozaka just one shot back at 77, the Black Rock Creek squad defended its home course turf well last week in a Mid-Columbia Senior Tour event.

Wednesday, June 21

Cutting to the Core

Slipping and sliding down Tobacco Road

Slipping and sliding down Tobacco Road

This Sunnyside pair has donated 129 pints of blood to help 387 people

Helen Orr, 83, and Ken Taylor, 93, together have given 129 pints of blood to the American Red Cross, blood that has helped 387 people over the years.

Grandview Neptunes fall to Toppenish Tarpons, 418-321

TOPPENISH - Missing some key swimmers, the Grandview Neptunes traveled to Toppenish Tuesday night, losing 418-321.

Woman marks 95th birthday

The Titanic was still under construction when Erma Miller was born in 1911.

Port of S'side books earn clean bill of health

Calling it a "very clean audit," state auditors praised the Port of Sunnyside's financial record keeping during an exit interview Tuesday morning.



Improvement plans in Grandview schools hinge on better math scores

GRANDVIEW - School board members heard from the three elementary schools in Grandview at Tuesday night's meeting and approved their school improvement plans for the 2006-07 school year.

S'side Sharks shred Dolphins, 465-345

SELAH - Sunnyside's summer swim team picked up a rare road victory last night, as the Sharks invaded Selah's 40-yard pool and dismantled the Dolphins, 465-345.

Guest Editorial

U.S. hypocrisy in Cuba

U.S. hypocrisy in Cuba

Sun Valley 13-year-olds make a game of it in loss

RICHLAND - It was a 9-3 loss on the scoreboard, but the Sun Valley 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team's defeat at Richland yesterday was a moral victory.

Tuesday, June 20

Local job growth 'on solid footing'

The Yakima County job economy may not be booming along at the state's rate of adding 3.3 percent jobs over the past year, but it is "on solid footing," said Don Meseck, a regional labor economist for Washington state.

Wine tours via limo-bus offered in Lower Valley

PROSSER - A new business in Prosser offers wine lovers a safe way to enjoy the wines of local wineries.

Pasco Police handcuff Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds

PASCO - Pasco police got the better of the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team yesterday.



G'view 1st, S'side 2nd at prep hoop tourney

Like their varsity counterparts from the weekend before, Grandview claimed top honors at last Saturday's Sunnyside High School JV Boys Basketball Tournament.

Grandview City Council finalizes housing fund agreement with county

November target date for new strip mall in G'view

November target date for new strip mall in G'view

Birds of a feather flock together at Outlook farm

OUTLOOK - "I've always liked things with feathers," retired dairy farmer Henry Ebbelaar muses as he greets some of the 300 or so pigeons and doves he and wife Jeannette own at their Outlook farm.

Death Notice



Monday, June 19

Judge lifts restraining order

YAKIMA - In the rarest of judicial outcomes, all sides came away seemingly happy following an appearance in Superior Court last Friday by the city of Sunnyside, Prosser contractor Tom Paul and the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID).

Philippine Vice-Consul visits Valley

At the special invitation of Rey Pascua of Sunnyside, the Philippine Republic sent Vice Consul Anthony Mandap to Wapato yesterday to arrange passports and even dual citizenship for Filipinos.

S'side seeks volunteers to help assemble skate park

The city of Sunnyside is preparing to begin work in placing equipment for a new skate park at Sunny View Park.

14/15-year-olds drop 17-10 game

A tight game was broken open in the seventh, and final, inning as the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team fell 17-10 at home last Friday to Richland Milestone.

Former S'side doctor faces additional sexual misconduct charges

Another charge of sexual misconduct has been filed against former Sunnyside physician Muhammad Ayub.

Friday, June 16

Death Notices


Teens collect donations for food bank

When a group of teens get together, they get results.

Entertainment Briefs


New S'side priest seeks to open church's doors

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at Fourth Street and Edison Avenue in Sunnyside recently welcomed a new priest, the Reverend Debora L. Jennings, who will also serve congregations in Zillah and Prosser.

Guest Editorial

Public lands should be just that - public

Public lands should be just that - public



Neptunes splash water in Selah's face

GRANDVIEW - After being blown out of the water by Prosser on Tuesday night, the Grandview Neptunes won their first meet of the season over Selah, thanks in part to a strong performance by Kinzi Poteet, 403-312. The victory gives the Neptunes a 1-1 record in the Mid-Valley Swim League.

George the milkman keeps Carnation history alive

The door-to-door milkman may be a thing of the past, but Sunnyside resident George Johnson is keeping the memory of that trade alive in a display at the Sunnyside Museum, at Fourth Street and Grant Avenue.

G'view man arrested twice on drug charges

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police got a little more than they bargained for yesterday when they arrested Abel Chacon in response to charges from a Yakima County warrant on possession of marijuana.

The Newcomer

Best kept dining secret slipping out of Sunnyside

Best kept dining secret slipping out of Sunnyside

Senator launches re-election bid

Running opposed for the first time since 1998, 15th District State Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) launched his re-election campaign this morning during a breakfast fundraiser at the Sunny Spot Restaurant in Sunnyside.

Stolen Cockatoo finds his way home

YAKIMA - On Wednesday, May 31, Goober, a Salmon Crested Mulocca Cockatoo, was stolen from the front porch of Rene and Alina Green. Two men walked right through their gated front yard, and up onto the porch.

Sharks nip Piranhas, 395-385

For the Sunnyside Sharks, last night's Mid-Valley Summer Swim League opening meet against the visiting Prosser Piranhas couldn't have been much closer.

Religious Reflections

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day

Local high schools make gains in WASL from last year

Results from this year's WASL testing were released last Tuesday and sophomores at area high schools made gains in all three categories, but math is still a problem for Sunnyside, Grandview and Mabton.

Thursday, June 15

Teen dances make a comeback

Teen dances in Sunnyside were a thing of the past but, this summer Lisa Fairbairn, the director of Sunnyside's Promise, is organizing a series of dances to keep teens involved in safe activities.

Trees need replaced atS'side parks

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Committee held a special meeting last night for the purpose of discussing the condition of trees in local parks and along streets.

Two paramedic positions opening in fire department

The resignation of paramedic Frank Martinez from the Sunnyside Fire Department and the transfer of paramedic Bill Harris to a newly created position will leave two openings in the department.

Five men eligible for patrolman slots in S'side Police Department

After undergoing written and physical tests on June 3, five men earned scores ranging from 145.43 to 181.15 to make them eligible for the three entry-level patrolman positions that will be filled by the Sunnyside Police Department in about three weeks.

Pasco tops Sun Valley 13-year-olds

PASCO - Small ball wasn't enough for the Sun Valley 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team, which on Wednesday lost 12-2 at Pasco.



Restraining order halts work project near Paul property

Paul's action impacts SVID

Paul's action impacts SVID

Grandview police still searching for suspect following high-speed chase

GRANDVIEW - A suspect with a felony warrant and a suspended driver's license led Grandview police on a chase last night at speeds which topped 100 miles per hour.

Wednesday, June 14

Yakima County Briefs


Mabton council weighs proposal to increase mayor's salary

MABTON - The city council last night decided to hold a public hearing Tuesday, June 27, to hear public reaction to a proposed increase in the mayor's salary.

Teen assaults Mabton man with brass knuckles

MABTON - Mabton Police are looking for a 15-year-old Mabton juvenile in connection with an assault on a 50-year-old man that happened Monday night in the 300 block of Third Avenue.

Ask the AG

Law protects buyers if used vehicle found unfit to drive

Law protects buyers if used vehicle found unfit to drive

Rain causes scattered damage in cherry orchards

Cherry orchardists are assessing their trees today to determine the extent of damage from rain yesterday (Tuesday).

'F' as in Frank

From cell phone to cell block

From cell phone to cell block



Local youngsters earn State berths at Hershey's meet

A host of Sunnyside area athletes have qualified to compete at the Washington state Hershey's Track & Field Meet, to be staged in Wenatchee on Saturday, July 1.

The Newcomer

Coffee-the friendly drink

Coffee-the friendly drink

Offense wakes up for Sun Valley 13-year-olds

The bad news is that the Sun Valley 13-year-old Babe Ruth team lost 19-10 at home yesterday to Pasco.

Wood cashes at PGA pro-am

CHELAN - Derek Wood was the lone Black Rock Creek Golf Course team member to cash at this past Monday's PGA pro-am at Chelan's Bear Mountain Ranch.

Tuesday, June 13

Jack-knifed truck closes Highway 12

A u-turn was blamed for a jack-knifed semi, which closed Highway 12 both ways for more than an hour Monday afternoon.

Ground broken on new museum in Bickleton

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School band played the Star Spangled Banner and 225 spectators watched as ground was broken on the Alder Creek Pioneer Carousel Museum.

City to kick in $4,000 for S'side fireworks display

The Sunnyside City Council on Monday night approved the expenditure of $4,000 to help fund a $5,000 July 4 fireworks show on the high school football field.

New business hoping to cash in on demographics

David Kim is banking on the large number of Hispanics in the area to frequent his new business in Sunnyside.

Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds get back on winning track

The Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team snapped a two-game losing skid with an 8-4 home victory yesterday over Ebb Tide Construction of Pasco.

Working Stiff

Mabton man gets people connected

Mabton man gets people connected

Grandview untouchable at Sunnyside hoop invite

The Grandview High School Greyhounds, running their tourney record to a perfect 6-0, topped the field at last weekend's second annual Sunnyside Boys Basketball Invitational.

Sun Valley 13-year-olds still looking for first win

RICHLAND - A see-saw 6-6 ball game yesterday went wrong for the Sun Valley 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team, which surrendered 13 runs in the fourth inning to lose 20-9 in five innings at Richland.

Miss Sunnyside court to collect 'coins for cancer'

Mark your calendar! This Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m., the Miss Sunnyside court will be out and about collecting spare change.

Sun Valley 16/18-year-olds swept at home

The Sun Valley 16/18-year-old Junior Legion team is still searching for its first win on the season following 15-5 and 17-6 home losses to Kennewick yesterday.



New traffic lights a bright(er) idea

If that red light you're staring at during a traffic stop in Sunnyside seems sharper, brighter, that's because it is.

Cell phone tax to boost S'side police force

Every time Sunnyside residents use their cell phones they may help ring up an arrest.

M&J Tavern to get new lease on life

GRANDVIEW - Brian Gilbert always wanted to own a bar. His girlfriend, Tammy Guerin, thought owning one would be an interesting and fun adventure. Gilbert got his long-time wish and Guerin will get to see how fun running a bar is when the two re-open M&J Tavern in Grandview at the end of June.

Monday, June 12

Haystack fire causes $600,000 loss at dairy

GRANGER - Spontaneous combustion in 400 tons of hay on Sunday resulted in a $600,000 loss at Golob Dairy at 520 Nelson Road, Granger.



Sunnyside Christian High School graduates 25

GRANDVIEW - Hundreds turned out to honor the Sunnyside Christian High School Class of 2006 Friday night, at the Church of the Nazarene in Grandview, encouraging them to find the path God has chosen for them.

Cancer survivor knows how important mammograms are

Carol Bos had her first experience with breast cancer in 1995. It was summer and she was having her annual mammogram. It was this mammogram that showed the cancer in her body.

Sunnyside Junior Legion team still hunting for first win

The Sun Valley 16/18-year-old Junior Legion team started strong before losing four games in weekend baseball play.

Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds lose at Richland

RICHLAND - It was a contest for all of one inning. The rest of the game clearly belonged to Richland, as the Tri-Cities club handily defeated the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth team 13-1 at Richland this past Friday.

Death Notices


Friday, June 9

Port of Sunnyside Briefs


Sunnyside Pioneer Picnic on June 17 open to the public

Y'all come!

Y'all come!

High school band playing Christian music

GRANDVIEW - For the last two years Emmanuel Perez, a Grandview High School student, has been putting together a band.

Pounding the Rock:

Are you ready for some football?

Are you ready for some football?

Linde appointed to Dairy Council

Sandra Linde was appointed to the Washington State Dairy Council last month at a meeting in Lynnwood.

VFW recognizes Honeyford for dedication to veterans' issues

On Memorial Day, the Veterans of Foreign Wars gave Sen. Jim Honeyford two awards, both for his support of veterans' issues.

New Sunnyside rec employees crafting their way through summer

Sara Beightol and Heather Hurst work at the City of Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Center, where they enjoy crafting projects and working with children, but that is where the similarities end.

Courting the Hispanic vote: Washington state Republican leader addresses S'side GOP club

In the year 2050, half of the population in the United States will have Hispanic names, the Sunnyside Republican Club was told Friday morning.

Threats of violence close city pool, Central Park

What better way to mark the start of summer vacation than a dip in the pool?

Pancake breakfast kicks off campaign of Sen. Honeyford

Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside will initiate his 2006 re-election campaign with his traditional kick-off pancake breakfast, scheduled for next Friday, June 16.

Grandview golfer hits first hole-in-one

Grandview's John Prilucik has toiled at the game of golf for 32 years. His efforts were rewarded last week when he aced the ninth hole at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.



Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds' four-game win streak snapped

RICHLAND - After four consecutive wins, the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old baseball team proved it was human with a 14-4 loss at Richland Thursday night.

Scars from childhood accident haven't reached his psyche

One toddler. A can of fire-starter fluid. An open fireplace.

The Newcomer

My private support club

My private support club

Guest Editorial

Local governmenet should stay out of cable TV and telecom

Local governmenet should stay out of cable TV and telecom

Home Country


Thursday, June 8

Death Notice



Two days of fun in the Mabton community sun

MABTON - Mabton Community Days begins this Friday, June 9, at Feezell Park and continues through Saturday evening. There will be live music, including Blaze from Hot 99.7 FM. Pony rides, bingo, great food and raffles are just some of the events that will take place throughout the weekend.

Sun Valley 13-year-olds lose to Richland

Despite scoring threats in the first two innings, the Sun Valley 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team lost 12-2 at home yesterday to Richland.

Hearing set for nuisance appeal

County commissioners this past Tuesday set a public hearing to hear an appeal on a nuisance notice cited by county officials.

Peppers too hot for Sun Valley 16/18-year-olds

SELAH - After losing an extra inning heartbreaker in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday, the Sun Valley Junior Leagion team of 16/18-year-olds dropped the second contest as they were swept by the host Yakima Valley Peppers of Selah.

Drought worries have dried up

The much needed snow melt and run-off of this past May will seemingly put worries to rest about another drought season.

Feed lot clean-up on track

The first fruits of Sunnyside's purchase of the 150-acre Monson feed lot will be reaped beginning in August when the city takes over the first 75 acres of the property.

Candidates set for Miss Mabton pageant

MABTON - The fourth renewal of the Miss Mabton Pageant is set for this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Artz-Fox Elementary School gym.

Wednesday, June 7

Story Time

Good employees hard to come by

Good employees hard to come by

Commissioner candidate makes pitch to Rotarians

Although the official filing for the one district position that is vacant on the Yakima County Board of Commissioners doesn't open until July 24, a number of eager candidates are making the rounds of service clubs and organizations to announce their intention to run for the office.

RV Dump reopened

After three months of being closed, the RV dump in Sunnyside located at 1338 S. Fourth Street has been re-opened.

Sunnyside physician hoods new graduate

Dr. John Allen had the honor of being invited to the graduation of Tammy Harrington, one of the students who trained for two years at Sunnyside Community Hospital in the medical student program for future doctors of osteopathic medicine.



Sunnyside police arrest shooting suspect, victim not yet found

Juan Sanchez, 28, of Sunnyside was taken into custody this past Friday, following an investigation by Sunnyside police officers of a possible shooting in Sunnyside on Tuesday, May 30.

Hospital upgrades technology

Sunnyside Community Hospital officials last week announced they have acquired two new, high tech ultrasound systems from GE Healthcare.

Sunnyside optometrist's aunt honored posthumously

SPOKANE - A woman known for her life-long dedication and devotion to improving the eyesight of others, Dr. Mae Booth-Jones, was honored posthumously at the annual convention of the Optometric Physicians of Washington.

Cutting to the Core

Summer's the time to think of The Dead

Summer's the time to think of The Dead

Early inning struggles costly for Sun Valley 13-year-olds

RICHLAND - Surrendering an early lead, the Sun Valley 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team could never catch up in a 12-2 five inning loss at Richland yesterday.

Sun Valley 14/15 year-olds run win streak to four

The Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team broke open a tight game yesterday to run away with an 8-1 home victory over Richland.

Tuesday, June 6

Sun Valley 16-18 year-old game canceled

The Sun Valley 16 to 18 year-old game at Yakima yesterday was canceled due to a scheduling conflict, reported Assistant Coach Rick Puente. The game has not been rescheduled.

Mokí Graphics offers design solutions

Sunnyside natives Ray Morrow and Mark Kilian have combined to form Mokí Graphics. The two are longtime friends and brothers-in-law, and bring complementary skills to the new company.

City offering free mulch

The City of Sunnyside is offering free mulch to the public. The mulch can be picked up at the Public Works service center located at 1509 S. 6th St., Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.




Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds power past Prosser

PROSSER - The Sun Valley Babe Ruth team of 14 and 15 year-old players spread the wealth on Monday, as everyone got a chance to play in a 16-6 romp at Prosser.

SHS alumni soccer games this Saturday

The fourth annual Sunnyside High School alumni girls soccer game is scheduled for this coming Saturday. Soccer fans this year will be treated to more than just one game, though, as two other soccer matches will also be staged that day.

Grandview High School follies this week

GRANDVIEW - The third annual Grandview High School Follies will be presented this Thursday, June 8, at Grandview Middle School, at 7 p.m. by the Grandview class of 2007.

Students graduate with 'pride'

During an at times raucous celebration, 35 students graduated from PRIDE High School during a ceremony yesterday at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Grandview City Council Briefs


Paws, claws, scales and tales coming to local libraries this summer

Libraries in Sunnyside, Mabton and Granger are offering educational and fun learning events this summer.

Olympic champion Rulon Gardner headlines Sunnyside wrestling camp

Rulon Gardner, a 2000 Olympic wrestling champion who backed up his gold medal performance with a bronze in the 2004 Olympics, will be one of the instructors at a summer wrestling camp to be hosted by Sunnyside High School.



Monday, June 5

Sunnyside athletes drop two

The home field advantage in Sunnyside wasn't enough for the Sun Valley Junior Legion team of 16-18 year-old players this past Saturday, as it fell to 0-4 on the season with 9-0 and 11-1 losses to Moses Lake.

Triumphant senior overcomes obstacles

GRANDVIEW - Adelita (Cecy) Ambrocia was a quietly triumphant graduate at the Grandview High School commencement exercises this past Saturday.

Sun Valley nips Pasco

In a contest that saw more swings than a playground, the Sun Valley 14-15 year-old Babe Ruth baseball team blew a 4-1 lead then, down to their last out, had to rally for a 7-6 home victory over Pasco this past Saturday.

Granger park gets another dinosaur!

GRANGER - Under the watchful eye of a Parasaurolophus, several children descended on Hisey Park to help give birth to the newest dinosaur, the Chasmosaurus, last Saturday at the ninth annual Dino-N-A-Day.

Sunnyside grads 'savor the moment'

"Savor the moment."

Juvenile arrested after attempted stabbing in Central Park

Ricardo Cazares was arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon following an attempted stabbing of another juvenile just coming out of the Sunnyside swimming pool area this past Saturday at 6:04 p.m.

Philippine Republic vice-consuls to visit Lower Valley June 18

WAPATO - The first visit of an official Philippine government official to the Yakima Valley in more than 20 years will take place Sunday, June 18.

Guest speaker challenges 2006 Grandview grads to be mentors

GRANDVIEW - Teacher Chris Fleischer was invited by the Grandview High School Class of 2006 to be its guest speaker at graduation this past Saturday. In return, he challenged each of the 132 graduating seniors to help two younger people reach the seats they were sitting in waiting to receive diplomas.

Friday, June 2

American missionary tells of her Indonesia earthquake experience

by Sharon Bernhardt

S'side Republicans hear County Commissioner candidate

Running on a platform that includes family values and limited government, Mike Wallace of Grandview presented his candidacy for county commissioner to the Sunnyside Republican Club Friday morning.

CD Review

Live recording captures time and essence of rock mainstay

Live recording captures time and essence of rock mainstay

Fourth inning costly for Sun Valley 13 year-olds

PASCO - The Sun Valley 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team from Sunnyside made it a game for three innings, before losing 13-4 at Pasco on Thursday.

Carrera 'retires' to a busy life

"I'm not retiring," insists Ruben Carrera, an executive director with the Sunnyside School District. "I'm going to still be active, I'm just leaving the district's employ."

Wiersma, Sartin earn berths to National Rodeo finals

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside High School students Levi Wiersma and Sami Jo Sartin earned trips to Nationals at the Washington State Rodeo competition held in Ellensburg over Memorial Day weekend.

Home Country





Guest Editorial

Lawmakers should consider facts about NASCAR proposal

Lawmakers should consider facts about NASCAR proposal

Patriotic seeds planted by a father sprout a military family

At a parade, when the drums are beating and Old Glory is flying, you'll see Yolie Hernandez standing at attention with her hand over her heart. But let the bugle send taps streaming over the air on Memorial Day, and tears begin to flow.

Antique show coming to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A Yakima antique show at the SunDome in April proved so popular that the same company that brought that show, Centralia-based JLC Promotions, will bring a similar antique show and sale to Grandview next weekend, June 10-11.

The Newcomer

Ah, sweet memories

Ah, sweet memories

Fundraiser planned for Prosser runner

PROSSER - Nectaly Barbosa of Prosser is the 3A State champion in the 800 meters, the second fastest runner in the nation in that event and he's still only a high school junior.


Donations appreciated

Donations appreciated

Thursday, June 1



13-year-olds falter, 20-3

An 11-run fourth inning rally was more than enough for Richland in a 20-3 win over Sun Valley in 13-year-old Babe Ruth action in Sunnyside yesterday.

A hidden treasure-Nature's Farm & Nursery

A hidden treasure of unusual herbs and plants is nestled on 10 acres between Grandview and Prosser, so near to Prosser Butte that it appears a giant step would elevate you to that grandiose view of the Valley.

State ag department may increase apple maggot quarantine area in county

A public hearing on a proposal by the Washington State Department of Agriculture to increase the size of the area quarantined for apple maggots in Yakima County will be held next Thursday, June 8, in Yakima. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. in the Washington State Department of Agriculture's conference room at 21 North 1st Ave.

Party introduces slick, new book produced by YVCC students in Grandview, Yakima

GRANDVIEW - A coming-out party was held yesterday in Grandview to welcome the 2006 edition of Prism, the literary and art journal produced by Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) English classes in Grandview and Yakima.

Momentum rolling for Black Rock

Yakima County commissioners appear set next Tuesday to sign a resolution supporting the Port of Sunnyside's study to research the economic benefits of the Black Rock reservoir.

Sun Valley drops season openers

The Sun Valley team of Sunnyside, a Junior Legion summer team of 16 to 18 year-old baseball players, opened its 2006 campaign with a pair of home losses in a doubleheader against Prosser this past Monday.

Brown Sox/Tanel nearly unstoppable

There are hot streaks, and then THERE ARE HOT STREAKS! The Sunnyside Brown Sox/Tanel 360 men's slo-pitch softball team can claim to be on the latter.

Sparks fly during welding competition

The ongoing debate in Tom Dolan's Sunnyside High School welding class over who is the better welder sparked the first annual Weld-Off held this past Saturday.