Stories for October 2006


Tuesday, October 31

Sunnyside police busy yesterday

A suspicious looking vehicle at South Hill Park caught the eye of Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder yesterday, who then parked his vehicle to observe the four occupants. When he saw an occupant handling a suspicious substance, he called for reinforcements.

G'view's RE Powell ranked 54th fastest growing business in state

GRANDVIEW - According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, RE Powell Distributing Company in Grandview is ranked 54th in the top 100 fastest growing businesses in Washington state.

Sunnyside Fire Department conforms to Clean Air Authority's burn ban season

Although this past spring the Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority set a burn ban season that prevents all outside burning from the second Saturday in March through the third Sunday in October, the Sunnyside City Council was still allowing residents in the city limits to burn wind-blown tumbleweeds at any time during the year.

Car accident cuts power to 362 Sunnyside homes

A car accident on Sheller Road just east of Sunnyside resulted in a power outage that affected 362 homes, some for as long as nine hours, on the coldest night of the year.

Fundraising drive underway

Sunnyside Rotarians this past Monday were made privy to the Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation's plans to raise funds for the emergency room expansion project.

Monday, October 30

Ground breaking a 'community effort'

Sunnyside Mayor Ed Prilucik was born in the Sunnyside Community Hospital building and had his tonsils taken out there as a youth.

Suns shine too bright, scorch Grizzlies 46-12

A bit too much of Jason Munns and Dylan Jones did in the Sunnyside High School football team last Friday.

'Hounds qualify three for State meet

SELAH - Three Grandview Greyhound cross country runners advanced to State following the District meet this past Saturday.

Messmore earns 3A State meet berth

YAKIMA - Sunnyside High School junior Brittany Messmore, in only her second season of long distance running, has qualified to compete at the 3A State cross country meet.

Miscues costly in Vikings' home loss to Granger

MABTON - Two touchdowns in less than a minute were more than enough for visiting Granger, as the Mabton football team fell 27-0 last Friday night.

Bickleton's Raschko movs on to 'B' State meet

CHENEY - Last year Danielle Raschko missed going to State by one place and one second. This year Bickleton's lone Lady Pirate runner earned a berth at the State cross country meet in Pasco next week.

Friday, October 27

Point Blank

Mabton, what do you want?

Mabton, what do you want?

Suncadia plans WinterFest celebration

ROSLYN - Sleigh rides and a traditional Christmas tree lighting are among the events planned this December at Suncadia, a 6,000-acre resort near Roslyn.

The Newcomer

Dysfunctional or just human?

Dysfunctional or just human?

Mysterious tales of Arabian nights to be revealed on Zillah stage

ZILLAH - The exotic, the adventurous, the mysterious tales of the Arabian Nights will be unfolded before your very eyes...if you are in the audience when the Z Center Stage Theater Company presents Tales from the Arabian Nights at Zillah High School Nov. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11.

Home Country


Story Time

No porch light, no trick-or-treating

No porch light, no trick-or-treating

Guest Editorial

The culture of meanness

The culture of meanness


Betz - Ybarra

Betz - Ybarra

'Cinderella' hits S'side stage in mid-November

A cast of 29 actors have been hard at work for over two months, preparing for opening night in mid-November when the Over the Hill Senior Theatricals group debuts its production of "Cinderella."

Timberwolves end Mabton girls' season

GOLDENDALE - In their last match of the season Thursday evening, the Mabton Viking volleyball team was defeated by Goldendale in three, 25-16, 25-11, 25-20.

Local moms not hesitant in praying for their children's safety

GRANDVIEW - Mothers in Grandview have found a unique way to stay in touch with God and reassured while their children are at school: they've formed a Moms In Touch group whose sole purpose is to pray for students and leaders of Grandview High School.

The check's in the mail

In this case, letters of reprimand to be sent to Sunnyside retailers

In this case, letters of reprimand to be sent to Sunnyside retailers


JC Penney sets new standard

JC Penney sets new standard

CWAC unbeatens battle in Selah

SELAH - Something had to give in a battle between last year's 3A volleyball State champ and a favored contender for this year's 2A crown.

Cook your way to family fame with hot-off-the-press collectible book

A book review you can take to the table

A book review you can take to the table

Thursday, October 26


Bogert - Ruelas

Bogert - Ruelas

S'side may expand city court hours

An increasing case load for the Sunnyside Municipal Court has prompted the city to consider holding court two more half-days per month.

Razed Sheriff's precinct office opens possibility of relocation

The arson fire last Sunday which destroyed a Yakima County Sheriff's precinct office in Buena may serve as a catalyst for moving the office to the Lower Valley.

Working Stiff

Long-term family plan bearing fruit

Long-term family plan bearing fruit

S'side squad hopes to repeat as soccer champs

Defending Lower Valley Soccer League champs Manchester United of Sunnyside will compete in a league title match this coming Saturday at 3 p.m. at SunnyView Park against Milan, a team made up of players from Grandview and Sunnyside.

S'side native bags elk in special hunt

The first time was a charm for Sunnyside native Mario Romero, who shot a bull elk on Monday (Oct. 23) on the first day of a special hunt.

Emergency room remodel to cause parking, traffic revisions

A $2.7 million remodel to nearly double the emergency department at Sunnyside Community Hospital will result in some temporary impacts to parking and traffic in the immediate vicinity.

Wednesday, October 25

Donations of garbage not appreciated at Sunnyside's Goodwill store

Goodwill Industries is experiencing quite the dilemma. Instead of leaving donations to boost those with employment barriers, locals are leaving their trash, wasting staff time and resources.

Lady 'Hounds shut out against Red Devils

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Hounds played tough with the East Valley Red Devils for most of the first half on Tuesday night but after running out of gas, finally succumbed 5-0.

Drug abuse workshop held in Sunnyside

Detecting substance abuse by a child can be difficult for a parent.

Cutting to the Core

Redecorating for the Piper Cub

Redecorating for the Piper Cub

Guest Editorial

Candy confessional: Out of the mouths of babes

Candy confessional: Out of the mouths of babes

Lady Knights edge Tri-Cities Prep

PASCO - After taking a 2-0 lead, the Sunnyside Christian High School volleyball team held on for a 3-2 win at Tri-Cities Prep last night.



G'view netters remain perfect

MOXEE - Other than a third-game hiccup, the Grandview volleyball team cruised last night in a 25-11, 25-11, 25-16 sweep at East Valley.

Plesha commits to Univ. of Idaho

Former Sunnyside High School tennis standout Danny Plesha has verbally committed to transfer to the University of Idaho.

Leapord takes 3-1 win over Mabton girls

ZILLAH - Despite addressing and improving team communication, the Mabton Viking volleyball team lost three of four games to Zillah last night. The Lady Leapords prevailed 13-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-14.

Death Notice



Mabton council members advised on their public roles

MABTON - Mabton City Council members were paid a visit during their regular session Tuesday evening from Washington Cities Insurance Authority Risk Management Specialist Lisa Pound, who provided the council with some basic training.

Tuesday, October 24

Wholesale electric business opens

Columbia Electric Supply has opened for business in what many locals know as the "old battery store" building, according to manager Tye Kaple.

Rescued dalmation now local 'teacher'

Peggy Sue has a unique story to tell. That is, if she could talk. Instead, it's her owner and master, Yakima County Fire District #5 Lt. Tony Castillo, who does the talking.

G'view deputy city clerk hired away by New Vision

Tammy Everts, most recently the deputy city clerk for Grandview, has been hired as the new marketing and development coordinator for the Yakima County Development Association, more commonly known as New Vision.



School music programs to be enriched with new equipment

Sunnyside School District is among 12 districts that will soon bring computer-assisted music composition instruction into their classrooms.

Lady Knights snap two-match losing streak

MATTAWA - Sunnyside Christian's volleyball team snapped a two-match losing streak with a 3-0 sweep at Wahluke last night.

Knee, Broersma garner victories against Southridge

YAKIMA - Sunnyside's Katie Knee and Kaitlyn Broersma combined for three individual race victories last Thursday in the final Columbia Basin League meet of the season, staged at Yakima's Lions Pool.

Divided council supports landscape ordinance

That tick-tick sound you're about to hear isn't a bomb, but underground sprinkler systems that will soon be required for all new home construction in Sunnyside.

Monday, October 23

SHS thespians hit the mark with 'Lost in Yonkers'

Sunnyside High School's production of Lost in Yonkers is, in a word, outstanding.

Knights solve 'curse' of the Crusaders

It's been a long time coming. The Sunnyside Christian Knights beat the Riverside Christian Crusaders for the first time in four years, winning 2-1 in front of its home crowd last Friday.

Young Bickleton team ends season

TROUT LAKE - A young Bickleton volleyball team couldn't tuck a win away this season but, individually and as a team, they showed improvement they can take into next year's season.

First time homeowners sought for New Life Homes

MABTON - An open house was held Saturday in Mabton at High School Street to showcase a new home built as part of the Diocese of Yakima Housing Service's New Life Homes.

Death Notices

Miller - Sanchez

Miller - Sanchez

Ricks arraigned on rape charge

Tyler J. Ricks, 23, of Sunnyside was arraigned last Friday in Yakima County Superior Court and is formally charged with rape in the first degree domestic violence, assault in violation of a protection order, unlawful imprisonment domestic violence and unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree.

Sunnyside girls close season with a loss

The Sunnyside girls soccer team ended its 2006 season on Saturday with a home loss to Kennewick.


Bogert - McConnell

Bogert - McConnell

Mustangs gallop past 'Hounds, 75-6

PROSSER - The Prosser Mustangs seem to be on a mission this year and the Grandview Greyhounds were just another team Prosser mowed down on its way to a league title.

Police arrest suspected burglar after receiving tip

A landlord's report of a burglar in a tenant's apartment in the 2300 block of Yakima Valley Highway this past Saturday resulted in an arrest of a 24-year-old man by Sunnyside police officers.

Leopards scratch out 17-6 decision over Vikings

ZILLAH - It was the same song, third verse for the Mabton football team, which lost 17-6 at Zillah last Friday night.

Hanford ekes out 29-28 win over Grizzlies

RICHLAND - Plain and simple-the Sunnyside High School football team played its heart out last Friday. But as has often been the case this season, the Grizzlies came away from the Columbia Basin League contest with yet another disappointing loss.

Marijuana plants found near Mabton

MABTON - A hunter stumbled across more than a hundred marijuana plants Sunday morning, just south of Mabton.

Friday, October 20

Grandview PD retooled with new faces, promotions

GRANDVIEW - Over the course of the past year, several changes have occurred at the Grandview Police Department, some due to the law and justice tax and some due to in-house changes.

S'side hospital to break ground on ER expansion

Sunnyside Community Hospital begins a new chapter at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, with a groundbreaking ceremony to mark a $2.7 million expansion of its emergency department.

'Don't mess with me'

Techniques learned by Nouvella ladies

Techniques learned by Nouvella ladies




G'view boys claim victory over Prosser, Quincy

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's cross country boys celebrated victory over Prosser, 26-29, and Quincy, 27-28, in their first home meet in three years yesterday.

The Newcomer

Interesting point of view--but not mine

Interesting point of view--but not mine

PHAT CAT's newest CD to be released in Sunnyside at rapper concert Oct. 27

Gospel rap artist PHAT CAT, or as he is otherwise known as Sunnyside's own Chad Turley, has a burning desire to spread God's word.

Lady Grizzlies leave everything on the court

For two hours on Thursday night the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies played with every ounce of energy they could muster. It was an inspiring effort from the young ladies that ultimately fell short, as Sunnyside lost its final match of the season to the West Valley Rams.


Hillcrest staff

First annual massage-a-thon to raise canned goods for Sunnyside food bank

GRANDVIEW - Feel like helping out with a good cause and getting a great massage at the same time?

Rogers, Messmore notch 'Top 10' finishes at 3A District competition

WENATCHEE - Based on yesterday's finishes at the Columbia Basin 3A League District meet in Wenatchee, Sunnyside's Jacob Rogers and Brittany Messmore appear to have the best chance of any of the Grizzly harriers to advance to the State cross country meet in Pasco the first Saturday of November.

Home Country

Leave it to Dewey to come up with a new idea. In some ways, it was inevitable, of course, because Dewey was so accident prone it got to the point where no one would hire him any more.

Cosmotologist with a dream adding to her marketable skills

Visits to her parents in Washington D.C. have set Daisy Rivas to dreaming about opening a business where costs for beauty services rise higher than they do in Sunnyside and opportunities for advancement seem to be more readily available.

Grandview girls win conference crown

Two CWAC matches still remain

Two CWAC matches still remain

Point Blank

What sense of direction?

What sense of direction?

Knights tame Mustangs in 4-1 victory

With the Knights' spot in the playoffs already secured, Sunnyside Christian hosted the Trout Lake Mustangs Thursday, easily winning 4-1.

Thursday, October 19

Former S'side official settles with city

More than a year in the making, a settlement agreement has been reached between former Sunnyside finance director Bud Schatz and the city.




Artz earns '12th man' recognition

ASHLAND, ORE. - Former Grandview High School football standout Brandon Artz received the 12th Man award as a member of the Southern Oregon University football program.

Grandview police restore student resource officer position

GRANDVIEW - After a two-year absence, the Grandview Police Department will again provide a student resource officer (SRO) to patrol Grandview schools.

Take a little wine for thy stomach's sake

Take a little wine for thy stomach's sake

Wednesday, October 18

No win, but Lady Pirates play best match of year

BICKLETON - The Bickleton Lady Pirates played a great match against Riverside on their home court yesterday (Tuesday), blocking some great hits from the Riverside girls and setting and hitting well most of the time.

Bickleton tunes up for Regional meet

ZILLAH - The last regular meet of the cross country season at Zillah High School yesterday (Tuesday) was a great tune-up for Bickleton's lone female runner and its boys, who still have a week and a half to prepare for their biggest race of the year, the regional meet at Cheney.

U.S. Army recruiters successfully filling quotas

Even though only three out of 10 people are qualified to join the U.S. Army, recruiters have been able to exceed their goal of 80,000 contracts by 800, according to Yakima County Army recruiter, Sergeant First Class Kevin Byington.

S'side mulls excise tax hike

Could Sunnyside's solution to funding its parks be a one-quarter percent increase in real estate excise taxes?

I-82 'eye in the sky'

Weather stations, road sensors being installed by state crews

Weather stations, road sensors being installed by state crews

Kennewick industrial supply firm expanding operations to Sunnyside

A Tri-City business is expanding to the Sunnyside area following the Port of Sunnyside's sale of 2.2 acres to Kennewick Electrical and Industrial Supply.

Lady 'Hounds secure playoff spot with overtime win

TOPPENISH - The Grandview girls soccer team secured an invitation to the playoffs with a 2-1 overtime win against the Toppenish Wildcats yesterday.

Sunnyside rape suspect apprehended

A Sunnyside man was arrested yesterday morning and charged with first degree rape, according to Sunnyside police.

Lady 'Hounds survive Prosser scare

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School volleyball team continued its victory tour through the CWAC South last night, sweeping Prosser at home 3-0.

Communication vexes Vikings in loss to Naches

NACHES - The Mabton girls fell to Naches last night, once again vexed by communication.

Tuesday, October 17

Barrom shares 'once in a lifetime' rafting trip with Rotarians

Jeff Barrom shared his rafting adventures with Sunnyside Rotarians yesterday. Barrom traveled last May and rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon via Texas.

Animal control efforts refined

MABTON - Following concerns expressed at the Sept. 26 Mabton City Council meeting, the city has strengthened its animal control policies through a partnership between the police department and public works.

Five people injured in SR-241 rollover

The sirens that Sunnyside residents living along SR-241 heard at about 8:20 p.m. last night were emergency rescue personnel racing to the scene of a one-vehicle rollover accident.

S'side motel gets face lift

The Travel Inn, located at 724 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside, is going through a face lift as the new owners spruce the place up.

Sunnyside residents come together to explore housing, hunger, health issues

Hoping to help people understand issues facing everyone in the Sunnyside community, the Lutheran Office of Public Policy, the Catholic Diocese of Yakima, Nuestra Casa and the Sunnyside Ministerial Association sponsored a public forum to talk about housing, hunger, health care and immigration this past Sunday.

1A Wahluke Warriors no match for SCHS girls

The 1B Sunnyside Christian High School volleyball team made quick work of visiting 1A Wahluke last night with a 3-0 sweep in non-league action.

Monday, October 16

Mabton loses two in a row

Battling problems with their serve-receive, the Mabton Vikings volleyball team fell to Granger last Thursday. The Spartans won the opener, 25-14, but Mabton recovered to win the next two games, 25-22, 25-16. Granger closed out the match with 25-11, 16-14 decisions.

Man in custody on charges of accidental shooting

A Sunnyside man is in custody after local police said he accidentally shot his sister last Friday night.

G'view knocks off Jackrabbits

GRANDVIEW - Playing smash-mouth offense, the Grandview Greyhounds picked up their second league win of the season and gave their fans a Homecoming game victory last Friday night.

2006-07 Miss Sunnyside Court crowned

Sunday night the 2006-07 Miss Sunnyside Court was crowned at their official coronation and given their sashes by the 2005-06 Miss Sunnyside Court.

Lady Pirates still searching for win

While the Bickleton Lady Pirates are sharpening up their volleyball skills, they still haven't come up with a win this season.

Lady 'Hounds lose close one to Wolves

WAPATO - For 34 minutes Grandview kept the Wapato Wolves scoreless, until Alba Delgado scored a fluke goal to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead, enroute to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Greyhounds.

Trout Lake Eagles soar above Lady Knights

The Trout Lake Eagles avenged a Sept. 15 loss to the Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team, knocking off the Lady Knights in three straight last Friday night.

Four Sunnyside people injured in Sunday accident

TOPPENISH - Four people from Sunnyside were injured in a two-car accident Sunday, Oct. 15, at 9:24 p.m. on SR 22 and Meyers Road near Toppenish.

Rams butt S'side girls

WEST VALLEY - Ouch! The Sunnyside High School girls soccer team took one on the chin this past Saturday.

Yakima man dies, Sunnyside woman injured in crash

ZILLAH - Juan Luis Guido-Ponce, 21, of Yakima died following a car crash Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1:20 a.m. in which his passenger, Rebecca Vargas, 25, of Sunnyside was injured.



Knights pick up much needed league win

TROUT LAKE - Needing a win, the Sunnyside Christian High School Knights traveled to Trout Lake last Friday, where they picked up their second league victory of the season, beating the Eagles 3-1.

Eastmont rallies to put a damper on S'side Homecoming

The scent of sweet victory wafted through the cold, brisk autumn air last Friday night for the Sunnyside High School football team, in search of its first Columbia Basin League win and Homecoming hosts to the Eastmont Wildcats.

Sunnyside jump-starts 'National School Bus Safety Week'

Students in Sunnyside got a jump start on National School Bus Safety Week, which starts today and runs through Oct. 20, thanks to David Taylor, transportation director for the Sunnyside School District.

Friday, October 13

Home Country


Injury in Iraq brings Sunnyside native home as newest police officer

Jose Navarro, a 1995 Sunnyside High School graduate, started his first week on the Sunnyside police force this past Wednesday after an injury in Iraq showed him the way back home after 10 years with the Army.

Medina sentenced to three years from slaying case of 2005

Fidel Medina, 26, of Sunnyside entered an Alford plea in Yakima Superior Court Oct. 9 to a reduced charge of second degree manslaughter. He was sentenced to 36 months with credit for time served, plus 18 to 36 months of community custody.

Esqueda, Rogers notch 'Top 10' finishes at Grizzly x-country meet

Sunnyside's Jordan Esqueda and Jacob Rogers are underclassmen - a freshman and sophomore, respectively. In the always tough Columbia Basin Cross Country League, young, inexperienced runners such as these two harriers normally don't fare all that well.

The Newcomer

There's a law to cover that...

There's a law to cover that...

Students set to take stage in Lost in Yonkers

Sunnyside High School drama students are set to take the stage for their fall production, Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon, which premiers Friday, Oct. 20.

Daily Sun News collects six awards at WNPA convention

TRI-CITIES - The Sunnyside Daily Sun News was a six-time award winner at this year's Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) convention, held this past weekend in the Tri-Cities.

CD Review

Dylan hits tri-fecta

Dylan hits tri-fecta

SHS girls still can't get over the hump

For the 10th straight time the Sunnyside Grizzlies lost a league game to bring their record to 0-10, 3-12. This time it was the Hanford Falcons who denied the Grizzlies their chance at a league win, prevailing 25-18, 25-17, 25-14.

Guest Editorial

Bush's signing statements building blocks for dictatorship

Bush's signing statements building blocks for dictatorship

Getting acquainted in Dutch

by Helen Shuttleworth

Knights surprised by Oregon team

Playing a non-league 'friendly' match with Riverside High School, from Boardman, Ore., the Sunnyside Christian Knights lost 7-3, Thursday afternoon to a surprisingly good squad.

Nominations sought for S'side Lighted Parade grand marshal

Know a Sunnyside-area farmer-either retired or still working-who is active in the community?




Thursday, October 12

Sunnyside thrift store to close

The Pac-Co Distribution store at 545 South Sixth Street in Sunnyside may close its doors as soon as Nov. 1 due to health problems suffered by owner Ray Zimmerman.

Black Rock Creek team runners-up on 2006 senior tour

KENNEWICK - Despite a first place performance at the 2006 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour season ending tournament at the Tri-City Country Club, Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team finished two points back of the Walla Walla Veterans Golf Course team in the final standings.

Sunnyside barista honors her late uncle by renewing his fight against Lou Gehrig's disease

After about a two-year grieving period for her beloved uncle, Hilary Cullen found herself in a unique position this year: she took on fundraising efforts to boost the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation in honor of the man she held so dear.

State-mandated cattle ID program to begin testing phase

PROSSER - Jack Field, executive vice president of the Washington Cattlemen's Association, told the Benton County Cattlemen's Association at this past Tuesday night's meeting about coming tests on a new cattle ID program.

Congrats lottery winner! Now, send money - NOT

Sunnyside residents checking their mail might be delighted to see a $5,000 check to pay Canadian lottery taxes.




Sunnyside physician details Valley's plans for new medical school

GRANDVIEW - "When I retired two years ago I thought I was retired," laughed Sunnyside physician Dr. Lloyd Butler during comments yesterday to Grandview Rotary Club members.

Sunnyside stages Punt, Pass & Run

Sunnyside Recreation Department officials have released the names of the top finishers from last Saturday's Punt, Pass & Run competition, staged at Kiwanis Youth Park.

Wednesday, October 11

Mabton says no to paying Granger for 'goods and services'

MABTON - In a tense city council meeting last night, Mabton officials voted against a resolution calling for the city of Mabton to pay $500 a month to Granger in exchange for goods and services related to law enforcement equipment used by Interim Mabton Police Chief and Granger Police Chief Robert Perales.

Pirates sail quickly around Granger course

GRANGER - A beautiful, sun-splashed day on Granger's quick, 3.1-mile course produced four personal bests for the Bickleton High School cross country team Tuesday afternoon.

Enough is enough

Sunnyside unites to oppose violence

Sunnyside unites to oppose violence

Cost share assistance available to cattlemen

PROSSER - Cattlemen hoping to make improvements on their land can sign up for a program through the federal government that will help absorb some of the costs.

Rescue operation near S'side saves confused salmon

Salmon making their way up the Yakima River to spawn became confused yesterday and took a detour that could have led to their death, if it weren't for the quick work of a crew from the Yakama Indian Nation with help from the Roza and Sunnyside Irrigation districts.

Cutting to the Core

An apology to Elissa Mendez

An apology to Elissa Mendez

Lady Grizzlies blanked by Eastmont

There were some signs of improvement over the first time Sunnyside's girls soccer team played Eastmont this season, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Grizzlies fell 8-0 at home last night to the Wildcats.

Eastmont dunks S'side swimmers

YAKIMA - With just five swimmers in the pool yesterday, Sunnyside was no match for the Eastmont Wildcats girls swim team. The 'Cats splashed their way to a dominating 148-22 victory.

Guest Editorial

U.S. manufacturers face global crisis

U.S. manufacturers face global crisis

Tuesday, October 10

Students learn the cowboy way of life

Chief Kamiakin Elementary School students participating in Ben Sartin's cluster program are being treated to the cowboy way of doing things.

Working Stiff

Long-time pharmaceutical tech cherishes her customers

Long-time pharmaceutical tech cherishes her customers





Bradbury Sr. - Hinton

Bradbury Sr. - Hinton

DUI tip leads to gun, drug arrests

Officers responding to a possible DUI call last night found a situation that had led to a fight. Two arrests followed.

Traffic jam

Washington Elementary School parents advised to follow drop-off, pick-up procedures

Washington Elementary School parents advised to follow drop-off, pick-up procedures

Mabton students create art mural

A chance reunion between Sunnyside natives Judy Simerl and Pablo Soto sparked a larger than life mural now in progress by Mabton High School students.

Hunting opens for different species

Forest visitors beware!

Forest visitors beware!

S'side schools break down WASL scores

The 2006 WASL test results for Sunnyside students were broken down in further detail last night during a school board work session.

Monday, October 9




National School Lunch Week Oct. 9-13

Sunnyside schools now offer a smorgasbord of meal choices

Sunnyside schools now offer a smorgasbord of meal choices

Rangers pull out close game

NACHES - The final score may have reflected a 21-0 football win for Naches over Mabton last Friday, but the game was much closer than the final score indicates.

Lady Grizzlies blanked by Kamiakin Braves

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside girls soccer team struggled to find the back of the net Saturday in a 10-0 loss at undefeated Kamiakin.

Identity theft 'running rampant'

OUTLOOK - About 20 members of the Outlook Grange were on hand Saturday evening for a workshop to help them reduce their chances of being a victim of identity theft.

Wanted: Elks

It's Elk hunting season for Larry Kingsella, as in hunting for others to join him in re-starting an Elks Lodge for the Lower Valley.

Huskies bite Grandview girls, 5-1

GRANDVIEW - According to Grandview Coach Francisco Garcia, the Lady Hounds started Saturday's soccer match with Othello off right.

Bonny's resignation as Chamber director leads to muddled hiring

Mary Ann Bonny, director of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, tendered her resignation last week by telephone to three of the four executive board members. Citing medical reasons, Bonny notified board President Brezzi Campos, First Vice President Ben Sartin and Treasurer Elner Becker of her intent to resign her position. Bonny indicated she would follow up the phone calls with a written resignation.

Grandview first ever 2A club to win Spokane title

SPOKANE - The Grandview volleyball team became the first 2A school ever to win the prestigious Cross-Over Classic held last weekend in Spokane.

Working Stiff

Auto mechanic enjoys one-on-one relationships with his customers

Auto mechanic enjoys one-on-one relationships with his customers

Last minute interception dooms Greyhounds

ELLENSBURG - Described by Grandview Coach Dustin Lamb as a great game that went down to the wire, the Grandview Greyhounds played a tough game against a playoff bound Ellensburg football team but lost 14-7, thanks in part to a last minute interception of Grandview quarterback Matt Concienne.

Friday, October 6




G'view takes the hop out of Jackrabbits

GRANDVIEW - The contest was over almost as soon as it began as the Grandview volleyball team last night easily dispatched visiting Quincy 25-3, 25-7, 25-12.

S'side city council cancels meeting

Due to a lack of agenda items, the Sunnyside City Council has canceled its regular meeting of Monday, Oct. 9. The next council meeting will be Monday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Home Country


Lady 'Hounds lose tough one in overtime

ELLENSBURG - Hoping to secure a spot in the postseason, the Grandview Greyhounds descended upon the town of Ellensburg with a mission. To win the game.

Guest Editorial

The O'Reilly fear factor

The O'Reilly fear factor

Sunnyside swimmer dreams of Olympic gold

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - What started seven years ago as a recreational activity for Toni Castillo has turned into a dream of someday wearing Olympic gold.

Point Blank

Our treasures, simple as they may be, are near and dear to us

Our treasures, simple as they may be, are near and dear to us


a friendly alternative

a friendly alternative

Lower Valley Community Concert series begins 60th year

From acrobatics to mesmerizing harp music, the 60th season of the Lower Valley Community Concert series will offer something for everyone.

The Newcomer

A golden time of renewal

A golden time of renewal

Lions roar past Sunnyside girls

Attempting to get its first league win of the season, the Sunnyside Grizzly volleyball team hosted the first-place Kennewick Lions Thursday night but came up short, losing in four games 15-25, 19-25, 25-22 and 23-25.

Vikings win again, beat Scotties

COWICHE - The Mabton Vikings volleyball team defeated the Highland Scotties last night (Thurs.) 25-21, 15-25, 25-17, 25-18.

Promises to keep

SPOKANE - Approximately 8,000 men filled the Spokane Arena last weekend for Promise Keepers, a national Christian movement that encourages men in their spiritual, family and community commitments.

Sunnyside native earns prestigious art teacher award

Sunnyside native Cathy Tanasse is the recipient of the Washington Art Educators Association 2006 Secondary Art Teacher of the Year Award.



Thursday, October 5

Wrongfully discharged from retirement center, World War II vet simply wants to return 'home'

PROSSER - Actions surrounding the discharge of a 97-year-old resident at Sun Terrace Prosser has resulted in a complaint investigation and six citations for the facility.



First timers win big at Central Washington State Fair

Donna Hendrickson of Sunnyside, who had never trained a horse, was assured by horse-owner Gloria Quick that she could train a seven-month-old Appaloosa stallion for his first showing at the Central Washington Fair.

Wednesday, October 4

Irrigators cautioned on El Niño forecast

Local irrigators yesterday received a note of caution on an El Niño that is now gathering momentum.




Pirates' lone female runner sixth at Toppenish invite

TOPPENISH - Danielle Raschko, Bickleton's lone female cross country team member, placed sixth from a 10-school field at the Toppenish Invite at Mt. Adams Golf Course yesterday.

Lady Knights sweep Lyle

The Sunnyside Christian High School volleyball team got back on the winning track last night with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Lyle.

More bronze sculptures planned for Sunnyside

The bronze sculptures of pioneer cattleman Ren Ferrell and Lloyd Miller, considered the driving force in bringing irritation water to the Lower Valley, are landmarks around downtown Sunnyside.

Development association helping to keep Yakima County working

In 1985 there was an early freeze in Yakima County that resulted in fruit trees being damaged. That same year some major businesses left the valley, taking with them a number of jobs.

Successful Saturday for Sunnyside Grid Kid teams

Ringing up their first win of the season this past Saturday, the Sunnyside Grid Kid "A" team had a reason to celebrate. Holding the West Valley offense scoreless and controlling the ball and clock on the offensive side, the Sunnyside team walked away with 12-0 win.

No injuries in one-vehicle accident

Sunnyside police officers responded to an accident last night, after an elderly woman hit a stop sign, mailboxes and a concrete block in the 200 block of Edison Avenue. There were no injuries reported.

Fuel hikes, canal upgrades shape irrigators budgets

Rising costs of fuel and continued improvements to the area's irrigation canal systems are reflected in the 2007 budgets that directors of the Sunnyside Division Board of Control (SDBOC) received during a meeting yesterday.

S'side girls throw a scare into Davis

"Are you ready to do this?!" Teresa Ramos asked her Sunnyside soccer teammates repeatedly during a cheer minutes before last night's match with Davis.

Bickleton earns hard-fought win

BICKLETON - Bickleton varsity and Sunnyside High School's C volleyball team were evenly matched yesterday on Bickleton's home court. In the first meeting of the season, Sunnyside won in five games, but last night the Lady Pirates prevailed in four.

Tuesday, October 3

County officials seek public input on regional transportation plan

Do you think Yakima County needs safer roads?

Klover settles in at Key Bank

GRANDVIEW - New Key Bank Branch Manager Angie Klover is finally getting settled in to her new position.

15-year-old girl works toward balloonist license

PROSSER - At the tender young age of 15, Andrea Wright likes to tease that she's been involved in hot air ballooning since before she was born.


Burton - Perez

Burton - Perez

Two teens arrested in S'side

Two teens were arrested after Sunnyside police officers responded to an alarm at Funny Farm, a gift shop and liquor store, last night (Monday).

Outlook lifter Mr. Olympia titlist

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Joe Luther of Outlook had faced Joe Maza twice before last Friday's Mr. Olympia bench bash competition and lost both times.

New salon a dream come true

GRANDVIEW - There's no mystery about it, Mystique Salon at 807 W. Wine Country Road in Grandview is a dream come true for co-owner Yoli Mendoza.



SRO heading to Grandview schools earlier than expected

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Police Chief David Charvet told the Grandview City Council Monday night at its study session that his department could supply a student resource officer (SRO) to the school district earlier than expected.

New discount store open for business

Jessica Baze has opened a new business in the mini-mall located at the former Sunnyside K-Mart building.

Monday, October 2

Father, son duo published in international hunting magazine

GRANDVIEW - Father and son duo Gary and Keagan Christensen now have unique bragging rights: stories they wrote about a June hunting trip to New Zealand will be published in Safari Magazine, an international publication.



Vikes blank Highland, 28-0

MABTON - The Mabton football team ran its league record to 2-0 last Friday with a 28-0 whitewashing of visiting Highland.



Kamiakin scores come-from-behind win against Lady Grizzlies

The Sunnyside volleyball team missed out on an opportunity to take a 2-0 lead over the Kamiakin Braves last night and instead lost in four games to remain winless in league play.

School board beefs up efforts to prevent liquor sales to minors

The Sunnyside School Board took another step last night towards sending official letters to merchants in the community who sell alcohol.

Rogers turns in fastest SHS time at Sunfair Invite

YAKIMA - Sophomore Jacob Rogers led the Sunnyside High School contingent at Saturday's 33rd running of the prestigious Sunfair Invitational, posting the fastest time of all the Grizzly harriers.

Sunnyside dance team top performers at Leavenworth competition

LEAVENWORTH - The Martin's School of Dance all-star showteam earned a first place plaque in the division four class last Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival in Leavenworth.

Guest Editorial

Social Security privatization: it's BA-ACK

Social Security privatization: it's BA-ACK

Zillah woman cited in two-vehicle accident

GRANGER - Five people received minor injuries yesterday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Van Belle and Beam roads.

The Newcomer

A lesson learned

A lesson learned

Ellensburg Film Festival enters its second year

ELLENSBURG - In its second year, the Ellensburg Film Festival will be held from Friday, Oct. 6, to Sunday, Oct. 8, in downtown Ellensburg.

Racers plan to get 'dirty' to raise money for friend

Normally held only once a year, the Tuff Enuff To Be Cascade Crawlers Jeep Club will host, for the second time this year, mudbog drag races.




Mid-Columbia Symphony sets 2006-07 season

RICHLAND - From the great outdoors to the movies, the Mid-Columbia Symphony's 2006-07 season offers something for everyone.

Death Notice



Religious Reflections

Some things ARE what they used to be!

Some things ARE what they used to be!

New Camp Fire exec plans to build clubs in Lower Valley

After providing a strong presence throughout Yakima Valley in the seven-plus years she worked with Central Washington Mental Health as program coordinator for Strong Families, Theresa Vitello is intent on doing the same for Camp Fire.

Vikings fall to Zillah

MABTON - In an unusually off performance, the Mabton Vikings volleyball team fell to Zillah, losing all three match-ups 25-20, 25-7, 25-22.

Grandview sweeps Othello

OTHELLO - "It was the first time we've really had some challenges to our defense," said Grandview volleyball coach John La Fever.

Entertainment Briefs


Turnovers cost Grandview gridders

GRANDVIEW - Last Friday night the Grandview Greyhounds moved the ball at will against the East Valley Red Devils.

El Niño forecasts could make for a long, dry summer in 2007

by John Fannin, Corey Russell and Lynda Jo Gross

S'side Christian Lady Knights fall at home

The Sunnyside Christian volleyball team lost just its second match of the season last Friday, as visiting Liberty Christian rallied for a 3-2 win in non-league play.