Stories for January 2007


Wednesday, January 31

No. 1 ranked SCHS boys tame No. 2 ranked Lions

MOSES LAKE - The game you've all been waiting for-the state's top ranked Sunnyside Christian Knights versus your number two ranked Moses Lake Christian Lions.

Pirates pick up rare victory

GRANDVIEW - The Bickleton varsity boys basketball team used its game last night with the Grandview Greyhounds' 'C' squad as a tune-up before resuming its league schedule against Troutlake/Glenwood this Saturday.

Grandview seniors given opportunity to pen memoirs

GRANDVIEW - Grandview senior citizens longing to get their memoirs in print but having no clue where to begin now have the opportunity with "Life Chapters," a series of free classes offered at the senior center.

Grizzlies come up hair short against Kennewick

The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team kept things close, but fell just short in a 47-45 home loss to Kennewick last night.

Sexual assault statistics staggering

Numbers compiled from July 2006 to November 2006 show there were 56 new cases of sexual assault in the Lower Valley, according to figures released by the Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services (LVCSS) in Sunnyside.

Woman pleads guilty in connection with murder case

A woman initially charged with rendering criminal assistance and residential burglary in the murder of a Grandview man pleaded guilty yesterday to one of the charges.

Cutting to the Core

Who did kill the electric car?

Who did kill the electric car?

Death Notice



Guest Editorial

Candidate should be judged for his ideas, abilities

Candidate should be judged for his ideas, abilities

Sunnyside High goes to full lockdown with weapon report

This morning, Jan. 31, Sunnyside High School was placed in full lockdown due to a report of a weapon on campus.




Tuesday, January 30

Honeyford appointed to legislative ethics board

OLYMPIA - State Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) this week was appointed to serve a two-year term on the legislative ethics board. Honeyford will be one of four legislators to serve on the nine-person board.

Mabton revamping sexual health education curriculum

MABTON - Efforts are currently underway to identify ways to revamp Mabton High School's sexual health education program.




$1.95 million bond pitched to local Rotarians

Steve Winfree and Bill Daley of the YES Committee spoke Monday, Jan. 29, to the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club about the $1.95 million school bond up for a vote in March.

Valley Medical Supply relocates to former motorcycle shop

After eight years serving customers at its South First Street store next to Bi-Mart, Valley Medical Supply has moved to a new location at 508 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

Monday, January 29

Klickitat wins big over Bickleton boys

BICKLETON - The Bickleton Pirates fell to the Klickitat Vandals 48-18 last Friday in what could best be described as a lopsided game throughout.

Vandals claim easy win over Bickleton Pirates

BICKLETON - An inability to rack up scores and collect some boards cost the Lady Pirates a victory over Klickitat this past Friday, 80-24.

Sunnyside Grizzlies hold off Eastmont Wildcats, 59-54

The Sunnyside boys basketball team used a 16-8 third quarter run to break a halftime stalemate and defeat visiting Eastmont 59-54 last Friday in Columbia Basin League play.

Formal principal's hearing comes to a close

MABTON - At long last, former Artz-Fox Principal Fabian Castilleja took the stand last Friday in a hearing regarding a 2005 Mabton School District decision to not renew his contract.

Sunnyside High School teacher gets send-off before leaving for Kuwait

A slide show/video in tribute to John Hulick was presented last Friday by the Sunnyside High School students and staff members.

Death Notice



30-year-old man charged with unlawful imprisonment

A report of domestic violence in the 1200 block of South Ninth Street last Wednesday, Jan. 24, led Sunnyside police to a woman being held against her will. Agustine J. Avalos, 30, was arrested as a result of the discovery.

Shooting suspect arrested in Toppenish

TOPPENISH - Adrian Ozuna, 20, who is the primary suspect in a drive-by shooting which occurred Jan. 19 in the 1300 block of Jackson Avenue in Sunnyside, has been arrested.

Mabton girls still fighting for No. 5 seed into playoffs

MABTON - Those in the know figured the move up this season from the class 'B' ranks to the tough class 'A' SCAC West Conference would pose a major challenge for the Mabton High School girls basketball team.




Grandview qualifies eight for District

GRANDVIEW - All but three of the 75 JV wrestlers who competed at Grandview last Saturday will advance to the District competition set for this coming weekend in Othello.

Vikings tame league leading Zillah Leopards

MABTON - The Mabton boys basketball team last Friday got some revenge for the Dec. 22 loss to the Zillah Leopards, defeating the visitors 56-51.

State's top ranked Knights too much for Riverside Christian

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian Knights, the top ranked 1B team in the state, picked up a non-league victory last Saturday in a gym that few visiting teams leave from with a win.

Friday, January 26

Entertainment Briefs



Eiffel Tower to grace skyline of Sunnyside

Eiffel Tower to grace skyline of Sunnyside

S'side Christian boys clinch at least share of league title

TROUT LAKE - Last night's 73-33 walloping of the Trout Lake Mustangs earned the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team, at the very least, a tie for top honors in the Greater Columbia 1B/2B League.

Greyhound grapplers eke out another win

OTHELLO - Grandview wrestler Yoni Causor lost a 15-0 technical fall decision at 140 pounds to wrap up a dual CWAC South match at Othello last night.

Sunnyside makes plans to phase out PRIDE High School

The Sunnyside School Board last night accepted the recommendation of the secondary intervention committee to slowly phase out PRIDE High School and create one comprehensive high school.

Grizzlies use win No. 532 to secure the rock

YAKIMA - Stretching its win-loss record to 532-115-6 since 1961, the Sunnyside Grizzlies completed their 46th straight winning season last night with a 49-21 win over the West Valley Rams.

Vikings lose to SCAC rivals Granger

MABTON - Two matches away from finishing undefeated in the SCAC East league, the Mabton Vikings fell to Granger 38-32 at home last night.

Parents testify in support of former Artz-Fox principal

MABTON - The third day of witness testimony in former Artz-Fox Principal Fabian Castilleja's contract non-renewal hearing got underway yesterday, with several parents testifying on his behalf.

Lower Valley volunteers conduct homeless count

Lower Valley families going through a rough time ate soup and received care packages yesterday (Wednesday) as they filled out surveys provided by the Homeless Network of Yakima County.

City of Sunnyside making plans to comply with stormwater rules

After years of focusing on drinking water and wastewater issues, the federal government now has set its sights on stormwater as a source of water pollution.

Guest Editorial

Wake up and smell the coffee!

Wake up and smell the coffee!

Grandview Chamber auction, dinner planned for March 16

GRANDVIEW - Planning for the annual Grandview Chamber Auction is currently in full swing.

Thursday, January 25

Mabton hearing on Artz-Fox school principal release continues

MABTON - An administrative hearing in Mabton City Hall focused on the Mabton School District's decision to not renew former Artz-Fox Elementary School Principal Fabian Castilleja's contract continued yesterday (Wednesday), with attorneys for both parties hearing testimony from several witnesses.

Sunnyside Postmaster set to retire in March

After 33 years with the United States Post Office and several different positions, Sunnyside Postmaster Karen Lemmon will retired this March.

Lower Yakima Valley praised as one of America's 100 best places for youth

The Lower Yakima Valley was recognized today as one of the "100 best communities for young people".

Care packages assembled by local youth for area's homeless

Care packages for the homeless were handed out while a homeless survey was taken today, Jan. 25.

Midvale Road among sites considered for technology center

Port of Sunnyside property along Midvale Road is one of five sites to be surveyed for a possible technology or data center, similar to Microsoft's recent construction in Quincy.

Wednesday, January 24

Lower Valley Relay for Life kickoff held

GRANDVIEW - A crowd of more than 30 people were present for the annual Relay for Life Kickoff Tuesday night at Grandview Middle School.

Wal-Mart honored for supporting troops

GRANDVIEW - The management of the Wal-Mart distribution center in Grandview believes in supporting troops overseas above and beyond what is expected.

Greyhounds rally from behind to scratch out win over Ephrata Tigers

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview wrestling team needed all the points it could get last night in a 36-34 come-from-behind home win over Ephrata.

'F' as in Frank

In it to $pin it

In it to $pin it

Mabton strikes deal with county fire district

MABTON - In need of additional fire equipment but short on cash to fund the equipment itself, the city of Mabton entered into an agreement to jointly purchase and own a fire truck with Yakima County Fire District No. 5.

Public weighs in on Black Rock, Wymer water storage options

YAKIMA - The Bureau of Reclamation wanted comment on options for water storage and received plenty during a day-long open house and public comment, or scoping, meeting held yesterday in the Yakima Convention Center.

Sunnyside falls to Eastmont in battle of CBL powers

EAST WENATCHEE - Hoping to move into a first place tie with Eastmont in the 3A Columbia Basin League, the Sunnyside Grizzlies traveled to East Wenatchee last night only to lose 44-27 to the Wildcats.

Non-renewal of principal's contract focus of hearing

MABTON - A long overdue hearing surrounding the Mabton School District's decision to not renew former Artz-Fox Elementary School Principal Fabian Castilleja's contract got underway yesterday at Mabton City Hall.

Death Notice



SCHS notches win

It was tough sledding for the Bickleton High School girls basketball team last night. Facing the state's No. 3 ranked class 1B team, Sunnyside Christian, the Lady Pirates dropped a 74-14 decision in the Lady Knights' home gym.

Guest Editorial

Protect yourself from identity theft

Protect yourself from identity theft

PP&L donates $10,000 for hospital expansion

Pacific Power and Light donated $10,000 yesterday to Sunnyside Community Hospital for an ongoing emergency department expansion.

Tuesday, January 23

Vikings fourth at Mid Valley Classic

VMABTON - Hosting the Mid Valley Classic, the Mabton Vikings earned a fourth place finish at their tournament. Kittitas High School earned the top honor and Granger finished in second.

Lady Pirates drop chance for victory

TOPPENISH - With only 30 seconds left on the clock, the Bickleton Lady Pirates failed twice at getting the ball to drop through the hoop, costing them the game to Yakama Tribal, 45-44.

Romero sets team points record in weekend victories

Sunnyside's Isaac Romero set the school record for most points scored in a season this past Saturday with victories against Eisenhower and East Valley.

Used car dealership to open in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - After owning his own used car dealership in Kennewick, Gil Oliveras has partnered with his father to provide the Lower Valley with "more options."

Drive-by arrests made

The Sunnyside Police Department has arrested two suspects allegedly involved in a gang-related drive-by shooting incident that occurred last Friday, Jan. 19.

SHS Grizzly swimmers compete against Pullman

MOSES LAKE - Sunnyside's short-handed boys swim team may have dropped a 133-11 decision to Pullman at a meet in Moses Lake this past Saturday, still the Grizzlies garnered some positives from the experience.

Pirates power past Yakama Tribal, 56-38

TOPPENISH - The Bickleton boys basketball team powered its way to a 56-38 win over the Yakama Tribal Eagles this past Saturday.

Damage claim filed against city of S'side

Claim cites death of local jail inmate

Claim cites death of local jail inmate

Gamboa enjoys philanthropic opportunities with Yakima Valley Community Foundation

Gina Gamboa, a real estate agent with RE/MAX in Sunnyside, is one of the newest members of the board of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation (YVCF).

SCHS boys pick up two league victories

Washington state's top ranked 1B team, the Sunnyside Christian Knights, scraped out a seven-point victory in hostile Queen's Gym last Friday night. The 63-56 win over LaSalle, coupled with Saturday night's 64-25 romp of Klickitat, elevated the Knights' overall record on the season to 14-0.

Death Notice



Safety concerns cited for switch to parallel parking at post office

Calling it "one of the most serious traffic hazards we have," the city of Sunnyside will convert parking in front of the post office to parallel parking.

Sartins sell long-established Sunnyside trucking company

What was once mentioned in passing about four years ago has now become a reality: Pete and Ben Sartin have sold Sartin Construction and Trucking, Inc.

Donkey smooch pays off for Sunnyside church youth group

Karen Helsel, the pastor at Sunnyside's Church of God, was the lucky winner Sunday in a contest to see who got to kiss a donkey.

Grizzly drop two

Seven points is the difference betwen second and sixth place," Sunnyside boys basketball Coach Steve Urrutia said of the close losses by his team over the weekend.

Area churches band together to sponsor local Habitat home

Churches from Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser are banding together to help build a Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity home here in Sunnyside on Carousel Road. The organization also recently received a $2,500 grant from American West Bank to assist with the project.

Afghanistan topic of Jan. 30 talk

GRANDVIEW - After hearing Dr. Ken Zontek speak about his experiences in Afghanistan, during a lecture series held in Yakima, the Yakima Valley Community College Grandview campus student council asked him to speak to members of the Lower Valley community.

Key Club holds blood drive

Helping out the American Red Cross, the Sunnyside High School Key Club held a blood drive last Friday in the auxiliary gym from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drive-by shooting in S'side thought to be gang related

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. last Friday afternoon, Jan. 19, the Sunnyside Police Department was called to the scene of a drive-by shooting in the 1300 block of Jackson Avenue.

Mothers of slain children relive pain in effort to 'stop the violence'

GRANDVIEW - Two women, devastated by violence in their past, spoke to Grandview residents last night about their stories and what the Grandview community needs to do to 'stop the violence.'

Thaw allows S'side hospital expansion work to continue

Mother Nature provided daytime temperatures this week warm enough to thaw the ground and bring some sunshine to the Lower Valley.

Monday, January 22

Grandview Boys BB

Driving for two G'view points




Friday, January 19

Local communities feel the March of Dimes touch

The March of Dimes is a nationally recognized organization whose affect on local communities is not often well known. But, you do not have to look far to find someone within the Lower Valley who has benefited from March of Dimes funding.

Association health plans work for half a million in Washington state

State and federal lawmakers have spent billions of dollars over the last 20 years trying to solve our nation's health care dilemma. The challenge: How to increase access to affordable health care?

Sunnyside, other Eastern Washington cities now required to develop stormwater management program

The Washington Department of Ecology is enlisting additional help from more cities and counties in Eastern Washington to tackle what the agency says is the state's largest source of urban water pollution - stormwater runoff.

Romero improves to 26-0 in Sunnyside's win over Kennewick

112-pounder six points away from team record

112-pounder six points away from team record

Vikings again use forfeits to cruise to easy win over White Swan

WHITE SWAN - Competing against a decimated White Swan team, the Mabton Vikings were given eight forfeits last night as they posted a 69-6 win over the Cougars.

YES Committee promotes bond issue

Sunnyside's Yes Committee met last night for the first time and heard details of the proposed bond the committee is drumming up support for, the different subcommittees needed and picked a slogan for their efforts.

Pirates plunder Vikings

BICKLETON - The Bickleton Lady Pirates plundered Mabton's junior varsity team during a home game last night, defeating the Vikings 41-26.

Across Our State

Winter in Washington

Winter in Washington

Bulldogs nip G'view wrestlers

ELLENSBURG - The Grandview wrestling team battled back from a double-digit deficit before losing 35-30 to host Ellensburg last night in a CWAC South dual match.

Honeyford introduces bills designed to aid farmers

OLYMPIA - Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) has often declared that the state needs to support its farming communities with the same level of fairness granted to other industries.

Thursday, January 18

Grant provides video conferencing

GRANDVIEW - If you or your organization is in need of video conferencing for training or educational purposes or any other reason, the Bleyhl Community Library recently received a Washington State Library grant that can help.

Drivers reminded to stop for school buses

With weather and road conditions as they are, it is more important than ever to heed the rules and regulations of the road. This includes stopping for school buses when the red lights are flashing.

Ideas sought to name new S'side elementary school

In January 2005 the Sunnyside School District began collecting ideas to name Sierra Vista Middle School.



Thirty-one reports made to Sunnyside police

An automobile theft, a theft of a handgun and a burglary topped the 31 reports and/or calls made to the Sunnyside Police Department yesterday, Jan. 17.

Ninth graders learn about global warming

Global warming is an issue that has been widely talked about in the scientific community and on news reports. One local teacher felt it was an issue his students should explore.

Wednesday, January 17

Stay rescue a lawnmower

Sure, there is a significant amount of crime in the Lower Valley. It seems everyone has to have a Honda Accord, and those cars get stolen quite a bit. Especially in Sunnyside for some reason. Grandview has its own problems. God help anyone in that town who owns a lawnmower. The recent rash of thefts of these grass clippers is alarming.

Can treats make a man behave?

Can a woman train a man to behave the way she wants him to? People, mostly female people, often say that men are pigs and that they behave like barnyard animals no matter what you do.

Poo Power

Outlook dairy converting manure into electricity

Outlook dairy converting manure into electricity

Where's the sportsmanship?

Webster's Dictionary defines sportsmanship as "conduct becoming to a sportsman and involving fair honest rivalry, courteous relations, and graceful acceptance of results."

Vikings use forfeits to overcome Scotties

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings stayed on top in the SCAC West, using six forfeits to beat the visiting Highland Scotties 52-24 Tuesday night.

Bickleton drops close one at Lyle

LYLE - The Bickleton boys basketball team nearly forced a tie in the fourth quarter and an ensuing overtime session against the Lyle Cougars last night.

Lady Pirates claim overtime victory

LYLE - With mere seconds left in the game, Lady Pirate Chelsey Mercer's field goal forced the Lyle Cougars into overtime, ultimately garnering the Bickleton girls basketball team a 38-37 league win.

Grandview seeks water rights changes

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council opted to move forward with applying for changes to the city's existing water rights, which, if successful, will allow the city greater flexibility in operating the water system and also create the potential to add additional wells in the future.

Speaker focuses on hope for the future

PROSSER - A world traveler, a semi-truck driver and mother of four daughters, Janice Van Biest of Quincy was the guest speaker this past Monday for the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club luncheon.

Tuesday, January 16

Seminars to focus on reaching Hispanic market

Many businesses in the Yakima Valley have yet to tap into the fastest growing market in the region. With $2.3 billion in buying power, the area's Hispanic market holds great promise for businesses that seek to expand their customer base.

Death Notice



Orchard acreage down, but fruit production steady

On the surface, the numbers from a recent survey of Washington fruit trees don't look good.

New dance hall slated to open at end of January

GRANDVIEW - When asked about the inspiration to open a new dance hall in Grandview, Becky Garcia cheerily responded "We thought it would be good for the community."

Bon Vino's offers Tuscany cuisine to the masses

Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery unleashed itself onto the Sunnyside public Dec. 18 and it's been non-stop ever since.

'Hounds back on winning track

Lopez sets three-point record

Lopez sets three-point record

Monday, January 15




Republicans not pleased with agenda of state Democrats

OLYMPIA - Washington State Republican Chairman Diane Tebelius last Friday said that week one of the Democrats' agenda is "not what the people of Washington want," and that top issues like the transportation budget shortfall and education "have taken a backseat to a state income tax, gay marriage and pay raises for state legislators."

New Yakima Valley lawmaker introduces legislation to go after those who elude police

OLYMPIA - Rep. Charles Ross views public safety as one of his legislative priorities, and his first bill as 14th District state representative reflects that: it would dramatically increase the penalties for drivers who attempt to elude law enforcement officers.

SCHS boys run record to perfect 12-0

Neither Lyle nor Glenwood/Trout Lake was any match for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team this past weekend.

Sunnyside hospital exceeds state charity standards

The Washington State Hospital Association released revised numbers last week in expanding charity care for moderate income residents.

Black Rock numbers don't add up

The numbers aren't as positive as first believed, but financial prospects for the Black Rock reservoir proposed near Sunnyside are still optimistic.

Grizzlies upset Southridge Suns, 69-60

Sunnyside's Nathan Cornelius is all of 5-8 and 150 pounds.

Greyhound boys swept in weekend play

GRANDVIEW - With the addition of 3A schools Ellensburg, Prosser and Wapato it's a new 2A CWAC South this year.

Grizzlies place second in Hoquiam

HOQUIAM - Edging out Black Hills High School by two points, the Sunnyside Grizzlies placed second at the 27th annual Hoquiam Alumni Invitational this past past weekend with 182.5 points. Elma High School placed first with 209.5 points.

Bickleton Lady Pirates drop two league contests

BICKLETON - Bickleton's Lady Pirates dropped two home games this past weekend against LaSalle and Riverside Christian, 76-17 and 80-21, respectively.

Friday, January 12

Home Country

There were two little boys down at the café the other day, standing outside, just waiting. They didn't have long to wait.




Vikings improve league record to 3-0 with dominating performance

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings took over sole possession of first place in the SCAC West standings with a 54-12 win over the Zillah Leopards last night.

Port lands funding to create new road

The Port of Sunnyside will receive a grant/loan package of $176,000 to build a new road to accomodate a Kennewick business expanding into the Sunnyside area.

Let's leave getting gifts to the children

Though decorations still hang in far too many places and you can still hear the faint echo of "Little Drummer Boy" playing on endless loop, the Christmas season has finally ended. For most adults, especially those with children or young relatives, this means that the party stops and the reality of just how much money you have spent kicks in.

Story ideas?

I was asked this past weekend where on earth we get all the story ideas from and because I thought it was such a good question, I thought I'd share the answer with you.

Grizzlies' rally for win over Hanford

Victory came down to the final match for the Sunnyside wrestling team last night.

G'view wrestlers tame Mustangs

GRANDVIEW - With 30 points in hand due to five Prosser forfeits, the Grandview wrestling team won its second match in a row, 45-29 over the Mustangs last night.

Switchfoot questions the establishment with 'Oh Gravity'

Why can't we keep it together?" Jon Foreman, vocalist and guitarist for the band Switchfoot asks in the song 'Oh Gravity."

Elementary school principal top administrator of the year

GRANDVIEW - When Harriet Thompson Elementary School Principal Connie Davis opened a letter from the Yakima Valley Association of Educational Professionals (YVAEOP), she was both "surprised and honored."

Warm reception gratifying

Okay, I haven't been a reporter for very long. However, I am enjoying it immensely.

Let's hope Bush isn't too late

Was the liberal media right? For months we've been hearing how bad things are in Iraq, except if you watch or read Fox News' goose-stepping propaganda, and Wednesday night Bush finally admitted it.

Friends, family rally with support for cancer victim

GRANDVIEW - When Krista Artz returned to her Grandview home from Grace College in Indiana for Thanksgiving, she made a few plans, visit with friends and family, get her wisdom teeth pulled, things like that. The last thing Artz and her family expected was that she'd find out she had cancer the day before Thanksgiving.

Thursday, January 11

Teachers have various views on Supreme Court case

Teachers in the Grandview, Sunnyside and Mabton school districts together pay more than $500,000 each year in union dues to the Washington Education Association.

Kennewick Lions roar past Sunnyside High girls

Maria Bessey powered the Kennewick High School girls bowling team to a 4-0 sweep of the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies in prep action this past Tuesday at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes.

Sunnyside man pleads guilty to 2005 kidnapping

A man accused of kidnapping a 58-year-old woman in Yakima in 2005 entered a guilty plea in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday (Wednesday).

Food donations delayed by fire

OUTLOOK - In keeping with tradition, Outlook Elementary School students conducted their annual food drive, collecting a whopping 3,245 food items to be given to local food banks.




What's in a name?

Hispanic representation on city council questioned

Hispanic representation on city council questioned



Community Calendar

4-calendar rev.

City of G'view installing high-tech water meters

GRANDVIEW - Work has been underway this week to install high-tech water meters that will eventually save the city time and money.

Wednesday, January 10

Grandview grapplers crush Wolfpack

WAPATO - Grandview's wrestlers had to know they were going to have the match well in hand, as host Wapato surrendered five forfeits last night. The end result was a 57-12 CWAC South dual meet victory for the Greyhounds Tuesday evening.

Guest Editorial

An old tree is a telling reminder

An old tree is a telling reminder

SCHS boys soar over Eagles, 105-27

TOPPENISH - Despite massive substitutions throughout the game, including using his bench the entire fourth quarter, Coach Dean Wagenaar's Knights claimed a 105-27 win over the Yakama Tribal Eagles last night.

Mabton contracts dispatching services

MABTON - The Mabton City Council last night approved a contract with the Yakima County Sheriff's Department to provide dispatch service for its police department.

Working Stiff

Long-time auto mechanic enjoys challenge of figuring out the problem

Long-time auto mechanic enjoys challenge of figuring out the problem

Lady Knights beat Yakama Tribal, 61-15

Working hard for every win is the policy of the Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights. Last night's game against Yakama Tribal in Toppenish was no exception.

Grizzlies even league record at 1-1

KENNEWICK - Coming off a league opening loss to Southridge last week, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team took revenge against Kamiakin last night, beating the Braves 51-12 to even its league record at 1-1.

'F' as in Frank

Hitting the pause button

Hitting the pause button

Exchange student Rotarians' guest speaker

Laure Lanoes, an 18-year-old foreign exchange student from France, gave a presentation Wednesday morning to the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club about her country and her plans after she's left the states.

Tuesday, January 9

Special workshop addresses S'side educational facility bond

Community residents urged to attend 'YES' committee meeting scheduled for Jan. 18

Community residents urged to attend 'YES' committee meeting scheduled for Jan. 18

'Christmas angels' credited for quick recovery at Outlook school

The Outlook Elementary School fire that occurred on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, has been a large concern to the community.

High school roofing project top priority in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The roofing on the buildings of Grandview High School is sorely in need of replacement due to extensive water damage and leaks.

Artz-Fox students join 'Kids Recycling Challenge'

MABTON - Community members are being encouraged to save plastic shopping bags and help the Artz-Fox Elementary School students become regional recycling champions in the Wal-Mart Kids Recycling Challenge.

Death Notice






SHS band needs help getting to the magical kingdom

The Sunnyside High School band has raised approximately half of the money needed to fund its trip to Disneyland this April.

Monday, January 8

Sunnyside girls still seeking first win

The Sunnyside girls basketball team had a slow start in a loss at home to Kennewick last Friday, but started strong in a home loss on Saturday to Hanford.

Employers say minimum wage hike impacts more than paychecks

Washington's 30 cent per hour minimum wage increase could impact everything from beer prices to employee layoffs.

Mabton works to form VFW Ladies Auxiliary

MABTON - Efforts are currently underway to form a VFW Ladies Auxiliary branch for the Mabton VFW Post, according to Delia Cerrillo.

Mabton boys sweep Warriors, Rangers

After three straight losses the Mabton Vikings boys basketball team got a much needed boost this past weekend, going on the road to defeat the Cle Elum Warriors on Friday night 63-37, and then beating the Naches Valley Rangers at home on Saturday 41-37.

Death Notice



Police search for stabbing suspect

Sunday morning police raced to the 500 block of McClain Drive in Sunnyside, where 23-year-old Rafael Vasquez-Guzman is thought to have broken into a residence and stabbed a 17-year-old male coming to the aid of Vasquez-Guzman's intended target.

Grizzly boys earn first league win

"What do you do when you get a flat tire? You change the tire," Sunnyside boys basketball coach Steve Urrutia said of his team's mid-season change in strategy.

Knights improve to 9-0

The Sunnyside Christian express is on a roll, as the Knights knocked off both Bickleton and Riverside Christian this past weekend to up their season record to 9-0.

Bren brothers work on creating new community center

GRANDVIEW - Brothers Mike and Jon Bren have purchased the old Quicktel building in downtown Grandview and efforts are currently underway to transform it into a community center.

Friday, January 5

Accused kidnapper's trial concludes

The trial for accused kidnapper Pedro Ochoa-Mendoza has come to a conclusion.

Guest Editorial

End draft registration

End draft registration

Mabton wrestlers destroy Naches Rangers

NACHES - The Mabton High School wrestling team visited Naches High School last night, beating the Rangers 53-18.

Death Notice



Home Country

For me, said Dud, "it was the biscuits. Never had so many in my life as I did this year."

PhatCat embarking on 'Soul Purpose' tour

PhatCat, AKA Chad Turley of Sunnyside, has joined with other artists on the Soul Purpose.

CD Review

Carly Simon gets personal with 'Into White'

Carly Simon gets personal with 'Into White'

Veterans plaza renovation should start spring of 2007

The first phase of the anticipated renovation of the Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza should get underway this spring, according to Greg Schlieve, American Legion Memorial Chairman.

Award winning Gospel quartet to visit Yakima

One of Gospel music's most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured at New Hope Community Church of the Nazarene in Yakima next Saturday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m.

Community input, members needed for Mabton Lions Club

MABTON - Information regarding the Mabton Lions Club being the "umbrella group" for this year's Mabton Community Days event had been floating around the community recently.

Sunnyside Food Pavilion building draws interest from other retailers

So far there are no takers for the Food Pavilion building in Sunnyside, which closed late last year when Brown and Cole Stores filed chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Numerous benefits to being Sunnyside Chamber member

Being a member of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce has its benefits and its rewards.

Gross Point Blank

Odd source of comfort

Odd source of comfort

Grizzly wrestlers lose close one to Southridge Suns

The Sunnyside Grizzlies made a strong comeback at last night's wrestling match with the Southridge High School Suns but lost in the end 31-27.

SVID replacing irrigation line atop Harrison Hill

The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) is replacing an old irrigation mainline on Harrison Hill.

Thursday, January 4






Higher temps expected

If you thought December was cold, you were correct. However, the outlook for January looks more promising.

Sunnyside seeks answers for downtown brick buildings

The city of Sunnyside is looking for a few good ideas in stabilizing the brick buildings in its downtown core.

Study shows Black Rock would be economic boon

YAKIMA - The Black Rock water reservoir proposed north of Sunnyside may cost $4.2 billion to construct, but it will bring in more than $6.6 billion in benefits.

On the road with...

Doug Porter

Doug Porter

Wednesday, January 3

Chiefs roll past Sunnyside girls

MOSES LAKE - With four of its five bowlers topping the two-game 300 plateau, the Moses Lake High School girls bowling team swept the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies Tuesday afternoon.

Death Notice



Guest Editorial

Good parenting not always by the book

Good parenting not always by the book

Cutting to the Core

Dental hygiene a must resolution

Dental hygiene a must resolution




Gross Point Blank

When life gives you lemons...

When life gives you lemons...

Former Speck building to be torn down

A white, block building near Sixth Street and Franklin Avenue in Sunnyside will be demolished.

West Edison Avenue garage goes up in flames

The Sunnyside Fire Department had its hands full this morning at about 7:30 a.m. with a garage fire in the 400 block of West Edison Avenue.

Tuesday, January 2

New owners add sweetness to Teriyaki Express

Opportunity knocked for the You family while attending church, and now they own the Teriyaki Express restaurant in Sunnyside.

Mabton moves to round the clock police coverage

MABTON - Alert Mabton residents have likely noticed a change that's occurred in the past couple of weeks: there's now a police officer on duty 24-hours a day.




Death Notice



Teens gather to ring in New Year safely

About 175 teens from Granger, Grandview, Mabton and Sunnyside gathered at Sunnyside High School this past Sunday night to ring in the New Year at the annual Midnight Live event.

New faces appear at Daily Sun News office

There are some new faces roaming around the Sunnysdide office of the Daily Sun News. Actually, four new faces.

Marquez, Perez lead Vikings to fourth place finish at Freeman

FREEMAN - Going a combined 5-0 at the Freeman Invitational, Mabton's Robert Marquez (215 lbs.) and Eli Perez (285 lbs.) each won individual championships to lead the Vikings' wrestling team to a fourth place finish last Saturday.

Mabton boys drop two games at holiday invitational

SEATTLE - The Mabton High School boys basketball team traveled to Seattle last Friday to compete in the Seattle Christian Holiday Invitational.

New Year's Day freeway accidents claim two lives

GRANDVIEW - Both, a 26-year-old Sunnyside man and a 17-year-old Pasco girl lost their lives New Year's Day as the result of two separate motor vehicle accidents.