Stories for November 2007

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Friday, November 30

Outlook School rebuild nearly done

OUTLOOK - Pictures and newspaper clippings are about the only reminders left of a fire that devastated Outlook Elementary School on Dec. 17, 2006.

Mother's renal failure has family reeling

One day she is a mom of three, living her life to support her children...the next day she finds herself struggling to survive.

GUEST COLUMN

College kids are pampered

College kids are pampered

School board considers levy vote

During a work session last night, the Sunnyside School Board took another step towards presenting a levy on the February 2008 ballot.

DEATH NOTICE

REGINA EBENAL

REGINA EBENAL

Former Sunnyside grid coach copes with tragic season

EVERETT - Prosser High School's run to the State 2A football championship game tomorrow is hard earned, but there is a chink in the mighty Mustang resume.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Iraq 3.0

Iraq 3.0

Thursday, November 29

Mainstay at Grandview's Bleyhl Community Library retires

GRANDVIEW - After 17 years at the Bleyhl Community Library, Carole Lange has made her last phone calls to remind patrons to return books.

Black Rock Creek golf pro recognized for youth efforts

Jeff Bender, the golf pro at Black Rock Creek Golf Course between Sunnyside and Grandview, has been recognized the last three years as a junior golf leader in the PGA's Central Washington chapter.

Emersons presented Gold Star Banner

GRANDVIEW - L.J. and Ginger Emerson were presented with a Gold Star Banner at an American Legion Veteran's Day dinner in Grandview on Nov. 11.

Granger boy dies in farm accident

GRANGER - A six-year-old Granger boy died tragically last night when he was apparently run over by a vehicle or trailer while helping his family feed hay to their cattle.

Wednesday, November 28

Vikes falter late at home jamboree

MABTON - The Mabton High School varsity boys basketball team struggled to finish off a pair of strong starts in two 10-minute jamboree contests at home last night.

FORUM

Too much emphasis on WASL

Too much emphasis on WASL

Grandview opens season with two wins

Coming off an eighth place finish at the 2A State Basketball Tournament last season, the Grandview Greyhounds opened the 2007-08 year last night at the Sunnyside basketball jamboree by beating Wapato and then the host Grizzlies.

Christian Knights hold their own at SHS jamboree

Despite an obvious disparity in depth playing against the likes of 2A Wapato and 3A Sunnyside, the 1B Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball varsity showed plenty of grit last night.

'F' as in Frank

Taking down the giants

Taking down the giants

Garcia tapped as next Sunnyside mayor

To help ease with the transition after current Sunnyside Mayor Ed Prilucik leaves office next month, the council this past Monday evening was asked to throw out a name of whom they wanted to succeed Prilucik.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Green shopping is key to cleaner planet

Green shopping is key to cleaner planet

Sunnyside Post office eyes new home

The towering brick post office building has been a downtown Sunnyside landmark since 1936, according to a faded granite slab on its cornerstone.

GUEST COLUMN

'Tis the season to take it like a man

'Tis the season to take it like a man

Lady Vikings tie Patriots, lose to Spartans at jamboree

MABTON - The style of basketball that Coach Mike Roettger displayed for Lady Viking fans last night isn't what they'll be seeing the rest of this season.

Sunnyside hospital continues electronic records conversion

Computerized medical records are improving patient safety and giving doctors and nurses more time to care for their patients.

Grizzlies split games at basketball jamboree

The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team started its season last night by hosting a basketball jamboree.

OBITUARY

JOANNE SCHALLER

JOANNE SCHALLER

Tuesday, November 27

Jewelry store gets makeover

Longtime jeweler Dale Beck was in the midst of having his Sunnyside store's roof replaced when he decided it was time for a change within the confines of his business.

Lady Grizzlies win one of two games at jamboree

The Sunnyside High School girls basketball team kicked off its 2007-08 Columbia Basin League season at home last night with a jamboree that pitted the Lady Grizzlies against the Prosser Mustangs and the Sunnyside Christian Knights.

SHS seniors will not graduate due to WASL... lawmakers told

Sunnyside Schools Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole told state legislators last night that 25 percent of his district's 2008 senior class will not graduate because of struggles with the WASL.

Lady Knights split two jamboree games

The 2007-08 prep basketball season is underway, and not surprisingly the Lady Knights represented Sunnyside Christian High School well at last night's jamboree at Sunnyside High School.

The future is here...in terms of WASL mandates

MABTON - Of the 47 students in the class of 2008, 23 students are at risk of not graduating. That worrisome tidbit prompted a lengthy discussion at last night's regularly scheduled Mabton School Board meeting.

Business license fees on the rise in Sunnyside

It was 1985 the last time the Sunnyside City Council raised business license fees in the city. Twenty-two years later and the council is looking into whether fees should be raised again.

DEATH NOTICE

DELBERT L. SAVAGE

DELBERT L. SAVAGE

Too little, too late for Lady Greyhounds

First-year Grandview High School girls basketball coach Paul Van Pelt learned two things about his squad following two losses at the Sunnyside High School jamboree last night.

AM/PM reopens following remodel

What was once a bit worn has been transformed into something clean and warm feeling.

Monday, November 26

Shoe store seeks soles

Sonya Anderson's mission is saving soles this holiday season.

Farm Bureau names Honeyford 'legislator of year'

SPOKANE - The Washington Farm Bureau has given Sen. Jim Honeyford its 2007 Legislator of the Year Award in recognition of his "outstanding contributions for strengthening the family farm."

Ames selected as Grandview's American Legion Officer of the Year

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Police Officer Scott Ames received two prestigious awards from Grandview's American Legion Fred E. Hayes Post 57 on Nov. 11 during a Veteran's Day banquet.

OBITUARY

FRANCES MAY STEPHENS

FRANCES MAY STEPHENS

Sunnyside GREAT officer springs for makeover for three local girls

Sunnyside Gang Resistance And Education Training Police Officer Melissa Rodriguez takes her job to heart, even if it means digging into her own pockets to show three little girls how fun it is to be pampered.

Friday, November 23

DEATH NOTICE

JOSE RAMIRO VELIZ

JOSE RAMIRO VELIZ

Gross Point Blank

A job well done

A job well done

OBITUARY

HERMAN K. JANSHEN

HERMAN K. JANSHEN

Dental office expansion tops building starts in Sunnyside last month

A $750,000 dental clinic expansion at 1721 E. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside paced new construction in the city during the month of October.

'Person of Year' award winner humbled

GRANDVIEW - Beth Bourgeois insists the honor of being named Grandview's Person of the Year for 2007 should have been given to someone else.

Outwest Pet Rescue caring for the underdogs

PROSSER - Do you have an inexplicable fondness for helpless canine critters? Do your friends tease you because you'd never turn your back on a stray, four-legged pooch?

Wednesday, November 21

FORUM

Highway name change not needed

Highway name change not needed

OBITUARY

AUGUSTIN B. GONZALES

AUGUSTIN B. GONZALES

Hospital employees drill for the unexpected

Workers are struck down by a chemical spill. Some are still alert and able to move, others are knocked out.

Central Washington Open title snared by Spokane bowler

Spokane's Nick Powell bested the 45-bowler field at this past Sunday's Central Washington Open, hosted by Valley Lanes in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside chamber experiences 30 percent growth

Wrapping up his first year at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce helm, Jesse Hernandez said his goal has been to "put commerce back in the chamber of commerce."

Mabton firemen receive grant at just the right time

MABTON - Christmas came early for the Mabton Fire Department last week. The department learned it will receive $31,194 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

Outlook youngster top dragster at NHRA competition

IDAHO - Halloween is taking on a new meaning for Layne Linder of Outlook.

Cutting to the Core

Thanksgiving's finally here

Thanksgiving's finally here

GUEST EDITORIAL

A lot to be thankful for if you look a little deeper

A lot to be thankful for if you look a little deeper

2nd degree murder conviction results in 14-year prison term

During an appearance in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday (Tuesday), Sunnyside's Zacharias Cavasos plead guilty to second degree murder. As part of a plea agreement, a charge for second degree unlawful possession of a firearm was dropped.

Tuesday, November 20

OBITUARY

MARIA R. BORREGO

MARIA R. BORREGO

Dekkers at helm of Timmermans Real Estate

If you ask why Tom and Melissa Dekker are now at the helm of Timmermans Real Estate they'll simply say three words: "reputation and relationships."

Grandview budget talks turn tense

GRANDVIEW - A menu of suggestions to meet a 2008 deficit of $320,000 brought out more than sharpened pencils during a Grandview City Council study session last night.

Longtime radio personality new fleet manager at Mid-Valley Dodge

GRANDVIEW - For years and years Yakima Valley residents have heard Frank Allec on the radio. Now they have a chance of being sold a car by him.

Sunnyside High grad wins TV Emmy

Sunnyside High School graduate MaryEllen Resendez is the recipient of a television Emmy for her journalistic work during Arizona's monsoon in 2006.

Monday, November 19

Sunnyside gives thanks during community service

"Give thanks for the privilege of opportunity," keynote speaker Miguel Puente noted during a Sunnyside community Thanksgiving service held last night, Sunday. "To whom much is given, much is expected."

Grizzliettes host first dance competition of the season

Dance teams and their supporters from Richland, Quincy and Pasco trekked to the Sunnyside High School gym this past Saturday to participate in a regional dance competition hosted by the Grizzliettes and organized by the captain of the team herself, Alyssa Longoria.

Festival of Trees draws a packed house

It may have been held at the Mini Mall, but there was nothing mini about Sunnyside Community Hospital's Festival of Trees this past Friday. Hundreds filled the storefront on Sunnyside's downtown Sixth Street for food, wine, music and, of course, Christmas trees.

OBITUARY

PAULA GUERRA

PAULA GUERRA

California winery executive has advise for 'going green'

GRANDVIEW - The Washington Grape Society hosted its annual meeting this past Thursday and Friday, featuring keynote speaker Kelly Lentz of Mendocino Wine Company.

Friday, November 16

GUEST COLUMN

French fries, feelings and a failure to communicate

French fries, feelings and a failure to communicate

Jennies Journey

Plenty to be thankful for this season

Plenty to be thankful for this season

Firefighters honor fifth grade hero

An aneurysm strikes quickly, knocking a grown man helplessly to the floor.

Bourgeois named Person of the Year

GRANDVIEW - She came in with a bang and hasn't stopped supporting Grandview since.

DEATH NOTICE

MARGARET FRANCES BALDRIDGE

MARGARET FRANCES BALDRIDGE

GUEST EDITORIAL

Putting farm bill resources to work in rural America

Putting farm bill resources to work in rural America

Partida tops all bowlers in S'side loss to Wenatchee

Sophomore Sarasa Partida definitely had it going on yesterday for the home team, but it was visiting Wenatchee's superior team depth that stole the show.

Life Options ponders expansion

GRANDVIEW - Does Life Options in Grandview need a bigger building with more space? Or does it just need a satellite office in Sunnyside?

Thursday, November 15

Jail trustees turn in $10,000 find

While cleaning along the stretch of Sunnyside/Mabton Highway's overpass Wednesday, Sunnyside jail trustee Tyler Walters made an unusual discovery.

City, Tom Paul talking land deal

The city of Sunnyside and Prosser contractor Tom Paul are talking about a deal that would end a land dispute along South First Street and provide a step forward in widening the busy roadway.

Former Sunnyside Councilman Don Hughes dies

Former longtime Sunnyside City Councilman and Mayor Don Hughes passed away last night (Wednesday).

Nuestra Casa, Grandview, EPIC recipients of philanthropic grants

YAKIMA - Yakima Valley Community Foundation awarded $325,000 in grants to 16 Yakima County nonprofit organizations yesterday in Yakima. Grant amounts ranged from $2,500 to $40,000.

Wednesday, November 14

"F" as in Frank

Worthy heroes

Worthy heroes

Sunnyside City Council OK's $80,000 for tourism promotions

The Sunnyside City Council approved the recommendations of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee at last night's council meeting. The move will give $80,000 to four groups in Sunnyside promoting tourism.

Selah girls squeak out victory over Lady Grizzlies

Despite a match best 287 two-game series from Sunnyside sophomore Ileana Martinez, the Lady Grizzly bowling team sustained a 2-1/2 to 1-1/2 points loss to the visiting Selah Vikings yesterday afternoon.

GUEST COLUMN

Always being available drives us a little mad

Always being available drives us a little mad

New discipline program to be implemented in G'view elementary schools

GRANDVIEW - McClure Elementary School Principal Jose Rivera explained to the Grandview School Board last night the new discipline program to be implemented at Grandview elementary schools in January.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Vouchers or school choice?

Vouchers or school choice?

Sunnyside High presents fall sports awards

There was a good turnout last night for the Sunnyside High School fall sports awards ceremony, held in the high school auditorium.

Mabton Council asked to tone down fireworks

MABTON - Likening his city to a "war zone" during Independence Day related festivities, resident Glenn Edwin "Ed" Barnett appealed to City Council members at their regularly scheduled meeting this past Tuesday night to find another alternative to setting off fireworks in Mabton.

Tuesday, November 13

Ten students at Harrison earn 4.0 grade point averages

A total of 10 students at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School, half of them seventh graders, earned 4.0 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2007-08 academic year.

Temporary grandstands at Clem Senn Field in Sunnyside here to stay for awhile

The temporary home grandstands set up at Sunnyside High School's Clem Senn Field are here to stay for at least the next two years.

Oregon woman finds faith, comfort in Jesus

PROSSER - Retired school counselor Betty Beckwith of Clackamas, Ore. jokes that she raised her kids, then went back to school to learn about children.

Sierra Vista students earn top honor

Close to two dozen Sierra Vista Middle School students earned a 4.0 GPA for the first quarter of the 2007-08 year, a majority of whom were sixth graders.

Coffee shop is first attempt at retail for Sunnyside man

Abel Garcia always knew he wanted to have his own business, he just didn't realize that business would be in retail.

Monday, November 12

Local merchant fuming over police delays

Says police bungled case involving $30,000 in burglary and embezzlement

Says police bungled case involving $30,000 in burglary and embezzlement

Lady Greyhounds fourth at 2A State tourney

KENNEWICK - The Grandview High School volleyball team's win at the 2A State tourney last Friday was a battle worthy of a championship match.

Lady Knights make history by snaring school's first ever State volleyball tourney trophy

YAKIMA - The trophy case at Sunnyside Christian High School is filled to the brim with State basketball tournament trophies. They'll have to be bunched a bit tighter together to make room for the school's first ever State volleyball tourney trophy, snagged last Friday by second year Coach Tammy Bangs and her Lady Knights.

Mabton addressing budget shortfalls

MABTON - Mabton City Council members spent last Friday night pouring over a draft of the 2008 municipal budget, trying to eliminate or reduce expenditures to make up for the fact that projected revenues fall short by about $200,000.

Friday, November 9

DEATH NOTICE

ELLA M. KOEHLER

ELLA M. KOEHLER

'Terra Northwest' provides insightful information about Washington state

For history buffs or those interested in finding out more about the state of Washington, Terra Northwest: Interpreting People and Place can provide a good beginning.

Gross PointBlank

Moving's like a trip to the therapist

Moving's like a trip to the therapist

Radio station proposed for Sunnyside

In the next few months Sunnyside may be home to a new radio station, as the Northwest Tejano Music Association last month filed an application for air space with the FCC.

Jennie's Journey

Stickler for manners and etiquette

Stickler for manners and etiquette

GUEST EDITORIAL

Bullies, technology and bullets

Bullies, technology and bullets

OBITUARY

MARVIN EARL FOREDYCE

MARVIN EARL FOREDYCE

FORUM

Apology

Apology

Gehlen still leading Prilucik in race for council seat

Little to no changes are evident in the latest update of this past Tuesday's election results.

Lady Knights still alive at State

YAKIMA - Washington's top ranked 1B Tekoa-Oakesdale Nighthawks dispatched the Sunnyside Christian girls volleyball team in the opening round of the State tournament yesterday, but the Lady Knights kept their trophy hopes alive by defeating the Crescent Loggers.

Author speaks for those in need of rescuing at annual Life Options fundraiser in Sunnyside

Abandoned at age three and consigned to an orphanage near Chicago, Ill. for 14 years, Rob Mitchell knows how it feels to be cast aside.

GUEST COLUMN

The firstborn ultimatum

The firstborn ultimatum

Sunnyside hospital proactive with infection control

Long before the MRSA (pronounced MUR-suh) infection was making headlines around the country, Sunnyside Community Hospital was already working hard on infection control and patient and employee safety.

Kolvane scores big with special project CD

Kolvane is a musician/artist from Portland, Ore. who founded the Rose City Kings in 2002. In four years his band has released three albums and has toured with Chicago Blues legend Jody Williams.

Top ranked Greyhounds lose at State

KENNEWICK - The Toyota Center here is used for ice hockey games, and an ice cold run yesterday cost the Grandview High School volleyball team a shot at the 2A State title.

Honeyford, Newhouse, Chandler discuss impending legislative session

Senator Jim Honeyford and Representatives Dan Newhouse and Bruce Chandler were the featured guest speakers at a Republican Club meeting held this morning (Friday) at the Sunny Spot cafe. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the 2008 legislative session.

Thursday, November 8

Paintball wars the newest challenge for local thrill seeker

Dr. Tim Thompson, a practicing chiropractor in Sunnyside, is no stranger to pushing his body to the limit.

Miller family turns tragedy into hope

A 30-year-old mother of one gains new life with a new kidney and pancreas.

DEATH NOTICE

EDITH LEAL

EDITH LEAL

WSU Extension hires tree fruit agent

YAKIMA - Dr. James Olmstead's message to tree fruit growers is celebrate diversity.

Wednesday, November 7

FORUM

Disappointed by actions of superintendent

Disappointed by actions of superintendent

Grandview teen arrested for bringing gun to school

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview teenager was arrested yesterday after bringing a gun to Compass High School.

GUEST EDITORIAL

We must protect older women against cervical cancer

We must protect older women against cervical cancer

Cutting to the Core

There's money in chicken

There's money in chicken

Rate hikes for water, sewer on horizon in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside City Council heard from the city's public works, police and fire departments at a 2008 budget meeting held last night, and were told the city planned on raising water rates by 6 percent and sewer rates by 15 percent.

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

East Coast lawmakers attempting a 23-million acre land grab in Pacific Northwest

East Coast lawmakers attempting a 23-million acre land grab in Pacific Northwest

OBITUARY

ARTHUR WINTERS

ARTHUR WINTERS

Sunnyside mayor losing race to political newcomer Gehlen

Sunnyside voters ushered out the last remnants of the old guard yesterday, as political newcomer Thomas Gehlen has apparently defeated long-time Councilman Ed Prilucik.

Bank breaks ground for new building in Sunnyside

Sunnyside's Columbia River Bank broke ground for its new building Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, November 6

DEATH NOTICE

GERARDO RAMOS

GERARDO RAMOS

Donations of books helping Sunnyside children learn to read

Because of the generosity of local community residents, the book drop-off box in front of the Daily Sun News office often is filled to capacity.

City budget cuts imminent

Sunnyside Council considering elimination of some staff positions

Sunnyside Council considering elimination of some staff positions

'Pay' raises OK'd for Grandview mayor, council members

GRANDVIEW - After an hour of deliberation, the Grandview City Council voted itself a raise for the first time in 10 years.

Monday, November 5

Messmore, Rogers wrap up season at 3A State meet

PASCO - Sunnyside's Brittany Messmore and Jacob Rogers put the finishing touches on the Grizzlies' 2007 cross-country season at this past Saturday's 3A State meet, staged at Pasco's Sun Willows Golf Course.

Murderous aftermath...Sunnyside family regroups after slaying takes life of mother of six

Veronica Ayala, the young mother of six children, was on the right path to getting her life back in order when she was murdered this past July. Now, her mother, Diane Cantu of Sunnyside, finds herself caring for Ayala's children, ages 7 to 2, while still coming to grips with the fact that her daughter's alleged killer, Eric Flores, is still on the loose.

Lady Pirates end season at Districts

GOLDENDALE - Bickleton competed against Sunnyside Christian High School and Trout Lake-Glenwood this past Saturday at District volleyball competition in Goldendale.

DEATH NOTICE

GLORIA IRENE JOHNSON

GLORIA IRENE JOHNSON

Grizzlies close out season with win against Rogers Pirates

Thanks to their defensive efforts, the Grizzlies' football team overcame a slow start and pulled away for a 35-13 win against the Rogers Pirates this past Friday.

Lady Griz fall to Regional champs

SPOKANE - After two 3-0 losses to the Hanford Falcons on Sept. 11 and Oct. 11, Sunnyside finally got a game off the Falcons but lost 3-1 in a Regional first-round match in Spokane this past Saturday.

Friday, November 2

Vikings wrap up winless campaign

MABTON - The Mabton High School football team couldn't overcome first quarter heartbreak in a 40-6 home loss last night, Thursday, to Cle Elum.

FORUM

Jan McDonald right choice for Grandview

Jan McDonald right choice for Grandview

Sunnyside woman seeks legislation that would mandate all schools better manage children with allergies

A family member's life threatening food allergy is motivating Theresa Hancock to push for legislation establishing a statewide policy to manage the risk of allergy and anaphylaxis in schools.

Grandview ends season with loss to playoff bound Huskies

OTHELLO - State-playoff bound Othello showed why it's headed to the 2A football big dance in a 49-0 win over Grandview High School last night.

Thursday, November 1

DEATH NOTICE

GRACIE ELLEN SCHERR

GRACIE ELLEN SCHERR

George, Sanchez earn CWAC all-league honors

GRANDVIEW - Two players from the Grandview High School girls soccer team have been afforded CWAC all-league honors for the 2007 season.

Internationally acclaimed speaker will challenge local residents this weekend

Transformation Sunnyside will host international speaker and author Ed Silvoso of Market Place Ministries this coming Saturday and Sunday at two venues. Both presentations are open to the public.

Rotarians taste Austria through foreign exchange student

In the hit movie Dumb and Dumber, Jim Carey's character asks a beautiful young lady where she's from. Her answer, Austria.