Stories for June 2008

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Monday, June 30

Bickleton's Annie Hess falls short in bid make Olympic team

EUGENE, ORE. - Bickleton's Annie Hess, the No. 8 ranked college female in the United States in the discus throw, competed for a chance to attend this summer's 2008 Olympics in China this past Friday but fell short in her bid.

Ag affordable housing complex dedicated with bishop's blessing

Under a bright blue and sunny sky the latest affordable housing development built by Catholic Charities Housing Services was dedicated and given a blessing this past Friday.

Sunnyside church stages Independence Day service for military veterans

Sunday morning services at Sunnyside's Neighborhood Church Assemblies of God were something special yesterday.

Friday, June 27

Transformation Sunnyside seeks to develop servant leaders

A few years ago Sunnyside's Jerry Haak and Herman Te Velde began working together to form a group now known as Transformation Sunnyside.

'Manhattan Transfer' to headline Central Washington State Fair entertainment

YAKIMA - Eighties arena rock standout 'Foreigner' and jazz ensemble 'Manhattan Transfer' will join a diverse group of entertainers headlining this year's Central Washington State Fair.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Habeas corpus barely saved

Habeas corpus barely saved

Piranhas take a bite out of Neptunes

PROSSER - The Grandview Neptunes were handed a 607-167 defeat last night at Prosser.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Jennifer Crane

When Jennifer Crane takes to the stage during the 2008 Miss Sunnyside Pageant come September, it's likely that she'll give it all she's got and have fun doing it.

DEATH NOTICE

BETTY JEAN STROUD

BETTY JEAN STROUD

Jennie's Journey

I'm having one of those weeks

I'm having one of those weeks

Grandview patrol cars to be outfitted with laptops

GRANDVIEW - Thanks to a grant submitted by the Yakima County Sheriff's office, Grandview police patrol cars will soon sport computer laptops.

Thursday, June 26

DEATH NOTICE

NATALIE CELIA NUNEZ-RODRIGUEZ

NATALIE CELIA NUNEZ-RODRIGUEZ

Three cases of tomato-related salmonella found in Yakima County

The Yakima Health District confirmed yesterday, Wednesday, three cases of a salmonella strain, called Saintpaul.

OBITUARY

JACK J. SCHANEMAN

JACK J. SCHANEMAN

Long-time Grandview School Board member resigns

GRANDVIEW - Because she will be working at Grandview High School as a library media specialist this fall, Karen Veloz recently resigned her position on the Grandview School Board.

Wednesday, June 25

Tarpons steal road victory from Neptunes

GRANDVIEW - Last night's swim meet between Grandview and Toppenish in the Neptunes' home pool went the Tarpons' way, 476-318.

"F" as in Frank

Deja viewing all over again

Deja viewing all over again

Estate sale proceeds will be used to purchase headstone for long-time Sunnyside pastor

For 32 years Pastor Kenneth Eastman was a steady presence at the Liberty Baptist Church on Swan Road in Sunnyside. Always ready to lend a hand, an ear, or help people out by making sure their bellies were full.

Forget Perfect

Feathers, fathers and unforeseen favors

Feathers, fathers and unforeseen favors

OBITUARY

JOSEPHINA C. SALDAÑA

JOSEPHINA C. SALDAÑA

DEATH NOTICE

JUANA D. GARCIA

JUANA D. GARCIA

Tuesday, June 24

City of Sunnyside to begin promoting water conservation

With a view to making every drop count, the Sunnyside City Council last night, Monday, adopted a state-mandated water use efficiency program.

South First tops six-year street improvement plan

With a federal grant in hand, the South First Street expansion project tops a wish list of 22 street improvements for the city of Sunnyside.

New pediatrician to see patients beginning next Tuesday

After many months of anticipation, Sunnyside's newest pediatrician, Dr. Mario Tobia, will begin seeing patients next Tuesday, July 1.

OBITUARY

AUGUSTINA VARELA

AUGUSTINA VARELA

Sunnyside clown a mainstay at Grandview Healthcare Center

GRANDVIEW - If you ask Arlo Waggoner to describe himself, he'll joke, "I'm a jack of all trades, master of none." After all, Arlo's a jokester.

DEATH NOTICE

ROBERT STICKLEY

ROBERT STICKLEY

Former Golden Coin to be new Mexican restaurant

It has been more than a year since Sunnyside's Golden Coin closed its doors and the building on South Fifth Street and East Edison Avenue became empty.

Justin Heiden newest Sunnyside dentist

Justin Heiden doesn't like to keep people waiting. In fact, it's a pet peeve of his if he is unable to stay on schedule, and that's good news for patients at his dental clinic, located at 412 S. 13th Street.

Monday, June 23

Black Rock Creek golfers tighten grip on points lead

Gene McIntire fired a sparkling, 5-over-par 77 on his home course last Thursday to lead the Black Rock Creek contingent to a top finish at the fifth stop on this year's Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour.

Dustin Lamb steps down as Grandview football coach

GRANDVIEW - After four years at the helm of the Grandview High School football program, Dustin Lamb is stepping down to spend more time with his family.

Dairy Fair Day draws families from throughout the Valley

Several events were staged this past Saturday at the Dairy Fair in Sunnyside.

Mikal Aberle newest volleyball coach at SHS

Mikal Aberle will be the newest Sunnyside High School volleyball coach. Aberle, who is currently finishing her studies at Central Washington University, will take over for Mhike Dumo, who resigned earlier this year.

Points system often determines if juvenile offenders do any time

The state of Washington has a number of laws in place, which police officers must enforce.

Bender ties for 70th at PGA pro championship

ATLANTA, GA. - Sunnyside Black Rock Creek Club Pro Jeff Bender gutted out rounds of 72-74-76-73 to earn a tie for 70th place honors at the 2008 PGA Professional National Championship, staged over the course of the past four days at the famous Reynold's Plantation just outside Atlanta, Ga.

DEATH NOTICE

CHARLOTTE THEONE SHOCKLEY

CHARLOTTE THEONE SHOCKLEY

OBITUARY

ATANACIA P. SORIA

ATANACIA P. SORIA

Friday, June 20

Gross Point Blank

A new, $6 me

A new, $6 me

OBITUARY

JOY RUTH CARTER MCKAY

JOY RUTH CARTER MCKAY

Guest Editorial

Predators amonst us

Predators amonst us

It's not gross...it's art!

Upon first glance at Rex Rosenberg's dental-themed art car, it's easy to think, "Ewww! Gross!" But Rosenberg's car is actually an award winning piece of art.

County commission hopefuls stump for votes in Sunnyside

Gangs, the infamous fourth floor at the Yakima County Courthouse and the recent success of the Yakima County Jail were all topics of discussion at the Sunnyside Republican Club meeting held this morning, Friday.

FORUM

Court system a joke

Court system a joke

Black Rock Creek club pro opens PGA Professional Nationals by shooting even-par 72

ATLANTA, GA. - Jeff Bender, head club pro at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course, is on the prowl at this week's PGA Professional National Championship.

Sharks swim circles around Wapato Whales

The Wapato Whales had the plug pulled on their pool last night, and instead of hosting a home meet against Sunnyside as originally planned, were forced to travel to the confines of the Sharks.

Car sale promotion nets local woman $50,000

One local woman and her family is $50,000 wealthier thanks to a scratch-off ticket provided by Grandview's Mid Valley Chrysler and Sunnyside's Speck Motors.

Thursday, June 19

Football field confirmed as site for Sunnyside fireworks show

The Sunnyside fireworks display on Independence Day will, after all, take place at the high school football stadium.

Sunnyside teens gain valuable insight into political process at Evergreen Girls State

ELLENSBURG - An annual event sponsored by the American Legion, Evergreen Girls State is an opportunity for high school girls to learn about the election process, inter-workings of government and to develop new bonds of friendship.

DEATH NOTICE

LLOYD MARRS

LLOYD MARRS

Wednesday, June 18

GUEST COLUMN

Customer service should mean actually serving customers

Customer service should mean actually serving customers

Lady Vikings hoop coach resigns

MABTON - Leaving a girls basketball program he describes as "...loaded with talent," Mabton High School Coach Mike Roettger is calling it quits.

DEATH NOTICE

AUSENCIO ROCHA

AUSENCIO ROCHA

Push on for more blood donors in Sunnyside

The need for blood supplies is a constant, and so are the donors who provide the gift of life for those facing medical procedures.

Prosser's Scottish Fest slated for this coming Saturday

PROSSER - Whether you're a Scot or not, Prosser's Scottish Fest slated for this Saturday, June 21, at the Port of Benton Wine and Food Park has a little something for everyone.

Sharks clip Piranhas, 462-359

The Sunnyside Sharks weathered their first real challenge of the season last night, claiming a hard fought 462-359 victory over the Prosser Piranhas.

Cutting to the Core

You get what you pay for

You get what you pay for

OBITUARY

DONNA RAE GRIBBLE

DONNA RAE GRIBBLE

Hillcrest Manor eyeing big changes

Hillcrest Manor officials recently eyed property to purchase, getting a step closer to a significant change from a traditional nursing home facility to a small home concept.

Tuesday, June 17

Hillcrest Manor's consistent staffing practices lead to prestigious award

The award of excellence in health care quality given by Qualis Health, a national organization founded for the purpose of improving the quality of health care within the health care industry, was presented to Sunnyside's Hillcrest Manor last week.

OBITUARY

BURTON H. GILBERT

BURTON H. GILBERT

Charter rescinds request to change franchise agreement

GRANDVIEW - After running into some opposition from Grandview City Council members not happy with Charter Communication closing its store in the city, the cable company has rescinded a request to amend the franchise agreement it has with the city.

DEATH NOTICE

JUANITA DUQUE

JUANITA DUQUE

Harry Ritchie's Jewelers to bring new sparkle to Mid-Valley Mall

For three generations, Harry Ritchie's Jewelers has been one of the leaders in value throughout the northwest. Local shoppers will learn that first-hand, as a new Harry Ritchie's Jewelers store will open in Sunnyside's Mid-Valley Mall this summer.

Goodwill set to move to new site

Come mid-July, Goodwill Industries will move its retail store from Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside to 2840 E. Lincoln Ave., and hopes are high that the move will prompt more local donations.

Yard sale sign violators may be facing big fines

After encouraging the Sunnyside City Council to ease regulations on citizens posting yard sale signs, code enforcement officers have recently been up to their necks in illegal placards.

Monday, June 16

'Catch the Reading Bug' summer library theme

This summer, community members can "Catch the Reading Bug" at the Sunnyside Library.

OBITUARY

H. MARK MULFORD

H. MARK MULFORD

Outstanding municipal court fines in Sunnyside top $2.4 million

Sunnyside Municipal Court is owed a whopping $2.4 million in court fees and fines. But, court officials can only hope to collect 30 percent of that.

Sunnyside police preparing for National Night Out

This coming Aug. 4 the Sunnyside Police Department will host the National Night Out kick-off party at Central Park in Sunnyside, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Mabton Lady Vikings hoop invite draws 17 teams

MABTON - For the fifth straight year, teams from around the valley participated in the Mabton Lady Vikings Invitational basketball tournament.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Friday, June 13

Jennie's Journey

Sunnyside partnership beneficial to youngsters

Sunnyside partnership beneficial to youngsters

Grandview Neptunes spear Naches Barracudas

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Neptunes defeated Naches 444-285 in Grandview's first home meet of the season last night.

Grandview cop graduates from police academy

GRANDVIEW - Now that he's graduated police academy, Grandview's Kevin Glasenapp is a commissioned police officer.

OBITUARY

DANIEL RAY GOLDEN

DANIEL RAY GOLDEN

Bickleton alum graduates from Harvard

Little did Reagan Grabner know when he graduated with nine classmates from Bickleton High School in 1999 that he'd graduate with 900 classmates at Harvard.

Free movies in Central Park to return this summer

Thanks to the combined efforts of numerous Sunnyside organizations, free movies will once again be offered at Central Park.

Lower Valley crisis center hires new executive director

Longtime Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services board member Julia Hart has gone from being board chair to serving as the non-profit's executive director.

'Our Washington' in living color

Most every home has a picture book or two that sits out on a display table and collects dust.

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Federal government must meet its responsibility to Central Washington schools

Federal government must meet its responsibility to Central Washington schools

DEATH NOTICE

JESSE RODRIGUEZ

JESSE RODRIGUEZ

Sunnyside Sharks 2-for-2 against swim league foes

The trio of Alexandra Newhouse, Tad Tyhuis and Joey Elerding combined for 18 victories last night to spearhead Sunnyside's 463-332 win over the visiting Toppenish Tarpons.

Thursday, June 12

Community transformation conference on tap July 25-26 in Sunnyside

Community members in Sunnyside and surrounding areas are invited to attend a two-day conference at Sunnyside High School Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for...tomatoes

A widespread outbreak of salmonella attributed to tomatoes has led stores and restaurants take the proactive step-in line with FDA suggestions-to pull from circulation raw red plum, Roma and red tomatoes.

Wednesday, June 11

Site of Sunnyside's Independence Day fireworks show in question this year

The fate of the Lions Club Independence Day fireworks show is currently in question, Sunnyside Kiwanians learned from guest speaker Julia Hart this morning, Wednesday.

OBITUARY

LAWRENCE E. VOSS

LAWRENCE E. VOSS

DEATH NOTICES

PEDRO G. ROJAS

PEDRO G. ROJAS

FORUM

Wake up Sunnyside

Wake up Sunnyside

Sharks make short work of Grandview Neptunes

Winners of 59 of the 73 races staged last night, the Sunnyside Sharks opened the 2008 summer swim season in fine fashion.

Utility payment problems resurface at Mabton council meeting

MABTON - Mabton city council has gotten itself into a conundrum once again over water bills.

'F' as in Frank

Dodge City, here we come?

Dodge City, here we come?

Tuesday, June 10

OBITUARY

MARGIE ANN STONEMETZ

MARGIE ANN STONEMETZ

G'view athletic code revised

GRANDVIEW - Grandview School District Athletic Director Ken Murray addressed athletic code revisions, which were approved by the school board Monday night.

DEATH NOTICE

HERMENEGILDO CASTRO

HERMENEGILDO CASTRO

Haynes joins staff at Life Options

GRANDVIEW - Amber Haynes of Prosser has joined the staff at Life Options in Grandview, where she now works as an administrative assistant.

City of Sunnyside pledges $23,500 to educate at-risk youth

The Sunnyside Law and Justice Center campus will house a school building for at-risk students who have been in trouble with gang-related issues.

Monday, June 9

Sunnyside Christian graduates encouraged to follow God's path

GRANDVIEW - Twenty-two Sunnyside Christian High School students received their diplomas this past Friday at the Church of the Nazarene in Grandview.

Tri-Cities golfers 'Christie' winners

Randy Lee and Chris Indall, as close as you can get to being scratch golfers, bested the 31-team field this past weekend at the 2008 Bill Christie Memorial Two-Man Best Ball Tournament, staged at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Mabton grads encouraged to carve own path

MABTON - In keeping with the Mabton High School class of 2008 motto, graduates were encouraged to forge their own paths this past Friday night during commencement exercises.

Grads shine at Grandview commencement ceremony

GRANDVIEW - With a slight wind and plenty of sunshine, the 133 members of the Grandview High School class of 2008 participated in its commencement ceremonies at Rich Leenhouts Stadium this past Saturday.

Black Rock Creek senior golfers tie for top honors at Desert Aire

DESERT AIRE - Jim Noel's 4-over-par 76, coupled with a pair of handicap-aided net 67's by Max Wickham and Ron Dobrauc, propelled Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course team to a first place tie at the fourth stop on the 2008 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour.

Vandals shoot up City Hall

Sometime this past weekend armed vandals shot up city hall, knocking out windows and damaging equipment inside.

Friday, June 6

Lower Valley garden tour to benefit Life Options

GRANDVIEW - Five gardens will be featured in the Life Options Lower Valley Garden Tour, allowing those on the tour to take in brightly colored flower beds, water features that will amaze, garden structures that provide a sense of peace and serenity, and many delightful garden accents.

School bus cameras monitoring students' behavior

Imagine trying to keep an eye on 80 kids while keeping your eye on the road.

Hellner-Gomez to take helm at new Sunnyside elementary school

Sunnyside High School Assistant Principal Heidi Hellner-Gomez will take the helm at the newly constructed Sun Valley Elementary School come the fall of 2008.

Races heating up for general election

Congressman Doc Hastings, a Republican from Pasco, will have a challenger in the Fourth District congressional contest in this fall's election.

Gross Point Blank

I'm a text junkie

I'm a text junkie

Story Time

Stay in the game, don't grab your ball and head for home

Stay in the game, don't grab your ball and head for home

FORUM

Police chief's done good job

Police chief's done good job

Thursday, June 5

Sharks to rely on youth movement in '08

Their numbers are down from 2007, but the Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team still figures to have about 100 participants for the coming 2008 season.

Elmer, Marvine Schultz named Mabton parade marshals

After spending nearly 39 years in the community of Mabton, farming and raising children, Elmer and Marvine Schultz will serve as the grand marshals for this year's Mabton Community Days Parade.

Tami Silva named friend of the dairy industry

A little bit of planning mixed with a dash of deception was all it took for the Yakima Valley Dairy Women to award Tami Silva with the friend of the industry award last month.

Wednesday, June 4

Herreras to celebrate golden wedding anniversary

MABTON - Serapio and Elsa Herrera will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 8, by renewing their wedding vows at Mabton Immaculate Conception Church's 9 a.m. mass.

GUEST COLUMN

Behind the façade of the bragging bachelor

Behind the façade of the bragging bachelor

Cutting to the core

Remember our artists before they are gone

Remember our artists before they are gone

DEATH NOTICE

IVA VAN HORN

IVA VAN HORN

Port of Sunnyside breaks ground at industrial park

The seeds have been sown for a new industrial park to dot the Sunnyside landscape.

FORUM

Foster parents make a difference

Foster parents make a difference

Co-valedictorian banned from graduation

A rift with Sunnyside High School Principal Brian Hart kept 2008 co-valedictorian Matt Barr from graduating with other SHS seniors this past Friday.

OBITUARY

PHILLIP A. LANGFORD

PHILLIP A. LANGFORD

Tuesday, June 3

Cooler June expected for Sunnyside

A chilly June is expected throughout the month, according to the National Weather Service's Pendleton, Ore. office.

OBITUARY

JESUSA ANDREA VEGA

JESUSA ANDREA VEGA

Yakima County trail system detailed for Sunnyside Rotarians

Imagine leaving Sunnyside on a hike and ending up in Mt. Rainier National Park. Or how about hiking from Sunnyside to Ellensburg to hook up with the John Wayne Trail.

Public transportation discussions surface at Grandview Council meeting

GRANDVIEW - With gas prices rising steadily, well over the $4 a gallon mark presently, Grandview City Council members are willing to discuss public transportation ideas.

Conrad & Gilbert take over former Snokist plant

GRANDVIEW - Changes are taking place at Grandview's former Snokist plant.

Monday, June 2

Mariana Villa, Caitlin Escoto earn Mabton crowns

MABTON - Mariana Villa was named Miss Mabton and Caitlin Escoto was awarded the Little Miss Mabton crown at Mabton High School last Friday.

Living the American dream

MABTON - When Arturo Salazar immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1976, his first housing was a gated tent on a farm where he earned $2.50 an hour.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY

Little Miss SpringFest title awarded to Jayla Solis

Enduring the heat and awaiting the crowning of Sunnyside's Little Miss SpringFest this past Sunday were 21 little girls.

Pomp and jubilation for SHS class of 2008

It was pomp with an impish cartoon flair, as Sunnyside High School graduated 251 seniors during commencement exercises this past Friday.