Stories for November 2008

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Friday, November 28

Jennie's Journey

Filled with spirit of the holiday season

Filled with spirit of the holiday season

Sunnyside Community Hospital acquires digital x-ray technology

A new digital x-ray machine provides medical personnel with the latest in high quality imaging technology, and patients receive quicker diagnosis at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Happy holiday season may depend on family financial planning

Happy holiday season may depend on family financial planning

Salvation Army re-grouping in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Salvation Army takes ringing in the holidays literally and beginning today, Fri-day, it is ringing the bells for its red kettles scattered throughout the Lower Valley.

Coast-to-coast bicycle trek raises money for students seeking college diploma

Sunnyside's Leroy Werkhoven is passionate about post-high school education and knows first-hand that money is the main thing holding many bright young minds back from pursuing their dreams. So passionate that he logged 3,300 miles on his bicycle recently just to raise funds for Toppenish and Wapato's Dollars for Scholars.

Sunnyside School Board tops in Washington state

The Sunnyside School Board is the best in the state. That's ac-cording to the Washington State School Directors Association, which recently named Sunny-side's school directors as the "Board of the Year."

Wednesday, November 26

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving

Time running out for Sunnyside area land owner to clean up his property

A notice of abatement mandating a property owner clean up his property was deemed valid by the Yakima County commissioners at a meeting held yesterday.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Help us take back our streets and schools

Help us take back our streets and schools

FORUM

'Silent hero' stories inspiring

'Silent hero' stories inspiring

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

$11 million bond to be voted on next spring

Sunnyside School Board officials gave Superintendent Rick Cole the go-ahead to move forward with a spring bond initiative for $11.4 million.

F as in Frank

Thankful at Thanksgiving

Thankful at Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25

OBITUARY

WILLIAM LESTER KRAMER

WILLIAM LESTER KRAMER

Emergency unemployment compensation program extended

President Bush has signed legislation extending emergency unemployment benefits.

DEATH NOTICE

LETHA SCHRYVERS

LETHA SCHRYVERS

Monday, November 24

Honeyford, Newhouse named to leadership posts

OLYMPIA - This past week, members of the State Senate Republican caucus elected Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside as deputy floor leader. This is the fifth time Honeyford has been elected to the caucus leadership team.

Lady Greyhounds win once, lose twice at 2A State tourney

KENNEWICK - The Grandview High School volleyball team went 1-2 at this past weekend's 2A State Tournament held in the Tri-Cities, losing to eventual State champion Tumwater and fourth-place Pullman.

OBITUARY

JEAN E. SMITH

JEAN E. SMITH

DEATH NOTICE

BARBARA JEAN IVERSON

BARBARA JEAN IVERSON

Mabton Council reviews 2009 budget wish list

MABTON - At a special Mabton City Council budget meeting this past Friday night, 2009 budget wish list items were heard from all department heads, but only one city council member, Oping Hutson, was in attendance, along with Mayor Velva Herrera.

Friday, November 21

DEATH NOTICE

Eva Cheek

Eva Cheek

OBITUARY

Derek Edward Gillis

Derek Edward Gillis

Teens turn out for midnight 'Twilight' showing

Like many other Stephanie Myers fans, I was eagerly anticipating the Twilight movie, the big-screen adaptation of the first book in her series, which seems to have attracted a cult like following.

Grandview honors its outstanding citizens at awards ceremony

GRANDVIEW - A number of Grandview residents work toward the goal of making the community a better place to live.

'Person of interest' in missing person case sought by Sunnyside police

The Sunnyside Police Department is attempting to locate an 18-year-old male as a person of interest in the disappearance of Francisca Hernandez Ramirez, missing since Oct. 20 of this year.

Tiebreaker goes Ellensburg's way

Despite splitting the four games with visiting Ellensburg yesterday, the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team absorbed a loss based on total pinfall.

Adjustments planned in stormwater fees

The city of Sunnyside unveiled proposed adjustments in the amount of stormwater fees it will collect from property owners in the city limits.

Gross Point Blank

At long last!

At long last!

Sunnyside Council approves water/sewer rate hikes

In preparation for approving the 2009 budget the Sunnyside City Council last night, Thursday, by a 3-2 margin approved rate hikes for sewer and water utilities.

Home Country

The truth about government

The truth about government

Public mum at Sunnyside city budget hearing

The Sunnyside City Council last night, Thursday, held a public hearing focusing on the 2009 city budget and received no public comment.

Thursday, November 20

Leadership students providing Thanksgiving Day feast for five families

A helping hand given out last Christmas has spurred a group of Sunnyside High School students into performing another act of kindness.

Dairy Fair doing its part to help hungry community members

Each year Sunnyside's Dairy Fair hosts its annual "Decorating Cookies with Mrs. Claus" event for youngsters in the community.

Failure of EMS levy leaves fate of Lower Valley ambulance service in jeopardy

Prosser Memorial Hospital is currently mulling its ambulance service options now that a levy supporting an ambulance district in Yakima County has failed.

Phase one at veterans memorial nears completion

Concrete pourers from Jay's Concrete were busy this past Wednesday, prepping Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza at Edison Avenue and Ninth Street for a Pearl Harbor Day dedication ceremony.

DEATH NOTICE

ANGELA M. LOPEZ

ANGELA M. LOPEZ

Wednesday, November 19

Cutting to the Core

Here comes the mud

Here comes the mud

Rice wins top honors at Central Washington Open

Averaging 222 for the first six games of qualifying, PBA professional Rob Rice advanced to the finals and posted a 3-1 record in the head-to-head match-ups enroute to winning this past Sunday's Central Washington Open.

'Nutcracker' production on Sunnyside stage this coming Friday, Saturday

Dancer's from Nicole Moscou's Prosser School of Ballet are readying themselves for the 2008 production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, with performances slated for this coming week, Nov. 21 and 22, at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Police believe runaway might be in danger

Sunnyside police are still looking for 14-year-old Francisca Hernandez Ramirez of Sunnyside, who was last seen Oct. 20, 2008, and now believe her to be in danger.

Mabton seeks grant to obtain water rights

MABTON - After receiving current estimates on the cost of purchasing water rights and constructing a well, the Mabton City Council passed a resolution last night authorizing Mayor Velva Herrera to submit a grant application on behalf of the city of Mabton.

'F' as in Frank

Make time for budget time

Make time for budget time

Sunnyside athletes make the grade at awards ceremony

A sports award ceremony for Sunnyside High School's fall athletes showed that students are not only making progress on the field of play, but making the grade in the classroom as well.

Tuesday, November 18

DEATH NOTICE

CONSTANTINO DELGADO

CONSTANTINO DELGADO

OBITUARY

DALE ROBERT DUIM

DALE ROBERT DUIM

2009 city budget balanced in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview's 2009 budget, which is balanced, was the focal point of last night's study session between the city council, city administrator and city treasurer.

Yakima book store helping improve literacy in Sunnyside

Yakima book store helping improve literacy in Sunnyside

Bank of the West tailors financial package for small businesse

To help small business owners and mid-size companies grow, Bank of the West is promoting a suite of free financial products aimed directly at this market segment.

Sunnyside woman wins New York Life's college intern sales contest

Heritage University junior and Sunnyside resident Yerania Espindola was recently named a winner in the New York Life Insurance Company's 10th annual College Agent Intern Program summer sales contest.

Monday, November 17

Broersma churns fourth fastest time in 100-yard breast at 3A State meet

FEDERAL WAY - Senior Kaitlyn Broersma capped off her prep swimming career with a fourth place finish at last weekend's 3A State meet, staged at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Sunnyside native qualifies for World Dart Championship tournament

When Rudy Fernandez got married nearly 12 years ago he gave up one of his favorite pastimes.

Sunnyside middle school student helping to keep city graffiti-free

Anthony Zapata is plain sick and tired of seeing the graffiti that covers areas of Sunnyside.

Illuminated snowflakes to adorn the streets of Sunnyside

The city of Sunnyside will become a wonderland of snowflakes this holiday season thanks to the purchase of new decorations.

OBITUARY

DALE ROBERT DUIM

DALE ROBERT DUIM

Police release photo of homicide suspect

Sunnyside police have released a photo of Armando Hernandez Gonzalez Jr., 17, who is a suspect in the Monday, Nov. 17, shooting death of Eric Vargas.

Friday, November 14

Home Country

Female trouble

Female trouble

New rental hall and community center to open in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - What once housed White Shield, an environmental engineering firm, will now be the home of Grandview's newest rental hall and community center, Gemstones Leisure Hall.

Family homes development approved

Sunnyside planning commissioners this past Wednesday evening approved a zoning change application submitted by John and Mischelle Booth for property located near the intersection of Columbia Avenue and Terry Street.

FORUM

Drawing a success

Drawing a success

GUEST DEITORIAL

;Lawmakers should examine impacts of minimum wage law

;Lawmakers should examine impacts of minimum wage law

Apple Cup rivalry raging on at Sunnyside High School

Who's it gonna be-the Huskies or the Cougs?

BIRTHS

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

DEATH NOTICE

MARY LOUISE VOLLAND

MARY LOUISE VOLLAND

Thursday, November 13

Straight-A 'brain trust' numbers 29 at Sierra Vista

Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School has named 29 of its students to the 4.00 grade point average honor roll for the first quarter of the 2008-09 academic year.

OBITUARY

ERIC CALEB VARGAS

ERIC CALEB VARGAS

Planning commissioners on board with changes to adult entertainment code

Sunnyside planning commissioners last night, Wednesday, approved a proposed revamping to the city's municipal code that addresses adult entertainment establishment regulation.

New jewelry store tops October building starts in Sunnyside

Work on a Harry Ritchie Jewelers' store accounted for almost half of the $373,000 in new building starts approved in Sunnyside during the month of October.

One-win Sunnyside advances to Regionals

YAKIMA - It's not about how many games you win, it's when you win them, as the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team won its first match of the season yesterday at West Valley in a three-way District playoff.

Sunnyside student focusing senior project on her art

Sunnyside High School senior Megan Tyler describes herself as a "kind of everything artist."

Haystack fire causes $90,000 in damages at dairy

Elements of Yakima County Fire District No. 5 from Outlook, Sunnyside and Grandview raced to a fire in the 1700 block of Murray Road Tuesday night at about 11:45 p.m.

Lower Valley 4-H members spend an evening gifting elders

The unexpected gift was bringing joy to themselves as the Lower Valley Livestock 4-H Club visited residents of Sun Terrace this past Tuesday night.

Wednesday, November 12

GUEST EDITORIAL

The socialism of public schooling

The socialism of public schooling

Gross Point Blank

Fed up

Fed up

FORUM

Criticism unwarranted

Criticism unwarranted

Mabton couple's extended family reunites out of love and memories

MABTON - Finding she was missing the bustle and noise once provided by her own children, Mabton's Else Herrera and her husband, Serapio, decided to open their home to other people's youngsters.

SHS class of 1989 planning 20-year reunion

Former Sunnyside High School class of 1989 senior class President Colette Anderson Hokanson is seeking former classmates willing to serve on the 20th reunion committee.

"F" as in Frank

Betwixt and between

Betwixt and between

OBITUARY

Isabelle M. Heitstuman, 89, passed away Monday evening, Nov. 3, 2008, at Bishop Place in Pullman, where she had resided for the past five years.

Sunnyside woman celebrates 95th birthday

Sunnyside's Nellie Harris celebrated her 95th birthday yesterday, surrounded by family and friends.

Sunnyside School Board reviewing facilities study

Sunnyside School Board officials are currently mulling a study and survey regarding organization and facilities within the district, a task undertaken by Dick Loofburrow of Loofburrow Architects.

Reducing gang activity is the role of police and citizens alike

There are many issues the Sunnyside Police Department and residents of the Lower Yakima Valley are worried about.

Tuesday, November 11

$300,000 in pay raises proposed for city of Sunnyside's 2009 budget

Sunnyside is looking at a lean budget for 2009, with only $7.9 million proposed for general fund expenditures. That's down more than $400,000 from 2008 and $3.6 million from 2007.

WWII POW remembers painful Christmas

It was Christmas 1943, a noel Les Amundson would never forget, even if he wanted to.

Christian club speaker tells of freedom in Christ

PROSSER - Agathe Newberg knew all about oppression as a child growing up in Stalin's Soviet Union and later in Hitler's Germany.

Gunfire ends in Sunnyside teen's death

What appears to have started as a rock throwing incident left a 17-year-old Sunnyside teenager wounded and an 18-year-old Sunnyside teen dead.

Monday, November 10

OBITUARY

JULIETTE W. TOWNER

JULIETTE W. TOWNER

Vikes hang tough before losing in season finale

WAHLUKE - Through nearly two quarters it was anyone's game before it all came undone for the Mabton Vikings in a 33-6 football loss at Wahluke this past Friday to end the 2008 regular season.

Business owners encouraged to seek out government contracts

Area business owners this past Friday got a crash course in learning how to sell their services to the government, thanks to Yakima County Economic Development Association's Tami Everetts and Luz Bazan Gutierrez of Rural Community Development Resources.

Lions Club to host fundraiser for ailing Sunnyside man

Diagnosed with a disease affecting the brain earlier this summer, Jesse Garcia of Sunnyside saw his life turned upside down.

Miracles do happen

GRANDVIEW - Upon first glance, Ofelia Castilleja is like any other striking, beautiful woman, carefully made-up with healthy pink cheeks. But two and a half months ago, Castilleja was fighting for her life, battling a disease called pulmonary fibrosis.

SHS sophomore 45th in 140-girl field at State

PASCO - Sunnyside High School sophomore Jocelyn Yanez's first ever appearance at the 3A State cross-country meet was a success by anyone's standards.

Bickleton's Hernandez places 15th at State

PASCO - Bickleton's Junior Hernandez and Danielle Raschko competed at the 1B/2B State cross-country meet this past weekend, with Hernandez finishing in 15th place and Raschko finishing in 28th place.

Lady Pirates second at District tournament

GOLDENDALE - Bickleton's Lady Pirates came away as District runners-up this past Saturday.

Friday, November 7

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Health care access needs to be expanded

Health care access needs to be expanded

FORUM

Good journalism?

Good journalism?

Gross Point Blank

Too many changes all at once

Too many changes all at once

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

SECOND AND FOURTH MONDAYS

Grandview city budget for next year closely mirrors 2008 numbers

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council continued work on the projected 2009 city budget last night, Thursday.

Sunnyside police find meth, marijuana in Sunnyside residence

On Thursday Sunnyside police detectives served a search warrant on a residence located at 619 S. Ninth Street at 10:30 a.m.

OBITUARY

LINDA DAVILA

LINDA DAVILA

Rattlesnake Hills wineries to celebrate Thanksgiving in Wine Country

Treat yourself to a day visiting local wineries the weekend of Nov. 28-30.

Thursday, November 6

DEATH NOTIC

MURIEL LINDERMAN

MURIEL LINDERMAN

Toasty feet goal of Americorps employee

Carol Carrillo is bound to keep local feet nice and toasty throughout the winter. It's for that reason that the Vista Americorps Disability Navigator Specialist at the Sunnyside WorkSource office is conducting a "Warm Socks for Cold Soles" drive from now until right up to Christmas.

Alleged chop shop in Sunnyside raided

The Yakima County LEAD Task Force executed a warrant in the 1000 block of Midvale Road yesterday, Wednesday.

DEATH NOTICE

ELIJAH NEWLAN GALLAWAY JR.

ELIJAH NEWLAN GALLAWAY JR.

Sunnyside Post Office move put on hold

A budget crunch and declining revenues have hindered a proposed move of the post office in Sunnyside.

OBITUARY

H. LORRAINE PADELFORD

H. LORRAINE PADELFORD

Sunnyside student successfully balances academics with sports

Some students find it hard to do well in athletics as well as succeed in the classroom. Being a three-sport athlete can make it even tougher.

Bickleton girls defeat Lady Knights at District tournament

GOLDENDALE - The third time wasn't the charm for the Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team.

CK students take Giffen Lake field trip

Slogging through the mud and grime at Giffen Lake just south of Sunnyside, Chief Kamiakin fourth grade students point out any wildlife they can see.

Wednesday, November 5

FORUM

Four more years?

Four more years?

BIRTHS

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Cutting to the Core

America is waking up to a new president today, a black man at that.

Lady Grizzlies turn in best performance of season in loss to West Valley

YAKIMA - In what was by far its best match of the season, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team won its first game in league play during a 3-1 loss at West Valley last night.

OBITUARY

HOPE LURAIN GRAHAM

HOPE LURAIN GRAHAM

Obama elected president, Gregoire remains governor

Yakima County bucked state and national trends in general election voting yesterday, giving Republican presidential nominee John McCain a double-digit advantage, while giving state GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi a nearly 2-to-1 edge.

Tuesday, November 4

Drive-by shooting injures two near Outlook

Two teens were injured last night during a drive-by shooting reported in the Outlook area.

LaFever picks up 400th win in Greyhound victory

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School girls volleyball coach reached a milestone in the Lady Greyhounds' last match of the regular season last night, notching his 400th win.

OBITUARY

CHAD ALAN SEARS

CHAD ALAN SEARS

Vandals wreak havoc at Sunnyside-area ranch

Already reeling from low cattle prices and the rise in expenses to operate his ranch, Gene Fernandez suffered another blow to his operations just more than a week ago thanks to vandals.

Monday, November 3

On-stage critique...

'Willy Wonka' a delight for children of all ages

'Willy Wonka' a delight for children of all ages

Sunnyside sophomore qualifies to run at State

RICHLAND - Sunnyside sophomore Jocelyn Yanez dialed it in at the right time. Competing at last Saturday's 3A Regional cross-country meet at Richland's Carmichael Middle School playfield, Yanez toured the three-mile course with a fifth best time of 19:04.

OBITUARY

ROBERT GALAVIZ

ROBERT GALAVIZ

Mabton policy identify man they say responsible for causing Halloween panic

MABTON - Mabton Police have identified a man they say is responsible for causing mass panic in this small community in the days leading up to Halloween.

Hanford spooks Grizzlies Halloween night, 49-7

In a spooktacular performance on Halloween this past Friday night, the Hanford Falcons put a scare into the Sunnyside Grizzlies, beating them 49-7 to claim the Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A football championship.

Sunnyside Worksource new polling site in Sunnyside

Voters will be able to cast their ballots at the Sunnyside Worksource on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bickleton's Hernandez, Raschko earn state berths

SPOKANE - Bickleton's Junior Hernandez and Danielle Raschko have qualified for State competition following Regional competition on a 5K course at Spokane's Plantes Ferry Park this past Saturday.