Stories for December 2003


Wednesday, December 31

S'side city councilmaninsistent that her effortsare meant to unite community

To some, Sunnyside City Council member Bengie Aguilar might be viewed as an engineer.

Check forgers sought by Sunnyside police

The Sunnyside Police Department is looking into seven cases of fraud that occurred at local businesses this holiday season.

Counterfeit $100 bills circulating in Grandview

It appears as though someone is trying to have an extra jolly holiday season in Grandview.





Open Mike

I'm looking forward to the new year

I'm looking forward to the new year

Mabton School District seeks voter approval for $195,000 levy that will be on Feb. 3 ballot

MABTON - Saying a proposed maintenance and operations levy is crucial to the education of its students, Mabton School District officials are asking voters to approve a $195,000 levy on Feb. 3.

Rapid testing to be used in testing cattle for mad cow

Under the newly announced slaughter regulations announced by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman Tuesday, rapid testing will be used to test animals for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease.

Sunnyside detectives team with E'burg police on kidnapping incidents

Sunnyside Police Detective Scott Bailey met with detectives from the Ellensburg Police Department Tuesday to investigate the similarities between a set of robbery-kidnappings.

Vandalism reports roll in

Reports of a paintball spree that hit numerous homes in Sunnyside continue to roll into the Sunnyside Police Department.

USDA initiates new slaughter house regulations

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman announced Tuesday that the USDA will be taking immediate action in implementing new regulations to help prevent bovine spongiform encephalophy (BSE) from entering the food chain.

Mabton Council plans meetings to discuss city growth

MABTON - The Mabton City Council canceled an urban growth public hearing Tuesday night in favor of holding community meetings in the areas it wishes to annex into the city limits.

Tuesday, December 30

Still no decision on killing cattle

A week into the first U.S. mad cow disease scare that started with a single Holstein cow from a Mabton dairy and officials still haven't decided the fate of the 4,000 cows on the dairy or the additional 400 bull calves that are in a Sunnyside feeding operation.

Young cattleman hopes to grow herd from four to 60

Fourteen-year-old Outlook resident Wayne Mandrell just recently used the money he had been saving from livestock sales through FFA and 4-H to start building his own herd.

New Year's Eve dinner/dance set for Sunnyside

St. Joseph's Catholic Parish in Sunnyside will host a New Year's Eve dinner/dance for adults Wednesday evening.

Sunnyside man arrested in connection with Grant County murder

Monday morning, Sunnyside Police Department detectives arrested a 36-year-old man who is believed to be involved in a murder in Grant County.

Mt. Rainier:

What would happen if it blew its top?

What would happen if it blew its top?

Traub first Sunnyside teacher to earn professional certificate

When Sunnyside High School teacher Marah Traub first took her position in the fall of 2001 she had no idea that just two years later she would be honored by the Sunnyside School Board.

Two arraigned on drug charges

Phillip Greenhalgh, 59, and Holly Soria, 38, both of Grandview, were arraigned late last week on drug charges in Yakima County Superior Court.

Four arrested after paint ball spree in S'side neighborhoods

One adult and three juveniles were taken into custody late Monday night after a resident in the 200 block of West Riverside Avenue contacted the Sunnyside Police Department and reported that houses in the area were being shot at with a paint ball gun.

Little things do in the Vikes

MABTON - The Mabton High School boys basketball team found out this past Saturday that the sport is sometimes about doing the little things right.

Barcenas wins title as Vikings place fourth

LAKE ROOSEVELT - The Mabton High School wrestling team crowned a champion at the Power House Tournament in Lake Roosevelt this past weekend.

Three vehicles targeted by thieves in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Several car stereos and CDs were reported missing in Grandview Monday, with three vehicle prowls being reported to the Grandview Police Department throughout the day.

Despite news of mad cow disease, cattle still being sold in Toppenish

TOPPENISH - The Toppenish Livestock Commission held its first sale yesterday, Monday, since the announcement that a case of mad cow disease had been detected in the Yakima Valley. While Monday's hastily organized sale can only be reported as fair, Lower Valley sales yard officials are feeling a bit more secure about the future of the beef market.

Monday, December 29

TV Towne obtains one of 54 bulding permits issued by Sunnyside in November

In six months time the management of Sunnyside's TV Towne is hoping to unveil an entirely new look for the store.

Holiday season brings rash of burglaries to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The holiday season wasn't quite as happy for several residents and business owners in Grandview. Between Dec. 23 and 28 several burglaries were reported to the Grandview Police Department with items stolen ranging from guns to televisions.

Death Notices and Obituaries


USDA investigating possibility that infected cow came from Canada

In a press conference held Saturday morning, Dr. Ron DeHaven, the chief veterinary officer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced that investigators are now looking into leads that the Mabton Holstein infected with mad cow disease came from Canada.

Grizzly JV fourth at "Iron Man" tourney

GRANGER - Sunnyside High School's junior varsity wrestling team made a rather solid showing for itself at the Granger "Iron Man" wrestling tournament this past Saturday.

Neighbors foil burglary

A citizen noticing a strange car at their neighbor's house foiled an Arrowsmith Road burglary, according to Yakima County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Brian Winter.

Greyhounds eighth at Hanford invite

WEST RICHLAND - After a slow start to the season it seems as if the young Grandview High School wrestling team is gaining some momentum.

Recall expands to eight states, Guam

The recall of 10,000 pounds of beef slaughtered at Vern's Moses Lake Meats the same day the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) infected cow was slaughtered has been expanded to include eight states and the U.S. territory of Guam, according to Dr. Ken Petersen of the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service.

Grizzlies second at Hanford Winter Cup

WEST RICHLAND - For the second consecutive year, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team had to settle for second place honors at the Hanford Winter Cup wrestling tournament. The invite was held this past Saturday at Hanford High School.

Minimum wage may go up, but entry level jobs will be impacted say local businessmen

Lower Valley restaurant workers will be seeing a slight increase in their pay envelopes as of Jan. 1, the date the state minimum wage will rise to $7.16. But the increase, designed to help create living wages for entry level workers, may be more of a problem than a help to restaurant workers, according to Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) President Gene Vosberg.

Working Stiff

Grandview man returns to develop roots in the community

Grandview man returns to develop roots in the community

Friday, December 26

British lab confirms mad cow disease in Mabton Holstein

Sunnyside feeding operation quarantined

Sunnyside feeding operation quarantined

A chronological look at mad cow disease




Longtime apartment manager ready for a new adventure

There has never been a dull moment. Those are some of the words one might hear when they sit down and talk with Frances "Joyce" Wigley.

Hart Beat

Bah humbug, you punks

Bah humbug, you punks

Guest Editorial

Support the groups that represent our community

Support the groups that represent our community

Local grocery stores taking calls from worried meat customers

Calls to the Moses Lake meat company, which this past Wednesday issued a voluntary recall of meat suspected to be tainted with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) are still not answered.

Wednesday, December 24

State denies Gomez application

Washington state's Nursing Assistant Program has denied the application of Susanna Gomez to practice as a nursing assistant in Yakima County.

Local men on duty this holiday

While Lower Valley families are preparing for Christmas morning celebrations, Sgt. Alex Navarro is already back on duty in Mosul, Iraq.


Sunnyside City Council meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center, Homer Street.

Suspected case of mad cow disease reported

Mabton's Wavrin dairy confirmed as the site of sick animal

Mabton's Wavrin dairy confirmed as the site of sick animal

Santa letters arrive at North Pole...Alaska

The magic of Christmas can often be summed up in one moment. For some children, it's the excitement and wonderment that fills their eyes when they receive a letter back from Santa Claus.


Bond/levy support

Story Time

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa...

Last minute shoppers don't have must time left to clean the shelves

Last minute shoppers are starting to come out of the woodwork, according to Sunnyside merchants as the hours left for Christmas gift buying draws closer to an end.

Hillcrest residents should be jolly this holiday

Residents of Hillcrest Manor nursing home in Sunnyside should have a very Merry Christmas.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

Who does the city council represent?

Who does the city council represent?

Luther sets world record-again

Outlook's Joe Luther once again made his mark on the weightlifting world on perhaps the brightest stage in the world-Las Vegas.

Tuesday, December 23

Chinook salmon counts set a record

Wildlife Federation says fish still at risk

Wildlife Federation says fish still at risk

Vandals hit Vets hall

As the rest of America is celebrating the American soldier as the "man of the year," as announced by Time magazine, Post Canteen Manager Sam Hays surveys the damage left by Sunnyside vandals on the walls of Sunnyside's Veterans of Foreign Wars post on North Avenue. Sunnyside police officers discovered the gang graffiti sprayed on the north and east side of the building early Sunday morning, Hays said. According to a police report, the vandalism is under investigation.

Local dance students offer jazzy version of Christmas classic

Martin School of Dance offered a wonderful jazz performance of The Nutcracker

Martin School of Dance offered a wonderful jazz performance of The Nutcracker

SHS alumni squad ekes out 94-93 win against Grizzly boys

1999 Sunnyside High School graduate Lorenzo Sabedra still knows how to put the ball in the hole.

Graham fifth at Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON - Sunnyside High School wrestling Coach George Paulus took one junior varsity wrestler with him this past weekend to the Paul Reiman Memorial Tournament in Mt. Vernon.

Grizzly freshmen undefeated heading into Grandview

The Sunnyside High School boys freshman basketball team gained some more momentum as the Grizzlies prepare for what should be a good game coming out of the holiday break.

Monday, December 22

City could be without library services if annexation vote fails

Budget crisis hits our literacy

Budget crisis hits our literacy

Former Sunnysider volunteers to help troubled teens

SPOKANE - Former Sunnyside resident Nancy (Drysdale) Moore is carving out her own niche in the Spokane area, helping troubled teens who have been arrested in the Spokane area.