Stories for March 2004


Wednesday, March 31

Falcons topple Greyhounds

WEST RICHLAND - The Hanford High School boys soccer team must still have bad memories last night of a game the Falcons lost badly to Grandview over the summer.

SHS girls tennis pick up first victory of season

WAPATO - The Sunnyside High School girls tennis team (3-2) picked up its first victory of the season against the Lady Wolves of Wapato, while the boys team still seeks its first victory of the season after losing 4-1.

City no closer to dealing with Anciso building

The alley between the Electra Store and the what has become known as the Anciso building remains blocked with large iron supports after nearly two years.

Grizzlies learn a lesson about being champions

YAKIMA - The West Valley and Sunnyside high school boys soccer teams opened a new chapter in their bubbling rivalry last night. The two teams picked right up where they off last year with another classic for the books.



Knights jump all over Zillah JV

It was simply an all-around solid game for the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team yesterday.

Sunny Side

Don't bog down city business with personal issues

Don't bog down city business with personal issues

Port's SBR project hits watery snag

A little extra rock is being used to shore up the foundation of the Sunnyside Port District's new Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) construction project on Midvale Road. .

County temporarily extends franchise agreement with Charter

Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved an agreement that temporarily extended a franchise agreement between the county and Charter Communications.

SHS 1964 class seeks classmates

The Sunnyside High School class of 1964 is seeking the whereabouts of classmates for their 40th class reunion, which will be held July 31, 2004.

Timberwolves outhit G'view boys, take two

GOLDENDALE - The Goldendale Timberwolves scored the winning runs in the last innings of both games yesterday to sweep a non-league doubleheader from the Grandview High School baseball team.

Errors fill Grizzly non-league finale

The Sunnyside High School baseball team sort of shot itself in the foot yesterday against 2A Ephrata in the Grizzlies' non-league finale.

Wanita Grange donates dictionary to school students

MABTON - Across the state Grange members are going into the classrooms and giving students an educational resource as part of a project known as "Words for Thirds."

County to serve as certified acceptance agency for South First Street project

Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved an agreement with the City of Sunnyside to serve as the certified acceptance agency for the South First Street reconstruction project in Sunnyside.

Tuesday, March 30

Planned Parenthood hires women's health activist

Gina Popovic, B.A., has been hired by Planned Parenthood of Central Washington (CWPPH) as a public policy field organizer to help alert the public to issues surrounding changes in women's health care.

Motorists who don't yield to pedestrians to be targeted

Sunnyside Police Captain Phil Schenck has one message for motorists. If a pedestrian has one foot, one toe, one heel or any inch of their body in a crosswalk, then you as a driver better wait your turn. If a driver doesn't allow a pedestrian to cross the street unobstructed, it could cost them $101.

Hernandez, Downing scramble to first place tie

PASCO - Playing a scramble format at yesterday's Pasco Invitational, Sunnyside's Jensie Hernandez and Megan Downing tied for top honors.

School board approves numerous district hirings

Several different vacancies were filled within the Sunnyside School District last week as board members approved the hiring for numerous positions.

25-year-old woman named assistant principal at S'side school

When Jennifer Allen was a senior in high school she wrote a paper on how she wanted to be an administrator in education. Allen, who still has the very paper she wrote, didn't have to wait all that long to fulfill the very words she wrote about less than a decade ago.

Brother, sister duo work together to get to Nashville

GRANDVIEW - When it comes to doing a partner project, one might automatically think that living under the same roof as your partner would make completing the project easier. But talking to brother and sister, Krista and Brandan Artz, two Grandview High School students, that might not always be the case.

Scotties take advantage of 10 Mabton miscues

COWICHE - Ten errors cost the Mabton High School baseball team yesterday.



Lick second in Jr. Golf Tour event

KENNEWICK - Sunnyside High School junior Kevin Lick tied for runner-up honors this past weekend in a Jr. Golf Tour event staged at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course.

Granger woman uses Middle Eastern dance as a way to express herself

GRANGER - What started off as a way to get back in shape after having a Cesarean section, has turned into a way of life for Granger resident Susan Lewis, who is a student and teacher of Middle Eastern dance.

SHS boys finish middle of the pack

PENDLETON, ORE. - The Sunnyside High School boys golf team, behind Kevin Lick's 76 and Ryan Webster's 84, earned an eighth place finish Monday at the Wild Horse Invitational.

Everett couple reopens Shell station

Toshi and Pilrang Owa of Everett have reopened the Country Shell station on Yakima Valley Highway, re-naming the convenience store Country Foods USA.



Hall, Schatz blow away two-man Chapman field

The Sunnyside duo of Bob Hall and Bud Schatz ran away from the field Sunday at the 2004 Two-Man Chapman Tournament staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Monday, March 29

Den Boer dominates as Knights sweep Lyle

To say Sunnyside Christian High School pitcher Chad Den Boer was in a groove this past Saturday might be a bit of an understatement.

Mabton boys plate 26 runs in pair of wins over Vandals

MABTON - Two young, inexperienced clubs, coupled with an afternoon of wind gusts estimated at close to 30 miles per hour, resulted in a total of 42 runs being scored this past Saturday.

Soldier home from desert war front

FORT LEWIS - Lonnie McNerney Jr.'s voice sounded tired as he described his long flight from Germany to Tacoma taken over the weekend.

Love for cooking driving force behind local caterer's several business expansions

GRANDVIEW - When Grandview resident Laurie Charvet was still in middle school her parents, who both worked, set up a checking account for her and would put enough money in it for Charvet to do the grocery shopping and prepare dinner. That early bit of cooking responsibility is something that stuck with Charvet.

Gonzalez, Dahlstrom lead Lady Grizzlies at Hanford

WEST RICHLAND - Isley Gonzalez and teammate Bethany Dahlstrom led the Sunnyside High School girls track and field team this past Friday night at a meet in Hanford.

Mabton boys track team places sixth at Simcoe Invite

GOLDENDALE- Wind and cool temperatures didn't chill the enthusiasm of the Mabton Jr./Sr. High School track team last Saturday. The Vikings placed sixth at the Simcoe-Thompson Invitational field and track meet held in Goldendale.

Grizzlies place fourth at Grandview invite

The weather may have been horrible last Friday, but the Sunnyside High School boys golf team proved that it is among the elite in the Mid-Valley League.



Four Grizzlies nab second place finishes

WEST RICHLAND - Cody Heckert, Joe Schwartz, Luke Schilperoort and Branimir Janjev posted the top marks for the Sunnyside High School boys track and field team this past Friday night at Hanford.

Lady Vikings stay ahead of visiting Vandals

MABTON - Saturday, the Mabton High School girls' fastpitch team was consistent, showing good hitting and pitching skills all afternoon against the visiting Klickitat team.

Grizzlies get by Selah, prepare for Rams

This coming Tuesday night will mark an encounter that will set the tone for who will be the league soccer power in the Mid-Valley League this season.

'Project Reach Out' coordinator shys away from the limelight

Ask Gay Roskamp about herself, and you'll be hard pressed to get much information.

Grandview woman submits winning phone book photo

GRANDVIEW - It was just this past February that Teresa Kollmar and her husband used a gift certificate to Coeur d'Alene Resort, which she won for a photograph she took of an old, flooded barn that appeared on the cover of the 2003-04 phone book published by Hagadon Directories.

Lady Knights stay unbeaten in league play

Limiting the Lyle Cougars to just five hits in each of the two games of a South Central 'B' League doubleheader this past Saturday, the Sunnyside Christian girls fastpitch softball team rolled to a pair of 5-4 and 12-4 victories.

Greyhounds win wild shootout

GRANDVIEW - Penalty kicks are a common part of any soccer game. But having four penalty kicks in one half of play is almost unheard of in soccer.

State rejects Mabton's funding request for new well

MABTON - Losing its bid to receive a state community development block grant has not deterred the Mabton City Council from seeking other funding sources for a much needed new city well.

S'side school district enrollment grows in March

Enrollment in the Sunnyside School District grew 22 students from February to March.

SHS boys, girls tennis squads lose

Both, the Sunnyside High School boys and girls tennis squads are still seeking their first victories of the season.

Friday, March 26



Sunnyside chosen as venue for hour-long documentary

The City of Sunnyside and the Sunnyside Port District will have starring roles in a new hour-long documentary now in production.

Elizondo accepted to play in All-state game

Sunnyside High School senior R.J. Elizondo has been accepted to play in the All-state football game on Saturday, June 26, in Everett.

Church Briefs


Grizzlies blank Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE - The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team posted its second shutout of the season in just three games played so far. Both shutouts have come against 4A teams.



School board reverses itself, awards bid to Denchel Ford

It is not the cars the office of Migrant Student Data and Recruitment (MSDR) were originally looking for, but nonetheless, MSDR staff does have something now to drive.




There is no place for pettiness on city council

There is no place for pettiness on city council

Entertainment Briefs


Religious Reflections

Echoes of Christ's love seen in the cycle of seasons

Echoes of Christ's love seen in the cycle of seasons

Candidate for Patty Murray's seat addresses Sunnyside GOP club

There are several issues that Dr. Reed Davis, a candidate running for the U.S. Senate seat currently filled by Democrat Patty Murray, feels very strongly about. This morning (Friday), during a quick stop over in Sunnyside, Davis was given a chance to talk about the different issues that make up his campaign.

Clowning around

In the 1960s the secrets of clowning were kept close to a clown's heart.

Naval reserve chaplain shares Kuwait trip with Kiwanians

Returning from Kuwait, Sunnyside United Methodist Church Pastor Randy Quinn spoke to members of the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Thursday about his two-week visit to civilian sailors who are part of the Military Sealift Command.

Tacitly Yours

Nothing wrong with being a home body

Nothing wrong with being a home body

Alvarez's hat trick leads Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - A hat trick from Pedro Cesar Alvarez helped lead the Grandview High School boys soccer team to its second Mid-Valley League win of the season.

Thursday, March 25

Congressman tours Iraq, meets with American troops

IRAQ - While on a five-day trip to see first-hand how American troops are faring in Iraq, Congressman Doc Hastings came face-to-face with a young man whom he had aided in becoming an officer.

Sunnyside church speaker believes Harry Potter books not appropriate reading for children at school or at home

As a student, Tabitha Sanders was assigned to read one of the Harry Potter books. She refused in protest.

Misfortune strikes Greyhound boys

SELAH - A freak mistake that could have happened to anyone unfortunately happened to Grandview High School goalie Gustavo Martinez this past Tuesday night.



Sunnyside City Council approves liquor license renewals

The Sunnyside City Council approved a set of liquor license renewal requests at this past Monday night's meeting.

Weekly Bowling Report


Focus students help cancer patient

MABTON - When Focus High School Principal Stephen Busby received a phone call around 5 p.m. last Friday afternoon he was on his way out of the office for the weekend.

New bill gives citizens leverage for challenging state agency rules

Citizens affected unfairly by state agency rules and regulations will have an easier time challenging those rules, thanks to a new law ushered in by state Rep. Janéa Holmquist, R-Moses Lake. The governor signed House Bill 2598 Monday, which will allow citizens to file suit against state agencies in one of four counties throughout Washington.

Sunnyside High student registration begins first of April

Registration for the 2004-05 school year will begin Thursday, April 1, at Sunnyside High School.

Wednesday, March 24



Sunnyside man arrested following police chase

Sunnyside resident Zane Z. Schilperoort, 29, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after attempting to allude police because of outstanding arrest warrants.

Knights cruise past Warriors

MATTAWA - Past games between the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team and Wahluke have either been really close or the Knights have been blown out. Yesterday, Sunnyside Christian left little doubt about which was the best team.

Errors costly for GHS in 10-9 loss to Rangers

NACHES - Five or six miscues on the part of the Grandview High School baseball team cost the 'Hounds yesterday, as the Naches Rangers rallied in the last inning to claim a 10-9 non-league win.

Mabton High baseball canceled

Yesterday's non-league baseball game at RiverView was canceled by Mabton High School because its sophomores were gone Tuesday on a field trip.



Lady Grizzlies suffer loss to West Valley

YAKIMA - Playing a strong West Valley tennis team, Sunnyside Tennis Coach Troy Whittle chose to put some of his stronger players in doubles competition.

S'side area legislators review work in Olympia

Sixty days may seem like a long time to some people, but ask local legislators and you'll get an entirely different answer. Wednesday morning, Rep. Dan Newhouse, Rep. Bruce Chandler and Sen. Jim Honeyford talked to members of the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club about just how much they were able to accomplish during the last 60-day legislative session.

Working Stiff

Pioneer Elementary teacher aspires to be an administrator

Pioneer Elementary teacher aspires to be an administrator

Bender, McIntyre cash at golf pro-am

KENNEWICK - Black Rock Creek golfers Jeff Bender and Gene McIntyre cashed at Monday's pro-am series event sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA.




4-calendar rev.

Spady family epitomizes America's citizen activists

It's always great to see the underdog win one! That's what happened this year in Olympia when Gov. Locke signed a new law allowing 45 charter schools to be established in Washington state.

G'view girls fall to Ki-Be Bears

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School girls' fastpitch softball team played evenly with the visiting Ki-Be team through the first two innings in Tuesday's game, then the flood gates opened and the Lady Bears never looked back.

Grizzlies have trouble in Mid-Valley League opener

PROSSER - The Grizzlies had their fair share of problems last night in Sunnyside's Mid-Valley League opener against Prosser. But, after a scoreless first half, the Grizzlies post a couple of second half goals to win 2-1.

Mabton police to increase neighborhood patrols

MABTON - The Mabton Police Department will be stepping up its neighborhood patrols in the coming weeks, following a citizen's complaint about inconsiderate motorists.

Sunnyside's state employees more than generous

Lower Valley state employees are congratulating themselves for an outstanding charitable fund-raising effort designed to help many of the same people who receive services through the local office of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

Tuesday, March 23



Port commissioners approve wetlands purchase

A strip of river bottom property located southwest of Sunnyside will be of dual benefit to the local economy and environment, thanks to recent action taken by the Sunnyside Port Commission.

None injured when bullet whizzes through home

Two Sunnyside residents sitting in their home in the 100 block of Hawthorn Drive narrowly missed being struck by a bullet Monday night.

Ricks contends he has no problem with DSN

"The animosity is between me and Bob Story (Daily Sun News managing editor)," said Sunnyside City Councilman Bruce Ricks.

Anonymous tip could save S'side Port District $100,000

An anonymous tip alerting the Sunnyside Port District of a bid error could end up saving the Port an estimated $100,000 on the Midvale Road improvement project.

Viking athletes honored at banquet

MABTON - Mabton High School's standout athletes from the recently concluded winter season were honored last Thursday at the annual winter awards banquet.

City says no (again) to Daily Sun News' bid

Sunnyside City Councilman Bruce Ricks started the night off defending his position for voting to reject the lone bid submitted to the city last week for publishing the city's legal notices. But by the time everything was said and done, there was some doubt left about what the one-term councilman was truly saying.

Tampico man announces intentions to run for county commissioner seat

YAKIMA - With 224 days left until election day, 58-year-old Glen Blomgren announced Monday his intentions to throw his hat into the ring for Yakima County Commissioner seat #2, which is currently held by Ron Gamache of Toppenish.

Lady Grizzly linksters get in early season work

The Sunnyside High School girls golf team's first Mid-Valley League match is still three weeks away. With two invitationals already under their belt, and two more scheduled before conference play begins, the Lady Grizzlies are using the early part of the season to hone their games.



Local Perry Tech grads secure jobs while still in school

Before graduation at least three of six Sunnyside area graduates from Perry Technical Institute in Yakima had secured jobs. Tristan Kelley, a recent graduate of the telecommunication technology program, is now working for Lockheed Martin in the Tri-Cities; Lorenzo Sabedra Jr., a recent graduate of the electrical technology program, is now working for Berg Electric in California; and Marcus Rasmusson, a recent graduate of the electrical technology program, is now working at Shields Bags and Printing in Yakima.

Monday, March 22



Grandview Chamber banquet a success

GRANDVIEW - Nearly 200 people attended the Grandview Chamber of Commerce's annual fund-raising dinner and auction this past Friday night.

Lady 'Hounds stay ahead of the Wildcats

TOPPENISH - Saturday afternoon the Grandview High School girls' fastpitch softball team came out of the gates swinging, leaving the Toppenish Wildcats unsure of what had happened.

Grizzly boys coach encouraged by early season marks

YAKIMA - Sunnyside High School boys track and field Coach Wally Shearer is rather optimistic about the season following this past Saturday's Cadet Invitational.

Gambling big business in Washington state

Smaller groups, businesses also rely on gambling to help make ends meet

Smaller groups, businesses also rely on gambling to help make ends meet

Linde, Gonzalez, Van de Graaf nab first place finishes for Lady Grizzlies

YAKIMA - The Cadet Invitational this past Saturday proved to be a good venue for the Sunnyside High School girls track and field team.

Grizzlies split weekend homestand

There is a certain beauty to the sport of baseball that can be found elsewhere. There is hardly any other sport that momentum can turn on a dime.



'Voice of hospital' to retire this week

Her sweet "Good Morning, Sunnyside Community Hospital This is Mabel, How can I help you" greeting will no longer be heard when people call the local hospital.

Jensen, Hess Pirate standouts at Cadet Invite

YAKIMA - Karl Jensen and Annie Hess powered the Bickleton High School track and field team to a solid showing at Saturday's Cadet Invite, hosted by Eisenhower High School.

Friday, March 19

SCHS girls open season with win

The Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team, dominated by underclassmen, opened the 2004 season with a resounding 13-4 victory over the Thorp Tigers yesterday afternoon.

Hart Beat

Making plans for a windy day

Making plans for a windy day

Valley chambers plan spring festival

Thousands of tourists flood the Yakima Valley each April to sample the early release of Yakima Valley wines during the Valley wine industry's annual Spring Barrel Tasting weekend.

Equestrian center may be added to Yakima fairgrounds

YAKIMA - The end of March will mark the beginning stages of a new venture for the Central Washington State fairgrounds. Curtis King, past chairman of the Central Washington State Fair Association board, said the organization will begin work on a study to determine how and where an equestrian center could fit in at the fairgrounds.

Tigers too strong, Knights lose 16-5

For those who didn't notice, yesterday was a very windy day. But Sunnyside Christian Coach Kevin Fennell isn't making any excuses for his team's loss to Thorp. Fennell said the Tigers were simply the better team.

Entertainment Briefs


Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Ki-Be Bears maul Lady Grizzlies, 15-8

Despite a combined five hits from sophomores Victoria Solis and Monique Montelongo, the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team dropped a 15-8 non-league contest to the Kiona-Benton Bears Thursday afternoon.

State education legislation gets mixed reviews

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson is calling the 2004 legislation "...a major win on behalf of Washington students."

Martin's Eagle Scout project goes the distance

Those making use of the path between Sunnyside and Grandview have Sunnyside High School freshman Jonathan Martin to thank for being able to gauge just how far they have traveled during their usual morning exercise routine.

Garden club to meet next Tuesday

The Sunnyside Garden Club will meet Tuesday, March 23, at the Food Pavilion Meeting Room at 1 p.m.

Bethany Presbyterian Church history documented in centennial book

GRANDVIEW - The 100-year history of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview has been documented in "A New Century of Celebration and Service," a publication collaborated by Barbara Olmstead.

Drug sniffing canine demonstrates talents for students

His clear, blue eyes watch every move the man makes as he crosses back and forth across the room. It's not that he is particularly interested in the man. He is, however, interested in the round, green object the man has concealed in his right hand.

Thursday, March 18

Greyhounds win Mid-Valley League opener

ELLENSBURG - Jesus Soto's hat trick helped lead the Grandview High School boys soccer team to victory in its Mid-Valley League opener this past Tuesday night.

Sunnyside woman opens Dutch food specialty shop

A loyal shopper's request for specialty food items from her native country has sparked an interesting partnership.

Gonzaga Bound

Johnsons' grandson signs to play for the Bulldogs

Johnsons' grandson signs to play for the Bulldogs

County hits snag in attempt to purchase right-of-way

Plans to improve Chaffee and Scoon roads near Sunnyside may have hit a roadblock. Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved a resolution that authorizes the condemnation of the right-of-way required for the improvement project.

New computer lab will put technology in the hands of those who need it most

Anyone who has a computer, yet is dumbfounded by how to do things like print what is on the screen or type a double-spaced letter, will appreciate the computer lab that was recently installed at the Bienestar Transitional Living Center, located at 1691 Washington Court in Sunnyside.



County, Farm Workers Clinic agreement addresses nursing shortage

Employees of the Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic will have a chance to go back to school and expand their medical education thanks to an agreement with the Yakima County Department of Employment and Training. The agreement was approved by Yakima County commissioners during their meeting Tuesday morning.

Sunnyside's Stacey Gorski earns trip to International Science Fair in May

KENNEWICK - Sunnyside High School senior Stacey Gorski has earned a trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Portland, Ore. in May.

Bender places third at golf pro-am event

KENNEWICK - Jeff Bender, head pro at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course, tied for third in the professional division at a pro-am series event sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA.

Weekly Bowling Report


Day reporting helps juveniles return to school

Jason Moyer of the day reporting program spoke to Sunnyside Kiwanis Club members Thursday morning about the program, which is designed to help transition juvenile offenders back into school.

Bid opening date extended for portion of jail work

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved a request from the Yakima County Department of Corrections Jail Transition Team that will extend the bid opening date on a portion of the construction of the Yakima Valley Justice Center project.



Wednesday, March 17

Grizzlies win season opener over Jackrabbits

QUINCY - With the exception of a couple of fielding errors, the season opener for the Sunnyside High School baseball team left fans with plenty to talk about.

Grizzlies sink the Pirate ship

The best way to describe what the Sunnyside High School boys soccer team did to 4A Davis in last night's non-league season opener might be to say the Grizzlies took it to another level.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


2004 session ends with a flourish

The last week of a legislative session usually sees a flurry of activity as the House and Senate try to agree on key issues before session ends. This year was no different as the Legislature reached compromise on the supplemental operating, capital and transportation budgets, and a replacement for the blanket primary.

Beyond the Norm-Mel

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Nichols, Adams power Prosser past Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - Prosser's Cody Nichols and Ricky Adams combined for six hits and two homers Tuesday afternoon, powering the Mustangs past the Grandview High School baseball team, 10-4.

Driving drunk

SHS students receive a crash course

SHS students receive a crash course



Speaker stresses looking at the positives

PROSSER - Jan Mathers' mother was a master at finding adventure in the everyday things of life.



Breathing life into downtown City of Yakima most likely will begin with Capitol Theatre upgrades

The 16-block central business district in downtown Yakima has been facing some tough times over the past several years. However, efforts being made by the Capitol Theatre, located on South Third Street in Yakima, could help change that.

Local woman to teach floral design class

Sunnyside resident Jane Swindell believes that flowers are not just for special occasions, but are for everyday living.

Licks cards 74 for low prep round

Sunnyside High School junior Kevin Lick, a model of consistency yesterday, easily bested all comers in a non-league match that pitted the Grizzly golf team against Grandview and East Valley.

Tuesday, March 16

Prosser hospital buys new ambulance

PROSSER - A new, advanced life support ambulance has been added to Prosser Memorial Hospital's fleet.

Schutt remains a winner with Idaho State Bengals

POCATELLO, IDAHO - It seems no matter where Jessica Schutt goes, she's a winner.

City Council OK's pay raises for five city staff members

Having to perform more work merits more pay. At least that was the thinking of the Sunnyside City Council at last night's meeting.

'No parent left behind' conference big success; parents ask for more

More than 60 parents showed up this past Saturday at Harrison Middle School to participate in the first "No Parent Left Behind" conference.



PRIDE teacher earns state accolades

Kylee Sonnabend-Liberty was so busy worrying about a fellow teacher, she didn't hear her name called as the winner of the 2004 WALA (Washington Association for Learning Alternatives) Educator of the Year award.

Black Rock team in second place

WALLA WALLA - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek five-man squad is just one stroke off the pace for top honors in the team competition in the two-day March Madness Tournament.

Teens arrested on car theft charges

Two Sunnyside teens are in their parents' custody after they were found in possession of a stolen vehicle Saturday morning.

Knights open season with win

GRANDVIEW - For only having a week's worth of practice because of the State 'B' basketball tournament, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team didn't look too shabby yesterday.

Monday, March 15

Annexation vote means more reading materials, local services for patrons of Sunnyside library

With Sunnyside residents' March 9th approval of the Sunnyside Public Library annexation into the larger Yakima Regional Library System, local library patrons can expect to see many changes at the local facility.

Child suspected in afternoon burglary

GRANDVIEW - A nine-year-old is the primary suspect in a Sunday afternoon burglary at a Grandview home, according to the Grandview Police Department.

Working Stiff

Grandview man gives old fixtures a new look

Grandview man gives old fixtures a new look

Koreski, Storslee, Goin top finishers

The trio of Mark Koreski, Doc Storslee and Ken Goin bested the field Sunday in the men's club 2004 kick-off event at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Activities director looks to improve quality of life for Sheffield Manor residents

For Judy Small, every day is a picnic as she develops activities, events and shows for the residents of Sheffield Manor in Prosser.



Two 4A teams beat S'side girls

The Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team had its hands full this past Saturday. In the 2004 spring openers, the Lady Grizzlies were clipped by a pair of strong Class 4A schools.

Lady 'Hounds start season with spli

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School fastpitch softball team is coming into the season led by a group of upperclassmen that are no strangers to the softball diamond. Saturday, the 10 juniors and seniors that make up of a large part of the team showed Coach Doug Hansen what he can expect as the season progresses.

Community leaders honored at annual Sunnyside banquet

An evening of laughter, surprises and really good desserts sums up the 2004 Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet held this past Saturday night.

Grizzlies finish fourth at Othello Invitational

OTHELLO - The Sunnyside High School boys golf team grabbed a solid fourth place finish at the 13-team Othello Invitational last Friday.

Grizzlies open season at jamboree

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside High School baseball team opened its 2004 season by playing ball with the big boys.

Friday, March 12

MHS senior sets 'Human Trap' on the internet

MABTON - When you ask Mabton High School senior David Guzman how he came to be a one-man-band, his answer is typical of most 18-year olds...he wanted to try something new.

Historic downtown building receives facelift both inside and out

GRANDVIEW - For many people the idea of taking on the refurbishment of a 15,000 square foot building that was first built in 1911 and now serves as an apartment building and retail space might be seen as too large a task. However, on Feb. 2 that is the exact task that taken on by Prosser resident Lynn Boast.

Tacitly Yours

Being stranded in the Lower Valley is a little less scary

Being stranded in the Lower Valley is a little less scary

Luther lives out dream

Ever since he picked up his first dumbbell, Joe Luther has dreamed of taking part in the prestigious Arnold Classic, organized by current California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

22-year veteran of Sunnyside police reserves earns promotion to lieutenant

Jim Williams still remembers where he was at when he was told by a Sunnyside police officer that he was to go down to city hall and fill out a reserve officer application.



Clarks, Diener, Velez Frost Bite champions

Mike and Dan Clark teamed with Tom Diener and Pete Velez to win the 2004 Frost Bite Scramble at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past Sunday.

New Sunnyside program engaging deaf students

The proof of the success of the Sunnyside School District's new deaf education program is summed up in an anecdote shared with Sunnyside Noon Rotary Clubs members Monday.

Sunnyside dancer/teacher heading to national competition

Sunnyside jazz dance teacher Kristine Gimlin is too excited to sit still for very long when she starts talking about her coming trip to Denver, Colo.



Thursday, March 11

Hospice Talent Show bigger, better than ever

No need to stay at home this coming Friday night and watch the same old stuff on the boob tube. Instead, some real entertainment will be offered at the fifth annual Hospice Talent Show.

School district will ask for bids again on two MSDR program cars

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole took the blame during a special meeting of the Sunnyside School Board last night for the confusion that has arose over a series of car bids for the Migrant Student Data and Recruitment (MSDR) office, formerly known as the Migrant Student Record Systems (MSRS).

Forum focuses on how a national news story can affect a small town

MABTON - Dec. 23, 2003 is a date that will always carry a certain amount of significance for the residents of Mabton, many of whom earn their living in the dairy and cattle industries.

Local taxpayers get a break with sale of school bonds

Jubilation filled the meeting room of the Sunnyside School Board during a special gathering of directors last night to approve the sale of $11 million in bonds to construct a new school.

City planners rework landscaping ordinance

The latest wording in a proposed city landscape ordinance got a few more nods of approval from local property owners during Wednesday night's Sunnyside Planning Commission meeting.

Sunnyside on the move, reports city engineer

Driving through Sunnyside it is becoming apparent that something is happening here. There is land being moved at several locations around town, surveyors are out taking careful notes and counter strips have been laid out on several streets.

Mabton valedictorian learns to see the world from different eyes

MABTON - Getting on the bus headed for Ellensburg to the Washington State Migrant Council Student Leadership Program state conference, a reserved Rosa Aviles, 18, noticed one girl on the bus she thought was "mean."

Police investigate forgery suspects

Sunnyside Police Department detectives are investigating three women who were found with forged checks last week.



Wednesday, March 10

Sunnyside library gets thumbs-up from local voters

Sunnyside library patrons won't have to retire their Yakima Regional Library System cards after all. Tuesday, Sunnyside voters approved the library annexation proposal with an overwhelming 77 percent "yes" vote.

Men's softball meeting March 16

Teams and players planning to compete in this summer's Lower Valley Men's Slo-pitch Softball Association league are being encouraged to attend an organizational meeting next Tuesday, March 16.

Too many families using emergency room for general health care

Parents who have affordable access to health care for their children are less likely to take their children to local emergency rooms for non emergencies, according to a new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Man found dead in roadway

A 48-year-old Granger man was found dead near the intersection of Hudson and Arms roads Tuesday morning.

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New railroad signal to be in place by spring

Sunnyside Engineer Jim Bridges is expecting Burlington-Northern Railroad officials to have in place by this spring new safety signals at the railroad crossing at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Fourth Street.

Republican caucuses staged at various sites in Lower Valley

Republicans throughout Yakima County gathered in 26 different community locations Tuesday night to take part in the Yakima County Republican Precinct Caucuses. The local caucuses serve as a way to bring people together to discuss various political issues and help mold the state Republican platform.

Open Mike

Our insurance system bites

Our insurance system bites



Grandview Chamber to spearhead downtown revitalization project

GRANDVIEW - Picking up the ball and running with an idea. That is what Grandview Mayor Mike Bren is hoping the local chamber of commerce will do with his suggestion.

Tuesday, March 9

Dollar Tree open, sales are booming

Since opening March 1, Lower Valley shoppers have flocked to the Sunnyside Dollar Tree on Yakima Valley Highway.

Bleyhl dividends total $331,794

At the 40th annual board meeting of Bleyhl Farm Service, Inc., board chairman Bob Golob announced that the money paid to growers for their cash portion of dividends and revolved equities totaled $331,794.



Pediatrician abandons island life to work at local clinic

GRANDVIEW - Moving across a large blue ocean from the South Pacific to Grandview wasn't as big a move for Dr. James Gaensbauer as one might think.



31-year police department veteran retires

GRANDVIEW - In 1973, Grandview resident Sue Poteet was working graveyard shifts at the 10-4 Cafe. At that time of the night most of the people who came in for a hot cup of coffee or a bite to eat were Grandview police officers.

Grandview student selected for visit to nation's capital

GRANDVIEW - Rather than watch Fourth of July fireworks from her home, Grandview High School sophomore Ashley Lara will have the opportunity to see the sparklers light up the sky over the nation's capital this year.

Athletic advisory council works to remedy gray areas in SHS code

Hoping to ease parental concerns about so-called gray areas in the Sunnyside School District athletic code, the district's Athletic Advisory Council met Monday night to clearly define violation investigation and grievance procedures.

City's water system to be adjusted tonight

Late this evening, Sunnyside residents are asked not to be overly concerned if they notice their tap water is slightly discolored.

Sunnyside School District secretaries get new contract

At its February meeting, the Sunnyside School Board approved a new contract with the Public School Employees of Washington (PSE) secretaries bargaining unit.

Light pole fruit being dressed up by G'view merchant

GRANDVIEW - Driving into Grandview along Wine Country Road there are many sights to take in, from the green grass that runs along either side of the pathway to the light posts that line the street. However, for the past few months something has been missing.

Monday, March 8

Thoroughbred breeders claim top honors

Listening to local horse breeders talk can be like listening to someone speak a foreign language. However, their love of what they do is easily expressed through their words. Last month, four area horsemen were recognized with awards from the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association at the 2003 Washington Champions Annual Awards Dinner held at Emerald Downs in Auburn.

Working Stiff

Sunnyside's Promise administrator believes in helping youths succeed

Sunnyside's Promise administrator believes in helping youths succeed



Reward offered for return of saddle stolen from funeral home

It only took a minute for members of Eleanor Roberts family to take a saddle stand into the Sunnyside chapel at Valley Hills Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, which they planned to use at their mother's funeral service.

Athletic advisory meeting tonight

The Sunnyside School District Athletic/Activities Advisory Council will meet tonight (Monday) at 6:30 p.m. in the media center at Sunnyside High School.



Cleghorn to serve as newest member of Sunnyside Planning Commission

When the Sunnyside Planning Commission meets on March 10, there will be a new member waiting to give his input on building and planning issues in the City of Sunnyside.

Knights come up short in quest for State trophy

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team's sixth consecutive trip to the State 'B' basketball tournament in Spokane didn't end on too bright of a note.

Vikes miss out on trophy at State 'B' tourney

SPOKANE - The teams the Mabton Vikings drew at the State 'B' tournament in Spokane proved to be formidable.

Lady Knights 5th at State!!!

SPOKANE - Coach Al Smeenk will be the first to tell you that this year's Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team isn't the most talented bunch he's ever had. But if you want to talk about motivated and thirsty for success, Smeenk says there is no other group in the school's history that has shown such drive.

Friday, March 5

Hart Beat

My vote is 'yes' for library annexation

My vote is 'yes' for library annexation

Sunnyside runner selling bulbs for travel cash

Sunnyside's fastest female runner has swapped her running shoes for dress shoes in order to raise some much needed cash.



SCHS girls stay alive by taming Lions, 51-33

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian High School girls hoop team repelled a late charge by the Snohomish County Christian Lions yesterday afternoon, coming away with a resounding 51-33 victory in a loser-out, second round game at the Class 'B' State Basketball Tournament.



Grandview fire chief attends national academy

Ever since 31-year-old Charles Damron became the Grandview Fire Chief he has been applying to attend classes at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.

DEA search of S'side home nets no drugs

A Sunnyside home was part of a nine-month investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency out of Yakima.

New school property eventually to be annexed into city limits

Yakima County Commissioner Jesse Palacios has always been one for forming partnerships, even during his days as mayor of Grandview.

Sunnyside man faces 22 criminal charges

One arrest has apparently brought a two-week crime spree to an end.

Den Boer, Schutt keys to Knights playing another day

SPOKANE - Sunnyside Christian Coach Dean Wagenaar wanted his shot at top ranked Waterville entering the State 'B' tournament in Spokane. Well, the Knights earned their coach his shot yesterday.

Andean sound coming to Sunnyside March 14

Alborada, a band with a decided Andean flavor, will be on the stage of the Sunnyside High School auditorium for a Latin music concert Sunday, March 14, at 3 p.m.

S'side pastor serves Navy in Middle East

Once he departed the plane, Sunnyside United Methodist Church Pastor Randy Quinn knew he wasn't in the United States any more. Quinn, an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves, was aboard a flight for 24 hours before he arrived in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia on Feb. 13.

Irish find no luck with Valencia

SPOKANE - The DeSales High School boys basketball team won't forget Mabton's A.J. Valencia any time soon.

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Thursday, March 4

Sunnyside Christian girls drop 69-51 game at State

SPOKANE - Last night's 69-51 defeat suffered by the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team wasn't so much a case of the Lady Knights playing poorly. Rather, Almira-Coulee-Hartline Coach Scott Isaak's Warriors showed why pollsters have them ranked as the No. 2 Class 'B' team in the state.

Republic conquers Vikings at State, 71-45

SPOKANE - The much taller Republic Tigers (25-1) jumped out to a 21-10 lead on the Mabton High School boys basketball team last night and coasted to a 71-45 State tournament first round victory.

S'side Fire Department responds to two afternoon blazes

The Sunnyside Fire Department responded to two fires Wednesday afternoon, one leaving a motor home burnt down to the frame and another that displaced a family.

Another burglary in G'view

GRANDVIEW - A homeowner on Pleasant Avenue in Grandview came home early Wednesday evening to find jewelry had been taken from the top of a bedroom dresser, said Grandview Police Detective Mark Ware.

Knights give away opening game at State

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team's inability to do the simple things down the stretch in yesterday's opening game against Wilbur-Creston at the State 'B' basketball tournament in Spokane cost the Knights.



Car purchases still under review

The purchase of two Toyotas for the Migrant Student Record Systems (MSRS) program is still on hold, according to Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole.

Senate honors Walter George

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Senate honored Sunnyside water conservationist Walter George yesterday (Wednesday) for his work on water issues on behalf of the people of the Yakima Valley.

Lower Valley teams vie for coveted KYVE Apple Cup

A record number of high school teams, including four Lower Valley squads, are participating in the 24th annual KYVE Apple Bowl, now being aired on Channel 47, cable channel 8.

Wednesday, March 3

Beyond The Norm-Mel

Where's the line drawn?

Where's the line drawn?

Grandview City Council Briefs


Baseball coach lives out childhood dream

As a boy, Kevin Fennell dreamed of one day playing professional baseball, but life's road took the Sunnyside man into a different direction.

Two car pile-up sends three to hospital

A two-car collision at the intersection of Stover and Waneta roads, south of Sunnyside, sent three Lower Valley residents to the emergency room early Tuesday afternoon.



Weekly Bowling Report


Lower Valley families with busy lifestyles find personal chef both affordable and convenient

Having a personal chef is not just for the rich or elite any more. It is a service that can help alleviate the stress of eating healthy while maintaining a busy lifestyle.

Burglars on the loose in G'view

GRANDVIEW - Since Monday six burglaries have been reported to the Grandview Police Department.

Tuesday, March 2

Sign-ups required for pesticide dump day

Unused bags of weed killers. How do you dispose of them?

Council touches up graffiti ordinance

One still has to be 21 years of age to purchase any sort of graffiti-causing materials, but last night the Sunnyside City Council did approve some changes in its newly adopted ordinance.

City told unsolicited publications, salesmen a problem

Sunnyside resident Don Outhet just wants to be left alone and he wants the Sunnyside City Council to do something to meet his needs.

Sunnyside teen serves as state legislative page

OLYMPIA - Sunnyside High School junior Jacob Barr recently served as a page in the House of Representatives in Olympia.

Grandview Council learns of future college plans

GRANDVIEW - As more and more students begin attending classes at the Grandview campus of Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC), the more the school is forced to look toward the future and possible expansion efforts.

Morning accident causes minor injury

Airbags are believed to have saved 21-year-old Carissa McNerney from serious injury this morning. McNerney, who was driving her 1994 Ford Aspire westbound in the 1300 block of Yakima Valley Highway, rear-ended Sandra Enriquez, 18, of Sunnyside, at about 8 a.m., according to Sunnyside Police Department Officer Kent Coffman.

Motorcycle Madness

Mabton Dunes Motocross draws novice racers, as well as wiley vets

Mabton Dunes Motocross draws novice racers, as well as wiley vets



KZXR-AM to carry State basketball games

KZXR-AM General Manager Frank Allec has announced that his radio station will broadcast the games of the Sunnyside Christian and Mabton high school teams from this year's Class 'B' State tournament in Spokane.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs




Monday, March 1

Oregon couple hurt in auto mishap

An Oregon couple was transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital this past Saturday afternoon to be treated for injuries they received in a one-vehicle accident.

Recycling should be part of spring cleaning efforts, say Yakima County leaders

Each weekend as the days get longer and the weather gets a little warmer, the urge to get outside and begin spring clean-up grows stronger.

Knights earn sixth consecutive trip to State

ELLENSBURG - For the second consecutive year, the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team has taken the long road to the State 'B' basketball tournament in Spokane.



Sunnyside Christian Booster Club begins annual raffle ticket sale

A 1986 midnight blue Ford Mustang LX is the top item on the Sunnyside Christian Booster Club's 2004 list of raffle prizes, according to Chris Gardner, booster club president

School bonds go on sale March 10

Based on a recommendation from John Gores of Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation, the Sunnyside School Board opted to fast-track plans to sell bonds to help finance the construction of a new school voters approved during an election at the beginning of February.

Vikings heading to State for the first time in eight years

ELLENSBURG - The last time the Mabton High School boys basketball team made it to State was in 1996. Eight years later, Mabton will be returning to the State 'B' tournament, earning a berth at the show in a way only the Vikings could-playing their type of game.

Working Stiff

Sunnyside woman learns at a young age her enjoyment for office work

Sunnyside woman learns at a young age her enjoyment for office work

SCHS girls shock Shockers, earn trip to State

ELLENSBURG - The Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team has a date with the No. 2 ranked Class 'B' team in the state.