Stories for March 2005


Thursday, March 31

City Council receptive to banning alcohol, tobacco signs

With the exception of comments from the Sunnyside's Promise group, the public hearing at Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting dealing with a new sign ordinance met with little fanfare.

Grandview girls third, Greyhound boys win at Prosser

PROSSER - Sunnyside Christian High School junior Chelsea Jones, who is competing with the Grandview High School track and field team, heaved the shotput 29-1 Tuesday night at a meet in Prosser.

Weekly Honor Roll

Men's Series

Sunnyside police cars take on new look

In case you haven't noticed, there's a new black and white look on the streets of Sunnyside.



Sunnyside High School Knowledge Bowl team competes at State

CAMAS - Named as a last minute replacement, the Sunnyside High School Knowledge Bowl team was given an opportunity to compete at the State Knowledge Bowl contest held in Camas March 25-26.

Retired teacher brings night sky inside

GRANDVIEW - A simple internet search for a protective dome for his telescope led retired Grandview High School math teacher Rod Roberts to discover a whole new career.

News Briefs

Council parks vehicle purchases

Shenyer named new G'view Port commissioner

GRANDVIEW - Applying to be a member of the Grandview Port Commission was more than just answering an advertisement for Grandview's Richard Shenyer. Instead, it meant trying out for a chance to help be a part of the future of the community.

Wednesday, March 30

Rice delivers knockout blow for SCHS girls

The Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team pulled off a stunner of sorts yesterday by shutting out the Kittitas Coyotes, 12-0.

Ki-Be Bears blank Sunnyside

BENTON CITY - Three singles were all Sunnyside could muster off senior hurler Roni Feth yesterday. The Ki-Be Bears went on to blank the Lady Grizzly fastpitch softball team, 5-0.

Open Mike

Schiavo should be allowed to die

Schiavo should be allowed to die

Board opts to present voters with $6.8 million bond for family aquatics center

GRANDVIEW - This spring Grandview voters will have a decision to make on the future of the community's pool facility. They will be asked to approve a 25-year, $6.8 million bond that would pay for the construction of a family aquatics center.



Applications to use emergency drought wells starting to pile up

YAKIMA - There are 53 emergency drought well applications awaiting the approval of Department of Ecology officials in the Yakima water resource office. Every day more applications are coming from Yakima Valley farmers, who are facing one of the worst droughts in the Valley's recorded history.

Grandview boys dominate the courts

GRANDVIEW - Kevin Floyd once again led the Grandview boys to victory with an easy win, 6-0, 6-0 over his Naches opponent.

Guest Editorial

Death tax does not die easy

Death tax does not die easy

No one denies Black Rock reservoir a mammoth undertaking

YAKIMA - If built, the Black Rock Creek dam will be bigger than Grand Coulee dam.

Bank staff shares business opportunities

Deborah Stearns, the new branch manager of Bank of the West, 1820 Yakima Valley Highway, opened up her facility to greet the community Tuesday night for a Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce business after-hours event.

Errors do in the Knights

MATTAWA - If one has ever been to Mattawa, then they know how strong the wind can blow. And yesterday was no exception, as the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team made its way down the road to play Wahluke in a non-league game.

Vikings slay the Spartans

GRANGER - It was a good day for the Mabton High School baseball team, but Viking skipper Kerry Snodgrass joked the weather was nothing to write home about in yesterday's game at Granger.

Scotties prove too much for the Greyhounds

COWICHE - Rain, wind and intermittent hail was what greeted the Grandview High School boys soccer team when the Greyhounds got off the bus yesterday to play 1A Highland.

Garcia tops 100-goal mark in Sunnyside victory

The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team's Mid-Valley League and home opener were something that Grizzly fans will remember for a while.

Sunnyside man safe after suicide stand-off with police

The Sunnyside Police Department SWAT team was on standby for most of Tuesday as a hostage negotiator attempted to communicate with a despondent man wanting to commit suicide.

Letter from county prosecutor 'insulting' ...says city manager

Why would Yakima County Prosecutor Ron Zirkle send out a letter stating what many county and city officials already know?

Tuesday, March 29

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Goins carves out third place finish in blustery golf conditions

RICHLAND - High winds, blowing dust and driving rain can't keep the mailman away. Likewise, those blustery weather conditions weren't enough yesterday to keep Robbie Goins from cashing at a PGA pro-am event staged at Richland's Horn Rapids Golf Course.

Sunnyside farmer sees China as inspiration for work ethic revival

After visiting with Chinese farmers and businessmen for two weeks, followed by hours of careful observation, Sunnyside farmer Rick Herndon believes Americans ought not be afraid of the industrious Chinese.

Fire dog joins county fire prevention programs

UNION GAP- A new tool in the Yakima County Fire Protection Bureau fire prevention toolbox comes with two coats - a black and white furry coat and a custom-fit fire coat.

Grizzlies ninth at 17-team invite

PENDLETON, ORE. - The middle of the pack wasn't a bad place to end up at yesterday's wind-blown and rain-drenched Wildhorse Golf Invitational.

Adding a personal touch to every car

GRANDVIEW - The shop is quiet as Ray Anciso Jr. expertly applies thin yellow tape to the hood of a Dodge Viper. He quickly moves his hand, manipulating the tape into the outline of a flickering flame.

Sunnyside girls trudge through windy conditions

PASCO - The weather was anything but accommodating yesterday at the Pasco Girls Golf Invitational. But despite trudging through an intermittent downpour and what appeared at times to be gale force winds, the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies completed their task at hand and made it back to the clubhouse with scorecards in hand.

Diocese housing project gets 'thumbs up' (again)

The ongoing saga of the Diocese of Yakima Housing Services trying to build a new housing complex in Sunnyside took another and more than likely final turn at Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Aguilar contends Vlieger threatened her at last night's Council meeting

Sunnyside City Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar made it publicly known at Monday night's meeting that she felt she had been threatened by Councilman Don Vlieger.

Parents voice support for Artz-Fox principal

MABTON - Twice the parents filling the chambers of the Mabton School Board were asked by Chairman Manual Guzman if they wanted to address the school board on an issue on the agenda, and twice they stood silently.

Monday, March 28

Sunnyside business vandalized

A downtown Sunnyside business has been the victim of vandals.

Lady Vikings third at Tri-City Prep tourney

PASCO - The Mabton High School fastpitch softball team overcame the pouring rain and 24 errors on the day to finish third at the Tri-City Prep Fastpitch Tournament at the TRAC facility in Pasco this past Saturday.

S'side 6th, G'view 7th at boys golf invitational

Powered by Kevin Lick and Andrew Michels, Sunnyside and Grandview earned sixth and seventh place team finishes, respectively, at last Friday's Grandview Boys Golf Invitational, staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Grizzlies fall to Bellingham

This past Saturday's non-league game against Bellingham is one that got away from the Sunnyside High School baseball team.



Webster Lopez claims first place honors in 3,200-meter run

OTHELLO - Cold, rainy and windy conditions didn't slow Mabton High School's Webster Lopez on his way to a win at the Othello High School Relays held this past Saturday.

Sunnyside fares well at Othello track relays

OTHELLO - A total of four first place finishes at the Othello Track & Field Relays this past Saturday gave Sunnyside a second place finish in the boys standings and a third place showing among the girls.

GEAR-UP brings new perspectives to local students

Inspiration is the name of the game when it comes to the Sunnyside GEAR-UP program. Over the past few weeks, the local program has brought in new speakers and programs, all aimed at giving students a chance to see different things if they put their minds to it.

Rough start to league for Vikings

UNION GAP - The LaSalle High School baseball team is the team to beat in the Greater Columbia 'B' League this season. And this past Saturday, the Lightning made a statement at the expense of Mabton.

'Clucks, Ducks & Bucks' fair theme

GRANDVIEW - "Clucks, Ducks and Bucks!" will be the theme of the 78th annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo to be held Aug. 10-14 at the Country Park and Fairgrounds in Grandview.

Greyhounds win league opener

BENTON CITY - With a couple of new faces in the line-up, the Grandview High School boys soccer team picked up its first win of the year, and in dominating fashion.

Drollinger cards nine-hole 60 at Othello invite

OTHELLO - Freshman Dacia Drollinger turned in the lowest score of the three Sunnyside High School golfers competing at last Friday's Othello Girls Golf Invitational.

Friday, March 25

Sunshine Days name change takes on a Latino flavor

It's official! The new name for Sunnyside's September community celebration will be "Sunshine Fiesta - Celebrating Sunshine Days and Fiesta Patrias."

Across Our State

Ag land comes with water

Ag land comes with water

Knights drop non-league game

GOLDENDALE - New Sunnyside Christian High School Coach Jeff Bosma wasn't worried as much about winning last night's non-league game at Goldendale, as he was about saving some pitching arms for this coming weekend's league opener.

S'side girls 8-3 winners over G'view softball team

by Bob Story & Elena Olmstead

Sunnyside School Board Briefs




Lady Knights notch first victory of season

Strong pitching, solid defense, timely hits. The Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team had it all yesterday.

Grizzlies take the hop out of the Jackrabbits

Sunnyside High School Coach Dave Martinez was obviously pleased following yesterday's dominating victory over visiting 2A Quincy.

Class ring lost 20 years ago, found, returned

Coralea Farris-Pickett of Grandview remembers exactly where and when she lost her shiny 1982 Sunnyside High School class ring. As she recalls, she lost the pretty, silver ring just two years after she received it.

Yard sale signs can become colorful hazards

Idling at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and South First Street early on a Friday or Saturday morning, drivers can be privy to a colorful display of bright pink, florescent green and day-glow orange. But it isn't a colorful display of spring flowers pushing up through the ground. Instead, it's a cluster of attention grabbing yard sale signs, pointing potential customers in the right direction.

Hart Beat

What's up with Frances?

What's up with Frances?

Sunnyside's Promise jumps on anti-alcohol, tobacco advertising bandwagon

Proponents of limiting alcohol and tobacco advertisements on store walls gained evern more support at last night's Sunnyside School Board meeting.

Smith suggests abandoning WIAA

Sunnyside School Board member Bill Smith has long been a proponent of education over athletics. In that vein, last night he bravely stood alone.

Thursday, March 24

Stolen car stopped by State Patrol

GRANDVIEW - A car reported stolen just after 2 a.m. this morning (Thursday) from the 300 block of Wilson Highway in Grandview was recovered during a traffic stop.

Nuisance ordinance deals with everything from animal noise to drug activity

GRANDVIEW - Monday night, the Grandview City Council approved an updated nuisance ordinance that deals with everything from people yelling in the street to laser pointers being shone in people's windows.

Sunnyside woman reports identity theft

A Sunnyside woman applying for a home loan found that someone else has been using her Social Security number to obtain credit.



Local security team trains to detect terrorists

Suspicious activities, ranging from persons lingering around a business too long or dangerous looking items left in plain sight on car seats, are among the signs that send up a red flag for the staff at Sunnyside's Garza Security.

Sunnyside woman hits it big in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - When Kristina Guerrero dusted Sunnyside off her shoes and headed for college in the fall of 1998, she left town with a promise that she was going to do big things with her life.

Mardi Gras-theme party kicks off fund-raiser

UNION GAP - One needed a special pass to step into the darkened halls of the Valley Mall last Saturday night.

City hall does listen, at least in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The public comment period at a city council meeting can be a very powerful thing. It can be a chance for community members to approach their elected officials and voice concerns about what is happening in their own back yards.



Grizzly JV splits first two games of the season

Sunnyside High School junior varsity baseball coach Tyler Alseth got pretty much what he expected in the first two games of the season from his group.

Extra effort being made to prepare fourth graders for WASL

It has been commonly heard that it is difficult to get some students to attend school. But in this case, the Sunnyside School District is having a hard time keeping students away.

Science program is hands-on at PRIDE High School

Students are getting their hands dirty at PRIDE High School. First year science teacher Teri Alvarez-Ziegler has spent the last year bringing in hands-on activities for her students, ranging from creating planets out of paper mache to sitting under an inflatable canopy of stars.

Wednesday, March 23

Granger family pleas for humane dog treatment

GRANGER - Saying a stray dog he had recently adopted shouldn't have been shot by police last week, Granger resident Grant Norwood asked the Granger City Council last night to re-examine its dog ordinances.

Schilperoorts celebrate 50th anniversary

Frank and Wanda Schilperoort of Sunnyside celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 18, with a trip to the Columbia Gorge Hotel and the Oregon beaches.

Police investigate stolen car report

A woman who parked her car at Sunnyside High School while in a meeting returned to find her vehicle stolen yesterday.

The Newcomer

Fear vs. fun

Fear vs. fun

Leopards scratch out win over SCHS girls

ZILLAH - Considering Zillah was a 1A State tournament qualifier last season and lost only two starters off that squad, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls softball team made a decent showing against the Leopards yesterday.

Ruelas, Linde, Rinehold first place finishers at Eisenhower Jamboree

YAKIMA - Three members of the Sunnyside High School track and field team garnered top finishes yesterday at the 18th annual Eisenhower Track & Field Jamboree.



Beyond The Norm-Mel

Preparing for motherhood

Preparing for motherhood

Greyhounds give Huskies all they want

GRANDVIEW - Even Grandview High School baseball coach Mike Chester will tell you that Othello has had its way with the Greyhounds for years in baseball. Well, last night, the Huskies probably left Grandview with a new found respect for Greyhound baseball.

Grandview girls corral Mustangs

PROSSER - The colder weather yesterday may have contributed to Grandview taking taking awhile to get warmed-up.

Vikes win season opener

WHITE SWAN - The good news is that the Mabton High School baseball team won its season opener. The bad news is the Vikings didn't get as much baseball in as Mabton skipper Kerry Snodgrass would have liked.


Rain didn't dampen event

Rain didn't dampen event

Grizzlies lose heartbreaker

NACHES VALLEY - Some good old fashioned baseball was played in the confines of Naches Valley yesterday as the Grizzlies made their way to the home of the Rangers.

Grizzlies blank the Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - Those in the know had to be surprised when the Sunnyside High School boys soccer team pounded Grandview 6-0 in last night's non-league affair.

Coloring book focuses on canal safety

Every spring, as the weather begins to warm up and farmers start preparing for the coming growing season, something else happens - the irrigation canals spring to life, with water flowing through the long, winding ditches that intersect many Yakima Valley communities.

Gas prices on the rise, again

For about a month Mike Said, owner of Park-N-Pak on the corner of Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue, has watched as the gas prices in Sunnyside have, once again, been on the rise.

Tuesday, March 22

Katie Koestner gives date rape a face

After telling a boy she liked "no" 12 times, he still pushed ahead to have sex with the pretty, young, blonde college freshman.

Bender third at PGA pro-am

KENNEWICK - Black Rock Creek's Jeff Bender shot an even-par 65 yesterday to earn a share of the third place prize at a PGA pro-am event at Tri-City Country Club.



Sunnyside senior honored for leadership traits

Asuncion Marquez has been a leader in the Sunnyside High School Club SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) since joining the anti-alcohol and drug oriented club as a freshman.

Ranchers face problems

The 2005 drought in Washington state will affect everyone, but it will hit agriculture the hardest as farmers look to find ways to water their crops.

Tough watering choices for irrigators

PROSSER - With the state now in a full blown drought emergency, Yakima Valley farmers may face some tough crop choices during the 2005 growing season.

Grandview City Council Briefs

Council declares irrigation emergency

Winter wheat drought impact may be minimal

BICKLETON - A wet August on the Horse Heaven Hills set the roots for some well established winter wheat, but on the flatlands of the Yakima Valley winter wheat hasn't been so fortunate.

Conserve water, let the lawn go

Water rationing won't be impacting just Yakima Valley farmers this year. Home gardeners wanting to maintain green lawns will be impacted as well, said Matt Johns, a turf grass technician with Washington State University.

Farmers can work together to get through this year's drought

The most precious commodity to farmers as they prepare for the upcoming growing season, especially this year, is the availability of irrigation water. With rivers at record low flows, snowpack nowhere near normal in the mountain passes and rainfall below normal in the Yakima Valley, farmers and growers are beginning to look for different ways to make the most of the water they have available to them.

Official drought determined by governor under advisory of specialists

Earlier this month when Gov. Christine Gregoire called for a drought emergency across the state, her decision was based on information from a panel of experts on the Washington State Executive Water Emergency Committee.

Syverson's season comes to a close at nationals

JACKSON, TENN. - Despite a furious, late game rally spearheaded by former Sunnyside High School basketball standout Carly Syverson, the Carroll College women's hoop team got knocked out of the NAIA Division I national tourney last Friday.

Weekly Honor Roll


Export markets may dry up due to drought

The impact the 2005 drought will have on Pacific Northwest foreign markets is just a guess at this point, say economic experts. But judging by past experiences, the costs to the agricultural industry may exceed 2001's $1 billion in losses.

Farmers may have to treat their well water

Even with last week's rainfall, the forecast across Washington state still calls for a drought this year.

'Full mean deal' aquatics center recommended

GRANDVIEW - If the Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board follows the suggestion made last night (Monday) by the Grandview City Council, community members could soon have a new multi-purpose room to utilize as part of the proposed family aquatics center.

Monday, March 21

Knights win season opener

It was a good start to the spring season for the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team under new head coach Jeff Bosma.

County denies nuisance order appeal

MABTON - More than two months after having their property denoted as a public nuisance by Yakima County, several Mabton residents are back in the county's good graces.

Grizzly soccer team pulls out season opener

OTHELLO - The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team got its season off on the right foot this past Saturday with a win over Othello.



Four arrested on school break-in charges

Three juveniles and an adult were arrested after they allegedly broke into one of the common areas in a Chief Kamiakin Elementary School pod this past weekend.

Church burglarized Friday

GRANDVIEW - The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located in the 100 block of North Elm Street in Grandview, was burglarized last Friday. Police are unsure of exactly when the building was broken into.

Grizzlies split weekend games

Considering last Friday and Saturday would normally be the weekend the Sunnyside High School baseball team would be playing in a jamboree setting to work out all the kinks, the Grizzlies didn't have too bad of a start to the 2005 season.

Fund-raiser for fireworks

It's time to dredge up your spare change for this year's Sunnyside Fourth of July fireworks display to be held at Sunnyside High School football field.

Greyhounds fall to Mustangs in OT

PROSSER - Grandview High School boys soccer coach Anne Holden would have liked to have started the season off with a win. But Saturday's non-league game against 3A Prosser showed the long-time Greyhound mentor exactly what she wanted to know-that her team can play with the best of them.

Castro leads SHS girls at West Richland Invite

WEST RICHLAND - First year golfer Vicky Castro, only a sophomore, made a bit of a splash in her debut on the links last Friday.

Lick's even-par 70 propels Grizzlies to third place finish

OTHELLO - For a second or two last Friday, Sunnyside High School senior Kevin Lick might have thought he was in a war zone, as opposed to playing in the season opening Othello Golf Invitational.

Friday, March 18

Valley Theater Company to showcase 'She Loves Me' beginning this weekend

Although the musical "She Loves Me" may not be one of the best known by composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who also wrote the songs for "Fiddler on the Roof," its theme is very familiar.

14-year-old girl remains missing

A Sunnyside High School freshman, 14-year-old Mariale Osorio, is still missing. It's been nine days since her mother, Justina Solona of Sunnyside, has seen her daughter.

New Entertainment Briefs


Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Working Stiff

Maxwell looking forward to new venture

Maxwell looking forward to new venture

State workers honored for service

Three women employed by the Department of Social and Health Services Sunnyside Community Service Office were surprised Wednesday, March 9, when they were each presented with 2004 Employee of the Year plaques.

Axis of Justice Concert Series Volume 1 may be for a good cause, but overall it's not very good

When the "Axis of Justice" CD was placed on my desk a week ago, awaiting a review, I didn't think anything of it. I saw the parental advisory on the front and was unfazed. To tell you the truth, I thought it was going to be a group of artists getting together to protest the war in Iraq. Upon further investigation, I found that "Axis of Justice" is actually a group of musicians, including Flea, Chris Cornell and Serj Tankian, who came together in response to the striking Los Angeles grocery workers.

Latino farmers hammer out details for co-op

About 20 Latino farmers from around the Lower Valley gathered Thursday night to iron out the details of a cooperative that would allow local farmers more say in the prices they receive for their products.

Religious Reflections

'He wept over it'

'He wept over it'

City hires associate engineer

Shane Fisher has long wanted to work in municipal government and now he has his opportunity and plans to make the most of it in Sunnyside for many years to come.

Ventriloquist brings message of drug and alcohol prevention to Valley

GRANDVIEW - The message of last night's presentation was simple, teach your children to respect others and they will respect themselves. However, it was the messenger himself who might have raised a few eyebrows.



Death Notice


Tacitly Yours

A great experiment goes awry

A great experiment goes awry

Thursday, March 17

Ailing Grandview woman prepares to move closer to Seattle medical center

GRANDVIEW - Ofelia Castilleja has met her weight goal, making her a better candidate for a lifesaving lung transplant. As a way of celebrating her weight loss, her family will host a good luck fiesta for their mother Saturday, March 26, in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside development group approves fee schedule

The 22-year-old Sunnyside Industrial Development Corporation (SIDC) has a new tool in its packet for industries seeking its aid with applying for industrial revenue bonds.

Winemaker inspired to grow grapes after time spent in Chile

Wine making isn't anything new for Gail Puryear. It was nearly 40 years ago, in 1967, that Puryear got his first taste of good wine and realized what he was going to do with the rest of his life.

Geography knowledge lands Newhouse in state competition

Which country's vegetation regions range from the Nubian Desert in the north to the tropical rain forest in the extreme south? The United States Naval Academy is in Annapolis, the state capital located closest to what large bay? One of the world's largest oil exporters borders the North Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Name this country.

Wind storm leaves wake of destruction

A haze of dirt filled the air across the Lower Valley yesterday as high winds kicked up dirt and sand, causing poor visibility and dangerous conditions.

Baseball, soccer look to be on track this season

Two of the premiere sports teams at Sunnyside High School look to be right on track to pick up where they left off last year.

Dual language classroom program discussed with school board

Since the start of the dual language classrooms, designed to teach both English and Spanish speaking children of the community the language opposite their native tongue, there has been some adjustments to the program to make it fit the Sunnyside community.

Granger police arrest 20-year-old in connection with five church burglaries

Granger police arrested a 20-year-old man yesterday (Wednesday) in connection with five burglaries that occurred Monday and Tuesday at several local churches.

Syverson instrumental in Saints' 72-67 win at NAIA national tourney

JACKSON, TENN. - 2001 Sunnyside High School graduate Carly Syverson played a key role yesterday in Carroll College's 72-67 victory over the University of Mobile.

Wednesday, March 16

Hall-Aguilar to wed in Vegas

Mon Bel Ami Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev. will be the setting of the wedding ceremony uniting Sondra Hall and Travis Aguilar, both of Sunnyside.

Aguilar-Mohr to wed Oct. 8

Former Sunnyside resident Amy Aguilar will marry Michael Mohr, both of Hillsboro, Ore., at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Brookwood Baptist Church in Hillsboro, Ore.

Mabton places 17 at East Valley tournament

MOXEE - The Mabton Little Viking youth wrestling program had quite a successful outing at a tournament in East Valley this past Saturday.

Student athletes honored at Sunnyside High School

The community turned out this past Monday night to honor some of the best and brightest at Sunnyside High School.

Saldana-Gonzalez to wed Sept. 3

Former Grandview resident Magdalena M. Saldana will marry Leonardo Gonzalez Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005 at Saint Louise Roman Catholic Church in Bellevue. The wedding will be at 2 p.m. Both the bride- and groom-to-be are now living in Phoenix, Ariz.

Schatz, Herber, Drollinger win men's club opener

The trio of Ty Schatz, Joe Herber and Terry Drollinger bested the field in the men's club opening competition of the season this past Sunday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Open Mike

Men, have you ever wonder what happens to all your money?

Men, have you ever wonder what happens to all your money?

Mabton city well project receives state grant funding

MABTON - The City of Mabton has received a much needed boost to its efforts to drill a new city well for the community.

Weekly Bowling Report


Proposed aquatics center in Grandview may grow in size

GRANDVIEW - If the ballot measure for the proposed Grandview family aquatics center is passed by voters in May, swimmers may find themselves with an additional 25 meters of swimming area when the facility is finally constructed.



Family seeks whereabouts of 14-year-old girl

It's been a full week now since Justina Solona of Sunnyside has seen her 14-year-old daughter, Mariale Osorio.

Sunnyside Sunshine Days makeover being addressed

Ideas they've got, what they need are Sunshine Days committee members to bring those ideas to fruition.

Tuesday, March 15



Speaker to share date rape facts

Katie Koestner, a nationally recognized speaker and survivor of date rape, will present her story to Sunnyside parents, middle and high school students March 21-23.

Sunnyside City Council approves drilling new well

With perhaps the most severe drought to ever hit the state of Washington on the horizon, the Sunnyside City Council Monday night approved moving forward with the drilling of a new well in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside teen arraigned on drug charges

Teodomiro Esquivel Jr, 19, of Sunnyside was arraigned Monday morning in Yakima County Superior Court on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Council backs city manager

The Sunnyside City Council Monday evening gave a unanimous vote of confidence to City Manager Bob Stockwell for what the body viewed as an unwarranted attack by the Daily Sun News.

Aguilar, Vlieger absent from Monday's Council meeting

The Sunnyside City Council granted excused absences to Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar and Councilman Don Vlieger during Monday night's meeting.

Christian club guest speaker addresses abandonment issues

As a child Nancy Stolz remembers wanting to have a sister. An only child, she missed out on that special relationship.

Sunnyside hospital to celebrate 20th anniversary

Today, when people in the Sunnyside area need the services of a hospital, there is only one place to turn - Sunnyside Community Hospital. However, it wasn't always that way.

Monday, March 14

Kacee Jo Bootsma Regional Science Fair champ

KENNEWICK - Led by Sunnyside High School senior Kacee Jo Bootsma, the Sunnyside High School science fair contingency cleaned up at the Mid Columbia Regional Science and Engineering Fair held in Kennewick this past weekend.





Mabton townhall meeting focuses on helping youth

Taking as its theme, "Every Piece Counts," the Mabton School District's third annual townhall meeting gave everyone a chance to let their voices be heard.

Chamber honors community's outstanding citizens

Deception, white lies and bribery were used to ensure the winners at this year's Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce awards banquet were in attendance at this past Saturday night's gala held at Navarro's Family Community Center.

Greyhounds finish third at 2A tourney

Grandview exits State tournament in grand style after disappointing semifinal loss

Grandview exits State tournament in grand style after disappointing semifinal loss

Two cars stolen in Sunnyside

Two vehicles were reported stolen in Sunnyside over the past few days.

Water leases sought for state drought relief

The Department of Ecology is offering to lease irrigation water from senior water-right holders so that junior water-right holders in the Yakima Valley facing cutoffs this year will still have water for drinking, flushing toilets and other domestic uses.

Water conservation benefits vary from one town to another

Calling for a multi-million dollar drought emergency plan late last week, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire also called for all Washingtonians to conserve water to prevent further drought conditions.

Friday, March 11

Senate approves Honeyford bill to improve safety for EMT, police personnel enroute to emergencies

OLYMPIA - A bill increasing the penalties for drivers who intentionally fail to yield to emergency or police vehicles passed the state Senate unanimously this past Tuesday.

American Legion Post birthday dinner planned

Sunnyside Post #73 of the American Legion will host an American Legion birthday dinner Monday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the SunnyView VFW post home, 615 North Ave.

Outlook toddler at Harborview after being kicked by horse

OUTLOOK - A 21-month-old boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle yesterday (Thursday) after being kicked by a horse at his home in the 800 block of Dekker Road.

Religious Reflection

Praying for rain and the reign

Praying for rain and the reign

6-year-old Sunnyside boy back at home following wrestling practice injury

At a regular practice session of the Sunnyside Little Grapplers Wednesday, a 6-year-old boy was injured and had to be flown to Harborview Medical Center.

S'side exchange student regales Rotarians with tales of Denmark

Ancient castles, round churches and large windmill factories are just part of what Sunnyside High School senior Sarah Rasmussen remembers of her year in Denmark.

Story Time

Sacrificial lamb?

Sacrificial lamb?


State tournament experience unbelievable

State tournament experience unbelievable

Entertainment Briefs

Toppenish Eagles schedule hypnotist, oyster feed for next two Saturdays

Toppenish Eagles schedule hypnotist, oyster feed for next two Saturdays

Phillips selected to play in all-state game

People in the Lower Valley have long known that Sunnyside's Andrea Phillips is both talented on and off the athletic field.

SHS grad earns national spotlight

JACKSON, TENN. - After years and years of playing AAU basketball as a youngster, progressing to middle school ball, then on to prep hoops and finally advancing to the collegiate level, Sunnyside's Carly Syverson is getting her day in the sun.

Setting the record straight on the importance of teens obeying driver licensing laws

It has come to my attention that some of you teen drivers are not understanding the importance of obeying the law concerning Intermediate Driver's Licenses. Some of you do not believe that the police take it serious, in regards to enforcement. I want to set the record straight on how important we feel this law is.

Hart Beat

Getting lost is an art form

Getting lost is an art form

Grandview native joins Hastings' staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) has hired Stephanie Michels of Grandview to serve as an intern in his Washington, D.C. office.

Greyhounds come out as top dog

YAKIMA - With their backs against the wall, players for the Grandview High School boys basketball team left it all on the floor and received some help from an unlikely hero in last night's quarterfinal match-up against Pullman.

Thursday, March 10

Sunnyside High School Principal Dennis Birr announces retirement

Monday wasn't the first time Dennis Birr has announced his retirement as a principal, but it is the first time he isn't retiring just to be rehired in a different position within the Sunnyside School District.

Harrington wears two hats in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is shifting gears and Rado Harrington is behind the wheel.

Apple Bowl team makes history at Sunnyside Christian

There was no sign of stage fright this year as the Sunnyside Christian High School Apple Bowl team faced the bright lights and cameras that come along with the high school knowledge competition.

Sunnyside's Promise seeks youth team members

Sunnyside's Promise is joining with the America's Promise Youth Partnership Team to seek members for the alliance for youth leadership program, designed to create a new view of the needs of today's youth.

Sunnyside teen caught with marijuana cache

A 19-year-old Sunnyside man was arrested early Wednesday morning when Sunnyside Police Department detectives executed a search warrant at his home in the 400 block of W. Madison Avenue.

Governor declares drought a statewide emergency

YAKIMA - Describing today's weather at Sarg Hubbard Park as an August day in March, Governor Christine Gregoire signed an order this afternoon authorizing the Department of Ecology to declare a statewide drought emergency.

City contemplates creating fire investigator position

Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder, as well as other city officials, have thought of at least one way to utilize some of the funds coming the city's way as part of the voter approved Law and Justice Tax.

County considers utility fee to pick up the tab for storm water program

After a heavy rainstorm the air typically smells fresher, the ground seems renewed and flowers beam a little brighter. But there is also a dark side to eastern Washington rainstorms.

Andrews leads Grandview to opening round victory at State

YAKIMA - Whistle happy officiating is perhaps the best way to describe why the opening round game at the 2A State boys basketball tournament at the Yakima SunDome was so close for the Grandview Greyhounds.

Frame by frame, game by game ...14-year-old sets aim on PBA Tour

Practice makes perfect. So believes 14-year-old Tanner Schaneman.

Dog dumping far too common in rural areas of Yakima County

Hoppy and Oreo were found near Mike Miller's Sunnyside area home nearly two weeks ago. Hoppy, a mixed breed that was injured, and Oreo, a dog that looked much like the dog from the television show "Our Gang," were not vicious or mean tempered.

Wednesday, March 9

Beyond The Norm-Mel

A mistake I regret

A mistake I regret

St. Helens erupts:

Light dusting of ash blankets Lower Valley

Light dusting of ash blankets Lower Valley

Mabton centennial celebration planned

MABTON - Plans are moving ahead for Mabton's Centennial birthday party to be held as part of Mabton Community Days.

Radio enthusiasts given an opportunity to hit the airwaves

Talking to astronauts in the space station, chatting with a businessman in Russia and swapping stories with a teacher in Australia is easy when you are a HAM radio operator. Even with today's technology, including cellular telephones and Internet, there is something special about the human contact that HAM radios bring with them.

Dry conditions cause of fire at wrecking yard

Monetarily, very little was lost in a fire at Tee-Pee Auto Wrecking on Outlook Road yesterday. But according to Fire District #5 Battalion Chief Pat Mason, it is a reminder that conditions are dryer than normal this year.



Working Stiff

Working at Curves gives Vargas a chance to help women

Working at Curves gives Vargas a chance to help women

Local woman victim of debit card fraud

A woman reported this past Monday that her debit card has been used on two different occasions at a local convenience store without her permission.

The Newcomer

Are the convenience stores corrupting Sunnyside's youth?

Are the convenience stores corrupting Sunnyside's youth?

Congratulations to the SCHS Knights

What a difference three months can make! Don't believe it? Just ask the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team.

Grandview store has beef with burglars

GRANDVIEW - Employees at Grandview's Market Place arrived at work this morning (Wednesday) to find their meat department wasn't as well stocked as it had been the night before.

Tuesday, March 8

Grandview makes way for development of 105 new homes

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council has paved the way for 150 new homes to be constructed in the community.

Pendleton foursome wins Frost Bite Scramble

The first official competition of the 2005 season at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course didn't live up to its name this past Sunday.

Sunnyside Chamber banquet tickets on sale now

Tickets are available for the annual Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce awards banquet and auction set for Saturday, March 12, at Navarro's Family Community Center, 528 S. Sixth St.

SHS senior seeks dairy princess crown

Desireé Pritchett, a senior at Sunnyside High School, hopes to one day operate her own 10,000-head dairy. In the meantime, Pritchett is learning the rudiments of herdsmanship under the guidance of her father, a retired dairyman.

Weekly Bowling Report


Thieves are posing as police officers

Sunnyside police are still searching for a man who posed as a police officer and stole another man's wallet back on Feb. 20. But Sunnyside detectives aren't the only ones looking for the culprit. Law enforcement from across the state are perplexed by the highly efficient thieves who are posing as police officers across the state.

Drought imminent

Roza Irrigation District farmers facing lowest water supply on record

Roza Irrigation District farmers facing lowest water supply on record

Grandview hopes to hire two new policemen with new tax revenues

GRANDVIEW - As early as July 1, the Grandview Police Department could have two more officers on the streets thanks to the voter passed law and justice tax.



Accused sexual offender still on the lam

Nearly two years after Daniel Leija was arrested and charged with multiple counts of rape and exploitation, Carrie Taylor is still searching for him.

High school freshman prepares for All-State Orchestra performance

For a vast majority of his somewhat short life, Anthony Kim has spent time carefully honing his craft. And later this week he will have a chance to take that craft and put it to use, playing his violin as a member of the All-State Orchestra, one of the largest orchestras with which the 14-year-old has ever played.

Monday, March 7

District champs!

Greyhounds muzzle Cashmere Bulldogs

Greyhounds muzzle Cashmere Bulldogs

Mid-stream switch:

City officials reverse course on privatizing water operations

City officials reverse course on privatizing water operations

Woman kidnapped from Grandview diner last week

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview woman was kidnapped from her place of employment last Thursday evening, according to Grandview police officials.

Fourth match-up against LaSalle ends Lady Knights' season

SPOKANE - For a team that wasn't even supposed to make it out of the Regional tournament, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team didn't make too bad of a showing for itself at the State 'B' basketball tournament.



Jr. Indelook Club to learn about Civil War quilts

The Jr. Indelook Club will spend time during its next meeting learning about the use of quilts during the Civil War, and the important role the craft played in the underground railroad.

Death Notice


South 10th Street closed Wednesday for utility work

South 10th Street, near Sunnyside Community Hospital, will be closed to through traffic Wednesday.

Early spring means long heating season for orchardists

Warm weather has come early this year, which for some people means a welcome change from heavy sweaters and thick wool socks to sunglasses and open car windows. But for local farmers it means a long heating season lies ahead.

Knights earn third State title in school history

Sunnyside Christian knocks off undefeated Willapa Valley to win 'B' crown

Sunnyside Christian knocks off undefeated Willapa Valley to win 'B' crown

Senior parents meeting to take place March 14

A senior parents meeting is set to take place Monday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sunnyside High School commons area.

Grandview girls end season with loss to Connell

MOXEE - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds gave it everything they had last Friday, as they took on the Connell Eagles in the game that would decide which team would go on to the State tournament and which would finish its season.

Friday, March 4

No privatization?

After reviewing cost estimates, City manager will recommend bagging privatization

After reviewing cost estimates, City manager will recommend bagging privatization

Lady Knights hand one over at State

SPOKANE - The Almira-Coulee Hartline (ACH) girls basketball team won its 21 game in a row yesterday evening at the State 'B' basketball tournament in Spokane. And the Lady Warriors have no one to really thank but the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team.

Mary Baker Eddy - a woman in history

March is Women in History Month. There is one 18th century woman whom many of you know little about even when as recently as 2002, the U.S. Congress passed resolution honoring her contributions to humanity and the advancement of women - the woman is Mary Baker Eddy.

Letters to the Editor

Mixed review of Council actions

Mixed review of Council actions

Bring your 'shades' if you plan on attending the Grandview Chamber auction

GRANDVIEW - With new shops and restaurants moving into downtown and new homes being built throughout the community, when the Grandview Chamber of Commerce sat down to decide what the theme of its upcoming auction would be, the answer seemed obvious - "The Future Is So Bright, You Gotta Wear Shades."



Knights bringing home a trophy

Sunnyside Christian embarrass fighting Irish

Sunnyside Christian embarrass fighting Irish

Spring flushing of water system starts Monday

The Sunnyside Public Works Department will be flushing the water system and preparing for the spring water well start-up Monday, March 7, and Thursday, March 10, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Planning continues for Cinco de Mayo festivities

The Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo Committee met earlier this week outlining some details for the annual community festival, which will be held in Sunnyside May 6-8.

Yakima fire district puts recruits through final evaluations

ZILLAH - Yakima County Fire District #5 recruits will be completing their final practical evaluations in order to join the volunteer firefighters Saturday, March 5, at 8 a.m.

Tacitly Yours

Overboard is always better, right?

Overboard is always better, right?

Looking for soccer sign-ups? Visit the Sunnyside Community Center

For those still a bit perplexed about where to go to sign up their children for spring Parks and Recreation sports, the answer is- look for the new sign.

Labor department holds meetings

RICHLAND - U.S. Department of Labor officials will be available to answer questions about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act at town hall meetings, Wednesday and Thursday, March 9 and 10, in Richland.

Old school or new school, shine it up and it's all cool

Do you remember your first ride? For many local folks, young and old, a car, truck or motorcycle takes them back to a certain place and time.

Religious Reflections

Mary Baker Eddy - a woman in history

Mary Baker Eddy - a woman in history

Northwest College musicians to perform Tuesday

The Northwest College Choralons will be performing at Neighborhood Church, 385 E. Allen Rd, adjacent to C. Speck Motors, Tuesday, March 8.

Young Life brunch to be held Sunday

The Lower Valley Young Life brunch will be held Sunday, March 6, at Navarro's Family Community Center, located in the 500 block of South Sixth Street in Sunnyside.

Diocese gets Council approval, but not without conditions

The Sunnyside City Council gave the Diocese of Yakima Housing Services its blessing to construct a new housing complex, but it wasn't exactly what the agency was looking for.

Thursday, March 3

Crisis center counselor speaks on child abuse

Mary Mion, a counselor at Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services, spoke to members of the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Thursday morning about the affects of domestic violence on children.

Jr. Indelook Club to learn about Civil War quilts

The Jr. Indelook Club will spend time during its next meeting learning about the use of quilts during the Civil War, and the important role the craft played in the underground railroad.

Stone joins Chamber as marketing and events coordinator

The past week has been one of catching up for the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce's new marketing and events coordinator, Carrie Stone.

G'view parks and rec service area board select pool option 2 for upcoming election

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area board has selected a pool plan and now is moving forward with preparing for a May 17 vote of people within the area, which encompasses the Grandview School District.

County to sell surplus property

Yakima County commissioners voted Tuesday to surplus two pieces of property, including a plot located just outside of Sunnyside.

Board elects to fund Best SELF-for now

The Sunnyside School Board elected to continue its annual funding of the Yakima County Best SELF summer youth program during its February meeting.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Sunnyside boy avoids surgery

Noah Clift, a 3-year-old boy who lost an eye nearly a year ago, will not need surgery for the removal of a blood clot as originally feared.

Salmon recovery takes community support

YAKIMA - "It takes a village to raise a child," is a saying often associated with child rearing, however it is something that can also be pertinent when it comes to restoring salmon populations in the middle Columbia sub basin.



Knights crush the Crusaders

Sunnyside Christian to face DeSales in the quarterfinals

Sunnyside Christian to face DeSales in the quarterfinals

Sunnyside School Board Briefs


Lady Knights serve up the Ducks

Hernandez sets new State record

Hernandez sets new State record



Wednesday, March 2

Youth soccer coaches needed for parks and rec program

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department needs volunteer coaches for the upcoming youth soccer program.

Stolen car thought to have been trailered away

GRANDVIEW - The owners of Grandview Automotive at 715 W. Wine Country Rd. in Grandview arrived at work Tuesday morning to find that they were one car short.

Sunnyside firefighter returns from Iraq

After a year away from home, Sunnyside firefighter Jamel Linzsey returned to work yesterday (Tuesday) and was greeted by his coworkers with a welcome home celebration.



School district has nearly 100 more students than previous year

The enrollment figures released by the Sunnyside School District at last month's board meeting shows nearly 100 more students for the month of February than the district had the previous year.

Yakima County Fire District #5 lands Homeland Security grant

Yakima County Fire District #5 firefighters will soon have state-of-the art radios, which will allow them to communicate with each other from the Silver Dollar Cafe on State Route 241 to Signal Peak west of White Swan.

March knitting class offers

Registration is now being taken for beginner and intermediate knitting classes being offered through the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department.

School board backs off joining WEA lawsuit

The usually proactive Sunnyside School Board opted to back off from a request from the Washington Education Association (WEA) at its February meeting.

Commissioners vote to continue hearing for appeal of nuisance order

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners heard an appeal from several Mabton residents concerning what the county has labeled as a public nuisance.

Mabton places half of wrestlers at Royal City tourney

ROYAL CITY - The Little Mabton Vikings youth wrestling program had quite the outing at this past Saturday's 19-team tournament in Royal City.

Guest Editorial

Electric rate hikes could ignite economic storm

Electric rate hikes could ignite economic storm

Tebaldi applies for six-lot subdivision

Yakima County commissioners took time Tuesday morning to set up a closed record public hearing for a six-lot subdivion application filed by Sunnyside's Al Tebaldi.

Open Mike

The day my child made me cry

The day my child made me cry



Across Our State

What is in the state library?

What is in the state library?

Little Grapplers place 24 at Walla Walla tournament

WALLA WALLA - Of the 51 wrestlers on the Sunnyside Little Grapplers youth wrestling team, 24 of them placed in the top three this past Saturday at a tournament held at Walla Walla High School.

Tuesday, March 1

Mayor unhappy with comments about city manager in column

Mayor Ed Prilucik let known his feelings this past Monday night about a personal column that appeared in the Daily Sun News this past Wednesday.

Grandview police investigate car theft

GRANDVIEW - A 1996 Kia Sophia was stolen from the 1000 block of Hillcrest Road in Grandview Monday night.

Open Mike

The week is the Knights for the taking

The week is the Knights for the taking

Council delays privatization vote

More public workshops planned

More public workshops planned

Little Guy wrestling opens season

ROYAL CITY - The Sunnyside Little Guy youth wrestling program kicked off its 2005 season at its first tournament in Royal City this past weekend.

Alcohol use suspected in Monday afternoon crash

Car parts and broken glass were strewn across Arrowsmith Road at the intersection of SR 241 following a Monday afternoon crash, that Washington State Patrol Trooper Pelleberg has determined was alcohol related.



Parent conference set for Saturday

Parents are encouraged to attend a day-long conference this Saturday (March 5) to learn more about the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, truancy laws and impact of the No Child Left Behind Act.