Stories for January 2004


Friday, January 30

Commercial air traffic at Paine proposed

OLYMPIA - Mill Creek Rep. Dave Schmidt introduced legislation last Friday to begin the process of bringing commercial air traffic to Paine Field in Snohomish County.

Watching your thoughts

Recently I was reading a letter about a person who was disciplining his thoughts.

School board backs Aguilar's outreach program

The Sunnyside City Council in the end wanted nothing to do with the community outreach program instigated by Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar. But at Thursday night's monthly meeting, the Sunnyside School Board was all for keeping the program going, even opting to expand the coverage area of the monthly meetings.

Elerding chosen for Australian 2004 soccer tour

Sunnyside Christian High School senior David Elerding has been selected to tour in Australia this coming summer with a national soccer team.

Landscaping ordinance resurfaces

Planning commission to meet Feb. 11 to discuss controversial proposal

Planning commission to meet Feb. 11 to discuss controversial proposal



Tacitly Yours

Super Bowl Sunday means one thing - the end of the season

Super Bowl Sunday means one thing - the end of the season

Family night features fun ed opportunities

Families with children in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades are invited to attend a special family night on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The 6 to 8 p.m. event at Sunnyside High School will be hosted by the Sunnyside School District, University of Washington Yakima Valley GEAR-UP program and the 21st Century Community Learning Center.



Across Our State

Who is our state government?

Who is our state government?

Greyhounds win first Mid-Valley League match

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School wrestling team has been competing well in the last few weeks, but has never quite been able to get over the hump. Last night, the Greyhounds cleared that hurdle.

Isabela Bedolla-Roos 'Realtor of the Year'

Prudential Valley Investment Property realtor Isabel Bedolla-Roos was honored last night at the Lower Yakima Valley Association of Realtor's banquet as Realtor of the Year.

Vikings miss out on league title with loss to Leopards

ZILLAH - Going into last night's match, the Mabton High School wrestling team still had a shot at catching Zillah for the South Central Athletic Conference west division league title.

Sunnyside youths attend conference in D.C.

Three of the Sunnyside High School students who attended the national Community Anti Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) Conference in Washington D.C. last week spoke to the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Thursday morning about their trip.

County commissioners deny jail siting appeals

YAKIMA - Building permits have been obtained and the county is moving forward with its plan to build the new Yakima County Justice Center on land near the Central Washington State Fairgrounds, according to Jake Jundt, jail project manager.

Grizzlies win ninth straight match to end the regular season

SELAH - After starting off the season 0-2, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team won its ninth consecutive dual meet match last night at Selah to end the regular season. The stretch of nine wins includes five consecutive Mid-Valley League wins.

Future in jeopardy

Bankruptcy may force closure of G'view plant

Bankruptcy may force closure of G'view plant

'Heartstrings' releases first CD

The Lower Yakima Valley Gospel singing group, "Heartstrings," has just released its first album on CD and cassette. The title song, "Between His Blood and His Mercy," was written by group member Gwen Lawson.

Sunnyside native makes his break in music business, CD to be released Feb. 6

It's been a long-time coming, but Sunnyside native Josue "Juice" Garza is ready to take hold of the brass ring that has been dangling in front of him, just out of his reach, for the past eight years.

Thursday, January 29





Port of Sunnyside calls special meeting for Friday

The Port of Sunnyside will be holding a special meeting Friday, Jan. 30, at noon to award the construction and engineering contracts for the industrial wastewater treatment facility sequence batch reactor project.

REC scraps SunnyView Park from funding list

A playground and a new education center, both in Grandview, are the big winners in the divvying up of a pocket of federal funds being administered by the Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (REC) Board of Directors.

Depopulation totals rise as more dairy cattle found

The number of cattle euthanized goes up daily as additional cows are killed and tested for the brain wasting BSE, or mad cow disease.

Court decision directs L&I to monitor pesticide handlers

Growers must offer blood testing to farmhands working with pesticides

Growers must offer blood testing to farmhands working with pesticides

City awarded $1 million grant for wastewater treatment plant upgrades

A $1 million grant for improving the Sunnyside wastewater treatment plant has been adopted as a part of the Omnibus Appropriations funding measure.

State-of-the-art phone system keeps city departments connected

Last fall the City of Sunnyside upgraded its phone system from a Centrex system to a state of the art, fiber-optic based system that links everyone from city hall to the public works service center on one system.

Wednesday, January 28

Sunnyside paramedic strives to help people...a childhood goal

Although Dennis Blumer was three years old when his grandmother died, he followed in her footsteps.

Where's the beef...from?

Congress delays country-of-origin labeling

Congress delays country-of-origin labeling

Elerding sets State qualifying times

YAKIMA - Competing against Moses Lake this past Saturday at Lion's Pool in Yakima, Sunnyside Christian High School junior Patrick Elerding swam two State meet qualifying times.

Businessman seeks Lewis' seat as Yakima County commissioner

YAKIMA - The race is on for the position of Yakima County Commissioner, district one. Tuesday afternoon Peter Dell, owner of Peter Dell Custom Remodeling, Inc. in Yakima, announced his candidacy for the position.

Canadian visitors to tour Lower Valley

MABTON - Three Alberta city mayors will be making a stop in Mabton next week as part of a Central Washington tour. The mayors are on a goodwill tour, said Mabton Mayor David Conradt.



Open Mike

There must be something in the water

There must be something in the water

New Vision seeks Lower Valley investors in new growth campaign

The recent loss of nearly 400 jobs in Yakima has not discouraged Yakima County economic development leaders.

SCHS girls win big over Yakama Tribal

TOPPENISH - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights blasted past the Yakama Tribal School team Tuesday night, in a game that ended with the Sunnyside team ahead by more than 35 points.

Grizzlies win fourth straight Mid-Valley League match

The final home meet of the year for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team against Prosser was rather anti-climatic.

REC funding announcement expected by Feb. 2 meeting

No announcement came this past Monday night on whether or not Sunnyside had been granted the $100,000 it was seeking from the Lower Yakima County Rural Enterprise Community (REC).

Mabton City Council considers fencing change

MABTON - If Mabton City Councilman Ernesto Armendariz has his way, Mabton residents will have the option of building six-foot tall fences in their front yards.

Bickleton loses to Jubilee Christian

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School boys basketball team finally got to take on Jubilee Christian High School last night, only to loss 57-34.

Knights ground the Eagles, 90-37

TOPPENISH - It was another dominating display by the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team last night in the Knights' final road game of the regular season.

Councilman wants youths to attend weekly meetings

Borrowing an idea from the neighboring Grandview City Council, Sunnyside City Councilman Alex de la Cruz this past Monday night suggested forming a program that involves youths more with the weekly meetings.

Decision due Friday on county jail site appeal

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners will make their ruling on two appeals of the hearing examiner's decision regarding the placement of the Yakima County Justice Center, by Friday at 8 a.m.

Tuesday, January 27

Sunnyside building projects in December total $353,781

In just a little less than two months, Gayle Hays of the Sunnyside Beauty Academy is hoping to be able to move her beauty school from the four-room building she is currently renting to a new 2,520 square foot facility being finished at 440 Barnard Blvd., in the Horizons Inc. building owned by the Port of Sunnyside.

Store manager has been working in grocery business since age 16

GRANDVIEW - Working in a grocery store is something Grandview Market Place Manager John Zites has been doing since the age of 16. He said he enjoys the people, the atmosphere and the service.

Water, sewer rate increases imminent

New funding source becomes available for wastewater treatment plant improvements

New funding source becomes available for wastewater treatment plant improvements

SHS athletic code committee asks for written input

Written recommendations with specific details was called for during Monday night's meeting of the Sunnyside High School Athletic Code Advisory Committee.

Pirates drop two in weekend action

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School Boys basketball team played two of the Greater Columbia "B" league teams this past weekend, dropping both games.


4-calendar rev.

Lady Pirates split weekend games

BICKLETON - It was a case of "win one-lose one" this past weekend for the Bickleton High School girls basketball team.

Monday, January 26

Vikings suffer first back-to-back defeats of the season

Fans are going to find out what the Mabton High School boys basketball team is made of this coming Friday night, as the Vikings play host to Riverside Christian.

Grizzlies maul two 4A schools

The Sunnyside High School wrestling team hosted two 4A schools this past Saturday, Davis and Eisenhower, in an outing that more resembled practice for the Grizzlies.

S'side boys pull away from 'Stangs second half

Senior point guard Jessie Ramirez fired in 10 of his 12 points after intermission to help rally the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team to a 57-41 victory over the Prosser Mustangs last Friday night.

Knights pull back into postseason contention

The road finally proved to be a good place for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team. The Knights put themselves back into postseason contention with two victories this past weekend.

What's in your future?

The classified advertisement reads, "psychic reader tells past, present and future."

27th animal imported into U.S. with BSE infected cow found

The USDA has announced that yet another cow that was imported into the United States from Canada along with the BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) infected cow that started the United States mad cow disease scare just days before Christmas has been located.

Lady Knights win two over the weekend

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights took two long road trips this past weekend, but both of the bus rides proved to be well worth the trouble. The Lady Knights rode to victory both Friday and Saturday, Friday against Klickitat and Saturday against Lyle.

Fire department starting cadet program

Sunnyside firefighter Josh Roe knows first-hand how important a cadet program can be to a community.

Sunnyside man charged with burglary, harassment

A 29-year-old Sunnyside man was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly harassed a Sunnyside woman at her home in the 1200 block of South 15th Street Friday night.

From chickens to dogs, local animal control officer takes care of it all

Those who think of local animal control officer Vaughn Merry as simply a dog catcher don't know just how wrong they are. In fact, people living in the 1200 block of East Kearney Avenue found out Thursday afternoon just how wrong that train of thought can be, as they watched Merry from their picture windows track a chicken from one back yard to another.

Grandview Junior Miss Linsley Grow back home after state competition

PULLMAN - Grandview Junior Miss Linsley Grow was among 33 teens competing for the title of Washington's Junior Miss 2004.

Grizzlies turn over game to Grandview

This past Saturday night's game at home between Sunnyside and the visiting Grandview High School boys basketball team boiled down to composure.

Grizzly swimmers score first victory

YAKIMA - It took seven weeks, but the Sunnyside High School boys swim team finally got its first victory of the season.

Friday, January 23

Ricks says no to consent agenda

Councilman Bruce Ricks cast the lone vote at this past Monday's Sunnyside City Council meeting against approval of the consent agenda.

Across Our State

How do you want to vote?

How do you want to vote?

Vikings overpower the Timberwolves, clobbered by Spartans

GOLDENDALE - The difference in the two matches for the Mabton High School wrestling team last night was like night and day.

Chieftain keglersslip past Sunnyside

in last league match



Kiwanis returns to Thurs. mornings

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club is returning to meeting on Thursday mornings, beginning Jan. 29.

Probe into mad cow disease continues

It's been a month since the first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, was found in the United States, and in that time well over 600 animals have been killed in the attempts to trace the disease and stop it from spreading.

Grizzly matmen make it three in a row

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside High School wrestling team recorded its third consecutive Mid-Valley League victory last night at Grandview, but the Greyhounds didn't go quietly.

County still in top ten in teen birth rate

As President George W. Bush called for more federal funding for abstinence-based sex education in the schools and right-to-lifers marched in protest of the 31st anniversary of Roe-v-Wade abortion ruling, Sunnyside High School students were voicing their own concerns about teenage pregnancies.

Start honing skills, Hospice youth talent show scheduled

The chairperson of the fifth annual Hospice Talent Show knows first-hand how Hospice can help a family.

Port employees get salary hikes

The Sunnyside Port Commission approved a 3-1/2 percent salary increase for Sunnyside Port Manager Amber Hansen, at its December meeting.

Religious Reflections

Knowledge without wisdom

Knowledge without wisdom

McIrvin to speak at club meeting

PROSSER - An interior designer and the mother of a pro basketball player, Betty Anne McIrvin, will be the guest speaker at the February meeting of the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club.

Port adopts aggressive two-year plan

The Port of Sunnyside is moving ahead on schedule, meeting its list of industrial development project deadlines as outlined in its a two-year work plan.

Hart Beat

Creating a romantic February mystery

Creating a romantic February mystery

Comments invited on athletic code

Community members will have an opportunity to ask any question they might have this coming Monday night regarding the Sunnyside School District athletic code.

Red wine, chocolate fest scheduled Feb. 13

PROSSER - Like red wine? Chocolate?

Thursday, January 22

Sunnyside residents asked to tax themselves for library costs

The fate of the Sunnyside Library is up to the voters living within the city limits.

Weekly Bowling Report




Black Rock Reservoir

Project organizers have $6 million in hand Grassroots support still sought

Project organizers have $6 million in hand Grassroots support still sought

Council to discuss making Martin Luther King Day a holiday for city workers

This past Monday night, Sunnyside City Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar requested a discussion be held at the Feb. 2 Council meeting about giving city employees time off in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Pritchett, Gonzalez spark S'side girls to tie

The Sunnyside High School girls bowling team claimed its first "non-loss" decision of the season this past Tuesday afternoon, tying the Pasco Bulldogs, 2-2.

Grandview wrestler doesn't let pain pin him down

GRANDVIEW - Watching Grandview High School wrestlers practice after school, one would never guess that among the more than 20 athletes is one who is working through a painful disease.

Council looks at dealing with graffiti problem

The Sunnyside City Council empowered Interim City Manager Mark Kunkler this past Monday night to move ahead with doing something about the increasing graffiti problem in the community.



Search for new city manager underway

The Sunnyside City Council has finished coming up with the job description for hiring a new city manager, and is in the initial steps of advertising for the open spot.

Para-educator uses stuffed animals to encourage reading

MABTON - Artz-Fox Elementary School para-educator Teresa St. George likes to shop at yard sales.

Wednesday, January 21

New traffic signal ok'd for Grandview

GRANDVIEW - After just recently completing the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Wine Country Road and exit 73 off of westbound Interstate 82, the City of Grandview is ready to do it again.

Gang-related clothing, symbols not allowed in Sunnyside schools

Sunnyside school personnel aren't letting their guard terms of keeping all gang-related clothing and symbols out of local classrooms and off the playgrounds.

Working Stiff

Grandview coach believes in pride and hard work

Grandview coach believes in pride and hard work

Transfer station to undergo repairs

Moving waste, taking care of garbage and transferring recyclables are all actions that take place every day at the Lower Valley transfer station near Granger, however the one thing that shouldn't be moving at the facility has been doing just that.

Sunnyside lets Falcons fly away with one

WEST RICHLAND - It was right there for the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team and the Lady Grizzlies let it slip away.

Lady Vikings lose to Lightning

UNION GAP - Mabton girls basketball coach Brett Simpson said the score (63-37) was lopsided compared to how well the Lady Vikes played.

Kirchner, Herndon plan afternoon nuptial ceremony Feb. 28

Suzanne Kirchner and Douglas Herndon



Sunnyside annexation projects at a standstill

Two significant annexation projects by the City of Sunnyside are sort of at a standstill, said Pete Squires, planning and community development director.

Evening wedding joins Saenz, Cyr in marriage

Delilah (Saenz) and Justin Cyr

Padelford, Underwood unite in New Year's Eve wedding

Michelle (Padelford) and Jeff Underwood

Lady Knights lose to Irish, 62-36

Coming off a three-game winning streak, the Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights weren't prepared for what hit them Tuesday night when DeSales High School took the court in Sunnyside.

Grizzly boys ground Falcons

WEST RICHLAND - Feeding off the inside presence of 6'6" Jake Thomas-and getting inspired play from the likes of Pete Marquez, Jessie Ramirez and Kyle Van de Graaf-the Sunnyside Grizzlies stole a conference win away from the Hanford Falcons on their West Richland home court last night.

Lady 'Hounds run over Prosser Mustangs

PROSSER - Walking into the Prosser High School gym Tuesday night Grandview girls' basketball coach Adolfo Hinojosa didn't think the Lady 'Hounds would be able to simply walk away with things. However, after coming out and taking the early lead, the Prosser team was never able to catch up.

Medical malpractice reform will bring relief for rural health care crisis

Patient access to health care is seriously threatened in Washington. More and more communities are finding it difficult to recruit and retain physicians to care for local residents. The threat to Washington patients is growing to a crisis level.

Grizzlies maul Wildcats, Red Devils in non-league affair

MOXEE - It sort of looked like a practice for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team yesterday.

Greyhounds take a bite out of the Mustangs

Big weekend ahead for Grandview

Big weekend ahead for Grandview

Spokane native shares how she found direction through God

PROSSER - Finding your way from one place to another can be hard sometimes, but finding your way through life can often times prove to be even more difficult.

Grandview teen serves as Senate page this week

OLYMPIA - Grandview High School sophomore Ashley Lara is serving as a Senate page this week for Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside.

Rodriguez leads Vikings past LaSalle

YAKIMA - The Mabton High School boys basketball team grabbed a firm hold on the second seed in the Greater Columbia 'B' League's Northern Division with a huge road win last night.

Knights fall short against DeSales

Sunnyside Christian High School Coach Dean Wagenaar, for the first time in his career, decided to take a chance last night and had his Knights play strictly man-to-man defense against DeSales.

Beyond the Norm-Mel

What's in a name?

What's in a name?

Tuesday, January 20

Council censure ok'd

Public embarrassment? Well, that is not quite what Councilman Don Vlieger says he is promoting with a new resolution he presented last night to publicly censure Council members who are more than 60 days delinquent with any tax or fee owed to the City of Sunnyside or Yakima County.

Artist creates snowy salute to SHS Grizzly

A life-size snow sculpture located on South First Street attracted a lot of attention Sunday night as passers-by honked and shouted encouragement to would-be snow artist Jon Esqueda.

City Council opts to make collective bargaining discussions open to public

The public's right to know ended up superseding city employee's rights to privacy during last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting.

AmeriCorps brings Martin Luther King Day activities to Sunnyside

There were a lot of horns honking and hands waving Monday morning as motorists on Yakima Valley Highway showed their support to the approximately 40 people who took part in a march commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.



Lady Knights avenge loss to Riverside Christian

The SunDome was on fire yesterday, as the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights lit up the court against the Riverside Christian Lady Crusaders, finishing with a big win over the team the Lady Knights lost to not more than a week and a half ago.

Former Miss Cinco de Mayo opens beauty salon

Sunnyside resident Raquel Lopez has known for years that one day she would have her own beauty salon, however it was just this month that she was able to accomplish her goal.

Aguilar, Vlieger exchange sharp words at meeting

Mayor Ed Prilucik put a stern halt this past Monday night to a war of words that seemed to be getting out of hand between Juan Aguilar and Councilman Don Vlieger.

Knights drilled in the SunDome

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team, yesterday afternoon, looked as if it hadn't gotten over what happened this past Saturday at LaSalle.

Firefighter takes exception to Councilman's comments

Long-time Sunnyside Firefighter Bob Johnson, last night, voiced his displeasure with a couple of comments made by Councilman Don Vlieger during the Jan. 5 Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Monday, January 19

Mabton cows testing negative for BSE

The United States Department of Agriculture has euthanized 119 of the 129 cows from the Mabton dairy where the first case of a cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy was found. Of the 119 animals, 28 of the tests for BSE, or mad cow disease, have been completed and all of the tests have come back negative.

Cold weather in Yakima Valley emphasizes the need for shelters to serve the homeless

YAKIMA - Steve Gaulke knows first-hand of the need for affordable housing in the Yakima Valley. As a mental health outreach worker for a new Central Washington homeless program, it's Gaulke's job to make contact with the homeless and help them make contact with service agencies.

Fake $20 bill passed in Sunnyside

1-19 counterfeit

Venison wasn't on brunch menu of Mabton couple Sunday

MABTON - Dale Knott of Mabton was getting ready for church Sunday, when a scream from his wife, Becky, sent him running into the couple's living room. There standing on the carpet was a startled young Mule deer.

Lady Grizzlies go 1-1 in weekend tilts

It was an up-and-down weekend for the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team.

Rams, Wolfpack claim wins over S'side hoop team

Saturday's 57-56 loss to the visiting Wapato Wolfpack may very well come back to haunt the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team.

Friday, January 16

Harris, Castillo top Sunnyside firemen

In 2002 the Sunnyside volunteer firefighter started honoring paid fire department staff for their work in the department at the end of the year banquet held in December. For 2003, they chose firefighter/paramedic Bill Harris. It was the second consecutive year Harris won the award.

Brown bowls Rams past Sunnyside girls

Freshman Angela Brown's 327 two-game series powered the West Valley Rams to a 4-0 sweep of the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team yesterday afternoon.



Greyhounds fall at Selah

SELAH - The Grandview High School wrestling team only gave up two pins last night but it wasn't enough to hold off Selah.

Weekly Bowling Report


Grizzly matmen make it two in a row

The Sunnyside High School wrestling team evened up its Mid-Valley League record at 2-2 last night with an overpowering showing against Wapato at home.

Vikings remain undefeated in league

WHITE SWAN - The Mabton High School wrestling team looks to be gearing up for a showdown with Zillah for the South Central Athletic Conference west division league title.

Local pop/punk band signs record contract

GRANDVIEW - The five members of Keno, a Grandview-based pop/punk band, has the opportunity of a lifetime ahead of them. The band members have recently been signed by Jet Speed Records in California to produce a 12-song album.

Tacitly Yours

My snowy weather love affair

My snowy weather love affair

Across our State

Setting the scene

Setting the scene

Entertainment Briefs




Gang graffiti re-emerges in Sunnyside

Driving down the alleys of Sunnyside the marks of gang graffiti are evident on fences, garbage cans and garages.

Sunnyside Police Department support staff gets new contract

The Sunnyside City Council approved its final in a series of recent collective bargaining agreements.

Former manager of Sunnyside Airport dies

Donald Max Hanks, the former manager of the Sunnyside City Airport and owner of Valley Air Service, died peacefully on Dec. 20, 2003, in the house where he was born at Shelley, Idaho.

Valley Theater Company announces 'Guys and Dolls' cast

Neither snow storm nor icy roads kept actors home when it came to the auditions for the Valley Theater production of "Guys and Dolls."

Religious Reflections

The Passion

The Passion

Hispanic merchants encouraged to use Chamber services

What is the Chamber and how can it help me," was the topic of discussion at a special Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce membership meeting held Thursday night at Navarro's Family Community Center.

Weather minimizes threat of flooding

After the inches and inches of snow fell on the Yakima Valley last week, many weather forecasters were calling for flooding to be the next situation to overtake the area.

Thursday, January 15

Lady Pirates beat Yakama Tribal

TOPPENISH - The Bickleton High School girls basketball team went to Toppenish Tuesday night to take on the Yakama Tribal High School girls team and came away with a 49-38 victory.

Sunnyside man faces break-in charges

22-year-old John M. Valero was arraigned Tuesday, Jan. 13, on attempted burglary charges. Valero was arrested by Sunnyside Police Department officers when they found him on the roof of El Rodeo, which is located at 1103 Yakima Valley Highway.

Whistle blowers say mad cow disease testing must be improved

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Members of several groups came together this morning (Thursday) to voice their concerns about the way the government has been handling the discovery of mad cow disease in the United States. The group voiced concerns over everything from how animals are tested to which animals are tested for Bovine Spongiform Encephalophathy, or BSE.

Gov. Locke treks to Lower Valley to allay mad cow disease concerns

MABTON - Stressing the need to support of the state's livestock industry during the current mad cow crisis, Governor Gary Locke was in Mabton yesterday (Thursday) urge the public to continue to "eat beef."

City Council enters into agreement for animal control services

At this past Monday night's meeting, the Sunnyside City Council entered into an agreement with the Humane Society of Central Washington to provide animal control services in 2004.

Sunnyside City Council hears from residents about working together

Sunnyside City Council members this past Monday night heard from some concerned citizens about what they perceive as public scrutiny of one another.



Diversity, unity keys to prosperous downtown

The heart of any community most often lies in the prosperity of its downtown. And despite what some may think, the heart of Sunnyside is not in too bad of shape, believes Sunnyside Inc. Executive Director Marshall Doak.

Bickleton loses to Yakama Tribal

TOPPENISH - The Bickleton High School boys basketball team couldn't stop the Yakama Tribal Eagles on the Toppenish's team's home court Tuesday night. The Pirates dropped the game 69-26, despite what looked like a promising start.

Greyhounds wrestle well despite loss to Prosser

PROSSER - Despite dropping to 0-4 in Mid-Valley League competition, Grandview High School wrestling Coach Jeff Sevigny feels his team is continuing to get better.

Effect of recent Arctic front seen in local crops

Freezing temperatures and a heavy dumping of snow are not new to the Yakima Valley. Yakima County Washington State University tree fruit extension agent Dana Faubion said similar occurrances have happened at other times in the past.



Wednesday, January 14

Late surge not enough for Vikes

FINLEY - Too little too late for the Mabton High School boys basketball team in last night's non-league affair at 1A RiverView.

VikingsthrottleS'side boys

There's ugly...and then there's UGLY. The play of the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team last night was the latter.

Grizzlies clip Falcons for first Mid-Valley win

Evans becomes new SHS takedown leader

Evans becomes new SHS takedown leader

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Michels' censure case

Disappointing" was Tukwila attorney Phillip Talmadge's reaction to hearing that Sunnyside Municipal Court Judge Steven Michels' appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court has been denied. The court reportedly has declined to hear Michels' petition.

Lions roar past Sunnyside girls

KENNEWICK - With four of five girls topping the 300 two-game series plateau, the Kennewick Lions swept past the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team, 4-0, yesterday afternoon at Kennewick's Celebrity Bowl.

Lady Grizzlies get first league win

There is some good news and bad news for fans of the Sunnyside High School girls basketball program.

Plesha outlines bond/levy election at Rotary meeting

Voters asked to cast yes votes Feb. 3

Voters asked to cast yes votes Feb. 3

Trial of Sadaam Hussein should take more than just the man into account

Within hours of the capture of Sadaam Hussein controversy erupted regarding the location and control of his forthcoming trial. Although these issues are jurisdictionally important, I believe that they are less important than what is said at the trial. This trial can be a worldwide public platform for a much-needed global discussion of how dictatorships cause oppression, genocide, terrorism and war. Although this causal connection has been made before, for some it apparently needs to be made again.

Police captain regales Kiwanians with accounts from FBI academy training

Sunnyside Police Captain Phil Schenck falls into an elite group law enforcement officers in Yakima County, all of whom have attended the FBI leadership academy in Quantico, Va. It is one of the best leadership training opportunities in the world for law enforcement officers, said Schenck.

West Valley pulls away from Lady 'Hounds in the fourth

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhounds gave it their all Tuesday night and found they could run with the Rams. The Grandview High School girls' basketball team was able to keep pace with the West Valley team, and despite the Lady 'Hounds finishing behind the Rams, Grandview Coach Adolfo Hinojosa said he was happy with what he saw.

Open Mike

What is the purpose of a newspaper?

What is the purpose of a newspaper?

Vikes dominate in first home meet of the season

MABTON - Home was a nice place for the Mabton High School wrestling team last night.

Thief snags car left idling, police capture Pasco man

A Sunnyside woman watched as her car was stolen from her home in the 300 block of South Eighth Street yesterday morning.

Greyhounds take third-ranked Rams to the limit

GRANDVIEW - There is always something different about playing basketball at Grandview High School. And the West Valley boys basketball team found out last night just how hard it is to come into the pound and walk out with a victory.

Camels call Sunnyside home

Driving down Tear Road southeast of Sunnyside there are fields upon fields, pastures where horses and cows graze in the winter haze. But, just before the road bends back to the south and turns into North Forsell, there is a pasture that contains the unexpected - two dromedary camels.



Tuesday, January 13

S'side conservation district position open

One elected supervisor position with the South Yakima Conservation District is open. Those interested in serving as a volunteer supervisor from the Sunnyside area are asked to contact district officials at 1116 Yakima Valley Hwy. in Sunnyside, or by calling 837-7911.

Bickleton Boys lose to Trout Lake, 64-26

TROUT LAKE - The Bickleton High School boys basketball team had a tough time of it this past Saturday night, losing to Trout Lake High School, 64-26.

City Council withdraws support of outreach program

Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar wanted to know where the Sunnyside City Council stood on its support of the Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (REC) Outreach Program. Well, she got her answer at this past Monday night's Council meeting.

Bickleton girls basketball team beats Trout Lake, 40-24

TROUT LAKE - After three weeks of inactivity, the Bickleton High School girls basketball team may have been a little rusty, but it never showed up on the scoreboard.

Grizzly JV moves to 7-0 on the season

The Sunnyside High School junior varsity boys basketball team truly made it a team effort this past Saturday at home against Ellensburg.

Sunnyside Community Center opening delayed until spring

The Sunnyside Community Center won't open at the end of January as scheduled, reported Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Director Tom Byers to the Sunnyside City Council Monday night.

Display of 4,000 flags a reminder of the abortions that occur every day

GRANDVIEW - Saturday, Jan. 3, after the first of what would ultimately be days of snowfall, Lower Valley Pregnancy Center Executive Director Shelley VanBuskirk and approximately 20 other volunteers, ranging from middle school students to other Lower Valley Pregnancy Center staff members, spent the afternoon planting flags in the ground at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview.

Wal-Mart distribution center to open March 1

The Wal-Mart distribution center in Grandview will soon be opening its doors.

Michels appeals censure case to U.S. Supreme Court

Today, Sunnyside attorney Steven Michels is back dispensing rulings from the Sunnyside Municipal Court bench, while waiting to hear if the highest court in the land will hear his case against the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

People for People aiding local folks

Need a ride to Yakima or to the Tri-Cities? The People for People connector bus may be just the ticket. Need training for a livable wage job? People for People can help. It's a mission the agency has addressed and expanded upon for the past three decades.

Mabton's Silver Dollar evolving into a family entertainment center

MABTON - Since the days of silent movies the building housing the Silver Dollar Tavern in Mabton has been a place for entertaining Mabton residents.

Monday, January 12

Lower Valley legislators begin work anew today

OLYMPIA - For the next two months, Lower Valley legislators Dan Newhouse and Bruce Chandler are going to have their hands full. The two Republican state representatives joined their cohorts in Olympia today for the 2004 session.

Local schools being pressured to limit soft drink sales to teens

Area educators feel there is no need for a new bill which is being proposed in the 2004 Washington state legislative session.

USDA rules 129 cows to be killed

Almost four weeks since the first confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was traced back to a Mabton dairy, USDA officials have announced they will be killing 129 cows from Sunny Dene Ranch owned by the Wavrin family.

Greyhounds race past Wapato boys

WAPATO - The Grandview High School boys basketball team proved to be just too efficient for the Wapato Wolves this past Saturday.

Estimated 2,500 turn out to support Valley's beef industry

MABTON - Nothing could stop beef eaters from enjoying the juicy burgers and ribs at the "Eat Beef" rally held Saturday at Mabton High School.

Vikes cut down the Eagles

TOPPENISH - The Mabton High School boys basketball team seemed to be glad to get back on the court this past Saturday night in Toppenish against Yakama Tribal.



Knights clash with Crusaders

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team found out there are some nights when the ball just falls and there are some nights when a team can't buy a bucket. Saturday night was one of those nights when the Knights couldn't buy a bucket.

Lady 'Hounds push past Wapato Wolves

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds managed to keep the Wapato Wolves at bay Saturday night, winning over the visiting team 63-55.

Church women honor pastor at 'Girl's Day Out'

There are three keys to having a relaxing Sunday afternoon for the women of Sunnyside Presbyterian Church. Sit back with a hot cup of coffee or tea, pull up a slice of yummy dessert and leave the boys at home.

City receives counter-offer from Monsons for feedlot price

Interim City Manager Mark Kunkler confirmed that the Sunnyside City Council has received and discussed the counter offer from the Monson family to purchase the feedlot just outside of city limits.

S'side boys square league mark at 1-1

Snapping a six-game losing streak this past Saturday, the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team evened its Mid-Valley League record at 1-1 by slipping past Ellensburg, 67-65.

Sunnyside girls humbled by Ellensburg

The time has come for the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team to do some soul searching.

Friday, January 9

The church is divided, yet...

Why would I ever consider Christianity? Look at how many different churches and denominations there are?" "Look how they disagree on so many teachings?" "It seems to me like a particular church can get the Bible to say pretty well what they want it to say. All this division tells me that Christianity is unreliable"

Australian team lowers the boom on the Knights

The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team probably left last night's game against the touring Australian Bulleen Boomers wishing the game had been canceled.

West Valley stays undefeated in mat action

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School wrestling team put up a valiant effort, but West Valley proved to be too much last night. The Rams powered by Grandview, winning last night's match 51-23. West Valley remains undefeated in Mid-Valley League action at 3-0. The loss dropped the Greyhounds to 0-3 on the season.

It's a no-brainer, vote YES twice

Simply put, there isn't a logical reason not to cast two YES votes on Feb. 3 when deciding the fate of the Sunnyside School District bond and levy issues. Sunnyside School District patrons are being presented with a golden opportunity. Passing these two ballot issues will give local voters the biggest bang for their buck that they've had in quite some time.



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Faulty electrical outlet blamed for Grandview fire

GRANDVIEW - A faulty bathroom electrical outlet is being blamed for nearly $30,000 in damages to the rural Grandview home of Duane Riel.

City moves forward with Lincoln Avenue upgrade

Lincoln Avenue in Sunnyside should have a new look to it rather soon.

Teamsters call for ban on milk products from potentially BSE-infected dairy cows

Darigold calls ploy a 'shameless tactic'

Darigold calls ploy a 'shameless tactic'

Hart Beat

I'm caving into my winter cravings

I'm caving into my winter cravings

Working Stiff

Working for city suits her just fine

Working for city suits her just fine

Animals rights group uses mad cow disease scare to promote its belief in not eating meat

The reaction was predictable. The subject of mad cow disease in the Yakima Valley is a very touchy one, and three representatives from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) touched a nerve when they arrived in Sunnyside just in time for the noon rush Thursday.

Sunnyside calves slaughtered

More than 450 bull calves, an entire operation belonging to a Sunnyside area family, were euthanized Tuesday as a precaution to stop the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

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Thursday, January 8

City works to create simple one-stop permit center

Obtaining a Sunnyside city building permit will be a lot simpler in the coming months, if a one-stop proposal works as planned.

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City Council admonishes Aguilar (again)

Sunnyside City Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar didn't leave the first Council meeting of the year unscathed.

Helping hands appreciated

When Hanford worker Tony Santoy of Sunnyside found himself among the many Lower Valley residents sent home from work Wednesday due to severe winter storm conditions, he couldn't just sit around his warm house.

'Eat beef' rally, b-b-q planned for Saturday in Mabton

MABTON - An "eat beef" rally aimed at counteracting consumers' fears of becoming infected with mad cow disease will be held in Mabton Saturday, Jan. 10, at noon.

Chamber plans informational meeting

Sunnyside business owners, managers and their representatives are being encouraged to attend an informational meeting next week to discuss the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce services and activities.

Scam ID'd

The Sunnyside Police Department has issued a warning that scam artists have been telephoning Sunnyside residents and telling them they have won a sweepstakes, along with magazine subscriptions, according to Det. Scott Bailey of the local agency.

Vlieger continues pressuring Council to open collective bargaining meetings to S'side residents

Sunnyside City Councilman Don Vlieger brought back an old issue at the beginning of the new year during this past Monday night's meeting.



Sunnyside man caught, arrested this morning on burglary charge

A 22-year-old Sunnyside man was arrested early this morning (Thursday) on second degree burglary charges at El Rodeo, located at 1103 Yakima Valley Hwy.

Wednesday, January 7

Men, dancers needed for 'Guys and Dolls' production

Valley Theater Company is looking for men who sing in a church choir, in the shower or in the car to be a part of its spring musical Guys and Dolls.

SHS Grizzly freshmen come out on short end

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside High School freshman boys basketball team saw any hopes of a perfect season come to a screeching halt this past Saturday at Grandview. And, Sunnyside freshman coach Eric Lindstrand will be the first to tell you most of it is his fault.

More than $2 million owed in municipal court fines

If Sunnyside Municipal Court were to collect the more than $2 million in fines it is owed, only a small portion of that could benefit the community.

Grizzly JV squeaks by Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside High School boys junior varsity basketball team pulled off a squeaker to start the new year.

Beef sales at stores, restaurants steady

When the discovery of a Holstein infected with mad cow disease was announced just before the Christmas holiday, people throughout the country reacted. There were questions, rumors and different theories circulating locally, as people tried to get their hands on as much information about the disease as they could.

Everson girl spends holiday shadowing Sunnyside ER nurses

Unlike most young people her age, Lindsey Schlotfeldt didn't spend her New Year's Eve holiday skiing or doing other winter time activities. The serious-minded, Everson woman was found shadowing Sunnyside Community Hospital emergency room nurses during the days leading up to 2004.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

What's next,<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;public flogging?

What's next,public flogging?

Community center nears completion

After a year of being under construction, the Sunnyside Community Center at South Hill Park still isn't ready for use. But it won't be long, claim project contractors. In the meantime, center use and rental agreements are being formulated, said the facility's future management team.

Superintendent spells out new bond/levy proposal

It basically boils down to what difference does 5¢ make to Sunnyside residents. Well, 5¢ could make a few million dollars difference, according to Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole.

DNA links Mabton cow to Canadian herd

Tests are back and the BSE infected cow from a Mabton dairy has been positively linked to an Alberta, Canada dairy farm.





Lady Knights JV 7-2 on the season

The Sunnyside Christian High School junior varsity girls basketball team improved to 7-2 on the season with a 45-20 victory over Grandview's C-squad this past Monday night.

Schools closed, freezing rain forecasted

By the time the 6 o'clock news aired Tuesday night, administrators for the Sunnyside, Grandview and Mabton school districts had already decided to cancel school today (Wednesday).

Tuesday, January 6

No settlement yet in 2001 drowning of Sunnyside child

A lawsuit centered on the Sept. 11, 2001 drowning death of a Washington Elementary School student is still expected to go to court by late spring, according to a Sunnyside School District official.

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Sunnyside teen awarded U.S. Congressional Bronze Medal

When most people think of the Congressional Medal they think of the award given to soldiers in service to their country.

Fonfara resigns, Kunkler named interim city manager

While he still has a couple of days left of work, the Sunnyside City Council Monday night formally accepted the resignation of City Manager Dave Fonfara.



Woman pleads guilty to sex charge

A 20-year-old Sunnyside woman who was arrested and charged with two counts of second degree rape of a child last summer, two weeks ago, pled guilty to a lesser charge of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

Firing gun on New Year's a no-no

Sunnyside police officers an arrested a man who was firing shots just after midnight New Year's Day.

Columbia River Steel celebrates grand opening in Grandview Port District

GRANDVIEW - A construction company with building sites all over the state has officially been welcomed to the Grandview Port District.

Vlieger proposes publicly condemning councilmen who owe back taxes, fees

Sunnyside City Councilman Don Vlieger presented at Monday night's meeting a proposed amendment to the Council rules of procedure. The amendment is not set to be discussed by Council until the Jan. 19 meeting.

More cold temps, snow invade Lower Valley

With Sunnyside schools missing as many as 50 percent of their students the first day back after the winter break, the second day back was a bit smoother.

'C' squad Grizzlies claim two more wins

Frank Espinoza lit up the scoreboard for 21 points this past Saturday, leading the Sunnyside High School 'C' squad boys basketball team to a 56-52 victory over Grandview.

Grandview to close Main Street bridge to all vehicles

GRANDVIEW - Since 1996 access to the Main Street bridge in Grandview has been limited to vehicles carrying less than 8,000 pounds per axle. However, following Monday night's Grandview City Council meeting, access to the bridge will soon be limited to pedestrians only.

Monday, January 5

South First Street project in initial design phase

Sunnyside City Manager Dave Fonfara has always been a go-getter. Perhaps, the soon to be completed improvements to South First Street will be a testament to his legacy in the community, after he leaves for Chelan shortly after the beginning of the year.

Cold snap hits Valley

With nightly temperatures dipping well below zero, to a new record low on Jan. 4 of -9 degrees, Lower Valley residents are preparing for cold days and icy roads.

Sunnyside lab now testing water for coliform

In the past, Sunnyside City Hall has served as a drop-off point for Lower Valley residents who wanted their drinking water tested for impurities. Weekly, city officials would send the water samples brought in to city hall to a lab in Union Gap.

Sunnyside area herd to be killed

USDA opts to put down 450 calves as a mad cow disease precautionary measure

USDA opts to put down 450 calves as a mad cow disease precautionary measure

Velez 100-free winner against West Valley

YAKIMA - Pedro Velez garnered the lone first place finish against the West Valley Rams this past Saturday, claiming victory in the 100-yard freestyle.

Lady Knights unable to keep up with defending 'B' state champions

The Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights found themselves unable to keep up with visiting Ritzville Saturday night.

Andrews leads Greyhounds past Sunnyside

GRANDVIEW - Anthony Andrews has played consistently all year for the Grandview High School boys basketball team. This past Saturday night, Andrews stepped it up a notch for the Greyhounds in their Mid-Valley League opener against Sunnyside.

14 year old chosen to watch over para-pro's children

When Sunnyside High School teacher Suzanne Walker asked if anyone would be interested in a job that paid $10 an hour, many students' ears perked up. However, it was 14-year-old freshman Jolene Merry who was chosen to fill the position.

Friday, January 2

Tacitly Yours

Winter storm brings back snowy memories

Winter storm brings back snowy memories

Rotary speaker stresses that if people are going to be attracted to Sunnyside those living here must take active role

Taking an active role in the community of Sunnyside is an important part of "continuing to keep the ball rolling," said Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarian Bill Flower.

Infected Holstein one of 10 Canadian cows sent to Mabton dairy

Dr. Ron DeHaven, chief veterinarian for the United States Department of Agriculture, announced Wednesday that 10 of the 82 cows imported into the United States from Canada, which includes the bovine spongiform encephalopathy infected cow, were found to have been sent to the Wavrin family's Mabton dairy.

Sunnyside Inc. board eyes 2004

For members of the Sunnyside Inc. board, thoughts of the new year began long before the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31. Members of the board have been looking toward 2004 since the fall of 2003.



S'side man dies in I-82 mishap

The new year has already brought with it a traffic fatality.

Coffman 'top cop'

The annual Sunnyside Police Department Christmas party typically includes more than just a festive holiday atmosphere for members of the local police force. It also serves as a place to honor certain members of the department for their hard work and dedication over the last year.



Still no decision made yet by USDA on 'depopulating' two Lower Valley herds

The decision on whether or not to kill any or all of the animals in two Lower Valley herds, at a dairy which was home to a Holstein that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and a calf feeding operation where the infected cow's calf was sent, has not been made. But the possibility that the two herds may have to be killed, or depopulated as the federal government is now calling it, still exists.



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