Stories for May 2006


Wednesday, May 31

Seahawk Shaun Alexander to visit Eastern Washington in '07

CWU among those requesting a 2007 visit

CWU among those requesting a 2007 visit

July 4 blast axed?

Need a refuge from all the festive fun planned for the Fourth of July weekend?

Guest Editorial

Constitutional amendment would restrict reights, strip state courts

Constitutional amendment would restrict reights, strip state courts

Working Stiff

Setting children on right path rewarding

Setting children on right path rewarding

Law enforcement sharpens skills in identifying child abuse

Last year 55,400 children were reported at risk

Last year 55,400 children were reported at risk

'F' as in Frank

Graduation season

Graduation season

Changes proposed for Girls swimming agreement

Sunnyside High School is proposing a change in the girls swimming program, which would have the girls in a cooperative agreement with 3A West Valley High School instead of 4A Davis, as has been the case in the past.

Rotary speaker details 30-year winemaking boom

In 1976 there were six wineries in Washington state. Today there are more than 400 wineries across the state making wine that is recognized around the world. How did this happen? According to Mike Wallace, it all changed in 1969.

Grandview to host first ever alumni game

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School stadium will be the site of the first ever Grandview alumni soccer game Saturday, June 10, at noon.

Sunnyside High School recognizes spring athletes

Sunnyside High School recognized its 2006 spring sports athletes in a ceremony held at the Sunnyside High School auditorium Tuesday night.

Tuesday, May 30

SCHS gives birth to math champ

Tori Van Wingerden aced a trigonometry contest among high school students throughout the state, netting her $100.

Cold Cow Creamery offers ice cream for a summer cool down

Opening an ice cream parlor just sounded like a good idea to Valerie Dickinson.

Floyd wins State crown

YAKIMA - Kevin Floyd made Grandview High School history this past weekend, winning the school's first ever tennis crown during this past weekend's 2A State tennis tourney.

Linde sixth at State meet

PASCO - Sunnyside senior Christy Linde concluded her high school athletic career with sixth-place honors in the 100 hurdles at the State 3A track and field meet in Pasco this past weekend.

G'view boys fourth at State

CHENEY - After finishing a disappointing seventh in the 400 meter dash, Grandview's James Vela bounced back and won the 800 meter run to secure an individual State championship and help the Grandview boys place fourth out of 51 teams and take home a trophy.

Mabton graduates largest class ever

MABTON - Mabton's graduating class of 2006 was not only praised for being the school's largest ever with 59 graduates, but commended as pace setters in other areas.

Suspect arrested in post office theft, 146 charges pending

Tricia Lee Johnley, 31, of Toppenish, arrested by Sunnyside police officers May 23, faces 146 charges stemming from investigation of thefts from post office boxes at the Sunnyside Post Office during the Cinco de Mayo weekend festivities.

Hess, Williams excel at 'B' State meet

CHENEY - Regional champions Eric Hess of Bickleton and Trishi Williams of Mabton won medals at the State B track and field meet at Woodward Field on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney this past weekend.

Lady Knights make noise at 'B' State tournament

YAKIMA - They may not have trophied, but the Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights made their presence felt at the 'B' State fastpitch softball tournament, held this past weekend in Yakima.

Sunnyside's Plesha third at 3A State tourney

SEATTLE - For the second year in a row, Danny Plesha's only tennis loss of the season came against the eventual State champion.




Friday, May 26

Changes ahead for Grizzly sports

Say good-bye to the Mid-Valley League and hello to the Columbia Basin League.

Sunnyside School District supports state lawsuit

The Sunnyside School District will file an amicus brief in support of litigation by other school districts seeking increased funding for special education programs.

Local river, streams deemed dangerous now

Local streams and rivers in Yakima County continue with flows that are extremely dangerous. That's the word from the Yakima County Sheriff's Search and Rescue unit.

Home Country


The Newcomer

What's for dinner?

What's for dinner?

Dunbar encourages scouts to aim high

From an Outlook farm girl to a space shuttle astronaut, Bonnie Dunbar shared her story with local scouts and their supporters during a fundraising breakfast Thursday morning at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Grandview women spurs troops care-package effort

GRANDVIEW - Being a soldier stationed in Iraq can be uncomfortable to say the least. It's not fun to drink warm, 100 degree water or shave without shaving cream or a fresh blade. The sand gets in everything and when the troops aren't working, they're trying to find something to do to pass the time that doesn't include wiping sweat out of their eyes, swatting flies away from their face or finding cover from the daily windstorms.

Rope a good time at Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo

BICKLETON - The cowboys will ride again in this year's 96th annual Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo near Bickleton.

Story Time

Pet peeves...

Pet peeves...




Religious Reflections

Remember the fallen

Remember the fallen



On the road with...

Jose the ice cream man

Jose the ice cream man

Top educators presented Golden Apple awards

The Sunnyside School District presented its fifth annual Golden Apple awards during Thursday night's school board meeting.

Death Notice



Thursday, May 25

Japanese teacher intern at S'side school submerged in American culture

Kyoko Fukumoto of Osaka, Japan can not walk through the halls of Pioneer Elementary School without hearing friendly greetings in her own language.

New Grizzliettes dance team ready to get moving

Fresh off an eighth-place finish at State, the Sunnyside High School Grizzliettes dance team has been picked and is ready to get training to make another run at State.

Slow day at S'side fire house

Sunnyside firefighters scored an evening call when an automatic alarm was set off in an apartment at 1500 Federal Way yesterday (Wednesday) at 11:55 p.m. At 12:58 p.m. they were called out again to transfer a patient from Sunnyside Community Hospital to Yakima Regional Hospital.

Cowboys, Border Collies, horses work together to demonstrate herding techniques

GRANGER - Cutting three head of young heifers out of a herd and steering them through an obstacle course was cowboys play yesterday at the ninth Annual Grazing Workshop and Field Tour in Granger.

Mixed greeting for Vicente Fox's arrival

YAKIMA - Dogs sniffed bouquets of flowers-for explosives, not for their scent-as a wall of regional and national press awaited the arrival of Mexican President Vicente Fox yesterday at McAllister Field in Yakima.

Cantu gets early start on S'side grid season

Adrian Cantu likes playing quarterback. He's been one since he was nine-years-old and started playing Grid Kid football.

Michels 12th at State!

SPOKANE - Yesterday, senior Andrew Michels stamped his ticket as one of the best to have gone through the Grandview High School golf program.

Aces high!

Plesha, Floyd seek State tennis championships

Plesha, Floyd seek State tennis championships

Wednesday, May 24

Mabton School Briefs


Guest Editorial

It's fitting to honor our troops

It's fitting to honor our troops

Martinez chosen to fill seat on Mabton City Council

MABTON - The Mabton City Council filled the seat left vacant by John Reynolds last night. Four people applied for the position.

Ask the AG:

When choosing a credit card, there's more to consider than APR

When choosing a credit card, there's more to consider than APR

Death Notice



Pleasing the palate his forte

Creating a fine dining experience with cuisine to complement the premier wines of the Valley is the goal of a big guy who goes by the moniker of Big John.

Michels makes first day cut at State tourney

SPOKANE - Talk about walking a fine line! Grandview High School senior Andrew Michels finished right on the cut line at yesterday's 2A State golf tournament to earn one of 22 spots in today's final round action at State.

Mabton Council adopts amended parental responsibility ordinance

MABTON - A public hearing was held last night at the Mabton City Council meeting before council voted on an amended parental responsibility ordinance.


Parade focus is kids

Parade focus is kids

Cutting to the Core

Beware of MCI

Beware of MCI

Bos misses out at State by a single stroke

SPOKANE - On the plus side, Sunnyside High School sophomore Justin Bos attained the goal he set for himself at the beginning of the season.

Tuesday, May 23

Sunnyside City Council asked to take steps to curb rising crime rate

The recent abduction of a woman from the Sunnyside Safeway store prompted a call for beefed up crime prevention during the Sunnyside City Council meeting Monday night.

Sunnyside woman to receive Air Force Academy commission

Brittany Dahlstrom, daughter of Aletha and Carl Dahlstrom of Sunnyside, will graduate from the Air Force Academy on May 31.

Animal problems plague S'side Police Department

The City of Sunnyside has its share of animal problems, and they come to the attention of the police department every day. Yesterday and today (Tuesday), officers were called out to take care of nine complaints about animals that ranged from dogs chained up and left unattended to a dead cow behind a residence in the 1300 block of South 16th Street.

Rohde, O'Brian, Trimm, Phillips scramble winners

The foursome of Gary Rohde, Larry O'Brian, Chuck Trimm and Russ Phillips won this past Sunday's four-person scramble at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Bill Ingram installed as S'side VFW post commander

Bill Ingram was installed as commander of the Sunnyside Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3482 at an afternoon ceremony for incoming officers Saturday, May 20.

Black Rock Creek one out of top spot on local senior tour

RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course is sitting in the No. 2 spot in the Central Washington Senior Tour standings, after a competition last week at Richland's Horn Rapids Golf Course.

Acapulco native building up his Sunnyside holdings

Ruben Uriostegui looks out behind his rental property and thinks about where his plans will take him.

Sunnyside woman's living memorial launches canoes for Venture Scouts

Sunnyside Venture Crew 632 of the Boy Scouts of America launched six brand new canoes this past Sunday-a living memorial to Betsy Porter of Sunnyside, who died a year ago.

City of Sunnyside Briefs


Mabton School Board adopts new math curriculum for grades 9-12

MABTON - The Mabton School Board Monday evening approved a new math curriculum for Mabton High School.




Memorial Day brings weekend camping opportunities

Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest camping events of the year in the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests and most of the campgrounds in the two forests will be accessible for the holiday weekend.

Death Notice



Monday, May 22

Floyd advances for G'view tennis

YAKIMA - Make it four-for-four for Grandview tennis player Kevin Floyd.

Grandview man charged with knife assaults in Sunnyside

Humberto A. Flores, 26, of Grandview was arrested by Sunnyside police officers this past Friday at El Valle Restaurant in Sunnyside after a knife assault was reported there at 10:30 p.m.

Death Notice



Tigers roar past SCHS girls, 9-0

ELLENSBURG - Playing a Regional tourney game this past Saturday to determine seeding into this coming weekend's State tournament, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team got blown off the field by the Entiat Tigers, 9-0.

Linde to represent S'side at State meet

Girls team fifth at Regionals

Girls team fifth at Regionals

Eight thefts reported over weekend in S'side

Three vehicles were stolen in Sunnyside over the weekend. The thefts were three of eight that were reported from 8:57 a.m. Friday to 6:16 a.m. this morning.

Memorial Day activities set

Memorial Day weekend will kickoff for local veterans this Saturday, May 27, when members of the VFW, Am-Vets and American Legion will place more than 1,300 U.S. flags on the graves of deceased veterans at local cemeteries.

Sunnyside's Plesha qualifies for State (again)

YAKIMA - Sunnyside tennis ace Danny Plesha punched his fourth consecutive trip to the 3A State tennis tourney by taking the Regional crown this past weekend.




Bickleton, Mabton to send tracksters to State

ELLENSBURG - The District 5/6 Regional Track Championship at Central Washington University this past Friday saw three Bickleton and one Mabton competitor advancing to State.



Greyhound boys place second at Districts

QUINCY - The Grandview boys track team placed second in the 2A District Championships last Friday in Quincy and several of the Greyhounds qualified for State.

Friday, May 19

Grandview announces new concert series

GRANDVIEW - Raising public awareness about Grandview's Country Park Amphitheater resulted in the formation of the first ever Country Park Concert Series, set to begin May 23.

Wind storm blows into Lower Valley

Sustained winds of up to 35 mph in the Lower Valley yesterday afternoon resulted in 1,441 Pacific Power and Light customers in the Granger area losing electrical service for more than two hours. Numerous Sunnyside area residents also lost power for much shorter periods of time.

2006 Central Washington Fair to feature star headliners, Wacky Yakky fun

YAKIMA - Fair-goers who couldn't find seating to watch entertainers on the Oak Park Stage last year at the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima may have better luck this year.

Hernandez earns 'Player of Year' 'B' league honors

Sunnyside Christian High School senior Emily Hernandez has been named the Greater Columbia 'B' League's player of the year for fastpitch softball.

Guest Editorial

Religious beliefs

Religious beliefs

Wix Filters 100 to be held at Yakima Speedway

YAKIMA - The best Northwest late model racers will get together Saturday, May 20, at the Yakima Speedway for the Wix Filters 100.

New Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador crowned

Natasha Daniel has been living on a dairy for 11 years now. At school, she says, people who aren't involved with the dairies in the area usually make fun of them or complain about them.

Home Country





Vineyard owner wants county commission seat

Rand Elliott came to Sunnyside this morning to bring his message to the Sunnyside Republican Club as to why he wants to fill the seat of Yakima county commissioner from the 3rd District.

The Newcomer

It's all in the telling

It's all in the telling

Grizzly baseball coach hanging up his cleats

Sunnyside High School head baseball coach Dave Martinez has tendered his resignation.

Zakahi, Briones earn second team all-league honors

Sunnyside High School seniors Joel Zakahi and Timmy Briones have been afforded Mid-Valley League baseball second team all-star honors.

Mid Valley Chrysler service manager's found his niche

GRANDVIEW - Working in one place for five consecutive years may not seem like a lot of time to the average joe, but to Mike Hubbard it means he's found his niche.

Granger throws an appreciation party

GRANGER - Fun and games were all part of Granger's second annual Community Appreciation Day, held yesterday at Hisey Park.





Thursday, May 18

Sunnyside teens help get skate park off the drawing board

Half pipes and hips, fun boxes and bank to banks are all part of the skater's lingo.

School Briefs


Wind turbines going up near Bickleton

BICKLETON - Energy is blowing in the wind near Bickleton as skyscraper-like turbines are now being erected.

Sunnyside Kiwanians respond to Relay for Life speaker

Ken Ruppert has beaten cancer not once, but twice.




NHRA 'Super Gas' racer off to winning start

BOISE, IDAHO - Sunnyside's Wayne Linder Jr. isn't unfamiliar with being at the top of the heap. Over the years he's found plenty of success competing on the National Hot Rod Association circuit.



Grandview Middle School student arrested

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview Middle School student was arrested on a charge of robbery yesterday after she allegedly demanded lunch money from a fellow student.

McKinley Springs Winery hosting grand opening

ALDERDALE - Although McKinley Springs Winery has been open since Feb. 3, a grand opening will be held Saturday, May 20, at 1201 Alderdale Rd., between Mabton and Alderdale, to officially open the winery to the public.

Weapon charges filed against felon nabbed last night

The Sunnyside Police Department is reporting it apprehended a felon late last night who, say officers, was firing a handgun at motorists.

Wednesday, May 17

Sunnyside voters reject $3.95 million athletic bond

It's back to the drawing board for Sunnyside School District administrators as voters rejected a $3.95 million bond measure yesterday for high school athletic field improvements.

Guest Editorial

Tax relief measures to continue

Tax relief measures to continue

'F' as in Frank

A pair of potent ponderables

A pair of potent ponderables

G'view girls fall in loser-out game

EPHRATA - On a very hot afternoon yesterday the Grandview Lady Greyhounds saw their hopes of advancing in the postseason dashed as they lost a loser-out District playoff game, 10-0, to Ephrata.


Good turnout

Good turnout

Cole named to Yakima County United Way board

YAKIMA - As United Way of Yakima County marks its 50th year this month, Sunnyside School Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole marks the start of his first year on the agency's board of directors.

Movie showcases Bickleton's 'living history'

BICKLETON - According to Bickleton High School ASB President Corryn Raschko, the officers of the ASB wanted to do a project that would involve the community.

Devil in a bottle trapped a free spirit

He tasted alcohol the first time when he was 9 years old, trying his mother's homemade wine. Spirits didn't cross his lips again until he was a sophomore in high school and started partying once in a while.

Grandview pool to open June 9

GRANDVIEW - With the mercury steadily rising the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department announced the Grandview pool will be opening Friday, June 9, at 1 p.m.

Local families get encouragement in dealing with insidious disease

PROSSER - Twenty people gathered in Prosser yesterday to listen to a guy from Spokane tell them how and why a three-pound mass about the size of a cauliflower has brought grief into their families.

Sunnyside Public Works Department has several projects on hand for summer

The day of the meter reader for the Sunnyside Public Works Department might be coming to an end.

Car-jacker sought here

At 7:30 p.m. this past Monday, a man forced his way into a car in the Safeway parking lot and forced the driver, Olga Medelez, 32, of Sunnyside to leave the area and drive outside the city limits.

Tuesday, May 16

Go-go dancer finds love and forgiveness

PROSSER - A mother at age 15 and a grandmother at 32 is just part of the life story that Clatskanie, Ore. resident Faye Marie Miller shared Monday with the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club.

'Outreach 1000' deemed a success

Sunnyside Community Hospital provided no charge diabetes and cholesterol screens to 464 people around the Lower Valley last week.

Eight Bickleton Pirates to compete at Regionals this Friday

WAPATO - Eight Bickleton Pirates pushed their way through District competition in Wapato last Friday to earn berths at Regionals at Central Washington University on Friday, May 19.

Mungia overall champ at Pepsi Pitch, Hit & Run

Eight-year-old Joshua Mungia was named overall champion at the 2006 fourth annual Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run Sunnyside competition and was invited back to compete in the sectional competition.

One person can make a difference

Encouraged to surround themselves with "dream builders", Harrison Middle School students in Sunnyside received a first-hand example of how one person can make a difference.

Surplus vehicles, equipment go on auction block Saturday

Need a used ambulance? How about a fire truck or lawn mower?

Rotarians impressed with hospital's modern technological advances

Coleen Goulet made a positive impact on members of the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club as they lunched at Snipes Mountain Brewing Inc. Monday afternoon.

Death Notice






Shooting reported

At 8:13 p.m. yesterday the 911 dispatcher advised Sunnyside police officers that there had been a shooting in the area of the 8000 block of Van Belle Road where, they were told, a female had been shot in the leg.

SHSsophomore cards fifth lowest round at Regionals

SPOKANE - The key to taming Spokane's Indian Canyon Golf Course is to hit your ball straight off the tee blocks.

S'side netters on to Regional play

YAKIMA - In semifinal and finals play on Monday, Sunnyside High School's Danny Plesha won his fourth District singles title in four years.

Sunnyside Bleyhl store plans makeover

A renovation begun last winter is nearing completion at Bleyhl Farm Service's Sunnyside store at 1720 Eastway Drive.

City of Grandview considers selling downtown buildings

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council passed a resolution Monday night authorizing City Administrator Scott Staples to seek proposals from those interested in leasing or buying two buildings the city owns.

Floyd leads G'view to Regional tourney

YAKIMA - Grandview's Kevin Floyd won the boys tennis singles title during the CWAC District tourney held this past Saturday and Monday in Yakima.

Grandview's Michels earns berth to 2A State golf tourney

WARDEN - Senior Andrew Michels is headed back to the 2A State golf tournamnet.

VFW Poppy Day Friday

You will be carrying on a tradition of helping U.S. veterans when you accept one of the red poppies that will be offered by the American Legion Auxiliary this Friday.

Sunnyside JC Penney store earns corporate award

For the sixth time since JC Penney moved to its new location in the Mid-Valley Mall in 1989, the store has been given the JC Penney Chairman's Award.

Monday, May 15

Girls spark S'side at District track meet

PROSSER - Led by nine Regional-qualifying marks in the throwing events, the Sunnyside girls track team placed third at the Mid-Valley League District meet this past weekend in Prosser.

Lady Knights three-peat as District champs

ZILLAH - Three years and counting! The Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team claimed its third consecutive District championship this past Saturday in Zillah.

'Hounds just miss State baseball berth

After breaking out the bats and committing just one error in a 12-8 win at Cashmere this past Friday, Grandview's baseball team forged an early 3-1 lead over Omak in a winner-to-state contest at Ephrata on Saturday.

One S'side grad will drive away with a Jeep

One of the big attractions during the senior party for this year's Sunnyside High School graduates will be a drawing for a 1995 Jeep Wrangler.

Sunnyside keen on clean water

The city of Sunnyside says a push to maintain a clean water source has prompted it to conduct a house-to-house survey.

Skate park open house

The city of Sunnyside will have an open house for the new skate park this Wednesday, May 17, at 5 p.m. at the Community Center, 1521 S. First Street. The meeting will focus on discussing design plans for the skate park, to be built at Sunnyview park.

Sunnyside seniors continue tradition

Continuing a 28-year tradition, the senior class of Sunnyside High School presented the 29th annual Senior Follies this past Friday and Saturday nights at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.



Lady Vikes out in two in District play

ZILLAH - The Mabton girls softball team ended its season this past Saturday with two losses in the District tourney.

Grizzlies fall to West Valley

YAKIMA - A Regional tournament playoff game filled with fouls and interruptions ended with the Sunnyside Grizzlies losing to the West Valley Rams by a score of 2-1.

Sunnyside families tap into state program to buy college tuition now to use later

GET program=Pay now, save later

GET program=Pay now, save later

Plesha leads S'side into District semi's

YAKIMA - With just the semifinals and finals remaining today, the dust has pretty well settled on the Mid-Valley League's District tourney.

Death Notice



Ford Tempo one of six thefts over weekend in S'side

A resident in the 1400 block of East Gregory Avenue reported to Sunnyside police at 5:43 a.m. this morning (Monday) that his 1988, blue, Ford Tempo (Lic. # 099UZP) was stolen at some time during the night.

Knights lose to Crusaders in extra innings

The first four innings in Saturday's District game between the Sunnyside Christian Knights and the Riverside Christian Crusaders were going just the way the Knights hoped they would go. Then, the fourth inning ended and the fifth began.

Friday, May 12

Chinook fishing to reopen May 13

With large numbers of salmon now moving up the Columbia River, fishery managers for Washington and Oregon have agreed to reopen the recreational spring chinook fishery in the upper Bonneville Pool to McNary Dam starting tomorrow (Saturday).

Guest Editorial

Find a place for some, not all, immigrants

Find a place for some, not all, immigrants

The Newcomer

A German descendant's viewpoint on immigration

A German descendant's viewpoint on immigration

Three burglary suspects arrested in Sunnyside after chase yesterday

Three men were arrested yesterday after an observant neighbor alerted Sunnyside police to a burglary in progress at 9:40 a.m. at a residence in the 1300 block of South 11th Street.

Mud Bog Races return May 20

It's time to get down and dirty, as the third annual Lower Valley Mud Bog Races will be held Saturday, May 20.

Home Country


First annual Latino hoops tourney tips-off in Mabton

MABTON - Playing in an all-Latino basketball tourney in Woodburn, Ore. was so much fun that brothers Sam and Adrian Olivarez decided to bring the idea to Mabton.

It's an event just for kids

Annual parade is only a week away

Annual parade is only a week away

S'side transitioning to two middle school buildings

A transition underway since the beginning of the 2005-06 school year is nearing completion.

South Hill Road faces temporary closure

Eastbound access to South Hill Road, near the intersection of South First Street, will be closed for three days next week so crews can construct a ditch for SVID drainage pipes.

It's elementary, my dear Watson...

SCHS to stage Sherlock Holmes next week

SCHS to stage Sherlock Holmes next week

Working Stiff

Sunnyside suits this guy just fine

Sunnyside suits this guy just fine

'Ladies Night Out' packs hospital

A tradition 10 years and counting, Sunnyside Community Hospital's Ladies Night Out drew an estimated 400 women and girls Thursday night.

St. Joseph's kicks off May Fest

The 21st annual May Fest celebration will be held at St. Joseph's parish in Sunnyside May 19-21.

Toppenish breaks ground on tallest flag pole in the state

TOPPENISH - Travelers coming down Satus Pass on Hwy. 97 into Toppenish usually see the 144-foot water tower with the city's name printed in bold letters on it. In the very near future, they will still see the tower but flying next to the tower high above will be the American Flag.

Prep golf match anti-climactic

A bad day on the golf course beats a good day at the office. That's a phrase with which many golfers are familiar.



Thursday, May 11

Lady Grizzly linksters compete at District tourney

RICHLAND - Sophomores Dacia Drollinger and Emily Shuttleworth represented Sunnyside at yesterday's Mid-Valley League District girls golf tournament, staged at Richland's Horn Rapids Golf Course.

Sunnyside U/9-10 girls overwhelm soccer foes

About six years from now, the Sunnyside High School girls soccer team might just be a force with which to be reckoned.

Sierra Vista tops April building starts

A $2.5 million expansion at Sierra Vista Middle School topped new building starts in the city of Sunnyside during the month of April.

Automatic alarm rousts firefighters early this morning

Automatic alarms that malfunction or are set off accidentally are the bane of firefighters and police officers, who rush out only to find no emergency requiring their attention.

How I fell when I pledge to the Flag

I feel many things when I pledge to the American flag. When I look at the flag I feel lucky, proud and sad.

McIntire low Black Rock Creek senior tour scorer

WALLA WALLA - Gene McIntire of Sunnyside led the Black Rock Creek Golf Course team at last week's senior tour event, staged at the Walla Walla Vets Course.



Sunnyside Christian School class releases salmon into river

WEST RICHLAND - Trudy Long's fourth-grade class at Sunnyside Christian Elementary School joined 19 other schools and more than 1,000 kids at Horn Rapids RV Park earlier this week to release thousands of salmon into the Yakima River.

Rotary Brief

Rotarians planning yard sale

Rotarians planning yard sale



Sunnyside Museum opens for another year

A Sunnyside tradition for 35 years, the Sunnyside Museum at 704 S. Fourth Street opens its doors on a new season today, May 11.

Sunnyside Hillcrest Manor tea party honors employees with 220 years of combined service

Families of residents of Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside hosted an appreciation tea yesterday (Wednesday) for staff members and Administrator Mary Arthur.

Frauds cost S'side residents $3,000

Two cases of fraud were reported to Sunnyside police yesterday and the resulting losses totaled more than $3,000.

Wednesday, May 10

Lady Grizzlies lose two close ones to Prosser

PROSSER - The Sunnyside High School fastpitch team lost two close games to Prosser Tuesday, 12-11 and 13-12.

Cincinnati hospital's employment of developmentally disabled could work here...Sunnyside Rotary Club told

Cincinnati Children's Hospital in Ohio, with 7,000 employees, is saving money by employing 55 developmentally disabled workers, and Tom Gaulke thinks hospitals in Yakima Valley could do the same.

Cutting to the Core

Memories of Mother's Day

Memories of Mother's Day

Mabton City Council meets new police officer

MABTON - Mabton Police Chief Raul Almeida introduced a new police officer to the Mabton City Council at Tuesday night's meeting.



Greyhounds CWAC runners-up

For the first time in at least 10 years, maybe ever, the Grandview High School boys golf team finished CWAC South League play in the second place spot.




Miscues cost 'Hounds a shot at topping state-ranked Ephrata

EPHRATA - Grandview's baseball team traveled to state-ranked and CWAC North top seed Ephrata in District tourney play Tuesday and made it a game, despite sustaining a 6-0 loss.

S'side Planning Commission tables Scoon Road annexation

Concern by a neighboring property owner prompted the Sunnyside Planning Commission to table an annexation proposal for 2.73 acres on Scoon Road.

SHS Grizzlies bow out in first round of playoffs

RICHLAND - Game, set, match!

S'side advances at Regionals

SPOKANE VALLEY - The Sunnyside Grizzlies walked away with a Regional Tournament win over East Valley of Spokane Tuesday. The Grizzlies won the game in teh second of two shootouts.

Death Notices


Lady Knights end regular season by beating Grandview

After finishing the season as league champs, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights played a tune-up with the Grandview Greyhounds Tuesday before opening District play this weekend.

Tuesday, May 9

Yard sale sign ordinance softened

After fielding complaints and concerns from the community, Sunnyside City Council members voted Monday night to ease some restrictions on the town's yard sale sign ordinance.

Grizzly linksters stumble at District

SELAH - With virtually nothing at stake, in terms of advancing to the Regional tournament, the Sunnyside High School boys golf team turned in a not-so-glitzy performance yesterday in the Mid-Valley League District competition, staged at the Yakima Elks Golf Course in Selah.

Biking keeps Sunnyside woman 77-years-young

Bicycling 120 miles over two days is just another jaunt for Ruth Strang, a 77-year-old West Riverside Avenue resident who moved to the Sunnyside area last fall.

SHS netters swept by W. Valley

The Sunnyside boys and girls tennis teams both lost in the regular season finale against West Valley on Monday.

S'side asparagus cutters walk out for part of a day

Saying they want more money and to be treated fairly, some asparagus cutters that work George Johnson's asparagus fields went on strike Monday.

Schatz and Hall win 2006 Bill Christie tournament

Since 1985 they have been gathering at Black Rock Creek Golf Course to participate in the Bill Christie Golf Tournament.

Wind-whipped BBQ fire destroys Sunnyside home

An exploding barbecue grill and west winds blowing at 15-20 miles per hour combined to send flames roaring through Robert Toomer's Sunnyside home at 1204 Sunset Place at 6:30 p.m. yesterday.

Monday, May 8

Cascade ends Greyhounds' season

LEAVENWORTH - Taking on the Cascade Kodiaks in the first round of the CWAC soccer playoffs, the Grandview Greyhounds lost 1-0 last Saturday to end their chances at a state title.

Greyhounds advance to District

GRANDVIEW - For the first time in nearly a decade the Grandview baseball team will advance to the CWAC District tourney.

Police calls double over Cinco de Mayo Festival weekend

The work of Sunnyside police doubled over the Cinco de Mayo weekend.




Plesha tops Inland Empire field

SPOKANE - Sunnyside's Danny Plesha dominated the state's biggest stage last weekend in taking the boys title during the annual Inland Empire tennis tourney in Spokane.

Lady Grizzlies rocked by Bulldogs

Playing for a spot in the District playoffs, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly fastpitch team didn't help itself this past Saturday, getting shut out in two games with Ellensburg, by identical 7-0 scores.

Grizzlies whip Prosser to advance at District

Playing the Prosser Mustangs in the first round of the Regional tournament, the Sunnyside Grizzlies beat the visiting Mustangs 6-0 Saturday to advance in the playoffs.

S'side teen earns Eagles Scout award

After eight years in the scouts, Sterling Scott reached the pinnacle of his scouting career last Saturday as he was promoted to Eagle Scout in a ceremony at the Church of Latter Day Saints.

Death Notices


Fifteen post office boxes broken into this past weekend

Sunnyside police were alerted to thefts at the Sunnyside Post Office at 713 East Edison Avenue by a Grandview woman at 10:15 a.m. this past Sunday.

S'side Grizzlies Regional-bound

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside High School baseball team won a pair of must-win games this past Saturday to capture the Mid-Valley League's fifth and final berth to the District/Regional tournament.

Burgers flirts with no-no, Knights take two from Mabton

For four and two-third innings, Justin Burgers held the Mabton Vikings hitless and was on the verge of throwing a perfect game until the Vikings finally got a hit with two outs in the top of the fifth inning.

Mabton girls deal SCHS only league loss

The lone blemish on Sunnyside Christian's 'B' league record was put there last Friday by the Mabton High School girls fastpitch softball team.

Mabton fifth at Greater Columbia B League Championship meet

Mabton's track and field team placed fifth in a field of eight at the Greater Columbia B League Championship meet this past Friday in Sunnyside. Mabton's team scored 61 points with Bickleton in sixth place with 42 points.

Outlook begins anew in search for new principal

OUTLOOK - It's back to the drawing board for the Sunnyside School District, which on April 20 re-posted an opening for a new principal at Outlook Elementary School.

Friday, May 5

The Newcomer

Getting a whiff of the great outdoors

Getting a whiff of the great outdoors

Home Country


Mabton Council looking to fill seat

MABTON - The Mabton City Council is looking for someone to fill the council position #4 seat.

Entertainment Briefs


Mabton Community Days events planned

MABTON - The Mabton Community Days planning committee met last night to go over current plans for the event.



Linde, Gonzalez lead S'side at home track meet

Sunnyside senior Christy Linde again broke her own school record in the girls 110 hurdles and won two events overall to lead the Lady Grizzlies to a second-place finish in a home MVL track meet on Thursday.

Guest Editorial

The immigration debate we're not having

The immigration debate we're not having

Volunteers honored

Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care honored volunteers who have served at the Hospice Benefit Shop (HoBS) in Prosser, at a special meeting April 24.

Drollinger competes at league POD

RICHLAND - Yesterday, sophomore Dacia Drollinger got a final tune-up in for next Wednesday's District tournament, on the same course the postseason competition will be held.

Lady 'Hounds take two from Toppenish

TOPPENISH - Needing some victories to climb into the playoffs, the Grandview High School fastpitch team easily swept Toppenish yesterday to put two more Ws in the win column.



Over the Hill Gang to tackle Cinderella

The Over the Hill Theatricals have chosen Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" for their fall show.




S'side to privatize district day care

The Sunnyside School District's Early Learning Center will become a private operation, school board members decided last Thursday.

Grizzlies fall to West Valley, end up with #3 seed

WAPATO - After splitting two games during the regular season, the Sunnyside Grizzlies and the West Valley Rams met again, this time on a neutral field, to decide who would be the #2 seed in the playoffs.

Rivard says good-bye to police work

Friends, family and co-workers gathered at the Sunnyside Community Center yesterday to say goodbye to Jim Rivard.

Thursday, May 4

Text Mania game makes west coast debut at S'side's Cinco de Mayo fest

With lights flashing, Latin music playing and people dancing to a frenzied beat, attendees at this weekend's Cinco de Mayo festival in Sunnyside might think they've just entered a night club.

Pirates garner five top finishes at Eisenhower meet

YAKIMA - Danielle Raschko and Eric Hess, both Bickleton High School athletes, were two-time winners at this past Tuesday's Eisenhower Track & Field Invitational.

Vandals shoot door at doctor's office

Sunnyside police officers were dispatched to the office of Brent Bingham, D.O. at 10:17 a.m. yesterday (Wednesday), where two windows and the glass door to his office had been hit with bullets. It was also noted that the screens on the windows were not properly attached, indicating someone may have tried to enter the doctor's office.

Honeyford honored for work in protecting state's heritage

The Washington Trust for Historical Preservation has given Sen. Jim Honeyford its "2005 Landmark Deeds Award for Public Service" in recognition of his outstanding contributions to protecting Washington's cultural heritage.

S'side cousins at head of their class

Landing a spot in the top 5 percent of a graduating class with hundreds of students is one thing, but for three of those top classmates to be cousins is a rare thing indeed.

Lady Grizzlies explode for 33 hits in doubleheader with Wapato

WAPATO - Notching their first two league wins of the season, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies beat Wapato twice, 14-3 and 10-8 Wednesday to improve their chances of making the playoffs.



Teams looking to dethrone Knights this season

KENNEWICK - Being the defending champions of the Evergreen Football League makes the Tri-City Knights huge targets.

Wednesday, May 3

Knights bats come alive, sweep Trout Lake

TROUT LAKE - Playing for the third playoff spot in the Greater Columbia "B" League, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team traveled to Trout Lake Tuesday, sweeping the Mustangs 14-7 and 14-3.

Grizzlies lose crucial twin bill

RICHLAND - Taking care of business. That means getting the job done, and the Sunnyside Grizzlies didn't do that yesterday, as they dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Hanford Falcons.

Guest Editorial

Looking ahead to the next farm bill

Looking ahead to the next farm bill

Busy courtrooms delay trial for Sunnyside man

Pedro Ochoa-Mendoza of Sunnyside, accused of attempting first degree kidnapping, indecent liberties and first degree robbery with a deadly weapon, is now scheduled to be tried on May 22 in Yakima County Superior Curt.

53-year-old man charged with murder

Charges of first degree murder, first degree attempted murder and two counts of burglary have been filed against Richard Rangel, 53, following the fatal stabbing of Kevin David Underwood, 44, of Grandview on April 27 in Underwood's home and a stabbing attack on Lee Ann Ferson, 36, of Grandview.

Grizzlies earn second place tie in league

Looking to secure the league's No. 2 spot in the playoffs, the Sunnyside Grizzlies dismantled the Ellensburg Bulldogs 5-0 in Tuesday night's soccer game.

Bos low scorer for Grizzlies at POD match

CLE ELUM - Sophomore Justin Bos turned in the low round for the Sunnyside High School boys golf team at yesterday's Mid-Valley League POD match, staged at Suncadia Resort.

GHS boys finish league play at 11-1

OTHELLO - So far, so good! After locking up the best record in CWAC South League play yesterday with a 4-1 victory at Othello, the Grandview High School boys tennis team now has nearly two weeks to prepare for the District tournament.

'Hounds rout Toppenish twice

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhounds baseball team powdered the Toppenish Wildcats twice yesterday, winning 10-4 and 18-1.



'F' as in Frank

Birds of a feather

Birds of a feather

Sunnyside dance team returns with armful of awards

Martin's All-Star Show team competed in the "I Love Dance" competition held in Portland, Ore. April 22 and 23.

Tuesday, May 2

Immigration reform rally guts local classrooms

So what are the impacts of a day without immigrants?

Sunnyside woman inducted into bowling hall of fame

Darlene Spek retired in 1996 after 33 years as an educator in Sunnyside but she hasn't slowed down. She's been involved with the Washington State Women's Bowling Association and was recently inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Winery kicks off its first season during Barrel Tasting

Grilled salmon, a glass of Gewurztraminer and good friends-what more could one want at the grand opening of a new winery?

Vital river study explained to Sunnyside Rotarians

In a rapid fire delivery, Marie Zuroske squeezed a report of the first two years of a $740,827 study of the Yakima River into a half-hour for the Noon Rotary Club this past Monday.

Gas station gets a new life

In business for nearly 60 years, Grandview-based R.H. Smith Distributing is providing a face life for its gas station near the Hiway Fruit store on Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

Michels 12th overall at Pendleton invite

PENDLETON, ORE. - Senior Andrew Michels continues to sharpen his game with the postseason just around the corner.

Grandview hoping pilot program will help with animal control, graffiti

GRANDVIEW - Hoping to increase effectiveness in animal control and maintaining control on the graffiti problem, the City of Grandview will implement a new pilot program.

Trout lure anglers to derby in Granger

GRANGER - Hisey Park in Granger was the site of the city's 12th annual fishing derby, held this past Sunday in conjunction with the Cherry Festival.

Monday, May 1

Grizzlies roll over Selah

SELAH - The Sunnyside High School soccer team traveled to Selah last Saturday and had a much easier time than the last time the Grizzlies took on the Vikings.



Honeyford ally seeks Supreme Court seat

A close friend and political ally of State Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside swung through this Lower Valley community last week to get the word out that he is seeking a seat on the Washington State Supreme Court.

Sunnyside one step closer to making District playoffs

A doubleheader sweep of the Prosser Mustangs this past Saturday has put the Sunnyside High School baseball team on the verge of qualifying for this year's District playoffs.

58th annual Cherry Festival fills downtown Granger

GRANGER - From colorful rides to a color-filled parade, Granger's 58th annual Cherry Festival had something for everyone last week.

Greyhounds grab share of league lead

GRANDVIEW - What a difference a month makes.

Knights sweep Lyle

LYLE - Trying to even its league record at 4-4, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team rode into Lyle last Friday and swept the Cougars 6-5 and 16-1.

S'side boys corral Prosser Mustangs

It's a familiar refrain for the Sunnyside tennis team.

SCHS still perfect in 'B' league play

denHoed blasts four home runs

denHoed blasts four home runs

Rosa Picazo crowned Miss Cinco de Mayo

For a moment Rosa Picazo was just a 16-year-old girl in an evening gown.