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Friday, July 31

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Teenage transformation

Teenage transformation

High school senior teaches 'seniors' how to use the internet

GRANDVIEW - A senior teaching seniors. That's what Grandview High School senior Tolan Barrett is doing for his high school senior project, teaching the secrets of the internet to senior citizens.

FORUM

Let's get criminals off the streets

Let's get criminals off the streets

Miss Sunnyside candidate Joscelyn Martinez

Joscelyn Martinez relishes nothing more than a good challenge. That's why the 16-year-old Sunnyside High School student has tossed her hat into the Miss Sunnyside Pageant ring.

CD REVIEW

Give me Broadway dancers and a stage and good choreography to accompany Donny McCaslin and his fellow musicians...and you will have the makings of great entertainment.

'Playhouses on Parade' tickets available now

YAKIMA - The signature event for Enterprise for Progress In the Community (EPIC), Playhouses on Parade, is returning for its seventh season. This year's event is being kicked off August 1 at the Vintiques Car Show held at State Fair Park in Yakima, where one of the playhouses will be on display. There will be a playhouse at several community events over the course of the next two months.

Police raid Sunnyside home suspected of harboring criminal gang members

The Grandview Police Department served an arrest warrant here in Sunnyside yesterday, Thursday, at about 8 a.m. in connection with a stolen property probe.

OBITUARY

LUELLA JOSEPHINE JAHN

LUELLA JOSEPHINE JAHN

Quick-thinking deputy saves home from blaze

GRANGER - Yakima County Sheriff's Deputy Sara Headley was credited by fire officials for her quick actions yesterday.

Despite some parent wishes, no school uniforms

Many Sunnyside School District students can wipe their brow in relief.

Thursday, July 30

Sunnysider serving as intern in D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C. -

Toppenish swimmers wrap up undefeated season in Sunnyside pool

The Sunnyside Sharks were unable to derail Toppenish's perfect Mid-Valley Summer Swim League season.

Sunnyside Chamber names new president

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce earlier this month named Gerald Roy as its new president.

Mabton church receives a helping hand

MABTON - Built in 1911, the Mabton United Methodist Church has experienced many ups and downs.

Sunnyside drag racer wins national event

KENT - Michael Dalrymple of Sunnyside captured first place honors earlier this month in his category at the Northwest Nationals drag race at Kent.

Wednesday, July 29

OBITUARY

KEITH W. MORRIS

KEITH W. MORRIS

FORUM

Jail sentencing laws make little sense

Jail sentencing laws make little sense

DEATH NOTICE

VIRGINIA MAE BLAIR-PRITCHETT

VIRGINIA MAE BLAIR-PRITCHETT

Sunnyside council considers annexations

A 19-acre plot zoned for high-density housing and a 1.5-acre parcel with a mechanic shop were considered by the Sunnyside City Council Monday night for annexation into the city.

Black Rock Creek seniors maintain grip on points lead

MOSES LAKE - A first-place finish at the Moses Lake Country Club last week nearly cements a third straight senior golf tour championship for the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek team.

'F' as in Frank

In a jam

In a jam

Cutting to the Core

Get a life, birthers

Get a life, birthers

Transportation improvement plan approved in Mabton

MABTON - The Mabton City Council accepted the city's six-year Transportation Improvement Plan at its regularly scheduled meeting last night.

Story Time

A call for civility

A call for civility

Man won't be the one who destroys this planet

Most people say they believe in GOD, and probably most of those have read the first 10 words in the Bible, which are "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." This lets us know that He is all powerful.

Tuesday, July 28

Hall named member of Million Dollar Round Table

INDIANAPOLIS - Bob W. Hall, an agent for New York Life Insurance Company in Eastern Washington, has earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table for 2009. Achieving membership is a distinguishing life insurance career milestone, attained only by those who have demonstrated superior professional knowledge, experience and client service.

Bickleton's $11.7 million budget includes new school

BICKLETON - The Bickleton School Board met last night and adopted the district's 2009-10 budget.

BRIEFLY

Accident sends 15-year-old to Harborview

Accident sends 15-year-old to Harborview

Shake-up on Yakima Valley Fair board

GRANDVIEW - Less than two weeks before the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo begins the board that oversees the fair has had a shake-up.

Airport saga continues

There were two Sunnyside's represented at last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting during a public hearing on a much-debated airport overlay plan.

DEATH NOTICE

EVA B. CRAWFORD

EVA B. CRAWFORD

It's official: Swansen fired

More than six weeks after the Sunnyside City Council fired him, former City Manager Eric Swansen was fired all over again last night.

Monday, July 27

OBITUARY

EVA S. MENDOZA

EVA S. MENDOZA

Sunnyside School Board candidates echo similar concerns

There are three candidates running for the Sunnyside School Board Director 2 position being vacated by Joanne Kilian.

Three in the running for McDonald's seat on Grandview City Council

GRANDVIEW - Two newcomers and one familiar face are vying to replace Grandview City Councilwoman Jan McDonald.

Farmer, Warren challenge incumbent for Sunnyside Council seat

Three candidates are in the race for the Sunnyside City Council District Two seat come the primary election next month.

Mabton mayor's race draws four candidates

MABTON - With budget and financial record keeping issues at hand, a big job awaits the eventual winner of the race for Mabton Mayor in this fall's election.

Friday, July 24

Miss Sunnyside candidate Kaylyn Jongsma

For the first time in a very long time Kaylyn Jongsma will don a dress. In fact, one of the reasons why Jongsma's vying for the Miss Sunnyside title is because the athlete wants to show the community an entirely different side of her.

DEATH NOTICE

WILMA D. PECHEOS

WILMA D. PECHEOS

Sunnyside's Promise seeks mentoring grant

As part of the ongoing Sunnyside Gang Initiative, the Sunnyside's Promise board yesterday, Thursday, discussed a grant application for a mentoring program.

SHS student releases first CD

The first time she took the stage at the age of six Lainey Lou Rodriguez promptly ran off, overcome by shyness.

Sharks glide past Grandview swimmers

Winners of 50 of the 73 races staged last night, the Sunnyside Sharks notched a 530-259 victory over the visiting Grandview Neptunes.

FORUM

Beggars

Beggars

Jennie's Journey

I'm addicted to farming

I'm addicted to farming

Convenience store robbery results in seven arrests

Seven juveniles and one adult were arrested early this morning, Friday, after when police say two of the juveniles robbed a convenience store in Sunnyside

GUEST EDITORIAL

Mr. President...keep the change

Mr. President...keep the change

CD REVIEW

Gian Tornatore misses mark with latest effort

Gian Tornatore misses mark with latest effort

Grandview Country Park's George Young Building gets a facelift

GRANDVIEW - In the spring of 2008 members of Grandview's city council, school district, chamber of commerce, port district and the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo board gathered for discussions on steps toward making Country Park more marketable.

Thursday, July 23

Government-run health care not the way to go, says local doctor

Growing up in communist Poland and then Canada, Sunnyside Community Hospital's Dr. Michael Gawlik knows a little about national health care.

$2 million bail set for teen charged with shooting cop

YAKIMA - A juvenile court judge set bail at $2 million for an Outlook teen suspected of trying to kill two Yakima County Sheriff's deputies last Monday night.

Bleyhl to move propane distribution operations

A deal more than a year in the works came together last night when Bleyhl Farm Service agreed to buy 2.55 acres of land on Midvale Road from the Port of Sunnyside.

Wednesday, July 22

Erring on side of caution tone of Mabton schools' 2009-10 budget

MABTON - Although the Mabton School District is losing some levy equalization funds for the 2009-10 school year, funds from the U.S. stimulus package are expected to help cover any shortfalls.

Teen nabbed for cop shooting

Sunnyside police have arrested a 16-year-old Outlook male in connection with the shooting of a Yakima County Sheriff's Office deputy Monday night.

Neptunes dominate Connell

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Neptunes swim team won its first meet of the summer over the visiting Connell Piranhas last night (Tuesday).

'F' as on Frank

Moon memories

Moon memories

FORUM

Russell right on with column about beggars

Russell right on with column about beggars

County begins push to extend law and justice tax

YAKIMA - The three-tenths of 1 percent sales tax Yakima County assesses for criminal justice services expires after 2010.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Mabton man receives lifetime service award from Catholic church

Mabton's Serapio Herrera is one of 20 Central Washington residents to receive the Central Washington Catholic Foundation's Lifetime of Service award, also known as the Francis Eugene Cardinal George Medallion award.

Tuesday, July 21

BRIEFLY

Sunnyside plans hearings on July 27

Sunnyside plans hearings on July 27

SVID expands office operations with purchase of Bieber building

Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District has been building a reserve fund for some time with the thought of eventually expanding its office operations, SVID Manager Jim Trull said.

COP SHOT

others injured as well in two separate shootings in Outlook

others injured as well in two separate shootings in Outlook

OBITUARY

RAMIRO JOSEPH MELENDREZ

RAMIRO JOSEPH MELENDREZ

Bomb squad member shares realities of the job with Rotarians

Bombs are not detonated in real life as seen on television, according to Washington State Patrol Sergeant Tom Foster.

Monday, July 20

Drive-by shooting in Outlook claims innocent bystander

At approximately 6:30 p.m. yesterday (Sunday) the Yakima County Sheriff's Office was alerted to a drive-by shooting in the 10 block of Second Street in Outlook.

Afghanistan veterinarians tour Sunnyside facility

When Sunnyside veterinarian Mike Wedam told six visiting Afghanistan veterinarians that when he is on call he has potentially 50,000 patients from dairy and beef cattle alone, they could only shake their heads and smile.

OBITUARY

IRL M. GROVE

IRL M. GROVE

Friday, July 17

GUEST EDITORIAL

The journey to make public education outrageously better should begin now

The journey to make public education outrageously better should begin now

Child rape alleged

A 37-year-old Sunnyside man will be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in Yakima County Superior Court on 105 charges ranging from raping a child to possession of child pornography.

Gospel jamboree to feature Yakima quartet

MABTON - They have developed a reputation for serving in the music ministry in Yakima, now the Gospel Messengers Quartet will venture to Mabton to share their unique sound.

Grandview's Junior Miss heading to state competition

PULLMAN - Grandview Junior Miss Marlee Andrews will join 21 other high school seniors from across the state in Pullman on Tuesday, July 28, to vie for the title of Washington's Junior Miss for 2009-10. Along with the title the Junior Misses will compete for $8,800 in college scholarships.

OBITUARY

MARIO CARRANZA

MARIO CARRANZA

Miss Sunnyside candidate Nidia Hernandez

Nidia Hernandez thought long and hard about vying for the Miss Sunnyside crown.

DEATH NOTICE

IRL M. GROVE

IRL M. GROVE

Paperclips

Mabton residents should review city audit before heading to polls

Mabton residents should review city audit before heading to polls

Thursday, July 16

OBITUARY

CORA ELIZABETH BROWNING

CORA ELIZABETH BROWNING

Boy Scout Troop 632 completes 50-mile hike

Last week members of Sunnyside's Boy Scouts Troop 632 embarked on a 50-mile hike down the Oregon Coast.

Federal stimulus funding helping youth obtain jobs

GRANDVIEW - Youth ages 14-20 often find themselves seeking summer jobs. This year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has made that search easier for youth in the Yakima Valley.

State insurance commissioner visits Valley to push for universal health care

YAKIMA - Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler trekked to the Yakima Valley Community College campus in Yakima yesterday to address health care reform.

BRIEFLY

Grandview man sentenced to 11 years in prison

Grandview man sentenced to 11 years in prison

Wednesday, July 15

Cutting to the Core

Don't feed the beggers

Don't feed the beggers

GUEST EDITORIAL

Taxing Internet sales is a recipe for big government

Taxing Internet sales is a recipe for big government

OBITUARY

SERGIO E. CRUZ

SERGIO E. CRUZ

Sunnyside swimmers dominate visiting Othello

Winners of 54 of the 65 races staged last night, the Sunnyside Sharks swept past visiting Othello, 541-162.

Housing development plan takes a hit

Last night (Tuesday) it appeared the Sunnyside Planning Commission was going to approve conditional residential zoning in Zone Five, which contains the property of Don Padelford.

City clerk confident state audit problems in Mabton correctable

MABTON - The Mabton City Council received a bit of good news last night from interim city clerk Ret Stewart, the first good news received in what seems like a long time.

FORUM

Spending spree

Spending spree

Brazilian trip opens eyes of Rotary ambassadorial scholar

She enjoys traveling to distant lands, learning about different cultures and gaining new experiences.

Tuesday, July 14

OBITUARY

JAMES C. MULRONY

JAMES C. MULRONY

Kelso's former top administrator recommended for Sunnyside city manager seat

Following a slight hiccup, in which a local resident questioned the legality of last night's earlier start time for the Sunnyside City Council, Greg Prothman of Prothman Company delved right into a suggested interim city manager for the city: Doug Robinson, who served as Kelso's city manager for 17 years. Prior to that, Robinson served in Silverton, Ore. for 15 years.

Angie Ozuna to take helm at Artz-Fox Elementary School

GRANDVIEW - After seven years with the Grandview School District, Angie Ozuna will take the helm at Mabton's Artz-Fox Elementary school to start the 2009-10 school year.

Former EWU dance team captain new Sunnyside rally squad advisor

The young ladies on Sunnyside High School's rally squad earlier this year found themselves without an advisor because of the resignation of longtime coach Suzi Carpino.

Emergency room donor wall unveiled

Business leaders and members of the community who contributed to the renovation of Sunnyside Community Hospital's new emergency room were treated to a small gathering yesterday.

Grandview Middle School student headed to nation's capital

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Middle School student Kaysie Kollmar has been selected to represent her school this fall in Washington D.C.

BRIEFLY

Local students earn top grades at YVCC

Local students earn top grades at YVCC

Reward offered for stolen oars

A good pair of oars is hard to find these days, or that seems to be the case as thieves made off with four of them from Skippers Restaurant last Saturday.

Monday, July 13

Golob retires as dairy commissioner

The end of June, longtime Lower Yakima Valley community and dairy industry leader Bob Golob retired from the Washington Dairy Products Commission Board after 24 years of service.

Sunnyside's Hutchinson Center sponsors health fair in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A health fair held this past Saturday in Grandview brought together more than 20 different agencies that can offer citizens much needed resources.

OBITUARY

MARIE LUCILLE COX

MARIE LUCILLE COX

Sunnyside tennis tourney draws players from all over Valley

Despite high temperatures this past weekend approximately 50 athletes competed in the Cancer Society Benefit Tennis Tournament, sponsored by the Sunnyside Tennis Club.

Local seniors place second at Columbia Point competition

RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team of senior golfers earned a runner-up finish last Wednesday at the sixth stop on the 2009 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

Friday, July 10

Jennie's Journey

Sharing memories, creating new ones with the next generation

Sharing memories, creating new ones with the next generation

Hospice readies for auction

Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care is gearing up for its annual benefit dinner and auction, scheduled for July 25 at St. Joseph Parish Center, 907 S. Sixth Street in Sunnyside.

Grandview plans centennial bash

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview plans to celebrate its centennial in style this summer.

Prosser Piranhas nip Grandview Neptunes

PROSSER - The Prosser Piranhas nipped the Grandview Neptunes 530 to 282 last night, Thursday.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Claudia Gonzalez

When Claudia Gonzalez was mulling a talent to perform, it only made sense the Miss Sunnyside candidate would pour her passion into her pen and write a song.

Loving Sunnyside Initiative jumps into high gear next week

Looking for ways in which it might better serve the community and its youth, Sunnyside Transformation Lower Valley a couple of months ago began forming partnerships with various organizations in the community.

Sunnyside swimmers handle Dolphins

SELAH - With more swimmers at its disposal, Selah made last night's meet a bit more interesting than the first time the Dolphins took on the Sunnyside Sharks this season.

Mabton City Council closes out CDBG project

MABTON - With Catholic Charities Housing Services Director Mario Villanueva and New Life Homes Program Director Isabel Garcia giving a brief presentation to the Mabton City Council, the city's $665,000 community development block grant was closed out after a public hearing last night.

Thursday, July 9

Audit finds Mabton mayor benefited from her title, put city at risk

MABTON - An exhaustive six-month audit report released this week by the State Auditor's office claims Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera benefited from her title and allowed others to benefit from her decisions as mayor.

Fresh berries and cherries for the picking

GRANDVIEW - Having fresh fruit on hand is commonplace for most Lower Valley residents. Fresh blueberries can now be added to that list.

Wednesday, July 8

Genny DeRuyter named to state dairy commission

Sunnyside native Genny DeRuyter was recently appointed to the state's Dairy Products Commission.

'F" as in Frank

Too close for comfort

Too close for comfort

FORUM

Prayers, love appreciated

Prayers, love appreciated

Large crowd of county residents voices displeasure with upland habitat plan

YAKIMA - After more than three hours of testimony last night, Yakima County commissioners got the message that residents are up in arms about a wildlife habitat proposal.

Sunnyside girls lead Sharks to narrow victory over Piranhas

Sunnyside's girls outscored their counterparts from Prosser by a 222-point margin last night, leading the Sharks to a tightly contested 426.5-390.5 win over the visiting Piranhas.

Forget Perfect

Moms and stepmoms...no one has to be the witch

Moms and stepmoms...no one has to be the witch

Sunnyside man sees roses in city's future

There may be budget constraints and other issues facing Sunnyside City Hall, but at least one resident is aiming for things to come up roses for the city.

Tuesday, July 7

YVCC winery earns accolades

GRANDVIEW - Less than two years old and already Yakima Valley Vintners is bringing home the hardware.

Guerra family opens coffee shop

Guerra's Deli & Café in Sunnyside has expanded its empire a bit by opening Guerra's Coffee Company on South First Street right next to the Conoco gas station.

OBITUARY

REYNA TAVIRA LOPEZ

REYNA TAVIRA LOPEZ

DEATH NOTICE

E. EILEEN LYBYER

E. EILEEN LYBYER

Armed robber eludes police

A man suspected of armed robbery in Sunnyside was able to elude police last night in a car chase and then on foot.

Skippers will re-open in Sunnyside

A renovated Skippers restaurant will re-open in Sunnyside, perhaps as soon as this August.

Sunnyside native selected to lead rural housing agency

A Sunnyside native and long time resident of the Yakima Valley has been selected by the Obama administration to direct the United States Department of Agriculture's Washington State Office of Rural Development.

Monday, July 6

State auditors, nick school district

State auditors released last week audit results they found a year ago while pouring over the Sunnyside School District books.

DEATH NOTICE

MARIE LUCILLE COX

MARIE LUCILLE COX

Friday, July 3

New face at familiar barber shop in Sunnyside

There's a new face at Larry's Barber Shop at 348 S. Sixth St. in downtown Sunnyside.

At last, Grandview American Legion meets goal

GRANDVIEW - At long last, Grandview's Fred E. Hayes American Legion Post 57 has met its goal of replacing the senior center's worn out cooking range.

Sharks notch win at Grandview pool

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside Sharks feasted on the Grandview Neptunes last night, to the tune of a 555-229 victory.

Sunnyside resolves police account fund

An account in use since 1981 became official earlier this past month when the Sunnyside City Council approved a police investigative fund.

Paper Clips

Take an informed stance

Take an informed stance

Sunnyside church hires new pastor

After a nine-year ministry in Coos Bay, Ore., Pastor Jorge Huerta and his family are making Sunnyside their home, where Huerta serves as the new pastor of Iglesia El Calvaria, a Spanish-language Assembly of God Church at 1810 Morgan Road.

'Doc' alarmed with numbers

If the American public were to spend at the rate the federal government is, people's phones would be ringing off the hook. The phone calls would be from bill collectors, knowing the debts owed in all likelihood could never be paid back.

FORUM

Impatient motorists

Impatient motorists

'New York Rendezvous' CD perfect for a relaxing evening at home

Slip into your coziest slippers and relaxing attire, grab your favorite drink for settling down, slip "New York Rendezvous" into the CD player and settle down to a relaxing evening at home.

DEATH NOTICE

JAMES C. MULRONY

JAMES C. MULRONY

Miss Sunnyside candidate Jaylyn Cervantes

Taking to the stage and dancing her heart away is Jaylyn Cervantes' idea of nirvana. That's why she's selected a jazz dance routine to Lady Gaga for the talent portion of the Miss Sunnyside Pageant to be staged in September.

SVID gearing up for winter project

Although there isn't much to show for it on the ground, phase II of the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation Division's conservation program is quietly humming along.

GUEST COLUMN

Celebrating our nation's independence

Celebrating our nation's independence

Thursday, July 2

DEATH NOTICE

JACK LEROY TUTTLE

JACK LEROY TUTTLE

Sunnyside youngster selected for Top Gun tryout camp in Florida

14-year-old Lorenzo Carbajal of Sunnyside isn't much of a talker. Around people he doesn't know, he comes across as a bit reserved, a little unsure of himself.

Carol Stone new Lion's Club president

Carol Stone has just begun a tremendous undertaking: she was recently inducted as president of the Sunnyside Lion's Club and has big plans for the coming year.

Chainsaw Jack offers secret to life

MABTON - Jack McIntyre, aka Chainsaw Jack, leaned towards some youngsters and whispered a little secret.

Wednesday, July 1

FORUM

Dropout numbers alarming

Dropout numbers alarming

Woodcarvings on display this summer at Sunnyside Museum

This season the Sunnyside Museum is featuring new displays: whimsical woodcarvings created by area artists.

Sunnyside Post Office for sale

A "for sale" sign is currently perched near the front steps of the Sunnyside Post Office.

Sharks defeat Naches swimmers

The Sunnyside Sharks claimed a 509-233 victory over the visiting Naches Barracudas last night (Tuesday).

Sunnyside runner banks prize money at half-marathon

SEATTLE - Sunnyside's Isley Gonzalez finished third in last Saturday's first ever Rock 'N' Roll half marathon in Seattle, earning up to $5,000 in the process.

Grandview woman competes at Vegas karaoke competition

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's Tara Collins outlasted nearly 32,000 people before being ousted from the International Bowling Karaoke Superstar competition in Las Vegas, staged June 21.

Cutting to the Core

Saved by the English

Saved by the English

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Now not the time to impose taxes on entrepreneurs

Now not the time to impose taxes on entrepreneurs

OBITUARY

DORIS HINRICHSEN

DORIS HINRICHSEN