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Friday, May 29

GUEST EDITORIAL

Renewable energy can supply America's new energy demand

Renewable energy can supply America's new energy demand

Candidate filing period kicks off Monday, June 1

A spate of offices are up for election this year in all of the Lower Valley cities, as well as for statewide offices.

OBITUARY

;ZENAIDA GARCIA

;ZENAIDA GARCIA

Planned Parenthood moving into new digs

Planned Parenthood in Sunnyside is currently in the process of moving from its East Gregory Avenue location to Covey Lane, a move which will allow for far more space and more services.

Whitworth coach guest speaker at awards ceremony

GRANDVIEW - Last night, more than 90 athletes and students involved in activities at Grandview High School were treated to dinner and awards ceremony. The event featured guest speaker Kirk Westre, Whitworth University professor and football defensive coordinator.

Honeyford, Kilian inducted to SHS Wall of Fame

He is described as wholeheartedly honest. She is described as having a dedication at commitment to Sunnyside schools that surpasses none.

Sunnyside's Promise seeks executive director

Within a month or so, the Sunnyside's Promise board hopes to have in place a full-time executive director to oversee the program.

'KING' a crowning achievement

If you've been following the CD reviews in the Daily Sun News you've no doubt noticed a spate of jazz music reviews.

Granger's annual Dino-N-A-Day June 6

GRANGER - The 12th annual Dino-N-A-Day event in Granger will be held Saturday, June 6.

Thursday, May 28

Sunnyside High School names top academic achievers in senior class

Sunnyside High School has announced the names of the 17 students who comprise the top 5 percent of the 2009 graduating class.

Rival gangs exchange gunfire in Grandview, one wounded

GRANDVIEW - Multiple shots rang out at about 7 p.m. in Grandview last night, Wednesday, as two rival gangs reportedly exchanged gunfire in the 700 block of West Fifth Street and Crescent Drive.

Changes in store for voter pamphlets

Candidates for office in Yakima County will have to get their points across in fewer words and will have one chance to say their piece.

Community garden started by Nuestra Casa volunteers

A community garden is taking shape behind Sunnyside's Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Visser competes at 3A State tourney

RICHLAND - Despite wowing onlookers with her long drives yesterday, Sunnyside High School sophomore Renae Visser missed out on making the cut for today's closing round at the WIAA 3A State Girls Golf Tournament.

Wednesday, May 27

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CYNTHIA KAY LAWSON

CYNTHIA KAY LAWSON

Longtime Christian educator retiring

"He will be leaving a big footprint on our school," Sunnyside Christian Elementary School Principal Del Dykstra said of Walt Wierenga.

Sunnyside opts to go into the HOME improvement business

Despite a staff recommendation to the contrary, the Sunnyside City Council last night agreed to join a consortium that puts the city in the business of providing affordable housing.

Golfing in style...grandson 'tricks out' 93-year-old linkster's cart

At 93, longtime Sunnyside resident Blair Stevens is the oldest living member of Black Rock Creek Golf Course and still makes his way around the course with his 1963 golf cart - the oldest cart on the 18-hole course.

'F' as in Frank

Thrill of the grill

Thrill of the grill

Dog trained to find cadavers

It's a dog's life. For Murphy anyway, a trained dog whose discipline is to find cadavers.

GUEST COLUMN

Age brings wisdom and an earlier bedtime

Age brings wisdom and an earlier bedtime

Bickleton boys win District team title

KITTITAS - The Bickleton boys won the 1B District title by more than 40 points over Trout Lake last Friday at Kittitas.

DEATH NOTICE

EDWARD A. ROOT SR.

EDWARD A. ROOT SR.

Tuesday, May 26

Farmer's Equipment to market Case IH products

Sunnyside's newest Case IH dealer is Farmer's Equipment Company, located on Factory Road.

Sunnyside hosts Memorial Day tribute

Memorial Day is one of the most important days of the year. It's a time to remember, reflect and be resolved in patriotism to this country and honor those who've served to protect its freedoms.

Grandview boys third at District meet

PROSSER - The Grandview Greyhound boys track team captured third-place honors during the CWAC District meet held this past Friday in Prosser.

Fajardo advances to State

SELAH - Grandview's Rogi Fajardo has advanced to State competition following District tennis tourney play this past Saturday in Selah.

Sarmiento lone Grizzly to earn 3A State berth

SPOKANE - Junior Kennedy Sarmiento will be the lone Grizzly representing Sunnyside at this year's 3A State track and field meet, set for this coming Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, in Tacoma.

Christian girls stumble at 1B Regional tourney

ZILLAH - For only the second time in the last seven years, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team won't be advancing to the State tournament.

Sunnyside Bed and Breakfast receives honor for historic preservation

During a rare meeting in the Yakima Valley last week, the state's advisory council on historic preservation presented its chairman's award to Don Vlieger of the Sunnyside Inn Bed and Breakfast.

BRIEFLY

Sunnyside man dies in single vehicle accident

Sunnyside man dies in single vehicle accident

OBITUARY

AUREL A. CODER

AUREL A. CODER

DEATH NOTICE

BELINDA DELGADO MENDOZA

BELINDA DELGADO MENDOZA

Friday, May 22

Fajardo one win away from State

SELAH - Grandview High School senior Rogi Fajardo has advanced to a winner-to-state match, set for this coming Saturday in Selah.

BRIEFLY

I-82 rollover accident sends man to hospital

I-82 rollover accident sends man to hospital

Rush is on to get Sunnyside peonies to cold storage prior to bloom

Each year, descendants of Nick and Norma Friend return to the family peony farm on Emerald Road near Sunnyside for an intense harvest, racing against the clock to pluck the fragrant flowers before full bloom.

Six young girls to vie for Little Miss Springfest title

In an effort to boost raffle ticket sales for St. Joseph's Catholic Parish each year, Little Miss Springfest was developed last year.

Paper Clips

Identity crisis

Identity crisis

OBITUARY

GUADALUPE ORNELAS

GUADALUPE ORNELAS

Guest Editorial

Ensuring openness in financial products

Ensuring openness in financial products

Sunnyside sophomore State tourney-bound

SPOKANE- Considering her goal was simply to qualify for Regional play, Renae Visser now can enjoy the icing on the cake.

CD REVIEW

Jazz collective working to build strong ties in L.A.

Jazz collective working to build strong ties in L.A.

Outlook burglary leads to two arrests

Just before 7 a.m. this past Wednesday morning an Outlook resident in the 10 block of B Street reported to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office two individuals had broken into the residence and at least one was still inside.

FORUM

No more taxes

No more taxes

Thursday, May 21

New chamber director submits resignation

GRANDVIEW - Less than two weeks after being introduced to Grandview Chamber of Commerce members, Gary Avery resigned from his post as executive director.

Military remembrances planned for Memorial Day weekend

A series of programs are planned for Memorial Day weekend to honor those who have served in the military.

DEATH NOTICE

NOEMI CANDIDO

NOEMI CANDIDO

Local man heading state dairy federation

After making his way up the ranks of the Washington State Dairy Federation Board of Directors, Sunnyside's Tony Veiga was elected president last January.

BRIEFLY

Planned Parenthood plans grand opening

Planned Parenthood plans grand opening

Slugfest goes Lady Knights' way

Most games, when a high school girls fastpitch softball team gives up 13 hits, a loss usually follows. That wasn't the case yesterday afternoon for the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights.

Wednesday, May 20

Sunnyside boy battles leukemia

A persistent bloody nose and a trip to the emergency launched a journey into recovery from acute lymphoblastic leukemia for eight-year-old Emilio Bueno of Sunnyside.

FORUM

Eliminating music program wrong move

Eliminating music program wrong move

Lady 'Hounds squeak their way into Districts

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds fastpitch team narrowly won a berth into CWAC Districts with a 7-6 win against the visiting Ephrata Tigers yesterday afternoon.

Jardine misses 2A State berth by single stroke

Grandview's Josh Jardine came within a single stroke of advancing to the 2A State golf tournament at yesterday's CWAC District competition, staged at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

'F' as in Frank

Giving credit where credit is due

Giving credit where credit is due

Exchange student shares Australia experience with Daybreak Rotarians

Sunnyside Christian High School student Kathleen Dolan shared her experiences in Australia with Daybreak Rotarians Wednesday morning, discussing her studies abroad during her sophomore year.

Tuesday, May 19

Raab/Campbell storm back to snare share of glory at annual Bill Christie Memorial

Three teams tied for top honors this past weekend at the annual Bill Christie Memorial Two-Man Best Ball Tournament, staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Lady Knights wrap up league play with unblemished mark

A dominating doubleheader sweep of the Klickitat Vandals yesterday afternoon gives the Sunnyside Christian girls fastpitch softball team this year's Greater Columbia 1B League crown.

Downtown design standards discussed at Grandview meeting

GRANDVIEW - Locations of parking lots and how much of a window can be covered up with advertising were just some of the items discussed at last night's Grandview City Council meeting.

OBITUARY

ALLAN DALE HENDRICKS

ALLAN DALE HENDRICKS

Christian club speaker shares choices she's made, wise and otherwise

PROSSER - Jerri Wickert has made plenty of choices in her life, but the one she's most thankful for is the choice to accept Jesus Christ.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Local dealerships still standing after GM, Chrysler cuts

More than 1,800 GMC and Chrysler dealers recently received notice their operations would not be renewed beyond 2010. The closures are part of a federal restructuring of the two car makers.

Black Rock Creek cruises at Horn Rapids

RICHLAND - It's beginning to look like the Lower Yakima Valley Black Rock Creek team is a lock for a three-peat.

Monday, May 18

Grandview Chamber brings on new executive director

GRANDVIEW - He is just getting his footing, but the Grandview Chamber of Commerce's new executive director, Gary Avery, is optimistic about his new role.

Relay for Life raises funds for American Cancer Society

GRANDVIEW - "You're the reason why we're here. You're the reason why we do this," Relay for Life Committee Chair Darin Truax said to cancer survivors during opening ceremonies of the American Cancer Society 24-hour walk held in Grandview this past weekend.

Long-time downtown Sunnyside fixture to close service bays

For the past 57 years in Sunnyside people wanting gasoline with a smile and full-service knew where to get it.

Grizzly soccer season comes to a close

YAKIMA - A constant strategy during the Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team's nine-game winning streak has been scoring first, preferably within the first few minutes of the match.

Sunnyside advances 16 Grizzlies to 3A Regional track & field meet

RICHLAND - A total of 16 Sunnyside High School athletes advanced out of last Friday's District track and field meet at Richland, qualifying for the May 22-23 Regional competition at Spokane Falls Community College.

OBITUARY

GEORGE ARTURO MARTINEZ

GEORGE ARTURO MARTINEZ

Friday, May 15

Ned Crisp's 'Bottomline' bluegrass band plans return engagement in Sunnyside

Ned Crisp's "Bottomline" bluegrass band is making a return trip to Sunnyside, with a concert slated for Wednesday, June 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Centennial Park bandstand.

FORUM

City volunteers needed

City volunteers needed

Lady 'Hounds sweep Ephrata Tigers

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhound fastpitch team had reason to celebrate last night. The team hosted Ephrata in a twin bill and earned sixth place in the CWAC, winning the doubleheader 14-13 and 9-7.

Sunnyside schools have been on the grow since superintendent's arrival 10 years ago

The Sunnyside School District has changed dramatically in the past 10 years. That's according to Superintendent Rick Cole, who took the district helm in 1999.

Hillcrest families host 'Appreciation Tea' for staff

Hillcrest Manor employees and family members of the elders that reside there choked back emotion yesterday, Thursday, as staff was honored for their hard work during an "Appreciation Tea."

DEATH NOTICE

CARLOS V. GARCIA

CARLOS V. GARCIA

CD REVIEW

Gaucho's 'Deep Night' a total toe-tapper

Gaucho's 'Deep Night' a total toe-tapper

GUEST COLUMN

Middle aged and annoyed

Middle aged and annoyed

Thursday, May 14

Mabton schools axe music program

In a bid to meet a budget shortfall of $200,000, the Mabton School Board yesterday decided to cut the high school music program for the 2009-10 school year.

OBITUARY

JOSE HERRERA NUNEZ

JOSE HERRERA NUNEZ

Van Wingerden, Ah Quin honored by state administrators for volunteer work

YAKIMA - Two community members were recognized by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) for the leadership they demonstrate by volunteering in Sunnyside schools.

DEATH NOTICE

GABRIELLE JENSEN KRAMER

GABRIELLE JENSEN KRAMER

Grizzlies advance to State

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team's leading scorer, Brian Galvan, booted home the winning goal in overtime to help Sunnyside to a 1-0 victory in District/Regional semifinal play last night, Wednesday.

Grandview schools brace for budget cuts totaling $1.6 million

GRANDVIEW - Less travel for sports teams, salary freezes, reduction in hours and the elimination of non-grant funded travel are all things the Grandview School District could be facing in the 2009-10 school year.

Wednesday, May 13

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Guest Editorial

State should get out of the booze business

State should get out of the booze business

FORUM

IRS trick?

IRS trick?

Anti-gang initiative detailed for Sunnyside Rotarians

Sunnyside's Promise has developed a partnership with community members wanting to promote change in the community.

'Click it and Ticket' emphasis directed at Mabton High teens

MABTON - Not to be confused with the now familiar "Click it or Ticket" program conducted statewide, the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission recently developed a ticket program for students wearing their seatbelts, known as "Click it and Ticket."

Cutting to the Core

The season is almost upon us. The season of dropping off unwanted cats or dogs in the country, that is.

Sunnyside closes out regular season with win against Grandview

SUNNYSIDE - The Sunnyside Grizzlies defeated the boys and girls Greyhound tennis teams yesterday by identical scores of 5-2.

Unrest continues at Mabton Council meeting

MABTON -Mabton City Councilman Mario Martinez asked Mabton City Attorney Phil Lamb at last night's regularly scheduled council meeting about the possibility of the city suing Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera for the way she has handled the city's affairs.

Tuesday, May 12

OBITUARY

DEBORAH JO BRANSON

DEBORAH JO BRANSON

Espinoza misses out on berth to Regionals

WENATCHEE - Tied for the 12th and final berth into the 3A Regional boys golf tournament, Sunnyside's Nathan Espinoza faltered at the final league match of the season yesterday at the Wenatchee Country Club.

Lower Valley readies for high school graduations

Lower Yakima Valley graduates will be celebrating the completion of their high school education next month, and schools throughout the valley are wrapping up commencement exercise plans.

DEATH NOTICE

ESTHER LORRAINE SECHIER

ESTHER LORRAINE SECHIER

Sunnyside puts moratorium on dance hall license applications

An attempt to re-open the Venus dance hall after a two-year hiatus prompted the Sunnyside City Council last night to impose a moratorium on all new applications for dance halls.

Monday, May 11

Grizzlies roll on to Regional semis

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team may have played its best game of the season this past Saturday in a loser-out District/Regional playoff game.

Assault with firearm leads to three arrests

Sunnyside police were called to the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue at 11 p.m. this past Saturday night after receiving a report of shots fired.

Vikings end first-ever soccer season with double overtime loss in playoffs

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings first-ever boys soccer team ended its season fighting, but the Royal Knights were able to secure a goal in double overtime this past Saturday, winning 3-2.

Scouts take to Snipes cabin, Central Park for clean-up effort

Boys Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Crew members from Prosser trekked to Sunnyside's Central Park and the Ben Snipes cabin this past Saturday to participate in "Good Turn Day," a nationwide Boy Scouts of America community service event.

Sunnyside 'nine' ends season at Districts

YAKIMA - Through three-and-a-half innings it was anyone's ball game. That was before Hanford posted eight runs in the fourth inning to pull away from the Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team 19-2 in a loser-out District game played at West Valley High School this past Saturday.

Friday, May 8

DEATH NOTICE

ARLIE ANN TREAT

ARLIE ANN TREAT

Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo program hits snag

Behind the wide smiles and parade waves, there is unrest within the Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo program.

BRIEFLY

S. First Street, Lincoln Ave. intersection will be closed to local traffic

S. First Street, Lincoln Ave. intersection will be closed to local traffic

Sunnyside High School presents 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again'

Last night Sunnyside High School presented The Pink Panther Strikes Again, a play that continues the story of the lovable, but bumbling Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

Sunnyside woman honored for newly gained leadership skills

Six years ago Sunnyside's Luz Balderas limited herself to venturing out into the community for two purposes, grocery shopping and attending mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Local FFA students do well at livestock show

TOPPENISH - FFA students from Sunnyside, Grandview and Mabton competed at the Junior Livestock Show in Toppenish earlier this week, garnering several ribbons and awards

GUEST COLUMN

I'm thankful for an 'unenlightened' mom

I'm thankful for an 'unenlightened' mom

Paper Clips

ARLIE ANN TREAT

ARLIE ANN TREAT

CD REVIEW

Beaty Brothers' release a good fit for that glass of wine after a hard day's work at the office

Beaty Brothers' release a good fit for that glass of wine after a hard day's work at the office

Horse pull competition returning to Grandview rodeo

GRANDVIEW - After a long absence a crowd favorite will be back at this year's Lower Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

Legislature approves hard liquor price mark-up

State legislators aren't calling it a tax, but it sure smells like a tax.

Thursday, May 7

Life Options garden tour tickets available Saturday

GRANDVIEW - Just in time for Mother's Day, tickets for the Life Options garden tour will go on sale this coming Saturday and will be available in Prosser, Grandview and Sunnyside.

City serves up free lunch...and free advice

There is such a thing as a free lunch...and helpful advice to boot.

OBITUARY

JOHN ALAN NEWHOUSE

JOHN ALAN NEWHOUSE

Wednesday, May 6

Lady Grizzlies fall to Moses Lake

In their home finale of the 2009 season, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team lost 14-1 and 11-0 to visiting Moses Lake yesterday, Tuesday.

'F' as in Frank

Discovering the world of Wordle

Discovering the world of Wordle

Sunnyside's season losing streak at 19 games with twin bill losses to Moses Lake Chieftains

MOSES LAKE - The host Moses Lake Chiefs struck early and often as the Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team lost 17-0 and 10-0 yesterday, Tuesday.

GUEST COLUMN

VP should keep his mouth shut

VP should keep his mouth shut

OBITUARY

HENRY BOGERT

HENRY BOGERT

FORUM

Mostly just talk

Mostly just talk

Outlook native dies in farming mishap

The family of John A. Newhouse, 48, of Outlook is mourning his death this morning.

University of Florida snatches up WSU Extension's Jim and Mercy Olmstead

Two of Washington State University Extension Office's promising young minds will soon be leaving the Yakima Valley for the "Sunshine State."

DEATH NOTICE

LAURIE M. WILLIAMS

LAURIE M. WILLIAMS

Tuesday, May 5

BRIEFLY

Emerald Road mobile home burns late Monday morning

Emerald Road mobile home burns late Monday morning

Life Options eyes expansion of men's ministry

Life Options' men's ministry is about to take on a whole new shape, thanks to an unprecedented two grants from Carenet and the National Fatherhood Initiative.

County prosecutor working to eliminate backlog of cases

After replacing Yakima County Prosecutor Ron Zirkle this past January, the county's new prosecutor, James Hagarty, has been busy moving backlogged cases along in the court system.

Black Rock Creek new points leader on senior golf tour

WALLA WALLA - Grandview's Akira Nozaka and Mike Stegeman led the Black Rock Creek team to a first place finish last Thursday at the second stop on the 2009 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour.

'Hounds cap off regular season with win over 'Cats

GRANDVIEW - On a cold and rainy night the Grandview High School soccer team played it final game of the regular season, beating the Toppenish Wildcats 3-2 in overtime.

OBITUARY

HENRY WEBER KRAMER

HENRY WEBER KRAMER

BIRTS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

DEATH NOTICE

HENRY BOGERT

HENRY BOGERT

Monday, May 4

OBITUARY

FRANK H. ALLAN

FRANK H. ALLAN

Courts offering amnesty for fines

There is such a thing as a second chance, as Yakima County District Court officials in Yakima and Grandview this month are offering a program that provides amnesty for fines, fees and collections.

Lady Grizzlies pound Davis

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team broke out the bats and broke through in the win column this past Friday with 16-3 and 17-3 wins at home over Davis.

Friday, May 1

Jennie's Journey

Parents should be fearful

Parents should be fearful

FORUM

No recognition for SHS seniors

No recognition for SHS seniors

CD REVIEW

Avery Sharpe Trio sure to please

Avery Sharpe Trio sure to please

OBITUARY

MARIA GUADALUPE POLINA

MARIA GUADALUPE POLINA

SHS grad third at Big Foot Invite

POST FALLS, IDAHO - 2008 Sunnyside High School graduate Justin Bos, now a member of the Columbia Basin Community College men's golf team, scored a third place finish earlier this week at the Big Foot Invitational, staged at two separate courses near Post Falls, Idaho.

Grizzlies blank Hanford

With a supportive home crowd behind them, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team dispatched Hanford last night, 5-0.

GUEST COLUMN

Fried green liberalism

Fried green liberalism

Medalist honors snagged by Grandview junior

TERRACE HEIGHTS - Hitting both 15 fairways and 15 greens in regulation, Grandview High School junior Josh Jardine grabbed a share of medalist honors at yesterday's CWAC boys golf match at the Yakima Country Club.

Yakima River fish deemed 'dinner safe'

Dropping levels of DDT found in fish in the Yakima River have led state health officials to drop advisories to limit meals from certain fish species pulled from the river. Recent data on PCBs, though, has resulted in new advice on eating common carp from the Yakima River.

Authorities confirm presence of harmful chemicals at illegal dumpsite near Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Authorities from the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE), Department of Health, Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) converged on 1501 Bethany Rd. near Grandview this past March. They were there to investigate allegations of an illegal dumping ground, and what they found was a two-acre plot with approximately 50 large containers and 100 smaller containers buried inside of nearly 10 pits at the site.

Sunnyside natives staging art show in Seattle

SEATTLE - Desmadre Arte, a three-person team made up of Sunnyside natives Julio Guerrero and Josè Tapia, and Tapia's mentor Damion Hayes, will host an art show on Thursday, May 14, at the Vermillion Gallery in Seattle, located at 1508 11th Ave., from 6 to 10 p.m.

Sunnyside runners conquer Boston

The Boston Marathon for many is like Captain Ahab's search for his white whale.