Stories for April 2010


Friday, April 30

Mabton teen shot in the face

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office was yesterday (Thursday) at approximately 10:15 p.m. alerted by personnel at Sunnyside Community Hospital that a Mabton teen was en route to the hospital after having sustained a gunshot wound to the face.

SHS student voices concern about longer school day

Not everyone is pleased with the grant-funded proposal to extend the school day at Sunnyside High School by an hour.

Price of pack of smokes up tomorrow

A new tobacco tax passed by the Washington State Legislature takes effect on May 1, 2010, raising the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.

School board softens staff cuts

Instead of a worst case scenario, the Sunnyside School Board opted to take a more moderate approach to staffing cuts in the district.

Residents of Sunnyside apartment complex left homeless after early morning fire

Sunnyside fire trucks raced to a blaze at an apartment complex in the 1300 block of South 11th Street this morning (Friday) just before 12:30 a.m.

Local orchestra teacher selected for summer program in Middle East

Teaching and music are a passion for educator and conductor Bruce Walker, who educates orchestra students at Harrison and Sierra Vista middle schools in Sunnyside.

Grizzlies fall in shootout to winless Hanford

RICHLAND - After going scoreless in regulation and overtime, yesterday's match between the Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team and Hanford's was decided in a shootout.

'Hounds third at four-school match in E'burg

ELLENSBURG - Considering the winds were topping out at about 50 miles per hour yesterday afternoon, it's a wonder the prep linksters from Grandview, Ellensburg, Selah and Quincy didn't get blown off the course.

Greyhounds' postseason dreams for CWAC playoffs ended with 3-1 loss to Wolfpack

GRANDVIEW - Hopes of making it into the postseason were dashed for the Grandview Greyhounds soccer team last night after suffering a 3-1 loss to the visiting Wapato Wolves.

Yakima County sheriff guest speaker at GOP meeting

Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin paid a visit to the Sunnyside Republican Club at a meeting held this morning at Sunny Spot in Sunnyside.

The tale of 'Monaro' a read for mature readers

Monaro by Alyn Marland by his daughter Mrs. Katharine Carr of the Seattle area is a fascinating read, but I cannot recommend it for anyone who is not emotionally or mentally mature.

The Threadbare Heart will make a nice gift for Mother's Day

Life. Love. Tragedy. Triumph. Family.

Yakima Greenway efforts detailed for Rotarians

The Yakima Greenway Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing community members with the Greenway Pathway and three parks in Yakima.


Prom nigh

Prom nigh

'F' as in Frank

One soul at a time

One soul at a time

Guest Editorial

Is a real anti-government movement forming?

Is a real anti-government movement forming?




Thursday, April 29

Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary awards eight scholarships

From a pool of more than 50 applicants, the Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary selected eight hard working students pursuing higher education in the health care field for its annual scholarships.

Raffle to raise funds for new truck to haul Miss Sunnyside float

The days of driving a nearly 40-year-old truck that gets four miles to the gallon may soon be over for the Miss Sunnyside Court.

Grandview SWAT surrounds Douglas Street homes

GRANDVIEW - Members from the Grandview SWAT team converged on two homes in the 200 block of Douglas Street yester at approximately 9 a.m.

'Victory' wrestlers display their grit at national tourney

RENO, NEV. - The Lower Yakima Valley has become a hotbed for youngsters who want to develop their skills on a wrestling mat. Proof of that surfaced recently at the Cliff Keen Reno World Championships, staged in Reno, Nev.

Sunnyside boys pick up wins against Davis, Kennewick

The Sunnyside boys track team picked up two wins at home yesterday, bringing their season total to three.

Quitters can win big thanks to stop smoking contest

Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco has never been so lucrative.

Grandview School Board hears student presentation

GRANDVIEW - One sure sign of spring is the need for high school seniors to conduct their senior project presentations.




Wednesday, April 28

Inmates secured to help clean up Mabton

MABTON - With the city's Community Days festival less than four months away on Aug. 7, the Mabton City Council approved a measure last night to help spruce up the town.

Despite debilitating diagnosis local tyke making gains

Nearly a year ago Nicole Huffman's world came crashing down. Excited to see a world-renowned doctor for her daughter Alia's condition, she was told that her little girl would never walk, talk or even be aware of what's going on around her.

Lady Grizzly netters earn first team victory

The Sunnyside High School girls tennis team chalked up its first win of the season yesterday with a 4-3 home victory over Chiawana.

Grizzly linksters close out league play with best finish of year

WENATCHEE - A true team effort by the Sunnyside High School boys golf team led the Grizzly linksters to their best finish of the season, that coming in the final Columbia Basin Big Nine League match of the year.

League leading Walla Walla escapes with win

For all but 10 minutes it was a defensive chess match yesterday.

S'side Christian takes two from Mabton Lady Vikings

MABTON - A total of 17 free passes issued by Mabton's two starting pitchers allowed the Sunnyside Christian girls fastpitch softball team to claim a pair of non-league victories yesterday afternoon.

Blessing the animals event to be held Saturday

Sunnyside Presbyterian Church will host its annual blessing the animals event this coming Saturday, May 1, at 9 a.m.

On-stage review

Unique perspectives in 'The Apple Tree' sure to keep audiences laughing

Unique perspectives in 'The Apple Tree' sure to keep audiences laughing

Guest Editorial

Suit filed to obtain public employee drug and alcohol test results

Suit filed to obtain public employee drug and alcohol test results

Guest Editotial

Mistake to by-pass the moon

Mistake to by-pass the moon

Jennie's Journey

Texting fever too fervent

Texting fever too fervent




Tuesday, April 27







Gun incidents result in multiple arrests

GRANDVIEW - Last Friday at approximately 2:45 p.m. Grandview police raced to the 200 block of Avenue E for a report of shots fired.

Council OK's hiring of fire battalion chief

Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham's persistence has finally paid off as the Sunnyside City Council gave the okay for the city to hire a battalion chief/fire marshal position at the city's fire department.

Sales tax revenues down but city budget still on track

Despite the lingering economy and poor consumer spending the city of Sunnyside is on track with its 2010 budget, the Sunnyside City Council was told last night.

Lucas low scorer for GHS girls at CWAC match

TOPPENISH - Only a freshman, Grandview's Kayla Lucas is making strides in her attempt from elevating her game from being a duffer to a force to be reckoned with on the golf links.

Sunnyside rallies to defeat Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The 2A Grandview Lady Greyhound softball team held the upper hand through six innings yesterday before falling late in a 12-10 extra inning loss to visiting 3A Sunnyside.

Annual BJ Miller Golf Tournament set for May 8

The annual BJ Miller Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Saturday, May 8, at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course. Play kicks off with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

Straight-A honor roll at Sierra Vista M.S. includes 29 students

A total of 29 students at Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School, 17 of them sixth graders, earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the third quarter of the 2009-10 academic year.

Test scores improving at Artz-Fox Elementary

MABTON - Test scores at Artz-Fox Elementary School in Mabton had been faltering, but this year staff members have committed themselves to improving the learning environment and giving the students the skills needed for success.

Monday, April 26




One-Hour Photo fire deemed arson-related

The investigation into a fire that destroyed Sunnyside's One-Hour Photo Express on the night of Tuesday, April 13, has led fire officials to believe it was an arson.

'Big Brother' in Sunnyside?

To some motorists, it might seem like "big brother" is monitoring some of Sunnyside's busiest intersections.

Crime victims rally staged in Sunnyside

For several years Norma Jean Rios of Consejo has worked with victims of crime, and her desire to empower those in the community, as well as offer victims of crime with support, led her to organize rallies during Crime Victims Rights week.

Barajas a scholar for the millennium

This country's next big invention might just have its roots in Sunnyside.

Lady Vikes slam past Granger twice

MABTON - The Mabton Lady Viking softball team evened its league record at 2-2 this past Saturday with a convincing 11-0 and 13-4 doubleheader sweep of visiting Granger.

Lady Greyhounds earn first victory of 2010 spring campaign

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhound softball team earned its first win of the season this past Saturday in splitting a doubleheader with visiting Prosser.

Grandview breaks six-match losing streak in shootout win at Prosser

PROSSER - The Grandview Greyhound soccer team is feeling good about itself after winning 2-1 against Prosser this past Saturday.

Mabton boys take first at own invite

MABTON - The Mabton boys won its home track meet, the Bob Summers Invitational, this past Saturday. The Vikings finished with 88 points in the five-team competition, seven points higher than Columbia-Burbank and Riverview, who tied for second with 81 points each.

Grizzlies pounce on Eastmont boys, 6-0

Reyes Cuevas scored a hat trick and assisted on another goal to spark the Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team to a 6-0 romp over Eastmont this past Saturday.

I-Watch revving back up to protect neighborhoods from criminal behavior

A recent increase in criminal behavior, namely break-ins that have resulted in the loss of personal possessions like electronics, jewelry, cash and guns, has prompted the long-established I-Watch Neighborhood Crime Watchers group on Sunnyside's Harrison Hill to ramp back up its anti-crime efforts.

Friday, April 23

Schools locked down, students arrested

Four Sunnyside High School students caused a lot of havoc yesterday (Thursday) after shooting paintballs at some people working in a field.

Parents seek to introduce innovative schooling in Lower Valley area

In the early 1900s, a new and revolutionary teaching method was born out of the slums of Italy.

Candidates needed for Miss Maquina contest

A meeting for all young ladies interested in competing for the first-ever Miss Maquina title was held this past Wednesday, but only one contestant, Melissa Chapina, made a showing.

Sunnyside boys score first victory of season

EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside boys track team picked up its first win of the season, an 83-58 effort against Moses Lake at a track meet in East Wenatchee yesterday (Thursday) that featured Sunnyside, Eastmont, Wenatchee and Moses Lake. The boys lost to Wenatchee 100-45 and to Eastmont 83-62.

Mabton scores another victory

GRANGER - "Mabton came out to play against the Spartans," Mabton Assistant Soccer Coach Mike Davis said of yesterday's 7-2 win over Granger.

Grandview boys win, Lady 'Hounds falter at Quincy

QUINCY - The Grandview tennis teams yesterday (Thursday) traveled to Quincy to make up a match that was earlier this season canceled due to weather restrictions.

Grizzly netters have best showing so far this season

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys and girls tennis teams are still winless on the season, but had their best showing of the 2010 campaign yesterday in home losses to Pasco.

CROP Hunger Walk set for Saturday

On Saturday, April 24, at 9 a.m., walkers will leave from Chief Kamiakin Elementary School in Sunnyside as part of the annual CROP Walk to raise funds for people in need.

Grieving families can find support from Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care

Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care is pleased to announce that Al Johnston, one of their chaplains and bereavement counselors, has been able to undergo the training necessary to offer a new grief support group in the Sunnyside/Grandview area.

SHS student shares with Rotarians work that went into her senior project

Sunnyside High School senior Anita Tadlock developed a love of photography at a young age.


The Diary, a life well read

The Diary, a life well read


Cast of Archie and the Wallflower entertain with this zany comedy

Cast of Archie and the Wallflower entertain with this zany comedy


God's blessings

God's blessings

Guest Editorial

Give it arrest

Give it arrest

'F' as in Frank

Reports from the Lover Valley

Reports from the Lover Valley




Thursday, April 22

Yakima County worst in state in terms of high risk sexual behavior

YAKIMA - Members from the Yakima Health District met with community members last night (Wednesday) in Yakima to discuss health statistics in Yakima County.

Chieftains blank Sunnyside High School boys, 4-0

MOSES LAKE - The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team hung tough, but couldn't catch up with host 4A Moses Lake last night, Wednesday.

Community center fundraiser this Saturday on tap at Mabton High

MABTON - On Saturday, April 24, Mabton Community Center will hold a fundraiser to help raise money for the operation of the community center.

Landlords invited to attend groundbreaking meeting May 4

Under consideration in Sunnyside is a new city-wide ordinance that would put some of the burden of renting out homes to criminals on the shoulders of landlords.

McClure Elementary gifted student program thriving

GRANDVIEW - For the past 11 years, McClure Elementary School has offered select students the opportunity to challenge themselves in what is called the Gifted Cluster Program.

Wednesday, April 21

Jackson low scorer for Grandview girls

OTHELLO - The four members of the rebuilding Grandview High School girls golf team all finished within eight strokes of one another at yesterday's CWAC golf match, staged in Othello.

Cutting to the Core

New mission for tea-baggers

New mission for tea-baggers


Parade help appreciated

Parade help appreciated

Guest Column

What's in your hand?

What's in your hand?

Miss Sunnyside Court takes on role of waitresses at Bon Vino's this Friday

Hoping to get one more fundraiser in before the 2010-11 candidates begin training in May, the 2009-10 Miss Sunnyside Court will serve meals to help raise money for its summer activities and obligations.

Nouvella Club learns about Providence Center

The ladies from the Nouvella Club late last week heard from Bill Miller, a chaplain at Spokane's Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital, about the Providence Center for Faith and Healing.

'Miss Maquina' title up for grabs

With the cancellation of the Miss Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo program, young ladies in the Lower Yakima Valley community are being invited to instead compete for the title of Miss Maquina, to be awarded during this year's Cinco de Mayo Festival in Sunnyside.

Lady Knights sweep league doubleheader

KLICKITAT - The Sunnyside Christian girls softball team, prior to ever taking the field this spring, figured on having a pretty good season.

Mabton boys beat Wahluke

MABTON - The Mabton High School boys and girls track teams had their first head-to-head competition of the season yesterday (Tuesday), taking on the Wahluke Warriors.

Crime victims rally on for this Friday

in downtown Sunnyside

City Council receptive to new crime fighting tools

Yesterday, the Sunnyside City Council listened receptively to several proposals from the police department aimed at stopping crime.

Housing development on the drawing board for Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview is doing its part to facilitate a $2.5 million housing development at Pleasant Avenue and Elia Loop.

Tuesday, April 20

Grandview Council's meeting dates changed

GRANDVIEW - Beginning in June, the Grandview City Council plans to change its regular meeting days from the first and third Monday of each month to the second and fourth Tuesday.

Community garden seeks to plant roots in Sunnyside

The idea grew out of an anti-gang initiative meeting last year, when the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Nuestra Casa combined efforts to bring a community garden to Sunnyside.

Port of Sunnyside brought up to speed on water shed plans

Jim Milton, director of Yakima Basin Water Resources Agency, gave a presentation at the Port of Sunnyside meeting last night (Monday).

FruitSmart acquires former Safeway processing plant

GRANDVIEW - The building many in the Lower Valley know as the former Safeway processing plant in Grandview has been vacant for approximately 10 years and residents have wondered if anyone would ever purchase the 128,000 square foot building.

Piping project on track

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council last night, Monday, received an update from Jim Trull, district manager for SVID.

Black Rock Creek opens defense of three straight titles in fine fashion

PASCO - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek golfers have won the last three Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour titles. Based on the 2010 opener staged at Pasco's Sun Willows Golf Course last week, the Lower Valley linksters are poised and ready to make it four in a row.

SHS junior leads Grizzlies at league match in Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE - Sunnyside High School junior Nathan Espinoza put himself back into the running for a spot in this year's 3A Regional golf tournament.

Mabton prep students' annual plant sale scheduled this week

MABTON - Students in Randi Nickels' horticulture class at Mabton High School last trimester planted numerous vegetables and flowers in anticipation of the school's annual plant sale to take place this coming Thursday through Saturday.

Local brew master excels at world competition

Chris Miller and his work at the Snipes Mountain microbrewery at 905 Yakima Valley Highway may be one of the best kept secrets in Sunnyside.

Hospital foundation has new director

Jonica Bridges, the new development director for the Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation, was the guest speaker at the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting this past Monday and she detailed how the foundation has aided in the growth of the local medical facility.

Author speaks about life, family, culture to Grandview audience

GRANDVIEW - Ten years ago, Elva Trevino Hart wrote a book about her childhood as a migrant, called Barefoot Heart. Four years ago, Grandview High School English teacher Melanie Manship read the book and knew she had to introduce the book to her students.




Monday, April 19

Local pre-schoolers program axed

Citing state budget cuts, the Sunnyside School District is planning to cut its pre-school program starting with the 2010-11 school year.

Medrano, Kennedy, Herndon lead Grizzlies at Pasco invite

PASCO - Eleven members from the Sunnyside High School track team went up against more than 50 other schools and some of the best athletes in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this past Saturday at the annual Pasco Invite.

'Hounds give East Valley all it can handle

GRANDVIEW - For 12 innings the Grandview Greyhound baseball team went toe to toe with visiting East Valley this past Saturday before falling twice, 6-4 and 8-1.




Vikings overpower Naches, 6-3

MABTON - The Vikings are on a roll, with a second victory in as many matches.

Bickleton tracksters record 17 personal bests

EAST WENATCHEE - The Bickleton Pirates competed at the Eastmont JV Invite this past Friday and saw 17 personal bests recorded.

Sun Valley addition leads new building starts in Sunnyside

By far the biggest new building start in Sunnyside during February and March this year is the $3.2 million addition for Sun Valley Elementary School.

Friday, April 16

Guest Editorial

Time to pay the piper?

Time to pay the piper?

When in doubt, add more bacon

In a move that suggests that Homer Simpson has taken over for Colonel Sanders, Kentucky Fried Chicken has introduced a sandwich that uses fried chicken instead of bread, and bacon instead of chicken. Add a liberal helping of special sauce and a couple of slices of cheese and you have something that pretty much shows that the Colonel's gang has given up on their attempt to become known as simply "KFC" so people wouldn't associate the brand with only fried food.

Jennie's Journey

Cultural diversity often leads to divisiveness

Cultural diversity often leads to divisiveness

Grandview teens bringing drama to the Yakima Valley

GRANDVIEW - On Saturday, April 17, four Grandview High School seniors will witness the culmination of four months hard work. Along with family, friends and volunteers, they will be hosting a drama workshop at Grandview High School.

Dance competition to be staged next Friday

Sunnyside High School will be showcasing some of the Lower Valley's best dancers next Friday, April 23, at its first-ever dance competition.

Sunnyside Christian High School brings Archie and the Wallflower to the stage

It is your average tale of a small town, a greenhouse on the verge of foreclosure and unrequited love. But when the play Archie and the Wallflower throws in a love potion, a slightly mad scientist and, of course, a giant talking plant named Archie, real chaos can ensue.

Growing in His love, one country at a time

When Tarah Jenine Cruz speaks about her mission work, her eyes light up with joy, but at just 19 years old, it is clear that Cruz has found her calling.

Vikings break losing streak, defeat Ki-Be

MABTON - After losing six straight matches, the Viking soccer team was able to overcome the difficulties they have had this season to defeat Kiona-Benton 7-3 yesterday.

Herrera, Nerilead GHS boys at 3-team meet

QUINCY - The Grandview High School boys track and field team may have come up on the short end of the stick at a three-school CWAC meet in Quincy yesterday, but it wasn't for a lack of effort on the part of freshman Herman Herrera and junior Javier Neri.

Sunnyside's Visser, Prosser's French lower scorers at non-league match

Throw out the lone blow-up that Renae Visser had yesterday, she would have turned in a pretty solid round.

Grandview forum points out dangers of sexual activity

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School District hosted a forum yesterday (Thursday), providing information about the dangers of sex, including pregnancy and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases).

Roza officials confident water supply sufficient

The Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) has updated the prorationing percentage for all junior water right holders in the Yakima River Basin and is now forecast to be 71 percent of their normal water supply. The Roza Irrigation District is a junior water rights holder.

SHS grad takes action against human trafficking

John F. Kennedy once said, "There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."

Thursday, April 15




Sierra Vista 7th grader headed to Alabama for U.S. Space Academy

Thirteen-year-old Eunice Perez-Frias is going to space. The U.S. Space Academy to be precise.

Sunnyside students SEEKing tougher challenges in the classroom

What is the very best paper towel for the cost?

Visser cards personal best at CBBN conference matc

RICHLAND - Three league matches under her belt with two to go...and all signs are pointing to a return trip to the WIAA 3A State Girls Golf Tournament for Sunnyside's Renae Visser.

Grizzlies' rally comes up short against 1A Panthers

KENNEWICK - Despite scoring six runs in the final two innings of play yesterday, the Sunnyside High School baseball team fell to the 1A Riverview Panthers 9-7 in a non-league game yesterday (Wednesday).

Drive-by shooting results in five arrests

Sunnyside police raced to the 1200 block of South 13th Street at approximately 7:45 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) after receiving a report of shots fired from a vehicle.

Recent rash of burglaries have profound impact on victims

An elderly woman leaves her rural Sunnyside home for a few hours to visit the Sunnyside Senior Center only to return and find the place that should be her sanctuary from the outside world has been rifled through and all her personal belonging have been tossed everywhere.

Sunnyside bank to be closed

With more than 600 branches in 10 states, Bank of the West will have one less come this summer when the Sunnyside branch is shut down.

Wednesday, April 14

Grandview superintendent deflects blame on hiring of Ott

In a call to the Daily Sun News this morning, Grandview School District Superintendent Kevin Chase noted an incorrect statement in yesterday's story about several parents' protest of a hire.




'F' as in Frank

There's more than one way to celebrate a birthday

There's more than one way to celebrate a birthday


Hydropower key to Washington's futur

Hydropower key to Washington's futur


Cooperation by police outstanding

Cooperation by police outstanding

Oregon woman trusts in God during tough times

PROSSER - Funny and quick of wit, you would never know that Oregon resident Dixie Isom has had her share of sorrows in life.

Sunnyside community float to be unveiled in parade this Friday

Anticipation is building for the debut of the Sunnyside community float built for the Miss Sunnyside court.

Freshman keys doubleheader sweep by SCHS Lady Knights

UNION GAP - Heading into the 2010 spring campaign, Sunnyside Christian fans knew that at some point during the season they were going to get to see the workhorse that most likely was going to be carrying the banner for the Lady Knight fastpitch softball team for the next three years.

Wedam crowned 2010-11 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador

Two candidates were the center of attention last night (Tuesday) at the annual Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador program, Kristen Wedam and Emily Hutchins.

Lawmakers OK largest operating budget tax increase in state history

OLYMPIA - Beer drinkers, those with a sweet tooth for soda pop, candy and gum, cigarette smokers and even the health-conscious among us who opt for bottled water instead of drinking straight out of the tap, will be paying more than their fair share to keep Washington state up and operating at full speed ahead.

Blaze razes Sunnyside photo processing shop

One-Hour Photo Express, located at 317 Yakima Valley Highway, has been a mainstay in Sunnyside for numerous years, but last night (Tuesday) the longtime business was destroyed by fire.

City of Mabton looks to revive Community Days

MABTON - Save the date, Aug. 7, as on that Saturday Mabton is planning to hold its Community Days festival.

Tuesday, April 13

Grandview School Board gets an earful from concerned parents

GRANDVIEW - A group of 15 or so parents in the Grandview School District flooded the Grandview School Board meeting hall last night to air concerns about a hire the district made this past fall.

City attorney options explored

Bryon Olson, director of finance and administrative services for the city of Sunnyside, gave the Sunnyside City Council a presentation at last night's meeting on the pros and cons of hiring an in-house city attorney.

K-9 program pitched to city council, approved

The Sunnyside City Council last night (Monday) gave the go ahead to Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder to begin putting together a K-9 program for the city.

Lower Valley Relay for Life seeks more teams, participants

"For anyone that's had their lives touched by cancer it's a good way to fight back and make a difference," says Curtis Campbell, chair for the 2010 Lower Valley Relay for Life fundraiser.

Department of Ecology invites input on updating solid waste laws

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will hold three workshops in Eastern Washington to gather information and input about issues related to the state's solid waste management and recycling laws. All those who are interested are encouraged to attend.

McDonald's to build new Sunnyside restaurant

Just in time for the start of the 2010-11 school year, Ronald McDonald and his league of diners will have a new home in Sunnyside.

Two reports of gunfire reported in Lower Valley

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office has since yesterday (Monday) responded to two gunfire reports.

Cemetery Road gunshots heard

Yesterday (Monday) just before 11 p.m. the Sunnyside Police Department received one report of shots fired in the 400 block of Cemetery Road.

Sunnyside begins crosswalk patrols

Pedestrians beware, Sunnyside is on patrol.

Residents and businesses reminded to number properties

The Sunnyside Police Department has issued a reminder to all residents and merchants in the city of Sunnyside that numbering on homes and business properties is necessary for proper emergency responses.

Site selected to fly POW/MIA flag

The Sunnyside City Council last night (Monday) decided the POW/MIA flag will be flown at city hall and the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center on selected days.

Seattle Children's Hospital Science Adventure Lab opens Harrison Middle School students eyes to DNA

Last Friday students at Harrison Middle School were exposed to the world of DNA thanks to a visit by the Seattle Children's Hospital Science Adventure Lab.

R.E. Powell among top distributors nationwide

GRANDVIEW - The competition is tough in Chevron's Customer First program, but Grandview's R.E. Powell, owned by Gary and Annette Christensen, is among the top large distributors in the nation.




Monday, April 12

Occupants of Mitsubishi fired upon, three injured

Yakima County sheriff's deputies, and officers from Grandview and Granger, as well as aid units from the Sunnyside Fire Department rushed to the scene of a shooting this past Saturday at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Blue Line moving from downtown Sunnyside

Blue Line Equipment, a company specializing in machines and tractors used for vineyards, orchards and other specialized crops, will soon move from its downtown Sunnyside location to the old Country Foods convenience store located on Yakima Valley Highway near Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

New Miss Grandview crowned

GRANDVIEW - Last Saturday night, April 10, people from across the Yakima Valley gathered at Grandview Middle School for "Groovin' with Miss Grandview," where nine young ladies vied for the title of Miss Grandview.

Sarmiento, Medrano SHS standouts at 84th annual Davis High Invitationa

YAKIMA - Sunnyside seniors Kennedy Sarmiento and Elias Medrano combined for three third-place finishes and a fifth-place performance at last Saturday's 23-team invite hosted by the Davis Pirates.

Refreshed Grizzlies blank 4A Ike

YAKIMA - The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team broke out of a two-game slump to defeat host 4A Eisenhower 2-0 this past Saturday.

Grandview earns a split against Quincy Jackrabbits

QUINCY - Trent Mottice pitched six-plus strong innings for the Grandview Greyhound baseball team this past Saturday in an 11-2 victory over host Quincy in the first game of a doubleheader.

Hernandez, Wilson lead Pirates at Walla Walla meet

WALLA WALLA - The Bickleton High School track team competed in its first event since spring break and the Pirates were led by Junior Hernandez on the boys side and Christian Wilson led the girls at last Friday's Walla Walla JV meet.

Sloppily played game goes way of SCHS girls

There is some truth in playing to the level of your competition. Clearly the better club, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team turned in an effort last Saturday that was well below its standards.

Vikings succumb to Highland

MABTON - Mabton Assistant Coach Mike Davis was pleased his team was able to fight back in the second half of Saturday's home match-up against the Highland Scotties, although the Vikings fell 5-2.

Jardine, Luther share medalist honor at non-league match

Bragging rights for the low individual round in last Friday's non-league golf match between I-82 rivals Sunnyside and Grandview, on the boys side, ended up being shared by the Grizzlies' Chandler Luther and the Greyhounds' Josh Jardine.

Boy Scouts of America prepare for a second century

Robert Mazzuca's adult life has been centered around one employer, the Boy Scouts of America.







Friday, April 9

Alleged gang members' home peppered with gunfire

GRANDVIEW - At approximately 9 p.m. yesterday (Thursday) Grandview police officers rushed to a home in the 1000 block of Powell Street after having received several reports of gunfire there.

Stream flow outlook iffy

Depending on your location, Washington's summer stream flow forecast could be called "the good, the bad, or the ugly."

Sunnyside lawmaker national energy institute graduate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, joined a select group of lawmakers from across North America in receiving a certificate of graduation from the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute.

Miss Washington guest at Sunnyside's Young Life fundraiser

Young Life makes a difference in young lives.

Lady Vikings struck twice by LaSalle Lightning

MABTON - The Mabton Lady Viking softball team lost both ends of a doubleheader to visiting LaSalle yesterday, Thursday.

Nine-minute run Grandview's folly in match at Selah

SELAH - "We are our own worst enemy," Grandview soccer coach Anne Holden said of last night's trip to Selah.

Sarmiento, Meeker Grizzly standouts

The Sunnyside boys and girls track team lost to three teams yesterday (Thursday) at home, dropping the team's record to 0-6 on the season.

Heritage University extending reach and help to local businesses

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce welcomed Jessica Morgan, Community Outreach Coordinator from Heritage University, at their meeting yesterday, April 8.

Sports auction to benefit Granger teams

GRANGER - A framed Mickey Mantle autographed photograph with a numbered baseball card is just one of the many items that will be auctioned off at the annual Granger Booster Club sports auction, this year set for Sunday, April 18.

Sunnyside journalist keeps promise... publishes a first novel, The Diary

A novel inspired by a true story rolled off the printing presses this month, making an honest woman of the author of the book.

Trip to Egypt focus of talk at S'side library this coming Sunday

This Sunday, April 11, Sunnyside Friends of the Library invite the community to a travelers' roundtable at 2 p.m. Held in the Sunnyside Library meeting room, Ruth Strang will be speaking about and sharing photos from her two-week trip to Egypt last winter.

Movie review

Spoiler Alert! Clash of the Titans not quite an epic experience

Spoiler Alert! Clash of the Titans not quite an epic experience


Many thanks to clinic supporters

Many thanks to clinic supporters

Guest Editorial

Kill Saturday mail...not so fast!

Kill Saturday mail...not so fast!

Cutting to the Core

A friend with weed is a friend indeed

A friend with weed is a friend indeed

Thursday, April 8

Immigration reform, health care to be dominant topics at Saturday's Yakima County Democratic convention

YAKIMA - Resolutions urging comprehensive immigration reform and affirming affordable health care as a basic right will be agenda items at the Yakima County Democratic Convention Saturday, April 10, in Yakima's Carpenters' Hall, 507 South 3rd Street.

County commissioners okay SIED contract for Port of Grandview

YAKIMA - The Yakima County commissioners okayed the use of Supporting Investments in Economic Diversification (SIED) money for the Port of Grandview at this past Tuesday's meeting.

Harrison Hill burglary warning issued by Sunnyside police

The Sunnyside Police Department has issued a warning to residents living on Harrison Hill as police have recently responded to a number of daylight residential burglaries in the area.

Christian fourth grader seeking help in continuing Sunnyside Library project

Connor Kuehn, a fourth grade student at Sunnyside Christian Elementary School, knew he had to do a community service project for his class.

Grizzlies 10th in 13-team invite field

YAKIMA - Junior Nathan Espinoza, firing a somewhat sparkling 4-over-par 39 on the front nine enroute to shooting an 86 on the day, led the Sunnyside High School boys golf team to a 10th place finish at yesterday's Central Washington Invitational, staged at Yakima's Apple Tree Golf Resort.

CWU honor roll students named

ELLENSBURG - Several Lower Valley natives made the Central Washington University honor roll for the winter 2010 quarter. Students who make the university's honor roll have achieved a 3.5 or higher GPA for the quarter.

Wednesday, April 7

Drive-by shootings nail two homes in town of Outlook, bullets miss occupants

OUTLOOK - Two Outlook homes, one across from the other, were struck by gunfire last night in two shooting incidents.

Medicaid to start mailing out plastic cards to 1 million medical assistance clients across the state

During the month of April the Department of Social and Health Services will start mailing its one million medical assistance clients the same kind of plastic ID card used by private health insurance companies.

Community center priorities listed at town hall forum

A variety of structured and organized activities, ranging from computer and woodworking classes to chess clubs, is the top priority for the Sunnyside Community Center when it re-opens.

Sunnyside held scoreless in twin bill

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School fastpitch team did not have a good outing yesterday (Tuesday) as the Rams blanked the Lady Grizzlies in the opener 9-0 and finished the non-league match-up with a 19-0 victory in the nightcap.

Grandview tames Wolfpack, 9-3

WAPATO - Grandview Greyhound baseball pitcher Pablo Gonzalez received all the run support he needed in the first two innings on the way to a 9-3 complete game win over host Wapato yesterday, Tuesday.

Mistakes cost Grizzlies as West Valley sweeps non-league doubleheader

Defensive errors cost the Sunnyside High School baseball team yesterday (Tuesday) as the West Valley Rams took two from the Grizzlies, 10-2 and 21-5 in non-league CBBN play.

Gadgets theme of Christian women's luncheon

PROSSER - The Lower Valley Christian Women's Club will hold a luncheon meeting next Tuesday, April 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser.


Friends, family come through in time of need

Friends, family come through in time of need

Words from Washington

Fair trade agreements are no-cost job creators

Fair trade agreements are no-cost job creators

'F' as in Frank

War gets personal

War gets personal







Tuesday, April 6

Fleeing motorist crashes into parked car

This morning (Tuesday) just before 2:30 a.m. Sunnyside Police Officer Johnny Gusby witnessed a vehicle traveling westbound at a high rate of speed in the 300 block of West Edison Avenue. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the suspect failed to pull over. A short pursuit took place before the driver, identified as Patricio Castillo, 38, crashed into a vehicle parked on West Edison Avenue.

Darigold seeks to discharge more waste into Port's treatment facility

Port of Sunnyside commissioners decided to table a decision to approve the increase in wastewater discharge from Darigold in Sunnyside at a meeting held last night (Monday).

Grandview, YVCC ink senior center agreement

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview and YVCC have approved a deal for the city to use the former Carl L. Stevens Senior Center.

Community baby shower local teen's senior class project

Eighteen-year-old Jessy Alaniz, a senior at Sunnyside High School, got her senior project idea for a community baby shower from a classmate. This classmate was a teenage mother, struggling to find clothing and supplies for her baby.

MedStar services detailed for Sunnyside Noon Rotarians

The Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club heard from Northwest MedStar Community Relations Coordinator Mary Gilmore at Monday's meeting, where she detailed the benefits of MedStar.







Monday, April 5

Hudson Road woman shot

At approximately 4 p.m. yesterday (Sunday) Yakima County sheriff's deputies rushed to the 500 block of Hudson Road between Granger and Outlook for a report of a woman injured in a shooting.

Colder than usual April predicted for Sunnyside area

Below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation is predicted for Sunnyside during the month of April. That's according to the National Weather Service's latest forecast.

Reward offered for apprehension of five murder suspects

The Sunnyside Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for each of the five suspects wanted for the March 26 shooting of Romon Mendoza, Maria Reyes and a third unidentified victim that took place at Sunnyside's Rico's Tacos Guadalajara restaurant.

Black smoke fills the air in Sunnyside Easter afternoon

What started as a grass fire on property at 3470 Outlook Road near Sunnyside yesterday (Sunday) became somewhat explosive as tires were involved.

Grandview earns first league victory

TOPPENISH - It was a tale of two very different games.

Greyhounds maul Mabton, 5-1

GRANDVIEW - "Mabton came out really hard," Grandview Coach Anne Holden said of this past Saturday's non-league match against the Vikings.

Grizzlies outshoot West Valley, 6-3

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team broke out of a scoring slump in a big way this past Saturday in a 6-3 home win over rival West Valley.

Walk for Life Saturday, April 24

GRANDVIEW - Life Options will be holding its annual Walk for Life fundraising event Saturday, April 24, in Grandview.







Friday, April 2

City manager search OK'd by Sunnyside Council

The only item on Thursday night's Sunnyside City Council agenda had to do with Prothman and Company's search for the new city manager.

Grandview native seeks District Court judgeship

YAKIMA - Glen Warren announced earlier this week that he has put his name in the race for District Court Judge Position 2.

Prosser tourney serves as good test for tomorrow's State wrestling event

PROSSER - Based on how the Sunnyside Little Grapplers fared at last Saturday's Prosser wrestling invite, the youngsters are pumped and ready for tomorrow's Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament.

Community center focus of town hall forum next Tuesday

The future of Sunnyside's Community Center will be the focus of a town hall forum here next week.

DaVita marks 10th anniversary

DaVita threw itself a 10th anniversary birthday party this past weekend, to celebrate the past decade of new management.

Young Life banquet on for next Thursday

The community can get a taste of the Lower Valley Young Life scene next Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. by attending its annual banquet at Neighborhood Church.

Prosser author to host book signing in Kennewick

New from Arcadia Publishing is Roslyn, the newest book from Prosser author Jaymi Trimble.

New Granger amphitheater to be unveiled April 10

GRANGER - After years of thought and conversation, the city of Granger finally has an amphitheater.

Prom fashions to be on display next Thursday as part of senior project

A fashion show featuring formal attire in season this year is set for next Thursday, April 8, at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Story Time

School improvement plan flawed

School improvement plan flawed

If it looks like a snake, it probably is a snake

With all apologies to Tom Hanks and, perhaps, Danny Devito, I think it's fair to say that the vast majority of married celebrity men have affairs. Give a guy a taste of fame and fortune -- really any sort of celebrity -- and most will "forget" their marriage with whatever bar skank points her synthetic cleavage and poorly-drawn tattoos his way.

Legalized marijuana initiative gaining support

Supporters of Initiative 1068, an initiative meant to remove criminal and civil penalties for adults in possession of or growing marijuana, is gaining ground.




Thursday, April 1

Murder suspects named

The names of five suspects wanted in connection with the shooting death of Roman Magana Mendoza and critical injury to Maria Reyes, both of Sunnyside, have been released by the Sunnyside Police Department.

Loving Sunnyside Initiative kicks off 2010 with spring clean-up effort

Saturday, April 17, six homes in Sunnyside will be cleaned up and will receive a fresh coat of paint.

Water outlook improves with recent storms

PROSSER - Thursday morning those attending the monthly grape fieldman's breakfast sponsored by Washington State University Extension Services in Prosser were told the water outlook for 2010 is improved.

Sunnyside students shine at State science fair

BREMERTON - The 53rd annual Washington State Science and Engineering Fair was held at Bremerton High School this past weekend, and Sunnyside students brought home plenty of hardware.

Dunbar statue plans proceed

The Bonnie Dunbar Bronze Committee held a meeting last Thursday, Feb. 25. They welcomed Ethel Dunbar, the mother of Bonnie Dunbar, who's been chosen to be honored with a statue of her likeness, and artist Desire Dawn to the meeting.

Mission trip to India a cultural experience for Sunnyside couple

Wanting to be a part of the world community, serving others in need, Ron and Sue Jetter of Sunnyside recently traveled to southern India on a missions trip.