Stories for October 2011


Monday, October 31

Weapon offense last Friday ends with Sunnyside cops making two arrests

Since last Thursday Sunnyside police have been alerted to three incidents involving weapons.

Grandview police nab hit and run suspects

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police have since last Friday investigated three traffic mishaps, two of which were hit and run accidents that occurred yesterday (Sunday) and early this morning.

Vietnam veteran takes reins as caretaker of park flag

American Legion member Troy Monholland, 62, began to notice the flag service at Sunnyview Park in Sunnyside wasn't always up to par with the state's codes.

Broersma District champ at 3A girls swimming meet

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside's Marisa Broersma brought home a 3A District girls swim meet title from Ellensburg this past weekend.

Sunnyside sophomores gain experience

SPOKANE - Sunnyside High School's three Regional qualifiers, all sophomores, picked up valuable experience competing against the best of the best from the Columbia Basin Big Nine and Greater Spokane conferences this past Saturday.

Lady Vikings lose to Kiona-Benton in 1A District tourney

BENTON CITY - The Mabton Lady Viking soccer team showed progress, but it wasn't enough in a 2-0 loss this past Saturday at Kiona-Benton in a loser-out SCAC District play-off match.

Grandview will miss making State tourney for first time in more than a decade

SELAH - A pair of strong starts couldn't extend the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team's season, as the squad lost twice at the CWAC District tourney this past Saturday to conclude the 2011 season.

Grizzlies take down playoff-bound Hanford

Too little too late might be one way to describe the 32-14 drubbing the Sunnyside High School football team laid on the visiting Hanford Falcons last Friday night.

Bickleton wins first ever District team title

COWICHE - The 1B Bickleton Pirates outraced the other teams at the District meet this past Friday, coming home with the District team championship and heading to the State meet with high hopes.

McKenna urges young drivers to "stop the texts and stop the wrecks"

Eighty-two percent of young adult drivers, ages 16 to 24, have read a text message while driving, according to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council.




Friday, October 28

Veteran receives high school diploma from SHS after nearly 40-year wait

It was a little overdue, but Henry McCormick received his high school diploma last night (Thursday) at the Sunnyside School Board meeting.

Firefighters offer glow sticks in goodie bags for Halloween

The Sunnyside Fire Department will be handing out goodie bags with glow sticks and candy to children at Sunnyside's Trunk or Treat on Sunday and also at Upland Park on Halloween night.

Lady Knights trample Highland

COWICHE - The 1B Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights conquered the 1A Highland Scots last night (Thursday) in a non-league match-up at Highland High School.

Grandview advances in District playoffs

GRANDVIEW - After fending off visiting Toppenish in a tight game one, the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 victory last night.

Grid kids playoffs tomorrow

The last game of the Sunnyside Grid Kids season will be held tomorrow (Saturday), beginning at 9 a.m.

Grape Fieldman's breakfast next Thursday

PROSSER - Washington State University Benton County Extension will be hosting the monthly grape fieldman's breakfast, next Thursday, Nov. 3.

Sunnyside Republicans say no on I-1183

Initiative 1183 could end up costing local entrepreneurs more dollars and cents.

School concerts next month

A series of three school concerts in the Sunnyside School District will take place during the month of November.

SHS students get 'Grease'y

Sunnyside High School students take the stage to perform what is said among thespians to be the most popular classic musical ever performed on Broadway.


The way Halloween should be

The way Halloween should be

Off the Record

A positive outlook on matters of death

A positive outlook on matters of death




Thursday, October 27

Sunnyside's Promise receives funding extension for anti-gang efforts

The Washington State Children's Justice Task Force has given a rare grant extension to a program Sunnyside's Promise has developed after determining the program will further the mission of the task force.

Neon signs display still in the works

A lightly attended meeting of the group working to preserve and display Sunnyside's historic neon signs met last night (Wednesday) at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.

Teen held on graffiti charges

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview teen was taken into custody yesterday (Wednesday) after police served a search warrant in the 500 block of Butternut Road.

Sunnyside library getting with the times

The Sunnyside Library is moving forward with technology as a partner to reach out to the community.

Sunnyside students raise 'HOPE'

When Mariah Gonzalez volunteered for Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley, also known as Transformation Sunnyside, last year an idea sparked for her senior project at Sunnyside High School.

Wednesday, October 26

County dealing with jail shortfall in 2012

80 positions cut from jail payroll

80 positions cut from jail payroll

Water, sewer rate increases on Grandview City Council's agenda

GRANDVIEW - The bulk of the Grandview City Council meeting last night involved a presentation on the water and sewer rates in the city.

Sunnyside secures 1-0 victory over Lions

KENNEWICK - The Lady Grizzly soccer squad ended its season on a high note, earning a 1-0 victory over the Kennewick Lions yesterday.

Grandview tames Wapato Wolves

WAPATO - The Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team tuned up for the postseason with a 3-0 regular season finale win at Wapato last night, Tuesday.

Lady Knights win final home game

With the stakes high, the Lady Knights volleyball squad knew their strategy must be aggressive at last night's final home match against Bickleton.

Class of 1967 meeting

The SHS class of 1967 reunion organizers will be holding a meeting Monday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at Columbia River Bank in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside, Mabton public libraries to be closed Friday

All libraries in the Yakima Valley Libraries system, including the Sunnyside and Mabton branches, will be closed on Friday, Oct. 28 for staff training and enrichment.

Community event on tap this Saturday

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley will partner with the Sunnyside Apostolic Church at 16th Street and Lincoln Avenue for a community event this Saturday.

Seattle pilot gets abandoned pup to new home

Fly away Frannie

Fly away Frannie


On immigration, both parties move to the left

On immigration, both parties move to the left

Honoring our soldier

This past weekend Joni and I had a chance to visit family in Western Washington and one of the highlights was to see her cousin, Danny, home on leave from serving in the Middle East.




Tuesday, October 25

Council asked to consider property tax levy increase

Because assessed property values are anticipated to be lower in 2012 and the city of Sunnyside each year must consider its budgetary needs, Sunnyside Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer Byron Olson last night asked the city council to consider a property tax increase.

Volunteer work helps local residents

Lower Valley Volunteer Chore Services is a program that serves low-income elders and adults with disabilities, providing transportation, yard work, housework and other services free of charge.

City's motor vehicle impound laws revised

The Sunnyside City Council Monday approved revisions to the Sunnyside Municipal Code motor vehicle impound laws.

Science camp set for this Saturday

This Saturday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. will be a Halloween Science Camp at Sunnyside High School.

Nightmare on "B" Street

MABTON - Dare to enter the first annual VFW Haunted House on Halloween weekend.

China Grove owner moves on

For the last decade Kitty Li has worked seven days a week and nearly 90 hours each week.

Transforming a child's imagination into a career satisfying to tattoo artist

Tattoo artist and owner of Tattoo Times Bobby Rodriguez started pursuing his passions at the young age of 13.

Hillcrest gears up for remodel with new equipment

With a large remodel set to open in January 2012, Hillcrest Manor and Rehabilitation Center in Sunnyside is getting ready by acquiring the latest technology to help patients with physical therapy needs.




Monday, October 24

Six more homes benefit from love of community members

The Loving Sunnyside Initiative is in its third year, giving community members the opportunity to share Christ's love for neighbors through dedication and hard work.

Wapato reigns on Lady Greyhounds' senior parade 1-0

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhound seniors hoped this past Saturday's final home soccer match against Wapato would produce a win.

Lady Pirate's final home match results a win, 3-0

BICKLETON - In the final home match of the season, this past Saturday, the Lady Pirates honored their seniors with a 3-1 win over Mabton's JV volleyball squad.

Vikings unable to hold back Coyotes

MABTON - Blown coverages on defense and turnovers on offense made for a lopsided first half in favor of the Columbia-Burbank Coyotes Friday night in Mabton.

Four-car ;accident on Sunnyside-Mabton highway injures six

Six people, including three children and a teenager, were injured in a four-car accident on SR-241 (Sunnyside-Mabton Highway) near Stover Road this past Saturday at approximately 1:20 p.m.

Extreme cold weather shelter accepting volunteers

The extreme cold weather shelter will soon open at Oasis Community Church in Sunnyside.

Non-profits put on alert by IRS policy

Tax-exempt status pulled for some groups

Tax-exempt status pulled for some groups







Friday, October 21

Legislators explain statewide proposals at Republican meeting

The meeting of the Sunnyside Republican Club this morning (Friday) featured guest speakers Rep. Bruce Chandler, Rep. David Taylor and Sen. Jim Honeyford.

Organizations concerned with jobs, economic development discuss interests

GRANDVIEW - GMC Training Institute has been involved for a number of years in the effort to promote jobs and economic development in Grandview.

Young Bickleton team has good outing in Zillah

ZILLAH - The 1B Bickleton High School boys cross-country team ran a strong meet yesterday in Zillah against 1A Goldendale and Granger, as well as the Leopards.

Lady Vikes defend league record on Burbank, 3-1

MABTON - The Lady Vikes hope last night's win will take them to Districts.

Grandview clinches home playoff match

GRANDVIEW - In what may have been a CWAC South playoff preview, the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team held on for a 3-1 victory over Toppenish last night.

'Quilt, Craft & Sew Festival' begins Nov. 17 in Puyallup

PUYALLUP - The Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival is set to begin Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup.

Awana clubs to start in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview First Baptist Church/Iglesia Del Pueblo at 406 E. Second St. will start Awana clubs for children ages five years old and up to fifth grade beginning this Sunday, Oct. 23, from 6:15 to 8 p.m.

There's a hat for every ocassion

When Margaret Keys, 100, was four years old she says she was a tomboy.

Community celebrates Bickleton school building

BICKLETON - Pretty much all of the 200 or so residents in the Bickleton School District turned out for a party last night to celebrate the opening of a new $10 million K-12 school building.

Popcorn from another angle

The Popcorn Board wants people to know that popcorn is healthy, tastes great and can be eaten in a variety of ways.


Linde lauded

Linde lauded

Guest Column

Wall Street couldn't have done it alone

Wall Street couldn't have done it alone

Word Nerd

The one thing I miss about Seattle

The one thing I miss about Seattle

Thursday, October 20

Police arrest armed robbery suspect

Armed robbery suspect Matthew Ray Garcia was captured yesterday (Wednesday) after Sunnyside police detectives obtained a search warrant on the house they said he fled into after the crime.

Volunteer will leave part of her soul in Sunnyside

Celeste Goulding has had experiences in Sunnyside that she never dreamed of when she joined AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America).

Pumpkin patch sales help local family pay for heart surgery

When Reynaldo Manjarrez III of Sunnyside was born, the doctor gave him the OK, but a nurse wasn't so sure.

'We are all in this together' the theme of student-led forum

Leadership students at Sunnyside High School put together a forum titled "Together Sunnyside Learns" for community members to meet with students and discuss ways the community can help the Sunnyside School District achieve its goal of 100 percent graduation.

Grandview pastor brings 'Good News' to area students

GRANDVIEW - The Good News Club strives to teach students more than just Bible stories.







Wednesday, October 19

Sunnyside eyes bond for new fire station

Though final action has not yet been taken, the Sunnyside City Council during a workshop on Monday night expressed support for asking voters to approve a $6 million bond to build a new fire station.

Sunnyside gang plan earns mixed reviews

The reviews are in for Sunnyside's militant, get-tough approach to criminal gangs - and they are mixed, to say the least.

Lady Knights sweep Lyle

Sunnyside Christian swept the Lyle Cougars in three games last night (Tuesday) at home.

Sunnyside loses battle with Bulldogs

PASCO - The Sunnyside girls soccer team last night fought the Pasco Bulldogs to the very end, but came up short 2-0.

Mabton wins 3-0 over Royal

ROYAL CITY - Now, with a 3-8 record, Mabton is showing Coach Marty McCallum the team he always knew it could be.

Holiday Treasure Bazaar planned for Nov. 12

The public is invited to the Holiday Treasure Bazaar at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Fourth and Edison) in Sunnyside on Nov. 12, starting at 9 a.m. and ending with a gourmet dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Bid awarded for winery signs

YAKIMA - As a way to promote ag tourism, Yakima County is going to have winery-related signs posted to welcome visitors to the area.

Church to hold annual bazaar Oct. 22

GRANDVIEW - The Women's Association of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview will be hosting its annual soup and pie luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Sunnyside native weds in Japan

On Aug. 20, 2011, Sunnyside native Mark John Van Wingerden was married in Yokohama, Japan to Ruri Sugawara.

Tuckers celebrate 60th anniversary

Ken and Carol Tucker of Sunnyside will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 5, 2011, at an open house hosted by their children.

Mabton begins budget process

MABTON - Preliminary stages have begun in the City of Mabton to develop the city's business plan and discussing next year's budget.


Prop. 1 proponents less than transparent

Prop. 1 proponents less than transparent


Cain's half-baked candidacy

Cain's half-baked candidacy

Off the Record

To smoke or not to smoke; is that really the question?

To smoke or not to smoke; is that really the question?







Tuesday, October 18

Commissioners updated regarding Carnation plans

Representatives from Maul, Foster and Alongi updated the Port of Sunnyside Commissioners on the status of planning for the Carnation plant last night (Monday) at the port commissioners meeting.

Sunnyside budget cuts may trim Bridges, Storms from city payroll

Other cuts may include not pursuing misdemeanor warrants

Other cuts may include not pursuing misdemeanor warrants

Outlook fire victim transported to Harborview

OUTLOOK - When she stepped away from the stove for a moment, Sandra Thomas began to smell smoke.

Routine day in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police have since yesterday (Monday) been kept busy with a number of routine calls.

Seeking a vision, mission focus of meeting in Outlook

OUTLOOK - Community members involved in Stand Up for Outlook last night participated in exercises to help determine the vision and mission of those seeking to improve the community.

Rockets boost learning at Sunnyside High School

Sunnyside High School students are getting hands-on experience in physics this year in a class taught by Spencer Martin.

Monday, October 17

Cancer fundraiser off to a strong start

"We're on a roll!" Sunnysider Carol Carrillo said of a fundraiser she spearheaded this past week for cancer research and to benefit local cancer victims.

Mabton residents feel safer taking an evening stroll

MABTON - As a police officer, a normal quiet evening can turn into a blood pumping life-or-death situation in a moment's notice.

Prosser invite gives teams experience as season nears end

PROSSER - The Prosser Invitational saw a good turnout at Art Fiker Stadium this past Saturday.

Sunnyside wins one at Wenatchee Invite

WENATCHEE - It won't count as an official victory, but the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team earned one win in four contests played at the Wenatchee Invite this past Saturday.

Grandview secures homecoming victory

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhounds couldn't be happier after Friday's homecoming victory against the Ephrata Tigers.

Deputies close down medical marijuana expo for lack of fire permit

Yakima County Sheriff deputies shut down a medical marijuana expo near Grandview this past Saturday for lack of a proper fire permit.

The daily duties of a 'brainer' job

Kristi Jongsma didn't realize when she took the job at Stokes Burger Ranch 30 years ago, that she'd eventually become part owner of the establishment.

Grandview secretary retires after 11 years

GRANDVIEW - She says the people is what she'll miss the most.







Friday, October 14

Gang elimination plan detailed for chamber group by Sunnyside's deputy chief

Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce members yesterday (Thursday) were informed by Sunnyside Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck as to how the police department's gang elimination program works.

Dairy industry pledges financial support to Sunnyside's Promise

The Yakima Valley Dairy Federation and the Yakima Valley Dairy Women announced a fundraiser for Sunnyside's Promise last night at a Bon Vino's dinner attended by more than 40 members of the dairy and business community along with the leadership of Sunnyside's Promise.

Christian girls outfight Lady Pirates

BICKLETON - The Lady Knights returned to their winning ways by sweeping the Bickleton Pirates last night in three games.

Grizzly harriers close out league play

PASCO - In just its second, and final, Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A League meet of the season, the Sunnyside High School boys cross-country team compiled a two-win, five-loss record at the eight-school competition.

Improved serving helps propel Mabton to second league win

MABTON - It was another victory against Wahluke for the Mabton volleyball team last night.

Lady Greyhounds rope Mustangs in sweep

PROSSER - The Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team had more than enough firepower to dispatch contender Prosser last night - 25-19, 25-21, 25-16.

Student-led forum to be held Monday at Sunnyside High School

The goal of the Together Sunnyside Learns forum to be held next Monday night is to build a stronger bond between the students of Sunnyside High School and members of the community, while helping students reach higher achievement in the process.

Local bank collecting coats

American West Bank in Sunnyside is collecting used or new coats throughout October for domestic violence awareness month. All items collected will be donated to Lower Valley Crisis & Support Services.

Sunnyside High School well ahead of legislation

While much of the news about Sunnyside High School is about efforts to serve those who need the most help, the school is not neglecting the students who are reaching for college.

Good weather makes now the time to call in a local chimney sweep

GRANDVIEW - When a friend decided to give up a chimney sweeping business, Merle Lewis and wife Frances decided to buy the business and open up Merle's All Valley Chimney Sweep.

Prosser eatery a step back in time

PROSSER - A little piece of nostalgia has been restored in Prosser.

Stage Review

Prosser rings with Over the Hill Theatricals' current play

Prosser rings with Over the Hill Theatricals' current play


Vote for Jason Raines

Vote for Jason Raines


The power of civil society

The power of civil society

Word Nerd

From out of the rain

From out of the rain

'F" as in Frank

Save our signs

Save our signs




Thursday, October 13

Rider, McGhan DSN's top winners at annual WNPA awards ceremony

EVERETT - Advertising design specialist Aaron Rider and reporter/photographer Jennie McGhan were singled out for their on-the-job expertise at the annual Washington Newspapers Publishers Association's annual convention in Everett, held last weekend. The two Daily Sun News employees captured between them seven awards from the 2011 "Washington Better Newspaper Contest."

City-issued permits reflect downtown core in Sunnyside on the mend

Four months after a fire destroyed two downtown Sunnyside restaurants, progress continues for neighboring property owners as last month Sunnyside city officials approved six permits for repairs.

'Queens for a Cure' contestants raising money to benefit victims of cancer

Looking at them, you wouldn't think these two pint sized Sunnyside girls could make much of a dent in ridding the world of cancer.

Sunnysiders take different paths to finding success at Portland Marathon

One was sparked by a remark about his weight and the other received a boost from beyond.

Honeyford, Chandler earn agricultural awards from Farm Bureau

OLYMPIA - At its recent board of directors meeting, the Washington Farm Bureau named four legislators as outstanding protectors of agriculture in Washington.

Local orthodontist helps create smiles

When teeth grow bad, Jared Condie is there to fix them. Condie is an orthodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating teeth that are growing the wrong direction.




Wednesday, October 12

County step increases top $ far in 2011

YAKIMA - While most Yakima County employees represented by a union agreed to a contract that did away with 3 percent step pay increases for this year, some unions have not reached a contract with the county for this year.

Grandview library lease agreement in question

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council had before it at last night's meeting a lease agreement for the new joint library and didn't approve it due to unanswered questions.

Home struck in Tuesday night drive-by

Last night (Tuesday) Sunnyside police responded to the 1500 block of Yakima Avenue at approximately 9:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a drive-by shooting.

Volunteers helping to restore building that will house Habitat for Humanity second-hand store in Sunnyside

Ashley Burk wants people in Sunnyside to remember that "one man's trash is another man's treasure." Particularly when it comes to donating to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore that will soon be opening in Sunnyside.

Mabton welcomes new officer and her K-9

MABTON - The city council welcomed Kris Johnson and her partner in opposing crime, Koda, at last night's meeting.

Lady Pirates reign over Trout Lake

BICKLETON - Teamwork is definitely apparent in Lady Pirate volleyball, according to coach Joelle Patterson, with a three-game win over Trout Lake-Glenwood last night.

Grandview collars Bulldogs in 3-0 sweep

ELLENSBURG - A host Ellensburg team that advanced to Regionals last year was no match for the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team, which earned a 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 sweep last night.

Braves sweep Lady Grizzlies

KENNEWICK - Host Kamiakin proved too much for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team in a 3-0 loss last night, Tuesday.

Mabton tames Timberwolves via 2-0 shutout

MABTON - After 74 minutes of scoreless soccer the Mabton Lady Viking soccer team broke through in a big way to earn a 2-0 SCAC league win over Goldendale last night.

Grandview EDGE making progress

GRANDVIEW - An intern is working and new partnerships are being formed.

Free barbecue set for Saturday

Trinity Baptist Church, located at 1051 Alexander Rd. near Sunnyside, is offering a free barbecue for the community this Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon to 4 p.m.

Speaker shares cure for heart condition

PROSSER - Growing up with an alcoholic father and enduring two marriages to alcoholics, Stephanie Carmichael of Bend, Ore. had plenty to overcome.

Sunnyside woman raising funds for cancer victims

Every year Carol Carrillo of Sunnyside does something to give back to the community.


Clean-up crew deserving of accolades

Clean-up crew deserving of accolades


The nickname game

The nickname game

Jennie's Journey

Lower property values produces mixed feelings

Lower property values produces mixed feelings




Tuesday, October 11

Council's input convinces Vlieger to withdraw motions on hiring freeze, new contract with law firm

Two motions were put on the table last night by Sunnyside City Councilman Don Vlieger, although the items were not on the City Council agenda. Neither was approved.

Lady Grizzlies fifth from nine-team field

YAKIMA - With just a handful of girls on this year's swim team, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies gave a good accounting of themselves at last Saturday's Yakima Valley Championships, staged at Lions Pool in Yakima.

Five consecutive titles for Black Rock Creek seniors

KENNEWICK - Five and counting...for the Black Rock Creek Golf Course senior contingent.

Outlook woman celebrates citizenship

OUTLOOK - As a girl growing up in the Philippines, Lilibeth Snyder prayed God would provide her a Christian husband.

New Sunnyside mall store to feature clothing fashions

Fashion, business and Sunnyside; all three of which Joon Chung, the owner of Fashion City, knows very well.

Sunnyside couple to open restaurant at old Arby's site

After five years of hitting the road to sell her homemade food, Ericka Jurado is nearly ready to set up shop in her own restaurant.




Moratorium on medical marijuana gardens OK'd

Collective gardens for medical marijuana patients have been legalized by the state legislature, but Monday the Sunnyside City Council approved a six-month moratorium on allowing them within city limits.

Personnel hired

GRANDVIEW - At Monday night's regular school board meeting the board approved hiring staff for the fresh fruit and vegetable program in the elementary schools.

Monday, October 10

Weary Bickleton High runners hold their own at invite

QUINCY - The 1B Bickleton High School boys cross-country team ran on only two days rest at the Quincy Invitational this past Saturday, but still put in a strong effort.

Home rule issues opponents say government working fine as is

YAKIMA - A crowd packed downtown Yakima this past Friday afternoon to hear the pros and cons of home rule, a proposal on this November's ballot to reshape county government.

Sunnyside grid team muzzles Bulldogs, 40-16

That soft glow of a light the Grizzlies could still see at the end of the tunnel heading into last Friday night's Homecoming game is still flickering.

Volunteer helps keep gift shop humming

Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Barbara Skinner takes her turn each week behind the counter of the hospital's gift shop.




Friday, October 7

Forecasters predict large swings in winter weather

People across the western United States can expect large swings in weather conditions throughout the winter, according to the long-range forecasting team.

Consensus on parking not reached at downtown revitalization meeting

While the first downtown revitalization meeting was energetic and overflowing, the second was equally well attended but a little more sober.

First-place Eagles nearly shot down by Mabton High girls

MABTON - Sitting atop the 1A SCAC standings with an unblemished record, the Connell Eagles might have figured they were going to swoop in and out of Mabton last night and fly off with an easy victory.

Grandview freshman battles Wapato runner for top honors

WAPATO - Grandview High School freshman Samuel Cuevas might have turned in his best performance of the fall yesterday.

Clinton leads BHS harriers on Apple Ridge 3-mile course

COWICHE - The 1B Bickleton High School boys cross-country team got a 12th place individual finish from junior Peter Clinton yesterday.

Car prowlers top deputies' list on slow night

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to reports of car prowlers near Mabton last night. Several cars were broken into, but no details were available on what was taken.

Wildlife department asks hunters' help to monitor diseases

As part of an ongoing effort to watch for chronic wasting disease, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking deer and elk hunters to submit tissue from animals harvested east of the Columbia River.

What's Happening


Airfield Estates celebration set for Saturday

Wine, dine and stomping grapes are on the entertainment agenda this Saturday at Airfield Estates.

Murder thriller isn't very thrilling

Robert B. Mills' debut novel "One Down, One to Go" delves into the mind of a teenage killer to explore the events leading up to his crime. It's an audacious attempt to analyze a very straightforward event, and it mostly fails in its goal.

Nashville native to perform here Monday, Oct. 17

Honest and confessional, yet never overbearing; are the types of songs you can expect to hear from Christopher Williams.

Linde will work hard if elected

I am writing in support of Sandra Linde's campaign for the Sunnyside School Board.


Raines cares about future of Sunnyside

Raines cares about future of Sunnyside

Guest Column

Cutting Saturday delivery no answer to postal dilemma

Cutting Saturday delivery no answer to postal dilemma

Story Time

Google it if you so choose

Google it if you so choose




Thursday, October 6

Grants approved for state ag projects

There was good news late last week for the state's ag industry, as the USDA approved a $3.1 million grant for 20 projects in this state related to specialty crops.

Minimum wage jumping to $9.04

The minimum wage in Washington state is scheduled to rise from $8.67 an hour to $9.04 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2012, a 37-cent increase.

Burning yard waste bad for environment

The Washington Department of Ecology is asking people to not give in to the temptation to burn vegetation outdoors.

Drug arrest yesterday

GRANDVIEW - Michael Alanis, 30, of Grandview was arrested yesterday, Wednesday, on drug charges.


Eberardo "Ed" (Role) Garcia, 64, of Yakima died Sunday.

Wednesday, October 5

Sunnyside city books clean according to state auditors

A recent review of the city of Sunnyside's financial statements, as well as its handling of federal awards, turned up no findings by state auditors.

Sunnyside farm inks county contract to process waste, debris

YAKIMA - Waste from septic tanks in Yakima County will fly away, literally, under a contract Yakima County signed yesterday with Natural Selection Farms of Sunnyside.

Spokane lawmaker announces bid to unseat Cantwell

Washington State Sen. Michael Baumgartner has already had an expensive campaign against a Democratic incumbent, and now he's going to take on 12-year U.S. Senate veteran Maria Cantwell in a bid to represent Washington state in Washington D.C.

Rotary club speaker explains importance of chamber of commerce

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce has been in existence almost since the city of Sunnyside was incorporated.

Lady Pirates pick up non-league win

MABTON - The Lady Pirates fought their way to victory in a five-game dog fight against Mabton's JV team last night.

Lady Greyhounds give visiting Selah girls all they can handle

GRANDVIEW - The game started out promising for the Lady Greyhounds on their home turf against Selah yesterday.

Unbeaten Lady Knights tame the Mustangs with aggressive play

The Sunnyside Christian volleyball team continued its dominating season by winning at home in three games against the Trout Lake/Glenwood Mustangs last night (Tuesday).

Lady Grizzlies extend Hanford to five games

In what may have been its best match of the season, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit last night, Tuesday, before falling 3-2 to visiting Hanford.

Fifty years is only a beginning

Walter and Elsie Bell will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 13, of this year.


Matson right choice for port commissioner

Matson right choice for port commissioner

Guest Column

The world is competing for America's factories

The world is competing for America's factories

A drop in the bucket?

Sunnysiders seem to be shopping closer to home more, as the city of Sunnyside's sales tax revenue is $60,000 ahead of projections this year.




Tuesday, October 4

Cool, wet October predicted for Sunnyside

Fall weather seems to be in store for Sunnyside during the month of October, with temperatures expected to be cooler than normal and higher than normal precipitation.

City's financial outlook shaky...Sunnyside eyes hiring freeze

Barely a month ago, Sunnyside city officials felt the city could make it through 2012 without dipping into a $1 million contingency fund.

Sunnyside council cautious on tire recycling center proposal

The good news is that a business is interested in locating on the former Monson feedlot property, which the city purchased and turned into a prospective business park.

Mabton School Board candidates push student learning as priorities

MABTON - Vijay Parulkar and Natalie Palomarez are candidates for the Mabton School Board, Pos. 2, seat formerly held by David Rodriguez.

Neighborhoods, budget topics of concern in Grandview council race

GRANDVIEW - For Grandview City Council, Pos. 7, incumbent Jesse Palacios the general election contest is all about the city's neighborhoods.

Carnation plant acquisition, downtown revitalization focus of Sunnyside Port meeting

The Port of Sunnyside meeting Monday evening reviewed the downtown revitalization project, the current situation on the Carnation plant and a theft of Port property.

Strong serving gives Lady Knights edge over Patriots

The undefeated Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights won three hard-fought games against the Liberty Christian Patriots last night (Monday).

Lady Grizzly swimmers finish middle of pack at Mukilteo Invitational

FEDERAL WAY - Considering only about a half-dozen girls comprise the Sunnyside High School swim team this fall, the Lady Grizzlies' 25th place finish at last Saturday's Mukilteo Invitational wasn't all that shabby of an effort.

Drug and alcohol assessment center opens at mini mall

When helping others with substance abuse issues, Maria Elena Guerrero says it must be something you know and are passionate about.

Newly crowned Miss Sunnyside hits the ground running quickly

Newly crowned 2011-12 Miss Sunnyside Abigail Ramos barely had time to adjust to her new role before she and her court were off to their first parade.




Monday, October 3

Newcomer challenges incumbent in search of third consecutive term

For incumbent Jim Restucci, running for re-election to the Sunnyside City Council is all about continuing with the work he says has been underway since he took office eight years ago.

City to host fall clean-up day

Not sure where to take your old mattresses, furniture, car tires, appliances or even your yard waste?

State auditors find minor problems with county's books

YAKIMA - Two new findings and a repeat finding are part of a state audit report issued last week about Yakima County's books for 2010.

Local businesses want residents to keep dollars local

In order to attract developing businesses that may want to expand their brand in the Lower Valley, Pedro Romo believes crime is preventing developers from moving to the area.

Sunnyside, Grandview, Bickleton compete at Pasco Bulldog Invitational

PASCO - Senior Nathan Gonzalez turned in the sixth fastest time in the boys 5,000-meter varsity race at last Saturday's Pasco Bulldog Cross-Country Invitational.

SHS plans homecoming activities

Students at Sunnyside High School will this week be busy with numerous homecoming activities.