Stories for April 2012


Monday, April 30

Sunnyside Museum hosts Snipes gathering

"It's research, not a reunion," Boyce Montgomery smiled, and with that the Oklahoma resident along with more than 30 other Snipes family members from around the country gathered at the Sunnyside Museum last Saturday.

Local lawmakers point out advances GOP made in Olympia

The Sunnyside Republican Club welcomed Sen. Jim Honeyford and Rep. Bruce Chandler to speak at last Friday morning's meeting at the Sunny Spot restaurant.

Grizzlies shoot past West Valley Rams

YAKIMA - Eddie Garcia scored two goals to spark the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team to a 3-1 CBBN victory at West Valley last Saturday.

Greyhound boys eighth

ELLENSBURG - Grandview High School's Herman Herrera led the Greyhound boys track team to eighth place out of the 12 teams that showed at this past Saturday's Keith Jewett Invitational hosted by Ellensburg.

Suns sweep Grizzly nine to keep SHS winless

It was all Southridge from the get-go as the visiting Suns swept the Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team this past Friday in a pair of five-inning games by scores of 11-0 and 18-2.

Prayer walk in Sunnyside scheduled for this Thursday

This coming Thursday, May 3, is the National Day of Prayer.

Lower Valley school retirees meeting set for next Tuesday

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Yakima Valley unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet next Tuesday, May 8, at the Vineyard in Grandview.




Friday, April 27

Area residents urged to 'break the silence'

The city of Sunnyside has seen a 20 percent drop in violent crimes committed in the first quarter of 2012.

Van Tress one-girl wrecking ball in Grandview's win over DeSales

GRANDVIEW - Ashley Van Tress twirled a three-hit shutout and drove in five runs to lead the Lady Greyhound softball team to a 10-0 non-league win over visiting 2B DeSales yesterday.

Sunnyside High boys cage up Lions, 90-50

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys track team had one of its best showings of the season yesterday in winning one of two head-to-head match-ups during a four-team CBBN double dual meet at Southridge High School.

Non-league tie brings end to Greyhounds' regular season

GRANDVIEW - It was senior night for the Grandview Greyhound soccer team and the team celebrated the accomplishments of 10 seniors, four of whom are varsity players.

Dairy industry bids farewell to ambassadors

A spirit of unity was alive and well at yesterday's Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Banquet as dairy industry professionals joined in to say farewell to this year's Dairy Ambassador.

Dedication of new museum wing to be held mid-May

GOLDENDALE - The Maryhill Museum of Art will be holding a dedication weekend for the new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, and culminating with the formal dedication ceremony on Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m.

Bonsai, iris exhibits at arboretum in May

YAKIMA - The Yakima Valley Iris and Bonsai Society's annual exhibits are scheduled to be featured at the Yakima Area Arboretum on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20.

Jennie's Journey

School uniform policy has its drawbacks

School uniform policy has its drawbacks

Word Nerd

Warm sunny days test weather wimpiness

Warm sunny days test weather wimpiness







Newly renovated high school already bulging at the seams

Despite a $30 million-plus renovation and expansion project currently underway at Sunnyside High School, there isn't enough space to accommodate the student population.

Mabton teacher charged, suspended on alleged theft

MABTON - Mabton police officers arrested a Mabton Junior/Senior High School teacher yesterday morning (Thursday) for allegedly stealing from a school employee.

Thursday, April 26

Document, drug disposal event set for Saturday

Local residents are welcome to drop off old documents and medications for safe and secure disposal this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American West Bank in Sunnyside.

Whooping cough epidemic continues

Washington's whooping cough epidemic continues on a record pace that has already surpassed 1,000 reported cases.

Confusion reigns in debate about global warming

Trying to understand the issue of global warming is a difficult task due to an abundance of conflicting information and heated rhetoric coming from all sides of the debate.

'The Worst High School Play in the World' a must see

The Worst High School Play in the World couldn't be farther from the truth.

Rohman, Laverman ladies golf group winners

Showing their deft touch on two of the shorter par-3 holes, Lucille Rohman and Marjean Laverman, both of Sunnyside, claimed top honors this past Tuesday in Black Rock Creek Golf Course ladies play.

Local eighth grade students tie history to present day experiences

Harrison Middle School teacher Jessica Sarmiento is a firm believer in making history relevant to her students.




Wednesday, April 25

Broadband upgrade planned for Lower Valley communities

YAKIMA - Several governmental agencies around the Lower Valley will benefit from improved broadband services.

Nuestra Casa founder celebrates 50th year of helping those in need

In a liturgy held at St. Aloysius Church in Toppenish, Sister Mary Rita Rohde celebrated her 50th anniversary of being a vowed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Naming of community park underway

MABTON - Mabton's new community park may be ready for official use as early as this coming June.

Street upgrades, lease of tower space, LEAD agreement all gain city council approval

GRANDVIEW - Knowing each item on last night's agenda would benefit the city, the Grandview City Council unanimously approved each item on the table.

Knights 1B league champs

LYLE - Coach Tyler Alseth has been having a few of his friends and former players show up at Sunnyside Christian's baseball practices, giving the Knights a first-hand look at some quality pitching in the batting cage.

Lady Vikes sweep twin bill from Wahluke

MATTAWA - The Mabton Lady Vikings softball team scored a much needed twin victory over Wahluke at yesterday's doubleheader match-up.

Mabton Vikings prevail 3-1 over Naches

MABTON - The Mabton soccer team secured its ninth league victory yesterday by defeating Naches, 3-1.

Bickleton tracksters notch five victories at West Valley meet

YAKIMA - Junior Jamie Venema secured three of the five victories Bickleton came away with at a 12-school track and field meet hosted by West Valley Tuesday afternoon.

Lady Grizzlies snag one win from Rams

The windy conditions didn't help on the tennis courts yesterday.

Pasco nips Sunnyside in soccer shootout

The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team lost its second consecutive match in a shootout, falling to visiting Pasco yesterday.

Animal regulations tightened

MABTON - At this past Tuesday night's city council meeting, Mabton council members voted to approve ordinances regarding dog penalties and dangerous dogs.

Grandview tightens yard sale ordinance

GRANDVIEW - Citizens in Grandview are urged to read their yard sale licenses upon signing them.

Last chance to buy flowers from sorority

The deadline is rapidly approaching for local residents to place their orders for geranium and petunia plants, which are sold each spring in Sunnyside by members of the Lower Valley Soroptimist Club.

Homeless to be fed by local youth group

The youth group from Sunnyside's Apostolic Assembly Faith in Christ Jesus Church, located on East Lincoln Avenue across from Les Schwab, will be hosting a free meal for the homeless.

Burgeson's celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss

GRANDVIEW - Dale and Marilyn Burgeson first cited their vows, promising to stick together through thick and thin, nearly 50 years ago.

Guest Column

Challenges for farming communities

Challenges for farming communities

Dog (wood) days of spring

The big surge in hot weather we've had the past few days hit the spot as the Dogwood tree in our back yard finally sprouted its bright pink blossoms.

Tuesday, April 24

Water upgrades OK'd

The Sunnyside City Council last night decided to approve two of three resolutions regarding Pacific Groundwater Group and HDR Engineering's work on the city's water supply.

Gang elimination strategy receives renewed support from Sunnyside City Council

The Sunnyside City Council reaffirmed its commitment to the gang elimination strategy at last night's council meeting, approving the resolution to renew the city's commitment by a vote of 6-0.

Grandview Middle School step closer to school uniforms

GRANDVIEW - Nearly 10 parents showed at this past Monday night's Grandview School Board meeting to voice their opinions on a proposed dress code policy at the middle school.

Authorities charge sixth person connected to Jose Correa murder

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office has arrested a sixth individual as a result of the ongoing investigation into the murder of 40-year-old Jose Correa of Sunnyside.

Deputy city manager departing Sunnyside

Sunnyside Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer Byron Olson has resigned from his position to take a job in Port Angeles.

'Christie' two-man best ball May 19-20

Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course is gearing up for its second biggest tournament of the year.

Photos, memories shared at Staurday's SunnyGrand reunion

It all started with geocaching.

Big innings undo Grizzly baseball team

Big innings by the other team again plagued the Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team yesterday, Monday, in 12-0 and 22-0 losses to visiting Kamiakin.

Medical coding training approved in Sunnyside

Medical coding training approved in Sunnyside

Mabton School Board approves school calendar

MABTON - The first day of the 2012-13 school year in the Mabton School District will be Aug. 22 and the last day of school will be June 4. That's according to action taken by the Mabton School Board last night, Monday, in approving the 2012-13 school calendar.

Mabton FFA students partner with local firm

MABTON - Students in the Mabton High School FFA program are getting real world experience in the ag business thanks to help from Bio-Gro, an organic fertilizer company located near the town.

Sunnyside High students selected for Girls State

Six representatives and four alternates have been chosen from Sunnyside High School for the annual Evergreen Girls State Convention to be held on the CWU campus this June.

Grandview business now offering Lennox products

GRANDVIEW - For Elias and Maria Milanez, owners of Aztec Heating and Air Conditioning, offering customers the best products at affordable prices is a priority.

Sunnyside family marks 40 years in glass business

Chris Albrecht says it all started with a handshake on April 1, and that's no fooling.







Monday, April 23

Public comment sought on permit fee changes for farm burning

The public has an opportunity to submit comments on a proposed change in the cost of getting a burn permit for agricultural burning in Washington state.

On-Stage Review

GHS's performance of 'Carousel' worth the price of admission

GHS's performance of 'Carousel' worth the price of admission

Judicial seat sought

YAKIMA - Doug Federspiel of Yakima last week announced his intention to run for the position of Superior Court judge. He seeks the open position created by the retirement of Superior Court Judge James Gavin.

Child blamed for fire that razes Sunnyside home

Shortly after noon last Friday, Sunnyside firefighters were alerted to a house on fire in the 100 block of Parkland Drive.

Broersma top standout among SHS, GHS, BHS girls at Prosser invite

PROSSER - Marisa Broersma turned in the best performances of the day last Saturday at the Prosser Rotary Invitational from amongst the contingent of girls from Sunnyside, Grandview and Bickleton high schools.

Venema duo claim victories at Kittitas meet

KITTITAS - Senior Nic Venema and junior Jamie Venema each notched a win for the Bickleton Pirates at last Friday's Kittitas Valley Track & Field Rally.

Sunnyside boys fifth from 15-school field

PROSSER - Juniors Eric Amaro and Eduardo Salmeron, claiming victories in the javelin and long jump, powered the Sunnyside High School boys track and field team to a fifth-place finish at last Saturday's 15-school Prosser Rotary Invitational.

Mabton scores win after slow start against Ki-Be

BENTON CITY - "The game began really, really slow," Mabton Soccer Coach Junior Garcia said of last Friday's match-up against the Ki-Be Bears.

Van Tress powers Grandview past Ephrata

GRANDVIEW - Lady Greyhound softball pitcher Ashley Van Tress struck out 11 Ephrata batters in two games and went 4-for-6 at the plate to rally Grandview to a doubleheader split against Ephrata last Saturday.

Kamiakin Braves rally past Sunnyside in shootout

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team couldn't make a 3-1 lead hold up as it fell in a shootout to host Kamiakin last Saturday.

Rally to raise awareness for victims of violent crime

Sunnyside's Centennial Square will be the site this coming Thursday, April 26, for a rally on behalf of crime victims.







Friday, April 20

New garbage collection system put into operation this week in Sunnyside

It no longer takes two people to empty garbage cans around Sunnyside.

Mixed feelings about middle school uniforms

GRANDVIEW - An array of opinions were voiced at last night's parent meeting regarding a proposed dress code policy enforcing uniforms at Grandview Middle School.

Lower Valley veterans receive full military honors

GRANDVIEW - A special program to honor Lower Yakima Valley veterans was yesterday held at the Grandview Cemetery.

50th anniversary of Seattle's World's Fair conjures up good memories among locals

In 1962 they overcame a fear of heights, rode the monorail and even saw Elvis.

Lara earns two wins for Greyhounds

MOXEE - The Grandview Greyhound boys track team saw two outstanding performances from senior Daniel Lara at yesterday's meet against East Valley, Wapato and Ellensburg.

Lady Grizzlies unable to score against top-ranked Kamiakin

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside High School fastpitch softball team remains winless after suffering twin losses to Kamiakin.

Greyhounds win 1-0 over Quincy at a cost

GRANDVIEW - Although the Grandview soccer team was able to secure a 1-0 victory over the Quincy Jackrabbits, the win came at a cost last night.

Forensic science camp sign-ups open to area youths

First through sixth graders are being invited to take part in a forensic science camp scheduled for Saturday, May 5, at Sunnyside High School.

God has plans for Sunnyside...says Young Life speaker

Sunnyside can again be a place where kids are prioritized and feel loved....and Lower Valley Young Life can help make that a reality.

Local youngsters prove 'The Valley Can Dance'

Sunnyside High School Drama Advisor Corey Murphy recognizes talent when he sees it.

Curtain rises on GHS's production of 'Carousel' tonight

GRANDVIEW - Tonight (Friday) is opening night and the stage is set for Grandview High School drama club's production of 'Carousel.'

Word Nerd

My Scooby-Doo adventure

My Scooby-Doo adventure

Off the Record

Lower Valley in the rough

Lower Valley in the rough

Thursday, April 19

Fire house OK'd

The final vote tally from Sunnyside's $5.3 million bond measure was overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal that will build a new fire station for the city.

More funds on the way for groundwater program

The Lower Valley is getting a helping hand from multiple sources to fund work on improving the area's nitrate-tainted groundwater.

Local American Legion post hopes to boost membership with downtown veterans plaza project

Membership numbers are down at Sunnyside Post 73 of the American, admits Post Commander Greg Schlieve.

Teamwork at heart of turnaround at SHS

Academic press and social support might sound like a media outlet and government agency, respectively, but they are in fact at the heart of the resurgence underway at Sunnyside High School.

Murder suspect taken into custody earlier today

The convicted felon charged with drawing a gun and pointing it at local police while fleeing on foot following a routine traffic stop this past Tuesday, it turns out, is a prime suspect in the fatal bludgeoning of a Sunnyside man earlier this month.

Monholland tops 18-hole linksters

Needing just 30 putts to get around Black Rock Creek's 18-hole course, Carol Monholland of Sunnyside bested the field in ladies golf play this past Tuesday.

Rain-delayed matches go Bulldogs' way

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's girls tennis team finished its interrupted, rain-soaked match from earlier this week yesterday with Ellensburg, losing 4-1.

Sexual assault awareness fair in Sunnyside

In observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services is organizing a community fair in Sunnyside on Friday, April 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the agency's building at 600 N. Ave.

Adventist food bank to benefit from fundraiser

The Adventist Community Services Food Bank in Sunnyside will be the beneficiary of a yard and bake sale planned for May 3-4 and May 6.

Local chef stirs up Mongolian food

Sunnyside resident Gabriel Uribe has always loved to cook and for the past year he's been cooking up a storm at Zingis Mongolian BBQ in Sunnyside.

Miss Grandview gets taste of celebrity's life

GRANDVIEW - Newly crowned Miss Grandview Briana Masheli Nettles-Biggs has been preparing to take her seat at the throne for quite some time.

Mabton plant sale set for next week

MABTON - The days are brighter and the sun stays up a little longer, spring is here and it is once again time for the annual Mabton FFA plant sale.

Wednesday, April 18

Voters approve Bickleton school levy

BICKLETON - A Bickleton School District levy is comfortably passing this morning with 70 percent approval.

New Sunnyside fire station likely

It's so far, so good, for the Sunnyside Fire Department as local voters are narrowly giving thumbs up to a $5.3 million bond for a new fire station.

Ex-convict still at large

Just after noon yesterday Sunnyside police were involved in a manhunt after an ex-convict allegedly pulled a gun on an officer.

Nash standoutfor Mabton girls

MABTON - In Tuesday's SCAC East League girls track and field meet, Mabton lost to Wahluke by a final score of 63-24.

Leopards scratch out two close wins against SCHS Knights

ZILLAH - A complete game, three-hit pitching performance by Austin Krueger in the opener and a four-run rally in the late stages of the nightcap propelled the Zillah Leopards JV baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Sunnyside Christian's varsity yesterday afternoon.

Vikings win close contest at Granger

GRANGER - The Mabton Viking soccer team didn't give up yesterday, earning a 4-3 victory over the Spartans.

Errors costly for Lady Grizzlies

Yesterday's twin losses to Pasco were due to costly errors, according to Sunnyside High School Coach Ralph Mendoza.

Greyhounds show marked improvement

Finishing last in the team scoring at a four-school match yesterday afternoon, you wouldn't figure the Grandview High School boys golf team has much going for it.

Hospice honors local volunteers

National Volunteer Week is April 15-21 and Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care is honoring its dedicated volunteers.

Local couple finds volunteer work in schools satisfying

There's a sense of satisfaction that comes from helping others through volunteer work.


Local treasure

Local treasure

Jennie's Journey

Bullying topic brings about discussion-worthy film

Bullying topic brings about discussion-worthy film


The GOP...a party in flux

The GOP...a party in flux




Tuesday, April 17

$6.2 million in funding headed Sunnyside's way for new voc-tech center

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole last night visited the Port of Sunnyside Commissioners meeting to announce the good news.

Development of Carnation property looks do-able

The Port of Sunnyside has been integrally involved in a study of the former Carnation plant site.

Luther, Meyer shoot sub-90 rounds

PASCO - Although the Grizzlies brought up the rear at yesterday's Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A League match, Sunnyside High School golfers Chandler Luther and Nathan Meyer finished squarely in the middle of the nearly 40-man pack.

Rep. David Taylor earns business award

Rep. Dave Taylor (R-Moxee) received the 2011 Cornerstone Award from the Association of Washington Businesses for his efforts to protect jobs, spur local economic development and create an employer-friendly environment in Washington state.

Kaufman and Murphy often called to scene of grizzly tragedies

For Tracy Kaufman of Sunnyside, hunting for corpses is something of a hobby.







Monday, April 16

No surprises...local Democrats will be supporting Obama this fall

Democrats in Yakima County and elsewhere in Washington state caucused in support of President Barack Obama this past Saturday. The incumbent garnered 98 support of the vote at Democratic caucuses.

Candidate for state auditor stumps for votes in Sunnyside

Rep. Mark Miloscia would like to be the new Washington State Auditor and believes his years of experience in dealing with government waste makes him the ideal candidate for the job.

Port of Grandview engineer's report shows no surprises in Forrest Road property environmental review

GRANDVIEW - Engineers have completed an environmental review of property located on Forrest Road in Grandview the Port of Grandview is looking to purchase.

Grizzlies rally past fifth-ranked Eastmont

It's a mantra Sunnyside Grizzly soccer Coach David Guevara has repeated all season long: any team can beat another this season in CBBN soccer.

Venema three-time winner for Bickleton High girls at Toppenish invitationa

TOPPENISH - No one came away with more wins in the girls portion of last Friday's Top-Hi Track & Field Invitational than Bickleton junior Jamie Venema.

Sunnyside girls relay makes history at Pasco

PASCO - The Lady Grizzly track team may not have placed any athletes in the top eight at the Pasco Invitational this past Saturday, but the girls made their mark just the same.

Clinton, Powers, Venema each notch victories for Bickleton Pirates at Toppenish High invite

TOPPENISH - Sophomore Willie McGuire was in on half of the eight first-place finishes the 2A Selah Vikings notched at last Friday's Top-Hi Track & Field Invitational.

Lady Vikings split league opening doubleheader

MABTON - The Mabton Lady Vikings softball squad split its league opening doubleheader against the visiting Columbia-Burbank team last Saturday.

Best showing for Grizzly boys at Pasco Invitational in a decade's time

PASCO - It had been at least a decade since a Sunnyside track male athlete placed at the Pasco Invitational, but this past Saturday two Grizzly boys placed at the Pasco event.

Sunnyside Christian rallies for 9-7 victory in 1B league opener

A gutsy, workman-like pitching performance from Wyatt Hoff, coupled with a seven-run rally in the next to the last inning propelled the Sunnyside Christian Knights to a 9-7 victory over the Lyle/Wishram Cougars last Saturday morning.

Miss Sunnyside float to be revealed at torchlight parade

The Miss Sunnyside Court is hard at work on this summer's float as they prepare for its unveiling at the sixth annual torchlight parade on Thursday, April 19, starting at 6 p.m.




Friday, April 13

Lawmakers adjourn with balanced state budget

OLYMPIA - Levy equalization funding will not be cut, despite worries in many local school districts that state legislators would balance the budget on the backs of rural schools.

Housing authority upgrades pace new building permits

The city of Sunnyside issued permits for 24 new building or construction related projects in March, and a third of them (8) were for installing new windows in 18 Sunnyside Housing Authority units.

Vikings avenge earlier loss

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings soccer team yesterday kept Royal scoreless, 1-0, for a league victory that improves the Vikings' SCAC record to 6-2, 7-3 overall.

Greyhounds rally back to cage Ephrata Tigers, 4-1

GRANDVIEW - It may have been the Ephrata Tigers who drew first blood during yesterday's CWAC soccer match against Grandview, but the Greyhounds prevailed 4-1 after overcoming the early deficit.

Home ownership focus of open house

GRANDVIEW - Catholic Charities Housing Services says yes, you can own your own home.

Sunnyside waitress plans to trade in apron for university school books soon

While taking some much needed time away from university, Grandview native Brittnee Sanchez is preparing for her career in a creative way.

Speaker says perfect gift cannot be bought at store

PROSSER - Donna Kilgore was introduced as a woman who would rather spend time weeding her garden than spending time shopping.

Former fair president to sell and sign book

GRANDVIEW - You might say fairs are in Paul Creighton's blood.


Shipwrecked details Mariners' decline

Shipwrecked details Mariners' decline

NFL great to speak at Young Life banquet

Who does Jake Kupp, NFL star for the New Orleans Saints, say impacted his life the most?

Travelers round table this Sunday

The Sunnyside Friends of the Library is again hosting a travelers round table event this Sunday, April 15.


Stand Up for Outlook gives thanks for supportive community

Stand Up for Outlook gives thanks for supportive community


Taming 'Taxmageddon'

Taming 'Taxmageddon'

Off the Record

A scarring Easter

A scarring Easter

Unstuck in Sunnyside

Unstuck in Sunnyside




Drive-by shooting thwarted

Sunnyside police early this morning (Thursday) made two arrests after finding a weapon inside a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Spaghetti feed to benefit 'Keith's Battle' April 20

Sunnyside's Keith Hernandez, a veteran of the war in Iraq, is facing the toughest battle of his life.

Soon-to-be conducted Sunnyside survey partnership between Heritage University and 'Transformation'

A partnership that will benefit both Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley and Heritage University's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) has recently been established.

Energy program designed to help irrigators

Help is on the way to assist irrigators in making their water delivery systems more efficient.

Sunnyside Lil Guys end successful wrestling season

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Lil Guys wrestling team ended what has been a successful season at the Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament in Spokane.

Monholland 'Low Putts' winner among 18-hole ladies golf group

With spring off to a slow start, the ladies 18-hole golf group at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course finally got to play under sunny skies this past Tuesday. And, the quality of play reflected the favorable weather.

Volunteers showcase work

Area residents are invited to see what Lower Valley Volunteer Chore Services is all about.

Carnation plant discussion open to local residents

The Port of Sunnyside is hosting a community discussion about the future of the former Carnation Plant on Monday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Mabton fire truck bids welcomed

MABTON - The Mabton City Council announced at its meeting this past Tuesday that the city's surplused fire engine will be open for bidding at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. Mayor Angel Reyna says the opening minimum bid is set at $500.

County renews Hiway Fruit deal

Hiway Fruit in Sunnyside will again work with Yakima County's drug addiction recovery program.

Sub-division near airport sought

A land use application was submitted in early March for the property at the northeast corner of East Edison Road and State Route 241 adjacent to the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

Annual youth job fair slated for next Wednesday at SHS

The fourth annual youth job fair will return to Sunnyside High School next Wednesday, April 18.

Mabton an 'avid' believer in college prep program

MABTON - There are programs for students with failing grades and for those who excel.

Sunnyside students invited to national robot competition

After the Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Cheney last weekend the Sunnyside High School Robotics Engineering Club found itself in the unexpected position of needing to raise a minimum of $5,000 to get the team to the national competition in St. Louis, Missouri, April 26-28.







Wednesday, April 11

School uniform policy gaining parents' support

GRANDVIEW - Grandview fifth, sixth and seventh grade students and their parents are being notified that school uniforms may be a requirement for the 2012-13 school year.

Grandview Council tweaks transportation improvement plan, revises ordinance dealing with suspension of business licenses

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council last night in just 17 minutes was able to approve its consent agenda, hold a public hearing on amendments to the city's six-year transportation improvement plan and make a revision to its business license ordinance.

County seeks sales tax increase for jail upgrades

YAKIMA - Voters in Yakima County this fall will be asked to choose between roads and the jail.

Sunnyside boys shred Hanford Falcons

RICHLAND - A former keeper scored a goal, and a former wing recorded four saves yesterday in the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team's lopsided 4-0 win at Hanford.

Lady Greyhounds take two games from Jackrabbits

QUINCY - The Grandview Lady Greyhound softball team snapped a six-game losing streak yesterday with a pair of victories at Quincy.

Bickleton freshman makes her mark at five-school meet

BENTON CITY - Only a freshman, Bickleton's Lindsay Brown turned in a whale of an effort at yesterday's five-school SCAC track and field meet hosted by Kiona-Benton High School.

Knights nearly sweep Connell junior varsity

After a nearly five-year absence of fielding a baseball team, basically in a rebuilding mode this spring, Sunnyside Christian is showing signs of putting it all together.

Historical group to meet in Sunnyside

The Central Washington Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will be holding its annual spring event on Sunday, April 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Sunnyside.

Meeting for reunion planning set for April 25

The Sunnyside High School class of 1987 is planning its 25th reunion.

40th reunion to be held this coming August

The Sunnyside High School class of 1972 is planning its 40th reunion for the weekend of Aug. 10-11.

City seeking weather tower funding

The City of Sunnyside will be submitting an application for funding from the Yakima County SIED (Supporting Investments in Economic Development) Fund to install an automated weather observation system at the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

Christian schools provide at-home job for SCHS grad

After missing home and her family for several years, Laura Eisenga returned home and to her alma mater, Sunnyside Christian High School.


to teenagers from this area

to teenagers from this area


My father's 1959 tax return

My father's 1959 tax return

Word Nerd

Relearning responsibility is rewarding

Relearning responsibility is rewarding







Tuesday, April 10

Budget change pays for fire clean-up in downtown Sunnyside

A budget adjustment was approved at last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting to pay for the clean-up of the former site of El Conquistador restaurant in the downtown core.

Sunnyside New Holland customer open house set for this coming Thursday

Customers of Sunnyside New Holland, and those thinking about frequenting the tractor and farm supply outlet that is now under new ownership, are invited to an open house this coming Thursday, April 12.

Grandview educators notified of possible reductions in force

GRANDVIEW - Due to projected budget reductions for the 2012-13 school year, Grandview School Board directors have given notice to educators of possible reductions in the work force.

Committee members appointed o help eliminate nitrate contamination in Lower Yakima Valley groundwater

Washington Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant has announced the appointment of members and alternatives to serve on an advisory board for the newly formed Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area.

No team score for Grizzlies in league match

RICHLAND - With only three athletes at its disposal, the Sunnyside High School boys golf team had to post an incomplete in the team scoring at yesterday's Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A League match, staged at Horn Rapids Golf Course.

Students make the grade at Harrison Middle School

There are a number of students at Harrison Middle School who were recently named to the honor roll. Among those students were nearly 20 who earned a grade point average of 4.0.




Monday, April 9

Two dead, three injured in Easter day rollover mishap

MABTON - A one-vehicle rollover accident Easter afternoon, about a mile south of Mabton, has left two men dead and three others seriously injured.

Wet March bodes well for local water supply

March was a record breaker with a least two sites in the North Cascades setting new monthly snow water accumulation records.

Ott to retire from SVID later this month

After more than three decades in public service, Ken Ott of Grandview is retiring.

Sunnyside residents displaced by fire Easter morning

Sunnyside firefighters were dispatched to an apartment fire report at 5:29 a.m. yesterday morning. Chief Aaron Markham and the first Sunnyside fire unit were on scene within three minutes of receiving the call early Easter morning.

'Hounds lose tightly contested match 1-0 to Othello

GRANDVIEW - It took 20 minutes before the ball made it past the crossbars this past Saturday in Grandview, but unfortunately that one goal was what made all the difference for Othello to defeat the Greyhounds.

SHS fastpitch team loses twin bill

Eastmont prevailed in last Friday's doubleheader against the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly fastpitch softball team.




Friday, April 6

New garbage carts will be dropped off at Sunnyside homes starting next week

Sunnyside homeowners will begin receiving new garbage collection carts next Monday.

Lathen leaving for new job at Texas hospital

After wearing many hats for Sunnyside Community Hospital, Tom Lathen is moving to Texas to wear one hat with a hospital system there.

Lucky 7 on the move

Sunnyside's Promise Lucky 7 Bike Shop program is in a wait-and-see mode while looking for a new home.

Ladies 18-hole group competitions underway

Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, Black Rock Creek Golf Course's 18-hole ladies group is meeting every Tuesday for its weekly competitions.

Lower Valley's 'Dean' of basketball hanging up his clipboard

Whoever is chosen to step in and take the reins of the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team has some mighty big shoes to fill.

Yakima County commissioners approve bid for $72,575 to install winery direction signs

YAKIMA - New street signs pointing the way to Lower Valley wineries took another step forward this past Tuesday, when Yakima County commissioners approved a bid for installing the signs.

Veterans tribute set for April 19

GRANDVIEW - Since 2000 ceremonial military honors for the funerals of all military veterans became a statutory benefit for a veteran's family.

Former Bethany members start new Grandview church

GRANDVIEW - A split vote on the fate of Bethany Presbyterian Church Pastor Lance Ziegler sparked the birth of a new congregation that will hold its first Easter service this Sunday.

What's Happening



Food drive huge success

Food drive huge success


Easter and heaven

Easter and heaven

Season of change

Season of change







Thursday, April 5

Coroner says blunt force to head killed local man

An autopsy conducted yesterday (Wednesday) on the body of homicide victim Jose Manuel Correa determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head. Initial impressions that the victim died of a gunshot wound proved to be incorrect.

Bouchey seeks second term

TOPPENISH - Kevin Bouchey announced yesterday that he will seek re-election to the Yakima County Board of commissioners.

City manager receives high praise at retirement party

"I don't want to send him off, I want to keep him," said Anna Bullock, human resources specialist for the city of Sunnyside at the retirement reception for Mark Gervasi held last night (Wednesday) at the community center.

Sunnyside firemen eye new station with the help of local voters

Sunnyside residents have received their ballots in the mail and have until April 17 to return them. Local firemen are hoping once the votes are tallied, they'll have a new and improved station to call home.

'Fun run' fun this Saturday in Sunnyside

Sunnyside High School's track and field team will host a 5K fun run, as well as a shorter one-mile race for youngsters 13 & under, this coming Saturday, April 7.

New start-up bottle-making firm aims to make a difference in the world

When Yakima resident Tim Andis decided to start a bottling company, he remembered his life's motto, "Time goes by whether you do anything or not."

Robo-students from Sunnyside excel at contest held in Bellevue

BELLEVUE - It was competition day and Sunnyside High School's Nathan Merry and Cody Stiltner had worked on their robot design for weeks. But the night before the competition they did a complete redesign.

Yunique Styles bringing new fashions to Sunnyside

For the latest trends, fashion connoisseurs can now find clothing and accessories for women, men and especially children at Yunique Styles in Sunnyside.




Wednesday, April 4

Homicide victim's Outlook home burglarized yesterday afternoon

The home of homicide victim Jose Correa near Outlook was reportedly burglarized yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), according to the Yakima County Sheriff's office. The air conditioner was pushed in to access the home. Deputies do not know if the burglary was related to the homicide.

Fish recovery programs having a positive impact

For the fourth consecutive year there was an increase in the total adult salmon returns to the Yakima Basin.

Sunnyside firm big player in global hop production market

The Yakima Valley produces roughly 72 percent of all hops grown in the United States, and the United States produces roughly a quarter of all hops in the world.

Sunnyside man new WSP trooper

OLYMPIA - The 99th basic training class of the Washington State Patrol graduated last Friday, March 30, and included in their ranks was Sunnyside native Michael L. Christensen.

Stinnett low scorer for Greyhounds at prep golf invitational

YAKIMA - Cameron Stinnett posted the low individual round for the Grandview Greyhounds at yesterday's Lee Dolquist Invitational at Yakima's Apple Tree Golf Course.

Little Grapplers win five titles at G'view invite

GRANDVIEW - Sunnyside's Little Grapplers closed out their regular season last Saturday by coming away with five titles at a wrestling tournament staged in Grandview.

Grizzlies thump West Valley Rams

Abel Martinez assisted on three goals to spark the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team to a 4-2 win at home yesterday over CBBN rival West Valley.

Dream fulfilled for school superintendent's newly hired executive secretary

GRANDVIEW - When Jean Grubenhoff was just seven years old, she knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.


'Quiet riot' not needed

'Quiet riot' not needed

'Quiet riot' not needed

John Fannin completely missed the mark in his personal column this past Friday. In his attempt to play the role of a wise sage trying to bring peace between battling city council members and an impetuous gallery, Fannin instead poured fuel on the fire by suggesting that a recall campaign be waged against Jason Raines based solely on the unsubstantiated allegations of a councilwoman whose own malicious, manipulative meddling has been one of the primary sources of the drama emanating from City Hall for the past several years.


A better approach

A better approach

Off the Record

Mega Million woes

Mega Million woes







Tuesday, April 3

Sunnyside man found dead with gunshot wound

The body of a 40-year-old Sunnyside man reported missing last Sunday was found yesterday afternoon (Monday) near Granger, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Benton City man convicted of May 2011 killing in Mabton

YAKIMA - Floyd Edward Koontz of Benton City was found guilty yesterday, Monday, in Yakima County Superior Court of killing Pedro Flores near Mabton last May.

City council makes short work of agenda

With seven items on the agenda, the Sunnyside City Council quickly got through its workshop meeting last night (Monday) in an hour's time.

Carnation plant focus of public meeting

Can Sunnyside's old Carnation plant be salvaged?

Bickleton names honor roll students

BICKLETON - The Bickleton School District recently announced the honor roll for high school and junior high students for the third quarter of the 2011-12 school year.

Area students make the grade at YVCC

Yakima Valley Community College announced this week the names of students who received honor-roll status on the president's or dean's lists during the winter 2012 quarter.

A slice of home... offered to Sunnyside diners by South American family

El Salvador conjures up beautiful memories for the Landaverde family. They say the food and ocean views are what they miss the most.

Local bistro honored with state wine award

Nearly one year ago Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery in Sunnyside began offering wine with the meals served in the popular, upscale restaurant, as well as wine for takeout.




Monday, April 2

Gov. Gregoire signs anti-trafficking bill

OLYMPIA - Last week several bipartisan bills to combat human trafficking were signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire.

County unemployment rate up in February

After the January 2012 unemployment rate for Yakima County dropped compared to the same month in 2011, February showed an opposite trend.

Pacific Power customers will see 1.5% rate increase

OLYMPIA - Pacific Power's residential electric customers will see an average monthly bill increase of about $1.24 a month under a settlement agreement approved by state regulators last Friday.

Sunnyside throws party for retiring chief

They laughed, they cried and by the time it was all said and done hundreds of Sunnyside citizens had given their police chief a fitting farewell.

BHS boys, girls both place sixth at nine-team invite

CASHMERE - Junior Mitchell Powers and freshman Lindsay Brown came away with Bickleton's top finishes at a nine-school track and field invitational staged in Cashmere last Friday.

Mabton boys ground Eagles

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings came away victorious in a home soccer game against the Connell Eagles last Saturday morning.

Lady Greyhounds fall twice to Othello

GRANDVIEW - Facing its second 2011 State tourney team in a week, the Lady Greyhound softball team was swept by visiting Othello this past Saturday.

Kamiakin picks up its first victory against Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team dominated everywhere but the scoreboard before falling to Kamikain 1-0 this past Saturday.

2012 Mr. SHS crowned

At the culmination of nearly three months of fundraising, 12 Mr. SHS candidates made it to the end. It was pageant day.