Stories for June 2012


Friday, June 29

Split decision vote by Sunnyside School Board authorizes resolution supporting DREAM Act

The Sunnyside School Board last night adopted a resolution supporting the DREAM Act by a split 3-2 vote.

Vice principal to take helm at Chief K in Sunnyside

The staff, students and parents at two of Sunnyside's elementary schools will see some changes in the leadership this coming 2012-13 school year.

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Ebony Chavez

Wanting to contribute to her community, Sunnyside's Ebony Chavez is seeking the 2012-13 Miss Sunnyside title.

Sharks shred Piranhas, 438-198

Called early because of bad weather, last night's Mid-Valley Swim League meet easily went Sunnyside's way.

Senior games set to start soon

The registration deadline is fast approaching for the Washington Senior Games, an Olympic-style multi-sport event that will be held in the South Puget Sound area from Saturday, July 7, to Sunday, Aug. 5, with most of the events happening Thursday, July 26, to Sunday, July 29.

Granger man displays gourd art at Larson Gallery now through July 6

YAKIMA - This year's Larson Gallery Guild Members Arts and Crafts Show is on now through Friday, July 6.


Another expensive education rule...while schools say children don't need to read fiction

Another expensive education rule...while schools say children don't need to read fiction

Word Nerd

There's gonna be fireworks

There's gonna be fireworks

The court got it right

I hate to admit it...but Chief Justice John Roberts and company did the right thing yesterday in upholding the Affordable Care Act.




Thursday, June 28

Two Sunnyside men convicted for January kidnapping incident

PASCO - Two men from Sunnyside, 27-year-old Alejandro Valle-Vasquez and 24-year-old David Gomez, were this past Tuesday sentenced in Franklin County Superior Court for kidnapping, assaulting and extorting a Pasco man.

Middle school students won't see uniform policy this year

GRANDVIEW - Last week a 19-member committee met to discuss a Grandview Middle School uniform policy.

Asparagus season comes to fruitful end

It's been a good season for local asparagus growers and processors.

High court upholds Obama's health care act

WASHINGTON D.C. - In a landmark decision this morning the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama Administration's Affordable Care Act, also dubbed Obamacare.

Benefit dinner Saturday for local cancer victim

A benefit dinner to help pay medical bills for Alex Gutierrez will be hosted by the Gutierrez family at the Sunnyside Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge from 4 to 8 p.m. this coming Saturday, June 30.

Sierra Vista announces fourth quarter honor roll

Sierra Vista Middle School recently announced the names of students earning a place on the fourth quarter honor roll for the 2011-12 school year.

Summer youth programs underway at community center

This summer's youth programs at the Sunnyside Community Center are underway.




Wednesday, June 27

Fire department seeking grant for new patient cots

Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham this past Monday evening let the public safety committee know his department is seeking an Assistance to Firefighters grant in the amount of nearly $140,000.

Orchardist dies in tractor accident

A 57-year-old Grandview man spraying a cherry orchard in the 500 block of Ware Road near Grandview died after being pinned between a low-hanging branch and his tractor yesterday evening (Tuesday), according to Yakima County Sheriff deputies.

Grandview officials question reason for consistent drop of enrolled students in May

GRANDVIEW - During the 2011-12 school year the Grandview School District recorded the highest student enrollment level in the month of October, with 3,491 students.

Barracudas keep Grandview winless

OTHELLO - Except for Micah Binfet, Tawnya Francis and Jared Churchill, the Othello Barracudas managed to put the clamps down on the Grandview Neptunes last night.

Couples golf tourney scheduled for 4th of July

Couples who want to start their Independence Day celebration a bit early on July 4 are invited to compete in a tournament at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.


Accusations based on faulty info

Accusations based on faulty info


Tuned out

Tuned out

Amazing Gracie

Amazing Gracie


March 29, 2012 - Esmeralda Ramirez and Baldemar Flores Jr., Sunnyside, a boy, 8 lbs., 13 ozs.




Tuesday, June 26

'Art in Park' may happen despite lack of funding from city of Sunnyside

Jaclyn Kendall went before the Sunnyside City Council Monday night to get approval and hopefully funding for an Art in the Park program she plans to run on Tuesday mornings starting July 10 at South Hill Park.

Law enforcement efforts proving fruitful, says chief

Citizens in the area surrounding the 800 block of West Edison Avenue can feel a little bit safer thanks to recent law enforcement efforts.

Sunnysider shot at while at work

A Sunnyside resident reported just after midnight this morning that he'd been shot at while at work in the 100 block of Bella Terra Road, according to Yakima County Sheriff deputies. Deputies are investigating the incident.

City park hours changed

The Sunnyside City Council voted unanimously at Monday night's meeting to change the hours of city parks to between sunset and sunrise instead of until 10 p.m.

Foster children car wash delayed by weather

Due to bad weather conditions, Service Alternatives, Inc., a private foster care agency in Sunnyside, has postponed its annual car wash until Friday, July 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Spavinaw Dental parking lot at 2201 E. Edison Ave.

Prosser hospital district receives $1.5 million grant

PROSSER - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced on Friday, June 15, that the Prosser Public Hospital District has been awarded almost $1.5 million to develop and provide a community paramedic program with the goal of reducing multiple emergency room readmissions by providing targeted follow-up care.

Online health records a plus for patient care

Doctors and clinics around the state are adapting to electronic medical records - and now, their patients over age 50 can use them, too.

Harrison Middle School announces final quarter honor roll students

Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School has announced its fourth quarter honor roll students.

Speech therapist on board full time at Eagle Rehabilitation at Sunnyside

Coming to work in Sunnyside is the culmination of all the aspects of life that Steven Saunders loves.

20th annual golf tournament to raise money for swing beds at Sunnyside Community Hospital

The 20th annual Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 17, at Black Rock Creek Golf Course, will raise money for "swing beds" at the hospital this year, according to Patricia Combs, chair of the board for this year's tournament.

New EnTrust manager hopes to make his mark

Working with the area's disabled is something in which Albert Almanza has a passion.

New downtown digs being prepared for Commercial Tire

The former Denchel Ford dealership building will soon have a new tenant, bringing back more life to Sunnyside's downtown.







Monday, June 25

Earlier election season being instituted this year

Election season is coming earlier than normal starting this year, with the primary election taking place on the first Tuesday in August instead of the third Tuesday as it has the past few years.

Newly crowned Washington state dairy ambassador from Skagit County

EVERETT - It's official...Sunnyside's Sabrina Mensonides, 2011-12 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador, will be heading to Dordt College in Sioux City, Iowa this coming fall.

Sunshine holds for public safety fair

Wind and rains held off just long enough last Saturday for the Sunnyside fire and police departments to hold their public safety fair at the Law and Justice Center.

Wildlife officials asks for anglers' help with tagged sturgeon

Sturgeon anglers fishing in the Columbia and Snake river reservoirs above McNary Dam are asked to watch for and return special tags found in some of the fish.

Alumni outlast Lady Grizzly soccer squad

Fending off a second half hat trick by incoming freshman Alexis Aguilar, the Lady Grizzly alums held on for a 9-5 victory last Saturday in the SHS alumni soccer match.

Grandview art classes on tap mid-July

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will host classes in drawing, design, composition, perspective and painting beginning mid-July.







Friday, June 22

Grandview Fourth of July celebration afoot

GRANDVIEW - The 35th annual flag raising ceremony in Grandview, commemorating the Fourth of July, will be staged at Stokely Square on Wednesday, July 4.

Sunnyside High School teens absorb patriotic message at Girls State

Each year a group of girls has the opportunity to attend Evergreen Girls State at Central Washington University.

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Amanda Cervantes

Amanda Cervantes is quite familiar with the Miss Sunnyside court since her older sister, Jaylyn, served as princess just two years ago.

Slugfest in Grandview goes Tarpons' way

GRANDVIEW - Tit-for-tat, the Grandview and Toppenish summer swim clubs traded blows throughout the evening, but in the end the visiting Tarpons prevailed, 494-331.

Grandview woman finds flexibility key to design success

After working 12 years for Battelle in Richland, Elaine Schneider of Grandview is now doing advertising layout design for the Daily Sun News in Sunnyside.

Little Bleyhl's doing big things

Bleyhl Farm Service Inc. got its start in 1934 when the Bleyhl brothers, Carl and Alex, needed a feed store for their turkey farm in Mabton.

A heart for iHeartRadio

A product of Clear Channel, digital music provider iHeartRadio has been around a couple of years and in May provided an update for the iPad.

Fresh Air Artists Festival scheduled for mid-July

CLE ELUM - Artists from as far away as New York state are gathering once again - taking up their paintbrushes, cameras and words, and using those tools to capture the beautiful outdoor scenery of Kittitas County at the Fresh Air Artists Festival, July 14-20.


Special thanks

Special thanks

Word Nerd

Sprinkler dodging...

Sprinkler dodging...


Cool, but not for spending

Cool, but not for spending

Bye bye Bears

Many times I've thought I should go see the Yakima Bears minor league baseball team play.

Thursday, June 21

Cub Scout camp gets underway ;today in Grandvie

GRANDVIEW - The Chief Kamiakin District of Cub Scouts is hosting a Twilight Camp at the Grandview Fairgrounds starting today, June 21, and running until Saturday, June 23, from 1 to 8 p.m daily.

Grandview police capture occupants of fleeing vehicle

GRANDVIEW - Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) at about 1 p.m. Grandview police pursued a car that failed to stop for officers, from West Fifth Street along Euclid Road into Mabton, where officers stopped the vehicle and took the driver into custody.

Grandview's water mailing details everything you'd want to know about what you're drinking

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's water meets or surpasses all state and federal drinking water standards, according to the Grandview Public Works Department.

Summer camp planned for local youngsters at Sunnyside Community Cente

A summer camp for Sunnyside youths entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades is planned for Monday, June 25, through Thursday, July 19.




Wednesday, June 20





Audit needed

Audit needed

Guest Column

Bonnie Dunbar...astronaut, teacher, mentor

Bonnie Dunbar...astronaut, teacher, mentor

Car wash will raise money for foster children

Service Alternatives, Inc., a private foster care agency in Sunnyside, is holding its annual car wash on Friday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Spavinaw Dental parking lot at 2201 E. Edison Ave.

Sosa competing for teen crown

Maria Elena Sosa of Sunnyside will compete later this summer for the National American Miss Teen crown.

Sharks churn the water against visiting Naches

The Sharks had no answers for Aaron George and Daniel Whitmore last night, as the two Naches swimmers prevented Sunnyside from garnering a single victory in the boys 12&U and 16&U individual events.

Human trafficking problem hitting many communities

Selling girls for money or other valuables has increasingly become a commodity to area gang members.

Voter fraud of interest to GOP women's group

Yakima County Auditor Corky Mattingly proudly introduced herself as a third generation Grandview resident, happy to be back in the Lower Valley, as she spoke to the Sunnyview Republican Women's Club Tuesday afternoon at Snipes Mountain Restaurant.

Grandview-area homeowner woken by burglars

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported from the 200 block of Summit Drive near Grandview at 1 a.m. this morning after a homeowner woke to noises and discovered intruders in her home. The homeowner hid in a bathroom until deputies arrived. The burglars had already fled, taking a scooter and bicycle with them.

Tuesday, June 19

Asparagus may be culprit for problems at port's wastewater plant

For the past few years the Port of Sunnyside's wastewater treatment plant has had trouble with solids discharged to the wastewater treatment plant during the spring.

Mabton schools explore dropping early release days

MABTON - Citing a need for more instructional time, the Mabton School District is considering a move to cut early release from once a week to three times a year.

Former Yakima business owner, CEO challenging Hastings for Congressional seat

The former owner and CEO of the multi-million dollar Baby Jogger company based in Yakima, Mary Baechler, is taking aim at 4th District Congressman Doc Hastings.

Deputy police chief convinced anti-gang efforts are paying off

"Gang members need to live two states away," said Sunnyside Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck as he talked about the city's gang elimination program, and why he refuses to call it a reduction program.

Fire district open houses open to all

Yakima County Fire District 5 will be hosting two open houses this week featuring free food, games, prizes and demonstrations.

City cancels airport meeting

The city of Sunnyside's Municipal Airport Advisory Board meeting scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, has been canceled.

Travel consultant ready to serve Lower Valley

GRANDVIEW - The travel consultant business seems to be making a comeback, and Mona Bussert is ready to take advantage of the trend.

Local grocer now offers tech upgrades 'Just for U'

The Sunnyside Safeway is among the many corporate stores getting on the technology advanced train.




Monday, June 18

Local experts give advice when man's best friend bites back

The ramifications when Fido decides to bite back could be costly, to one's health and pocket book.

Study shows climate change factor in addressing this area's water needs

How to meet the water needs for Eastern Washington's communities, industry, crops and fisheries is the focus of a report recently finalized by the Washington Department of Ecology's Office of Columbia River.

Sunnyside school employee wins regional award for getting students to eat their veggies

Sunnyside Pioneer Elementary School food service manager Accordia Horn, known to students and staff alike as "Coke," has been awarded the regional Louise Sublette Award of Excellence from the School Nutrition Association.

Black Rock Creek solidifies hold on top spot in senior golf tour standings

A first-place finish at the fifth stop on this year's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour has the Sunnyside-based Black Rock Creek team firmly atop the 2012 standings.

Sunnyside swimmers glide past Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Parker Van de Graaf and Alex Perez each swam away with six wins to spearhead the Sunnyside Sharks' dominating 566-258 victory over the Neptunes in Grandview's home pool last Thursday night.

Motorcycle collision injures Sunnyside man

DAYTON - A 50-year-old man from Sunnyside was involved in a motorcycle collision three miles outside of Dayton this past Saturday evening.

Friday, June 15

Jennie's Journey

Let's get a pool built in Grandview

Let's get a pool built in Grandview

There's something to do

"There's nothing to do!" That's the theme you hear at most public meetings about solving issues of gangs and other youth crimes.

Guest Column

Frustration over failing schools reaches tipping point

Frustration over failing schools reaches tipping point

Tucker Cellars marks 30th anniversary

Tucker Cellars of Sunnyside is throwing a birthday bash next month to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its first release.

Maryhill Museum of Art features Cape Cod artists

GOLDENDALE - The exhibition "The Subject Is Light: The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings" will be on view at Maryhill Museum of Art now through Sept. 3.

What's Happening

June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Elizabeth Bobadilla

Elizabeth Bobadilla is one of 14 candidates vying for the 2012-13 Miss Sunnyside title.

Lower Yakima Valley sees drop in homeless numbers from 2011

YAKIMA - After three years of dramatic decreases in the number of homeless in Yakima County, the trend appears headed in the opposite direction.

Thursday, June 14

Mabton FFA member named district treasurer

GOLDENDALE - Mabton High School FFA chapter member Jesenia Meza was this past Sunday elected to serve as the 2012-13 District IV FFA treasurer while at FFA camp at Brooks Memorial State Park.

Yakima County to start anew on jail project

YAKIMA - It's back to the drawing board for Yakima County's plans to remodel its jail.

Sunnyside officials back county efforts to make the most of law and justice dollars

More use of electronic home monitoring and early resolution of felony cases are some of the recommendations made in a recent review of Yakima County's law and justice programs.

County hires consultant for gang commission

Committee now being formed in Sunnyside

Committee now being formed in Sunnyside

Dance team car wash fundraiser this Saturday

The Sunnyside Grizzly Dance Team will be raising funds for dance camp and uniforms this coming Saturday via a car wash.

Yakima County moves ahead with underwater bridge checks

YAKIMA - As part of a national mandate, Yakima County will conduct underwater inspections of its bridges this summer.

Public safety fair on tap June 23

The Sunnyside Police Department will be hosting a public safety fair on Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center.

Construction begins on $3.5 million seasonal housing project in Granger

GRANGER - It's been 13 years since Yakima Housing Authority has broken ground on a new property.

SHS Wall of Fame gains three new honorees

The Sunnyside School District inducted three more former Sunnyside High School students into the school's Wall of Fame last Friday.




Off the Record

Keeping a positive attitude is tough

Keeping a positive attitude is tough


Flag Day 2012

Flag Day 2012

Honeyford helps preserve state history

PROSSER - Growing up in Sunnyside and living in the area for much of her life, Jerri Honeyford resolved that staying in the valley wasn't a bad idea.

Christian club speaker shares how she changed her reality with God's help

PROSSER - Throughout Marilyn Barba's childhood she was constantly reminded of her big "ugly" eyes, and her not-so-fast learning curve.

Sunnyside couple celebrates 40 years together

Roberto and Eva Garza have lived in Sunnyside more than 50 years and have been married for 40 of those years.

Water your lawn effectively

(Family Features) From yard work and pest control to cleaning and taking care of home systems, there's a lot that goes into maintaining a house. Everything Home offers practical tips and expert know-how to help anyone take good care of their home.

Knowing how to identify poison hemlock could save lives

Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum), a poisonous weed to people and animals, can currently be found growing throughout Washington state.

Sunnyside swimming pool summer opening this Saturday

Beginning this coming Saturday, June 16, Sunnyside residents can enjoy the municipal swimming pool for the summer swimming season.

Critical areas ordinance adopted by Grandview Council

GRANDVIEW - A public hearing was held and the Grandview City Council adopted a new critical areas ordinance by unanimous consent last night.

Sunnyside Sharks victorious in season opener

The Sunnyside Rotary swim team proved that Sharks bite harder than Barracudas. In its season, and home, opener last night Sunnyside routed the Othello team by a definitive score of 505-239.

City of Mabton gets additional wastewater grant

MABTON - Earlier this month the City of Mabton was awarded a Community Development Block Grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce for the city's efforts in upgrading and expanding the wastewater treatment facility.

Grandview Fire Department receives agency of the year award

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview does not have its own ambulance service and is served by two different ambulance services, the city of Sunnyside and Prosser Memorial Hospital.

New CEO says hospital's strength is its employees

The new CEO at Sunnyside Community Hospital, John Gallagher, says that the people are the hospital's greatest asset.

Grandview-area orchard draws U.S., state dignitaries

GRANDVIEW - Immigration, Far East export issues and the weather all came to the fore yesterday when a federal official visited cherry grower Don Olmstead Jr. at his Grandview orchard.

Tuesday, June 12

Raines questions whether Sunnyside's Promise is fulfilling its contract with the city of Sunnyside

At last night's Sunnyside council meeting, Councilman Jason Raines asked for the voucher to pay Sunnyside's Promise to be pulled for further discussion.

Grandview parents notch record-high volunteer hours

GRANDVIEW - This past school year, Grandview parents have reached a record high number of volunteer hours.

Council refuses to revoke license of local merchant

The Sunnyside City Council last night considered a request from city staff to revoke the business license of a Sunnyside merchant due to a reported failure to follow Sunnyside municipal code.

Candidate for state auditor's seat makes quick stop-over in Sunnyside

Making his way across South Central Washington yesterday (Monday) was state auditor candidate and current representative for Pierce County voters Troy Kelley.

Bickleton honor roll students named

BICKLETON - Bickleton junior and senior high schools have named the students who have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better during the second semester of the 2011-12 school year.

Give-and-take partnership benefits contractor and students

Sunnyside High School welding students are getting a lesson in life all while attending class.







Monday, June 11

Sunnyside police seeking drive-by shooting suspects

Sunnyside police rushed to the corner of South Sixth Street and East Lincoln Avenue near the Sunnyside School District offices this past Saturday evening for a report of a drive-by shooting.

Mabton residents commended for commitment to housing development, community park

MABTON - After nearly eight years since the vision for Mabton's New Life Homes was birthed, the community was finally able to celebrate its official dedication.

Optimistic outlook for water supply

Steady precipitation that has set records and caused minor flooding in some parts of the Northwest this spring bodes well for this summer's irrigation water supply forecast.

Sunnyside Case IH dealer gets behind patriotic quilts

When quilting enthusiast Judy Fletcher visited a quilting expo in Portland, Ore. earlier this year, she came across a pattern she just had to try.







Friday, June 8

Yakima County's dairy ambassador vying to represent Washington state

Yakima County Dairy Ambassador Sabrina Mensonides is in the running to represent the state dairy industry as she vies for the title of 2012 Washington State Dairy Ambassador.

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Stefani Anciso

It was in a history class taught by David Downing at Harrison Middle School that inspired 2012-13 Miss Sunnyside Candidate Stefani Anciso and her passion for supporting veterans, as well as preserving history.

Mabton High names new volleyball coach

MABTON - A coach and teacher in the Sunnyside School District has been selected as the new varsity volleyball coach for Mabton High School.

Forgery ring warning issued by Sunnyside police

The Sunnyside Police Department is urging businesses to be on the lookout for forged checks bearing the name of Garcia's Auto Detail and Juan C. Garcia.

Four SHS seniors awarded Kiwanis Club scholarships

The four applicants for a $1,000 scholarship from the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club on Wednesday morning of this week gave presentations, not knowing the members of the club would ultimately decide to award each of them $400.

Summer Blast 2012 planned for June 23

PROSSER - Sunnyside's Neighborhood Church Assemblies of God is sponsoring an event for the entire family Saturday, June 23, at Prosser's Crawford Park.

Lions Club preparing for Fourth of July

The Sunnyside Lions Club is planning its annual Fourth of July celebration for 2012, which will feature a parade, a hot dog eating contest, a pie eating contest, a watermelon eating contest and a talent show along with special guest speakers, a carnival, many vendors and an evening fireworks display.

Second annual 'Sort 4 the Cause' planned in Sunnyside

Organizers have set the dates for the second annual "Sort 4 the Cause" event at Sunnyside's Specks Arena for June 30 and July 1.

Civil War re-enactment to be held in Union Gap

UNION GAP - After more than a decade of effort, Yakima County will again hold a Civil War battle re-enactment.

Off the Record

The cure for the common road rage

The cure for the common road rage

Jennie's Journey

Graduation a bittersweet time in the lives of families

Graduation a bittersweet time in the lives of families




Thursday, June 7

Peeping Tom suspect now sitting in county jail

Sunnyside police this past Monday arrested Victor Manuel Nunez, 47, of Sunnyside for reportedly looking under a bathroom stall at JCPenney while a woman was using the restroom.

Grandview resident falls for telephone scam

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police are warning citizens of a scam after officers received a report yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) of a fraud in which the victim lost $110 to a scammer apparently working from India.

Gay marriage issue may be put to a vote this November

The group Preserve Marriage Washington yesterday submitted an estimated 232,000 petition signatures, virtually assuring a public vote this fall on whether to uphold or overturn the same-sex marriage measure signed into law earlier this year.

City hall consolidatesservices in main office

In a move that had been long discussed, the City of Sunnyside has moved the front office of its community development division to a spot off the main lobby, making access to the office easier for the public.

Mabton brings on third police officer

MABTON - The City of Mabton can now proudly announce a third officer to its police force.

SVID celebrates Phase I completion of conservation project

With everybody pulling in the same direction, it's amazing what can be accomplished," said Robert Golob as he stood next to an SVID reservoir.

Local hospice plans memorial service

Next Tuesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care of Sunnyside will again offer its memorial service at its office at 3920 Outlook Rd.

Washington Elementary students aim to place themselves in the 'stink hole'

In what other card game can you use terms like "muggins," "his nobs," "his nibs" and "stink hole" but in the game of cribbage?







Wednesday, June 6

Sunnyside's Promise to benefit from local karaoke competition

Having had success with a karaoke contest last month, the owners of Fuego's Lounge in Sunnyside are sponsoring another contest, providing Yakima Valley vocal artists the opportunity to sing out a tune beginning tomorrow (Thursday).

SVID to start work next month on field office

It's been on the drawing board for months, and in just a matter of weeks SVID's field office at 1105 E. Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside will see work begin to upgrade the facility.

Cherry aces 17th hole at local course

Paula Cherry of Grandview recorded her first ever hole-in-one this past Sunday, June 3.

Volleyball camp next week

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Volleyball Booster Club is hosting a youth volleyball camp from Monday, June 11, to Wednesday, June 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. each day in the Grandview High School gymnasium.

Sunnyside summer meal program begins June 25

The Sunnyside School District will be serving its summer meals beginning Monday, June 25.

County moves forward on broadband

YAKIMA - With a $1 million federal grant in hand, Yakima County yesterday took the next step in providing improved broadband services to government agencies in the Lower Valley.


Parade thanks

Parade thanks


Minimum wage: 100 years later

Minimum wage: 100 years later

Word Nerd

Sunnyside needs a spectrum of citizens to chart a new course against gang activity

Sunnyside needs a spectrum of citizens to chart a new course against gang activity




Tuesday, June 5

Judge directs feds to negotiate with grower ;on claims of harassment

COWICHE - Evans Fruit, one of the country's largest apple producers, is headed to mediation instead of court on claims of sexual harassment in the Sunnyside area.

Soccer league dispute with city discussed at council workshop

The Sunnyside City Council met Monday night for a workshop meeting and discussed the usage of Sunnyview Park's soccer fields.

Gang-free grant money leads to another committee

Sunnyside City Councilman Jim Restucci has been working to figure out how the city can best use the anti-gang grant it received along with Yakima and Toppenish, and Restucci brought a draft resolution to the council Monday night for discussion.

Bickleton's three graduates remember the years past

BICKLETON - Growing up in a microscopic town, according to Bickleton High School graduating senior Nic Venema, was a pleasure.

Sunnyside High School alumni soccer match scheduled for June 23

The Sunnyside High School girls soccer team will host its annual alumni soccer match on Saturday, June 23, at Clem Senn Field.

Strong effort by Black Rock Creek solidifies seniors' top spot in tour standings

PENDLETON, ORE. - Like a runaway locomotive, it's going to have to be something pretty mighty to derail the Black Rock Creek team from winning its sixth consecutive Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour championship.

New Benton REA manager

PROSSER - Following a national search, the board of trustees of the Benton Rural Electric Association in Prosser has selected Clint Gerkensmeyer to be the new general manager.

Monday, June 4

Mabton grad finds perfect career field

Learning customer service skills at a young age has extremely helped Grandview resident Deanna Zamora, 22, on her current career path.

Sunnyside High seniors explore the world of firefighting

For Sunnyside High School seniors Wilson Tramel, Cesar Negrete and four other classmates, spending time with firefighters was about more than completing a senior project.

Mabton graduates nearly 50 students

MABTON - The crowd that packed the gym rose to their feet as the Mabton High School class of 2012 marched in to the school gymnasium last Friday.

Sun-splashed crowd fetes GHS 2012 class

GRANDVIEW - The clouds parted and presented Grandview High School's class of 2012 a sunny farewell during a commencement ceremony last Saturday morning outdoors at Leenhouts Stadium.

Stepping into the future, Sunnyside Christian 2012 graduates urged to live a life worthy of the Lord

GRANDVIEW - Sunnyside Christian High School's 14 graduates of the class of 2012 last Friday celebrated all they have accomplished and know that they have much to look forward to.

Friday, June 1

Grandview native tenders resignation from top job in Yakima

YAKIMA - Michael Morales, who has worked for the city of Yakima in various capacities over the past 15 years - including as interim city manager since January of this year - has submitted his resignation to the city council effective Friday, June 29.

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Perla Alcantar

Miss Sunnyside candidate Perla Alcantar has a passion for helping the homeless.

Mabton's top graduates named

MABTON - Mabton High School has released the names of the academic achievers representing the top 10 percent of the 68 students in the class of 2012.

YVCC alumni honoring SHS grad

YAKIMA - The Yakima Valley Community College Alumni Association is honoring Dave Lester as this year's Distinguished Alumnus.

DeRuyter dairy loses nearly 50 tons of hay

OUTLOOK - The George DeRuyter Dairy, located in the 3000 block of Dekker Road near Outlook, this morning (Friday) at approximately midnight lost nearly 50 tons of hay to what firefighters believe was arson.

Volleyball camp for girls in mid-June

First year Sunnyside High School volleyball coach Sandy Jaquish is recruiting fifth through eighth grade girls for a one-day volleyball camp, slated to be held Saturday, June 16, at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School.

Outside help pouring in to get soccer fields ready for play by August

Santa Maria Rivera, wearing work gloves and carrying a hammer, bends over a section of Sunnyside's new community soccer fields to dig potentially dangerous rocks out of the dirt.

Lions Club parade applications due June 30

Sunnyside Lions Fourth of July Parade organizers are accepting applications for entries until Saturday, June 30.

Air Force Band's last hurrah in Sunnyside

After U.S. Military budget cuts, the 560th Air Force Band is preparing for its last hurrah.

Word Nerd

Seattle violence underscores need for unified community

Seattle violence underscores need for unified community

Off the Record

This summer enjoy the valley

This summer enjoy the valley