Stories for September 2013


Monday, September 30

Help available for uninsured

People confused about signing up for health insurance on the new Washington Health Benefit Exchange can get some face-to-face help thanks to the “in-person assisters” program starting tomorrow, Oct. 1.

Friday, September 27

Extracurricular expenses

Roughly $300,000 and counting…that’s the ballpark figure the Sunnyside School District is on the hook for in attempting to sever ties with two teachers.

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate Alyson Spidle

“This is my home…it’s where my family lives…it’s where I’ve grown up,” 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside candidate Alyson Spidle says.

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Why ‘Duck Dynasty’ viewers flock to show

Guest Column

Like millions of Americans, I’ve become a “Duck Dynasty” fan.

A thousand songs

My birthday was earlier this month and it was something of a time warp.

Support appreciated


We want to thank all the people who have donated produce to us.

Winfree endorsement


I am supporting Steve Winfree for Sunnyside School Board Position #3. I have known Steve since the mid-1970s when he came to Sunnyside as a young attorney.

Trip to Russia a cultural experience

Sharing his experiences with members of Sunnyside’s Daybreak Rotary Club recently, Sen. Jim Honeyford said he was overwhelmed with the opulence and all that there was to see while on a recent sightseeing trip to Russia.

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Car is King next weekend at Goldendale-area museum

Maryhill Museum of Art will be holding Car is King weekend on Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6, to celebrate the legacy of founder Sam Hill.

‘Big Read’ activities planned for October

Have you heard of the “Big Read?” Wondering how you can participate? Don’t worry, there is something for everyone in this year’s Yakima Valley Libraries program.

Vaudeville dinner theatre planned for mid-November

Vintage Vaudeville returns to Yakima Saturday, Nov. 16. Manic Thunder will highlight this year’s entertainment along with some of the best talent Yakima has to offer.

Movie in the park event tomorrow

The Grandview High School DECA chapter will be hosting a free community movie night, co-sponsored by Grandview Parks and Recreation and Yakima Valley Community College, tomorrow evening (Saturday) at the Grandview Country Park amphitheater, located at 812 Wallace Way.

Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge celebration planned for Oct. 5

Every year, the country sets aside a week to celebrate its wildlife heritage and a refuge system unequalled anywhere in the world.

Pageant tickets now available

Tickets for the annual Miss Sunnyside Pageant are now on sale at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce office.

Disney show on ice on tap early November

A fabulous on-ice production, “Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After,” is coming to Kennewick.

James Bond experience set for Oct. 4

Officials at “The Reach Interpretive Center” and the city of Richland are planning a James Bond experience for Friday, Oct. 4, “For Your Eyes Only.”

What's Happening

Lions claim 45-21 victory in battle of winless teams

Prep Football

The Kennewick Lions are off the snide. The Sunnyside Grizzlies, however, are still in search of their first victory of the year.

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CWAC meet

Lady Grizzlies collect five wins

Girls Prep Swimming

In their third outing this season, the Sunnyside High School girls swim team earned five victories against Moses Lake High School Thursday.

Firemen assist two citizens

Sunnyside firemen pro-vided two citizen assists in the past 24 hours.

Mabton girls drop controversial match to Royal City Knights

Girls Prep Soccer

“We were robbed,” Mabton soccer coach Elizabeth Garcia said of last night’s match at Royal City.

Cadets overpower Sunnyside in four sets

Girls Prep Volleyball

The Sunnyside volleyball team last night at Eisenhower saw the potential for a win after putting away the first set, 25-17.

Police know nothing about lights in sky

Despite a local resident’s call to the Daily Sun News this morning reporting sightings of triangular lights being seen flashing in the skies over Sunnyside last night, local law enforcement agencies have no such reports.

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No Vandals allowed

Girls Prep Volleyball

Buddy on high alert

Travel Buddy

Buddy is a dog - at least I think he is. Since arriving quite unexpectedly in my lap last May, the feisty, but happily rescued Yorkshire terrier has been a loyal, self-centered, demanding companion.

West Nile found in Outlook horse

A case of West Nile virus, a potentially fatal disease in horses, has been confirmed in a Yakima County horse.

Lady Vikings lose on the road

The Mabton Lady Vikings had some canine trouble while visiting Goldendale last night, losing to the host Timberwolves in three sets, 25-19, 25-9, 25-16.

Grandview sweeps Davis

Girls Prep Volleyball

GRANDVIEW – The 2A Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team earned its most decisive victory so far this young season with a 3-0 spanking of visiting 4A Davis last night.

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Galvan notches two goals to spark Lady Grizzly victory

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team never trailed in a 3-1 home victory last night over league foe Eisenhower.

Thursday, September 26

Choice on new Sunnyside police chief likely to be delayed

Sunnyside City Manager Don Day has a difficult choice ahead of him in the coming days after interviewing three candidates for police chief yesterday, Wednesday.

Ismael Ibarra


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Maria Eluteria “Gramita” Rivera



September 26, 2013 Briefs

Local second graders learn to ‘drop and roll’

“Do we ever go back into a burning house,” asked Sunnyside Fireman Tony Castillo.

Four-county area gets grant to help teens

It is unclear how much, if any, funding from a $6 million federal grant the state of Washington received earlier this month to help teen parents will make it to the Lower Valley.

Clean audit for city of G’view

GRANDVIEW – The city of Grandview received a clean audit this week from the state auditor’s office.

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Pigskin practice?

Sunnyside vet trains dairymen around the globe

Veterinarian Scott Abbott believes the local agricultural industry has much to offer the world. That’s why he aims to help dairymen around the globe learn practices and obtain skills that will help dairy farms become more efficient and productive.

Grandview man avoids injuries in accident

BENTON CITY – The man behind the wheel of a 1995 International tractor-trailer semi truck, 54-year-old Victor Flores of Grandview, escaped unharmed last night when his rig was hit from behind.

Missing children found

Slow day for deputies

Clean audit for Grandview

The city of Grandview received a clean audit this week from the state auditor’s office.

Yakima County hit with two audit findings

Internal controls were the focal point of two audit findings issued against Yakima County by state auditors this week.

Wednesday, September 25

How to track down long-lost friends

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in tracking down some old friends I’ve lost touch with over the years but could use some help. What tips or resources can you recommend to help me find them? Searching Senior

Three situations that call for a red team

What if you had a team of people whose sole job was to find fault with your thinking? It’s called a red team. Used by the CIA, IBM, the Army, news organizations and other businesses, a red team is a group designed to penetrate your defenses.

Sunnyside educators preparing our students for the future

Looking back at the mentors in my life who played a role in my decision to become an educator, many faces at Sunnyside High School quickly come to mind.

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Looking into the unknown:

Obamacare on the verge of implementation

Four years ago, President Obama made a sweeping promise to the American people, “…if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.”

Forum help appreciated

On Aug. 22, Sunnyside United.Unidos hosted a community gang forum. The presenter, Jesse Campos, did a great job presenting the challenges we have and what parents and a community can do to address youth participation in gangs. We will invite Jesse to present again.

What do they know?

A Hint of Humor

The AARP, of which I am a member, sent me an email entitled, “Karen, 7 Reasons Why You Are Fat.”

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Royal winners

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Regal winners

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Light on their feet

Arthur “Art” Guajardo


Esther M. Ware


No sign of fighting juveniles here

With the exception of a mid-afternoon search for a group of juveniles reported fighting near Harrison Mid-dle School, Sunnyside police had a relatively quiet Tues-day.

Mabton moves ahead with Main Street project

The Mabton Main Street reconstruction project isn’t expected to begin anytime soon, but the first step toward creating a funding package for the $2.6 million project was approved during Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled Mabton City Council meeting.

Sunnyside Christian battles for victory

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights prevailed against the Riverside Christian Crusaders last night (Tuesday) in four sets, 25-16, 24-26, 25-10, 25-22.

Finding a fitting chief

Today, City Manager Don Day is interviewing candidates to be the new Sunnyside police chief.

Lady Vikings still hunting for first win

The Mabton Lady Vikings lost their match against Cle Elum in three sets last night, 25-20, 25-18, 25-16.

SHS science department retools methods to help students pass state-mandated tests

It took Sunnyside High School’s science department only nine months to double the number of students passing the biology end of course exam, now required for graduation.

Police chief interviews underway today

Sunnyside City Manager Don Day and a panel of community members and officials will be interviewing three candidates for Sunnyside police chief today.

Strong start not enough for Lady Greyhounds

Despite winning game one, the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team faltered in a 3-1 loss to Ephrata last night.

Port mulls halting wetlands project

A decade ago, Port of Sunnyside officials thought a wetlands project in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers would satisfy state standards for discharging its treated industrial wastewater.That appears to not be the case...

Tuesday, September 24

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Dr. Bingham closes his Sunnyside practice to join the mission field

After 31 years of setting bones, Dr. Brent Bingham of Sunnyside will hang up his white lab coat and move to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Farm Workers board member nationally recognized

TOPPENISH - The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has presented Tom Sak, former board chair of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, with the 2013 Ethel Bond Memorial Consumer Award.

Simple chores can teach youngsters responsibility

Giving children simple chores can help them learn responsibility and independence from an early age and ease the transition to adulthood, said a developmental pediatrician from Baylor College of Medicine.

Sunnyside hospital earns lofty distinction as one of 23 ‘most wired’

Sunnyside Community Hospital now holds the distinction of being a “most wired” hospital.

A simpler way to predict heart failure

Predicting the future just got a little clearer - when it comes to the likelihood of heart failure, that is.

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Golfing for scholars

Seventh straight title on horizon for Black Rock Creek

Men's Golf

Turn out the lights, the party’s over. Well…at least for 11 of the teams that took part in this year’s Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

Homecoming events scheduled next week

Sunnyside High School continues its tradition with several homecoming events planned for next week.

Snake River open for fall chinook salmon fishing

Portions of the Snake River were opened yesterday (Monday) for the harvest of fall chinook, thanks in part to a sizable number of fish returning to the Snake River this fall.

Wanapum pool heavy with salmon

An increase in the fall chinook run has far exceeded the earlier forecast, giving area fishermen larger daily limits than previously announced, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Hanford Reach anglers have ample opportunities

Thanks to an increase in the number of fall chinook returning to the Columbia River, fisherman using two poles now can claim a daily limit of six salmon in the area commonly known as the Hanford Reach portion of the Columbia River.

GHS’s Ebbelaar earns two victories

Girls Prep Swimming

YAKIMA – Outnumbered, but not deterred, the Grandview High School girls swim team performed well last Thursday against the larger Selah team, according to GHS Coach Rita Uribe.

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Super hero

Sunnyside accepts gang prevention monies

The Sunnyside City Council approved an agreement with Educational Service District 105 to allow $13,500 in funding to be used by Sunnyside United for gang prevention and intervention services.

Neon Alley costs discussed by council

A preliminary cost estimate of the Neon Alley project was discussed at the Sunnyside City Council meeting last night.

Time will tell if students will be able to pass new Common Core standards

GRANDVIEW - Will students be able to master the newly instituted Common Core Standards end of course test?

Test results show progress in Mabton schools

MABTON – At Mabton Senior/Junior High School there is slow, but steady improvement.

Prep math scores rising in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – With a focus on math intervention and rigorous follow-up of at risk math students, Grandview High School Assistant Principal Steven Long believes Grandview High School math scores are on their way to major improvements.

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New insurance agency now open in S’side

Leticia Sandoval opened for business in Sunnyside yesterday (Monday). She said her insurance agency, Select Insurance Agency, was a dream for several months.

Lady Pirates win non-league match

The 1B Lady Pirates varsity volleyball team hosted the 1A Mabton JV volleyball squad yesterday and managed to come out with a victory in a non-regulation length match.

What’s your retirement ‘contingency plan’?

Financial Focus

You probably have thought about what you’d like to do during your retirement years. But all your plans probably depend, to at least some extent, on your financial situation. What happens if you reach the age at which you wish to retire and you just don’t have the money you thought you’d have?

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New Rotarian

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Ramiro Valencia Jr.


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Ricardo “Ric” Miranda


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Tammy Lyn Hysell


Math coach tries to demystify prep testing plans

Sunnyside High School Math Coach James Wise explained to the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club that education is in transition, and that Sunnyside has been working to stay ahead of the curve.

Sunnyside native appointed field director

Sunnyside native Cora Holwegner Shellito, a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual, has joined the Kennewick office as a recruiting field director.

Monday, September 23

Arguments flow on genetically engineered food labeling law

Television ads for and against initiative 522 have started to appear as the election season draws near, and emotions are high on both sides of the issue.

Tournament a learning experience for Lady Pirates

The Bickleton Lady Pirates couldn’t defeat the competition at the Tri-Cities Prep Volleyball Invitational this past Saturday, but they came away with a sportsmanship trophy and the respect of the other teams.

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Knights win big

Prep Football

DeSales gets by Vikes, 37-6

Prep Football

MABTON – “We had a bad start and allowed them (DeSales) to rack up 23 points early,” Mabton football coach Trevor Curtis said of last Friday’s 37-6 loss to the Irish.

Rams head butt GHS boys, 47-7

Prep Football

YAKIMA – The West Valley Rams struck early against visiting Grandview last Friday and kept on hitting until the final whistle sounded, leaving the Greyhounds battered. The final score provided West Valley a whopping 47-7 win.

Invite draws nearly 30 schools

Prep Cross Country

TIETON – Last Saturday’s Apple Ridge Run Invitational drew nearly 30 prep cross-country teams.

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One goal not nearly enough for GHS against Prosser girls

Girls Prep Soccer

GRANDVIEW – This past Saturday’s soccer match between Grandview and visiting Prosser started out quite disappointing for the Lady ‘Hounds.

Goldendale forfeits match

Girls Prep Soccer

MABTON – This past Saturday’s scheduled soccer match between Mabton and Goldendale was forfeited.

Lady Knights third at invite

Girls Prep Volleyball

PASCO – The Lady Knights were the third place finishers out of five teams at the Tri-Cities Prep Volleyball Invitational this past Saturday in Pasco.

Lady Grizzlies unable to dig up a win at Toppenish

Girls Prep Volleyball

TOPPENISH - In this past Saturday’s non-league match against 2A Toppenish, Sunnyside fell to the Wildcats in four sets.

Tourney experience for Bickleton

Girls Prep Volleyball

PASCO – The Bickleton Lady Pirates couldn’t defeat the competition at the Tri-Cities Prep Volleyball Invitational this past Saturday, but they came away with a sportsmanship trophy and the respect of the other teams.

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At the fair

Brian Lynn Haas


Four teens sustain injuries in rollover

CONNELL – Four teenagers, three of them from the Sunnyside area, required medical treatment as the result of a one-vehicle rollover accident near Connell yesterday morning (Sunday).

Sunday’s fire calls false

Sunnyside firemen responded to two automatic fire alarms yesterday (Sunday), both of which proved to be false alarms.

S’side cops investigating report of fraudulent bank transfer

Sunnyside Police Department officers are investigating a report of a $4,700 illegal bank transfer made some time during the past week.

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Rear end collision

Obama singles out Wenatchee attorney as U.S. District Court judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama nominated eight men and women to serve on United States District Courts last week, including Stanley Allen Bastian of Wenatchee to serve in the Eastern District of Washington.

Candy thieves strike in G’view

Police in Grandview responded to a burglary report yesterday (Sunday) in the 200 block of West Second Street. The door to the “Extra Mile Student Center” had been kicked in and candy items were stolen. The incident is under investigation.

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

Grandview City Council Agenda Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

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Feeding the community

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Unwanted visitor

Women invited to join coffee Bible study

The Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church women’s coffee break Bible study is again underway. The study is open to all women interested in a mid-week Bible study. The group meets each Wednesday from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the church, 700 N. 16th Street.

Wenatchee lawyer nominated as District Court judge for Eastern Washington

President Obama nominated eight men and women to serve on United States District Courts last week, including Stanley Allen Bastian of Wenatchee to serve in the Eastern District of Washington.

EnTrust recipient of $46,000 grant

EnTrust Community Services, which has office locations in Sunnyside and Yakima, was recently awarded a $46,000 grant from Cause Populi.

Candy thieves strike in Grandview yesterday

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview responded to a burglary report yesterday (Sunday) in the 200 block of West Second Street. The door to the “Extra Mile Student Center” had been kicked in and candy items were stolen. The incident is under investigation.

Lady Knights third in tournament

The Lady Knights were the third place finishers out of five teams at the Tri-Cities Prep Volleyball Invitational this past Saturday in Pasco.

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Nouvella’s style show reveals new fall fashions

Seven models displayed the new fall fashions at this year’s Nouvella Club Style Show, held late last week at the United Methodist Church in Sunnyside.

Friday, September 20

Kids rodeo this weekend

KENNEWICK – A rodeo featuring student athletes ages 11-18 will be held today (Friday) through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Kennewick.

End of summer car cruise planned tomorrow in Sunnyside

The Sundowners, an informal group of local automobile enthusiasts, meet once a month and participate in a cruise or garage crawl.

Disney on Ice show in Kennewick planned for early in November

KENNEWICK - Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After is an all-star line-up of Disney characters. The sensational live production on ice is coming to Kennewick.

Fall razor clam season

WILLAPA BAY - Washington’s razor clam season has gotten off to an early start this year with an evening dig at Twin Harbors beach.

Annual Chef’s Scramble at Wildhorse in October

PENDLETON, ORE. - Chefs are scrambling, but not in the kitchen, this time it is on the golf course.

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Spaghetti feed set for Oct. 3

PROSSER – A special spaghetti feed fundraiser, benefitting the Benton County Historical Museum, is slated for Thursday, Oct. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prosser.

Wellness House to host vaudeville dinner theatre

YAKIMA - Vintage Vaudeville returns to Yakima Saturday, Nov. 16.

City-wide yard sale tomorrow in Prosser

PROSSER – The Prosser Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a fall city-wide yard sale at Depot Square tomorrow (Saturday).

Yoga workshop planned for Yakima arboretum

YAKIMA - Watch the sky, listen to birds singing, breath in the fragrance of fall and be one with the life force around you during a yoga workshop at the Yakima Area Arboretum.

Movie night in Prosser

PROSSER – Prosser’s Princess Theatre is the place to be for a special car show and showing of Steven Spielberg’s “Back to the Future.”

Harvest celebration at Maryhill

GOLDENDALE - Two weekends filled with live music on the terrace, an always popular grape stomp, hot dog and marshmallow roast, and barrel tasting is planned at Maryhill Winery. The first weekend of activities will be Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, and the second weekend will be Oct. 19-20.

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Alpaca ‘Farm Hop’ on tap next weekend

To celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days, Yakima Valley alpaca farms will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29.

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Vintage carousel horse returning home in style

The stylish vintage carousel horse, which may have once graced a merry-go-round display in Yakima, came into Jack’s possession in 1968 at the conclusion of her year as a princess on the Miss Sunnyside Court.

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate Audrey Rosalez

Miss Sunnyside candidate Audrey Rosalez says she enjoys all that Sunnyside has to offer its citizens.

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Nitrate containment likely a decades long process

Moving at the speed of nitrates leeching into the groundwater, the Lower Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee took under advisement materials presented by U.S. Department of the Interior hydrogeologist Matt Bachmann.

Credit union project tops August building starts in Sunnyside

Accounting for well more than half of August’s total new building valuation of $1.92 million, Lower Valley Credit Union’s new two-story Sunnyside branch/corporate office led the way in permits issued by city building officials last month.

Campfire ban lifted at state parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission yesterday (Thursday) announced the end of a general campfire ban in state parks east of the Cascades.

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Dreaming of a white and wishful Christmas

When Jasmine Gonzalez said that the girl pictured on her display had leukemia there was little reaction from the Sunnyside Pioneer Elementary School third graders.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at Law & Justice Center, 6:30 p.m.

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Sunnyside United planning for better tomorrow

Community members who represent various sectors within Sunnyside yesterday discussed efforts and ways to help Sunnyside United/Unidos create a safe and nurturing environment for local youths.

Police Briefs


Gridiron collapse

Prep Football

Grizzlies drop first road game of 2013 season by score of 51-6

Milanez leads powerhouse attack for Lady Greyhounds

Girls Prep Soccer

GRANDVIEW – The 2A Lady Greyhound soccer team handily put last night’s non-league match against 1A Royal away, securing a 15-0 victory.

Lady Vikings win first match of season

Girls Prep Soccer

GRANGER – The Mabton Lady Vikes soccer team got a boost to its confidence, having secured a non-league 3-1 victory over the Granger Spartans last night.

SHS harriers have long road ahead of them

Prep Cross-Country

YAKIMA – Sunnyside High School’s cross-country squads didn’t exactly get off to a flying start in Big Nine League action Thursday afternoon.

Sunnyside battles through five sets in hard-to-swallow loss to Prosser girls

Girls Prep Volleyball

PROSSER – The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team gave the Prosser Mustangs a run for their money last night, battling through five sets.

Lady Pirates sail off with win in home opener

Girls Prep Volleyball

BICKLETON – The Lady Pirates’ home opener was everything they could hope for as the team came away with a three-set win against Trout Lake, 25-16, 25-18, 25-12.

Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies competitive against ’Cats

Girls Prep Swimming

YAKIMA - Proving they were at home in Yakima’s Lions Pool Thursday afternoon, the Sunnyside High School girls freestyle relay squad took first place honors in the 200-yard event in action against the Eastmont team.

Lady Vikings done in by Granger Spartans in 1A conference match

GRANGER – The Lady Vikings couldn’t prevail against the Granger Spartans last night.

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Aromatic flower


Letters to the Editor

Infrastructure should be government’s top priority

How many bridges must fall, how many dams must fail and how many people must die before we wake up and realize that a major investment in the infrastructure of our country is vital?

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Living our lives ‘under God’

The American Humanist Association has renewed the efforts of some atheists to remove the words “under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance. The organization argued recently in the Massachusetts Supreme Court that the inclusion of these words is a violation of atheists’ religious liberty and equality.

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Millionaires on a food stamp diet?

If you’re a follower of the Huffington Post, you’ve probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.

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Dedication of new church this Sunday

The Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church is dedicating its brand-new facility this Sunday, Sept. 22, at 10:30 a.m. The community is invited to help pledge this building to the Lord’s worship and work in this place.

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Rotarians tour new church facilities

A tour of the newly constructed Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church was recently provided to members of the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club.

Part 1...Religion and racism

Without sounding arrogant and keeping consistent with the Word of God, let me begin today by saying that I am a son of God and an heir and joint-heir with Jesus Christ. In other words, I am a Christian. There are no qualifiers or caveats to that statement.

Cops on the case in thefts

Sunnyside police investigated a burglary report yesterday afternoon (Thursday) in the 900 block of East Lincoln Avenue. Someone removed an air conditioning unit to gain entry. Police have a suspect in the case.

Style show reveals new fall fashions

Seven models displayed the new fall fashions at this year’s Nouvella Club Style Show, held yesterday afternoon at the United Methodist Church in Sunnyside.

Lady Vikings out-sparred by Spartans

GRANGER – The Lady Vikings couldn’t prevail against the Granger Spartans last night, losing in three sets 25-14, 25-8, 25-11.

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Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a wet, snowy winter

The 2014 Old Farmer’s Almanac includes the usual weather predictions by month, a few fascinating articles and recipes.

Lady Pirates sail off with win in home opener

The Lady Pirates’ home opener was everything they could hope for as the team came away with a three-set win against Trout Lake, 25-16, 25-18, 25-12.

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Dreaming of a white and wishful Christmas

As part of her senior project, Jasmine Gonzalez is collecting letters to Santa Claus to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Sunnyside City Council agenda

Sunnyside City Council agenda

Infrastructure should be government’s top priority

America is literally falling apart while we waste lives and money overseas. We need to fix it.

Thursday, September 19

Coed volleyball play offered in Sunnyside

Adult coed volleyball play is being offered in Sunnyside.

Dart shooter from Sunnyside

Sunnyside’s Rudy Fernandez leaves today for Las Vegas, where he will compete at the U.S. Open Dart Tournament.

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Tom K. Johnson


SCHS student earns honors

The National Society of High School Scholars recently announced that Sunnyside Christian High School student Micalyn Williams from Mabton was selected as a member of the organization.

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Learning curve

Schools in Grandview are opening their doors to parents wanting to know what is happening in the classroom.

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Story time laughter

Marcelina Ortega sings a song with pre-school aged children at the Sunnyside Library last Friday.

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City closer to offering parks and rec opportunities

After just a few weeks on the job, Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Coordinator Megan Razey feels like she may be making headway in sorting out the defunct city recreation program in order to make it open to the entire community.

Washington trains more than 1,000 brokers to help people select health plans

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange last week announced more than 1,000 registered insurance brokers will be available to help Washingtonians enroll in new health coverage options through Washington Healthplanfinder.

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Tribute to veterans

Workers install a new eight-foot high granite wall at Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza in Sunnyside...

Chickens, pigs behind calls to deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to a report yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) of chickens causing damage at a property in the 100 block of Lester Road near Sunnyside.

City schedules budget meetings

The Sunnyside City Council will be holding two special meetings this week to begin 2014 budget preparations.

Blood drive slated Sept. 27

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in the Sunnyside High School auxiliary gymnasium on Friday, Sept. 27.

Drug arrest made in G'view

Police in Grandview made an arrest in a drug-related incident last night (Wednesday) near the intersections of West Wine Country and Stover roads.


The Sunnyside Museum’s new hours will be Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Your tax dollars at work

Construction on the Sunnyside Fire Station on Eighth Street, funded by a voter-approved bond, is well underway, with signs of progress pointing to the sky...

Meat, poultry products recalled

Siberoni, a Portland, Ore. firm, is recalling 169,655 pounds of raw and frozen meat and poultry “pelmeni” (Eastern European-style ravioli products), which were produced without the benefit of inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced this week.

Christian club meeting Oct. 15

The Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection is sponsoring a “Shop ‘Til Your Heart’s Content” meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser (490 Wine Country Road).

Wednesday, September 18

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Getting an early start on winter

Racing along a cyclone fence, this little guy seems intent on collecting sunflower seeds and anything else he can gather for winter...

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Regal winners

7-year-old Brianna Garza (L) and Audrina Campos, 5, this past Saturday competed in the Regal Majesty Pageant held at the Historic Everett Theatre...

Grandview outlasts Othello

GRANDVIEW – A fast start nearly wasn’t enough as the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team had to hang on for a 3-2 win over visiting Othello last night.

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Taking aim...falling short

Sunnyside’s Ashleigh Oswalt eyes the ball before setting up a serve last night against Davis...

Soccer match for the dogs

GRANDVIEW – The dogs were at it again last night, Grandview’s Lady ‘Hounds taking on the visiting Othello Huskies.

Sluggish start costly for SHS Lady Grizzlies

YAKIMA – Davis tallied a goal in the first 15 minutes of play and never looked back in a 3-1 victory over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team last night, Tuesday.

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Staying true to our Constitution

On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. This month marks the 226th anniversary of this landmark moment in American history when our founding fathers gathered together to form “a more perfect Union.”

The butler from another planet

There you go again, Hollywood. You’ve taken a great story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies.

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A familiar voice on the other end of the line

It’s always nice to hear a familiar voice on the other end of the phone line. Hearing that voice when you least expect it is an added bonus.

Health really is everything

One challenge with chemo is that the body quickly becomes resistant to it. Doctors have to apply different chemo blends to overcome resistance. For the next few years, the different blends worked well.

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MOTS gives mommies much deserved timeouts

GRANDVIEW – Although being a mother, especially a stay-at-home mom, can be rewarding, there’s no arguing that sometimes mommies need a break. That’s what Moms of Tots (MOTS) provides each second and fourth Wednesday of the month.


I did not start drinking coffee until I was in my 30s. We were house guests in Ohio, and I woke up to this intriguing, delicious smell. It was Albertson’s 8 O’clock Coffee. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Get paid for being a family caregiver

Dear Savvy Senior, I have been taking care of my elderly mother for nearly three years and it’s taking a huge toll on my finances. Are there any resources you know about that can help family caregivers get paid? - Financially Exhausted

Trying to be liked is the death knell for happiness and success

Do you want to be liked? Most of us do. But wanting to be liked by everyone can have a chilling effect on your happiness and success.

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F. Kenneth Taylor


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Five Lady 'Hounds already stamp their way to District

PROSSER- Bounding out in their first league swim meet Tuesday afternoon, Grandview High School’s very young team of Lady Greyhound swimmers man-aged to see five of the eight team members qualify for the season’s district meet.

Educator seeks school board position

With an extensive back-ground in education, spanning several decades, Mary Rita Rohde made her plea for the support of the Sunnyview Republican Women’s Club membership at its monthly meeting held yesterday at noon.

Average day for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies answered nine calls in the Lower Valley yester-day, including three automatic alarms, two re-ports of livestock incidents, a report of an abandoned vehicle, a report of suspi-cious activity, a domestic call and a request for assis-tance from another agency.

Shoplifter and sex crime top Tuesday police log

A possible shoplifter was arrested at Walmart last night (Tuesday) after being observed ripping tags off a pair of pants he had allegedly hidden under his sweatshirt to sneak out of the store, according to Tuesday’s Sunnyside police report.

False alarm due to burnt food

Firefighters in Sunnyside responded to an automatic alarm in the 900 block of Ida Belle Road yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), only to find the resident had burnt some food.

Busy Tuesday for Grandview cops

Police in Grandview had a busy Tuesday, including arresting three wanted persons and serving two warrants.

Sunnyside coalition receives $625,000 grant to fight youth drug use

Sunnyside United/Unidos is the recipient of a $625,000 grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy as part of $19.8 million in new Drug-Free Communities support program grants across the country.

Indictment lists 42 in casino conspiracy

Allegedly, a long-term scam run by an employee and involving at least 42 people stole thousands of dollars from Legends Casino during its 15th anniversary promo-tional drawings in February through May of this year.

BHS girls bring down Eagles

Bickleton volleyball team earns victory in regular season opener.

Lady Vikings fall to Naches

Mabton Lady Vikings volleyball team lost in three sets to the Naches Valley Rangers.

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Nothing says America like hot dogs, baseball and apple pie

Residents at Sunnyside’s Sun Terrace Assisted Living made small apple pies last Thursday as part of National Assisted Living Week.

Spending cap for homeless monies removed

YAKIMA – Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services in Sunnyside, as well as the YWCA, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Yakima Neighborhood Health Ser-vices have all been awarded Consolidated Homeless Grant Program funding.

Salaries approved for court commissioners

YAKIMA –Yakima County Court commissioner salaries were yesterday (Tuesday) set by the Yakima County commissioners.

Federal indictment lists 42 in casino rip-off scheme

TOPPENISH – Allegedly, a long-term scam run by an employee and involving at least 42 people stole thousands of dollars from Legends Casino during its 15th anniversary promotional drawings in February through May of this year.

State vaccination rates lag behind rest of nation

Immunization rates for Washington toddlers are below state and national goals, according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Results from the CDC’s latest national immunization survey show that 65 percent of children under three years-old in this state got a series of recommended vaccines in 2012. That’s well below the goal of 80 percent. The national rate for this series is 68 percent.

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S’side airport board addresses ongoing projects

The Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board met last night, following a brief two-month hiatus, to discuss projects that are underway. Those project include the weather station at the airport, a courtesy car service and a draft of covenants for the airport.

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Wetlands project may be dead issue

Time changes things and nowhere is that truer than with state agencies. A decade ago, Port of Sunnyside officials thought a wetlands project in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers would satisfy state standards for discharging its treated industrial wastewater.

Sunnyside GOP club meeting set for Friday

With the recent passing of Dr. Jack Hale, the Sunnyside Republican Club has been on the sidelines.

Tuesday, September 3

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Salon owner making dreams come true

Even as a young girl Elisa Espinoza enjoyed helping others feel beautiful. That’s why opening her own salon is like making her dreams a reality.

Citizenship comes with duties

I’ve been summoned to jury duty three times now.

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Dangerous political candy

President Obama’s proposal to restrict the growth of Social Security by changing annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) from the present Consumer Price Index (CPI) to a Chained Consumer Price Index represents a disingenuous departure from his earlier position to hold fast on Social Security.