News for Friday, July 25, 2014



At least do the least for your country

The same day Yakima County mailed out ballots for the Primary Election, Wednesday, July 16, a total of 47 of those ballots were returned by voters.

F as in farewell

Nearly every day I proof-read and edit at least one obituary for the Daily Sun News.

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There’s really no mystery why incumbents get re-elected

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating.

Hollywood liberals stand down for Israel

Once again Israel is being forced to defend itself from the terrorists who run Gaza.

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Vintiques Northwest Nationals open to the public on Aug. 1-2

YAKIMA – Car buffs, especially those who prefer street rods, will have plenty to take in when the Vintiques Northwest Nationals rod run and car show returns to Yakima’s State Fair Park.

Star party tomorrow night

Families and individuals of all ages are invited to the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park for a special “star viewing party” tomorrow night (Saturday).

Special NNO party scheduled for Aug. 5

Sunnyside’s annual National Night Out block parties will be staged Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Tri-chamber social event set for Aug. 14

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is hosting the next tri-chamber social on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Museum.

American Crown Circus coming to Sunnyside

The American Crown Circus will be at Sunnyside’s Sunnyview Park Thursday, Aug. 21, through Monday, Aug. 25.

Museum open during fair Aug. 8-9

GRANDVIEW - In conjunction with the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, the R.E. Powell Museum facility at 315 Division St. will be open to the general public on Friday, Aug. 8, and Saturday, Aug. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Paleteria La Nortenia celebrates 25th anniversary

Sunnyside’s Paleteria La Nortenia will celebrate 25 years of business with a special event on Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning at 11 a.m.

Central Washington Fair guidebook now available

YAKIMA – Even though the Central Washington State Fair is about two months away, for those wishing to enter something in the annual event, now is the time to start making plans to do so.

Family fun night slated for Aug. 1

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with the Extra Mile Student Center will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, Aug. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center (812 Wallace Way).

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For a spectacular view, try this day hike near Mt. Rainier

ASHFORD – While great weather has brought thousands of visitors to Mt. Rainier National Park this summer, some savvy hikers have found an excellent day trip is a visit to High Rock Lookout in the Nisqually Valley, just outside the park entrance.

All female cast to stage ‘Julius Caesar’

WALLA WALLA – Columbia REA and Shakespeare Walla Walla will present the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s rendition of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 7-10, at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre.

Autumn Bounty fundraiser planned at Yakima Area Arboretum Sept. 6

YAKIMA – The Yakima Area Arboretum is hosting its “Autumn Bounty” fundraising dinner on Saturday, Sept. 6.

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At your service

C. Speck salesmen Jered Vigil and Angel Garza (L-R) hold up the banner to the golf cart that has been donated by the dealership for use as a shuttle at this year’s Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo in Grandview.

Vacation Bible School includes soccer clinic

It’s time again for the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church Vacation Bible School/Soccer Clinic.

Walk, work and rest: the unforced rhythms of grace

For my column I would like to share some insights using the SOAP method of Bible study and journaling. I learned this tool from the writings of pastor and author Wayne Cordeiro and his Life Journal method of devotions.

Sunnyside church to host piano concert

Kenny G and Jose Feliciano are some of the musicians who accompany Seattle native John Nilsen.

All-American Sports Posters will be calling Mabton sponsors

All-American Sports Posters has been authorized by Mabton Athletic Director Brock Ledgerwood to produce athletic posters to assist Mabton’s athletic programs.

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Runners-up in Vegas

Sunnyside’s 509 Ballerz basketball team earned the second-place trophy in the boys fourth grade division at the AAU West Coast National Championships in Las Vegas last weekend.

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Momentum building for local fastpitch program

Efforts are underway in the Lower Valley to revive a summer fastpitch softball program on hiatus for the past few years.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, July 28, 2014, at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Few calls for deputies Thursday

Just before 10 p.m. last night (Thursday) Yakima County Sheriff deputies were summoned to the 1400 block of Bus Road near Mabton after a person shot a dog that was attacking another dog.

Hit and run driver being sought

Sunnyside police are continuing to investigate a hit and run accident which occurred at the I-82 exit 69 off-ramp Thursday afternoon.

Police handle trespassing case

Police in Grandview arrested a person after a report of trespassing yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

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Weathered beacon

Standing the test of time is this weathered old wind mill located in downtown Bickleton.

Bickleton doing away with school-sponsored senior class outings

A time honored rite of passage in the Bickleton School District is going away.

Washington teen immunization rates show mixed results

It’s hard to believe, but school is right around the corner. Unfortunately, many teens in this state will start school unprotected from some diseases, including the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV).

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Lower Yakima Valley dairies moving forward on converting manure into renewable natural gas

Turning lemons into lemonade. That’s the essence of a program in the Outlook area pegged to turn cow manure into renewable natural gas.

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Petal power

City will mull taking over hanging flower basket program

In the warm glow of a valley sunrise, Rene Pedraza and Erroll Miles cruise through downtown Sunnyside.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Liliana Cisneros

Believing the opportunity of serving her community as Miss Sunnyside would open doors, Liliana Cisneros joins 12 other hopefuls vying for the title on Oct. 5.

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Bickleton schools’ general fund budget totals $1.9 million

The Bickleton School Board has adopted a $3.3 million budget for the 2014-15 school year.