Stories for June 2009

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Tuesday, June 30

DEATH NOTICE

DELORES HINRICHSEN

DELORES HINRICHSEN

Lava Rock expands services

Lava Rock Nursery and Landscaping in Sunnyside is expanding to include curbing services to go along with their nursery and landscaping services.

Controversial wildlife habitat proposal under review next week

YAKIMA - Depending on who you talk to, the proposal is either a necessity to help local wildlife or a loss of private property rights.

Grandview Council approves library funding

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council members decided last night (Monday) to approve funding for the joint library between the city and Yakima Valley Community College's Grandview campus.

Granger Centennial Committee to hash out plans at series of meetings

GRANGER - The Granger Centennial Committee will meet 10 times in the next three months to hash out plans to help celebrate the city of Granger's 100th birthday.

Monday, June 29

Swan Road party sparks complaints

Two noise complaints were filed with the Yakima Sheriff's office and three more complaints with the Sunnyside Police Department last night, Sunday, regarding loud music coming from a party on Swan Road, north of Columbia Avenue.

Visual imagery key for learning life lessons

If telling kids to make good choices doesn't seem to work, then the solution is using visual cues to get the message home.

8-year-old 'hams' it up

GRANDVIEW - He's only eight-years-old, but he has achieved a unique accomplishment.

BIRTHS

OUT OF TOWN

Friday, June 26

GUEST EDITORIAL

Celebrate 'Torture Day' by punishing torturers

Celebrate 'Torture Day' by punishing torturers

City clerk position in Mabton remains unfilled

MABTON - The position of city clerk/treasurer will remain vacant for the time being after Ret Stewart decided not to sign the contract.

Selah Dolphins clip Grandview Neptunes

GRANDVIEW - The Selah Dolphins clipped the Grandview Neptunes last night, Thursday, 464-316.

FORUM

New librarian bringing about good changes

New librarian bringing about good changes

World War II fighter pilot's adventures main focus of Independence Day celebration in Grandview this year

GRANDVIEW - "Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty, it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed."

Sunnyside school uniforms decision coming to a head soon

Let's get on with it, already.

New state lawmaker hosts town hall meeting in Sunnyside

Strengthening education in Washington state and giving more power to local governments are two things Washington State Representative David Taylor wants to see in the future.

CD Review

Harrison's latest effort focuses on childhood heroes

Harrison's latest effort focuses on childhood heroes

GUEST COLUMN

Let comedians, not politicians make the jokes

Let comedians, not politicians make the jokes

BRIEFLY

Local woman sentenced in death of daughter

Local woman sentenced in death of daughter

Newhouse names Outlook woman to Washington Beef Commission

OUTOOK - The newest member of the state's beef commission is from right here in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Grandview plans 7-on-7 passing league

GRANDVIEW - Football players in Grandview will get a chance to hone their skills this summer during the 7-on-7 football passing league.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Toni Castillo

All Toni Castillo wants is a chance to pay it forward, pay back the Sunnyside community for all the opportunities it has given her.

Thursday, June 25

Grandview tightens up fireworks rules for Fourth of July

GRANDVIEW - City of Grandview officials are reminding local residents of the rules, regulations and responsibilities for fireworks in anticipation of July 4th celebrations.

Wednesday, June 24

Mabton City Council OK's clerk/treasurer contract

MABTON - Under encouragement from Mabton City Attorney Phil Lamb last night, the Mabton City Council agreed to offer a contract to Ret Stewart to come in and help fill the city clerk/treasurer position.

OBITUARY

ELEANOR RUTH BIRCHARD

ELEANOR RUTH BIRCHARD

FORUM

Swansen only hope for Sunnyside

Swansen only hope for Sunnyside

'F' as in Frank

The Jesus question

The Jesus question

Teachers given lesson on helping youths make good choices in their lives

What is love? How can a girl know if a guy really likes her? How are men and women different? Why should youths wait to get married before having sex?

Tuesday, June 23

Teamwork credited for Mid-Valley Chrysler's No. 3 ranking on west coast

GRANDVIEW - There is a great need for commercial vehicles in the west coast region. It's a region that covers nine states...Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Hawaii.

Sunnyside begins picking up the pieces

City Council names interim finance director

City Council names interim finance director

OBITUARY

GEORGE WILLIAM SPEERSTRA

GEORGE WILLIAM SPEERSTRA

DEATH NOTICE

HECTOR SOSA

HECTOR SOSA

Monday, June 22

Grand Hoops Fiesta draws a crowd to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A portion of Grandview's West Second Street was turned into a hoops haven this past Saturday for the 16th annual Grand Hoops Fiesta 3-on-3 basketball tourney.

Christian thrift shop re-opens today

It's been a journey involving teens and octogenarians, a free-wheeling mannequin, and more than a few challenges along the way. But supporters say the relocation of Sunnyside Christian Thrift Shop is also one more thing: an answer to prayer.

Child trafficking internship lands S'side native in Egypt, Jordan

Evergreen State College graduate Vanessa Alviso recently spent nearly two months in Egypt and Jordan, where she interned at an agency highlighting the plight of child trafficking.

OBITUARY

HARLAN L. SHINN

HARLAN L. SHINN

Grandview students venture to Europe

GRANDVIEW - A group of Grandview High School students and their chaperones returned from a trip to Europe last Wednesday, and Kara Morris-Phillips, a sophomore this coming fall, said the opportunity to learn about history up close and personal was something she will never forget.

Pioneer picnic celebrates Sunnyside's past

It's been an annual event in Sunnyside since anyone can remember. That tradition is the Pioneer Picnic at Central Park, which was held this past Saturday.

BRIEFLY

Biker perishes in crash

Biker perishes in crash

Car chase shootout ends in two arrests

GRANDVIEW - Just before 8 p.m. this past Saturday authorities from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, Grandview Police Department and other agencies were alerted to a drive-by shooting in the 1600 block of Apricot Road near Grandview.

Friday, June 19

FORUM

Plea to gangs

Plea to gangs

Mabton Planning Commission suggests zoning changes

MABTON - The newly formed Mabton Planning Commission recently suggested some changes to the city's zoning laws that seem to be getting support from the city council.

Local dairy going green with Enviromoss product

OUTLOOK - Besides producing enough power to generate electricity for 600 to 800 homes, cows at the George DeRuyter and Sons Dairy are producing Enviromoss, an alternative to peat moss.

CD REVIEW

'Purple Butterfly' sure to appeal to jazz lovers

'Purple Butterfly' sure to appeal to jazz lovers

Miss Sunnyside candidate Mercedez Cantu

Being a good role model for her little sister is the impetus behind Mercedez Cantu's bid for the Miss Sunnyside crown.

BRIEFLY

Teen charged in connection with shooting

Teen charged in connection with shooting

Prosser Piranhas chew away at Neptunes for dominating 541-259 win

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Neptunes swim team last night lost 541-259 to the visiting Prosser Pirahnas to open the 2009 season.

GUEST COLUMN

Attached to our pets

Attached to our pets

BOOK REVIEW

Book about angels not based in Biblical teachings

Book about angels not based in Biblical teachings

Paper Clips

Weeding life's problems away

Weeding life's problems away

Thursday, June 18

Sunnyside, Stanford grads inspiring others to succeed

They were inspirational as students at Sunnyside High School, and both Lizeth Chiprez and Michael Alanis continue to motivate others in the pursuit of a college education.

School uniform policy in Mabton being discussed

MABTON - Parents in the Mabton School District, primarily those of Mabton High School students, participated last night in a community forum to discuss the idea of imposing a school uniform policy.

Fifteenth District race trimmed to two

WHITE SALMON - John Gotts confirmed this morning his decision to withdraw from the race for the 15th District legislative state house seat.

Wednesday, June 17

Wiersmas celebrate 50-year wedding anniversary

Grandview's Bob and Sharon Wiersma celebrate 50 years of marriage this coming Friday, June 19.

OBITUARY

JAVIER JAIME SANTANA

JAVIER JAIME SANTANA

'Pay it forward' program growing

GRANDVIEW - Little did she know when she opened her Christian thrift shop that within three months she would help 40 to 50 families in need.

Sunnyside Christian grad now member of national music organization

Sunnyside Christian High School class of 2009 graduate Kristen Van Wingerden recently became a member of the National Fraternity of Student Musicians.

City officials laud those who maintain properties

Driving through Sunnyside it's fairly easy to spot old, worn down buildings, sitting on land that hasn't seen a lawnmower since the days of the old Ben Snipes beard growing contests.

FORUM

Coverage by media

Coverage by media

Mabton hiring freeze leaves police force short-handed

MABTON - At a regularly scheduled meeting last week Mabton City Council members unanimously approved a hiring freeze, which coincided with the departure of two of the city's full-time police officers.

DEATH NOTICE

DARRELL DEAN ZIESKE

DARRELL DEAN ZIESKE

Cutting to the Core

Energy prices need to be addressed

Energy prices need to be addressed

Tarpons edge S'side swimmers

TOPPENISH - It was more of a case of quantity over quality in Toppenish edging the Sunnyside Sharks last night, 414-385.

Wolffs to celebrate golden wedding anniversary

Don and Mary Wolff will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary at their daughter's home in Sunnyside on Sunday, June 21.

Tuesday, June 16

Mabton youngsters encouraged to explore their 'creative' sides

MABTON - Eight-year-old Joe Maciel wanted something to do on warm Monday morning and Yakima Valley Libraries had just the thing.

Bickleton plans school makeover

BICKLETON - Bickleton's newly minted graduating class of 2010 will be the last to complete all four years in the current high school building.

New fire truck to be purchased by Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Monday night the Grandview City Council agreed to a joint fire truck purchase between the city and Yakima County Fire District #5.

Academic achievers in Bickleton named

BICKLETON - Three students in Bickleton completed their final quarter of the 2008-09 school year with perfect 4.00 grade point averages. The straight-A students include Jessica Cummings and Tricia McBride at the high school, and junior high student Joshua Cummings.

OBITUARY

MAURICE ALLAN LANGE

MAURICE ALLAN LANGE

BRIEFLY

Sunnyside man pleads guilty to three charges stemming from September 2008 police chase

Sunnyside man pleads guilty to three charges stemming from September 2008 police chase

No fireworks show in Sunnyside this 4th of July

For the first time in more than a decade the sky will be quiet over Sunnyside this July 4, as it appears the city will not have an aerial fireworks display.

Monday, June 15

Sunnyside Christian taps Wapato assistant to coach 8-man football

Sunnyside Christian High School didn't have to look far to find its first-ever 8-man football coach, as last month the school selected Ray Hernandez to take the helm.

DEATH NOTICE

GEORGE PETTY

GEORGE PETTY

Life goes on at city hall with interim city manager at the helm

A little more than a year after he was a candidate for the Sunnyside city manager position, Jim Bridges has received the title on an interim basis.

OBITUARY

GERALDINE RUTH CROSKEY

GERALDINE RUTH CROSKEY

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Real estate agent new Grandview Chamber director

GRANDVIEW - It hasn't yet been a month since the Grandview Chamber of Commerce found itself seeking a new executive director after the short stint served by Gary Avery.

Grandview police name suspects in recent shootings

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police are searching for two suspects they believe to be involved in two separate shooting incidents.

Friday, June 12

School board honors three retirees

At their May meeting, Sunnyside School Board officials recognized three retirees from the district, Lynn Stover, Joanne Vining and Rachel Carrera.

'F' as in Frank

All a Twitter

All a Twitter

CD REVIEW

'Kenya Revisited Live' ideal for sensual ballroom dancing

'Kenya Revisited Live' ideal for sensual ballroom dancing

FORUM

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions

2009-10 Miss Sunnyside candidate Joyanna Bardell

In her quest to find a community service project she deems worthy, perhaps it could be said Joyanna Bardell has stumbled upon a "true calling" of sorts.

DEATH NOTICE

TRINIDAD SUAREZ SR.

TRINIDAD SUAREZ SR.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Let's make a new, new deal

Let's make a new, new deal

Murals replacing graffiti often found on buildings in Sunnyside neighborhoods

Sunnyside's neighborhoods are beginning to see some changes as the community's youth have been banding together, with the assistance of local educators, to decorate buildings and fences with murals.

Thursday, June 11

DEATH NOTICE

HELEN VIRGINIA SABLE

HELEN VIRGINIA SABLE

Bickleton's picnic and rodeo on this weekend

BICKLETON - This year the Alder Creek Pioneer Association will host its 99th annual picnic and rodeo.

BRIEFLY

Teen in stable condition after Grandview shooting

Teen in stable condition after Grandview shooting

Wednesday, June 10

Sotelo appointed to Mabton City Council

MABTON - Longtime Mabton resident Sophie Sotelo was sworn in as the city's newest addition to the city council at last night's regularly scheduled meeting.

'F' as in Frank

The Republic of Sunnyside

The Republic of Sunnyside

Black Rock Creek extends 2009 senior tour points lead

YAKIMA - With Perry Barnhill carding the low round for the squad, and teammate Max Wickham shooting four strokes below his established handicap, Black Rock Creek came away with top honors at last Wednesday's 2009 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour competition. The June 3 tourney was staged at Yakima's Apple Tree Golf Resort.

A star in the making

YAKIMA - Sunnyside's Hannah Bos, 11, recently competed in Yakima's Got Talent, a fundraising event for the The Seasons in Yakima.

FORUM

City Council has a problem

City Council has a problem

OBITUARY

RUBY ZULMA CASTILLEJA SMITH

RUBY ZULMA CASTILLEJA SMITH

Grandview graduates nearly 130 students

GRANDVIEW - Rich Leenhouts Stadium filled with friends and family members congratulating the Grandview High School class of 2009 this past Saturday.

Answers sought in loss of revenue totaling $40,000

MABTON - Tootie De La Fuente of the public works department was grilled at last night's regularly scheduled Mabton City Council meeting as to why a water meter at one of the city's biggest resources for revenue went unfixed for two years.

Tuesday, June 9

OBITUARY

VIOLA MAY BANKS

VIOLA MAY BANKS

Gant quits City Council over city manager firing

Vows to campaign against those who voted to fire Swansen

Vows to campaign against those who voted to fire Swansen

DEATH NOTICE

RUBY ZULMA CASTILLEJA SMITH

RUBY ZULMA CASTILLEJA SMITH

Offerings expand with sale of JRJ

The purchase of JRJ Services back in March has seen the Scoon Road business grow in terms of merchandise to serve the farming community.

Monday, June 8

Sunnyside police take shooting suspects into custody

This past Saturday, shots were exchanged in the area of East North Avenue and North 16th Street in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside grads look forward while honoring the past

Graduation is by its nature a time of transition, and this past Friday night's Sunnyside High School commencement exercises were no exception.

OBITUARY

FAITH MALTOS MASCOLINO

FAITH MALTOS MASCOLINO

Sunnyside Christian graduating class totals 15 seniors

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Church of the Nazarene filled with family and friends congratulating Sunnyside Christian High School's 15 members of the class of 2009 last Friday.

PAID OBITUARY

PEDRO ZUNIGA

PEDRO ZUNIGA

Armed robbers invade Grandview home

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police raced to the 1000 block of West Fourth Street this past Saturday night after fielding an armed robbery home invasion call.

City Council holds Saturday session in wake of city manager termination

The Sunnyside City Council this past Saturday agreed to outsource its legal and some bookkeeping needs to private firms.

Friday, June 5

Sunnyside soldiers making in-roads with Iraqis

BALAD, IRAQ - The streets are bustling with families returning from the date fields, some piled into pickup trucks and sharing the road with the neighborhood cows; all making their way through the village traffic. The sounds of children playing and vehicle horns are heard in all directions. The aroma of cooking lamb mixed with car exhaust filled the early afternoon air.

BOOK REVIEW

'Face of Betrayal' a page turner

'Face of Betrayal' a page turner

FORUM

Professionalism lacking with some council members

Professionalism lacking with some council members

Bomb threat called into high school

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School was shut down for about an hour and a half yesterday, Thursday, after what sounded like a teenage girl called the office and said, "There's a bomb in the high school and it will go off soon."

Port unveils business park name

Golob's Landing honors long-time commissioner

Golob's Landing honors long-time commissioner

Paper Clips

Kids...look both ways when crossing the streets...please

Kids...look both ways when crossing the streets...please

GUEST EDITORIAL

There is no magic answer to our energy problems

There is no magic answer to our energy problems

CD REVIEW

'Next Page' a so-so listen

'Next Page' a so-so listen

Thursday, June 4

City manager firing sparks races for Sunnyside City Council seats

So far two of the four Sunnyside City Council members who voted to fire City Manager Eric Swansen this past Tuesday, resulting in two administrative resignations, will face competition this year.

DEATH NOTICE

JAMES LESLIE BURKE

JAMES LESLIE BURKE

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Beauty (school) is in the eye of the beholder

Albert Medina, Oscar Bustamante, Alvaro Vargas and Adrian Jasso are just typical guys. Some of them sport tattoos, body piercings, enjoy basketball, fishing and hunting, and, of course, partying.

BRIEFLY

City to flush water lines

City to flush water lines

OBITUARY

MAUREEN SCHLIEN

MAUREEN SCHLIEN

Wednesday, June 3

City manager firing results in implosion at city hall

The merry-go-round that is Sunnyside city government took a sharp turn in the past 24 hours, as last night the city council fired City Manager Eric Swansen, who had been on the job for less than a year.

SHS ceremony honors spring athletes

Sunnyside High School staff, coaches, parents and students converged at the auditorium last night, Tuesday, to honor spring sports athletes.

'F' as in Frank

Get in the running for public office.

Get in the running for public office.

DEATH NOTICE

TIMOTHY E. CROFTON JR

TIMOTHY E. CROFTON JR

Tuesday, June 2

Sunnyside extends airport moratorium

A 60-day moratorium on zoning or change of zoning for properties near the Sunnyside Airport has been extended for another two months.

West Nile virus detected near Richland

RICHLAND - West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito sample near the Yakima and Benton County border. Testing at the Oregon State University Laboratory confirmed the WNV virus.

OBITUARY

MARIA L. ALMAGUER

MARIA L. ALMAGUER

BRIEFLY

Sunnyside police ready for National Night Out

Sunnyside police ready for National Night Out

West-sider new Safeway store manager

Matt Fabbri has joined the staff at the Sunnyside Safeway, where he now serves as store manager.

Sunnyside hosts Cal Ripken tournament

Sunnyside hosted its first Cal Ripken baseball tournament this past weekend, as seven teams from around the valley turned out for the event, held at the ballfields at South Hill Park.

DEATH NOTICE

ERNESTINA OVIEDO PEREZ

ERNESTINA OVIEDO PEREZ

Grandview approves funding for new playground

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview has been selected by the NFL Seattle Seahawks organization to receive $25,000 toward a new playground to be built at Country Park. Monday, council approved the use of capital improvement funds to help with the cost of the project.

Race shaping up for Port of Sunnyside seat

After just the first day of candidate filing a race has already been established for the Port of Sunnyside, district 3 seat.

Monday, June 1

SHS students receiving on-the-job training

Every student at Sunnyside High High School is provided the opportunity to learn skills to become productive members of the community, including students with learning disabilities.

DEATH NOTICE

MARIA DE LA LUZ G. PARTIDA

MARIA DE LA LUZ G. PARTIDA

Venema, Maeder win 1B State meet titles

CHENEY - Bickleton's Andrew Venema and Patrick Maeder each won top honors at this past weekend's 1B State track and field meet.

Williams 1A State meet winner in javelin

CHENEY - Mabton's Trishi Williams took top honors in the javelin at the 1A State track and field meet held in Cheney this past weekend.

Christians encouraged to 'blanket Valley in prayer'

Local Christians converged at the Sunnyside High School auditorium yesterday, Sunday, to celebrate Global Day of Prayer.