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Wednesday, June 30

Jury renders split decision in Sunnyside murder trial

YAKIMA - A Yakima Superior Court jury yesterday, Tuesday, found Armando Gonzalez guilty in the November 2008 murder of Eric Vargas.

Sunnyside police still seeking suspect from last Saturday's shooting incident

The Sunnyside Police Department has issued a warrant for Joseph Michael Doney, 21, of Sunnyside for his possible role in this past Saturday's shooting incident in the 1300 block of North Avenue.

Ground broken on credit union's newest branch office in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - With white hard hats on and golden-tipped shovels in their hands, Lower Valley Credit Union board members and employees conducted a ground breaking ceremony yesterday (Tuesday) for its newest branch in Grandview.

Help's on the way for tainted wells

ZILLAH - Sandra Simmons hasn't been able to use her own tap water in five years due to a contaminated well.

Black Rock Creek widens points lead

YAKIMA - Another top finish at the most recent stop on the 2010 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour has Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team sitting comfortably atop the leader board.

Sunnyside swimmers swamp Neptunes, 635-170

GRANDVIEW - Claiming first-place finishes in 59 of the 74 events staged last night, the Sunnyside Sharks invaded the Grandview pool and swam off with a dominating 635-170 victory.

Keeping wildfires at bay...one Helitack crew at a time

CLE ELUM - When one thinks of a first responder, the local police, fire and ambulance often spring to mind. But, when a wildfire strikes as a result of lightning, fireworks or other human-caused events in the forest, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has someone else in mind.

Guest Editorial

Welfare that works

Welfare that works

Jennie's Journey

Freedom isn't anything to be taken for granted

Freedom isn't anything to be taken for granted

OBITUARY

FLOY JEAN HANSEN

FLOY JEAN HANSEN

Tuesday, June 29

Sunnyside City Council OK's purchase of new K-9 vehicle

The Sunnyside City Council last night (Monday) approved the purchase of a new K-9 vehicle by a vote of 7-0.

Sunnyside Council updated on Sunnyside's Promise projects

Mark Baysinger, the director of Sunnyside's Promise, gave the Sunnyside City Council an update last night (Monday) on the progress of the group.

Nearly two dozen Harrison students earn perfect grades

A total of 23 students at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the fourth quarter of the 2009-10 academic year.

SHS releases final 2009-10 honor roll

The academic achievers for the second semester of the 2009-10 scholastic year at Sunnyside High School have been named. A total of 26 of the students earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages.

Foreign exchange student encourages others to leave the nest

When Ates Akkor arrives back in his homeland of Turkey in early July he doesn't plan on staying for very long. Akkor has caught the bug.

Hospital announces 4-D technology

The Sunnyside Community Hospital Breast Imaging Center currently offers the only digital mammography services in Yakima County.

OBITUARY

CLARENCE SCHILPEROORT

CLARENCE SCHILPEROORT

DEATH NOTICE

CLIFFORD A. HICKS

CLIFFORD A. HICKS

Monday, June 28

24-year-old Sunnyside man sentenced to more than 19 years in prison

Adrian Ozuna, 24, of Sunnyside last Friday was sentenced to 235 months in jail, stemming from charges waged against him on Sept. 20, 2008.

Grandview cautions residents on fireworks use

GRANDVIEW - The legal sale of fireworks in the city of Grandview begins one week from today, Friday, but city officials are reminding residents of the restrictions associated with them.

Recent high school grads learning leadership skills as community center volunteers

Summer break could be a time of late morning sleep-ins for high school graduates Jerry Orozco and Chris Salinas, but both young men have found a far more productive way to whittle away the long summer hours.

OBITUARY

SAUL FUENTES

SAUL FUENTES

Friday, June 25

Changes ahead for Sunnyside High students, staff

The Sunnyside School Board gave a thumbs up to longer days and a closed campus at Sunnyside High School.

Scout troop hit by thieves

How much lower can local thieves sink? That's what Dr. Gary Martin is wondering.

High school upgrades detailed for school board

An inviting school entrance, more classrooms, administrative offices with a view of the parking lot and a bit of big brother are all part of the remodel planned for Sunnyside High School.

2010 Miss Sunnyside candidate Yunuenn Garcia

Yunuenn Garcia, a soon-to-be junior at Sunnyside High School, wants to make a difference in her community and help inspire other girls in the community to take a step away from the norm and try something different.

Piranhas chew up Grandview Neptunes

PROSSER - Claiming victory in 62 of the 74 races staged last night, the host Prosser Piranhas swallowed up the visiting Grandview Neptunes, 558-234.

Sunnyside Sharks resurface in a big way

The Sunnyside Sharks, who dropped a decision at Selah this past Tuesday, smelled blood in the water last night as they hosted the Naches Barracudas for a swim meet.

Hires, retires approved by school board

The Sunnyside School Board last night, Thursday, approved the hiring of several employees both to staff summer school and for the 2010-11 school year.

Maryhill museum celebrates 70th anniversary

GOLDENDALE - Maryhill Museum of Art, located near Goldendale, is one of the Northwest's best kept secrets. In fact, when it opened 70 years ago, in 1940, TIME Magazine called it the "remotest museum in the world."

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Taking author to task again not good journalism

Taking author to task again not good journalism

'F' as in Frank

Just for kicks

Just for kicks

Guest Column

Allah is not great

Allah is not great

OBITUARY

WADE BRADY KUIKEN

WADE BRADY KUIKEN

Thursday, June 24

OBITUARY

RAYMOND E. BUTLER

RAYMOND E. BUTLER

DEATH NOTICE

CLARENCE SCHILPEROORT

CLARENCE SCHILPEROORT

Checklist helps Sunnyside surgical teams

We've all heard the horror stories of medical procedures gone awry, the wrong limb or organ operated on or a surgical item left inside a patient.

Exchange student shares year-long experience in Austria

Hannah Vlieger of Sunnyside this past Monday shared with the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club about her year of study on a Rotary exchange in Austria.

Flag raising ceremony in honor of Fourth of July planned for Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The red, white and blue will be on full display on Saturday, July 3, for Grandview's 33rd annual flag raising ceremony.

Community support brings new truck to Miss Sunnyside Program

The new Sunnyside float truck may not be brand new, but it is a real gift; a gift to the Miss Sunnyside Program from a devoted, caring community.

Wednesday, June 23

City of Grandview over-spending

GRANDVIEW - The good news is that the city of Grandview expects to save about $60,000 this year by not having a permanent city administrator.

Workplace violence in schools, threatening acts can be minimized

Michael Marro from Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane spoke to Sunnyside teachers this Monday about the very real threat of workplace violence.

Older Dolphins spark Selah's win over Sunnyside

SELAH - Outscoring the visiting Sharks by a 233 to 44 margin in the older age divisions, at 16&U and 18&U, the host Selah Dolphins claimed a 475-347 victory last night.

Black Rock Creek still atop leader board

A first place finish at the most recent stop on the 2010 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour keeps the Black Rock Creek team atop the standings.

Sunnyside church to host summer concert

Neighborhood Church at 385 E. Allen Road in Sunnyside will host five bands in a free concert this coming Friday, June 25.

VOICE YOUR OPINION HERE!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ARE PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY IN THE DAILY SUN NEWS FORUM

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ARE PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY IN THE DAILY SUN NEWS FORUM

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Vote for Mike Everett

Vote for Mike Everett

Guest Column

Despite World Cup mania, soccer too dull for America

Despite World Cup mania, soccer too dull for America

Cutting to the Core

Chalk up another boo-boo

Chalk up another boo-boo

OBITUARY

LEONARD VANDER LUGT

LEONARD VANDER LUGT

DEATH NOTICE

MARY J. GOODHUE

MARY J. GOODHUE

Tuesday, June 22

Firemen granted pay raises via close 4-2 vote by Sunnyside City Council

After deliberating in executive session for 45 minutes last night, the Sunnyside City Council passed a resolution authorizing interim City Manager Jim Bridges to sign a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Firefighters, Local Union No. 3542.

Sunnyside City Council adopts crime-free rental housing ordinance

By a vote of 6-0, last night, the Sunnyside City Council ushered in a new era for landlords as they passed a crime-free rental housing ordinance.

Groundwater contamination meeting set for June 29

ZILLAH - Next Tuesday, June 29, the United States Environmental Protection Agency will present an update on its work to address nitrate contaminated groundwater in the Yakima Valley.

Nearly three dozen earn 4.00 GPA's at local middle school

A total of 34 students earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the fourth quarter of the 2009-10 academic year at Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School.

New restaurant brings a bit of the Bayou to Sunnyside

"We tried to fit as many things as possible in a little space," Chris Booth says of his new restaurant, The Green Olive Café and Espresso in Sunnyside.

OBITUARY

FRANK ANTONIO DURADO

FRANK ANTONIO DURADO

Monday, June 21

Water valve boxes atop Sunnyside's Harrison Hill being replaced

Sunnyside city street crews are busy replacing water valve boxes up on Harrison Hill, mainly on Riverside and Columbia avenues.

Sunnyside man appointed to farmland preservation committee

Sunnyside's Don Young has been appointed to be a member of the Recreation and Conservation Office's Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Farmland Preservation Program Advisory Committee.

Pioneers gather in Sunnyside

In the all the years since the pioneers of Sunnyside have been meeting in Sunnyside for their annual picnic, they have only been rained on once.

Stokes duo Father's Day tourney winners

The father and son team of Dean and David Stokes topped the competition at the annual Parent/Child Invitational staged at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course yesterday.

National Night Out meeting Wednesday

Sunnyside residents interested in hosting block parties during the Aug. 3 National Night Out event are invited to a meeting set for this Wednesday, June 23.

Sunnyside woman receives special gift from sister

As far as sisters go, Carol Carrillo and Cheryl Cummings could not be more different. Never mind the fact that the two women are fraternal twins.

Friday, June 18

Primary Election candidates guest speakers at GOP club meeting

Barely a week after the candidate filing season ended, the Sunnyside Republican Club this morning, Friday, hosted two of the candidates for office.

Port of Grandview hosts ribbon cutting for $2.4 million blueberry plant expansion

GRANDVIEW - Grandview had two reasons to celebrate yesterday (Thursday).

2010 Miss Sunnyside candidate Tania Garcia

Because her grandparents live in Mexico and she doesn't see them often, Sunnyside High School student Tania Garcia feels it is important that elders in the community are recognized for their accomplishments.

Former Sunnyside High School athlete named EWU female scholar athlete of the year

Christina (Linde) Borders was named the Eastern Washington University female scholar-athlete of the year, just one of the accolades she garnered before graduating June 11.

Wild Boyz hand New Era its first loss

Just when it looked like New Era might cruise untouched through the Lower Valley Men's Softball Association's 2010 season, the Wild Boyz handed New Era its first loss.

Sharks open season with win over Toppenish

The Sunnyside Sharks' boys and girls swim teams beat their Toppenish Tarpons counterparts last night by a combined score of 450-342. The Sunnyside boys edged Toppenish 277-136 and the Sunnyside girls won their meet 206-173.

Fuego Lounge, LLC will be Sunnyside's newest sports bar

The building located at 1600 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside has been a pizza joint and a steakhouse. It is now poised to become a sports bar.

Christian Women's guest speaker shares story of finding true treasures

PROSSER - It was having her country home burglarized that made Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection guest speaker Lois Williams of Lacey realize what the real treasures in her life are.

Performing Arts gold medal winner to perform Sunday

MABTON - Benton City native Cale Moon will be the featured guest performer at the monthly Gospel music jamboree hosted by Mabton's Grace Brethren Church.

Video Game Review

Nintendo reaching for the stars...again

Nintendo reaching for the stars...again

Martin's School of Dance prepares for weekend recital

This past week, students at Martin's School of Dance have been diligently practicing their weekend recital at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Beautification efforts lauded

Beautification efforts lauded

'F' as in Frank

Murray, Murray, Murray

Murray, Murray, Murray

Guest Editorial

'Emergency' education bailout a scam

'Emergency' education bailout a scam

OBITUARY

SIMON RODRIGUEZ

SIMON RODRIGUEZ

DEATH NOTICE

KEITH LEE CRANFORD

KEITH LEE CRANFORD

Thursday, June 17

WebQuit seeks smokers looking to quit

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced this week that it is launching a new online study to help people quit smoking. The study, called WebQuit, is enrolling adult smokers nationwide. Participation is free to eligible individuals.

Constitution Party candidate stumps for votes in effort to knock off 'Doc'

PROSSER - Mary Ruth Edwards of Prosser celebrated her candidacy for U.S. Representative in the 4th Congressional District with a campaign kick-off barbecue at E.J. Miller Park in Prosser this past Saturday.

Grandview native throws hat in ring for District Court judgeship

Glen Warren, a native of Grandview, has thrown his hat into the ring and will run for the position of Yakima County District Court judge position two.

Outlook gears up for revitalization

OUTLOOK - They have more community partners than they can shake a stick at, so now's the time for Outlook residents to either step up and become part of the solution or sit back and remain part of the problem.

Lower Valley crops impacted by weather

All over Washington state growers are biting their nails to see how greatly their crops have been impacted by cold, wet and windy weather conditions experienced in the past couple of months.

Two new cadets assigned to State Patrol's S'side division

A total of 21 new Washington State Patrol troopers received their commission and took the oath of office during graduation ceremonies held yesterday, June 16, at the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia.

Rodriguez earns theater award nomination

Seventeen-year-old Lainey Rodriguez of Sunnyside has been singing since she was six years old and last week her hard work was recognized by the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle.

Wednesday, June 16

Summer Institutes return to Sunnyside next week

The Sunnyside High School library will again be the site next week of the Summer Institutes, a week-long series of workshops for educators.

Controlling vegetation during fire season can help

While Washington is expected to experience warmer and drier weather than the past two years, dryness is not the only factor that increases fire danger as lightning outbreaks are also a major concern.

Sunnyside Library bids farewell to branch manager this Thursday

Francisco Garcia-Ortiz has been branch manager at the Sunnyside Library for almost two years, but this past June 7 he began a new job with Yakima Valley Libraries.

Young Eagles again offering free flights to kids

Back for a second consecutive year, the Sunnyside Municipal Airport will again be the site this coming Sunday for the Young Eagles organization to offer free flights to children ages 8 to 17.

Naches emerges with victory in swim season opener

NACHES - The Grandview Neptunes and the Barracudas braved the cold last night in the two summer swim teams' first meet of the season in Naches.

Cowboys converge at Cleveland Park

CLEVELAND - The 100th annual Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo this past weekend drew more than 300 entries from the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA).

Lower Valley senior citizens invited to free picnic June 22

GRANDVIEW - Senior citizens in the Lower Yakima Valley are invited to a free picnic style barbecue and music event next Tuesday, June 22, called Senior Evening in the Park.

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Publishing of names done in poor taste

Publishing of names done in poor taste

Forget Perfect

Volunteer your way to success

Volunteer your way to success

Cutting to the Core

Quality time with the Piper Cub

Quality time with the Piper Cub

OBITUARY

HUGO HECTOR MUNOZ CHAVEZ

HUGO HECTOR MUNOZ CHAVEZ

Tuesday, June 15

Federal drug charges pending against Mabton pair

BILLINGS, MONT. - Two Mabton residents are in federal custody on charges of conspiracy to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute on two Indian reservations in Montana.

Activities underway at community center

The Sunnyside Community Center is now open to the public for the summer.

Grandview council, school board review collaborative efforts

GRANDVIEW - The purpose behind last night's combined school board and city council meeting was easily summed up by Mayor Norm Childress when he said, "We have a great community here."

Crime free housing law moves closer to adoption

Trying to stem the increase in crime in Sunnyside the city council, last night, took steps to adopt an ordinance that would require all owners of residential rental property to obtain a license, which would be issued by the Sunnyside Police Department.

Work moving forward on Bleyhl propane site

Nearly a year after it paid $50,000 for the site, Bleyhl Farm Service is seeing its propane storage site off of Midvale Road take shape.

Fair, rodeo board meetings open to public

GRANDVIEW - The general public is being encouraged to attend Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo board meetings throughout the month of July.

Think tank proposes pro-business legislation

Purchasing health care across state lines, limiting government regulation and a re-evaluation of unemployment benefits and minimum wage are just some of the changes the Washington Policy Center is seeking on behalf of small business.

Compass graduates 51 students

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's Country Park on Thursday, June 3, was filled with family, friends and community members celebrating the graduation of Compass High School's class of 2010.

OBITUARY

JANET BOGERT

JANET BOGERT

Monday, June 14

High speed chase ends with tasering of Wapato man

Last Friday at approximately 8:45 a.m. the Yakima County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Washington State Patrol of a high speed pursuit in which assistance was requested.

Candidate filing list now complete

The final day to file for the 2010 election season in Washington was last Friday.

Housing starts surge in Sunnyside

Fueled by eight new homes, the total valuation of all new building starts permitted in Sunnyside last month topped $1.38 million.

July 4 Firecracker pageant taking sign-ups now

Sunnyside High School senior Joscelyn Martinez is planning ahead for her final year of high school by organizing a Miss Firecracker Pageant during July 4 festivities in Sunnyside.

Friday, June 11

Juveniles arrested in connection with last Tuesday's shooting incident

Three teens are in custody, all facing charges stemming from last Tuesday's shooting incident in the Washington Court area of Sunnyside.

Corrections

The Thursday, June 10, front page story was incorrect when it stated that formal approval by the Sunnyside City Council is required to validate the pay hikes of the mayor, deputy mayor and city councilmen, approved Wednesday by the Sunnyside Council Salary Commission. The city's municipal code stipulates that decisions made by the Commission to raise or lower the salaries of the city council are final. The pay increases or decreases, however, are subject to referendum petition by the people of Sunnyside, in the same manner as a city ordinance upon filing of such petition with the city clerk within 30 days after the filing of the new salary schedule. In the event a valid referendum petition has been filed, the city council salary increase or decrease does not go into effect until approved by a vote of the people.

Taylor being challenged, Tea Party candidate in race for county commission seat

There are two milestones to report for the 2010 election season.

Miss Sunnyside 2010 candidate Jacaranda Garcia

Seeing a need for family-friendly activities, promoting health and fitness for everyone, Jacaranda Garcia developed a desire to seek ways in which she might be able to provide them.

Gutierrez, Perkins combine for eight home runs in New Era twin bill sweep

A new era in Lower Valley men's softball was cemented last night as the New Era team romped to a 17-1, 26-20 sweep over defending champ Sportscenter Lounge/Darigold (SL/D).

Sunnyside police enforcing new text/cell phone law

Yesterday (Thursday) the Sunnyside Police Department began enforcing Washington's newly-revised law restricting the use of wireless devices by motorists.

Sunnyside police continuing auto theft prevention efforts with steering wheel lock offer

Through its partnership with the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority, the Sunnyside Police Department Auto Theft Prevention Team has purchased 100 fully-adjustable steering wheel locks to be given out to citizens of Sunnyside.

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Criminal justice system a joke

Criminal justice system a joke

Guest Column

Complacency, not incumbency, the problem during election season

Complacency, not incumbency, the problem during election season

Jennie's Journey

All of us need a break

All of us need a break

OBITUARY

ALBERT GARZA JR.

ALBERT GARZA JR.

Thursday, June 10

BIRTS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY ;HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY ;HOSPITAL

OBITUARY

MARIA L. CANTU

MARIA L. CANTU

Scam targets friends of former councilman

An e-mail scam is now making its way through Sunnyside involving an alleged note from former Sunnyside Councilwoman Carol Stone.

Two teens injured in yet another drive-by shooting

Two teen males were struck by bullets in a drive-by shooting in the 1700 block of Cascade Way late last night (Wednesday).

Mayor, council salaries likely to be raised

The city of Sunnyside Council Salary Commission last night approved a proposal to raise the salaries of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and City Council members.

Births

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Wednesday, June 9

Mabton City Council gives approval for engineers' study of wastewater plant

MABTON - The Mabton City Council made it official last night, Tuesday, by formalizing an $80,000 contract with the firm of Gray and Osborne to draw up a wastewater facility plan.

Annexation of more than 42 acres near airport moves forward

The Sunnyside Planning Commission last night (Tuesday) decided to forward to the boundary review board plans for annexing more than 42 acres near the Sunnyside Airport.

Gangs, drug and alcohol abuse focus of local meeting this week

The first step any community must take to solve a problem is to understand it.

Sunnyside restores code enforcement position

Starting this month, the city of Sunnyside has a code enforcement officer on its payroll.

No injuries result from reported gunfire incident

The Sunnyside Police Department yesterday at approximately 3:30 p.m. dispatched officers to the area of Washington Court for a report of shots fired.

Inspirational pianist to perform in Sunnyside Saturday

Pianist Mary Grace will be in concert at Sunnyside's Seventh-Day Adventist Church this coming Saturday.

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DSN failed to 'put a face' on those who got pink slips

DSN failed to 'put a face' on those who got pink slips

Words from Washington

We need to preserve our health care choices

We need to preserve our health care choices

'F' as in Frank

Oil, oil everywhere

Oil, oil everywhere

OBITUARY

ROBERT L. PORTER

ROBERT L. PORTER

DEATH NOTICE

GABINO JURADO JR.

GABINO JURADO JR.

Tuesday, June 8

Zillah man hit in drive-by shooting in Sunnyside

Justin Cavasos, 21, of Zillah suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his ankle last night as a result of a drive-by shooting in the area of North 13th Street and North Avenue in Sunnyside.

Candidates begin filing for public office

Candidates for the 2010 election season began filing for office yesterday and Washington State Senator Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) was among those announcing their bid for election.

Dollar Stores prepare to close doors forever

For the next month, shoppers at the Mid-Valley Mall will be able to catch bargains of a lifetime as the Dollar Store prepares to close its doors.

Nine seniors bid farewell to Bickleton High

BICKLETON - Families and friends of Bickleton High School's nine graduates filled the school's gymnasium to celebrate their achievements in a graduation ceremony held this past Saturday afternoon

Memories, friends, dreams reflected upon by Grandview grads

GRANDVIEW - The weather was beautiful and the faces were beaming with joy as the Grandview High School class of 2010 poured into Rich Leenhouts Stadium this past Saturday.

Safety coordinator to head county's gang commission

Randy Town, longtime school safety coordinator for Yakima-based ESD 105, has been selected to coordinate the Yakima County Gang Commission.

Grandview home damaged by fire Sunday

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Fire Department this past Sunday just after 5:30 p.m. rushed to a home in the 500 block of West Fourth Street for a report of a fire.

OBITUARY

Kenneth Wayne Ter Maaten, 66, went to be with his Lord on Friday, June 4, 2010.

Monday, June 7

Sunnyside grads enjoy high school finale

The Sunnyside High School graduating class of 2010 went out in style this past Friday evening, during an evening full of pomp and circumstance, as well as laughter, song and even a rally cheer.

Sunnyside Christian graduates 20 in all

GRANDVIEW - Sunnyside Christian High School class of 2010 valedictorian Tim DeVries summarized his graduating class as unique this past Friday at the school's commencement ceremonies in Grandview.

Mabton graduates 60 seniors

MABTON - The Mabton class of 2010 had a motto that seemed to ring true throughout last Friday night's graduation ceremony.

Soccer sign-ups on tap Tuesday

The Sunnyside Youth Soccer Club will be accepting sign-ups this coming Tuesday, June 8.

October 2008 robber sentenced to more than five years in jail

Eduardo Fajardo Casias, 31, of Delano, Calif. is currently serving 61 months in the Yakima County Jail for a robbery he was convicted of committing Oct. 11, 2008.

Friday, June 4

Local businessman announces bid for county auditor's seat

H&H Furniture owner Mark Peterson announced yesterday, Thursday, that he is a candidate for Yakima County Auditor during this year's election.

Long time business owners recognized at Port's industry appreciation BBQ

Yesterday (Thursday) the Port of Sunnyside hosted its annual industry appreciation barbecue and recognized two long time business men, who have been instrumental in the port's endeavors.

Mabton names academic leaders from its 2010 graduating high school class

MABTON - Mabton School District officials have released the names of the students who make up the top 10 percent, academically speaking, of its 2010 graduating class.

Sunnyside water quality meets federal standards

Wells in use for Sunnyside's drinking water meet quality criteria under federal guidelines.

Alejandra Calderon seeks Miss Sunnyside crown

Sunnyside High School sophomore Alejandra Calderon wants to make a difference in her community and she wants her voice to be heard.

New Era remains undefeated in men's softball play

With a pair of wins this week, the New Era team maintained its perfect start to the Lower Valley Men's Softball Association's 2010 season.

Lower Valley cities earn awards for wastewater systems

Every hour of every day and every night, unseen people are working to protect the health of our waters and the water we drink.

Transportation ideas sought locally

GRANDVIEW - A community forum was hosted by People for People this past Wednesday afternoon, giving community members an opportunity to voice their concerns about transportation needs.

Fun-filled Fourth of July planned in Sunnyside

This coming Fourth of July the Sunnyside Lions Club, Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, HAPO Community Credit Union, Sunnyside Community Hospital and the city of Sunnyside have planned a day filled with fun and activities for everyone.

Alpaca farm hosting open house this Saturday

PROSSER - You've seen them full-fleeced and fabulous, now come see them shorn and shapely!

Guest Column

Fixer-uppers

Fixer-uppers

Jennie's Journey

Local youngsters are indeed benefiting from JC Penney program

Local youngsters are indeed benefiting from JC Penney program

Story Time

There's a reason we put a face to our news stories

There's a reason we put a face to our news stories

Thursday, June 3

More rainfall forecast for June

Preliminary data released from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service in Pendleton, Ore. reveals Sunnyside residents can expect normal temperatures and above average precipitation for the month of June.

Teen burglars get 30 days in jail, community service hours

Two juvenile males believed to be responsible for burglarizing a Sunnyside Avenue home last October were this past Monday sentenced to one year of probation, 30 days in juvenile detention and 40 hours of community service.

New Sunnyside Community Center director dreams big

From the ghetto of Albion, Mich. to Sunnyside's new community center director, the road London Wilson has traveled to reach his current destination has been one filled with grand obstacles navigated with determination, perseverance and guidance from his family and faith.

Baskets hung with care...a gift to downtown Sunnyside

The dream of hanging flower baskets hovering above the Sunnyside downtown streets has come to life.

OBITUARY

FRANKLIN ANDREW SCHILPEROORT

FRANKLIN ANDREW SCHILPEROORT

Wednesday, June 2

Pink slips issued to 17 Sunnyside school employees

At one point the Sunnyside School District feared it might have to let go up to 40 employees due to state budget cuts.

Former principal fills vacant administrative school post

Being forced out of the high school principal's post has turned out to be a good thing for Brian Hart, who was recently hired to be the district's assistant superintendent effective July 1.

Gonzaga professor named new SHS principal

The Sunnyside School District has hired its second high school principal in five years as Dr. Chuck Salina of Gonzaga University accepted the post last week.

Black Rock Creek seniors maintain slim points lead over Pendleton, Ore. golfers

MATTAWA - Black Rock Creek's goal of winning a fourth consecutive Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour title isn't turning out to be a walk in the park.

SHS honors spring athletes

During a ceremony last night, Tuesday, at the Sunnyside High School auditorium, Grizzly scholastic athletes were honored for their contribution to spring sports.

Video surveillance camera catches Safeway store thief

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department has since yesterday (Tuesday) responded to a theft report, as well as a report of a burglary.

Swine barns at Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo grounds to get new signage

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley 4-H Council was awarded money from the Vernon Bos estate approximately eight years ago.

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Dog shooting not warranted

Dog shooting not warranted

Guest Editorial

Enlisting in 'The Battle'

Enlisting in 'The Battle'

Words from Washington

Stop the leak, clean it up, get the facts, fix the failures

Stop the leak, clean it up, get the facts, fix the failures

'F' as in Frank

Dump run

Dump run

OBITUARY

EDWARD LEE KRUMB

EDWARD LEE KRUMB

Tuesday, June 1

Mabton finalizes plans for Community Days Festival

MABTON - After a series of community meetings, the city of Mabton has finalized the schedule for a re-energized Community Days Festival the weekend of Aug. 7-8.

Community rallies to save Mabton hoop courts

MABTON - There's no doubt there is little for youngsters to do after school hours in Mabton.

U.S. Congressman leads Memorial Day salute

Fourth District Representative Doc Hastings was the special guest at Monday's Memorial Day service.

Bickleton's Venema, Molina come up big at 1B State meet

CHENEY - Nic Venema of Bickleton didn't reach his personal best of 12-0 in the pole vault this past Friday at the 1B State track meet in Cheney, but he did well enough to come away with top honors, vaulting 11-0.

Grizzlies snare medal at 3A State meet

TACOMA - The Sunnyside High School track team had an athlete place at State for the first time in nearly a decade during the State 3A track meet held this past weekend at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Lady Knights trophy at 1B State tournament

YAKIMA - With just four trophies up for grabs, the Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights came through in a big way this past weekend.

Baccalaureate for SHS seniors set for this Thursday

Sunnyside High School seniors will receive a spiritual send-off this coming Thursday evening.

Sunnyside freshmen learn science by designing cars and roller coasters

Last Thursday, students in Chayne Ibrahim's freshman classes got the opportunity to learn science in a very creative manner.

Farmers Equipment honored on 75th anniversary

Farmers Equipment Company, which has a location in Sunnyside, was honored by CASE IH recently for 75 years as a dealer.

Mabton FFA hosts awards banquet

MABTON - Late last week the Mabton High School FFA chapter hosted an awards banquet to recognize the accomplishments of its members and the support of the community.

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