Stories for August 2011


Wednesday, August 31

Race forms for Mabton School Board seat

MABTON - During a special election filing period last week two candidates filed for the Mabton School Board Pos. 2 at-large seat currently held by David Rodriguez, who is not seeking re-election.

Grandview community center taking shape

GRANDVIEW - Construction on the Grandview community center commenced earlier this summer.

Groundwater management meeting draws big crowd

A study in contrasts greeted state and local officials yesterday during a public hearing on nitrate pollution in the Lower Valley's groundwater.

Stop driving to win prizes

Statewide, local and regional transportation agencies want to encourage people to try alternate ways to get to work and are willing to provide prizes for hopping on a bike, taking the bus or walking at least four trips by Sept. 18.

Documentary by Sunnyside filmmaker to debut at fundraiser in Yakima

"A Journey of Hope," a 30-minute documentary written and directed by Tom Lathen of Sunnyside, will debut at a fundraising event in Yakima on Sept. 29.

Fair and rodeo foundation chooses caterer for annual dinner/auction

GRANDVIEW - The Foundation for the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo is planning its annual dinner and auction.

One man's junk another's treasure

A rusted old toy tractor, the shell of a motorboat apparently beyond all hope, the scratched and painted headboard of a classic bed frame; where other people see junk John Booth sees the start of a new project.


Performers gain accolades

Performers gain accolades

Words from Washington

Mandating federal government to balance its budget long overdue

Mandating federal government to balance its budget long overdue

'F' as in Frank

F as in forum

F as in forum

Tuesday, August 30

Facebook followers plan social gathering following S'side parade

What began as a fun avenue for those who have lived or do live in Sunnyside to express pride in the community has culminated in the planning of a gathering following Sunnyside's annual Sunshine Days Parade Saturday, Sept. 17.

Sunnyside weighs financial options for 2013

Car tab fees on the table

Car tab fees on the table

Mabton High alum new vice principal

MABTON - Sue (Purdy) Sartain is a Mabton native. Now, she's back in Mabton as the junior/senior high school vice principal.

Interim principal at Artz Fox in Mabton brings wealth of experience

MABTON - Educational Service District 105 usually provides training and development for school districts around the valley, but in the case of Artz Fox Elementary, the ESD helped supply interim principal Ann Allen.

$25,000 in damages estimated from fires in Mabton

MABTON - The Mabton Fire Department yesterday (Monday) announced that Sunday's fire in the 600 block of Fern Street caused by wind resulted in an estimated $25,000 damage.

Cascade Natural Gas offers online services

Following the web trend, to pay bills over the internet, Cascade Natural Gas customers can now access their account online.

Local dialysis center serving growing number of patients

There are three leading causes of kidney (renal) failure. They include diabetes, high blood pressure and polycystic kidneys.

General anesthesia surgical suite caters to young dental patients

General anesthesia for young dental patients requires tender loving care.

New location, familiar faces for Sunnyside eatery

Gutted by fire back in May, Sunnyside's El Conquistador Restaurant has re-opened under a new name and at a new location.




Monday, August 29

Sunnyside man pleads guilty to sexual offense

YAKIMA - Sunnyside resident Alfonso Magallenes Gonzalez, 27, is in jail after pleading guilty last Friday in Yakima County Superior Court to attempted voyeurism.

Sunnyside firefighters extinguish house fire

Early this morning (Monday) Sunnyside firefighters recuperating from fighting a fire in Mabton responded to a house fire alarm in the 1300 block of South 11th Street in Sunnyside.

New teachers' contract in Mabton allows educators option of working shorter days

MABTON - Mabton teachers are seeing the effects of the statewide budget cuts.

Gusting winds create havoc for firemen in Mabton

MABTON - The charred remains of an abandoned home and a garage, as well as charred grass, are all that stand at a location in the 600 block of Fern Street in Mabton.

Familiar face leads Sunnyside volleyball

He may be a first-year varsity head coach for Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball, but Sandy Jaquish is well acquainted with the program.

Hutchins, Bliesner top finishers in annual Banana Belt tournament

The Banana Belt, once the Sunnyside golf course's most prestigious tournament of the year, made major strides in returning to its former days of glory.




Friday, August 26

Local cemetery upkeep needed

I would like to wage a complaint against your local cemetery. I was born in Sunnyside, but no longer reside there. However, I visit family from time to time and when I do I always visit the cemetery to pay my respects to love ones. I have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and an infant son buried there.

What's Happening


Guest Column

Who's in the driver's seat?

Who's in the driver's seat?

Heartfelt thanks to supporters

A heartfelt thank you to the following for making our first Stand Up for Outlook National Night Out a huge success: Chico Rodriguez, the Sunnyside Police Department, the Yakima County sheriff's Department, the Outlook Fire Department, Sunnyside Rescue, Nick Paulakis, Petra Morales (our leader) and Lisa Schmidt.

Story Time

Suck it up

Suck it up

'F' as in Frank

Through the eyes of another

Through the eyes of another

Take the short drive to Toppenish, 'Rapunzel' is worth the trip

TOPPENISH - Historically known throughout the theatrical world, day two performances are always the worst.

California native goes from selling surfboards to shipping packages

It seems another lifetime ago for Sunnyside's Andy Bonzi when he sold surfboards in Modesto, Calif.

Personnel moves OK'd

MABTON - The school board earlier this week approved recommendations to hire Ann Allen as the Elementary Interim Principal, Susan Sartain as the Jr./Sr. High School Vice Principal, Ashley Collins as a para-professional with ASL skills, Amanda Marrs as a para-professional, Liliana Trujillo as a para-professional, Elizabeth Garcia as the girls soccer head coach, Ceveriano Garcia as the girls soccer assistant coach and Chris Cardenas as the assistant JV volleyball coach.

Saturday's march to promote unity and peace

All Sunnyside residents are invited to join in the March for Christ tomorrow (Saturday) at 4 p.m.

Sunnyside's Promise details programs it offered at community center this summer

The city has given Sunnyside's Promise more than $55,000 for operations, as well as for operating the community center this year.

Unique carvings by SHS alum on display now at local museum

Joye Nelson, a 1953 graduate of Sunnyside High School, has been carving caricatures and other interesting figures out of wood since the age of 53.

HMS sixth graders, parents urged to attend orientation

New sixth grade students and their parents are invited to Sixth Grade Parent Orientation at Harrison Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

$86.5 million budget OK'd for Sunnyside schools

Following a budget hearing last night, Thursday, the Sunnyside School Board approved an $86.5 million budget for the 2011-12 school year.

SRO contracts costing schools more

During its regular meeting last night, Thursday, the Sunnyside School Board approved a new contract with the city of Sunnyside for school resource officers.

2011-12 Miss Sunnyside candidate Geordan Skyles

With her feet firmly planted on the ground, digging in and helping the community whenever possible, Geordan Skyles sees the Miss Sunnyside Court as another opportunity to continue helping support those who live and work in Sunnyside.

SHS remodel a work in progress

It may not look like it in places, but the first phase of the Sunnyside High School remodel is set to be completed in time for the start of the 2011-12 school year.

Thursday, August 25







Parade entry forms, grand marshal nominations sought for Sunshine Days

The annual Sunshine Days event is just around the corner. The parade committee is inviting public nominations for grand marshal, and is accepting parade applications for the annual parade, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m.

GriefShare group meetings in Prosser each Saturday

PROSSER - The GriefShare recovery and support group invites Sunnyside-area residents who have experienced a loss by death to attend their meetings.

Nine Lower Valley students make the President's Honor Roll at WSU

PULLMAN - Nine Lower Yakima Valley students have been named to the Washington State University 2011 summer semester President's Honor Roll.

SRO agreement with schools officially inked

An interlocal agreement with the Sunnyside School District was unanimously approved by the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday.

Stormwater tips coming to a billboard near you

YAKIMA - By October nine billboards will dot the Yakima Valley landscape encouraging residents to think twice before dumping pollutants down stormwater drains.

Feedback wanted on the future water needs of the Columbia Basin

OLYMPIA - The future water requirements of the Columbia Basin communities, farms and fish are the focus of a draft report soon to be released from the Washington Department of Ecology's Office of Columbia River.

Electrical fire damages home in Outlook

OUTLOOK - A small electrical fire in an attic crawl space caused about $20,000 worth of damage to a house owned by Sharon Harris Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, August 24





Mob rules

Mob rules




Jennie's Journey

A new school year filled with new adventures is upon us

A new school year filled with new adventures is upon us

Sunnyside students make big gains in math

The Sunnyside School Board last Thursday had an opportunity to review preliminary results from the most recent round of student testing.

Guest Column

Politicians in a panic

Politicians in a panic

Mabton considers solutions to fireworks, other issues

MABTON - There were fireworks at last night's Mabton City Council meeting, or rather, discussion of fireworks.

Grandview resident doesn't return home

GRANDVIEW - Efren Hernandez, 78, of Grandview was scheduled to return home from a trip to Mexico earlier this month. When he didn't arrive as scheduled, on Aug. 5, his family became worried.

Grandview eyes six-month moratorium on marijuana gardens

GRANDVIEW - Effective last month was newly adopted legislation to allow collective gardens.

Drugs, cash, gun seized by Sunnyside cops yesterday

Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) Sunnyside Police Gang Unit Officers T.J. Orth and Johnny Gusby made two drug arrests and confiscated large quantity of drugs as a result of an unrelated felony warrant.

Grandview hits snag with $20 car tab fees, as non-city residents will likely be hit with assessments

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Transportation Benefit District members, which consist of the city council, met last night to approve an internet vehicle/vessel information processing system user agreement.

Tuesday, August 23

New Grandview business turns waste into profit

GRANDVIEW - When Milt Geffen gives tours of the new Milt's Original Gourmet BBQ Pellets facility, his enthusiasm is obvious.

Grandview salon employees move to Sunnyside

When their current employer wanted a career change; they couldn't help but wonder what would become of their jobs. The crew at Carpelli's Salon in Grandview didn't have to wait long; they packed their bags and shears and moved to Sunnyside.

Columbia Point closes in on Black Rock Creek in senior golf tour standings

KENNEWICK - With four competitions remaining in 2011, it's turned into a two-horse race for top honors on the Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

New business in Grandview offers more than meets the eye

GRANDVIEW - When the Starlight Quilters Guild lost their meeting place, RoseMary Waterman saw an opportune moment to turn her garage into her dream.

Port accepts grant

In a special meeting held by the Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night the use of a $200,000 grant from the Department of Ecology was approved.

Council divided on $49,000 police department review

The Sunnyside City Council did not see eye-to-eye last night when a contract for consultant services for a review of the police department was up for approval.

Budget hot topic at Mabton School Board meeting

MABTON - The Mabton School Board discussed just how far to dip into reserve funds last night. Also discussed were spending cuts, although no formal decisions have been made.

Grandview teachers want school district to ante up 1.9 percent pay cut OK'd by state

GRANDVIEW - A group of disappointed teachers in red shirts with tags reading "1.9" showed up at the Grandview School Board meeting last night in a display of solidarity.

Hospice care not just for those with a few days left

We all try to delay the inevitable, but in the case of terminal illnesses, delaying hospice care can result in more pain and grief for patients and their families.

Two injured in collision

A driver and passenger were injured Saturday, Aug. 20, when the man behind the wheel, Fernando Elizalde, 35, of Mabton failed to stop at a stop sign.

Connell community development coordinator new project manager for Sunnyside Port District

Jed Crowther is the new property development and project manager at the Port of Sunnyside.

Solid plans in place to improve students' success in Sunnyside classrooms

Sunnyside school administrators last Thursday night at a school board retreat reviewed leadership plans and goals for the 2011-12 school year.

Health fair a big hit in Sunnyside

On a wonderful hot day for picnicking in the park, how much better is it when the food is free and you can get health care advice, screenings and referrals while you're at it?

West Nile virus found in Mabton pond

MABTON - A mosquito sample collected from a pond in Mabton last Tuesday tested positive for West Nile virus, providing the first sign that the virus is present in Washington state this year.

Deputies assist shooting, kidnapping victims

Yesterday (Sunday) Yakima County Sheriff's deputies were alerted to an alleged kidnapping and a shooting.

Friday, August 19

Puente back on school board

With only one candidate expressing interest in filling the vacancy on the Sunnyside School Board created when Miguel Puente stepped down earlier this year, the school board made a surprise move last night.

Leadership confab in D.C. eye-opening experience for local girl

It's not every day that a student just entering the seventh grade has the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend a leadership conference.

2011-12 Miss Sunnyside candidate

Cheyenne Schultz

Cheyenne Schultz

Half dozen Mabton teens have key roles in WSY's Las Memorias production

MABTON - Mabton students performing in Las Memorias 2011 are showing their hopes for the future through a 45-minute production free to the public.

Over the Hill Senior Theatricals presents 'Bells Are Ringing'

PROSSER - Over the Hill Senior Theatricals will be staging its fall production, "Bells Are Ringing," this coming October at Prosser's Princess Theatre.

'Rapunzel' opens at Heritage Theater

TOPPENISH - A six-night run of the musical "Rapunzel" kicks off next Monday, Aug. 22, at the Yakama Nation Heritage Theater. Performances are slated for 7 p.m. each of the six nights.

Oh my, Okanogan!

Is your life boring? Do you want a thrill? Want to spice up your marriage and maybe even find your early retirement riches? Then what are you waiting for? Run, don't walk to the Okanogan!

Menudo cook-off, car show & volleyball tournament Sept. 4

GRANGER - Granger's annual Menudo Cook-off is set for Sunday, Sept. 4.

Fresh Hop Ale Festival on tap for Oct. 1

YAKIMA - The annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival in Yakima will be Saturday, Oct. 1, this year.


Thanks to local voters

Thanks to local voters

Guest Column

Patching local news together won't work

Patching local news together won't work

Story Time

Lemons or lemonade?

Lemons or lemonade?




Thursday, August 18

Chasing down the bad guys, sniffing out drugs all in a day's work for Sunnyside K-9 team

Sunnyside K-9 Officer Skip Lemmon and Officer Helios were present for Wednesday morning's Sunnyside Kiwanis Club meeting, giving the members of the club a special presentation.

U.S. Cellular to host free smart-phone workshop

U.S. Cellular in Sunnyside reported an 80 percent increase in smart-phone usage over the past year.

Health fair this Saturday at Central Park

A community health fair open to the public will be held this Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Park in Sunnyside.

Lower Valley Relay For Life luminaria ceremony Aug. 27

GRANDVIEW - Saturday, Aug. 27, the Lower Valley Relay For Life Committee will hold a luminaria ceremony at the Grandview High School Stadium.

Wednesday, August 17

Linde, Werkhoven advance to General Election

And then there were two! A three-horse race for the Sunnyside School Board seat being vacated by Steve Carpenter has been whittled down to Sandra Linde and Leroy Werkhoven.

Yakima County Gang Commission making progress

TOPPENISH - "If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and hangs out with other ducks, then it's probably a gang member," said Toppenish Police Detective Jaban Brownell.

Visitor from Japan takes in sights of the Valley

For Momoko Ito, yard sales and rodeos were strange new experiences to enjoy in the United States.

Anniversary coins will help pay for Granger memorial marking 9/11 U.S. tragedy

GRANGER - The City of Granger will be hosting a 9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony at 9 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, across from the Granger Travel Plaza.

Scout snipers more than just sharpshooters

Every Marine is a rifleman, taught how to shoot accurately down range to suppress and destroy the enemy. A Marine scout sniper, however, hunts his enemy, tracking him down and gathering intelligence that can be used to win battles and save lives.

Saturday's health fair intended to transform Sunnyside

You have seen them around town; painting houses, hosting job fairs and soon hosting a health fair. The group is known as "Transformation Sunnyside."

Community theater group seeks support

Over the Hill Theatricals seeks continued community support.


On-line coverage appreciated

On-line coverage appreciated

Guest Column

Endangered Species Act reforms are necessary

Endangered Species Act reforms are necessary

Jennie's Journey

A little cheese with that whine?

A little cheese with that whine?

Tuesday, August 16

Grandview church to host vacation Bible school

GRANDVIEW - Area students will have the chance to visit life as it was when Jesus walked the earth.

Good manners, etiquette focus of clinic held in Sunnyside

Four Sunnyside youngsters spent more than 12 hours last week learning how to properly greet someone, how to write thank you notes and how to take those skills into the real world at an etiquette camp held at Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery.

Port boundary lines may be changed

The Port of Sunnyside Commissioners Monday reviewed two options for re-districting based on the 2010 census.

Monday, August 15

WWII hand grenade discovered by local resident

Last night (Sunday) Sunnyside police were alerted to what was believed to be a World War II hand grenade discovered in the 800 block of East Yakima Valley Highway.

New groundwater management area to be discussed at Aug. 30 meeting in Sunnyside

The Washington Department of Ecology is considering a request by Yakima County to develop a groundwater management program to address elevated levels of nitrate in drinking water from wells in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Housing sparks July's new starts in Sunnyside

Two new homes in the Aho housing development carried Sunnyside to respectable numbers for new building starts during the month of July.

Space camp a memorable adventure for Sierra Vista Middle School student

Earlier this month, Elizabeth "Liz" Garcia, who will be an eighth grade student at Sierra Vista Middle School in Sunnyside, had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Space Academy in Huntsville, Ala.

Sunshine Days Run in the Sun slated for Sept. 17

Sunnyside's first ever 5K Sun Run has been organized by the Miss Sunnyside Committee.

Dodge wins with better horsepower

GRANDVIEW - The headline atop this story isn't a car commercial, it's a fact as Randy Dodge swept to victory in two horse team pull events at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

Touchet cowboy all-around winner in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Cowboys and cowgirls were out in full force for this past Friday and Saturday's Pro-West Rodeo at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

Primary ballot deadline approaches

Washington state's new "vote by mail" system's deadline is coming up.

Grandview motorist involved in fatal accident late Saturday night

TOPPENISH - A Grandview motorist, Blas Cantu, 63, was traveling westbound on SR22 when he hit a pedestrian this past Saturday.




Friday, August 12

SHS construction update...on time and under budget

At first glance you'd never guess that Sunnyside High School, currently in the midst of a more than $30 million upgrade and renovation, could be operational and ready to accommodate more than 1,200 students and a host of staff members in just a few weeks time.

Marijuana growing operation found at Washout Road farm near Sunnyside

A helicopter hovered overhead as the LEAD Task Force, as well as Drug Enforcement Agency agents scoured a corn field yesterday just north of Sunnyside, after spotting a marijuana growing operation.

2011-12 Miss Sunnyside candidate

Jazmine Sanchez

Jazmine Sanchez

Sign-ups ongoing now for SHS fall sports teams

Sunnyside High School athletes should begin preparing now if they want to be eligible to take part in the first practices of the 2011 fall season.

Crimp seventh at sectional qualifier

Sunnyside High School golf coach and educator Keith Crimp earlier this week came up three strokes shy of qualifying to play in the 57th annual USGA Senior Amateur, which will be held Sept. 10-15 at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va.

Most fishing, hunting license fees will increase Sept. 1

Starting Sept. 1, the base cost of most Washington state hunting and fishing licenses will increase.

Community Advisory Council seeks input from Sunnyside residents

During the past year, a committee has been meeting monthly at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Fingerprinting focus of day one at CSI camp in Sunnyside

What do cocoa powder, balloons and packing tape have in common? No, this is not a riddle. These are some tools that were used by participants at the CSI camp in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside teen serves as People to People ambassador

Sunnyside's Alexis Osuna this summer traveled to Europe as an ambassador for People to People.

Book Review

Author promises life gets better with age

Author promises life gets better with age

What's Happening


Guest Column

Guest Column

Guest Column

Jennie's Journey

It's your fair

It's your fair

Thursday, August 11

Four officers cleared for duty

After what has been a long three months of waiting, four Sunnyside police officers placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting of Jose Carlos Campuzano of Grandview on April 30 have been cleared for duty.

Accident update reveals child sustained worst injuries

GRANGER - The Washington State Patrol made a correction to its earlier press memo, stating that it was the passenger in the 1998 Nissan Maxima that sustained the worst injuries in a one-vehicle rollover accident this past Tuesday morning.

Auditors nick Mabton schools

MABTON - A recently published accountability audit conducted by state officials gave the Mabton School District's books a largely clean slate.

Crime analyst hits the ground running

Sunnyside's new crime analyst, Courtney Percival, has been busy at work for just more than two weeks and already has been diligent in her duties.

Fundraising fun underway at fair

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo in Grandview is the place to be this week and the fair and rodeo board is hoping community members will turn out to support the youngsters showing livestock and exhibits there.




Wednesday, August 10

Sunnyside gang unit actively serving arrest warrants here

Since yesterday (Tuesday) six arrest warrants have been served by Sunnyside police.

County commissioners caught in feud between cities of Mabton and Granger

YAKIMA - A conflict between Granger Police Chief Robert Perales and the city of Mabton made its way to the Yakima County Commissioners weekly meeting yesterday, Tuesday.

Grandview EDGE partnering with New Vision

GRANDVIEW - Just a few weeks after its formation, Grandview EDGE (enhancing development in Grandview's economy) took another step forward last night by partnering with New Vision.

City of Mabton short of volunteer firefighters

MABTON - Mabton Fire Chief Luke Cussins last night told the Mabton City Council his volunteer firefighter numbers are dwindling.

Black Rock Creek clinging to senior golf tour points lead

MOSES LAKE - Seeking a fifth consecutive Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour title, Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team is finding the going a bit tougher than the last four years.

Team Impact/El Valle seventh at State tourney

WENATCHEE - Nick Uribe belted nine hits to help Team Impact/El Valle notch three victories at last weekend's State tournament in Wenatchee.

Grandview tunes up car tab fee program

GRANDVIEW - In action last night, Tuesday, the Grandview City Council met as the city's transportation benefit district board to fine tune the program before $20 car tab fees are assessed starting next year.

Auto accident sends woman to Harborview

GRANGER - An early morning automobile accident on Tuesday of this week has left a Sunnyside woman with serious injuries. After being initially treated at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, she was sent to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.

60th wedding anniversary celebrated by Sunnyside couple

This past Saturday, Aug. 6, Jose and Helen Cardenas celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Sunnyside Community Center custodian enjoys time interacting with youth

Some may look at a custodian, thinking they just clean up after everyone else.

Children's garden one of many educational experiences at Heavenly Hills Harvest

Heavenly Hills Harvest, a farm on Sunnyside's South Emerald Road, is an educational center for young and old alike.


Neon light display could draw in visitors

Neon light display could draw in visitors

Guest Column

Are cigars endangered?

Are cigars endangered?

Words from Washington

Getting 80 percent of what you want in politics a good deal

Getting 80 percent of what you want in politics a good deal

'F' as in Fannin

Getting ready for mom's visit has taught us some good lessons

Getting ready for mom's visit has taught us some good lessons

Tuesday, August 9

City closer to agreement on SRO positions

The city of Sunnyside and the Sunnyside School District are closer to inking a deal to have school resource officers in the schools for the 2011-12 school year.

Re-establishing parks and rec department under consideration by Sunnyside City Council

Parks and Recreation Commission members last night presented to the Sunnyside City Council a proposal for a parks and recreation coordinator.

Hospital's chief operations officer believes trust is key to quality service

After approximately two months settling into his new duties at Sunnyside Community Hospital, Dave Olson is feeling confident about the relationships he's developing there.

Sunnyside Community Hospital to join cardiac, stroke program

Sometime in the next couple of months Sunnyside Community Hospital will be among those participating in a state-wide emergency response program for cardiac and stroke patients.

Park fee waivers OK'd

The Sunnyside City Council Monday approved a revision of the ordinance for parks and recreational fees and charges.

Central Washington University names 2010-11 graduates

ELLENSBURG - Central Washington University recently named its graduates for fall 2010 through spring 2011.

Mabton High School agriculture teacher receives national award

LEXINGTON, KEN. -Randi Krieg, agricultural educator at Mabton High School, has been selected for a Teachers Turn the Key Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).

Monday, August 8

New educational experience offered at Heavenly Hills Harvest

To some the Montessori educational experience might not be so new, but there hasn't been such a school in Sunnyside in recent years.

City of Mabton awarded records preservation grant

MABTON - The city of Mabton recently was awarded $6,200 in grant funding for the preservation of its records.

Grandview man wins world horseshoe pitching championship

GRANDVIEW - Clang, clang, clang. One after another horseshoe ringers ring out at the Grandview lawn of Russ Phillips.

CSI Camp this Thursday, Friday at community center

Youngsters are invited to join Sunnyside's Promise and the Sunnyside Police Department at the Sunnyside Community Center on Thursday, Aug. 11, and Friday, Aug. 12, for CSI Camp from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.




Friday, August 5




Bickleton schools weathering economic times plaguing other districts

BICKLETON - Cost-cutting measures combined with steady revenues add up to a small surplus for the Bickleton School District's 2011-12 budget.

SWAT vehicle acquired last year needs some TLC

To make Sunnyside's newest SWAT vehicle road worthy there are a few alterations that must be completed.

2011-12 Miss Sunnyside candidate

Stephanie Romero

Stephanie Romero

Honor roll students named at CWU

ELLENSBURG - Numerous students from the Lower Yakima Valley have been named to the Central Washington University honor roll for the spring 2011 quarter.

Sunnyside church welcomes new pastor

Barely a month on the job, Rev. Pat Beeman is the new pastor at Sunnyside United Methodist Church.

Maryhill Museum of Art hosting festival this weekend

GOLDENDALE - Can you imagine a better place to stroll an arts festival than Maryhill Museum of Art?

Woodland Park Zoo's popular, live Bear Cam returns

SEATTLE - Slow mornings, work desk lunch breaks and afternoons that drag on forever just got 1,350 pounds more exciting.


Block party provided wonderful time

Block party provided wonderful time

Wedam brings vision, insight

We have three candidates running for one of the Sunnyside School Board positions. I would like to explain why Dr. Mike Wedam is the best candidate.

guest Column

Grinding sausage

Grinding sausage

'F' as in Frank

Farewell to Claire

Farewell to Claire

Story Time

Preferential treatment

Preferential treatment




Thursday, August 4

Former Sunnyside schools' assessment director now working at ESD 105

YAKIMA - Beginning Sept. 1, Lori Froese will be working for ESD 105.

EPA proposal won't impact Sunnyside Port wetlands project

An advocacy group for private property rights is concerned a new proposal by the federal Environmental Protection Agency is too far-reaching.

Display area sought for city's neon history

There was an era in downtown Sunnyside when neon lights flashed, calling out to folks looking for everything from dining to prescription drugs.

Motorist escapes serious harm

PASCO - A two-vehicle accident last night on the Hwy. 395 Blue Bridge near Pasco had all the makings for a major tragedy. Luckily, the people who were involved only sustained minor injuries.

Gang fight in Mabton handled by deputies

In Lower Valley activity since yesterday, Wednesday, the Yakima County Sheriff's office was alerted to a fight in Mabton that involved two groups of gang members.

Washington State University names spring graduates

PULLMAN - Washington State University recently named the Lower Valley students who graduated with the 2011 spring class.




Wednesday, August 3

EMS levy renewal set for November ballot

YAKIMA - The stage is set for Yakima County residents to vote on the proposed renewal of an EMS levy.

Fiber optic line cut disrupts 9-1-1, financial operations

Lower Yakima Valley residents weren't able to conduct financial transactions or contact 9-1-1 operators yesterday between 9 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Equine enthusiast urges others to care for their horses

From the haystacks in her barn loft to the figurines in her home, horses are part and parcel of Martha Chism's life.

S'side Rotary golf tourney set for Sept. 23

The Sunnyside Rotary Club's 12th annual golf tournament will be held this year on Friday, Sept. 23. The four-person scramble at Black Rock Creek Golf Course will feature a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Banana Belt golf tourney offers $10,000 in additional prize monies

At one time, the Banana Belt was the Sunnyside golf course's largest and most prestigious tournament of the year, typically drawing more than a hundred golfers to the two-day event.

Triploid trout plentiful for anglers

A 17-mile stretch of the Columbia River between Bridgeport and Brewster, is about to become a hotspot for triploid trout fishing.

Outlook man foils auto theft

In Lower Valley activity since yesterday, Tuesday, the Yakima County Sheriff's office learned that an Outlook-area resident scared away two men who were attempting to steal his vehicle.

Fair vendors still sought in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Even though the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo is only a week away, commercial vendors still have the opportunity to participate in the event.

Bleyhl retiree back in the saddle

After working 29 years for Bleyhl's it's safe to say Russ Krumsick is a career man with the Lower Valley company.

Guest Column

Stop talking about jobs and start creating them

Stop talking about jobs and start creating them

Jennie's Journey

Parental pride

Parental pride




Tuesday, August 2

Return to normal for August temperatures in Sunnyside

After a cooling trend over the past several months, the Sunnyside area is in for near normal temperatures for the month of August.

Sunnyside council reaches consensus on subcommittee meeting agendas

Several questions related to the Sunnyside City Council's standing subcommittees were resolved to a certain degree at last night's council workshop meeting.

Port of Sunnyside close to deal on airport operations

The Sunnyside City Council was last night presented a draft copy of an interlocal agreement drawn up by the city's law firm of Menke Jackson Beyer Ehlis & Harper LLC and the Port of Sunnyside's attorney, Steve Winfree.

Superior team depth gives Selah Dolphins swim league crown

TOPPENISH - Year in and year out, the Selah Dolphins are the team to beat. They don't always come away with top honors, but the Dolphins rarely are not in the hunt for the gold ring.

Interlocal agreemen inked with Grandview

The Sunnyside City Council had no problems approving an interlocal agreement with the city of Grandview this past Monday.

Crowther named port project manager

Jed Crowther, who has served as planner for the city of Connell, will be the Port of Sunnyside's new property development and project manager.

Eating contest nets $483 for local student's leadership conference trip

A friendly competition between Brittan Moore and John Wind last Friday was turned into a fundraiser that will help Sierra Vista Middle School student Maribel Estrada with her travels to Washington D.C. later this week.

Monday, August 1

Unemployed running out of benefits, opportunities

A recent survey of Washington workers who failed to find work before running out of unemployment benefits revealed that many are still out of work.

Second chance for Mabton School Board candidates

MABTON - With two of five school board positions still up for grabs, Mabton residents have a chance to get their names on the November general election ballot.

Volunteer recognized in Mabton

MABTON - Arnulfo Pizano III isn't accustomed to receiving recognition for his accomplishments.