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Friday, July 29

Three candidates vying for soon to be vacated seat on Sunnyside School Board

With Sunnyside School Board Chair Steve Carpenter retiring at the end of this year, there are three candidates vying for his post on the primary ballot recently sent out to voters.

New therapy pavilion taking shape at Hillcrest Manor

Lower Valley residents recovering from surgeries, strokes, fractures, knee and hip replacements will next year have a state-of-the-art facility for after-care treatment.

2011-12 Miss Sunnyside candidate

Abigail Ramos

Abigail Ramos

Grandview church plans two-week vacation Bible school

GRANDVIEW - The Spanish-language Seventh Day Adventist Church in Grandview will hold a two-week vacation Bible school starting on Monday, Aug. 1.

Location eyed for student health clinic

In activity last night, Thursday, the Sunnyside School Board discussed the former SVID building next to Merit Resources in downtown Sunnyside as a possible location for a grant-funded student health clinic.

Burger wagers will help local girl attend leadership confab in Washington, D.C.

Tonight (Friday) Sunnyside residents will have the opportunity to donate money, while having a bit of fun, to a local youngster wishing to travel to Washington, D.C. for a leadership conference.

Conservation funding available to Sunnyside area farmers

The South Yakima Conservation District has limited cost-share funding available to assist local farmers implement best management practices that address soil and water conservation problems.

Mother of three easing her way back into office duties

When a person leaves a job they usually don't have a lot of good things to say about their employer. That's not the case for Amy Castro, a receptionist at Sunnyside Physical & Sports Therapy.

Walla Walla expands Shakespeare productions

WALLA WALLA - Residents of eastern Washington no longer have to travel to Ashland, Ore. to satisfy their appetite for Shakespearen theater.

Granger movie nights continue next month

GRANGER - With grant funds in hand, the city of Granger is continuing its summer-long movie night program next month.

What's Happening

FRIDAY

FORUM

Next blood drive Aug. 25

Next blood drive Aug. 25

Guest Column

Vaccinations and the ice cream scare

Vaccinations and the ice cream scare

Jennie's Journey

Voyeurism at its best

Voyeurism at its best

OBITUARY

LOUESSA FRANCIS BROWN

LOUESSA FRANCIS BROWN

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Thursday, July 28

Sunnyside police nab four out-of-towners on 'dine and dash' charge

A Sunnyside business in the 900 block of Yakima Valley Highway last night (Wednesday) at approximately 8 p.m. reported four men ordered food, ate the meals and left the establishment without paying for the meals. The server provided police with a vehicle license plate that was later found at another Sunnyside business. Four men were taken into custody on a requested charge of theft third degree. They include Ryan Stacy, 25, of Kelso; Micah Rhodes, 31, of Clatskamie, Ore.; Jordan Wilson, 19, of Longview; and Jacob Swogger, 25, of Kelso.

Why aren't people watching out for one another?

burglary victim wonders...

burglary victim wonders...

Sharks regular season champs

The Sunnyside Sharks capped off an 11-1 season by sinking the visiting Othello Barracudas last night, 628-163.

Piranhas nibble their way past Grandview Neptunes

PROSSER - In all honesty, last night the Prosser Piranhas didn't run roughshod over the Grandview Neptunes the way they have in recent years. The end result was a much closer than expected 446-336 victory for the host Piranhas.

Grandview inks deal with Fruit Smart

GRANDVIEW - In activity during its meeting this week, the Grandview City Council approved an industrial wastewater agreement with food processing company Fruit Smart.

Sunnyside family works to improve local neighborhood

Concerned about the decayed look of the gazebo at Upland Park, Kari Zapata decided to ask the city of Sunnyside if it could do something.

OBITUARY

MELISSA ANNE WRAGGE

MELISSA ANNE WRAGGE

Wednesday, July 27

Grant funds intended to steer youth clear of gang life

YAKIMA - A new program in Yakima County aims to show youths there is life beyond gang activity.

Newspaper stalwart passes on last Saturday

Dick Nafsinger, former president of Eagle Newspapers, Inc., under which the Sunnyside Daily Sun News operates, died this past Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the age of 77 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis.

Grandview looks to give new business starts an EDGE

GRANDVIEW - With a downtown upgrade complete, the city of Grandview's next focus is on getting entrepreneurs to fill storefronts.

Sunnyside girls power Sharks past Prosser Piranhas, 477-277

PROSSER - Traditionally, stealing a win from Prosser when the Piranhas are swimming in their home pool is a task that isn't easily accomplished. Last night, however, thanks to Sunnyside's female contingent, the Sharks made mincemeat of the Piranhas, 477-277.

Grandview picks up first road win of year

NACHES - One need look no further than the relay competitions to determine which was the stronger team in the Naches pool last night.

Gunfire reported in Mabton

In Lower Valley activity since yesterday, Tuesday, the Yakima County Sheriff's office was alerted to shots fired in Mabton in the area of Third and Fourth streets.

Homes on Monson feedlot to be surplused

To remove or sell the two residential dwellings located on the city of Sunnyside's property formerly known as the Monson feedlot, the Sunnyside City Council last Monday night surplused the homes.

Mabton school director resigns

MABTON - Mabton School Board member David Rodriguez submitted his resignation this past Monday, citing his family's move out of the area.

Roosendaal's mark 50 years of marriage

Having spent all of their married lives together in the Sunnyside area, Clarence and Maria Roosendaal recently marked their 50th wedding anniversary.

Guest Column

Congress strikes out while nation crumbles

Congress strikes out while nation crumbles

'F' as in Frank

Pruning the dead branches

Pruning the dead branches

Story Time

Let the sacrificing begin

Let the sacrificing begin

OBITUARY

HERMAN BLUMER

HERMAN BLUMER

Tuesday, July 26

Heavier case load means more lawyers need to be hired for local municipal court

Sunnyside City Council last night approved five resolutions for public defense services.

Mabton schools eye tight budget for 2011-12

MABTON - A nearly 6 percent cut, including the elimination of 10 positions, was approved last night as part of the Mabton School District's budget for 2011-12.

Teen still missing seven months later

Sunnyside's Maria Elena Mojica is still seeking information regarding the whereabouts of her daughter Jessica Mojica Estrada, who turned 14-years-old this past April.

Subcommittee agendas still up in the air

The Sunnyside City Council has been this month debating how agendas for standing subcommittees should be set.

Granger native new Mabton High School principal

MABTON - The Mabton School District didn't have to look far to find its new high school principal, as last night the school board hired Jose Elizondo of Granger.

State's fifth wolf pack confirmed in Stevens County

Washington's fifth gray wolf pack has been confirmed in northeast Stevens County.

Local seniors second in scoring at Desert Aire

MATTAWA - The host Desert Aire team captured top honors at last week's stop on the 2011 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf tour. Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek squad finished second in the team scoring.

Sunnyside teenager sentenced to nearly three years in prison for role in gang shooting

YAKIMA - Miguel Acevedo, 18, of Sunnyside was sentenced yesterday, Monday, in Yakima County Superior Court to 31 months in prison after pleading guilty to three charges stemming from a shooting that took place last year.

Mabton VFW members appointed to state positions

YAKIMA - Members of the Mabton VFW post are active in the community and recently attended the National VFW convention in Yakima.

Apple Valley Dental opens doors in Sunnyside

This past Saturday Lower Valley residents had the opportunity to see what Apple Valley Dental and Orthodontics is all about after watching the building take shape over the course of several months.

DEATH NOTICE

GEORGE BUTLER

GEORGE BUTLER

Monday, July 25

Parkland home razed

Yesterday (Sunday) just after 3 p.m. the Sunnyside Fire Department battled a structure fire in the 100 block of Parkland Drive.

Teen victim of Mabton shooting

MABTON - Ramon Magana, 16, of Mabton was this past Saturday the victim of a shooting in Mabton.

Port of Sunnyside lauds engineer for longevity, work ethic

Recognized not only for his longevity as an employee, but for his efforts to improve its industrial wastewater facility, the Port of Sunnyside honored 15-year employee Bob Farrell during a barbecue this past Friday.

Hospital volunteers needed for gift shop duty

Do you have some free time? Do you like working with people? Are you able to operate a computer-friendly cash machine? Then Sunnyside Community Hospital wants to talk with you.

Twice published Moxee author visits Sunnyside

If you haven't read his books, you don't know what you are missing.

Friday, July 22

Five arrested in connection with stolen vehicle

Five individuals were arrested yesterday afternoon just after 4 p.m. after allegedly stealing a vehicle, say Sunnyside police.

Ambitions of local student lead to prestigious opportunities

To say Jenny Hall of Sunnyside is ambitious about becoming a doctor is almost an understatement.

2011 Miss Sunnyside candidate

Eveth Padilla

Eveth Padilla

Parks commission continues exploring possibility of bringing on paid rec employees

Wednesday night, Sunnyside Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer Byron Olson presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission salary data worksheets for parks and recreation directors across Washington state.

Four Grandview swimmers each nab two victories against visiting Tarpons

GRANDVIEW - The brother and sister tandem of Fabian and Cassandra Ruiz, as well as Grandview teammates Tavian Valenzuela and Dominic Garza each came away with a pair of victories in the individual events against the visiting Toppenish Tarpons last night.

Pure Mayhem/Sports Center perfect 4-0 in play this week

The Lower Valley Men's Softball team Pure Mayhem/Sports Center swept both of its doubleheaders this past Tuesday and Thursday in league action.

Mount Rainier National Park hosting wildlife educational event Aug. 6

MT. RAINIER - A special event, educating visitors to Mount Rainier National Park about wildlife, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park.

It's quite easy to get your happy back

In general I consider myself to be a hard worker. I show up for work every day on time and I make sure everything keeps moving on the job.

M.I.L.K. - it does a body good

Give me an M! Give me an I! Give me an L! Give me a K! What does it spell? Milk!

Words from Washington

Hot summer...high gas prices

Hot summer...high gas prices

'F' as in Frank

Enjoying the fruits of the valley

Enjoying the fruits of the valley

Story Time

Simple pleasures

Simple pleasures

OBITUARY

EUGENE MERZ

EUGENE MERZ

Thursday, July 21

Ho-hum...another clean bill of health for Port of Sunnyside

Each year, the Washington State Auditor's Office combs through the finances of the Port of Sunnyside, which has kept clean records for several years.

Sunnyside supply yard might be empty, but JM Eagle not finished by a long shot

The supply yard that used to hold nearly 11 million pounds of pipe is almost empty. Just a few bundles are left in the yard at JM Eagle in Sunnyside. But despite rumors the plant is shutting down and leaving town, the manufacturing plant will be in Sunnyside for a long time to come, according to JM Eagle officials.

Pharmacy remodel leads June building starts in Sunnyside

Accounting for more than a third of all new building valuation, the makeover of Safeway's pharmacy led the way in building permits city officials issued last month.

Family water fun event tomorrow

Sunnyside's Promise will be hosting a family water fun event tomorrow (Friday).

State axes litter hotline

One of the casualties from recent state budget cuts is a hotline where callers reported litterbugs.

Annual youth water carnival scheduled for Aug. 9

GRANDVIEW - The Youth Water Carnival will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m., at the Grandview swim pool (located in Westside Park).

OBITUARY

SANDRA ANN PINA-BAEZA

SANDRA ANN PINA-BAEZA

FORUM

Allegations marijuana not addictive simply not true

Allegations marijuana not addictive simply not true

Wednesday, July 20

Snack shack keeps Sunnyside swim mom busy

There's nothing like a good swim to work up an appetite.

Mix-up opens up director's seat on Mabton School Board

The Yakima County Auditor's office says Mabton School Board member David Rodriguez faxed in his bid for re-election, but never provided an original signature.

Sunnyside kidnapping suspect's ominibus hearing this September

YAKIMA - Alma Y. Reynoso, 38, was earlier this month charged with first degree kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle accessory in connection with the June 30 kidnapping of a man she allegedly encountered at Sunnyside's Egley's bar.

Yakima Valley's economy weathering national recession

"You can't do economic development alone, you need partnerships to expand business," that was the advice this morning, Wednesday, by Yakima County Development Association CEO David McFadden.

Science on wheels...traveling exhibit stops off in Sunnyside

Sunnyside-area students gained hands-on experience with light and sound waves during a demonstration this past Monday at the community center.

Outlook residents unhappy with availability, quality of water

OUTLOOK - Owning a home is a sense of pride for most families. Having a luscious, green yard to accompany it is a luxury most people can afford. That is if you don't live in Outlook.

Sunnyside swimmers improve record to 8-1

TOPPENISH - One pool record shattered, near misses at setting three other new marks and four photo finishes highlighted last night's Mid-Valley Summer Swim League match-up between the Sunnyside Sharks and Toppenish Tarpons.

Dolphins overpower Grandview, 659-161

SELAH - The Grandview Neptunes seemingly didn't have a chance last night against Selah as the Dolphins swam away with their eighth win on the summer AAU swim season, 659-161.

Town hall meeting slated for July 26

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley will host a third town hall meeting as part of its "Summer of Hope" next Tuesday, July 26.

Mabton class of '01 reunion planned

MABTON - The Mabton High School class of 2001 is planning its 10-year reunion for Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13.

Community garden to open children's space Saturday

A children's garden space will be opened at Heavenly Hills Harvest Farm on South Emerald Road this coming Saturday.

FORUM

Allegations marijuana not addictive simply not true

Allegations marijuana not addictive simply not true

DAILY SUN NEWS EDITORIAL

Here's one good cause that's easy to get behind

Here's one good cause that's easy to get behind

Jennie's Journey

We're too dependent on cell phones

We're too dependent on cell phones

OBITUARY

KATHLEEN MARY FRAZIER

KATHLEEN MARY FRAZIER

DEATH NOTICE

HAROLD R. PETERSEN

HAROLD R. PETERSEN

Tuesday, July 19

Storage building razed

The Sunnyside Fire Department since last Friday has assisted Yakima County Fire District #5 with two fires.

Port mulls purchase of former milk processing plant

The Port of Sunnyside could soon own the property where the Carnation industrial milk processing plant once set, at 111 E. Lincoln Ave.

Sunnyside native in need of liver transplant

Dennis Nostrant graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1971 and eight years later suffered a motorcycle accident that changed his life.

Kendall Farms to offer wine classes

OUTLOOK - In addition to its international bulk wine sales, Outlook-based Kendall Farms is preparing to add wine classes to its repertoire.

OBITUARY

RONALD SCOTT JACK

RONALD SCOTT JACK

DEATH NOTICE

ELIZABETH AGUILAR

ELIZABETH AGUILAR

Monday, July 18

Sunnyside schools, hospital to build new medical clinic

Sunnyside is set to add another medical clinic to serve the community as the Sunnyside School District and Sunnyside Community Hospital recently partnered to receive a $500,000 federal grant.

Exceeding expectations

middle school student selected for prestigious leadership conference in Washington D.C.

middle school student selected for prestigious leadership conference in Washington D.C.

Health fair set for Aug. 20

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

OBITUARY

BERNADINE CLAIRE CAUFIELD

BERNADINE CLAIRE CAUFIELD

Friday, July 15

Local cops targeting speeders now through Aug. 7

Between today, July 15, and Sunday, Aug. 7, law enforcement officers throughout Yakima and Klickitat counties will be part of a statewide effort in search of speeding drivers.

Three-year federal investigation results in arrests, more than $3.4 million in assets subject to forfeiture

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Law Enforcement Against Drugs Task Force (LEAD) and the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington this morning announced the culmination of "Operation Green Jam."

Local homes sought for children in need

Children who have been abused or abandoned desperately need local families to open their homes to them.

2011 Miss Sunnyside candidate

Maria Montoya

Maria Montoya

Sharks avenge earlier loss to Selah

Pinning Selah with its first defeat of the summer, the Sunnyside Sharks avenged a 428-402 loss to the Dolphins sustained in late June. The Sharks, swimming in their own pool last night, got even by claiming a tightly contested 422-410 decision.

Heading up Grandview library a coming home for Jahnke

GRANDVIEW - She grew up in Grandview and graduated from Grandview High School in 1974.

Library grand opening party set for Sept. 17

GRANDVIEW - The community of Grandview will celebrate the opening of its new library Saturday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Book Review

Red-Headed a bit long winded but still an enjoyable read

Red-Headed a bit long winded but still an enjoyable read

Forum

Honor guard hopes to return for 2012 parade

Honor guard hopes to return for 2012 parade

Guest Column

Taxpayers should stop subsidizing Wal-Mart

Taxpayers should stop subsidizing Wal-Mart

Jennie's Journey

Nothing to do around here...surely you jest

Nothing to do around here...surely you jest

OBITUARY

ROBYN KAY KINSEY

ROBYN KAY KINSEY

Thursday, July 14

Hanford's B-Reactor moves closer to becoming national historic park

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The National Park Service this week recommended Hanford's B Reactor be made into a national historic park, following years of work by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to preserve and increase access to the historic reactor and highlight its critical role in America's national security.

Local realtors earn national recognition

Hank Timmermans and Leroy Ganser were both recognized for more than 40 years in the realty business yesterday (Wednesday) at a Lower Valley Realtors luncheon.

Silbury Hill Alpacas...Sunnyside's new farming venture

Alpacas are a curious breed of animal from which luxurious clothing can be created from the shearing of their outer fibers.

Bicycle rodeo set up to teach kids rules of the road

Four-year-old Tabby Raines started pedaling her tricycle down a marked off area. When she heard a whistle, which was supposed to simulate a car horn, she deftly turned her head to check for the unseen vehicle, earning points from the judges.

Sunnyside teen claims seven medals at national event

ANAHEIM - Sunnyside High School student Katie Hutchins claimed four gold medals and three bronze medals during the Dwarf Athletic Association of America National Games held recently in Anaheim, Calif.

Deadline approaches for voter registration

The clock is ticking for voters who want to participate in this year's primary election set for Aug. 16.

Exhibit detecting gravitational waves to be showcased at local community center

A $365 million effort to detect gravitational waves in space is coming to the Sunnyside Community Center next Monday, July 18.

Tri-chamber social open to all merchants

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Chamber of Commerce and Yakima Valley Vintners will host a tri-chamber social on Thursday, July 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

OBITUARY

WANDA ALICE BRADSHAW

WANDA ALICE BRADSHAW

DEATH NOTICE

MELVA MARIE GILBERT

MELVA MARIE GILBERT

Wednesday, July 13

Grandview budget on target...says city treasurer

GRANDVIEW - While state and national lawmakers wrestle with balancing budgets, the city of Grandview is on track for 2011.

Planning commission recommends changes to city's RV ordinances

The Sunnyside Planning Commission last night approved changes to the freeway commercial zoning codes and voted to forward the changes to city council.

Sunnysider completes Idaho ironman event

Kristi Vlieger of Sunnyside did more than complete the first ironman competition she entered.

Sunnyside powers past Neptunes, 591-212

GRANDVIEW - Firmly entrenched as the favorite to win this year's Mid-Valley Summer Swim League championship title, based on their dominating first-place finish at last weekend's nine-team AAU Regional meet in Toppenish, the Sunnyside Sharks made short work of the Grandview Neptunes last night.

Plat approved for new housing

GRANDVIEW - In action last night, Tuesday, the Grandview City Council approved a preliminary plat for a housing development to be known as Bellavita Estates.

SHS grad enjoying summer internship at local newspaper

She's taken pictures of cows, interviewed a local business leader and written stories about international travel.

7-year-old S'side girl entered in state pageant

Nevaeh Elodia Palomarez, 7, of Sunnyside will compete for a Washington state National American Miss title later this summer.

Poor sense of identity not what Go

PROSSER - Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection speaker Anna Tracy knows all about the pitfalls of a negative sense of identity.

Forum

Marijuana use

Marijuana use

Guest Column

Pity the poor rich

Pity the poor rich

Cutting to the Core

Steppin out of the box

Steppin out of the box

OBITUARY

JOYCE ANN KINKADE MCBRIDE

JOYCE ANN KINKADE MCBRIDE

DEATH NOTICE

NICANOR CRUZ INOCENCIO III

NICANOR CRUZ INOCENCIO III

Tuesday, July 12

School resource officers contracts under review

There have been three School Resource Officers (SROs) in the Sunnyside School District for the past three years, but that may change.

Irrigators receive optimistic outlook

The Bureau of Reclamation's Yakima Basin Total Water Supply Available (TWSA) forecast for July indicates a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights, according to Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor.

Sunnyside Rotary swim team best of nine squads at Regionals

TOPPENISH - Securing seven of the 18 individual high-point age division titles, the Sunnyside Sharks walked off with top honors at last weekend's Regional AAU Swim Meet, staged in Toppenish's 50-meter Olympic-sized pool.

Farmers market licensing fees being reviewed by city council

The Sunnyside City Council Monday was asked by Bill Flower to reconsider farmers market licensing fees.

District Governor encourages Noon Rotarians to 'rock the boat'

According to the new Rotary Governor for District 5060, Rotarians are the doers in today's society, the leaders of the community.

Unusual artwork on display in Sunnyside

Turning studio photography on its head, Rick Deko was the featured artist during an opening night reception last Friday at Guerra's Coffee in Sunnyside.

DEATH NOTICE

LEVONNE C. ORR

LEVONNE C. ORR

Monday, July 11

Legend's grant will boost leadership roles at sheriff's office

Sheriff's patrols in the Lower Yakima Valley will now have proper supervision thanks to a grant the Yakima County Sheriff's Office received from Legends Casino in Toppenish.

S'side High senior-to-be showcases science skills

OSWEGO, N.Y. - Sunnyside science students, at both the middle school and high school levels, have long excelled when it comes to displaying their work at various competitions all across the U.S.

First-ever public safety fair in Sunnyside a success

Sunnyside fire, police and EMS officials teamed up this past Saturday for what was called the first-ever combined public safety fair.

Indall, Nozaka card lowest rounds from 132-player field

RICHLAND - Black Rock Creek's Chris Indall and Akira Nozaka turned in the two lowest rounds from a 132-player field to lead the Lower Yakima Valley team to a first-place finish at the seventh stop on the 2011 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

Tennis tourney returns...cancer victims the beneficiaries

A lack of participants last year canceled the Sunnyside Tennis Club's annual tourney on behalf of the American Cancer Association.

FEMA concerned about wildfire season

Wildfire experts and weather specialists have predicted a low-risk, late-starting wildfire season for the Pacific Northwest this summer, but emergency managers caution against complacency.

DEATH NOTICE

MENTHA BLACK

MENTHA BLACK

Friday, July 8

SVID nicked by auditors on controls over financial statements

The good news for the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District is that when it comes to accountability, SVID is perfect. The bad news, however, is that for the first time in 16 years SVID received a finding from the Washington State Auditor's Office in the area of financial statements.

Sunnyside School Board directors go paperless

The Sunnyside School Board has gone totally paperless, using a program called board docs to help save money and time.

WSDA offers free waste pesticide disposal in Prosser

PROSSER - The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is sponsoring free pesticide disposal events this year near Prosser, Seattle, Walla Walla and Spokane.

West Nile virus season prompts 'skeeter' alert

Mosquito season is in full swing throughout the state, and health officials say it's important to take steps to help avoid mosquito bites to reduce the risk of West Nile virus infection.

Miss Sunnyside candidate

Danielle Kranz

Danielle Kranz

Barracudas avenge early season defeat to G'view Neptunes

OTHELLO - Turn about is fair play, right?

Kleinow slams three homers

Pure Mayhem/Sports Center swept Team Impact this past Tuesday in Lower Valley Men's Softball League play, thanks in part to Dave Kleinow.

2011 National Night Out preparations underway

Tuesday, Aug. 2, the Sunnyside Police Department will be coordinating block parties throughout Sunnyside for the city's annual National Night Out celebration.

Ripening disorders topic of monthly grape fieldman's breakfast

Washington State University-Tri Cities Researcher Bhaskar Bondada was on hand yesterday at the monthly grape fieldman's breakfast in Prosser.

Book Review

Lasso this book...because it's a winner

Lasso this book...because it's a winner

Guest Column

History books get gay makeover

History books get gay makeover

Jennie's Journey

Protecting children is all of our job

Protecting children is all of our job

OBITUARY

FRANK W. COOK

FRANK W. COOK

Thursday, July 7

Sunnyside garbage collections may get more costly for local residents

The citizens of Sunnyside will get a chance to speak to the City Council before any decisions are made, but this past Tuesday discussions at a council workshop continued regarding a change in garbage services.

Deal reduces Mexican tariffs on U.S. goods

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. and Mexican governments have reached a deal that will benefit U.S. farmers.

Woman held on alleged kidnapping incident

A Lower Valley woman is being held today for probable cause following an alleged kidnapping attempt.

Be on the alert for daytime burglars in Sunnyside

Sunnyside Police have recently responded to a number of daylight burglaries around the city.

Applications sought for school board

The Sunnyside School District Board of Directors is accepting letters of interest from persons in filling the recently vacated District 5 seat for the remainder of its term, which ends on Nov. 20.

Art camp slated for July 11-13

OUTLOOK - Stand Up For Outlook Readiness to Learn staff and 21st Century will host a Works of Art camp at Outlook Elementary School on Monday, July 11, through Wednesday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Free quitline services end; tobacco users should seek alternatives

The Washington State Department of Health's free Tobacco Quitline services have ended due to state budget cuts.

Local diet counselor takes pride in team effort

Clients of Sunnyside's Diet Center don't just lose weight, but learn to change their lifestyles thanks to Diet Center Counselor Linda Benjert.

OBITUARY

ERNIE LOUIE RIBAIL

ERNIE LOUIE RIBAIL

Wednesday, July 6

Guest Column

An illusory 'peace dividend'

An illusory 'peace dividend'

Bothell man drowns near Grandview on 4th of July

A 59-year-old Bothell man was found dead in a pool in the 200 block of Tuttle Road near Grandview this past Monday at 5:38 p.m.

Yakima on the verge of losing area's mail processing center

Customers of the U.S. Post Office could see earlier drop off times if the area mail processing in Yakima moves to Pasco, but that's about as far as any inconveniences will go, according to a post office official.

In-house city attorney under consideration

The Sunnyside City Council last night began discussions regarding whether it should re-consider hiring an in-house city attorney.

Nearly 50 years later letter from 'Down Under' intended for Sunnyside youth delivered by local postmaster

It started back in March of this year when local mail carrier Connie Farrell went out to deliver a letter to 521 South 8th Street in Sunnyside. When she realized that there was no house at that address, only the parking lot south of the fire department, she took the letter to Postmaster Larry Dekker.

Neptunes prevail big over visiting Barracudas

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Neptunes celebrates many individual wins as they were presented the ribbons this morning (Wednesday).

Broersma shatters four Sunnyside pool records

If justice was to truly be served, a statue bearing the likeness of Marisa Broersma would be erected at the Sunnyside municipal pool.

July weather outlook normal after chilly June

The outlook for July from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

SHS grad completes basic training

Air Force Airman Joseph L. Merry recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Merit director airs concerns about marijuana

Before becoming a drug counselor in 1983 and serving as the executive director of Merit Resources for the past 20 years, Dave Wilson smoked marijuana daily between the ages of 16 and 23.

Forum

Fourth of July observance

Fourth of July observance

'F' as in Frank

A festive Fourth

A festive Fourth

OBITUARY

JOE BUSH

JOE BUSH

DEATH NOTICE

ADAN GONZALEZ

ADAN GONZALEZ

Tuesday, July 5

Mabton teen hurt in rollover on I-82 Monday

18-year-old Banesa Y. Cardenas of Mabton sustained injuries yesterday as the result of a one-vehicle rollover accident on I-82, about one-tenth of a mile east of exit 69, just outside of Sunnyside.

Sunnyside drinking water meets federal standards

The City of Sunnyside has released its 2010 water quality report, which customers will find in their utility billing for June.

4th of July weekend accidents claim lives of Grandview youngsters

GRANDVIEW - A toddler nearly two months shy of her second birthday and a teen, both from Grandview, died during accidents over the Fourth of July weekend.

July 4th about more than freedom and independence, mayor says, it's about American Spirit

Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci was the featured speaker at the annual Fourth of July celebration held at Clem Senn Field yesterday (Monday) and he stressed the fact that the nation's birthday is more than just about freedom or independence, it's about American spirit.

Retired pastor begins counseling ministry

For a decade Karen Helsel preached and counseled the flock at Sunnyside Church of God.

Sunnyside teacher completes Space Academy program

HUNTSVILLE, ALA - Chief Kamiakin Elementary School teacher Jessica Schenck recently completed the Space Academy program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsvile, Ala.

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LEVONNE C. ORR

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Sunnyside schools target need for more bilingual teachers

Some teaching candidates in the Sunnyside School District are about to join the ranks of para-educators in facing a preference for Spanish-language skills.

Grandview couple being investigated for child abuse

GRANDVIEW - A call about domestic violence in the 900 block of West Fourth Street helped Grandview police uncover a case of alleged child abuse.

PBS documentary highlights life on Wavrin family's dairy

MABTON - It was lights, camera, moo! here yesterday as a public television crew filmed activity at Bill Wavrin's Sunny Dene Dairy Farm.

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Taylor Jongsma

Taylor Jongsma

Tarpons too tough for Grandview Neptunes

TOPPENISH - Of the 72 events staged at Toppenish's 50-meter pool last night, the host Tarpons prevailed in 61 of the races.

Shark attack claims Naches swim team

NACHES - Not yielding a single point to Naches in the boys 8&U and girls 10&U age divisions, the Sunnyside Sharks made mincemeat of the Barracudas last night, 575-225.

Sunnyside firefighter takes running to the extreme

Fighting fires and saving lives would be enough adrenaline for most people, but not Sunnyside Firefighter Ryan Savage.

School bell schedule set for 2011-12

Changes are in store for the school start and ending times in the Sunnyside School District.

Vendors needed for fair, rodeo in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Board is still in need of vendors for the annual event to take place Aug. 10-13 this year.

Hanford Reach Interpretive Center construction slated for later this summer

RICHLAND - The Richland Public Facilities District announced this week that the city of Richland has received formal approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enter into a sublease agreement, which will allow for the building of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center on Corps-leased land in Columbia Park West.

Freeman tabbed as winemaker of the year

PROSSER - John Freeman of Waterbrook Winery has been selected as winemaker for the 2011 Legends of Washington Wine celebration on behalf of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.

Sunnyside Police are calling all super heroes for Aug. 3 event

Fly, drive, run or skip to the Sunnyside Police Department's National Night Out wrap-up event to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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Now is not the time to go wobbly

Now is not the time to go wobbly

'F' as in Frank

Playing with fire

Playing with fire

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