Stories for September 2011


Friday, September 30

Home rule measure likely to be more costly to Yakima County residents

An item on this November's general election ballot was the focus of the Sunnyside Republican Club's meeting this morning, Friday.

School-based health center on drawing board here

A collection of health and school specialists from around the state attended a meeting yesterday afternoon at the Sunnyside School District board room to discuss the possibility of adding school-based health centers to the Sunnyside School District.

Sunnyside AAU feels the squeeze with school rental fees rising rapidly

A small dispute was brought up during the public comment portion of Thursday night's Sunnyside School Board meeting when representatives of Sunnyside AAU complained that their fees for using school district buildings had tripled this year.

SHS gives Lions fight before succumbing, 20-7

KENNEWICK - Considering Kennewick has consistently been ranked as one of the Top 10 Class 3A football teams in Washington state this fall, it came as a surprise last night that the Lions had to resort to a bit of razzle-dazzle to gain the upper hand on the visiting Sunnyside Grizzlies.

Chavez scores five goals to rally Mabton past Cle Elum

CLE ELUM - A tight match was blown wide open last night, Thursday, as Marisela Chavez blistered the net for five goals to pace the Lady Viking soccer team to a 6-3 win at Cle Elum.

Cougars give SCHS girls scare

LYLE - They're still undefeated on the season, but the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights didn't keep their unblemished record intact last night without receiving a bit of a scare.

1A Royal City Knights no match for Lady 'Hounds

GRANDVIEW - The 1A Royal Knights soccer team weren't able to keep up with the 2A Grandview girls soccer team last night.

School board not interested in helping to fund Boys and Girls Club

The Sunnyside School Board turned a decidedly cold shoulder to the idea of a Boys and Girls Club at the board meeting Thursday night.

Volunteers enter if you dare to serve drinks or offer a scare

GRANDVIEW - What's the best way to offer a scary good time and put in valuable community service hours all in one night?

What's Happening


Join me in voting for Linde

I work with Sandra Linde in my job at Sunnyside Community Hospital. I know she understands our school system, and how to get things done and solve problems. When I had a school-related problem with one of my children, she was quick to help me find a solution.


Hanging flower baskets brigade deserves thanks

Hanging flower baskets brigade deserves thanks

Guest Column

The Democrats' deadly sin

The Democrats' deadly sin

You get the final say

Today I'm finishing up the last of 14 candidate interviews to preview November general election races in Sunnyside, Mabton and Grandview.




Thursday, September 29

Port commissioners approve partnership with federal agency for wetlands project

At last night's special Port of Sunnyside meeting, the next steps in the Ecosystem Restoration Project were established.

Neon signs still on minds of history buffs here

The group working on preserving and displaying Sunnyside's neon sign heritage met again last night to discuss priorities and plans.

All World War II vets should know about Honor Flights

Veterans who have not had a chance to visit Washington D.C. and see the war memorials dedicated to them should know they can go for free on an Honor Flight.

JV Grizzly gridders improve record to 3-1

WEST VALLEY - Two potential scoring drives were thwarted with key interceptions by Grizzly defenders Nathan Meyer and Marcus Sanchez, which helped the Sunnyside High School JV football team put the clamps down on the West Valley junior varsity squad this past Monday.

Leighty, Nichols, Diener shoot sub-80 rounds at senior golf tour event

PENDLETON, ORE. - A trio from Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course shot identical 7-over-par 79's at the latest stop on the 2011 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

Clean-up in Outlook this Saturday

OUTLOOK - The Stand Up For Outlook group is planning a fall clean-up Saturday, Oct. 1, in Outlook, with dumpsters available at First and B streets from 9 a.m. until noon.

County wraps up installation of in-home water systems

YAKIMA - In action this past Tuesday, Yakima County commissioners accepted as complete an agreement with Culligan, which supplied reverse osmosis equipment to Lower Valley homes with nitrate-tainted water.

Local bank hosting musical group Friday

As part of its Western Days celebration, being held in conjunction with the ongoing Central Washington State Fair in Yakima, Sunnyside's American West Bank will be offering local patrons a bit of free entertainment this coming Friday.

School lunches healthy, satisfying say many students

When adults think of school lunches, they often remember mushy, gray vegetables and not-so-appetizing meats.

Wednesday, September 28




Alert citizen helps police nab burglary suspects

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police yesterday (Tuesday) took four juveniles into custody in connection with the burglary of a home in the 500 block of Broadview Place.

Mabton residents request speed limits

MABTON - A half dozen or so Mabton residents and their children showed at last night's city council study session to ask for help.

Superior Court candidate feels his experience makes him best choice for job

Judge Rob Lawrence-Berrey is up for re-election.

Lions roar past Sunnyside

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team fell in three games last night, Tuesday, at host Kennewick.

Lady 'Hounds notch first win of year

QUINCY - "We finally put everything together," said Grandview Soccer Coach Anne Holden, speaking of her team's shutout of the Quincy Jackrabbits last night.

BHS Lady Pirates win home opener

BICKLETON - With only one win in three regulation matches this season the Lady Pirates were hoping to repeat their earlier victory against Lyle at last night's home opener of the season.

Quick strikes sink Lady Vikings, 2-0

MABTON - With the exception of a seven-minute outburst, the Mabton Lady Viking soccer team held visiting Naches in check last night.


Port officials shouldn't bail out bank on former Carnation site

Port officials shouldn't bail out bank on former Carnation site

Guest Column

What took them so long?

What took them so long?

Off the Record

Parents need to monitor their children's activities

Parents need to monitor their children's activities




Tuesday, September 27

City eyes new phone, networking system for Sunnyside

The phone system used by the city of Sunnyside is outdated and no longer meets the needs of staff.

Headway being made on veterans memorial

Although it may not seem as though there has been much progress at the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza in recent years, that's about to change.

Sunnyside's loss...Mabton's gain

MABTON - One of many partnerships in the Mabton School District looks like it may result in the Washington State Migrant Council moving its corporate office from Sunnyside to Mabton.

Local economy focus of Port commissioner race

Sunnyside's economy and how to improve it is at the core in a race between challenger Brent Cleghorn and Port of Sunnyside, Dist. 2 Commissioner Jeff Matson.

Bonnie Dunbar bronze statue to be erected next spring near Central Park parking lot island

Bill Flower is a member of the bronze statue committee, which has been organizing and fundraising for a statue of Outlook native and NASA Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar.

School-Based Health Center meeting to be held Thursday

The public is invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside School District boardroom (810 E. Custer Ave.) to provide feedback on the proposed School-Based Health Center that the Sunnyside School District was awarded a federal grant to construct.

Unsafe areas targeted for bus routes

MABTON - In action last night, Monday, the Mabton School Board designated three areas as unsafe walking areas.

Lower Valley Business and Community Expo set for this Friday

Several Lower Valley businesses are coming together for the first-ever Lower Valley Business and Community Expo this coming Friday, Sept. 30.

Sunnyside hospital welcomes new doctor

Sunnyside Community Hospital's newest hospitalist is Dr. Jeisa Gomez.

Bleyhl Farm Service receives award

YAKIMA - For the third time, Bleyhl Country Stores have won the prestigious Farm Mart Retailer of the Year Award for overall presentation, exemplary customer service and community involvement.







Monday, September 26

'F' as in Frank

Make this special session indeed special

Make this special session indeed special

Teachers pack away picket signs

GRANDVIEW - The school district and the teachers went back to the bargaining table Friday, Sept. 16.

Political race features two city office holders

It's the only one of the three Sunnyside City Council races that feature two city office holders.

Bickleton girls lose to Trout Lake

TROUT LAKE - The Lady Pirates were blanked by the Trout Lake-Glenwood Mustangs Friday, Sept. 23.

Royal strikes early and often

MABTON - Scoring a quick nine points even before their offense took the field, the Royal Knights stormed into Mabton last Friday night and rode off with a convincing 51-0 win.

Lady Knights reign at Tri-Cities Prep invite

PASCO - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights won all three matches at the Tri-Cities Prep Invite on Saturday, taking first place. The Bickleton Lady Pirates also played at the tournament.

Another late game rally does in Sunnyside Grizzlies

Three-for-three, that's what Sunnyside is the last three games in terms of giving up the lead and allowing its opponent to rally late for a come-from-behind victory.

WSU breakfast meeting cancelled

PROSSER - Washington State Universiry Benton County Extension's monthly grape fieldman's breakfast meeting has been canceled for October. The next meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:15 a.m. at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

SHS grad glad to bring comfort to massage patients

Providing her patients with a better quality of life and improving their overall health is the goal of massage therapist Mollie Pearson of Fodor Chiropractic in Sunnyside.




Friday, September 23

Free tutoring available at Sunnyside Community Center

Sunnyside's Promise will be sponsoring free tutoring for children at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Weather conditions help emergency personnel isolate ammonia leak in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Due to good weather and the location of an ammonia leak last night (Thursday) at Conrad & Adams Fruit in Grandview, neighbors were able to stay put.

Lawmakers called back to Olympia to address budget shortfall

OLYMPIA - Yesterday, Thursday, Gov. Christine Gregoire announced she will call for a 30-day special session of the Legislature beginning Nov. 28 to address the state's budget shortfall.

Bickleton opens doors to new school

BICKLETON - A new school just in time for a new school year is the focus of an open house celebration in Bickleton set for Thursday, Oct. 20.

New city website up and operating

It's been nearly 11 months since the Sunnyside City Council approved the development of a new website for the city and it launched earlier this week.

Klickitat pushes Lady Knights to five-game match

The Klickitat Vandals, in the 1B league opener for both clubs Thursday evening, nearly dealt the Sunnyside Christian volleyball team its first loss of the season.

GHS overpowers Wolves

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team played all 13 of its varsity players enroute to 3-0 romp over visiting Wapato last night. The match wrapped Grandview's non-league section of its schedule.

Bickleton's Clinton 12th in 86-runner field

PROSSER - Bickleton High School junior Peter Clinton earned a 12th place finish in an 86-runner cross-country race staged yesterday on the 5,000-meter Art Fiker Stadium course in Prosser.

Lady Vikes rally past Royal City in OT

MABTON - The Lady Viking soccer team overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat visiting Royal 3-2 in overtime last night, Thursday.

Local LDS members to participate in day of service

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be spending Saturday morning helping local families.

What's Happening



We can afford police that the city needs

We can afford police that the city needs

Guest Column

All the world's a stage

All the world's a stage

'F' as on Frank

Make this special session indeed special

Make this special session indeed special




Thursday, September 22

Pride & Joy Dairy raw milk products back on the market

GRANGER - Pride & Joy Dairy in Granger has been cleared by the WSDA to sell its raw milk products.

Man suffers wound to leg in yesterday's shooting

The Sunnyside Police Department is looking for information from citizens who may know something about yesterday morning's shooting in the 300 block of North 10th Street.

Linde, Werkhoven seeking soon to be vacated school board seat

One is a community volunteer and retired school administrator and the other has nearly three decades as a parent and volunteer in the Sunnyside School District.

Space junk most likely headed back to Earth tomorrow

Is it a bird or is it a plane?




Francisco Maltos Gonzalez


Wednesday, September 21

Mabton Vikings notch first win of season

MATTAWA - The Mabton volleyball team last night had much to celebrate after winning its first match of the season, defeating Wahluke 3-0.

Headstart for 2012 water supply

With water storage at 194 percent of average for this time of year, things are looking up for Yakima Valley irrigators in 2012.

Volunteers kick-off Lower Valley United Way fundraising effort for 2011-12

When he started as a volunteer with United Way, it was in cooperation with his employer. Now, Sunnyside's Loran Hancock has been a volunteer with United Way in the Yakima Valley for nearly 28 years.

Sunnyside's middle school math scores rise dramatically

The math test scores of Sunnyside sixth and seventh graders have dramatically improved over the last two years, and middle school math coaches Josh Schlegel and Angel Carrizales are happy to explain why.

Sunnyside shooting under investigation

Sunnyside police this morning (Wednesday) investigated a shooting at North Avenue and North 10th Street.

Sunnyside loses a heartbreaker to Bulldogs

PASCO - The final tally might reflect a 3-0 loss for the Lady Grizzly volleyball team last night, but it doesn't show just how close the Sunnyside team came to getting its first win of the season.

Williams scores all of Mabton's goals in 4-0 shutout of Timberwolves

GOLDENDALE - Micki Williams scored a hat trick plus one in leading the Mabton Lady Viking soccer team past host Goldendale 4-0 last night.

Sunnyside girls unable to put Bulldogs on leash

Last night's match against Pasco went much better for the Lady Grizzly soccer team than the past two games, in which they were blanked by identical 10-0 scores.

Local seamstress, sorority's efforts help African school girls dress for success

Nearly 30 African school girls will receive hand-made dresses from one local woman, Lucille Rohman.

Sunfair queen from Sunnyside

YAKIMA - This Saturday, Sept. 24, is the 50th annual Sunfair Parade in Yakima.


Cemetery should take better care of its grounds

Cemetery should take better care of its grounds

Guest Column

Recently, Pat Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, told his '700 Club' viewers that divorcing a wife with Alzheimer's disease is justifiable. His statement came in response to a viewer's question, and one would hope that it constituted a shoot-from-the-hip response that Robertson now knows was badly misfired.

Jennie's Journey

Young ladies gave pageant pizzazz!

Young ladies gave pageant pizzazz!




Tuesday, September 20

Granger facing major audit woes

GRANGER - Credit cards issued without Granger City Council approval, totaling about $400,000 in charges, are just part of far-reaching audit findings the state issued against the city.

New jobs, more energy result of new high-voltage power line to be installed

The Bonneville Power Administration will install a new high-voltage power line that is expected to provide up to 100 new construction-related jobs.

Sunnyside police officers ruled justified in April 30 shooting death of Jose Campuzano

Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty yesterday (Monday) released the findings of an investigation into the April 30 Sunnyside police officer-involved shooting of Jose Carlos Campuzano.

Sex offender moves to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - John Robert Brandom recently notified the Yakima County Sherriff's office of his new residence in Grandview.

Godinez just one off bonus money

If it hadn't been for Nathan Godinez of Sunnyside choosing Arizona State over Illinois, he would have had a perfect score in last week's Football Forecast contest. Saying that, Godinez still came away with the $50 first place prize money.

Lady Knights remain unbeaten with non-league win against Zillah

ZILLAH - The 1B Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights varsity swept the 1A Zillah JV team last night at Zillah.

A look inside the taco-makers daily grind

The day begins before the sun rises and it ends well after the sun sets; but it's all in a day's work for Pepe Navarro and Ernesto Talamanpes.

Firefighter Tony Castillo and Dottie Sue give fourth graders fire safety tips

What do firefighters and fourth graders have in common?







Monday, September 19

Sunnyside City Council race focuses on public safety

Sunnyside City Councilman Paul Garcia and challenger Jason Raines agree that public safety is a key for the city.

Sen. Jim Honeyford wins 'Open Government' award

OLYMPIA - The Washington Coalition for Open Government presented Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) with its Key Award last Thursday for his efforts to improve legislative transparency this past session.

Abigail Ramos crowned 2011-12 Miss Sunnyside

This past Saturday the community showed up in force for the 2011-12 Miss Sunnyside Pageant, and Abigail Ramos was the star of the night.

Grandview ekes out third tie of young season

WAPATO - Grandview's non-league match-up with Wapato this past Saturday ended in a 1-1 tie.

Lady Grizzlies blanked by Southridge, 10-0

It was another frustrating 10-0 loss for the Lady Grizzly soccer team this past Saturday against Southridge.

Sloan, Weaver capture Sun Run's top honors

A new attraction during Sunshine Days, the 5K Sun Run, attracted 30 runners this past Saturday morning.

Knights crush Mansfield, 58-44

The Sunnyside Christian High School Knights grabbed their first eight-man football victory of the season this past Friday, 58-44 over visiting Mansfield.

Sunshine Days poker run a big hit for classic car owners

Twenty classic cars with their proud owners and an assortment of passengers drove around town enjoying the second annual Sunshine Days Poker Run this past Friday evening, taking in the perfect weather while trying to get a good poker hand.




Friday, September 16

The scoop on poop at the high school

Rumors are floating around of some disgusting problems in a new building at the high school, but those rumors seem to be exaggerations of a real issue that has already been solved.

New home start tops August construction activity

More than two-thirds of the valuation for new construction in Sunnyside last month came from one project: a two-story home in the Aho Construction development off of Sunnyside-Mabton Highway.

SHS boys win 4-of-7 match-ups on Eastmont High School course

EAST WENATCHEE - Sunnyside High School's senior contingent powered the Grizzly boys cross-country team at the Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A League opener yesterday afternoon.

GHS winners

TOPPENISH - For the second time in three days the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team ralled from behind to win a road match.

Southridge deals SHS heartbreaker

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Grizzly football team suffered a second consecutive heartbreaking loss, this one to the Southridge Suns at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick.

Davis 10-zip winners over SHS Lady Grizzlies

"It was a nightmare come true," said Sunnyside girls soccer Coach Sylvia Villagrana, referring to last night's home non-league match against Davis.

Irrigation water turn- off in mid-October

Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District will turn off irrigation water to the Sunnyside Canal on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Volunteers sought to carry Fallen Heroes banners

To honor soldiers who have died in the war on terror, Fallen Heroes Banners will be displayed during the Sunshine Days Parade set for tomorrow, Saturday, at 10 a.m.

CPR classes scheduled for Oct. 22, Nov. 19

The Sunnyside Fire Department is seeking students for its CPR training classes scheduled for Saturdays, Oct. 22 and Nov. 19.

Christian club speaker finds contentment through faith

PROSSER - Jerilyn Jackson, who resides in Longview, has always known she was different.

Polly want a, this parrot wants a home

His first word was "hello." Now, Max is nearly six years old.

Book Review

Wet winter in store...says almanac

Wet winter in store...says almanac

Nouvella Club Style Show

While Fashion Week in New York wrapped up yesterday, Sunnyside had its own fashion show presented by the Nouvella Club.

Melodramatic fun at Sun Terrace

Staff at Sun Terrace Assisted Living aren't afraid to let their goofy sides show, and proved it with a campy melodrama produced for the residents yesterday.

Guest Editorial

Help with downtown flower baskets, banners very much appreciated

Help with downtown flower baskets, banners very much appreciated

Jennie's Journey

Obama's jobs plan makes little sense

Obama's jobs plan makes little sense

Chit Chat

Summer nears the end and I couldn't be happier

Summer nears the end and I couldn't be happier

Thursday, September 15

City installs an old faithful flushing system

In the economic downturn, the city of Sunnyside set a plan in motion to save the city money; its name, Hydro Guard.

Energizing meeting jump starts downtown Sunnyside revitalization plans

A large and enthusiastic crowd showed up for the Sunnyside Downtown Revitalization meeting last night.

Health care field a passion for local hospice center tech

The health care profession has been a passion for Carmen Alvarez, who serves patients at Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.

Alpacas bring agritourism to the valley

When they arrived in the Yakima Valley three and a half years ago, Danise and Bob Cathel never had owned a farm, and certainly didn't plan on raising alpacas. Now they are in the agritourism business, not only raising alpacas, but sharing them with tourists and locals through their Sunnyside area farm, Silbury Hill Alpacas.




Wednesday, September 14

Legislative changes in the works locally

OLYMPIA - In the process of redrawing legislative boundaries, state officials may also be changing Yakima Valley's political landscape.

New business captures attention of local Rotarians

Ella Jane Photography announced the opening of its business at Wednesday morning's Rotary club meeting.

Wastewater treatment upgrades needed soon

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council yesterday went on a tour of the city's wastewater treatment plant, the largest in the region.

Lady Knights scrap from behind for victory

PASCO - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights went up against home team Tri-Cities Prep last night and won in four.

Chavez rips the net for four goals in Mabton's victory over Granger Spartans

GRANGER - Maricela Chavez scored early and often, tallying four goals to pace the Mabton Lady Viking soccer team to a 5-0 victory at Granger.


Pathway great asset for this area

Pathway great asset for this area


Cheering for death

Cheering for death

'F' as in Frank

Let's hear it for Granger

Let's hear it for Granger




Tuesday, September 13

RV park ordinance, zoning tabled

The Sunnyside City Council last night scheduled a hearing for an RV park ordinance and zoning consideration.

Teachers, school district still at odds with salaries

GRANDVIEW - Parents, teachers and classified employees of the Grandview School District made up nearly 70 people who showed at last night's school board meeting.

Grandview Library open for business

GRANDVIEW - Library patrons and community members gathered for the grand opening of the Grandview Library yesterday.

Bickleton varsity defeats Grandview JV

GRANDVIEW - The Bickleton varsity volleyball team defeated Grandview's JV last night, 2-1.

JV Grizzlies force Pirates to walk the plank

Sunnyside High School's JV football team improved to 2-0 on the young season by blistering the Davis Pirates junior varsity squad with a 38-6 whipping yesterday afternoon.

Contest provides funds for winning schools

U.S. Cellular's annual Calling All Communities Campaign invites people to vote online for their favorite schools. The school with the most votes will win $150,000 to be used in any way the school sees fit, and the next 17 schools will receive $50,000 each.

Flag flown in Afghanistan gifted to Sunnyside

A Sunnyside native, Army First Sgt. Francisco J. Gomez Jr., gifted to the city of Sunnyside a flag that was flown in Afghanistan.

Railroad tracks to be removed

The city of Sunnyside street department will be working with Columbia Basin Railroad to remove railroad tracks and repaving North First Street beginning next Monday, Sept. 19.

Mercado de Grandview grand opening events start Wednesday

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Market Place underwent new ownership June 1, 2011.

Nearly 30 teams turn out for grape stomp

GRANDVIEW - More than a ton of grapes donated by local grape growers were stomped and pounded this past Saturday during the annual Great Grandview Grapestomp.




Monday, September 12

Grandview teachers say no to district's contract offer

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Education Association and the school district are still unresolved in the collective bargaining agreements. The teachers association took action Wednesday and Thursday last week by 'working to contract', meaning the educators put in just the 7.5 hour days that are required.

Granger dedicates 9/11 memorial

GRANGER - The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were personal for Brooklyn native Nick Paulakis, and yesterday Sunnyside's deputy mayor praised the city of Granger for its new site dedicated to remembering.

Sunnyside, Grandview compete at SunDome Tournament

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team showed progress, and Grandview's Lady Greyhounds were seventh out of 32 teams during the Sun Dome Tournament held this past Saturday.

Seniors pace SHS at Ellensburg run

ELLENSBURG - Juan Reynoso and Nathan Gonzalez, both seniors, powered the Sunnyside High School boys cross-country team to a fourth-place finish at the Ellensburg Invitational this past Saturday.

Lady Knights shine at invite

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights put in a good showing at the Columbia-Burbank invite last Saturday, finishing 3-2 and losing in the semi-final match.

4A Pirates score late to steal win from SHS

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Grizzlies couldn't have scripted a better game plan to knock off the high flying Davis Pirates.

Artist shows love of life at exhibit in Sunnyside

When her "Tree of Life" piece was shown in a Seattle art exhibit, it was just the beginning.





Sharon Page died on Sept. 7, 2011. She was born on July 15, 1941 to Ernest and Nellie (Worster) Page.

Friday, September 9

Downtown revitalization one step closer to getting off drawing board

The hustle and bustle of many of America's downtown hubs, especially in small, rural type communities, has been vanquished by box stores such as Wal-Mart and the likes.

State to clean up three petroleum contaminated sites in city of Sunnyside

Sunnyside is one of eight municipalities in eastern Washington with contaminated areas that the state will clean up over the next two years.

Committee seeks help for pathway expansion

The Lower Valley Pathway would not be in existence if not for the support of community members.

Volunteers seek help preserving Sunnyside's neon heritage

Participants in a meeting last night came to the conclusion that decisive action is needed to save and display the neon signs that are a part of Sunnyside's heritage.

Sunnyside marks 9/11 anniversary

City and county fire and law enforcement officials, as well as local veterans, were honored this morning, Friday, as Sunnyside marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

2011-12 Miss Sunnyside candidate Janeth Vasquez

Janeth Vasquez

Janeth Vasquez

SHS girls competitive

RICHLAND - "It was the best three games I've seen us play without a win," said Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball coach Sandy Jaquish. "We played three solid games."

Williams strikes twice to lead shorthanded Lady Vikes

MABTON - Micki Williams scored two goals to pace the Mabton Lady Viking soccer team to a 2-1 victory last night over visiting Wahluke.

Chase follows God's plan to Trinity Church

When you meet the Lord, He wants you to do something with your life, says Pastor Louis Chase.

GEMS kick-off a success in Sunnyside

Melanie Smeenk says as a past GEMS counselor, she took more away from the program than those she helped.

Church concert to feature McEntire sister

TOPPENISH - Perhaps not as well known as her sister or mother, yet an accomplished vocalist in her own right, Susie McEntire will be the featured performer at a special concert in Toppenish on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Proceeds from Sunshine Days firemen's breakfast will be used to purchase new thermal imaging camera

There comes a time when equipment becomes outdated and needs to be replaced.


Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

What's Happening



School supplies appreciated

School supplies appreciated

Guest Column

They look for towers

They look for towers

'F' as in Frank

Clean-up time is now

Clean-up time is now




Thursday, September 8

Sunnyside, Grandview receive business friendly designation

Sunnyside and Grandview are two of four cities in Yakima County that recently received the Entrepreneurial Friendly Cities designation by New Vision.

Port officials explore options for old milk plant

The Port of Sunnyside met last night after a day of discussion about the fate of the old Carnation plant on the corner of First and Lincoln.

Habitat for Humanity begins renovation on new Sunnyside Re-Store

The Re-Store with Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity began as a garage sale in the early 1990's, according to the organization's executive director, Steve Luten.

City of Granger 9/11 memorial to be dedicated Sunday, Sept. 11

GRANGER - The city of Granger will hold a 9/11 memorial dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. this Sunday, Sept.11, next to the Granger Travel Plaza, at the intersection of Bailey Avenue and Hwy. 223.

Heat is on at crosswalks

At first glance it might appear Sunnyside street crews are watching crosswalk paint dry, when in fact they are applying tape.

Stamp to honor slugger Ted Williams

In the third of its four-part stamp series titled "Major League Baseball Heroes," the U.S. Postal Service will honor Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams.

Wednesday, September 7

State declines Sunnyside's loan request

Concerns about the city of Sunnyside's finances have caused the state treasurer's office to not grant a loan requested by the city.

Gang-related incidents result in six arrests

This past weekend Sunnyside police arrested six individuals connected with what is believed to be gang-related incidents reported by citizens.

Math, science test scores rise in Mabton

MABTON - In test scores recently released by Washington state, students in the Mabton School District made progress in math and science.

More landlords on board with crime-free housing law

It's been approximately 15 months since the crime-free rental housing ordinance in Sunnyside was approved by the Sunnyside City Council.

Sunnyside Council broached with another police expenditure

The possible purchase of the Choices/Bridges building and whether or not alarm services should continue to be provided by the city were among the topics discussed at last night's Sunnyside City Council workshop meeting.

Nozaka low net scorer at senior golf tour event

MOSES LAKE - Grandview's Akira Nozaka turned in the lowest net round of the day (actual score minus handicap) at last week's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour event, staged at the Moses Lake Golf & Country Club.

Sunnyside throws a scare into Eastmon

EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team turned a new page as it started a new season last night, throwing a scare into host Eastmont before falling 3-1.

JV Grizzlies blank Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - Although the schools are not in the same league, there's nothing like watching a game between Sunnyside and Grandview.

Christian girls open with sweep

Playing at home last night, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team opened the 2011 fall season with a 3-0 sweep of the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars.

SHS class of 1966 plans 45-year reunion for this week

This coming Friday and Saturday evenings the Sunnyside High School class of 1966 will be holding its 45-year reunion.

'Meet & greet' at local school this Thursday

A "Meet & Greet" open house will be held at Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School this coming Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bickleton graduate receives $7,500 WSU scholarship

PULLMAN - Bickleton High School graduate Jessica Cummings was awarded a renewal of the $7,500 John Caunt Honors College Scholarship from Washington State University Honors College. To receive this award, students must demonstrate financial need, be involved in extracurricular activities and pursue a curriculum with depth and breadth.

Noteworthy art exhibit goes on display Friday at Sunnyside coffee house

Guerra's Coffee Company and Jose Tapia will present "The Tree of Life, Expanding," an art exhibit with works by Jillian "Jill" Ross this coming Friday, Sept. 9.

Guest Column

Anti-bullying bullies?

Anti-bullying bullies?

Jennie's Journey

A history lesson on Labor Day

A history lesson on Labor Day




Tuesday, September 6

SVID inks irrigation work contract

With uncertainty about stimulus funding this fall, the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District board of directors took a flexible approach last Friday in approving contracts for work in the Grandview area.

Sunnyside resident wins third place honors at menudo cook-off

GRANGER - At this year's menudo cook-off two men and a woman took home the prizes.

The day that changed America forever...Sunnyside's 9/11 observance slated for this coming Friday

September 11, 2001; it was a day like any other day. Then people watched as arguably the most devastating event took place on U.S. soil.

Starting new at Sun Valley Elementary School

Imagine 500 people all coming to the same place for the first time to experience something that, for most of them, is completely new. Now imagine that all 500 are only 5 years old.

Lady Grizzlies, 'Hounds tie non-league match, 2-2

The 3A Sunnyside girls soccer team this past Saturday hosted the 2A Grandview squad in a non-league match-up.

Kings Way too much for short-handed Knights

LYLE - The Sunnyside Christian High School eight-man football team kicked off the 2011 season this past Friday at Lyle against Kings Way Christian of Vancouver.

Grizzlies growl...51-14

A basketball game on grass...that's how Sunnyside Coach Mark Marro describes what he expects to see this coming Friday when his Grizzlies take on 4A Davis on the Pirates' home field.

Applications for Sunshine Days vendors being accepted

Vendors for Sunnyside's Sunshine Days are being sought.

Salmon walks later this month

The Yakima Basin Storage Alliance recently announced the annual Salmon Walk set for later this month.

School retirees to have musical meeting

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley Unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will have a business meeting and lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 13, starting at 11 a.m. at the Vineyard, 150 Division Street.

WSU Tri Cities to host grant writing seminar

For the first time ever, Washington State University's Tri-Cities campus will host a grant writing seminar.

Farmers seek answers to sprinkler head thefts

The future appears to be in plastics for Lower Valley irrigators looking to stem the tide of sprinkler head theft.

Georgetown University provides local teen valuable experiences

Just last month Sunnyside's Jenny Hall, who is a sophomore at Zillah High School, traveled to Washington, D.C.




Friday, September 2

Guest Column

'Mancession' opportunity

'Mancession' opportunity

Jennie's Journey

Telling tales serves no useful purpose

Telling tales serves no useful purpose

What's Happening


Doby featured on second all-star baseball stamp

The U.S. Postal Service recently released the image of the second of four stamps in its series of "Major League Baseball All-Stars" to be issued in 2012.

Ribbon cutting set for Granger's Bailey Avenue project

GRANGER - The City of Granger is celebrating the completion of its Bailey Avenue improvement project with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Math, science, writing test scores up in Sunnyside

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has released a report card for every district in the state based on last year's standardized tests, and Sunnyside administrators are pleased with the district's results.

Warmer than usual September ahead for Sunnyside area

The month of September is looking to buck a trend of cooler weather in Sunnyside.

2011-12 Miss Sunnyside candidate Tara Van Corbach

The desire to work on a community service project that benefits Sunnyside has driven Tara Van Corbach to seek the 2011-12 Miss Sunnyside title.

Dr. Butler honored by YVCC alumni group

Longtime Sunnyside doctor Lloyd Butler was honored by the Yakima Valley Community College Alumni Association with the Distinguished Alumnus award during this year's commencement.

Thursday, September 1



Washington auditors, ESD 105 clash on finding

YAKIMA - Did Educational Service District 105 overstep its authority by assisting a private daycare?

Newly opened family fun center offers amusement paradise for kids (and adults) of all ages

A visit to Sunnyside's newest, and most unique, family fun center might be described by some as a Chuck E. Cheese experience.

Sunnyside athletes participate in Mexico City soccer matches

A Mexican soccer team's scouting trip to Sunnyside paid dividends all the way around, as 22 youths from the valley were invited to play in Mexico City recently.