Stories for March 2012


Friday, March 30

Sunnyside School Board approves dental services at new health center

With plans underway for a school-based health center in Sunnyside, Special Services Director Cody Gardiner has been visiting other health centers in the state.

Sunnyside schools' 2012-13 calendar approved last night

The Sunnyside School Board last night approved the 2012-13 calendar for the next school year.

Police chief's retirement leaves Schenck in charge

The appointment of an interim police chief is not a duty that interim city manager Frank Sweet is willing to rush.

Sunnyside High school boys swept in CBBN League opener

RICHLAND - In their first league competition of the season, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys track team was swept by host Hanford and Southridge.

Vikes shut out 'Hounds in non-league match-up

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings hosted nearby 2A Grandview last night in a non-league match.

Maxwellofficially gets nod as new high school principal

The Sunnyside School Board Thursday approved personnel positions presented in the consent agenda at its regular meeting.

Sunnyside police want citizens to form more block watch groups

The Sunnyside Police Department believes in the positive impact of block watch groups and is working toward the goal of establishing more of them.

Mabton yard sale location changed

MABTON - Mabton's Community Days yard and bake sale fundraiser scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, March 31, has been moved to another location.

Fishing, parade and carnival planned for Granger Cherry Festival

GRANGER - With April nearly here it's time again to plan for the Granger Cherry Festival.

Five dates set aside for local karaoke contest

Not everyone can sing, but there are a lot of talented individuals in the Lower Yakima Valley who enjoy giving it their best shot. It's the brave souls who want to venture out for a little fun on the stage that make perfect karaoke contestants.




City council is representing all of us here

City council is representing all of us here

Bumper sticker history: remembering some truly audacious military operations

On March 19, speaking at a Morris Township, New Jersey Democratic Party fundraiser, Vice President Joe Biden provided what may be the mother of all election year bumper stickers when he asserted, "Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. Think about it."

Quiet riot

The mayor begged for order and police were called in for security purposes during the Sunnyside City Council meeting this week.

Jennie's Journey

So much work, so little time

So much work, so little time




Thursday, March 29

Spring break, parent/teacher conferences scheduled

Sunnyside School District spring break is rapidly approaching, and the high school wants to alert parents to a scheduling quirk that may be slightly confusing.

Local cops receive trauma kits as result of annual fundraiser

GRANDVIEW - The Akins family annually organizes the Sage Rat Run, a fundraiser that benefits several charities.

Easter food drive Saturday at local Safeway

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club is planning its annual Easter food drive for this Saturday, March 31 beginning at 8 a.m.

Grandview city clerk honored with state award

LAKE CHELAN - It was recently announced that Grandview City Clerk Anita Palacios was named the recipient of the Washington Municipal Clerks Association President's Award of Distinction.

Yard sale donations sought for Sunnyside senior citizen fundraiser

Yard sale donations sought for Sunnyside senior citizen fundraiser

Farewell party for Gervasi set April 4

A retirement reception for Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi will be held Wednesday, April 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center (1521 S. First St.).




Wednesday, March 28

Downtown revitalization project receives $250,000 planning grant

At Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting, interim city manager Frank Sweet announced that Sunnyside had been granted $250,000 in STP (Surface Transportation Program) funding to work on the Downtown Revitalization Project.

Judge orders $1 million bail in Bautista murder case

YAKIMA - This past Monday a judge in Yakima County Superior Court set bail for Ismael Garcia, 18, of Prosser at $1 million for his alleged role in the murder of Francisco Bautista at Sunnyside's South Hill Park.

Dog bites may take $500 chunk out of pet owner's pocket

MABTON - As summer rears its head, Mabton area residents are out on the streets more frequently walking their dogs and enjoying the sunshine.

City of Grandview's 2012 budget adjusted

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council last night approved an amendment to the city's 2012 budget, increasing appropriations for fire department equipment, library wages and benefits, and appropriations for the newly constructed community center.

Mabton girls bitten by Timberwolves

GOLDENDALE - Due to down pouring rain, the Mabton Lady Vikings softball squad played just one of its scheduled doubleheader games at Goldendale yesterday.

Grandview overcomes bad weather for 4-3 victory over Selah Vikes

SELAH - Despite the wind and rain yesterday, the Grandview boys soccer team was able to prevail in a league match against Selah, 4-3.

Sunnyside boys grab top spot at home meet

Sparked by Eric Amaro's two first-place finishes, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys track team captured top honors during its only home meet of the season yesterday, Tuesday.

Fielding miscues hurt Grizzly nine against Wenatchee

The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team lost both ends of a home doubleheader yesterday, Tuesday, to 4A Wenatchee.

Sunnyside Christian Knights get monkey off their backs

PROSSER - Granted, they were only playing their fifth game of the season. But for the Sunnyside Christian Knights, picking up that first victory of the spring yesterday afternoon was like shedding a 220-lb. gorilla.

Library cards replacement fee now set at $2

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Librarian Elizabeth Jahnke Tuesday gained approval from the city council for assessing a $2 replacement fee for library cards.

Sunnyside police out of alarm business

After a short discussion this past Monday, the Sunnyside City Council voted unanimously to cease providing alarm monitoring services through the police department.

Volunteers sought to do 'chores' for local seniors

Sunnyside resident Libby Werkhoven says volunteering with the area's elderly doing chores around their homes is a rewarding feeling.




Good turnout for vaccination of local horses

Good turnout for vaccination of local horses

Words from Washington

Gasoline prices

Gasoline prices

Word Nerd

I believe in Sunnyside, won't you join me?

I believe in Sunnyside, won't you join me?




Tuesday, March 27

Intervention helping more Mabton seniors graduate

MABTON - Six months ago less than two-thirds of Mabton High School seniors were on track to graduate this June.

Talk of school uniforms at Grandview Middle School

GRANDVIEW - By this fall, Grandview Middle School students could have a dress code policy in place that requires students to wear school uniforms.

Bedlam breaks out at council meeting

Standing up toward the end of last night's meeting, Pete Sartin told the Sunnyside City Council that the city had become a laughing-stock due to the council's actions.

Macedo, Cisneros spark Mabton to 1A league victory over Wahluke

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings were victorious at home yesterday against the Wahluke Warriors, winning the league soccer match 3-0.

Sunnyside's Promise basketball program delayed until April 2

Because of the extremely large turnout of youngsters for the spring basketball program operated by Sunnyside's Promise at the Sunnyside Community Center, the action on the court has been delayed a week.

Mount Baker tops 22-school field at Grandview invite

An even-par 72 by Jon Schemstad and a 77 from teammate Addison King propelled the Mount Baker Mountaineers to a first-place finish at yesterday's 22-school Grandview Golf Invitational, staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Grizzly Dance Team brings home second place honors from State

YAKIMA - Although the Sunnyside Grizzly Dance Team didn't take home top honors at the 3A State Dance competition, they did not come home empty-handed this past Saturday.

Pistol reported stolen from car

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to a report yesterday evening (Monday) of the theft of a pistol from a parked car near Grandview.

New hires approved

MABTON - Last night, Monday, the Mabton School Board agreed to hire Chris Cardenas as middle school track and field coach and Stuart Mobley as assistant track and field coach.

Sunnysidepolice to start business watch

In cooperation with the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, the Sunnyside Police Department is working to put together a business watch program to help local businesses with their safety and crime issues.

Blood drive Thursday at local church

The United Methodist Church at 906 E. Edison Ave. in Sunnyside will be the site of a blood drive this coming Thursday.

Colleges waiting on word from Olympia

The current status of colleges and universities around the state is one of fiscal uncertainty, according to YVCC Grandview Campus Dean Bryce Humphreys.




Monday, March 26


Othel Rodell Butler, 91 of Prosser entered into rest on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Prosser Memorial Hospital.

Another suspect sought by police in homicide case

Sunnyside police are seeking information leading to the whereabouts of 17-year-old Raymundo Casares.

Bickleton students rank #1 in state in math, reading

BICKLETON - Just three years ago, Bickleton High School ranked eighth in the state on the statewide high school proficiency and end of course exams.

Sunnyside spending ahead of 2011's pace

Progress seen in jai revenue shortfall

Progress seen in jai revenue shortfall

Kidnapping suspect in police custody

Sunnyside police have taken into custody Jose F. Garcia, 21, on kidnapping and firearm charges.

Flying high, young men honored to be Eagle Scouts

GRANDVIEW - It was a long wait for some of them, but four young men were given the recognition they deserve in an Eagle Court of Honor last Saturday in Grandview.

Salmeron SHS's top standout at West Valley

YAKIMA - Junior Eduardo Salmeron turned in the top performances of the day for the Sunnyside High School boys track and field team at last Saturday's West Valley Ram Relays.

Grandview beats East Valley in league opener

MOXEE - The Grandview boys soccer team defeated East Valley 6-1 this past Saturday in the Greyhounds' first league match of the season.

Grizzlies outshine Suns, 1-0

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team prevailed in a physical league contest this past Saturday, edging host Southridge 1-0.

Puppy rescued by local firemen

Sunnyside firemen rushed to the aid of a fallen puppy last Thursday, March 22.




Friday, March 23

Murder suspect in custody, victim identified

Sunnyside detectives were busy collecting evidence and working leads to locate Ismael Garcia, 18, of Prosser yesterday (Thursday).

Parents unite with Sunnyside school administrators to formulate learning plans for 'highly capable' students

It's apparent that different students learn at different paces.

High speed chase nets five suspects sought for burglaries

Five people are in custody today after Yakima County Sheriff's deputies made five arrests yesterday, Thursday, as suspects in a recent string of Lower Valley burglaries.

Closed door discussions issue not yet put to rest

In recent weeks there have been many questions regarding possible open public meetings act violations by the city of Sunnyside.

Sam reaches rare milestone

Last Sunday, March 18, 2012, was a special milestone in the life of a Yakima County Appaloosa horse. Very few horses ever celebrate a 35th birthday, but that's just what Sam's Show Boy (Sam's Son x Dutch Mama), did!

Spartans defeat 'Hounds

GRANGER - The Grandview Greyhound soccer team suffered a 3-0 non-league loss yesterday to Granger.

Knights give Naches JV tussle in twin bill finale

The first game in Sunnyside Christian's home opener yesterday afternoon ended with the Knights dropping a 17-2 decision to the Naches JV, the same score they lost by to Liberty Christian's varsity two days prior.

Outlook home struck by gunfire

An Outlook home was damaged yesterday after a gunshot was heard in the 5000 block of Van Belle Road.

Sunnyside native now operating 'Pet Adoption Services' in Lower Valley

Connie Schei was raised in Sunnyside, but moved away for a while.

Local choirs gearing up for Easter cantata slated for April 1

Vocalists from four local churches are busy preparing for the annual Easter cantata to be performed Sunday, April 1.

Annual Mr. SHS Pageant March 31 benefits sick kids

For approximately five years the leadership students at Sunnyside High School have been raising money to benefit Children's Miracle Network and the neonatal intensive care unit at Yakima Memorial Hospital via the Mr. SHS Pageant.


Hidden treasure can be found right here in Lower Valley

Hidden treasure can be found right here in Lower Valley


Public criticism of city officials

Public criticism of city officials

Off the Record

Oh, be careful little fingers what you type

Oh, be careful little fingers what you type




Thursday, March 22



Soroptimist club now taking orders from Sunnyside residents for petunia, geranium plants

It won't be long before it's time for local gardeners to get those geranium and petunia plants into the ground.

United Way officials make commitment to Lower Valley communities

Nearly two years ago United Way of Yakima and Kittitas counties merged together forming United Way of Central Washington.

Teen killed at park in Sunnyside

The news of last night's homicide at Sunnyside's South Hill Park has students, staff and family members of an 18-year-old Sunnyside High School student mourning today (Thursday).

Suns shine in rainy CBBN league opener

KENNEWICK - Despite an overcast sky and a steady drizzle of rain, the Southridge Suns found a way to shine at yesterday's Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A Boys Golf League opener, staged at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course.

Lady Mustang senior gets in on three wins at GHS track & field invite

GRANDVIEW - Prosser senior Marlee Rees was a one-man, check that, one-girl wrecking crew at Tuesday's Grandview Track & Field Invitational.

Prosser boys dust competition at Grandview track invitational

GRANDVIEW - Spearheaded by senior Riley Haringa's two victories in the triple jump and 110-meter hurdles, Prosser ran off with the boys team title at this past Tuesday's Grandview Track & Field Invitational.

Sunnyside native battles cancer, again

Nearly two years ago, Sunnyside resident Mia Romero, 34, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

UW students take 'dreams' on the road

When Prosser native Catalina Alvarez enrolled in her first "Dream Project" course at the University of Washington Bothell campus, she was hooked.

Wednesday, March 21

Commissioner Leita announces re-election bid

YAKIMA - Yakima County Commissioner Mike Leita will seek a third term this fall.

School board study session focused on funding

Sunnyside School Board directors yesterday (Tuesday) sat down at Sunnyside's Sunny Spot Restaurant for an informal discussion at a study session.

Yakima County sees slight decrease in unemployment numbers

According to the latest figures available, Yakima County's unemployment rate is seeing a slight decline.

City of Sunnyside's financial heads propose methods for collecting debts

At a meeting of the city of Sunnyside's subcommittee on finance and administrative services, the city's top financial officers made proposals that they believe will help city hall collect on debts owed by its customers.

Assistant principal tabbed to replace Salina at Sunnyside High

If Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole has his way, Sunnyside High School's new principal will be a familiar face around campus.

Grizzlies fend off Hanford for 4-2 win

Javier Contreras scored two first half goals to help the Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team to a 4-2 league win over Hanford yesterday.

Mabton Vikes eke out 2-1 win against Ki-Be

MABTON - The Mabton Viking soccer team last night dominated the field against Kiona-Benton and earned the 2-1 SCAC league victory.

Grandview bats slow Jackrabbits

QUINCY - Grandview bats came alive against the Jackrabbits yesterday as the Greyhounds won 7-3 with a complete game pitching effort from Derek Swearingen.

Sunnyside Christian returns to diamond

RICHLAND - It's been nearly five years since Sunnyside Christian High School has fielded a baseball team, but the Knights are now back on the diamond.

Suspect in custody on weapon charge

Sunnyside police this morning (Wednesday) at approximately 3:30 a.m. placed in custody an individual after receiving a report of a weapons offense in the area of South 11th Street and East Decatur Avenue.

Grandview troop to honor Eagle Scouts at ceremony this Saturday

GRANDVIEW - Boy Scout Troop 643 is conducting an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for four young men on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview.

Sunnyside mechanic still keeping cars rolling

Jeff Reihs' boss at K&U Auto Parts in Sunnyside calls him "Doctor Fabulous."

Free agent fans

TEMPE, ARI. - Under the brilliant desert sun that helps make spring training baseball a time of awakening for players and fans, the game's best hitter is blasting away in the batting cage. He looks as sharp as ever, so why should I care that Albert Pujols' red jersey now says Angels rather than Cardinals?

Looking outside in

In little more than a week Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder will retire after more than 30 years with the department.







Tuesday, March 20

Sub-committee discusses Morgan Road bottleneck

There are no easy answers, but the city of Sunnyside is exploring options to deal with a traffic bottleneck near 16th Street and Yakima Valley Highway.

Two injured, one dead in vehicle rollover

Washington State Patrol officers responded to a collision report yesterday at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Sidewalks, parks focus of public works meeting

How do you pay for sidewalks and parks when you don't have the money?

Port commissioners open to idea of exploring renewable natural gas as a potential new industry

A feasibility study on using dairy farms to produce renewable natural gas, sponsored by the Washington Department of Commerce, is being conducted in the Lower Valley.

A 'Sweet' deal for Sunnyside?

Only time will tel

Only time will tel

First ace of 2012 at Black Rock claimed by Art Pittillo

83 years young, Grandview's Art Pittillo notched the first hole-in-one of the 2012 season at Black Rock Creek Golf Course Monday afternoon.

Sustaita-led Lady Vikings split first games of year

MABTON - The Mabton Lady Vikings softball squad split its doubleheader against the visiting Granger Spartans in the first league games of the season yesterday.

Luther leads Grizzlies to victory on home course

Picking up birdies on the par-4 first and fifth holes Monday afternoon, Chandler Luther claimed medalist honors in a three-school, nine-hole match at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Integrity Driving School will partner with DOL

Sunnyside-based Integrity Driving School will next month begin a pilot program in which it will be able to administer the written portion of the driver's exam.




Monday, March 19

Republican club for women forming in the Lower Valley

The Sunnyview Women's Republican Club has kicked off in the Lower Valley with a forming committee that met recently in Sunnyside to elect temporary officers.

Shuffle underway at Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services

The year 2012 has already seen a number of changes for Sunnyside-based Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services, as the non-profit has a new executive director and a new board president.

Sunnyside celebrates its community 'bounty'

"The bounty of Sunnyside" was the theme of this past Saturday night's Spirit of Sunnyside awards banquet and the event, hosted by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, set about doing just that...celebrating the "bounty" of everyday people who serve the community.

Second half rally falls short for SHS Grizzlies

EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team pressured host Eastmont in the second half, but came up short 2-0 in the league opener this past Saturday.

Lady Greyhounds swing big bats while improving to 3-0

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhound softball team opened CWAC South league play in impressive fashion this past Saturday with a 15-5 and 19-9 sweep over visiting Wapato.

SHS boys split weekend matches

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside boys tennis squad this past Saturday defeated Eisenhower 6-1, but fell 5-2 to Davis at Kissel Park in Yakima.

Venema, Vogt only girls with two victories at invite

THE DALLES, ORE. - Bickleton's Jamie Venema and Valerie Vogt of Trout Lake/Glenwood were the only girls to grab more than one win at last Saturday's Mullin Leavitt Invite, a 15-school track and field meet held in The Dalles, Ore.

Greyhounds pitch two no-hitters against Toppenish

GRANDVIEW - Grandview defeated Toppenish twice in its first league games last Saturday, taking out the Wildcats with two no-hitters in the double-header series.

Area volunteers being recognized during national volunteer month

In honor of volunteers, the month of April is deemed 'volunteer month'.

Friday, March 16

Public safety committee discusses courtroom security, city alarm system

The City of Sunnyside Public Safety Committee met Thursday afternoon to discuss security in Sunnyside's courtroom.

Sunnyside elementary school pathologist's Master's thesis sheds new light on ways to treat facial nerve damage

Scientists and medical professionals have long believed that facial nerve paralysis lasting longer than a year is permanent.

Local firemen climb for a cure

SEATTLE - When cancer strikes, almost nothing can prepare the person for the shocking news.

Lady Greyhounds slug their way past Sunnyside

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds grabbed a 6-1 first inning lead and never let up in a 15-5 non-league win over visiting Sunnyside yesterday, Thursday.

Grizzlies maul Wapato

It was all Sunnyside from the get-go last night, Thursday, as the 3A Grizzly boys soccer team whipped visiting 2A Wapato, 6-0.

Vikes earn 5-1 victory over Grange

MABTON - Last night's home soccer match for the Mabton Vikings was one of celebration as the team outperformed Granger 5-1.

Lucky 7 bike shop looking for new home

The Lucky 7 bike shop program needs a place that will hold bicycles and supplies and have enough room to set up workbenches for children to learn how to repair bicycles.

Mabton School Board approves travel requests

MABTON - The Mabton School Board held a brief business meeting this past Tuesday to approve two travel requests.

Chocolate maker gives sweet samples to Nouvella Club members

The Nouvella Club of Sunnyside got a rich taste of chocolate at Thursday's noon luncheon meeting after a sumptuous African-themed lunch supplied by Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant chef Dick Denson.

Finding the music in Christ brings fulfillment to Christian women's speaker

PROSSER - Diana Larson has been drawn to music for much of her life. She found it has provided her a purpose.

Dinner and concert in Bickleton

BICKLETON - Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue, "Minstrels of the Old West," will be performing at the Bickleton Grange Hall on Sunday, March 25, starting at 5 p.m.

Family trio brings southern gospel flair to monthly jamboree

MABTON - The Jim Arneson Family Revival group will be the featured performers at this month's gospel music jamboree in Mabton.

Granger native seeks support for local film

Granger native Rick Castaneda was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. "...but It wasn't until I moved away that I really began to notice how unique (the valley) was," he said.




Off the Record

I bought, I conquered and I saved

I bought, I conquered and I saved

Jennie's Journey

Nobody likes bad news...right?

Nobody likes bad news...right?

And the Effie goes to...

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce's awards banquet is tomorrow night, so it's time again for my second annual Effie awards.




Thursday, March 15

Little Grapplers successful at tournaments

Sunnyside's Little Grapplers wrestling club, in the midst of a rebuilding year with approximately 75 percent of the youngsters new to the sport this season, is starting to find some success on the mats.

West Nile virus vaccine clinic for horses, mules being offered in Grandview week from this Saturday

GRANDVIEW - The Wine Country Riders will be hosting a West Nile virus vaccine clinic for horses and mules on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the fairgrounds in Grandview.

Personal development workshop free to all

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley, also known as Transformation Sunnyside, will be hosting a special workshop on Friday, March 23.

'Grand' opening of Grandview Community Center

GRANDVIEW - Community members in Grandview were treated to a celebration yesterday during a ribbon cutting and grand opening of its new community center.

School board director settles with government for $11,000 despite claim of no wrongdoing

Sunnyside School Board Director Rocky Simmons has settled with the United States Attorney's Office in the amount of $11,000 for allegedly accepting kickbacks from a supplier while working for Fluor, a contractor at Hanford.

Sunnyside convenience stores targeted in synthetic marijuana sting

After a lengthy undercover operation conducted by detectives, four Sunnyside convenience stores were yesterday served with search warrants for allegedly selling "Spice," also known as synthetic marijuana.

SHS team fourth in sumo-bot contest

ZILLAH - After working with robot kits for the past six weeks, 46 teams from 14 different schools arrived at Zillah High School last Saturday, March 10, to compete at the Zillah Robot Challenge in three different robotic events.

Word Nerd

Councilman sets poor example of showing respect

Councilman sets poor example of showing respect

Wednesday, March 14

Eight young ladies vying for Miss Grandview crown

GRANDVIEW - A total of eight candidates will compete next month for the title of Miss Grandview.

YVCC Grandview students busy helping the community

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council did not have a quorum last night. Therefore no action was taken on any agenda items.

Mabton youths honored for community efforts

MABTON - A group of Mabton youths have been rewarded for a project they've been working on for more than a year.

Knights victorious in Mabton Vikings' 2012 season opener

ROYAL CITY - The Mabton Vikings soccer team yesterday held its own against the Royal City Knights.

Grizzly nine falls to Riverview Panthers

In its first regulation game of the 2012 season, the Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team fell 11-3 yesterday, Tuesday, to visiting Riverview.

Structure fire tallies $85,000 in damages

County firemen raced to the scene of a reported structure fire in the 1000 Block of Wendell Phillips Road early this morning.


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Upheavals in American education...the start of something big?

Upheavals in American education...the start of something big?

Word Nerd

Councilman sets poor example of showing respect

Councilman sets poor example of showing respect




Tuesday, March 13

Local analysis reveals more cops have led to fewer shootings

The Sunnyside Police Department's crime analyst, Courtney Percival, recently completed an annual crime analysis report for the city of Sunnyside.

Sunnyside City Council, despite controversy, approves contract with interim city manager

Many citizens were displeased with the Sunnyside City Council last night because of its decision to approve a contract with former City of Selah Supervisor Frank Sweet, who begins serving as interim city manager today.

SHS Grizzly Dance Team earns State berth

PASCO - This past weekend the Sunnyside Grizzly Dance Team qualified for the 3A State Dance competition after earning top honors in the hip-hop category at a District competition in Pasco. The defending State champions will vie for the 2011-12 title Saturday, March 24.

New detective position on hold

The Sunnyside City Council on Monday decided to postpone a decision to promote Sunnyside Police Officer Jaime Prieto to detective.

Local musician sharing her talents at local events

Sunnyside's Joni Fannin has found music brings her joy and healing.




Monday, March 12

Analyst suggests solutions to Sunnyside chamber's low membership

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce has seen a drastic drop in membership over the past three years.

G'view murder victim identified, suspect in custody

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police have identified the woman who was found dead in her East Washington Street apartment last Friday morning.

Important exam for sophomores this week at Sunnyside High School

The names of every sophomore at Sunnyside High School are printed on posters that adorn the school's hallways this week, encouraging the students as they take the crucial High School Proficiency Exam, better known as the HSPE.

Firemen investigate abandoned home fire

Sunnyside firemen were notified by the local police of smoke coming from a home on Roosevelt Court this morning (Monday) at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Three Grizzlies take top honors at Ike jamboree

YAKIMA - With more than 70 athletes participating, Sunnyside High School was well represented at the season-opening Eisenhower track jamboree this past Saturday.

Broersma sparks Sunnyside girls at Ike track jamboree

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly track team opened its 2012 season this past Saturday at the Eisenhower High School jamboree.

Grizzlies earn tie in season opene

The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team earned a 1-1 tie with visiting Davis during action this past Saturday.




Friday, March 9

Prosser man in custody for drive-by shootings in G'view

GRANDVIEW - A Prosser man, 32-year-old Jose L. Valencia, was yesterday (Thursday) arrested by Grandview police in connection to two drive-by shootings.

Rep. Johnson seeks rejection of rate hike

OLYMPIA - Rep. Norm Johnson (R-Yakima) says an electrical rate increase proposal by Pacific Power and Light Company would be devastating to local citizens throughout Yakima County, forcing them to further lower their thermostats, and cut back on groceries or prescription drugs.

The Eagle Rehab halls are alive with the sound of music

When Elizabeth Jacobs plays the piano, a feeling of peace settles in her soul and joy begins to arise.

The 40-day Lenten journey

In the immortal words of someone I know and love, it's the "Lentil Season." It was a slip of the tongue one Sunday when he was leading worship in the tiny Wellpinit Presbyterian Church.

World-famouse ensemble to perform in S'side Sunday

The Indigo Ensemble, a quartet consisting of violin, guitar, bass and piano, will perform at Sunnyside High School this coming Sunday afternoon, March 11, at 3 p.m.

St. Patrick's dinner/dance at S'side VFW set March 17

All military veterans and their guests are invited to a traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner and dance on Saturday, March 17.

Area students prepare for annual talent show to aid Hospice patients

When someone's life is near its end, Hospice volunteers and employees rush to the family's aid and care.


Writer backs move towards civility

Writer backs move towards civility


Cool it, America

Cool it, America

Word Nerd

Integrity can get you into trouble

Integrity can get you into trouble







Thursday, March 8

Yakima basin plan backed by Governor, Newhouse

YAKIMA - Gov. Chris Gregoire is urging Congressional and state support for a plan that bolsters water supplies in the Yakima basin and implements one of the most significant ecological restoration projects undertaken in the West.

City of Sunnyside receives stormwater funding from DOE

The city of Sunnyside was among the many cities across the state of Washington to receive $50,000 in grant funding from the Department of Ecology this month.

Fonfara opts out of marketing business park

The city of Sunnyside this past Tuesday was notified by Dave Fonfara that he is removing himself as consultant for the marketing and development of the West Sunnyside Business Park.

SHS students' robots up for the challenge

ZILLAH - The eighth annual Zillah Robot Challenge for high schools will be held this Saturday, March 10, in the Zillah High School Gymnasium.



Wednesday, March 7

Spring planter cleaning on the horizon downtown

Spring is known in the Yakima Valley as a time for spring barrel tasting.

Veteran Sunnyside Police Officer Rodriquez making noticeable difference in community

Sunnyside Police Officer Chico Rodriquez is an invaluable member of the Sunnyside Police Department, and the community he serves.

Girls scores recorded during golf jamboree

Though there weren't enough to form team scores, Prosser, Sunnyside and Grandview each had one female competitor during yesterday's golf jamboree at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.


Hancock courageous to speak out

Hancock courageous to speak out

Off the Record

Coupon clipping

Coupon clipping

Tuesday, March 6

Sunnyside City Council finds its man in former Selah administrator

After a contentious evening, the Sunnyside City Council voted at Monday night's workshop to begin negotiations to hire Frank Sweet as interim city manager.

Sunnyside stormwater rates under scrutiny

New stormwater rates under consideration in the city of Sunnyside are an improvement over the city's plan from three years ago.

Deal in the works to market former Monson property

As a former longtime employee of the city of Sunnyside, Dave Fonfara is familiar with the former Monson feedlot property west of town along Yakima Valley Highway.

Flea mart doubles as outreach ministry

When Rosa Linda and Abner Vazquez acquired the building that was once known as H&H Furniture on South Sixth and East Edison Avenue in Sunnyside, they had envisioned the facility as a haven for their ministry work.

Luther notches low SHS score at golf tourney

PASCO - Junior Chandler Luther posted the best score of the day by a Grizzly golfer at yesterday's season kick-off event, a 19-team invite at Pasco's Sun Willows Golf Course.

SHS gleans knowledge from Gonzaga students, teachers

Gonzaga University and Sunnyside High School have teamed up to bring peer mentorship and curriculum development to the district.

Health care leader honored after more than 50 years in the business

After working for 50 years in health care, Sunnyside Community Hospital CEO Jon D. Smiley reminisced the good times at his retirement party held last Friday.




Monday, March 5

Cascade Way home peppered with gunfire

Just after 11 p.m. last Saturday night, Sunnyside police were called to the area of 1700 Cascade Way to respond to reports of gunfire.

64-year-old woman reports rape attempt occurred in heart of downtown Sunnyside

Sunnyside police are looking for Armando Cortez Lopez in conjunction with an attempted rape that occurred Sunday morning at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the area of South Sixth Street and Edison Avenue.

Secretary of State front runner Kim Wyman includes stop-over in Sunnyside on early campaign trail

Of all the county officials elected to serve in Democrat-leaning Thurston County, Kim Wyman is currently the only Republican in office.

Romney one, Santorum two in county caucuses

If the GOP faithful in Yakima County and Washington state have their way, it will be Mitt Romney trying to unseat the incumbent in this fall's Presidential election.

SCHS boys rally with two wins after getting knocked off in opener at 1B State boys basketball tourney

SPOKANE - It would have been plenty easy for the two-time defending 1B State champs to have thrown in the towel after absorbing a heart-breaking 47-40 loss in their opening game at State last Thursday.

Lady Knights drop final two games at State

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight hoop team claimed fifth place honors during the State 1B tourney at the Spokane Arena this past weekend.

Mysterious lights mystify Sunnyside couple

Last Thursday night at around 8:30 p.m. Sunnyside's Jose and Teresa Rodriguez noticed something strange in the air.

Friday, March 2

Grandview irrigators unanimously OK merger with SVID

GRANDVIEW - "I think it's a good deal," Grandview Irrigation District chair Ben Fisher said of his vote yesterday to merge with SVID.

Support for charter schools mixed here and across the state

A recent statewide poll shows that 60 percent of those surveyed are in favor of charter schools.

'Back room' discussions revealed by councilwoman

Hancock willing to let chips fall where they may

Hancock willing to let chips fall where they may

Sunnyside grad second at national community college wrestling tourney

DES MOINES - Steven Romero was a two-time State wrestling champion at Sunnyside High School, and recently came within 20 seconds of winning a national community college title.

Sunnyside Christian girls claw past Panthers for semi-finals berth at State

SPOKANE - Overcoming a third quarter drought in which it scored just two points, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights basketball team advanced to tonight's 1B State semifinals contest at the Spokane Arena.

Weather spotter training March 27

YAKIMA - Even though the Doppler weather radar is scanning the skies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio is broadcasting forecasts, watches and warnings, forecasters depend upon getting good ground-truth information from trained Skywarn weather spotters.

Accounting assistant for city of Sunnyside resigns after 17 years, Evie Jacquish is leaving city hall

Today (Friday) is her last day as an accounting assistant for the city of Sunnyside.

Newborns leap into life on a rare day

Newborns hardly ever arrive on their exact predicted due date.

Teach, Tour and Taste 2012 a success for YVCC students

GRANDVIEW - Every year, between 12 and 15 students enter the winery program at YVCC, and each year for the last three years new students in the wine marketing class have put on a Teach, Tour and Taste event at the teaching winery in Grandview.





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Thursday, March 1




County OK's outreach pact

YAKIMA - Offenders in Yakima County's DUI court program now have an option for their community service - working with Sunrise Outreach.

Sunnyside man selected for Romney's leadership team

LaDon Linde of Sunnyside has been tabbed as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Yakima County Chair for the Lower Yakima Valley area.

Valley's lawmakers blast budget approved yesterday by Democrats

OLYMPIA - Yesterday (Wednesday) the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a supplemental operating budget. The proposal passed on a party-line vote.