Stories for May 2012


Thursday, May 31

State will appeal judge's ruling against voter-approved I-1053

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Attorney General's office says it will continue to defend against a lawsuit challenging the state's voter-approved law requiring a supermajority vote by legislators to raise taxes and voter approval of tax increases that exceed the state spending limit, known as Initiative 1053.

Preparing tots for kindergarten now ;a collaborative effort

Kindergarten students at Sun Valley Elementary School in Sunnyside have been entering school with only 19 percent of the students meeting grade level skills.

League of Women Voters learns about redistricting

YAKIMA - Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton's most recent job was as a commissioner working on the redistricting of Washington state.

Grandview Library names Cook scholar

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Library has named Mary Alice Herrera of Grandview as its 2012 recipient of the Harry Christian Cook and Blanche McLane Cook Art Scholarship.

Mabton homes, park to be dedicated June 8

MABTON - More than a year ago the 1.5 acre lot in Mabton was barren and frankly a little dusty.

Mabton sixth grader goes the extra mile for digital project

MABTON - There was no Google or Wikipedia for Nicholas Mejia's project to meet a state digital learning requirement.

Wednesday, May 30

Groundwater advisory group schedules first meeting

A far-flung group given the charge to address Yakima County's problems with nitrate-tainted groundwater will hold its first meeting in Sunnyside next week.

Police suspect child abuse

Medical professionals at Sunnyside Community Hospital yesterday (Tuesday) alerted police after a 4-month-old infant was rushed to Harborview Medical Center for injuries believed to be caused by child abuse.

City Council dispels rumors that funding will be pulled from Sunnyside's Promise

During the last two regular meetings of the Sunnyside City Council, members of the public have spoken about the worth of Sunnyside's Promise to the community.

Interim city manager fitting in nicely in Sunnyside

Interim city manager Frank Sweet has been making some changes.

Number of students in Mabton schools steadily decreasing

MABTON - Enrollment in the Mabton School District has declined 5 percent since last October.

SHS spring athletes recognized at awards ceremony

Sunnyside High School hosted its spring athletic awards ceremony last night, recognizing students who participated in spring sports for the 2012 campaign.

Rohman 'Bingos' two times

Sunnyside's Lucille Rohman notched a pair of Bingos in ladies play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course last week.

Good turnout for Sunnyside tennis tourney

On a nice sunny morning only marred by a brisk wind, the Sunnyside Tennis Club hosted its first tournament of 2012 this past Saturday, drawing more than 30 participants in four divisions.

Exceptions to city's new take-home vehicle policy granted

Sunnyside Interim City Manager Frank Sweet announced at Tuesday night's regular council meeting that two exceptions to the city's take-home vehicle policy had been granted to the police department.

Mabton School Board approves staffing changes

MABTON - In action last night, Tuesday, the Mabton School Board approved the hiring of Sue Sartain as vice principal for the junior/senior high school on a permanent basis. Sartain had been filling the post on an interim basis.

Personnel changes at Grandview schools

GRANDVIEW - At Tuesday night's Grandview School Board meeting, directors approved recommendations to hire Elizabeth Freedman, a Grandview School District school psychologist, and Dorothy Allard as a middle school math department chair.

Hastings to visit Yakima

YAKIMA - Congressman Doc Hastings is set to be present at the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon in June.

Host an easy and elegant back yard soirée

(Family Features) Warmer months provide the perfect opportunity to entertain your nearest and dearest outside, whether it's a casual back yard cookout or an elegant dinner on the patio. When preparing for a gathering, think about the overall flavors of your meal and look for recipes that incorporate similar ingredients.


Local cemetery should have been sparkling last weekend

Local cemetery should have been sparkling last weekend


There's only one label that counts

There's only one label that counts

"F' as in Frank

A King's view of Memorial Day

A King's view of Memorial Day




Death Notice



Tuesday, May 29

Washington state to process applications for water permits

With a federal groundwater survey in hand, the state's Department of Ecology will begin processing a backlog of water right applications.

Memorial Day tribute pays homage to local vets

A feeling of reverence and solidarity was ushered in among the crowd as area residents heard familiar names read aloud.

Five vehicle thefts reported to Sunnyside police

Since last Thursday five vehicles have been reported stolen in Sunnyside.

Greyhound pair ends season at State

SEATTLE - The Grandview doubles team of Stevan Ramirez and Abel Pasillas came back empty-handed from the State tournament, but collected some memories along the way.

Guzman brings home third-place medal for SHS from 3A State track and field meet

TACOMA - Sunnyside High School senior Miguel Guzman wowed the field at the 3A State track meet in Tacoma last Saturday by earning third place honors in the javelin with an eye-popping mark of 179 feet.

Venema siblings snag three 1B State titles for Bickleton High Pirates

CHENEY - Goodness gracious...what a finish to his prep career for Bickleton High School senior Nic Venema!

Major test for sophomores this Thursday

The staff at Sunnyside High School wants sophomores and their parents to understand that the students must take the biology end of course exam on Thursday, May 31, starting at 7:30 a.m.

Doctor encourages bilingual students to work hard, excel

The final guest speaker for Mrs. Castro's English learners class at Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School gave the students something to think about, in two languages.




Friday, May 25

Homeless students to be more fully accounted for in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside School Board at its meeting last night heard from Sam Ramirez, the director for the Sunnyside School District's federal and state programs.

New health center to be named in honor of longtime drug intervention specialist

The late John Hughes' name will forever be attached to the Sunnyside School District for his efforts with drug and alcohol intervention.

SHS, MHS Baccalaureate planned for June 7

The Sunnyside Ministerial Association will honor the Sunnyside and Mabton high schools class of 2012 with a Baccalaureate service on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m.

Former police chief earns recognition

Former Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder, a member of Sunnyside's Promise, was Thursday recognized by the Sunnyside School Board for his belief in Sunnyside's youth.

Mabton FFA students honored

MABTON - At this year's Mabton FFA awards ceremony, students were awarded for demonstrating "...brotherhood, honoring agricultural opportunities and responsibilities, and developing qualities of leadership."

102nd annual Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo the weekend of June 8-10

BICKLETON - The 102nd annual Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo will be held at Cleveland Park near Bickleton the weekend of Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10.

Full slate of activities for Mabton's annual festival

MABTON - A dancing horse contest will be one of the highlights at Mabton Community Day & Health Fair on Saturday, June 2.

Local thespians earn nominations at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater

SEATTLE - The 5th Avenue Awards, honoring high school musical theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary with a bang this year, bringing previous recipients back to the stage to present the next generation of musical theater stars with awards and accolades.


Thanks for support at robotics competition

Thanks for support at robotics competition

Guest Column

White House website gone wild

White House website gone wild

Off the Record

Remembering the good times

Remembering the good times

Jennie's Journey

Summer's almost here

Summer's almost here

Thursday, May 24

Senior project fulfills a dream

It was Christeen Woods' dream to publish a book, so for her senior project at Sunnyside High School, that's just what she did.

City to ask horse owners to deal with poop

Horse manure on the streets, in a parking lot and even on a sidewalk have prompted a city of Sunnyside subcommittee to seek changes in how Cinco de Mayo and other parades here are organized.

Old SVID headquarters most endangered historic building

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation announced their annual list of most endangered historic properties in the state of Washington, and a Sunnyside building is high on the list.

Thirty-fifth annual senior follies to be staged this coming Saturday

It is that time of year again when Sunnyside High School seniors don funny clothes, sharpen their slapstick talent and present the Senior Follies talent show.







Wednesday, May 23

Grandview one step closer to adopting critical areas ordinance

GRANDVIEW - At Tuesday's Grandview City Council meeting Page Scott of the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments told the council members there's just one more step in the process before a critical areas ordinance can be adopted.

Sunnyside schools present Golden Apple awards

During a special meeting last night, Tuesday, in the SHS auditorium, the Sunnyside School District presented the following employees with Golden Apples for their work during the 2011-12 school year. Also included is the description of why they were nominated.

Port brief Manholes being relined by port

The Port of Sunnyside is responsible for more than 20 manholes and is nearly finished relining or replacing nearly half of them.

Cherry field Day June 4

PROSSER - The 2012 Washington State Cherry Field Day is set for Monday, June 4, in Prosser.

SHS class of 1987 reunion meeting tomorrow

The Sunnyside High School class of 1987 is planning its 25th reunion and will be holding a meeting on Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Berns Tavern in Prosser (618 Sixth Street).

SHS class of 2002 reunion planned

The Sunnyside High School class of 2002 has set a date for its 10-year reunion and is looking for members of the class as the plans move forward.


Dunbar silent auction successful

Dunbar silent auction successful

Word Nerd

Road closures may have unintended consequences

Road closures may have unintended consequences

Pulling together

In Grandview they were relaying for life. In Sunnyside they were transforming homes. In Mabton they were bringing a city park to life.

Guest Column

Older drivers...should they be tested?

Older drivers...should they be tested?




Tuesday, May 22

Lower Yakima Valley's Memorial Day services this coming weekend open to all local residents

The Lower Valley will be honoring veterans over Memorial Day weekend in a number of ceremonies, and veterans organizations are asking the public to participate in the events to be held Saturday and Monday.

Road closure in Sunnyside all this week

The City of Sunnyside and Central Washington Railroad are working together to remove an old set of railroad tracks on Grant Avenue.

Sunnyside looking to dump new $200,000 street sweeper

A new street sweeper delivered to Sunnyside last December is the wrong machine for the job.

Carnation property continues to be focus of environmental testing

The environmental testing process is nearly complete, according to Port of Sunnyside Property Development and Project Manager Jed Crowther.

Schools superintendent responds to construction criticism

Criticizing a recent personal column by John Fannin printed on the opinion pages in the Daily Sun News, Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole seemed almost wistful.

High school evacuated following bomb threat

At approximately 1 p.m. yesterday (Monday) an anonymous caller made a bomb threat, targeting Sunnyside High School.

Black Rock Creek alone atop senior tour standings

RICHLAND - A runner-up finish last Wednesday at Richland's Horn Rapids Golf Course has the Sunnyside-area Black Rock Creek team sitting atop the 2012 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour standings.

Three seniors awarded Soroptimist scholarships

The Soroptimists of the Lower Yakima Valley have named their 2012 academic scholarship winner.

Concrete, asphalt donated by businesses for new Mabton park

MABTON - Gravel and concrete have been donated for the construction of picnic shelters and tetherball courts at the new park currently being developed in Mabton.

Volunteer's love of advocacy turns to full-time career

Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services Domestic Violence Advocate Rosalinda Alvarez started her career with the agency giving her time and love to clients without monetary compensation.

Sunnyside man building business from floor up

Tile or carpet, makes no difference to Nick Flatt, as the Sunnyside man recently opened a floor cleaning business here called Von Flatt Carpet Cleaning.

Monday, May 21

Volunteers transform Sunnyside one home at a time

"Thank you with all my heart," Emelia Rivera said as a team of volunteers spruced up her home on North 13th Street in Sunnyside. "God bless everyone who made this possible."

Relayers walk for a cancer cure, to remember those who battled the disease

GRANDVIEW - The weather was perfect as a couple hundred people turned out last Saturday for the Relay for Life at Grandview's Rich Leenhouts Stadium.

Volunteers sought to share their careers with students starting high school this autumn

Future Leaders of Sunnyside is looking for volunteers in the community to share information about their jobs and education at a career fair on Wednesday, May 30, at Sunnyside High School.

Political office filings complete

Anyone wishing to run for political office in 2012 had until last Friday to file. The following is a list of those running for public office, whose names will be on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot.

West Nile virus season upon us in Lower Yakima Valley

Sunny days and warmer temperatures make way for lots of outdoor activities.

Madrigal, Wanderscheid 'Christie Memorial' champs

With 14 birdies and one eagle between them, the duo of Trini Madrigal and Zack Wanderscheid ran away from the field at the annual "Bill Christie Memorial Two-Man Best Ball Tournament," staged at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past weekend.

Amaro earns 3A Regional javelin title

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys track and field team enjoyed a one-two finish in the javelin to finish eighth in the team standings during the CBBN/GSL Regional track meet last Friday and Saturday.

Pasillas, Ramirez pull off upset over No. 1 seeds to earn State berth

YAKIMA - Grandview Greyhounds Abel Pasillas and Stevan Ramirez won two of their three matches at the Regional tourney in Yakima this past Saturday, and will now be headed to State as the number three seed from the region.




Friday, May 18

'Click It or Ticket' celebrates 10 years of saving lives with emphasis patrols in Yakima County

In June 2002, when the primary seatbelt law went into effect, approximately 82 percent of Washington drivers wore seatbelts. Today the state celebrates a seatbelt use rate of 97.5, marking the seventh consecutive year of more than 95 percent of Washingtonians buckling up.

Clean record for Mabton schools audit

MABTON - The Mabton School District passed a recent state audit with flying colors.

Sunnyside schools receive clean audit

The Sunnyside School District received a clean audit report from the Washington State Auditor's Office earlier this week.

Water, gang issues discussed at Sunnyside Republican Club

Efforts to deal with Yakima County's issues with water availability and gangs were the focus of presentations this morning, Friday, during a Sunnyside Republican Club meeting.

Board game inventor's passion for soccer leads to new partnership with Sunnyside's Promise

After inventor Richard Tait sold his widely popular game Cranium to Hasbro, he acquired a new found passion in the game of soccer.

Javelin thrower to represent Mabton at 1A State meet

BENTON CITY - Viking Adrian Gutierrez is headed to the 1A State meet in Cheney on Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26.

City pool, parks district topics of discussion at Wednesday's meeting

With the summer swimming season rapidly approaching, Public Works Supervisor Shane Fisher on Wednesday of this week provided the Sunnyside Board of Parks and Recreation an update on the status of the city pool.

Vet's assistant loves helping animals and their owners

Sarah Bull wasn't planning on becoming a veterinarian assistant.

1919 Chevy truck returns home to C. Speck Motors

Lorraine (Jewell) Kean remembers slowly driving her father's 1919 Chevrolet truck down the rows of the family farm on Emerald Road. as he loaded produce for the trip to town.

Gospel music jamboree set or this Sunday

MABTON - The featured musician for this coming Sunday's gospel music jamboree will be Doug Diamond of Hermiston, Ore.

Full slate of activities for Mabton's annual festival

MABTON - A dancing horse contest will be one of the highlights at Mabton Community Day & Health Fair on Saturday, June 2.

Sportsfest action returns to Prosser early in June

PROSSER - Hoops and tennis racquets will be the main fare as Prosser's Sportsfest takes place the weekend of June 9-10. The event, sponsored by the Prosser Chamber of Commerce, consists of three separate tournaments...3-on-3 adult basketball, boys and girls 3-on-3 basketball and new this year, doubles tennis for men and women.

Off the Record

Heat busting tips

Heat busting tips

Rolling on the river

Rolling on the river

Mt. Saint Helen's eruption memorialized

As you know, the anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens is May 18. It's for that reason that I am taking the opportunity to submit my poem, "The Day Saint Helens Mountain Blew Her Head," which I composed even as the mountain was exploding on that day of May 18 of 1980.

Thursday, May 17

Bronze Society auction planned for this Saturday

Those in attendance at the silent auction planned for Saturday, May 19, may very well make history. They may be the ones to put the fund raising efforts to complete the Bonnie Dunbar bronze over the top, according to organizers.

More than dozen people lose their homes in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Fire Captain George Saenz said as many as 14 residents were left homeless after their fourplex caught fire yesterday afternoon.

Governor's husband lauds Sunnyside's effort to pay tribute to military veterans

As a veteran himself, Washington state's First Gentleman, Mike Gregoire, knows all too well the importance of showing gratitude to United States veterans.

Sierra Vista Middle School students seeking help for trip to Washington D.C.

Six young ladies from Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School are hoping to travel to Washington D.C. next year, but they need support from the community to get there.







Wednesday, May 16

Word Nerd

We're blessed to have a good library system

We're blessed to have a good library system


Only Obama is better off

Only Obama is better off

More public office filings

There were a few more political candidates filing for public office yesterday. Political candidates who wish to run for election can file through this coming Friday, May 18.

Action by feds would harm ag producers...says Hastings

A federal agency is overreaching and in the process may well hurt agricultural producers and public access to federal lands.

Ladies play T&F contest at Black Rock Creek

Carol Monholland bested the field in Black Rock Creek Golf Course ladies play yesterday (Tuesday).

Yakima River opening this week for hatchery spring chinook fishing

Two sections of the Yakima River will open this week to fishing for hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon, under regulations adopted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Tennis club hosting tourney here

The Sunnyside High School tennis courts will be the site of the Sunnyside Tennis Club's annual tournament.

Cribbage event to be held this weekend at Sunnyside VFW

The Sunnyside VFW post will be the site this week for the 2012 Washington State Open cribbage tourney.

Gang awareness presentation on tap at Outlook parent meeting

OUTLOOK - Tomorrow (Thursday) community members are invited to attend the Outlook Parent Advisory Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. in room 108 at Outlook Elementary School.

Baseball registrations for youths being taken at community center

Sunnyside's Promise is swinging into its next recreation program by offering a youth co-ed baseball program for youth ages five through 12. The recreation programming is a partnership with the city of Sunnyside.

Temp workers approved in city

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday unanimously approved the use of temporary workers for the city.

Mint growers field day June 5

PROSSER - Washington's mint growers are set to make the annual trip to tour the Washington State University Research Station in Prosser on Tuesday, June 5.

Sage advice given to Christian Women

PROSSER - Not everyone living in the Yakima Valley knows just how well herbs grow in this climate.







Tuesday, May 15

Council approves strict take-home vehicle policy

The Sunnyside City Council last night (Monday) approved a take-home vehicle policy for city-owned vehicles that basically prohibits the practice.

Political candidates file for public office

Yesterday was the first day of the filing period for those seeking political office. Political candidates who wish to serve can file for office through this coming Friday, May 18.

Flower funding to be worked out by interim city manager

Bill Flower appeared before the Sunnyside City Council at Monday's regular meeting to request funding for the hanging flower baskets that will adorn the city this year.

Grandview's finest awarded

GRANDVIEW - The much anticipated votes are in, and this past Monday night the Grandview School Board presented employee of the year recognition awards to deserving district employees.

Youth versus police basketball tourney planned

The Sunnyside Police Department's tournament basketball team is set to compete against local youngsters this coming Sunday, May 20, at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Summer baseball program registration underway

Sunnyside's Promise is swinging into its next recreation program by offering a youth co-ed baseball program for youth ages 5-12.

Greyhound pair headed to Regional tourney

EPHRATA - Grandview is sending their top doubles team to the Regional tournament in Yakima, as Stevan Ramirez and Abel Pasillas fought their way up in the second-chance bracket to earn the District's fifth spot.

New screen print shop exceeds locals' expectations

Finding a new business opportunity in the Sunnyside area was just what Jose Salas was looking for.

Sunnyside High grad ready to make his mark

Growing up below the poverty line in Sunnyside wasn't easy for Eloy Hernandez.

Local dealership celebrates 100 years

When Clayton Speck settled in the Sunnyside area in 1908, he may not have dreamed his name would live on for more than 100 years.




Monday, May 14

Northwest Pipeline cleaning up local area's meter station properties

Northwest Pipeline, says Washington State Department of Ecology Section Manager for the Toxics Clean-up Program Valerie Bound, has had natural gas lines throughout the state for many years.

Senior project yields class gift for SHS grads

This year's Sunnyside High School graduating class will receive a special treat from one of their own, Juliet Quiroz.

Salmeron will lead six-man SHS crew at 3A Regional meet

EAST WENATCHEE - Sunnyside's lone winner from last Friday's Columbia Basin Big Nine District boys track and field meet, junior Eduardo Salmeron, will lead a six-Grizzly contingent to the 3A Regional meet in Richland this coming Friday and Saturday.

Grizzlies' season comes to a close at Regional playoff against Mt. Spokane

SPOKANE - "It was an emotional loss, knowing we were a strong team and had a good year," Sunnyside soccer coach David Guevara said of this past Saturday's Regional match against Mt. Spokane.

Herrera, Lara standouts for 'Hounds at 2A District competition

PROSSER - With outstanding performances last Friday in Prosser, two Grandview track and field athletes and a Greyhound relay team have earned Regional berths.

Shafer, Prieto, relay squad earn Regional berths for Grandview

PROSSER - Grandview sophomores Jamila Shafer and Kassie Prieto are the only two individual competitors from Grandview moving on to the Regional track and field competition this coming Friday.




Friday, May 11

Mother's Day message's something we all want and need. Especially mothers. It is also something that I, as many Americans, often take for granted.

What's Happening


Off the Record

Happy Mother's Day...daddy

Happy Mother's Day...daddy

Word Nerd

The first step is reaching out

The first step is reaching out

Entertainment line-up set for 2012 Central Washington State Fair

YAKIMA - Country, pop, rock and a dash of nostalgia will be part of the entertainment line-up at this year's Central Washington State Fair.

Candidate filing period begins May 14

Those seeking to have their names on the summer and fall election ballots can begin filing for the public offices next Monday, May 14.

Five Greyhounds advance at District

SELAH - The Greyhound boys tennis team will send a singles player and two doubles teams to the second round of Districts this coming Saturday after pulling off two victories and an incomplete match in Thursday's first round.

Six Vikings earn District meet berths

MATTAWA - The Vikings are sending six of their own to the District meet next Thursday after a solid showing at the SCAC East Sub-District meet at Wahluke High School yesterday (Thursday).

Acorns tough nut to crack for Sunnyside Christian Knights

Except for the third and fourth innings, Sunnyside Christian's baseball team went tit-for-tat with the Oakville Acorns yesterday afternoon.

Loving Sunnyside Initiative home transformations set for week from this Saturday

The Loving Sunnyside Initiative, spearheaded by Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley, has for four years brought together volunteers for the purpose of sprucing up local homes.

Telephone town hall meeting allows constituents to grill 15th District legislators

In an hour-long telephone town hall conference call Thursday evening, 15th District Representatives David Taylor and Bruce Chandler took a variety of questions from constituents.

Thursday, May 10

Water forecast good this year

The Bureau of Reclamation's May 2012 forecast of total water supply available for the Yakima Basin indicates there will be a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights.

Chrysler recall on 2011-12 Dodge Chargers has minimum impact on Sunnyside Police Department

Recently Chrysler announced a recall that directly impacts all 2011 and 2012 model Dodge Chargers, which includes Sunnyside's five newest police cruisers.

New CEO named at Sunnyside hospital

Sunnyside Community Hospital will have a new CEO on board as soon as next week.

SHS class of 2008 co-valedictorian thriving at UW

SEATTLE - Sunnyside native Anthony Kim will be presenting his research project at the Mary Gates Research Symposium at the University of Washington on Friday, May 18.

Regional tourney loss to Eastmont Wildcats puts Grizzlies in must-win game Saturday

EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team has one last chance to earn a State berth after suffering a 2-1 loss to Eastmont yesterday.

Local students earn dean's list honors at UW

SEATTLE - To earn a spot on the dean's list at the University of Washington, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Conference set for May 19

Sunnyside's GEAR UP would like to help prepare parents and their seniors with their transition after high school by holding the first "My Future is Now!" conference which will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sunnyside High School.




Wednesday, May 9

Mabton Council eyes possibility of restoring historical school site

MABTON - Soon, the city of Mabton could assume ownership of the historic and former Mabton High School building.

Top SHS academic achievers named from 2012 graduating class

Sunnyside High School has released the names of 20 students, deemed to be in the top 5 percent of the 2012 class from an academic standpoint.

Highland ends Mabton's season

COWICHE - The Mabton Viking soccer team was unable to score a goal against the undefeated Highland Scotties yesterday in the second round of the District playoffs. Mabton was eliminated from further postseason action as a result of the loss.

Lucas moving on to Regional tourney

You might say she slipped in through the back door. Regardless, Kayla Lucas of Grandview secured one of the 24 berths to the 2A Regional girls golf tournament that was up for grabs in CWAC District play yesterday.

SHS girls earn first win of the season, 4-3

Something had to give! The Sunnyside girls finally earned a victory this season, defeating 2A Grandview, also winless this spring, yesterday by a 4-3 score.

Grandview bound for Regionals!

GRANDVIEW - Grandview has secured the No. 3 berth at 2A Regionals to be played on the road against the loser of today's Pullman/Cheney game.

Grizzlies get by Greyhounds, 6-1

The Sunnyside boys tennis team in mid-March defeated Eisenhower and Prosser, but had difficulty securing another victory until yesterday.


What are America's pet owners thinking?

What are America's pet owners thinking?

Jennie's Journey

I'm feeling like the White Rabbit

I'm feeling like the White Rabbit







Tuesday, May 8

Sunnyside water, sewer rates likely will rise in future

The water and sewer rates in Sunnyside will need to go up to pay for maintenance and new infrastructure over the next 10 years.

Building starts remain slow in city of Sunnyside

Spring may be here, but building starts in the city of Sunnyside continue at a slow pace.

Woodsheds, fence claimed by blaze yesterday

Sunnyside firemen were dispatched to the 1200 block of South 15th Street yesterday for a reported structure fire.

Grandview Library receives gold standard for ' Green' certification

GRANDVIEW - Not only is the Grandview Library a beautiful building, but it's construction keeps the environment beautiful.

Familiar face returning to Port of Sunnyside as new executive director

Port of Sunnyside Executive Director Amber Hansen will be retiring from her post at the end of this year.

Christen, Diener power local seniors at Mt. Adams stop

TOPPENISH - A pair of 10-over-par 82's, carded by Scott Christen and Tom Diener, paved the way for the Black Rock Creek team to notch a third-place finish at the most recent stop on the 2012 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

Mabton girls suffer 'Royal' loss

ROYAL CITY - In the final road games of the regular season, the Mabton softball squad hoped yesterday's match-ups against Royal City would have resulted in victories.

Sunnyside Christian wins loser-out game for postseason berth

It wasn't the prettiest of games, but in the end Sunnyside Christian got the job done and will now represent the Greater Columbia 1B League in the baseball playoffs.

Mabton elementary students learn farm lessons

MABTON - If a visitor walked into Mrs. Scott's Artz-Fox Elementary School classroom on a Thursday afternoon, you would see many smiles and hear lots of laughter from the students.







Monday, May 7

15th District legislators invite questions for telephone town hall

Reps. Bruce Chandler and David Taylor are hosting a telephone town hall conversation with constituents on Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Rolling Hills Chorus excels at regional competition

SPOKANE - Nearly 30 members of the group Rolling Hills Chorus stood on stage and gave the performance of their lives last month.

Lady Greyhounds win, advance to District tourney

OTHELLO - The Grandview Lady Greyhound softball team punched its ticket to the CWAC District tourney with a 7-3 victory last Saturday over Ephrata in a District play-in contest.

BHS Pirates dominate six-school invitational

GLENWOOD - A total of 14 first-place finishes, seven each on both the boys and girls side, left Bickleton standing tall at the conclusion of last Friday's Jeff Agar Track & Field Classic.

Vikings secure District win against Granger after a shootout

MABTON - It was a tightly contested match between SCAC foes this past Saturday, but Mabton prevailed 2-1 via a shootout against Granger in the first round of the District playoffs.

'Hounds succumb to Othello in District tourney play

OTHELLO - The Grandview Greyhound soccer team has one last hope of staying alive in the postseason because of a 3-0 loss at Othello this past Saturday at Districts.

Grizzlies advance to Regional playoffs

SPOKANE - "I know Angel can make the difference here," Sunnyside keeper Cristian Vargas told Coach David Guevara.

Former retail worker takes customer service skills to the bank

Working in retail service can be enjoyable if you are customer service oriented like Karina Lopez.




Friday, May 4

Grape canopy-management focus of researcher's work

PROSSER - Eileen Harbertson is a master's student at the Prosser Washington State University Extension Office. She has been conducting research on canopy management in grape vines by using strigolactone, not available commercially.

Grant will double size of Sunnyside health clinic

The Neighborhood Health Services clinic in Sunnyside learned Tuesday, May 1, that it has received a federal grant for $4.7 million that will pay for an expansion of its facilities, allowing the clinic to serve more patients.

Prayer walk paints Sunnyside with hope

In observance of the National Day of Prayer, more than a dozen Sunnyside area residents walked through the city praying for seven spheres of influence yesterday.

Greyhounds advance in District play after securing 1-0 shootout victory over Selah

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview boys soccer team secured a 1-0 shootout victory over Selah to advance into tomorrow's (Saturday) semi-finals of 2A District competition at Othello.

Grizzlies thump Rams, move on to 3A Regionals

Abel Martinez was plenty able for 20 minutes as the junior scored two goals in sparking the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team to a 6-1 District playoff win over visiting West Valley.

Mabton students catch reading fever

MABTON - Mabton Artz-Fox Elementary School students are climbing the wall of reading success.

Presbyterians hosting special tea for award-winning author in June

Award winning author Jane Kirkpatrick will be speaking at a tea in Sunnyside on Saturday, June 30, starting at 3 p.m. at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church.

Schultz wins karaoke contest

For the past five weeks residents of the Yakima Valley have converged at Sunnyside's Fuego Lounge for an entertaining karaoke contest.

"F' as in Frank

School daze

School daze

Word Nerd

Copyright term extensions have destroyed the effect of copyright

Copyright term extensions have destroyed the effect of copyright

Thursday, May 3

Two men sentenced in Sunnyside-area robbery

YAKIMA - Juan Carlos Sanchez and Daniel Arredondo were both sentenced in Yakima County Superior Court on Tuesday for a robbery near Sunnyside on Dec. 18, 2010.

Sunnyside man faces charges in Oregon

HOOD RIVER, ORE. - Oregon State Police officers with the help of the Hood River Sheriff's Office and Hood River Police Department this past Tuesday morning arrested Daniel Cerda, 26, of Sunnyside on requested charges of eluding and reckless driving.

Stormwater issue billboard focus

"Only rain in the drain!" That slogan is part of a message headed to a Sunnyside billboard this month.

Sunnyside elementary schools recognized for achievement in academic improvements

EVERETT - Three Sunnyside elementary schools last week were recognized by the Washington State Board of Education and Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for academic gains.

No 'paws' in 600 miles for father-daughter duo

MABTON - It's been Mike Hansen's life-long dream to take a walk. But not just any walk.

Herrera, Lara combine for 5-of-6 victories notched by GHS boys

GRANDVIEW - The Greyhounds' final tune-up before next week's CWAC District track and field meet showed that Grandview's boys are on the cusp of putting it all together at the right time.

Prieto, Ebbelaar grab two victories apiece for GHS girls

GRANDVIEW - A pair of Grandview sophomores, Kassie Prieto and Miranda Ebbelaar, each secured two victories at a four-school CWAC girls track and field meet hosted by the Lady Greyhounds yesterday afternoon.

Sierra Vista third quarter honor roll students named

A total of 22 students at Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the third quarter of the 2011-12 academic year.

SHS students shine at world robotics event

ST. LOUIS, MO. - Sunnyside High School was one of more than 400 teams competing this past weekend at a world robotics championship held in St. Louis, Mo.

Wednesday, May 2

Voter cards for new districts sent by auditor

Because Washington state has redrawn the voter district boundaries, the Yakima County Auditor's Office this week began mailing out new voter registration cards to voters affected by the district changes.

Republican women to host first meeting on May 15

The first Sunnyview Republican Women's Club meeting is set for Tuesday, May 15, at Snipes Mountain Restaurant and Microbrewery in Sunnyside.

Near to below normal temps, rainfall predicted here in Sunnyside

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting Sunnyside will experience temperatures that are near or below normal during the month of May.

Lower Valley prep graduation dates scheduled

After twelve or more years of fruitful toil in school, the class of 2012 is about ready to graduate.

Senators King, Honeyford win 'Guardian of Small Business' award

The National Federation of Independent Business has named Washington State Senators Curtis King (R-Yakima) and Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) as recipients of its Guardians of Small Business Award for 2012.

Hastings, GOP eye fall elections

The U.S. Senate's inability to pass a budget and the incumbent president's campaign strategy were among the discussion items during Congressman Doc Hastings' stop in Sunnyside yesterday.

Luther , Meyer SHS's qualifiers for District tourney

EAST WENATCHEE - Nathan Meyer and Chandler Luther of Sunnyside closed out Columbia Basin Big Nine League play this past Monday by carding rounds of 92 and 94, respectively.

Ramirez, Pasillas improve doubles record to 7-3

MOXEE - The Red Devils defeated Grandview 4-1 at yesterday's match held at East Valley High School, but the Greyhounds' top doubles team continued its success.

Golden goal sinks Grizzly soccer team

The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer squad rallied from a two-goal deficit before losing 3-2 on a golden goal in overtime by visiting Kennewick.


SHS event very successful

SHS event very successful

Off the Record

Let's work hand-in-hand to eliminate crime locally

Let's work hand-in-hand to eliminate crime locally

Tuesday, May 1

Funding graduation ceremony, helping families in need goal of local YV-Tech students

The seven young Sunnyside ladies enrolled in the morning YV-Tech nursing assistant program have formulated a two-pronged plan.

'Life lessons' provided by motivational speaker

\Every day after school young John was beat up by a group of his peers.

Sunnysider honored for his gift of life

It was a simple choice Alvino Luis Carranza Sanchez made when he renewed his driver's license.

Mabton boys establish several personal records

MATTAWA - The Mabton boys placed sixth in a seven-team field at the Wahluke Windbreaker Invite in Mattawa last Friday, but they showed progress and set personal records at the meet.

Lucas third low scorer

EPHRATA - Only two golfers turned in a lower round than Grandview's Kayla Lucas at yesterday's three-school CWAC girls golf match, staged at Ephrata's Lakeview Golf & Country Club.

SCHS Knights pick up split on Mustangs' home diamond

PROSSER - A complete game pitching performance by Wyatt Hoff, who helped his own cause by ripping a single and double in four plate appearances, sparked the Sunnyside Christian varsity to a 5-3 victory over the Prosser JV baseball team yesterday afternoon.

Chilly hurdles awaited hunters' trip to Kyrgyzstan

Offered a trip to go winter hunting in Kyrgyzstan, Gary Christensen tried to decline.

New eatery owner putting customers first

George Curiel says he was a youngster when he first decided he wanted to open a business.

New-to-town Verizon retailer gives back to Sunnyside's Promise

The Cellular Connection (TCC), the nation's self proclaimed largest premium Verizon Wireless retailer, made its presence known to Sunnyside last Friday.