Stories for August 2013


Friday, August 30

Let’s all write America’s bucket list

Over the summer I’ve perused three or four books about bucket lists (those collections of tasks, large and small, that one dreams of completing before “kicking the bucket”) and my reading dovetails nicely with the perceived state of the nation.

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Over the Shoulder

1943: Cigarette drive held in Sunnyside

A dry bath in paradise

The evening was one of those that come back to you time after time, year after long year. It comes back and whispers of how good life can be when you’re well fed, enjoying life, and a good friend shares the front porch with you on a summer’s evening.

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Studebaker restoration a tribute to first owner

Considering it’s more than 60 years old, the shiny little white Studebaker pick-up truck parked in front of Sunnyside’s Albrecht Glass looks pretty darn close like it did when it rolled out of the South Bend, Indiana Studebaker assembly line plant in 1952.

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate Karla Negrete

Others may see her as handicapped, but Karla Negrete is out to prove “…you don’t have to live up to media standards.”

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$83 million-plus budget OK’d for local schools

Last night the Sunnyside School Board, after a public hearing, adopted a 2013-14 general fund budget of more than $66.6 million, which is approximately $2 million more than the 2012-13 school year.

Spokane firm hired for upgrade at SHS

T.W. Clark Construction last night was awarded a $5.27 million contract that calls for adding on 13 classrooms to Sunnyside High School’s two-story building.

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Chamber gathering

Sunnyside Inn Bed and Breakfast hosted the tri-chamber social last night, Thursday, for the Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser chambers of commerce.

Filipino Americans get own month

The Sunnyside School Board at last night’s meeting recognized and approved a proclamation for Filipino-American Month.

No new school nurse in Sunnyside schools…yet

The Sunnyside School Board at its regular meeting last night (Thursday) did not approve the funding to hire a new school nurse.

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Outlook woman sustains injuries in I-82 rollover

Teen witch shines in young adult book

Hadley Bishop is suffering from nightmares about the first woman killed in the Salem witch trials...

Community treasure lost


It has been several weeks now since we lost a community treasure with the death of Jake van Oostrum.

Award-winning Susie McEntire in concert on Sept. 8 in Sunnyside

Award-wining Christian inspirational singer Susie McEntire will be in Sunnyside on Sunday, Sept. 8, to perform at a free concert to benefit the Flying H Youth Ranch, a Central Washington Christian-based rehabilitative center for boys.

$83 million-plus budget OK'd for local schools

Last night the Sunnyside School Board, after a public hearing, adopted a 2013-14 general fund budget of more than $66.6 million, which is approximately $2 million more than the 2012-13 school year.

Eugenio D. Villalba


Eugenio D. Villalba, 71, of Grandview died on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Yakima.

Thursday, August 29


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Local toddler helps family win Seahawks season tickets

A cute toddler, an extreme fan and social media all combined to win the Soto family of Sunnyside two season tickets for Seattle Seahawk home games this year.

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Prepping for fall volleyball season at Sunnyside High School

Sunnyside High School girls turning out for volleyball started preparations for the 2013 season this week.

Grandview Parks & Rec Briefs

Grandview Parks & Rec Briefs

Board approves last minute staff additions

The Grandview School Board approved administration recommendations to hire three certificated personnel during this past Monday night's regular board meeting.

Test scores rising in local schools

Test scores continue to climb in school districts around the Lower Valley, according to statistics released by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Sunnyside banker carries on family tradition

After attending college to become an elementary school teacher, Ben Eisenga decided that he needed to do something else.

Wednesday, August 28

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Water rationing continues

New well likely fix

MABTON – Even as residents in south Mabton were seen watering their driveways early Tuesday evening despite the town’s current emergency water restrictions, Mabton City Council was learning its water woes are getting worse.

Mabton police aid in Pine Street pot grow bust

MABTON – Mabton police assisted the Drug Enforcement Agency and LEAD Task Force agents in raiding a Mabton residence last Friday. The Pine Street residence was known by police to be a marijuana grow operation, Mabton Police Chief Rick Gutierrez told Mabton Council last night (Tuesday).

Deputized DeLorean

It was back to the future on the first day back to school in Grandview as Assistant Police Chief Kal Fuller cruised around in Lynn Boast’s DeLorean to write tickets in school zones.

Sunnyside city computers to be upgraded

Sunnyside Finance Director David Layden told the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night that the costs of information technology services from Yakima County will not increase, but that the city’s computers need to be upgraded.

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Grandview awarded $1.02 million for Bonnieview Road upgrade project

GRANDVIEW – The city of Grandview can move forward with plans to upgrade another of its streets.

September’s beautification awards to honor community

GRANDVIEW – Mary Barrett has this year been responsible for the city of Grandview’s monthly beautification award program.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs

The Sunnyside City Council has canceled its workshop meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 3, due to lack of agenda items. The next regular council meeting will be Monday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Law & Justice Center.

Grandview to consider marijuana moratorium

GRANDVIEW – Considering how it might establish zoning laws and issue business licenses once Washington state’s legalized marijuana law takes effect, the Grandview City Council plans to consider a moratorium.

Improvements at Mabton schools being addressed

MABTON – Less than a week into the 2013-14 school year, principals in the Mabton School District are already looking at ways to better their schools.

Board approves staffing moves

MABTON – In action this past Monday, the Mabton School Board approved personnel changes that included hiring elementary school secretary Cynthia Gallegos, assistant high school football coach Nathan Smith and math teacher Stephen Wofford.

Curriculum receives nod from Mabton school directors

MABTON – High school students in Mabton have some alternatives when it comes to advanced placement courses as Monday night the school board approved curriculum for AP Spanish and world history courses.

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Got ewe

Yakima Humane Society Animal Control Officers Stephanie Riehs and Crystal Goss (above L-R) escort one of two sheep that were on the lamb from C. Speck Motors’ service department Tuesday afternoon.

Sunnyside man stabbed in argument about drug money

An argument about money for a marijuana buy resulted in a stabbing in the 800 block of Madison Drive late Tuesday night. That’s according to Sunnyside police.

Firemen kept busy with false alarm calls

A false alarm in the 400 block of Alexander Road and a faulty automatic alarm in the Reeves Way area were Sunnyside firemen’s only two fire calls during the past 24 hours.

Sunnyside School Board Agenda

Sunnyside School Board Agenda

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Dental assistant boosting self-confidence one smile at a time

Jessica Guizar didn’t plan on becoming a dental assistant for Dr. Jared Condie at Sunny Smile Orthodontics.

Construction noise still legal at night

The Sunnyside City Council did not come to a conclusion on the proposed amendments to the city’s noise ordinance at Monday night’s meeting.

New Lady 'Hounds coach readies for 2013 fall season

Becky Ramirez, Grandview High School's new volleyball coach, is no stranger to the game.

Weather system grant approved

The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution this past Monday night to accept a Federal Aviation Administration grant for $257,266 to fund the purchase and installation of the Sunnyside Municipal Airport's automatic weather observing system.

Tuesday, August 27

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Humble beginnings lead to a life of philanthropy for native of Sunnyside

Irma Mejia has always felt a drive to serve the community she loves.

PMH Medical Center hopes to make children's ER visits “Ouch-less”

PROSSER – Recognizing that the emergency room can be a scary place for children, the PMH Medical Center has developed the “Ouch-less” Pediatric ER.

New providers at Yakima Memorial

Two new providers have joined Memorial Physicians, PLLC. Praveen Guturu, MD will be working with Yakima Gastroenterology Associates. Guturu earned his medical degree from Andhra Medical College in Visakhapatnam, India, completed his residency and fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and is board-certified in Internal Medicine.

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Reel fun

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James "Jim" Marion Van Corbach Sr.


F. Kenneth Taylor


Heritage University launches physician assistant program

TOPPENISH- A new program launching at Heritage University is poised to impact health care for those living in rural areas of the Pacific Northwest.

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Wellness Center adds three new service providers

PROSSER – Three new specialty health practioners have joined the team at Clinical and Wellness Massage, 705 Seventh St., Prosser.

Monday, August 26

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Special guest

Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci introduced his mother, Gina Barry, who is visiting Sunnyside from Rocky Hills, Conn., to the Sunnyside Lions Club during its dinner meeting late last week.

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Sunnyside neighborhood landmark removed

“The Krazy K Ranch” sign came down last Friday morning.

Pole fire likely caused by rain storm

A pole fire, which reportedly may have been caused by transformer sparks due to Sunday’s late afternoon rain storm, was easily contained last evening, according to Sunnyside firemen.

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Healthy families

An open house and literacy night event last Friday at Grandview’s Inspire Development Center drew numerous families from throughout the community.

Search for police chief back on in Sunnyside

New Sunnyside City Manager Donald Day is wasting no time finding a police chief for the city.

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Eagle court of honor held for local scout

Avery Gardner was surrounded by friends and family Sunday night as he was awarded the highest honor in scouting.

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Sunnyside math coach honored as ESD 105’s regional teacher of year

Joshua Schlegel, a Mabton native and math coach at Harrison Middle School in Sunnyside, this morning was honored as ESD 105’s Regional Teacher of the Year for 2013-14. The surprise announcement came Monday morning during a meeting at the SHS auditorium for Sunnyside School District employees.

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University of Idaho redshirt junior 2013 Banana Belt champ

A redshirt junior on the University of Idaho men’s golf team this fall, Zach Wanderscheid claimed top honors in the 2013 Banana Belt.

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Lighten Up!

James Marion Van Corbach Sr.


Mid-Columbia senior tour leaders stumble at Canyon Lakes Golf Course

KENNEWICK – A sixth-place finish for the Black Rock Creek team at last week’s stop on the 2013 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour was the first time this summer the Sunnyside-area squad didn’t place in the top three.

Zillah golfer bests field in ladies play last Tuesday

Marlana Williams of Zillah emerged victorious in ladies play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course last week.

Friday, August 23

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Allied Arts offers alternative rock to theatre arts during coming weeks

YAKIMA – Several weekends of entertaining options are being hosted by the Allied Arts of Yakima Valley beginning Saturday, Aug. 24.

Outdoor fun planned at state parks

The state parks August events calendar continues with a variety of exciting offerings for visitors who want to take part in the yearlong Centennial 2013 celebration.

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It’s menudo time in Granger

It’s time to break out your favorite menudo recipe and polish it off for entry into the 10th annual Washington State Menudo Festival to be held Sunday, Sept. 1, at Granger’s Hisey Park. The festivities begin at 11 a.m.

Johnson Orchards hosts benefit event on Sept. 7

YAKIMA - Local artists will set up shop at Johnson Orchards, located at 4906 Summitview Ave. in Yakima, on Saturday, Sept. 7, to raise money for Children’s Village in Yakima.

Rail and steam show tomorrow in Toppenish

TOPPENISH – The 16th annual Northern Pacific Railway Museum and Steam Show will take place tomorrow (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Toppenish.

Prosser Senior Center hosts dance Aug. 29

PROSSER – The Prosser Senior Center is sponsoring a special “Swing into Fall” dance event for all Lower Yakima Valley seniors.

Labor Day events slated

GOLDENDALE – If you are looking for fun and entertainment amongst the vineyards, Maryhill Winery is the place to be Labor Day weekend – Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

Car show in Naches on tap for Sept. 14

NACHES – Sign-ups are currently being taken for those who want to enter their favorite rides – cars or motorcycles – in the Fire ‘Em Up Naches Fire & Rescue Show & Shine.

Gary O’s making return to Prosser’s VFW post

PROSSER – Glitz, shine and sparkles…all that and more will be on display at the fifth annual Gary O’s Car & Bike Show at Prosser’s VFW Post 3207.

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Central Washington State Fair seeking talent

YAKIMA – Musical entertainers and bands that would like to perform at the 2013 Central Washington State Fair are urged to sign up to perform on one of the fair’s stages. Fair officials are looking for local talent to perform throughout the week between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Leo Adams exhibit opens on Sept. 12

YAKIMA – The Larson Gallery and Yakima Valley Museum will have on exhibit artwork by Leo Adams beginning Thursday, Sept. 12.

GHS drama students on stage Sept. 5-7

GRANDVIEW – Three performances of “Drama 102,” an original play written by Grandview High School drama club members, will be staged at Smith Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 5, through Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.


Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo at Kennewick’s Benton County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Family movie night at Sunnyside’s Oasis Community Church, 6 p.m. (free admission). Sunset vineyard trail ride at Benton City’s Kiona Vineyards, 6:30 p.m.

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Bleyhl constructing new agronomy center in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – A new 37,600 sq. ft. building will soon be constructed next to the Bleyhl Country Store in Grandview.

sunnyside city council agenda

Call to order – roll call Invocation – Pat Beeman Pledge of Allegiance

Skateboarders attract police attention

Reports of juveniles skateboarding off loading docks in the 700 block of East Edison Avenue were among the suspicious circumstances reported to Sunnyside police during the past 24 hours. Police were unable to locate any skateboard activity in the reported area.

Hot pan on stove attracts firemen

A hot, smoking pan on the stove got the attention of Sunnyside firemen around suppertime last night (Thursday).

High volume of calls keeps Grandview cops occupied

Police in Grandview were busy since yesterday morning (Thursday) with more than 20 incidents to handle.

Kim case proceeds to motion hearing

Helen and Fred Kim’s journey through Sunnyside’s legal system continued this past Thursday morning, when they were assigned a motion hearing date of Friday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m.

Few calls for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to two automatic alarms and took an informational call yesterday (Thursday) in the Lower Valley.

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I. Meeting to order

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Hotdog heaven

Deciding which toppings to use to dress the hotdogs served at Thursday’s Sunnyside Port District appreciation BBQ was a serious matter for young Addison Hester (at left).

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Sleep specialist on board at hospital

He’s only been on the job for a week, but Grandview Medical Center has kept the Sunnyside Community Hospital’s newest physician hopping.

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Mattalynn Meyers

Mattalyn “Mattie” Meyers loves her community and she believes it is important to instill the enthusiasm she has for Sunnyside with others.

It’s never too late to show you care

Earlier this week I read a heart-touching story about a 92-year-old woman adopting a 71-year-old woman who has since her teens been a part of the older woman’s family.

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Let the Pantsuit dance

It’s time to address the burning question on the lips of every American this summer: what will happen to Bryan Cranston’s pork pie hat after “Breaking Bad” ends its run?

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Childless they deserve to live?

Whether you are arising from a long, luxurious sleep or frantically cleaning up melted crayons, surely you have a strong opinion on the cover story in the Aug. 12 “Time” magazine: “The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children.”

‘Obamacare’ – a work in progress

An open letter from Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler



Our church is reading the Bible in a year and we’ve recently been immersed in the Book of Job. We observed that Job took a great risk in challenging God to answer his complaint. Job wasn’t content with the traditional rationale of his friends who said his suffering was a result of sinfulness on his part. Job was innocent and he was willing to take his case to the supreme judge for vindication.

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Donald Clyde Smith


Yasmin Esmeralda Rivera Diaz


Thursday, August 22

American Legion post in Sunnyside tops in the state recruiting members

The members of Sunnyside’s American Legion post have a lot to be proud of... service to the country, a fantastic veterans memorial in Sunnyside and now an unexpected accomplishment in membership recruiting efforts.

Local woman falls prey to sophisticated scam

The message a former Yakima County Sheriff’s Office employee and her 73-year-old mother want to impart is that no one is immune to fraud.

SASA presentation impresses new parks and rec coordinator

Trish Combs, co-director of the Sunnyside Arts and Sports Association (SASA), yesterday (Wednesday) presented an informational slide show to the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Board.

Summer wildfires continue to blaze

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to be cautious, alert and aware of burn restrictions.

Sunnyside Museum upgrades completed

The Sunnyside Museum has undergone a number of improvements to make the city building Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.

Special gift will be sent to Japan after city council approval is received

After receiving a scarf that was hand delivered by exchange student Yuki Okudaira of Narashino, Chiba in Japan, Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci wanted to send something in return.

Sunnyside native brings ton of experience to winemaking

After six years of college, Marcus Miller realized that he really wanted to learn how to make wine.

Towing contract awarded

YAKIMA – The Yakima County commissioners this past Tuesday awarded a contract for investigative and evidence tow services to Elite Towing and Recovery Services, which operates in Sunnyside and Yakima.

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Backpack give-away

Backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to the Sunnyside School District’s five elementary schools this week, just in time for the start of the new school year (Aug. 27).

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Are you ready for some football?

It’s back to the gridiron for the 2013 Sunnyside High School football campaign.

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Wayne R. Pauley Jr.


Wednesday, August 21

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Back to school signals changing of the seasons

The back-to-school season starts today with Mabton students heading back to class. Soon those in Sunnyside and elsewhere in the valley will follow suit.

An American ‘trial’

At one time in history, there was a general belief in the Divine Right of Kings. Whatever the king or ruler decided at that moment was the law. Thus, standards were constantly changing. Because “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” in the immortal words of Lord Acton, laws handed down by kings were often arbitrary, unfair, unjust and cruel.

Is CO2 really the target?

Environmental activists claim they want to reduce production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. If so, they’re going about it in a very strange way.

Marriage is alive and well…for some

Boy, are some Americans losing interest in marriage these days. According to a National Center for Family and Marriage Research study, the U.S. marriage rate is on the decline. Whereas 92 out of 1,000 single women married in 1920, only 31 out of 1,000 are marrying today.

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Sunnyside couple unites in Hawaii

Makena Cove in Maui, Hawaii was the setting for the April 21, 2013 wedding of Elizabeth Munoz and Jesse Arriaga Jr.

Raised garden bed workshop scheduled to be held Aug. 24

People interested in learning how to grow produce in their own back yards should sign up now for the Saturday, Aug. 24, raised bed workshop at Heavenly Hills Harvest Permaculture Farm and Education Center near Sunnyside.

Rare remote wars

My friend shared this hilarious story with me, so I will pass it on: Our church choir in Post Falls, Idaho always enjoyed taking holiday music to assisted living facilities. The room in Hayden, Idaho provided just enough space for the choir to stand in two rows between the fireplace and the audience of residents.

Bosses and teachers have so much power over our loved ones

We talk about you at dinner. Almost every night, our spouse or child gives us a recap of your day. We hear about your moods, what you said or did, sometimes, we even hear about your wardrobe and facial expressions.

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‘Jailhouse Rock’ performances set for Aug. 24-25

GRANDVIEW – Allegro Children’s Theatre’s presentation of “Jailhouse Rock” will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25.

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2008 SHS graduate now holding reins of Lady Grizzly volleyball program

Working under the direction of her father as the JV coach last season, 2008 Sunnyside High School graduate Jordyne Jaquish is now at the helm of the Lady Grizzly volleyball program.

Fortune smiles on Martin

Luck of the draw decides Sunnyside primary race

YAKIMA – After two weeks Sunnyside finally has a second candidate for the District 3 city council contest in this November’s General Election.

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Case dismissed against man video taping police

A man’s right to video tape a Sunnyside police SWAT team raid has been upheld by Sunnyside Municipal Court Judge Steven Michels. Michels dismissed an obstruction of a law enforcement officer charge brought against Thomas C. Warren of Sunnyside, after Sunnyside Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck and City Prosecuting Attorney Kenneth W. Raber agreed to withdraw the charges.

Communication one of key issues, says Mabton School Board candidate

With three children attending classes in the Mabton School District, Wendy Morrow has a vested interest in the district’s success. She’s not just interested in the school district, she’s also becoming an active participant. That includes a decision last week to file for a vacancy on the Mabton School Board.

SHS Lady Grizzly volleyball tryouts set for Monday, Aug. 26

Newly hired Sunnyside High School head volleyball coach Jordyne Jaquish has scheduled tryouts for next Monday, Aug. 26.

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Seattle’s World Fair documentary underway

In 1962 Seattle hosted the World’s Fair. Structural engineers with the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington were a large part of the process that made it so unique. That’s according to today’s Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club speaker Jill Shuttleworth, a local engineer.


Pastor in the making details teen mission to Tucson, Arizona

Alex Brouwer returned to the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club Monday afternoon as a guest speaker. Brouwer, who graduated from Sunnyside Christian High School this past summer, had served as a student representative to the club for two years. His return was marked by good attendance as Brouwer gave a presentation on a mission trip taken by the Grandview Church of the Nazarene to Tucson, Ariz.

Music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients

Dear Savvy Senior, what can you tell me about music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients? I’m helping my dad take care of my 80-year-old mother who has mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and thought it might be something worth trying. How do we proceed? - Unmusical Mary

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Gilbert "Wil" Lynn Hernandez


Tuesday, August 20

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Busy as a...

Insects that look to be paper wasps make hay in the sunshine on a sunflower in Sunnyside.

Port of Sunnyside unveils early look at 2014 budget

Port of Sunnyside officials set an optimistic tone for 2014 last night with a preliminary budget that anticipates the possibility of land sales for business expansion in the area.

Temporary fix of water shortage being implemented

MABTON – In an effort to improve the city’s water supply and to accommodate the opening of Mabton schools, Mabton city officials, along with the state Department of Health has approved the opening of city well #3.

Sunnyside Walmart store donates $1,000 to help rescue homeless pets

Sunnyside Walmart store manager Kimberly Pierce and her sales associates are proud to announce a $1,000 donation to Prevent Homeless Pets.

Sunnyside schools leading the way in meeting common core standards

Schools throughout the state of Washington are trying to find a way to meet common core state standards, and Sunnyside is leading the way with the adoption of its new curriculum.

Routine day for S’side cops

Sunnyside police have had a relatively quiet 24 hours since yesterday (Monday).

Sunnyside mechanic enjoys fixing big rigs

A few years ago Joel Gonzalez decided he was ready to run his own shop and started Empire Heavy Equipment Repair, providing around the clock service.

CDL training scholarships being offered in Sunnyside

There is a demand for truck drivers, but some may find it difficult to afford the training.

'Bloomerang' makes its return

Save time on Saturday Sept. 14, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to attend the second annual Bloomerang Vintage Flea Market to be held in Sunnyside.

What do new investors really need to know?

If you’re starting out as an investor, you might be feeling overwhelmed. After all, it seems like there’s just so much to know. How can you get enough of a handle on basic investment concepts so that you’re comfortable in making well-informed choices?

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Lucrella Elizabeth "Betty" Cooper


Gilbert "Wil" Hernandez


Monday, August 19

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Cristobal Garcia


Harry A. Wear


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City’s newest paramedic enjoys the outdoors

Originally from Lake Tap, in western Washington, Tucker Walker is loving living in eastern Washington, an area he has called home for the past 18 years.

Recount tomorrow for S’side primary election race

YAKIMA – Yakima County’s elections office will conduct a recount tomorrow, Tuesday, of the Sunnyside City Council District 3 primary contest that left Spencer Martin and Victor Ochoa tied at 56 votes apiece.

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Not much rest for congressman during summer break

Other than a family reunion in Portland, Ore. this past weekend, U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings is using the summer break from Washington D.C. to visit the folks he represents. It’s no small task, as his constituents live from as far south as the Columbia Gorge to as far north as the Canadian border.

Winery, food business owners being paired with foreign buyers

SEATTLE – Matching Washington’s wineries and food businesses with qualified foreign buyers is no easy task even with the state’s reputation for producing high quality, safe products already exported to numerous trading partners.

Cops kept on the move in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview were kept hopping this past weekend with more than 50 calls since Friday morning.

Tri-chamber social to be held at Sunnyside Inn Bed & Breakfast

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a tri-chamber social event at Sunnyside Inn Bed & Breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Several thefts reported in Sunnyside

Theft reports of a car, a lawnmower, cash and a wallet were reported to the Sunnyside police this past weekend.

Busy weekend for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a theft reported from the 100 block of South McLean Road near Sunnyside yesterday morning (Sunday). The victim said a credit card had been stolen.

Grandview schools gain eight new teachers

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview School Board approved the hiring of eight new employees during last week’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Grandview School Board sets new meeting dates

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board, which meets twice a month during most of the year, has set its new meeting schedule for the coming school year. The board approved the meeting schedule during last week’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Firemen offer manpower at two county fires

Sunnyside firemen provided extra manpower twice to Yakima County Fire District #5 firemen during the past weekend.

Eight county wastewater plants earn awards

Eight Yakima County wastewater treatment plants are among the 107 perfect performing treatment plants in the state which have been awarded the state Department of Ecology 2012 Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award.

Local business growth focus of New Vision’s five-year plan

YAKIMA – Meeting the needs of local companies is the top priority for a five-year plan recently announced by New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association.

Friday, August 16

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Summer play slated for early September

GRANDVIEW – Four reluctant students learn through disappointment that they must be the change they want to see in the world in a summer on-stage presentation by the Grandview High School drama club.

Valley-wide talent show planned

PROSSER – People of all ages are invited to participate in the Prosser Chamber of Commerce Valley’s Got Talent contest sponsored by PMH Medical Center.

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Ben Vereen to be featured speaker at symposium

YAKIMA - Tony Award winning actor, singer and dancer Ben Vereen will be the featured speaker at the 28th annual Merrill Scott Symposium Banquet scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Yakima Visitors and Convention Center, located in Yakima.

Carnival in Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey invites families to plug into a circus experience like no other at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Fully Charged - Gold Edi-tion, to be staged at the Toyota Center in Kennewick Thursday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Sept. 29.

Exhibit opens Sept. 12

YAKIMA – The Larson Gallery and Yakima Valley Museum will have on exhibit artwork by Leo Adams beginning Thursday, Sept. 12.

Doug Diamond featured musical guest at jamboree

MABTON - The August Gospel music jamboree will feature artist Doug Diamond. Everyone is welcome to enjoy his singing, guitar playing, great sense of humor and his love of Gospel music at the monthly jamboree.

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Primary lessons

The primary election that appears to be mercifully coming to an end next week has me longing for the days when we used to have the old polling places down the street.

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Government creates problems, then makes them worse

Two recent law-enforcement decisions illustrate yet again that when government sets out to solve a problem it created, things get much worse.

Epithets good for the soul

“Sanctimonious siphons, it’s hot!” said Dud, sitting at the philosophy counter and turning over his coffee cup for action with a single smooth move. Dud is a regular at the Mule Barn truck stop’s legendary world dilemma think tank.

Support lauded

Thank you so much to my wonderful American West bank team, all of our customers in the Sunnyside and surrounding areas, and friends for their attendance and support of the spaghetti dinner held Aug. 11.

Great minds on government

Too many of our political leaders see government as the solution to our challenges. If only they paid more consideration to what some of our great minds had to say about government.

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Sunnyside Rotarians lauded for volunteer work

“Service above self” is the motto of Rotary International and Sunnyside’s Daybreak Rotarians are living accordingly.

Zoning change public hearing set for Sept. 10

The Sunnyside Housing Authority is requesting a zoning change for some of its property on Federal Way from moderate density residential to high density residential.

New noise hours for construction work recommended

The Sunnyside Planning Commission is recommending a change in the city’s noise ordinance that would restrict construction related noise to the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Farm Workers Clinic volunteers earn Point of Light Award honors

YAKIMA - The Ameri-Corps members in the Community HealthCorps at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic recently earned the Daily Point of Light Award for their service to the community. The Daily Point of Light Award is given to individuals who contribute to their communities through volunteerism, making an impact and working to address their community’s needs.

Social media child abduction reports have no merit, say police

It’s spreading like wildfire on the internet... reports that attempts have been made to abduct children from their homes.

Thieves strike Outlook twice

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported yesterday morning (Thursday) from the 300 block of Outlook Road near Outlook. The only item listed as missing is a cell phone.

Busy day for cops in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are investigating a theft reported yesterday afternoon (Thursday) from Eastside Park. Yesterday officers also responded to two automatic alarms, a citizen complaint, three reports of malicious mischief and four noise complaints.

Myriad of complaints phoned in

Sunnyside police investigations during the past 24 hours included two reports of suspicious circumstances and three reports of problems with juveniles.

Food handlers permit class to be held in Sunnyside Aug. 21

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club will host a food handlers class on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6:45 a.m. at the United Methodist Memorial Hall, 501 E. Edison Ave.

Job numbers climb in Yakima County

In June, Yakima County’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since last November. The rate for June 2013 was 8.7 percent, a significant drop from May’s 9.5 percent unemployment rate.

Sunnyside man one of 18 charged in cock fighting derbies

PORTLAND, ORE. – A federal grand jury has indicted 18 defendants – including Eduardo Cisneros, 27, of Sunnyside - on various charges in connection with an alleged cock fighting operation in Irrigon, Morrow County, Oregon.

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate Jaqueline Kranz

It isn’t name recognition that drives Jaqueline Kranz, who is vying for the 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside title.

Project HOPE car wash Saturday

Sunnyside High School’s “Operation HOPE” will hold a car wash at Pizza Hut, 2680 Yakima Valley Highway, Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for the club to be used for future community projects.

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Not smooth sailing for group charged with cleaning up water

GRANGER – A disagreement over the ultimate impact the Groundwater Advisory Committee will have on the Lower Yakima Valley was not settled at last night’s meeting, but the issue has been raised and will be discussed in the committee’s workgroups.

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Sunnyside United presses on despite loss of grant funding

Sunnyside United’s efforts to obtain grants that help in the battle against criminal gangs and youth drug/alcohol use weren’t enough to preserve a sex trafficking grant.

Slaying dragons

Key is taming small issues before they grow

PROSSER – In a span of just over a year, Katherine Weaver’s husband left and a child she hoped to adopt was snatched from her.

Something cool

Since it has been so hot lately I thought it would be nice to think about something cool, like the Antarctic.

Thursday, August 15

Get to know...Daniel Robbins

Get to know...Daniel Robbins

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Three decades plus for board member of Grandview’s Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo

GRANDVIEW – The Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo as we know it today is thanks to the work of several volunteers over the past few decades.

Pervs in the press

The creeps who edit New York’s Daily News and Post are expanding the boundaries of bad journalism, which, considering the source is quite a trick. That’s regrettable, because the city’s tabloids used to provide fun and relatively harmless reading.

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Congressional mailbag

In addition to receiving thousands of e-mails, phone calls, letters and messages from social media on a variety of topics, I recently conducted a round of telephone town halls to all eight counties that make up the Fourth Congressional District. I want to share a few questions that your neighbors recently asked me:

The little red hen

Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm past the woods. She was friends with a bossy but politically connected pig, a groveling sheep who worked as a flunky for the village and a scared little mouse who specialized in running away and hiding.

State suspends credentials of three Yakima County nurses

Washington State Department of Health officials this week announced that three Yakima County nurses have had their credentials suspended.

Varied calls phoned in to deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to a variety of calls in the Lower Valley yesterday (Wednesday), including two traffic problems, an animal problem, a noise complaint, a missing person report and a request for a welfare check.

Local firemen have slow day

Sunnyside firemen answered seven aid calls during the past 24 hours. They also provided citizens with five transports and made one facility transfer.

Neighbor spots burglary

GRANDVIEW – An alert neighbor reported a possible burglary to police yesterday (Wednesday) from the 600 block of Hillcrest Road. The neighbor reported that children had broken into a garage. Grandview police are investigating the incident.

Motorist in fatal accident ID’d

The man who died in a one-vehicle rollover accident early this past Tuesday morning approximately seven miles north of Sunnyside has been identified by the Washington State Patrol.

Police on lookout for egg throwing vandals

For the second time in two days vandals have damaged property with eggs, according to the Sunnyside police report.

Only one person files for vacant school board director’s seat in Mabton

YAKIMA – A Mabton School Board seat that attracted no candidates during the May filing week now has a candidate.

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Legal doesn’t mean it’s safe

This one is for the children of Sunnyside.

Feedback on air quality plan wanted by state

The Washington Department of Ecology is asking for public input on an update to the state’s implementation plan for meeting air quality standards.

Food handlers permit class in Sunnyside on tap Aug. 21

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club will host a food handlers class on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6:45 a.m. at the United Methodist Memorial Hall, 501 E. Edison Ave.

Luck of the draw will apparently decide incumbent councilman’s opponent

The luck of the draw will apparently decide who joins incumbent Don Vlieger on the general election ballot for the Sunnyside City Council, District 3 race.

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Sunnyside Connects opts to go off the grid

After a lengthy discussion on whether or not its meetings should be open to the public, the group known as Sunnyside Connects opted to tear up its old agreement, draft a new one and become an unofficial ad hoc forum.

Vitalina Sanchez


Monholland cards sizzling round of 75

Carol Monholland bested the field, and had her way with the course, in ladies 18-hole play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past Tuesday.

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Cougar Baseball Camp

WSU coaches help Sunnyside youngsters improve their skills on hardball diamond

Three Pac-12 baseball teams have won four national titles over the past 10 years, including the last two seasons.

Wednesday, August 14

Shingles vaccine protects seniors and is covered by Medicare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the shingles vaccine? I just turned 65 and have been thinking about getting vaccinated, but would like to know how effective it is and how it’s covered by Medicare. Afraid of Needles

The reasons we make inaccurate assessments about other people

A client of mine recently told me, “All my boss cares about is money.”

What did you see today?

My office window opens to the view of my back yard, lined with towering lilac bushes. A wire runs from one telephone pole to another about three feet above the lilacs.

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Yard work a labor of love for Mabton family

MABTON - For the Dora Rodriguez family, keeping the lawn and garden trimmed, weeded and watered is an act of love.

Sunnyside couple celebrates golden anniversary

Longtime Sunnyside residents Pete and Marjean Laverman will mark 50 years of marriage with a dinner celebration followed by a holiday to Cannon Beach, Ore. The dinner celebration will be held Friday, Aug. 16, at Snipes Mountain Restaurant and Brewery with family and friends.

New pamphlet designed to aid with exterior color trends, house styles

Every five years most homeowners take the often dreaded step of repainting their homes’ exteriors, a job which often leads to the dreaded question – “do we change the color or repaint it the same color?”

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Re-use feed bags for attractive totes

PROSSER – One tote was adorned with colorful birds, still others with happy dogs, cats and even a goat.

Vitalina Sanchez


Tuesday, August 13

Sunnyside proceeds cautiously with state’s newly adopted laws on usage of marijuana

Last night the Sunnyside City Council voted 5-0, with two absent, to impose a six-month moratorium on the producing, processing and selling of recreational marijuana within city limits.

Youngsters earn championship honors at annual Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo

GRANDVIEW - Young-sters from throughout the Yakima Valley last week showcased their showmanship and skills at raising a variety of livestock at the annual Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo.

Grandview School Board approves $189,000 bid to improve school safety

GRANDVIEW – Monday night’s regular monthly meeting may have been a short one, but the Grandview School Board accomplished one major goal toward improving school safety for students and staff in the Grandview School District.

DUI enforcement campaign begins this Friday

DUI is the leading cause of death on Washington roadways, accountable for nearly half of the 439 fatalities on the state’s roads during 2012. That’s why between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2 extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs during the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Fatal accident on SR-241 occurs early this morning

The Washington State Patrol has reported that a fatality occurred as the result of a one-vehicle rollover accident just before 1 a.m. this morning (Tuesday). The site of the deadly mishap was about seven miles north of Sunnyside on SR-241, near milepost 19.

Quiet Monday for G’view cops

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview investigated a theft reported in the 600 block of West Wine Country Road yesterday morning (Monday).

Deputies stay busy in valley

Yakima County Sheriff deputies received two reports of animal problems, a report of malicious mischief, a noise complaint and a report of a court order violation yesterday (Monday). Deputies made an arrest in the court order violation incident.

Six-year transportation plan approved by Sunnyside Council

The Sunnyside City Council voted unanimously last night in favor of a resolution authorizing the city’s 2014-19 transportation improvement plan.

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Sunnyside native using life’s lessons in the business world

Joseph Chumley prefers to think of himself as an aspiring craftsman. The 2003 Sunnyside High School graduate owns his own business - Chumley Construction, LLC based out of Puyallup.

Council approves use of temporary employees

The Sunnyside City Council approved a memorandum of agreement Monday night with Teamsters Local #760 – Police Support Unit to allow the use of temporary employees, provisional and part-time, in the event that staffing falls below the minimum levels to be operational due to attrition, sick leave and staff shortages.

Growth management addressed

Monday night the Sunnyside City Council heard the first reading of the city’s comprehensive plan and development regulations updates as required by the Growth Management Act.

Interim prosecuting attorney hired for local municipal court

The Sunnyside City Council approved an agreement Monday night with attorney Kenneth Raber to provide interim prosecuting attorney services for the city pending review of a DUI charge against the city’s current prosecuting attorney.

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Abeyta named to state board

Yakima attorney David P. Abeyta of Abeyta Nelson Injury Law has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Washington State Association for Justice.

New G’view students can register Aug. 19

GRANDVIEW – For students new to the Grandview School District, registrations will start Monday, Aug. 19.

Returning high school students in G’view can register Aug. 21

GRANDVIEW – All returning Grandview High School students can register for the 2013-14 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Avoid ‘cramming’ for college savings

Financial Focus

If you have children, you’re keenly aware that it’s getting close to back-to-school time. Today, that might mean you need to go shopping for notebooks and pencils. But in the future, when “back to school” means “off to college,” your expenditures are likely to be significantly greater. Will you be financially prepared for that day?

School offices in Grandview open Aug. 15

GRANDVIEW – All of the Grandview school offices will open on Thursday, Aug. 15, for parents and students with questions, registration needs or other official business to tend to.

Grandview Middle School polos available

GRANDVIEW – Grandview Middle School now has available for purchase polos to comply with the new uniform policy.

Sixth grade orientation to be held Aug. 22 at Grandview Middle School

GRANDVIEW – All students entering the sixth grade at Grandview Middle School are urged to attend orientation/“Web Day” at the middle school on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Grizzly football practice begins middle next week

Sunnyside High School football practice will begin Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 3 p.m.

Maria Mendoza Garcia


Isidro Cienfuegos


Joyce Viola Waggoner


Monday, August 12

Maria Mendoza Garcia


Geronimo Pina Jr.


Michael James Scherr


Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

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Team pull contests staged in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – With driving ambition to exhibit willpower and strength, nearly a dozen teams of horses competed last Friday at the annual team pull competition at Fisher Arena in Grandview.

Hospital new site for book donations

People, who may have used the Sunnyside Community Hospital book drop formerly located at the Sunnyside Daily Sun News parking lot, may still donate books.

Car engine destroyed by fire

Sunnyside firemen were called to extinguish a car fire at the intersection of South Ninth Street and East Harrison Avenue late last Saturday night.

Lots of action in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview have been swamped since last Friday morning, responding to a burglary and three theft reports along with more than 50 other calls in that time.

Deputies have busy weekend

Yakima County Sheriff deputies were busy in the Lower Valley over the weekend, taking three dozen calls since last Friday morning, including three burglary reports.

Vlieger edges ahead in Sunnyside City Council election race

Never let it be said that a single vote does not matter.

Welfare check results in delivery of baby

Sunnyside police found what they thought was a routine welfare check request to be anything but routine this past Saturday night.

Air agency board sides against ban on manure spraying

YAKIMA – The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency sided with public opinion last Thursday in turning down a proposal that would have prohibited manure application during burn bans.

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Testing underway to determine cause of building damage near S’side fire station construction site

Last month Doug Garrison of Garrison & Associates Law Firm said he believed the building in which his business operates sustained some damage as a result of nearby construction work.

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Training exercise

Sunnyside police officers undergo active-shooter training

Sunnyside police officers in an effort to be prepared for extreme scenarios must undergo continued training.

Friday, August 9

Taylor on committee charged with ensuring state agencies conform to rules as intended

OLYMPIA - Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, was appointed this past Thursday to the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee.

It's menudo time in Granger

GRANGER - It's time to break out your favorite menudo recipe and polish it off for entry into the 10th annual Washington State Menudo Festival to be held Sunday, Sept. 1, at Granger's Hisey Park.

SHS teen's senior project kills two birds with one stone

Sunnyside High School senior Jenny Hall is well on her way to completing her senior project. This past summer Hall organized a pageant, and collected more than 1,200 cans of food for a local food bank.

Gary O's making return to Prosser's VFW post

PROSSER - Glitz, shine and sparkles...all that and more will be on display at the fifth annual Gary O's Car & Bike Show at Prosser's VFW Post 3207.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Katelyn Hazzard

Showing younger girls that living in a small town doesn't limit oneself is what motivates Katelyn Hazzard. She is vying for the 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside title and wants to be a better role model for her community.

Exchange student from Japan enjoying visit to Lower Valley

From Granger's dinosaurs to Zillah's teapot, Yukiko Kamatani has packed in plenty of sights during her short stay in Sunnyside.

Thursday, August 8

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Golden treasures, landmarks can be found in Goldendale

GOLDENDALE – Growing up in Goldendale, “the gateway to the Columbia River”, some often overlook the many beautiful landmarks that surrounded them.

City hall slowdown

The number of building permits being requested in the city of Sunnyside has gone up significantly this year but the staff available to process those permits has been reduced.

Magician of sorts Daybreak Rotary speaker

Spreading the message, "Be inspired by the magic of Rotary," Rotary International District 5060 Governor Darrell Blue of Yakima this past Wednesday morning stopped to visit with Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarians.

State's employers eligible for special incentive to avoid layoffs

Washington employers are now eligible for a special incentive to participate in a layoff-avoidance program run by the state Employment Security Department.

City council primary race too close to call

There are neck-and-neck political contests, then there are neck-and-neck-and-neck races like the Sunnyside City Council Dist. 3 primary. As of yesterday's latest tally, incumbent Don Vlieger pulled into a tie with challenger Spencer Martin at 56 votes each, with challenger Victory Ochoa just one vote back. Initial vote counts Tuesday night had just six votes separating the three, led by Martin with Vlieger three votes back. The only thing that remained unchanged from Tuesday's count in Dist. 3 is the one write-in candidate. The top two vote-getters in primary races advance to the Nov. 2 general election contest

West Nile found in Prosser, Mabton mosquitoes

Benton County Mosquito Control regularly traps and tests mosquitoes for West Nile virus. Mosquitoes collected near Prosser and Mabton tested positive for the virus this week.

Immediate care clinic now open to Sunnyside residents

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has opened a new immediate care clinic in Sunnyside. Clinic services include treatment for rashes, minor burns and injuries, ear infections, colds, sore throats, sprains, as well as flu shots and immunizations.

Roberto C. Licea


Wednesday, August 7


Patricia Diane Zacher Quigley, 42, of Cocollala, Idaho went to her heavenly Father on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Sunnyside, after a short illness.

Challengers fare well in Sunnyside primary election races

The typical case of incumbents prevailing easily in a primary election isn't the situation in Sunnyside today, as two city council veterans are facing stiff challenges.

Three kinder classes in Outlook will help alleviate strain at Sun Valley

Five years ago the local school district opened up the first-ever elementary school for kindergarten students only in Sunnyside.

No end in sight for Mabton's water woes

MABTON - The water pressure in Mabton is still very low, but apparently the pressure to get the water situation back to normal is starting to rise.

Fundraiser planned for 'Cowboy'

A fundraiser to help Frank "Cowboy" Mendez, a Sunnyside School District bus driver, will be held at the Sunnyside Eagles Aerie lodge this coming Friday, Aug. 9.

Dinner, auction fundraiser on tap

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction are planned as a part of a fundraiser being held Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Sunnyside Masonic lodge, according to event spokesperson Barbara Davis.

Mabton history buffs sought

MABTON - A meeting to discuss the preservation of Mabton's history will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Mabton Civic Center, South Street in Mabton.

College student spending her summer at city of Sunnyside's municipal pool

For some it may be difficult to balance college and a job, while giving back to the community they grew up in.

Making sense: Evil never sleeps

Rush Limbaugh fielded a phone call the other day that even he couldn't answer. "What's happened to the country I live in?" asked the frustrated woman. "And what do we do now?" The Great Rushbo was understandably flustered.

Role of a journalist is not always easy

This week the news staff at the Daily Sun News was asked to read a trade journal article written about the firing of a freelance writer who spoke out during a public meeting.


Tjitze Jacob (Jake) van Oostrum, 85, of Sunnyside died on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 in Sunnyside. Mr. van Oostrum was born Nov. 28, 1927 in Oudega, Smalingerland, FR, The Netherlands to Willem and Trijntje Alida (Drenth) van Oostrum.

Tuesday, August 6


Tjitse Jakin (Jake) Van Oostrum, 85, of Sunnyside died on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 in Sunnyside.

Clean-up nearly complete at former Carnation plant

The past week has brought more indications of progress on cleaning up the former Carnation plant in Sunnyside at the corner of South First Street and Lincoln Avenue. One took place last week with installation of a sign updating the public on the efforts.

Outsourcing payroll, HR services put on hold by Sunnyside Council

The Sunnyside City Council seems to be in agreement that outsourcing payroll and human resource services would be good for the city, but are divided on how and when to proceed with the process.

Retired Special Forces soldier cycling across America to raise money for vets

Mark Bryan of Grayland Beach has set a pretty big goal for himself, but he is committed to finishing it, said Sunnyside VFW Post #3483 Commander Bill Ingram.


Roberto Carlos Licea, 29, of Sunnyside died on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 in Sunnyside.

WSU names spring graduates

PULLMAN - Numerous students from the Lower Yakima Valley earned Washington State University undergraduate degrees during the spring 2013 semester.

Yakima National Bank purchased by HomeStreet Bank

Customers of Yakima National Bank will soon see a few changes taking place. The bank has been purchased by Seattle's HomeStreet Bank

Powerball Jackpot reaches $400 million

Last Saturday the Powerball jackpot rolled over to $400 million.

Port to try again for grant funds

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Family fun night Aug. 30

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a "Family Fun Night" on Friday, Aug. 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way.

Suspect named in Sunday's shooting

Anthony Scott Snyder, 31, of Outlook has been named as the suspect in a shooting this past Sunday morning that resulted in the death of Roberto Licea of Sunnyside.

Monday, August 5

Registered sex offender moves to Granger area

Pedro Sanchez, a Level II sex offender, has moved to the Granger area according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s office.

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Teen determined to ‘pay it forward’

After viewing a movie released a few years after she was born, 15-year-old Cheree LaPierre of Sunnyside found herself ‘paying it forward’ this summer.

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Piece of Sunnyside history unveiled with renovation project

A piece of Sunnyside’s history was unveiled last week as owners of La Barata Carniceria removed an awning from the building at 327 Yakima Valley Highway.

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Medical expansions driving new construction starts

Permit fees, new valuation already double 2012’s totals

The health care industry’s continued growth in Sunnyside spiked the value of new building starts here last month to over the million-dollar mark.

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Two Black Rock Creek golfers turn in strong efforts at Yakima Amateur invite

If you’re using your fingers to count the number of Yakima Amateur Invitational titles Dusty Frontis has won, plan on using two hands. The Yakima golfer claimed his sixth championship this past weekend.

Washington unveils new health care plans

OLYMPIA - Washington state residents have a clearer picture of what Obamacare will mean for them after insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler announced last Thursday his approval of 31 insurance plans for the state's new insurance exchange.

Warmer August seen for Sunnyside

Temperatures in Sunnyside during August should be warmer than normal, but precipitation will likely be right about average for the month.

Sunnyside man shot to death

Roberto Licea, 29, of Sunnyside was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to his abdomen shortly after being taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital yesterday morning (Sunday) at about 9 a.m.


Christina Lynn Knoth, 61, of Sunnyside passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Friday, August 2

Granger women turn sleuths to uncover lost royalty records

GRANGER - The women of the Granger Historical Society liken themselves to Agatha Christie-style lady detectives of mystery books.


Ramon Montelongo Sr., 84, of Grandview passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.


Patricia D. Quigley, 42, of Sunnyside died on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

Death notice: SYBIL L. MEHRER

Sybil L. Mehrer, 94, of Yakima and a longtime Grandview resident died on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in Yakima.

At-risk teens being prepped on ways to land jobs

A group of 15 students showed up every day this week at a vocational training program held at the Sunnyside Worksource building to learn about teen employment, job readiness, work ethics, cover letters, writing resumes and interviewing.

Scholarship recipients grateful for financial help

More than 120 college students from Yakima County have for the past two years been recipients of Mary Monroe Davis scholarships.

Apprageous...'Pic Stitch in time'

School starts in just a few weeks, so by now you've likely taken that summer trip out of town or attended a reunion of some sort.

Summer fun heating up in Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH - There is plenty to keep visitors entertained throughout the month of August in Leavenworth.

Book review...'Kingdom' Q&A

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done." Every Sunday churches around the Yakima Valley and around the world repeat that phrase from the Lord's Prayer. But what does it really mean?

What's Happening

FRIDAY Friday Fix Concert Series, featuring 3rd Date, at Kennewick's Keewaydin Park, 5-9 p.m. Moxee Hop Festival, 5 p.m.-midnight.

TYREE'S TYRADES: Are pigs smarter than dogs...and should we care?

My son Gideon, age nine, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom "Green Acres," which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Leah Diddens

Being named Miss Sunnyside will allow Leah Diddens to achieve one of her dreams...getting to represent the community.

PIGnic in the Park contest

Wanting to promote this year's theme for the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, "PIGnic in the Park," the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo Foundation members put their heads together to come up with contests to achieve that goal.

Free backpacks at Verizon store tomorrow

Parents of children who need a backpack for school should stop in at The Cellular Connection in Sunnyside (2680 Yakima Valley Highway) at noon tomorrow for the store's backpack giveaway.

Port announces appreciation BBQ event

Port of Sunnyside officials have set Thursday, Aug. 22, as the date for its annual barbecue.

Thursday, August 1

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New Mabton coach expects excellence

The new Lady Viking volleyball coach is expecting big things from the team this year and in the future.


Josefina Segovia, 88, of Grandview went to be in the arms of her heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Josefina was born Oct. 24, 1924 in Mercedes, Texas, the daughter of Ines and Juana (Guajardo) Cantu Sr.

New recreation coordinator has big plans for Sunnyside

Megan Razey swam with the Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team for 14 years, but in the process of interning as a recreation coordinator, she also spent time in Key Largo swimming with real sharks. Now she's returned to Sunnyside to give the city's recreation program a boost.

No leads on Grandview shooting

GRANDVIEW - Police in Grandview continue to investigate this past Tuesday night's shooting but have made no arrests and said they have no suspects.

New Sunnyside School Board director slated to be appointed Friday morning

The appointment of a new Sunnyside School Board director is expected to take place at special meeting that has been called for this coming Friday morning.

SHS grad keeps a sunny outlook

Desiring to work closer to home, Kasey Hursh is keeping busy these days at the Sunny Spot Restaurant in Sunnyside.

Prepare for stink bug invasion

A pressing concern for farmers in the Yakima Valley is the return of the Asian brown marmorated stink bug.