Stories for May 2013


Friday, May 31

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What is a journalist?

As amateur news hounds gain power and influence through social media, the definition of “journalist” has ripened for philosophical debate. But now it’s becoming a legal issue - one that could hamper efforts to protect the news profession at the very time federal lawmakers are awakening to the need to do so.

At urging of his wife Purple Heart veteran shares tales of Okinawa

Local military veteran Delvin Householder participated in what could be argued as one of the most important battles of the Pacific campaign during World War II, the battle at Okinawa.

Dora E. Tudor


Della Mae Currier Townsend


Thursday, May 30


Community stepping up to assist woman raising two grandsons

At 72-years-old Emelia Gonzalez-Rivera expected to live out the rest of her life raising her two grandchildren in her home.

Bickleton grads close-knit group

BICKLETON- They love all kinds of sports, four-wheeling, fishing and hunting and hanging out together.

Wednesday, May 29

Our future in good hands

On almost a daily basis I get to come in contact with students from throughout the Lower Yakima Valley.

Cemetery concerns prompt ordinance review

MABTON - Citizens’ concerns about the condition of the Mabton City Cemetery this past Memorial Day weekend have prompted the Mabton City Council to begin a review of the city ordinances regulating the use of the cemetery.

Doggie round-up planned in Mabton

MABTON - Mabton’s canine residents may soon be finding that the doggie jail is a lot further from home.

Police complaint form too daunting, says new councilman

Recently appointed councilman and committee member Francisco Guerrero expressed concerns about the city’s police complaint form during the public safety sub-committee meeting Tuesday night.

Sunnyside High teacher named Mabton principal

MABTON - Sunnyside High School math teacher Caleb Oten is the new principal for Mabton’s junior/senior high school.

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Consuelo R. Garcia


Tuesday, May 28

SHS science student earns fifth-place honors at international science fair

Sunnyside High School senior Sarah Berumen earlier this month traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., where she competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Dentist unretires to take on new role with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has welcomed Gene J. McElhinney, DDS, as a dental provider for the YVFWC Mobile Unit and dental educator through their partnership at YV-TECH.

Sunnyside’s loss may be Grandview’s gain

H & H Furniture will be closing its doors in Sunnyside at the end of this week.

Sunnyside inn garners accolades

The Best Western Plus GrapeVine Inn of Sunnyside last week earned the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest on-line travel site.

Rain doesn't dampen spirits at Clore Center construction toast

PROSSER - Dignitaries from far and wide packed the Vineyard Pavilion last Friday to toast construction progress on the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser.

Sunnyside-area golfers edge host Horn Rapids squad at third stop on senior golf tour

RICHLAND - A two-stroke margin of victory over the host Horn Rapids team was claimed by Black Rock Creek last Wednesday at the third stop on the 2013 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

Bickleton girls earn first ever team trophy at 1B State meet

CHENEY - The Bickleton girls track team saved the best for last, as Jamie Venema wrapped up last weekend’s 1B State track meet by earning her second consecutive pole vault title.

Amaro 7th at State in discus

Sunnyside’s Pena, Grandview’s Prieto fall short of making finals

TACOMA - Of the three athletes Sunnyside and Grandview advanced to the 2A, 3A and 4A State track and field meets at Mt. Tahoma High School this past weekend, Eric Lee Amaro was the only one to return home as a medalist.

Grizzly brain trust

Top academic achievers of SHS class of 2013 named

Sunnyside High School has named 22 students as the top academic achievers for the class of 2013. Leading the top 5 percent of the class is valedictorian Anna Estrada-Iniguez, who earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.311.

Sacrifices remembered during Memorial Day service held in Sunnyside

For many Americans Memorial Day is a day to celebrate the beginning of summer, complete with camping trips, family barbecues and time spent with family.

Friday, May 24


Forging partnerships to protect natural resources worth investment

Forging partnerships to protect natural resources worth investment

History teaches us many lessons

Having not grown up in the Yakima Valley or Washington state, I am not as familiar with events throughout the state's history as I am with California and the Gold Rush.

Model A on the way

Oregon club stopping through Sunnyside

Oregon club stopping through Sunnyside

New author's efforts need more refinement

What probably started as an essay for a beginning English class has been published by a Richland author without the benefit of editing. "In The Midst of Pain," published by Xlibris, could have been much better read if Ms. McNeil had used an editor.

Tickets on sale for Maryhill Winery summer concerts

GOLDENDALE - Maryhill Winery has announced three hot tickets for its summer concert series for 2013.

Sunnyside baccalaureate services revamped this year

The Sunnyside Ministerial Association, in cooperation with Sunnyside High School Revolution Club, is in the midst of planning this year's SHS baccalaureate service.

Burglary suspect detained, sightings of cougars reported

A residential burglary reported just after noon yesterday (Thursday) resulted in the alleged burglar being detained by Sunnyside police. The incident reportedly occurred in the 1200 block of South Sixth Street. The thief was identified by a witness, who also identified the alleged suspect's vehicle. Police took the unidentified suspect into custody.

Fishing season re-opens

The sport fishing season for hatchery spring chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead will re-open tomorrow, Saturday, on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached this week by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

SHS spring sports award ceremony set for next Tuesday

Community residents are invited to attend Sunnyside High School's 2013 spring sports awards ceremony. The event is slated for Tuesday, May 28.

State resumes West Nile virus tracking and monitoring

West Nile virus tracking and monitoring season is underway and an updated online dead bird reporting system is available for state residents to use. Dead birds can be the first sign that West Nile virus is circulating in a community.

Man charged in local cell phone store burglaries

Gustavo Acevedo Magana, 39, has been charged with a count of second degree burglary and a count of first degree theft after police say he broke into Sunnyside cell phone stores six times over the past two months.

Helping people runs in family of city's newest member of fire department

The first day on the job, A.J. Barrera used two bottles of oxygen. "I was pretty excited," admitted the newest member of the Sunnyside Fire Department.

Safari rising from the ashes

A fire decimated a Sunnyside landmark just more than two years ago.

'It's time for Sunnyside'

Lower Valley Credit Union constructing new branch office

Lower Valley Credit Union constructing new branch office




Thursday, May 23

Mabton FFA chapter hosts awards banquet

MABTON - The Mabton High School FFA chapter held its annual awards banquet this past Tuesday night, bestowing several honors on its membership and recognizing the community's support.

Woman who founded Nuestra Casa stepping down as executive director

Mabton native will take the reins

Mabton native will take the reins

State's top lawman visits Yakima County

YAKIMA - Washington state's newly elected attorney general, Bob Ferguson, visited Yakima Wednesday afternoon to speak with the county's gang commission and find out what the county needs from the state to continue its efforts combating the problem of gangs.

Mabton superintendent, student recipients of statewide awards

MABTON - Mabton School District staff is celebrating two of their own who recently were honored with state awards.




Wednesday, May 22


Abolish the IRS..and the income tax with it

Abolish the IRS..and the income tax with it

Stories worth hearing are told at Relay for Life

Stories worth hearing are told at Relay for Life


Trip to Seattle made possible by generous local supporters

Trip to Seattle made possible by generous local supporters

Insects focus of library story-time

Insects will be invading the Sunnyside Public Library, 621 Grant Ave., Friday, May 24, during preschool story time. Well, actually it will be stories about insects, according to Marcelina Ortega, lead librarian.

SHS class of '53 reunion dates named

When the class of 1953 graduated, it was reportedly the largest class to have earned diplomas from Sunnyside High School. A total of 142 seniors were graduated that year.

Kindergarten sign-ups tomorrow

The Sunnyside School District will be registering students for kindergarten for the 2013-14 academic year tomorrow evening (Thursday).

Stokes back in winner's circle at Christie Memorial golf tournament

It's been a six-year drought for David Stokes at the annual Bill Christie Memorial Two-Man Best Ball Tournament, but the Sunnyside golfer emerged victorious in this year's rendition of the popular two-day event.

Alcoholic beverages at theaters now allowed

Last week Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law new legislation that makes it easier for theaters like Grand Cinemas in Sunnyside and the Princess Theatre in Prosser to sell alcohol to patrons over the age of 21.

Police remain focused on local gang problems

A low turnout marked the final meeting of the Sunnyview Republican Women's Club before the group takes its annual summer break, but the handful of attendees was treated to an excellent presentation Tuesday afternoon by guest speaker Phil Schenck, deputy chief of the Sunnyside Police Department.

United Way honors contributors

YAKIMA - Yesterday morning representatives of the many organizations and companies, as well as individuals that contribute to United Way Central Washington gathered for that organization's annual meeting and awards breakfast.

Before building demolished local firemen hone their skills

Opportunities to hone their skills on non-burning structures are rare for the Sunnyside Fire Department, but are welcome when a vacant structure becomes available.




Tuesday, May 21

Sunnyside sisters shining examples that education key to success

Sisters and masters of their chosen fields, Irma Mejia and Elizabeth Garcia took the long way round to complete their education. Despite the long route, they believe that their greatest learning opportunities came during their struggles to a gain their education.

Facilities tech leaving May 31

Gerald Roy, the Port of Sunnyside's facilities technician since 2006 and Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce president since 2009, is leaving the port's employ at the end of this month.

Grandview City Council receives good news on liner

GRANDVIEW - The news delivered to the Grandview City Council last week regarding the liner to the wastewater treatment plant was positive.

Sunnyside's Andrus & Roberts purchased by Conrad & Adams

Anyone who has lived in the Lower Yakima Valley for any length of time is familiar with the Andrus & Roberts packing facility on Waneta Road.

Port seeks more funds for wastewater plant expansion

The Port of Sunnyside is reaching out for additional funds for construction of a new anaerobic system that will double the capacity of its industrial wastewater plant.

Local grape supplier finalist in national small business challenge

More than 2,000 small businesses entered the second annual Start Small Win Big Challenge sponsored by










Monday, May 20




Pirates claim 1B District crown

EPHRATA - Peter Clinton advanced to the State track meet in four events to pace the Bickleton boys track team to first-place honors at last Saturday's 1B District 5/6 championships.

Three prep athletes from Sunnyside, Grandview, Mabton moving on to State meets

The trio of Elijah Pena, Eric Amaro and Kasi Prieto are the only high school athletes from Sunnyside, Grandview and Mabton who have qualified to compete at the State meet level.

2A State semi-finals elude 'Hounds

GRANDVIEW - Cheney ended the Grandview boys soccer season this past Saturday in a 2A State quarter-final match.

Flurry of late filings will give voters choices

Three of Sunnyside's four city council seats on the ballot this fall will be contested. That's according to the results of candidate filings with Yakima County last Friday, the last day for office-seekers to file.

Memorial service scheduled June 22 for former lawmaker who died early last week

A long-time Grandview educator who went on to represent the citizens of the 15th Legislative District died early last week.

Changes afoot at Port of Grandview

GRANDVIEW - There are quite a few changes taking place at the Port of Grandview.

'From seed to sale'

Grandview native to head state's liquor control board and new marijuana policy

Grandview native to head state's liquor control board and new marijuana policy

Relay for Life nets $70,000-plus for cancer research

GRANDVIEW - A brisk wind and a late start handicapped Relay for Life at Grandview's Rich Leenhouts Stadium last Saturday, but the event still managed to raise more than $70,600 for the American Cancer Society.

Friday, May 17


Getting it wrong

Getting it wrong

Poverty has more impact on IQ scores than genetics

Poverty has more impact on IQ scores than genetics

Bad Robot turns in a great action app

A missile landed in our back yard and blew up the family dog.

Familiar face leading Mabton congregation

MABTON - Adam Copenhaver may have recently been named the permanent pastor at Mabton Grace Brethren Church, but his face and name may be familiar to many in the Lower Valley.

3-on-3 basketball tourney planned at Sunnyside church

In conjunction with its annual Spring Fest celebration, St. Joseph Parish of Sunnyside will hold a 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.

Grandview freshman four strokes shy of making it to 2A State golf tournament

EPHRATA - After shooting an 18-hole round of 110, it's pretty easy to look back and figure out where four strokes could have been shaved off the scorecard.

Indall leadsBlack Rock Creek to top finish at senior golf event

TOPPENISH - Chris Indall carded the second lowest individual round on the day, powering the Sunnyside-area Black Rock Creek team to a first-place finish at last week's Mid Columbia Senior Golf Association event hosted by Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club.

Two more candidates throw hats in the ring to retain their seats

Another two candidates have filed for public offices in the Lower Valley, according to the Yakima County elections office.

Outlook man receives nine-month prison sentence stemming from police pursuit

YAKIMA - Victor Alfonso Mendoza, 22, of Outlook was this past Tuesday sentenced to nine months in prison after entering a guilty plea to a felony charge of second-degree assault and attempting to elude law enforcement.

Review of new literacy material aids in curriculum selection process

Autobiographies of famous people and stories of historical exploration and courage are among the books available for school patron scrutiny as the Sunnyside School District makes plans to upgrade its language arts standards.

Groundwater advisory group hits yet another snag

GRANGER - Much like its recently adopted logo, the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee is experiencing a ripple effect these days from Benton County's desire to leave the group.







Thursday, May 16

Mabton FFA competes at State convention

PULLMAN - On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 8, a total of 17 Mabton FFA members, Mabton FFA Advisor Randi Krieg, two FFA alumni, Karen Mendoza and Nohemi Meza, and parent volunteer Jose Meza made the long journey through the Palouse Valley to Pullman.

Mabton School directors to hold meeting this Friday

MABTON - In the wake of a special meeting held earlier this week without proper notice, the Mabton School Board will meet again tomorrow, Friday, at 5:30 p.m. in the district office to consider action on four items.

S'side Planning Commission seeks to fill current vacancy

The City of Sunnyside is accepting applications from citizen volunteers to fill a vacant position on the Sunnyside Planning Commission, as established by SMC 2.50.

No update on officer-involved shooting

Councilman Jason Raines this past Monday requested an update on the March 6 shooting involving a Sunnyside police officer.

Four more people file for local public offices

Tomorrow (Friday) is the deadline to file to run for public office in Yakima County. Four more candidates threw their hats into the ring during Wednesday's filing period, including two new faces for voters to meet.

Parks and rec board unclear with SASA's role

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Board was expecting an update from officials of the Sunnyside Arts and Sports Association last night.




Wednesday, May 15

An open letter to Sen. Jim Honeyford

Dear. Sen. Honeyford,

It's Christmas in May for Sunnyside store clerk

Christmas is still seven months away, but it feels like that busy holiday season has already arrived for Lupe Ibarra, a receiving/sales clerk at the Sunnyside Bi-Mart store.

Grandview School Board director position up for election

GRANDVIEW - Due to the recent resignation of Grandview School Board Director Lydia Moreno, the Yakima County Auditor's office is accepting candidate filings for Moreno's now vacant position, representing District 1.

Seven new filings for Lower Valley offices

Seven more people have emerged as candidates for public office, according to filings with the Yakima County elections office yesterday, Tuesday.

Organizers of Sage Rat Run ready for this weekend's events

GRANDVIEW - The fourth annual Sage Rat Run will take place this coming weekend.

Mabton mayor resigns

MABTON - With great regret and some trepidation, Mabton Mayor Angel Reyna announced to the Mabton City Council he is resigning as the town's leader, effective May 31.




Tuesday, May 14

Lady Grizzlies end season with loss to Lions

KENNEWICK - A torrential downpour in Kennewick nearly extended the Lady Grizzlies' season. As it turned out, the skies overhead dried up and the game was completed. The contest ended last night with a loss to the Kennewick Lions in the Regional play-in game.

Two Grizzlies make first day cut at District

PASCO - Sunnyside's ace this season, Chandler Luther, was expected to fare well in day-one action at the 3A District boys golf tournament.

SHS alum guides Oregon team to state hoops title

'Press Express' rides again

'Press Express' rides again

Sunshine Days moved from third weekend in September to first weekend in October

Sunnyside's Sunshine Days will not be held on the third weekend of September, as it is traditionally.

Democracy alive and well in the Lower Yakima Valley

15 file for local seats

15 file for local seats

Outstanding school employees honored

GRANDIEW - A reception opened the Monday meeting of the Grandview School Board in order to honor the district's 2013 Employees of the Year. Plaques, testimonials, cake and punch rounded out the celebration.

Valley native gives locals first peek at his new movie

It may not have been a red carpet event like those held in Hollywood, but it was a pretty big event for Granger native Rick Castaneda.







Monday, May 13

Mabton claims two runner-up finishes at Sub-District meet

CONNELL - A pair of freshmen, Alex Jaramillo and Noemi Gutierrez, earned Mabton its best showings at last Friday's SCAC East Sub-District Track & Field Meet.

Shockers shock Christian boys with late game rally

KITTITAS - Plating seven runs in the final two innings, the Waterville Shockers rallied for an 11-9 victory over the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team last Saturday.

Lady Grizzlies earn split against 4A Davis Pirates

YAKIMA - After a disappointing loss after a come-from-behind effort in the opener last Friday at Davis, Sunnyside bats came alive in the nightcap to give the Lady Grizzlies a win in their final regular season game.

Grandview District champs

YAKIMA - After five years without a District championship title, the Grandview soccer team was ready and willing to defeat the Rams this past Saturday at West Valley.

Stolen vehicle unable to be removed from Yakima River

A stolen vehicle was found partially submerged in the Yakima River last week just upstream from the Wapato Diversion Dams.

Grandview man's body found in river Sunday

PROSSER - Missing since Sunday, May 5, the body of Miguel Gomez of Grandview was found yesterday in the Yakima River.

Democrats' dinner slated for May 19

YAKIMA - The state legislature's unfinished work on major education bills and policies will be the highlight of keynote speaker Erin Jones' remarks at the Yakima County Democrats' annual FDR Dinner on Sunday, May 19, in the Yakima Convention Center.

Remembering the fallen

In recognition of Law Enforcement Memorial Week (May 12-18), a Sunnyside pastor has launched an initiative encouraging the public to display blue ribbons this week.




Friday, May 10




Athletes need to learn how to fail gracefully

Athletes need to learn how to fail gracefully

In the year 2023

The other day I saw a national survey claiming the worst job in the world is that of newspaper reporter because the occupation is in danger of disappearing in the next 10 years.

What's Happening


Musical tryouts slated May 21

GRANDVIEW - Allegro Children's Theatre is holding tryouts for its summer musical, "Jailhouse Rock" on Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Craftsmen, farmers invited to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - As a handcrafter with lots of wares to sell, Linda Clark thought why not test the waters to see if Grandview could support a Craft Fair / Farmers Market. So Clark and her daughter Rene Martinez of Prosser are proposing to open a market for area produce growers and crafters.

Curriculum review open to the public

The Sunnyside School District is reviewing new literacy books to be implemented in grades three through six.

Thursday a.m. collision sends Mabton man to local hospital

A two-vehicle collision near Sunnyside yesterday morning resulted in a Mabton man requiring hospitalization.

Season finished for Lady 'Hounds

PROSSER - The Lady Greyhounds' softball season is over after the team was swept in a doubleheader against the Prosser Mustangs.

Greyhounds show off speed at league meet

YAKIMA - Greyhound athletes took first-place honors in four events at the three-team CWAC league meet held Thursday at Chuck Millard Track at West Valley.

'Devil is in the details'

Board turns down air quality proposal despite dairy support

Board turns down air quality proposal despite dairy support

Chamber speaker optimistic Sunnyside is on the grow

In Sunnyside we have our issues, but we aren't slowing down," Sunnyside Port District Executive Director Jay Hester told members of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce at their monthly meeting Thursday afternoon.

April building starts in Sunnyside top $1.2 million in valuation

Nearly a third of the valuation for new building starts approved in Sunnyside last month came from just one project - a large remodel for the C. Speck dealership.

Bi-Mart pharmacy manager seeks seat on local school board

A Pocatello, Idaho native who moved to Sunnyside 15 years ago is throwing his hat into the ring for the District 5 director's seat on the Sunnyside School Board of Education. He is Dylan Gardner, married with five children - four of whom are enrolled in the local public schools.

Thursday, May 9

Fatal crash results in criminal charges

Rigoberto Hinojosa Rivera, 36, of Grandview has been charged with vehicular homicide connected with a fatal rollover accident that occurred the morning of March 19.

Sunnyside burglar lands 8-month jail sentence, $1,825 fine

Sunnyside resident Juan G. Pina, 32, pled guilty to second degree burglary and second degree possession of stolen property related to his arrest in Grandview on April 2.

Sunnyside man guilty of raping 14-year-old girl

A 21-year-old Sunnyside man was convicted yesterday, Wednesday, of raping a child in the third degree.

Sunnyside tennis tourney slated for first weekend this June

The Sunnyside Tennis Club has planned its first tennis tournament of the season for Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.

Yakima's Egland Intervalley winner at Black Rock Creek

Nancy Egland of Yakima claimed top honors this past Tuesday in Intervalley ladies play at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Four CWAC teams get in tune-up prior to 2A District tourney

Grandview's Greyhounds will be hosting the CWAC 2A District boys golf tournament next Tuesday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course. As a tune-up for the postseason competition, the 'Hounds entertained Ephrata, Ellensburg and East Valley yesterday for an 18-hole "friendly."

Graduation ceremonies scheduled for local schools

Local schools will be celebrating the end of a long journey for the class of 2013, beginning Friday, May 31.

Sunnyside landmark receiving a face lift

Coming garden and farmers market

Coming garden and farmers market

Schools superintendent recipient of state award

The Washington Association of School Administrators, PEMCO Insurance and School Employees Credit Union of Washington have selected Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Richard D. Cole as a recipient of the 2013 Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award.

Nuestra Casa director files for soon-to-be vacated Sunnyside School Board seat

A woman whose sole existence appears to be improving the lives of those she regularly comes in contact with is seeking a seat on the Sunnyside School Board.




Wednesday, May 8


Out of the closet and into identity politics

Out of the closet and into identity politics

Three women give hope to families

The discovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight earlier this week brings hope to many families across the nation, who are still looking for their missing children.

Hobbyist passes time constructing wine barrel furniture

GRANDVIEW - For Art Cox, making furniture is a pastime.

Private Bustamante completes combat training

Army National Guard Pvt. Joaquin Bustamante recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Foreclosure notices sent

Foreclosures were sent out recently to property owners who still have not paid their 2010 SVID irrigation assessment.

SHS class of '83 plans 30th reunion

Friday and Saturday, July 26-27, the Sunnyside High School class of 1983 will be gathering for its 30th reunion.

Deal inked for spur services

A project to expand delivery and storage of Bleyhl's propane products moved forward this past Monday night when Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved a contract for engineering services with Gray Surveying and Engineering.

GHS's Avalos, Jacobo battle valiantly in three-set loss

GRANDVIEW - With the exception of the No. 1 girls doubles match, Grandview's boys and girls tennis squads didn't have many highlights to look back upon after the Ephrata Tigers walked off the Greyhound courts Tuesday afternoon with a pair of 5-0 victories.

Lady Vikes wrap up 2013 season at Kiona-Benton

BENTON CITY - The Mabton Lady Viking softball team ended its season yesterday, Tuesday, with 17-0 and 16-3 losses at Kiona-Benton.

Brouwer stays unbeaten on mound for SCHS Knights

It was supposed to be a few spot appearances atop the hill this season for left fielder Alex Brouwer.

Lady Grizzlies WIN!!!

Shawna Santini sparked her team with some base running and was helped by serious small ball from her teammates in the first inning of last night's game to lead the Lady Grizzlies to a 6-5 win over the Davis Pirates.

Full water supply forecast for this month

A full water supply is in order for senior and junior water-right holders in the Yakima Basin.

Local irrigation district looks to remedy water delivery issues

Gayle Wheeler raises beef cattle in the Prosser area and, like most producers in the Yakima Valley, relies on the flow of irrigation water to work their land.

Local attorney clarifies Washington's marijuana law

Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club members this morning (Wednesday) were provided some clarification regarding Washington state's marijuana law.







Tuesday, May 7

Lutherans help out students at Artz-Fox

MABTON - A child falls on the playground and rips her pants. Another child has a spill or accident or muddies his clothing.

Cancer survivors show their strength at Sunnyside cattle sorting fundraiser

If you were looking for a real life example of old-fashioned cowgirls, you need look no further than Pam Bright of Yakima and Sue Branch of Selah.

Longtime optometry office to shutter doors soon

With the death of Dr. Jack Hale a few months ago came an uncertainty regarding his optometry practice.

Internet outage hits Sunnyside

People in Sunnyside who noticed a distinct lack of internet access today were not alone.

EnTrust to hold community open house

EnTrust Community Services is holding an open house at its new location at 520 S. Seventh St. in Sunnyside on Thursday, May 9, from noon to 4 p.m.

Online payment set up for city utility bills

The city of Sunnyside has partnered with Xpress Bill Pay to provide online payment of utility bills.

Grizzlies' season ends at Kamiakin

KENNEWICK - A botched double-play ball helped send the Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team to a 12-1 defeat yesterday at host Kamiakin in a loser-out playoff game.

Murky financial picture more clear now

The city of Sunnyside will soon be posting monthly financial reports to its website, keeping both the city council and the citizens up-to-date on the status of the city's finances, according to Interim Finance Director David Layden.

Port prepping for new tenant

With Fastenal set to move into a portion of its building next month, the Port of Sunnyside is gearing up for the company's arrival.

Councilors reminded of roles

In a meeting designed to provide orientation to new council members, the council was warned to only use city e-mails for council business. Interim City Manager John Darrington also took the opportunity to remind the council of its responsibilities and performance expectations.




Monday, May 6

Staffing changes afoot

The Sunnyside School Board last week approved contracts for new staff, as well as several resignations and retirements.

Flat tire causes rollover on I-82

A 17-year-old boy from Sunnyside sustained injuries in a vehicle rollover accident last Saturday afternoon on I-82.

Bickleton's Brown wins two girls events at Glenwood invitational

Pirates warm up for postseason

Pirates warm up for postseason

Sunnyside sends Southridge packing

SHS in Regional match tomorrow

SHS in Regional match tomorrow

Greyhounds shut out Selah during first round of Districts

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview soccer team effectively shut out Selah this past Saturday, 4-0, during the first round of the District 5 playoffs.

WSP working to keep people from opting out of AMBER Alerts

Washington citizens may have noticed in the last few months receiving AMBER Alerts on their cell phones as "emergency alerts."

Local dairy men find friends in Idaho

Group to assist fight against CARE lawsuit

Group to assist fight against CARE lawsuit







Friday, May 3


Politics has changed

Politics has changed

Don't give up!

I can't help it. I am so proud of myself for conquering that hill.

Summer tour showcases Valley's pioneering vineyards

In celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Yakima Valley appellation, Wine Yakima Valley is giving consumers insider access to some of the oldest vineyards and most experienced grape growers in the state.

Bible messages over the phone offered locally

The new minister at the Sunnyside Church of Christ is introducing an interesting method in which local residents can receive a bit of spiritual inspiration.

SHS boys grab wins in four events at CBBN track and field competition hosted by Cadets

YAKIMA - Eric Amaro continues to dominate the discus and javelin competitions this spring. Picking up victories in both events yesterday, coupled with wins by Sunnyside High School teammates Sergio Lugo in the triple jump and Elijah Pena in the 110m hurdles, the Grizzlies came away with four victories from Thursday's four-school Columbia Basin Big Nine League track and field meet hosted by the Eisenhower Cadets.

Sunnyside edges Moses Lake

The 3A Grizzly soccer team closed out its regular season in fine fashion last night with a 2-1 victory over visiting Moses Lake, a 4A school.

Four wins for 'Hounds at CWAC home track meet

GRANDVIEW - Andy Rodriguez topped the field in the pole vault and teammate Alex Soberanes took a share of the gold in the high jump to give the Greyhound boys two first-place finishes in yesterday's CWAC meet, while Kasi Prieto took an individual race and contributed to a relay team win to give the Lady Greyhounds two first-place finishes as well.

Mild May in store for Sunnyside

Above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation are forecast for the Sunnyside area for the month of May.

Mail carriers collecting food for the hungry

Sunnyside mail carriers will be helping to "Stamp Out Hunger" Saturday, May 11, as they deliver mail to area residents.

Two SHS students dreaming big thanks to earning Gates Millennium Scholarships

Marthy Hernandez was just home from the dentist after having her wisdom teeth pulled when she saw the ticket to her future.




Thursday, May 2

Harrison Middle School honor roll students named

A total of 68 students at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the third quarter of the 2012-13 academic year.

SHS class of '88 plans 25th reunion

The Sunnyside High School class of 1988 will be holding its 25th reunion June 21-22.

FFA's annual plant sale this Friday and Saturday

"Bigger than ever." That's how Sunnyside High School FFA advisor Ryan Kannely describes the annual spring plant sale that will be taking place this coming Friday and Saturday.

SHS Grizzlies finish fourth in CBBN play

MOSES LAKE - The only Class 3A team in the six-school 4A Columbia Basin Big Nine League, Sunnyside finished fourth in the standings in boys golf.

'Bingo' honors go to Monholland

Sunnyside's Carol Monholland bested the field, twice, in 18-hole ladies play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past Tuesday.


Sunnyside native establishes Yakima Valley's new mark for three-game bowling series

Sunnyside native establishes Yakima Valley's new mark for three-game bowling series

Public office filing period approaches

It's nearly filing season for various elected offices around the area and there are plenty of positions that will be decided in the Primary Election in August and the General Election in November.

Local hospice organization ever mindful of budget concerns

The overall message presented to the Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care board members this past Tuesday was that federal funding cuts require creative thinking when looking at budgets.

Wednesday, May 1


Boots in Boston

Boots in Boston

Why does feedlot acreage go unused?

Why does feedlot acreage go unused?


Invitation extended to caregivers

Invitation extended to caregivers

Students learning financial literacy through programs such as BizTown

The goal of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. That's according to Cynthia Gartrell, the program's regional director for Central Washington, who served as the guest speaker at last week's Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting.

P.E.O. yard sale this weekend

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview chapter of Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) will host its annual yard sale this coming Friday and Saturday, May 3-4.

Offensive spark not enough for Sunnyside in 21-7 defeat

YAKIMA - Their field unplayable due to a broken water line, the Grizzly baseball team moved yesterday's game against Eisenhower to Yakima's Parker Field.

Highland clinches league title with 6-1 victory over Mabton

Vikings end season with overall mark of 4-12

Vikings end season with overall mark of 4-12

Greyhounds celebrate senior night in top form

Grandview earns right to host playoff match on home pitch

Grandview earns right to host playoff match on home pitch

Mabton schools consider return of SRO

A spate of fights and allegations at Mabton High School may prompt the school district to restore its school resource officer (SRO) post.

Sunnyside School District saves $20,000 on bus purchase

The Sunnyside School District's transportation budget was extended by $100,000 last night after the school board heard about a savings opportunity.

Leading cancer researcher visits Sunnyside service club

After one "happy buck" upon another to start its meeting, the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary's featured speaker this morning gave the club's membership some sobering news.