Stories for July 2007


Tuesday, July 31


Bleyhl Country Store in planning stages

GRANDVIEW - Come winter, Grandview residents and those zipping along the nearby freeway just might notice a change on East Wine Country Road where the Bleyhl's main office and Cenex gas station are located. According to Bleyhl Farm Service, Inc. General Manager Greg Robertson, plans are currently underway to build a 30,000 square foot facility that will house a convenience store, offices, retail farm supplies store and warehouse.

July 31, 2007 midnight read more..

Monday, July 30

Sharks second at championship meet

SELAH - The Sunnyside Sharks Rotary swim team edged Toppenish for second place honors in last weekend's six-team Mid-Valley Swim League championship meet held in Selah.

July 30, 2007 midnight read more..

Neptunes fifth at season ending swim meet

SELAH - The Grandview Neptunes traveled to Selah this past weekend for three long, hot days of swimming in the Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championships, placing fifth out of six teams.

July 30, 2007 midnight read more..

Big 5 setting up shop in Sunnyside

A new building will be going up in Sunnyside, home to a Big 5 Sporting Goods store. The site for the new store will be next to the Auto Zone store near the Mid Valley Mall.

July 30, 2007 midnight read more..

Friday, July 27


Miss Sunnyside candidate Gabriela Castillo

The last thing Gabriela Castillo probably imagined herself doing was tossing her hat into the ring to run for Miss Sunnyside. But the shy-at-first-glance high school junior sees this as a huge improvement for personal growth.

July 27, 2007 midnight read more..

Secure your passport well before it's time to travel

With many families planning vacations, summer is traditionally a busy time for U.S. passport offices. Over the past several weeks, however, I have heard from many Central Washington residents who are experiencing longer than expected delays in obtaining their passports. In many cases it is taking three months or more to receive a passport.

July 27, 2007 midnight read more..

Princess to host Virginia musicians

PROSSER - A mix of folk rock, bluegrass and punk, the unique sound of the Hackensaw Boys of Charlottesville, Va. will be in Prosser at the Princess Theatre Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18.

July 27, 2007 midnight read more..

Thursday, July 26

Former Sunnyside doctor allowed to resume practice

Dr. Muhammad Ayub, whose license was suspended by the Washington State Department of Health in December 2005 for having sexual contact with a patient at a Sunnyside clinic and making inappropriate sexual inquiries to a second patient, is being allowed to resume his medical practice.

July 26, 2007 midnight read more..

Tasers issued to local troopers

UNION GAP - Troopers from Yakima and Sunnyside were issued tasers Tuesday and Wednesday of this week during eight-hour courses taught by Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Tegard of the agency's training division.

July 26, 2007 midnight read more..

;Sharks finish7-3 in league play

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside Sharks swim team closed out the regular season with a bang and improved its record to 7-3 Wednesday night via a 570-258 win at Grandview.

July 26, 2007 midnight read more..

Swinger's Nine ladies compete

The Wednesday morning Swinger's Nine ladies group at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course held an "irons only" competition on July 18. But, due to rainy weather some of the golfers withdrew from the competition.

July 26, 2007 midnight read more..

Wednesday, July 25


Mabton schools budget reviewed

MABTON - Despite the loss of monies from several grants, Mabton School District Finance Director Charlie Plesha anticipates business as usual in the coming school year.

July 25, 2007 midnight read more..

ER expansion reaches midway mark

"It's a long time coming," Sunnyside Community Hospital CEO Jon Smiley observed as today the hospital reached the midway point on efforts to nearly double its ER space.

July 25, 2007 midnight read more..

Candles blamed for fatal fire

GRANGER - According to Yakima County Sheriff's Detective Dave Johnson, Melvina Broncheau, 49, of Granger died of smoke inhalation after candles started a fire in the mobile home she was renting.

July 25, 2007 midnight read more..


High-five wasn't meant to be all that memorable

July 25, 2007 midnight read more..

Tuesday, July 24

Apple Valley Mortgage expands to Sunnyside

Apple Valley Mortgage, based in Yakima, has been doing business in Sunnyside for a long time. So much business in fact, owner Francine Dubrule added a third branch to the Apple Valley Mortgage chain in Sunnyside, July 13.

July 24, 2007 midnight read more..

Granger woman perishes in mobile home fire

GRANGER - The woman who died in a mobile home fire that occurred at approximately 11:20 p.m. this past Sunday has been identified by Yakima County Sheriff's detectives as Melvina Broncheau, 49.

July 24, 2007 midnight read more..

Monday, July 23


Friday, July 20


Dishonesty isn't a good policy

I have a suggestion to make: when a reporter calls you for an interview, if you have a secret to keep or don't want to talk, say so. But don't tell tales or misrepresent the basic facts.

July 20, 2007 midnight read more..

Thursday, July 19


Wednesday, July 18


Sunnyside teen qualifies for WJGA State tourney

RICHLAND - An eagle and three birdies, all coming during a four-hole stretch in the waning moments of the Washington Junior Golf Association's District tournament at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course yesterday, vaulted Sunnyside's Justin Bos to a third place finish.

July 18, 2007 midnight read more..

Politics must play no role in health care

Partisan politics kills people. The battle between the left and the right has hampered stem cell research, created an absurdly inefficient system of health insurance and has kept needed drugs wallowing in FDA approval limbo.

July 18, 2007 midnight read more..

Teen readies for European trip

Not too many teens can say, "I spent my 14th birthday in Spain." But it's likely Ryan Hernandez will utter those words when he returns from a trip to Europe made possible by the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

July 18, 2007 midnight read more..

Tuesday, July 17


Monday, July 16


Sharks second at Toppenish invite

TOPPENISH - The Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team captured second place honors during last weekend's AAU meet in Toppenish, the biggest swim event of its kind in central Washington.

July 16, 2007 midnight read more..

Friday, July 13

'Johnny B Good' drag racers three Division 6 victories

It would be hard to blame the members of Sunnyside's Johnny B Good Racing team if they had a bit of swagger in their gait come next weekend. That's because the local drag racing team will enter a national competition in Seattle the weekend of July 20-22 with three big victories under its belt.

July 13, 2007 midnight read more..

Sharks snap two-meet losing streak

Both, Sunnyside's 10&U and 18&U girls swept all the first and second place finishes in their respective divisions last night to power the Sharks to a convincing 465-337 victory over the visiting Toppenish Tarpons.

July 13, 2007 midnight read more..

'Transformers' recruited to volunteer as CAB members

Supporters of the Transformation Sunnyside group learned last night how they could help transform one life at a time through participation in the community accountability board program offered by the Yakima County Juvenile Court.

July 13, 2007 midnight read more..

Thursday, July 12

Settlement reached in rodeo injury claim

GRANDVIEW - In a deal reached late last month, a Prosser man will receive $100,000 in a settlement for injuries he said he sustained during a rodeo held at Grandview's Country Park fairgrounds in May 2004.

July 12, 2007 midnight read more..

Impersonating cop charges filed

MABTON - Freddie Perales, 19, was arrested last Saturday on charges of impersonating a police officer, according to interim Mabton Police Chief Robert Perales.

July 12, 2007 midnight read more..

Wednesday, July 11

Daytime lawn watering no-no in Mabton

MABTON - Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera informed council members that, starting today, the Public Works Department will be knocking on residents' doors when they notice lawns are being watered during the day.

July 11, 2007 midnight read more..

Tuesday, July 10

Fired city administrator disputes mayor's claims

MABTON - He said, she said. As is often the case when someone has been discharged from their job, like the recent termination of Mabton City Administrator Ildia Heitzman, two versions of what led up to the firing are usually forthcoming.

July 10, 2007 midnight read more..

Bonds now needed for Monson feedlot purchase, upgrade

The city must now sell bonds to reimburse itself for the purchase of property formally known as Monson Ranches Feedlot, now renamed West Sunnyside Business Park. The bonds will also be used to make water and sewer improvements to the property.

July 10, 2007 midnight read more..

Monday, July 9


Sunnyside's I-82 exit 69 closed Friday due to rollove

After passing a semi last Friday at approximately 4 p.m., along Interstate 82 just before exit 69, a westbound Ford F-250 driven by Randy Groves, 41, of Prosser rolled four times before landing on its top and pinning the driver's leg.

July 9, 2007 midnight read more..

Friday, July 6

Neptunes power out a win against Naches

NACHES - The Grandview Neptunes swim team powered out a win over the Naches Barracudas Thursday evening, 423-307. The victory boosted Grandview's record to 2-3 in the Mid-Valley Summer Swim League standings.

July 6, 2007 midnight read more..

Art and wine to meet in Prosser

PROSSER - Sixth Street in downtown Prosser will again turn into a delight for wine and art enthusiasts at the fourth annual Prosser Art Walk and Wine Gala set for Saturday, July 21.

July 6, 2007 midnight read more..

Charred remains

Yet another grass fire occurred along the stretch of I-82 between Sunnyside and Grandview yesterday afternoon. At approximately 2 p.m. Yakima County Fire District #5, station 14 responded to a fire at milepost 71. Station 13 assisted in extinguishing the blaze that is believed to have been caused by a motor home that lost a tire. The wheel sparked, igniting the grass along the interstate. The fire began encroaching upon structures on nearby North Hornby Road, but fire crews were able to stop it before the flames were able to ignite the property. Captain Tony Castillo (right) and fireman A.J. Barrera (left) remained near the property line to ensure hot spots would not re-ignite.

July 6, 2007 midnight read more..

County updates harassment codes for employees

In keeping with recent changes in state law, Yakima County commissioners on Tuesday approved employment policy changes to include homosexuals among the groups protected from discrimination and harassment.

July 6, 2007 midnight read more..

Thursday, July 5


Tuesday, July 3


Monday, July 2


Sun Valley ends 2007 season with 7-14 mark

RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Sun Valley baseball team ran into stiff competition this past weekend at a season ending baseball tournament in Richland. Sun Valley played two games Friday and Saturday, losing to Richland's Milestones 17-7 on Friday and Richland's Campbell and Company 17-5 on Saturday.

July 2, 2007 midnight read more..