Stories for June 2007

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Friday, June 29

Vietnamese turn lemons into lemonade in The Big Easy

In Vietnam, the people who settled along the Mekong River lived with floodwaters for centuries. It's the world's 10th largest river, flowing from high in the Himalaya mountain range more than 2,700 miles to the South China Sea.

Sharks take a bite out of Barracudas

It was virtually all Sunnyside last night as the Rotary-sponsored Sharks swim team dominated in its home pool in a 624-117 romp over the Naches Barracudas.

Sunnyside's Promise exploring summer rec activities for local youths

Members of Sunnyside's Promise met yesterday to discuss safe summer places and activities for local youth with the intention of adding even more options to the list.

Overwhelmed clerk bombarded with bad checks

A convenience store clerk working for minimum wage at Valley View Market, Francisca Pedraza said she is now being asked by her employer to compensate the market for the total sum of 12 checks she cashed on Friday, June 15.

No "Free Choice?" How about a little RESPECT?

If it's not clear to you by now, President Bush and the rest of the Republican Party think it should be exceedingly difficult for workers to form unions.

Efforts underway to open community center in Mabton

MABTON - A place kids can play and participate in good, wholesome fun ... that is the dream of three ladies in Mabton.

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Volunteers lauded for helping stage local track meet

Volunteers lauded for helping stage local track meet

Bengal tiger cubs now at Cougar Mountain Zoological Park

ISSAQUAH - The Cougar Mountain Zoological Park recently greeted two Bengal tiger cubs to its facilities.

Jennie's Journey

Dedication and commitment required

Dedication and commitment required

Guest Editorial

Home Country

Home Country

OBITUARY

HARRY WAYNE MARTIN

HARRY WAYNE MARTIN

Church youth groups help Sunnyside's Nuestra Casa participants learn English

Two youth groups, one from Spokane and the other from Bellevue, were in Sunnyside all of this week to help with Nuestra Casa's English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Thursday, June 28

Local youths 'get a clue'

The Sunnyside Library turned into a CSI lab for a few hours this past Tuesday during its ongoing summer theme of "Get a Clue."

OBITUARY

ALBERT MORTENSEN

ALBERT MORTENSEN

Errors prove costly in Sun Valley loss

Eight costly errors and three scoreless innings proved to be the downfall for Sun Valley as they fell to Richland's Harrington's Trophies 18-13 last night.

Charges dropped against fifth teen originally charged in May 1 murder

The Yakima County Prosecutor's office made it 0-for-5 yesterday when charges were dropped against the fifth suspect in the May 1 shooting death of George P. Salinas III in Outlook.

Cramped for space, Lou Gehrig's disease victim and her family dream of a larger home

GRANDVIEW - Rodney and Lynn Walker aren't asking for much. In fact, they really haven't asked for anything; they've focused on caring for Lynn since her diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease back in November 2005.

Wednesday, June 27

GUEST COLUMN

The meaning of life in two words

The meaning of life in two words

OBITUARY

ALBERT MORTENSEN

ALBERT MORTENSEN

Sun Valley picks up extra inning win against Richland

RICHLAND - Following two straight losses, Sunnyside's Sun Valley baseball team took extra innings to beat Richland's Sundown Sport and Marine 11-9 Tuesday night.

County releases juvenile murder suspects

All four juveniles allegedly involved in the May 1 shooting death of George P. Salinas III saw their charges dropped yesterday by the Yakima County prosecutor's office.

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Immigration reform...don't repeat history, protect local ag economy

Immigration reform...don't repeat history, protect local ag economy

Mabton audit reveals shoddy business operations

An audit requested by the Mabton City Council last summer has been released and shows poor operating procedures from the period June 1, 2003 to September 30, 2006.

Sunnyside winery making move to Prosser

Sunnyside's Apex Cellars won't be in Sunnyside any longer, as it is moving to Prosser.

New Washington state dairy ambassadors selected

LYNNWOOD - The 52nd Washington State Dairy Ambassador was selected at the dairy industry's annual gala event last Friday, June 22, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lynnwood. Kalin Fohn, 18-year-old daughter of Arnold and Ronda Fohn of Mt. Vernon, was selected as the 2007-08 Washington State Dairy Ambassador.

'F' as in Frank

Musical trip down memory lane

Musical trip down memory lane

S'side linkster advances to Junior World qualifier

MOSES LAKE - Justin Bos, who'll be a senior at Sunnyside High School this fall, has earned a spot in this coming Friday's Junior World qualifying tournament, to be staged in Tumwater.

Tuesday, June 26

Black Rock Creek golfers fourth at Columbia Point

RICHLAND - Last week's stop on the Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour netted the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek team a fourth place finish.

SHS lists 22 students on 4.00 GPA honor roll

Nearly two dozen students, 22 in all, aced their studies at Sunnyside High School for the second semester of the 2006-07 academic year.

SCHS grad forgoes college to work at African orphanages

Recently graduated from Sunnyside Christian High School, one would think Caitlin Aleman would be headed to college this fall.

Monson property planning proceeds

With the purchase of the 150-acre Monson property completed, the Sunnyside City Council agreed on Monday night to pursue funding for a master plan study of the land, just west of the city limits.

Mabton lauds job shadow successes

Mabton School Board officials unanimously voted to approve a Business Education Partnership Agreement that facilitates job shadowing for students at Mabton Junior Senior High School.

Longtime Safeway employee to retire after 35 years of service

What was supposed to be a temporary night job at the Sunnyside Safeway for Reinie Kielstra culminated into 35 years of service, which will come to end July 12.

Columbia River Bank adds staff member, plans new construction on Lincoln Ave.

With nearly 18 years of banking experience, Michelle Rebol-Rhode joined the Sunnyside branch of Columbia River Bank in Sunnyside yesterday (Monday).

Sun Valley's woes continue

Continuing a slide that started on June 13, the Sun Valley baseball team lost last night to Richland's Milestones 13-5. The loss was Sunnyside's sixth in its last seven games.

Stormwater fees to be imposed on local residents

The clock is ticking for Sunnyside to comply with federal and state regulations requiring the city and other municipalities with more than 10,000 people to provide a stormwater control system.

Monday, June 25

'Safari' dominates 2007 SHS drama camp

After participating in Sunnyside High School's Drama Camp last week, the 140 students performed one last show this past Friday for parents and friends.

Well wishers gather for dedication of new Habitat for Humanity home

Habitat for Humanity representatives, well-wishers and the Roman family gathered at 91 Carousel Lane Sunday afternoon for the official dedication of the family's new home.

Prosser hospital buys building in downtown Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Prosser Memorial Hospital has purchased a building in downtown Grandview, previously owned by Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.

Friday, June 22

Sunnyside Sharks nip Tarpons, 431-402

TOPPENISH - Victories on the road are seldom easy to come by, especially in the extremely competitive Mid-Valley Summer Swim League.

Wapato business manager taking same position for Sunnyside schools

Come July 1, Angela Watts is going to go from monitoring a $28 million budget to a $61 million budget.

Gross Point Blank

I'm no longer navigationally challenged

I'm no longer navigationally challenged

FORUM

Open house support lauded

Open house support lauded

Sunnyside wrestler triple crown champion

Josh Romero, who will be starting his freshman year at Sunnyside High School in the fall, won championships in all three wrestling styles at the Grand Nationals held in Butte, Mont. June 12-16.

Toppenish making plans for 75th anniversary of Pow Wow & Rodeo

TOPPENISH - Fast paced rodeo action, humorous entertainers, a gala parade, fireworks that fill the night air and much more are planned for the 75th edition of the Toppenish Pow Wow & Rodeo.

Guest Column

Small businesses increasingly endangered by lawsuits

Small businesses increasingly endangered by lawsuits

Grandview community to unite for July 4 celebration

GRANDVIEW - Grandview is currently gearing up for its 30th annual Flag Raising Ceremony, set to take place on July 4, at 9 a.m., downtown at Stokely Square.

Morning Chores statue unveiled

With dignitaries watching and dairymen in the crowd, the third bronze statute was unveiled Thursday by the Bronze Society of Sunnyside.

OBITUARY

MARY ELIZABETH BENNETT

MARY ELIZABETH BENNETT

Springsteen continues to cash in with Live in Dublin

In late 2006 Bruce Springsteen joined with other musicians at Springsteen's farm house and over a period of three days, recorded what is now known as the Seeger Sessions. It's a complete album of some of folk artist Pete Seeger's best known works and other songs from days past.

Rodriguez sentenced to 45 years in prison

A man found guilty in May of being a first degree murder accomplice in an incident that occurred in Sunnyside on Christmas Eve of 2005 has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Words From Washington

An end to secret earmark slush fund means taxpayers win

An end to secret earmark slush fund means taxpayers win

Thursday, June 21

New Sunnyside farmers market has promising start

They came in ones, twos and threes. Some came just to browse but by the time they all saw what was available, most walked away satisfied and with bags of fresh produce.

Flashers OK'd

Sunnyside recently received a $22,500 grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to install solar flashing lights at all of the elementary school locations.

Sunnyside native brings 5,000-year-old art form lessons to local residents

The ancient art of Yoga has been around for 5,000 years, older than some religions. Naturally, it would be only a matter of time before Yoga made its appearance in Sunnyside.

Sun Valley suffers loss

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Sun Valley baseball team started yesterday's game against Richland's Harrington's Trophies in good fashion but eventually fell by a 10-3 score.

OBITUARY

RALPH L. PICKEL

RALPH L. PICKEL

Wednesday, June 20

Weekly unemployment checks increase to $515

The average annual wage in Washington state increased by 5.4 percent, to $42,584, from 2005 to 2006, according to the Employment Security Department.

Guest Column

Planes, trains and drive-through fools

Planes, trains and drive-through fools

Cutting to the Core

30-day countdown for last dance with Satan

30-day countdown for last dance with Satan

OBITUARY

ROBERTO G. RANGEL

ROBERTO G. RANGEL

Forum

Foster children need our support

Foster children need our support

Sunnyside youngsters participate in drama camp

Sunnyside High School drama students have been hosting a drama camp for younger children this week.

Sharks shred Selah Dolphins, 483-336

Sunnyside's girls-most notably sisters Marisa and Kaitlyn Broersma-dominated their Selah counterparts last night and led the hometown Sharks to a season opening 483-336 victory over the visiting Dolphins.

Prosser Piranhas chew up Grandview Neptunes, 675-135

PROSSER - The Prosser Piranhas dealt a crushing blow to the Grandview Neptunes swim team last night (Tuesday), defeating Grandview 675-135.

Tuesday, June 19

99-year-old Grandview man takes it 'a day at a time'

GRANDVIEW - Marvin Foredyce's earliest memories are of growing up on his family's homestead near Walla Walla in 1912.

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IGNACIO CARRASCO

IGNACIO CARRASCO

Sunnyside's Bos WJGA tourney winner

MOSES LAKE - Sunnyside High School senior-to-be Justin Bos got his summer on Central Washington golf links off to a rip roaring start this past Monday.

Prosser hospital asks city of Grandview for $133,000

GRANDVIEW - Prosser Memorial Hospital is asking the city of Grandview for $133,000 to be used as a stop-gap measure for ambulance service operations for 2007.

Natural gas firm still in exploratory phase

Monday's Noon Rotary Club featured guest speaker Jessica Geenen said her company, Trident Resources Inc., has been exploring the Yakima Valley to the Tri-Cities for natural gas.

Chief Kamiakin teacher featured in fashion mags

A teacher in her first year at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School in Sunnyside was recently one of five women to be named winners in the Dove Energy Glow contest.

Home business expanded into furniture store

After running a furniture business out of her home for more than a year, Alma Salaiza has relocated her operation to Sixth Street and Franklin Avenue, the site of the former Pac-Co. store.

Monday, June 18

Sunnyside Sun Valley team drops three games

Sunnyside's Sun Valley baseball team had a rough weekend, dropping three games to fall below .500 at 5-8 overall.

Time running out to submit application for leadership program

GRANDVIEW - An interesting opportunity awaits those who work or live in the Grandview area and are interested in leadership.

OBITUARY

BEVERLY JEAN DUNCAN

BEVERLY JEAN DUNCAN

Citizen's tip results in arrest of man wanted for luring 10-year-old girl into car

Assuming the charges stick against a man arrested by Sunnyside police this past Saturday at a local shopping mall, there will be one less person on the streets preying on young children.

Friday, June 15

Sunnyside Lions Club features Circus Chimera this coming September

The last time Circus Chimera was in Sunnyside was July 2005.

National park shuttle service resumes at Paradise

MT. RAINIER - The Paradise Valley Shuttle services the overflow parking on the Paradise Valley Road at Mt. Rainier National Park and is open again for the summer season.

Former Mabton man has own record label, signs first group

PHOENIX, ARIZ. - Abel Romero, formerly of Mabton, has established his own record label in Phoenix.

Former volunteer fireman now corrections officer in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Graduating from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in the Corrections Officer Academy just last week, Kevin Glasenapp is now serving in his new role at the Grandview Police Department.

Outlook reading coach new assistant principal at Sunnyside's Pioneer Elementary School

Looking for a chance for more responsibility inside the Sunnyside School District, Kim Frank got her wish last month when she was named the new assistant principal at Pioneer Elementary School.

Jennie's Journey

Selfless acts of kindness show character

Selfless acts of kindness show character

GUEST COLUMN

The other woman

The other woman

GUEST EDITIORIAL

Give dads a chance

Give dads a chance

Parent responsibility ordinance being eyed by Grandview police

GRANDVIEW - At Thursday night's Grandview United meeting, Grandview Police Chief Dave Charvet provided an update on the status of future city ordinance changes regarding parental responsibility and gang-like behavior.

Perez, Churchill, Christensen, Stuber lead Neptunes in win over visiting Barracudas

GRANDVIEW - The 2007 summer season debut for the Grandview Neptunes swim team proved to be successful last night.

'Family to Family' features new approach to dealing with Lower Valley's abused children

GRANDVIEW - The way the Department of Social Health and Services has dealt with abused and neglected children in the past has failed, according to Brian Cox, coordinator for Family to Family, a new approach to how DSHS handles these children.

Thursday, June 14

Long-time Sunnyside school volunteer retires

"I ought to do something," longtime Sunnyside resident Chuck Andrews told his wife, Pat, when he retired from Les Schwab Tire 20 years ago.

Sun Valley bats go silent in 13-3 loss to Pasco club

Sunnyside's Sun Valley baseball team's bats fell silent last night as they were beat by Pasco's All-Star Automotive 13-3, which snapped a three-game winning streak by the local club.

Junior drag racers scorch Renegade Racewa

PARKER - They've both got game, possess nerves of steel and likewise, crave that adrenaline rush of rocketing down a quarter-mile strip of asphalt in mere seconds.

Suspect in downtown shooting ID'd

The suspect in the Sunday, June 10, shooting at Sunnyside's Acapulco Restaurant has been identified as Alberto R. Irigoyen-Murillo, 27, of Auburn.

Girl, 10, lured into vehicle, assaulted

A 10-year-old Sunnyside girl walking to school along East Lincoln Avenue Tuesday morning was lured into a Nissan Pathfinder and assaulted by a young man.

SHS wrestler receives full ride to Dickinson

Former Sunnyside High School two-time State wrestling champion Steve Sanchez has received and accepted an offer to wrestle at Dickinson State University in North Dakota this fall.

Wednesday, June 13

GUEST EDITORIAL

Congress needs to increase energy supplies to curb rising gas prices

Congress needs to increase energy supplies to curb rising gas prices

New techniques in growing cherries showcased at 'Cherry Field Day'

PROSSER - The Washington State University Benton County Extension Service and International Tree Association (IFTA) hosted their annual Cherry Field Day Tuesday.

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Lowering prices at the pump means producing more energy here at home

Lowering prices at the pump means producing more energy here at home

OBITUARY

DELORES RAMOS

DELORES RAMOS

FORUM

School field trips more comfortable thanks to donation

School field trips more comfortable thanks to donation

'F' as in Frank

Potpourri

Potpourri

Tuesday, June 12

Sun Valley picks up third straight victory

After spotting Meyer's Auto Tech of Richland three runs, the 14/15-year-old Sun Valley baseball team from Sunnyside scored seven runs in the last five innings to pull out an 8-7 win over the visitors Monday afternoon.

Closner new Grandview High principal

GRANDVIEW - Principal Arcella Hall is leaving Grandview High School for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. That lead to the search for a new principal, however the school district didn't have to look far since the candidate that best fit the school was already at the high school.

PRIDE stages last ever commencement ceremony

Never give up" was the repeated sentiment told to the 36 graduates of PRIDE High School last night at the 14th, and final, graduation ceremony.

Sunnyside firm busy manufacturing aluminum trailers

Since January of 2006, Beall Sunnyside, a firm which bought a manufacturing facility in northeast Sunnyside, has been putting out between one and two trailers a day.

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JUAN CORTEZ TELLEZ

JUAN CORTEZ TELLEZ

Monday, June 11

2005 Bickleton grad NAIA discus champ

FRESNO, CALIF. - Annie Hess of Bickleton took another big step toward reaching her dream of making the U.S. Olympic team in 2012. A 2005 graduate of Bickleton High School, Hess won the women's discus throw at the recently staged NAIA National Track & Field Championships in Fresno, Calif.

SHS grads encouraged to make the most of opportunities

Transition was in the air, as a makeshift theater in the round of new bleachers greeted the Sunnyside High School Class of 2007 during commencement exercises last Friday.

'First Love Ranch' undergoing a little TLC

MABTON - Near Mabton along Sunnyside/Mabton Highway is a faded sign that reads "First Love Ranches."

Sunnyside Christian graduates encouraged to 'put God's love into action'

GRANDVIEW - The 2007 Sunnyside Christian High School graduating class converged at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene last Friday night to celebrate commencement exercises.

OBITUARY

JUAN CORTEZ TELLEZ

JUAN CORTEZ TELLEZ

DEATH NOTICE

HAROLD KEITH HART

HAROLD KEITH HART

Two men shot in downtown Sunnyside last night

Sunnyside police are searching for those responsible for the shooting of two men last night (Sunday) in the 100 block of North Sixth Street, in the Acapulco Restaurant parking lot.

Friday, June 8

Grandview girl winner of Subway poster contest

GRANDVIEW - Russ Cazier, chair of the local Subway board, was on hand at Grandview Middle School yesterday morning, Thursday, to announce the Subway restaurants of Yakima/Tri-Cities' "Fresh Fit" poster winner.

Races forming for council seats

Grandview voters will have at least one primary election to decide, as two city council positions have drawn multiple contestants.

Analexis Diaz dances her way to Lil' Miss Mabton title

With roses providing a colorful barrier between the crowd and the stage area, the four contestants took the floor.

Berg takes SHS girls hoop reins

It's a big summer for Sierra Vista Middle School teacher Eric Berg.

Parents encourage school board to act on school uniforms

Three parents of students in the Sunnyside School District faced the school board at last week's monthly meeting and encouraged the directors to act quickly and consider implementing school uniforms.

Christian school teachers in Indonesia make trek to Sunnyside

Casey and Sharon Bernhardt never imagined their two-year commitment to teach at Mountainview International Christian School in Indonesia would turn into a nine-year adventure, but that's exactly what has happened.

Briones suits up for Yakima Beetles

Gibby Briones has made his mark on the Sunnyside High School baseball diamond as a shortstop, pitcher and MVP performer for the Grizzlies.

GUEST OPINION

Home Country

Home Country

Two Sunnyside teens qualify for National Rodeo Finals in July

What would inspire someone to travel to Springfield, Ill. this summer?

OBITUARY

BERNICE DODD

BERNICE DODD

Everett woman named new transportation director for Sunnyside School District

Karen Robertson has been driving school buses for 14 years and loves it. So much in fact she applied for and has been named the new Sunnyside School District transportation director.

Thursday, June 7

OBITUARY

BERNICE DODD

BERNICE DODD

6-6 bug Cereal Leaf Beetle threat to wheat farmers

WSU researchers are taking a cue from the Alien movies to help wheat farmers in Yakima County.

DEATH NOTICE

ELNORA ELIZABETH WELLS

ELNORA ELIZABETH WELLS

Welding competition finals this Saturday

Six students at Sunnyside High School have run the gauntlet and have earned the right to participate in the finals of the second annual SHS Welding Competition.

Pacific Power customers will see monthly bills increase by more than $10

Beginning today, June 7, monthly power bills in Yakima County and in many areas of Washington state will spike by $10 or more.

Former county commissioner seeks Grandview council seat

After more than 20 years of experience in city and county government, Jesse Palacios is back for another run on the Grandview City Council.

Wednesday, June 6

SHS Grizzly athletes honored

The Sunnyside High School auditorium was the scene Tuesday night for the school's spring sports award ceremony.

A message to SHS grads...embrace life

Embrace life! That's the best advice I can give to any 2007 high school graduate.

'Survivor' party for SHS grads promises to be blowout affair

They'll be partying hard in the streets, make that the gym, come Friday night following this year's Sunnyside High School graduation ceremony.

Cutting To The Core

A message to SHS grads...embrace life

A message to SHS grads...embrace life

Ticket sales up...reports Yakima Bears GM

The Yakima Bears baseball team has been in the Valley since 1990 and in that time has won three championships in the Northwest League, K.L. Wombacher, general manager for the Bears, told the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, June 5

Sun Valley climbs to one game below .500

The Sun Valley baseball team, comprised of 14- and 15-year-olds, hosted Richland's Sundown Sport and Marine team last night, beating them 5-3 and inching closer to evening its record at .500. The Sunnyside team is now just one game under at 3-4.

Drive-by shooter, pleads guilty, sentenced to two years in jail

Adrian Ozuna, 20, has been sentenced for his role in the drive-by shooting which occurred Jan. 19, 2007 in the 1300 block of Jackson Avenue in Sunnyside.

Names formally tossed into the ring

Campaign 2007 opened with a flourish yesterday, as eight Lower Valley residents filed to run for office. The election filing period concludes this Friday.

Grandview names new principal, AD

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board has chosen to hire Julie Wysong as the new Principal at Harriet Thompson Elementary School and Ken Murray as the new Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Grandview High School.

Sunnyside hospital nurses receive critical care certification

Sunnyside Community Hospital has two critical care certified nurses in Tina Glockner and Vivian Geangan of the Intensive Care Unit.

Pioneer Elementary School fifth grade student receives writing award

After being encouraged to write about their favorite teacher, 1,600 third, fourth and fifth grade students submitted their works to the Washington Education Association for the "Teacher to Remember" essay contest.

OBITUARY

ESPERANZA V. VALENZUELA

ESPERANZA V. VALENZUELA

Grandview plans to fine tune Sunnyside's anti-gang ordinance

GRANDVIEW - After meeting last week with city and school officials and Yakima County Prosecutor Ron Zirkle, Grandview councilmen have decided to hold off for now on passing its own version of the Sunnyside gang ordinance.

Monday, June 4

Grandview graduates 106 seniors

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School held its 2007 graduation commencements this past Saturday.

Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds split weekend games

Sunnyside's Sun Valley baseball team hosted Pasco's Perfection Tire last Friday, beating them 11-0, and then lost to Richland's Motoring Services 4-3 on Saturday.

New dinosaur created at Hisey Park in Granger

GRANGER - A new dinosaur was created at Hisey Park this past Saturday.

Mabton High School 2007 graduates encouraged to take the road less traveled

MABTON - For one last time the seniors at Mabton High School gathered in the school's gym before setting off into the unknown.

OBITUARY

ELIZABETH ANGLIN

ELIZABETH ANGLIN

Grandview's tami Lambrecht signs to play at Corban College

Grandview's Tami Lambrecht will join the Corban College Warriors next season to play women's basketball for coach Terry Williams in Salem, Ore.

County's election filing period begins today

The election season is underway a month earlier in the state of Washington, as from now through Friday, June 8, candidates can file for political office.

DEATH NOTICE

BENJAMIN SILVA

BENJAMIN SILVA

Friday, June 1

DEATH NOTICE

MARIE GUYER

MARIE GUYER

Sunnyside church invites communityto 100-year anniversary observance

Sunnyside's First Christian Church will observe its 100th anniversary on Sunday, June 10.

Car show in memory of Elias Rocha II planned for mid-July

In keeping Elias Mario Rocha II's memory alive, his family is currently readying for the second annual St. Joseph's EMR Car Show, created and named in his honor.

Grandview making plans for 80th annual fair

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo is gearing up for its 80th annual event, slated to take place Aug. 8-11 at the Grandview fairgrounds.

Sunnyside church to host gospel group

First Baptist Church in Sunnyside, 401 S. 18th Street, will present a concert by Blackwood Legacy on Sunday, June 10, at 11 a.m.

Jennie's Journey

Procrastination isn't good when it comes to our health

Procrastination isn't good when it comes to our health

Assemblies of God Church to host special speaker this Sunday

Community residents are being encouraged to turn out this Sunday, June 3, to hear special guest speaker Dr. Thomas Kindell of Reasons for Faith Ministries.

Berg named new SHS girls hoop coach

Eric Berg is the new varsity girls basketball coach for Sunnyside High School.

Top educators earn 'Golden Apples'

During a special celebration during the regular Sunnyside School Board meeting Thursday night, Sunnyside School Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole presented 14 Golden Apple awards to some of the district's top employees.

GUEST OPINION

American appetite for ethanol driving up Mexican tortilla prices

American appetite for ethanol driving up Mexican tortilla prices

2007 Sunnyside School District retirees recognized

There were 12 staff members of the Sunnyside School District that were honored at Thursday night's school board meeting in Sunnyside, as the 12 are retiring at the end of the 2006-07 school year.

SHS soph sharpening her skills on Yakima AAU fastpitch softball team

Sunnyside High School sophomore Brittani Ramerman is extending her fastpitch softball season, with plans to play for the Yakima-based Pepsi Stealers this summer.