Stories for May 2007


Thursday, May 31


Grandview police defuse suicidal incident

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Special Incident Response Team was dispatched to the 600 block of Washington Street yesterday afternoon after a 66-year-old male threatened to take his own life.

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Sun Valley's offense breaks out

RICHLAND- After suffering three straight losses to start the season, Sunnyside's Sun Valley baseball team exploded for 16 hits and 13 runs Wednesday night to beat Richland's Milestones 13-12 and pick up its first victory of the season.

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Wednesday, May 30

Golf tourney nets Sunnyside Lions Club 'inspirational' award

WENATCHEE - At the Lions Multiple District 19 annual convention held recently in Wenatchee, the Sunnyside club was awarded the "Most Inspirational" banner from the Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight and Hearing for the golf tournament staged by the Sunnyside club last year.

May 30, 2007 midnight read more..

Sun Valley still winless with loss to Richland

What started as a trip to Richland to play Harrington's Trophies team was interrupted last night when the team of 14- and 15-year-olds from Sunnyside found out the Richland team had traveled to Sunnyside due to a scheduling change.

May 30, 2007 midnight read more..

Tuesday, May 29


Sacrifices remembered

Because sacrifice without remembrance is meaningless, a huge crowd gathered at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery yesterday (Monday) to recognize soldiers who died serving their country.

May 29, 2007 midnight read more..

Friday, May 25


Sunnyside High grad named dean of University of Idaho's largest academic division

MOSCOW, IDAHO - Historian Katherine G. Aiken looks to the past to find context for the present and vision for the future. Aiken, professor of history at the University of Idaho, will become the new dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), the university's largest academic division. She currently serves as interim dean and takes up the permanent post on July 2, 2007.

May 25, 2007 midnight read more..

Thursday, May 24


Wednesday, May 23


Grizzly golf coach notches ace in tourney fundraiser

You've seen the TV commercial...a desolate golf course at the crack of dawn with sprinklers chug-chugging in the background, the young boy teeing up his ball who unceremoniously proceeds to score a hole-in-one. He runs to the green seeking out someone, anyone who has witnessed the feat. As disappointment spreads over the youngster's face, a lone greens keeper ambles over a rise and grins, "Nice shot, kid."

May 23, 2007 midnight read more..


City can't arrest its way out of a gang problem

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New sign greets motorists in S'side

Just as Sunnyside city officials are trying to give the boot to criminal gangs, the city is also putting out a renewed welcome mat for residents and visitors.

May 23, 2007 midnight read more..

Tuesday, May 22


Bickleton helps dedicate wind farm

BICKLETON - Accompanied by a flag salute from Bickleton Cub Scouts and music by the Bickleton High School band, officials from PPM Energy yesterday cut the ribbon to dedicate the Big Horn Wind Power Project.

May 22, 2007 midnight read more..

Sunnyside's Apple Bowl team finishes second

ELLENSBURG - The Sunnyside High School Apple Bowl team, consisting of Matt Barr, Marco Pellizzari, Laura Aguilar, Sterling Scott and Hannah Vleiger, fell to Riverside Christian High School 215-115 in the finals of the Apple Bowl May 17 at the Central Washington University campus in Ellensburg.

May 22, 2007 midnight read more..

Grandview considering gang ordinance

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council members instructed the city attorney to prepare a draft of a criminal street gangs and gang related activities ordinance for the June 4 regular city council meeting.

May 22, 2007 midnight read more..

Monday, May 21


Tennis season ends at Regionals for Pavlova

EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside High School tennis team's one player with a shot at advancing to State, Vikina Pavlova, saw her season end at Regionals this past Saturday at Eastmont High School.

May 21, 2007 midnight read more..

Grizzlies' season ends at Regionals

SPOKANE - Junior Jordyne Jaquish came within one placing spot of advancing to the 3A State track and field meet, at this past weekend's Regional meet, staged in Spokane.

May 21, 2007 midnight read more..

Friday, May 18


Goldendale hosting astronomy, musical festival May 31- June 9

GOLDENDALE - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the City of Goldendale are inviting Lower Yakima Valley residents to celebrate the "Blue Moon of May" with a free community festival that features bluegrass music, a classic truck, antique tractor and vintage RV show, a tractor pull, food and a special guest from the NASA space program.

May 18, 2007 midnight read more..

PT Cruisers in town Sunday

GRANDVIEW - The YakiVegas PT Cruiser Club of Yakima and Eli and Kathy's Family Restaurant of Grandview will be hosting a "PT Cruiser Meet and Greet" this coming Sunday, May 20.

May 18, 2007 midnight read more..

Sponsors sought for mud race

The Tuff Enuf Cascade Crawlers Jeep Club is planning its fourth annual mud race for Saturday, June 2, behind the Lava Rock Nursery on Cody Road, off of Alexander Road in Sunnyside.

May 18, 2007 midnight read more..

Thursday, May 17


Sunnyside Christian freshman serves as House page

OLYMPIA - Danielle Newhouse spent the final week of the Legislative session in Olympia serving as a legislative page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by State Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside).

May 17, 2007 midnight read more..

Ammonia purge startles Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A loud whooshing and hissing noise that could be heard throughout Grandview's downtown core startled residents yesterday afternoon following an ammonia purge at a nearby plant.

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Wednesday, May 16



Gang ordinance right step in making our town safe

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Tuesday, May 15


Monday, May 14

Juvenile shot in Grandview gang incident

GRANDVIEW - Following a gang related fight last Thursday, Grandview police are increasing street patrols at certain times of the day to curb any activity that may lead to a similar incident.

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Lady Greyhounds wrap up '07 season

PROSSER - The Grandview girls softball team battled last Friday, but came up short in 9-4 and 11-7 losses at Prosser in what proved to be the season finale for the Lady Greyhounds.

May 14, 2007 midnight read more..

Friday, May 11


Bank support appreciated

We, the Lady Knights basketball team of Sunnyside Christian High School would like to express our thanks to American West Bank for allowing us to hold a car wash at their facility.

May 11, 2007 midnight read more..

Sunnyside drag racer a winner in Vegas

John Dalrymple of Sunnyside has been drag racing since 1999 and last month realized his dream of taking the top prize of best appearing car during a national event in Las Vegas.

May 11, 2007 midnight read more..

Home Arts Club members friends for life

In times of great joy or true troubles, there's nothing quite like leaning on the shoulders of 20 or so of your dearest friends. And if you ask members of the Home Arts Club the number one secret behind their 45 years of success, without hesitation, they'll all respond, "Friendship."

May 11, 2007 midnight read more..

Sunnysiders flock to Bloomsday Race

SPOKANE - Approximately 30 residents of Sunnyside participated in last weekend's 31st annual Bloomsday Race in Spokane, a 7K (7.46 miles) race through the city's streets that draws world class athletes.

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Thursday, May 10


Grizzlies move on to STATE!!!

WENATCHEE - For the third time in five years the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team has won a District title, this time with a 2-1 win over league rival Eastmont.

May 10, 2007 midnight read more..

Sunnyside's Hillcrest Manor staff members honored

Hillcrest Manor & Rehabilitation Center in Sunnyside held its annual Care Partner Appreciation Tea yesterday to recognize its employees and all their efforts in providing quality care for the residents of the home.

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Wednesday, May 9

SHS boys earn first win of the season

It was our turn," Coach Troy Whittle said of the Sunnyside High School boys tennis team's first victory of the season, a 7-0 romp yesterday over visiting 2A East Valley. "All year we've been the 3A school getting pounded by the 4A teams."

May 9, 2007 midnight read more..

Legends Casino grants awarded

Sunnyside's Lower Valley Crisis Center and Nuestra Castra were both winners on Tuesday, as they were two of more than 90 recipients to garner funds from the Yakama Nation Legends Casino grant programs.

May 9, 2007 midnight read more..

Pooch takes a bite out of crime

PROSSER - Man's best friend lived up to the billing yesterday afternoon, as a canine with the Benton County Sheriff's office helped apprehend a suspected car thief near Prosser.

May 9, 2007 midnight read more..

Tuesday, May 8


Stokes, Schatz winners of Bill Christie Memorial

The duo of David Stokes and Ty Schatz rebounded from an opening day one-stroke deficit to capture top honors at this past weekend's annual Bill Christie Memorial Best Ball Tournament at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

May 8, 2007 midnight read more..

Bicylists urged to wear safety helmets

Sunnyside Community Hospital and Sunnyside's Promise have teamed to promote bicycle helmet safety by encouraging young people delivering the Daily Sun News to wear a helmet while riding their bikes to deliver the paper.

May 8, 2007 midnight read more..

Hearings set for murder suspects

The Sunnyside teen suspected of killing George P. Salinas III last Monday, April 30, will face a status hearing at 9 a.m. this Friday, May 11, in Yakima County juvenile court.

May 8, 2007 midnight read more..

Monday, May 7


Bickleton's Molina makes big strides in discus

COWICHE - Bickleton's Alejandra Molina made a tremendous breakthrough at the Highland High School Prom Night Invitational last Friday, not only throwing the discus 104-8 and claiming first place honors over 15 other competitors, but improving her personal record well over 10 feet.

May 7, 2007 midnight read more..

Pavlova fourth at Inland Empire

SPOKANE - Sunnyside High School transfer student Vikina Pavlova was unseeded at last weekend's mammoth Inland Empire tennis invite, held in Spokane, but walked away with fourth-place honors.

May 7, 2007 midnight read more..

Lady Greyhounds drop two at home

GRANDVIEW - Visiting East Valley proved too much for the Grandview fastpitch softball team, which lost twice at home to the Red Devils last Friday, 12-0 and 19-3.

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Friday, May 4

Lady Grizzly linksters first at three-team match

Grandview's Katie Veloz may have come away with the low round on the day, but it was the Sunnyside High School girls golf team that garnered top honors at yesterday's three-school match at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

May 4, 2007 midnight read more..

Patti Smith shines on "Twelve"

For some rock stars it can be risky to cover someone else's music on their new recordings. Either the song is butchered or it sounds exactly like the original and you think, what was the point?

May 4, 2007 midnight read more..

Thursday, May 3


Naches keeps Vikes winless for season

The Mabton High School fastpitch team worked hard on its offensive skills this week and it showed in Wednesday's first game of a doubleheader with Naches. The Vikings were able to produce six runs on seven hits, but five errors allowed Naches to score four runs in the fifth inning and five runs in the seventh inning for a 15-6 win.

May 3, 2007 midnight read more..

Wednesday, May 2


Sunnyside nine swept in home finale

After a solid start in game one, the Sunnyside High School baseball team couldn't keep up with visiting Southridge yesterday in 9-2 and 15-0 Columbia Basin League losses.

May 2, 2007 midnight read more..

Tuesday, May 1


Sunnyside receives grant to restore tennis courts

The task of restoring Sunnyside's South Hill Park tennis courts just became less expensive, considering the city just received a $71,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program, awarded by the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation.

May 1, 2007 midnight read more..

Murders down, suicide rate up

YAKIMA - Homicides dropped by nearly half in Yakima County during 2006 from the previous year, though suicides reached levels not seen since 2002.

May 1, 2007 midnight read more..

Grandview 'Hounds last at CWAC match

YAKIMA - With arguably its best golfer out of the line-up yesterday, the Grandview High School boys golf team finished last at a four-school CWAC league match at the Yakima Country Club.

May 1, 2007 midnight read more..