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Friday, October 31

FORUM

No to city staff pay increases

No to city staff pay increases

GUEST COLUMN

Americans optimistic when faced with disaster

Americans optimistic when faced with disaster

New playground toys result of community effort

GRANDVIEW - Youngsters in Grandview will soon have new playground equipment to romp on.

Sunny Side

What a fright when technology bites

What a fright when technology bites

Retirement party planned for longtime Safeway store employee

The Safeway store in Sunnyside will have a retirement party for longtime employee Frank Scheer next Saturday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m.

BIRTHS

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Sunnyside School Board mulls high school upgrade with voter-approved bond

Sunnyside School Board officials discussed the possibility of a future bond to fund modernization and the addition of square footage at Sunnyside High School, at their regularly scheduled meeting last night, Thursday.

EPIC staff unionize

In statewide voting, early learning teachers and staff at EPIC (Enterprise for Progress in the Community) voted 165 to 54 last week to join SEIU Local 925 (Service Employees International Union).

Grandview devotes detective to criminal gang work

GRANDVIEW - At the beginning of this month, significant changes were underway at the Grandview Police Department.

Greyhounds roll over Wolfpack, wrap up playoff first round bye

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School volleyball team appears to be in playoff shape as the squad dispatched the Wapato Wolves last night in three games.

Nuestra Casa provides community services to transform local lives

A number of residents in the Lower Yakima Valley who are either limited in the English language or do not speak English at all also are limited in a number of educational areas.

Thursday, October 30

OBITUARY

ROBERT JOEL HADEEN

ROBERT JOEL HADEEN

DEATH NOTICE

CHARLA N. ELKINS

CHARLA N. ELKINS

Schools ask for full funding

Sunnyside School District officials, as well as other school officials from neighboring districts, met with Sen. Jim Honeyford, Rep. Bruce Chandler and Rep. Dan Newhouse last night for a dinner and roundtable discussion.

Wednesday, October 29

Knights edged in final tune-up before playoffs

MOSES LAKE - The level of maturing the players on the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team has risen to was clearly seen in last night's 3-1 loss to Moses Lake Christian Academy.

Mabton police investigating threatening internet behavior that targets Halloween night

MABTON - An individual's use of the popular website www.myspace.com has launched a Mabton police investigation and set the rumor mill ablaze in this small city.

FORUM

Who does Gant represent?

Who does Gant represent?

Mabton police coverage comes under fire

MABTON - Mabton police coverage and police department finances proved to be a hot topic at a packed regularly scheduled city council meeting last night, Tuesday.

"F"as in Frank

$pirit of $unnyside (or life in 'crappy' town)

$pirit of $unnyside (or life in 'crappy' town)

Irrigation firsts approved yesterday

In one fell swoop the Sunnyside Division Board of Control made two historic decisions yesterday.

Lady Grizzlies fall in three

In one of its most competitive league matches of the season, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team kept things interesting in a 3-0 loss to visiting Davis last night, Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 28

Sunnyside City Council spars over wage hikes...20 employees to receive $37,000 in back wages

"Quite frankly I'm getting a little tired of hearing about the citizens. A lot of times citizens choose crappy lifestyles which lead to crappy lives and that's the choice they make.

Sunnyside Airport moratorium approved

Following a 15-minute public hearing last night, the Sunnyside City Council formalized a decision to put a moratorium on land use changes around the Sunnyside Airport.

OBITUARY

VIOLET M. WARREN

VIOLET M. WARREN

Sunnyside Christian girls pick up third win of year

LYLE - The victories have been few and far between for the Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team this season. The Lady Knights picked up one of those rare wins last night, however, rallying from two games down to clip the Lyle Cougars.

New barber shop opens in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Men craving a good, old fashioned barber from days of yore need look no further than Tim's Barber Shop in Grandview.

Help sought for joint YVCC/Grandview library

With a $2 million matching grant expected in 2009 officials from the city of Grandview and the Yakima Valley Community College branch campus are looking to drum up another $2 million to help build a new library on campus.

Monday, October 27

Grizzlies can't keep pace in 58-27 shootout

The Sunnyside High School football team found itself in a shoot-out at Clem Senn Field this past Friday with Moses Lake.

Bickleton girls win five-game thriller against Lady Knights

BICKLETON - With Katelynn Clinton's strong play at the net, Holly Goodnight's lazer-like serves and Morgan McBride's pinpoint sets, the Bickleton High School volleyball team out-lasted Sunnyside Christian last Friday.

Sunnyside, Grandview residents celebrate 'Make a Difference' day with peace march

Numerous Grandview and Sunnyside residents banded together this past Saturday to participate in a peace march that began in both cities and met halfway at Sunnyview Park on Yakima Valley Highway.

Lynda Jo Gross/Daily Sun News

City of Sunnyside's annual salaries

Knight secure postseason berth with win against Trout Lake

The Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team scratched and fought its way to a 4-1 win against Trout Lake this past Friday.

Grandview boys finish third in 11 team meet

PROSSER - Eleven cross country teams competed at the Prosser Invitational this past Saturday. Of those, the Grandview boys team earned third place honors.

Friday, October 24

GUEST COLUMN

An echo, not a choice

An echo, not a choice

Donations top $50,000 at Life Options banquet

"Wow!"

Retired Sunnyside man enjoys growing, tinkering with gourds

It's hard not to notice them when visiting the Sunnyside home of Delvin and Pairlee Householder.

DEATH NOTICE

FREBURN L. JAMES

FREBURN L. JAMES

FORUM

Assisted suicide not a good idea

Assisted suicide not a good idea

Lady Grizzlies fall to Wenatchee Panthers

It was a familiar refrain for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team last night.

Thursday, October 23

Honeyford named to Heritage Center Board of Trustees

OLYMPIA - Sunnyside resident Jerri Honeyford was recently named to the board of trustees for the Washington State Heritage Center Trust.

Challenger for Hastings' seat guest speaker at Rotary meeting

GRANDVIEW - Congressional candidate George Fearing (D) was on hand yesterday, Wednesday, making his case to Grandview Rotarians as to why he's qualified to unseat Congressman Doc Hastings.

Sunnyside High School weight room gets make-over

The weight and fitness rooms at Sunnyside High School got an upgrade over the summer, with all new equipment replacing the outdated gear.

Washington D.C. leadership conference provides growth for Sunnyside student

Sunnyside High School sophomore Uriel Osuna spent his summer raising funds throughout the community for his recent trip to a Congressional Youth Leadership Council conference in Washington D.C.

Boutique owner encourages local women to 'think pink'

Think pink and lots of it.

DEATH NOTICE

GISELA K. MCGRATH

GISELA K. MCGRATH

Wednesday, October 22

Grandview Greyhounds easily streak past Toppenish Wildcats

TOPPENISH - Getting one step closer to clinching the CWAC South, the Grandview High School girls volleyball team rolled to a convincing 25-15, 25-10, 25-4 win against the Toppenish Wildcats last night.

DEATH NOTICE

GENE HAUVER

GENE HAUVER

Guest Editorial

It's time to take a deep breath and develop a pla

It's time to take a deep breath and develop a pla

Lady Grizzlies let win get away

The Sunnyside High School girls soccer team looked like it might pick up its fourth win of the season last night against the Walla Walla Blue Devils.

Lady Vikings plunder hapless Highland Scotties

COWICHE - The Mabton Lady Vikings volleyball squad defeated the Highland Scotties in three games last night, 25-14, 25-19, 25-11.

Christian club speaker explains uniforms reflect who you are

PROSSER - "We know how we react to a person in uniform," said Lower Valley Christian Women's Club guest speaker Darcy Bell of Vancouver this past Monday.

Yakima County plans to eliminate jobs in effort to balance 2009 budget

YAKIMA - It's a numbers game no one wants to play.

Local real estate market not suffering to the extent rest of the nation presently is

For almost 36 years, Re/Max First Advantage, Inc. owner and broker Tom Biehl has been working to serve the real estate needs within the Lower Yakima Valley, and he told Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club members Wednesday that the local market is not facing the same crisis as the national real estate market.

Forum

Fair share?

Fair share?

Tuesday, October 21

Port of Sunnyside approved for wastewater upgrade funding

The Port of Sunnyside has been approved for $500,000 in SIED funding for a dewatering system at its industrial wastewater treatment plant.

Studio classrooms introduced at S'side High

Efforts are currently underway to improve reading and writing activities at Sunnyside High School, via the use of studio classrooms.

Pool replacement plans proceed in city of Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carpenter presented to the Grandview City Council last night a plan to replace the aging, crumbling city swimming pool.

Sunnyside High School leadership students honored at state summit

YAKIMA - The "Exemplary Youth Leadership Award" was presented to students in Sunnyside High School's leadership class last week at the Washington State Prevention Summit held in Yakima.

Knights' offense wakes up against Dayton

DAYTON - In its most productive game of the season the offense of the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team game alive yesterday in a non-league match against the Dayton Bulldogs.

Monday, October 20

Greyhounds earn second straight league victory

GRANDVIEW - Senior JoJo Garza couldn't have picked a better time to play his best game of the season, snaring seven catches for 124 yards and a touchdown to help the Grandview Greyhound football team to a 28-21 homecoming win this past Friday.

Middle school students assisting their peers resolve on-campus conflicts

GRANDVIEW - For more than a decade students at Grandview Middle School have been provided an opportunity to assist others when a dispute arises.

Hollywood actor Catholic church's guest speaker

GRANDVIEW - Calling himself a poster child for the tug-of-war between Hollywood and the teachings of Jesus, Frank Runyeon thought about becoming a priest in his youth, before "following a blonde" to the bright lights of tinsel town.

Friday, October 17

FORUM

What is Mabton Council thinking?

What is Mabton Council thinking?

Gang awareness forum arms parents with information

GRANDVIEW - "It's not always easy to identify a gang member by the clothes they are wearing," said Grandview Police Officer Rick Abarca as he spoke to parents at a parent information night held at Grandview's Harriet Thompson Elementary School last night.

Davis Pirates dominate Big 9 League competition

Rogers, Yanez Sunnyside's top finishers

Rogers, Yanez Sunnyside's top finishers

Low-income housing project a go in Sunnyside

Twelve new houses apparently have the go-ahead as part of a Catholic Charities Housing Services project for low-income families.

Sunnysider wins top honors at Las Vegas car show

LAS VEGAS - Ray Anciso Jr. of Sunnyside recently defended his national best in show title during a super low rider car show in Las Vegas.

Elmo to make music in Yakima

YAKIMA - Many musical groups have come to Yakima and the surrounding area but not one full of monsters.

OBITUARY

BERNADINE E. HALL

BERNADINE E. HALL

Plans underway to carve ice sculpture at annual farm implement parade in downtown Sunnyside

For the 20th annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade this December, organizers are hoping to bring in a large ice sculpture to mark the occasion.

Thursday, October 16

DEATH NOTICE

TIMOTHY L. LUTHER

TIMOTHY L. LUTHER

Spanish visitors

Spanish teachers gaining experience in Sunnyside

Spanish teachers gaining experience in Sunnyside

Bomb threat closes down Wal-Mart

Yesterday at about 4:30 p.m. an unknown male called the Sunnyside Wal-Mart and made a bomb threat to the store.

Sunnyside doctor earns prestigious recognition from Premera Blue Cross

Sunnyside's Dr. Ronald Couturier, DO has earned recognition through Premera Blue Cross for his work in dealing with chronic care patients.

Bone marrow donors sought this coming weekend

GRANDVIEW - Just one quick swipe in the mouth with a cotton swab. That's all it takes to find out if you have the power to save the life of someone who's suffering.

Wednesday, October 15

GUEST COLUMN

Shared pain unites the American people

Shared pain unites the American people

Mabton police chief's on-duty hours slashed

MABTON - The reversal of Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera's July decision to double Police Chief Robert Perales's hours from 20 to 40 per week has left some residents nervous about safety in their community.

Sunnyside joins effort to clean up Yakima River

Taking a lesson from cities along the Wenatchee and Spokane rivers, the Sunnyside City Council on Monday night decided to get on board with a push to clean up the Yakima River.

DEATH NOTICE

DOMINGO OCHOA SR.

DOMINGO OCHOA SR.

Greyhounds beat Ellensburg in three

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School girls volleyball team had an easy time last night against the Ellensburg Bulldogs, winning 25-6, 25-16, 25-22 to improve its CWAC record to 7-1.

Fourteen months later, police still looking for murder suspect

On July 29, 2007, Veronica Ayala, a mother of six, was gunned down at her Sunnyside home. The man suspected of committing the crime, Erik Flores of Grandview, has yet to be brought to justice.

Lady Grizzlies fall short against visiting Moses Lake

It was a case of close, but not quite close enough, as the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team lost a hard fought match to Moses Lake last night, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19.

BIRTHS

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

OBITUARY

ROY MILLER WOODALL

ROY MILLER WOODALL

Counting our (mixed) blessings

Our wedding anniversary was yesterday, Oct. 14, and it was an opportunity to look back on the ways that God has blessed us during our 19 years of marriage.

Tuesday, October 14

OBITUARY

GLORIA MILDEN

GLORIA MILDEN

Rapid success cause for relocation

After serving the Lower Yakima Valley agricultural community for two years, Farmers Equipment Company on Factory Road has found itself in need of more space.

Assistance offered to homeless woman

Immediate help in the form of fruit, gas cards and care packages were delivered last night to Anna Montelongo, a homeless Sunnyside woman.

Tattoo and hair salon now open in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview now has a place that offers all a person could desire for their personal image.

It's official:

Miss Sunnyside court crowned

Miss Sunnyside court crowned

Sunnyside offers plum in effort to attract more businesses to town

The Sunnyside City Council last night, Monday, approved an incentive to lure new businesses to town that pledge to hire at least 50 workers.

Monday, October 13

Outlook Grange 100-year anniversary dinner Saturday

Prior to October 1908 Yakima County did not have a grange. That all changed when the Outlook Grange was established on Oct. 16 of that year.

'Beauty and the Beast' offered some of both on Sunnyside stage

Things are not as they appear is the message of the musical "Beauty and the Beast," which this past weekend completed a run here in Sunnyside by the Over The Hill Theatrical group.

Sanchez leads Grizzlies over Davis Pirates, 24-6

YAKIMA - Most people can only dream of performing like James Sanchez did this past Friday in Sunnyside's 24-6 win over Davis.

Greyhounds nip Ephrata Tigers, 31-28

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhound special teams were indeed special this past Friday night with two kick returns for touchdowns in a 31-28 football win over visiting Ephrata.

Sunnyside boys 3rd, G'view 'Hounds 16th at Richland Invitational

RICHLAND - Sunnyside High School senior Jacob Rogers was dialed-in at this past Saturday's Richland Invitational.

Friday, October 10

FORUM

Soapbox derby racer enjoys event

Soapbox derby racer enjoys event

OBITUARY

BETTY RUTH GRADEN

BETTY RUTH GRADEN

Homeless but still holding out hope

For a "month and three days" Anna Montelongo's home has been her blue-green 1994 Plymouth Acclaim.

GUEST COLUMNS

The five lessons of life

The five lessons of life

Mabton claims second win of season

CLE ELUM - "In last night's game against Cle Elum, the Lady Vikings soccer team was on fire," said Mabton Coach Lucia Tovar.

Lady Vikes put scare into state's second-ranked Goldendale Timberwolves

MABTON - "Last night's match was good and it was fun...Oh, my gosh!" exclaimed Lady Vikings Coach Marty McCallum.

Sunnyside Black Rock Creek golfers successfully defend senior tour title

KENNEWICK - Like fine wine, the Lower Valley's elder statesmen on the links seem to only get better as time goes on. Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team, for the second straight year, has won the Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour championship.

Thursday, October 9

New dance hall tops September building starts in Sunnyside

A new dance hall in Sunnyside valued at nearly $300,000 led the way in new building starts approved by city officials during the month of September.

New power rates take effect next month

Electricity rates for Pacific Power residential customers will climb about $4 a month as the result of two actions by state regulators yesterday, Wednesday.

Sunnyside's Roger Hazzard top chef

Bon Vino's Bistro chef and owner Roger Hazzard recently trekked to the TRAC in Pasco, where he donned his apron and squared off against other chefs to see who could whip up the most creative dish with a few selected ingredients.

Police coverage on Housing Authority wish list

A full-time dedicated police officer is among the items on the Sunnyside Housing Authority's wish list.

Wednesday, October 8

Cutting to the Core

Growing old with me

Growing old with me

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

I couldn't vote for $700 billion bailout

I couldn't vote for $700 billion bailout

Bickleton girls notch rare victory against Lady Knights

Despite playing what Bickleton Coach Kim Clinton described as their worst match of the season, her Lady Pirates last night claimed their first league victory over the Sunnyside Christian volleyball team in 24 years.

Grandview arrest made in connection with Sept. 30 shooting, another suspect still sought

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department called on its Special Incident Response Team yesterday, Tuesday, to execute a search warrant in connection with a shooting that occurred on Sept. 30.

OBITUARY

MAYME A. TOMLINSON

MAYME A. TOMLINSON

Sunnyside Christian Knights drop OT game to Trout Lake

Trout Lake ended up getting the better of the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team yesterday, winning in the second five-minute overtime period 3-2.

Ambulance services levy topic of town hall meeting

GRANDVIEW - Although few people turned out for last night's town hall meeting regarding proposition number 1 to be voted on in the general election, Prosser Memorial Hospital CEO Jim Tavery said he feels it is important to educate the public any way he can.

GUEST COLUMN

Justice sort of gets served for O.J.

Justice sort of gets served for O.J.

FORUM

Blame game

Blame game

Tuesday, October 7

Grandview City Council adopts resolution in support of emergency medical levy

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council, minus Councilman Mike Bren, last night unanimously voted to approve a resolution supporting proposition No. 1, which would establish emergency medical service levies.

Volunteers working to improve the lives of seniors and the disabled

We all have chores and responsibilities. But for low-income senior citizens and disabled adults, accomplishing chores can feel like a major challenge.

Port eyes post office building

Sunnyside's downtown Post Office building was a topic for discussion at last night's regularly scheduled Port of Sunnyside meeting.

New gym in Sunnyside offers 24-hour a day access

Some people who join gyms can't make it during the day and are put off by the crowds at night.

Daily Sun News garners seven awards

YAKIMA - The Daily Sun News in Sunnyside was presented seven awards at the 121st annual Washington Newspapers Publishers Association convention, staged in Yakima this past weekend.

Monday, October 6

Sunnyside law firm celebrates 100th anniversary

Sunnyside's Garrison Law Office marked its 100th anniversary with a party catered by Bon Vino's last Friday.

Lady Pirates second at tourney

BICKLETON - Bickleton lost its league opener in three straight against Klickitat this past Friday night, falling to the Vandals 25-12, 25-11, 25-22.

Sunnyside High senior completes Eagle Scout project

Sunnyside High School senior Adam Cleghorn could very well be described as a blessing in a Boy Scout uniform. At least that's what the Lower Valley Crisis and Support Center is likely thinking with the completion of his Eagle Scout project: a newly constructed gazebo that graces the back yard at the facility.

Pasco dashes Grizzlies' homecoming hopes

After a week of fun that saw Sunnyside High School students participate in the homecoming macho-man volleyball and powder-puff football games, the Grizzlies were dealt a blow this past Friday night when they lost to the Pasco Bulldogs, 40-8.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Friday, October 3

OBITUARY

ELPIDIA PULIDO

ELPIDIA PULIDO

Fundraising gala planned for Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo

GRANDVIEW - Preserving and protecting the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo is the impetus for a fundraising gala slated for Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Flour Shop in Grandview.

Ike rallies past Sunnyside

With homecoming spirit behind them, the 3A Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball players put up a fight against 4A Eisenhower last night, Thursday, before falling in three games.

FORUM

Working together

Working together

Mabton native home from Iraq

MOUNT VERNON - A 24-year Army veteran, Mabton native John Dominguez, was in Grandview earlier this week to recognize the Alice Grant Learning Center's support of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Jennie's Journey

Desperate parents need support systems

Desperate parents need support systems

Newhouse, Chandler detail 2008 legislative challenges at Sunnyside GOP meeting

Gearing up for next month's election, 15th District Representatives Dan Newhouse and Bruce Chandler spoke to the faithful at this morning's Sunnyside Republican Club meeting.

GUEST COLUMN

What caused Olympia's budget mess?

What caused Olympia's budget mess?

Sunnyside sets electoral districting schedule

The Sunnyside City Council last night, Thursday, agreed to a tentative schedule for proceeding with setting up electoral districts.

Grape stomp, 5K run offered by Airfield Estates

PROSSER - Guests and visitors to Airfield Estates this coming Saturday will have a hand, er, make that foot, in crushing grapes that will be used in its 2008 rose wine, which will be bottled next year.

Jacks no match for Greyhounds

QUINCY - The Grandview High School girls volleyball team notched its sixth straight win last night with a 3-0 victory over the Quincy Jackrabbits.

Thursday, October 2

Former Sunnysider comfortable covering the Hollywood scene

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. - Red carpets, movie premiers and that nutty Gary Busey are just a few of the things Kristina Guerrero faces in her life in Hollywood.

SHS grad seventh at community college season golf opener

OCEAN SHORES - 2008 Sunnyside High School graduate Justin Bos is off and running. With the Columbia Basin Community College men's golf team, that is, as one of the Hawks' prized recruits this year.

Football a family matter for Graffs

It's not like the stakes aren't already high enough as the Sunnyside Grizzly football team hosts Pasco tomorrow night in the homecoming game.

WSU opens research winery

PROSSER - Washington State University now features the largest experimental, non-commercial winemaking facility in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunnyside School District receives failing grade

Federal audit results conducted by state auditors featuring six findings released this past Monday have Sunnyside School District officials readying for the appeals process.

Wednesday, October 1

Leon leads Mabton to first-ever victory

GRANGER - "Awesome and uplifting is the way we describe last night's game," exclaimed Mabton girls soccer coach Lucia Tovar.

OBITUARY

MARGARET M. MCLEAN

MARGARET M. MCLEAN

Local winery owners get special treat at Yakima fair

What started as a day of work ended with an evening of excitement for Randy and Debbie Tucker, owners of Tucker Cellars near Sunnyside.

FORGET PERFECT

I'm fat again. Well maybe not fat-fat. But five pounds has become ten, and once again I'm toddling down the road toward portly.

"F" as in Frank

A flock of gizmos

A flock of gizmos

Gang-related shooting under investigation by Grandview police

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police are investigating what they are calling a gang-related shooting that took place in the area of East Third Street and Avenue E last night, Tuesday.

Mabton subdues Ranger for second league win

NACHES - The Mabton Lady Vikings volleyball squad overcame Naches 25-17, 17-25, 26-24, 25-14 last night.