Stories for August 2009

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Monday, August 31

Bos, Hidalgo claim Banana Belt golf titles

A total of 28 golfers entered the 53rd annual Banana Belt Golf Tournament held this past weekend at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Traffic delays expected

Construction crews are expected to begin applying the second layer of asphalt to the construction zone of the South First Street Reconstruction Project on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

School district to purchase Anderson property

Following an executive session last Thursday night, Sunnyside School Board directors authorized the purchase of a house and .84 acres of property adjacent to Pioneer Elementary School.

DEATH NOTICE

EDWARD ALLEN NELSON

EDWARD ALLEN NELSON

OBITUARY

ALTA SCHLOSSER

ALTA SCHLOSSER

Friday, August 28

Sunnyside youth on a mission for the children of El Salvador

COJUTEPEQUE, EL SALVADOR - The Communist party is now in power in the South American country of El Salvador. Evangelism is prohibited in secondary schools and the children attending schools in the community of Cojutepeque must do so with barbed wire fencing and bars on both the doors and windows.

Cheering for their favorite team requires work

More than 95 smiling, cheering faces will don the sidelines during the Sunnyside Grid Kid football games this year.

CD REVIEW

Sean Nowell's 'The Seeker' great starter for jazz newbies

Sean Nowell's 'The Seeker' great starter for jazz newbies

School Board officials approve 2009-10 budget

Sunnyside School District officials last night, Thursday, approved the 2009-10 $62 million budget with little fanfare.

OBITUARY

MICHAEL EUGENE DAVIS

MICHAEL EUGENE DAVIS

FORUM

Costly mistake

Costly mistake

Yakima County man dies from Swine flu

The Yakima Health District has been notified that a Yakima County resident infected with the Swine flu has died.

Scam uses church to lure victims

To have your church's name and reputation disparaged for the purpose of scamming citizens out of money is upsetting to those at Sunnyside's Neighborhood Church Assembly of God.

Paperclips

Sure, I look like a nut

Sure, I look like a nut

Miss Sunnyside candidate Delia Serna

Delia Serna embodies self-confidence and determination, but it wasn't always that way for the Miss Sunnyside candidate.

Thursday, August 27

Sunnyside Police launch hi-tech info program to keep local citizens informed

The Sunnyside Police Department is launching a new community information service designed to deliver important information to residents using the latest technology. The service, created by Nixle, LLC, delivers trustworthy and timely neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications by web, e-mail and text message.

Sunnyside crime rates drop despite fewer cops

Down two or three police officers from previous staffing levels, the city of Sunnyside would figure to see a major uptick in crime this year.

DEATH NOTICE

GILBERT WYNN HILSINGER

GILBERT WYNN HILSINGER

OBITUARY

EFRAIN VICENTE QUIROZ III

EFRAIN VICENTE QUIROZ III

Wednesday, August 26

City clerk's hours latest topic of Mabton Council squabble

MABTON - The Mabton City Council, via a narrow vote, has increased the city clerk's workload by 30 hours.

County holds hearing on nuisance complaint

YAKIMA - A stash of more than 100 inoperable vehicles near Grandview was the subject yesterday, Tuesday, of a public hearing held by Yakima County commissioners.

'F' as in Frank

Between being away from the office on vacation a few days over the past two weeks and attending a memorial service last week, there's been plenty of time to reflect on what our senior pastor calls the "dash" in life.

FORUM

Support for art program lauded

Support for art program lauded

Prague's history leaves lasting impressions on Outlook couple

One of the few cities in Europe that was virtually untouched by the bombings during World War II, Prague's architecture contains some of the most historic buildings in all of Europe.

Council approves budget amendments

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday approved several amendments to the 2009 budget.

Rotary speaker suggests opening homeless shelter here

Many Daybreak Rotarians were a little startled to learn that in this past year's Point in Time homeless count, Sunnyside had a higher population of homeless people than downtown Yakima.

OBITUARY

ARLENE FERSON ALEXANDER

ARLENE FERSON ALEXANDER

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Congressional mailbag

Congressional mailbag

Tuesday, August 25

OBITUARY

FR. DAVID LEEROY LUNDEAN

FR. DAVID LEEROY LUNDEAN

New dentist joins staff at Pioneer Dental Center

Dentist Kyle Sullivan has joined the staff at Pioneer Dental Center in Sunnyside.

City Council changes times of meetings

Noting the example of other cities like Grandview, the Sunnyside City Council last night agreed to change the times and dates of its meetings.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Granger man involved in fatality

UNION GAP - A two-car accident this past Sunday night claimed the life of a 19-year-old man, and sent two others to the Toppenish hospital.

Grandview realtor starting new career

GRANDVIEW - Carol Winters is turning over a new leaf these days as two months ago she became a new realtor with Wine Country Real Estate in Grandview.

Half-dozen Yakima County residents hospitalized with mosquito-borne illness

The Yakima Health District is currently investigating six reported illnesses of mosquito-borne infection thought to be West Nile virus, St. Louis Encephalitis or Western Equine Encephalitis.

Monday, August 24

Wildfire scorches 49,000 acres

Wildfires sparked by lightning late Thursday night between Sunnyside and the Columbia River has managed to burn roughly 49,000 acres and forced road closures last Friday on SR 241 and SR 24.

DEATH NOTICE

PEGGY JUNE PENWELL

PEGGY JUNE PENWELL

New playground toy will bring children's laughter to residents of Hillcrest Manor

Children visiting the elders at Sunnyside's Hillcrest Manor now have a toy on which they can play.

OBITUARY

LELAND K. SERL

LELAND K. SERL

Grizzliettes preparing for 2009-10 season

The Sunnyside High School Grizzliettes were able to participate in an Elite Performance Camp earlier this summer, where the dancers learned several new routines and met the famous choreographer Shane Sparks.

Nozaka leads local seniors to runner-up finish in Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK - A 4-over-par 76 by Grandview's Akira Nozaka powered the Black Rock Creek team to a second-place finish at last Wednesday's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour competition, staged at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course.

Friday, August 21

Stickney takes helm of Sunnyside Free Methodist Church

Carol Stickney's no stranger to diverting plans in accordance with God's will. That's why it was no surprise when the former missionary to Thailand heeded God's call to lead the Sunnyside Free Methodist Church.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Diana Sanchez

A whole new world awaits Diana Sanchez and she's ready to jump in feet first.

DEATH NOTICE

JOSE F. GARCIA

JOSE F. GARCIA

GUEST EDITORIAL

It can happen here

It can happen here

Iraq veteran returns home to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Dustin Taylor got more than he bargained for when he signed up for the Army National Guard.

Story Time

I'm copyrighted

I'm copyrighted

CD REVIEW

Bowen kicks butt with Dedicated

Bowen kicks butt with Dedicated

Cock fight reported to sheriff's deputies

Since yesterday (Thursday) Lower Valley residents have called the Yakima County Sheriff's Office for a number of incidents, including a possible cock fight and drug activity in the 4000 block of Outlook Road near Outlook.

Jennie's Journey

Inconceivable crime

Inconceivable crime

FORUM

Only real fear is if nothing changes with health care

Only real fear is if nothing changes with health care

Thursday, August 20

One whopping watermelon for new U.S. citizen

MABTON - Senora Ramona Lopez was expecting big watermelons, but little did she know she was about to harvest an 85-lb. humdinger.

Outlook man draws 5-year sentence in child pornography case

Nearly four months after the initial investigation of a child pornography case was brought to the attention of authorities, Paul Brian Graves, 41, of Outlook has been sentenced to serve five years in prison.

DEATH NOTICE

JERRY WESLEY MOSEY

JERRY WESLEY MOSEY

Grandview middle schooler to make television debut on Nickelodeon

GRANDVIEW - It's a good thing Shariss Ramirez leaves a lasting first impression. One could argue it's the impetus behind her upcoming Sept. 6th appearance on Nickelodeon featuring 10 teens from across the United States and their take on the country's economy.

Eagle now soars above veterans plaza thanks to efforts of community members

An outpouring of support from members of the community has led to the installation of a cast-iron eagle that can be seen atop the three-sided pyramid that graces Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza in downtown Sunnyside.

Two dead, four hurt in two-vehicle mishap

ZILLAH - Two Zillah men perished in a two-vehicle crash that occurred last night at Cheyne and Gilbert roads, just north of Zillah. Four others sustained serious injuries, as well.

Wednesday, August 19

Lower Valley races for public office narrowed down in primary election

Mabton voters oust Herrera from mayor's seat

Mabton voters oust Herrera from mayor's seat

OBITUARY

BENJAMIN ACEVEDO JR.

BENJAMIN ACEVEDO JR.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Breaching Snake River dams will turn fertile farmland into desert

Breaching Snake River dams will turn fertile farmland into desert

Burglary suspects hold Mabton teen at gunpoint

MABTON - Three male subjects reportedly broke into a home in the 100 block of Lenseigne Road near Mabton early this morning (Wednesday). Once the suspects were inside, they allegedly held a 19-year-old male residing at the home at gunpoint as they took items from the residence.

New zoning laws detailed for Grandview Council

GRANDVIEW - For the past year-and-a-half the Grandview Planning Commission has been in the process of revamping the city's current zoning laws, according to Yakima Valley Conference of Governments Senior Transportation Planner Drew Miller.

Cutting to the Core

Time to enjoy the harvest

Time to enjoy the harvest

Tuesday, August 18

OBITUARY

CHARLES DEAN HOLLINGSWORTH

CHARLES DEAN HOLLINGSWORTH

Hutchinson, Consejo team to sponsor health fair

GRANGER - Consejo Counseling Services in Granger and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Sunnyside are teaming to put on a health fair for Lower Valley residents this coming Saturday, Aug. 22.

Hair salon offers twist to service...food

New Sunnyside business owner Rachel Villalobos has thought of opening her own business for quite some time now.

Sale of senior center concerns Grandview's older residents

GRANDVIEW - "You won't lose your services," Grandview Mayor Norm Childress assured the numerous senior citizens who showed up for a public hearing during Monday's City Council meeting.

Sunnyside schools among the many not making adequate yearly progress

Parents of Sunnyside students are being informed this week that the schools their children are attending have not made adequate yearly progress as deemed by the state.

Circle of Success focuses on early literacy program

Statistics show approximately 30 percent of students entering kindergarten in the Yakima Valley are not ready for school.

Monday, August 17

Swoffor/Halma clinic employees running for a cause

What began as an idea to help raise funding for further cancer research has turned into a wellness program at Swofford and Halma Clinic in Sunnyside.

New building starts top $300,000 in valuation for July

A spate of home improvement projects accounted for most of the 28 new projects permitted in Sunnyside during the month of July.

OBITUARY

HELEN MARIE COLLINS

HELEN MARIE COLLINS

Friday, August 14

Help needed for Sunnyside Sunshine Days planning

One thing is clear following last night's Sunshine Days planning meeting: help's needed.

DSHS mobile office to offer support services

By Spring 2010, the state Department of Social and Health Services expects to "roll out" a new effort aimed at providing remote communities with greater access to its core services.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Corinna Alyssa Romero

If we didn't have our elders, the Sunnyside community wouldn't be what it is today. That thought is sounded by Corinna Alyssa Romero, and should she be selected to serve as Miss Sunnyside, she'll ensure they're entertained and honored.

GUEST COLUMN

Hair would be fair

Hair would be fair

Motorist plows through Sunnyside realtor office

Employees at DK Bain Real Estate Inc. encourage customers to visit their Sunnyside office. They just don't want them to drive their vehicles in.

S'side High switches sports clearance night to Tuesday, Aug. 18

Sunnyside High School student-athletes and their parents are urged to attend a special sports clearance night on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Council actions not amusing

I was just reading the record of the city council meeting from this past Monday night. I was reading where Jim Restucci recused himself from a vote because his family had land in that vicinity.

Paperclips

Don't need Uncle Sam prescribing my pills

Don't need Uncle Sam prescribing my pills

Tieton Community Days begin next Friday

TIETON - Those looking for a brief escape, wanting a weekend of entertainment and good food are encouraged to join the community of Tieton in celebrating its annual Community Days event.

CD REVIEW

'Blues for Brother Ray' perky tribute to Ray Charles

'Blues for Brother Ray' perky tribute to Ray Charles

FORUM

Council actions not amusing

Council actions not amusing

Thursday, August 13

Construction continues on westbound I-82 lane

Westbound commuters that utilize I-82 from Grandview to Granger have likely noticed delays as construction crews go about their business.

South First work should wrap up by end of October

Since March, Sunnyside residents and motorists have experienced delays, dust and bumpy roads as crews widen and re-surface South First Street.

Grandview thrift shop shutters its doors

GRANDVIEW - The One Stop Thrift Shop in downtown Grandview, also home to Yakima Valley Community Connections, has temporarily shuttered, according to owner Jo Osborn.

No mercy for would-be attackers

With their daughters heading to college in a few weeks, Sharon Tyler and Sharon Dolan decided to send them away armed with some defensive tactics as a precaution.

Wednesday, August 12

Jensen leads Nationals to Lower Valley softball all-star contest victory

It was the best of the best on the diamond, the Nationals versus the Americans. Only it wasn't Major League Baseball's mid-season classic, it was the Lower Valley Men's Slowpitch Association's season ending all-star game.

Tips offered to novice gardeners

When Kevin Morris's health forced him into early retirement, the Grandview man found a new, creative way to keep himself entertained by growing a garden.

OBITUARY

LAMBERTUS WILLIAM GRIMMIUS

LAMBERTUS WILLIAM GRIMMIUS

Cutting to the Core

Obama needs to refocus on the War on Terror

Obama needs to refocus on the War on Terror

Wyatts celebrate golden wedding anniversary

Outlook's Nancy and Dallas Wyatt recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family camping trip in the mountains. Later, the Wyatts were surprised with a four-day getaway to Laughlin, Nev. Another surprise treat for the couple was a limo ride through the Yakima Valley once they got home.

GUEST OPINION

An open letter to the President

An open letter to the President

Mabton council votes to join affordable housing consortium

MABTON - The Mabton City Council last night voted to give Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera the authorization to sign a revised consortium agreement with Yakima County.

Tuesday, August 11

Sunnyside student gets up close and personal with nation's history

Sunnyside High School senior Matt Hatfield got a treat last month when he spent two weeks in Washington D.C. attending the Congressional Academy.

Water, sewer line extensions to former Monson property OK'd by city council

With the clock ticking, the Sunnyside City Council last night accepted a bid to extend water and sewer lines out to the Monson property.

Black Rock Creek golfers chug along towards tour title

DESERT AIRE - The three-peat express just keeps rolling and rolling.

New teriyaki, sushi restaurant slated for September opening

\The building has been vacant for nearly three years, but won't be much longer.

DEATH NOTICE

ETHAL E. STILL

ETHAL E. STILL

Council re-thinks HOME Consortium

The Sunnyside City Council is having second thoughts about participating in a regional consortium that would provide funds for affordable housing.

Grandview School Board adopts $33.6 million budget

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board passed a resolution last night, Monday, accepting the proposed budget for the 2009-10 school year.

Monday, August 10

Yakima Valley Fair fun for all ages

GRANDVIEW - Yakima Valley residents were treated to a grand celebration at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo this past weekend.

OBITUARY

GEORGE EDWARD ROGERS

GEORGE EDWARD ROGERS

Horsepower...team pulling event returns to Grandview fair

GRANDVIEW - What snorts a lot and easily pulls 10,000 lbs.? That would be this year's draft horse heavyweight champions.

Free skin cancer screening coming to Sunnyside

Worried about that pesky mole but have no insurance to follow up on it? Fear not, as there will be a free skin cancer screening in downtown Sunnyside at Centennial Square tomorrow, Tuesday, from 2 to 6 p.m.

More than 100 cowboys vie for rodeo prizes in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The dust flew this past Friday and Saturday during the annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

Man injured after accidental shooting in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Last Friday afternoon an adult male in the 500 block of North Fifth Street in Grandview was shot by accident.

Cash for clunkers program increasing traffic at local dealerships

The cash for clunkers bill, the ambitious plan President Obama has put in place to help spur new car sales, is having the desired effect on local car dealers but some questions do remain.

Friday, August 7

Story Time

'State of emergency'

'State of emergency'

European influenced vineyards in Argentina out-producing Eastern Washington vineyards

PROSSER - The region of Mendoza, Argentina experiences similar climates to Eastern Washington, but the grape growing season is longer and pergolas assist in producing higher yields and sugars.

DEATH NOTICE

GEORGE ROGERS

GEORGE ROGERS

Miss Sunnyside candidate Blanca Mejia

Sunnyside High School junior Blanca Mejia is eager to share her culture with others. That's why she's selected a Mexican folkloric dance as her talent when she competes in September for the title of Miss Sunnyside.

FORUM

Setting the record straight

Setting the record straight

Prosser woman likely victim of West Nile virus

PROSSER - Health officials announced yesterday that a Prosser woman may have contracted West Nile virus.

CD REVIEW

'The Tarrier' has its merits

'The Tarrier' has its merits

BOOK REVIEW

Table Manners unfolds a sprightly, contemporary tale

Table Manners unfolds a sprightly, contemporary tale

The end of swim season means chores await tor ready kids for the new school year

Phew! I am breathing a sigh of relief as another swim season has ended.

Thursday, August 6

BRIEFLY

Grandview firefighters to get new equipment

Grandview firefighters to get new equipment

National camp provides Sunnyside football player with extra skills

Sunnyside's Lorenzo Carbajal, an up and coming 14-year-old football star, parlayed a fine performance at a football camp in Seattle last May into an open invitation to an even bigger one in Florida last month.

Sunnyside approves new airport moratorium

It may be as late as next February before land owners around the city's airport know what they'll be able to do with their property.

Cream Winery begins new construction phase

Demolition was completed this week in removing adjoining shop and storage buildings on the former Carnation plant in Sunnyside at South First Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Eluding suspect now in police custody

A Sunnyside man charged with leading police on a 47-minute car chase with children in his vehicle is now in custody and facing three charges.

Wednesday, August 5

FORUM

Mistakes will be judged by local voters

Mistakes will be judged by local voters

DEATH NOTICE

MICHAEL R. BERTSCH

MICHAEL R. BERTSCH

'F' as in Frank

Old dogs can learn new tricks

Old dogs can learn new tricks

Yakima Valley Red Cross names Reinhart as interim executive director

YAKIMA - For several years she has served as a volunteer for the Yakima Valley chapter of the American Red Cross working to help with its annual Grand Vin fundraiser.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Public health plan...your only 'option'?

Public health plan...your only 'option'?

Child endangerment ends Sunnyside police pursuit

Sunnyside police are looking for 24-year-old Rolando Fonseca after police said they were forced to break off a pursuit of him when it became clear he had three small children in his vehicle.

Tuesday, August 4

Tarpons, Piranhas, Sharks finish 1-2-3 at Mid-Valley Swim League championships

GRANDVIEW - The Toppenish Tarpons - behind the team-leading performances of Jonathan Imperial, Katrina Johnson and Bethany Imperial - proved the regular season dual-meet title they earned this summer was no fluke.

OBITUARY

ANGELINA CARRASCO

ANGELINA CARRASCO

Suspect in Friday's shooting still at large

Sunnyside police are still looking for 35-year-old J. Jesus Zapien Avina of Sunnyside in connection with a shooting that occurred in the 1600 block of McBride Street last Friday.

Grandview secures $2 million-plus for downtown revitalization

GRANDVIEW - Because of the city of Grandview's diligence and the hard work of its council, funding for much of the downtown revitalization project has been granted.

Monday, August 3

Child rape among several charges filed against Sunnyside man

YAKIMA - A 37-year-old Sunnyside man was formally arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court this past Friday, where he heard several charges against him.

Grandview teen competes at Washington Junior Miss contest

PULLMAN - Twenty-two young ladies traveled to Pullman last week to compete in the Washington Junior Miss Program. Among them was Grandview Junior Miss Marlee Andrews.

DEATH NOTICE

ANNA DAWSON BENDER

ANNA DAWSON BENDER

OBITUARY

M. GUADALUPE CALDERON CUEVAS

M. GUADALUPE CALDERON CUEVAS

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

PAID OBITUARY

MARY ANN JONES

MARY ANN JONES

35-year-old Sunnyside man still sought for Friday's shooting

A 25-year-old man was shot in the back while visiting a friend in Sunnyside this past Friday.