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Tuesday, March 31

Moxee man tabbed to replace Newhouse

GOLDENDALE - County commissioners from four counties met here yesterday, Monday, and appointed David Taylor of Moxee to replace Dan Newhouse as a 15th District legislator.

Sarmiento, Daley, Kilian Sunnyside's top finishers at Ike's Don Holder Relays

YAKIMA - A fifth place performance by junior Kennedy Sarmiento, as well as a sixth place effort by sophomore Andrew Daley and an eighth place finish from senior Sarah Kilian highlighted the day for the Sunnyside High School track and field team last Saturday.

DEATH NOTICE

GUADALUPE J. VERDUZCO

GUADALUPE J. VERDUZCO

BRIEFLY

Equipment failure leaves Mabton residents without power

Equipment failure leaves Mabton residents without power

Bos low scorer for SHS Grizzlies at Wenatchee invite

WENATCHEE - Sophomore Jacob Bos posted his lowest round of the year yesterday, leading the Sunnyside High School boys golf team with an 18-over-par 87 at the Jack Barnes Golf Invitational.

Prayers answered for new Grapevine executive

Alvin Froehlich, the new director of sales and marketing at the Best Western Grapevine Inn in Sunnyside, believes that his prayers were answered when he was offered the position.

New photography business opens in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Chriss Radach relishes life behind the lens, capturing candid moments on film. Now she's decided to take that passion and transform it into a business.

Grandview named 'Tree City USA' for 12th year in a row

GRANDVIEW - For the 12th consecutive year, Grandview has been designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation because of its commitment to forestry.

OBITUARY

CLARENCE HOMER BUSSERT JR.

CLARENCE HOMER BUSSERT JR.

Monday, March 30

Sunnyside octogenarian braves sunny skies

ARIZONA - Sunnyside's Bruce Mercer gave new meaning to "braving the skies" this past February when the octogenarian decided to jump out of an airplane.

Sunnyside firefighter recognized for professionalism

Sunnyside Firefighter Dennis Blumer was recently recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for maintaining his national certification as a paramedic for the past 20 years.

Christian thrift store in Sunnyside now an 'e-cycling' site

Ever wonder how to properly dispose of your computer and monitor? Wonder no more. Sunnyside Christian Thrift Shop recently signed on to be an "e-cycle" site through the E-Cycle Washington program.

Mustang linksters best 14-school field at Grandview invite

Three rounds of 6-over-par 78 carded by Prosser's Devin Bender, Chad Hancock and Wade French propelled the Mustangs to capture top honors at last Friday's Grandview Invitational, staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Pathway board seeking community volunteers

The Lower Yakima Valley Pathway Foundation is seeking community organizations to adopt pats of the 6.3-mile pathway alongside Yakima Valley Highway between Sunnyside and Grandview.

DEATH NOTICE

RUBY C. STREBER

RUBY C. STREBER

Vikes claim shootout victory over Warden

MABTON - This past Saturday's game against Warden was the tightest the Mabton boys soccer team has had this season. The two teams were tied 1-1 in overtime and the match was down to the wire.

OBITUARY

ALEXAVIER JOEL CARRANZA

ALEXAVIER JOEL CARRANZA

Friday, March 27

GUEST EDITORIAL

More money won't help public schools, but great teachers will

More money won't help public schools, but great teachers will

Sunnyside mother hoping fundraiser will help bring awareness to daughter's condition

Alianette Damian, known as Alia to family and friends, has big brown eyes a person could get lost in. She likes to laugh and her eyes light up when she sees her older brother coming towards her.

Tatiana Hernandez seeks Miss Cinco de Mayo crown

Encouraged to become a candidate by one of the current Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo court members, Tatiana Hernandez is one of eight girls seeking the crown.

CD REVIEW

Fly Trio releases debut album: Sky & Country

Fly Trio releases debut album: Sky & Country

John Fannin/Daily Sun News

YAKIMA - Sunnyside High School junior Kennedy Sarmiento brought home a pair of first-place finishes from yesterday's four-school Big Nine track and field meet, hosted by the West Valley Rams.

BRIEFLY

Names released in Grandview shooting

Names released in Grandview shooting

OBITUARY

MARIA GUADALUPE DE LEON

MARIA GUADALUPE DE LEON

Visiting Davis Pirates beat Sunnyside tennis teams

The Sunnyside Grizzlies girls and boys tennis teams lost 4-3 and 5-2, respectively, to the visiting Davis Pirates yesterday.

Gross Point Blank

Daydreaming

Daydreaming

Thursday, March 26

Sierra Vista Middle School student selected for trip to U.S. Space Academy

Lots of youngsters dream of one day becoming astronauts and traveling to space. For one lucky Sunnyside student that dream just moved a little closer towards reality.

Braves nip Sunnyside boys

Kamiakin forward Curtis Moore ruined the Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer home debut last night with a pair of goals in a 2-1 win for the Braves.

City eyes $680,000 in bailout money

The Sunnyside City Council last night, Wednesday, authorized City Manager Eric Swansen to proceed with a plan for the $680,000 the city is eligible to receive from federal foreclosure funds.

Sunnyside Housing Authority to receive Recovery Act funds

Earlier this week U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that Washington state will receive more than $40 million for public housing improvement projects throughout the state as part of the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

DEATH NOTICE

MARIA TRINADAD TOVAR

MARIA TRINADAD TOVAR

History of Grandview immigrants shared at centennial observance

GRANDVIEW - The history of the Lower Yakima Valley can be traced back to individuals and families willing to homestead in what was once an unsettled land.

Two men shot in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police suspect a drug transaction gone wrong is responsible for leaving two men with multiple gunshot wounds last night, Wednesday.

Firearms recovered in Sunnyside traffic stop

Shortly after 2:30 a.m. this morning, Thursday, Sunnyside Police Officer Johnnie Gusby initiated a traffic stop on a 1999 Dodge Stratus in the area of South Sixth Street and Harrison Avenue in Sunnyside.

Tests inconclusive at illegal dump site

GRANDVIEW - After initial testing of soil samples from an illegal dumping ground on the property at 1501 Bethany Road north of Grandview, Joye Redfield-Wilder of the Washington Department of Ecology said, "Initial lab results were for a specific contaminant and not conclusive."

Wednesday, March 25

Longtime school board director to retire

After what she describes as much thoughtful consideration and prayer, longtime Sunnyside School Board Director Joanne Kilian has decided to call it a day. Make that more than 11,500 days.

Spry elder keeps busy by donating time to others

You can't keep a good woman down and the same holds true for 87-year-old Ava Borden, a Sun Terrace resident who recently hand sewed 15 quilts and donated them to Hillcrest Manor elders.

FORUM

Guilty of what?

Guilty of what?

Greyhounds third at own invite

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School boys and girls track teams combined for a third-place finish at a home invite yesterday, Tuesday.

School board recognizes award winner

Outlook Elementary School fifth grader Sierra Rogers was recognized at last night's Sunnyside School Board meeting for winning a Yakima Youth Award for leadership.

Falcons soar past Sunnyside nine

RICHLAND - In its first regular season action of the season, the Sunnyside High School baseball team found it tough going against host Hanford yesterday, Tuesday.

'F" as in Frank

Now is the time for residents to speak up on stormwater

Now is the time for residents to speak up on stormwater

Greyhounds get off the snide

GRANDVIEW - With some of its key players returning from eligibility issues, the Grandview High School boys soccer team picked up its first win of the season, blanking East Valley 4-0 yesterday.

BRIEFLY

Sunnyside market robbed at gunpoint

Sunnyside market robbed at gunpoint

OBITUARY

MARIA M. SALAZAR

MARIA M. SALAZAR

Sunnyside native to celebrate 100th birthday

OLYMPIA - Although she now lives with her daughter in Olympia, Alma Mitchell Read Coate Wilson spent much of her 100 years in Sunnyside.

Tuesday, March 24

DEATH NOTICE

EDNA M. KERN

EDNA M. KERN

Grandview firefighters honored at banquet

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Fire Department held its annual awards banquet last Saturday evening, honoring firemen for their efforts in 2008.

Gang-reduction ideas on the drawing board

Not long ago Sunnyside's Promise was asked to put action to their words. They've been busy doing just that when it comes to planning projects hoped to impact the community's efforts to reduce the number of youth becoming involved in gang activity.

Police still looking for juvenile murder suspect

Sunnyside police are still looking for a juvenile suspected of gunning down Eric Vargas in Sunnyside last November.

Native of Mexico overcomes obstacles to visit dying father in Sunnyside

When Patricia Benitez learned her father was terminally ill, she immediately set about leaving her community of Alfaco Mulco Estado in Mexico to come be at his side at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside. Little did she know she'd have to overcome numerous obstacles just to get here.

OBITUARY

MARIA M. SALAZAR

MARIA M. SALAZAR

Jardine co-medalist at 2A league match

TOPPENISH - Junior Josh Jardine, one of only two linksters currently eligible to play for the Grandview High School boys golf team, earned co-medalist honors Monday afternoon at the Greyhounds' CWAC league opener.

Espinoza low scorer for Sunnyside Grizzlies at conference opener

WALLA WALLA - Sophomore Nathan Espinoza, shooting bogey-like golf, carded an 89 in leading the Sunnyside Grizzlies at yesterday's Columbia Basin Big Nine conference opener.

Lady Grizzlies claw Kamiakin for first win of season

The fourth time was the charm for the Sunnyside High girls tennis team. Yesterday's match against visiting Kamiakin went the Lady Grizzlies' way. Sunnyside hosted the Braves and won 4-3.

Citizens push to name Mabton athletic field after former principal Keith Morris

MABTON - Mabton residents turned out en masse last night, Monday, at the Mabton School Board meeting to voice their desire to honor former principal Keith Morris by naming the school district's athletic field after him.

Sunnyside Council repeals stormwater fees

The Sunnyside City Council last night rescinded all stormwater utility fees approved last December. Now the city will go back to the drawing board on the fee assessments, as all the fees were repealed.

More than $400,000 spent without council knowledge

The city of Sunnyside got more than it bargained for when it inked a contract with Pacific Groundwater Group for development of new city wells.

Monday, March 23

Illegal dump site under investigation

GRANDVIEW - Something odd had been taking place since last October near a vineyard on Bethany Road outside of Grandview. Concerns expressed to the Yakima Health District have led to an investigation by the Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).

Morton Huskies no match for Sunnyside Christian

With a couple of 2B State titles under their belt, it figured the Morton Huskies would give the 1B Sunnyside Christian girls fastpitch softball team all it could handle in the season opener for both clubs this past Saturday.

DEATH NOTICE

JESUS G. VILLARREAL

JESUS G. VILLARREAL

Texas firm to conduct wind energy tests near Mabton

MABTON - Hoping to emulate the success of other energy companies already in the wind business near here, Horizon Energy of Houston, Texas received permission from Yakima County officials last week to establish weather towers 15 miles south of Mabton.

Galvan scores four goals in Grizzly romp

RICHLAND - Hampered by injury during the first weeks of the season, Sunnyside's Brian Galvan was back in full force this past Saturday, scoring four goals in the Grizzlies' 6-1 win at Hanford High School.

Shea sets Greyhound school record

YAKIMA - It's looking to be a sweet spring for senior Storm Shea, as this past Saturday he set a Grandview High School track record in the pole vault with a mark of 13-6. The previous GHS record of 13-3 was set 30 years ago by J.T. Trevino.

Former Sunnyside council member among final three to replace Newhouse

GOLDENDALE - A field of nine candidates to replace former 15th District State Rep. Dan Newhouse was whittled to three this past Saturday.

Bickleton boys second at Simcoe Invitational

GOLDENDALE - The Bickleton High School boys track team placed second at the Simcoe Invitational this past Saturday.

Friday, March 20

Nation's first ladies focus of Nouvella Club speaker

To help celebrate Women's History Month the Nouvella Club learned some fun facts about the nation's first ladies at their monthly meeting yesterday, Thursday.

Vikings win first-ever home match-up, 2-1

MABTON - Starting a new program is not an easy task, but the Mabton Vikings boys soccer team didn't let that faze them last night. The team defeated Ki-Be 2-1 in Mabton's first-ever home game.

CD REVIEW

Eklund uses trumpet to rock the Casbah

Eklund uses trumpet to rock the Casbah

What's Happening

FRIDAY

Kick-off celebration planned for community concert membership drive

PROSSER - A kick-off celebration for the Lower Valley Community Concert Association's annual membership drive is slated for this coming Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m. at the Princess Theater.

Cinco de Mayo candidate seeks cultural enrichment

It's all about tradition and culture for Sunnyside High School sophomore Marisol Velazquez, one of the candidates for Sunnyside's 2009-10 Miss Cinco de Mayo court.

Grizzlies edge Grandview in battle of rival clubs

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team made it eight years in a row without a loss to their Grandview counterparts yesterday.

FORUM

Who to call?

Who to call?

Pirates earn eight first place finishes

YAKIMA - With 13 of their 22 athletes sidelined with the flu, the Bickleton High School Pirates yesterday sent nine tracksters to the Davis JV Invite, garnering eight first place finishes at Kumler Field in Yakima.

Across our State

Women's suffrage in Washington state

Women's suffrage in Washington state

Jennie's Journey

Bicyclists getting the shaft in Oregon

Bicyclists getting the shaft in Oregon

South First Street businesses impacted by road work

The businesses in the area of construction on Sunnyside's South First Street are feeling a varying degree of negative effects.

Grandview optometrist provides services for those in need on mission to Mexico

GRANDVIEW - Many citizens in the community of Puerto Penasco, Mexico had never had a vision exam or worn glasses until a recent mission trip taken by Dr. Fred Boboth of Grandview's Boboth Vision Clinic.

Thursday, March 19

Two Sunnyside men sentenced to prison

YAKIMA - Two Sunnyside men were sentenced to prison time yesterday in U.S. District Court in Yakima for their role in a drug buy gone wrong in Toppenish last summer.

Grant paves way for Grandview fairgrounds upgrade

GRANDVIEW - Grandview is one step closer to Country Park fairgrounds upgrades, thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Pacific Power Foundation.

Eleven Grandview teens vying for Junior Miss title

GRANDVIEW - Nearly a dozen young ladies, 11 to be exact, will vie for the title of 2009-10 Grandview Junior Miss next month.

Wednesday, March 18

Murder suspect arrested near White Salmon

Yesterday (Tuesday) the Yakima County Sheriff's Office arrested Jose Luis Rodriguez-Guzman in a remote area near White Salmon on a warrant issued March 10 that charges him with the murder of Saul Carvajal Duarte.

Long-time educator to be honored during 'Walk for Life'

MABTON - To help a long time educator in Mabton fight his battle with cancer, friends and family of Keith Morris will host a Walk for Life Saturday, April 11, at the Mabton High School football field, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New construction in Sunnyside during February tops $1 million

A combination of big ticket commercial construction projects and new home starts helped spike the total valuation for new building starts in Sunnyside to over $1 million for the month of February.

Cutting to the Core

Spring is almost here and I can almost get down on my knees and praise the world. Finally, winter is over.

Lindstrands to celebrate golden anniversary

Longtime Sunnyside residents Mr. and Mrs. Russell W. Linstrand will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner.

GUEST COLUMN

Blame Republicans for big government

Blame Republicans for big government

PAID OBITUARY

DOLORES G. GONZALEZ

DOLORES G. GONZALEZ

Class offers tips on selling to the government

YAKIMA - A workshop on how to market your business for government contracts will be held next Friday, March 27, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Yakima.

Meals-On-Wheels expanding program to include food for pets

In addition to delivering nutritious meals to senior citizens, the Yakima County Meals-On-Wheels program will offer pet food.

FORUM

Don't sell off sports equipment

Don't sell off sports equipment

Tuesday, March 17

Senior American Legion aseball coach details World Series experiences for Rotarians

Coaching a team to the World Series once is an exciting feat, but coaching the team to the national championship twice is overwhelming, according to Twin City Titans coach and Sunnyside High School teacher Pete Marquez.

Sunnyside salon owner starts up beauty school classes

Owning her own beauty salon in Sunnyside since 2004, Blanca Rios has now added a beauty school to her salon.

Police chase leads to one arrest

Sunnyside police broke up an attempted auto theft last night, Monday, which eventually led to a pursuit of the suspect.

Interlocal agreements with Sunnyside, Prosser adopted by Grandview Council

GRANDVIEW - Last night (Monday) the city of Grandview took the lead in adopting an interlocal agreement with the cities of Sunnyside and Prosser.

Stormwaters continue brewing in Sunnyside

Will the last person leaving Sunnyside please turn out the lights?

Milk prices down, dairymen are struggling

National Farmers Union delegates are calling on Congress to sustain family dairy farmers through the current difficult economic times. The delegates adopted a special order of business regarding the matter earlier this month, citing what they call the unprecedented volatility of dairy market prices.

OBITUARY

ROLAND ERNEST BEASLEY

ROLAND ERNEST BEASLEY

SCHS students inducted into Honor Society

Character. Leadership. Service. Scholarship. Truth.

Monday, March 16

Sunnyside movers, shakers honored at awards banquet

More than 150 people turned out Saturday to honor Sunnyside residents and help raise money for the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.

Lady Grizzlies victorious twice in jamboree games

WAPATO - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team won both games of a jamboree held this past Saturday in Wapato.

Sunnyside tracksters garner four victories at season opening Eisenhower Jamboree

YAKIMA - Powered by senior Francisco Navarro-Rodriguez and junior Kennedy Sarmiento, the Sunnyside High School track team notched four victories at the season opening Eisenhower Jamboree this past Saturday.

Mabton town hall meeting reveals success stories, progress being made

MABTON - Teachers, students, parents and community members gathered at Mabton High School last Friday for a town hall meeting to address the state of the Mabton School District, as well as to hear inspiring Mabton success stories.

Friday, March 13

Release the hounds!

It's March Madness gone to the dogs, regional and national competitions and skills on display right here in the Sunnyside area.

DEATH NOTICE

WILLIAM BENDER

WILLIAM BENDER

Gross Point Blank

Keeping it real

Keeping it real

Markham low scorer for Grizzlies at Pasco invite

PASCO - Knocking down two birdies along the way, Sunnyside High School sophomore Tanner Markham led the Grizzly golf team at yesterday's Pasco Invitational, staged at par-72 Sun Willows Golf Course.

FORUM

Show & Shine a great success

Show & Shine a great success

Pianist tickles the ivory and the ear a time or two

Solo pianist Dave Frank of New York shows his chops in the 2008 CD release, "Turning it Loose."

Guest Column

St. Patrick's Day sanity

St. Patrick's Day sanity

Maritza Licea seeks Cinco de Mayo crown

Leadership training, scholarship funds and the chance to be a role model are all reasons Maritza Licea is one of the candidates seeking the Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo crown for 2009-10.

Chiropractor appeals sanctions

Dr. William Harrington, a Sunnyside chiropractor, has filed an appeal to a recent Washington State Department of Health Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission decision that put Harrington on probation for four years.

Sunnyside firefighters raise $2,000 for cancer research

Think walking up 1,311 stairs is hard? Try doing it in a full firefighter's uniform.

Historical novel sheds light on changing times

Reading books that are historical is generally something I typically don't enjoy. I often find it hard to absorb the data and I am a woman who would rather keep myself planted in today's world...a world to which I can relate.

Ewes deliver rare quad lambs

PROSSER - Prosser sheep farmer Dave Padgham was in for quite a surprise a few weeks ago when not one ewe, but two, gave birth to sets of quad lambs.

OBITUARY

ONALD ANDREW DUNCAN

ONALD ANDREW DUNCAN

Thursday, March 12

Traffic stop yields five felony charges

This past Monday Sunnyside Police Officer Johnnie Gusby contacted the occupants of a black Honda Accord parked in the 700 block of Bagley Drive to make a social contact, one of whom is on active Department of Corrections supervision.

BRIEFLY

Businesses invited to assist with job fair for youth

Businesses invited to assist with job fair for youth

Sunnyside police receive stimulus money from Obama Administration

The stimulus money out of President Obama's office is flowing at such a fast and furious pace that sometimes the recipients aren't even the first to know.

March to determine stream flow outlook

With time running out in this year's snow season, the most recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's natural resources conservation service suggests Washington's stream flows will be below average this summer - but only moderately below.

Motivational speaker encourages SHS students to fight to achieve their goals

Mawi Asgedom could be any successful American you see walking down the street. He's smart, funny, engaging and polite, just what anyone would expect from a Harvard graduate who has written several books.

DEATH NOTICE

LEO CARL GORZE

LEO CARL GORZE

Troops recognize work of Grandview VFW

GRANDVIEW - Last night (Wednesday) the efforts of the Grandview VFW Ladies Auxiliary to support troops serving overseas was recognized by the 792nd Chemical Company based out of the Grandview Army National Guard Armory.

Grizzliettes qualify for State championships

Thanks to some creative coaching, determination and perseverance, the Sunnyside Grizzliette Dance Team will head off to State competition on March 27.

Water aerobics easy on the body

Running on rough streets can sure play havoc on the knees. There is an old saying, "No pain, no gain." But what's the worth of the gain if you're constantly in pain?

Murder suspect identified

An arrest warrant has been issued in connection with the homicide of a man whose burned body was found in a vineyard near Sunnyside in mid-February.

Wednesday, March 11

Voters overwhelmingly support school bond

It appears as though Sunnyside School District's $11.4 million bond is passing at a more than two to one ratio, according to results released last night by the Yakima County Auditor.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Former city of Mabton employee wins back job

MABTON - The Public Employment Relations Commission has found that the city of Mabton discriminated against former employee Frank Tijerina when he was let go from the city's public works department Dec. 31, 2007.

FORUM

Arts alive in S'side

Arts alive in S'side

Wage hikes proposed for city of Mabton employees

MABTON - The Mabton City Council reviewed a proposal to increase wages for several city employees at last night's meeting.

DEATH NOTICE

MARIE KRESSE

MARIE KRESSE

'F' as in Frank

A spring forward for local democracy

A spring forward for local democracy

New Tree Top beverage benefits health, dietary needs

For those seeking to promote a healthy lifestyle, maintaining weight and obtaining nutrients essential for energy and metabolic balance, Tree Top has recently released a beverage to meet that need.

Tuesday, March 10

DEATH NOTICE

ROBERT EUGENE LEIDIG

ROBERT EUGENE LEIDIG

Chamber president appointed to Sunnyside City Council

Jesse Hernandez Jr. was appointed last night to the Sunnyside City Council to replace former councilman Bruce Epps, who resigned earlier this year.

Columbia River Steel and Construction expands

GRANDVIEW - Life goes on.

Schreiner Title Company marks 100th anniversary

A hundred years and counting. That's how long a local business has been flourishing.

Men's club kicks off 2009 with scramble

Two teams walked away with top honors this past Sunday in the 2009 kick-off event sponsored by the Black Rock Creek Golf Course men's golf association.

Sunnyside hotel receives 'Gold Award' status

With a hot breakfast offered free every morning and more than 75 channels on the TV, including premium channels, the Rodeway Inn in Sunnyside was recently named a recipient of the 2008-09 Gold Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International, Inc., the franchisor of the Rodeway brand.

Monday, March 9

Greyhounds' season ends when trey attempt ruled a 2-pointer

It came down to a foot. Grandview's Josh Bertsch's three-point buzzer beating shot at the end of regulation was called a two by the officials and the Greyhounds came up short against the Toppenish Wildcats, 52-51, in a loser-out District tournament game in Sunnyside this past Saturday.

OBITUARY

DONA L. LITTLE BONEWELL STUMP

DONA L. LITTLE BONEWELL STUMP

Community members gather to clean up Grandview landmark

GRANDVIEW - Community volunteers have been pruning and cleaning the Grandview Rose Garden on Saturdays in an effort to prepare the historic memorial for spring blooms.

DEATH NOTICE

FRUTUOSO ALEJANDRO VEGA

FRUTUOSO ALEJANDRO VEGA

Legislative hopefuls state their case at Sunnyside Republican Club meeting

Eight candidates hoping to be appointed to represent the 15th District presented their cases to the Sunnyside Republican Club this past Friday.

West Valley Rams bring Sunnyside hoop team's season to close

RICHLAND - The fourth time was not a charm, as the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team lost 54-47 to West Valley last Friday in a loser-out Regional tourney contest.

Friday, March 6

'Hounds stay alive for 2A State tourney berth

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School boys basketball team earned a chance to compete at the State tournament with a 68-64 win against the Selah Vikings last night, Thursday, in District tourney play.

FORUM

County code enforcement

County code enforcement

Sunnyside golfer scores first ace

GRANGER - Confusion reigned for Sunnyside's Rick Voorhies last Sunday at Granger's Cherry Hill Golf Course.

Miss Cinco de Mayo Candidate 2009

Jessica Mendez vies for Miss Cinco de Mayo crown

Jessica Mendez vies for Miss Cinco de Mayo crown

BRIEFLY

School District officials approve 2009-10 calendar

School District officials approve 2009-10 calendar

Rodeo queen enjoying 2008-09 reign

TOPPENISH - For 18-year-old Misty Mahkee of Toppenish, this is her second go-round as a rodeo queen.

South First Street upgrade begins next week

Expansion work on Sunnyside's South First Street will begin next Tuesday and is expected to last until September.

Low turnout for Sunnyside redistricting open house

With county and city officials outnumbering the general public by a three-to-one margin, the city of Sunnyside held a re-districting open house last night.

GHS students gear up for 'Bye, Bye Birdie' production

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School drama students are gearing up for April and May productions of "Bye, Bye Birdie," a play set in the late 1950's-early 1960's.

Jennie's Journey

Path of life can get bumpy

Path of life can get bumpy

Thursday, March 5

New police-fighting tools revealed to Rotarians

Do you want to know just how many identified gang members live in your neighborhood? Now, thanks to a new computer program, you can visit the Sunnyside Police Department and within seconds they can print out a pin map.

Sunnyside man re-elected president of Yakima Valley Filipino Community

WAPATO - The Filipino-American Community of the Yakima Valley held its annual election on Sunday, March 1, and continuity was the word.

Grandview Herald celebrates centennial with unveiling of restored first edition

GRANDVIEW - Yesterday, Wednesday, the Grandview Herald celebrated its centennial with much fanfare, unveiling a restored and preserved first ever issue.

Funding for new school district bus garage OK'd

Funding for a new Sunnyside School District 21,000 ft. bus garage has been approved, but funds for an upgraded skills center is still making its way through the legislative process.

Huge turnout for conservation supervisor election

When voters in the South Yakima Conservation District boundaries vote for supervisors the turnout is normally small, according to Harriet Berg, election official for the supervisor vote.

Wednesday, March 4

GUEST COLUMN

It's still abuse even if you're famous

It's still abuse even if you're famous

DEATH NOTICE

RICHARD FRANK

RICHARD FRANK

BRIEFLY

County agrees to violent crime task force

County agrees to violent crime task force

Sunnyside woman hurt in head-on

GRANGER - 72-year-old Marla J. Bellinger of Sunnyside suffered injuries yesterday afternoon, requiring hospitalization, as the result of a two-vehicle, head-on crash in Granger.

GUEST EDITORIAL

We need to prevent the return of $4 gasoline

We need to prevent the return of $4 gasoline

FORUM

One sorry town

One sorry town

Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation receives $10,000 from Cascade Natural Gas

Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation earlier this week received a gift of $10,000 from MDU Resources Group, Inc.

Grandview's hopes of 2A State berth die with 44-39 District loss to Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG - The third time wasn't the charm for the Grandview girls basketball team. The Lady Greyhound hoopsters saw their season come to an end with a heart-breaking 44-39 loss to the Ellensburg Bulldogs last night in the District tournament.

OBITUARY

LINDA LOU HILTON

LINDA LOU HILTON

Tuesday, March 3

OBITUARY

ESTHER JOAN FREEBURG

ESTHER JOAN FREEBURG

Bos, Goins top finishers in 2009's first golf tourney

Justin Bos of Sunnyside and Robbie Goins of Grandview bested the nearly 80-person field in the Lower Yakima Valley's first golf tournament of 2009.

BRIEFLY

City stormwater fees jolt Port officials

City stormwater fees jolt Port officials

Premier soccer tryouts scheduled

YAKIMA - Lower Valley youngsters interested in playing for a premier soccer club are being encouraged to attend one of several tryouts.

Goggles provide students a new view on being under the influence

GRANDVIEW - It's alcohol and drug awareness week, and Grandview's Compass High School is providing its students with perspective into the effects of substance abuse.

Grandview cycle shop expands, moves into bigger digs

GRANDVIEW - Sam's Cycle Service, a long time fixture in Grandview, celebrated its November move into bigger digs with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday.

Grandview Council, administrators view D.C., Olympia trips as worthwhile

GRANDVIEW - In the past two weeks Grandview City Council members visited lawmakers in Washington, D.C. and Olympia for the purpose of attracting attention and funding for the city.

Police find unlawful firearm, incendiary device in Sunnyside home

A search for a reported runaway juvenile turned up an illegal sawed-off firearm and an unused Molotov cocktail.

Sunnyside insurance agent honored with top award

KENNEWICK - Sunnyside New York Life Insurance agent Bob W. Hall was recently named 2008 Agent of the Year in the Eastern Washington general office.

Desmarais earns grand prize at Sunnyside's annual science fair

Sunnyside High School science teacher Joyce Stark pulled off the school district science fair awards ceremony with nary an explosion last night, Monday.

Monday, March 2

BRIEFLY

Vaccines for equines available March 14

Vaccines for equines available March 14

Grandview teen serves as House page

OLYMPIA - High school sophomore Madison Sartain of Grandview served as a page in the House of Representatives last week, Feb. 23-27. She was sponsored by 15th District state representative Bruce Chandler, R-Granger.

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DOROTHY J. CORNELIA

DOROTHY J. CORNELIA

SCHS Lady Knights earn third place trophy at 1B State hoop tourney

YAKIMA - Sunnyside Christian wrapped up its 2008-09 campaign with a third place finish at this year's WIAA State 1B Girls Basketball Championship, staged in the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Knights bounce back from Thursday's loss to place seventh at State

YAKIMA - Bouncing back from a stinging loss last Thursday, the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team cruised to a 68-37 win over the Curlew Cougars on Friday to set up a trophy round contest on Saturday against the Tulalip Heritage Hawks.

Loss to Burbank ends Lady Vikings' season

ZILLAH - The Mabton High School girls basketball team built up a large lead against the Burbank Coyotes last Friday night before succumbing to a fourth-quarter Burbank comeback, losing 69-64 in overtime and getting knocked out of the SCAC District Tournament.

Anti-gang meetings continue in Sunnyside

"How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity," reads the mural on the church wall.

Grizzlies fall short against Shadle Park

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team found it tough going early and lost 60-45 to Shadle Park this past Saturday in 3A Regional action.