Stories for September 2009


Wednesday, September 30

State switching medical clients to plastic ID cards

The Department of Social and Health Services is notifying its one million medical clients that the state is switching to the same kind of plastic ID card used by private health insurance companies, a convenience for clients and doctors.

Lady Vikes get off the snide with 8-0 win over Spartans

MABTON - Mabton High School Coach Lucia Tovar summed up yesterday's win with a simple phrase.

High school modernization detailed for school board

Plans for modernization of Sunnyside High School are currently underway, school board officials were told at last night's regularly scheduled meeting.

Up, up and away...Young Eagles program draws large crowd of youngsters to Sunnyside airport

The opportunity for youths to experience the thrill of flying at the Sunnyside Airport this past Sunday drew a huge crowd, much larger than expected, according to Civil Air Patrol Major Jack Parker.

Sunnyside gives new 4A school all it can handle

In one of its closest matches of the season, the 3A Sunnyside High School volleyball team dropped a 3-1 heartbreaker at home last night to Chiawana.


Vote for Jason Raines

Vote for Jason Raines

"F" as in Frank

Obama, Chicago's president

Obama, Chicago's president

Grizzlies secure a victory at their only home meet of the season

Six 4A cross country teams were in Sunnyside yesterday, Tuesday, for a Columbia Basin League cross country meet.

Words From Washington

Improving trade relations will spur economic growth here

Improving trade relations will spur economic growth here

Lady Greyhounds scramble from behind for win

EPHRATA - The Grandview High School volleyball team began its CWAC North schedule last night in an unfamiliar position.

Tuesday, September 29

Broersma sets State meet qualifying time

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside's Marisa Broersma finally met her benchmark goal of swimming a State meet qualifying time this past Saturday at the Central Washington University hosted pentathlon.

Work wrapping up on airport taxiway

Work has been underway since the end of August to replace the taxiway at the Sunnyside Airport.

Anti-gang funding request supported by council

Nate Bridges of Sunnyside's Promise appeared before the Sunnyside City Council last night at a workshop to ask for more funding from the city.

Motorists not stopping for school buses

Motorists beware...Sunnyside police officers are more than willing to issue a traffic citation that brings with it a $394 fine.




New realty job marks return home for Lower Valley native

GRANDVIEW - After living in Minneapolis, Minn. for eight years, Elia Belmares decided it was time to return home to the Lower Valley.

City leaders urged to begin cultivating former cattle feedlot

The Sunnyside City Council heard from David McFadden of the Yakima County Development Association last night at a workshop before the council's regularly scheduled meeting.

Monday, September 28


LEWISTON, IDAHO - Oh, so close! The Sunnyside Grizzly football team nearly notched its first win of the season last Friday. In the end, though, the Lewiston Bengals came up with a huge defensive play and held on for a 28-24 victory.

Zoning moratorium leaves Sunnyside landowner in a quandry

For some people, it's challenging to keep up with municipalities and the decisions they make.

Grandview Chamber hires customer service employee

GRANDVIEW - There's a new face at the Grandview Chamber of Commerce, Corina Patina, a part-time customer service specialist.

Honkers spoil Sunnyside Christian's home opener

After spotting visiting Arlington, Ore. two early touchdowns due to turnovers, the Sunnyside Christian High School football team rallied before falling 54-26 in its home debut this past Friday.

Bickleton posts 1-2 record at Tri-Cities Prep tourney

PASCO - Saturday's Tri-Cities Prep Tournament in Pasco proved to provide experience for the Bickleton volleyball team, who brought home third place honors and the sportsmanship trophy from the event.

Grandview harriers short-handed at Connell invite

CONNELL - The Grandview Greyhounds didn't field a full team this past Saturday at the Connell invite, and weren't able to out-race the competition.




Friday, September 25

East Valley, Ellensburg harriers faster than Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - It was the only home meet of the 2009 cross country season for the Greyhounds and Ellensburg earned the victory in the double-dual yesterday (Thursday).

Miss Sunnyside excited to initiate community service project

Shocked! That's the one word the newly crowned Miss Sunnyside used to describe her emotions when she won last Saturday night.

CD Review

'John Pondel' release flops

'John Pondel' release flops

Greyhounds sweep Wolves

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhounds volleyball team continued its unblemished run through the CWAC South with a 25-10, 25-21, 25-10 win against the Wapato Wolves last night, Thursday.

Mabton secures 3-0 win over Scotties

COWICHE - "Our service and serve-receives were a lot better," Mabton Coach Marty McCallum commented on last night's volleyball match against Highland.

Long-time Grandview rodeo promoters hanging up their spurs

GRANDVIEW - Since 2001 Sharon and Ben Fisher have been fixtures on the Grandview rodeo scene. But it will be new faces that lead the rodeo charge next year as Sharon recently resigned as chairman of the rodeo committee and Ben stepped down from committee activities.

Story Time

Meat to chew on

Meat to chew on

Paper Clips

Young ladies gave it their al

Young ladies gave it their al

Mabton superintendant retiring

MABTON - At the end of this school year, Mabton School District Superintendent Sandra Pasiero-Davis will hang her hat, call it a day and retire.

Thursday, September 24

Mabton Historical Society compiling community's history for publication of book

The Mabton Historical Society is working diligently to compile photos and stories from community members so that they can create a book.

Natural gas drilling near Bickleton halted

BICKLETON - Denver, Co. based Delta Petroleum completed a well drilling operation near Bickleton and this week announced it is considering its next steps in the search for natural gas in the area.

Stegeman, Larson powers seniors to first-place finish

PENDLETON, ORE. - The Sunnyside Black Rock Creek team maintained its grip on the 2009 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour points lead with a first-place finish last week at Wildhorse Resort.

Are you ready for some (eight-man) football?

Get ready for offensive fireworks and perpetual motion tomorrow, Friday, when the Sunnyside Christian Knights unveil their new eight-man football team here for the first time.

Wednesday, September 23

Mother of four takes active role in her children's daily lives

It's all about knowing what is going on in the lives of her children, according to volunteer Elizabeth Osborn.

Grandview's Davidson named State American Legion Chaplain

GRANDVIEW - Longtime veterans advocate and Grandview American Legion Post 57 member James (Jim) Davidson has been elected to serve as chaplain at the State level for the American Legion.

Cutting to the Core

Say it ain't so, Joe

Say it ain't so, Joe

Mabton seeks Obama money for park and ride

MABTON - The Mabton City Council last night, Tuesday, authorized Mayor Velva Herrera to sign a grant application to help fund a park and ride.

A clean bill of health for Sunnyside sewer plant

Three of the last four years the city of Sunnyside's wastewater treatment plant has received outstanding achievement recognition from the state's Department of Ecology.

4A Pirates swash-buckle their way past Sunnyside girls

Two first half goals by Davis proved to be enough last night, Tuesday, as the Pirates got past Sunnyside 3-1 in CBBN play.

Rams sweep Lady Grizzlies

Lack of a team effort was the culprit in the 3A Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team's 3-0 home loss to 3A West Valley last night, Tuesday.


S'side parade judging unfair

S'side parade judging unfair

Halloween costumes can be both economical and practical

Halloween costumes can be costly and are often made of materials that keep them from lasting beyond All Hallow's Eve.

County considers raising transfer station fees

It might cost a dollar more to take a load to the Lower Valley Transfer Station, under proposed rate increases submitted by Yakima County.

Connell Eagles escape Mabton with win

MABTON - The Connell Eagles scored two goals in the final 12 minutes of play to escape with a 2-1 victory over the Mabton High School girls soccer team last night, Tuesday.

Cougars avenge earlier loss to Bickleton High Lady Pirates

LYLE - With the loss of four starters due to illness, Bickleton had to fight its way through each game against their host, Lyle, last night.

Tuesday, September 22

Community center talks begin in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council held a special study session Monday to discuss the direction of the planning for a new community center.

Dean of students' focus is helping kids stay in school

Last year, Sunnyside High School lost a vice principal, Heidi Hellner-Gomez, because she became the principal of Sunnyside's Sun Valley Elementary School.

Papa Murphy's manager leads by example

There's nothing Sunnyside Papa Murphy's Store Manager Neftali Perez wouldn't do that he wouldn't ask of his employees.

Mothers of young children offered support group

GRANDVIEW - Mothers wanting a place where they can learn from other mothers, a place to obtain advice and socialize, have that opportunity through the Moms of Tots group that meets at the Grandview Church of Nazarene.

Sunnyside's Promise has new director

A familiar face was introduced last night as the executive director of Sunnyside's Promise.

Sunnyside man picks up NHRA win

Michael Dalrymple's quest for perfection got a much needed boost last month when he picked up a NHRA Division 6 win in Montana and a semi-final showing in Minnesota.

Monday, September 21

Lady Pirates 3-0 winners

BICKLETON - "It took us a while to get rolling, as the saying goes," said Lady Pirates Coach Kim Clinton of this past Friday's home court match-up against Kahlotus.

Sunshine Days Parade a treat for the community

The annual Sunshine Days Parade this past Saturday, despite the threat of rain, was something for the entire family to enjoy.

Sunnyside girls winners

YAKIMA - The 3A Sunnyside High School volleyball team earned its first win of the season in convincing fashion this past Saturday with a 3-0 victory at 4A Davis.




Runaway killer captured

GOLDENDALE -Sunnyside area residents breathed a little bit easier yesterday, Sunday, with the news that escaped killer Phillip Paul was captured in Goldendale.

Timberwolves slip past Mabton in second half

MABTON - For much of the first half the Mabton Vikings showed signs of pulling out a win against the visiting Goldendale Timberwolves this past Friday night.

Grandview 3-1 winner over Wildcats

TOPPENISH - "We won, but things didn't start out the way we wanted," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden in talking about this past Saturday's soccer match in Toppenish against the Wildcats.

Friday, September 18

Sunnyside hangs tough against visiting Suns

The 3A Sunnyside High School volleyball team gave 4A Southridge all it could handle last night, Thursday, before falling 3-0 to the Suns.

Micheners offer wholesome family fun with 'Apple Festivals' every Saturday

GRANDVIEW - Good, wholesome family fun, a chance to delight in the great outdoors while creating new memories-that's what the Micheners, who own Bill's Berry Farm, have to offer guests during Apple Festival, slated to take place every Saturday from tomorrow to Oct. 24th.

Lions scratch out 43-24 win over Sunnyside Grizzlies

KENNEWICK - The good news is that the Sunnyside High School football team scored more points last night than the combined total of its first two games of the season.

CD Review

The down low on Music Update

The down low on Music Update

Alvarez-Ziegler parade marshal

Sunnyside's Teri Alvarez-Ziegler has been selected to serve as this year's Sunshine Days parade marshal.

Guest Editotial

9/11 victims deserve better

9/11 victims deserve better

Lady Pirates defeat Lyle

BICKLETON - The Lady Pirates won their season opener against visiting Lyle Thursday, 25-20, 25-9, 25-16.

Killer escapes, thought headed back to Sunnyside

SPOKANE - The man thought to have murdered a Sunnyside woman has escaped from custody from Eastern State Hospital and may be headed this way.

To shoot or not to shoot...virtual reality training prepares cops for worst-case scenario

Imagine yourself as a police officer that's just pulled over a suspected drunk driver. Before you can get out of your police vehicle the suspect exits his vehicle and confronts you.

Thursday, September 17

JM Eagle announces temporary shutdown to re-tool Sunnyside plant

This week Sunnyside's JM Eagle plant began a temporary shutdown to re-tool.

State auditors find fault with local school district

The Sunnyside School District has just received yet another audit result featuring three findings, the most serious of which has to do with paying a teacher that wasn't considered highly qualified by standards of grant funding.

Customers starting to come back to South First Street businesses

Businesses that have seen their sales dwindle due to construction on South First Street have reported things are beginning to look up, if only a little.

Anti-gang meeting on tap next Monday at Sunnyside church

Sunnyside residents interested in helping curb gang activities are invited to attend a meeting next Monday, Sept. 21, at the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church (400 North Ave.).

Residents search for answers in wake of wild fire

For years the Silver Dollar Café has been a landmark at the crossroads of SR 241 and SR 24 just north of Sunnyside.

Wednesday, September 16

Braves get shutout on SHS girls' home field

The Sunnyside High School girls soccer team played visiting Kamiakin High School tough last night, but ended up falling to the Braves by a score of 4-0.

Franz encourages women to 'soar unafraid' in God's love

PROSSER - Soar unafraid. That's Jo Franz's mantra.


In regards to the letter to the editor on Sept. 11 in the Daily Sun News by Don Padelford, my husband never served on the draft board during the Vietnam War years.

Sunnyside boys defeat three league foes

PASCO - The Sunnyside High School boys cross country team won three of seven head-to-head competitions against league opponents during a meet at Pasco yesterday, Tuesday.

Sunnyside manufacturers go hi-tech to help weather economic recession

A new way to paint and 3-D design are some of the upgrades local manufacturers have undertaken to improve their business during a time of economic recession.

Life Options prepares to open Sunnyside location

The dream of expanding to Sunnyside began about two years ago for Life Options, a ministry that assists women facing crisis pregnancies.

Words from Washington

Congressman decries Obama Administration decision to open door to Snake River dam removal

Congressman decries Obama Administration decision to open door to Snake River dam removal

'F' as in Frank

Hitting the pause button

Hitting the pause button

Tuesday, September 15

Bickleton wins two of five at SunDome tournament

YAKIMA - For their first time on the floor this season, Bickleton Coach Kim Clinton was happy to see the Lady Pirates can be competitive.

Miss Sunnyside relic found

When Miss Sunnyside Pageant Director Teri Alvarez-Ziegler got word that a possible Miss Sunnyside program relic had been found, she jumped at the chance to look at it.

Vikes varsity handles Hanford JV, 38-21

MABTON - The Mabton High School varsity football team ran roughshod over the visiting junior varsity football team from Hanford High School last night, beating the Falcons 38-21.

Knight scores hole-in-one

Bob Knight of Sunnyside recorded a hole-in-one at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past Sunday.

Airport zoning moratorium still in effect

An almost standing room only crowd showed up at last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting to hear and give input at a public hearing held to determine whether the city council should vote to keep in place a moratorium on the acceptance of applications for permits or approval of zoning changes near the airport.

Planet Joe's finally open for business in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - After the owners of Grandview's Wine Country Plaza built the building in 2007, they anticipated the opening of a coffee location at the site, called Planet Joe's.




Monday, September 14

Sunnyside police thwart armed robbery attempt

Shortly before 4 a.m. this morning, Monday, Sunnyside police officers responded to a report of a robbery in progress in the 100 block of West Lincoln Avenue.

Grizzlies unable to stop Southridge running back

The Sunnyside High School football team played 4A Southridge tight for a quarter and a half this past Friday night before the Suns' Dallin Palmer took over and ran roughshod against the Grizzlies' defense.







Sunnyside soccer team suffers first defeat of the season

After starting the season with two victories, the Sunnyside High School girls soccer team played the Hanford Falcons this past Saturday.

Foster grandparent stays busy helping students

Since 1965 the foster grandparent program has helped nurture struggling youth in America. The local program, sponsored by Catholic Family and Child Services in Yakima, is looking for a few good volunteers.

Friday, September 11

Paper Clips

What more could change?

What more could change?

Lady Grizzlies trample Grandview

The Lady Grizzly girls soccer team won its home match against Grandview 5-3 after a battle of wills last night (Thursday).

Sunnyside man returns from year 'down under'

Getting infected with the travel bug is serious, there's no cure. The only way to scratch the so-called itch is to do one thing, and that's travel.


'Shaggy' article sells Sunnyside short

'Shaggy' article sells Sunnyside short

Former police employee charged with theft

An exhausting months-long investigation into the possible theft of thousands of dollars from the Sunnyside Police Department has resulted in a former employee being charged with felony theft.

Lady Knight's plundered by Mabton

"Both teams started out pretty rowdy," said Mabton Coach Marty McCallum of last night's volleyball match-up at Sunnyside Christian High School.

Forget Perfect

Homework, chores and other parental bummers

Homework, chores and other parental bummers

CD Review

Mike DiRubbo releases 'Repercussion' as latest effort

Mike DiRubbo releases 'Repercussion' as latest effort




Guest Coulmn

Real role models are hard to come by

Real role models are hard to come by

Thursday, September 10




Fresh produce contributions help those in need

It begins every spring. With the first rays of warm sunshine, people tell themselves this is the year they have the best garden ever.

United Way announces $1.4 million in awards

Grandview Parks and Rec programs and local food banks were just some of the 73 recipients of grants awarded last week by United Way of Central Washington.

ESL classes to begin soon

Sunnyside Free Methodist Church Pastor Carol Stickney is offering ESL classes at the church on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 9

New dispatcher position approved

GRANDVIEW - This past spring, Grandview Police Chief Dave Charvet went before City Council to appeal for a new police dispatcher and the council members believed a fifth full-time employee in that position was a necessity.

Cutting to the Core

Stop the Insanity!

Stop the Insanity!


Taking it slow still worth it sometimes

Taking it slow still worth it sometimes

Legacy Project honors Dunbar

OLYMPIA - Space pioneer and Outlook native Bonnie Dunbar, Washington's first female astronaut and now head of the acclaimed Museum of Flight, is the latest Washingtonian of distinction to have her life story told by The Legacy Project, the oral history program established in 2008 by the Washington Secretary of State.

First year teachers bring skills to the dance floor

Many of them have been students at Sunnyside's Martin's School of Dance for most of their lives and others have brought with them the knowledge of parenting dancers, but the teachers at the school are providing youngsters with opportunities that haven't been available before.


Proper maintenance needed

Proper maintenance needed

Lady Grizzlies strong in defeat

On paper it was a 3-0 loss at the hands of Kennewick, but on the court it was a battle as the 3A Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies gave the 4A Lions all they could handle in volleyball action last night, Tuesday.

Senior Market Basket vouchers accepted at Sunnyside market

When the Yakima County Department of Food Services posted its list of authorized markets and fruit stands for the 2009 season for the Senior Market Basket program, it erroneously omitted the Sunnyside Farmers Market.

Tuesday, September 8

Healthy options provided through cooking class

Community members seeking ways in which to reduce or eliminate meat products from their diets are being offered cooking classes based on the vegetarian food pyramid.




Smoking rates drop in Yakima County

Smoking rates continue to drop in the state of Washington and right here in the Lower Valley.

Lady 'Hounds win season opener 4-3 over Cascade

GRANDVIEW - Last year the Grandview High School girls soccer team was defeated in its game against Leavenworth's Cascade High School.

State upholds R-71 on election ballot

Secretary of State Sam Reed last week signed paperwork certifying Referendum 71. The action sends the referendum to the November statewide ballot for the general election.

Under pressure

Under pressure

Grizzly boys show well at cross country jamboree

RICHLAND - Competing in a field that included one other 3A school, Hanford, as well as 4A programs Kamiakin, Southridge and Richland, the Sunnyside boys cross country team made a good showing at the season opening Hanford Jamboree this past Friday.

Fourth quarter collapse costs Grizz

RICHLAND - For more than three-and-a-half quarters in last Friday's football game, the Sunnyside Grizzlies controlled the Hanford Falcons.

Drive-by shooting nets four arrests

Sunnyside police arrested three juveniles and one adult in connection with a drive-by shooting on Sunday.

Friday, September 4

'Songs Spun of Gold' appeal like fine silver

Seventeen tracks, 19 songs of unadulterated jazz, sparkling, shining and vibrant...that's Elli Fordyce's latest release "Songs Spun of Gold."

Former Grandview standout making the grade in Idaho

Grandview's Brandon Artz is about to begin his third season with the University of Idaho Vandals. The third year junior walked on the team in 2007 and has steadily improved to be able to help the Vandals win some games this year.

Moms In Touch resume prayers for schools, students

The 2009-10 school year started this week in Sunnyside and last week in Grandview and Prosser.




Sunnyside starting to get a little shaggy

With the departure of the Sunnyside City Code Enforcement Department the city is starting to look like it needs a haircut.


School district administration lopsided

School district administration lopsided

Sunnyside man gets hole-in-one

Brian Bliesner from Sunnyside sank a hole-in-one at Black Rock Creek Golf Course yesterday, Thursday.

Local couple warns of check scam

GRANDVIEW - The chance to be a mystery shopper and receive a check for more than $2,500 seemed too good to be true.

Grandmother's great adventure

On a recent vacation I passed an old sawmill slash burner. Now abandoned, this tee-pee, or wigwam burner as they were called, was used for burning sawdust.

Jennie's Journey

Life brings with it surprises

Life brings with it surprises

Thursday, September 3

Free Grandview fair passes cause confusion

Sunnyside's Thomas Peterson was delighted to learn he'd won a season pass to the 2009 Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo that took place early last month in Grandview. That was until he tried to use it.

County looks to exempt private property from upland habitat

YAKIMA - Nearly two months after a jam-packed public hearing urged it, Yakima County commissioners are this month poised to change a mediation plan to exempt private property from a controversial upland wildlife conservation proposal.

Shuttleworth details Austria trip for Daybreak Rotarians

Sunnyside's Emily Shuttleworth was on hand Wednesday morning to detail her exchange trip to Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarians.

Wednesday, September 2

County approves HOME consortium

Yakima County commissioners yesterday, Tuesday, agreed to the county's role in overseeing the HOME consortium of the cities of Sunnyside, Grandview, Mabton, Union Gap, Wapato and Toppenish.


Trees didn't have to go

Trees didn't have to go

Snake River opens Sept. 1 for fall Chinook fishing

OLYMPIA - Two sections of the lower Snake River in southeast Washington have opened for fall Chinook salmon fishing with some changes from last year's season, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced.


Financial outlook grim

Financial outlook grim

County sets hearing for Outlook code violation

Yakima County commissioners yesterday, Tuesday, set Tuesday, Sept. 22, as the date for a public hearing to consider an abatement order for a code violation in Outlook.




'F' as in Frank

Day tripper

Day tripper

New maps detail public lands in Washington

A new map of Yakima County has been recently updated by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Three generations to mark octogenarian woman's last fundraising ride

Organizers of the MS 150 bike tour don't allow participants to choose their own bib numbers.

Tuesday, September 1

YCDA to host business classes

YAKIMA - Several business development classes will be offered this month and in October by New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association.

Sunnyside library to host movie night

The Sunnyside Library will host a movie night this Thursday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Murder suspect to be extradited back to Yakima County

Efforts are currently underway to extradite a man suspected of murdering two others in a 2005 incident.

Consumer price index decreases won't impact minimum wage

Each year Washington state's minimum wage is adjusted to account for changes in the national consumer price index.