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Stories for July 2010


Friday, July 30

High school students, kindergarteners may share bus rides

Sunnyside School District Transportation Director Karen Robertson and Sun Valley Elementary Principal Heidi Hellner-Gomez appeared before the Sunnyside School Board Thursday night to propose a new plan for busing students to and from school. The idea pitched is to have high school students and kindergarteners share bus rides together.

July 30, 2010 3:51 p.m. read more..

Local foursome scales Mt. Rainier

Navigating crevices big enough to drop a house through and battling fierce winds, four Lower Valley residents successfully reached the summit of Mt. Rainier last week.

July 30, 2010 3:45 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside car show to expand

Now in its third year, the Sun & Shine Sunnyside Car Show figures to be bigger and better than ever when the event rolls around on Saturday, Sept. 18, during Sunshine Days.

July 30, 2010 3:39 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 29

Murder victim, suspect identified

The Sunnyside Police Department today (Thursday) released the names of the victim and suspect involved in the Tuesday night murder on Sunnyside-Mabton Highway.

July 29, 2010 3:45 p.m. read more..

Local candidates stump for vote

YAKIMA - Candidates vying for county, state and federal public offices met last night (Wednesday) in Yakima to convince voters to cast their ballots for them.

July 29, 2010 3:44 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 28


Prosser swimmers no match for Sharks

The Broersma sisters, Brittany and Marisa, as well as teammate Alissa Martin swept to victory in all five individual races in their respective age divisions to power the Sunnyside Sharks to a dominating 529-273 victory over the visiting Prosser Piranhas last night.

July 28, 2010 3:53 p.m. read more..

Grandview rethinks policy on July 4th fireworks

GRANDVIEW - At some point during the next several months the Grandview City Council will hold a public hearing to gain citizen comments on whether the city should continue allowing fireworks on Independence Day. Council started the discussion last night after a citizen complained that errant fireworks used by someone else had landed on their home and caused a fire.

July 28, 2010 3:51 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 27


New orthodontist settles into Sunnyside practice

When orthodontist Randy Schuler began his search for a partner for Sunny Smile Orthodontics, he was looking for someone who shared his philosophy, could bring new ideas and techniques to enhance the practice and, most importantly, was prepared to join the community for the long haul.

July 27, 2010 3:01 p.m. read more..

Gervasi new city manager

The Sunnyside City Council on Monday, despite not being an official item on Monday's agenda, voted to approve Mark Gervasi as Sunnyside's new city manager.

July 27, 2010 3 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 26


Indall leads Black Rock Creek at senior golf tour stop in Toppenish

TOPPENISH - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team benefited big time with the addition of Chris Indall to its roster. Competing at last week's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour stop at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club, Indall walked away with low gross of field honors by carding a 2-over-par 74.

July 26, 2010 1:47 p.m. read more..

Summer pests can sting, bite and spread disease

The arrival of warm summer weather means barbeques, outdoor activities and increased encounters with bugs that may bite or sting. Those who keep cool when bugs fly can help reduce the risk of winding up on the business-end of a bloodthirsty mosquito or irritated wasp.

July 26, 2010 1:44 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 23


Miss Sunnyside candidate Kiana Ramos

Finding herself wanting to give back to the community, Kiana Ramos decided she could fill that desire and further develop her leadership skills through the Miss Sunnyside Pageant.

July 23, 2010 3:38 p.m. read more..

Sharks out-swim Othello for eighth win

OTHELLO - Despite a strong effort from the Othello boys, the Sunnyside girls proved to be too much to overcome as the Sunnyside Sharks beat the Othello Barracudas 451-287 last night in a Mid-Valley Swim League meet.

July 23, 2010 3:37 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 22


Fun family outing planned for Aug. 2

The Sunnyside Police Department, in collaboration with the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and HAPO Community Credit Union, is planning a fun, family outing for the entire community on Monday, Aug. 2.

July 22, 2010 2:50 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 21


Downtown trees' future in question

The city of Sunnyside wants to know what downtown business owners think of the many trees decorating the sidewalks and if they would be willing to take care of them.

July 21, 2010 4:35 p.m. read more..

Sharks swim circles around G'view Neptunes

Grandview had its way in the boys 12&U races last night, as well as a few other sporadic noteworthy efforts, but all in all the Sunnyside Sharks sunk their teeth clean through the visiting Neptunes.

July 21, 2010 4:28 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 20

Vineyard Café to reopen Thursday

GRANDVIEW - GMC Training Institute will be reopening the Vineyard Café at West Second and Division streets in Grandview this coming Thursday, July 22.

July 20, 2010 3:20 p.m. read more..

United Way forming new advisory group

GRANDVIEW - Members of a prospective advisory committee and officials from United Way of Central Washington met today (Tuesday) in Grandview to discuss forming a Lower Valley Advisory Committee to help dole out Lower Valley United Way funds to non-profit organizations.

July 20, 2010 3:11 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 19


Friday, July 16


Prosser swimmers push past Grandview Neptunes, 557-244

GRANDVIEW - With the likes of Bre Beierle, the Hobbick brothers and Leah Blakney dominating their respective age divisions, the Prosser Piranhas defeated the host Grandview Neptunes, 557-244, in Mid-Valley Summer Swim League action last night.

July 16, 2010 3:21 p.m. read more..

Miss Sunnyside candidate Juliet Quiroz

Believing our elder citizens have much wisdom to impart on younger generations, Miss Sunnyside candidate Juliet Quiroz wishes to work with the residents of Sunnyside's Just Like Home, if selected for the crown.

July 16, 2010 3:17 p.m. read more..

Work progressing on statue of Sunnyside-area astronaut

Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar was at Steppe Cellars last night, catching up with friends and family, talking of her latest project with Seattle's Museum of Flight and discussing the table top model that will eventually become a life-size bronze statue of her.

July 16, 2010 3:15 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 15


School finance director leaves Sunnyside

Angela Watts officially ended her career as the Sunnyside School District's executive director of business and finance this past Wednesday to begin work as the new assistant superintendant of the West Valley School District.

July 15, 2010 1:57 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 14


Life is like a quilt, says speaker

PROSSER - Gail Greco is an art teacher who lives in Cascade, Idaho. She is also an avid quilter and yesterday, Tuesday, described how quilts can be like life.

July 14, 2010 3:15 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 13


100 years of Schilperoorts in the Yakima Valley

Of the 1,116 passengers on the steamer Potsdam that sailed from Rotterdam that drizzly March 12 in 1910, at least 18 of them were coming to Sunnyside. There were two Visser boys, ages 15 and 18 with their uncle Pieter Van Belle; there was the Den Boer family-all eight of them; there was the Besteman family, and there was Teunis J. Schilperoort. The Den Boer family came from Barendrecht and the others from Goudswaard, all from the Dutch province of South Holland.

July 13, 2010 3:31 p.m. read more..

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Tuesday, July 6

Family ties strengthened through Nuestra Casa's work

There are a variety of programs offered by Sunnyside's Nuestra Casa that community members aren't always aware of, programs that teach Hispanic men and women skills for contributing to the focus of improving the community, as well as becoming better acquainted with their own children.

July 6, 2010 1:56 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 5


Friday, July 2


Happy Fourth of July

Take a moment this Sunday on the Fourth of July as we're gathered around picnic tables, pool sides, at the beach or in a town square or city park to say a little something about what you're grateful for about America.

July 2, 2010 3:34 p.m. read more..

Climate change topic of grape fieldman's breakfast

PROSSER - Yesterday morning (Thursday) those attending the monthly grape fieldman's breakfast at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser were treated to a Skype discussion on climate change with Professor Greg Jones of Southern Oregon University.

July 2, 2010 3:26 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside Sharks sink visiting Othello swimmers

Just based on the sheer number of the Sunnyside Sharks, the Othello Barracudas quickly discovered they were no match for the home team last night. It didn't help Othello's cause any either, that the Sharks were by far and away the quicker and stronger of the two teams.

July 2, 2010 3:24 p.m. read more..

Tarpons prevails over Neptunes

TOPPENISH - The Grandview Neptunes went lap-for-lap against the Toppenish Tarpons Thursday evening, but the Tarpons managed to claim victory in 62 of 75 events.

July 2, 2010 3:21 p.m. read more..

Mensonides named Washington State Dairy Ambassador

Kristyn Mensonides, the 2009-10 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador, was crowned the 2010-11 Washington State Dairy Ambassador at the 55th annual coronation staged last week. Serving as her alternates are Stephanie Van Beek from Whatcom County and Kelsey Schubach of Lewis County.

July 2, 2010 3:17 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 1