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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.

Shake-up underway in Mabton schools' administrative office

MABTON - With multiple employees from the district office leaving, there are changes in store for the Mabton School District.

Bickleton post office may be reopened in six weeks

BICKLETON - The Bickleton post office closed down on May 27 and since then residents have been wondering when or if it will come back.

New principal details changes at high school

"When a person becomes hopeless," said new Sunnyside High School Principal Chuck Salina, "is when they feel they have no choices in life."

Miss Sunnyside candidate Angelita Rodriguez

Family is important to Angelita Rodriguez and her reason for running for the 2010-11 Miss Sunnyside crown makes that apparent.

Gutierrez smacks four homers to lead New Era past Krush in men's softball play

First place New Era rolled on during make-up games played this week in the Lower Valley Men's Softball Association.

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.

Mabton pair injured in I-82 rollover mishap

Two Mabton residents sustained injuries early this morning in a one-vehicle rollover accident on I-82, near milepost 91.

SHS class of '80 plans 30-year reunion for Aug. 6-7 weekend

A no-host social on Friday, Aug. 6, will kick off the Sunnyside High School class of 1980's 30-yard reunion.

Grandview grads prepare to volunteer for their faith

For both Marleana Castillo and Janae Robillard, joining Reach Youth Ministry is about growing up and growing in their faith.

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.

Wagon tours offered in Sunnyside

Looking for a nostalgic, relaxing trip down memory lane? Then how about touring the countryside in an old wagon pulled by two Belgium mules?

Six-time breakaway calf roping champ signed up to compete at Grandview rodeo

MESA - In about six blinks of an eye Jennifer Casey can rope and release a calf, all while on horseback.

Lawmakers didn't address government reform

The most recent state legislative session focused too much on new taxes and not enough on government reform.

Guest Editorial

Government stimulus...out of sight, out of mind

Government stimulus...out of sight, out of mind

Jennie's Journey

Seven hard weeks of work culminates this coming weekend

Seven hard weeks of work culminates this coming weekend

OBITUARY

MARTIN FRANKLIN CHARVET

MARTIN FRANKLIN CHARVET

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.

Man's body found in Yakima River near Sunnyside-Mabton Highway

Last night (Wednesday) at 7:15 p.m. the Yakima County Sheriff's Office was advised of a human body that had been found floating in the Yakima River near Sunnyside-Mabton Highway.

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.

Mabton looks for ways to trim school budget

MABTON - Superintendent Minerva Morales and Business Manager Gina Grow both started their jobs in the Mabton School District just this month.

Nailbiter in Grandview goes Barracudas' way

GRANDVIEW - There was a total of 782 points for the taking last night. And both the visiting Naches Barracudas and the host Grandview Neptunes scratched and clawed for each one of them.

OBITUARY

WAYNE HOGUE

WAYNE HOGUE

Wednesday, July 28

Man stabbed, run over...murder suspect in police custody

A 21-year old male is in police custody after an unidentified male was stabbed and run over last night (Tuesday). His injuries led to his death, according to police officials.

Plans for new Grandview community center move forward

GRANDVIEW - It's official, Grandview is getting a new multi-use community center.

Five minutes enough time for Mabton Council to conduct business

MABTON - In a sign that the Mabton city government is humming along nicely the Mabton City Council conducted its business in a very efficient five minutes at last night's meeting.

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.

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.

60-year wedding anniversary this Saturday

This coming Saturday Roberto and Alicia Garza of Sunnyside will celebrate 60 years of marriage.

Forum

Sen. Murray needs to be voted out

Sen. Murray needs to be voted out

Guest Editoria

Stop playing politics and cut all taxes

Stop playing politics and cut all taxes

Words From Washington

Summer spill doesn't save salmon, but does lead to higher electric bills

Summer spill doesn't save salmon, but does lead to higher electric bills

'F' as in Frank

Who's in charge here?

Who's in charge here?

Tuesday, July 27

Testimony of teen breaking away from gang life spurs city to OK funding for Sunnyside's Promise

The Sunnyside City Council last night (Monday) approved $30,000 in funding from the Parks and Recreation fund for Sunnyside's Promise.

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.

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.

Police stepping up actions to stem gang activity

Last night (Monday) Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder spoke to the Sunnyside City Council regarding the police department's stance against gang activity.

OBITUARY

VICTOR G. MALING

VICTOR G. MALING

DEATH NOTICE

CELEDONIA A. ROBLES

CELEDONIA A. ROBLES

Monday, July 26

Grape producers contending with two pests this summer

Grape producers in the Yakima Valley need to prepare their crops for two pests threatening their yield this season.

Sixth, seventh graders most likely targets of gangs looking for new recruits

There is a reason most community forums, educating people about the gang issues faced in Sunnyside, are targeted at parents.

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.

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.

DEATH NOTICE

THELMA LUCILLE GOODWIN

THELMA LUCILLE GOODWIN

Friday, July 23

Gourd honors bestowed upon Sunnyside grower

Sunnyside's own Jim Martin was the unsuspecting recipient of a new service award given by the Washington State Gourd Society.

Community meets four city manager finalists

It was an informal event, but one the Sunnyside City Council hoped would be informative for community members meeting with the four city manager finalists Thursday evening.

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.

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.

Toppenish Tarpons cruise past Neptunes

GRANDVIEW - The Toppenish Tarpons visited the Grandview city pool and handily defeated the Neptunes 586-178 Thursday night.

New Era clinches softball league title

With a perfect 4-0 record in men's softball play this week, New Era clinched the 2010 Lower Valley Men's Softball Association title.

Movie Review

Inception gets a solid thumbs up

Inception gets a solid thumbs up

Swiftwater Cellars to host grand opening celebration

CLE ELUM - A new facet to the Suncadia Resort near Cle Elum is set to launch in September with the grand opening of Swiftwater Cellars.

Guest Column

Penny wise and fan foolish

Penny wise and fan foolish

Guest Editorial

Congress should protect national security whistleblowers

Congress should protect national security whistleblowers

Cutting to the core

Be careful what you wish for

Be careful what you wish for

Thursday, July 22

Local youths being trained to enter job market

Hoping to promote high school graduation and dropout prevention, job skill building and gang prevention, an opportunity sponsored by ESD 105 is helping area youth prepare for the job market.

Legacy of former cop being carried on by daughter

Returning to Sunnyside is bitter-sweet for 26-year-old attorney Dana Evans.

'Super Soak' event on tap this Saturday

Billed as Super Soaking Saturday, the Sunnyside Community Center at 1521 South First Street will host the fun event this Sautrday, July 24.

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.

Wednesday, July 21

Mattawa men sentenced for murder of man found burned in Sunnyside vineyard

YAKIMA - Two men from Mattawa, Jose Luise Rodriguez Guzman, 26, and Vanancio Soto Hernandez, 21, were earlier this month sentenced for their roles in the murder of Saul Carvajal Duarte.

Bickleton school budget for 2010-11 tops $12.3 million due to plan to construct new building

BICKLETON - Bickleton School Board directors adopted a $12,360,490 budget for the 2010-11 school year. The number is massive for the small community just over the Yakima County line in Klickitat County.

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.

City of Sunnyside officials say they're cracking down on crime

In a rare, but what many think was a necessary press conference held in front of Sunnyside City Hall yesterday, Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder provided citizens with an update on the investigation into the murder of 15-year-old David Baldonado.

U.S. Senate hopeful on Sunnyside stopover says his focus will be budget deficit, job recovery

U.S. Senate hopeful Dino Rossi stopped in at the Daily Sun News' office yesterday (Tuesday) where he laid out plans on what he thinks can help get the country's unemployed back to work and stem an exploding budget deficit.

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.

Local players win first ever senior softball tourney in Sunnyside

Billing themselves as the Old Timers, a Lower Yakima Valley squad of 50-and-over players won the first ever Old School Senior Softball Tournament, staged at Sunnyside's Sunnyview Park this past weekend.

Yard sale fundraiser on tap for sixth grader

A large yard sale will be held later this week at 207 Woodin Road to help send Chief Kamiakin sixth grader Claudia Pena to Washington D.C. for the People to People Leadership Forum.

Educators attend leadership training

Twenty-six female educators from across the state of Washington attended a three-day retreat at Rainbow Lodge near North Bend recently.

Forum

Doing away with EMS not the answer

Doing away with EMS not the answer

Guest Column

Less is more

Less is more

Words from Washington

Yucca Mountain matters to Washington state

Yucca Mountain matters to Washington state

Jennie's Journey

Good, clean fun

Good, clean fun

DEATH NOTICE

DAVID BALDONADO

DAVID BALDONADO

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.

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.

Three arrested in connection with Saturday's drive-by murder

The Sunnyside Police Department yesterday (Monday) identified the victim of Saturday's drive-by shooting in the 1400 block of Gregory Avenue as David Baldonado, 15, of Sunnyside, who was known to police to have gang ties.

Athletic code revisions get initial thumbs up

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board met with Athletic Director Scott Parrish at yesterday's board meeting to discuss changes to the district's athletic code.

Fundraising dinner will aid with child's medical bills

GRANGER - The Granger Lions Club will host a fundraising dinner for 16-year-old Aubrie Sanchez this coming Saturday.

OBITUARY

JACK F. RICE

JACK F. RICE

PAID OBITUARY

SANDRA RENE BIEBER CELIUS

SANDRA RENE BIEBER CELIUS

Monday, July 19

OBITUARY

JACK F. RICE

JACK F. RICE

Author shares his '90 Minutes in Heaven' with Sunnyside residents

Author Don Piper says he died as a result of a crash with an 18-wheeler while on his way to church one day in 1989.

Police investigate second straight weekend murder

Just before 6 p.m. yesterday (Sunday) Sunnyside police rushed to the 1400 block of Gregory Avenue for a report of shots fired.

One suspect nabbed in occupied burglary near Granger

At noon this past Saturday sheriff's deputies say two suspects illegally entered a home in the 800 block of Kellum Road near Granger.

County's gang-free coalition brings communities together

GRANGER - More than 100 people gathered this past Saturday for a gang-free coalition kick-off event hosted by Granger's KDNA.

Friday, July 16

OBITUARY

RICARDO DAVID EROSA

RICARDO DAVID EROSA

'F' as in Frank

Dog days of summer

Dog days of summer

Guest Editorial

Uncle Sam...generous to a fault

Uncle Sam...generous to a fault

Guest Column

The science of stupidity

The science of stupidity

Quilt exhibit opens at coffee shop this Saturday

Guerra's Coffee Company in Sunnyside and Jose Tapia will present Quilts of the Yakima Valley by the Sew Saturday Quilt Group this Saturday, July 17, at the local coffee shop.

Bark for Life fundraiser comes to Lower Valley

GRANDVIEW - A simple walk through Country Park in Grandview can save lives thanks to the American Cancer Society's Bark for Life.

World War II veteran from Sunnyside recipient of honor flight to D.C.

Serving in an infantry division attached to General Patton's third army, Roy Culver of Sunnyside was there when the city of Pilsen, located in what was then Czechoslovakia, was liberated from the Nazis.

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.

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.

Stolen firearm recovered after drive-by shooting in Sunnyside last night

Sunnyside police officers last night (Thursday) recovered a stolen firearm after investigating a drive-by shooting in the 1300 block of Grape Lane at approximately 10:15 p.m.

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.

Parental involvement key in keeping kids from gang life

GRANDVIEW - "Keep your kids close and monitor their friends," that was the advice from Geronimo Pina, a Grandview resident and former gang member.

Thursday, July 15

City of Sunnyside receives nearly $111,000 stormwater grant

The city of Sunnyside recently received nearly $111,000 in grant funding from the Washington state Department of Ecology (DOE).

Two juveniles arrested in Sunnyside for graffiti spree

Just before 2 a.m. yesterday morning (Wednesday) officers from the Sunnyside Police Department arrested two juvenile males, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, for a rash of graffiti incidents on the north side of town.

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.

Haystack fire results in $22,750 loss

Seventeen firefighters battled a haystack fire at the DeRuyter Bros. Farm on Van Belle Road Wednesday morning.

Water conservation efforts in full swing

With $33 million in federal stimulus money in hand, the Sunnyside Division is in the process of making dramatic upgrades to the Lower Valley's irrigation system.

EWU releases names of Dean's List students

CHENEY - Several Lower Yakima Valley students earned a position on the Eastern Washington University Dean's List for the spring 2010 quarter.

Wednesday, July 14

Paperwork, accounting snafus at city hall being cleaned up

City of Sunnyside Director of Finance and Administrative Services Byron Olson and his staff have been working to remedy errors made in the past by the city's human resources department.

Planning commission in favor of proposed annexation

The city of Sunnyside, according to City Planner Jamey Ayling, has been considering the annexation of Sunnyview Park for some time.

Grandview to start administrator search in-house

GRANDVIEW - It's been more than four months since the city of Grandview named its public works director, Cus Arteaga, the interim administrator.

Reorganization, budget cuts topics at school board retreat

Yesterday's Sunnyside School Board retreat focused on reviewing the district organization and budget cuts for the coming school year.

New trash pick-up system proposed in Mabton

MABTON - Most likely, Mabton residents soon won't have to buy trash cans as Yakima Waste Systems Inc. is gearing up to switch from cans to an automated cart system.

Selah Dolphins stamp themselves as favorites to win 2010 league title

Knocking off the Sunnyside Sharks for the second time this season, the Selah Dolphins are now the prohibitive favorites to capture this year's Mid-Valley Summer Swim League championship crown.

Grandview remains winless this summer with loss at Othello

OTHELLO - The Grandview Neptunes swim team last night (Tuesday) made the long trek to Othello, but failed to return with a win.

Western BBQ dinner planned for this Friday

GRANGER - The city of Granger is hosting a western style barbecue dinner this Friday, July 16, starting at 6 p.m. at the grand amphitheatre in Hisey Park.

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.

Forum

Goal achieved

Goal achieved

Guest Column

Loyalty should still matter...even in professional sports

Loyalty should still matter...even in professional sports

Words from Washington

Supreme Court upholds our Second Amendment rights

Supreme Court upholds our Second Amendment rights

Cutting to the Core

Finding salvation in Sirius

Finding salvation in Sirius

OBITUARY

JOSE ANTONIO MARTINEZ-MEJIA

JOSE ANTONIO MARTINEZ-MEJIA

Tuesday, July 13

DEATH NOTICE

RICHARD MARK KENDALL

RICHARD MARK KENDALL

Monthly EMS fees may be on the rise in city of Sunnyside

With recent salary raises given to firefighters during collective bargaining, the city of Sunnyside must consider whether or not to raise its ambulance utility rate, according to Councilman Don Vlieger.

Sunnyside School Board retreat focuses on areas of improvement

Sunnyside School Board directors met last night (Monday) for a special summer retreat to discuss their goals and purpose for the coming school year.

Downtown Grandview mural features old train depot

GRANDVIEW - A mural added to the passageway leading from the public parking area in downtown Grandview to Division Street is now complete.

Andrew Jones memorial dinner scheduled for this coming Friday

PROSSER - Airfield Estates Winery, in partnership with Tuscany restaurant in Prosser, will host a memorial dinner for Andrew Jones, the son of Airfield Estates employee Linda Corpron, on Friday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m.

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.

OBITUARY

RAUL MADRIGAL

RAUL MADRIGAL

Births

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Monday, July 12

SHS class of '90 reunion on tap

Graduates of the Sunnyside High School class of 1990 have until this coming Friday to get signed up to attend their 20-year reunion.

Local man gets 45-year prison sentence for November 2008 fatal shooting

YAKIMA - Crunch the numbers and it adds up to more than four decades in prison for Armondo H. Gonzalez of Sunnyside for the Nov. 17, 2008 shooting death of Eric Vargas and a related assault.

Building projects in Sunnyside rebound during month of June

A new home for the golden arches and two new single family homes accounted for more than half of the $1.26 million in new valuation for building starts approved in Sunnyside last month.

Sunnyside teen shot, killed

Raul Madrigal, 18, of Sunnyside was shot and killed as he was sitting on the front porch of a home he was house-sitting.

Black Rock Creek seniors second at Columbia Point

RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team notched a second-place finish at last Wednesday's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour competition, staged at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course.

PAID OBITUARY

LINDA DIANE IRVINE

LINDA DIANE IRVINE

DEATH NOTICE

MAGDALENA PEREZ

MAGDALENA PEREZ

Friday, July 9

Man wounded in drive-by shooting on West Edison Road

Last night (Thursday) at approximately 11 p.m. Sunnyside police raced to the scene of a drive-by shooting in the 800 block of West Edison Road. An adult male was reportedly shot in the incident.

Sunnyside narrows city manager search to five

The Sunnyside City Council has narrowed its list of candidates vying for the city manager position to five, according to a press release issued by Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci.

Hanford clean-up a work in progress

Not far from Sunnyside there are nearly 12,000 people at work on a reclamation project of historic proportions.

2010-11 Miss Sunnyside candidate Alondra Quesada

Growing up in Sunnyside with two older siblings and three younger ones, Alondra Quesada has seen the effects of gang activity.

Defending league champs upended a second time

TOPPENISH - The 2009 Mid-Valley Summer Swim League champion Toppenish Tarpons didn't do a very good job of defending their home pool last night.

Health fair to be held in Fiesta Foods parking lot

This Saturday, July 10, Sunnyside Community Hospital, the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and Fiesta Foods will be co-sponsoring their first ever health fair.

SHS teacher to serve orphans in Uganda

With 2 million children orphaned by AIDS, the nation of Uganda is the focus of a Christian relief effort called AIDS orphan education trust (AOET).

Activity coordinator passes 30-year mark at Hillcrest Manor

To work at a job for 30 years takes dedication and a lot of love for the work. Laura Tollefson, the activity coordinator at Hillcrest Manor, has both in spades

Fresh Hop Ale Fest set for Oct. 2

YAKIMA - The eighth annual Fresh Hop Ale Fest will again take place at Yakima's Millennium Arts Plaza this year.

Guest Editorial

Representation without taxation

Representation without taxation

Jennie's Journey

Obama pulling a fast one

Obama pulling a fast one

Story Time

Angel has a home thanks to devilish act

Angel has a home thanks to devilish act

Sisters leaving Sunnyside after nearly 50 years here

They first arrived in Sunnyside nearly 50 years ago with the purpose of teaching youngsters and helping migrant workers in the area.

Thursday, July 8

Gang-free coalition kick-off event in Granger set for July 17

GRANGER - The Yakima County Gang-Free Coalition will be holding its community kick-off event on Saturday, July 17, in Granger from noon to 3 p.m.

Grandview School District passes state audit with flying colors

GRANDVIEW - The results of a Washington State audit reveal the Grandview School District's financial operations are squeaky clean.

Sisters leaving Sunnyside after nearly 50 years here

They first arrived in Sunnyside nearly 50 years ago with the purpose of teaching youngsters and helping migrant workers in the area.

Parade route in Grandview changed to accommodate down construction

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Chamber of Commerce recently announced a new parade route for the 2010 Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Parade on Thursday, Aug. 12.

Mabton plans community yard sale

MABTON - The city of Mabton will hold a community-wide yard sale on Saturday, July 17, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than three decades in the dough for Sunnyside baker

David Guevara ran away from home because he didn't want to be a baker. He was born in his parents' bakery in Mexico and decided it wasn't for him.

OBITUARY

BETTY YOUNG

BETTY YOUNG

Wednesday, July 7

Customer service training now available to Yakima Valley merchants

Thanks to a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Toppenish's Heritage University is diligently working on boosting the Yakima Valley economy and financial literacy.

Ice cream shop offers Sunnyside residents a way to beat the heat

The Paleteria La Norteña ice cream plant in Sunnyside opened a sit-down, family-style shop two years ago.

Sunnyside Sharks clamp down on Piranhas

PROSSER - The Sunnyside Rotary summer swim team got over a big hurdle last night. The Sharks bested league powerhouse Prosser in the Piranhas' own pool, 464.5-347.5.

Selah prevails over Neptunes, 687-141

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Rotary swim team last night hosted the Selah Dolphins and dropped a 687-141 decision to the visitors.

Moratorium on adult businesses in rural areas topic of public hearing

The Board of Yakima County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. to hear public comment on the recent resolution passed declaring a zoning moratorium on adult businesses within unincorporated areas of Yakima County.

Rotary Cup donated to Sunnyside Museum

A piece of Sunnyside's past was recently donated to the Sunnyside Museum by the Miss Sunnyside Court on behalf of the Helen Pace family.

forum

One neighbor at a time

One neighbor at a time

Customer service exceeds all expectations

I have always loved being from a small town like Sunnyside and I was especially proud this past Monday when we got stranded while we were on vacation.

Guest Column

The daily content

The daily content

'F' as in Frank

Setting the record straight

Setting the record straight

OBITUARY

LILLIAN E. WEYER

LILLIAN E. WEYER

DEATH NOTICE

MELVIN EARL WALKER

MELVIN EARL WALKER

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.

Legal rights of farm workers workshop topic this Saturday

GRANGER - This coming Saturday a workshop will be held at the Radio KDNA station in Granger that will help farm laborers link up with resources on the west side of the state.

Middle school boundaries remain unchanged in Sunnyside

The boundary that determines which local middle students attend in Sunnyside will remain unchanged for the 2010-11 school year.

OBITUARY

CLIFFORD A. HICKS

CLIFFORD A. HICKS

Monday, July 5

DEATH NOTICE

DONALD ALLAN CRANE

DONALD ALLAN CRANE

Grow starts new post with Mabton schools

MABTON - A Grandview resident for nearly 30 years, Gina Grow recently started her new job as business manager for the Mabton School District.

Police issue nearly 50 tickets as result of new cell phone law

Those using their cell phones while driving are having to think twice as local police have been issuing citations since June 10.

Suspect arrested following Sunday morning shooting incident

Yesterday morning (Sunday) at about 12:30 a.m. Sunnyside police raced to the 1600 block of Saul Road in Sunnyside after receiving a shots fired call.

House fire on Sunnyside-Mabton Highway results in estimated $125,000 loss

A home and much of its contents were destroyed last Friday in a structure fire in the 3500 block of Sunnyside-Mabton Highway just outside Sunnyside.

OBITUARY

CLARENCE STEVENS

CLARENCE STEVENS

Friday, July 2

DEATH NOTICE

CLARENCE STEVENS

CLARENCE STEVENS

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.

Cutting to the Core

Think of our fighting men overseas this Fourth of July

Think of our fighting men overseas this Fourth of July

Tucker Cellars to throw birthday bash

Tucker Cellars will mark its 29th anniversary with a party on Saturday, July 17.

Grandview fair again to feature horse team pull competitions

GRANDVIEW - The team pull event at this year's Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo will take place on Friday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m.

Best-selling author to make appearance at S'side church

The author of the best-selling book, "90 Minutes in Heaven - A True Story of Death and Life," will make a special appearance at Sunnyside's First Baptist Church the weekend of July 17-18.

Yakima Valley Cityfest to open at State Fair Park

YAKIMA - The city of Yakima will play host to CityFest with Luis Palau the weekend of July 17-18 at State Fair Park. Everyone is invited to join in at this free faith based event.

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.

Elton John concert tickets up for grabs at blood drawing in S'side next week

Donors at next Tuesday's American Red Cross blood drawing in Sunnyside will have an opportunity to snag a pair of tickets to the Elton John concert in Yakima, scheduled for Sunday, July 18, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

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.

Christoferson bats .750 to spark Wild Boyz to three wins

It was a week to remember for Mark Christoferson of the Wild Boyz men's softball team.

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.

New Mabton football coach to bring 'smashmouth' style of play

MABTON - Shane Thorson, the new head coach for the Mabton High School football team, is planning on resurrecting the once winning program by simple means.

Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo premium books available to public now

GRANDVIEW - Do you want to exhibit your photography, artwork, garden vegetables, sewing, flowers, baked goods or other hobbies?

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.

2010-11 Miss Sunnyside candidate Melina Gonzalez

Soon-to-be Sunnyside High School junior Melina Gonzalez is into sports and music, not pageants. So it's surprising that she is running for the 2010-11 title of Miss Sunnyside.

Thursday, July 1

3,000-mile journey designed to bring awareness to community supported agriculture

Hoping to raise money for and bring awareness to food sovereignty, 11 bike riders strolled into Heavenly Hills Harvest Farm late Wednesday afternoon after embarking from Goldendale.

City council approves resolution accepting intention of annexation

The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution last Monday that accepted a notice of intention to commence annexation into city limits of Sunnyview Park and property owned by Blueline Equipment and Tucker Cellars.

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