Stories for March 2010


Wednesday, March 31

Grandview man arrested after celebrating job acquisition

GRANDVIEW - At approximately 9:30 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday) the Grandview Police Department received a report of a loud boom in the 700 block of Stassen Way.

National weather system's website offers handy functions for local residents

Up to the minute weather forecasts for southeast Washington and northeast Oregon are available at the click of a mouse thanks to the Pendleton National Weather Service Forecast Office, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Into the heart of devastation-former Valley resident spends week in Haiti

When a nation quakes and crumbles, and lives are lost and changed forever, people respond in varying ways. Most people acknowledge how sad it all is, while many of them open their wallets and some organize events to help provide further financial and material aid to those in need.

Sunnyside scores early and often in win over Riverhawks

The Sunnyside High School baseball team erupted for four runs in the first inning and then scattered five more runs across the next five innings as the Grizzlies beat the Chiawana Riverhawks 9-4 in a non-league match-up yesterday (Tuesday).

Annual flower sale underway

Orders are ready to be taken for the annual flower sale run by the Lower Valley Soroptimist International Club.

14th annual Easter egg hunt on tap at Darigold

This is the 14th year a free Easter egg hunt will be staged at Darigold's Dairy Fair, located at 400 Alexander Road in Sunnyside.

Consumer credit counseling agreement reached

YAKIMA - The Board of Yakima County Commissioners entered into an agreement with Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Yakima Valley at its board meeting yesterday (Tuesday).

Puterbaugh Farms to be featured in History Channel show

The television show Food Tech, featured on the History Channel, will air an episode this Thursday, April. 1, at 9 p.m., that features Puterbaugh Farms.


Schools are not factories

Schools are not factories

Cutting to the Core

Nissan announced good news yesterday (Tuesday) for motorists weary of rising gas prices. With a gallon of regular gasoline reaching a price well above $3 in Sunnyside, Nissan has revealed the price of its 100 percent electric car.




Tuesday, March 30

Bickleton senior has Ivy League potential

Jessica Cummings is a senior at Bickleton High School but she has caught the attention of some Ivy League schools.

Sunnyside, Grandview tapped for school improvement grants

Longer days, a longer school year and a new principal.

New Vision on the move with new ideas to improve business market

YAKIMA - Inventors, entrepreneurs and Yakima Valley businesses take note; the Yakima Valley Entrepreneur Network has a vision for your future.

Preliminary identification of homicide victim made

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins today (Tuesday) confirmed a preliminary identification of the man shot and killed last Friday at Sunnyside's Rico's Tacos Guadalajara in the 800 block of Yakima Valley Highway, which was partially made possible because of eyewitnesses at the scene.

Nine young ladies vying for Miss Grandview title

GRANDVIEW - A total of nine young ladies will vie for the title of 2010-11 Miss Grandview.

Grizzliettes place fifth at State dance team competition

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School Grizzliettes, the school's top-notch dance team, took fifth place honors in the hip hop category at the State competition this past Saturday. The team also placed seventh in the pom category.

Bookmark contest underway in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's Bleyhl Community Library is hosting its annual bookmark contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Bleyhl Library.

Digital x-rays introduced to patients at Pioneer Dental Center

Pioneering advances in technology now make digital x-rays a service that is efficient and conducive at Sunnyside's Pioneer Dental Center.

Lowe's donates tools to SHS auto shop

Thanks to a partnership between SkillsUSA and Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, Sunnyside High School auto shop students received a gift of more than 380 brand new tools thanks to Lowe's Toolbox for Education program.

Prep art show at coffee shop draws big crowd

Hoping to help showcase Yakima Valley talent, Sunnyside High School senior Stephanie Morales presented the Community High School Art Show this past Saturday, at Guerra's Coffee Company in Sunnyside.

Monday, March 29

Restoration of I-82 between Granger, Grandview begins in April

Motorists who frequent the eastbound lanes of I-82 between Granger and West Grandview can expect some delays in the next six months.

Lawmakers on board with decision challenge health care bill

OLYMPIA - Last week Senate Republican Deputy Floor Leader Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, delivered a letter to Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna pledging support for his decision to join a bipartisan, nationwide group of attorney generals challenging the constitutionality of the national health care bill signed into law last week.

One dead, two wounded in Friday night shooting at local restaurant

Last Friday at approximately 10:45 p.m. Sunnyside police rushed to the scene of a reported shooting at 809 Yakima Valley Highway, also known as the site of Rico's Tacos.

Mabton falls in overtime

WARDEN - "Mabton awakened too late," Mabton Assistant Coach Mike Davis commented on his team's 2-1 overtime loss to the Warden Cougars this past Saturday.

Grandview nips Wapato, 2-1

WAPATO - The Grandview Greyhounds this past Saturday controlled the match at Wapato, earning a 2-1 victory.

Bickleton boys second at Cashmere

CASHMERE - The Bickleton boys track team scored 34 points, which gave them a second place finish out of nine teams this past Friday at a track meet hosted by Cashmere. The girls came in sixth place with 13 points.

Grizzly boys take fifth at Ike meet

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside boys track team tied Seattle Prep for fifth place honors at the 36th annual Don Holder Relays Track & Field Invitational this past Saturday. Twenty-three teams competed at the event hosted by the Eisenhower Cadets.

Lady Grizzlies unable to muzzle Kennewick in doubleheader

The Lady Grizzlies weren't able to match the Kennewick Lions hitters last Friday, as the home team dropped the doubleheader 9-2, 8-4.

Grape fieldman's breakfast April 1

PROSSER - Washington State University Benton County Extension will be hosting its monthly grape fieldman's breakfast for all individuals working with juice or wine grapes this coming Thursday, April 1.

White Cane Days this Friday, Saturday

The Sunnyside Lions Club will conduct its annual White Cane Days fundraiser this coming Friday and Saturday, April 2-3.







Friday, March 26

New library director takes helm in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - After a long awaited arrival of Geraldine de Rooy at Grandview's Bleyhl Community Library, the director has arrived.

Conditionally approved tech upgrade $300,000 more than originally budgeted

The Sunnyside School Board last night, Thursday, gave conditional approval for the district's three-year technology plan.

Little Grapplers bring home 15 titles from Mattawa tourney

MATTAWA - Despite an abundance of competition at last Saturday's youth wrestling tournament in Mattawa, the Sunnyside Little Grapplers returned home with 15 championship trophies in hand.

Lady Vikes' bats come alive in final game of twin bill

MABTON - It was a tale of two different games yesterday, as the Mabton Lady Viking softball team lost the first game of a doubleheader with Columbia-Burbank 14-0 before battling in a 10-5 loss in the nightcap.

Royal City slays Vikings in overtime, 2-1

MABTON - "It was déjà vu as Royal slipped by Mabton in overtime," Vikings Assistant Coach Mike Davis said of last night's home match against the Knights.

Fair board seeks recording secretary

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo Board is in urgent need of a recording secretary.

Nitrate levels in well water focus of study undertaken by Mabton studnts

MABTON - "We didn't know much about the dangers of nitrates in well water until we researched it," Mabton High School student Victor Silva said of a study conducted by students in Steven Bennett's environmental sciences class.

Spring bird fest set for mid-May

LEAVENWORTH - Field trips galore, art shows, lectures and great entertainment are highlights of the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest!, set for May 13-16.

Guest Editorial

Do your duty

Do your duty

'F' as in Frank

Making time for laughter big part of life's journey

Making time for laughter big part of life's journey

Thursday, March 25

Grandview High earns state achievement award

GRANDVIEW - It was just five or six years ago, Mike Closner recalls, when Grandview High School was listed statewide among schools that were unsuccessful because of low graduation rates.

Traffic stop nets more than $5 million in illegal drugs

Two Grandview residents arrested

Two Grandview residents arrested

Parents turn out enmasse to address concerns about their children's school lives

"Nothing is being hidden from our parents," Dorena Ah Quin, a parent representative, said last night in an open meeting for parents, "We just have to ask."

Hundreds of jobs feared lost with closure of Prosser plant

PROSSER - About 250 employees at the ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston plant in Prosser were told by management yesterday (Wednesday) that the frozen potato processing plant will stop production on May 30 of this year.

Grizzlies dominate Kamiakin Braves, 4-0

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team yesterday, Wednesday, had its way with host Kamiakin.

Grandview boys win first match of season, 3-2

WAPATO - "In exciting fashion, our boys were able to pull out our first team win," shared Grandview Coach Ronda Penwell of yesterday's match in Wapato.

Freshman leads SHS at opening league match

RICHLAND - He's not a strapping youngster to look at, kind of spindly actually, but freshman Chandler Luther is coming into his own as a starter on this year's Sunnyside High School boys golf team.

Six Sunnyside-area pairs strike out at CWO doubles event

MOSES LAKE - This past Sunday, not one of the six Sunnyside-area pairs competing at the Central Washington Open doubles tournament could find its groove.

Pro career, collegiate options abound for former Sunnyside High baseball standout

Former Sunnyside High School baseball standout Gibby Briones is making moves this year and has his eyes focused on turning pro this summer.

Six gun shots heard in Robinson Road area

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office yesterday (Wednesday) received a report of shots fired in the 300 block of Robinson Road near Grandview just before 7 p.m.

Grandview police led on pursuit that ends in canal near Sunnyside

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview police officer attempting to make a routine traffic stop on Wilson Highway yesterday (Wednesday) just before 9:30 p.m. for a vehicle without its headlights on was led on a chase that ended up in a canal near Kilian and Van Belle roads near Sunnyside.

Hart selected vice district governor

A longtime member of the Sunnyside Lions Club, Julia Hart, was recently elected to be the organization's vice district governor for District F, an area that includes the Lower Valley and all together includes 51 Lions Clubs.




Wednesday, March 24

Sunnyside's Promise director provides overview of organization

Sunnyside's Daybreak Rotary Club this morning (Wednesday) heard about the efforts of Sunnyside's Promise from the organization's director, Mark Baysinger.

Sunnyside directors detail improvement plan for Rotarians

Members of the Sunnyside School Board lunched with the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club this past Monday, where the president and vice president of the board detailed plans for the vision of the school district.

City of Mabton inks union contracts

MABTON - The Mabton City Council last night, Tuesday, approved a collective bargaining agreement with the city's public works employees and police officers.

Haak sisters power SCHS Lady Knights to sweep of Naches

The Haak sisters, senior Ashley and sophomore Alyssa, went a combined 9-for-14 at the plate yesterday afternoon to spearhead Sunnyside Christian's 13-3 and 12-11 sweep of the Naches Valley Rangers.

Riverside Christian, East Valley dominate 15-team G'view invite

GRANDVIEW - 2B Riverside Christian fended off a strong challenge from 2A Prosser to walk away with the boys team title at yesterday's Grandview High School Track & Field Invitational. The Crusaders edged the Mustangs by a team total of 150 points to 142.3.

Lady Grizzlies split doubleheader with Hanford

It was an interesting evening for the Sunnyside softball team, as the team learned to pull together after losing 10-2 in last night's opening game against the Hanford Falcons.

Sunnyside sailor helps with Haiti relief efforts

Navy Petty Officer Third Class Lucas A. Kilian, son of Tammie Laverman of Sunnyside and Mark Kilian of Prosser, recently participated in Operation Unified Response as part of the Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission.

Five SHS girls to attend Girls State confab this coming summer

Five young ladies from Sunnyside High School were recently selected to attend the Evergreen Girls State convention at Central Washington University this coming June.


Obama hasn't delivered, gear up for next election

Obama hasn't delivered, gear up for next election

Cutting to the Core

2011 shaping up to be the year of the elephant

2011 shaping up to be the year of the elephant




Tuesday, March 23

Sunnyside council moves to support gang commission

The Sunnyside City Council moved to support a proposed gang commission after hearing from Yakima County Commissioner Kevin Bouchey at last night's meeting.

Sunnyside Council allocates $9,000 to spruce up downtown

Sunnyside resident Bill Flower, representing the Downtown Sunnyside Association, spoke to the Sunnyside City Council at last night's meeting and requested a donation to help revitalize the downtown retail core.

Newly formed committees will aid city council with day-to-day operations in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside City Council at a workshop last night discussed ways to get a clearer picture of what it takes to run a city and settled on forming committees to help them do just that.

Grandview schools mull technology upgrades

GRANDVIEW - Helping more teachers to be tech savvy in the classroom and better integrating computers with curriculum are part of the Grandview School District's technology plan for 2010-2013.

High school principal details discipline data for Mabton School Board

MABTON - The Mabton School Board Monday heard from Principal Jay Tyus how this year's disciplinary numbers fare with years past.

Community center reopening

Eighteen months after it was mothballed due to budget cuts, the Sunnyside Community Center is set to re-open during spring break.

Othello, East Valley class of 18-team field at G'view High invite

Othello may not have set off any fireworks at yesterday's Grandview High School Boys Golf Invitational, but a balanced, workman-like team effort led the Huskies to a first-place finish at the 18-team competition staged at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Barrom selected to attend Mickelson ExxonMobil teacher's academy

Erika Barrom, a fourth grade teacher at Sunnyside's Chief Kamiakin Elementary School, has been selected to attend the 2010 Mickelson-ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.

Del's Feed and Farm Supply manager honored

Scott Betz, manager of the Del's Feed and Farm Supply store in Sunnyside, got more than he bargained for when he went to a company meeting in Tennessee earlier this month.




Monday, March 22

Six weapons offenses reported to deputies

Since last Friday, the Yakima County Sheriff's Office has been alerted to six weapons incidents.

Bomb threat at Sunnyside bank part of scam

Last Thursday at approximately 11:40 a.m. an alarm was sounded at Sunnyside's Bank of America branch, alerting police to a bomb threat.

City's planning department sets new rules for inspections

The City of Sunnyside will change the way its planning department does inspections beginning Monday, April 5.

Overcoming obstacles focus of guest speaker

GRANDVIEW - Community members last Thursday night at Grandview High School heard about the obstacles and handicaps of life from Bob Mortimer.

Grizzlies outlast Hanford, 2-1

Jesus Gudino scored two goals to spark the Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team past visiting Hanford 2-1 in a non-league contest this past Saturday.

Vikings shoot down Connell, 4-2

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings are off to a great beginning with a second season win this past Saturday.

Razo, Kollmar GHS standouts at Papa Wells invite

YAKIMA - Seniors Jose Razo and Koty Kollmar turned in the top efforts for the 2A Grandview High School track and field team at last Saturday's Papa Wells Invitational in Yakima.

Grizzlies rally in late innings

The Sunnyside Grizzlies opened the 2010 baseball season with a come-from-behind win against the Riverview Panthers this past Saturday. The Grizzlies scored six runs in the final 3 1/2 innings to win 7-4.




Friday, March 19

Sunnyside orchestra teacher selected to attend prestigious music program

He has been teaching students in Sunnyside since 2007, but Bruce Walker isn't just any orchestra teacher.

New contract seeks safer turbines for fish

Engineers will develop the first of a new generation of advanced hydroelectric turbines for the Federal Columbia River Power System to provide safe passage for fish, under a contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week.

Nine Little Grapplers bring home championships

WAPATO - Of the 39 members of the Sunnyside Little Grapplers who trekked to Wapato for a tournament last Saturday, nine of the wrestlers brought home first-place trophies.

Greyhounds blast White Swwan in season opener

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhound baseball team opened season play yesterday (Thursday) with a 15-5 shellacking of the White Swan Cougars.

Mabton blanks Bears, 2-0

BENTON CITY - It was the second match of the season and the Mabton Vikings took to the field prepared for the non-league match-up against Kiona-Benton yesterday.

1B Lady Knights win season opener against 2A G'view

The Long sisters, senior Julie and sophomore Katie, went a combined 5-for-10 at the plate yesterday afternoon to spearhead Sunnyside Christian's 13-7 victory over the Grandview Lady Greyhounds fastpitch softball team.

Nation's first ladies detailed for Nouvella Club members

The members of the Sunnyside Nouvella Club heard from club President Karen Jaquish yesterday, Thursday, as she spoke about former first ladies at the club's monthly meeting.

Christian Women's speaker concludes purses reflect the woman

PROSSER - While purse shopping recently Christian Women's Connection guest speaker Janice Mathers concluded, "A purse can tell a lot about the woman who carries it."

Guest Editorial

It's past time to free the U.S. mail

It's past time to free the U.S. mail

Home Country

Life's tragedies sometimes hard

Life's tragedies sometimes hard

Jennie's Journey

Your clothes say a lot about you

Your clothes say a lot about you




Thursday, March 18

Gang-related shooting injures Sunnyside teen

At approximately 6 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) Yakima County sheriff's deputies rushed to the scene of a drive-by shooting in the 1600 block of Braden Road near Sunnyside, where a 16-year-old male had been struck in the back by a single bullet.

Guestworker regulations challenged by Farm Bureau

The American Farm Bureau Federation filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent new H-2A rules from going into effect.

Sunnyside man sentenced to six-year prison term

On Dec. 30, 2008 two vehicles and a home in the 200 block of SW Crescent Avenue in Sunnyside were struck with bullets fired from a gun Javier Mendoza, 26, had stolen.

Sunnyside students excel at karate championships

The students at Northwest Tae Kwon Do Association in Sunnyside quietly enter Navarro's Community Center and ask permission to enter the changing rooms.

Sunnyside students shine at science fair

Several students from Sunnyside came home winners from the Mid-Columbia Regional Science and Engineering Fair this past Saturday.




Wednesday, March 17

Weather, guidance systems detailed for airport committee

The Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board met last night (Tuesday) and members heard reports on how much it would cost to install devices that could guide planes to the airport or give details about the weather to pilots.

Alder Creek queen making rounds to promote 100th anniversary of event

Recently crowned Alder Creek Picnic and Rodeo Queen Katelynn Clinton wants those around to know the 100-year history of the event.

Mabton claims 3-3 tie in spring season opener

MABTON - The first outing of the season was challenging for the Mabton Vikings soccer team, which hosted the Wahluke Warriors yesterday.

Newhouse to speak at Friends of Scouting Breakfast March 19

The annual Friends of Scouting Breakfast is slated for next Friday, March 19, at the Sunnyside Eagles lodge, located at 100 South Hill Road.


Play review

Play review


America's security put in peril by failing schools

America's security put in peril by failing schools

Words from Washington

With millions of phone calls, emails and personal visits to their representatives in Congress, the American people have made it clear that they want health care reform that lowers costs - not a government takeover of health care. I recently hosted a series of telephone town halls to hear from local residents and listen to their concerns - and I understand that many are troubled by the high cost of health care and by the direction of this Congress.

'F' as in Frank

Madness, bribes and 'law unmakers'

Madness, bribes and 'law unmakers'







Tuesday, March 16

Grandview Fire Department inspires toy maker

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Fire Department has friends in unusual places, as popular toy maker Mattel has contacted the city about creating a toy fire truck with the city's name and logo.

New plans being formulated to increase graduation rates in Sunnyside

Sunnyside School Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole was the featured guest speaker at yesterday's Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting, where he spoke about the district's new plan to improve graduation rates.

Former Sunnyside cross-country star now international star in fight against poverty

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - He was a sports standout, running cross country for Sunnyside High School in the early 1970s. Doug Seebeck still holds the record for the one-mile at 4:22.1 set in 1973, and he was a State champion his senior year.

Little Grapplers successful in Zillah

ZILLAH - A baker's dozen returned home to Sunnyside two Saturdays ago with first-place trophies from a wrestling tournament in Zillah.

Grizzliettes qualify for State competition in two dance categories

YAKIMA - This past Saturday the Sunnyside High School Grizzliettes traveled to West Valley High School and earned a spot in both the pom and hip-hop competitions at State to be held at the Yakima Valley SunDome in Yakima Saturday, March 27.

Students in Mabton host town hall gatherings

MABTON - Although the turnout for last Thursday's town hall meetings in the Mabton schools wasn't particularly high at the high school or middle school, parents and community members were given the opportunity to see what programs students are involved in and how those programs are impacting their educational experience.




Sternwheeler offering cruises, sightseeing, culinary fare

TRI-CITIES - The Colum-bia Gorge Sternwheeler will cruise to the Tri-Cities for 10 days of special cruises, April 16-25.

Fun fair for the whole family on tap March 20

OUTLOOK - Those seeking a fun family outing will find one at the Outlook Grange Saturday, March 20.

Monday, March 15

Three shootings reported in Sunnyside

Since last Thursday, Sunnyside residents have reported three shooting incidents.

Sunnyside Christian grad crowned Miss Yakima County 2010

YAKIMA - Five young ladies from the Lower Yakima Valley competed yesterday (Sunday) in the Miss Yakima County program held at the Capitol Theatre, and all five earned honors.

Chamber honors community leaders

Sunnyside's best and brightest were honored this past Saturday during the annual chamber of commerce Spirit of Sunnyside community awards ceremony held in the Johnson Concentrates building.

Grizzlies drop season opener in OT to Kennewick

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team controlled the tempo, but couldn't control the scoreboard in a 2-1 overtime loss to visiting Kennewick this past Saturday.

Grandview trophies at 2A State

YAKIMA - The Grandview Greyhound boys basketball team kept the streak of State trophies alive this past Friday and Saturday, as it captured the eighth place hardware at the State 2A boys basketball tourney this past weekend.




Friday, March 12

Jennie's Journey

Social networking has its risks

Social networking has its risks

Across our State

Heritage barn program worth effort

Heritage barn program worth effort

Mayor's appointees enthused about new responsibilities

At this past Monday's Sunnyside City Council meeting, Mayor Jim Restucci appointed Sierra Vista Middle School Principal Doug Rogers to the Sunnyside Board of Parks and Recreation, and Peggy Beeler to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. Both are excited to get started.

Sunnyside upgrading water meters

The city of Sunnyside is in the midst of a 10-year process during which it aims to replace the water meters of every water customer in town.

Greyhounds stay alive at 2A State tourney

YAKIMA - The Grandview Greyhound boys basketball team stayed alive to play another day with a 58-48 loser-out win over Tumwater yesterday in the State 2A tourney.

'Lighthouse' to perform at Grandview church Sunday

GRANDVIEW - This coming Sunday, March 14, Grandview Church of God will host a special performance by Lighthouse, a trio committed to sharing its faith through music.

Guest Editorial

Governor makes school principals use 'dance of the lemons' to week out weak teachers

Governor makes school principals use 'dance of the lemons' to week out weak teachers







Thursday, March 11

Federal help may be on the way to aid with state's money woes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) voted to pass a bill that includes a major federal payment to help ease the state's budget shortfall, help out-of-work Washington residents, tax relief for state families and businesses and numerous job creation incentives.

Lower Valley native new head administrator at Sunnyside's Mt. Adams Kidney Center

Long-time Davita, Inc. employee Stephanie Sanchez was recently promoted to facilities administrator at Mt. Adams Kidney Center in Sunnyside.

Rice, Isaac lead six-person Sunnyside contingent at CWO tourney in Oregon

HERMISTON, ORE. - Just a hair short, for both Rob Rice and Stacee Isaac...that best sums up the two bowlers' performances this past Sunday at a Central Washington Open (CWO) competition staged in Hermiston, Ore.

Greyhounds drop heartbreaker at 2A State tourney

YAKIMA - In a missed opportunity, the Grandview Greyhounds boys basketball team fell just short to Fife yesterday, 58-55 in the opening round of the State 2A boys basketball tourney.

Rose Garden moving party March 20

GRANDVIEW - The day for moving the Grandview Rose Garden is nearly here.

Wednesday, March 10

Tight Mabton City Council vote goes way of Gray & Osborne firm

MABTON - The Mabton City Council's rift over the selection of an engineering firm continued last night with a 3-2 divided vote in favor of offering a contract to Gray and Osborne.

Woman, infant dislodged when old farm home razed

Yesterday (Tuesday) morning just before 8:30 a.m. firefighters from Yakima County Fire District #5 rushed to the 500 block of Wendell-Phillips Road near Sunnyside to save the home of Antonia Castilleja.

Sheriff's department involved in anti-gang movement in Outlook

Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin was the featured guest speaker at the Monday Noon Rotary Club meeting at Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant in Sunnyside, addressing progress made to combat gang activity in Outlook.

Grandview tabs Arteaga for interim administrator post

GRANDVIEW - Deciding to take its time in a search for a new city administrator, the Grandview City Council yesterday indicated it will select Public Works Director Cus Arteaga for the post on an interim basis.

Prosser linksterfires low round at three-team match

A 2010 season opening jamboree between the Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser golf teams was staged yesterday at the Lower Valley's premier golfing venue, Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Bos, Quiroz, Van Gundy top finishers in 2010 opener at Black Rock

The trio of Justin Bos, Alex Quiroz and Ron Van Gundy, to put it quite simply, were never challenged in last Sunday's men's club kick-off event for 2010 at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

GHS freshman earns CWAC All-League honors

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School's Payton Parrish was named a CWAC girls basketball All-League selection for 2009-10.

Bank robber sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison

Last Thursday, March 4, Gerardo Rios Orosco, 38, of Pasco plead guilty to first degree robbery in Yakima County Superior Court.

Miss Sunnyside candidates sought for 2010 pageant

Young ladies that are sophomores living within Sunnyside School District boundaries that are either home-schooled, attend Sunnyside High School or Sunnyside Christian High School and are eager to represent the community are encouraged to throw their hat into the ring for the title of Miss Sunnyside.


State tourney support appreciated

State tourney support appreciated

Words From Washington

Terrorists belong in military trials, not U.S. courtrooms

Terrorists belong in military trials, not U.S. courtrooms

Cutting to the Core

How time flies

How time flies

Tuesday, March 9

Sunnyside utility bills going up this April

If everything goes as planned the city of Sunnyside will begin collecting a stormwater fee from city residents this April.

Fire station renovation possibility

The Sunnyside City Council was given a presentation last night, Monday, at a workshop held before the regularly scheduled meeting concerning whether to remodel the existing Sunnyside Fire Station or to relocate altogether.

U.S. Cellular introduces 3G mobile broadband service

Local U.S. Cellular customers who access the internet via their cell phones have likely noticed a change for the better in terms of how long it takes to have full access to information.

Outlook students getting their hands dirty after school

OUTLOOK - A hummingbird and wildlife habitat, marigolds, tomatoes, strawberries...these are just a few of the things students at Outlook Elementary School are growing in a community garden.




Monday, March 8

Spokane club ends Sunnyside's quest for 3A State tourney berth

SPOKANE - The Rogers High School Pirates used a huge fourth quarter surge to erase a 12-point fourth quarter lead held by Sunnyside to edge the Grizzlies 62-59 in a loser-out Regional game this past Friday.

Fire destroys gourmet asparagus operation

OUTLOOK - Fire engulfed an Outlook warehouse this past Friday, taking with it a gourmet white asparagus operation, as well as refrigerators that store the Friend family peonies and flower bulbs.

Clinton crowned queen of rodeo, picnic in Bickleton

BICKLETON - The community of Bickleton crowned one of its own yesterday as the 2010 Alder Creek Picnic and Rodeo queen.

Sunnyside police officer accepts new position

Thanks to grant funding, the Sunnyside Housing Authority and Sunnyside Police Department have partnered together to create a new police officer position.

Greyhounds advance to State!!

It was a good day for upstarts in CWAC boys basketball yesterday, this past Saturday, as the fourth-seeded Grandview Greyhounds knocked off third-seeded Selah for the league's final berth in the State 2A tourney.

Entries sparkle and shine at annual 'Show 'N Shine'

This past Saturday, the sun was out and all the entries at the Sunnyside High School sixth annual "Show 'N Shine" were polished and buffed to a perfect shine.


Jerry Burton Mashburn

Jerry Burton Mashburn

Friday, March 5







Jennie's Journey

Gun rights or wrongs

Gun rights or wrongs

Paper Clips

Cat lovers know their fellow cat lovers

Cat lovers know their fellow cat lovers


Democrats' suspension of Initiative 960 stinks

Democrats' suspension of Initiative 960 stinks


Thank you!

Thank you!

Sunnyside hip-hop artist releases fourth CD

Jose Antonio Ochoa, known as Joedy-Joe in Northwest hip-hop circles, has just released his fourth CD titled, Taking Care of Business.

Shooting dog trials start March 13

The 20,000-acre Sulphur Creek Ranch will again serve as the site this month for three weeks of shooting dog trials.

Mabton falls to Chelan, season comes to an end

YAKIMA - The Mabton High School boys basketball team ended its run at State yesterday (Thursday) with a 73-47 loss to the Chelan Goats.

Family rallies around leukemia victim

one marrow registry drive slated for Sunday

one marrow registry drive slated for Sunday

Thursday, March 4

Jr. Indelook Club to meet

The Jr. Indelook Club will meet on Tuesday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Ella Peebles. The co-hostess is Sally Schwartz.

Recovering addict speaks with Compass students

GRANDVIEW - As part of drug and alcohol awareness week at Compass High School in Grandview, students got an opportunity to hear from a recovering drug addict yesterday (Wednesday).

'Little things' overwhelm Vikings in State opener loss

YAKIMA - Things weren't very easy for the Mabton High School boys basketball team yesterday, Wednesday, at the boys 1A State Tournament in Yakima.

YVCC students host 'Teach, Tour and Taste' event

GRANDVIEW - Students studying winery technology at Yakima Valley Community College were tasked to coordinate and promote a wine education and tasting event, and they delivered this past Wednesday night.

Fire department scores big with two Walmart grants

The Sunnyside Fire Department used two recently awarded grants from Walmart to purchase supplies for long transports and equipment to help save lives.

Wednesday, March 3

Sunnyside Rotary seeks raffle support to benefit swim team

The Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club is looking for sponsors of this year's raffle drawing that will support the Sunnyside swim team.




'F' as in Frank

Ten years after

Ten years after

Grandview advances to consolation finals

State berth on the line this Saturday in Sunnyside

State berth on the line this Saturday in Sunnyside

Lower Valley's Inland Northwest Blood Center receives $40,000 Walmart grant

Cristina Klatovsky of Inland Northwest Blood Center couldn't be happier with the recent news that her organization was granted $40,000 through Walmart's Washington State Giving Program.

Tuesday, March 2

School Board Briefs

School board approves 2010-11 Calendar




Fifth grade students sacrifice recess for dance

OUTLOOK - Rest assured, there are a select few fifth graders at Outlook Elementary School who, thanks to Principal Robert Bowman, will know exactly what to do when it comes time to attend a middle school dance.

Kim earns top honors at local science fair

Sunnyside High School junior Christine Kim has earned the grand prize at the local science fair last night, Monday, and will now compete at the Regional fair, which takes place at Columbia Center Mall beginning March 11.

Monday, March 1

;Lady Knights fourth at State

Sunnyside Christian girls defeat Northsound Christian 50-38, Bickleton 53-35

Sunnyside Christian girls defeat Northsound Christian 50-38, Bickleton 53-35

Knights 1B State champs

YAKIMA - Sunnyside Christian Coach Dean Wagenaar will be the first to admit that at no point this season did he have a firm grasp on just how good his Knights were.

Bickleton Lady hoopsters finish seventh at State

YAKIMA - For the first time in nearly 30 years, Bickleton's Lady Pirates have claimed State honors, finishing the season in seventh place at the State 1B girls tourney after defeating Wilson Creek 58-41 this past Friday and falling to familiar nemesis Sunnyside Christian on Saturday, 53-35.

Students bring Broadway classic to the stage

Annie Oakley and Frank Butler went head to head, or rather shot for shot, against each other this past weekend in the Sunnyside High School presentation of Annie Get Your Gun. Peter Stone's 1999 revival of the 64 year old Broadway classic had a little something for everyone, from memorable songs to humor, and yes, even a little romance.