Stories for March 2010


Wednesday, March 31


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).

March 31, 2010 3:30 p.m. read more..

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.

March 31, 2010 3:19 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 30


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.

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

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.

March 30, 2010 3:29 p.m. read more..

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.

March 30, 2010 3:25 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 29


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.

March 29, 2010 4:05 p.m. read more..

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.

March 29, 2010 4:01 p.m. read more..

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.

March 29, 2010 4 p.m. read more..

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.

March 29, 2010 3:59 p.m. read more..

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.

March 29, 2010 3:56 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 26


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.

March 26, 2010 2:24 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 25


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.

March 25, 2010 4:31 p.m. read more..

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.

March 25, 2010 4:27 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 24


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.

March 24, 2010 3:59 p.m. read more..

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.

March 24, 2010 3:53 p.m. read more..


Obama hasn't delivered, gear up for next election

March 24, 2010 3:50 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 23


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.

March 23, 2010 4 p.m. read more..

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.

March 23, 2010 3:49 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 22


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.

March 22, 2010 3:17 p.m. read more..

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.

March 22, 2010 3:13 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 19


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.

March 19, 2010 2:49 p.m. read more..

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.

March 19, 2010 2:45 p.m. read more..

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.

March 18, 2010 3:29 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 17


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.

March 17, 2010 3:56 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 16


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.

March 16, 2010 3:42 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 15


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.

March 15, 2010 3:02 p.m. read more..

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.

March 15, 2010 2:57 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 12


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.

March 12, 2010 2:40 p.m. read more..

Guest Editorial

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

March 12, 2010 2:31 p.m. read more..

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.

March 11, 2010 3:58 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 10


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.

March 10, 2010 3:29 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 9


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.

March 9, 2010 2:12 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 8


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.

March 8, 2010 2:50 p.m. read more..

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.

March 8, 2010 2:43 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 5


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.

March 4, 2010 4:30 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 3


Tuesday, March 2


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.

March 2, 2010 3:30 p.m. read more..

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.

March 2, 2010 3:27 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 1

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.

March 1, 2010 3:41 p.m. read more..

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.

March 1, 2010 3:37 p.m. read more..

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.

March 1, 2010 3:25 p.m. read more..