Stories for May 2010


Friday, May 28

Yakama Nation lawyer seeks county prosecutor's seat

TOPPENISH - E. David Lees announced this week that he is a candidate for the office of Yakima County's prosecuting attorney in this year's election cycle.

No more 'I'm thinking Arby's' in Sunnyside

Those who have been "thinking Arby's" this past week may have been in for a surprise, finding the Sunnyside restaurant has shuttered its doors.

Grandview attorney in the running to be Yakima County District Court judge

Michael Everett has served the Lower Valley in both his capacity as an attorney in Grandview and a municipal court judge in Wapato.

Golden Apple award winners named

Last night's Sunnyside School Board meeting was all about honoring the district's best and brightest as the Golden Apple awards were presented during the Thursday night school board meeting.

Williamson sparks New Era to twin bill sweep in softball play

Josh Williamson opened the 2010 Lower Valley Men's Softball Association season with a bang, as he smacked four home runs in New Era's doubleheader sweep of the Wild Boyz on Wednesday of this week.

Sunnyside High School students ticketed for wearing seatbelts

Early this morning, students from Sunnyside High School walked into school and got a ticket for wearing their seatbelts.


Play ball!

Play ball!

Words from Washington

Remember the fallen this Memorial Day

Remember the fallen this Memorial Day

Story Time

The forensic technicians on the television show CSI always break the case by discovering the missing link under their microscope.

Jennie's Journey

Graduation a time for celebrating success

Graduation a time for celebrating success




Thursday, May 27

'Freedom Not Free' trail drive this Sunday

Don't be surprised this coming Sunday if you happen upon an old-fashioned trail drive, complete with horse-drawn wagons and mounted steeds.

Fourth District congressman scheduled guest speaker at local Memorial Day service

U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings has agreed to be the guest speaker at this year's Memorial Day service at Sunnyside's Lower Valley Memorial Gardens.

Sunnyside takes first step in new fire station process

The first step towards constructing a new station for the Sunnyside Fire Department has taken place with the city soliciting requests for proposals from architects.

City officials start new two-year budget discussions

The Sunnyside City Council was last night advised by Finance Director Byron Olson of the process required in implement a biennial budget.

Sunnyside School District will again offer free summer meals

The Sunnyside School District will be offering free lunches all summer long.

SHS math and science students honored at dinner hosted by MESA

This past Tuesday evening, Tri-Cities MESA officials organized a catered dinner for Sunnyside High School students pursuing a higher understanding of math, science and technology.




Wednesday, May 26

Mabton unveils new logo

MABTON - "This is the beginning of a whole new look for Mabton," CBC instructor Gene Holland told the Mabton City Council last night.

Construction of municipal water system contemplated by residents of Bickleton

BICKLETON - The community of Bickleton may be a small, but it has a big decision on its hands.

GHS senior fights to the very end in attempting to make the cut at 2A State boys golf tournament

YAKIMA - There are days where everything is working on the links. Then there are those times when a golfer has to dig down deep, just to come up with some semblance, a glint, of what he or she is truly capable of with a 6-iron, a wedge or a driver in their hands.

Short game stumbling block for Sunnyside golfer at 3A State tourney

RICHLAND - You drive for show and putt for dough...those words are muttered on golf courses everywhere.

Sunnyside toddler winner of Washington Cinderella Baby Pageant

BREMERTON - Although Audrina Campos has not even started pre-school yet, she is well on her way to becoming a star.

Guest Column

Establish new standards for storing nuclear waste

Establish new standards for storing nuclear waste

Cutting to the Core

Lately I've been trying to sexify myself. I know, I know, I know. You're asking yourself, "WHAAAT?"




Tuesday, May 25

Rifle club proposal tabled at Mabton School Board meeting

MABTON - "Young men are drawn to firearms," shared Mabton High School science teacher Steven Bennett at Monday's Mabton School Board meeting.

Aggressive water upgrade plan detailed for council

Sunnyside interim City Manager Jim Bridges, last night at a council workshop, updated the city council on proposed water projects that he said are vital components to improving the city's overall upgrade to its water infrastructure.

Broadband technology OK'd for Sunnyside

The Sunnyside City Council agreed last night to partner with Yakima County and the Sunnyside Library to bring fiber optic cable to Sunnyside.

Birch Street Clinic to welcome new doctor this summer

GRANDVIEW - The Birch Street Medical Clinic in Grandview will welcome a new face this summer, as Derek Weaver, D.O., will start as a new doctor there.

Sunnyside Christian students provide upgrades to city entryway

In a partnership between the city of Sunnyside, volunteers and Sunnyside Christian middle and high school students, the east entryway to Sunnyside on Yakima Valley Highway was considerably spruced up this past Saturday.

Phillips nation's top ranking elder horseshoe pitcher

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's Russ Phillips has been pitching horseshoes most of his life and his hard work has paid off.

Two local associates win top honors in JC Penney promotion

Each year JC Penney associates throughout the company are asked to participate in its After-school Round-Up event, raising funds for after-school programs across the nation.

Insurance associate new residence sales manager at Orchard House

GRANDVIEW - For many years Gaylene Tucker helped her family run Grandview's Sports Center and M&J Tavern, but she found herself selling insurance once the family sold the two businesses.

Reflexologist opens practice in Sunnyside

Healing Soles with Reflexology opened its doors in Sunnyside about a month ago, but for Reflexologist Jacqueline Lyczewski, it has been a long time coming.




Monday, May 24

Mock car crash an eye-opener for GHS students

GRANDVIEW - At 10:30 a.m., the fire bell at Grandview High School rang and students poured out of their classrooms and into Rich Leenhouts Stadium. On the field before them was a two-car collision and four casualties.

Body of Granger man located on Emerald Road

The body of Jorge Cuevas, 29, of Granger was discovered in the 300 block of Emerald Road last Friday at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Police working to resolve violent criminal cases here

With a number of unresolved crimes plaguing the Sunnyside area, officials from the Sunnyside Police Department, Yakima County Sheriff's Office, Mabton Police Department, FBI and Fire Marshal's Office are working to bring 13 cases to a close.

Bickleton boys repeat as District champions

KITTITAS - The Bickleton High School boys team got strong performances from Henrik Heldahl, Edgar Molina, Taylor Brown and Nic Venema as they repeated as District champions at the 1B District 5/6 meet held this past Friday in Kittitas.

Mabton's Gutierrez, Madrigal advance to 1A State

ROYAL CITY - Noe Gutierrez and Cassandra Madrigal both advanced to the 1A State meet at Eastern Washington University in Cheney next weekend.

Lady Knights headed back to State

EAST WENATCHEE - Five out of the last six years, that's how many times Coach Sandy Harris's teams have qualified for the State girls softball tournament.

Sarmiento, Medrano Regional champs

YAKIMA - Sunnyside's Kennedy Sarmiento punched his ticket to the 3A State track meet this past weekend by beating all challengers in the 300m hurdles.

Last remaining GHS netter's season ends at District

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's lone netter to play at CWAC Districts hosted by the Greyhounds last Thursday and this past Saturday was boys singles player Ryan Rodriguez.

Family organizes benefit car wash and bake sale for local man

A benefit car wash, bake sale and raffle will be held Sunday, June 13, at the Smith Funeral Home parking lot in Sunnyside for Jacob Hazzard. The benefit will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunnyside among 24 communities to be visited by Washington Policy Center

In an effort to improve the climate for small businesses, the Washington Policy Center is stopping in 24 communities statewide, sharing 24 ideas.

Mosquito spraying decision shows public process works as intended

State Rep. David Taylor says the mosquito control permit issued May 19 by the Washington Department of Ecology is a substantive improvement over the agency's original proposal. The first version drew fire from local mosquito control districts, state legislators and private citizens who were concerned it would be overly restrictive.

Smoking inside Washington homes declines by more than 60 percent since 2000

New research released last week by the Washington State Department of Health shows the number of people smoking inside homes in Washington state has declined by 61 percent since 2000. The drop is more than double the overall decline in adult smoking during the same period.

Friday, May 21

Economic forecast improving for Yakima County

On the surface, a two-tenths of a percent increase in unemployment would seem to be a bad thing,

State legislators detail last session for Sunnyside Republicans

Bruce Chandler said the past legislative session in Olympia was strange. His fellow 15th District legislator, David Taylor, was more descriptive.

Top SHS grads named

A total of 20 Sunnyside High School seniors were listed last week as being among the top 5 percent of all students in the Class of 2010.

Jardine 2A State tournament bound

EPHRATA - It's been three years in the making, but now Grandview High School senior Josh Jardine is ready to reap the rewards from all his hard work on the links.

Gunfire incidents phoned in to deputies

Since yesterday (Thursday) the Yakima County Sheriff's Office has received two reports of shots fired.

St. Joe's Spring Fest set for June 4-6

There will be much to enjoy during this year's annual St. Joseph Spring Fest to take place Friday, June 4, through Sunday, June 6.

McKinley Springs BBQ showdown set for mid-June

PROSSER - On Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., McKinley Springs winery at 1201 Alderdale Road invites the community to join them in a BBQ showdown and benefit.

Book Review

Swirl, Sip & Savor is a taste of the Northwest

Swirl, Sip & Savor is a taste of the Northwest


Safari kills not sporting

Safari kills not sporting

'F' as in Frank

'I'm Arizona'

'I'm Arizona'

Guest Column

Manhattan flannel

Manhattan flannel




Thursday, May 20

No injuries reported in yesterday's shooting incident

Apparently, no one was injured in yesterday's shooting incident in the 1100 block of East Lincoln Avenue in Sunnyside. Police are still following up on leads to locate the shooting suspects, however.

Seat belt enforcement campaign begins in Lower Valley next Monday

As city, county and state law enforcement gear up for another statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization between Monday, May 24, and Sunday, June 6, officers would be wise to take extra precautions with people who drive unbuckled at night.

Child escapes serious harm in auto accident

GRANDVIEW - A three-year-old child ran out into the roadway in the 300 block of Wilson Highway just as the driver of an SUV was preparing to move the vehicle at approximately 3:45 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday).

Commencement exercises for all Lower Valley seniors set for June 4-5

High school seniors across the Lower Yakima Valley are eagerly awaiting their graduation ceremony and their schools are finalizing plans. But with several schools in the mix, those wishing to attend the numerous ceremonies need to finalize their own plans.

Elliott seeks second term

MOXEE - Yakima County Commissioner Rand Elliott has announced he will run for re-election this fall to the Yakima County Commission District 3 seat that represents an area that takes in the Lower Valley.

Higher elevation snow pack holding steady

Snow is melting in the mountains but not at rapid enough rates to really see a jump in runoff amounts, this according to a press release issued by the Washington Snow Survey Office.

Sunnyside police expanding services to public

The Sunnyside Police Department last August partnered with Nixle, LLC, a community information service designed to deliver important information to residents. The free service for local residents is being expanded.




Wednesday, May 19

Four teens charged with burglarizing Sunnyside High School late Tuesday night

At approximately 11:45 p.m. last night (Tuesday) Sunnyside police rushed to Sunnyside High School after an automatic burglary alarm was triggered there.

Federal jobs workshop scheduled for military veterans

WorkSource Sunnyside is offering a pair of two-hour workshops on Tuesday, May 25, for local veterans to help them apply for federal jobs.

Transportation building ready to roll

The public will get its first glimpse of the Sunnyside School District's new transportation building later this month.

Madrigal, Eberle Christie Memorial tourney champions

A chip-in shot from the right, greenside bunker on No. 18, executed to perfection by Trini Madrigal on the closing hole, gave him and his partner, Jason Eberle, bragging rights in this year's Bill Christie Memorial Two-Man Best Ball Tournament.

Leopards scratch out one-run victory against SCHS girls

ZILLAH - A win would have been nice, no doubt about it says Sunnyside Christian Coach Sandy Harris, but the 1B Lady Knights still walked away from yesterday's regular season finale in Zillah knowing they had given the 1A club all it could handle.

Season over for GHS girls

The Grandview High School girls golf team's season came to an abrupt end yesterday at the CWAC District tournament, staged at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Hillcrest Manor welcomes special guest gardeners

Last week, Sunnyside's Hillcrest Manor and Rehabilitation Center saw 10 teenaged volunteers arrive to plant vegetables for the senior citizens. While teenaged volunteers are not all that hard to find, it is how far these 10 students traveled to get here and why that is unique.

Words from Washington

U.S. taxpayers shouldn't bail out Europe

U.S. taxpayers shouldn't bail out Europe

Jennie's Journey

Score one point for the justice system

Score one point for the justice system

Tuesday, May 18

Black Rock Creek golfers clinging to points lead

RICHLAND - Despite a third-place finish at the latest stop on the 2010 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour, the Black Rock Creek team still is sitting atop the points standings.

Grandview mulls $20 license tab fee

GRANDVIEW - Grandview residents may be facing an extra $20 per year in vehicle licensing fees.

'Grape to Glass' fundraiser benefits YVCC students

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Community College Grandview campus this past Saturday hosted its third annual Grape to Glass Gala for the purpose of raising scholarship funds for students interested in the wine and enology program at the college.

Lower Valley groundwater woes examined in EPA report

With nitrates reported in groundwater at sites around the Lower Yakima Valley, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has gotten involved in the problem.

Rodriguez lone Grandview Greyhound to qualify for 2A District tennis tourney

SELAH - Grandview netters Ryan Rodriguez, Gabby Sauve and Mariah Coronado all competed yesterday (Monday) in Selah for the chance to go to Districts.

Grizzlies' season ends at 3A District tourney

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys and girls tennis teams' hopes of moving on to Regionals came to an end yesterday, Monday.

Literacy rates rising in Sunnyside School District

Reading and writing scores have risen dramatically since 2003 in Sunnyside and with help from the Sunnyside School District's literacy team, scores are expected to go even higher.







Monday, May 17




Armed robbers hit Sunnyside Sears store

The Sunnyside Sears store was yesterday (Sunday) at approximately 5 p.m. robbed by six unknown assailants.

Arsonists thought responsible for early morning blaze in Sunnyside

At about 1:15 a.m. this morning (Monday) Sunnyside firefighters rushed to a blaze at 520 North Fourth Street.

Relay for Life a success

GRANDVIEW - This year's Relay for Life, held at Grandview High School this past Saturday, was a roaring success, according to event chairman Curtis Campbell.

Local teens rescue Sunnyside man

Daniel Wavrin and Matt Hatfield are seniors at Sunnyside High School and last week decided to have lunch together.

SHS boys second at 3A Districts

YAKIMA - The boys Sunnyside High School track team placed second at this past Friday's District Championships held in Yakima. The girls were third.

Bickleton boys repeat as 1B league champions

GLENWOOD - The Bickleton High School boys track team scored 198 points at the 1B league meet held in Glenwood this past Friday. The score was good enough to beat Troutlake/Glenwood, Klickitat and Yakama Tribal and repeat as the Columbia Gorge Champions.

Visser earns 3A State tourney berth

SPOKANE - Shooting the third best round on the day at Regionals last Friday, junior Renae Visser earned a second straight trip to the 3A State girls golf tournament.

Coyotes top Sunnyside Christian to remain unbeaten

KITTITAS - The wheels on the wagon are starting to get a little shaky for the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team.

Garza, Valencia lead GHS at 2A Sub-District competition

PROSSER - Dominic Garza and Yadira Valencia secured victories for Grandview last Friday at the CWAC South Sub-District Track & Field Meet.

Lady Vikes nearly upset league leaders

MABTON - After being no-hit in a 12-0 loss by visiting Cle Elum in game one of a doubleheader this past Saturday, the Mabton Lady Viking softball team threw a scare into the undefeated Warriors.

Friday, May 14

Grandview teen in custody after report of knife incident at high school

GRANDVIEW - Yesterday (Thursday) a Grandview High School student was taken into custody by Grandview police after having reportedly displayed a pocketknife during a fight at school.

Century-old wedding certificate donated to Sunnyside Museum

While rummaging through a barn nearly 60 years ago, Jack Van Horn found a long lost wedding certificate from his maternal grandparents' marriage back in 1894.

Honeyford announces re-election bid

He had considered retiring from his nearly two decades of serving the 15th District in Olympia, but State Senator Jim Honeyford announced this morning that he will seek re-election to the post this November.

Lady Greyhounds advance to District tourney play-in game

EPHRATA - The Grandview High School softball team got the win it needed yesterday to advance to a play-in District game next week.

Lackluster effort costs Lady Knights

Stranding a total of 17 base runners and committing eight errors on the day, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team dropped a pair of non-league games to the visiting Goldendale Timberwolves yesterday afternoon, 6-1 and 7-6.

Outlook toddler struck, killed by car

OUTLOOK - Two-year-old Leslie Bedolla was walking with her mother to get the mail at the road yesterday at approximately 3:20 p.m. in the 1900 block of Outlook Road.

Care giver appreciation tea held at Hillcrest Manor

The employees of Hillcrest Manor were recognized yesterday at an Employee Appreciation Tea.

Isaac Alaniz honored as Kiwanis' Everyday Hero

GRANDVIEW - On May 6 Isaac Alaniz was honored as the Grandview Kiwanis Club's Everyday Hero.

Movie Review

Marvel comics come to life in newest Iron Man film

Marvel comics come to life in newest Iron Man film


Senior projects impressive!

Senior projects impressive!

Cutting to the Core

Time for parents, schools to step up

Time for parents, schools to step up

Guest Editorial

Loose lips can still sink ships

Loose lips can still sink ships




Thursday, May 13

Harvesting the wind...four utilities unite to create 43-turbine wind farm

CLEVELAND - With the push for renewable energy sources on the horizon at the beginning of this century, states like Montana and Colorado were developing plans for wind farms, and Buz Ketchum, board member for Cowlitz PUD, yesterday told those gathered at a celebration of the Harvest Wind project near Cleveland his utility was watching the changes take place.

Miracles do happen... just ask this Lower Valley family

This weekend, families, friends and cancer survivors will walk, run and sleep at the Grandview High School stadium as they take a stand against cancer and raise money through the American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Sunnyside hospital celebrates Nurses Week

Several current and former nurses of Sunnyside Community Hospital gathered yesterday for an uplifting afternoon as they shared special stories and honored nurses that have made a difference in their lives.

GHS freshman continues making steady progress

Grandview High School freshman Kayla Lucas, a first-year golfer, has lowered her score each time she's entered a competition this spring.

Grizzlies rally to secure State tourney berth

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team rallied from two goals down yesterday to advance to the 3A State tourney with a 3-2 shootout win over East Valley of Spokane.

Wednesday, May 12

Championship swim meet expected to draw more than 1,000 visitors to Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Sharks Rotary swim team will host this year's Mid Valley League Championship Swim Meet, an event that is expected to bring more than one thousand visitors to Sunnyside for the weekend of July 30 to Aug. 1.

Determination bringing Nuestra Casa student closer to her dreams

Many experiences throughout her life have made Maria Luisa Gonzalez a motivated person, eager to learn and grow so that she may one day become a nurse.

Full slate of activities proposed to city council for Mabton's rejuvenated Community Days festival

MABTON - Everything from a diaper dash to paint ball is in store for Mabton's revitalized Community Days festival.

Sunnyside Grizzlies earn split with Grandview Greyhounds

The Sunnyside High School girls tennis team earned its second team victory of the season yesterday, Tuesday, in a 7-0 win over visiting Grandview.

Visiting Irish gain split with S'side Christian girls

Tuesday's opener went to the visiting DeSales Irish, a 1-0 pitcher's duel. The nightcap, however, belonged to the Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights, who behind sophomore Grace den Hoed's 3-for-3 offensive performance eked out a 3-1 victory.

Sunny Haven reunion set for Friday, May 21

Former staff members of the Sunny Haven Nursing Home in Sunnyside will hold a reunion gathering on Friday, May 21, at Sunnyside's El Valle restaurant.

Trip to Turkey focus of Rotary meeting

Karl Vanevenhoven, director of operations at Yakima Chief, Inc., spoke to the Daybreak Rotary Club early this morning about his recent trip to Turkey through the Washington AgForestry Leadership Program.


Safari story not appropriate for publication

Safari story not appropriate for publication

'F' as in Frank

'S' as in safe

'S' as in safe

Guest Column

Brainless Pinheads

Brainless Pinheads




Tuesday, May 11

Firm hired to represent Sunnyside's legal affairs

The Sunnyside City Council last night authorized Sunnyside interim City Manager Jim Bridges to enter into an agreement appointing Scott Beyer of Menke Jackson Beyer Ehlis & Harper, LLP as general counsel and the firm as the city's attorneys.

'Race to the Top' funds sought by Grandview School District

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board approved a decision to join with the state of Washington in its application to receive federal Race to the Top funds.

Visser just two strokes off best 3A score at final Columbia Basin Big Nine League match

WENATCHEE - Considering Sunnyside's Renae Visser had to scramble a bit at yesterday's final Columbia Basin Big Nine League girls golf match of the season, the 93 she carded at the Wenatchee Country Club wasn't all that terrible.

SHS senior project raises $1,100 for Children's Village

When Sunnyside High School senior Jessica Mendez discovered that this year's senior projects did not have to focus on a specific career goal, the 18-year-old knew she wanted to take on a project that would help her community.




Monday, May 10

Newest Sunnyside police officer has long lineage in law enforcement

Matthew Kramer, one of Sunnyside's newest officers hired to fight a resurgent wave of crime in the city, is excited to begin training for his new job.

Two teens shot early Sunday morning

Valley View Market owner Young Kim was just checking on the price of beer for a customer when he heard shots being fired outside his Lincoln Avenue store in Sunnyside Sunday morning at about 12:30 a.m.

Lady Grizzlies' season comes to end at District playoffs

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School fastpitch season came to an end with dual losses to Hanford this past Saturday in the 3A District playoffs.

1A District tourney loss ends Mabton's season

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings this past Saturday lost 3-0 in the first round of District playoffs to Royal City.

Rams end Sunnyside's season via 22-0 rout

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School baseball season came to an end this past Saturday in Richland as the West Valley Rams dominated the Grizzlies 22-0 at Hanford High School at the 3A District Tournament.

Grizzlies blank Spokane club in 3A Regional tourney opener

For the first half of last Saturday's 3A Regional tourney opener, it looked as though Shadle Park's game plan of flooding its own goal box with defenders was going to work. The Highlanders kept the Grizzly boys soccer team from sticking the ball into the net, which kept the contest scoreless come intermission.

Gunshot victim reported

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office was alerted by personnel in the Sunnyside Community Hospital emergency room of a gunshot victim admitted there just after midnight this morning (Monday).

Friday, May 7

Fundraiser planned for former councilwoman

Friends of former Sunnyside City Councilwoman Carol Stone are holding a fundraiser in her behalf.

Cops breakfast May 14

GRANDVIEW - In honor of National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day, the Orchard House in Grandview, a senior living community, is hosting a free breakfast for active duty and retired police officers in the Grandview, Sunnyside and Prosser areas on Friday, May 14, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Sunnyside FFA students compete at livestock show

TOPPENISH - The Sunnyside High School FFA chapter competed this past week at the Central Washington Junior Livestock Show in Toppenish.

New building starts slow in Sunnyside slowed in April

With the valuation of all new building starts failing to top $100,000 during the month of April, new construction projects permitted in Sunnyside lagged last month.

New turbine enroute to Columbia River

A major new, 45-ton piece of a hydroelectric turbine today began a 2,720-mile journey to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Chief Joseph Dam in eastern Washington this week, where it will boost the renewable power generated by the Columbia River.

SCHS sophomore catalyst in twin bill sweep over LaSalle

Sophomore Grace den Hoed turned in a combined 4-for-7 effort at the plate yesterday to spark the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team to a non-league doubleheader sweep over the visiting LaSalle Lightning.

Eastmont 'Cats sweep Grizzly netters

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys and girls tennis teams found some success against visiting Eastmont yesterday, but it wasn't enough as the boys lost 7-0 and the girls were defeated 6-1.

Late season nitrogen introduction can slightly affect flavor of wine

PROSSER - A study of late season application of nitrogen to vineyards recently conducted by Washington State University grad student Catherine Jones showed flavoring in wines can be effective.

Former Sunnyside minister retires

The Reverend F. Mark Dowdy is retiring May 30 from The United Churches of Olympia after 23 years of service in that congregation.

Second annual art walk on tap for May 14-15

The second annual art walk will be held at Sierra Vista Middle School on Friday, May 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 15, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Maryhill Museum plans busy spring

GOLDENDALE - A host of events are planned or are underway at the Maryhill Museum of Art.

Guest Editorial

Risk...the new four-letter word

Risk...the new four-letter word

Jennie's Journey

Border line hoarder

Border line hoarder

Thursday, May 6

Forecast for junior water rights users includes rationing throughout summer months

The Bureau of Reclamation's May 2010 water supply forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates a shortage for junior water rights irrigators and a full water supply for senior water rights irrigators, based on the Total Water Supply Available (TWSA).

SHS to implement new math curriculum

The state of Washington is changing how it assesses student learning in algebra and geometry.

Community center grant given to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Life is good for the city of Grandview.

Mabton wastewater treatment plant in need of overdue TLC

MABTON - The city of Mabton has quite a bit of work to do at its wastewater treatment plant.

Tough loss to Mustangs ends Grandview's season

PROSSER - The Grandview Greyhound baseball team played well and led most of the way before falling 6-4 to host Prosser yesterday.

Veiga awarded $500 scholarship

Sunnyside High School graduate and Washington State University student Corrin Veiga was recently awarded a Thomas A. and Inez W. (Schroeder) Peacock scholarship in the amount of $500.

AARP safe driving class on tap May 24-25

If you're at least 55 years old, you may be interested in refreshing your driving skills at a special American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) safety class, set for later this month in Sunnyside.

Heritage commencement exercise this Saturday

TOPPENISH - Heritage University will hold its 27th commencement exercise on Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m. on the Toppenish campus.




Wednesday, May 5

Homeless survey shows fewer people living on the streets

YAKIMA - The number of homeless people living in Yakima County in 2010 dropped from the previous year, Yakima County commissioners were told yesterday (Tuesday) at their weekly meeting.

Landlord ordinance to target gangs, drugs

Trying to find ways to combat the city's gang violence and drug activity, the Sunnyside Police Department is proposing a new crime-free rental ordinance that would target just that.

Lady 'Hounds back in playoff hunt

TOPPENISH - The Grandview High School softball team is catching fire at the right time, winning both ends of a doubleheader yesterday at Toppenish.

Greyhounds' season comes to a quiet close

TOPPENISH - Despite playing one of their best games of the season, the Grandview Greyhounds fell to the Toppenish Wildcats last night 2-0 in Grandview's last soccer match of the season.

Molina, Heldahl lead Pirates at Cadet JV Invite

YAKIMA - Edgar Molina and Henrick Heldahl led the Bickleton Pirates at yesterday's Cadet JV Invite in Yakima.

Big game hunting trip detailed for Rotarians

There weren't any bears or tigers but there were plenty of lions and 'oh mys' for Gary and Annette Christensen on a recent hunting safari the couple took last December.

Saturday's rummage sale to aid greatly in sending teens to Young Life summer camp

If last year was any indication, more than 80 youngsters from the Lower Yakima Valley will be looking to experience a nearly week-long adventure this coming summer.

Friday night movie at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

A movie will be shown this Friday, May 7, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Sunnyside, located at 1106 Taylor Street, at 6 p.m.

WWII POW shares war time memories

The months of April and May remind Ken Axelson of some of his best memories.


Fundraising dinner a hit

Fundraising dinner a hit

Guest Editorial

Arizona immigration law...sowing seeds of tyranny

Arizona immigration law...sowing seeds of tyranny

Cutting to the Core

United Nations serves no purpose

United Nations serves no purpose

Tuesday, May 4

50-year-old man shot, police fail to ID suspects

At about 5 p.m. yesterday (Monday) the Yakima County Sheriff's Office was alerted to a man at Sunnyside Community Hospital who was being treated for a gunshot wound.

Port commissioners award bid for Midvale project

Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night awarded a bid to Sharpe and Preszler Construction for work to be done on the Midvale Industrial Rail Park.

Grandview unveils new gateway design

GRANDVIEW - A salute to the city's centennial, the design for a 23-foot high gateway to span Wine Country Road, got the go-ahead last night, Monday, from the Grandview City Council.

Miss Granger crowned

Miss Granger crowned

Strong winds wreak havoc in Lower Valley

Yesterday's winds caused fallen trees, dust storms and accidents throughout the Lower Valley.

Sunnyside tracksters compete against best in state

The Sunnyside High School track team was all over the place this past weekend. Some boys went to the Shoreline Invitational on Saturday in Seattle and some girls went to the Lake Washington Invitational in Kirkland.

Interim administrator given thumbs up to retain title at Grandview's City Hall

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's interim city administrator, Cus Arteaga, will retain that title for a longer period of time in addition to his role as the city's public works director.

Twenty students earn 4.00 GPA's at middle school

Of the 20 students at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School who earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the third quarter of the 2009-10 academic year, 16 of them are eighth graders.

VIP Transport added to local businessman's holdings

It all started when Jose Salas wanted to rent a limo or bus for this year's Spring Barrel Tasting weekend. He contacted transportation companies in Yakima and Tri-Cities but was disappointed to find that they were all booked solid.

New air service calls Sunnyside Airport home

Efforts to upgrade and market the Sunnyside Airport have shown signs of paying off as a new flying service has just opened for business there.

Sunnyside middle schools participate in activity and fitness study

This past Friday, April 30, students, faculty and volunteers bid a reluctant, though hopefully temporary, farewell to the Go Active program.







Monday, May 3

Former Police Explorer's lifelong dream of becoming an officer comes to fruition

For Melissa Day, everything seemed to happen rather fast. One moment, she is happily working records at the Sunnyside Police Department, the next she is preparing for her sweeping career change to a Sunnyside police officer.

Sunnyside notches first league victories

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies fastpitch team won both ends of a doubleheader at Davis this past Friday for its first league victories of the season.

Mabton now 4-1 in last five games

NACHES - The Mabton Vikings aren't finishing up the regular season without a fight. This past Saturday, the Vikings won a 5-1 decision on the field of the Naches Rangers.

Lady 'Hounds earn doubleheader split

WAPATO - The Grandview Lady Greyhound softball team earned its second victory of the season this past Saturday, winning 9-3 in the first game of a league doubleheader at Wapato.

Pirates keep Sunnyside winless

The Sunnyside Grizzlies just haven't been able to get over the baseball hump in the CBBN this season as the Davis Pirates swept the Grizzlies this past Friday, 7-1 and 13-6.