Stories for May 2010


Friday, May 28


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.

May 28, 2010 2:47 p.m. read more..

Story Time

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

May 28, 2010 2:42 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 27


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.

May 26, 2010 2:46 p.m. read more..

Cutting to the Core

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

May 26, 2010 2:28 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 25


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.

May 25, 2010 4:02 p.m. read more..

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.

May 24, 2010 4:07 p.m. read more..

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.

May 24, 2010 4:05 p.m. read more..

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.

May 24, 2010 4 p.m. read more..

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.

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

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.

May 24, 2010 3:54 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 21


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.

May 21, 2010 2:32 p.m. read more..

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.

May 21, 2010 2:31 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 20


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).

May 20, 2010 3:27 p.m. read more..

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.

May 20, 2010 3:25 p.m. read more..

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.

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

Wednesday, May 19


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.

May 19, 2010 2:42 p.m. read more..

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.

May 19, 2010 2:41 p.m. read more..

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.

May 19, 2010 2:40 p.m. read more..

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.

May 19, 2010 2:38 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 18


'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.

May 18, 2010 4:30 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 17


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.

May 17, 2010 4:21 p.m. read more..

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.

May 17, 2010 4:18 p.m. read more..

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.

May 17, 2010 4:17 p.m. read more..

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.

May 17, 2010 4:16 p.m. read more..

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.

May 17, 2010 4:12 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 14


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.

May 14, 2010 2:35 p.m. read more..

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.

May 14, 2010 2:32 p.m. read more..

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.

May 14, 2010 2:30 p.m. read more..

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.

May 13, 2010 4:21 p.m. read more..

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.

May 13, 2010 4:09 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 12


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.

May 12, 2010 4:13 p.m. read more..

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.

May 12, 2010 4:09 p.m. read more..


Safari story not appropriate for publication

May 12, 2010 4:06 p.m. read more..

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.

May 11, 2010 4:04 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 10


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.

May 10, 2010 3:38 p.m. read more..

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.

May 10, 2010 3:34 p.m. read more..

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.

May 10, 2010 3:31 p.m. read more..

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).

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

Friday, May 7


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.

May 7, 2010 3:49 p.m. read more..

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.

May 7, 2010 3:44 p.m. read more..

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.

May 7, 2010 3:38 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 6


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.

May 6, 2010 4 p.m. read more..

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.

May 6, 2010 3:59 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 5


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.

May 5, 2010 4:19 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 4


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.

May 4, 2010 4:34 p.m. read more..

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.

May 4, 2010 4:28 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 3


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.

May 3, 2010 4:27 p.m. read more..

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.

May 3, 2010 4:26 p.m. read more..

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.

May 3, 2010 4:25 p.m. read more..