Stories for November 2010


Tuesday, November 30


Homeless shelters in Sunnyside now open

With the first heavy snowfall of the season hitting the Lower Yakima Valley last night, the timing couldn't have been much better for the opening of Sunnyside's two homeless shelters.

November 30, 2010 3:27 p.m. read more..

No word on stolen Jesus statue

MABTON - A plea from the family of Rene Galaviz seems to have gone unanswered as a statue stolen from Galaviz's grave has yet to be returned.

November 30, 2010 3:27 p.m. read more..

Monday, November 29


Friday, November 26


Layoffs likely with new county budget

YAKIMA - The Board of Yakima County Commissioners adopted a $264 million budget for 2011 earlier this week and are expecting a surplus of $1.1 million, which will be used to shore up reserves and the county's election fund.

November 26, 2010 11:29 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 24


$20 car tab fee still on the table in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Residents in this city who live on portions of Munson Lane, Nicka Street, Apache Drive, South Division Street and Broadview Drive may have an additional reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

November 24, 2010 3:16 p.m. read more..

Lower Valley Riders deliver holiday cheer

Dressed warmly in heavy leather pants and jackets, with squat, open-faced helmets and beards flying, members of the Lower Valley Riders, an organization based out of Zillah, roared into Sunnyside this past Sunday bringing holiday cheer for 15 families.

November 24, 2010 3:14 p.m. read more..

American classics detailed for Nouvella Club

There is something almost universal about Little Golden Books. They have been engrained into the formative years of so many generations it is almost impossible to imagine a time when these American classics weren't childhood treasures.

November 24, 2010 3:10 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 23

No public comments at city budget hearing

Last night, the Sunnyside City Council provided community residents the opportunity to speak at a public hearing on the proposed 2011-12 biennium budget, but no one was in attendance to voice their concerns.

November 23, 2010 4:08 p.m. read more..

Sunnyview Park annexation fails to gain council approval

The Sunnyside City Council last night approved the annexation of nine parcels on East Edison Road near the Sunnyside Airport. But after hearing from dairy farmers living near Sunnyview Park, the council gave that annexation a 4-3 thumbs down vote.

November 23, 2010 4:02 p.m. read more..

Brain surgery postponed for Sunnyside girl

Seven-year-old Leslie Madrigal of Sunnyside and her family get to spend their Thanksgiving holiday at home and together after Leslie was informed by doctors her white blood count was too low for surgery.

November 23, 2010 3:59 p.m. read more..

Monday, November 22

105 and counting

As far as days go, this one had to be pretty good. Sure, he wasn't skimming along a lake on a set of water skis, or galloping on one of his favorite polo horses. It was none of those.

November 22, 2010 2:26 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 19

City budget deliberations continue

Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi and Byron Olson, the city's director of finance and administrative services, last night proposed the 2011-12 budget for administrative services to the Sunnyside City Council.

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

Kennewick powers past SHS bowlers

With three girls topping the two-game 300 series plateau, the Kennewick High School girls bowling team surged past the SHS Lady Grizzlies at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes yesterday afternoon.

November 19, 2010 2:33 p.m. read more..

Freeze Out support lauded

Sunnyside High School's Key Club would like to give a special thanks to Guerra's Coffee for donating hot beverages to each of the kids participating in our annual Freeze Out last Friday night.

November 19, 2010 2:28 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 18


Local water tower still 'super' 20 years later

The water tower with the big Superman "S" painted on it, located at Upland Vineyards just outside Sunnyside, has become something of a landmark, according to Steve Newhouse, owner of the property.

November 18, 2010 2:56 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 17


Community urged to help with local educational efforts

With an aim toward improving graduation rates, the staff and administration at Sunnyside High School is implementing federally funded programs for tutoring, credit retrieval and helping students think about graduation and beyond.

November 17, 2010 4:38 p.m. read more..

Less government, more personal responsibility needed

Whenever government has one of those supposedly non-partisan panels look into an issue, they invariably decide we need more government. The solution is never that politicians have made a mess of things and we should dismantle the bureaucracy.

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

Tuesday, November 16

Customer service focus of new city manager

Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi, who's only been on the job for a couple of months, was the featured speaker at the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting on Monday, and the newest member of city hall said he would like to focus on customer service.

November 16, 2010 2:57 p.m. read more..

State AG pitches new gang legislation

YAKIMA - Several law enforcement officials, lawmakers and community members engaged in the fight against gang violence gathered at Yakima's Miller Park yesterday to hear Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna speak about gang legislation he will be proposing to legislators.

November 16, 2010 2:56 p.m. read more..

Local agribusiness professional attends national convention

ORLANDO, FLA. - Deon Herndon, an accredited rural appraiser in Sunnyside, joined more than 400 agribusiness professionals at Ag Pro Outlook, the 81st annual meeting of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in Orlando, Fla. earlier this month.

November 16, 2010 2:50 p.m. read more..

SCHS students learn from Picasso

Students in Patricia Newhouse's Spanish classes at Sunnyside Christian High School enjoyed a special treat recently with a visit to the Picasso exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.

November 16, 2010 2:49 p.m. read more..

7-year-old readies for brain surgery

This coming Thursday, 7-year-old Leslie Madrigal will go into a four-hour brain surgery while her parents, Maria Navarro and Luis Madrigal of Sunnyside, wait anxiously at Seattle's Children's Hospital.

November 16, 2010 2:45 p.m. read more..

Monday, November 15

Port of Sunnyside officials raise taxes, rates

Port of Sunnyside commissioners last week approved four resolutions that will change rates paid by property owners within the port district and industries served by its wastewater treatment facility.

November 15, 2010 4:23 p.m. read more..

Blaze razes Sunnyside area home

Despite the efforts of three county fire district stations and the Sunnyside Fire Department, a home south of Sunnyside was destroyed by a fire this past Friday.

November 15, 2010 4:18 p.m. read more..

Castillo earns State hardware

FEDERAL WAY - Sunnyside's Toni Castillo and Marissa Broersma this past weekend competed at the 3A Girls Swim and Dive State meet in Federal Way. Castillo brought home an eighth place medal for her performance in the 100-yard butterfly event.

November 15, 2010 4:13 p.m. read more..

Grandview claims sixth place trophy at 2A State tourney

KENNEWICK - After winning its first two matches this past Friday, the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team dropped two matches on Saturday. That netted Grandview a sixth place trophy from the State 2A volleyball tourney held at the Toyota Center.

November 15, 2010 4:11 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 12

Sheriff's office releases more information on Tuesday's killing

The Yakima County Sheriff's office says the investigation into this past Tuesday's shooting death of a 23-year-old Yakima man is continuing and investigators now believe the victim, Alfred Prather, and a friend were attempting to engage in drug purchase when Prather was killed.

November 12, 2010 3:53 p.m. read more..

Pirates take win against Sunnyside bowlers

YAKIMA - The Davis High School bowling team got the best of Sunnyside this past Wednesday as the Pirates beat the Lady Grizzlies three games to one in the season opening match for both teams.

November 12, 2010 3:51 p.m. read more..

Grandview woman experiences intensity of war in Iraq

Call it good fortune or a higher power looking out for her...whatever the case, Staff Sgt. Leyla Oxford is grateful she never encountered an IED (improvised explosive device) or insurgents while twice deployed as convoy security in Iraq.

November 12, 2010 3:32 p.m. read more..

Vaudeville to be featured entertainment at Wellness House fundraiser

YAKIMA - Wellness House, a non-profit organization dedicated to offering support for cancer patients and their families, as well as family and friends of patients with other life-changing illnesses, is sponsoring its sixth annual black and white dinner theatre, a fundraiser, Saturday, Nov. 20.

November 12, 2010 3:31 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 11


SHS honors local veterans

It isn't easy to get 1,600 chatty high school students to sit still and remain quiet, but put them in the right company and Sunnyside High School teens are prepared to show due respect.

November 11, 2010 4:37 p.m. read more..

Mabton City Council discuss revenues, revisit expenditures

MABTON - The Mabton City Council met this past Tuesday to conduct business (which consisted of paying bills) and study the anticipated revenues from the 2011 preliminary budget. Council also found time to revisit a planned expenditure for office help in the police department and at city hall.

November 11, 2010 4:35 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 10


Yakima man shot near Sunnyside

A 23-year-old Yakima man was shot yesterday, Tuesday, after he met with a group of people in the 1700 block of Randel Road near Sunnyside.

November 10, 2010 3:36 p.m. read more..

Veteran's hospice benefit

Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

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

Anciso wins big at Legends Casino

When Janie Anciso entered into a drawing for a 2011 Buick Regal CXL at Legends Casino in Toppenish, she did not believe she would win. After all, there had been a barrel full of entries, Anciso said.

November 10, 2010 3:28 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 9

Late change orders draw concern from council members

The Sunnyside City Council last night reluctantly approved funding for late change orders related to the South First Street construction project. They also approved a final acceptance resolution for the completion of the project.

November 9, 2010 3:15 p.m. read more..

Monday, November 8


Friday, November 5


Yakima clean air agency opens draft policy for review and comment

Public concerns about the possible health effects of air emissions from dairy operations have grown with the increasing size and geographic concentration of these operations. This intensification has been driven by the economics of domestic and export markets for dairy products.

November 5, 2010 2:25 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 4


October colder than usual

According to data received by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service in Pendleton, Ore., temperatures in Sunnyside averaged slightly colder than normal during the month of October.

November 4, 2010 4:10 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 3


Tuesday, November 2


SHS band take third in Royal City

ROYAL CITY - The Sunnyside High School marching band attended the mid-Columbia Marching Band Competition last month and walked away with third place.

November 2, 2010 3:03 p.m. read more..

SHS play offers two-for-one

Music, dance, romance and even sword fights are part of the theatre package Sunnyside High School is currently offering in the performance of two one-act plays.

November 2, 2010 2:59 p.m. read more..

Monday, November 1


Grizzly harriers end season at Regionals

WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside High School boys and girls cross country teams battled, but were unable to advance a runner to the 3A State meet during the Regional meet held this past Saturday.

November 1, 2010 4:42 p.m. read more..

Lady Greyhounds punch ticket to State

MOXEE - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds volleyball team earned its 12th consecutive trip to the State tourney this past Saturday by finishing second at the CWAC District tourney.

November 1, 2010 4:41 p.m. read more..

G-P powers past Sunnyside Christian

The Sunnyside Christian 8-man football team was unable to keep up with host Garfield-Palouse this past Friday in a 52-6 defeat that was cut short in the third quarter due to the 8-man game's 45-point lead mercy rule.

November 1, 2010 4:39 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies beat Hanford in CBBN finale

RICHLAND - The flu bug is going around and no one knows that as well as Sunnyside High School football Coach Mark Marro. The virus made its way through his team last week, which forced Marro to make some changes.

November 1, 2010 4:37 p.m. read more..

Police led on pursuit, respond to two shots fired calls

Sunnyside police were led on a high speed pursuit this past Saturday at approximately 8:30 p.m. The pursuit ended on East Franklin Avenue and one individual was taken into custody. Further details were not available as of press time.

November 1, 2010 4:36 p.m. read more..

Science students get a taste of spooky experiments

Students in Joyce Stark's science classes were granted special permission to use their cell phones this past Friday. But this was not a chance to text or talk. Instead, students focused their cameras and caught some oozing and explosive fun made possible by the magic of science.

November 1, 2010 4:32 p.m. read more..