Stories for October 2010


Friday, October 29

Driving class for seniors Nov. 8-9

A refresher driving skills class for senior citizens will be held in Sunnyside early next month, Nov. 8-9.

Grandview royalty selling holiday treats now through December

The Miss Grandview Committee is selling holiday treat towers as a fundraiser for the Miss Grandview Program.

Sunnyside police offer safety tips for Halloween

Hoping to make sure Halloween in Sunnyside is as safe as possible, the Sunnyside Police Department has offered tips to make sure that happens.

Three Bickleton runners earn trip to State

WENATCHEE - Bickleton's cross country runners headed to Walla Walla Point State Park for their District meet yesterday and the Pirates came away celebrating.

Grandview eliminated from 2A playoffs

ELLENSBURG - It was a hard fought battle on the Ellensburg High School soccer field, but Grandview's hopes of competing in the Regional competition were dashed by a Bulldog goal in the 63rd minute of last night's loser-out playoff match.

S'side Christian girls win tune-up for District tourney

The Sunnyside Christian High School volleyball team will begin postseason play a week from now with a fresh victory under its belt.

Sunnyside native wins Hawaiian trip in raffle

"Holy Cow!" Those were the words B.J. DeRuyter exclaimed when he was told he had won a trip to Hawaii from the Miss Sunnyside Pageant raffle.

Festival of Trees planned for Nov. 19

The annual Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees returns to the Sunnyside Mini-Mall on Friday, Nov. 19.


Ashamed of Everett ad

Ashamed of Everett ad

'F' as in Frank

Joni and I recently had a chance to see the Picasso exhibit in Seattle. It was an impressive display and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Guest Editorial

State income tax would be economic suicide

State income tax would be economic suicide




Thursday, October 28

Firemen thinking pink

Sunnyside firefighters have donned specially made pink t-shirts for the final week of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

New community center director on board

Kynette Shields, the new director of the Sunnyside Community Center, has been involved in community service for years. Now she gets paid for it.

Sunnyside murder victim not a known gang member

Sunnyside Police Department officials have verified 20-year-old Alejandro Reyes Cisneros, the murder victim in this past Sunday's gangland-style shooting, was not a known gang member.

Police department receptionist enjoying new duties

Sandra Muratalla had just earned a degree in law and justice when a position as a receptionist became available at the Sunnyside Police Department.





Abortion has no future

Abortion has no future

Wednesday, October 27

Murder victim's name released

The name of the man shot and killed in this past Sunday's melee on South 14th Street has been released by the Sunnyside Police Department.

Middle schools in Sunnyside working to align curriculum

School improvement teams from Sierra Vista Middle School and Harrison Middle School discussed their work with the Sunnyside School Board at yesterday's board work session.

Grandview City Council gives initial nod to $20 license tab fees

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council gave a thumbs up last night to pursuing a $20 license tab fee.

Mabton City Council OK's 1 percent increase in property tax for 2011

MABTON - The Mabton City Council held a public hearing last night (Tuesday) to determine the tax levy rate to be established for the 2011 calendar year.

BHS Lady Pirates get season sweep over S'side Christian

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School girls volleyball team made it 2-for-2 against Sunnyside Christian this season.

Lady 'Hounds lose heartbreaker to league champ Prosser

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhounds and the Prosser Mustangs were in a battle last night for positions in the CWAC league playoffs, but it was the visiting Mustangs that would earn the 2-1 win.

Vikings clinch second place league honors with win against Ki-Be Bears

MABTON - The Mabton High School volleyball team clinched second place in the SCAC East last night with a 24-26, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 win against the Ki-Be Bears.

Lady Grizzlies outlast Lions in final match, 2-0

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team had 39 shot attempts last night on the way to a 2-0 win over visiting Kennewick.

100 years and counting

It isn't everyone who has the chance to say they have lived 100 years, but Elizabeth Vane yesterday celebrated her centennial birthday.


Tree care

Tree care

Guest Editorial

Hypocrisy seems poised to triumph on election day

Hypocrisy seems poised to triumph on election day

Jennie's Journey

Power price increase not good news for families

Power price increase not good news for families




Tuesday, October 26

City council approves loan extension for stormwater fund

Last year the Sunnyside City Council approved an interfund loan to its stormwater fund for more than $102,000, to be paid back before Oct. 31, 2010.

Schedule changes for Sunnyside blood drives

In an effort to save travel time, the American Red Cross chapter in Yakima will visit Sunnyside 10 times each year for blood drives.

Elementary students' progress detailed for school board

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board welcomed the district's three elementary school principals at the Monday, Oct. 25, meeting. The principals were present to give the school board an update on their schools and efforts to improve scores.

Mabton School Board reviewing sex ed policty

MABTON - At its meeting last month the Mabton School Board decided to table a first reading of the district's policy concerning sexual education. At last night's meeting, Mabton High School nurse Cindy Howe detailed the Healthy Youth Act, which dictates the district's sexual education policy.

$90,000 jump in police budget pitched in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview city budget for 2011 took center stage last night, Monday, during a study session held by the Grandview City Council.

Galaviz takes top honors in football forecast competition

Sunnyside's Mitchell Galaviz guessed 14 of the 16 games correctly to come out on top in this past week's football forecast contest. Galaviz earns the $50 first prize for his efforts.

Integrity Driving School opens in Sunnyside

Shane Mortensen has spent 15 years as a police officer in Sunnyside and Granger.







Monday, October 25

Life lost in gangland-style shooting

Sunnyside police detectives are investigating the sixth homicide in the city this year after a gangland-style shooting in the 1200 block of South 14th Street early yesterday (Sunday) morning.

Local doctor receives national honor

DENVER - Dr. John William Allen of Sunnyside has officially retired from full-time practice but his capacity for care and dedication to the people of the Yakima Valley continues and the American Academy of Family Physicians recognized that devotion earlier this month.

Greyhounds win second straight

GRANDVIEW - After starting the season with six straight losses the Grandview Greyhounds won their second straight game this past Friday, a 35-6 win against visiting Wapato.

Lady Vikings blank Spartans in 8-0 rout

GRANGER - The Mabton Lady Vikings spoiled the Spartans' hopes of winning their final home soccer match of the season this past Saturday.

Trout Lake/Glenwood upends Lady Knights

The Trout Lake/Glenwood girls volleyball team got the best of the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights last Friday night.

Grizzlies no longer in 3A playoff hunt

Last Friday's 28-7 loss to the Eastmont Wildcats officially closes the door on the Sunnyside High School football team's chances of making this year's 3A playoffs.

Mabton sophomore explores the nation's capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Recently Samuel Sexton of Mabton had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. as part of group of students on a leadership venture.







Friday, October 22

Sheriff Ken Irwin answers his critics

Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin has been under the gun this election season.

It's beginning of the end of abortions...Life Options dinner guests told last night

Hundreds of guests who showed up at last night's annual fundraising dinner for Life Options heard a very positive message from guest speaker Kirk Walden.

State gets an earful on rate hike porposal

YAKIMA - Arrogant, insulting and breathtaking were just a few of the words used last night to describe Pacific Power's unprecedented request for a 21 percent rate jump in electric rates.

Sunnyside High School boys earn berth to 3A Regional meet

RICHLAND - Kamiakin had the horses at yesterday's Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A District cross-country meet, coming away with both the boys and girls team titles.

Grandview blanks Wildcats, 3-0

TOPPENISH - After a close battle in the first game, the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team cruised to victory at Toppenish last night with a 25-17, 25-8, 25-13 win.

Lady Vikings slay Coyotes in three straight games

BURBANK - The Mabton Vikings won for the fourth straight time last night, beating Columbia-Burbank in three games 25-17, 25-19, 25-13.

Orchard House offers free luncheon for local veterans

GRANDVIEW - As a small token of appreciation to veterans who served and sacrificed for the greater good of the United States, Orchard House is inviting local veterans and their families to celebrate Veterans Day with a free luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11.

Babysitting 101 classes offered

The Sunnyside Community Center is offering its first ever Babysitting 101 course starting Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Horrors Afghani women are experiencing shared at Sunnyside Nouvella Club meeting

Because she grew up in Afghanistan, Khushboo, whose last name is being withheld for personal safety, understands the abuse of women in that country.

'Madd Hatters' offer spooky fun with a purpose

YAKIMA - Two haunted houses under one roof is daunting enough, but the Madd Hatters Haunt now underway in Yakima aims to do something more.

Empire of M

Yes, Sunnyside, I am a fan

Yes, Sunnyside, I am a fan

Jennie's Journey

Not our retirement money, too

Not our retirement money, too

Thursday, October 21

No quick fixes...says Sunnyside's Promise

Sunnyside's Promise met with three of its major partners Tuesday, Oct. 19, to discuss future plans and goals for the organization.

County commissioners OK prosecutorial agreement with city of Grandview officials

YAKIMA - The Board of Yakima County commissioners yesterday authorized Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty to sign an interlocal agreement with the city of Grandview to provide prosecutorial services.

Outdoor burning ended last week

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency is reminding people that the opportunity for outdoor burning ended on Friday, Oct. 15.

Exchange student details home country for Sunnyside Rotarians

Sunnyside Rotary Club foreign exchange student Sarali Phutiphat shared with Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club members this past Monday what life is like in her home country of Thailand.




Wednesday, October 20




Guest Editorial

Lawmakers need to stimulate private sector to reduce joblessness

Lawmakers need to stimulate private sector to reduce joblessness

Cutting to the Core

Some dates are etched into our minds

Some dates are etched into our minds


Who's minding the local store?

Who's minding the local store?

Breast cancer awareness blankets created with love

She's calling her latest project "Covered in Love" because Carol Carrillo's crocheted Breast Cancer Awareness blankets are created with a loving heart.

Knife attack aimed at Grandview officer

GRANDVIEW - A knife thrown at a Grandview police officer missed its target last night, instead dinging his patrol car.

Lady Grizzlies fall in overtime

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team couldn't make a 2-0 lead hold up and lost 3-2 in overtime last night to visiting Pasco.

Mabton completes season sweep against Royal City

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings kept hold of second place in the SCAC East volleyball standings with a four-game win over visiting Royal City last night (Tuesday).

Lady 'Hounds 1-zip winners

GRANDVIEW - There was only one goal scored, but it was enough to secure a win for the Lady 'Hounds last night.

SCHS girls tame Cougars

LYLE - Losers of their last four matches and five of their last six, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights stopped the bleeding last night with a three games to one victory over the Lyle Cougars.

Once upon a time in the tiny town of Lichty...

It never attracted much of a population - neither did it lure in business or tourists - but the little community of Lichty did exist and Jerry Ferson is looking to uncover some of its mystery.

Murderers amongst us...three local cases unresolved

For law enforcement officials and community members, as well as the families of the victims, it is quite frustrating to know there are murderers still at large.

Deputies, detectives and staff ready to move into new digs

ZILLAH - Three days shy of the fourth anniversary of the Yakima County Sheriff's Office third precinct burning down, Sheriff Ken Irwin and his staff was able to celebrate the completion of the new precinct office yesterday (Tuesday).

Gang commission receives report from FBI

GRANGER - The Yakima County Gang Commission met yesterday (Tuesday) in Granger and received a report of regional and local gang trends from FBI agent Joe Blanchette, a crime analyst in the bureau's Seattle office.

Tuesday, October 19

Fire, library, clerk unveil proposed budgets for 2011

GRANDVIEW - Besides reviewing a $4.5 million current expense fund budget proposed for 2011, the Grandview City Council last week also heard budget proposals from some of the city's department heads.

City leaders and school board meet to facilitate collaboration of efforts

The Sunnyside City Council and Sunnyside School Board met yesterday, Monday, to discuss subjects of shared interest between the two entities.

It's all in the details for artist creating Bonnie Dunbar statue

The Bonnie Dunbar Bronze Committee began work last February to bring a larger-than-life statue of Sunnyside's famous astronaut to Central Park. Since their first meeting, committee members, the artist and Dunbar herself have emerged to assist in the process.




Monday, October 18

Breaking news: driver nabbed after crashing through newspaper office

GRANDVIEW - Crediting alert witnesses, Grandview Police arrested a 42-year-old man this past Friday for a hit-and-run accident in which he drove through a wall of the Grandview Herald building.

'Only You' a photographic highlight of humanity

The human body is said to be God's masterpiece, intricate in design...created in all shapes, sizes and colors.

B.J.'s legacy continues to change lives

They say life is nothing but a series of moments...but what a difference a single moment can make!

Bickleton runners struggle at Prosser

BICKLETON - The Bickleton Pirates embarked for Prosser last Thursday, Oct. 14, to take on competitors that included runners from Ephrata and Toppenish.

Greyhounds get off the snide, 30-24

EPHRATA - Derek Swearingen tossed three TD passes and ran for another as the Grandview Greyhounds snapped a six-game losing streak with a 30-24 win against Ephrata this past Friday.

Ki-Be grinds out 58-6 win over Vikings

MABTON - A ground and pound running game mixed with a vertical passing game creates a buzz saw of an offense that is almost impossible to stop. And that is exactly what the Vikings ran into last Friday night as they hosted the visiting Kiona-Benton Bears.

Castillo earns second State meet berth

YAKIMA - Sunnyside swimmer Toni Castillo this past Saturday qualified for a second individual State event.


Jesus Barajas, 87, of Mabton passed away on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Friday, October 15

Sunnyside man draws prison time for rape

YAKIMA - A 38-year-old Sunnyside man was sentenced to 17 years in prison this past Wednesday in Yakima County Superior Court.

Relay for Life sets hefty goal for 2011

Relay for Life has officially kicked off a brand new year and this time they've set some admirable goals.

Fair & rodeo supporters honored at banquet

GRANDVIEW - Gathering to help raise money for improvements to Country Park in Grandview, numerous people turned up at last night's Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Foundation's third annual dinner and silent auction, held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Bulldogs have more bite than Grandview girls can handle

ELLENSBURG - The Grandview soccer team's great run came to an end last night in Ellensburg.

League leading Kamiakin tops SHS Grizzlies, 52-20

KENNEWICK - As good as advertised...the Kamiakin football team, that is.

Bickleton Lady Pirates best Sunnyside Christian

In boxing terms, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights are on the ropes.

Mabton win moves Vikings into 2nd place tie

MATTAWA - The Mabton Vikings volleyball team rolled to a 25-22, 25-14, 25-11 win against the Wahluke Warriors last night (Thursday) to move into a tie for second place in the SCAC East with Riverview High School.

SHS Lady Grizzly attack strongest of the season

PASCO - The Sunnyside High School volleyball team played its best match of the season last night, despite losing to the Pasco Bulldogs 25-14, 25-18, 11-25, 23-25, 16-14.

Grandview runners set personal bests at home meet

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview cross country team took on East Valley and Othello yesterday on Greyhound turf. Fifteen girls and 47 boys competed in the event.

Passenger in Sept. 27 car crash dies

Helene M. Webb, 76, of Sunnyside has died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident last month. She was a passenger in the car crash that killed Elizabeth F. Miller Sept. 27.

Outlook school invites parents to Oct. 21 meeting

OUTLOOK - Outlook Elementary School is inviting parents to attend its Parent Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Battle of the bands at Grandview High School tomorrow

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School will host its annual Rocktober Battle of the Bands event tomorrow (Saturday).

Cutting to the Core

Time for a new stimulus plan

Time for a new stimulus plan

'F' as in Frank

Spill, baby, spill

Spill, baby, spill

Guest Editorial

The quiet revolution in public education

The quiet revolution in public education

Thursday, October 14

Trials, tribulations helped Detroit native transform her life

PROSSER - Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection guest speaker Pat Smith this past Tuesday detailed how she has adjusted to various changes in her life, including learning to transform from being accustomed to city life in Detroit to becoming a ranch wife.

Young SHS volleyball squad growing up fast

Don't let the freshman moniker fool you, the Sunnyside High School freshman volleyball team is not to be taken for granted.

Lady Vikes avenge earlier loss to Riverview

MABTON - The Mabton High School volleyball team exacted its revenge against the Riverview Panthers this past Tuesday for an earlier loss the Vikings suffered at the paws of the Panthers this season.

Oldest Boeing airplane still in operation flown in to Sunnyside airport

Ever wonder what it was like to fly in 1928? Several family members and friends of Addison Pemberton found just that very thing out yesterday (Wednesday) when Pemberton stopped by in Sunnyside with his 1928 Boeing 40C airplane.

SHS grad tapped for UW honor

Patricia Loera, a 1986 graduate of Sunnyside High School and a 1993 graduate of the University of Washington, will be honored this Saturday, Oct. 16, by the University of Washington with its Distinguished Alumna Award.

Wednesday, October 13

Jennie's Journey

Judicial candidate appears genuinely concerned about issues affecting us locally

Judicial candidate appears genuinely concerned about issues affecting us locally





Please vote for Don Engel

Please vote for Don Engel

Guest Editorial

I-1100 & I-1105 too risky for Washington and too devastating to Sunnyside

I-1100 & I-1105 too risky for Washington and too devastating to Sunnyside

Grandview blanks Lady Vikes in non-league match-up

MABTON - Last night the Lady Viking soccer team hosted Grandview in a non-league match-up. Unfortunately for the home team, Mabton was held scoreless in a 4-0 defeat.

Suns outshine Lady Grizzlies

The good news is that the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team held Southridge's top scorer, Heather Johnson, in check last night.

Kamiakin Braves deal Sunnyside loss

Despite starting off by playing strongly last night against the Kamiakin Braves, the Sunnyside Grizzlies lost again in straight sets, plunging their season record to 0-11.

Midvale annexation receives thumbs up

The Sunnyside Planning Commission last night approved the annexation of three parcels on Midvale Road, owned by Darrell Downing, with the condition the property be cleaned up.

Grandview starts 2011 budget process...utility rate increases, vehicle license fees on the table

GRANDVIEW - A combination of pulling funds from reserves, holding the line on expenses and finding new revenue will help the city of Grandview balance its budget for 2011.

Mabton Council approves budget amendment

MABTON - The Mabton City Council amended its 2010 budget in several funds at last night's meeting to reflect changes in the past months.

'No' for now on request to raise property taxes

Because assessed property values have fallen in 2010 and the city of Sunnyside property assessments could potentially drop further in 2011, thus reducing revenues collected by the city, Sunnyside Finance Director Byron Olson Monday night asked the city council to consider a property tax increase.

Tuesday, October 12

Sunnyside City Council approves Civic Plus as new website provider

Sunnyside City Council approves Civic Plus as new website provider

Sunnyside's newest cop now on the road

Sunnyside Police Officer Jeremy Tucker has barely had the chance to get his uniform on. But, he's on the road with Officer Johnny Gusby.

'Fourpeat' for local golfers

KENNEWICK - Untouchable...that pretty much sums up the 50&over team from Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Artist finds calling at Grandview tattoo parlor

Said Navarro left Grandview High School with no idea where his life would take him.

New ear, nose and throat doctor recruited to Sunnyside

Dr. Michael Hubbell, an ear, nose and throat specialist, may still have almost two years of training to complete with Ohio State University's otolaryngology residency program, but the doctor has already decided to work for Sunnyside Community Hospital when his residency is complete.







Monday, October 11

Washington cattlemen to host annual convention and trade show

CLE ELUM - The Washington Cattlemen's Association and the Washington Cattle Women's Association will hold their 85th annual convention and trade show Nov. 11-13 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. Beef producers from the northwest are invited to attend. The cattlemen have planned a full agenda of meetings, entertainment and a trade show.

New housing, commercial starts top slow building month for Sunnyside

There were just 12 new building starts permitted in the city of Sunnyside during the month of September.

Vikings fall by same 62-0 score third straight week

CONNELL - After running the gauntlet of three state playoff qualifiers from last season the Mabton Vikings may be looking for a bit of a break.

Playoff picture murky for Sunnyside Grizzlies

PASCO - Technically, last Friday's game at Pasco wasn't a must-win for the Sunnyside football team. Realistically, though, it was one the Grizzlies needed if they are going to earn one of the four 3A CBBN playoff spots.

Lady 'Hounds squeak out win in closing minutes

GRANDVIEW - It was a match-up of wills, and this past Saturday the Grandview girls soccer team wanted it more. The Lady Greyhounds defeated the visiting Ephrata Tigers 3-2, booting in the game winner with only four minutes on the clock.

Shootout win notched by visiting Red Devils

GRANDVIEW - It was a wild west shootout this past Friday in Grandview as the visiting East Valley Red Devils came to town for a CWAC match-up. Both teams put up a lot of points but it was East Valley who was left still standing with a 46-40 win.

On-statge review...

'Curtains' worth price of admission

'Curtains' worth price of admission







Friday, October 8

Book review

Romantic novel takes readers to cattle country in Wyoming

Romantic novel takes readers to cattle country in Wyoming

America's disastrous policy of assassination

President Obama's Justice Department recently feigned outrage when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged the planned assassination of a U.S.-born Muslim cleric, insisting that the president, not the courts, should have the only say in the assassination of American citizens.

Irrigators question new fees proposed by state

A report by the state's ecology department calling for water users, such as irrigators, to pay new fees was called into question recently by a report issued by the Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association.

Key entities reach agreement on Hanford clean-up

The U.S. Department of Energy and Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) jointly filed a motion this week in U.S. District Court asking the court to approve and enter a judicial consent decree that imposes a new, enforceable and achievable schedule for cleaning up waste from Hanford's underground tanks.

Changes at high school sitting well with most students

With longer school days and a closed campus, one might expect students at Sunnyside High School to be positively fuming at the changes implemented by the school district this year.

Mabton pulls out 3-1 win at Goldendale

GOLDENDALE - Mabton Girls Soccer Coach Lucia Tovar was disappointed with how her team opened last night's match-up in Goldendale, but her team woke up in the second half to come away with a 3-1 win.

Vikings overpower GHS girls in match-up of league powerhouses

SELAH - The state's 2A No. 2-ranked Selah volleyball team was every bit as good as advertised, as the Grandview Lady Greyhound squad fell 3-0 to the host Vikings last night, Thursday.

Suns shine too brightly on SHS girls

KENNEWICK - The Southridge Suns had no problem sweeping past the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies in 3A CBBN volleyball action last night.

Bickleton runner girls race winner at Granger's Hisey Park

GRANGER - Bickleton's cross-country runners took on the Hisey Park challenge and runners from five schools yesterday and in the process claimed two season personal best records and one first place honor.

No show at Egley's

There may have been some building anticipation as women in the community were promised the opportunity to see male exotic dancers strut their stuff at Egley's Sports Bar last night (Thursday).

Church pastor on tap Oct. 17

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Sunnyside will hold an installation service for its new pastor, Rev. Katrina Walther.

Parents of SHS students to meet next Monday

Two separate meetings for parents of Sunnyside High School students will be held next Monday, Oct. 11.

Sunnyside Housing Authority upgrades television antennas

Residents living in Sunnyside Housing Authority properties are undergoing electrical upgrades to make television reception better.

'Ripple in a pond' advice urged by Ugandan speaker

Students from Sacha Mike's world literature class welcomed a very special guest speaker this past Wednesday.


Re-elect Judge Don Engel

Re-elect Judge Don Engel

Empire of M

The greatest story we'll ever tell

The greatest story we'll ever tell

Thursday, October 7

Male go-go a no-go, say city officials

Calling it "jumping the gun," Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi says a downtown tavern owner's plans for a male revue tonight, Thursday, won't pass muster.

Spotted wing fruit fly's been spotted

PROSSER - A few months ago farmers whose livelihoods are dependent on fruits, including grape growers, were put on notice that there may be a concern regarding the spotted wing fruit fly this year.

Lower Valley fall harvest in full swing

Local apple growers have reason to be chipper

Local apple growers have reason to be chipper




Wednesday, October 6

Evidence issues, folding witnesses lead judge to reduce bail for teen accused of shooting deputy

YAKIMA - The decision last week to lower Jacob Almaguer's bail from $2 million to $50,000 didn't happen in a vacuum.

Pacific Power's 21 percent rate increase proposal too steep...say UTC staff members

State regulatory staff are proposing to allow just a little more than half of an electric rate increase sought by Pacific Power.

Community of Sunnyside speaks out at vigil against domestic violence

Motorists honked in support of those marching down Sunnyside's South Sixth Street yesterday.

Sluggish start dooms SCHS girls

GLENWOOD - It doesn't matter how good you are if you show up on the other team's floor with just your 'B' game. And that's exactly what the Sunnyside Christian volleyball team did last night.

Grandview pulls out 3-2 win in sudden death shootout

SELAH - The Grandview soccer team fought hard to earn a shootout win last night at Selah.

Lady Pirates winners

BICKLETON - The Bickleton Pirates varsity used a match last night with the Mabton JV squad as a tune-up to return to league play next week. The Lady Pirates beat the Mabton JV volleyball team by scores of 25-9, 25-8, 25-14.

Lady Grizzlies nearly tether Hanford Falcons

The Sunnyside High School volleyball team hosted the Hanford Falcons last night in 3A CBBN play. Despite pushing the Falcons to the limit in every game played during the match, the Lady Grizzlies lost by scores of 25-21, 25-23, 25-23.

Irrigation shut-off to start next week

Local irrigation districts will in the next few days start the seasonal process of shutting down the supply of irrigation water.

Sunnyside couple married 30 years

Moises T. Garcia Jr. and his wife, Maria J. Ramos, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this past Monday.

Local toddler first princess at All American Girl Pageant

MARYSVILLE - She's just two-years-old and already Audrina Campos of Sunnyside is quite comfortable on a stage in front of an admiring crowd.


Re-elect Don Engel to bench

Re-elect Don Engel to bench

Guest Editorial

Lights out

Lights out

Cutting to the Core

You're welcome, Sunnyside

You're welcome, Sunnyside

Tuesday, October 5

Sunnyside teen charged for role in July 17 murder

YAKIMA - Raul Alvarez, 18, was yesterday (Monday) formally charged in Yakima County Superior Court for his role in the July 17 shooting and murder of 15-year-old David Baldonado.

Marti's Flower Carte moving from Port's incubator building

Last night (Monday) the Port of Sunnyside commissioners were alerted that the port's idea of helping business owners get established in the community by providing incubator space has been a success for one business owner.

Outlook teen leaves jail despite charge of shooting at deputies

YAKIMA - An Outlook teen suspected of shooting at two Sheriff's deputies - injuring one - is out on bail.

Mabton awarded $35,000 wastewater treatment plant grant

The city of Mabton has received $35,000 from the Washington State Department of Commerce in the form of a Community Development Block Grant.

Hop farmers face reality check

Less quantity, but higher quality; that's the 2010 hop harvest in a nutshell according to Yakima Chief CEO Steve Carpenter.

2010 a promising year for wheat and hay farmers

Wheat and hay farmers have had a difficult couple of years, but 2010 is looking up for those who are busy supplying the market with products to help sustain life in this country.

Community supported agriculture thriving at Heavenly Hills Harvest

Merritt Mitchell-Wajeeh says she has always had an interest in growing produce. For the past couple of years she has turned that passion into Heavenly Hills Harvest, a community supported garden that supplies customers from Selah to Richland with fresh vegetables.

Liberty Christian sweeps aside SCHS ;in three straight games

RICHLAND - The Liberty Christian Patriots were the aggressors last night, forcing Sunnyside Christian's volleyball team to play defensively. The end result was a 3-0 sweep by Liberty Christian over the visiting Lady Knights.

Sunnyside drag racer wins 'Wally'

Standing just over 18-inches tall with a base of solid walnut, the Wally is the most sought-after trophy in all of drag racing.

State awards record funding for drinking water system loans

Washington state's Public Works Board approved 27 public water systems throughout Washington to share in approximately $72.5 million in low-interest loans this fall to help improve their facilities.

Hobby farm has grown popular with local produce lovers

Hidden north of Sunnyside and nestled between acres of mass produced corn and wheat, a Sunnyside man engages in his favorite hobby.

Learning opportunities plentiful with new programs at Sunnyside High School

Keeping kids in school is a tricky task, but keeping them in school when they don't have to be? Now that takes talent, organization and commitment.




Monday, October 4

Sunnyside, Mabton schools share in $5 million grant for dropout prevention

Help is on the way for some local schools to address the problem of students dropping out of high school.

Sunnyside Housing Authority details five-year improvement plan at public meeting

With only three residents in attendance, the Sunnyside Housing Authority held a public hearing this past Friday to discuss future plans to improve the federally-funded housing program.

Rodriguez, Smith, Russell top award winners for DSN in annual state-wide contest

WENATCHEE - The trio of Vanessa Rodriguez, Rod Smith and Corey Russell claimed seven of the 12 awards bestowed on the Daily Sun News of Sunnyside last Friday night at the annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention.

Lady Grizzlies back on the winning track

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team snapped a seven-match losing streak with a 4-2 victory at Kennewick this past Saturday.

Castillo records State meet qualifying time in butterfly

FEDERAL WAY - The Sunnyside High School swim team had something to cheer about as Toni Castillo set a State qualifying time of 1:01.22 in the 100-yard butterfly event at this past Saturday's Mukilteo Invite.

Grizzlies fare well on 5,000-meter Pasco course

PASCO - Only two seconds separated the runner-up, Sunnyside's Juan Reynoso, from the winner of last Saturday's Bulldog Cross-Country Invitational.

Spartans find holes in Mabton's defense

GRANGER - Crossing over to the SCAC West for the first time this year the Mabton Vikings saw their four-match win streak stopped this past Saturday when the Granger Spartans volleyball team won by scores of 25-12, 20-25, 25-17, 25-21.

Lions roar past Sunnyside

A one-man wrecking crew, that would be one way to describe Kennewick QB Drew Loftus. The Lions quarterback scored five touchdowns last Friday, all on the ground, while piling up 235 rushing yards.

Higher than normal temps expected in October

Sunnyside residents in October should expect higher than normal temperatures and near to below normal precipitation, according to officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's national weather service in Pendleton, Ore.

Friendship remains strong with regular overseas visits

Their friendship began at a train station and, over the years, flourished into a wonderful exchange of culture and ideas.







Friday, October 1

Recognizing domestic violence first step to making it disappear

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services will sponsor several events to promote awareness of domestic violence in the community.

Former Miss Cinco de Mayo competing for state teen crown

Hoping for a chance at some scholarship money and the chance to travel, Sunnyside High School senior Marisol Velazquez is running for the title of Miss Washington Teen USA.

Castillo two-time winner against Southridge Suns

KENNEWICK - Sunnyside High School's swim team last night traveled to the Kennewick pool and was able to gain three wins against Southridge.

Grandview Greyhounds keep Royal City Knights scoreless

ROYAL CITY - The 2A Grandview Lady Greyhounds last night had the opportunity to practice their skills in a non-league match-up against the 1A Royal Knights.

Bickleton senior wins girls race

GOLDENDALE - It was a homecoming of spectacular sorts for Bickleton High School senior Christina Wilson yesterday afternoon.

Mabton girls win four consecutive match

BENTON CITY - The Mabton High School volleyball team won its fourth straight match by beating the Kiona-Benton Bears 25-10, 25-22, 18-25, 25-13 last night.

Wavrin, Haak lead SCHS's win over Lyle

Sunnyside Christian wasn't exactly on top of its game last night. Still, the Lady Knights persevered and walked off their home court with a tightly contested 3-1 victory over the visiting Lyle Cougars.

Bueno's bail set at $1 million Sosa sentenced to eight months confinement

YAKIMA - This past Wednesday 16-year-old Alex Bueno was arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court for the July 17 murder of David Baldonado, 15, of Sunnyside.

Picasso masterpieces to make U.S. debut in Seattle

SEATTLE - The U.S. debut of works by Pablo Picasso will be featured at the Seattle Art Museum starting next week.

Book Review

The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts new trends, weather forecasts

The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts new trends, weather forecasts


An adult act?

An adult act?

Guest Column

Those hidden taxes are killing us

Those hidden taxes are killing us

Jennie's Journey

Butterflies are mounting as awards ceremony nears

Butterflies are mounting as awards ceremony nears