Stories for October 2010


Friday, October 29


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.

October 29, 2010 2:59 p.m. read more..

'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.

October 29, 2010 2:45 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 28

Firemen thinking pink

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

October 28, 2010 3:44 p.m. read more..

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.

October 27, 2010 3:28 p.m. read more..

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.

October 27, 2010 3 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 26


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.

October 26, 2010 2:48 p.m. read more..

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.

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

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.

October 25, 2010 4:06 p.m. read more..

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.

October 25, 2010 4:03 p.m. read more..

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.

October 25, 2010 3:58 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 22


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.

October 22, 2010 2:04 p.m. read more..

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.

October 22, 2010 2 p.m. read more..

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.

October 22, 2010 1:54 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 21


Wednesday, October 20


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.

October 20, 2010 4:27 p.m. read more..

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.

October 20, 2010 4:14 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 19


Monday, October 18


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.

October 18, 2010 3:20 p.m. read more..

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.

October 18, 2010 3:19 p.m. read more..


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

October 18, 2010 3:12 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 15


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.

October 15, 2010 3:04 p.m. read more..

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.

October 15, 2010 2:59 p.m. read more..

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.

October 15, 2010 2:56 p.m. read more..

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.

October 14, 2010 3:01 p.m. read more..

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.

October 14, 2010 2:59 p.m. read more..

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.

October 14, 2010 2:56 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 13

Guest Editorial

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

October 13, 2010 3:56 p.m. read more..

Jennie's Journey

Judicial candidate appears genuinely concerned about issues affecting us locally

October 13, 2010 3:56 p.m. read more..

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.

October 13, 2010 3:53 p.m. read more..

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.

October 13, 2010 3:52 p.m. read more..

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.

October 13, 2010 3:51 p.m. read more..

'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.

October 13, 2010 3:46 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 12


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.

October 12, 2010 3:19 p.m. read more..

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.

October 11, 2010 3:55 p.m. read more..

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.

October 11, 2010 3:49 p.m. read more..

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.

October 11, 2010 3:47 p.m. read more..

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.

October 11, 2010 3:45 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 8


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.

October 8, 2010 4:47 p.m. read more..

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.

October 8, 2010 4:35 p.m. read more..

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.

October 8, 2010 4:34 p.m. read more..

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.

October 8, 2010 4:32 p.m. read more..

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).

October 8, 2010 4:29 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 7


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.

October 7, 2010 4:14 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 6


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.

October 6, 2010 4:28 p.m. read more..

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.

October 6, 2010 4:26 p.m. read more..

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.

October 6, 2010 4:25 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 5


Monday, October 4


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.

October 4, 2010 3:51 p.m. read more..

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.

October 4, 2010 3:49 p.m. read more..

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.

October 4, 2010 3:48 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 1


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.

October 1, 2010 2:52 p.m. read more..

Book Review

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

October 1, 2010 2:47 p.m. read more..