Stories for September 2010


Thursday, September 30

State auditors hit Yakima County twice on financial records

YAKIMA - Yakima County was faulted by state auditors in two areas during a pair of findings issued this week against the county's books for 2009.

Auditor's office finds fault with Sunnyside Housing Authority

The Sunnyside Housing Authority's move last year to outsource its accounting and financial record keeping is at the heart of an audit finding against the agency.

Grandview books given thumbs up by state auditors

GRANDVIEW - The state auditor's office recently released the results of an audit done on the city of Grandview's books for 2009.

Seniors triumphant in SHS powder puff football game, 34-14

Under the lights of a Sunnyside High School's Clem Senn Field the senior class ran, passed and kicked its way to a 34-14 win over the junior class in last night's homecoming powder puff flag football game.

Police led on car pursuit Wednesday morning

Yesterday morning (Wednesday) at about 8 a.m. Sunnyside police were led on a pursuit on Cemetery Road.

Sunnyside police reminding residents dog licenses required for local canines

All adult dogs in the city of Sunnyside are required to be licensed, according to Sunnyside Municipal Code 6.04.090.

Sunnyside High School students afforded more science opportunities

With the switch from a semester schedule to trimesters, Sunnyside High School students have more opportunities available to them. Those opportunities include the addition of science electives not previously taught.

Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Foundation hosting fundraising dinner

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Foundation was started just a few years ago and the group seeks to raise funds for improvements to the Country Park/Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo grounds in Grandview through fundraisers like its annual banquet and auction set for Thursday, Oct. 14.

Wednesday, September 29

Grandview business held up at knife point

GRANDVIEW - Last night, Tuesday, a Grandview business in the 300 block of East Wine Country Road was robbed after a man displayed a knife and demanded an employee turn over cash.

16-year-old to be tried as an adult on murder charge

The Sunnyside Police Department yesterday (Tuesday) announced the Yakima County Juvenile Court has decided Alex Bueno, 16, of Sunnyside will be tried as an adult for the murder of 15-year-old David Baldonado.

Grandview new city administrator

GRANDVIEW - The interim label can be removed from Cus Arteaga's job title at the city of Grandview, as last night he was named the city administrator on a permanent basis.

Grandview farm fined more than $200,000

GRANDVIEW - After more than a year since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its findings, Double H Farms near Grandview has been issued a fine of more than $200,000.

Grizzly runners nipped by Hanford, Kennewick

YAKIMA - Sunnyside's Juan Reynoso had the fastest time from among all the 3A runners at yesterday's CBBN league meet at Yakima's Franklin Park.

Lady 'Hounds victorious in homecoming match, 9-2

GRANDVIEW - Grandview soccer Coach Anne Holden said she wasn't trying to run the score up in last night's homecoming match against Quincy.

Mabton Vikes win third straight match

MABTON - After beginning the season with an 0-3 mark the Mabton Vikings volleyball team has reeled off three straight wins, the most recent a 25-16, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12 hard fought contest against Columbia-Burbank.

Rams shoot past Lady Grizzlies, 8-0

It was a better effort, but still a loss in the books as the Lady Grizzly soccer team fell 8-0 at home last night, Tuesday, to West Valley.

Shea graduates Air Force training

Storm Shea, a 2009 graduate of Grandview High School, recently graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Tex.


Vote for Glen Warren

Vote for Glen Warren

Guest Column

Wary of the technology-aware

Wary of the technology-aware

Words from Washington

Listening to the American people

Listening to the American people

'F' as in Frank

A sense of where I am

A sense of where I am




Tuesday, September 28

Two-vehicle collision claims life of local woman

A 76-year-old Sunnyside woman died at the scene of a two-vehicle collision last night.

City of Sunnyside considers new website provider

The city of Sunnyside's contract with its current website service, Granicus, is nearing completion and city council last night heard from Ryan Austin, the city's technology director, regarding three new options for internet services. He spoke during the city council's workshop meeting prior to the regular city council meeting.

City council lauded for aiding in uptown beautification efforts

The Sunnyside City Council in its regular meeting was provided a slide show by Bill Flower last night.

Mabton schools eyed for pilot program

MABTON - If state officials have their way, Mabton High School will be a pioneer in a career and technical program that's now offered to community colleges.

Black Rock Creek closes in on 2010 senior golf tour title

PENDLETON, ORE. - A third-place finish at the latest stop on the Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour has the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek team poised to nab its fourth consecutive championship.

Rice places 4th, Schaneman 16th at Cent. Wash. Open

YAKIMA - A pair of Sunnyside bowlers cashed at the second Central Washington Open competition of the 2010-11 season this past Sunday.

12 weeks to weight loss course offered at Sunnyside Community Center

People looking to get fit and slim down can now look to Sunnyside's community center for an all encompassing health class aimed at eating healthy and exercising right.

Hospital working hard to recruit bilingual health care providers

Sunnyside Community Hospital, in an effort to better serve the community, has been working to recruit providers who are able to speak Spanish.

Newest Sunnyside police officer on the job

Continuing to replenish its depleted ranks, the Sunnyside Police Department has hired Mike Ausland as its newest officer.

New ophthalmologist working Wednesdays at Sunnyside Optical

For the past several years Sunnyside residents in need of seeing an ophthalmologist have had to travel to Yakima. That changed in late July when Dr. Michael Stapleton began practicing every Wednesday at Sunnyside Optical.







Monday, September 27

Sunnyside's homeless will have shelter this winter

Through the hard work of Sunnyside's Joe and Elizabeth Knowles and Dave Hansen, executive director of Sunrise Outreach Center in Yakima, there will be two extreme cold weather shelters in Sunnyside this winter season.

Cream Wine pulling out of Sunnyside

Environmental issues and building decay have prompted Cream Wine to leave Sunnyside at the end of this month.

New school district business manager ready for a challenge

Jeff Loe does not shy away from a challenge and make no mistake; Loe's new position with the Sunnyside School District will be an exciting new challenge for this Grand Coulee native.

It's a different sort of flying for hot air balloonists

When people imagine flying high, there is a very vivid picture that fills the imagination and it usually involves being enclosed in a fixed wing aircraft and traveling at breakneck speeds.

Sunnyside boys 3A/4A champs at Connell invite

CONNELL - With three harriers finishing in the top 12 from the 170-runner field, the Sunnyside High School boys cross-country team won the 3A/4A title at last Saturday's Connell Invitational.

Grizzlies spoil West Valley homecoming

WEST VALLEY - The Sunnyside Grizzlies fended off a late charge by West Valley last Friday, in the process putting a major damper on the Rams' homecoming festivities.

Three Bickleton runners take on Connell course

CONNELL - Bickleton cross country runners competed at the Connell Invitational this past Saturday, Sept. 25.

Braves overwhelm Lady Grizzlies, 8-0

In a case of unmet expectations, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team struggled from the get-go in an 8-0 home loss to Kamiakin this past Saturday.

Touchet too much for SCHS Knights

Last year the Sunnyside Christian High School eight-man football team surrendered 48 points to Touchet.

New Miss Sunnyside looking forward to learning about local community

There are several things Kiana Ramos, the newly crowned 2010-11 Miss Sunnyside, is looking forward to during her year-long reign.

Friday, September 24

Candidate credits 'grassroots' campaign for late entry into Yakima County Sheriff's race

Claiming current Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin has fewer deputies on staff despite the availability of sales tax money dedicated to law and justice, Kelly Rosenow this morning described his candidacy for Irwin's seat in the Nov. 2 general election.

Three years later, murder suspect still at-large

The Sunnyside Police Department is still seeking information leading to the apprehension of Eric Flores, 28, who is suspected of murdering 26-year-old Veronica Ayala on the night of July 29, 2007.

Pendleton Rodeo's official cologne coneived here in Lower Yakima Valley

GRANGER - It's the official cologne of the annual Pendleton Rodeo, but Let 'er Buck was the idea of Granger's Charlie Hoctor.

$5.2 million reservoir part of SVID's conservation canal project

A new re-regulating reservoir is being built east of Sunnyside and when completed will be the final reservoir in Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District's canal automation project in phase one of SVID's conservation project.

Broersma picks up two victories for SHS at meet against Kamiakin

YAKIMA - The Lady Grizzly swim team yesterday hosted Kamiakin at Lions Pool in Yakima.

GHS Lady Greyhounds winners over Wolfpack

WAPATO - The Lady Greyhound volleyball team dominated in a 3-0 win last night, Thursday, at Wapato.

Mabton Lady Vikings edge past Royal City to square league record

ROYAL CITY - Mabton High School Volleyball Coach Marty McCallum knew last night's match was almost a must-win situation for his Lady Vikes.

Selah boys prevail at three-team meet hosted by Grandview

GRANDVIEW - With Matt Schwittay and Brad Kahn grabbing the top two finishing spots, the Selah Vikings boys cross-country squad claimed victories over both Ephrata and the host Grandview Greyhounds in a CWAC league meet staged Thursday afternoon.

Gaither Homecoming makes Tri-Cities debut

KENNEWICK - The Gaither Homecoming Celebration started out as an accident 20 years ago and today is one of the most popular concert tours in the country.

Alpaca exhibit planned this weekend

PROSSER - Alpacas have been getting a lot of attention these days. From the cover of a national tractor supply magazine, the Martha Stewart Show, Jay Leno Show, as well as American Express and Stanley Steamer commercials on national television networks.

Flower baskets care appreciated

All summer many people, also my husband, Kieth and I, spotted Bill Flower on his little tractor with his watering wand at about 5 or 6 in the morning, watering the lovely flower baskets around downtown Sunnyside.


Many hands make for lighter work

Many hands make for lighter work

Guest Column

All our economic problems are over

All our economic problems are over

Cutting to the Core

Latest GOP pledge carries stink of 1994

Latest GOP pledge carries stink of 1994

Thursday, September 23

Sunnyside community invited to celebrate Grizzly pride at homecoming activites next week

Sunnyside High School is gearing up for its revamped homecoming week and the entire community is invited to join in on the fun.

Sunnyside receives clean audit

The city of Sunnyside's financial reports for Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2009 were audited by the Washington State Auditor's Office and its findings were recently released, giving the city a clean bill of health.

Court sets bail for two suspects in Grandview kidnapping/car theft

YAKIMA - During an arraignment yesterday, Wednesday, in Yakima County Superior Court, bail was set at $100,000 for both Elizabeth Gonzalez, 27, of Prosser and Ruben Roman, 31, of Sunnyside.

Adjustments being made with fewer school nurses

With every layoff comes the need for adjustment and it was no different when the Sunnyside School District lost two school nurses earlier this summer.

Message from a distant past?

To some, the rock located outside of George Johnson's 820 Grandview Avenue home in Sunnyside atop Harrison Hill may be nothing spectacular, but to Johnson, it is a unique connection to early American history.




Wednesday, September 22

Agencies review groundwater study

YAKIMA - The latest results of a comprehensive groundwater study reaffirm the need for water managers to work together to find long-term water supply solutions for the Yakima River Basin, the parties commissioning the report announced recently.

Sunnyside's Promise director working to build bridges within community

Much has changed in the year since Mark Baysinger took the executive director post with Sunnyside's Promise.

Pasco shoots past Sunnyside

PASCO - The Lady Grizzly soccer team showed improved defense last night but still fell to host Pasco 3-0.

Mabton sweeps past Wahluke

MABTON - The Mabton High School volleyball team celebrated its first league win of the season, Tuesday night, sweeping past the Wahluke Warriors 25-21, 25-13, 25-16 to finally get a W in the win column.

Sunnyside shut out by visiting Pasco

The woes continued for the Sunnyside High School volleyball team as the Lady Grizzlies lost their fifth straight match last night, this time against the visiting Pasco Bulldogs.

Commissioners set public hearing for 911 excise tax

YAKIMA - The Board of Yakima County Commissions has set a public hearing for Oct. 5, 2010, to hear comment regarding a request to amend Yakima County Code Chapter 3.36 and Ordinance No. 16-2002.

Ovalle's celebrate 50 years together

On Sept. 23, 1960, Gonzalo and Rosa Ovalle married in Mabton - 50 years later, this Sunnyside couple is still going strong.

Party planned for Sunnyside man turning 100 years old

The year in which lifetime Sunnyside resident Paul Morrow was born, 1910, the Union of South Africa was created and the Mexican Revolution was creating havoc just south of the U.S. border.

Words from Washington

Trillion-dollar stimulus is failing

Trillion-dollar stimulus is failing

Jennie's Journey

past presidents

past presidents

Tuesday, September 21

New school district staff introduced to Noon Rotarians

Dr. Rick Cole, superintendent for the Sunnyside School District, introduced three new school department heads to Sunnyside Noon Rotarians yesterday (Monday).

No significant changes in Port of Sunnyside budget for 2011

Port of Sunnyside commissioners Jim Grubenhoff, Arnold Martin and Jeff Matson last night (Monday) heard a report on the preliminary 2011 budget.

SCHS girls run record to 2-1 at Tri-Cities Prep Invitational

PASCO - Behind the trio of power hitters Maddy Wavrin, Janelle DeGroot and Brittany Broersma, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team compiled a 2-1 record at last Saturday's Tri-Cities Prep Invitational.

Sunnyside's Broersma 6th at pentathalon

ELLENSBURG - Two members of the Sunnyside High School swim team traveled this past Saturday to the Central Washington University Pentathalon.

Longtime Grandview doctor leaving local practice

GRANDVIEW - You could call it a semi-retirement for Dr. Albert Fiedler, who began practicing medicine at Grandview's Birch Street Medical Center in 1990.




Monday, September 20

Would-be thieves get more than they bargain for

GRANDVIEW - A car left running in the parking lot of a Grandview day care was too much for thieves to resist this morning, Monday.

New funding sources sought for water management

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking legislative authority to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state water resources program and reduce the program's reliance and impact on taxpayer funding through the state general fund.

Kiana Ramos named Miss Sunnyside

The 2010-11 Miss Sunnyside Court was selected this past Saturday night at Sunnyside High School and Kiana Ramos, sponsored by Bon Vino's Bistro & Bakery and Sunnyside Les Schwab, emerged as the victor out of 14 wonderful contestants.

Oregon club outlasts Sunnyside Christian

YAKIMA - For a half the Sunnyside Christian Knights 8-man football team matched Arlington, Ore. score for score this past Friday night.

SHS junior turns in fastest boys clocking at Apple Ridge Run Challenge

COWICHE - There was no one faster at last Saturday's Apple Ridge Run Challenge than Sunnyside High School junior Juan Reynoso.

Bickleton runners improve personal bests at Cowiche run

COWICHE - The Bickleton cross-country runners put in a good showing at Cowiche's 3-mile Apple Ridge Run.

Lady 'Hounds 4-0 winners over Wapato

GRANDVIEW - The Lady 'Hounds this past Saturday evened their overall record 2-2 with a non-league 4-0 win over Wapato.

Vikings falls short in defensive struggle with Wahluke, 12-6

MABTON - Despite scoring their first touchdown of the season and keeping the Wahluke Warriors offense under wraps, the Vikings dropped their league opener 12-6 last Friday night.

Sunnyside hospital program for healtheir, more fit people to get underway in early October

Sunnyside Community Hospital has set in motion a new program geared toward helping community members become more physically fit.

Loving Sunnyside Initiative plans work day Oct. 23

A movement to paint houses and fix up yards for low-income Sunnysiders will continue this fall with a work day to fix up six homes.







Friday, September 17

Story Time

Let's make sure and keep the tourists we already have

Let's make sure and keep the tourists we already have

Guest Editorial

'Preserve, protect and defend'

'Preserve, protect and defend'




'F' as in Frank

Ten years and counting

Ten years and counting

Lady Grizzlies fall to 4A Davis

YAKIMA - It was anyone's match for a half, before the Lady Grizzly soccer team finally yielded to Davis 3-0 yesterday, Thursday.

Prophecy seminar coming to Sunnyside

Explore the Prophetic" is the theme of a seminar to be held at Sunnyside Seventh Day Adventist Church starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15.

Open house planned for Dr. Fiedler on Monday

GRANDVIEW - Nineteen years after he first came to the Lower Valley, Dr. Albert Fiedler is stepping away from his practice at Birch Street Medical Center next week.

Salad supper scheduled

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Sunnyside will host its annual salad supper for all Lutheran women in the community next Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Christian club speaker finds identity in Jesus Christ

PROSSER - For 50 years Marijo Reineking wondered about her past. Wondered why it was her mother treated her harshly, far different from her siblings, why she was passed around from relative to relative.

'Little mistakes' haunt Lady Vikes

BENTON CITY - The Lady Viking soccer team was on the attack for the first 20 minutes last night, only to see miscues cost them dearly in a 3-0 loss at Kiona-Benton.

GHS girls tame Top-Hi Wildcats

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhound volleyball team continued its dominant run through CWAC play last night, reeling off a 3-0 win over visiting Toppenish.

Bickleton runs past Lyle for league win

LYLE - Playing their first league volleyball match of the season the Bickleton Lady Pirates moved past the Lyle Cougars last night by scores of 25-17, 25-17, 25-16.

Lower Valley native begins campaigning for county sheriff's job

Lower Yakima Valley native Kelly Rosenow is calling for a change in how the Yakima County Sheriff's Department operates.

Lights! Camera!...Peppers?

Johnson Foods in Sunnyside played host to a television production team this past Wednesday.

Thursday, September 16

House fire believed to be result of electrical problem

Sunnyside Fire Department personnel, as well as those from Fire District No. 5, responded to a fire alarm just after 3:30 p.m. yesterday, Sept. 15.

Port of Sunnyside moves forward with $1.1 million purchase of Padelford property near airport

Port of Sunnyside attorney Steve Winfree gave an update on a property purchase to Port of Sunnyside commissioners yesterday at a special meeting.

Wednesday, September 15




Guest Column

We can fix what ails us

We can fix what ails us


Miss Sunnyside program offers incredible

Miss Sunnyside program offers incredible

Cutting to the Core

Do you smell that?

Do you smell that?

Grandview couple celebrates their diamond anniversary

On Sept. 16, 1950, Arthur and Laura Pittillo married in Independence, Ore. Sixty years later the Grandview couple is still going strong.

MOTS group meeting twice each month

GRANDVIEW - MOTS, a social, education and support group for moms of tots, will be meeting the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Grandview Nazarene Church.

'Diamond Queen' earns another top honor at Harrah

The reign of the 2009-10 Miss Sunnyside Court is rapidly coming to a close, but the accomplishments of this court are becoming legend.

Lady Grizzlies show progress in loss to Hanford

Last year the Lady Grizzly girls soccer team lost to Hanford by a score of 8-0.

Sunnyside boys split 3A league match-ups

MOSES LAKE - Powered by juniors Juan Reynoso and Nathan Gonzalez, the 8th and 12th place finishers overall in the 53-runner field, the Sunnyside High School boys cross-country team split its four match-ups with 3A teams at Moses Lake yesterday afternoon.

Sunnyside Christian holds on for five-set victory over Jaguars

The Sunnyside Christian girls had to reach down deep for something extra last night, but in the end they persevered and walked off their own gym floor with a 3-2 victory.

Lady Greyhounds blank Top-Hi 'Cats

TOPPENISH - The Grandview girls soccer team defeated Toppenish's Wildcats 3-0 yesterday, Sept. 14.

Suns set on Sunnyside

An injury riddled Sunnyside volleyball team hosted the Southridge Suns last night, losing in three games, 25-13, 25-7, 25-10.

Mabton falls to Connell in three

MABTON - The volleyball match between the Mabton Vikings and the Connell Eagles last night started out very badly for the Lady Vikes, according to Mabton Coach Marty McCallum. But once his team settled down things improved dramatically but the Eagles still walked away with a 25-8, 25-18, 25-18 victory.

City of Grandview mulls legal options

GRANDVIEW - A lawsuit brought by Larry Bolan was part of a larger discussion the Grandview City Council had last night about finding new legal services following the retirement of long-time city attorney Jack Maxwell.

Grandview reviews in-house administrator candidates

GRANDVIEW - And then there were two.

Sunnyside dance halls scrutinized by planning commission

The city of Sunnyside is zeroing in on adopting an ordinance that would provide for stricter regulation of city dance halls.

Recovered stolen vehicle leads to three arrests

Sunnyside police arrested a Grandview man and two Sunnyside juveniles yesterday after police responded to an auto theft report.

Mabton Council raises utility rates

MABTON - The Mabton City Council voted 5-0 last night to impose an across the board monthly $3 increase for water and sewer services in the city.

Tuesday, September 14

COPS program suggested for Sunnyside

The city of Sunnyside was encouraged last night to pursue a program that helps neighborhoods police themselves.

City of Sunnyside ordered to pay attorney fees

The city of Sunnyside was ordered to pay attorney fees for a woman when she took the city to court to retrieve items seized by police.

Grandview school directors 'GLAD' new program in place

GRANDVIEW - "Wonderful, smart board members deciding gleefully around the table," members of the Grandview School Board sang in unison at yesterday's board meeting.

Pawnshop ordinance revised by city council

With a business owner expressing interest in setting up a pawnshop in Sunnyside, the city council last night, Monday, approved an update to a 50-year-old ordinance already on the books.

Wolf pup find may indicate state's third pack

A gray wolf pup recently trapped and radio-collared near the Canadian border in northeast Washington indicates the state may be home to a third breeding wolf pack.

Mabton overcomes sluggish start to claim second place honors in tournament play at SunDome

YAKIMA - The Mabton Vikings volleyball team played to a third place finish in their pool and then nearly won the championship among third place teams.

Bickleton picks up first win of season

ZILLAH - The Bickleton Pirates varsity picked up its first win of the season, beating Zillah's 'C' squad last night in volleyball by scores of 25-11, 25-4 to win the best of a three-set match.

Nuestra Casa, US Bank to hold celebration Sept. 16

With the official start of fall just a week away, Nuestra Casa and US Bank in Sunnyside are planning a celebration this coming Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Annexation process begins for Midvale Road property

The Sunnyside City Council last night, Monday, gave thumbs up to accept a property owner's intention to annex his property into the city limits.

Sunnyside Community Hospital business office at new site

Sunnyside Community Hospital has moved its business office.

BIMORE Store in Sunnyside aims to save shoppers money

The newest store in Sunnyside is aiming to get Sunnyside residents to spend less while still receiving the quality they expect on items such as kitchen wares, electronics, clothing apparel and food.

Hillcrest employee passes 25-year milestone

Gale Olson remembers making his decision to become a licensed practical nurse.







Monday, September 13

Lopez formally arraigned on second degree murder charge

The man the Yakima County Prosecutor's Office believes is responsible for the Aug. 24 death of 2-year-old Benjamin Miron of Sunnyside was arraigned last Friday.

Shots fired at vehicle in Sunnyside, one injured

Sunnyside police are currently looking for a 1993 blue Nissan Qwest van with a Washington license plate number of 824RXC in connection with a report of shots fired in the 400 block of Cemetery Road this past Friday night.

Mabton Council meets to come up with city priorities

MABTON - More playground equipment for the city parks, green technology and 24/7 police coverage are just some of the priorities the Mabton City Council discussed this past Friday at a council retreat held in Mabton.

More than two dozen teams turn out for Great Grape Stomp

GRANDVIEW - Twenty-five teams of three turned out to try their feet in YVCC's annual Grape Stomp in Grandview.

Reynoso sixth overall at Ellensburg Invitational

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside's Juan Reynoso opened the 2010 fall cross-country season in fine fashion last Saturday. The SHS junior scored a sixth-place finish from a field of 117 varsity runners at the Ellensburg Invitational.

Osorio scores goal for Sunnyside in 6-1 decision to Eastmont Wildcats

EAST WENATCHEE - The good news is that the Sunnyside High School girls varsity soccer team was able to score on 3A powerhouse Eastmont.

Knights earn first victory of season

LYLE - The Sunnyside Christian Knights eight-man football team took control early and never let up in a 28-6 win over Kings Way Christian this past Friday at Lyle High School.

Defense keeps Mabton gridders close against Spartans

GRANGER - Despite injuries and penalties hampering his players as they learn a new offense, Mabton High School Coach Shane Thorson is pleased with the progress they have made with only three weeks of practice under their belts.

6-1 loss leaves Lady Greyhounds eager for win

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds battled against East Valley's Red Devils this past Saturday, Sept. 11, but came away with a 6-1 loss.

Bickleton goes 2-3 at SunDome Invite

YAKIMA - The Bickleton volleyball team used last Friday's SunDome Invite to strengthen team spirit and compete against some teams the Pirates likely won't see again.

Turnovers cost Grizzlies non-league victory against 4A Davis Pirates

Simply put, the Sunnyside Grizzlies let one get away last Friday night. A victory, that is, against the visiting 4A Davis Pirates.




Friday, September 10








Samaritans still exist

Samaritans still exist

Guest Editorial

Washington state students would benefit from charter schools

Washington state students would benefit from charter schools

Jennie's Journey

911 remembered

911 remembered

Words form Washington

Keeping tax rates low will help revive economy

Keeping tax rates low will help revive economy

Kirk Walden featured speaker at Life Options fundraising dinner Oct. 21

Life Options will host its annual fundraising dinner Thursday, Oct. 21, at Neighborhood Church Assemblies of God in Sunnyside.

Family Engagement Center officially open

Its ribbon cutting is scheduled for later this month, but the new Family Engagement Center has officially opened its doors.

Indall powers BRC seniors to top finish

MOSES LAKE - Chris Indall fired a 1-over-par 72 in leading Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team to a first-place finish at last week's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour competition, staged at the Moses Lake Golf & Country Club.

Christian girls rally for 3-2 win over Vikes

MABTON - The Mabton High School volleyball team created a bit of trouble for Sunnyside Christian from the service line last night, but in the end the Lady Knights squeaked out a 3-2 victory.

Student enrollment in Sunnyside School District higher than projected

The numbers are in and Sunnyside School District has revealed that they are serving 6,135 students in grades K-12. This is 235 more students than projected by the district.

Mini-mart leads new building starts in Sunnyside

The corner of 16th Street and Lincoln Avenue in Sunnyside is in for a makeover, as last month city planners approved a gas station/convenience store for the busy crossroad.

Thursday, September 9

Hit-and-run suspect still at-large

Tuesday, Aug. 24, Sunnyside police officers responded to a hit and run accident in which a 2-year-old boy was struck by a 1988 GMC K1 pick-up.

Officer Helios isn't just any ordinary cop

Born in Germany, Sunnyside's newest police officer is unlike his comrades in many ways.

SHS student one of 100 accepted for South Korean trip

Sunnyside High School student Christine Kim had been looking for opportunities to visit her ancestral homeland for a while. This past summer she found an online program that gave her that opportunity.

USDA Farm Service Agency committee members tour Yakima Valley farms

Members of an appointed state-level committee, which acts on an advisory level to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, yesterday toured four Yakima farms and visited the Yakama Nation.




Wednesday, September 8

Idaho firm submits winning bid for high school construction

It was like Christmas in September last week when Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole opened the bids for Sunnyside High School construction and remodeling.

Grandview tames Prosser Mustangs

PROSSER - The Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team found itself in the rare position of trailing last night, before rallying for a 3-0 win at Prosser.

Lady Knights start fall season with 3-0 sweep over Tri-Cities Prep

PASCO - With nearly everyone contributing one way or another last night, the 1B Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team opened the 2010 fall season with a 3-0 sweep of the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars.

Sunnyside stays competitive in league loss to Eastmont

The Sunnyside High School volleyball team played the Eastmont Wildcats tough for all three games last night in opening league play, but couldn't quite pull it out as they lost 3-0.

Strengthening families program to be hosted by Grandview schools

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School District in partnership with Catholic Family and Child Services will be hosting a seven-session program for strengthening families.

Oil paintings to be exhibited at local coffee shop

Guerra's Coffee Company and Jose Tapia will present "SKY=BLUE", an art exhibition with works by Dawn Haak, on Friday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 10 p.m.

SBA encourages the public to plan for disasters

In conjunction with the five-year anniversary of the devastating Gulf Coast storms of 2005, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) is encouraging business owners, homeowners and others to create their own disaster preparedness plan during National Preparedness Month in September.


Beautification efforts lauded

Beautification efforts lauded

Guest Editorial

A burning question...extremists on 9/11

A burning question...extremists on 9/11

'F' as in Frank

Now might be the time to look at rescheduling Miss Sunnyside Pageant

Now might be the time to look at rescheduling Miss Sunnyside Pageant




Tuesday, September 7

Mabton man pleads guilty in Montana to meth distribution

BILLINGS, MONT. - The U.S. Dept. of Justice reported that Arthur Frankie Gomez, 35, of Mabton recently pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Montana.

Explosive devices found in Grandview-area home

Yakima County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 30-year-old man in the 1100 block of Woodworth Road near Grandview last Thursday on a charge of assaulting other occupants of the residence.

Yakima Valley's efforts with gang intervention focus of Sen. Murray's visit

YAKIMA - The Southeast Yakima Community Center has been working to curtail gang problems in Yakima and the county with federal financial support.

Granger woman menudo cook-off two-time winner

GRANGER - It took the constant encouragement from friends and family to get Lupe Castro to enter the menudo cook-off in 2004.

New downtown business owned by former Dollar Store manager

Downtown Sunnyside has a new business, opened to help revitalize the downtown area and to provide shoppers with a low-cost alternative for some basic essentials.

Sunnyside man has a green thumb for white hibiscus blossoms

Sunnyside resident Dan Kephart admired an hibiscus flower in someone's yard and decided that would be a good flower to grow in his garden at 1115 Fourth Street, near the corner of Fourth Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.




Friday, September 3

United Way chair seeks united front

The Lower Valley reportedly donates about $100,000 each year to United Way of Central Washington and receives about $150,000 each year for non-profit organizations.

Sunnyside leaders taking steps to promote tourism

A group of community leaders yesterday morning (Thursday) gathered at the Port of Sunnyside office to discuss ways in which to bring tourists to Sunnyside.

Biosolids a "win-win" for cities, farmers

With a cooler of cold pop and breezy shade from a tall tree, the scene might have looked like a picnic from a distance.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Amanda Villarreal

Miss Sunnyside candidate Amanda Villarreal enjoys supporting and helping her community.

Grandview to hold food handler's class

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Fire Department next Wednesday, Sept. 8, is hosting a food handler's class at 7 p.m.

Grief/share group meeting on Saturdays

PROSSER - Starting Sept. 11, a grief/share support group will be meeting on Saturdays at Prosser's Church of the Nazarene.

Tractor stolen near Sunnyside

Yakima County Sheriff's deputies investigated a theft of a farm implement yesterday (Thursday) at 11:47 a.m. near the intersection of Holmason and Sheller roads near Sunnyside.

Hearing on nursing regulations set for Sept. 10

TUMWATER - New draft rules requiring nurses to show continuing competence and education will be the topic of a public hearing scheduled for Friday, Sept. 10.

Long anticipated trip to Japan realized by Sunnyside woman

As a sophomore at LaSalle High School in Union Gap, Angela De La Barrera was supposed to study abroad in Japan.

Finalists chosen for talent show

PROSSER - A pool of 19 contestants has been whittled to the final 10 for the first-ever "The Valley's Got Talent" competition.


Different role suggested for Miss Sunnyside

Different role suggested for Miss Sunnyside

Guest Column

One born every minute

One born every minute

Cutting to the Core

Sunnyside math scores disturbing

Sunnyside math scores disturbing

Thursday, September 2


In the Daily Sun News story yesterday, Wednesday, about the state test scores released the day before, it should have been noted that Sunnyside eighth graders made progress in two of the three areas tested.

August temperatures colder than normal in Sunnyside area, more of the same forecast for rest of the month of September

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather station in Pendleton, Ore. last month recorded lower than normal temperatures in Sunnyside.

Test scores down in Grandview and Mabton schools

Sunnyside High School sophomores are not alone in dealing with declining test scores, as their counterparts in Mabton and Grandview also showed signs of struggling.

City planner picks up new duties

Jamey Ayling has been the city of Sunnyside's senior city planner for a few years now, but he was recently given an additional title, taking on more responsibilities as the community development supervisor.

Citizens share 'design' wishes for Grandview community center

GRANDVIEW - Approximately 30 citizens, mostly retirees, attended a citizen input meeting last night to discuss the design of Grandview's new community center.




Wednesday, September 1

State test scores down for Sunnyside High sophomores

New SHS Principal Chuck Salina has a more difficult job than previously thought, as Sunnyside sophomores for the most part showed dramatic declines in test results released yesterday by the state's superintendent office.

County takes first step to address groundwater woes

YAKIMA - As promised during a packed public meeting in June, Yakima County is moving forward with a plan to establish a groundwater management area.

Sunnyside man suspected of raping 2-year-old child

A Sunnyside man is currently under suspicion by the Sunnyside Police Department after it was reported he raped a 2-year-old child at his home. The incident was reported to Sunnyside police yesterday (Tuesday) at about 7:15 p.m. and police located the man shortly after. The case is currently under investigation by Sunnyside police.

Shots fired report orginates from Snipes Pump Road area

Yakima County Sheriff's deputies investigated a report of shots fired near Sunnyside yesterday (Tuesday). Deputies were called to the 1800 block of Snipes Pump Road at 1:31 p.m. for what the reporting party said were four to five shots fired. The witness couldn't tell deputies which directions the shots came from.

Roosendaals celebrate golden anniversary

After spending a half century together, Tom and Rose Roosendaal will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, Sept. 2.

After three decades of service to Grandview, city attorney retires

GRANDVIEW - Fighting for the citizens of Grandview has only been part of the responsibilities of Attorney Jack Maxwell.

Words from Washington

It's time to protect our farmers from job-killing tariffs

It's time to protect our farmers from job-killing tariffs

Jennie's Journey

Hurrah for technology

Hurrah for technology

Heated special session results in approval of new insurance carrier

The Sunnyside City Council last night held a special session to make a decision in adopting a resolution for its insurance carrier.