Stories for April 2011


Friday, April 29

Sunnyside School Board OKs forming truancy board

The Sunnyside School Board gave its okay to form a community truancy board at last night's meeting.

'Bird Bomb' retailers, users must be federally licensed

GRANDVIEW - The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) recently changed regulations regarding the use of explosive pest control devices.

Girl gunned down in her own home

OUTLOOK - Diane Lopez, 17, of Outlook is dead today after being gunned down at the front door of her home at 10 First Avenue.

Pikeminnow sport reward season opens Sunday

Help save young salmon and steelhead and win big money, too!

Exciting close to Grandview soccer match results in 3-2 loss

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview soccer team again suffered a loss last night after an intense, but surprising match against East Valley.

Grizzly boys, girls track teams split with Eastmont, Pasco

Both the Sunnyside boys and girls track teams scored victories over visiting Pasco yesterday (Thursday) in a 3A CBBN track meet, but both Grizzly teams ended up losing to Eastmont.

Guerra's, Steppe Cellars team up for culinary treat

OUTLOOK - It was such a success at the recent Spring Barrel Tasting that Guerra's Gourmet of Sunnyside and Outlook-based Steppe Cellars will again pair up for a pizza/wine event tomorrow, Saturday.

Sunnyside Christian production is laugh out loud funny

It's not often one will find me laughing out loud when I believe something is funny. However, that's exactly what I was doing last night while watching Sunnyside Christian High School's debut of its production, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

Sunnyside steps up for food drive

Sunnyside steps up for food drive

Sunnyside steps up for food drive

Empire of M

Kudos to Top-Hi experiment

Kudos to Top-Hi experiment

Guest Column

Comfort food (and a coupon)

Comfort food (and a coupon)

Thursday, April 28

'Take Back the Night' rally on for tomorrow

The under-belly of the local community, the seamy side, has some in Sunnyside the point where some are fearful of venturing out alone once the sun sets.

Mabton students at odds with new drink container ban

MABTON - Students at Mabton High School wanted their voice to be heard and yesterday spent their lunch hour protesting a recently enacted ban at the school, a ban of outside beverage containers.

Disappointing results for Grandview High boys

TOPPENISH - The Grandview boys and girls tennis teams walked away with a pair of losses yesterday (Wednesday) after they squared off against Toppenish.

Bickleton athletes compete at West Valley JV invite

YAKIMA - Eleven schools competed at West Valley High School's junior varsity track meet in Yakima this past Tuesday.

Big innings by Hanford cost Lady Grizzlies

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team gave visiting Hanford a scare before losing 11-0 in game one and 13-1 in game two of a doubleheader yesterday, Wednesday.

Second drive-by shooting in as many nights in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - For the second consecutive day gunfire erupted in a Grandview neighborhood last night, Wednesday.

Sunnyside Community Center site for free resources fair this Saturday

The Sunnyside Community Center will be the setting this Saturday, April 30, for a community fair/carnival hosted by Lower Valley Crisis & Support Services.

CROP Walk Saturday

The annual CROP Hunger Walk in Sunnyside is scheduled for this Saturday, April 30, at 9 a.m., beginning at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School.

School district looking for community members willing to serve

The Sunnyside School District is currently seeking community members willing to serve on its ethics committee.

Harrison Middle School students earn spot on honor roll

Numerous students at Harrison Middle School earned the distinction of being named to the school's honor roll for the third quarter.

Early education teacher finds career direction in job

Ricardo Huecias wanted to design games for a living so it might be a little surprising to him and those who know Huecias that he's now working instead in child development.

Artz-Fox students learn about agriculture the fun way...through food

MABTON - Visitors walking into Julie Tyus' class on a Thursday morning might just be surprised by what they see.

On Stage Review

GHS girls shine in Leader of the Pack

GHS girls shine in Leader of the Pack

Wednesday, April 27

Police personnel granted raises by Sunnyside Council

The Sunnyside City Council Monday by a split decision inked an agreement with Teamsters Local Union No. 760, representing the police support unit.

Community supported farm detailed for Noon Rotarians

Merritt Mitchell-Wajeeh wants people in the valley to connect with 'good food'.

Water leak damage repairs result in controversy

MABTON - In spite of some misgivings about work completed at the Mabton Civic Center, the city council last night signed off on its completion.

'Tony Show' keeps rolling for Mabton as Vikings win yet again

NACHES - It's beginning to look like Mabton High School soccer player Tony Espinosa might just be enough to give the Vikings a State soccer title if he continues to play as he has this season.

Lucas shoots fourth lowest round Monday ;at CWAC match

TOPPENISH - Grandview's Kayla Lucas turned in the fourth lowest individual round at a CWAC girls golf match staged at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club this past Monday.

Lady Knights 1B league champs

LYLE - It didn't come easy, but the Sunnyside Christian girls fastpitch softball team wrapped up Greater Columbia 1B League play undefeated.

Sunnyside beats No. 1 Pasco

PASCO - The Sunnyside High School soccer team went into last night's CBBN 3A match against league leading Pasco having lost seven of its last nine games.

Mabton sewer rates increased

MABTON - The Mabton City Council Tuesday night approved a $3 rate increase for sewer services.

No one hit in drive-by shooting

GRANDVIEW - Seven shots rang out in a Grandview neighborhood yesterday, Tuesday, as someone traveling in a black Escalade opened fire.

Van Oostrums celebrate 60 years of matrimony

Jake and Rena Van Oostrum of Sunnyside will celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss May 11, 2011.


Our valley very special

Our valley very special

Words from Washingotn

Higher taxes are not the answer

Higher taxes are not the answer




Tuesday, April 26

City pay raises saga continues

Last night the Sunnyside City Council, after hearing from the investigative committee on pay practices, decided to forward a report prepared by Attorney Amy Stephson of Seattle to the Yakima County prosecutor.

Budget change provides funding for both officers and patrol cars

The Sunnyside City Council last night approved a biennial budget amendment that will fund additional police officers, new patrol cars, municipal court services and several other needs decided upon by council.

Staffing cuts likely for Mabton schools

MABTON - With grant money and the general fund balance both dwindling, the Mabton School District may have to lay off up to 10 employees.

Grandview School Board considers spending remaining I-728 monies

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board held a public meeting yesterday (Monday) to hear a proposal on the Student Achievement Fund, or Initiative 728 funds.

Final re-regulating reservoir being filled

The final re-regulation reservoir in the Sunnyside Canal Improvement Project began to fill yesterday (Monday), signaling the near-end of the project.

Grizzly boys fifth, girls sixth at Prosser Invite

PROSSER - The Sunnyside boys track team placed fifth with 56.5 points this past Saturday at the Prosser Invite. The fifth place finish was out of 17 teams.

Visser cards second best round at 3A league match

WENATCHEE - Senior Renae Visser, the lone member of the Sunnyside High School girls golf team, turned in the second lowest round at yesterday's CBBN 3A league match, staged at Wenatchee's Highlander Golf Course.

Understand long-term care before there's a need, says panel

Adopt a "retirement mindset now," say panelists who participated in a recent webcast focusing on long-term care.

Sierra Vista honor roll students named

Sierra Vista Middle School in Sunnyside recently released the names of those students who made the honor roll for the third quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

New Sunnyside shoe store open downtown

Those seeking stylish footwear, handbags and sunglasses need look no further than downtown Sunnyside.

SHS 2007 grad makes most of her WSU experience

PULLMAN - Corrin Veiga of Sunnyside is not one to sit around and let life pass her by. She has spent her life as a committed member of various clubs and organizations, and her devotion is starting to pay off.







Monday, April 25

Grizzlies drop two more

The Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team didn't have an answer for visiting Kennewick this past Friday, as the Lions prevailed 15-0 in game one and 22-2 in game two.

Robbery reported at Sunnyside grocery store

A woman leaving Fiesta Foods this past Saturday was allegedly robbed just after 6 p.m. She told Sunnyside police she was walking out of the grocery store when a man in a blue shirt and baggy pants accosted her. He was witnessed leaving the scene in a blue vehicle with another subject. Police apprehended the suspect, identified as Guadalupe Renteria, 26, and requested he be charged with third degree theft.

Transformation Sunnyside takes on three new board members

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley, also known as Transformation Sunnyside, has three new board members. They are Gloria Mendoza, Lino Guerra and Cameron Garcia.

Engineering students from SHS showcase skills thry learned during robotics competition

Although the Sunnyside High School Engineering Club did not earn a high rank at the FIRST Robotics Competition in Seattle last month, the students who participated in the program learned a great deal about the competition and are already planning a return visit next year.

Espinosa boots in five goals against Ki-Be

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings picked up their second straight win with a 9-2 thumping of the Ki-Be Bears this past Friday.

Lady Greyhounds belt 35 hits in sweep of Tigers

EPHRATA - The Grandview High School softball team took a step closer to solidifying a spot in the playoffs with a sweep of the Ephrata Tigers this past weekend.

Grandview boys claim two more wins

The Grandview tennis team hit the courts twice this past weekend. The boys managed to claim two more team victories, defeating Wapato 3-2 on Friday and Prosser 4-1 on Saturday. Here, Ryan Rodriguez played No. 1 doubles on Friday with teammate Ezequiel Zamora. They defeated their Wapato opponents and both Rodriguez and Zamora went on to win their singles matches on Saturday against Prosser. The Grandview girls team lost 1-4 against Wapato and 0-5 against Prosser.

First grade teacher prepares for African adventure

Sarah Deal is not your average first grade teacher. After she finishes her fifth year at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School, she'll be leaving behind Sunnyside, Washington and even the United States for an entirely new teaching adventure in Africa.







Friday, April 22

Grandview police to collect unwanted prescription drugs

GRANDVIEW - In partnership with the DEA, the Grandview Police Department will offer a one-day opportunity for the public to drop-off unwanted prescription drugs for disposal.

New school board boundaries considered

Using information from the 2010 U.S. Census, Sunnyside School District is working on redrawing director district lines to ensure the Sunnyside School Board represents a near equal amount of people.

SHS sophomore shoots personal best at CBBN league match

RICHLAND - Sunnyside High sophomore Nathan Meyer turned in a career best round at this past Wednesday's Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A league match, staged at the par-72 Horn Rapids course in Richland.

Vandals victimized by SCHS Lady Knights

KLICKITAT - Give up 24 walks in a doubleheader, you can't expect a positive outcome. Especially when you throw in a total of 15 errors and numerous passed balls.

Jacks too quick for Greyhounds

QUINCY - The Grandview High School soccer team visited Quincy yesterday in hopes of earning another victory, but it wasn't meant to be.

Birthday round best ever for Grandview girl

SELAH - Maybe it was because it was her birthday, or maybe she's just great at keeping her shots below the wind gusts...either way Grandview's Kayla Lucas turned in the round of her life yesterday.

Father-son duo 2nd-3rd at tourney

WALLA WALLA - The father and son duo of Rob and Brandon Rice earned second and third-place finishes, respectively, at the most recent Central Washington Open bowling competition.

Amaro sets Sunnyside school record

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside High School boys track team managed a split yesterday when the Grizzlies competed against Kamiakin and Kennewick in a CBBN track meet at Kamiakin High School.

Mabton piles up wins at home invite

MABTON - Mabton High School track athletes provided strong performances last night during a home invite that included five other schools.

Grandview cancels city council meeting

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council has canceled its regularly scheduled meeting for 7 p.m. next Tuesday, April 26.

Stand Up for Outlook meets May 25

OUTLOOK - The May meeting of community members interested in making Outlook safe, healthy and a vital place to live is slated for Monday, April 25.

Blessing the animals event to be held May 7

Sunnyside Presbyterian Church will host its annual blessing the animals event Saturday, May 7, at 9 a.m.

Historic barns topic of Nouvella Club speaker

Yesterday, Jerri Honeyford was the guest speaker at Sunnyside's monthly Nouvella Club meeting, and she shared with those gathered a book published last year by the Washington State Heritage Barn Register.

'Armchair Traveler' details travels overseas

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley Seniors Network last night hosted an International Armchair Travel Night for the community.

Grandview High School presents Leader of the Pack

GRANDVIEW - Leader of the Pack is a rockin' Broadway musical about a young songwriter making her way through the male-dominated music world of the 1960s and this weekend, Leader of the Pack will make its way to a local stage thanks to Grandview High School's Drama Department.


Soil needed at local fields

Soil needed at local fields

Across our State

Good Friday thoughts

Good Friday thoughts

Jennie's Journey

Oliebollen, anyone?

Oliebollen, anyone?

Cutting ot the Core

Stepping back to 1974

Stepping back to 1974




Thursday, April 21

Bath salt products banned

The state Board of Pharmacy has filed emergency rules intended to slow the rising use of so-called "bath salts" as substitutes for cocaine and methamphetamine. The rule was filed last Friday and was effective immediately.

Parks board gears up for summer

Wednesday afternoon, the Board of Parks and Recreation met to discuss progress in setting up and opening Sunnyside's various parks and facilities.

Lions' White Cane Days fundraiser Friday, Saturday

The white cane has long been a symbol for the blind, and during the next two days the Lions Club of Sunnyside will embrace that symbol as a fundraiser for the visually impaired.

Missing Sunnyside child found safe

Yesterday (Wednesday) just after 5 p.m. staff at Sunnyside's Washington Elementary School alerted police to a missing child. A 9-year-old student did not arrive home on the bus after leaving the school. Fortunately, the youngster was found after she walked home.

Restaurants supporting high school's attendance incentive program

Attendance is critical to academic success, but sometimes getting students to show up to class everyday and on time is a challenge.

Wednesday, April 20

Yakima County Republicans to host annual banquet

YAKIMA - In this time of negativity with wars, unsustainable debt and dissension, the Yakima County Republicans are offering an uplifting evening by presenting A Musical Tribute to America at its annual banquet on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m.

CROP Hunger Walk scheduled in Sunnyside

Sunnyside's sixth annual CROP Hunger Walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at 9 a.m.

Sunnyside takes steps to regulate city manager's purchasing authority

At a sub-committee meeting held last night (Tuesday) at City Hall, councilmen Pablo Garcia, Tom Gehlen and Don Vlieger set City Manager Mark Gervasi and Deputy City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Byron Olson on a path toward defining the city manager's purchasing power.

Gang court, more beds at juvenile detention center discussed at meeting

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima County Gang Commission met yesterday (Tuesday) in Grandview for its monthly meeting, where members discussed a possible gang court in Yakima County and the addition of 24 new beds at the Yakima County Juvenile Detention Center.

Lady Grizzlies swept at Pasco

PASCO - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team showed a bit more pop at the plate, but it wasn't enough in 12-4 and 14-4 losses at Pasco yesterday, Tuesday.

Mustangs trample Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhounds suffered another tough league loss yesterday (Tuesday), when the Prosser Mustangs came to town and claimed a 17-1 victory over the Greyhounds.

Lemos low scorer for Grandview at CWAC match

SELAH - Sophomore Robert Lemos was the first Grandview golfer to shoot a sub-100 round this season, that coming yesterday during a four-school CWAC match at Selah's Yakima Elks Country Club.

Lightning brings no snap, crackle, pop to S'side Christian field

With nine freshmen on its 11-girl roster, the 2B LaSalle Lightning was no match for the 1B Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team yesterday afternoon.

Mabton claims surprising victory against Grandview

GRANDVIEW - It may have been a non-league soccer match between neighboring Grandview and Mabton high schools last night, but it was a match the Vikings seemed to have taken much more seriously than the Greyhounds.

Sunnyside teens raising funds for church camps

Anthony Zapata, 16, and Kenyon Jeske, 15, are planning a return trip this July to Camp Cross at Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Local educators attend state convention

OLYMPIA - Five Delta Kappa Gamma educators from the Lower Yakima Valley attended the Alpha Sigma State Convention in Olympia April 1-3.

Guest Column

America deserves more than a novelty president

America deserves more than a novelty president

Empire of M

Sunnyside has character

Sunnyside has character




Tuesday, April 19

Paid consultant to conduct review of Sunnyside PD

The Sunnyside City Council reached a compromise this past Saturday on when to begin a thorough, third-party review of police department activities.

Port commissioners told master plan needed to develop Sunnyside airport property

To develop property surrounding the Sunnyside Airport, the Port of Sunnyside must first develop a master plan.

YV Tech project funding rests in hands of lawmakers

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole last night made an appearance at the Port of Sunnyside commissioners meeting.

Torchlight Parade Thursday

After months of working and designing the Sunnyside community float the Miss Sunnyside Court will unveil its efforts on Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sunnyside High School parking lot.

Suns set on Sunnyside

KENNEWICK - Playing against the biggest team in the 3A CBBN league and possibly one of the toughest, the Sunnyside High School soccer team needed a win against the Southridge Suns.

Indall powers local seniors to season opening golf tour victory

PASCO - Chris Indall, simply put, had it going on at the opening stop on the 2011 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

SHS boys, girls tennis teams fall

The Sunnyside High School boys and girls tennis teams were hoping for a win last night against Kennewick.

Sunnyside High students earn place on honor roll

Sunnyside High School has released the names of students making the honor roll for the second term of school.

El Salvadorean food being served up in Sunnyside

If it's time for something a little different for dinner, Sunnyside residents now have the option of going El Salvadorean.




Monday, April 18

Sunnyside Council considers gutting 2011-12 budget

Barely four months into its 2011-12 budget, the city of Sunnyside is proposing to spend about $1 million more than anticipated.

Hillcrest expansion tops March building starts in Sunnyside

Most of Sunnyside's $3.8 million in new building valuation for the month of March originated from one project, Hillcrest Manor's new physical therapy wing.

Number nine is number one

Carrillo wins Miss Grandview crown

Carrillo wins Miss Grandview crown

Outlook clean up day planned for May 14

OUTLOOK - A Stand Up for Outlook community clean-up day has been planned for Saturday, May 14, at the Outlook Church of the Brethren.

National Volunteer Week turns spotlight on local volunteer efforts

April 10-16 was National Volunteer Week, when organizations across the country took the time to recognize those unpaid helpers who give their time and energy selflessly.







Friday, April 15

Former Sunnyside Police Department receptionist convicted, sentenced for embezzling $11,000 two years ago

YAKIMA - Virginia Perez was yesterday (Thursday) sentenced to four months in jail and is to pay more than $13,000 in restitution to the Sunnyside Police Department after having entered an Alford plea in Yakima County Superior Court for embezzling money from the local police department during her tenure as a receptionist there.

Mensonides crowned new 2011-12 ambassador for Valley's dairy industry

It was an elegant evening filled with lots of laughs, tears and milk.

Yakima Valley's favorite Seahawk dazzles local crowd at Young Life banquet

Dr. Dan Doornink, best known as the lovable Seattle Seahawks' running back from 1979 to 1985, gave the keynote address at last night's Young Life banquet in Sunnyside and urged those in attendance to be bold in sharing their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Grandview picks up second victory of season

EPHRATA - The Grandview Greyhounds' soccer team yesterday secured its second win of the season, its first league victory, over Ephrata.

Vikings lose bloody match to Scotties

MABTON - It was a good game, but a bloody one. So bloody in fact, Mabton Assistant Coach Mike Davis had never seen such a match bathed in blood.

Grizzly netters still stalking first victory

The Sunnyside High School boys and girls tennis teams yesterday faced Pasco at home and were unable to come up with team victories.

Grizzlies snap two-game skid

The Sunnyside High Soccer team bounced back from two straight losses last night (Thursday) to beat the Hanford Falcons at home, 2-0.

Grandview church plans Easter activities

Grandview Christian Church at 310 Euclid is planning Easter season activities open to the public next week.

Sunnyside church prepares for restart

On Sunday, April 17, the Sunnyside Church of God will hold its final service. After 60 years, the church will officially become Oasis Community Church on Easter Sunday.

Lower Valley Christian Women's guest speaker shares experience with depression

PROSSER - "Even Christians get depressed," said Wanda Lehmkuhl at Tuesday's Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection meeting in Prosser. ""If you need help, go get it."

Sage Bluff Alpacas offers new experience during Spring Barrel Tasting

PROSSER - To celebrate Spring Barrel Tasting this coming weekend, Sage Bluff Alpacas will host its first open house of the season tomorrow (Saturday) from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guest Column

Consider where you are before you speak

Consider where you are before you speak

'F' as in Frank

Overcoming obstacles

Overcoming obstacles




Thursday, April 14

Grandview police nab teens suspected of burglarizing home

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police yesterday, Wednesday, were dispatched to the 500 block of West Fourth Street, where burglars had hit an apartment residence.

Cheats being exposed

Investigators identified nearly 7,000 people last year in Washington state who lied, cheated, scammed and schemed in order to collect unemployment benefits.

Grandview celebrates Arbor Day with tree plantings

GRANDVIEW - Nearly 40 people yesterday (Wednesday) gathered at Grandview's Dykstra Park to plant 18 new trees.

Grandview wins delayed game against Wapat

WAPATO - The Grandview Greyhounds yesterday finished a game started last month against the Wapato Wolves. Rain delayed the second game of a doubleheader on March 26, leaving the two baseball teams tied 6-6 in the fifth inning.

GHS freshman low scorer for Greyhounds in three-team match

TOPPENISH - Freshman Matthew Dailey turned in the lowest round for Grandview in a three-team CWAC boys golf match this past Tuesday at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club.

New hunting rules for 2011-12 adopted by state wildlife officials

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved new hunting rules for deer, elk and other game animals during a public meeting last week.

Nouvella Club meeting set for April 21

The Nouvella Club will meet at Sunnyside's Snipes Mountain Restaurant and Micro Brewery on Thursday, April 21, at noon.

Science camp slated for April 30

Sunnyside High School senior Baylie Yates has organized a science camp for first through seventh graders.

Contestants sought for Miss American Cinco de Mayo Pageant

This year there will be a Miss American Cinco de Mayo Pageant at Sunnyside's annual Cinco de Mayo festival and contestants are being sought.

Bardell receives Legion scholarship

Sunnyside High School senior Joyanna Bardell was awarded the American Legion Auxiliary scholarship for the state of Washington.

Annual plant sale in Mabton April 29-May1

MABTON - As spring is upon us again, it is that time of the year for the annual Mabton plant sale.







Wednesday, April 13

Zoning changes given initial approval

The Sunnyside Planning Commission approved a zoning change and established a zoning designation at a meeting held last night (Tuesday).

Mabton moves toward citizen involvement with crime prevention tactics

MABTON - At Tuesday night's Mabton City Council meeting, Mabton Police Chief Rick Gutierrez presented a plan to implement three new programs to boost crime awareness and prevention.

Grandview city budget on target

GRANDVIEW - With the first quarter of 2011 in the books, Grandview's budget is on track.

Expert weighs in on nuclear crisis

"This is as bad as it can get," retired nuclear engineer Chris Powers said of the Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis.

Bickleton athletes return in top form

GOLDENDALE - Bickleton joined Granger, LaSalle, Zillah and Goldendale high schools yesterday (Tuesday). Bickleton, a 1B track team, was scored independently against the other teams at the 1A league track meet.

Wahluke blanks Vikings

MABTON - The Mabton High School soccer team lost its second straight match last night (Tuesday), a 2-0 decision against the Wahluke Warriors in SCAC play.

Community Days street dance in works

MABTON - Community Days will include a street dance on Saturday, June 18, thanks to the Mabton City Council, which voted to approve the closing of a part of Main Street.

Kiwanis Easter 'Fill The Wagon' food drive set for this Saturday

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club will again be promoting a "Fill The Wagon" Easter food drive to benefit the Sunnyside Food Bank. Club members will be on hand Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sunnyside Safeway to collect non-perishable food items and cash donations.

Van Belle Road to be closed May 4

YAKIMA - The Board of Yakima County Commissioners approved a request from the Yakima County engineer to temporarily close a portion of Van Belle Road on Wednesday, May 4.

Grandview woman celebrates 90th birthday

GRANDVIEW - On Saturday, April 2, Clarice Grove of Grandview celebrated her 90th birthday.

Words from Washington

A path to fiscal sanity

A path to fiscal sanity

Empire of M

Now that I've irked some student-athletes, their parents and coaches with my last column - frankly entitled "If you've gotta cut, sports makes sense" - I'd like to continue with a Part II of sorts...




Tuesday, April 12

Grandview, Prosser teens sentenced for drive-by shooting last year in Sunnyside

YAKIMA - Two Lower Valley teens were sentenced to a combined 25 years in prison yesterday, Monday, for their role in a drive-by shooting in Sunnyside a year ago.

Grandview schools move toward unified grading system

GRANDVIEW - What should grades really represent, asked Wilma Kozai, Grandview School District's Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, at Monday night's board meeting.

Irrigation ater supply OK...for now

GRANDVIEW - While some in the Lower Valley may experience a delay in receiving their irrigation water, the overall picture is rosy for now.

Sunnyside's best and brightest

They are astronauts and educators, politicians and humanitarians. They've worked in business and science, universities and courtrooms.

Outside help brought in to assist city with issues

Last night the Sunnyside City Council was provided details regarding an agreement to be inked with Alegria and Company, P.S.

Espinoza fires fifth lowest round at 3A league opener

KENNEWICK - Senior Nathan Espinoza represented Sunnyside well at yesterday's Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A league opener. Espinoza carded a 6-over-par 71 at the Tri-City Country Club.

Grandview boys pick up second team win against Toppenish

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhounds faced the Toppenish Wildcats on the tennis court yesterday (Monday). The Grandview boys team finished with a 3-2 victory over Toppenish, while the girls team lost 4-1.

City inks interlocal agreements

The Sunnyside City Council Monday agreed to two interlocal agreements, one with the regional stormwater policy group and the other with the city of Mabton.

Pearl Hughes Guild to meet Friday, April 15

The Pearl Hughes Guild will meet Friday, April 15, for an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Sunny Spot Restaurant in Sunnyside.

Cougar killed in Wenatchee neighborhood

WENATCHEE - After police evacuated homeowners from a Wenatchee neighborhood this past Monday morning, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials killed a cougar found underneath a house deck.

Birthright welcomes guests at open house

The community is invited to an open house being hosted by Birthright on Wednesday, April 13, in celebration of their 31 years of service in the Lower Valley.

U.S. Cellular offering free device workshop in Sunnyside this Saturday

UBS Investment Research estimates that 49 percent of U.S. wireless subscribers will have a smartphone in 2011, up from 35 percent at the end of 2010.

Aaron's opens in Sunnyside

Need a flat screen television set? How about a laptop computer or a new bedroom set?

Monday, April 11

Van Belle Road house fire results in $10,000 damage

A fire in the 8300 block of Van Belle Road near Sunnyside caused an estimated $10,000 in damage last Friday.

Ongoing EPA monitoring confirms Washington milk is safe

The Washington state departments of Agriculture (WSDA) and Health (DOH) continue to reassure consumers that milk produced and sold in Washington remains a healthy choice for families. Results of ongoing federal monitoring confirm that Washington-produced milk poses no risks for public health.

Grandview 'Hounds compete well at Davis Invite

YAKIMA - The Grandview High School boys and girls track teams competed this past Saturday at the Davis Invite.

Gutierrez Mabton's top athlete at Royal Invite

ROYAL CITY - Mabton's Noe Gutierrez ruled at the Royal Invite this past Saturday.

Grandview boys return to top form

SELAH - After suffering several tough losses against East Valley and Ephrata high schools in March, the Grandview Greyhound tennis players returned to the court after their spring break hiatus and the boys proved how formidable they can be.

Kennewick Lions get past Sunnyside

"There are no easy games in our league," said Sunnyside High School Coach Juan Pineda when describing Saturday's loss to the Kennewick Lions.

Grizzlies fall twice to Eastmont Wildcats

The Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team couldn't connect this past Friday and the result was 18-0 and 24-0 five-innings losses to visiting Eastmont.

Cabinet maker quietly serves his customers

Meeting Steve Beal, owner of S&P Cabinets, Inc. in Sunnyside, one might be taken by surprise.

Fungicides most effective when alternated, says grape fieldmen speaker

PROSSER - Two main points were driven home at last week's monthly grape fieldman's breakfast sponsored by Washington State University's Prosser Extension Service.




Friday, April 8

Nine vie for Miss Grandview crown

GRANDVIEW - There were once a dozen, but with three dropping out there are now nine young ladies seeking the 2011-12 Miss Grandview title.

MS walk set for Saturday in Sunnyside

A walk to help raise money for the fight against multiple sclerosis will take place in Sunnyside tomorrow (Saturday).

Sudden death thriller goes to Selah Vikes

GRANDVIEW - Last night's soccer match against Selah "was a great advertisement for the game," according to Grandview Coach Anne Holden.

Crystal Mountain Resort to remain open year-round

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN - Crystal Mountain Resort no longer has an off-season with the addition of the Mt. Rainier Gondola. Crystal Mountain Resort's winter season will end on April 17 and the extended spring skiing season will begin on April 21.


April Fool's way!

April Fool's way!

Across our State

Washington's connections to the Civil War

Washington's connections to the Civil War

Jennie's Journey

'Don't feed the trolls'

'Don't feed the trolls'

Cutting to the Core

The Donald gets kooky

The Donald gets kooky




Thursday, April 7

Sunnyside senior hoping community has big sweet tooth

Hoping to satisfy his senior project at Sunnyside High School and help Sunnyside Community Hospital at the same time, SHS senior Alex Vargas will be selling gourmet cupcakes at Guerra's Coffee Company in Sunnyside on Friday, April 8.

Kindergarten registration begins in April

In preparation for the 2011-12 school year, Sun Valley Elementary School in Sunnyside will be hosting two registration periods for parents to choose from.

'Joyce' to monitor juveniles in June

YAKIMA - Juvenile offenders under supervision in Yakima County have another reason to stay on the straight and narrow, as Joyce will soon keep tabs on them.

Sunnyside science students place at State competition

Several students from the Sunnyside School District earned recognition at the recent Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.

Gurwell joins Star Trailers as first female welder

A sign posted outside Star Trailers caught Abbeigh Gurwell's attention as she drove to school last month. It said, "Welder Wanted."

Wednesday, April 6

Yakima County Democrats to feature special guest at dinner

YAKIMA - Congressman Jay Inslee will be the featured speaker at the Yakima County Democrats' annual FDR dinner, Saturday, April 16, at the Yakima Convention Center.

Grandview fire suspends new office operations

GRANDVIEW - Jerry Castilleja and Vicente Ruiz hadn't operated their new business, Integrity Support Services, for even a week before yesterday's (Tuesday) fire in the office caused them to suspend business.

Habitat for Humanity seeks to establish store in Sunnyside

The Store is a Habitat for Humanity second-hand store for building and remodeling materials, tools and appliances.

Sunnyside School District's operating numbers an eye-opener

Sunnyside School Board President Miguel Puente was the featured guest speaker at Monday's Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting and he updated club members on local school operations.

Grizzlies remain confident despite loss to Rams

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School soccer team fell to the West Valley Rams 2-0 last night (Tuesday) in a 3A CBBN match.

Greyhounds lose fourth straight game

GRANDVIEW - The Greyhounds hosted the Zillah Leopards yesterday (Tuesday) and absorbed one more loss to their season.

'Up, Up and Away' theme of monthly Christian Women's meeting

PROSSER - The Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection will meet Tuesday, April 12, at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

Dinner event planned this Friday at Bon Vino's

Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery in Sunnyside is hosting an evening on "Melody Lane," featuring local vocalist Lainey Lou.

Sunnyside High class of 2001 plans reunion

The Sunnyside High School Class of 2001 will hold its reunion on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30.

54th Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador to be crowned April 14

The 2011-12 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, April 14, at Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery in Sunnyside.

Bosma's to celebrate golden anniversary

On Thursday, April 7, Hank and Henrietta Bosma of Zillah will celebrate 50 years of marriage. The couple married in Artesia, Calif. in 1961 and has made a living as dairy farmers in the area for the last 38 years.

Year as dairy ambassador described as 'incredible experience'

As a freshman student at Washington State University, Kristen Wedam considers herself fortunate.

Words from Washington

Congressional mailbag

Congressional mailbag

'F' as in Frank

Facebook, tweets and community journalism

Facebook, tweets and community journalism







Tuesday, April 5

Annual BJ Miller Memorial golf event set

The fourth annual BJ Miller Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Saturday, May 7, at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

A cool April expected for Sunnyside area

A trend towards cooler than normal temperatures and above normal precipitation levels is expected to continue in the Sunnyside area through the month of April.

Boys and Girls Club focus of presentation to city council

Would a Boys and Girls Club benefit Sunnyside?

15th District legislators say gimmicks not the answer to closing budget deficit

OLYMPIA - State House Democrats on Monday released a budget proposal to address the remainder of the 2009-11 budget and close a $5.1 billion shortfall for the 2011-13 biennium.

Garbage collectors pitch new services that could be offered here

Scott Robertson of Yakima Waste Systems last night provided the Sunnyside City Council with a brief presentation of three services that might be offered here.

Motocross with a mission

MABTON - Spring is here, which means it's time again for Mabton Dunes Motocross. Pat Jaquish is one of the organizers, and he figures motocross races have been taking place in Mabton for at least 40 years.

Grandview bank robber still on the lam

GRANDVIEW - The search is still on for the man that robbed the Grandview Key Bank branch at gun point last Thursday.

Longtime salon receives makeover

With a new owner, Mimi Garcia, comes a new look and new services.

Ballinger retires as credit union CEO

After 45 years in the banking industry, Lower Valley Credit Union CEO David Ballinger felt it was time to retire.







Monday, April 4

Early morning gunfire wakes local resident

A gunshot breaking a window awoke a Sunnyside resident in the 600 block of Miller Avenue yesterday (Sunday) at about 5 a.m. The window was shattered and the resident alerted police. Officers arrived on scene to discover the window was struck by "birdshot" from a shotgun.

Lawmakers seek Indian tribes to pay more to state

OLYMPIA - State Reps. David Taylor and Charles Ross have co-sponsored legislation they say would help level the playing field in Washington's gaming industry between tribal casinos and privately owned card rooms.

Girls doubles teams wow Sunnyside coach

PASCO - The Sunnyside High School girls doubles tennis squads came alive this past Friday against the Chiawana Riverhawks.

Grizzlies back on winning track

KENNEWICK - After dropping the past two CBBN 3A league matches against Southridge and Pasco, the Sunnyside High School soccer team got back into the win column this past Saturday with a 3-1 win against the Kamiakin Braves.

Errors cost Lady Greyhounds against Othello

OTHELLO - The Grandview High School fastpitch softball team traveled to Othello this past Saturday to take on the Huskies in a CWAC league doubleheader.

Kamiakin pounces on SHS girls

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team didn't have an answer for powerful Kamiakin this past Friday in a pair of 15-0 losses to the visiting Braves.

Powdery mildew topic at monthly grape meeting

PROSSER - Washington State University Benton County Extension will be hosting its monthly grape fieldman's breakfast for all individuals working with juice or wine grapes this Thursday, April 7.

Floral fundraiser now underway

The Lower Valley Soroptimist International Club is now accepting orders for its annual flower sale.

Life Options seeks to extend service

At the end of this month, Saturday, April 30, Life Options will host its third annual Walk for Life.

Life Options seeks to extend services

At the end of this month, Saturday, April 30, Life Options will host its third annual Walk for Life.

Library offers Spring Break fun

Students are on spring break this week and the Sunnyside Public Library invites them and their parents to join in a week of activity and fun.

County 4-H youth get boost from Del's Farm and Home Supply

Local 4-H youth will benefit from community support through Del's Farm and Home Supply's coming Paper Clover Campaign.




Friday, April 1

Mabton police seek info on Monday night shooting

MABTON - Last Monday night, at approximately 10:55 p.m., Mabton police responded to a shots fired call in the alley of the 200 block of North Second Avenue.

Public input sought for regional stormwater management program

YAKIMA - Yakima County officials yesterday (Thursday) hosted a regional stormwater management program in hopes of receiving input from the public.

New fiber optic lines OK'd for local schools

The Sunnyside School Board made a decision at last night's meeting on where they want fiber optic cables to be installed when Yakima County comes to town.

Local bank robbed

GRANDVIEW - Police are still searching for a man who robbed the Grandview Key Bank branch yesterday, Thursday.

Morrow, Knotts spearhead SCHS victory over Kittitas

It was a true team effort that got the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team a victory against the visiting Kittitas Coyotes yesterday afternoon. But two of the Lady Knights really rose to the surface with their performances.

Shots fired last night on South 13th Street

Last night (Thursday) just after 11:30 p.m. Sunnyside police were alerted to shots fired in the 1400 block of South 13th Street.

Community center open to children all next week

Community Center will be open for spring break from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center will be open today, April 1, and Monday April 4, through Friday, April 8.

2011-12 school calendar approved

The Sunnyside School Board of Directors approved a calendar for the 2011-12 school year at last night's meeting.

Concert series launches membership drive

The Lower Valley Community Concert Association has begun its annual membership drive and subscribers can purchase season tickets for reduced prices until May 31.

'Hunchback of Notre Dame' to be performed later this month

The students involved in Sunnyside Christian High School's drama program will at the end of this month stage "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

Jennie's Journey



Across our State

Remember fallout shelters?

Remember fallout shelters?