Stories for April 2011


Friday, April 29


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."

April 29, 2011 4:11 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 28


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.

April 28, 2011 3:49 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 27


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.

April 27, 2011 1:41 p.m. read more..

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.

April 27, 2011 1:41 p.m. read more..

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.

April 26, 2011 2:15 p.m. read more..

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.

April 26, 2011 2:05 p.m. read more..

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.

April 26, 2011 1:59 p.m. read more..

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.

April 25, 2011 3:08 p.m. read more..

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.

April 25, 2011 2:53 p.m. read more..

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.

April 25, 2011 2:46 p.m. read more..

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.

April 25, 2011 2:40 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 22


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.

April 22, 2011 4:47 p.m. read more..

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.

April 22, 2011 4:45 p.m. read more..

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.

April 22, 2011 4:44 p.m. read more..

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.

April 22, 2011 4:43 p.m. read more..

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.

April 22, 2011 4:43 p.m. read more..

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.

April 22, 2011 4:40 p.m. read more..

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.

April 22, 2011 4:38 p.m. read more..

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.

April 22, 2011 4:34 p.m. read more..

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.

April 21, 2011 2:46 p.m. read more..

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.

April 21, 2011 2:44 p.m. read more..

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.

April 21, 2011 2:39 p.m. read more..

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.

April 20, 2011 3:29 p.m. read more..

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.

April 20, 2011 3:23 p.m. read more..

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.

April 20, 2011 3:22 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 19


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.

April 19, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..

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.

April 19, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..

Monday, April 18


Friday, April 15


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.

April 15, 2011 2:52 p.m. read more..

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.

April 15, 2011 2:51 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 14


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.

April 14, 2011 2:38 p.m. read more..

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.

April 14, 2011 2:31 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 13


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.

April 13, 2011 4:29 p.m. read more..

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.

April 13, 2011 4:26 p.m. read more..

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.

April 13, 2011 4:26 p.m. read more..

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.

April 13, 2011 4:25 p.m. read more..

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.

April 13, 2011 4:25 p.m. read more..

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...

April 13, 2011 4:21 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 12


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.

April 12, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..

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.

April 12, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..

Monday, April 11


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.

April 11, 2011 4:19 p.m. read more..

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.

April 11, 2011 4:14 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 8


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 8, 2011 2:53 p.m. read more..

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.

April 7, 2011 2:15 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 6


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.

April 6, 2011 4:21 p.m. read more..

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.

April 6, 2011 4:07 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 5


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.

April 5, 2011 4:02 p.m. read more..

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.

April 4, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..

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.

April 4, 2011 3:12 p.m. read more..

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.

April 4, 2011 3:01 p.m. read more..

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.

April 4, 2011 2:57 p.m. read more..

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.

April 4, 2011 2:55 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 1


Local bank robbed

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

April 1, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..

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.

April 1, 2011 2:58 p.m. read more..