Stories for August 2011


Wednesday, August 31

Race forms for Mabton School Board seat

MABTON - During a special election filing period last week two candidates filed for the Mabton School Board Pos. 2 at-large seat currently held by David Rodriguez, who is not seeking re-election.

August 31, 2011 2:40 p.m. read more..

Stop driving to win prizes

Statewide, local and regional transportation agencies want to encourage people to try alternate ways to get to work and are willing to provide prizes for hopping on a bike, taking the bus or walking at least four trips by Sept. 18.

August 31, 2011 2:35 p.m. read more..

One man's junk another's treasure

A rusted old toy tractor, the shell of a motorboat apparently beyond all hope, the scratched and painted headboard of a classic bed frame; where other people see junk John Booth sees the start of a new project.

August 31, 2011 2:30 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 30


Monday, August 29


Friday, August 26

Local cemetery upkeep needed

I would like to wage a complaint against your local cemetery. I was born in Sunnyside, but no longer reside there. However, I visit family from time to time and when I do I always visit the cemetery to pay my respects to love ones. I have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and an infant son buried there.

August 26, 2011 3:10 p.m. read more..

Heartfelt thanks to supporters

A heartfelt thank you to the following for making our first Stand Up for Outlook National Night Out a huge success: Chico Rodriguez, the Sunnyside Police Department, the Yakima County sheriff's Department, the Outlook Fire Department, Sunnyside Rescue, Nick Paulakis, Petra Morales (our leader) and Lisa Schmidt.

August 26, 2011 3:10 p.m. read more..

Personnel moves OK'd

MABTON - The school board earlier this week approved recommendations to hire Ann Allen as the Elementary Interim Principal, Susan Sartain as the Jr./Sr. High School Vice Principal, Ashley Collins as a para-professional with ASL skills, Amanda Marrs as a para-professional, Liliana Trujillo as a para-professional, Elizabeth Garcia as the girls soccer head coach, Ceveriano Garcia as the girls soccer assistant coach and Chris Cardenas as the assistant JV volleyball coach.

August 26, 2011 3:03 p.m. read more..

SRO contracts costing schools more

During its regular meeting last night, Thursday, the Sunnyside School Board approved a new contract with the city of Sunnyside for school resource officers.

August 26, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..

2011-12 Miss Sunnyside candidate Geordan Skyles

With her feet firmly planted on the ground, digging in and helping the community whenever possible, Geordan Skyles sees the Miss Sunnyside Court as another opportunity to continue helping support those who live and work in Sunnyside.

August 26, 2011 2:57 p.m. read more..

SHS remodel a work in progress

It may not look like it in places, but the first phase of the Sunnyside High School remodel is set to be completed in time for the start of the 2011-12 school year.

August 26, 2011 2:51 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 25


Wednesday, August 24


Grandview resident doesn't return home

GRANDVIEW - Efren Hernandez, 78, of Grandview was scheduled to return home from a trip to Mexico earlier this month. When he didn't arrive as scheduled, on Aug. 5, his family became worried.

August 24, 2011 2:19 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 23


Grandview salon employees move to Sunnyside

When their current employer wanted a career change; they couldn't help but wonder what would become of their jobs. The crew at Carpelli's Salon in Grandview didn't have to wait long; they packed their bags and shears and moved to Sunnyside.

August 23, 2011 2:52 p.m. read more..

Port accepts grant

In a special meeting held by the Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night the use of a $200,000 grant from the Department of Ecology was approved.

August 23, 2011 2:46 p.m. read more..

Two injured in collision

A driver and passenger were injured Saturday, Aug. 20, when the man behind the wheel, Fernando Elizalde, 35, of Mabton failed to stop at a stop sign.

August 23, 2011 7:44 a.m. read more..

Health fair a big hit in Sunnyside

On a wonderful hot day for picnicking in the park, how much better is it when the food is free and you can get health care advice, screenings and referrals while you're at it?

August 23, 2011 7:34 a.m. read more..

West Nile virus found in Mabton pond

MABTON - A mosquito sample collected from a pond in Mabton last Tuesday tested positive for West Nile virus, providing the first sign that the virus is present in Washington state this year.

August 23, 2011 7:34 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 19

Puente back on school board

With only one candidate expressing interest in filling the vacancy on the Sunnyside School Board created when Miguel Puente stepped down earlier this year, the school board made a surprise move last night.

August 19, 2011 2:25 p.m. read more..

'Rapunzel' opens at Heritage Theater

TOPPENISH - A six-night run of the musical "Rapunzel" kicks off next Monday, Aug. 22, at the Yakama Nation Heritage Theater. Performances are slated for 7 p.m. each of the six nights.

August 19, 2011 2:18 p.m. read more..

Oh my, Okanogan!

Is your life boring? Do you want a thrill? Want to spice up your marriage and maybe even find your early retirement riches? Then what are you waiting for? Run, don't walk to the Okanogan!

August 19, 2011 2:15 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 18


Wednesday, August 17


Scout snipers more than just sharpshooters

Every Marine is a rifleman, taught how to shoot accurately down range to suppress and destroy the enemy. A Marine scout sniper, however, hunts his enemy, tracking him down and gathering intelligence that can be used to win battles and save lives.

August 17, 2011 3:27 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 16


Monday, August 15


Dodge wins with better horsepower

GRANDVIEW - The headline atop this story isn't a car commercial, it's a fact as Randy Dodge swept to victory in two horse team pull events at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

August 15, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 12

SHS construction update...on time and under budget

At first glance you'd never guess that Sunnyside High School, currently in the midst of a more than $30 million upgrade and renovation, could be operational and ready to accommodate more than 1,200 students and a host of staff members in just a few weeks time.

August 12, 2011 3:19 p.m. read more..

Crimp seventh at sectional qualifier

Sunnyside High School golf coach and educator Keith Crimp earlier this week came up three strokes shy of qualifying to play in the 57th annual USGA Senior Amateur, which will be held Sept. 10-15 at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va.

August 12, 2011 3:14 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 11

Four officers cleared for duty

After what has been a long three months of waiting, four Sunnyside police officers placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting of Jose Carlos Campuzano of Grandview on April 30 have been cleared for duty.

August 11, 2011 3:37 p.m. read more..

Accident update reveals child sustained worst injuries

GRANGER - The Washington State Patrol made a correction to its earlier press memo, stating that it was the passenger in the 1998 Nissan Maxima that sustained the worst injuries in a one-vehicle rollover accident this past Tuesday morning.

August 11, 2011 3:35 p.m. read more..

Auditors nick Mabton schools

MABTON - A recently published accountability audit conducted by state officials gave the Mabton School District's books a largely clean slate.

August 11, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..

Fundraising fun underway at fair

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo in Grandview is the place to be this week and the fair and rodeo board is hoping community members will turn out to support the youngsters showing livestock and exhibits there.

August 11, 2011 3:30 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 10


Grandview EDGE partnering with New Vision

GRANDVIEW - Just a few weeks after its formation, Grandview EDGE (enhancing development in Grandview's economy) took another step forward last night by partnering with New Vision.

August 10, 2011 3:47 p.m. read more..

Grandview tunes up car tab fee program

GRANDVIEW - In action last night, Tuesday, the Grandview City Council met as the city's transportation benefit district board to fine tune the program before $20 car tab fees are assessed starting next year.

August 10, 2011 3:42 p.m. read more..

Auto accident sends woman to Harborview

GRANGER - An early morning automobile accident on Tuesday of this week has left a Sunnyside woman with serious injuries. After being initially treated at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, she was sent to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.

August 10, 2011 3:41 p.m. read more..


Neon light display could draw in visitors

August 10, 2011 3:36 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 9


Park fee waivers OK'd

The Sunnyside City Council Monday approved a revision of the ordinance for parks and recreational fees and charges.

August 9, 2011 4:28 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 8


Friday, August 5


Honor roll students named at CWU

ELLENSBURG - Numerous students from the Lower Yakima Valley have been named to the Central Washington University honor roll for the spring 2011 quarter.

August 5, 2011 2:53 p.m. read more..


Block party provided wonderful time

August 5, 2011 2:49 p.m. read more..

Wedam brings vision, insight

We have three candidates running for one of the Sunnyside School Board positions. I would like to explain why Dr. Mike Wedam is the best candidate.

August 5, 2011 2:49 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 4


Motorist escapes serious harm

PASCO - A two-vehicle accident last night on the Hwy. 395 Blue Bridge near Pasco had all the makings for a major tragedy. Luckily, the people who were involved only sustained minor injuries.

August 4, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 3


S'side Rotary golf tourney set for Sept. 23

The Sunnyside Rotary Club's 12th annual golf tournament will be held this year on Friday, Sept. 23. The four-person scramble at Black Rock Creek Golf Course will feature a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

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

Outlook man foils auto theft

In Lower Valley activity since yesterday, Tuesday, the Yakima County Sheriff's office learned that an Outlook-area resident scared away two men who were attempting to steal his vehicle.

August 3, 2011 4:11 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 2


Monday, August 1