Stories for January 2011


Monday, January 31

'Spirit of Sunnyside' nominees sought

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the annual "Spirit of Sunnyside" awards...names like Delta Aileen (Price) Bootsma, Jon Smiley, Carol Bos, Alejandra Bobadilla, Gene Carlyle, Jeff Dillon, and Bill and Lisa DeRuyter.

January 31, 2011 4:23 p.m. read more..

Gunfire erupts in Grandview last Saturday night

GRANDVIEW- Gunfire erupted on Saturday night in Grandview in the 100 block of Cedar Street. Police say officers responded to a report of shots fired at 9:55 p.m. and when arriving on the scene, discovered a large amount of glass from a vehicle in the roadway.

January 31, 2011 4:23 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 28

New parent center a success

A group of parents helped pack the Sunnyside School Board meeting yesterday (Thursday) to help emphasize the success of the district's newly opened Family Engagement Center. The center's director, Darena Ah Quin, thanked the board for all their help in obtaining the center.

January 28, 2011 4:20 p.m. read more..

Greyhounds best Wolves in 49-27 win

GRANDVIEW - Wapato wrestlers were guests in Greyhound country yesterday (Thursday) but the Grandview wrestlers overpowered the team and earned a 49-27 victory.

January 28, 2011 4:15 p.m. read more..

Grizzly grapplers blank West Valley

For perhaps the first time in school history, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team shut-out an opponent, blanking West Valley 75-0 at home last night, Thursday.

January 28, 2011 4:11 p.m. read more..

Grandview church to host movie night

GRANDVIEW - An uplifting movie for marriages and a program for children is all part of Grandview Christian Church's movie night on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m.

January 28, 2011 4:10 p.m. read more..

Cavatina Duo brings musical talent to Sunnyside

The Lower Valley Concerts Association will present its second concert of the 2010-11 season on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m., at the Sunnyside High School auditorium, with a performance by Cavatina Duo, an internationally famous guitar and flute duo.

January 28, 2011 4:09 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 27


Foster kids project in need of help

Foster children often feel abandoned and lonely when holidays roll around. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Marycruz Orduno of Grandview High School wants them to feel the support and love of the community.

January 27, 2011 4:09 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside police forming honor guard

Sunnyside Police Officer Scott Orate and Corrections Officer Andrew Gutierrez are two of the city's finest. And, both hold strongly to the belief in supporting fellow officers and representing the police department in a professional and positive manner.

January 27, 2011 4:09 p.m. read more..

WIC program benefits local economy

Mary Jo Mengarelli, a public health administrator for Yakima Neighborhood Health, was the featured guest speaker at Monday's Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting and explained the WIC program offered at her agency.

January 27, 2011 4:03 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 26


Feds announce injunction against Evans Fruit

GRANGER - Nearly three months after it was handed down by a judge, federal officials were here yesterday announcing an injunction against Evans Fruit related to an investigation of sexual harassment.

January 26, 2011 2:50 p.m. read more..

Vikings clinch SCAC East

ROYAL CITY - Recording their 11th straight win and the 14th out of the last 15 games, the Mabton High School boys basketball team clinched the SCAC East division with a 61-57 win against the Royal Knights last night (Tuesday).

January 26, 2011 2:50 p.m. read more..

;Lady Knights nip White Swan

In a battle of teams ranked in the top 10, the Sunnyside Christian girls' basketball team prevailed at home over White Swan 63-54 last night, Tuesday.

January 26, 2011 2:48 p.m. read more..

East Valley trounces Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - East Valley and Grandview wrestled in a tough match yesterday (Tuesday). The Greyhounds struggled against the Red Devils and left with a 47-18 loss, bringing their CWAC record to 2-5.

January 26, 2011 2:47 p.m. read more..

Knights victorious against White Swan

It was the kind of game basketball fans live for. Sunnyside Christian High School, the No. 2 team in the 1B ranks, and White Swan, the No. 2 team in the 2B ranks, put on a show for a packed SCHS gym.

January 26, 2011 2:46 p.m. read more..

Class of '91 reunion set

The Sunnyside High School Class of 1991 is planning its 20-year class reunion, which will be held on July 22-23 at Shadow Lake Ranch in Prosser.

January 26, 2011 2:41 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 25


UW announces Dean's List

SEATTLE - The University of Washington has released its autumn quarter Dean's List for 2010-11 and students from Sunnyside, Grandview, Granger, Mabton, Outlook and Prosser earned a place on the honor roll.

January 25, 2011 4:38 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 24

Mabton residents finalizing plans for new park

MABTON - More than 35 community members in Mabton earlier this month met with representatives of Catholic Charities Housing Services and Pomegranate Center to discuss design ideas for a new park in the community.

January 24, 2011 4:19 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside police recover weapons

Sunnyside police yesterday (Sunday) at about 1 a.m. received a request for assistance from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office following a threat report.

January 24, 2011 4:18 p.m. read more..

'Hounds keep win streak alive

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhounds seem unstoppable. They picked up two more wins this past weekend against Othello and East Valley.

January 24, 2011 4:17 p.m. read more..

Bickleton boys trampled by Mustangs

TROUT LAKE - The Bickleton boys faced Trout Lake-Glenwood for the second time this season and, while the Pirates lost to the Mustangs 51-27, Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts said he was pleased with his team's performance.

January 24, 2011 4:16 p.m. read more..

Mabton stays undefeated in league play

FINLEY - The Mabton Vikings kept their unbeaten league streak alive this past Friday with a 57-39 win against the Riverview Panthers in SCAC East action. The win puts Mabton's league record at a perfect 8-0.

January 24, 2011 4:16 p.m. read more..

Vikings fourth at Mabton tourney

MABTON - Hosting its own wrestling tournament this past weekend, the Mabton Mid-Valley Classic, the Vikings scored 141 points to finish fourth at the 11-team tournament.

January 24, 2011 4:13 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies re-join playoff race

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team swept a pair of league contests this past Friday and Saturday to firmly plant itself in the CBBN 3A playoff race.

January 24, 2011 4:11 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 21

Sunnyside shooting brings 53 years of prison time

YAKIMA - Two men, Octavio Robledo, 24, of Grandview and Ricardo DeLeon, 33, of Prosser, were yesterday (Thursday) each sentenced to 53 years in jail for their role in a gang-related shooting that occurred May 9, 2009 in the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue in Sunnyside.

January 21, 2011 4:11 p.m. read more..

Granger couple gives chickens another try

GRANGER - Gary Dixon has been a lot of things in his life. He's been a truck driver. He's worked with musical bands hauling equipment. He's been a police officer. And now he's a chicken farmer, and he couldn't be happier.

January 21, 2011 4:09 p.m. read more..

SHS grapplers clinch 3A league title

PASCO - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team wrapped up another winning season and at least a share of the CBBN 3A league title with a 34-18 victory at Pasco last night.

January 21, 2011 4:08 p.m. read more..

Lady Vikes hold off Columbia-Burbank, 49-34

MABTON - Jazzee Sustaita scored all seven of her points in the final three minutes of play to help the Mabton Lady Viking basketball team hold on for a 49-34 home win last night over Columbia-Burbank.

January 21, 2011 4:07 p.m. read more..

Mabton wins ninth straight

MABTON - The No. 9 ranked Mabton Vikings won their ninth straight game last night, defeating Columbia-Burbank 74-61 in a key SCAC East match-up.

January 21, 2011 4:06 p.m. read more..

Zombie Prom musical coming to SHS

Love, drama, music - with 50s kitsch thrown in for good measure - it's all part and parcel of Zombie Prom, a musical coming to Sunnyside High School.

January 21, 2011 4 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 20


Rotaplast mission on tap

The Rotary Rotaplast volunteer team in Central Washington is preparing to send a Rotaplast team to India in April and the team is asking for donations of baby quilts to take to patients that will be treated at the hospital in Udaipur, India.

January 20, 2011 4:15 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 19


Wastewater treatment plant topic of city council meeting

MABTON - Members of the Mabton City Council, the city's engineering firm Gray & Osborne, Inc., Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington State Department of Ecology met yesterday (Tuesday) to discuss the current schedule for improvements on the city's wastewater treatment facility and how to better inform the public.

January 19, 2011 4:30 p.m. read more..

Lady Pirates rout Yakama Tribal

BICKLETON - Lady Pirates Coach Emily Barnhart was looking for an opportunity to play her entire team and it presented itself last night against Yakama Tribal.

January 19, 2011 4:29 p.m. read more..

Vikings lose twice

MABTON - The Mabton wrestling team lost two contests last night against the Zillah Leopards and the Granger Spartans in a double-dual.

January 19, 2011 4:28 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 18

Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympians

YAKIMA - Members of the Yakima County Prosecutor's and Sheriff's offices, as well as staff from the Sunnyside Police Department and several other businesses and organizations, this past Saturday participated in the annual Polar Plunge at the Yakima Greenway's Sarge Hubbard Park.

January 18, 2011 3:29 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 17


13-year-old shooting victim in stable condition

A 13-year-old Sunnyside girl, who was the victim of a drive-by shooting last Wednesday night, is currently in stable condition, according to Sunnyside Police Public Information Officer Charlotte Hinderlider.

January 17, 2011 1:48 p.m. read more..

Mabton sweeps weekend league games

Due to a power outage at Mabton High School this past Friday the Vikings' home game against the Eagles was moved to Connell. It didn't matter as the Vikings beat the Eagles 60-53 on Friday night and then walloped the Wahluke Warriors 68-25 on Saturday.

January 17, 2011 1:35 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies invite champs

ELLENSBURG - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team continued its best season in years this past Saturday, cruising to the team title at the Ray Westburg Invite in Ellensburg.

January 17, 2011 1:34 p.m. read more..

Unbeaten Trout Lake ;no match for SCHS girls

Trout Lake/Glenwood brought a sparkling 10-0 record into last Saturday's match-up against the visiting Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team. That win/loss mark is now tarnished, however.

January 17, 2011 1:33 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 14

Youth Job Fair planning underway in Sunnyside

The third annual Youth Job Fair is quickly approaching and various organizations began the lengthy planning process yesterday (Thursday) at WorkSource in Sunnyside to make this the most successful event yet.

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

Rice reigns supreme on lanes

YAKIMA - Sunnyside's Rob Rice topped the competition at a Central Washington Open bowling tournament hosted by Yakima's Minda Lanes this past Sunday.

January 14, 2011 4:02 p.m. read more..

State's electronics recycling program nets 78 million pounds total

The E-Cycle Washington program wrapped up its second year in 2010 by collecting 39.5 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors for free-of-charge recycling. That figure beats the first year collection total of 38.5 million pounds, for a two-year program total of 78 million pounds.

January 14, 2011 4 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 13


A new kind of Grizzly spirit

Morp Week is no more, says Sunnyside High School - instead, welcome into the folds a new January tradition known as Grizzly Pride Week.

January 13, 2011 3:41 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 12


Annexation of former feedlot delayed

The Sunnyside Planning Commission last night held a public hearing to consider annexing the West Sunnyside Business Park, formerly known as the Monson feedlot, and several properties between the current city limits and the property.

January 12, 2011 3:35 p.m. read more..

Image is leaders agree

The people who gathered at Tuesday night's joint meeting between four important Sunnyside entities have a vision in mind for the city and are ready to combine efforts to see that vision become reality.

January 12, 2011 3:29 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 11


Sunnyside lawmaker embarks on fourth term

OLYMPIA - Sen. Jim Honeyford yesterday (Monday) took the oath of office for a fourth four-year Senate term as the legislature convened for its 2011 regular session at the Capitol. The session in Olympia is scheduled for 105 days.

January 11, 2011 3:29 p.m. read more..

Proposed RV park hits snag

After hearing from concerned citizens and Sunnyside's city planner and community development supervisor, Jamey Ayling, the Sunnyside City Council allowed a motion to annex property owned by MBM, LLC to fail.

January 11, 2011 3:27 p.m. read more..

Grandview still undefeated

The Grandview boys basketball team last Friday and Saturday bested the competition in Prosser and Ellensburg to continue its winning streak.

January 11, 2011 3:27 p.m. read more..

Pirates sunk twice

The Bickleton boys basketball team continues to struggle but Coach Jerry Roberts says his Pirates are showing some promising signs of improvement.

January 11, 2011 3:26 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 10

Man found dead in Sunnyside this morning

Early this morning Sunnyside police officers responded to a report of a suspicious person on property in the 500 block of West South Hill Road. The call was received just after 4 a.m. and police found a man on the ground near a vehicle. He was discovered to be suffering from what officers believed was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

January 10, 2011 3:48 p.m. read more..

Taylor named top Republican on key state House committee

OLYMPIA - Fifteenth District Rep. David Taylor has been appointed as the ranking Republican on the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee. He began his new assignment when the Legislature convened today (Jan. 10) for a scheduled 105-day session.

January 10, 2011 3:45 p.m. read more..

New AgWeatherNet director explores farmers' needs

PROSSER - Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom is the newly hired director of Washington State University's AgWeatherNet, an online agricultural weather network with more than 130 weather stations located in Washington state.

January 10, 2011 3:43 p.m. read more..

Grandview wrestlers heating up

GRANDVIEW - The Greyhounds have been busy. Grandview's wrestlers came out on top of their Prosser opponents on Friday, Jan. 7, before putting in a strong showing at the 14th annual Grandview Winter Classic on Saturday.

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

Grizzlies earn first league win

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team earned its first league win of the season this past Friday with a 55-44 home victory over West Valley.

January 10, 2011 3:39 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 7

City employee handbooks being revised

Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi yesterday (Thursday) met with members of the special investigative committee tasked to determine if pay increases for city employees were given in accordance with regulations.

January 7, 2011 2:05 p.m. read more..

Postal changes on the horizon

Changes coming soon to the new location of the Sunnyside Post Office will help better serve the customer base of Sunnyside, said Sunnyside Postmaster Larry Dekker.

January 7, 2011 2:03 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies tame Eastmont Wildcats

EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team returned from winter break as strong as ever, winning the first five matches last night on the way to a 57-12 rout of Eastmont.

January 7, 2011 2 p.m. read more..

'Betsy' the cow delivers the facts about benefits of milk

The students in Mary Schlenker's United Methodist Pre-School class in Sunnyside yesterday got a surprise visit from some very special guests. However, 'Betsy' the cow and Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Kristen Wedam might have played second fiddle to the squeaky cheese and yogurt the 3 and 4-year-olds got to sample.

January 7, 2011 1:53 p.m. read more..


Community support for food bank overwhelming

January 7, 2011 1:50 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 6


Wednesday, January 5

Winter weather snow joke in S'side

Dennis Hull works for the National Weather Service and he was in Sunnyside Wednesday morning to confirm what everyone suspected, the Lower Valley has been hit with a much whiter winter than normal.

January 5, 2011 2:43 p.m. read more..

Selah bowlers best Sunnyside

YAKIMA - The Selah High School girls bowling team claimed its second 3-1 victory of the season over Sunnyside in a head-to-head match yesterday at Yakima's Minda Lanes.

January 5, 2011 2:35 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 4


New labels on meat products to be a requirement in 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced that it will be making important nutritional information readily available to consumers on 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry products.

January 4, 2011 3:21 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside man named Aflac's top salesman

Jaime Perez, an independent Aflac salesman in Sunnyside, was named the Aflac Top Associate of the Year for eastern Washington and northern Idaho for his overall performance in 2010.

January 4, 2011 3:17 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 3