Stories for July 2011


Friday, July 29


Location eyed for student health clinic

In activity last night, Thursday, the Sunnyside School Board discussed the former SVID building next to Merit Resources in downtown Sunnyside as a possible location for a grant-funded student health clinic.

July 29, 2011 2:47 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 28

Sunnyside police nab four out-of-towners on 'dine and dash' charge

A Sunnyside business in the 900 block of Yakima Valley Highway last night (Wednesday) at approximately 8 p.m. reported four men ordered food, ate the meals and left the establishment without paying for the meals. The server provided police with a vehicle license plate that was later found at another Sunnyside business. Four men were taken into custody on a requested charge of theft third degree. They include Ryan Stacy, 25, of Kelso; Micah Rhodes, 31, of Clatskamie, Ore.; Jordan Wilson, 19, of Longview; and Jacob Swogger, 25, of Kelso.

July 28, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..

Piranhas nibble their way past Grandview Neptunes

PROSSER - In all honesty, last night the Prosser Piranhas didn't run roughshod over the Grandview Neptunes the way they have in recent years. The end result was a much closer than expected 446-336 victory for the host Piranhas.

July 28, 2011 3:27 p.m. read more..

Grandview inks deal with Fruit Smart

GRANDVIEW - In activity during its meeting this week, the Grandview City Council approved an industrial wastewater agreement with food processing company Fruit Smart.

July 28, 2011 3:25 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 27


Newspaper stalwart passes on last Saturday

Dick Nafsinger, former president of Eagle Newspapers, Inc., under which the Sunnyside Daily Sun News operates, died this past Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the age of 77 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis.

July 27, 2011 2:14 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside girls power Sharks past Prosser Piranhas, 477-277

PROSSER - Traditionally, stealing a win from Prosser when the Piranhas are swimming in their home pool is a task that isn't easily accomplished. Last night, however, thanks to Sunnyside's female contingent, the Sharks made mincemeat of the Piranhas, 477-277.

July 27, 2011 2:02 p.m. read more..

Gunfire reported in Mabton

In Lower Valley activity since yesterday, Tuesday, the Yakima County Sheriff's office was alerted to shots fired in Mabton in the area of Third and Fourth streets.

July 27, 2011 2 p.m. read more..

Homes on Monson feedlot to be surplused

To remove or sell the two residential dwellings located on the city of Sunnyside's property formerly known as the Monson feedlot, the Sunnyside City Council last Monday night surplused the homes.

July 27, 2011 2 p.m. read more..

Mabton school director resigns

MABTON - Mabton School Board member David Rodriguez submitted his resignation this past Monday, citing his family's move out of the area.

July 27, 2011 1:59 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 26


Teen still missing seven months later

Sunnyside's Maria Elena Mojica is still seeking information regarding the whereabouts of her daughter Jessica Mojica Estrada, who turned 14-years-old this past April.

July 26, 2011 3:55 p.m. read more..

Apple Valley Dental opens doors in Sunnyside

This past Saturday Lower Valley residents had the opportunity to see what Apple Valley Dental and Orthodontics is all about after watching the building take shape over the course of several months.

July 26, 2011 3:32 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 25

Parkland home razed

Yesterday (Sunday) just after 3 p.m. the Sunnyside Fire Department battled a structure fire in the 100 block of Parkland Drive.

July 25, 2011 3:52 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 22


Thursday, July 21



Allegations marijuana not addictive simply not true

July 21, 2011 8:27 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 20


Sunnyside swimmers improve record to 8-1

TOPPENISH - One pool record shattered, near misses at setting three other new marks and four photo finishes highlighted last night's Mid-Valley Summer Swim League match-up between the Sunnyside Sharks and Toppenish Tarpons.

July 20, 2011 2:56 p.m. read more..

Dolphins overpower Grandview, 659-161

SELAH - The Grandview Neptunes seemingly didn't have a chance last night against Selah as the Dolphins swam away with their eighth win on the summer AAU swim season, 659-161.

July 20, 2011 2:55 p.m. read more..


Allegations marijuana not addictive simply not true

July 20, 2011 2:53 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 19

Storage building razed

The Sunnyside Fire Department since last Friday has assisted Yakima County Fire District #5 with two fires.

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

Monday, July 18


Health fair set for Aug. 20

A community health fair will be held in Sunnyside on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Park in Sunnyside.

July 18, 2011 2:32 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 15


Sharks avenge earlier loss to Selah

Pinning Selah with its first defeat of the summer, the Sunnyside Sharks avenged a 428-402 loss to the Dolphins sustained in late June. The Sharks, swimming in their own pool last night, got even by claiming a tightly contested 422-410 decision.

July 15, 2011 2 p.m. read more..


Honor guard hopes to return for 2012 parade

July 15, 2011 1:52 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 14

Hanford's B-Reactor moves closer to becoming national historic park

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The National Park Service this week recommended Hanford's B Reactor be made into a national historic park, following years of work by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to preserve and increase access to the historic reactor and highlight its critical role in America's national security.

July 14, 2011 3:08 p.m. read more..

Bicycle rodeo set up to teach kids rules of the road

Four-year-old Tabby Raines started pedaling her tricycle down a marked off area. When she heard a whistle, which was supposed to simulate a car horn, she deftly turned her head to check for the unseen vehicle, earning points from the judges.

July 14, 2011 3:02 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 13


Sunnyside powers past Neptunes, 591-212

GRANDVIEW - Firmly entrenched as the favorite to win this year's Mid-Valley Summer Swim League championship title, based on their dominating first-place finish at last weekend's nine-team AAU Regional meet in Toppenish, the Sunnyside Sharks made short work of the Grandview Neptunes last night.

July 13, 2011 4:15 p.m. read more..

Plat approved for new housing

GRANDVIEW - In action last night, Tuesday, the Grandview City Council approved a preliminary plat for a housing development to be known as Bellavita Estates.

July 13, 2011 4:14 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 12


Irrigators receive optimistic outlook

The Bureau of Reclamation's Yakima Basin Total Water Supply Available (TWSA) forecast for July indicates a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights, according to Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor.

July 12, 2011 4:09 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 11


Indall, Nozaka card lowest rounds from 132-player field

RICHLAND - Black Rock Creek's Chris Indall and Akira Nozaka turned in the two lowest rounds from a 132-player field to lead the Lower Yakima Valley team to a first-place finish at the seventh stop on the 2011 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

July 11, 2011 4:27 p.m. read more..

FEMA concerned about wildfire season

Wildfire experts and weather specialists have predicted a low-risk, late-starting wildfire season for the Pacific Northwest this summer, but emergency managers caution against complacency.

July 11, 2011 4:25 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 8

SVID nicked by auditors on controls over financial statements

The good news for the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District is that when it comes to accountability, SVID is perfect. The bad news, however, is that for the first time in 16 years SVID received a finding from the Washington State Auditor's Office in the area of financial statements.

July 8, 2011 2:32 p.m. read more..

Kleinow slams three homers

Pure Mayhem/Sports Center swept Team Impact this past Tuesday in Lower Valley Men's Softball League play, thanks in part to Dave Kleinow.

July 8, 2011 2:20 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 7


Applications sought for school board

The Sunnyside School District Board of Directors is accepting letters of interest from persons in filling the recently vacated District 5 seat for the remainder of its term, which ends on Nov. 20.

July 7, 2011 4:14 p.m. read more..

Art camp slated for July 11-13

OUTLOOK - Stand Up For Outlook Readiness to Learn staff and 21st Century will host a Works of Art camp at Outlook Elementary School on Monday, July 11, through Wednesday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.

July 7, 2011 4:13 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 6


Tuesday, July 5

Mabton teen hurt in rollover on I-82 Monday

18-year-old Banesa Y. Cardenas of Mabton sustained injuries yesterday as the result of a one-vehicle rollover accident on I-82, about one-tenth of a mile east of exit 69, just outside of Sunnyside.

July 5, 2011 3:46 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 1


Shark attack claims Naches swim team

NACHES - Not yielding a single point to Naches in the boys 8&U and girls 10&U age divisions, the Sunnyside Sharks made mincemeat of the Barracudas last night, 575-225.

July 1, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..

Hanford Reach Interpretive Center construction slated for later this summer

RICHLAND - The Richland Public Facilities District announced this week that the city of Richland has received formal approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enter into a sublease agreement, which will allow for the building of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center on Corps-leased land in Columbia Park West.

July 1, 2011 2:31 p.m. read more..

Freeman tabbed as winemaker of the year

PROSSER - John Freeman of Waterbrook Winery has been selected as winemaker for the 2011 Legends of Washington Wine celebration on behalf of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.

July 1, 2011 2:31 p.m. read more..