Stories for June 2011


Thursday, June 30

Farm labor housing needed

Hoping to spur interest in the plight of local farm laborers, the Washington Farmworker Housing Trust sponsored a bus tour yesterday to give interested parties a tour of affordable housing for farm laborers.

Banners brighten up downtown Sunnyside

There's a new addition to the flower baskets that dot downtown Sunnyside, as a total of 80 new banners commissioned by the city now adorn the downtown area.

SHS names students to honor roll

Sunnyside High School has named the students who earned honor roll recognition. Students named to the honor roll have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the third term for the 2010-11 school year.

Harrison Middle School names honor roll students

More than 200 students were named to the honor roll at Sierra Vista Middle School for the fourth quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

Beekeeper once painted bees for fun

As a youngster, Sunnyside's Huston Osborn became fascinated with bees, as an adult he enjoys keeping them to harvest the honey they make.




Wednesday, June 29




Car tab fees in Grandview go into effect in 2012

GRANDVIEW - Starting in 2012 Grandview residents will have to pay an additional $20 to register each of their vehicles.

Citizens advised: be on the lookout for counterfeit money

The Sunnyside Police Department has in the past few weeks been alerted to counterfeit $100 bills circulating in the city.

Sunnyside School Board chairman relinquishing seat

The director of District 5 on the Sunnyside School Board, Miguel Puente, has submitted his letter of resignation.

Selah dominates Neptunes in Grandview pool

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Rotary swim team last night hosted the Selah Dolphins and were overwhelmed by the speed and numbers of the visiting team.

Sharks improve to 3-1 in summer swim league

Launching a couple of Broersma bombshells, a Harrington hand grenade and a Perez pistol, as well as throwing in the Butter Cutter for good measure, the Sunnyside Sharks exploded for a 556-390 victory over the visiting Toppenish Tarpons last night.

Fire prevention order issued for wildlife refuges

Due to summer fire conditions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has imposed a complete ban on activities likely to start a fire on refuges in the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Council gives development the go ahead

GRANDVIEW - In action last night, Tuesday, the Grandview City Council approved a rezone that will allow more than 80 single family homes on nearly 25 acres east of North Euclid Road and north of North Fifth Street.

Garbage pick-up a day late for holiday

MABTON - The garbage pick-up schedule in Mabton will run a day later than usual next week because of the July 4 holiday.

Grandview girl seeks beauty pageant title

GRANDVIEW - Nine-year-old Jay-cee B. Al-Ghamdi of Grandview will vie later this year for the National American Miss title in the junior pre-teen division.


Not against police programs

Not against police programs

Guest Column

I drove through my old neighborhood a few weeks ago. It is like many suburban neighborhoods that sprouted up in the 1960s.

Cutting to the Core

Why not raise taxes?

Why not raise taxes?

Architect hired to design new fire station

Last night the Sunnyside City Council by a 4-1 vote approved a contract totaling just over $380,000 with MJ Neal Associates architectural firm.

Grandview gang member charged in shooting, Sunnyside banger sentenced to 26-month prison term

Two Lower Valley gang members were in court last Friday with one being sentenced to prison and the other charged with a shooting in Grandview.

Wedam's reign as dairy ambassador ends

LYNNWOOD - After spending the past year as the Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador, Sunnyside's Kristen Wedam will now get back to her school work at Washington State University after competing for the title of Washington State Dairy Ambassador last week.

Grandview to celebrate Fourth of July

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's 34th annual flag raising ceremony, commemorating the Fourth of July, will be staged at Stokely Square on Monday, July 4.

Summer meals for Mabton kids being offered

MABTON - Both, breakfast and luncheon meals are being provided to youngsters in the community of Mabton, at no cost to the children.

Sunnyside welcomes new hospital COO

An experience on a medical mission to Haiti during his college years helped shape the career of Dave Olson, Sunnyside Community Hospital's new COO.

Tuesday, June 28

Former Sunnyside restaurant owner opens Grandview eatery

GRANDVIEW - The building has been empty for nearly a year, but Juan Marquez found it to be a perfect spot for La Cabana Restaurant.




Monday, June 27

Adult entertainment laws now in place

YAKIMA - In a special meeting held last Friday by the Board of Yakima County Commissioners, two ordinances pertaining to adult entertainment businesses were adopted.

IRS increases mileage rate

WASHINGTON D.C. -The Internal Revenue Service last week announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011.

Maple Grove Road home targeted by drive-by shooters

A drive-by shooting just after 11 p.m. last night (Sunday) targeting a house in the 200 block of Maple Grove Road north of Sunnyside left the building riddled with bullets, but fortunately no one was injured.

Fourth of July flyover confirmed

The Sunnyside Lions Club has confirmed a military flyover will take place during the annual Sunnyside Community Fourth of July celebration.

Indall, Plata push Black Rock Creek to runner-up finish

YAKIMA - With Chris Indall shooting an even-par 72 and Miles Plata notching a round seven strokes below his scoring average, Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek earned a second-place finish last week on the sixth stop of the 2011 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

SHS grad shines in collegiate summer baseball league for NCAA Division I prospects

WINCHESTER, VA. - He was an MVP at Sunnyside High School, an all-star at YVCC and today Gibby Briones is tearing it up in a 12-team college baseball summer league in Virginia.

Sunnysider marks nearly three decades with Sunnyside schools

It's been a year of change at Sunnyside High School, but one of the constants has been laundry/custodian Linda J. Williams, who has worked at SHS for the past 26 years.

Rescue attempt turns out fine for frightened feline

Firefighters are called upon to rescue creatures of all types, both large and small. Last Friday, Sunnyside firemen came through for a fur ball that couldn't fend for itself.







Friday, June 24

Commissioners want interim parks/rec director

A special meeting of Sunnyside's Parks and Recreation commissioners has been called for today (Friday) at 4:30 p.m. as a result of this past Wednesday's regular meeting.

WSDA resumes trapping to detect European grapevine moth

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced Thursday it will continue a program looking for a destructive moth with the potential to damage the state's grape and wine industry.

Sunnyside man dies after car plunges into canal

A 34-year-old Sunnyside man was killed early this morning when he backed his car into a canal ditch three miles southwest of Sunnyside.

State department of agriculture begins gypsy moth trapping

State trappers are currently hanging brightly colored gypsy moth traps in trees, shrubs and other areas in a continuing effort to protect Washington's forests, producing agricultural lands and cityscapes from a destructive plant-eating pest.

2011-12 Miss Sunnyside candidate

Macenzie Butler

Macenzie Butler

Nip-and-tuck affair goes Selah Dolphins' way against visiting Sharks

SELAH - From a nail-biting perspective, swimming fans couldn't have asked for a more entertaining event to watch last night.

Outlook drag racer trying to turn lemons into tasty lemon aid

Wayne Linder Jr. of Outlook is no quitter. But, he knows the difference between a half-full glass and a half-empty one.

Bicycle rodeo for youngsters July 13

The Sunnyside Police Department is hosting a bicycle rodeo for youngsters in the community on Wednesday, July 13.

Info meeting set for National Night Out

The Sunnyside Police Department will host a meeting next Wednesday, June 29, for those who would like to host a block party during the National Night Out celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Youth track and field meet set for July 7

GRANDVIEW - The annual Youth Track & Field Meet, sponsored by the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department, will take place on Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at Rich Leenhouts Stadium located on the Grandview High School campus.

Fireworks prohibited 4th of July weekend

The Sunnyside Police Department wants to remind residents that fireworks are prohibited in the city of Sunnyside at all times throughout the year.

County dog licenses available on-line

The Yakima County Sheriff's office has made it easier for residents in the county's unincorporated areas to purchase dog licenses.

Sunnyside Grid Kid program has sign-ups next week

The Sunnyside Grid Kid program will have sign-ups on Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, June 28, at Sunnyside High School's Clem Senn Field at 7 p.m.

Christian Women's luncheon July 12th

PROSSER- Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection is sponsoring a luncheon and entertainment event for all generations Tuesday, July 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

Educators learn to seek out needs, feelings with dealing with disruptive kids

Educators learned yesterday (Thursday) that disruptive students in their class might not be trying to be so disruptive, they just might be telling them their needs are not being met.

Girls State life-changing experience for Sunnyside teens

ELLENSBURG - Five Sunnyside girls gained a new perspective on their future plans and even college choices this past week.

Valley author to appear at Sunnyside Library

Personal struggles set during historical times are the hallmarks of two books that will be read by Moxee author Terry L. Winetsky during an author event at the Sunnyside Library on Sunday, July 24, from 2 to 3 p.m.


New children's book addresses childhood challenges

New children's book addresses childhood challenges

Hanford Reach Interpretive Center project getting off the ground

RICHLAND - The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center at Columbia Park hasn't yet been constructed, but the vision is to provide visitors to the center with an educational experience.


Good service kudos to Bob's Auto Clinic

Good service kudos to Bob's Auto Clinic


No illusions about country living

No illusions about country living

'F' as in Frank

Crying uncle

Crying uncle




Thursday, June 23

Summer DUI patrols start up June 24

Washingtonians are preparing for summer fun. Celebrations that involve alcohol sometimes result in drunk drivers on our roads. So, after beach parties, barbeques or an evening at the bar, drivers are advised not to drive if they have been drinking.

High tech tools being developed to aid teachers

Yesterday educators enrolled in the Summer Institute in Sunnyside learned how today's technological tools can improve classroom learning.

City of Sunnyside no longer in rental housing business

A house the city of Sunnyside owns on the property known as the West Sunnyside Business Park has been destroyed by vandals.




Wednesday, June 22




Commissioner addresses water, immigration issues

Yakima County commissioners didn't flinch from a controversial decision to have inmate fingerprints sent to immigration officials and the tainted water issue may not be as bad as first thought.

childhood trauma impacts behaviors, dropout rates...say Summer Institute speakers

That student acting out in the classroom, or who doesn't seem to care about school might be suffering from residual impacts caused by adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs.

Annual regional swim championships July 9-10

TOPPENISH - The 22nd annual Pacific Northwest AAU Rotary Swim Championship meet in Toppenish will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10.

Grandview swimmers fall prey to Sharks

The Grandview summer swim team was unable to navigate through Sunnyside's Shark-infested waters last night.

Free concert, family event at Kiwanis Park Saturday

Sunnyside's Hispanic Foursquare Church will be hosting a free family day outing followed by a concert for local youth this coming Saturday, June 25.

Marines sharpen skills for battle

The two Marines sprint, ammo cans in hand, to their fighting position. As they get to the position, they find their weapon disassembled.

Blueberries are blueriffic

Oregon's fresh harvest blueberries are just about here and the good news is there will be plenty to enjoy this summer.

Guest Column

Under siege from the unchecked federal bureaucracy

Under siege from the unchecked federal bureaucracy

Jennie's Journey

Summer's finally here

Summer's finally here




Tuesday, June 21

Administrative changes on horizon in Sunnyside schools

Musical chairs...chances are that's what several administrators in the Sunnyside schools will be playing come this fall.

National VFW commander visits Sunnyside, stresses recruitment of younger veterans

His floral shirt setting a relaxed tone, National VFW Commander Rich Eubank paid a visit to the VFW post in Sunnyside this morning, Tuesday.

Vendors needed for Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Board is still in need of vendors for the annual event to take place Aug. 10-13 this year.

YVCC teaching winery detailed for Noon Rotarians

Melissa Rowan, a woman who wears many hats at the YVCC wine teaching college in Grandview, was the guest speaker at Monday's Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting.

New ownership, new name for Grandview market

GRANDVIEW - Some may refer to it as the Red Apple and others refer to it as Grandview Marketplace.







Monday, June 20

Chip sealing work in Sunnyside scheduled for early this week

City of Sunnyside work crews are scheduled to perform chip sealing procedures on several local streets this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21-22.

Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador will vie for State title later this week

Kristen Wedam, the 2010-11 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador, has spent the past year educating just about everyone about the benefits of dairy products. And she doesn't want to quit.

State dairy ambassador relinquishes title this Friday

It's been quite a run for Kristyn Mensonides, the current Washington State Dairy Ambassador.

Mabton Grid Kid sign-ups this week

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings Grid Kid program will be having its sign-ups this week.

Wednesday's parent meeting to address closing of Children's Village in Sunnyside

It's been several months since the Sunnyside Children's Village branch closed its doors and Lower Valley residents who depended on the organization have had to make do with the changes.




Friday, June 17




SHS alumni volleyball match planned for early July

Former members of the Sunnyside High School volleyball team are being invited to participate in an alumni match, scheduled for Saturday, July 2.

Team Impact too much for Columbia Crest

This past Tuesday wasn't a good day for Columbia Crest, one of the Lower Valley Men's Softball League teams.

Neptunes victorious over Othello swimmers

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Neptunes struggled last year to win a meet, but last night proved they could be competitive, winning 502-286 over the visiting Othello Barracudas.

Grandview police ID shooting suspects

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department has made public three of the four names of thepeople arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting on Wednesday of this week.

City of Sunnyside on brink of experiencing budget woes

The city of Sunnyside's general fund, which pays for day to day operations, could be broke by 2013 if the city doesn't change its ways.

2011 Miss Sunnyside candidate

Jessica Bonilla

Jessica Bonilla

Grandview church plans VBS, barbecue

GRANDVIEW - Bethany Presbyterian Church at 201 Birch Street in Grandview will hold its Vacation Bible School, titled "Hometown Nazareth," on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hochhalter appointed to civil service commission

This past Monday the Sunnyside City Council was informed Ron Hochhalter, a local business man, was appointed to the civil service commission.

Public safety fair July 9

Saturday, July 9, community members will have a chance to see and hear firsthand what the Sunnyside police and fire departments do.

Christian club speaker shares testimony of healing

PROSSER - "In order to have a testimony to share there has to be a test and a lot of moaning," Becky Weber told the Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection earlier this week.

Five-year-old hailed as hero

GRANDVIEW - A five-year-old Grandview girl is being hailed as a hero after using quick thinking to call 911 after her grandfather fell in the bathroom.

World Nation by 1964 SHS grad worth purchasing

Want a glimpse into the not so distant future?

Hunting for agates in the northwest

I don't like to admit it but I am a true and certifiable addict. I like many others am hopelessly addicted to rock hounding. I will go far out of my way to get that mondo dose of excitement delivered every time I go treasure hunting here in the great northwest.

Sunnyside Lions Club never has sought lodging tax monies

I know how hard it is to make long term decisions in a vacuum. Having little or no real concrete information on a topic can create cloudiness surrounding what should be a simple solution. Case in point - the odd reasoning and misinformation used to deny the Sunnyside Lions Club a funding recommendation from LTAC (Lodging Tax Advisory Commission).

Guest Column

We get the media we want

We get the media we want

'F' as in Frank

Time for Sunnyside to revisit budget cycle

Time for Sunnyside to revisit budget cycle

Cutting to the Core

Weiner's gone, let's get back to asking questions that matter

Weiner's gone, let's get back to asking questions that matter

Thursday, June 16

PacifiCorp this fall will remove Conduit Dam

After nearly a century of serving PacifiCorp customers, Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in south central Washington will start to be removed this fall, fulfilling a multi-party settlement agreement signed in 1999.

Grandview School District welcomes back familiar face

GRANDVIEW - Students and staff at Grandview Middle School will have a new principal for the 2011-12 school year, but the gentleman stepping up is a familiar face for many at the district.

More than 250 Sierra Vista Middle School students earn place on honor roll

Sierra Vista Middle School released the names of more than 250 students who have earned a place on its fourth quarter honor roll.

Port of Sunnyside employee oversees wastewater plant

Gerald Roy knows fruit.




Wednesday, June 15

Accountant employed on interim basis by city of Sunnyside

With the departure of Assistant Finance Director Earlene Bassett recently, the city of Sunnyside needed to fill the gap until her replacement can be found.

Quality of water focus of new Lower Yakima Valley group

As part of the application process to form a Groundwater Management Area, a public meeting must be held.

Spokane firm hired to build community center in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview took a big step forward with plans for its new community center by awarding a construction bid last night, Tuesday.

Sunnyside Sharks shred Barracudas, 416-218

OTHELLO - Other than the likes of Kai Quigley, Tatum Sparks and Ben Taff, the Sunnyside Sharks had an answer for each and every Barracuda that dove into the Othello pool last night.

Prosser Piranhas swim past Neptunes

GRANDVIEW - Last night teams in the Grandview Rotary Swim Team hosted the Prosser Piranhas, but lost the meet 420-310.

Officers gain experience during communications training

QUANTICO, VA -- Several Marine officers rush to trouble shoot a computer server that has gone offline, severing a vital data link.

Alpha Lambda Chapter stages ice cream sundae party for Sunnyside fourth graders

Last week students in Sandra Sanchez's fourth grade classroom at Sunnyside's Washington Elementary School were rewarded for their math efforts with an ice cream sundae party sponsored by the women of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Words from Washington

We're working to get Central Washington back to work

We're working to get Central Washington back to work

Empire of M

Happy Father's Day, Papí

Happy Father's Day, Papí




Tuesday, June 14

Lucky 7 Bike Shop in need of community support

Now in its third year, the Lucky 7 Bike Shop in Sunnyside has opened its doors to the community youth, but the program is in need of more volunteers, bikes and youngsters as it moves into its fourth month.

Another grant headed Grandview's way

GRANDVIEW - Maybe they should change the name of this Lower Valley town to Grantview, as recently the city of Grandview garnered a nearly $1 million federal grant.

Federal judge sentences escapee from Sunnyside jail to 10 years prison time

YAKIMA - A federal judge last Thursday sentenced Aaron Lopez Garcia of Yakima to 10 years in prison.

Grandview schools reform grading system

GRANDVIEW - In order to standardize the grading process, a committee made up of Grandview teachers, parents, administrators and students embarked on a six-month long evaluation of grading practices throughout the district, other districts, states and the nation.

Gov. Gregoire to step down after current term

OLYMPIA - Two terms are apparently enough, as yesterday Gov. Chris Gregoire announced she will not pursue a third term as governor.

Legal firm to oversee airport clean-up

Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi last night was given the authorization to contract with Ellensburg attorney Jeff Slothower and his firm, Lathrop, Winbauer, Harrell, Slothower & Denison, L.L.P. for legal advice regarding the contamination clean-up at the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

Sunnyside High School girls soccer team edgeas alumni squad, 5-3

This past Saturday the Sunnyside High School girls soccer team hosted a match against the SHS alumni.

Excitement non-stop at Alder Creek rodeo

BICKLETON - Dozens upon dozens of cowboys and cowgirls showcased their skills at the sun-splashed Cleveland Park rodeo arena this past weekend.

Diener, Murray, Barker spark Sunnysiders to first-place finish at senior golf tour event

The trio of Tom Diener, Nolan Murray and Bob Barker led Black Rock Creek to a first-place finish last Thursday at the fifth stop on this summer's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

New street sweeper to be purchased

The City of Sunnyside will replace its 2006 Elgin Crosswind street sweeper with a Johnston VT 650 Vacuum sweeper at the cost of $141,656.

Mabton summer meal program begins June 20

MABTON - The Mabton Simplified Summer Food Program for Children will begin Monday, June 20.

Budget meetings scheduled

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board approved the scheduling of a budget workshop on Thursday, June 23, at 6:15 p.m. in the Grandview High School library.

U.S. Cellular to offer free device workshop at Sunnyside location

With a recent study showing a nearly 80 percent increase in smartphone shipments from a year ago, there are plenty of first-time smartphone users who may want a little help figuring out everything their advanced devices have to offer.

Grandview Boys State representative chosen

GRANDVIEW - Emilio Orozco, who will be a senior at Grandview High School this fall, has been named as Grandview's representative to the American Legion Evergreen Boys State convention at Central Washington University, June 19-26.

WSU student recalls for Rotarians her time studying abroad in Africa

If picture slideshows are your thing, then the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting held every Monday is the place to be.







Monday, June 13

Landlords asked to comply with law

In an effort to increase the number of licensed rental dwellings in the City of Sunnyside, the Sunnyside Police Department has mailed letters and rental unit applications to all identified landlords in the City of Sunnyside.

Last-minute election filings create several local races

There was a flurry of last minute filings for public office this past Friday, the last day a candidate could file for the 2011 fall elections.

Apple doesn't fall far from the tree in Dalrymple family

Stepping into the small office of John Dalrymple, owner of Cliff's Septic Tank Service in Sunnyside, a person is immediately aware of several golden statues of a man.




Friday, June 10

Palacios, Linde pick up challengers with new filings

Five more candidates filed to run for public office yesterday (Thursday) in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Sunnyside School District gets A+ from state auditors

The news in the Sunnyside School District just keeps getting better. Just last week the high school had its largest number of graduates ever, 326. A target set last fall of graduating at least 65 percent of the school's seniors is expected to be met.

2011 Miss Sunnyside candidate

Sarah Berumen

Sarah Berumen

Indelook Club meeting changed to no-host luncheon next Tuesday

The Tuesday, June 14, meeting of the Junior Indelook Club has been changed from a potluck picnic to a no-host luncheon at 1 p.m. at the China Buffett located at 2600 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

Family fun, swimming and more on tap at Grandview Christian Church

GRANDVIEW - Instead of its annual summer Vacation Bible School program, Grandview Christian Church is offering a program focusing on the whole family.

Annual Fourth of July celebration in Sunnyside to begin with parade

The Sunnyside Lions Club is sponsoring the community's annual Fourth of July celebrations, beginning with a parade at 11 a.m. on Independence Day.

Area alpaca farmers celebrate spring fiber harvest

PROSSER - You've seen them full-fleeced and fabulous, now come see them shorn and shapely! The annual spring shearing on area alpaca farms has just concluded.


Donations to wrestlers appreciated

Donations to wrestlers appreciated

Guest Column

Farmers' concerns spreading like wildfire

Farmers' concerns spreading like wildfire

Jennie's Journey

Change is in the air

Change is in the air

Empire of M

Nurturing dreams

Nurturing dreams




Thursday, June 9

Teen involved in shooting of deputy gets prison time

YAKIMA - An 18-year-old Outlook man was sentenced to 19 years and three months in prison for shooting at two Yakima County Sheriff's deputies in July of 2009.

Newcomer to Sunnyside seek's mayor's seat on council

Three more Lower Yakima Valley citizens have thrown in their names to run for local government positions in the coming fall elections.

Cherry growers provided insights on tour of Lower Yakima Valley area

Yesterday was all about cherries as producers and field men toured Lower Yakima Valley orchards and learned about new research and technologies coming down the line.

Community members gather in effort to problem-solve

Sunnyside Transformation Lower Valley hosted a town hall meeting last night (Wednesday) in an effort to bring community members together for the purpose of problem solving.

Galbraith, Bos earn checks at PGA pro-am series event

There's no place like home! Just ask Black Rock Creek Golf Course club professionals Scott Galbraith and Justin Bos.

Lower Valley students graduate from the University of Washington

SEATTLE - The University of Washington in Seattle will host commencement ceremonies for the class of 2011 this coming Saturday, June 11.

Students named to Bickleton schools' honor roll

BICKLETON - Bickleton High School and Bickleton Junior High School have released the names of students who have earned honor roll recognition for the final quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

Farmers advised to be on lookout for Asian pest

PROSSER - The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a foe for all to be wary of, according to Washington State University Extension Services Researcher Gwen Hoheisel.




Wednesday, June 8

Race ahead for Port of Sunnyside seat

YAKIMA - Brent Cleghorn of Sunnyside will oppose incumbent Jeff Matson for the Port of Sunnyside's District 2 commissioner seat.

Nitrate pollution will be addressed at Sunnyside meeting set for next Tuesday

In response to on-going concerns about nitrate contamination in Lower Yakima Valley groundwater, Yakima County is proposing to create a Groundwater Management Area to address nitrate contamination.

City of Mabton considering surveying local residents for household income info

MABTON - The Mabton City Council voted to enter into negotiations with Rural Community Assistance Corporation to conduct an income survey to be completed before Oct. 31.

Sunnyside advisory group agrees to partial funding for kiosk, none for fireworks display

The Lodging Tax Advisory Commission yesterday (Tuesday) forwarded two funding recommendations to the Sunnyside City Council, concerning the community's Fourth of July celebration and the South First Street kiosk project.

Part III...Summer of Hope: work together

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley as part of its Summer of Hope is sponsoring a program that brings businesses together with community organizations and projects.

Myers celebrate 50 years of marriage

Virgil and Susie Myers of Outlook will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a reception this coming Sunday, June 12, at 12:30 p.m.

They're ugly and unhealthy...tree topping a bad scenario all around

Some may believe they are trimming trees back to allow new growth while taking care of unruly branches, but tree topping is bad for trees and landscapes.


Invest now in firefighting equipment

Invest now in firefighting equipment

Cuttng to the Core

Graduation stinks

Graduation stinks

Guest Column

Now is the time to fuel the new green economy

Now is the time to fuel the new green economy

Tuesday, June 7

Lots of decisions for S'side council to make on former feedlot

In 2004 the city of Sunnyside borrowed nearly $3 million to buy the Monson Ranches feedlot west of town. The feedlot was considered a public health threat and a public nuisance.

Project manager leaving Port of Sunnyside

The Port of Sunnyside is looking for a new project manager as Jay Hester has announced his resignation.

Trio added to Wall of Fame

The Sunnyside School District honored its three newest members of the Sunnyside High School Wall of Fame during a ceremony this past Friday.

GHS grads challenged to make their own paths

GRANDVIEW - On Saturday's warm, sunny morning, friends and family of Grandview High School's 129 smiling graduates filled the stands and spilled onto the field at Rich Leenhouts Stadium to celebrate the end of four long years of achievement.

Sunnyside summer meal program begins next Monday

The Sunnyside School District will be serving its summer meals beginning next Monday, June 13.

Driver's ed class offered this summer

The Sunnyside School District is offering a traffic safety education class this summer.

Local retailer offering vending machines for inventory management

Do you want to reduce inventory costs for supplies at your business?




Monday, June 6

Washington Redistricting Commission to host public forum in Yakima on Wednesday

YAKIMA - The Washington State Redistricting Commission is hosting a public forum in Yakima on Wednesday, June 8, beginning at 6 p.m.

State vet recommends easing horse movement restrictions

Washington horse owners can begin to breathe a little easier, as officials say it appears the recent outbreak of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (nEHV-1) has been contained.

Numbers look promising for Sunnyside High School

Last August, the senior class at Sunnyside High School faced tremendous changes at their school, had lofty expectations placed upon them and began a senior year punctuated with the inspiring mantra "Together we will."

SHS celebrates class of 2011 pace setters

At 326 strong, they are Sunnyside High School's biggest graduating class. They set another school record with 80 percent passing all their classes.

Sunnyside Christian graduates 17 seniors

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside Christian High School class of 2011 consisted of 17 seniors.

Final sign-ups for swim team tonight at pool

The Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team begins practicing for the 2011 season tonight (Monday).

Insurance agent enjoys helping customers

What started as a new opportunity 11 years ago has now turned into a lifetime job for Andrea Gonzalez, a licensed sales producer and office manager at Allstate Insurance Company in Sunnyside.

Friday, June 3

Mabton schools remedy state audit issue

MABTON - In a report issued this past Tuesday, state auditors delivered an audit finding against the Mabton School District.

State farm exports reach record levels

Exports of Washington-grown products have reached a new high. From Oct. 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011, the value of Washington-origin farm and seafood products has set a record pace.

Baccalaureate preps graduates for life after high school careers

The night before most of the Lower Valley's high school seniors are set to graduate many of them gathered to sing, pray and listen to advice.

Miss Sunnyside candidate

Kayla Amaro

Kayla Amaro

Yakima River spring Chinook fishing season opens today

The Yakama Nation and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife opened the Yakima Reservation boundary Reach to spring Chinook fishing today, June 3. The aseason will extend through Thursday, June 30.

Free soccer camp scheduled in Outlook

OUTLOOK - The group Stand UP for Outlook is looking for youngsters interested in participating in a free soccer camp this month.

Part II...Summer of Hope: pray together

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley will be hosting the beginning of a series of prayer meetings as part of the organization's Summer of Hope on Sunday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Lower Valley family honors ancestors on Memorial Day

It was an unusual event that took place on Memorial Day this past Monday in the Sunnyside Cemetery (Lower Valley Memorial Gardens), when descendants of the Isaac den Boer family gathered to commemorate a long deceased uncle and aunt.

Central Washington State Fair concerts, events announced

YAKIMA - Some new up-and-comers and popular returnees are among the entertainers who will be playing at the Central Washington State Fair in late September.

Summer Blast 2011 planned for June 25

PROSSER - Sunnyside's Neighborhood Church Assemblies of God is sponsoring an event for the entire family Saturday, June 25, at Prosser's Crawford Park.


Benefit dance appreciated

Benefit dance appreciated

Hemp reason of support for cannabis

The article in the Thursday, June 2, edition of the Daily Sun News was accurate and well written. However, I must point out a few important issues.

Guest Column

Oprah's appeal remains a mystery

Oprah's appeal remains a mystery

'F' as in Frank

Ready for graduation

Ready for graduation

Empire of M

You made it through

You made it through

Thursday, June 2

Soroptimist International of the Lower Yakima Valley awards academic scholarships

Soroptimist International of the Lower Yakima Valley awarded scholarships to three local teenagers earlier today (Thursday).

Green Valley 4-H collects comfort items for overseas troops

Members of the Green Valley 4-H Club spent the last month collecting various goods for American soldiers.

Linde returns from two-year mission

When it came to serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through a two-year mission, Jonas Linde expected to be sent to another country. After all, all his other family members went to another country.

Fundraiser slated for Saturday

Sunnyside High School sophomore Jasmine Valencia and five of her friends will be participating in the Great American Bake Sale this coming Saturday.

Part I...Summer of Hope: come together

Sunnyside Transformation Lower Valley, also known as Transformation Sunnyside, will be hosting a town hall meeting to unite community members in tackling issues concerning Sunnyside.

Cooling trend to continue in June

The month of May was nearly a record setter in the Sunnyside area, with some of the coldest and wettest weather ever seen here for that month.

Single-car accident near Sunnyside results in five sent to local hospitals

The cause of an accident that sent five Lower Valley residents to the hospital yesterday, Wednesday, is under investigation by the Washington State Patrol.

Trip to India no vacation for Rotaplast International volunteers

German philosopher and theologian Albert Schweitzer once said, "Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him."

SHS names top academic achievers in 2011 class

Sunnyside High School recently announced the top 5 percent of students in the graduating class of 2011, based on weighted grade point averages.

Wednesday, June 1

Horse owners encouraged to vaccinate for West Nile virus

Washington's state veterinarian is reminding horse owners that it is mosquito time and vaccinations or booster shots are needed to protect horses from West Nile virus.

Sunnyside native stumps for legalization of marijuana, hemp

More than 80 percent of Americans favor marijuana for medicinal uses and nearly 50 percent favor its legalization for general uses.

Closed campus a reality for Grandview ninth graders

GRANDVIEW - Closed campus for Grandview High School freshmen is becoming a reality, said Grandview High School Assistant Principal John Jennings.

Columbia Point makes up ground on Black Rock Creek

TOPPENISH - Oh-oh! What started out as a runaway for the Black Rock Creek team has turned into a two-horse race.

SHS spring athletes earn accolades at awards ceremony

Last night Sunnyside High School honored its 2011 spring athletes at a sports awards ceremony held at Harrison Middle School.

Baccalaureate service this Thursday

The Baccalaureate service for Sunnyside High School, Sunnyside Christian High School and Mabton High School will be held tomorrow, Thursday, at 7 p.m. at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 737 S. 16th.

Golden wedding anniversary for Grimes

Grandview's Jeannie and Jim Grimes will celebrate 50 years of marriage June 11, 2011.

Jennie's Journey

Get it straight from the horse's mouth

Get it straight from the horse's mouth

Guest Column

Baseball's alcohol problem

Baseball's alcohol problem





Clarence Byma, 85, of Sunnyside passed away on May 27, 2011 in Sunnyside. He was born on May 3, 1926 in Uretrep, Holland to Ralph and Augusta Byma.