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.

June 30, 2011 3:17 p.m. read more..

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.

June 30, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 29


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.

June 29, 2011 4:21 p.m. read more..

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.

June 29, 2011 4:21 p.m. read more..

Guest Column

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

June 29, 2011 4:16 p.m. read more..

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.

June 29, 2011 7:55 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 28


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.

June 27, 2011 2:21 p.m. read more..

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.

June 27, 2011 2:20 p.m. read more..

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.

June 27, 2011 2:12 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 24


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.

June 24, 2011 2:40 p.m. read more..

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.

June 24, 2011 2:40 p.m. read more..

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.

June 24, 2011 2:37 p.m. read more..

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.

June 24, 2011 2:34 p.m. read more..


Good service kudos to Bob's Auto Clinic

June 24, 2011 2:28 p.m. read more..

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.

June 23, 2011 3:16 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 22


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Friday, June 17


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.

June 17, 2011 3:30 p.m. read more..

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.

June 17, 2011 3:29 p.m. read more..

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.

June 17, 2011 3:28 p.m. read more..

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.

June 17, 2011 3:25 p.m. read more..

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.

June 17, 2011 3:17 p.m. read more..

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).

June 17, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..

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.

June 16, 2011 3:40 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 15


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.

June 14, 2011 4:09 p.m. read more..

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.

June 14, 2011 4:08 p.m. read more..

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.

June 14, 2011 4:03 p.m. read more..

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.

June 14, 2011 3:59 p.m. read more..

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.

June 14, 2011 3:48 p.m. read more..

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.

June 14, 2011 3:46 p.m. read more..

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.

June 13, 2011 3:22 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 10


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.

June 10, 2011 2:47 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 9


Wednesday, June 8


Tuesday, June 7


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.

June 7, 2011 3:59 p.m. read more..

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.

June 7, 2011 3:55 p.m. read more..

Monday, June 6


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."

June 6, 2011 3:22 p.m. read more..

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.

June 6, 2011 3:17 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 3


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.

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

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.

June 3, 2011 4:06 p.m. read more..

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.

June 3, 2011 4:05 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 2


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.

June 2, 2011 2:31 p.m. read more..

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.

June 2, 2011 2:30 p.m. read more..

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.

June 2, 2011 2:26 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 1


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.

June 1, 2011 4:09 p.m. read more..


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.

June 1, 2011 4 p.m. read more..