Stories for March 2011


Thursday, March 31


Cub Care program benefits students, parents

For the past five years Sunnyside High School's family and consumer science program has been teaching students about child development, while at the same time, helping out the parents of elementary-age students.

March 31, 2011 3:52 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 30


Lady Grizzlies fall to Wenatchee

The 3A Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team was no match for visiting 4A Wenatchee, as Sunnyside lost both ends of a doubleheader 18-0 and 13-0.

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

Knights open league play with sweep

Behind the devastating pitching of Makayla Morrow the Sunnyside Christian Knights roughed up the Klickitat Vandals in Greater Columbia 1B play yesterday (Tuesday).

March 30, 2011 4:15 p.m. read more..


Benefit dinner a success thanks to numerous efforts

March 30, 2011 4:09 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 29


Lady Knights split with Naches Valley

NACHES - The Sunnyside Christian High School softball team played a doubleheader against Naches Valley last Friday and ended up with a split, losing the first game but coming back and winning the nightcap.

March 29, 2011 4:24 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 28

Cantwell demands gas investigation

SEATTLE - In an announcement last week, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) demanded federal regulators use the authority she granted them in 2007 to ensure skyrocketing prices at the gas pump are not the result of market manipulation or other anticompetitive behavior.

March 28, 2011 1:56 p.m. read more..

Lemus leads Greyhounds at Apple Tree

YAKIMA - In just his fourth week playing the sport, Grandview Greyhound golfer Robert Lemus is off to a strong start, as he paced his team at the Lee Dolquist Invite held this past Friday at the Apple Tree course in Yakima.

March 28, 2011 1:53 p.m. read more..

Greyhounds win in seventh inning

WAPATO - Saturday's doubleheader that pinned the Grandview Greyhounds against the Wapato Wolves was reduced to one game due to rain, but the Greyhounds came out on top, walking away with an 11-9 win.

March 28, 2011 1:52 p.m. read more..

Lady 'Hounds swept by Selah

GRANDVIEW - After opening the season with three straight wins the Grandview High School softball team began the tough part of its schedule with a doubleheader against the Selah Vikings this past Saturday.

March 28, 2011 1:51 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 25


Radiation concerns hit Sunnyside residents

After living in Hanford's shadow, one might think Sunnyside residents aren't prone to radiation panic, but the recent nuclear meltdown scare from Japan has had people all over the west coast racing for their local nutrient supplement suppliers.

March 25, 2011 3:14 p.m. read more..

Lady Hounds blast Wapato

WAPATO - The Grandview High School softball team picked up two league wins this past Wednesday by beating the Wapato Wolves 15-5 and 19-7.

March 25, 2011 3:14 p.m. read more..

Wine Coutry Balloon Tour plans to connect the Valley

Now that it is officially springtime, residents in the Lower Yakima Valley may find colorful balloons dotting the Prosser sky more often than in previous years. This is because Wine Country Balloon Tour has begun its balloon season and they are excited to bring this unique business to Prosser.

March 25, 2011 3:06 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 24


Longtime stylist to retire

Joyce Wyckoff, owner of Neva's Beauty Salon on South Sixth Street in Sunnyside, is hanging up her scissors tomorrow (Friday).

March 24, 2011 3:39 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 23

Shooting victim released from hospital

A 16-year-old Sunnyside girl, who was shot twice in the back Monday morning, March 14, while lying in bed, has been released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

March 23, 2011 4:10 p.m. read more..

Mabton council considers wastewater treatment facility costs

MABTON - The city of Mabton is on the verge of committing to a project that will have significant ramifications for both its budget and its residents, but before a decision can be made on updating their wastewater treatment facility, the Mabton City Council got an overview of the options and costs that lay before them.

March 23, 2011 4:09 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 22


Outlook receives good news

OUTLOOK - The community of Outlook gathered last night for its monthly Stand Up for Outlook meeting and was told of several good things happening there.

March 22, 2011 2:34 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 21


Riverhawks dunk Grizzlies 10-0

PASCO - "We played better than the score indicated," Coach Terry Shines said of his Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team's 10-0 loss this past Friday to Chiawana.

March 21, 2011 3:24 p.m. read more..

Greyhounds earn non-league tie

GRANDVIEW - In an effort to maintain the health of their players, Grandview and Wapato ended this past Saturday's soccer match in a 2-2 tie.

March 21, 2011 3:22 p.m. read more..

Greyhounds come away with non-league tie

MOXEE - In its first action of the 2011 season, the Grandview High School track team started strong with several good showings at the Papa Wells Invite at East Valley High School.

March 21, 2011 3:22 p.m. read more..

'Golden' goal keeps Grizzlies unbeaten

It took 89 minutes and change before the Sunnyside Grizzlies finally found the back of the net at the end of the match's second overtime to beat visiting Eastmont 1-0 this past Saturday.

March 21, 2011 3:21 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 18


Grandview community lauded at awards banquet

GRANDVIEW - Last night (Thursday) Grandview community celebrated St. Patrick's Day by recognizing the efforts of its citizens at the Grandview Chamber of Commerce's annual awards dinner and auction at Gemstones Leisure Hall.

March 18, 2011 3:57 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies wake up in time to beat Wapato

WAPATO - The Sunnyside Grizzlies kept the Wapato Wolves at bay yesterday in a non-league soccer match and finally got luck to side with them in the 72nd minute of play to come away with a 1-0 victory.

March 18, 2011 3:56 p.m. read more..

Dominant pitching lifts Grandview over Lady Knights

GRANDVIEW - It's early in the season, but Grandview's Ashley Van Tress is on a roll. Counting last Saturday's jamboree mini-games, Van Tress has now thrown 10 innings without giving up an earned run and has only given up three hits.

March 18, 2011 3:53 p.m. read more..

Board meeting time changed

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board has changed its meeting time to 6:30 p.m., starting with its March 28 regular board meeting.

March 18, 2011 3:49 p.m. read more..

Guest Column

Union's 'last hired, first fired' rule means younger teachers are laid off first

March 18, 2011 3:36 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 17


Unemployment numbers dip

Washington state added an estimated 800 jobs in February and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent from January's revised rate of 9.2 percent.

March 17, 2011 4:14 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 16


Sunnyside readies for fiber optic opportunities

Discussion about the city of Sunnyside's decision to be included in the ongoing installation of the county's fiber optic line continued at a meeting held yesterday (Tuesday). Representatives from Sunnyside Community Hospital, the Port of Sunnyside, Sunnyside School District and the City of Sunnyside met to learn about options and opportunities regarding connection to the line.

March 16, 2011 4:22 p.m. read more..

Shooting dog trials return to Sunnyside

A Lower Valley tradition ongoing for more than 50 years continues this week with national and regional shooting dog trials on the 20,000-acre Sulphur Creek Ranch near Sunnyside.

March 16, 2011 4:19 p.m. read more..

Shooting victim now stable

A Sunnyside teen who was sleeping in her bed when struck twice in the back by bullets this past Monday morning is in serious but stable condition, according to Sunnyside Police Department Public Information Officer Charlotte Hinderlider.

March 16, 2011 4:13 p.m. read more..

Time to get out of the courtroom and into the river

What if a regional salmon plan was supported by three Northwest governors, six Indian tribes and the Obama administration? What if the plan had undergone rigorous review by some of the most respected scientists in the nation, who all agreed it was a sound plan well grounded in the best science?

March 16, 2011 4:11 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 15


SHS alum earns PhD

Kris Marks, a 1975 graduate of Sunnyside High School, earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Walden University in Minneapolis this past February.

March 15, 2011 2:11 p.m. read more..

Bleyhl hosting grand re-opening

ZILLAH - There will be country gospel music, food and fun for the entire family when Bleyhl Country Store hosts its grand re-opening in Zillah on Friday and Saturday, March 25-26.

March 15, 2011 2:07 p.m. read more..

Mabton family opens Sunnyside restaurant

One thing Sierra Rivera, Duran Rivera and Calixto Rivera can all remember is the home-cooked meals their mother, Rachel Ruelas, would make them while they were growing up in Mabton.

March 15, 2011 2:06 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 14


Friday, March 11

Public hearing to consider zoning regulations for adult entertainment facilities

YAKIMA - With Yakima County facing the possibility of adult entertainment facilities in the future, such as an adult nightclub or other establishment, the Yakima County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 16, at the Yakima Convention Center to gather public input about the county's proposed zoning regulations in areas of the county outside of cities and towns.

March 11, 2011 2:55 p.m. read more..


Only option was to walk away from meeting

March 11, 2011 2:50 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 10


Locke named ambassador to China

WASHINGTON D.C. - Yesterday President Barack Obama formally announced he had selected former Washington Governor Gary Locke to be the country's ambassador to China.

March 10, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 9

Lucky 7 seeks local caring adults to aid kids' program

The Lucky 7 Bike program is off and running, with lots of kids eager to participate. But in order for this popular program to enjoy another successful year in Sunnyside, they will need adult volunteers ready to engage the community's youth.

March 9, 2011 3:58 p.m. read more..

Mabton considers going green

MABTON - Imagine if all the wastewater could be reused for the same purpose. For example, water flushed from the toilets to move waste through the system could be cleaned and then rerouted for use again. Any extra water could be used for irrigation.

March 9, 2011 3:55 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 8


Monday, March 7


Greyhounds fourth at 2A State tourney

YAKIMA - The Grandview boys basketball team went out in style, earning fourth place honors at the 2A WIAA State tournament at the Yakima Valley SunDome this past Saturday.

March 7, 2011 4:03 p.m. read more..

S'side Christian 1B State champs

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team stamped its name in the State history books by winning its second straight 1B State title this past Saturday in Spokane with a 55-50 win against the Neah Bay Red Devils.

March 7, 2011 4:01 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 4

Mexican tariffs

WASHINGTON D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexico's President, Felipe Calderón, announced that they had reached an agreement on a path forward for resolving the cross-border trucking dispute and ending the retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products.

March 4, 2011 4:23 p.m. read more..

Knights advance to 1B semi-finals

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian Knights moved one step closer to a 1B State title yesterday (Thursday) with a 62-23 win against the Lummi Blackhawks in State tourney play.

March 4, 2011 4:17 p.m. read more..

Vaudeville circus coming to Sunnyside

The Squirm Burpee Circus will perform at the Sunnyside High School auditorium next Monday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Lower Valley Community Concert series.

March 4, 2011 4:09 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 3


Wednesday, March 2

Cops, office staff get salary boost

An agreement with Teamsters Local Union No. 760, representing office and clerical staff with the city of Sunnyside, as well as an agreement with the Sunnyside Police Guild were approved at Monday's Sunnyside City Council meeting.

March 2, 2011 3:06 p.m. read more..

Strong chinook salmon runs predicted

Fishing prospects look bright this year for chinook in Washington's ocean waters and the Columbia River, according to preseason salmon forecasts recently released.

March 2, 2011 2:58 p.m. read more..

Dairy ambassador candidates sought

A beaming smile and an engaging personality aren't required, but they'll go a long way in helping the next young lady to get named as the new Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador.

March 2, 2011 2:53 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 1


WSU grape meeting on tap for Thursday

PROSSER - The Washington State University Benton County Extension will be hosting its monthly grape fieldman's breakfast for all individuals working with juice or wine grapes.

March 1, 2011 2:45 p.m. read more..

Support for Life Options can begin with a stroll

GRANDVIEW - Life Options has been serving individuals and families in need of unconditional and loving support for the past 25 years and this year's fundraising Walk for Life will help ensure its indelible legacy.

March 1, 2011 2:44 p.m. read more..