Stories for May 2011


Tuesday, May 31


Friday, May 27


Outlook teacher retiring after 54-year career

A lot has changed since Bobbi Quigley joined the Sunnyside School District. From technological advances to new teaching methods, the long-time first grade teacher has moved along with the times and managed to maintain her devotion to education, her students and the school district through it all.

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

Grandview schools to start Aug. 25

GRANDVIEW - It was announced at Monday night's Grandview School Board meeting that a negotiation had concluded that will bring the start of the 2011-12 school year on Thursday, Aug. 25.

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

Dutch theme right on target

My wife and I are in Orange City, Iowa as I write this. Noticing Margaret Nelson's recent letter to the editor about incorporating a Dutch theme into Sunnyside's Sunshine Days celebration made me respond, (thanks Margaret).

May 27, 2011 1:48 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 26


Visser concludes 3A State action

LIBERTY LAKE - The ending may not have been what high school senior Renae Visser scripted, nonetheless the Sunnyside golfer made it through day-two action at yesterday's WIAA 3A State Girls Golf Tournament.

May 26, 2011 3:41 p.m. read more..

Family and community drive Grandview mom

GRANDVIEW - Since 2004, students, staff and visitors to Yakima Valley Community College in Grandview have been greeted by bilingual front desk clerk Zulma Ochoa. Among her many responsibilities, Ochoa has helped students register for classes, pay admission fees and connect with advisors.

May 26, 2011 3:38 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 25


Employee appreciation picnic on tap

GRANDVIEW - Members of the Grandview City Council and Mayor Norm Childress agreed last night, Tuesday, to again each contribute $30 for the city's annual employee appreciation picnic.

May 25, 2011 3:59 p.m. read more..

Albrechts to celebrate 50th anniversary

Joe and Janice (Bogert) Albrecht of Sunnyside will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bon Vino's Bistro & Bakery in Sunnyside.

May 25, 2011 3:55 p.m. read more..

Day of reckoning arrived

They got him. Put a couple of slugs in his face. Then they dumped his body in the sea -- something for the fish, which don't much care what they eat, to feed on.

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

Tuesday, May 24


Tyus leaving

MABTON - In action last night, Monday, the Mabton School Board approved several staff changes.

May 24, 2011 2:42 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 23


Lady Knights bound for State!!!

The Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights will be making a second consecutive appearance at the 1B State fastpitch softball tournament.

May 23, 2011 3:42 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 20


Marines rewarded for extraordinary airlift

CAMP BASTION, AFGHANISTAN - When Cpl. Michael K. Nelson (son of Sunnyside's Kenny Nelson) woke early on the morning of March 20 to his gunnery sergeant yelling, he wasn't sure what to expect.

May 20, 2011 4:12 p.m. read more..

Optometrist license ;restricted

YAKIMA - The Board of Optometry and Washington State Department of Health have recently imposed restrictions on the license of Yakima optometrist Gary J. Marinkus.

May 20, 2011 4:04 p.m. read more..

Summer travel made simple

It's almost summer and the kick-off to the 'lazy, hazy' season is just around the corner. With the Memorial Day holiday weekend fast approaching, the American Society of Travel Agents offers advice for travelers heading into the busy summer travel season.

May 20, 2011 4:02 p.m. read more..

Miss Washington looks to shine at Miss USA Pageant

VANCOUVER, WA. - Angelina Kayyalaynen immigrated to the United States nine years ago. Next month she'll have a chance to represent her adopted country as she and 50 other contestants vie for the title of 2011 Miss USA.

May 20, 2011 4:01 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 19

Drive-by shooting believed to be gang-related

Just before 6:30 p.m. last night (Wednesday) Sunnyside police responded to a shots fired call in the 1300 block of North Avenue. Officers investigating the call found an apartment in the area was the target of the shooting and several shots struck the building.

May 19, 2011 3:16 p.m. read more..

Morrow cribbage club champ for 2011

After 36 weeks of play, James Morrow of Sunnyside needed a strong showing in the final competition of the year to capture the 2011 Lower Yakima Valley Grassroots Cribbage season championship.

May 19, 2011 3:12 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 18


Origin of blaze determined

The ruins of two downtown businesses are no longer smoldering, but potential hotspots are still a concern as work crews commenced with the demolition of the store fronts today (Wednesday).

May 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..

1971 Top-Hi class plans 40th reunion

YAKIMA - The Toppenish High School class of 1971 is looking for classmates living in the Sunnyside area. The class is planning for its 40-year reunion, to be staged in Yakima on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13.

May 18, 2011 2:56 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 17

Patrol vehicle struck by another motorist

This past Sunday, a Sunnyside police patrol vehicle was involved in an accident when responding to a call regarding the downtown blaze that consumed El Conquistador Restaurant and the Safari.

May 17, 2011 4:34 p.m. read more..

Grandview's Rodriguez District champ

EPHRATA - Three long days and rain delays could not hold back Grandview's Ryan Rodriguez, who walked away from the CWAC District tennis competition with a championship.

May 17, 2011 4:29 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 16


Nature rains on Relay for Life fundraiser

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley Relay for Life may have been rained out, preventing participants and teams from continuing with scheduled events after 6 p.m. this past Saturday, but the annual event raised $65,000 to benefit cancer research.

May 16, 2011 2:27 p.m. read more..

Salmeron District champ in triple jump

PASCO - Sunnyside's Eduardo Salmeron will lead a contingent of 16 Sunnyside Grizzlies to this coming weekend's 3A Regional track meet in Spokane. The lone Grizzly to earn a District championship was Salmeron, that coming in the triple jump.

May 16, 2011 2:20 p.m. read more..

GHS Lady Greyhounds Regional tourney-bound

SELAH - The Grandview High School fastpitch softball team advanced to the 2A Regional tournament as the CWAC's fourth seed after surviving a loser-out contest against East Valley this past Saturday in Selah.

May 16, 2011 2:18 p.m. read more..

Hillcrest Manor honors employees

"This is the place you want to be if you're very ill. Everyone is so cheerful," said Bobby Hazzard about her sister's stay at Hillcrest Manor and Rehabilitation in Sunnyside.

May 16, 2011 2:17 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 13

Chinese businessmen hope to make Sunnyside sister city

They sat in a private room at the China Buffet in Sunnyside sipping high-quality tea brought from home. The tea Tim Wen, his daughter Patricia Wen, Wenhui Liu, Sheng Lin, Peter Paget and Bill Flower were sipping was the same kind that Chairman Mao served President Nixon when the U.S. was opening ties with China.

May 13, 2011 3:05 p.m. read more..

Lady Knights pick up 16th victory of season

KITTITAS - It's wasn't particularly pretty, not a textbook outing so to speak, nonetheless the Sunnyside Christian girls fastpitch softball team grabbed a win yesterday afternoon on the Kittitas High School diamond.

May 13, 2011 3 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 12


Cops watching for unsecured loads

Drivers with unsecured loads, beware - extra enforcement is out and if you're caught, fines are stiff. Litter is more than just an eyesore. It is dangerous.

May 12, 2011 3:31 p.m. read more..

Airport upgrades underway

A little paint and a lot of elbow grease goes a long way, and putting both to good use has resulted in a more appealing Sunnyside Airport Pilot's Lounge, as well as the installation of an information kiosk near the fueling pumps there.

May 12, 2011 3:30 p.m. read more..

YVCC okays Grandview fire department use of property

GRANDVIEW - In action taken this past Tuesday, the Grandview City Council approved an interlocal agreement with Yakima Valley Community College that allows the fire department to use a portion of the college's Grandview property for training. The property, at 503 W. Main St., has not yet been developed by the college and has a vacant building on site that firefighters will now be able to use for training purposes.

May 12, 2011 3:20 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 11


Homeless count down county-wide

YAKIMA - The number of homeless people in Yakima County fell to 887 people this year, down from a high of 1,314 in 2009. The new count is the lowest number of homeless people in Yakima County in the past six years.

May 11, 2011 2:20 p.m. read more..

Mabton drops 6-2 non-league game

BENTON CITY - The Lady Vikings softball team's overall record dipped to 2-11 after succumbing to Ki-Be last night in a one-game non-league match-up.

May 11, 2011 2:14 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 10

'Get tough' on gangs resolution put on hold

The Sunnyside City Council last night tabled a resolution in support of a gang elimination plan presented by Sunnyside Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck at the Monday, May 2, council workshop.

May 10, 2011 3:54 p.m. read more..

Heritage University celebrates graduates at commencement

TOPPENISH - Heritage University held its 29th commencement exercise on Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m. on the Toppenish campus. About 160 students participated in this year's ceremony, including undergraduate and graduate students from the Toppenish campus and from regional locations across the state.

May 10, 2011 3:40 p.m. read more..

HMS gears up for MSP testing

Students at Harrison Middle School started their Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) testing today, but before they got to work, the middle school staff took a few minutes to praise the students' progress this year and encourage them to continue their hard work.

May 10, 2011 3:32 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 9


County extends deadline for nitrate program

Lower Yakima Valley and are served by a private well that has tested high in nitrates, there is still time to submit an application for a free water treatment system through Yakima County's Nitrate Treatment Pilot Program.

May 9, 2011 3:48 p.m. read more..

Lower Valley man stabbed to death Sunday

A 61-year-old rural Lower Valley man was stabbed to death shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday (Sunday) over what the Yakima County Sheriff's Office says might have been an ongoing dispute over money.

May 9, 2011 3:47 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 6


Wildcats scratch Sunnyside from playoffs

EAST WENATCHEE - It wasn't the way the Sunnyside High School soccer team wanted to end its season, but the Grizzlies fell to Eastmont last night (Thursday) 2-0 in the opening round of the playoffs.

May 6, 2011 3:06 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 5


Wednesday, May 4


Bickleton scores well at Yakima meet

YAKIMA - There was some tough competition and nearly 20 schools present at Eisenhower's JV invite, but the 1B Bickleton Pirates pulled out a couple strong performances.

May 4, 2011 3:40 p.m. read more..

Cutting to the Core

This past Sunday President Obama announced that after years of trying, the United States had finally succeeded in eliminating the head of Al Qaeda, Usama bin Laden.

May 4, 2011 3:29 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 3


Man shot by police identified

Three days after Sunnyside police shot and killed a man they say first fired at them, the identity of the man was released to the public.

May 3, 2011 4:34 p.m. read more..

SHS seeks project judges

It is senior project time again and Sunnyside High School is looking for volunteers to judge projects on Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10.

May 3, 2011 4:31 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 2


One dead in police shootout

Downtown Sunnyside was this past Saturday just after 8:50 p.m. shut down after police shot and killed a suspect who pulled a weapon on them.

May 2, 2011 3:29 p.m. read more..

Suns scorch Sunnyside fastpitch team

A promising start went for naught as the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly fastpitch softball team lost 16-1 and 19-0 five-inning contests to visiting Southridge this past Friday.

May 2, 2011 3:24 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies win second straight

The Sunnyside Grizzlies' soccer team won its second straight match this past Saturday, a 2-1 home win against league rival West Valley. "It's a good time to peak with good soccer," said SHS Coach Juan Pineda. The win puts Sunnyside in fifth place in the 3A CBBN league. The Grizzlies (6-7, 7-7-1) will travel to Lampson Stadium on Tuesday, May 3, to play the Kennewick Lions in the last match of the regular season. A win would cement Sunnyside's fifth place position, but a loss could drop the Grizzlies to sixth. Either way, Sunnyside looks to begin the playoffs this Thursday. In Saturday's contest, the Rams scored first when Jesse Palacios received a long pass in front of Sunnyside's goal and was able to get it past keeper Eddie Garcia in the third minute of play. Humberto Bermudez got the equalizer for the Grizzlies in the 26th minute of play when he received a pass from Sergio Licona. "He just blasted the ball, there was no way the shot could be blocked," Pineda said. In the 58th minute of play, Jesus Gudino put a move on the West Valley keeper that totally fooled him. The keeper had no choice but to take Gudino down, resulting in a penalty kick. Hector Dominguez did the honors for Sunnyside, scoring on the PK and giving the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead, a lead that would hold up for the rest of the match. Pictured is Sunnyside's Omar Vergara (white jersey) battling for possession with West Valley's Sebastian Bauer. The Grizzlies recorded 12 shots on goal, West Valley had seven. Garcia made four saves for Sunnyside. West Valley's keeper recorded seven. "It was a really good game," Pineda added. "We're in better shape and have been running a lot. We're marking tighter and passing better."

May 2, 2011 3:22 p.m. read more..