Stories for May 2011


Tuesday, May 31

Cantwell and Murray urge DOE to transfer Hanford land to community for private sector job growth

WASHINGTON D.C. - This week, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to transfer 1,341 acres of uncontaminated land from the Hanford site to the community for private sector job growth.

SHS set to graduate biggest class ever

With major construction and late test results this past school year, there are still some unknowns as to the size of the Sunnyside High School graduating class of 2011.

New doctor joins Sunnyside Pediatrics

A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Ana Garcia joined the medical practice at Sunnyside Pediatrics two months ago.

Mastermind group to focus on members' success

Looking to unlock your potential? Want more out of life? Then the Mastermind Group might just be for you.

Bickleton's Nic Venema takes first in pole vault

CHENEY - Eleven Bickleton athletes competed in 14 events at the 1B State track and field championships at Eastern Washington University last Saturday.

Injury hinders Mabton's hopes at State

CHENEY - An untimely injury kept Mabton's Noe Gutierrez from recording a mark in the triple jump during the State 1A track meet this past weekend.

Rodriguez's State run ends in two matches

SEATTLE - Despite a strong season, Grandview High School senior Ryan Rodriguez ended his high school tennis career with double losses at the 2A boys single tennis championship.

Amaro, Guzman earn top 15 finishes at State

TACOMA - Eric Amaro and Miguel Guzman were the sole Grizzlies that made the trip to Tacoma this past Friday to compete in the 3A State track championships.

Lady Knights grab top-six finish at 1B State tourney

YAKIMA - A pair of teams from the Pullman area proved to be the undoing of the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights.

Sunnyside reflexology guest speaker at medical assistants' conference

TACOMA - Sunnyside's own reflexologist from Healing Soles was out rubbing shoulders instead of feet in Tacoma, where she attended a four-day medical conference.

Traveling, spending time with family new plans for city worker

After 32 years of working at city hall in Sunnyside, Brenda Anderson is finally retiring.




Friday, May 27

School board, via 4-1 vote, approves $3.5 million in spending cuts

The Sunnyside school administration is still waiting for the final numbers on what they can expect in funds for the 2011-12 school year, but the board of directors went ahead and approved $3.5 million in spending cuts at last night's meeting.

Candidate filing period for public offices now open by mail

The 2011 election is gearing up and those wishing to get a head start on the process can now file by mail.

New school director boundaries drawn up

The Sunnyside School Board took action last night and set new boundaries for director districts.

Long-time schools' supporter seeks school board seat

One thing is certain when it comes to Sandra Linde, she's been a long-time advocate of promoting successful endeavors within the classrooms and hallways of Sunnyside schools.

Doors open on Sunnyside Physical Therapy expansion

A project which more than doubled the size of Sunnyside Physical Therapy's facility at 841 E. Lincoln Ave. was unveiled to the public yesterday, Thursday.

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.

Help planned for jobs lost to Safari fire

Help is on the way for business owners and workers affected by the May 15 fire that destroyed the Safari and El Conquistador restaurants in downtown Sunnyside.

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.

Lower Valley native shares her first-hand experience of surviving Japan's earthquake and tsunami

Sara Contreras of Prosser experienced the March earthquake in Japan firsthand.

St. Joseph's Spring Fest activities include 3-on-3 basketball tourney and pancake feed

Sunnyside's St. Joseph Catholic Church's Spring Fest will return next weekend and it will bring a whole host of activities for residents to enjoy, starting with their annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Book Review

'Three Bears' a cute read

'Three Bears' a cute read

Treasure awaits in northwest Oregon

Of all the gemstones found in the Northwest, the Oregon sunstone is probably the most rewarding gem to look for.

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).

Good people in Sunnyside

If you only listen to the news about our town, you might be afraid to come here.


Sage Rat Run getting bigger

Sage Rat Run getting bigger

Guest Column

Saving the American dream

Saving the American dream

Words from Washington

Remember the fallen this Memorial Day

Remember the fallen this Memorial Day

Cutting to the Core

Goodbye Kark, you'll be missed

Goodbye Kark, you'll be missed




Thursday, May 26

Reforms, restraint ;in new state budget earn Honeyford's support

LYMPIA - The state Senate voted last night (Wednesday) to adopt a state operating budget for 2011-13, ending months of negotiation that resulted in pushing the Legislature into a 30-day special session.

Mabton residents hear reason for higher monthly sewer bills

MABTON - The city of Mabton needs upgrades on its aging wastewater treatment plant. The situation is so dire that if nothing is done a sewer moratorium could be slapped in place.

Sunnyside city leaders impressed with tour of Boys and Girls Clubs

Discussions will ensue on whether or not to form branch here

Discussions will ensue on whether or not to form branch here

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.

WSU confirms another case of horse virus

PULLMAN - The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine has confirmed one more horse with Equine Herpes Virus, or EHV-1.

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.

SHS science students visit Gonzaga

SPOKANE - A total of 47 sophomores at Sunnyside High School enjoyed a college experience for a day when they traveled recently to Gonzaga University.

Young scientists test hypothesis' at McClure

GRANDVIEW - Parents, teachers, students and judges strolled through rows of science projects last Tuesday at McClure Elementary School's fifth grade science fair.

Wednesday, May 25

Local VISTA volunteer receives Governor's Award

Volunteering one's time is not about receiving accolades, but recently more than 60 Washington residents were recognized for their volunteer work at a luncheon at the Governor's mansion in Olympia.

Sylling takes helm of Shadle Park High

Sunnyside native Eric Sylling is bidding goodbye to the Sunnyside School District and moving with his family to Spokane to become principal at Shadle Park High School.

El Conquistador set to reopen soon

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, so will the El Conquistador Mexican Restaurant, which was destroyed in a fire May 15.

Visser makes cut for day-two action at 3A State tourney

LIBERTY LAKE - Goal accomplished, mission achieved! Now, all that's left is putting the icing on the cake.

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.

Benefit dance to aid Mabton man

A benefit dance will be held on Friday, May 27, at PrimoCell Expo Center in Sunnyside.

New job gives GHS graduate new perspective on future career

From courtesy clerk to building secretary, 19-year-old Jacqueline Renteria has run the gamut of jobs as she searched for a life-long career to call her own.

Double wedding couples celebrating 50th anniversaries

Two couples, James and Joanne Partch and Ann and Dwight Bond, will celebrate their golden anniversary June 18, 2011.

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.

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.

Guest Column

Yes, Virginia, some men are pigs

Yes, Virginia, some men are pigs

Empire of M

No such thing as inside info when it comes to apocalyps

No such thing as inside info when it comes to apocalyps




Tuesday, May 24

Grandview School Board boundaries changing because of 2010 Census

GRANDVIEW - Now that the 2010 Census has been completed, the Grandview School District is looking at redrawing the school board district lines to account for population shifts.

Bill tops $18,000 from firm hired to protect police officers

The Sunnyside City Council voted unanimously last night (Monday) to pick up the tab for protecting Sunnyside police officers involved in a deadly shooting on April 30.

Mabton schools to reset director boundaries

MABTON - The 2010 Census continues to have an impact in the Lower Valley, as last night the Mabton School Board learned it will need to redraw boundaries for three director positions.

Gang elimination strategy OK'd by city council

A gang elimination strategy put together by the Sunnyside Police Department received a nod of support from the Sunnyside City Council last night (Monday).

Tri-Cities pair 'Christie Memorial' tournament champions

This year's Bill Christie Memorial Two-Man Best Ball Tournament turned out to be a two-horse race.

Tyus leaving

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

Council agrees to purchase land for fire department

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday agreed to the purchase of property located at 718 E. Franklin Ave.




Monday, May 23

State health officials advise local residents to protect against West Nile virus by removing mosquito habitat

A few warm days and mosquitoes make their presence known. Washington state's wet spring has created lots of habitat for breeding mosquitoes. Avoiding mosquito bites and removing items that can become mosquito habitat is the best defense against West Nile virus.

Teen dies in drive-by shooting last Friday in Sunnyside

A drive-by shooting at the intersection of South 11th Street and Idabelle Avenue in Sunnyside left one teen dead and another wounded last Friday night.

Four killed in weekend motor vehicle accidents

A series of five traffic accidents this past weekend led to the deaths of four valley residents.

Gutierrez lone Mabton athlete to qualify for State

GOLDENDALE - Led by senior Noe Gutierrez's District title leap of 41-8.5 in the triple jump, the Mabton boys track team placed eighth at this past Saturday's SCAC District meet in Goldendale.

Grandview's Rodriguez qualifies for State

PULLMAN - Grandview's Ryan Rodriguez entered the Regional CWAC tennis tournament as a District champion and surrounded by family and friends ready to cheer him on.

Sunnyside's Amaro, Guzman both advance to State in javelin

SPOKANE - And then there were two.

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.

Greyhounds' season ends at Regionals

PROSSER - The Grandview Greyhound boys and girls track teams ended their 2011 season this past Friday at the Regional track meet in Prosser.

Civil War re-enactor visits Sierra Vista Middle School

Last Friday eighth grade social studies students from the classrooms of Nicole Rounce and Maria Garcia were provided a special presentation.




Friday, May 20


Dutch theme would be ideal

Dutch theme would be ideal

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.

Seatbelt emphasis patrols begin here May 23

Saving money can be as easy as wearing a seatbelt. People cannot only save money by avoiding a $124 ticket, but it is the best defense in helping save lives in the event of a crash.

State rescinds penalty against dairy

The Washington Department of Ecology rescinded a $22,000 penalty issued to DeRuyter Brothers Dairy Inc. on May 19, 2010.

Generous donation gives Sunnyside museum a rare relic

From 1865 New York to 2011 Sunnyside, the newest donation to the Sunnyside Museum has a long history and is among the new exhibits for visitors to enjoy when the museum opens.

Conservation district office will move to Zillah soon

After more than 20 years in Sunnyside, the South Yakima Conservation District is moving to a new office in Zillah.

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.

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.

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.

Fresh Air Artists Festival expands its focus

CLE ELUM - Paint, photographs and words, those are the tools visiting artists will use to capture the essence of Kittitas County during the Fresh Air Artists Festival scheduled for July 11-15.


Safari will be missed

Safari will be missed

Cutting to the Core

To impound or not to impound?

To impound or not to impound?




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.

Sunnyside VFW invites community residents to take part in annual Memorial Day services

Sunnyside residents will honor the memory of those who died in service to their country along with the rest of America on Monday, May 30.

Importance of kids' activities detailed for local rec comissioners

Last night (Wednesday) the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commission held an open meeting, hoping to receive public input regarding programs needed by the community.

New fire station, ladder truck may be in Sunnyside's future, Markham tells Rotary Club

Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham was the scheduled speaker for the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club Wednesday morning, and the timing couldn't have been better.

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.

Indall, Wickham lead Black Rock Creek to runner-up finish at senior golf tour stop

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Black Rock Creek squad, behind the play of Chris Indall and Max Wickham, notched a runner-up finish at last week's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour stop.

Vandals victimized in District playoffs by S'side Christian

Stellar defense, rock-solid pitching, strong play behind the plate and clutch hitting...Sunnyside Christian had it all working yesterday afternoon.

Former SHS girls soccer players sought to play in alumni game

Former Sunnyside High School girls soccer players are being sought to compete for the alumni team, which will take on the 2011 fall season SHS team on Saturday, June 11.

Grandview pool to open June 17

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Municipal Pool will officially open Friday, June 17.

Mabton FFA competes at State convention

PULLMAN - On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11, a total of 18 Mabton FFA members made the long journey through the Palouse Valley to Pullman.




Wednesday, May 18

Daughter of Grandview woman participates in humanitarian mission

ABOARD USS CLEVELAND, AT SEA - Navy Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Anna N. Wood is serving on board amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7) in support of Pacific Partnership 2011.

School bus driver cited as result of rollover accident

A Sunnyside School District bus driver is off duty for the time being until the district can complete a disciplinary process.

Outlook library scores $5,000 Laura Bush grant

OUTLOOK - Lance Armstrong, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are coming to Outlook Elementary School.

Sunnyside seeks to save history while losing historic Safari

Stop, that means something to people here!" Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi shouted over a bulldozer plowing through the exterior of the Safari Restaurant.

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).

Flood waters receding in Valley

The Board of Yakima County Commissioners has proclaimed an emergency because of flooding on the Yakima and Naches rivers.

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.

Words from Washington

Standing up for rural America

Standing up for rural America

'F' as in Frank

Building downtown by building unity

Building downtown by building unity

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.

Sunnyside schools bracing for $3.5 million in spending cuts

The Sunnyside School Board is going to be asked to formally approve a plan that will reduce the number of school district staff members by nearly three dozen.

Community garden at local hospice center open to all Sunnysiders

When Sunnyside Christian High School senior Brent Tyhuis was looking for a place to do some community service, he wanted to look at a place related to health care.

Visser making third consecutive appearance at 3A State tourney

WENATCHEE - Senior Renae Visser of Sunnyside has earned a third straight trip to the 3A State girls golf tournament.

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.

GHS sophomore five strokes shy of earning 2A State tournament berth

PULLMAN - Grandview High School sophomore Kayla Lucas made a nice run at landing one of the 21 State tournament spots that were up for grabs yesterday.

Smartphone workshop planned for Sunnyside

This Saturday, May 21, a free smart phone workshop will be held in Sunnyside from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at U.S. Cellular, 2010 Yakima Valley Highway, Suite 34.

Lava Rock owner creates hidden oasis

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade.

Monday, May 16

Outdoor recreationists will have to pay more to access state-owned lands

OLYMPIA - Nature lovers will have to pull out their wallets as a new law will require vehicles to have a pass in order to access state recreation areas.

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.

Fire guts downtown Sunnyside businesses

The ruins of two downtown Sunnyside eareries are smoldering today after a fire destroyed the Safari and El Conquistador restaurants in the 600 block of Edison Avenue.

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.

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.

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.







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.

Councilman wants to make gang members uncomfortable

Sunnyside Councilman Don Vlieger has a simple way to help combat the gang problem in Sunnyside. Make the lives of gang members uncomfortable.

Downtown Grandview project formally dedicated

GRANDVIEW - A number of dignitaries and community members attended yesterday's dedication ceremony for the Grandview Downtown Alive project.

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.

Vikes taking 10 to 1A District track meet

BENTON CITY - "We had a great day," Mabton track coach Scott Sexton said of his team's performance at yesterday's Sub-District meet.

GHS sophomore earns Regional golf tourney berth

EPHRATA - There's close...and then there's CLOSE! Grandview High School sophomore Kayla Lucas couldn't have traversed a more taut tightrope than the one she tip-toed across yesterday.

Last razor clam dig of season approved at three ocean beaches

Shellfish lovers will get one more chance to dig razor clams during a late-season dig set to begin Wednesday, May 18, at Twin Harbors Beach, followed by openings at Mocrocks and Long Beach.

The Joyful Noise featured musicians at Sunday's Gospel jamboree in Mabton

MABTON - The group The Joyful Noise will be the featured musicians at the May Gospel Jamboree on Sunday, May 15, at the Grace Brethren Church in Mabton.

Yakima's Got Talent: Calling for contestants!

YAKIMA - The Seasons Performance Hall is seeking contestants for the third annual Yakima's Got Talent competition.

Queen Jackie to reign over Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo

BICKLETON - Jackie Miller of Goldendale will reign as queen over this year's Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo at Alder Creek June 10-12.


Disappearing landscape

Disappearing landscape

Guest Column

Say your prayers

Say your prayers

'F' as in Frank

May 14 a day to remember

May 14 a day to remember

Jennie's Journey

The 14th summer

The 14th summer




Thursday, May 12

Major crime takes a dive in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Major crime is down 23 percent in the city of Grandview in a comparison of data between 2010 and 2009.

Two new police officers hit the streets of Sunnyside

Sunnyside has two new police officers on staff, Joe Chiprez and Jason Gilbert.

Army Corps of Engineers trek to Sunnyside to discuss wetland project

Yesterday (Wednesday) representatives of the Army Corps of Engineers visited the Port of Sunnyside to tour its industrial wastewater facility and the proposed site for developing a wetland.

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.

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.

Grandview FFA plant sale starts tomorrow

GRANDVIEW - Students in the Grandview FFA chapter will be selling plants tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.

Grandview booster Club auction, dinner May 22

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Booster Club will be hosting a silent auction and awards dinner Sunday, May 22.

Berkompas graduates from Dordt College

SIOUX CITY, IOWA - Of the more than 270 students who graduated from Dordt College in Sioux City, Iowa last Friday, one was a local woman.

Nouvella plans May 19 lunch

The Nouvella Club will meet at Snipes Mountain Brewery on Thursday, May 19, at noon.

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.

Sierra Vista seventh grader wins space camp scholarship

Sierra Vista Middle School seventh grader Elizabeth Garcia got the letter during spring break. Her parents, Juan Manuel and Mirella Garcia, could not believe the good news.




Wednesday, May 11

Suspect in last night's drive-by shooting ID'd

Just before 9 p.m. last night (Tuesday) the Sunnyside Police Department received reports of shots fired in the 1700 block of Cascade Way.

Bail set at $1 million for suspect in Sunday's murder

Bail has been set at $1 million for a Benton County man suspected of killing a Lower Valley man this past Sunday.

Council Council asked to promote healthier lifestyles

GRANDVIEW - Lighted walking trails and healthier food choices are part of a Yakima Health District program that might take root in the city of Grandview

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.

Sunnyside Christian's 13-game win streak snapped by DeSales

WALLA WALLA - Freshman sensation Ashley Lyons no-hit the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team yesterday, in the process bringing an end to the Lady Knights' 13-game win streak.

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.

Lady Grizzlies score second win of season

The Sunnyside boys and girls tennis squads hosted Grandview yesterday for a non-league match.

Builder offers 'green' homes for Yakima Valley

Based in Tennessee but with a market reach that stretches to the Yakima Vallley, Clayton Homes says it is trying to make green homes affordable.

Rotary exchange student tells Jr. Indelook members she's not ready to leave just yet

Sarali Phutiphat, a 17-year-old Rotary exchange student from Thailand, knows she's going home sometime in July, she's just not sure when.

Mother/daughter artistic team's work on display at Guerra's

Guerra's Coffee Co. in Sunnyside is one of Sarah Deal's favorite coffee spots, but for the next month the little café will hold something uniquely special to Deal and her mother Boni - a collection of mother/daughter artwork by the Deals.


Love of money today's theme

Love of money today's theme

Guest Column

The gas test

The gas test

Empire of M

It's all relative when it comes to life being fair

It's all relative when it comes to life being fair




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.

Arsonist destroys Cadillac valued at $20,000

Monday night, Sunnyside firefighters and police officers responded to a vehicle fire in the 1300 block of South 11th Street in Sunnyside just before 11:20 p.m.

Grandview honors top educators

GRANDVIEW - It was an evening of laughter and recognition, mixed with a few emotional speeches and, yes, maybe a tear or two.

City of Sunnyside's problems with IRS ironed out

Penalties likely to be more than $50,000, however

Penalties likely to be more than $50,000, however

Yakima River now open to salmon fishing

Two sections of the Yakima River opened last week to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon.

Local cowboys, cowgirls will saddle up to battle cancer

Local cowboys, cowgirls will saddle up to battle cancer

Business group hopes to keep Sunnyside on the GROW

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce has announced the formation of GROW Sunnyside, an opportunity for business leaders to connect and network.

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.

Dispatcher for Truss Systems does almost anything to ensure quality work environment

He holds the primary responsibility of dispatching trucks to various job sites for contractors, and Ezra Yanez is someone on whom his co-workers have learned they can depend.

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.







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.

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.

Killer of Sunnyside teen sentenced to 27 years in prison

YAKIMA - Alex Bueno, now 16, was last Thursday sentenced to 27 years in prison for what was described as the botched execution of David Baldonado.

Toppenish 18-year-old named Miss American Cinco de Mayo

Despite a slight rain on Friday night, pageant contestants sang, danced and cheered their way through the Miss American Cinco de Mayo competition, where Betsy Robledo of Toppenish was crowned the first ever Miss American Cinco de Mayo.

Sunnyside schools' best presented Golden Apples

The annual Golden Apple awards were given out last week by the Sunnyside School District. A total of 20 of the annual awards were presented.

Venema sets BHS record at Glenwood's Agar invite

GLENWOOD - Competition was close at the Jeff Agar Memorial track meet on Friday, but Bickleton pulled out some impressive results and finished strong.

Vikings' season comes to a close in District tourney overtime shootout

COWICHE - It was déjà vu all over again, according to Mabton Assistant Coach Mike Davis, explaining how the Vikings ended play this past Saturday.

Bombers on target in raid over Sunnyside

Between the boys and girls tennis squads, only one Sunnyside pair was able to win a match against Richland this past Saturday.

Lady Grizzlies' season comes to an end

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team closed out its 2011 season with a pair of losses this past Friday to visiting West Valley.




Friday, May 6

More colder-than-normal temperatures predicted here

According to information received by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, the outlook for May calls for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

Full water supply seen for irrigators

There's good news for irrigators and farmers in the Lower Valley, as junior and senior water rights holders are expected to receive their full water supply in 2011.

Sunnyside PD releases names of cops placed on administrative leave involved in fatal shootout

Sunnyside PD releases names of cops placed on administrative leave involved in fatal shootout

Sunnyside VFW post marks 75th anniversary

Next Thursday, May 12, will be a big day for Sunnyside VFW Post 3482 as it will mark its 75th anniversary.

Miss American Cinco de Mayo Pageant kicks off Sunnyside festivities later tonight

The stage is set for tonight (Friday) as six Lower Yakima Valley ladies will vie for the title of Miss American Cinco de Mayo 2011 in Sunnyside at Centennial Square at the corner of Sixth Street and Edison Avenue.

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.

Grandview twin bill split gives Lady 'Hounds fifth place finish in CWAC league standings

PROSSER - The Grandview High School softball team played its last doubleheader of the CWAC regular season, splitting with the Prosser Mustangs and settling for fifth place in the league.

SHS Lady Grizzlies earn first win of year

With the Big Nine District playoffs just around the corner, Sunnyside High School Tennis Coach David Downing couldn't be more pleased with his girls squad.

Young Life yard sale this Saturday

The Lower Valley's Young Life organization will hold a yard sale fundraiser this coming Saturday during Sunnyside's annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Loving Sunnyside...what's it all about?

On Saturday, May 14, more than 150 volunteers will show up to paint and clean up six more homes in the Sunnyside community.

Yakima author to hold book signing in Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG - Peggy Shaw, a resident of Yakima, will hold a book signing event at Jerrol's Book & Office in Ellensburg on Saturday, May 14.

Linda Lanier to hold Lower Valley concerts in Grandview and Zillah

Inspirational, patriotic motivational speaker and singer Linda Lanier will be performing for Lower Valley audiences in the coming week.

Guest Column

Tales of the red tape

Tales of the red tape

Jennie's Journey

Let's rally together

Let's rally together

Empire of M

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day




Thursday, May 5

State Patrol ID's two mothersin Escalade

The other two people in the green Cadillac Escalade at the heart of an officer-involved shooting this past Saturday have been identified by the Washington State Patrol.

Annual Christian school auction on tap this Saturday

The 31st annual Sunnyside Christian School Booster Club auction will be held on Saturday, May 7, in the gymnasium at Sunnyside Christian High School.

Cinco de Mayo fundraiser will help teens learn the gospel of Jesus Christ

Summer camp was an amazing and inspirational experience for Sunnyside High School senior Hector Trujano, and this year he is working hard to ensure others get the same opportunity he did.

'Gold Star Mothers' memorial focus of Eagle Scout, senior projects

GRANDVIEW - For years Grandview's Legion Park has been without a sign and not many in the community knew its actual title.

Nozaka leads Black Rock Creek to first-place finish at senior tour event

PENDLETON, ORE. - Two-for-two, that's what the Black Rock Creek team is on this year's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

Grizzly linksters showing improvement

YAKIMA - It took all five CBBN league matches to finally get there, but the Sunnyside High School boys golf team finally clawed its way out of the cellar.

CPR class set for May 14

The Sunnyside Fire Department is seeking students for its CPR training class set for Saturday, May 14.

Harrison students win big at Pasco competition

Recently, Harrison Middle School students Andrew Diddens, Cole Gardner, John Kranz and Jonathan Saucedo have been preparing for a unique state competition.

Wednesday, May 4

Grizzlies succumb in regular season finale, 2-0

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside High School soccer team ended its regular season schedule last night with a 2-0 loss to the Kennewick Lions.

Four officers taken off regular patrol following cop shootout last Saturday night

Four Sunnyside police officers have been temporarily placed on administrative reassignment following the officers-involved shooting death of Jose Carlos Campuzano this past Saturday.

Not good news for those who rent homes

WASHINGTON D.C. - According to a national report released last week, the housing wage for Washington state is $19.10.

Grandview Fire Dept.scores grant worth $84,000

GRANDVIEW - Thanks to a grant from Homeland Security, the Grandview Fire Department will update its hoses and fire hydrants.

Skype takes Sunnyside Rotarians to India

Twenty-first century technology in an ancient land gave Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club members a first-hand report of how the Rotaplast mission in India is faring.

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.

Vikes open playoffs against Scotties

COWICHE - The Highland Scotties beat the Mabton High School soccer team for the second time this season in a SCAC match-up yesterday (Tuesday).

Greyhounds win only 1-of-10 matches against East Valley netters

GRANDVIEW - The Greyhounds hosted the East Valley Red Devils in Grandview yesterday (Tuesday). The Red Devils swept the Grandview boys in all five matches, but one Grandview girls team managed to pull out a win for the Greyhounds.

$450,000 grant will allow Sunnyside to make improvements to lighting in school buildings

Jeremy Hazzard, facilities director at the Sunnyside School District, last week for the Sunnyside School Board listed a number of improvements the Sunnyside School District will be able to complete thanks to a $450,000 grant.


Next blood drawing set for May 26

Next blood drawing set for May 26

Words from Washington

Prices at the pump

Prices at the pump

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.




Tuesday, May 3

Arrest may have ties to murder of Outlook girl

A 17-year-old Sunnyside-area male was arrested yesterday, Monday, on charges of weapons possession.

'We are at war' deputy police chief tells Sunnyside City Council

In addition to hearing about the cost of adding beds at the Yakima County Juvenile Detention Center last night, the Sunnyside City Council was provided a presentation on a gang suppression plan.

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.

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.

Mother, daughter art exhibit changed to Friday

Due to an inaccurate news tip, the date for Boni and Sarah Deal's art exhibit at Guerra's Coffee Company was incorrectly reported last week.

Three Sunnyside High School students earn Gates Millennium scholarships

It's every parent's dream. A free ride for their kid's college education. All of it.

AmericanWest Bank welcomes new loan officer

The extended AmericanWest bank family and its customers helped welcome Gregory Franklin to the Sunnyside branch last Thursday night with a reception.

Studio 242 settles in new digs

Sunnyside's Studio 242 just a couple of weeks ago moved to its new location inside Electric Beach.

Auto Beauty Salon local detail specialists

Since the beginning of April it hasn't just been the ladies of Sunnyside visiting beauty salons.







Monday, May 2




Superintendent optimistic in state of the schools address

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole gave his state of the schools address last Thursday night to the Sunnyside School Board.

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.

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.

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."

Sunnyside plans'Day of Prayer'

The 60th annual National Day of Prayer will take place this Thursday, May 5.