Stories for November 2011


Wednesday, November 30

City close to terminating alarm services being provided to local businesses, residents

The city of Sunnyside's finance and administrative services subcommittee last night concluded it will once again recommend discontinuing alarm services provided by the police department to residents and businesses.

Sunnyside School Board features a new, fresh face

Outgoing Sunnyside School Board Director Steve Carpenter gave his replacement, Sandra Linde, a small stuffed cougar as she took his seat last night, telling her he was glad that she was maintaining the balance between cougars and huskies, even if her cougar wears BYU blue.

Former Miss Sunnyside now a successful author

She's had two books published this year and is contracted for several more to be released in December and the spring of 2012.

Mabton earns split at home hoop jamboree

MABTON - The Mabton Viking boys basketball team shook off season-opening jitters to earn a split during its home jamboree last night, Tuesday.

Castaneda top dog at Ike tourney

YAKIMA - Of Grandview's 11 grapplers, six competed at the Eisenhower Take Down jamboree yesterday.

Visiting Pirates forced ;to walk the plank

The Lady Grizzlies squared their prep bowling league record at 3-3 on the season against Davis High School this past Tuesday, Nov. 29.

'Crowns of Faith' pageant to aid area domestic violence victims

Familiar with both pageants and an inherent need to help others, choosing her senior project was a no-brainer for SHS student Amanda Villarreal.

Sunnyside School Board honored at state conference

BELLEVUE - For the third time in four years, the Sunnyside School District Board of Directors has been distinguished as an outstanding school board by their peers.

New black cab wine takes advantage of giant locally grown blackberries

After seeing the giant blackberries produced by Blackberries Jubilee this summer, Randy Tucker decided to try something new with a Cabernet wine.


Volleyball players need support

Volleyball players need support

Guest Column

Deer season a half century ago

Deer season a half century ago

Jennie's Journey

The search for the perfect gift

The search for the perfect gift




Tuesday, November 29

School officials ask city to not place fire bond levy on February 2012 ballot

Several questions surrounding a proposed fire bond levy were last night addressed by the Sunnyside City Council.

School levy vote likely for Mabton folks in 2012

MABTON - Yesterday morning state lawmakers went to work in Olympia for a budget-crunching special session.

Elementary schools in Grandview showing marked improvement

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's three elementary schools are working together to improve education for students and teachers.

Proposed funding cuts to education spur protest rallies in Lower Valley

More than 100 Sunnyside teachers on Monday joined teachers across the state in a day of action against the cuts to education that have been proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in order to balance the budget.

Sierra Vista names top academic achievers

A total of 17 students at Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2011-12 academic year.

Harrison honor roll students for first quarter named

A total of 20 students at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2011-12 academic year.

A heartfelt thanks for Sunnyside woman

Jean Middleton was fit as a fiddle one day and the next she suffered a major heart attack. The Sunnyside resident says that attack back in 1983 is when her heart troubles began.




Monday, November 28

Special legislative session dealing with cuts to budget starts today

OLYMPIA - Today, the State Capitol is as busy as department stores were on Black Friday, as lawmakers convene for a special session.

Sunnyside church's Christmas tree sales underway

Just in time for the Christmas season, Cornerstone Assembly of God in Sunnyside is offering Christmas trees for sale.

Stabbing suspect still at large

Sunnyside police are still seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Raul Bojorquez Garcia, 30, who is believed to be responsible for stabbing two Sunnyside residents last Friday morning.

Dunbar meets with artist, artisan working on Sunnyside's tribute to the former astronaut

Outlook native and former NASA astronaut Dr. Bonnie Dunbar was this past Saturday in Sunnyside visiting with members of the Sunnyside Bronze Committee, as well as the artist and artisan designing a statue in her honor.

Hard-working manager happy at Bi-Mart store

After 17 years of getting up early to make tortillas at a grocery store, Rosa Ruiz is delighted with the more reasonable hours at Bi-Mart.




Friday, November 25

Local farmers nominated to represent ag community

This year local farmers have been nominated to hold a seat with the Farm Service Agency committee.

Yakama tribe's wild horses a problem for neighboring ranchers

MABTON - Many ranchers depend on maintaining their property to protect livestock and feed for their animals, but wild horses roaming the Yakama Tribal land are creating havoc for some.

Dual stabbings today put Sunnyside police on lookout for 30-year-old

Sunnyside police believe that Raul Bojorquez Garcia entered a residence of his ex-girlfriend this morning (Friday) and stabbed both her and her current boyfriend multiple times.

Freeze out this Saturday

The Sunnyside High School seniors are hosting a canned-food drive Saturday, Nov. 26.

Teachers plan 'Day of Action' rally Monday

The entire community is invited to attend a "Day of Action" rally that's being hosted by the Sunnyside Education Association next Monday, Nov. 28, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

What's Happening


December full of fun at Eagles lounge in Toppenish

TOPPENISH - The month of December is jam packed with activities at Toppenish Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2229 for members and their guests.

Guest Column

Thank goodness for farmers

Thank goodness for farmers

Word Nerd

Thanks, but no thanks

Thanks, but no thanks




Wednesday, November 23

Food bank lines getting longer

Many people are still unemployed, and local food banks are feeling the effects.

Mabton's Seventh Avenue will be more pedestrian friendly

MABTON - The City of Mabton could have the "Seventh Avenue project" repairs done as early as September 2012.

' Black Friday' sales, bargains abundant in Sunnyside-area store

Shopping for the Christmas list on Black Friday doesn't have to mean traveling far from home. As a matter of fact, right here in the Sunnyside area there is no shortage of gifts and stocking stuffers.

Chiawana Riverhawks sweep Lady Grizzlies

PASCO - Sunnyside's Lady Grizzly bowlers tried as they might, but the team's efforts didn't push though the host Chiawana team, who swept the Lady Grizzlies 4-0 yesterday (Tuesday).


I knew a pastor once who referred to Thanksgiving as thanksliving...that is letting thankfulness be an ongoing attitude year-round.

Off the Record

Even though most are feeling the woes of the economy, it tends to baffle me that recent movies are still breaking box-office records.




Tuesday, November 22

19-year-old nets 14-year jail term for role in shooting

Victor Herrera, 19, was yesterday (Monday) sentenced to 14 years in jail for his connection to a May 10, 2011 shooting in the 1700 block of Cascade Way in Sunnyside.

Local DUI emphasis patrols start on Thanksgiving Day

Carol and Frank Blair of Tacoma have made it their mission to reduce the carnage caused by drunk drivers.

'Over the Shoulder' entry sparks pioneer remembrance

In the Nov. 18 edition of the Daily Sun News, in the weekly column "Over the Shoulder" there appeared this item under 100 Years Ago (1911): "Sunnyside Nursery Company shipped 30,000 Christmas trees to Oregon, more than doubling the nursery's business from the previous year."

Grandview teens offered after-school programs at new center

GRANDVIEW - Students in Grandview now have a safe, fun place to go when school is not in session.

Sunnyside lawmaker named protector of ag interests

Sunnyside lawmaker named protector of ag interests

Thanksgiving Day Turkey trot to benefit Sunnyside food banks

Sunnyside High School senior Eric Espindola has organized the first-ever Turkey Trot 5K race for this Thursday, Nov. 24, as his senior project.

Thanksgiving meal open to all at local church

Sunnyside's Trinity Baptist Church is inviting anyone who will be alone on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate the holiday with Thanksgiving dinner at the church.

FFA program making a comeback at Sunnyside Christian

FFA is flourishing again at Sunnyside Christian High School with 33 students, one of the largest FFA groups the school has ever had.

Local barber cuts retirement short

With the economy taking a turn for the worst, Jim Miller of Sunnyside decided to take action and stay ahead of the curve.

ReStore now open in Sunnyside

Residents of the Lower Valley will no longer have to travel to Yakima to take advantage of Habitat for Humanity's ReStore.

Monday, November 21




Child playing with lighter causes home blaze

GRANDVIEW - A child playing with a lighter was deemed the cause of a fire this past Saturday that caused $20,000 in damage to a home at 260 Puterbaugh Rd., near Grandview.

County receives $500,000 grant to replace wood stoves

Just in time for winter's chill, Yakima Regional Clean Air this week received a $500,000 state grant to assist with replacing outdated wood stoves.

WSU researchers continue search for mechanical cherry harvester

PROSSER - Washington State University researchers held the annual cherry informational sessions last Thursday and Friday.

Holiday treat tower orders being taken now

GRANDVIEW - Holiday treat tower orders are being taken now by the Miss Grandview Committee.




Friday, November 18

Concept of providing safe food must be 'from top down' approach

GRANDVIEW - It's that time of year again. The Washington State Grape Society yesterday (Thursday) and today hosted its annual meeting in Grandview.

Nine decades later Sunnyside woman still in stitches

The 1920s were still roaring and Prohibition was a fact of life when Marjorie Colbert took up embroidery.

Nouvella Club speaker provides ways to stop theft of your own identity

To start her presentation at Thursday's Nouvella Club meeting, Doris Kresse first asked who in the audience carried a purse or wallet, then who had a credit card or social security card in that purse or wallet.

Victory wrestlers capture four titles at Spokane tourney

SPOKANE - Lex Luther, Diego Isiordia, Juan Isiordia Jr. and Josiah Rodriguez each won individual wrestling championships at last Saturday's Spartan Challenge, staged at Spokane's North Central High School.

Maddy Wavrin top player in 1B volleyball conference

Sunnyside Christian senior Maddy Wavrin has been named the 2011 "Player of the Year" for the Greater Columbia 1B Girls Volleyball League.

Poulnec trio Sunnyside Sunday

The Lower Valley Community Concert Association plans to open its 2011-12 season with the "Poulenc Trio" this Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m., in the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Library to host 'Travelers' Round Table' this Sunday

The Sunnyside Friends of the Library will sponsor a "Travelers' Round Table" this coming Sunday, Nov. 20.

Bite-sized tidbits of history make new book a work of art

It can be entirely too easy to think of history as a list of dates, boring and incomprehensible.


It's time for fiscal leadership

It's time for fiscal leadership

Work will continue to ensure our youth will find success in Sunnyside schools

As part of Washington's Focus on Education Week, I would like to take a moment to discuss the importance of high-quality education, and what the Sunnyside School District is doing to provide that in our community.


Challenging, exciting times ahead for city of Sunnyside

Challenging, exciting times ahead for city of Sunnyside

Thanksgiving meal for the lonely at Trinity Baptist Church

Sunnyside's Trinity Baptist Church is inviting anyone who will be alone on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate the holiday with Thanksgiving dinner at the church.




WWII veteran continues to serve

All was well for Fernando G. Farias, who was 19 years old at the time, courting a young woman and working as a delivery driver in Brownsville, Texas.

Attorneys now on board to help unravel long-standing conflict between Lower Valley cops

A tug-of-war between the city of Mabton and the Granger Police Department over an officer placed on a county-wide watch list has revealed that 20 law enforcement officials have been placed on the same list, which is maintained by Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty.

Coffee lovers will be paying more to get their early morning jump starts

When talking about the price of a cup of coffee, consumers don't always realize what contributes to how much money they have to pull out of their pocket to pay for it.

Thursday, November 17

Lighted parade officials seek trademark rights

Sunnyside's 23rd annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, and Pam Turner of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce told the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club members this past Wednesday morning that everything is going pretty much according to plan.

Efforts to lower DDT rates in Yakima River successful

In 1997, fish in the Yakima River had the highest concentration of DDT in the country.




Wednesday, November 16

County's top prosecutor DUI suspect in car accident

SELAH - The Selah Police Department fielded a call of a two-car collision last night (Tuesday) at approximately 7:15 p.m.

2012 budget discussions continue in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Three department heads last night detailed for the Grandview City Council their proposed 2012 budgets.

Disaster preparation urged

Whether it's fire, flood or an extended power outage, emergencies do happen and the time to be ready is before they happen.

SHS keglers off to 2-1 start

Senior Rosa Garza bowled the top two-game series on the afternoon yesterday, leading the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Pasco Bulldogs.

Turkey hunting safety tips offered

With fall turkey hunting season starting Nov. 20 in many parts of Washington, anticipation and adrenaline are running high.

Alarm system service still questioned

The Sunnyside City Council Monday was set to approve the repeal of an ordinance that would discontinue alarm services provided by the local police department.

Civil marriage for gays gets new push in Washington

A broad, statewide coalition of organizations, congregations, unions and business associations announced on Monday the formation of Washington United for Marriage - a coalition that will work to obtain civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples in Washington state in 2012.

Christian club women urged to make a difference

PROSSER - Comparing her life to a refrigerator that needed to be cleaned out, Sue Ann Haberly of Cottage Grove, Ore. told the Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection how she overcame a difficult childhood.


All points of view welcomed

All points of view welcomed

Word Nerd

What were they thinking?

What were they thinking?

Jennie's Journey

New community center in Grandview an asset

New community center in Grandview an asset

Tuesday, November 15

City one step closer to new garbage service

The city of Sunnyside is closer to signing a 10-year agreement with Yakima Waste Systems that would provide citizens with wheeled garbage cans.

Bridging the gap between nations lifelong endeavor for former foreign exchange student at Sunnyside High

When Arni Sigurosson of Iceland spent the 1966-67 school year in Sunnyside as a foreign exchange student with International Youth Christian Exchange, he didn't envision the ties established here would someday serve a purpose of promoting international relations.

Granger dedicates veterans memorial

GRANGER - Just two weeks after Ramona and Hector Fonseca were married, Hector packed his bags and shipped off to Vietnam for war.

Sunnyside wins first bowling match of the season

ELLENSBURG - The Lady Grizzlies squared their prep bowling league record at 1-1 on the young season against Ellensburg last Thursday, Nov. 10.

Gas utility installed at former car lot

Though there is no shop doing business in the building, there was a sign of progress recently at the former Denchel Ford dealership building in downtown Sunnyside at 301 S. Sixth St.

Mabton Council approves fireworks regulations

MABTON - A fireworks ordinance approved at last week's Mabton City Council meeting outlines when, where and how residents can buy, sell and use fireworks within the city limits. The existing ordinance was amended to include a new section which deals with discharge permits and increasing the penalty fine from a maximum of $100 to $250.

Re-roofs lead slow October for Sunnyside building starts

It was a slow month for new building permits issued in Sunnyside during October.







Monday, November 14

In stumping for governor's seat on trk to Sunnyside McKenna stresses need for boost in K-12 funding

Rob McKenna is Washington's attorney general, but he is also the leading Republican candidate for governor in 2012.

Sunnyside honors local veterans

Sunnyside-area residents took time on Veterans Day this past Friday to remember those who have served in the military.

Broersma 11th at State swim meet

FEDERAL WAY - Marissa Broersma of Sunnyside placed 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke during the 3A State swim meet this past weekend.

Lady Knights bring home eighth place trophy from state tourney

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights brought home the 1B eighth place trophy from the State volleyball tournament this past weekend.




Friday, November 11

Veterans Day extra special for couple in Grandview

Veterans Day has a special meaning to the Kenny and Joci Nelson family.

Werkhoven now within 19 votes of Linde

A slim 28-vote lead that Sandra Linde was clinging to on election night this past Tuesday against her opponent, Leroy Werkhoven, has been shaved to just 19 votes.

Downtown revitalization plan will be pitched at public hearing

The third meeting of the Sunnyside downtown revitalization steering committee was held last night (Thursday) at the Mini Mall and resulted in ideas that will be presented at a public hearing to be scheduled in December.

Sunnyside welcomes state AG

Just two days after the 2011 election was decided Attorney General and 2012 gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna was in Sunnyside yesterday as part of a whistle stop tour in the Yakima Valley.

Thanksgiving service in Sunnyside set for Nov. 20

The Sunday following this next one the Sunnyside Ministerial Association will host a community-wide Thanksgiving service for all residents of the Lower Yakima Valley.

Mother-daughter duo meet famous country artist

YAKIMA - Sunnyside's Josie Arola and her daughter Samantha recently had the opportunity of a lifetime.

'Harvey' sure to please amily members of all ages

GRANDVIEW - Guests of the Grandview High School fall drama production will laugh 'til they cry with Elwood P. Dowd, an eccentric man and the main character in "Harvey."


Thanks and gratitude

Thanks and gratitude


Veterans...what is seen and what is not seen

Veterans...what is seen and what is not seen

Word Nerd

Businesses not online may as well not exist

Businesses not online may as well not exist

My sweet addiction

It was in a social setting when I first sampled what has become an addiction over the past several weeks.




Thursday, November 10

Grandview begins 2012 budget preparations

GRANDVIEW - Tuesday of this week four department heads in Grandview provided the City Council with preliminary 2012 budget figures.

Hearing examiner to sort out dispute on proposed RV Park

A hearing was held at the Sunnyside Law and Justice center yesterday (Wednesday) regarding the proposed RV Park at 1200 Midvale Road.

Grandview police make two arrests serving search warrants

GRANDVIEW - In activity since yesterday, Wednesday, Grandview police made two arrests after serving search warrants.

Challenge grant issued to raise funds for Dunbar bronze statue

Fred and Ann Mottley Whitney have challenged Sunnyside residents to raise money for the Bonnie Dunbar bronze statue by promising to contribute an extra 10 percent for every dollar donated to the Bronze Committee.

Matheny, Garcia named to CWAC all-league soccer team

Two Grandview High School athletes have been named to the CWAC Girls Soccer All-League team for the fall 2011 season.

City leader to meet Nov. 15

The next joint meeting between the Sunnyside School District, the City of Sunnyside, the Port of Sunnyside and Sunnyside Community Hospital will be held at Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Residents can prepare for disaster at workshop

The Sunnyside Community Center and the American Red Cross are offering a disaster preparedness presentation.

Water, sewer rates going up start of year in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Citizens in Grandview will in 2012 begin paying higher water and sewer rates.

Wednesday, November 9

Yakima mail processing will move to Pasco

YAKIMA - The Postal Service will be moving mail processing operations from the Yakima Customer Service Mail Processing Center to the Pasco Mail Processing Facility, with the move expected to be complete by July 2012.

Yakima County says no to Home Rule

The voters have spoken and by a two-to-one margin they turned down an appeal to establish a home rule charter in Yakima County.

Matson clear winner in Sunnyside Port District commission race

A vocal critic of the Sunnyside Port Commission, Brent Cleghorn, has lost out in his bid to unseat Jeffrey E. Matson.

Mabton explores cost sharing agreement with three other cities

MABTON - During preliminary budget planning the Mabton City Council identified the need for a public works director in the city.


Haunted house huge success

Haunted house huge success

Off the Record

Election time brings out the claws

Election time brings out the claws


For God and Country

For God and Country







Tuesday, November 8

Largest fire district in state hopes to nearly double size of volunteer workforce

Covering 700 square miles from White Swan to Grandview, Yakima County Fire District 5 is the largest in Washington state, and one of the largest in the nation.

Local school officials paint bleak picture with proposed cuts

More than 160 jobs lost in Grandview and Sunnyside and an increase in criminal gang activity were the worse case scenarios painted for state lawmakers last night.

In-house city attorney proposal nixed (for now)

The city of Sunnyside will continue to be represented by Menke Jackson Beyer Ehlis & Harper least for the next six months.

$100 bonus awaits perfect pick

Even with having thrown out two pro games because of a duplication issue, entrants were unable to win last week's bonus money. That makes this week's bonus a hefty $100.




Monday, November 7

Sunnyside man pleads guilty in shooting death

YAKIMA - A Sunnyside man charged in a shooting death in January 2009, plead guilty in Yakima County Superior Court this past Friday.

Police chief back after medical leave

"We are ready to welcome him back," said Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi after learning Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder would return to duty this week.

'Grease' incredible taste of nostalgia

Ah! The aura of the 50s...

District champion Lady Knights State-bound

GOLDENDALE - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights conquered the Klickitat Vandals twice on Saturday to become District champions.

Pirates 12th best team at WIAA 1B/2B State meet

PASCO - The exciting news is that there isn't a single senior on this year's Bickleton High School boys cross-country team. And that bodes well for the Pirates, considering this past Saturday they earned a 12th place finish in the team standings at the WIAA 1B/2B State cross-country meet.


The next meeting on how to revitalize the downtown core of Sunnyside will be held at the Mini Mall (214 S. Sixth St.) on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Sunnyside motorist airlifted to Seattle following accident

GRANDVIEW - A 33-year-old Sunnyside man sustained serious enough injuries last night in a one-vehicle rollover accident that emergency medical personnel deemed it necessary to airlift him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

'Operation Christmas Child' donations sought in Sunnyside

Each year several churches in the Lower Valley participate in Operation Christmas Child, including Sunnyside's Neighborhood Church Assemblies of God.

90-year-old birthday boy remembers service during World War II

Jay Carman, who just celebrated his 90th birthday, has many stories to tell about his experiences in WWII.




Friday, November 4

Grandview fair, rodeo dinner a great success

GRANDVIEW - The fourth annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Foundation dinner last night (Thursday) was marked by great entertainment, honors to a deserving family and fundraising.

Wreaths across America being introduced here by Grandview American Legion

GRANDVIEW - This holiday season, wreaths will be used for more than home d├ęcor in Grandview, but also to honor veterans in a new way.

Army Corps of Engineers district commander visits future site of Port of Sunnyside wetlands

Yesterday (Thursday), Colonel Bruce Estok, Commander of the Seattle District of the Army Corps of Engineers, joined Port of Sunnyside Commissioners Arnold Martin and Jim Grubenhoff and other Port officials to visit the future site of the Sunnyside Ecosystem Restoration Project.

Lady Knights win playoff opener

GOLDENDALE - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights took on Trout Lake/Glenwood last night (Thursday) in their first District tournament playoff match, and won in a sweep of the three games.

Season-ending shootout falls Rams' way

Some of the Grizzly faithful thought West Valley's 22-12 victory on its home field back in mid-September against the visiting Sunnyside High School football team was a fluke. Turns out, it wasn't.

Greyhounds fall 54-6 in final season showdown

GRANDVIEW - It was a meeting between two longtime CWAC foes in Grandview last night (Thursday), and the state's third-ranked Prosser Mustangs dominated, 54-6.

'Lou' motivates Sunnyside grid team

During pre-game activities prior to the Sunnyside Grizzly football team's season finale last night there was a familiar voice encouraging them to persevere in what proved to be a 46-38 loss to West Valley.

Servicemen, veterans offered fee-free classes on safe driving

The American Association of Retired Persons is offering driver safety classes in Sunnyside on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 7-8. The classes are geared for those 55 years of age and over.

S'side police plan fundraiser for U.S. Marine fighting cancer

Sunnyside police are putting on a spaghetti feed to help U.S. Marine Richard Hernandez fight his battle against cancer.

Annual grape society's Nov. 17-18 meeting to offer food safety education

GRANDVIEW - The annual Washington State Grape Society meeting is set for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18.

Diet Center patron earns recognition for weight loss

Maria Magana had tried several diet plans and weight loss schemes, but the Grandview woman finally found success with Diet Center's office in Sunnyside.

What's Happening


Christmas lighting festival next month

LEAVENWORTH - The Bavarian-inspired community of Leavenworth will hold its annual Christmas lighting festival the weekends of Dec. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18.

Travel tips for the holidays

With Halloween already behind us, Thanksgiving is not far behind and with it comes the launch of the holiday travel season.

Guest Column

Looking ahead to 2012, 2013 and 2014

Looking ahead to 2012, 2013 and 2014

Jennie's Journey

Two weeks of editing both an adventure and a challenge

Two weeks of editing both an adventure and a challenge

An extra hour

I'm not ready to "fall back" an hour this weekend, and the shorter days that go with it.

Story Time

No easy fixes

No easy fixes

Thursday, November 3

Budget trends continue for Sunnyside...Jail, police overtime still concerns

The song remains much the same for the city of Sunnyside's budget situation, according to a budget update recently released for the end of September.

Budget cuts may hit local schools hard

Despite deep cuts in the last three years, legislators in Washington state still need to cut more than $2 billion from the state budget.

No support for parks and rec coordinator leaves local commissioners scrambling for other ideas

Last night (Wednesday) the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commission concluded an alternative plan for the development of parks and recreation programs is needed due to the Sunnyside City Council's reluctance to hire a program coordinator.

Eight individual titlists propel local wrestlers to claim team championship

DES MOINES - Competing against some stiff competition this past weekend, the Victory Wrestling Club laid claim to the team title at the second annual Thunderdome Throwdown Invitational, staged in Des Moines.

Luther, Padgett 4.00 GPA students at Bickleton High

BICKLETON - Two students at Bickleton High School earned all A's for the 2011-12 fall quarter. The 4.00 GPA achievers are Sierra Luther and Kayli Padgett.

Advocacy group for disabled opens new office in Sunnyside

You may not have heard of the Arc of Yakima, but it has been around a long time, fighting for the rights of people with developmental disabilities since 1953.




Wednesday, November 2

November will be wetter, possibly colder

Sunnyside will have almost normal or below normal temperatures but higher than normal precipitation in November, according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center.

Yakima Valley hay farmers advised to have their crops assessed on Nov. 16

With some of the worst weather in memory, the 2011 western Washington hay season was very short and not at all sweet.

City website on Mabton's wish list for 2012

MABTON - The Mabton City Council budgeting sessions are in full swing as the council is setting goals to consider when looking at next year's budget.

Project planned for local bridge

YAKIMA - In action yesterday, Tuesday, Yakima County commissioners awarded a bid for safety upgrades at South Euclid Road Bridge, near Grandview.

Planning commission meeting cancelled

The Tuesday, Nov. 8, Sunnyside Planning Commission meeting has been canceled due to lack of agenda items and because it is election night, according to Sunnyside Planning Commission Chairperson DeAnn Hochhalter.

Veterans Day program on tap in Sunnyside

The Veterans War Memorial will be the site on Friday, Nov. 11, of a program honoring veterans on Veterans Day.

High school newspaper topic at meeting

The students and staff working on Sunnyside High School's newspaper Grizzly Times were honored last Thursday night at the Sunnyside School Board meeting.

SHS graduatesunited in August wedding ceremony

On Aug. 13, 2011, Karen Marie Valencia and Alvaro Jesus Sanchez were married at St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima.

SHS robotics team prepares for this year's contests

Two years ago, three Sunnyside High School students set a plan in motion to give SHS its first ever robotics team.


Clean-up crew appreciated

Clean-up crew appreciated

Words from Washington

Fifteen lost opportunities to create jobs

Fifteen lost opportunities to create jobs

Word Nerd

Post-mortem on Halloween

Post-mortem on Halloween




Tuesday, November 1

Yakima County Crime Stoppers coming to a high school near you soon

Success with a Yakima-area high school Crime Stoppers program means the effort is making its way into high schools here in the Lower Valley.

Bill's Berry Farm now a tourist attraction

Bill and Julie Michener always knew they wanted to be farmers.

Honeyford encourages his constituents to have their say about redistricting plan

OLYMPIA - The deadline for Washington to redraw legislative district boundaries is rapidly approaching. Sen. Jim Honeyford yesterday said he believes the Gorton-Huff plan for redistricting is the best option for citizens of the 15th Legislative District.

JV Grizzlies wrap up season shutting out Hanford

RICHLAND - A 27-0 blanking of the Hanford JV football team leaves the Sunnyside junior varsity with a respectable 6-3 record for the 2011 fall season.

Ultimate Frisbee organizers in Grandview looking for players

GRANDVIEW - There was a strong start towards getting Ultimate Frisbee started in Grandview, as this past Saturday an event at the GHS soccer field attracted about 50 participants.

Open enrollment starts for tuition program

Washington's Guaranteed Education Tuition Program enrollment opens Nov. 1 for families looking for a safe and convenient way to save for college.

Free Microsoft courses extended by state agency

Despite large budget cuts, Washington state's Employment Security Department has extended its contract with Microsoft to make the company's entire suite of online courses available for free to Washington residents for another year.

Grandview plans business workshops

GRANDVIEW - A series of seminars on topics ranging from software to team building will be held at YVCC's Grandview campus over the next several months.

Mabton sergeant thrives as public servant

MABTON - Thankless jobs are what keeps local residents safe and the town clean.

Halloween the theme of latest science camp staged in Sunnyside

"This is as hard as dingo bones!" said Cash Hodge as he stirred a mixture in his plastic bowl, while three feet away James Schenck poured an oozing spoonful of "flesh" he just made onto his hand then crushed it to powder between his fingers.