Stories for October 2011


Monday, October 31


Grandview police nab hit and run suspects

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police have since last Friday investigated three traffic mishaps, two of which were hit and run accidents that occurred yesterday (Sunday) and early this morning.

October 31, 2011 4:35 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside sophomores gain experience

SPOKANE - Sunnyside High School's three Regional qualifiers, all sophomores, picked up valuable experience competing against the best of the best from the Columbia Basin Big Nine and Greater Spokane conferences this past Saturday.

October 31, 2011 4:28 p.m. read more..

Bickleton wins first ever District team title

COWICHE - The 1B Bickleton Pirates outraced the other teams at the District meet this past Friday, coming home with the District team championship and heading to the State meet with high hopes.

October 31, 2011 4:22 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 28


Lady Knights trample Highland

COWICHE - The 1B Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights conquered the 1A Highland Scots last night (Thursday) in a non-league match-up at Highland High School.

October 28, 2011 4:06 p.m. read more..

SHS students get 'Grease'y

Sunnyside High School students take the stage to perform what is said among thespians to be the most popular classic musical ever performed on Broadway.

October 28, 2011 3:59 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 27


Neon signs display still in the works

A lightly attended meeting of the group working to preserve and display Sunnyside's historic neon signs met last night (Wednesday) at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.

October 27, 2011 4:06 p.m. read more..

Teen held on graffiti charges

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview teen was taken into custody yesterday (Wednesday) after police served a search warrant in the 500 block of Butternut Road.

October 27, 2011 4:03 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside students raise 'HOPE'

When Mariah Gonzalez volunteered for Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley, also known as Transformation Sunnyside, last year an idea sparked for her senior project at Sunnyside High School.

October 27, 2011 3:59 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 26


Grandview tames Wapato Wolves

WAPATO - The Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team tuned up for the postseason with a 3-0 regular season finale win at Wapato last night, Tuesday.

October 26, 2011 3:50 p.m. read more..

Lady Knights win final home game

With the stakes high, the Lady Knights volleyball squad knew their strategy must be aggressive at last night's final home match against Bickleton.

October 26, 2011 3:49 p.m. read more..

Class of 1967 meeting

The SHS class of 1967 reunion organizers will be holding a meeting Monday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at Columbia River Bank in Sunnyside.

October 26, 2011 3:46 p.m. read more..

Community event on tap this Saturday

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley will partner with the Sunnyside Apostolic Church at 16th Street and Lincoln Avenue for a community event this Saturday.

October 26, 2011 3:45 p.m. read more..

Honoring our soldier

This past weekend Joni and I had a chance to visit family in Western Washington and one of the highlights was to see her cousin, Danny, home on leave from serving in the Middle East.

October 26, 2011 3:27 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 25

Council asked to consider property tax levy increase

Because assessed property values are anticipated to be lower in 2012 and the city of Sunnyside each year must consider its budgetary needs, Sunnyside Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer Byron Olson last night asked the city council to consider a property tax increase.

October 25, 2011 3:56 p.m. read more..

Volunteer work helps local residents

Lower Valley Volunteer Chore Services is a program that serves low-income elders and adults with disabilities, providing transportation, yard work, housework and other services free of charge.

October 25, 2011 3:54 p.m. read more..

Monday, October 24


Vikings unable to hold back Coyotes

MABTON - Blown coverages on defense and turnovers on offense made for a lopsided first half in favor of the Columbia-Burbank Coyotes Friday night in Mabton.

October 24, 2011 4:01 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 21


Grandview clinches home playoff match

GRANDVIEW - In what may have been a CWAC South playoff preview, the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team held on for a 3-1 victory over Toppenish last night.

October 21, 2011 4:23 p.m. read more..

Awana clubs to start in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview First Baptist Church/Iglesia Del Pueblo at 406 E. Second St. will start Awana clubs for children ages five years old and up to fifth grade beginning this Sunday, Oct. 23, from 6:15 to 8 p.m.

October 21, 2011 4:20 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 20

Police arrest armed robbery suspect

Armed robbery suspect Matthew Ray Garcia was captured yesterday (Wednesday) after Sunnyside police detectives obtained a search warrant on the house they said he fled into after the crime.

October 20, 2011 4:29 p.m. read more..

'We are all in this together' the theme of student-led forum

Leadership students at Sunnyside High School put together a forum titled "Together Sunnyside Learns" for community members to meet with students and discuss ways the community can help the Sunnyside School District achieve its goal of 100 percent graduation.

October 20, 2011 4:22 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 19

Sunnyside eyes bond for new fire station

Though final action has not yet been taken, the Sunnyside City Council during a workshop on Monday night expressed support for asking voters to approve a $6 million bond to build a new fire station.

October 19, 2011 4:19 p.m. read more..

Holiday Treasure Bazaar planned for Nov. 12

The public is invited to the Holiday Treasure Bazaar at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Fourth and Edison) in Sunnyside on Nov. 12, starting at 9 a.m. and ending with a gourmet dinner at 5:30 p.m.

October 19, 2011 4:13 p.m. read more..

Bid awarded for winery signs

YAKIMA - As a way to promote ag tourism, Yakima County is going to have winery-related signs posted to welcome visitors to the area.

October 19, 2011 4:13 p.m. read more..

Mabton begins budget process

MABTON - Preliminary stages have begun in the City of Mabton to develop the city's business plan and discussing next year's budget.

October 19, 2011 4:09 p.m. read more..


Prop. 1 proponents less than transparent

October 19, 2011 4:07 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 18


Monday, October 17


Sunnyside wins one at Wenatchee Invite

WENATCHEE - It won't count as an official victory, but the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team earned one win in four contests played at the Wenatchee Invite this past Saturday.

October 17, 2011 4:08 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 14


Dairy industry pledges financial support to Sunnyside's Promise

The Yakima Valley Dairy Federation and the Yakima Valley Dairy Women announced a fundraiser for Sunnyside's Promise last night at a Bon Vino's dinner attended by more than 40 members of the dairy and business community along with the leadership of Sunnyside's Promise.

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

Grizzly harriers close out league play

PASCO - In just its second, and final, Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A League meet of the season, the Sunnyside High School boys cross-country team compiled a two-win, five-loss record at the eight-school competition.

October 14, 2011 4:15 p.m. read more..

Local bank collecting coats

American West Bank in Sunnyside is collecting used or new coats throughout October for domestic violence awareness month. All items collected will be donated to Lower Valley Crisis & Support Services.

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

Thursday, October 13

Rider, McGhan DSN's top winners at annual WNPA awards ceremony

EVERETT - Advertising design specialist Aaron Rider and reporter/photographer Jennie McGhan were singled out for their on-the-job expertise at the annual Washington Newspapers Publishers Association's annual convention in Everett, held last weekend. The two Daily Sun News employees captured between them seven awards from the 2011 "Washington Better Newspaper Contest."

October 13, 2011 3:28 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 12

County step increases top $ far in 2011

YAKIMA - While most Yakima County employees represented by a union agreed to a contract that did away with 3 percent step pay increases for this year, some unions have not reached a contract with the county for this year.

October 12, 2011 3:45 p.m. read more..

Lady Pirates reign over Trout Lake

BICKLETON - Teamwork is definitely apparent in Lady Pirate volleyball, according to coach Joelle Patterson, with a three-game win over Trout Lake-Glenwood last night.

October 12, 2011 3:40 p.m. read more..

Grandview collars Bulldogs in 3-0 sweep

ELLENSBURG - A host Ellensburg team that advanced to Regionals last year was no match for the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team, which earned a 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 sweep last night.

October 12, 2011 3:39 p.m. read more..

Braves sweep Lady Grizzlies

KENNEWICK - Host Kamiakin proved too much for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team in a 3-0 loss last night, Tuesday.

October 12, 2011 3:39 p.m. read more..

Free barbecue set for Saturday

Trinity Baptist Church, located at 1051 Alexander Rd. near Sunnyside, is offering a free barbecue for the community this Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon to 4 p.m.

October 12, 2011 3:37 p.m. read more..


Clean-up crew deserving of accolades

October 12, 2011 3:26 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 11


Lady Grizzlies fifth from nine-team field

YAKIMA - With just a handful of girls on this year's swim team, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies gave a good accounting of themselves at last Saturday's Yakima Valley Championships, staged at Lions Pool in Yakima.

October 11, 2011 3:54 p.m. read more..

Moratorium on medical marijuana gardens OK'd

Collective gardens for medical marijuana patients have been legalized by the state legislature, but Monday the Sunnyside City Council approved a six-month moratorium on allowing them within city limits.

October 11, 2011 3:46 p.m. read more..

Personnel hired

GRANDVIEW - At Monday night's regular school board meeting the board approved hiring staff for the fresh fruit and vegetable program in the elementary schools.

October 11, 2011 3:46 p.m. read more..

Monday, October 10


Friday, October 7


Murder thriller isn't very thrilling

Robert B. Mills' debut novel "One Down, One to Go" delves into the mind of a teenage killer to explore the events leading up to his crime. It's an audacious attempt to analyze a very straightforward event, and it mostly fails in its goal.

October 7, 2011 3:22 p.m. read more..


Raines cares about future of Sunnyside

October 7, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 6

Grants approved for state ag projects

There was good news late last week for the state's ag industry, as the USDA approved a $3.1 million grant for 20 projects in this state related to specialty crops.

October 6, 2011 4:01 p.m. read more..

Minimum wage jumping to $9.04

The minimum wage in Washington state is scheduled to rise from $8.67 an hour to $9.04 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2012, a 37-cent increase.

October 6, 2011 4 p.m. read more..


Eberardo "Ed" (Role) Garcia, 64, of Yakima died Sunday.

October 6, 2011 3:55 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 5


Spokane lawmaker announces bid to unseat Cantwell

Washington State Sen. Michael Baumgartner has already had an expensive campaign against a Democratic incumbent, and now he's going to take on 12-year U.S. Senate veteran Maria Cantwell in a bid to represent Washington state in Washington D.C.

October 5, 2011 4:25 p.m. read more..


Matson right choice for port commissioner

October 5, 2011 4:15 p.m. read more..

A drop in the bucket?

Sunnysiders seem to be shopping closer to home more, as the city of Sunnyside's sales tax revenue is $60,000 ahead of projections this year.

October 5, 2011 4:12 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 4


Monday, October 3