Stories for September 2011


Friday, September 30


School-based health center on drawing board here

A collection of health and school specialists from around the state attended a meeting yesterday afternoon at the Sunnyside School District board room to discuss the possibility of adding school-based health centers to the Sunnyside School District.

September 30, 2011 3:25 p.m. read more..

SHS gives Lions fight before succumbing, 20-7

KENNEWICK - Considering Kennewick has consistently been ranked as one of the Top 10 Class 3A football teams in Washington state this fall, it came as a surprise last night that the Lions had to resort to a bit of razzle-dazzle to gain the upper hand on the visiting Sunnyside Grizzlies.

September 30, 2011 3:19 p.m. read more..

Cougars give SCHS girls scare

LYLE - They're still undefeated on the season, but the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights didn't keep their unblemished record intact last night without receiving a bit of a scare.

September 30, 2011 3:18 p.m. read more..

Join me in voting for Linde

I work with Sandra Linde in my job at Sunnyside Community Hospital. I know she understands our school system, and how to get things done and solve problems. When I had a school-related problem with one of my children, she was quick to help me find a solution.

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


Hanging flower baskets brigade deserves thanks

September 30, 2011 3:11 p.m. read more..

You get the final say

Today I'm finishing up the last of 14 candidate interviews to preview November general election races in Sunnyside, Mabton and Grandview.

September 30, 2011 3:08 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 29


JV Grizzly gridders improve record to 3-1

WEST VALLEY - Two potential scoring drives were thwarted with key interceptions by Grizzly defenders Nathan Meyer and Marcus Sanchez, which helped the Sunnyside High School JV football team put the clamps down on the West Valley junior varsity squad this past Monday.

September 29, 2011 3:58 p.m. read more..

Clean-up in Outlook this Saturday

OUTLOOK - The Stand Up For Outlook group is planning a fall clean-up Saturday, Oct. 1, in Outlook, with dumpsters available at First and B streets from 9 a.m. until noon.

September 29, 2011 3:56 p.m. read more..

Local bank hosting musical group Friday

As part of its Western Days celebration, being held in conjunction with the ongoing Central Washington State Fair in Yakima, Sunnyside's American West Bank will be offering local patrons a bit of free entertainment this coming Friday.

September 29, 2011 3:55 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 28


Lions roar past Sunnyside

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team fell in three games last night, Tuesday, at host Kennewick.

September 28, 2011 3:42 p.m. read more..

Lady 'Hounds notch first win of year

QUINCY - "We finally put everything together," said Grandview Soccer Coach Anne Holden, speaking of her team's shutout of the Quincy Jackrabbits last night.

September 28, 2011 3:42 p.m. read more..

BHS Lady Pirates win home opener

BICKLETON - With only one win in three regulation matches this season the Lady Pirates were hoping to repeat their earlier victory against Lyle at last night's home opener of the season.

September 28, 2011 3:41 p.m. read more..


Port officials shouldn't bail out bank on former Carnation site

September 28, 2011 3:38 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 27


Sunnyside's loss...Mabton's gain

MABTON - One of many partnerships in the Mabton School District looks like it may result in the Washington State Migrant Council moving its corporate office from Sunnyside to Mabton.

September 27, 2011 3:22 p.m. read more..

School-Based Health Center meeting to be held Thursday

The public is invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside School District boardroom (810 E. Custer Ave.) to provide feedback on the proposed School-Based Health Center that the Sunnyside School District was awarded a federal grant to construct.

September 27, 2011 3:17 p.m. read more..

Bleyhl Farm Service receives award

YAKIMA - For the third time, Bleyhl Country Stores have won the prestigious Farm Mart Retailer of the Year Award for overall presentation, exemplary customer service and community involvement.

September 27, 2011 3:11 p.m. read more..

Monday, September 26


Royal strikes early and often

MABTON - Scoring a quick nine points even before their offense took the field, the Royal Knights stormed into Mabton last Friday night and rode off with a convincing 51-0 win.

September 26, 2011 4:02 p.m. read more..

Lady Knights reign at Tri-Cities Prep invite

PASCO - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights won all three matches at the Tri-Cities Prep Invite on Saturday, taking first place. The Bickleton Lady Pirates also played at the tournament.

September 26, 2011 3:59 p.m. read more..

WSU breakfast meeting cancelled

PROSSER - Washington State Universiry Benton County Extension's monthly grape fieldman's breakfast meeting has been canceled for October. The next meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:15 a.m. at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

September 26, 2011 3:54 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 23


New city website up and operating

It's been nearly 11 months since the Sunnyside City Council approved the development of a new website for the city and it launched earlier this week.

September 23, 2011 4:05 p.m. read more..

GHS overpowers Wolves

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team played all 13 of its varsity players enroute to 3-0 romp over visiting Wapato last night. The match wrapped Grandview's non-league section of its schedule.

September 23, 2011 4:02 p.m. read more..

Bickleton's Clinton 12th in 86-runner field

PROSSER - Bickleton High School junior Peter Clinton earned a 12th place finish in an 86-runner cross-country race staged yesterday on the 5,000-meter Art Fiker Stadium course in Prosser.

September 23, 2011 4:02 p.m. read more..


We can afford police that the city needs

September 23, 2011 3:53 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 22


Wednesday, September 21


Sunnyside loses a heartbreaker to Bulldogs

PASCO - The final tally might reflect a 3-0 loss for the Lady Grizzly volleyball team last night, but it doesn't show just how close the Sunnyside team came to getting its first win of the season.

September 21, 2011 3:53 p.m. read more..


Cemetery should take better care of its grounds

September 21, 2011 3:46 p.m. read more..

Guest Column

Recently, Pat Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, told his '700 Club' viewers that divorcing a wife with Alzheimer's disease is justifiable. His statement came in response to a viewer's question, and one would hope that it constituted a shoot-from-the-hip response that Robertson now knows was badly misfired.

September 21, 2011 3:43 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 20

Granger facing major audit woes

GRANGER - Credit cards issued without Granger City Council approval, totaling about $400,000 in charges, are just part of far-reaching audit findings the state issued against the city.

September 20, 2011 3:51 p.m. read more..

Godinez just one off bonus money

If it hadn't been for Nathan Godinez of Sunnyside choosing Arizona State over Illinois, he would have had a perfect score in last week's Football Forecast contest. Saying that, Godinez still came away with the $50 first place prize money.

September 20, 2011 3:49 p.m. read more..

Monday, September 19


Sen. Jim Honeyford wins 'Open Government' award

OLYMPIA - The Washington Coalition for Open Government presented Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) with its Key Award last Thursday for his efforts to improve legislative transparency this past session.

September 19, 2011 4:26 p.m. read more..

Knights crush Mansfield, 58-44

The Sunnyside Christian High School Knights grabbed their first eight-man football victory of the season this past Friday, 58-44 over visiting Mansfield.

September 19, 2011 4:15 p.m. read more..

Sunshine Days poker run a big hit for classic car owners

Twenty classic cars with their proud owners and an assortment of passengers drove around town enjoying the second annual Sunshine Days Poker Run this past Friday evening, taking in the perfect weather while trying to get a good poker hand.

September 19, 2011 4:12 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 16

The scoop on poop at the high school

Rumors are floating around of some disgusting problems in a new building at the high school, but those rumors seem to be exaggerations of a real issue that has already been solved.

September 16, 2011 3:57 p.m. read more..

GHS winners

TOPPENISH - For the second time in three days the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team ralled from behind to win a road match.

September 16, 2011 3:53 p.m. read more..

Southridge deals SHS heartbreaker

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Grizzly football team suffered a second consecutive heartbreaking loss, this one to the Southridge Suns at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick.

September 16, 2011 3:53 p.m. read more..

Nouvella Club Style Show

While Fashion Week in New York wrapped up yesterday, Sunnyside had its own fashion show presented by the Nouvella Club.

September 16, 2011 3:42 p.m. read more..

Melodramatic fun at Sun Terrace

Staff at Sun Terrace Assisted Living aren't afraid to let their goofy sides show, and proved it with a campy melodrama produced for the residents yesterday.

September 16, 2011 3:40 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 15


Alpacas bring agritourism to the valley

When they arrived in the Yakima Valley three and a half years ago, Danise and Bob Cathel never had owned a farm, and certainly didn't plan on raising alpacas. Now they are in the agritourism business, not only raising alpacas, but sharing them with tourists and locals through their Sunnyside area farm, Silbury Hill Alpacas.

September 15, 2011 3:29 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 14



Pathway great asset for this area

September 14, 2011 3:55 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 13


Contest provides funds for winning schools

U.S. Cellular's annual Calling All Communities Campaign invites people to vote online for their favorite schools. The school with the most votes will win $150,000 to be used in any way the school sees fit, and the next 17 schools will receive $50,000 each.

September 13, 2011 3:48 p.m. read more..

Railroad tracks to be removed

The city of Sunnyside street department will be working with Columbia Basin Railroad to remove railroad tracks and repaving North First Street beginning next Monday, Sept. 19.

September 13, 2011 3:47 p.m. read more..

Monday, September 12

Grandview teachers say no to district's contract offer

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Education Association and the school district are still unresolved in the collective bargaining agreements. The teachers association took action Wednesday and Thursday last week by 'working to contract', meaning the educators put in just the 7.5 hour days that are required.

September 12, 2011 3:50 p.m. read more..

Granger dedicates 9/11 memorial

GRANGER - The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were personal for Brooklyn native Nick Paulakis, and yesterday Sunnyside's deputy mayor praised the city of Granger for its new site dedicated to remembering.

September 12, 2011 3:49 p.m. read more..

Seniors pace SHS at Ellensburg run

ELLENSBURG - Juan Reynoso and Nathan Gonzalez, both seniors, powered the Sunnyside High School boys cross-country team to a fourth-place finish at the Ellensburg Invitational this past Saturday.

September 12, 2011 3:44 p.m. read more..

Lady Knights shine at invite

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights put in a good showing at the Columbia-Burbank invite last Saturday, finishing 3-2 and losing in the semi-final match.

September 12, 2011 3:43 p.m. read more..


Sharon Page died on Sept. 7, 2011. She was born on July 15, 1941 to Ernest and Nellie (Worster) Page.

September 12, 2011 3:35 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 9


Sunnyside marks 9/11 anniversary

City and county fire and law enforcement officials, as well as local veterans, were honored this morning, Friday, as Sunnyside marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

September 9, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..

SHS girls competitive

RICHLAND - "It was the best three games I've seen us play without a win," said Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball coach Sandy Jaquish. "We played three solid games."

September 9, 2011 3:12 p.m. read more..

Church concert to feature McEntire sister

TOPPENISH - Perhaps not as well known as her sister or mother, yet an accomplished vocalist in her own right, Susie McEntire will be the featured performer at a special concert in Toppenish on Sunday, Sept. 18.

September 9, 2011 3:08 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 8


Heat is on at crosswalks

At first glance it might appear Sunnyside street crews are watching crosswalk paint dry, when in fact they are applying tape.

September 8, 2011 3:42 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 7


Nozaka low net scorer at senior golf tour event

MOSES LAKE - Grandview's Akira Nozaka turned in the lowest net round of the day (actual score minus handicap) at last week's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour event, staged at the Moses Lake Golf & Country Club.

September 7, 2011 4:28 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside throws a scare into Eastmon

EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team turned a new page as it started a new season last night, throwing a scare into host Eastmont before falling 3-1.

September 7, 2011 4:27 p.m. read more..

JV Grizzlies blank Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - Although the schools are not in the same league, there's nothing like watching a game between Sunnyside and Grandview.

September 7, 2011 4:26 p.m. read more..

Christian girls open with sweep

Playing at home last night, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team opened the 2011 fall season with a 3-0 sweep of the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars.

September 7, 2011 4:23 p.m. read more..

Bickleton graduate receives $7,500 WSU scholarship

PULLMAN - Bickleton High School graduate Jessica Cummings was awarded a renewal of the $7,500 John Caunt Honors College Scholarship from Washington State University Honors College. To receive this award, students must demonstrate financial need, be involved in extracurricular activities and pursue a curriculum with depth and breadth.

September 7, 2011 4:22 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 6

SVID inks irrigation work contract

With uncertainty about stimulus funding this fall, the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District board of directors took a flexible approach last Friday in approving contracts for work in the Grandview area.

September 6, 2011 3:35 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies growl...51-14

A basketball game on grass...that's how Sunnyside Coach Mark Marro describes what he expects to see this coming Friday when his Grizzlies take on 4A Davis on the Pirates' home field.

September 6, 2011 3:26 p.m. read more..

School retirees to have musical meeting

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley Unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will have a business meeting and lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 13, starting at 11 a.m. at the Vineyard, 150 Division Street.

September 6, 2011 3:25 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 2


Math, science, writing test scores up in Sunnyside

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has released a report card for every district in the state based on last year's standardized tests, and Sunnyside administrators are pleased with the district's results.

September 2, 2011 3:32 p.m. read more..

Dr. Butler honored by YVCC alumni group

Longtime Sunnyside doctor Lloyd Butler was honored by the Yakima Valley Community College Alumni Association with the Distinguished Alumnus award during this year's commencement.

September 2, 2011 3:30 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 1