Stories for April 2012


Monday, April 30

Sunnyside Museum hosts Snipes gathering

"It's research, not a reunion," Boyce Montgomery smiled, and with that the Oklahoma resident along with more than 30 other Snipes family members from around the country gathered at the Sunnyside Museum last Saturday.

April 30, 2012 4:28 p.m. read more..

Greyhound boys eighth

ELLENSBURG - Grandview High School's Herman Herrera led the Greyhound boys track team to eighth place out of the 12 teams that showed at this past Saturday's Keith Jewett Invitational hosted by Ellensburg.

April 30, 2012 4:20 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 27


Sunnyside High boys cage up Lions, 90-50

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys track team had one of its best showings of the season yesterday in winning one of two head-to-head match-ups during a four-team CBBN double dual meet at Southridge High School.

April 27, 2012 4:53 p.m. read more..

Dedication of new museum wing to be held mid-May

GOLDENDALE - The Maryhill Museum of Art will be holding a dedication weekend for the new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, and culminating with the formal dedication ceremony on Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m.

April 27, 2012 4:44 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 26


Rohman, Laverman ladies golf group winners

Showing their deft touch on two of the shorter par-3 holes, Lucille Rohman and Marjean Laverman, both of Sunnyside, claimed top honors this past Tuesday in Black Rock Creek Golf Course ladies play.

April 26, 2012 4:49 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 25


Knights 1B league champs

LYLE - Coach Tyler Alseth has been having a few of his friends and former players show up at Sunnyside Christian's baseball practices, giving the Knights a first-hand look at some quality pitching in the batting cage.

April 25, 2012 4:29 p.m. read more..

Animal regulations tightened

MABTON - At this past Tuesday night's city council meeting, Mabton council members voted to approve ordinances regarding dog penalties and dangerous dogs.

April 25, 2012 4:11 p.m. read more..

Last chance to buy flowers from sorority

The deadline is rapidly approaching for local residents to place their orders for geranium and petunia plants, which are sold each spring in Sunnyside by members of the Lower Valley Soroptimist Club.

April 25, 2012 4:10 p.m. read more..

Homeless to be fed by local youth group

The youth group from Sunnyside's Apostolic Assembly Faith in Christ Jesus Church, located on East Lincoln Avenue across from Les Schwab, will be hosting a free meal for the homeless.

April 25, 2012 4:09 p.m. read more..

Dog (wood) days of spring

The big surge in hot weather we've had the past few days hit the spot as the Dogwood tree in our back yard finally sprouted its bright pink blossoms.

April 25, 2012 4:04 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 24

Water upgrades OK'd

The Sunnyside City Council last night decided to approve two of three resolutions regarding Pacific Groundwater Group and HDR Engineering's work on the city's water supply.

April 24, 2012 3:51 p.m. read more..

Mabton School Board approves school calendar

MABTON - The first day of the 2012-13 school year in the Mabton School District will be Aug. 22 and the last day of school will be June 4. That's according to action taken by the Mabton School Board last night, Monday, in approving the 2012-13 school calendar.

April 24, 2012 3:37 p.m. read more..

Mabton FFA students partner with local firm

MABTON - Students in the Mabton High School FFA program are getting real world experience in the ag business thanks to help from Bio-Gro, an organic fertilizer company located near the town.

April 24, 2012 3:36 p.m. read more..

Monday, April 23


Judicial seat sought

YAKIMA - Doug Federspiel of Yakima last week announced his intention to run for the position of Superior Court judge. He seeks the open position created by the retirement of Superior Court Judge James Gavin.

April 23, 2012 4:31 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside boys fifth from 15-school field

PROSSER - Juniors Eric Amaro and Eduardo Salmeron, claiming victories in the javelin and long jump, powered the Sunnyside High School boys track and field team to a fifth-place finish at last Saturday's 15-school Prosser Rotary Invitational.

April 23, 2012 4:28 p.m. read more..

Van Tress powers Grandview past Ephrata

GRANDVIEW - Lady Greyhound softball pitcher Ashley Van Tress struck out 11 Ephrata batters in two games and went 4-for-6 at the plate to rally Grandview to a doubleheader split against Ephrata last Saturday.

April 23, 2012 4:27 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 20


Lara earns two wins for Greyhounds

MOXEE - The Grandview Greyhound boys track team saw two outstanding performances from senior Daniel Lara at yesterday's meet against East Valley, Wapato and Ellensburg.

April 20, 2012 4:16 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 19

Fire house OK'd

The final vote tally from Sunnyside's $5.3 million bond measure was overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal that will build a new fire station for the city.

April 19, 2012 4:34 p.m. read more..

Teamwork at heart of turnaround at SHS

Academic press and social support might sound like a media outlet and government agency, respectively, but they are in fact at the heart of the resurgence underway at Sunnyside High School.

April 19, 2012 4:30 p.m. read more..

Murder suspect taken into custody earlier today

The convicted felon charged with drawing a gun and pointing it at local police while fleeing on foot following a routine traffic stop this past Tuesday, it turns out, is a prime suspect in the fatal bludgeoning of a Sunnyside man earlier this month.

April 19, 2012 4:29 p.m. read more..

Monholland tops 18-hole linksters

Needing just 30 putts to get around Black Rock Creek's 18-hole course, Carol Monholland of Sunnyside bested the field in ladies golf play this past Tuesday.

April 19, 2012 4:28 p.m. read more..

Sexual assault awareness fair in Sunnyside

In observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services is organizing a community fair in Sunnyside on Friday, April 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the agency's building at 600 N. Ave.

April 19, 2012 4:26 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 18


New Sunnyside fire station likely

It's so far, so good, for the Sunnyside Fire Department as local voters are narrowly giving thumbs up to a $5.3 million bond for a new fire station.

April 18, 2012 4:34 p.m. read more..

Ex-convict still at large

Just after noon yesterday Sunnyside police were involved in a manhunt after an ex-convict allegedly pulled a gun on an officer.

April 18, 2012 4:33 p.m. read more..

Leopards scratch out two close wins against SCHS Knights

ZILLAH - A complete game, three-hit pitching performance by Austin Krueger in the opener and a four-run rally in the late stages of the nightcap propelled the Zillah Leopards JV baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Sunnyside Christian's varsity yesterday afternoon.

April 18, 2012 4:29 p.m. read more..

Greyhounds show marked improvement

Finishing last in the team scoring at a four-school match yesterday afternoon, you wouldn't figure the Grandview High School boys golf team has much going for it.

April 18, 2012 4:24 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 17


Luther, Meyer shoot sub-90 rounds

PASCO - Although the Grizzlies brought up the rear at yesterday's Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A League match, Sunnyside High School golfers Chandler Luther and Nathan Meyer finished squarely in the middle of the nearly 40-man pack.

April 17, 2012 4:33 p.m. read more..

Rep. David Taylor earns business award

Rep. Dave Taylor (R-Moxee) received the 2011 Cornerstone Award from the Association of Washington Businesses for his efforts to protect jobs, spur local economic development and create an employer-friendly environment in Washington state.

April 17, 2012 4:31 p.m. read more..

Monday, April 16


Friday, April 13


Vikings avenge earlier loss

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings soccer team yesterday kept Royal scoreless, 1-0, for a league victory that improves the Vikings' SCAC record to 6-2, 7-3 overall.

April 13, 2012 1:26 p.m. read more..


Stand Up for Outlook gives thanks for supportive community

April 13, 2012 1:14 p.m. read more..

Drive-by shooting thwarted

Sunnyside police early this morning (Thursday) made two arrests after finding a weapon inside a vehicle during a traffic stop.

April 13, 2012 7:37 a.m. read more..

Mabton fire truck bids welcomed

MABTON - The Mabton City Council announced at its meeting this past Tuesday that the city's surplused fire engine will be open for bidding at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. Mayor Angel Reyna says the opening minimum bid is set at $500.

April 13, 2012 7:32 a.m. read more..

Sub-division near airport sought

A land use application was submitted in early March for the property at the northeast corner of East Edison Road and State Route 241 adjacent to the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

April 13, 2012 7:31 a.m. read more..

Sunnyside students invited to national robot competition

After the Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Cheney last weekend the Sunnyside High School Robotics Engineering Club found itself in the unexpected position of needing to raise a minimum of $5,000 to get the team to the national competition in St. Louis, Missouri, April 26-28.

April 13, 2012 7:28 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 11


Historical group to meet in Sunnyside

The Central Washington Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will be holding its annual spring event on Sunday, April 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Sunnyside.

April 11, 2012 4:14 p.m. read more..

City seeking weather tower funding

The City of Sunnyside will be submitting an application for funding from the Yakima County SIED (Supporting Investments in Economic Development) Fund to install an automated weather observation system at the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

April 11, 2012 4:13 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 10


No team score for Grizzlies in league match

RICHLAND - With only three athletes at its disposal, the Sunnyside High School boys golf team had to post an incomplete in the team scoring at yesterday's Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A League match, staged at Horn Rapids Golf Course.

April 10, 2012 3:57 p.m. read more..

Monday, April 9


Sunnyside residents displaced by fire Easter morning

Sunnyside firefighters were dispatched to an apartment fire report at 5:29 a.m. yesterday morning. Chief Aaron Markham and the first Sunnyside fire unit were on scene within three minutes of receiving the call early Easter morning.

April 9, 2012 3:44 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 6


Lucky 7 on the move

Sunnyside's Promise Lucky 7 Bike Shop program is in a wait-and-see mode while looking for a new home.

April 6, 2012 3:09 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 5

Coroner says blunt force to head killed local man

An autopsy conducted yesterday (Wednesday) on the body of homicide victim Jose Manuel Correa determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head. Initial impressions that the victim died of a gunshot wound proved to be incorrect.

April 5, 2012 4:22 p.m. read more..

Bouchey seeks second term

TOPPENISH - Kevin Bouchey announced yesterday that he will seek re-election to the Yakima County Board of commissioners.

April 5, 2012 4:16 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 4

Homicide victim's Outlook home burglarized yesterday afternoon

The home of homicide victim Jose Correa near Outlook was reportedly burglarized yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), according to the Yakima County Sheriff's office. The air conditioner was pushed in to access the home. Deputies do not know if the burglary was related to the homicide.

April 4, 2012 4:02 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside man new WSP trooper

OLYMPIA - The 99th basic training class of the Washington State Patrol graduated last Friday, March 30, and included in their ranks was Sunnyside native Michael L. Christensen.

April 4, 2012 3:57 p.m. read more..

'Quiet riot' not needed

John Fannin completely missed the mark in his personal column this past Friday. In his attempt to play the role of a wise sage trying to bring peace between battling city council members and an impetuous gallery, Fannin instead poured fuel on the fire by suggesting that a recall campaign be waged against Jason Raines based solely on the unsubstantiated allegations of a councilwoman whose own malicious, manipulative meddling has been one of the primary sources of the drama emanating from City Hall for the past several years.

April 4, 2012 3:45 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 3


Bickleton names honor roll students

BICKLETON - The Bickleton School District recently announced the honor roll for high school and junior high students for the third quarter of the 2011-12 school year.

April 3, 2012 3:54 p.m. read more..

Area students make the grade at YVCC

Yakima Valley Community College announced this week the names of students who received honor-roll status on the president's or dean's lists during the winter 2012 quarter.

April 3, 2012 3:53 p.m. read more..

Monday, April 2


Mabton boys ground Eagles

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings came away victorious in a home soccer game against the Connell Eagles last Saturday morning.

April 2, 2012 4:15 p.m. read more..

2012 Mr. SHS crowned

At the culmination of nearly three months of fundraising, 12 Mr. SHS candidates made it to the end. It was pageant day.

April 2, 2012 4:10 p.m. read more..