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Friday, August 31

Discussions surrounding Sunnyside's Promise continue

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole at last night's school board meeting wanted to clarify a few matters regarding the funding issues for Sunnyside's Promise.

'Boot' penalty to be implemented when students violate SHS parking rule

In addition to a $5 fine for violating parking rules at Sunnyside High School, a student's vehicle may have to have a boot removed.

Police capture suspect after high speed chase

Sunnyside police were involved in a car chase yesterday afternoon (Thursday) at about 3 p.m. after a witness spotted a juvenile male stealing a vehicle from the 700 block of East Grant Avenue.

Sunnyside School Board OK's $64 million general fund budget

The Sunnyside School Board last night approved a 2012-13 general fund budget of just more than $64 million.

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Kelli Wilson

Fire safety is important to Miss Sunnyside candidate Kelli Wilson.

Youthful Vikes lose 2012 season opener

NACHES - Starting four freshmen, it was a young Mabton Viking football team that opened the Lower Valley's football season last night in a 34-6 loss at Naches.

Rohman 3B's winner in ladies 18-hole golf play

Sunnyside's Lucille Rohman bested a small field of linksters who showed this past Tuesday for 18-hole ladies golf play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Local couple works to keep area free of litter

Some of the items Sunnysiders leave behind has shocked, grossed and amazed one local resident.

Registrations underway for Grandview grape stomp

GRANDVIEW - The annual Great Grandview Grape Stomp is set for Saturday, Sept. 8, at the YVCC Workforce Education Center, 114 Grandridge in Grandview.

Maryhill Winery cruise reservations being accepted now

Maryhill Winery is taking reservations for its annual Sternwheeler Casino Cruise on Saturday, Oct. 6.

FORUM

Golf tourney support lauded

Golf tourney support lauded

GUEST COLUMN

Congress has real work to do in September

Congress has real work to do in September

Word Nerd

Stuck at the red arrow

Stuck at the red arrow

Off the Record

Family is everything

Family is everything

Jennie's Journey

Say it isn't so, Mr. Deputy Mayor

Say it isn't so, Mr. Deputy Mayor

OBITUAR

DORIS M. HARTFORD

DORIS M. HARTFORD

OBITUARY

JUNE BRAYTON

JUNE BRAYTON

Thursday, August 30

Gunshell casings related to shots-fired call recovered

Sunnyside police yesterday (Wednesday) investigated two weapons-related calls.

Mabton police nab three suspects in burglary investigation

MABTON - Mabton police officers fielded a call reporting a burglary in broad daylight this past Tuesday afternoon.

Sunnyside's Promise asks for $217,000 commitment from city

Sunnyside's Promise board member Nate Bridges and Executive Director Mark Baysinger went before the city's subcommittee on finance and administrative services yesterday evening to ask the city for $217,000 so the organization can keep providing services to the city.

Socialist candidates for White House make campaign trail stop in Sunnyside

Disbanding the U.S. military and a minimum wage of $20 are just two of the pledges by Freedom Socialist presidential candidate Stephen Durham.

OBITUARY

ROBERT J. GRAFF

ROBERT J. GRAFF

Wednesday, August 29

West Nile claims Grandview horse

GRANDVIEW - A horse near the Lower Valley city of Grandview was euthanized recently when it tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Burglary suspect located, investigation ongoing

Sunnyside police yesterday (Tuesday) were able to locate Mickie Flores, who was sought in connection with an alleged burglary that occurred early yesterday morning.

Gourneau keeps city council seat

MABTON - Mabton City Council members left this past Tuesday evening's meeting feeling more unified than as of late.

Ramsey's mark 70th anniversary

GRANDVIEW - Milton and Phyllis Ramsey of Grandview celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 8.

Words from Washington

It's back to school time

It's back to school time

Jailhouse blues

Maybe I'll get called in, maybe I won't, but this week I'm getting my first taste of jury duty.

OBITUARY

GREGGORY LEWIS RICHARDS

GREGGORY LEWIS RICHARDS

Tuesday, August 28

Sunnyside's Promise wants to chart new course with city

Sunnyside's Promise board member Nate Bridges gave a presentation to the Sunnyside City Council last night to update the elected body on the current situation of the non-profit and how the board plans to proceed in the future.

So far, so good with changes at Mabton High

MABTON - A month ago Mabton parents and students packed a school board meeting to protest policies closing the high school campus and enforcing a stricter dress code for the 2012-13 school year.

Yakima Basin flip-flop underway

Beginning this week, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin the annual flip-flop operation in the Yakima Basin by gradually reducing flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir in the Upper Yakima River Basin and increasing flows from Rimrock Reservoir in the Tieton and Naches River basins.

Burglary attempt apparently thwarted by sword-wielding man

Sunnyside police are seeking any information that might lead to the whereabouts of Mickie Flores, who may have suffered an injury during a potential burglary attempt early this morning (Tuesday).

Council stays sweet on Sweet

Four citizens stood up during the public comments portion of the Sunnyside City Council meeting last night and urged the elected officials to put Interim City Manager Frank Sweet on administrative leave until his legal problems have been resolved.

Indall bests the field in leading Black Rock Creek to top finish on senior golf tour

KENNEWICK - With just two stops remaining on this year's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour, last Wednesday's first-place finish at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course squarely puts Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team in the driver's seat for a sixth consecutive championship.

Ladies golf results posted

Using a format of throwing out your worst three holes, Sunnyside's Carol Monholland topped the competition in the Black Rock Creek 18-hole ladies group last Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Seasoned veteran rallies to claim title of annual Banana Belt

A picture is worth a thousand words...that old saying couldn't have been better illustrated than when Brad Donahue tossed his golf ball over the cart sheds as he dejectedly walked off the 18th green Sunday afternoon at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Mabton seeks to fill school board vacancy

MABTON - The Mabton School Board noted last night, Monday, it still hasn't had an applicant seek a vacant school board seat formerly held by Lupe Maldonado, who resigned last month.

Take-home vehicle policy adjusted

The Sunnyside City Council approved an amendment to the city's take-home vehicle policy to allow first responder vehicles to be taken home by employees.

Sunnyside doctors plan community outreach

Beginning in September of 2012, the physicians of Sunnyside Community Hospital and its clinics will be offering their time to local community groups.

Speech pathologists earn contracts

GRANDVIEW - At Monday night's Grandview School Board meeting, directors approved contracts with two speech language pathologist agencies.

Schools require children to have dental exam, create program with clinic to make it easier

The Sunnyside School District is requiring all elementary students to have a current dental exam this year. Community Dental Care of Sunnyside is partnering with the district to make sure all students are able to have the exam.

Goodwill's bargain shoppers helping the disabled reach for the top rungs on work force ladde

Goodwill Industries in Sunnyside does brisk business.

Full steam ahead for new coffee shop

After completing a performance study on the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce's effectiveness in Sunnyside, Joey Castilleja and his wife Sherry decided to make their long-time entrepreneurial dream come true.

Monday, August 27

Rollover mishap sends S'side woman to hospital in Tri-Cities

RICHLAND - 67-year-old Cayetana L. Sillers of Sunnyside required hospitalization following a one-vehicle rollover accident this past Sunday morning.

Mabton City Council wants to keep the pedal to the metal

Over the past year, Mabton residents have had more police coverage, cleaner streets and a city council that is taking a more proactive approach.

Chlorine leak not harmful to the public

Although officials closed off Yakima Valley Highway from Swan Road to First Street, as well as Homer Street, Battalion Chief Bill Harris of the Sunnyside Fire Department said chlorine that leaked from a city well last Friday was not considered a danger to the public.

State fair hiring now

YAKIMA - Each year the Central Washington State Fair employs hundreds of Yakima Valley residents during the 10-day event, and this year is no exception.

OBITUARY

JOSE ALONZO VILLANUEVA SR.

JOSE ALONZO VILLANUEVA SR.

Friday, August 24

Sunshine Days Parade grand marshal sought

Nominations for grand marshal of Sunnyside's annual Sunshine Days Parade are currently being taken.

Horses should be vaccinated for West Nile

West Nile virus is still a threat and Washington's state veterinarian wants to ensure horse owners take precautions, including getting vaccinations or booster shots for their horses.

Two thefts reported in Sunnyside

Since yesterday (Thursday) Sunnyside police have investigated two thefts and a shots-fired call.

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Vanessa Serna

Having witnessed the negative impact gangs have had on her community, Miss Sunnyside hopeful Vanessa Serna is seeking opportunities to help youngsters get more involved in activities.

VFW, AmVets sponsoring car/bike show this Saturday

PROSSER - Gary O's fourth annual Car & Bike Show, being hosted by the Prosser VFW and AmVets posts, will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post home.

Menudo fest round the corner

GRANGER - Hisey Park in Granger will most likely be filled to the brim with people next month, for the annual menudo festival.

'Midsummer's Eve' Aug. 25

GRANDVIEW - Saturday, Aug. 25, the YVCC Grandview campus-based Yakima Valley Vintners will host Midsummer's Eve, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Ballroom dance classes to start

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department is seeking people interested in learning ballroom dancing for a six-week ballroom dance session beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11.

8-24 What's Happening

FRIDAY

Senior center in Sunnyside hosting fiddlers on Sept. 22

Gone Fiddling Again, a three-person musical group that plays and sings a fresh mix of folk/rock, swing, blues and country music, will be the star attraction at an afternoon dance being hosted by the Sunnyside senior citizens group.

DEATH NOTICE

AVA C. ALVARADO CRUZ SNYDER

AVA C. ALVARADO CRUZ SNYDER

Jennie's Journey

Bye-bye kiddos

Bye-bye kiddos

Guest Editorial

Sex trafficking...another perspective

Sex trafficking...another perspective

SHS grad answers call to Cambodia

Children as young as four sold for sex trafficking.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

An app for that?

The other day I read about a new smart phone app you can use when listening to political ads.

Thursday, August 23

DEATH NOTICE

GRANT D. MCDONALD

GRANT D. MCDONALD

Little guys to raise funds this Saturday

The Sunnyside Little Guy Wrestling team is grinding its gears preparing for its first ever community-wide fundraiser.

OBITUARY

CLARENCE E. PHELPS

CLARENCE E. PHELPS

SHS instructor among top teacher finalists

ZILLAH - Jeff Charbonneau was named the 2012-13 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year this past Tuesday at a presentation in the Zillah Middle School commons.

Mission trip to Bolivia positive experience for local church group

"It was a blast," said Krystal Valle of her recent mission trip to Bolivia.

Unemployment down, but local economy bears watching

"The unemployment rate in Yakima County is dropping, which is a good sign," says Don Meseck, a regional labor economist.

Wednesday, August 22

Airport board eyes upgrades

The Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board met Tuesday evening to review planned upgrades to the city-owned facility.

Democrats this Saturday will host diversity dinner

WAPATO - Gearing up for election season, this year's Democratic diversity dinner sponsored by the 14th and 15th legislative districts will be held at the Filipino American Community Center, located at 211 W. 2nd in Wapato.

2007 SHS grad earns EWU financial award

CHENEY - The daughter of Lourdes Castillo of East Wenatchee and Jose Ramirez of Sunnyside, Maria Cornelius has been awarded a General University: EWUF Campaign Scholarship at Eastern Washington University. The amount of the financial award totals $1,250, and is to be used for the 2012-13 academic year at EWU.

Sunnyside middle school athletes urged to get cleared now for fall sports seasons

Now is the time for seventh and eighth graders at Sunnyside's Sierra Vista and Harrison middle schools to complete all clearance requirements to participate in fall sports.

County approves plan to revitalize downtown core in Sunnyside

Efforts to revitalize Sunnyside's downtown core took a step forward yesterday, Tuesday, when Yakima County commissioners accepted Phase 1 of the plan as complete.

Golf course worker has no trouble getting into swing of things

Chandler Luther isn't just an employee at Black Rock Creek Golf Course, he's also a golfer.

Traffic stop in Idaho anything but routine

Over zealous or out of control?

Casino night support lauded

Sunnyside's senior citizens group thanks the Lions Club and all of the businesses and individuals that donated items for our annual casino night festivities.

OBITUARY

VANDORA PATTON

VANDORA PATTON

A somber moment and a promise not kept

It was just like any other Monday morning, I was a little sleepy and not-so-ready for a full week ahead.

Class of 1967 appreciative

The class of 1967 of Sunnyside High School would like to acknowledge the following businesses for the wonderful service and special attention we received at our 45th class reunion:

Words from Washington

We must preserve our dams

We must preserve our dams

Tuesday, August 21

DEATH NOTICE

VANDORA PATTON

VANDORA PATTON

Garbage service dates change for holiday

Monday, Sept. 3, is Labor Day and garbage service for Sunnyside city residents will change for that week only to accommodate holiday closures.

OBITUARY

MABEL ARLENE BRUMBACK

MABEL ARLENE BRUMBACK

Firemen to host CPR, first aid course

The Sunnyside Fire Department is again hosting a CPR and first aid training course.

New thrift shop offers low prices on clothing

In the month and a half that the Sunnyside Thrift Store has been open, owner Carlos Magana has done a decent trade in clothing.

'Good News' resurfaces in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Good News Club strives to teach students more than just Bible stories.

City looking for lawyer to replace Yakima firm

The City of Sunnyside is actively recruiting and advertising for an in-house attorney after several years of outsourcing the job to Menke Jackson Beyer Ehlis & Harper LLP of Yakima.

Finances, politics at the forefront of impending demise of Sunnyside's Promise

Unless a miracle occurs, Sunnyside's Promise will shut its doors on Sept. 30.

Sunnyside High School gears up for opening day

Freshmen at Sunnyside High School will receive their schedules at orientation, but all other students will get their schedules sooner.

Port preps for growth

Two weeks ago Port of Sunnyside officials expressed optimism for land sales to accommodate potential development.

Monday, August 20

Training for alcohol providers scheduled in Sunnyside on Sept. 6

How do you tell a fake ID from the real McCoy?

OBITUARY

SANDRA YADIRA GUZMAN

SANDRA YADIRA GUZMAN

Kidnap case being investigated

Last Friday night, Yakima County Sheriff deputies received a report of a kidnapping from the 3600 block of Independence Road near Sunnyside. The investigation is active and no details have been released.

Grandview woman dies in one-vehicle accident on I-82

BENTON CITY - A one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning, about three miles east of Benton City, claimed the life of 24-year-old Sandra Y. Guzman of Grandview.

Free training class on halting sexual exploitation of children offered

A free training class on the commercial sexual exploitation of children will be offered at the Sunnyside Community Center on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DEATH NOTICE

WANETT BURNS

WANETT BURNS

Human trafficking exhibit depicts problem as both global and community issues

Because human trafficking is happening in neighborhoods throughout the Yakima Valley, as well as around the world, Sunnyside's Promise teamed up with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to bring to light the issue some might wish to ignore.

Friday, August 17

GUEST EDITORIAL

Wisconsin-style reforms could boost funding for Washington's schools

Wisconsin-style reforms could boost funding for Washington's schools

Cle Elum blaze too close to home

Back in the day when I covered the Cle Elum area for a weekly paper, it seemed each summer there was at least one fire.

Sex trafficking being hidden by some of our Sunnyside leaders

The average age that a girl begins getting sex trafficked by gangs in our community seems to be about 12 years old. The nature of this is that the gangs have recruiters whose entire purpose is to look for vulnerable young women to exploit. They look for young girls who might be insecure, in the foster care system, or have what one former recruiter called, "daddy issues."

8-17 What's Happening

FRIDAY

Jennie's Journey

Wild fires bring reflection

Wild fires bring reflection

8-17 Senior calendar

Sunnyside

Trio of authors don't quite hit the mark with 'The Maui Quest'

I recently read The Maui Quest and have to say that although I found the story somewhat interesting the mother and her two sons who wrote the book failed to intrigue me.

Heating and air specialist seeking rise to technician status

GRANDVIEW - For Eliazar Munoz, a certified heating and air conditioning specialist with Aztec Heating and Air Conditioning, serving as an assistant to a technician isn't enough.

Year-round school calendar not of interest

The Sunnyside School Board at this past Wednesday's summer retreat didn't hold much of a discussion regarding the possibility of establishing a year-round calendar.

Christian speaker connects the dots of her life

PROSSER - This past Tuesday's theme for the Christian Women's Connection in Prosser was "Dot to Dot."

No-go on processing adult business applications

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners hit the pause button Tuesday morning, approving a six-month moratorium on processing licenses sought by adult businesses in unincorporated areas.

Sunnyside city leaders encouraged to get on board with developing transit system

Yakima Transit Manager Ken Mehin gave a presentation to the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday about establishing public transit throughout Yakima County.

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Selesty Rosales

Selesty Rosales is hoping she is named Miss Sunnyside so she can give back to those who cared for her as a child.

County ends up filing three charges against Sweet

Late yesterday afternoon, Thursday, the Yakima County prosecutor's office said it is moving forward with three charges against Sunnyside Interim City Manager Frank Sweet.

Thursday, August 16

School board to consider whether or not to continue compensating parents for their roles on advisory council

The Sunnyside School District has been compensating parents who serve on the parent advisory committee for several years and the school board will be considering whether or not to continue the practice.

Local improvement districts presentation made to city council

On Monday night, the Sunnyside City Council heard a presentation by John Carpita of the Municipal Research and Services Center about local improvement districts, often referred to as LIDs.

Moving forward without Sunnyside's Promise topic discussed by school board

It's looking bleak for Sunnyside's Promise and Dr. Rick Cole held a brief discussion last night (Wednesday) with the Sunnyside School Board members regarding the matter at a nearly four-hour school board retreat.

Innocent until proven guilty

City Council takes wait and see approach concerning arrest of interim city manager

City Council takes wait and see approach concerning arrest of interim city manager

Fire District 5 secures new truck

TOPPENISH - Just in time for a very busy wildland fire season, Yakima County Fire District #5 has secured a new firefighting tool.

Firemen to the rescue

It was all in a day's work for a work crew cleaning up at Thomas Dekker's property yesterday. That is, until a truck burst into flames.

Dottie Sue trained to help people learn how to escape a fire

PROSSER - She isn't just a cute dog that visits youngsters. No, Dottie Sue can teach adults a few lessons too.

Wednesday, August 15

FORUM

Thank-you!

Thank-you!

Dog park fundraising focus of Grandview group

GRANDVIEW - A group of dog owners in Grandview want to establish a dog park.

Grandview School District expenditures about half a million more than anticipated 2012-13 revenues

GRANDVIEW - The budget numbers are in, and Grandview School Board directors have officially adopted the 2012-13 budget.

Mabton Council mulls decision to declare Gourneau's seat as vacant

MABTON - There may, or may not be an open council seat in the City of Mabton this month.

County takes next step in case against Sunnyside Interim City Manager Sweet

Prosecutors have until tomorrow to file charges

Prosecutors have until tomorrow to file charges

Monholland back-to-back low scorer in ladies play

Sunnyside's Carol Monholland has been on quite the roll in 18-hole ladies play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

American Legion supporters throwing support behind Sept. 7 golf scramble

A ground-swell of support is beginning to form for a four-person scramble fundraiser that will be staged at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 7.

Kennewick to purchase street sweeper from Sunnyside

Sunnyside Public Works Superintendent Shane Fisher reported that the city has received a formal offer from the city of Kennewick for the street sweeper that was discovered to be inappropriate for use on Sunnyside streets.

SHS 10-year ;reunion planned

The Sunnyside High School class of 2002 has planned its 10-year reunion for this coming Saturday, Aug. 18.

Grandview approved for $1.9 million USDA loan

GRANDVIEW - At Tuesday's Grandview City Council meeting City Administrator and Public Works Director Cus Arteaga announced a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan request for more than $1.9 million was recently approved.

City refuses to annex property that is in dispute

The Sunnyside City Council on Monday of this week declined to annex a section of property along Midvale Road.

Fair announces contest winners

Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo officials recently announced the winners of the creative cow and cow tale contests.

Word Nerd

Has it really been a year?

Has it really been a year?

GUEST COLUMN

Food-stamp folly

Food-stamp folly

OBITUARY

RUTH BARRY

RUTH BARRY

DEATH NOTICE

DR. LOUIS WARD BRITTINGHAM JR.

DR. LOUIS WARD BRITTINGHAM JR.

Tuesday, August 14

Sunnyside Council offers Sweet permanent position as city manager

The Sunnyside City Council last night agreed to form a committee to negotiate a contract with Interim City Manager Frank Sweet for the permanent position of city manager.

Yakima Valley Fair exhibitor numbers climb to more than 200 FFA, 4-H members

GRANDVIEW - Now that the annual Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo has closed the gates on 2012, the tally is in and the numbers are good.

Compass teens to get hi-tech lessons

GRANDVIEW - It's education 2.0.

Last night goes sour for Sweet

interim city manager arrested on theft, stolen property charges

interim city manager arrested on theft, stolen property charges

Local pastor asks for resignations from city manager, mayor, deputy mayor

Speaking at the Sunnyside City Council meeting last night, Pastor Cameron Garcia called for the resignations of Deputy Mayor Don Vlieger, Mayor Mike Farmer and Interim City Manager Frank Sweet. Garcia's reasoning for asking the trio to step down is what he described as their active efforts to cover up sex trafficking of underaged girls in the Lower Valley.

Columbia Point makes up ground on Black Rock Creek in senior tour standings

MOSES LAKE - Behind Chris Indall's 2-over-par 74, the second lowest round from among the 84 golfers competing, the Sunnyside-area Black Rock Creek team scored a runner-up finish at the ninth stop on the 2012 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

Attorney opens private practice in Sunnyside

After more than four years as a public defender for Yakima County, Alex Newhouse was ready for a change.

OBITUARY

CHRYSTOPHER J. EDWARDS

CHRYSTOPHER J. EDWARDS

DEATH NOTICE

DAMIAN ALEXANDER LEDESMA

DAMIAN ALEXANDER LEDESMA

Monday, August 13

Sunnyside police nab three juveniles suspected for burglarizing store twice

Three teens were early this morning (Monday) taken into custody by Sunnyside police for a suspected burglary at the Edison Market, located at 1520 East Edison Avenue.

Masons' cornerstone laying ceremony at Sunnyside High one hour later than announced

A Masonic dedication of the $31 million upgrade made to Sunnyside High School, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18, will instead be held at 11 a.m., instead of the original 10 a.m. starting time that had previously been announced.

CanAm, Mabton dairyman singled out for 'clean air' awards

YAKIMA - In recent years more Americans are increasingly aware of environmentally friendly businesses and practices, and too, more people are concerned with sustainability of existing resources.

Cowboys entertain Lower Valley rodeo crowd

GRANDVIEW - Nearby carnival rides offered thrills and chills, but those were mild compared to the wild rides experienced last Saturday night during the rodeo finale in Grandview.

Team pull winners manage heavy loads

GRANDVIEW - More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted and called them by name: "Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!"

Diaper Derby winner nearly takes first steps

GRANDVIEW - And they're off!

OBITUARY

JEWELL DARLENE CHAMBERS MCMORRIS

JEWELL DARLENE CHAMBERS MCMORRIS

DEATH NOTICE

BENJAMIN N. ZACHER

BENJAMIN N. ZACHER

Friday, August 10

OBITUARY

LEROY PHIPPS

LEROY PHIPPS

Penn State plea bargain exposes NCAA spinelessness

Those in the know at Penn State are relieved that the university escaped the death penalty for its football program which could, and should, have been imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the cover-up of child sex abuse. The $60 million contribution Penn State pays to the NCAA to fund national child abuse prevention programs is equal to Penn State's direct revenue from football for one single year. The erasure of Penn State's football victories from 1998 through 2011 mainly affects the legacy of its now dismissed, discredited, disowned and deceased former head coach, Joe Paterno.

Maryhill Museum of Art busy this summer

GOLDENDALE - A festival, workshops and some free admission specials await people who visit the Maryhill Museum of Art this summer.

Word Nerd

Bloop!

Bloop!

Reception set for Tieton art exhibit

TIETON -Mighty Tieton, an incubator for artisan businesses, will this coming Saturday hold an opening reception for its annual juried art exhibition called 10x10x10xTieton.

West Nile virus found in local mosquitoes

West Nile virus reports are on the rise throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Pageants have provided SHS grad confidence for the future

YAKIMA - Pageants are a way of life for Sunnysider Joscelyn Martinez.

Day-long health fair on Aug. 18 free and open to local folks

The Transformation Sunnyside group and its corporate sponsors will host a community health fair at Sunnyside's Central Park on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Sunnyside police uncover what appears to be chop shop

After investigating several reports of vehicle thefts over the past few weeks, Sunnyside officers found a lead.

Clock is ticking for groundwater group

In their third meeting, members of a Lower Valley groundwater advisory committee finally agreed last night on how they will disagree.

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Josie Marro

Reading wasn't one of her favorite pasttimes for a long time, but Josie Marro developed a love of books after finding one that piqued her interest.

Thursday, August 9

Mabton VFW alive and well, despite rumors

MABTON - Despite rumors to the contrary, the Mabton VFW post is open for business.

Pacific Power says it feels economic pinch

It's a double-edged sword: encouraging customers to conserve electricity helps the environment and delays the need for costly capital improvements, but spreading that advice also impacts the bottom line.

Eagle Healthcare sold to Prestige Care

Eagle Rehabilitation at Sunnyside is one of 10 properties that has been sold to Vancouver-based Prestige Care, Inc.

Bickleton School District state audit comes back clean

BICKLETON - Independent accountability audit results of the Bickleton School District came back squeaky clean.

Local teen's job isn't focused on a paycheck

Self-confidence and a more outgoing demeanor are just two of the benefits Danika Wagenaar receives from her job at the Sunnyside Christian Thrift Shop.

Wednesday, August 8

OBITUARY

MARY HARGROVE

MARY HARGROVE

FORUM

Who's keeping any eye on city wages?

Who's keeping any eye on city wages?

It takes a village to secure a local healthy economy here in Sunnyside

After nearly a year of working as a reporter for the Daily Sun News, my duties and coverage have run the gamut from hard news coverage, to sports and new businesses opening in the area.

Words From Washington

The Olympics...American pride on display

The Olympics...American pride on display

Life Options extends hours

GRANDVIEW - In order to serve the community better, starting today, Aug. 6, Grandview Life Options Pregnancy Medical Center will be open on Mondays from noon to 5 p.m.

Painting kids' rooms: tips and tricks to get it right

(Family Features) Whether you need to set up a nursery for a new baby, or update a room for a growing child; painting is an easy and cost-effective way to create just the right atmosphere. But knowing how to get started can feel overwhelming. These tips will help you choose the best type and color of paint, while keeping the process quick and stress-free.

County voters reject sales tax increase

A proposition to increase sales tax one tenth of 1 percent in Yakima County to make up for budget deficits in the Department of Corrections was rejected by voters in yesterday's primary election.

Hastings, Taylor pick up wins

Doc Hastings took the majority of votes in yesterday's primary race, earning 57.4 percent of the vote in his bid to be re-elected as the representative for District 4 in the U.S. Congress. He will share the November ballot with Mary Baechler of Yakima, who earned 28.44 percent of the vote.

November's candidates for state offices emerge from yesterday's Primary Election

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell will face off against Michael Baumgartner and Jay Inslee will compete against Rob McKenna for the governor's seat in November's general election.

Shooting injures Grandview teen

Crowd tries to hold back police officers

Crowd tries to hold back police officers

Democrats open office in Sunnyside

The office next to Fashion Corner in downtown Sunnyside is small, but Pablo Gonzalez and Donicio Marichalar hope that big things will come out of it.

Tuesday, August 7

Hydropower, dam-saving bill focus of public hearing Aug. 15

PASCO - The Natural Resources Committee will hold a legislative field hearing in Pasco, on H.R. 6247, the Saving Our Dams and New Hydropower Development and Jobs Act.

Port of Sunnyside unveils preliminary budget for next year

In a sign the Lower Valley real estate market might be on the upswing, the Port of Sunnyside is optimistic some of its properties will find buyers next year.

Agency that assists victims of abuse

Sunnyside resident Leticia Garcia had been working her way up the corporate ladder, hoping to find a job she loved and felt made a difference in the world.

Golf tourney to benefit GHS students

RICHLAND - Raising college scholarship funds for students at Grandview High School is the impetus behind a golf tournament that will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course.

Nozaka, Ostrander Black Rock Creek leaders at latest

MATTAWA - At the latest stop on the 2012 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour, staged at Desert Aire Golf Course, Akira Nozaka and Terry Ostrander led Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team to a runner-up finish.

Sharks take a victory lap at Rotary meeting

Fresh off a strong showing at the Mid-Valley Swim League championships, youngsters and parents in the Sunnyside Shark summer swim program filled the Sunnyside Noon Rotary's meeting room yesterday, Monday.

Vehicle stolen, then torched

Early this morning Sunnyside police officers discovered a vehicle on fire.

Port of Sunnyside begins director transition next Monday

With Port of Sunnyside Executive Director Amber Hansen set to retire Dec. 15, her replacement will start work next Monday.

Navigation beacon possibly to be removed

PASCO - The Federal Aviation Administration is considering decommissioning the Pasco VOR/DME station and not replacing it due to the expense of relocation and future maintenance.

Local mechanic spends weekends fighting in the ring

A friendly smile and a willingness to help customers hides a born fighter at Harold's Repair & Rental LLC.

New business in Mabton trying to perk up the morning

MABTON - For Mabton residents there haven't been any options for that morning cup of caffeine.

OBITUARY

DONALD WADE

DONALD WADE

DEATH NOTICE

MARY EVELYN HARGROVE

MARY EVELYN HARGROVE

Monday, August 6

Church construction leads new building starts

A new $4.6 million building for the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church is the big story for new building starts here during the month of July.

Sunnyside residents urged to immerse themselves in human trafficking exhibit planned for Aug. 18-19

Human trafficking is an issue some do not believe affects the Lower Yakima Valley, but organizers of "SOLD: the Human Trafficking Experience" want the community to feel just how real the problem is.

Voters urged to cast ballots in Primary Election

Secretary of State Sam Reed is urging a strong turnout for Washington's voter-created Top 2 Primary, which offers voters a chance to choose finalists for Governor, U.S. Congress, the Legislature and a myriad of state and local offices.

New HR policies put in place

The Sunnyside City Council approved a human resource policy for employees of the city at the council's most recent meeting.

Governor's visit includes stop at Clore Center

PROSSER - While Gov. Christine Gregoire toured various sites in the Yakima Valley, visiting with farmers and attending the groundbreaking ceremony of a new pump back station last Thursday and Friday, she was able to witness firsthand how the agricultural region is adjusting to hardship but still thriving.

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JULIAN S. ALMAGUER

JULIAN S. ALMAGUER

Friday, August 3

NNO block parties next Tuesday

National Night Out will be observed in Sunnyside on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and 11 neighborhoods will be holding block parties, according to the Sunnyside Police Department.

Sunnyside Fire Department to audit ambulance tax rolls

The discovery that two Sunnyside schools pay the same monthly ambulance utility rate as homeowners has prompted the Sunnyside Fire Department to pursue an audit of utility customers.

Volunteer numbers on the rise at city of Grandview fire station

GRANDVIEW - Spreading the word of a good place to work is all Grandview volunteer firemen need, apparently, to keep staffing levels at an adequate level.

Christian Olympics Vacation Bible School starts Monday

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's newest church, Faith Family Fellowship, will hold a Vacation Bible School on Monday, Aug. 6, to Thursday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. until noon at 248 Division St. in Grandview.

BOOK REVIEW

Prosser native offers a unique reading experience

Prosser native offers a unique reading experience

FORUM

Everyone has a story

Everyone has a story

RELGIOUS REFLECTIONS

People in gangs are not the enemy of Christians

People in gangs are not the enemy of Christians

Home Country

It's only logical

It's only logical

Off the Record

The little guy has your back

The little guy has your back

OBITUARY

WINONA HILDRED HOCHHALTER

WINONA HILDRED HOCHHALTER

Thursday, August 2

Average August weather forecast for Sunnyside

The National Weather Service is calling for nearly normal temperatures in Sunnyside during the month of August.

Eastern Washington stormwater changes delayed until 2014

It's the status quo, for now, as Eastern Washington communities with populations greater than 10,000 people come to grips with state stormwater permit requirements.

Efforts underway to hold Grandview renters accountable

GRANDVIEW - Not all tenants are bad apples, but the ones who are often leave properties in a condition that is uninhabitable and need to be held accountable.

Hospital, Fiesta Foods, Lions stage health fair for Sunnyside families

Health, food and fun were the three main ingredients at yesterday's (Wednesday) health fair for local health fanatics.

Fire destroys vacant home

A small vacant home at 2051 Fordyce Road, Sunnyside, burned to the ground this past Monday evening.

Fashion connoisseur aspires to obtain lash artist certification

Grandview resident Amelia Esquivel has always been a 'people' person.

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WINONA HILDRED HOCHHALTER

WINONA HILDRED HOCHHALTER

DEATH NOTICE

MATEO RAFAEL GONZALEZ

MATEO RAFAEL GONZALEZ

Wednesday, August 1

E-books coming to Grandview's newly built library

GRANDVIEW - By the end of August the Grandview Library will roll out a new e-book service.

Numbers don't lie

decrease in crimes largely thanks to citizens, more officers patrolling

decrease in crimes largely thanks to citizens, more officers patrolling

Retired Sunnyside doctor reaches for the stars...oops, make that the moon

Radio waves and Morse Code are passé in this digital age, but they are alive and well at Glenn Skinner's home on Sunnyside's Harrison Hill.

Monholland, Dasso team for top honors

The duo of Carol Monholland and Delores Dasso, both of Sunnyside, earned bragging rights this past Tuesday in 18-hole ladies play at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Final call for swim lessons

Area youngsters will have one final chance to get in on swim lessons at the Sunnyside city pool this summer.

Commissioners ink deal with C. Speck to service county vehicles

In action yesterday, Tuesday, Yakima County commissioners agreed to have county vehicles in the Lower Valley serviced for lube and oil changes at C. Speck Motors in Sunnyside.

Noon Rotarians hear of Brazil trip

Young children trying out for professional soccer teams and a transparent society were just some of the takeaways Ross Courtney experienced while in Brazil for a month earlier this spring.

After nearly 40 years on job at Central Machinery in Sunnyside local resident opts for retirement

After working for Sunnyside's Central Machinery for nearly 40 years, Fernando Gatica put in his final day of work this week.

FORUM

SHS parking lot rules proposal more than fair

SHS parking lot rules proposal more than fair

GUEST COLUMN

It's past time to strengthen state's oversight of fracking

It's past time to strengthen state's oversight of fracking

First-hand accounts from our neighbors would be ideal way to record our history

First-hand accounts from our neighbors would be ideal way to record our history

DEATH NOTICE

BEATRIZ BRAVO

BEATRIZ BRAVO