Stories for August 2012


Friday, August 31


Thursday, August 30


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.

August 30, 2012 3:48 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 29


Jailhouse blues

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

August 29, 2012 1:58 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 28


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.

August 28, 2012 4:46 p.m. read more..

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.

August 28, 2012 4:46 p.m. read more..

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.

August 28, 2012 4:44 p.m. read more..

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.

August 28, 2012 4:43 p.m. read more..

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.

August 28, 2012 4:41 p.m. read more..

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.

August 28, 2012 4:40 p.m. read more..

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.

August 28, 2012 4:40 p.m. read more..

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.

August 28, 2012 4:34 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 27


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.

August 27, 2012 3:19 p.m. read more..

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.

August 27, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 24


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.

August 24, 2012 11:28 a.m. read more..

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.

August 24, 2012 11:21 a.m. read more..

'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.

August 24, 2012 11:21 a.m. read more..

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.

August 24, 2012 11:21 a.m. read more..

An app for that?

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

August 24, 2012 11:08 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 23


Wednesday, August 22


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.

August 22, 2012 2:58 p.m. read more..

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.

August 22, 2012 2:58 p.m. read more..

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.

August 22, 2012 2:37 p.m. read more..

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:

August 22, 2012 2:37 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 21


Port preps for growth

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

August 21, 2012 2:20 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 20


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.

August 20, 2012 2:51 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 17


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."

August 17, 2012 4:17 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 16


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.

August 16, 2012 3:43 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 15


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.

August 15, 2012 3:39 p.m. read more..

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.

August 15, 2012 3:38 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 14


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.

August 14, 2012 3:25 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 13


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!"

August 13, 2012 3:51 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 10


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.

August 10, 2012 2:01 p.m. read more..

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.

August 10, 2012 1:55 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 9


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.

August 9, 2012 4:44 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 8



Who's keeping any eye on city wages?

August 8, 2012 3:26 p.m. read more..

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.

August 8, 2012 3:24 p.m. read more..

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.

August 8, 2012 3:24 p.m. read more..

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.

August 8, 2012 3:19 p.m. read more..

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.

August 8, 2012 3:19 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 7


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.

August 7, 2012 4:23 p.m. read more..

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.

August 7, 2012 4:20 p.m. read more..

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.

August 7, 2012 4:17 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 6


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.

August 6, 2012 2:42 p.m. read more..

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.

August 6, 2012 2:40 p.m. read more..

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.

August 3, 2012 3:34 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 2


Wednesday, August 1


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.

August 1, 2012 3:57 p.m. read more..

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.

August 1, 2012 3:53 p.m. read more..


SHS parking lot rules proposal more than fair

August 1, 2012 3:49 p.m. read more..