Stories for July 2012


Tuesday, July 31

Sunnyside man shot, arrested in Yakima during drug investigation by DEA officials

YAKIMA - Manuel Sanchez of Sunnyside is under the watchful eye of law enforcement officials at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center after being shot and placed in custody by the Drug Enforcement Agency on suspicion of dealing drugs.

Duplex up in flames

GRANDVIEW - Flames vented through a second-story bedroom window as Grandview firemen arrived on scene last Thursday morning.

School supplies sought

Local students may not have all the supplies they need to have a successful school year.

Pilot program designed to help reduce energy costs

More than 13,500 Pacific Power residential customers in Washington state will soon receive special home energy reports and have the opportunity to participate in a three-year pilot program designed to help them review their electricity consumption and explore ways to reduce costs through conservation and wattsmart strategies.

Road closure in Sunnyside starts tomorrow

Sunnyside's South Hill Road, from the area just east of the railroad tracks, will be closed to motor vehicle traffic starting tomorrow, Aug. 1.

'Polka Place' brightens Prosser emergency room

PROSSER - Bumble bees and trees and polka-dotted animals all form a colorful welcome for children seeking emergency care at PMH Medical Center.

Dolphins threepeat at swim championships

Mendoza leads Shark attack by chalking up six victories

Mendoza leads Shark attack by chalking up six victories

Dairy Products Commission names new general manager

LYNNWOOD - Janet Leister is the new general manager of the Washington Dairy Products Commission.

New CFO demonstrates passion for rural hospitals

So far so good, is how Sunnyside Community Hospital's new CFO says the new job is faring.







Monday, July 30

USDA offers a helping hand to farmers whose crops hurt by recent summer squall

A devastating amount of rain and hail poured through the Sunnyside area earlier this month, leaving many to foot the bill for damage done to their property.

3-year-old dies as result of being struck Saturday by vehicle

MABTON - Three-year-old Julian Vargas-Lua of Mabton succumbed to injuries this past Saturday after being struck by a vehicle on Washington Street in Mabton.

Grandview crime rates declining

GRANDVIEW - Overall figures show crime numbers in Grandview are dropping.

Class action lawsuit filed on behalf of orchard workers

The legal firm representing the company that manages an orchard operation near Sunnyside says there is no credible evidence that any of the allegations highlighted in a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the employees who worked at the fruit farm in 2009, 2010 and 2011 are true.

Uncertainties weigh on recovery from recession

YAKIMA - The recession may technically be over, but recovery is slow and uncertain.




Friday, July 27

Three in custody following bad check passing incidents

Two women and a man from Sea-Tac are all in police custody after allegedly attempting to cash counterfeit Walmart Distribution payroll checks at Hiway Fruit in Sunnyside.

Mabton shooting victim recovering

MABTON - This past Tuesday detectives from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office were tasked to investigate a shooting that occurred in the 500 block of Rose Street in Mabton.

High school staff wants to beef up parking lot rules

Along with the new construction at Sunnyside High School may come new parking enforcement rules.

Orchestra teacher learns first-hand that longtime warring factions can work side-by-side with each other

Bruce Walker, director of orchestral studies in the Sunnyside School District, is happy to be back in the United States after a trip to Kurdistan in northern Iraq, but he also wishes he had more time with the music students there.

Granger teen missing

GRANGER - Teresa Padilla of Granger is distraught over the disappearance of her 16-year-old son, Angel.

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Madison Marquez

Madison "Madi" Marquez has been dreaming of her junior year of high school since she was a pre-school student at Sunnyside's United Methodist Pre-school.

Construction cost changes up bill to $31 million

After receiving the funds to enlarge and modernize Sunnyside High School, school board directors awarded the bid to Petra Inc. of Meridian, Idaho.


City on track with tracker app

City on track with tracker app


Reporting very twisted

Reporting very twisted

Off the Record

Muppets take a political stand

Muppets take a political stand

F as in fantasy

I love football and my interest in the NFL will only likely grow as next week is the draft.




Thursday, July 26

Port audit comes up smelling like roses...again

After celebrating years of serving agriculture and industry, Sunnyside's Port District has had a successful 48-year history of business development.

County awarded $105,000 for efforts against gang violence

The Yakima County Juvenile Department has been awarded its second grant from the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice this year.

'Power of partnerships' message delivered by Rotary district governor

The Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club sang the Canadian national anthem on Monday to welcome Rotary district governor Doug Everett as he starts a tour of the Rotary clubs in District 5060, which encompasses Central Washington state and the south central portion of British Columbia, Canada.

Sharks smash 13 pool records in final league meet of season

OTHELLO - Records are meant to be broken. Just ask the Sunnyside Rotary summer swim team.

Grandview loses last meet before this weekend's championships

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Neptunes' victory dance over Naches (402-271) this past Tuesday evening didn't last long after the team returned home to host the Selah Dolphins.

County OKs quarterly raises

YAKIMA - A total of 133 Yakima County employees will receive pay raises ranging from 1.7 to 2.3. That's the result of pay raises Yakima County issued during the second quarter of 2012 .

City hopes for large turnout for fireworks public hearing

MABTON - At Tuesday night's Mabton City Council meeting the fireworks ordinance for the city was re-visited.




Word Nerd

Oh, Ichiro! How could you?

Oh, Ichiro! How could you?

Wednesday, July 25

New faces likely on Grandview horizon

GRANDVIEW - The end of an era is fast approaching in Grandview, where the city administrator, police chief and assistant chief will all retire by the end of 2014.

Grandview to seek bids for public defender services

GRANDVIEW - After having the same public defender for the past five years, the city of Grandview is going to bid out the service.

School board chooses new dairy, fuel suppliers

GRANDVIEW - A Pasco based dairy producer will now be providing milk to Grandview students, at least for the next year.

Sunnyside swimmers hook Tarpons

The good news that came out of last night's meet at the Sunnyside pool is that the Sharks made it 2-for-2 against the Tarpons this summer. Sunnyside's 454-356 victory Tuesday evening, which bettered its 45-point margin of victory in the Toppenish pool back on July 3, assures the Sharks (9-2) of a runner-up finish in the Mid-Valley Swim League standings.

GUEST Column

Remembering William Raspberry...a thoughtful voice in troubled times

Remembering William Raspberry...a thoughtful voice in troubled times

Word Nerd

Oh, Ichiro! How could you?

Oh, Ichiro! How could you?




Tuesday, July 24

Public allowed to comment on MGT analysis of police force

The Sunnyside City Council reviewed the MGT report at Monday night's meeting, allowing public comment on the report.

Mabton School Board OK's leaner budget for 2012-13

MABTON - Dropping a school resource officer position, cutting two C squad coaching positions and not filling a vacant ASB advisor position are some of the cuts the Mabton School District will take to balance its budget for the 2012-13 school year.

State auditors indicate progress being made in correcting Sunnyside's financial problems

The audit presented to the Sunnyside City Council at last night's meeting painted a picture of declining financial condition, lack or documentation supporting financial actions and the potential for fraud in the city's finances, but also indicated that the state auditors were satisfied with the city staff's response to the problem.

Mabton parents upset over dress code, closed campus issues

MABTON - The Mabton School District's office was overwhelmed last night with a standing-room-only crowd upset about plans next month to enforce a stricter dress code and close the campus.

POW/MIA flag flies proudly over Sunnyside police station

A third flag now flies daily over the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center, one that honors those Americans who are prisoners of war or missing in action.

Computer guru can set up networks, repair broken machines

With 10 years of experience and the right connections, Roy Montelongo is the guy to turn to when in need of computer repairs or parts.

Local grain growers have new CEO at helm

The Washington Grain Commission has selected Glen Squires as the organization's next Chief Executive Officer.

Fruit, produce stand reopens in Sunnyside

A family effort has brought Sunnysiders fresh, locally grown produce inside its city limits.




Monday, July 23

State audit shows city's finances in woeful shape

In an audit report issued this morning, Monday, the state auditor's office slammed the city of Sunnyside on three areas of financial concerns.

Holy hail...summer squall rips through Sunnyside area

Damage to crops, structures, vehicles and homes were sustained last Friday during a flash flood and hail storm just after noon.

Port of Sunnyside's industry appreciation barbecue appreciation barbecue highlights JM Eagle's contributions

A few months ago Sunnyside residents may have wondered if JM Eagle, the Port of Sunnyside's first industrial customer, was going to stick around.

Hidalgo, Monholland team to win golf tourney

Putting the pedal to the metal Sunday, after an uneventful, 4-over-par 76 round on Saturday, the Sunnyside duo of Antonio Hidalgo and Carol Monholland pulled away from the field to capture top honors this past weekend in the Black Rock Creek Golf Course Couples Invitational.




Friday, July 20

Fire scorches 4,000 acres north of Sunnyside

The Silver Dollar Café and several homes were spared from a grass fire that's still smoldering today 16 miles north of Sunnyside.

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Jenny Hall

Jenny Hall believes in reaching for one's dreams and has endlessly pursued opportunities that will help her achieve her goals of one day becoming a doctor.

Sharks swim circles around Piranhas

PROSSER - Prosser's Piranhas - thanks to the quartet of William Burgett, Haden Hicks, Sophia Gourley and Shannon Whiting - were able to take a few nibbles out of Sunnyside's swimmers last night. The visiting Sharks bared their teeth mightily in the rest of the match-ups, however, and swam off with a convincing 308.5-189.5 victory.

What's Happening

Washington District Gold Wings Convention at Grandview's Country Park events center.

Local hunter makes television debut

It was a Christmas gift of a lifetime for Chase Hurst when his wife Amanda decided to help his lifelong dream come true.

Word Nerd

Interim city manager: agree with him or disagree with him, he's getting things done

Interim city manager: agree with him or disagree with him, he's getting things done


Dodd-Frank... dangerous dead end

Dodd-Frank... dangerous dead end

Oh, be careful...

Perhaps you remember the old Sunday School children's song that went something like "oh be careful little eyes what you see, little mouth what you say..."

Thursday, July 19

Selah's 13-point win over Sharks relegates Sunnyside to runner-up finish in league standings

The yet to be beaten Selah Dolphins remained undefeated, although Sunnyside's Sharks gave the visitors all they could handle, and more, last night.

Local schools not yet certain how 'No Child Left Behind' exemption will impact learning environment for students

Nearly two weeks ago Washington state learned the U.S. Department of Education has granted an exemption from some of the strict regulations implemented through the No Child Left Behind Act.

Sidewalks 'guru' in town tomorrow

Does the poor condition of Sunnyside's sidewalks merit consideration for state grant money?

Proposed parks district would be funded by those living within school district boundaries

The City of Sunnyside currently forks over more than $530,000 of its general fund monies to operate the parks and the pool.

Aug. 6 workshop council meeting cancelled

The workshop meeting of the Sunnyside City Council scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m., has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items.

Sunnyside wants to make highway speed limit markers more visible to motorists

The city of Sunnyside will contact Grandview, Toppenish and other neighboring communities to see if they have large stencils that can be used to make the Yakima Valley Highway speed limit signs more visible.

Chandler fish talk set for next Monday

GRANGER - Rep. Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) will be making a special stop at Yakima Bait, located at 1000 Bailey Ave. in Granger, next Monday, July 23.




Wednesday, July 18


Living under pro-abortion leadership a true tragedy

Living under pro-abortion leadership a true tragedy

Ladies play 'long putts' in weekly competition

Play of the day for the 18-hole ladies group at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course yesterday was nailing down the longest putts on holes one and nine.

Mabton, Granger among recipients of state-awarded grants totaling $82 million

The cities of Granger, Mabton and Snohomish were top picks to receive loans and grants for wastewater treatment plant projects.

City severs airport ties with local port

The Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board has gone through some changes since its last meeting in February, both in board members and in direction, due to changes in city staff.

New home construction leads June building starts

A single family home accounted for nearly half of the valuation for new construction in Sunnyside during the month of June.

Committee still working to help resolve county's water rights issues

GRANDVIEW - Water isn't free, and it isn't a guaranteed right.

Neptunes pick up second win of season at meet cut short due to lightning scare

GRANDVIEW - Nearby lightning strikes cut short last night's Mid-Valley Swim League meet between the host Neptunes and visiting Othello Barracudas.

Arriagas mark 40th anniversary

Jesse and Romana Arriaga of Outlook celebrated their 40th anniversary on July 1.


We need to break down the barriers to higher education

We need to break down the barriers to higher education

Jennie's Journey

Bronze statues a tribute to pioneering spirit

Bronze statues a tribute to pioneering spirit

Tuesday, July 17

Sunnyside gathering celebrates 'our Bonnie'

A crowd of about 200 people gathered yesterday morning in Sunnyside at the corner of Fifth Street and Franklin Avenue for the unveiling of a bronze memorial that features two statues honoring Outlook native and NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar.

City step closer to having AWOS system in place at airport

The Port of Sunnyside and the city of Sunnyside have been working together for the purpose of improving the way weather is reported to pilots arriving at the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

Sunnyside's financial operations 'an odd duck'

Sunnyside Interim City Manager Frank Sweet presented the June financial report to members of the city's subcommittee on finance and administrative services Monday night, commenting that Sunnyside's budget is "an odd duck, the way we have it set up."







Monday, July 16

Hospital's new CEO introduced at luncheon

Sunnyside Community Hospital has been experiencing several changes, including a new CEO and Chief Financial Officer in recent months.

Local teen earns global bragging rights

NEW YORK, N.Y. - It was 3 a.m. when Jenny Hall and her mother rose for the day, ready to make their television debut.

'Transformation' dedicates new office

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley dedicated its new office with prayer and praise last Friday, as the organization continues its work to transform Sunnyside by bettering the lives of city residents.

Gonzalez betters his opening round at U.S. Senior Open

LAKE ORION, MICH. - Ron Gonzalez, a former Sunnyside resident who was a member of the SHS 1977 graduating class, last Friday shaved three strokes off his opening round score at the U.S. Senior Golf Open.

Friday, July 13

New chamber website providing positive data

Although there wasn't a featured speaker at yesterday's (Thursday) Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce meeting, Joey Castilleja of Genius Coach was able to provide a detailed report about the chamber's new website,

Dunbar bronze to be unveiled on Monday

Bonnie Dunbar is returning to Sunnyside after having flown on five space shuttle missions and being the President and CEO of the Seattle Museum of Flight.

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Jasmine Gonzalez

Serving as Miss Sunnyside provides a number of great opportunities for young ladies like 2012-13 candidate Jasmine Gonzalez.

Columbia Poin ;makes up ground on Black Rock Creek in senior standings

RICHLAND - Playing their home course this past Wednesday, the Columbia Point team dusted off the competition and won top honors with a combined score of 684.

SHS class of '77 alum off to rough start at U.S. Senior Golf Open

LAKE ORION, MICH. - Three years of attempting to qualify for the U.S. Senior Golf Open came to fruition for Sunnyside High School class of 1977 alum Ron Gonzalez. The dream of playing against the "big boys," however, proved to be a bit nightmarish for the Lower Yakima Valley native.

Monholland top golfer in women's play

Sunnyside's Carol Monholland turned in quite the performance in Black Rock Creek 18-hole ladies play this past Tuesday.

Hospital foundation preparing final details for annual golf tournament

The Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation is holding its 20th annual golf tournament on Friday, Aug. 17, and is looking for golfers and sponsors now.

Tri-Chamber social will showcase new community center

GRANDVIEW - Local business owners are invited to attend a Tri-Chamber Social that will be held at the Grandview Community Center on Thursday, July 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Medical miracle uses her life to inspire others

PROSSER - "We've lost her, there's no heartbeat."

Foster care licenser ensures children receive sense of security

There are sadly many children in this world whose home environments aren't safe and secure.

What's Happening

Sunnyside Fraternal Order of Eagles Friday night dinners: pork roast, 5:30-7 p.m., followed by dancing to the music of DJ Spooky at 9 p.m.

'A Night Out' in Prosser set for this September

PROSSER - The Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation is preparing for the 13th annual "A Night Out" benefit auction and dinner, to be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Yellow Rose Nursery and Display Gardens in Prosser.


New teen series uses unique format to give readers both sides of a story

New teen series uses unique format to give readers both sides of a story


'Snap, crackle, pop' columnist way off target

'Snap, crackle, pop' columnist way off target

Jennie's Journey

Olympic games highly anticipated

Olympic games highly anticipated


Shrinking sodas a start to shrinking Americans' waistlines

Shrinking sodas a start to shrinking Americans' waistlines

Thursday, July 12

Mabton schools prep for tightening purse strings

MABTON - Although the Mabton School District's proposed budget has the schools spending approximately $200,000 less in the coming 2012-13 school year than this past year, Finance Director Gina Grow last night told the school board more budget cuts are needed to eliminate a projected deficit of nearly $770,000.

VFW shutters its doors

GRANDVIEW - Just more than a year ago Grandview VFW post members taking over as officers didn't know what they were walking into.

Former Sunnysider Ron Gonzalez tees his golf ball up at U.S. Senior Open

LAKE ORION, MICH. - A Sunnyside High School alum, Ron Gonzalez, teed his ball up this morning at the 33rd U.S. Senior Open.

Zumba instructor uses skills to help local church

Fitness and health is why Carlos Zarate has chosen his career. He wants to help others achieve their healthiest self.




Wednesday, July 11

Supreme Court ruling to impact Grandview budget

GRANDVIEW - The Washington State Supreme Court recently made a decision that will have a fiscal impact on municipal courts.

Study on ambulance costs, rates presented to council

Peter Moy of Financial Consulting Solutions Group presented the results of an ambulance cost of service and rate study to the Sunnyside City Council at Monday night's meeting.

Mabton still working out kinks in fireworks ordinance

MABTON - This past Fourth of July festivities has some Mabton residents still steaming.

Sharks improve to 7-1 in league play

NACHES - If 'Most Valuable Swimmer' awards were handed out at each Mid-Valley Swim League meet, the Barracudas' Aaron George and Garrett Rice would have had to share that honor last night.

Prosser ekes out win in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Behind Brianna Desmarais' six victories, four-win efforts by Nathaniel Gutierrez and Tavian Valenzuela, and three first-place finishes from both Samanta Castaneda and Fabian Ruiz, the Grandview Neptunes came oh so close last night to avenging an earlier loss to the Prosser Piranhas.

Prayer office to be dedicated

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley is set to host a dedication of its new prayer office this Friday, July 13.

Council OKs surplus of old library contents

GRANDVIEW - After a public hearing on the matter this past Tuesday, the Grandview City Council approved deeming as surplus the contents in the Bleyhl Community Library.

Yakima County adopts new emission guidelines

The Board of Yakima County Commissioners passed a resolution adopting a greenhouse gas reduction emission guidance policy for the county this past Tuesday afternoon.

Sunnyside High School class of '72 plans 40th reunion

The Sunnyside High School class of 1972 is planning its 40th reunion for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12.

Chore Service volunteers needed

Natalie Curfman started off with the mission statement of Catholic Child and Family Service: "Motivated by Christ's love, we bring hope to life, especially to those most in need."


Something's fishy with new rules written by unseen bureaucrats

Something's fishy with new rules written by unseen bureaucrats

Beating the drum for tax reform

It was 239 years ago when American colonists took part in what is now known as the Boston Tea Party, which led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of our nation's democracy. Unfair taxation and an overbearing government inspired these patriots to embark on the ultimate challenge of establishing a representational government built upon the basic principles of freedom and liberty for all.

Off the Record

Media mistakes put the pressure on for the rest of us

Media mistakes put the pressure on for the rest of us




Tuesday, July 10

Officials tight-lipped about dismissal of police chief's administrative assistant

After serving at the Sunnyside Police Department for seven years, Charlotte Hinderlider has been fired, according to Interim City Manager Frank Sweet.

South Hill Road closure being considered

A public hearing regarding a temporary road closure on South Hill Road was held last night during the Sunnyside City Council meeting and the feedback from residents living along the road indicated overwhelming support for the closure.

City water supply has problems

The news about Sunnyside's well number six is not good, according to Public Works Superintendent Shane Fisher.

Port's lead lab analyst returns home to pursue chosen field

Port of Sunnyside Lead Lab Analyst John Van Wingerden always wanted to return to the Lower Valley after graduating college.

Dads and their children spend fun-filled time together

It was a couple of sun-soaked hours at Sunnyview Park near Sunnyside this past Sunday. But the time spent there was worth battling the heat for several fathers and their children, bonding during the second 'Almighty Dads Day' hosted by Family Connections Yakima Valley.

Local blackberries ready for the pickin'

Looking for fresh berries? Want something tasty like blackberry cobbler?





Mildred L. Moritzky

Mildred L. Moritzky

Monday, July 9

New Vision board meeting in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The board of directors for New Vision-Yakima County Development Association will meet this coming Thursday, June 12, at the Grandview Community Center.

Registered sex offender relocates to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Labeled as a Level II sex offender, Roberto Cruz has moved to the Grandview area, according to the Yakima County Sheriff's office.

Motor vehicle accident starts off deputies' weekend

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded last Friday afternoon to an accident reported at the intersection of Midvale and Alexander Roads near Sunnyside. A motorcycle and another vehicle collided. The motorcycle rider was taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Mabton folks unhappy with cemetery vandalism

MABTON - As early back as January of this year the Mabton Cemetery has displayed a damaged brick pillar in the entryway to the grounds.

Utah prep boys hoop team playing local squads in S'side this Wednesday

Fans of high school boys basketball are invited to turn out this coming Wednesday for a series of four games, to be held at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School gym.







Friday, July 6

Grape vine pests set to arrive early

PROSSER - The pesky Spotted Wing Drosophila is arriving six weeks early thanks to a mild spring and the lack of a hard winter freeze.

Summer camp will teach children about farming, science

"Permaculture is more than just organic," said Merritt Mitchell-Wajeeh. "It's a model of biodiversity, about creating diversity from the soil up."

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Aidee Cisneros

2012-13 Miss Sunnyside candidate Aidee Cisneros will be the first to admit her parents hold strong to tradition, but her personality lends itself to less traditional aspirations.

Sharks make it 2-for-2 against G'view Neptunes

Grandview's Neptunes didn't fare any better the second time around against the Sunnyside Rotary summer swim club. Last night, the host Sharks laid another one on the chin of visiting Grandview, prevailing by a 581.5-220.5 score.

Father, daughter enjoy experience at national AAU basketball tournament

FRANKLIN, TENN. - Sunnyside's Ashlee Maldonado has been making a name for herself in AAU basketball circles.

Armed robbery occurs

A robbery was reported in the 900 block of Mountainview Road near Grandview yesterday afternoon (Thursday), according to the Yakima County Sheriff's office.

Mabton seeks applicants for school board seat

MABTON - With a school board vacancy set to happen at the end of this month, the Mabton School District is seeking applicants for the post.

Airport weather system monies headed here

YAKIMA - In action this past Tuesday, Yakima County commissioners approved a loan/grant package of $50,000 for the city of Sunnyside.

Award-winning author delights crowd

"A lot of women's history was eaten," said author Jane Kirkpatrick during a speech at a tea party hosted by the Ya Ya Bible study group this past Saturday.

Guest Column

Time to police the government

Time to police the government

Jennie's Journey

No more snap, crackle, pop

No more snap, crackle, pop




Thursday, July 5

Neighbors come to rescue when fireworks ignite shurbs

GRANDVIEW - It was a chaotic scene in the 2000 block of Briar Court in Grandview last night just after 10:15 p.m.

Sunnyside swimmers squeak by Tarpons, 436-391

TOPPENISH - The Sunnyside Sharks improved to 5-1 on the season two nights ago in the Toppenish pool, but the Tarpons proved they will be a force with which to be reckoned come the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships the final weekend of July.

Neptunes pull off first win of summer

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Rotary swim team this past Tuesday earned its first win of the season, 538-281 over the visiting Naches Barracudas.

Annual industry appreciation barbecue scheduled for July 20

The Port of Sunnyside will host its annual industry appreciation barbecue on Friday, July 20.

Sunnyside High School names top academic achievers

The final honor roll of the 2011-12 school year has been released by Sunnyside High School. Students named to the honor roll have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the fourth term of the school year.


Public safety efforts paying off in city of Sunnyside

Public safety efforts paying off in city of Sunnyside

Guest Column

Flushing away our freedom

Flushing away our freedom

Word Nerd

Pain at pump isn't going away any time soon

Pain at pump isn't going away any time soon




Tuesday, July 3

Cherry growers not feeling widespread labor pinch...yet

Cherry picking is underway in earnest in the Lower Valley and the perennial question - especially with changes in immigration law the past few years - is whether there will be enough workers.

Graduation snags at Mabton High upset several parents

MABTON - The switch from a trimester to semester system in the Mabton School District has not been without hitches, but the district is doing its best to work with parents.

City of Sunnyside's deputy police chief not all that thrilled with updated MGT report

At last night's Sunnyside City Council workshop meeting, the final version of the MGT report, a review of the Sunnyside police department ordered by the city council in the spring of 2011, was presented by Interim City Manager Frank Sweet and Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck.

Port commissioners OK $500,000 SIED loan

The commissioners for the Port of Sunnyside last night were told the Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the final design contract for the port's 182-acre wetland project to Tetra Tech.

Habitat for Humanity taking on home construction project in Sunnyside

Habitat for Humanity is pounding the pavement, so-to-speak.

Sunnyside family displaced by blaze early Monday morning

Life can deal you some setbacks. Just ask the Alvarez family.

Grandview alumni plan class reunions

GRANDVIEW - Several class reunions are being planned for this summer, and Grandview High School alumni are no exception.

Son joins Boboth clinic

GRANDVIEW - For nearly a quarter of a century, optometrist Fred Boboth has operated his vision clinic in Grandview and last week one of his sons, Everett, joined the practice.

Seal coating business is a family trait for Fultz clan

Seal coating is something with which Wesley Fultz is all too familiar.

Heritage professor helps students excel in business and life

TOPPENISH - Professor Leonard Black of Sunnyside led the Heritage University SIFE team to its ninth consecutive appearance at the national competition this past May and was also inducted into the Sam Walton Fellow Hall of Fame for his accomplishments.







Monday, July 2

Sunnyside councilman working to promote interests of smaller communities

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Sunnyside Councilman Jim Restucci wears many hats, and has recently added a new one to his collection.

Shooting suspect nabbed in Mabton

MABTON - Mabton officers attempted to pull over a vehicle failing to yield, but they didn't expect the incident to turn into a foot chase resulting in capturing a possible drive-by shooting suspect.

Local cherry crop weathers the storm

Rain and hail that whipped through the Lower Valley just over a week ago aren't enough to dampen the enthusiasm for this year's cherry crop.

Lower Valley seniors runners-up at Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE - Playing through miserable weather conditions, the Sunnyside-area Black Rock Creek team scored a runner-up finish at last week's stop on the 2012 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

Riding teams pen more than $15,000 for local charities

Cowboys and girls from near and far rallied together this past weekend 'for the cause'.

Two Sunnyside residents suffer injuries in crash

YAKIMA - An early Sunday morning auto accident resulted in two Sunnyside residents sustaining injuries that required hospitalization.

Mabton reschedules council meeting

MABTON - Last Tuesday's Mabton City Council meeting was canceled due to a lack of quorum.

Entomologist guest speaker at monthly Prosser meeting

PROSSER - Grape growers, fieldmen and processors interested in learning about the threats presented to crops as a result of emerging pests, including the spotted wing drosophila and vine mealybug, are invited to attend the monthly grape fieldman's breakfast this coming Thursday, July 5.

Positions cut last year to be re-instated for 2012-13

The Sunnyside School District can now look at re-filling some of the positions that were cut during the 2011-12 school year.