Stories for July 2012


Tuesday, July 31


Duplex up in flames

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

July 31, 2012 2:55 p.m. read more..

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.

July 31, 2012 2:52 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 30


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.

July 30, 2012 3:19 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 27


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.

July 27, 2012 2:14 p.m. read more..

Granger teen missing

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

July 27, 2012 2:11 p.m. read more..

F as in fantasy

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

July 27, 2012 2 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 26


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 .

July 26, 2012 3:41 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 25


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.

July 25, 2012 4:03 p.m. read more..

GUEST Column

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

July 25, 2012 4:01 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 24


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.

July 24, 2012 3 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 23


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.

July 23, 2012 3:07 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 20


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.

July 20, 2012 3:25 p.m. read more..

What's Happening

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

July 20, 2012 3:22 p.m. read more..

Word Nerd

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

July 20, 2012 3:11 p.m. read more..

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..."

July 20, 2012 3:08 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 19


Wednesday, July 18


Living under pro-abortion leadership a true tragedy

July 18, 2012 2:46 p.m. read more..

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.

July 18, 2012 2:34 p.m. read more..

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.

July 17, 2012 3:35 p.m. read more..

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."

July 17, 2012 3:16 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 16


'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.

July 16, 2012 2:48 p.m. read more..

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,

July 13, 2012 2:23 p.m. read more..

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.

July 13, 2012 2:16 p.m. read more..

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.

July 13, 2012 2:09 p.m. read more..

'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.

July 13, 2012 2:08 p.m. read more..


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

July 13, 2012 2:06 p.m. read more..


'Snap, crackle, pop' columnist way off target

July 13, 2012 2:04 p.m. read more..

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.

July 12, 2012 3:42 p.m. read more..

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.

July 12, 2012 3:41 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 11


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.

July 11, 2012 2:23 p.m. read more..

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.

July 11, 2012 2:21 p.m. read more..

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."

July 11, 2012 2:17 p.m. read more..

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.

July 11, 2012 2:14 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 10


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.

July 10, 2012 3:22 p.m. read more..

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.

July 10, 2012 3:11 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 9


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.

July 9, 2012 4:24 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 6


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.

July 6, 2012 2:14 p.m. read more..

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.

July 6, 2012 2:11 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 5


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.

July 5, 2012 4:10 p.m. read more..


Public safety efforts paying off in city of Sunnyside

July 5, 2012 4:06 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 3


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.

July 3, 2012 2:48 p.m. read more..

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.

July 3, 2012 2:42 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 2


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.

July 2, 2012 4:23 p.m. read more..

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.

July 2, 2012 4:16 p.m. read more..