Stories for March 2012


Friday, March 30


Five dates set aside for local karaoke contest

Not everyone can sing, but there are a lot of talented individuals in the Lower Yakima Valley who enjoy giving it their best shot. It's the brave souls who want to venture out for a little fun on the stage that make perfect karaoke contestants.

March 30, 2012 3:39 p.m. read more..


City council is representing all of us here

March 30, 2012 3:36 p.m. read more..

Quiet riot

The mayor begged for order and police were called in for security purposes during the Sunnyside City Council meeting this week.

March 30, 2012 3:31 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 29


Farewell party for Gervasi set April 4

A retirement reception for Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi will be held Wednesday, April 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center (1521 S. First St.).

March 29, 2012 3:05 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 28


City of Grandview's 2012 budget adjusted

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council last night approved an amendment to the city's 2012 budget, increasing appropriations for fire department equipment, library wages and benefits, and appropriations for the newly constructed community center.

March 28, 2012 4:22 p.m. read more..


Good turnout for vaccination of local horses

March 28, 2012 4:10 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 27


Bedlam breaks out at council meeting

Standing up toward the end of last night's meeting, Pete Sartin told the Sunnyside City Council that the city had become a laughing-stock due to the council's actions.

March 27, 2012 4:22 p.m. read more..

Mount Baker tops 22-school field at Grandview invite

An even-par 72 by Jon Schemstad and a 77 from teammate Addison King propelled the Mount Baker Mountaineers to a first-place finish at yesterday's 22-school Grandview Golf Invitational, staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

March 27, 2012 4:20 p.m. read more..

New hires approved

MABTON - Last night, Monday, the Mabton School Board agreed to hire Chris Cardenas as middle school track and field coach and Stuart Mobley as assistant track and field coach.

March 27, 2012 4:17 p.m. read more..

Sunnysidepolice to start business watch

In cooperation with the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, the Sunnyside Police Department is working to put together a business watch program to help local businesses with their safety and crime issues.

March 27, 2012 4:17 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 26


Othel Rodell Butler, 91 of Prosser entered into rest on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Prosser Memorial Hospital.

March 26, 2012 4:47 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies outshine Suns, 1-0

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team prevailed in a physical league contest this past Saturday, edging host Southridge 1-0.

March 26, 2012 4:20 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 23


Sam reaches rare milestone

Last Sunday, March 18, 2012, was a special milestone in the life of a Yakima County Appaloosa horse. Very few horses ever celebrate a 35th birthday, but that's just what Sam's Show Boy (Sam's Son x Dutch Mama), did!

March 23, 2012 4:01 p.m. read more..

Knights give Naches JV tussle in twin bill finale

The first game in Sunnyside Christian's home opener yesterday afternoon ended with the Knights dropping a 17-2 decision to the Naches JV, the same score they lost by to Liberty Christian's varsity two days prior.

March 23, 2012 3:56 p.m. read more..

Annual Mr. SHS Pageant March 31 benefits sick kids

For approximately five years the leadership students at Sunnyside High School have been raising money to benefit Children's Miracle Network and the neonatal intensive care unit at Yakima Memorial Hospital via the Mr. SHS Pageant.

March 23, 2012 3:47 p.m. read more..


Hidden treasure can be found right here in Lower Valley

March 23, 2012 3:45 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 22


Teen killed at park in Sunnyside

The news of last night's homicide at Sunnyside's South Hill Park has students, staff and family members of an 18-year-old Sunnyside High School student mourning today (Thursday).

March 22, 2012 4:08 p.m. read more..

Suns shine in rainy CBBN league opener

KENNEWICK - Despite an overcast sky and a steady drizzle of rain, the Southridge Suns found a way to shine at yesterday's Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A Boys Golf League opener, staged at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course.

March 22, 2012 4:06 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 21


Grandview bats slow Jackrabbits

QUINCY - Grandview bats came alive against the Jackrabbits yesterday as the Greyhounds won 7-3 with a complete game pitching effort from Derek Swearingen.

March 21, 2012 4:32 p.m. read more..

Suspect in custody on weapon charge

Sunnyside police this morning (Wednesday) at approximately 3:30 a.m. placed in custody an individual after receiving a report of a weapons offense in the area of South 11th Street and East Decatur Avenue.

March 21, 2012 4:26 p.m. read more..

Free agent fans

TEMPE, ARI. - Under the brilliant desert sun that helps make spring training baseball a time of awakening for players and fans, the game's best hitter is blasting away in the batting cage. He looks as sharp as ever, so why should I care that Albert Pujols' red jersey now says Angels rather than Cardinals?

March 21, 2012 4:21 p.m. read more..

Looking outside in

In little more than a week Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder will retire after more than 30 years with the department.

March 21, 2012 4:21 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 20


Monday, March 19


Sunnyside celebrates its community 'bounty'

"The bounty of Sunnyside" was the theme of this past Saturday night's Spirit of Sunnyside awards banquet and the event, hosted by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, set about doing just that...celebrating the "bounty" of everyday people who serve the community.

March 19, 2012 4 p.m. read more..

Venema, Vogt only girls with two victories at invite

THE DALLES, ORE. - Bickleton's Jamie Venema and Valerie Vogt of Trout Lake/Glenwood were the only girls to grab more than one win at last Saturday's Mullin Leavitt Invite, a 15-school track and field meet held in The Dalles, Ore.

March 19, 2012 3:58 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 16


Grizzlies maul Wapato

It was all Sunnyside from the get-go last night, Thursday, as the 3A Grizzly boys soccer team whipped visiting 2A Wapato, 6-0.

March 16, 2012 4:19 p.m. read more..

Lucky 7 bike shop looking for new home

The Lucky 7 bike shop program needs a place that will hold bicycles and supplies and have enough room to set up workbenches for children to learn how to repair bicycles.

March 16, 2012 4:17 p.m. read more..

Dinner and concert in Bickleton

BICKLETON - Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue, "Minstrels of the Old West," will be performing at the Bickleton Grange Hall on Sunday, March 25, starting at 5 p.m.

March 16, 2012 4:09 p.m. read more..

And the Effie goes to...

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce's awards banquet is tomorrow night, so it's time again for my second annual Effie awards.

March 16, 2012 3:59 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 15

Little Grapplers successful at tournaments

Sunnyside's Little Grapplers wrestling club, in the midst of a rebuilding year with approximately 75 percent of the youngsters new to the sport this season, is starting to find some success on the mats.

March 15, 2012 3:59 p.m. read more..

SHS team fourth in sumo-bot contest

ZILLAH - After working with robot kits for the past six weeks, 46 teams from 14 different schools arrived at Zillah High School last Saturday, March 10, to compete at the Zillah Robot Challenge in three different robotic events.

March 15, 2012 3:48 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 14


Tuesday, March 13


SHS Grizzly Dance Team earns State berth

PASCO - This past weekend the Sunnyside Grizzly Dance Team qualified for the 3A State Dance competition after earning top honors in the hip-hop category at a District competition in Pasco. The defending State champions will vie for the 2011-12 title Saturday, March 24.

March 13, 2012 4 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 12


Friday, March 9


Rep. Johnson seeks rejection of rate hike

OLYMPIA - Rep. Norm Johnson (R-Yakima) says an electrical rate increase proposal by Pacific Power and Light Company would be devastating to local citizens throughout Yakima County, forcing them to further lower their thermostats, and cut back on groceries or prescription drugs.

March 9, 2012 1:35 p.m. read more..

The 40-day Lenten journey

In the immortal words of someone I know and love, it's the "Lentil Season." It was a slip of the tongue one Sunday when he was leading worship in the tiny Wellpinit Presbyterian Church.

March 9, 2012 1:28 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 8

Yakima basin plan backed by Governor, Newhouse

YAKIMA - Gov. Chris Gregoire is urging Congressional and state support for a plan that bolsters water supplies in the Yakima basin and implements one of the most significant ecological restoration projects undertaken in the West.

March 8, 2012 4:01 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 7


Tuesday, March 6


Flea mart doubles as outreach ministry

When Rosa Linda and Abner Vazquez acquired the building that was once known as H&H Furniture on South Sixth and East Edison Avenue in Sunnyside, they had envisioned the facility as a haven for their ministry work.

March 6, 2012 4 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 5


Friday, March 2


Weather spotter training March 27

YAKIMA - Even though the Doppler weather radar is scanning the skies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio is broadcasting forecasts, watches and warnings, forecasters depend upon getting good ground-truth information from trained Skywarn weather spotters.

March 2, 2012 3:05 p.m. read more..

Teach, Tour and Taste 2012 a success for YVCC students

GRANDVIEW - Every year, between 12 and 15 students enter the winery program at YVCC, and each year for the last three years new students in the wine marketing class have put on a Teach, Tour and Taste event at the teaching winery in Grandview.

March 2, 2012 2:55 p.m. read more..

We're listening

I'm glad the Sunnyside City Council approved an ordinance to be civil to one another during council meetings.

March 2, 2012 2:51 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 1


County OK's outreach pact

YAKIMA - Offenders in Yakima County's DUI court program now have an option for their community service - working with Sunrise Outreach.

March 1, 2012 4:07 p.m. read more..