Stories for May 2012


Thursday, May 31

State will appeal judge's ruling against voter-approved I-1053

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Attorney General's office says it will continue to defend against a lawsuit challenging the state's voter-approved law requiring a supermajority vote by legislators to raise taxes and voter approval of tax increases that exceed the state spending limit, known as Initiative 1053.

May 31, 2012 3:22 p.m. read more..

Grandview Library names Cook scholar

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Library has named Mary Alice Herrera of Grandview as its 2012 recipient of the Harry Christian Cook and Blanche McLane Cook Art Scholarship.

May 31, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 30


Police suspect child abuse

Medical professionals at Sunnyside Community Hospital yesterday (Tuesday) alerted police after a 4-month-old infant was rushed to Harborview Medical Center for injuries believed to be caused by child abuse.

May 30, 2012 3:25 p.m. read more..

Good turnout for Sunnyside tennis tourney

On a nice sunny morning only marred by a brisk wind, the Sunnyside Tennis Club hosted its first tournament of 2012 this past Saturday, drawing more than 30 participants in four divisions.

May 30, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..

Mabton School Board approves staffing changes

MABTON - In action last night, Tuesday, the Mabton School Board approved the hiring of Sue Sartain as vice principal for the junior/senior high school on a permanent basis. Sartain had been filling the post on an interim basis.

May 30, 2012 3:17 p.m. read more..

Personnel changes at Grandview schools

GRANDVIEW - At Tuesday night's Grandview School Board meeting, directors approved recommendations to hire Elizabeth Freedman, a Grandview School District school psychologist, and Dorothy Allard as a middle school math department chair.

May 30, 2012 3:17 p.m. read more..

Hastings to visit Yakima

YAKIMA - Congressman Doc Hastings is set to be present at the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon in June.

May 30, 2012 3:16 p.m. read more..

Host an easy and elegant back yard soirée

(Family Features) Warmer months provide the perfect opportunity to entertain your nearest and dearest outside, whether it's a casual back yard cookout or an elegant dinner on the patio. When preparing for a gathering, think about the overall flavors of your meal and look for recipes that incorporate similar ingredients.

May 30, 2012 3:15 p.m. read more..


Local cemetery should have been sparkling last weekend

May 30, 2012 3:14 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 29


Greyhound pair ends season at State

SEATTLE - The Grandview doubles team of Stevan Ramirez and Abel Pasillas came back empty-handed from the State tournament, but collected some memories along the way.

May 29, 2012 3:48 p.m. read more..

Major test for sophomores this Thursday

The staff at Sunnyside High School wants sophomores and their parents to understand that the students must take the biology end of course exam on Thursday, May 31, starting at 7:30 a.m.

May 29, 2012 3:45 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 25


Mabton FFA students honored

MABTON - At this year's Mabton FFA awards ceremony, students were awarded for demonstrating "...brotherhood, honoring agricultural opportunities and responsibilities, and developing qualities of leadership."

May 25, 2012 1:33 p.m. read more..


Thanks for support at robotics competition

May 25, 2012 1:17 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 24


City to ask horse owners to deal with poop

Horse manure on the streets, in a parking lot and even on a sidewalk have prompted a city of Sunnyside subcommittee to seek changes in how Cinco de Mayo and other parades here are organized.

May 24, 2012 4:06 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 23


Sunnyside schools present Golden Apple awards

During a special meeting last night, Tuesday, in the SHS auditorium, the Sunnyside School District presented the following employees with Golden Apples for their work during the 2011-12 school year. Also included is the description of why they were nominated.

May 23, 2012 4:32 p.m. read more..

Pulling together

In Grandview they were relaying for life. In Sunnyside they were transforming homes. In Mabton they were bringing a city park to life.

May 23, 2012 4:24 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 22


Monday, May 21


Political office filings complete

Anyone wishing to run for political office in 2012 had until last Friday to file. The following is a list of those running for public office, whose names will be on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot.

May 21, 2012 2:25 p.m. read more..

Madrigal, Wanderscheid 'Christie Memorial' champs

With 14 birdies and one eagle between them, the duo of Trini Madrigal and Zack Wanderscheid ran away from the field at the annual "Bill Christie Memorial Two-Man Best Ball Tournament," staged at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past weekend.

May 21, 2012 2:17 p.m. read more..

Amaro earns 3A Regional javelin title

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys track and field team enjoyed a one-two finish in the javelin to finish eighth in the team standings during the CBBN/GSL Regional track meet last Friday and Saturday.

May 21, 2012 2:17 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 18


Sportsfest action returns to Prosser early in June

PROSSER - Hoops and tennis racquets will be the main fare as Prosser's Sportsfest takes place the weekend of June 9-10. The event, sponsored by the Prosser Chamber of Commerce, consists of three separate tournaments...3-on-3 adult basketball, boys and girls 3-on-3 basketball and new this year, doubles tennis for men and women.

May 18, 2012 4:22 p.m. read more..

Mt. Saint Helen's eruption memorialized

As you know, the anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens is May 18. It's for that reason that I am taking the opportunity to submit my poem, "The Day Saint Helens Mountain Blew Her Head," which I composed even as the mountain was exploding on that day of May 18 of 1980.

May 18, 2012 4:18 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 17

Bronze Society auction planned for this Saturday

Those in attendance at the silent auction planned for Saturday, May 19, may very well make history. They may be the ones to put the fund raising efforts to complete the Bonnie Dunbar bronze over the top, according to organizers.

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

Wednesday, May 16


More public office filings

There were a few more political candidates filing for public office yesterday. Political candidates who wish to run for election can file through this coming Friday, May 18.

May 16, 2012 4:27 p.m. read more..

Mint growers field day June 5

PROSSER - Washington's mint growers are set to make the annual trip to tour the Washington State University Research Station in Prosser on Tuesday, June 5.

May 16, 2012 4:18 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 15


Grandview's finest awarded

GRANDVIEW - The much anticipated votes are in, and this past Monday night the Grandview School Board presented employee of the year recognition awards to deserving district employees.

May 15, 2012 4:26 p.m. read more..

Greyhound pair headed to Regional tourney

EPHRATA - Grandview is sending their top doubles team to the Regional tournament in Yakima, as Stevan Ramirez and Abel Pasillas fought their way up in the second-chance bracket to earn the District's fifth spot.

May 15, 2012 4:23 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 14


Salmeron will lead six-man SHS crew at 3A Regional meet

EAST WENATCHEE - Sunnyside's lone winner from last Friday's Columbia Basin Big Nine District boys track and field meet, junior Eduardo Salmeron, will lead a six-Grizzly contingent to the 3A Regional meet in Richland this coming Friday and Saturday.

May 14, 2012 3:37 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 11

Mother's Day message's something we all want and need. Especially mothers. It is also something that I, as many Americans, often take for granted.

May 11, 2012 3:30 p.m. read more..

Five Greyhounds advance at District

SELAH - The Greyhound boys tennis team will send a singles player and two doubles teams to the second round of Districts this coming Saturday after pulling off two victories and an incomplete match in Thursday's first round.

May 11, 2012 3:12 p.m. read more..

Six Vikings earn District meet berths

MATTAWA - The Vikings are sending six of their own to the District meet next Thursday after a solid showing at the SCAC East Sub-District meet at Wahluke High School yesterday (Thursday).

May 11, 2012 3:12 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 10

Water forecast good this year

The Bureau of Reclamation's May 2012 forecast of total water supply available for the Yakima Basin indicates there will be a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights.

May 10, 2012 4:25 p.m. read more..

Conference set for May 19

Sunnyside's GEAR UP would like to help prepare parents and their seniors with their transition after high school by holding the first "My Future is Now!" conference which will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sunnyside High School.

May 10, 2012 4:12 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 9


Highland ends Mabton's season

COWICHE - The Mabton Viking soccer team was unable to score a goal against the undefeated Highland Scotties yesterday in the second round of the District playoffs. Mabton was eliminated from further postseason action as a result of the loss.

May 9, 2012 4:31 p.m. read more..

Lucas moving on to Regional tourney

You might say she slipped in through the back door. Regardless, Kayla Lucas of Grandview secured one of the 24 berths to the 2A Regional girls golf tournament that was up for grabs in CWAC District play yesterday.

May 9, 2012 4:28 p.m. read more..

Grandview bound for Regionals!

GRANDVIEW - Grandview has secured the No. 3 berth at 2A Regionals to be played on the road against the loser of today's Pullman/Cheney game.

May 9, 2012 4:25 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 8


Mabton girls suffer 'Royal' loss

ROYAL CITY - In the final road games of the regular season, the Mabton softball squad hoped yesterday's match-ups against Royal City would have resulted in victories.

May 8, 2012 4:35 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 7


Friday, May 4

Grape canopy-management focus of researcher's work

PROSSER - Eileen Harbertson is a master's student at the Prosser Washington State University Extension Office. She has been conducting research on canopy management in grape vines by using strigolactone, not available commercially.

May 4, 2012 4:35 p.m. read more..

Grant will double size of Sunnyside health clinic

The Neighborhood Health Services clinic in Sunnyside learned Tuesday, May 1, that it has received a federal grant for $4.7 million that will pay for an expansion of its facilities, allowing the clinic to serve more patients.

May 4, 2012 4:33 p.m. read more..

Schultz wins karaoke contest

For the past five weeks residents of the Yakima Valley have converged at Sunnyside's Fuego Lounge for an entertaining karaoke contest.

May 4, 2012 4:19 p.m. read more..

Word Nerd

Copyright term extensions have destroyed the effect of copyright

May 4, 2012 4:15 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 3


Sunnyside man faces charges in Oregon

HOOD RIVER, ORE. - Oregon State Police officers with the help of the Hood River Sheriff's Office and Hood River Police Department this past Tuesday morning arrested Daniel Cerda, 26, of Sunnyside on requested charges of eluding and reckless driving.

May 3, 2012 4:44 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 2

Voter cards for new districts sent by auditor

Because Washington state has redrawn the voter district boundaries, the Yakima County Auditor's Office this week began mailing out new voter registration cards to voters affected by the district changes.

May 2, 2012 4:14 p.m. read more..

Hastings, GOP eye fall elections

The U.S. Senate's inability to pass a budget and the incumbent president's campaign strategy were among the discussion items during Congressman Doc Hastings' stop in Sunnyside yesterday.

May 2, 2012 3:59 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 1


Lucas third low scorer

EPHRATA - Only two golfers turned in a lower round than Grandview's Kayla Lucas at yesterday's three-school CWAC girls golf match, staged at Ephrata's Lakeview Golf & Country Club.

May 1, 2012 4:26 p.m. read more..

SCHS Knights pick up split on Mustangs' home diamond

PROSSER - A complete game pitching performance by Wyatt Hoff, who helped his own cause by ripping a single and double in four plate appearances, sparked the Sunnyside Christian varsity to a 5-3 victory over the Prosser JV baseball team yesterday afternoon.

May 1, 2012 4:25 p.m. read more..