Stories for November 2012


Friday, November 30

Nunez sentenced to 2-1/2 years for third voyeurism conviction

YAKIMA - Victor Manuel Nunez, 47, of Sunnyside has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for voyeurism.

Fugitive pleads guilty, sentenced

CENTRALIA - On Washington's most wanted list, a man residing in Mabton under a false identity was taken into custody by Mabton police this past September.

Budget cuts create Sheriff's office vacancies

YAKIMA - Efforts to curb violent crime in Yakima County may be hindered in 2013 due to budget cuts.

Agriculture advocate displeased with make-up of committee charged with cleaning up groundwater

Since the inception of the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area Advisory Committee, Don Young says he's had his reservations.

Another expansion at Sunnyside High OK'd

With the recent modernization project nearly complete at Sunnyside High School, and with that project coming in under budget, the Sunnyside School District qualifies for additional funding that will further expand the new two-story building at SHS.

Former Port of Sunnyside commissioner to lead Lighted Farm Implement Parade

St. Clair Woodworth is a man who believes in supporting his community however he can.

Four Grandview grapplers earn top honors at Ike Takedown

YAKIMA - Two girls and two boys from the Grandview High School wrestling team toppled the opposition this past Tuesday at the Eisenhower Takedown Jamboree.

Chumley leads strong team effort by Sunnyside in 4-0 sweep of Bulldogs

Junior Johanna Chumley may have been the big gun, but the Lady Grizzly bowling team had plenty of firepower from its four other starters yesterday afternoon.

Retirement open house planned for Granger pastor

GRANGER - After 50 years of ministry at Granger Assembly of God Church and service to the community, Rev E. L. (Bud) Dunn and his wife, Lois, have decided to retire.

Free coats available in Sunnyside this Saturday

A coat drive taken on by local middle school students will result in about 100 people staying a bit warmer this winter.

Grandview church ;to host second annual Las Posadas event

GRANDVIEW - Upholding a long held tradition customarily followed in Mexico and some Central American countries, Grandview's Iglesia Del Pueblo Church will host its second annual Las Posadas event on Friday, Dec. 21.

What's Happening



I-502 best way to trigger reform

I-502 best way to trigger reform

Career fair a great opportunity to learn

Career fair a great opportunity to learn


Nullify the drug war!

Nullify the drug war!

Third time's a charm

Twice in the past few years high school seniors in the Lower Valley have approached me about being a mentor for their senior projects.

Thursday, November 29

Budget discussion includes proposal to raise water utility rates

The 2013 budget for Sunnyside's public works department was the topic at last night's city council meeting with discussion on the city's use of water in all its stages becoming the main focus as the night wore on.

DREAMer workshop in Granger this Saturday

GRANGER - This Saturday, Dec. 1, a free workshop will be offered to help community members understand and access the Obama Administration's DREAMer "Deferred Action" program application process.

Pursuit results in school lockdown

Students in the Prosser School District were locked down for 45 minutes yesterday afternoon after Prosser police warned the district of a fugitive fleeing police in the vicinity of the schools.

Sunnyside man faces life sentence for attempted sexual assault

YAKIMA - Armando Cortez Lopez, 29, of Sunnyside could possibly serve a life sentence in prison for his recent conviction.

Honeyford re-elected as deputy floor leader in Olympia

OLYMPIA - Washington's Senate Republicans met privately Wednesday afternoon to elect its leadership team - an event that occurs in legislative election years - and chose Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, to continue serving as deputy floor leader.




Working Stiff

KIE manager loves hunting season

KIE manager loves hunting season




Tovar resigns from Mabton School Board

MABTON - Effective the end of this year, Angel Tovar will resign from his post on the Mabton School Board. Tovar's letter of resignation - which cited time and family commitments - was approved this past Monday night by the board.

Wednesday, November 28

Mabton audit comes up clean

MABTON - After Tuesday's special meeting announcing the end of an audit for the city of Mabton, council members across the board were pleased with the results.

Additional utility tax, pool closure being considered by Grandview Council

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council, after receiving the news that the Grandview School District has made a $250,000 offer on the former Bleyhl Community Library building and proceeding to accept the offer, decided last night that it will hold a special meeting regarding the possibility of proposing a utility tax and/or closing the city's municipal pool.

'Unknowns' making budget process difficult

The council is finding the most difficult problem with Sunnyside's budget is the number of unknowns, particularly with respect to the salaries of city employees


Blasted Twinkie killers!

Blasted Twinkie killers!

Follow the lead of local alpaca owners

Members of the community, especially those living outside city limits, now have an avenue for sharing information regarding stray dogs and attacks on livestock.




Yakima Basin water plan in final stages

Walter Larrick of the Bureau of Reclamation is excited about the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project and how it will create a balance in the Yakima Basin between fish, farming and conservation.

Lower service fees keep Centurylink on board with city

The council voted 4-0, with two absent from last night's meeting and another recusing himself from the decision-making process, to approve a resolution authorizing the interim city manager to administer an agreement with Centurylink for city wide area network and voice services.

Mabton adopts new graduation requirements

MABTON - Starting with the class of 2014, there are new graduation requirements in place for Mabton High School students.

Prosser chiropractic office focuses on drug-free pain relief

PROSSER - With the goal of helping people suffering from pain and other afflictions, Prosser's Thompson Chiropractic has recently expanded its staff.

Green Olive Café holds second annual food drive

The Green Olive Café in Sunnyside is having its second annual non-perishable food drive.

Sunnyside receives road upgrade funds

City of Sunnyside Superintendent of Public Works Shane Fisher told the city council at Monday night's meeting that the city has received Transportation Improvement Board funding for two projects totaling nearly $2 million.

Merry Makings Craft Fair to feature special booth honoring lives of those lost

Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care is sponsoring a booth, "A Heart for the Season," at the Merry Makings Craft Fair in Sunnyside's Mid Valley Mall this coming Friday through Sunday, Nov. 20-Dec. 2.

Grandview FFA Christmas tree sale planned at Country Park

GRANDVIEW - For those looking to fill their homes with the fresh scent of a Noble, Grand or Douglas fir tree for Christmas, the Grandview High School FFA chapter will hold its annual tree sale, beginning Saturday, Dec. 1.

Monday, November 26




Armed robbery, carjackings suspect captured in Colorado

GRANDVIEW - The suspect in an armed robbery in Grandview has been arrested in Colorado by the Colorado State Patrol after a high speed pursuit that reached speeds of 140 mph.

Sunnyside, Granger land state monies for housing projects

The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded $65 million for affordable housing projects around the state, including $1.5 million for a project in Sunnyside and $2.3 million for a project in Granger.

Even with new marijuana law it's business as usual for employers

Anyone who thinks the passage of initiative 502, which legalizes the possession of marijuana in Washington state, means it's safe to light up should think twice.

Friday, November 23

High school health center dedication scheduled for Dec. 1

It was nearly two years ago that the Sunnyside School District gave the go-ahead to seek grant funding for a new student health center.

One home construction tops building starts in Sunnyside last month

With the change in seasons, the pace of new building starts in Sunnyside slowed last month.

Port of Grandview OK's wi-fi accessible signage

GRANDVIEW - The Port of Grandview commissioners, recognizing the need for more visible advertising on its properties, has contracted with Eagle Signs of Yakima for a new digital sign to be placed on Stover Road.

Grandview's faced tough decisions in drafting new budget for next year

GRANDVIEW - Budget discussions picked up from where they left off last week, at this past Tuesday night's meeting held by the Grandview City Council.

Familiar name takes helm of Knights boys hoop program

After serving as JV coach since 2004, Brian Bosma is starting his first season as the varsity coach for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team.

Tasting tips for this year's Thanksgiving in Wine Country

Yakima Valley wine enthusiasts can begin learning wine-tasting tips just in time for the holiday tasting season.


You'll love YouVersion

You'll love YouVersion

Tieton events on tap for holiday season

TIETON - For those looking for an adventure or unique gifts, Tieton might just be the place to go.

Word Nerd

Signs serve a purpose

Signs serve a purpose

Off the Record

Making way for strip clubs not a wise decision by Wapato Council

Making way for strip clubs not a wise decision by Wapato Council option for Library Friends

As an buyer the last thing I anticipate when purchasing an item is that it is going to have been something that originated from right here in the Yakima Valley.

Wednesday, November 21




Ag under attack

I have decided to no longer participate in the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area Advisory Committee meetings as an alternate member. I agree with Mr. Jason Sheehan's request that Mrs. Helen Reddout resign from the committee because of a conflict of interest, based on her involvement with the CARE lawsuit against dairies.

Off the Record

The journey to a perfect turkey

The journey to a perfect turkey

I'm thankful in 2012

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of the little things that are right in front of me to appreciate all year long.

Thanksgiving blessings

Seriously? Both political parties talking pre-emptive smack barely a week after the election. Partisan politics? Again? So soon? Not even time to catch our breath?

Food bank provides 300 turkeys for local families this Thanksgiving

Nearly 300 Sunnyside families will have a turkey on the table for tomorrow's Thanksgiving holiday.

Sunnyside poker player cashes

PENDLETON, ORE. - Jose Gomez of Sunnyside garnered a third-place finish in the Monday, Nov. 12, All In or Fold No-Limit Texas Hold 'em Tournament at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

Sunnyside champions

Longtime Sunnyside Grid Kid program organizer Max Saldana nearly beams as he tells those with whom he comes in contact about the local youth program.

Mentor for local youths finds a new calling...bringing an end to sex trafficking

Joyce Johnson, president of the Sunnyview Republican Women's Club, introduced guest speaker Suzi Carpino with a list of all the training she has received in her life that relates to working with youth.

Confined space rescue training completed by local firemen

A man with a broken leg, trapped in a water main with potentially toxic fumes sent Sunnyside Fire Department personnel scampering to a vacant lot downtown on Edison Avenue yesterday.

City of Mabton pares back 2013 budget deficit

MABTON - The deficit in Mabton's 2013 budget is shrinking.

County approves $55.3 million general fund budget for 2013

YAKIMA - The good news is that Yakima County has a budget for 2013, following action yesterday, Tuesday, by Yakima County commissioners.

Young Eagles may fly during Sunshine Days

There may be a new feature during Sunnyside's annual Sunshine Days next September.

Tuesday, November 20

Police ID suspect in armed robbery, carjackings

GRANDVIEW - Law enforcement agencies from Wenatchee to Grandview are hunting for Marcel Maldonado, 21, of Grandview, who is the suspect in a series of armed robberies.

Young woman shot

GRANDVIEW - A woman suffered a gunshot wound in a shooting in the 500 block of Grandridge Road last night (Monday), according to Grandview police.

Bake sale to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital

Sunnyside High School senior Angelica Cardenas and her family awaited the birth date of her cousin's unborn son. The ultra sounds and regular check-ups seemed to be good.

Sierra Vista Middle School names top students

Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School has named its honor roll students for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year.




Monday, November 19

Automatic grapevine pruner on the horizon

GRANDVIEW - Tony Koselka of Vision Robotics sees a future in which a single worker can manage four or five pruning robots in a work day, each capable of pruning 200 acres of grapevines in a year.

Sunnyside VFW hosts visit by past national commander

The Veterans Administration is responsible for the funding that helps Veterans of Foreign Wars posts provide a variety of services, and it was VFW Past National Commander Richard Eubank this past Saturday who told the Sunnyside VFW members, "Everyone has to buckle down."

Thanksgiving service speaker ;challenges Christians to take action

The overwhelming message delivered at last night's annual Community Thanksgiving Service is that the community needs greater awareness of Sunnyside's food banks.

Helping those with chemical dependency issues provides rewarding career for local woman

Marie Elena Guerrero has always aspired to help others and chose to seek a degree in social work with the idea that she would be working for the Department of Social and Health Services Child Protection Service.




Friday, November 16

City to start random drug testing

After a wait of more than five years, the city of Sunnyside is going to proceed with random drug testing for its employees.

Groundwater advisory committee presses on after a much heated debate

Personal feelings had to be put aside, urged by the group's facilitator, to get the job done.

Sunnyside looks to trim 2013 jail budget

Facing a $1.6 million shortfall and a switch from a two-year to a one-year budget cycle, the Sunnyside City Council is taking its time in drawing up the debits and credits for 2013.

Davis Pirates eke out victory over SHS girls

YAKIMA - Samantha Juarez's 375 two-game series proved to be the difference in the Davis Pirates' slim victory over the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team yesterday afternoon.

Dordt lands SCHS recruit

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA - Brandon Broersma, a senior at Sunnyside Christian High School, has announced his intentions to attend Dordt College and join the Defender men's basketball program.

Sunday soccer games at community center off to a rousing start

Sunnyside's Parks and Recreation held its first indoor soccer games this past Sunday at the community center.

Council OK's tax increase

In action during a budget workshop last night, Thursday, the Sunnyside City Council approved a 1 percent increase in property taxes within the city limits.

Water tower lease approved

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council this past Tuesday night approved a lease agreement with Cellco Partnership, also known as Verizon Wireless Services.

Contributions of three women who lived in the White House focus of Nouvella Club meeting

Nouvella Club President Karen Jaquish recently conducted research on a few notable women who were married to U.S. presidents.

Breaking the barriers to true happiness

PROSSER - "I'll be happy when..." is a statement many make throughout their lives as they eagerly await milestones such as graduation or marriage.

Local wineries will celebrate Thanksgiving in Wine Country

Three of the Lower Valley's premier wineries are opening their doors to celebrate Thanksgiving in Wine Country next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24.


Indonesian history comes alive in local woman's autobiography

Indonesian history comes alive in local woman's autobiography

Off the Record

Let's do up Christmas in a big way in Sunnyside

Let's do up Christmas in a big way in Sunnyside

Jennie's Journey

Misguided youths suffering consequences of their actions

Misguided youths suffering consequences of their actions

Thursday, November 15

Home invasion thwarted by Mabton victim's relatives

MABTON - If it had not been for her family members, a Mabton woman may not be able to tell her story.

Toys for Tots drop-off sites in Lower Yakima Valley at American West Bank Sunnyside and Mabton offices

"I just thought every little child needs a toy," Barbara Davis of Sunnyside's American West Bank branch said.

Grandview schools ink SRO agreement with city

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board this past Tuesday approved a one-year agreement for school resource officer (SRO) services.

Fire station project delayed until 2013

Earlier this year Sunnyside voters approved a $5.3 million project to fund the construction of a new fire station.

Work slowing down on SVID field office

It comes down to a matter of priorities, that's how SVID Manager Jim Trull describes progress on the district's remodel of a field office at 1105 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

SVID to rely more on staff for canal improvements

From our standpoint we're just as busy as before, we're doing more work in-house," SVID Manager Jim Trull says of work this winter on the canal system.

Area students make UW Dean's List

SEATTLE - Four students from the Lower Valley have been named to the Dean's List at the University of Washington for the summer quarter.

Grandview awards banquet postponed

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Chamber of Commerce has postponed its Dec. 6 awards banquet due to scheduling conflicts.

Middle schoolers work to keep Sunnyside warm

Sunnyside middle schoolers are asking community members to help keep their peers warm this winter.




Wednesday, November 14

Sunnyside residents will soon see an increase in their utility bills

Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham presented the proposed ambulance utility rate increases at a public hearing during last night's city council meeting.

Mabton Council delays discussion on finding ways to cut $145,000 from budget

MABTON - City council members in Mabton last week began chipping away at items on the 2013 budget to help narrow the $145,000 deficit.

City's new finance director up for the challenge

Sunnyside's new finance director is no stranger to the problems the city faces in its budget. Teresa Hanford was a member of the state audit team that discovered many of the problems in the first place.

Council votes 4-2 in favor of allowing alcohol at Centennial Square, local community center

The Sunnyside City Council voted 4-2 last night to allow restricted consumption of alcoholic beverages at the community center and Centennial Square.

SHS sports awards presented last night

During a ceremony held last night, Tuesday, Sunnyside High School coaches honored fall sport athletes.

Moses Lake rallies for win in Sunnyside

A six-pin margin of victory for Sunnyside in the opening contest of a four-game match gave the Lady Grizzly bowling team the early lead against visiting Moses Lake yesterday afternoon.

City recordings may move to city-run website

The Sunnyside City Council discussed the progress of moving the city away from services on the internet provided by Granicus to a city-run service.

Refuse pick-up dates change

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday next Thursday, Nov. 22, the city of Sunnyside is announcing a date change for some garbage pick-ups next week.

Businesses urged to evaluate energy efficient lighting options

Being energy efficient can help businesses in many ways, according to Pacific Power and Evergreen Consulting Group representatives who spoke to Sunnyside business leaders yesterday morning (Tuesday).

Doc's on the Green manager enjoys providing family fun

GRANGER - Seeking a means to supplement his income while his wife followed doctor's orders during a high-risk pregnancy, Jose Barcenas found himself working as a part-time manager at Doc's on the Green in Granger.

Sunnyside couple serves as judges at World Food Championships

Ray Fujiura of Sunnyside found an interest in competitive barbecuing several years ago.


Executive privilege: the 2012 election and the power of incumbency

Executive privilege: the 2012 election and the power of incumbency

Temporary fix?

Sunnyside is moving forward with hiring a new police chief. There are candidates to interview and backgrounds to vett.




Tuesday, November 13

Stolen car discovered during traffic stop in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Police in Grandview recovered a vehicle stolen from the Everett area during a traffic stop last Friday night. Officers found that the plates did not match the vehicle and arrested Cody A. Richard, 23, of Zillah on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Yakima County reflects statewide trend of increased home values and more sales

A steady climb out of recession and home sale doldrums is reflected in state and local growth trends over the past quarter.

Grandview police chief honored

GRANDVIEW - Chief David R. Charvet of the Grandview police was presented with the American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award by the membership of Fred E. Hayes Post 57 during ceremonies at the post's Veterans Day dinner held this past Saturday.

Independent Foods purchase pending

Talks are underway for Independent Foods in Sunnyside to be sold to Seneca Foods Corporation.

HMS names honor roll students

A total of 12 students at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2012-13 academic year.

Farm laborer's transition to entrepreneur successful

After many years of hard labor, Maria Ramos' children wanted her to make a career change.

New radiologist joins Sunnyside Community Hospital

Dr. David Shoemaker has joined Sunnyside Community Hospital and will specialize in spine pain management, varicose vein treatments, ultrasound guided biopsies, CT guided biopsies and stereotactic breast biopsies.

World War II hero recalls capture of Japanese flag

Jack Moran's dream of playing professional baseball took a backseat to an all-encompassing world war.







Monday, November 12




Charter school initiative passing

As of Sunday afternoon, Initiative 1240, which would allow the creation of charter schools in Washington state, was still passing by a slim margin, 50.82 percent to 49.18 percent.

Wyman Washington's new secretary of state

Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman (R) has been elected to serve as Washington State Secretary of State after what was arguably the most tightly contested election race of 2012.

Inslee holds off McKenna

The results were close, but not close enough as last Friday Republican Rob McKenna officially conceded the governor's race to Democrat Jay Inslee.

SHS swimmer makes 'B' finals in two events at State

FEDERAL WAY - Sunnyside High School was represented by sophomore Cassadie Moore at the 2012 3A State Swim Championships.

Lady Knights bring home eighth place trophy from State

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights brought home the 1B eighth place trophy from the State volleyball tournament this past weekend, repeating their performance from last year.

Sunnyside Neighborhood Church drop-off site for those participating in 'Operation Christmas Child'

School supplies, clothes, shoes and socks may be all a young child could hope to receive this Christmas season.







Friday, November 9


Wildlife area trip rewarding

Wildlife area trip rewarding

Tragedy strikes Sunnyside family yesterday morning

The cause of death of a five-month old infant in Sunnyside is currently being investigated by the county coroner.

Pacific Power reaching out to Sunnyside-area businesses

Changing light bulbs can also help a business change its bottom line.

Bleyhl helping garner support for 'Wreaths Across America'

GRANDVIEW - On Saturday, Dec. 15, wreaths will be set on the gravesites of veterans in cemeteries across the nation.

Restucci named first female quartermaster of Sunnyside VFW

As the first female quartermaster the Sunnyside VFW has ever had on board, DeLeesa Restucci doesn't think of it as a big deal, but rather, a big honor.


The 2012 election's unanswered question

The 2012 election's unanswered question

Roll on Columbia, roll on!

Lost in the election hubbub on Tuesday was the fact that for the first time a majority of voters in Puerto Rico said they'd like to become the 51st U.S. state.




Thursday, November 8

Despite funding cutbacks Sunnyside's Promise officials vow to keep their promise to local youngsters

Depending on who is asked, Sunnyside's Promise may be the organization that kept the community center open to local children this past year, those guys who helped children build bicycles or perhaps the folks who received a grant to study sex trafficking.

FBI continues to seek info on suspect who robbed local bank

A week later, the suspect wanted for last Thursday's robbery at the Sunnyside branch of Bank of America is still at large, and authorities are hoping the public might still have information that will help nab him.

Higher industrial wastewater treatment fees included in Port of Sunnyside's 2013 budget

Industrial wastewater treatment will cost a bit more in 2013 than it did in 2012, and the Port of Sunnyside commissioners this past Tuesday passed the port district's 2013 budget during a meeting that included the industrial wastewater treatment fund hearing.

Veterans honored at annual SHS assembly

Students, faculty and community members could have heard a pin drop in a packed Sunnyside High School gymnasium yesterday morning.

Fourth graders go forth into nature

Owls and hawks and squirrels and even skunks were some of the animals Sunnyside fourth graders spotted during a wildlife field study earlier this week.




Wednesday, November 7




Appeals court overturns 88-year prison sentence of Sunnyside man

A Washington state appeals court yesterday overturned the conviction of Raul Robert Alvarez of Sunnyside.

Local state legislators retain positions

Voters in the 15th and 14th legislative districts yesterday chose the incumbent candidates over all challengers in the general election.

Most statewide measures get voter approval

Even though more than a half a million votes are left to be counted and more ballots are arriving via the mail at county auditor offices, most statewide measures have already been decided.

Democrats dominating state's executive branch races

The Republican party either failed to deliver during the 2012 campaign or the voters of Washington state liked the message delivered by Democrats more.

Council 'chipping away' at 2013 budget

MABTON - City council members in Mabton last night began chipping away items on the 2013 budget to help narrow the $145,000 deficit.

America re-elects Obama

Though by a smaller margin than in 2008, President Barack Obama won his re-election bid last night, Tuesday, to serve another four years in the White House.

Two athletes from DeSales, Castle Rock state winners in Wendy's Heisman voting

Two of the state's most outstanding prep seniors have been honored with distinguished recognition as Washington's winners of the 2012 Wendy's High School Heisman Awards.

SHS awards ceremony for fall athletes scheduled for Tuesday of next week

Family members and friends of the athletes who turned out for one of Sunnyside High School's fall sports teams, as well as all community members, are invited to an awards ceremony that will take place next Tuesday.

'Wall of support' sponsors sought at Mabton High

MABTON - Gearing up for this year's Viking basketball season, the team is now seeking donations to help with the team's operating costs.

Lady Knights' game time, opponent at State changed

Due to an error, the WIAA has switched the opponents and times for Sunnyside Christian and Klickitat at the 1B State volleyball tournament.


Halloween party appreciated

Halloween party appreciated

Word Nerd

A magic pill won't solve our problems

A magic pill won't solve our problems


At last...Veterans Day comes to TV

At last...Veterans Day comes to TV




Tuesday, November 6

Memorial services set for holiday season

The holidays prompt many people to remember loved ones who are no longer living.

Parade grand marshal nominations sought now

Sunnyside's 24th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade needs a grand marshal, and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations until Monday, Nov. 19.

Honeyford works to bring better access to health care to Klickitat, Skamania residents

After months of work and meetings with local hospital and state health care officials, Sen. Jim Honeyford yesterday said he was pleased to learn that an agreement has finally been reached to allow the state Community Health Plan to expand services to citizens in Klickitat and Skamania counties at the existing rate.

City Council dives into budget details

The Sunnyside City Council managed to get through half of the agenda at last night's budget workshop meeting before deciding to schedule another meeting for the remainder due to time constraints.

'Amazing race' in Sunnyside creates awareness of Menkes disease

More than 30 people divided among eight teams didn't let gray skies bother them last Saturday as they rallied for what they called an "amazing race" here in Sunnyside.

Grandview's Colley takes first place honors

Coming as close as anyone has this year to getting all games correct was Derek Colley of Grandview. Colley was the lone entry with only two misses in this past weekend's Football Forecast contest sponsored by the Daily Sun News and local merchants. Colley will receive the $50 first-place prize money.

Three Bickleton students earn perfect 4.00 GPA's

BICKLETON - Bickleton High School's Kayli Padgett, Peter Clinton and Joshua Cummings have earned 4.00 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2012-13 academic year.

Three Bickleton students earn perfect 4.00 GPA'

BICKLETON - Bickleton High School's Kayli Padgett, Peter Clinton and Joshua Cummings have earned 4.00 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2012-13 academic year.

Monday, November 5

Weather forecasters predict no surprises this month in Sunnyside

Precipitations and temperatures should be pretty much normal for the Sunnyside area during the month of November.

Grandview bicycle patrol on new wheels thanks to Walmart

GRANDVIEW - This past August the two Grandview police officers who patrol the streets on bicycles were able to say good-bye to their clunky old wheels.

Unbeaten Lady Knights earn State berth

ROCHESTER – The Lady Knights rolled over the competition at the Regional tournament this past Saturday, winning both matches in three sets, to become the top seeded team headed to State from District 5.

BHS senior caps offcross-country career27th at 1B/2B State meet

PASCO – Bickleton High senior Peter Clinton capped off a pretty solid prep cross-country career with a 27th place finish at the 1B/2B State meet in Pasco this past Saturday. He notched a 39th place finish at State as a junior.

'Just So' good for lots of giggles

If you are looking for a fun family outing and an evening of entertainment, it's not too late to take in the Sunnyside High School drama production of "Just So."




Friday, November 2

Volunteer group ready to run indoor soccer program

Patrisha Combs, new member of the board of parks and recreation, presented a brief overview of a plan to get indoor soccer going in Sunnyside starting Sunday, Nov. 11.

City's budget preparations will be a line item by line item process

Interim City Manager Frank Sweet presented the current financial situation to the Sunnyside City Council last night at the first workshop held by the council to address the 2013 budget.

High school teen on parks, rec board hopes to be part of change

Sunnyside High School sophomore Jacqueline Kranz admits one of the reasons she wanted to be on the city's board of parks and recreation was because her sister had been on it last year.

Bank robbed

Suspect still at large

Suspect still at large

Lady Greyhounds have one more shot at advancing to State

MOXEE - With a line-up in flux due to illness and injury, the Lady Greyhound volleyball team lost a pair of matches last night at the CWAC District tourney.

GHS senior CWAC's top offensive player

Grandview High School senior Oryian Matheny has been selected as the CWAC Girls Soccer League's offensive player of the year.

Knights finish season with loss to visiting Touchet

The Sunnyside Christian football team ended its season last night with a 60-20 loss to the visiting Touchet Indians.

Local court administrator, judge details for Republican Club role of municipal court

Debbie Mendoza of Sunnyside understands two sides of the municipal court system.


A new perspective on America's Civil War America's Civil War

A new perspective on America's Civil War America's Civil War


Protect unborn when you cast your vote for president

Protect unborn when you cast your vote for president


Romney vs. Romney

Romney vs. Romney

Thursday, November 1

Plea nets local man nearly 20 years of jail time

YAKIMA - Manuel Angel Torres of Sunnyside will serve nearly two decades behind bars after pleading guilty earlier this week to first degree attempted murder.

Large scale burglary rings uncovered in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police are currently in the middle of investigating three large-scale theft/burglary rings discovered during the month of October.

Volunteers spend Halloween working on Habitat for Humanity house in Sunnyside

A half dozen volunteers from RDO Equipment spent Halloween day working on the Habitat for Humanity house in Sunnyside.

Dummies at CPR class

Sunnyside paramedics offer first aid training

Sunnyside paramedics offer first aid training

Sunnyside's community Thanksgiving service Nov. 18

Organizers are planning Sunnyside's annual community Thanksgiving service for Sunday, Nov. 18.