Stories for October 2012


Wednesday, October 31

Yakima County commissioners OK smaller salary increases for themselves

YAKIMA - In keeping with a policy for other county employees, Yakima County commissioners yesterday, Tuesday, decided to have a smaller wage increase starting in 2013.

Tribal school visitors impressed after spending time at Sunnyside High

Sunnyside High School students made a big impression on visiting teachers, counselors and administrators from six tribal schools around the state, so much so that an attendee said the high school should be featured on the television show 60 Minutes.

Grandview rallies in postseason play

ELLENSBURG - Thanks to a fierce comeback, the Lady Greyhound volleyball team extended its season with a 3-1 upset of host Ellensburg last night.

Fitness expert stresses need for daily exercise

As he demonstrated his exercise machine after the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting this past Monday, sweat broke out on the forehead of Ogie Shaw.


Romney can help turn our country around

Romney can help turn our country around


Halloween fun

Halloween fun


This presidential election about government contro

This presidential election about government contro

Tuesday, October 30

Lighted parade applications now being accepted

Sunnyside's 24th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m.

Several MHS seniors in graduation limbo

MABTON - In a presentation during the Mabton School Board meeting last night, Monday, it was announced that so far 35 Mabton seniors are on track to complete credits necessary for high school graduation.

National spotlight on Sunnyside fugitive

A feature two weeks ago on America's Most Wanted has put a 10-year-old Sunnyside case in the national spotlight.

Sunnyside Christian finishes regular season undefeated

The Lady Knights played their last regular season match last night against the Yakama Tribal Eagles, and won in three games, 25-5, 25-5, 25-16.

Mabton to steady high school gym

MABTON - Mabton's high school gym dates back to the 1920s and is in need of stabilizing.

Local wildlife area closed to hunters Tuesday, Nov. 6

A portion of the Sunnyside Wildlife Area will be closed to hunters on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

New orthopedic surgeon joins Sunnyside clinic

Valentin Antoci, M.D., has joined the staff at Sunnyside Bone and Joint Clinic.

New breast biopsy machine will reduce recovery time

Some changes are being made to the Sunnyside Community Hospital mammography department, and those changes will mean patients who need a biopsy will be able to spend less time at the hospital.

Missouri native at home in Grandview

Being there for someone through thick and thin is what Dr. Neil Ponder loves most about his job.




Monday, October 29

Grandview man in intensive care following rollover

A Grandview man, Albert L. Leija, 27, is being treated for injuries sustained during a rollover accident that occurred just after 5 a.m. yesterday morning (Sunday) in the 1200 block of Midvale Road near Sunnyside.

Fire cuts electricity to 1,200 local customers

Classrooms at four Sunnyside schools went temporarily dark this morning, Monday, when a power outage affected 1,200 Pacific Power customers in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside resident '4-H Leader of the Year'

BUENA - After living in the Yakima Valley for just a few short years, Sunnyside resident Robin Scott has made a name for herself. That name: 4-H Leader of the Year.

Firefighters deal with rain during mass casualty exercise

GRANDVIEW - On a cold, wet morning in a muddy field, a school bus full of teenagers is on its side.

Bickleton's Clinton, Roberts qualify for State

ELLENSBURG - One single team point...that's what kept Bickleton from sending its entire team to the WIAA 1B/2B State Cross-Country Meet in Pasco this coming Saturday.

GHS harriers' season comes to a close

COWICHE - Despite personal best times by three of its five runners, Grandview High School's cross-country team saw its season come to an end last Saturday at the CWAC and GNL 2A Regional Championships, staged at the three-mile Apple Ridge course in Cowiche.

Lady Knights District champs

GOLDENDALE - Four volleyball teams went into the 1B District playoffs at Goldendale High School this past Saturday, but only Sunnyside Christian and Klickitat advanced to Tri-District play.

Lady Grizzlies handed hard to swallow defeat in 3A playoff game

This past Saturday's 3A District loser-out match between Kennewick and host Sunnyside was positively memorable for the Lions and very disappointing for the Lady Grizzlies.

Breakdast meeting will detail how merchants can lower their energy bills

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there is a free breakfast available to local business owners next month.

Friday, October 26

General Election focus of GOP club meeting

Voters in this state have a laundry list of initiatives to consider on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.

Chief Kamiakin, Outlook staff explain improvement strategies to Sunnyside School Board diretors

Each month the Sunnyside School Board travels to two of the schools in the district, learning how administrators plan to improve the learning environment.

JM Eagle weathering the storm

The United States economy has been in a downward spiral for a number of years, and most business owners are feeling the pinch.

Wenatchee soccer squad nets 2-0 win over Sunnyside

WENATCHEE - Although it was a tight match between the Wenatchee Panthers and the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies, the home team ended up securing the win last night.

Mabton finishes season with a loss

ZILLAH - In its final match of the season, the Mabton Lady Vikings were taken down by the Zillah Leopards in three sets, 25-13, 25-5, 25-8.

Mass casualty drill to be held this Saturday in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A number of local fire departments will be participating in a mass casualty exercise on Stover Loop Road in Grandview this coming Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Produce clerk nearing 20 years employment at local Safeway store

It's a common sight on highways and byways this time of year in the Lower Valley, trucks full of plump produce heading out from farm to market.


Baechler will help keep Medicare intact

Baechler will help keep Medicare intact

Being careful on Halloween

While it's obvious to most parents that "safety first" is the rule for Halloween and trick or treating, it's not just the children who need to be watching out.

Thursday, October 25

Fundraising time for local fair and rodeo

GRANDVIEW - The annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo in Grandview wouldn't be possible without the foundation's annual fundraisers and private donations.

Toddler remains in critical condition

A 3-year-old Sunnyside boy who suffers from an accidental gunshot wound to the face is still at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

Recognizing suicidal signs key to preventing personal tragedies

There are few people who have not been touched by suicide, according to Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care Director Ron Jetter.

'Dinner and Theatre' event planned by SHS senior

Sunnyside High School's drama students will raise the curtain on the musical "Just So" on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Veterans to be honored at SHS Nov. 7

With Veterans Day, Nov. 11, just around the corner, Sunnyside High School is the place to be on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Cancer screening focus of public presentation

How often should a person get screened for various cancers?







Wednesday, October 24

Forged checks circulating in this area

Local residents and business owners are being urged to pay special attention to checks bearing the names Guadalupe Garcia, Dana Easterly or Collen M. Soden.

No comments at public hearing on city of Mabton's 2013 budget

MABTON - Councilwoman and Mayor Pro-tem Oping Hutson opened Mabton's 2013 budget hearing, and put it to rest just 30 seconds later.

Private developer partners with city on road upgrade project

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview since planning its Euclid Road improvement project knew it would need to partner with property owners to improve the right-of-way between Groom Lane and the south city limits.

New Young Life director looks forward to helping youth

Young Life's new Sunnyside area director, Eduardo Gallo, introduced himself to members of the public at a meet-and-great held at Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery last night.

County to limit law and justice spending growth

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners have drawn a line in the sand, telling public safety and law and justice officials they can't account for more than 82 percent of the county's general fund budget.

Postseason begins this week for SHS athletes

Four of the five fall sports teams at Sunnyside High School open postseason play later this week.

Lady Vikings claim first win of 2012 season

MABTON - The Lady Vikings and the Scots played all-out last night in a volleyball battle lasting the full five sets, with Mabton finally triumphant at the end to notch its first win of the season.

Lady Greyhounds advance to playoffs

EPHRATA - The Lady Greyhound volleyball team punched its ticket to the postseason with a 3-0 sweep last night at Ephrata.

SCHS girls lay down the law

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights are a force to be reckoned with on the volleyball court and proved their mettle again last night against the Bickleton Lady Pirates.

Cheese-making made easy

This past Saturday a group of Lower Valley residents gathered at Heavenly Hills Harvest near Sunnyside to learn how they might make cheese at home.

Life in the Middle East different from the Western world

For Sunnyside's Bernie Reith Barker and her husband, living in the Middle East was going to provide the couple opportunities to travel.

50-year Speck Motors employee doesn't see retirement on the horizon

For the past 50 years Roger Buitenbos has seen many people come and go at C Speck Motors in Sunnyside.


Billboard responses interesting

Billboard responses interesting

Off the Record

Getting into the holiday spirit

Getting into the holiday spirit


Lotteries are losers

Lotteries are losers




Tuesday, October 23

3-year-old shot in face

Sunnyside police rushed to Sunnyside Community Hospital last night (Monday) just after 9:30 p.m. after receiving a call from medical staff that they were treating a 3-year-old gunshot victim. The toddler was reportedly suffering from a gunshot wound to the face.

Compass working to elevate math scores

GRANDVIEW - Students at Compass High School in Grandview will begin participating in school-wide math practice this year.

Murder suspect arrested in Mexico, awaiting extradition

It was more than five years ago that Diana Cantu and her six grandchildren lost the woman that was at the center of their world.

Council receptive to alcohol use at select events in parks

A draft of an ordinance permitting alcohol to be served at select events in two Sunnyside parks was presented to the city council last night.

Sunnyside woman specializes in estate sales

Over the years Whitney Brown has become a bit of an expert at estate sales. And she's been doing them for nearly two decades.

Changes are underway at Sunnyside's CanAm Steel

There's a new general manager at Sunnyside's CanAm Steel. There is also a transition underway from manufacturing joists to structural steel.







Monday, October 22

Sunnyside will house 21st Century after-school program for families

Sunnyside area middle schoolers may soon have the chance at their very own 21st Century after-school program.

Former gang members deliver message of hope at Sunday service

In place of a regular Sunday sermon at Sunnyside's Oasis Community Church a presentation was provided by four men with FIRME (Finding, Impacting, Redirecting gangs through Mentorship and Education), a gang outreach program based in the Tri-Cities.

Knights run out of time, lose 40-36 against Colton

GRANGER - Sunnyside Christian High School Principal Dean Wagenaar, speaking on behalf of Coach Ray Hernandez, who is out of town, said this past Friday's game against Colton was a disappointing loss.

Grizzlies still in hunt for CBBN title

Most hunters will agree that fending off a grizzly attack is at best extremely perilous. The Davis Pirates football team probably will agree, especially after getting clawed 43-28 by the Sunnyside Grizzlies last Friday night.

Sex trafficking film Wednesday

The film Sex+Money will be shown this coming Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center.




Friday, October 19




Lean times for sheriff's office

Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin says there are a lot of challenges the YSO is facing this year, primarily due to tough economic times.

Saving babies

Life Options' supporters pledge nearly $160,000

Life Options' supporters pledge nearly $160,000

Brutal attack on alpacas devastates Sunnyside couple

Killer dog believed to still be at large

Killer dog believed to still be at large

Mabton making headway on pitch

MABTON - Last night the Lady Viking soccer team took league leading Connell into overtime before falling 4-3 at home.

Grandview rolls easily

GRANDVIEW - In their home finale for the 2012 season, the Lady Greyhound volleyball team went out in style with a 25-3, 25-22, 25-22 sweep over Toppenish last night.

Bickleton High senior first across finish line at SCAC cmeet

GRANGER - Bickleton High School senior Peter Clinton appears poised and ready for the 1B postseason competition to get underway.

Extreme winter weather shelter seeking volunteers

With frigid winter weather right around the corner, the Sunrise Outreach Center extreme winter weather shelter program is gearing up for operation.

Library can always use more friends

They help maintain flower planters at the library. They plan projects and events at the library. They conduct book sales at the library.

Award-winning music documentary to be shown in Prosser

PROSSER - "The Wrecking Crew" is coming to Prosser as part of its fundraising tour.

SHS drama students hit the stage Nov. 1

A 'wild' good time in the performance of "Just So, the Musical," staged by Sunnyside High School drama students is promised to be had by all.


Making Central Washington cabin fees fair and affordable

Making Central Washington cabin fees fair and affordable







Thursday, October 18

Parks and recreation board recommends allowing limited alcohol use on city property

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Board has decided to send a proposed ordinance formulating a new policy regarding the consumption of alcohol in city parks to the city council for approval.

Baysinger honored for making Valley safe

YAKIMA - Safe Yakima Valley, a seven-year-old organization, honored six organizations and individuals last week for outstanding service towards its mission.

New parks and rec board member pushes for indoor youth soccer

Trisha Combs, a new member of the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Board, gave a presentation to the group at their meeting yesterday, asking for support to start a sports association and get indoor youth soccer matches underway by next month.

SHS looking for veterans for assembly

Sunnyside High School is looking for veterans who may want to participate in the school's Veterans Day assembly on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

First-time homebuyers fair slated for this Saturday

GRANGER - A first-time homebuyer's fair this weekend is set to answer potential new homeowners' questions, provide multiple options to consider and even provide activities for the children.

Sunnyside resident loves his 'dirty' job

Since the age of eight, Andres Garcia always knew he wanted to work with cars.







Wednesday, October 17

240-page voters pamphlets arriving in mailboxes this week

Washington state voters are currently or will very soon be receiving a valuable resource to understanding the issues on November's ballot: the statewide Voters Pamphlet for the 2012 General Election.

Old financial documents and medications can be tossed Saturday in Sunnyside

Crime Stoppers and the Sunnyside Police Department are partnering with one another to provide Lower Valley residents an opportunity to eliminate outdated financial and personal documents from the clutter plaguing their homes.

Registered sex offender enters guilty voyeurism plea

Already having registered as a sex offender for past voyeurism crimes, Victor Manuel Nunez, 47, of Sunnyside last Friday pled guilty to the same charge related to a June 5 incident that occurred at Sunnyside's JCPenney store.

Chandler stumpsfor state Republicans

The state of Washington will collect more taxes than ever next year and the governor will likely seek a 5 to 6 percent spending increase.

Traffic on the rise at airport

A friendly lay-out and reasonable rates are bringing more plane traffic to the Sunnyside Airport.

Sunnyside Christian remains unbeaten

LYLE - The Lady Knights continued their winning ways by taming the Lyle-Wishram Cougars in three sets last night, 25-17, 25-10, 25-12.

Mabton pounces on Warriors, 5-0

MATTAWA - With help from her teammates, Micki Williams tallied four goals to lead the Lady Viking soccer team to a 5-0 win at Wahluke yesterday, Tuesday.

Fairway shots winner proves to be Monholland

Carol Monholland of Sunnyside bested the field in 18-hole ladies play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course last week.

Loss drops Bickleton to 4-4 in league play

KLICKITAT - The Bickleton Lady Pirates were hoping to repeat a win earlier in the season against Klickitat. But due to illness and not having a home-court advantage, their hopes were lost in three straight games.

Deputies hunt for killer dogs

Yakima County Sheriff deputies were summoned to the 2300 block of Scoon Road Monday morning after a report of dogs killing and injuring alpacas. The deputies were unable to locate the dogs.

10 more years for Ozuna

YAKIMA - During his 2009 trial Adrian Bentura Ozuna, 26, of Sunnyside attempted to intimidate a witness testifying against him, according to Yakima County prosecutors.


If you say it, own up to it

If you say it, own up to it


White House, Congress failing to live up to their responsibilities

White House, Congress failing to live up to their responsibilities

Anniversary time travel

Joni and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary and she provided a nice brunch for us, complete with quiche, juice, coffee and fruit.

Tuesday, October 16

Love triangle, of sorts, results in Mabton streets shot up Saturday

MABTON - Mabton police officers were dispatched to the area between the 200 and 500 blocks of Washington Street to investigate a multiple shots-fired report at around 10:30 p.m. last Saturday night.

Local police at different stages in radio frequency switch

Last week the Washington State Patrol transitioned from a wide-band radio frequency to a new digital radio system due to a requirement by the Federal Communications Commission.

Sunnyside Housing Authority presents goals, update on five-year plan at public confab

At a short meeting last night, Sunnyside Housing Authority Executive Director Ketha Kimbrough restated the goals of the organization to a group of about 10 residents attending the meeting before listening to the opinions and complaints of the residents regarding their housing.

Loving Sunnyside Initiative volunteers back to work Oct. 20

Volunteers working with the Loving Sunnyside Initiative, sponsored by Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley, will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Workshop offered by Sunnyside's U.S. Cellular

Current or potential smart phone users can learn more about the features of their devices via a free workshop being offered at the Sunnyside U.S. Cellular store in the Mid Valley Mall.

;Drive safety class for seniors set for Nov. 5-6 in Sunnyside

A driver safety course sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons will be held in Sunnyside on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 5-6.

Every dollar counts when it comes to tax write-offs

Sunnyside tax accountant Silvia Alvarez spoke with Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce members last Thursday about the ins and outs of filing their taxes. She says many business owners may not know the types and vast amount of tax credits and write-offs a small business owner can receive.




Monday, October 15

Long-time Sunnyside resident bequeaths $150,000 for scholarship fund

Longtime Sunnyside resident Dessie Brady was proud of the fact that she was the first female to graduate from Washington State University school of pharmacy.

Driver found dead in submerged car

GRANDVIEW - This past Sunday morning at about 8:45 a.m. police received a report that a car had possibly left the roadway and entered an irrigation canal in the 800 block of North Elm Street.

County budget woes focus of GOP meeting

It's no secret that Yakima County commissioners have been grappling with how to tackle the county budget for the past few years.

Domestic violence awareness march staged last Friday in downtown Sunnyside

With sirens blaring, a police car led a crowd up Sixth Street from Centennial Square in Sunnyside last Friday afternoon as part of a march against domestic violence held to raise awareness of the problem for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Lady Grizzlies get a win at invite

WENATCHEE - The Lady Grizzly volleyball team garnered one win in four tries last Saturday during the Wenatchee Invite.

Bickleton's Clinton, Sunnyside's Dimas 'Top 10' invite finishers

QUINCY - Two high school seniors from this neck of the woods, one from Bickleton and the other from Sunnyside, garnered 'Top 10' finishes last Saturday at the three-mile Quincy Cross-Country Invitational.

Knights dominate for 64-16 win

ST. JOHN - The Sunnyside Christian Knights were ready for battle this past Friday and found themselves coming home from St. John with a 64-16 victory.

Mabton loses match, but finally wins a game

COWICHE - The Mabton Lady Vikings won their first game of the season at Highland, but lost the match in four sets, 17-25, 25-14, 25-23, 28-26.

Castaneda breaks coach's school record

CHENEY - For the past nine years Grandview High School Swim Coach Rita Uribe has held the school's record in the 100-yard butterfly. She had held the record with a tight grip with a time of 1:19, that is, until this past Saturday.

'Hounds fall to East Valley, 49-20

GRANDVIEW - Taking advantage of opportunities presented, East Valley jumped out to a big lead and held on to defeat the Greyhound football team 49-20 last Friday.

Friday, October 12


Hospital staff worth every penny they're getting paid

Hospital staff worth every penny they're getting paid

Outlook dairy transitioning to new manure digester model

OUTLOOK - A new digester-based model for dairies offers environmental and community benefits, as well as a profitable alternative to the traditional manure-to-electricity approach, which is struggling where prices for renewable electricity are low or dropping.

Trial set for Sweet case

YAKIMA - Wednesday, March 4, 2013 is when Sunnyside Interim City Manager Frank Sweet gets his day in court on charges stemming from his time working for the city of Selah.

Future of education topic of discussion ;at Sunnyside forum

Improved curriculum complete with hands-on materials, better motivation for students and more communication with parents are among the keys to improving math, science, engineering and technology education in Washington state.

Lady Grizzlies earn tie with Davis

MOSES LAKE - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies swim team splashed up against Moses Lake yesterday, also tallying scores against Eisenhower and Davis high schools at the meet.

Ki-Be powers past Lady Vikings

MABTON - Use of the long ball isn't just confined to baseball.

Greyhound harriers achieve personal bests

SOAP LAKE - Despite coming in last on the scoreboard, the Grandview High School harriers enjoyed the nice weather while notching personal-best times during their respective races.

Lady Knights still undefeated

BICKLETON - A home court advantage wasn't enough for the Bickleton Lady Pirates to fend off visiting Sunnyside Christian High School.

Miscues again costly for Lady Grizzlies

For Sunnyside girls soccer coach Sylvia Villagrana it is frustrating to watch her team give up goals because of errors.

Life Options fall fundraiser next Thursday in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Life Options will hold its annual fall fundraiser next Thursday, Oct. 18, at Grandview's Church of the Nazarene, located at 500 Elm Street.

Spokane woman finds rest in God

PROSSER - It took a doctor's warning for Gena Bradford to finally slow down and not feel responsible for everyone and everything.

Allied Arts of Yakima Valley celebrates 50-year anniversary with series of events

YAKIMA - A number of events are planned for the coming months at the Allied Arts of Yakima Valley in standing with 50 years of providing community members with arts and entertainment opportunities.


Book about growing up in a preacher's family loaded with laughs

Book about growing up in a preacher's family loaded with laughs

Gangsters ruined my Halloween forever

Halloween is the beginning of the winter holiday season.

A fix needed for Yakima County justice system

I haven't covered many court cases in my 12-plus years as a reporter, but my recent experience in a court case I'm following for the newspaper leaves me scratching my head.




Thursday, October 11

Dedication ceremony to showcase revamped high school set for Oct. 16

All that's left of the two-year Sunnyside High School modernization project are the finishing touches.

Police chief job doesn't draw interest of city's deputy chief

Sunnyside started actively searching for a new police chief last week with the goal of having the now vacant position filled by Jan. 1, 2013.

Transportation Benefit District board approves funding two more road projects

GRANDVIEW - Two more transportation projects are planned in Grandview, and this past Tuesday night the Grandview Transportation Benefit District Board, consisting of the members of city council, approved funds for those projects.

Police chief and fire chief positions in Grandview no longer civil service posts

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council last Tuesday approved an ordinance that excludes the police and fire chief positions from civil service.

County sets public hearing on adult business zoning

YAKIMA - In action this past Tuesday, the Yakima County commissioners set Tuesday, Oct. 23, as the date for a hearing to review zoning recommendations for adult businesses.

Fall festival to be held ;at Lava Rock Nursery's old west town in Sunnyside

The old west town located at Lava Rock Nursery in Sunnyside is being renovated into a pumpkin patch and kiddie corral that will be open the last two weekends in October.

Queens for a Cure contestant raising cancer research funds

After a five-year hiatus, Marlee Lane has decided to re-enter the pageantry scene.

Wolves recovering more quickly than state wildlife experts expected

Gray wolves are quickly re-establishing themselves in Washington state, despite the elimination of seven members of one pack that systematically preyed on a rancher's cattle, state wildlife managers told the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at a public meeting last Friday.

Top honors earned by YVCC students

Students at YVCC are making a name for themselves with outstanding scholastic achievement.

Suggestion from local eighth grader who battled cancer results in middle school students raising money for Ronald McDonald House

When students at Harrison and Sierra Vista middle schools were surveyed in an effort to find a community service project the students would back, the majority of those responding to the survey said they would support children in the community who are battling cancer.




Wednesday, October 10








Will be sad day if marijuana is ever legalized

Will be sad day if marijuana is ever legalized

Sunshine Days support much appreciated

I would like to thank everyone that helped us make Sunshine Days a great success, and for their continued support for our city's annual community event.


Make your voice heard: VOTE!!!!

Make your voice heard: VOTE!!!!

Word Nerd

Lower Valley would benefit from transit

Lower Valley would benefit from transit

Hat trick for Williams

ROYAL - Micki Williams scored a hat trick, including two goals in a five-minute span, to lead the Lady Viking soccer team to a 3-1 victory at Royal last night.

Lady Knights vanquish Vandals

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights vanquished the visiting Klickitat Vandals in four sets last night, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20.

Sunnyside girls force Pirates to walk the plank

The Lady Grizzly volleyball team made it a season sweep in league play over Davis with a 3-1 victory last night over the Priates.

Grandview water and sewer rate increase proposal lower than anticipated

GRANDVIEW - When the city of Grandview began studying its water and sewer rates back in 2008 it was believed the rates would need to be increased by 6 percent each year to make up for the losses associated with the Wild River Foods fire that destroyed an entire processing facility.

Zero based budget goal in 2013

Sunnyside Interim City Manager Frank Sweet says though the city may be facing sales tax woes, they are working to find creative ways to fill in the gaps.

Mabton City Council targets Nov. 27 for 2013 budget adoption

MABTON - The 2013 budget preparation is underway, and Mabton City Council members are still mulling over what they'd like to see accomplished next year.

Tuesday, October 9

G’view School Board directors approve applying for energy conservation grants

GRANDVIEW – As its third energy saving project, Grandview School Board directors this past Monday approved the intent to apply for state OSPI energy conservation grants.

Sunnyside's Promise funding proposal rejected by city councilmen

At last night's meeting, the Sunnyside City Council unanimously voted to deny the new funding proposal presented by Sunnyside's Promise at the Sept. 24 council meeting.

City of Sunnyside joins Sunnyside Community Development Cooperative

The Sunnyside City Council voted unanimously to authorize Interim City Manager Frank Sweet to enter into a letter of agreement to establish the Sunnyside Community Development Cooperative.

DeGroot named to Dairy Products Commission

Dan DeGroot, a Sunnyside-area dairy farmer, has been appointed to the Washington Dairy Products Commission's Board of Commissioners.

Black Rock Creek seniors earn six-pack

KENNEWICK - Six and counting! That's how many Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour titles the Black Rock Creek Golf Course team has won in the past six years.

Lady Pirates keep winning

BICKLETON - Yesterday's win against the Mabton JV volleyball squad has hopefully prepared the Bickleton Lady Pirates varsity for a tough week ahead.

High school conferences at end of month

Conferences for parents of Sunnyside High School students will be held on Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the high school.

No school this Friday in Sunnyside

Students in the Sunnyside School District will have Friday, Oct. 12, off for a teacher professional development day.

Student-led conferences begin Nov. 7

GRANDVIEW - District officials in Grandview have announced new student-led parent conference times and dates for the 2012-13 school year.

SHS seniors grad party focus of Oct. 11 parent meeting

The Class of 2013 Sunnyside Booster Club will be holding a parent information meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the commons area at Sunnyside High School.

Couple plans to open new bar in Mabton, Nov. 2

MABTON - In the next few weeks, Mabton area residents will see an old familiar building undergo a complete transformation.

Brandvold accepted at veterinary school on WSU campus

PULLMAN - Sunnyside native Jacob Brandvold is now attending veterinary school on the Washington State University campus in Pullman.

New truck driving school a dream come true for owners

With encouragement from the community, H&R Elite Trucking Academy cut the ribbon last Thursday to officially announce its opening here in Sunnyside.




Monday, October 8

Burbank man confesses to Sunnyside police he attempted to murder his wife

This past Saturday night just before midnight a man from Burbank walked into the Sunnyside Police Department wanting to turn himself into authorities.

Guilty plea deal reached in 2007 firearms case

More than five years after Sunnyside police officers arrested him, Charles Thomas Wilmer Weems pled guilty last week in federal district court in Yakima.

Ozuna convicted of witness intimidation

YAKIMA - Adrian Bentura Ozuna, 26, of Sunnyside was in 2009 convicted of robbery, attempting to elude police and second degree assault.

Tardiness takes a toll at high school

Being late to a class earns a student at Sunnyside High School a 10-minute lunchtime detention.

Loan money to be allocated to minority and women farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced last week that it has allocated a portion of its farm loan program funds specifically for minority and women producers.

Legal workshop in Yakima planned to aid those seeking citizenship

Legal workshop in Yakima planned to aid those seeking citizenship

Moore impresses at 35-team invitational

FEDERAL WAY - The Lady Grizzly swim team managed a 25th place finish in a field of 35 at the Mukilteo Invite this past Saturday, earning 61 points and showcasing some great efforts by the team.

Spartans best Mabton girls

GRANGER - Two days after an apparent missed call cost the Lady Viking soccer team a likely goal, the referees were a no-show last Saturday when Mabton traveled to Granger for a non-league contest.

Grandview rallies for first victory

TOPPENISH - The Greyhound football team battled back from a two-touchdown deficit to defeat Toppenish 34-27 last Friday in CWAC football play.

Homecoming victory comes in Grizzlies' first league contest

Where to start? Selecting the performances of one or two athletes, or one or two plays, as defining moments that carried Sunnyside past Moses Lake's football team doesn't do justice to the overall team effort the Grizzlies turned in last Friday.

Friday, October 5

Search of home leads to multiple arrests

Four suspects were this past Wednesday taken into custody by Sunnyside police officers investigating a robbery case.

State officials report Grandview schools must pay back $323,000

GRANDVIEW - A finding in the Grandview School District's 2009-11 state audits could cost the district more than $323,000.

Worldwide helium shortage forces local florists to get very creative

As predicted last year, there is a helium shortage and the forecast for increased supplies is bleak.

Moore leaves other girls in her wake

EAST WENATCHEE - The Lady Grizzlies swim team was once again overwhelmed by sheer numbers as they faced Eastmont this past Wednesday, losing the meet 114-55, but the team still managed some powerful performances in the water.

Non-call leaves Mabton Lady Vikes wondering 'what if?'

WARDEN - If not for a disputed non-call the outcome might have been different as the Lady Viking soccer team lost 4-2 at Warden yesterday.

Fresh hop ales newest beer on tap

Hops are worthless, except when used in beer, according to Snipes Mountain Brewery head brewer Chad Roberts.

Country music artist performance slated for this Saturday, Oct. 6

TOPPENISH - Up-and-coming country artist Kate Turner grew up in the small town of Burbank, and is currently in the process of recording her debut album.

Old Farmer's Almanac joins the new digital age

It still has the familiar yellow cover and trademark weather prognistications, but the Farmer's Almanac latest edition offers a hi-tech twist.


Support sought

Support sought

Word Nerd

End the battle against marijuana in the war on drugs

End the battle against marijuana in the war on drugs

A promise to keep?

Sunnyside's Promise is looking to the community for financial support to keep its programs going.

Thursday, October 4

School gym no longer available for former teacher's celebration of life service

MABTON - This past August, Sunnyside resident and long-time Mabton teacher Rafael Garcia was killed in a motorcycle accident enroute to Utah.

State seeks to de-list Sunnyside location from hazardous sites

An Emerald Road location near Sunnyside formerly contaminated with mercury will be taken off of Washington state's list of hazardous sites.

Cascade Natural Gas seeks rate decrease approval

Citing declines in the wholesale price of natural gas, Cascade Natural Gas Corporation announced this week it has filed a reduced price adjustment request with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Life has had its thrills and spills for this Lower Yakima Valley woman

Joyce Haeske insists that her life isn't at all remarkable, but admits that she did experience a little bit of history in her time.

Apartment rebuild, new home top city's building starts last month new building starts

New building starts in Sunnyside continue to be on the upswing as during the month of September, officials here gave the green-light for 30 new projects with a combined valuation of $957,894.

Washington State University names Lower Valley summer graduates

PULLMAN - Eight students from the Lower Yakima Valley this past summer completed their college education at Washington State University.

Sunnyside truck driver involved in fatal collision

YAKIMA - A 91-year-old Yakima man, Gordon E. Haines, died yesterday (Wednesday) just after 8 a.m. after he failed to yield the right of way to Israel L. Rodriguez, 53, of Sunnyside.

Training sessions arranged for hospice volunteers in Sunnyside

A series of training classes will begin later this month for those wishing to volunteer with Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.

Living the dream

As a first grader, Amabel Pacheco was often found in her classroom cutting the hair of her Barbie dolls.

Wednesday, October 3

No 'dings' for Sunnyside Housing Authority

It's been two years since the Washington State Auditor's Office has issued a finding against the Sunnyside Housing Authority, and this year the local agency that is primarily dependent upon HUD and USDA funding has again received a clean bill of health.

County books making progress, says state auditor

YAKIMA - The fifth time was a charm for Yakima County.

Bikers, friends to celebrate the life of long-time Mabton teacher

After the accident Dave continued on his way to Salt Flats, Utah. At the next stop, he checked into a hotel and signed in his best friend, Rafael Garcia, even though he wasn't physically there.

Panthers claw past Sunnyside

WENATCHEE - "They brought it against us," was SHS Coach Sandy Jaquish's assessment of Wenatchee's convincing 3-0 sweep over his Lady Grizzly volleyball team last night.

Lady Pirates keep on winning

TOPPENISH - The Bickleton Lady Pirates upgraded their league record to 4-1 with a three-game win over the Toppenish Yakama Tribal Eagles last night.

Grandview unable to overcome Selah, bad weather Tuesday night

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady 'Hounds soccer team battled two foes last night, Selah and the weather.

Castaneda garners win for Grandview

ELLENSBURG - The Grandview Lady 'Hounds swim team succumbed to its opponents yesterday, 106-56.

Local couple celebrates 60 great years together

Sunnyside natives John E. and Beverly Newhouse were married 60 years ago today, on Oct. 3, 1952, at the First Brethren Church Sunnyside, and spent this past weekend celebrating the milestone with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Hour-long talk on menopause well-attended, appreciated

Nobody really understands menopause," Dr. Terry Stanford told the crowd of women attending last week's "Preparing for Menopause" presentation at Sunnyside Community Hospital.


Community support for pepper fest appreciated

Community support for pepper fest appreciated


October surprises

October surprises

Jennies Journey






Tuesday, October 2

October expected to be warm

The National Weather Service predicts the Sunnyside area will have a warmer than usual October.

Gangsters receive 100 years-plus sentences for Outlook shooting

YAKIMA - Four documented gang members were yesterday sentenced for riddling an Outlook home with bullets in March 2011, by a Yakima County Superior Court judge. The men were convicted for the crimes last month.

Port of Sunnyside seeks CERB funding for Carnation building revitalization

Last night the Port of Sunnyside commissioners authorized Jay Hester, the port's executive director in training, to sign an application for Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) funding that would be used for demolition and revitalization of the former Carnation plant site.

Grandview Port commissioners approve $1.2 million budget

GRANDVIEW - The Port of Grandview is ready for 2013, as last night, Monday, port commissioners approved a budget for next year totalling $1.2 million.

U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to boost growers of state's specialty crops

Creating an app to help smart phone users identify

Lady Knights remain unbeaten

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights varsity volleyball team continued its winning ways in a non-league match against Zillah's JV squad last night, taking the match in three sets, 25-18, 25-7, 25-13.

Sunnyside newspaper two-time winner ;in statewide contest

SYAKIMA - A total of eight awards, two of them for top honors in the categories of ad campaigns for a single advertiser and color feature photographs, were bestowed on the Daily Sun News last Friday evening at the 2012 Better Newspaper Contest Awards banquet hosted by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association in Yakima.

Yakima university names two to board of trustees

YAKIMA - Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences named two doctors to its board of trustees recently.

New physician joins staff at Lincoln Avenue Family Medicine

Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Tatiana Antoci recently joined the staff at Sunnyside's Lincoln Avenue Family Medicine.

Clean water for all... JM Eagle's mission

JM Eagle's pipe production plant in Sunnyside has moved to a 24-hour production facility.







Monday, October 1

Grandview 'report card' passes with flying colors

GRANDVIEW - "It's the closest thing we receive to a report card. It's our grade at the end of the fiscal year," Grandview City Treasurer John Myers says of state audits.

State seeks input on rules governing organic waste

Responding to odor complaints and controlling agricultural pests are some of the proposals Washington state is considering.

The nuts and bolts behind city's ambulance utility rates doubling

City officials want to raise the ambulance utility rates in Sunnyside to more than double the current rate over the next two years in order to maintain the same level of service.

Class of 2025 on the grow in Sunnyside

With a shy grin Alyson Yanez received a handshake, t-shirt and other prizes to honor her as the 600th kindergarten student in the Sunnyside School District for the 2012-13 year.

Sunnyside unable to find end zone on Hanford gridiron

RICHLAND - Match-up wise, Sunnyside and Hanford would have had to peer awfully hard to find a single area where one club outshone the other by any meaningful measure.

Sunnyside, Bickleton harriers compete ;at Pasco invitational

PASCO - Both, Sunnyside's Jesus Marquez and Vanesa Quiroz garnered 31st place finishes at last Saturday's Pasco Bulldog Cross-Country Invitational.

Knights notch 42-28 victory

It was all about the connections and communicating for the Sunnyside Christian Knights football team, which defeated Pomeroy this past Friday, 42-28, at Clem Senn Field.

Grandview takes a chunk out of the Wolfpack, 4-1

WAPATO - The Grandview girls soccer team this past Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak, performed like the team Coach Anne Holden knows they are, earning a 4-1 win over the Wolves in their own den.

Shorthanded Vikes fall to Cougars, 36-8

MABTON - Fielding a starting line-up filled with freshmen and sophomores due to eligibility issues, the Mabton Viking football team hung tough before dropping a 36-8 decision to visiting White Swan last Friday.

Sunnyside water pipes to be flushed on Wednesday

The city of Sunnyside will be flushing the city's water system on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from midnight until 10 a.m.

Payroll specialist goes back to school

Although he isn't in a classroom, Sunnyside School District payroll specialist Mark Christopherson is learning anew.