Stories for April 2013


Tuesday, April 30


Grandview's El Mercado now an IGA affiliated store

GRANDVIEW - To celebrate its becoming a member of Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA), the world's largest voluntary supermarket network, El Mercado in Grandview is staging a grand opening celebration, beginning Wednesday, May 1.

April 30, 2013 2:02 p.m. read more..

Mabton mulls new math curriculum

MABTON - With state standards having changed twice since 2005 when Mabton schools last adopted a new math curriculum, the Mabton School Board is now considering updated materials for high school algebra and geometry courses.

April 30, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..

Monday, April 29


Tech plan looks to future school tech uses

GRANDVIEW - With an eye to the day when Grandview students will bring their own electronic devices to schools, the Grandview School Board last week approved the 2013-2016 Technology Plan during last Monday's night meeting.

April 29, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..

Bickleton shines at Bowerman invite

CONDON, ORE. - Named for a famed University of Oregon track coach, last Saturday's Bill Bowerman Invitational at Condon, Ore. saw several stand-out performances by Bickleton track and field athletes.

April 29, 2013 2:05 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 26


Red Mountain winery owner dedicated to using local AVA grapes

BENTON CITY - Over the last decade, Red Mountain has drawn top grape growing talent from locations as far removed as California and Italy to this small Eastern Washington enclave, but few winemakers have dedicated themselves to showcasing the unique terroir and varied tastes of Red Mountain's distinct vineyards until now.

April 26, 2013 4:01 p.m. read more..

Tigers growl at four-school CWAC golf match

Even with their No. 1 golfer absent - playing at a special tournament in Arizona for potential NCAA Division I recruits - the Ephrata Tigers were clearly unbeatable at a four-school CWAC boys golf match yesterday, staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

April 26, 2013 3:57 p.m. read more..

Honeyford legislation could reduce energy costs

OLYMPIA - Power rates in Washington could come down once Senate Bill 5400 becomes law. The measure - sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside - deals with the costly provisions of the 2006 voter-approved Energy Independence Act, also known as Initiative 937.

April 26, 2013 3:48 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 25


EWU names top academic achievers

CHENEY - Eastern Washington University has released the names of students from the Lower Yakima Valley who have earned a place on the Dean's List for the winter 2013 quarter.

April 25, 2013 1:31 p.m. read more..

S'side man sentenced in killing of toddler

YAKIMA - It will be nearly 2020 before Juan Balverde Lopez leaves prison after serving a six-year, seven-month sentence was handed down against him yesterday in Yakima County Superior Court.

April 25, 2013 1:21 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 24



New ideas can come from small towns

April 24, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..

Police pursuit ends with vehicle in S'side canal

Alejandro Roldan-Mendez, 32, spent the night in jail Monday night after attempting to outrun Sunnyside police. Reaching speeds upward of 60 mph, in a 25 mph zone, Mendez lost control of his vehicle on Harrison Hill, with the rig ending up in the canal.

April 24, 2013 2:54 p.m. read more..

Speeding complaints fielded

MABTON - Complaints of speeding vehicles in the area of Pine Street and Sixth Street were brought to the Mabton City Council's attention Tuesday night.

April 24, 2013 2:52 p.m. read more..

Slugfest goes Knights' way

PASCO - Of all the hits Sunnyside Christian's batters sprayed across the diamond in the opening game of yesterday's twin bill against the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars - and there were plenty - none was probably bigger than Brant Bosma's run producing single in the top of the seventh.

April 24, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..

Eastmont eases past short-handed Grizzlies

Sitting in first place in the CBBN and ranked among the top five in the state among 4A soccer teams, Eastmont rolled into Sunnyside last night and had to battle its way to a 4-1 victory.

April 24, 2013 2:47 p.m. read more..

18-up, 18-down for Sunnyside nine

After lead-off batter Miguel Mendez coaxed a first-inning walk on five pitches, Sunnyside's baseball team couldn't get another runner on base in yesterday's 10-0 loss to visiting Wenatchee.

April 24, 2013 2:44 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 23


Heffron brothers compete at PGA junior tournament

KENNEWICK - Two brothers from Sunnyside, Adrian and Johnny Heffron, were among a 37-golfer field at a Central Washington Chapter of the PGA Junior Series event held at Kennewick's Tri-City Country Club this past Sunday.

April 23, 2013 2:24 p.m. read more..

Monday, April 22

SCHS staging 'Aladdin' later this week

Street-smart Aladdin and his goofy monkey may be familiar to modern audiences through the Disney movie, but the version of the tale being presented by Sunnyside Christian High School is both far more traditional and considerably sillier.

April 22, 2013 2:40 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 19


Five for Friday

My favorite sports column is Peter King's "Monday Morning Quarterback," which covers all things related to the NFL and beyond.

April 19, 2013 2:14 p.m. read more..


Support overwhelming from local community

April 19, 2013 2:13 p.m. read more..

Prosser flame thrower limits SCHS to three hits

PROSSER - Throwing consistently in the low 80s, hitting speeds as high as 85 with several of his pitches, Cooper Blair handcuffed the Sunnyside Christian varsity yesterday in leading the Prosser JV baseball team to a 6-1 victory over the Knights.

April 19, 2013 1:55 p.m. read more..

Port projects get funding help

YAKIMA - Funding for two Port of Sunnyside project was approved by the Yakima County Supporting Investments in Economic Diversification (SIED) Board at its quarterly meeting yesterday.

April 19, 2013 1:47 p.m. read more..

City's financial troubles on the mend

The city of Sunnyside's subcommittee on finance and administrative services met last night with two new members, a new interim city manager and a new interim finance director.

April 19, 2013 1:44 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 18


Wednesday, April 17

United we stand

People from all over the U.S. are supporting the city of Boston and those who were injured or killed at Monday's Boston Marathon, through prayers and kind deeds.

April 17, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..


Help keep our kids safe from sexual abuse

April 17, 2013 3:14 p.m. read more..

Fast start not enough for Grizzlies

MOSES LAKE - It had all the makings of a great victory for the 3A Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team, as it grabbed an early 2-0 lead at 4A Moses Lake yesterday.

April 17, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 16


Glee club singers take the stage Saturday

After attending the Lower Valley Relay for Life with her mother for years, Sunnyside High School senior Kayla Rodriguez decided it was time to form her own team, Greased Lightning. To raise money, she's putting on the "Glee Concert for Change" at Sunnyside High School on Saturday, April 20, starting at 7 p.m.

April 16, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..

Credit union installs ATMs

Lower Valley Credit Union branches in Grandview and Prosser now have ATM machines to provide around-the-clock service at no additional charge to their customers.

April 16, 2013 2:40 p.m. read more..

Monday, April 15


School officials eye land purchase from city

It could be a win-win situation for both the schools and the city if the Sunnyside School District moves forward with the idea of purchasing a portion of the Sunnyside Business Park, formerly known as the Monson feedlot.

April 15, 2013 2:28 p.m. read more..

Granados crowned 2013-14 Miss Grandview

GRANDVIEW - It was so quiet you could've heard a pin drop in the Grandview Middle School gym last Saturday night. The silence was in anticipation of who would be crowned the new Miss Grandview.

April 15, 2013 2:17 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 12

Ode to Arlene's

When I was a kid growing up in Coos Bay, Ore., a favorite stop on our two-hour drive to the big city (Eugene) was a visit to Arlene's - an old fashioned cafe/general store.

April 12, 2013 3:32 p.m. read more..


Let's get our financial affairs in order here

April 12, 2013 3:30 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside loses 'hard-fought' battle

EAST WENATCHEE - Parents of Eastmont High School's tennis squad passed along kudos to the Sunnyside High team for its efforts in sportsmanship at yesterday's match on the Wildcats' court.

April 12, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..

How low can people sink?

Despite theft of money jar earmarked for fight against cancer, 'Team Nico' marches on to reach $5,000 fundraising goal

April 12, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 11


Grizzly golfers charge hard at Elks

SELAH - Nothing surfaces in recent memory, at least from those associated with the Sunnyside High School golf program, of a higher finish in league play than that recorded this past Tuesday by the Grizzly boys squad.

April 11, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 10


Pirates trip up Sunnyside, 3-1

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team played solid defense for 78 minutes last night, but scores in the very first and last minutes of play secured a 3-1 win for host Davis last night.

April 10, 2013 2:57 p.m. read more..

One inning keeps SCHS from sweep

The third inning of the twilight game of yesterday's doubleheader prevented the 1B Sunnyside Christian High School varsity baseball team from making it a clean sweep against the visiting 1A Connell JV.

April 10, 2013 2:54 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 9


City of Sunnyside eyes staffing increases

"It's pretty obvious to me that we are thin in some of our positions. Your administrative staff is very thin," Sunnyside Interim City Manager John Darrington said in backing a move to hire two more employees at city hall.

April 9, 2013 1:39 p.m. read more..

Monday, April 8

52 and counting

Loving Sunnyside Initiative will result in six home makeovers this coming Saturday

April 8, 2013 3:35 p.m. read more..

Pirates roll on the river

BOARDMAN, ORE. - Competing against nine larger schools, the Bickleton boys and girls track teams made a big impression at last Saturday's Columbia River Invitational.

April 8, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 5


Fly-fishing Sunnyside native's trade

ELLENSBURG - Trout fishing in the Yakima River and gourmet river lunch floats are all in a day's work for Randy Crimp, a 1999 graduate of Sunnyside High School.

April 5, 2013 1:46 p.m. read more..

Grandview High wins state award

YAKIMA - The Grandview School District is one of eight in ESD 105 garnering attention this week for achievement recognized by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

April 5, 2013 1:42 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 4


Spring Chinook fishing season on Columbia extended

The popular sport fishing season for spring Chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River has been extended through Friday, April 12, under an agreement reached this past Wednesday by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

April 4, 2013 1:39 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside grapplers secure eight titles at Benton City tourney

BENTON CITY - Although several of the Sunnyside Little Grapplers' top performers this spring had previous commitments and were unable to join their teammates, the local youth wrestling club still brought home eight individual titles from a tournament in Benton City last Saturday.

April 4, 2013 1:38 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 3


Tri-City trial by fire

In the many councils and boards that we cover here in the Lower Valley, one of the questions that's always lingered in the back of my mind is why it costs so much more to run the city of Sunnyside.

April 3, 2013 2:20 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 2


Monday, April 1


West Valley swings big bats at Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Greyhounds couldn't manufacture any runs against a hard-hitting West Valley team this past Saturday and ended up losing both ends of a doubleheader to the Rams.

April 1, 2013 1:51 p.m. read more..

Local students guests of 15th District lawmaker

OLYMPIA - Each year, a select group of students and teachers from the 15th Legislative District make the trek to Olympia to tour the state capital, attend committee hearings, visit with legislators and have lunch with Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee.

April 1, 2013 1:46 p.m. read more..