Stories for April 2013


Tuesday, April 30

Emotion-packed production of 'West Side Story' has final performances this weekend in Grandview

Torrez steals the spotlight

Torrez steals the spotlight

Internist enjoys searching horizon for new places to visit

Dr. Sophie Gomez has been all over the world, but she started life in New Orleans, growing up in Louisiana and Texas.

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.

Local ministerial association hosting two days of prayer

In a time when there are so many bruised hearts, uncertain national and state politics and safety issues about which to agonize, the Sunnyside Ministerial Association is offering time when the community can come together in prayer.

Sunnyside leaders urged to attend free tour of Broetje Orchards

A free tour, providing Sunnyside business and community leaders an opportunity to see how servant leadership and other concepts being shared work in the business world is being offered on Thursday, May 9.

Lawmakers called back to Olympia

Inability to craft state budget deemed shameful by Sunnyside senator

Inability to craft state budget deemed shameful by Sunnyside senator

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.

Just over two dozen Mabton seniors on track to graduate

MABTON - Graduation is looming in 30 days for Mabton's class of 2013, and so far 27 members of that group are on track to graduate.

Sunnyside High School switching to shorter days during 2013-14 academic year

Sunnyside High School will have a new bell schedule as part of its sustainability plan next year.




Monday, April 29




Meeting this Thursday for Sunnyside educators looking to boost resumes

Area teachers looking for the opportunity for higher education are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at the Sunnyside School District administration office on Thursday, May 2, at 4:30 p.m.

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.

Missed opportunities costly for Grizzlies

YAKIMA - Host Eisenhower scored in the 10th minute and never looked back last Friday, as the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team fell 2-0 to the Cadets.

Grizzlies solidify No. 4 spot in league standings

YAKIMA - A fourth-place finish at last Friday's Columbia Basin Big Nine League match at Apple Tree Golf Resort keeps the Sunnyside Grizzlies firmly in the No. 4 spot in the conference standings.

Gutierrez duo only Vikes with 'Top 5' finishes at 15-school invitational

MATTAWA - Senior Adrian Gutierrez and freshman Noemi Gutierrez, both representing Mabton High School, each earned a pair of 'Top 5' finishes at the Wahluke Windbreaker Track & Field Invite last Friday.

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.

Christian nine sweep league opening twin bill

Sunnyside Christian came out on top in both a pitcher's duel and a slugfest this past Saturday.

Newhouse's new chapter

Local farmer starts anew after more than a decade at state capital

Local farmer starts anew after more than a decade at state capital

Friday, April 26

What's good for Zillah is good for the Valley

The news that Zillah science teacher Jeff Charbonneau was named the top educator in the country is something for the Yakima Valley to embrace.

Genderless laws: Noble idea gone too far

The state of Washington just finished a six-year effort to remove gender specific language from all state laws and statutes.

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.

Sunnyside girls chalk up first 'W' of spring season

Lady Greyhounds avert 11th consecutive shutout

Lady Greyhounds avert 11th consecutive shutout

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.

Grizzlies notch nine first-place finishes at Sunnyside's lone home meet of season

In its one and only appearance this spring at Sunnyside's Clem Senn Field, the Grizzly track and field team yesterday came away with nine victories against visiting Eisenhower and Eastmont.

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.

Statistical analysis of groundwater at Hanford completed by Sunnyside graduate

RICHLAND - Sunnyside High School graduate Wilson Tramel is among a group of students who deliver results that may have an impact on clean-up efforts at Hanford.

Early Achievers program offers pre-school staff professional development opportunities

There was a low hum in Helen Gonzalez's classroom Tuesday afternoon as more than a dozen four-year-olds concentrated on practicing their writing, reading and working puzzles skills.







Thursday, April 25

All trails lead to Sunnyside for physical therapy aide

Dustin Sloan trailed his girlfriend, a music teacher, to Sunnyside from Iowa and found he enjoys the outdoor activities that Washington provides.

The silliest play I think I have ever enjoyed

Sunnyside Christian High School production of Aladdin is pure entertainment

Sunnyside Christian High School production of Aladdin is pure entertainment

Two Sunnyside youths qualify for national robotics competition

The Sunnyside Technology Student Association (TSA) is at it again, bringing technology experience to Sunnyside schools and sending local students out to prove themselves in robotic and engineering challenges.

High school conferences scheduled for next week

Parent/teacher conferences for Sunnyside High School students will be held Monday, April 29, and Wednesday, May 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the commons at the high school.

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.

Sunnyside wrestling club snares six championships at state tourney

SPOKANE - Nearly half of the 34 youngsters on the Sunnyside Little Grapplers wrestling team who competed at the recently concluded Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament returned home with 'Top 3' trophies.

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.

Job fair helps Sunnyside teens prepare to enter summer workforce

More than a hundred smartly dressed high school students crowded the commons at Sunnyside High School Wednesday afternoon for the Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley job fair.

Despite public support, council reaffirms decision to fire Frank Sweet

The City of Sunnyside made history last night, according to Mayor Jim Restucci, when a hearing was held regarding the firing of Interim City Manager Frank Sweet that took place in February of this year.

Wednesday, April 24


Are we creating more poor people?

Are we creating more poor people?


Obama Administration tactics violate due process

Obama Administration tactics violate due process

Snappy start to spring

Our screen door is no more.


New ideas can come from small towns

New ideas can come from small towns

60 pounds lighter, SHS teacher goes airborne with Blue Angels pilot

Describing the experience as the opportunity of a lifetime, Sunnyside High School science teacher Tyler Rice last week told Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club members about his time in an F-18 Hornet with a Blue Angels Navy pilot.

Dementia expert provides insight to caregivers

Dementia affects people of all backgrounds and it isn't easy for caregivers to know how to interact with loved ones suffering from the disease, which comes in many different forms.

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.

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.

Gutierrez, Moreno notch wins for Vikes at four-school SCAC league meet in Finley

FINLEY - Senior Adrian Gutierrez continues to excel in throwing the javelin this spring, and Mabton High School teammate Cassandra Moreno, only a freshman, scored a victory, as well, yesterday by winning the girls 3200-meter race.

Greyhounds win non-league match-up in overtime

GRANDVIEW - Last night's match against Selah may have been a league contest, but one wouldn't know it from the way Grandview and the Vikings played.

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.

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.

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.

Sexual assault awareness focus of community fair

Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services in Sunnyside will hold a community fair this coming Friday, April 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. in connection with April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

SHS student named lieutenant governor for Key Club region

Jayleen Leon got more than she bargained for when attending a recent Key Club convention at SeaTac.

Mabton Council investigates new safety measures

MABTON- In an effort to protect its assets, Mabton City Council has been investigating areas where security cameras might be installed throughout the community.

Mystery bubble may mean trouble for Grandview budget

GRANDVIEW - It's a mystery as to how a bubble suddenly appeared in the city of Grandview's aeration lagoon, a part of its wastewater treatment system.




Tuesday, April 23

Contract approved for work at Carnation

Fresh off a $300,000 grant to clean up Sunnyside's old Carnation plant, the Port of Sunnyside inked a contract to get the project started.

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.

Grandview Middle School uniform policy approved

GRANDVIEW - After nearly two years of discussion, Grandview Middle School students will be sporting school uniforms in the form of school colored polo shirts in the next school year.

City of Sunnyside reaches settlement with garbage hauler

The Sunnyside City Council unanimously approved a settlement agreement with Yakima Waste Systems, Inc. regarding payment errors that resulted in the city underpaying the firm $45,068 for garbage service.

American flag flown on Afghanistan battlefield afforded special honors last night by Sunnyside City Council

The Sunnyside City Council dedicated a flag donated to the city during a special ceremony at Monday night's regularly scheduled meeting.







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.

Sunnyside's Elijah Pena, Grandview's Kasi Prieto nab wins at Prosser invitational

PROSSER - It was slim pickins' for the Sunnyside and Grandview track and field teams at last Saturday's Prosser Rotary Invitational.

Mabton loses match in overtime shootout

MATTAWA - Mabton's soccer season is waning and this past Saturday's 1-0 loss to Wahluke doesn't bode well for the postseason.

Greyhounds secure 3-1 victory over Othello

GRANDVIEW - This past Saturday's match against Othello went Grandview's way again.

'Hounds snaps seven-game skid

EPHRATA - The Grandview baseball team snapped its seven-game losing streak this past Saturday against Ephrata.

Feds go 0-for-2 in suits against Yakima Valley farm

Judge tosses retaliation suit

Judge tosses retaliation suit

Fastenal plans move, expansion to new location in Sunnyside

Business is on the grow for the Fastenal store in Sunnyside and in June it will move down the street to a new location here.

Port district expansion bringing many jobs to Sunnyside

A total of 27 new jobs - and counting - are heading to the Sunnyside area in the wake of two grant/loan packages awarded to the Port of Sunnyside last week.




Friday, April 19


New federal regulations will boost costs of gas - again

New federal regulations will boost costs of gas - again

Concert promises to be an entertaining night of fun

Concert promises to be an entertaining night of fun

Five for Friday

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


Support overwhelming from local community

Support overwhelming from local community

Mexican theatre troupe to be featured in Tieton

TIETON - Boom Arts of Portland, Ore. and of Seattle, in partnership with arts centers throughout the region, is bringing Teatro Línea de Sombra's beautiful, poignant, timely theatre work

Fellowship provides Grandview teacher opportunity to visit historic Lincoln sites

GRANDVIEW - In a few short months Grandview Middle School history teacher Tammie Carr will get to experience history as she has wanted for several years.

Teens battle it out in the kitchen

It was up to the judges, and their taste buds, at yesterday's Teen Battle Chef Contest held at Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School.

College and resource fair for migrant parents at Sunnyside High scheduled April 26

Parents of migrant students at Sunnyside High School are urged to attend an informational meeting next Friday, April 26.

Amaro, Lugo notch only wins for SHS at three-school CBBN league competition

WENATCHEE - Both, Sunnyside's boys and girls squads came out on the short end in the team scoring against Wenatchee and Eisenhower at a three-school Columbia Basin Big Nine track and field meet yesterday.

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.

Granger deals Vikes shutout loss

MABTON - Just when things were beginning to look up, Mabton sustained another loss.

Greyhounds rolling toward 2A playoffs

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview soccer team is experiencing a winning season with nine overall wins, five of them in CWAC league play.

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.

Murder suspect on the lam for six years extradited from Mexico back to Sunnyside

It's been nearly six years since Veronica Ayala, the mother of six, was gunned down in her home in Sunnyside.

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.

Thursday, April 18

Speaker opens her life to students in order to change their futures

MABTON - Consuelo Kickbusch opened her speech to AVID students gathered at Mabton High School this past Wednesday by dedicating the presentation to her parents, Consuelo and Pedro Castillo.

SHS boys notch rare win on home court

Practice may not make for a "perfect" Sunnyside High School tennis squad, but there was definitely proof of that practice on the home courts yesterday.

Lawmakers weigh in on tougher DUI legislation

OLYMPIA - A bi-partisan bill making its way through the legislature in an effort to toughen DUI laws will be heard today, Thursday, in a special joint session of the House and Senate.

WSP investigation continues into mishandling of criminal evidence

Cases allegedly mishandled at the state's crime lab in Cheney was limited to one employee and an investigation in the matter continues.

Appeals court sends mass murderer back to county for sentencing

A teen convicted and sentenced to 80 years in prison for the 1993 murder of a family of four in Outlook will be back in Yakima County Superior Court for a new sentencing hearing.

Sparks fly at parks and recreation board meeting

Discussions became heated Wednesday afternoon at the Sunnyside Board of Parks & Recreation during an update on recreation programs run by the Sunnyside Arts and Sports Association.

Mabton FFA hosting plant sale

MABTON - Spring has sprung and that means it is again time for the annual Mabton FFA plant sale.




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.


Help keep our kids safe from sexual abuse

Help keep our kids safe from sexual abuse

Granger High boosters plan annual fundraiser

GRANGER - The 11th annual Granger Athletic Booster Club Auction and BBQ is set for this coming Sunday, April 21.

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.

Dailey turns in bogey round for Grandview Greyhounds on chilly day at Black Rock Creek

Chilly, breezy weather on a golf course doesn't go hand-in-hand in with great scoring. Despite the less than ideal conditions at Black Rock Creek Golf Course yesterday, Grandview's Matt Dailey worked through the elements and played solid, bogey golf.

Ellensburg handcuffs GHS Greyhounds, 11-1

GRANDVIEW - Having lost seven games in a row, counting last night's 11-1 defeat to Ellensburg, Grandview has yet to find its rhythm.

Fights at high school bring out cops

MABTON - Mabton police officers have been busy fielding calls coming from Mabton High School for the last week.

Airport board moves forward on developing policy for leases

A discussion of airport leases became the main topic during the Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board's meeting Tuesday afternoon.

State officials issue warning about scammers taking advantage of Boston bombing

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman yesterday, Tuesday, expressed their condolences to the victims of the horrific violence at the 2013 Boston Marathon-and warned people not to fall victim to fake fundraisers using the tragedy to scam people into making bogus contributions.

Sunnyside GOP women's club learns about new national Republican caucus

State chapter to convene later this month in Yakima

State chapter to convene later this month in Yakima




Tuesday, April 16

Lower Valley runners complete Boston Marathon before day turns tragic

BOSTON - Two explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon yesterday a little more than four hours after the race had started. Two runners from Sunnyside were already finished with the race and were at safe distances when the explosions occurred.

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.

Local clinic adds new vet

The Pet Health Clinic of Sunnyside recently added a third veterinarian to its practice, Dr. Sharon Molton, DVM.

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.

Another strong middle of pack finish for SHS boys

WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside High School boys golf team is holding its own this spring in Columbia Basin Big Nine League play.

SCHS rallies to earn twin bill split Monday

Senior Alex Brouwer, prior to the start of the spring season, had been penciled in as the starting left fielder for the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team.

Former city manager's trial date moved to June 10

YAKIMA - A week after an attempt to dismiss his charges was denied in Yakima County Superior Court, it was announced Frank Sweet will stand trial on Monday, June 10.

Juice processor leads new building starts in Sunnyside

A once-every-generation development tops new projects permitted in the city of Sunnyside last month.




Monday, April 15

Working Stiff

'Tetris' all in a day's work for 2010 SHS grad

'Tetris' all in a day's work for 2010 SHS grad

Annual 'Walk for Life' in Grandview on April 20

GRANDVIEW - Life Options' annual Walk for Life fundraiser will take place this coming Saturday, April 20.

Serl nearly gets Grizzlies doubleheader split with Chiefs

MOSES LAKE - After a painful first half of the doubleheader last Friday, the Grizzlies rallied in the second game and nearly took it into extra innings.

Mabton splits twin bill with Granger Spartans

MABTON - The Lady Viking softball squad this past Saturday split a twin bill with Granger.

Mabton's Gutierrez first in boys javelin at Royal City

ROYAL CITY - Among the 22 teams present at the Ron Vanderhold Invitational track and field meet in Royal City last Friday afternoon, Mabton's Adrian Gutierrez earned first place honors in the javelin contest.

Bickleton boys third, Lady Pirates ninth at 24-school track meet

STANFIELD, ORE. - Spearheaded by four 'top 5' finishes by senior Peter Clinton, including a victory in the pole vault, the Bickleton High School boys track and field team earned a third-place finish at the 24-school Dick Horyna Invitational last Friday.

Luther, Pond claim medalist honors at three-school match

Chandler Luther of Sunnyside and Hannah Pond of Grandview bested their respective fields at a three-school, non-league match staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course last Friday afternoon.

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.

AVID conference this Wednesday expected to draw 400-plus youngsters

Public invited to listen to guest speaker in evening

Public invited to listen to guest speaker in evening

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.




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.

Softer times in America

Americans are growing soft.


Let's get our financial affairs in order here

Let's get our financial affairs in order here

Poetry about migrant field worker's childhood delivers strong messages

Those who have worked in a field in the cruel summer sun won't need to read much of the poetry in "Migrant Sun" before finding themselves transported back to the hard labor.

Life Options is doing, serving 'more'

Last year staff at Life Options answered the call to do 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.

Dog fight ends with 2-1 Greyhound victory

GRANDVIEW - Last night's match against Ellensburg may have gone into double overtime, but Grandview prevailed 2-1 in the end.

Local teachers have learning opportunities thanks to Gonzaga program offered in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside School District is becoming known for its increase in graduation rates, but it's also producing a crop of strong leaders from the ranks of its teachers, some of whom will move on to create an impact in other districts around the state.

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

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

Katie Hutchins crowned 2013-14 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador

Dan Newhouse named 'Friend of the Dairy Industry'

Dan Newhouse named 'Friend of the Dairy Industry'




Thursday, April 11

Sierra Vista third quarter honor roll students named

A total of 19 students at Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the third quarter of the 2012-13 academic year.

Sunnyside science students tops in the state once again

BREMERTON - More than 30 students from Sunnyside last Friday and Saturday competed at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair held at Bremerton High School.

Prom fashion show this Saturday

Sunnyside High School senior Kenya Estrada has organized a prom fashion show for this coming Saturday at the SHS auditorium.

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.

SHS grad signs pro ball contract

Briones will make debut in Illinois

Briones will make debut in Illinois

Costs delay installation of playground equipment

Perhaps you've seen one in your mailbox, a plain black and white anonymous flier claiming the city of Sunnyside purchased playground equipment nearly three years ago and has warehoused it ever since.

Harriet Thompson Elementary gets on-screen debut for holocaust education efforts

GRANDVIEW - Genocide, bigotry, racism, scape-goating and name-calling were many of the words laid out in black and white at this past Monday night's Grandview School Board meeting.

Pioneer lauded for dedication to Port of Grandview's mission

GRANDVIEW - Colleen Byam had been an integral part of the Port of Grandview for many years.

Cleaning Carnation

Clean-up at Sunnyside site to start this spring thanks to grant

Clean-up at Sunnyside site to start this spring thanks to grant




Wednesday, April 10


Tax season tips for Central Washington residents

Tax season tips for Central Washington residents


Provocative but not hateful

Provocative but not hateful


Still honest people here

Still honest people here

Artist paints roses as reminder of God's love

PROSSER - When Barbara Peterson was about 40 years of age, she says her husband of 20 years decided he wanted out.

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.

GHS boys, girls both third at four-team matches

Grandview High School's boys and girls golf teams both notched a third-place finish yesterday at separate four-school matches held at different venues.

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.

Grandview abandons idea of pitching tax hike

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview, in an attempt to find out whether or not citizens would support an increase in private utility tax rates, recently conducted an online survey of residents.

Salmon recovery projects to be started in county

YAKIMA - Yakima County Commissioners Kevin Bouchey, Mike Leita and Rand Elliott yesterday (Tuesday) signed two agreements, authorizing salmon recovery projects to move forward.

Fire station bid accepted by council

The Sunnyside City Council on Monday of this week accepted the bid of Blew's Construction Company of Spokane to construct a new fire station.

Lower Valley irrigators sit in on 'fishy' briefing

A team effort by scientists, the Yakama Nation and irrigators among others is making a difference in Yakima River fish counts.

Work proceeding on weather station at airport

Traffic on Hwy. 241 is experiencing slow-downs these days as crews are busy getting the groundwork ready for a new weather observation station at the Sunnyside Airport.




Tuesday, April 9

Local students make WSU honor roll

PULLMAN - Washington State University has released the list of students who have been named to the fall 2012 President's Honor Roll.

YVCC students made the grade

Yakima Valley Community College has named its 2013 winter quarter honor roll students.

Sunnyside reflexologist rubs elbows, and feet with on-stage 'Marilyn' star

WALLA WALLA - At the Power House Theatre in Walla Walla, "Marilyn: Forever Blonde" star Sunny Thompson is quick to explain how Marilyn Monroe acquired the "wiggle in her walk."

Five stars for Sunnyside's Prestige Care & Rehabilitation

Prestige Care & Rehabilitation at Sunnyside has earned a Five-Star Quality Rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

City hires interim finance director

The Sunnyside City Council Monday night authorized an agreement with David Layden to work as the interim finance director.

Sunnyside farm plans class on raised garden beds

A Sunnyside-area farmer is planning a two-hour class on constructing and developing raised garden beds.

State commission rules city short-changed cops

A decision made by the Washington State Public Employee Relations Commission was read into the record at last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Sunnyside High School close to coming off state's priority list

The Sunnyside School District may not have had a school earn one of the Washington Achievement Awards announced by the state last week, but the next few weeks should hold good news for the local high school.

Near normal season predicted for irrigators

The Bureau of Reclamation's April 2013 Total Water Supply Available (TWSA) forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights.

Weeding out weeds

Local ecosystems currently under attack

Local ecosystems currently under attack

'Neon Alley' in the works for downtown Sunnyside

A revamped core with a nod to history is a well documented facet of a proposed downtown revitalization project for Sunnyside.

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.




Monday, April 8

52 and counting

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

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

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.

Warden claws its way to 3-1win over Vikings

Mabton hosts Scotties Tuesday

Mabton hosts Scotties Tuesday

Job fair aims to put at least 100 youth to work this summer

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley's annual youth job and career fair is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.







Friday, April 5


A political dropout confesses

A political dropout confesses

April teeters on the edge of spring

April teeters on the edge of spring

Sunnyside native to sing on national TV show

Sami Jo Sartin is remembered around these parts for her singing, rodeo skills and athletics at Sunnyside High School.

Lower Valley Community Concert Association announces line-up for 67th season calendar

Live music! There's nothing else like it. The Lower Valley Community Concert Association has been dedicated to bringing live performances to our area since 1947 and will continue that tradition with five concerts for the 2013-14 season.

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.

Budget constraints force Grandview police to shuffle duties

GRANDVIEW - Cutbacks at the Grandview Police Department have led to some officers taking on extra duties, which may result in slower investigations, but Assistant Chief Kal Fuller said the same number of officers will continue to be out on the roads.

Counties disbanding emergency agreement

YAKIMA - In action on Tuesday of this week Yakima County commissioners approved a termination agreement involving the Central Washington Law Enforcement Regional Network.

State cracking down on schemes promising vets untapped benefits

OLYMPIA - Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson grew up in a family of veterans - with a father who served in the U.S. Navy, both grandfathers serving in the military and several uncles who served in World War II.

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).




Thursday, April 4

Charter school involvement being explored in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside School District has sent a letter of intent to the Washington State Board of Education to become a charter school authorizer.

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.

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.

Ladies compete in 'best nine' play Tuesday

A three-way tie was claimed by Marilu Smith of Prosser and Sunnyside's Lucille Rohman and Rose Fleming in Black Rock Creek 18-hole ladies play this past Tuesday.

Expansion of local port's treatment plant intregal part of economic plan

It's still only a final draft, but a project to double capacity at the Port of Sunnyside's wastewater treatment plant is one of the main priorities for economic growth in a region that includes Yakima and Kittitas counties.

Jury rejects harassment claims brought against Lower Valley grower

YAKIMA - A case nearly three years in the making reached a conclusion yesterday, Wednesday, when a federal district court jury in Yakima denied 14 sexual harassment claims against Evans Fruit.

2010 SHS graduate digs in to complete murals on dugouts

Megan Schlenker spent her last two spring breaks from college home in Sunnyside painting murals at the high school.

Wednesday, April 3


WEA attacks six senators for trying to improve schools

WEA attacks six senators for trying to improve schools

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.


It's never dull in Sunnyside

It's never dull in Sunnyside

'Normal' weather in store during April

Fresh off a month of weather extremes, Sunnysiders can look forward to basically normal weather patterns for the month of April.

Free event will introduce scouting to Lower Valley families

GRANDVIEW - Archery, cooking and a monkey bridge are just some of the activities planned this coming Saturday, April 6, for the first-ever Scout-O-Rama to be held in the Lower Valley.

Valley's wine pioneer feted at Seattle gathering

SEATTLE - A celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Yakima Valley wine AVA's founding was a highlight last week during the annual Taste Washington event at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.

Sunnyside Christian Booster Club plans annual auction, dinner

A kids carnival, BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches and even homemade crafts are all in store next month during the Sunnyside Christian School Booster Club's 33rd annual auction.







Tuesday, April 2

Public hearing for former city manager delayed until late in April

The public hearing regarding the termination of former City Manager Frank Sweet, originally scheduled for April 10, has been moved to Wednesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center.

Jailing Yakima's inmates in Sunnyside a possibility

"I've been running contracts for the Sunnyside jail for more than 10 years," said Sgt. Andrew Gutierrez. "Some years it's really good, some years there is nothing. Right now we've got a lot going on."

Rotarians tour new Sunnyside church building

The Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church has been around for 81 years, according to Leroy Werkhoven, speaking at the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting on Monday.

Port of Sunnuyside seeks funds for wastewater plant upgrades

For the second time in two weeks, Port of Sunnyside commissioners have decided to pursue grant/loan funding through Yakima County's Supporting Investments in Economic Development (SIED) funds.

Artz-Fox honor roll students announced

MABTON - Officials at Mabton's Artz-Fox Elementary School have named the top academic achievers for the third quarter of the 2012-13 scholastic year.




Monday, April 1

Spring clean-up day in Sunnyside set April 27

Sunnyside's annual clean-up day will be held Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fifth Street adjacent to the Sunnyside municipal pool.

Sunnyside, Bickleton athletes compete at Ike's Holder Relays

YAKIMA - Both, the Sunnyside and Bickleton track and field teams turned in strong efforts at last Saturday's Holder Relays, hosted by Eisenhower High School. The high-powered invite drew a 23-school field.

Greyhounds whip Wapato Wolfpack, 6-0

WAPATO - Building a three-goal lead in the first 30 minutes, the Greyhound soccer team easily tamed host Wapato last Saturday, 6-0.

Mabton girls fall short in league-opening twin bill

GOLDENDALE - The Mabton Lady Viking softball team opened SCAC league play last Friday with 22-2 and 13-1 losses at Goldendale.

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.

Washington state responding to tick season with public outreach

Tick season is in full swing in western Washington, and it's kicking into gear in the eastern side of the state.

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.