Stories for June 2013


Friday, June 28


Liberals embrace fatherless (as well as motherless) families

My vacation over the rainbow had a happy twist this year

My vacation over the rainbow had a happy twist this year


Mabton supporters appreciated

Locally filmed independent movie earns 'Audience Award' at California film fest

LOS ANGELES - A small independent film, "Cement Suitcase," a film which was previewed in Sunnyside in late April, has won the "Audience Award" in the Competition Features category at the 16th Dances With Films Festival. The award was accepted by Lower Yakima Valley native J. Rick Castañeda, the film's writer and director, along with the film's producers, Doug Spice, Stacey Wilson and Sonia Pineda. The award was presented by festival founders Leslee Scallon and Michael Trent. In late April local audiences were allowed a private look at "Cement Suitcase" as a thank you by Castañeda and his producers to those who had parts in the film. The screening was held at Hallett Enterprises Grand Cinema in Sunnyside The film's world premiere was screened during the 11-day festival in Hollywood, alongside 15 features in competition, said Castañeda. The awards ceremony was held on Sunday, June 9, at Level 3, near the Mann's Chinese Theatre complex, which hosted the festival. The film was shot entirely on location in Washington's wine country, in the director's hometown of Granger, as well as locations in Prosser, Sunnyside, Zillah and Wapato. The feel-good comedy is the feature debut of Castañeda, a Granger native, and stars veteran improv comic Dwayne Bartholomew, TV personality Kristina Guerrero, originally of Sunnyside (E! News), and Australian TV host turned actor Nathan Sapsford (MTVAustralia, Network TEN), and TV actor Shawn Parsons (Parks and Recreation, Torchwood). The film tells the story of Franklin (Bartholomew), the best wine salesman in the Yakima Valley, who discovers his girlfriend is cheating on him and accidentally befriends the "other man". "More than anything, this is a film about letting go," said Castañeda. "Writing the film was a way of giving myself the courage to actually take chances myself.' Castañeda is an accomplished writer and director, with a large body of award-winning short films, commercials and new media, including the popular comedy web series "Coma, Period," starring comedian Rob Delaney. "Cement Suitcase" was produced by Psychic Bunny, a production company based in Los Angeles, co-founded in 2005 by Castañeda and Spice, along with their fellow USC alums Asa Shumskas Tait and Jesse Vigil, who both served as executive producers. "The audience we had at Dances With Films was just spectacular," said Castañeda. "I've seen the film literally hundreds of times throughout the post production process, but hearing the laughter and applause made it feel like the very first time. It sounded like we had a lot of wine lovers in the crowd."

A story well re-told

Based on real-life adventures of the pioneer Ebey family that helped found settlements on Whidbey Island, Widow Walk by Gerard LaSalle brings this little-known history to life. A work of historical fiction, the book rewards readers who patiently navigate through the scene-setting opening chapters to weave a story of love, death and determination. LaSalle, a Puget Sound resident, has a background that ranges from filmmaker to emergency medicine and puts them all to use well in Widow Walk . Central character Isaac Evers is based on the real-life Isaac Neff Ebey, a 19th century pioneer, lawyer and soldier who helped found white settlements on Whidbey Island. Ebey's Landing near Coupeville is named for him. Yet, Widow Walk is far more than just a re-telling of Ebey's life and work on Whidbey. Seamlessy, LaSalle the story teller puts his filmmaking expertise at work by introducing each of the characters in the story from their respective points of view. Chapters are named for characters discussed or introduced along the way. Chapter 1, for example, is named "Isaac." LaSalle convincingly gets into each one's psyche, informing his readers what makes them tick. Those characters include compelling stories about Evers' wife, Emmy, and his nemesis, Haida native warrior Anah-nawitka. LaSalle doesn't flinch from the realities of mid-19th century life in the wilds of Washington. He details violent, repugnant abuses by both whites and native Americans. He also casts a light on the fact Whidbey Island was home to a prosperous slave trade. While the reader of Widow Walk may be familiar with whites who enslaved African-Americans and other minorities, LaSalle describes how some Native Americans in the Whidbey Island area went on raids to capture whites and other tribal members to sell as slaves. If Isaac Evers dominates the first half of the book, it is his wife Emmy who holds it down the rest of the way. LaSalle depicts her struggles to make her own decisions and own way, and hurdles she faced that were common to women in that day. Widow Walk has graphic violence, so it's not for the little ones, but families and even teachers might enjoy the read to get an even greater appreciation and sense of Washington's history. By the way, the book's inner sleeves provide a nice map of Whidbey Island to get readers situated into the unfolding story. Widow Walk is published by Greenleaf Book Group Press and carries a price tag of $19.95.

Fireman's holiday trip begins with saving life of Irish priest

David Riddle could have called his vacation a "fireman's holiday." Instead of the relaxing 10-day Irish vacation he and his wife Bethany had planned, the Sunnyside man quickly found himself putting into practice his lifesaving training. A member of the Sunnyside Fire Department, Riddle had no sooner gotten off of a 25-hour flight from Seattle to Dublin, when he found himself performing CPR on an Irish priest. The young couple had just passed through customs and security at the Dublin International Airport, when Riddle saw a man slumped over the escalator. "He appeared to be having a heart attack," Riddle said. Without any hesitation, the young EMT started CPR on the fallen man and continued the lifesaving maneuver until airport security and firemen arrived on the scene. Riddle continued to work with the Irish airport rescue teams, administrating the use of the AED at least once, Riddle recalled. Shortly after, the heart attack victim was transported to the local hospital. "I was pretty happy to later receive a text from John Buckley of the Dublin airport security team, who let me know the gentleman survived," Riddle said. Riddle said he never learned the name of the man he helped save, because "...they (the Irish) have the same privacy rules as we do," he explained. "In fact, it was good to know as we worked the CPR and the other emergency procedures that they have the same protocols as we do," Riddle said. "We worked as a team, without even knowing each other," he said. "It was nice to find out that the situation had a good outcome," he added. As for the rest of the Sunnyside couple's stay in Dublin, Riddle said it was fun and relaxing, but not nearly as exciting as those first few hours. "We went on to visit our friends and to do all the tours we had originally planned," Riddle said.

Crisis advocate training offered at Sunnyside center

Lower Valley Crisis & Support Services (LVCSS) will be offering volunteer core training for those wishing to make a difference in the community, beginning Monday, July 8, at the agency, 600 North Ave., Sunnyside. LVCSS, a non-profit, United Way agency serving Yakima County, provides crisis services and education for community members on issues regarding sexual assault/abuse and domestic violence. The volunteer core training is designed to give advocates the tools they need to work with victims and their families. The training will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 8 through July 24. According to center director Leticia Garcia, LVCSS relies on trained community volunteers to help run its 24-hour hotline. She said volunteers respond to calls on the agency's 24-hour crisis hotline to provide emotional support, crisis intervention, referrals and information to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as their non-offending family members. All calls are dispatched to the volunteer's home or cell phone through the agency's answering service to keep their personal contact information confidential. Hospital advocates respond to sexual assault or domestic violence calls from local hospitals and law enforcement agencies. For more information about volunteering call Garcia at 509-837-6689.

Summer camps for youngsters being hosted by Grandview church

GRANDVIEW - The Faith Family Fellowship Church in Grandview is hosting two special summer camps for youngsters pre-school age to 11 years old. Youths are invited to become a member of the Watermelon Club on Wednesday, July 10. In addition to children's evangelism fellowship activities the one-day camp will include games and snacks, as well as a seed-spitting contest. The fun is slated to begin that day at 2 p.m. A five-day "Jesus My Savior & Friend" camp is scheduled at the Grandview church July 15-19. The 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. five-day club activities will include Bible lessons, musical activities, crafts and snacks. Key Bank is helping to underwrite the cost of the camp supplies and materials. Pre-registration is not required. Children just have to show up during club and camp hours to participate. There is no cost to attend. Church spokesman Eileen Duncan said parents and guardians are welcome to attend, as well. The Lower Valley Christian & Faith Family Fellowship Church is located at 1915 W. Fifth St. in Grandview.

Panthers take two from Sunnyside Christian

FINLEY - The Sunnyside Christian High School senior Babe Ruth baseball squad battled before losing 15-5 and 9-6 to the host Riverview Panthers last night, Thursday. In the opener, Riverview pushed across eight runs in the second inning and never looked back. The Knights made things interesting by pulling within 11-5 after four innings of play, but the Panthers plated four more scores in the home-half of the fifth frame to win the contest. The first game ended after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Brandon Moore went the distance in pitching game one for Sunnyside Christian, yielding 16 hits but just two walks to Riverview batters. Brant Bosma was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate in the opener with one RBI and two runs scored. Moore had an RBI on one base hit. Game two was a much closer affair, with the Knights actually leading Riverview 5-3 in the fourth inning. But the big inning undid Sunnyside Christian again, as the Panthers rallied for six runs in the bottom of the sixth frame. The sixth proved to be the final inning last night, as Babe Ruth rules limit play to just two hours. Wyatt Hoff took the mound for Sunnyside Christian in the nightcap, getting nicked for eight hits while issuing just three free passes in six innings of work. Bosma continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-3 at the dish in game two, with a double and a run batted in. Drew Puterbaugh was also 2-for-3 at the plate for Sunnyside Christian with an RBI. Sunnyside Christian Coach Tyler Alseth was pleased with his team's effort, especially his pitching crew in surrendering just five walks in 11 innings of combined action. "That's what we're looking for, getting the pitches around the plate," he said. The Knights, winless in their first year ever of summer ball, host Burbank next Tuesday, July 2, at 4 p.m.

State lawmakers strike late budget deal

OLYMPIA - Waiting until the final hours of the final working day of the fiscal year, Washington state lawmakers finally struck a deal to avert a shutdown of many government services. As of press time today, Friday, the legislature was expected to hammer out a final budget for the 2013-15 biennium that would meet a court mandate for increased school funding and address an anticipated shortfall of $800 million. Lawmakers are in their second special session and have been putting in late nights to get a budget in place by June 30. Without a new budget to fund state operations for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that starts July 1, many agencies - ranging from parks to social services - would have shut down and put thousands of state employees out of work. "One of the key pressures was that we would not treat our employees and our constituents to a 'shut down of government'," said Sen. Jim Honeyford. In comments to the Daily Sun News this morning, Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) said the sticking point in reaching a compromise was the state Supreme Court's McCleary decision mandating increases in state spending for K-12 education. "The Senate wanted to be sure that we had a real billion dollars to address the McCleary decision and the House wanted to put more funding for larger government and social spending," he said. "The final budget puts more than $1.5 billion in new funding for education and was dependent upon some education reforms." The stalemate between the House, controlled by Democrats, and Senate, a coalition leadership headed by Republicans, found a breakthrough yesterday. Even so, it wasn't until 11:30 p.m. last night before a summary and agency detail of the budget proposal was finally published. In comments yesterday afternoon shortly after a breakthrough was first announced, Rep. David Taylor reflected on the large task still ahead in finalizing a 2013-15 budget by the end of today. "I really can't comment on a budget I haven't seen," he told the Daily Sun News yesterday. "We received a briefing from the 50,000-foot level, but haven't received any specific details as of yet," said Taylor (R-Moxee). Following the budget summary release late last night, details of the compromise have emerged: - State spending will increase to about $33.5 billion for 2013-15, an uptick of just more than $2 billion from the 2011-13 biennium. - Revenues are also expected to increase by about $2 billion, pegged at $33.5 billion for 2013-15. - New revenues proposed for state coffers during 2013-15 include a tax on residential phone services that are already paid by cell phone users and restored estate taxes. - Cost of living allowances for state employees are suspended in the budget compromise now in the works. Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday expressed delight at the budget compromise, which came just days after he ordered pink slips issued to state employees to be laid off effective July 1. "I am happy and I know we are all relieved to report to you that lawmakers have reached agreement on an operating budget for the next biennium," Inslee said. "Government operations will not be interrupted. Washington will be at work Monday."

Murdered man's family to hold fundraisers here

When Alberto Gabriel Martinez was murdered sometime last week, he left behind a wife and three children, including a newborn daughter. His extended family are conducting two fundraisers to help pay for his funeral costs and to help support his wife and three children during their mourning. The family will be holding a yard sale Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, at 1525 Yakima Ave. in Sunnyside. The sale will start at 8:30 a.m. Donations are appreciated. The family will also be holding a car wash at the Sunnyside Taco Bell (2550 Yakima Valley Hwy) on Friday, June 28, and Sunday, June 30, starting at 10 a.m. His sister-in-law, Flor Rodriguez, said it is important to the family to be able to support his wife, who recently gave birth. She said the family is already grateful for some donations of items they've received to sell at the yard sale. "We greatly appreciate the help," she said. "Thank you. God bless you."

Two suspects face murder charges

YAKIMA - Two suspects in the murder of Alberto Martinez of Sunnyside are being held on $1 million bail in Yakima County Jail. Elliot White and Guillermina Sanchez-Cardenas face charges of second degree murder and will be arraigned on July 8. According to police, Sanchez-Cardenas lured Martinez to a remote part of US Highway 97 near mile post 51 where he was killed by White. Sanchez-Cardenas allegedly told police that White, her boyfriend, was angry that she was communicating with another male. Sanchez-Cardenas said she, White and two other people drove to the location where Martinez was found, but denied any involvement in his death. A law enforcement officer in the area found Sanchez-Cardenas and White walking in the area the evening of the murder and transported them out of the area. White was located and arrested after a vehicle pursuit with law enforcement officers. At the time of his arrest, police say White was wearing shoes belonging to Martinez. Martinez was found without his shoes.

New curriculum materials approved by school board

In its only action item during last night's regular monthly meeting, the Sunnyside School Board decided to adopt four new sets of curriculum materials. Brian Hart, the executive director of curriculum, assessment and instruction, gave a brief overview of each curriculum and the reasons the district wanted to adopt them. The Phoenix Curriculum is a supplemental program consisting of nine lessons at the sixth grade level about decision making, problem solving and peer pressure. The Holt McDougal Literature Common Core is for high school students in ninth through 11th grades and addresses a gap in meeting the state common core standards. The Reading and Writing Fundamentals program for grades 6-8 aligns with the common core standards and provides greater text complexity and various genres to assist with assessment. Reading Street is a pilot program for deaf students in K-5 and is being provided for review to the district. Hart said it would be used by about 10 students and replaces an inadequate phonics method. Hart said all the curriculum has been vetted by the Instructional Materials Committee and meets the bias evaluation and common core standards. The board voted unanimously to approve the materials. In other business, the board also discussed the district's STEM program and how it is progressing. A change in how the high school determines graduation honors, including valedictorian and salutatorian, was also discussed. Sunnyside High School Principal Ryan Maxwell said the school wants to remove some of the competitiveness and make it based solely on achievement. Board chair Miguel Puente noted that the proposed changes might penalize students in Running Start. Maxwell said his work group would look at the issue and return to the board.

Purple Heart veteran chosen as July 4th parade grand marshal

World War II Purple Heart recipient Delvin Householder of Sunnyside has been selected to serve as the Sunnyside Lions Fourth of July Parade grand marshal. Householder will lead the parade set to be held Thursday, July 4 beginning at 11 a.m. Householder's selection as the parade leader was made "...because we want to recognize the sacrifices people like Mr. Householder have made to keep this country free," said Barbara Bloomfield-Lange, chairperson of the Lions Fourth of July Committee. Householder, 88, served in the U.S. Army's 96th Infantry Division during World War II fighting in the Battle of Okinawa. While there he was wounded, which led to him receiving a Purple Heart. He also was the recipient of two Bronze Stars for bravery and courage and a double cluster for his military service. His division was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation in January 2001 for its heroic actions during World War II. Householder, who now splits his time between his home in Sunnyside and in Ellensburg, has three sons, Leroy and Allan, both of Sunnyside, and Douglas of Spokane. His sons, Leroy and Douglas, also served in the military. Next Thursday's parade will begin on Warehouse Avenue, following South Sixth Street to Centennial Square, turning east on East Edison Avenue and proceeding east to South 16th Street, ending at the Sunnyside High School and Harrison Middle School parking lots.

Miss Sunnyside candidate Gabrielle Alcantar

Serving as a good role model to others is important to Miss Sunnyside candidate Gabrielle Alcantar. That's why she, the oldest of four children in her family, wishes to serve as the next Miss Sunnyside. Alcantar has three younger brothers and is the daughter of Gabriel and Elvia Alcantar. She said she believes all children need a good role model. "They need someone who can show them how to respect others and be responsible," she said. If selected to serve as Miss Sunnyside, Alcantar plans to establish an anti-bullying program for Sunnyside youth. "I want to show people and children how negative bullying can be and how it affects others," she said. Although Alcantar hasn't been the target of bullies herself, she has seen how it impacts others. "I've witnessed it and it hurts me," she said. Alcantar has hopes of working with the Sunnyside Police Department and teachers at Sunnyside High School who might be willing to help her with the project. The soon-to-be Sunnyside High School junior said she believes in helping others however possible. That's why Alcantar aspires to earn a degree in nursing after high school. She said she plans to attend a four-year college to earn a nursing degree to help people who are ill and possibly save lives with the skills she acquires. As for her desire to become 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside, Alcantar said she believes the most important role of the young ladies serving on the court is to serve as good examples to the community. "Miss Sunnyside's involvement in the community can inspire others," said Alcantar. She said those who witness the efforts of the Miss Sunnyside court might become more involved in the community themselves. The 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside Pageant will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Thursday, June 27

EWU student serving internship with Grandview parks and rec department

GRANDVIEW - It's the classic case of a young man serving his community. However, Grandview's Eric Charvet is different because he is serving an internship with the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department so that he may earn a degree in recreation management at Eastern Washington University. Charvet said he has always enjoyed sports and recreational experiences. He developed an appreciation for sports and recreation when he was a child participating in programs offered by the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department. "I went to StarGaze events and basketball camps," he said. While attending Grandview High School he was on the football and track teams. He also spent nine summers on the Grandview Neptunes swim team. "I knew I wanted a career involving sports," said Charvet, the son of Terry and Leslie Charvet. He said finding the recreation manager program at Eastern Washington University was perfect. "I was looking at their catalog, and when I began taking the classes I found I liked them," said Charvet, who will be a senior at EWU this coming fall. He said he has to complete 1,500 volunteer intern hours to enter into an internship that will help him earn credits toward a Bachelor's degree. Charvet has been working with the parks and recreation department in Grandview for just more than a week. "The first thing I did was call Bingo," he said, stating he has worked with Grandview's seniors and many youngsters in the time that he's been working there. Charvet also helped with the annual tumbling camp and he daily works with youngsters in the drop-in program. He said working with different age groups helps him learn to adapt to different needs, energy levels and interests. Charvet said he feels he is learning a lot as an intern for the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department. "I hope to gain more experience," he said.

Grandview Neptunes take a bite out of Barracudas

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Neptunes summer swim team made it two victories in two days last night, Wednesday, with a 423-292 win over the visiting Othello Barracudas. Enjoying home pool advantage in its 40-yard facility, Grandview got a boost from Nathaniel Gutierrez in the 12and under boys competition. The 12-year-old Neptune won four out of five events in earning top honors in the butterfly (31.48), the freestyle (26.67), the backstroke (32.49) and the individual medley (2:38.51). The only interruption to an otherwise perfect day for Gutierrez was teammate Nicolas Cortez earning first-place honors in the breaststroke at 36 seconds flat. Speaking of perfection, Grandview's Tavian Valenzuela won all five of his events in the boys 14and under competition; the butterfly in 26.29, the breaststroke in 28.08, the backstroke in 29.70, the freestyle in 22.38 and the individual medley in 2:29.05. In girls action, the Neptunes were sparked by Taylor Ebbelaar in 14and under competition. She earned first-place honors in four of her five events; the butterfly in 27.32, the backstroke in 30.37, the freestyle in 25.25 and the individual medley in 2:24.44. The only other girl to touch ahead of Ebbelaar in 14and under action was teammate Reagan Colson with a clocking of 32.73 in the breaststroke. Samanta Castaneda also had a 4-of-5 day for Grandview's girls. She ruled the pool in the girls 18and under competition, winning the butterfly in 24.94, the breaststroke in 32.07, the backstroke in 29.78 and the individual medley in 2:30.36. Castaneda's best competition came from teammate Meghan Marquez, who won the fifth event in girls 18and under with a clocking of 24.31 in the freestyle. It turned out the smallest Barracudas had the biggest bite last night, as Othello's Jolee Tomer swept to victory in all four of her events in the girls 8and under events. She won the butterfly in 49.06, the breaststroke in 58.62, the backstroke in 44.88 and the freestyle in 35.87. Over in the boys 10and under competition, Carl Cameron of Othello touched first in four of five events. He won the butterfly in 42.72, the backstroke in 40.83, the freestyle in 32.95 and the individual medley in 3:07.88. Grandview's Izak Garza spoiled Cameron's effort for a perfect day with a first-place time of 42.89 in the breaststroke, barely a tenth of a second ahead of the Barracuda swimmer. Grandview improved to 2-3 on the season with the victory in last night's meet, held as a make-up to the one scratched last week due to lightning, and competes at Sunnyside tonight, Thursday. OTHELLO 292 GRANDVIEW 423 160-Meter Medley Relay Girls 10and under 1st-Othello (J. Tomer, O. Vasquez, M. Jensen, C. Field) 2:45.15 Boys 10and under 1st-Othello (A. Thien, C. Cameron, R. Thien, L. Danz) 2:46.02 Girls 12and under 1st-Grandview (K. Ott, J. colson, B. Desmarais, A. Martinez) 2:18.76 Boys 12and under 1st-Grandview (N. Gutierrez, A. Morales, N. Cortez, T. Dawson) 2:33.20 Girls 14and under 1st-Grandview (V. Perez, R. Colson, T. Ebbelaar, K. Colson) 2:03.07 Boys 14and under 1st-Grandview (T. Valenzuela, B. Febus, A. Morales, N. Gutierrez) 2:02.91 Girls 18and under 1st-Grandview (S. Bailes, A. Sehnert, S. Castaneda, K. Martinez) 2:06.33 Boys 18and under 1st-Grandview (M. Bejar-Garcia, D. Trevino, B. Febus, T. Valenzuela) 1:54.38 40-Meter Butterfly Girls 8and under 1st-Jolee Tomer (O) 49.06 Boys 8and under 1st-Justin Adamson (G) 1:02.34 Girls 10and under 1st-Molly Jensen (O) 37.47, 2nd-Ori Vasquez (O) 42.29, 3rd-Chelsea Field (O) 45.17, 4th-Elaina Parrish (O) 45.59 Boys 10and under 1st-Carl Cameron (O) 42.72, 2nd- Ryan Thien (O) 42.97, 3rd-Izak Garza (G) 43.00, 4th-Daniel McGhan (G) 49.55 Girls 12and under 1st-Shaya Parrish (O) 30.47, 2nd-Brianna Desmarais (G) 31.00, 3rd-Jordan Colson (G) 34.84, 4th-Rosa Johnson (O) 36.20 Boys 12and under 1st-Nathaniel Gutierrez (G) 31.48, 2nd-Angel Morales (G) 39.49, 3rd-James Danz (O) 43.66, 4th-Tomy Ramirez (O) 45.16 Girls 14and under 1st-Taylor Ebbelaar (G) 27.32, 2nd-Viannei Perez (G) 27.53, 3rd-Joey Taff (O) 27.56, 4th-Nicole Douglas (O) 30.23 Boys 14and under 1st-Tavian Valenzuela (G) 26.29, 2nd-Baeley Febus (G) 27.42, 3rd-Jonathan Flores (G) 41.25 Girls 16and under 1st-Tatum Sparks (O) 23.76, 2nd-Samantha Bailes (G) 28.08, 3rd-Josie Trevino (G) 29.28, 4th-Kassandra Martinez (G) 33.46 Boys 16and under 1st-David Trevino (G) 24.20, 2nd-Malachi Bejar-Garcia (G) 35.56 Girls 18and under 1st-Samanta Castaneda (G) 24.94, 2nd-Ashlyn Sehnert (G) 32.95, 3rd-Meghan Marquez (G) 37.06 40-Meter Breaststroke Girls 8and under 1st-Joee Tomer (O) 58.62, 2nd-Allie Cromwell (G) 1:20.83, 3rd-Hazel Ramirez (O) 1:24.07 Boys 8and under 1st-Luke Cortez (G) 1:00.44, 2nd-Cain Muro (O) 1:07.64, 3rd-Justin Adamson (G) 1:10.57 Girls 10and under 1st-Ori Vasquez (O) 45.61, 2nd-Jessamyn Hellner-Gomez (G) 46.22, 3rd-Julia Tomer (O) 49.12, 4th-Molly Jensen (O) 49.52 Boys 10and under 1st-Ryan Thien (O) 42.02, 2nd-Izak Garza (G) 42.89, 3rd-Carl Cameron (O) 43.00, 4th-Aiden Thien (O)43.72 Girls 12and under 1st-Rosa Johnson (O) 34.90, 2nd-Annabelle Padgham (G) 35.62, 3rd-Jordan Colson (G) 36.60, 4th-Isabella Pruneda (O) 37.38 Boys 12and under 1st-Nicolas Cortez (G) 36.00, 2nd-Nathaniel Gutierrez (G) 40.48, 3rd-Brenton Littleton (G) 43.50, 4th-Tomy Ramirez (O) 44.12 Girls 14and under 1st-Reagan Colson (G) 32.73, 2nd-Kylie Colson (G) 32.88, 3rd-Taylor Ebbelaar (G) 33.07, 4th-Abby Cromwell (G) 34.39 Boys 14and under 1st-Tavian Valenzuela (G) 28.08, 2nd-Baeley Febus (G) 35.62, 3rd-Jonathan Flores (G) 38.72 Girls 16and under 1st-Tatum Sparks (O) 29.73, 2nd-Carly Taff (O) 33.19, 3rd-Josie Trevino (G) 33.41, 4th-Kassandra Martinez (G) 37.00 Boys 16and under 1st-David Trevino (G) 30.00, 2nd-Malachi Bejar-Garcia (G) 52.56 Girls 18and under 1st-Samanta Castaneda (G) 32.07, 2nd-Ashlyn Sehnert (G) 36.31, 3rd-Meghan Marquez (G) 41.00 40-Meter Backstroke Girls 8and under 1st-Jolee Tomer (O) 44.88, 2nd-Lilia Parrish (O) 1:06.19, 3rd-Hazel Ramirez (O) 1:21.27, 4th-Aleah Thien (O) 1:30.27 Boys 8and under 1st-Cain Muro (O) 1:05.88, 2nd-Justin Adamson (G) 1:09.06 Girls 10and under 1st-Molly Jensen (O) 40.88, 2nd-Ori Vasquez (O) 44.09, 3rd-Elaina Parrish (O) 45.56, 4th-Julia Tomer (O) 45.67 Boys 10and under 1st-Carl Cameron (O) 40.83, 2nd-Aiden Thien (O) 45.38, 3rd-Ryan Thien (O) 50.40, 4th-Levi Danz (O) 52.37 Girls 12and under 1st-Shaya Parrish (O) 33.53, 2nd-Rosa Johnson (O) 37.75, 3rd-Brianna Desmarais (G) 38.32, 4th-Kaitlyn Ott (G) 40.31 Boys 12and under 1st-Nathaniel Gutierrez (G) 32.49, 2nd-Tomy Ramirez (O) 40.62, 3rd-Nicolas Cortez (G) 40.92, 4th-Daniel Martinez (O) 41.22 Girls 14and under 1st-Taylor Ebbelaar (G) 30.37, 2nd-Areesa Trevino (G) 33.41, 3rd-Isabel Vasquez (O) 33.87, 4th-Kylie Colson (G) 35.22 Boys 14and under 1st-Tavian Valenzuela (G) 29.70, 2nd-Baeley Febus (G) 32.35, 3rd-Jonathan Flores (G) 41.81 Girls 16and under 1st-Carly Taff (O) 28.63, 2nd-Tatum Sparks (O) 30.25, 3rd-Kassandra Martinez (G) 35.81, 4th-Samantha Bailes (G) 36.34 Boys 16and under 1st-David Trevino (G) 31.07, 2nd-Malachi Bejar-Garcia (G) 1:10.65 Girls 18and under 1st-Samanta Castaneda (G) 29.78, 2nd-Meghan Marquez (G) 37.86, 3rd-Ashlyn Sehnert (G) 38.04 40-Meter Freestyle Girls 8and under 1st-Jolee Tomer (O) 35.87, 2nd-Lilia Parrish (O) 53.40, 3rd-Hazel Ramirez (O) 1:10.28, 4th-Allie Cromwell (G) 1:14.41 Boys 8and under 1st-Cain Muro (O) 51.62, 2nd-Eric Lepe (G) 57.41, 3rd-Justin Adamson (G) 58.21, 4th-Luke Cortez (G) 1:01.41 Girls 10and under 1st-Molly Jensen (O) 29.68, 2nd-Ori Vasquez (O) 34.65, 3rd-Elaina Parrish (O) 36.72, 4th-Julia Tomer (O) 37.64 Boys 10and under 1st-Carl Cameron (O) 32.95, 2nd-Levi Danz (O) 34.19, 3rd-Ryan Thien (O) 35.78, 4th-Izak Garza (G) 39.69 Girls 12and under 1st-Shaya Parrish (O) 25.75, 2nd-Brianna Desmarais (G) 26.34, 3rd-Jordan Colson (G) 28.84, 4th-Sarah Wilson (O) 30.09 Boys 12and under 1st-Nathaniel Gutierrez (G) 26.67, 2nd-Angel Morales (G) 28.96, 3rd-Nicolas Cortez (G) 30.83, 4th-Andrew Velazquez (O) 32.08 Girls 14and under 1st-Taylor Ebbelaar (G) 25.25, 2nd-Joey Taff (O) 25.54, 3rd-Kylie Colson (G) 26.13, 4th-Viannei Perez (G) 26.53 Boys 14and under 1st-Tavian Valenzuela (G) 22.38, 2nd-Baeley Febus (G) 25.12, 3rd-Jonathan Flores (G) 28.88 Girls 16and under 1st-Tatum Sparks (O) 22.30, 2nd-Carly Taff (O) 24.76, 3rd-Samantha Bailes (G) 26.19, 4th-Kassandra Martinez (G) 26.62 Boys 16and under 1st-David Trevino (G) 22.93 Girls 18and under 1st-Meghan Marquez (G) 24.31, 2nd-Samanta Castaneda (G) 30.46, 3rd-Ashlyn Sehnert (G) 35.50 160-Meter Freestyle Relay Girls 10and under 1st-Othello (O. Vasquez, E. Parrish, M. Jensen, J. Tomer) 2:21.91 Boys 10and under 1st-Grandview (D. McGhan, J. Cortez, A. Trevino, I. Garza) 2:28.05 Girls 12and under 1st-Grandview (J. Colson, K. Ott, A. Martinez, B. Desmarais) 2:00.33 Boys 12and under 1st-Grandview (N. Cortez, A. Morales, N. Gutierrez, T. Dawson) 2:10.72 Girls 14and under 1st-Grandview (K. Cortez, A. Cromwell, J. Grant, L. Binfet) 1:46.77 Boys 14and under 1st-Grandview (B. Febus, T. Valenzuela, A. Morales, N. Gutierrez) 1:45.41 Girls 18and under 1st-Grandview (S. Bailes, A. Sehnert, J. Trevino, S. Castaneda) 1:58.33 Boys 18and under 1st-Grandview (T. Valenzuela, B. Febus, N. Gutierrez, D. Trevino) 1:44.07 160-Meter Individual Medley Girls 10and under 1st-Molly Jensen (O) 3:10.19, 2nd-Ori Vasquez (O) 3:14.10, 3rd-Julia Tomer (O) 3:25.52, 4th-Elaina Parrish (O) 3:30.65 Boys 10and under 1st-Carl Cameron (O) 3:07.88, 2nd-Aiden Thien (O) 3:28.15, 3rd-Ryan Thien (O) 3:40.02, 4th-Levi Danz (O) 3:44.83 Girls 12and under 1st-Shaya Parrish (O) 2:46.66, 2nd-Brianna Desmarais (G) 2:48.09, 3rd-Jordan Colson (G) 2:52.50, 4th-Rosa Johnson (O) 2:59.54 Boys 12and under 1st-Nathaniel Gutierrez (G) 2:38.51, 2nd-Nicolas Cortez (G) 3:16.99, 3rd-Angel Morales (G) 3:18.50, 4th-Tad Dawson (G) 3:23.53 Girls 14and under 1st-Taylor Ebbelaar (G) 2:24.44, 2nd-Joey Taff (O) 2:38.59, 3rd-Kylie Colson (G) 2:42.36, 4th-Isabel Vasquez (O) 2:56.96 Boys 14and under 1st-Tavian Valenzuela (G) 2:29.05, 2nd-Baeley Febus (G) 2:40.64, 3rd-Jonathan Flores (G) 3:12.51 Girls 16and under 1st-Tatum Sparks (O) 2:17.47, 2nd-Samantha Bailes (G) 2:37.84, 3rd-Kassandra Martinez (G) 2:38.12, 4th-Josie Trevino (G) 2:51.89 Boys 16and under 1st-David Trevino (G) 2:27.76 Girls 18and under 1st-Samanta Castaneda (G) 2:30.36, 2nd-Ashlyn Sehnert (G) 3:07.26

Deputies say drug argument led to killing of Prosser man

KENNEWICK - Yesterday morning (Wednesday) one of the suspects in the homicide of Preston Yahne, 22, of Prosser appeared in court in Benton County. Robert McCorkindale, 24, of Grandview has not been charged but the judge determined that the court had probable cause to detain him. In a statement made to detectives, they say McCorkindale admitted to driving to a remote location for a drug deal with Yahne on June 14. During an argument, McCorkindale claimed he stabbed Yahne and ran him over with his own car, twice. McCorkindale said he then put Yahne in the trunk of the car. McCorkindale told detectives that he returned the next day and set the car on fire to dispose of the evidence. The burned out vehicle was discovered June 18, at a gravel pit on Emerald Road near Sunnyside. Also arrested was Laura Bancroft, 19, also of Grandview. She is in the Yakima County jail also awaiting charges.

National Night Out support sought here

This August the Sunnyside Police Department will again be hosting National Night Out block parties in Sunnyside. But to make it happen each year, the department needs help from the community. "We depend on the continued support of our local businesses; it is because of the support of our local businesses and service providers that we are able to host the Lower Valley block parties," said Officer Sam Ramos. He says in 2012 that community support aided police in hosting 16 block parties throughout Sunnyside. "In tough economic times like these it is more important that we come together as a community to support each other," Ramos adds. He notes the police department is as committed as ever to coordinating National Night Out block parties. Ramos says the goals for National Night Out are to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. In July a representative from the Sunnyside Police Department will be contacting businesses and service providers about participation in this year's National Night Out. For more information or to make a donation of items for the block parties, call 837-2120.

Sunnyside native earns national award

Carolyn Williams, a native of Sunnyside living in Portland, Ore., was recently awarded a Heroes of Infection Prevention Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, an international group trying to make the world safer by preventing infection. Williams, who grew up in Sunnyside, always wanted to be a nurse, according to her father, Roger Garrison. She worked hard at the goal, volunteering at Sunnyside Community Hospital and training for all circumstances. One of her goals was to become a Red Cross nurse, and she eventually joined the Red Cross disaster services branch as a volunteer. She has been deployed by the Red Cross to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and fires all over the world and was one of the first responders on 9/11, helping to set up the headquarters for the Red Cross in the disaster zone. She received a commendation from President Bush for her work in New York at Ground Zero. She has also received the Ann Magnussen Award, considered one of the highest awards possible to earn in nursing. This latest award is in response to her efforts to protect first-responders and municipal workers from being infected by or spreading infectious diseases. As part of her work for the city of Portland, she taught 45 infection prevention classes to almost 1,900 city employees in 2012. With knowledge gained from this effort, she spearheaded development of the Guide to Infection Prevention in Emergency Medical Services, a free resource available to emergency medical and public safety personnel nationwide. Her work on this evidence-based guide earned her the award in the field of education.



Wednesday, June 26

'F' as in Frank

In praise of transparency, and a call for longevity

Grandview teen off to Arizona to hone leadership skills

Alondra Perez is off on a great adventure this week as a member of the Free the Children Take Action Camp. The teenager, who will be a freshman at Grandview High School in August, recently won an-all expense paid, five-day trip to the youth leadership camp after writing an essay about how she planned to spend her summer. Perez, who will be the president of her class, wrote she planned to sell snacks at local weekend soccer matches. "I want to raise money to aid the homeless programs in our community," she said. Perez had targeted SunnyView Park, located midway between Grandview and Sunnyside on Yakima Valley Highway, as the location for her food sales. Her winning essay is now giving her the unique opportunity to attend the summer camp, located near Patagonia, Ariz., explained Kevin Chase, Grandview School District superintendent. He said the "Take Action" camp is a social justice- theme camp designed to give young people leadership skills, confidence and peer support. "We're all very proud of her," said Jack Dalton, her middle school counselor. "I could not be happier for this young lady. She is the nicest and hardest working middle school student I have ever met, and I have been at GMS for 10 years," Dalton said. He described Perez as a hard working student. She carries a 4.0 GPA and hopes one day to be president of the United States, he added. "No one is more deserving of this trip than she is," he said.

Neptunes power past Naches swimmers, 465-309

GRANDVIEW - It would be hard to argue anyone had a bigger night for the Grandview Neptunes than Nathaniel Gutierrez. Gutierrez cleaned up big time in the boys 12and under competitions. Coupled with other strong individual performances from several of his teammates, the Neptunes swept aside the visiting Naches Barracudas Tuesday evening, 465-309. For Grandview, last night's victory was its first in Mid-Valley Summer Swim League action following a 0-3 start. With the exception of the breaststroke event, Gutierrez proved unstoppable - and much more adept - than his boys 12and under counterparts. The Neptune, after helping his squad to a first-place finish in the 160-yard medley relay, waxed the competition in the 40-yard butterfly, finishing nine and a quarter seconds ahead of the next closest swimmer. Gutierrez had to settle for second-place honors behind teammate Nicolas Cortez in the 40-breaststroke, but stepped up huge again in the 40-backstroke. In that event he posted an approximate seven-second margin of victory. Gutierrez won handily, as well, in the 40-freestyle, finishing 2.88 seconds ahead of the second-place finishing Cortez. Following Grandview's victory in the boys 12and under, 160-yard freestyle relay - which he was a part of - Gutierrez went to town on the competition in the 160-yard individual medley. He swam the four lengths of the pool in a time of 2:37.41, good for a nearly 36-second margin of victory, again over his teammate Cortez. The shock of the night, perhaps, came in the boys 14and under, 40-yard breaststroke competition. One of the league's premier swimmers in that age division, Naches' Aaron George, made short work of all comers in the other races, but in the breast he found his match in Grandview's Tavian Valenzuela. The Neptune sprinted to a clocking of 28.36 seconds, beating George to the finish line by about nine-tenths of a second. Grandview also got a big boost in the team scoring because Naches was unable to field a single swimmer at girls 14and under. That equated to a 65-0 scoring advantage for the Neptunes. The Barracudas' big gun proved to be boys 10and under competitor Vincent Ross. His margins of victory in the 40-yard butterfly, backstroke and freestyle races were 7.96, 6.98 and 7.50 seconds, respectively. Ross finished 16.03 seconds ahead of the next closest finisher in the 160-IM. The Naches youngster was unable to make a clean sweep of it, however, as both Grandview's Daniel McGhan and Damian Perez bested Ross to the finish line in the 40-breaststroke. McGhan clocked a time of 50.49 seconds for the victory, with Perez placing second in a time of 52.86 seconds. Ross was third at 54.54. Grandview, weather permitting, will host the Othello Barracudas tonight (Wednesday). That match-up was originally scheduled for last week, but a lightning storm that blew into the Lower Yakima Valley forced the meet to be postponed. NACHES 309 - GRANDVIEW 465 160-Yard Medley Relay Girls 10and under 1st-Naches (names unavailable) 3:28.26 Boys 10and under 1st-Naches (C. Hogue, V. Ross, T. Ward, L. Ross) 3:28.00 Girls 12and under 1st-Grandview (C. McGhan, J. Colson, C. Ruiz, B. Desmarais) 2:17.09 Boys 12and under 1st-Grandview (A. Morales, N. Cortez, N. Gutierrez, T. Dawson) 2:34.45 Girls 14and under 1st-Grandview (T. Ebbelaar, V. Perez, R. Colson, A. Trevino) 2:03.05 Boys 14and under 1st-Grandview (J. Cisneros-Valdez, M. Prieto, T. Valenzuela, B. Febus) 1:57.04 Girls 18and under 1st-Grandview (S. Castaneda, A. Sehnert, J. Trevino, K. Martinez) 2:06.36 Boys 18and under 1st-Naches (D. Whitmore, D. Whitmore, J. Stanton, A. Brewington) 1:38.23 40-Yard Butterfly Girls 8and under 1st-Kellynn Scott (N) 1:10.29 (rest of field DQ'd) Boys 8and under 1st-Justin Adamson (G) 1:07.49 (rest of field DQ'd) Girls 10and under 1st-Alexis Kearby (N) 42.17, 2nd-Mackenzie Benge (N) 43.78, 3rd-Jessa Hellner-Gomez (G) 47.64, 4th-Amelia Haller (N) 59.35 Boys 10and under 1st-Vincent Ross (N) 39.41, 2nd-Damian Perez (G) 47.37, 3rd-Thorin Ward (N) 50.65, 4th-Daniel McGhan (G) 52.40 Girls 12and under 1st-Cassandra Ruiz (G) 33.31, 2nd-Jordan Colson (G) 33.43, 3rd-Kaitlyn Ott (G) 35.99, 4th-Shelby DeVore (N) 37.56 Boys 12and under 1st-Nathaniel Gutierrez (G) 30.16, 2nd-Maxx Black (N) 39.41, 3rd-Angel Morales (G) 41.09, 4th-Braden Stanton (N) 47.71 Girls 14and under 1st-Viannei Perez (G) 28.03, 2nd-Kaylin Cortez (G) 32.84, 3rd-Maxine Ocampo (G) 33.77, 4th-Kendall Roberson (G) 34.71 Boys 14and under 1st-Aaron George (N) 21.18, 2nd-Tavian Valenzuela (G) 25.82, 3rd-Maurice Prieto (G) 27.46, 4th-JoJo Cisneros-Valdez (G) 27.62 Girls 16and under 1st-Josie Trevino (G) 29.45, 2nd-Olivia Smith (N) 30.72, 3rd-Kassandra Martinez (G) 33.07, 4th-Emily Paulinski (N) 36.34 Boys 16and under 1st-David Trevino (G) 23.25, 2nd-Justin Stanton (N) 23.77, 3rd-Malachi Bejar-Garcia (G) 33.66 Girls 18and under 1st-Samanta Castaneda (G) 25.25, 2nd-Amanda Marquez (G) 29.98, 3rd-Ashlyn Sehnert (G) 35.71 Boys 18and under 1st-David Whitmore (N) 20.42, 2nd-Daniel Whitmore (N) 20.67 40-Yard Breaststroke Girls 8and under 1st-Kellynn Scott (N) 1:00.17 (rest of field DQ'd) Boys 8and under 1st-Justin Adamson (G) 1:09.63 (rest of field DQ'd) Girls 10and under 1st-Alexis Kearby (N) 46.30, 2nd-Jessa Hellner-Gomez (G) 48.24, 3rd-Mackenzie Benge (N) 48.58, 4th-Krista Freeze (N) 55.87 Boys 10and under 1st-Daniel McGhan (G) 50.49, 2nd-Damian Perez (G) 52.86, 3rd-Vincent Ross (N) 54.54, 4th-Thorin Ward (N) 55.77 Girls 12and under 1st-Jordan Colson (G) 35.82, 2nd-Cassandra Ruiz (G) 36.74, 3rd-Heather Gurney (N) 39.83, 4th-Caitlin McGhan (G) 40.39 Boys 12and under 1st-Nicolas Cortez (G) 35.44, 2nd-Nathaniel Gutierrez (G) 39.64, 3rd-Brenton Littleton (G) 42.40, 4th-Maxx Black (N) 43.08 Girls 14and under 1st-Reagan Colson (G) 32.71, 2nd-Kylie Colson (G) 32.82, 3rd-Taylor Ebbelaar (G) 33.25, 4th-Viannei Perez (G) 34.76 Boys 14and under 1st-Tavian Valenzuela (G) 28.36, 2nd-Aaron George (N) 29.28, 3rd-JoJo Cisneros-Valdez (G) 33.04, 4th-Maurice Prieto (G) 35.83 Girls 16and under 1st-Josie Trevino (G) 34.72, 2nd-Kassandra Martinez (G) 36.71, 3rd-Olivia Smith (N) 39.45, 4th-Brin Gurney (N) 42.11 Boys 16and under 1st-Justin Stanton (N) 29.81, 2nd-David Trevino (G) 30.31, 3rd-Malachi Bejar-Garcia (G) 48.71 Girls 18and under 1st-Samanta Castaneda (G) 32.88, 2nd-Ashlyn Sehnert (G) 36.84, 3rd-Amanda Marquez (G) 38.38, 4th-Meghan Marquez (G) 42.31 Boys 18and under 1st-David Whitmore (N) 25.83, 2nd-Daniel Whitmore (N) 26.42 40-Yard Backstroke Girls 8and under 1st-Kellynn Scott (N) 51.38, 2nd-Lillian Miles (N) 1:33.02 Boys 8and under 1st-Lucus Ross (N) 49.42, 2nd-Justin Adamson (G) 1:13.11 Girls 10and under 1st-Jessa Hellner-Gomez (G) 45.52, 2nd-Alexis Kearby (N) 47.70, 3rd-Mackenzie Benge (N) 48.75, 4th-Amelia Haller (N) 55.81 Boys 10and under 1st-Vincent Ross (N) 43.36, 2nd-Damian Perez (G) 49.34, 3rd-Thorin Ward (N) 49.40, 4th-Daniel McGhan (G) 59.39 Girls 12and under 1st-Brianna Desmarais (G) 36.11, 2nd-Abby Martinez (G) 38.38, 3rd-Olivia Kinman (N) 39.68, 4th-Cassandra Ruiz (G) 40.46 Boys 12and under 1st-Nathaniel Gutierrez (G) 32.95, 2nd-Nicolas Cortez (G) 39.94, 3rd-Jonathon Lara (N) 43.69, 4th-Maxx Black (N) 45.53 Girls 14and under 1st-Maxine Ocampo (G) 36.20, 2nd-Kylie Colson (G) 37.18, 3rd-Kendall Roberson (G) 37.94, 4th-Kamryn Serl (G) 37.95 Boys 14and under 1st-Aaron George (N) 24.21, 2nd-Tavian Valenzuela (G) 30.72, 3rd-Baeley Febus (G) 33.87, 4th-Nathan Barrientes (G) 34.31 Girls 16and under 1st-Olivia Smith (N) 30.81, 2nd-Kassandra Martinez (G) 36.00, 3rd-Josie Trevino (G) 38.70, 4th-Emily Paulinski (N) 43.09 Boys 16and under 1st-Justin Stanton (N) 29.47, 2nd-David Tevino (G) 29.69, 3rd-Malachi Bejar-Garcia (G) 52.62 Girls 18and under 1st-Samanta Castaneda (G) 30.71, 2nd-Amanda Marquez (G) 35.97, 3rd-Ashlyn Sehnert (G) 36.13, 4th-Meghan Marquez (G) 37.53 Boys 18and under 1st-Daniel Whitmore (N) 24.15, 2nd-David Whitmore (N) 24.32 40-Yard Freestyle Girls 8and under 1st-Allie Cromwell (G) 1:24.32, 2nd-Lillian Miles (N) 1:41.20 Boys 8and under 1st-Lucus Ross (N) 45.32, 2nd-Justin Adamson (G) 56.04, 3rd-Eric Lepe (G) 56.13, 4th-Luke Cortez (G) 1:01.86 Girls 10and under 1st-Mackenzie Benge (N) 33.83, 2nd-Jessa Hellner-Gomez (G) 37.35, 3rd-Alexis Kearby (N) 39.46, 4th-Krista Freeze (N) 51.15 Boys 10and under 1st-Vincent Ross (N) 30.96, 2nd-Thorin Ward (N) 38.46, 3rd-Damian Perez (G) 40.34, 4th-Aiden Trevino (G) 42.18 Girls 12and under 1st-(tie) Brianna Desmarais (G) & Olvia Kinman (N) 27.04, 3rd-Cassandra Ruiz (G) 28.13, 4th-Jordan Colson (G) 28.96 Boys 12and under 1st-Nathaniel Gutierrez (G) 26.43, 2nd-Nicolas Cortez (G) 29.31, 3rd-Brenton Littleton (G) 33.71, 4th-Ryan Farris (N) 34.61 Girls 14and under 1st-Taylor Ebbelaar (G) 24.66, 2nd-Kaylin Cortez (G) 25.10, 3rd-Kylie Colson (G) 26.25, 4th-Viannei Perez (G) 26.33 Boys 14and under 1st-Aaron George (N) 20.17, 2nd-Maurice Prieto (G) 21.62, 3rd-JoJo Cisneros-Valdez (G) 23.74, 4th-Baeley Febus (G) 24.81 Girls 16and under 1st-Kassandra Martinez (G) 26.44, 2nd-Olivia Smith (N) 26.57, 3rd-Josie Trevino (G) 26.87, 4th-Brin Gurney (N) 28.79 Boys 16and under 1st-Justin Stanton (N) 21.33, 2nd-David Trevino (G) 22.23, 3rd-Malachi Bejar-Garcia (G) 28.69 Girls 18and under 1st-Samanta Castaneda (G) 23.86, 2nd-Ashlyn Sehnert (G) 28.13, 3rd-Amanda Marquez (G) 28.89, 4th-Meghan Marquez (G) 33.93 Boys 18and under 1st-David Whitmore (N) 19.52, 2nd-Daniel Whitmore (N) 21.10 160-Yard Freestyle Relay Girls 10and under 1st-Naches (M. Benge, K. Freeze, A. Kearby, A. Haller) 3:04.15 Boys 10and under 1st-Naches (V. Ross, T. Ward, C. Hogue, L. Ross) 2:53.51 Girls 12and under 1st-Grandview (J. Colson, C. Ruiz, B. Desmarais, C. McGhan) 1:59.10 Boys 12and under 1st-Grandview (N. Cortez, A. Morales, N. Gutierrez, T. Dawson) 2:11.43 Girls 14and under 1st-Grandview (V. Perez, K. Colson, T. Ebbelaar, A. Trevino) 1:47.57 Boys 14and under 1st-Grandview (T. Valenzuela, M. Prieto, J. Cisneros-Valdez, B. Febus) 1:38.92 Girls 18and under 1st-Grandview (A. Sehnert, J. Trevino, K. Martinez, S. Castaneda) 1:53.20 Boys 18and under 1st-Naches (d. Whitmore, D. Whitmore, J. Stanton, A. Brewington) 1:27.61 160-Yard Individual Medley Girls 10and under 1st-Mackenzie Benge (N) 3:17.71, 2nd-Alexis Kearby (N) 3:28.17, 3rd-Krista Freeze (N) 4:18.93 Boys 10and under 1st-Vincent Ross (N) 3:30.81, 2nd-Thorin Ward (N) 3:46.84, 3rd-Daniel McGhan (G) 4:06.35, 4th-Aiden Trevino (G) 4:11.48 Girls 12and under 1st-Brianna Desmarais (G) 2:50.51, 2nd-Shelby DeVore (N) 2:56.34, 3rd-Cassandra Ruiz (G) 2:57.85, 4th-Jordan Colson (G) 2:59.20 Boys 12and under 1st-Nathaniel Gutierrez (G) 2:37.41, 2nd-Nicolas Cortez (G) 3:13.71, 3rd-Maxx Black (N) 3:15.82, 4th-Tad Dawson (G) 3:33.15 Girls 14and under 1st-Taylor Ebbelaar (G) 2:22.98, 2nd-Viannei Perez (G) 2:34.54, 3rd-Kaylin Cortez (G) 2:52.77, 4th-Abby Cromwell (G) 2:55.23 Boys 14and under 1st-Aaron George (N) 1:56.16, 2nd-Tavian Valenzuela (G) 2:26.18, 3rd-JoJo Cisneros-Valdez (G) 2:26.48, 4th-Maurice Prieto (G) 2:37.79 Girls 16and under 1st-Kassandra Martinez (G) 2:42.71, 2nd-Josie Trevino (G) 2:49.22, 3rd-Olivia Smith (N) 2:58.96, 4th-Brin Gurney (N) 3:00.87 Boys 16and under 1st-Justin Stanton (N) 2:11.57, 2nd-David Trevino (G) 2:26.06, 3rd-Malachi Bejar-Garcia (G) 3:35.55 Girls 18and under 1st-Samanta Castaneda (G) 2:27.74, 2nd-Ashlyn Sehnert (G) 2:51.63, 3rd-Amanda Marquez (G) 2:53.06 Boys 18and under 1st-David Whitmore (N) 1:52.23, 2nd-Daniel Whitmore (N) 1:55.13

Two arrested on homicide charges

Two arrests have been made in connection with a suspected homicide discovered Tuesday, June 18, near Sunnyside. The Yakima County coroner has confirmed that remains found in the burned out car located near Sunnyside are those of the owner of the car, Preston Yahne, 22, of Prosser. Detectives arrested a 19-year-old female and a 24-year-old male, both residents of Grandview, yesterday (Tuesday). The arrests were the result of inquiries made to associates of the victim. According to the Yakima County Sheriff's office, information developed in the course of the arrests indicates that the alleged homicide occurred in Benton County rather than in Yakima County. One of the suspects was booked at Benton County jail and the other at Yakima County jail. Benton County authorities will likely take custody of the suspect booked at Yakima, according to deputies.

Great Mabton Dog Round-up underway

MABTON - Mabton dog owners who allow their pets to run loose throughout the community will have to drive to Union Gap to retrieve them come Thursday, according to Mabton City Mayor Vera Zavala. Zavala told the Mabton Council Tuesday night that on Wednesday (today) the Mabton public work department in conjunction with the Yakima County Humane Society will be rounding up all dogs caught running at large. In order for dog owners to reclaim their erstwhile pets, they will have to provide proof that "Fido" has his rabies shot. Owners will also be required to purchase a Mabton city dog license, which will be available from the Humane Society. The cost for the dog license is $15 for spayed or neutered animals and $20 for unaltered animals. In addition there will be a $25 per dog penalty levied to dog owners who've allowed their animals to run wild, said Mabton City Clerk-Treasurer Ret Stewart. Stewart explained that according to the city's agreement with the Humane Society, animals will be kept for three days before being shipped to Seattle to be put up for adoption. Police Chief Rick Gutierrez said the dogs have become a huge danger to the residents of the community. "It's a big problem," he said. "The message is 'keep your dogs secure or lose them'," Gutierrez said. At last report only 50 dog licenses had been purchased in the community where dogs reportedly outnumber the residents.

Council candidates have police backgrounds

MABTON - The current vacancy on the Mabton City Council has attracted only two candidates, both of whom were interviewed during Tuesday night's regularly scheduled meeting. However, following a brief executive session, Mayor Vera Zavala announced that no decision was forthcoming regarding the pair's applications. "We have a variety of concerns to address before we can make a final decision," Zavala said. The candidates are Johnnie Gusby of 202 Cedar St. and Richard Pena of 307 Pine St. The council's concerns centered on conflict of interest issues involving the possible appointment of Pena, whose wife Yolanda Pena is a city hall employee. Pena said he didn't feel his wife's employment with the city would be an issue as the Council does not have direct supervision of staff. The council decided to review its policies before making any decision on either candidate. During the interviews of the candidates, Gusby, a Sunnyside police officer, said he hoped to be able to serve his community and ...give my input on helping this town become bigger." Gusby said he felt his law enforcement background would be of value to the council. "I feel I am open and approachable towards all members of the community. "I currently am in law enforcement which gives me knowledge of criminal, civil laws and safety measures, which is needed to run a great community," he wrote in his application for the council seat. Gusby, a former Mabton police reserve officer, has volunteered in the community with National Night Out. He is also a member of the Mabton Booster Club, and is involved with the Mabton AAU program. His family has lived in Mabton for 17 years, where his children also attend school. Pena served as a provincial police officer on the Mabton city force from 1996 to 2000. He is currently retired. He also is a member of Mabton's National Night Out Committee. "I feel I can contribute my law enforcement and management expertise in helping solve (city) issues," he said. The law enforcement background of Pena, who has lived in Mabton since 2004, includes working on the gang task force and domestic task team, and working with the Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services in Sunnyside. Pena was a crisis advocate assisting domestic violence victims through the judicial process. The council expects to make a decision regarding the council seat vacancy at its July 9 meeting. The chosen candidate will complete the remaining three years of position #5, left vacant by Zavala, who was selected to fill the position of mayor until the general election.

Tuesday, June 25

Sunnyside Community Hospital offering new program for employers

Sunnyside Community Hospital is now offering a new program designed to work hand-in-hand, helping local businesses and industries with their many employee health needs, especially controlling costs associated with workers compensation. The program is called WellnessWorks. There is no cost to enroll in the WellnessWorks program. "WellnessWorks is a win-win. Companies are able to reduce costs and streamline communications, and Sunnyside Community Hospital provides the health care services they need," said Sunnyside Community Hospital CEO John Gallagher. He said, "As a hospital, we are here to serve our community, and that includes helping businesses and industries improve the overall health and wellness of their work force." The WellnessWorks concept has aided businesses and industries for more than 10 years. Gallagher said Sunnyside Community Hospital is proud to have the opportunity to offer this unique program to the community. The hospital has put in place a physician panel consisting of general practitioners and physician specialists who are interested in helping the local work force become healthier and more productive in the workplace. The four basic components that make up the WellnessWorks program are as follows: 1. Injury Prevention Services - Sunnyside Community Hospital WellnessWorks program provides employers with easy access to health care information and services. This includes providing on-site safety talks and health events to scheduling physicals and drug screenings. 2. Injury Intervention Services - The program offers a cost-effective and efficient group of physicians to aid employers to establish return-to-work strategies and help minimize treatment time and lost work days. 3. Service Coordination - Sunnyside Community Hospital WellnessWorks provides a centralized communication hub within the health care system to assist employers with scheduling and tracking cases. The service coordination department acts as a liaison between all parties involved with managing employee health care needs. 4. Wellness Promotion - This aspect of the program helps employers to educate the work force regarding general health policies and plans. A variety of services are available such as health events, health education talks, corporate health club incentives and more. There is no cost associated with enrolling in the WellnessWorks program. A brief enrollment and implementation process is required to ensure that the health care providers are informed and aware of the employers' requirements and protocols for handling health care needs. The corporate health consultant works with employers to customize the program to meet any specific needs. To enroll or request more information about taking advantage of these services, contact Michelle Gonzalez. Sunnyside Community Hospital WellnessWorks corporate health consultant at 888-991-3627.

Gina Popovic named YVFW media contact

YAKIMA - Gina Popovic has been named new senior communications manager for Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Popovic, who started at the agency in May, will serve as the organization's primary media contact. She comes to Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic after spending nine years with Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. While employed by Planned Parenthood, her primary role was to manage public relations, communications and asset management for the organization, prior to and throughout the merger between the Washington and Idaho groups. Popovic has more than 16 years experience in public relations, communications, relationship building, external affairs, management and leadership.

Farm Workers Clinic dental department has new director at helm

TOPPENISH - Stephen Davis, DDS, has been named director of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Dental Department. Currently the lead dentist at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Toppenish Medical-Dental Clinic, Dr. Davis will assume this new role in addition to his current responsibilities. The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic offers a dental residency program and recently began a new dental training program in partnership with YV Tech in Yakima. Dr. Davis' position was created to help meet the growing dental services provided by the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, according to agency spokesperson Gina Popovic. In addition, the dental services provided at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic are expanding to better provide patients with dental and medical care under one roof. This concept follows the recent movement to more centralized Patient Centered Health Homes. Dr. Davis has taken a leadership role in helping build that philosophy within the clinics. Dr. Davis began working with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in 2007. He will be working alongside Mark Koday, DDS, who has been leading the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Dental Department since 2000. Dr. Koday will assume the title of Chief Dental Officer to better align with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic corporate administrative structure. Both dentists will share the administrative management of the dental department.

Dutch Bros. opening in Sunnyside

Sunnyside residents will soon have an opportunity to enjoy the flavors of Dutch Bros. Coffee on a daily basis. That's because Erin and Ryan Bates of the Tri-Cities are planning to open a coffee shop here. They are planning to refurbish the coffee stand located in the 2600 block of Yakima Valley Highway (in front of Del's) by the end of the summer. Mrs. Bates said her father's construction company, Skog Brothers Glass of Moses Lake, will be completing the refurbishing project to ensure the shop looks like most Dutch Bros. Coffee cafes. Mrs. Bates has worked for Dutch Bros. Coffee in the Tri-Cities for five years and said she and her husband have been looking at opportunities to open a franchise. "There are already locations in the Tri-Cities and we felt this was a great opportunity," she said, stating Sunnyside is close to home. The couple, once the business is up and running, plan to move to the Lower Yakima Valley so they can be close to the business. "This is a great company that offers its employees opportunities to franchise," said Mrs. Bates, who is 24-years-old. She said she also enjoys meeting new people on a daily basis. "You may only talk to people a minute a day, but after days of having that one minute with them, you build this crazy, close relationship." Bates and her husband met in just such a way. "Every time he came through, I could barely talk. I'd start tipping drinks over and would get super flustered," she said. The couple has a little boy, Kobey, and want to give back to the community. Mrs. Bates has plans to employ nine "Broistas." She said Dutch Bros. has several unique beverages. Most popular is its Blue Rebel energy drink. Also offered will be the Dutch Freeze, Chai teas, smoothies and the famous Dutch Bros. coffee beverages. "I also hope to find a local bakery to provide customers with local pastries," said Mrs. Bates. Dutch Bros. is a Pacific Northwest company, headquartered in Grants Pass, Ore. It was founded by Dane and Travis Broersma in 1992.

Selah swimmers harpoon Sunnyside Sharks

One of the hallmarks of the Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team over the years has been its ability to defend its home pool. Unfortunately for the local swimmers, the Selah Dolphins are chipping away at that point of pride. The three-time defending league champion Dolphins swam off with a convincing 507-323 victory over the Sharks Monday evening. Selah won last year's match-up in the Sunnyside pool as well, although that win was by a much narrower margin of 408-395. Last night's thrashing of the Sharks may signal that Sunnyside and the rest of the Mid-Valley Summer Swim League clubs are simply vying for runner-up honors this year. If that's the case, Sunnyside is the prohibitive favorite to finish in the No. 2 spot, as the Sharks are the only team that has given Selah a run for its money the last couple of seasons. In emerging victorious last night, Selah was led by the one-two punch of Isabella Vick and Trista Hull. Vick, a girls 8and under competitor, won three of the four 50-meter individual events in her age division by margins ranging from 5.85 seconds to 15.2. In the one event she didn't win, the 50-meter breaststroke, Vick finished one, one-hundredth of a second behind teammate Caitlin Strand. Hull, competing at girls 10and under, swept aside all comers in all five individual events. And, she did so in eye-popping fashion. In the ironman 200-meter individual medley, Hull slapped the wall a full 55 seconds ahead of the runner-up. In the shorter 50-meter races, Hull's margin of victories in the butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke events were 6.70, 9.90 and 7.96 seconds, respectively. The one event in which Hull received a challenge - the 50-meter freestyle - Sunnyside's Ryen Bonzi turned in a respectable clocking of 40.09 seconds. Still, Hull finished first in a time of 37.28. As strong, and deep, as Selah was last night, Sunnyside was able to expose a few chinks in the Dolphins' armor. The Sharks' Brittany Broersma, particularly, revealed a flaw in Selah's the girls 18and under age bracket. Broersma won four of the five individual events. She edged Selah's Aricka Smith by less than a quarter of a second in the 50-'fly, but won handily in the 50-breast and free races and in the 200-IM. Broersma settled for runner-up honors to Smith in the 50-back. Sunnyside, too, had six swimmers who each notched two wins on the night in the individual events. They included Parker Van de Graaf (boys 12and under butterfly and freestyle), Aydan Harrington (girls 14and under butterfly and IM), Adrian Heffron (boys 14and under butterfly and freestyle), Jolissa Mendoza (girls 14and under backstroke and freestyle), Katelyn Banks (girls 16and under butterfly and IM) and Kalie Bestebreur (girls 16and under breaststroke and backstroke). The most competitive event of the night was the girls 14and under, 50-meter breaststroke. Just 15 hundredths of a second separated the first through fourth-place finishers. Selah's Elyse Kuebler garnered the win with her clocking of 48.18 seconds. Placing second with a clocking of 48.22 was Sunnyside's Emily Banks. Natalie Borchert of Selah was third to touch the wall, in a time of 48.25, and in fourth was the Sharks' Harrington (48.33). The Sunnyside swim team (3-1) has a bye on its schedule tonight (Tuesday). The Sharks are slated to host the Grandview Neptunes this coming Thursday. SELAH 507 - SUNNYSIDE 323 200-Meter Medley Relay Girls 10and under 1st-Selah 3:31.78, 2nd-Sunnyside 3:32.82 Boys 10and under 1st-Selah 3:56.45 Girls 12and under 1st-Selah 2:48.54, 2nd-Sunnyside 2:59.93 Boys 12and under 1st-Sunnyside 2:59.69, 2nd-Selah 3:36.24 Girls 14and under 1st-Selah 2:51.63, 2nd-Sunnyside 2:55.63 Boys 14and under 1st-Selah 2:38.87, 2nd-Sunnyside 2:56.59 Girls 18and under 1st-Sunnyside 2:32.69, 2nd-Selah 2:33.17 Boys 18and under 1st-Selah 2:15.10, 2nd-Sunnyside 2:22.07 50-Meter Butterfly Girls 8and under 1st-Isabella Vick (Se) 53.53, 2nd-Chamelle Abringe (Su) 1:08.73, 3rd-Caitlin Strand (Se) 1:32.30, 4th-Elise Ozanich (Se) 2:18.15 Boys 8and under 1st-Reilly Cavanaugh (Se) 1:06.55, 2nd-Charlie Hudson (Se) 1:11.41, 3rd-Gage Newhouse (Su) 1:22.13 Girls 10and under 1st-Trista Hull (Se) 43.99, 2nd-Ryen Bonzi (Su) 50.69, 3rd-Robin Willey (Se) 57.83, 4th-McKenna Swindell (Se) 58.04 Boys 10and under 1st-Myles Newhouse (Su) 55.05, 2nd-Giovanni DeLoza (Se) 57.42, 3rd-Liam Cavanaugh (Se) 58.76, 4th-Logan Rodriguez (Su) 1:00.06 Girls 12and under 1st-Jesse Rees (Se) 39.31, 2nd-Kylah Bunch (Su) 44.89, 3rd-Nicole Smith (Se) 45.12, 4th-Elle Lancaster (Se) 45.40 Boys 12and under 1st-Parker Van de Graaf (Su) 43.65, 2nd-Will Richardson (Se) 46.04, 3rd-Johnny Heffron (Su) 49.84, 4th-Clay Schilperoort (Su) 54.53 Girls 14and under 1st-Aydan Harrington (Su) 36.50, 2nd-Elyse Kuebler (Se) 37.36, 3rd-Jolissa Mendoza (Su) 37.40, 4th-Maggie Rees (Se) 42.95 Boys 14and under 1st-Adrian Heffron (Su) 35.29, 2nd-Jacob Frampton (Se) 36.32, 3rd-Carson Vick (Se) 36.49, 4th-Carlo Rodriguez (Su) 41.49 Girls 16and under 1st-Katelyn Banks (Su) 36.27, 2nd-Melanie Garza (Se) 38.65, 3rd-Lindsay Schilperoort (Su) 39.39, 4th-Aidan Hudgens (Su) 40.78 Boys 16and under 1st-Nolan Frampton (Se) 30.67, 2nd-Alex Perez (Su) 31.71, 3rd-Ivan Lancaster (Se) 33.50, 4th-Ryan Leischner (Se) 34.63 Girls 18and under 1st-Brittany Broersma (Su) 33.49, 2nd-Aricka Smith (Se) 33.64, 3rd-Tara Van Corbach (Su) 36.00, 4th-Brittany Borchert (Se) 40.46 Boys 18and under 1st-Carson Petrea (Se) 30.79, 2nd-Jared Churchill (Su) 33.19, 3rd-Breyden Newland (Se) 38.01 50-Meter Breaststroke Girls 8and under 1st-Caitlin Strand (Se) 1:06.90, 2nd-Isabella Vick (Se) 1:06.91, 3rd-Tayler Bonzi (Su) 1:19.99, 4th-Avery Hartman (Se) 1:20.34 Boys 8and under 1st-Charlie Hudson (Se) 1:10.72, 2nd-Riley Pasicaran (Su) 1:13.75, 3rd-Reilly Cavanaugh (Se) 1:31.97, 4th-Gage Newhouse (Su) 1:44.84 Girls 10and under 1st-Trista Hull (Se) 51.21, 2nd-Abigail Albrecht (Su) 1:01.11, 3rd-Arianna Sanchez (Su) 1:01.29, 4th-Emma Lee (Se) 1:02.34 Boys 10and under 1st-Liam Cavanaugh (Se) 55.64, 2nd-Cooper Vick (Se) 1:00.63, 3rd-Jesse Haines (Se) 1:01.55, 4th-Dylan Haines (Se) 1:02.77 Girls 12and under 1st-Brielle Newhouse (Su) 45.50, 2nd-Elle Lancaster (Se) 48.20, 3rd-Chloe Messmore (Su) 48.53, 4th-Nicole Smith (Se) 49.04 Boys 12and under 1st-Johnny Heffron (Su) 45.10, 2nd-Parker Van de Graaf (Su) 51.63, 3rd-Will Richardson (Se) 52.16, 4th-Clayton Robert-Hill (Su) 54.16 Girls 14and under 1st-Elyse Kuebler (Se) 48.18, 2nd-Emily Banks (Su) 48.22, 3rd-Natalie Borchert (Se) 48.25, 4th-Aydan Harrington (Su) 48.33 Boys 14and under 1st-Carson Vick (Se) 41.55, 2nd-Adrian Heffron (Su) 42.13, 3rd-Jacob Frampton (Se) 43.98, 4th-Jeffrey Bayle (Se) 44.59 Girls 16and under 1st-Kalie Bestebreur (Su) 44.55, 2nd-Katelyn Banks (Su) 47.52, 3rd-Erin Herzog (Se) 48.94, 4th-Melanie Garza (Se) 50.23 Boys 16and under 1st-Ivan Lancaster (Se) 37.04, 2nd-Micah Binfet (Su) 37.23, 3rd-Nolan Frampton (Se) 37.37, 4th-Alex Perez (Su) 40.17 Girls 18and under 1st-Brittany Broersma (Su) 40.86, 2nd-Kya Raschko (Se) 42.02, 3rd-Aricka Smith (Se) 42.80, 4th-Brittany Borchert (Se) 43.48 Boys 18and under 1st-Breyden Newland (Se) 40.84, 2nd-Jared Churchill (Su) 41.71, 3rd-Carson Petrea (Se) 45.70, 4th-Jamyn Carter (Se) 49.01 50-Meter Backstroke Girls 8and under 1st-Isabella Vick (Se) 49.43, 2nd-Chamelle Abringe (Su) 59.00, 3rd-Caitlin Strand (Se) 1:07.83, 4th-Jenna Bond (Se) 1:08.65 Boys 8and under 1st-Charlie Hudson (Se) 1:07.17, 2nd-Riley Pasicaran (Su) 1:19.64, 3rd-Reilly Cavanaugh (Se) 1:19.75, 4th-John Ballew (Se) 1:20.54 Girls 10and under 1st-Trista Hull (Se) 47.17, 2nd-Ryen Bonzi (Su) 55.13, 3rd-Katie Ramos (Se) 56.89, 4th-Robin Willey (Se) 57.79 Boys 10and under 1st-Reece Ozanich (Se) 50.66, 2nd-Jesse Haines (Se) 54.41, 3rd-Logan Rodriguez (Su) 55.54, 4th-Cooper Vick (Se) 57.29 Girls 12and under 1st-Nicole Smith (Se) 41.59, 2nd-Lily Lancaster (Se) 43.18, 3rd-Kylah Bunch (Su) 43.56, 4th-Jesse Rees (Se) 45.55 Boys 12and under 1st-Will Richardson (Se) 46.62, 2nd-Clay Schilperoort (Su) 47.03, 3rd-Parker Van de Graaf (Su) 47.67, 4th-Duncan Williamson (Se) 56.73 Girls 14and under 1st-Jolissa Mendoza (Su) 40.33, 2nd-Aydan Harrington (Su) 40.89, 3rd-Elyse Kuebler (Se) 43.70, 4th-Emily Banks (Su) 45.61 Boys 14and under 1st-Carson Vick (Se) 38.47, 2nd-Jacob Frampton (Se) 39.03, 3rd-Adrian Heffron (Su) 41.16, 4th-Jeffrey Bayle (Se) 46.89 Girls 16and under 1st-Kalie Bestebreur (Su) 39.90, 2nd-Melanie Garza (Se) 40.02, 3rd-Katelyn Banks (Su) 41.50, 4th-Lindsay Schilperoort (Su) 41.51 Boys 16and under 1st-Nolan Frampton (Se) 32.27, 2nd-Ivan Lancaster (Se) 35.98, 3rd-Christopher Martin (Su) 37.07, 4th-Ryan Leischner (Se) 37.33 Girls 18and under 1st-Aricka Smith (Se) 35.71, 2nd-Brittany Broersma (Su) 37.33, 3rd-Brittany Borchert (Se) 44.27, 4th-Tara Van Corbach (Su) 45.77 Boys 18and under 1st-Carson Petrea (Se) 36.77, 2nd-Jamyn Carter (Se) 41.83, 3rd-Breyden Newland (Se) 41.84 50-Meter Freestyle Girls 8and under 1st-Isabella Vick (Se) 44.54, 2nd-Chamelle Abringe (Su) 50.39, 3rd-Caitlin Strand (Se) 1:00.80, 4th-Tayler Bonzi (Su) 1:01.30 Boys 8and under 1st-Charlie Hudson (Se) 49.36, 2nd-Reilly Cavanaugh (Se) 1:01.63, 3rd-Riley Pasicaran (Su) 1:04.21, 4th-Gage Newhouse (Su) 1:07.63 Girls 10and under 1st-Trista Hull (Se) 37.28, 2nd-Ryen Bonzi (Su) 40.09, 3rd-Arianna Sanchez (Su) 46.20, 4th-Robin Willey (Se) 48.86 Boys 10and under 1st-Ty Smith (Se) 42.29, 2nd-Cooper Vick (Se) 42.99, 3rd-Jesse Haines (Se) 44.03, 4th-Myles Newhouse (Su) 44.90 Girls 12and under 1st-Nicole Smith (Se) 34.90, 2nd-Emily Broersma (Su) 36.93, 3rd-Elle Lancaster (Se) 36.97, 4th-Brielle Newhouse (Su) 37.76 Boys 12and under 1st-Parker Van de Graaf (Su) 35.37, 2nd-Will Richardson (Se) 38.07, 3rd-Johnny Heffron (Su) 40.42, 4th-Caleb Kuhn (Se) 40.67 Girls 14and under 1st-Jolissa Mendoza (Su) 34.43, 2nd-Aydan Harrington (Su) 34.87, 3rd-Elyse Kuebler (Se) 35.72, 4th-Maggie Rees (Se) 36.47 Boys 14and under 1st-Adrian Heffron (Su) 29.99, 2nd-Carson Vick (Se) 32.43, 3rd-Jacob Frampton (Se) 33.26, 4th-Carlo Rodriguez (Su) 35.08 Girls 16and under 1st-Melanie Garza (Se) 32.44, 2nd-Katelyn Banks (Su) 33.63, 3rd-Sarah Black (Se) 34.65, 4th-Kalie Bestebreur (Su) 35.15 Boys 16and under 1st-Nolan Frampton (Se) 27.02, 2nd-Alex Perez (Su) 29.13, 3rd-Ivan Lancaster (Se) 30.51, 4th-Jacob Odman (Se) 31.09 Girls 18and under 1st-Brittany Broersma (Su) 31.09, 2nd-Aricka Smith (Se) 32.20, 3rd-Brittany Borchert (Se) 34.61, 4th-Tara Van Corbach (Su) 34.83 Boys 18and under 1st-Carson Petrea (Se) 29.63, 2nd-Jared Churchill (Su) 30.29, 3rd-Jamyn Carter (Se) 31.91, 4th-Breyden Newland (Se) 34.74 200-Meter Freestyle Relay Girls 10and under 1st-Selah 3:11.89, 2nd-Sunnyside 3:25.75 Boys 10and under 1st-Selah 3:07.19, 2nd-Selah 3:16.79 Girls 12and under 1st-Selah 2:34.22, 2nd-Sunnyside 2:38.76 Boys 12and under 1st-Sunnyside 2:48.64, 2nd-Selah 2:55.86 Girls 14and under 1st-Selah 2:32.29, 2nd-Sunnyside 2:36.89 Boys 14and under 1st-Selah 2:23.18, 2nd-Sunnyside 2:33.06 Girls 18and under 1st-Sunnyside 2:18.27, 2nd-Selah 2:20.69 Boys 18and under 1st-Selah 2:03.83, 2nd-Sunnyside 2:12.72 200-Meter Individual Medley Girls 10and under 1st-Trista Hull (Se) 3:30.67, 2nd-Ryen Bonzi (Su) 4:25.90, 3rd-McKenna Swindell (Se) 4:33.37, 4th-Katie Ramos (Se) 4:34.97 Boys 10and under 1st-Liam Cavanaugh (Se) 4:01.34, 2nd-Cooper Vick (Se) 4:11.49, 3rd-Jesse Haines (Se) 4:16.45, 4th-Giovanni DeLoza (Se) 4:29.17 Girls 12and under 1st-Jesse Rees (Se) 3:26.75, 2nd-Brielle Newhouse (Su) 3:37.07, 3rd-Elle Lancaster (Se) 3:39.54, 4th-Lily Lancaster (Se) 3:46.43 Boys 12and under 1st-Will Richardson (Se) 3:33.09, 2nd-Parker Van de Graaf (Su) 3:40.75, 3rd-Johnny Heffron (Su) 4:04.02, 4th-Clay Schilperoort (Su) 4:18.93 Girls 14and under 1st-Aydan Harrington (Su) 3:18.39, 2nd-Jolissa Mendoza (Su) 3:19.73, 3rd-Maggie Rees (Se) 3:34.06, 4th-Emily Banks (Su) 3:45.72 Boys 14and under 1st-Carson Vick (Se) 3:03.49, 2nd-Jacob Frampton (Se) 3:10.29, 3rd-Adrian Heffron (Su) 3:24.42, 4th-Carlo Rodriguez (Su) 3:31.47 Girls 16and under 1st-Katelyn Banks (Su) 3:13.43, 2nd-Kalie Bestebreur (Su) 3:16.07, 3rd-Lindsay Schilperoort (Su) 3:17.23, 4th-Melanie Garza (Se) 3:24.93 Boys 16and under 1st-Nolan Frampton (Se) 2:43.43, 2nd-Ivan Lancaster (Se) 2:52.84, 3rd-Alex Perez (Su) 2:53.39, 4th-Fox Rodriguez (Su) 3:02.96 Girls 18and under 1st-Brittany Broersma (Su) 2:58.49, 2nd-Aricka Smith (Se) 3:09.76, 3rd-Brittany Borchert (Se) 3:23.32, 4th-Tara Van Corbach (Su) 3:31.66 Boys 18and under 1st-Carson Petrea (Se) 3:05.74, 2nd-Breyden Newland (Se) 3:21.68, 3rd-Jamyn Carter (Se) 3:57.92

Girls State inspiring experience for Sunnyside High School teens

Fresh off a week at Girls State on the CWU campus, seven Sunnyside High School seniors-to-be have plenty of experiences to inspire them as they head into their last year of high school this fall. Aidee Cisneros, for example, says the experience will aid her in being comfortable with public speaking. She says it will also be put to use as part of her senior project. Cisneros served as a precinct committee officer, a Gold House representative, on the election board and was elected as a commissioner at Girls State. "During the week I learned a lot of things like how to write a bill, and the process it takes to make it into law," Cisneros said. Getting comfortable with public speaking was also a benefit for Jasmine Gonzalez. She said the self confidence she gained will help her in making her senior presentation. Gonzalez served in the Gold House of Representatives, as a police officer and Nationalist precinct committee officer. Nereyda Barajas said the biggest challenge at Girls State for her was running for elected office. "There was a lot of good competition," she said. Even so, Barajas had a successful week in writing a bill and being voted County Senator. Voted outstanding citizen, Jessica Gomez's week at Girls State was especially eventful. "It's a credit to her that in one week she impressed a large group of people she didn't know in the beginning," says Gail Boose, one of the local coordinators. Elected treasurer for her county at Girls State, Gomez said the biggest challenge was "getting all the girls to work together after a 14-15 hour day." Yet, looking ahead, Gomez says that may have been the week's biggest value for her. "The Girls State experience will help me be able to take charge of situations while still being able to listen to everyone." Stefani Anciso held the offices of county clerk and county commissioner during her week at Girls State. She says the key lessons were to have a positive response to everything, be a filter - not a sponge and learning more about flag etiquette. Anciso says problem solving was a good experience, as well. Looking ahead, she says the biggest take-away heading into her senior year at SHS is to seize opportunities. Anciso said one speaker encouraged them to, "...jump at opportunities because there's someone who will do it if you don't." The lesson, she continued, is for her to jump at college scholarship applications and to make the best of her senior year. As for advice to future Girls State participants, Gonzalez said, "This is an amazing opportunity, you cannot just pass it up. It not only makes you gain pride about the U.S., but also the confidence to speak in front of crowds."

Monday, June 24

Mabton's Young Life group lends helping hand

MABTON - Inspired by a leadership summit this past March, members of the Young Life group in Mabton wanted to help their community. The youngsters spent last Thursday getting a little dirty in an effort to serve others. They also earned community service hours and some money for summer camp. Judy Simerl is the Young Life leader there. She said she and a couple of the youngsters began brainstorming ideas, seeking opportunities to serve others. A couple of the young leaders joined Simerl in approaching the mayor of Mabton, as well as the pastor of Grace Brethren Church, Adam Copenhaver. "We asked the mayor and Pastor Copenhaver how we could help," said Simerl. The pastor, she said, provided the names of two community members whose yards could use a little sprucing up. They mayor had a few projects that could be completed around the city. Young Life members last Thursday fanned out around the community completing yard work, painting and helping their neighbors. They were at Governor's Park, the "Water Tower Park," Feezell Park and two homes in the community. Edgar Diaz and Paytin O'Leary were members of a group that painted a building at Mabton's "Water Tower Park." Diaz said he feels not many people make time for projects that improve the community. "We want to make a change in our community and feel this is a way we can do that," he said, stating he hopes the youth involved in Young Life can serve as an example. O'Leary, who doesn't live in Mabton, said she also wants to inspire members of the community. She said she wants those living in Mabton to know people care about helping others. She and several members of the Young Life group said serving the community is a demonstration of Christ's love for His people. Ty Leyendekker has been involved with Young Life for a couple of years. He said the group has strengthened his faith. "I think joining Young Life was one of the best choices I've ever made," he said. Echoing that sentiment was Chris Martinez, who said he joined the group because he was looking for something fun to do. However, the boys said, they found they are gaining skills that will help them to become responsible through the remainder of their lives. "Community service teaches us to be humble and to give back to the community," said Martinez. "It's about learning how to serve's about developing character and a work ethic." Leyendekker said, "Not everything is about's about a sense of community, a sense of family." Lucas Byrne summed it up as he pulled weeds at the home of one community member, stating, "Hard work pays off."

Good police work or heavy-handed tactics?

Local business owners believe cops have unfairly targeted them

New Day dawns in Sunnyside

City council, staff, community unanimous on city manager pick

Friday, June 21


Mexico held back by corruption

Local troubleshooter enjoys fixing problems

"We get the call, we go out and fix it," said Nathan Hazzard of his job as a service tech for dairy equipment with Orange Dairy Services. Hazzard describes his work as fixing "anything and everything" to do with dairies. That includes milking equipment and specialized tools, such as devices designed to sanitize cow udders. He didn't go to school to learn the skills he needs, he mostly picked it up on the job. He said sometimes there are training courses offered when new tech becomes available, but he learns from his co-workers and they learn from him. And the coverage area isn't small. Orange Dairy Services provides tech support to dairies from Moses Lake to the Tri-Cities. As a result, there is always a tech on call. "They are running cows through constantly," he said. "We have to be available if there's a problem." Hazzard has worked for Orange Dairy Services for 14 years. Before that he worked for Valley Heating and Air Conditioning for four years. He married his high school sweetheart. The pair graduated from Sunnyside High School and they have three girls in the Sunnyside School District now. "They're very involved in sports," Hazzard said. "Swimming, basketball. My daughter is running for Miss Sunnyside as well." Hazzard's hobbies are hunting, fishing and camping. But he also loves his work. His job consists of tackling new challenges every day, and he enjoys opening up a piece of machinery to find out what's gone wrong and make it right again. "I can't think of anything I'd rather do," he said.

Benton County walks away from groundwater group

GRANGER - The Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area Advisory Committee last night learned it has lost one of its key committee member blocks. "We now have to replace three members on our committee to cover the areas the Benton County team has been working on," Charlie McKinney of the Washington State Department of Ecology told fellow committee members Thursday evening in Granger. Earlier this month Benton County commissioners requested its presence be removed from the Lower Valley Groundwater Management Area team, explained McKinney. The Benton County Commission's main concern, as explained in a letter to the DOE, was that Benton County commissioners wanted its entire county included in the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area. However, the DOE has decided that it cannot agree to include the "...entire Benton County jurisdiction under the LYV-GWMA. To achieve progress in addressing high nitrates in groundwater in the Lower Yakima Valley, we must continue to focus our efforts and resources to the task at hand and support Yakima County's efforts in the Lower Valley," wrote Maia D. Bellon, DOE director. McKinney pointed out that the Benton County representation included the county commissioners, the county conservation district and the county health district. Some of those representatives were serving on related working groups who will need to be replaced. "We will also have to hold hearings to redo the GWMA boundaries, which will impact the current irrigated agriculture working group," he explained. McKinney said Mark Nielson of Benton County has been the chair of the irrigated agriculture team so a new chairman will also need to be named to that committee. In the meantime, McKinney suggested now is also a good time to seek additional members who will add more community input to the advisory group's working teams. "In addition to the chair, we have two more spots to fill," he said. "We will be looking for diverse representation from our Lower Valley communities, especially among the crop producers," he said. No date for the new boundaries hearing was set. In addition, the July 18 regular meeting of the GWMA was cancelled. However, it is expected that the advisory group's working committees will use that time to work on their objectives and goals, announced meeting facilitator Angie Thomson. The next general meeting of the group will be held Aug. 15 in Granger's Radio KNDA station conference room.

Anonymous donation of RV opens doors to Life Options

Thanks to an anonymous donor Life Options is one step closer to bringing its services to its clients, making it easier for Yakima Valley residents to receive care and support. At last year's fall fundraiser the organization told donors its next goal was to acquire an RV that can be used as a mobile unit. Life Options Executive Director Jan McDonald this week said, "God has blessed us." She said the organization is busy helping Yakima Valley residents at its two Grandview facilities and its Sunnyside office. Adding to those blessings is the news that an RV was recently donated to Life Options and is in the process of being "wrapped." That means the Life Options logo and graphics are being put on the mobile unit. McDonald said the organization has its name on a list of potential recipients for a new ultrasound unit to be used in the mobile unit, and the RV will be retro-fitted for medical services provided by Life Options. "We are hoping to feature the mobile unit in parades this summer," said McDonald, noting it won't yet be ready to serve clients until all the other steps have been taken. Another challenge, she said, will be staffing the mobile unit once it is ready. McDonald said most of Life Options' staff are volunteers. The unit will need nurses and drivers. "We need nurses who'd like to be trained on the ultrasound machine," she said. "And, we need tough, but tender men who can drive the RV...women can also volunteer," McDonald said. Once the mobile unit is ready to roll, services to be provided include testing for pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and sexually transmitted diseases. Ultrasounds for pregnant women will also be provided. McDonald said a mobile unit has been part of the Life Options' strategic plan since 2011. The idea was introduced to donors last fall and she plans to provide tours of the mobile unit at this year's fall fundraiser.

2013 Miss Sunnyside candidate Jessica Alcaide

There are many reasons for a young lady growing up in Sunnyside to develop a desire to compete for the Miss Sunnyside title. For Jessica Alcaide, vying for the 2013-14 crown is about doing something atypical. She said she doesn't believe many people in her life would imagine her entering a pageant. "I'm typically involved in sports," said Alcaide, stating she isn't the type of person to worry about outward appearances...with a few exceptions. Alcaide also believes it is important for young women like her to serve as responsible role models in the community. She said, "I think an irresponsible candidate would reflect badly on the community." Alcaide said there are younger girls who look up to the Miss Sunnyside court and said she thinks it is important for them to see older girls who can inspire them. The Miss Sunnyside candidate likes the idea of helping younger children in any way she can. That is why she would like to work with the local hospital to help children being treated there. For her community service project, Alcaide said she would like to plan activities for children being treated in the hospital, if she is named Miss Sunnyside. She said she believes it would help the children to recover if provided an opportunity to interact with people who aren't around them on an every day basis. "Often all they have to entertain them is television," Alcaide said of a hospital setting for children. She said the Miss Sunnyside court could keep the children engaged and " touch with the outside world." Ultimately, said Alcaide, she wants to be a friend to children being treated in a hospital. As for her plans following high school, the oldest daughter of Maria Espinoza and Herman Sanchez said she wants to spend some time earning money for college. Alcaide plans to attend Washington State University to pursue a degree in criminology. "I want to become a crime scene investigator," she said, explaining she's curious by nature and wants to help solve crimes. The 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside Pageant will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Thursday, June 20

A joyful noise?

Noise complaint dismissed against Sunnyside church

Wednesday, June 19

Exchange student has great year in Sunnyside

Carol Martins has learned a lot about the United States since last August, when she arrived as a Rotary exchange student from Brazil. During the time she was in the states, she learned to ski, visited Disneyworld and learned that some of her preconceived notions of what Americans are like were incorrect. "I was told people are cold and don't like foreigners," she said. "But it was just the opposite for me. Everyone was willing to talk to me," the guest speaker at this week's Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting said. Another shock to her was the size of Sunnyside High School. She thought she was coming to a small town. "I got lost my first day," she said of taking classes at the high school. During the time she's been in Sunnyside, she's had several host families. She said they were all great and opened up different experiences for her. She told the group about her first football game. She attended a WSU game in Pullman. "I didn't know what was happening, but it was fun," she said. "I just stood up and cheered when everyone else did and stayed quiet when they were quiet." On a trip to the mountains with other exchange students the group experienced snow for the first time. A girl in the group started crying, Martins said, and that nearly got her to cry as well. She showed the group a picture of Sunnyside's Lighted Farm Implement Parade and said she'd never seen anything like it before. She also learned that she loved to ski. Her first trip wasn't a great success. She said she kept falling. But she persisted and ended up spending a lot of time skiing at White Pass. She also attended a conference of exchange students in Orlando, Fla. She got to visit Disneyworld, and said she got stuck on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The group she was with was stuck for 40 minutes before they had to evacuate the ride through the back. "The employees kept saying, 'no pictures!' when we went out the back," Martins said. Her group received passes that got them to the front of some lines because of the long wait on the broken ride. Another highlight of her year in the states was dinner at the Space Needle. "It was a clear day," she said. "We could see all of Seattle." Martins will be leaving the country in mid-July to return home to Brazil. She'll take with her a year's worth of memories and a better understanding of a different culture. She hopes to someday become a civil engineer.

Grandview youngsters turn out in full force to attend summer camp hosted by Idaho mission team

GRANDVIEW - The laughter and shouts coming from the pocket park near North Fourth Street in Grandview last week was music to the ears of Rev. Antonio Sanchez of Grandview Iglesia Del Pueblo. He said the children were drawn to the park to take part in the recreational activities and story-telling offered by a Boise, Idaho youth group and its leaders. This is the second summer the Whitney Baptist Church youth group has chosen Grandview to spend its vacation in mission work, Sanchez added. According to Boise mission team leader Stephanie Frendt, the Whitney Baptist Church returned to the community to become better acquainted with the neighborhood children. "We were here last year and had such a good time we knew we wanted to return and work with the children again," Frendt said. While playing and running around in a safe environment was a bonus for the local children who turned for the activities, the real reason for the children to be at the park was to learn songs and to hear the Bible stories, Frendt said. Frendt said the 21-member mission team had a great response from the neighborhood youngsters. "Many of the children had attended the summer camp last year. This year they encouraged their friends to join them at the park," said co-leader Jessica Niebolt. Each of the five days of the summer camp attendance ran from 71 to more than 100 children. The youngsters showed up daily about 11 a.m. and stayed until late in the afternoon.

Registered sex offender moves to Mabton area

Labeled as a Level III sex offender, Evan Gregory Wienholz has moved to the Mabton area, according to the Yakima County Sheriff's office. The 18-year-old male was convicted of rape in the third degree on July 24, 2007. Wienholz has moved to the 600 block of Murray Road in Mabton. The sheriff's office emphasizes that Wienholz has served the sentence for his crime as imposed by the courts and is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. He is required to let the Yakima County Sherriff's office know in which area he resides. For a full list of sex offenders who reside in Yakima County visit

Tuesday, June 18

Historic warehouse now home to local barber shop

A building interior that was once covered in dust and dirt now sports shiny, clean floors with barber chairs at regular intervals, a foosball table to make the wait go by faster and ample seating for people waiting for either a haircut or a tattoo. This is Alex's Barber & Tattoo Shop. The old Sunnyside warehouse is a clean cream color on the outside and inside it has tiled flooring and a new coat of paint. The building, erected in 1910, has had various uses in the last 60 years, including a long stint as part of an appliance store and a few years as storage for a local flooring company. It was vacant for a few years before it was purchased in 2011. "We worked a long time to fix it up," said owner Alex Garcia. He said it took more than two years for himself and co-owner Anjelica Rojas to get the building ready for the grand opening. Since then, business has been steady. Garcia has been cutting hair for 12 years and his perfectionism shows as he works at his station, giving the customer the perfect cut. He has seven barber stations ready for customers and a room for tattoo work is at the side of the main room. Two waiting areas have ample seating. Garcia is originally from the Los Angeles area, but he moved to Sunnyside seven years ago. He's now raising a family with five children, four of them girls. He said raising his children takes up his spare time. He trained to be a barber, and six years ago learned the art of tattooing. A few years ago his business was becoming cramped at its old location. When Garcia purchased the property two and a half years ago, he said he hoped to make the historic warehouse a jewel for the city. He may have succeeded. The new space is open, bright and welcoming. And customers have been arriving in a steady stream, giving the corner building, standing across from the Conquistador Restaurant, new life. Alex's Barber & Tattoo Shop, located at 600 Railroad Ave., is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Giant cabbage nets $1,000 scholarship for local student

Jade Torres-Perez took a sensible approach to growing the giant cabbage that earned her a $1,000 scholarship, checking on it daily and watering when the dirt was dry. "I didn't want to water too much," she said. "It can get too much water and not grow." Torres-Perez grew the cabbage thanks to the annual Third Grade Cabbage Program sponsored by Bonnie Plants. The company distributes more than a million free cabbage plants to classrooms across the country and picks one winner from each state to receive the scholarship. Torres-Perez said people didn't believe her when she told them she'd won. They were convinced when she was presented with a giant check on the last day of school. "I was excited and happy," she said. The money will wait until she graduates from high school, but Torres-Perez has grand plans, so she hopes to get more scholarships in the future. "She wants to be a doctor," said her mother, Areli Caudillo. Growing the plant was easy, according to Torres-Perez, who wants to try growing other plants. "I liked it," said the Sunnyside Pioneer Elementary School student. "I would plant another. Lots of plants." Among the pictures she took of the cabbage to enter in the national contest is one with her baby brother. The cabbage head is bigger than the baby. The cabbages were judged by size and weight. Pictures of the winning cabbages along with the winning students are available at And what was the fate of the cabbage grown by Torres-Perez? "We ate it," she said with a grin. "We made Chinese food," laughed her mother.

Heslop, Ott lead Black Rock Creek to first-place finish

Taking advantage of some home course knowledge, Gary Heslop and Ken Ott led the local Black Rock Creek contingent to a first-place finish at last Thursday's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Association event. The Thursday, June 13, stop on the senior tour, hosted by Black Rock Creek, was the fifth of 12 events that will be staged this summer. Through the first five stops, the Sunnyside-area Black Rock Creek team has emerged victorious three times. To date, Black Rock Creek sits atop the 2013 senior golf tour standings with 67 team points. The Pendleton Country Club is in second place with 54.5 points, followed by the Columbia Point and Walla Walla Veterans golf course squads with 51.5 and 38 team points, respectively. In capturing first-place honors last Thursday on its home course, which drew a field of 109 players representing 12 different teams, Black Rock Creek got a 4-over-par 76 from Heslop. Teammate Bob Barker added an 83 for the host club. Ott had the low net round for the winners. He posted a handicap-aided 63. Also shooting below their established handicaps were Black Rock Creek's Pete Laverman (net-66), Bud McGuiness (net-69), Eli Gonzales (net-70), Bernie Schutt (net-70) and Randy Boast (net-71) Team scores at each of the senior tour competitions are formulated by adding the two low individual gross rounds to the six low individual net rounds. Black Rock Creek's team total last Thursday was a 568. The Walla Walla Veterans Golf Course team claimed runner-up honors with an aggregate 596. The next stop on the 2013 senior golf tour will be Tuesday, June 25, at Moses Lake Golf Course. Local seniors who want to tee it up that day for the 9 a.m. shotgun start have until Sunday, June 23, to sign up in the Black Rock Creek pro shop.

Homeless numbers decline in Yakima County

The results of the homeless count taken this past January are in and the numbers are down throughout Yakima County. A few numbers rose, including the number of children reported homeless. But, most of the numbers declined. Overall, the numbers of people reporting to be homeless this past January totaled 899, down from the 996 figure from 2012. Although most of the county has seen a decline in the homeless numbers, Grandview has a 100 percent increase in the number of individuals reporting they are homeless. There were 20 individuals from Grandview who indicated they were homeless in 2012 and 40 individuals reported they were homeless this year. Sunnyside had a 31.8 percent drop in the number of individuals reported as homeless this year, from 107 in 2012 to 73 homeless individuals this year. There are a number of conditions under which the homeless live, according to the Point in Time report, released by the Homeless Network of Yakima County. The number of individuals finding themselves homeless after being released from jail rose from 77 to 87 from 2012 to 2013. However, those released from other institutions like substance abuse treatment centers, a hospital or other facility has declined. Last year 96 people reported finding themselves homeless after being released from a hospital for medical treatment. This year, that number dropped to 69 people. Yakima County's homeless individuals reported suffering from a physical medical condition more than any other condition in 2013. There are 152 individuals who reported this condition, which is five fewer than last year. However, last year's homeless count resulted in a total of 206 individuals reporting to have a mental health condition. That number declined by 34 percent during 2013. The number of veterans reporting they are homeless increased by just one individual in 2013 from the previous year and eight of them indicated they receive veterans benefits. The inability to pay for housing is the number one reported cause of homelessness in Yakima County. There was a 42.5 percent increase in the number of individuals reporting they could not afford rent or a mortgage, whereas the number of individuals reporting a job loss as the cause for being homeless declined by nearly 28 percent. The Point in Time homeless count also took into account the level of education of those reporting to be homeless. More than 200 of those surveyed indicated they have earned a GED or a high school diploma. There were 90 individuals reporting to have a post high school education. The number of homeless indicating they have not completed high school is 250. However, 335 of the individuals included in the homeless count are 17-years-old or younger. That number increased from 297 children reported homeless last year. The number of adults between the ages of 26 and 35 reporting homelessness in Yakima County was 146, a nearly 9 percent decline. The largest age group to be included in the homeless count included children up to the age of 5-years-old, making up 18 percent of those included in the survey. There were a total of 165 youngsters in that age group who are reportedly homeless. Of the 899 individuals who were surveyed in the homeless count this past January, just more than 200 said they temporarily live with family or friends, more than 260 live in an emergency shelter, just more than 250 live in transitional housing and 135 live in a permanent supportive housing situation. None of the individuals with children included in the survey reported that they were without shelter of any kind. There were 47 unsheltered individuals without children included in the Point in Time homeless count. This is the 10th annual homeless count survey in Yakima County. Project Homeless Connect events are held in Yakima and Sunnyside each year.

Weather-related incidents keep police busy

A citizen's report of shots fired near the 800 block of the South Fourth Street last night turned out to be unfounded. The noise was the result of electrical transformers in the area popping due to wet weather conditions, according to Sunnyside police. The transformer noise was not the only weather related incident reported to the Sunnyside police in the past 24 hours. Officers discovered a fallen tree blocking South 16th Street near Ida Belle Street early this morning (Tuesday). Sunnyside city crews were called to remove the weeping willow tree trunk, which was also blocking the sidewalk. Meanwhile large pools of standing rain water are causing drivers concern in several areas around town. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through standing water to avoid hydroplaning. According to the National Weather Service, the Lower Valley can expect more rain through Thursday.

SHS's 'Just So' production afforded numerous accolades

O'Leary top prep actor in featured role

Monday, June 17

Esperanza Leon new Miss Mabton

MABTON- The cute and the talented, the adorable and the poised all serve to describe the candidates who competed in the 2013-14 Miss Mabton and Little Miss Mabton pageants held this last Friday night. The pageants, held in the Mabton School District's Learning Center, were packed with family, friends and visiting royalty all waiting to see who would be proclaimed the first Miss Mabton since 2008. The talented and poised Esperanza Leon, 16, earned the title and the stunning Miss Mabton crown. She was presented her crown from 2008 Miss Mabton Marianna Villa. Leon, who also earned the Most Photogenic Award, is the daughter of Rigoberto and Manuela Leon of Mabton. For her talent, the young woman sang "Quiero Emborracharme." Her court will be First Princess Angela Martinez, 17, and Second Princess Araceli Velasquez, 17. Velasquez was chosen by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality. During the Miss Mabton talent portion of the evening Martinez danced a jazz number to "Let's Get Loud." Velasquez also chose to do a dance number to "A Little Party Never Killed Anybody." Martinez is the daughter of Daniel and Rebecca Martinez, and Velasquez is the daughter of Edgar and Licha Velasquez. The cute and adorable best describe Jessalyn Jalifi, 7, and Lily Villa, 9, the two candidates who vied for the Little Miss Mabton title. In the Little Miss contest it was Jalifi who prevailed, earning the top votes from the pageant judges. Villa is her princess. Jalifi sang "Blown Away" for the talent portion of the pageant and Villa sang "La Bamba." Jalifi was presented her crown by retiring Little Miss Mabton Nevaeh Rodriguez. Jalifi is the daughter of Maggie Valencia and Jaime Jalifi. Villa, the daughter of Enrique and Kim Villa, was presented her crown by retiring Little Miss Mabton first princess Makaila Mendoza and Little Miss Royalty Analyssa Maldonado. For their first official act as the new Miss Mabton royalty, the combined courts hosted a royalty luncheon last Saturday following their first official Mabton Community Day Parade.

Friday, June 14

Neptune swimmers fall to Toppenish

GRANDVIEW - The home-pool advantage wasn't enough for the Grandview Neptunes swim team last night, Thursday, as the squad fell to visiting Toppenish 510-196. Nathaniel Gutierrez paced the Neptunes by claiming first-place honors in two events. Competing in the boys 12and under age bracket, Gutierrez bested the field in the 40-yard breaststroke with a clocking of 34.51. The 12-year-old swimmer then came back to grab top honors in the 40-yard individual medley event in a time of 2:44.12. Also taking home a top prize for the Neptune boys was Daniel McGhan. Competing in the 10and under age bracket, McGhan topped the podium with a time of 48.63 in the 40-yard breaststroke. In boys 12and under competition, Grandview's Nicolas Cortez bested the field by nearly six seconds in the 40-yard breaststroke with a clocking of 36.36. In the boys 14and under age group, Grandview's Tavian Valenzuela swam to top honors in the 40-yard breaststroke with a time of 28.04. It was Shaun Diener of the Neptunes topping the podium in the boys 8and under 40-yard freestyle. The eight-year-old swimmer bested the field with a clocking of 53.25. Grandview had two other boys grab individual gold last night. Angel Morales swam to a first-place finish for the Neptunes in the boys 12and under 40-yard freestyle with a time of 29.78. Maurice Prieto garnered first-place honors for Grandview in the boys 14and under 40-yard freestyle, crossing the finish line in 21.24. Morales, Gutierrez, Tad Dawson and Joquin Cortez swam to a first-place finish for Grandview in the boys 12and under 40-yard freestyle. The foursome won the event in 2:14.32. The only Grandview girl to top the medal stand was Reagan Colson. Competing in the girls 14and under 40-yard breaststroke, Colson grabbed first-place honors with a clocking of 32.46. For all its efforts, though, Grandview couldn't catch the Tarpons. The Toppenish squad had two swimmers win at least four events in their respective age groups. Alexis Medelez ruled the pool for the Tarpons, winning all five of the individual races in the girls 18and under group. The 17-year-old swimmer won the 40-yard individual medley in 2:06.76, the 40-yard freestyle in 21.97, the 40-yard backstroke in 26.75, the 40-yard breaststroke in 29.53 and the 40-yard butterfly in 23.19. Samuel Olsen also had a nearly perfect day for Toppenish, competing in the boys 10and under age group. The 10-year-old cruised to victory in the 40-yard butterfly with a clocking of 47.68, the 40-yard backstroke in 39.66, the 40-yard freestyle in 32.92 and the 40-yard individual medley in 3:40.53. Last night's loss dropped Grandview to 0-2 on the season, which includes a 534-229 loss to Prosser in the season opener this past Tuesday.

Thursday, June 13

Baby back home, but a bit traumatized

MABTON - A three-month old pit bull named Baby is recovering from having her ears incompetently cropped after she wandered from her yard this past Monday. According to owner Angelica Morfin of Mabton, Baby was let out Monday afternoon. When the owners called for her a few minutes later, she didn't respond. After searching the neighborhood, the family asked friends to look out for the animal. On Tuesday a friend showed up at Morfin's workplace and said, "Let's go get your dog." The friend told Morfin that the people who had Baby wouldn't give the dog to him, but he was certain they would give Baby back to Morfin. Her friend took her across town, and she spotted her dog being walked on a chain. "I said, 'Stop! There's Baby!' and got out to confront the guys," she said. "They didn't say anything, just asked for their chain back." When she saw Baby's ears, she was stunned. "I said, 'What did you do to her ears!' but they just stood there," Morfin said. "Her head was still covered in blood. I think they must have done it that morning." Morfin describes herself as a person who didn't care all that much about animals... until Baby came into her life. "I've really bonded with this puppy," she said. "I never thought I would love an animal so much. She's my baby." Morfin called police to report the incident, but was told it is a civil matter. Mabton Police Chief Ricardo Gutierrez explained that, because the dog was loose when she disappeared, they couldn't prove that the dog was stolen. "We have a lot of problems with loose and unlicensed dogs in this town," he said. As for the ear cropping, there is a civil infraction with a fine of $500 for abusing a dog, but they would have to prove who did the deed. Morfin admits that Baby isn't licensed yet, but said they had planned to do the licensing soon. The dog has had all her shots, but she needs more medical attention for her damaged ears. "I was going to ask them what they had used to cut off her ears," she said. "Then I decided I didn't want to know." Mabton is one of the cities in Yakima County that does not have a contract with the Yakima Humane Society. Unlike some branches of the organization, the Yakima Humane Society is not a part of the government and is run entirely on donations and adoption fees, according to Executive Director Wendy St. George. "I don't know what would motivate someone to do something so ghastly to an animal," St. George said. While some breed standards call for cropping of the ears or docking the tail, such work is always done professionally with anesthesia, according to St. George, and most animal lovers don't approve of it in any case. The job done on Baby was shoddy and the dog clearly was traumatized. "She barked all the way home," said Morfin. "Her own mother didn't recognize her when we got her home. She finally ate a little food last night after we cleaned her up, but she's still suffering."

Jesus Guadalupe Rios


Wednesday, June 12

Dorothy Smith


Do-it-yourself projects becoming popular...especially among women

A lot of women enjoy browsing through the internet phenomenon known as Pinterest, a one-stop location for all kinds of do-it-yourself ideas covering everything from gardening to fashion and home décor.

Gardening in dishes gaining in popularity

For anyone who enjoys playing in potting soil, it might seem a bit silly to plant miniature gardens. But for the true gardener, there really is no wrong way to garden, as business partners Julie Spalding of Bickleton and Wendy Clawdus of Pasco have discovered. Whether creating indoor gardens for placement as centerpieces for the coffee table or outside gardens for added color on the family patio, this pair enjoys doing their gardening in a diminutive fashion. The owners of Bella Fleur began their adventure creating fairy and dish gardens by accident. "I have always liked decorating with miniature items," said Spalding. One day she found herself adding the miniatures to her indoor plants as tiny decorations. The result charmed the creative woman so much she started doing more small decorating touches until she shifted her focus to creating actual gardens with fairy-sized yard art. Soon, her best friend and future business partner revealed that she too liked working with miniature decorative pieces. Soon their efforts outgrew their space since each container within reach was transformed into a tiny weed-free garden. Being weed-free is a bonus for the dish style gardens, as is no physical exertion from digging holes in the yard from massive plantings. All of the planning and care for the little gardens can be accomplished while you're sitting down, Clawdus explained. While Bella Fleur's owners don't have a store front yet, they are busy attending vendor and craft shows around the area, promoting the joys of fairy gardening. During the past six months the duo has displayed and sold their gardens at holiday shows, in the Tri-Cities and at benefit events in Sunnyside. With each garden they sell, they include a short care instructions sheet to help new dish gardeners maintain their new gardens. "We hope to be offering classes at some point for the gardening technique," Clawdus said. Yes, the women know their business name is a combination of French and Italian words, meaning simply "pretty flower." And the women's Bella Fleur is all about promoting beauty - just on a very small scale. To learn more about fairy and dish gardening check out Bella Fleur-custom gardens on facebook.

Longtime SHS coach hangs up his whistle

Ron Rowe's name is nearly synonymous with Grizzly basketball. However, he won't be standing courtside, shouting instructions to the Sunnyside High School cagers as they compete next season. That's because Rowe has decided to step back and let someone else take the reins. He won't disappear altogether because he will continue to teach history at SHS. As for Rowe's career as head basketball coach, he has been instrumental in shaping young Sunnyside athletes for 11 years overall. He coached for SHS from 1988 to 1993 and in 2007, Rowe began coaching again. During the past six seasons the Grizzlies recorded 50 wins. Rowe has coached 262 games overall at Sunnyside High School. The Grizzlies qualified for the WIAA State playoffs in 1990 and two times the team has qualified for Regionals under Rowe's guidance. "Twenty-one of the 25 years I coached my teams qualified for Districts," said Rowe, noting he coached in Goldendale before coming to Sunnyside High School. "You enjoy the kids, watching them develop and become stronger individuals physically and mentally...and as a team," Rowe said of coaching. He said he enjoyed the competition, as well as the staff and coaches with whom he worked while serving as head basketball coach. Rowe said, "It all comes down to those with whom you work...the kids and the staff." He said he will miss the competition and working with the players. "You learn to become attuned to the kids, seeing them do things that will help them become successful." Rowe said the league in which Sunnyside now plays (the Big Nine) is challenging, but the Grizzlies always knew they had to be prepared to play. "They always come together for a common goal," said Rowe, stating the Sunnyside basketball players knew their responsibilities as a team and as individuals. He said Geoff LaBrant, who has served as an assistant coach for the past four years, is set to take over the head coach position. "He's got a lot of energy and is good at working with a team concept...I think the kids will respond to him well," said Rowe.

Sharks open summer swim season with 440-320 win over visiting Tarpons

The Toppenish Tarpons are no slouch, never have been. And as expected, they rolled into Sunnyside last night for the 2013 Mid-Valley Summer Swim League opener and gave the host Sharks a tussle. But as is often the case the home team usually has more swimmers at its disposal, and Sunnyside utilized its deep bench to post a convincing 444-320 victory. The Sharks also had Aydan Harrington on the blocks last night, who, if MVP awards were handed out at each meet, would have collected that honor. Harrington, simply put, dominated the girls 14and under age division. She nailed down wins in all five individual events. Her margins of victory in the four 50-meter races ranged from 2.19 seconds in the freestyle to 6.33 seconds in the butterfly. In the ironman 200-meter individual medley Harrington was heads-and-shoulders above the field, touching the wall 20.19 seconds before the next closest finisher. In one of the more highly anticipated match-ups of the night, in the girls 18and under events, Toppenish's Alexis Medelez and Sunnyside's Brittany Broersma didn't disappoint. The two teens are picked by many as the ones to beat in that age grouping this summer. Medelez emerged victorious in the 50-fly and 200-IM, while Broersma won the 50-breast, back and free races. A relatively new name surfaced for Sunnyside last night, in terms of stepping into the winner's circle. Mighty mite Chamelle Abringe, a girls 8and under swimmer, walked off with top honors in the 50-meter backstroke and freestyle events. She also secured a third-place finish in the 50-fly. Toppenish's standout Tuesday evening proved to be girls 16and under swimmer Katrina Johnson. She won all five individual events in her age bracket, although two of the Sharks gave the Tarpon a run for her money. Katelyn Banks came in just seven-tenths of a second behind Johnson in the 50-fly, and Kalie Bestebreur was only nine, one-hundredths of a second behind Johnson in the 50-breast. The Tarpons, too, received a strong effort from boys 14and under competitor Nate Koerner. He won three of the five individual events for his age grouping. Preventing Koerner from making it a clean sweep was Sunnyside's Adrian Heffron, who nailed down victories in the 50-meter breaststroke and freestyle races. The Sharks also received a three-win performance from boys 12and under swimmer Parker Van de Graaf. He captured top honors in the 50-meter fly and free events, and in the 200-IM. Sunnyside's swim team is scheduled to travel to Othello this coming Thursday. The Sharks will then host the defending league champion Selah Dolphins next Tuesday, June 18. TOPPENISH 320 - SUNNYSIDE 444 200-Meter Medley Relay Girls 10and under 1st-Toppenish 4:09.79 Boys 10and under 1st-Sunnyside 4:04.71 Girls 12and under 1st-Toppenish 3:00.61 Boys 12and under 1st-Toppenish 4:16.05 Girls 14and under 1st-Toppenish 3:01.99 Boys 14and under 1st-Toppenish 2:43.62 Girls 18and under 1st-Sunnyside 2:38.10 Boys 18and under 1st-Toppenish 2:20.56 50-Meter Butterfly Girls 8and under 1st-Natalia Sanchez (T) 1:16.55, 2nd-Tayler Bonzi (S) 1:16.87, 3rd-Chamelle Abringe (S) 1:17.87, 4th-Lexi Dorr (T) 1:38.47 Boys 8and under 1st-Riley Pasicaran (S) 1:17.26, 2nd-Paul Stewart (T) 1:23.28, 3rd-Cody Smeenk (S) 1:26.26, 4th-Kaden Ruggles (T) 1:28.66 Girls 10and under 1st-Ryen Bonzi (S) 51.09, 2nd-Emmalee Nishi (T) 56.89, 3rd-Bianca Aguilar (S) 57.85, 4th-Arianna Sanchez (S) 59.38 Boys 10and under 1st-Jaden Siller (S) 54.32, 2nd-Logan Rodriguez (S) 1:03.96, 3rd-Myles Newhouse (S) 1:04.89, 4th-Samuel Olsen (T) 1:07.17 Girls 12and under 1st-Janealle Sutterlict (T) 42.70, 2nd-Chloe Messmore (S) 44.26, 3rd-Kylah Bunch (S) 45.29, 4th-Janessa Frank (S) 46.09 Boys 12and under 1st-Parker Van de Graaf (S) 44.28, 2nd-Johnny Heffron (S) 50.62, 3rd-Clay Schilperoort (S) 54.85, 4th-Ethan Weaver (S) 58.86 Girls 14and under 1st-Aydan Harrington (S) 36.95, 2nd-Sara Van Corbach (T) 43.28, 3rd-Mildred Lopez (T) 45.03, 4th-Emily Banks (S) 45.99 Boys 14and under 1st-Nate Koerner (T) 35.63, 2nd-Adrian Heffron (S) 38.23, 3rd-Rhyan Gonzales (T) 39.65, 4th-Sam Clark (T) 39.99 Girls 16and under 1st-Katrina Johnson (T) 34.89, 2nd-Katelyn Banks (S) 35.58, 3rd-Lindsay Schilperoort (S) 39.63, 4th-Brenda Garcia (T) 50.20 Boys 16and under 1st-Alex Perez (S) 32.29, 2nd-Jordan Supnet (T) 32.89, 3rd-Joe Clark (T) 33.69, 4th-Alex Davalos (T) 33.88 Girls 18and under 1st-Alexis Medelez (T) 32.15, 2nd-Brittany Broersma (S) 33.58, 3rd-Tara Van Corbach (S) 36.15, 4th-Alexandra Newhouse (S) 38.06 50-Meter Breaststroke Girls 8and under 1st-Natalia Sanchez (T) 1:13.58, 2nd-Tayler Bonzi (S) 1:32.76, 3rd-Lexi Dorr (T) 1:46.64 Boys 8and under 1st-Riley Pasicaran (S) 1:20.47, 2nd-Blake Bazaldua (T) 1:21.28, 3rd-Kaden Ruggles (T) 1:39.71 Girls 10and under 1st-Angelina Norman (T) 1:01.97, 2nd-Abigail Albrecht (S) 1:02.15, 3rd-Emmalee Nishi (T) 1:02.63, 4th-Arianna Sanchez (S) 1:02.65 Boys 10and under 1st-Samuel Olsen (T) 1:07.28, 2nd-Logan Rodriguez (S) 1:08.94, 3rd-Jaden Siller (S) 1:11.33, 4th-Chase Yanez (S) 1:12.47 Girls 12and under 1st-Brielle Newhouse (S) 46.95, 2nd-Janessa Frank (S) 47.69, 3rd-Alexis Gonzales (T) 47.88, 4th-Chloe Messmore (S) 49.17 Boys 12and under 1st-Johnny Heffron (S) 46.47, 2nd-Parker Van de Graaf (S) 49.29, 3rd-Clayton Robert-Hill (S) 59.59, 4th-Alex Bazaldua (T) 1:01.11 Girls 14and under 1st-Aydan Harrington (S) 46.73, 2nd-Leah Sample (S) 49.52, 3rd-Sahara Maltos (T) 50.46, 4th-Emily Banks (S) 51.18 Boys 14and under 1st-Adrian Heffron (S) 41.24, 2nd-Sam Clark (T) 43.61, 3rd-Rhyan Gonzales (T) 48.57, 4th-Jace Ziegler (S) 49.00 Girls 16and under 1st-Katrina Johnson (T) 46.32, 2nd-Kalie Bestebreur (S) 46.41, 3rd-Katelyn Banks (S) 46.59, 4th-Lindsay Schilperoort (S) 49.33 Boys 16and under 1st-Fox Rodriguez (S) 38.18, 2nd-Jordan Supnet (T) 38.53, 3rd-Alex Perez (S) 38.95, 4th-Joe Clark (T) 41.76 Girls 18and under 1st-Brittany Broersma (S) 40.60, 2nd-Alexis Medelez (T) 44.03, 3rd-Alexandra Newhouse (S) 46.46, 4th-Tara Van Corbach (S) 47.30 50-Meter Backstroke Girls 8and under 1st-Chamelle Abringe (S) 1:00.32, 2nd-Tayler Bonzi (S) 1:13.30, 3rd-Lexi Dorr (T) 1:18.60, 4th-Avery Bonzi (S) 1:19.21 Boys 8and under 1st-Kaden Ruggles (T) 1:01.71, 2nd-Riley Pasicaran (S) 1:15.19, 3rd-Blake Bazaldua (T) 1:18.55, 4th-Levi Campos (S) 1:20.98 Girls 10and under 1st-Ryen Bonzi (S) 57.61, 2nd-Eternity Yanez (S) 59.03, 3rd-Amerie Stroh (S) 1:00.31, 4th-Emmalee Nishi (T) 1:01.79 Boys 10and under 1st-Samuel Olsen (T) 55.92, 2nd-Jaxon Smith (T) 58.63, 3rd-Jaden Siller (S) 1:03.29, 4th-Alex Alaniz (S) 1:06.36 Girls 12and under 1st-Janessa Frank (S) 47.08, 2nd-Kylah Bunch (S) 47.09, 3rd-Makayla Koerner (T) 47.87, 4th-Chloe Messmore (S) 48.68 Boys 12and under 1st-Clay Schilperoort (S) 47.63, 2nd-Parker Van de Graaf (S) 49.75, 3rd-Johnny Heffron (S) 1:00.93, 4th-Juan Zuniga (S) 1:05.40' Girls 14and under 1st-Aydan Harrington (S) 41.36, 2nd-Sara Van Corbach (T) 45.29, 3rd-Emily Banks (S) 49.58, 4th-Mildred Lopez (T) 50.05 Boys 14and under 1st-Nate Koerner (T) 38.08, 2nd-Adrian Heffron (S) 41.57, 3rd-Sam Clark (T) 45.17, 4th-Josue Garcia (T) 47.16 Girls 16and under 1st-Katrina Johnson (T) 40.01, 2nd-Kalie Bestebreur (S) 41.54, 3rd-Lindsay Schilperoort (S) 41.78, 4th-Katelyn Banks (S) 43.19 Boys 16and under 1st-Christopher Martin (S) 35.29, 2nd-Alex Davalos (T) 35.59, 3rd-Alex Perez (S) 38.73, 4th-Fox Rodriguez (S) 39.01 Girls 18and under 1st-Brittany Broersma (S) 38.29, 2nd-Alexis Medelez (T) 38.46, 3rd-Alexandra Newhouse (S) 44.59, 4th-Madi Marquez (S) 45.39 50-Meter Freestyle Girls 8and under 1st-Chamelle Abringe (S) 55.51, 2nd-Natalia Sanchez (T) 58.90, 3rd-Avery Bonzi (S) 1:00.23, 4th-Lexi Dorr (T) 1:10.19 Boys 8and under 1st-Kaden Ruggles (T) 55.77, 2nd-Riley Pasicaran (S) 1:03.83, 3rd-Paul Stewart (T) 1:14.23, 4th-Blake Bazaldua (T) 1:15.65 Girls 10and under 1st-Ryen Bonzi (S) 34.13, 2nd-Angelina Norman (T) 45.66, 3rd-Emmalee Nishi (T) 47.00, 4th-McKayla Goudy (T) 50.33 Boys 10and under 1st-Logan Rodriguez (S) 49.16, 2nd-Alex Alaniz (S) 49.17, 3rd-Jaden Siller (S) 49.86, 4th-Myles Newhouse (S) 49.99 Girls 12and under 1st-Janealle Sutterlict (T) 36.34, 2nd-Makilie Hernandez (S) 38.19, 3rd-Emily Broersma (S) 38.38, 4th-Janessa Frank (S) 38.81 Boys 12and under 1st-Parker Van de Graaf (S) 37.27, 2nd-Johnny Heffron (S) 40.67, 3rd-Clay Schilperoort (S) 41.20, 4th-Juan Zuniga (S) 47.83 Girls 14and under 1st-Aydan Harrington (S) 35.08, 2nd-Sara Van Corbach (T) 37.27, 3rd-Emily Banks (S) 38.87, 4th-Mildred Lopez (T) 39.45 Boys 14and under 1st-Adrian Heffron (S) 30.41, 2nd-Nate Koerner (T) 32.25, 3rd-Sam Clark (T) 32.75, 4th-Carlo Rodriguez (S) 36.13 Girls 16and under 1st-Katrina Johnson (T) 32.58, 2nd-Summer Hazzard (S) 34.50, 3rd-Kalie Bestebreur (S) 34.67, 4th-Katelyn Banks (S) 35.02 Boys 16and under 1st-Alex Davalos (T) 28.77, 2nd-Alex Perez 29.04, 3rd-Joe Clark (T) 30.72, 4th-Nate Scheenstra (S) 30.96 Girls 18and under 1st-Brittany Broersma (S) 30.56, 2nd-Alexis Medelez (T) 31.43, 3rd-Tara Van Corbach (S) 34.89, 4th-Alexandra Newhouse (S) 36.55 Boys 18and under 1st-Jared Churchill (S) 34.12 200-Meter Freestyle Relay Girls 10and under 1st-Toppenish 3:40.31 Boys 10and under 1st-Sunnyside 3:45.13 Girls 12and under 1st-Toppenish 2:46.73 Boys 12and under 1st-Sunnyside 3:06.14 Girls 14and under 1st-Sunnyside 2:44.95 Boys 14and under 1st-Toppenish 2:26.20 Girls 18and under 1st-Sunnyside 2:23.51 Boys 18and under 1st-Sunnyside 2:07.66 200-Meter Individual Medley Girls 10and under 1st-Emmalee Nishi (T) 4:39.36, 2nd-Arianna Sanchez (S) 4:59.12, 3rd-Abigail Albrecht (S) 5:03.43 Boys 10and under 1st-Logan Rodriguez (S) 4:55.85, 2nd-Jaxon Smith (T) 4:57.68, 3rd-Samuel Olsen (T) 5:07.63, 4th-Cesar Vargas (S) 5:27.14 Girls 12and under 1st-Janealle Sutterlict (T) 3:36.98, 2nd-Chloe Messmore (S) 3:45.59, 3rd-Brielle Newhouse (S) 3:56.21, 4th-Makayla Koerner (T) 3:57.86 Boys 12and under 1st-Parker Van de Graaf (S) 3:53.72, 2nd-Johnny Heffron (S) 4:11.09, 3rd-Clay Schilperoort (S) 4:15.06, 4th-Alec Bazaldua (T) 4:52.87 Girls 14and under 1st-Aydan Harrington (S) 3:28.28, 2nd-Sara Van Corbach (T) 3:48.47, 3rd-Leah Sample (S) 3:55.61, 4th-Emma Stewart (T) 3:58.46 Boys 14and under 1st-Nate Koerner (T) 3:25.79, 2nd-Sam Clark (T) 3:31.10, 3rd-Adrian Heffron (S) 3:37.11, 4th-Carlo Rodriguez (S) 3:42.81 Girls 16and under 1st-Katrina Johnson (T) 3:13.16 Boys 16and under 1st-Alex Davalos (T) 2:58.27, 2nd-Alex Perez (S) 2:59.61, 3rd-Matthew Marquez (S) 3:17.68, 4th-Jordan Supnet (T) 3:18.29 Girls 18and under 1st-Alexis Medelez (T) 2:59.64, 2nd-Alexandra Newhouse (S) 3:48.70, 3rd-Natalie Clark (T) 4:04.83

Grandview wastewater treatment personnel receive international recognition

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's wastewater treatment plant has for the past seven years been recognized by the Washington State Department of Ecology as an outstanding facility. This month the recognition is extended to international proportions via an international trade magazine, Treatment Plant Operator. Last night Grandview City Administrator and Public Works Director Cus Arteaga told the Grandview City Council about the honor of being featured in the magazine. He said, "It's a pretty exciting time...I was excited for our employees." Arteaga said the employees at the wastewater treatment facility work hard to ensure Grandview meets all the permit requirements and to ensure the wastewater processed at the facility is managed properly. The magazine, he said, recognized the efforts as "Food Friendly" in its headline. Arteaga believes that is of great benefit to the community because it means the partnership between the city and its food processing industry is notable. It also means, "...we have another tool for promoting the community," he told the council members. Arteaga is pleased that the magazine chose to highlight Grandview's wastewater treatment facility and its employees, stating the personnel there deserve the recognition. "They allow me to do more because they are doing's a team effort," said Arteaga, stating the staff makes him proud to work for the city of Grandview. He noted the article also highlights Grandview's efforts to preserve the habitat for wildlife living nearby. The magazine article recognizes the fact that treated water is supplied to state wildlife area lagoons. "They deserve this recognition," Arteaga said of those working at the Grandview wastewater treatment plant.

New avenue to gain job skills being paved by Sunnyside schools

A vision of helping students obtain skills for a future career is becoming a reality in Sunnyside. Sunnyside High School Career and Technology Director Holly Ohler on Wednesday morning was the featured speaker at Sunnyside's Daybreak Rotary Club meeting. She provided an overview of the programs to be offered at the YV-Tech Skills Center currently under construction. Ohler said nursing, welding and construction are the more popular programs that will be available to Lower Yakima Valley students seeking technical skills. The programs were decided upon based on the certification requirements and partnerships with community colleges in Washington state. Ohler said the skills center was a vision of Sunnyside Schools Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole and that vision dates back to 2006. It was last year that legislative support was garnered by Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside). Ohler said Honeyford's support kick-started the process of obtaining state funding for the construction of the new skills center. She said the Port of Sunnyside has agreed to lease 3.6 acres for the skills center at the cost of $2 annually for 80 years. YV-Tech, said Ohler, is set to open at the beginning of 2014 and will boast state-of-the-art facilities. It will also have top-notch equipment available to students. "Added to the programs will be an office skills class with an emphasis on medical services," she told the Daybreak Rotarians. Currently there are 50 Sunnyside High School students enrolled in programs offered by YV-Tech. Ohler said some of those students take advantage of programs offered at the Yakima branch of the skills center. "The largest impact to us (SHS) will probably be the welding program," Ohler said, stating students at SHS will most likely take advantage of the welding program at YV-Tech because it will be easier to obtain certification. "There is continuity...we have difficulty with that because of our trimester system," she said, noting SHS teacher Tom Dolan may be the instructor of the program at YV-Tech. Ohler continued, stating the new YV-Tech campus is designed with future expansion in mind. She said the programs, too, may change over the years. Which programs will be offered will be dependent upon the demand for technical skills in various industries. "It's flexible for the purpose of meeting the changing needs of the community," said Ohler.

Sunnyside to revisit UGA boundaries

Port official voice concerns



For Father’s Day - the Apple Core and the Toilet

I don’t know what I was thinking. In 1973, when I was 11, I flushed an apple core down the toilet, an action I would come to regret.

One of city’s gems being neglected

The community center is filthy.

Tuesday, June 11

Downtown Sunnyside to lose traffic lights, but will gain planter boxes, wider sidewalks

The Sunnyside Public Works Committee met Monday night to hear a presentation on the status of the city’s downtown revitalization project from Huibregtse, Louman Associates, Inc.

Crime analyst salary boosted by city council

The Sunnyside City Council eventually approved an adjustment to the salary of the police department’s administrative assistant/crime analyst position last night by a vote of 5-2.

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John William Harries Jr.


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Angel Acevedo


Robert J. Tindell


Mabton schools getting gym roof

MABTON - In the end, it was simply cheaper to replace the Mabton High School auxiliary gym’s trusses and roof than to attempt repairs.

Aiken selected interim provost

MOSCOW, IDAHO - Katherine Aiken has been chosen as the interim provost and executive vice president at the University of Idaho. The daughter of Dorothy Aiken of Sunnyside, she has served as the Dean of College of letters, arts and social sciences since 2006 and has worked at the University of Idaho for 29 years. Aiken is a professor of history and currently serves on the Idaho State Board of Education's Professional Standards Commission and chairs the Idaho Humanities Council. Aiken will serve as interim provost and executive vice president for the university while a search is conducted for the permanent position. As such, she is responsible for oversight of all academic programs and the coordination of the activities of the university's vice presidents. Aiken received a Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Idaho in 1972. She earned her Master's degree in history from the University of Oregon in 1974 and her Doctoral degree from Washington State University in 1980.

Mabton school garners grant to reward achievers

MABTON - Celebrating success will be easier at Artz-Fox Elementary School in Mabton following a donation last month from Legends Casino in Toppenish. On May 29, casino representatives awarded a $2,500 check to the school to help it reward student achievers in the accelerated reader program. "I applied for the grant because I believe reading is a key component to success in school, college, work and life," said Angelica Reyna, an ELL teacher at the school. "I want students to be exposed to this way of thinking starting at least at the elementary level." Reyna says the money will help the school offer incentives and rewards for achievement in the program, such as a banquet for students and their families or a trip to the movies. "This year we started a store to reward students for reading," Reyna says. "Every month they were paid and had an opportunity to spend their money or save it to buy more expensive prizes." She said some of the prizes were donated by teachers, friends from WSU-Pullman and UW in Seattle. "I had a special breakfast with the superintendent and the principal for students with 50+ accelerated reader points," Reyna said. "The breakfast was so good that their reading doubled for some students in less than a month." She says the focus all along has been to make sure students remember, "The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the smarter you are." The repetition/reward mix is working, as this past school year Artz-Fox accelerated reader students accumulated 8,177 points, more than double the 2011-12 school year's total. Looking ahead to the 2013-14 year, Reyna says the grant will help continue student progress. "I know it is expensive to reward positive behavior, but it is well worth it and this grant will definitely help!"

Casino grants $8,000 to schools

GRANDVIEW - Thanks to the grant writing efforts of five Grandview School District educators, Legends Casino of Toppenish has awarded the school district a total of $8,000. The Grandview School Board learned this past Monday night that five teachers representing Harriet Thompson Elementary School, McClure Elementary School, Smith Elementary School and Grandview Middle School had written grant applications seeking additional educational materials for their classrooms. The $8,000 will be used to purchase books, reading supplies, iPads and iPad supplies for the special education program, plus cameras and video equipment for a middle school video club daily news program.

Cardoza cashes twice at Alder Creek rodeo

BICKLETON - The lone cowboy to cash in more than one event at the 103rd annual Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic & Rodeo this past weekend proved to be Russell Cardoza of Terrebonne, Ore.

Larry R. Estabrook


Monday, June 10

Three SHS graduates named to Wall of Fame

Last Friday Sunnyside High School honored three of its alum who began lives of success as graduates of SHS.

Winery visit on itinerary of congressman’s trek back home

Visits to the Côte Bonneville Winery near Sunnyside are by appointment only.

A class act

SHS celebrates its biggest class ever

Expectations. They were everywhere Friday night and never higher than for the Sunnyside High School graduating class of 2013 - the biggest and most academically accomplished class in school history.

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Penny G. McDonald-Chadis-Taylor


SRO puts teens in the driver’s seat

As if life isn’t busy enough for Sunnyside Police Officer Sam Ramos, besides his work as a school resource officer he also helps teach classes at Nuestra Casa and this year began offering driving instruction at Integrity Driving School in Sunnyside.

Friday, June 7

Putting it bluntly...obnoxious behavior reigned at Mabton graduation ceremony

In the past week I attended two very different events and was struck by the contrast between the crowds at both.

Banning three useful words undermines immigration reform

On April 2, 2013, the Associated Press announced amendments to its style book, effectively banning the use of the word “illegal” to describe a person as in “an illegal immigrant.”

Consider a visit to the Tri-Cities this summer

TRI-CITIES - The Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau invites people to check out the events being held this summer just down the road from Sunnyside.

Agency with clinic in Sunnyside recipient of $300,000 grant to aid public in finding affordable health plans

Lower Yakima Valley residents who need a helping hand to decipher new health insurance regulations will have an ally in Yakima Neighborhood Health Services.

SHS teacher hired to help bolster poor performing school

Kent Leadership Academy is in the bottom 10 percent of schools in Washington state, academically speaking.

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Nelda E. Gastelum


Ronnie Neilson


Thursday, June 6

‘Glass menagerie’ brightens Sun Valley

An art project nearly two years in the making was unveiled this week at Sun Valley Elementary School in Sunnyside.

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Vernon Erickson


School district losing more than 55 years of experience

The combined 55-plus years of service put in by two retiring Sunnyside School District food service workers was celebrated at an end-of-year ceremony this past Wednesday afternoon.

Yakima Valley Farm Workers to open clinic in Sunnyside this fall

New buidling starts OK’d by city in May valued at $10.5 million

The 6,500 Sunnyside-area residents who receive health care at Yakima Valley Farm Workers clinics scattered around the valley will have a shorter commute by this fall.

Sunnyside Connects working to ensure youngsters remain alcohol and drug free

Cathy Kelley, the project coordinator for the recently established Sunnyside Connects organization, delivered a strong message this past Tuesday to others involved with the group.

Quick thinking saves local art teacher’s life

They say once you learn lifesaving technique training, you’re nearly guaranteed to use it within a year.

Wednesday, June 5

Congratulations, graduates

Right now across Central Washington, caps and gowns are being handed out, well wishes prepared and parties are being planned, as students get ready for graduation.

Sunny options ahead

It might sound something like the Monkees’ hit, but a Sunshine Days Sunday might be the way to go for the festival’s future.

Amos new hospital auxiliary president

Debbie Amos was installed as the incoming president of the Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary during ceremonies held last Thursday at Conquistador in Sunnyside.

Vera Zavala new Mabton mayor after tense debate

MABTON - A tense and at times argumentative debate over who should be the interim Mabton mayor began immediately after Mayor Pro-Tem Oping Hutson called Tuesday's special Mabton Council meeting to order.

Many faces responsible for Mabton’s resurgence leaving for greener pastures

MABTON - After three years as the city’s top administrator, Mabton Mayor Angel Reyna has relinquished his seat.

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Alex Almaguer


Tuesday, June 4

Interim finance director continues to untangle city’s financial problems

Last night’s meeting of Sunnyside’s committee on finance and administration was mostly a report from Interim Finance Director David Layden on the status of the untangling of Sunnyside’s financial woes.

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Oliver R. Vasquez


Sunnyside’s newest shop features candy coated apples

The most annoying part of eating a caramel apple can be figuring out how to chomp on the sticky sweet without getting hands or face gooey. Ana Garza has a solution for the problem: she’ll pre-cut the apple for you and provide toothpicks to spear the pieces.

Musical drama performance in Sunnyside free and open to public

What could be better than watching local youngsters sing their hearts out?

Changes afoot in Sunnyside schools

Sunnyside High School has received a lot of attention for its efforts to improve its graduation rate, but the effort isn’t confined to just one school.

Sunshine Days car show likely a no-go this year

A staple of Sunnyside’s Sunshine Days celebration most likely won’t take place at this year’s event.

Monday, June 3

Personnel changes OK’d by Sunnyside School Board

The Sunnyside School Board has approved numerous staffing changes presented in its consent agenda.

Black Rock Creek manages third-place finish at latest stop on senior golf tour

With two first-place finishes and a runner-up performance already under their belts, the Black Rock Creek Golf Course team didn’t fare quite as well last Friday on the fourth stop of the 2013 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

SCHS ‘nine’ generates just one run in two losses to Benton City

The Sunnyside Christian High School summer baseball team got off to a less than auspicious start in Three Rivers Senior Babe Ruth League play last Thursday.

Dedicated water aerobics teacher turns in her water wings

After 20 years of leading fellow swimmers through their paces at the local racquet club swimming pool, Esther Weddle is hanging up her water weights.

Mabton High graduates 33 seniors

A noisy crowd greeted the 33 members of the Mabton High School Class of 2013 as they entered Mel Todd Gymnasium this past Friday night to celebrate graduation.

Grandview salutes 120 graduates

Nearly $500,000 in scholarships awarded to senior class of 2013

As of 11 a.m. on Saturday nearly $500,000 worth of scholarships had been awarded to the Grandview High School class of 2013.

Sunnyside Christian High grads learning to fly

It may have been the school’s smallest group of graduates since 1987, but the 10-member Sunnyside Christian High School class of 2013 made a big impression during a commencement ceremony held last Friday at the Nazarene church in Grandview.