Stories for March 2013


Friday, March 29


Lipstick on a pig?

Do you think pigs are downright cute? Are you creative enough to make a pig's snout twitch?

March 29, 2013 3:58 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 28


Local students earn WSU degrees

PULLMAN - Several Washington State University students from the Lower Yakima Valley have earned undergraduate degrees for the fall 2012 semester.

March 28, 2013 2:58 p.m. read more..

Salmeron, Pena SHS leaders at four-team meet at Hanford

RICHLAND - Together, senior Eduardo Salmeron and junior Elijah Pena returned to Sunnyside yesterday from a four-school, non-scoring track and field meet at Hanford High School with five first-place finishes and a runner-up showing. Prosser and River View were the two other schools competing.

March 28, 2013 2:58 p.m. read more..

Downtown revitalization moving ahead

The downtown revitalization project in Sunnyside is moving forward after the city council approved the final design concept presented by HLA at Monday night's regular council meeting.

March 28, 2013 2:58 p.m. read more..

Johnston named to Dean's List

OXFORD, OHIO - Kealey Alexandra Johnston of Grandview was recently named to the fall 2012 Dean's List at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

March 28, 2013 2:58 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 27


Child killer convicted

YAKIMA - Nearly three years after initially being charged with beating a Sunnyside toddler to death, Juan Balverde Lopez of Sunnyside was found guilty yesterday of second-degree manslaughter.

March 27, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..

Shifting attitudes at heart of local transformation

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley held an informational meeting yesterday afternoon at the Grapevine Inn in Sunnyside to spread the word about its new initiatives and answer any questions the public might have about the organization's efforts.

March 27, 2013 2:19 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 26

Becoming better parents focus of six-week course

Sibling rivalry, concerns over drugs or alcohol and communication tools are just some of the topics to be addressed during a six-week Strong Families Parenting course to be held in both Sunnyside and Grandview.

March 26, 2013 2:53 p.m. read more..

Hospice volunteers sought

Throughout the history of the hospice movement, volunteers have played an integral role in the delivery of care to patients and families.

March 26, 2013 2:51 p.m. read more..

New faces on Sunnyside council

In a 15-minute meeting before last night's regular meeting, the Sunnyside City Council decided to appoint Dean Broersma to Position 2 on the council, filling the seat vacated by former Mayor Mike Farmer.

March 26, 2013 2:32 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 25

Wagner earns Mr.Grandview king's crown

GRANDVIEW - Perhaps winning the audience and judges over with a moving speech about patriotism, Mr. Grandview contestant Mitchel Wagner took home the king's crown this past Saturday night.

March 25, 2013 3:47 p.m. read more..

Lady Greyhounds continue winning ways

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhounds continued their winning ways behind the strong arm of pitcher Cali Castilleja, defeating the Toppenish Wildcats in both games of a doubleheader this past Saturday.

March 25, 2013 3:43 p.m. read more..

Wildcats pounce on Sunnyside

Sunnyside made a game of it for five innings before falling 10-3 to visiting Eastmont in the first game of a CBBN doubleheader last Friday.

March 25, 2013 3:37 p.m. read more..

Terrified homeowner hides in bathroom during burglary

A burglary in progress was reported to Yakima County Sheriff deputies from the 2300 block of Phipps Road near Sunnyside last Friday morning. The female victim in the house hid in a bathroom until law enforcement units arrived and arrested two suspects. Medical attention was summoned for the victim, who was described by officers on the scene as "very shaken up."

March 25, 2013 3:34 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 22


Let's hear from the candidates

Eight city managers in less than six years: Bob Stockwell, Mark Kunkler, Eric Swansen, Jim Bridges, Mark Gervasi, Frank Sweet, Aaron Markham and John Darrington.

March 22, 2013 2:20 p.m. read more..

NW Nitro Nationals slated for April 26-28

The only professional motorcycle hill climb in Washington state, Northwest Nitro Nationals, opened the 2012 hill climb season last spring and is set to do the same in the coming weeks.

March 22, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..

Lady 'Hounds hold off Bears to stay unbeaten

GRANDVIEW - A late inning rally nearly sunk the Lady Greyhounds' perfect record yesterday, but Grandview managed to get out of a jam and win its fourth game against the Kiona-Benton Bears, 8-7.

March 22, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..

Federal judge accepts Sanchez plea agreement

YAKIMA - This past Wednesday Judge Edward F. Shea of the United States District Court Eastern District of Washington accepted a plea agreement between U.S. Attorney Mary K. Dimke and Manuel Sanchez of Sunnyside.

March 22, 2013 2:01 p.m. read more..

Education-related bills on the table in Olympia

OLYMPIA - With the Washington State Supreme Court's McCleary decision mandating full funding for education by 2018 and with policy bills out of the way, Washington state lawmakers have now moved the issue to the top of their budgeting priorities.

March 22, 2013 2 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 21


Christian bats have more pop in second outing

NACHES - Sunnyside Christian's baseball team only mustered a pair of hits in its season opener, a 12-0 loss, this past Monday. Yesterday afternoon, however, the 1B Knights combined for 13 base knocks in a non-league twin bill against the 1A Naches JV on the Rangers' home diamond.

March 21, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

SHS students get taste of scientific humor

When the phone rang in Joyce Stark's science classroom and played a snippet of the theme from the Batman TV show from the 1960s, Dale Ingram told the two classes of science students that Batman's mother used to drive his school bus.

March 21, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 20



Thanks for attending soup, pie luncheons

March 20, 2013 2:37 p.m. read more..

Airsoft games to be held this Saturday

The community is invited to come out for an airsoft fundraiser at the Sunnyside Airsoft field at 1900 Sunnyside-Mabton Road (behind Lava Rock Landscaping) this Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 20, 2013 2:33 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside High boys; Prosser/Zillah girls dominate invitational

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside Grizzlies, behind senior Eduardo Salmeron's three-victory effort, as well as a three-win performance by junior Elijah Pena, walked away with the lion's share of the first-place finishes in the boys events at yesterday's 34th annual Grandview Coed Track & Field Invitational.

March 20, 2013 2:26 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 19


Gant's 8-over-par 80 leads Prosser over GHS

If nothing else, the Grandview High School boys golf team has been consistent in its two heads-up matches this spring. Last week at Ephrata and yesterday at home against Prosser, the Greyhound linksters tallied team totals of 509.

March 19, 2013 1:53 p.m. read more..

New ag director has Valley connection

OLYMPIA - Set to take office in little more than a week, Bud Hover is in transition mode as he prepares to become the 22nd director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

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

Monday, March 18


Grandview wins CWAC doubleheader

TOPPENISH - The Grandview baseball bats were warmed up after winning the first game of this past Saturday's double-header against Toppenish 9-1, giving the Greyhounds motivation to win the second game 22-8.

March 18, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 15


Police to crack down on dog owners

MABTON - At Tuesday night's Mabton City Council meeting, city clerk Ret Stewart told council members that of the many residents in town, just nine people have obtained dog licenses.

March 15, 2013 4:11 p.m. read more..

Mabton School Board goes back to basics

With two of its five members appointed in just the last three months, the basics were in focus during the Mabton School Board's annual retreat held this past Wednesday in Sunnyside.

March 15, 2013 4:01 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 14


School retirees urged to join local group

Any certified or classified employee who has worked in a school district in the state of Washington can join the Washington State School Retirees Association, whether they served as a superintendent, a school nurse, a teacher, a bus driver or in any other capacity.

March 14, 2013 3:56 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 13


The bright sides of Extreme Maturity

Some fancy-dancy public-policy think-tank just released a brand-new study that speculates the legion of aging baby boomers will permanently redefine retirement. Mainly because so few of us will be able to afford to retire.

March 13, 2013 2:54 p.m. read more..

Down with daylight savings

The most confusing thing in the world for me is to convince my body that it's an hour later or earlier than it really is. Daylight savings is something I've never understood.

March 13, 2013 2:53 p.m. read more..

No more truck parking on city streets

GRANDVIEW - This past Tuesday the Grandview City Council approved an amendment to the city's parking ordinance, prohibiting large vehicles like semi trucks from parking on the streets in residential neighborhoods.

March 13, 2013 2:50 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 12


Road closure approved

A request to close Ninth Street at Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza on Monday, March 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for a military honors ceremony was approved by the Sunnyside City Council at Monday night's meeting.

March 12, 2013 3:55 p.m. read more..

SVID deems items surplus

In action last week, SVID deemed several items as surplus and approved them to be auctioned to the general public. The items include pick-up trucks, water trucks, a trailer and a tractor.

March 12, 2013 3:54 p.m. read more..

Monday, March 11

Local bar shut down after police say they discover handguns

Last Saturday morning at about 1:15 a.m., Sunnyside cops along with liquor control board officials conducted spot checks at Tequilas, located in the 500 block of South Sixth Street in Sunnyside. Officers say they located two handguns inside the establishment, in the back room of the bar, inside cases.

March 11, 2013 3:27 p.m. read more..

SHS Grizzlies searching for right mix on the pitch

MOXEE - Focusing as much or more on team chemistry than the final score, the 3A Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team played its first regulation match of the season last Saturday. The Grizzlies sustained a 1-0 non-league loss at 2A East Valley.

March 11, 2013 3:22 p.m. read more..

Walks do in Sunnyside girls at season opener

WAPATO - The Lady Grizzlies didn't fare well in their first outing of the season last Saturday, falling 5-2 to the Wapato Wolves and 4-3 to the Davis Pirates at the Wapato Jamboree. Both contests were shortened three-inning affairs.

March 11, 2013 3:20 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 8


Food handler's class to be held March 13

A food handler's class will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at 6:45 a.m. at Sunnyside's United Methodist Church, located at the corner of South Ninth Street and East Edison Avenue.

March 8, 2013 3:32 p.m. read more..

GHS to stage 'West Side Story'

GRANDVIEW - In the opening act, two rival teenage gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, dance through their conflict over who will control the neighborhood.

March 8, 2013 3:25 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 7


Outlook man killed after allegedly pointing gun at police

An Outlook man is dead after allegedly pointing his gun at Sunnyside police yesterday. Sunnyside Police Department officials say at around 4 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, officers received a call reporting a man with a gun near the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue, next to TW Market.

March 7, 2013 3:47 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 6


Special prom needs planners

PROSSER - Planning is about to start for this year's "Special Needs Prom," tentatively scheduled to be held Saturday, May 18, in Prosser.

March 6, 2013 3:32 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 5


Monday, March 4


State champions!

SPOKANE - Just when it looked like Sunnyside Christian seemed poised to drop a nearly 20 point lead and a state title bid, Brandon Broersma came up big on the biggest stage to spark the Knights to the State 1B basketball title last Saturday night with a 44-36 victory over pesky Neah Bay in the championship game.

March 4, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 1

Weeding through public comment

YAKIMA - As a joke, Washington State Liquor Control Board chair Sharon Foster offered figurative "brownie points" for those who kept their comments under two minutes at last night's public forum on the implementation of I-502.

March 1, 2013 2:58 p.m. read more..

Lady Knights win State tourney opener

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights are guaranteed at least fifth place honors in the State Hardwood Classic after defeating the St. John-Endicott Eagles, 52-37.

March 1, 2013 2:53 p.m. read more..

Killer Bs sting Kodiaks

SPOKANE - The Killer B trio of Alex Brouwer, Brian Broersma and Brant Bosma combined for 39 points to help the Sunnyside Christian Knights hoop team open with a victory yesterday at the State 1B boys basketball tourney.

March 1, 2013 2:52 p.m. read more..

Churches combine congregations

GRANDVIEW - Two Grandview churches have merged into one congregation. The first joint worship service is scheduled for this coming Sunday, March 3.

March 1, 2013 2:51 p.m. read more..