Stories for May 2013


Friday, May 31

What is a journalist?

As amateur news hounds gain power and influence through social media, the definition of “journalist” has ripened for philosophical debate. But now it’s becoming a legal issue - one that could hamper efforts to protect the news profession at the very time federal lawmakers are awakening to the need to do so.

May 31, 2013 2:39 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 30



At 72-years-old Emelia Gonzalez-Rivera expected to live out the rest of her life raising her two grandchildren in her home.

May 30, 2013 4:49 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 29


Cemetery concerns prompt ordinance review

MABTON - Citizens’ concerns about the condition of the Mabton City Cemetery this past Memorial Day weekend have prompted the Mabton City Council to begin a review of the city ordinances regulating the use of the cemetery.

May 29, 2013 4:24 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 28


Sunnyside inn garners accolades

The Best Western Plus GrapeVine Inn of Sunnyside last week earned the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest on-line travel site.

May 28, 2013 3:46 p.m. read more..

Amaro 7th at State in discus

TACOMA - Of the three athletes Sunnyside and Grandview advanced to the 2A, 3A and 4A State track and field meets at Mt. Tahoma High School this past weekend, Eric Lee Amaro was the only one to return home as a medalist.

May 28, 2013 3:14 p.m. read more..

Grizzly brain trust

Sunnyside High School has named 22 students as the top academic achievers for the class of 2013. Leading the top 5 percent of the class is valedictorian Anna Estrada-Iniguez, who earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.311.

May 28, 2013 2:57 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 24


Forging partnerships to protect natural resources worth investment

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

History teaches us many lessons

Having not grown up in the Yakima Valley or Washington state, I am not as familiar with events throughout the state's history as I am with California and the Gold Rush.

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

New author's efforts need more refinement

What probably started as an essay for a beginning English class has been published by a Richland author without the benefit of editing. "In The Midst of Pain," published by Xlibris, could have been much better read if Ms. McNeil had used an editor.

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

Burglary suspect detained, sightings of cougars reported

A residential burglary reported just after noon yesterday (Thursday) resulted in the alleged burglar being detained by Sunnyside police. The incident reportedly occurred in the 1200 block of South Sixth Street. The thief was identified by a witness, who also identified the alleged suspect's vehicle. Police took the unidentified suspect into custody.

May 24, 2013 2:35 p.m. read more..

Fishing season re-opens

The sport fishing season for hatchery spring chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead will re-open tomorrow, Saturday, on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached this week by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

May 24, 2013 2:34 p.m. read more..

State resumes West Nile virus tracking and monitoring

West Nile virus tracking and monitoring season is underway and an updated online dead bird reporting system is available for state residents to use. Dead birds can be the first sign that West Nile virus is circulating in a community.

May 24, 2013 2:32 p.m. read more..

Man charged in local cell phone store burglaries

Gustavo Acevedo Magana, 39, has been charged with a count of second degree burglary and a count of first degree theft after police say he broke into Sunnyside cell phone stores six times over the past two months.

May 24, 2013 2:31 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 23

Mabton FFA chapter hosts awards banquet

MABTON - The Mabton High School FFA chapter held its annual awards banquet this past Tuesday night, bestowing several honors on its membership and recognizing the community's support.

May 23, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..

State's top lawman visits Yakima County

YAKIMA - Washington state's newly elected attorney general, Bob Ferguson, visited Yakima Wednesday afternoon to speak with the county's gang commission and find out what the county needs from the state to continue its efforts combating the problem of gangs.

May 23, 2013 2:20 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 22



Trip to Seattle made possible by generous local supporters

May 22, 2013 3:44 p.m. read more..

Insects focus of library story-time

Insects will be invading the Sunnyside Public Library, 621 Grant Ave., Friday, May 24, during preschool story time. Well, actually it will be stories about insects, according to Marcelina Ortega, lead librarian.

May 22, 2013 3:40 p.m. read more..

SHS class of '53 reunion dates named

When the class of 1953 graduated, it was reportedly the largest class to have earned diplomas from Sunnyside High School. A total of 142 seniors were graduated that year.

May 22, 2013 3:39 p.m. read more..

Alcoholic beverages at theaters now allowed

Last week Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law new legislation that makes it easier for theaters like Grand Cinemas in Sunnyside and the Princess Theatre in Prosser to sell alcohol to patrons over the age of 21.

May 22, 2013 3:32 p.m. read more..

Police remain focused on local gang problems

A low turnout marked the final meeting of the Sunnyview Republican Women's Club before the group takes its annual summer break, but the handful of attendees was treated to an excellent presentation Tuesday afternoon by guest speaker Phil Schenck, deputy chief of the Sunnyside Police Department.

May 22, 2013 3:19 p.m. read more..

United Way honors contributors

YAKIMA - Yesterday morning representatives of the many organizations and companies, as well as individuals that contribute to United Way Central Washington gathered for that organization's annual meeting and awards breakfast.

May 22, 2013 3:16 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 21


Facilities tech leaving May 31

Gerald Roy, the Port of Sunnyside's facilities technician since 2006 and Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce president since 2009, is leaving the port's employ at the end of this month.

May 21, 2013 2:35 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 20


Pirates claim 1B District crown

EPHRATA - Peter Clinton advanced to the State track meet in four events to pace the Bickleton boys track team to first-place honors at last Saturday's 1B District 5/6 championships.

May 20, 2013 2:56 p.m. read more..

Flurry of late filings will give voters choices

Three of Sunnyside's four city council seats on the ballot this fall will be contested. That's according to the results of candidate filings with Yakima County last Friday, the last day for office-seekers to file.

May 20, 2013 2:52 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 17


Thursday, May 16

Mabton FFA competes at State convention

PULLMAN - On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 8, a total of 17 Mabton FFA members, Mabton FFA Advisor Randi Krieg, two FFA alumni, Karen Mendoza and Nohemi Meza, and parent volunteer Jose Meza made the long journey through the Palouse Valley to Pullman.

May 16, 2013 2:48 p.m. read more..

Four more people file for local public offices

Tomorrow (Friday) is the deadline to file to run for public office in Yakima County. Four more candidates threw their hats into the ring during Wednesday's filing period, including two new faces for voters to meet.

May 16, 2013 2:37 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 15


Mabton mayor resigns

MABTON - With great regret and some trepidation, Mabton Mayor Angel Reyna announced to the Mabton City Council he is resigning as the town's leader, effective May 31.

May 15, 2013 1:52 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 14

Lady Grizzlies end season with loss to Lions

KENNEWICK - A torrential downpour in Kennewick nearly extended the Lady Grizzlies' season. As it turned out, the skies overhead dried up and the game was completed. The contest ended last night with a loss to the Kennewick Lions in the Regional play-in game.

May 14, 2013 4:11 p.m. read more..

Outstanding school employees honored

GRANDIEW - A reception opened the Monday meeting of the Grandview School Board in order to honor the district's 2013 Employees of the Year. Plaques, testimonials, cake and punch rounded out the celebration.

May 14, 2013 3:55 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 13


Grandview District champs

YAKIMA - After five years without a District championship title, the Grandview soccer team was ready and willing to defeat the Rams this past Saturday at West Valley.

May 13, 2013 2:57 p.m. read more..

Democrats' dinner slated for May 19

YAKIMA - The state legislature's unfinished work on major education bills and policies will be the highlight of keynote speaker Erin Jones' remarks at the Yakima County Democrats' annual FDR Dinner on Sunday, May 19, in the Yakima Convention Center.

May 13, 2013 2:51 p.m. read more..

Remembering the fallen

In recognition of Law Enforcement Memorial Week (May 12-18), a Sunnyside pastor has launched an initiative encouraging the public to display blue ribbons this week.

May 13, 2013 2:48 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 10


In the year 2023

The other day I saw a national survey claiming the worst job in the world is that of newspaper reporter because the occupation is in danger of disappearing in the next 10 years.

May 10, 2013 3:15 p.m. read more..

Craftsmen, farmers invited to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - As a handcrafter with lots of wares to sell, Linda Clark thought why not test the waters to see if Grandview could support a Craft Fair / Farmers Market. So Clark and her daughter Rene Martinez of Prosser are proposing to open a market for area produce growers and crafters.

May 10, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..

Bi-Mart pharmacy manager seeks seat on local school board

A Pocatello, Idaho native who moved to Sunnyside 15 years ago is throwing his hat into the ring for the District 5 director's seat on the Sunnyside School Board of Education. He is Dylan Gardner, married with five children - four of whom are enrolled in the local public schools.

May 10, 2013 2:48 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 9


Four CWAC teams get in tune-up prior to 2A District tourney

Grandview's Greyhounds will be hosting the CWAC 2A District boys golf tournament next Tuesday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course. As a tune-up for the postseason competition, the 'Hounds entertained Ephrata, Ellensburg and East Valley yesterday for an 18-hole "friendly."

May 9, 2013 2:17 p.m. read more..

Schools superintendent recipient of state award

The Washington Association of School Administrators, PEMCO Insurance and School Employees Credit Union of Washington have selected Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Richard D. Cole as a recipient of the 2013 Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award.

May 9, 2013 2:09 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 8


Three women give hope to families

The discovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight earlier this week brings hope to many families across the nation, who are still looking for their missing children.

May 8, 2013 3:08 p.m. read more..

Foreclosure notices sent

Foreclosures were sent out recently to property owners who still have not paid their 2010 SVID irrigation assessment.

May 8, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

Deal inked for spur services

A project to expand delivery and storage of Bleyhl's propane products moved forward this past Monday night when Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved a contract for engineering services with Gray Surveying and Engineering.

May 8, 2013 2:47 p.m. read more..

GHS's Avalos, Jacobo battle valiantly in three-set loss

GRANDVIEW - With the exception of the No. 1 girls doubles match, Grandview's boys and girls tennis squads didn't have many highlights to look back upon after the Ephrata Tigers walked off the Greyhound courts Tuesday afternoon with a pair of 5-0 victories.

May 8, 2013 2:44 p.m. read more..

Lady Grizzlies WIN!!!

Shawna Santini sparked her team with some base running and was helped by serious small ball from her teammates in the first inning of last night's game to lead the Lady Grizzlies to a 6-5 win over the Davis Pirates.

May 8, 2013 2:36 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 7


Grizzlies' season ends at Kamiakin

KENNEWICK - A botched double-play ball helped send the Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team to a 12-1 defeat yesterday at host Kamiakin in a loser-out playoff game.

May 7, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..

Murky financial picture more clear now

The city of Sunnyside will soon be posting monthly financial reports to its website, keeping both the city council and the citizens up-to-date on the status of the city's finances, according to Interim Finance Director David Layden.

May 7, 2013 1:58 p.m. read more..

Port prepping for new tenant

With Fastenal set to move into a portion of its building next month, the Port of Sunnyside is gearing up for the company's arrival.

May 7, 2013 1:53 p.m. read more..

Councilors reminded of roles

In a meeting designed to provide orientation to new council members, the council was warned to only use city e-mails for council business. Interim City Manager John Darrington also took the opportunity to remind the council of its responsibilities and performance expectations.

May 7, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 6

Staffing changes afoot

The Sunnyside School Board last week approved contracts for new staff, as well as several resignations and retirements.

May 6, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 3


SHS boys grab wins in four events at CBBN track and field competition hosted by Cadets

YAKIMA - Eric Amaro continues to dominate the discus and javelin competitions this spring. Picking up victories in both events yesterday, coupled with wins by Sunnyside High School teammates Sergio Lugo in the triple jump and Elijah Pena in the 110m hurdles, the Grizzlies came away with four victories from Thursday's four-school Columbia Basin Big Nine League track and field meet hosted by the Eisenhower Cadets.

May 3, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside edges Moses Lake

The 3A Grizzly soccer team closed out its regular season in fine fashion last night with a 2-1 victory over visiting Moses Lake, a 4A school.

May 3, 2013 1:55 p.m. read more..

Four wins for 'Hounds at CWAC home track meet

GRANDVIEW - Andy Rodriguez topped the field in the pole vault and teammate Alex Soberanes took a share of the gold in the high jump to give the Greyhound boys two first-place finishes in yesterday's CWAC meet, while Kasi Prieto took an individual race and contributed to a relay team win to give the Lady Greyhounds two first-place finishes as well.

May 3, 2013 1:48 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 2



Sunnyside native establishes Yakima Valley's new mark for three-game bowling series

May 2, 2013 2:07 p.m. read more..

Public office filing period approaches

It's nearly filing season for various elected offices around the area and there are plenty of positions that will be decided in the Primary Election in August and the General Election in November.

May 2, 2013 2:02 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 1


P.E.O. yard sale this weekend

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview chapter of Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) will host its annual yard sale this coming Friday and Saturday, May 3-4.

May 1, 2013 2:46 p.m. read more..