Stories for November 2013


Friday, November 29

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‘Underground’ addressing needs of both homeless and at-risk youths

In the face of homelessness and exposure to gangs, Sunnyside residents have for years sought ways to take care of community members in need.

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Youngsters and robots make for fascinating mix

Wheels, gears and bands of steel held together with nuts and bolts can occupy hours of time for the young engineers taking part in this year’s robotics after-school activities.

Grandview wreath-laying ceremony coincides with national event

GRANDVIEW – For the third consecutive year, the Wreaths Across America movement will have Lower Valley participation during the national memorial planned for Saturday, Dec. 14.

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Miss Washington America featured speaker at royalty reception Dec. 16

Miss Washington America Reina Almon will be the featured speaker at a special dessert royalty reception to be held at the Sunnyside Community Center on Monday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m.

$246.8 million budget approved

YAKIMA – Yakima County commissioners this past Tuesday approved the $246.8 million budget proposed for 2014.

Arboretum hosts luminaria Dec. 13-14

YAKIMA – A luminaria event at the Yakima Area Arboretum is being planned for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14.

G’view to start stashing funds for East Fourth Street upgrade

GRANDVIEW – The city of Grandview would like to make improvements to East Fourth Street between Division and Elm streets.

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Grandview’s wastewater treatment plant receives award

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview has been recognized with an Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council (IACC) award.

Holiday classic at Princess in December

PROSSER - Valley Theater Company will present the classic holiday show, “A Christmas Carol,” four different days in December at Prosser’s historic Princess Theatre.

Mighty Tieton hosts bazaar, chandelier fest

TIETON – Mighty Tieton is celebrating the holiday season with two concurrent events, its annual craft and antique bazaar, and the chandelier festival.

WinterFest Lighted Parade set for Dec. 14

Benton City - Now celebrating its 10th year, Benton City’s WinterFest continues to grow. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Theater offering holiday experience

WALLA WALLA - Gesa Power House Theatre will be the venue for a weekend of family entertainment, food, music and unique shopping opportunities.

Christmas bazaar set for Dec. 7

GRANDVIEW – Blessed Sacrament Church in Grandview will be hosting a Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Personnel changes OK’d by Sunnyside School Board

Contracts in the Sunnyside School District approved by the board on Tuesday, Nov. 26,

Sunnyside police busy on ‘Turkey Day’

Sunnyside police were kept busy Thanksgiving Day responding to reports of suspicious activity.

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Oprah...take off those black-and-white glasses

Come on, Oprah. You’re way too smart to be this stupid.

Grandview cops don’t get holiday rest

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview did not have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

Road project agreement OK’d

YAKIMA – The Yakima County commissioners at this past Tuesday’s meeting approved an agreement with the city of Grandview. The county will serve as the administrator for a federal grant recently awarded to the city for improvements to Old Inland Empire Highway.

Prepping Buddy for the holidays

I wouldn’t say my favorite canine friend is a fashion hound.

Property taxes raised 1 percent

YAKIMA – Yakima County residents will see a 1 percent increase in property taxes for 2014.

Let holiday season begin!

The true holiday season doesn’t start until Thanksgiving, in my book.

Sheriff’s office helping cities

YAKIMA – The Yakima County commissioners this past Tuesday approved agreements with the cities of Mabton and Granger, authorizing the Yakima County Sheriff’s office to provide communications for law enforcement.

We can learn from the Puritans

Religious Reflections

Psalm 118 - “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!”

Antonette “Nettie” Cleveringa


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Hands-on science made fun

The popular children’s movie “Despicable Me” was the theme of a Sunnyside High School science camp held Saturday, Nov. 16, in science teacher Joyce Stark’s classroom.

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Holiday pie

Celebrating Thanksgiving with games, raffles and a lot of pumpkin pie was the theme for the annual Grandview senior citizens celebration held last Wednesday at the Grandview Community Center on Wallace Way.

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1973: Sunnyside’s Hiway Fruit gets new owners

Over the Shoulder

On his way to Sunnyside, Walter N. Granger was thrown from his buggy when his horses ran into a wire gate across a lane.

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Classroom support

Irene Wilson


Thursday, November 28

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Saving green on Black Friday

For this installment of Apprageous! my assignment was to find a helpful app for the Christmas shopping rush after Thanksgiving, especially the Black Friday weekend right after turkey day.

Wednesday, November 27

Safe turkey tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving day is tomorrow, Thursday, and State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy reminds families to think twice about fire safety while celebrating the holidays.

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Valley’s arboretum a virtual paradise

Jheri Ketcham made a good argument that there isn’t really a bad time to visit the Yakima Area Arboretum, during a speech to the Nouvella Club at Sunnyside’s Snipes Mountain Restaurant and Brewery late last week.

Airplanes are safer

That’s what they say, and it’s true…airplanes are safer.

How to create a living will

Can you recommend some good resources that can help seniors create a living will?

Voters will decide bond

The Sunnyside School Board has decided to hold an election for a $10 million bond on Feb. 11, 2014.

Safety plans pass muster

Sunnyside School District safety plans were reviewed by the Sunnyside School Board and approved at last night’s meeting.

Graduation grant renewed

The Sunnyside School District has been a model district as far as the High School Graduation Initiative is concerned, receiving high praise from the state in the fourth year of the five-year grant.

Change order for high school addition OK’d

The Sunnyside School Board approved a change order for additions to Sunnyside High School that amount to $2,400 of extra costs.

Changes to YV Tech approved

Change orders totaling $9,800 were approved by the Sunnyside School Board for the construction on the YV Tech Phase 3 project.

Rate increases start next month

The Mabton City Council passed a total of four rate increases last night during its business meeting.

Meeting continued

The Mabton City Council agreed last night to continue its business meeting to next Monday at 6 p.m. Council was originally scheduled to review final 2014 budget numbers Tuesday night, but that was delayed to next Monday, Dec. 2.

City of Grandview’s 2014 budget tweaked

Even with several expenditures tacked on to a draft of the 2014 budget the Grandview City Council reviewed two weeks ago, there will be more money left in the reserve account than originally was expected.

Sunnyside police handle suspicious incidents

Sunnyside police have investigated five reports of suspicious circumstances during the past 24 hours.

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Holiday season has arrived

Sunnyside is aglow with decorative lights, which means the holiday season is now upon us.

Free curriculum gains approval

The Sunnyside School Board approved the adoption of “Goal Books for Kids” as curriculum in the district at Tuesday night’s meeting.

2013 General Election

Final Results

Mabton seeks answers for $100,000 mistake

The final matter brought up at last night’s Mabton City Council meeting may well have been of first importance: Artz-Fox Elementary School has not been sent a sewer bill since 2009.

Superintendent advises against school uniforms

Sunnyside Schools Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole recommended that the district not adopt a school uniform policy after visiting five local districts with such policies.

Stolen vehicle report in G’view

Police in Grandview are investigating a report of a stolen vehicle made yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) from South Euclid Road.

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Special award

Mabton School Board Director Jeanette Williams receives a token of appreciation this past Monday for the eight years she has served on the board

Shopping app review goes live tomorrow

Whether you’re waiting for the turkey to cook, or need a post-Thanksgiving meal diversion tomorrow afternoon, the Daily Sun News will give you a head start on holiday shopping with an app review to be released online Thanksgiving Day.

Firearm stolen in vehicle prowl

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a report of a firearm stolen from a vehicle in the 1500 block of Alexander Road near Sunnyside yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

Board tables pilot program

School board directors asked for more information about a proposal for a pilot agreement between the Sunnyside School District and Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley before taking action.

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Cleaning up to dress it up

Sunnyside downtown storefront windows are beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Slow day at the fire hall

Sunnyside firemen responded to a call for a citizen lift in the 1200 block of Swan Road early this morning.

Nobody feels confident first time they try a backflip

Do you take risks?

Holiday hoop camp for youngsters scheduled in Grandview Dec. 22-23

The parks and rec department in Grandview, in conjunction with HoopStar Basketball, will be teaming up to provide a holiday hoop camp on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 22-23, at the Grandview Community Center.

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Ronald Joseph Patnode


Thanks for election support


I would like to thank the citizens of Sunnyside for the opportunity to represent you on our city council. Your support and votes mean a lot to me, and I will do my best to honor your confidence.

Wildcats claw out 3-1 win against SHS

Buoyed by freshman Cheyanne Greening’s 401 two-game series, the Eastmont Wildcats defeated the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team yesterday afternoon, 3-1.

Colley top forecaster

UCLA and Oregon both losing to Arizona schools were two of the games that stumped practically every entrant in last week’s Lower Valley Merchants Football Forecast Contest.

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An argument for giving thanks

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called a nation divided by war to join together in a time of corporate thanksgiving and repentance when he proclaimed that Americans “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

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Memorable experience for Mabton FFA members

Mabton FFA chapter members Edson Rivera and Crystal Cruz this past Monday present the Mabton School Board with information about the chapter members’ recent trip to Louisville, Ky.

No mutton on our table

“You see that sunset last night?” Steve said. “Now that was a honey.”

There’s lots to celebrate on Thanksgiving this year

Sure, the country isn’t doing so well at the moment, but there are still plenty of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.

Holidays are here

I can hardly believe the holidays are here already. Tomorrow, families will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas is less than a month away. It seems time has passed so quickly this year.

No pot ban in G'view

The city of Grandview currently has in place a 6-month moratorium on licensing marijuana retailers, processors and producers.

Utility payment due date revised

The Grandview City Council this past Tuesday approved a change to the ordinance for utility bill payments.

Tuesday, November 26

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Graduation rate spikes

Sunnyside School Board tops in Washington state

Significant graduation rate increases, combined with the implementation of continuous academic improvement and support programs has led to the Sunnyside School Board of Directors being named Washington state’s 2013 School Board of the Year.

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Breaking down the numbers

In response to questions about how shots-fired calls are recorded, the Sunnyside Police Department last night produced a stack of folders detailing the calls since 2010.

Council comfortable with city’s 2014 budget

An in-depth discussion of the city of Sunnyside’s 2014 budget yielded no surprises and few concerns at last night’s regular city council meeting.

Sunnyside making progress on city’s financial problems

Even while the city of Sunnyside is working on its budget for 2014, financial problems from the past continue to haunt the staff.

Ambulance service contract approved

The Sunnyside City Council approved an agreement with Sunnyside Community Hospital to provide ambulance transport services.

EMS personnel training gets go-ahead

An interlocal agreement that provides Sunnyside EMS personnel with training was approved by the Sunnyside City Council Monday night.

City strikes jail agreement with county

The Sunnyside City Council approved an interlocal agreement with the Yakima County Department of Corrections for housing Sunnyside prisoners in the Yakima County jail.

Mabton inmates will be housed in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside City Council approved an agreement Monday night with the city of Mabton for housing inmates in the Sunnyside jail.

Engineering firm hired

The Sunnyside City Council authorized staff to move forward with negotiations with HLA of Yakima to provide municipal engineering services for the city.

Insurance carrier OK’d

The city will utilize the services of Washington Cities Insurance Authority for property and casualty insurance coverage via a decision by the city council Monday night.

Mabton School District financials finalized for 2012-13

MABTON - The Mabton School Board last night (Monday) was told the school district stayed within its budget for the 2012-13 academic year.

Yearbook returning to Mabton

MABTON – It has been a number of years since students at Mabton Junior/Senior High School have had yearbooks, according to Principal Caleb Oten.

December school board meeting one hour earlier

MABTON – Next month’s Mabton School Board meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, will take place an hour earlier than usual.

Cerrillo resigns from school board

MABTON – Mabton School Board Director Eli-zabeth Cerrillo Monday night resigned from the Dist. 2 position.

Third home in two days hit by gunfire from drive-by’s

Late last night (Monday), Yakima County Sheriff deputies were summoned to the 100 block of Crewport Road, just north of Granger after a report of a drive-by shooting of a home.

Busy weekend for G’view cops

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are investigating a fire that was reported last Friday night in the 600 block of East Wine Country Road.

Police have a quiet 24 hours

Sunnyside police investigated a theft report involving missing exterior motion lights during the past 24 hours. The theft was reported from the 1000 block of South First Street.

Mabton police have light week

MABTON – Mabton police have investigated a domestic assault report, a report of shoplifting, a harassment complaint and a suspicious circumstance during the past week, according to Mabton Police Chief Rick Gutierrez.

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Helping hands

William R. Touchette


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Tournament champions

Clinton receives WSU scholarship

PULLMAN - Peter Clinton of Bickleton was recently awarded a $2,000 Charles W. Harrison Scholarship in Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University for up to four years.

State streamlines approach to wellness

Washington’s state government is taking a step to improve its employee wellness programs under an ambitious plan outlined in a new executive order by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Got chocolate milk?

Although chocolate milk may not be the first drink you think of reaching for after a workout, experts at Baylor College of Medicine say it might be one of the most beneficial.

Lung cancer screening beneficial in high-risk groups

November marked National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, an ideal time to increase education and awareness about one of the most fatal types of cancer and provide new information about potentially life-saving screening methods.

Avoidance key in allergy relief

According to an allergy expert at Baylor College of Medicine, the first line of treatment for allergy symptoms is avoidance.

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Refugio Arteaga


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New fitness center open for training

Sunnyside residents have a new gym to help them live healthy, fit lifestyles.

Sharing your 'bounty' can be rewarding

Thanksgiving is almost here. If you have the financial resources to provide a comfortable life for your family, you have reason to be thankful. And if you can afford to share some of your “bounty” with charitable organizations, you may want to be as generous as possible — because your gifts may allow you to both give and receive.

Protect your skin during the winter

Summer may be over, but protecting your skin should remain a priority.

Skipping workout is OK in some cases

Although exercise should be a part of your daily routine, it’s important to know when your body needs a break, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.

Banish the belly ache from holiday celebrations

Food is usually the centerpiece of many traditional celebrations this time of year, but watch out for holiday heartburn, warn gastroenterologists from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Monday, November 25

Washington State Farm Bureau names lawmaker from Sunnyside its legislator of the year for 2013

Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) last Wednesday accepted the Washington State Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year Award for an unprecedented third time. The Sunnyside Republican also received the award in 2003 and 2007.

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Support for food banks encouraged at Sunnyside Thanksgiving service

The theme was sharing with others and those attending Sunday night’s annual community Thanksgiving service did just that.

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Mabton closes in on final budget figures

In her last meeting as Mabton’s mayor, Vera Zavala presided over a special session last Friday that moved the city closer to wrapping up budget discussions for 2014.

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Sunday concert

Mandolin stylings of Evan J. Marshall entertained Lower Valley Community Concert Association members yesterday afternoon at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

State, Yakama Nation reach fuel tax agreement

The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) and the Yakama Nation recently settled a long-standing dispute about how to collect fuel taxes on fuel sold at gas stations owned by members of the Yakama Nation.

Two Sunnyside homes struck by gunfire

Sunnyside police are asking anyone with information about an early Saturday morning shooting, which occurred in the 1000 block of South 11th Street, to call the Sunnyside police detectives at 836-6211.

State takes action against several county health care professionals

Washington State Depart-ment of Health officials have announced that several health care professionals working in Yakima County have disciplinary cases pending. Those individuals include Valerie Esquer, Lane M. Willis and Richard Craig Hill.

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Freezing for a cause

Members of the Sunnyside High School Key Club last Friday braved the cold weather in an effort to raise money for Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.

Two fires involving structures

The cause of the fire, which was reported to Sunnyside firemen at 3 a.m. this morning, is under investigation by Sunnyside firemen.

Police arrest alleged thief

Sunnyside police have arrested a Wapato man in connection with a series of construction material thefts which reportedly took place in the Sunnyside area during the past week.

Explosion occurs, G’view eatery razed

An explosion rocked the L&L Drive-In this past Friday night, completely destroying the building.

Sunnyside School Board Agenda

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, 810 E. Custer Ave, 7:30 p.m.

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

Avoid winter’s perils by going online for business with SSI

With Old Man Winter arriving this month, cold temperatures and winter storms are a real possibility.

Get to know...Amber Guy

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Hands on learning

Sunnyside High School science teachers Joyce Stark and Teri Alvarez-Ziegler took students from the honors biology class to the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Medical Conference recently at Columbia Basin Community College.

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Guy Hess


John C. Kellum


Friday, November 22

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Lack of trust stymies groundwater work

GRANGER – Issues of trust continue to arise as the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area Advisory Committee attempts to make forward progress.

Sunnyside strikes deal with motel owners

A jury trial was averted in Sunnyside Municipal Court yesterday when the city of Sunnyside and motel owners Fred and Helen Kim reached a settlement.

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Sunnyside United board approves budget numbers

Part of Sunnyside United’s work is to address issues related to drug and alcohol use.

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Equipment needs, fee increase discussed by parks and rec board

At this past Wednesday’s Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Board meeting it was decided participation fees for youth sports programs are needed.

Bylaws approved

A process in the works for several months concluded this past Thursday, when board members of Sunnyside United approved a set of bylaws for the organization that’s focused on steering youths away from drugs and alcohol.

New appointees named to board

In action this past Thursday, the board of Sunnyside United agreed to add the following

Wood stove cause of fire

MABTON – Mabton’s George Coronel is lucky to have escaped an inferno that yesterday (Thursday) consumed his trailer.

Sunnyside cops on burglar’s trail

Sunnyside police are investigating a burglary reported yesterday morning (Thursday) in the 100 block of South 13th Street.

Few incidents for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies handled an animal problem

Theft report investigated

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are investigating a report of a theft made yesterday morning, Thursday, from Sandy Lane.

DUI emphasis patrols start next week

Hopefully, 2013 will be different than the last five holiday seasons. From 2008 to 2012, an average of 49 people died in traffic crashes in Washington state between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Regular meeting.

Unsung hero

On Nov. 6 prior to Veterans Day, on the 11th, we published our annual Salute To Heroes special section honoring brave men and women who have faithfully served and are currently serving our nation.

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Dogged journalism a blessing, not a curse

Let’s start with the obvious: a democracy needs intelligence agencies.

All the help appreciated at scholarship fundraiser


On behalf of myself and my family, I want to thank everyone for making the Sandra Pascua Filipino Foodfest a successful event. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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1903: Sunnysiders reaffirm desire to remain a dry town

Over the Shoulder

110 YEARS AGO…(1903) Dr. Harvey of Sunnyside showed off a turnip that had grown in a white clover field that weighed 11 and a half pounds and measured 31 inches in circumference.

A farm bill in name only

To paraphrase a famous Mark Twain quote, suppose you passed a farm bill. And suppose you passed a food stamp bill. But I repeat myself.

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Alpaca holiday bazaar scheduled for tomorrow

KENNEWICK - The Alpaca Breeders Co-op of the Greater Tri-Cities will host its ninth annual Alpaca Holiday Bazaar tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thanksgiving party set for senior citizens

GRANDVIEW - All area senior citizens are invited to a fun-filled event celebrating Thanksgiving at the Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way, on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Local senior center to host ‘Lenny’ Dec. 8

Popular entertainer “Lenny” LaLumiere will be providing local seniors with a fun-filled afternoon on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Sunnyside Senior Center.

Holiday classic to be performed at Princess Theatre

PROSSER - Valley Theater Company will present the classic holiday show, “A Christmas Carol,” four different days in December at Prosser’s historic Princess Theatre.

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Christian recording artist Steve Green in concert in S’side

Christian recording artist and philanthropist Steve Green will perform a live concert at the Sunnyside High School auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Sparkling wine, food pairing workshop on tap Dec. 13

GRANDVIEW – Yakima Valley Community College in Grandview will be hosting a special workshop for those interested in learning how to pair sparkling wine or champagne with different foods.

Chumley carries SHS bowlers to 3-1 victory over Davis Pirates

Senior Johanna Chumley’s opening 201 game was the spark that ignited the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team to its first victory of the season.

Paul T. Pecheos


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Jean Tomowske Corliss


Virtuoso performance this Sunday

Internationally renowned mandolin virtuoso and recording artist Evan Marshall will share his talents this Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Thursday, November 21

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Season finale vaults local drag racer into NHRA’s ‘Top 10’ national ranks

Placing runner-up in his last race turned into a victory of sorts for Sunnyside’s Michael Dalrymple in claiming a national top-10 finish in the NHRA Lucas Oil Championship’s Super Comp final point standings.

Sunnyside league bowling report

Week #11

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High school expansion on schedule for June 2014 completion date

The additional 25,000 square feet currently being added to Sunnyside High School is expected to handle the enrollment needs of the Sunnyside School District’s high school students for the next 25 years, according to Braven Benzak, the district’s construction manager.

Key Club freeze out starts Friday

Students in Sunnyside High School’s Key Club will hold their annual freeze out starting tomorrow, Friday, at Sixth Street and Edison Avenue, near Centennial Square.

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Sunnyside church keeping kids busy with crafts, play rehearsals and dinner

A youth outreach program that provides children with dinner, activities and a chance to perform in a play is off to a solid start, with more than a dozen regulars showing up every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

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If it relates to grapes, YVCC grant director is there

GRANDVIEW - Catherine Jones keeps busy as an adjunct instructor and grant director for the Yakima Valley Community College viticulture and enology program in Grandview.

Nominations sought for most endangered historic properties list

SEATTLE - The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking nominations to its 2014 Most Endangered Historic Properties List.

Lower Valley 4-Hers earn accolades

UNION GAP – Several people from the Lower Valley were honored for their work this past year at the 67th annual 4-H Leaders Recognition Luncheon held at the Yakima County WSU Extension office in Union Gap last Saturday.

Cops keeping busy in G’view

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview handled two juvenile problems, two automatic alarms, a report of an animal problem, a report of an assault and an informational call yesterday (Wednesday).

Deputies not too busy in Lower Valley

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to five calls in the Lower Valley on Tuesday, one of which was unfounded, one was transferred to the Washington State Patrol and the other three were not serious enough for detailed reports.

Calls varied for local cops

Sunnyside police arrested a man on suspicious of shoplifting at WalMart last night (Wednesday).

Firefighters called out

On Tuesday, Sunnyside firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm, but it was canceled as a false alarm.

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Feline in fall

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Special recognition

Wednesday, November 20

Verl Calvin Alderman


You can make firing someone a lot less awful for both of you

Forget Perfect

You’re fired.

I called the police on my husband once

A Hint of Humor

Jay Leno often shares funny, short news stories on his television show: a man says it’s his fault that his wife shot him five times when she mistook him for an intruder.

How to put together your family’s health history

Saavy Senior

What can you tell me about creating a family health history?

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Pecan Perfection - Tiny Pecan Pies

Just a Pinch

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Remembering John F. Kennedy


Few events in American history have brought more sorrow, grief and confusion than the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

Thanks for the smile

One of my bad habits is letting old e-mails back up to the point Outlook sends me a warning shot, “You’re mailbox is almost full.”

Candidate appreciates local support


I wish to thank all of the generous and hard working individuals who supported my campaign for the Sunnyside Public School Board position.

Diligence required to avoid getting a raw deal


Leonard Gilroy was right to point out that outsourcing requires “due diligence and accountability” (“Privatization a solution for government budget woes?” Daily Sun News, November 14.)

Someday I’ll know…

There were two little boys down at the Doughnut Hole Café the other day, standing outside, just waiting.

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Fading fast

Journalism background expected to serve new asst. attorney general well

OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced on Monday that he has selected Olympia attorney Nancy Krier to serve full time as the office’s Open Government Assistant Attorney General.

Do’s and don’ts at airport being spelled out

After a lengthy discussion about a draft of covenants for the Sunnyside Municipal Airport last night (Tuesday), the Airport Advisory Board decided the covenants should be added to the Sunnyside Municipal Code.

Nuestra Casa one of several non-profits singled out for Yakima Valley Community Foundation financial grant

Sunnyside’s Nuestra Casa has received a $13,000 grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation as part of more than $335,000 in competitive grants awarded this month.

‘Doc’ pushes for common sense in proposed food safety regulations

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Doc Hastings sent a letter last week to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mar-garet Hamburg expressing concern over the food safety regulations that the FDA has proposed to govern the way that all fruits and vegetables are grown and harvested.

Sunnyside School Board once again earns state honors

For the fourth consecutive year, the Washington State School Directors Association will honor the Sunnyside School District Board of Directors as a Board of Distinction.

Bell ringers to start Nov. 22

The Salvation Army will kick off its bell ringing season this Friday, Nov. 22, at 10:10 a.m. at The Wrays Family Grocery on Summitview and 56th avenues in Yakima.

Dallas firm to provide county inmate phone services

YAKIMA – Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) approved a contract with Securus Technologies of Dallas, Tex. for inmate telephone services.

State seeks comments on stormwater regs

The state’s Department of Ecology invites public comments on proposed updates to the Washington State Department of Transportation municipal stormwater general permit regulations.

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Rotarians get insider’s view of new MRI at local hospital

For those who are claustrophobic having an MRI can be frightening.

Christmas bazaar slated for Dec. 14

All manner of handicrafts and goodies will be available at Oasis Community Church’s Christmas bazaar, to be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Workshop meeting canceled

The workshop meeting of the Sunnyside City Council scheduled for Monday, Dec. 2, has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items.

Christian club to meet Dec. 10

PROSSER – The Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection is sponsoring a “Candlelight Christmas” meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser (490 Wine Country Road).

Stolen car found burned

A Sunnyside man, who reported his car missing to Sunnyside police early Wednesday morning, has learned his car has been recovered.

Drugs found on juveniles in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Officers in Grandview detained two juveniles yesterday afternoon on charges of possession of a controlled substance after the youths were spotted crossing the street against a red light in the 200 block of South Euclid Road.

Tuesday, November 19

Sarmiento football forecast contest winner

Sunnyside’s Bob Sarmiento Sr. was the lone entrant with only three misses this past week in the Lower Valley Merchants Football Forecast Contest.

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Nora Hernandez


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Communication key in end of life planning

A key theme of the Matters of Life & Death workshop held at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church this past Saturday morning was communication.

Theodore J. Hoptowit


Families still flocking to food pantries

Although it is encouraging to know that there has been a slight drop in the number of Washington state residents needing to visit food pantries, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) says the need is still high.

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Wilfred F. Russell


Washington residents rushing to state’s ‘Healthplanfinder’

Washington Healthplanfinder officials last week released a comprehensive data report that shows about 57,000 residents enrolled in new health coverage options during October.

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Lower Valley Boy Scouts plan punkin’ chunkin’

Woody’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is closed for the season, but the farm will this coming Saturday host a punkin’ chunkin’ for local Boy Scouts.

Mabton FFA chapter holiday wreath sale gets underway Nov. 21

The Mabton High School FFA chapter is taking orders for holiday wreaths beginning Thursday, Nov. 21.

Verl C. Alderman


Forrest L. Keel


S’side juvenile in custody for graffiti incidents

Numerous residents and business owners for the past month have reported finding graffiti on their property.

Sunnyside cops investigate shots fired call

Sunnyside police last night (Monday) just after 8 p.m. received a shots-fired call, as well as a suspicious activity call that were related.

Rock reportedly thrown at car

Yakima County Sheriff deputies were called to the scene of an act of malicious mischief this morning (Tuesday) along Yakima Valley Highway near Outlook.

Police busy with arrests

Police in Grandview have been busy since yesterday morning (Monday), handling more than 20 incidents, including five that resulted in arrests.

Mabton police seeking leads in burglary, hit and run

Mabton police are seeking leads regarding a burglary reported last Tuesday in the 100 block of Third Avenue.

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Sunnyside High School students of the month for October

Sunnyside High School students of the month for October include...

Create a better retirement financial plan in 2014

Another New Year is just around the corner, offering a new opportunity to improve life in any number of ways with a wise New Year’s resolution or two.

Maverik earns industry honors

SALT LAKE CITY – Maverik has been named the Convenience Store Chain of the Year for 2013 by Convenience Store Decisions magazine.

Dutch Bros. raises funds for veterans

Southeast Washington Dutch Bros. Coffee locations, with help from the community, raised $7,544 for the Wounded Warrior Project on Veterans Day.

Have you started taking your RMDs?

Financial Focus

Throughout your career, you have been working hard to save in one or more retirement accounts.

Sunnyside firemen kept busy with alarms, fires and assists

Sunnyside firefighters responded to a report of a smoke alarm activation late Sunday afternoon in the 1400 block of Scoon Road...

Sierra Vista first quarter honor roll students named

Three students earn 4.00 GPA’s

Just three students at Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2013-14 academic year.

Monday, November 18

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Christmas kick-off

One of the annual events that traditionally kicks off the Christmas season in Sunnyside is the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church bazaar, which was held last Saturday.

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Prestige Care employees picket

A push for better wages and dependable working hours was at the heart of a picket held at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in Sunnyside last Wednesday.

Outlook home struck by gunfire

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a shooting in the first block of E Street near Outlook that was reported about 4 a.m. this past Saturday morning.

Burglary among calls to police

Sunnyside police last Friday at about 9 a.m. received a report of a burglary at the Port of Sunnyside facility on Midvale Road.

Parking laws enforced in G’view

The parking patrol was out again in Grandview over this past weekend, handling 12 different incidents, most of them on Sunday afternoon.

City hall hours change slightly

Effective immediately, Mabton City Hall hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday...

Budget hearings set

Mabton City Council will meet for two more budget hearings before approving the more than $1.7 million budget for 2014 on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Jean Corliss


Crack-down likely

Increases in fines for unlicensed dogs in Mabton are coming following discussion at last week’s Mabton Council meeting.

Washington State Library partners with Microsoft

BELLEVUE – The Washington State Library and Microsoft announced a partnership this past Tuesday that will bring Microsoft’s IT Academy online training to Washingtonians, for free, at more than 385 libraries across the state.

Utility increases lower than thought

In 2009, Grandview engineers projected water and sewer rate increases would be 6 percent each year through 2014.

Republican lawmakers push business-friendly legislation to keep Boeing from moving away

OLYMPIA – In the wake of the machinists union’s rejection of Boeing’s contract offer, Sens. Doug Ericksen and Janéa Holmquist Newbry are calling for action to create a more business-friendly environment in Washington.

Forrest L. Keel


Engineer approved

The Grandview City Council last week approved an agreement with Huibregtse, Louman Associates for the design of the Old Inland Empire Highway improvement project planned for next year.

City’s mayor authorized to sign loan agreement

The city of Grandview was awarded a drinking water state revolving fund loan in the amount of $909,909 for improvements to Old Inland Empire Highway.

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Lady Knights cap off most successful season ever in Sunnyside Christian history

YAKIMA – The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights won three of their four matches at the 1B State volleyball tournament in Yakima this past weekend, coming away with their highest finish ever.

Port refinances 20-year bonds

In action during a special meeting held last Thursday night, Port of Sunnyside commissioners agreed to issue revenue refunding bonds.

No action taken by Port of G’view

The Port of Grandview commissioners last Friday held an executive session meeting to discuss the sale or purchase of property.

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Working hard for the family…

Working Stiff

Accounts receivable clerk invested in success of family-run business

Moore makes breaststroke finals at State

FEDERAL WAY - Sunnyside High School’s Cassadie Moore qualified for the 3A State finals in the breaststroke competition this past Saturday at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Friday, November 15

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Time to wean Washington state off federal funds...says legislator

PASCO - “It’s like banking on Enron,” is how State Sen. Michael Baumgartner describes Washington state’s reliance on federal monies to balance the budget.

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Charting a new course for Washington public schools

PASCO – “To have been in a charter school is to believe in a charter school,” says Dr. Shelley Redinger, superintendent of Spokane Public Schools.

Thanks, but no thanks... says state

Yesterday, a change-of-course announcement by President Barak Obama will allow insurance companies to continue offering existing health care plans that don’t measure up to the minimum standards as set forth by the Affordable Care Act.

Yakima Federal branch office in Sunnyside hosting bake sales for adopted family

The Sunnyside branch of Yakima Federal is sponsoring a local family for the holiday season.

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State ag hopes for Boeing bounce

Ag impacts on state economy on par with aerospace contributions, Newhouse tells state grape growers

GRANDVIEW – Sunnyside area farmer Dan Newhouse voted for a Boeing incentive package back in 2003 when he was in the state legislature.

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Big Mac attack

McTeacher Night at the Sunnyside McDonald’s.

Vandalism being investigated

Early this morning Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a report of deliberate damage done to a tractor in the 1400 block of Mountainview Road near Grandview.

Three theft reports phoned in

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are investigating three reports of theft made yesterday (Thursday), including reports from the 1600 block of West Fifth Street, the 200 block of Douglas Street and the 200 block of Avenue F. No further details on the incidents were available.

Shoplifters apprehended

Two alleged shoplifters were arrested by Sunnyside police last night (Thursday), one captured at WalMart and the other caught by police after allegedly stealing condoms, lighters, candy and head phones from Fiesta Foods.

Grandview school plans Career Day

GRANDVIEW – The annual Career Day at McClure Elementary School in Grandview will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Prosser theatre to screen film

PROSSER - The Princess Theatre in Prosser will show “In Cold Blood,” the 1967 film based on Truman Capote’s book, on its big screen tonight (Friday), Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Nouvella Club meeting slated for Nov. 21

Jheri Ketcham, co-executive director of the Yakima Area Arboretum, will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, Nov. 21, Nouvella Club meeting.

School retirees to meet Nov. 19

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Yakima Valley unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Nov. 19, at The Vineyard, 150 Division St. in Grandview.

Outlook PAC plans meeting

OUTLOOK – Outlook Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) will meet next Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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‘Flat Possum Pickers’ headline jamboree

MABTON - The Nov-ember old-fashioned Gospel music jamboree welcomes the “Flat Possum Pickers” as the featured musicians.

Winter access to Mt. Rainier now in effect

MT. RAINIER - With snow beginning to accumulate and winter recreation demand starting to increase, Mount Rainier National Park staff are preparing for winter operations and visitors.

Razor clam dig underway on ocean beaches

State fishery managers have approved the second of two evening razor-clam digs this month, this one running from today (Friday) through Wednesday, Nov. 20, at various ocean beaches.

Family Christmas festival Dec. 1

PROSSER – The Prosser Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Family Christmas Festival” on Sunday, Dec. 1, at Depot Square.

Sparkling wine, food pairing workshop scheduled Dec. 13

GRANDVIEW – Yakima Valley Community College in Grandview will be hosting a special workshop for those interested in learning how to pair sparkling wine or champagne with different foods.

Play auditions early next week

PROSSER - Valley Theater Company will conduct open auditions for its February show, “Lend Me a Tenor,” on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18-19, at the Princess Theatre, located at 1228 Meade Ave. in Prosser.

Tickets on sale for Jubilee Christmas Tour

PASCO - On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Faith Assembly Christian Center, located at 1800 North Road 72 in Pasco, will host the exciting Jubilee Christmas Tour.

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Harley winner

Doggie treats on parade night?

Buddy and I were discussing putting up a few Charlie Brown-type Christmas lights this year to celebrate his first holiday in the Hart household.

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1943: Sunnyside lagging in Nation War Fund Drive

Over the Shoulder

110 YEARS AGO… A citizen’s caucus was held in Sunnyside.

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Jimmy Kimmel trips and viewers fall

In the week following Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel’s stunt involving kids and their candy climbed to over 20 million views on YouTube.

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Farm Bill threatens our right to know

Families who live near or share waterways with large corporate farms or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have a critical need to know some basic facts about these operations.

Cart, meet horse

A few weeks ago I retrieved our juicer out of the garage to whip up some juice from the grapes in our back yard.

Nora Hernandez


Chumley rolls top game in match against Wenatchee

SHS senior Johanna Chumley shot the high game of the day, but it was to no avail as the Lady Grizzlies were swept by the Wenatchee High School girls bowling team this past Thursday at Sunnyside’s Valley Lanes.

Second chances...

Christian club speaker says faith the key to overcoming challenges

People don’t always take advantage of second chances in life. But Vancouver author and mountain climber Shirley Graybill said she will never regret doing just that when her marriage was in trouble.

Religion and racism...part 2

Religious Reflections

Despite being a solidly entrenched Pentecostal, Dad often said to me, “Pay no attention to the name over the door, Son! You’re not going to see Catholic Square, or Presbyterian Avenue, or Methodist Boulevard, or Pentecostal Circle, or Baptist Street or Nazarene Highway, or anything remotely like that in Heaven! The ONLY thing that counts is where people stand in their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Leona M. Runyan


Thursday, November 14

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Privatization a solution for government budget woes?

What do Ohio State University, Illinois state lotteries and Centennial, Colo. have in common?

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It’s not easy going green

Policy summit questions ‘conspicuous conservation’

It’s all well and good to buy produce grown nearby, but is it worthwhile if it’s causing a food shortage on the other side of the world?

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Water, sewer rate hikes on horizon in Mabton

A plan to raise the sewer rates for Mabton’s residential, commercial and agricultural users was placed on hold this past Tuesday night.

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Golden moment

Kelly Story of Sunnyside was one of 100 finalists from across the country who qualified for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to compete at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest earlier this week.

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G’view city budget not yet set in stone

A draft of the 2014 Grandview budget totals $16,974,640, but that may change when the Grandview City Council reviews it on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

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Sunnyside charter school supporters moving ahead with state application plans

A local group of charter school organizers is in the process of collecting signatures to include with their application to establish a charter school in the Sunnyside School District.

Motorists warned to slow down in low visibility conditions

Low visibility due to yesterday’s foggy weather was the blame for three near accidents reported to Sunnyside police during the past 24-hours.

Deputies hunting for thieves

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary report made yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) from the 1900 block of Bus Road near Mabton. The victim reported a compressor, camera, iPod and Xbox game console were missing.

Local firemen have slow day

Sunnyside firemen responded to two reports of automatic alarms during the past 24 hours, both which proved to be false alarms.

Accounting agreement approved

A collective bargaining agreement between the Grandview School District and its accounting association was approved this past Tuesday.

School board OK’s changes in personnel

The Grandview School Board at its Tuesday meeting approved personnel changes within the Grandview School District.

DECA students to travel to the 'Big Apple'

The Grandview High School DECA chapter will be sending a group of marketing students to New York City on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Revenues dropping

A public hearing to discuss the city of Grandview’s current expense revenues was held on Tuesday of this week.

Dennis Arthur Korevaar


Sunnyside League Bowling Report

WEEK #10

Week #10 Bowling Report

Moses Lake Chiefs prevail 3-1 against Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies

MOSES LAKE – With four of its five bowlers topping the two-game 300 series plateau, the Moses Lake Chiefs toppled the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team this past Tuesday, 3-1.

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Joseph C. Heck


Two GHS students win Heisman honors

GRANDVIEW – Grandview High School seniors Marissa Caballero and Brendan Bardwell have been named winners of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Grandview School Board asked to consider replacement levy

The Grandview School District’s current maintenance and operation levy, approved by voters in 2009, will expire at the end of 2014.

Police respond to theft report

Police in Grandview investigated a theft report made this morning (Thursday) from Crescent Drive. No further information on the incident was available.

Wednesday, November 13

Let’s paint the town

Wouldn’t it be nice to see downtown Sunnyside lit up and decorated for the Lighted Farm Implement Parade?

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Zero Hero

The perfect time to address disappointment is go to never and wait.

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The climate is changing (it’s fall!)

The world spins, the seasons change, someone breaks a sweat in November - and the next thing we know, liberals find another excuse to grow the government.

Pass the salt

It was a bright morning, and we had finished off the coffee and conversation at the Mule Barn truck stop, and we couldn’t think of anything much to do because we were still full from breakfast and it was too early for lunch, and the political problems and Hollywood gossip tanks had been thoroughly topped off.

All Souls Day


I want to thank the participants in our first annual All Souls Day Procession in Sunnyside.

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Zillah municipal judge one of few non-attorney judges left

When Debbie Mendoza found herself as a single mom with no job skills, she decided to go back to school and become a secretary.

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Pageant veteran

Sacrificing love of learning on the altar of memorization

There’s a great scene in the 1980’s movie When Peggy Sue Got Married. Kathleen Turner’s time travels go back to high school.

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Battle is on over nation’s health care act

"The watchword is going to be, 'I'm Amish, leave me alone'," Thomas Miller quipped yesterday about one possible way to evade Obamacare.

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Former auditor calls for public access to records

"Creating open public records is not a partisan issue," said Brian Sonntag, former Washington state auditor. "Citizens have the right to expect nothing less."

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Bread-making basics

Carolyn Knee demonstrates bread making tips to a group of women last Saturday during a special program at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sunnyside.

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Manhole 34 clean-up dates back to 1989

In 1989 the Washington State Department of Ecology began initial clean-up efforts of petroleum products found to be leaching into the soil at the corner of Yakima Valley Highway and Sixth Street in Sunnyside.

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City Council budget discussions stay focused on Sunnyside United’s $70,000 funding request

The Sunnyside City Coun-cil was scheduled to review the 2014 city budget again at its regular meeting last night, Tuesday, but for the second straight meeting focused on a relatively tiny portion of the budget.

Raines asks S’side Council members to take closer look at airport operations

The Sunnyside City Council approved the re-appointments of Ted Durfey and Alan Van Beek to the Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board at Tuesday night’s meeting, but not before Councilman Jason Raines pulled the item from the consent agenda to note that the appointments are completely legal.

Council OK’s printing service

The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night allowing the city manager to enter into a rental agreement with Copiers Northwest.

Clothing rental deal approved

Tuesday night the Sunnyside City Council OK’d an agreement for flame resistant clothing from Cintas.

City supports local parade

The Sunnyside City Council approved a request for assistance from the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce for the 25th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Ad valorem tax rate raised

The Sunnyside City Council approved the 2014 ad valorem property tax levy, increasing the total amount of money the city will receive from the tax.

Sunnyside public works meeting focuses on downtown improvements

The Sunnyside Public Works Sub-committee discussed a number of topics not on the agenda at its Tuesday night meeting this week.

Two injured in five-car pile-up

A five-vehicle pile-up at the intersection of East Yakima Valley Highway and Waneta Road late Tuesday afternoon may have been the result of vehicles following too closely, according a Sunnyside police report.

Monday hectic for Grandview police officers

After a hectic weekend, Grandview police continued to be busy on Monday with a variety of calls, although the volume of incidents dropped off dramatically on Tuesday.

Promises, promises

When my crocheting buddy died, I inherited some of her pattern books and magazines.

Dennis Korevaar


Galvan completes boot camp

Army Pvt. Christopher S. Galvan, the son of Maria Valencia of Grandview, recently graduated from basic combat training at Ft. Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

How divorce can affect your social security

Dear Savvy Senior, Am I entitled to my former husband’s Social Security benefits? I was married for 12 unpleasant years and would like to know what I may be eligible for.

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Thomas M. Grady


Tuesday, November 12

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A ‘good day’ for Sunnyside

State provides $65,000 for local veterans plaza

On Nov. 11, 1917, Sunnyside held a 12-hour bash

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Boys State attendees don’t have political aspirations…yet

This past summer five young men from Sunnyside attended the Evergreen Boys State convention with the support of the local American Legion post.

Grandview Chamber of Commerce to hold yard sale fundraising event

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Chamber of Commerce will this coming Saturday, Nov. 16, host a yard sale to raise funds to benefit its community functions and events.

Sunnyside police seek suspects who robbed man at knife point Monday night in laundry room

Sunnyside police are investigating a report of a man robbed at knife point late Monday night in the 1200 block of South Sixth Street.

Burglar damages door

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported yesterday (Monday) from the 100 block of Third Avenue near Mabton.

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New building starts in Sunnyside last month include $1.8 million project

One sure sign of approaching winter is a lag in new building starts and that is generally reflected in building permits issued by the city of Sunnyside last month.

Program to assist veterans with small business loans

The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) last week announced new measures to help get small business loans into the hands of veterans by setting the borrower upfront fee to zero for all veteran loans authorized under the SBA Express program up to $350,000.

Filipino food fundraiser will honor memory of former Sunnyside teacher

The public is invited to a festival featuring Filipino food on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.

$100 prize offered to S’side merchant with best decorated holiday windows

With thousands of visitors expected in Sunnyside for the 25th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade, the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a holiday window decorating contest for downtown businesses.

Water resource management plan meetings coming up later this month

The Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River will conduct joint public scoping meetings this month for two environmental impact statements — one for the proposed Cle Elum Pool raise, and one for the Kachess Reservoir inactive storage and Keechelus-to-Kachess conveyance projects — three components of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan under the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project

Short-term vs. long-term investments: what's the difference?

At various times, many people may feel frustrated by the performance of their investments. For example, they expect growth, and they don’t get it — or they think the value of their investment won’t fluctuate much, but it does.

Stevens wins local merchants’ football forecast contest on tiebreaker

Sunnyside’s Kaitlyn Stevens bested Matt Shannon of Grandview in last week’s Lower Valley Merchants Football Forecast Contest.

Police Explorers collecting toys for area foster children

A toy drive for local foster children is underway now through Monday, Dec. 9,

Busy week ahead for local libraries

All Yakima Valley libraries were closed for Veterans Day yesterday,

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Merry Makings raffle

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Mabton FFA receives award at national convention

LOUISVILLE, KY - From Oct. 26 through Nov. 2 the Mabton FFA chapter was in attendance at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

AARP driving class for seniors set next week

Older motorists who may be noticing slower reaction times, or finding themselves a bit unsure with some of the rules of the road, can learn proven safety strategies to help them maintain their confidence behind the wheel.

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Bazaar offerings displayed

Handcrafted gift items made by women of the church and friends will be on sale at the annual Sunnyside Holy Trinity Episcopal Church bazaar scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, November 11

Vote tallies updated for local election races

It’s all over but the shouting in all but one Lower Valley contest from this month’s General Election.

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Northwest Farm Credit Services staff actively raising money for cancer research

A desire to raise money for breast cancer research has excited the entire Northwest Farm Credit Services organization, according to Emma Sandoval of the Sunnyside branch of the credit service company.

School district, teachers ‘not that far apart’

Although the Grandview Education Association and the Grandview School District have not yet settled on a contract, Superintendent Kevin Chase said the two sides are not very far apart.

Legislature OK’s key elements of Boeing’s 777X incentive package

The Legislature this past Saturday overwhelmingly approved key elements of Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed package to help secure an unprecedented commitment from the Boeing Company to assemble its new 777X jetliner - and the plane’s carbon fiber wing - in Washington state.

Northwest’s lawmakers contend BPA must remain independent

Every lawmaker representing Oregon, Washington and Idaho has urged the U.S. Energy Department to maintain an independent Bonneville Power Administration that puts Northwest power users first.The lawmakers echoed that sentiment in a bipartisan letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz sent last Friday.

Honor guard award recipient

The Lower Valley Honor Guard, representing veterans from Sunnyside, Mabton and Grandview, was among the groups and individuals honored this past Saturday by the Department of Veterans Affairs for its service to area veterans and families.

Parent boosters plan meeting for Wednesday

Parents of the 2014 graduates of Sunnyside High School will meet next Wednesday to discuss plans for their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Break-ins reported in Sunnyside

Thefts of a back yard storage shed, a commercial storage unit and a shoplifting report were investigated by Sunnyside police during the past weekend.

Grandview police kept busy

This past weekend was extremely busy for Grandview police, who investigated three reports of theft since last Friday morning, made two traffic stops resulting in arrests in that time and also responded to a car prowl Friday night.

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Sophomores lead Pirates at State cross-country meet

PASCO – The future looks rosy for the Bickleton High School boys cross-country team.

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, Grandview City Hall, 7 p.m.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, Law & Justice Center, 6:30 p.m.

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A long journey

Opening with a pair of songs from the rock group Journey, Grandview High School’s marching band performed at halftime during last Friday’s football game.

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’Hounds end year with big win over Wapato Wolfpack

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Greyhound football team ended the 2013 season the same way it started, with a win last Friday.

Big Nine champion Panthers roll past SHS Grizzlies, 55-3

WENATCHEE - Sunnyside was able to piece together several long drives at Wenatchee last Friday, but just couldn’t punch the ball into the end zone.

Lady Knights headed to 1B State tournament

GOLDENDALE – The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights are headed to the State tourney after defeating Lyle and Klickitat this past Saturday to lay claim to the District title.

Friday, November 8

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Sunnyside SWAT called to assist drug task force

The Sunnyside Police Department’s SWAT team was asked by the LEAD Task Force of Yakima County to assist yesterday, Thursday, with a search in the 100 block of Thill Avenue.

Sunnyside residents being asked to complete drug, alcohol use survey

What are the serious behavioral issues facing Sunnyside youth?

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Fair/rodeo family of year honors bestowed on Stegemans

The tables were full of smiling people enjoying a delectable meal last night at the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo Foundation dinner and auction.

G'view teen pleads not guilty in case involving car wreck that claimed two teens' lives

The driver of a car involved in an accident that killed two 16-year-old Grandview boys has pleaded not guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter.

Few calls few deputies

It was a quiet day in the Lower Valley yesterday for Yakima County Sheriff deputies, who only responded to four calls, two of them at the same location.

Probation ends

In recent action, the Washington State Department of Health announced that last month it ended a probation period for Crystal Jolynn, a certified nursing assistant.

Firemen have slow day

Sunnyside firemen were called to the 2400 block of Yakima Valley Highway late Thursday afternoon to extinguish a pole fire.

Busy day starts with arrest

Police in Grandview made an arrest of a wanted person yesterday morning (Thursday) at the start of a busy day.

Theft occurs in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police are investigating a report of $6,000 worth of missing materials from the 1800 block of South First Street. The materials were reported missing Wednesday afternoon. No other details were available.

Murray lauds bill’s passage

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington praised Senate approval of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act by a vote of 64-32.

A perfect recipe for retirement

Succulent turkey. Savory stuffing. Green bean casserole. Sweet potato and pumpkin pie.

Festival of Trees Nov. 22

The Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary’s Festival of Trees extravaganza will be held Friday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center.

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Curtain rises Nov. 24

Evan Marshall, an internationally-renowned virtuoso and recording artist, will be in concert at the Sunnyside High School auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 24, as part of the Lower Valley Community Concert Series.

Thanksgiving party scheduled for seniors

All area senior citizens are invited to a fun-filled event celebrating Thanksgiving at the Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way, on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Arboretum hosts luminaria Dec. 13-14

A luminaria event at the Yakima Area Arboretum is being planned for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14.

Auditions for local production Nov. 18-19

Valley Theater Company will conduct open auditions for its February show, “Lend Me a Tenor,” on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18-19, at the Princess Theatre, located at 1228 Meade Ave. in Prosser.

Mabton seniors dinner Dec. 8

The annual Mabton senior citizens Christmas dinner, planned for present and former Mabton senior citizen residents, will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, at Artz-Fox Elementary School, 805 Washington Ave., Mabton.

Mt. Rainier Park entry free through Veterans Day

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King has announced that entrance fees into Mount Rainier National Park will be waived for all visitors to the park this coming weekend, Nov. 9-11, in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces. This is the final fee-free weekend for 2013.

Winter bazaar a go tomorrow

Danielle McKeirnan is a senior at Prosser High School and is planning “A Walk in Winter Wonderland Bazaar” to benefit both youngsters with disabilities and Sacred Heart Church.

United Methodist Church hosts annual bazaar

Sunnyside United Methodist Church, located at South Ninth Street and East Edison Avenue, will host its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Drop-in program in Grandview continues

The Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way, is the site for the youth drop-in program for ages 6-18.

Christmas arts & crafts show slated Nov. 8-10

The TRAC Center in Pasco will be hosting Custer’s 18th annual Christmas arts & crafts show Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10.

Holy Trinity bazaar Nov. 16

Sunnyside’s Holy Trinity Episcopal will be hosting its extremely popular Holiday Treasures Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 16.

Arboretum hosts Thanksgiving centerpiece class on Nov. 23

Trained florist and hobbyist Marci Venable will be teaching a Thanksgiving centerpiece class at the Yakima Area Arboretum on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Adult hot chocolate recipe, tasting contest set Dec. 7

Those enjoying the activities surrounding Sunnyside’s 25th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade can enjoy a unique opportunity at the Best Western Grape Vine Inn on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Sturgeon fishing closed on Columbia

White sturgeon fishing will be closed for retention purposes from Tuesday, Nov. 12, through Dec. 31 in the Dalles Pool.

Rodeo tickets go on sale Nov. 11

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, the Professional Bull Riders are returning to the Yakima Valley SunDome with thirty of the world’s best bull riders on some of the toughest bulls in the nation.

YVCC play opens Nov. 14

Yakima Valley Community College Playmasters will present Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 14-16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in Kendall Auditorium, located at the YVCC Yakima campus.

What's Happening

Friday, November 8th

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Health center open to students, faculty

Students with minor injuries or illnesses don’t have to travel far for health care now that the John Hughes Student Health Center on the campus of Sunnyside High School is open.

Safe driving class for seniors set Nov. 18-19

Older motorists who may be noticing slower reaction times, or finding themselves a bit unsure with some of the rules of the road, can learn proven safety strategies to help them maintain their confidence behind the wheel.

Social Security serves those who have served

On November 11, the United States honors the nation’s veterans for their service to America. What better time than now to tell you - and for you to help spread the word - about the many benefits and wealth of information Social Security has available for veterans and military personnel?

Hit a home run with Social Security

Baseball fans across the nation (and around the world) have just enjoyed the 109th World Series. Many fans are already looking forward to spring training, followed by cheering crowds filling giant stadiums as the new season gets under way.

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Some of our kids throw away what girl in Pakistan nearly died to get

Many students don’t like going to school. “It’s boring,” they claim. “It’s too hard,” say others. “What’s the point?” some ask.

Trunk-or-treat appreciation


The Sunnyside Police Department and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the “trunk” participants and those of you who donated and helped at the fourth annual trunk or treat.

Election results should clear the way for unbiased police chief evaluations

The posse, as I and my circle of friends refer to them, flamed out in the General Election earlier this week.

Veterans anybody listening?

Tyree's Tyrades

Veterans Day brings to mind one of the favorite anecdotes of my late father, Lewis Tyree.

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How many health plans are ‘substandard’?

Guest Column

Because of a regulation designed to make nearly every plan rapidly lose grandfather status, millions of Americans have received letters informing them their health plans have been canceled.


Weel of Nov. 11 - Nov. 15

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1983: Honeyford elected to Sunnyside City Council

A look back in time from the files of the Sunnyside Daily Sun News and Sunnyside Sun.

Start a new tradition with Social Security

The holiday season has arrived - a time of year that is steeped in tradition.

Offering prayer of thanksgiving

Religious Reflections

While November is the month of Thanksgiving; it is also the month of my birthday.

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Grandview Grid Kid champions

The Grandview A-Team cheers together in celebration after winning the local Grid Kid championship last Saturday by defeating the Sunnyside A-Team 25-8.

Christmas tree-cutting opportunities

As the holiday season approaches, the forest service is offering the opportunity for families to obtain a Christmas tree from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

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Donald M. Storslee


Learn about Argentinian wines at YVCC next Friday

People who would like to taste wines from around the world will have a chance to start with Argentina’s best on Friday, Nov. 15, by registering today for a tasting at Yakima Valley Community College’s Grandview campus.

Lady Knight hoop team committed to working hard

If the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarians were expecting a glowing preview of the 2013-14 Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball season, they were destined to be disappointed.

Leona M. Runyan


Knights drop season finale

The Sunnyside Christian Knights 8-man football team lost its last game of the season yesterday by a score of 56-8 at Touchet.

Thursday, November 7

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Vets honored by SHS students

“We appreciate it when you say thank you for our military services,” Delessa Restucci, a retired U.S. Army Reservist, told the Sunnyside High School student body at a special assembly yesterday (Wednesday).

Pioneer McTeacher night on tap

Pioneer Elementary School teachers and staff will switch out whiteboard erasers for white aprons for the annual McTeacher Night fundraiser to be held at the Sunnyside McDonald’s restaurant on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Excavators purchase OK’d

In action this past Tuesday, the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District Board of Directors authorized purchase of two new track excavators from Pape Machinery.

Contest taking shape for Mabton mayor post

MABTON – Though Councilman Mario Martinez was the only formal candidate for Mabton mayor heading into this week’s General Election, something of a stealth campaign by current mayor Vera Zavala has changed that.

No new leaders with voting updates

The newest voting updates in political races in Sunnyside show the early leaders prevailing by about the same margins as originally announced the night of Tuesday’s General Election.

Inslee calls state lawmakers back to Olympia

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday, Wednesday, announced he is calling legislators to Olympia for a special session beginning today to approve a legislative package that the Boeing Company says will ensure its new 777X and composite wing will be built in Washington state.

Murray uses state as example in promoting law against discrimination

WASHINGTON D.C. - Sen. Patty Murray gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday (Wednesday) about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which outlaws workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Water supply in good shape

It may have been a dry October in the Yakima Valley, but water storage is still in good shape for irrigators.

Workshop for elderly Nov. 16

A free community workshop on “Matters of Life & Death” will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church (737 S. 16th St.)

Jr. Indelook meeting scheduled for Nov. 12

The Jr. Indelook Club will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m.

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Washington Elementary School accelerated readers

Sunnyside’s Washington Elementary School accelerated readers of the month for October.

Pioneer Elementary School plans veterans assemblies

Pioneer Elementary School will observe Veterans Day with two assemblies on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Bickleton names honor roll students for first quarter

The first quarter honor roll of the 2013-14 school year has been released by the Bickleton School District.

Garcia draws six years in prison for shooting Mabton man in July 2012

YAKIMA – Yakima County Superior Court Judge David Elofson yesterday (Wednesday) sentenced Adrian Garcia, 19, of Mabton to six years in prison for shooting Jesus Gastelum of Mabton on July 24, 2012.

Burglaries investigated

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated two reports of burglaries yesterday morning (Wednesday).

Animal reports top police log

GRANDVIEW – Four animal problems were logged by Grandview police yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) as officers had a generally calm day.

Debris fire extinguished in S’side

Sunnyside firefighters responded to a report of a debris fire in the 8000 block of Van Belle Road yesterday morning (Wednesday) and extinguished the flames.

Mike Hogue re-elected to three-year SVID term

In action earlier this week, on Tuesday, the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District Board of Directors declared final the re-election of Mike Hogue

Wednesday, November 6

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Salute to Heroes available today

Please see the special supplement 2013 Salute to Heroes inside today’s edition of the Daily Sun News.

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A good night for incumbents

One of four S’side City Council challengers leads in early returns

Three of four Sunnyside City Council officeholders appear on track to keep their council seats for the next four years following the first General Election returns released last night.

No GMO labeling, say Washington voters

Initiatives 522, 517 fail

The majority of Washington state’s voters have voted in opposition to the two initiatives that were on the ballot yesterday (Tuesday).

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Winfree holds lead over Rohde for Sunnyside School Board seat

Steve Winfree is holding a lead over Mary Rita Rohde after the initial count of ballots in the election for the district 3 director position on the Sunnyside School Board.

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Voters stay the course for city of Mabton

MABTON – In early returns last night, Tuesday, voters in Mabton decided to stay with city council incumbent Mark Gourneau by a 50-to-18 margin over challenger Freddie Perales.

Mabton School Board to have a new face

MABTON – There were no challengers seeking election to the Mabton School Board yesterday (Tuesday).

Martin is winner in S’side Port race

With very little fanfare, longtime Sunnyside Port District Commissioner Arnold Lee Martin retained his position on the commission.

Charvet remains Fire District #5 commissioner

Grandview’s David Charvet handily beat his challenger, Daryl Bullard of Wapato, for position #2 on the Yakima County Fire Protection District Fire District #5 Commission.

No surprises for Grandview school board

GRANDVIEW – There were no surprises in the election results for the races for Grandview School Board director positions.

Nearly 600 ballots still to count in Sunnyside

Although the final General Election outcome is unlikely to change in the four Sunnyside City Council contests, the margin of victory or defeat could be altered.

Grandview council members retain positions

GRANDVIEW – Both Joan Souders and Javier Rodriguez will continue to serve the city of Grandview.

Unopposed Grandview port commissioners retain seats

GRANDVIEW - Longtime Grandview Port Commissioners Richard Shenyer and Ronald Grow will continue to serve as members of the three-man commission having both run unopposed for the District 1 and District 3 positions, respectively.

Graffiti taggers hit downtown Sunnyside

Graffiti vandals were out in force, according to the Sunnyside police. During the last 24 hours, taggers have hit nine different businesses and residences throughout the community.

Lower Valley stays quiet for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies had another quiet day in the Lower Valley yesterday (Tuesday).

Police hunt for car prowlers

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are investigating a report of a vehicle prowl made yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) on Stassen Way.

Ignorance is no excuse

I have always been a fan of education. Without learning more about the world around us we live in ignorance.

Honoring our commitment to our nation’s military veterans


Every year, November 11th is set aside as a day for Americans to remember and honor veterans of all wars who fought to protect the freedoms we all too often take for granted.

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Letter from Washington


Millions of you are asking why your health insurance policies are being canceled and the premiums and deductibles for your new policies are, for the majority of you, doubling, tripling or worse.

Affordable Health Care Act turning out to be a bad law


With all due respect to our lawmakers’ good intentions, the Affordable Health Care Act is unaffordable, at least to my family. And, as I collect information from my circle of friends, they too!

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No public comment on proposed 2014 budget

Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) held a public hearing on the 2014 proposed budget.

Town hall meeting for people with disabilities to be held Nov. 14

A town hall meeting to discuss life and work issues faced by persons with disabilities will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Benton Rural Electric Association office located at 410 G Street in Toppenish.

Toys for Tots registration begins Nov. 9

The Yakima Valley Marine Corps Reserves will be in Sunnyside this Saturday, Nov. 9, accepting registrations for its annual holiday “Toys for Tots” program.

Thrift store plans post holiday fun day

The volunteers at Sunnyside Christian Thrift Store, 305 North Ave., are planning a “Black Monday” extravaganza on Monday, Nov. 25.

Plan to run the Jingle Bell Fun Run on Dec. 7

There is still time to get into shape in order to participate in the Ninth annual Sunnyside Jingle Bell 1-Mile Fun Run to be held Saturday, Dec. 7.

CPR, first aid class Nov. 23

The Sunnyside Fire Department will be offering a first aid and CPR class on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 a.m.

Third culture kids

American sociologist David Pollock developed the following description for third culture kids: “A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture.

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Granger museum opens doors for the holidays

GRANGER – An open house to celebrate the history of Granger will be held at the Granger Historical Society’s Archives Room in the Granger Public Library, 508 Sunnyside Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Lady Pirates end season with injury

Girls Prep Volleyball

The Bickleton Lady Pirates ended their season in a loser-out contest against Lyle last night (Tuesday) in Klickitat.

First round of playoffs bring end to G’view season

Girls Prep Volleyball

If not for a catastrophic third game the Grandview Lady Greyhounds may have been able to advance to the postseason last night in a loser-out playoff loss against East Valley.

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Trust Me - Try This Turtle Cake

Just a Pinch

Lady Grizzlies end soccer season

It was all but over in a span of about 20 minutes yesterday, as the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer lost at Mt. Spokane, 6-0.

Compromise is a flawed model

What if everything we’ve been told about compromise is wrong?

Harvest dinner this Saturday

GRANDVIEW – The annual Harvest Dinner at Blessed Sacrament Church

Reassessment time for Medicare Part D beneficiaries

Dear Savvy Senior, I have been enrolled in the same Medicare prescription drug plan for three years now, but my pharmacist told me I should look for a new plan during the open enrollment period that would fit my needs a little better. What’s the easiest way to do this? Need Help

Tuesday, November 5

Grandview officer ruled justified in shooting robbery suspect

GRANDVIEW – Officer Kevin Glasenapp of the Grandview Police Department was cleared of any wrongdoing in shooting Ubaldo Munguia earlier this year, according to Yakima County’s prosecuting attorney.

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City budget nearly back on track

Finance Director David Layden at last night’s finance subcommittee meeting discussed with subcommittee meetings the 2013 budget report from Sept. 30.

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George Paulus Hall of Fame worthy

“You’re only as good as the people around you,” George Paulus said last Saturday night during his induction into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Get to know...Sister Mary Rita Rohde

My favorite part of the Yakima Valley is…

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Port of Sunnyside sets budget, rates for 2014

Following their regularly scheduled meeting last night, Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners held a special meeting this morning to approve a budget and wastewater treatment rates for 2014.

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Outlook Elementary School students of the month for October

Kindergarten through Fourth Grade

New graduation requirements set for approval

MABTON – The Mabton School Board will at its November meeting include in its policy and procedure changes new graduation requirements defined by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA).

Gomez graduates from Perry Tech

YAKIMA – Zac Gomez, a Sunnyside native, recently graduated from Perry Technical Institute in Yakima.

Policies receive second reading next month

MABTON – There are a number of policy changes and new policies that have been recommended by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) that are under review by the Mabton School Board.

Math club approved in Mabton

MABTON – The Mabton School Board at last week’s meeting approved the formation of a math club at Mabton High School.

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Assisted living center provides diversity of care, says Rotary speaker

The diversity of care provided by assisted living centers has changed over the years, according to Sun Terrace Marketing Director Cheryl Larrick.

Minor calls for Mabton police this past week

An illegal burn reported in the 300 block of Rose Street this past Sunday resulted in a verbal warning being given to the resident by Mabton police.

Monday relatively quiet for police in Grandview

Police in Grandview responded yesterday (Monday) to three automatic alarms...

Police detain two on marijuana violations

Monday afternoon Sunnyside police detained two individuals suspected of smoking marijuana in the 1300 block of Saul Road.

Firemen have slow day

Sunnyside firemen responded to two reports of automatic fire alarms during the past 24 hours.

Dishwasher purchase OK’d

Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night, Monday...

Port approves policy updates

In action last night, Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved annual updates for the district’s personnel and general policies.

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New post a return to old roots for Mabton clerk

MABTON – She may hail from Zillah and come to the Mabton city clerk/treasurer post after eight years working for Klickitat County, but Tanya Gaston feels plenty home at Mabton City Hall.

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Line cook looks to a future in tech support

Working Stiff

Not everyone views a job as a line cook for a local eatery with the same eyes as Sunnyside High School graduate Felix Angiano.

Alex Radach


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Keeping it in the family

Sue Rice, co-owner of Valley Lanes in Sunnyside, presents a $300 check last Friday to the first bowler who rolled a perfect 300 game in league play for the 2013-14 season.

Give thanks for turkeys, ducks, elk, razor clams

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, thousands of hunters are gearing up for the fall turkey season in Eastern Washington.

Bickleton harriers headed to State

The six-member Bickleton High School boys cross-country team will head to the 1B/2B State meet this coming Saturday after notching a third-place finish in the team standings at last Saturday’s District competition in Wenatchee.

Prosser man football forecast contest winner

Timothy C. King of Prosser was the only prognosticator with only one miss in week nine’s Lower Valley Merchants Football Forecast Contest.. King claims the $50 first place prize.

Monday, November 4

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Grizzlies humbled by Eisenhower Cadets

OUCH! After forging an early 7-0 lead on visiting Eisenhower, thanks to a 2-yard TD flip from QB Anthony Herrera to Elijah Pena, Sunnyside yielded seven unanswered touchdowns to the Cadets.

Othello overpowers Grandview Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW – Visiting Othello raced out to a 34-0 lead at Grandview last Friday on the way to a 48-13 thumping of the Greyhound football team.

Mabton ends season with shutout

DAYTON – It was a stellar Friday night under the lights for the Mabton football team.

Vikings plunder Knights’ playoff hopes

GRANGER – In their home finale last Friday at Granger, the improving Sunnyside Christian Knights had a chance to nab their first-ever football playoff berth.

Firemen subdue two fires this past weekend

Sunnyside firemen were called out to control a boat fire located in the 100 block of Parkland Drive Sunday afternoon.

Four Lady Grizzlies qualify for 3A State meet

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside High School junior Cassadie Moore grabbed the spotlight, but three of her teammates are basking in a bit of glory of their own, as well.

Grandview places ninth from 13-school field at District 5-7 swim meet

ELLENSBURG – The Grandview High School girls swim team qualified for just one finals event at last Saturday’s District 5-7 meet on the Central Washington University campus in Ellensburg.

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Sunnyside stays alive with rally over Kennewick

Arreola’s hat trick keeps Lady Grizzly playoff run going

Battling a nasty wind and a stubborn Kennewick squad, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team hung tough in a tight 4-3 playoff win last Saturday.

Season comes to a close for Sunnyside

SPOKANE – None of Sunnyside’s runners qualified at last Saturday’s Regional competition for the 3A State cross-country meet. But, that doesn’t mean the Grizzlies aren’t sitting on a whole lot of potential.

Grandview junior narrowly misses out on advancing to State

TIETON – Eight seconds, that’s all that separated Grandview High School junior Samuel Cuevas from earning a trip to the 2A State cross-country meet.

Lady Knights playoff-bound

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights finished out the regular season with a victory against the Yakama Tribal Eagles in three sets last Friday, 25-2, 25-8, 25-8.

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Wind damage

Contractors working on the Sunnyside Fire Station have been making much progress, but this past Saturday’s severe winds caused a minor set-back.

Inslee named to climate task force

In an announcement last Friday, President Barack Obama appointed Washington Governor Jay Inslee to the national task force on climate preparedness and resilience.

Water standards meeting set for Nov. 6

The Department of Ecology will hold a public meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6, as part of the process of updating the state’s surface water quality standards for toxic substances, including fish consumption rates.

Veterans Day ceremony to be held at plaza

The American Legion will be holding a Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 11, at Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza in Sunnyside.

Suspects sentenced for Jose Correa murder

YAKIMA – The five individuals responsible for murdering Jose Manuel Correa of Granger were sentenced last Friday.

Weekend theft reports under investigation by Sunnyside police

Sunnyside police have investigated four reports of theft since last Friday.

IRS warns of telephone tax scam

The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

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Volunteer efforts positively impact people’s lives in Lower Yakima Valley

Many days of most weeks volunteers are out doing work for other people with little notice or praise, but their efforts pay endless dividends to the clients who receive those services.

Cops arrest juvenile, find stolen property

Officers in Grandview arrested a juvenile yesterday morning (Sunday) on charges of eluding, suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and a minor consuming alcohol, and are expected to add charges of vehicle theft and possession of stolen property.

Burglars hit Lower Valley

Yakima County Sheriff deputies have responded to three burglary calls since last Friday morning.

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Ronald R. Koch


Friday, November 1

Natural gas utility bills going up, up, up

November’s here, the mercury’s dipping below freezing overnight and there’s a hint of winter in the air.

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YV Tech Center entering final stages of construction

The YV Tech Center building, located in the Sunnyside Port District’s Golob Landing Industrial Park on East Edison Avenue, is nearly ready for students, according to Dennis Dean, chief architect on the Sunnyside project.

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Fond farewell

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Christmas lighting festival a sight to behold

Nestled on the eastern cusp of the Cascades like a magical snow globe, the Bavarian village of Leavenworth is America’s ultimate holiday destination.

Grape Society meeting slated for Nov. 14-15 in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – The annual Washington State Grape Society meeting will take place Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14-15, at the Grandview Church of Nazarene, located at 500 N. Elm St. in Grandview.

‘Treasures’ galore to be found in Sunnyside

Sunnyside’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is the place to be on Saturday, Nov. 16…that is, if you enjoy shopping for treasures that are sure to delight family members and friends this coming holiday season.

YVCC play opens Nov. 14

Yakima Valley Community College Playmasters will present Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 14-16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in Kendall Auditorium, located at the YVCC Yakima campus.

Central Washington artists exhibit opens tomorrow

The 58th annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition will be staged tomorrow (Saturday) at the Larson Gallery in Yakima.

Adult hot chocolate recipe, tasting contest Dec. 7

Those enjoying the activities surrounding Sunnyside’s 25th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade can enjoy a unique opportunity at the Best Western Grape Vine Inn on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Finding help with high utility bills

The Energy Assistance Program offered at the Northwest Community Action Council assists low-income households in the Lower Valley with winter heating, serving an average of 2,500 households every program year.

Winter bazaar planned Nov. 9

Danielle McKeirnan is a senior at Prosser High School and is planning “A Walk in Winter Wonderland Bazaar” to benefit both youngsters with disabilities and Sacred Heart Church.

Create a Thanksgiving centerpiece at Nov. 23 class

Trained florist and hobbyist Marci Venable will be teaching a Thanksgiving centerpiece class at the Yakima Area Arboretum on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Halloween blood drawing in Sunnyside

Above, David Layden gets his vein marked before blood is drawn at the Halloween blood drive at Sunnyside’s United Methodist Church yesterday.

Toy run this Sunday

Abate of Washington will this coming Sunday, Nov. 3, be hosting its 2013 Salvation Army Toy Run to benefit the lives of Yakima Valley children during the Christmas holiday.

Christmas arts & crafts show planned Nov. 8-10

The TRAC Center in Pasco will be hosting Custer’s 18th annual Christmas arts & crafts show Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10.

Senior citizen holiday bazaar scheduled for tomorrow

The annual Grandview Senior Citizen Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way, on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prosser’s Country Fair Bazaar on tap this coming Saturday

The Prosser United Methodist Women’s Country Fair Bazaar will be held this Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Prosser’s United Methodist Church, located at 824 Sixth St.

Gem Faire to be presented in Kennewick

Gem Faire, a gem and jewelry show, will be held in Kennewick on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 19-20, at the Red Lion Columbia Center, located at 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd.

Festival of Trees Nov. 22

The Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary’s Festival of Trees extravaganza will be held Friday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Cheese Zombie fundraiser supports Grandview swimmers

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview High School Boys Swim Team Boosters are sponsoring a Cheese Zombie fundraiser to support the GHS boys swim team.

Food drive underway in Sunnyside

In connection with the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sunnyside is holding an autumn food drive.

Sunnyside hosting parade this Saturday

In Sunnyside on Saturday, Nov. 2, there will be an “All Souls Day” Parade.

‘Why Knot?’ luncheon theme

PROSSER – The Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection will hold its monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

Fair & Rodeo Foundation dinner, auction slated Nov. 7

The sixth annual Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo Foundation dinner and auction is set for Thursday, Nov. 7.

Thanksgiving service planned for Nov. 24

The Sunnyside Ministerial Association will again be sponsoring the Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Sunnyside High School Auditorium.

Benefit dinner set for Nov. 22

Northwest Iron Maidens is hosting a taco dinner event at the Toppenish Eagles Aerie lodge on Friday, Nov. 22, to help Sheri Bryant.

What's Happening

November 1, 2013

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Chief Kamiakin secretary enjoys her school days

Working Stiff

Now in her sixth year as secretary for Chief Kamiakin Elementary School in Sunnyside, Esmeralda Ramirez says she enjoys her job and office where she works.

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Calling all quilters

Horizon Quilters Unlimited of Yakima Valley will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, starting at 9:30 a.m. with a social time starting a half hour earlier.

Tuition savings enrollment for local families opens today

Families wanting a safe and secure way to save money for college expenses can open a Guaranteed Education Tuition account beginning today, Friday, Nov. 1.

Do the speed limit, doggone it

Travel Buddy

Driving around town with Buddy attempting to hog the front seat is a bit of a challenge.

Making childhood memories

Halloween has come and gone.

It would be an honor to serve local residents

I have the experience, leadership and determination that will make a difference in Sunnyside.

Perry makes schools better


Please join me and vote for Michelle Perry for Sunnyside School Board director.

Rohde an experienced educator


I am a 1990 graduate of Sunnyside High School and my four children attend school in the Sunnyside School District. As a life-long Sunnysider, I have seen how important families are in successfully educating every child in our community.

For a positive difference, vote for Rohde


I am voting for Sister Mary Rita Rohde for the Sunnyside School Board, District 3 position, and hope others will join me in doing so.

Vote for Rohde


As alumnae of the Sunnyside School District, we are writing this letter to offer a different perspective, which leads us to be in favor of Mary Rita Rhode’s election to the Sunnyside School Board.

Future is bright in Sunnyside


In my 25 years in Sunnyside I have never been more optimistic about our community.

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Why spy on France?

The French daily Le Monde alleges that the U.S. National Security Agency has spied on French diplomats in Washington and at the UN.

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Crashing, glitching bores

One thing you can say about Republicans. They are focused. Like lasers. Or a puppy with a chew toy.

Life Skills curriculum adopted

The Sunnyside School Board on Tuesday approved the adoption of the Life Skills curriculum, minus one section that was found to not fit district standards due to potential bias in the materials.

Four Mabton Lady Vikes named all-league soccer players

At last night’s SCAC East girls soccer meeting the athletes earning all-league honors were named.

Sunnyside’s season comes to end at Hanford

Postseason hopes came to an end last night for the Sunnyside High School volleyball team.

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Lady Vikings settle for one-win campaign

The Lady Vikings, with just one victory to their credit this season, closed out the year with a three-set loss against the visiting Zillah Leopards.

Shooting range plans approved

Yakima County commissioners this past Tuesday approved plans to construct a shooting range for law enforcement training.

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New insurance brokers

Select Insurance at 626 Decatur Ave. was the site for a Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting this past Tuesday afternoon.

Salaries adjusted for county officials

Tuesday, the Yakima County commissioners approved three resolutions that will adjust the salaries of elected officials, department heads and attorneys for the month of November.

Wine Hall of Fame nominations now open

Nominations are open for the 2014 Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.

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1993: Walmart announces it’s coming to town

Over the Shoulder: A look back in time from the files of the Sunnyside Daily Sun News and Sunnyside Sun

Personnel changes

Contracts in the Sunnyside School District approved by the board on Tuesday, Oct. 29, include Gear Up teachers:

Contract amended

The Sunnyside School Board approved changes to the district’s agreement with the custodial grounds, minor maintenance and food services association.

Self-funded dental plan gets go-ahead

A self-funded dental insurance program for district employees was approved at Tuesday night’s Sunnyside School Board meeting.

Staff workday plans approved

The Sunnyside School District board of directors this past Tuesday night approved the 30-30 plans for each school in the district.

Halloween pranks kept to a minimum in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police took five reports last night of children throwing eggs or other objects at cars and houses. None of those responsible were located by officers.

False alarm on Halloween

Sunnyside firefighters responded to a fire alarm yesterday afternoon (Thursday) in the 700 block of McBride Street, but the report turned out to be unfounded.

Two homes burglarized overnight in Grandview area

Police in Grandview received two reports of burglaries last night (Thursday) and early this morning, one in the 900 block of Pecan Road and the other in the 100 block of North Birch Avenue. No further details on either incident were available.

Halloween stays quiet for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies had a light day in the Lower Valley yesterday, responding to reports of a car accident, an animal problem and two incidents of suspicious activity. Deputies also conducted a welfare check yesterday.

Mabton man now in custody

A man accused of threatening two middle school students this past Wednesday afternoon has been identified by Mabton police as Angel Anthony Faz, 20, of Mabton.