Stories for September 2013


Monday, September 30


Help available for uninsured

People confused about signing up for health insurance on the new Washington Health Benefit Exchange can get some face-to-face help thanks to the “in-person assisters” program starting tomorrow, Oct. 1.

September 30, 2013 noon read more..

Friday, September 27

Extracurricular expenses

Roughly $300,000 and counting…that’s the ballpark figure the Sunnyside School District is on the hook for in attempting to sever ties with two teachers.

September 27, 2013 4 p.m. read more..

Winfree endorsement

I am supporting Steve Winfree for Sunnyside School Board Position #3. I have known Steve since the mid-1970s when he came to Sunnyside as a young attorney.

September 27, 2013 3:07 p.m. read more..

Trip to Russia a cultural experience

Sharing his experiences with members of Sunnyside’s Daybreak Rotary Club recently, Sen. Jim Honeyford said he was overwhelmed with the opulence and all that there was to see while on a recent sightseeing trip to Russia.

September 27, 2013 2:59 p.m. read more..

Movie in the park event tomorrow

The Grandview High School DECA chapter will be hosting a free community movie night, co-sponsored by Grandview Parks and Recreation and Yakima Valley Community College, tomorrow evening (Saturday) at the Grandview Country Park amphitheater, located at 812 Wallace Way.

September 27, 2013 2:48 p.m. read more..

James Bond experience set for Oct. 4

Officials at “The Reach Interpretive Center” and the city of Richland are planning a James Bond experience for Friday, Oct. 4, “For Your Eyes Only.”

September 27, 2013 2:43 p.m. read more..

Police know nothing about lights in sky

Despite a local resident’s call to the Daily Sun News this morning reporting sightings of triangular lights being seen flashing in the skies over Sunnyside last night, local law enforcement agencies have no such reports.

September 27, 2013 2:28 p.m. read more..

Buddy on high alert

Buddy is a dog - at least I think he is. Since arriving quite unexpectedly in my lap last May, the feisty, but happily rescued Yorkshire terrier has been a loyal, self-centered, demanding companion.

September 27, 2013 2:24 p.m. read more..

Lady Vikings lose on the road

The Mabton Lady Vikings had some canine trouble while visiting Goldendale last night, losing to the host Timberwolves in three sets, 25-19, 25-9, 25-16.

September 27, 2013 noon read more..

Grandview sweeps Davis

GRANDVIEW – The 2A Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team earned its most decisive victory so far this young season with a 3-0 spanking of visiting 4A Davis last night.

September 27, 2013 9:38 a.m. read more..

Thursday, September 26


Sunnyside vet trains dairymen around the globe

Veterinarian Scott Abbott believes the local agricultural industry has much to offer the world. That’s why he aims to help dairymen around the globe learn practices and obtain skills that will help dairy farms become more efficient and productive.

September 26, 2013 noon read more..

Grandview man avoids injuries in accident

BENTON CITY – The man behind the wheel of a 1995 International tractor-trailer semi truck, 54-year-old Victor Flores of Grandview, escaped unharmed last night when his rig was hit from behind.

September 26, 2013 noon read more..

Wednesday, September 25

How to track down long-lost friends

<em>Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in tracking down some old friends I’ve lost touch with over the years but could use some help. What tips or resources can you recommend to help me find them? Searching Senior</em>

September 25, 2013 4:58 p.m. read more..

Three situations that call for a red team

What if you had a team of people whose sole job was to find fault with your thinking? It’s called a red team. Used by the CIA, IBM, the Army, news organizations and other businesses, a red team is a group designed to penetrate your defenses.

September 25, 2013 4:49 p.m. read more..

Looking into the unknown:

Four years ago, President Obama made a sweeping promise to the American people, “…if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.”

September 25, 2013 4:27 p.m. read more..

Forum help appreciated

On Aug. 22, Sunnyside United.Unidos hosted a community gang forum. The presenter, Jesse Campos, did a great job presenting the challenges we have and what parents and a community can do to address youth participation in gangs. We will invite Jesse to present again.

September 25, 2013 4:15 p.m. read more..

What do they know?

The AARP, of which I am a member, sent me an email entitled, “Karen, 7 Reasons Why You Are Fat.”

September 25, 2013 3:56 p.m. read more..

No sign of fighting juveniles here

With the exception of a mid-afternoon search for a group of juveniles reported fighting near Harrison Mid-dle School, Sunnyside police had a relatively quiet Tues-day.

September 25, 2013 1:14 p.m. read more..

Mabton moves ahead with Main Street project

The Mabton Main Street reconstruction project isn’t expected to begin anytime soon, but the first step toward creating a funding package for the $2.6 million project was approved during Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled Mabton City Council meeting.

September 25, 2013 1:10 p.m. read more..

Port mulls halting wetlands project

A decade ago, Port of Sunnyside officials thought a wetlands project in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers would satisfy state standards for discharging its treated industrial wastewater.That appears to not be the case...

September 25, 2013 8:30 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 24


Farm Workers board member nationally recognized

TOPPENISH - The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has presented Tom Sak, former board chair of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, with the 2013 Ethel Bond Memorial Consumer Award.

September 24, 2013 4:46 p.m. read more..

Wanapum pool heavy with salmon

An increase in the fall chinook run has far exceeded the earlier forecast, giving area fishermen larger daily limits than previously announced, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

September 24, 2013 4:30 p.m. read more..

Hanford Reach anglers have ample opportunities

Thanks to an increase in the number of fall chinook returning to the Columbia River, fisherman using two poles now can claim a daily limit of six salmon in the area commonly known as the Hanford Reach portion of the Columbia River.

September 24, 2013 4:30 p.m. read more..

GHS’s Ebbelaar earns two victories

YAKIMA – Outnumbered, but not deterred, the Grandview High School girls swim team performed well last Thursday against the larger Selah team, according to GHS Coach Rita Uribe.

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

Sunnyside accepts gang prevention monies

The Sunnyside City Council approved an agreement with Educational Service District 105 to allow $13,500 in funding to be used by Sunnyside United for gang prevention and intervention services.

September 24, 2013 4:16 p.m. read more..

Prep math scores rising in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – With a focus on math intervention and rigorous follow-up of at risk math students, Grandview High School Assistant Principal Steven Long believes Grandview High School math scores are on their way to major improvements.

September 24, 2013 4:09 p.m. read more..

Lady Pirates win non-league match

The 1B Lady Pirates varsity volleyball team hosted the 1A Mabton JV volleyball squad yesterday and managed to come out with a victory in a non-regulation length match.

September 24, 2013 3:45 p.m. read more..

What’s your retirement ‘contingency plan’?

You probably have thought about what you’d like to do during your retirement years. But all your plans probably depend, to at least some extent, on your financial situation. What happens if you reach the age at which you wish to retire and you just don’t have the money you thought you’d have?

September 24, 2013 3:33 p.m. read more..

Monday, September 23


Tournament a learning experience for Lady Pirates

The Bickleton Lady Pirates couldn’t defeat the competition at the Tri-Cities Prep Volleyball Invitational this past Saturday, but they came away with a sportsmanship trophy and the respect of the other teams.

September 23, 2013 3:46 p.m. read more..

DeSales gets by Vikes, 37-6

MABTON – “We had a bad start and allowed them (DeSales) to rack up 23 points early,” Mabton football coach Trevor Curtis said of last Friday’s 37-6 loss to the Irish.

September 23, 2013 3:28 p.m. read more..

Rams head butt GHS boys, 47-7

YAKIMA – The West Valley Rams struck early against visiting Grandview last Friday and kept on hitting until the final whistle sounded, leaving the Greyhounds battered. The final score provided West Valley a whopping 47-7 win.

September 23, 2013 3:27 p.m. read more..

Lady Knights third at invite

PASCO – The Lady Knights were the third place finishers out of five teams at the Tri-Cities Prep Volleyball Invitational this past Saturday in Pasco.

September 23, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..

Tourney experience for Bickleton

PASCO – The Bickleton Lady Pirates couldn’t defeat the competition at the Tri-Cities Prep Volleyball Invitational this past Saturday, but they came away with a sportsmanship trophy and the respect of the other teams.

September 23, 2013 3:15 p.m. read more..

Four teens sustain injuries in rollover

CONNELL – Four teenagers, three of them from the Sunnyside area, required medical treatment as the result of a one-vehicle rollover accident near Connell yesterday morning (Sunday).

September 23, 2013 noon read more..

Candy thieves strike in G’view

Police in Grandview responded to a burglary report yesterday (Sunday) in the 200 block of West Second Street. The door to the “Extra Mile Student Center” had been kicked in and candy items were stolen. The incident is under investigation.

September 23, 2013 noon read more..

Women invited to join coffee Bible study

The Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church women’s coffee break Bible study is again underway. The study is open to all women interested in a mid-week Bible study. The group meets each Wednesday from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the church, 700 N. 16th Street.

September 23, 2013 noon read more..

Candy thieves strike in Grandview yesterday

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview responded to a burglary report yesterday (Sunday) in the 200 block of West Second Street. The door to the “Extra Mile Student Center” had been kicked in and candy items were stolen. The incident is under investigation.

September 23, 2013 noon read more..

Friday, September 20

Kids rodeo this weekend

KENNEWICK – A rodeo featuring student athletes ages 11-18 will be held today (Friday) through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Kennewick.

September 20, 2013 4:52 p.m. read more..

Fall razor clam season

WILLAPA BAY - Washington’s razor clam season has gotten off to an early start this year with an evening dig at Twin Harbors beach.

September 20, 2013 4:49 p.m. read more..

Spaghetti feed set for Oct. 3

PROSSER – A special spaghetti feed fundraiser, benefitting the Benton County Historical Museum, is slated for Thursday, Oct. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prosser.

September 20, 2013 4:47 p.m. read more..

Movie night in Prosser

PROSSER – Prosser’s Princess Theatre is the place to be for a special car show and showing of Steven Spielberg’s “Back to the Future.”

September 20, 2013 4:44 p.m. read more..

Harvest celebration at Maryhill

GOLDENDALE - Two weekends filled with live music on the terrace, an always popular grape stomp, hot dog and marshmallow roast, and barrel tasting is planned at Maryhill Winery. The first weekend of activities will be Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, and the second weekend will be Oct. 19-20.

September 20, 2013 4:42 p.m. read more..

Vintage carousel horse returning home in style

The stylish vintage carousel horse, which may have once graced a merry-go-round display in Yakima, came into Jack’s possession in 1968 at the conclusion of her year as a princess on the Miss Sunnyside Court.

September 20, 2013 4:22 p.m. read more..

Nitrate containment likely a decades long process

Moving at the speed of nitrates leeching into the groundwater, the Lower Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee took under advisement materials presented by U.S. Department of the Interior hydrogeologist Matt Bachmann.

September 20, 2013 4:10 p.m. read more..

Campfire ban lifted at state parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission yesterday (Thursday) announced the end of a general campfire ban in state parks east of the Cascades.

September 20, 2013 4:06 p.m. read more..

Living our lives ‘under God’

The American Humanist Association has renewed the efforts of some atheists to remove the words “under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance. The organization argued recently in the Massachusetts Supreme Court that the inclusion of these words is a violation of atheists’ religious liberty and equality.

September 20, 2013 2:45 p.m. read more..

Millionaires on a food stamp diet?

If you’re a follower of the Huffington Post, you’ve probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.

September 20, 2013 2:44 p.m. read more..

Dedication of new church this Sunday

The Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church is dedicating its brand-new facility this Sunday, Sept. 22, at 10:30 a.m. The community is invited to help pledge this building to the Lord’s worship and work in this place.

September 20, 2013 2:38 p.m. read more..

Part 1...Religion and racism

Without sounding arrogant and keeping consistent with the Word of God, let me begin today by saying that I am a son of God and an heir and joint-heir with Jesus Christ. In other words, I am a Christian. There are no qualifiers or caveats to that statement.

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

Cops on the case in thefts

Sunnyside police investigated a burglary report yesterday afternoon (Thursday) in the 900 block of East Lincoln Avenue. Someone removed an air conditioning unit to gain entry. Police have a suspect in the case.

September 20, 2013 noon read more..

Thursday, September 19


SCHS student earns honors

The National Society of High School Scholars recently announced that Sunnyside Christian High School student Micalyn Williams from Mabton was selected as a member of the organization.

September 19, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..

Learning curve

Schools in Grandview are opening their doors to parents wanting to know what is happening in the classroom.

September 19, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..

Story time laughter

Marcelina Ortega sings a song with pre-school aged children at the Sunnyside Library last Friday.

September 19, 2013 2:50 p.m. read more..

City closer to offering parks and rec opportunities

After just a few weeks on the job, Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Coordinator Megan Razey feels like she may be making headway in sorting out the defunct city recreation program in order to make it open to the entire community.

September 19, 2013 2:17 p.m. read more..

Tribute to veterans

Workers install a new eight-foot high granite wall at Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza in Sunnyside...

September 19, 2013 12:17 p.m. read more..

Chickens, pigs behind calls to deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to a report yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) of chickens causing damage at a property in the 100 block of Lester Road near Sunnyside.

September 19, 2013 noon read more..

Drug arrest made in G'view

Police in Grandview made an arrest in a drug-related incident last night (Wednesday) near the intersections of West Wine Country and Stover roads.

September 19, 2013 noon read more..


The Sunnyside Museum’s new hours will be Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

September 19, 2013 noon read more..

Your tax dollars at work

Construction on the Sunnyside Fire Station on Eighth Street, funded by a voter-approved bond, is well underway, with signs of progress pointing to the sky...

September 19, 2013 noon read more..

Meat, poultry products recalled

Siberoni, a Portland, Ore. firm, is recalling 169,655 pounds of raw and frozen meat and poultry “pelmeni” (Eastern European-style ravioli products), which were produced without the benefit of inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced this week.

September 19, 2013 noon read more..

Christian club meeting Oct. 15

The Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection is sponsoring a “Shop ‘Til Your Heart’s Content” meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser (490 Wine Country Road).

September 19, 2013 noon read more..

Wednesday, September 18


Regal winners

7-year-old Brianna Garza (L) and Audrina Campos, 5, this past Saturday competed in the Regal Majesty Pageant held at the Historic Everett Theatre...

September 18, 2013 5 p.m. read more..

Grandview outlasts Othello

GRANDVIEW – A fast start nearly wasn’t enough as the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team had to hang on for a 3-2 win over visiting Othello last night.

September 18, 2013 5 p.m. read more..

Soccer match for the dogs

GRANDVIEW – The dogs were at it again last night, Grandview’s Lady ‘Hounds taking on the visiting Othello Huskies.

September 18, 2013 5 p.m. read more..

Staying true to our Constitution

On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. This month marks the 226th anniversary of this landmark moment in American history when our founding fathers gathered together to form “a more perfect Union.”

September 18, 2013 4:37 p.m. read more..

The butler from another planet

There you go again, Hollywood. You’ve taken a great story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies.

September 18, 2013 4:36 p.m. read more..

Health really is everything

One challenge with chemo is that the body quickly becomes resistant to it. Doctors have to apply different chemo blends to overcome resistance. For the next few years, the different blends worked well.

September 18, 2013 4:29 p.m. read more..

MOTS gives mommies much deserved timeouts

GRANDVIEW – Although being a mother, especially a stay-at-home mom, can be rewarding, there’s no arguing that sometimes mommies need a break. That’s what Moms of Tots (MOTS) provides each second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

September 18, 2013 4:22 p.m. read more..


I did not start drinking coffee until I was in my 30s. We were house guests in Ohio, and I woke up to this intriguing, delicious smell. It was Albertson’s 8 O’clock Coffee. I’ve been hooked ever since.

September 18, 2013 4:21 p.m. read more..

Get paid for being a family caregiver

Dear Savvy Senior, I have been taking care of my elderly mother for nearly three years and it’s taking a huge toll on my finances. Are there any resources you know about that can help family caregivers get paid? - Financially Exhausted

September 18, 2013 4:18 p.m. read more..

Five Lady 'Hounds already stamp their way to District

PROSSER- Bounding out in their first league swim meet Tuesday afternoon, Grandview High School’s very young team of Lady Greyhound swimmers man-aged to see five of the eight team members qualify for the season’s district meet.

September 18, 2013 2:37 p.m. read more..

Educator seeks school board position

With an extensive back-ground in education, spanning several decades, Mary Rita Rohde made her plea for the support of the Sunnyview Republican Women’s Club membership at its monthly meeting held yesterday at noon.

September 18, 2013 2:32 p.m. read more..

Average day for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies answered nine calls in the Lower Valley yester-day, including three automatic alarms, two re-ports of livestock incidents, a report of an abandoned vehicle, a report of suspi-cious activity, a domestic call and a request for assis-tance from another agency.

September 18, 2013 2:02 p.m. read more..

Shoplifter and sex crime top Tuesday police log

A possible shoplifter was arrested at Walmart last night (Tuesday) after being observed ripping tags off a pair of pants he had allegedly hidden under his sweatshirt to sneak out of the store, according to Tuesday’s Sunnyside police report.

September 18, 2013 2 p.m. read more..

False alarm due to burnt food

Firefighters in Sunnyside responded to an automatic alarm in the 900 block of Ida Belle Road yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), only to find the resident had burnt some food.

September 18, 2013 1:58 p.m. read more..

Indictment lists 42 in casino conspiracy

Allegedly, a long-term scam run by an employee and involving at least 42 people stole thousands of dollars from Legends Casino during its 15th anniversary promo-tional drawings in February through May of this year.

September 18, 2013 1:44 p.m. read more..

Spending cap for homeless monies removed

YAKIMA – Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services in Sunnyside, as well as the YWCA, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Yakima Neighborhood Health Ser-vices have all been awarded Consolidated Homeless Grant Program funding.

September 18, 2013 noon read more..

Federal indictment lists 42 in casino rip-off scheme

TOPPENISH – Allegedly, a long-term scam run by an employee and involving at least 42 people stole thousands of dollars from Legends Casino during its 15th anniversary promotional drawings in February through May of this year.

September 18, 2013 noon read more..

State vaccination rates lag behind rest of nation

Immunization rates for Washington toddlers are below state and national goals, according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Results from the CDC’s latest national immunization survey show that 65 percent of children under three years-old in this state got a series of recommended vaccines in 2012. That’s well below the goal of 80 percent. The national rate for this series is 68 percent.

September 18, 2013 noon read more..

S’side airport board addresses ongoing projects

The Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board met last night, following a brief two-month hiatus, to discuss projects that are underway. Those project include the weather station at the airport, a courtesy car service and a draft of covenants for the airport.

September 18, 2013 noon read more..

Wetlands project may be dead issue

Time changes things and nowhere is that truer than with state agencies. A decade ago, Port of Sunnyside officials thought a wetlands project in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers would satisfy state standards for discharging its treated industrial wastewater.

September 18, 2013 noon read more..

Tuesday, September 3


Dangerous political candy

President Obama’s proposal to restrict the growth of Social Security by changing annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) from the present Consumer Price Index (CPI) to a Chained Consumer Price Index represents a disingenuous departure from his earlier position to hold fast on Social Security.

September 3, 2013 8:52 a.m. read more..