Stories for April 2014


Wednesday, April 30

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Homeless numbers down

YAKIMA – The results of the Yakima County Point in Time homeless survey are in and the results show a county wide 12.6 percent decrease from last year’s homeless numbers, according to Tim Sullivan of the Homeless Network of Yakima County.

Gov. Inslee’s ‘clean energy’ order may face hurdles

SEATTLE - Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday, Tuesday, signed an executive order outlining a series of steps to cut carbon pollution in Washington and advance development and use of clean energy technologies.

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Heartlinks agency weathering national health care changes

“The medical delivery system is unsettled…there’s no other way to say it was turbulent in 2013,” Heartlinks Hospice and Palliative Care Director Ron Jetter said at yesterday’s board meeting.

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Sunnyside High grad proud of Naval career

EVERETT – Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Gabriel R. Mejia plans to become a 20-year Navy man.

Keeping children safe from harm everyone’s responsibility

In observation of Child Abuse Prevention Month, this column addresses the prevalence of child abuse, community resources and prevention.

Sheriff’s deputies on hunt for vandals shooting power pole transformers in Lower Yakima Valley

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is asking for public assistance in identifying persons responsible for vandalizing seven power transformers and voltage regulators.

Suspicious activity leads to three arrests last night

What was reported to Sunnyside police Tuesday night as a suspicious circumstance resulted in the recovery of a large amount of items which had previously been reported as stolen.

Contact the FCC to protect net neutrality

When you dial a phone number, you expect to get the person or business that you dialed promptly and generally without any major interference on the phone line.

Congressional mailbag

Each month I receive thousands of e-mails, phone calls, letters, tweets and Facebook messages.

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The Princess and the Pea

Let’s face it. We’re spoiled.

Meaningless drivel a big waste of time

When is it OK to interrupt someone who is sharing information that you don’t need?

Prepare for laughter

Laughter does not just fall out of the sky.

Godinez-Rios, Ramos-Alvarez secure doubles wins for GHS Greyhounds

Grandview may have come up a bit short on the tennis courts at East Valley High School yesterday, sustaining 4-1 losses to the Red Devils in both boys and girls play. But, the Greyhounds showed lots of grit in the boys’ No. 1 doubles match, as well as at girls’ No. 2 doubles.

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Mound meeting

Grandview Greyhound baseball coach Joe Mora has a chat with pitcher Angel Abarca (L) and catcher Brendan Bardwell during a 23-2 home loss to Ellensburg yesterday, Tuesday.

Lady ’Hounds struggle at CWAC match

Unable to adjust to the changing elevation of the Yakima Country Club course, the Grandview girls’ golf team didn’t post one of its best showings of the season this past Monday afternoon.

Grizzly boys net win against Cadets

It was good news, bad news for the Sunnyside tennis squads as they competed against the Eisenhower Cadets at Kissel Park in Yakima yesterday.

Grandview blanked by Ki-Be

The 2A Grandview Lady Greyhound fastpitch softball team yesterday traveled to 1A Ki-Be for a non-league game.

Lightning zaps Lady Vikings twice

It was the errors that sank the Lady Vikings’ ship, errors that the LaSalle Lightning took advantage of to storm to victory in both games of a doubleheader yesterday.

Sunnyside Christian earns twin bill split at Klickitat

Playing a Klickitat team also comprised of players from Wishram, Glenwood and Lyle, the Sunnyside Christian fastpitch team came away with a doubleheader split yesterday.

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Sunnyside drops home game

A Wenatchee runner beats the throw to home plate as Sunnyside pitcher Amber Cornwell and catcher Dalia Romo miss the out.

Grizzlies fend off Eastmont to remain unbeaten

Sunnyside’s leading scorer this season, Christian Chavez, provided a timely assist to help lead the Grizzly soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Eastmont last night.

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Hot ’Hounds

Grandview midfielder Samuel Cuevas (above) attempts to score against visiting Selah.

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Sunnyside Christian improves record to 12-2

Two stellar pitching performances by Wyatt Hoff and Brandon Moore propelled the Sunnyside Christian Knights to a twin bill sweep of Lyle Tuesday afternoon.

One inning sinks Grizzlies

The Grizzly bats came alive yesterday against Wenatchee, almost matching the host team in hits, but Sunnyside still had trouble getting runs across the plate.

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Pearl E. Stelling


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Gabriel Gutierrez


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Mira Alyene Schell


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Crowning moment

Air travel tips for seniors with special needs

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to fly my elderly parents across the country next month for my daughter’s wedding but have some concerns about the flight.

Beware of ticks

Its spring time in the forest and along with wildflower blooms, views of nesting waterfowl and wildlife, there are ticks all waiting for a free meal.

Tuesday, April 29

Schools prepping for fewer federal dollars

$1 million loss for Sunnyside, Grandview schools

The announcement last week that Washington is the first state to lose its flexibility waiver with the No Child Left Behind Act has local school districts mulling their options.

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Up, up and away

Russell Crane Service of Yakima was called in to lift a garbage truck from a sinkhole on Franklin Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets after the truck became stuck yesterday morning (Monday).

Decision on pot ban put on hold

The Sunnyside City Council voted unanimously to postpone its decision on whether or not to allow a retail marijuana store in the city after listening to passionate testimony by members of the public during a hearing last night.

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School board advised to devise a facilities plan

MABTON – If the Mabton School District is to plan for facility upgrades to better serve its students, it must develop a facilities and capital projects plan.

New school calendar OK’d

MABTON – Students in the Mabton School District will begin the 2014-15 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The Mabton School Board at its Monday meeting approved the calendar for next year.

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Walk for life

AWOS equipment to be installed on port office property

The Sunnyside City Council Monday night approved setting up equipment for the airport’s automated weather observation system at the Port of Sunnyside office, although the decision was not made lightly.

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Nuestra Casa continues to serve the under-served

Nuestra Casa in Sunnyside was founded on the principles of serving the community by providing services to those who are in need of support and educational opportunities.

Grandview girls notch five wins at four-school CWAC contest

GRANDVIEW – Results from last Thursday’s four-school CWAC track and field meet hosted by the Grandview Greyhounds have been released.

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GHS soph earns national wrestling title

RENO, NEV. - Grandview High School sophomore Desiree Zavala has not only a State wrestling championship to her name, but earlier this month claimed a national title.

Beautification winners named

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview city home of the month for May beautification awards have been presented to families representing the four corners of the community, according to Mike Carpenter, Grandview Parks and Recreation Director.

WSU researcher finds health benefits of peach extract

PULLMAN – A WSU food scientist and colleagues at Texas A&M University have found that compounds in peaches can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and their ability to spread.

Age plays big role in determining urgency of scheduling doctor visits

When you’re not feeling well, at what point is it time to go see a doctor?

Expert offers tips for high heel health

What do high heels and dessert have in common?

Don’t be sidelined by heartburn

Sports fans often snack and drink, often excessively.

SHS athlete plans fundraisers for summer trip to Australia

Elijah Pena, a two-time State meet qualifier for the Sunnyside High School track team, is currently raising funds to compete at a track meet this coming summer in Australia.

On-line program can help diabetics

A program called “Sugar, Heart and Life: A Guide to Living with Diabetes” is available for people dealing with the disease.

Blood pressure: Take control of the silent killer

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is sometimes called the silent killer because there are often no symptoms.

Middle school staffs will battle on hardwood

The staff at Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista and Harrison middle schools will face off against one another on the basketball court this coming Wednesday, April 30.

May 22 application deadline for special hunts

Hunters have through Thursday, May 22, to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep and turkey in Washington state.

Dutch Bros. donating sales this Friday

Dutch Bros. in Sunnyside will be joining its other locations throughout the Pacific Northwest, donating all proceeds from sales this coming Friday to the Muscular Distrophy Association (MDA).

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Eloise S. Briones


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Brain trusts

The Sunnyside Knowledge Bowl team went up against Grandview in the KYVE Apple Bowl recently.

Kindergarten sign-ups begin this Thursday

Again this year, all Sunnyside School District kindergarten registrations will be conducted at Sun Valley Elementary, 1220 N. 16th St., beginning Thursday, May 1.

Christian pre-school registration underway

The Sunnyside Christian School is now accepting applications for 3 and 4 year-old preschool to attend class in September.

Mabton plant sale starts this Friday

Spring has sprung! That means it is once again time for the annual Mabton FFA plant sale.

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Masonic lodge honors SHS juniors

Longtime Sunnyside Masonic Lodge member and SHS alumnus Bill Flower presents Sunnyside High School juniors Trajen Frank and Lindsay Schilperoort the Sunnyside High School Junior Achievement boy and girl of the year awards during ceremonies held last week at the high school.

Goodwill giving away trip to Mexico

People who are willing to share a selfie of themselves at a local Goodwill store, including the Sunnyside location, have a chance to win a trip to Los Cabos, Mexico in October.

Monday, April 28

Grizzlies’ woes continue

YAKIMA – The Sunnyside Grizzlies are still on the hunt for their first win after a difficult doubleheader at Davis last Friday.

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Making a pitch

Bickleton junior notches three ‘Top 5’ finishes at 21-school invite

CASHMERE – Lindsay Brown is going to be a force with which to be reckoned once the Class 1B postseason gets underway.

Grandview relay squad tops at 12-school invite

PROSSER – You might say the Grandview High School girls’ 4x200 relay squad put a beat-down on the rest of the field at last Saturday’s Prosser Rotary Track & Field Invitational.

Wildcats blank GHS boys, girls

TOPPENISH – Weather-wise, it was a great day to play tennis last Saturday. Scoring-wise, the Grandview High School boys’ and girls’ tennis squads laid a dud.

Moses Lake bats too hot for Sunnyside

MOSES LAKE – Sunnyside’s play in the field was was much better last Friday, but the bats weren’t connecting with the ball against host Moses Lake.

Grizzlies stay unbeaten

WENATCHEE – The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team overcame three injuries and a pesky Wenatchee team to earn a 3-2 CBBN victory last Friday.

Rangers out hit Lady Vikings in doubleheader

NACHES – The Lady Vikings only managed to notch three hits, and no runs, in a doubleheader against the Naches Rangers this past Saturday.

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Grandview honors community’s best

“This is a community award,” Grandview City Administrator Cus Arteaga said last Friday upon receiving the community’s Person of the Year award. “This is a great place to work and I really appreciate all your support.”

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‘Love of Pets’ inspires second graders to help raise money for auction

Deb Schrotenboer’s second grade class at Sunnyside Christian School is preparing for the 34th annual SCS Booster Club Auction, to be held Saturday, May 3, with a project focusing on the proper care of pets.

Harthcock appointed to Superior Court by governor

Gov. Jay Inslee last week announced he is appointing Gayle Harthcock as a Yakima County Superior Court judge.

Sunnyside woman cited in collision in Richland yesterday

Gillermina D. Rodriguez, 51, of Sunnyside was charged with driving at a speed too fast for conditions yesterday, Sunday, leading to a two-car collision on SR 240 in Richland.

Sunnyside firemen handle leak

The Sunnyside Fire Department handled a water leak this past Saturday afternoon in the 900 block of Edison Avenue.

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Sounds of Ireland

At yesterday’s (Sunday) Lower Valley Community Concert the Gothard Sisters perform a number of Irish tunes, entertaining a large audience of concert enthusiasts.

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‘Into the Woods’ good for lots of laughs

For a night filled with laughter, the Grandview High School Drama Club has your ticket.

Grandview still perfect in CWAC play

OTHELLO – This past Saturday’s match between Grandview and host Othello may have been the most exciting of the season for the Greyhounds.

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Helping hands

The Sunnyside Law and Justice Center was the site last Saturday of a ‘shred and med’ event offering safe, free disposal of documents and unused medications.

Party-goers cited by cops

Yakima County Sheriff deputies broke up a party near the intersection of Linderman and Snipes Pump roads near Sunnyside late last night (Sunday) due to loud music and flashing lights.

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Stretched thin

BB gun vandal breaks windows

Police in Grandview are investigating several incidents in which a bb gun was apparently used to shoot windows on vehicles and on a house.

Child injured in eluding incident

Sunnyside police took into custody a man on charges of eluding police last Saturday night following a high speed chase through the streets in south Sunnyside.

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Sinking feeling

A garbage truck was grabbed by a sinkhole in downtown Sunnyside this morning, just after 9:30 a.m.

Friday, April 25

Grandview defeats league foe Mustangs, 2-1

PROSSER – Grandview Coach Anne Holden said she knew last night’s league rivalry match against Prosser was going to be intense.

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Deals await next month at Museum Week Northwest

Hydro-racers, glass-blowers and overland westerners will all take center stage next month during Museum Week Northwest, May 16-23.

Annual Sage Rat Run May 17-18

What once was a community service project has grown to become an annual event.

GHS trio making big gains on the links

NACHES – The scores may not knock your socks off, nonetheless, the three members of the Grandview High School girls’ golf team are making incredible strides on the links.

Benton City spring opener tomorrow

BENTON CITY – Benton City’s Spring Opener Car & Bike Show, now in its ninth year, welcoming all makes and models of vehicles.

Celebrate Latin music in Yakima

YAKIMA – The music department at Yakima Valley Community College is presenting a week-long festival starting Wednesday, April 30, and culminating with a grand finale concert on Monday, May 5, at the Capitol Theater.

Movie in the park event set for May 9

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department and YVCC Grandview Student Council will offer a movie in the park event the evening of Friday, May 9, beginning shortly after dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.).

Lady Grizzlies competitive on Moses Lake’s home courts

MOSES LAKE – The Sunnyside girls’ tennis team nearly pulled off its second consecutive victory, thanks to some stellar play on the singles courts in Moses Lake yesterday.

Orchid show, sale slated for May 17

YAKIMA – The Yakima Area Arboretum will feature its annual orchid show and sale on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Strong defensive effort not enough for Mabton in 1-0 loss

GRANGER – Playing short-handed again, the Mabton Vikings put up a good defense against host Granger.

Charro parade, dancing horses will compete Sunday, May 4

YAKIMA – The enthusiasm is growing every day as the Charros and horses prepare for the parade and for the prancing horse competition for the 13th annual Cinco de May fiesta to take place in downtown Yakima on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4.

Annual garden tour slated weekend of June 21-22

YAKIMA – Peek over the fence at some of the finest private gardens in the Yakima Valley during the Yakima Area Arboretum’s annual garden tour.

Jacobo garners GHS’s lone win

GRANDVIEW – Had it not been for Esmeralda Jacobo, the Grandview High School boys’ and girls’ tennis squads would have got swept aside by the perennially tough Ellensburg Bulldogs yesterday afternoon.

Museum hosts first-ever spring open house

On Saturday, April 26, the Sunnyside Historical Museum will host its first-ever spring open house.

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Blackwood Legacy Quartet coming to Sunnyside

The Blackwood Legacy Quartet will be in concert on Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m., at the Sunnyside United Methodist Church, 906 East Edison.

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New name for Grandview church

Nearly two years ago the congregation of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview began considering a few changes.

God has mighty things in store for us

This time of year most Christians have had Good Friday and Easter on their minds.

Policy review process OK’d

The Sunnyside School Board at its Thursday meeting approved its policy review process for its May through September meetings.

Christian women’s group plans meeting in Prosser in mid-May

A fashion show, music and an inspirational talk are all a part of the next Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection meeting to be held Tuesday, May 13, at the Barn Restaurant, 490 Wine Country Rd., Prosser.

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Learning first-hand

Marlene Hughes’ Sunnyside Christian Elementary School pre-school classroom looks like a scene out of a nursery rhyme as she introduces a lamb to her three-year-old students this past Thursday.

Personnel changes OK’d

The Sunnyside School Board during its consent agenda at Thursday’s meeting approved staffing changes within the district.

More research needed on high air nitrate levels in Yakima Valley

Monitoring air quality in Washington is nothing new to the Washington Department of Ecology.

Grandview cops deal with several calls yesterday

Among the calls Grandview police have fielded since yesterday morning were an assault, a harassment incident, a suicidal person and a runaway juvenile.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, April 28, 2014, at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Utility investments aim to reduce outages

Power outages are getting fewer and farther between for Pacific Power customers as targeted long term investments to strengthen the utility’s power grid are showing positive results.

Sun City Cuts temporarily closes due to rainfall damage

Damage from recent rainfall has temporarily shuttered the Sunnyside business of Sun City Cuts.

New district logo, motto in today’s newsletter

The Sunnyside School District has launched its new logo and motto with its newsletter to be found in mailboxes today (Friday).

Security liaisons, nurses pitch staffing needs to Sunnyside School Board

Contemplating the potential for additional staffing, if the budget allows, Sunnyside School District’s security staff and nurses would like to see at least one more staff member added to their schedules.

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Nature’s glory

Early morning sunshine intensify the colors of this Japanese maple located in the Sunnyside Community Hospital courtyard (above).

Allowing marijuana sales in Sunnyside a very bad idea

The Sunnyside City Council will soon make a decision on whether to permit retail sales of marijuana in Sunnyside.

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Dairy ambassador thankful for opportunities

Grateful for opportunities afforded her during a year-long reign as Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador, Katie Hutchins thanked her family and supporters during a banquet last night.

Greyhound nine falls by 8-0 score to Prosser ’Stangs

GRANDVIEW – Playing a non-league game at home yesterday, Thursday, the Grandview Greyhound baseball team battled before falling 8-0 to Prosser.

Grizzly tracksters perform well at Ike

Madrigal, Pena each win twice for Sunnyside

YAKIMA – A victory and a rare tie were among the results for the Sunnyside boys and girls track teams during a CBBN double-dual meet yesterday at Eisenhower.

Common sense lacking in this world

I have been accused of lacking common sense, but it seems to me I have more common sense than others.

Losing the lead is just fine with me

I’m not in the lead anymore.

Fill the Wagon event a success


The Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside would like to thank everyone that helped make this year’s Easter food drive, Fill the Wagon, a huge success.

1914: Parents urged to talk to their children about sex

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

There is no statute of limitations on dreams

When old Ben died recently, the town was saddened, but probably not for the usual reasons.


Monday, April 28 - Friday, May 2

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Thriving family

At the center of a gathering for a five-generation photo this past Easter Sunday is 97-year-old Gertrude Chadwick-Van Belle, the matriarch of the Sunnyside-area family.

Mabton School Board Agenda

Monday, April 28, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Mabton School District Conference Room

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Grandview pool slated to open Friday, June 13

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview municipal swimming pool will open to the public on Friday, June 13. The season ends on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Tri-chamber social May 8

GRANDVIEW – Belma Square, the former square dance hall at 761 Belma Rd., is hosting the next tri-chamber social event for members of the Sunnyside, Prosser and Grandview chambers of commerce.

Cherry Festival fun slated for April 25-27

GRANGER – The 66th annual Granger Cherry Festival will take place today (Friday) through Sunday, April 25-27.

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Bon Vino’s waiter has plans one day to become a chef

Ray Gonzalez has big dreams, and has carefully planned his route to achieving those dreams.

Thursday, April 24

Ric Pilgrim named new assistant superintendent at ESD 105

YAKIMA – Ric Pilgrim, a veteran teacher and a longtime administrative leader with the Wapato School District, will be joining Educational Service District 105 as the regional agency’s new assistant superintendent for educational services.

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No. 3 doubles pairs lone winners for SHS

It was the lowest ranked members of Sunnyside’s tennis squads that managed to pull out wins this past Tuesday against visiting Eastmont, while the higher ranked players all fell.

Lady Grizzlies chalk up first ‘W’

SELAH – The Lady Grizzlies tennis squad walked away with its first win of the season, defeating the Selah Vikings 5-2 Wednesday afternoon.

Local schools earn state awards

Several local schools, including Washington Elementary School in Sunnyside and Grandview High School, have earned Washington Achievement Awards from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education.

GHS boys net first win

PROSSER – Winners of all three doubles matches, the Grandview High School boys’ tennis squad racked up its first victory of the spring in a CWAC match at Prosser Tuesday afternoon.

Applications being sought for memorial scholarship

Local softball tourney next month will support scholarship program

Committed to supporting and advancing educational opportunities for promising local students, the David Q. Hernandez Memorial has announced 2014 applications for its scholarship program are now being accepted.

Lady Vikes split twin bill

MABTON – The Lady Vikings earned another win on Tuesday of this week by splitting a doubleheader at home against the Klickitat Vandals.

Jaguars sweep Lady Knights

Tri-Cities Prep had too much pop last Tuesday, and the host Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight fastpitch team fell as a result by scores of 15-1 and 18-5.

Sophomore lone golfer for Grandview Greyhounds in Black Rock Creek match

Sophomore Henry Pond was toting Grandview’s banner by himself this past Tuesday in a CWAC boys’ golf match at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Sunnyside school board Agenda

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 810 E. Custer Ave., 7:30 p.m.

‘Shred and med’ Saturday

Yakima County Crime Stoppers will this coming Saturday again host an event for the public to drop off unused or expired medications, and personal or financial documents that need shredding, what it calls “shred and med.”

Ag-forestry program takes leadership skills to the next level for biosolids coordinator

As a biosolids coordinator for Natural Selection Farms of Sunnyside, Brian Campbell is already vested in working with agricultural strategies.

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Field of dreams

Community residents, youngsters urged to get their hands dirty

For the second year Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley has started its community garden and youth ranch outreach program.

Teamwork helps schools address list of priorities

A few years ago, the Sunnyside School District developed a list of 100 priorities, aimed at improving the education of students.

Partch represents SHS at league competition

WENATCHEE – Sunnyside High School senior Ethan Partch was the only Grizzly competing at Tuesday’s Big Nine League boys’ golf match at Highlander Golf Course.

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Upgrade in the works for Sunnyside Library

$400,000 remodel being planned

Sunnyside Library patrons will be able to check out more than books this summer. They’ll also be able to check out progress on a major re-model for their library.

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Drama in the woods

The Grandview High School Drama department is presenting “Into the Woods Junior” this coming Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, and May 2 and 3, at 7 p.m. at Grandview Middle School.

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Ideas plentiful at inaugural arts commission confab

What happens when eight or nine very creative people gather to talk about art?

Wednesday, April 23

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Museum hosts first-ever spring open house this Saturday

This coming Saturday, April 26, the Sunnyside Historical Museum will host its first-ever spring open house.

Push back

I just got off the phone with a very annoying person, who said he was from the Microsoft Technical Department, and that I had a very dangerous virus he wanted to help me fix.

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Open for business... but customers lacking

Maybe this year, April was not a good time to consider opening a new store in downtown Sunnyside.

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Youth, city to join forces for annual clean-up in Mabton Saturday, May 3

In an effort to foster goodwill between the Mabton School District and Mabton City Hall, this year’s “Free Dump Day” will see more Mabton youth out on the street picking up trash as part of the annual clean-up.

Student learns about upcoming changes to city landscape

Mabton High School student Naida Gusby came to last night’s Mabton City Council meeting offering her help as a part of her senior class project.

Why I taught my daughters how to be ambassadors in the fifth grade

Both of my daughters got a passport when they graduated from the fifth grade.

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Verland Elmer “Bill” Bishop


SHS suffers 11-0 loss to Chiefs

Although the Lady Grizzly fastpitch softball team suffered an 11-0 loss to Moses Lake last night, Sunnyside Coach Ralph Mendoza is proud of pitcher Amber Cornwell for holding the Chiefs to just eight hits.

Bulldogs bite ’Hounds in first inning

Though competitive for four of five innings at Ellensburg yesterday, the Grandview Greyhound baseball team couldn’t overcome the Bulldogs’ 10-run rally in the first frame in Tuesday’s 15-2 loss.

Grizzly bats silent

The Grizzly baseball team is still looking for a win after losing 7-0 to Davis yesterday at home.

Knights split twin bill against State tourney runners-up

Behind a complete game performance by hurler Wyatt Hoff, and some timely hitting by Brandon Moore and Brant Bosma, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team knocked off the Liberty Christian Patriots Tuesday afternoon, 7-1.

Bears eke out 4-3 win over short-handed Mabton

Mabton lost its match to visiting Ki-Be last night in the final minutes, 4-3.

Grandview on four-match winning streak

Since starting CWAC league play the Grandview Greyhounds have remained undefeated.

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Overtime win keeps Sunnyside unbeaten

Trailing twice last night against co-CBBN leader Moses Lake, the host Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team battled into overtime before knocking off the Chiefs 3-2.

Constituent services

As Central Washington’s representative to the United States Congress, one of my highest priorities is providing service and assistance to all the citizens of our region.

Sunday driving is still a very pleasant pastime

Do people, even with the price of gas so high, still take Sunday afternoon drives? Do they still pack up the kids with a half a loaf of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a jug of cold tap water for a picnic lunch, then point the car south and just get out of Dodge?

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Media drones

Today I am announcing a new venture to grow aspara-berries.

Lower Valley quiet for sheriff

Yakima County Sheriff deputies only took three calls from the Lower Valley since yesterday morning (Tuesday).

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Zumba for a cause

An estimated 50 people turned out for a Zumba fundraiser event last night, Tuesday, at Grandview’s Reale Hall to benefit next month’s Relay for Life.

County planners at odds with commissioners in banning marijuana production and retail firms

Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) set a date for a public hearing to determine the feasibility of implementing a land-use ordinance that would ban the sale, production and processing of recreational marijuana.

Walk your way to better health

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on starting a walking program?

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City wide water flushing underway today and tomorrow

Water is flushed at a city hydrant Wednesday morning in Sunnyside.

Tuesday, April 22

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Sunnyside coffee diva makes positive changes to attract new clientele

Promoting itself as a place for breakfast or a venue for a business meeting, Divas Coffee of Sunnyside is hoping to generate more interest in the small coffee shop, located at 1314 Yakima Valley Highway.

Turn your retirement ‘vision’ into reality

Retirement can be an exciting, active time of your life.

Mabton blanks Eagles

CONNELL – Although the host Eagle soccer team gave a valiant fight this past Saturday, it was Mabton that prevailed 2-0.

Hundreds of lakes open April 26 for biggest fishing day of the year

Trout fishing in Washington hits full throttle this coming Saturday, April 26, when several hundred lowland lakes – stocked with millions of fish – open for a six-month season.

Spring chinook fishing planned for Yakima River

Two sections of the Yakima River will open in less than two weeks for hatchery spring chinook fishing.

Sunnyside boys re-schedule match

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys golf match originally scheduled for yesterday, Monday, at Wenatchee will instead take place today.

Lady Greyhound golf re-scheduled

The Grandview Lady Greyhound golf match scheduled for yesterday, Monday, at West Valley has been re-scheduled for Monday, May 12.

Verland Elmer Bishop


Ruben Vela Sr.

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Rodriguez crowned 2014-15 Miss Granger

Carasco named Little Miss Granger

GRANGER – It was a night for seven young ladies to exhibit pride for their community with enthusiasm and talent.

Port sets barbecue date

The Port of Sunnyside’s annual industry/tenant barbecue will have special meaning this year, marking the port’s 50th anniversary.

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Granger royalty

The Miss Granger and Little Miss Granger pageants, staged last Friday, resulted in the crowing of...

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Port of Sunnyside adopts change item

Despite some hesitation, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved an additional cost of $129,926 for engineering services related to the anaerobic digester.

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Sharp dressed musicians

Sunnyside High School Band models its brand-new uniforms for the first time last Thursday night at the annual Torchlight Parade.

Don’t toss bill due to lack of city logo

Residents of Sunnyside should keep an eye out for their next city of Sunnyside bills, because the envelopes will not have the familiar city logo on them.

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Oso support

The flag at Sunnyside city hall has been at half staff for one week in support of the victims and family members of the Oso mudslide.

Mabton officers nab drivers without licenses

Traffic stops again topped the list of activities on the Mabton Police Department log.

Firemen find car fire out upon arrival

A car fire reported in the 1100 block of South 11th Street was out on arrival, according to a Sunnyside Fire Department report for yesterday, Monday.

Burglars strike G’view homes

Police in Grandview are investigating a burglary report made last night (Monday) from the 1300 block of Sandy Lane.

Case of missing car solved

Sunnyside police investigated a report of a stolen weed eater taken from the 2600 block of East Lincoln Avenue, yesterday afternoon, Monday.

Rototiller left behind home

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating the discovery by a resident of the 100 block of Rouse Road near Sunnyside.

Tonight’s G’view City Council meeting canceled

Due to a lack of agenda items, the Grandview City Council will not have a meeting tonight, Tuesday.

Downtown businesses encouraged to attend improvement meeting

The Downtown Improvement Group will be meeting on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the Law and Justice Center in Sunnyside to discuss introducing the “Main Street” approach to revitalize downtown Sunnyside.

Charter school organizers prepared for second round of applications

As announced this past February when organizers learned the Washington State Charter School Commission denied an application submitted by Charter Schools of Sunnyside, plans to re-submit an application are still in place.

Sunnyside United investigates youth risk factors

How are children getting a hold of prescription drugs and what parents can do to limit those opportunities was a topic of discussion during last Thursday’s Sunnyside United meeting.

Monday, April 21

SPD has light weekend duty

Easter weekend was a relatively calm one for Sunnyside police.

Parked jeep burned out

A jeep parked in a driveway in the 2100 block of Tear Road near Grandview was discovered burned out with its tires punctured yesterday afternoon, Sunday, according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s office.

Cops handle minor issues over weekend

Police in Grandview took a report of a stolen vehicle this past Saturday afternoon, but according to police...

SVID wraps up Prosser repairs

Working ahead of schedule, crews from SVID are today, Monday, priming a valve to restore irrigation service to the city of Prosser.

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‘All Hands On Deck’

Wal-Mart Distribution Center celebrates 10-year anniversary

It has been 10 years since the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Grandview celebrated its grand opening.

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Hunting trophies

Eduardo and Gisselle Ledesma show off full baskets of eggs after a successful race at the annual Easter egg hunt...

Vets’ project earns SHS junior county youth award

Anthony Chavez’s idea to raise money for the national Wounded Warrior project has earned the Sunnyside High School junior county-wide honors.

Parents continue to believe alcohol, marijuana use threaten their children

It’s been weeks since the Sunnyside United Community Survey was completed, but the results of the survey show some interesting findings.

Letting go of anger makes room for joy

Karen Helsel is moving to Seattle soon, but she’ll be keeping in touch with Sunnyside and keeping her sense of humor.

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For a worthy cause

Safeway shoppers in Sunnyside last weekend were greeted with “Happy Easter” greetings from Sunnyside Lions Club members...

Mabton City Council Agenda

Tuesday, April 22, at Mabton City Hall

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Batter up

Last inning errors costly for Lady Grizzlies

The Sunnyside softball fastpitch team is working hard to earn its first league win of the season.

No joy for Grizzlies

The Grizzly baseball team is still looking for its first win of the season after dropping both ends of a doubleheader to Moses Lake last Friday.

Huskies too much for Grandview nine

GRANDVIEW – Visiting Othello used a big fourth inning to blow open game one and went on to a CWAC baseball twin bill sweep of the Grandview Greyhounds last Saturday.

Lady Vikes win league opener

GRANGER – The Lady Viking fastpitch team split a doubleheader in Granger this past Saturday, winning the opener 12-6 and dropping the nightcap by a last-minute run, 13-12.

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Winding up

Short-handed Grandview loses twin billing to East Valley

MOXEE – Having lost two players just prior to the start of the opener this last Saturday, the visiting Grandview fastpitch softball team competed against the tougher, more experienced Red Devils short-handed.

Grizzlies rally past Davis

Host Moses Lake Tuesday for first place in league

Finding itself trailing for one of the few times this season, the Sunnyside boys soccer team rebounded for a 3-1 CBBN victory over visiting Davis last Saturday.

Grizzlies compete at annual Pasco Invite

PASCO – Three states and more than 100 schools were represented last Saturday at the Pasco Invite, a track and field meet that requires athletes to hit qualifying marks in order to participate.

Bickleton girls earn third-place finish, boys, fifth at Kittitas invite

KITTITAS – The Bickleton Pirates track teams attended the Kittitas Valley Ralley held last Friday in Kittitas.

Mabton officer completes training

After five months of training, Mabton Police Officer Josh L. Molinuex has graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy, according to Mabton Police Chief Ricardo Gutierrez.

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Don Naught


Not getting enough sleep a dangerous thing

Think your spouse may be hitting you in his sleep? If so, you probably should consider sleeping on the living room sofa and in the morning make your bed partner an appointment for a sleep disorder test, suggests Dr. Brian Santiago, Sunnyside’s expert on sleep health.

Friday, April 18

Sunnyside man charged in two-semi accident

Early this morning, Thursday, the Washington State Patrol charged a Sunnyside man with negligent driving second degree when his semi reportedly ran into the back of another semi on I-82 westbound near Selah.

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Over-arching colors

A rainbow, reflecting nature’s majesty, covers downtown Sunnyside.

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More time for moratoriums

State delays marijuana applications for cities imposing bans

Even as county and city governments struggle to deal with the legalization of marijuana and its impact on businesses and law enforcement agencies, non-profit organizations, like Sunnyside United, are wading through murky waters dealing with the impact I-502 may have on the youth in their communities.

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Miss Sunnyside Court shows its Egyptian moves

It wasn’t quite dark enough for torchlights last night, Thursday, when the Sunnyside community float Egyptian Treasure made its way through downtown during its pre-parade season debut.

City considers park possibility

The city of Sunnyside is considering the possibility of turning a property at 1313 S. Sixth St. into a new park.

SHS youth plans Easter egg hunt

The Sunnyside High School leadership class will be turning Clem Senn Football Stadium into a giant Easter egg hunting ground tomorrow, Saturday.

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Groundwater committee discusses consequences of nitrate problem

GRANGER – Some drinking water in the Lower Valley may contain a higher concentration of nitrates than is allowed by the EPA. The Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee learned at its Thursday night meeting about the consequences of such contamination.

Burglars kick open front door

A residence in the 1500 block of SR 241 near Sunnyside had its front door kicked in and multiple items stolen in a burglary last night (Thursday) just after 6 p.m., according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s office.

Board approves staff changes

GRANDVIEW – Last Monday night the Grandview School Board of Directors approved a number of personnel changes, including a request for a leave of absence from second grade teacher Juana Barcenas of Smith Elementary School.

Wandering horses corralled in early morning round-up near Sunnyside

Sunnyside police spent a little time yesterday morning, Thursday, rounding up a few horses who escaped their pasture near the 1800 block of Sheller Road.

Stereo stolen from vehicle

GRANDVIEW – A vehicle left unattended for a few minutes last night (Thursday) in the 900 block of West Second Street had its stereo stolen, according to Grandview police. The incident is under investigation.

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Ace customers find what they need for weekend lawn and garden projects

Saturday is not a day to work, it’s a day to play in the yard, according to customers who shop at Sunnyside’s Ace Hardware Store.

Local library plans activities

Family activities planned at the Sunnyside Library from tomorrow, Saturday, through the following Saturday, April 26, include:

District’s college readiness programs proving successful

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview School Board of Directors were reassured last Monday that the time spent implementing and support the district’s middle school AVID and high school Navigation 101 programs are is worthwhile.

The Resurrection

Every Easter Christians celebrate the victory by Jesus of his triumph over death, but along with this is the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, candy, etc.

Bethany holding Easter services

GRANDVIEW - The community is invited to share in Easter Bethany Community Church, formerly Bethany Presbyterian Church, located at East Second and Birch streets in Grandview.

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Iraqi war vet shares journey towards spiritual growth

PROSSER – The women attending the monthly meeting of the Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection expecting to hear a war veteran speak about the horrors of war, received instead a testimony about spiritual protection.

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Sunnyside’s newest pastor adjusting to small town living

Pastor Jordan Huff first felt the pull toward the ministry when he was in high school.

What's Happening

Wine sensory evaluation class at Desert Wind Winery in Prosser, 5-7 p.m.

Open mic event for musicians set for May 4

Budding musicians, both instrumentalists and vocalists, are being invited to showcase their talents on Sunday, May 4, in Sunnyside.

YVCC offers wine tasting

GRANDVIEW - Yakima Valley Vintners, Yakima Valley Community College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program’s teaching winery will open its tasting room for Yakima Valley’s Spring Barrel Tasting weekend.

Cherry Festival fun slated for April 25-27

GRANGER – The 66th annual Granger Cherry Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, April 25-27.

Junior Livestock Show lamb shearing tomorrow

TOPPENISH - The Central Washington Junior Livestock Show will be held Sunday through Wednesday, May 4-7, at the livestock show fairgrounds located on the Toppenish Rodeo Grounds.

Annual 4-H fashion show set for April 25

The annual 4-H fashion and talent show, held at the Sunnyside Church of Latter Day Saints, will take place on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m.

Community-wide Easter egg hunt in Grandview slated April 19

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department is teaming with the Grandview Church of the Nazarene to offer a community-wide Easter egg hunt to be held at the Country Park Events Center (812 Wallace Way).

Dance for senior citizens to be hosted by SHS April 27

A senior citizen dance on will be staged at Sunnyside High School the day after the high school prom at the tent on Clem Senn Field.

Zumba party to benefit Relay for Life

GRANDVIEW – A Zumba fitness event, courtesy of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic will take place on Tuesday, April 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Real Hall, located at 600 Stover Rd. in Grandview.

Museum hosts first-ever spring open house

On Saturday, April 26, the Sunnyside Historical Museum will host its first-ever spring open house.

Grizzlies absorb shut-out against Davis

YAKIMA – The Grizzly tennis squads lost again on the road, this time to the Davis Pirates, with both the boys and girls teams shut-out yesterday, Thursday.

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Little Vikings do well at wrestling tourney

SPOKANE – The Jason Crawford Memorial tournament was last Saturday and it was the 10th year that the Mabton Little Vikings attended the Little Guy Wrestling Tournament in Spokane. 

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Patronizing paychecks

In a move as surprising as limos at a state funeral, the GOP has misplaced their ticket for the clue train.

The benefits of worms

Dewey and Emily were the first to finish their lunches, and the two sweethearts whispered together at the nearby coffee machine while the rest of the valley’s first focus group finished up.

Remember your pets have feelings, too

So most of you know that April 11 was National Pet Day, right?

1924: Mabton man’s hat blown off in gas explosion

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

Little Grizzlies earn 21 top-3 finishes at tourney

SPOKANE – The Sunnyside Little Grizzly team took 44 wrestlers to the Jason Crawford Memorial tournament last Saturday in Spokane.

Mabton battles weather, pulls out 5-2 victory

NACHES – Playing in the rain is never easy, but Mabton last night pulled out a slick one to defeat host Naches 5-2.

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Sunnyside Ironman team garners honors

SPOKANE – In action last Saturday, the Sunnyside Ironman youth wrestling team competed at the Jason Crawford Memorial tournament last Saturday in Spokane.

Tree planting event tomorrow

YAKIMA – Yakima Area Arboretum is hosting a tree planting and habitat restoration event tomorrow (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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New theme asks,‘What does the fair say?’

YAKIMA - The annual Central Washington State Fair elicits all kinds of emotions and plays on all of the senses.

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‘Annie’ brings her optimism to Prosser’s Princess stage

PROSSER - The sun’ll come out on the stage at Prosser’s Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave., as Valley Theater Company presents the well-loved musical “Annie” for four performances.

Grandview girls bring home league win over Selah, 3-2

SELAH – The Grandview High School girls tennis team collected its second win of the season thanks to the efforts of its singles and No. 2 doubles squad.

G’view Greyhounds defeat visiting Rams 3-0

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Greyhounds are having a good start in league play, winning their second match played this week.

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Annual NW Nitro Nationals in Sunnyside May 16-18

he fourth annual NW Nitro National Hill Climb will be held Friday through Sunday, May 16-18, at the Dry Creek Recreation area, located at the intersection of SR 241 and Highway 24 north of Sunnyside.

Annual Grape to Glass Gala scholarship benefit May 31

GRANDVIEW – The Vineyard and Winery Technology Program at Yakima Valley Community College will host its seventh annual Grape to Glass Gala-A Winemaker’s Dinner on Saturday, May 31, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 17

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Work continues on veterans plaza

Another step was taken last week on the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza in Sunnyside, when old curbing and some asphalt was removed.

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Sunnyside pool to open June 7

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Board last night (Wednesday) learned the swimming pool will open to the public on Saturday, June 7.

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Making connections

Samuel Olmedo and Chelsea Durfey of Lighthouse Farms (photo above) speak with potential employees at Wednesday’s Ag Connection event in Granger.

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Local credit union raises funds for victims of deadly landslide

Lower Valley Credit Union has pitched in to help the victims of the mudslide in Oso by raising $1,000 for relief efforts.

No evidence found after gunshot report

Yakima County Sheriff deputies were summoned to the intersection of SR 22 and Byron Road neat Prosser last night (Wednesday) by a report of gunshots. Deputies were unable to locate any casings or evidence of shooting.

Couple faces DUI, endangerment charges

GRANDVIEW – Early this morning (Thursday) officers in Grandview stopped a car near the intersection of South Euclid and Apricot roads. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, driving with a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle without an interlock.

Mabton police busy with traffic stops

MABTON – Mabton police handled two traffic stops, both resulting in arrests for driving while licenses suspended, third degree this past Tuesday.

Evening grass fire calls out firefighters

Sunnyside firemen were called to extinguish a grass fire reported at the intersection of South Sixth Street and East Lincoln Avenue Wednesday afternoon just before 6 p.m. The fire was out upon the firemen’s arrival.

Sunnyside flushing water system

The city of Sunnyside will be flushing out water lines next Wednesday, April 23, and Thursday, April 24, from 3:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Students plan blood drive

A student-led American Red Cross blood drive is planned for Friday, May 2, at Sunnyside High School.

HU Soar scholarship winners announced

Heritage University has announced the seven winners of this year’s HU Soar Scholarships.

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Harrison robotics team to compete at world championship next week

The next generation of Sunnyside robotics experts, practicing their skills at Harrison Middle School, have earned a trip to the VEX Robotics World Championships next week.

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Hazel Woodall Griswold


Local state legislators speak to GOP club

“The legislature this year was on time, on budget with no new taxes,” State Sen. Jim Honeyford told the Sunnyside Republican Club last Friday morning at its meeting at Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery.

Wednesday, April 16

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Cinco pageant winners

Several Sunnyside girls traveled to Kennewick this past Sunday to compete in the Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant held at the Clover Island Inn.

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Airport board continues to examine city ordinance draft

Not wanting to make the city ordinance too restrictive while protecting the city from potential liability, the Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board continued its examination of Title 14, a proposed city ordinance governing the airport management during its meeting held last night, Tuesday.

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Burnes closes out career with Granger

After exactly 30 years on the job as one of the Yakima Valley’s most innovative directors of public works, Jack Burnes of Granger has retired.

Report of shots fired unfounded

Mabton police were called to the 300 block of Fifth Avenue several times last Sunday afternoon after residents reported hearing shots fired.

Bicycle stolen

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a bicycle theft reported yesterday morning (Tuesday) in the 800 block of Pleasant Avenue near Grandview.

Police warn of internet fraud

Police in Grandview are investigating a case of fraud reported yesterday (Tuesday) that involved the purchase of a vehicle through the internet.

Shoe theft reported

A citizen reported the theft of expensive shoes to Sunnyside police early this morning, Wednesday. Officers are investigating the incident.

Auditors find private data on surplus state computers

Sensitive information that could easily be used for identity theft was discovered on computers set to be sold as surplus by state organizations in Washington, including the Department of Health and the Department of Labor & Industries.

Relay for Life to offer special Zumba party

A special Zumba party fundraiser for the Lower Valley Relay for Life is planned for next Tuesday, April 22, in Grandview.

Nursing assistant disciplined by state health department

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions against Elizabeth Hernandez Aldana, a nursing assistant in Yakima County.

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Officials looking for man believed to be in Washington

The Washington State Patrol’s criminal investigation division has been assisting Minnesota’s Pine County Sheriff’s Office in attempts to locate a subject charged with 59 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct involving two young females.

Grandview School District comes to resolution regarding audit finding

An outstanding audit finding from fiscal years 2010 and 2011 has been lowered to less than 3 percent of the original amount in the Grandview School District’s favor, according to a letter received yesterday, Monday, by the district administration.

Lady Knights sweep Granger Spartans

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight fastpitch softball team swept both ends of a doubleheader at Granger yesterday by scores of 12-9 and 32-19.

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Balancing the budget

Families and small business owners all across America know that sometimes difficult decisions must be made in order to balance their budgets – and so should Congress and the President.


Goodbye, old friend. Despite new and supposedly improved siblings, you XP have served us well this past decade

A lesson from the Bible

I find so many humorous stories in the Bible, because it is not whitewashed or written only about good, smart, holy people. It’s about regular folks, warts and all! And I find lessons for myself all over the place.

Why we trust strangers more than our friends

Humans are trusting creatures, sort of.

Thanks for volunteer and community clean up support


On a beautiful spring day, Saturday, April 12, more than 160 volunteers cleaned up and painted six more homes in the Sunnyside community for a total of 71 homes. A special thanks to the more than 60 students from Sunnyside High School.

Appreciation from SHS senior parents


On behalf of the Class of 2014 Senior Parent Booster Club; I would like to thank the businesses and individuals who contributed in making the 10th annual “Show & Shine” Car Show the most successful ever!

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Coming up short

Center fielder Griselda Vazquez of Grandview can’t quite catch up to the ball in last night’s twin bill against the defending 2A State champion Selah Vikings.

Shorthanded Lady Grizzlies blanked by Eastmont, 24-0

“It was a tough game,” said Sunnyside softball fastpitch coach Ralph Mendoza.

Sunnyside Christian breaks out the bats against Connell JV

In a much closer-than-it-appears contest yesterday, Tuesday, Sunnyside Christian’s baseball team prevailed 27-9 at Connell against the Eagles’ JV squad.

Lady Greyhounds show progress in league match

Posting their lowest scores of the season, Grandview Lady Greyhound golfers Hannah Pond and Teagan Parrish posted respective scores of 103 and 107 during a CWAC contest yesterday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Rodriguez third at league match

Though only fielding a team with two players, the Grandview Greyhound golf team made its presence known yesterday during a CWAC match at Mt. Adams Golf Course.

Grizzlies shut out

The Grizzly baseball squad is still looking for its first win of the season after a trip to Moses Lake yesterday resulted in a 10-0 loss to the Chiefs.

Grizzly tennis squad has rough outing at host Wenatchee

There was no good news for the Grizzly tennis squads yesterday, as both the boys and girls squads went winless in yesterday’s match-up against the Wenatchee Panthers.

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Grandview drop two to West Valley

Yesterday was a nice day for tennis if you were a West Valley Rams tennis player. So nice in fact, the West Valley boys claimed a victory of 5-0 over the Grandview High School Greyhounds on the Grandview courts.

Grizzlies pound Ike

Sunnyside collects pair of hat tricks

“We talk about being efficient and coming out as aggressive as we can,” Grizzly soccer coach David Guevara says of his team’s approach.

Mabton blanked by Scotties, 4-0

“Highland had a good match,” Mabton Coach Junior Garcia said of last night’s soccer match in Cowiche.

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City clerk is face of Sunnyside

Gina Chavez is often the first person people meet when dealing with the city of Sunnyside.

Gaudencio Avalos-Ruiz


Miguel Garcia Santana


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Doris Lee Griffin


Tuesday, April 15

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Long-time trophy maker branches out

GRANGER – Rudy Guzman is the owner of Classic Trophies in Granger.

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Sunnyside woman makes selling apples full-time career

What started out as door-to-door candied apple sales has become something of a miracle for Anna Garza, the founder of Mom’s Candied and Caramel Apples of Sunnyside.

Expedited Social Security process available for disabled veterans

There is a new disability process to expedite disability claims filed by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent & Total (P&T).

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2014-15 Miss Grandview court

Waving to those gathered at this past Saturday’s 2014-15 Miss Grandview Pageant are newly crowned...

Tease photo’s a changing world

PROSSER – The economy has become more global and the U.S. doesn’t have sway over other countries it once had.

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Wanapum Dam issue leads to fish transport

Plan will truck spring chinook

As construction workers race against the clock to make fish ladders at Wanapum Dam operational, state fishery managers are standing ready with an alternate plan to move spring chinook salmon up the Columbia River.

State adopting new hunting rules

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action last week to expand the number of big-game hunting permits available this year and reduce the cost of several types of permits.

Warden ekes out 3-2 win over Vikings

The Mabton Viking soccer team this past Saturday dominated the opening half of its game against visiting Warden, but the Cougars were able to pull out a 3-2 win in the final minutes of the match.

Sunnyside golf at Moses Lake

Battling the unforgiving greens of the Moses Lake Golf Club’s par 72 course yesterday, Monday, Sunnyside High School’s Ethan Partch carded a 106.

Improve your own ‘investment environment’

On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — a day devoted to education and action on environmental issues.

Social Security honors all veterans who serve

Every day of the year, Americans across the nation remember friends and family members who have served and sacrificed for their country.

Epps appointed to Planning Commission

Former Councilman Bruce Epps was appointed to the Sunnyside Planning Commission Monday night.

Police assessment to be conducted

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs will perform an assessment...

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Grandview School Board weighs options for high school construction

Timing is everything, especially when it comes to deciding whether to issue a bond levy or a capital funding levy, as the Grandview School Board learned last night, Monday, at its regular meeting.

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Sworn in

Scott Bailey was sworn in as a commander in the Sunnyside Police Department Monday night, yesterday, by Mayor Jim Restucci.

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Lions saving sight

Sunnyside Lions Club members Sam Ortega (L) and Delbert Stone say Sunnyside Lions Club will be in front of the Sunnyside Safeway store on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, promoting White Cane Days.

Sierra Vista third quarter honor roll students named

Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School saw nine students earn perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the third quarter of the 2013-14 academic year.

Cinco de Mayo help approved

A request from the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce for assistance from the city during the city’s annual Cinco de Mayo event was approved Monday night by city council.

Ambulance services approved

An agreement with Sunnyside Community Hospital for funding for ambulance transport services was approved...

Commander salary updated

The salary matrix for the Sunnyside Police Department’s new commander position was approved by the city council at Monday night’s meeting.

Construction on highway gets council nod

The Sunnyside City Council last night, Monday, approved a contract with Culbert Construction, Inc.

Heart monitor contract OK’d

The Sunnyside City Council authorized the renewal of an annual agreement with Zoll Medical Corporation...

Flags lowered to honor slide victims

Flags in the state of Washington and in Sunnyside will be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the Oso mudslide.

Maundy Thursday services planned

Grandview’s Bethany Community Church, formerly Bethany Presbyterian Church, will hold a special Maundy Thursday service this coming Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m.

G’view cops have busy day

Police in Grandview have handled a high number of calls since yesterday morning (Monday), including...

Wind machine parts taken

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s office are investigating a report of a theft made yesterday afternoon (Monday) from near the intersection of Charvet and Grey roads near Mabton.

Collision on Sunnyside street injures two

Sunnyside police investigated the scene of a two-vehicle accident reported in the 1800 block of South First Street Monday morning, yesterday, in which two females reported minor injuries.

CenturyLink claims no involvement in 9-1-1 outage

The April 10 failure of the 9-1-1 emergency system, affecting 127 public safety answering points in Washington, was not due to any failures or malfunctions of the CenturyLink network, according to a press release issued yesterday, Monday, by CenturyLink officials.

Rohman Street closure proposed

The Sunnyside City Council subcommittee on public works discussed the need to close the intersection of Rohman Street and Scoon Road in north Sunnyside due to dangerous conditions caused by careless drivers.

Marijuana debate continues in council

Although the public hearing on Sunnyside’s plans regarding a marijuana retail store in the city will not be held until the next regular meeting on Monday, April 28, much of the discussion at last night’s council meeting was on the subject.

Winter quarter YVCC grads announced

Yakima Valley Community College has announced graduates for winter quarter 2014.

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Heritage Enactus earns national honors

Students from Heritage University proved their mettle against 225 other college and university teams, earning third-place honors in a national competition two weeks ago in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Recital honorees

Five local upper level piano students received honorable mention recognition during a recent state recital competition held at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church.

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Former teacher leads effort to provide clothing to school children

As a former teacher, Joanne Vining knows too well that little kids have accidents at school causing them to need a quick change of clothing.

Monday, April 14

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Tag team

Grizzlies still looking for first win

EAST WENATCHEE – The Grizzlies had no answer for the Wildcats bats as Sunnyside’s baseball squad fell in both ends of a doubleheader to Eastmont last Friday.

Greyhounds show progress in losses

GRANDVIEW – Though suffering a pair of defeats at the hands of visiting East Valley, the Grandview Greyhound baseball team showed improvement in CWAC play last Saturday.

Lady Vikings fall to Ki-Be Bears

MABTON – The Lady Viking fastpitch squad is still looking for its first win of the season after an error-filled doubleheader last Saturday against the Kiona-Benton Bears.

Grandview girls singles only bright spot in Saturday tennis action

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview High School boys tennis squad was up against tough competition this past Saturday as they faced Ephrata, last year’s 2012 league champions.

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Pushing forward

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Six more homes get needed facelift thanks to Loving Sunnyside Initiative

The Loving Sunnyside Initiative is about demonstrating love for the community and its residents.

State declares April 15 start of wildfire season

As Lower Valley residents know all too well with a pair of out-of-control field burns in recent weeks, wildfire season is here.

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Good times

Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth perform at this past Saturday’s spring party at the Grandview Library.

Deputies have busy weekend

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s office have been busy in the Lower Valley this past weekend, starting with an investigation into the theft of a 1993 Chevy pick-up from the 1100 block of West Riverside Avenue near Sunnyside last Friday morning.

Noise complaints spike in S’side

The loud music complaints poured into the Sunnyside police dispatch line this weekend with officers fielding noise complaints throughout the community from last Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.

Business hit by burglars this morning

Early this morning, Monday, a new business in the 400 block of Stover Road was broken into.

Burnt food sets off fire alarm

Sunnyside firefighters responded to an automatic alarm this past Saturday afternoon in the 400 block of Nicolai Avenue, only to find it was set off by burnt food on a stove.

Outlook plans parent meeting

The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) at Outlook Elementary School will meet this coming Thursday, April 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 101.

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Care packages

YV-Tech nursing students Thalya Bibriesca, Susy Hernandez and Candy Wisdom delivered a donation that included Easter baskets and other care items to the Wiley House in Sunnyside last Friday.

Sunnyside track teams fare well at Davis invite

YAKIMA – The Sunnyside High School boys and girls track teams saw a number of athletes reach personal best marks in their respective events during last Saturday’s Davis Invitational.

Raymond Eugene Roderick


Wayne Ellsworth Ferson


Ernest G. Friday Jr.


Ag Connection set for April 16

The 2014 Ag Connection event will be held at the Radio KNDA Plaza in Granger this coming Wednesday, April 16, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

What you don’t see can hurt you a lot

Pacific Power offers safety tips

Warmer weather is drawing Yakima Valley residents outdoors for fun as well as home and yard maintenance projects.

Greyhounds open league play with 10-0 win over Wapato

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview boys soccer team handily blanked visiting Wapato 10-0 this past Saturday in the Greyhounds’ league-opening match.

Lindsay Brown breaks two school records

STANFIELD, ORE. – Bickleton High School junior Lindsay Brown broke two school records this past week, competing in the Dick Horyna Invitational held across the river in Stanfield.

Friday, April 11

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High spirited Irish music on Sunnyside stage April 27

The Gothard Sisters will deliver their award-winning, high-energy display of Irish fiddling, singing and dancing at the Sunnyside High School auditorium on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m.

Prosser Airport Days, fly-in event July 18-20

PROSSER – Mark your calendars for a day of airplanes and old-fashioned fun in the sun.

Trout, kokanee stocked for Cascades lowland lakes’ April 26 opener

Washington’s biggest fishing day of the year – the lowland lakes trout opener – is set for Saturday, April 26. State fish hatchery crews are getting ready by releasing millions of catchable fish in lakes across the state.

Easter egg hunt in Grandview slated for Saturday, April 19

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department is teaming with the Grandview Church of the Nazarene to offer a community-wide Easter egg hunt to be held at the Country Park Events Center (812 Wallace Way).

Young Eagles flying event set for May 17

PROSSER – It’s time again for children who want to fly to get their parents to sign them up for a Young Eagles flight…free of charge.

Play at Heritage free of charge next Tuesday

TOPPENISH - Heritage University will present Shakespeare’s “Othello,” as performed by the Seattle Shakespeare Company, on Tuesday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m.

Cherry Festival fun slated for April 25-27

GRANGER – The 66th annual Granger Cherry Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, April 25-27.

Monster trucks back in Yakima middle of June

YAKIMA – Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, O’Reilly Auto Parts presents the Toughest Monster Truck Tour, returning to Coca Cola Grandstand at State Fair Park in Yakima.

Gala planned for May 17

PASCO – Wine and champagne toasts, delectable dining, auctions, dancing and live entertainment will make for a great party at the TRAC Center in Pasco on Saturday, May 17.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday April 14, 2014 at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Local churches plan concerts

Three Lower Yakima Valley churches are coordinating a series of Easter concerts by award-winning singer Marcia Whitehead.

Local church plans Easter festivities

Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sunnyside is planning a morning full of activities for Easter Sunday, April 20.

Easter food drive tomorrow

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Easter food drive tomorrow (Saturday) at the local Safeway store beginning at 8 a.m.

‘Moving pictures’ entertains local crowd

What do Tom and Jerry and The Walking Dead have in common?

First quarter permits top $1 million mark

With 30 building permits issued in March for a combined valuation of $301,868, the city of Sunnyside topped $1 million in new building valuation for the first quarter of 2014.

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Mabton youth dig in to clean their town

“It’s like cleaning up Mabton one piece at a time” is the way one Mabton Jr/Sr High School student described Thursday’s student-led clean-up project.

Offender registers with Sheriff’s office

Cory James Mason, a kidnapper on the registered offenders list, is listed as a transient with no fixed address in Yakima County, according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s office.

Few new calls for G’view cops

Police in Grandview received only a few calls yesterday (Thursday), including a report of a traffic hazard, a report of suspicious activity and a report of an assault that is still being investigated.

Vase taken from cemetery

A bronze vase was reported as stolen from a cemetery yesterday afternoon (Thursday) in the 7800 block of Van Belle Road near Sunnyside, according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

Routine traffic stop leads to recovery of stolen vehicle

A routine traffic stop late Thursday night led to the recovery of a vehicle reportedly taken from the Ellensburg area and the subsequent arrest of the vehicle’s driver, according to a Sunnyside police press release issued this morning, Friday.

Early morning accident sends one to ER

A one-vehicle accident at the intersection of Allen and Waneta roads, send one man to the Sunnyside Community Hospital emergency room early this morning (Friday).

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‘Egyptian Treasures’ to debut next Thursday

The 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside court will reveal the new Sunnyside community float during the annual Torchlight Parade to be staged next Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m.

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Drinking from the trophy bowl

It’s a longstanding tradition for Sunnyside High School’s state science fair winners bringing home the coveted traveling trophy to celebrate with giant root beer floats. Nobody says the creamy confection can’t be enjoyed directly from the trophy itself.

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Grandview is a Tree City again

Grandview celebrated Arbor Day this past Wednesday at Dykstra Park with its 17th consecutive Tree City USA award.

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Head to head

Grandview’s Israel Aguilar (left) collides with a Red Devil as the pair attempt to head the ball in last night’s soccer match at Rich Leenhouts Stadium.

Behind every good man is…

Emily led the group of five into the Mule Barn, through the coffee shop itself, and into what is known locally as “the banquet room” when it isn’t being used for storage.

1944: Reorganized school district picks new board

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

Tina Turner, Mad Max, Al Gore and you

According to a new UN report, there’s good news and bad news about global warming.

Vacation is a chance to feel young again

I recently spent a week in Oregon, visiting my mother and several friends.

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My father’s 1959 tax return

I stumbled upon my father’s 1959 income tax return a few years ago. How I long for the simplicity he enjoyed when he filed his taxes that year.

Ruben Richard Breitling


Royal blanks Vikes 2-0

It was rough-going for the Mabton Viking soccer team last night, playing a man short through most of the game due to a red card issued in the first few minutes.

Lady Knights earn split with White Swan

In action yesterday, Thursday, the 1B Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight fastpitch team garnered a doubleheader split at 2B White Swan to earn its first win of the season.

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Twin bill defeats

Grandview fastpitch softball pitcher Sadie Ross throws a strike in last night’s twin bill against West Valley.

Little Grapplers claim 24 top-3 finishes at invite

The Sunnyside Little Grapplers made their presence known in a big way last Saturday at a wrestling tourney in Waitsburg.

Thursday, April 10

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Sunnyside students go hi-tech at state competition

BELLEVUE – Sunnyside High School’s Cody Pillatos-Stiltner knows how to keep a wooden plane in the air, and he can now claim to be the best in the state at his craft.

YVCC students honored with place on President’s List

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Community College has released the names of all students who achieved honor roll status on the President’s List for winter quarter 2014.

Art scholarship deadline announced

GRANDVIEW – Students who are applying to or who have been accepted by an approved art program are encouraged to apply for the Harry Christian Cook and Blanche McLane Cook Art Scholarship.

Lower Valley students earn honors at YVCC

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Community College has released the names of all students who achieved honor roll status on the Dean’s List for winter quarter 2014.

Volunteers sought to judge GHS portfolios

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview School District is seeking volunteers to serve on a panel to review Grandview High School senior portfolio presentations.

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World traveler now practicing medicine in Sunnyside

Listening to Dr. Lincoln Westfall, D.O. talk about his journey to Sunnyside is like listening to an international travelogue interspersed with multiple medical adventures and romance.

Dairy banquet scheduled

The 2014 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Banquet will be held Thursday, April 24, at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

Spring event slated for April 11 at PMH

Prosser Memorial Hospital Medical Center and Auxiliary invites the public to its second annual Spring Showcase on Friday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PMH Medical Center (723 Memorial St., Prosser).

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Centennial celebration

Grandview Library Director Elizabeth Jenke at this past Tuesday’s Grandview City Council meeting holds up a photo of a book cover being published about Grandview.

Nouvella luncheon slated for April 17

The Sunnyside Nouvella Club will be meeting on Thursday, April 17, at Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant.

G’view cops field few calls

Police in Grandview had a quiet day yesterday (Wednesday). Police received a report of a scratched vehicle yesterday afternoon in the 600 block of East Fourth Street. The damage may have been a “door ding” and not intentional.

Calm day for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of trespassing near Outlook at about 2 a.m. this morning (Thursday).

Sunnyside police concerned about availability of drugs

Although the Sunnyside Police Department statistics show drug-related arrests have declined over the past three years, police are still concerned with the availability of drugs in the community.

Shoplifter steals donated clothes

A shoplifter escaped with an armful of clothing from the local Goodwill store last night, according to Sunnyside police.

Sunnyside firefighters investigating recent fires

Sunnyside firemen are investigating three fires which occurred during the past 24 hours.

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Get your greenthumb on!

Spring time is prep time for your lawn and garden

Chilly nights and occasional brisk winds aside, spring has officially sprung in the Sunnyside area with longer days and the mercury already hovering in the 70s.

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Ever vigilant

A male red winged blackbird clings to a cattail on Giffen Lake between Sunnyside and Mabton.

Know your emergency numbers

Although outages on the 9-1-1 lines should be rare, having a list of local emergency numbers available near your phone or programmed into your cell phone is a good idea.

Rare outage affects 9-1-1 lines statewide

The 9-1-1 emergency line suffered from outages this morning, Thursday, across Washington state, starting at about 1 a.m. Service was completely restored before 8 a.m., according to officials from Centurylink, the company responsible for maintaining the lines.

Wednesday, April 9

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SHS boys victorious

The tennis league opener against Eisenhower was a mixed bag for Sunnyside. The boys squad (1-0, 1-3) managed a solid 6-1 victory, but the girls squad fell 6-1 to the Cadets.

Leopards pounce on Grandview nine

ZILLAH – The home half of the first inning proved pivotal, as 1A Zillah plated 11 runs in the opening frame on the way to a 24-1 victory over 2A Grandview yesterday.

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Sunnyside Grizzlies open league play with a victory

A Noe Meza goal in just the second minute of play against Wenatchee proved to be the winner in the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team’s 2-0 victory at home last night.

GHS golfers making headway

After watching his young and inexperienced golf squad play in a pair of practice matches the last two days, Grandview Coach Glenn Braman said his Lady Greyhounds are on the right path.

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Grizzlies blanked by Eastmont ’Cats

The Sunnyside Grizzlies continue to hit the ball, but unfortunately those hits tend to fly right into opposing players’ gloves for easy outs.

If you are toking you are still breaking the law

Marijuana is still illegal.

Teaching writing wrong

If you have a seventh grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing.

Dorn’s understanding of McCleary decision incorrect

On March 18, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn sent out a statement disputing the Washington Policy Center’s analysis of the 2012 Supreme Court McCleary v. State of Washington decision.

Valley man completes basic training

Air Force Airman Dillon E. Goulet graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Firemen responded to false alarms

Sunnyside firemen responded to a report of a fire in the 1600 block of East Lincoln Avenue this past Monday morning, only to find the report was unfounded.

Burglar steals car, tools

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a burglary reported yesterday (Tuesday) from a residence in the 300 block of Dayton Road near Grandview.

Unlawful entry investigated by police in Grandview

Police in Grandview responded to a burglary report yesterday afternoon in the 500 block of West Main Street.

Several thefts occur in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police are investigating the theft of a vehicle reported during the past 24 hours in the Sunnyside area.

Temporary summer intern position approved

In action last night, Tuesday, the Mabton City Council approved a revised wage schedule for city employees.

Council okays park use form

Using a city of Grandview form as a template, the Mabton City Council last night adopted a park use application form for groups or individuals wanting to reserve a city park.

Utilities focus of Mabton Council action

During its business meeting last night, Tuesday, the Mabton City Council took action on several items related to the city’s water and sewer utilities.

Local State Patrol detachment focused on reducing traffic fatalities

Fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the Yakima Valley are a major concern for Washington State Patrol Sgt. Pete Cozzitorto and the other troopers assigned to the Grandview detachment.

Liquor control board approves lottery process for assigning retail marijuana licenses

The Washington State Liquor Control Board last week approved a lottery that will select the apparent successful applicants for marijuana retail licenses.

Policies approved

The city of Grandview received two recommendations from the state auditor for additions to its policies that were Tuesday approved by city council.

Grandview dirt for sale

The Grandview City Council Tuesday authorized the mayor to sell surplus dirt that has been stockpiled as the result of its Bonnieview Road improvement project.

Sidewalk project gets green-lighted in Grandview

Sidewalks on Forsell Road between Euclid Road and Wallace Way will soon make walking to Country Park in Grandview safer.

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Donations for a big bang

In case you haven’t noticed, the Sunnyside Lions Club donation jars are now on the counters of various Sunnyside businesses.

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Wildfire scorches 200 acres near Mabton

What began as a controlled burn turned into a raging wildfire last night.

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Slice and dice

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Easter champions

This past Saturday, April 5, several Sunnyside residents competed in the Easter Pageant in Yakima at the Holiday Inn.

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Effortless EASTER HAM

This year, make your Easter ham effortless by ditching the oven and using your slow cooker instead.

It’s your choice – enjoy the moments or wish them away

What’s keeping you from happiness?

Class of 1989 plans reunion

The Sunnyside High School class of 1989 will hold its 25th year class reunion on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

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Fish on!

2013 record-setting year for Fall Chinook Salmon

“This is a record return, I don’t know if we or our children will see this many again,” fish biologist David Child said of nearly 7,000 Fall Chinook Salmon counted at the Prosser Dam in 2013.

Elaine Miller


Water storage looking good

The irrigation watering season is underway, and so far things are looking good for the supply.

Rental rates approved

In action yesterday, Tuesday, the SVID board of directors approved equipment rental rates for 2014.

Children’s prayers

There are many kinds of prayers. There are Thank You prayers, Help Me prayers. Books of prayers have provided consolation, wisdom and strength for centuries. The Serenity Prayer is a famous, powerful prayer.

Tuesday, April 8

Port fetes Martin on silver anniversary

The Port of Sunnyside marks its 50th anniversary this year, and for half of that time Arnold Martin has been one of its commissioners.

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Online update

The Port of Sunnyside’s website was updated with a new launch last Friday.

Sunnyside police commander salaries not yet set

Sunnyside City Manager Don Day Monday night asked the city council for direction on how to calculate salaries and insurance compensation for several non-represented city employees.

Downtown still a go for Cinco de Mayo

Yes, there will be a Cinco de Mayo street fair and yes, it will be held on South Sixth Street, between Decatur and Franklin avenues...

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Street designation ordinance could help city’s funding chances

A “complete streets” ordinance does not have to be complicated to give the city an edge in receiving potential funding for future street projects.

Public safety subcommittee against allowing marijuana sales in Sunnyside

Marijuana was the topic at the Monday night meeting of the Sunnyside subcommittee on public safety.

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Sunny stroll

Bright red tulips already in bloom this spring brighten the background as Spike visits a Sunnyside yard.

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Manuel Rendon


Winery deal approved

Commissioners last night agreed to a one-time arrangement with Vitis Cellars to discharge 11,000 gallons of old wine into the port’s industrial wastewater treatment system.

Port plans 50th anniversary fete

During the Port of Sunnyside commissioners’ meeting last night, Monday, it was announced that a luncheon will be held at noon on Friday, July 18.

Port closes on purchase

Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night, Monday, learned that the port’s purchase of 5.47 acres on Duffy Road has closed.

Port agrees to amend lease

In a rare split vote, Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night, Monday, agreed 2-to-1 to amend a lease with S&P Cabinets.

Fire station construction will be complete in four weeks

Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham reported that the fire station construction should be effectively complete in about four weeks.

Social Security for women

The Social Security program treats all workers - men and women - exactly the same in terms of the benefits they can receive.

Prepare for health care costs during retirement

As you save and invest for retirement, what are your ultimate goals? Do you plan on traveling the world? Purchasing a vacation home?

Disability problems? Social Security can help

Disability is something most people don’t like to discuss.

Iraq war veteran to speak at Christian club meeting in Prosser

“A Patriot in Petticoats” is the theme of the Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection luncheon next Tuesday, April 15, at The Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

Partch cards personal best at Big Nine League opener

Sunnyside had just one golfer at the ready for yesterday’s Big Nine League opener, but the linkster came prepared to play.

Grandview girls take on Tigers

Hannah Pond led Grandview’s three-girl golf squad at yesterday’s non-league match against the Ephrata Tigers.

Sunnyside Christian wins twice on Zillah diamond

A pair of stellar pitching performances by Wyatt Hoff and Brandon Moore were the keys to a doubleheader sweep by the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team yesterday afternoon.

Vandals identified in Grandview

Charges and restitution costs have been requested against four juvenile males who allegedly damaged newly installed restrooms at Westside Park yesterday afternoon (Monday), according to Grandview police.

Shots heard from South Sixth Street

Investigating reports of vandalism and shots fired topped the Sunnyside police log during the past 24 hours.

Local church to ordain pastor

The United Reformed Church of Sunnyside is inviting the public to an ordination service for their new pastor, Jordan Huff.

Senior class parents meeting

The Sunnyside High School class of 2014 senior parent boosters are meeting Wednesday, April 9, at the SHS commons to continue planning the senior class graduation party.

Police recover stolen vehicle

Mabton police were kept busy last weekend handling reports of a car in the ditch and neighborhood disputes...

Quiet day for county deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies have investigated three reports of suspicious activity in the Lower Yakima Valley since last night.

Monday, April 7

Sunnyside lawmaker’s bill that protects state waters signed into law by governor

Sunnyside Sen. Jim Honeyford’s work to keep state waterways from being infested by non-native mussels and other invasive species was validated when Senate Bill 6040 was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee last week.

Top dog

“Red” waits patiently in the Safeway parking lot for her owner, Jeff Anderson of Sunnyside, to finish his shopping.

Thomson seeking fourth term as treasurer

With the filing period just a month away, Ilene Thomson announced last week that she will seek re-election as Yakima County treasurer.

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‘Purple Angels’ on board in local fight against cancer

The loss of a long time co-worker and valued friend is hard on any business office, but to lose two such individuals within eight months of each other has been extremely tough on the staff at Sunnyside’s Daily Sun News.

G’view home razed by fire

A home in the 600 block of East Stover Road just north of Grandview was razed Saturday afternoon at approximately 12:15 p.m.

Fundraising efforts for Hastings’ D.C. seat ramp up in Lower Valley

The camp for Fourth District Republican Congressional candidate George Cicotte announced late last week that he raised more than $100,000, as of the quarterly reporting period that ended March 31.

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

Home invasions occur yesterday in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police are investigating two weekend robberies in which weapons were used, according to Sunnyside Police Sgt. Scott Bailey.

Oregon troopers make arrest thanks to in-car tracking device

A car stolen from the 400 block of Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside last Wednesday was located Friday afternoon 30 miles east of Baker City, Ore., thanks to the use of an in-car tracking device.

Tractor driver escapes serious injury in canal mishap

A man driving a tractor in the 4600 block of Washout Road near Sunnyside suffered only minor injuries and back pains when the tractor went into a canal last night (Sunday), according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

Firemen kept busy this weekend

Sunnyside firemen responded to a report of a field fire near Olive Street and South Second Street early Sunday morning, which was quickly extinguished.

G’view cops field many calls

Police officers from Grandview were on the scene of a fire in the 600 block of East Stover Road this past Saturday just after noon to assist fire control personnel.

Expo for high school girls slated May 2

Yakima Valley Community College will host a Workforce Education Expo for female high school students to showcase educational opportunities...

Republicans to meet April 11

The Sunnyside Republican Club is meeting Friday, April 11, at 7 a.m. at Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery in Sunnyside.

City to flush water system

The city of Sunnyside will be flushing out water lines on Wednesday, April 23, and Thursday, April 24, from 3:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

S’side business owners invited to lecture series

A free program to be held at Sunnyside’s Best Western Grapevine Inn will give local business owners information and advice on how to draw tourists to town and build a strong community.

Democratic party to meet in Yakima

The Yakima Democratic Party will be holding its annual convention and legislative district caucus elections on Saturday, April 12, at the party headquarters in Yakima...

School retirees meeting slated for April 15

The Lower Yakima Valley Unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, April 15, at The Sabor Café...

Miscues costly for Greyhound nine

The Grandview Greyhound baseball team knew it faced a tough challenge playing at West Valley last Saturday, but untimely fielding errors made the job much more difficult in a pair of lopsided losses to the Rams.

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Hang time

Vertical prowess was among the contests performed by the skate crews last Saturday at Sunnyview Park.

Bickleton nabs six victories in Oregon

Sophomore Nathan Powers and junior Lindsay Brown combined for five of the six victories that Bickleton secured at last Saturday’s Columbia River Track & Field Invitational.

Farmers market returns May 17

The Sunnyside Farmers Market makes its return on Saturday, May 17.

Salmon season extended on Columbia

Columbia River anglers will get at least six more days to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon below Bonneville Dam under an agreement between Washington and Oregon.

Friday, April 4

Five champs among local wrestlers at tourney

Five of the 14 members of the Sunnyside Little Grapplers who made the trip to Mead last Saturday returned home with first-place medals.

Farmers market in Sunnyside returns on Saturday, May 17

The Sunnyside Farmers Market makes its return on Saturday, May 17.

Class of 1989 plans reunion

The Sunnyside High School class of 1989 will hold its 25th year class reunion on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

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Carnival’s in town

A football-themed ride is among the features of a carnival that has been set up in Sunnyside...

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Local electrician community driven

Working as an electrician for the past 17 years, Aron Hunsaker has found he enjoys getting out into the community, learning more about the people living in the Yakima Valley.

Monster trucks back in Yakima middle of June

Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, O’Reilly Auto Parts presents the Toughest Monster Truck Tour, returning to Coca Cola Grandstand at State Fair Park in Yakima.

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SHS Grizzlies maul Bulldogs

Sunnyside opens league play next Tuesday at home against Wenatchee Panthers

In its final tune-up before opening league competition next week, the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team pummeled visiting Pasco last night, 3-0.

Washington, Oregon approve sturgeon seasons on Columbia

Fishing managers from Oregon and Washington recently approved summer fishing seasons for catching and keeping sturgeon and a new sturgeon spawning sanctuary in the Columbia River behind Bonneville Dam.

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Sunnyside finds its new chief

Sunnyside didn’t have to look far to find its next police chief, as retired state trooper Al Escalera was offered the post yesterday afternoon.

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Muriel Louise DeBusk Borchardt


Library party slated April 12

The Friends of Grandview Library is sponsoring its annual spring party on Saturday, April 12, featuring Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth.

Young Eagles flying event set for May 17

It’s time again for children who want to fly to get their parents to sign them up for a Young Eagles of charge.

J.R. Martinez headliner at YWCA lunch

The YWCA of Yakima is excited to announce that J.R. Martinez, actor, author, motivational speaker and radio personality, will be speaking at the YWCA leadership luncheon on Monday, April 14.

Swap meet set for early May

Looking for something to do on Saturday, May 3? Try the 38th annual Tri-Cities Swap Meet at the Kennewick fairgrounds.

Gala planned for May 17

Wine and champagne toasts, delectable dining, auctions, dancing and live entertainment will make for a great party at the TRAC Center in Pasco on Saturday, May 17.

‘Cookie Beam’ golf invite taking sign-ups

This year Wellness House will hold its 13th annual Cookie Beam Invitational Golf Tournament on Friday, May 16, at Suntides Golf Course.

Award-winning film on-screen Friday, April 11

“Cement Suitcase,” the award-winning movie filmed in the Yakima Valley by former Granger resident Rick Castaneda, will be shown for the first time in Castaneda’s home town on Friday, April 11, at Granger High School.

Lottery now open for wildflower tours

This spring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will again host wildflower tours on the Hanford Reach National Monument.

Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ free of charge on April 15

Heritage University will present Shakespeare’s “Othello,” as performed by the Seattle Shakespeare Company, on Tuesday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m.

Cherry Festival fun slated for April 25-27

The 66th annual Granger Cherry Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, April 25-27.

Opening day for anglers scheduled for April 26

For many anglers, “opening day” is synonymous with the start of the lowland lakes trout-fishing season, which gets under way April 26 this year.

Spend weekends with Maryhill Winery

The weekends are full with Maryhill Winery’s spring events, including a wine class, a spring flower train ride and a winemaker’s dinner.

Spring Fling intended to help families develop healthy lifestyles

Spring is here, and it’s time to get your family outside and moving again!

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Robert “Bob” Lightbody


Easter egg hunt, ‘Bunny Breakfast’ slated for April 19

The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department is teaming with the Grandview Church of the Nazarene to offer a community-wide Easter egg hunt to be held at the Country Park Events Center (812 Wallace Way).

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Book on young baseball player fun for readers of all ages

The first in a proposed series of six, “Lilly Camara Catches Heat” by Linda Estela, introduces the reader to an energetic 12-year-old baseball nut and her friends, family and teammates.

Mt. Rainier offers activities for Easter

Enjoy brunch in the national park, rejoice in the sunrise during an Easter service at 6,800 feet, ski with the Easter Bunny or travel by train to an egg hunt.

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Tiny beauties

Team Sunnyside did very well last weekend at the Regal Majesty Pageant 2014 Royal National Finals held in Everett.

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1994: Grid Kid football program returns to S’side

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

Record breaking success


We had record breaking numbers on Saturday, March 29, for our 10th annual “Show & Shine” car show!!

Celebrate Sunnyside’s growth April 8


Sunnyside is celebrating positive growth. Please join Sunnyside-United-Unidos in “Celebrate Sunnyside,” an event on Tuesday, April 8.

West Nile virus coverage appreciated


The Wine Country Riders (Backcountry Horsemen of Washington) would like to thank the Daily Sun News for the great coverage of our recent West Nile virus equine clinic held March 22 in Grandview.

Crash stats scary enough to keep me off the road

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission recently released its list of statistics from 2012.

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Some things better left unknown

Doc smiled and felt really good inside when he heard the familiar bird song.

Sunnyside City Council Workshop Agenda

Monday April 7, 2014 at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Cops have slow day in G’view

Police in Grandview responded to two reports of animal problems yesterday along with a domestic call.

Burglar steals TVs, stereo from Cemetery Road home

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported yesterday morning (Thursday) from the 1000 block of Cemetery Road near Sunnyside. The victims reported two televisions and a stereo were missing after the break-in.

Sunnyside police apprehend suspect in reported knife assault

A report of an assault with a knife resulted in the apprehension of one man, but no injuries to the intended victim, according to a Sunnyside police report.

CPR class at fire station in Sunnyside scheduled May 3

The Sunnyside Fire Department will offer a CPR and first aid class on Saturday, May 3, at 9 a.m.

Grandview parks plan seeks input

The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department is updating its comprehensive plan and is seeking public input.

Deadline nears for farm guide

Work is underway now on the 2014 Yakima Valley Farm Products Guide. Farmers interested in getting listed in the popular guide have until Thursday, April 10, to contact Lino Guerra at 839-6100.

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A sinking feeling

Jesse Garner measures the depth of a trench being dug on Franklin Avenue next to Navarro’s Family Community Center early this morning (Friday).

State issues measles alert

The Washington State Department of Health has learned of a case of measles in an adult who was briefly present at a house where there was a known case of measles in Whatcom County.

MedStar services being offered in even more areas

The Sunnyside Municipal Airport runway is large enough for the Northwest MedStar Pilatus PC-12 to land on in case of medical emergencies in the Lower Valley, said MedStar representative Mary Gilmore of Spokane.

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Firemen throw a thank you party

Sunnyside firefighters welcomed the Sheehan and Veiga families to the station this past Wednesday for a thank you party.

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Dutch treat

Rena VanOostrum was dressed in traditional Dutch garb for a Dutch breakfast held at Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living in Sunnyside yesterday morning (Thursday).

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Middle schooler’s ‘Yummy Tummy’ project helped youngsters stay fed over spring break

The desire to help feed the hungry in her community led Mabton Middle School seventh grader Jessica Gorman to seek a $500 grant to be spent on groceries.

Former state trooper new Sunnyside police chief

A 26-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, Al Escalera, has been named the city of Sunnyside's new police chief.

Thursday, April 3

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Spring break camp draws in Outlook students

OUTLOOK – School’s not in session, but students in Outlook have been able to spend several days this week at Outlook Elementary having fun while learning along the way.

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‘Water Statesman Award’ presented to Pasco lawmaker

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings received the “Water Statesman Award” from the National Water Resources Association, in recognition of his career as a defender and champion of water issues in the western United States.

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Ready to roll

Port accepts bid for digester project

A Port of Sunnyside commissioners’ luncheon meeting yesterday was short and sweet, but had a big impact.

Two-car accident injures one

A two-car head-on collision on East Yakima Valley Highway Wednesday evening sent one person to the Sunnyside Community Hospital emergency room, according to a Sunnyside police report.

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Magaly Barocio Valderas


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Aaron Hernandez Sr.


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Walter Wayne Poe


Port of Grandview holds two meetings on Tuesday

GRANDVIEW – Port of Grandview commissioners held their monthly business meeting this past Tuesday, and approved irrigation warrants for parcels the port district owns.

Pot moratorium hearing rescheduled

Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci recently announced that a public hearing on the city’s current moratorium on allowing marijuana production and sales would be held during the Monday, April 14 council meeting.

Wednesday, April 2

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And then there were five...

Police chief choice possible by tonight

Two years after its last one retired, the city of Sunnyside will hire a new police chief within days – perhaps even hours.

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Sunnyside native retires at 90 years young

“I figured when I hit 90 it was time to go,” former SVID manager Elmer McDaniels says of his decision to retire last Friday after nearly 70 years in irrigation operations.

Flower sale underway in Sunnyside

Now is the time to start placing orders for the geraniums and petunias that the Lower Valley Soroptimist International Club sells each spring.

Final Healthplanfinder push nets 8,000 sign-ups

Washington Healthplanfinder officials this past Tuesday announced that more than 146,000 Washingtonians have now signed up for qualified health plans through

Grandview announces beautification winners

The city of Grandview last week kicked off its monthly beautification awards for 2014 by announcing the following recipients for April...

Burglary report investigated

Police in Grandview are investigating a burglary reported yesterday (Tuesday) from the 200 block of Pleasant Avenue. No information on what was stolen was available.

Few Lower Valley calls for deputies

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office only responded to two calls in the Lower Valley yesterday...

Llamas on the lam

A couple of loose llamas made the Sunnyside police report yesterday when they were reported wandering around in the area near the Valley Racquet and Fitness Club on Scoon Road.


As I begin the arduous task of sorting, throwing, selling, giving away stuff in preparation for moving, I know I will find surprises along the way.

How to get help with Medicare decisions

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can I get help with my Medicare decisions?

Michael Gordon Stearns


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Phyllis Adams


Quincy Stewart


Good neighbors


Bud and I would like to give a humble thank you to our neighbor dairymen, Jason Sheehan and the Veldhuis brothers - Ruurd and Hessel - for their hard work in helping us level our two acres of land.

Spring yard work is calling......NOT

I had nearly given up on spring’s arrival this year when it burst forth with all the dandelions I can possibly wish for. It is not that I am a fan of the sunny little weed, but its arrival reminds me that I need to tie on my yard shoes and finally uncover the flower and garden beds in my otherwise ugly yard.

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Tips for tax season

As tax day nears on April 15, we’re reminded of the tremendous impact that decisions made in Washington D.C. have on Central Washington families, farmers and businesses.

Skilled trade jobs unfilled in our nation’s slow economy

Millions of unemployed college graduates are back where they started, living with their parents.

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Foul balls

Over in the sports section they greet each baseball season with rankings, predictions and detailed summaries of off-season roster moves. Here on the opinion page we usually prefer to wax about emerald green grass, the crack of the bat and the vernal reawakening of our Great American Pastime.

Airplane experiment…role reversal gone awry

Wouldn’t it be great if your boss had to spend a week doing your job? Or your spouse had to take care of your jobs?

Tuesday, April 1

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Halma feels the heat

Senior taking ‘green asphalt’ project to Houston, Texas

Running barefoot on his family’s driveway last summer paid off with an award-winning idea for Sunnyside Christian High School senior Zack Halma.

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Experiment in bio-pesticides earns Casas trip to New York

Juan Casas figured that chili peppers would make the most effective bio-pesticide against tobacco hornworms due to the plant’s capsaicin content, but to his surprise he was completely wrong.

Inslee issues feds new Hanford clean-up demands

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson yesterday (Monday) issued new demands to the U.S. Department of Energy to ensure timely Hanford clean-up in the form of a proposed plan to revise the 2010 consent decree.

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Loving Sunnyside volunteers prep for spring work day

April is here and it’s time once again for the Loving Sunnyside Initiative’s spring community work day.

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Credit union’s vision is to plant seeds of opportunity for a better tomorrow

Big things are happening at Lower Valley Credit Union, including a recent award for service to the underserved and certification as a community development financial institution.

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Local auto body shop owner inspired by father-son project

When Meadow Rodriguez was just a young boy growing up in Sunnyside his father decided to trick him, asking for his help in painting a pick-up truck.

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New burger shop owner hopes to whet Mabton appetites

MABTON – Laura Vasquez wants people to just visit and try her food once, because she believes that once they try it, people will be coming back for more.

‘Millennials’ must plan for short- and long-term goals

If you’re one of the “millennials” — the generation that began in the early 1980s — you are still in the early stages of your career.

Granger kindergarten sign-ups start April 7

It’s time to register Granger’s 5-year-olds for kindergarten.

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Washington Elementary March students of the month

Third, fourth and fifth grade

Theodore Bentley


Track meet date changed

The date for a track meet at Sunnyside High School between the Grizzlies and Grandview High School has been changed.

Public officials now required to undergo public disclosure law training

Starting July 1, public officials in the state of Washington will need to be trained in both the public records and open public meeting acts due to a new law passed by the legislature last month and signed into law by the governor last week.

Listen to learn about Social Security with free audio

Perhaps you’ve been planning to read that booklet on Social Security benefits for some time now, but never seem to find the time to sit down with it.

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Mabton youth earns dart title

At the age of 10 years old Eddy Almaguer Jr. of Mabton is already a champion, taking first-place honors at a dart tournament held recently in Milton Freewater, Ore.

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Grizzly Dance Team ‘nails it’ at State tourney

Living up to its theme of power, the Grizzly Dance Team was indeed “on” with an impressive performance that garnered second-place honors at the Dance/Drill State Tourney at the SunDome last Saturday.

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Washington Elementary March students of the month

First and second grade

Unemployment benefits manual no longer being mailed to all applicants

Internet access is now so available in Washington that the Employment Security Department expects to use it to deliver key benefit information that until now automatically went out by mail.

Local students earn honors

Three Lower Yakima Valley natives have earned spots on the Deans’ List at Azusa Pacific University.