Stories for June 2014


Monday, June 30

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Sunnyside native the recipient of New Jersey’s top military honor

It’s been more than 45 years since Col. Samuel Fuoco, USA Retired, has lived in the Yakima Valley, but he still remembers the area with fondness.

Grandview hosting flag-raising ceremony on Independence Day

GRANDVIEW – A Fourth of July program, courtesy of the Rattlesnake Mountain Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, will be staged in Grandview this coming Friday.

County deputies’ radio system study OK’d

YAKIMA – Engineering consultant services provided by Hatfield & Dawson Consulting Engineers for the purpose of studying the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office radio system were approved by Yakima County commissioners last week.

Class of 2014 scores well in reading, writing

According to preliminary state-level data released last week by State Superintendent Randy Dorn, nearly 93 percent of Washington’s 12th grade students in the Class of 2014 passed both the state reading and writing high school proficiency exams (HSPE), or state-approved alternatives, prior to reaching their respective graduation ceremonies.

Phyllis E. Bradley


Council hears update on wells

MABTON – During its regularly scheduled meeting last week, the Mabton City Council received an update from the engineering firm of Gray & Osborne on the status of the city’s wells.

Land purchase gets approval

MABTON – In action this last week, the Mabton City Council approved purchases of two parcels adjacent to city property.

Sunnyside Port District breezes through audit

The Port of Sunnyside’s books came through without any findings or issues according to an audit report filed last week by the state auditor’s office. “In our opinion, the financial statements…present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Port of Sunnyside,” auditors said.

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Focus of fair to educate people on kidney health

While kidneys were the focus of the “Healthy Habits, Happy Kidneys” health and wellness fair at DaVita Mt. Adams Kidney Center in Sunnyside this past Saturday, attendees were able to learn about a lot of different options for health care in the Lower Valley.

Friday, June 27

Reserve local parks for events

Groups or organizations that plan on using a Grandview city park for an event are urged to stop by the Grandview Community Center to pick up a park usage permit.

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‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Wood-land fairies and sprites will wander the gardens at Maryhill Museum of Art on Saturday, July 19, at 3 p.m. when the Portland Actors Ensemble presents a free performance of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Wildflower adventure on Rainier

As the excitement of the Copper River salmon run wanes, it’s time to get excited about another season...wildflowers.

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Top float

The Sunnyside community float, “Egyptian Treasures,” earned first place honors at the Mabton Community Days Parade last Saturday.

Another Stoner

Got a call this week from Jerry Dixon of Prosser in response to my column last Friday about a journalism mentor of mine, Jack Stoner, who passed away recently.

Community support appreciated


Mabton Community Days and Health Fair was held last Saturday, June 21.

1974: Investigative committee formed to study police turnover

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

Reminiscing about ‘them days’

On a good, warm Saturday morning you have your choice here in our valley: yard saling or livestock saling.

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We must end taxpayer subsidies for exorbitant executive bonuses

There is an outrage in our tax code and it’s costing you money.

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Bridges, roads need a lot of work to become safe again

The recent closure of the Mabton Bridge to traffic over three tons should have locals waking up to a major problem.

Bagley Road upgrade improvements OK’d

Yakima County Commissioners Kevin Bouchey and Rand Elliott on Tuesday of this week approved plans to improve Bagley Road from Cherry Hill Road to the Granger city limits.

Public hearing on trails plan July 8

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 8, at 2 p.m. in the Yakima City Council chambers, located at 129 N. Second St., giving members of the public an opportunity to voice their concerns about the Yakima County trails plan.

Few calls for firemen

Sunnyside firemen responded to a report of an automatic alarm in the 800 block of South 16th Street Thursday morning that proved to be a false alarm.

No injuries reported in bus accident

Mabton police investigated a two-vehicle accident in the 200 block of Third Street last Monday afternoon.

Traffic stops top police activity here

Traffic stops dominated Sunnyside police activity Thursday.

Lots of animal issues for cops in Grandview

Furry friends kept Grandview police busy yesterday (Thursday), as officers handled a total of five reports of animal problems throughout the day and across the town.

Agreements inked for Forsell Road

Two agreements related to a sidewalk project on Forsell Road in Grandview were approved by the Grandview City Council this past Tuesday.

Water main replacement moves forward

The city of Grandview has just two years to use loaned funds secured through the state of Washington’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

More deputies, less bureaucracy, pledge county sheriff candidates

A ratio of nearly one administrator to every three deputies in the Yakima County Sheriff’s office has members of the Sunnyside Republican Club concerned.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Ingrid Brambila

One of 14 hopefuls vying for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside crown is Ingrid Brambila.

Extreme spring for Washington state

Turnabout is fair play and, apparently, the weather agrees. In a span of three years, Washingtonians have experienced both extremes of spring weather.

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Rotary scholars

At Monday’s Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting scholarship recipients Danika Wagenaar of Sunnyside Christian High School and Madison Marquez of Sunnyside High School were introduced by Rotarian Josh Beck.

Grandview pool available for rent

The Grandview municipal swimming pool is available for rental to the general public throughout the summer.

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Grizzlies earn second win of summer hardball season

Damon Hurst drove in six runs yesterday to help the Sunnyside Grizzly 17U baseball team to a doubleheader split against Gonzaga Prep.

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Boys of summer

Fifty youths participated this week in the Grandview High School football camp.

Sharks escape Toppenish pool with hard fought 418-364 victory

Sunnyside’s Newhouse clan - Gage, Myles and Brielle - combined for eight victories in the individual events last night to spark the Sharks to a tightly contested 418-364 win over the Toppenish Tarpons.

Buses running for Yakima 4th of July event

For those attending the annual 4th of July celebration in Yakima there will be a shuttle bus service available.

Youth program continues through summer months

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

4th of July Pow Wow at Wildhorse

Wildhorse Resort & Casino will provide more than $80,000 in cash and prizes at the 20th annual Wildhorse Pow Wow set for Friday through Sunday, July 4-6.

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Concert series opens with Cuban group

The 2014-2015 season of the Lower Community Concert Association debuts on Saturday, Sept. 13, with music by the Habaneros from Havana, Cuba.

‘Threes and Frees’ shootout slated for Friday, July 25

The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring the third annual Threes and Frees Basketball Shootout at the Grandview Community Center (812 Wallace Way) on Friday, July 25, at 2 p.m.

Zumba classes still underway

Zumba exercise classes sponsored by the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department are offered at the Grandview Community Center (812 Wallace Way).

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Maryhill Winery summer concerts will be rocking

Maryhill Winery’s summer concert season is starting with a powerhouse show with Styx and Foreigner scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2.

Gardner to serve as legislative representative

Sunnyside School Board Vice President Dylan Gardner was appointed as the legislative representative of the school board.

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$40,975 parent engagement program OK’d

A project that will teach English to parents of Sunnyside Middle School students was approved by the school board Thursday night.

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Rare occurrence

These triplet heifers recognize Dillon Struikmans, who feeds them daily.

Fireworks illegal in most of county

As the Fourth of July celebration approaches, the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and the Yakima County Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents of the local fireworks laws.

School levy for athletic facilities likely to be put before local voters

The Sunnyside School District may be putting a levy on the November ballot to pay for an upgrade to the district’s athletic facilities.

The sweetest fruits: self-control

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians, the 5th chapter: 22…The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

Copier services with Yakima firm approved

The Sunnyside School Board Thursday night approved an agreement with Canon for copier services for the district. The existing agreement expires in August.

Substitute teachers to earn more next year

The pay rate for substitute teachers in Sunnyside schools was increased from $115 a day to $126 a day in order to be competitive with surrounding districts.

Middle school class times extended

The schedule for middle school students in the Sunnyside School District will be different this coming school year, with fewer classes and extended periods.

Thursday, June 26

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Community policing focus of town hall meeting discussions

“We’re trying to move forward, not backward,” Sunnyside Police Officer Jim Ortiz told those attending last night’s town hall meeting, the second one the city has hosted this year.

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Credit union headquarters halfway finished

Wednesday morning, the board of directors of Lower Valley Credit Union donned hard hats and caught an up-close glimpse of what will soon be the institution’s new headquarters.

Personnel changes OK’d

The Mabton School Board at last Monday’s meeting approved personnel changes.

Artz-Fox students progressing

The Mabton School Board learned academic progress is being made at Artz-Fox Elementary School.

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New Mabton roof

A crane sits idle in the early evening hours this week, but during the day it has been used as construction crews install a new roof at Mabton Jr./Senior High School.

Candidates will speak tomorrow in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Republican Club will host a 7 a.m. candidates’ forum that is open to the public tomorrow (Friday).

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Wastewater treatment plant manager will miss constant challenges of the job

Since 1979 Joe Ortega has been making sure Sunnyside’s wastewater is properly treated and meets regulations set by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Giddy up

Firework displays by residents in Mabton require permit this year

MABTON – Mabton police are cautioning community Fourth of July revelers to get a city permit before discharging fireworks or face a hefty fine this Independence Day inside Mabton city limits.

State auditors raise concern in reviewing Sunnyside schools

State auditors recently issued a critique of how the Sunnyside School District went about the bidding for the John Hughes Student Health Center construction.

Governor inks order to form state criminal justice task force

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an executive order launching a comprehensive study of the state’s criminal justice system that will identify ways to address growing pressures on the state’s prison system and to boost public safety.

Jene Alexander


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Wednesday, June 25

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Completion of new homes celebrated

GRANGER – “This is not a small thing, no es cosa pequeña,” said Mario Villanueva

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G’view museum construction estimates higher than anticipated

GRANDVIEW – “This looks like it will cost twice what we thought,” Grandview Councilman Mike Bren said during a study session last night.

Recreational marijuana rules aimed to dissuade youths from lighting up

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday, Tuesday, was joined by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Liquor Control Board Chair Sharon Foster and other state agency leaders to announce new rules and public awareness efforts to keep marijuana out of the hands of those under 21 years old.

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Mabton full STEAM ahead for youth programs

MABTON – Starting next Tuesday, July 1, Mabton youth will enjoy some STEAM in their summer with a new program set to kick off.

Listen to the VOICE

When cars first came out with a GPS system already built in, it was considered a wonderful innovation – by most people.

Sunnyside High nine gives Blues competitive game

Making his first start for the Grizzlies’ 17U summer baseball team, freshman Alexis Amaro pitched three perfect innings in a close 5-4 loss in the doubleheader opener at Yakima yesterday.

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Dolphins race past Sharks, 471-310

If there were any doubts as to which team is the favorite to win this year’s Mid-Valley Summer Swim League crown, they were laid to rest last night.

Sunnyside school board agenda

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 810 E. Custer Ave., 7:30 p.m.

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Sharon Antionette Fletcher


Barbara Ann Drake


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Greatest legislation for the greatest generation

Seventy years ago this month, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed what many historians and economists consider the greatest social legislation ever passed by the United States Congress. As popular as the GI Bill remains today, the passage of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 was by no means a slam dunk.

A service dog drop-out

My Buddy has been doing his best to find ways to become a service dog. But, I am afraid my little Yorkie pal is never ever going to make the cut.

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Agriculture spotlight: cherries

With the start of summer, Central Washington farmers are working harder than ever to produce some of the world’s finest and most diverse agricultural products. Our region is known for producing a wide variety of top-quality, agricultural products that are enjoyed by consumers worldwide.

Work-life balance is a flawed concept

Work-life balance is a flawed concept. I don’t know a single successful person who feels like they have mastered the equation.

Tuesday, June 24

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Home is where the history is

Sunnyside’s past focus of local woman’s research

For Bernie Barker, it’s all about preserving history.

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The mystery of the tribute to an unknown soldier

A mystery of sorts, one that doesn’t necessarily need to be solved, has surfaced at Sunnyside’s Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza.

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Mabton Jr./Senior High School taking steps toward improvement

MABTON - Each year the Mabton School Board asks the principals of its schools to provide an improvement plan that includes goals for student and staff success.

Local group tries again for charter school

Backers of the proposed Sunnyside Charter Academy are hoping the second time is the charm, as the group earlier this month filed a notice of intent to apply with the Washington State Charter School Commission.

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2014-15 Washington state dairy ambassador receives crown

EVERETT – Janis DeJager from Everson, representing Whatcom County, is the 2014-15 Washington State Dairy Ambassador.

Business seminar this Thursday

The Rural Community Development Resource will conduct a workshop, “How to Start a Business,” in partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Yakima on Thursday, June 26.

Attorney says city needs to take action on water rights plans

The city of Sunnyside should take several actions as soon as possible to protect its water rights, according to water rights lawyer Thomas Pors, who presented an overview of the city’s water situation to the council last night.

Suspicious activities keep Sunnyside police busy yesterday

Sunnyside police investigated five incidents of suspicious activity during the past 24 hours which ranged from what was described as overt public displays of affections to a person riding a bicycle pulling a wheelchair.

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Maria Antonia Sanchez


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Ervin Arnold Roehl


Teresa Escobar Gonzalez Martinez


Maria Alicia Ramos


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Fireworks bought online are illegal

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy is reminding Washington residents that the purchase of fireworks over the internet is illegal.

Keep picnic food safe to eat in warm weather

Food safety experts from the Department of Health want people to know how to protect themselves and their loved ones from foodborne illnesses, especially when preparing foods for picnics and barbecues during warm weather.

Kindergarten immunization rate drops slightly in state

For the 2013-2014 school year, 83.3 percent of Washington kindergarteners had all the vaccines required for school entry—a 2.2 percent decrease from the previous school year.

Empty nest may be your chance to chase past dreams

Middle age woes are hard enough to deal with, but throw in empty nest syndrome and it is a recipe for potential depression.

Numbers grow under Death with Dignity Act

Participation in Washington state’s Death with Dignity Act increased for a fifth consecutive year in 2013.

Free health fair this Saturday

Everyone is invited to a free health fair at DaVita Mt. Adams Kidney Center in Sunnyside (3220 Picard Place) this Saturday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital recipient of Award of Excellence

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has been named a winner of a 2014 Qualis Health Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality, one of six healthcare organizations in Washington to be recognized for achievements in improving healthcare quality and outcomes in 2013.

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Yakima Valley Farm Workers clinics recognized nationally

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and its employees work to provide the most efficient and cost effective health care for all 131,000 patients they see in Oregon and Washington while maintaining outstanding quality, according to officials.

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SCHS Knights square summer record at 4-4

Two, two-hit pitching performances in a doubleheader sweep over Grandview yesterday boosted the Sunnyside Christian High School summer baseball team’s record to 4-4 on the season.

Frequency of subcommittee meetings reviewed

“I don’t like having meetings just for the sake of having meetings,” said City Manager Don Day near the conclusion of a discussion on the city’s subcommittee meetings.

Harrison fourth quarter honor roll students named

A total of 50 students at Sunnyside’s Harrison Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 academic year.

WSU to establish high school equivalency program for migrant farm workers, Native Americans

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Washington State University a five-year $2.3 million grant to establish a high school equivalency program

Area students named to UW Dean’s List

Five students from Sunnyside have been named to the University of Washington Dean’s List for winter 2014 quarter.

Lower Valley students earn honors at Heritage

YAKIMA – Heritage University has released the names of all students who achieved honor roll status on the Dean’s List for spring semester 2014.

Could you afford to live to 100?

Here’s an interesting statistic: Over the past three decades, the centenarian population in the United States has grown about 66%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Frio grand opening held Friday

Grand opening celebration held last Friday in downtown Sunnyside...

Monday, June 23

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‘Summer Dreams’ for Miss Mabton

MABTON – Naida Gusby was crowned Miss Mabton last Friday in front of a nearly full house at the Mabton Learning Center.

Time to start planning block parties

It is not too early to begin planning this year’s National Night Out neighborhood block party.

Summer blood drives set for Grandview, Sunnyside

June is the perfect time to spring into action and potentially help save up to three lives by donating blood.

Shoplifting arrest made

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview responded to two shoplifting calls from the 600 block of East Wine Country Road since last Thursday morning, both of them involving the theft of alcohol.

Two men hurt in separate auto mishaps

A pair of Lower Yakima Valley men sustained injuries in two separate automobile accidents that occurred yesterday (Sunday).

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Over a barrel

Rangers take two from SCHS Knights

NACHES – They’ll go down as two losses in the books, but the Sunnyside Christian High School summer baseball team gave a good accounting of itself last Friday.

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Horsemen visit Sunnyside to raise money to fight cancer

Riders from all over the Yakima Valley turned out for the fourth annual Sort 4 the Cause fundraiser held at Sunnyside’s Specks Arena this past weekend.

Grizzlies compete at Selah tourney

...with spring in their steps

SELAH – Fielding a youth movement of primarily freshmen, sophomores and even a seventh grader, the Sunnyside Grizzly 17U summer baseball team is playing with spring in mind.

Friday, June 20

Proud to be a Stoner

High school, college, taking on new responsibilities; those are times when you expect or at least hope to find a mentor.

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Common Core opposition is no joke

It’s hard to tell what’s a bigger joke: Common Core or Common Core critics.

A burning desire to create a masterpiece

Dud sat at the computer and went over the several hundred pages of his novel for three straight days.

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Are you drowning in excuses?

The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of swimming safety education, not by patting itself on the back, but by redoubling its efforts to make us more prepared for aquatic mishaps.

Never kiss a bird!

Was sitting in my back yard the other night and watched as a robin pulled a worm from my freshly watered grass.

Sunnyside United urged to take hard look at local e-cigarette sales

Like the cigarette advertising campaigns of the 1950s, the latest campaign to promote nicotine use is portraying the use of electronic cigarettes as sexy and liberating.

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Scope of sampling takes center stageat groundwater confab

Detecting nitrates focus of free samplings

GRANGER – A review of the Groundwater Advisory Committee’s work at last night’s meeting turned into questions on whether or not the sampling size and scope will be big enough to properly assess the situation.

Free kit offers energy upgrades

A few twists of the wrist to change a light bulb or install a new shower head is all it takes to stretch your energy dollar and lower monthly bills.

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Lodging tax committee gearing up for next year’s requests

Sunnyside’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee had only three members present at last night’s meeting, but it was enough to make short work of the agenda.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Cindy Barboza

Among the 14 candidates vying for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside title is Cindy Barboza.

Fresh produce preservation techniques being taught online

Juicy ripe peaches, snapping fresh green beans, sweet raspberry jam and crunchy dill pickles - nothing tastes better than home-preserved foods.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, June 23, 2014, at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

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Monster truck

BBQ cooking, judging classes offered on Saturday, June 28

SELAH – Champion Pit Master Anthony P. James of Raven’s Fyre Barbecue will teach a cooking class to Yakima Valley residents wanting to learn more about barbecuing.

Over The Hill actors to cast ‘70, Girls, 70’

It’s a musical about senior citizens, a perfect match-up for the Lower Valley Over The Hill Theatrical crowd.

Mabton festival on for Saturday

MABTON – This Saturday, June 21, the community of Mabton will be celebrating its annual Community Days and Health Fair.

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Adam Oscar Morales


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Jose L. Camacho


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Royal gathering

The Miss Sunnyside Court attended the Miss Juneteenth Pageant last Saturday at Pasco High School.

Swim team holding clinic

The Grandview High School boys swim team is hosting a swim techniques clinic on Friday and Saturday, June 27-28.

Bonzi, Marquez spearhead Sharks’ victory over Othello

Sunnyside’s Avery Bonzi and Matthew Marquez led a balanced attack by the Sharks last night.

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Neptunes notch first win of season

Allie Cromwell, an 8&U girls swimmer for the Grandview Neptunes who is pictured above in the foreground, competes in the 40-yard breaststroke in last night’s win against Naches.

The graduating class of the year __________

This is the traditional month of graduations and marriages.

Local parishioner presented special award

A recent Sunday morning mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sunnyside offered a surprise for Carol Johnson.

‘Flood Fest’ on tap June 28

COULEE CITY – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the unique geologic heritage of Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park near Coulee City at the annual Flood Fest.

‘Light-Write’ exhibit opens on June 26

YAKIMA – An opening reception and poetry reading for the Yakima Light Project’s “Light-Write” exhibition will take place on Thursday, June 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wildhorse’s 4th of July Pow Wow returns

PENDLETON, ORE. – Wildhorse Resort & Casino will provide more than $80,000 in cash and prizes at the 20th annual Wildhorse Pow Wow set for Friday through Sunday, July 4-6.

Prosser Airport Days in July

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

Arboretum hosting dining experience

YAKIMA – The “Bite of Yakima” is a community celebration of the Yakima Valley’s unique culinary offerings from local restaurants, confectioners, bakers, food trucks, agricultural producers, manufacturers and more.

‘Sort for Cause’ this weekend

“Sort-4-the-Cause,” a two-person cattle sorting fundraising event held annually in Sunnyside, is set to take place Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22.

Rock ‘n’ Rods this Saturday

PROSSER – The fifth annual Rock ‘n’ Rods will be staged on Saturday, June 21, at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

Movie night starts tonight

GRANGER – A series of free movies are being offered this summer in Granger.

Tumbling camp starts Monday

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be offering its annual youth tumbling camp beginning next Monday, June 23.

Thursday, June 19

Consultant agreement gains approval

YAKIMA – An agreement between Yakima County and JHDavenport LLC of Buena was approved this week by the Yakima County Commission.

Christian women to meet

PROSSER – The Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection will hold its next luncheon meeting on Tuesday, July 15, at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

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Opportunity to help local foster children three different ways

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services office in Sunnyside wants local foster children to have the tools they need for a successful, happy childhood.

Adam Oscar Morales


Jose L. Camacho


Traffic stops result in arrests

Routine traffic stops resulted in Mabton police taking two individuals into custody on outstanding warrants yesterday.

Thieves take guns, iPad

Police in Grandview are investigating the theft of two firearms and an iPad from a residence in the 100 block of Westridge Drive. The incident was reported last night (Wednesday) and police said it is unknown how or when entry was made into the residence.

Firemen have quiet day

Sunnyside firemen responded to an automatic alarm in the 800 block of Harrison Avenue yesterday afternoon, only to discover it was a false alarm.

Vandals tag South Hill Road residence

Sunnyside police are investigating a report of graffiti in the 400 block of East South Hill Road.

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Sunnyside mulls organizing a local co-ed softball league

A park and recreation program dormant in Sunnyside for several years may be getting a new start.

It’s official…marijuana businesses a no-go in rural Yakima County

YAKIMA – Yakima County commissioners on Tuesday of this week officially approved the ordinance that prohibits recreational marijuana retailers, processors and producers from establishing their businesses in unincorporated areas of the county.

Amendment to emergency solutions grant receives OK

YAKIMA – Yakima County Commissioners Rand Elliott and Kevin Bouchey approved an amendment to the emergency solutions grant at last Tuesday’s commissioners meeting.

Wednesday, June 18

Restucci re-elected as 15th District representative

Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci was last week re-elected to a second term as 15th District representative on the National Association of Regional Councils.

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Nitrate testing, drinking water help available

Dairy settlement reached

A settlement reached with a Sunnyside area dairy in February of this year will pay for testing of groundwater for nitrate contamination and assist property owners with installing reverse osmosis systems for drinking water.

Legislation includes language supporting Yakima River Basin plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The report accompanying the Energy and Water Appropriations bill for next year, which was released by the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday, includes language secured by Congressman Doc Hastings to support the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Integrated Plan.

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SHS grad helping run family business

Samantha Lopez graduated from Sunnyside High School just a few days ago, but she is still learning this summer.

Fire District #5 personnel aid with Selah fire

SELAH - Yakima County Fire District #5 fire trucks and crews responded to offer aid in battling the range fire north of Selah yesterday, according to a Fire District #5 spokesperson.

West Nile virus tracking underway

The Department of Health is monitoring for West Nile virus through mosquito testing and collecting reports of certain types of dead birds.

Get more done and be happier

For many years I worked for a crazy person.

Top rated new vehicles for seniors

Can you recommend any credible resources that rate the best vehicles for older drivers?

Older challenges

A couple I know run a child sponsorship program for our national church. Traveling in Prague this week, they are sharing fantastic photos on the internet.

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Knights notch twin bill sweep

A last-inning, four-run rally – coupled with a 16-6 blowout in the nightcap – gave the Sunnyside Christian Knights a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Grandview High School summer baseball team Tuesday afternoon.

Construction will be worth it in the end

It will be nice when the construction is done.

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Neptunes no match for Sunnyside swimmers

Limiting the visiting Grandview Neptunes to just five wins in the 69 races staged last night, Sunnyside rolled to its third straight victory in Mid-Valley Summer Swim League play.

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Shirley F. Porter


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Viola Marez Martinez


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Crow…medium rare

A massive earthquake rolled through the Republican Establishment after Eric Cantor became the first sitting House Majority Leader to lose in a primary since, well…ever. Going back to 1899, the 19th Century. Back when Mugwumps bought buggy whips and the Emperor of Russian lunched with the Viceroy of India.

Why spy, China?

Sheesh, China, you sure know how to kick a country when it’s on its way down.

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Restoring trust in the Department of Veterans Affairs

America owes a debt of gratitude to the millions of veterans who have served and fought to keep our country safe. Those who serve in our Armed Services are responsible for not only protecting our physical safety, but also the freedoms and values upon which our nation was founded.

Tuesday, June 17

Daniel James Chavez


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Challenge accepted

Sunnyside Noon Rotary past president Greg Visser hands a donation of more than $2,200 to Carol Loudon and Dottie Hildebrand (L-R) of Cottage in the Meadow.

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Port OK’s city groundwater tests

The city of Sunnyside is expanding its research on groundwater contamination at the airport.

Local Rainier crop sustains some damage

Some cherry growers in the area were hit hard by rains over the weekend that resulted in bruised fruit and damaged trees.

Local Allstate agent honored

Casey Huber of Sunnyside was honored, along with 107 other business owners in Washington state, with Allstate’s Premier Agency Award.

Patrols will focus on boozed up boaters

The Washington state marine law enforcement agencies are participating in a national special emphasis campaign to target people who are operating boats while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

What can vacations teach about investing?

Summer is almost here — which means it’s officially vacation season. You may be looking forward to “getting away from it all,” but, as you know, vacations actually require a fair amount of planning. And it might surprise you to learn that some of the efforts required for successful vacations can impart some valuable lessons in other areas of your life — such as investing.

Mabton bridge closure looms

MABTON – The bridge to Mabton on the Sunnyside-Mabton Road will be closed for repairs later this summer, according to Washington State Department of Transportation Project Engineer Moe Davari.

Men’s health and Social Security

This year, the nation observed National Men’s Health Week June 9-15.

Understanding your benefits with My Social Security

This new Social Security tool is a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits.

Sunnyside High School diplomas now available

Graduates can pick their diplomas up in the Sunnyside High School ASB office from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. now through Tuesday, June 24.

Local students make WSU honor roll list

PULLMAN – Washington State University has released the list of students who have been named to the spring 2014 President’s Honor Roll.

Sierra Vista fourth quarter honor roll students named

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

Monday, June 16

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U.S. flags given their proper due

In a manner befitting her, Old Glory was given a proper retirement this past Saturday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

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Giddy up…

Sunnyside teen isn’t horsing around when it comes to raising money for college

College can be expensive.

Teen hurt in crash

A local teenager was injured Sunday evening in a two-vehicle accident just northeast of Sunnyside.

Summer meals at Mabton’s Artz-Fox school

MABTON – Children in the Mabton School District can receive summer meals at Artz-Fox Elementary School

Candidate forum slated for Wednesday

RICHLAND – The public is invited to watch eight Republican candidates vying to represent the 4th Congressional District answer questions from print, radio and TV media at a forum on Wednesday, June 18, at the Richland High School auditorium.

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Fond farewell

Friday, June 13

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Candidates share willingness to serve Yakima County residents

This morning (Friday), four candidates who will be on the Aug. 5 Primary Election ballot spoke to those attending the Sunnyside Republican Club meeting, sharing their experience and qualifications. Jose Trevino and Janelle Riddle are both vying for the position of county clerk.

Pacific Power will issue $45 credit to residential customers here

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) has approved a $13 million one-time credit to Pacific Power & Light Company customers.

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Sunnyside fourth graders team up to promote Grandview fair

Learning how to work as a team to create something that benefits the community, Tanya Weron’s fourth grade students at Sunnyside’s Washington Elementary School have created their own sheep to promote the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo.

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‘Dial down the ACEs’

Childhood trauma can lead to health, drug issues

Middle school, even elementary school may not be early enough to steer kids clear of drugs and alcohol.

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Bonding, standards key to reducing childhood risks...says workshop speaker

“This is not rocket science, it’s a whole lot harder!” With that, Spokane educator Marcia Via launched a presentation in Sunnyside yesterday focused on risk factors facing youth.

More than 100 tickets written during Target Zero patrols

Between May 19 and June 1, extra law enforcement officers patrolled Yakima County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, as well as cell phone using texters and talkers.

Mabton chief cautions citizens against investigating crimes

Mabton police are currently investigating reports of two burglaries in the community and, according to Mabton Police Chief Ricardo Gutierrez, suspects in both incidents have been identified.

Arrest made in theft case

Police in Grandview made an arrest after a theft was reported in the 200 block of North Euclid Road yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

No leads in recent break-in at Sunnyside locked, gated facility

Sunnyside police are investigating a report of a generator taken from the 400 block of Warehouse Avenue sometime during the past two weeks.

Tractor, mower worth $40,000 stolen yesterday near Outlook

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a tractor with a mower attachment, worth about $40,000, that was reported stolen from the 700 block of Chaffee Road near Outlook yesterday morning (Thursday).

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Lions officers installed

Sunnyside Lions Club held installation of new officers Thursday night at Granger’s Cherry Hill, followed by the club’s annual miniature golf tournament.

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Salesman balances work with education

Education is important to Eric Garza.

Transportation forum to be held in Grandview

A community forum on transportation will be held Monday, June 16, at 5 p.m. on the Grandview campus of Yakima Valley Community College (114 Grandridge Rd.) in room U-199.

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Darrel Dean Pease


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Alma D. Good


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Pageant smiles

The Miss Sunnyside Court attended the Miss Toppenish Pageant this past Wednesday evening.

Sharks shred Piranhas, 495-258

The Sunnyside boys 10&U swimmers didn’t give up a single point to their Prosser counterparts last night, spearheading the Sharks to a dominating 495-258 victory over the host Piranhas.

Mabton Grid Kid football sign-ups on tap for June 21

Pre-registration for the Mabton Grid Kid football program will be held during Mabton Community Days at Feezell Park on Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Grandview swim meet

In the photo above, 10&U swimmer Ethan Padgham of Grandview competes in the backstroke leg of the boys 160-yard medley relay.

Speaker shares peace found in God

Life lessons from a love of animals and God’s love for her were at the heart of Roberta Morin’s message this past Tuesday to the Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection.

A friend is dearer than the light of heaven

At the first of May, I spent 10 days in Indianapolis with 18 of my closest friends, eating, praying and empathizing with them. It was good for my soul.

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Ready to open

Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sunnyside is holding its annual yard sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fan drive underway

To help those less advantaged keep cool this summer, Grandview Church of the Nazarene is conducting a fan drive throughout the month of June.

Jamboree set for this Sunday

Grace Brethren Church in Mabton will again host the monthly Gospel music jamboree this coming Sunday, June 15, at 2 p.m.

G’view church plans VBS

A pirate-themed Vacation Bible School is scheduled for next week, June 16-20, at Bethany Community Church (formerly Bethany Presbyterian Church), located at E. Second and Birch streets in Grandview.

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Church opens doors on new book house

“A library has to grow and change with the times…it’s not just books on a shelf,” retired librarian Nan Ide says of the inspiration for a new book house, or outdoor library, erected by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Sunnyside.

Chicken scratch

I want to grow marijuana in my back yard. It’s legal in this state, and since I want to grow it everyone should be able to do it.

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Here’s what our country needs from the press

These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington D.C. spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines.

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Dear Hillary: run

Hillary, you go girl.

1984: Christian school holds first-ever graduation

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

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Futbol the Pele way

Soccer, futbol as it’s known to the rest of the world, takes center stage for the next few weeks with the latest installment of the quadrennial World Cup.

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Plenty to do this month in Prosser

PROSSER – During the next two weekends there will be plenty of entertainment to enjoy in the city of Prosser.

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Local drama students lauded at annual 5th Avenue Awards

SEATTLE – High school students from across Washington state packed Benaroya Hall this past Monday night for the 12th annual 5th Avenue Awards, honoring high school musical theater.

Mabton Community Days set for June 20-21

MABTON – Next Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, the community of Mabton will be celebrating its annual Community Days and Health Fair.

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Use a little imagination for summer fun

The first day of summer is still a week away, but for Sunnyside School District kids, at least, summer began this past Wednesday.

Downtown music fest returning to Yakima

YAKIMA – The second annual Downtown Summer Nights music series is underway in Yakima. Free music programs with multiple bands each night are offered every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. through Aug. 21.

Carbon tax


Mainly a comment about an article on the front page of the June 12 Daily Sun News edition, “Carbon tax could help boost economy.” This again?

Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo this weekend

CLEVELAND – It’s time to make plans to attend the state’s oldest continuous running rodeo and community picnic.

Golf benefit set for Aug. 1

YAKIMA – The fourth annual Entrust Drive for Disabilities golf tourney will take place on Friday, Aug. 1, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima.

It’s got to be a fair fight

“What do you figure he’ll weigh now, Doc?” said Steve.

Summer camp kick-off event slated for tomorrow

YAKIMA – The Salvation Army summer day camp kick-off will take place tomorrow (Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Milroy Park in Yakima.

Rock ‘n’ Rods set for June 21

PROSSER – The fifth annual Rock ‘n’ Rods will be staged on Saturday, June 21, at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

‘Field to Fork’ at Bill’s Berry Farm June 20

GRANDVIEW – Bill’s Berry Farm, located north of Grandview at 3674 N. County Line Rd., is hosting a special “Field to Fork” event on Friday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Sort for Cause set June 21-22

“Sort-4-the-Cause,” a two-person cattle sorting fundraising event held annually in Sunnyside, is set to take place Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22.


Disney Live! in Yakima late August

YAKIMA – “Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival” debuts in Yakima at the Yakima Valley SunDome on Friday, Aug. 29, at 4 and 7 p.m.

Ride D’ Vine charity event slated for Saturday, Aug. 9

YAKIMA – Bicyclists who want to experience Yakima’s wine country on a journey aimed at helping people in need can sign up now for the second annual Ride D’Vine to be held Saturday, Aug. 9, starting at 9 a.m.

Bluegrass concert June 17

PROSSER – Bluegrass music will fill Prosser’s Princess Theatre on Tuesday, June 17, as Ned Crisp & Bottomline return for a one-time performance.

Annual garden tour scheduled 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.

Tumbling camp in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be offering its annual youth tumbling camp beginning Monday, June 23.

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Farmland values remain steady despite pessimistic predictions

Despite a predicted downturn in farmland values in Washington state, strong farm incomes have kept land values stable.

Children’s summer science camps offered

RICHLAND – Hands-on adventures in science, technology, engineering and math - as applied to ninjas, robots, animals, crime scenes, architecture, industrial design and more - have returned for the summer at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Movies offered in the park

GRANGER – A series of free movies are being offered this summer in Granger.

Prosser Airport Days in July

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

Clore Center now open daily

PROSSER – The Clore Center is now open daily for wine tasting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arboretum hosting dining experience

YAKIMA – The “Bite of Yakima” is a community celebration of the Yakima Valley’s unique culinary offerings from local restaurants, confectioners, bakers, food trucks, agricultural producers, manufacturers and more.

WWE returns to Yakima

YAKIMA - WWE Live will make a stop at the Yakima Valley SunDome on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 12

Mobile food bank distribution planned for Tuesday, June 24

Fresh produce, nutritious perishables and other groceries will be distributed to those in need on Tuesday, June 24, at Grandview’s Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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Seneca expansion on track for completion this August

The warehouse is more than halfway finished and in approximately two months will be ready for operations.

Carbon tax could help boost economy

A new national study commissioned by the Citizens Climate Lobby concludes that a carefully implemented carbon tax would boost the economy.

Bickleton names honor roll students for second semester

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

Artz-Fox Elementary School names honor roll students

Mabton’s Artz-Fox Elementary School has named its top students for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 academic year.

Chicken policy

After a successful drive to get Mabton’s dogs licensed – with more than 100 signed up netting more than $5,000 in fees for the city – Mabton Police Chief Rick Gutierrez told the city council Tuesday night he was next going to focus on chickens kept in town illegally.

Contract OK’d

The Mabton City Council on Tuesday approved a $4,842 contract with Spokane-based Vision Municipal Solutions for computer software and a work station.

New delegates

In action this past Tuesday, the Mabton City Council appointed Mark Gourneau and Arturo DelaFuente as the city’s voting delegates to the Association of Washington Cities.

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Parade planning

During a break in Tuesday night’s council meeting, Mabton City Councilwoman Oping Hutson reviews with Police Chief Rick Gutierrez the route for Mabton’s Community Days Parade on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m

Cops keeping tabs on city

Police in Grandview investigated three reports of suspicious activity overnight, starting with a report late yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) in the 900 block of Crescent Drive.

Two cows caught trespassing

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded last night (Wednesday) to a report of two cows that had wandered on the reporting party’s property in the 2700 block of Wilson Highway near Grandview.

Early morning burglary in Mabton

A Wednesday morning burglary in the 400 block of B Street is under investigation by Mabton police. Taken during the break-in was a large number of tools from a locked shed, according to the police report.

Grandview man hurt in I-82 two-vehicle collision yesterday

Eric J. Garza, 29, of Grandview was injured and transported to Toppenish Community Hospital after his vehicle collided with another on I-82 at milepost 55 yesterday morning (Wednesday).

Missing Sunnyside child found safe last night

A search for a missing child Wednesday afternoon ended well when the youngster was located riding his ninja turtle bike in the area of First Street and Parkland Drive.

Dairy ambassadors to vie for Washington state title

June is National Dairy Month and soon the Washington State dairy industry will be selecting a new Dairy Ambassador.

Local residents urged to meet four candidates seeking votes

Sunnyside residents are invited to hear first-hand from four candidates seeking their vote later this summer.

Wednesday, June 11

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Sunnyside gardener takes pride in keeping his yard neat

Most people might not choose a color scheme of pink and bright orange as a landscape palette, but Sunnyside’s Dick Berk of Merrick Avenue has made the color combination work for him for years.

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Freshly poured

The block of Sixth Street between Edison and Franklin avenues was paved yesterday (Tuesday).

Traditional flag-burning event spurned by city officials

Local golf course hosting public ceremony this Saturday, June 14

Troy Monholland, who heads up the American Legion’s traditional flag retirement ceremony in this area, isn’t all that pleased with the reception he got from city officials.

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Summer break

Sunnyside Sun Valley Elementary School teacher Jackie Murray receives a big hug from Mason Strieck on the last day of school, yesterday.

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City paving the way for residents to raise chickens

The Sunnyside Planning Commission will be drafting an ordinance to allow chickens to be raised within the city limits of Sunnyside.

Sunnyside South Hill Road closure to be reconsidered

Sunnyside Planner Jamey Ayling told the planning commission Tuesday night that the closure of South Hill Road is being reconsidered by the city manager, public works director and police chief.

Planning commission vacancy

There is an opening on Sunnyside’s planning commission.

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County bans pot businesses in rural areas

Yakima County commissioners yesterday deliberated whether or not to impose a ban on retail businesses, producers and processors of recreational marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county.

Sunnyside GOP club’s candidate forums open to all

The Sunnyside Republican Club will host several 7 a.m. meetings open to the public at Bon Vino’s Bistro & Bakery, featuring numerous candidates for public office.

City moves forward on Rohman Street closure

The city of Sunnyside is in the process of closing Rohman Street to eliminate the traffic flow between North Avenue and Scoon Road.

Mabton launching summer programs for youngsters

In response to concerns by parents in the community there is a lack of things for their children to do, the Mabton City Council last night agreed to fund a park and recreation program this summer.

Promoting healthy life options is Sunnyside center’s goal

Convincing people to go in for cancer screenings is the biggest part of Nathanael Marchello’s job as a community health promoter for the Center for Community Health Promotions.

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Building starts booming in Sunnyside

From a new gym to a new loading dock, business is booming in Sunnyside based on building permits issued during the month of May.

Two check cashing scheme suspects nabbed by S’side police

A quick-thinking store clerk’s attention to details may have stopped a monetary loss for a local business Tuesday.

Man freeing cows arrested

Early this morning (Wednesday) deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a white male with tattoos letting cows out of their pens in the 1200 block of Waneta Road near Grandview.

Minor incidents keep cops busy

Police in Grandview handled three traffic incidents yesterday (Tuesday), including a hit and run accident in the 600 block of East Fourth Street.

Registered sex offender now living in Sunnyside

David Wayne Anderson, a Level II sex offender, has moved to the Sunnyside area according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s office.

Yard sale fundraiser planned

The Sunnyside Sunrays Pathfinder Club is raising funds to go to Osh Kosh, Wisc. for the National Pathfinder Camporee, Aug. 12-16.

Class of 1974 reunion looking for classmates

The Sunnyside High School Class of 1974 is getting ready to hold its 40th reunion and wants to invite the classes of 1973 and 1975 along for the fun.

There’s a way to make an online memorial for a departed loved one

What can you tell me about online memorials?

Knights absorb doubleheader losses in summer openers

Trekking south of the state line, the Sunnyside Christian High School summer baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Stanfield nine yesterday.

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Grizzlies falter late

In a much closer contest than the final score would indicate, the Sunnyside Grizzly 17U summer baseball team fell 8-2 to East Valley last night.

City pool available for use throughout the summer months

In addition to open swim hours from 1 to 3 p.m. and 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. seven days a week, the Sunnyside municipal pool is available for rentals and swim lessons throughout the summer.

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Sharks gobble up Naches Barracudas

Not facing much of a test in their season opener, the Sunnyside Sharks rang up a convincing 639-60 victory over the Naches Barracudas last night.

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Douglas Henry Leifeste


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Senior smiles

Sunnyside High School students Cristal Flores (R) and Diana Contreras celebrate the last day of school yesterday, Tuesday.


Are you a people-watcher?

Exaggerating your stories is good for everyone…mostly

Some people are born storytellers.

Tuesday, June 10

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Pascua award presented to Marro

Among the accolades earned by Sunnyside High School’s class of 2014 was the Sandy Pascua Scholarship.

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Bikes for books

Washington Elementary students Alex Zieske and Fabian Meraz were the winner in this year’s bikes for books program sponsored by the Sunnyside Masonic Lodge.

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Washington Elementary School May students of the month

Sunnyside Washington Elementary School’s third, fourth and fifth grade May students of the month include...

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Washington Elementary School May students of the month

Sunnyside Washington Elementary School’s first and second grade May students of the month include...

Dordt College scholarship winners named

Dordt College has awarded scholarships to eight incoming students from the Lower Yakima Valley, all of whom graduated from Sunnyside Christian High School this past Friday evening.

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‘Heart to heart’ talk sends SCHS grads out into the world

GRANDVIEW – Turning the podium so it faced the Sunnyside Christian High School class of 2014 instead of the audience, Dana Clark had what she called “…one last heart to heart between my kids and me.”

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Attitude of gratitude for Bickleton High grads

BICKLETON – One theme consistently came through last Saturday during commencement exercises for Bickleton High School’s three graduates.

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Grandview salutes senior class of 2014

GRANDVIEW – Rich Leenhouts Stadium was packed with proud family members, including one woman brought in on a stretcher, as the class of 2014 marched onto the field, 128 strong.

City of Sunnyside will be buying a fourth ambulance

The Sunnyside City Council approved the purchase of a fourth ambulance by the fire department as part of an ongoing effort by the department to update its aging fleet.

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Councilman reveals name of former city employee under investigation for fraud

At last night’s Sunnyside City Council meeting, Councilman Jason Raines – to the consternation of some in attendance – revealed the name of a city employee under investigation for allegedly making personal purchases on a city account and questioned why the employee had been paid by the city.

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GED standards on the rise with Common Core standards

With the adoption of Common Core Standards in Washington state, students must meet higher expectations.

Parent summit on tap in Sunnyside June 21

Partnering in Education, a summit for parents and community members, will take place Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sunnyside High School.

Dry summer predicted in Central Washington

May was a tale of two worlds as far as weather was concerned.

Governor will take questions on air June 25

SEATTLE - Viewers are invited to be part of the conversation when Gov. Jay Inslee joins public broadcasting channel KCTS 9-TV for his Ask the Governor live broadcast.

Investing in children workshop planned

Sunnyside United will host the second in a series of Making Sunnyside Better educational workshops Thursday, June 12, at the Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 S. First St., from 8 a.m. to noon.

Holtzinger Fruit hires two key team members

YAKIMA – Holtzinger Fruit Company in Yakima, which serves several Lower Valley orchardists, has hired Jeramy VanVleck as its new director of operations and Steve Black as its newest sales manager.

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Grizzlies earn first win of summer

Tim Martinez and Erick Heisey combined to hold the Yakima Jr. Beetles scoreless for five innings to lead the Grizzly 17U baseball team to its first victory of the summer.

Older Americans benefit from My Social Security

Each May, groups and organizations around the nation join in celebrating Older Americans Month.

Watch for different risk levels of ‘muni’ bonds

Are you thinking of investing in municipal bonds?

Social Security offers needed support with survivor benefits

In the unfortunate event of a family member’s death, Social Security is here to help.

Alma D. Good


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$26 million Roza Irrigation reservoir project underway

Roza Irrigation District is in the process of constructing a $26 million re-regulation reservoir for the purpose of storing water that will provide irrigation to its users when demand is higher than normal.

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Chinook fishing underway on Klickitat, Wenatchee rivers

Anglers hoping to catch chinook salmon on the Wenatchee or Upper Klickitat rivers are in luck as the spring chinook salmon season has opened.

Monday, June 9

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Graduates aplenty

The 353 members of the graduating class of 2014 wind their way from the SHS gymnasium to the football field.

S’side author celebrates book release this month

Although her book, “My Story Power To Rule,” was already published online through’s CreateSpace, Bridget Lain, aka B.J. Joke, was delighted to get help from Tate Publishing.

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Shop, equipment destroyed in blaze

GRANDVIEW – A shop and its contents of farm equipment such as sprayers, tractors and grape pickers were destroyed in a blaze late last night.

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Wall of Fame inductees honored

Along with a new graduating class, the Sunnyside School District inducted four new members into the Sunnyside High School Wall of Fame last Friday and celebrated a previous inductee who was not able to attend last year.

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Too much of a good thing

Mild spring, early crop push down asparagus prices

“It’s been a tough year…the toughest we’ve had in a good long while,” is how Sharon Heer describes the 2014 asparagus season.

YVCC grad ceremony June 12

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Community College will hold its 85th commencement ceremony this coming Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at Parker Field on the Yakima campus of YVCC.

Public invited to meet city’s new police chief

The public is invited to meet Sunnyside Police Chief Alberto Escalera at a Sunnyside town hall meeting Wednesday, June 25, at the Sunnyside Community Center.

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Dale E. Peters


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Friday, June 6

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Evidence clearly shows Yellowstone Trail once wound through Sunnyside

Each day the workers along the Yellowstone Trail left evidence of their progress along the historic roadway.

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Making the grade

Lee Luther grades the side of Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza in Sunnyside this past Thursday as work continues on the memorial.

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Yessica Honstein enjoys her ice cream treat at the annual “Seniors are Cool” ice cream social, hosted yesterday by Sunnyside’s US Bank branch.

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Work crews expand scope of project

Sixth Street north of Edison Avenue was closed to motorists on Thursday so construction crews could grind down the asphalt.

Sunnyside man calls cops on himself

A man in the 800 block of South Ninth Street called police yesterday morning (Thursday) to complain about people parking next to his garage. Turns out, he was the one who got arrested.

G’view police on hunt for bicycle thief

Police are investigating the theft of a bicycle reported in the 400 block of West Fifth Street last night (Thursday).

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, June 9, 2014, at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Mabton police called over too much homework

Police in Mabton responded to a report of an out-of-control juvenile this past Tuesday. According to police, the juvenile was stressing about having too much homework.

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Grads urged to keep the faith

“I just love having church at school!” Sunnyside High School teacher Nick Paulakis exulted during his charge to the class of 2014 during a baccalaureate service last night.

Free summer camp open to youngsters

Children who want to learn more about robotics, flying, cooking, gardening or designing apps should attend the 21st Century summer camp, to be held Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sierra Vista Middle School this summer.

Sunnyside makes Top-25 ‘safe list’

Sunnyside is safer than Ellensburg, Port Angeles and Edmonds and nearly 50 other Washington cities with a population of more than 10,000.

Grid Kid sign-ups next Monday

Sunnyside Grid Kid football pre-registration will be held Monday, June 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. near the concession stands at Sunnyside High School’s Clem Senn Field.

No council meeting in Grandview next Tuesday

Due to a lack of agenda items, the Grandview City Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. next Tuesday, June 10, has been canceled.

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Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo June 13-15

CLEVELAND – It’s time to make plans to attend the state’s oldest continuous running rodeo and community picnic.

‘Field to Fork’ at Bill’s Berry Farm June 20

GRANDVIEW – Bill’s Berry Farm, located north of Grandview at 3674 N. County Line Rd., is hosting a special “Field to Fork” event on Friday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Bigger trout await anglers Father’s Day weekend

Fish hatchery crews will be stocking 10,000 one-and-a half pound triploid rainbow trout in 20 lakes just before Father’s Day weekend, June 14-15.

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Bluegrass concert June 17

PROSSER – Bluegrass music will fill Prosser’s Princess Theatre on Tuesday, June 17, as Ned Crisp & Bottomline return for a one-time performance.

‘Sort for Cause’ set June 21-22

“Sort-4-the-Cause,” a two-person cattle sorting fundraising event held annually in Sunnyside, is set to take place Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22.

Rock ‘n’ Rods set for June 21

PROSSER – The fifth annual Rock ‘n’ Rods will be staged on Saturday, June 21, at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

Ride D’ Vine charity event slated Saturday, Aug. 9

YAKIMA – Bicyclists who want to experience Yakima’s wine country on a journey aimed at helping people in need can sign up now for the second annual Ride D’Vine to be held Saturday, Aug. 9, starting at 9 a.m.

‘Bite of Yakima’ June 28

YAKIMA – The “Bite of Yakima” is a community celebration of the Yakima Valley’s unique culinary offerings from local restaurants, confectioners, bakers, food trucks, agricultural producers, manufacturers and more.

Iron Chef host to be in Yakima February 2015

YAKIMA – Alton Brown, Iron Chef host and renowned television personality, is taking his brand of quirky humor and culinary science on the road with the “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour.”

Visit Sunrise at Mt. Rainier National Park

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN – Crystal Mountain invites people to discover the sunny side of Mt. Rainier this summer.

Tumbling camp in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be offering its annual youth tumbling camp beginning Monday, June 23.

SPU student says campus is pulling together after shooting

According to a Lower Valley student studying at Seattle Pacific University, the campus is pulling together after a shooting yesterday on campus that killed one student and put several others in the hospital.

Burglar steals lawnmower

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported last night (Thursday) in the 4500 block of East Euclid Road near Mabton. The burglars reportedly broke a padlock to get into an outbuilding and stole a lawnmower, shop vac and saddle.

New roles for Grandview duo

They have worked side by side for the past nine years, he as the Grandview Compass High School’s administrator and she as the school’s business education instructor.

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Global Day of Prayer on tap for this Sunday

Joining millions around the world for Global Day of Prayer this coming Sunday will be two groups of prayer warriors.

Grief and faith

Paul writes, "Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. [I Thessalonians 4:13-14, NIV © Biblica].

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D-Day at 70…some nagging questions

I generally pay no attention to 70th anniversary observances, saving up my energies for the 75-year “diamond jubilee” milestones.

Learning to fly

This is my 14th year, while working for newspapers, to provide coverage of high school graduations.

We’re sending our boy home

Nine months ago my daughter Sarah announced on Facebook that she was going to give me another grandchild.

Police over-reacted at courthouse


The front page story in the Daily Sun News about U.S. Congressional candidate Gavin Seim in last Tuesday’s edition questioning the officials at the Grant County Courthouse about not having a lockbox, or someone there to check firearms, leaves one to believe he did something wrong.

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“You seem kinda low this morning, Sweetie,” Marjorie said.

Welcome to the real world

And now, an open letter to all you new grads.

‘Free days’ in state parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is reminding the public that three dates in June are ‘free days’ at all state parks.

Benefit concert set for July 26

YAKIMA – Support the Yakima Area Arboretum by spending an enchanting evening at the beautiful DeAtley Estate enjoying live piano music, sparkling wine and dessert on Saturday, July 26.

Free fishing this weekend

Each year, thousands of Washingtonians go fishing – legally – without a license.

Thursday, June 5

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Sun Valley Elementary School students of the month for May

Sunnyside’s Sun Valley Elementary School students of the month for May are...

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Pioneer Elementary School May students of the month

Sunnyside’s Pioneer Elementary School May students of the month include...

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Chief Kamiakin Elementary May students of the month

The Sunnyside Chief Kamiakin Elementary School students of the month for May are ...

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Sunnyside High School May students of the month

Sunnyside High School May students of the month include...

Mustangs baseball team nips Sunnyside

A three-run rally in the third inning proved just enough for Prosser to knock off the Sunnyside High School summer baseball team yesterday (Wednesday), 3-2.

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Mabton residents weather road woes

MABTON – Not only have state officials closed the SR 241 bridge just outside of town to rigs weighing more than three tons, the road (also known as the Sunnyside-Mabton Highway) is also undergoing resurfacing, as is the roadway near town at SR 22.

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If at first you don’t succeed...try, try again

Sunnyside High dropped from Washington state’s bottom 5%

Sunnyside High School has been dropped from the state’s priority list made up of the bottom 5 percent of schools in Washington state.

Nearly $15,000 reported stolen from bank account

A report of money missing from a Sunnyside resident’s banking account is under investigation by the Sunnyside police.

Top homes afforded honors

GRANDVIEW – The city of Grandview has named the beautification award winners for the month of June.

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John O. Pendergrass Jr.


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Juan Carlos Garcia


Public input necessary to complete state transportation plan

Every four years People for People, on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation, conducts a forum to provide the public input on the state’s transportation plan.

Lower Valley growers encouraged to have soil tested for free

Growers in the Lower Valley area can have their fields tested for high nitrates over the next couple of years for free by contacting the South Yakima Conservation District.

Wednesday, June 4

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Digester dig

SHS scholarships ceremony tomorrow

In an effort to minimize the length of commencement exercises on graduation night, Sunnyside High School last year began announcing the names of scholarship recipients in a special ceremony the night beforehand.

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SVID briefs

SVID approves increase in water rights contracts

SVID’s sale of irrigation water rights to property owners has operated under essentially the same policy for nearly 100 years.

‘Donate to Detonate’ fundraiser now underway

The Sunnyside Lions Club is currently sponsoring a “Donate to Detonate” raffle as part of its promotion for the club’s Independence Day celebration, to be held Friday, July 4, at Sunnyside High School’s Clem Senn Field.

Vandalism being investigated

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are investigating a couple of cases of broken car windows reported yesterday (Tuesday).

Claims OK’d

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Underground trenching leads to million-year-old find

When the Columbian mammoths roamed the Pacific Northwest more than 11,000 years ago, there were no hi-rises blocking the horizon.

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Happy Hour

Don’t forget to kiss the bride

June is here, and it’s the month for weddings.

Reinvent yourself when your life doesn’t turn out the way you planned

We’ve all been there, or at least many of us have.

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SHS spring athletes honored

As part of the ceremony celebrating athletes representing Sunnyside High School this past spring, Athletic Director Bill Daley last night recognized the accomplishments of Elijah Pena and the boys soccer team.

Health insurance options available for early retirees

At age 63, I will be retiring in a few months and need to find some health insurance coverage for my wife and me until Medicare kicks in.

Sunnyside nine opens summer play with three losses

The Sunnyside High School baseball team is playing a summer schedule, which started last weekend with a doubleheader at Selah and a contest against the Yakima Select team.

Ricardo Rodriguez


Phyllis Till


Task sharing


On behalf of the veterans of The American Legion, VFW and AMVETS who normally gather to set out flags at the Grandview Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend, I wish to thank all those who came to assist this year. It made our work so much easier.

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Kiwanis awards three scholarships

During their weekly meeting this morning, Wednesday, at Bon Vino’s, Sunnyside Kiwanis Club members heard presentations from three applicants for the group’s scholarship funds.

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A message to the class of 2014

The month of June brings a stream of graduation ceremonies and festivities. It is truly a rewarding and exciting time for graduates and their families as personal struggles are overcome and goals are reached.

Art Eucker Jr.


Drumming up business

Delbert’s at it again. You know Delbert McLain, our local chamber of commerce? He’s the guy who wants to bring lots of people here so the place isn’t quite as nice as it is now.

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‘Crowdfunding’ the future with solar roads?

Are we to the point now that normal people can fund projects that will change the future?

Elizabeth M. Gray


Tuesday, June 3

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One peg at a time

“Fifteen for two, and a run of three for three for a score of five” was just one way to count scores at the annual Washington Elementary School Cribbage Tournament held last Friday.

Donation will build computer lab at Entrust

The Yakama Legends Casino Charitable Donation Committee has given $3,000 to Entrust Community Services to purchase computers for the Sunnyside Entrust Service Center.

Yakima Federal notes awards

Over the past 39 years Yakima Federal Savings and Loan Association has provided more than $1.5 million in college scholarships to local graduating high school seniors.

EOU deans list honors locals

LA GRANDE, ORE. - Eastern Oregon University has named 540 students to the dean’s list for winter term 2014.

Summer school registration scheduled at YV-Tech tonight

The YV-Tech center in Sunnyside will be holding summer school registration today, Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Edward Landon Courtright Jr.


Firemen have quiet night

Sunnyside firemen responded to a citizen assist in the 600 block of South 12th Street last night just after midnight.

Rail assessment to be reviewed

The Port of Sunnyside recently commissioned a rail assessment and last night, Monday, discussion on the completed rail report was tabled to allow port commissioners time to review its findings.

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Sunnyside man works to create warm clothing for extra cash

From his easy chair in the front room of his 16th Street apartment, Don Underwood can keep an eye on the neighborhood, whenever he takes a break from making dozens of handcrafted hats and scarves.

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Numerous highlights for teens at DECA confab

The International Career Development Conference (ICDC) sponsored by DECA Inc. was held in Atlanta, Ga.

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Former priest new community relations manager at Grandview’s Orchard House retirement center

Saying his current job is a different type of pastoring, Phil Cioppa of Sunnyside is excited about his work at Orchard House, a senior assisted living community in Grandview.

Police seek information in fraud case

Mabton Police Department officers continue to investigate a report of fraud from the 300 block of South Street. According to the complaint, checks have been cashed on the victim’s closed account.

Lots of calls for Yakima County deputies yesterday

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to more than a dozen calls in the Lower Valley yesterday (Monday), including five different traffic incidents.

Apple theft investigated in G’view

Police in Grandview received a report of a man stealing apples from a bin at a local processing facility last night (Monday). The incident is under investigation.

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Privacy issues vex potential use of cameras by police, firefighters

A lack of quorum meant that Sunnyside’s subcommittee on public safety meeting scheduled for Monday night turned into a discussion between Councilman Jason Raines, Fire Chief Aaron Markham and Police Chief Al Escalera about the value and utility of personal cameras on firefighters and officers.

Relay For Life fundraiser moves closer to $80,000 goal

Donations are still coming in for the 2014 American Cancer Society Lower Valley Relay For Life, according to Troy Berglund, event chairman.

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Port officials mull bond offer for digester funding

During their meeting last night, Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners received a bond presentation from Banner Bank officials.

Do you know what to do if disaster strikes?

In a worst-case scenario, residents of Yakima County may need to fend for themselves for up to 72 hours, meaning that every household should have three days of essential supplies on hand at all times.

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The boys of summer are back in the Yakima Valley

For fans of what’s known as America’s favorite pastime, there is a new baseball team bringing excitement to the Yakima Valley.

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Fourth District hopeful may face charges from courthouse conflict

Charges may be sought against Fourth District Congressional candidate Gavin Seim following an encounter last month at the Grant County Courthouse.

Monday, June 2

Construction change order gains approval

The Sunnyside School Board approved a change order to the Sunnyside High School renovation project amounting to $92,992.

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First-ever State trophy for Sunnyside soccer program

“There are always speed bumps in the road, it’s how you recover, how you stand up, how resilient you are,” Grizzly Co-Coach Sergio Licona told a disappointed soccer team after last Friday’s 2-0 State semi-final loss to Mercer Island.

Mission accomplished!

Hannah Pond’s goal, simply put, was to make the cut for day-two action at the 2A State girls golf tournament last week.

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Pena runner-up in 3A triple jump

SHS senior snags three medals at State

It wasn’t the most auspicious of starts last Friday, but Sunnyside’s Elijah Pena made the most of his final trip to the State 3A track meet last week with three medals.

Bickleton girls 5th, boys 11th at 1B State track & field meet

Bickleton’s Lindsay Brown and Nathan Powers together collected seven medals at last weekend’s WIAA Class 1B State Track & Field Championships.

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Grandview’s Shafer, Razo medalists at 2A State meet

Senior Jamila Shafer and junior Steven Razo returned home to Grandview this past weekend with medals in hand from the WIAA Class 2A State Track & Field Championships.

Grizzly duo earns coach of year honors

Sunnyside soccer’s success this season has not gone unnoticed, as Co-Coaches Sergio Licona and David Guevara were voted co-coaches of the year by their peers in the CBBN.

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Just the beginning for Mabton graduates

The Mabton High School class of 2014 this past Friday celebrated its accomplishments, overcoming diversity and being triumphant when reaching toward their goals.

Puppy, truck stolen by burglars

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a burglary reported in the 4400 block of East Euclid Road near Mabton.

Grandview cops kept hopping

Police in Grandview report that this last weekend had “lots of calls, but nothing major.”

Personnel changes OK’d

Last Thursday night, the Sunnyside School Board approved a number of personnel changes in the district.

Math books approved

The Sunnyside School Board approved the adoption of new mathematics curriculum for the district at its regular meeting Thursday night.

Hastings authors measures designed to aid farmers

Several priorities, authored by U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings, that help preserve the ability of Central Washington growers to continue farming were included in the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2015.

Salary deals pass muster

After an executive session at Thursday night’s meeting, the Sunnyside School Board unanimously approved the district’s non-represented salary schedule and an agreement with the district’s athletic coaches.

Fire danger restrictions put into place

Last week the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the fire danger has increased to ‘moderate’ in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties.

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Mayfest at St. Joseph’s

The event, which featured a carnival and vendor booths, was held all weekend at the church grounds.

Money missing from Sunnyside store

A report of missing cash from a local store cash register was reported to police last Friday morning.