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Monday, June 30

   

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.

June 30, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
  

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.

June 30, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
    

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.

June 30, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 30, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 30, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

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.

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


‘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.”

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

Top float

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

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
      

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.

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
        

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.

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
      

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.

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

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).

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
    

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.

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

June 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 26

    

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.

June 26, 2014 3:41 p.m. read more..
           

Wednesday, June 25

          

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.

June 25, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
     

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.

June 25, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 25, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 25, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

Tuesday, June 24

   

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.

June 24, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 24, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..
              

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.

June 24, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

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.

June 24, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
          

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.

June 24, 2014 2:41 p.m. read more..


Monday, June 23

   

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.

June 23, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..
     

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.

June 23, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

Grizzlies compete at Selah tourney

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.

June 23, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

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.

June 20, 2014 3:39 p.m. read more..
  

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.

June 20, 2014 3:28 p.m. read more..


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.

June 20, 2014 3:24 p.m. read more..
   

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.

June 20, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
              

Royal gathering

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

June 20, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

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.

June 20, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

‘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.

June 20, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

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.

June 20, 2014 3 p.m. read 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.

June 20, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

Tumbling camp starts Monday

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

June 20, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


Thursday, June 19

  

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.

June 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
     

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.

June 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

Wednesday, June 18

 

Nitrate testing, drinking water help available

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.

June 18, 2014 3:33 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 18, 2014 3:30 p.m. read more..
        

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.

June 18, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 18, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
      

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.

June 18, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


Why spy, China?

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

June 18, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 18, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 17

 

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.

June 17, 2014 4:47 p.m. read more..
       

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.

June 17, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..


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.

June 17, 2014 3:19 p.m. read more..


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.

June 17, 2014 3:19 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 17, 2014 3:18 p.m. read more..
         

Monday, June 16

    

Teen hurt in crash

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

June 16, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
   

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.

June 16, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

Friday, June 13



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.

June 13, 2014 4:28 p.m. read more..
      

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).

June 13, 2014 4:20 p.m. read more..
  

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.

June 13, 2014 4:12 p.m. read more..
    

Pageant smiles

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

June 13, 2014 3:43 p.m. read more..


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.

June 13, 2014 3:39 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 13, 2014 3:33 p.m. read more..


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.

June 13, 2014 3:25 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 13, 2014 3:21 p.m. read more..


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.

June 13, 2014 3:21 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 13, 2014 3:19 p.m. read more..


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.

June 13, 2014 3:19 p.m. read more..


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.

June 13, 2014 3:13 p.m. read more..
   

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.

June 13, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..
     

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.

June 13, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..


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?

June 13, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 13, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
    

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.

June 13, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
   

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.

June 13, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
 

Tumbling camp in Grandview

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

June 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

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.

June 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


Thursday, June 12

      

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.

June 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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

June 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

Wednesday, June 11

 

Freshly poured

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

June 11, 2014 4:34 p.m. read more..
 

Summer break

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

June 11, 2014 4:33 p.m. read more..
   

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.

June 11, 2014 4:30 p.m. read more..
      

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.

June 11, 2014 4:22 p.m. read more..


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.

June 11, 2014 4:21 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 11, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
    

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.

June 11, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

Senior smiles

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

June 11, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

Tuesday, June 10

 

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.

June 10, 2014 3:26 p.m. read more..
  

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.

June 10, 2014 3:21 p.m. read more..
  

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.

June 10, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..
            

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.

June 10, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..


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.

June 10, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 10, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
           

Monday, June 9



Graduates aplenty

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

June 9, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..
  

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.

June 9, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..
    

Too much of a good thing

“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.

June 9, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 9, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
    

Friday, June 6



VERDICT IS IN

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

June 6, 2014 3:38 p.m. read more..


Making the grade

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

June 6, 2014 3:36 p.m. read more..


Yum!

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

June 6, 2014 3:35 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 6, 2014 3:33 p.m. read more..
   

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.

June 6, 2014 3:21 p.m. read more..


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.

June 6, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 6, 2014 3:17 p.m. read more..
    

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.

June 6, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
   

‘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.

June 6, 2014 3:01 p.m. read 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.”

June 6, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
 

Tumbling camp in Grandview

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

June 6, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
  

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.

June 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

June 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

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].

June 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

Learning to fly

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

June 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

June 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

‘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.

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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.

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Thursday, June 5

     

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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Wednesday, June 4

 

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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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Tuesday, June 3

 

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.

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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.

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Firemen have quiet night

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Monday, June 2

 

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.

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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

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.

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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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Math books approved

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

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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.

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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.

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