Stories for March 2014


Monday, March 31

Money taken during home invasion

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a report of a robbery that happened early this past Saturday morning. The suspect entered a home in the 500 block of North Fourth Street near Grandview and took money from the residents.

Swim team raffle sponsors being sought

Sunnyside’s Noon Rotary is seeking sponsors for the annual Sunnyside Swim Team Raffle to take place this summer.

Change orders approved

The Sunnyside School Board last week approved a $13,949 change order to the construction of the YV Tech Phase 3 Sunnyside branch campus.

Schools being inventoried

The Sunnyside School District is conducting an inventory of district assets and school conditions to meet state requirements.

Sunnyside woman dies in rollover mishap

A passenger in a car that careened out of control and rolled before coming to rest on its wheels early this past Sunday morning has died.

Soroptimists’ annual flower sale underway in Sunnyside now through end of next month

Now is the time to start placing orders for the geraniums and petunias that the Lower Valley Soroptimist International Club sells each spring. The plants can be purchased individually for $2 apiece, or in flats of 18 for $35.

Health risk warnings issued at start of Lower Yakima Valley dust season

March came in like a lion here in the Lower Valley and seems set on doing the same to end the month.

Sunnyside woman loses $250 in fraudulent loan scheme

In a case of consumer beware, a Sunnyside woman reported last Saturday she had been duped out of $250 by a company offering to give her a car loan.

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Downtown S’side construction work expected to continue until at least October

Businesses to remain open

Downtown merchants would love people in Sunnyside to check out the construction on the downtown revitalization project, and while folks are around to visit their businesses.

Hospice to hold annual meeting

Heartlinks Hospice and Palliative Care will hold its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 a.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, 531 S. 16th St. in Sunnyside.

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Friday night social at Sun Terrace

Enjoying a little sparkling cider and hors d’oeuvres at a wine and cheese social held last Friday at Sunnyside’s Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living Community are staff members Linda Dium, Cheryl Larrick, visitor Ryan Youngman, resident Harriet Wolf and her daughter Jennifer Wolf of Vancouver.

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“Chico” given great send-off

Longtime Sunnyside Police Officer Chico Rodriquez was honored last Friday night for his 28 years of law enforcement services in ceremonies held at the Sunnyside Community Center. His retirement begins today (Monday).

Tuberculosis rate increasing in Washington state

Tuberculosis cases increased in Washington state for the first time after several years of decline.

Springtime fires keeping firemen busy

Sunnyside firemen responded to a report of a car fire in the 500 block of North Fourth Street in the early hours of Saturday morning. The car sustained an estimated $5,000 damage, according to the report. None of the nearby buildings were involved in the fire.

Power pole fire leaves more than 600 Sunnyside customers without electricity

The combination of dust and rain left more than 600 customers without power last Friday afternoon for more than two hours.

‘Celebrate Sunnyside’ scheduled for April 8 open to all townsfolk

Community residents are invited to take part in a special tour that will showcase Sunnyside’s most recent transformations.

Busy weekend for G’view cops

Police in Grandview are investigating two thefts that were reported over the weekend. One was reported from the 300 block of East Wine Country Road last Friday morning, the other in the 300 block of Adams Street yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. No details on either incident were available.

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Grizzlies, Pirates compete at annual Don Holder Relays

YAKIMA – Both the Sunnyside Grizzlies and Bickleton Pirates were among the 30-plus schools that competed in brisk and blustery conditions at last Saturday’s Don Holder Relays.

Grizzlies have few bright spots against Riverhawks

PASCO – The good news is that the Lady Grizzly team of Mirella Ramirez and Stephanie Herrera won their first doubles match of the season against the Chiawana Riverhawks this past Saturday.

Pond competes at Dolquist tournament

YAKIMA – Grandview High School’s Henry Pond was the lone Greyhound competing at last Friday’s Lee Dolquist Invitational at Yakima’s Apple Tree Golf Resort.

’Hounds notch first win

TOPPENISH – The Greyhounds took drew first blood in a match this past Saturday against the Toppenish Wildcats, scoring 13 minutes into the game on their way to a 2-1 victory in the non-league encounter.

Vikings sweep Grandview ‘nine’

SELAH – The host Selah Vikings had too much firepower as the Grandview Greyhound baseball team fell 21-0 and 13-0 in a CWAC twin bill last Saturday.

Wildcats squeeze out two wins from ’Hounds

TOPPENISH – A pair of CWAC teams in rebuilding mode went tit-for-tat with one another this past Saturday.

Grandview High baseball team hosting youth camp

GRANDVIEW – Children ages five to 12 are invited this week to work on their baseball skills during a baseball youth camp at Grandview High School.

Friday, March 28

‘Green’ gardening tips offered April 26

The Yakima Area Arboretum is sponsoring a workshop for gardeners looking to learn natural yard care techniques.

‘Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth’ performance slated April 12

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

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Scouting fun set for April 12

The annual Chief Kamiakin District’s annual Scout ‘O Rama and Pinewood Derby will take place on Saturday, April 12, at Grandview Country Park and Fairgrounds.

Gabriel Benitez


Bake sales, car washes can go on without being taxed

Senate Bill 6405, which provides clarity on how non-profit, tax-exempt property may be used without jeopardizing the property’s tax-exempt status, was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday.

Cop keeping busy in Grandview

Police in Grandview handled more than two dozen incidents in the last two days, including three animal problems, seven reports of suspicious activity, two reports of juvenile problems and a report of a theft.

The bottom of the problem

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the sale of marijuana in the Yakima Valley.

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Lions meet Helios

Sunnyside Police Department K-9 star “Helios” meets members of the Sunnyside Lions Club in the first of a series of public appearances the Sable German Shepherd will be making during the coming weeks.

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Riverview 9-3 winners over SHS Lady Grizzlies

Sunnyside’s bats were hotter, but Riverview’s runners were able to capitalize on the Lady Grizzly fastpitch softball team’s errors to win 9-3 last night.

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Sunnyside remains unbeaten

Boys Prep Soccer

Grandview keeper Antonio Garcia stops a scoring attempt made by Sunnyside’s Christian Chavez in last night’s soccer match between the two non-league rivals.

CEO lauds recent improvements at hospital

After two years as its chief executive officer, Sunnyside Community Hospital’s John Gallagher had a good report to give the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarians this past Wednesday morning.

Lodging tax advisory committee setting short and long-term goals

“It’s good…we finally have a plan in place,” Sunnyside City Clerk Delilah Saenz said at yesterday’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting.

HOME Consortium home loans available to Lower Valley residents

Landowners in Sunnyside, Grandview, Mabton, Wapato, Union Gap and unincorporated areas of Yakima County soon will have an opportunity to apply for a federal loan to repair their homes.

Electronics reported stolen from Olmstead Road area

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating the theft of electronics worth about $700 from the 2600 block of Olmstead Road near Grandview. The theft was reported last night (Thursday).

Changes underway

Sunnyside motorists traveling to and fro, who typically traverse South Sixth Street to get from one destination to another have inevitably noticed their route of travel has become a construction zone.

Request for waiver of 180-day school year approved

The Sunnyside School District board of directors approved a request for a waiver from the Washington state requirement for a minimum 180-day school year.

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Piano performance on tap for April 10

Hailed by the New York Times as “romantic with a cool edge,” pianist Andy Feldbau is a rising star on the world stage. He brings his talent to the Sunnyside High School auditorium on Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Last weekend for snow activities at Paradise

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King advises that the public sledding area at Paradise will be groomed and staffed through this weekend.

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Congressional candidate ready to get his hands dirty

“You can’t talk a hop plant up a string. You have to break a sweat and get your hands dirty.” - Dan Newhouse

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STEM learning on display at Harrison Middle School

How does the angle of a kick relate to the chance of scoring a goal?

Police chief candidates will meet public Tuesday

The public is invited to meet five finalists for Sunnyside police chief during an open house next Tuesday, April 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at city hall.

Board supports Supreme Court ruling

The Sunnyside School Board is supporting the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools with a one-time $500 supporting payment and a resolution of support.

YVCC hosts spring break basketball camp

Yakima Valley Community College’s athletic department is hosting a spring break basketball skills camp the week of March 31-April 3.

YVCC biology lecture series featured April 9

YAKIMA – The Yakima Valley Community College Biology Lecture Series continues with Ted Gamlem and Betsy Bloomfied on Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Anthon Hall, room 215, in Yakima.

Get your groove on with AutoRap

Cher’s 1998 dance house hit “Believe” did more than revive her career.

Logo a no-go

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs the Sunnyside School Board was not, in terms of selecting the new logo for the local school district.

Director concerned about placement of highly capable students

Concerns were raised last night about the Sunnyside School District’s program for highly capable students, which was approved by the school board in February.

Woman reportedly threatens tow truck driver with a pistol

Last night (Thursday) just after 6:30 p.m. Sunnyside police rushed to the 600 block of Reeves Way for a report of a female brandishing a weapon at a tow truck driver.

A new beginning

I’ve always dreaded going to community meetings, fearing more negatives and fewer positives will be brought forth during hours and hours of repetitive discussion.

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A sinking feeling about Noah

*Sigh* The whole Noah’s ark experience used to be so simple.

Our food also comes from the state’s waters

Monday morning a brief article in the newspaper caught my attention. In Seattle on Thursday there was to be a parade of nine wooden fishing vessels going from their winter home in Ballard down to South Lake Union. They are to be displayed there until Saturday’s opening exhibit at the Center for Wooden Boats.

Swallowed by the streets: a child’s innocence in danger

On city streets throughout America a battle is being waged for the soul of humanity, and it is taking place right in front of our eyes.

1964: Sunnyside girl receives letter from President’s widow

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

Strike three for Grizzlies

After two one-run losses to open the season a week ago, the Sunnyside High School baseball team has suffered three straight spankings.

Seven champs for Ironman wrestling club

Seven youngsters who are members of the Sunnyside Ironman Wrestling Club earned first-place medals at a tournament staged at West Valley High School last Saturday.

Granger boys eke out 2-1 win against Vikings

In what was a battle between two SCAC foes last night, it was the Granger boys soccer team that prevailed 2-1 over host Mabton.

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Children who yearn to fly welcome at Young Eagles event

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

Washington State Draft Horse and Mule Association sponsors weekend event

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, together with the Washington State Draft Horse and Mule Association, invite the public to a unique interpretive history event at Olmstead Place State Park.

Thursday, March 27

Stove fire occurs here

A report of a stove fire in the 2300 block of Yakima Valley Highway called out the Sunnyside firemen at approximately 5 p.m. last night.

Dispatchers, corrections officers reach agreement

Negotiations between Teamsters Local No. 760 and the city of Grandview for the contract for police department dispatchers and corrections officers have concluded.

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Lines of communication appear open in Sunnyside

Sunnyside’s first town hall meeting under the city’s new administrative leadership was well attended last night and generated a lot of comments and uncomfortable questions.

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Getting in extra practice

The Grandview High School girls golf team was scheduled for a match against Prosser yesterday (Wednesday), but it was canceled and rescheduled.

Hoof disease in elk creating concerns for wildlife officials

State wildlife managers believe they are close to determining the cause of hoof disease in southwest Washington elk and plan to hold two meetings in April – in Vancouver and Chehalis - to share results to date and answer questions from the public.

Kenneth Leroy Kearney


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Pro-pot testimony dominates planning commission hearing

Nearly 50 people packed a Yakima County Planning Commission meeting last night for a public hearing on the county’s proposed ban on the production, processing and retailing of marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county.

WSP issues update on multiple accidents

In a report issued yesterday, the State Patrol notes that three collisions all involving passenger cars this past Tuesday on the Sunnyside-Mabton Highway were not just due to poor visibility from a dust storm.

Washington Healthplanfinder making final push to get people enrolled by March 31

Washington Healthplan-finder officials are making a final push for residents to enroll in qualified health plans through by the end of open enrollment (March 31).

Little Grapplers continue to impress

Of the 51 members of the Sunnyside Little Grapplers who competed at last Saturday’s wrestling tournament at West Valley High School, 31 returned home with hardware.

Dale Everett Brendt


Amy Guadalupe Lemus


Steelhead fishing to close

Steelhead fishing on the upper Columbia River and its tributaries will close one hour after sunset next Monday, March 31.

Shoplifters swipe liquor from Safeway

Since yesterday (Wednesday) Sunnyside police have responded to a number of calls, including a shoplifting incident at Safeway.

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College students spending spring break in Sunnyside

Every seat was full yesterday, Wednesday, in Nuestra Casa’s ESL classroom.

Wednesday, March 26

Grandview falls 3-1 to Vikings

The Selah Vikings defeated visiting Grandview last night, 3-1.

Legion surveys veterans nationwide

As of this month, more than 2,500 veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have participated in the American Legion’s online survey that seeks to determine the effectiveness of treatments for these two conditions.

Rebuilding America

Ever heard of Skip Pescosolido? I hadn’t either until very recently, but I’m glad I did. Without Skip, we’d all be paying higher grocery bills.

Sunnyside School Board Agenda

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 810 E. Custer Ave., 7:30 p.m.

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Longer airport runway under review

To widen the runway or extend the runway, those are among the choices the Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board will be making in the next several months.

Only two calls for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies were called to the Lower Valley just twice yesterday, both for reports of suspicious activity.

Sunnyside police kept hopping

Sunnyside police responded to a report of a burglary in the 200 block of SW Crescent Avenue last night. Upon examining the scene, officers determined that the wind blew open the door and a window. Nothing appeared to be missing at the residence.

How to fight age discrimination

Dear Savvy Senior, what constitutes age discrimination in the workplace, and where can I turn to for help if I think I’ve got a case? - Demoted at 64

Hanford gets the best of Lady Grizzlies, 16-0

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies yesterday struggled against the Hanford Falcons, only getting two hits against the home team’s pitcher.

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Harvey Benjamin Patterson


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Coach of the Year

Mabton High School wrestling coach John Kilian is presented one of two awards by Sue Sartain at this past Monday’s Mabton School Board meeting.

Patriots sweep S’side Christian

The rebuilding continues for Sunnyside Christian’s fastpitch program as yesterday the Lady Knights were swept 11-0 and 17-0 in a doubleheader at Liberty Christian.

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A March flyer

For four months of the college basketball season I’m pretty much out of the loop on what’s happening with that sport.

Yakima County commissioners extend agreement

Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) approved an amendment that extends its agreement with the Yakima Health District for the purpose of working with the Yakima County Groundwater Advisory Committee.

New name, same purpose... tourism president delivers annual report in Grandview

Each year John Cooper, president and CEO of Yakima Valley Tourism, visits the Grandview City Council to deliver the organization’s annual report.

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Protecting the Second Amendment for future generations

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.”

Suspicious activity in Grandview

Police in Grandview were called out to investigate six reports of suspicious activity yesterday (Tuesday).

Senior citizen hospitalized after getting struck by car

A 77-year-old Sunnyside man required hospitalization last night as the result of being struck by a 2005 Acura four-door sedan.

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Home delivery

Grandview Greyhound baseball hurler Anthony Ramirez delivers a pitch during a non-league home game yesterday, Tuesday, against Quincy.

Jaguars scratch out wins over Mabton girls

The Lady Vikes dropped both halves of a doubleheader to Tri-City Prep yesterday, losing the first game 13-3 and the nightcap 7-3.

Tips on what to do when your friend’s father dies ...and other life crises

Janet Reno runs a great funeral.

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Funds for new float trailer

Presenting a $5,000 check from the city of Grandview to the Grandview Chamber of Commerce and the Miss Grandview court this past Tuesday is Mayor Norm Childress.

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Multiple crashes in dust storm closes S’side-Mabton Hwy.

A swirling dust storm in the Lower Valley yesterday is blamed for a series of three collisions that sent five people to the hospital and temporarily closed Sunnyside-Mabton Highway.

Be very afraid

My attention was grabbed by a Yakima Herald Bulletin headline: “Wolf pack could be coming to this area but no one knows when.” I’m sure this warning will be helpful to livestock owners and other outdoor enthusiasts. It makes me wonder how I should prepare!

Mabton remains unbeaten with 11-1 win over Bears

Yesterday’s soccer match between Mabton and Ki-Be was a testament of overwhelming dominance.

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David Graham


Jacobo nails down Grandview’s only win in match against Huskies

Team morale may have not been at an all-time high yesterday for the Grandview High School tennis squads…following long bus rides to and from Othello, winter-like playing conditions and returning home with just one victory from the 10 matches that were played.

Grizzly errors on diamond prove costly

Errors dropped the Sunnyside Grizzlies into an early hole in Tuesday’s opening game against Riverview, and Sunnyside couldn’t come back, losing 18-11.

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Twin bill losses

Grandview’s Sadie Ross slides under the tag to score a run in the opening fastpitch softball game against Wapato yesterday (Tuesday).

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Painless therapy

As a prequel to the morning coffee inhalation down at the Mule Barn coffee shop, the members of the world dilemma think tank were found at the break of day, armed with fly rods, in their other guise as charter members of the Lewis Creek Piscatorial Pursuit Alliance.

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Mabton raising water rates April 1

Mabton residents will see their water rates increase by $3 per month on April 1, and will see an additional $3 increase this fall.

Tuesday, March 25

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West Nile virus vaccinations underway in Lower Valley for 2014

GRANDVIEW – Horse owners in the Lower Valley headed to Grandview Country Park this past Saturday to vaccinate their animals against West Nile virus.

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CROP walk well attended

The Sunnyside Ministerial Association’s annual CROP Hunger Walk had a good turnout this past Saturday morning...

More oversight of advisory boards

The Sunnyside City Council amended the rules regarding certain advisory boards and commissions last night to make sure those boards have enough members and the council is regularly updated on the actions of the boards.

Sunnyside’s city finances still a mess

The city of Sunnyside still has a long way to go before it is financially secure with accounting processes that all employees understand and can use, but the current administration is continuing to make progress.

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Local PBS station supported by community

The local PBS station in Yakima, KYVE, gets approximately 76 percent of its funding from community support.

Prestige Care administrator mulls retirement

GRANDVIEW – After spending most of the past 10 years as administrator for Grandview Prestige Care & Rehabilitation, Harry Aubert is looking towards retirement.

Family physician moves from Wapato to Sunnyside

Sunnyside Community Hospital now employs Dr. Lincoln Westfall, a family physician and obstetrician, at its Lincoln Avenue Family Medicine clinic, located at 803 E. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside hospital welcomes new ENT specialist

Sunnyside Community Hospital welcomes Dr. Thomas Mueller as the new Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist to its Lincoln Avenue Family Medicine clinic, located at 803 E. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside.

Grizzlies struggle at Knowledge Bowl

ARLINGTON – The Grizzly team at this year’s State Knowledge Bowl tournament didn’t score a lot of points, but according to advisor Paula Greene they still had fun.

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Learning styles expert leads in-service training

Last Friday, best-selling author and learning styles expert Cynthia Ulrich Tobias spoke at Sunnyside Christian School’s teacher in-service.

Students to showcase STEM learning March 27

Harrison Middle School students will be hosting a STEM showcase on Thursday, March 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Harrison gymnasium.

Mabton schools seeking to secure additional E-Rate funding for technology services

The Mabton School District has for a few years been paying for technology services and upgrades to its systems using E-Rate funding provided by the FCC.

Test scores mixed at Mabton Jr./Sr. High

During a presentation at the Mabton School Board meeting Monday, Mabton Jr./Sr. High School Principal Caleb Oten informed the board that test scores are providing mixed results.

Prieto, Shafer notch wins for GHS at Papa Wells invite

Brown secures four ‘Top 3’ finishes for Bickleton High girls

Grandview High School seniors Kasi Prieto and Jamila Shafer each grabbed a first-place finish at the annual Papa Wells Track & Field Invitational, hosted by the East Valley Red Devils this past Saturday.

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Sworn in

Mabton’s newest school board member, Rebecca Martinez, is sworn in by Mabton School District Superintendent Minerva Morales (left) at Monday’s school board meeting.

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Schoolin’ the staff

Students ruled the school last Friday in defeating the staff during an exhibition basketball game at Sierra Vista Middle School in Sunnyside.

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Prestige Care earns honors in G’view

GRANDVIEW – “Great hearts and great systems!” is how Harry Aubert describes the keys to improvements at Prestige Care & Rehabilitation in Grandview.

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Elks golfers tourney winners

The duo of Gary Hutchins and Perry Page, members of the Yakima Elks Country Club in Selah, emerged as the top golfers in the opening tournament of the 2014 season on the two Lower Yakima Valley courses.

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

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Kenneth (Ken) L. Kearney


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Whalen leads Ephrata to GHS invitational title

East Valley’s Raab claims medalist honors

East Valley’s Andrew Raab took home top individual honors from yesterday’s Grandview High School Golf Invitational.

Monday, March 24

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‘Chico’ retiring end of this month

A familiar face on the streets of Sunnyside for more than 28 years, Sunnyside Police Officer Severiano “Chico” Rodriquez is ready to turn in his shield and the keys to his black and white cruiser.

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Lower Valley welcomes four new State troopers

GRANDVIEW – After completing more than 1,000 hours of training earlier this month at the Washington State Patrol Academy, four new troopers have been assigned to the State Patrol’s Sunnyside detachment:

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Former academy instructor at helm of Sunnyside

A 12-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, Sgt. Peter Cozzitorto, arrived last year as the supervisor of the Sunnyside detachment headquartered near Grandview.

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New beginnings

Knights split jamboree games

Banging out 16 hits, four apiece by Luke Wavrin and Brant Bosma, the Sunnyside Christian Knights defeated the Seattle Christian Warriors by a 15-7 score last Saturday morning.

SCHS back from hiatus

Lady Knight fastpitch takes the field after two-year absence

TV shows go on hiatus and pick right back up where they left off.

Burglar hunted

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a burglary reported yesterday (Sunday) from the 1300 block of Cherry Lane near Grandview. The victims reported electronics and jewelry were taken during the break-in.

Greyhounds earn split in season openers

“It took us awhile, we were nervous out there but we got in the comfort zone,” Grandview baseball coach Joe Mora said of his team’s ability to rally for a split against visiting Toppenish last Saturday.

SHS boys, girls squads drop 6-1 decisions to Pasco

The Grizzly tennis squads had a tough outing in Pasco this past Saturday, with both squads dropping 6-1 decisions to the Bulldogs.

Town hall meeting with police this Wednesday

Members of the community are invited to attend a town hall meeting this coming Wednesday at the Sunnyside Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sunnyside competitive against 4A Bulldogs

The Grizzlies kept their first games of the season tight against the 4A Bulldogs, but weren’t quite able to pull off a win in the doubleheader at Pasco.

Grandview’s doubles players strong against Prosser Mustangs

Four of the six doubles matches staged in Grandview last Saturday went the Greyhounds’ way

Memorial held in Grandview for fallen cop

The Grandview Police Department hosted a memorial for Wapato Officer Derek Hansen last Friday. The retired officer passed away recently from injuries received in the line of duty. About 500 people attended the memorial.

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Barbara Ann Skinner


Grizzlies show promise at annual Ram Relays

Sparked by Brittney Broersma’s first-place finish in the 300m hurdles, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly track team earned sixth-place honors during last Saturday’s Ram Relays at West Valley.

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Four-part harmony

Boys Prep Soccer

Sunnyside and Toppenish soccer players seem to be in sync with their drive to gain control of the ball during the Grizzlies’ 2-0 home victory last Saturday.

Lady Vikings lose to Burbank in season opening twin bill

Although the scores don’t show it, Mabton Coach Jesus Sustaita said his girls played well in their season opening double-header this past Saturday.

Vikes blank Naches

The Mabton Viking boys soccer team has had a great start to the 2014 season, winning the first two games.

Greyhounds succumb to Othello, 5-1

The Grandview boys soccer team this past Saturday lost a non-league contest to Othello, 5-1.

Jack Marion Cherry


Busy weekend for S’side cops

Since last Friday Sunnyside police have responded to a number of calls, including three thefts and a burglary.

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Rising above life’s troubles

As a judge, municipal court administrator and mother, Debbie Mendoza feels her life is full of blessings great and small.

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Lady Grizzlies fall twice

Sunnyside’s Johanna Chumley this past Saturday is a little behind the pitch on this at-bat, fouling off the ball.

Friday, March 21

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Season opening victory for Mabton

Mabton’s Oscar Aguilar (foreground) moves the ball past two Connell defenders in last night’s season-opener.

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Season-opener lopsided victory for Sunnyside girls

Yesterday’s season opener for Grandview and Sunnyside was a non-league affair, but it was exciting to watch from the get-go for Lady Grizzly fastpitch softball fans.

Grizzlies shoot past Rams

The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team broke out the long ball last night to earn a 2-0 victory at West Valley in non-league play.

GHS girls snag first win since 2012

Yesterday, the Lady Greyhounds’ tennis squad snapped a victory drought that extended back to two seasons ago.

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FIRST step toward America’s future

It’s a compelling event - something we all better hope we see more of, if America is to thrive.

Our state’s farms provide much more than food

We live in a wonderfully productive area.

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Fixing Congress

These are hard times for Congress.

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Sunnyside drops 4-3 decisions to Toppenish Wildcats

The Grizzly tennis squads both dropped 4-3 decisions against the Toppenish Wildcats in yesterday’s season opener, but Coach Dave Downing said he’s proud of the effort his players showed.

Logo a go-go

Branding is key for all entities, whether public or private, for-profit or non-profit.


March 24-28, 2014

Why we walk

At the age of eight, I took what I was sure was the longest walk ever. With my family and the members of my church, St. Paul’s Lutheran of Rehburg, I walked the six miles from our country church building to the United Church of Christ building in town.

Auditor’s office details five findings against city

OLYMPIA – A week ago state auditors conducted an exit conference with the Sunnyside City Council and city staff, bringing to light numerous conditions that were significant enough to report as five official findings from the fiscal year 2012.

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Hooks will hang up their restaurant aprons for the last time Sunday

The Carrington Company, which owns Mid Valley Mall, has purchased Sunnyside’s Sunny Spot Restaurant, which has been operated by Sue and Garry Hook for the past 20 years.

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Coalition seeks common ground on retail marijuana issue

While united on discouraging teen alcohol and drug use, members of the Sunnyside United coalition are less so when it comes to whether the city should ban retail marijuana sales.

City mechanic accused of misappropriating funds

A city mechanic in Sunnyside is suspected of having misappropriated more than $2,000 from the city’s public works department and is facing a pre-disciplinary hearing.

Marriage conference to be held in April

A conference on “Real Marriage and the Truth about Sex, Friendship and Life Together” will be held at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5.

Local lawmakers’ votes on marijuana-related bills

House Bill 2304, An act relating to marijuana processing and retail licenses.

Special visit

Driver involved in local collision suffers minor injuries

A driver of one of two vehicles involved in a collision at North 16th Avenue and Yakima Valley Highway yesterday (Thursday) just before 6:30 p.m. was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries after the mishap.

Sesame Street Live in Yakima on May 7

YAKIMA – Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and their Sesame Street friends will stage a special show in Yakima on Wednesday, May 7.

‘Meet Your Farmer’ event set for April 6

ZILLAH - Bella Terra Gardens, located at 660 Bella Terra Rd. near Zillah, is hosting a special event on Sunday April 6, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Rodeo finals return to the SunDome

YAKIMA – The top rodeo in the Northwest, the Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo, will be returning to Central Washington in November.

Annual NW Nitro Nationals in Sunnyside May 16-18

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

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4-H fun

Battle of the Bars on tap Friday, April 4

PENDLETON, ORE. – The Pendleton Round-up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame are hosting the fourth annual Battle of the Bars competition in the Let’er Buck Room on Friday, April 4.

Granger Cherry Festival set for April 25-27

Three young ladies vying for 2014-15 Miss Granger title

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

‘Anything Goes’ auditions scheduled for April 2-3

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Community College Playmasters is staging auditions for the musical Anything Goes.

Arbor festival on Tap April 12

YAKIMA – The Yakima Area Arboretum will be hosting its annual Arbor Festival “A Walk in the Woods” on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

‘Go Green Olympics’ on tap March 25

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Grandview High School student David Cornejo will be offering the second annual Go Green Olympics on Tuesday, March 25, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center.

Artwork being sought for annual wine, food fair

PROSSER – The Prosser Chamber of Commerce is urging artists interested in showcasing their talent on promotional materials for the annual Prosser Wine and Food Fair to submit samples of their work by Friday, March 28.

Filipino community celebrates anniversary

WAPATO – A special celebration of the Filipino Community Hall’s 62nd anniversary will take place tomorrow (Saturday).

Candidates sought for Miss Mabton

MABTON – Mabton High School girls who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors this fall are now being sought for the Miss Mabton Pageant.

Kindergarten, preschool sign-ups scheduled

GRANDVIEW – Registration for kindergarten and preschool for the 2014-15 school year in the Grandview School District will be starting in the next week.

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Estevan Moya Sambrano


Town hall event

Sunnyside city council agenda

Monday March 24, 2014 at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Thursday, March 20

Propane theft investigated

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating the theft of about 500 gallons of propane from a wind machine in the 1500 block of Belma Road near Grandview . The theft was reported yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).

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Keeping the beat

The 700-or-so seat capacity of the Sierra Vista Middle School gym bleachers were nearly filled this past Tuesday night for a school concert under the direction of Scott Waywell.

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Gearing up for the fair

Get ready to “Flock to the Fair.” That is the message being promoted by the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Foundation Board.

Four from Iron Man club invite champs

Four of the 32 grapplers representing Sunnyside’s Iron Man Wrestling Club at an invite at Hanford High School last Saturday, March 15, returned home with first-place medals in hand.

Little Grapplers win 11 titles at tournament

A total of 11 members of the Sunnyside Little Grapplers wrestling club won age/weight division titles at a tournament held at Hanford High School last Saturday.

Girl Scout cookie sales get underway tomorrow

Locals wanting their fix of Thin Mints and Samoas are in luck as Girl Scout cookie sales start tomorrow, Friday, at booths set up outside some area grocery stores.

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Elected officials jump on board for Newhouse’s run at Congress

From Yakima to the Tri-Cities, and points in between, Dan Newhouse’s backing for a Congressional run was on full display yesterday.

Police kept busy in Grandview yesterday

Police in Grandview are investigating a burglary reported last night (Wednesday) from the 100 block of Division Street. No further details were available.

Firefighters extinguish two blazes

Two fires yesterday (Wednesday) required the expertise of Sunnyside firefighters.

Keeping cows happy is goal #1 on local dairies

Think about this - the 91 dairy operations in the Yakima Valley produce 20 million glasses of milk per day.

Family matriarch’s 100th birthday open house celebration later this week

Benita Esqueda will celebrate 100 years of life this coming Friday at an open house hosted by her family.

Safe driving class for seniors scheduled for March 24-25

To help senior citizens stay sharp and safe behind the wheel of a car, an American Association of Retired Persons safe driving course will be offered in Sunnyside on Monday and Tuesday, March 24-25.

Grizzlies put up strong marks at Hanford track meet

No team scores were kept and complete individual marks were not available, but the Sunnyside Grizzly track teams produced good efforts at Hanford during a meet that also included Prosser and Riverview, in addition to the host Falcons.

Car thief, and Jeep, ends up in canal

An attempt to steal a Jeep Wrangler Wednesday night landed both the jeep and the car thief in the canal near the 1500 block of South Fourth Street, according to a Sunnyside police report.

Sunnyside parks and rec board discusses summer programs

The use of city soccer fields and the opening date of the city pool were the main topics of discussion at yesterday’s Sunnyside board of parks and recreation meeting.

Halma earns runner-up honors at regional science fair in Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK – The Sunnyside High School Science Fair’s grand prize winner the last two years, Zack Halma, walked off with top honors from among the local contingent of students who entered the Mid-Columbia Regional Science Fair last week.

Broersma plans to attend Dordt

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Sunnyside Christian High School senior Brittany Broersma plans to attend Dordt College next year, joining the Defender volleyball and track programs.

Spring break, conferences start next week

The last day of school before spring break for Sunnyside students is Wednesday, March 26.

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Sales associate appreciates strong customer relationships

In the world of sales one must establish a relationship with his or her customers. That rapport helps a sales associate anticipate the needs of the customer.

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Miss Sunnyside candidates wanted

The 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside court urges all high school sophomore girls living within the Sunnyside area who are interested in becoming a candidate for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside title to attend an informational meeting next Monday, March 24, at 2:35 p.m. at Sunnyside High School in the classroom of Teri Alvarez-Ziegler, room 131.

Estevan Moya Sambrano


Wednesday, March 19

Smiling through a cloud

It’s a fact that many comedians and humorists live in a rather dark place and use their humor as a survival tool.

Sunnyside schools seek nominees for staff awards

The Sunnyside School District is now accepting nominations for its annual Golden Apple Awards. The event recognizes the school district’s best, brightest and most dedicated staff members.

Health strategies for preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any proven strategies to preventing dementia? My 80-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s which has me wondering if there is anything I can do to protect myself. Concerned at 53

The big mistake people make when they negotiate

We were selling our house. The buyers wanted to play hardball negotiation.

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Health insurer for port employees adds surcharges to monthly premiums

Employee insurance benefits and an investment pool were among financial matters Port of Sunnyside commissioners addressed this past Monday evening.

Proposal to substantially tax e-cigarettes stalls in Olympia

Elmer Saez, 19, got hooked on tobacco when he was 13. Saez was able to quit smoking cigarettes last July, and he credits the use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping, as the reason why. He recently started work at the Vaporium, an e-cigarette store in Lakewood.

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Fiddling around

The Gone Fiddling group of Yakima introduced a group of young fiddlers to the Sunnyside senior citizen community gathered at the Sunnyside Senior Citizen Center last Saturday afternoon.

Microlending: helping the world $25 at a time

I received an email Monday morning that told me I have about $12 in a special online account.

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Spring at the Square

Spring is abloom at Sunnyside’s Centennial Square as daffodils are making their appearance in full color at the city’s landmark.

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Men... your love life needs a pick-up truck

There’s a reason why American men drive big pick-up trucks: women dig them.

Parking laws being enforced

Police in Grandview issued parking warnings last night (Tuesday) along Ash Street as part of a continuing effort to educate the public about the city’s parking laws.

Dental delight

Herb walked into O’Dontal Dental the other day, holding his hand against a swollen face. He hadn’t even made an appointment to see Perry first, and it became obvious why he hadn’t.

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Online with Insight

Students have alternatives when it comes to succeeding in school

In many ways, Otilia Cantu is having a typical junior year of high school.

Deputies field few calls

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office responded to a handful of calls in the Lower Valley yesterday (Tuesday), including an automatic alarm and two animal problems.

Skipping school a no-no

A juvenile not wanting to take state-required school examinations earned an uncomfortable ride to school from the Sunnyside police Tuesday morning.

Downtown revitalization starts next Monday

Next Monday, March 24, the city of Sunnyside will begin breaking ground on the downtown revitalization project.

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Port of Sunnyside chemist finds new job a lot less risky

Working for the Port of Sunnyside promises to be a lot less risky than some of the jobs Darren Taitch has done in the past.

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Toast of the town

SHS Lady Grizzlies eager for return to Hardwood Classic

This past season was arguably the best in Lady Grizzly basketball.

CROP Hunger Walk this Saturday

The Sunnyside Ministerial Association’s annual CROP Hunger Walk will be staged this coming Saturday at 9 a.m.

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Bangs makes a bang for Sunnyside Christian

Triple play key in win over Naches

Baseball can be a strange game. Just ask Sunnyside Christian High School junior Ryan Bangs.

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Year four of Obamacare: delayed deadlines

As we near the fourth anniversary of President Barack Obama signing his signature health care law, residents in Central Washington and throughout the country are now feeling the pains and unintended consequences of Obamacare.

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Chick Days

Here a cheep, there a cheep...

Tuesday, March 18

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Sunnyside youths visited by author of books they’re studying in school

It’s not every day that students get to meet the individual who wrote the book being studied in school.

Port approves variance

In action last night, Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved a variance for YV-Tech’s readerboard sign.

No kids hurt in school bus accident

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a bus accident at 6:45 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) near the corner of Green Valley and Snipe’s Pump roads.

Pedestrian uninjured when struck by car

No injuries were reported in a pedestrian-vehicle collision reported early Monday morning in the 1800 block of East Edison Avenue, according to a Sunnyside police report.

Police urge public to help stop car prowls

Police in Grandview are urging citizens to lock their vehicles and keep valuables in their homes instead of their cars, or at least out of sight, after another small rash of vehicle prowling hit the city. Three incidents were reported over the weekend and another two yesterday (Monday).

Party for retiring police officer

Officer Chico Rodriquez is retiring after 28 years of service on the Sunnyside Police Department.

4-H Fun Fair this coming Saturday in Outlook open to general public

The annual Lower Valley 4-H Fun Fair will be held Saturday, March 22, at the Outlook Grange Hall, 4400 Van Belle Rd., Outlook. Doors open at 5 p.m. with carnival-type games and food.

Aid calls keep firemen busy

During the past 24 hours Sunnyside firemen provided a citizen assist in the 400 block of West Edison Avenue.

Mabton police look for stolen car

Mabton police are investigating a report of a vehicle stolen this past Sunday from a church parking lot in the 400 block of B Street.

Odor concerns raised at port district meeting

With a bid opening for the Port of Sunnyside’s anaerobic digester just days away, a concern was raised last night about odors from the port’s industrial wastewater treatment plant on Midvale Road.

Land use covenants near airport updated

Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night, Monday, approved a declaration of covenants for 118 acres the port owns adjoining the Sunnyside Airport.

Tips offered on picking up chicks

More people are raising chickens for pets, and many want fresh eggs.

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Early spring

Signs of spring are bursting forth along Emerald Road, west of Sunnyside as cherry blossoms make their annual appearance.

Sunnyside lawmaker says supplemental budget supports the right priorities

In the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session, members of the state Senate - along with the House of Representatives - adopted a supplemental operating budget that will continue to fund state activities.

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Freddie P. Camacho


Financial ‘spring cleaning’ can brighten your investment picture

The days are getting longer and warmer — a sure indication of the arrival of spring.

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John William Skidmore


Stay green with Social Security

For years, Social Security has been at the forefront of offering convenient, easy-to-use, and secure online services.

Renovation project

Newly hired assistant coach Glenn Braman has been tasked with rebuilding the Grandview High School girls’ golf team.

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Tiger turns in low round at three-team golf competition

Yes, it was a Tiger (no, not that Tiger) who scorched Black Rock Creek Golf Course yesterday afternoon for a 4-over-par 76.

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Grizzlies surge past Grandview

After a taut defensive struggle, the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team exploded for four goals in the final 26 minutes to earn a 5-1 home win over Grandview last night.

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Prosser man cleaning Lower Valley carpets

Todd Taylor is hoping to get the word out that there is a Chem-Dry franchise serving the Lower Valley again.

Get online with Social Security

Social Security services are now available online through a “My Social Security” account, including a replacement for benefit statements formerly mailed out by the department.

Monday, March 17

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Gusting winds fuel out-of-control brush fire

Smoke filled Lower Yakima Valley skies for miles Sunday morning when spring winds fueled a brush fire, believed to have started in the Florence Road area near Mabton.

‘Consulate on Wheels’ March 23-24 in Wapato

Staff from the Philippine Consular Office in San Francisco will spend three days in Wapato to conduct special business.

HSPE testing in Grandview scheduled for later this week

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, students at Grandview High School and Compass High School will be taking the Writing & Reading High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE).

Outdoor burning allowed

As of last Saturday, the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency opened the outdoor residential burning season for yard waste such as leaves and lawn trimmings.

Legislative session ends on time with basic ed funding unresolved

House Bill 2797 and Senate Bill 6483 have a lot in common. Both increased funding for K-3 classroom construction, both had bipartisan sponsorship and both failed to reach the governor’s desk.

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Hypnotic head-banging

Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik gets volunteers to rock out on stage at last Friday’s performance sponsored by YVCC Grandview at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Sunnyside man crucial in water rescue

The Yakima County Swift Water Rescue Team was called out last night (Sunday) after Art Gonzalez of Sunnyside noticed a car in the Yakima River as he was crossing the river along Donald Wapato Road.

Police seek weekend burglary suspects

Sunnyside police investigated two reports of burglaries this past weekend.

Grandview cops investigate vehicle prowls

Police in Grandview are investigating a small spree of vehicle prowls reported this past Saturday.

Show-n-Shine meeting tomorrow

All SHS 2014 senior class parents are invited to a meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, to finalize plans for the 10th year of the Show-n-Shine Car Show.

Washington state’s wolf population expanding

Gray wolves established four new packs and expanded their territory in the state over the past year, state wildlife managers told the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at a public meeting recently.

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Grizzlies strong in season opener

Sunnyside will host Grandview later today

Forwards Christian Chavez and Alexander Marin combined for four goals and three assists to spark the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team to a 5-0 thumping of East Valley last Saturday.

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SHS dancers bound for State

The Sunnyside High School Grizzly Dance Team this past Saturday won the District 5/6 championship title, qualifying the team for the State competition to take place Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Sunnyside High hurdler defeats competition at Eisenhower Jamboree

Sophomore nabs top finish for Bickleton Pirates

Both, the 3A Sunnyside Grizzly and 1B Bickleton Pirate track and field squads opened their spring campaigns at the Eisenhower Jamboree last Saturday.

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Jack Marion Cherry


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Zoe Loraine Howard


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Willis Charles Miller


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Cleotilde Cruz Nimietz


Gladys G. Long


Kathleen Louise Moore Mason


Freddie Camacho


Friday, March 14

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Dire financial straits

State auditors confident current leadership team on the right track to fixing city’s problems

The city of Sunnyside has some serious problems, including a possible case of misappropriated funds from its public works department and five findings of serious issues in its 2012 accountability audit.

Mr. SHS contestants working to help those in need

For the 10 young men vying for the Mr. SHS title on Saturday, March 22, their efforts are about the children who will be helped…not winning the crown.

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Credit union construction underway

The site has been prepped and the first shovels full of dirt have been dug.

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New faces

Energy grant will cover less than third of city’s $630,000 energy-savings projects

The good news is that the city of Sunnyside this week garnered a $170,301 state grant to reduce energy costs.

Single-port laparoscopic surgery offered in S’side

Sunnyside Community Hospital Specialty Center Surgical Group clinic expanded its services this year with the addition of single-port laparoscopic surgery, available for all residents throughout the Lower Yakima Valley.

County’s collision-injury rates outpace state average

Yakima County had a motor vehicle accident fatality rate twice that of the rest of the state in 2012.

Gone Fiddlin’ Again concert time changed

Gone Fiddlin’ Again will be performing at the Sunnyside Senior Center tomorrow (Saturday) from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Mystery dinner tomorrow night

Columbia Crest is hosting a special evening of entertainment, food and wine, as well as the opportunity to solve a mystery at its Café Murder event tomorrow (Saturday).

Six Shooters to appear in Toppenish next weekend

Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters will be providing a live performance at the Toppenish Eagles lodge on Saturday, March 22.

What's Happening

Arbor festival on tap April 12

The Yakima Area Arboretum will be hosting its annual Arbor Festival “A Walk in the Woods” on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hypnotist on stage tonight at S’side High

Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik will appear on the Sunnyside High School auditorium stage tonight (Friday).

Quilters show March 21-22

The Tri-City Quilters Guild will present its 31st annual show on Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

Iron Man wrestlers bring home 10 titles from Royal City invite

Ten youngsters representing the Sunnyside Iron Man Wrestling Club returned home last Saturday with titles from a tournament staged in Royal City.

‘Go Green Olympics’ March 25

The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Grandview High School student David Cornejo will be offering the second annual Go Green Olympics on Tuesday, March 25, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center.

Tracking workshop set for May 3

Author, photographer, outdoor educator and expert tracker David Moscowitz will be teaching at a special workshop on tracking and finding signs of wildlife at the Yakima Area Arboretum on Saturday, May 3.

Happy Pi Day!

It’s March 14, better known to nerds like me as 3.14, which is the start of the value of the mathematical term π, also known as pi and pronounced the same as “pie.”

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And the Effie goes to…

Last Saturday the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce held its annual Spirit of Sunnyside awards banquet and a week prior to that we had the Academy Awards.

Stories from our earliest days

From the 1889-90 Legislative Manual of Washington we learn that the oldest person in the state had just passed away.

Taxation without representation

I see our legislators are wanting to add another tax to all Washington state vehicle registrations to pay for another ferry. All residents would be required to pay this tax so that Seattle can have another ferry to use.

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IRS scandal: nothing to see here…

During the March 5, 2014 House Oversight Committee hearing, former IRS official Lois Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment…again. If it were not for being a part of the most “transparent” administration, one might think she had something to hide.

1954: Polio vaccine tested in Sunnyside

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

Outdoor youth soccer sign-ups set next week

The Sunnyside Arts & Sports Association (SASA) will host a series of sign-up sessions next week for youngsters who want to play in the organization’s spring outdoor soccer league.

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Your choice of pie

“That’s a lot of pie and it’s all homemade,” according to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church volunteer Javier Rivera.

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Lower Valley Relay for Life venue changed to Sunnyside

The annual Lower Valley American Cancer Society Relay for Life will have a new venue for its 2014 event.

Artwork being sought for annual wine, food fair

The Prosser Chamber of Commerce is urging artists interested in showcasing their talent on promotional materials for the annual Prosser Wine and Food Fair to submit samples of their work by Friday, March 28.

All gifts for the common good

“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed…

AARP driving class set

As motorists get older reaction times get slower.

Thursday, March 13

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Public input sought by Sunnyside schools on which logo, tagline to use

The Sunnyside School District is asking for public feedback on three possible logos and taglines for the district.

Jose Guillen Sanchez


Cable TV franchise extended

In action this past Tuesday, the Mabton City Council authorized Mayor Mario Martinez to sign a franchise extension with Charter Cable.

Marijuana public hearings scheduled

Yakima County will have two public hearings, giving the citizens of the county an opportunity to voice opinions regarding recreational marijuana businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Mendoza guest speaker for Nouvella

Debbie Mendoza, administrator for Sunnyside Municipal Court, will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, March 20, Nouvella Club meeting.

Relay for Life yard sale set for April 12

Devoted Warriors, formerly known as Team Nico, is hosting a yard sale on Saturday, April 12, to benefit Relay for Life.

Fair kick-off event March 19

The Foundation for the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo will kick off its annual writing and animal contest on Wednesday, March 19.

Washington state officials tout ‘March to Coverage’

With barely two weeks left to sign up for coverage in a qualified health plan under Obamacare, state officials are making a final push to get residents signed up.

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Mabton’s got character

Celebrating reading during Mabton Artz-Fox Elementary School’s recent “Read Across America” event are members of the school staff.

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Professional driver offers carefree transportation options

Dressed in the classic black and white garb favored by professional drivers, Cindy Tucker offers a special and much needed service in the Lower Valley.

Aid calls keep firemen busy

Sunnyside firemen have responded to six aid calls since Tuesday. Additionally, they made five patient transfers and one facility transfer.

Harassment incidents reported

Mabton police investigated two reports of harassment earlier this week, according to Mabton Police Chief Ricardo Gutierrez.

STEM showcase March 27

Harrison Middle School students will be hosting a STEM showcase on Thursday, March 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Harrison gymnasium.

County deputies field few calls

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to only five calls in the Lower Valley yesterday.

Parking issues handled by cops

Police in Grandview cracked down on parking problems on Division Street this morning (Thursday), logging 11 incidents between 1:30 and 3:30 a.m. between the 100 and 300 blocks.

Three juveniles detained following pursuit by police

A group of juveniles seen smoking in a back alley in the 300 block of Nicolai Avenue led Sunnyside police on a hour-long foot pursuit through several Sunnyside neighborhoods Wednesday morning.

Lawmakers approve hike in car tab fees

Some Washington drivers could see a new fee added to their vehicle-tab transactions starting next year.

New law for motorcyclists gets green light from legislators

No motorist enjoys waiting at a traffic light that won’t turn green.

‘Chick Days’ planned at Bleyhl’s

Local residents can learn the basics before they buy chicks during two coming educational events on raising poultry.

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Priming the pump

...irrigation season nears

The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District kicks off the spring and summer irrigation season next Tuesday, March 18, when it opens the head gate at the Sunnyside Division dam bright and early at 4 a.m.

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Region’s top principal employed in Sunnyside

Sunnyside’s Kris Diddens is surrounded by children all day long as the lead administrator of Sunnyside’s Pioneer Elementary School. It’s a job she loves and her passion for her position has led to her being named a Washington State Regional Distinguished Principal for 2014.

Wednesday, March 12

Beaches and water areas closed near Wanapum Dam

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has closed five water access sites along the Columbia River behind Wanapum Dam, where the water level has been drawn down in response to a cracked spillway.

County deputies field few calls

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a death in the Lower Valley yesterday (Tuesday) and found it was apparently due to natural causes.

High speed pursuit from Grandview to Sunnyside ends in two arrests

A routine traffic stop in Grandview late Tuesday night ended in two arrests and two damaged patrol cars following a high speed pursuit from East Wine Country Road in Grandview that ended in a residential area in north Sunnyside.

Transportation funds to be used for street projects

The city of Grandview’s Transportation Benefit District was established to determine how monies collected from a $20 car tab fee paid by motorists who reside within the Grandview city limits will be utilized on local projects.

Grandview woman on a cancer-fighting quest

Veggie burger feed fundraiser scheduled for this Saturday

Celebrating the re-birth of her mother 16 years ago by attempting to raise $4,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Nohelia Peterson of Grandview is hosting a veggie burger feed and silent auction this coming Saturday

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Mabton urged to adopt crime-free rental measure

Mabton has one of the highest rates of renter-occupied housing in the Yakima Valley, and the city needs to clamp down on tenants.

$30,000 grant to aid Mabton water situation

In action last night, Tuesday, the Mabton City Council authorized Mayor Mario Martinez to sign an agreement with the Washington State Department of Health for a $30,000 grant related to city water projects.

Mabton seeks ‘Safe Routes’ grant funds

It’s estimated nearly 100 children in the Mabton School District are required to take the bus because they have to cross SR 22 to get to school.

Police station, museum plans get funding

The Grandview City Council at Tuesday’s meeting approved task orders that will allow Huibregtse, Louman Associates to proceed with a planning study for a new police department and preliminary designs for a new museum.

$5,000 earmarked for float trailer

The city of Grandview is contributing $5,000 to the community float trailer fundraiser being spearheaded by the Grandview Chamber of Commerce.

Grandview police called out numerous times

Police in Grandview investigated a report of a theft from a store yesterday morning (Tuesday) in the 600 block of East Wine Country Road.

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Road rally racers

Roaring down the highways of Argentina behind the wheel of a 1935 Ford Phaeton touring car battling heat, freezing temperatures and car break-downs in remote areas and even confronting border police sounds like a scene from a pre-World War II movie.

Sunnyside cops busy yesterday with a variety of other calls

Sunnyside police patrols during the past 24 hours involved three animal complaints, one shoplifting report from the 2600 block of East Lincoln Avenue and three reports of harassment from the 800 block of South 16th Street, involving juveniles.

The big question that changes everything

We all have a lens.

What would you miss the most?

My mother did not like silence.

It’s official...recreational pot businesses banned in Grandview

The Grandview City Council last night followed through with its decision to prohibit recreational marijuana businesses from operating within city limits.

Automobile aids that can help elderly drivers

Can you recommend any products that can help older drivers with their vehicles?

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Pay attention to this

I happened to be doing a 20-hour road trip through Nevada in a rented car when Apple announced CarPlay, a system that will soon allow motorists to text, check email and be entertained via their mobile devices, while roaring down the highway.

Old-fashioned baby names are making a comeback

Get this: old-fashioned baby names are beginning to make a comeback.

Get this: old-fashioned baby names are beginning to make a comeback

Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) set a public hearing date and time for the annual action plan for the HOME consortium.

Helen Van Houten


Agreement with Sunnyside OK’d Tuesday

Yakima County commissioners Tuesday approved an agreement with the city of Sunnyside for the city’s Sixth Street improvement project.

Get ready, Grandma is ready to clean

Having a teenage boy around the house is a tidy person’s nightmare.

Spaghetti feed to help FFA, 4-H youngsters in Grandview

The Grandview Livestock Support Group Booster Club is holding an auction and an all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed this coming Saturday, March 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Grandview Middle School.

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American people deserve timely and honest answers

A common concern I hear from many Central Washington residents is the direction that this White House is headed. Like you, I have serious concerns about the ongoing abuse of power by President Obama.

Little Grapplers claim nine titles at Ephrata invite

EPHRATA – The spring wrestling season for 5 to 14-year-olds got underway last weekend. Not surprisingly, the Sunnyside Little Grapplers came out firing on all cylinders.

Sunnyside High School hosts winter sports awards ceremony

Sunnyside High School this past Monday night hosted its 2013-14 winter sports awards ceremony, recognizing athletes for their accomplishments this past season.

Tuesday, March 11

Port of Sunnyside’s property manager leaving for Connell’s top post at city hall

CONNELL – In about a month Jed Crowther’s commute is going to get a whole lot easier.

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Apples and Oranges

The Sunnyside City Council decided last night to provide $30,000 in funding to Merit Resources Services and FIRME Outreach to provide gang resistance counseling to youth.

New soccer field park in Sunnyside to be named after Christina Knoth

After a letter from Nicholas Steckler was read to the Sunnyside City Council at last night’s meeting, the council unanimously approved naming the newest city park after Christina Knoth.

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Tech tour

Horse vaccinations available in late March

GRANDVIEW - An equine vaccination clinic, sponsored by the Wine Country Riders, will be held Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Grandview Country Park and Fairgrounds, Wallace Way.

Idea pitched to fund a third 144-car ferry

OLYMPIA - The state House of Representatives wants to set aside $50 million to spend on the construction of a new 144-car ferry.

Matson picked for parks and rec

Mayor Jim Restucci’s appointment of Doris Matson to the Sunnyside Board of Parks and Recreation was approved Monday night by the city council.

CPA contract gains approval

The Sunnyside City Council approved contracting with Rose Eilts, CPA, for accounting services related to the city’s 2012 financial report.

Lodging tax requests OK’d

The Sunnyside City Council voted on lodging tax funding Monday night, following the recommendations of the lodging tax advisory committee with one exception.

Penny-a-day proceeds top $3,155 for American Legion in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – A penny-a-day campaign last month brought in more than spare change for Grandview’s Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion.

Nominations for community awards sought

GRANDVIEW – The chamber of commerce in Grandview is seeking nominations for this year’s community awards, to be presented on Friday, April 25, at the Grandview Community Center at 6:30 p.m.

‘St. Paddy’s Extravaganza’ for seniors this coming Thursday

GRANDVIEW – The Lower Valley Network Group is celebrating the month of March with a St. Paddy’s Extravaganza this coming Thursday, March 13, at the Grandview Community Center.

New superintendent’s contract includes annual raise of $6,000

GRANDVIEW – Kevin Chase’s contract as Grandview School District superintendent has been renewed for another three years following action taken by the Grandview School Board of Directors this past Monday night.

New financial position created

The Sunnyside City Council agreed to create a position of financial analyst to assist Finance Director David Layden.

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RadioShack downsizing

RadioShack Corporation announced plans last week to close up to 1,100 stores as part of its effort to turn around its declining sales, but there is no word yet on whether the Sunnyside location will be one of them.

Don’t be stressed about fraud

If you fall victim to fraud, it can really stress you out, not to mention damage your credit score and wallet.

Questions and answers with Social Security

My neighbor said my kids, 8 and 15, might be eligible for survivors’ benefits since their mother died. Are they?

Take steps to protect your family business

There’s nothing more important in the world to you than your family.

Three Grandview schools earn state accolades for career education programs

Representatives from Grandview High School, Grandview Middle School and Compass High School will be presented with Career Guidance Awards of Excellence tomorrow...

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Lucky readers

Thanks to the local Masonic Lodge, Sunnyside Christian School students Isabella Zecchino and Darrin Vander Meulen are now the proud owners of new bicycles.

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Sierra Vista Middle School students of the month

Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School students of the month for February are...

Helen Ione Van Houten


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Kayden Michael Burns


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John Francis Flodin



You can look in Webster’s to find the definition of versatile, or you can just look at the Lady Grizzly hoop roster, which has several girls who are multiple threats.

Dust off your financial plan

Spring is just around the corner, but before you get started with your spring-cleaning perhaps another matter deserves some dusting off-that long-term financial plan.

Unemployment rate on the decline in Yakima County

The Employment Security Department has released its most recent labor summary, prepared this past December.

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Washington Elementary School students of the month

Sunnyside’s Washington Elementary School students of the month for February include...

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Local students enjoy clean sweep at State

You won’t see their names on stat sheets or in any game highlights, but Pioneer Elementary School students Olivia Puente and Alexia Mendoza played a part in last Saturday’s trophy-round basketball game at State.

Monday, March 10

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Spirit of Sunnyside awards presented

The Spirit of Sunnyside Awards Banquet last Saturday night honored people who have worked hard to make Sunnyside a better place to live and work.

Legislators grapple with merging medical, recreational marijuana

OLYMPIA - Washington’s first marijuana retail license was recently issued, but legislators are still trying to reconcile the medical and recreational-marijuana markets before stores open this summer.

Safe driving class for seniors

As motorists get older reaction times get slower.

Sunnyside police officers kept busy since last Thursday

A couple returning home last Friday afternoon from an out of town trip were alarmed to find that their garage may have been broken into.

Vandals strike several neighborhoods in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview had a very busy weekend, making multiple arrests and handling a small spate of vandalism.

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Lady Griz fourth at State

“We’re a sisterhood! We did this for our school, our community and especially our parents!” Natalia Bazan gushed as she and her Lady Grizzly teammates stormed off the Tacoma Dome court last Saturday with a fourth-place trophy from the State 3A girls basketball tourney.

Sunnyside’s Rodriguez tallies 1,000th hoop point

Sunnyside Lady Grizzly Jordan Rodriguez picked the biggest stage and the biggest game to achieve a big career goal.

State tournament honors for Rodriguez, Maldonado

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies’ run for a trophy at the 3A State girls basketball tourney last week led to a pair of individual honors.

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

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Carlos R. Rodriquez


Dome away from home

The city of Sunnyside annexed the Tacoma Dome last week. Or at least it sure seemed that way as hundreds of local residents flocked to the wooden wonder to cheer the Lady Grizzlies at last week’s 3A State girls basketball tourney.

Friday, March 7

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Winter paradise

One of Leavenworth’s ambassadors blows the longhorn in the tradition of those living in the Alps.

‘Yakama Authors Festival’ on March 11

Yakama Nation authors will share their writings and experiences during the “Yakama Authors Festival” at Heritage University on Tuesday, March 11.

Art exhibit opens March 15

Maryhill Museum of Art’s 2014 season will open on Saturday, March 15, with the special James Lee Hansen exhibit.

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The fishing is good right now in the Columbia River.

Festival in Othello March 28-30

The 17th annual Sandhill Crane Festival in Othello is set to take place the weekend of March 28-30.

Event for sports enthusiasts scheduled for March 29

SKOOKUM, an event dedicated to bringing a variety of high-energy, disciplined and dedicated athletes under one roof, is coming to the Tri-Cities on Saturday, March 29.

‘Direct Current’ concert series starts March 15

The Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla launches its Direct Current concert series on Saturday, March 15, featuring “bIG fONT” at 7:30 p.m.

Quilters show March 21-22

The Tri-City Quilters Guild will present its 31st annual show on Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

From 1 to 21

Lady Grizzly senior relishes trip to State

“When I was a freshman we only won one game and we barely won that,” SHS senior Vanessa Alvarez says of her introduction to Lady Grizzly basketball.

Book signing next Tuesday

An in-store book signing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, will be held at the Hastings book store in Richland.

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Seneca Foods expanding operations here in Sunnyside

Construction on new plant now underway

Darigold’s expansion, the YV-Tech Center and a new fire station were 2013’s more notable building projects in Sunnyside.

Albertsons merges with Safeway grocery store chain

Safeway Inc. and Albertsons has announced a definitive agreement under which AB Acquisition LLC will acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway.

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First-ever Avanti off assembly line nearly ready to roll

Two long years and a lot of labor…that’s what it has taken to make the first Studebaker Avanti ever produced nearly ready for the road again.

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Local International Women’s Day event focuses on progress for all

For the women learning English as a second language, the words of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon resonate with a sense of hope.

WISH confab March 14-15

The women of the Grandview Church of the Nazarene are inviting all women to attend their two-day confab, entitled WISH (Women Intently Seeking Him).

GriefShare support group meetings in Prosser

The Prosser Church of Nazarene is hosting a special support group for anyone who has experienced loss and is in need of a caring environment of support.

Taize service planned for March 23

Sunnyside’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 327 E. Edison Ave. will host a Taizé prayer service at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 23.

Cullen to host Jr. Indelook Club meeting

Jr. Indelook Club President Dorothy Cullen will host the group’s next meeting on Tuesday, March 11.

Lenten soup lunches to begin

If it’s Lent it must be soup season as Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sunnyside is again offering its Lenten soup lunch program.

Kennewick attorney adds his name to list of candidates for Hastings’ seat

George Cicotte, an attorney from Kennewick, yesterday joined the list of candidates seeking the Fourth District Congressional seat being vacated by Doc Hastings at the end of the year.

Building permit fees add up to over $9,000

February is typically a slow month for new construction projects, but Sunnyside city building officials last month issued 29 building permits.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday March 10, 2014 at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

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If I were the devil

If I were the devil, I would not rest until I had undermined the foundation of - and extinguished freedom’s flame from - America, the nation referred to as the world’s last great hope - that shining city on a hill to which other nations of the world aspire.

A 125-year-old book reveals a lot about our state

Each biennium of the legislature, a manual is published with the rules of the proceedings of the legislature and the people involved. Since we’ve been coming to Olympia, it has always been bound in red so is nicknamed the little red book.

What’s your hurry?

I like taking South 16th Street past the Sunnyside schools on my way home on most afternoons.

It’s a long way to Nome

It’s the first Saturday in March, 1973, and more than 40 dog mushers are ready to leave the semi-pro baseball stadium in Anchorage and drive their teams more than 1,100 miles to Nome.

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1984: Asparagus time adopted by school district

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

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Sunnyside girls lose to Wolverines

WIAA Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament

A nothing-but-net trey by Bellevue’s Mandy Steward just 20 seconds into the game set the tone as the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team lost a 3A State tourney quarter-final tilt to the Wolverines yesterday by a score of 66-58.

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Mabton falls in quarter-finals to Borderites

WIAA Class 1A Girls State Basketball Tournament

When only three players can get the ball to drop through the hoop, and collectively a team makes just 16 percent of its shots from the field, a win is hard to come by. Especially so, if that team is playing at the WIAA Class 1A State Girls Basketball Tournament.

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Angelita "Angie" Perales


John F. Flodin


Carlos R. Rodriguez


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Young musician chosen

Sunnyside Christian Middle School student Alyssa Martin (second row center) was recently invited to audition for the Washington Music Educators Association.

YVCC Grandview Student Council hosts hypnotist

The Grandview Student Council at Yakima Valley Community College’s Grandview campus will host hypnotist Mark Yuzuik on Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Stevens Pass enjoys third snowiest February in 50 years

Stevens Pass received 160 inches of snow last month, making it the third snowiest February the resort has had in the last 50 years.

‘Polaroid Stories’ to be staged at CWU

Avril Martinez, a 2008 graduate of Sunnyside High School, will work on the sound design crew for Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble production of “Polaroid Stories” to be staged the next two weekends.

EnTrust benefit set for April 3

EnTrust Community Services is hosting “Through our Eyes,” a community art show fundraiser to benefit disabled persons throughout Yakima County.

Trophy time!

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team secured its first State trophy in nearly 25 years with a 67-54 consolation round victory over Lincoln today, Friday, at the Tacoma Dome.

Thursday, March 6

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On to State!!!

Just before receiving a police escort out of Sunnyside yesterday afternoon for the trek to the Tacoma Dome, the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team is all smiles.

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Teach, Tour & Taste

The fifth annual Teach, Tour & Taste event at Yakima Valley Community College’s teaching winery was a big success despite a rainstorm dampening the area Wednesday night.

New park may be named for community youth activist

Well, at least the new soccer field on Homer Street won’t be called Simpson.

Annual CROP Hunger Walk on tap March 22

The Sunnyside Ministerial Association is planning its annual CROP Hunger Walk for Saturday, March 22, at 9 a.m.

Firemen remove water from flooded basement

Sunnyside firemen helped provide water removal from a flooded basement last Monday reported in the 200 block of Linden Way.

Cambodian mission proves worthwhile for former Sunnyside exchange student

Her travels as a Rotary exchange student may have been the experience that prepared former Sunnysider Emily Shuttleworth for worldwide adventures, but it was a recent mission project that has set her sights on her future life course.

Broken window brings charges

A woman who got into an argument last night (Wednesday) and ended up throwing a rock through the passenger window of a friend’s car in the 600 block of South Euclid Road, then fleeing the scene, will be charged with malicious mischief, according to police.

Sunnyside cops have a quiet day

A two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning near the 1400 block of Yakima Valley Highway caused a traffic slowdown, but fortunately no one was injured, according to Sunnyside police.

Deputies take few calls

Yakima County Sheriff deputies handled a few small incidents in the Lower Valley yesterday, Wednesday, including a report of threats, two domestic calls and an automatic alarm.

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Math champs

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Middle school scientists excel

The top science fair projects from Sunnyside middle school students were singled out this past Tuesday night at Harrison Middle School, with the grand prize going to eighth-grader Michael Condie.

Local students graduate from WSU

PULLMAN – Washington State University has released the list of students who earned undergraduate degrees for the fall 2013 semester.

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Raymond Austin Johnson


New effort underway to help long-term unemployed workers

Gov. Jay Inslee has directed the state Employment Security Department to deploy $4 million in federal funds in new efforts to put the long-term unemployed back to work.

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Celebrating Lent

In the tradition of celebrating the beginning of Lent, Sunnyside residents Araceli Cazares and her young daughter, Hailey Garcia, stopped for “Ashes on the Go” yesterday.

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Top Readers

Wednesday, March 5

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Tech Tour

Young and stupid

My friend sent me this on Facebook: TO BE OLD AND WISE, YOU MUST FIRST BE YOUNG AND STUPID.

Developing partnerships key for native of Grandview in campaign for county sheriff

The field of candidates seeking to fill the Yakima County Sheriff position being vacated when Ken Irwin retires at the end of the year is growing.

Walk for Life set for April 26

GRANDVIEW – Life Options is planning its annual Walk for Life event on Saturday, April 26, at the Grandview Community Center.

Republicans say House budget sets state up for future tax increases

Granger lawmaker favors Senate’s bipartisan proposal

OLYMPIA - The state House of Representatives passed a partisan budget yesterday that, if adopted by the Senate, could set the stage for significant tax increases in the future.

State Supreme Court ruling could

OLYMPIA - A new transmission line from Pateros to Twisp would mean more reliable electricity for residents in the Methow Valley.

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Water outlook on the mend

Snow pack doubled in a month

It’s amazing what a difference a month – and a winter storm or two – can make.

How seniors can guard against robocall scams

Is there anything that can be done to stop the annoying robocalls my husband and I keep getting?

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Royal affair

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Valley quilters meeting scheduled for March 11

GRANDVIEW - Horizon Quilters Unlimited of Yakima Valley will meet Tuesday, March 11, at Immanuel Lutheran Church Hall, 300 S. Euclid Rd., in Grandview.

Trying to make your children happy makes everyone miserable

If you ask people what they want for their children, most will tell you that they just want their kids to grow up to be happy.

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We should be worried

I remember the USSR and I remember the fear I felt as a child because of the cold war.

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Cutting Medicare to support parts of Obamacare won’t fix the problems

Since it was created in 1965, Medicare has provided important benefits - helping millions of seniors, including myself, live healthier lives.

2014 political animal awards

For all those who have spent the last couple of months shoveling out a car, you should know we’re at the tail end of awards season.

Senate budget includes money for nursing homes

While the initial supplemental budget released by the Washington State Senate last week did not include funding that Gov. Jay Inslee had put aside to help reimburse nursing homes for Medicaid payments, an amendment added the targeted monies before the budget was passed.

Sen. Honeyford lauds ‘bee bill,’ budget work

Following last Thursday’s adoption of the state Senate’s supplemental operating budget, the Senate on Friday passed Senate Bill 6402 to help bee farmers in this state.

S’side resurfacing project OK’d

Yakima County commissioners yesterday signed off on documents that certify the completion of the Sunnyside maintenance yard resurfacing project.

Groundwater budget increased

Yakima County Commissioners Kevin Bouchey and Mike Leita at Tuesday’s meeting approved an increase in the budget for the Yakima Groundwater Management Area Advisory Committee.

Local group headed to expo

Today, Wednesday, a group that includes Jay Hester of the Port of Sunnyside, as well as representatives from the Port of Grandview and the Yakima County Development Association were scheduled to travel together to Anaheim, Calif. for the annual Natural Food Products Expo West.

Lab tech hired

The Port of Sunnyside has hired Darren Taitch for a lab tech position.

Contract approved

In action on Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved a $9,063 contract with Ag Pro Repair and Fabrication, Inc. of Sunnyside to clear a shed and trees from property the port owns at 2711 Sunnyside/Mabton Hwy.

Executive session held

At the conclusion of their meeting this past Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners met in executive session for 10 minutes to discuss a personnel issue.

Angelita Perales


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Cousins take the court for Columbia Basin College

PASCO - Nearly 25 years ago the King sisters ruled the basketball court for Bickleton and excelled in sports at the community college level.

Sports poster sales in Mabton legitimate

MABTON – All-American Sports Posters has been authorized by Mabton Athletic Director Brock Ledgerwood to produce athletic posters to assist Mabton’s athletic programs.

SHS winter sports awards to be presented next Monday

The 2013-14 Sunnyside High School winter sports award ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10.

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Teachers, athletes honored at school board meeting

The hard work of teachers and students was honored last week at the monthly meeting of the Sunnyside School Board.

Tuesday, March 4

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Dam crack

For the past week engineers have been worried about a large crack discovered in the Wanapum Dam.

Fruit growers plan meeting

The proposed 2014 domestic and foreign market programs will be among the topics discussed when the Washington State Fruit Commission Board of Directors next meets on Wednesday, March 12, at the W.L. Hansen Building, 105 S. 18th St., in Yakima from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local students must pass Common Core standards starting next school year

Common Core State Standards will soon be the new benchmark in Washington state classrooms.

Police chief search progressing

Updates on the search for new employees for the police department, the construction of the fire station and the budgets of Sunnyside’s police and fire departments were the main topics before the city’s subcommittee on public safety last night.

Board retreat dates scheduled

The Sunnyside School Board will hold its board retreat Tuesday, March 11, preceded by a work session on Monday, March 10, at the district’s board room.

Employees to be honored

The week of March 10-14 has been designated as Classified School Employee Week.

Sierra Vista teacher named ambassador

Sunnyside teacher Maria Garcia has been named a Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ambassador.

Car prowl reported in Grandview

Police in Grandview investigated a report of a car prowl last night (Monday) in the 500 block of West Fifth Street.

Lighting study to be revisited

Is the lighting in the Sunnyside School District’s parking lots adequate?

Burglars strike Lower Valley

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated two burglaries reported in the Lower Valley yesterday.

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Sunnyside Christian student top winner in SHS’s science fair

Excitement unrelated to the pending program opened the Sunnyside High School science fair awards ceremonies last night (Monday).

$202 million up for grabs from Department of Ecology

Benton County’s decision last year to pursue its own groundwater management efforts apart from the Lower Yakima Valley has resulted in the state proposing to provide a $250,000 grant.

Sunnyside police have quiet day

What was reported to the Sunnyside police as a stolen vehicle from a local mechanic’s shop, turned out to be a case of miscommunication.

Bid process underway for anaerobic digester

In a sure sign of progress for the Port of Sunnyside’s anaerobic digester, documents were released last week for contractors looking to bid on the $7 million project.

Smart financial moves for women

On March 8, we observe International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements.

Data center bill looks to create jobs

OLYMPIA – Last week the state Senate passed a bipartisan measure sponsored by Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry aimed at spurring economic development and job growth in rural Washington counties.

Cleotilde Cruz Nimietz


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Sunnyside team qualifies for State Knowledge Bowl

A team of very smart Grizzlies has qualified to compete at the 31st annual Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament on Saturday, March 22, at Arlington High School.

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Eithel Spradlin


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Domingo R. Castellanos


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Luis Garcia Espindola


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Donald S. Thomas


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Long time city hall clerk retires

After 30 years of greeting Sunnyside residents visiting city hall to pay their utility bills, Shirley Stredwick has decided she is due for a rest.

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End-of-year cash reserves need boosting

Trying to pay a $300,000 insurance payment with only $96,000 in your general fund is not the way to start the new year.

S’side schools breakfast promo

Students in the Sunnyside School District will have even more incentive to breakfast this month during the “iBreakfast the Parfait Way.”

Four injured in rollover mishap

A one-vehicle rollover accident that happened early Sunday evening on I-82 near Sunnyside resulted in four Yakima residents being hospitalized in Sunnyside.

Monday, March 3

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Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies bound for Tacoma Dome

Coach Rick Puente’s assessment that all 12 girls on his roster contributed mightily in last Saturday’s 61-45 State Sectional win over Auburn Mountainview couldn’t ring more true.

Making dreams come true...

Mabton girls upend defending State champion Brewster, 56-44

The Lady Vikings haven’t seen a State tournament during their lifetime. Their parents may recall the thrill of it, but the last time a Mabton girls basketball team stepped foot on the courts at the State Hardwood Classic was in 1986.

Grandview ends season one win away from State

It’s a disappointing end to the Grandview boys basketball season, having suffered an 84-69 loss to Clarkston at the State Regional loser-out affair against Clarkston.

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Knights take a bow

Sunnyside Christian boys end 15-year State tourney run

In what proved to be his last game for Sunnyside Christian hoops, senior Brant Bosma willed his team to stay in the game against Colton in last Friday’s State sectional contest.

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The Lady Knights suffered their first loss of the season last Friday. It couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Dorothy Ballard Reid


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Martin A. Drollinger


Sunnyside firm appealing DOE fine

Johnson Foods Inc. of Sunnyside has been fined $14,000 for a history of wastewater discharges that are excessively acidic and for other water quality violations at the food processing facilities the company operates in Sunnyside.