Stories for May 2014


Friday, May 30

Wall of Fame ceremony slated for next Friday at Bon Vino’s

Prior to celebrating commencement exercises for its newest class of graduates, Sunnyside High School will honor notable alums during the annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony.

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Purple reign

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New financial analyst a ‘valuable asset’ to city

Sunnyside’s new financial analyst, Elizabeth Alba, was introduced this past Tuesday night to the city council’s subcommittee on finance and administrative services.

Are gifted students adequately served?

Sunnyside’s highly capable program questioned at school board meeting

A plan for highly capable students approved by the Sunnyside School Board this past February is coming under fire from both parents and members of the board.

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School board addresses myriad of issues

Down one director with the absence of Dylan Gardner, the Sunnyside School Board took its time last night (Thursday) working through a lengthy agenda.

Lease negotiations underway by port

Following an executive session this past Wednesday, Sunnyside Port District commissioners agreed to pursue negotiations for leasing out property the port district owns on Duffy Road.

Sports award ceremony Tuesday

Sunnyside High School will hold its 2014 spring sports award ceremony next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Two injured in vehicle collision yesterday near high school

Two people were taken to the hospital following a Thursday afternoon accident in the 1800 block of East Edison Avenue, near the local high school.

Grandview-area burglar makes off with power tool, extra juice

In a burglary reported to Grandview police yesterday (Thursday) a drill and battery charger were reported stolen from a garage in the 500 block of Hillcrest Drive.

Arrest made in routine stop

A routine traffic stop this past Tuesday resulted in the arrest of an adult male on charges of obstructing a Mabton police officer in the line of duty.

Cherry Lane home burglarized

Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies since yesterday (Thursday) have responded to three calls in the Lower Valley.

1944: Jones sets SHS record with 14 strikeouts

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

I still have faith in Congress

It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress.

Don’t miss out on next year’s fun

It’s an event that is planned a year in advance, bringing thrill-seeking visitors to the Sunnyside area from near and far.

Winning the race of life

While at a convention in Indianapolis a couple of weeks ago I took the opportunity to visit the Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500. Since it was only a week and a half before the big race I had opportunity to see the cars practicing for their qualifying runs.

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Grandview students highlight school board meeting

With the exception of approving its regular consent agenda and setting future district budget workshop meeting dates, the Grandview School Board spent the majority of Tuesday night’s meeting listening to reports made by students.

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First Friday event features Scottish theme

PROSSER - Get a taste of the Scottish Fest at Prosser’s “First Friday” event on June 6.

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My speech to the best graduating class ever

Students, faculty, family members and friends, it is my great honor to deliver your commencement speech today.

Whats Happening

Wine & Cheese Hour at Sunnyside’s Sun Terrace Retirement Center, 3-4 p.m. (free admission). Zillah Spring Fling at the Old Warehouse in Zillah, 6:30 p.m. (829-5700).

Free fishing June 7-8

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

WWE returns to Yakima

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

Co-ed softball tourney on tap

Time to dust off the old catcher’s mitt and bat.

Disney Live! headed to Yakima

YAKIMA – Mickey Mouse and his band of friends will be performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions when Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival debuts in Yakima at the Yakima Valley SunDome on Friday, Aug. 29, at 4 and 7 p.m.

Local author signing books

Sunnyside resident and author B.J. Joke will be signing My Story: Power to Rule on three different occasions in June.

Spring Chinook fishery re-opens tomorrow

Starting tomorrow (Saturday) anglers will get two more weeks to catch hatchery-reared spring Chinook salmon and steelhead in waters of the Columbia River stretching more than 160 miles upriver from Bonneville Dam.

Senior center yard sale scheduled for June 21

The Sunnyside Senior Center group will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, June 21.

Thursday, May 29

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Arts Commission tackles ‘Challenge Coin’ project

With a mission of actively encouraging programs for cultural enrichment in the community, the Sunnyside Arts Commission has selected one project it will give its immediate focus.

Burglars fail twice yesterday

Police in Grandview are investigating two reports of attempted burglary made yesterday afternoon, one in the 1000 block of Monty Python Lane and the other in the 600 block of East Washington Street.

Animal issues dog deputies

Animal problems brought Yakima County Sheriff deputies to the Lower Valley more than any other problem yesterday (Wednesday), with three calls about animals throughout the day.

Inmate dies at Yakima County Jail

An inmate at the Yakima County Jail died while in custody this past Tuesday morning.

G’view budget workshop set

The Grandview School Board will meet June 23, at 5 p.m. to hold its first 2014-15 school budget workshop.

Grandview School Board approves administration changes

Grandview School Board directors approved the hiring of Brian Anderson as the district’s new Director of Assessment and Student Data during Tuesday night’s board meeting.

Mabton Bridge now closed to big rigs

A few days after it was re-opened following bridge deck repairs, the SR 241 bridge near Mabton is again closed – this time to vehicles weighing more than three tons.

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Mabton awards ceremony honors FFA chapter members

During a dinner awards ceremony this past Tuesday night, Mabton Junior Senior High School honored student, staff and community volunteers involved in the FFA program.

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Eight Lower Valley teens selected to attend Evergreen Girls State

Gail Boose, a counselor for Evergreen Girls State, became involved in the program because of her own experiences with the program when she was in high school.

Design and promotions committees formed by Sunnyside Main Street project organizers

Sue Jetter of the Downtown Improvement Group shared good news with the Sunnyside Arts Commission last night that two of the initial four committees for the Sunnyside Main Street project have been formed.

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Sunnyside’s top educators lauded

The Sunnyside School District takes pride in the quality of education delivered by its many teachers and staff.

Citizen’s call nets drug find

A citizen’s call to the Sunnyside police Wednesday morning resulted in the discovery of a bag of what has proven to be cocaine, according to local officials.

Wednesday, May 28

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Major road projects underway starting today on Sunnyside’s section of Yakima Valley Highway

Travel on Yakima Valley Highway is about to slow down as summer construction projects get underway along the roadway, including a repaving project that will close off the highway in front of the Mid Valley Mall entirely for two days in the next two weeks.

Council happy with Day

The Sunnyside City Council is pretty happy with the performance of City Manager Don Day.

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Water study dispute settled with future work

A long dispute between the city of Sunnyside and CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc. has been settled, with the company offering the city in-kind engineering services after failing to fulfill a water/sewer rate study analysis contract with the city.

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Grandview seeking funds for Fourth Street project

The city of Grandview has for a couple of years been interested in making improvements to East Fourth Street between Elm and Ash streets.

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Loving Mabton Project pitched

Giving a moniker to a long-unnamed park and planting more trees are part of the vision for the Loving Mabton Project proposed by eighth graders Diego Garza and Nicholas Mejia.

Traffic issues in Mabton this past weekend

Mabton police cited five motorists this past Memorial Day weekend.

Sunnyside School Board Agenda

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 810 E. Custer Ave., 7:30 p.m.

New faces in Grandview School District

There will be a number of new faces in the Grandview School District following action taken by the Grandview School Board Tuesday night.

$2,400 taken in residential burglary

Sunnyside police are investigating a report of a burglary in the 800 block of South 13th Street in which $2,400 in cash was reportedly taken.

Few calls to Yakima County Sheriff’s office

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to only six calls from the Lower Valley since yesterday morning (Tuesday).

Animal problems reported in Grandview

Police in Grandview responded to three reports of animal problems yesterday (Tuesday), including one report of an animal bite.

Mabton City Council study sessions paying off

A move several months ago to have Mabton City Council study sessions focus on future needs rather than discussing items for the same night’s regular business meeting is paying dividends.

Float trailer now a reality

“We planned for two years and we did it in three months,” Andrea Hendrickson of the Miss Grandview Committee told Grandview City Council members Tuesday.

Grandview teams up with Yakima SWAT

City Administrator Cus Arteaga this past Tuesday told the Grandview City Council that he asked Police Chief Kal Fuller and Assistant Police Chief Mike Hopp if they had ideas regarding how the city could improve its police department.

Change order approved

A change order, allowing the re-lining of force main that crosses the Yakima River, was approved at Tuesday’s Grandview City Council meeting.

Code change will protect from lawsuits

The Sunnyside City Council had a first reading on a change to its municipal code to require organizations to make an attempt at getting corrections, adjustments or refunds through the city manager before suing the city.

Workshop meeting axed

The Sunnyside City Council workshop meeting planned for Monday, June 2, was canceled due to a lack of agenda items.

Council argues about minutes

A discussion on whether or not Sunnyside City Council subcommittees are required to keep minutes was opened at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Procurement policy in place

The Sunnyside City Council voted unanimously to put in place a policy for the procurement of goods and services.

Sunnyside jail to hold Granger inmates soon

The City of Sunnyside will be housing inmates from the city of Granger after the Sunnyside council approved an agreement at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Fourth of July parade route meets approval

A request from the Sunnyside Lions Club for assistance during its annual Fourth of July celebration was approved by the Sunnyside City Council Tuesday night.

Airport board membership changed

The Sunnyside City Council passed an ordinance to eliminate the need for the executive director of the Port of Sunnyside to sit on the municipal airport advisory board, and added a new at-large member to the board.

Water mains to get upgraded

The city of Sunnyside has received a $455,000 state grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to upgrade aging stormwater mains and a few sewer mains along Decatur Avenue.

Emergency plan adopted

The Sunnyside City Council Tuesday night approved the Yakima County’s 2014 updated comprehensive emergency management program as the official emergency response plan of the city.

Gang reduction efforts approved

ESD 105 was yesterday (Tuesday) awarded a $75,000 contract for the purpose of providing gang violence and youth substance abuse support to the cities of Sunnyside and Toppenish.

Work crew contract OK’d

Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) approved a contract between the Yakima County Department of Corrections and Prime Time, Inc. for the supervision of inmate work crews.

Relay support appreciated


As the committee chair for the 2014 Lower Valley Relay for Life, I want to personally thank all those who supported this year’s event.

A little more polish needed

The focus group broke up after an hour-and-a-half with laughter and full tummies and hugs and handshakes. Dewey got his tie clip caught on Mrs. Doc’s sweater as she hugged him, but that was his only physical disaster and it was a minor one.

Rohman circus

Kudos to local citizens for calling on the city of Sunnyside to make sure our city’s portion of the old Yellowstone Highway is preserved.

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Home ownership is for the birds

I’m beginning to think home ownership is over-rated.

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Steve Sherman longtime fixture at Bleyhl Country Store in S’side

When walking into Sunnyside’s Bleyhl Country Store one expects knowledgeable, friendly staff members to provide assistance with products that benefit animals and property.

Jerry Carl Peal, Jr.


We’re asking the wrong questions about cheating

People love to judge a cheater.

Find out how much your old stuff is worth

What resources can you recommend for finding the value of old items? I inherited a large number of old antiques and unique art from my great aunt, and I would like to find out what some of these items are worth.

The Back Story

The “Back Story” is a phrase which means “narrative providing a history or background context.” It is most often connected to movies, books or news.

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Simply Irresistible Raspberry Chocolate Bars

Just a Pinch

Sharing Hometown Recipes, Cooking Tips and Coupons

Tuesday, May 27

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Sunnyside Memorial Day speaker notes freedom must be repeatedly earned

A beautiful sunny day with gentle gusts of wind greeted a large crowd that turned out for Memorial Day services at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside yesterday morning.

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Grizzlies on to hardware round

Sunnyside High earns first ever final-four berth

A sixth-minute goal proved just enough to send the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team to its first-ever State semi-finals appearance.

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Sparkling in the moonlight

The Miss Sunnyside Court was awarded the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce trophy at the Moses Lake Moonlight Parade held last Saturday.

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On your mark, get set...

Generations of Cub Scouts have faced the engineering challenge presented by the Pinewood Derby races, and now Harrison Middle School STEM students are learning the secrets of making the small wooden vehicles race as fast as possible.

Five hurt in two-vehicle crash

A Sunnyside man is accused of failing to stop at a stop sign on Sunnyside’s Factory Road, which resulted in his pick-up truck slamming into another vehicle.

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

No rest for cops over long weekend

Yesterday morning (Monday), Grandview police received a report that a lawnmower engine had been stolen from outside a residence in the 1700 block of West Second Street.

Sunnyside police officers kept busy during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for Sunnyside police, who investigated a rash of theft reports and one report of a burglary during the past four days.

New jobs created in Grandview

Twelve new full-time jobs and another 25 to 35 seasonal jobs are headed to Grandview.

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Knights’ playoff run ends in State quarter-finals

MEDICAL LAKE – On the plus side, Sunnyside Christian made it as far as the 1B State quarter-finals.

Five Pirates moving on to WIAA 1B State meet

TOPPENISH – Five Bickleton Pirates are bound for Cheney this coming Friday and Saturday.

Three from Grandview earn State berths

EPHRATA – The Grandview trio of Steven Razo, Kasi Prieto and Jamila Shafer have qualified to compete at the WIAA Class 2A State Track & Field Meet at Tahoma High School later this week.

Grandview unable to make it out of first round of playoffs

YAKIMA – Despite pulling off a couple of surprising victories, the Grandview High School boys and girls tennis team’s 2014 spring campaign came to a close last Thursday afternoon.

Sunnyside Christian falls just short of 1B State tourney berth

KITTITAS – A year ago the Sunnyside Christian fastpitch program was on hiatus.

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Going Up?

Another Sunnyside elevator in the works at Best Western

Sunnyside doesn’t have many elevators, but a new one will soon be operating at Best Western Grapevine Inn.

Different benefits for different family situations

National Family Month takes place each year from Mother’s Day in May to Father’s Day in June, and coincides with the end of the school year when families are able to spend even more time together.

Free yourself from cycle of emotional investing

In many areas of your life, you’re probably aware that it’s useful to keep emotions out of your decision-making — and that’s certainly the case with investing.

Memorial Physicians open yet another ‘Healthy Now’ clinic

YAKIMA – Memorial Physicians has opened a second Healthy Now clinic.

Risks of Hantavirus rise this time of year

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome can occur during any month, but spring and summer present more opportunities for exposure.

Prestige Sunnyside announces new director of nursing services

Prestige Care and Rehabilitation of Sunnyside did not have to look far for its new director of nursing services.

Drowning risks increase with spring’s warmer weather and faster water

As people start to flock to local beaches, lakes and rivers with the warmer weather, the state Department of Health urges parents to talk to their kids about water safety.

Valley Fever fungus found in Washington

State officials urge health care providers to watch for rare illness

The fungus that causes “Valley Fever” (coccidioidomycosis) has been detected in soil samples in Washington, much further north than its expected range, for the first time.

Local farmers, ranchers to receive disaster relief

A recent disaster designation due to drought in Benton and Franklin counties has prompted federal disaster relief for farmers and ranchers.

Outlook home riddled by bullets last Saturday morning

Very early last Saturday morning Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of shots fired at a house in the 100 block of South First Avenue near Outlook

Pena leads Grizzlies

PASCO - A triple jump newbie six weeks ago, Sunnyside High School’s Elijah Pena won the Regional title in that event last Saturday in Pasco.

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Elva R. Lopez


Hortensia Hernandez


Sunnyside Christian FFA receives $1,000 donation

“This funding is a complete surprise,” Sunnyside Christian Schools Superintendent Del Dykstra said last Friday.

State grants aim to improve security at local schools

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is awarding nearly $7 million to 80 school districts around the state, including Sunnyside, Grandview, Mabton and Bickleton, to help install emergency response systems.

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Washington Elementary School Accelerated Readers

Third, fourth and fifth grade

Youth soccer program sign-ups tonight

Sunnyside’s youth soccer program did not have a season last year because of a lack of volunteers, according to Lower Yakima Valley Youth Soccer Association President Tyler Everett.

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Washington Elementary School Accelerated Readers

First and second grade

Friday, May 23

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Hospital on the grow…sleep center opens in Sunnyside

Sunnyside Community Hospital’s new Sleep Disorders Center was opened yesterday morning with short speeches, a light luncheon and a tour of the facility.

Newhouse names county campaign chairs

YAKIMA - The Dan Newhouse for Congress campaign announced yesterday the campaign chairs of its county organizations.

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Lower Valley Pathway part of county’s trails plan

ZILLAH – Community leaders and the public last night voiced their ideas and thoughts about Yakima County’s trail plan, which is also included in the county’s comprehensive plan.

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Fate of Yellowstone Trail rests with city of S’side

It was nearly 15 years ago that Lower Valley residents were alerted to the history behind the Yellowstone Trail when Yakima County decided to repave Grandview Pavement Road.

Sunnyside city council agenda

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Adoption law opens access to birth certificates

A new law will open access to original, pre-adoption birth certificates for all Washington-born adult adoptees beginning in July.

G’view summer reading program features science fun

GRANDVIEW – Kick off the summer reading season with a “Super Cool Science Show” at Grandview Country Park Events Center and Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 14, at 2 p.m.

‘Keeping Your Balance’ keeps you on your toes

In 1944, the Allies were building towards D-Day, Anne Frank was keeping her diary and IBM dedicated its first program-controlled calculator.

Fair vendor booths open

KENNEWICK – The Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo is seeking businesses that would like to rent booth space at this year’s fair to be held Aug. 19-23.

Mt. Rainier facilities open this weekend

With around 13 feet of snow still piled high on the ground at Paradise and along the roadsides, Mount Rainier National Park and Rainier Guest Services employees are working hard to get park facilities ready to open for the Memorial Day weekend - the beginning of the summer visitor season at Rainier.

Final razor clam digging of the season to start May 27

Clam diggers will have one last chance to dig razor clams this season during a final opening set to begin Tuesday, May 27.

Nature day camps offered at arboretum

YAKIMA – The Yakima Area Arboretum is committed to offering first rate environmental education to nature day campers this summer.

‘Jonah’s Druthers’ to be staged May 28

Youth involved in the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church youth outreach program will be performing “Jonah’s Druthers” next Wednesday, May 28, at 7 p.m.

5K run June 7

TOPPENISH – The first-ever “Mural in a Day” 5K fun run and walk will be staged on Saturday, June 7.

Roadways open for mountain visits

Snow removal operations are once again opening up the roads accessing the north side of Mt. Rainier National Park.

Farm tour set for June 7

COWICHE – Join Yakima Area Arboretum Nature Science Director Jacob Belsher and Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Docents for a tour of Snow Mountain Ranch.

Style show this Saturday

The latest in summer fashions will be strutted down the runway by more than a dozen models this coming Saturday.

Baccalaureate service open to all Lower Valley graduates

The Sunnyside Ministerial Association is honoring graduating high school seniors at a Baccalaureate service on Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

Millions of dementia patients can avoid unnecessary suffering

One day in April 2004 my husband of 45 years, L. Howard Moss III, laid down for a nap, woke up, did not know who I was, and never knew again.

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Fostering ‘Informed Patriotism’

Conservatives believe that America is an exceptional nation because, unlike any other nation, it is founded on an idea - the idea that “all men are created equal” and are endowed by their creator with “certain unalienable rights,” among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Olivia R. Salinas


Patricia Ann Kozmicki


Dust abatement issue is currently at hand


Dairymen and feedlot owners in the Lower Yakima Valley, the issue of “Dust Abatement” is at hand with the heat from summer upon us.

Sunnyside doesn’t need more chickens


Chickens…really! City of Sunnyside officials are deciding whether or not to allow local residents to raise chickens at their homes?

No clucking way!

Reportedly, a few bird brains asked the Sunnyside Planning Commission to consider revising the municipal code, the section that prohibits local folks from raising chickens within the city limits.

1994: Local dairy farmers upset over new regulations

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

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Honor the living this Memorial Day

...and call for the same from our distinguished dozen

Here in the Lower Valley we will honor our fallen next Monday on Memorial Day, as is right and proper.

Country legend at Capitol Theatre Sunday, June 15

YAKIMA – The iconic “Gentle Giant,” country music’s Don Williams, is set to to perform at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, June 15.

Play auditions May 27-28

PROSSER – Valley Theater Company will conduct open auditions for “Greater Tuna,” the first play in its 2014-2015 season, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27-28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Princess Theatre in Prosser.

Senior center yard sale set for June 21

The Sunnyside Senior Center group will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, June 21.

‘Sort for Cause’ set June 21-22

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

Annual garden tour slated for June 21-22

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

Mabton school board agenda

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Mabton School District Conference Room

Celebrate the ONE who laid down his life so that we might know freedom

This is Memorial weekend.

Thursday, May 22

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Shoplifting pursuit ends with drowning

A report of a suspected shoplifting incident at the Sunnyside WalMart ended in tragedy at about noon Wednesday when an unidentified white male drowned in a water-filled canal near the East Lincoln Avenue store.

Irrigation water off limits to state’s pot growers

Washington state law may allow for growing and marketing marijuana, but the federal government doesn’t want a drop of its water used for the crop…for now.

Senior summer fashions will be on full display Saturday at Sun Terrace

Style show open to all

The latest in summer fashions will be strutted down the runway by more than a dozen models this coming Saturday.

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Youths, adults have meeting of the minds

Sunnyside United, an adult coalition formed with the objective of identifying drug and alcohol problems, and Lead and Seed students, the youth coalition formed for the same purpose, held a joint meeting yesterday.

Internet contract in offing for AWOS data

Though making its data available on the internet will still take some doing, the Sunnyside Airport’s automated weather observation system (AWOS) can provide residents the latest weather with a simple phone call.

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S’side schools beef up program for deaf students

The Sunnyside School District is striving to meet its goal of serving every child.

School directors up their work load

The Sunnyside School Board met this past Tuesday for a workshop session in which it planned out future workshop topics and added training sessions to its schedule.

Police recover stolen car

Sunnyside police have recovered a stolen vehicle and investigated a dual vehicle prowl during the past 24 hours.

Deputies busy

Yakima County Sheriff deputies were called to assist Sunnyside police after a shoplifting incident at the Sunnyside WalMart yesterday morning (Wednesday).

Youths arrested on drug charges

An officer in Grandview making a routine traffic stop smelled marijuana in the vehicle. According to police, the rear occupants of the vehicle were under 21 and in possession of more than 300 grams of marijuana. Charges are pending against the minors.

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Mabton High FFA chapter competes at State convention

On May 14 there were 13 members of the Mabton FFA chapter who made the long journey through the Palouse Valley to Pullman.

Airport board continues city code review

Members of the Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board spent additional time this past Tuesday reviewing piece-by-piece a draft proposal for a new city code addressing airport operations.

E. coli cases linked to sprouts

An outbreak of E. coli cases has led state health officials to warn consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts from an Idaho producer.

Grandview schools earn clean audit

In a recent state audit of the Grandview School District, state officials gave the district’s books a clean bill of health for the period of Sept. 1, 2012, through Aug. 31, 2013.

Memorial Day services at Outlook, Sunnyside cemeteries open to public

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS and the American Legion will be out in full force this Memorial Day to pay tribute to America’s fallen.

Lynch chosen to attend Boys State conference

At their May meeting, members of Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion selected Brendon Lynch of Grandview as another representative to the Legion’s Evergreen Boys State.

Ricardo A. Ruelas


Lady Knights’ Regional foe is Waterville

The Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team must win a pair of loser-out games this coming Saturday at Regionals to advance on to the 1B State tourney.

SCHS Knights to face Colton in State opener

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association officials have made a change in the 1B State baseball tournament brackets.

Wednesday, May 21

Man in car on Sunnyside’s Parkland Drive found dead

Sunnyside police were called to investigate a possible unattended death in the 100 block of Parkland Drive Tuesday afternoon.

MS victim needs help

Lacking health insurance and undocumented, Tanya Ramirez of Sunnyside needs help in her fight against Multiple Sclerosis.

Chickens in city limits?

Planning commission evaluating city’s livestock and poultry code

The current Sunnyside Municipal Code prohibits residents within the city limits from raising poultry on their property.

Deputies on the hunt for television thief

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary report made last night (Tuesday) in the 600 block of East Bonnieview Road near Grandview.

Comprehensive plan updates in the works

The Sunnyside Planning Commission has tasked Sunnyside Planner Jamey Ayling with the work of reviewing and revising the city’s current comprehensive plan.

Ribbon cutting for sleep disorders center tomorrow

Lower Valley residents struggling with sleep no longer have to wait weeks to be tested for a sleep disorder: they will be able to receive care closer to home, in Sunnyside.

Burglars make good on one of two attempts on Grandview’s Larson Street

GRANDVIEW – Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) a resident in the 500 block of Larson Street reported a burglary to police.

Getting ready for culture shock

In 1976 we moved from Southern California to Anderson, Ind., to prepare ourselves to become career missionaries.

How the story about the lady and the baskets made me a better spouse

My friend who is a divorce lawyer says, “Most marriage failures are not the result of infidelity, substance abuse or in-laws.

Resource help available to seniors with their computer issues from far away

Are there any computer software products that you know of that will let me help my parents with their computer issues from afar?

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Grandview sophomore recovers to clinch 2A State tourney berth

In golf, after writing a 13 on your scorecard, you pretty much know you’ve shot yourself in the foot and your round is a bust.

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Grizzlies reach State quarter-finals

Semi-final berth on the line in match-up with Kennewick

Nick Hytrek slammed the door shut on Sunnyside for 60 minutes last night, before the Grizzly soccer team finally found an answer against the Auburn-Mountainview keeper.

Obama isn’t delivering on his ‘Year of Action’

Since 1963, our nation has recognized the importance of small businesses to the economic success of America during National Small Business Week.

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Thinking metrically

I was one of those kids who did really well on standardized tests in school.

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Delia Valdez Trevino


Class act

A commencement speaker at Point Park University urged graduates to brush their teeth.

Ellie Amaro flat screen TV winner in wrestlers' raffle

The Sunnyside Little Grapplers held a raffle fundraiser to help meet the expenses of operating the youth wrestling club.

Tacoma man cribbage champion

Tacoma’s Mills Brubaker won top honors at the Washington State Open 2014 Cribbage Championships.

Mt. Adams pair ‘Christie’ champs

Two regulars at Toppenish’s Mt. Adams Country Club, Eric Holden and Laney Anderson, captured top honors in this year’s Bill Christie Memorial Two-Man Best Ball Tournament.

Local support appreciated


On behalf of the Lower Valley Crisis & Support Services staff, we would like to extend a very special thanks to Catalina and Amabel of Catalina’s Hair Care for providing a make-over to a group of very special young women.

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Chance D. Shrewsberry


Tuesday, May 20

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Marking memories of the tender years

Elementary school is a time for many changes and development. It is a time when students mature from kindergarteners with a limited knowledge of the world around them to fifth graders preparing to enter middle school.

Heritage University’s 2014 graduates named

Heritage University has released a list of 2014 graduates, including a number of natives of Sunnyside, Grandview, Outlook and Prosser.

Grandview High School selling old yearbooks

Alumni of Grandview High School are invited to relive those Greyhound years as it is currently selling back copies of yearbooks.

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Nouvella Scholarship winners

Danika Wagenaar of Sunnyside and Sara Durant of Prosser are the winners of the 2014 Nouvella Club scholarships.

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Sunnyside Christian takes 6-12 record into District tourney

In its home and regular season finale, the 1B Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight fastpitch team lost both ends of a doubleheader yesterday to 2B Kittitas.

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NW Nitro Nationals return to Sunnyside

For Team Peterson it’s a family affair

Kerry Peterson of Team Peterson isn’t just the father and team manager overseeing the logistics that make it possible for Bret and Chelsea Peterson to compete in hill climb events across the nation.

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AWOS deemed AOK

Sunnyside airport now has official weather station

The Sunnyside airport’s Automated Weather Observation System, or AWOS, has now been officially commissioned by the FAA.

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Family key in life of local office manager

Family is very important to Tammie Laverman, office manager at Mid-Valley Community Clinic in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside ends 2014 campaign with 20-4 Sub-Regional playoff loss

The Sunnyside fastpitch softball team ended its 2014 season yesterday with a 20-4 Sub-Regional playoff loss to the Southridge Suns.

SHS senior comes up short at District tourney

Had Sunnyside High School senior Ethan Partch been able to shave five strokes off his score yesterday, he’d be moving on to day-two action today at the 3A District golf tournament.

Home invasion suspects scared off by couple

Early this morning (Tuesday) the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Toppenish Police Department and the Washington State Patrol raced to a residence located near Morrow Lane and Buena Road in Buena after a report of a home invasion.

Following the rules

In keeping with public meeting notice requirements, Port of Sunnyside commissioners schedule special meetings whenever a quorum will be attending the same event.

Port housing AWOS server

Now that the city of Sunnyside Airport’s AWOS system is up and running, there needs to be a place to securely store its server.

Chance D. Shrewsberry


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Farmers market kick-off

Sunnyside’s Betty Brown (above) examines the apples and asparagus on sale at the opening of the Sunnyside farmers market this past Saturday.

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Up, up and away

Workers use a large crane to remove a number of plants, including this tree, from a courtyard at Sunnyside Community Hospital this past Monday.

Memorial Day activities scheduled in Grandview

Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion in Grandview has planned Memorial Day weekend activities for the community to enjoy.

Sunnyside Museum open Thursdays through Sundays

Patrons of the Sunnyside Farmers Market along Fifth Street (also known as the Bronze Pathway) can also check out Lower Valley history in the making – and preserving – at the Sunnyside Museum on the corner of Fourth Street and Grant Avenue.

Sunshine Days to be staged during homecoming weekend again

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is beginning the planning process for Sunnyside’s annual Sunshine Days.

Mabton officers kept busy with threats, thefts

Mabton police were called to the 700 block of Washington Street twice yesterday, Monday, to investigate reports of threats and stolen items.

Stolen vehicle recovered

A 1999 Honda Civic that was reported stolen from the 200 block of Jackson Drive in Grandview yesterday morning (Monday) was later recovered in Benton County.

Child suffers minor scrapes in auto accident

An accident reported to Sunnyside police Monday night from the 1400 block of Ida Belle Lane involved a child being hit by a car.

Early morning calls start firemen’s day

Sunnyside firemen responded to two early morning aid calls today, Tuesday.

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Artz-Fox Elementary School April students of the month

Mabton’s Artz-Fox Elementary School students of the month for April are...

Monday, May 19

Honeyford afforded two honors

In a ceremony held May 1, Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) received the first-ever College of the Sciences Alumni of the Year Award for social sciences from Central Washington University.

Candidate filings

An August primary ballot, already fielding crowded races for Yakima County sheriff and the Fourth Congressional seat, got a little more interesting.

Free summer-time meals offered here

Children 18 years old and younger can receive meals this summer at no charge through the simplified summer food program.

Sunnyside’s season ends at District tourney

Sunnyside’s tennis squads finished the season at the District playoffs this past weekend.

Arturo A. Martinez


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Two more wins

Sunnyside pitcher Amber Cornwell (at right) throws a strike at the beginning of game one this past Saturday against the Davis Pirates.

Bickleton boys runners-up

A mere 10 points separated the Lyle/Wishram and Bickleton boys squads at last Friday’s Greater Columbia Gorge 1B League championship meet.

Bickleton junior four-time winner at league meet

Junior Lindsay Brown - netting top finishes in the 100-meter dash, the 100-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles and the high jump – powered the host Lady Pirates to the top of the podium at last Friday’s Greater Columbia Gorge 1B League championship track and field meet.

Pena sparks Sunnyside with three District titles

Elijah Pena accounted for two-thirds of the Sunnyside boys track team’s score during the District track meet held last Friday.

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First-ever trip to State for Knights

Sunnyside Christian High School is no stranger when it comes to qualifying to play at State tournaments. In basketball, that is, as the Knights have captured eight State titles in the last two decades.

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Othello brings end to Grandview’s season

It was a disappointing end to a whirlwind of a season for the Grandview soccer team.

Fireworks near Sunnyside lead to citation by deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies cited a person for illegal fireworks this past Saturday afternoon in the 30500 block of SR 24 near Sunnyside.

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Grizz outlast Kennewick Lions

Sunnyside hosts loser-out State tourney match tomorrow

In a costly victory, the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team earned a 3-2 shootout triumph over visiting Kennewick last Saturday to win the Regional championship.

Lavender scented meeting set for June 10

PROSSER – The Christian Women’s Connection June meeting, “Lavender Blue,” will feature Bywater Lavender Farm owner Barb Lauby.

$4 million earmarked by state to help the unemployed find work

More than 1,300 long-term unemployed workers in Washington will be placed in jobs over the next year through grants awarded by Gov. Jay Inslee and the Employment Security Department.

Friday, May 16

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Grizzlies clinch 3A State berth

Don’t let the final score fool you, the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team had its hands full last night with visiting Kamiakin before pulling out a 3-0 victory in a first-round Regional playoff match.

Two Sunnyside players eliminated from postseason

KENNEWICK – Two Sunnyside High School tennis players participated in a 3A District tournament pigtail round bracket at Southridge High School yesterday (Thursday).

Grandview season ends at 0-20

GRANDVIEW – The Lady Greyhounds gave last night’s twin bill against visiting Prosser everything they had, according to Grandview Coach Doug Hansen.

Greyhounds sneak past Wolfpack

GRANDVIEW – The key to the Grandview boys’ tennis squad picking up its second victory of the season last night may have been a freshman who’s transitioning to singles play.

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Toppenish upends ’Hounds in District title match

One more chance for Grandview to qualify for State

GRANDVIEW – The Greyhound soccer team is very familiar with Toppenish and the odds were in Grandview’s favor during last night’s CWAC District championship game.

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Old fire siren retired in style

The old Sunnyside Fire Department siren will now take its place as a memorial to its heyday.

Razo, Velazquez net wins for GHS at four-school meet

TOPPENISH – Junior Steven Razo and senior Jose Velazquez picked up the Grandview boys team’s only two wins on the day at a four-school CWAC track and field meet hosted by the Toppenish Wildcats Thursday afternoon.

Grandview’s Prieto picks up three victories at CWAC meet

TOPPENISH – A flash in the dash.

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DIG Sunnyside...efforts underway to revitalize downtown

Looking at downtown Sunnyside today, it is hard to imagine main street bustling with retail shops and the sidewalks lined with a constant stream of shoppers.

Sort for the Cause slated June 21-22

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

‘Cuéntame Coyote’ to be staged May 24

WALLA WALLA – Journey through cold and dark desert nights with two cousins desperately dreaming of a better future beyond the iron fence that marks la frontera.

Prosser Airport Days in July

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

‘Sagebrush and Sparrows’ tour slated for Saturday, June 7

COWICHE – Join Yakima Area Arboretum Nature Science Director Jacob Belsher and Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Docents for a tour of Snow Mountain Ranch.

‘Your Canyon for a Day’ bike tour Sunday

YAKIMA – Eleven years strong, “Your Canyon for a Day” bike tour continually grows and brings more visitors to the Yakima Valley to enjoy local hotels, restaurants, retail shops and the wine industry.

Auditions for ‘Greater Tuna’ scheduled for May 27-28

PROSSER – Valley Theater Company will conduct open auditions for “Greater Tuna,” the first play in its 2014-2015 season, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27-28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Princess Theatre in Prosser.

And then there were 11

An already crowded field became even more so yesterday with three additional candidates filing for the Fourth District congressional seat now held by Doc Hasting, who is retiring.

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Checking for priors

Sunnyside police officers stand by as they find out information about two individuals detained during a routine traffic stop yesterday...

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New Nouvella officers

The 2014-15 slate of officers installation ceremony was held Thursday at Snipes Brewery and Restaurant in Sunnyside.

Pomp and planning

Graduation ceremonies set for Lower Valley seniors

It’s mid-May, which means high schools in the Lower Valley are prepping for commencement exercises for graduates of the class of 2014.

Granger schedules clean-up event

The city of Granger will host its 2014 city-wide community clean-up next Tuesday, May 20 through Friday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sudden spike in pesticide-related illnesses concerns Washington state health officials

The Washington State Department of Health said they have received reports of 15 potential pesticide drift events resulting in about 60 people getting ill in the past two months - that’s as many the agency normally sees in a year.

Commissioners agree to amend consultant agreement

A consultant’s agreement with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants for hydraulic and geomorphic studies on the Yakima River was this past Tuesday amended at the Yakima County commissioners’ meeting.

Animal control agreement OK’d

An animal control agreement between Yakima County and the Humane Society of Central Washington was renewed Tuesday at the Yakima County commissioners’ meeting.

Relay For Life food drive underway

The Lower Valley Relay For Life committee is seeking donations of canned food for the luminaria ceremony to be held tomorrow night (Saturday) during the 24-hour cancer fighting relay to be held at Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School track.

Sunnyside man sentenced to 14-plus years

Jesus Trinidad Suarez of Sunnyside was this past Wednesday sentenced to 14-1/2 years in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Few calls for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies didn’t need to respond to many incidents in the Lower Valley yesterday (Thursday)...

Boy arrested on graffiti charge

Police in Grandview arrested a juvenile male yesterday (Thursday) after receiving reports of juveniles tagging graffiti in an alley in the 200 block of Ash Street.

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Dry run

The problem Marvin Pincus had yesterday was simply time.


May 19-23

Step out in faith to take on that next challenge

A couple weeks before Christmas, one of my colleagues in a clergy renewal program I’m part of figured out that the calendar and the full moon had conspired to put us in Indianapolis for our last gathering during the Indy 500 Mini-Marathon.

Jamboree slated for this Sunday

The Grace Brethren Church in Mabton will be holding its monthly old fashioned Gospel Music Jamboree this Sunday, featuring Kenneth and Gwenyth Smotherman as the featured artists.

Prayer and exercise top speaker’s lists of cures

What would it be like to suffer from depression every day for three months straight? Pretty awful, according to De Ann Chambers, a personal fitness coach.

We at SASA seek Sunnyside’s support


Purple Angels ready to walk come tomorrow

The Lower Valley Relay for Life starts tomorrow, and I don’t envy our team captains.

Thursday, May 15

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Former State champ from Sunnyside to be inducted into CWU Hall of Fame

One of the greatest wrestlers in Central Washington University history, Kit Shaw won the 142-pound National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) wrestling championship in both 1973 and 1974.

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Special Olympics meet in Sunnyside arranged by Miss Sunnyside court

The Miss Sunnyside court culminated months of work yesterday by holding a Special Olympics meet at Sunnyside High School for local athletes.

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Sunnyside native takes golf game to a higher level

A three-time State golf tourney qualifier for Sunnyside High School, Renae Visser is taking her game to a new level at Dordt College.

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Perfect season

Sunnyside’s Harrison Middle School seventh grade girls fastpitch team posted a perfect season record of 8-0.

Eight Greyhounds earn CWAC soccer all-league accolades

The Grandview High boys’ soccer team is playing for the District tournament title tonight (Thursday) against the Toppenish Wildcats.

Spring chinook season on lower Columbia extended

Starting today, May 15, anglers will have another full month to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon and steelhead on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

Class of 1969 addresses sought

The Sunnyside High School Class of 1969 is looking for addresses for classmates in order to invite them to the 45th reunion planned for Aug. 22-23.

New police chief upbeat about impending changes

With changes in management there are bound to be changes to any organization.

Ross, Holmquist to be on fall ballot

A three-way race is now in the works for the Yakima County Auditor position, as state legislator Charles Ross of Naches filed as a candidate for the post yesterday.

‘Click it or Ticket’ patrols slated for end of month

On the heels of the first-ever statewide distracted driving extra enforcement campaign, law enforcement officers will be out once again searching for not only unbuckled drivers but distracted drivers as part of the annual “Click it or Ticket” patrols.

Erratic driver spawns numerous calls to different police agencies

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office was one of several agencies that responded to a report of a drunk driver late last night (Wednesday).

Missing Sunnyside child found safe near his home

The Sunnyside police patrol had a pretty quiet day yesterday.

Quiet week for firemen

Sunnyside firemen responded to a late night report of a car fire in the 1700 block of Cascade Way last Tuesday, only to discover the fire was extinguished prior to their arrival.

Laptop, phone theft reported

Police in Grandview received a report of a theft yesterday afternoon. The victim reported that a phone and laptop were missing from the 300 block of Cedar Street.

Single car accident leads to second crash

Yesterday afternoon two accidents occurred on eastbound I-82 near milepost 62.

Auditor’s office deems Mabton schools in compliance

The Mabton School District passed its two most recent state audits with flying colors.

15th District lawmaker earns business award

15th District Rep. David Taylor has been presented the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business.

Sunnyside schools get clean audit

The Washington State Auditor’s Office found no problems during a recent audit of the Sunnyside School District.

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Hundreds fed in Grandview

With a lot of hard work, workers from Wal-Mart’s distribution center in Grandview provided boxes of food for hundreds of local households earlier this week.

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Miss Sunnyside hopefuls

Fifteen young ladies will be vying for the Miss Sunnyside crown this fall.

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Parade honors

The “Egyptian Treasures” themed Sunnyside community float won both Sweepstakes and Royalty Choice awards at last Saturday’s Zillah Community Days Parade.

Volunteers needed for flower brigade

The time is approaching once again for Sunnyside’s flower brigade to maintain hanging flower baskets downtown.

Two Lower Valley students graduate from Oregon State

Oregon State University will hold its 145th commencement on Saturday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m. in Reser Stadium.

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Smarter than the average Grizzly

Sunnyside High School has named 28 students as the top academic achievers for the class of 2014.

Wednesday, May 14

Do you have Noble Purpose or do you only just sell stuff?

It’s the key question every leader needs to ask: do you have a “Noble Purpose?”

Return to joy

Joy is supposed to be our natural state. If everything was perfect, every newborn would be extremely longed for and wanted.

Travel discounts available to older travelers

What types of senior discounts are available to older travelers?

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Family affair

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Who needs reassurances now?

President Obama’s most recent visit to Asia probably struck many Americans as simply the latest round of executive-level diplomacy - basically the kind of trip abroad that chief executives have been making for decades.

Engineering services OK’d

At Monday night’s meeting the Sunnyside City Council approved two consultant agreements with Huibregtse, Louman Associates, Inc. for services on Yakima Valley Highway and 16th Street.

ESD agreement amended

At Monday night’s meeting the Sunnyside City Council approved an amendment to a gang prevention and intervention agreement with ESD 105.

Youth park fees increased

The Sunnyside City Council at Monday night’s meeting approved an increase in parks and recreation fees for youth sports.

Is it time to replace your home’s windows?

STATEPOINT–Looking for a home improvement project that is both a short- and long-term investment?

Cops honored

At Monday night’s city council meeting, Mayor Jim Restucci proclaimed Thursday, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day in Sunnyside to honor officers who have lost their lives or become disabled in the performance of their duty.

Prep Tennis

Grizzly netters close out regular season with losses

The Sunnyside tennis squads had their final regular season matches yesterday, with Districts starting tomorrow with a loser-out pigtail round before the regular play-offs begin on Saturday.

Sunnyside Christian 10-runs Granger nine

Banging out 12 hits against the class 1A Granger Spartans varsity yesterday afternoon, 1B Sunnyside Christian 10-runned the home club.

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Fluff shot

Grandview sophomore Hannah Pond lobs her ball onto the green on No. 4 at Black Rock Creek Golf Course yesterday afternoon.

Mabton comes up short in final games of season

Although the Lady Vikings scored an impressive 16 runs during yesterday’s season closing doubleheader, they still came up short against the Goldendale Timberwolves.

Lady Knights fall twice to Irish

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight fastpitch team found it tough going last night in a pair of losses to DeSales.

Sunnyside 19-3 winners in chalking up second victory

Although the season hasn’t been chockfull of victories, the Sunnyside fastpitch softball team last night had something to celebrate.

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’Hounds to play for District title

Greyhound soccer fans were on their feet during a nail-biting, nerve-wracking District semi-final match-up against Othello last night at Rich Leenhouts Stadium.

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Grizzlies advance with rout

After three close matches to close out the regular season, the CBBN champion Sunnyside Grizzlies made quick work of visiting University last night in a loser-out soccer playoff tilt.

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Federal water grab threatens jobs, farmers, local economies

Those who call Central Washington home know that clean, available water is vitally important to our economy and our region.

Bronze Pathway tradition needs to be revived

I’ve finally realized why my Yorkie, Buddy and I get along so well.

Marilyn Ruth Burgeson


Jodan Leding Acevedo


Eddy Purnell


Pool staff to get Red Cross training

The Sunnyside City Council approved an agreement with the American Red Cross for certifying lifeguards at the Sunnyside municipal pool.

Festival space approved

The Sunnyside City Council has approved a road closure request for St. Joseph’s Spring Festival, which will be held Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1, at the Sunnyside School District Administration parking lot on South Sixth Street and Jackson Avenue.

City inks deal with swim team

The Sunnyside City Council approved an agreement with the Sunnyside summer swim team to use the city swimming pool facility at Central Park for its 2014 season.

Dispelling common lawn care myths

FAMILY FEATURES – The lawn is the backdrop to the home and essential to curb appeal. While keeping a healthy lawn may seem straightforward (mow, water, fertilize, etc.), don’t be fooled by some common lawn care myths.

Bag of jewelry found in S’side

A bag of jewelry found on property in the 900 block of South 13th Street was turned over to Sunnyside police Tuesday morning. An undetermined amount of jewelry is now being held as found property at the police station.

Burglars make off with car

A home in the 1000 block of Carriage Square Drive was broken into overnight and reported to police early this morning (Wednesday).

City backs local festival

Organizers of the annual Mabton Community Days event received support last night, Tuesday, from the Mabton City Council.

Mabton pushes on to resolve canine issues

At its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 27, the Mabton City Council is expected to pass tighter dog licensing requirements.

Parking restrictions removed

Residents in the 300 block of Ash Avenue have been violating city ordinances when parking on the street from 3 to 6 a.m.

United Way changing

United Way is changing the way it approaches its role in the communities it serves.

Sunnyside closing off Rohman Avenue

The city of Sunnyside has vacated the right-of-way on Rohman Avenue and will be closing the road permanently.

Grandview finances in much better shape

The 2014 budget is healthier than originally projected.

Mabton continues water-rationing efforts

Though the city of Mabton is moving forward with plans to improve its municipal water system, officials here still need residents to monitor how much water they use.

Several new candidates throw hats into the ring

Voters here now have four Yakima County contests to decide. After four candidates filed to run for sheriff and two for county clerk this past Monday, two candidates stepped up yesterday to seek election to the county auditor’s post.

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Euclid lift station improvements showcased for Grandview Council

Improvements to Grandview’s Euclid lift station are nearly complete.

City manager tells Rotarians Sunnyside needs its own identity

Did you know that there are only two signs on I-82 denoting where Sunnyside is?

Raise the roof on savings and the sale of your home

STATEPOINT – Looking to add value to your home and make it more sellable in the future?

Salinas to represent Grandview at Evergreen Boys State confab

Members of Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion selected Zachary Salinas of Grandview as a representative to Evergreen Boys State.

Deputies called to vehicle fire

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office visited the Lower Valley early this morning (Wednesday) to investigate a report of a vehicle fire near the intersection of Maple Grove and Chaffee roads near Sunnyside.

Tuesday, May 13

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Flurry of activity on opening day for candidate filings

From a second grade class president to a four-term state legislator, the race is on to replace Doc Hastings for the state’s Fourth Congressional seat.

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SASA, city of Sunnyside at odds again

The Sunnyside City Council faced a packed room Monday night as a group led by Sunnyside Arts and Sports Association (SASA) co-founder Trish Combs came before the council to request intervention in the organization’s negotiations to use the city’s soccer fields.

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Grandview School District leaders honored

GRANDVIEW – Despite the lack of a quorum at last night’s Grandview School Board meeting, Superintendent Kevin Chase moved forward with the district’s annual employee of the year awards. Staff members were lauded for their commitment to the students in Grandview.

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Dangerous intersection being eliminated

Sunnyside is about to have one less intersection, as this week the city is moving forward with plans to close the crossroads at Rohman Street and Scoon Road.

Feedback wanted on transportation needs

People For People is working on the Human Services Transportation Plan for Yakima County and is holding several forums, including one in Sunnyside and another in Grandview, to get community feedback.

Community center activities to include Zumba, gym sessions

Effective next week, Zumba classes will be offered every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center.

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Harrison trio competes at world robotic championships

ANAHEIM, CALIF. – Three Sunnyside Harrison Middle School students had a blast at the VEX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim at the end of April, despite ranking only 64 out of 75 teams.

Children’s Village gains federal grant to assist children with special health care needs

YAKIMA – Children’s Village, a partnership of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, The Memorial Foundation and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, has received a $900,000 federal grant – one of just 15 in the nation – to provide services to rural children with special health care needs and their families.

Local woman credits Soroptimists with helping her to reach her business goal

Set to graduate later this month from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis on international management, Sunnyside native Kathleen Dolan gives Soroptimist International of the Lower Valley the credit for her decision to pursue a career in business.

Regional scholarship recipient closer to achieving her dream

GRANDVIEW – On the road to earning a college degree, Carmen Perez of Grandview has had a few setbacks, but that hasn’t kept the young mother of three from pursuing her dream.

Adriana Ramos earns Phi Kappa Phi honor society status

MONMOUTH, ORE. - The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently initiated Adriana Ramos, a graduate of Grandview High School and student at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore., into the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Marilyn R. Burgeson


James Arlen Boone


Grizzly baseball season over after loss

The Sunnyside Grizzlies baseball team is done for the season after losing 11-1 to Kamiakin in a loser-out District 5 play-in game last night at LaPierre Field in Kennewick.

Monday, May 12

More awards for Sunnyside School District

The Sunnyside School District was recently honored for its communication efforts by the Washington School Public Relations Association.

Inslee advisor resigns

OLYMPIA – Just weeks after the release of his profanity-laced e-mails targeting Republicans, Ted Sturdevant announced he is stepping down as an advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee

Murray, Udall introduce bill to ensure equality for same-sex spouses

WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) have introduced the Social Security and Marriage Equality (SAME) Act of 2014 to ensure all same-sex spouses receive equal treatment under the Social Security Act when applying for Social Security benefits, regardless of where they live.

Rifles stolen in burglary on Bishop Road

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported this past Saturday morning in the 1000 block of Bishop Road near Sunnyside.

Firemen have quiet weekend

A rubbish fire, smoky smells and a flurry of aid calls kept Sunnyside firemen busy this past weekend.

Loud music complaints Mother’s Day weekend

A joyful noise in celebration of Mother’s Day weekend was not appreciated by at least seven Sunnyside residents this past weekend.

High school lockdown due to trespasser

GRANDVIEW – Last Thursday morning Grandview High School went into lockdown after a report of an unidentified male jumping the fence.

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Membership has its benefits

Membership has its benefits.

Man charged with DUI after rollover on I-82

PROSSER – A 43-year-old Grandview man has been charged with DUI

Knights garner split

An 11-2 lead dissipated for the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team last Friday, as the visiting Touchet Indians rallied for a 17-14 victory in the opening game of a twin bill.

Mabton ends 2014 season with playoff loss

Mabton’s hopes of advancing beyond the opening round of SCAC playoff action were dashed with a 2-0 loss to Wahluke this past Saturday.

Grizzlies CBBN league champs

For a half it looked like Sunnyside might lose its third consecutive soccer match by a single goal.

Sims to chair health exchange for Washington state

Gov. Jay Inslee last week announced the appointment of Ron Sims as board chair for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which runs the state’s online marketplace for health insurance, the Washington Healthplanfinder.

Public invited to discuss Sunnyside’s downtown future

A meeting to discuss plans for downtown Sunnyside, including whether the city should join the National Main Street Program, will be held on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center.

Memorial offers new children’s grief workshop

YAKIMA - Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is offering a new, hands-on workshop for children, ages 4 to 17, to help guide children through the death of a loved one.

Grandview Port OK’s land sales

GRANDVIEW – The Port of Grandview commissioners last week met on two separate occasions to discuss 8.2 acres of property.

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

Grandview suffers 19-1 losses to Ephrata

The Grandview fastpitch softball team continues to work through the many challenges it has faced this season, including loss of players due to injury and ineligibility, as well as those who have just chosen to leave the program.

Pirates notch 12 runner-up finishes at 10-school invite

Bickleton’s Lindsay Brown three-time winner

Bickleton’s track and field team turned in a good showing at its own Pirate Invite last Friday.

Ike pitcher tosses no-no against SHS

Eisenhower’s Abigail Watkins pitched splendidly last Friday against visiting Sunnyside.

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Grizzlies manage a win after 19 straight defeats

Sunnyside’s baseball team went out with a bang on senior night last Friday, earning its only win of the regular season in the bottom half of a doubleheader against Eisenhower.

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Sunnyside wins non-league match-ups against Grandview

The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly tennis squads managed wins over the 2A Grandview Greyhounds last Friday during a brisk and windy afternoon on Sunnyside’s home courts.

Friday, May 9

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Bridge closure will change routes for local motorists

MABTON – The Washington State Department of Transportation will be closing SR 241 near Mabton at the bridge over the Yakima River next Tuesday, May 13, until Friday, May 23.

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Local feed store honored

The Sunnyside Del’s Farm & Feed Supply store was recently recognized for winning the Paper Clover Regional Champion, District Champion and Class Champion Award

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Research prompts farmers market move

The Sunnyside Farmers Market is pulling up stakes and moving to a new home this summer.

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Community seminar reveals lots of issues with marijuana usage

Marijuana is not a stimulant nor a depressant, but it can still get adults fired from jobs and is illegal for anyone under 21 years old, despite initiative 502 and medical marijuana laws.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Public office candidate filing period starts next week

Candidates for federal, local and judicial offices have been gearing up their 2014 campaigns for weeks or even months, but it all becomes official when they actually file for office.

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Mother’s Day…here’s your column!

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention.

Mixed messages

Slim Randles

“How about a television ad,” Steve said during the manure-and-worm free lunch focus group, “that shows a cartoon of a worm with a happy smile on his face? You know, you can have him munching on manure, and then producing ….”

Lemonade, anyone?

As I write this, the NFL draft is still a few hours away.

Bite of Yakima set for June 28

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

The fallout from the fiscal cliff

Last month, an inspector general for the Treasury Department revealed that from 2010 to 2012 the Internal Revenue Service handed out $1 million in bonuses to 1,150 workers who owed back taxes.

NW Nitro Nationals 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.

2014 SHS Senior Follies set for Saturday, May 17

It is that time of year again when Sunnyside High School seniors don funny clothes, sharpen their slapstick talent and present the Senior Follies talent show.

Annual Grape to Glass Gala scholarship benefit May 31

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

‘Going on a Bird Hunt’ event June 8

YAKIMA – The Yakima Area Arboretum and the Yakima Valley Audubon Society invites the public to a special Kiddin’ Around event at the Arboretum called “Going on a Bird Hunt.”

WSU – Extension office hosts open house to mark 100 years of service

UNION GAP – Washington State University Yakima County Extension invites the public to join in a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, this coming Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Union Gap office, located at 2403 S. 18th St., Suite 100.

Valley Theater seeks directors, producers

PROSSER – Valley Theater Company (VTC) is seeking potential directors and producers for its 2014-15 four-show season.

‘Play in May’ event to be held Saturday, May 17, in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – The Compass High School leadership class is hosting its third annual “Play in May” on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Migratory Bird Day celebration on tap Saturday, May 10

TOPPENISH – Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) tomorrow (Saturday) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Library events

The Sunnyside library has a number of events next week for patrons to enjoy.

Sage Rat Run May 17-18

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

Annual garden tour slated for June 21-22

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

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Lola Scalley Yale


Firemen have quiet day

Sunnyside firemen had a relatively quiet Thursday, responding to two aid calls during the past 24 hours.

Alert store clerk stops check fraud

An alert store clerk stopped a customer from trying to cash a fraudulent check Thursday afternoon, according to Sunnyside police. Rather than answer more questions about the check the person fled the store and headed east on Yakima Valley Highway in a gray Nissan 4x4.

Jr. Indelook meeting slated for Tuesday

The Jr. Indelook Club will meet on Tuesday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Pat Barr.

Mobile food bank to visit Grandview May 13

Second Harvest’s mobile food bank will visit Grandview on Tuesday, May 13, to provide fresh fruits, vegetables and other perishable food to families and seniors.

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Southern Gospel crooners

Serenading the hearts of the faithful at last night’s concert held at Grandview Church of the Nazarene are (L-R) Paul Secord, Hunter Sparkman, Rick Price and Luke Yates.

Match cancelled

The Sunnyside tennis matches at Eastmont scheduled for yesterday were cancelled due to rain. It has not yet been determined if the matches will be rescheduled.

Mabton drops a pair of games to Warriors

The Mabton girls fastpitch team had a less-than-ideal outing in Cle Elum yesterday, coming home without a win after a doubleheader.

Pond posts second consecutive sub-100 round for Lady ’Hounds

With the regular season rapidly closing, the Grandview Lady Greyhound golf team competed at an 8-team invite yesterday in Umatilla, Ore.

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1904: Sunnyside cancels graduation ceremony

110 YEARS AGO…(1904) It was announced that Sunnyside High School would not be holding a formal graduation ceremony for the class of 1904 because of poor accommodations.

Prieto garners three ‘Top 3’ finishes

Senior Kasi Prieto, despite less than ideal weather conditions, was firing on all cylinders at yesterday’s four-school CWAC track and field meet.

Sunnyside wraps up regular season schedule

In their last regular season tune-up before Districts, the Sunnyside boys and girls track teams braved stormy weather at a CBBN meet at Eastmont.


May 12-16

Senior center yard sale to be held June 21

The Sunnyside Senior Center group will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, June 21.

Scavenger hunt set for May 18

YAKIMA – The Yakima Area Arboretum is hosting an environmental photo scavenger hunt on Sunday, May 18.

Country legend at Capitol Theatre June 15

YAKIMA – The iconic “Gentle Giant,” country music’s Don Williams, is set to perform at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, June 15.

‘Anything Goes’ to be staged by YVCC

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Community College Playmasters presents Anything Goes Thursday through Saturday, May 29-31, at 7:30 p.m.

Walk your dog, stop for wine

ZILLAH – A canine and wine walk will be held tomorrow (Saturday), at 3271 Roza Drive in Zillah, beginning at 11 a.m.

S’side business owners invited to attend May 15 lecture series

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

Prosser Airport Days in July

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

The sweetest fruits

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians, the fifth chapter:

Thursday, May 8

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Farmers market to open May 17 downtown

After a year of hosting the Sunnyside Farmers Market, Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley, the local sponsor, and its farmers market board of directors decided to call in help to evaluate the past season’s successes and failures.

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Outlook native hopes to sing in London, Dublin

It may take some time, but Andrew Myers hopes to visit London, England and Dublin, Ireland at Christmastime to sing Handel’s Messiah with a choir of vocalists from around the world.

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Lunches passing with critical lunch crowd

Sure a lot of food gets thrown in the trash can following the lunch at area schools, but according to Yvonne Ramirez, Sunnyside School District food services director, more food is also making its way into the stomachs of Sunnyside students.

SVID adopts by-law changes

In a meeting on Tuesday, the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) board of directors and the Sunnyside Division Board of Control adopted similar changes in by-laws to formalize procedures for purchases and sale of surplus property.

New Vision tops $1.9 million fundraising goal

New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association, announced this past Tuesday that the organization has surpassed its $1.9 million fundraising goal.

Wanapum Reservoir closed for Memorial Day weekend

With Memorial Day weekend drawing near, the Grant Public Utility District (PUD) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) remind those planning to recreate on the Columbia River that the Wanapum Reservoir shoreline remains closed to the public.

Cell phone stolen in church

A cell phone left charging in a church in the 1200 block of Missouri Street in Grandview was reported stolen to police last night (Wednesday).

Battery cables cut in car prowl

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a report of a vehicle prowl in the 400 block of Fifth Avenue near Mabton yesterday (Wednesday).

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Apple Blossom spirit

The Sunnyside community float and Miss Sunnyside court last Saturday were awarded the Spirit of the Festival at Wenatchee’s Apple Blossom Parade.

National Police Week slated May 11-17

May 11-17 is National Police Week, a time to honor all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

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Talking water

Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District Manager Jim Trull shares with the Sunnyside Division Board of Control Tuesday about a presentation he made last week to the state’s conservation commission.

SVID declares land as surplus

In action this past Tuesday, Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District’s board declared three acres formerly belonging to the Grandview Irrigation District as surplus property.

Water outlook remains strong

The Yakima Basin water supply is looking good for both junior and water right holders this irrigation season.

Firemen have quiet day

Sunnyside firemen responded to requests for two separate lift assists in the 900 block of Ida Belle Road yesterday, Wednesday.

Recreational marijuana public hearing set for May 27

Yakima County commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m. on recommendations of the planning commission for amendments to Yakima County ordinances regarding recreational marijuana businesses.

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Youngsters gearing up for Grand Prix Pinewood Derby

After earning their cars via a points system established by their AWANA leaders, several youngsters in the youth program at Grace Brethren Church in Sunnyside are preparing for a Grand Prix Pinewood Derby event.

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Soroptimist scholarships given to future community leaders

From dreams of pursuing careers in medicine and theater to plans to major in business administration, the five young women awarded Soroptimist International of Lower Yakima Valley scholarships are now a little more financially secure in their higher education goals.

Former Seattle Art Museum director to address Heritage University grads

TOPPENISH – Heritage University will host Mimi Gardner Gates as commencement speaker during its 32nd commencement exercise this coming Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

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Grandview tennis teams lose to Othello 5-0

GRANDVIEW – It was not the best day for Grandview High School tennis, with both boys and girls teams losing 5-0 to Othello in Tuesday action on the Grandview home court.

Men’s softball tourney results

A total of eight men’s softball teams competed at the Cinco de Mayo softball tourney in Sunnyside last weekend.

Infant CPR class May 15

Unintentional choking and suffocation are the leading causes of injury death for babies under the age of 1.

Spring chinook season extended

The sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River will re-open for two days this week under an agreement reached by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

Wednesday, May 7

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Sunnyside High School placed on state priority list

School still listed in bottom 5 percent for graduation rate despite dramatic increases

How can a school with a graduation rate of more than 80 percent still be included on a list of the bottom 5 percent of schools in graduation rate?

Time to schedule West Nile vaccination for your horse

Warmer weather following a rainy spell could trigger an active mosquito season, which is why the Washington State Department of Agriculture is advising horse owners to make sure their horses are vaccinated to protect against West Nile virus.

Marijuana 101 takes place tomorrow

A program to answer questions about marijuana from its history, legalization to its effect on the human body, will be the topics discussed at a program to be presented tomorrow (Thursday)...

Police seek suspects in robbery

Sunnyside police are investigating a robbery at gunpoint report which occurred last night, Tuesday, in the 200 block of South Seventh Street.

Suspicious car yields drug bust

Early this morning (Wednesday) Grandview officers made an arrest in a possible drug case.

Carburetor thrown through vehicle window

A vehicle prowl was reported to Yakima County Sheriff deputies yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) in the 4600 block of Emerald Road near Sunnyside.

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Catholic Charities provides number of opportunities for Lower Valley residents

Catholic Charities has been helping families in the Lower Yakima Valley find affordable housing for a number of years.

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Helping others heal motivation for S’side massage therapist

The benefits of massage therapy are not just physical, but emotional, as well.

Agreement inked to reduce paper towel, disposable lunch tray use

Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) signed an agreement with the Sunnyside School District to reduce the use of paper towels and disposable lunch trays.

Nouvella Club meets May 15

A memorial service for its members who died during the past year, awarding two scholarships and installation of 2014-15 officers are on the agenda for the Nouvella Club’s next meeting on Thursday, May 15.

Grandview clinches first CWAC title since 2008

No. 1 seeded ‘Hounds return to pitch in playoff match next Tuesday

MOXEE – A blustery setting didn’t deter the Grandview Greyhound soccer team in last night’s regular season finale against host East Valley.

Mabton Vikings disappointed with 5-3 loss to Highland

MABTON – The Mabton boys soccer team set the pace against visiting Highland last night, but had too many missed opportunities.

Davis hands Grizzly soccer second consecutive defeat

Sunnyside plays Moses Lake this coming Friday for league title

YAKIMA – The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team lost in heartbreaking fashion last night, 3-2 on penalty kicks at Davis.

Barboza, Murphy earn only win for Grizzlies against Davis

The Davis Pirates outfought the Sunnyside tennis squads yesterday, winning 6-1 over the boys squad and 7-0 over the girls squad, but Grizzly Coach David Downing said his team played well.

Pond medalist at Othello course

OTHELLO – Competing against Ellensburg and host Othello this past Monday, Grandview Lady Greyhound golfer Hannah Pond was the medalist with the low score of the day.

Eisenhower blanks Grizzlies

YAKIMA – The Sunnyside baseball squad hasn’t been able to catch a break this season, and last night’s game against Eisenhower was no different.

Seventh-inning stretch sparks split for Sunnyside Christian

PROSSER – The Sunnyside Christian baseball team has re-invented the seventh-inning stretch.

Non-stick duct tape

That title makes no sense.

The myth of ‘the one thing’ and why three is much better

The human mind hates complexity.

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Brunch Worthy Bacon Jam Spread

Just a Pinch

How Medicare covers your eyes

What does Medicare cover when it comes to eye care?

Decriminalize prostitution one way to end slavery in U.S.

Americans have warmed up to the idea of marijuana being legal. Most polls now report more than 50 percent voters think pot should be legal if not decriminalized.

We want politicians to lie

Get this: The U.S. Supreme Court is about to decide whether false accusations and mudslinging during political campaigns are illegal.

Police officers going awry

It sickens me to hear about law enforcement or former law enforcement officials taking a turn toward criminal activity.

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Sterling’s message

The issue brought to light in the Donald Sterling matter is this: neither passing legislation nor even electing a black president can cleanse all minds of evil thoughts.

Clara Turner


Tuesday, May 6

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New police chief pleased with Cinco de Mayo festivities

Sunnyside Police Chief Albert Escalera experienced his first Cinco de Mayo festival, meeting members of the community this past weekend.

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Council to evaluate Day’s performance

The Sunnyside City Council missed giving City Manager Don Day his six-month evaluation, but will be sitting in executive session tomorrow, May 7, to finally accomplish the task.

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Port recoups digester change order costs

Two weeks after unhappily approving a controversial $129,926 change order submitted by HDR Engineering, Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night OK’d a contract with the Pasco firm that nearly made up the difference.

Yakima Basin water supply looking good

YAKIMA –The Bureau of Reclamation’s May 2014 “Total Water Supply Available” forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates there will be a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights this coming irrigation season.

Contract approved

In action last night, Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners agreed to a $92,850 contract with GN Northern.

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Las Lupitas Panaderia has a new home

For approximately 15 years Las Lupitas Panaderia has been providing Sunnyside residents with delectable Mexican baked goods at its location on the corner of Yakima Valley Highway and North 13th Street.

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Paulino Gutierrez

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Youth soccer kicks off

Sen. Jim Honeyford in the photo above greets young soccer players at this past Saturday’s opening event for the Sunnyside Arts & Sports Association (SASA) soccer season.

Be prepared for the changing ‘seasons’ of your life

A few days ago, we observed May Day, a celebration of spring.

Parents to meet for graduation party planning

Parents of the Sunnyside High School senior class of 2014 will hold a meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, in the high school commons.

American West Bank names Tudor new branch manager

American West Bank didn’t have to look far for a manager to head its Sunnyside branch, as Ryan Tudor was named to the post two months ago.

Monday, May 5

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3-D printer brings new technology to the classroom

GRANDVIEW - It’s been widely acknowledged that students need to be more engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs to meet the needs of the workforce.

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Housing starts pace new construction in Sunnyside

Spring has sprung in Sunnyside, as nearly 40 building permits were issued during the month of April with a combined total valuation of $1.67 million.

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CPR training

Ellensburg remains undefeated with wins over Grandview

Ellensburg maintained its winning record this past Friday to retain its No. 1 position in the CWAC softball standings.

Panthers take bites out of Sunnyside girls

“The first game was probably one of the best games we have played against Wenatchee in a long time,” Lady Grizzly fastpitch softball Coach Ralph Mendoza said of last Friday’s twin bill against the Panthers.

Greyhound nine wraps up season with losses to Mustangs

The Grandview Greyhound baseball team concluded its 2014 campaign last Saturday with a pair of identical 17-0 losses at Prosser.

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Grizzlies still looking for first win

The Grizzlies’ struggles continue as last Friday’s doubleheader against the visiting Wenatchee Panthers ended up as a pair of 10-3 and 10-2 losses for Sunnyside’s baseball team.

Pena powers Grizzlies to runner-up finish at invite

GHS boys eighth at Ellensburg meet

Three first-place finishes by senior Elijah Pena, as well as a pair of runner-up performances by Grizzly teammate Bernaldo Madrigal, lifted the Sunnyside High School boys’ track and field team to a second-place finish at last Saturday’s Keith Jewett Invitational.

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Grizzlies’ perfect record suffers a blemish

Hosting last-place Eisenhower in their regular season home finale, the Sunnyside Grizzlies absorbed a 3-2 soccer loss last Friday.

Bickleton girls first at Glenwood invite

The Bickleton High School girls track team brought home its first track and field victory of the season by earning 105 team points at the Jeff Agar Invite held last Saturday in Glenwood. The Bickleton boys team also had its highest team score to date, taking third place honors in the seven-school contest.

Broersma, Guillen Sunnyside standouts at girls track competition

Shafer earns Grandview two runner-up finishes

Getting one win apiece from senior Brittney Broersma and sophomore Jeniya Guillen, the Sunnyside girls’ track and field team nailed down a sixth-place finish at Saturday’s 12-school Keith Jewett Invitational.

Free well testing

Lower Yakima Valley residents who are served by a private or shared well still have time to request free nitrate and coliform tests for their well.

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Once a Head Start student, now program coordinator

Javier Rios’ first memories of his education involve attending classes at the local Head Start center as a preschooler.

Mabton Vikings’ slide continues with 4-1 loss to Warden

The Mabton boys soccer team was unable to snap its recent losing streak this past Saturday against host Warden.

Friday, May 2

Sage Rat Run May 17-18

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

Pena notches three wins at Big Nine League meet

Broersma, Sanchez grab first-place finishes for Sunnyside girls

YAKIMA – Sunnyside senior Elijah Pena turned in monster efforts this past Wednesday afternoon at a four-school Big Nine League track and field meet hosted by the Eisenhower Cadets.

Sesame Street show planned for SunDome

YAKIMA – The all-new Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” show will take center stage in the Yakima Valley SunDome on Wednesday, May 7. Tickets for both performances are on sale now.

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Lady Vikings fall to Zillah twice

MABTON – The visiting Zillah Leopards won both halves of a doubleheader at Mabton last night, leaving the Lady Vikings to figure out how to right their ship.

Prieto, Shafer turn in stellar efforts

TOPPENISH – A pair of Grandview High School seniors wowed the competition at a four-school CWAC girls’ track and field meet in Toppenish Thursday afternoon.

Monster trucks back in Yakima middle of June

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

’Hounds win battle of CWAC unbeatens

GRANDVIEW – For the second time in five days the Grandview Greyhound soccer team found itself in a shootout situation.

Librarian nets $8,000 in settlement with S’side

Six months after Thomas Warren was wrongly detained by Sunnyside police for recording SWAT officers in action, the city has settled with the librarian aide.

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Sunnyside to get 40 new housing units

The Sunnyside Housing Authority has received $5.8 million in housing credits allocated by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission to build a 40-unit development in Sunnyside that will provide housing for farmworkers and low-income families.

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 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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Sterling, Silver and a hope

The Clippers are for sale thanks to Donald Sterling’s big mouth, and I know one community that would welcome the LA team with open arms – Seattle.

Using students’ test scores to judge teachers doesn’t make sense

It used to be common sense that the earth was flat.

The justices and the scramble for cash

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy.

Sunnyside school menus

Week of May 5-9

Razo nails down GHS boys’ lone win

TOPPENISH – Junior Steven Razo was the lone Grandview athlete to notch a victory at a four-school CWAC boys’ track and field meet hosted by the Toppenish Wildcats yesterday afternoon.

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The key is remembering your vows

For the past 15 years my husband and I have shared our lives together.

‘Jazz in the Cellar’ benefit on tap

For jazz lovers and those who want to attend a special event in the spirit of a big speakeasy, Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties is offering its annual “Jazz in the Cellar” non-profit fundraiser at Pioneer Hall on the State Fair Park grounds in Yakima on Friday, May 9, beginning at 6 p.m.

Fiddlers Fest slated for Saturday, May 3

The Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association and the Grandview Senior Citizens are teaming up with the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department to sponsor the annual Fiddlers Fest this Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center gym, located at 812 Wallace Way.

Annual iris show May 24

The Yakima Valley Iris Society’s annual flower and design show will be featured at the Yakima Area Arboretum on Saturday, May 24.

Special concert to be staged on May 18

The League of Women Voters of Yakima County is pleased to bring back The Righteous Mothers; four funny, philosophical folk-rock musicians who have been a noted Northwest performing group for more than 26 years.

Country legend at Capitol Theatre June 15

The iconic “Gentle Giant,” country music’s Don Williams, is set to to perform at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, June 15.

Los Angeles, 1968 a quick read with an enduring message

Write what you know is lesson one for creative writing. Yakima educator and author T. Lloyd Winetsky does it in spades with his new book, Los Angeles, 1968: Happy Ranch to Watts.

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Explorer eyes future in law enforcement

Though a volunteer, Josue Bustamante is plenty busy serving the Sunnyside Police Department as a police explorer.

Plenty of calls keep police busy in Grandview all day yesterday

Police in Grandview were very busy yesterday (Thursday) with more than 20 calls, including six reports of animal problems and a couple of noise complaints.

Free health screenings this Sunday at local Seventh-day Adventist Church

The fellowship hall at Sunnyside’s Seventh-day Adventist Church will be the site for free health screenings this coming Sunday, May 4.

New state fair park website launched

Home of the Central Washington State Fair and the Yakima Valley SunDome, a new website has been launched for State Fair Park in Yakima.

Young Eagles flying event

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

Forum on high rate of birth defects to be held in Sunnyside

State and local health officials will hold listening sessions in May to gather community concerns about high rates of anencephaly in three counties in Eastern Washington.

Unlocked door gives burglars easy access to Outlook home

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary report made Wednesday afternoon from the 1000 block of Kellum Road near Outlook.

Hackett Ranch opens tomorrow

YAKIMA – Gilbert Cellars has announced that its Hackett Ranch will open to the public starting tomorrow, Saturday.

No one injured in two-car accident involving cop

Sunnyside traffic accidents reported during the past 48 hours included a non-injury accident at the intersection of South 16th Street and East Lincoln Avenue involving a Sunnyside police officer.

‘Play in May’ event to be held May 17

GRANDVIEW – The Compass High School leadership class is hosting its third annual Play in May on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot between Compass High School and McClure Elementary School (913 W. 2nd St. in Grandview).

Road closures come with do’s and don’ts

This weekend, as the largest community event hits Sunnyside, motorists in the downtown area are asked to pay extra attention when driving in areas where the roads are blocked off.

Open mic event for musicians slated for Sunday

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

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Free pizzas at Papa Murphy’s tomorrow in Grandview

Papa Murphy’s, billed as the country’s largest and fastest growing take-and-bake pizza chain, has opened its newest Washington location in Grandview, across from Safeway at 609 East Wine Country Road.

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Downtown construction forces Cinco de Mayo changes, tweaks

Sunnyside’s Cinco de Mayo Festival will not go off without a hitch, after all.

Annual Grape to Glass Gala scholarship benefit May 31

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

Governor appoints King County justice to state’s top court

Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday appointed King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu to the Washington State Supreme Court.

Mabton losing streak extended to four matches

ROYAL CITY – Although the Mabton Viking soccer team fought hard for 15 shots on goal against host Royal last night, the Vikings were only able to put the ball away one time.

Thursday, May 1

Grizzly gridiron legend dies at age 89

PORTLAND, ORE. - George Potter, a former Sunnyside High School football coach enshrined in the state coaches’ hall of fame, passed away this past Sunday at the age of 89 in Portland, Ore.

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Healthy rivers focus of teens’ visit to Heavenly Hills Harvest Farm

A group of students from Granger Middle School visited Sunnyside’s Heavenly Hills Harvest Farm to learn more about the habitat that they have put work into restoring.

Investigation into theft of city funds continues

A decision regarding action against a Sunnyside public works employee believed to have stolen more than $2,200 has not yet been finalized, according to City Manager Don Day.

Fundraiser planned to offset Meals on Wheels budget cut

Five percent might not sound like much, but that cut in the Meals on Wheels program for Yakima County amounts to $26,000.

Therapist uses humor to manage job stress

Did you know that your lungs are the heaviest organ in your body?

Burglars strike at two Sunnyside homes

Sunnyside police responded yesterday morning to a burglary report in the 1400 block of South Seventh Street.

Healthplanfinder officials satisfied with first enrollment numbers

Washington Healthplanfinder announced last week that more than one million Washington residents have accessed health coverage through from Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

Marijuana 101 workshop being offered in Sunnyside

A program to answer questions about marijuana from its history, legalization to its effect on the human body, will be the topics discussed at a program to be presented Thursday, May 8, at the Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 S. 1st Street.

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Road closures loom

Back-ups are moderately long right now along Sunnyside’s Waneta Road near exit 69 on I-82, but the project will soon be closing a section of Sunnyside-Mabton Road for nearly a month to conduct bridge deck repairs, along with repaving and resurfacing of the road.

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Washington Elementary School students of the month for April

First and second grade students

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Washington Elementary School students of the month for April

Third, fourth and fifth grade students

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Friendly competition

The staffs of Harrison and Sierra Vista middle schools competed against each other Wednesday night to raise money for the Relay for Life.

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George Charles Potter


Migrant parent night May 13

Sunnyside High School is hosting its annual migrant parent night on Tuesday, May 13, at 4 p.m.