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Rosa Torres cradles her son, who entered the world at 7:23 p.m. on Jan. 1. The infant was the first baby of 2013 to be born at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

* Germana Aguilar, 82, died a day later from injuries she sustained during a house fire in Mabton on New Year’s Day. * City of Sunnyside officials released information that showed the combined valuation for all new building projects that were started in 2012 totaled $9.5 million. * Sunnyside Port District commissioners held their first meeting of the year at the port’s new office – the former Horizon building on East Edison Avenue. * Two passengers in a car traveling at a high rate of speed, both 16-year-old Grandview boys – Kevin Lopez-Gonzalez and Carlos Ochoa – died as the result of an accident on Evans Road. The driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old Jovannie Razo of Grandview, sustained injuries and required hospitalization. * Three months after striking a plea deal, Charles Thomas Wilmer Weems of Grandview was sentenced to more than 16 years in federal prison on three counts related to firearms. He was arrested by Sunnyside police in March 2007, who detailed they had found marijuana, cocaine and a sub-machine gun in his car. * Following a lengthy, nearly year-long process, the Grandview School Board rejected a school uniform policy for Grandview Middle School. * The rightful owner of $15,000 in cash that was discovered by Sunnyside Goodwill Store manager Chella Cardenas see “January” next page

Johnny Mendoza hangs one of his prints at Suntown Coffee in Sunnyside. As part of his Sunnyside High School senior project, Mendoza provided visitors signed prints of his work during the art show at the local coffee shop.

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A 23-year veteran of the Grandview Police Department, Kal Fuller is introduced to the Grandview City Council. He was selected to replace Mark Ware, who was retiring at the end of January as Grandview’s assistant police chief.

Sunnyside sophomore Sel­ ena Rubalcava drives the lane against a pair of Eastmont defenders. Rubalcava scored a team-high 16 points to help defeat the Wildcats and snap the SHS girls basketball team’s three-game losing streak. The Lady Grizzlies would go on to post an 11-10 record, eventually dropping an 83-64 District tournament loser-out game to Shadle Park.

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in December 2012, found in a donated box of shoes, was identified and had the money returned to her. * Sen. Jim Hon­ eyford of Sun­nyside began the 2013 legislative session in Olympia by accepting the role of ranking Republican on the Sen­ate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Dev­elopment Com­ mittee. * Sunnyside com­ munity activist and longtime optometrist Dr. Jack Hale suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 90. * Outlook native and Sunnyside High Competing at the Selah Viking Cheerfest, the Sunnyside High School grad­uate School cheerleaders scored enough points to qualify for the 3A Bon­nie Dunbar was State competition in Seattle. Performing a routine in Selah are one of three former (top L-R) Danie Jo Kranz, maria Morfin and Stephanie Romero; astronauts selected (bottom L-R) Elizabeth Bobadilla, Taylor Jongsma, Jacqueline Kranz, Geordan Skyles, Vanessa Serna, Victoria Garcia, Marfor induction into thy Hernandez, Jessica Magana and Cheyenne Schultz. At the the U.S. Astronaut State meet, the Lady Grizzly rally squad claimed seventh-place Hall of Fame at the honors in the 3A non-tumbling division. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. * Del Talley of Winlock, who coached football at Sunnyside High School for three years in the early 1980s, was selected for induction into the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Talley, 75, compiled a record of 113-68-4 before retiring. * The Sunnyside High School wrestling team, which wrapped up Big Nine League play at 5-0, earned its third consecutive league title. The Grizzlies would Washington State Supreme Court Justice go on to place second at Regionals, from Barbara Madsen administers the oath of where they qualified 10 grapplers for the office to newly elected Gov. Jay Inslee. 3A State tournament. * The Sunnyside City Council approved from 6 to 18 percent. * The city of Sunnyside and Yakima two rate hikes, effective immediately, that jumped the ambulance utility rate for County were chosen by the Center for households from $4.16 a month to $8.28, Children and Youth Justice to establish a and the tax on other general utility bills sex trafficking task force.

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February 2013 * The city of Sunnyside, after purchasing the building and equipment yard on South Fourth Street that formerly housed Pacific Power crews, began setting up a new shop for its public works and water departments. * Matthew Cordray, a Tri-Cities native, was hired as the city of Grandview’s new treasurer. He replaced long-time city treasurer John Myers, who had recently retired. * Sunnyside High School junior Johanna Chumley earned a 44th-place finish at the WIAA 1A/2A/3A State Girls Bowling Tournament in Tacoma. * After serving Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck with what appeared to be a letter of intent to terminate, Sunnyside City Manager Frank Sweet came under fire from several city council members. Sweet

issued Schenck a second letter, informing the police officer he had misinterpreted the initial missive and that there was never any intention to suggest that Schenck was to be fired. Shortly after, before a standing room-only crowd that clearly was in Schenck’s corner, the city council via a 4-2 vote terminated the city manager’s contract. Mayor Mike Farmer, during the roll call vote, announced his resignation and abruptly left council chambers. * Sunnyside Community Hospital officials confirmed that work had begun on renovating the local medical facility, to accommodate a permanent MRI machine. * Miguel Barrios was named the Sunnyside Fire Department’s volunteer firefighter of the year; and Dennis Blumer was afforded career firefighter of the year honors. * The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team fell by a 57-40 score to Shadle Park in a District tournament loserout contest, leaving the Grizzlies with an overall record of 8-13 on the season. * Marissa Caballero topped the

Elizabeth Cerrillo, a Grandview native and the volunteer coordinator at Sunnyside Community Hospital, is sworn in by Superintendent Minerva Morales as the newest member of the Mabton School Board. Cerrillo’s appointment to the board filled a several-month vacancy.

Construction workers begin putting on the roof at the new multimillion dollar Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church building on 16th Street.

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Miss Sunnyside First Princess Jenny Hall is delighted after being presented the national Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Hall had put in more than 250 hours of volunteer work with such projects as church fundraisers, blood drawings and food drives.

In an effort to provide local youths with both a drug-free and gang-free life, the Sunnyside Community Development Cooperative is formed. Pledging their support and putting their names on the dotted line are (L-R) Steve Winfree of the Port of Sunnyside, Sunnyside Mayor Mike Farmer, Sunnyside Community Hospital CEO John Gallagher and Sunnyside Schools Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole.

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1,000-point mark for her prep career in the Grandview High School girls basketball team’s 55-53 District tournament loss to Ellensburg. The Lady ‘Hounds rebounded from the defeat and advanced to the Regional tourney consolation finals, where they fell by a single point to Wapato and narrowly missed out on a trip to the 2A State tournament. * The Mabton High School girls basketball team fell 52-39 to LaSalle in a District tourney loser-out game. The Lady Vikings concluded the season with an overall record of 11-12. * Grandview’s Marizza Birrueta (100 lbs.) and Desiree Zavala (124 lbs.) won championships at the 2A State girls wrestling tournament. * Andrea and Lonnie Hendrickson shared Grandview’s person of the year award. The couple was credited with working on such projects as Grandview’s Halloween haunted house, the community float and the Cocoa & Carols event during Christmas. * Sunnyside’s Bob Hicks notched his second career hole-in-one during a round at Black Rock Creek Golf Course. * Dropping a 67-61 decision to Pullman in a Regional tourney loser-out game, the Grandview High School boys basketball team wrapped up the season with a record of 14-10. * Michelle Nesary, a Yakima Valley native, was settling in as Sunnyside’s new postmaster. * Valley Hills Funeral Home owner David Humpherys confirmed that the family business would be moved from its North Avenue facility to the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church’s building, which was in the process of being vacated.

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March 2013 * Deemed unsafe by the Sunnyside School District’s insurance provider, the Sunnyside Early Learning Center at the corner of Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue was demolished by work crews. The building had been leased to a private group for a daycare center. * Daniel Uvalle, 29, of Grandview was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for his connection in the March 2012 death of his girlfriend, Corina Santos. * Nuestra Casa in Sunnyside, a nonprofit organization founded by Sister Mary Rita Rohde to help immigrant women gain educational and work skills, celebrated its 10th anniversary. * Two mountain lions were spotted in the back yard of a home in the 5400 block of Sunnyside-Mabton Highway. * Former Mabton High School sports standout Trishi Williams was awarded the MVP trophy after her Western Washington University women’s basketball team won the Great Northern Conference Championship Tournament title. * The Washington State Department of Ecology drafted an order for the city of Sunnyside to conduct a toxic chemical spill investigation at the Sunnyside Airport, stemming from an incident in October 2008 when a storage shed con-

taining pesticides was removed. * Mark Koreski of Grandview notched a hole-in-one, his first ace, at Sunnyside’s Black Rock Creek Golf Course. Just days later, Sunnyside’s Wanda Stokes recorded her first ever hole-in-one at the local golf course. * R.H. Smith, 92, of Grandview – who founded R.H. Smith Distributing Company in 1947 – passed away. * Sunnyside School Board President Miguel Puente confirmed he was vacating his seat because he was moving to a home outside of the boundaries of the district he represented. * Francisco Guerrero and Dean Broersma were sworn in as Sunnyside city councilmen. The two men were appointed to fill the vacancies that were created when councilmen Nick Paulakis and Mike Farmer unexpectedly resigned. * Nearly three years after initially being charged with beating a Sunnyside toddler to death, Juan Balverde Lopez see “March” next page

Sunnyside emergency personnel are on the scene at TW Market on Tacoma Avenue, after 27-year-old Ramon Ayala of Outlook was shot and killed by a local police officer. Law enforcement officials said Ayala pointed a weapon at the policeman.

Sunnyside’s Dan Newhouse returns to the family farm after newly elected Gov. Jay Inslee names Okanogan rancher Bud Hover to replace him as director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Displaying their 2013 “Spirit of Sunnyside” awards, presented by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, are (rear to front) Ryan Maxwell, Tim Graff, Jim Grubenhoff, Jose Salas, Geordan Skyles, Patsey Wiersma, Dan Aguilar and Jesus Ramos.

Sunnyside Christian’s Stormee Van Belle is pressured by a Colton player in the 1B State tournament championship game. The Lady Knight cage team dropped a 55-40 decision to the Wildcats, settling for second-place honors at State. The SCHS girls basketball team ended up posting a 27-1 record on the season.

John Darrington of Richland (L), hired to replace recently terminated Frank Sweet as interim city manager, is welcomed aboard by Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci. Mitchel Wagner takes to the runway after being crowned the winner of the Mr. Grandview competition at Grandview High School.

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of Sunnyside was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter. He was soon thereafter sentenced to spend more than six years in prison.

* The Sunnyside High School Grizzly dance team earned fifth-place honors in the hip hop division at the WIAA State championships.

Cynthia Cisneros, a special education parapro at Mabton’s Artz-Fox Elementary School, is presented the ESD 105 classified school employee of the year award by ESD 105 Superintendent Steve Myers.

Bishop Joseph Tyson (center in red robe) joins Sunnyside St. Joseph Catholic Church parishioners in a Palm Sunday procession in downtown Sunnyside.

April 2013 * The Associated Press named Sunnyside Christian High School senior Brandon Broersma as Washington state’s class 1B boys basketball player of the year. * In rendering a decision involving a

The 2013-14 Miss Grandview court is crowned. Flanking Miss Grandview Analilia Granados are princesses Jocelyn Baca (L) and Wendy Magana (R).

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Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District workers Abel Pulido (above) and Andy Cantu (below with flame thrower) burn the vegetation in a canal along Sunnyside’s 16th Street while preparing for the 2013 irrigation season.

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to take home the patrol cars they used on shift, the city was required to continue allowing that use of city-owned vehicles in the future. * The Sunnyside City Council authorized the expenditure of approximately $136,000 to update the aging telemetry system at the city’s water supply facility. The council also gave its OK to hire David Layden to fill the seat of the finance director, which had been vacant for about a month and a half. * Pablo Medina, 47, of Sunnyside was killed in a one-car crash near The Dalles, Ore. * The Sunnyside City Council accepted the $3,386,981 bid submitted by Blew’s Construction Company of Spokane to build a new fire station. * Port of Sunnyside officials were awarded a $300,000 grant by the Washington Department see “April” page 10

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of Ecology to finish the clean-up of solvent and metal contamination at the old Carnation milk plant, located at Lincoln Avenue and South First Street in Sunnyside. * A 2008 Sunnyside High School graduate, Gibby Briones, signed a contract to play professional baseball with the Cornbelters, an independent league team near Chicago. * Sunnyside High School junior Katie Hutchins was crowned Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador. * Valley Processing in Sunnyside installed a new juice processing facility, valued at more than $600,000. * The suspect in the July 2007 murder of Sunnyside’s Veronica Ayala, Eric Flores, was extradited from Mexico and turned over to Sunnyside police. * The Yakima Valley Development Association provided approximately $1,268,000 in loans and grants to the Port of Sunnyside to help complete two projects – adding a second spur rail line for Bleyhl’s propane storage and distribution facility on Midvale Road, and building a new anaerobic digester that was expected to double capacity of the port’s sequencing batch reactor. * Raul Alcaras, 28, of Grandview died in a one-vehicle crash near his hometown. * Sherman Brown, 75, of Hermiston, Ore. died as the result of a crash involving two motorcycles near Mabton.

Work crews are busy putting in an access road at the Sunnyside Airport, an accommodation that was necessary to install a nearly 30-foot tall weather observation station.

The Sunnyside community float, sporting an “Isle of Paradise” theme, makes its 2013 debut at the annual Sunnyside Torchlight Parade. The float was designed by the families of the Miss Sunnyside court members – (L-R) Madison Marquez, Jenny Hall, Vanessa Serna and Josie Marro.

Sunnyside Lions Club members Carol Stone and Melba Fujiura (L-R) collect donations from shoppers at Safeway during the annual White Canes Day fundraiser.

Sunnyside native Sami Jo Sartin (R) is welcomed to the Penny Gilley show on RFDTV by the popular television show host. Sartin earned a guest appearance role on the televised show for her singing abilities.

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May 2013 * A fire that ignited in a dumpster damaged the building that housed Sunnyside’s Goodwill Store. * Making the cut from 54,000 applicants, Sunnyside High School’s Marthy Hernandez and Sergio Ramirez landed two of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholarships awarded in 2013. The highly coveted awards pay for all tuition and living expenses incurred while a student remains in college. * The Sunnyside High School baseball team dropped a 12-1 decision to Kamiakin in a District tourney loser-out game. The Grizzlies finished the season at 2-19. * Sunnyside High School’s boys soccer team finished the season with an 8-10 record after falling by a 2-0 score to Shadle Park in the 3A playoffs. * The Sunnyside Transformation group

Eagerly throwing their names into the hat as candidates for the title of 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside are (front L-R) Gabrielle Alcantar, Kayla Bautista, Katelyn Hazzard, Jacqueline Kranz and Samantha Rodriguez; (center L-R) Leah Diddens, Tiana Perez, Ashley Davis, Karla Negrete and Jessica Alcaide; and (back L-R) Alyson Spidle, Jessica Cardenas, Audrey Rosalez and Mattie Meyers.

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Irak Brambila performs a sketch during the 36th annual Sunnyside High School Senior Follies, held each year to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

28-year-old Brandon Rice poses for a photo after rolling the highest ever sanctioned three-game bowling series in Yakima Valley history. Competing at Sunnyside’s Valley Lanes, he shot games of 288-267-299 for an 854 series. Grandview goalkeeper Elmer Campuzano makes a save on a penalty kick in the Greyhounds’ 4-0 win over East Valley of Spokane in the opening round of the 2A State boys soccer tournament. The ‘Hounds succumbed in the State quarter-finals to Cheney. Grandview ended the season with a record of 16-4.

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began renovating the former U&I Sugar Factory site on East Lincoln Avenue in Sunnyside, in hopes of establishing a farmers market. * The Washington Association of School Administrators, PEMCO Insurance and the School Employees Credit Union selected Sunnyside Schools Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole as the winner of the 2013 Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award. * Sunnyside’s C. Speck dealership was moving forward with a $400,000 overall facelift construction project. * The body of Miguel Gomez, 31, of Grandview was found in the Yakima River near Prosser. He had been missing for about a week. * Sunnyside Christian High School’s baseball team sustained an 11-9 loss to Waterville in the 1B District tournament, ending the Knights’ season with an overall mark of 10-9. * Nearly 200 people attend-

ed the private movie screening at Sunnyside’s Hallett’s Grand Cinema, for Granger native Rick Castaneda’s showing of “Cement Suitcase.” The film was shot in the Lower Yakima Valley. * A job change and the pending move from the community prompted Angel Reyna to tender his resignation as mayor of Mabton. Several weeks later the city council named sitting councilwoman Vera Zavala to replace him. * A formal groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Sunnyside School District’s new $6.2 million YV-Tech campus on Barnard Boulevard. * Grandview native Rick Garza was named the new director of the Washington State Liquor Control Board. * Former 15th District legislator Margaret Rayburn of Grandview died at the age of 86. * The firm Conrad & Adams, which had purchased Sunnyside’s Andrus & Roberts fruit packing

A caballero performs roping tricks for the Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo Parade crowd.

The demolition of medical offices at the corner of East Franklin Avenue and South Eighth Street is underway, making room for Sunnyside’s new $3.4 million fire station expansion.

facility, was seeking bids from construction companies to complete an upgrade of the plant. * David Stokes and Andrew Schutt carded an 11-under-par 133 to win the annual Bill Christie Memorial Two-Man Best Ball Tournament at Sunnyside’s Black Rock Creek Golf Course. * Lower Valley Credit Union CEO Suzy Fonseca announced plans that a new, 10,000-square foot branch office would be constructed in Sunnyside at 900 Yakima Valley Hwy. * Sunnyside High School senior Sarah Berumen earned fifth-place honors in the microbiology division at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz. * Sunnyside High School senior Eric Lee Amaro nabbed the 7th-place medal at the 3A State track and field meet in the discus-throwing competition. * Bickleton’s track and field athletes excelled at the 1B

The survivors lap kicks off the 2013 Relay for Life in Grandview. A total of $70,600 was raised for the American Cancer Society.

State meet. The BHS medalists included Jamie Venema, the winner of the girls pole vault and third in the long jump; Shaylee Tharp, fifth in the girls triple jump and sixth in the pole vault; Lindsay Brown, second in both the girls 100-meter hurdles and high jump, and sixth in the 300-meter hurdles; Peter Clinton, second in the boys pole vault and fifth in the 400-meters; Taylor Brown, fourth in

the boys 110-meter hurdles; Nathan Powers, fourth in the boys high jump and seventh in the 110-meter hurdles; Mitchell Powers, eighth in the boys high jump; Troy Roberts, seventh in the boys 3200-meters; and Joey Cardenas, eighth in the boys 3200-meters. * Sunnyside High School math teacher Caleb Oten was named the new principal at Mabton’s junior/senior high school.

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June 2013 * Sunnyside Christian High School had a graduation class that numbered 10, including trivaledictorians Alex Brouwer, Danika De Groot and Kara den Hoed. * Valedictorian Jessica Leon led 33 graduating seniors through commencement exercises at Mabton High School. * The 2013 Grandview High School graduates, 120 students strong, included valedictorian Meha Naran. * Jaime and Lucia Jimenez opened a newly constructed events hall in Grandview across from the Mid Valley Chrysler dealership. * A six-decade tradition – the annual Sunnyside Pioneer Picnic – officially ended when organizers announced they no longer had the manpower, or the will, to pull off the once popular event. * Debbie Amos was installed as the new president of the Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary. * Pastor Antonio Sanchez was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Grandview School, created by the resignation of Lydia Moreno. The summer swim season is in full swing. At a home meet, Shellie Banks sells treats to Sunnyside’s Levi Newhouse.

* Work was underway at Sunnyside’s Yakima Neighborhood Health Services clinic on Scoon Road. The valuation for the 9,600-square foot expansion was estimated at $2.2 million. * Afforded Wall of Fame honors at Sunnyside High School were professional opera singer Jim Cornelison of Chicago, retired schools superintendent Karst Brandsma of Everett and migrant youth advocate Linda Roberts of Sunnyside. * Submitting his letter of resignation, after 11 years at the helm, Ron Rowe stepped down as the head coach of the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team. Geoff LaBrant, one of Rowe’s assistants, was named to replace him. * Mosquitoes in two samples that were collected by health officials in Yakima County tested positive for West Nile virus. * Results of a homeless count taken in January showed that Sunnyside’s homeless population had dropped by 31 percent from the previous year. * City officials ended up

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Valedictorian Anna Estrada-Iniguez addresses the Sunnyside High School graduating class, billed as the largest ever with 362 seniors receiving their diplomas.

Stevie Rae Willis of Terrebonne, Ore. sends her lariat flying in the breakaway roping competition at the 103rd annual Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic & Rodeo near Bickleton.

Scout Master James Morrow helps Ken Wiley secure a badge to his shirt moments before the start of the annual Sunnyside Kiwanis Kids Day Parade.

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dismissing a noise citation issued to Sunnyside United Methodist Church Pastor Pat Beeman, based on complaints filed by Dr. Jim Stevens concerning the level of noise the Hispanic congregation using the church was allegedly generated during its weekly services. * The body of 22-year-old Preston Yahne of Prosser was discovered in a burned-out car found on the outskirts of Sunnyside. Grandview’s Robert McCorkindale, 24, and Laura Bancroft, 19, were arrested in connection with the crime. * The body of Alberto Gabriel Martinez, 23, of Sunnyside was found in the trunk of a vehicle at a remote location on Yakama Reservation land. Arrested in connection with the crime were Elliot White and Guillermina Sanchez-Cardenas. * Based on data collected from four Lower Yakima Valley dairies that participated in a voluntary EPA study, the Granger-based CARE environmental group filed lawsuits against the dairymen for allegedly violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s open dumping provisions.

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ticket at the Sunnyside Bi-Mart store. * Sunnyside police officer Johnny Gusby was appointed to the Mabton City Council to fill the seat vacated by Vera Zavala. She had been selected by her fellow council members to replace Mayor Angel Reyna, who resigned because he was taking a job elsewhere and was leaving the community. * The Sunnyside School District was awarded nearly $5 million from the state in capital construction monies, earmarked

for adding classrooms and a multi-purpose facility at the local high school. * Mabton Mayor Vera Zavala issued an emergency reduction of water usage order, following the failure of the pump at well No. 4. * Long-time Sunnyside veterinarian Dr. Jonathan Mercer announced he was retiring and would be closing his clinic at the end of the month. * The Sunnyside Port District was see “July” next page

Sunnyside’s Kyle Cameron, the eventual Survivor Draw Buckle winner, keeps cattle moving while atop his horse during the third annual Sort 4 the Cause cancerfighting fundraiser at Sunnyside’s Specks Arena. More than $30,000 was generated and presented to three organizations - Children’s Wishes & Dreams, Washington Hematology-Oncology and Wellness House of Yakima.

Sunnyside Christian High School first baseman Brant Bosma fields a pick-off throw in the final game of the summer season. The Knights concluded summer league play with a record of 0-14.

Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci (left) officially welcomes Donald Day to his new job as city manager. A retired New Mexico State trooper, Day had most recently been employed as the Colfax County manager in New Mexico.

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awarded $1 million in grants and loans from the state’s Community Economic Revitalization Board, earmarked for a new anaerobic digester at the port’s wastewater treatment plant. In related news,

the Sunnyside Darigold plant committed to expanding its operations after the new digester was on-line, which was anticipated to not only retain the 137 existing jobs at the facility, but

Sunnyside’s Aydan Harrington springs from the blocks at the MidValley Summer Swim League championship meet in Selah. The Sharks earned runner-up honors behind the host Dolphins, who captured their fourth consecutive league championship.

add 25 new positions. * City of Sunnyside officials severed ties with the Sunnyside Arts & Sports Association, which had been operating local recreational programs for children, after hiring Megan Razey as the new recreation coordinator. * Alejandro Guadalupe Martinez, 21, of Grandview was sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for the murder of Mariano Cuevas, who was 18 at the time he was shot in the head near Grandview’s Smith Elementary School in 2011. * Tami Mathison perished when her Sunnyside home went up in flames. Her husband and five children safely escaped the night-time blaze. * City officials suspended Sunnyside city prosecutor Kathleen Morehouse after she was arrested on a DUI charge. * A 33-year member of Grandview’s Fred E. Hayes Post 57, Jim Davidson was elected to serve as Washington state’s Department Commander of the American Legion.

A MedStar helicopter lands at the Sunnyside Airport during an emergency drill for Lower Yakima Valley first responders.

Accepting the award from WAAE state president Becky Strite (center) for having the most outstanding FFA program in Washington state are Mabton FFA advisor Randi Krieg (left) and Mabton Jr./Sr. High School Vice Principal Sue Sartain.

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Sunnyside High School’s rally squad welcomes students back to the classroom on the first day of school for the 2013-14 academic year. Participating in active-shooter training exercises at Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School are Sunnyside Police Department officers (front L-R) Matt Kramer and Phil Schenck; and (back L-R) Chico Rodriguez and Jeff Cunningham.

* Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic opened an “immediate care” facility in Sunnyside. * Dylan Gardner, who had filed to seek election to the Sunnyside School Board earlier in the year, was appointed to fill the vacant seat previously held by Miguel Puente. * An “urgent care” medical clinic, with an approximate valuation of $412,000, was being constructed by Sunnyside Community Hospital on East Lincoln Avenue. * Robert Licea, 29, of Sunnyside died from a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Police arrested Anthony Scott Snyder, 31, of Outlook in connection to what they described as a gang-related crime. * Mabton residents became increasingly unhappy with having to conserve water. The breakdown of one of the city’s wells three weeks earlier, according to the city’s pub-

lic works department, was still a long way from being resolved. Eventually, five weeks after the well failed, city crews put another well on-line, one which had a history of high levels of nitrates and normally only used in emergency situations. * Mosquitoes caught in traps near Mabton tested positive for West Nile virus. * The Sunnyside City Council voted unanimously to impose a see “August” next page

Mabton native and Sunnyside Harrison Middle School math coach Joshua Schlegel expresses his appreciation at a specially called district-wide meeting for school employees, in being named ESD 105 regional teacher of the year.

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six-month moratorium on accepting applications from people who wanted to establish marijuana producing, processing and retail businesses. * Less than three weeks after being appointed to fill a vacancy on the Mabton City Council, Johnnie Gusby tendered a letter

of resignation, citing personal reasons. * Agustin Ramos Gomez, 30, of Othello died in a one-vehicle accident on SR-241, about seven miles north of Sunnyside. * Tied with 56 votes apiece for the District 3 seat on the Sunnyside City Council, Spencer Martin won out over Victor Ochoa in a lottery-type drawing. Martin’s opponent in November’s General Election was to be the incumbent, Don Vlieger, who had garnered 57 votes in the Primary Election. * SunnyWest Valley’s Joey Bird tugs on his steer at the opening of the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo in Grandview. side Munic

Blackjack dealer Samuel Ortega puts the cards into play for Wanda Schilperoort, Linda Bordwell and Pat Hall (L-R) at the 14th annual Senior Citizens Casino Night at the Sunnyside Senior Center.

-ipal Court Judge Steven Michels dismissed an obstruction of a police officer charge filed against Thomas C. Warren, who had been cited by Sgt. Oliver Hernandez while he was filming police as they conducted a raid on a local home. “Our officer (at the scene) was incorrect in saying Warren didn’t have a right to video tape a public action,” Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck said after the charge against Warren was dismissed. * Jordyne Jaquish was hired to replace her father, Sandy, as head coach of the Sunnyside High School girls volleyball program. * Building permits were issued for a new 37,600-square foot agronomy center, to be constructed next to Grandview’s Bleyhl Country Store. The agronomy center was to serve as Bleyhl’s division headquarters. * Avery Gardner was awarded Eagle Scout honors during a special court of honor. * University of Idaho redshirt junior Zach Wanderscheid won top honors in the annual Banana Belt Tournament at Sunnyside’s Black Rock Creek Golf Course with a two-day total of 5-underpar 139. * The Grandview School Board adopted a $35.8 million general fund budget for the 2013-14 school year. * The Sunnyside School Board OK’d a general fund budget of $66.6 million for the 2013-14 school year. * T.W. Clark Construction in Spokane was hired to add on 13 new classrooms and build a new multi-purpose gym at Sunnyside High School, at a cost of $5.27 million.

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September 2013 * The Sunnyside husband and wife team of Gracie and Steven Maltos claimed first and second-place honors, respectively, at the annual Washington State Menudo Festival Cook-Off in Granger. * A 100th birthday party was held at the Sunnyside VFW post home for Ben Moore. * The Obama Administration announced it would stand down

Karen Logue models a colorful jacket at the Sunnyside Nouvella Club’s annual fall fashion show.

Concord grapes are being harvested at Upland Vineyards west of Sunnyside. Warmer than usual temperatures resulted in a harvest that was two weeks ahead of schedule. Construction, funded by a voter-approved bond, is underway on Sunnyside’s new fire station. The estimated completion date was February of 2014.

in the face of voter-approved measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the states of Washington and Colorado. * Dubbed the Dead Canyon Fire, a brush fire near Bickleton was sparked and quickly moved south, engulfing approximately 3,675 acres of open range land. * Following similar action taken by the city of Sunnyside and Yakima County, the Grandview City Council approved a moratorium on accepting business applications from people intending to set up marijuana processing and retail businesses. * A fire broke out in a garage owned by John Booth, on Sunnyside’s Scoon Road, destroying three boats, a camp trailer, building supplies and a Ferrari. Fire officials estimated the total damage at $650,000. * Volunteer fireman Arturo Delafuente was appointed to fill the vacant Mabton City Council seat that had been created when Vera Zavala was selected to take over as mayor. * Sunnyside’s Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church marked its 60th anniversary. * Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District officials revealed the first draft of the 2014 operating

A pool of water surrounds Sunnyside City Hall after the Lower Valley was struck with a heavy rainstorm. The city’s storm drain system wasn’t efficient enough to keep up with the heavy deluge of water.

Kelly Story displays a batch of her Raspberry Apple Stacks, which earned her a semi-finalist’s spot in Pillsbury’s national bake-off. Soon after, she was named one of the 100 finalists and received an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, where she competed for the $1 million grand prize.

budget, which at $12.7 million was a 6.6 percent increase from 2013. The single biggest new project in the budget was for construction upgrades at the Mabton siphon, which had sustained extensive dry rot in its timber pilings. * The Office of National Drug Control Policy announced that the Sunnyside United group would be awarded a $625,000 grant to facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. * Dr. Brent Bingham, an orthopedic specialist, was preparing to close his Sunnyside office after spending 31 years in the community. Bingham’s plan was to move to Salt Lake City the first of December to work as an orthopedic consultant for the mission department of the Church of Latter-day Saints. * West Nile virus was contracted by an Outlook-area horse.

Sunnyside second graders listen while watching a fire safety video, presented by Sunnyside Fireman Tony Castillo and his dog Dottie during an EDITH House program.

Sunnyside High School QB Anthony Herrera scrambles away from a Southridge football player. The Suns went on to win the 4A State title, while the Grizzlies finished the season with an overall record of 0-10. Engineer Dave VanCleve explains financing options to the Mabton City Council, which was actively exploring the idea of drilling a new city well. Mabton residents had been on emergency water conservation measures for more than two months because of the failure of well No. 4.

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October 2013 * Sunnyside City Manager Don Day, speaking at a Noon Rotary Club meeting, said he hadn’t yet made a decision on selecting a new police chief, and was extending his self-imposed deadline of Sept. 30 to give himself more time to conduct extensive background checks on the three finalists – Phil Schenck, Sue Shultz and Rick Needham. * The Sunnyside City Council extended a six-month moratorium on accepting marijuana producing, processing and retail business applications to 12 months.

* Two Sunnyside men, 48-year-old Enrique D. Rodriguez and 25-year-old Miguel A. Diaz, were killed in a two-vehicle accident on the Satus Pass highway. * The Habitat for Humanity Sunnyside ReStore, citing an inability to generate enough sales to break even, closed its doors less than two years after opening. * Erin and Ryan Bates opened a Dutch Bros. Coffee shop in Sunnyside. * Kathy Young, the assistant manager at Parkview Estates in Kennewick, replaced Debbie Smith as manager of the Sunnyside Sun Terrace Retirement & Assisted Living Community. * The Sunnyside-area Black Rock Creek Golf Course team won its seventh consecutive Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour championship. * The city of Mabton was awarded an Candidates for public office were making their rounds at service club meetings, including Granger Police Chief Robert Perales, shown here stumping for votes at a Sunnyside Republican Club meeting. Perales was vying for Sunnyside City Councilwoman Theresa Hancock’s seat.

Youngsters enjoy climbing a haystack at the Apple & Pumpkin Festival at Bill’s Berry Farm near Grandview.

$800,000 state heritage grant, earmarked to begin the process of restoring and renovating the shuttered brick building that once stood as the community’s high school. * The state attorney general’s office selected Suzi Carpino of Sunnyside to serve on a special task force, created to help bring an end to sex trafficking and the exploitation of children. * The Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled that Sunnyside Police Sgt. Jeff Cunningham was justified in shooting Ramon Ayala, who in March of 2013 shot a handgun into the air see “October” page 24

Lorenzo Garza Jr., attending his final meeting as a Sunnyside School Board director, receives a hug from his daughter, Isla Garibay. Garza, who had been a board member since 1998, chose not to run for re-election, opting instead to seek a paid position with the local school district.

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Man of the Year A champion’s champion by John Fannin

Building a champion in any sport on any level is a major accomplishment. With hard work and a bit of good fortune, most coaches would be delighted to win one championship in their lifetime. For SHS wrestling coach George Paulus it’s 17 champions…and counting. Paulus, with a career dual meet record of 224-51-3 during 36 years in Sunnyside, was just two months ago inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. It’s not just hall of fame honors that makes Paulus the Daily Sun News’ man of the year for 2013 – though that in itself is well worthy of consideration – there’s also a commitment and track record for Sunnyside youth that extends beyond the job requirements of

coach and teacher. Jason Moyer is an assistant coach in Paulus’ wrestling program and nominated him for hall of fame honors. In comments this fall about the hall of fame selection, Moyer praised Paulus for the way he pays attention to the smallest of details…and to every wrestler, whether or not they’re scoring points on the mat for Sunnyside. “No detail or wrestler is insignificant to him,” Moyer said. “He has an amazing amount of energy and for every kid that’s ever been in the program, they’re like family.” Paulus’ drive to champion his players, whether they be champions or reserves, has paid dividends. “I always felt he’s been a hall of fame coach,” said Moyer. “The one thing I’m going to take away from George is how to put together a championship

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SHS wrestling coach George Paulus celebrates a win during one of many Grizzly victories at the Mat Classic last season.

program…sustain success year after year. He’s quite an inspiring guy.” Paulus expressed that commitment to all Sunnyside wrestlers during his induction speech last November. “They’re not all State placers but they all have value,” he said, adding he wants all of his students to make the most of their journey. Win, lose or draw, Paulus said that all of his wrestlers over the past 30-plus years are “part of my Grizzly family.” In a way, that commitment is simply passing on the commitment made to him by his coaches while in high school and college. Upon confirmation this fall that he would be inducted into the hall of fame, Paulus was quick to note that coaches invested considerable time with him during his high school and college years. He has said his success and love of wrestling dates back to high school and wrestling coaches who believed in him. One of those coaches was Bill Elliott, who coached Paulus when he was a high school wrestler. In 1987 Elliott was inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Elliott was in attendance this past November for Paulus’ induction ceremony in Pasco. “I’m proud as I can be,” a beaming Elliott said after the event, noting Paulus was his first protégé to become a hall of famer. “He was one of those kids that needed wrestling at the time and he made the most of it.” After a successful career as a high school wrestler in Cashmere, Paulus was a two-time qualifier for nationals while wrestling at Central Washington University. Paulus noted he had the rare opportunity to compete under three different hall of fame coaches as a high school and college athlete. “From the get-go I was surrounded by a lot of top-notch people,” he said earlier this fall. One of those was hall of famer CWU wrestling coach Eric Beardsley, who not only guided Paulus as a wrestling athlete but as a coach. Paulus, in fact, credited Beardsley for getting him on track as a coach, with Sunnyside’s wrestling program being his first

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In this photo from 2009, Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling coach George Paulus gives Nathan Gonzalez some tips during a break in the 119-lb. match. Gonzalez was leading 2-0 at the time, but went on to pin his opponent. The Grizzlies’ team victory that night provided Paulus his 200th career win at SHS.

and only career stop. “I was working at a potato processing plant in Quincy when he called me and said he might have found a coaching job for me,” Paulus said. Paulus has coached wrestling in the Sunnyside School District for the past 36 years. He led the junior high program for eight seasons, posting a record of 76-4 during that time. After two seasons as an assistant coach at Sunnyside High School, Paulus took the reins of the Grizzly wrestling program in 1989 and since then has helped guide Sunnyside to ‘Top 10’ finishes at State 15 times. He’s also coached 17 state champions, 27 state finalists and 81 state placers. Many of the hundreds and hundreds of youth he has coached over nearly 40 years are today parents of young wrestlers and/ or coaching a new generation of grapplers. Pete DeLaRosa, now wrestling coach at Bellevue Christian High School, was among those student-athletes coached by Paulus. He was on hand in November for the induction ceremony and banquet. “He taught us that life is gonna be hard sometimes but to never quit,” DeLaRosa said after the event. Another former wrestler for Paulus, Juan Gonzalez, was also in attendance. He said at the time that Paulus’ philosophy and example are his goals for a youth wrestling program he works with here in Sunnyside.

“It’s hard to explain what he’s meant, you know, he’s coached two of my sons and my daughter,” said Gonzalez. For all the accolades he’s received this year and over his career - including league Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions, being a five-time Region 4 Coach of the Year five times and in 2012 Washington state 3A Coach of the Year – Paulus continues to redirect the attention in praising his wife Kathy and family for their patience and the Sunnyside School District for the freedom it’s given him to build a winning program. Of course, with the Mat Classic coming up just next month, Paulus’ attention is focused now on bringing home more champions for Sunnyside. And maybe, just maybe, taking home a rare team state title for the Grizzlies. “I don’t want to jinx us, but this could be a special year,” said Moyer. “We’re bringing back seven or eight wrestlers with State experience and we’re a contender for the state title.” Moyer added the Mat Classic typically honors hall of fame inductees during a program just before the State title matches. “When George gets recognized we could be within an hour of hoisting a State championship trophy,” he said. And that scenario would only be fitting for Paulus, a champion’s champion in Sunnyside. - John Fannin can be reached at JFannin@DailySunNews.com or at (509) 837-4500.

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Woman of the Year Community spirit reigns with Sunnyside volunteer by John Fannin

From Seattle to Spokane and points in between, if there’s a parade the Miss Sunnyside court and community float are likely there. And, more likely than not, the court and float bring home awards for their efforts at those various parades. The honors and participation requires hours and hours of labor and teamwork by the court and their parents. The glue that holds the group together is Teri Alvarez-Ziegler, a volunteer director for the Miss Sunnyside program. “She was absolutely valuable to us,” said Eva Ramos, a member of the Miss Sunnyside board and mother of 2010-11 Miss Sunnyside Kiana Ramos. “She helped us in times where we didn’t feel like we knew what we were doing.” Her value to a Miss Sunnyside program that represents the entire community, as well as Alvarez-Ziegler’s efforts as a science teacher at Sunnyside High School and on behalf of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce make her the Daily Sun News woman of the year for 2013. “She’s a selfless, giving person,” Ramos said. “She puts her heart and 120 percent into her work.” Ramos said Alvarez-Ziegler’s help included providing a reality check for parents of girls on the court. “She let us (parents) know that we’d probably get on each other’s nerves,” Ramos said. “Building the float, it seemed like we were all together 24 hours a day.” She added, “Teri didn’t hesitate to tell us what wouldn’t work and knew what the judges wanted to see and what would represent our community.” Ramos’ daughter, Kiana, shared her experience in working with Alvarez-Ziegler. “She was like a second mom to me. I could talk to her about anything…not just about Miss Sunnyside,” said the younger Ramos, now a student at Columbia Basin College. “We were always taken care of really well.” Another former Miss Sunnyside, Abigail Ramos

(2011-12), weighed in as well. “Teri has taken so many countless hours out of her life to give to us, without everything she did for us I wouldn’t be nearly half the more confident person I am,” she said. “I also wouldn’t have the great posture I have now from her always telling me to stand up straight. Teri is such a fantastic contributor to our community.” Sharon Dolan is president of the Miss Sunnyside board, and praised Alvarez-Ziegler for seeing to every detail associated with the court and its annual program, including hours donated to help contestants practice for the program and arranging interviews during the summer prior to the pageant. “These interviews get them ready for the pageant but also for future scholarship, or job interviews,” said Dolan. “The contestants gain lots of new life skills over the summer. The hours she puts in really help all contestants mature and have confidence in any future endeavors. The Miss Sunnyside program is very respected around the valley. Teri’s leadership and ideas are responsible for this.” Like Dolan, Georgianne Skyles is also a parent of a former Miss Sunnyside Court member. She notes that Alvarez-Ziegler’s work provides her and other parents confidence that the girls will be looked after. “As a parent of a former court member, I have nothing but good things to say. Teri has high expectations for the girls and therefore they try hard to meet those expectations,” said Skyles. “Teri works with and teaches them about the protocol of public speaking and how to conduct themselves while always being in the public eye. Teri spends countless hours with the girls, keeping them safe, being a positive role model and teaching them how to be ambassadors for the city of Sunnyside.” Skyles added, “She puts in thousands of hours chaperoning the girls around the state... all volunteer. Somehow, Alvarez-Ziegler also has the time to make a difference for the community

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Miss Washington Reina Almon is pictured with Miss Sunnyside Pageant Coordinator Teri Alvarez-Ziegler following a recent reception in Sunnyside that featured Almon as the guest speaker.

as president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. “She brings a lot of fresh ideas, a lot of energy,” says Pam Turner, executive director for the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. “She’s just amazing…she goes, goes, goes.” Turner says Alvarez-Ziegler’s extensive experience with parades and festivals is a boost for the chamber. “It helps a lot just to have her perspective and help with that. It’s great to have her,” says Turner. Her contributions and perspective endure not just for a season or a tiara, but make life-changing differences in the lives of Miss Sunnyside court members. Josie Marro was the third princess on the 2012-13 court, and said Alvarez-Ziegler’s impact goes beyond just the year-long reign each court experiences. “When I first started I was shy and reserved. I couldn’t talk in front of a crowd to save my life, I was self-conscious,”

said Marro. “I never spoke my mind and I was scared to be myself because of the ridicule I believed that I would receive.” She continued, “Teri saw these insecurities that consumed me and slowly started building me back up. She taught me to accept who I was and embrace everything that made me different. She saw the improvements that I was making on my own, spoke to me about them and that boosted my confidence. I had only just begun to change but I knew that I would never be the same. “Teri helped make me into the person that I am now and for that I will be eternally grateful.” Kiana Ramos, Miss Sunnyside 2010-11, agrees heartily. “From Teri I learned to be a strong and independent woman,” said Ramos. “She speaks her mind and I want to be like her and always stand up for what I believe in.” All of which means AlvarezZiegler’s commitment goes far

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beyond award-winning parade floats, but to community and girls that become successful women. Now that is something to believe in for the woman of the year. - John Fannin can be reached at JFannin@DailySunNews.com or at (509) 837-4500.

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several times near a convenience store at first-team selections. Harrison and Tacoma avenues. Ayala died * The granddaughter of former Mabton from the injuries he sustained. City Councilman Ray Purdy, Tanya * Almost exactly a year after two Gaston, began work as Mabton’s city Sunnyside High School teachers came clerk/treasurer. under public scrutiny for using what were described by some as inappropriate and sexually explicit teaching materials, Maria Preston tendered her resignation. The other teacher, Sacha Mike, had relinquished her teaching position in February 2013. * The Grandview City Council approved a transition plan that called for Assistant Police Chief Kal Fuller to replace Police Chief Dave Charvet when he retired at the end of January 2014. Sgt. Mike Hopp was also approved to replace Fuller as assistant police chief. * Richard Yallup Jr., 27, of Toppenish, after what Sunnyside police described as a carjacking incident, led law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit that ended in the Granger area, where gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and police. According to police accounts, Yallup forced his way into a home by blasting the front door with a shotgun, injuring a Rosie Haak assists Don Underwood in woman in the process, and took the fam- harvesting a few peppers from the comily hostage. Family members eventually munity garden that was established by overpowered the intruder, bringing an end the Transformation Sunnyside group. to the crisis. * Catholic Chari­ ties Housing Services held a ribbon cutting ceremony, marking the completion of a seven-home housing complex that was erected in Grandview. * The Mabton School Board voted to have high school athletes compete in the class 2B ranks the following year, after WIAA enrollment counts showed Senior Vanessa Alvarez runs for one of her six touchdowns in that Mabton no lon- the annual Sunnyside High School homecoming powder puff ger had the numbers football game. Alvarez and the seniors notched a 42-40 victory to be a class 1A over the junior class girls. school. * The Sun­ nyside High School volleyball team lost a postseason playin match against Hanford, which left the Lady Grizzlies with an overall record of 2-13 on the year. * Mabton High School soccer players Micki Williams and Maricela Chavez were The J&J Bosma Dairy cows show as much curiosity toward the named SCAC touring dairymen from the Netherlands as the Dutch visitors disEast all-league played on their visit to the Outlook-area farm.

* Prison sentences ranging from 6-1/2 to 23 years were meted out to five Sunnysidearea individuals for the April 2012 murder of Jose Manuel Correa of Granger, which law enforcement officials termed as a gun deal gone wrong. The five people sentenced to prison were James Long, Isaac Cruz, Marcus Torres, Jesse Reyes and Daisy Valencia. * The Mabton High School football team concluded the season with a record of 3-6, and in the process snapped a 36-game losing streak. * The Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office cleared Grandview Police Jessica Galvan of Sunnyside (#10) works the ball past a Kennewick soccer player in postseason Officer Kevin Glasenapp of action. The Lady Grizzlies, getting a hat trick from any wrongdoing in the July Susana Arreola, defeated the Lions, 4-3, in a los2013 shooting of Ubaldo er-out 3A District tourney game. Sunnyside lost Munguia, one of three men its next playoff contest to Mt. Spokane, finishing believed to have been part of the fall campaign with an overall record of 6-11. an armed robbery and who bents Mark Gourneau, Sophie Sotelo led police on a high-speed chase. * Brandon Rice rolled the first and Oping Hutson to the city council. * Under first-year coach Beckie 300 game of the 2013-14 season at Ramirez, the Grandview High School Sunnyside’s Valley Lanes. * Sunnyside voters elected Spencer girls volleyball team finished the seaMartin, Francisco Guerrero, Theresa son with an overall record of 8-7. * Adrian Garcia, 19, of Mabton was Hancock and Dean Broersma to the Sunnyside City Council. Elected to the sentenced to six years in prison for the Sunnyside School Board were Steve July 2012 shooting of Jesus Gastelum. Winfree, Michelle Perry and Dylan The assault was triggered because of a dispute over money allegedly owed for Gardner. * Voters in Mabton elected Mario vehicle parts. see “November” page 26 Martinez as mayor, and returned incumA 17-year military veteran and a member of the SHS class of 1986, Deleesa Restucci serves as one of the guest speakers at a Veterans Day assembly at Sunnyside High School.

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* Mike and Pat Stegeman were named the family of the year by the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo Foundation, in honor of all the work the couple had done in helping to stage the annual Grandview event. * Grandview, getting a pair of TD’s from Gunner Chronis,

defeated Sunnyside by a 25-8 score in the Grid Kid football championship game. * The Sunnyside Christian High School football team posted its first ever non-losing record in the five years it had fielded a team, a mark of 5-5. * The Grandview High

School football team (3-7) closed out the season with a 44-26 victory against Wapato. * The Bickleton High School boys cross-country team earned a 13th place finish at the 1B State meet. Sophomore Troy Roberts led the Pirates to the finish line, finishing in 41st place from the 125-runner field. * Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside), attending Sunnyside’s Veterans Day celebration, announced that state legislators had earmarked $65,000 earlier in the year to help complete the foundation of the downtown Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza. * F&M Construction of Yakima, already busy constructing a freezer building for Sunnyside’s Valley Processing, was greenlighted by city officials to begin Work crews from Clearcreek Contractors and Arcadis En- erecting a $1.8 million freezgineering are busy conducting clean-up efforts near the er building for Sunnyside’s Sunnyside Super Gas Food Mart on Yakima Valley Highway. Johnson Foods. The work was part of Sunnyside’s long-running “Manhole 34” * Grandview High School clean-up of petroleum products dating back to 1989. seniors Brendan Bardwell (football and baseball) and Marissa Caballero (soccer, basketball and softball) were named winners of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. * Sunnyside High School’s Cassadie Moore placed eighth in the 100yard breaststroke with a personal best clocking of 1:07.35 at the 3A State swim meet in Federal Way. * The Washington State Significant graduation rate increases at Sunnyside High School, Farm Bureau named combined with implementation of continuous academic improveSen. Jim Honeyford of ment and support programs, led to the Washington State School Directors Association naming the Sunnyside School Board as the Sunnyside its legislator 2013 school board of the year. Pictured with the plaque are (L- of the year, an unprecR) Superintendent Rick Cole and present and past school board edented third time the members Lorenzo Garza Jr., Dylan Gardner, Rocky Simmons, lawmaker was afforded the honor. Farm Bureau Miguel Puente, Michelle Perry, Sandra Linde and Steve Winfree.

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officials cited Honeyford’s ongoing work with developing the Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource management Plan. * A third home in two days’ time was struck by bullets fired from unknown assailants. Two homes were fired upon in Sunnyside, the third outside of Granger. Police had no leads on who the shooters might be. * Re-elected just weeks earlier, Elizabeth Cerrillo resigned from the Mabton School Board, citing personal conflicts. * In checking the accuracy of a water meter at Artz-Fox Elementary School, it was discovered the school had not been sent a sewer bill since 2009. City officials estimated the mistake may have cost the municipality $100,000 in revenues. * The Sunnyside School Board approved putting a $10 million bond proposal before local voters in February 2014, to pay for the modernization of Washington Elementary School.

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December 2013 * Jim Grubenhoff was selected to replace Arnold Martin as president of the Sunnyside Port Commission. * Sunnyside Port District commissioners voted to return $4.8 million in grants and loans the district had received for a wetlands project. Earlier in the year port officials had decided to abandon the project. * The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a Pacific Power overall rate increase of 5.5 percent. An average residential customer was expected to see their monthly bills rise by $6. * The Mabton City Council approved a 2014 general fund budget totaling $709,404. * Hired in 2009 to start an 8-man football program at Sunnyside Christian High

Miss Washington Reina Almon signs autographs for Mabton princesses (L-R) Jessalyn Jalifi and Lila Villa at a special dessert reception hosted by the Miss Sunnyside court.

School, Coach Ray Hernandez of Toppenish tendered his resignation after five years at the helm. * The Lower Valley Credit Union began work on demolishing a structure at 900 E. Yakima Valley Hwy. in Sunnyside to make way for a new, two-story branch office. * The Grandview School Board approved plans to ask voters in February 2014 to replace an expiring maintenance and operations levy. School district officials said the new four-year levy, if given the thumbs-up by school district patrons, would generate approximately $6 million. * A 27-year-old Grandview man, whom police said had ties to gang activity, was found stumbling along West Wine Country Road in Grandview, the victim of a gunshot wound. * The Sunnyside City Council adopted a 2014 budget totaling $31.5 million, of which $9.4 million made up the general fund. Included in the budget were expenditures to complete work on a soccer field near the law and justice center that had been started a couple of years earlier, and to purchase an automated payroll system for the city. * Included in the newly approved city of Grandview budget for 2014, which totaled $17 million overall, was $200,000 to construct a new museum. * With individual titlists Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside accepts the 2013 Water Statesman Award from Washington State Water Resources Association government relations consultant Mike Schwisow (right). It was the second time Honeyford had received the prestigious award from the association, comprised of officials from irrigation districts across the state.

Santa makes an appearance in Sunnyside in early December, kicking off the holiday shopping season at the Mid Valley Mall. Santiago Mendoza was one of hundreds of youngsters who climbed aboard Santa’s lap.

Kayla Gonzalez (112 lbs.), Daisy Chavez (124 lbs.), Megan Casseday (145 lbs.) and Jessica Cardenas (170 lbs.) leading the way, the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies claimed top team honors at the Nooksack Valley Wrestling Invitational in Everson. * Carmen Johnson, 20, of Mabton was shot and killed at a party just south of Grandview. Police named 21-year-old Miguel Angel Martinez of Grandview as the prime suspect and began an all-out search for him. * A candle left burning was thought to be the cause of a fire that razed the Maria Ocampo family’s Bagley Drive home in Sunnyside. The family’s barking dog awoke the family, who all safely escaped the blaze. * A 6-year-old Sunnyside boy, Damien Cortez, was flown to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center after being struck by a bullet. He was inside a home on South First Street in Sunnyside when unknown assailants opened fire on the house. * Yakima Neighborhood Health officials hosted an open house celebration at its Sunnyside clinic, which had just undergone a $4.4 million expansion and upgrade. * Tanner Shaneman rolled a perfect 300 game at Sunnyside’s Valley Lanes. * The Sunnyside School Board was informed that recent enrollment counts had boosted the local high school from a class 3A to 4A school. * Sunnyside Christian High School’s Stormee Van Belle topped the 1,000-point mark for her prep basketball career in the Lady Knights’ 85-38 win over Yakama Tribal. * Mabton Mayor Mario Martinez was named to the Yakima County Development Association’s board of directors.

Making a big splash in the 25th annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade is the G.S. Long float, which earned the top award in the commercial division. Serving as parade marshals were Dan and Carol Newhouse.

Grandview’s Isaiah Ruiz splits Sunnyside defenders Estevan Salmeron (left) and Angel Garza (right) in a non-league game early on in the 2013-14 season. The Greyhounds won the rivalry contest, and closed out the month of December with a record of 6-0 under first year coach Glenn Braman. The Grizzlies stumbled through the month of December with a mark of 1-6.

Continuing a 38-year tradition, volunteers serve up dinner fare at the annual holiday dinner in Mabton for local senior citizens. The five volunteers on the food line include (L-R) Rhonda Hendricks, Vera Zavala, Oping Hutson, Sophia Sotelo and Minerva Morales.

Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District work crews are busy constructing a new pump station near King Tull Road. John B. Gonzales of Sunnyside is selected for inclusion into the Tejano Roots Music Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held in January 2014 in Alice, Texas.

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Reflections of 2013

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Reflections of 2013