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January 12, 2012 A look back at the stories and photos that made the news this past year.

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Jan. 3, 2011 – An approximate $6 million loss in revenue is forcing Yakima County to eliminate 33 jobs at the Yakima County Jail. County commissioners said they learned the King County Consortium was planning on sending 100 fewer prisoners to Yakima than originally planned. Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies report that an Outlook man was shot in the thigh during a New Year’s Eve gathering. Jan. 4, 2011 – Due to budgetary issues, Yakima County Food Service Director Jerry Baldoz announces that the hot meal programs for senior citizens will be discontinued in Mabton and Granger. Jan. 5, 2011 – State and county officials, at a press conference held at the Sunnyside Community Center, announce that 8,000 testing kits are in the mail and headed to Lower


Yakima Valley homes. The testing kits, they said, were designed to detect nitrate pollution in the drinking water. Jan. 6, 2011 – Just one month into her new job, Sunnyside School District Transportation Director Dalrie Hoyle says she has been busy with assessing winter roadways for safe travel, along with seeking a more efficient manner in the loading and drop-off of students at local elementary schools. Jan. 7, 2011 – Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi meets with the city council’s special investigative committee to review new city employee handbooks that are being put together. Gervasi’s plan to revise the current step payroll system for nonrepresented employees, including pay increases of just 2.5 percent compared to the existing 5 percent bumps

Jan. 5, 2011 – Three days into the new year, Sunnyside Community Hospital delivers the first baby of 2011. The infant, Xavier Perez, was born to Irma and Isaac Perez. in pay, was met with delight by two of the committee members, Councilman Nick Paulakis and Don Vlieger. Jan. 10, 2011 – A 21-yearold man in Grandview, described by police as a

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Jan. 11, 2011 – The Sunnyside City Council lets a motion die on the proposal to annex property along Midvale Road, despite the fact the city had already issued permits to the property owner, who wanted to establish an RV park there. Jan. 12, 2011 – A joint meeting between city, school, port district and hospital officials is held, with nearly all reaching the conclusion that Sunnyside’s image must be improved upon. The general consensus was that to attract more people and businesses to the city, Sunnyside must undergo a beautification effort. A 60-year-old man is shot in the leg while in the bedroom of his home in the 200 block of Morse Road near Sunnyside. Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies failed to come up with any suspects. Jan. 13, 2011 – A 13-yearold Sunnyside girl is struck Jan. 7, 2011 – YaYa Gonzalez of the Sunnyside High girls bowling team competes against the Davis Pirates. The Lady Grizzly keglers closed out their 2010-11 season with an overall record of 1-13.

Jan. 7, 2011 – A large crew is hard at work at Pepe’s Bakery in Sunnyside, preparing 600 unique bread rolls, called rosca de reyes, for the annual Three Kings Day celebration.

Jan. 4, 2011 – Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder and City Clerk Deborah Estrada present a “wish list” of items to the Sunnyside City Council, which was left off the police department’s budget requests list the previous month. Among the sought-after items were the replacement of a phone and radio recorder, replacing the heating and air conditioning system at the jail and new ballistic helmets and SWAT vests and gas masks.

likely innocent victim of a possible gang-related shooting, suffers a gunshot wound to his leg. Scoring 23 points in a Mabton High School boys basketball team victory over Ki-Be, Kristian Carrasco tops 1,000 points for his prep career.


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the previous night. Jan. 17, 2011 – Local lawmakers Jim Honeyford, Bruce Chandler and David Taylor report that some of the top concerns addressed during the opening week of the 2011 legislative session in Olympia involved jobs, criminal gangs and driver’s license reform. Jan. 18, 2011 – Two new businesses open their doors in Sunnyside…Symphero Accounting, owned by Rich Verhoef, and the IQ Tax Center, owned by P. Simon and Carrie Mahler. Jan. 19, 2011 – An overflowing Yakima River spills over onto the banks of January continues next page




twice by gunfire while inside her home in the 1100 block of South 10th Street. Sunnyside police said they had no motive or suspects in what they described as a drive-by shooting. Jesus Fabian Perales, 23, of Outlook is found guilty of first-degree murder in

the Oct. 20, 2008 killing of 14-year-old Francisca Ramirez-Hernandez of Sunnyside. A month later at his sentencing hearing, Perales was sent away to prison for life, without the possibility of release or parole. Jan. 14, 2011 – Gunfire erupts in the Lower Yakima Valley, as six homes in Grandview, Sunnyside, Outlook and Granger are struck with a hail of bullets in what local police believe to be gang-related incidents. The fear expressed by many is that the armed attacks on the six homes was in retaliation to a 13-year-old Sunnyside girl getting shot

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Jan. 14, 2011 – Coach George Paulus provides a few tips to Nathan Gonzalez during the Sunnyside and Kamiakin wrestling match in the Grizzly gym. The 70-4 victory over the Braves gave Paulus his 200th dualmeet win as head wrestling coach at Sunnyside High School.


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Jan. 18, 2011 – A procession of cars makes its way towards Sunnyside’s Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, where the burial of Robert James Near of Granger was to take place. Near, a soldier in the U.S. Army, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Jan. 31, 2011 – Elvis (aka Greg Smith) has a bit of fun with Eleanor Goulet at the Winter Senior Ball, hosted by Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside. nual Sunnyside firemen’s banquet and awards ceremony are Ed Laverman (volunteer fireman of year), Chad Werkhoven (top responder) and Tony Castillo

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Feb. 1, 2011 – The Sunnyside City Council’s Public Safety Subcommittee releases a six-step list of recommendations for fighting gang activity in the community. The recommendations included hiring both a crime analyst and an information technologist, establishing a gang task force, annexing into the city known trouble spots on the outskirts of town so that local police would have jurisdiction in dealing with those criminal elements, as well as purchasing automated license plate readers for local patrol cars. Feb. 2, 2011 – At a meeting of the Sunnyside Division Board of Control, General Manager Jim Trull rejects a proposal by


the paddle wheels, themselves, which might trap weeds and other debris, possibly creating flooding situations. Ricardo Casares, 20, of Outlook is sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a June 26, 2010 driveby shooting in the 1300 block of North Avenue in Sunnyside. Two homes were struck in the attack, although no one was hit by bullets. Senior Katelynn Clinton sets a Bickleton High School single-game scoring record in girls basketball, tossing in 44 points in her team’s victory against the Mabton JV. Feb. 3, 2011 - 15th District lawmaker Bruce Chandler expresses his disappointment that the

Feb. 3, 2011 – The new library in Grandview begins to take shape. The construction of the library was a joint effort by the city of Grandview and Yakima Valley Community College. a Tacoma company that wants to conduct a feasibility study on whether or not paddle wheels placed in local irrigation canals could produce electrical energy for the Yakama Indian Nation. Among Trull’s concerns were the stretching of cable across the canals to hold the paddle wheels in place, a safety issue, and

GOP plan to trim $251 million in spending by the state was discarded by Democrats in Olympia. Democratic legislators were not pleased that many of the Republicans’ cuts would have been made to DSHS, specifically the disability lifeline program. Feb. 4, 2011 - Construction crews are busy

Feb. 1, 2011 – Broken Solstice’s Antonio Castillo (L) gets the crowd fired up during the first-ever Battle of the Bands held at the Sunnyside High School auditorium. The fundraising event, coordinated by Christine Kim as her senior project, netted more than $4,800 for the SHS music program. pouring cement for the walls of the new two-story building being built at Sunnyside High School. Feb. 7, 2011 – Closed on Fridays since 2004, Sunnyside City Hall is reopened for business five days a week. With six individual titlists…Santos Guerrero, Nathan Gonzalez, Isaac Guerrero, Isidro Ramirez, Josh Romero and Adam Peters…the Sunnyside High School wrestling team wins top honors at the 3A District tournament. The Grandview High School boys basketball team, CWAC champions, completes the regular season with a perfect 20-0 record. Feb. 8, 2011 – For the second time in three years, efforts fall through to move the downtown Sunnyside Post Office operations to the carrier annex on Custer Avenue. A sale of the downtown building appeared imminent, but fell through at the last minute. Feb. 9, 2011 – The

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Sunnyside City Council agrees to consider the Uptown Sunnyside Association’s request for $9,000 in funding, earmarked for flower pots and banners in the downtown core. Feb. 10, 2011 – Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack releases a report showing that the Affordable Care Act, pushed through by President Barack Obama, will keep out-of-pocket medical expenses from surging to unmanageable heights. Feb. 11, 2011 – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announces it is making improvements to its wildland firefighting helicopter program. Agency February continues next page

Feb. 9, 2011 – Posing with Miss Grandview Ranelle Kalaw (front center) are the 10 young ladies who announce they will seek the title of 2011-12 Miss Grandview. The candidates included (back L-R) Hannah Grow, Karissa Carpenter, Alicia Brito and Vanessa Fuerte; (middle L-R) Kara Morris-Phillips, Natasha Lara, Janessa Hofford and Casandra Ambriz; (front L-R) April Carrillo and Anjhie Ampil.

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officials said they planned to retire four AH-1 Cobra helicopters and replace them with two UH-1H Huey models, using federal funds, not money from the


Feb. 16, 2011 – Grandview High School students are collecting blankets for the victims of the recent fire in White Swan that razed nearly two dozen

Feb. 25, 2011 – A road grader leaves a mound of gravel down the center of East Woodin Road, just outside of Sunnyside. Work crews replaced the gravel road with freshly laid asphalt.

Feb. 15, 2011 – Joe Kuneki (R) and Shekinah Jumeby of the Wapato Indian Club perform at the first-ever “Love Your Culture Carnival,” hosted by the Sunnyside’s Promise group at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Feb. 14, 2011 – Denis Azabagic of the world famous Cavatina Duo performs in Sunnyside, as part of the Lower Valley Community Concert Series. state. Feb. 14, 2011 – City officials release the January building permits data, showing that of the 22 permits secured, 10 were for reroofing projects. The single largest construction project permitted in the month of January was an $80,939 upgrade made to Aaron’s, a rent-to-own store. Feb. 15, 2011 – The Sunnyside City Council approves the hiring of a crime analyst and two additional police officers in an effort to rid the community of criminal gang activity.

homes. Feb. 17, 2011 – At a special meeting focusing on traffic congestion at Sunnyside schools during drop-off and pick-up times, Schools Superintendent Rick Cole says local officials will begin conducting a “bell time” study. Feb. 18, 2011 – 15th District Rep. David Taylor is named assistant ranking Republican on the House General Government Appropriations and Oversight Committee in Olympia. Feb. 21, 2011 – A driveby shooting in the 100 block of Birch Street in

Feb. 21, 2011 – SHS junior Nathan Gonzalez attempts taking down Kelso’s Riley Miller at the WIAA 3A State Wrestling Tournament in Tacoma. Behind individual medalists Jesse Barajas (103 lbs.), Rigo Valdez (130 lbs.), Isaac Guerrero (130 lbs.), Josh Romero (145 lbs.) and Adam Peters (285 lbs.), the Grizzlies placed sixth in the team scoring. Grandview leaves 21-yearold Luis Flemate with multiple wounds to his leg. Mabton’s Danny Magal-

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Feb. 28, 2011 – Former Grandview Mayor Dale Burgeson is appointed to the Grandview Planning Commission. in the year, was to include the building of 24 private rooms. Feb. 28, 2011 – Eight teachers from Grandview and Sunnyside earn their national board certifications. The educators included Gabe Garbyson, Maria Garcia, Karen Miller, Richard Peacock, Michelle Ross, Brent Smasne, Talia Stewart and Cindy Walker.

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March 1, 2011 – In what Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies describe as a likely gang-related incident, 20-year-old Rey Anaya of Grandview is shot in the arm while walking on South Euclid Road. The suspects, say deputies, were in darkcolored SUV. The Sunnyside City Council approves $50,000 in funding for the Sunnyside’s Promise group. The Council left open the possibility of awarding another $55,000, needed for Sunnyside’s Promise to operate the local community center. March 2, 2011 – The Sunnyside City Council approves a wage agreement with the Sunnyside Police Guild. The new contract called for a 3 percent wage adjustment for 2010, another 2 percent adjustment for 2011 and an increase in wages based on the consumer price index for 2012. March 3, 2011 – The Sunnyside Police Department announces it will begin cracking down on motorists who are violating the state’s window tinting laws. March 4, 2011 – Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas donate a combined $3,500 to the Foundation for the Community of Sunnyside, earmarked for downtown revitalization efforts.


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March 7, 2011 – The Grandview High School boys basketball team earns a fourth-place finish at the WIAA 2A State tournament in Yakima. The Mabton boys team was eliminated from the 1A State tourney in two straight games, while the Sunnyside Christian girls team came home March conƟnues next page

March 2, 2011 – Sergio Ramirez, playing Jonny, and Abby Gomez as Toffee interact on stage during the Sunnyside High School Drama Club’s production of “Zombie Prom the Musical.”

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with fifth-place honors from the 1B State basketball tourney. March 8, 2011 – Connie Gonzalez and her parents, Alice and Daniel Lopez, open a new eatery in Grandview, naming it Connie’s Restaurant. March 9, 2011 – The Grandview City Council officially establishes a transportation benefit district, paving the way for an annual $20 license tab fee to be assessed local residents. March 10, 2011 - President Barack Obama names former Washington State Governor Gary Locke as the country’s new ambassador to China. Sunnyside police determine that a driveby shooting, the intended target an apartment complex on McClain Drive, is gang-related. No one was hurt in the incident. March 11, 2011 – U.S. Census figures reveal the city of Grandview has topped the 10,000 population level, which is the threshold for municipalities in the state of Washington to adhere to new Department of Ecology stormwater regulations. March 14, 2011 – A 16-year-old Sunnyside girl is struck by two bullets while lying in bed at her home on Tacoma Avenue. Shortly after, another assault with a high-powered rifle occurred at a home on Bagley Drive, although no one was injured in this attack. Another armed attack followed at a home in Outlook, where seven people were asleep. Despite more than a dozen bullets penetrating the home, all escaped injury. Raul Robert Alvarez, 19, of Sunnyside is sentenced to nearly 90 years in prison for his role in two drive-by shootings that occurred in 2010, one of which claimed the life of 15-year-old David Baldonado of Sunnyside. March 15, 2011 – Rachel Ruelas and her three children…Calixto Rivera, Sierra Rivera and Duran Rivera…open Mi Tesoro in Sunnyside, a new family restaurant. March 16, 2011 – The Sunnyside Planning Commission recommends to the Sunnyside City Council that it annexes



March 14, 2011 – All smiles after receiving their Spirit of Sunnyside Awards at the annual Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce banquet are (L-R) Irene Jochen, Joyanna Bardell, Keith Dorsey, Paula McCracken, Sandra Linde, Tom Lathen, Tony Veiga, Brenda Veiga, Jay Hester and Karen Erickson. 237 acres of land, formerly known as the Monson feedlot, into the city limits. March 17, 2011 – The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commission elects Kari Zapata as its new chairman. March 18, 2011 – Sunnyside Chief Kamiakin Elementary School teacher Jessica Schenck is selected to attend the Honeywell Space Academy for Educators in Huntsville, Ala. March 21, 2011 – What started out as an idea becomes reality when the Sunnysidearea Farmer to Farmer group, headed up by Jerry Haak, clears 25 acres of land and plants wheat on North Ray Road. All profits are designated for farmers in Zambia to help them become more efficient in growing crops. March 22, 2011 – New Washington State Patrol Academy graduates Matthew A. Kelly and Joseph R. Reno receive assignments to work out of the Sunnyside detachment of the WSP. March 23, 2011 – The Grandview City Council selects Mary Barrett to serve on the city’s Beautification Committee. March 24, 2011 - Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District crews begin priming the canals for the start of the 2011 irrigation season. March 25, 2011 – More than 20 dairy

March 18, 2011 – Posing for a photo after being named award winners at the annual Grandview Chamber of Commerce banquet are (front L-R) Gloria Mendoza, Joan Souders, Erubiel Clara, Omar Gomez and Brad Smith; (back L-R) Bryce Humphreys, Cus Arteaga, Rob Colley and Tony Sanchez.

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March 17, 2011 – Chosen to represent Sunnyside High School at the 65th session of the Evergreen Girls State convention are (L-R) Rosario Rodriguez, Ariana Romero, Addie Palencia, Emily Wolfe and Yunuenn Garcia.


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March 25, 2011 – Vibrant Health Foods & Vitamins employee Sandy Birdlebough shows the shelf space where the Sunnyside store had stocked its iodine products. Local customers quickly cleaned out the supply, after learning of the nuclear meltdown in Japan, caused by earthquakes and tsunamis.

producers in the Yakima Valley earmark just over $61,000 they raised for the 120 people left homeless in the Feb. 12, 2011 fire in White Swan. March 28, 2011 – The Sunnyside High School dance team wins both the WIAA 3A State title in the hip-hop competition, staged at the Yakima Valley SunDome in Yakima, as well as the overall 3A State title. Ali Gutierrez wins top honors in the annual Mr. SHS competition. The Sunnyside High School event raises more than $7,000

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April 1, 2011 – The Sunnyside School Board OK’s a plan to install fiber optic lines leading to local schools. April 4, 2011 – A resident of a home on Miller Avenue in Sunnyside suffers minor cuts when someone uses a shotgun to shoot out his window in the early morning hours.

April 1, 2011 – Police swarm Key Bank in Grandview after an armed man made off with an undisclosed amount of cash taken from the tellers.

April 4, 2001 – Heavy rainfall and snowmelt in the Cascade Mountains cause flooding along the Yakima River, including this spot at Granger’s Hisey Park. April 5, 2011 – The Sunnyside City Council receives a report from Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties President Greg Faulk on the benefits of establishing a Boys and Girls Club in this community. David Ballinger retires as Lower Valley Credit Union April 4, 2011 – Sunnyside High School third baseman Shawna Santini applies the tag on a sliding Kamiakin fastpitch softball base runner. The Braves 10-runned the Lady Grizzlies to keep Sunnyside winless on the season. The SHS girls team would go on to end its spring campaign with an overall record of 0-20.

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CEO, a position he had held for 25 years. Named to replace him was Suzy Fonseca. April 6, 2011 – A fire that starts in a fluorescent light fixture causes enough damage to close a newly opened business in Grandview, Integrity Support Services, which focused on offering

chemical dependency outpatient care. April 7, 2011 – A fire that starts in an outbuilding near Outlook spreads to a nearby home, eventually razing both structures. A family of four is left homeless. The two buildings were valued at about $180,000. April 8, 2011 – Local lawmakers Bruce Chandler, David Taylor and Jim Honeyford report that the two sides of the political aisle in Olympia are far apart on agreement in terms of adopting a state budget. April 11, 2011 – Washington Health Department officials announce that following the meltdown of nuclear plants in Japan, due to earthquakes and flooding, ongoing monitoring shows the trace levels of radioactive iodine in the state are dropping. April 12, 2011 – The city of Sunnyside hires the firm of Alegria and Company in an effort to resolve payroll tax issues with the IRS. Two teens from

Prosser and Grandview, Carlos Cardenas and Eduardo Cardenas, are sentenced to a combined 25 years in prison for their roles in an April 14, 2010 drive-by shooting on South 13th Street in Sunnyside. No one was injured in that attack. A new Aaron’s store, featuring furniture, appliances, computers and other electronics, opens for business in Sunnyside.

April 13, 2011 – Mabton Police Chief Rick Gutierrez informs the Mabton City Council he plans to involve local citizens to help his officers with crime prevention tactics. Among his plans are to establish a neighborhood block watch program and set up a 12-week citizens academy that will teach people about police procedures and how to identify suspicious circumstances. April 14, 2011 - Washington state officials report nearly 7,000 people fraudulently collected more than $14 million in unemployment benefits in 2010. April 15, 2011 - Sunnyside

Christian High School junior Sabrina Mensonides is crowned 2011-12 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador. Former Seattle Seahawk running back Dan Doornink, a Wapato native, serves as the guest speaker at the annual Sunnyside Young Life fundraising banquet. Former Sunnyside Police Department receptionist Virginia Perez is sentenced to four months of jail time after entering an Alford plea, on charges of embezzling $11,000 from the prisoner and police trust accounts. April 18, 2011 – At a April conƟnues on page 12

April 18, 2011 – Newly crowned 2011-12 Miss Grandview April Carrillo (center) is flanked by princesses Hannah Grow (L) and Anjhellica Ampil (R).

April 14, 2011 – The Grandview centennial arch, the last piece of a grant-funded downtown upgrade, glows overhead as motorists trek underneath on Wine Country Road.

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Sunnyside City Council budget study session, a proposal is made to readjust the 2011-12 budget to reflect approximately $1 million more in expenses. More than half of that amount was earmarked for the police department to bring on a crime analyst and two additional officers. April 19, 2011 – In a report presented to the Sunnyside Port District commissioners, John Nelson of Maul Foster Alongi informs them that a master plan must be created before developing property surrounding the Sunnyside Airport. Maribel Ruiz, Iris Alvarez and Joe Bonilla open a new restaurant in Sunnyside that specializes


in El Salvadorean food, Pupuseria Restaurant. April 20, 2011 – The Salvation Army completes an extensive remodel of its center in Grandview. April 21, 2011 Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signs into law a bill sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside, which will give people on Medicaid the option to buy through their optometrist eye glasses made by the state-run correctional industries program. April 22, 2011 – Eric Amaro shatters the Sunnyside High School javelin throwing record with a heave of 170-1 at a track and field competition in Kennewick. The old mark was 163-8. April 25, 2011 - Sun-

April 22, 2011 – Debuting its new community float, “When You Wish Upon A Star,” in the annual Sunnyside Torchlight Parade is the 2010-11 Miss Sunnyside Court (L-R) Amanda Villarreal, Juliet Quiroz, Kiana Ramos and Alejandra Calderon.

April 28, 2011 – Sawyer Schilperoort as Gus Sharkey and Casandra Ambriz as Ellie Greenwich are front and center in the Grandview High School Drama Club’s production of “Leader of the Pack.”

April 25, 2011 – Thousands of children show up for the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored each year by Dairy Fair in Sunnyside. nyside Transformation Yakima Valley reports it has three new board members…Pastor Cameron Garcia, Gloria Mendoza and Lino Guerra. April 26, 2011 – The Sunnyside City Council, after hearing a report from a special investigative committee on allegations that pay hikes had been illegally granted to several city employees, decides via a 4-3 vote to forward the report to the Yakima County Prosecutor’s office. The council, by a 5-2 vote, elected not to send a separate report on the same matter to the prosecutor, which was prepared by Councilman Don Vlieger. Clara Lopez opens a new shoe and accessories store in downtown Sunnyside, called OMG Shoes. April 27, 2011 – Despite misgivings about work done at the Mabton Civic Center by Belfor Construction Service, the Mabton City Council reluctantly signs off on the certificate of completion. April 28, 2011 - Numerous students at Mabton High School stage a protest during their lunch hour, unhappy about a recently enacted ban of bringing beverages into the school. April 29, 2011 – Diane Lopez, 17, is shot to death at her Outlook home when responding to a knock at the door by four people with blue bandanas covering their faces. Sunnyside School Board Director Steve Carpenter announces he will not seek re-election in the fall.

May 2, 2011 – Pursuing a vehicle they believed was involved in a drive-by shooting just minutes earlier, Sunnyside police pull the car over in the heart of downtown. While removing the suspects from the automobile, one of them – 23-year-old Jose Carlos Campuzano of Grandview – begins shooting at the officers, who return fire and kill him. May 3, 2011 – Three days after local cops were forced to kill a man who opened fire on them during a traffic stop, Sunnyside Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck, telling the Sunnyside City Council “We are at war,” details a new plan to combat criminal gang activity that he and Police Sgt. John Chumley drew up. May 4, 2011 – After more than 20 years working as the assistant finance director for the city of Sunnyside, Earlene Bassett tenders her resignation, saying “I am hoping to reduce the amount of stress in my life.” Four Sunnyside police officers involved in the shooting of a man during a traffic stop just a few days earlier are taken off regular patrol and placed on administrative reassignment. Mercifully, the Sunnyside High School baseball team’s winless 0-20 season comes to an end with a pair of lopsided 33-0 and 16-0 losses to West Valley. May 5, 2011 – Sunnyside Harrison Middle School students Andrew Diddens, Cole Gardner, John Kranz and Jonathan Saucedo walk away with top honors in the MESA Wind Energy Challenge at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, for designing a windmill that not only can lift weights but also pull a car. May 6, 2011 – Sunnyside VFW Post 3482 begins marking its 75-year anniversary with a series of events. A 2-0 loss to the Eastmont Wildcats in the opening round of the 3A playoffs ends the Sunnyside High School boys soccer team’s season. The Grizzlies finish the spring campaign with an overall mark of 7-9-1. May 9, 2011 – The Sunnyside School District presents its annual Golden Apple awards to Nate Bridges, Eric Sylling, Dan Thomas, Dr. Chuck Salina, Aimee Souders, Angie Sotelo, Linda Williams, Cherie

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May 2, 2011 – Los Unicos del Ville, a Sunnyside band, entertains those in attendance at the annual Granger Cherry Festival. Morrow, Abelia Ramirez, Alice Aguirre, Janelle Hull, Lisa Daniel, Denese Guillen, Gracie Maltos, Marge Van Tress, Mark Moore, Doris Matson, Billie Parke, Tyler Miller and Josh Eidson. 61-year-old Pedro Florez is stabbed to death in the driveway of a home in the 3000 block of Grandview Pavement Road, just north of Mabton. Police say 57-year-old Floyd Koontz, apprehended a short time later, is the prime suspect in the case. Alex Bueno, 16, of Sunnyside is sentenced to 27 years in prison for shooting 15-year-old David Baldonado of Sunnyside while the boy was on his bicycle in July 2010. Nic Venema breaks the Bickleton High School boys May conƟnues on page 13

May 3, 2011 – Nick Gamez works on a vehicle at his newly opened Auto Beauty Salon in Sunnyside, located at the former long-time downtown site of Johnny’s Service Station.

May 9, 2011 – Newly crowned Miss American Cinco de Mayo Betsy Robledo of Toppenish waves to the crowd at the annual Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo Parade.

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track record in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 28.29 seconds, good for second-place honors at the Jeff Agar Memorial Invitational in Glenwood. May 10, 2011 – John Rothenbueler of Alegria & Company, the firm contracted with to iron out problems with the IRS, reports to the Sunnyside City Council that it’s likely the city will not have to pay more than $52,000 in penalties for past filing mistakes. May 11, 2011 – Data released from the recently conducted county-wide home -less count reveals that fewer than 900 people are without a permanent home, compared to the 1,314 listed as homeless in Yakima County the previous year. May 12, 2011 – Two recently hired police officers, Joe Chiprez and Jason Gilbert, begin their patrol duties in Sunnyside. May 13, 2011 – Numerous dignitaries are on hand for the dedication of the Grandview Downtown Alive project, which transformed the shopping hub into a pedestrian-friendly environment. May 16, 2011 – Grandview Police Chief Dave Charvet, the guest speaker at a Sunnyside Republican Club meeting, explains a newly enacted federal requirement that calls for orchardists to obtain a license from the ATF before purchasing bird bombs that are used to keep pests from eating their fruit.



May 16, 2011 – Zumba dancing is one of the activities at the annual Relay for Life American Cancer Society fundraiser held in Grandview. The 2011 relay, cut short because of inclement weather, netted approximately $65,000 to aid cancer fighting research.

May 10, 2011 – Nicholas Denchel addresses the large crowd gathered at the re-dedication ceremony for Grandview’s Legion Park. Thanks to efforts by Denchel, as part of his Eagle Scout project, the park featured a new sign, a Gold Star Mothers memorial and a new flag pole. The red tape nightmare, Charvet predicted, would probably force most farmers to return to the former practice of shooting the birds with shotguns. Sunnyside High School sophomore Eduardo Salmeron wins the 3A District track and field meet title in the boys triple jump with a leap of 41-7.25. May 17, 2011 – Sunnyside School District officials, bracing for an anticipated $3.5

May 16, 2011 – Firefighters douse water from all angles on several downtown Sunnyside businesses that went up in flames, later determined to have been caused by an electrical short. Two businesses were totally destroyed, the El Conquistador and Safari restaurants.

million reduction in funding from the state, develop a plan to reduce staffing levels by 33 positions. The one bit of good news is that nearly half of the 33 jobs that are expected to be cut will be absorbed by voluntary retirements or contracts that have run their course. May 18, 2011 – Sunnyside School District bus driver Alyssa Boogerd is relieved of her duties pending a disciplinary proceeding, following an accident in which she allegedly ran a stop sign on Midvale Road and her bus collided with another vehicle. May 19, 2011 – In what Sunnyside police describe as a gang-related driveby shooting, a 21-year-old woman is apprehended after an apartment complex in the 1300 block of North Avenue is riddled with bullets. No one was injured in the attack. James Morrow, in the final competition of the 36-week season, wraps up the Lower Yakima Valley Grassroots Cribbage championship. May 20, 2011 – The Washington Department of Ecology rescinds a $22,000 penalty that had been levied against the Sunnyside-area DeRuyter Brothers Dairy, citing its own failures of performing non-standard sampling and failing to immediately inform the dairy that an infraction had occurred. May 23, 2011 – 17-yearold Alfredo Arredondo, not believed to be associated with any type of criminal gang, is killed by a hail of bullets, and another 16-yearold boy is wounded, in what Sunnyside police believe to be a drive-by shooting committed by gang members at the intersection of 11th Street and Idabelle Avenue. The two teens were in a car when attacked by several shooters in another vehicle. Police detained a 21-year-old woman, believed to be the driver of the vehicle that opened fire on the victims. A series of five traffic acci-

dents claims the lives of four Yakima Valley residents… Grandview’s Abelino and Margarita Saucedo, 2-yearold Devinee Miron Cardenas of Grandview and Sesar Villa Cruz of Yakima. Former Yakima County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Moore is found dead in the county jail, by apparent hanging. Moore was awaiting sentencing on charges of residential burglary, first degree assault, second degree assault and third degree rape that he had earlier plead guilty to. May 24, 2011 – Despite comments that Hispanics are being targeted, the Sunnyside City Council approves a new, “get tough” gang elimination strategy proposed by the local police department.


Pasco’s Hank Chafin and Keith Best win the annual Bill Christie Two-Man Best Ball Tournament at Sunnyside’s Black Rock Creek Golf Course, shooting an 11-under-par 133 over the two days of play. May 25, 2011 – Sunnyside

School District Summit and Merit Director Eric Sylling, a 1991 Sunnyside High School graduate, accepts the job of principal at Spokane’s Shadle Park High School. May 26, 2011 – Mayor Angel Reyna, despite a $3 monthly hike that was tacked on to local residents’ sewer bills the previous month, reports at a special Mabton City Council meeting held at Mabton High School that sewer bills might actually double to help pay for statemandated upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Sunnyside senior Renae Visser competes at the WIAA 3A State girls golf tournament in Liberty Lake, shooting rounds of 92-102. May conƟnues on page 14

May 12, 2011 – Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarian Nels Brown paints the walls of the Sunnyside Airport lobby as part of the upgrades being made to the local facility.

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May 27, 2001 – A construction project that more than doubles the size of Sunnyside’s Physical Therapy clinic, owned by Dyke Dickie, is unveiled to the public. May 31, 2011 – Sunnyside High School officials announce that more than 300 seniors will graduate the following week, making the class of 2011 the largest ever in terms of earning high school diplomas. May 27, 2011– Announcing their candidacy for the title of 2011-12 Miss Sunnyside are (front L-R) Tara Van Corbach, Macenzie Butler, Stephanie Romero and Eveth Padilla; (middle L-R) Jazmine Sanchez, Cheyenne Schulz, Geordan Skyles, Jessica Bonilla, Maria Montoya and Janeth Vasquez; (back L-R) Danielle Kranz, Taylor Jongsma, Abigail Ramos, Kayla Amaro and Sarah Berumen.

The Sunnyside Christian High School girls’ fastpitch softball team, 20-6 overall on the season, earns a sixth-place finish at the WIAA 1B State tournament in Yakima. Bickleton High School junior Nic Venema places first at the WIAA 1B State track and field meet in the boys pole vault, clearing the bar at 11-6. .

June 1, 2011 – The Grandview School Board is briefed by high school officials that starting with the 2011-12 school year, freshmen will have to remain on campus throughout each school day in an effort to reduce absenteeism and tardy situations. June 2, 2011 – Sunnyside High School releases the names of the top 5 percent academic achievers from the graduating class of 2011. They include Christine Kim, Blanca Mejia, Humberto Mejia, Marielle Abbott, Ryan Rice, Melissa Chapina, Kyle Scott, Juan Barajas, Joyanna Bardell, Toni Castillo, Ayla Schmick, Jill Spini, Jessie Robert, Briana Cervantes Martinez, Emily Meyer, Omar Vergara, Joe Bonilla, Alfredo Gomez, Eva Alvarado, Jonathan Gutierrez Acosta, Sydney Wutzke, Claudia Gonzalez and Mayra Guizar. June 3, 2011 – Washington state officials report that exports of Washington-grown products have reached a new high. In the last quarter of 2010, the state exported $1.91 billion worth of goods. June 6, 2011 – Sunnyside

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June 6, 2011 – Sunnyside High School valedictorian Christine Kim delivers her graduation address to the 325 other seniors who earned their diplomas. Christian High School graduates 17 seniors. Brent Tyhuis is named valedictorian. Mabton High School graduates 46 seniors. Victor Silva-Frayle is named valedictorian. June 7, 2011 – The Sunnyside School District names Harry Pryde, Patricia Loera and James Bell as the new additions to its Sunnyside High School Wall of Fame. Grandview High School graduates 129 seniors. Chelsie

McNabb is named valedictorian. Bickleton High School graduates five seniors. Katelynn Clinton is named valedictorian. Port of Sunnyside Project Manager Jay Hester announces he is resigning to accept a position elsewhere. June 8, 2011 – Sunnyside’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee formally recommends to the Sunnyside City June conĆ&#x;nues on page 15

June 6, 2011 – Clowning around at the annual Sunnyside Kids Day Parade are Kiyome Vega (L) and Flower Barajas.


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Council that $10,000 be approved for the construction of an information kiosk on South First Street, but that the Sunnyside Lions Club request for $5,000 in funding to help pay for the community’s Fourth of July fireworks display be rejected. June 9, 2011 – Jacob Almaguer, 18, of Outlook is sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for shooting at two Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies in July 2009, one of whom was hit by a bullet. June 10, 2011 – Sunnyside City Clerk Deborah Estrada submits a letter of resignation, explaining later she plans on working for a winery and continuing her education. June 13, 2011 – Public office filings for the September Primary Election include the names of several Sunnyside residents seeking to challenge incumbents. The newcomers throwing their names into the political ring include Sunnyside City Council candidates Jason Raines, Robert Van Billiard and Craig Hicks, as well as Sunnyside School Board candidates Sandra Linde, Leroy Werkhoven and Mike Wedam; and Sunnyside Port Commission candidate Brent Cleghorn. June 14, 2011 - Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi is given the nod by the city council to hire an Ellensburg law firm for legal advice regarding the contamination clean-up that is required at the Sunnyside Airport. Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire announces she will not seek a third consecutive term.



June 13, 2011 – John Dalrymple of Sunnyside roars away from the starting line enroute to capturing his 12th NHRA Division 6 title at a competition staged in Mission, British Columbia. Dalrymple’s 16-year-old son, Josh, claimed his first ever NHRA Division 6 championship the same weekend.

June 13, 2011 – Mason Chambers of Goldendale ropes a calf at the 101st annual Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo near Bickleton. The popular summer event drew a large crowd. The city of Grandview lands a $975,000 Community Development Block Grant to make improvements on streets, sidewalks and water lines on Adams, Birch and Washington streets. June 15, 2011 – The Grandview City Council approves awarding a $1.07 million contract to a Spokane firm to construct a new community center. 1974 Grandview High School graduate Elizabeth Jahnke is hired as the new librarian for the new joint library being built by the city of Grandview and Yakima Valley Community College. June 16, 2011 – PacifiCorps officials announce they will decommission a hydroelectric project by removing Condit Dam on the White Salmon River, in an effort to improve

habitat for salmon, steelhead and lamprey. Paul Voorhees is hired as the new principal at Grandview Middle School June 17, 2011 – In a report issued to the Sunnyside City Council, Chief Financial Officer Byron Olson intimates that if spending continues at the present rate, the city may have to implement higher fees and taxes and/or make cuts in staffing levels. Over-riding the recommendation of the city’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, the Sunnyside City Council approves all of the $15,000 in requested funding to construct an information kiosk on South First Street, as well as a $5,000 donation to help pay for the Lions Club’s annual fireworks display on the Fourth of July. June 20, 2011 – Yakima

June 21, 2011 – National VFW Commander Rich Eubank (center), as part of a nationwide tour, pays a special visit to the Sunnyside VFW post. Greeting him were Sunnyside VFW Commander Bill Ingram (L) and Washington State VFW Commander Jerry Herker (R).

Regional Clean Air authorities implement a pilot project to address air emissions, which includes assisting in the development of air quality management plans at local dairies. June 21, 2011 – A fire at a home on Morse Road near Sunnyside, causing an estimated $200,000 in damages to several buildings on the property, forces the Raymond and Jessica Purdy family to seek shelter elsewhere. June 22, 2011 – Sunnyside city work crews are out in full force laying tar and gravel on local roadways. June 23, 2011 – The annual, week-long Summer Institute is underway in Sunnyside, drawing educators from throughout the Yakima Valley looking to earn additional college credits that are required as part of their teaching credentials. June 24, 2011 – Jose L. Negrete, 34, of Sunnyside dies when in attempting to turn his car around on a narrow ditch bank, the vehicle rolls into an irrigation canal and flips over onto its roof. June 27, 2011 – Sunnyside’s Parks and Recreation Commission, at a special meeting, decides on recommending to the Sunnyside City Council that a search begins to bring on board a paid parks and rec director. June 28, 2011 – Dave Olson, a hospital administrator working in Portland, Ore., changes jobs and begins working as the chief operations officer at Sunnyside Community Hospital. David Navarrete, 18, of Grandview is charged with several crimes, among them first degree assault with a firearm, in connection with what police said was a gang-related drive-by shooting in February 2011 that injured a rival gang member. June 29, 2011 – Sunnyside School Board Chairman Miguel Puente, clearing the way for his wife to be hired by the local school district, resigns from the board. Grandview’s newly formed Transportation Benefit District

board sets into motion the implementation of a $20 car tab fee that Grandview residents will be required to start paying in 2012. June 30, 2011 – Tubercio Mora, owner of the El

June 20, 2011 – R.J. Aparicio, 3, gives it his all in a watermelon-eating contest at the annual Mabton Community Day celebration. Conquistador Restaurant that was razed by fire in downtown Sunnyside the previous month, is cited by the local code enforcement officer for maintaining a public nuisance. Mora had been given a deadline of June 27 to have a plan in place and a contractor on board to demolish the remains of the building.

June 30, 2011 – A total of 80 banners strung atop the hanging flower pots, created by local graphic artist Ray Morrow, greet visitors to downtown Sunnyside.

June 27, 2011 – Seth Franklin (foreground) pushes towards the finish line in a sack race held at the Cherry Festival at Bill’s Berry Farm, near Grandview.



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July 1, 2011 – The Sunnyside School Board approves a plan to bring more bilingual speaking educators on board to address concerns that not enough kindergarten through second grade students, primarily English-language learners, are making adequate yearly progress. July 5, 2011 – 22-monthold Mya Sanchez drowns in a wading pool over the Fourth of July weekend, and another Grandview youngster – 17-year-old Adan Gonzalez – is struck and killed by a vehicle while he’s setting off fireworks in the southbound lane of Waneta Road. July 6, 2011 – David Betts, 59, of Bothell drowns in a pool at a Grandview home. Sharks 18&U competitor Marisa Broersma, 17, shatters four Sunnyside pool records during a home swim meet against the Prosser Piranhas. July 7, 2011 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces an agreement has been reached between the U.S. and Mexico, ending tariffs on American ag products entering Mexico in exchange for allowing Mexican truckers access to American markets. July 8, 2011 – A blaze on Midvale Road property owned by Darrell Downing near Sunnyside destroys a car and miscellaneous items. Local firefighters were able to keep a shop from going up in flames. July 11, 2011 – Sunnyside police, fire and EMS personnel team up to stage a first-ever public safety fair,


designed to let community residents get to know who the community’s first responders are in case of an emergency. Steve Diaz of Grandview wins the men’s open singles title at the Sunnyside Tennis Club’s annual American Cancer Association fundraising tournament. July 12, 2011 – Lower Yakima Valley farmers receive welcome news from the Bureau of Reclamation, when it is announced that the forecast calls for a full supply of irrigation water throughout the remainder of the summer. July 13, 2011 – Sunnyside’s Kristi Vlieger, competing in her first-ever ironman competition, finishes in 27th place from a field of 74 athletes in the women’s 25-29 age bracket at a grueling event staged in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. July 14, 2011 – Sunnyside High School student Katie Hutchins, 15, despite being legally blind, wins four gold medals and three bronzes in swimming and track and field events at the Dwarf Athletic Association of America National Games held in Anaheim, Calif. July 15, 2011 – DEA agents, as well as numerous other law enforcement officials, wrap up “Operation Green Jam,” a three-year investigation targeting drug traffickers. A total of 19 suspects were arrested in Washington, Oregon and California, including several suspects in Sunnyside; and more than $3.4 million in assets were seized in the numerous busts. July 18, 2011 – The Sunnyside School District

and Sunnyside Community Hospital are jointly awarded a $500,000 federal grant to establish a school-based health clinic for students. July 19, 2011 – The Sunnyside Port District receives a $200,000 grant from the Department of Ecology to study contamination remediation and future development use of the former Carnation milk processing plant in Sunnyside, which Port officials are considering acquiring. July 20, 2011 – Numerous Outlook residents, at a specially called press conference, complain that not only is there not enough water pressure much of the time to even take a shower, the quality of the water is far below safe drinking standards. July 21, 2011 - Accounting for more than a third of all new building valuation that is currently being constructed in the city of Sunnyside in the last month is the makeover of the Sunnyside Safeway store July conƟnues next page


July 1, 2011 – PBS cameraman Brad White shoots footage at the Bill Wavrin dairy near Mabton for a documentary to be aired on the television series “America’s Heartland.”

July 5, 2011 – Military veterans from the Sunnyside area fire off a 21-gun salute at Sunnyside’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

July 11, 2011 – Bigfoot driver Darron Schnell wows an appreciative crowd at a special Monster Truck exhibition hosted by Sunnyside’s Commerical Tire store.

July 12, 2011– Artist Rick Deko illustrates how he blended urban and classic pop art with different techniques, at the opening reception of an exhibit showcasing his work at Sunnyside’s Guerra’s Coffee Co.



pharmacy. July 22, 2011 – A standing-room only crowd of about 200 people in Yakima overwhelmingly reject the U.S. Postal Service’s proposal to move the mail processing center in Yakima to Pasco. July 25, 2011 – Ramon Magana, 16, of Mabton is shot in the arm as the result of a drive-by shooting that occurred on Fourth Avenue in Mabton. July 26, 2011 – Granger native Jose Elizondo is named the new principal at Mabton High School. Mabton VFW member Manuel Soto is named the new Washington State VFW community service chairman. Also, Mabton’s Sabas Cantu is named to the state commander honor guard.

July 19, 2011 – Certified sommeliers Lisa Kendall and Carra Waddle (L-R) announce they will be offering wine appreciation classes at Kendall Farms near Outlook.

July 27, 2011 – City of Grandview officials announce they are launching a new initiative, called EDGE (Encouraging Development of Grandview’s Economy), to help stimulate entrepreneurs to fill empty storefronts in the newly renovated downtown core. July 28, 2011 – The Bonneville Power Administration adopts a 7.8 percent average wholesale power rate increase, set to take effect the first of October. The Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team handily defeats Othello to cap off the regular season with a league-best 11-1 record. July 29, 2011 - Construction crews are busy at work erecting a state-of-the-art therapy pavilion, complete with 24 private rooms, at Sunnyside’s Hillcrest Manor & Rehabilitation Center. The project is a $3.5 million undertaking.

July 14, 2011 – Kenny Nelson (R) presents Realtor Emeritus designations to Hank Timmermans and Leroy Ganser (L-R), the first two Lower Yakima Valley realtors to earn that national honor.

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July 14, 2011 – Marisa Cathel hoses down several alpacas at the newly opened Silbury Hill Alpacas farm near Sunnyside.

July 25, 2011 – Jector Ramirez (L) and Justin Reyes enjoy the slip-and-slide at a family “Beat the Heat” event held at the Sunnyside Community Center.

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Aug. 1, 2011 – Yakima County elections officials establish a special threeday filing period for two Mabton School Board seats that no one sought during the regular filing period. Aug. 2, 2011 – The city of Sunnyside enters into an agreement with Grandview to provide seven employees and equipment for a chip seal project Grandview is completing on Old Inland Empire Highway. Aug. 3, 2011 – Sunnysidearea residents are not able to conduct financial transactions at local banks and stores, or make 911 emergency calls, for more than five hours following a fiber optic line break near Moxee. Aug. 4, 2011 – Sunnyside Port District Executive Director Amber Hansen explains that a proposal to extend federal protection to wetlands areas in the state would not apply to the wetlands project the local port district was undertaking, because the new regulations would only

apply to wetlands areas that are near coastal regions. Aug. 5, 2011 – Moving to Sunnyside from Goldendale, Rev. Pat Beeman takes over the pastoral duties at United Methodist Church. Aug. 8, 2011 – City of Mabton officials learn they have been awarded a $6,200 grant from Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office to help with the preservation of its records. Aug. 9, 2011 – Sunnyside Community Hospital is selected to participate in a statewide emergency response program that will help reduce the time it takes for people suffering from a heart attack or stroke to receive medical attention. Aug. 10, 2011 – Mabton Fire Chief Luke Cussins informs the Mabton City Council his department has dwindled to having just 14 volunteer firefighters on staff. The need for more volunteers, he says, is dire. Aug. 11, 2011 – Newly hired Sunnyside Police Department Crime Analyst Courtney Percival reports to


Aug. 2, 2011 – Gentri Gray of Sunnyside competes in the girls 10&U backstroke at the seven-team Mid-Valley Summer Swim League championship meet, staged in Toppenish. The Sunnyside Sharks finished second with 712 points to the Selah Dolphins, who amassed a meet-best 731 points. the Sunnyside City Council she has hit the ground running, creating files for cross-referencing known gang members and rental housing. Aug. 12, 2011 - Construction Manager Braven Bendzak provides an update to Sunnyside School District administrators on the progress being made with the $30 million-plus expansion and renovation at Sunnyside High School. Benzak’s general message was that all aspects of the job were being completed on time and under budget. Aug. 15, 2011 – A local resident informs Sunnyside police that a World War II hand grenade has been discovered. Yakima Firing

Aug. 3, 2011 – Sunnyside Police Department Officers (L-R) John Chumley, Joey Glossen and Jeff Cunningham arrive at a National Night Out block party at Uptown Mobile Park. Centers officials are called and dispose of the grenade. Bo Segerman of Touchet wins all-around cowboy honors at the annual Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo in Grandview.

Aug. 16, 2011 – Finance Director Carol Carter presents the first draft of the 2012 budget to the Sunnyside Port District commissioners, revealing August conƟnues next page

Aug. 8, 2011 – Russ Phillips of Grandview wins the 70 & over horseshoe pitching title at the national championships in Monroe, La.

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Aug. 11, 2011 – John and Ardie Prins compete in a bubble gum blowing contest at the annual Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo.

just a 1 percent reduction in expenditures from 2011. Aug. 17, 2011 – Mike Wedam is eliminated from the three-person race for Steve Carpenter’s soonto-be vacated Sunnyside School Board seat. Primary Election results showed Sandra Linde garnered 560 votes, Leroy Werkhoven 510 votes and Wedam just 429 votes. Aug. 18, 2011 – Sunnyside High School Principal Chuck Salina announces Gonzaga University will begin offering Sunnyside educators access to graduate courses at the local high school. Aug. 19, 2011 – The Sunnyside School Board, in somewhat of a surprise move, appoints Miguel Puente instead of the other applicant, Luz Rodriguez, for the board seat that Puente had stepped away from just weeks earlier.

Puente had resigned from the board because his wife was seeking employment with the school district, and by state law she couldn’t have been hired had Puente still been a director on the board. Aug. 22, 2011 – A mosquito sample collected from a pond in Mabton tests positive for West Nile virus. An uncooperative man is treated at Sunnyside Community Hospital for a gunshot wound, which he said he suffered while walking on SR-241. Aug. 23, 2011 – Although Sunnyside City Councilmen Don Vlieger and Mike Farmer voice their displeasure, the rest of the council votes to approve spending almost $50,000 on a study of police department operations. Milt Geffen opens his Milt’s Original Gourmet

Aug. 12, 2011 – Federal and county drug agents raid a marijuana growing operation on Washout Road near Sunnyside. BBQ Pellets facility in Grandview, which takes in agricultural waste and blends them into pellets used to add flavor to smoked foods. Aug. 24, 2011 – Sunnyside police, executing a search warrant at a home in looking for a juvenile gang member, detain another known gang member they find and discover 40 pounds

Aug. 18, 2011 – Granite Construction workers begin paving the parking lot at Sunnyside High School, just days before staff members and students are due back to start the 2011-12 school year.

of marijuana, a substantial amount of cash and a sawedoff shotgun. The Grandview City Council votes to ban the discharging of fireworks within city limits, after numerous complaints from citizens following the Fourth of July celebration. Aug. 25, 2011 – Grandview youngsters return to the classrooms for the start

of the 2011-12 school year. Aug. 26, 2011 – The Sunnyside School Board OK’s an overall budget of $86.5 million for the 201112 school year, $61.7 million of it in the general fund for day-to-day operations. Aug. 29, 2011 – Gusting winds topple a tree and take out a power line, which ignites a fire at an abandoned home on Fern

Street in Mabton. The house was destroyed, but Mabton firemen prevented about a dozen other homes that were being threatened from going up in flames. Gary Hutchins of Yakima, from a field of 98 linksters, wins top honors in the annual Banana Belt Golf Invitational at Sunnyside’s Black Rock Creek Golf August conƟnues next page

Aug. 22, 2011 – Mike Lortie of Yakima points out his 1923 Ford Roadster to a visitor at Bickleton’s fourth annual car show.

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Course by shooting even-par 144 over the course of the two days. Newly hired Sunnyside High School head coach Sandy Jaquish takes the reins of the Lady Grizzly volleyball program. Aug. 30, 2011 – Gutted by fire in May, the El Conquistador Restaurant owned by the Mora family reopens at the downtown Sunnyside Mini Mall. Aug. 31, 2011 – Natalie Palomarez and Vijay Parulkar throw their hats into the ring during a special filing period for the Mabton School Board seat being vacated by David Rodriguez. Aug. 22, 2011 – Melodie Smith explains the varieties of wine available to Nancy Courtright, at Sunnyside Community Hospital’s annual “Evening in the Park” fundraiser.

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Sept. 1, 2011 – Bail is set at $20,000 for a 22-year-old Sunnyside man accused of forcing a 7-year-old child to smoke marijuana. Sept. 2, 2011 – The Yakima Valley Community College Alumni Association presents former Sunnyside physician Dr. Lloyd Butler with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Sept. 6, 2011 – The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District board of directors approves contracts totaling $1.7 million for the piping of canals in the Grandview area. Sept. 7, 2011 – Concerns about the city of Sunnyside’s finances result in the state treasurer’s office rejecting a $450,000 loan request for the purchase of four

Sept. 1, 2011 – Rob and Sue Rice prepare for the opening of their new family fun center, part of an expansion at Valley Lanes in Sunnyside that was scheduled to open to the public immediately after Labor Day. Sept. 6, 2011 – Grandview’s Jose Castilleja is off to the races in the season prep football opener at Sunnyside. The Grizzlies prevailed handily, 51-14. Sunnyside would end the fall campaign with an overall record of 3-7, while the Greyhounds finished at 1-9.

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Sept. 12, 2011 – The city of Granger holds a dedication ceremony for a 9/11 memorial city crews built, that featured scale models of the twin towers. new police cars and a Hwy., 502 North Ave. a Sunnyside home in street sweeper. and 2210 E. Edison December 2010 and shot Jose LupercioSept. 8, 2011 – The Ave. Habitat for Humanity Sept. 12, 2011 – Cisneros. Sunnyside’s Marisol agency begins making Grandview teachers renovations to a store- reject a contract pro- Velazquez is named the front in Sunnyside, posal pitched by school winner at the Yakima preparing for the open- district officials, saying Miss Sunfair Pageant, ing of a Re-Store, a they want local admin- which had been revived thrift-like shop that of- istrators to make up all after a 10-year hiatus. Sept. 13, 2011 – fers home improvement of the 1.9 percent pay and building supplies. cut approved earlier in The city of Grandview Sept. 9, 2011 – The the year by state law- and Yakima Valley Community College Department of Ecology makers. announces that three peEmmanuel Ramirez hold a grand opening troleum contaminated Godinez, 20, is acquit- for the new library the sites in Sunnyside are ted in Yakima County two entities worked slated for clean-up… Superior Court of on together to get conat 1524 Yakima Valley charges that he entered structed.

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U.S. Army First Sgt. Francisco J. Gomez Jr., a Sunnyside native, gifts to the city of Sunnyside a flag that had flown in Afghanistan while he served there fighting the Taliban. Sept. 14, 2011 – A process begins to redraw legislative boundaries in the state of Washington, mandated by population figures gleaned from the 2010 Census. Some of the proposals called for completely changing the geographic boundaries of the 15th District, of which Sunnyside and other Lower Valley communities are a part. Sept. 15, 2011 – A large and enthusiastic crowd turns out for the first meeting that’s been scheduled to draw up plans for the revitalization of downtown Sunnyside. Consultants from a Seattle landscape architecture firm explained that the project will focus on infrastructure, not improving the buildings in the downtown area. Sept. 16, 2011 Washington state’s chief economist, Dr. Arun Raha, releases informa-

Sept. 13, 2011 – Costumes range far and wide as nearly 30 teams turn out to participate in the annual Great Grandview Grape Stomp, held at the Grandview campus of YVCC.

tion that shows the state is facing a $1.4 billion shortfall in expected revenue. Sept. 19, 2011 – Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside is presented with the Washington Coalition for Open Government’s annual Key Award, for his efforts in improving legislative transparency. Sept. 20, 2011 – Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty rules the Sunnyside police officers who returned fire and killed Jose Carlos Campuzano in downtown Sunnyside on April 30, 2011 was justified. The Bonneville Power Administration releases information on a new high-voltage power line it will construct from The Dalles, Ore. to a new substation near Goldendale, noting that the project will create approximately 100 construction-related jobs. Sept. 21, 2011 – Guest speakers at a Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting, middle school math coaches Josh Schlegel and Angel Carrizales report the math test scores of sixth and seventh graders have dramatically improved over the last two years. Sept. 22, 2011 – NASA officials report one of its upper atmosphere satellites is expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere the following day. Officials are unable to confirm the exact time or location when the satellite will plunge to Earth. Sept. 23, 2011 – Sept. conƟnues next page

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Nearly 11 months after the Sunnyside City Council approved the development of a new, updated city website, city staff debut the online site. Bickleton opens its newly constructed K-12 school, a project that totaled about $10 million to build. Sept. 26, 2011 – The Grandview Education Association settles contract negotiations with the Grandview School District. Because of


state-mandated cuts teachers lost 3.4 days worth of pay, but negotiated to get paid for 1.8 of those days. Administrators agreed to cut the teachers’ classroom time with students by the other 1.6 days. Sept. 27, 2011 – Mabton Schools Superintendent Minerva Morales informs the Mabton School Board that the Washington State Migrant Council intends on moving its

Sept. 16, 2011 – Glenda Miller pauses to let Sunnyside Nouvella Club members admire the fabric of the Erin London jacket she is modeling at the club’s annual style show.

offices from Sunnyside to the former Mabton High School building. Morales said the agency was planning on starting the renovation of the building in the spring of 2012. Sept. 28, 2011 – A half dozen or so residents living at the Catholic Charities housing development in Mabton attend a Mabton City Council meeting, asking that speed limit signs be erected to help protect children from motorists. Mayor Angel Reyna instructed city staff to have an ordinance drawn up that could be voted upon at the next meeting. Sept. 29, 2011 – More than 80 firefighters extinguish a brush fire north of Sunnyside that engulfed 2,000-plus acres, most of the land belonging to Anderson Ranches. Sept. 30, 2011 – T&K Farms of Toppenish agrees to pay an $880 penalty to the Environmental Protection Agency for improperly applying a pesticide along a ditch bank near Granger.


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Beyond the six state titles and more than 350 victories he has earned as boys basketball coach at Sunnyside Christian High School, Dean Wagenaar has also earned a reputation as having a sterling character. And for that Wagenaar is the Daily Sun News man of the year. At its heart, the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team’s dynasty of 13 straight State tourney appearances and six State titles in the past 10 years is about something much more basic.


“I give God a lot of the credit,” Wagenaar said in an interview last fall. “We teach so much more than basketball. We set a standard of developing Godly character, discipline and a strong work ethic. Basketball is really just an extension of your faith.” Wagenaar’s God-first view point is lived out not just on the court, but in dayto-day life. “We’ve logged thousands of miles together, been roommates together on the road. I’ve seen him after wins and after losses,” says Sunnyside Christian girls basketball coach Al Smeenk. “He’s a

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After six titles in 17 years at the helm of Sunnyside Christian boys basketball, Coach Dean Wagenaar’s office walls are filled with reminders of the program’s successes both on and off the court. God-fearing, Christian man. His walk with the Lord is the most important thing.”

As a long-time winning coach at SCHS, Smeenk knows what it takes to be successful. “He’s a hard worker, you have to be in order to be successful. He’s probably one of the best coaches in the state and he studies the game,” Smeenk says of Wagenaar. “He knows how to get the most out of his players, then his adjustments during the game are just phenomenal.” During a conversation last fall about the SCHS boys program’s success, Wagenaar deflected the credit to those around him. “It’s a community within a community,” Wagenaar says of the families who support Sunnyside Christian School. Then there are the studentathletes and their parents who make sacrifices for the program. “It’s a wonderful tribute to the dedication of the kids and parents,” he said last year. One of the most grati-

fying things about winning at State, he adds, is “I get to see the joy on the kids’ and parents’ faces.” Wagenaar also credits the patience of his wife Glenda as a key to success. One of the key figures in the Sunnyside Christian School community is Superintendent Del Dykstra. While most may know Wagenaar best as basketball coach, Dykstra praised the way he has been flexible in several posts within the Sunnyside Christian School system. “Dean Wagenaar has been at Sunnyside Christian School since graduating from Dordt College in 1989,” Dykstra noted. “During his time at SCS, he has had several changes in position, including teaching full-time English, athletic director, high school administrator and coaching a variety of sports. Like Smeenk, Dykstra says Wagenaar’s focus ex-

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tends beyond the X’s and O’s of basketball. “It is obvious from his high standards and enthusiasm that Dean desires for kids to reach their full potential in all they do,” Dykstra says. “He strives to bring out the best in each of them, whether it is in the classroom or on the court.” Dykstra added, “Dean’s coaching and teaching go way beyond the classroom or the gymnasium,” Dykstra said. “He cares most about developing spiritual leaders.” And that trait, Dykstra adds, makes the Sunnyside Christian School system a winner on and off the court. “Sunnyside Christian is grateful for Dean’s dedication and commitment,” Dykstra said. “It is a privilege to work with him on the administrative team.” - John Fannin can be reached at 837-4500 or at jfannin@

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Her experiences as a space shuttle astronaut and as a leader at the Museum of Flight in Seattle only scratch the surface of Dr. Bonnie Dunbar’s career. The Outlook native and 1967 SHS grad hasn’t forgotten her Lower Valley roots and to this day mentors students and encourages them to pursue their dreams. And for that, Dunbar is the Daily Sun News woman of the year. Dunbar’s efforts locally haven’t gone unnoticed, as she will be the first living person to be commemorated in a Sunnyside bronze statue. The statue will display Dunbar as an astronaut, but also depict her from her years as a farm girl sitting on a bale of hay and reading a book. Bill Flower is one of the members of Sunnyside’s Bronze Society. “It’s not about her career as an astronaut,” Flower said of the bronze statue honor. “It’s about every time Bonnie comes back to Sunnyside and goes to the schools and talks to students about the importance of being ready for college.” Flower added, “She’s very much a mentor. She shows what the power of education can do in coming from humble circumstances.” As a long-time educator, SHS science teacher Joyce Stark knows full well the power of education, and she’s seen Dunbar share that with her students. Stark described how in 2010 Dunbar spoke to a group of SHS sophomores and met with a group of Science Club students for lunch.


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Oct. 5, 2011 – Sunnyside High School’s Kassandra Ortega returns the ball as two Hanford players sky above the net to block the shot. The Lady Grizzly volleyball team took the Falcons to five games before succumbing, nearly pulling off its first victory of the season. Sunnyside, under new coach Sandy Jaquish, would eventually finish the fall campaign with an overall mark of 0-14.

“She always keeps Sunnyside in mind,” Stark said. “It’s important for the students to see what she did in high school,” Stark said. She added that Dunbar stayed after the speech and lunch to sign autographs and pose for pictures with the students. “I admire her for all the things she’s been able to do as an astronaut, but as a person she’s so humble, so quiet about it,” Stark said. “She knows how to listen and talk to everybody equally.” Though modest about her accomplishments, Dunbar is happy to open up with students and share her past to help them with their future. During that speech to SHS sophomores in 2010, Dunbar said achieving her dream of space flight all started because she took the appropriate classes in high school. Growing up in an era of Sputnik and President Kennedy’s call for a manned flight to the Moon, Dunbar told students she had the dream of building and flying “space machines.” She shared that dream with a teacher in Outlook just before she went to high school, and he advised her to study algebra, trigonometry and calculus. That laid the groundwork for studies and academic success that provided scholarships for her to attend the UW and gain a degree in engineering. Dunbar described how she continually worked to achieve her dream, including going to night school in order to earn her doctorate


Oct. 3, 2011 – A head-on collision at SR-241, near Tear Road, claims the life of Jose Cervantes Lopez, 63, of Sunnyside. Lopez, said WSP troopers, appeared to have caused the accident because his vehicle crossed the center line. Severely injured in the mishap were the occupants of the other vehicle, Thomas St. George, 64, and Teresa St. George, 61, both of Mabton. Oct. 4, 2011 – City of Sunnyside CFO Byron Olson, in a report to the Sunnyside City Council, cautions that the city’s $1 million reserve fund will be gone by the end of 2012 unless changes to the budget are made. Olson predicted the general fund would come up $400,000 short of projected revenues because of declining jail revenues. He said federal officials were housing fewer prisoners in jails like the one Sunnyside maintained. Oct. 5, 2011 – Yakima County signs a contract with Natural Selection Farms of Sunnyside to process septic waste that the county collects from private septic tanks. The owner of the local farm, Ted Durfey, said he was planning

degree and better her chances of being a shuttle astronaut. Dunbar, who was turned down the first time she applied to the shuttle program, told students she was “disappointed, not deterred.” That in turn led to her gaining a mission control position in Houston, Texas while she completed her doctorate. As Stark noted, Dunbar’s visits to Sunnyside and SHS aren’t just about retelling the story of her career in space. While talking to the sophomores in 2010, Dunbar challenged the students. “What are your dreams?” she asked them. “Are you preparing yourself for that future?” Dunbar’s accomplishments and her demeanor throughout have earned her not only the praise of locals, but from the governor’s office. Gov. Christine Gregoire was a college classmate of Dunbar’s at the UW. When Dunbar was named a Washington State Heritage Center Legacy Project honoree in 2009, Gregoire noted, “My friend Bonnie is not only a history-making pioneer, but also a tremendous role model for women and the next generation of young people.” In keeping with her position as a role model, Dunbar walks the talk of keeping dreams alive while appreciating the path to achieving them. As she told SHS sophomores back in 2010, “It’s about the journey, not the destination.” - John Fannin can be reached at 837-4500 or at

on spreading the waste on land at the Cheyne Landfill near Zillah, where it would serve as a nutrient for crops of camelina. The oil from the camelina seeds, he said, would eventually be used in the production of U.S. Navy jet fuel. Oct. 6, 2011 – State officials report the minimum wage in Washington will rise from $8.67 an hour to $9.04, starting the beginning of 2012. Minimum wage pay, they explain, is tied to the Consumer Price Index, as voted upon by state residents in 1998. Oct. 7, 2011 – AccuWeather releases data showing the Cascade Mountains are predicted to receive near to slightly above average snowfall in the coming winter months. Oct. 10, 2011 – Sunnyside residents turn out in force to participate in the city’s free fall clean-up day, hauling their garbage to several dumpsters set up at Central Park. Oct. 11, 2011 – Although collective gardens for growing marijuana for medicinal purposes had been legalized by the state earlier in the year, the Sunnyside City Council votes to approve a six-month moratorium on allowing such operations within the city limits. Joon Chung puts the finishing touches on his new clothing fash-

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Oct. 11, 2011 – Refugio Perez (left) and Jesus Sanchez prepare to fire up a grape harvester at a vineyard near Grandview. Because of weather conditions in 2011, the Lower Yakima Valley grape harvest was running several weeks behind schedule. ions store, Fashion City, set to open at Sunnyside’s Mid Valley Mall in three days’ time. Sunnyside’s Black Rock Creek team wins its fifth consecutive MidColumbia Senior Golf Tour title. Oct. 12, 2011 – At the urging of Councilman Mike Bren, the Grandview City Council delays signing a lease agreement for the new library jointly owned by the city and YVCC. Bren pointed out the language of the agreement didn’t spell out what interests the city of Grandview would maintain in the facility once it was paid off in the year 2032. A drive-by shooting results in a Sunnyside home, located in the 1500 block of Yakima Avenue, being peppered with bullets. No one was injured in the attack, however.

Oct. 13, 2011 – City officials approve six permits for repair work to be completed at the downtown Sunnyside businesses that sustained fire and smoke damage from the blaze that razed the Safari and El Conquistador restaurants four months prior. Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside and Rep. Bruce Chandler of Granger are two of the four lawmakers named by the Washington Farm Bureau as outstanding protectors of agriculture. Oct. 14, 2011 – The Yakima Valley Dairy Federation and the Yakima Valley Dairy Women announce they will raise funds to help support the continued antigang operations of the Sunnyside’s Promise group. October conƟnues next page

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Oct. 17, 2011 – Because a fire code inspection had not been conducted, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputies shut down a medical marijuana expo at a home near Grandview. Oct. 18, 2011 – City Manager Mark Gervasi recommends to the Sunnyside City Council, as a way to save the city nearly $300,000 in 2012, that the positions of Public Works Director Jim Bridges, Building Official Mike Storms and a public works administrative position that was currently vacant be eliminated. Outlook resident Sandra Thomas, after suffering burns from a stovetop fire, is flown to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. Oct. 19, 2011 – Sunnyside Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck’s Oct. 12, 2011 – Koda, the city of Mabton’s new presentation about the city’s gang K-9 officer, is introduced to the city council by his elimination plan draws mixed re- trainer, Kris Johnson, a military veteran who at views at a Yakima County Gang one point in her career served on the PresidenCommission meeting. Among the tial One security detail team. concerns voiced are Wapato Police Chief Richard Sanchez’s comments that not all cities have $500,000 at their disposal to initiate a “military concept,” and Yakima County Court Administrator Harold Delia’s queries on whether Sunnyside might experience collateral damage in terms of perceived racial profiling. Though final action is not taken, the Sunnyside City Council expresses support for asking local voters to approve a $6 million bond to construct a new fire station. Oct. 20, 2011 – Celeste Goulding departs Sunnyside after completing her stint as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Goulding served as the director of the Sunnyside Community Center while here, and helped operate the Sunnyside’s Promise Lucky 7 Bike Shop. Oct. 18, 2011 - Oscar Noriega prepares Sunnyside High School alum Ed Barker, the launch of a rocket during a hands-on who went on to play two years in the NFL, physics experiment at Sunnyside High is inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of School. Fame for his exploits on the Cougars’ gridiron. While playing football at WSU, Barker for that month dropped from 9.3 percent the set an NCAA record in 1951 for tallying 864 previous month to 9.1 percent. receiving yards, a single-season record. Oct. 25, 2011 – Kitty Li, owner of the Oct. 21, 2011 – Lower Valley grape grow- Sunnyside China Grove restaurant since ers, fearing the rapidly approaching freezing 2002, closes her eatery after announcing she weather, continue monitoring the sugar found a buyer. levels in their grapes in hopes they’ll raise Oct. 26, 2011 – Mabton City enough to get their crops to market. Councilwoman Vera Zavala receives a Oct. 24, 2011 - Washington state officials Certificate of Municipal Leadership from report that although there were a net loss of the Association of Washington Cities. 18,400 jobs in September, most of them govTo help plug a $6.7 million budget shorternment positions, the unemployment rate October conƟnues next page


Oct. 20, 2011 – Reynaldo Manjarrez III of Sunnyside, born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and his father sit among a pile of pumpkins donated by Renae and Steve Graton. The pumpkins were to be sold to help pay for the 3-year-old’s third open heart surgery.

Oct. 24, 2011 – As part of the Loving Sunnyside Initiative, dozens of volunteers turn out to clean up and paint six homes in the community.

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Oct. 14, 2011 – Members of the Lucky 7 Bike Shop, operated by the Sunnyside’s Promise group, wrap up the 2011 season with a Halloween party.


fall, Yakima County officials announce plans to pare approximately a third of the jobs, 80 in all, at the county jail. Oct. 27, 2011 – Citing the insight Sunnyside’s Promise has gained regarding gang activities in the area of sexual exploitation, the Washington State Children’s Justice Task Force grants a rare extension of a financial grant to the local group. With a spotty publication history over the last several years, having published only one issue the previous year, Sunnyside High School officials announce plans to revitalize the school newspaper by putting out at least three editions each trimester. Oct. 28, 2011 – Henry McCormick, who left high school in 1972 as a sophomore to join the U.S. Navy, is presented his high school diploma at a Sunnyside School Board meeting, allowable under a Washington state provision that gives school districts the right to present diplomas to those who left high school early to to fight in military conflicts overseas. Oct. 31, 2011 – Troy Monholland, 62, is named by the city to be the official flag caretaker at Sunnyview Park in Sunnyside. The Bickleton High School boys team wins the first-ever 1B District cross-country team title in school history. Senior Marisa Broersma of Sunnyside wins the 100-yard breaststroke 3A District swim meet title. Losing two matches at the CWAC District tournament, the Grandview High School girls volleyball team misses out on a 2A State tourney berth for the first time in more than decade’s time.


Nov. 1, 2011 – Yakima County Crime Stoppers, citing that a program it oversees at Eisenhower High School in Yakima has cut down on graffiti by at least 95 percent, announces plans to expand the program to the high schools in Grandview and Granger. Nov. 2, 2011 – Conducting a 2012 budget planning session in Mabton, Mayor Angel Reyna expresses his desire to include expenditures for establishing a city website. Nov. 3, 2011 – The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commission, admitting there is a reluctance by the Sunnyside City Council to hire a parks and rec coordinator, concludes an alternative plan for developing parks and rec programs is needed. Arc of Yakima opens a satellite office in Sunnyside, designed to help people learn how to advocate for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

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Nov. 4, 2011 – Seattle District of the Army Corps of Engineers Commander Col. Bruce Estok (L) makes an on-site visit to the area where the Sunnyside Port District plans to establish a wetlands site. Accompanying the colonel were Port Commissioners (L-R) Jim Grubenhoff and Arnold Martin.

Nov. 7, 2011 - The Bickleton Pirates, behind Peter Clinton’s 39th place individual finish (pictured here), earn a 12th place finish in the team standings at the WIAA 1B/2B State Cross-Country Meet at Pasco’s Sun Willows Golf Course. Nov. 7, 2011 – Denise Granados and Manny Rivera, playing the parts of Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko, are the lead characters in the Sunnyside High School fall production of “Grease.”

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Oct. 28, 2011 – Braiden Morrow, 12, of Sunnyside proudly displays a 25-lb. salmon he pulled from the Yakima River near Prosser.

Nov. 4, 2011 – Sunnyside Diet Center patron Maria Magana of Grandview is chosen for an all-expenses paid trip to Florida, to share her testimonial about the changes she experienced in her life after losing more than 80 lbs. Nov. 7, 2011 – On medical leave since June, Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder returns to duty. Oscar Torres, 25, of Sunnyside pleads guilty for his role in the January 2009 gang-related shooting death of Jesus Tlaseca Sosa, 22, of Sunnyside, which occurred outside the AM/PM market in Sunnyside. Nov. 8, 2011 – The Sunnyside City Council drops the idea of hiring an in-house city attorney, and retains the firm of Menke Jackson Beyer Ehlis & Harper LLP to handle legal affaires for the city. Sunnyside police arrest Rolando November continues next page

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Nov. 14, 2011 – Joci Nelson sings the National Anthem at the Sunnyside Veterans Day program staged at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens.

Vargas, 22, of Grandview and 29-year-old Richard Lewis Bermudez of Sunnyside on charges they were involved in the Sept. 21 drive-by shooting that took place on North 10th Street in Sunnyside, in which one person was shot in the leg. Nov. 9, 2011 – General Election results show that two of the three Sunnyside City Council incumbents have lost their seats. Newcomers Craig Hicks and Jason Raines unseated Tom Gehlen and Paul Garcia. Jim Restucci, the current mayor of Sunnyside, defeated challenger Robert Van Billiard. Also winning re-election was Sunnyside Port District Commissioner Jeffrey E. Matson, who had been challenged by former Sunnyside Planning Commission Chairman Brent Cleghorn. The one contested Sunnyside School Board race between Sandra Linde and Leroy Werkhoven was too close to call. The U.S. Postal Service announces it will move Yakima mail processing center operations to Pasco. Nov. 10, 2011 – Fred and Ann Mottley issue a challenge to local residents and groups, pledging to donate 10 cents on every dollar that is donated for the erection of the Bonnie Dunbar statue in Sunnyside. The Grandview City Council approves a 6 percent hike in water rates and a 7 percent hike in sewer rates, effective the start of 2012. Nov. 11, 2011 - Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, the frontrunner to represent the Republican Party in the 2012

gubernatorial race, stops off at the Sunnyside Community Center as part of his whistle stop tour of the Yakima Valley. Greeted by a large crowd, McKenna told his audience he is impressed with the work Sunnyside’s Promise is doing to keep local youths away from gang life. Nov. 14, 2011 – The Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights earn the eighthplace trophy at the WIAA 1B State Volleyball Tournament, held in the Yakima SunDome. Marissa Broersma of Sunnyside, a senior, finishes 11th at the WIAA 3A State Swim Meet in the 100-yard breaststroke. Nov. 15, 2011 – Sandra Linde emerges the apparent winner in a tightly contested race against Leroy Werkhoven for the Sunnyside School Board seat that was vacated by Steve Carpenter. Nov. 16, 2011 – Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Hagarty, following a minor fender bender in Selah, is placed in police custody as a DUI suspect.


Nov. 25, 2011 – Outlook native Bonnie Dunbar (R), a former NASA astronaut, is flown to Iceland to promote the advancement of educating college students in the fields of science. Among the dignitaries she met abroad was the President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson (second from right).

Nov. 29, 2011 – Sunnyside teachers and supporters rally at the high school, protesting Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal to cut state funding for education.

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Nov. 18, 2011 – Roger Hazzard, coowner of Bon Vino’s Bistro & Bakery in Sunnyside, fills a water glass for one of the 75 people who showed up for a special meal that preceded a private showing of the new Twilight saga film, “Breaking Dawn – Part 1.”

Nov. 15, 2011 – The city of Granger unveils its new veterans memorial, located in what was formerly the old theater park.

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Dec. 1, 2011 – The Sunnyside School Board adopts a standard set of rates for groups renting out local school facilities. Yakima County commissioners adopt a $51.3 million general fund balance for 2012, which requires dipping $246,000 from the county’s reserve fund. Dec. 5, 2011 – A Milky Way truck (at left) is one of 70 entries in Sunnyside’s annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade. The 2011 parade is one of the most well attended in the 23 years the event has been held here.

Dec. 2, 2011 – Workers from O.L. Luther Construction, Central Pre-Mix and Mastercraft work on pouring concrete for new curbing at the downtown Sunnyside veterans plaza, a project being undertaken by the American Legion. Dec. 2, 2011 – Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside is named the Republican leader of the 2012 Washington State Senate Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Committee. In a financial status report to the Sunnyside City Council, in an effort to close what’s expected to be a $1 million budget shortfall by the end of 2012, City Manager Mark Gervasi and Chief Financial Officer Byron Olson make several recommendations, including the implementation of a $20 car tab fee and raising utility rates by as much as 24 percent. Dec. 5, 2011 – Mariano Cuevas, 18, is killed by a gunshot to the head by an unknown assailant during an armed attack near Smith Elementary School in Grandview. A Sunnyside home on West Parkland Drive in Sunnyside is peppered with gunfire, but no one is injured in the attack. Angel Gonzalez, 52, of Mattawa dies in a two-vehicle crash near Sunnyside, at Van Belle and Dekker roads. WSP troopers said Gonzalez ran a stop sign and was broad-sided

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by another vehicle. Dec. 6, 2011 – The George DeRuyter & Son Dairy near Outlook is nominated for an “Outstanding Achievement in Energy” award in the inaugural U.S. Dairy Sustainability awards program. Randi Krieg, ag educator for the Mabton School District, wins a “Teacher Turn the Key” award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Dec. 7, 2011 – Grandview police, only a day after a homicide occurred, apprehend 19-year-old Alejandro Martinez of Grandview and charge him with the killing of Mariano Cuevas, 18.

Based on an essay written by his daughter – Cheryl Larrick – Pat Concienne of the Lower Yakima Valley is deemed the grand prize winner in the 2011 Caregiver Awards Contest sponsored by, for his efforts and dedication in caring for his wife after she became ill with Alzheimer’s disease. Dec. 8, 2011 - Pacific Power officials announce the utility’s operations center in Sunnyside will be closed in April 2012, and moved to Yakima. Ignacio Mojica, 20, of Sunnyside is sentenced to more than nine years in prison for his role in a drive-by shooting on Feb. 6, 2011, in which the occupants of a Cadillac Escalade opened fire but didn’t strike the people in a Honda Civic on Alexander Road just south of Sunnyside. Dec. 9, 2011 – Grandview Port CommisDecember conƟnues next page

Dec. 8, 2011 – Washington State University Women’s Tennis Coach Lisa Hart, a Sunnyside native, is presented the “Campus and Community Outreach Award” by the U.S. Tennis Association and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, for her efforts in increasing participation in tennis within local communities.

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Dec. 12, 2001 – Christina Palacios places a wreath on the headstone of a military veteran at the Grandview Cemetery. Behind the efforts of Ginger Emerson, the Gold Star Mothers of Washington and Grandview American Legion Post 57, more than 150 wreaths were put on veterans’ headstones as part of the Wreaths Across America program.



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sioner and a long-time community activist Colleen Byam, following a short illness, dies. Dec. 12, 2011 – The Sunnyside Museum’s annual holiday open house draws a large crowd of about 75 people. One of the new additions at the museum being exhibited was a Titanic display, which included a piece of coal salvaged from the actual wreck. Israel Manzo becomes the fifth boys basketball player ever at Sunnyside High School to top the 1,000-point scoring mark in a game at Moses Lake. The Sunnyside High School wrestling team claims top honors at the Fife Invitational, the third consecutive year the Grizzlies won the tournament championship. Winning individual titles at the invite for Sunnyside were Nathan Gonzalez (132 lbs.), David Vidales (160 lbs.) and Austin Carman (220 lbs.). Dec. 13, 2011 – The Mabton School Board approves putting a four-year, $1 million school levy before voters on the February 2012 ballot. Elmer C. Schilperoort, 89, of Sunnyside is killed in a two-vehicle crash at SR-241 and Edison Avenue. Pedro Lopez Garcia, 22, of Grandview is sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for the July 2010 stabbing death of Pablo Torres Alvarez of Grandview, whom Garcia also ran over with his car. The Sunnyside City Council unanimously approves a plan, and funding, for Sunnyside’s Promise to manage the community center in 2012. Dec. 14, 2011 – City of Grandview officials report they will appeal a $12,000 fine levied by L&I, assessed because of the way the city responded to an ammonia leak at the Conrad & Adams Fruit plant three months prior. Dec. 15, 2011 – Catholic Charities Housing Services awards a $25,000 grant to a group in Mabton that has been working on developing a new 1.5-acre park. Grandview becomes the first city in the Yakima Valley to make use of its newly implemented $20 car tab fees revenue, pledging to use $10,534 collected in 2012 as matching money for a $200,146 state grant that will be used to make improvements to Second Street and Elm Street. Dec. 16, 2011 – Rev. John H. Jacobs retires as director of the Sunnyside Ministerial Food Bank after serving for 35 years in that position. Describing the recently adjourned special legislative session in Olympia as an utter fail-


ure, 15th District Rep. David Taylor says that of the $480 million lawmakers said they cut from the budget, only about $226 million was actually pared. Transferring funds from one account to another and using one-time federal funds, he said, made up the rest of the so-called budget cuts. Dec. 19, 2011 – Sunnyside Young Life Area Director Jim Slinker resigns his position and chooses instead to serve as a volunteer, ministering to local youngsters. Nicholas Marez, 20, of Sunnyside, a passenger in a car that is involved in a one-vehicle rollover accident several miles outside of Sunnyside on East Factory Road, dies at the scene of the mishap. Dec. 20, 2011 – The Zhu family, who most recently had been operating a restaurant in Centralia, opens the Panda Garden Restaurant


Farmers Equipment Company. Dec. 28, 2011 – Sunnyside police are led on a high speed chase, which ended when the suspect vehicle slid into a ditch at Van Belle and Scoon roads. One of three people in the fleeing vehicle, 21-year-old Armando Chavez of Pasco, was captured after a short foot pursuit, and was charged with possession of drugs. Dec. 29, 2011 – Behind the individual efforts of titlists Isaac Guerrero (138 lbs.), Isidro Ramirez (145 lbs.) and Austin Carman (220 lbs.), the Sunnyside High School wrestling wins top team honors at the 18-school Hanford Winter Cup. Dec. 30, 2011 – Former Sunnyside Fire Chief Jim Stanton succumbs to cancer. Dec. 26, 2011 – Santa pays a visit to 3-year-old Reynaldo “Lil Rey” Manjarrez III of Sunnyside, who was homebound to prevent infection following a third open heart surgery. Dec. 27, 2011 – The crew at Advanced Collision in Sunnyside takes on the job of restoring the first-ever Studebaker Avanti sports car, built in 1963, for preservation at LeMay’s America Car Museum in Tacoma.

Dec. 16, 2011 – Troy Monholland, president of the Black Rock Creek Men’s Golf Club (R), presents a large pile of toys donated by local linksters to Brandon Swift of Les Schwab Tire Centers, for the annual Toys for Tots program.

in Sunnyside at the former site of the China Grove Restaurant. Dec. 21, 2011 - Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, meeting in Mabton with the Yakima County Gang Commission, details that he and several legislators are working on providing local communities with more tools in the fight against gangs. Yakima County dairymen make a contribution of $31,024 to the Sunnyside’s Promise group to aid the agency in its efforts to keep children out of gangs. Dec. 22, 2011 – A family living in the 1400 block of Cemetery Road near Sunnyside is displaced from their home when the house sustains approximately $50,000 in damages from a fire. The cause of the blaze, say firefighters, is yet to be determined. Dec. 23, 2011 – City work crews are busy installing a new playground area at Sunnyside’s Central Park. Dec. 26, 2011 – The Washington State Supreme Court rules that groundwater used for watering stock is exempt from the state requirement to apply for a water permit. Dec. 21, 2011 – Enjoying themselves on stage Dec. 27, 2011 – Drew Fletcher, during a holiday mariachi band concert put on by most recently a territory manSunnyside High School students are (L-R) Cristal ager for Ritchie Bros., is named Cisneros, David Castro and Stanley Martinez. the new manager of Sunnyside’s

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