Stories for December 2006

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Friday, December 29

A $10,000 New Year's Eve drink

It's New Year's Eve and you're tempted to take one more drink, one more toast, to greet 2007.

Grizzlies dominate at Hanford Winter Cup

RICHLAND - After a 10th place finish and two second place finishes at tournaments earlier this season, the Sunnyside Grizzlies' wrestling team dominated at the Hanford Winter Cup yesterday.

Gross Point Blank

Polly want a cracker?

Polly want a cracker?

Home Country

I can't stand winter, said Herb Collins, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn's philosophy counter for a quick cup. ÒThereÕs nothing to do.Ó

Forum

I would like to convey a big “thanks” to Valley View Market in Sunnyside for its efforts in keeping their building and lot clean. It is free of beer signs posted outside, graffiti is painted over, the parking lot is always free of litter and the garbage bins are free of spill-over. They have cameras outside to watch over their store.

G'view grapplers fifth at Hanford Winter Cup

Rodriguez named 'Outstanding Wrestler'

Rodriguez named 'Outstanding Wrestler'

Sunnyside High grad to use cross-country trip to help housing efforts

Brianne Downing, a 2001 Sunnyside High School graduate and current University of Washington student, likes to travel. Soon she will be traveling 3,736 miles across the Northern United States on a bicycle. On the way she will be raising awareness about the lack of affordable housing and will even help build a few houses herself.

Mabton girls stumble in tourney title game

SEATTLE - Unable to get motivated in yesterday's Seattle Christian Holiday Tournament championship game, the Mabton Lady Vikings dropped a 59-31 decision to Shoreline Christian.

Outlook rosy for rebuilding plans in Outlook

Exceeding all expectations, Outlook Elementary School will re-open for classes on Wednesday Jan. 3.

Exceeding all expectations, Outlook Elementary School will re-open for classes on Wednesday Jan. 3.

Thursday, December 28

Obituary

DORIS KAY BROCK

DORIS KAY BROCK

Death Notice

MARIA LEOCADIA CHAVEZ

MARIA LEOCADIA CHAVEZ

Mabton girls advance to tourney title game

SEATTLE - Coach Mike Roettger's biggest fear yesterday on the drive to Seattle was wondering how his Lady Vikes would respond after dropping a lopsided decision to Zillah just before Christmas.

City of Sunnyside hires new finance director

The city of Sunnyside will start the new year with a new finance director, announcing yesterday that Jordan Arreola will fill the post beginning Jan. 29, 2007.

Tax time upon us again

It's upon us again. The 2006 tax season will begin Jan. 1 and people will have to gather up all their receipts and decide whether to file for themselves or get someone else to do it.

Sunnyside residents believe in giving the gift of life

The first time he gave blood, it was during World War II when his comrades in arms needed it. Since that time, Sunnyside's Gene Startup has kept right at it, donating an official 128 pints of blood to the American Red Cross.

Snow removal expenses anticipated in Lower Valley

Whether it falls in the form of a soft powder or a mushy slush, snow is a fact of life in the Lower Valley.

U.S. marshals take over jail escape investigation

U.S. marshals take over jail escape investigation

Mabton wrestler facing 'fear' head-on

MABTON - For some it's climbing Mt. Everest. For others it could be skydiving or maybe a severe plunge off a cliff on a bungee cord.

Wednesday, December 27

100 years...and counting

GRANDVIEW - Yvonne Herring of Grandview got a jump on celebrating her 100th birthday with family and friends this past Tuesday.

Obituary

JEANETTE MARIE FALLERT

JEANETTE MARIE FALLERT

Corrections officer switches from working with criminals to serving needs of victims

GRANGER - For several years Bertha Beltran worked as a dispatcher, corrections and reserve officer for the Grandview Police Department. Now, she's found herself in a very different role.

Burglars strike post office

$10,000 reward offered for arrest, conviction

$10,000 reward offered for arrest, conviction

Death Notice

MARIAN BRIDGES

MARIAN BRIDGES

Day care expansion denied, SVID tower decision still pending

Following up on a meeting it held Dec. 13, the Sunnyside Staff Review Committee last week denied a conditional use permit for a proposed day care expansion.

Dunbar seeks aerospace scholars for state program

SEATTLE - The Washington Aerospace Scholars Program is currently accepting applications from high school juniors across Washington state.

Tuesday, December 26

Leopards spot up for win over Mabton girls

ZILLAH - Returning three starters off last year's third place team at the 1A State tournament, the Zillah Leopards have taken right up where they left off last season.

Working Stiff

Sunnyside man rises through the ranks at Richland firm

Sunnyside man rises through the ranks at Richland firm

Mabton boys come up short at Zillah

ZILLAH - Looking to stay undefeated in league play, the Mabton Vikings basketball team ran into a snag in the form of the Zillah Leopards, losing on the road 57-47 last Friday.

Silage truck rollover blamed on slick road

Saturday morning, residents of the Valley awoke to a fresh coat of snow and very slick roads. An E.M. Trucking driver, Anthony Moreno, 53, of Pasco fell victim to the road conditions.

New Port of S'side employee enjoys 'top-notch' job

After 12 years as a cheese maker, Stan Plooster of Sunnyside is experiencing a career change as the Port of Sunnyside's new wastewater technician.

'Hounds shake off slow start for CWAC victory

ELLENSBURG - Maybe it was the cold, maybe it was the anticipation of Christmas or, more likely, a stingy defense the Grandview boys basketball team had to overcome in a 51-40 CWAC South win at Ellensburg this past Friday.

Farmers Equipment Company readies to open

Plans are currently underway for Farmers Equipment Company to expand its business and open a branch here in Sunnyside.

Obituary

TRINIDAD ESTRADA

TRINIDAD ESTRADA

Foundation poured for expansion at Sunnyside Community Hospita

One of the building blocks in expanding Sunnyside Community Hospital's emergency department came this past Thursday when concrete footings were poured for the foundation.

Friday, December 22

Charged power line lands on police car

MABTON - Those entering the city of Mabton from the highway last night at about 6:45 probably wondered why a police car was pulled over at the intersection of First and Jefferson streets, lights flashing, with a spot-light aimed at the sky.

Fire and Ice Winterfest

CHELAN - During the weekend of Jan. 12-14, Chelan will be holding its annual Fire and Ice Winterfest, featuring a variety of activities.

Story Time

It's the thought that counts

It's the thought that counts

Not everyone will be at home with their families this Christmas

Stockings hung by the fireplace, tearing through wrapping paper to open gifts and sitting down to a sumptuous meal are all hallmarks of a traditional Christmas Day.

Mabton adopts 2007 budget

MABTON - At a special meeting held this past Thursday night, Mabton City Council passed its 2007 budget.

"Time for Three" takes concert stage

The Lower Valley Community Concert Series continues celebrating its 60th year in the community with the second concert of the 2006-07 season on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007.

Guest Editorial

Athletes must stop spitting on fans, each other

Athletes must stop spitting on fans, each other

It's all about lending a helping hand

For the past three years a group of six men representing three Sunnyside churches have quietly found ways to serve the community.

Obituary

GEORGE A. KNOTH

GEORGE A. KNOTH

Gross Point Blank

Bah humbug!

Bah humbug!

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1-Column

Viking wrestlers defeat Goldendale

MABTON - Opening competition in the 1A SCAC, the Mabton Vikings took advantage of four forfeits and three pins to beat visiting Goldendale 48-30 Thursday night.

CD Review

Tony Bennett celebrates 80th birthday with release of 'Duets-An American Classic'

Tony Bennett celebrates 80th birthday with release of 'Duets-An American Classic'

Grandview grapplers compete at 'Best in the West'

PASCO - The Grandview High School wrestling program made its presence felt this week at the "Best in the West" wrestling invite held Wednesday and Thursday in Pasco.

Home Country

When it comes to romance, it's hard to beat ol' Dud. He's had the same girlfriend, Anita, for about five years now, but none of us can understand why she's still around.

Thursday, December 21

Exposed to nature...

fourth graders get up-close look at one of region's natural resources

fourth graders get up-close look at one of region's natural resources

School's insurer hires investigator to determine cause of fire in Outlook

OUTLOOK - Four days after fire caused at least $2 million in damages to Outlook Elementary School, officials still don't know what caused the fire.

No school opens other doors for local youths

The Sunnyside Recreation Department and Sunnyside High School Leadership students in cooperation with Sunnyside Community Hospital held a Santa's School's Out Fun and Fitness day at the Sunnyside Community Center Wednesday.

Toys for Tots delivery made

GRANGER - Marines from Bravo Company, Fourth Tank Battalion, Fourth Marine Division of Yakima spread the Christmas spirit in Granger this past Wednesday as part of their "Toys for Tots" campaign.

New singles group forms here

GRANDVIEW - Are you single and over the age of 50? Are you lonely and looking for some companionship? Then maybe Nina Randle has the answer for you.

'I Watch' adds technology in effort to identify criminals

Ten months after forming, the "I Watch" neighborhood watch group of community members on Sunnyside's Harrison Hill is still active and has added a website to its tools in working with local police to fight crime.

News Briefs

1-Column

GHS students adopt five families

GRANDVIEW - As part of their annual service project, Grandview High School DECA students took on the tremendous task of adopting five families for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 19

Police ride-along an eye opener

I've never been in trouble in my life, so it's hard for me to imagine what it's like to encounter police under bad circumstances. Even harder to imagine is what police face every shift they work. That was remedied recently, when I had the pleasure of going on a ride- along with Washington State Trooper John Ladines.

Plans unfolding for displaced Outlook students

The picture is getting clearer for Outlook Elementary School students and staff.

Obituary

JEWEL P. RASMUSSON

JEWEL P. RASMUSSON

Yakima County to operate municipal court in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council approved a contract at last night's meeting to allow Yakima County to provide municipal court services to the city of Grandview.

Monday, December 18

Fire closes Outlook school

District to decide this Tuesday long term plan for school's students and staff

District to decide this Tuesday long term plan for school's students and staff

Sunnyside boys swept in weekend action

The 3A Sunnyside boys basketball team held its own early on in a couple of non-league games this past weekend, but fell short against the two 4A foes.

GHS boys sweep league opponents

GRANDVIEW - In the always exciting CWAC South, the Grandview boys basketball team managed to cruise to double-digit home victories in league action this past Friday and Saturday.

SCHS Knights slay Warriors

Joel Koopmans and Aaron Van de Graaf each poured in 11 points in the third quarter, sparking the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team to an 80-48 victory over the Wahluke Warriors last Saturday night.

Death Notice

ELOISA CARDENAS

ELOISA CARDENAS

Second half play does in Lady 'Hounds

GRANDVIEW - Coming into this past weekend's play, the Grandview Greyhounds knew Othello and East Valley were going to be tough games, but Grandview Coach Tarah Troutman thought her team could get at least one win over the weekend.

Traffic safety coordinator sets up office in Sunnyside

After a lengthy stint in Mabton, Yakima County's coordinator for the Traffic Safety Commission Task Force has set up shop in the Sunnyside Police Department.

Friday, December 15

Cutting to the Core

One green card and two new teeth make for a pretty good month

One green card and two new teeth make for a pretty good month

G'view grapplers can't hold off Wildcats

TOPPENISH - The Grandview wrestling team built a 32-3 lead through the middle weight classes last night, only for host Toppenish to reel off six consecutive pins on the way to a 44-32 victory in CWAC South wrestling.

Hester selected to fill Port position

Longtime Sunnyside resident Jay Hester has been hired by the Port of Sunnyside as its new Property, Development and Project Manager.

Lady Pirates top Yakama Tribal

BICKLETON - The Bickleton girls basketball team improved its record to 2-1 last night, beating the visiting Yakama Tribal Eagles 46-44.

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1-Column

Mabton sweeps double-dual meet in Connell

CONNELL - Traveling to Connell last night, the Mabton Vikings wrestled a double-dual meet with Connell and Royal City, beating both.

Raging wind gusts wreak havoc in Valley

by Lynda Jo Gross and Jennie McGhan

Alleged kidnapper's trial date re-scheduled

Following a status hearing this past Wednesday in Yakima County Superior Court, the trial date for an alleged kidnapper has been re-scheduled.

Guest Editorial

Holiday hints for a happy wife

Holiday hints for a happy wife

Wenatchee blanks Sunnyside girls, 4-0

Heather O'Connor led a balanced attack by Wenatchee yesterday at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes, as the Lady Grizzly bowling team fell by a 4-0 score.

Religious Reflections

The Light of the World

The Light of the World

Bickleton Pirates win league opener

BICKLETON - Sparked by a double-double from Eric Hess, the Bickleton boys basketball team cruised to a 58-36 home win last night over Yakama Tribal.

Home Country

BY SLIM RANDLES

Holiday driving should be free of ROAD RAGE

Aggression is the response of one-half of the drivers who are subjected to the aggression of other drivers. This risks more serious confrontation between drivers.

Thursday, December 14

Variance request unsettled

After listening to concerns expressed by a neighboring property owner, the Sunnyside City Staff Review Committee opted to continue a hearing on a variance request by Russ Smies.

Obituary

HERMAN L. JESKE

HERMAN L. JESKE

Mystery woman fights back against S'side graffiti artists

Back in October Rosie Wampole of Sunnyside got a little surprise. She went outside to find her garage had been vandalized. Graffiti was sprayed all over the place.

City officials mull SVID plan to install tower near local homes

Officials from the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID), during a public hearing held yesterday by the city's Staff Review Committee, defended their plan to build a 120-foot tall communication tower.

Sunnyside tables decision on day care center expansion

The Sunnyside City Staff Review Committee agreed to issue a decision by next Thursday, Dec. 21, on a conditional use permit sought by Maria and Moises Hernandez.

Wednesday, December 13

Gang shooting leads to arrests

Sunnyside police were dispatched to South 13th Street and East Jackson Avenue for a gang fight with a knife last night at about 7:45 p.m. Officers were responding when they were advised, by dispatch, that shots were reported fired and one person was hit by the gunfire.

Knights open league play with victory

KLICKITAT - The defending Greater Columbia 'B' League champion Sunnyside Christian Knights got off to a good start in search of their eighth conference title in the past nine years. Last night at Klickitat, the Knights shot past the Vandals, 81-39.

Obituary

KENNETH WAYNE BRANDSMA

KENNETH WAYNE BRANDSMA

Hastings reviews Congressional session during stop-over in Sunnyside yesterday

Noting that things were essentially "status quo," Fourth District Congressman Doc Hastings expressed some notes of caution and optimism following the recently completed congressional session.

Bickleton boys work overtime for first win

TRI CITIES - Cody Loomis canned a pair of free throws to send the game into overtime, then scored seven more points in the extra session to lead the Bickleton boys basketball team to a 63-52 win at Jubilee Christian last night.

'Tuesday sing-alongs' tradition continues at Hillcrest

They've opened their hearts and lifted their voices in song every Tuesday for the last 20 years. They don't have a name and they don't have an agenda, unless you count making people happy an agenda.

Campbell sparks Mabton girls to non-league overtime victory

MABTON - Big things often come in small packages. Such was the case last night, when 5'5" sophomore guard Kayla Campbell tallied a triple-double to spark the Mabton High School girls basketball team to a 52-46 overtime victory.

Grizzlies cruise to double-dual meet victories

The Sunnyside High School wrestling team hosted its first double dual meet of the season, taking on Davis and Eisenhower high schools last night.

Guest Editorial

Be careful with the good news

Be careful with the good news

Mothering ... around the clock

This "stay-at-home mom" is too busy to dispute the title often given to mothers who do not have a job in the workforce.

Working Stiff

Outlook woman 'eyes' a career

Outlook woman 'eyes' a career

'F' as in Frank

This choir's a keeper

This choir's a keeper

SHS Grizzlies fend off Vikes for first win

SELAH - The Sunnyside boys basketball team weathered a third-quarter shooting slump to claim their first win of the season in an 86-80 victory at Selah last night.

Tuesday, December 12

Sunnyside Beauty Academy gets accreditation

Sunnyside Beauty Academy is now accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). According to Gayle Hays, owner of the local school, "This is a big deal. It usually takes one to two years."

High speed chase sparks discussion

A Nov. 20 high speed police chase through downtown Sunnyside prompted discussion during last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Hearing impaired students receiving help in the classroom

Sherie Matthews started learning sign language when she was two-years-old.

Councilmen discuss agenda for meeting with lawmakers

It may not be an extreme makeover, but the Sunnyside City Council is pushing for a facelift of the downtown core.

Guest re-tells Christmas story for women's club

PROSSER - "Did you ever have one of those days where everything was perfect?" a guest speaker asked during the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club luncheon on Monday.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs

1-Column

New baseball coach brings 19 years experience to Sunnyside

John Gutierrez's approach to baseball is simple.

Councilmen reform enforcement of city codes

"A little perturbed" was the term Councilwoman Carol Stone used to describe an elderly Sunnyside woman's reaction when city representatives paid her a visit regarding a residential enforcement issue.

Death Notice

ILENE DION

ILENE DION

Monday, December 11

Mabton girls bounce back after loss to Kiona-Benton

A defeat at the hands of Kiona-Benton last Friday, as well as the loss of sparkplug Teresa Flores, didn't prevent the Mabton High School girls basketball team from shredding the Riverview Panthers on Saturday, 48-26.

Two sightings of escapees reported

Two callers to the Sunnyside Police Department reported sighting the two remaining jail escapees, Ernesto Gallegos and Aaron Garcia, over the weekend.

Gaylene Tucker named Grandview's Person of the Year

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Chamber of Commerce President Gaylene Tucker got quite a surprise last month when she was named Grandview's Person of the Year for 2006.

S'side girls falter late

The Sunnyside girls basketball team is halfway there.

One win, one loss for Lady Knights

The Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team split a pair of non-league games this past weekend.

Obituary

JUDITH GALE BROWN

JUDITH GALE BROWN

Greyhounds bolt past Australians

GRANDVIEW - After barely holding off Waverly College of Australia for a half, the Grandview boys basketball team used a 28-13 third quarter run to grab a 74-59 win Saturday night.

Friday, December 8

Jackrabbits catch GHS grapplers short-handed

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview wrestling team, still short-handed with five players ineligible until this coming Saturday, lacked the muscle power against Quincy last night in a 51-27 dual meet loss at home.

'Pink Panther Strikes Again' in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School students have worked tirelessly to present "The Pink Panther Strikes Again," and it shows.

Ki-Be Bears maul Vikings

MABTON - Expecting a double dual meet, the Mabton High School wrestling team had to settle with wrestling just Ki-Be Thursday night as Dayton/Pomeroy failed to show up.

Cadets march to win over Sunnyside girls

A dominating 446 two-game series by Jennifer Mosebar propelled the Eisenhower Cadets to a 3-1 victory over the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team yesterday afternoon.

Grizzlies run into trouble against Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE - In a double dual meet held in Moses Lake Thursday night, the Sunnyside Grizzlies lost to the host Chiefs 49-17 and to Pasco 49-23.

Input sought on athletic facilities upgrade

The Sunnyside School District is planning a road trip next week to gain comments on arts and athletics at the high school.

S'side native one of 12 artists featured in area studio tour

TRI-CITIES - Consuelo Soto Murphy, a 1979 Sunnyside High School graduate, is one of 12 artists exhibiting work during the Tri-City Artists' Open Studio Tour this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10.

SHS students email support overseas to troops

Members of the Sunnyside High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) have been actively seeking projects to better serve their community. The vice president of the group devised an idea to support the troops over the holidays.

Obiturary

JANICE MYRL MILLER

JANICE MYRL MILLER

'Hounds nip Ephrata in league opener

EPHRATA - The Grandview boys basketball team went into overtime last night to eke out a thrilling 63-62 win at Ephrata in the CWAC South opener for both teams.

Guest Editorial

Doctors must consider mental as well as physical health

Doctors must consider mental as well as physical health

Grandview girls open league play with a win

EPHRATA - The Grandview High School girls basketball team got off to a good start in league play, using offense in the first half and then defense in the second half to post a 56-39 win over the Ephrata Tigers.

Home Country

There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead ... and a time for dreams.

Thursday, December 7

Mabton administrator vice principalof year for this region of state

MABTON - Mabton Junior/Senior High School Vice Principal and Athletic Director Denny Brown has been named the South Central Athletic Conference Vice Principal of the Year.

Local sports programs to be reviewed by athletes, parents

Plans are underway for athletes and their parents in grades six through 12 in the Sunnyside School District to participate in athletic surveys.

G'view parks catalog details ways to lend helping hand

GRANDVIEW - Looking for the gift that keeps on giving?

Obituary

Cresencio F. Yanez

Cresencio F. Yanez

Working Stiff

Delivery man's new route brings new love of his life

Delivery man's new route brings new love of his life

Booster club formed for Grandview athletes

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview Booster Club is being organized for parents of high school and middle school students who are involved in either sports or clubs.

Births

SUNNYSIDE

Wednesday, December 6

Death Notice

CECIL SHOCKLEY

CECIL SHOCKLEY

Pirates school Sunnyside boys, 84-57

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside boys basketball team was schooled last night in an 84-57 non-league loss at Davis High School.

Mabton girls dominate Royal City Knights, 52-29

ROYAL CITY - Turning in what Coach Mike Roettger described as one of the better man-to-man defensive efforts any of his teams have ever exhibited, the Mabton High School girls basketball team rolled past the Royal City Knights Tuesday evening, 52-29.

Vikings lose to Royal City, 60-52

ROYAL CITY - After suffering a loss in its opening game of the season Monday, the Mabton Vikings fell for the second straight time, losing to the Royal City Knights 60-52 Tuesday evening.

Food drive underway

MABTON - Mabton Boy Scouts Pack #623 is holding a food drive to benefit needy families in the community of Mabton. They are working in conjunction with Jessica Prieto, the Community Outreach Coordinator for Artz-Fox Elementary. She has coordinated efforts with the Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic to ensure families receive food collected for the holidays.

Tobacco settlement dollars being put to good use in county

YAKIMA - At a luncheon held yesterday in Yakima, the American Lung Association, Educational Service District 105 and several of their Tobacco Prevention partners highlighted various programs and their effectiveness in tobacco prevention and education.

Cutting to the Core

Iraq mess is not media's fault

Iraq mess is not media's fault

Mabton council works on police, parks budgets

MABTON - The Mabton City Council met Tuesday night to work on the 2007 city budget.

Big fourth quarter lifts 1A Granger over 2A G'view

GRANGER - Looking to finish non-league play undefeated, the Grandview girls basketball team visited the Granger Spartans last night, but lost 51-44.

Guest Editorial

It came upon a midnight buffet table

It came upon a midnight buffet table

Obituary

HOWARD HARVEY STEPHENS

HOWARD HARVEY STEPHENS

SCHS boys muzzle Coyotes, 62-49

KITTITAS - The Kittitas Coyotes live and die by the play of their three guards. Last night against the Sunnyside Christian Knights, Kittitas perished to the tune of a 62-49 score.

Trial related to murder postponed

The trial date for a woman accused of rendering criminal assistance in a murder that ocurred in Grandview last April has been postponed.

Tuesday, December 5

Death Notice

GORDON BLECHSCHMIDT

GORDON BLECHSCHMIDT

Tattoos a sign of the times - 710 INK. opens in Sunnyside

Javier Ruiz sat in the chair shirtless and looking down at his chest.

Second escapee captured

PASCO - After receiving a tip, U.S. Marshalls, Pasco police and Benton County Sheriff's deputies arrested Jose Moreno-Ruiz, who escaped from the Sunnyside jail this past Thursday.

Vikes fall to Australians

MABTON - The Mabton boys basketball team had an uphill challenge Monday night on their home court.

Grandview Mall construction to begin in January

GRANDVIEW - Construction of a mall in Grandview is slated to begin within the next month.

Oy, Oy, Oy...Aussies visit Mabton

MABTON - Traveling basketball players from Melbourne, Australia made a stop over in Mabton this past Sunday and Monday evening.

Zag grandparents big fans of a big man on campus

Not sure how the Gonzaga men's basketball team is doing this year?

'Down Under' hoop team too much for Mabton girls

MABTON - Box Hill Senior Secondary College from Australia brought a bit too much firepower to the Mabton gym last night, as the Lady Vikings had no answer for the high flying, touring squad.

National Historic Registry home in Grandview thriving as restaurant, gift shop

GRANDVIEW - A promise made to the third set of owners of Dykstra House has kept the structure in pretty much its original shape.

Additions to Grandview budget discussed

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council members briefly re-visited the 2007 budget at their meeting held this past Monday night.

Obituary

BETTY A. BUCIO

BETTY A. BUCIO

Monday, December 4

'Trouble in Toyland' report released just in time for holiday shopping

After investigating toys this past fall, the Washington Public Interest Research Group has released its findings in a "Trouble in Toyland" report.

Chiefs nip Sunnyside boys

The Sunnyside boys basketball team's perpetual motion offense threatened early, before faltering in a close 71-68 loss to visiting 4A Moses Lake last Friday.

Lady Knights stave off Liberty Christian, 62-50

RICHLAND - A win's a win, especially in the season opener. But, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights found out last Friday that they'll have to get into a bit better shape if they want to continue piling up victories.

Missed free throws cost Pirates game

ARLINGTON, ORE. - Despite it being a close game throughout, too many missed free throws down the stretch cost the Bickleton Pirates (0-2) the game this past Saturday. They fell to the Arlington Honkers 52-46.

Poteet's leads 'Hounds over Bears

GRANDVIEW - After a slow start on offense and defense the Grandview girls basketball team kicked it up a notch and beat the visiting Ki-Be Bears 61-27 last Saturday.

Obituary

HOWARD HARVEY STEPHENS

HOWARD HARVEY STEPHENS

Lady Grizzlies lose twice to 4A schools

The Sunnyside girls basketball team jumped right in the waters of the new 3A/4A Columbia Basin League format with games last Friday and Saturday against a pair of 4A schools.

Grandview shoots past Ki-Be

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview boys basketball team used a 26-10 second quarter run to rally past visiting Kiona-Benton Friday for a 72-38 win to open regular season play.

Patriots unable to fend off late game charge by SCHS boys

RICHLAND - For the first two quarters last Friday, it appeared Sunnyside Christian Coach Dean Wagenaar had devised an ill-fated game plan for his Knights.

Death Notice

BETTY A. BUCIO

BETTY A. BUCIO

Friday, December 1

Three Vikings Coyote Takedown champs

BURBANK - Three Mabton High School wrestlers earned first place finishes at the Coyote Takedown Tournament Thursday night in Burbank.

Bronze Star with Valor awarded to S'side soldier

Paula Greene cried when she saw her son shipped off to Iraq.

Death Notice

DEBBIE HELEN STOTT VELOZ

DEBBIE HELEN STOTT VELOZ

Sunnyside City Council meetings go digital

Is it live or is it Memorex?" went the advertising slogan for a popular brand of cassette tapes way back when.

The Newcomer

Retiring gracefully

Retiring gracefully

'Pink Panther' strikes again...this time in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - By the time it's all said and done, Grandview High School Drama Club students will have put two months of work into their production of "The Pink Panther Strikes Again".

School of dance offers public a Christmas gift Dec. 7, 8 and 9

After more than 45 years of teaching dance to young students, Linda Martin is daring to venture into the unknown.

Guest Editorial

Bad news for democracy: big media may get bigger

Bad news for democracy: big media may get bigger

Sunnyside pastor worshipping with spontaneous music

Some day in the not too distant future, there will be a place where people will be free to worship and praise the Lord with song and scripture 24 hours a day.

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1-Column

Bickleton girls win at Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA - The Bickleton girls basketball team took down Walla Walla last night in their season opener, 38-29.

Painting the town Merlo

Artist uses wine for his paint

Artist uses wine for his paint

Il Divo presents 'opera-lite' for the masses

CD Review

CD Review

Sunnyside High School focus of visit by state officials

A focused learning community for freshmen students earned high marks for Sunnyside High School, while concerns were expressed about a lack of diversity awareness-including recognition of gays and lesbians.

Home Country

We'd never seen Doc quite as much in his element as he was Saturday. Those of us who love this aging healer were as proud of his accomplishment as he was.

School district eyes new building plans

The Sunnyside School Board had a first look last night at a draft of plans for a new elementary school to open in 2008.

Obituary

PETER JAMES MIKKELSEN

PETER JAMES MIKKELSEN

Davis Pirates prevail over Sunnyside girls

The Sunnyside High School girls bowling team dropped a 3-1 decision to the visiting Davis Pirates Thursday afternoon.

City sporting three new ambulances

The Sunnyside Fire Department's three brand new and striped ambulances are rolling on the road.

Pirates fall to Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA - The Bickleton varsity boys basketball team fell to Walla Walla in its season opener last night, 71-44.