Stories for December 2007

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Monday, December 31

SVID, Roza Irrigation District working on winter projects

Taking advantage of irrigation water being shut off in the Lower Valley, both the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District and the Roza Irrigation District are using this time to make improvements to their existing canals and perform maintenance.

12-7 Consumer prices for farm products

A good year for farmers doesn't necessarily drive consumer costs

Lady Knights claim victory in tourney championship

SHORELINE - The Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights claimed victory over Shoreline Christian this past Friday night, 54-45, during a holiday tournament hosted by the Seattle-area school.

OBITUARY

ROBERT R. HICKENBOTTOM

ROBERT R. HICKENBOTTOM

Mabton Vikings place fourth at Freeman Tournament

FREEMAN - The Mabton High School wrestling team picked up its second fourth-place finish in a week this past Saturday, while competing at the Freeman Tournament.

Knights win tourney title

SHORELINE - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team captured the Oak Leaf Classic at Shoreline Christian this past Friday with a 57-31 thumping of Rainier Christian High School in the tourney championship game.

State grows ag exports to Mexico

From governor to grower, there's a rosy outlook for Washington ag exports to Mexico in 2008.

Sunnyside wrestlers defend cup title

RICHLAND - The 3A Sunnyside High School wrestling team defended last year's title at the Hanford Winter Cup by taking the event team championship again this past Friday.

DEATH NOTICE

CONRAD CAVAZOS

CONRAD CAVAZOS

Gant to serve third term on health advisory board

Bill Gant of Sunnyside was recently appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire to serve a third five-year term on the state's Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery.

Grandview grapplers place eighth at Winter Cup

RICHLAND - With team members out due to illness or vacation, the Grandview High School wrestling team competed at the Hanford Winter Cup last Friday with nine grapplers.

Friday, December 28

SCHS Lady Knights win tournament opener

SEATTLE - Sunnyside Christian abandoned its zone defense yesterday and switched back to man-coverage in the fourth quarter. The end result was a 49-46 victory over Bellevue Christian in the opening round of a holiday hoop tournament hosted by Shoreline Christian High School.

Debits and credits trip up Sunnyside city staff

Putting financial data into the wrong ledger column is at the heart of a finding the Washington State Auditor's office reported against the city of Sunnyside on Monday, Dec. 24.

Police search on for two shooting suspects

Sunnyside police are looking for two males they believe were involved in an attempted robbery and an assault with a firearm.

Mabton girls fall to Napavine Tigers

SEATTLE - Unable to break Napavine's 1-2-2 full-court press, the Mabton High School girls basketball team fell to the Tigers, 50-44, yesterday afternoon in the finals of a holiday hoop tournament hosted by Seattle Christian High School.

106-year-old house saved from demolition

A 106-year-old house that was just two days away from being demolished is now for sale in Sunnyside.

GUEST COLUIMN

Setting a realistic goal for 2008

Setting a realistic goal for 2008

Jennie's Journey

Each day is my new beginning

Each day is my new beginning

OBITUARY

WESTON BORRESON

WESTON BORRESON

DEATH NOTICE

CONRAD CAVAZOS

CONRAD CAVAZOS

Knights move on to tourney finals in a romp

SHORELINE - It was over almost as soon as it began, as the 1B Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team rolled to a 74-32 romp last night over Northwest High School of Seattle, a 1A private school.

Thursday, December 27

OBITUARY

ROSENDO OBREGON ESPARZA

ROSENDO OBREGON ESPARZA

99th birthday party set for Jan. 4

GRANDVIEW - After living most of her 99 years in Carroll County, Iowa, Buela Kirk sometimes has a difficult time believing she now resides in Grandview.

Mabton 2008 budget adopted

MABTON - Not a single comment was offered from any community members at the public hearing last night (Wednesday) that focused on the city of Mabton's 2008 budget.

Mabton girls advance to tourney title game

SEATTLE - Ana Jimenez and Trishi Williams together shoved in 30 points to lead Mabton to a 38-23 halftime lead. From there the Lady Viking basketball team coasted to a 66-42 victory over Cedar Park Christian.

Local brewers feel shortage of hops pinch

Will the 2007 hop shortage force beer brewers to tinker with their recipes? If you ask Whitstran Brewing Co. owner Larry Barbus, messing with perfection could be a recipe for disaster.

DEATH NOTICE

WILLIAM D. WEIDNER

WILLIAM D. WEIDNER

Wednesday, December 26

DEATH NOTICE

KENNETH SALTS

KENNETH SALTS

"F" as in Frank

Memories of Boxing Days past

Memories of Boxing Days past

GUEST COLUMN

In-law anguish - how dare you be different?

In-law anguish - how dare you be different?

Sunnyside suitor proposes on Christmas Eve

Monday morning, James Esqueda made a grand proposal to his girlfriend, Alma Miranda.

OBITUARY

RUTH MORROW

RUTH MORROW

Monday, December 24

Outlook school water system tainted with high nitrate levels

OUTLOOK - The well that is serving Outlook Elementary School's water needs will be punched deeper during the holiday break, in an effort to reach an aquifer that has lower nitrate levels.

Christmas Eve in the valley

Like hundreds of homes throughout the Valley, the Hazzard home in Sunnyside is decked out in its finest holiday splendor as Christmas is but mere hours away for all the good little girls and boys.

Death Notice

Nevel G. Barr

Nevel G. Barr

Briones earns accolades on All-State AP football team

Sunnyside High School senior Gibby Briones received an Honorable Mention selection to the Associated Press All-State 3A football team.

Hoop tourney draws 10 teams

MABTON - Ten teams participated in the two-day Mabton Lion's Club Holiday Hoops Tournament this past weekend.

Obituary

Anna M. Young

Anna M. Young

Santa's better half likes her role as cookie decorator

About four years ago, Dairy Fair Manager Tami Silva looked at Karen Friend and said, "You'd make a perfect Mrs. Claus." After all, Friend is gifted with naturally gorgeous grey hair, and she even wears glasses. All she needed was a Mrs. Claus outfit.

Living nativity

The Sunnyside Seventh Day Adventist Church on Lincoln Avenue in Sunnyside had a living nativity for the public to enjoy recently. There was three scenes for the public to enjoy, a campsite with the tree wisemen, the manger scene and a scene with the inn-keeper telling everyone the inn is full.

Friday, December 21

'Hounds outrun Ellensburg Bulldogs in CWAC match-up

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School boys basketball team used a strong first half to jump out to a lead against the Ellensburg Bulldogs and then held on to cruise to a 51-38 win.

Sunnyside sports teams most likely will drop down to play 2A competition

Say hello to the CWAC, Grizzly sports fans.

PAID OBITUARY

LYDIA DEYO

LYDIA DEYO

Jennie's Journey

Do you believe in miracles?

Do you believe in miracles?

Local 'squares' kick up their heels

MABTON - Hitch six. Broken box. Vine apart. Basketball turn. Start four.

Gross Point Blank

Sadly, I won't go stir crazy this holiday season

Sadly, I won't go stir crazy this holiday season

DEATH NOTICE

EARL MANLEY PADELFORD

EARL MANLEY PADELFORD

School levy vote Feb. 19

The Sunnyside School District will ask voters on Feb. 19, 2008 to consider extending a maintenance and operations levy already on the books for another four years. That's according to a measure passed last night by the Sunnyside School Board.

Sunnyside firemen receive recognition for service

The Sunnyside Fire Department has recognized several of its firefighters for their service this past year. The awards were presented at El Valle Restaurant in Sunnyside.

FORUM

Idle speculation shouldn't be in print

Idle speculation shouldn't be in print

Yakima woman now greeting postal customers in Sunnyside

Sunnyside residents recently may have noticed a different face behind the counter at the Sunnyside Post Office.

Ellensburg rallies past Lady 'Hounds

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School girls basketball team shocked Ellensburg with a 17-11 first quarter run. But it was the visiting Bulldogs who held the final upper hand as their all-everything player Kayla Standish poured in 27 points in a 64-48 win over Grandview.

Thursday, December 20

DEATH NOTICE

LYDIA DEYO

LYDIA DEYO

Outlook parents have fun learning with their children

OUTLOOK - As parents and students finished the last remains of their dinner Tuesday night, Outlook Elementary School Principal Robert Bowman rose up to speak.

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY

OBITUARY

KENNETH LEROY BRUMBAUGH

KENNETH LEROY BRUMBAUGH

Outlook re-dedicates school

OUTLOOK - "In a way we died and in a way we resurrected," Outlook Elementary School Principal Robert Bowman told a packed house last night.

U.S. Cellular coverage expanded by newly installed tower

A new cellular tower has been installed in Sunnyside by U.S. Cellular, which should increase coverage for users in and around the city.

Wednesday, December 19

Martin named "Friend" of mint industry

At a recent Washington Mint Growers Association convention held in Pasco, Sunnyside's Arnold Martin was named 2007 Washington State Mint Growers Friend of the Industry.

Cutting to the Core

Being a packrat makes for lasting memories

Being a packrat makes for lasting memories

Mabton close to adopting 2008 budget

MABTON - At long last, the Mabton City Council budget study sessions have come to an end.

Lady Grizzlies fall to Southridge

A poor third quarter ultimately proved to be the undoing for the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team as the Lady Grizzlies fell to the Southridge Suns 45-35 last night.

Greyhounds take down Red Devils

MOXEE - The Grandview High School grapplers faced off against the East Valley Red Devils last night and made off with an impressive 54-19 victory.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Christmas should be about more than buying stuff

Christmas should be about more than buying stuff

Dorseys celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss

Keith and Dona Dorsey of Outlook will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary next Thursday, Dec. 27.

Poor first half dooms Grizzly boys

Poor shooting from the floor by the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team and Southridge High School's Cody Fullerton kept Sunnyside winless for the season.

Columbia Winery expands operations at Sunnyside area facility

Columbia Winery is going where the grapes are, moving all of its winemaking and bottling operations from Woodinville to a spot about 10 miles north of Sunnyside.

Tuesday, December 18

Bickleton boys win fifth straight

BICKLETON - The Bickleton boys basketball program only goes eight players deep, but first year Coach Rick Palmer is getting the most from all of them.

Standard Paint earns top honor

Standard Paint earns top honor

Local students facing new state-mandated tests

GRANDVIEW - As per a law mandated in 1995, students in Washington state will be taking tests to assess academics in social studies beginning in the 2008-09 school year.

Pantoja enters Alford plea on kidnapping, luring charges

Rafael Pantoja, a Sunnyside resident, entered an Alford plea yesterday morning (Monday) in Yakima County Superior Court.

DEATH NOTICE

DONALD HAROLD BICKETT

DONALD HAROLD BICKETT

Lady Pirates up record to 4-1

BICKELTON - The Bickleton Lady Pirates varsity earned a win last night, utilizing a strong defensive strategy against the Riverview Panthers JV team.

Monday, December 17

Pirates remain unbeaten

MABTON - Off to one of its best starts ever, the Bickleton High School varsity boys basketball team remained unbeaten on the season by claiming a 52-48 decision against Mabton's JV this past Saturday afternoon.

Lady Pirates victorious in Mabton

MABTON - Sticking to a full court pressure defense, the Bickleton varsity girls basketball team defeated the Mabton JV team this past Saturday, 47-26.

OBITUARY

EDRA JEAN LEE

EDRA JEAN LEE

Offensive woes continue for Lady Grizzlies

The offense of the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team continued to struggle last weekend, as the Lady Grizzlies lost to Richland 52-30 on Friday and 66-26 to Pasco on Saturday.

Critique:

Grandview High students pull of dramatic production of 'Flowers for Algernon'

Grandview High students pull of dramatic production of 'Flowers for Algernon'

Four Grizzly grapplers win titles at SunDome

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School wrestling team made itself at home this past weekend in the 17th annual SunDome Mat Classic in Yakima, finishing fifth out of 27 schools competing.

Richland, Pasco keep Sunnyside winless

The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team finished its grueling non-league schedule of 4A teams this past weekend, with a 65-42 loss to the Richland Bombers and a 62-54 loss to Pasco.

Unauthorized bank transfers total $37,000

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police responded to a fraud report with a hefty price tag this past Friday.

Friday, December 14

BOOK REVIEW

Recently released book gives sound advice to teens

Recently released book gives sound advice to teens

DEATH NOTICE

ROBERT GRIFFIN

ROBERT GRIFFIN

City of Grandview bids adieu to two councilmen

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview took time yesterday to honor two councilmen whose terms of office will conclude at the end of this month.

Cities of Sunnyside, Grandview ready for this season's snowfall

With the Lower Valley experiencing early snowfall for the first time in a few years and experts calling for a wet winter, the cities of Sunnyside and Grandview have prepared themselves to keep the roads safe.

New Year's Eve party for teens features fun, safe environment

Teens from Sunnyside, Grandview and Granger can find themselves bringing in the New Year at the annual Midnight Live event at Sunnyside High School Monday, Dec. 31.

GUEST EDITORIAL

There's no place for religious bigotry when choosing our next President

There's no place for religious bigotry when choosing our next President

OBITUARY

LEONARD BENJAMIN BROOKS

LEONARD BENJAMIN BROOKS

Partida top bowler in Grizzly/Ram match-up

Sunnyside sophomore Sarasa Partida notched the top two-game series on the day, a 323, but it went for naught as the West Valley Rams rolled their way past the Lady Grizzly bowling team, 3-1.

Long-time Sunnyside eye physician recognized for assisting youngster

Sunnyside's Dr. Jack Hale, an eye physician, was recognized this past Wednesday by the Mid-Valley Providers Consortium for his efforts in helping give the gift of sight to Artz-Fox Elementary School student Ivan Torres.

Greyhounds lose close match to visiting Toppenish Wildcats

GRANDVIEW - What was beginning to appear to be a winning night against the Toppenish Wildcats last night ended in a disappointing loss for Grandview High School's wrestling team.

Thursday, December 13

DEATH NOTICE

BERYL NADINE YONKIE GALLAWAY

BERYL NADINE YONKIE GALLAWAY

New emergency department open at Sunnyside Community Hospital

Construction on the remodeling and expansion of the emergency department at Sunnyside Community Hospital finished Tuesday of this week and an open house was held last night to celebrate the completion.

Curtiss, Cruz, Central Washington doubles champs

RICHLAND - A pair of Lower Yakima Valley bowlers who for numerous years have called Sunnyside's Valley Lanes their home away from home, collected top honors last Sunday at a Central Washington doubles tournament hosted by Richland's Atomic Bowl.

Math teacher second at Sunnyside High School to earn national certification

Imagine the pressure of having your day-to-day work videotaped, then explaining that work to a national board.

Last suspect sought for Sunday's home invasion nabbed by local police

With assistance from the Grandview Police Department, Sunnyside police took Pablo Palencia, 22, into custody.

Wednesday, December 12

Mabton Vikes earn first win of season

MABTON - The Mabton High School boys basketball team took control with a 21-8 first-quarter run and never looked back in a 75-56 non-league win over Royal last night.

Lady Vikes rally for 57-43 victor

MABTON - The Mabton Lady Vikings made it a perfect 4-for-4 last night, but the non-league win over visiting Royal City wasn't a thing of beauty.

Selah Vikings plunder Lady Grizzlies

For three quarters during last night's basketball game with the Selah Vikings the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team played great basketball. Unfortunately, a basketball game is four quarters long.

Last second buzzer-beater downs Grizzlies, 51-50

Playing against a taller team is always tough but the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team kept it close against the timber-like Selah Vikings last night.

FORUM

Capital confusion

Capital confusion

Midnight home invasion nets two arrests

Sunnyside police officers raced to the 1000 block of Thornton Road shortly after midnight today (Wednesday) to deal with an armed man forcing himself into a residence.

'F' as in Frank

The back, back page...coming to readers soon

The back, back page...coming to readers soon

GUEST EDITORIAL

Apparently the customer is no longer always right

Apparently the customer is no longer always right

Firefighters unhappy with proposed COLA freeze

Sunnyside Firefighter Josh Roe, acting in capacity as president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 3542, addressed the city council at last Monday's meeting about the proposed freeze in the cost of living allowance for firefighters.

'Yes, Virginia' a play for the ages

PROSSER - "People need hope today," says Frank Church, a character in the play "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," which opened this past weekend at the Princess Theater.

Tuesday, December 11

Mayor sent off in style

It was a who's who of Lower Valley politicians and friends of Sunnyside Mayor Ed Prilucik at an open house held last night to see the mayor off.

School superintendent at work in getting out the votes for a new levy

The Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club slipped off their service club hats and exchanged them with those of the Sunnyside School Board in a little exercise arranged by Sunnyside School Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole on Monday.

City council raises business license fees

Hoping to generate an additional $32,000 in revenue, the Sunnyside City Council held a public hearing last night about a proposed increase in city business license fees.

Prep leaders surprised at how much fifth graders already know about alcohol, drugs

The Sunnyside High School leadership class has adopted all fifth graders in the school district in an effort to open their eyes to alcohol and drug use. Surprisingly, the fifth graders know much more about those evils than the prep students thought they would.

Utility taxes in Sunnyside raised

The Sunnyside City Council approved three resolutions at last night's council meeting that raised utility taxes.

Grand opening at Big 5 planned for Wednesday

Just in time for the Christmas season, a Big 5 sporting goods store has opened in Sunnyside.

DEATH NOTICE

VICTOR T. FLORES

VICTOR T. FLORES

Purdy powers Ike past Sunnyside girls

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School girls bowling team had no answer for Erin Purdy yesterday at Yakima's Nob Hill Lanes.

Monday, December 10

OBITUARY

CARL EDWIN MALMGREN JR

CARL EDWIN MALMGREN JR

Grizzly grapplers second at invite

FIFE - Competing in just its second tourney into the young wrestling season, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team looked in mid-season form last Saturday at the Larry Brown Invite in Fife.

Mabton grapplers trek to Granger last Friday and Saturday

GRANGER - The Mabton High School wrestling team competed in a dual meet last Friday in Granger, tying Onalaska and then beating Ki-Be in two non-league meets.

Lady Greyhounds surge past Ephrata

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School girls basketball team used a fourth quarter surge to hold off visiting Ephrata 51-40 in the CWAC South league opener this past Friday night.

Long time WIAA official to step down in July 2008

After 45 years of being involved with the WIAA, Bill Gant will say good-bye next July.

Pirates claim sloppy victory

NACHES - It wasn't the best orchestrated effort they'll most likely turn in this season, still, the Bickleton High School boys basketball team came away with a 37-29 road victory last Friday.

No injuries when car collides with train in Sunnyside

A motorist trying to cross the railroad tracks near Fourth Street and Edison Avenue in Sunnyside last Friday was hit by a train.

Friday, December 7

Suncadia Resort offers a winter wonderland

ROSLYN - With 6,000 acres there's plenty of elbow room at Suncadia Resort, nestled in the Cascade mountains near this former coal mining town.

Lady Grizzlies blank Ellensburg Bulldogs

Chalk one up for the home team!

$15 million dream come true

Remodeled, expanded emergency department to be showcased at open house next Wednesda

Remodeled, expanded emergency department to be showcased at open house next Wednesda

Story Time

It's WASL time

It's WASL time

Sunnyside wrestlers fall to 4A foes

YAKIMA - Shorthanded due to injuries and other issues, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team last night still put up a battle in 48-20 and 34-31 losses to 4A schools Moses Lake and Pasco, respectively.

FORUM

Hoop program needs saving

Hoop program needs saving

GUEST COLUMN

Tis better to be prepared to receive

Tis better to be prepared to receive

OBITUARY

IRMELIN ROSE NICHOLS

IRMELIN ROSE NICHOLS

Washington State Department of Ag moves office to Sunnyside

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has moved its office from downtown Grandview to Sunnyside, inside the Department of Social Health Services at the Mid-Valley Mall.

'My Little Pony Live' to be at Toyota Center

KENNEWICK - Dubbed "the world's biggest tea party," My Little Pony Live will be at Kennewick's Toyota Center for three days.

GHS thespians ready to take center stage with"Flowers for Algernon"

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School thespians are ready to take center stage, presenting a dramatic play called "Flowers for Algernon."

Gross Point Blank

Life with a pre-teen

Life with a pre-teen

Thursday, December 6

Time for a change...Rossi tells Yakima Valley faithful

YAKIMA - Washington State Governor hopeful Dino Rossi held a rally in Yakima last night (Wednesday) and encouraged his supporters to help him change the culture in Olympia.

Wednesday, December 5

Grizzlies fall short against Walla Walla

A rough start last night against the Walla Walla Blue Devils made it difficult for the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team to dig themselves out of a hole. The Grizzlies' attempt fell short as Sunnyside lost its third straight game of the season, 68-41 to the visiting Blue Devils.

Lady Pirates beat Bulldogs in season opener

BICKLETON - The Bickleton Lady Pirates varsity opened the season on their home court with a 54-32 win against Pasco's sophomores last night.

Cutting to the Core

Thieving out of hand in Sunnyside

Thieving out of hand in Sunnyside

Crusaders' top gun held to one point as Mabton girls roll to 56-47 victory

MABTON - An extremely effective box-and-one defense on Riverside Christian's Madison Hahn allowed the Mabton High School girls basketball team to claim a 56-47 victory in the Lady Vikings' season opener last night.

Bickleton boys victorious in season opener

BICKLETON - Bickleton School District Superintendent Rick Palmer may have found himself a second career.

OBITUARY

IRMELIN ROSE NICHOLS

IRMELIN ROSE NICHOLS

FORUM

Parade a success

Parade a success

GUEST COLUMN

Life lessons prove difficult to share

Life lessons prove difficult to share

Video game ratings help parents decide what to buy their kids

Before parents buy that video game their children are begging for, the Entertainment Software Rating Board encourages them to check the rating on the front of the packaging.

Tuesday, December 4

OBITUARY

DONALD EDWARD BAKER

DONALD EDWARD BAKER

DEATH NOTICE

CRISTINA ALVAREZ MARTINEZ

CRISTINA ALVAREZ MARTINEZ

Monday, December 3

Greyhounds fend off Bears

BENTON CITY - There were two big things that happened last week that helped contribute to the Grandview boys basketball win against Ki-Be last Friday.

Lady Chiefs too talented for Sunnyside

A rally by the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies came up short against the Moses Lake Chiefs last Friday as Sunnyside fell 80-48.

Lady Knights power out win over Liberty Christian

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights won their season opener this past Friday night against Liberty Christian, 57-36.

Prayer advocates donate $1,000 to Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services

Imagine leaving a long-time abusive environment with merely the clothes on your back.

OBITUARY

MINNIE MAE SHADWICK

MINNIE MAE SHADWICK