Stories for December 2009


Thursday, December 31


Grizzlies fifth at Hanford Winter Cup

RICHLAND - Unable to keep the momentum going in the championship bouts, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team fell from first to fifth place at the Hanford Winter Cup yesterday, Wednesday.

December 31, 2009 2:28 p.m. read more..

Unemployment claims at an all-time high

The economic recession was one of the most prominent news stories of 2009, with good reason, as more Washingtonians were unemployed, more received unemployment benefits and more sought job-search assistance than ever before.

December 31, 2009 2:21 p.m. read more..

Late surge by SHS topples 2A Mustangs

The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team built up a strong lead in the first half of play last night against Prosser and then held off a Mustang charge to pull away in the end and win 61-50 in the non-league matchup.

December 31, 2009 2:21 p.m. read more..

City names top firemen

The Sunnyside Fire Department recently named its top firefighters for 2009 at its annual Christmas banquet.

December 31, 2009 2:18 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 30


Five Vikings unbeaten at Hanford tournament

RICHLAND - The Mabton High School varsity wrestling team usually goes to Freeman this time of year for an annual tournament. However, due to a housing snafu the Vikings had to cancel and instead ended up competing in yesterday's Hanford Winter Cup for junior varsities.

December 30, 2009 4:15 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 29


Dance hall regulations adopted

Last night (Monday) the Sunnyside City Council voted to amend the city's cabaret ordinance. The amendment defines and implements zoning regulations concerning the operation of dance halls within the city.

December 29, 2009 3:40 p.m. read more..

'Midnight Live' on tap

The Sunnyside High School leadership class, with assistance from Sunnyside's Promise, is gearing up to present the 2009 Midnight Live party, set to take place at the high school beginning at 8 p.m. this coming Thursday.

December 29, 2009 3:37 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 28


Thursday, December 24

Sister Mary Rita Rohde recipient of Ruby Award

Soroptimist International of the Lower Yakima Valley, a volunteer organization for business and professional women, presented its Ruby Award for "Women Helping Women" recently to Sister Mary Rita Rohde of Sunnyside's Nuestra Casa.

December 24, 2009 1 p.m. read more..

Christian boys bombard DeSales, 75-33

WALLA WALLA - It was nearly over before it started. The hapless DeSales Irish were no match for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team last night, falling behind 24-2 in the first quarter enroute to dropping a 75-33 non-league decision to the visiting Knights.

December 24, 2009 12:52 p.m. read more..

Geocaching catching on here

It's Christmas 365 days a year for a growing group of people who participate in the activity known as geocaching, essentially a game of hide and seek using a GPS device to locate hidden caches or boxes.

December 24, 2009 12:42 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 23



shelters should be short term too

December 23, 2009 3:01 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 22


Ki-Be no match for Mabton Vikes

MABTON - It was a total team effort last night in Mabton as the Vikings got off to an exceptional start and rolled over the Ki-Be Bears in a SCAC non-league match-up.

December 22, 2009 2:49 p.m. read more..

Murder trial set for January

Jesus Fabian Perales, 22, the suspect in the October 2008 murder of 14-year-old Francisca Ramirez-Hernandez, is set to be tried in Yakima County Superior Court on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010.

December 22, 2009 2:48 p.m. read more..

Teen murder victim identified

GRANDVIEW - A 16-year-old Grandview teenager found murdered at 4:30 a.m. this past Sunday morning has been identified by Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins as Chelsie Stoneking.

December 22, 2009 2:48 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 21


Grandview teen murdered

GRANDVIEW - Police are remaining tight-lipped about a possible motive in the slaying of a 16-year-old Grandview girl whose body was found at 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

December 21, 2009 3:22 p.m. read more..

SHS picks up first win

The Sunnyside girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season this past Friday with a 55-45 decision against the Davis Pirates.

December 21, 2009 3:21 p.m. read more..

Grandview undefeated in league play

After a comfortable 68-41 win at East Valley this past Friday, the Grandview Greyhound boys basketball team withstood a furious rally by visiting Othello on Saturday before prevailing 71-61 to remain undefeated in CWAC South play.

December 21, 2009 3:16 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 18

School board alerted to likely budget cut

Angela Watts served as the messenger at Thursday night's Sunnyside School Board meeting in terms of delivering the bad news about Governor Christine Gregoire's budget proposal and what it could mean for the district should it be approved.

December 18, 2009 4 p.m. read more..

Non-profits feeling recession's chill

The economic downturn may have contributions down for some local non-profit charities, but organizers continue to have high spirits and hopes during this the busy holiday season.

December 18, 2009 3:58 p.m. read more..

Fiesta Foods lauded by Grandview vets

Fiesta Foods Sunnyside store manager Leo Leal received a plaque yesterday recognizing the store's participation in the Grandview VFW's holiday food box program.

December 18, 2009 3:53 p.m. read more..

CD Review

'JazzMass' creative approach to blending prayers with jazz

December 18, 2009 3:51 p.m. read more..


Councilman eager to work for Sunnyside

December 18, 2009 3:50 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 17


Wednesday, December 16


Robbery suspect in custody

Sunnyside police have arrested an individual they believe is responsible for at least two armed robberies in Sunnyside.

December 16, 2009 3:49 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 15


Monday, December 14


Freeze out raises $1,025 for hospice

More than 30 Sunnyside High School Key Club students raised a total of just over $1,000 for Lower Valley Hospice during the club's annual freeze out event in Sunnyside this past Friday and Saturday.

December 14, 2009 3:25 p.m. read more..

Lady Pirates pick up two wins

Bickleton's Lady Pirates notched two wins over the weekend, defeating Zillah's C squad 53-31 on Friday night, followed by a 43-37 win over Lyle on Saturday.

December 14, 2009 3:23 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies notch first win

The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team used a stifling defense in the second half of this past Friday's game with Chiawana to pull out its first win of the season, a 57-42 victory over the Riverhawks.

December 14, 2009 3:17 p.m. read more..

Harrison Heights takes on modern look

Sunnyside's Jon Nelson remembers the glory days when the Harrison Heights Apartments were built in 1951, and found the old building permits showing it took 10 months for the $190,000 complex to be constructed.

December 14, 2009 3:14 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 11


Bickleton varsity defeats Mabton JV

BICKLETON - Bickleton's Katelynn Clinton last night led the Lady Pirates varsity to a 50-44 victory over Mabton's JV team for the second time in less than a week, scoring a game-high 29 points and totaling 15 rebounds Thursday evening.

December 11, 2009 3:03 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies shred 4A Bulldogs

PASCO - The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team showed marked improvement in a dominating 47-25 victory last night at 4A Pasco.

December 11, 2009 3:03 p.m. read more..

Christian club holds holiday gathering

PROSSER - Sunnyside's Sheila Hazzard took on the persona of Mother Mary this past Monday at the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club meeting, detailing a fresh perspective of Christ's birth in observance of the Christmas season.

December 11, 2009 2:54 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 10


Bolivia calling to Grandview couple

From the tender age of 15, Marjorie Campbell knew she wanted to be a missionary. Just what any hardships a missionary might encounter is probably foreign to a 15-year-old but Marjorie felt God tugging on her heart.

December 10, 2009 4:13 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 9


Work at Port treatment plant progresses

Work on the Port of Sunnyside's dewatering facility at its treatment plant is progressing at a rapid pace, port commissioners learned at their December general meeting this past Monday night.

December 9, 2009 4:02 p.m. read more..

Greyhounds clip Grizzlies, 56-46

GRANDVIEW - Lower Valley rivals Sunnyside and Grandview met last night in a non-league boys basketball match-up, with the 2A Greyhounds using an 18-11 fourth quarter run against 3A Sunnyside to pull out a 56-46 win.

December 9, 2009 3:59 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 8

Grandview wraps up 2010 budget studies

GRANDVIEW - Before the Grandview City Council approved the city's 2010 preliminary budget last night (Monday), Mayor Norm Childress shared, "This budget is not cast in stone, and if there is something we feel isn't going right, we have opportunities to amend it if we choose."

December 8, 2009 2:44 p.m. read more..

Gang reduction efforts detailed

A new tool to measure gang related crime is now locally in place, attendees of last night's most recent gang reduction initiative meeting were told.

December 8, 2009 2:41 p.m. read more..

Power outage closes three Sunnyside schools

Several students in the Sunnyside School District received an unexpected holiday today, Tuesday, when power outages closed Sierra Vista Middle School along with Sun Valley and Outlook elementary schools.

December 8, 2009 2:40 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 7


Vikings successful in opener

MABTON - The Mabton High School boys basketball team's 2009-10 season got off to a good start this past Saturday night with a 71-61 win over visiting Warden.

December 7, 2009 1:48 p.m. read more..

SHS falls short against Kamiakin

The Sunnyside High School girls basketball team gave the visiting Kamiakin Braves everything they could handle this past Friday night but fell short in a 65-50 loss.

December 7, 2009 1:43 p.m. read more..

Candlelight vigil to honor children who have died

Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in conjunction with "The Compassionate Friends," a group dedicated to supporting those grieving the loss of a child, will host a candlelight vigil Sunday, Dec. 13, to honor children who have died.

December 7, 2009 1:43 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 4


No bail set for fugitive

Sunnyside fugitive Virginia Perez will not be issued bail as she waits to be extradited back to Washington state.

December 4, 2009 3:21 p.m. read more..

CD Review

Loren Stillman, an alto saxophonist in New York City, released his album Winter Fruits in October, his second as a band leader.

December 4, 2009 3:14 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 3


Council ties up loose ends on 2010 budget

A city code enforcement officer will be hired in 2010, but three street department positions have been left out and the proposed Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal position is in limbo.

December 3, 2009 4:10 p.m. read more..

SCHS honor roll students named

A total of 30 students at Sunnyside Christian High School achieved "high honor roll" status for the first quarter of the 2009-10 academic year.

December 3, 2009 4:06 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 2


Christmas trees aplenty in Sunnyside

With Christmas just 23 days away Sunnyside residents are busy getting their Christmas shopping finished. But, perhaps the most important item on any Christmas list is the actual Christmas tree itself.

December 2, 2009 4:14 p.m. read more..

Knights' varsity fares well at SHS gym

Despite absorbing a pair of losses to 2A Wapato and 3A Sunnyside, the 1B Sunnyside Christian Knights held their own at last night's season opening jamboree, hosted by the Grizzlies.

December 2, 2009 4:10 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 1

Military veteran joins Grandview PD

GRANDVIEW - Ever since she left the military, Julie Hellyer has wanted to transition to law enforcement and now she can. Hellyer recently began working police dispatch at the Grandview Police Department.

December 1, 2009 2:32 p.m. read more..

State ag director Rotary's guest speaker

After serving several terms as a 15th District Representative, Sunnyside's Dan Newhouse was tapped by Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire to serve as the Director of the Department of Agriculture.

December 1, 2009 2:31 p.m. read more..

New video and game rental store opens

When Ben Macy and Shawn VanWinkle were little boys, they scrimped and saved to buy a Nintendo game system. They swapped it back and forth every Sunday at church. Today, that childhood friendship has blossomed into a joint business venture with the opening of Flicks & Games in Sunnyside.

December 1, 2009 2:22 p.m. read more..