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Friday, February 27

CD REVIEW

David Binney stays solid with Third Occasion

David Binney stays solid with Third Occasion

Sunnyside Christian laments the one that got away

YAKIMA - Oh, what might have been.

Grandview students to display art work

YAKIMA - Six Grandview High School students will display their artwork beginning this Sunday, March 1, during the 36th annual high school art show sponsored by ESD 105.

Lady Knights guarantee themselves State trophy

YAKIMA - For the second straight day at the 1B Washington State Girls Basketball Tournament, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights held their opponents to single-digit scoring in all four quarters. That led to a workman-like 48-29 victory Thursday evening over the Columbia Lions.

BOOK REVIEW

Grab a cup of tea and curl up with a winner

Grab a cup of tea and curl up with a winner

Miss Cinco de Mayo Candidate 2009

Marisol Garcia seeks Cinco de Mayo crown

Marisol Garcia seeks Cinco de Mayo crown

Remains of homicide victim identified

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office has identified the remains of a homicide victim whose body had been burned and left in a vineyard on Arrowsmith Road near Sunnyside.

OBITUARY

DANIEL AMARO SR.

DANIEL AMARO SR.

FORUM

Please vote yes

Please vote yes

Gross Point Blankl

Internet age poses risks

Internet age poses risks

School district seeks for drug, alcohol treatment license

Sunnyside School Board officials last night, Thursday, learned that the school district has applied for a drug and alcohol treatment license from the state.

DEATH NOTICE

KENNETH L. LESTER

KENNETH L. LESTER

Thursday, February 26

Sunnyside Community Hospital says no to 'Death with Dignity' measure

Sunnyside Community Hospital CEO Jon Smiley released a statement yesterday, Wednesday, stating that the Sunnyside hospital will not conform to Washington's Initiative 1000, the Death with Dignity act.

Port of Sunnyside recognized for stellar financial reporting

For the 10th year in a row, the Port of Sunnyside has been granted a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting, or a CAFR, as port officials refer to it.

Sunnyside Christian girls dominate State tourney opener

YAKIMA - Yesterday's 54-16 victory by Sunnyside Christian in the opening round of the 1B State girls basketball tournament wasn't what Lady Knight Coach Al Smeenk would describe as his team's strongest effort of the season.

Grandview freshman serves as Senate page

OLYMPIA - Natasha Lara, a freshman at Grandview High School, took time away from her studies last week to participate in the Senate Page Program. She was sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside).

Former Sunnyside track star looking to make mark at Big Sky title meet

When Christy (Linde) Borders suffered a shoulder injury in the fall of 2006 while playing for the Gonzaga University volleyball team, she had no way of knowing her collegiate volleyball career was over before it even got started.

Knight out on the town

Christian boys spank Blackhawks, advance to second round at State

Christian boys spank Blackhawks, advance to second round at State

OBITUARY

EVELYN DOROTHY QUESINBERRY

EVELYN DOROTHY QUESINBERRY

Sunnyside students prepare for this weekend's science fair

Sunnyside students have been working on ambitious science projects. The students in Joyce Stark's advanced placement environmental science class at Sunnyside High School recently shared some of their work.

Wednesday, February 25

BRIEFLY

Perales agreement tabled by city council

Perales agreement tabled by city council

FORUM

Too much violence

Too much violence

'F' as in Frank

The family that blogs together...

The family that blogs together...

History of churches, schools shared at Grandview centennial event

GRANDVIEW - This past Tuesday night longtime Grandview educator Gail Monroe Boose and Pastor Gary Rohde of Grandview's Emmanuel Lutheran Church presented the history of the city's schools and churches.

Griz attack grounds Eagles

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team survived its second loser-out game in four days, prevailing 51-45 last night over Mount Spokane.

Mabton Council meets prospective city attorney

MABTON - The Mabton City Council got a chance to meet a prospective candidate for the city attorney position at last night's council meeting.

DEATH NOTICE

ALICE MARY HAMIL

ALICE MARY HAMIL

Tuesday, February 24

ON-STAGE REVIEW

Happily ever after for "Once Upon a Mattress"

Happily ever after for "Once Upon a Mattress"

Lady 'Hounds shock Ephrata in loser-out District tourney game

EPHRATA - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds were in a loser-out match-up and won 48-37 against Ephrata last night.

Grandview Knowledge Bowl team fourth at Regionals

SELAH - Grandview High School sent one of its two Knowledge Bowl teams to compete at the 2A Regional meet last Wednesday. The team competed against five other schools, including championship winner Ellensburg and runner-up Selah. Grandview garnered fourth place honors, one point behind Toppenish.

OBITUARY

BETTE DARLENE SMITH

BETTE DARLENE SMITH

Sketch of murder victim released

The Yakima County Sheriff's office has released a sketch resembling an as of yet unidentified murder victim whose charred body was found in a vineyard near Sunnyside.

Herbalife dealership locates to Vineyard building

GRANDVIEW - A new business has set up shop in the Mike Bren-owned Vineyard building in downtown Grandview, only these ladies won't be serving up your favorite latte-their business is nutritional supplements in the form of Herbalife products.

Six vie for Sunnyside Council opening

The Sunnyside City Council will have no shortage of candidates to consider for the council seat recently vacated by Bruce Epps.

Former Sunnyside councilman seeks 15th District post vacated by Newhouse

Citing his hands-on legislative, law enforcement and business experience, former Sunnyside City Councilman Donavon Vlieger has thrown his hat into the ring for the post recently vacated by Rep. Dan Newhouse.

BIRTHS

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Stormwater sticker shock hits Sunnyside

The Sunnyside City Council got an ear full last night as property owners sounded concerns over the city's stormwater fees on their property taxes.

Monday, February 23

Christian girls returning to State

GOLDENDALE - "This is frosting on the cake," Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk said of his team's return trip to the 1B State girls basketball tournament this week.

Grizzly grapplers claw their way to fifth place finish at State

TACOMA - Sunnyside's Steven Romero capped a storied high school career with his second straight State title, and Christian Reyes earned his first ever State championship as the two led the Grizzlies to a fifth place finish at Mat Classic XXI this past weekend at the Tacoma Dome.

Port of Grandview receives favorable audit report

GRANDVIEW - The Washington State Auditor's Office gave the Port of Grandview a passing grade on a recent accountability audit.

SHS sophomore builds school benches as Eagle Scout project

This past Friday, Sunnyside High School received four new benches for students to sit on courtesy of an Eagle Scout project by sophomore Kyle Scott.

DEATH NOTICE

ETHEL I. PRUCHA

ETHEL I. PRUCHA

Guillen State runner-up for Grandview

TACOMA - Santos Guillen became the first Grandview Greyhound wrestler to reach the Mat Classic wrestling finals in six years before falling short this past Saturday in the 2A, 103-lb. championship match by a score of 10-4.

Sunnyside boys earn Regional playoff berth

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team played one of its best quarters of the season in a 70-47 home win over Hanford this past Friday, punching its ticket to the 3A Regional competition.

Mabton's Meza, Aviles earn fifth, sixth place honors at 1A State tournament

TACOMA - The Mabton Vikings sent five grapplers to the Tacoma Dome this past weekend to compete in the 1A WIAA State Wrestling Championships.

'Blooming Buddies' present anti-bullying message

MABTON - Artz-Fox Elementary School students were in for a treat this past Friday morning when Kaleidoscope Konnections made its way to Mabton to present a humorous anti-bullying assembly.

Friday, February 20

FORUM

Shop at home

Shop at home

Ode to construction workers...unsung heroes of America

You can usually tell by their hands. Gnarled and rough, dry and cracked, bearing scars from years of twisting metal, pounding concrete, ripping lumber, stripping plastic and pushing and shoving all kinds of rough material into awkward shapes and tight places.

Canam reaches out to future engineers

To celebrate Engineers Week, Feb. 15-21, Canam Steel in Sunnyside participated in a program for the fourth year that reaches out to potential engineers.

Falcons eliminate Lady Grizzlies from District play

RICHLAND - The Hanford High School girls basketball team used an aggressive offense last night to quickly snuff out any hopes the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies had of advancing in District tournament play, as the Falcons beat Sunnyside 73-37 in a loser-out game.

Vikes upset by Burbank in playoff opener

MABTON - Home court wasn't enough to help Mabton to the SCAC District semifinals, as visiting Columbia-Burbank clung to an early lead in a 67-65 win over the Vikings last night.

'Songs of Our Fathers' uneven tribute to past

With cover art cluttered with an old family photo, as well as other heirlooms and an old harmonica, jazz trombonist/composer Aaron J. Johnson tells you right away that his new instrumental CD, "Songs of Our Fathers," is homage to the past.

Relationship manager focuses on farmers' goals

Being a relationship manager is "a glorified way of saying I am a loan officer," according to Craig Shindler of Northwest Farm Credit Services.

Matson jumps in race for Newhouse's seat

A day after Skamania County Auditor J. Michael Garvison announced his bid, Port of Sunnyside Commissioner Jeff Matson today, Friday, announced he is seeking the 15th District legislative post vacated by Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside.

GUEST COLUMN

Confusing bailout won't help most people

Confusing bailout won't help most people

BPA moves forward with major transmission project

In part, thanks to new borrowing authority contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law earlier this week by President Barack Obama, the Bonneville Power Administration has decided to build a major new transmission project - the McNary-John Day 500-kilovolt transmission line.

Grandview student spends week as Olympia page

OLYMPIA - Grandview High School student Chelsea Meyer spent the last week serving as a legislative page in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Thursday, February 19

OBITUARY

SALVADOR RAMIREZ

SALVADOR RAMIREZ

Cascade Natural Gas call center in Sunnyside to be phased out

Dave Goodin, president and CEO of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., Great Plains Natural Gas Co., Cascade Natural Gas Corp. and Intermountain Gas Company, announced this week that the utility group will go through an integration plan that will result in the streamlining of processes, elimination of some existing programs and subsequently, a reduction of work force.

Cantwell visits Yakima Valley to help sell Obama's stimulus package

YAKIMA - Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) is on a press campaign across the state, explaining ways in which the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" will benefit citizens of Washington.

Sunnyside High School student attends all-state musical event

SPOKANE - Some of Washington's finest musicians and vocal students, including Sunnyside High School junior Kurt Furan, gathered for the 54th annual Washington Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir event this past weekend.

Skamania County auditor campaigns for Newhouse's post

STEVENSON - On the same day Sunnyside Republican Dan Newhouse began his duties as the state's new ag director, leaving his 15th District Legislative seat in the House of Representatives, J. Michael Garvison of North Bonneville threw his hat into the ring for Newhouse's old post.

Grandview volunteer firefighters donate money to help meet family's medical expenses

GRANDVIEW - Friends and family of Grandview Middle School sixth grader Joselina Wacenske gathered at the Grandview Fire Station last night, Wednesday, so that the volunteer firefighters' association could present Wacenske with a donation that will help fund medical expenses for treatment of her aplastic anemia.

Wednesday, February 18

Sheriff's office releases description of man burned in vineyard

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office is hoping a description of an unidentified male whose body had been found burned in a grape vineyard on Arrowsmith Road near SR-241 north of Sunnyside last Thursday will help lead to his identification.

Christian speaker: Jesus the answer to heart problems

PROSSER - With a theme focused on love and the heart in light of the fact that Feb. 14 was just this past Saturday and that February is heart health month, Lower Valley Christian Women's Club members learned the true solution to problems of the heart.

Cutting to the Core

Piper Cub tales

Piper Cub tales

Bickleton advances to District title tilt

GOLDENDALE - For the first time in 24 years, Bickleton's Lady Pirates are headed to the District championship game, slated for this Friday following a 42-39 win over Klickitat last night, Tuesday.

Lady Vikes move on in District play

MABTON - The Mabton High School girls basketball team overcame a slow first quarter to beat the visiting Riverview Panthers last night in opening District tournament play, 60-56.

Superintendent details $11.4 million bond vote for Rotarians

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Rick Cole was on hand this morning, Wednesday, to detail the ins and outs of a March school bond that, if passed, will prompt construction at the high school and $35 million in matching funds from the state.

FORUM

Make sure we make right choice

Make sure we make right choice

Grizzlies fend off Hanford, 71-68

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team built a 10-point first half lead, then held on to edge Hanford 71-68 last night in the regular season finale for both teams.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

Sunnyside's Promise asked to revise gang proposal

An information blitz to parents and the community about gangs and drugs was at the heart of a proposal Sunnyside's Promise presented yesterday to an executive committee of hospital, school and city representatives.

First half hole too deep for Lady Grizzlies to scale

The Sunnyside High School girls basketball team woke up in the second half of its last regular season game last night with the Hanford Falcons, but unfortunately the hole the Lady Grizzlies dug for themselves proved to be too deep.

Sunnyside council accepts airport grant

Sunnyside Public Works Director Jim Bridges confirmed this morning that the Sunnyside City Council accepted a $237,000 grant from the FAA for airport improvements.

Tuesday, February 17

OBITUARY

GLENDA A. WOLKENHAUER

GLENDA A. WOLKENHAUER

'Partners in Learning' concept adopted by Outlook school parents

OUTLOOK - The concept of learning alongside one's child is not a new one, but it is proving advantageous at Outlook Elementary School.

U-Haul rental added to list of Chevron services

Sunnyside's Chevron has added U-Haul to its already expanding list of services.

Port commissioner honored for 20 years of dedicated service

An abundance of people slowly but surely began to fill the Sunnyside Port commissioners meeting room last night, Monday, during a regularly scheduled meeting. It wasn't until Port Commissioner Arnold Martin eyed his two sons that the thought hit him this might just have something to do with him.

Sunnyside harriers using marathons to raise money for cancer research

There can be nothing more frustrating and devastating than hearing the news of a friend or family member who contracted some form of cancer.

Lady 'Hounds split league games

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School Lady Greyhounds hosted Ellensburg and Selah this past Friday and Saturday, coming away with a 60-52 loss to the Bulldogs and a 64-43 win over the Vikings.

Christian girls poised

ZILLAH - Barring an upset that would rival the 1980 Herb Brooks-led U.S. Olympic hockey team upsetting the powerful Red Machine from Russia, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team will be making yet another appearance at this year's 1B State tournament.

Monday, February 16

Family describes home ownership as miracle

GRANGER - Always remember anything is possible.

Greyhounds split weekend games

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview boys basketball team split this past weekend's games at home, beating the Ellensburg Bulldogs 52-50 on Friday night but losing to the Selah Vikings 78-53 on Saturday.

Sunnyside Toastmasters to re-launch Feb. 18

Sunnyside Toastmasters began to see its membership dwindle in 2007, and sent out a plea for new members.

Nine Grizzlies qualify for State

The Sunnyside High School wrestling team qualified eight wrestlers for the state tournament this coming weekend and will send one grappler as an alternate.

OBITUARY

BLANCA ZESATI FERNANDEZ

BLANCA ZESATI FERNANDEZ

Medical records clerk a woman of letters

She doesn't have her college degree or certificate yet, but Dolores Gomez is a woman of letters.

Bickleton splits District games

ZILLAH - Bickleton's Lady Pirates carried out a 49-31 win over Trout Lake this past Saturday night in the second round of District play-offs.

FDIC limits Columbia River Bank lending practices

Columbia River Bank, which just last year built a new branch office in Sunnyside, has agreed to FDIC orders that limit issuing some lines of credit and other emergency steps, such as restrictions on issuing cash dividends.

Knights on verge of State berth

ZILLAH - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team began its quest for a third straight State 1B Championship this past weekend by brushing aside Trout Lake/Glenwood on Friday night and then outlasting Klickitat on Saturday to put themselves in the driver's seat for the lone State berth from the Greater Columbia 1B League.

Valentine's Day tragedy claims two lives in Granger

GRANGER - Early this past Valentine's Day at approximately 12:30 a.m., the Granger Police Department was alerted to gunshots at the Circle Inn Tavern.

Mabton sending five grapplers to State

CONNELL - Five of Mabton's grapplers will be going to State competition this coming Friday, Feb. 20, as a result of their performances at this past Saturday's Regional competition in Connell.

Friday, February 13

Burned body found near Sunnyside

The charred remains of an adult male, believed to be between the ages of 15 and 25, were discovered yesterday (Thursday) in a grape vineyard on Arrowsmith Road near SR-241.

DEATH NOTICE

GEORGE ZURIAN

GEORGE ZURIAN

Local author shares story of breaking free from 'wrong thinking'

In his book "God's Healing Hope - Breaking the Strongholds of Wrong Thinking," John Livingston Clark of Granger redefines recovery.

CD REVIEW

Margie Notte's 'Just You, Just Me &Friends' live CD a must for any music lover

Margie Notte's 'Just You, Just Me &Friends' live CD a must for any music lover

Rangers gun down Mabton in double-OT

MABTON - The Mabton Viking boys basketball team saw its hopes of an SCAC West crown vanish last night in a 56-54 home loss to Naches in two overtimes.

BOOK REVIEW

Local author shares story of breaking free from 'wrong thinking'

Local author shares story of breaking free from 'wrong thinking'

Newhouse new state ag director

OLYMPIA - Rep. Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside was today appointed to serve as the director for the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

It's simple...just vote YES

Ballots will be mailed to Sunnyside School District patrons next week. Local voters are being asked to approve an $11.4 million bond.

Grassroots effort underway to re-open community center

With the closure of the Sunnyside Community Center last year, recreation programs were eliminated.

Dinosaurs will roam SunDome in April

YAKIMA - Dinosaurs once again roam the earth in a spectacular theatrical arena show, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series.

BRIEFLY

Sunnyside plans special meeting for airport grant

Sunnyside plans special meeting for airport grant

Mabton girls defeat Naches in thriller

MABTON - The last four minutes of play in last night's Mabton basketball game against Naches could, at best, be described as harrowing. Ultimately, the Lady Vikes won the game from the free throw line, 62-56.

Miss Cinco de Mayo Candidate 2009

Miss Cinco de Mayo candidate Blanca Macias yearns to be role model

Miss Cinco de Mayo candidate Blanca Macias yearns to be role model

FORUM

Work appreciated

Work appreciated

Grandview Chamber of Commerce in state of transition

GRANDVIEW - With the recent departure of its executive director, the Grandview Chamber of Commerce is currently in a state of transition.

Gross Point Blank

Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now?

Thursday, February 12

Sunnyside man injured in house fire

Sunnyside firefighters battled a house blaze in the 1000 block of Rossier Street in Sunnyside this past Tuesday that sent the occupant to the hospital.

BRIEFLY

Mabton to surplus pick- up

Mabton to surplus pick- up

Molotov cocktail thrown at Sunnyside home

Sunnyside police raced to the 1200 block of South 14th Street at 12:38 a.m. this morning when it was reported a Molotov cocktail had been thrown at a house.

Sunnyside man casino jackpot winner

TOPPENISH - Sticking with his lucky number proved a wise decision for Fred Cruz of Sunnyside, who last week won a $12,000 jackpot at Legends Casino.

City, schools, hospital addressing gangs, drugs head-on

The time for studies is over, the time for action is now," Sunnyside City Manger Eric Swansen said yesterday of going after criminal gangs and drug abuse in the Sunnyside community.

Transformation Sunnyside makes its own transformations

A lot has changed for Transformation Sunnyside in the past few months, including a name change.

Wednesday, February 11

BIRTHS

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

'F' as in Frank

Crisis closer to home

Crisis closer to home

Across Our State

America the bountiful

America the bountiful

Mabton mayor dodges police supervision questions

MABTON - Questions posed by fellow councilmen, audience members and police officers that should have prompted routine answers from Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera instead sparked a heated, childish debate at last night's regularly scheduled Mabton City Council meeting.

OBITUARY

ELIJAH NATHANIEL RODRIGUEZ

ELIJAH NATHANIEL RODRIGUEZ

Allen sentenced to prison

A Sunnyside man will spend more than 15 years in prison after being sentenced for his role in a gun theft and shooting in Sunnyside last September that left a Sunnyside juvenile dead.

Riverside Christian tops SCHS Lady Knights, 51-48

YAKIMA - Who'd blame the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights if they wanted to scratch Riverside Christian off their non-league schedule next season?

FORUM

We can help

We can help

New Rotaplast mission to China planned for March, according to Rotary guest speakers

Sunnyside Community Hospital employee and Daybreak Rotary Club member Tom Lathen, as well as Ellensburg Rotary Club member Scott Rollins, will be traveling to China next month to take part in Rotary's newest Rotaplast mission.

Mabton rallies for road win at Cle Elum

CLE ELUM - In what Mabton Coach Brock Ledgerwood called a "trap game," the Viking boys basketball team went on a 17-2 tear in the fourth quarter to escape last place Cle Elum with a 47-39 victory last night.

Lady Grizzlies fall to Panthers, 64-45

The Wenatchee High School girls basketball team jumped all over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies in the opening quarter of last night's basketball game in Sunnyside enroute to posting a 64-45 league victory.

Tuesday, February 10

OBITUARY

FRANCISCA RAMIREZ HERNANDEZ

FRANCISCA RAMIREZ HERNANDEZ

Teen shot on Harrison Avenue Monday night

Gun fire broke out just after 9 p.m. last night in Sunnyside in the area of South 10th Street and East Harrison Avenue.

State Patrol detachment receives two new troopers

GRANDVIEW - Fresh from successfully completing State Patrol cadet training, troopers Andres Martinez and Trevor Downey began their careers last week with the State Patrol office just east of Grandview on I-82.

Port Orchard firm hired for South First Street upgrade

After years of delays and property disputes, the city of Sunnyside took a big step forward with its South First Street upgrade by approving a contract for phase two of the project.

BRIEFLY

Deadline approaching to apply for Sunnyside City Council vacancy

Deadline approaching to apply for Sunnyside City Council vacancy

Sunnyside Airport renovation likely

Extending the runway to 4,000 feet in length and repairing a taxiway in bad shape are two of many recommendations for the Sunnyside Airport.

Monday, February 9

More than $2,500 raised for hospice...Abbot and Bridges win talent show

Sunnyside High School's 10th annual Hospice Benefit Talent Show was held this past Saturday and more than $2,500 was raised for Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.

DEATH NOTICE

ZULA BEATRICE CLARK

ZULA BEATRICE CLARK

Grizzlies can't keep up with Pasco

In a battle between second and third-place teams, 4A Pasco held off 3A Sunnyside 73-52 this past Friday in league play.

OBITUARY

LUDVIG LUVENE HILDE

LUDVIG LUVENE HILDE

Sunnyside traffic school proving to be a success

Sunnyside's traffic school celebrates its first anniversary this month and its purpose is to educate drivers who have received infractions.

Body of Sunnyside teen found in Yakima River

PROSSER - The Sunnyside Police Department has closed the case of a Sunnyside girl missing since last October.

Bickleton splits final two regular season games

Bickleton's Lady Pirates defeated Yakama Tribal this past Saturday night, wrapping up the regular season with a 45-31 win.

Friday, February 6

Valley Theater Company presents 'Fantasticks'

PROSSER - Valley Theater Company is gearing up to present "The Fantasticks," the longest running off-Broadway musical, at Prosser's historic Princess Theatre on Feb. 13, 14 and 21. Show times are 7:30 p.m. all three dates with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 21.

Nurse anesthetists ensure smooth flying for patients

Entering an operating room is a little intimidating if you're not a patient and can be downright scary if you are one. That's why it is so important to have someone by the patient's side that will inform them of what is happening every step of the way. In Sunnyside, these people are nurse anesthetists, known as CRNAs.

FORUM

Southridge sportsmanship appreciated

Southridge sportsmanship appreciated

Sunnyside Special Olympians prepare for state

Sierra Vista Middle School Special Olympians are readying for the Winter Games in Wenatchee in March after competing at Cheney's Eastern Washington University late last month.

DEATH NOTICE

LUDVIG LUVENE HILDE

LUDVIG LUVENE HILDE

Gang awareness effort seeks to move forward

From the get-go, Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder said yesterday's Sunnyside's Promise meeting would be about coming up with a plan of action for taking on the problem of criminal gangs.

OBITUARY

CAROL JEAN VICK

CAROL JEAN VICK

Grandview mulls sharing animal control duties with neighboring towns

GRANDVIEW - The possibility of sharing an animal control person between Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser was discussed yesterday, Thursday, at a Grandview City Council planning meeting.

Prieto seeks Cinco de Mayo crown

Seeking to become the first person in her family to attend college, Sunnyside High School sophomore Arasele Prieto is vying to be a part of Sunnyside's 2009-10 Miss Cinco de Mayo court.

Jennies Journey

He's human after all

He's human after all

Thursday, February 5

BRIEFLY

County deals with two fires

County deals with two fires

Martin's School of Dance expands opportunities with move

Sunnyside's Martin's School of Dance has seen many changes over the years. Moving to larger studios has made those changes possible.

Choices program is changing lives, one choice at a time

Sunnyside's Choices program has three staff members who are dedicated to showing troubled youth unconditional care.

Mabton man arrested in Sunnyside

A 25-year-old Mabton man was arrested in Sunnyside last night on a charge of second degree burglary.

Wednesday, February 4

Children's Village seeks ways to better serve local communities

Children's Village has been serving the Yakima Valley since 1997 and has had an office in Sunnyside since 1999, according to Director Diane Patterson.

Sunny Side

Oh baby, what fun!

Oh baby, what fun!

Water outlook 'pretty decent' for 2009

Despite heavy rains about a month ago that put a damper on heavy mountain snows, the water outlook for irrigators in 2009 is "pretty decent," according to Don Schramm, assistant manager of operations for SVID.

Husband of Granger mayor interrupts burglary

GRANGER - Little did Granger's Hector Fonseca know that when he returned home from a brief errand yesterday, he'd find two strangers in the process of burglarizing he and his wife's home.

DEATH NOTICE

NATIVIDAD FLORES

NATIVIDAD FLORES

FORUM

Signage

Signage

Wagenaar picks up 300th win in victory over Eagles

TOPPENISH - Reaching a milestone in the 15 years since he's been at the helm of the Sunnyside Christian boys basketball program, Coach Dean Wagenaar earned his 300th career win last night in Toppenish as his Knights overwhelmed Yakima Tribal, 69-19.

Six graduate from nursing assistant class

GRANDVIEW - In front of about 30 people yesterday six students graduated from the Grandview Health Care Center Nursing Assistant Class.

Sunnyside Christian student works as page in state senate

OLYMPIA - Kathleen Dolan, a junior at Sunnyside Christian High School, took time away from her studies last week to participate in the Senate Page Program. She was sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside).

Tribal girls stumble against S'side Christian

Lady Knights clinch 1B league crown

Lady Knights clinch 1B league crown

'F' as in Frank

Hope...versus playing it safe

Hope...versus playing it safe

Grandview blood drive supporters set goal of 100 pints in 2009

GRANDVIEW - In an effort to commemorate Grandview's centennial anniversary, Grandview Blood Drive Coordinator Eva Russell and the American Red Cross have set a goal of drawing 100 pints of blood this year.

Tuesday, February 3

DEATH NOTICE

MERLE FOX WEISE

MERLE FOX WEISE

Historic café gets new owners

The Silver Dollar Café at the SR-241 and Hwy. 24 interchange north of Sunnyside has been a mainstay for many years. The eatery closed temporarily, but new owners Rick and Martha Lounsbury reopened the cafe earlier this month.

BRIEFLY

Fire razes home north of Granger

Fire razes home north of Granger

OBITUARY

GRACE THOMAS

GRACE THOMAS

Decision to close Grandview ambulance station difficult, but necessary, for Prosser hospital officials

GRANDVIEW - Last night the Grandview City Council heard from Prosser Memorial Hospital acting CEO Julie Petersen and Mike Schreiner of the ambulance service about the decision to close the Grandview ambulance station.

Miss Sunnyside Court unveils community service project

Amid Sunnyside residents and members of the group known as Transformation Sunnyside, the 2008-09 Miss Sunnyside Court last night unveiled its community service project, which is to help promote the ideas of Transformation Sunnyside.

Monday, February 2

Snipes Mountain chef enjoys expressing his creative side

Few people can say they landed in their chosen profession because they helped a good buddy prepare a meal for 200 people. But Art Holguin can.

BRIEFLY

Blaze destroys Granger home

Blaze destroys Granger home

Bickleton beats JV Lightning

The Bickleton Pirates hit the hardwood at Sunnyside Christian and lost 80-16 last Friday night.

High speed chase begins in Grandview, ends in Sunnyside

For the second time in the past two weeks, Grandview Police were led on a high speed chase that ended in Sunnyside.

Mabton wins tight battle against Rangers, 39-32

NACHES - "We knew it would be close, knowing what Naches has done this season," said Mabton Coach John Kilian of this past Saturday's dual against the Rangers.

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SALLY MOREENE ELIZABETH O'NEILL BRITTINGHAM

SALLY MOREENE ELIZABETH O'NEILL BRITTINGHAM