Stories for December 2010


Friday, December 31


Jennie's Journey

We've all heard someone resolve to lose weight or lose some bad habit for the new year, but often the New Year's resolutions people make involve stamina and/or major commitments.

December 31, 2010 2:08 p.m. read more..

Mabton's Mireles 125-lb. tourney titlist

FREEMAN - Vicente Mireles won a championship for Mabton High School in the 125-lb. division and the Vikings went on to post a sixth place finish at the Freeman Scottie Invitational yesterday, Thursday.

December 31, 2010 2:03 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 30


Restucci, Arteaga named to New Vision board

Two local city leaders, Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci and Grandview City Administrator Cus Arteaga, were recently elected to the board of New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association.

December 30, 2010 1:29 p.m. read more..

Lady Vikes lose a heartbreaker

MABTON - The good news is that the Mabton Lady Viking basketball team held Naches' leading scorer, Justine Benner, to just 12 points through three quarters last night, Wednesday.

December 30, 2010 1:25 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 29


Accomplices in murder case plead guilty

This past Monday, Dec. 27, two of the four suspects tied to the July 17, 2010 murder of 15-year-old David P. Baldonado of Sunnyside plead guilty in Yakima County Superior Court.

December 29, 2010 4:29 p.m. read more..

Mabton Council paves the way for $20 car tab fees

MABTON - It's official. The long talked about transportation benefit district has finally been formed in Mabton. The city council adopted a resolution last night, forming the district to help raise money for the upkeep and maintenance of city streets.

December 29, 2010 4:27 p.m. read more..


Sunnysiders praised for good deeds at Christmas time

December 29, 2010 4:14 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 28

Midnight Live changes venue

It has been a 13-year staple of New Year's Eve for Sunnyside High School students, but this year's Midnight Live event will feature a number of significant changes.

December 28, 2010 3:38 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 27

Emergency i-Watch meeting tonight, Monday

Due to a recent incident where a Sunnyside resident was reportedly given a death threat, the i-Watch group has called an emergency meeting today, Monday, at 7 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church at Grandview Avenue and Taylor Street in Sunnyside.

December 27, 2010 3:38 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 24



Donors very generous in contributing to Mabton food bank

December 24, 2010 10:16 a.m. read more..

Thursday, December 23

YVCC honor roll students announced

Yakima Valley Community College officials have released the names of the students who received honor roll status on the President's or Dean's List for fall quarter 2010.

December 23, 2010 2:19 p.m. read more..

Board approves travel plans

Sunnyside students received approval by the school board this past Tuesday evening for a number of school related trips.

December 23, 2010 2:18 p.m. read more..

New Mabton park in the works

MABTON - A $15,000 grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation has been awarded to Catholic Charities Housing Services for a new community park in Mabton.

December 23, 2010 1:57 p.m. read more..

Hillcrest Manor resident celebrates 100 years on earth

Surrounded by family and friends, Dorothy Looney celebrated her 100th birthday with a small party at Hillcrest Manor yesterday (Wednesday). The celebration was a bit premature as Looney won't officially turn 100 until Christmas Day this Saturday.

December 23, 2010 1:55 p.m. read more..

Freshman the catalyst in Lady Knights' 48-26 win

TOUCHET - Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk is expecting big things down the road from freshman Stormee Van Belle. He and the rest of the Lady Knight basketball fans who trekked to Touchet yesterday got a glimpse of that future potential greatness.

December 23, 2010 1:54 p.m. read more..

Knights hold on for win against Touchet

TOUCHET - Despite having a let-down in the fourth quarter the Sunnyside Christian Knights used a large lead to absorb a Touchet comeback to beat the Indians 62-49 in a non-league matchup last night (Wednesday) in Touchet.

December 23, 2010 1:53 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 22


Sunnyside firefighters adopt seven families for the holidays

For many years, the Sunnyside Fire Department has teamed with Outlook Elementary School to provide gifts and food for local families in need during the holiday season. This year is no different and the fire department has selected to aid seven local families in the Sunnyside and Outlook area.

December 22, 2010 4 p.m. read more..

SCHS thunders past Lightning

Despite playing a very physical 1A LaSalle Lightning team last night at home, the Sunnyside Christian Knights blew out the visiting team in the first half and then coasted to a 76-40 non-league win.

December 22, 2010 3:45 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 21


Monday, December 20


Concerns aired at city council retreat

The Sunnyside City Council and City Manager Mark Gervasi met this past Saturday at a council retreat to discuss topics such as city organization and what is expected from the city manager.

December 20, 2010 4:04 p.m. read more..

Vikings eke out two OT victories

The Mabton Vikings opened up league play this past weekend with wins over Riverview and Columbia-Burbank, wins that required Mabton to battle in overtime in both games.

December 20, 2010 3:59 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 17


Pay raises of city employees under special review

Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi, who's only been on the job a few months and has barely gotten his feet wet, has been tasked with conducting a special review to determine if the pay raises of more than a half dozen city employees were given in accordance with all applicable regulations.

December 17, 2010 4:32 p.m. read more..

Grandview PD honors three of their own

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department honored three of its own as Officer of the Year, Reserve Officer of the Year and Dispatcher of the Year at an awards banquet held last week.

December 17, 2010 4:31 p.m. read more..

SHS Lady Grizzly keglers notch first win of year

Junior YaYa Gonzalez and freshman Johanna Chumley stepped up their games yesterday, enough so to lead the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team to its first victory of the season after opening with eight consecutive losses.

December 17, 2010 4:29 p.m. read more..

Lady Pirates pounce on Leopards

ZILLAH - The Bickleton Lady Pirate varsity basketball team used a 26-8 third quarter run to pull away from the Zillah JV squad in a 65-40 victory last night, Thursday.

December 17, 2010 4:29 p.m. read more..

Mabton Vikings pick up first win of season

BURBANK - The Mabton High School wrestling team picked up its first win of the season last night against Columbia-Burbank, but first had to absorb a manhandling by Ki-Be in a double-dual meet in Burbank.

December 17, 2010 4:28 p.m. read more..

Christian Connection speaker details personal transformation

PROSSER - Lynn Franz joked that in middle school she was 5-8 and weighed just 98 lbs. She was able to share a laugh about her attempts as a girl to plump up her image with the Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection this past Tuesday, during a luncheon meeting.

December 17, 2010 4:23 p.m. read more..

Gospel music quartet coming to Yakima soon

YAKIMA - One of gospel music's most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured at the Ahtanum Pioneer Church in Yakima on Saturday, Jan. 8. The quartet will share their unique, four-part harmony during an exciting event beginning at 5 p.m.

December 17, 2010 4:19 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 16


Local dirt bike racer 'Black Widow' runner-up

Harrison Middle School sixth grader Jaime Alvarez Jr. loves racing dirt bikes. And, he's pretty darn good at it. He recently earned second place honors in the Black Widow Motocross Championship Series 85cc class for 9-11 year old beginners at Horn Rapids Motosports Complex.

December 16, 2010 3:56 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 15


SHS Grizzlies ground Hanford Falcons, 63-9

For the second time in less than a week, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team held a league opponent to single digits as the Grizzlies rolled last night, Tuesday, with a 63-9 win over visiting Hanford.

December 15, 2010 4:10 p.m. read more..

Two injured in I-82 mishap

Two men, one from Bonney Lake and the other from Toppenish, were injured early this morning in a two-vehicle accident on I-82, near exit 67 just outside of Sunnyside.

December 15, 2010 4:05 p.m. read more..

Cash prizes awarded to poets

Frances Potts of Sunnyside was one of three Yakima County residents who won cash prizes in the National Amateur Poetry Competition sponsored by Eber and Wein Publishing of Shrewsbury, Pa.

December 15, 2010 4:03 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 14


Turnovers doom BHS Pirates

GRANGER - The Bickleton Pirates varsity boys basketball team faced the Granger JV team last night but came out on the short end of a 64-42 decision.

December 14, 2010 3:22 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 13


Grizzly Grapplers dominate

FIFE - Not even a heavy snowfall could deter the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team from taking control of the Larry Brown Invite in Fife this past Saturday.

December 13, 2010 4:27 p.m. read more..

Lady Greyhounds hold off highly touted Ephrata

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball program showed signs of progress this past Friday night with a 65-58 home victory over Ephrata, expected to be one of the CWAC's best teams this season.

December 13, 2010 4:26 p.m. read more..

Grizzly rally falls just short

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team had opportunities in the final minute to tie, but in the end fell 55-53 to visiting Moses Lake this past Friday night.

December 13, 2010 4:25 p.m. read more..

Greyhounds victorious in Ephrata

EPHRATA - Seven schools competed at the Ephrata Invite Saturday, Dec. 11, but Grandview wrestlers came out on top, earning a total score of 136.5.

December 13, 2010 4:25 p.m. read more..

Unemployment benefits to drop

About 150,000 jobless workers in Washington state will take a pay cut this week with the expiration of a federal stimulus program that added $25 to weekly benefit checks.

December 13, 2010 4:20 p.m. read more..

Volunteers needed for Sunnyside men's shelter

The men's homeless shelter in Sunnyside is in need of volunteers to help staffing needs. The situation is dire enough that if more volunteers don't come forward the shelter is in danger of closing.

December 13, 2010 4:19 p.m. read more..

Family places faith in God for home birth

Havala Froehlich was born at 2:05 a.m. on Nov. 18 in her family's Naches home. But unlike her eight siblings, the circumstances surrounding Havala's birth are a little unusual - Havala was delivered right into the hands of her father at home.

December 13, 2010 4:15 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 10


Electric cars will be a shock to the grid

Electric cars are the new wave in automobile technology. Many see them as the way to cut greenhouse gas emissions because they plug in rather than fuel up. Nissan's Leaf and Chevrolet's Volt are coming to car showrooms, the first in what is expected to be a wide variety of electric vehicles.

December 10, 2010 2:46 p.m. read more..

Actors make The Family Man

GRANDVIEW - Playing with "role reversal" yesterday (Thursday) were the Grandview High School drama club members as they opened their production of The Family Man by Benjamin Bernard Zavin and Carl Leo.

December 10, 2010 2:42 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies tame Kennewick Lions, 70-6

KENNEWICK - In one of the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling program's most dominant victories ever, the squad dominated host Kennewick 70-6 last night, Thursday, in the Big Nine league opener.

December 10, 2010 2:41 p.m. read more..

Airfield Estates expands to west side of mountains

PROSSER - In April of 2007 the Miller family of Sunnyside opened Airfield Estates Winery in Prosser. Three years later, in April of 2010, the Millers have expanded their operations to the west side of the mountains.

December 10, 2010 2:35 p.m. read more..

AG's office given special hearing to address gang bill

OLYMPIA - Lawmakers will be in Olympia this coming weekend for a specially called legislative session to deal with the state's growing budget deficit. Attorney General Rob McKenna is using the emergency gathering to pitch a bill he's proposing that is designed to reduce gang violence.

December 10, 2010 2:35 p.m. read more..

Rams romp

Sunnyside High School junior YaYa Gonzalez turned in the Lady Grizzlies' top individual effort of the season yesterday.

December 10, 2010 2:35 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 9


Grandview police chief returns from European trip

GRANDVIEW - Whether it was rubbing shoulders with international law enforcement leaders in Cyprus or a leisurely visit in Venice, Grandview Police Chief Dave Charvet and wife Kelley enjoyed a trip to remember last month.

December 9, 2010 3:22 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 8


Hospice remembers

Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care held an evening of remembrance yesterday, Tuesday, where employees, friends and families gathered to reminisce about those they lost over the past year.

December 8, 2010 3:40 p.m. read more..

1A Naches girls edge 1B Lady Knights

NACHES - Last night's non-league match-up between the Sunnyside Christian and Naches girls basketball teams was, quite simply, filled with bumps, bruises and a bit of spilled blood.

December 8, 2010 3:35 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies fall to Greyhounds

In a tale of two halves, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team rallied but couldn't make up a 31-7 deficit last night, Tuesday, in a 64-42 loss to rival Grandview.

December 8, 2010 3:35 p.m. read more..

Bulldogs overcome Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhounds battled the Ellensburg Bulldogs yesterday and, although they put up a fight, the Ellensburg wrestlers walked away with a 34-28 victory.

December 8, 2010 3:34 p.m. read more..

Big first half keys Grandview girls' win

The Grandview and Sunnyside girls basketball teams met last night at Sunnyside High School in a mid-valley show down with the Greyhounds using a big first quarter run to key their first win of the season.

December 8, 2010 3:33 p.m. read more..

Jesus Huecias jump shot gives Mabton win at buzzer

YAKIMA - It was a tale of two halves last night, Tuesday, as the Mabton Vikings struggled with poor shooting against the Riverside Christian Crusaders, but Jesus Huecias proved to be the hero for the Vikings as he nailed a jump shot at the buzzer to give Mabton a 40-38 non-league win over the Crusaders.

December 8, 2010 3:29 p.m. read more..

Rotarians receive school expansion update

Sunnyside School District Construction Manager Braven Bendzak was the featured guest speaker at Monday's Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting and gave the Rotarians an update on the expansion at Sunnyside High School.

December 8, 2010 3:24 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 7


Monday, December 6

Grizzlies shine at White River Classic

BUCKLEY - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team opened the 2010-11 campaign in fine fashion this past weekend with a second-place finish at the prestigious White River Classic.

December 6, 2010 4:37 p.m. read more..

Woodworth recognized for service

TACOMA - St. Clair Woodworth was last month at the annual Washington Public Ports Association meeting recognized for his service to the ports industry.

December 6, 2010 4:28 p.m. read more..

Vikings finish sixth at West Valley Invitational

YAKIMA - With just eight wrestlers at Mabton Coach John Kilian's disposal, the Vikings were able to take sixth place honors at the West Valley Invitational with 51 points this past Saturday in Yakima. The tournament was won by Graham Kapowsin High School with 189 points.

December 6, 2010 4:23 p.m. read more..

SCHS girls' season starts with 49-25 victory

Despite some less than spectacular shooting numbers, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team opened the 2010-11 season last Friday with a convincing 49-25 win against the visiting Liberty Christian Patriots.

December 6, 2010 4:23 p.m. read more..

Gunfire reported in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A home in the 400 block of Forsell Road was struck by bullets this past weekend in one of two calls to Grandview police this past Saturday regarding gunfire.

December 6, 2010 4:21 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 3


Sunnyside police budget at $9.9 million for 2011-12

Last night Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder and Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck explained the department's proposed $9.9 million two-year budget for 2011-12. The duo also shared with the Sunnyside City Council how 2010 monies were utilized.

December 3, 2010 4:46 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 2


Wednesday, December 1


Loving Sunnyside Initiative detailed for Rotarians

The vision for the Loving Sunnyside Initiative is simple. Bring change to the Sunnyside community through love as well as developing a community that loves the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while working to further God's kingdom.

December 1, 2010 3:28 p.m. read more..