Stories for January 2010


Friday, January 29

Sun Valley expansion work bid approved

A project to expand Sun Valley Elementary School took a step forward last night, Thursday, when the Sunnyside School Board accepted a bid from T.W. Clark Construction of Spokane.

January 29, 2010 2:56 p.m. read more..

Church youth plan Haiti fundraiser

Grandview Christian Church's pre-teen ministry, Club J12, have a heart for Haiti and are gearing up for a fundraiser to help relief efforts in that country.

January 29, 2010 2:46 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 28


Wednesday, January 27


Mabton mulls five-day work week

MABTON - Citing a need for city hall to be more available to citizens, the Mabton City Council last night, Tuesday, agreed to allow Mayor Angel Reyna to explore the option of having city offices open Monday through Friday.

January 27, 2010 3:29 p.m. read more..

Maltos qualifies for State tourney

KENNEWICK - Sunnyside High School's Maleesha Maltos qualified for the 3A State bowling tourney yesterday, Tuesday, with a second-place finish at the Regional bowling tournament hosted by Spare Time Lanes in Kennewick.

January 27, 2010 3:27 p.m. read more..

Knights tame Lions

The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team used a 20-9 first quarter run to defeat the visiting Moses Lake Lions 61-36 last night, Tuesday.

January 27, 2010 3:26 p.m. read more..

Lady Grizzlies fall to Hanford, 62-37

The Sunnyside girls basketball team played the Hanford Falcons close for two quarters last night, but fell behind in the second half and eventually lost 62-37 in CBBN non-division play.

January 27, 2010 3:25 p.m. read more..

Vikings no match for Naches Valley

MABTON - Short of wrestlers due to eligibility issues and injuries, the Mabton Vikings took it on the chin last night, losing the last SCAC wrestling meet of the season to the Naches Valley Rangers, 51-6.

January 27, 2010 3:23 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 26


Valley Lanes proprietor fifth-place finisher at Central Wash. Open

CONNELL - Regional PBA professional Rob Rice, who also doubles as the owner and operator of Sunnyside's Valley Lanes, turned in a fifth-place finish at this past Sunday's Central Washington Open bowling tournament. The competition, which drew 55 of the Pacific Northwest's hottest bowlers, was hosted by Connell's Town & Country Lanes.

January 26, 2010 4:11 p.m. read more..

Grandview schools receive energy efficiency grant

GRANDVIEW - Every light in every Grandview School District building is going to shine just a little bit more efficiently now that the district is a $124,000 energy efficiency grant recipient, dispersed by OSPI.

January 26, 2010 4:10 p.m. read more..

Blueberry packing plant going up in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Port of Grandview is one step closer to receiving $2.4 million in SIED money after the Yakima County Supporting Investments in Economic Diversification Board approved its application last Thursday.

January 26, 2010 4:05 p.m. read more..

Espresso baristas donating tips to relief efforts in Haiti

Sara Palomarez is issuing a challenge to the Sunnyside community: trek to your favorite espresso stand this week, order your favorite coffee and tip your barista. After all, it's likely your barista is part of multi-coffee stand effort to raise funds for relief efforts in Haiti.

January 26, 2010 4:05 p.m. read more..

Legislation would allow cities to establish street utility taxes

OLYMPIA - House Transportation Committee members may soon be voting on a bill that would allow cities and towns to establish a street utility tax. Committee member Rep. Norm Johnson (R-Yakima) says he's concerned, though, that House Bill 2618 would give city governments blanket authority to charge what they wish for street maintenance and repairs without giving citizens the opportunity to vote and decide whether their taxes should be raised.

January 26, 2010 4:05 p.m. read more..

Council shoots down airport land use ordinance

An ordinance that would have amended title 17 of the Sunnyside Municipal Code to define and implement regulations concerning land use within 6,000 feet of the Sunnyside Municipal Airport was shot down at last night's council meeting by a vote of 5-2.

January 26, 2010 4:05 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 25


Grizzlies split weekend games

The Sunnyside Grizzlies boys basketball team suffered its second loss to the Davis Pirates in CBBN Columbia Division play but bounced back on Saturday to defeat the Moses Lake Chiefs.

January 25, 2010 4:27 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 22


Grizzlies shred short-handed Lions

The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team knew it had the upper hand from the get-go, receiving three forfeits on the way to a 55-15 victory last night over 4A Kennewick.

January 22, 2010 3:39 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 21


Wednesday, January 20

Teaching is in the Cullen family's blood

When you're born and raised in a small town, it's no small wonder when you bump into relatives all about town. It's quite another thing when you've got three relatives in the same profession, teaching in the same school.

January 20, 2010 2:34 p.m. read more..

Wenatchee rolls past Lady Grizzlies

The Wenatchee Panthers got off to an early lead against the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies' basketball team last night and never looked back in a 56-28 CBBN Columbia Division game.

January 20, 2010 2:31 p.m. read more..


Blood donors come through once again

January 20, 2010 2:27 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 19

Grandview opts out of Junior Miss

GRANDVIEW - Grandview has opted to pull out of the national Junior Miss program and after 30-plus years will return to annual selecting someone for the Miss Grandview title.

January 19, 2010 2:51 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies notch sixth straight victory

PASCO - It's a fundamental part of basketball to rebound the ball. Rebounding not only takes away an opportunity for a team's opponent to take another shot, it also gives the team making the rebounds an extra opportunity.

January 19, 2010 2:48 p.m. read more..

Mabton Vikes fall in Monday's SunDome battle

YAKIMA - Playing its third game in just four days, the Mabton High School Vikings found themselves being blown out in the first half against 2B Riverside Christian at the Yakima SunDome last night, Monday.

January 19, 2010 2:47 p.m. read more..

Couple's beauty college dream about to become reality

Javier Ruiz knows how isolating it can feel to be limited and sidelined by life's circumstances, with nothing but a dream to hold on to. His dream is about to come true as he and wife Julie are readying to open Sheer Designs Instruction of Cosmetology.

January 19, 2010 2:46 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 18


One hump or two?

GRANDVIEW - Those who pass by Tear Road in Grandview have probably noticed a tremendous loss from the landscape. Merlin the camel no longer is there. There's no reason to worry: the endearing dromedary is safe and sound at his new home in Cheney.

January 18, 2010 4:12 p.m. read more..

Vikings cruise

The Mabton High School boys basketball team knew they had an opportunity for at least two easy victories this season and those wins came this weekend when the Vikings took on Highland and Cle Elum-Roslyn.

January 18, 2010 4:09 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 15

Laundromat dryer catches clothes on fire

Sunnyside firefighters were dispatched to Sunnyside's Valley Cleaners, located in the 600 block of South Sixth Street, yesterday (Thursday) just after noon for a report of smoke.

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

'Hounds pummeled

GRANDVIEW - The Greyhounds wrestling team last night (Thursday) hosted East Valley and succumbed 54-15.

January 15, 2010 4:02 p.m. read more..

Hanford one of four sites considered for inclusion in national park system

As part of the Manhattan Project Sites Special Resource Study, the National Park Service will host an open house on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., then again from 7 to 9 p.m. that evening at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland regarding the feasibility of designating one or more of the project sites as part of the national park system.

January 15, 2010 4:02 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 14


Wednesday, January 13


Tuesday, January 12


GHS graduation rates improve

GRANDVIEW - A study by the BERC Group, completed after Grandview High School entered OSPI's school improvement status, shows marked improvement in the number of students who graduate meeting minimum course requirements for college.

January 12, 2010 2:15 p.m. read more..

New mayor named

Sunnyside Mayor Paul Garcia is out and long-time Sunnyside Mayor Pro-tem Jim Restucci is in as the Sunnyside City Council elected a new mayor at last night's meeting.

January 12, 2010 2:13 p.m. read more..

Two Planned Parenthood offices merge

At the beginning of the year, the Spokane and Yakima based Planned Parenthood regional offices merged, forming what is now known as Planned Parenthood of Central Washington.

January 12, 2010 1:45 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 11

Yakima Federal robbed this morning

This morning (Monday) at approximately 9:41 a.m. the Sunnyside Police Department dispatched officers to Sunnyside's Yakima Federal Savings and Loan, located at 801 East Edison Avenue, following a 9-1-1 call.

January 11, 2010 2:47 p.m. read more..

Lady Vikings split games

MABTON - The Lady Vikings this past Friday lost 55-36 to Granger, but overcame that loss, winning 53-45 over White Swan on Saturday.

January 11, 2010 2:38 p.m. read more..

Knights split weekend games

Trevor Wagenaar knocked down 16 points to lead a balanced attack by the Sunnyside Christian Knights in their dominating 77-22 victory over the Bickleton Pirates last Friday night.

January 11, 2010 2:36 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies notch two league wins

Sunnyside's Alfredo De La Barrera helped lift the Grizzlies over the Southridge Suns this past Friday night with a last second shot that cracked open a tie game. Sunnyside then beat the Kennewick Lions by a comfortable margin on Saturday.

January 11, 2010 2:35 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 8


Grizzly grapplers romp at Ike

YAKIMA - The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team won its fifth consecutive dual meet last night when it defeated both 3A West Valley and 4A Eisenhower at Ike.

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

Vikings muzzle Highland Scotties

MABTON - Last night's wrestling meet between the Mabton Vikings and the Highland Scotties featured five forfeits and several wrestlers opting up in their respective weight classes.

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

2010 Census draws near

Come March 2010, census questionnaires will be mailed to households across the country. What can Sunnyside expect?

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

Thursday, January 7


Wednesday, January 6


To burn or not to burn

Unless you frequent the internet, it can be awfully challenging during this time of year to keep up with burn ban declarations in the Lower Valley.

January 6, 2010 2:32 p.m. read more..

Lady Grizzly keglers upend Ellensburg, 3-1

Senior Maleesha Maltos rolled a 314 two-game series, the top individual effort on the day, to power the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team to a 3-1 victory over Ellensburg yesterday afternoon.

January 6, 2010 2:27 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies handle West Valley Rams

YAKIMA - A strong defensive effort through the first three quarters of play last night allowed the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team to hold off a charge by West Valley.

January 6, 2010 2:26 p.m. read more..

Business classes offered

New Vision of the Yakima County Development Association recently completed Blueprint Yakima Valley, a strategic five-year plan designed to strengthen the Yakima County economy.

January 6, 2010 2:21 p.m. read more..

Daybreak Rotarians learn weather ins and outs

Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarians Wednesday morning learned weather ins and outs from guest speaker Dennis Hull. Hull is a Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service based in Pendleton, Ore.

January 6, 2010 2:20 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 5


Sunnyside bowler cashes at CWO tourney

KENNEWICK - Averaging 221 in the six-game qualifying block, sixth best from the 68-bowler field, Sunnyside's Rob Rice qualified for yet another Central Washington Open finals spot this past Sunday.

January 5, 2010 2:56 p.m. read more..

Castillo selected for Washington Aerospace Scholars program

Sunnyside High School's Toni Castillo wants to be a pediatrician, and to further her chances at being selected by the college of her choice recently competed to participate in the Washington Aerospace Scholars program at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

January 5, 2010 2:46 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 4


Warmer weather awaits Sunnyside

After a colder-than-usual December, Sunnyside could be in for a break in the weather, the National Weather Service reports, as the January outlook is for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

January 4, 2010 2:46 p.m. read more..

Burn ban extended to Lower Valley

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority has declared a stage one burn ban in the Lower Valley, this just on the heels of declaring a stage two burn ban in the Upper Valley.

January 4, 2010 2:42 p.m. read more..