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.

Initial estimates show fewer homeless in Sunnyside this year

The faces are of everyday families and individuals whom one might encounter when going about daily life.

School 'super' earns praise in job review

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole received high praise from the Sunnyside School Board last night following an annual performance review.

Grizzlies come up short in regular season finale

With a league title on the line, the goal for 3A Sunnyside was just to stay competitive with 4A Moses Lake in last night's regular season wrestling finale.

'Hounds prevail 45-31 over Wapato

GRANDVIEW - Last night, the Greyhound wrestling team had something to howl about as they secured their second league win of the season.

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.

New gated community in Sunnyside offers high quality homes at affordable prices

The Cottages at Quail Cove is the newest project in Sunnyside that aims to offer high quality, well-built homes for an affordable price.


Insane killer?

Insane killer?

Across Our State

Our first presidents

Our first presidents

Jennie's Journey

President believes what he says

President believes what he says

Thursday, January 28

Children urged to receive second H1N1 vaccine

Now that there's plenty of H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine, state health officials encourage parents to be sure their children are fully protected against the virus.

Anti-gang lesislations pitched to Olympia lawmakers

OLYMPIA - Rep. Charles Ross has had enough. Of criminal street gangs, that is.

Alvarez Child Care in Sunnyside resolves 2009 issue

A Sunnyside day care facility last week resolved a complaint stemming from an accident in June 2009 that fractured a child's collarbone.

New planning commissioner looking forward to seeing Sunnyside grow

Martin Beeler thinks the city of Sunnyside is a perfect place. So perfect in fact, Beeler and his wife talked one of their daughters and son-in-law into moving to town. The Beelers are still working on getting one more daughter and her husband to move here.

Smiley named New Vision board secretary

Sunnyside Community Hospital CEO Jon Smiley was last month appointed to serve as the board secretary for the Yakima County Development Association, New Vision.

Washington Elementary third graders collect tabs for Ronald McDonald House

Last October third grade teachers at Sunnyside's Washington Elementary School were brainstorming ideas to help their students recognize the number 10,000. The idea to collect tabs from soda cans was suggested.

Wednesday, January 27

Committee hears Shea bill as result of Phillip Paul escape

Three days after criminally-insane killer Philip Paul, formerly of Sunnyside, walked away from an Eastern State Hospital outing during family day at the Spokane County Fair, he was finally captured some 250 miles away in Goldendale.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Dinner, auction support lauded

Dinner, auction support lauded

Words from Washington

Congressional mailbag

Congressional mailbag

Cutting to the Core

Obama earns a C- for first year in office

Obama earns a C- for first year in office




Tuesday, January 26




Preschoolers part of nationwide sampling

Students in Miss Mary Schlenker's preschool at the United Methodist Church in Sunnyside are part of a nationwide study, and chances are they don't even know it.

Bus to Seattle for Dunbar talk taking sign-ups

A special tour bus has been arranged for local residents interested in sitting in on a special presentation by former NASA astronaut Bonnie J. Dunbar.

Swofford & Halma Clinic now offers 3D/4D ultrasound

Expectant mothers in the Lower Valley are now able to see their babies in the womb twist and turn, suck their thumbs or even smile.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, January 25







Knights finish first half league play unbeaten

Barring a measles epidemic at Sunnyside Christian High School, the Knights are a lock to advance to the 1B State tournament for the fifth consecutive year.

Kibby comes through for Bickleton Lady Pirates

Bickleton's Star Kibby led the Lady Pirates to a 51-33 victory over Trout Lake/Glenwood this past Saturday night with a career high 30 points.

World of capitalism often starts with delivering hometown newspapers

Many boys and girls begin their venture into the world of capitalism with first jobs of delivering the newspaper, as have the many young people who've passed through the halls of the Daily Sun News.

Mabton tied for second in SCAC West division

The Mabton Vikings boys basketball team played two SCAC West games this past weekend, splitting them and forging a tie for second place with the Goldendale Timberwolves.

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.

Magallon 119-lb. titlist at Mabton's Mid Valley Classic

MATBTON - The Mabton Vikings had a disappointing run at their own wrestling tournament this past Saturday but did come away with an individual titlist.

Columbia River Bank folds

SALEM, ORE. - State regulators last week closed Columbia River Bank, which had a branch in Sunnyside.

Vehicle's five occupants uninjured in Saturday morning shooting

Saturday morning at approximately 1:40 a.m. shots rang out in the area of East Grant Avenue and South Fifth Street.

Friday, January 22


Not much empathy for The Empathic Civilization

Not much empathy for The Empathic Civilization

Homeless count in Sunnyside next Thursday

Next Thursday, Jan. 28, has been set as the date for a homeless survey to be conducted in Sunnyside.

County working on options to chip away at $1.1 million deficit

Despite some media reports that Yakima County will implement a four-day work week beginning July 1, county officials are saying not so fast.

Kinship Caregivers support group forms in Sunnyside

Grandparents serving as parents to their child's children are the focus of a recently formed support group in Sunnyside called Kinship Caregivers.

Five finalists for superintendent of Mabton schools grilled by members of local community

MABTON - Five candidates for the Mabton School District superintendent's position participated in five different forums last night (Thursday), including one with a group of interested community members.

Mabton can't overcome pin-happy Goldendale

GOLDENDALE - The Mabton High School wrestling team dug itself a huge hole last night during a dual meet with Goldendale.

Bos records hole-in-one

Sunnyside's Justin Bos kicked off his 2010 golf season in fine fashion yesterday.

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.

Grandview Free Masons install 2010 officers

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Lodge 191 of the Free and Accepted Masons fraternity installed its 2010 officers Thursday night.


City's needs have changed

City's needs have changed

Acros our State

Congdon Castle one of many unusual sites in Washington state

Congdon Castle one of many unusual sites in Washington state

Paper Clips

Jot it down

Jot it down

Story Time









Thursday, January 21

Mountain snowpack hampered by warm winter

Recent balmy temperatures with highs into the 50s and 60s in some parts of the state, may make for a comfortable winter, but it's causing problems for the mountain snowpack.

Farm processing building lost to fire

In what fire officials are calling a complete loss, a processing building at Kinsey Farms north of Sunnyside was destroyed in a blaze last night, Wednesday.

'Cake Boss' inspires 12-year-old to get actively involved in making this year's Relay for Life a success

"Celebrating More Birthdays" is this year's theme for the annual Lower Valley Relay for Life. Tying in with the theme, 12-year-old Brandon Bliesner of Sunnyside recently designed a cake for team meeting participants.

New Relay for Life chair encourages participants to begin preparations now

Sunnyside native Curtis Campbell was just 15 years old when he was first impacted by cancer, watching his beloved grandfather slowly die from lung cancer.

Sunnyside woman to be imprisoned three years for vehicular homicide

After six months of waiting, the Toppenish family of an eight-month-old baby yesterday (Wednesday) received the final word on the sentence to be handed Gwen Rusk, 53, of Sunnyside.




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.

Grandview readies for second round of stimulus money

GRANDVIEW - With discussions underway in Congress about a possible second round of stimulus money, the Grandview City Council took steps last night to seek those funds.

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.

Maltos-led Lady Grizzlies avenge losses to Selah Vikes

It took three attempts, but finally the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team got the best of the Selah Vikings.

Vikings dominate Cle Elum, 56-6

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings finally caught a break.


Blood donors come through once again

Blood donors come through once again

'F' as in Frank

Heads in beds

Heads in beds

Guest Column

America still leads the world in caring

America still leads the world in caring







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.

Nearly $53 million in construction costs detailed at Sunnyside School Board retreat

a little more than six months, the Sunnyside School District's new transportation building will be housing the district's fleet of 45 buses just in time for the 2010-11 school year.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, January 18

School board reviews operating principles

The Sunnyside School Board used a retreat this past weekend to review its operating principles.

Six reports of shots fired called in to police

Since last Thursday, the Sunnyside Police Department has fielded six reports of shots fired.

New assignment a 'dream come true' for local police officer

Sunnyside Police Detective Erica Rollinger has always been fascinated with how an investigation plays out and was appointed to her new position last October.

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.

Grizzlies Hoquiam Invite champs

HOQUIAM - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team was dominant in grabbing first place honors at the Hoquiam Invite this past weekend.

Lady Vikings score two conference wins

This past Friday and Saturday the Mabton Lady Vikings were able to secure two more victories, 34-27 over Highland and 48-33 over Cle Elum.

Lady Pirates rebound for win

KLICKITAT - It was just an odd game.

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.




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.

Spectrum report focus of specially called meeting

The Sunnyside City Council had detailed for them at last night's meeting a report done by The Spectrum Group, LLC detailing the job descriptions of city employees and addressing some salary issues.

Grizzlies clinch 54th consecutive winning season

KENNEWICK - Dwight Eisenhower was president and Alaska wasn't even a state when the Sunnyside High School wrestling team last had a losing season in dual match competition.

Moses Lake Chiefs win low scoring match against Lady Grizzlies

Moses Lake's five varsity bowlers averaged just 143 in yesterday's match-up against the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies, but it was more than enough for the Chiefs to leave town with a dominating three and a half to one-half points victory.

'Hounds pummeled

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

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.

Christian women's guest speaker reveals God's faithfulness through times of disobedience

PROSSER - Tanya Gorham, guest speaker at Tuesday's Lower Valley Christian Women's Club meeting in Prosser, has experienced periods of disobedience and struggles throughout her life.

Sunnyside man a different breed of bail bond agent/bounty hunter

You won't find any tattoos on the man who works as both agent and bounty hunter for Egley's Bail Bonds Inc in Sunnyside, but that doesn't mean he isn't tough on clients who skip out on bonds he has posted to keep them out of jail.


Strangest book of 2009? Decide for yourself!

Strangest book of 2009? Decide for yourself!

Lecture by Dunbar will focus on her 1990 Space Shuttle mission

SEATTLE - Retired Astronaut Bonnie J. Dunbar, an Outlook native, will make a presentation on Sunday, Jan. 31, about the 1990 Space Shuttle mission aboard Columbia.

Across our State

Civics 201

Civics 201

Guest Editorial

Junk food tax is junk policy

Junk food tax is junk policy

Jennie's Journey

A tale of two sisters

A tale of two sisters

Thursday, January 14

Sunnyside hospital scores well on state's infection rate data website

Sunnyside Community Hospital has a zero percent infection rate when it comes to using central lines and ventilators.

15th District lawmaker introduces legislation that alters growth management hearing boards

OLYMPIA - State lawmakers are considering legislation that would revamp the structure of the Growth Management Hearings Boards.

Wednesday, January 13

Planning commission forwards airport overlay to council

The Sunnyside Planning Commission voted to accept and recommend to the Sunnyside City Council an airport overlay zoning district to be added to the city's municipal code.

Mabton mulls garbage rate hike

MABTON - The Mabton City Council is considering raising the city's garbage rates by 5 percent.

Grizzly grapplers rally past 4A Davis

YAKIMA - For half the match it looked like the 4A Davis Pirates might be too much for the 3A Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team last night.

Tuesday, January 12

Nearly $3 billion shortfall presents an opportunity to reshape state government

...say 15th District lawmakers

...say 15th District lawmakers

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.

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.

Divided city council will explore option of bringing back Fonfara

Last night a divided Sunnyside City Council voted 4-3 to interview a former Sunnyside city manager interested in taking over the reins at city hall.

Assistant hired to help with growing girls grappling team at Sunnyside High

It used to be you could count the number of girls on the Sunnyside High School's wrestling program with one hand and have some fingers left over.

Rhode terminated, city retains Sandifer

Sunnyside interim City Manager Jim Bridges told the Daily Sun News that he has fired city employee Terri Rhode.

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.




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.

New building starts in Sunnyside top $1.3 million for December

Not surprisingly, there were few new building starts in Sunnyside during a colder than normal December.

Grandview orchardist receives federal appointment

GRANDVIEW - Longtime Grandview area resident Don Olmstead Jr. was last week appointed a state committee member for the Farm Service Bureau.

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.

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.

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.




Friday, January 8




Paper Clips

Gotta love Paydays

Gotta love Paydays

Jennie's Journey

Eleven years later...I'm truly home

Eleven years later...I'm truly home

Guerra's Coffee to host art exhibit

Guerra's Coffee Company at 1829 S. First St., Suite B, in Sunnyside will later this month host an art reception and exhibit.

Gospel jamboree Jan. 17

Mabton Grace Brethren kicks its Gospel music jamboree season for 2010 on Sunday, Jan. 17.

Industry concerns, trends discussed at monthly grape fieldman's breakfast

PROSSER - A potentially new pest to grapes of concern to the region's grape growers was to be discussed at Thursday morning's monthly grape fieldman's breakfast, but guest speaker Gwen Hoheisel was not present to provide information to those gathered.

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.

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.

Valley's seniors displeased with proposed budget cuts

YAKIMA - Senior citizens and health care advocates held a press conference in Yakima this past Wednesday to voice their unhappiness with proposed state budget cuts.

Homeless shelter volunteers still needed in city of Sunnyside

Volunteers are needed for two temporary homeless shelters in Sunnyside.

2010 Census draws near

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

Police Explorers picking up skills for future endeavors

YAKIMA - Last week seven Sunnyside Police Explorers underwent six days of intensive training at the Yakima Training Center.

Comp plan indicates city of Mabton has much to do to prepare for the future

MABTON - From the air overhead to the soil underfoot, the city of Mabton's comprehensive plan is now on the books.

Thursday, January 7







Bickleton students score well in robot challenge

ZILLAH - Three Bickleton High School freshmen accepted the Zillah Robot Challenge last month and came through with flying colors.

Sunnyside student New York Life intern contest winner

For the second year in a row, Sunnyside's Yerania Espindola, a student at Toppenish's Heritage University, was named the national winner of the New York Life Insurance Company's college intern contest.

Health officials say H1N1 still a threat

The H1N1 (swine) flu virus may not be making as many headlines, but illnesses from the flu are still being confirmed in Yakima County.

Sunnyside officers earn SWAT certification in week-long training

This week has been rigorous for 10 of Sunnyside's finest. The police officers and a fire department captain have been undergoing basic concepts and tactics training to become fully certified SWAT team members.

Wednesday, January 6

VFW dinners this Friday, Saturday to benefit vets, families of cops

Delectable aromas of oven-fried chicken and Italian spaghetti sauce will be wafting from the kitchen of the Sunnyside VFW post home this coming Friday and Saturday.

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.

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.

Lady Vikes plunder Riverside Christian, 51-22

MABTON - The Lady Vikings came through for Coach Chris McCallum last night, winning 51-22 over the Riverside Christian Crusaders.

Grandview falls flat against Bulldogs

ELLENSBURG - "We seem to be a Jekyll and Hyde team right now," Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny said after last night's 52-13 fall at Ellensburg.

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.

Christian boys avenge earlier loss to White Swan Cougs

The second time around, the Sunnyside Christian High School Knights actually showed up and played a bit of defense.

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.

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.


Grad party fundraiser help lauded

Grad party fundraiser help lauded

Words from Washington

Dam removal not an option

Dam removal not an option

'F' as in Frank

Book, chapter and verse

Book, chapter and verse




Tuesday, January 5

Grandview city administrator tabbed for New Vision board

Grandview City Administrator Scott Staples is one of three newly elected board members for the Yakima County Development Association, also known as New Vision.

Bleak picture painted of Sunnyside City Hall

City of Sunnyside officials have had painted for them a picture of a severely fractured organization.

Grandview asked to help with 2010 Census

GRANDVIEW - The 2010 Census is around the corner and the city of Grandview has been asked to help its citizens be counted.

New planning commissioner in favor of growing Sunnyside

Newly appointed Sunnyside Planning Commissioner Craig Hicks is serving the city of Sunnyside because he wants to see things improve.

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.

Clinton scores career-high 36 points in Bickleton's win against LaSalle Lightning

LASALLE - Bickleton's Katelynn Clinton scored a career-high 36 points against LaSalle's JV team last night, leading the Lady Pirates varsity to a 65-49 victory.

Golden Pheasant owners bid farewell

After 57 years in downtown Sunnyside, the Golden Pheasant Restaurant has closed.

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.







Monday, January 4

New Year opens with shootings, stabbing in Sunnyside

New Year's Day wasn't filled with celebrations for three Sunnyside men, who became victims in two separate assaults last Friday.

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.

Four Grizzlies undefeated at JV wrestling tourney

The Sunnyside High School junior varsity wrestling team hosted an invite this past Saturday that attracted a total of 14 schools and 150 athletes.

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.