Stories for December 2011


Friday, December 30


Lady Greyhounds celebrate road win

TOPPENISH - The Lady Greyhounds won a big battle against the Toppenish Wildcats last night, winning 52-33 to increase their league standings to 4-2.

December 30, 2011 2:56 p.m. read more..

Five Vikes place at tournament

FREEMAN - Yesterday was a good day for five Mabton wrestlers who placed in the top five at Freeman's Winter Classic wrestling tournament.

December 30, 2011 2:56 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 29

Grizzlies Winter Cup champions

RICHLAND - Spearheaded by the performances of individual titlists Isaac Guerrero (138 lbs.), Isidro Ramirez (145 lbs.) and Austin Carman (220 lbs.), the Sunnyside High School wrestling team won top honors at the 18-team Hanford Winter Cup yesterday (Wednesday).

December 29, 2011 4:12 p.m. read more..

Mabton outplays Rangers

NACHES - The Lady Vikings came home from Naches with a victory over the Rangers last night, winning 57-48.

December 29, 2011 4:04 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies pounce on East Valley boys

MOXEE - The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team closed out its non-league schedule in fine fashion last night with a 68-37 whipping of host 2A East Valley.

December 29, 2011 4:04 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 28


Fill up without filling out

(Family Features) When it comes to losing weight and taking care of your body, it's really about a couple of basic principles: eat smart and move more.

December 28, 2011 2:53 p.m. read more..


Wreaths for veterans support lauded

December 28, 2011 2:50 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 27


Monday, December 26


Friday, December 23

Elliott named chair for 2012

YAKIMA - In action during their meeting this past Tuesday, the board of Yakima County commissioners named Rand Elliott as its chair. In related action, the board named Mike Leita as vice-chair.

December 23, 2011 3 p.m. read more..

When does Christmas arrive for you?

In the retail world the Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving, though you can sometimes see the Yule tides start as early as the day after Halloween.

December 23, 2011 3 p.m. read more..

Leavenworth hosting Ice Fest

LEAVENWORTH - On the heels of Christmas, this village continues the celebration of winter with Bavarian Ice Fest, Jan. 14-15, 2012.

December 23, 2011 3 p.m. read more..

My grocery store angel

Hosting the family Christmas dinner sounded very grown up to me, that is until I realized I have no clue what I am doing.

December 23, 2011 3 p.m. read more..

Lawmakers get a jump on new session

The Washington State Legislature's 2012 session doesn't start until Jan. 9, but lawmakers are getting a head start with several new bills proposed already.

December 23, 2011 3 p.m. read more..

Christmas Day dinner open to all at church

Sunnyside's Trinity Baptist Church is opening its doors on Christmas Day and serving up a holiday meal with all the trimmings, for all who have no one with whom to share the special day.

December 23, 2011 3 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 22


County employee in Mabton shot at Wednesday

Yesterday morning (Wednesday), an employee of Yakima County reported a man shooting at dogs fired at the employee on West Satus Road near Mabton, according to the sheriff's office. The investigation is ongoing.

December 22, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..

SCHS boys dispatch 2B Cardinals, 46-36

Preparing for last night's non-league basketball game, 1B Sunnyside Christian knew the Cardinals would be bringing a very athletic crew into the Knights' gym. After all, Waitsburg/Prescott just three weeks ago won the WIAA 2B State football title. And, several of the Cardinals playing last night were on the team that took a 22-1 record into the 2B State basketball tournament last year.

December 22, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..

Five Vikings medal at Othello invite

OTHELLO - In what proved to be an all-day marathon, the Mabton Viking wrestling team had five wrestlers place during an invite in Othello yesterday, Wednesday.

December 22, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 21


State AG stresses need for fight against gangs

MABTON - Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, who is seeking election to the governor's seat, yesterday met with the Yakima County Gang Commission in Mabton to detail plans for the 2012 legislative session due to begin Jan. 9.

December 21, 2011 3:24 p.m. read more..

'Hounds start slow but finish very strong

GRANDVIEW - East Valley may have believed it had an opportunity to defeat the Grandview Greyhounds last night after outscoring the home team 11-9 in the opening quarter. But the fire was quickly extinguished in the second quarter. The 'Hounds were on their way to a 51-28 victory.

December 21, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..

Connecting with family the reason for the season

It seems only fair that I do a column on what Christmas means to me. I harassed poor busy pastors into writing columns on the same subject for our Christmas in the Valley special section that was published earlier this year. I suppose it's my turn now.

December 21, 2011 3:03 p.m. read more..

The young abandon newspapers to their peril

I teach tax and immigration law to students in Philadelphia. Sometimes I'll see a relevant story in the local paper, and I'll ask in class, "Anyone see that front page story in the Inquirer that was on the very topic we are discussing?" And then I'll look at blank faces.

December 21, 2011 3:03 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 20


Monday, December 19


Lady Grizzlies split games

It appeared the Sunnyside girls hoop team was going to win its league openers this past weekend after winning Friday's game 55-42 at Southridge, but the team faltered 62-58 to Kennewick Saturday.

December 19, 2011 3:53 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside ekes out weekend sweep

After using a 21-7 fourth quarter run this past Friday to thump host Southridge 62-43, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team continued its winning ways with a last-second 62-61 win over visiting Kennewick.

December 19, 2011 3:51 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 16


Grizzly grapplers run 3A CBBN league record to 3-0

KENNEWICK - Southridge gave the visiting Grizzly wrestling team a run for its money Thursday night. But notching five pins, one technical fall and two major decisions against the Suns, Sunnyside made off with a 46-28 win.

December 16, 2011 4:06 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 15

Animal complaint leads to arrest

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police yesterday, Wednesday, were dispatched to an apartment in the 900 block of Broadview Drive due to a report of animal cruelty.

December 15, 2011 4:25 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 14


Mabton falls to 1-5 on season

MABTON - Goldendale's tall Timberwolves were too much for the Mabton Viking boys basketball team last night, Tuesday, as the Vikes fell at home 63-48 in a non-league contest.

December 14, 2011 4:36 p.m. read more..

Grandview boys snare Jackrabbits, 54-42

QUINCY - A quick start out of the gate and a 23-point effort by Kiki Mendoza spurred the Grandview High School boys basketball team on to a 54-42 victory over the Jackrabbits on Quincy's home floor last night.

December 14, 2011 4:35 p.m. read more..

SCHS ups record to 4-0

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight girls basketball team rolled to a 24-8 lead at the half and never looked back in a 57-21 home win over Columbia-Burbank last night, Tuesday.

December 14, 2011 4:33 p.m. read more..

SCHS snaps three-game losing streak

It didn't take long for Columbia-Burbank to figure out last night that nearly all of Sunnyside Christian's offense goes through senior Trevor Wagenaar. The 1A Coyotes quickly began doubling him up, triple-teaming the senior when they could get away with it.

December 14, 2011 4:25 p.m. read more..

All are invited to movie night

Everyone in town is invited to watch an all-ages appropriate Christmas-themed movie at the Sunnyside Community Movie Night on Friday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center.

December 14, 2011 4:24 p.m. read more..

Outlook parent meeting Thursday

OUTLOOK - Parents of students attending Outlook Elementary School are invited to an Outlook Parent Advisory Committee meeting this coming Thursday, Dec 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room 108 at the school.

December 14, 2011 4:23 p.m. read more..


Fair, rodeo board thankful for support from local community

December 14, 2011 4:21 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 13


Hit and run suspect arrested

A driver suspected of being intoxicated was arrested yesterday (Monday) evening after an aggressive hit and run incident near Grandview, according to Yakima County Sheriff deputies.

December 13, 2011 4:32 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 12


Manzo tops 1,000-point mark at SHS

Israel Manzo became just the fourth boys basketball player in Sunnyside High School history to top the 1,000 point career mark during the win at Moses Lake this past Friday.

December 12, 2011 3:35 p.m. read more..

Greyhounds back in the money

After posting a perfect 20-0 record in the regular season before unraveling in the playoffs last year, one had to wonder what this season holds for Grandview when they opened with two consecutive losses.

December 12, 2011 3:33 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies accomplish rare feat

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team topped its win total for all of last season with victories this past Friday and Saturday to improve to 3-2 on the young season. On Friday, Sunnyside used a 16-0 first-quarter run to whip visiting Moses Lake 59-39. The Lady Grizzlies backed that up with a 61-57 win at Davis on Saturday. Sunnyside built a 15-point lead after three quarters before the host Pirates rallied to tie the game in the final minutes. Coach Rick Puente said a combination of a full court defense by his team, as well as six clutch free throws by the Lady Grizzlies, helped turn the tide in the final moments. Freshman Jordan Rodriguez (pictured pushing the ball up court against Moses Lake) paced Sunnyside to the sweep with 41 points in the two games combined. Another Sunnyside freshman, Natalia Bazan, had 29 points in the two games. Puente said the weekend sweep was the first for Sunnyside's girls in several years and the first time the squad had ever beaten Moses Lake's varsity. The Lady Grizzlies open league play at Southridge this coming Friday, then host Kennewick on Saturday. "We appreciate the community, the parents and the student body rallying behind the girls," Puente said of the surging SHS girls program.

December 12, 2011 3:32 p.m. read more..

Gunfire reported in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Early this morning, Monday, Grandview police were dispatched to the 200 block of Ash Street, where gunfire was reported. A witness at the scene estimated there were three shots fired. Police found bullet casings at the scene upon further investigation, but no injuries or property damage was reported.

December 12, 2011 3:32 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 9



Newly elected councilman lauds support

December 9, 2011 3:21 p.m. read more..

Word Nerd

The brilliant absurdity of Sunnyside's Lighted Farm Implement Parade

December 9, 2011 3:17 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 8


VFW brings merry Christmas to veterans

GRANDVIEW - Free speech and the right to vote and own property are just some of the freedoms American people enjoy on a daily basis. That's due in part to U.S. military veterans.

December 8, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 7

Controller position on hold by Sunnyside Council

Monday, at the Sunnyside City Council workshop meeting, it was decided the council would reconsider creating the position of controller after a candidate for the position of assistant finance director has received a performance review.

December 7, 2011 4:32 p.m. read more..

Granger history books available soon

GRANGER - After a successful pre-sale campaign that paid the majority of printing costs, a second history book about Granger by the Granger Historical Society will be available later this month.

December 7, 2011 4:21 p.m. read more..


Parade judges, participants appreciate royal treatment

December 7, 2011 4:18 p.m. read more..

A few tweaks

If ain't broke, don't fix it," goes the saying, and there's certainly not much broken when it comes to the Lighted Farm Implement Parade in Sunnyside.

December 7, 2011 4:16 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 6


City Council receptive to recreation proposal

The Sunnyside City Council at its workshop meeting last night was impressed with a proposal by Sunnyside's Promise Director Mark Baysinger that would provide recreational opportunities for local residents.

December 6, 2011 4:01 p.m. read more..

Mabton teacher receives award

ST. LOUIS - Randi Krieg, agricultural educator for the Mabton School District, is one of 36 individuals nationwide who received a "Teachers Turn the Key Award," given on Nov. 19, at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention held in St. Louis.

December 6, 2011 3:56 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 5


Grandview man dies after being shot in head

GRANDVIEW - At approximately 8 p.m. this past Saturday, Grandview police said an 18-year-old male, identified as Mariano Cuevas, was struck by a gunshot to the head that resulted in his death.

December 5, 2011 2:54 p.m. read more..

Mireles, Ruiz pace Vikes

YAKIMA - Led by individual champions in two weight classes, the Mabton Viking wrestling team tallied 80 team points to finish in seventh place during the Mel Carlson Invitational held this past Saturday at West Valley High School.

December 5, 2011 2:49 p.m. read more..

Lady 'Hounds outrace 4A Davis

YAKIMA - The Lady Greyhounds had a successful weekend outing at the SunDome on Saturday night, winning 54-49 against the Davis Pirates.

December 5, 2011 2:48 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside sixth at 16-team tourney

BUCKLEY - With the exception of the season-ending State tourney in the Tacoma Dome, the White River Invitational in Buckley takes a back seat to no tournaments in terms of drawing quality athletes and high caliber prep wrestling teams.

December 5, 2011 2:46 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside opens with a sweep

Strong defense and solid rebounding were an unbeatable one-two punch for the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team this past weekend in a pair of victories.

December 5, 2011 2:44 p.m. read more..

SHS girls march past Cadets

The Sunnyside girls basketball team this past Friday and Saturday had mixed results after competing in two non-league match-ups against Eisenhower and Prosser.

December 5, 2011 2:42 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 2

City may need to dip into contingency fund

Since summer the city of Sunnyside has pledged to keep its $1 million contingency fund intact despite a nearly $1 million budget shortfall between the jail and police funds combined.

December 2, 2011 4:03 p.m. read more..

Honeyford named ag committee leader

OLYMPIA - When the 2012 legislative session convenes Jan. 9, 2012, what is now the Senate Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Committee will add "water" to its title and list of policy duties.

December 2, 2011 3:55 p.m. read more..

Diabetes educator urges testing for all

Cathleen Fierro, certified diabetes educator, didn't mean to focus her talk to the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club on diabetes screening, but it was clearly a topic of interest to the group.

December 2, 2011 3:30 p.m. read more..

Book Review

Fascinating book reveals the origins of a cultural phenomenon

December 2, 2011 3:27 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 1