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Monday, February 28

It's come full circle for former Grandview mayor

GRANDVIEW - Back in his time as a city councilman, Dale Burgeson helped create the Grandview Planning Commission nearly 30 years ago.

Police receive two shots fired calls

Since last Friday the Sunnyside Police Department has received two reports of shots fired.

Pinewood Derby a family-fun event

For many participating in last Friday's Pinewood Derby at the Sunnyside First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the event was all about family.

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LUCILLE MAY CHRISTIE

LUCILLE MAY CHRISTIE

Friday, February 25

Firefighters restart CPR class program

Several years ago the community of Sunnyside could take advantage of CPR/first aid classes provided by the Sunnyside Fire Department.

Math coaches record tremendous growth at middle schools

Last year, math coaches at Sierra Vista Middle School and Harrison Middle School placed a particular emphasis on student learning in the seventh grade. This year, the results of that effort reveal tremendous progress.

Sunnyside falls to West Valley at Knowledge Bowl

YAKIMA - What is the interior temperature of the Sun thought to be? Which U.S. city is closest to a subduction zone? What islands lie north of the Scottish mainland?

Grandview teen sees marketing potential as FFA chapter head

GRANDVIEW - In this her first year as a member of FFA, Grandview High School chapter president Rachel Edwards has already learned plenty about herself and the organization.

New class introduces students to owls

YAKIMA - A new class being offered by the Yakima Valley Audubon Society is aimed at introducing the community to the northwest owl population.

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Support for wrestlers appreciated

Support for wrestlers appreciated

Across our State

Parks and the Civilian Conservation Corps...part II

Parks and the Civilian Conservation Corps...part II

'F' as in Frank

Two minutes of doing nothing

Two minutes of doing nothing

Cutting to the Core

A chance for redemption

A chance for redemption

OBITUARY

HEATHER ELIZABETH SMITH

HEATHER ELIZABETH SMITH

DEATH NOTICE

MADELI FAYE MASON

MADELI FAYE MASON

Thursday, February 24

Tacoma Avenue home struck twice by gunfire today

Just before 3:30 a.m. this morning (Thursday) Sunnyside police officers raced to a shots fired call in the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue. A resident there reported four shots were fired at a home. The home was struck twice, but no injuries were reported and the incident is still under investigation, according to Public Information Officer Charlotte Hinderlider.

Anti-gang grant application brings county entities together

Last week the Yakima County Gang Commission met in Wapato and approved applying for the Comprehensive Anit-Gang Strategies and Programs grant through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Gang bill still has life, say 15th District lawmakers

State's budget problems continue

State's budget problems continue

'Doc' makes house call to Lower Valley cities

Hastings wants lawmakers to rein in spending

Hastings wants lawmakers to rein in spending

Bandito Grande designed to steal limelight in Seattle

Last Tuesday night, five students at Sunnyside High School were eagerly working to complete a project that has consumed their time for the last six weeks. These students, members of the high school's Engineering Club, were putting the finishing touches on Bandito Grande, their robot entry into the FIRST Robotics Competition in Seattle this March.

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JESUS SOTO

JESUS SOTO

Wednesday, February 23

Grandview eluding suspect may face more charges

GRANDVIEW - Officials got more than they bargained for, as a search of a vehicle involved in a police chase last Thursday will most likely result in additional charges.

Gospel bluegrass concert scheduled here this Saturday

All community residents are being invited to attend a concert at the Sunnyside Adventist Church this coming Saturday.

Cable franchise agreement renewed in Mabton

MABTON - The Mabton City Council agreed to renew the franchise agreement the city has with Charter Communications at a meeting held last night (Tuesday).

Grandview a step closer to car tab fees

GRANDVIEW - After a series of workshops over the past year, the Grandview City Council made progress last night towards forming a transportation benefit district.

Sunnyside Community Center funding at core of Tuesday's confab

The Sunnyside School District, Sunnyside Community Hospital and city of Sunnyside all have a vested interest in the success of Sunnyside's Promise, according to Dr. Rick Cole, superintendent of schools.

Ledgerwood named Coach of the Year, Carrasco is MVP

MABTON - Mabton boys basketball Coach Brock Ledgerwood was named the SCAC East Coach of the Year for the 2010-11 season.

Mabton basketball season all about 'heart and pride'

MABTON - When Mabton boys basketball Coach Brock Ledgerwood is asked what word best defined his team's play this season, he doesn't hesitate.

Few calls for Sunnyside police

Sunnyside police have responded to a number of routine calls since yesterday (Tuesday).

Boeing engineers to wed this July

Maggie Ramirez, a 2005 graduate of Sunnyside High School, is set to marry Brandon Brown this coming July at Cascade Garden in Yakima.

Prosser Farm Girls a group focused on heirloom arts

The idea of forming a group that helps others learn heirloom arts like canning, planting a home garden, knitting and sewing blossomed into what is now known as Prosser Farm Girls. The two founders of the group, Rene Groom and Carol Ashby, spoke to the Sunnyside Nouvella Club late last week.

Nuestra Casa's library visits learning opportunity for mothers and their children

La Escuelita, "The Little School," is more than child care for parents learning English as a second language through Nuestra Casa - it is a learning opportunity for both parents and children.

Guest Column

Labor pains...apocalypse now or later

Labor pains...apocalypse now or later

Words from Washington

We must rein in spending

We must rein in spending

Jennie's Journey

Wisconsin lawmakers are on the mark

Wisconsin lawmakers are on the mark

DEATH NOTICE

JESUS JOSE SOTO

JESUS JOSE SOTO

Tuesday, February 22

Sheller Road shooters miss intended targets

Since last Friday the Sunnyside Police Department has received three reports of shots fired and a report of a weapon displayed in an attempt to threaten an individual.

Sunnyside police discover guns during traffic stop

Sunnyside Police Officer Jaime Prieto was on patrol yesterday (Monday) at about 2:30 p.m. when he recognized the driver of a vehicle traveling eastbound on North Avenue. He recalled the 17-year-old driver had a suspended driver's license.

R.E. Powell raising money for White Swan fire victims

GRANDVIEW - On the night of Feb. 12 a chimney spark caused a house to catch fire in White Swan. Because of gale force winds, the fire spread across 235 acres and destroyed numerous homes. Representatives from R.E. Powell Distributing Company say this disaster left 145 individuals homeless and another large number of families sustained significant smoke and wind damage to their homes or lost perishable items.

Port of Sunnyside receives financial excellence award

The Port of Sunnyside has for the 12th year in a row been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

GEAR UP information to be provided next Monday

GEAR UP information to be provided next Monday

18 students in all earn straight-A's at Sunnyside's HMS

Harrison Middle School in Sunnyside had 18 students achieve perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the second quarter of the 2010-11 academic year.

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ANTONIO VALDEZ

ANTONIO VALDEZ

DEATH NOTICE

DOROTHY M. LOONEY

DOROTHY M. LOONEY

Monday, February 21

DEATH NOTICE

DOROTHY LOONEY

DOROTHY LOONEY

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LEO W. HALLMAN SR.

LEO W. HALLMAN SR.

Olivera medals for Lady Grizzlies

TACOMA - One of Sunnyside's four female State qualifiers made it to the medal stand during the girls State wrestling tourney this past Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Strong start by Grizzlies overshadowed by questionable calls in trophy round

TACOMA - "I'm steppin' into the Twilight Zone, this place is a madhouse," Golden Earring's Twilight Zone blared during warm-ups before State semifinal wrestling action this past Saturday at Mat Classic XXIII.

Sunnyside Christian girls one win away from trip to Spokane

MABTON - District champions via their 61-30 victory over Bickleton last Friday evening in the Mabton High School gym, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights need just one more win to advance to the 1B State tournament.

Torres wrestles tough in two State tourney matches

TACOMA - Grandview High School's Martin Torres represented the Greyhounds at the State 2A Wrestling Tournament this past weekend, but despite his determination and two hard fought matches, Torres was eliminated early.

Knights move on

MABTON - The Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team won its 10th District championship in the past 13 years this past Friday night in Mabton with a 67-30 thrashing over Lyle/Wishram.

Chandler, Taylor vote against 'flawed' spending bill

OLYMPIA - The state House of Representatives last Friday passed an agreement negotiated between the House and the Senate to address the deficit in the current two-year operating budget, which runs through June 30.

Vikings bring home 1A wrestling hardware

TACOMA - Six Mabton wrestlers took to the mats this past Friday and Saturday hoping to bring home a state championship. There were no championship trophies handed out to the Vikings but four Mabton wrestlers did well enough to medal.

Dementia support group to meet in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Lewy Body Dementia Association is forming a Central Washington Lewy Body Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias Support Group in Grandview.

Community center operations up in the air

The future is uncertain about Sunnyside's Promise's role in operating the Sunnyside Community Center beyond the end of this month.

Drive-by shooting injures Grandview man

GRANDVIEW - A drive-by shooting believed to have gang ties left a Grandview man with leg injuries.

Top science minds at SHS gearing up for annual fair

Sunnyside students have been working diligently on projects that in all likelihood would tax the brains of most people.

Friday, February 18

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Donations appreciated

Donations appreciated

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VERNON STOTTLEMYRE

VERNON STOTTLEMYRE

Guest Column

Want to know where the liberal money really goes?

Want to know where the liberal money really goes?

Cutting to the Core

More irksome trouble from the Middle East

More irksome trouble from the Middle East

High school artist's work selected for Show 'N Shine flyers

Sunnyside High School student Juan Gonzalez has always viewed art as just a hobby, but recent recognition and praise for his work, which appears on the flyers for this year's Show 'n Shine car show, may have changed his mind.

Movie night for families set for Feb. 26

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Community Church of God will host a family movie night Saturday, Feb. 26.

Releasing the past can be freeing, says Christian club guest speaker

PROSSER - Cindee Henderson of Hermiston, Ore. is afraid of two things, snakes and the dark.

Leadership team's goals detailed for local school board

The Sunnyside School Board last night concluded its two-day retreat by reviewing goals of the district's leadership team.

Convicted murderer draws sentence of lifetime in prison

A 23-year-old Outlook man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of 14-year-old Francisca Ramirez-Hernandez in October of 2008.

Grandview man arrested on felony eluding charge

GRANDVIEW - A 28-year-old Grandview man was arrested yesterday (Thursday) by Grandview police on a charge of felony eluding.

GREAT helping Grandview to keep kids out of criminal gangs

GRANDVIEW - In an era when governments are hiring more police officers or trying to pass legislation to make life tougher on criminal gangs, the city of Grandview is focusing its efforts on an intervention program.

Thursday, February 17

Sunnyside Christian High School names honor roll students

Sunnyside Christian High School administrators have released the names of students making the honor roll for the second quarter of school.

Free pancakes at IHOP March 1

In celebration of National Pancake Day, IHOP restaurants nationwide will Tuesday, March 1, offer each patron a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Sunnyside FOE now accepting local donations for fire victims

Sunnyside's Fraternal Order of Eagles is encouraging local residents to drop off donations for the victims of the fire that burned nearly 20 homes in White Swan last weekend.

Fair housing training on tap next week

GRANGER - The Northwest Fair Housing Alliance will host a free fair housing and fair lending training workshop for social service providers and housing advocates on Thursday, Feb. 24, in Granger.

Self-assessments take up bulk of school board retreat time

Last night's Sunnyside School Board retreat focused a great deal on reviewing their work together as a board and as individuals.

Local commissioners consider establishing tax-levying parks district in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Board of Parks and Recreation met yesterday (Wednesday) for its monthly meeting and discussed a variety of issues, including a new chapter in the Sunnyside Municipal Code, a park district and facility updates.

Traffic congestion focus of Sunnyside meeting

Weather, bell times, school proximity, roads and driver education were all things listed as causes of the massive traffic congestion motorists' face when traveling North 16th Street near Sun Valley Elementary School and Sierra Vista Middle School.

Wednesday, February 16

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JAMES A. THOMPSON

JAMES A. THOMPSON

Words from Washington

People of Central Washington are the region's strengths

People of Central Washington are the region's strengths

Empire of M

Trust goes a long way

Trust goes a long way

Guest Column

Don't shoot those guns in the air just yet, Egypt

Don't shoot those guns in the air just yet, Egypt

Bickleton girls still alive

GOLDENDALE - The Bickleton High School girls basketball team has a monumental task that lies ahead.

Drive-by shooting reported in Outlook

Gunshots rang out in the 2300 block of Dekker Road in Outlook last night (Tuesday) at 8:48 p.m.

Sunnyside woman views vintage clothing as historical treasure

PROSSER - Cheryl Pira of Sunnyside has been collecting vintage clothing for approximately 40 years. Her longtime fascination with what some might view as throwaways is a treasure to her.

Yakima County commissioners ink agreement with Sunnyside hospital

YAKIMA - The Board of Yakima County Commissioners entered into an agreement with Sunnyside Community Hospital at yesterday's weekly commissioners meeting.

SHS Grizzly dance team 'best in show' at Kamiakin dance competition

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside High School dance team competed at the Kamiakin Dance Competition this past Saturday and scored a first place finish in the hiphop category.

Catch-and-release of sturgeon allowed

Fishermen seeking the thrill of catching a sturgeon can rejoice because catch-and-release fishing will still be allowed between the Bonneville and the Dalles dams on the Columbia River and its tributaries, Saturday, Feb. 19, through Dec. 21, 2011.

McKenna, Ross offer gang prevention funding solution

OLYMPIA - Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and Representative Charles Ross, R-Naches, earlier this week announced a new proposal to fund programs that prevent young people from joining gangs and offer ways for current gang members to find a way out.

County gang commission seeks grant funding

WAPATO - The Yakima County Gang Commission met yesterday (Tuesday) in Wapato to discuss a number of issues, ideas and grants available to the county in their fight against gang activity.

Multi-million dollar grant being used to improve graduation rates in Sunnyside

Harrison Middle School Assistant Principal Julie Perez and Sierra Vista Middle School Assistant Principal Charlie Diaz were the guest speakers at Monday's Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club and explained to Rotarians a new grant the school district has received aimed at improving graduation rates.

Tuesday, February 15

DEATH NOTICE

JEANETTE MARION

JEANETTE MARION

Love Your Culture Carnival draws large crowd

The wafting smell of Caldo de Pollo (chicken soup) greeted visitors to yesterday's Love Your Culture Carnival, held at the Sunnyside Community Center. The first-time event was sponsored by Sunnyside's Promise and Yakima Valley Systems of Care.

Battle of the Books a hit with Pioneer fifth graders

What do Too Many Toys and Bone Soup have in common?

Knights punch 13th straight ticket to State

WHITE SALMON - The Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team came away from this past weekend's District tournament with two wins and a 13th straight berth to the State tournament.

Sunnyside woman draws on experience to coach business owners locally, globally

"I believe life experiences help us get where we are today," says Donna Fuller of Sunnyside.

Grandview's first setback of season comes in District championship game

YAKIMA - The Grandview Greyhounds this past Saturday suffered their first loss of the season in the District championship game against the Wapato Wolves.

Sunnyside High School seeks project judges

The change to a trimester system at Sunnyside High School has also brought changes to senior project presentations. Presentations for the Class of 2011 will be held Tuesday, March 1, and Tuesday, May 10.

Outlook plans parent meeting

OUTLOOK - The Outlook Elementary School parent advisory committee will meet this Thursday, Feb. 17, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. in room 108 at the school.

City moves to get tough on local gangs

After giving citizens a chance to weigh in on the decision to add three new employees at the Sunnyside Police Department, a crime analyst and two lateral officers, the Sunnyside City Council last night gave the nod.

Grandview joins lawsuit aimed at fully funding schools

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board approved a resolution at Monday evening's meeting to join the growing coalition of school districts and related organizations that recently sued the state of Washington claiming legislators were not providing ample and adequate funding for basic educational needs.

Bill signed extending pay for unemployed

OLYMPIA - Gov. Christine Gregoire signed two bills last Friday to extend federally funded unemployment benefits and permanently reduce state taxes on those benefits. The bill signing ended weeks of contentious debate in the Washington State Legislature over unemployment insurance.

Monday, February 14

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ANTONIO H. GUTIERREZ

ANTONIO H. GUTIERREZ

Reach to Recovery program aids local breast cancer survivors

Before the end of this year, almost 5,000 women in Washington state will sit across from their doctor and hear the four words that will change their lives forever: "You have breast cancer."

High school student's senior project focuses on getting people active

Sunnyside High School senior Alexus Alvarez has always been into athletics so she thought a good senior project would focus on health and fitness to get people active.

Food handler's class scheduled March 9 at Sunnyside church

A food handler's class will be held in Sunnyside on Wednesday, March 9, at 7 a.m. at United Methodist Church, corner of Ninth Street and Edison Avenue.

Grandview's Torres earns spot at 2A State tournament

ELLENSBURG - Grandview High School's Martin Torres is heading to the 2A State wrestling tournament in Tacoma this weekend after placing fourth in the 285-lb. weight class at the Regional meet in Ellensburg.

Lady Pirates face loser-out District game this Tuesday

WHITE SALMON - The Bickleton Lady Pirates this past weekend went into the District playoffs as the No. 3 seed from the Greater Columbia 1B league and were looking to win their first two games.

Sunnyside advances 16 wrestlers to State

PASCO - The Sunnyside High School boys and girls wrestling teams will be taking a combined total of 16 grapplers to the Tacoma Dome this week for the Mat Classic state tourney.

Christian girls one win away from advancing to Regionals

WHITE SALMON - A pair of blowout wins in the opening round of the 1B District tournament this past weekend leaves the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team one victory shy of advancing to Regionals.

Mabton boys in District title game

ZILLAH - The Mabton Vikings, the SCAC East's No. 1 seed, beat the SCAC West's No. 2 seed, the Goldendale Timberwolves, 80-59 this past Saturday at Zillah Middle School to secure a berth in the SCAC District finals next Saturday, Feb. 19, in Toppenish.

Shots fired in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A home in Grandview was hit by gunfire this past Saturday night. The residence, located in the 400 block of Avenue E, was hit by one bullet. None of the five people inside the house were hurt.

Roofing projects top Sunnyside construction starts for January

Baybe it was due to strong wind storms the area received, but new construction starts in Sunnyside during January were topped by roofing projects in what proved to be a light month.

Friday, February 11

SCHS grad baking away for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and Bon Vino's Pastry Chef Joreen Mensonides is busy whipping up baked specialties for the big day.

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Trash on I-82

Trash on I-82

'F' as in Frank

No love lost

No love lost

Across our State

Cape Disappointment no longer disappointing!

Cape Disappointment no longer disappointing!

Sunnyside student encouraging citizens to get out and walk for a cause

Sunnyside High School senior Alexus Alvarez is hoping her senior project will cause people to get out and "Walk for a Cause."

Women's Bible being formed

A multi-denominational women's Bible study will begin on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 1:30 p.m., at the Grace Brethren Church in Sunnyside.

Local author captures pioneer life in new book

Marsha Schemmer Blake's Oklahoma Tumbleweeds is not a book about big ideas or big events. There aren't any famous American legends traipsing through the pages, or large battles against an embittered enemy. This isn't a book about how leaders are forged or legislation enforce.

Sunnyside softball league plans meeting next week

The Lower Valley Men's Slowpitch Association will have a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m., at El Valle Restaurant in Sunnyside to discuss the coming season.

Love Your Culture celebration set for Feb. 14

Sunnyside's Promise along with Yakima Valley Systems of Care will be hosting a free celebration of different cultures through music, dance and food.

Experience helps lift Mabton over Naches

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings boys basketball team used its experience from earlier non-league games and its senior basketball players to hold off a determined Naches Valley team last night (Thursday) 51-49 in opening play of the SCAC District tournament.

Feb. 15 parent meeting to address traffic congestion at Sierra Vista and Sun Valley

Parents in a rush to pick up or drop off their children from Sun Valley Elementary School or Sierra Vista Middle School on North 16th Street are often faced with a noteworthy dilemma - traffic congestion.

Thursday, February 10

Affordable Care Act seeks to place cap on out-of-pocket expense

Despite its strong political opponents, the Affordable Care Act offers some valuable benefits to the American health care consumer revealed Families USA, a voice for quality and affordable health care since 1982.

Traffic stop nets shooting suspect

A 20-year-old Sunnyside man was arrested this past Sunday on suspicion of a drive-by shooting.

Women getting fit at Nuestra Casa

Women participating in Nuestra Casa's English as a Second Language (ESL) program not long ago asked the organization if it could provide a fitness class to help them improve their health.

Conservation district hammers out 2011 priorities and goals

The South Yakima Conservation District Board of Supervisors met yesterday (Wednesday) to go over the agency's goals and priorities for 2011.

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KATRINA ROSE WALSH

KATRINA ROSE WALSH

Wednesday, February 9

Grandview leaders embrace Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - A proclamation in their honor and restored city entrance state title signs are planned by Grandview city officials in response to the Grandview boys basketball team going undefeated.

Man brandishes sword before fleeing accident scene

Yesterday (Tuesday) just after 3:30 p.m. Sunnyside police responded to a hit and run accident call in the 1100 block of South 11th Street. Witnesses at the scene told officers a man driving a brown pick-up rammed his vehicle into a white pick-up. The suspect allegedly got out of his vehicle, brandished a sword and began swinging it at another man before running from the accident scene.

Grandview, YVCC ink library deal

GRANDVIEW - It took several months and several drafts, but the city of Grandview and YVCC finally have a working agreement for their joint library project.

Injury bug bites Lady Vikings

Mabton girls lose hoop playoff opener

Mabton girls lose hoop playoff opener

Uptown Sunnyside Association asks for $9,000 support

Bill Flower of the Uptown Sunnyside Association asked the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday to consider granting $9,000 to the organization for this year's flower pots and banners to be located in the downtown corridor.

Heckert graduates Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Cody R. Heckert, a 2005 graduate of Sunnyside High School, recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

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Police department appreciated

Police department appreciated

Empire of M

Irrational? Yes, but a phobia, nonetheless

Irrational? Yes, but a phobia, nonetheless

Jennie's Journey

I don't like sitting on the laps of others

I don't like sitting on the laps of others

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MARIA SANTOS GOMEZ

MARIA SANTOS GOMEZ

Tuesday, February 8

Sunnyside Post Office staying put...for now

The Sunnyside Post Office building on the corner of Seventh Street and Edison Avenue has been on the market for a year-and-a-half.

Council continues hearing public safety recommendations

Last night (Monday) the Sunnyside City Council continued its consideration of recommendations from the public safety committee presented at a special meeting held last Monday.

Historic warehouse getting new life

The warehouse on the corner of South Sixth Street and East Railroad Avenue in Sunnyside is a historic building that has been in need of some TLC for a while.

Women urged to know health history

"Heart disease is the leading killer of women," said Dr. Katheryn Norris yesterday (Monday) at the annual National Wear Red Day luncheon hosted by Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Lady Greyhounds end season with a loss

WAPATO - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds basketball team saw its 2010-11 campaign come to a close last night with a 79-55 loser-out playoff loss at Wapato last night.

Bickleton ends season with 63-27 loss

BICKLETON - The Bickleton Pirates took on Lyle/Wishram in their final game of the season last night and the Cougars emerged with a 63-27 victory.

Lady Pirates slay Cougars 70-37

BICKLETON - It was the final game of the regular season for the Lady Pirates and the team wanted to finish strong last night.

Sign up period now for Washington state asparagus growers to receive assistance

Sign up period now for Washington state asparagus growers to receive assistance

National Burn Awareness Week Feb. 6-12

Each year on average 18,300 Americans are injured, and more than 3,500 die in fires, with children age 14 and under making up 10-15 percent of all fire deaths.

Rally squad leader finds perfect fit

When a high school football player moves on to college, and then the pros, what's left for them? For most, it's coaching.

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DIXIE LYNN HEITSCHMIDT

DIXIE LYNN HEITSCHMIDT

Monday, February 7

Sunnyside teen stabbed by boyfriend

A Sunnyside teenager yesterday morning (Sunday) at about 3 a.m. was stabbed by her boyfriend when she told him she wanted to end the relationship. Her mother called the Sunnyside police to report the incident. She transported the girl to Sunnyside Community Hospital for treatment.

SHS seeks to show Sunnyside's character

Sunnyside has character and the Sunnyside School District is hoping the entire community will step up and show it.

Super Bowl extra special for Sunnyside youth

On Feb. 6, 2005, New England Patriots fans across the United States celebrated the third Super Bowl victory with a win against the Philadelphia Eagles, but in Sunnyside, Sarah and Tomas Villalobos were at Sunnyside Community Hospital welcoming their first son - Zeke.

Senate lauds 'courageous, unwavering dedication' of Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol members and cadets are not accustomed to being the center of attention, yet they had no choice but to take a bow last Wednesday as the Washington State Senate took time to salute the history and service of the Civil Air Patrol and its Washington state wing.

First Friday a success at Sunnyside city hall

More than 30 sewer and water customers took advantage of the open doors at Sunnyside city hall last Friday.

Knights finish out season with two wins, prepare for playoffs

The Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team finished league play undefeated with a win against Trout Lake/Glenwood this past Friday and a win on Saturday against Bickleton.

Grizzlies roll to District tourney title

24 qualify for Regionals

24 qualify for Regionals

Sunnyside boys end season with a split

A regular season ending split this past weekend wasn't enough to advance the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team to the postseason.

Lady Grizzlies end season with two losses

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies ended the 2010-11 CBBN 3A season with a loss to Pasco on Friday and a loss to Kamikan on Saturday.

BIRTHS

OUT OF TOWN

OUT OF TOWN

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JOSE JESUS FLORES

JOSE JESUS FLORES

Friday, February 4

Economic development opportunities on state lands focus of legislation

OLYMPIA - State lawmakers are considering a bill that would direct three state agencies to consider economic development opportunities when making decisions on how to most advantageously manage lands under their authority.

Washington, British Columbia expand climate action partnerships

Top environmental leaders from Washington state and British Columbia agreed this week to work together even more closely to fight against and prepare for climate change.

Community Dental welcomes specialist to Sunnyside clinic

Community Dental in Sunnyside has a new pediatric dentist at its office, which they believe is a first for Sunnyside.

Sunnyside High grad completes two-year mission trip to Brazil

Not many people get the opportunity to live in and experience another culture in a different country, but to do so for two years - that is a real blessing.

Reel Direct

Awards season in full swing

Awards season in full swing

City council needs to adopt plan pitched to fight crime

This past Monday night the Sunnyside City Council heard the recommendations and requests from the Public Safety Committee. The ONLY correct answer from the Council should have been "We accept the plan 100 percent, we'll meet to find a way to put it into the budget, and be back to affirm our action with a yes vote next Monday.

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'Special' treatment appreciated

'Special' treatment appreciated

Guest Editorial

(Still not) making the grade

(Still not) making the grade

Cutting to the Core

It's the price of gas, Stupid!

It's the price of gas, Stupid!

Thursday, February 3

State GOP displeased with budget slashing amendment

OLYMPIA - Lawmakers from the 15th Legislative District made themselves available for a conference call yesterday (Wednesday) to reporters and explained why their budget amendment would have helped reduce the state budget deficit more than what the Democrats proposed.

Fashion show in Sunnyside to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital

Sunnyside High School senior Marisol Velazquez had to come up with something for her senior project so she decided to focus on something close to her heart. Fashion.

Rice ninth at bowling tournament

CONNELL - Sunnyside's Rob Rice garnered a ninth-place finish at last Sunday's Central Washington Open bowling tournament, staged at Connell's Town & Country Lanes.

600-plus students gain leadership skills at Mabton conference

MABTON - Wednesday morning more than 600 students from 16 schools filled the Mabton High School gym bleachers for a Jostens leadership workshop and amidst laughter and games, they received a message about setting goals, helping others and making a difference.

Wednesday, February 2

Irrigation water outlook good for 2011

According to Don Schramm, assistant manager of engineers at Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District, the 2011 irrigation water forecast indicates local farmers will be in good shape this year, but he would like to see some more snow in the mountains.

Youth job fair is a community event, says speaker at Daybreak Rotary meeting

WorkSource Operations Manager Jack Fitzgerald this morning told Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club members about the positive impact of the annual Youth Job and Career Fair hosted by various organizations in the community.

Local irrigators reject power idea

A project that could create energy from the Sunnyside Division's labyrinth of canals is receiving opposition from Sunnyside Division General Manager Jim Trull.

Developmentally disabled at risk with state budget cuts

YAKIMA - With budget cuts threatening programs and organizations across the state, agencies that help families and individuals with developmental disabilities are faced with an uncertain future.

Bickleton boys win in overtime last night

BICKLETON - The Mabton JV team traveled to Pirate territory yesterday for a close game that spilled into overtime. Ultimately, the Bickleton varsity players claimed the 64-60 win.

Clinton sets school record

BICKLETON - The Mabton JV girls basketball team got a run for its money in the Bickleton gym last night, as the Lady Pirates varsity handed the Lady Vikes a 64-28 defeat.

Fighting Irish foiled in SCHS gym

It wasn't the prettiest game, for either club. In the end, the victory went to the 1B Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights basketball team.

Prosser Mustangs unable to stop Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - If one or two of the Grandview Greyhounds is slowed from behind the three-point arc, another is sure to step up.

Defending State champs continue roll towards playoffs

The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team claimed another victory from a bigger foe last night as the 1B Knights beat 2B DeSales 58-24 in non-league action last night.

Lady Grizzlies WIN!!!

RICHLAND - It took 18 games but the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team finally got off the snide with a 46-45 win last night against the Hanford Falcons in Richland.

Nine-week grief recovery classes begin soon

Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care is teaming up with Sunnyside Community Hospital to provide a free nine-week class designed to help community members work through grief. The classes begin Monday, Feb. 14.

Words from Washingotn

State of the Union

State of the Union

'F' as in Frank

U.S. repeating its past failures

U.S. repeating its past failures

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DONNIE FORGEY

DONNIE FORGEY

DEATH NOTICE

LUZ MARIA SALMERON

LUZ MARIA SALMERON

Tuesday, February 1

Greyhounds CWAC champs

The Grandview Greyhounds have just two games left in the regular season, but know they earned the CWAC title after winning 63-39 over Toppenish last Friday and 86-61 against Wapato Saturday.

Sunnyside Christian defeats Bickleton girls

As good as advertised, Bickleton senior Katelynn Clinton, that is.

Sunnyside Christian too strong for Pirates

It was a battle of David vs. Goliath last night when the Bickleton Pirates took on the boys basketball team at Sunnyside Christian High School. Goliath won.

Federal judge sides with states in federal health care challenge

A Florida judge yesterday (Monday) ruled that Congress exceeded its constitutional authority in approving a new health care mandate requiring all U.S. citizens to have or purchase health insurance or face a fine.

Sunnyside physician earns board certification

Happy and thankful is how Dr. Ana Sofia Zelaya expresses her emotions after earning a certification in family medicine obstetrics from the American Board of Family Medicine Obstetrics.

Lainey Lou to release second album this Friday

Sunnyside's own Lainey Rodriguez is building her own path to stardom and it starts Friday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. That's when Lainey Lou, the name she's chosen for herself when performing for audiences, drops her second CD - Melody Lane - at North Town Coffeehouse in Yakima.

City council asked to get tough on crime

The Sunnyside City Council last night was provided a list of six recommendations for fighting gang activity. That list was compiled by the council's subcommittee on public safety and is up for consideration and discussion.

Motorist reports seeing gun

At about 4:30 p.m. yesterday (Monday) a motorist passing Sunnyside's Central Park witnessed a group of juveniles there. One of the youngsters held what he believed was a gun. The witness called police, reporting what he saw. He told officers he was not certain if the weapon was a toy or if it was real.

Annual Hospice Talent Show set for this Thursday

It has become a yearly tradition for the Lower Valley, when some of the area's most talented and most entertaining acts come together for the Hospice Talent Show. And this year it will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Two Grandview houses hit with paint balls

GRANDVIEW - Two houses in Grandview were the target of someone with a paint ball gun yesterday (Monday).

State AG urges local residents to guard against internet snoops

Despite warnings, many computer users unknowingly leave them themselves vulnerable to financial fraud or privacy invasions.

Grandview Scentsy consultant receives promotion

GRANDVIEW - Scentsy, Inc., a party plan company that provides scented, wickless candles, has announced that Tiffani Rowland of Grandview has been promoted to the director level from her previous position of independent consultant for the company.

Battle of the Bands brings in more than $4,800 for SHS music program

Not many students can say they helped establish a high school tradition, but the raving success of last Saturday's Battle of the Bands seems to have put Sunnyside senior Chrinstine Kim in that unique position.

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MELVIN BARNETT

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