Stories for February 2011


Monday, February 28


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.

February 28, 2011 3:26 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 25



Support for wrestlers appreciated

February 25, 2011 3:29 p.m. read more..

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.

February 24, 2011 2:20 p.m. read more..

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.

February 24, 2011 2:11 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 23


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.

February 23, 2011 4:10 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 22


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.

February 22, 2011 2:13 p.m. read more..

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.

February 22, 2011 2:12 p.m. read more..

Monday, February 21


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.

February 21, 2011 2:55 p.m. read more..

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.

February 21, 2011 2:52 p.m. read more..

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.

February 21, 2011 2:51 p.m. read more..

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.

February 21, 2011 2:49 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 18


Thursday, February 17


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.

February 17, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..

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.

February 17, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..

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.

February 17, 2011 3:05 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 16


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.

February 16, 2011 4:17 p.m. read more..

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.

February 16, 2011 4:14 p.m. read more..

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.

February 16, 2011 4:14 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 15


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.

February 15, 2011 3:40 p.m. read more..

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.

February 15, 2011 3:29 p.m. read more..

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.

February 15, 2011 3:29 p.m. read more..

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.

February 15, 2011 3:24 p.m. read more..

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.

February 15, 2011 3:20 p.m. read more..

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.

February 15, 2011 3:20 p.m. read more..

Monday, February 14


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.

February 14, 2011 3:38 p.m. read more..

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.

February 14, 2011 3:36 p.m. read more..

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.

February 14, 2011 3:36 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 11


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.

February 11, 2011 3:26 p.m. read more..

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.

February 11, 2011 3:26 p.m. read more..

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.

February 11, 2011 3:25 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 10


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.

February 10, 2011 3:43 p.m. read more..

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.

February 9, 2011 3:36 p.m. read more..

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.

February 9, 2011 3:26 p.m. read more..

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.

February 9, 2011 3:25 p.m. read more..

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.

February 9, 2011 3:19 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 8


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.

February 8, 2011 3:17 p.m. read more..

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.

February 8, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..

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.

February 7, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..

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.

February 7, 2011 3:05 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 4


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.

February 4, 2011 3:09 p.m. read more..

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.

February 3, 2011 3:46 p.m. read more..

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.

February 3, 2011 3:42 p.m. read more..

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.

February 3, 2011 3:41 p.m. read more..

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.

February 2, 2011 3:59 p.m. read more..

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.

February 2, 2011 3:56 p.m. read more..

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.

February 2, 2011 3:54 p.m. read more..

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.

February 2, 2011 3:52 p.m. read more..

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.

February 2, 2011 3:47 p.m. read more..

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.

February 2, 2011 3:46 p.m. read more..

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.

February 1, 2011 4:53 p.m. read more..

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.

February 1, 2011 4:42 p.m. read more..

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.

February 1, 2011 4:39 p.m. read more..

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.

February 1, 2011 4:39 p.m. read more..

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.

February 1, 2011 4:38 p.m. read more..

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.

February 1, 2011 4:26 p.m. read more..