Stories for January 2011


Monday, January 31

'Spirit of Sunnyside' nominees sought

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the annual "Spirit of Sunnyside" awards...names like Delta Aileen (Price) Bootsma, Jon Smiley, Carol Bos, Alejandra Bobadilla, Gene Carlyle, Jeff Dillon, and Bill and Lisa DeRuyter.

Plans for community park in final stages

MABTON - Last Monday a group of community members in Mabton met to discuss final plans for a new park in the community.

Gunfire erupts in Grandview last Saturday night

GRANDVIEW- Gunfire erupted on Saturday night in Grandview in the 100 block of Cedar Street. Police say officers responded to a report of shots fired at 9:55 p.m. and when arriving on the scene, discovered a large amount of glass from a vehicle in the roadway.

Firemen honored at annual banquet

Sunnyside's career and volunteer firefighters were honored this past Saturday at a banquet and awards ceremony held at RC's Restaurant.







Friday, January 28

New parent center a success

A group of parents helped pack the Sunnyside School Board meeting yesterday (Thursday) to help emphasize the success of the district's newly opened Family Engagement Center. The center's director, Darena Ah Quin, thanked the board for all their help in obtaining the center.

unnyside school counselors report on student efforts

Sunnyside School District counselors are working on ensuring each school has a counseling model that focuses on academic achievement, personal achievement and career planning.

Move planned for Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is banking on a location change to help make the organization a bit more visible.

Homeless survey connects people with much needed services

St. Joseph's Catholic Church gym was brimming with activity yesterday (Thursday) as the Point in Time survey and Project Homeless Connect brought people in need of assistance and various helpful organizations together.

Pirates defeat Sunnyside C squad

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School boys basketball team played Sunnyside's C squad yesterday (Thursday) and came away with a 46-39 win.

Greyhounds best Wolves in 49-27 win

GRANDVIEW - Wapato wrestlers were guests in Greyhound country yesterday (Thursday) but the Grandview wrestlers overpowered the team and earned a 49-27 victory.

Grizzly grapplers blank West Valley

For perhaps the first time in school history, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team shut-out an opponent, blanking West Valley 75-0 at home last night, Thursday.

Grandview church to host movie night

GRANDVIEW - An uplifting movie for marriages and a program for children is all part of Grandview Christian Church's movie night on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m.

Day-long ;musical event being hosted

Guerra's Coffee Co. in Sunnyside will host "Keep the Music Alive" all day long on Sunday, Feb. 6.

Cavatina Duo brings musical talent to Sunnyside

The Lower Valley Concerts Association will present its second concert of the 2010-11 season on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m., at the Sunnyside High School auditorium, with a performance by Cavatina Duo, an internationally famous guitar and flute duo.


Get tough on criminals

Get tough on criminals

'F' as in frank

Busted brackets

Busted brackets

Jen's Journey

The well's run dry at Hanford

The well's run dry at Hanford

Thursday, January 27

Youth job fair returns to Sunnyside

Several local agencies met yesterday (Wednesday) at WorkSource in Sunnyside to organize the third annual youth job fair.

Foster kids project in need of help

Foster children often feel abandoned and lonely when holidays roll around. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Marycruz Orduno of Grandview High School wants them to feel the support and love of the community.

Sunnyside police forming honor guard

Sunnyside Police Officer Scott Orate and Corrections Officer Andrew Gutierrez are two of the city's finest. And, both hold strongly to the belief in supporting fellow officers and representing the police department in a professional and positive manner.

Bleyhl co-op detailed for Kiwanians

Nearly 50 years ago, the Bleyhl Co-op was formed after Carl and Alex Bleyhl retired.

WIC program benefits local economy

Mary Jo Mengarelli, a public health administrator for Yakima Neighborhood Health, was the featured guest speaker at Monday's Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting and explained the WIC program offered at her agency.

Wednesday, January 26

Grandview, YVCC continue discussion on library agreement

GRANDVIEW - As construction continues ahead of schedule for the new Grandview-YVCC library, city and college officials are making progress in hammering out an agreement for the joint project.

Cantwell's first bill of the year would make sales tax deduction permanent

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tuesday, Jan. 25, on the day of the President's State of the Union address, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced her first bill of the 112th Congress: bipartisan legislation that would make the state and local sales tax deduction permanent for Washingtonians.

Feds announce injunction against Evans Fruit

GRANGER - Nearly three months after it was handed down by a judge, federal officials were here yesterday announcing an injunction against Evans Fruit related to an investigation of sexual harassment.

Vikings clinch SCAC East

ROYAL CITY - Recording their 11th straight win and the 14th out of the last 15 games, the Mabton High School boys basketball team clinched the SCAC East division with a 61-57 win against the Royal Knights last night (Tuesday).

;Lady Knights nip White Swan

In a battle of teams ranked in the top 10, the Sunnyside Christian girls' basketball team prevailed at home over White Swan 63-54 last night, Tuesday.

Lady Vikes pound Royal, 80-19

ROYAL CITY - The Mabton Lady Viking basketball team won easily last night, Tuesday, with an 80-19 victory over host Royal.

East Valley trounces Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - East Valley and Grandview wrestled in a tough match yesterday (Tuesday). The Greyhounds struggled against the Red Devils and left with a 47-18 loss, bringing their CWAC record to 2-5.

Knights victorious against White Swan

It was the kind of game basketball fans live for. Sunnyside Christian High School, the No. 2 team in the 1B ranks, and White Swan, the No. 2 team in the 2B ranks, put on a show for a packed SCHS gym.

Vikings beat White Swan, prepare for Districts

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings out-wrestled the White Swan Cougars last night (Tuesday) in Mabton's last dual meet of the season, beating the Cougars 38-22.

Class of '91 reunion set

The Sunnyside High School Class of 1991 is planning its 20-year class reunion, which will be held on July 22-23 at Shadow Lake Ranch in Prosser.

Dietician provides Nouvella Club weight loss advice

There are a couple of reasons Andrea Cloudt, dietician at Sunnyside Community Hospital, believes it is important to know how to properly manage weight.

Sunnyside guild seeks new members, ideas to aid Seattle's Children's Hospital

The Pearl Hughes Guild has worked to raise money for Seattle's Children's Hospital for the last 65 years, but the group is currently seeking new members and new ideas that will help this organization last another 60 years.

Across our State

Marketing our ag products through the years

Marketing our ag products through the years

Cutting to the Core

Pour me a Cuba Libre

Pour me a Cuba Libre

Tuesday, January 25

Local lawmakers unhappy with vote on budget measure

OLYMPIA - The state House of Representatives approved a measure Monday to partially address the nearly $600 million budget hole for the current two-year budget cycle, which runs through June 30, 2011.

Sunnyside jail plans upgrade of prisoner phone system

The prisoner phone system at the city of Sunnyside's jail will be upgraded at the cost of $400 per month thanks to approval by the Sunnyside City Council last night.

Sunnyside council mulls code of conduct policies

The Sunnyside City Council first discussed the need for a council code of conduct at a retreat last month.

Mabton school officials brace for budget cuts

MABTON - The current legislative session in Olympia is less than a month old, and already budget concerns are being raised here in the Lower Valley.

County sheriff voices no objections to local folks packing their own heat

OUTLOOK - A handful of Outlook residents gathered at Outlook Elementary School last night (Monday) to take a stand against problems in their community. The residents were joined by Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin and representatives from Northwest Community Action Center.

UW announces Dean's List

SEATTLE - The University of Washington has released its autumn quarter Dean's List for 2010-11 and students from Sunnyside, Grandview, Granger, Mabton, Outlook and Prosser earned a place on the honor roll.

East Asian medicine practitioner opens office in Prosser clinic

PROSSER - When it comes to his unique career, Prosser's new acupuncturist, Todd S. Turetsky, admits that his decision to study East Asian medicine had not been an easy one to make.

Monday, January 24

Mabton residents finalizing plans for new park

MABTON - More than 35 community members in Mabton earlier this month met with representatives of Catholic Charities Housing Services and Pomegranate Center to discuss design ideas for a new park in the community.

Sunnyside police recover weapons

Sunnyside police yesterday (Sunday) at about 1 a.m. received a request for assistance from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office following a threat report.

'Hounds keep win streak alive

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhounds seem unstoppable. They picked up two more wins this past weekend against Othello and East Valley.

Bickleton boys trampled by Mustangs

TROUT LAKE - The Bickleton boys faced Trout Lake-Glenwood for the second time this season and, while the Pirates lost to the Mustangs 51-27, Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts said he was pleased with his team's performance.

Mabton stays undefeated in league play

FINLEY - The Mabton Vikings kept their unbeaten league streak alive this past Friday with a 57-39 win against the Riverview Panthers in SCAC East action. The win puts Mabton's league record at a perfect 8-0.

Poor second halves cost Lady Grizzlies twice

The Sunnyside High School girls basketball team continued its struggles this past weekend with losses against Southridge and Kennewick.

Vikings fourth at Mabton tourney

MABTON - Hosting its own wrestling tournament this past weekend, the Mabton Mid-Valley Classic, the Vikings scored 141 points to finish fourth at the 11-team tournament.

Grizzlies re-join playoff race

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team swept a pair of league contests this past Friday and Saturday to firmly plant itself in the CBBN 3A playoff race.




Friday, January 21

Sunnyside shooting brings 53 years of prison time

YAKIMA - Two men, Octavio Robledo, 24, of Grandview and Ricardo DeLeon, 33, of Prosser, were yesterday (Thursday) each sentenced to 53 years in jail for their role in a gang-related shooting that occurred May 9, 2009 in the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside police stepping up efforts to contact landlords

Not all landlords in the city of Sunnyside have yet complied with the crime-free rental housing ordinance, according to Sunnyside Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck.

Granger couple gives chickens another try

GRANGER - Gary Dixon has been a lot of things in his life. He's been a truck driver. He's worked with musical bands hauling equipment. He's been a police officer. And now he's a chicken farmer, and he couldn't be happier.

Greyhounds put up fight against Othello's Huskies

OTHELLO - The Grandview Greyhounds faced the Othello Huskies Thursday evening in a dog fight that ended with a 40-29 loss for Grandview's wrestlers.

SHS grapplers clinch 3A league title

PASCO - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team wrapped up another winning season and at least a share of the CBBN 3A league title with a 34-18 victory at Pasco last night.

Lady Vikes hold off Columbia-Burbank, 49-34

MABTON - Jazzee Sustaita scored all seven of her points in the final three minutes of play to help the Mabton Lady Viking basketball team hold on for a 49-34 home win last night over Columbia-Burbank.

Mabton wins ninth straight

MABTON - The No. 9 ranked Mabton Vikings won their ninth straight game last night, defeating Columbia-Burbank 74-61 in a key SCAC East match-up.

Grandview man arrested after high-speed chase

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview man is in custody today after leading police on a chase that reportedly reached speeds up to 110 miles per hour.

Life coach will speak to Christian club women

PROSSER - Cindee Henderson, a health and fitness life coach, will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection.

Midwife for goats wears many hats

Creative scheduling is the key to an active life for Whitney Brown of Sunnyside, who has essentially three jobs.

Reel Direct

Remaking Britain

Remaking Britain

Zombie Prom musical coming to SHS

Love, drama, music - with 50s kitsch thrown in for good measure - it's all part and parcel of Zombie Prom, a musical coming to Sunnyside High School.

Guest Editorial

Restoring economic freedom

Restoring economic freedom

Guest Column

In other news...

In other news...

Empire of M

Not all of us cut out to be soldiers

Not all of us cut out to be soldiers

Thursday, January 20

Community invited to participate in annual 'National Wear Red Day'

A move to raise awareness of heart disease among women is again the focus this year of a "National Wear Red Day" event at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Bone marrow drive being held in honor of Sunnyside girl

Friends and family members of Kendra Faith Murray, a 14-month-old Sunnyside girl, will hold a bone marrow drive this Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge in Sunnyside in honor of the youngster.

Outlook community meeting set for Jan. 24

OUTLOOK - Outlook residents are invited to a 'Stand Up For Outlook' meeting on Monday, Jan. 24, at Outlook Elementary School at 3800 Van Belle Rd.

Rotaplast mission on tap

The Rotary Rotaplast volunteer team in Central Washington is preparing to send a Rotaplast team to India in April and the team is asking for donations of baby quilts to take to patients that will be treated at the hospital in Udaipur, India.




Wednesday, January 19

Valley's lawmakers keeping close eye on Dept. of Ecology moratorium on new wells

OLYMPIA - Though it's happening nearly 100 miles away in another county, the issue of a moratorium on new groundwater wells in Kittitas County is being watched closely by the Lower Valley's legislative delegation.

Six more states seek to become part of challenge to national health care act

The number of states represented in a multi-state challenge to provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could climb to 26.

Wastewater treatment plant topic of city council meeting

MABTON - Members of the Mabton City Council, the city's engineering firm Gray & Osborne, Inc., Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington State Department of Ecology met yesterday (Tuesday) to discuss the current schedule for improvements on the city's wastewater treatment facility and how to better inform the public.

Bickleton boys notch first 1B league victory

BICKLETON - The Pirates clashed with Yakama Tribal yesterday (Tuesday) and narrowly claimed their second victory of the season, Bickleton's first win in league play.

Lady Pirates rout Yakama Tribal

BICKLETON - Lady Pirates Coach Emily Barnhart was looking for an opportunity to play her entire team and it presented itself last night against Yakama Tribal.

Vikings lose twice

MABTON - The Mabton wrestling team lost two contests last night against the Zillah Leopards and the Granger Spartans in a double-dual.

Greyhounds out-race Tigers to the finish line

GRANDVIEW - The Greyhound wrestling team is showing strong signs of life and Tuesday night's 47-21 win against Ephrata has boosted the team's confidence, said Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny.

Mensonides hits the ground running as state dairy ambassador

Six months into her reign as the 2010-11 Washington State Dairy Ambassador, Kristyn Mensonides is well-schooled in promoting the state's dairy industry.

Guest Editorial

Fight for the filibuster

Fight for the filibuster

Across our State

Climate change

Climate change

Jennie's Journey

Klamath River debate should concern us here

Klamath River debate should concern us here




Tuesday, January 18

Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympians

YAKIMA - Members of the Yakima County Prosecutor's and Sheriff's offices, as well as staff from the Sunnyside Police Department and several other businesses and organizations, this past Saturday participated in the annual Polar Plunge at the Yakima Greenway's Sarge Hubbard Park.

Public records act detailed for Port of Sunnyside commissioners

"The good, the bad and the ugly of it all...the public records act is intended for transparent government, a fundamental piece of society," Attorney Ramsey Ramerman said at last night's Port of Sunnyside commissioners meeting.

Senior project uses theater to deliver powerful message

This past Friday, Sunnyside High School senior Renae Haringa introduced an audience to the characters Beauty, Brawn, Belly, Brains and Bitter in an emotional drama aimed at exposing the various forms of high school violence.

Lady Pirates slay Klickitat Vandals for second league win

BICKLETON - After coming off a loss to the Zillah JV team, the Bickleton Lady Pirates dusted themselves off and secured a 51-40 victory over the Klickitat Vandals in 1B league play last Friday.

Local man brings 30 years experience to new accounting company

When it comes to running an office, Rich Verhoef seems to know all its particulars - from bookkeeping to payroll and taxes, his experience spans 30 years and he is bringing his knowledge to Lower Valley business owners.

RN has been serving Hillcrest Manor residents for nearly a decade

When it comes to being a registered nurse, there is no place Teri Jones would like to be other than working with the residents of Hillcrest Manor and Rehabilitation Center.

Monday, January 17

Efforts to create district-wide grading policy underway

GRANDVIEW - Efforts are currently underway in the Grandview School District to create a district-wide grading and reporting policy for grades kindergarten through 12.

13-year-old shooting victim in stable condition

A 13-year-old Sunnyside girl, who was the victim of a drive-by shooting last Wednesday night, is currently in stable condition, according to Sunnyside Police Public Information Officer Charlotte Hinderlider.

Legislators sound off on new session

OLYMPIA - Jobs, gangs and driver's license reform are just some of the concerns local lawmakers have in Olympia.

Grandview misses tourney championship by half point

TACOMA - Grandview joined wrestlers from 12 other schools for the sixth annual Willie C. Stewart Invitational at Henry Foss High School this past weekend and proved the Greyhounds are a force to be reckoned with.

Bickleton boys absorb loss to visiting Klickitat Vandals

BICKLETON - The Pirates suffered another bitterly disappointing loss this past Friday, Jan. 7.

Mabton sweeps weekend league games

Due to a power outage at Mabton High School this past Friday the Vikings' home game against the Eagles was moved to Connell. It didn't matter as the Vikings beat the Eagles 60-53 on Friday night and then walloped the Wahluke Warriors 68-25 on Saturday.

Grizzlies invite champs

ELLENSBURG - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team continued its best season in years this past Saturday, cruising to the team title at the Ray Westburg Invite in Ellensburg.

Unbeaten Trout Lake ;no match for SCHS girls

Trout Lake/Glenwood brought a sparkling 10-0 record into last Saturday's match-up against the visiting Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team. That win/loss mark is now tarnished, however.

Friday, January 14

Youth Job Fair planning underway in Sunnyside

The third annual Youth Job Fair is quickly approaching and various organizations began the lengthy planning process yesterday (Thursday) at WorkSource in Sunnyside to make this the most successful event yet.

Gunfire erupts in Lower Valley

six homes targeted by gang members

six homes targeted by gang members

Progress noted at SHS, according to new principal

Two years ago Sunnyside High School was among the bottom 5 percent in the state and in 2009-10 only about half of the students were passing their classes.

2010 a banner building year for Sunnyside

A year that saw a building boom ended with a whimper, as 2010 closed with just $36,000 in new building valuation for the month of December.

Lower Valley cattle rancher headed for Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame

PROSSER - A man with a passion for agriculture, and a humble spirit, Prosser's Charlie Card was truly touched when he discovered he was named the Pioneer of the Year award winner for the 11th annual Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame.

Mabton grapplers pick up two wins at double-dual meet

COWICHE - It was a night of forfeits and no-matches for the Mabton Vikings' wrestling team as the Vikings picked up two wins last night against Cle Elum and Highland.

Clinton's 31 points, 27 boards comes in Bickleton loss to Zillah

BICKLETON - Last night the 1B Lady Pirates varsity squad had a difficult task ahead of them as they competed against the 1A Zillah Leopards' JV team.

Rice reigns supreme on lanes

YAKIMA - Sunnyside's Rob Rice topped the competition at a Central Washington Open bowling tournament hosted by Yakima's Minda Lanes this past Sunday.

200...SHS wrestling coach reaches milestone

The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team handed Coach George Paulus his 200th win in convincing fashion last night, 70-4 over visiting Kamiakin.

State's electronics recycling program nets 78 million pounds total

The E-Cycle Washington program wrapped up its second year in 2010 by collecting 39.5 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors for free-of-charge recycling. That figure beats the first year collection total of 38.5 million pounds, for a two-year program total of 78 million pounds.

Peking-to-Paris Rally relived for Rotarians

Yakima County Commissioner Rand Elliot was the featured guest speaker at Monday's Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting but county politics was the furthest thing from his mind.

New pastor to 're-start' S'side church

Cameron Garcia is the new pastor at Sunnyside Church of God.

Book Review

Rock Art a road guide to Northwest's ancient past

Rock Art a road guide to Northwest's ancient past

Guest Editorial

There is more to the story of the Tucson shootings

There is more to the story of the Tucson shootings

Story Time

The people are angry

The people are angry

'F' as in Frank

Find your inner 'beast mode'

Find your inner 'beast mode'

Cutting to the Core

Scourge of Sunnyside

Scourge of Sunnyside




Thursday, January 13




A new kind of Grizzly spirit

Morp Week is no more, says Sunnyside High School - instead, welcome into the folds a new January tradition known as Grizzly Pride Week.

Outlook Elementary School invites parents to meeting

OUTLOOK - The parent advisory meeting at Outlook Elementary School will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20, and all Outlook parents are welcome to attend.

'Wylie' in Yakima this Friday

YAKIMA - The Yakima Folklife Concert Series is showcasing the group Wylie & the Wild West this Friday, Jan. 14.

Outlook man found guilty of murdering 14-year-old girl

Jesus Fabian Perales, 23, of Outlook was found guilty yesterday, Wednesday, on charges of first-degree murder.

U.S. waits for positive response from Mexico on ag trade

The U.S. and its growers are in a holding pattern, waiting for Mexico to respond favorably to a proposal to restore ag trade between the two countries.

13-year-old girl shooting victim

It appears 2011 isn't going to be that much different from 2010 in Sunnyside, a year in which gun shots rang out regularly and frequently.

Wednesday, January 12

Autopsy shows former Sunnyside man died in Oregon from hypothermia

ONTARIO, ORE. - Israel "Mikey" Zuniga, 27, a former resident of Sunnyside, died on New Year's day, but until this past Monday, Jan. 10, the cause was considered suspicious.

Annexation of former feedlot delayed

The Sunnyside Planning Commission last night held a public hearing to consider annexing the West Sunnyside Business Park, formerly known as the Monson feedlot, and several properties between the current city limits and the property.

Grandview employees to forgo cost of living raises in 2011-12

GRANDVIEW - In what Mayor Norm Childress called a "very big victory for both sides," union employees in the city's public works and police departments will make do without a cost of living adjustment.

American West Bank seeks to get back city of Mabton's business

MABTON - After hearing a presentation from Banner Bank at the last meeting of 2010, the Mabton City Council decided to switch from American West Bank to Banner Bank.

Image is leaders agree

The people who gathered at Tuesday night's joint meeting between four important Sunnyside entities have a vision in mind for the city and are ready to combine efforts to see that vision become reality.

Grandview scores another win to remain undefeated

EPHRATA - The Grandview Greyhounds continued their unblemished streak with a 77-47 victory over the Ephrata Tigers last night.

Hanford outlasts Lady Grizzlies, 52-35

Trying to get their first win of the season the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies fell short last night to the visiting Hanford Falcons, 52-35.

Late rally not enough for Grizzlies in Big Nine game against Hanford boys

The visiting Hanford Falcons used a 16-5 first quarter run to defeat the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team last night, 68-47.

SHS class of '51 planning 60th reunion

The Sunnyside High School class of 1951 will have its 60th reunion on Sept. 10, 2011.

Preliminary pageant for All American Girl Washington to be in Sunnyside

Sunnyside toddler Audrina Campos, the All American Girl first princess from last year's competition in Marysville, will host a preliminary pageant for the All American Girl Washington title in Sunnyside Saturday, Feb. 5.

Berks celebrate silver anniversary

Mike and Debbi Berk of Sunnyside celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at a dinner with family and friends on Dec. 28, 2010.

Guest Editorial

A New Year's resolution for government

A New Year's resolution for government

Jennie's Journey

King's deserving of a holiday, but so are others

King's deserving of a holiday, but so are others




Tuesday, January 11

Irrigation water supply looks good in 2011

More snowfall than usual and a prediction of cooler temperatures in the days ahead are causing some to be optimistic about the irrigation water supply for later this summer.

Firemen extinguish two structure fires in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Fire Department raced to two structure fires on Sunday, Jan 9.

Sunnyside lawmaker embarks on fourth term

OLYMPIA - Sen. Jim Honeyford yesterday (Monday) took the oath of office for a fourth four-year Senate term as the legislature convened for its 2011 regular session at the Capitol. The session in Olympia is scheduled for 105 days.

Proposed RV park hits snag

After hearing from concerned citizens and Sunnyside's city planner and community development supervisor, Jamey Ayling, the Sunnyside City Council allowed a motion to annex property owned by MBM, LLC to fail.

Grandview still undefeated

The Grandview boys basketball team last Friday and Saturday bested the competition in Prosser and Ellensburg to continue its winning streak.

Pirates sunk twice

The Bickleton boys basketball team continues to struggle but Coach Jerry Roberts says his Pirates are showing some promising signs of improvement.

Donations for the homeless sought for Point in Time survey

Project Homeless Connect will once again take place in conjunction with the seventh annual Point In Time Survey Thursday, Jan. 27, in Yakima and Sunnyside.




Monday, January 10

Man found dead in Sunnyside this morning

Early this morning Sunnyside police officers responded to a report of a suspicious person on property in the 500 block of West South Hill Road. The call was received just after 4 a.m. and police found a man on the ground near a vehicle. He was discovered to be suffering from what officers believed was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Obama proposal renews hope for ag trade with Mexico

The new year may bring good news to Lower Valley growers, as the Obama administration is moving to have tariffs lifted in Mexico against U.S. produce.

Grandview man shot in the leg early Saturday morning

GRANDVIEW - A 21-year-old Grandview man was hit in the leg by a gunshot this past Saturday in the 600 block of East Third Street.

Taylor named top Republican on key state House committee

OLYMPIA - Fifteenth District Rep. David Taylor has been appointed as the ranking Republican on the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee. He began his new assignment when the Legislature convened today (Jan. 10) for a scheduled 105-day session.

New AgWeatherNet director explores farmers' needs

PROSSER - Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom is the newly hired director of Washington State University's AgWeatherNet, an online agricultural weather network with more than 130 weather stations located in Washington state.

Grandview wrestlers heating up

GRANDVIEW - The Greyhounds have been busy. Grandview's wrestlers came out on top of their Prosser opponents on Friday, Jan. 7, before putting in a strong showing at the 14th annual Grandview Winter Classic on Saturday.

Carrasco tops 1,000 points in Mabton's eighth win of the year

The Mabton Vikings stayed undefeated in league play this past weekend with wins against Royal City and Ki-Be.

Grizzlies earn first league win

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team earned its first league win of the season this past Friday with a 55-44 home victory over West Valley.

Meetings scheduled to help public with nitrate program

The public is invited to bring their questions and their applications for assistance with tainted drinking water to one of three public information meetings.

Liberty Tax's Sara Sosa ready for busy tax season

When it comes to her job as a tax preparer, Sara Sosa is honored to be serving the customers of Liberty Tax in Sunnyside.

Friday, January 7

City employee handbooks being revised

Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi yesterday (Thursday) met with members of the special investigative committee tasked to determine if pay increases for city employees were given in accordance with regulations.

Postal changes on the horizon

Changes coming soon to the new location of the Sunnyside Post Office will help better serve the customer base of Sunnyside, said Sunnyside Postmaster Larry Dekker.

Pepe's Bakery hits its stride during Three Kings Day celebration

It may not be a holiday recognized by many Americans, but people all over the country and world are celebrating Three Kings Day.

Grizzlies tame Eastmont Wildcats

EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team returned from winter break as strong as ever, winning the first five matches last night on the way to a 57-12 rout of Eastmont.

Davis Pirates squeak past Sunnyside girls

Total pinfall eventually decided the outcome of yesterday's prep bowling match-up between the Davis and Sunnyside squads.

Viking grapplers earn double-dual split at home

MABTON - The Mabton Viking wrestling team earned a close 38-36 win over Goldendale and lost 54-24 to Naches in double dual wrestling matches at home last night, Thursday.

'Betsy' the cow delivers the facts about benefits of milk

The students in Mary Schlenker's United Methodist Pre-School class in Sunnyside yesterday got a surprise visit from some very special guests. However, 'Betsy' the cow and Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Kristen Wedam might have played second fiddle to the squeaky cheese and yogurt the 3 and 4-year-olds got to sample.


Community support for food bank overwhelming

Community support for food bank overwhelming

Guest Column



Words from Washington

A look ahead to 2011

A look ahead to 2011

Empire of M

What's in a name?

What's in a name?

Thursday, January 6

New school transportation director hits the ground running

New Sunnyside School District Transportation Director Dalrie Hoyle has been on the job for just over a month. She's had to hit the ground running.

Four dozen SHS students achieve perfect 4.00 GPA's

The first trimester grades for the 2010-11 year are officially in the books at Sunnyside High School. A total of 565 SHS students achieved honor roll status for compiling a grade point average of at least 3.00.




Wednesday, January 5

Winter weather snow joke in S'side

Dennis Hull works for the National Weather Service and he was in Sunnyside Wednesday morning to confirm what everyone suspected, the Lower Valley has been hit with a much whiter winter than normal.

Sunnyside High senior seeks cancer survivors to feature in early detection commercial

Sunnyside High School senior Ryan Rice has a multifaceted senior project in mind and he is eagerly seeking aid from local residents.

Help on the way for nitrate-tainted water

The first step towards helping Lower Valley families deal with nitrate pollution in their drinking water is literally in the mail.

Bickleton girls absorb first loss of season

BICKLETON - The Bickleton girls varsity basketball team last night hosted the Kiona-Benton JV team and fell 66-48.

Grandview squeaks out 65-64 win to remain unbeaten

WAPATO - The Grandview boys basketball team barely slipped by the Wapato Wolves last night, 65-64, chiefly due to establishing an early first half lead.

Selah bowlers best Sunnyside

YAKIMA - The Selah High School girls bowling team claimed its second 3-1 victory of the season over Sunnyside in a head-to-head match yesterday at Yakima's Minda Lanes.


Holiday visits appreciated

Holiday visits appreciated

Cutting to the Core

Sacking of Navy captain premature

Sacking of Navy captain premature

Guest Column

2011 predictions

2011 predictions







Tuesday, January 4

Senior meals fall under the county's budget ax

County may privatize hot meals program

County may privatize hot meals program

Port officials to oppose RV Park annexation

The Port of Sunnyside will urge the Sunnyside City Council to vote no next Monday on a proposal to annex land along South Midvale Road.

New labels on meat products to be a requirement in 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced that it will be making important nutritional information readily available to consumers on 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry products.

Police department's 'wish list' examined by Sunnyside councilmen

The Sunnyside City Council last night held a workshop, discussing both the extension of service on council subcommittees and the Sunnyside Police Department's decision packet, also known as a wish list.

Sunnyside man named Aflac's top salesman

Jaime Perez, an independent Aflac salesman in Sunnyside, was named the Aflac Top Associate of the Year for eastern Washington and northern Idaho for his overall performance in 2010.

Redbox adds second Sunnyside location

Redbox, the bright red fully-automated DVD rental kiosk, recently opened a second location in Sunnyside at the new Maverik gas station at 1601 E. Lincoln Ave.










Monday, January 3

Lack of prisoners forces county to cut 33 jobs at jail

YAKIMA - An approximate $6 million loss in revenue is forcing Yakima County to eliminate 33 jobs at the Yakima County Jail.

2010 SHS grad training to become Army interrogator

She's cute, petite and perky. But don't let that fool you.