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Thursday, March 31

Emergency zone law to be enforced by state troopers

For the first 90 days since the Emergency Zone Law went into effect on January 1, the main focus for the Washington State Patrol was to educate motorists about the new law.

Sunnyside plans spring clean-up

The city of Sunnyside has set Saturday, April 23, as the date for its 20th annual spring clean-up.

Mabton prepares to move forward with water system planning

At Wednesday evening's public hearing in Mabton, Maurice Block from Gray & Osborne, Inc. discussed the Community Development Block Grant from Housing and Urban Development that the city will need to apply for renovating the city's water system.

Sunnyside Valley Soccer League begins sign-ups on Friday, April 1

Children between the ages of 5 to 18 can officially begin sign-ups for Sunnyside Valley Soccer League on Friday, April 1, at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Cub Care program benefits students, parents

For the past five years Sunnyside High School's family and consumer science program has been teaching students about child development, while at the same time, helping out the parents of elementary-age students.

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RONALD TERRENCE VALNES

RONALD TERRENCE VALNES

Births

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Wednesday, March 30

Pacific Power rate hike of 12 percent approved by state regulators

OLYMPIA - Beginning this Sunday, April 3, Pacific Power's residential customers will see an average increase of about 12 percent-a-month on their electric bills under a decision approved by state regulators last week.

Hillcrest expansion a 'wonderful opportunity for Sunnyside'

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Sunnyside," Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci said just moments before a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday, Tuesday, to mark the start of work on a major addition to Hillcrest Manor.

Lady Grizzlies fall to Wenatchee

The 3A Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team was no match for visiting 4A Wenatchee, as Sunnyside lost both ends of a doubleheader 18-0 and 13-0.

Sunnyside nine swept in doubleheader

WENATCHEE - The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team struggled yesterday, Tuesday, in a pair of losses at 4A Wenatchee.

Grandview bounces back against Columbia-Burbank

BURBANK - What's the best remedy for getting spanked by a State contender? Going out and spanking someone else.

Pasco hands Sunnyside second straight loss

The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team hosted the Pasco Bulldogs last night (Tuesday) at Clem Senn Field and was looking for a win after losing to Southridge last Saturday.

Knights open league play with sweep

Behind the devastating pitching of Makayla Morrow the Sunnyside Christian Knights roughed up the Klickitat Vandals in Greater Columbia 1B play yesterday (Tuesday).

Park clean-up planned for Saturday

A community clean-up of the future Mabton Community Park site is planned for Saturday, April 2, and all are invited.

State considers hunting rule changes

OLYMPIA -The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on a variety of new hunting rules at a public meeting April 8-9 in Olympia.

Grandview teen organizes Sage Rat Run to benefit Ronald McDonald House

GRANDVIEW - For the second year in a row Grandview's Gabriel Akins is organizing the Sage Rat Run, a half marathon to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The event is scheduled for May 14.

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Benefit dinner a success thanks to numerous efforts

Benefit dinner a success thanks to numerous efforts

'F' as in Frank

144-hour nursery

144-hour nursery

Tuesday, March 29

Council approves Sunnyside Promise contract

Last night (Monday) the Sunnyside City Council gave City Manager Mark Gervasi unanimous consent to sign two contracts with Sunnyside's Promise.

Council gives Sunnyside judge $18,000 pay raise

The Sunnyside Municipal Court's prosecutor's and judge's contracts were to expire and therefore those contracts were last night (Monday) up for consideration at the Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Lady Knights split with Naches Valley

NACHES - The Sunnyside Christian High School softball team played a doubleheader against Naches Valley last Friday and ended up with a split, losing the first game but coming back and winning the nightcap.

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JO ANNE COCHRAN

JO ANNE COCHRAN

Monday, March 28

Cantwell demands gas investigation

SEATTLE - In an announcement last week, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) demanded federal regulators use the authority she granted them in 2007 to ensure skyrocketing prices at the gas pump are not the result of market manipulation or other anticompetitive behavior.

Lady Vikes can't pull out win in double-header

MABTON - The Lady Vikings hosted Royal this past Saturday and fell in both league games of the double-header, 9-7 and 14-3, respectively.

Lemus leads Greyhounds at Apple Tree

YAKIMA - In just his fourth week playing the sport, Grandview Greyhound golfer Robert Lemus is off to a strong start, as he paced his team at the Lee Dolquist Invite held this past Friday at the Apple Tree course in Yakima.

Greyhounds win in seventh inning

WAPATO - Saturday's doubleheader that pinned the Grandview Greyhounds against the Wapato Wolves was reduced to one game due to rain, but the Greyhounds came out on top, walking away with an 11-9 win.

Grandview loses nail-biter at East Valley

MOXEE - The Grandview Greyhound soccer team this past Saturday lost another non-league match 1-0 to East Valley.

Cisneros' hat trick lifts Vikings over Naches

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings boys soccer team used four goals in the first half and a hat trick by Edgar Cisneros to beat the Naches Valley Rangers 5-1 this past Friday.

Lady 'Hounds swept by Selah

GRANDVIEW - After opening the season with three straight wins the Grandview High School softball team began the tough part of its schedule with a doubleheader against the Selah Vikings this past Saturday.

Grizzlies suffer first loss of season

The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team suffered its first loss of the 2011 season this past Saturday when the Southridge Suns edged the Grizzlies 3-0.

Another successful Mr. SHS pageant raises more than $7,000

Another year of dances, sketches, music and fun entertained audiences this past Saturday evening as Ali Gutierrez was named Mr. SHS for 2011.

Friday, March 25

Out of Town

OUT OF TOWN

OUT OF TOWN

Births

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Yakima Dairy Farmers present $61,075 to Assist White Swan victims

More than 20 Yakima Valley dairy producers have raised $61,075 to aid the victims of the devastating Feb. 12 fire in the town of White Swan on the Yakama Indian Reservation.

Radiation concerns hit Sunnyside residents

After living in Hanford's shadow, one might think Sunnyside residents aren't prone to radiation panic, but the recent nuclear meltdown scare from Japan has had people all over the west coast racing for their local nutrient supplement suppliers.

Lady Hounds blast Wapato

WAPATO - The Grandview High School softball team picked up two league wins this past Wednesday by beating the Wapato Wolves 15-5 and 19-7.

Lady Grizzlies lose at Riverview

FINLEY - Overpowered by 1A Riverview pitcher Hayley Hess, the 3A Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team lost 15-0 yesterday, Thursday.

Sunnyside boys track team beats West Valley

The Sunnyside High School boys track team beat visiting West Valley 89-56 yesterday (Thursday) in a 3A CBBN meet held in Sunnyside.

Grandview church to host gospel concert

GRANDVIEW - The gospel music trio Heartstrings will be featured in a concert this Sunday, March 27, at Grandview Community Church of God.

Traveler's round table scheduled for this Sunday

An Asian Exchange traveler's round table will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, at the Sunnyside Library Meeting room.

Wine Coutry Balloon Tour plans to connect the Valley

Now that it is officially springtime, residents in the Lower Yakima Valley may find colorful balloons dotting the Prosser sky more often than in previous years. This is because Wine Country Balloon Tour has begun its balloon season and they are excited to bring this unique business to Prosser.

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Facts interfere with rumor

Facts interfere with rumor

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If you've gotta cut, sports makes sense

If you've gotta cut, sports makes sense

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CONCEPCION G. ALMAGUER

CONCEPCION G. ALMAGUER

Thursday, March 24

Sunnyside's K-9 useful in many practical ways

Last year the Sunnyside Police Department purchased its K-9 dog for several purposes, and Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder believes the officer will prove quite useful in the coming months.

Longtime stylist to retire

Joyce Wyckoff, owner of Neva's Beauty Salon on South Sixth Street in Sunnyside, is hanging up her scissors tomorrow (Friday).

School psychologist heads toward retirement after more than 35 years

When Dr. Virginia Francis leaves the Grandview School District for retirement this spring, she will leave behind a legacy of compassion, devotion and care that has driven her career for more than 35 years.

Wednesday, March 23

Shooting victim released from hospital

A 16-year-old Sunnyside girl, who was shot twice in the back Monday morning, March 14, while lying in bed, has been released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Mabton council considers wastewater treatment facility costs

MABTON - The city of Mabton is on the verge of committing to a project that will have significant ramifications for both its budget and its residents, but before a decision can be made on updating their wastewater treatment facility, the Mabton City Council got an overview of the options and costs that lay before them.

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Support appreciated

Support appreciated

Jennie's Journey

'Jesus' is not profane

'Jesus' is not profane

Cutting to the Core

What the heck is going on?

What the heck is going on?

OBITUARY

MELVIN CURFMAN

MELVIN CURFMAN

Tuesday, March 22

New market coming to Yakima Valley Highway

The La Barata meat market plans to expand to a second Sunnyside location that will serve Yakima Valley Highway.

Port Briefs

Fiber optic connection

Outlook receives good news

OUTLOOK - The community of Outlook gathered last night for its monthly Stand Up for Outlook meeting and was told of several good things happening there.

Monday, March 21

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BETTY JANE BERG

BETTY JANE BERG

Riverhawks dunk Grizzlies 10-0

PASCO - "We played better than the score indicated," Coach Terry Shines said of his Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team's 10-0 loss this past Friday to Chiawana.

Greyhounds earn non-league tie

GRANDVIEW - In an effort to maintain the health of their players, Grandview and Wapato ended this past Saturday's soccer match in a 2-2 tie.

Greyhounds come away with non-league tie

MOXEE - In its first action of the 2011 season, the Grandview High School track team started strong with several good showings at the Papa Wells Invite at East Valley High School.

'Golden' goal keeps Grizzlies unbeaten

It took 89 minutes and change before the Sunnyside Grizzlies finally found the back of the net at the end of the match's second overtime to beat visiting Eastmont 1-0 this past Saturday.

Wheat project to benefit families in Zambia

What started out as an idea became reality recently when 25 acres of wheat was planted near North Ray Road as a fundraiser for families in Zambia.

A new life for high schooler thanks to Sunnyside's Promise

Meet Abraham -

Friday, March 18

Sunnyside public works projects detailed for committee

Sunnyside Public Works Director Jim Bridges updated the subcommittee on public works last night about projects the city's public works department is currently working on.

Sunnyside Chief Kamiakin teacher selected for space camp

Like a lot of people revolving here on earth Jessica Schenck is fascinated by space. Unlike a lot of people here on earth, she will spend five days studying space at a camp in Huntsville, Ala.

Sunnyside police nab five suspects, weapons following car chase

Sunnyside police Wednesday responded to a report of a fight at Kiwanis Park on Doolittle Avenue just after 3:30 p.m. and arrested five subjects in connection to the incident.

Grandview community lauded at awards banquet

GRANDVIEW - Last night (Thursday) Grandview community celebrated St. Patrick's Day by recognizing the efforts of its citizens at the Grandview Chamber of Commerce's annual awards dinner and auction at Gemstones Leisure Hall.

Grizzlies wake up in time to beat Wapato

WAPATO - The Sunnyside Grizzlies kept the Wapato Wolves at bay yesterday in a non-league soccer match and finally got luck to side with them in the 72nd minute of play to come away with a 1-0 victory.

Second half comeback lifts Spartans over Mabton

GRANGER - The Mabton Vikings set themselves up for a big win against rival Granger yesterday (Thursday) in a SCAC league soccer match.

Prosser bests Sunnyside in season opener

Both the Sunnyside High School girls and boys tennis teams lost to Prosser yesterday, but the non-league season opener didn't go down without some excitement.

Dominant pitching lifts Grandview over Lady Knights

GRANDVIEW - It's early in the season, but Grandview's Ashley Van Tress is on a roll. Counting last Saturday's jamboree mini-games, Van Tress has now thrown 10 innings without giving up an earned run and has only given up three hits.

Sunnyside youth do well at karate championships

YAKIMA - All eight Sunnyside youths who competed at this past weekend's Central Washington Karate Championships in Yakima brought home trophies.

Police looking for runaway teen

The Sunnyside Police Department is seeking information leading to the location of 13-year-old Jessica Mojica Estrada.

Stand-up for Outlook meeting next Monday

OUTLOOK - Residents in the Outlook area are being encouraged to attend a community-wide meeting next Monday, March 21.

Board meeting time changed

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board has changed its meeting time to 6:30 p.m., starting with its March 28 regular board meeting.

Self-defense specialist shares message of faith

PROSSER - April McNeil brought more than just a message of faith to this month's Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection meeting, she also shared self-defense tactics.

Local dancers to perform with Mary Murphy Showcase this Sunday

Two Sunnyside dancers who train at Martin's School of Dance will this coming Sunday perform at the Capitol Theatre in Yakima as members of the top 10 competitors in Mary Murphy's Showcase.

Reel Direct

Too crazy for me

Too crazy for me

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Show 'n Shine shines again

Show 'n Shine shines again

Guest Column

Union's 'last hired, first fired' rule means younger teachers are laid off first

Union's 'last hired, first fired' rule means younger teachers are laid off first

Jennie's Journey

And the award goes to...

And the award goes to...

'F' as in Frank

Black Friday

Black Friday

DEATH NOTICE

BETTY J. BERG

BETTY J. BERG

Thursday, March 17

State seeks comments on air quality permit fee changes

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking comments on a proposal to raise fees to cover the full cost of services the agency provides for pre-construction air quality permits.

Girls State delegates from Sunnyside chosen

Sunnyside High School students Rosario Rodriguez, Ariana Romero and Emily Wolfe have been selected to represent their school and community at Evergreen Girls State in Ellensburg.

Parks & rec has new leaders

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commission elected new officers for 2011 at a meeting held yesterday (Wednesday).

Free basketball camp coming to Outlook

OUTLOOK - A group known as Stand Up for Outlook is planning a free, three-day basketball camp during spring break at Outlook Elementary School.

Shooting victim's condition improves

A 16-year-old Sunnyside girl, who was shot twice in the back this past Monday morning, while lying in bed, is now in satisfactory condition.

Unemployment numbers dip

Washington state added an estimated 800 jobs in February and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent from January's revised rate of 9.2 percent.

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CARL EDWARD SCHULTZ

CARL EDWARD SCHULTZ

DEATH NOTICE

RUSSELL LYN KLUTH

RUSSELL LYN KLUTH

Wednesday, March 16

Sunnyside on the grow with annexation proceedings

The city of Sunnyside is set to grow by 237 acres with the annexation of the former Monson feedlot just west of town.

Sunnyside readies for fiber optic opportunities

Discussion about the city of Sunnyside's decision to be included in the ongoing installation of the county's fiber optic line continued at a meeting held yesterday (Tuesday). Representatives from Sunnyside Community Hospital, the Port of Sunnyside, Sunnyside School District and the City of Sunnyside met to learn about options and opportunities regarding connection to the line.

Illegal dumping on state-owned lands costly to taxpayers

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) last week debuted a new interactive online map showing locations of more than 200 sites that experienced illegal dumping last year on Washington state trust lands.

Shooting dog trials return to Sunnyside

A Lower Valley tradition ongoing for more than 50 years continues this week with national and regional shooting dog trials on the 20,000-acre Sulphur Creek Ranch near Sunnyside.

Valley Lanes owner nets runner-up finish at CWO tournament

KENNEWICK - Sunnyside's Rob Rice, the proprietor of Valley Lanes, scored a second-place finish at a Central Washington Open bowling tournament staged last week at Kennewick's Spare Time Lanes.

Errors results in SCAC defeat for Vikes

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings have played their first two games of the SCAC season against what they believe to be are the two toughest teams in the league.

Grizzlies outhit by Riverview Panthers

The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team played its first regulation game of the season yesterday, Tuesday. The Grizzlies sustained a 14-8 home loss to 1A Riverview.

Shooting victim now stable

A Sunnyside teen who was sleeping in her bed when struck twice in the back by bullets this past Monday morning is in serious but stable condition, according to Sunnyside Police Department Public Information Officer Charlotte Hinderlider.

Page program invaluable to our youth

My husband and I would like to thank Sen. Jim Honeyford for sponsoring our daughter, Mattalynn, as a Senate page the week of March 7-11.

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Donations appreciated

Donations appreciated

Time to get out of the courtroom and into the river

What if a regional salmon plan was supported by three Northwest governors, six Indian tribes and the Obama administration? What if the plan had undergone rigorous review by some of the most respected scientists in the nation, who all agreed it was a sound plan well grounded in the best science?

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Take responsibility for your pets

Take responsibility for your pets

OBITUARY

LORRAINE A. INGLIS

LORRAINE A. INGLIS

Tuesday, March 15

DEATH NOTICE

CARL EDWARD SCHULTZ

CARL EDWARD SCHULTZ

Add Outlook home to yesterday's drive-by shootings

Violence that began in Sunnyside ended in Outlook yesterday morning when a house on First Avenue was shot at more than a dozen times.

Virtualized network OK'd for Grandview School District

GRANDVIEW - Plans are now in the works to update and modernize the Grandview School District's electronic information network.

Trauma, poverty top concerns at Mabton town hall meeting

MABTON - Last Friday's Mabton town hall meeting focused on education and creating an environment designed to educate students coming from all kinds of backgrounds.

City Council approves short-term contract for Sunnyside Community Center operations

Once again, the citizens of Sunnyside showed up in full force for a city council meeting to support the Sunnyside Community Center operations.

SHS alum earns PhD

Kris Marks, a 1975 graduate of Sunnyside High School, earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Walden University in Minneapolis this past February.

One-stop shop set up to aid small businesses

Humberto Rodriguez has spent much of his life in Reno, Nev., but this former Sunnyside resident returned six years ago to put his experience to work for local businesses.

Bleyhl hosting grand re-opening

ZILLAH - There will be country gospel music, food and fun for the entire family when Bleyhl Country Store hosts its grand re-opening in Zillah on Friday and Saturday, March 25-26.

Mabton family opens Sunnyside restaurant

One thing Sierra Rivera, Duran Rivera and Calixto Rivera can all remember is the home-cooked meals their mother, Rachel Ruelas, would make them while they were growing up in Mabton.

Harrison teacher plans visit to nation's capital

Parents and students packed the room and lined the walls of 8th grade literacy teacher Jessica Sarmiento's Harrison Middle School classroom last Wednesday evening.

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NORMA BURSON

NORMA BURSON

Monday, March 14

16-year-old girl struck by gunfire while in her bed

A 16-year-old girl was early this morning (Monday) struck by two bullets in the back while lying in bed.

SHS optimistic heading into state standardized testing period

This is the second year 10th grade students in Washington state will be taking the High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE). Sunnyside High School Assistant Principal Ryan Maxwell says the exam was adopted to save schools and the state time and money.

Sunnyside man sentenced to nearly 90 years for role in two shootings

YAKIMA - Last Friday, Raul Robert Alvarez, 19, of Sunnyside was sentenced to nearly 90 years in prison for his role in a July 10, 2010 drive-by shooting and his role in a July 17, 2010 shooting that resulted in the death of 15-year-old David Baldonado of Sunnyside.

Awards banquet draws biggest crowd ever

"This is a good community. We're not perfect, but we strive to be better."

Grandview plans clean-up days in April

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview will offer two free spring clean-up days for its residents.

Friday, March 11

Public hearing to consider zoning regulations for adult entertainment facilities

YAKIMA - With Yakima County facing the possibility of adult entertainment facilities in the future, such as an adult nightclub or other establishment, the Yakima County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 16, at the Yakima Convention Center to gather public input about the county's proposed zoning regulations in areas of the county outside of cities and towns.

Grandview stays calm in face of stormwater regs

Grandview stays calm in face of stormwater regs

Speak up when being harassed at work, says Chamber speaker

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce welcomed guest speaker Julia Hart from the Lower Valley Crisis Center at its Thursday meeting, where Hart spoke to the members about workplace harassment, its effect and solutions.

Maryhill Museum of Art opens season March 15

GOLDENDALE - Maryhill Museum of Art will open its 2011 season on March 15, Tuesday, with a special exhibition drawn from the collection of Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Young Life banquet set for April 14

"All hands on deck" is the theme for the annual Lower Valley Young Life banquet set for Thursday, April 14.

Lots to see and learn about at Yakima Valley Museum

YAKIMA - There are many learning opportunities at the Yakima Valley Museum, including the Land of Joy and Sorrows exhibit.

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Only option was to walk away from meeting

Only option was to walk away from meeting

Across our State

The history of Station Camp

The history of Station Camp

Guest Column

Fame (and fortune) somehow elude me

Fame (and fortune) somehow elude me

'F' as in Frank

And the Effie goes to...

And the Effie goes to...

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SALLY KAYE HOOPER

SALLY KAYE HOOPER

Thursday, March 10

No one hit in Sunnyside drive-by shooting last night

Sunnyside police responded to a report of gunfire in the 700 block of McClain Drive yesterday (Wednesday) just after 6:30 p.m.

Hastings renews effort to protect endangered salmon from sea lions

WASHINGTON, D.C. -House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings this past Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting endangered Columbia River salmon from predation by California sea lions.

Locke named ambassador to China

WASHINGTON D.C. - Yesterday President Barack Obama formally announced he had selected former Washington Governor Gary Locke to be the country's ambassador to China.

Public invited to telephone town hall confab with 15th District lawmakers

Public invited to telephone town hall confab with 15th District lawmakers

David Conradt named to Mosquito Control Board

MABTON - The Mabton City Council directed Mayor Angel Reyna to reappoint David Conradt to the Benton County Mosquito Control Board.

Medical university on the grow

Longtime Sunnyside physician Lloyd Butler had a vision for a medical university in this area.

SHS students encouraged to push themselves to very end of 2010-11 school year

It will be a busy final trimester for students and staff at Sunnyside High School as they continue to work hard in bringing about significant improvement in academics, attendance and citizenship, but yesterday (Wednesday) the students and staff took a few minutes to recognize some of their successes so far.

Wednesday, March 9

Lucky 7 seeks local caring adults to aid kids' program

The Lucky 7 Bike program is off and running, with lots of kids eager to participate. But in order for this popular program to enjoy another successful year in Sunnyside, they will need adult volunteers ready to engage the community's youth.

Grandview Council sets wheels in motion for car tab fee

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview's TBD (transportation benefit district) is no longer TBD (to be determined).

Free nitrate filtration systems still available here

Yakima County has more than 200 water filtration systems available to Lower Valley residents, free of charge.

Mabton considers going green

MABTON - Imagine if all the wastewater could be reused for the same purpose. For example, water flushed from the toilets to move waste through the system could be cleaned and then rerouted for use again. Any extra water could be used for irrigation.

Prep golf season underway

It may still feel like winter, nonetheless the spring prep golf season is underway.

SHS athletes singled out at awards ceremony

Sunnyside High School honored its winter student athletes yesterday (Tuesday) at an awards ceremony that recognized sportsmanship, athletics and academics.

DeRuyter, Den Boer to wed this June

Jake and Genny DeRuyter of Outlook have announced the engagement of their daughter, Erika Jane DeRuyter, to Chad Roger Den Boer.

Donations sought for new Mabton park

MABTON - The design is in place and now the community of Mabton is asking for donations and volunteers to complete its new park.

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We need a safe place for kids

We need a safe place for kids

Words from Washington

Congress must focus on common sense approaches

Congress must focus on common sense approaches

empire of M

New rules for the techie age

New rules for the techie age

Cutting to the Core

Let's leave Libya to the Libyans

Let's leave Libya to the Libyans

OBITUARY

BERTA R. ACEVEDO

BERTA R. ACEVEDO

DEATH NOTICE

CHARLEY ROBERT SORG

CHARLEY ROBERT SORG

Tuesday, March 8

Lawmakers vote to restrict phosphorus in fertilizers

OLYMPIA - Gardeners and lawn owners may soon find the process of buying fertilizer in Washington state slightly more complicated.

Sunnyside due to have its firefighting capabilities surveyed

The city of Sunnyside is overdue for grading of its fire services, which provides a calculation for fire insurance rates, according to Sunnyside Fire Battalion Chief Bill Harris.

New house, roof repairs lead construction starts in Sunnyside last month

In what was otherwise a slow month for new building starts in Sunnyside, the city did see construction begin on a new single family home and several roof repairs during February.

Downtown revitalization focus of presentation to Sunnyside City Council

The Sunnyside City Council last night was provided with information regarding downtown revitalization projects completed by Jeff Louman of the engineering firm Huibregtse, Louman and Associates. Colie Hough-Beck, an architect with HBB Landscape Architecture also spoke to the council.

Sunnyside High School dance team advances to State

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside High School dance team, at this past Saturday's District championships held at Southridge High School, qualified to compete at State in four different competitions.

Donkey b-ball game scheduled for March 19

MABTON - The senior class at Mabton High School will host a donkey basketball game on Saturday, March 19.

Sunnyside Municipal Court cases increasing

Judge Steven Michels has served on the bench at the Sunnyside Municipal Court since 1986. Monday, he told the council times have changed.

Grandview's newest restaurant opened with community in mind

GRANDVIEW - Connie Gonzalez and her parents, Alice and Daniel Lopez Jr., last Friday opened Grandview's newest restaurant, Connie's Restaurant.

Births

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

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HAZEL MCNEIL NEWHOUSE

HAZEL MCNEIL NEWHOUSE

Monday, March 7

Nooksack Valley brings an end to Vikings' season

YAKIMA - Being the smallest team at State has its drawbacks. The Mabton Vikings rolled through the SCAC East field this season despite the fact not one player on the team was more than six feet in height.

Lady Knights fifth-place finishers at 1B State basketball tournament

SPOKANE - Typically, any time you bring home hardware from a State basketball tournament the general feeling is that your team has had a whale of a season.

Greyhounds fourth at 2A State tourney

YAKIMA - The Grandview boys basketball team went out in style, earning fourth place honors at the 2A WIAA State tournament at the Yakima Valley SunDome this past Saturday.

S'side Christian 1B State champs

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team stamped its name in the State history books by winning its second straight 1B State title this past Saturday in Spokane with a 55-50 win against the Neah Bay Red Devils.

Agreement reached on bill to lower workers comp costs

OLYMPIA - Last week, the Senate took a major step forward in addressing the state's workers compensation system with the passage of Engrossed Senate Bill 5566.

Horse owners invited to West Nile virus clinic

GRANDVIEW - The ninth annual West Nile Virus Clinic is set for Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lower Yakima Valley fairgrounds in Grandview.

Sunnyside band seeks funding for Disneyland trip

They're at every football and basketball game, every pep assembly and every parade. They represent the Sunnyside Grizzlies and the community with pride and enthusiasm - they are the SHS band.

Two reports of shots fired in Sunnyside

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

OBITUARY

DUANE O. CARR

DUANE O. CARR

Friday, March 4

Mexican tariffs

WASHINGTON D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexico's President, Felipe Calderón, announced that they had reached an agreement on a path forward for resolving the cross-border trucking dispute and ending the retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products.

Lower Valley on the grow...except for Bickleton

Bickleton is shrinking and Grandview's growth is putting the city on a path for more state regulation.

Revitalization group receives two grants

Two grants were presented yesterday to the Foundation for the Community of Sunnyside by Pacific Power Foundation and Cascade Natural Gas representatives.

Knights advance to 1B semi-finals

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian Knights moved one step closer to a 1B State title yesterday (Thursday) with a 62-23 win against the Lummi Blackhawks in State tourney play.

Christian girls easily advance to 1B State tourney semi-finals

SPOKANE - "Ouch, that had to leave a mark," one Sunnyside Christian fan was heard saying after the Lady Knights laid a 73-11 thumping on the Mary M. Knight Owls Thursday morning.

Grandview succumbs to Burlington-Edison at 2A State tourney

YAKIMA - The best hope Grandview has at the 2A State boys basketball tournament at the Yakima Valley SunDome is to earn fourth place honors after a disappointing quarter-final loss to Burlington-Edison yesterday.

Mabton runs out of gas, loses in State quarter-finals

YAKIMA - Early in the third quarter of yesterday's 1A State quarter-final game between the Mabton Vikings and Cascade Christian Cougars, the Vikings made a run for it.

Book Review

Simply Washington is simply wonderful

Simply Washington is simply wonderful

Vaudeville circus coming to Sunnyside

The Squirm Burpee Circus will perform at the Sunnyside High School auditorium next Monday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Lower Valley Community Concert series.

Guest Column

Gregoire gets an 'F' on state's budget

Gregoire gets an 'F' on state's budget

Across our State

Dismal Nitch

Dismal Nitch

Jennie's Journey

City partnership with Sunnyside's Promise good for entire community

City partnership with Sunnyside's Promise good for entire community

OBITUARY

ANDREW BYRON NELSON

ANDREW BYRON NELSON

Thursday, March 3

Relay for Life organizers gearing up for another successful fundraiser

Relay for Life is set to return for another fabulous fundraiser at Grandview's Rich Leenhouts Stadium. The event pulled in $85,000 last year, but this year's organizers have set a $90,000 goal and they invite the community to join them in making that goal a reality.

Sunnyside police on the lookout for those violating window tinting laws

Law enforcement officers encountering a vehicle with windows tinted beyond the legal limits are concerned about their personal safety.

Region's top 'Super Street' dragster gears up to defend his title in 2011

Outlook's Wayne Linder Jr. enters his 14th season on the NHRA drag racing circuit with a big bull's eye on his back.

OBITUARY

DIAMANTINA CASTANEDA

DIAMANTINA CASTANEDA

Wednesday, March 2

Cops, office staff get salary boost

An agreement with Teamsters Local Union No. 760, representing office and clerical staff with the city of Sunnyside, as well as an agreement with the Sunnyside Police Guild were approved at Monday's Sunnyside City Council meeting.

On-stage review

'Zombie Prom' sure to delight Sunnyside audiences

'Zombie Prom' sure to delight Sunnyside audiences

Lodging sax committee says no to flower baskets, banners

The Sunnyside Lodging Tax Advisory Committee met yesterday (Tuesday) to consider a proposal by the Uptown Sunnyside Association.

Strong chinook salmon runs predicted

Fishing prospects look bright this year for chinook in Washington's ocean waters and the Columbia River, according to preseason salmon forecasts recently released.

Mabton High graduates sparkle on CBC's run to NWAACC title

PASCO - The Columbia Basin College women's basketball team is in the midst of a banner season, going 23-2 enroute to becoming NWAACC East Region champs.

Foster Farms seeks entries for second annual fresh chicken cooking contest

LIVINGSTON, Calif. - The West Coast's premier Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest is inviting home, amateur and professional chefs to stir up some cooking creativity with its call for entries for the second annual Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest.

Dairy ambassador candidates sought

A beaming smile and an engaging personality aren't required, but they'll go a long way in helping the next young lady to get named as the new Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador.

Sunnyside military veteran recalls meeting Hollywood actress Jane Russell

In 1957, Sunnyside's Mike Diaz was a Private First Class in the United States Army and stationed at an Air Force base in Misaw, Japan, when he crossed paths with late Hollywood actress Jane Russell.

Forum

Support for bake sale appreciated

Support for bake sale appreciated

Guest Column

Budget or card trick?

Budget or card trick?

Words from Washington

We're changing the way Washington D.C. operates

We're changing the way Washington D.C. operates

OBITUARY

DOROTHY LOONEY

DOROTHY LOONEY

Tuesday, March 1

Grandview man shot while taking a walk

A 20-year-old Grandview man was shot while walking in the area of South Euclid Road near the Grange building near Grandview last night (Monday).

Fiber optic line project nearly done

George Helton last night provided the Sunnyside City Council with an update on the progress of installing fiber optic cable in the city of Sunnyside.

Sunnyside Science Fair's top participants recognized at awards ceremony

On the heels of President Obama's State of the Union speech providing encouragement to celebrate science, a crowd of parents and students in the Sunnyside School District did just that last night, Monday, at the SHS library.

City approves funding for Sunnyside's Promise

There wasn't a seat left in the Sunnyside City Council chambers last night as community members filled the room to show support for Sunnyside's Promise.

Reservations for Mr. SHS dinner at Bon Vino's Bistro being taken now

The 12 contestants in this year's Mr. SHS Pageant will be working as waiters at a special dinner scheduled for this coming Saturday.

Kranz added ;to 4.00 GPA honor roll list

Harrison Middle School officials in Sunnyside have added John Kranz to their 4.00 grade point average honor roll for the second quarter of the 2010-11 academic year.

Martial arts instructor set to speak at club meeting

PROSSER - April McNeil, who went from being a hair stylist to a martial arts instructor, will be the guest speaker at the next Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection meeting.

WSU grape meeting on tap for Thursday

PROSSER - The Washington State University Benton County Extension will be hosting its monthly grape fieldman's breakfast for all individuals working with juice or wine grapes.

Support for Life Options can begin with a stroll

GRANDVIEW - Life Options has been serving individuals and families in need of unconditional and loving support for the past 25 years and this year's fundraising Walk for Life will help ensure its indelible legacy.