Stories for December 2012


Monday, December 31


Robbery suspect at-large

Sunnyside police officers are still looking for a suspect who attempted to rob a local business last Saturday evening.

December 31, 2012 2:48 p.m. read more..

Mabton High girls winners in Oregon

BOARDMAN, ORE. - Double-digit scoring performances by the trio of Mia Herrera, Alyssa Nash and Soila Zaragoza sparked Mabton to a 64-50 non-league victory over the Riverside High School Pirates last Saturday.

December 31, 2012 2:41 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 28


Food baskets appreciated at Christmas-time

December 28, 2012 3:15 p.m. read more..

Auxiliary gym in Mabton will undergo major repairs

MABTON - The Mabton School Board in a special meeting yesterday morning (Thursday) approved an emergency resolution, authorizing the use of a sole source for shoring and repair work to be completed on the Mabton High School auxiliary gym.

December 28, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..

Three Lady Grizzlies unbeaten at invitational

RICHLAND - Competing in a round-robin format at a wrestling invite at Hanford High School yesterday, three of the eight Sunnyside High School girls who made the trip to Richland returned home with unblemished records.

December 28, 2012 2:48 p.m. read more..

Fix-all cliff

Don't know about you, but I spent part of Christmas morning assembling some of the gifts that Joni and I gave each other.

December 28, 2012 2:34 p.m. read more..

Dairy cliff is looming

So, will milk prices really double next month thanks to our do-nothing Congress failing to pass a farm bill?

December 28, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 27


Hospice chaplain retires

After seven years as a chaplain for Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Services, Rev. Dr. Allan Johnston has retired.

December 27, 2012 3:16 p.m. read more..

City employees changing back to five-day week

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, all city facilities in Sunnyside, including city hall, public works, police department, fire department and court, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

December 27, 2012 3:15 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 26


15th District lawmaker questions state-approved tribal wolf hunts

As the Colville tribes prepare for the authorized taking of up to nine gray wolves within their reservation boundaries, one Washington state lawmaker wonders why this effective lethal management tool is not being made available to all Washington state private property owners.

December 26, 2012 2:57 p.m. read more..


Time to get back to values we once held

December 26, 2012 2:51 p.m. read more..


Monson property purchase good example of why citizens should be engaged in city government

December 26, 2012 2:47 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 24


Friday, December 21


Mabton breaks the ice with first league win

NACHES - "We had a fast start and didn't look back," Mabton girls basketball Coach Chris McCallum said of last night's 59-47 rout of Naches. It was the Lady Vikes' first win in SCAC play this season.

December 21, 2012 3:28 p.m. read more..

Visiting Wolves sock game away with big third quarter

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's go-to scorer, junior Payton Parrish, was smothered by the visiting Wapato Wolfpack last night. While holding the prolific scorer to just seven points, nearly 20 under what she normally pumps through the net each game, Wapato also used an impressive 18-8 run in the third quarter to steal a win from the Lady Greyhound basketball team on Grandview's court, winning 51-42.

December 21, 2012 3:23 p.m. read more..

Free parenting class starts Jan. 15

Raising a child is harder than ever in today's world but help is available to parents who want a strong relationship with their children that will weather the storms of modern life.

December 21, 2012 3:22 p.m. read more..


Scouts appreciative of local support

December 21, 2012 3:14 p.m. read more..

A different Christmas

Our typical holiday involves spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Joni's family, weather and mountain passes permitting.

December 21, 2012 3:11 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 20


Ibex hunting trip unforgettable adventure

In a faraway country, mountainous and bordered by Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China is the country of Kyrgyzstan. The mountainous land offers an ibex hunting experience that is, for some, unforgettable.

December 20, 2012 4:07 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 19


'Cop shop' honors

The Sunnyside Police Department 2012 employees of the year awards were issued during the annual department Christmas party on Saturday, Dec.15, at the Red Lion in Yakima.

December 19, 2012 4:10 p.m. read more..

Bickleton claims road win

TOPPENISH - A 26-point scoring output by 6'4" senior Taylor Brown, who also pulled down 13 of his game-high 16 rebounds from the offensive glass, powered the Bickleton High School boys basketball team to a 67-61 victory over Yakama Tribal in the Eagles' home gym last night.

December 19, 2012 4:03 p.m. read more..

Lady Knights 56-18 winners

"It was not one of the prettiest games of the year," said Coach Al Smeenk of the Lady Knights' victory over the Liberty Christian Patriots last night.

December 19, 2012 4:01 p.m. read more..

State's No. 4 ranked Braves survive road trip to Sunnyside

Getting double-digit scoring performances from the trio of Jordan Rodriguez, Vanessa Alvarez and Monique Willingham - who together made 54 percent of their shots from the field on 20-of-37 shooting - the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team gave visiting Kamiakin all it could handle last night.

December 19, 2012 4 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies rally for win

Overcoming a slow start, the Sunnyside boys basketball team used a strong fourth quarter to key a 60-44 non-league win over Kamiakin last night.

December 19, 2012 3:58 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 18


Old Carnation plant officially acquired by local port district

The Port of Sunnyside, having heard the prospective purchaser consent decree has been entered and the phase I environmental assessment has been delivered to the Department of Ecology with no changes, approved the acquisition of the former Carnation property yesterday.

December 18, 2012 4:50 p.m. read more..

Bickleton boys cage Bruins, 60-40

BICKLETON - The Pirates, getting a double-double from Bickleton High senior Justin Roberts last Saturday, cruised past the visiting White Salmon JV Bruins squad, 60-40.

December 18, 2012 4:48 p.m. read more..

Grandview firm earns family business honors

SEATTLE - Grandview-based Powell-Christensen was one of three finalists in the Large Business Category during an awards ceremony held last week in Seattle at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

December 18, 2012 4:44 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 17

Sunnyside man charged in carjacking incident

Rafael Acosta-Urcino of Sunnyside was charged last week with two counts of first degree robbery and a count of car theft after being accused of tricking two men into an ambush in late November 2012 in which wallets, cell phones and a car were stolen from the victims.

December 17, 2012 3:29 p.m. read more..

Grandview smokes league foes

The Lady Greyhounds' trip to Othello was a pleasant one for the visiting team as Grandview dominated their hosts by a score of 73-18 last Friday.

December 17, 2012 3:21 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 14


County inks deal for transit

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners this past Tuesday renewed a contract with People for People to provide transportation services to those age 60 and older.

December 14, 2012 2:56 p.m. read more..

Grateful remembrance

In Marcel Proust's seminal Remembrance of Things Past, there is a passage where the author dips a cookie into a cup of tea and the taste immediately recalls for him a forgotten early childhood memory about his aunt.

December 14, 2012 2:49 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 12

Outlook woman dies in pile-up

OUTLOOK - A three-vehicle pile-up on Yakima Valley Highway late yesterday morning claimed the life of 58-year-old Estella Z. Patterson of Outlook.

December 12, 2012 4:17 p.m. read more..

Mabton Council approves union contracts

MABTON - After nearly a year of contract negations, the city of Mabton finally came to an agreement on a contract with Teamsters, the union representing city employees.

December 12, 2012 4:17 p.m. read more..

Group seeks to build regional economy

GRANDVIEW - A need for more regional partnerships and work opportunities to retain young people were some of the needs highlighted last night during a Central Washington Economic Development Forum held in Grandview.

December 12, 2012 4:15 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 11

City of Sunnyside ups tourism spending

Fresh off one of its most successful Lighted Farm Implement Parades, the city of Sunnyside is raising the ante in an effort to draw more visitors and spending here.

December 11, 2012 4:22 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 10


Grizzlies rally for first win

In an up-and-down game throughout, it was Sunnyside that ended up on the positive side of the scoreboard in an edge-of-your-seat 61-60 win at Davis last Friday.

December 10, 2012 4 p.m. read more..

Grandview wins league opener

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhounds split two games at home over the weekend, first defeating Ephrata soundly, 80-58, then losing to Ellensburg 72-65.

December 10, 2012 4 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 7

Feds warn that marijuana use illegal

The U.S. Attorney's Office has issued a statement regarding the use of marijuana in Washington and Colorado to remind people that possession, selling or growing the substance is still illegal under federal law.

December 7, 2012 3:21 p.m. read more..

Grizzly grapplers crush Cadets

YAKIMA - Winning 12-of-13 head-to-head matches, six of them by a pin, the Sunnyside boys wrestling team rolled to a 71-3 thumping of host Eisenhower last night, Thursday.

December 7, 2012 3:17 p.m. read more..

Grandview awards banquet Feb. 19

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Community Awards Banquet for 2012 has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 and nominations are still being accepted.

December 7, 2012 3:13 p.m. read more..

Granger hosting Christmas light tour

GRANGER - This holiday season the Granger Chamber of Commerce is again making it easy to check out the city's neighborhood Christmas lights with a bus tour set for next Tuesday, Dec. 11.

December 7, 2012 3:10 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 6


Proposals to generate revenues pitched in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview residents purchasing a new home are likely to pay additional Real Estate Excise Taxes (REET) and the city council will next Tuesday be presented with the resolution needed to impose that tax, as well as a resolution for a utility tax proposal.

December 6, 2012 4:36 p.m. read more..

Quilting club to meet Dec. 11

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley Horizon Quilters Club will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 S. Euclid Rd. in Grandview.

December 6, 2012 4:31 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 5


Ki-Be slips past Mabton

MABTON - It was a close game between the Mabton Lady Vikes and Kiona-Benton last night, but it was the visiting Bears who earned the win, 48-42.

December 5, 2012 4:10 p.m. read more..

Bickleton boys improve to 2-1

ZILLAH - With three players in double figures in the scoring column, the Bickleton High School boys basketball team picked up its second victory of the season last night.

December 5, 2012 4:09 p.m. read more..

Greyhounds nip SHS boys

It was the very definition of a rivalry game, as Sunnyside and Grandview's boys hoop teams traded the lead 16 times before the Greyhounds finally came out on top 56-53 last night.

December 5, 2012 4:04 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 4


Input wanted on economic development plan

Development groups and their partners in Yakima and Kittitas counties are building a new regional plan to strengthen the Central Washington economy and have invited the public to review ideas at several forums.

December 4, 2012 4:52 p.m. read more..

Student health center formally dedicated

This past Saturday the Sunnyside School District dedicated the new health center building on the Sunnyside High School campus that is named posthumously in honor of longtime substance abuse counselor John Hughes.

December 4, 2012 4:48 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 3