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Wednesday, February 29

More street improvements on horizon in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview residents living in the area of East Fourth, Ash, Elm and Birch streets will see improvements to their neighborhoods if the Grandview City Council has its way.

Icy roads cause several traffic accidents near exit on I-82 freeway outside Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview police officer was busy early this morning (Wednesday) assisting the Washington State Patrol with several accidents that occurred near exit 73 on I-82 just after 5:30 a.m.

Local legislators frustrated

OLYMPIA - Local state legislators indicated frustration as the budget has not been passed with only a little over a week left in the session.

Decline in patient volume forces hospital to make staffing cuts in ER

After cutting nine positions in early January, Sunnyside Community Hospital has been forced to cut four more positions this week.

Police chief stepping down

Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder will retire effective March 31.

Calling all ladies...Black Rock Creek group invites all aspiring golfers to take part in weekly contests

Black Rock Creek Golf Course's 18-hole ladies group will kick off the 2012 season on Tuesday, March 6.

Gold Wings to stage annual rally in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Washington District Convention will be staged at Grandview's Country Park Events Center this coming July19-21.

Council inks legal fees contract

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday approved a new legal fee agreement with Menke Jackson Beyer Ehlis & Harper LLC.

Wicked witch encourages Rotarians to attend play

Lizze Sustaita didn't look like a wicked witch as she presented information about Sunnyside High School's play to the Noon Rotary Club this past Monday, but that's her role in the Wizard of Oz.

FORUM

Students fortunate for support from local community

Students fortunate for support from local community

GUEST COLUMN

To the press, 'God's will' domain of Democrats alone

To the press, 'God's will' domain of Democrats alone

Jennie's Journey

Serving time...as a jurist, that is

Serving time...as a jurist, that is

NOTICE

RUEBEN GUERRERO

RUEBEN GUERRERO

Tuesday, February 28

Police study to be revised before council reviews it

Several citizens last night took the podium at the Sunnyside City Council meeting, expressing their desire for a review of the recent police study conducted by MGT of America.

Teacher assessment at high school 'ahead of the curve'

The Washington state senate recently passed a bill that would establish criteria and procedures for evaluating teachers and other certified staff, building on the work of a law passed in 2010 which was piloted at a number of schools and districts around the state during the last two school years.

Former Sunnyside hospital CEO returns in interim role

Effective today a familiar face is leading Sunnyside Community Hospital, as Bob Brendgard has been named interim CEO. He replaces Jon Smiley, who recently retired.

Citizens urge city council to keep city manager on board until permanent replacement can be found

At last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting half a dozen or so citizens expressed a desire to see City Manager Mark Gervasi serve in his current capacity until a replacement can be found.

Uncertain state budget at crux of consolidating Grandview medical clinics

GRANDVIEW - Birch Street Medical Center in Grandview earlier this month was closed by Sunnyside Community Hospital officials due to budget constraints.

A bright 'Blue Moon' shines again

It was nearly 10 months ago that the Blue Moon Bar and Grill was forced to close following a fire that destroyed two neighboring businesses, the Safari Restaurant and El Conquistador.

Raines lone holdout on Paulakis motion for council to treat one another with respect

Sometimes speaking out can be like walking into a bear trap.

Local science fair winners announced

An audience of more than 100 people packed SHS's new black box theater last night for the annual science fair awards ceremony.

ON-STAGE REVIEW

Land of Oz chock full of talented SHS thespians

Land of Oz chock full of talented SHS thespians

Rehabilitation director looking forward to using new gym and equipment

Darlene Wagar is chomping at the bit to get into the new gym at Eagle Rehabilitation at Sunnyside, which should happen later this week if all goes well.

OBITUARY

CHARLES D. KENNEDY

CHARLES D. KENNEDY

Monday, February 27

State agency to pay $102,000 in suit filed by Grandview farm

YAKIMA - Double H Farms of Grandview isn't the only one paying a penalty these days, as the state's Department of Ecology will have to cough up more than $100,000.

Police study review on hold

The recently released study of the Sunnyside Police Department, completed by MGT of America, will not be discussed any time soon.

Process for city manager search in Sunnyside up in the air

The Sunnyside City Council has not yet decided which process to utilize when selecting a new city manager.

Executive session on tap tonight for interim city manager discussion

The Sunnyside City Council, in the interest of hearing from current City Manager Mark Gervasi and three other interim city manager candidates, will tonight hold an executive session before deciding the next step for replacing Gervasi.

Lady Knights advance to 1B State tourney

SPOKANE - A punishing defense sparked the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight basketball team to the 1B State tourney later this week.

Sunnyside Christian punches 14th consecutive ticket to the Big Dance

SPOKANE - Fourteen years and counting. That's the number of times Sunnyside Christian will have made consecutive appearances at the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament.

Longtime Sunnysider turns 90 years young

Today (Monday) marks a milestone for longtime Sunnyside resident Leonard Graves.

Friday, February 24

School board starts process to lower interest rates on bonds

The Sunnyside School Board learned last night during a work session prior to its regular meeting that the district's 2004 bonds could currently be refunded to a lower interest rate, saving the district more than $55,000 a year, and voted to start the process during the board's regular meeting.

Chapter VI

City jail operations commended by analysts

City jail operations commended by analysts

Grandview Irrigation District merger vote on tap next week

Following an informational meeting yesterday that only drew three Grandview Irrigation District landholders, the stage is set for a vote to be held next Thursday, March 1, on whether to merge with the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District.

Sunnyside man sought by local police

Ricardo Siller, 41, of Sunnyside is being sought by Sunnyside police today, Friday, on charges of possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Retreat for women to be held in March

GRANDVIEW - A day-long women's retreat is being held at the Grandview Christian Church (310 Euclid) on Saturday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for women in the community.

Music-based ministry open to all this Sunday

GRANGER - The Assembly of God Church in Granger is welcoming all Lower Yakima Valley residents to a special music-based ministry this coming Sunday, Feb. 26.

What's Happening

FRIDAY

House gives nod for liquor, wine sales at movie theaters

OLYMPIA - Washington's historic movie houses are cozying up to the idea of serving patrons beer and wine to go with their pizza and popcorn.

High school student artwork focus of showcase

YAKIMA - A larger than usual collection of about 150 entries from some of South Central Washington's best young creative talents, including works by students in Sunnyside and Grandview, are filling the gallery walls for the 39th annual Educational Service District 105 Regional High School Art Show.

GUEEST COLUMN

Regulations are essential protections for small businesses

Regulations are essential protections for small businesses

Off the Record

Protect your apps

Protect your apps

OBITUARY

;LESLEY MATTHEWS

;LESLEY MATTHEWS

Thursday, February 23

Yakima Valley group unveils transportation proposal

YAKIMA - Intersection improvements on SR 241 near the Sunnyside Airport and widening Euclid Road in Grandview are two of the priorities listed in a draft version of a Yakima Valley transportation plan.

'Doc' insists debate needed between presidential candidates so Americans can hear for themselves the woeful financial shape nation is in

Crucial to the American people, as well as to their future financial well-being, is hearing first-hand the differences between President Barak Obama's plans for pulling the nation out of debt and what the Republican faithful insists must happen.

Chapter V

Survey reveals Sunnyside PD should improve upon case management practices

Survey reveals Sunnyside PD should improve upon case management practices

Popular coffee shop shocks community with unexpected closure

When Guerra's Coffee Company in Sunnyside wasn't open Tuesday morning, many in the community began asking questions.

Wednesday, February 22

Sunnyside students gear up for science fair

Students at Sunnyside High School, as well as at Sierra Vista and Harrison middle schools are busy preparing science projects for this coming Saturday's science fair.

Survey data presented to county's gang commission not encouraging

TOPPENISH - Nearly 70 percent of Yakima County residents have admittedly said they have a family member who is in a gang.

Grizzly Dance Team takes top honors again

KENNEWICK - Sunnyside High School's dance team competed this past Saturday at Kamiakin High School, earning first place honors in both the pom and hip hop categories.

Ruiz, Escobedo, Parrish CWAC first team selections

GRANDVIEW - Three athletes at Grandview High School have been named CWAC All-League first team selections for the just completed 2011-12 winter sports season.

SHS grad earns college swim title

TACOMA - Sunnyside High School and Shark swim team alum Toni Castillo sparkled during the recent Northwest Conference swim championships, claiming one overall title and several top eight finishes.

Rotary speaker says now the time to begin prepping gardens and yards

Area residents are anticipating the coming spring season and Guy Auld says there are a few things one can do to ready their yards.

GUEST COLUMN

No more Band-aids for the state budget

No more Band-aids for the state budget

Word Nerd

Bullying is bullying, online or off

Bullying is bullying, online or off

OBITUARY

EDUARDO ANDRES R. CUELLO

EDUARDO ANDRES R. CUELLO

DEATH NOTICE

MADELINE MAY GARNER

MADELINE MAY GARNER

Tuesday, February 21

Analysts commend police department for span of control

The first of only a couple commendations, compared to more than three dozen recommendations, makes an appearance in chapter four of the 131-page performance and management review of the Sunnyside Police Department.

Chapter IV

'Overtime hours out of control'

'Overtime hours out of control'

Port's executive director to retire at end of year

Port of Sunnyside Executive Director Amber Hansen is retiring in December of this year, and the search for someone to fill her shoes has started.

Sierra Vista Middle School names honor roll students

Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School has named its 2011-12 second quarter honor roll students.

Sunnyside students crafting a robot for regional competition

The Sunnyside High School Robotics Engineering Club is finishing up its robot for this year's FIRST Robotics Competition, the Rebound Rumble.

Monday, February 20

Republican leaders release GOP version of state budget

OLYMPIA - The state GOP budget proposed by Rep. Gary Alexander (R-Olympia) and published last Friday on the House Republican website would fully fund levy equalization and a 180-day school year, provide new funding for gang prevention and fully fund reimbursement rates for critical access hospitals, all without raising the sales tax.

Sunnyside students earn honors in auto maintenance competition

Aspiring automotive technicians from around the region rolled up their sleeves at Sunnyside High School earlier this month to show off their automotive maintenance skills.

Ruiz, Mireles medal for Mabton

TACOMA - The Mabton Viking wrestling team took three athletes to the 1A State wrestling tourney this past Friday and Saturday, with two of them earning a top-eight finish at the Tacoma Dome.

Torres brings hardware home

TACOMA - There were only two Greyhounds who wrestled this past weekend at the Tacoma Dome in the Mat Classic 2A State boys wrestling tournament, Martin Torres and David Castaneda.

Elizondo places fourth at State girls tournament

TACOMA - Junior Abby Elizondo, one of two Sunnyside High School athletes who punched their tickets to the WIAA State Girls Wrestling Tournament in the Tacoma Dome this past weekend, returned home with a fourth-place medal.

Five of Sunnyside's six wrestlers medal to lead Grizzlies to 'Top 10' finish at State

TACOMA - One of Sunnyside's goals at the WIAA 3A State wrestling tournament in Tacoma this past weekend was to return home with a 'Top 10' finish.

OBITUARY

DEWAYNE LEON VANNIEUWENHUIZEN

DEWAYNE LEON VANNIEUWENHUIZEN

Friday, February 17

Chapter III

Police department's management strategies come under fire in study

Police department's management strategies come under fire in study

New gay marriage law likely to be challenged

Although Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the same-sex marriage bill into law this past Monday, it is unlikely to go into effect until it has gone before Washington state voters.

Mabton, Granger in line for state wastewater funds

The city of Mabton's efforts to pay for a state-mandated $5.6 million wastewater plant upgrade received a big boost this week.

Honeyford bill offers new life for historic properties

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Senate on Tuesday of this week unanimously passed Senate Bill 6523, which allows private parties to lease and make improvements to state-owned properties under certain circumstances.

Increased energy efficiency has Washingtonians saying 'coal no more'

Energy costs have been steadily on the rise in the United States, but Washington state remains one of the least expensive energy states in the nation.

Bulldogs take bite out of Greyhounds, sending Grandview into loser-out District game

ELLENSBURG - After Grandview's 59-50 loss to Ellensburg last night, tomorrow's game will be a fight of cats and dogs.

Yakima Valley Community College grad oversees engineering for SVID

An employee for Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District the past nine years, Ron Cowin will soon mark his first anniversary as the district's assistant manager in charge of engineering projects.

SHS drama club's 'Wizard of Oz' production opens Feb. 24

Sunnyside High School drama students are at it again. Their coming production features aspiring thespians adding a flair for clogging along with goodwill towards orphans.

FORUM

Newspaper's job to keep eye on city hall

Newspaper's job to keep eye on city hall

Let's welcome the Seattle Royals

I'm following with interest the rumblings in Sacramento, which is in danger of losing its NBA team, and Seattle, which has support to build a new arena to lure a team like the Sacramento Kings.

Guest Column

The problem with too many debates

The problem with too many debates

Off the Record

It's your police department, take the time to read the study

It's your police department, take the time to read the study

Word Nerd

City's tech guy deserves medal and a vacation

City's tech guy deserves medal and a vacation

OBITUARY

HERBERT WAYNE ICE

HERBERT WAYNE ICE

Thursday, February 16

16-year-old in custody after note containing threats found at high school

A 16-year-old male student from Sunnyside High School was yesterday (Wednesday) taken into police custody after officials found a document containing threats against other students at the school.

Snipes Mountain AVA unique because of its soil

The Snipes Mountain area provides prime soil for vineyards and healthy wine grape crops.

Sunnyside schools' network manager named ESD 105's top classified employee

YAKIMA - David Peterson, a network operations manager for the Sunnyside School District, was named Educational Service District 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year for 2012.

NASA space tiles teaching tools for SHS science instructor

When NASA decommissioned its space shuttles two years ago, Sunnyside High School teacher Joyce Stark took the chance to acquire a tile.

SHS senior's passion hangs in Harrison Middle School entryway

With a busy high school senior and Running Start student schedule, Vanessa Osorio wanted her senior project to reflect her passion: art.

OBITUARY

OTTOLENA REDEKER

OTTOLENA REDEKER

DEATH NOTICE

BEVERLY LYNN ROSS

BEVERLY LYNN ROSS

Wednesday, February 15

Local school levies overwhelmingly OK'd

Voters overwhelmingly approved maintenance and operation levies in the Mabton and Sunnyside school districts yesterday, Tuesday.

CHAPTER II

Sunnyside police costs high, calls low compared to cities of similar size

Sunnyside police costs high, calls low compared to cities of similar size

Safe school routes planning underway

GRANDVIEW - As a result of assessments completed in Grandview by the Yakima Health District and the Department of Health's Healthy Communities program, funding for safe school routes will be sought.

Three hurt in accident

GRANDVIEW - The Washington State Patrol is investigating an accident that occurred last night (Tuesday) at about 10:50 p.m. at the corner of Chase and South Euclid roads.

Retired educators receive 'Grand' tour

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Yakima Valley unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association Tuesday received a tour of the newly constructed Grandview Library.

GUEST COLUMN

Catholic bishops vs. Obama?

Catholic bishops vs. Obama?

Word Nerd

Dog-gone town

Dog-gone town

OBITUARY

BEVERLY LYNN ROSS

BEVERLY LYNN ROSS

DEATH NOTICE

MARION MABLE STANTON

MARION MABLE STANTON

Tuesday, February 14

iWatch leader stresses vigilance in combating city's criminal elements

In a presentation to the Sunnyside City Council last night, block watch leader James Stevens, a local dentist, talked about the important role of block watch groups.

Gutierrez claims Regional title for Lady Vikings

WAHLUKE - She went into the tourney with the number one seed and backed it up, as Mabton's Mary Ellen Gutierrez won the Regional title in the 112-lb. weight class.

Elizondo, Cardenas representing SHS at girls State tourney

MATTAWA - Abigail Elizondo and Jessica Cardenas will carry the banner for the Sunnyside High School girls wrestling team at this coming Friday and Saturday's WIAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Tacoma Dome.

Sunnyside Christian Knights dominate All-Opponent teams

Not surprisingly, the Sunnyside Christian High School boys and girls basketball squads make up the majority of the rosters on the 2011-12 Greater Columbia 1B League All-Opponent teams.

'Hounds bring an end to Ephrata Tigers' season

GRANDVIEW - Grabbing the lead from the outset and never relinquishing it, the Grandview High School boys basketball team steamrolled the visiting Ephrata Tigers last night, 61-48.

Rotary looking for raffle sponsors

The Sunnyside Noon Rotary is looking for sponsors for the 2012 Sunnyside Rotary Swim Team raffle.

Nominations sought for SHS Wall of Fame

April 9 is the deadline to nominate candidates for Sunnyside High School's Wall of Fame.

Fine assessed for I-82 work

The Washington Department of Ecology issued $117,372 in penalties of $1,000 or more in the fourth quarter (October, November, December) of 2011, including a penalty for a company working on a Lower Valley project.

Harrison Middle School honor roll students announced

Sunnyside Harrison Middle School announced last week its second-quarter honor roll students.

Love in the air at Noon Rotary's Monday gathering

Happily married men tend to live longer than single men or men in unhappy marriages, according to Angela Waymire of Comprehensive Mental Health in Sunnyside.

DEATH NOTICE

OTTOLENA REDEKER

OTTOLENA REDEKER

Monday, February 13

Alert Grandview citizen credited for police finding assault weapon

GRANDVIEW - Yesterday (Sunday) during a routine traffic stop in Grandview police recovered an assault rifle.

Minor traffic infractions may escape license suspension

OLYMPIA - Pay for "not clicking it" or pay the electric bill?

CHAPTER I

$50,000 study reveals Sunnyside PD needs more than just a few tweaks

$50,000 study reveals Sunnyside PD needs more than just a few tweaks

Lady Knights cruise to District title tilt

GOLDENDALE - "We wanted to make the statement that we are the best team in the league," Sunnyside Christian girls hoop coach Al Smeenk said of District tourney play this past weekend. "We didn't want them to think they could beat us."

Greyhounds' loss to Ellensburg forces Grandview to play tonight's playoff game against Ephrata

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhounds, after losing the final regular season game against Ellensburg 55-41 last Friday, enter the 2A District competition tonight (Monday) against Ephrata.

SHS Regional champs!!!

SPOKANE - No matter how the Sunnyside High School boys wrestling team fares at this coming Friday and Saturday's 3A State wrestling tournament, it'll just be icing on the cake.

Three Vikes qualify for 1A State tourney

ZILLAH - The odds were stacked against Mabton's Brandon Marquez this past Saturday.

Health and fitness event set for March 15

Attendees of this year's Chief Kamiakin Elementary School's annual health and fitness event will be in for an acrobatic treat.

DEATH NOTICE

VELMA A. MORAN

VELMA A. MORAN

Friday, February 10

Nuestra Casa offering college prep courses

Ana Romero learned how to speak English thanks to Nuestra Casa in Sunnyside.

Rangers push past Mabton boys

NACHES - The final score won't reflect it, but the Mabton Viking boys hoop team gave State contender Naches a scare last night before falling to the Rangers 75-52.

Portlander claims Sunnyside tourney

Sue Pisha of Portland, Ore. is the champion of the 2012 Super One Day Cribbage tournament recently held here in Sunnyside.

YVCC presents 'Teach, Tour & Taste' event

GRANDVIEW - Students involved with Yakima Valley Community College's wine marketing course, in collaboration with YVCC's Teaching Winery Yakima Valley Vintners, will host an exciting evening of wine education and the opportunity to taste award-winning wine.

FORUM

Concerns over city manager severance

Concerns over city manager severance

Jennie's Journey

Sad to see him leaving so soon

Sad to see him leaving so soon

GUEST COLUMN

When it comes to taxes keep it simple

When it comes to taxes keep it simple

OBITUARY

LEO STUART FANCEY

LEO STUART FANCEY

Thursday, February 9

Gay marriage law one signature away from reality

OLYMPIA - The final tally Wednesday of votes in the state House of Representatives on ESSB 6239 legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington state was 55 yea and 43 nay.

Council deadline approaches to make decision on technology

The city of Sunnyside has approximately 90 days before Centurylink will cease providing fiber optic services.

Two local students named to laureate society

SPOKANE - Two students from Sunnyside and Grandview were recently named to Whitworth University's laureate society for the fall 2011 semester.

Lower Valley students make the grade at EWU

CHENEY - Eastern Washington University recently named its fall 2011 honor roll students.

Learn CPR and first aid

CPR and first aid classes are being offered on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, March 31, at the Sunnyside Fire Department at 513 S. Eighth St.

Coffee big seller in Sunnyside

There are two different types of coffee beans that are widely grown for consumption.

OBITUARY

VALENTIN MENDOZA VILLA

VALENTIN MENDOZA VILLA

DEATH NOTICE

DALE W. TERREL

DALE W. TERREL

Wednesday, February 8

FORUM

Undocumented students deserve chance for higher ed

Undocumented students deserve chance for higher ed

Water outlook 'on track' for 2012

Despite a warming trend for much of the winter, the water outlook is good for irrigators this summer.

SVID board approves merger with Grandview

A step towards local irrigation history took place yesterday, Tuesday, when the SVID board agreed to a merger with the Grandview Irrigation District (GID).

Sunnyside City Council working at getting a handle on finances

The Sunnyside City Council at Tuesday evening's special meeting discussed priorities and efforts to balance the city budget.

Short-handed Grizzlies fall in District play-in game

RICHLAND - Minus all-everything Israel Manzo, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team still nearly pulled out a win in a play-in game to the District tournament.

Lady Greyhounds face must-win to advance to 2A postseason play

GRANDVIEW - The Mustangs took an early lead in last night's game in Grandview, but had to struggle to stay ahead of the Lady Greyhounds, who were within striking distance the entire game.

A dreamy Valentine's Day dessert

(Family Features) If you're looking for a way to cook up some romance this Valentine's Day, skip the traditional box of chocolates and try an impressive dessert instead.

Princesses in training

The Miss Sunnyside court hosted a pageant last night (Tuesday) that culminated weeks of hard work and dedication with a splash of fun from area youngsters and "princesses in training."

GUEST COLUMN

Surely they jest

Surely they jest

Off the Record

Same-sex marriages step in right direction

Same-sex marriages step in right direction

OBITUARY

MARY LOU TIMMONS

MARY LOU TIMMONS

Tuesday, February 7

Economist says agriculture, health services among most promising industries in terms of job growth

Economist Don Meseck cannot predict the future, but he can do a decent job predicting future trends by looking at the past.

Marketing plan pitched

The Sunnyside City Council Monday heard from Jeff Barrom of SEDA (Sunnyside Economic Development Association) and Dave Fonfara, former Sunnyside city manager, regarding a proposal for marketing the West Sunnyside Business Park.

Another one bites the dust

Gervasi fifth city manager since 2004 to depart Sunnyside

Gervasi fifth city manager since 2004 to depart Sunnyside

Sunnyside High girls Sub-regional champs

CONNELL - Behind individual titlists Abigail Elizondo and Sonia Romero, the Sunnyside High School girls wrestling team won the Sub-regional championship last Saturday.

Entire Mabton team earns Sub-regional titles

CONNELL - The Mabton Lady Viking wrestling squad had four athletes at the Sub-regional tourney at Connell this past Saturday...and all four won titles.

WWU honor roll students

BELLINGHAM - Two students from the Lower Yakima Valley were recently named to the Western Washington University honor roll for the fall 2011 quarter.

Bickleton students make the grade

BICKLETON - The Bickleton School District yesterday announced its first semester honor roll students for the current school year.

Mabton's Artz-Fox honor roll students named

MABTON - Artz-Fox Elementary School officials in Mabton have released the names of the students who received all 3's or 4's during the second quarter of the 2011-12 school year.

Historic Grandview Herald building changes ownership

GRANDVIEW - When Prosser's Steve Bradley, known throughout the Lower Valley as a physician's assistant and co-owner of Prosser Funeral Home, saw the Grandview Herald building was listed for sale, he saw an opportunity to preserve history.

OBITUARY

ARLEEN CATHERINE BAXTER

ARLEEN CATHERINE BAXTER

DEATH NOTICE

HILDA C. HORST

HILDA C. HORST

Monday, February 6

Washington state reveals proposals for stormwater project funding

OLYMPIA - Washington state is seeking input on the next round of funding to help local governments control stormwater run-off.

Volunteer keeps her clients moving

After suffering a stroke in 1996, Teresa Garcia found herself needing something to occupy her time.

Doctorate project will help Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce

Joey Castilleja was searching for a local group to work with on a project for his Ph.D., and was delighted when Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Turner suggested he help out in his hometown.

Mabton girls District tourney bound

The Mabton Lady Vikings took out SCAC East powerhouse Connell in a close game last Friday, coming from behind to beat the Eagles 53-50.

Grandview's Birrueta, Torres 2A District champions

ELLENSBURG - The Grandview wrestling team this past Friday and Saturday competed at Districts in Ellensburg.

Grizzlies force tiebreaker with Southridge for CBBN league's final District tourney berth

Timely free throw shooting helped the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team hold on for a 52-46 victory CBBN victory at Pasco this past Friay night.

SCHS ends regular season in perfect fashion

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight hoop team kept its perfect league season intact this past Friday and Saturday with victories over Trout Lake-Glenwood and Bickleton.

BIRTHS

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

DEATH NOTICE

MARJORIE R. RUPPERT

MARJORIE R. RUPPERT

Friday, February 3

Safari owners named in lawsuit

The aftermath of last May's fire that engulfed the Safari and El Conquistador restaurants in downtown Sunnyside continues.

Commissioner's aim is to make city prosperous

As a Sunnyside native and a member of the community with roots dating back to near the city's beginnings, Bernie Barker recently accepted an appointment to the Sunnyside Planning Commission.

School retirees to meet Feb. 14

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Yakima Valley unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Feb. 14, at The Vineyard, 150 Division St. in Grandview.

Cal Ripken sign-ups start next week

Five dates have been set aside for sign-ups for Cal Ripken Baseball in Sunnyside. The first two sign-ups are next Tuesday, Feb. 7, and Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Harrison Middle School.

What's Happening

FRIDAY

FORUM

Victims of vandalism

Victims of vandalism

GUEST COLUMN

'To hell with you' Catholic response to Obama mandate

'To hell with you' Catholic response to Obama mandate

Word Nerd

Prevent unwanted kittens by spaying or neutering cats

Prevent unwanted kittens by spaying or neutering cats

OBITUARY

MABEL NIXON STARK

MABEL NIXON STARK

Thursday, February 2

Child porn charges filed

MABTON - Last week county prosecutors filed a felony charge against a Mabton man accused of having child pornography in his possession.

New councilman's push for retroactive bonus pay for city's deputy police chief doesn't pass muster

The city of Sunnyside has heard from the Washington State Auditor's Office regarding a 5 percent "step-up pay" that was proposed recently for Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck.

Senate passes gay marriage bill

OLYMPIA - As Washington State Senate President Brad Owens announced that the same-sex marriage bill, ESSB 6239, had passed, an anxious audience of hundreds watching attentively during tense floor debate erupted with applause.

Wedam crowned state alternate dairy ambassador

LYNNWOOD - The Washington State Dairy Women recently welcomed Kristen Wedam of Sunnyside as one of the Washington state alternate dairy ambassadors during a public relations forum at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood.

Mabton High boys on playoff bubble

MABTON - A furious rally at the end wasn't enough as the Mabton Viking boys basketball team lost to visiting Riverview 54-51 this past Tuesday night.

Dalrymple family looks to continue winning NHRA ways

The year 2011 was one of firsts for the Dalrymple family of Sunnyside.

SHS dance team wins at Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE - The Sunnyside High School Grizzly Dance Team this past weekend competed in Moses Lake, bringing home several honors.

SHS students embracing 'bot' technology

The Sunnyside High School Technology Student Association took first place honors in two categories at Zillah High School's Robotics Competition this past December.

Sunnyside students being given hands-on lessons in 'financial literacy'

In the coming months Sunnyside students will be introduced to "financial literacy" through Junior Achievement programs throughout the district.

OBITUARY

JOHN DENNIS HUGHES

JOHN DENNIS HUGHES

Wednesday, February 1

Newhouse, Hazzard named to drainage district posts

YAKIMA - A holdover from Yakima County's irrigation history, two Sunnyside-area drainage improvement districts, received new board members yesterday.

Sunnyside cops led on high speed pursuit

Sunnyside police last night (Tuesday) were led on a pursuit just after 9 p.m. that started in the 400 block of Cemetery Road.

Granger veteran recognized nationally

GRANGER - Billy Dunn, born in 1927, enlisted in active service for the United States Army on Jan. 19, 1951.

Faster care for cardiac, stroke victims now available at Sunnyside Community Hospital

The Washington State Department of Health has been working for the past four years to fully implement an emergency cardiac and stroke system, similar to the statewide trauma designation system.

Mabton Lady Vikes square league record at 5-5

MABTON - The seniors on Mabton's team were shining on senior night as the Lady Vikings mastered the Panthers, winning 60-47.

Second quarter surge sparks SCHS Lady Knights

WALLA WALLA - A strong second quarter was just what the 1B Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight basketball team needed in a 41-32 win at 2B DeSales last night.

Lady Pirates defeated by 3-point shooter

BICKLETON - The Lady Pirates fought hard to contain Trout Lake's top scorer at last night's home basketball game.

Falcons soar past Sunnyside with big rally in second half

In its home finale of the 2011-12 season, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team faded down the stretch in a 60-43 CBBN loss to Hanford.

Is your pantry recipe-ready?

(Family Features) Did you know that more than 86 percent of consumers said they threw away a percentage of their pantry items that have been opened but not completely finished? Why not use up those ingredients to come up with new and creative recipes?

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Words from Washington

A missed opportunity to address America's economy

A missed opportunity to address America's economy

Say what you mean and mean what you say

The 2012 Washington state legislative session is nearly half over and it's been interesting to see the proposals that have come out of Olympia.