Stories for February 2012


Wednesday, February 29


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.

February 29, 2012 3:55 p.m. read more..


Students fortunate for support from local community

February 29, 2012 3:45 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 28


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.

February 28, 2012 3:48 p.m. read more..

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.

February 28, 2012 3:39 p.m. read more..

Monday, February 27


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.

February 27, 2012 4:34 p.m. read more..

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.

February 24, 2012 4 p.m. read more..

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.

February 24, 2012 3:52 p.m. read more..

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.

February 24, 2012 3:44 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 23


Chapter V

Survey reveals Sunnyside PD should improve upon case management practices

February 23, 2012 4:23 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 22


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.

February 22, 2012 4 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 21


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.

February 20, 2012 3:54 p.m. read more..

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.

February 20, 2012 3:45 p.m. read more..

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.

February 20, 2012 3:44 p.m. read more..

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.

February 20, 2012 3:42 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 17

Chapter III

Police department's management strategies come under fire in study

February 17, 2012 4:14 p.m. read more..


Newspaper's job to keep eye on city hall

February 17, 2012 4:05 p.m. read more..

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.

February 17, 2012 4:02 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 16


Wednesday, February 15



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

February 15, 2012 3:43 p.m. read more..

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.

February 15, 2012 3:40 p.m. read more..

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.

February 15, 2012 3:37 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 14


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.

February 14, 2012 3:44 p.m. read more..

Monday, February 13



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

February 13, 2012 4:41 p.m. read more..

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."

February 13, 2012 4:39 p.m. read more..

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.

February 13, 2012 4:37 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 10


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.

February 10, 2012 2:57 p.m. read more..

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.

February 10, 2012 2:55 p.m. read more..


Concerns over city manager severance

February 10, 2012 2:52 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 9


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.

February 9, 2012 3:56 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 8


Undocumented students deserve chance for higher ed

February 8, 2012 4:33 p.m. read more..

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.

February 8, 2012 4:13 p.m. read more..

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."

February 8, 2012 4:11 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 7


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.

February 7, 2012 4:16 p.m. read more..

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.

February 7, 2012 4:11 p.m. read more..

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.

February 7, 2012 4:09 p.m. read more..

Monday, February 6


Friday, February 3


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.

February 3, 2012 3:30 p.m. read more..

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.

February 3, 2012 3:30 p.m. read more..

Word Nerd

Prevent unwanted kittens by spaying or neutering cats

February 3, 2012 3:24 p.m. read more..

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.

February 2, 2012 4:08 p.m. read more..

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.

February 2, 2012 4:06 p.m. read more..

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.

February 2, 2012 4:04 p.m. read more..

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.

February 2, 2012 4:03 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 1


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?

February 1, 2012 4:22 p.m. read more..