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Tuesday, January 31

Sunnyside lawmaker calls bill 'attack' on ag

OLYMPIA - The Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee held a hearing last Thursday on Senate Bill 6397, a measure that opponents say would harm Washington's agricultural community by restricting the use of pesticides.

Students making the rounds at Sunnyside Community Hospital

Sunnyside Community Hospital is one of several hospitals partnering with Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima.

Firemen honored for outstanding service

The Sunnyside Fire Department recognized several firemen earlier this month for outstanding service. Fire department personnel gathered at Bon Vino's recently for their annual awards dinner.

Hospital CEO retiring after 20 years at the helm

Jon Smiley, CEO at Sunnyside Community Hospital and Clinics, has announced his retirement effective March 1, 2012, according to Board President Jon Mercer and HealthTech Management Services Senior Vice President Dave Woodland. Smiley has served as CEO of the hospital since December 1992.

Washington State Senate to vote on same-sex marriage bill tomorrow

Same-sex marriage is a hot-button issue among individuals, groups and organizations nationwide. And it appears to be heating up locally as a measure is being considered by the state legislature, amending the marriage laws in Washington state that would legalize same-sex marriages.

Fitness club for older women opens at Eastway Center

Kermit Jacobson's new fitness club doesn't discriminate by age, but his target market is definitely mature women who want a comfortable and non-judgmental place to work out.

New dentist cleans up at Community Dental Clinic

Dr. Sean Quigley is the latest addition to Community Dental Clinic in Sunnyside, specializing in keeping the teeth of children clean and healthy.

DEATH NOTICE

BETTY RUTH LUNDY

BETTY RUTH LUNDY

Monday, January 30

The issues of Haiti presented to Rotary

David Olson spent three years in Haiti, and it literally changed the direction of his life.

Local woman celebrates 100 years

One hundred years after being born in Campbell, Ark., Mildred Maxey Moran celebrated her birthday surrounded by friends and family at the Sunnyside Community Center last Saturday afternoon.

Klickitat Vandals steal win from Lady Pirates

BICKLETON - The Bickleton girls basketball squad hoped to repeat a win over the visiting Klickitat squad this past Saturday.

Grandview wins two on the road

The Grandview Greyhounds this past Friday and Saturday competed in two road games and were victorious in both CWAC battles.

Grizzlies end regular season with a sweep

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team ended a 2011-12 perfect regular season with dual match victories over Eisenhower and Davis high schools in Yakima this past Saturday.

OBITUARY

ROSEANN OMTA-KATTE

ROSEANN OMTA-KATTE

DEATH NOTICE

PHYLLIS A. FORDYCE

PHYLLIS A. FORDYCE

Friday, January 27

Sunnyside stays with new six-team CBBN

The Sunnyside School Board voted 3-2 last night (Thursday) to stay in the Columbia Basin Big Nine instead of joining the new breakaway league centered in the Tri-Cities.

Homeless figures look to be on rise

The final tally from Sunnyside and the rest of Yakima County's homeless count yesterday won't likely be known for a few months, but the number of homeless appears to be on the increase - at least in the Lower Valley.

Sunnyside claims second consecutive 3A CBBN league title

YAKIMA - For the second straight year, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team has cruised through 3A Columbia Basin Big Nine League action with a perfect undefeated record.

Grandview pins down another win

WAPATO - The Grandview Greyhound grapplers yesterday secured their second win of the 2011-12 season.

Purchase planned for salmon habitat

The largest purchase of riverside habitat in the Columbia River estuary in nearly 40 years is now a reality.

Acclaimed virtuoso concert performance in Sunnyside next Friday

Normally to attend an Anita Chen concert, you would need to travel to New York City's Carnegie Hall.

FORUM

Outpouring of support helped greatly

Outpouring of support helped greatly

GUEST COLUMN

Wolf plan a disaster just waiting to happen

Wolf plan a disaster just waiting to happen

OBITUARY

LAWRENCE EDWIN HICKS

LAWRENCE EDWIN HICKS

Thursday, January 26

OBITUARY

RAUL TORRES ORTIZ

RAUL TORRES ORTIZ

Sunnyside family displaced by fire

Sunnyside firemen were called to a reported house fire yesterday (Wednesday) at approximately 9 a.m. Firemen arrived in the 1000 block of Yakima Valley Highway to find a double-wide modular home engulfed in flames and smoke.

Grandview Community Center opening rapidly approaching

GRANDVIEW - "We think you can begin moving in in February," said Karl Croft of Blews Construction this past Tuesday night.

Mabton grapplers pin Cougars, 36-30

WHITE SWAN - The Mabton Viking wrestling team wrapped up its regular season dual match season with a 36-30 victory last night at White Swan.

Local wrestling club seeking new members

Sunnyside's Little Grapplers wrestling club began its Monday through Thursday practices this week, setting the stage for the six Saturday tournaments the group will participate in this coming season.

Mabton cage team falls short against Royal

MABTON - The Mabton Viking boys basketball team got down early and could never catch up in a 66-58 loss last night to visiting Royal.

S'side High graduate opening chiropractic clinic in Seattle area

SEATTLE - Sunnyside native Aaron Ramos is taking a crack at success after completing courses at Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif. this past December.

DEATH NOTICE

LAWRENCE EDWIN HICKS

LAWRENCE EDWIN HICKS

Wednesday, January 25

Library at county jail goes digital

YAKIMA - Soon, inmates in the Yakima County Jail will get their legal information via the internet.

Medica marijuana ;patients can't grow gardens in Sunnyside

The City of Sunnyside has revised its business license requirements and Monday, the city council approved the revision.

Mabton pares back reserve officers' salaries

MABTON - During preliminary 2012 budget planning late last year, the Mabton City Council identified the need for increased police coverage.

Catholic Charities' housing development ramps up in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Catholic Charities Housing Services has been dutifully constructing affordable homes for families in the Lower Valley since 1998.

Grandview boys dunk Vikings, 58-41

SELAH - The Grandview Greyhounds traveled to Selah last night, making up for a cancellation last Friday.

Cougars too quick for Sunnyside Christian

WHITE SWAN - The state-ranked 2B White Swan Cougars sent the visiting Sunnyside Christian Knights home last night with a head-hanging 55-40 loss.

League champs!

Grizzlies rally to clip unbeaten Pasco

Grizzlies rally to clip unbeaten Pasco

Students wanted for class reunion

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School class of 1967 reunion committee is searching for missing classmates.

Sunnyside School Board agenda

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

FORUM

Downtown revitalization thoughts

Downtown revitalization thoughts

dsn editorial

Easy decision at hand for Sunnyside voters

Easy decision at hand for Sunnyside voters

Off the Record

The American dream should be within the graspof those willing to work for it

The American dream should be within the graspof those willing to work for it

OBITUARY

MARIA CEPEDA

MARIA CEPEDA

Tuesday, January 24

Step-up pay adjustment for fill-in police chief put on hold

Last night the Sunnyside City Council considered and decided to wait before authorizing a temporary pay adjustment in the amount of more than $1,460 for Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck.

Local merchants give items, area residents a 'Second Chance'

When some think it's time to discard household items, Erin and Robert Medina want to give those devices a 'Second Chance'.

Grandview superintendent makes case for the 'common core'

GRANDVIEW - Washington is changing state academic standards to hopefully prepare students to become competitive globally, competitive for work and competitive for post-secondary education.

Suns nip SHS boys

The visiting Southridge Suns avenged a 19-point loss earlier this season in winning a 54-53 squeaker over the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team last night.

Lady Grizzlies overshadow Suns

The Sunnyside girls hoop team last night prevailed 46-43 over the Southridge Suns.

Public comments sought on power rate hike proposal

What do you think about Pacific Power's rate increase proposal?

Fire takes $10,000 damage to Sunnyside home

Sunnyside firemen were dispatched at approximately 3:17 a.m. this morning to a reported structure fire.

Local firemen getting in shape for climb for a cure

Area firemen are getting in shape for the climb of their life, March 11, in Seattle.

Leadership teacher stands tall at SHS

Leadership teacher Josh Eidson is easy to find in a crowd

Leadership teacher Josh Eidson is easy to find in a crowd

OBITUARY

KENNETH LEE HYSELL

KENNETH LEE HYSELL

Monday, January 23

Grandview family dislodged by attic fire

GRANDVIEW - An attic fire caused nearly $35,000 in damage to a Grandview home last Friday.

'Know before you go' good advice from state's transportation officials

The Washington State Department of Transportation has made it easy for motorists traveling in inclement weather conditions, to "know before they go."

Life Options celebrates expansion

GRANDVIEW - Life Options is on the grow and this past Saturday celebrated the grand opening of a new pregnancy medical center it has added next to its Grandview office.

Coyotes ice Mabton Vikes

BURBANK - Much like the freezing weather outside, the Mabton Viking boys basketball team experienced a cold shooting night this past Saturday in a 43-35 loss at Columbia-Burbank.

Sunnyside girls avenge earlier loss to Kennewick

KENNEWICK - A change in strategy is credited for the Lady Grizzly victory over Kennewick this past Saturday.

SHS Grizzlies maintain perfect dual meet record

YAKIMA - Six-for-six on the season, that's where the Sunnyside High School wrestling team is at in dual meet competitions this season.

Lady 'Hounds take advantage of Quincy's mistakes

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhounds took out Quincy by a convincing score of 56-33 in last Saturday's home game.

'Hounds defeat Quincy

GRANDVIEW - Grandview was set to travel to Selah last Friday, but that game was rescheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday), giving the Greyhounds an extra night to prepare for their home game against Quincy.

OBITUARY

DONALD JAMES PRESCOTT

DONALD JAMES PRESCOTT

DEATH NOTICE

LEO S. FANCEY

LEO S. FANCEY

Friday, January 20

Dairy farming a bit more complex than in years past

For Washington's dairy farmers, 2011 was neither the best of times (2008) nor the worst of times (2009) but something in between.

State's top two primary upheld

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court has upheld Washington state's voter-approved top two primary.

Weapons, drugs, suspects seized in sting operation conducted by LEAD cops

Six men from the Sunnyside and Grandview areas were this past Wednesday arrested on pending weapons and drug charges.

County pushing plan to address air quality

YAKIMA - A year-long process to address pollution concerns related to dairies in Yakima County took another step forward this past week when the Yakima Clean Air Authority indicated it would seek to make permanent a pilot project.

City of Sunnyside's new online payment option a work in progress

The service is available to anyone who receives services from the city and has access to the internet.

Indoor soccer coordinator organizing first rec program of year at community center

Sunnyside's Promise has hired a new indoor soccer program coordinator.

Sunnyside church in transition after long-time pastor retires

After 30 years, Pastor Michael Hughes of Sunnyside First Baptist Church is retiring this month. Starting next month the church will be served by an interim pastor.

BOOK REVIEW

Longtime reporter turns to fiction

Longtime reporter turns to fiction

Top bull riders in SunDome mid-February

YAKIMA - The Professional Bull Riders' top bull riders and bulls will return to the Yakima Valley SunDome on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

FORUM

Blood drive calendar out for 2012

Blood drive calendar out for 2012

GUEST COLUMN

Defending the dream

Defending the dream

Off the Record

Piracy bills potentially harm the American way of life

Piracy bills potentially harm the American way of life

OBITUARY

DOROTHY KELLEY

DOROTHY KELLEY

DEATH NOTICE

RUTH BUTLER

RUTH BUTLER

Thursday, January 19

DEATH NOTICE

JUANITA R. PARSONS

JUANITA R. PARSONS

Attempted murder charge formally filed

YAKIMA - The Yakima County Prosecutor's office has formally charged Manuel Angel Torres, 29, of Sunnyside with attempted murder second degree.

Sunnyside council wrestles with budget shortfall

In the last six months of 2011 the city of Sunnyside spent $1.2 million from its general fund reserves.

Dancing through life's difficulties

Dancing without legs is a difficult feat, but after many near-death scenarios, Roy Palomarez is just grateful to dance at all.

Indoor youth soccer program preparing to start up

Sunnyside's Promise and the City of Sunnyside plan to unveil a new recreational program this year.

Sunnyside non-profit garners $42,261 to help needy folks with housing

YAKIMA - Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services of Sunnyside has received a $42,261 state grant to provide shelter to those who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

Area students make the grade at YVCC

Yakima Valley Community College announced last week students who received honor-roll status on the president's or dean's lists during the fall 2011 quarter.

Igloo-building project a multi-educational experience

GRANDVIEW - Students at Harriet Thompson Elementary organized a school-wide contest to see who could bring in the most milk jugs.

OBITUARY

ISIDRO ARMIJO SALAZAR

ISIDRO ARMIJO SALAZAR

Wednesday, January 18

King County judge after Wapato native's job on State Supreme Court

SEATTLE - King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Hilyer, a trial judge selected by his peers as presiding judge for three years in the state's largest court system, recently announced his campaign for Washington State Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Tom Chambers, a Wapato native.

City council agreeable to seeking grant funds for downtown upgrade

A plan to revitalize downtown Sunnyside received a nod of approval last night from the Sunnyside City Council.

More snow forecast

Much of the state, including the Lower Valley, is experiencing snow and more storms are on the way. The possibility of power outages brings a warning by the state health department against using barbecues or generators indoors for heat.

Lady Pirates back in business

TOPPENISH - With all the Lady Pirates back in action, Bickleton took care of business in the Yakama Tribal gym last night.

Grandview wins first dual of year

MOXEE - The Grandview wrestling team, after several close matches, has finally succeeded in earning a team victory.

Columbia Basin Big Nine gets a second life

YAKIMA - The Columbia Basin Big Nine conference, which includes 3A Sunnyside, is still alive and kicking after all.

Christian girls thump sixth-ranked Lions

On paper it looked like a battle royale between two top 10 teams in State 1B girls basketball.

FORUM

Supporting levy shows we love our children

Supporting levy shows we love our children

GUEST COLUMN

Fracking industry executive says 90% of Americans are 'nuts'

Fracking industry executive says 90% of Americans are 'nuts'

Where's the report?

Last fall the city of Sunnyside commissioned a $50,000 review of police department operations.

OBITUARY

DAVID C. MARTINEZ

DAVID C. MARTINEZ

DEATH NOTICE

ISIDRO ARMIJO SALAZAR

ISIDRO ARMIJO SALAZAR

Tuesday, January 17

Power generating digesters being pitched for Lower Valley area

The Port of Sunnyside was informed at last night's meeting that a company would like to move into the valley to convert manure and other agricultural waste into methane gas that can be used for energy.

OBITUARY

LOMAN BLANKENSHIP

LOMAN BLANKENSHIP

Lady Vikes split league games this past weekend

The Lady Vikings this past weekend dropped a game to visiting Connell before coming back to win big against Wahluke.

Mexican food, free internet access offered at new eatery

Sunnyside area consumers can now enjoy a traditional Mexican meal and surf the web at the same time.

Hospital providing health info on-line

The employees at Sunnyside Community Hospital are bringing their expertise to the World Wide Web.

AG candidate touts tougher DUI stand

SEATTLE - Candidate for Washington State Attorney General and chair of the King County Law and Justice Committee, Bob Ferguson recently announced a plan he would pursue, if elected, to hold DUI offenders even more accountable.

Dairy farmers, Newhouse form statewide radio campaign to help gather food for the needy

Radio listeners across Washington are now hearing State Agriculture Director Dan Newhouse underline the importance of donating food and cash to help feed the hungry.

Lawmakers seek to ease picker shortage

OLYMPIA - This past fall, many orchardists throughout Central and Eastern Washington nearly lost their apple crops due to a shortage of fruit pickers.

Monday, January 16

Grandview community center fees approved

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council last week approved policies and rental fees for the newly constructed Grandview Community Center scheduled to open in the spring of this year.

'Almighty Dads Day' event bonding adventure for local fathers

Yesterday (Sunday) fathers in the community were provided a unique opportunity for enjoyment with their children thanks to Family Connections Yakima Valley.

Vikings enjoy weekend sweep

MABTON - The Mabton Viking boys basketball team improved to 5-1 in league play, and moved its overall record to 6-8, with a pair of SCAC East wins at home this past Friday and Saturday.

Two more wins for 'Hounds

The Grandview boys basketball team is on a roll, having won 50-27 Friday at Prosser and 48-41 over Ellensburg at home Saturday.

Gonzalez, Guerrero lead SHS Grizzlies to runner-up finish at Westberg tourney

ELLENSBURG - Considering Sunnyside was two wrestlers shy of having a full 14-man roster, the Grizzlies walked away from last Saturday's Westberg Invitational with few regrets.

Lady Knights remain undefeated

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights' basketball team won a pair of league contests this past Friday and Saturday to stay undefeated.

Lady Grizzlies split weekend games

The Sunnyside girls hoops team this past Friday defeated Pasco 54-32, but the celebration was short-lived with an 82-46 defeat at the hands of Kamiakin.

Fundraiser planned on Sunday, to assist Lutherans

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church will be hosting a spaghetti feed on Sunday, Jan. 22.

OBITUARY

MARY MAGDELENO HERNANDEZ

MARY MAGDELENO HERNANDEZ

Friday, January 13

Local legislators unhappy distractions popping up in Olympia

In a Thursday afternoon call with the media, Sen. Jim Honeyford and Representatives David Taylor and Bruce Chandler spoke on the issues of the current legislative session.

Mabton School Board starts anew

by John Fannin

Three members of gang accused of raping girl near Sunnyside

A 16-year-old girl reported yesterday (Thursday) afternoon that she was raped by three gang members near Sunnyside, according to Yakima County Sheriff deputies.

SHS bowlers narrowly miss out on District berth

In the Lady Grizzlies' final bowling match of the season, the possible outcome left the crowd on the edge of their seats.

Vikes split against SCAC foes

CLE ELUM - The good news is that the Mabton Viking wrestling team won the majority of its head-to-head matches against host Cle Elum and Highland.

Sunnyside hammers Braves

KENNEWICK - The Kamiakin Braves didn't defend their home floor worth a darn last night, allowing the Sunnyside High School wrestling team to make off with an easy 58-9 decision.

Coffee shop owner shares message of faith with Lower Valley women

PROSSER - In the four years her family lived at Lyons Ferry, Cathy Rasley said they killed more than 360 rattlesnakes.

Rotarians get lesson on reflexology

Most of the body's ailments and discomforts can be eased by applying pressure to nerve endings in the feet, hands and ears.

Japanese comic books continue to make inroads in America

In Japan, businessmen read comic books on the subway, women read romance comics in coffee shops and children pick up phonebook-sized collections of black and white comics printed on cheap paper once a week to read and enjoy.

Christian band comprised of siblings

For the Gienger siblings, playing in their Christian band is about more than just music or even worship.

Forum

Dairymen's support appreciated

Dairymen's support appreciated

Guest Column

Confusion vs. my nest egg

Confusion vs. my nest egg

F as in Frank

An app for that?

An app for that?

Word Nerd

What a bargain...for only 60 cents more a month Sunnyside will take on a cleaner look on garbage day

What a bargain...for only 60 cents more a month Sunnyside will take on a cleaner look on garbage day

Thursday, January 12

OBITUARY

TERESA Z. SANCHEZ

TERESA Z. SANCHEZ

Lady Grizzlies fall short at Hanford

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team cranked up the intensity but came up short in a 67-55 loss at Hanford this past Tuesday.

Sunnyside brewer stirs up passion, excellence

Chad Roberts says he learned his passion for excellence from his parents.

Police seize money, gun and drugs at South Hill Park

At about 8:30 p.m. this past Tuesday night Sunnyside Police Gang Unit officers arrested two people after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle in the area of South Hill Park.

Engraving set to begin for veterans plaza plaques

Organizers of the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza announced recently a granite wall for the site is in Seattle, where it is being prepared for engraving the names of veterans.

Human trafficking issues hit home

Human trafficking: the United Nations defines it as a crime against humanity.

Wednesday, January 11

Three receive sentences for Grandview drive-by shooting

YAKIMA - Three Lower Valley men were sentenced in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday for their roles in a non-injury drive-by shooting in Grandview last June.

Grandview seeking funding for projects

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council directed city staff Tuesday night to seek out funding for various improvement projects in the city.

Sunnyside planners look to encourage development

The Sunnyside Planning Commission started a process last night that it hopes will facilitate development in the city.

Inflatable colon will make guest appearance at Mabton park

MABTON - The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center wants to partner with the City of Mabton to bring awareness, education and services to the city's residents.

New $3 million-plus rehab facility to open soon

The therapists at Eagle Rehabilitation of Sunnyside, formerly Hillcrest Manor, are about to gain more than 10 times the space they had before, along with a variety of high-tech equipment to help their patients.

Grizzlies fall at Hanford, 72-68

RICHLAND - Opportunity knocked but the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team couldn't answer in a 72-68 loss at Hanford last night.

Lady Vikings fail to bring their 'A' game against Zillah

ZILLAH - The Lady Vikings weren't at their best last night as they took on the Zillah Leopards and lost 55-34.

Balanced scoring leads Greyhounds over visiting Ephrata

GRANDVIEW - Snapping a two-game losing streak, thanks to seven players scoring at least six points, the Grandview High School boys basketball team improved its CWAC record to 6-2 last night.

Liven up game time with a little extra zip

(Family Features) When it's time to watch the big game, kick the party up a notch with foods that will keep the party going from kickoff to post-game interviews.

GUEST COLUMN

Time to fix our nuclear waste disposal system

Time to fix our nuclear waste disposal system

Off the Record

Thank goodness for family and friends

Thank goodness for family and friends

Jennie's Journey

Prepping our wedding section stirs up good memories

Prepping our wedding section stirs up good memories

Tuesday, January 10

Sunnyside nearly ready for next step in city's downtown revitalization effort

Ideas have been shared and renderings depicting those ideas have been created.

Attempted murder suspect in custody

Sunnyside police have taken into custody Manuel Angel Torres, 30, of Sunnyside, who was wanted for allegedly stabbing the mother of his two-year-old child Sunday.

Newly seated city councilman calls for legal fees agreement to be renegotiated

The Sunnyside City Council last night, just two months into a new legal fee agreement, decided to renegotiate base costs with Menke Jackson Beyer Ehlis & Harper LLP.

Lawmaker announces run for lieutenant governor seat

FALL CITY - State Representative Glenn Anderson (R-Fall City) last week announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor in the November 2012 election.

Grandview School Board asked to adopt resolution supporting undocumented students' rights to secure financial aid for college

GRANDVIEW - Washington state is among the largest producers of fresh fruit, vegetables and all things agriculture.

Pirates bounce back from tough weekend to best Leopards, 51-41

BICKLETON - The Bickleton Pirates varsity came back from two disappointing losses last weekend to defeat the Zillah C squad at home last night (Monday) by a score of 51-41.

Wagenaar commits to playing for Dordt

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA - Trevor Wagenaar, a senior at Sunnyside Christian High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa and join the Defender basketball program.

Bickleton's varsity subdues 'C' Leopards

BICKLETON - The Lady Pirates varsity had much to prove at last night's game against the Zillah C squad basketball team.

Farmer new S'side mayor

The Sunnyside City Council Monday night voted 4-3 in favor of Mike Farmer as the city's new mayor. Voting in favor of the seat change were Councilmen Jason Raines, Craig Hicks, Don Vlieger and Farmer.

Community center event on Jan. 11 to raise awareness of human trafficking

Sunnyside's Promise along with the Trafficking Crisis Team Consortium will be hosting an event for National Human Trafficking Awareness/National Anti-Stalking Awareness Day.

First Impressions gets a fresh start as Divine Styles

The fire that destroyed Sunnyside's Safari and El Conquistador restaurants last May more than impacted those two businesses. It also led to the closure of a local hair salon, First Impressions.

OBITUARY

MANUEL RODRIGUEZ

MANUEL RODRIGUEZ

Monday, January 9

Sunnyside men accused of 'cartel-like kidnapping'

PASCO - Two men from Sunnyside are in the Franklin County Jail after what Pasco Police Captain Jim Raymond said was a kidnapping and extortion attempt much like those being committed by the drug cartels.

Sunnyside man wanted on charge of attempted murder

Sunnyside police are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Manuel Angel Torres, 29, of Sunnyside.

Miss Sunnyside court hosting 'Princess Prep' sessions

The 2011-12 Miss Sunnyside court will be sponsoring "Princess Prep" in cooperation with Sunnyside's Promise.

Lady Knights open league play with routs

Besting their league opponents by a combined score of 128-19, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight basketball team cruised to a weekend sweep.

School-record eight 3-pointers by Barajas does in Royal Knights

The Lady Vikings split their league games this past weekend, winning one big and losing the second by only seven points.

Sunnyside splits league games

This past Friday and Saturday the Sunnyside girls basketball team didn't fare as well as Coach Rick Puente would have liked.

Kiona-Benton wins Grandview Winter Classic

GRANDVIEW - A total of six Grandview grapplers earned a spot in the championship round of the Grandview Winter Classic this past Saturday, giving the Greyhounds runner-up honors to Kiona-Benton.

Pirates lose Clinton

The Pirates had a rough weekend, losing one of their top players along with their first two league games.

'Project Homeless Connect' volunteers now being sought

Project Homeless Connect will once again take place in conjunction with the eighth annual "Point In Time Survey" scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, in Yakima and Sunnyside.

OBITUARY

CLARENCE LEROY MAINS

CLARENCE LEROY MAINS

DEATH NOTICE

MANUEL RODRIGUEZ

MANUEL RODRIGUEZ

Friday, January 6

FORUM

Visitors to Sun Terrace appreciated

Visitors to Sun Terrace appreciated

Columbia' hydroelectric dams being used to protect Chinook salmon spawning grounds

Operators of Columbia River hydroelectric dams are now managing flows to protect thousands of nests left by more than 60,000 fall Chinook salmon that returned to spawn in the Vernita Bar area of the Columbia's Hanford Reach this past fall.

Local growers forewarned agricultural budget cuts likely

Washington state is third in the nation for producing specialty crops.

Lady Grizzlies give Kennewick all Lions can handle in defending home turf

The Lady Grizzlies barely succumbed against the Kennewick Lions yesterday (Thursday) at Valley Lanes in Sunnyside.

SHS grapplers declaw Wildcats

Things started a bit shaky for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team last night, dropping the first three bouts of the night to the Eastmont Wildcats to fall into a 12-0 hole. The Grizzlies, proving their mettle, stormed back to win 10 of the final 11 match-ups, however, to secure a solid 49-15 team victory.

Strong Families parenting classes offered in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside School District will be providing parenting classes sponsored by Strong Families beginning Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Pesticide safety among topics at Yakima Ag Expo

YAKIMA - A group of farm workers crowded into the booth at the Yakima Ag Expo Thursday afternoon to listen as Pablo Palmandez explained how the health hazards of pesticides can be reduced using simple ideas and methods field-tested at farms around the state.

Sunnyside Museum will host Titanic exhibit

Astor and Guggenheim were just some of the names of the more than 1,500 people who perished in the sinking of the Titanic.

What's Happening

FRIDAY

GUEST COLUMN

A Kim-less Christmas

A Kim-less Christmas

Off the Record

Thoughtless acts force lawmakers to intrude in our lives

Thoughtless acts force lawmakers to intrude in our lives

OBITUARY

CHELSEA MAE SHEELEY

CHELSEA MAE SHEELEY

DEATH NOTICE

BLAS HUECIAS

BLAS HUECIAS

Thursday, January 5

Sunnyside Port commissioners OK $512,000 payment to Army Corps of Engineers

Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night, Wednesday, approved two payments to the Army Corps of Engineers totaling $512,000 to pay for the Port's share of costs associated with the wetlands project.

State budget woes force hospital to make staffing cuts

With state officials attempting to address a $2 billion budget shortfall, and the near certainty that medical facilities will be forced to absorb huge revenue cutbacks, Sunnyside Community Hospital isn't waiting for the ax to fall.

Sunnyside fire chief earns Bachelor's degree with honors

Graduating magna cum laude for Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham is icing on the cake.

Lady Pirates win season opener

BICKLETON - The Bickleton Lady Pirate basketball team took control from the get-go last night, Wednesday, in opening its regular season with a 42-23 win over the visiting Pasco sophomore team.

'Silver Sneakers' will be expanded as interest grows

For two days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Jan. 17, the Sunnyside Community Center will be open from 10 a.m. to noon for seniors to exercise and socialize.

OBITUARY

MANUEL M. ORONA

MANUEL M. ORONA

DEATH NOTICE

KYLE JEFFERSON THOMAS

KYLE JEFFERSON THOMAS

Wednesday, January 4

Top cops in Sunnyside earn recognition

The Sunnyside Police Department has held its annual employee of the year awards banquet, recognizing police officers for serving the community in 2011.

Clean-up of site where restaurants razed underway now in downtown Sunnyside

Nearly eight months ago a fire destroyed the Safari and El Conquistador restaurants in downtown Sunnyside.

Wapato pulls out last second win on Greyhounds' home court

GRANDVIEW - Last night's basketball game between Grandview and Wapato came down to the final basket, which gave the Wolves the 56-54 victory.

Sunnyside keglers sweep Bulldogs

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly bowling team scored a convincing 4-0 sweep over visiting Ellensburg yesterday and, in the process, may have taken a step toward the District playoffs.

Grandview girls take it on the chin

GRANDVIEW - If it had been a boxing match, the Grandview girls would have been down on the canvas and counted out in the opening round.

Sheriff's office to continue dispatch service for Mabton

YAKIMA - The Yakima County Sheriff's office will again provide police dispatching assistance for the city of Mabton in 2012. That's according to an agreement Yakima County commissioners approved yesterday, Tuesday.

Give your body a boost with blueberries

(Family Features) You may have heard the saying that if you take good care of your body, it will take good care of you. Well, taking care of your body is a lot easier when you can enjoy delicious and healthy fresh fruits, such as blueberries.

GUEST COLUMN

On-line gambling: don't bet the farm

On-line gambling: don't bet the farm

Jennie's Journey

Mystery meeting organizer a no-show

Mystery meeting organizer a no-show

OBITUARY

KYLE JEFFERSON THOMAS

KYLE JEFFERSON THOMAS

DEATH NOTICE

WARREN GENE SHAFFER

WARREN GENE SHAFFER

Tuesday, January 3

Pirates sunk at Oregon tournament

HELIX, ORE. - The Bickleton Pirates traveled to Oregon last week to take part in the Helix tournament, and came out with two losses in the two games.

DEATH NOTICE

JULIA J. GRIFFIN

JULIA J. GRIFFIN

Sunnyside Sears not likely to be closed

After fourth-quarter sales reports were released, Sears Holdings Corporation, the parent company of Sears and Kmart stores, announced last week it will close at least 100 stores nationwide.

RV park a no-go...says hearing examiner

The city of Sunnyside has received the findings from the hearing examiner presiding over the annexation of property on Midvale Road owned by MBM Development.

Smiley named New Vision vice chair

Sunnyside Community Hospital CEO Jon Smiley was recently selected as vice chairman for the New Vision Board of Directors.

New 15th District boundary draws fire from local lawmakers

OLYMPIA - Beating its state-imposed deadline by less than 90 minutes, the Washington Redistricting Commission on Sunday, Jan. 1, updated the state's 49 legislative districts.

Monday, January 2

DEATH NOTICE

JAMES STANTON

JAMES STANTON

Lower Valley volunteer wants others to feel joy of helping out

For Joyce Dixon, volunteering is a way of life, not a chore.

Grape fieldman's breakfast Thursday

PROSSER - Washington State University Benton County Extension will be hosting its monthly grape fieldman's breakfast this Thursday, Jan. 5.

Sex offender relocates to Grandview

Level III sex offender Kenneth Christopher Martinez has moved to the Grandview area, according to the Yakima County Sheriff's office.

In approving Mabton city budget police chief's salary hike pared back

MABTON - The Mabton City Council last Friday approved the city's $1.7 million budget for 2012 after changing the amount of Police Chief Rick Gutierrez's allotted salary.

Seniors surprised by news meal site manager position cut

A stunned group of Sunnyside senior diners having lunch via the Older American Nutrition Program learned last Friday afternoon that their site manager, Leslie Deardorff, has been let go due to budget cuts.

Federal government send $17 million to Washington for child health coverage

Last week, $16,987,468 was awarded to Washington state for ensuring more children have health coverage, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced.