Stories for January 2012


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.

January 31, 2012 4:40 p.m. read more..

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.

January 31, 2012 4:37 p.m. read more..

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.

January 31, 2012 4:36 p.m. read more..

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.

January 31, 2012 4:35 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 30


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.

January 30, 2012 4:29 p.m. read more..

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.

January 30, 2012 4:27 p.m. read more..

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.

January 27, 2012 2:58 p.m. read more..

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.

January 27, 2012 2:57 p.m. read more..


Outpouring of support helped greatly

January 27, 2012 2:51 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 26


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.

January 26, 2012 3:24 p.m. read more..

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.

January 26, 2012 3:21 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 25


Off the Record

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

January 25, 2012 3:03 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 24


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.

January 24, 2012 2:42 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 23


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.

January 23, 2012 4:05 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2012 4:04 p.m. read more..

'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.

January 23, 2012 3:53 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 20


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.

January 20, 2012 2:57 p.m. read more..


Blood drive calendar out for 2012

January 20, 2012 2:41 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 19


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.

January 18, 2012 3:40 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2012 3:35 p.m. read more..


Supporting levy shows we love our children

January 18, 2012 3:28 p.m. read more..

Where's the report?

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

January 18, 2012 3:24 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 17


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.

January 17, 2012 4:07 p.m. read more..

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.

January 16, 2012 4:06 p.m. read more..

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.

January 16, 2012 4:02 p.m. read more..

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.

January 16, 2012 4:01 p.m. read more..

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.

January 16, 2012 3:57 p.m. read more..

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.

January 16, 2012 3:56 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 13


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.

January 13, 2012 3:04 p.m. read more..

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.

January 13, 2012 3:04 p.m. read more..

Word Nerd

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

January 13, 2012 2:40 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 12


Wednesday, January 11


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.

January 11, 2012 1:57 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 10


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.

January 10, 2012 4:26 p.m. read more..

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.

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

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.

January 10, 2012 4:17 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 9


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.

January 9, 2012 4:10 p.m. read more..

Pirates lose Clinton

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

January 9, 2012 4:08 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 6


Visitors to Sun Terrace appreciated

January 6, 2012 4:22 p.m. read more..

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.

January 6, 2012 4:08 p.m. read more..

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.

January 6, 2012 4:05 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 5


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.

January 5, 2012 4:06 p.m. read more..

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.

January 5, 2012 4:01 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 4


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.

January 4, 2012 4:17 p.m. read more..

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.

January 4, 2012 4:11 p.m. read more..

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.

January 3, 2012 3:16 p.m. read more..

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.

January 3, 2012 3:12 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 2