Stories for November 2012


Friday, November 30


Fugitive pleads guilty, sentenced

CENTRALIA - On Washington's most wanted list, a man residing in Mabton under a false identity was taken into custody by Mabton police this past September.

November 30, 2012 3:26 p.m. read more..

Another expansion at Sunnyside High OK'd

With the recent modernization project nearly complete at Sunnyside High School, and with that project coming in under budget, the Sunnyside School District qualifies for additional funding that will further expand the new two-story building at SHS.

November 30, 2012 3:22 p.m. read more..


I-502 best way to trigger reform

November 30, 2012 3:10 p.m. read more..

Third time's a charm

Twice in the past few years high school seniors in the Lower Valley have approached me about being a mentor for their senior projects.

November 30, 2012 3:08 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 29


DREAMer workshop in Granger this Saturday

GRANGER - This Saturday, Dec. 1, a free workshop will be offered to help community members understand and access the Obama Administration's DREAMer "Deferred Action" program application process.

November 29, 2012 3:02 p.m. read more..

Pursuit results in school lockdown

Students in the Prosser School District were locked down for 45 minutes yesterday afternoon after Prosser police warned the district of a fugitive fleeing police in the vicinity of the schools.

November 29, 2012 3:02 p.m. read more..

Honeyford re-elected as deputy floor leader in Olympia

OLYMPIA - Washington's Senate Republicans met privately Wednesday afternoon to elect its leadership team - an event that occurs in legislative election years - and chose Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, to continue serving as deputy floor leader.

November 29, 2012 3:02 p.m. read more..

Tovar resigns from Mabton School Board

MABTON - Effective the end of this year, Angel Tovar will resign from his post on the Mabton School Board. Tovar's letter of resignation - which cited time and family commitments - was approved this past Monday night by the board.

November 29, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 28

Mabton audit comes up clean

MABTON - After Tuesday's special meeting announcing the end of an audit for the city of Mabton, council members across the board were pleased with the results.

November 28, 2012 3:35 p.m. read more..

Additional utility tax, pool closure being considered by Grandview Council

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council, after receiving the news that the Grandview School District has made a $250,000 offer on the former Bleyhl Community Library building and proceeding to accept the offer, decided last night that it will hold a special meeting regarding the possibility of proposing a utility tax and/or closing the city's municipal pool.

November 28, 2012 3:33 p.m. read more..

Yakima Basin water plan in final stages

Walter Larrick of the Bureau of Reclamation is excited about the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project and how it will create a balance in the Yakima Basin between fish, farming and conservation.

November 28, 2012 8:33 a.m. read more..

Lower service fees keep Centurylink on board with city

The council voted 4-0, with two absent from last night's meeting and another recusing himself from the decision-making process, to approve a resolution authorizing the interim city manager to administer an agreement with Centurylink for city wide area network and voice services.

November 28, 2012 8:25 a.m. read more..

Sunnyside receives road upgrade funds

City of Sunnyside Superintendent of Public Works Shane Fisher told the city council at Monday night's meeting that the city has received Transportation Improvement Board funding for two projects totaling nearly $2 million.

November 28, 2012 8:12 a.m. read more..

Monday, November 26


Friday, November 23


Port of Grandview OK's wi-fi accessible signage

GRANDVIEW - The Port of Grandview commissioners, recognizing the need for more visible advertising on its properties, has contracted with Eagle Signs of Yakima for a new digital sign to be placed on Stover Road.

November 23, 2012 2:56 p.m. read more.. option for Library Friends

As an buyer the last thing I anticipate when purchasing an item is that it is going to have been something that originated from right here in the Yakima Valley.

November 23, 2012 2:46 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 21


Ag under attack

I have decided to no longer participate in the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area Advisory Committee meetings as an alternate member. I agree with Mr. Jason Sheehan's request that Mrs. Helen Reddout resign from the committee because of a conflict of interest, based on her involvement with the CARE lawsuit against dairies.

November 21, 2012 3:35 p.m. read more..

I'm thankful in 2012

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of the little things that are right in front of me to appreciate all year long.

November 21, 2012 3:29 p.m. read more..

Thanksgiving blessings

Seriously? Both political parties talking pre-emptive smack barely a week after the election. Partisan politics? Again? So soon? Not even time to catch our breath?

November 21, 2012 3:29 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside poker player cashes

PENDLETON, ORE. - Jose Gomez of Sunnyside garnered a third-place finish in the Monday, Nov. 12, All In or Fold No-Limit Texas Hold 'em Tournament at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

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

Sunnyside champions

Longtime Sunnyside Grid Kid program organizer Max Saldana nearly beams as he tells those with whom he comes in contact about the local youth program.

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

Tuesday, November 20


Young woman shot

GRANDVIEW - A woman suffered a gunshot wound in a shooting in the 500 block of Grandridge Road last night (Monday), according to Grandview police.

November 20, 2012 3:19 p.m. read more..

Monday, November 19

Automatic grapevine pruner on the horizon

GRANDVIEW - Tony Koselka of Vision Robotics sees a future in which a single worker can manage four or five pruning robots in a work day, each capable of pruning 200 acres of grapevines in a year.

November 19, 2012 4:09 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside VFW hosts visit by past national commander

The Veterans Administration is responsible for the funding that helps Veterans of Foreign Wars posts provide a variety of services, and it was VFW Past National Commander Richard Eubank this past Saturday who told the Sunnyside VFW members, "Everyone has to buckle down."

November 19, 2012 4:08 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 16


Sunnyside looks to trim 2013 jail budget

Facing a $1.6 million shortfall and a switch from a two-year to a one-year budget cycle, the Sunnyside City Council is taking its time in drawing up the debits and credits for 2013.

November 16, 2012 3:36 p.m. read more..

Dordt lands SCHS recruit

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA - Brandon Broersma, a senior at Sunnyside Christian High School, has announced his intentions to attend Dordt College and join the Defender men's basketball program.

November 16, 2012 3:34 p.m. read more..

Council OK's tax increase

In action during a budget workshop last night, Thursday, the Sunnyside City Council approved a 1 percent increase in property taxes within the city limits.

November 16, 2012 3:32 p.m. read more..

Water tower lease approved

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council this past Tuesday night approved a lease agreement with Cellco Partnership, also known as Verizon Wireless Services.

November 16, 2012 3:32 p.m. read more..


Indonesian history comes alive in local woman's autobiography

November 16, 2012 3:26 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 15


Work slowing down on SVID field office

It comes down to a matter of priorities, that's how SVID Manager Jim Trull describes progress on the district's remodel of a field office at 1105 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

November 15, 2012 4:14 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 14


Moses Lake rallies for win in Sunnyside

A six-pin margin of victory for Sunnyside in the opening contest of a four-game match gave the Lady Grizzly bowling team the early lead against visiting Moses Lake yesterday afternoon.

November 14, 2012 3:04 p.m. read more..

Refuse pick-up dates change

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday next Thursday, Nov. 22, the city of Sunnyside is announcing a date change for some garbage pick-ups next week.

November 14, 2012 3:03 p.m. read more..


Executive privilege: the 2012 election and the power of incumbency

November 14, 2012 2:52 p.m. read more..

Temporary fix?

Sunnyside is moving forward with hiring a new police chief. There are candidates to interview and backgrounds to vett.

November 14, 2012 2:51 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 13

Stolen car discovered during traffic stop in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Police in Grandview recovered a vehicle stolen from the Everett area during a traffic stop last Friday night. Officers found that the plates did not match the vehicle and arrested Cody A. Richard, 23, of Zillah on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.

November 13, 2012 3:53 p.m. read more..

Grandview police chief honored

GRANDVIEW - Chief David R. Charvet of the Grandview police was presented with the American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award by the membership of Fred E. Hayes Post 57 during ceremonies at the post's Veterans Day dinner held this past Saturday.

November 13, 2012 3:52 p.m. read more..

HMS names honor roll students

A total of 12 students at Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the first quarter of the 2012-13 academic year.

November 13, 2012 3:48 p.m. read more..

New radiologist joins Sunnyside Community Hospital

Dr. David Shoemaker has joined Sunnyside Community Hospital and will specialize in spine pain management, varicose vein treatments, ultrasound guided biopsies, CT guided biopsies and stereotactic breast biopsies.

November 13, 2012 3:45 p.m. read more..

Monday, November 12


Charter school initiative passing

As of Sunday afternoon, Initiative 1240, which would allow the creation of charter schools in Washington state, was still passing by a slim margin, 50.82 percent to 49.18 percent.

November 12, 2012 2:59 p.m. read more..

Wyman Washington's new secretary of state

Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman (R) has been elected to serve as Washington State Secretary of State after what was arguably the most tightly contested election race of 2012.

November 12, 2012 2:58 p.m. read more..

Inslee holds off McKenna

The results were close, but not close enough as last Friday Republican Rob McKenna officially conceded the governor's race to Democrat Jay Inslee.

November 12, 2012 2:55 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 9


Roll on Columbia, roll on!

Lost in the election hubbub on Tuesday was the fact that for the first time a majority of voters in Puerto Rico said they'd like to become the 51st U.S. state.

November 9, 2012 3:12 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 8


Wednesday, November 7


Most statewide measures get voter approval

Even though more than a half a million votes are left to be counted and more ballots are arriving via the mail at county auditor offices, most statewide measures have already been decided.

November 7, 2012 4:25 p.m. read more..

America re-elects Obama

Though by a smaller margin than in 2008, President Barack Obama won his re-election bid last night, Tuesday, to serve another four years in the White House.

November 7, 2012 4:19 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 6


City Council dives into budget details

The Sunnyside City Council managed to get through half of the agenda at last night's budget workshop meeting before deciding to schedule another meeting for the remainder due to time constraints.

November 6, 2012 4:04 p.m. read more..

Grandview's Colley takes first place honors

Coming as close as anyone has this year to getting all games correct was Derek Colley of Grandview. Colley was the lone entry with only two misses in this past weekend's Football Forecast contest sponsored by the Daily Sun News and local merchants. Colley will receive the $50 first-place prize money.

November 6, 2012 4:01 p.m. read more..

Monday, November 5


Unbeaten Lady Knights earn State berth

ROCHESTER – The Lady Knights rolled over the competition at the Regional tournament this past Saturday, winning both matches in three sets, to become the top seeded team headed to State from District 5.

November 5, 2012 3:29 p.m. read more..

'Just So' good for lots of giggles

If you are looking for a fun family outing and an evening of entertainment, it's not too late to take in the Sunnyside High School drama production of "Just So."

November 5, 2012 3:26 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 2



A new perspective on America's Civil War America's Civil War

November 2, 2012 2:46 p.m. read more..


Protect unborn when you cast your vote for president

November 2, 2012 2:44 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 1