Stories for December 2013


Tuesday, December 31

No medals for Mabton at Freeman Winter Cup

FREEMAN – Mabton’s wrestlers returned home empty handed from the Freeman Winter Cup yesterday.

Convenient care clinic now open in Yakima

Yakima – Memorial Physicians has opened Healthy Now, a convenient care clinic in Yakima that offers health care for minor illnesses in a fast and efficient manner.

State health officer retires

OLYMPIA – After more than 25 years of state service and 16 years as the state’s top physician, Dr. Maxine Hayes will leave the legacy she’s built at the State’s Department of Health and retire.

Concussion recovery varies by individual

While some people can recover quickly from concussions, others experience problems with concentration, thinking, sleep and headaches for as long as three months or even longer.

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Port of Sunnyside officials make major economic development strides in 2013

The year 2013 was one to remember for the Port of Sunnyside as it embarks on its 50th anniversary in 2014.

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Four officers in the hunt for promotion to police sergeant

The names of four candidates for a vacant police sergeant position in the city of Grandview were certified yesterday (Monday) by the Civil Service Commission.

Servant leadership

Today (Tuesday) we bore the sad and unexpected occasion of laying a highly respected community leader to rest.

Deputies kept busy yesterday

A burglary report was called in to Yakima County Sheriff deputies yesterday afternoon (Monday) from the 4400 block of Van Belle Road near Outlook, but the victims called back to report all was clear before deputies could arrive.

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Washington Elementary School December students of the month

Third, fourth and fifth grade

Cherry growers’ annual meeting Jan. 10

Cherry producers can look forward to pesticide recertification and the crowning of the 70th Cherry King at the annual Cherry Institute, to be held Friday, Jan. 10, at the Yakima Convention Center.

S’side business hit by thieves

Sunnyside police are seeking information regarding the theft of automotive supplies reportedly taken during the last 32 hours from a Sunnyside business.

Extension offered to healthcare applicants

Washington Healthplan-finder and participating health insurance carriers yesterday, Monday, announced additional guidance for residents who have made an effort to receive health coverage through before the Dec. 23 deadline, but who were unable to complete their applications.

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Pedro O. Martinez


Early morning chase results in wrecked van

Police in Grandview chased a motorist this morning (Tuesday). The fleeing vehicle had been reported stolen from the 400 block of West Fifth Street just before 5 a.m. The vehicle, a 2000 Mazda van, was wrecked in the pursuit and the occupants fled. Police said the suspects are still at large.

Aid calls top firemen’s responses

Aid calls and patient transports have kept Sunnyside firemen busy during the past 72 hours.

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Lillian LeBloch Fencil


Clara S. Carrier


We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers


Now that everyone knows more than one million unemployed people lost their Unemployment Assistance three days after Christmas, it’s time for Christian Republicans to step in. We ARE our brothers’ and sisters’ and friends’ keepers!

No need for overkill

You have to look for the schism, Jasper said to himself out at the woodpile. He put another chunk of firewood up on the splitting block and took a look at the checking cracks that ran part way through the circles of age rings.

¿Hablas español?

I don’t usually make serious New Year’s resolutions because I’m seldom able to keep them. But this year I’ve got a goal in mind that I think, based on a month’s worth of experience already, that I might be able to keep.

Caffeine in moderation can help with exhaustion

If decking the halls this past holiday season has caused you to hit the wall with exhaustion, then you may find yourself turning to caffeine for a boost.

Winter air quality dips, along with temperatures

You may have noticed spectacular evening skies this winter, yet those sunsets frequently are a sign of air quality problems that occur this time of year.

Heartburn or heart attack?

The holiday season means friends, family and good cheer, usually taking place around the dinner table.

Monday, December 30

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Top cops in Sunnyside recognized at annual awards dinner

The Sunnyside Police Association held its annual awards dinner recently, recognizing several officers and employees for their service to the community.

Grizzlies secure four titles at Hanford Winter Cup

Sending six wrestlers to championship matches – and winning four individual titles – the Sunnyside Grizzlies enjoyed a solid showing last Friday at the Hanford Winter Cup.

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Guard duty

Sunnyside charter school group seeks supporters at forum

YAKIMA – A hearing will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Yakima by the Washington State Charter School Commission to learn more about the proposal from Charter Schools of Sunnyside to open a school in Sunnyside.

State fire chiefs have new director at helm

South Kitsap Fire Chief Wayne Senter has been appointed the new executive director of the Washington Fire Chiefs by the organization’s board of directors.

Grandview wrestlers successful at Winter Cup

Greyhound Joe-siah Saunders earned the 152-lb. championship while Grandview’s Marizza Birrueta, Viannei Perez and Desiree Zavala all went undefeated in the 2013 Hanford Winter Cup last Friday.

Shop, barn razed by fire

GRANDVIEW – A fire that started in a small shop consumed two buildings, including a nearby barn, in the 1000 block of South County Line Road near Grandview this past Saturday morning.

Four Sunnyside grapplers unbeaten in girls matches at Hanford tourney

Coach Terry Shines says the Lady Grizzly wrestling team did well at last Friday’s Hanford Winter Cup.

Vandals go on egging spree in S’side

Sunnyside police are investigating what appears to have been an early morning rash of incidents involving several dozen eggs.

Grandview cops kept busy since Friday

GRANDVIEW – It was a busy weekend for Grandview police, starting with more than 20 calls last Friday, including two reports of theft and a burglary report.

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Mabton rolls past Riverside

A 30-4 rally was plenty to pace the Mabton Viking boys hoop team to a 53-30 win over visiting Riverside, Ore. last Saturday night.

Thieves steal truck, tractor radiator

A green 1996 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck was reported missing yesterday morning (Sunday) from the 7300 block of Independence Road near Sunnyside.

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Lady Vikings plunder Riverside Pirates, 64-27

This past Saturday the Lady Vikings put forth a valiant defensive effort that led to a 64-27 victory over the visiting Riverside Pirates of Oregon.

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Crop insurance agent got his start in parents’ business

Working Stiff

Selling crop insurance comes naturally to Gary Olson.

Dell Bemis



WEEK #16


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Jerry Haak


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Sherman C. Jensen


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Dave "Dobe" Feakin


Friday, December 27

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Let’s bowl

Given a choice between an after Christmas movie and bowling, the Hernandez-Bren cousins chose bowling, said their grandmother, Carolyn Bren of Grandview.

Spike in healthcare enrollment

More than 200,000 state residents have enrolled in health coverage plans since October, but 10 percent of that number signed up in a span of just four days.

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Back to school

On the day after Christmas it was back to school for the crew constructing new classrooms at Sunnyside High School.

Christmas no holiday for Grandview cops

Police in Grandview were very busy on Christmas Eve this week, handling more than 20 calls, including a report of a burglary in the 400 block of West Fifth Street late that night.

Electronics stolen from car

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a theft reported last night (Thursday) from the 600 block of Canyon Road near Grandview. The victim reported that a vehicle was broken into and $1,400 worth of electronics were stolen.

Sunnyside police investigating reported kidnapping

Sunnyside police are investigating a report of a possible kidnapping of a Sunnyside man, who reportedly had been held captive for more than three days.

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Stories of journeys to success inspirational

Everyone has a story on their journey to success.

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Holiday cheer

Sunnyside High School senior Stefani Anciso poses with Christmas trees that were delivered to needy families the weekend before Christmas.

Detailed school improvement plans in place

As Sunnyside High School continues to align its curriculum to the common core standards, the local school district has provided all its schools with a data analysis tool that should help focus teaching on areas where students need help.

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Gift exchange

The gifts received on Christmas day aren’t always the perfect fit or color.

Mabton mayor board member for New Vision

New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association known for helping local businesses establish themselves, has selected Mario Martinez, the mayor of the city of Mabton, to join its board of directors.

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PBS app offers ‘Downton’ to go

In one episode of NBC’s Friends sitcom, Phoebe famously proclaims that she hates PBS, only to later support Public Television.

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Plan ahead for New Year’s Eve

It would seem most people will be celebrating New Year’s Eve at home this year, although some area restaurants are offering dinner specials.

Events on tap at the library

The Sunnyside Library will be hosting events Monday, Dec. 30, through Saturday, Jan. 4.

Stevens Pass celebrates grand opening of new Jupiter Express chair

LEAVENWORTH – Stevens Pass Mountain Resort opened its new high-speed Jupiter Express chairlift and the Mill Valley backside terrain recently.

Family game night planned for Jan. 10

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Grandview Church of the Nazarene, will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, Jan. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way.

2003: First case of Mad Cow Disease in United States found at Mabton dairy

Over the Shoulder: A look back in time from the files of the Sunnyside Daily Sun News and Sunnyside Sun.

New beginnings can start with the New Year

I think one of the reasons we celebrate the New Year with revelry is the feeling of hope that is brought upon us during this season.

Art exhibit reception open to public

YAKIMA – An exhibition, entitled “Don Crook: Painting the West,” will be opened to the public at Yakima’s Larson Gallery on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

They, too, will be missed

Humanitarian Nelson Mandela. Actor Peter O’Toole. Novelist Tom Clancy. Interviewer David Frost. Actress Julie Harris. Senator Harry Byrd Jr.

Making improvements to Columbia River treaty

The Columbia River has always been essential to our economy and our way of life. It generates clean renewable power to light our homes and businesses, provides irrigation for our crops, creates fishing and recreational opportunities, and serves as a way to move goods from the interior of the Northwest to markets overseas.

Estafana Rueda


John E. Morris Jr.


Lillian E. Lebloch Fencil


Jerry Todd Haak


Clarence Friend


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Continuing a family tradition

Susan Bertsch of Sunnyside spends part of the day after Christmas donating blood at the last American Red Cross blood drawing of 2013.


Dec. 30 - Jan. 3

We should celebrate spirit of Christmas all year long

Religious Reflections

Every manger scene has the same components and Christmas characters, including the shepherds and the wise men.

Thursday, December 26

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Break out the bubbly...

Kawanzaa and Boxing Day holidays both fall on Dec. 26

You’ve undoubtedly seen them marked on a calendar – right after the notation marking Dec. 25 as Christmas and just prior to the New Year’s Eve listing on Dec. 31.

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And the winner is...

City officials, staff and those in attendance at last Monday’s city council meeting in Mabton selected the winning names of 10 children who will receive a new bicycle.

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A time to rejoice

The Christmas Eve service at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sunnyside this past Tuesday night...

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‘God bless America’

This December marks the 62nd anniversary of Hank Timmermans’ arrival in the United States.

Christmas Grinch makes unwanted appearance in Sunnyside area

The Christmas Grinch was busy making the rounds on Christmas Day, stealing cars and breaking into homes.

6-year-old Sunnyside boy recovering from gunshot wound

Surrounded by his family, young Damien Cortez of Sunnyside spent his Christmas Day in a Seattle hospital recovering from a gunshot injury he suffered about a week ago.

How Medicare covers Alzheimer’s Disease

Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, what all does Medicare cover when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease? My wife was recently diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s and I would like to find out what’s covered and what’s not. - Researching Spouse.

Concussion study volunteers needed

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is looking for volunteers among active duty military personnel and veterans for a study on persistent post-concussive symptoms after mild traumatic brain injury.

A picky reader

A Hint of Humor

No, I did not say a picky eater, but reader. I look for books that are well-written, that stretch my imagination and vocabulary. I like many genres, but especially look for good mysteries.

Three ways to leverage the power of the pause

Forget Perfect

I confess; I crowbar things.

Tuesday, December 24

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Decked out for Christmas

The George and Evelyn Johnson home at 915 NW Crescent Ave. in Sunnyside reflects the splendor of the holiday season, just in time for Christmas day tomorrow.

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Christmas trees galore

Sunnyside Christmas tree designers Juan Cruz and Robert Clary really like to dress up their Harrison Hill house for the holidays.

Mabton police reserves to be compensated

With an officer scheduled to be at a state training academy for about six months, the Mabton City Council last night agreed to pay its police reserves for a limited number of hours during that absence.

Downloadable music at library

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the Grandview Library will offer free downloadable music to valid library card holders.

Mabton hikes cemetery rates

It’ll cost more to bury the dead in Mabton next year.

Mabton wraps up 2013 budget

In its final meeting of the year, the Mabton City Council last night, Monday, approved final budget amendments for 2013.

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Panda Bear gifts

The Panda Bear Daycare Court visited Sunnyside’s Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services yesterday (Monday) loaded with boxes of toys, food and clothing to cheer up needy families using the center’s services this holiday season.

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Robot engineers

The Sunnyside High School VEX robotics team has earned a place at the state VEX competition taking place on Feb. 16 in Toppenish...

Quiet 24-hour shift for local cops

Sunnyside police had a quiet 24 hours answering mostly just suspicious circumstance calls, the majority of which proved to be unfounded.

Sheriff deputies kept busy

Yakima County Sheriff deputies were summoned to the Lower Valley yesterday afternoon, Monday, by a burglary report in the 1700 block of North County Line Road near Grandview. No information about what was stolen was available.

Calls continue to roll in to G’view police

Police in Grandview investigated a theft report made yesterday afternoon (Monday) from the 100 block of East Bonnieview Road.

Seek the Christ, mass optional

My column today was assigned the topic of the religious aspects of Christmas.

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Chief Kamiakin Elementary School December students of the month

Sunnyside’s Chief Kamiakin Elementary School students of the month for December as listed by school staff are...

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Christmas preparations

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Commercialized Christmas is nothing new

The commercialization of Christmas isn’t new.

Sunnyside firemen aid with Monday night hay fire

Sunnyside firemen aided Yakima County Fire District #5 firefighters in extinguishing a hay fire in the 1300 block of Price Road late Monday night.

Reva James


Ho! Ho! Ho!

Herb tried on the Santa suit this morning.

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A Christmas toy story...back to the basics

Boy, do we need to get back to the basics in America - especially with our Christmas toys.

Meza earns championship honors at Othello invitational

Jesenia Meza of Mabton earned the 137-lb. championship for girls at yesterday’s Othello wrestling invitational.

Sunnyside native becomes partner in local CPA firm

Sunnyside native Julie Schilperoort is now a partner at the Proebstel Michels CPA firm after having worked for the firm since 1995.

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Sun Valley students of the month for December

The students of the month for December at Sunnyside’s Sun Valley Elementary School, which houses only kindergarten classes, include...

Sunnyside’s Cardenas remains unbeaten on year

Sunnyside’s Jessica Cardenas remained undefeated on the young season by winning her 170-lb. weight class at the Othello girls wrestling invite yesterday.

Tax credit extended for small businesses

The U.S. Treasury Department announced recently small businesses in Washington counties that don’t have the option of purchasing a plan through the Washington Healthplanfinder will be able to continue getting a tax credit of up to 50 percent to help them buy health coverage for their employees.

When opportunity knocks, open the door

If you’ve been around long-time investors, you’ll probably hear them say, ruefully, “If only I had gotten in on the ground floor of such-and-such computer or social media company, I’d be rich today.” That may be true — but is it really relevant to anyone? Do you have to be an early investor of a spectacular company to achieve investment success?

Monday, December 23

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New assistant police chief now a Grandview ‘lifer’

GRANDVIEW – The police department in Grandview currently has two assistant chiefs.

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New Vision board elects leadership team for 2014

YAKIMA – During a meeting this month of the board of directors for New Vision (the Yakima Community Development Association), the following board members were elected as the organization’s leadership team for 2014:

More marijuana business filings in Lower Valley

Moratorium or no, there are two hopefuls wanting to establish a marijuana retail store in Sunnyside.

Land sale by G’view Port put on hold for now

GRANDVIEW – Port of Grandview commissioners held an executive session last Friday to consider the sale of property in the Wallace Way area.

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Pay changes unlikely for council, mayor

Salaries for Sunnyside City Council members and the mayor will likely remain the same in 2014.

Pasco woman hurt in rollover near Sunnyside

A passenger in a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck was ejected from the vehicle when it crashed and rolled out of control last Friday morning.

Deputies hunting for burglary suspects

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary report made early Sunday morning from the 2300 block of Dekker Road near Outlook.

Weekend break-ins under investigation

Sunnyside police are investigating a number of thefts which occurred over the past weekend.

Sunnyside firemen have quiet weekend

Sunnyside firemen had a quiet weekend with aid calls and patient transports making up the majority of the department’s calls.

Changes to SEPA rules proposed by Ecology officials

OLYMPIA – After months of working in partnership with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) advisory committee, the Department of Ecology has submitted proposed changes to the statewide rule.

Minor arrested in Grandview early this morning on drunk charge

GRANDVIEW – Early this morning, Monday, a juvenile male was arrested by Grandview police on charges of being a minor in public after consuming alcohol.

Sunnyside improves Big Nine record to 3-1

After dismantling the offensively challenged Eisenhower Cadets last Friday night, Sunnyside emerged victorious on Saturday in a wild shootout against the Moses Lake Chiefs.

Benjamin Russell Reynolds


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Augusta J. “Gussie” Allec


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Catherine (Katie) Otis


Samuel Jesse Bowen


Lady Vikes dust off Granger with late flurry

Girls Prep Basketball

It was an emotional evening for the Lady Vikings this past Saturday, but Mabton prevailed over Granger 68-48.

G’view slips past Selah

Girls Prep Basketball

In CWAC action last Friday, the Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team nipped host Selah by a score of 56-52, according to the official league website.

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1,000 points!

Girls Prep Basketball

Sunnyside Christian’s Stormee Van Belle is presented with balloons after scoring her 1,000th point as a Lady Knight during Friday night’s home game against Yakama Tribal.

Bickleton picks up road win

Girls Prep Basketball

The teams appear on paper to be have been evenly matched. And they were, as Helix High School came up just one point short against the Bickleton High School girls basketball team in action last Friday night in the Oregon community.

Granger bolts to win

Boys Prep Basketball

Granger exploded with a 17-1 surge to start the game and never looked back in a SCAC West victory over the host Mabton boys hoop team last Saturday.

Free throws, rebounds key to Bickleton’s victory

Boys Prep Basketball

The Bickleton Pirates improved their record to 3-2 last Friday night on the road, defeating the Helix Grizzlies 80-68 in a tight game.

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Weekend split for SCHS

Boys Prep Basketball

Sunnyside Christian’s Darren Broersma in this past Friday’s game against Yakama Tribal eyes the basket from the charity stripe..

Unbeaten Grandview sinks Viking ship, 69-47

Boys Prep Basketball

Using sporadic scoring spurts to build a lead, Grandview this past Friday defeated the host Selah Vikings, 69-47.

Barajas leads Grizzlies to ‘Top 10’ finish at SunDome

Shorthanded due to injury, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys wrestling team still made its presence felt with an eighth-place team finish last Saturday at the SunDome Invite.

SHS boys earn first victory

The seventh time was the charm for the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team in securing its first win of the season last Saturday.

Improvement plans OK’d

The Sunnyside School Board approved school improvement plans for all eight schools in the district at last Thursday night’s meeting.

No change to grad honors

The Sunnyside School Board voted 4-1 last week against changes to the district’s graduation requirements.

College Bound helps grad rates

The Sunnyside School Board heard a presentation about the success of the College Bound Scholarship program at its Thursday meeting last week, learning that students in the program are more likely to graduate.

Finding your identity focus of Christian club meeting

PROSSER – Betsy Nemitz, a quilter and American Red Cross volunteer, will explain how women can find their own identity at next month’s meeting of the Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection meeting.

Friday, December 20

Mabton City Council Agenda

Monday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. in council chambers


Support for homeless much appreciated


My name is Joy Santee and I am representing the PEACEMAKERS Motorcycle Ministry.

Climate change and environmental socialism

As world leaders at the UN Climate Summit reached an agreement to tighten the shackles of oppressive global warming regulations in late November, God laughed, and the moisture from his breath touched the earth, painting the place where the Christmas story began, the Holy Land, white with snow on Dec. 13.

Holiday exercise...Buddy style

I don’t think Buddy knows a doggone thing about how to enjoy holiday food. He nibbles at his kibbles one piece at a time, while others in our house, like me, gobble two or three cookies at a time.

Solstice: time to think about tourism

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

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Enchant a goblin priest

Think we can all agree these are pretty exciting times. Matter of fact, might be more exciting than we had any inkling. Recent revelations indicate we’ve all become inadvertent assets in governmental spy operations. You may have thought the NSA was everywhere, but you didn’t know the half of it. And no, there shouldn’t be a humming, red LED under your bed.

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Several personal bests set by GHS swimmers

Grandview’s swim team, short in numbers but long with desire, came up on the short end of the stick against Hanford and Richland yesterday. But the ‘Hounds didn’t go down without giving it their all.

Perez nabs 100-free win against Chiefs

Ricardo Perez came away with the Sunnyside High School swim team’s lone victory in a dual meet against the Moses Lake Chiefs Thursday afternoon.

Viking grapplers earn split at Kiona-Benton

The results were mixed for the Mabton Viking wrestlers last night during a double-dual match at Kiona-Benton High School.

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Greyhounds pin Mustangs

The Greyhounds out-grappled the Prosser Mustangs last night, winning 52-24.

Local church plans program

Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview will hold a children’s Christmas program this coming Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6:30 p.m. that will include a bell ringing concert.

Please have yourself a SLOWER Christmas

Religious Reflections

Do you remember that Christmas? Perhaps it was last Christmas or the Christmas before?

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Helping out at the mission

Blake Van Belle sports a reindeer cap he discovered in a bin as he sorts through donated toys at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission last Tuesday.

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Golfers donate toys

Sunnyside Police Explorers Advisor Melissa Rivas accepts a donation of toys valued at more than $500 from the Black Rock Creek Golf Men’s Club this past Wednesday, represented by club members Jeremy Stegeman and Troy Monholland.

Medicare is the best care if you are age 65 or older

If you are age 65 or older and haven’t signed up for Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance), now is the time to consider doing so.

Coalition survey results shape S’side United focus

Improved networking with local elected officials, building a sense of community and more critical analysis of meeting goals are some of the areas to build on for Sunnyside United.

Holiday event for families next Monday

Sunnyside residents are invited to a family Christmas party next Monday, Dec. 23.

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Freezin’ for cash

After recently standing out in the freezing cold for 24 hours, the Sunnyside High School Key Club was able to collect enough money from passing motorists to present a check in the amount of $1,135 to Heartlinks/Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care of Sunnyside.

Cops stay busy in Grandview

Police in Grandview responded yesterday, Thursday, to a report of suspicious activity, two reports of parking problems, two reports of animal problems, two reports of traffic hazards and two domestic calls.

Routine day for sheriff deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies have responded to 10 calls in the Lower Valley since yesterday morning.

Report of gunshots near Outlook school unfounded

A report of shots fired near Outlook Elementary School was determined to be unfounded Thursday morning following a search of the area, according to the Sunnyside police.

Glen Wayne Holdeman


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Mt. Rainier staff prepares to welcome holiday visitors

As the holidays approach, Mt. Rainier park staff members are busy preparing for the official start of the winter season and one of the most popular times to visit the popular Washington state tourist destination.

Christmas centerpiece class offered this coming Saturday

The Yakima Area Arboretum will be providing a special class for those interested in learning how to create a Christmas centerpiece on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Razor clam digs tentatively set through February

For those with time to plan beyond the winter holidays, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled a new series of evening razor clam digs through February.

Western art exhibition open to public Jan. 9

An exhibition, entitled “Don Crook: Painting the West,” will be opened to the public at Yakima’s Larson Gallery on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

State park hikes on tap New Year’s Day

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the first day of 2014 with “First Day Hikes,” an event available at select state parks on Jan. 1.

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Brilliant skies

With winter solstice to be observed Saturday, Dec 21, Lower Valley residents can expect to enjoy more brilliant winter sunsets like this one captured earlier this week.

Church plans contemporary worship service for Dec. 22

Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sunnyside will hold a special, contemporary worship service this coming Sunday evening, Dec. 22.

Homicide suspect thought to be on the lam

Yakima County Sheriff’s detectives continue to actively hunt for Miguel Angel Martinez, 21, of Grandview, but believe he may have left the area. Martinez is wanted in connection with the murder of Carmen Johnson, 20, of Mabton this past Sunday morning.

Sunnyside High School moves up to big boy 4A ranks

Sunnyside High School is now a 4A school, according to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, and will be officially classified as such starting in January.

Sunnyside schools strike parent-engagement agreement

An effort to encourage more parental involvement in schools took a small step forward yesterday when the Sunnyside School Board approved an agreement between the district and several organizations that work with families in the district.

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Community gearing up for drug awareness push set to start in late January

During its monthly meeting yesterday, the Sunnyside United board discussed preparations in advance of National Drug Facts Week, Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2014.

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Cop shop changes coming

Sunnyside City Manager Don Day does not want to predict when the decision on a new police chief will be made.

Thursday, December 19

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Sizeable donation pleases welding students

Why Sunnyside businessman George Johnson of Johnson Food, Inc. decided to donate a forklift to Sunnyside High School’s fusion technology program is a bit of a mystery, according to Tom Dolan, the lead instructor for the program.

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Christmas bicycles for Mabton kids

Just in time for Christmas, a crew from Waste Management delivered 10 free bicycles complete with helmets and training wheels to Mabton City Hall for a free drawing next week.

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Yakima Neighborhood Health celebrates $4.4 million clinic expansion in Sunnyside

The building on Scoon Road has almost tripled in size and will now provide better access to health care in Sunnyside along with new jobs.

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Add holiday bell ringer to Grandview native’s resume

Roxzana Lakey says she’s tried a lot of different jobs in her life.

Sunnyside firefighters aid citizens

Sunnyside firefighters responded to 10 aid calls and a request for a lift assist yesterday (Wednesday).

Victim warms up vehicle for thief

A car left warming up in a driveway was stolen yesterday morning (Wednesday) from the 4300 block of Independence Road near Sunnyside, according to Yakima County Sheriff deputies. The incident happened just after 5 a.m.

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Toys for Tots

Nearly 200 families in the Sunnyside area will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the Toys for Tots drive.

Mabton boosters plan fundraiser for homicide victim this coming Saturday

The basketball booster club will be honoring former Mabton basketball player Carmen Johnson at the Mabton High School basketball game this coming Saturday.

Police on hunt for burglar in Grandview

A burglary was reported to Grandview police yesterday morning (Wednesday) from the 600 block of East Third Street. Police said a lock was cut off a garage and yard maintenance equipment and some electronics were stolen.

Sunnyside police report shows thefts on the rise

It is the time of year, when Sunnyside police are seeing an increase in thefts.

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High school wrestlers’ rapid weight loss a thing of the past

Sunnyside High School Wrestling Coach George Paulus knows a thing or two about rapid weight loss. As a former collegiate wrestler during the early 1970s, Paulus admittedly tried a lot of methods to meet his weight class before his matches.

Anglers can catch, keep sturgeon beginning Jan. 1

A recreational fishing season for white sturgeon in the Bonneville Reservoir will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, and end on Jan. 19.

Sunnyside League Bowling Report

WEEK #15

Noe Alanis Jr.


Carmen Earl Johnson


Wednesday, December 18

5-year-old struck by gunfire

A Sunnyside 5-year-old boy was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle late Tuesday night after suffering a gunshot wound to his lower body.

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Holiday cheer at Sun Terrace

Santa arrived Tuesday evening to help celebrate the Snowflakes & Cheer event, where families could visit and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Governor pitches supplemental ‘hold-steady’ budget for ’14

Warns of tough choices ahead

Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday, Tuesday, proposed what his office called modest adjustments to the state’s 2013–15 operating budget, primarily to cover mandatory cost increases and meet key obligations.

Grandview man sought for homicide

Miguel Angel Martinez, 21, of Grandview is being sought by Yakima County Sheriff deputies in connection with the murder of Carmen Johnson, 20, of Mabton this past Sunday morning.

Sleepless in Sunnyside

People in the Lower Valley who need help with sleeping issues can find relief thanks to a new specialist and sleep lab at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Elected officials get 2.2 percent pay hike

Most elected officials in Yakima County government will receive 2.2 percent pay raises effective April 2014.

Jail agreements with county approved

The Yakima County commissioners last week approved interlocal agreements with the cities of Granger, Mabton and Sunnyside, providing jail services to those municipalities.

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’Hounds sprint by Othello

GRANDVIEW – On a roll from the get-go, the Grandview Greyhound basketball team sprinted out to a 22-9 first quarter lead and never looked back in an 86-48 CWAC win over Othello.

Knights fall by single point to Cougars

WHITE SWAN – “It’s a game we should have won,” Sunnyside Christian Coach Brian Bosma said.

LaSalle Lightning slips past Mabton Vikes, 67-53

YAKIMA – Host LaSalle pulled away late to rally past Mabton for a 67-53 victory last night, Tuesday.

Last year’s league MVP powers SHS to win

KENNEWICK – Last season’s Big Nine League player of the year, Jordan Rodriguez, led a spirited effort by the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team last night.

SHS Grizzlies lose to Kamiakin Braves, 66-30

KENNEWICK – A strong start through the first four minutes didn’t hold up for the Sunnyside Grizzly basketball team in a 66-30 loss at Kamiakin last night.

Sunnyside School Board Agenda

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 810 E. Custer Ave, 7:30 p.m.

Personnel moves OK’d

Monday night, the Mabton School Board approved the hiring of Cassandra Mehrer as a tutor...

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Lopez, Caballero, Shafer spark GHS Lady ’Hounds

GRANDVIEW – The trio of Breanna Lopez, Marissa Caballero and Jamila Shafer spearheaded Grandview’s 74-36 shellacking over the visiting Othello Huskies last night.

Lightning snaps off 59-34 win against Mabton

YAKIMA – Dominant in all phases of the game, the LaSalle girls basketball team defeated the Mabton Lady Vikings 59-34 last night, Tuesday.

Phone contract receives OK

Monday night, the Mabton School Board approved an agreement...

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Home sweep home

Sunnyside Christian notches rare rout in White Swan

WHITE SWAN – Coach Al Smeenk of the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights said that White Swan is a tough team to beat.

Mabton buys school bus

The Mabton School District will be purchasing a new school bus...

Mabton parents educated about college choices

A program to get parents involved in helping their children graduate was so successful that a second session is planned for January...

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Voice of Democracy winner crowned in Sunnyside

Prosser High School sophomore Joslyn Felicijan is the winner of the VFW District 17 Voice of Democracy speech writing contest.

Tech programs get go-ahead

The Mabton School board approved the adoption of several technical programs in the district at Monday night’s meeting.

Checkin’ it twice

Christmas is one week from today and children everywhere are awaiting the arrival of Santa and the outcome of his mysterious naughty and nice list.

Lack of managerial courage ruins everything

How many times have you been in a situation, where you knew things were going to go badly, yet no one had the guts to tell the person in charge?

Simple changes for making a home senior-friendly

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips or products can you recommend to help make a home safer and more convenient for aging in place?

Winter woes

After 12 years in the frozen tundra of Indiana, we were glad to move to a milder climate in Sunnyside.

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Javier F. Tijerina


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Rita Castillo Sambrano


Carmen Earl Johnson


Someone, please help me


Hi, my name is Jesus Lopez. I’m 55 years old.

Protect yourself from identity theft this Christmas

With the holiday season upon us, Central Washingtonians are flocking to stores and websites to purchase gifts for family and friends. Unfortunately, cases of identity theft in our community are on the rise and can spoil this season of goodwill.

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Don’t hike the minimum wage

Hike the minimum wage. For politicians trying to show their concern for those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, it’s a simple solution. And it’s catching on again, with several states and municipalities approving local hikes, and a proposal before Congress to hike it an unprecedented amount, from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over the next two years.

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Looking forward this Christmas

I’m turning into my father.

Tuesday, December 17

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Miss Washington guest of honor at local reception

It’s not all glitz and glamour backstage at the Miss America Pageant, but it is an opportunity to make lifelong friends, according to Reina Almon of Yakima, the reigning Miss Washington.

Free private well testing offered in Lower Valley

Free nitrate and coliform tests for owners of private and shared wells is part of an ongoing effort to help residents in the Lower Yakima Valley learn more about the water quality and impact to public health of the area’s drinking water.

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Color coding intended to boost graduation rates

MABTON – A proven method of increasing graduation rates is being implemented at Mabton High School by Principal Caleb Oten.

Walla Walla VA issues security breach alert

WALLA WALLA – The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Walla Walla is offering free credit monitoring for up to 1,519 veterans whose personal information, including social security numbers, was inadvertently emailed to an external education partner on Nov. 1.

Mabton gets Running Start

MABTON – The school board approved a memorandum of understanding with Central Washington University Monday night for the Running Start program at the high school for the 2013-14 academic year.

Agreement updated

MABTON – The Mabton School Board approved an update to an agreement with Washington State University for Gear Up program services.

Gym roof replacement proceeding

MABTON – The replacement of the Mabton High School auxiliary gym’s roof is moving forward, with construction planned to begin at spring break and finish by the end of August 2014.

Medicaid applicants account for most of new health plan enrollments

As of the end of November, a total of 179,330 state residents completed enrollment for health care coverage through the Washington Healthplanfinder.

Flu: the gift no one wants to give or receive this holiday season

The holidays are synonymous with travel, parties and get-togethers. And that creates opportunities for people to spread illnesses like the flu.

Police investigate report of dog biting children

Sunnyside police are investigating a report of two children having been bitten by the same dog in the East Jackson Avenue neighborhood late Monday afternoon.

Burglary near Mabton reported

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary report made yesterday morning (Monday) from the 1900 block of Bus Road near Mabton.

Unattended car left to warm up stolen yesterday in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – For the second day in a row a car was reported stolen after being left unattended while it was warming up.

Two fires reported here

A shed fire, a possible kitchen fire and a water problem kept Sunnyside firemen busy during the past 24 hours.

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Making waves

Rodriguez top finisher for Mabton at ‘Ironman’

GRANGER – The highlight for the Mabton Viking wrestling team during the Granger Ironman invite last Saturday was provided by Emiliano Rodriguez.

Lower Valley well represented at Warden invitational

WARDEN – The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies and the Grandview Lady Greyhounds both put in solid showings at the Warden Women’s Wrestling Invitational.

Defending state champs off to 3-0 start

The defending 1B state champion Sunnyside Christian Knights will take on 2B White Swan tonight (Tuesday).

Brown’s double-double powers Bickleton girls to first victory of season

BICKLETON – Junior Lindsay Brown recorded her second double-double of the season last Saturday, which led to the Bickleton girls hoop team chalking up its first win of the season.

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Rotary, credit union team up for food bank

The season will be a bit brighter at a local food bank thanks to a partnership by the Lower Valley Credit Union and the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club.

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Mabton couple boasts new shop for repair business

MABTON – Longtime Mabton residents Gregorio and Marcelina Bustos are celebrating the culmination of a 17-year dream to own their own business.

Two champs for Grandview

EPHRATA – The Grandview Greyhounds had three boys place at the Ephrata Invitational this past Saturday.

Assumptions can be dangerous to investors

Financial Focus

Every day of our lives, we make assumptions. We assume that the people we encounter regularly will behave in the manner to which we are accustomed.

Now is the time to prepare for tax season

Wise taxpayers may want to take advantage of winter months indoors to prepare for tax filing season this spring.

Monday, December 16

Mabton man shot, killed at party near Grandview

GRANDVIEW – A fight at a party just south of Grandview resulted in two people being shot, one fatally, early Sunday morning.

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Sounds of the season

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Paying tribute

Family loses home to fire

The family dog’s incessant barking may have saved the lives of the Maria Ocampo family, whose home, located in the 1000 block of Bagley Drive in Sunnyside, was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours this past Saturday.

Sunnyside man charged with stabbing his father

This past Saturday afternoon, Yakima County Sheriff deputies were summoned to the 1000 block of East Alexander Road by a report of a stabbing. Before reaching the location, the deputies were flagged down by a motorist transporting the victim of the stabbing to the hospital. An ambulance was dispatched and transported the victim to the hospital with a non-life threatening stab wound.

Public comments sought on game management plan

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is conducting a public opinion survey to help identify key wildlife issues to be addressed in the department’s 2015-21 Game Management Plan.

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Grizzlies show promise in pair of league losses

Boys Prep Basketball

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team opened league play last weekend with home losses on Friday and Saturday.

Pirates sink Spartans with free throws, rebounds

Boys Prep Basketball

The Bickleton varsity was evenly matched with the Granger JV squad but pulled out a 75-71 win this past Saturday.

GHS opens CWAC play with two victories

Boys Prep Basketball

Isaiah Ruiz had the hot hand both nights for Grandview this past weekend.

Vikings continue to make improvement on court

Boys Prep Basketball

After a disappointing loss to visiting Riverview last Friday, the Mabton Viking boys basketball team challenged Sunnyside Christian before falling on Saturday.

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Sunnyside splits Big Nine openers

Girls Prep Basketball

Second-half shooting woes cost the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team last Friday. Davis took advantage of that and rallied after intermission for a 61-50 victory.

Easy win for SCHS

Girls Prep Basketball

The Lady Knights didn’t have any trouble defeating the Riverside Christian Crusaders last Friday, 65-20.

Vikes, Knights battle

Girls Prep Basketball

Nobody was asking for their money back Saturday night after watching the 1A Mabton and 1B Sunnyside Christian girls basketball teams slug it out.

GHS girls earn CWAC split

Girls Prep Basketball

After holding off visiting Ephrata last Friday for a 58-48 win, the Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team was defeated 52-48 at Ellensburg on Saturday.

Grizzlies runners-up at Fife tourney

Boys Prep Wrestling

Despite having several wrestlers competing out of their regular weight classes and lacking a competitor in the heavyweight division, Sunnyside’s wrestling team still managed to garner second-place team honors last Saturday at the Larry Brown Invitational in Fife.

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Esther Clara Bassett


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Cannon Rigby Copeland


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Mum’s the word

Large equipment was busy Friday afternoon smoothing out some acreage adjacent to Emerald Road, near Sunnyside.

Donations for homeless sought from local residents

Joy Santee was in Sunnyside last Friday, successfully soliciting donations of sleeping bags, coats, blankets, flannel shirts and cash for the homeless living in Yakima.

Experts give advice for warm homes, healthy animals

To say it has been chilly in the Lower Valley might be stating it mildly. When the temperatures dip below freezing it’s always wise to take precautions, protecting your home and pets.

Busy weekend for Grandview police officers

GRANDVIEW – It was a long weekend for Grandview police, who investigated multiple burglaries and vehicle thefts as well as assisting Yakima County Sheriff deputies with a homicide just outside city limits.

Reported fires out on arrival

Sunnyside firemen raced to two reported fires, both of which were out on arrival this past weekend.

Shots-fired reports inside city limits proves false alarm

Sunnyside police were kept busy with reports of shots fired during the weekend.

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Michael Dee Guffey


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Cocoa & Carols

Friday, December 13

Miss Sunnyside dessert event set for Dec. 16

Miss Washington America Reina Almon will be the featured speaker at a special dessert royalty reception to be held at the Sunnyside Community Center on Monday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m.

Mabton’s fourth annual Winter Blast set for Dec. 19

MABTON – The Mabton FFA chapter, FCCLA, leadership and Link/Web Crew are hosting the fourth annual Winter Blast on Thursday, Dec. 19.

Ballroom dance classes Jan. 7

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a six-week session of ballroom dance classes every Tuesday, beginning Jan. 7.

S’side city hall needs to dust off the trophy case

I can’t put them on my fireplace mantle and they won’t ever need polishing, but earlier this week I received some trophies at the conclusion of the fantasy football regular season.

Christmas centerpiece class offered at arboretum

YAKIMA – The Yakima Area Arboretum will be providing a special class for those interested in learning how to create a Christmas centerpiece on Saturday, Dec. 21.

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Season of giving

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Gift of reading lasts a lifetime

I love books and I especially enjoy receiving books as gifts. I even occasionally like to revisit books I haven’t read in a long time.

Parade entry a community endeavor


Grandview ‘Cocoa and Carols’ tonight

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Cocoa and Carols” event will take place tonight, Dec. 13, at Stokely Square.

Prosser’s Christmas market open tomorrow

PROSSER – The Princess Theatre in Prosser will host its fifth annual Christmas market tomorrow (Saturday).

WinterFest Lighted Parade on tomorrow

Benton City - Now celebrating its 10th year, Benton City’s WinterFest continues to grow. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Cale Moon to share his music at Mabton Gospel Jamboree

MABTON - Cale Moon, a young, gifted singer/songwriter and recording artist, will be the next featured musician at the Mabton Gospel Music Jamboree to be held Sunday, Dec. 15.

Razor-clam digs scheduled

The next round of evening razor-clam digs is set to begin tomorrow (Saturday), just in time to take home some clams for the winter holidays.

Christian recording artist in concert in Sunnyside

Christian recording artist and philanthropist Steve Green will perform a live concert at the Sunnyside High School auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Dreaming of a …?

There is a secret selfish longing we all share this time of year.

Gender differences hard wired

A new study has come out that finds men and women really do think differently.

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Grizzlies trounce Ike in home opener

The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team lived up to its top state ranking among 3A programs last night with a convincing victory at home over an improved Eisenhower squad.

Snowflakes & Cheer Dec. 17

Sunnyside’s Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living Center will host Snowflakes & Cheer, an event for all to enjoy, on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

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Sunnyside girls split matches against Cadets

Competing in a non-scoring team match because visiting Ike only brought two girls, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly wrestling team split four head-to-head contests at home last night.

Injuries, eligibility problems sink ’Hounds

ELLENSBURG – Although a storm threatened to make Grandview’s trip to wrestle the Ellensburg Bulldogs a bit difficult, the weather wasn’t a factor in the Greyhounds’ 78-9 defeat.

Short-handed Grizzlies sunk at four-school meet

YAKIMA – It wasn’t a lack of effort – far from it – that sunk the Sunnyside High School boys swim team at yesterday’s four-school Big Nine League meet at Yakima’s Lions Pool.

Selah avenges last week’s loss to Lady Grizzlies

YAKIMA – Bowling in the comfortable confines of its own house, the Selah Vikings swept the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies yesterday afternoon at Yakima’s Minda Lanes.

West Valley powers past Grandview High swimmers

YAKIMA – Winners of 11 of the 12 events, the West Valley Rams surged past the Grandview High School boys swim team yesterday, 146-27.

Our journey ends at the manger

Religious Reflections

Our advent devotional booklet this year begins with the author telling about getting ready for a childhood summer vacation.

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The light drives out the darkness... says Christian women’s speaker

In keeping with the theme of “Candlelight Christmas” at this month’s Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection meeting in Prosser, Darien Parsons told those in attendance about the lights in her life.

Mabton School Board Agenda

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at Mabton School District Conference Room

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Kicking the tires

Sunnyside firefighters try out a ladder truck at the fire station Thursday morning.

Firemen have quiet Thursday

Sunnyside firemen had a quiet Thursday responding to just five aid calls.

Slow day for county deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies have handled six calls in the Lower Valley since yesterday morning (Thursday).

Grandview cops handle variety of calls

A variety of calls kept Grandview police hopping yesterday, Thursday.

Scammers draw attention of state officials

The Northwest Progressive Institute is urging Washington business owners and non-profit leaders to be on the lookout for an official-looking letter that appears at first glance to be a bill from the government for labor law compliance. In reality it’s a solicitation for labor law posters and services of dubious value from a mysterious, privately-held entity.

Ruling ‘good news’ for charter schools

Answer on Sunnyside charter application likely next month

Succeeding on one-of-six tries doesn’t make for a good batting average or apparently a convincing case that Washington’s charter school law is unconstitutional.

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Holiday decorations

Enjoying a timeout in their festive hallway, Outlook Elementary School Gloria Pacheco’s first grade students share holiday stories with preschoolers in Kris Longoria’s classroom.

Phony bills being passed

A counterfeit $20 bill was discovered in a local business’ daily deposits Thursday, making it the third phony bill to be turned into Sunnyside police in the past week.

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Family sticking together as local boy clings to life

For the family of 11-year-old Carson Gallardo, the past few months have been trying. The youngster suffered a brain hemorrhage on July 24 and has not yet come out of a coma.

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Pilar G. Lopez


City still eyeing funding request by Sunnyside United

The funding that Sunnyside United requested from the city of Sunnyside for gang prevention and intervention programs this past October as budget talks began is still being considered.

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Marie Thompson


Mabton grapplers fall to both Highland, Naches

COWICHE – Both Naches and Highland defeated Mabton in a double-dual meet held at Highland High School last night.

Thursday, December 12

Ronald Craig Blanchard


Ring in the new year with a COLA

Many people ring in the new year with Champagne. People who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) get to ring it in with a COLA.

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Beautician finds joy in her work

Working Stiff

Gayle Hays spends her days teaching people how to make other people look beautiful.

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Washington Elementary School accelerated readers

Third, fourth and fifth grade

Sunnyside’s Washington Elementary School third, fourth and fifth grade students who made outstanding reading efforts in the Accelerated Reader program for the month of November.

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Washington Elementary School accelerated readers

First and second grade

Sunnyside’s Washington Elementary School first and second grade students who made outstanding reading efforts in the Accelerated Reader program for the month of November.

Sunnyside League Bowling Report

Week #14

Baseball skills camp slated for Dec. 26-27

The Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team has partnered with Cal Ripken baseball to host a baseball skills clinic on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 26-27.

Master hunter permit program applications being sought

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept applications for its Master Hunter Permit Program from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, 2014. The program is designed to promote safe, lawful and ethical hunting, and to strengthen Washington’s hunting heritage and conservation ethics.

People to People contract approved

People to People has been providing transportation services for individuals throughout Yakima County for a number of years.

Annexation of port property forwarded to county officials

The city of Grandview has approved the annexation of the Port of Grandview’s Forrest Road property and forwarded the annexation and rezone to Yakima County for a 45-day review.

Mabton holding bike giveaway

Thanks to a donation of 10 bicycles by Waste Management, the city of Mabton will be able to make Christmas a little brighter for some lucky children.

Sewer payment gets approval

In action on Tuesday, the Mabton City Council agreed to accept a payment of $1,907 for past sewer bills and late charges in connection with property at 432 N. Sixth Ave.

Council OK’s insurance rates

In action last Tuesday, the Mabton City Council agreed to increase health insurance premium coverage for city employees from $1,028 per month per family to $1,090.50.

Mabton council sets meeting

The Mabton City Council will have a second meeting in December, after all.

Land annexed

The Mabton City Council on Tuesday of this week agreed to annex property adjacent to the city’s wastewater treatment facility.

Holiday play opens Friday

An original Christmas play, “The Other Side of Town,” written by Heidi Brizendine, a Sunnyside school teacher, will debut Friday, Dec. 13, at Sunnyside’s Grace Brethren Church.

Port saves money

As first reported by the Daily Sun News last month, the Port of Sunnyside has refinanced the final 10 years of a revenue obligation bond.

Robbers risk jail for $5 cash

A man carrying groceries with a small amount of cash in his hand reported to Grandview police that he was robbed by three unknown males wearing hoodies last night (Wednesday) in the 500 block of East Wine Country Road. The victim said his attackers hit him in the face and made off with $5 in cash.

‘Cowcicle’ freed from Yakima River

A cow stuck in ice in the Yakima River was rescued by Yakima County Sheriff deputies yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) near Grandview.

Broken water pipes, suspicious incidents called in to S’side cops

The winter cold has resulted in several reports of broken water pipes during the past several days with the latest report coming in on Wednesday morning from the 600 block of Yakima Valley Highway.

Good news for most employers...unemployment tax rates not going up

More than 80 percent of Washington employers will have lower or stable unemployment tax rates in 2014 compared to 2013, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.

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Annual plan OK’d by Port of Grandview commissioners

The Port of Grandview held its final meeting of the year this past Tuesday, approving its comprehensive plan and preparing for 2014.

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In remembrance

Participants place candles into a pile of sand at Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care in Sunnyside during a memorial service last night.

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Parks and rec coordinator moving full steam ahead

Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Coordinator Megan Razey returned to her hometown, hoping to re-establish a parks and recreation program.

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Sunnyside lawmaker earns ‘Water Statesman’ accolades

For the second time during his tenure as a state senator, Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, has received recognition as the Washington State Water Re-sources Association’s Water Statesman of the Year.

Wednesday, December 11

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Planning commission suggests limitations on marijuana grow, retail sites in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Planning Commission moved ahead with the creation of an ordinance to govern the establishment of marijuana production and retail facilities inside city limits, during its meeting Tuesday night.

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Former councilwoman’s push for appointment sparks tension

Vera Zavala surrendered her Mabton City Council seat earlier this year to serve as interim mayor.

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Contest winner

Gun threat report leads sought

Sunnyside police are seeking witnesses to report of a bus driver being threatened by a gun toting individual Tuesday morning.

Theft under investigation

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a theft reported yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, from Robinson Road south of Grandview.

Quiet day for Grandview cops

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview stopped a driver on suspicion of DUI just after midnight this morning near the corner of West Fifth Street and South Euclid Road.

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Grandview eyes clean-up of groundwater near city’s wastewater treatment facility

GRANDVIEW – To comply with requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Waste Discharge Permit issued to the city of Grandview for its wastewater treatment facility, Engineer Ted Pooler recently completed an AKART (all known, available and reasonable methods of treatment) Engineering Report.

Grandview Council OK’s $17 million budget

GRANDVIEW –The Grandview City Council last night adopted a $17 million budget for 2014, meeting its goals for its reserve funds.

Support letter to be sent

Luz Bazan Gutierrez, President and CEO of Rural Community Development Resources, asked for a letter of support from the city of Sunnyside to help secure a grant.

Conservation efforts started

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday approved an agreement with the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services and McKinstry Consulting to work on energy conservation projects within the city.

Sidewalk funding sought

The city of Sunnyside will be submitting an application for Transportation Alternative Program funds to upgrade sidewalks along 16th Street between Yakima Valley Highway and Sierra Vista Middle School.

Buddy barks out thanks to all the window decorators

During the past week it appears as though downtown Sunnyside has undergone a transformation.

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The misery of the liberal mind

The liberal mind, writes Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter Jr. in his book, “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness,” views the world through the prism of “pity, sorrow, neediness, misfortune, poverty, suspicion, mistrust, anger, exploitation, discrimination, victimization, alienation and injustice” for people who are “poor, weak, sick, wronged, cheated, oppressed, disenfranchised and exploited.”

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Spreading Christmas cheer from one Washington to the other

For nearly 50 years, the United States Capitol Christmas Tree has been a holiday tradition in Washington, D.C.

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The Ethanol Shuffle and other bad ideas

Have you heard of the Ethanol Shuffle?

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Collector of hats brightens day at Christian women’s meeting

PROSSER – To say Loris Ketter is a hat fanatic might be a tame description of this collector.

If you don’t pay attention you’ll miss it

It’s funny…you can observe what happens to your parents and relatives. But for some reason, you just don’t believe those circumstances will ever apply to you.

How to guard against wintertime heart attacks

Saavy Senior

When I had a mild heart attack about six months ago my doctor told me I needed to be extra careful during the winter when recurring heart attacks are more common.

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Second-half surge by SHS key in win over Lady ’Hounds

Girls Prep Basketball

Sunnyside broke open a tight contest last night with a 41-27 second-half surge, which lifted the 3A Lady Grizzly basketball team to a convincing 71-53 non-league victory at 2A Grandview.

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Rivalry game honors go to Grandview this year

Boys Prep Basketball

The Grandview Greyhounds and the Sunnyside Grizzlies squ-ared off in a non-league game last night.

Sunnyside first at Nooksack Valley Invite

The Sunnyside High School girls wrestling team this past Saturday claimed top team honors at the Nooksack Valley Invite.

Lady Pirates slip to 0-3 on the season

Girls Prep Basketball

With four eighth graders and three freshmen on the team, it’s been tough sledding for the Bickleton Lady Pirates.

Mabton girls subdue Kiona-Benton Bears

Girls Prep Basketball

The Mabton girls basketball team last night traveled to Ki-Be High School, defeating the Bears 60-44.

Pirates fall to visiting Leopards

Boys Prep Basketball

The Pirates had trouble scoring against the Zillah Leopards C squad last night, losing the game 60-45.

Ki-Be holds off Mabton Vikes

Boys Prep Basketball

A furious rally came up short for the Mabton Viking boys basketball team last night in a 64-54 loss at Kiona-Benton.

Misunderstanding the signs

We arrived in Thailand on July 2, 1977, for our first four-year term as missionaries.

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Betty M. England


Tuesday, December 10

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Holiday dinner honors Mabton’s elderly

MABTON - When Mabton Artz-Fox Elementary School head cook Lorene Stottlemyre and then Mabton Mayor Thelma Satterfield came up with the idea to host a holiday dinner for the community’s senior citizens, they probably never envisioned the dinner continuing for 38 years.

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Freeze doesn’t chill parade spirits

Winners named

What’s longer than the Empire State Building and built to endure extreme cold?

Ship holiday gifts with time to spare

It’s time to make sure packages and cards will reach destinations in time for Christmas by preparing and sending items before holiday deadlines.

Sunnyside city budget passed with no fuss

The Sunnyside City Council approved the city’s final $31.5 million budget for 2014 last night with no public comment and few last-minute alterations.

DSN retains legal notices

Monday night, the Sunnyside City Council unanimously approved continuing using the Daily Sun News as the official newspaper of Sunnyside in 2014.

New city time clock system OK’d

The Sunnyside City Council authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with Paychex for electronic timekeeping and payroll services.

Zillah inmates head to S’side

The Sunnyside City Council approved an agreement Monday night with the city of Zillah for housing inmates in the Sunnyside jail.

Hearing examiner contract OK’d

After a vote by the city council Monday night, the city of Sunnyside extended a contract with Gary Cuillier to provide the service of city hearings examiner in lieu of the board of adjustment.

Weather station work approved

The Sunnyside City Council approved a contract with Reid Middleton to complete the remaining tasks related to the automated weather observation system at the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

Power outage, burst pipe disrupt students at two schools

Students at Outlook Elementary School were unable to attend class yesterday (Monday) and students at Sunnyside High School had to be creative when traveling to classes.

City contracts with CPA to help with audit

Sunnyside Finance Director David Layden will have the assistance of CPA Rose Eilts in uploading the city’s most up-to-date financial records from 2011 to the state auditor’s office.

Cops take few calls Monday

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview had a relatively quiet day yesterday, taking only seven calls and arresting a wanted person.

Burglar steals electronics

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s office are investigating a burglary reported last night (Monday) from the 4500 block of East Euclid Road near Mabton.

Local café asking customers to help with feeding the needy

Sunnyside’s Green Olive Café, 2926 Covey Lane, is asking its customers to dine and donate food items during the month of December.

Juveniles caught with drugs

Sunnyside police are investigating two incidents of juveniles in possession of drugs on school property.

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Maximo S. Hernandez


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Icy landing

Mid day Saturday, as this past weekend’s holiday events were happening all around them, it seemed that some pigeons decided to have a winter party of their own.

School retirees meeting to take place Dec. 17

GRANDVIEW – The Lower Valley unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

State Patrol changing hiring process

The Washington State Patrol is changing the way it screens applicants for employment, choosing to look at the “whole person” before making a decision on hiring.

Natural Selections Farms employee chosen for ag leadership program

Sunnyside’s Brian Campbell, a biosolids coordinator with Natural Selection Farms, has been selected to participate in an 18-month agriculture and forestry leadership development program.

Jr. Indelook meeting Dec. 16

The Jr. Indelook Club will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, at the Squeeze Inn Café in Zillah.

Morgan Road fire under investigation

Sunnyside firemen are investigating the cause of a structure fire in the 1700 block of Morgan Road reported yesterday.

Monday, December 9

Grizzlies fall in season opener

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team played host East Valley close for three quarters before eventually losing last Friday’s season opener, 72-64.

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Season-opening victory

The Knights defeated the isiting Waitsburg-Prescott team 51-41.

Grandview victorious

The Grandview Greyhounds are the first team to win the Terry Allen Classic Trophy two times at the Hall of Fame Tip-off Classic.

Vikes storm past Cougars

Shrugging off a sluggish start, the Mabton Viking boys basketball team used a third quarter surge to defeat White Swan during last Saturday’s Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic at the SunDome.

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Down Under team defeats host Pirates

The Pirates were dealt their first defeat of the new season by a club team from Australia, visiting on a tour of the United States.

SHS girls win season opener

Substituting freely and without fear of a letdown, Coach Rick Puente got exactly what he was hoping for in last Friday’s season opener against the 2A East Valley Red Devils.

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Sunnyside man’s love of Tejano music earns him a place in history

John B. Gonzales remembers singing while working in the fields with his sisters as a little boy near Robstown, Texas.

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Lady Knights dominate

The Lady Knights took an early lead in the game and finished with a 77-26 victory.

Mabton girls secure 52-49 overtime victory

At the Hall of Fame Tip-off Classic in the Yakima Valley SunDome this past Saturday, the Mabton Lady Vikings narrowly escaped defeat.

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Bickleton off the mark with shots

Two games into the 2013-14 season and it’s become clear the Bickleton Lady Pirates are going to have to fine-tune their shooting techniques.

GHS Lady ’Hounds rally for SunDome win

Down by 12 points midway through the third quarter, the Lady Greyhound basketball team stormed back to open its season with a 54-51 win over Auburn-Mountainview at the SunDome last Saturday.

Perez 50 free winner

Stepping out in the first event of the winter boys swim season, Sunnyside High School’s Ricardo Perez claimed first place honors in the 50-yard freestyle at the Moses Lake High School sprint meet held last Thursday.

Grizzlies fourth at White River Invite

Grandview has three medalists

One of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the state, last Saturday’s White River Invite fielded 16 teams, with Sunnyside bringing home fourth-place honors.

Two Mabton grapplers earn third place medals

Two of Mabton’s seven wrestlers posted third place finishes at the Mel Carlson Invite this past Saturday in West Valley.

Mabton cops get few calls

MABTON – Police in Mabton were called last Tuesday to investigate a person rummaging through a trash bin. The male subject was gone before police arrived.

Lawmakers will face uncertainties on return to Olympia next month

The good news is that state lawmakers will head to Olympia next month with only a supplemental budget to approve for 2014, since the two-year, biennial budget was okayed in the 2013 session earlier this year.

Yakima Basin nets grants for salmon recovery efforts

The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board announced last week the award of $1.26 million in grants to Yakima Basin organizations that will help bring salmon back from the brink of extinction.

Recall of chicken noodle soup issued

EVERETT - StockPot, Inc., an Everett establishment, is recalling 1,864 cases (approximately 22,368 pounds) of chicken noodle soup due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

Gunshot victim found in roadway

GRANDVIEW – Late last night, Sunday, Grandview police received a report of an incoherent adult male stumbling into traffic in the 400 block of West Wine Country Road.

Weekend winds, frigid temperatures cause damage to S’side homes, businesses

Even with the huge influx of motorists on the streets of Sunnyside, police had a relatively quiet Friday night preceding and following the 25th Annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade. However, the weather did offer some challenges.

Burglary, car theft reported to deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported yesterday morning (Sunday) from the 100 block of Cemetery Road near Sunnyside.

Heater fire extinguished in S’side

Sunnyside firefighters rushed to the 400 block of Swan Road last Friday afternoon to extinguish a fire started by a heater.

Nouvella ‘Christmas Tea’ this Thursday

The Nouvella Club will host its annual Christmas tea this coming Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sunnyside.

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

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Boot camp training for Sunnyside third graders

Third grade students at Sunnyside’s Chief Kamiakin Elementary School were treated to a special presentation as part of multiplication boot camp last Thursday.

Friday, December 6

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S’side chamber publishes calendar

The Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade can now be celebrated 12 months a year thanks to a calendar recently published by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.

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Parade preparations

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Grandview couple turns to community for help with rising medical expenses

GRANDVIEW – Having to face the removal of one brain tumor is frightening enough for anyone. But undergoing neurosurgery to remove not one, but three tumors within a space of 18 months is terrifying.

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Credit union, hospital making progress on expansions

On the surface, the 24 building permits issued by the city of Sunnyside for the month of November only amounted to a combined valuation of $447,726.

Grandview voters being asked to OK school levy

GRANDVIEW – Because the Grandview School District’s current maintenance and operation levy, approved by voters in 2009, will expire at the end of 2014 the Grandview School Board last night (Thursday) approved a resolution placing a replacement levy on the Feb. 11, 2014 Special Election ballot.

Board Approves New Contracts

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview School Board this past Thursday approved the hiring of five employees.

School board reorganized

GRANDVIEW – With changes to the Grandview School Board after last month’s General Election, the board this past Thursday named its officers for the 2013-14 school year.

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Oath of office

Same sex marriage statistics released by state

It’s the one-year anniversary of Washington state’s same sex marriage law, and the latest statistics shows same sex couples made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington in that time.

Freezing weather limits criminal activity

The freezing weather during the past couple of days seems to have limited the criminal activity in the Sunnyside community, according to the Sunnyside police report.

Deputies take burglary report

A burglary was reported to Yakima County Sheriff deputies last night (Thursday) from the 4300 block of Independence Road near Sunnyside. The victim reported that chrome wheels and a battery were stolen.

Burglary, theft being investigated

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview investigated a burglary report called in yesterday afternoon

Museum open house planned tomorrow

The Sunnyside Museum will host its annual Christmas open house event tomorrow (Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Adultery goes high-tech

Cheaters never prosper - but facilitators of cheaters laugh all the way to the bank.

Secret weapon

Janice Thomas hasn’t been the valley’s most innovative art teacher since the invention of dirt for nothing, you know.

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1983: Cabbage Patch dolls rolling off local store shelves

Over the Shoulder

Sunnyside residents were offended by an article written in an out-of-town publication that stated Sunnyside would not receive a railroad line.

Winter events planned in Yakima

YAKIMA - The calendar is full of family fun holiday festivities this December in downtown Yakima. Tonight (Friday) Yakima’s community Christmas tree will serve as the centerpiece during a free Light Up the Plaza celebration. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Millennium Plaza and will feature performances by Blake Noble, Planes on Paper and Cody Beebe and the Crooks.

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Esqueda’s efforts for naught yesterday

Sunnyside senior Brianna Esqueda far exceeded any realistic expectations by tossing a 347 two-game series yesterday afternoon against the visiting West Valley Rams.

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Brown posts double-double for Bickleton in loss at Mabton

MABTON – Lindsay Brown recorded a double-double by canning a team-high 14 points and scraping a game-best 20 rebounds off the glass. Unfortunately for Bickleton, it wasn’t enough.

Ballroom dance classes begin Jan. 7 in G’view

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a six-week session of ballroom dance classes every Tuesday, beginning Jan. 7.

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Pirates open with win

MABTON – The Bickleton varsity faced off against the Mabton Viking JV and came away with a 66-40 victory last night in the first regulation-length basketball game of the season for the Pirates.

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Keeping kids warm

Fannin Tourism Board

No, there is no official Fannin Tourism Board as described in the headline above.

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Building season

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

New Grizzly hoop coach stressing ‘D’

The Sunnyside School District didn’t have to look far for a new SHS varsity boys basketball coach, as Geoff LaBrant – an assistant in the program for the past three seasons – was named to the post.

Businesses advised to be smart about holiday parties

It’s that time of the year again, and as it does every holiday-party season, the Small Business Legal Center of the National Federation of Independent Business is advising businesses to keep celebrations safe by watching out for two problem areas…intoxication and harassment.

Christmas centerpiece class offered at arboretum

YAKIMA – The Yakima Area Arboretum will be providing a special class for those interested in learning how to create a Christmas centerpiece on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Brandon Cash to perform at Toppenish Eagles Dec. 7

TOPPENISH – A tribute to Johnny Cash will take place at the Toppenish Eagles Aerie lodge on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Mabton’s fourth annual Winter Blast set for Dec. 19

MABTON – The Mabton FFA chapter, FCCLA, leadership and Link/Web Crew are hosting the fourth annual Winter Blast on Thursday, Dec. 19.

Tour of lights set for Dec. 17

GRANGER – The Granger Chamber of Commerce has planned the city’s annual Tour of Lights for Tuesday, Dec. 17.

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Olga Maria Cortez


Grandview ‘Cocoa and Carols’ Dec. 13

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Cocoa and Carols” event will take place on Friday, Dec. 13, at Stokely Square.

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Crystal Mountain open for skiing

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN – Crystal Mountain was closed last week due to low snow levels, but re-opened this week for daily operations.

Roland S. Pauley



Dec. 9th- 13th

Church offers free cookies during parade

Spectators at tomorrow night’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade are in for a treat as Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sunnyside will be distributing free, home-baked cookies.

Catholics celebrate the holidays with special services in S’side

The annual novena for the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration is underway at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 920 S. Sixth St., Sunnyside.

Most highly favored lady

Religious Reflections

Imagine gathering in a darkened stone sanctuary in early December. Outside, the sun is just setting. Inside, the electric lights are dimmed to a warm glow, matching the candles in the worship space.

Thursday, December 5

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Firefighters plan to be in new digs by end of January

The $4.5 million Sunnyside Fire Station renovation is just a month behind schedule due to unforeseen issues like the needed removal of footings that once were the foundation for a church. The construction project was hampered a bit, too, because relocating natural gas lines occurred during the busiest time of the year for Cascade Natural Gas crews.

Hot chocolate contestants being sought

“We have prize money, but we need contestants,” said Eric Placzek, the marketing and sales manager at Sunnyside’s Best Western Grape Vine Inn.

Grandview FFA Christmas tree lot opens this coming Friday

The FFA chapter at Grandview High School will open its annual tree and wreath sale this Friday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. at the Country Park fairgrounds on Wallace Way, Grandview.

Warmth, comfort, energy efficiency shouldn’t go out the window when temperatures drop

With a cold snap crackling throughout the Northwest, Pacific Power reminds customers to stay safe and to save energy during winter.

Commission approves Pacific Power rate hike

State regulators yesterday (Wednesday) approved about one-third of Pacific Power’s proposed $42.8 million electric rate increase.

Few police calls in Grandview

Grandview police handled two reports of traffic hazards, an automatic alarm...

Deputies take few calls

Yakima County Sheriff deputies visited the Lower Valley to check on reports of suspicious activity three times yesterday, Wednesday.

Firemen have quiet 48 hours

Sunnyside firemen have responded to 14 aid calls since Tuesday.

Sunnyside League Bowling Report

WEEK #13

And Weekly Honor Roll...

Bickleton girls split jamboree games

The Bickleton High School girls basketball team kicked off its season with one win and one loss at the Klickitat Jamboree last night.

City council OK’s budget for 2014

The sixth time was the charm for the Mabton City Council, which last night approved a $709,404 general fund budget for 2014 during its sixth scheduled budget discussion.

Pirates off to good start

The Bickleton Pirates put in a good showing at the season opening jamboree in Klickitat last night, winning their two non-regulation length games.

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No regrets for firefighter, maintenance man, musician

Working Stiff

Dan Phillips spent a few years living on 16th Avenue in Nashville, Tenn., as one of the boys who make the noise.

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Sunnyside Christian in search of new football coach

Hernandez steps down after five years at the helm

Starting a football program from scratch, Ray Hernandez has seen Sunnyside Christian’s 8-man football team improve each of the past five seasons.

Wednesday, December 4

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All aglow

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SASA seeks more access to public facilities

Sunnyview Park, located midway between Sunnyside and Grandview on Yakima Valley Highway, was home to more than 1,000 young soccer players every weekend during the past summer, according to Trish Combs of the Sunnyside Sports and Arts Association.

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No rest for SVID crews

The canals may be dry and the fields fallow for winter, but SVID crews are busier than ever with upgrades for the Lower Valley’s irrigation needs.

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Energy efficiency goal of Mabton schools

MABTON – The heating system at Artz-Fox Elementary School is beyond its years, heating and air controls throughout the Mabton School District are minimal or non-existent, and lighting throughout the district needs to be upgraded.

Knife-point robbery in Sunnyside earns woman more than a year in prison

Veronica Maria Uribe, 24, has been sentenced to 13 months in prison after pleading guilty to second degree robbery and unlawful imprisonment related to an incident that took place in Sunnyside on May 4 of this year.

Sunnyside cops arrest three on narcotics charges

An attempt to recover a stolen truck led to the arrest of three individuals late Tuesday afternoon.

G’view cops field few calls

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview had a quiet day yesterday, responding to three calls about suspicious circumstances.

Camping gear, tools stolen

The cold weather didn’t deter a thief from taking tools and camping gear from the 4000 block of Hudson Road near Outlook, according to an investigation by the Yakima County Sheriff’s office.

Water storage remains strong

Though winter snows have yet to hit the passes with full force, the irrigation water supply for the Yakima River Basin remains strong.

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Civil service commission certifies eligible police officer list

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Civil Service Commission yesterday (Tuesday) certified the names of six potential entry level police officers and one lateral police officer candidate in anticipation of filling a vacancy that will be left as senior officers are promoted next month.

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Lending a hand

How may I assist you?

As your representative to the United States Congress, one of my highest priorities is providing service and assistance to those who call Central Washington home.

Liberals’ Hunger Games

Welcome to the Liberals’ version of the Hunger Games, America; unapologetically brought to you by our Progressive friends in the Democrat Party, whose economic policies have lifted a record number of Americans from the middle class and plopped them face down - into poverty the past five years.

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Dog days of ObamaCare

I’ve heard a lot of interesting stories of people trying, and failing, to sign up for ObamaCare, but this one takes the cake.

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Gift exchange

It’s a good thing to give thanks

In our church we made this past November the month of Thanks-living, encouraging folks to cultivate an attitude of gratitude for an entire month, not just one day.

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Winning brings us closer together

When it comes to sports, I’m a hopeless case.

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Bonifacio “Barney” Alanis


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Robert Joseph Dahlke


How to get cheap or free internet access at home

Can you help me find a cheap Internet service for my house? I’m retired and live on a fixed income, and the Internet service I use now is too expensive.

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Simply Irresistible Creamy Almond Bars

Just a Pinch

Are your greatest strengths holding you back?

I like to talk…a lot.

Tuesday, December 3

Good news for the jobless

The federal government shutdown in October generated one dubiously positive result: it helped to lift the state’s unemployment rate enough to reactivate nine weeks of long-term unemployment benefits that were shut off in August.

Check in with Social Security before traveling outside the United States

Mark Twain once advised people to “Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Fire department takes few calls

Sunnyside firefighters responded to seven aid calls yesterday (Monday).

Variety of calls keep cops busy

Police in Grandview made two arrests on charges of obstruction of justice yesterday (Monday), during a relatively busy day for officers.

Burglary under investigation by deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a report of a burglary made yesterday afternoon (Monday) from the 1300 block of Hill Avenue near Sunnyside.

Several thefts reported in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police are investigating a car prowl reported from the 400 block of Scoon Road last night (Monday). The victim reported the stereo and sound system of the vehicle were stolen.

Staff pay raises approved

Following a 30-minute executive session, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved a 6.5 percent raise increase for the port’s executive director. In 2014, the director’s pay will go from $85,100 to $90,600 a year.

Port returns $4.8 million in wetlands funding

The Port of Sunnyside wetland/pipeline funding will be returned to the granting parties following action taken by port commissioners Monday night.

Grubenhoff named new port president

Port of Sunnyside commissioners will change their duties as of Jan. 1.

Port property leases approved

Port of Sunnyside lands leased to private parties received the approval for another year following the port commissioners’ meeting last night.

Contract for grant services OK’d

Sue Jetter Consulting Services of Sunnyside will be providing grant/funding consulting services for the Port of Sunnyside following action taken by the commissioners during Monday’s meeting.

Senior class parent booster meeting tomorrow

Parents of students in the Sunnyside High School class of 2014 are urged to attend a parent booster meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) in the SHS commons area.

Seahawks theme popular at Sunnyside’s Festival of Trees

The annual Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxili-ary Festival of Trees, held two weeks ago, will go down in history as a very sporty affair. The event, held at the Sunnyside Community Center, saw a number of Seahawk fans decorating their holiday trees in the Hawks’ colors.

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The numbers speak for themselves

Graduation rates soaring

Where Sunnyside High School’s graduation rate was seven years ago and where it is now are vastly different.

No-shows stall Mabton budget talks

With only two of four members present, the Mabton City Council had to cancel a special budget meeting last night due to lack of a quorum.

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Newhouses named grand marshals for Sunnyside’s lighted farm implement parade

Carol Newhouse recalls a time when there might not have been a second annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

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Miss Sunnyside court parade winners in Toppenish

Having renamed the Sunnyside community float “Christmas Isle of Paradise,” the 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside court members, (L-R) Leah Diddens, Ashley Davis, Alyson Spidle and Tiana Perez, proudly hold up the plaque awarded them at this past Saturday’s Toppenish Lighted Christmas Parade.

Ag survey responses sought

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be conducting a survey in December to obtain crucial year-end production information important to producers, suppliers, bankers and grain elevator operators.

A novel idea for a holiday gift

Do you have family members or friends on your gift list this holiday season?

Time to check your progress toward your retirement goals

Now that another year is ending, it’s a good time to take stock of where you are on your journey toward financial security.

Special day focuses on helping people with disabilities open doors

The United Nations’ Annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities held on Dec. 3 focuses on issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide.

Hazzard wins final football forecast contest

Roger Hazzard of Sunnyside was the final winner of this year’s 40th annual Lower Valley Merchants Football Forecast Contest.

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Sunnyside girls jamboree winners

GRANDVIEW – The final scores may not count in the season standings, but the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team appears to be building on last year’s success.

Reyes Santoy Villanueva


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Life of corrections officer is never dull

Working Stiff

There is always something unique about the day for Sunnyside Corrections Officer Jerry Johnston.

Port joins S’side Connects

After several months of discussion, Port of Sunnyside commissioners have signed a letter of agreement to formally join Sunnyside Connects.

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Parents graduate to help children reach their dreams

A dedicated group of parents celebrated their own graduation last week after attending the Mabton Parent Academy throughout November to learn how to support their children in graduating from high school and attending college.

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Washington Elementary students of the month for November

Third through fifth grade

Monday, December 2

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Sunnyside native turns love of writing into fantasy novel

Growing up in Sunnyside, Merri Prudich often escaped into imaginary worlds, creating whole galaxies filled with characters living out all types of adventures.

Growing green?

Lower Valley sites apply to grow, process marijuana

Only three of the 27 marijuana-related applications filed in Yakima County as of last week are for retail shops.

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Smile for Santa

SHS band boosters closing in on financial goal for new uniforms

Wearing old, tattered and fraying uniforms that have been worn by Sunnyside High School band members for more than two decades is not the best way to earn high scores when attending a parade.

Escaped inmate recaptured

GRANDVIEW – Just after noon last Friday a female inmate escaped from the Grandview jail after being moved from her cell to another holding facility.

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William R. Touchette


Yakima Valley Libraries partnership brings technology training to local patrons

More than 50 percent of today’s jobs require some technology skills.

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Antonette “Nettie” Cleveringa


Routine calls for firemen

A smoke alarm Sunnyside firefighters received from the 1500 block of Beckner Alley last Wednesday

Mildred Delores Grow


Avoid warming up cars while they’re unattended

Residents who leave their vehicle motors running while warning up their cars on cold mornings are just asking to have their cars stolen, according to Sunnyside police.

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Edna M. Low


Police seek leads in rash of weekend thefts

Sunnyside police have investigated three burglaries during the past 72 hours.