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Tuesday, December 31

  

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.

December 31, 2013 1:32 p.m. read more..


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.

December 31, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..


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.

December 31, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..


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 wahealthplanfinder.org before the Dec. 23 deadline, but who were unable to complete their applications.

December 31, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 31, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 31, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..
  

Servant leadership

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

December 31, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..
   

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!

December 31, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..


¿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.

December 31, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..


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.

December 31, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 31, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..
  

Monday, December 30

    

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.

December 30, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 30, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..
   

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.

December 30, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..
       

Friday, December 27

 

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.

December 27, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


Back to school

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

December 27, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 27, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 27, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 27, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


Holiday cheer

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

December 27, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 27, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


Gift exchange

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

December 27, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 27, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 27, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 27, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..
      

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.

December 27, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 27, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
      

Thursday, December 26



Break out the bubbly...

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.

December 26, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..


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.

December 26, 2013 2:05 p.m. read more..


A time to rejoice

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

December 26, 2013 2:04 p.m. read more..
     

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.

December 26, 2013 2 p.m. read more..
 

A picky reader

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.

December 26, 2013 2 p.m. read more..


How Medicare covers Alzheimer’s Disease

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.

December 26, 2013 2 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 24



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.

December 24, 2013 1:42 p.m. read more..


Christmas trees galore

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

December 24, 2013 1:41 p.m. read more..


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.

December 24, 2013 1:40 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 24, 2013 1:37 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 24, 2013 1:35 p.m. read more..


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...

December 24, 2013 1:34 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 24, 2013 1:32 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 24, 2013 1:31 p.m. read more..
          

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.

December 24, 2013 1:29 p.m. read more..


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?

December 24, 2013 1:28 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 23

 

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:

December 23, 2013 3:07 p.m. read more..
               

G’view slips past Selah

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.

December 23, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


1,000 points!

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.

December 23, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Bickleton picks up road win

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.

December 23, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Granger bolts to win

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.

December 23, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

Weekend split for SCHS

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

December 23, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 23, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 23, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 23, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

Friday, December 20

   

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.

December 20, 2013 4:24 p.m. read more..


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.

December 20, 2013 4:19 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 20, 2013 4:15 p.m. read more..


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.

December 20, 2013 4:03 p.m. read more..
       

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.

December 20, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 20, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 20, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 20, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 20, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
   

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.

December 20, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 20, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 20, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 20, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
    

Thursday, December 19

  

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.

December 19, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


Toys for Tots

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

December 19, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 19, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 19, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 19, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
     

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.

December 18, 2013 3:14 p.m. read more..


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.

December 18, 2013 3:13 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 18, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..


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.

December 18, 2013 3:10 p.m. read more..
  

’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.

December 18, 2013 3:08 p.m. read more..


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.

December 18, 2013 3:08 p.m. read more..
             

Tech programs get go-ahead

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

December 18, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..
   

Winter woes

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

December 18, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 18, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 18, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
    

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.

December 18, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 17

 

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.

December 17, 2013 4:07 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 17, 2013 4:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 17, 2013 3:55 p.m. read more..


Agreement updated

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

December 17, 2013 3:54 p.m. read more..


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.

December 17, 2013 3:53 p.m. read more..
     

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.

December 17, 2013 3:32 p.m. read more..
 

Two fires reported here

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

December 17, 2013 3:30 p.m. read more..
         

Monday, December 16

   

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.

December 16, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..


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.

December 16, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..
     

Sunnyside splits Big Nine openers

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.

December 16, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Easy win for SCHS

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

December 16, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Vikes, Knights battle

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

December 16, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


GHS girls earn CWAC split

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.

December 16, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Grizzlies runners-up at Fife tourney

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.

December 16, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

Mum’s the word

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

December 16, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 16, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
   

Friday, December 13

  

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.

December 13, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..
         

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.

December 13, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..
    

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.

December 13, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..


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.

December 13, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..
            

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.

December 13, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 13, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
   

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.

December 13, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

Thursday, December 12

 

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.

December 12, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
        

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.

December 12, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 12, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 12, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 12, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

Land annexed

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

December 12, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 12, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 12, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 12, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
    

In remembrance

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

December 12, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, December 11

    

Theft under investigation

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

December 11, 2013 3:16 p.m. read more..


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.

December 11, 2013 3:15 p.m. read more..
    

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.

December 11, 2013 3:07 p.m. read more..


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.

December 11, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..


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.

December 11, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..
 

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.”

December 11, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
                

Tuesday, December 10



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.

December 10, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..
    

DSN retains legal notices

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

December 10, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..


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.

December 10, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 10, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 10, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..
 

Cops take few calls Monday

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

December 10, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..


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.

December 10, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 10, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 10, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
    

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.

December 9, 2013 3:13 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 9, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..


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.

December 9, 2013 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 9, 2013 3:08 p.m. read more..
    

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.

December 9, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..


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.

December 9, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 9, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 9, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

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Friday, December 6



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.

December 6, 2013 3:43 p.m. read more..
   

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.

December 6, 2013 3:36 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 6, 2013 3:33 p.m. read more..
   

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.

December 6, 2013 3:28 p.m. read more..
   

Secret weapon

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

December 6, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 6, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..
   

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.

December 6, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..
    

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.

December 6, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


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.

December 6, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
          

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.

December 6, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

Most highly favored lady

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.

December 6, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 5



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.

December 5, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..
     

Deputies take few calls

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

December 5, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..
   

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.

December 5, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..


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.

December 5, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..
  

Wednesday, December 4

 

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.

December 4, 2013 3:27 p.m. read more..


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.

December 4, 2013 3:25 p.m. read more..


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.

December 4, 2013 3:23 p.m. read more..
   

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.

December 4, 2013 3:16 p.m. read more..


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.

December 4, 2013 3:16 p.m. read more..


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.

December 4, 2013 3:15 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 4, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 4, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..


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.

December 4, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..
 

It’s a good thing to give thanks

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

December 4, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..
     

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.

December 3, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
     

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.

December 3, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 3, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 3, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 3, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

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.

December 3, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
   

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.

December 3, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

December 3, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..
    

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.

December 3, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
   

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.

December 3, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

Monday, December 2

 

Growing green?

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

December 2, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 2, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..