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Thursday, February 28

Departure of crime analyst leaves city a big hole to fill

The crime analyst at the Sunnyside Police Department, Courtney Percival, has taken another job, leaving Sunnyside's crime prevention strategy team with a substantial hole, according to Sunnyside Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck.

As many as 500 lkids need you...YES YOU...to be their advocates

Every child deserves to know someone cares about them and wants them to live a happy, healthy life.

Yakima County raises land use fees considerably

YAKIMA - Since 1990, when land-use processing fees in Yakima County were last set, there have been a number of new regulations developed that lengthen the application review process.

Grapevine Inn creating grapevine walking paths for guests and tourists

The acres of grapevines that surround the Best Western Grapevine Inn in Sunnyside had been for sale for quite some time before the hotel finally decided to purchase the land and make it part of their facilities.

United Way taking on more active role in communities

Members of Sunnyside's Daybreak Rotary Club Wednesday morning learned about the ongoing efforts of United Way.

SCAC coach of the year quick to single out others for success Mabton girls have enjoyed

Usually, coach of the year honors are given to the leader of a team who has had an outstanding season with a winning record.

Yakima County commissioners award weather station bid to Moses Lake firm

YAKIMA - The Yakima County commissioners this past Tuesday approved a bid for a new weather station.

Mabton High School names first semester academic achievers

MABTON - The first semester honor roll of the 2012-13 school year has been released by Mabton High School.

Mabton senior earns full ride scholarship

MABTON - Life is all about competition at the Santos and Maria Chavez house.

Christian school the winner thanks to effort of local farmer

When Kathleen Martin of Sunnyside submitted the application, she didn't figure her chances were all that good in winning an America's Farmers Grow Communities competition, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

DEATH NOTICE

RENATO BELLOTTI

RENATO BELLOTTI

Wednesday, February 27

Chandler pitches bill to help keep Valley's apples world-class quality

OLYMPIA - While schoolchildren joke about worms in apples, the apple maggot, which is a fruit fly, is no laughing matter to the tree fruit industry.

Mabton police officers lauded last night for exceptional service

MABTON - After nearly 20 years of service to the Mabton Police Department, Corporal Mike Britton was honored at this past Tuesday night's Mabton City Council meeting.

New property for Mabton?

MABTON - The church building near Fezele Park property in Mabton has left many wondering what's to come of the building.

Senior center yard sale set for March 2

The Sunnyside senior citizens group will host an indoor yard sale at the Sunnyside Senior Center, located at 1400 Federal Way, on Saturday, March 2.

Driving school now the place to go for driving tests

"They want their license," said Shane Mortenson of Integrity Driving School. "They are eager to learn. That makes it fun to teach them."

FORUM

Littering is killing the owls

Littering is killing the owls

GUEST EDITORIAL

What's ahead in Congress this year?

What's ahead in Congress this year?

Civil discourse sadly absent online

Civil discourse sadly absent online

REFUGIO FLORES

OBITUARY

OBITUARY

DEATH NOTICE

PAUL SEARS

PAUL SEARS

Tuesday, February 26

Fundraisers set for Prosser clinic

PROSSER - Tea, homemade scarves and hair accessories are just some of the items vendors will put on display Friday, March 15, during the PMH Foundation Auxiliary's first-ever Spring Showcase.

Chomp spreads the news about good dental hygiene

As part of National Children's Dental Health Month, Sunnyside children were paid a visit by a gator with impeccable dental hygiene.

Valley Hills Funeral Home moving to larger facility

Because of the tight-knit community here, Valley Hills Funeral Home owner David Humpherys says often times funeral services feature standing-room only crowds.

Grandview coach accused of sexual misconduct

GRANDVIEW - Police in Grandview have requested that Stephen Sanchez, 28, of Grandview be charged with a count of second degree sexual misconduct with a minor and two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Contract for AWOS project awarded

The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution awarding a contract for the AWOS Project at the Sunnyside Municipal Airport to William Charles West Construction.

Repairs underway at Mabton auxiliary gym

Report due in two weeks will identify further steps

Report due in two weeks will identify further steps

Budget crunch leaves completion of vets plaza up in the air

Greg Schlieve, Commander of American Legion Post #73, approached the Sunnyside City Council at Monday night's meeting to request assistance in getting funding for the remainder of the work being completed at Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza.

New postmaster in Sunnyside settling in

A routine trip to a local post office marked Michelle Nesary's big career move.

Halma, Condie grand prize award winners in local science fair

Science teachers from Sunnyside High, and Harrison and Sierra Vista middle schools last night recognized students who participated in this past weekend's Sunnyside Science Fair.

City Council throws support behind fired prosecuting attorney

An emotional plea from former Sunnyside Prosecuting Attorney Katy Hitchcock early in last night's city council meeting set the stage for a motion to reconsider the hiring of a firm out of the Tri-Cities for the city's prosecutorial needs.

DEATH NOTICE

GERARDO BAZALDUA

GERARDO BAZALDUA

BIRTHS

Sunnyside Community Hospital

Sunnyside Community Hospital

Monday, February 25

Number of Hanford tanks leaking radioactive waste now confirmed at six

HANFORD - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu told Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last Friday that the U.S. Department of Energy has determined there are six, single-shell tanks leaking radioactive waste at Hanford.

Aspiring scientists await results of competition

One Sunnyside High Schooler thought it a bit suspect that many of her fellow classmates in band were getting sick.

No sidewalks in place for area that will see increased foot traffic

The new location of YV-Tech's Sunnyside branch campus is just a half a mile away from Sunnyside High School along East Edison Avenue, which means students will soon be commuting that short distance by foot.

One-point loss keeps GHS girls from trip to State

ELLENSBURG - The Lady Greyhounds had two chances to tie the game in the last 30 seconds, and one final chance on a free throw play, but fell to the Wapato Wolves by a single point, 61-60, in the loser-out Regional contest last Friday.

On to State!

Knights open 1B tourney this Thursday afternoon

Knights open 1B tourney this Thursday afternoon

Unbeaten Lady Knights earn State tourney berth

WALLA WALLA - The Lady Knights are charging ahead into the State tournament after defeating the Tekoa-Oakesdale Nighthawks 57-51 last Friday in a loser-out Regional match-up.

Drones' surveillance of farmlands ignites debate on privacy invasio

OLYMPIA - In a quest to defend the rights of Americans outlined in the Fourth Amendment, a seemingly unlikely partnership between a Republican representative and the American Civil Liberties Union geared up bipartisan support to pass a bill that would limit the acquisition and use of surveillance drones by state and local public agencies.

Grandview High Knowledge Bowl team places fourth at Regional contest

TOPPENISH - The Grandview High School Knowledge Bowl team last Wednesday earned fourth place honors at the Regional tournament.

DEATH NOTICE

SANTIAGO JAMES DOMINGUEZ JR

SANTIAGO JAMES DOMINGUEZ JR

Friday, February 22

GUEST COLUMN

Facebook fatigue

Facebook fatigue

And the Effie goes to...

And the Effie goes to...

An animal of an app

Animal instincts and technology find a perfect meeting point in Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo app.

Port's wetlands project makes Ecology's funding list

The Washington Department of Ecology has announced that $162 million has been earmarked for loans and grants for clean water projects around the state, including more than $3.4 million in a low interest loan for the Port of Sunnyside's wetlands project.

Council vacancies create leadership opportunities for Sunnyside citizens

Anyone interested in making Sunnyside a better place to live, by serving on the city council, may have a shot at being appointed to one of two vacancies that have opened up or will be opening up soon.

Climbing for a cure

Lower Valley firefighters seeking local sponsors for annual stair climb

Lower Valley firefighters seeking local sponsors for annual stair climb

Grandview physician making move to Mattawa

GRANDVIEW - Another medical provider at Grandview Medical Center, Dr. April Biggs, will be leaving the clinic this coming April.

Pressures of job took toll on mayor's personal life

When Sunnyside City Councilman Mike Farmer resigned during the Monday, Feb. 11, council meeting it took some by surprise.

OBITUARY

ESTHER RODRIGUEZ

ESTHER RODRIGUEZ

Thursday, February 21

Lower Valley students make the grade at Univ. of Washington

SEATTLE - Students from the Sunnyside area have been named to the dean's list at the University of Washington for the autumn quarter.

Harrison Middle Schoo posts second quarter honor roll

Staff at Harrison Middle School in Sunnyside recently announced the following students as honor roll recipients for the second quarter.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Non-profit aims to transform Sunnyside

Non-profit aims to transform Sunnyside

Regional tourney road trip does in Grandview Greyhounds

PULLMAN - It wasn't for a lack of effort or trying...far from it. No, the Grandview High School Greyhounds gave it their all last night, but in the end the Greyhounds from Pullman proved to be too stiff of a challenge.

Dairies facing lawsuits over pollution allegations

"This is a great example that no good deed goes unpunished," is how Matt Steuerwalt of Strategies 360 describes lawsuits brought last week against four local dairies.

Bleyhl Farm Services, city of Grandview award winners

GRANDVIEW - Tuesday night's Grandview Community Awards banquet honored Bleyhl Farm Services and the city of Grandview.

Long-time winery owner moving on... to Hawaii

"It's time," said Randy Tucker, owner of Tucker Cellars, about his impending retirement from the winery business.

OBITUARY

KIMBERLY VINYARD

KIMBERLY VINYARD

DEATH NOTICE

ESTHER RODRIGUEZ

ESTHER RODRIGUEZ

Wednesday, February 20

Gov. Inslee seeks action on leaking tank at Hanford

Ally found in Oregon

Ally found in Oregon

Grandview community award winners 'go above and beyond'

GRANDVIEW - It has been two years since the Grandview Chamber of Commerce has hosted its annual community awards banquet.

Hicks claims second hole-in-one

Not many people can lay claim to having bowled both a 300 game and notching a hole-in-one.

Last night's benches filled with 'Hounds

GHS girls win dog fight against visiting Pullman

GHS girls win dog fight against visiting Pullman

GOP women slated to meet March 19

The Sunnyview Republican Women's Club will next meet Tuesday, March 19, at Snipes Mountain Restaurant in Sunnyside. The featured speaker will be Rand Elliott, Yakima County Commissioner for District 3.

Reading the Bible in a year's time no small task

Reading the Bible is not an easy task for most people, and reading it in a single year can seem impossible.

MAKING SENSE

State of the Union...failure

State of the Union...failure

GUEST COLUMN

A vision of renewal and safety in Sunnyside

A vision of renewal and safety in Sunnyside

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

A missed opportunity to present real, bi-partisan solutions

A missed opportunity to present real, bi-partisan solutions

It was a team effort

The Grandview High School boys swim team had an amazing first year, having qualified to compete at the State meet in Federal Way.

OBITUARY

NOEMI DELGADO MONTIEL

NOEMI DELGADO MONTIEL

DEATH NOTICE

KIMBERLY ROSE VINYARD

KIMBERLY ROSE VINYARD

Tuesday, February 19

Wolf-control bills pass out of Senate committee

OLYMPIA - The Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee last week approved two bills that would reduce the restraints on landowners and county legislative authorities from lethally removing a wolf posing an immediate threat to livestock and/or domestic animals.

Groundwater clean-up efforts back on track

'Legacy' issue at the forefront

'Legacy' issue at the forefront

Knights grab No. 2 seed to Regionals

Sunnyside Christian plays loser-out contest Saturday

Sunnyside Christian plays loser-out contest Saturday

Sunnyside High Relay for Life team selling raffle tickets

Greased Lightning, one of the teams raising money for the 2013 Lower Valley Relay for Life, is currently holding a raffle fundraiser.

OBITUARY

NORMA "PAT" SYVERSON

NORMA "PAT" SYVERSON

DEATH NOTICE

JOANNA SUE DIFFERDING

JOANNA SUE DIFFERDING

Monday, February 18

A good day for D

SCHS boys advance in playoffs

SCHS boys advance in playoffs

Grandview claims playoff win in game against Selah

The Lady Greyhounds got a bit of a scare last Friday night as the Selah Vikings poured it on for a close finish, 55-51, in the match-up between the CWAC's number three and five teams.

Two Mabton wrestlers earn fourth-place honors at State tourney

TACOMA - The Mabton wrestling teams this past weekend fared well at Mat Classic XXV, having two fourth-place finishers and a sixth-place finisher.

Lady Grizzlies make their mark at Mat Classic XXV

TACOMA - The Sunnyside High School girls wrestling program, believes Coach Terry Shines, may be on the cusp of greatness.

Lady 'Hounds fourth at State

TACOMA - With just three ladies wrestling at Mat Classic XXV, Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny couldn't be happier after the team secured fourth-place honors against much larger teams.

Saunders earns seventh-place honors at State tournament

TACOMA - Grandview's Joesiah Saunders was the lone Greyhound representing the boys team at Mat Classic XXV.

Grizzlies third at State tourney

TACOMA - The Grizzly wrestling team capped off its best season in nearly two decades with a third-place team finish last Saturday at the 3A State wrestling tournament.

Wolf population in state doubled in 2012

The number of confirmed gray wolves and wolf packs in the state nearly doubled during the past year, according to an annual survey released last week by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Job growth anticipated for county in 2013

YAKIMA - Yakima County's gradual drop in unemployment figures should continue in 2013.

Gun ownership background checks expanded in House bill

OLYMPIA - Gun-control opponents and supporters packed a hearing room on the Capitol campus in Olympia last Wednesday to testify about a bill requiring universal background checks for gun purchases.

Friday, February 15

Let the healing begin

When something as dramatic as an individual in a key city position like deputy police chief is allegedly dismissed by the city manager, you bet the news will travel like wildfire.

Skills center expands options for youth

Skills center expands options for youth

FORUM

City taxes much too high

City taxes much too high

Valley Theater Company to call Prosser's Princess Theatre its permanent home

PROSSER - Valley Theater Company now owns the Princess Theatre in historic downtown Prosser.

What's Happening

FRIDAY

Case can be made this store clerk is most enthusiastic Grizzly fan ever

Lisa Alvarez wants people in Sunnyside to attend the sporting events of the Sunnyside High School teams.

Christian women's speaker finds true love at age of 16

PROSSER - Jarri McClarin of Baker City, Ore. didn't know what true love was until she was a teenager.

Marijuana discussion scheduled

YAKIMA - With the passage of I-502, state officials will hold a hearing in Yakima on Thursday, Feb. 28, to gain public comment on the legalization of marijuana in Washington state.

Volunteers needed for awards banquet

The Spirit of Sunnyside Community Awards Banquet is set for Saturday, March 16, and volunteers are still needed to help put on the gala event to be held at the Sunnyside Community Center. The banquet's theme is a carnival.

West Valley clips 'Hounds in District semi-final contest

YAKIMA - West Valley's Rams made it 3-for-3 against the Grandview boys basketball team this season with last night's 51-46 victory over the Greyhounds.

Lady Vikes falter late in season-ending loss

YAKIMA - A fast start wasn't enough for the Mabton Lady Viking basketball team last night in a 52-39 District tourney loss at LaSalle.

New YV-Tech branch campus will provide needed job skills to local youngsters

Craig Dwight told attendees at a presentation about YV-Tech this past Wednesday evening that the state of Washington is in desperate need of skilled workers.

DEATH NOTICE

GENEVA M. BROOK

GENEVA M. BROOK

OBITUARY

GUADALUPE ALVAREZ GARCIA

GUADALUPE ALVAREZ GARCIA

BIRTHS

PMH MEDICAL CENTER

PMH MEDICAL CENTER

Thursday, February 14

Sierra Vista names top academic achievers

A total of 22 students at Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the second quarter of the 2012-13 academic year.

Miss Sunnyside indoor yard sale on for Saturday

The Miss Sunnyside Court will be hosting its annual fundraising yard sale this Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Masonic building on the corner of Sixth Street and Harrison Avenue.

Concert, dance at Sunnyside Community Center tomorrow

Five Spanish-language bands will perform tomorrow, Friday, at the Sunnyside Community Center to raise funds for youth programs at the center, according to the event organizer, Trish Combs.

Caballero tops 1,000-point mark in District semi-final game defeat

ELLENSBURG - With only 26 seconds to go in regulation time, the Lady Greyhounds were down by three against the Ellensburg Bulldogs when Marissa Caballero launched a shot from treyland to tie the score at 50-50 and send the game into overtime.

A lifelong love through both 'sickness and health'

It's every spouse's worst-case scenario when they learn the person they love most on this earth is diagnosed with cancer. It's how one responds to that diagnosis that is the true test of character.

Businesses pitch in to help safeguard community from accidents involving ammonia

GRANDVIEW - With several industrial businesses in need of the refrigerant ammonia, the Grandview Fire Department wanted to make sure they had the tools to keep the community and businesses safe.

G'view High's reward is 'Reward'

GRANDVIEW -Grandview High School has been named a Washington State Reward School for High Progress.

BIRTHS

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

PROSSER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

DEATH NOTICE

GUADALUPE ALVAREZ GARCIA

GUADALUPE ALVAREZ GARCIA

Wednesday, February 13

Lessons learned?

Lessons learned?

The cut is in the mail

It's Nixon's fault.

FORUM

Thanks, Mike

Thanks, Mike

Scouts honored at Blue & Gold Banquet

Participating in camps, building birdhouses and learning the Pledge of Allegiance and how to be good, dependable citizens are just some of the accomplishments that were singled out last night, Tuesday, during Cub Scout Pack 630's Blue & Gold Banquet.

Sick leave donations no longer allowed in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Employees working for the city of Grandview will no longer be allowed to donate sick leave to one another.

S'side church plans women's Bible study

OUTLOOK - A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place will be the focus of an 11-week women's Bible study that starts Valentine's Day, tomorrow, at Sunnyside's Grace Brethren Church.

Lenten soup's on at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Homemade soup and pie lunches will be served every Wednesday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sunnyside, beginning Feb. 20.

Liquor licenses OK'd

MABTON - At Tuesday night's Mabton City Council meeting, council members approved liquor license renewal requests from Mabton businesses, 'Gotta Stop Mabton' and 'Su Mercadito'.

It's official...Yakima County is no longer in airport business

YAKIMA - The Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) held a special meeting and a public hearing about its agreement with the city of Yakima for operating the Yakima Airport.

Grandview wins District opener

'Hounds will play West Valley tomorrow

'Hounds will play West Valley tomorrow

Third-quarter implosion brings swift end to Sunnyside girls' season

Last night's humbling 83-64 loss to the Shadle Park Highlanders brought an end to what had been, up until that point, a pretty solid season for the Lady Grizzly basketball team.

Turnovers end season for short-handed Grizzlies

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team couldn't find an answer for host Shadle Park's defense last night and the result was a season-ending 57-40 loss.

Sunnyside pastor promotes March 16 walk to fight hunger

On Saturday, March 16, a number of residents of Sunnyside will walk a two-mile loop starting and ending at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School to raise money to fight hunger, both locally and around the world.

Grandview council wants public feedback on proposed private utility tax measure

GRANDVIEW - Before the Grandview City Council decides to place a private utility tax on the August 2013 primary ballot, it wants to hear from the public.

OBITUARY

KENNETH ROY BERRY SR.

KENNETH ROY BERRY SR.

DEATH NOTICE

MACARIO RIVERA

MACARIO RIVERA

Tuesday, February 12

Puma pride reigns at Sunnyside school

Friday's have a whole new meaning at Sunnyside's Pioneer Elementary School. That's because students and staff all show their true colors in the form of "Puma Pride" t-shirts they all wear each Friday.

Personnel changes approved by Grandview school directors

GRANDVIEW - At Monday night's Grandview School Board meeting, directors approved recommendations to hire Angel Torres as a kinder through third grade afterschool tutor at Smith Elementary School.

Drop-off locations named for American Legion project

GRANDVIEW - Fred E. Hayes American Legion Post #57 in Grandview has begun its "Penny a Day in February" fundraising effort to benefit Operation Comfort Warriors.

Perez earns bragging rights at class 3A District swim meet

KELSO - Sunnyside High School's Alex Perez showed Sunnyside pride, giving it his all at last Saturday's 3A District IV/V Swim/Dive Championship meet.

SHS boys cage team perseveres in Coach Rowe's absence

There's something missing for the SHS Grizzly boys basketball team this season.

Knights District champs

ZILLAH - Sunnyside Christian shrugged off a sluggish second quarter to hold off Lyle-Wishram 45-40 in the District title game last Friday.

Lady 'Hounds win 2A District tourney opener

GRANDVIEW - When setting up shop to conduct business in this highly technological, speed-of-light electronic age, you're either a Mac or PC guy when deciding how you're going to send and receive information.

Mayor resigns, city manager shown the door

The City of Sunnyside lost both its mayor and interim city manager during a contentious meeting last night with a standing room only crowd that ignored requests to hold applause as citizen after citizen came forward to show support for Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck.

School board officially accepts energy grant monies

GRANDVIEW - This past December the Grandview School District was awarded a state energy grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

PAID OBITUARY

MARGIE MCPHERSON

MARGIE MCPHERSON

DEATH NOTICE

CHESTER B. MYERS

CHESTER B. MYERS

Monday, February 11

Top firemen in 2012 honored at annual banquet

Sunnyside firemen work 'round the clock to ensure local citizens stay safe.

No people seriously hurt in plane crash at community center in Sunnyside

It was a close call for several people who were at the Sunnyside Community Center this past Saturday afternoon. A 1963 Piper Cherokee aircraft just missed hitting an SUV before it crashed-landed.

Sunnyside qualifies three girls for State

CONNELL - Three Lady Grizzly grapplers will represent Sunnyside at this coming weekend's 2013 Mat Classic State tourney.

Gutierrez to make fourth appearance at State

CONNELL - After earning runner-up honors at the Regional V wrestling tournament in Connell this past weekend, Mabton's Mary Gutierrez will get to compete at State for the fourth year in a row.

SHS boys begin postseason tomorrow

MOSES LAKE - A 23-10 second quarter surge was just enough as the Sunnyside Grizzlies held on for a 59-55 win at Moses Lake last Friday to wrap up regular season play.

Lady Vikings live to play another game

BURBANK - The Mabton Lady Viking basketball squad succeeded in upending Ki-Be in a District loser-out game this past Saturday and will this coming Thursday travel back to Burbank to compete against LaSalle.

Lady Greyhounds beat Red Devils, face them again tonight

YAKIMA - The Lady Greyhounds finished the regular season with a win at East Valley last Friday night to cement their third place position in the CWAC league standings.

Ten to Tacoma!

Two weeks ago Jesse Torres was a JV wrestler at Sunnyside High School. Today the sophomore is a State tourney qualifier.

OBITUARY

MARIA L. NICACIO

MARIA L. NICACIO

DEATH NOTICE

LAVONNE MCMURRIN

LAVONNE MCMURRIN

Friday, February 8

TYREE'S TYRADES

Smoking penalties?...What about other Obamacare surprises?

Smoking penalties?...What about other Obamacare surprises?

Off the Record

It's easy to figure out who the locals are

It's easy to figure out who the locals are

FORUM

What are odds we'll find a police chief both council and Sweet will be happy with?

What are odds we'll find a police chief both council and Sweet will be happy with?

Base judgments on facts, not your emotions and heresay

I am writing this letter to show support for Sunnyside's interim city manager, Frank Sweet. I do not envy this man the position he holds and the decisions that he has to make, whether I agree with his decisions or not.

What's Happening

FRIDAY

Indulge in Red Wine & Chocolate weekend at Rattlesnake Hills

ZILLAH - The annual Red Wine & Chocolate wine tasting event will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 18, at the 16 wineries on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail.

Fat Tuesday pancake feed planned by local Boy Scouts next Tuesday

Community members will have an opportunity to indulge in pancakes at dinner time next Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Sunnyside entrepreneur finds fulfillment in helping others

Roy Montelongo could almost forget the existence of time when repairing computers.

'Finding Your Voice' set for Mabton schools

MABTON - The Mabton School District is planning an event called "Finding Your Voice" next month.

Ash Wednesday service planned in Sunnyside

Sunnyside area churches are collaborating to offer residents a place to worship on Ash Wednesday.

Voting Rights Act draws contentious testimony in Olympia

OLYMPIA - A group of House Democrats re-introduced a bill this session that would affect how local governments run their elections in certain political subdivisions.

Open house held at chamber office

GRANDVIEW - The new office of the Grandview Chamber of Commerce has been open for a few months, but the chamber lacks a person to staff the front desk, according to board member Cookie Shannon at the chamber's open house yesterday.

PAID OBITUARY

JOHN HENRY JACOBS

JOHN HENRY JACOBS

Thursday, February 7

Anthology is collaboration between high school students, kindergarteners

When it came time for Judith Simerl's class at Sunnyside High School to do a writing project, the teacher decided to have her students consult with kindergarteners at Sun Valley Elementary School to write children's stories.

Honeyford's bills on minors, mosquitoes gain Senate approval

OLYMPIA - Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) says he appreciates the Washington State Senate's unanimous passage yesterday of two of his bills.

Wyman weighs in on decision to end Saturday mail deliveries

OLYMPIA - Newly elected Washington State Secretary of State Kim Wyman responded swiftly to the news this week that the U.S. Postal Service plans to end Saturday mail delivery, starting in August.

Community entities form co-op to aid Sunnyside youth

Four parties signed on the dotted line yesterday, Wednesday, to form a cooperative in Sunnyside against drugs and gangs.

Sunnyside hospital going hi-tech with permanent state-of-the-art MRI

Soon the portable MRI trailer outside of Sunnyside Community Hospital will be a thing of the past.

PAID OBITUARY

ALBERT LESTER HICKMAN

ALBERT LESTER HICKMAN

Wednesday, February 6

FYI

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

GUEST COLUMN

Say it ain't Joe

Say it ain't Joe

Get your game on!

Get your game on!

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

MONDAYS

Local woman earns award for transforming her life through education

Sunnyside resident Selene Zapata never expected to earn a college degree, but thanks to YVCC's Grandview campus she's close to completing her Associate degree and hopes to transfer to a four-year university.

Rivalry game ends in Grandview's favor

GRANDVIEW - Prosser attempted to upend Grandview last night, but failed to avenge an earlier season 48-47 loss.

District tourney opener a thriller for Mabton girls

CONNELL - It was a battle of East and West last night in Connell.

Bickleton comes up short in loser-out District tourney game

WHITE SALMON - The handwriting may have already been on the wall before the Bickleton and Lyle/Wishram boys basketball teams took the court last night in White Salmon.

Meltdown at city hall

Sweet gives Schenck the boot, finance director calling it quits

Sweet gives Schenck the boot, finance director calling it quits

Miss Sunnyside Princess earns national volunteer award

Jenny Hall performed 273 hours of community service through a wide variety of activities during the past year. A member of the Miss Sunnyside court, she was recently awarded the Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

SVID manager lauds state's efforts in aiding water conservation projects

Sixty-two miles of pipe installed, three re-regulation reservoirs completed and 23 automated check structures are all part of a 10-year water conservation plan the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District has taken on.

PAID OBITUARY

WILLIAM ARLO OOMS

WILLIAM ARLO OOMS

Tuesday, February 5

New Grandview treasurer on board

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview has a new treasurer.

Downtown revitalization plan doesn't draw thumbs-up from all interested parties

Last year Jeff Louman of Louman Huibregtse Associates told the Sunnyside City Council about an action plan for revitalizing the city's downtown core.

Sidewalk agreement with school district leaves major project for city to complete

Former Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell and City Attorney Mark Kunkler in 2005 entered into an agreement with the Sunnyside School District to complete sidewalks along North 16th Street.

On second thought...

Schenck now seeking Sunnyside police chief job

Schenck now seeking Sunnyside police chief job

Eight Greyhounds advance to Regionals

YAKIMA - Grandview advanced eight grapplers to next Saturday's 2A Regional wrestling tournament as a result of this past Friday and Saturday's District 5/6 tourney at West Valley High School.

SCHS senior boys strong in home finale

Three Sunnyside Christian seniors combined to nearly outscore the opposition last night in a 67-42 win for the Knights over visiting Sherman County, Ore.

SHS junior 44th at State

TACOMA - Sunnyside High School junior Johanna Chumley, making her first-ever appearance at the WIAA 1A/2A/3A Girls State Bowling Tournament, now has something to build on if she can secure a return trip to the big party next season.

Sunnyside reflexologist earns national certification

Sunnyside reflexologist Jacqueline Lyczewski recently achieved a long sought-after goal when she achieved national certification in her profession.

OBITUARY

DANIEL ELDON ZYPH

DANIEL ELDON ZYPH

Monday, February 4

Committee approves Yakima Basin water plan

OLYMPIA - Implementing a water resources management plan for the Yakima River Basin gained approval from the legislature's House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee last week. But paying for it is a major obstacle.

School district asked to include more dentists in process of providing kids' dental care

Community Dental of Sunnyside was contracted to provide sealants and dental screenings at each of the elementary schools in the Sunnyside School District.

Cerrillo appointed to Mabton School Board

MABTON - After months of being shorthanded, the Mabton School Board is back at full strength with the appointment last week of Elizabeth Cerrillo.

Greyhounds come out on top in two games

The Grandview boys basketball team on Friday avenged an earlier 68-58 loss to Wapato and on Saturday secured another victory against Toppenish.

Grizzlies sending 12 to Regionals

SPOKANE - The Grizzly wrestling team claimed two individual championships and advanced 12 athletes to Regionals on the way to a second-place finish during the Sub-Regional wrestling tourney last Saturday at University High School in Spokane.

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ANGELA BENITEZ DE RUIZ

ANGELA BENITEZ DE RUIZ

Friday, February 1

Superintendent delivers 'State of the Schools' address

It's that time of year when public officials detail for the citizenry how government entities are faring.

Huge outpouring of support for homeless

The issue of homelessness can sometimes hit closer to home than some may think.

Piece of history picked up by local resident on Ebay

Sunnyside's Steve Hagensicker likes to collect unique items. As a result, he said, he searches the Ebay online marketplace for items that catch his fancy.

Opinions wanted on proposed clean-up

The Washington Department of Ecology is looking for public comments on a plan to clean up and contain toxins at the Bee Jay Scales site near the corner of First Street and Warehouse Avenue in Sunnyside.

Award banquet tickets on sale in Sunnyside and Grandview

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce annual Spirit of Sunnyside Awards Banquet and Auction will be held Saturday, March 16, at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Fun February ahead for all in Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH - Whether it's playing in the snow or enjoying art or a glass of wine, there truly is fun for all in this Bavarian-themed town during the month of February.

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Go mobile with CBS on Super Sunday

Go mobile with CBS on Super Sunday

Maryhill Museum schedule full of events this year

GOLDENDALE - The year 2012 was fabulous for the Maryhill Museum of Art and the 2013 season will be starting March 15.

Come to the table

The Abolitionists is a three-part PBS series about those who endured persecution and suffering to bring an end to slavery in the U.S.

Off the Record

A guide to Sunnyside: my 'great' expectations

A guide to Sunnyside: my 'great' expectations

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MICHAEL DEAN ZECCHINO

MICHAEL DEAN ZECCHINO

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MARGIE MCPHERSON

MARGIE MCPHERSON