Stories for February 2013


Thursday, February 28


Wednesday, February 27


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.

February 27, 2013 3:43 p.m. read more..

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.

February 26, 2013 2:57 p.m. read more..

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.

February 26, 2013 2:51 p.m. read more..

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.

February 26, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..

Monday, February 25


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.

February 25, 2013 2:22 p.m. read more..

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.

February 25, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 22


An animal of an app

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

February 22, 2013 1:44 p.m. read more..

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.

February 22, 2013 1:40 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 21


Wednesday, February 20


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.

February 20, 2013 3:34 p.m. read more..

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.

February 20, 2013 3:24 p.m. read more..

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.

February 19, 2013 3:19 p.m. read more..

Monday, February 18


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.

February 18, 2013 3:42 p.m. read more..

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.

February 18, 2013 3:36 p.m. read more..

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.

February 18, 2013 3:35 p.m. read more..

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.

February 15, 2013 4:22 p.m. read more..

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.

February 15, 2013 4:06 p.m. read more..

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.

February 15, 2013 4:04 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 14


Wednesday, February 13


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.

February 13, 2013 3:28 p.m. read more..

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.

February 13, 2013 3:26 p.m. read more..

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'.

February 13, 2013 3:23 p.m. read more..

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.

February 12, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..

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.

February 12, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..

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.

February 12, 2013 2:04 p.m. read more..

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.

February 12, 2013 2 p.m. read more..

Monday, February 11


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.

February 11, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..

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.

February 11, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..

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.

February 11, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..

Ten to Tacoma!

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

February 11, 2013 2:59 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 8



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

February 8, 2013 2:24 p.m. read more..

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.

February 8, 2013 2 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 7


Wednesday, February 6


Tuesday, February 5


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.

February 5, 2013 2:17 p.m. read more..

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.

February 5, 2013 2:15 p.m. read more..

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.

February 4, 2013 3:38 p.m. read more..

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.

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

Friday, February 1


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.

February 1, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..

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.

February 1, 2013 2:59 p.m. read more..