Stories for January 2013


Thursday, January 31


Chumley bound for State

Turns out, the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team's season didn't come to a close with last week's District tourney loss to the Hanford Falcons.

January 31, 2013 12:17 p.m. read more..

Yan named to WWU honor roll

BELLINGHAM - Of the students attending Western Washington University in Bellingham, one Lower Valley student was named to the fall 2012 honor roll.

January 31, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..

Artz Fox Elementary School students make the grade

MABTON - Students earning principal's list honors during the 2012-13 second quarter at Mabton's Artz Fox Elementary School are kindergartener Alex Roth; third graders Andrez Zavala, Leo Calzada, Andrew McCallum, Josie Roth, Guillermo Arias, Jose Herrera and Andres Luna; fourth graders Noe Trujillo, Yalicsa Castaneda, Karina Garzon, Mercedes Becerra and Jessica Roman; fifth graders Jesus Mata and Jennifer Rodriguez; and sixth graders Naya Roettger, Keanu Reyna, Sergio Medina, Jorge Espinoza, Juliady Marenco and Bella Velasquez.

January 31, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 30


Is America's house divided again?

Having just viewed Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," and knowing that Lincoln's birthday is approaching, it seemed fitting to ponder one of Lincoln's most famous speeches, and perhaps a lesson for Americans today.

January 30, 2013 3:36 p.m. read more..

Mickelson chokes

Phil Mickelson choked on a gimme putt last week, but it wasn't on a golf course.

January 30, 2013 3:33 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside cheerleaders compete at State

SEATTLE - The Sunnyside High School cheerleaders may not have earned a top 3 trophy, but they are happy for the experience of attending their first-ever State competition.

January 30, 2013 3:29 p.m. read more..

Property owners shielded from prosecution under Senate proposal allowing wolf kills

OLYMPIA - Giving farm families the ability to protect their property and livestock from predatory wolves is a right protected by the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, claims Sen. John Smith (R-Colville) as he testified this past Tuesday before the Senate's Natural Resources Committee on legislation he's proposing to control the marauding animals.

January 30, 2013 3:20 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 29

Bickleton kids make the grade

BICKLETON - Honor roll students earning a perfect 4.0 GPA at Bickleton High School in the first semester of the 2012-13 school year include Kayli Padgett, Peter Clinton and Joshua Cummings.

January 29, 2013 4:14 p.m. read more..

Paulakis will leave council

Councilman Nick Paulakis announced Monday that he will soon be moving out of his district and at that point will no longer be able to serve on the Sunnyside City Council.

January 29, 2013 4:08 p.m. read more..

Personnel changes OK'd in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Before approving retirement requests, Grandview School Board Director Tim Grow noted that Patricia Bonnell and Kathy Lewis have been outstanding teachers over the years, and the board agreed they were sad to see them go.

January 29, 2013 4:05 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 28


Friday, January 25


Bulldog grapplers chew up SHS girls

PASCO - In a rare dual meet for the Sunnyside High School girls wrestling team, the Lady Grizzlies came up on the short end of the stick last night at Pasco.

January 25, 2013 3:38 p.m. read more..

Grizzlies earn league three-peat

It was supposed to be a battle for the CBBN title but instead it became a rout as the Grizzly wrestling team administered a 53-12 thrashing of visiting Wenatchee last night.

January 25, 2013 3:35 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 24


Dunbar one of three to be inducted into astronaut hall of fame

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Sunnyside/Outlook native and shuttle astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, Ph.D., along with Curt Brown and Eileen Collins, join an elite group of American space heroes as they will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 20, during a ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

January 24, 2013 4:14 p.m. read more..

Organic farm memberships available

Although January is in its waning days and the Lower Valley is gripped in sub-zero temperatures, now is the time to start thinking about fresh, organically grown food over the summer from the Heavenly Hills Harvest farm.

January 24, 2013 4:12 p.m. read more..

No 'grass' for Grandview employees

GRANDVIEW - All city of Grandview employees are prohibited from reporting to work when under the influence of marijuana, even when it is used under medical prescription.

January 24, 2013 3:55 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 23


SHS keglers' season ends at District tourney

RICHLAND - That magical spark the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team captured at the end of the regular season went up in a poof of smoke at yesterday's District tournament match-up against the Hanford Falcons.

January 23, 2013 4:48 p.m. read more..

Pirates snap three-game losing skid

BICKLETON - A breakneck type speed contest that Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts indicated was won because of his team's effectiveness in closing the lid on the basket when Yakama Tribal had the ball snapped a three-game losing streak for the Pirates last night.

January 23, 2013 4:46 p.m. read more..

Vikings fall to state's No. 2 ranked Leopards

ZILLAH - The Zillah boys basketball team - undefeated in league play and ranked second in the state among 1A squads - was every bit as good as advertised last night in a 77-50 win over visiting Mabton.

January 23, 2013 4:42 p.m. read more..


School uniform issue should be re-examined

January 23, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..

Fishy prices

If you've ever watched chefs Gordon Ramsey and Robert Irvine on the television shows Kitchen Nightmares and Restaurant Impossible, you know these two experts insist that quality food, reasonable prices and good service are the basis of a successful restaurant venture.

January 23, 2013 4:37 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 22


SVID wraps up first phase of field office work

A project six months in the making came to an end recently when the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District completed the first phase of improvements to its field office at 1105 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

January 22, 2013 4:10 p.m. read more..

Police chief search hits snag

It's almost back to square one for the city of Sunnyside's search for a new police chief after one of the two finalists pulled his name from consideration.

January 22, 2013 4:09 p.m. read more..

SCHS remains unbeaten

BICKLETON - The Lady Knights trampled the Lady Pirates by a score of 76-14 in a lopsided game this past Saturday night.

January 22, 2013 4:07 p.m. read more..

Lady 'Hounds fifth at 19-team invitational

TACOMA - The Grandview girls wrestling team, all two of them, this past Saturday traveled to the Greater Puget Sound Ladies Invitational at Henry Foss High School, bringing home fifth place team honors and two individual championships.

January 22, 2013 4:05 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 21


New downtown location good fit for EnTrust

The Sunnyside EnTrust office recently moved to downtown Sunnyside from a larger facility on Barnard Boulevard, but is still committed to the goal of integrating people with challenges into the workforce, improving their lives.

January 21, 2013 3:33 p.m. read more..

Grandview splits weekend CWAC games

The Grandview boys basketball team knew they were in for a tough weekend, and Coach Roy Garcia believed his team could defeat the state's No. 2 ranked Ellensburg Bulldogs if the Greyhounds could stay in the game mentally on Friday.

January 21, 2013 3:29 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 18

Burn ban still in effect in Yakima County

Because the National Weather Service issued an air stagnation advisory last week, state officials say it is crucial for people to follow stage 2 burn ban procedures now in place in both the upper and lower Yakima county areas.

January 18, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..

OK Corral-type shootout goes Selah Vikings' way

YAKIMA - With neither club giving any quarter, both the Sunnyside and Selah bowling teams came out guns a'blazin yesterday afternoon in a fight for the No. 2 and 3 seeds into next Tuesday's District playoffs.

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

Mireles now 21-2 on the year

BENTON CITY - The Mabton wrestling team as a whole may have not fared well against Connell and Royal last night, but two of the Viking competitors did.

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

Dinner/comedy show fundraiser Feb. 16

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley, also known as Transformation Sunnyside, will be hosting its first-ever dinner and a show fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 16.

January 18, 2013 2:55 p.m. read more..

Where art thou, Romeo?

Chemistry isn't just for the classrooms. The Sunnyside High School drama club has come up with a little chemistry of its own as the students prepare for their winter production.

January 18, 2013 2:52 p.m. read more..

Celebrate your life

A couple of evenings ago I attended the annual Lower Valley Relay for Life kick-off event, and organizers decorated the venue as though those attending were at a birthday party.

January 18, 2013 2:50 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 17


Grandview pummeled by Wildcats

TOPPENISH - This past Tuesday night marked three losses in a row for the Grandview wrestling team, which seems to have hit a slump since coming off the winter break.

January 17, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 16

'State is strong' Gregoire insists in farewell speech

OLYMPIA - Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire reflected on her eight years in office in her State of the State address at the Capitol Tuesday morning, her last official act before relinquishing the reins of that office to Governor-Elect Jay Inslee.

January 16, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..

Vikings get a 'W'

ZILLAH - It's been a tough row to hoe this season for the Mabton wrestling team, but last night the team got a taste of what it's like to win.

January 16, 2013 2:55 p.m. read more..

Science camp this Saturday

Elementary school students in Sunnyside are invited to get excited about science at a camp to be held Saturday, Jan. 19, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in room 202 of Sunnyside High School.

January 16, 2013 2:55 p.m. read more..


Beware of those anti-gunners advocating

January 16, 2013 2:47 p.m. read more..


Despite separation of church and state,our hearts reach out to God in many faiths

January 16, 2013 2:44 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 15


County Democrats elect officers

In a major changing of the guard, Yakima County Democrats elected party stalwart Dany Adolf as chair along with six other new officers at their biennial reorganization meeting yesterday (Monday).

January 15, 2013 3:22 p.m. read more..

Mabton claimsfirst league win

It was a tale of stops and starts for the Mabton boys hoop team with a strong start and win last Friday over visiting Cle Elum, and just the opposite last Saturday in a loss at Goldendale.

January 15, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..

Pirates come up big in weekend contests

A strong effort on the boards back-to-back nights propelled the Bickleton High School boys basketball team to a pair of Greater Columbia 1B League victories this past weekend.

January 15, 2013 3:14 p.m. read more..

McIntire named to Dean's List

PORTLAND, ORE. - Warner Pacific College recently announced that Jessica McIntire of Sunnyside earned Dean's List honors for the fall quarter of 2012.

January 15, 2013 3:08 p.m. read more..

Free pancakes at IHOP Feb. 5

In celebration of National Pancake Day, IHOP restaurants nationwide will Tuesday, Feb. 5, offer each patron a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

January 15, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 14


More teachers nationally certified

Washington public schools rank second in the nation for the most teachers who have earned prestigious National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

January 14, 2013 3:31 p.m. read more..

Lady Pirates win twice

The Bickleton Lady Pirate basketball squad had an exciting weekend with twin victories against two tough opponents.

January 14, 2013 3:21 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 11


Greyhounds finish regular season with win

YAKIMA - Up against another small team, the Greyhound swimmers managed to score first-place finishes in nine events, leading them to a 66-29 win over East Valley this past Tuesday night.

January 11, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside turns the tables on Selah Vikings

In early December 2012 the Selah High School girls bowling team ran roughshod over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies at Yakima's Minda Lanes, claiming a 4-0 whitewashing. Yesterday afternoon on their home lanes, the SHS bowlers got their revenge, fashioning a 4-0 sweep of their own against that same Viking squad.

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

Do the math

It seems there has been some confusion since the Sunnyside City Council was provided the utility tax rates for neighboring communities.

January 11, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 10


SVID to again market property

Following the adage of if at first you don't succeed try again, SVID board members this past Tuesday agreed to lower the price for a parcel it had attempted to previously sell.

January 10, 2013 4:23 p.m. read more..

Fireworks committee speaks out

MABTON - After last year's Fourth of July festivities, Mabton City Council members debated on whether or not to completely ban fireworks inside its city limits.

January 10, 2013 4:20 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 9


Sunnyside nabs first win

EASTMONT - With just five swimmers on the roster last night, the Sunnyside High School Grizzlies came away with a two-point victory over Eastmont, 60-58.

January 9, 2013 4:26 p.m. read more..

Mabton wins ugly

COWICHE - The Mabton Lady Vikings last night may have won 48-39 over host Highland, but Lady Viking Coach Chris McCallum said it wasn't a pretty game.

January 9, 2013 4:25 p.m. read more..

Knights romp

Sunnyside Christian used a 17-0 second-quarter run to put away visiting Bickleton last night, 50-36, in boys hoop league action.

January 9, 2013 4:23 p.m. read more..

Not-so-good to go

Recently the Washington State Department of Transportation breathlessly touted the one-year anniversary of tolls on the SR 520 bridge across Lake Washington.

January 9, 2013 4:15 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 8


Pirates split tourney games

HELIX, ORE. - Senior Taylor Brown notched a double-double, 10 points and 12 rebounds, for the Bickleton Pirates in their tourney opening victory over the Klickitat Vandals last Friday.

January 8, 2013 4:43 p.m. read more..

All aboard the Arc work for the disabled

The Arc is an advocacy group that fights for the rights of citizens, Linda Fox, executive director of the Arc of Yakima County, explained to the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club on Monday.

January 8, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 7


Knights earn split on the road

The Sunnyside Christian Knight boys hoop team extended its win streak to seven games with a victory last Friday at Yakama Tribal, only to see it end with a loss at DeSales.

January 7, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 4


Yakima County audit gets thumbs-up

YAKIMA - After receiving an accountability audit for 2010 with one finding or issue to resolve, state auditors recently reviewed Yakima County's books and gave them a thumbs up.

January 4, 2013 3:59 p.m. read more..

Shorthanded Vikes fall at Kiona-Benton

BENTON CITY - Although lacking enough wrestlers to win the match as a team, the Mabton Viking wrestling squad had strong individual efforts in a 58-24 loss last night at Kiona-Benton.

January 4, 2013 3:51 p.m. read more..

Suntown Coffee art show this weekend

Johnny Mendoza of Sunnyside describes his artwork as "subtle eerie," a description people can judge for themselves this coming weekend by viewing his work at Suntown Coffee in Sunnyside.

January 4, 2013 3:45 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 3


Wednesday, January 2


Fiscal cliff-saving deal addressed by the President

WASHINGTON D.C. - As widely reported by the Associated Press yesterday, federal lawmakers struck an 11th hour deal on New Year's Day that will, by some financial experts' predictions, at least delay America from plunging over the proverbial fiscal cliff.

January 2, 2013 4:27 p.m. read more..