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Friday, November 29

         

Holiday classic at Princess in December

PROSSER - Valley Theater Company will present the classic holiday show, “A Christmas Carol,” four different days in December at Prosser’s historic Princess Theatre.

November 29, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
        

Road project agreement OK’d

YAKIMA – The Yakima County commissioners at this past Tuesday’s meeting approved an agreement with the city of Grandview. The county will serve as the administrator for a federal grant recently awarded to the city for improvements to Old Inland Empire Highway.

November 29, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..
   

Sheriff’s office helping cities

YAKIMA – The Yakima County commissioners this past Tuesday approved agreements with the cities of Mabton and Granger, authorizing the Yakima County Sheriff’s office to provide communications for law enforcement.

November 29, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

Hands-on science made fun

The popular children’s movie “Despicable Me” was the theme of a Sunnyside High School science camp held Saturday, Nov. 16, in science teacher Joyce Stark’s classroom.

November 29, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Holiday pie

Celebrating Thanksgiving with games, raffles and a lot of pumpkin pie was the theme for the annual Grandview senior citizens celebration held last Wednesday at the Grandview Community Center on Wallace Way.

November 29, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

Thursday, November 28



Saving green on Black Friday

For this installment of Apprageous! my assignment was to find a helpful app for the Christmas shopping rush after Thanksgiving, especially the Black Friday weekend right after turkey day.

November 28, 2013 midnight read more..

Wednesday, November 27



Safe turkey tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving day is tomorrow, Thursday, and State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy reminds families to think twice about fire safety while celebrating the holidays.

November 27, 2013 3:18 p.m. read more..
 

Valley’s arboretum a virtual paradise

Jheri Ketcham made a good argument that there isn’t really a bad time to visit the Yakima Area Arboretum, during a speech to the Nouvella Club at Sunnyside’s Snipes Mountain Restaurant and Brewery late last week.

November 27, 2013 3:13 p.m. read more..
    

Safety plans pass muster

Sunnyside School District safety plans were reviewed by the Sunnyside School Board and approved at last night’s meeting.

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


Graduation grant renewed

The Sunnyside School District has been a model district as far as the High School Graduation Initiative is concerned, receiving high praise from the state in the fourth year of the five-year grant.

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

Changes to YV Tech approved

Change orders totaling $9,800 were approved by the Sunnyside School Board for the construction on the YV Tech Phase 3 project.

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

Meeting continued

The Mabton City Council agreed last night to continue its business meeting to next Monday at 6 p.m. Council was originally scheduled to review final 2014 budget numbers Tuesday night, but that was delayed to next Monday, Dec. 2.

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


City of Grandview’s 2014 budget tweaked

Even with several expenditures tacked on to a draft of the 2014 budget the Grandview City Council reviewed two weeks ago, there will be more money left in the reserve account than originally was expected.

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

Free curriculum gains approval

The Sunnyside School Board approved the adoption of “Goal Books for Kids” as curriculum in the district at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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

Mabton seeks answers for $100,000 mistake

The final matter brought up at last night’s Mabton City Council meeting may well have been of first importance: Artz-Fox Elementary School has not been sent a sewer bill since 2009.

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

Special award

Mabton School Board Director Jeanette Williams receives a token of appreciation this past Monday for the eight years she has served on the board

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


Shopping app review goes live tomorrow

Whether you’re waiting for the turkey to cook, or need a post-Thanksgiving meal diversion tomorrow afternoon, the Daily Sun News will give you a head start on holiday shopping with an app review to be released online Thanksgiving Day.

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


Firearm stolen in vehicle prowl

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a report of a firearm stolen from a vehicle in the 1500 block of Alexander Road near Sunnyside yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

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


Board tables pilot program

School board directors asked for more information about a proposal for a pilot agreement between the Sunnyside School District and Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley before taking action.

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

Thanks for election support

I would like to thank the citizens of Sunnyside for the opportunity to represent you on our city council. Your support and votes mean a lot to me, and I will do my best to honor your confidence.

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

Wildcats claw out 3-1 win against SHS

Buoyed by freshman Cheyanne Greening’s 401 two-game series, the Eastmont Wildcats defeated the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team yesterday afternoon, 3-1.

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


Colley top forecaster

UCLA and Oregon both losing to Arizona schools were two of the games that stumped practically every entrant in last week’s Lower Valley Merchants Football Forecast Contest.

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


An argument for giving thanks

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called a nation divided by war to join together in a time of corporate thanksgiving and repentance when he proclaimed that Americans “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

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

Holidays are here

I can hardly believe the holidays are here already. Tomorrow, families will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas is less than a month away. It seems time has passed so quickly this year.

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


No pot ban in G'view

The city of Grandview currently has in place a 6-month moratorium on licensing marijuana retailers, processors and producers.

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


Tuesday, November 26



Graduation rate spikes

Significant graduation rate increases, combined with the implementation of continuous academic improvement and support programs has led to the Sunnyside School Board of Directors being named Washington state’s 2013 School Board of the Year.

November 26, 2013 4:21 p.m. read more..


Breaking down the numbers

In response to questions about how shots-fired calls are recorded, the Sunnyside Police Department last night produced a stack of folders detailing the calls since 2010.

November 26, 2013 4:20 p.m. read more..
       

Engineering firm hired

The Sunnyside City Council authorized staff to move forward with negotiations with HLA of Yakima to provide municipal engineering services for the city.

November 26, 2013 4:09 p.m. read more..


Insurance carrier OK’d

The city will utilize the services of Washington Cities Insurance Authority for property and casualty insurance coverage via a decision by the city council Monday night.

November 26, 2013 4:08 p.m. read more..
 

Yearbook returning to Mabton

MABTON – It has been a number of years since students at Mabton Junior/Senior High School have had yearbooks, according to Principal Caleb Oten.

November 26, 2013 3:53 p.m. read more..
   

Busy weekend for G’view cops

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are investigating a fire that was reported last Friday night in the 600 block of East Wine Country Road.

November 26, 2013 3:49 p.m. read more..


Police have a quiet 24 hours

Sunnyside police investigated a theft report involving missing exterior motion lights during the past 24 hours. The theft was reported from the 1000 block of South First Street.

November 26, 2013 3:48 p.m. read more..


Mabton police have light week

MABTON – Mabton police have investigated a domestic assault report, a report of shoplifting, a harassment complaint and a suspicious circumstance during the past week, according to Mabton Police Chief Rick Gutierrez.

November 26, 2013 3:47 p.m. read more..
     

Clinton receives WSU scholarship

PULLMAN - Peter Clinton of Bickleton was recently awarded a $2,000 Charles W. Harrison Scholarship in Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University for up to four years.

November 26, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..
  

State streamlines approach to wellness

Washington’s state government is taking a step to improve its employee wellness programs under an ambitious plan outlined in a new executive order by Gov. Jay Inslee.

November 26, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..


Got chocolate milk?

Although chocolate milk may not be the first drink you think of reaching for after a workout, experts at Baylor College of Medicine say it might be one of the most beneficial.

November 26, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..


Lung cancer screening beneficial in high-risk groups

November marked National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, an ideal time to increase education and awareness about one of the most fatal types of cancer and provide new information about potentially life-saving screening methods.

November 26, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..
   

Sharing your 'bounty' can be rewarding

Thanksgiving is almost here. If you have the financial resources to provide a comfortable life for your family, you have reason to be thankful. And if you can afford to share some of your “bounty” with charitable organizations, you may want to be as generous as possible — because your gifts may allow you to both give and receive.

November 26, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

Skipping workout is OK in some cases

Although exercise should be a part of your daily routine, it’s important to know when your body needs a break, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.

November 26, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Monday, November 25

   

Sunday concert

Mandolin stylings of Evan J. Marshall entertained Lower Valley Community Concert Association members yesterday afternoon at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

November 25, 2013 3:12 p.m. read more..


State, Yakama Nation reach fuel tax agreement

The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) and the Yakama Nation recently settled a long-standing dispute about how to collect fuel taxes on fuel sold at gas stations owned by members of the Yakama Nation.

November 25, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..


Two Sunnyside homes struck by gunfire

Sunnyside police are asking anyone with information about an early Saturday morning shooting, which occurred in the 1000 block of South 11th Street, to call the Sunnyside police detectives at 836-6211.

November 25, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..
 

Freezing for a cause

Members of the Sunnyside High School Key Club last Friday braved the cold weather in an effort to raise money for Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.

November 25, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..
 

Police arrest alleged thief

Sunnyside police have arrested a Wapato man in connection with a series of construction material thefts which reportedly took place in the Sunnyside area during the past week.

November 25, 2013 3:07 p.m. read more..
     

Hands on learning

Sunnyside High School science teachers Joyce Stark and Teri Alvarez-Ziegler took students from the honors biology class to the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Medical Conference recently at Columbia Basin Community College.

November 25, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..
 

Friday, November 22

     

Bylaws approved

A process in the works for several months concluded this past Thursday, when board members of Sunnyside United approved a set of bylaws for the organization that’s focused on steering youths away from drugs and alcohol.

November 22, 2013 3:30 p.m. read more..
 

Wood stove cause of fire

MABTON – Mabton’s George Coronel is lucky to have escaped an inferno that yesterday (Thursday) consumed his trailer.

November 22, 2013 3:24 p.m. read more..
  

Theft report investigated

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are investigating a report of a theft made yesterday morning, Thursday, from Sandy Lane.

November 22, 2013 3:22 p.m. read more..


DUI emphasis patrols start next week

Hopefully, 2013 will be different than the last five holiday seasons. From 2008 to 2012, an average of 49 people died in traffic crashes in Washington state between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

November 22, 2013 3:20 p.m. read more..
 

Unsung hero

On Nov. 6 prior to Veterans Day, on the 11th, we published our annual Salute To Heroes special section honoring brave men and women who have faithfully served and are currently serving our nation.

November 22, 2013 3:16 p.m. read more..
   

A farm bill in name only

To paraphrase a famous Mark Twain quote, suppose you passed a farm bill. And suppose you passed a food stamp bill. But I repeat myself.

November 22, 2013 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

Thanksgiving party set for senior citizens

GRANDVIEW - All area senior citizens are invited to a fun-filled event celebrating Thanksgiving at the Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way, on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

November 22, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..
        

Virtuoso performance this Sunday

Internationally renowned mandolin virtuoso and recording artist Evan Marshall will share his talents this Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

November 22, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 21

   

High school expansion on schedule for June 2014 completion date

The additional 25,000 square feet currently being added to Sunnyside High School is expected to handle the enrollment needs of the Sunnyside School District’s high school students for the next 25 years, according to Braven Benzak, the district’s construction manager.

November 21, 2013 3:46 p.m. read more..


Key Club freeze out starts Friday

Students in Sunnyside High School’s Key Club will hold their annual freeze out starting tomorrow, Friday, at Sixth Street and Edison Avenue, near Centennial Square.

November 21, 2013 3:43 p.m. read more..
   

Lower Valley 4-Hers earn accolades

UNION GAP – Several people from the Lower Valley were honored for their work this past year at the 67th annual 4-H Leaders Recognition Luncheon held at the Yakima County WSU Extension office in Union Gap last Saturday.

November 21, 2013 3:36 p.m. read more..


Cops keeping busy in G’view

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview handled two juvenile problems, two automatic alarms, a report of an animal problem, a report of an assault and an informational call yesterday (Wednesday).

November 21, 2013 3:35 p.m. read more..


Deputies not too busy in Lower Valley

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to five calls in the Lower Valley on Tuesday, one of which was unfounded, one was transferred to the Washington State Patrol and the other three were not serious enough for detailed reports.

November 21, 2013 3:34 p.m. read more..
 

Firefighters called out

On Tuesday, Sunnyside firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm, but it was canceled as a false alarm.

November 21, 2013 3:31 p.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, November 20

  

I called the police on my husband once

Jay Leno often shares funny, short news stories on his television show: a man says it’s his fault that his wife shot him five times when she mistook him for an intruder.

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

Remembering John F. Kennedy

Few events in American history have brought more sorrow, grief and confusion than the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

November 20, 2013 3:49 p.m. read more..


Thanks for the smile

One of my bad habits is letting old e-mails back up to the point Outlook sends me a warning shot, “You’re mailbox is almost full.”

November 20, 2013 3:43 p.m. read more..
 

Diligence required to avoid getting a raw deal

Leonard Gilroy was right to point out that outsourcing requires “due diligence and accountability” (“Privatization a solution for government budget woes?” <em>Daily Sun News</em>, November 14.)

November 20, 2013 3:38 p.m. read more..


Someday I’ll know…

There were two little boys down at the Doughnut Hole Café the other day, standing outside, just waiting.

November 20, 2013 3:35 p.m. read more..
  

Do’s and don’ts at airport being spelled out

After a lengthy discussion about a draft of covenants for the Sunnyside Municipal Airport last night (Tuesday), the Airport Advisory Board decided the covenants should be added to the Sunnyside Municipal Code.

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

Bell ringers to start Nov. 22

The Salvation Army will kick off its bell ringing season this Friday, Nov. 22, at 10:10 a.m. at The Wrays Family Grocery on Summitview and 56th avenues in Yakima.

November 20, 2013 3:19 p.m. read more..
 

State seeks comments on stormwater regs

The state’s Department of Ecology invites public comments on proposed updates to the Washington State Department of Transportation municipal stormwater general permit regulations.

November 20, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..
 

Christmas bazaar slated for Dec. 14

All manner of handicrafts and goodies will be available at Oasis Community Church’s Christmas bazaar, to be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 20, 2013 3:14 p.m. read more..


Workshop meeting canceled

The workshop meeting of the Sunnyside City Council scheduled for Monday, Dec. 2, has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items.

November 20, 2013 3:13 p.m. read more..


Christian club to meet Dec. 10

PROSSER – The Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection is sponsoring a “Candlelight Christmas” meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser (490 Wine Country Road).

November 20, 2013 3:12 p.m. read more..


Stolen car found burned

A Sunnyside man, who reported his car missing to Sunnyside police early Wednesday morning, has learned his car has been recovered.

November 20, 2013 3:10 p.m. read more..


Drugs found on juveniles in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Officers in Grandview detained two juveniles yesterday afternoon on charges of possession of a controlled substance after the youths were spotted crossing the street against a red light in the 200 block of South Euclid Road.

November 20, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 19

    

Families still flocking to food pantries

Although it is encouraging to know that there has been a slight drop in the number of Washington state residents needing to visit food pantries, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) says the need is still high.

November 19, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..
        

Rock reportedly thrown at car

Yakima County Sheriff deputies were called to the scene of an act of malicious mischief this morning (Tuesday) along Yakima Valley Highway near Outlook.

November 19, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..


Police busy with arrests

Police in Grandview have been busy since yesterday morning (Monday), handling more than 20 incidents, including five that resulted in arrests.

November 19, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
   

Maverik earns industry honors

SALT LAKE CITY – Maverik has been named the Convenience Store Chain of the Year for 2013 by Convenience Store Decisions magazine.

November 19, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
   

Monday, November 18



Christmas kick-off

One of the annual events that traditionally kicks off the Christmas season in Sunnyside is the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church bazaar, which was held last Saturday.

November 18, 2013 3:15 p.m. read more..


Prestige Care employees picket

A push for better wages and dependable working hours was at the heart of a picket held at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in Sunnyside last Wednesday.

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


Outlook home struck by gunfire

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a shooting in the first block of E Street near Outlook that was reported about 4 a.m. this past Saturday morning.

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

Budget hearings set

Mabton City Council will meet for two more budget hearings before approving the more than $1.7 million budget for 2014 on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

November 18, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..
 

Crack-down likely

Increases in fines for unlicensed dogs in Mabton are coming following discussion at last week’s Mabton Council meeting.

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


Washington State Library partners with Microsoft

BELLEVUE – The Washington State Library and Microsoft announced a partnership this past Tuesday that will bring Microsoft’s IT Academy online training to Washingtonians, for free, at more than 385 libraries across the state.

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

Engineer approved

The Grandview City Council last week approved an agreement with Huibregtse, Louman Associates for the design of the Old Inland Empire Highway improvement project planned for next year.

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

Port refinances 20-year bonds

In action during a special meeting held last Thursday night, Port of Sunnyside commissioners agreed to issue revenue refunding bonds.

November 18, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..
  

Moore makes breaststroke finals at State

FEDERAL WAY - Sunnyside High School’s Cassadie Moore qualified for the 3A State finals in the breaststroke competition this past Saturday at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

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

Friday, November 15

  

Thanks, but no thanks... says state

Yesterday, a change-of-course announcement by President Barak Obama will allow insurance companies to continue offering existing health care plans that don’t measure up to the minimum standards as set forth by the Affordable Care Act.

November 15, 2013 3:45 p.m. read more..
     

Vandalism being investigated

Early this morning Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a report of deliberate damage done to a tractor in the 1400 block of Mountainview Road near Grandview.

November 15, 2013 3:16 p.m. read more..


Three theft reports phoned in

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are investigating three reports of theft made yesterday (Thursday), including reports from the 1600 block of West Fifth Street, the 200 block of Douglas Street and the 200 block of Avenue F. No further details on the incidents were available.

November 15, 2013 3:15 p.m. read more..


Shoplifters apprehended

Two alleged shoplifters were arrested by Sunnyside police last night (Thursday), one captured at WalMart and the other caught by police after allegedly stealing condoms, lighters, candy and head phones from Fiesta Foods.

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

Prosser theatre to screen film

PROSSER - The Princess Theatre in Prosser will show “In Cold Blood,” the 1967 film based on Truman Capote’s book, on its big screen tonight (Friday), Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

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

School retirees to meet Nov. 19

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Yakima Valley unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Nov. 19, at The Vineyard, 150 Division St. in Grandview.

November 15, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..


Outlook PAC plans meeting

OUTLOOK – Outlook Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) will meet next Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Winter access to Mt. Rainier now in effect

MT. RAINIER - With snow beginning to accumulate and winter recreation demand starting to increase, Mount Rainier National Park staff are preparing for winter operations and visitors.

November 15, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..


Razor clam dig underway on ocean beaches

State fishery managers have approved the second of two evening razor-clam digs this month, this one running from today (Friday) through Wednesday, Nov. 20, at various ocean beaches.

November 15, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..
  

Play auditions early next week

PROSSER - Valley Theater Company will conduct open auditions for its February show, “Lend Me a Tenor,” on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18-19, at the Princess Theatre, located at 1228 Meade Ave. in Prosser.

November 15, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..
  

Doggie treats on parade night?

Buddy and I were discussing putting up a few Charlie Brown-type Christmas lights this year to celebrate his first holiday in the Hart household.

November 15, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

Farm Bill threatens our right to know

Families who live near or share waterways with large corporate farms or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have a critical need to know some basic facts about these operations.

November 15, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Cart, meet horse

A few weeks ago I retrieved our juicer out of the garage to whip up some juice from the grapes in our back yard.

November 15, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

Chumley rolls top game in match against Wenatchee

SHS senior Johanna Chumley shot the high game of the day, but it was to no avail as the Lady Grizzlies were swept by the Wenatchee High School girls bowling team this past Thursday at Sunnyside’s Valley Lanes.

November 15, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Second chances...

People don’t always take advantage of second chances in life. But Vancouver author and mountain climber Shirley Graybill said she will never regret doing just that when her marriage was in trouble.

November 15, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Religion and racism...part 2

Despite being a solidly entrenched Pentecostal, Dad often said to me, “Pay no attention to the name over the door, Son! You’re not going to see Catholic Square, or Presbyterian Avenue, or Methodist Boulevard, or Pentecostal Circle, or Baptist Street or Nazarene Highway, or anything remotely like that in Heaven! The ONLY thing that counts is where people stand in their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

November 15, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Thursday, November 14

 

It’s not easy going green

It’s all well and good to buy produce grown nearby, but is it worthwhile if it’s causing a food shortage on the other side of the world?

November 14, 2013 3:08 p.m. read more..
 

Golden moment

Kelly Story of Sunnyside was one of 100 finalists from across the country who qualified for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to compete at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest earlier this week.

November 14, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..
    

Deputies hunting for thieves

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary report made yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) from the 1900 block of Bus Road near Mabton. The victim reported a compressor, camera, iPod and Xbox game console were missing.

November 14, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..


Local firemen have slow day

Sunnyside firemen responded to two reports of automatic alarms during the past 24 hours, both which proved to be false alarms.

November 14, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..


Accounting agreement approved

A collective bargaining agreement between the Grandview School District and its accounting association was approved this past Tuesday.

November 14, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

Revenues dropping

A public hearing to discuss the city of Grandview’s current expense revenues was held on Tuesday of this week.

November 14, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
      

Police respond to theft report

Police in Grandview investigated a theft report made this morning (Thursday) from Crescent Drive. No further information on the incident was available.

November 14, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 13



Let’s paint the town

Wouldn’t it be nice to see downtown Sunnyside lit up and decorated for the Lighted Farm Implement Parade?

November 13, 2013 3:47 p.m. read more..


Zero Hero

The perfect time to address disappointment is go to never and wait.

November 13, 2013 3:44 p.m. read more..
 

Pass the salt

It was a bright morning, and we had finished off the coffee and conversation at the Mule Barn truck stop, and we couldn’t think of anything much to do because we were still full from breakfast and it was too early for lunch, and the political problems and Hollywood gossip tanks had been thoroughly topped off.

November 13, 2013 3:31 p.m. read more..


All Souls Day

I want to thank the participants in our first annual All Souls Day Procession in Sunnyside.

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

Bread-making basics

Carolyn Knee demonstrates bread making tips to a group of women last Saturday during a special program at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sunnyside.

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


Manhole 34 clean-up dates back to 1989

In 1989 the Washington State Department of Ecology began initial clean-up efforts of petroleum products found to be leaching into the soil at the corner of Yakima Valley Highway and Sixth Street in Sunnyside.

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

Council OK’s printing service

The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night allowing the city manager to enter into a rental agreement with Copiers Northwest.

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

City supports local parade

The Sunnyside City Council approved a request for assistance from the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce for the 25th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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


Ad valorem tax rate raised

The Sunnyside City Council approved the 2014 ad valorem property tax levy, increasing the total amount of money the city will receive from the tax.

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

Two injured in five-car pile-up

A five-vehicle pile-up at the intersection of East Yakima Valley Highway and Waneta Road late Tuesday afternoon may have been the result of vehicles following too closely, according a Sunnyside police report.

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

Galvan completes boot camp

Army Pvt. Christopher S. Galvan, the son of Maria Valencia of Grandview, recently graduated from basic combat training at Ft. Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

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

Tuesday, November 12

    

Burglar damages door

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported yesterday (Monday) from the 100 block of Third Avenue near Mabton.

November 12, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..
 

Program to assist veterans with small business loans

The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) last week announced new measures to help get small business loans into the hands of veterans by setting the borrower upfront fee to zero for all veteran loans authorized under the SBA Express program up to $350,000.

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

Water resource management plan meetings coming up later this month

The Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River will conduct joint public scoping meetings this month for two environmental impact statements — one for the proposed Cle Elum Pool raise, and one for the Kachess Reservoir inactive storage and Keechelus-to-Kachess conveyance projects — three components of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan under the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project

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

AARP driving class for seniors set next week

Older motorists who may be noticing slower reaction times, or finding themselves a bit unsure with some of the rules of the road, can learn proven safety strategies to help them maintain their confidence behind the wheel.

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


Bazaar offerings displayed

Handcrafted gift items made by women of the church and friends will be on sale at the annual Sunnyside Holy Trinity Episcopal Church bazaar scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Monday, November 11

    

Northwest’s lawmakers contend BPA must remain independent

Every lawmaker representing Oregon, Washington and Idaho has urged the U.S. Energy Department to maintain an independent Bonneville Power Administration that puts Northwest power users first.The lawmakers echoed that sentiment in a bipartisan letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz sent last Friday.

November 11, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Honor guard award recipient

The Lower Valley Honor Guard, representing veterans from Sunnyside, Mabton and Grandview, was among the groups and individuals honored this past Saturday by the Department of Veterans Affairs for its service to area veterans and families.

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Break-ins reported in Sunnyside

Thefts of a back yard storage shed, a commercial storage unit and a shoplifting report were investigated by Sunnyside police during the past weekend.

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Grandview police kept busy

This past weekend was extremely busy for Grandview police, who investigated three reports of theft since last Friday morning, made two traffic stops resulting in arrests in that time and also responded to a car prowl Friday night.

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A long journey

Opening with a pair of songs from the rock group Journey, Grandview High School’s marching band performed at halftime during last Friday’s football game.

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Friday, November 8

    

Few calls few deputies

It was a quiet day in the Lower Valley yesterday for Yakima County Sheriff deputies, who only responded to four calls, two of them at the same location.

November 8, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..


Probation ends

In recent action, the Washington State Department of Health announced that last month it ended a probation period for Crystal Jolynn, a certified nursing assistant.

November 8, 2013 3:08 p.m. read more..


Firemen have slow day

Sunnyside firemen were called to the 2400 block of Yakima Valley Highway late Thursday afternoon to extinguish a pole fire.

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Theft occurs in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police are investigating a report of $6,000 worth of missing materials from the 1800 block of South First Street. The materials were reported missing Wednesday afternoon. No other details were available.

November 8, 2013 3:07 p.m. read more..


Murray lauds bill’s passage

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington praised Senate approval of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act by a vote of 64-32.

November 8, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..
  

Festival of Trees Nov. 22

The Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary’s Festival of Trees extravaganza will be held Friday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center.

November 8, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


Curtain rises Nov. 24

Evan Marshall, an internationally-renowned virtuoso and recording artist, will be in concert at the Sunnyside High School auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 24, as part of the Lower Valley Community Concert Series.

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Auditions for local production Nov. 18-19

Valley Theater Company will conduct open auditions for its February show, “Lend Me a Tenor,” on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18-19, at the Princess Theatre, located at 1228 Meade Ave. in Prosser.

November 8, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


Mabton seniors dinner Dec. 8

The annual Mabton senior citizens Christmas dinner, planned for present and former Mabton senior citizen residents, will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, at Artz-Fox Elementary School, 805 Washington Ave., Mabton.

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Mt. Rainier Park entry free through Veterans Day

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King has announced that entrance fees into Mount Rainier National Park will be waived for all visitors to the park this coming weekend, Nov. 9-11, in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces. This is the final fee-free weekend for 2013.

November 8, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


Winter bazaar a go tomorrow

Danielle McKeirnan is a senior at Prosser High School and is planning “A Walk in Winter Wonderland Bazaar” to benefit both youngsters with disabilities and Sacred Heart Church.

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Rodeo tickets go on sale Nov. 11

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, the Professional Bull Riders are returning to the Yakima Valley SunDome with thirty of the world’s best bull riders on some of the toughest bulls in the nation.

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YVCC play opens Nov. 14

Yakima Valley Community College Playmasters will present Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 14-16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in Kendall Auditorium, located at the YVCC Yakima campus.

November 8, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

Health center open to students, faculty

Students with minor injuries or illnesses don’t have to travel far for health care now that the John Hughes Student Health Center on the campus of Sunnyside High School is open.

November 8, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


Safe driving class for seniors set Nov. 18-19

Older motorists who may be noticing slower reaction times, or finding themselves a bit unsure with some of the rules of the road, can learn proven safety strategies to help them maintain their confidence behind the wheel.

November 8, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


Social Security serves those who have served

On November 11, the United States honors the nation’s veterans for their service to America. What better time than now to tell you - and for you to help spread the word - about the many benefits and wealth of information Social Security has available for veterans and military personnel?

November 8, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..


Hit a home run with Social Security

Baseball fans across the nation (and around the world) have just enjoyed the 109th World Series. Many fans are already looking forward to spring training, followed by cheering crowds filling giant stadiums as the new season gets under way.

November 8, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..
 

Trunk-or-treat appreciation

The Sunnyside Police Department and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the “trunk” participants and those of you who donated and helped at the fourth annual trunk or treat.

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Grandview Grid Kid champions

The Grandview A-Team cheers together in celebration after winning the local Grid Kid championship last Saturday by defeating the Sunnyside A-Team 25-8.

November 8, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..


Christmas tree-cutting opportunities

As the holiday season approaches, the forest service is offering the opportunity for families to obtain a Christmas tree from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

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Learn about Argentinian wines at YVCC next Friday

People who would like to taste wines from around the world will have a chance to start with Argentina’s best on Friday, Nov. 15, by registering today for a tasting at Yakima Valley Community College’s Grandview campus.

November 8, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
  

Knights drop season finale

The Sunnyside Christian Knights 8-man football team lost its last game of the season yesterday by a score of 56-8 at Touchet.

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Thursday, November 7

 

Vets honored by SHS students

“We appreciate it when you say thank you for our military services,” Delessa Restucci, a retired U.S. Army Reservist, told the Sunnyside High School student body at a special assembly yesterday (Wednesday).

November 7, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..


Pioneer McTeacher night on tap

Pioneer Elementary School teachers and staff will switch out whiteboard erasers for white aprons for the annual McTeacher Night fundraiser to be held at the Sunnyside McDonald’s restaurant on Thursday, Nov. 14.

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Excavators purchase OK’d

In action this past Tuesday, the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District Board of Directors authorized purchase of two new track excavators from Pape Machinery.

November 7, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Contest taking shape for Mabton mayor post

MABTON – Though Councilman Mario Martinez was the only formal candidate for Mabton mayor heading into this week’s General Election, something of a stealth campaign by current mayor Vera Zavala has changed that.

November 7, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


No new leaders with voting updates

The newest voting updates in political races in Sunnyside show the early leaders prevailing by about the same margins as originally announced the night of Tuesday’s General Election.

November 7, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Inslee calls state lawmakers back to Olympia

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday, Wednesday, announced he is calling legislators to Olympia for a special session beginning today to approve a legislative package that the Boeing Company says will ensure its new 777X and composite wing will be built in Washington state.

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Workshop for elderly Nov. 16

A free community workshop on “Matters of Life & Death” will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church (737 S. 16th St.)

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Animal reports top police log

GRANDVIEW – Four animal problems were logged by Grandview police yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) as officers had a generally calm day.

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Wednesday, November 6

 

A good night for incumbents

Three of four Sunnyside City Council officeholders appear on track to keep their council seats for the next four years following the first General Election returns released last night.

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Unopposed Grandview port commissioners retain seats

GRANDVIEW - Longtime Grandview Port Commissioners Richard Shenyer and Ronald Grow will continue to serve as members of the three-man commission having both run unopposed for the District 1 and District 3 positions, respectively.

November 6, 2013 3:10 p.m. read more..


Graffiti taggers hit downtown Sunnyside

Graffiti vandals were out in force, according to the Sunnyside police. During the last 24 hours, taggers have hit nine different businesses and residences throughout the community.

November 6, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

Police hunt for car prowlers

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are investigating a report of a vehicle prowl made yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) on Stassen Way.

November 6, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..


Ignorance is no excuse

I have always been a fan of education. Without learning more about the world around us we live in ignorance.

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Letter from Washington

Millions of you are asking why your health insurance policies are being canceled and the premiums and deductibles for your new policies are, for the majority of you, doubling, tripling or worse.

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

Third culture kids

American sociologist David Pollock developed the following description for third culture kids: “A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture.

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


Granger museum opens doors for the holidays

GRANGER – An open house to celebrate the history of Granger will be held at the Granger Historical Society’s Archives Room in the Granger Public Library, 508 Sunnyside Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 9.

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Reassessment time for Medicare Part D beneficiaries

<em>Dear Savvy Senior,</em> <em>I have been enrolled in the same Medicare prescription drug plan for three years now, but my pharmacist told me I should look for a new plan during the open enrollment period that would fit my needs a little better. What’s the easiest way to do this? Need Help</em>

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

Tuesday, November 5

 

City budget nearly back on track

Finance Director David Layden at last night’s finance subcommittee meeting discussed with subcommittee meetings the 2013 budget report from Sept. 30.

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George Paulus Hall of Fame worthy

“You’re only as good as the people around you,” George Paulus said last Saturday night during his induction into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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New graduation requirements set for approval

MABTON – The Mabton School Board will at its November meeting include in its policy and procedure changes new graduation requirements defined by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA).

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Policies receive second reading next month

MABTON – There are a number of policy changes and new policies that have been recommended by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) that are under review by the Mabton School Board.

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Port approves policy updates

In action last night, Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved annual updates for the district’s personnel and general policies.

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Keeping it in the family

Sue Rice, co-owner of Valley Lanes in Sunnyside, presents a $300 check last Friday to the first bowler who rolled a perfect 300 game in league play for the 2013-14 season.

November 5, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

Bickleton harriers headed to State

The six-member Bickleton High School boys cross-country team will head to the 1B/2B State meet this coming Saturday after notching a third-place finish in the team standings at last Saturday’s District competition in Wenatchee.

November 5, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Monday, November 4



Grizzlies humbled by Eisenhower Cadets

OUCH! After forging an early 7-0 lead on visiting Eisenhower, thanks to a 2-yard TD flip from QB Anthony Herrera to Elijah Pena, Sunnyside yielded seven unanswered touchdowns to the Cadets.

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Season comes to a close for Sunnyside

SPOKANE – None of Sunnyside’s runners qualified at last Saturday’s Regional competition for the 3A State cross-country meet. But, that doesn’t mean the Grizzlies aren’t sitting on a whole lot of potential.

November 4, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

Lady Knights playoff-bound

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights finished out the regular season with a victory against the Yakama Tribal Eagles in three sets last Friday, 25-2, 25-8, 25-8.

November 4, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Wind damage

Contractors working on the Sunnyside Fire Station have been making much progress, but this past Saturday’s severe winds caused a minor set-back.

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Inslee named to climate task force

In an announcement last Friday, President Barack Obama appointed Washington Governor Jay Inslee to the national task force on climate preparedness and resilience.

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Water standards meeting set for Nov. 6

The Department of Ecology will hold a public meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6, as part of the process of updating the state’s surface water quality standards for toxic substances, including fish consumption rates.

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IRS warns of telephone tax scam

The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

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Cops arrest juvenile, find stolen property

Officers in Grandview arrested a juvenile yesterday morning (Sunday) on charges of eluding, suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and a minor consuming alcohol, and are expected to add charges of vehicle theft and possession of stolen property.

November 4, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
 

Friday, November 1

      

‘Treasures’ galore to be found in Sunnyside

Sunnyside’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is the place to be on Saturday, Nov. 16…that is, if you enjoy shopping for treasures that are sure to delight family members and friends this coming holiday season.

November 1, 2013 4:17 p.m. read more..


YVCC play opens Nov. 14

Yakima Valley Community College Playmasters will present Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 14-16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in Kendall Auditorium, located at the YVCC Yakima campus.

November 1, 2013 4:16 p.m. read more..
  

Finding help with high utility bills

The Energy Assistance Program offered at the Northwest Community Action Council assists low-income households in the Lower Valley with winter heating, serving an average of 2,500 households every program year.

November 1, 2013 4:14 p.m. read more..


Winter bazaar planned Nov. 9

Danielle McKeirnan is a senior at Prosser High School and is planning “A Walk in Winter Wonderland Bazaar” to benefit both youngsters with disabilities and Sacred Heart Church.

November 1, 2013 4:14 p.m. read more..
  

Toy run this Sunday

Abate of Washington will this coming Sunday, Nov. 3, be hosting its 2013 Salvation Army Toy Run to benefit the lives of Yakima Valley children during the Christmas holiday.

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Gem Faire to be presented in Kennewick

Gem Faire, a gem and jewelry show, will be held in Kennewick on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 19-20, at the Red Lion Columbia Center, located at 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd.

November 1, 2013 4:11 p.m. read more..


Festival of Trees Nov. 22

The Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary’s Festival of Trees extravaganza will be held Friday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center.

November 1, 2013 4:10 p.m. read more..
 

Food drive underway in Sunnyside

In connection with the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sunnyside is holding an autumn food drive.

November 1, 2013 4:06 p.m. read more..
 

‘Why Knot?’ luncheon theme

PROSSER – The Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection will hold its monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser.

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Calling all quilters

Horizon Quilters Unlimited of Yakima Valley will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, starting at 9:30 a.m. with a social time starting a half hour earlier.

November 1, 2013 3:56 p.m. read more..
     

Rohde an experienced educator

I am a 1990 graduate of Sunnyside High School and my four children attend school in the Sunnyside School District. As a life-long Sunnysider, I have seen how important families are in successfully educating every child in our community.

November 1, 2013 3:36 p.m. read more..
 

Vote for Rohde

As alumnae of the Sunnyside School District, we are writing this letter to offer a different perspective, which leads us to be in favor of Mary Rita Rhode’s election to the Sunnyside School Board.

November 1, 2013 3:34 p.m. read more..
 

Why spy on France?

The <em>French daily Le Monde</em> alleges that the U.S. National Security Agency has spied on French diplomats in Washington and at the UN.

November 1, 2013 3:29 p.m. read more..
 

Life Skills curriculum adopted

The Sunnyside School Board on Tuesday approved the adoption of the Life Skills curriculum, minus one section that was found to not fit district standards due to potential bias in the materials.

November 1, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
    

New insurance brokers

Select Insurance at 626 Decatur Ave. was the site for a Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting this past Tuesday afternoon.

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Salaries adjusted for county officials

Tuesday, the Yakima County commissioners approved three resolutions that will adjust the salaries of elected officials, department heads and attorneys for the month of November.

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Personnel changes

Contracts in the Sunnyside School District approved by the board on Tuesday, Oct. 29, include Gear Up teachers:

November 1, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Contract amended

The Sunnyside School Board approved changes to the district’s agreement with the custodial grounds, minor maintenance and food services association.

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Staff workday plans approved

The Sunnyside School District board of directors this past Tuesday night approved the 30-30 plans for each school in the district.

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False alarm on Halloween

Sunnyside firefighters responded to a fire alarm yesterday afternoon (Thursday) in the 700 block of McBride Street, but the report turned out to be unfounded.

November 1, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Two homes burglarized overnight in Grandview area

Police in Grandview received two reports of burglaries last night (Thursday) and early this morning, one in the 900 block of Pecan Road and the other in the 100 block of North Birch Avenue. No further details on either incident were available.

November 1, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Halloween stays quiet for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies had a light day in the Lower Valley yesterday, responding to reports of a car accident, an animal problem and two incidents of suspicious activity. Deputies also conducted a welfare check yesterday.

November 1, 2013 3 p.m. read more..


Mabton man now in custody

A man accused of threatening two middle school students this past Wednesday afternoon has been identified by Mabton police as Angel Anthony Faz, 20, of Mabton.

November 1, 2013 3 p.m. read more..