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Friday, February 28

Sunnyside legislator pleased with work on budget

Members of the state Senate yesterday, Thursday, passed the 2014 supplemental operating budget proposal, which was supported by Sen. Jim Honeyford.

Marijuana business ban the next step

The Grandview City Council this past Tuesday night adopted an ordinance that prohibits land use that is illegal under local, state or federal law in any zoning district within the city of Grandview.

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Roza Irrigation District bookkeeper preps for busy season

Jody Williams wears a couple of important hats at the Roza Irrigation District’s Sunnyside office as bookkeeper and assistant treasurer.

Artwork chosen for entryway at high school

The giant, empty grey planter boxes located at the entrance to Sunnyside High School will soon be an eye-pleasing attraction in the community.

Lower Valley Credit Union’s innovative outreach efforts honored at national confab

Lower Valley Credit Union was awarded the Credit Union Times’ Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Service to the Underserved, at the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.

School board OK’s plan for gifted students

All parents believe their children are above average, but in truth fewer than 3 percent of all children are truly gifted, said Cody Gardner, director of special education programs in the Sunnyside School District.

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Bound for Olympia

A bus carrying nursing home workers to the state capital in Olympia stopped this past Wednesday in Sunnyside to pick up workers here.

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Miss Grandview supporters seek community support for new float trailer

The Grandview community float needs a new trailer.

Deputies seeking silver Mazda used in area robbery

Yakima County Sheriff Office deputies are investigating a report of a robbery in the 2000 block of Murray Road near Sunnyside.

Accident injures Grandview teen

Heidi Vasquez of Grandview was injured this morning, Friday, following a single-vehicle rollover accident on I-82.

IRS Releases the ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams for 2014

The Internal Revenue Service has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.

‘Ashes on the Go’ offered in Sunnyside on March 5

To commemorate Ash Wednesday on March 5, three Sunnyside pastors are partnering for an outreach called “Ashes on the Go.”

Council approves change order

A change order in the amount of more than $55,000 was approved last Tuesday for the construction of a new wall at the Grandview wastewater pumping facility.

Grandview inks purchasing agreement with Toppenish

The city of Grandview is looking to refurbish a garbage truck using a vendor with which it is already familiar.

Duo to perform in Sunnyside March 9

From Tin Pan Alley to Motown, “Grand Standard Time” is more than a “Sentimental Journey.”

Sandhill Crane Festival on tap March 28-30 in Othello

OTHELLO – The 17th annual Sandhill Crane Festival in Othello is set to take place the weekend of March 28-30.

Larson Gallery, YVCC Playmasters presents ‘ART’

YAKIMA – Join the Larson Gallery and YVCC Playmasters for a unique drama experience.

Selah author to hold book signing event

YAKIMA – Author Linda Estela of Selah will be signing copies of Lilly Camara Catches Heat at Inklings Book Shop in Yakima on Saturday, March 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Latino expos scheduled

The largest Latino business, consumer, career and bridal expos in Washington will be staged on May 4 in Pasco and Sept. 14 in Yakima.

Arbor festival on tap April 12

YAKIMA – The Yakima Area Arboretum will be hosting its annual Arbor Festival “A Walk in the Woods” on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Art exhibit opens March 15

GOLDENDALE – Mary-hill Museum of Art’s 2014 season will open on Saturday, March 15, with the special James Lee Hansen exhibit.

Wheat’s played big role in Washington’s growth

On the Tacoma waterfront close to the Tacoma Dome there is a mile-long building that attracted my attention, and I did find a story there.

Disagreement over payment among calls to G’view cops

Grandview police have since yesterday (Thursday) had a number of calls for service, including a theft reported in the 600 block of Stover Road. According to authorities there was a disagreement over who was responsible for paying the $600 fee for services rendered.

Donald Joseph Irwin

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Martin A. Drollinger

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Quiet day in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police patrols have fielded few calls since yesterday (Thursday).

Gaining ground

If there was confetti I would have thrown it.

2016 crystal ball

It says here that Jeb Bush has the best shot at the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, while Hillary Clinton might not be the Democrats’ candidate - and if she is, she’s no sure thing.

Nickel-and-dimed at every turn

It seems everywhere we turn we are charged a small fee for using the tools that are meant to secure payment for goods or services rendered.

DECA lauds local support

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Verizon donation appreciated

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Thursday, February 27

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Busy bee

A dose of spring sunshine yesterday, Wednesday, brought out this bee to pollinate a narcissus plant at Bi-Mart’s outdoor garden display in Sunnyside.

Five local businesses cited on charges of selling booze to minors

Five Sunnyside businesses were cited for serving alcohol to minors last week, as a part of a city-wide alcohol compliance check.

Faulty traffic signals may lead to new law for motorcyclists

Riding a motorcycle around on a warm Northwest day is a relaxing pastime, unless you get stuck at a traffic light that just won’t turn green.

14th District legislator from Naches throws his hat in ring for job of Yakima County auditor

State Rep. Charles Ross (R-Naches) has decided he will not run for a fifth term in the Washington State House of Representatives, opting instead to throw his hat in the ring to replace retiring Yakima County Auditor Corky Holloway.

Dems, GOP not that far apart on House supplemental budget

Washington House Democrats released their 2014 supplemental operating budget proposal yesterday (Wednesday). House Republicans say the budget will increase spending for the 2013-15 biennium by $173 million, including a net of $82 million in policy level increases.

Lawmakers insist Inslee’s death-penalty decree ignores families of victims

In the hour prior to a public hearing on Senate Bill 6566 this past Wednesday, Sen. Steve O’Ban again called for Gov. Jay Inslee to reach out and listen to the victims before imposing a blanket moratorium on executions in Washington.

Deputy with ties to Sunnyside seeks to replace Irwin as sheriff

Lt. Brian Winter of the Yakima County Sheriff’s office this past Tuesday announced his candidacy for sheriff.

Food handlers class offered

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club will host a food handler’s class on Wednesday, March 19, at 6:40 a.m.

Prestige Care career fair set for next Thursday

Prestige Care of Sunnyside and Infiniti Rehab are hosting a career fair next Thursday, March 6, in hopes of recruiting new personnel to its local facility.

VA issues new ID cards

The Department of Veterans Affairs is issuing new veteran health identification cards to about 4 million veterans and family members enrolled in VA’s health care system.

Chinese exchange student finds fresh air...refreshing

Coming from a Chinese school of 10,000 students to Sunnyside High School with an enrollment of a little over 1,600 has been quite a change for International Exchange Student program participant Wei Ximu.

Firemen discover fire out on arrival

Sunnyside firemen responded to a trash fire reported from the 900 block of North Street only to find it out on arrival this past Tuesday.

Assault, theft reported

Grandview police since yesterday (Wednesday) have investigated a reported assault and a theft, as well as responded to seven other calls for service.

Two people injured last night when car crashes into S’side house

Upon arrival at the scene, Sunnyside police officers discovered the driver of a car and a second individual were in need of medical aid as the result of a vehicle crashing into a home.

Ernest E. Coder

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Deadline to apply for new scholarships at Heritage University is fast approaching

Toppenish – There are now fewer than two weeks left for the valley’s brightest students to apply for one of seven new scholarships at Heritage University.

Wall of Fame nominations being sought

Who will join the 73 Sunnyside High School graduates already selected as outstanding alumni for inclusion on the school’s wall of distinguished graduates this year?

Wednesday, February 26

City looks to put teeth into Mabton’s dog laws

Finding out less than a third of dog owners in Mabton have their pets licensed has been a wake-up call for this city.

Sunnyside School Board Agenda

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 810 E. Custer Ave., 7:30 p.m.

Power outage hits thousands here

Nearly 2,000 Pacific Power customers in the Sunnyside and Outlook areas were without power this morning, Wednesday.

Healthplanfinder launches new campaign

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange began a second advertising wave that highlights the personal stories of residents who have enrolled in a new health plan through Washington Healthplanfinder.

Laptop stolen from G’view home

Grandview police yesterday (Tuesday) investigated 10 calls, including a report of a laptop stolen from a residence in the 1000 block of Carriage Square Loop.

Slow day for county deputies

Yakima County Sheriff Office deputies were called to the Lester Road area for a report of an individual digging post holes on property other than his own.

Parking in handicapped zone without a permit still illegal

A Sunnyside motorist was reminded yesterday (Tuesday) that parking in a handicap designated parking space without a permit is a traffic violation.

Hospital auxiliary offers health care career scholarships

The Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary has scholarship help available for students interested in health care careers.

Volunteers needed to fill board vacancies

The state Department of Health is looking for volunteers to serve on the 26 boards, commissions and advisory committees that oversee Washington’s health care providers.

WSU conference brings women in agriculture together

Women in Washington, Oregon and Idaho will gain practical advice for improving farm management skills and networking with other women producers at the 2014 Women in Agriculture Conference to be held at 28 locations on Saturday, March 15.

Executive session held

The Mabton City Council met in executive session last night, Tuesday, to discuss a personnel issue.

Council OKs travel form

In action last night, Tuesday, the Mabton City Council approved a new travel voucher form.

Mabton eyes capital projects

Mabton, like other cities, has a six-year street plan.

Legends Casino seeks applicants for grants

Yakama Nation Legends Casino is inviting non-profit organizations to submit an application for its seventh annual distribution of charitable contributions in early May.

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Fresh from the sea

Rosie Larios, Patti Bautista, Janie Larios and Scott Bailey dig in at this past Saturday’s crab feed hosted by Grandview High School’s FFA chapter and DECA Club.

Nuclear energy expansion prompts debates

Emotions were high on the Senate floor earlier this month as legislators debated whether to pursue a proposal to study nuclear energy’s prospects in Washington.

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Plan in place for disasters in Grandview

A major threat to Yakima County’s various municipalities is the possibility of an anhydrous ammonia release.

How to fight age discrimination

What constitutes age discrimination in the workplace, and where can I turn to for help if I think I’ve got a case?

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Pageant winner

What next?

When they said airplanes could fly, people shook their heads.

Turn adversaries into allies without manipulation or coercion

Do you have “Ultimate Influence?”

A plea from a dieting cookie addict

We must stop them.

Be heart smart

Each year around Valentine’s Day, we think of hearts.

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Bowling tourney on tap in Sunnyside

The Miss Sunnyside court is hosting its annual bowling tournament on Saturday, March 15, at Sunnyside’s Valley Lanes from 2 to 4 p.m.

Sunnyside League Bowling Report

WEEK #25

Vikes garner league honors

With the winter sports season wrapping up, several Mabton High School athletes have been recognized by SCAC West coaches.

Multiple-season hunting permits must be applied for by March 31

Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2014 multiple-season permit.

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Peter Allen LaPierre

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Simple pleasures

If there’s one thing you can honestly say about Delbert McLain, he’s as persistent as a winter cough.

Tuesday, February 25

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Scouting adventure

Lisa Howard of Zillah provides a brief history of scouting to some of the 20 or so Girl Scouts gathered in Sunnyside last Saturday for ‘Thinking Day’ in the photo above.

Drug incident investigated

Police in Grandview are investigating a report of drugs called in yesterday afternoon (Monday) from Grandview Middle School. No further information about the incident was available.

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Little leader

Leading the flag salute at Monday’s Mabton School Board meeting was Artz-Fox Elementary School pre-kindergartener Angelo Prieto.

Personnel changes OK’d

Personnel changes were approved last night (Monday) by the Mabton School Board.

School board approves policies

The Mabton School Board last night approved amendments to six policies. The board also conducted first readings of three new policies.

Inslee will sign Dream Act into law tomorrow

Students who arrived in the United States illegally as children will soon be eligible to apply for college financial aid.

Networking social slated for Thursday

The Port of Grandview and the Grandview Rotary Club will be holding a business networking social on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sabor Café (150 Division St.) in Grandview.

Crow problem addressed by council

The Sunnyside City Council addressed the issue of crow abatement at Monday night’s meeting and asked for suggestions from city staff on how to deal with the problem.

Firefighters get wage increase

The Sunnyside City Council approved the collective bargaining agreement with International Association of Fire Fighters, Local No. 3542.

Construction bid accepted

The Sunnyside City Council approved a bid for construction of the Sixth Street and Edison Avenue improvement project with Culbert Construction, Inc. of Pasco.

Jail agreement with Kittitas gains approval

The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution Monday night authorizing an interlocal jail agreement with Kittitas County.

Council OK’s pass-through gang funding

The Sunnyside City Council passed two resolutions Monday night authorizing City Manager Don Day to sign agreements for gang intervention services using $9,000 in reimbursed funds from ESD 105.

Board approves staff changes

In action last night, Monday, the Grandview School Board approved several changes in staffing.

Grandview schools review network needs

While no action was taken, the Grandview School Board received background information last night about future network and computer-related needs.

Cop-stops being logged

Sunnyside police officers have often made a habit of dropping in on area businesses, sometimes just to chat and sometimes to get a cup of coffee.

Grieving family suggests helmet law

The Sunnyside City Council heard a plea last night from the family of Ramiro Valencia Jr. to put a helmet law in place in the city.

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Prepping for spring

Work crews from SVID began a project last week in the Harrison Hill Sunnyside neighborhood to install a new irrigation line on Grandview Avenue between Owen Avenue and Mayhew Street.

Skate park in city limits gaining Council support

The Sunnyside City Council is continuing to investigate the possibility of installing a new skate park in town.

Improvement projects get OK

Monday night the Sunnyside City Council approved two resolutions that will move forward the work on the downtown revitalization and Sixth Street improvement projects.

Bid to be OK’d March 10

The Mabton School Board will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 10, award a contract to a firm to repair Mabton High School’s auxiliary gym.

Grandview woman gets 13-month jail sentence

A Grandview woman has been convicted of first degree rendering of criminal assistance and second degree arson after she entered an Alford plea to the charges in court last Friday, Feb. 21.

Lots of calls to deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to nearly a dozen calls from the Lower Valley yesterday (Monday), including two reports of livestock running loose.

Routine contact leads to drug arrest

A routine citizen’s contact led to the arrest of a man on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia by Sunnyside police yesterday morning.

Mabton advances to Regionals by knocking off vaunted Leopards

The Mabton girls basketball team keeps its hopes of competing in the 1A State tournament alive, having claimed third-place honors in the District tournament this past Saturday.

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Local stroke survivor seeks to create awareness

The day that changed her life, Linda Craig remembers having woken up feeling “funny.”

First-ever spine surgeries now being performed at Sunnyside hospital

Sunnyside Community Hospital welcomes two neurosurgeons to its team this month, opening a new service line for patients to receive care for brain, spine and back conditions throughout the Lower Yakima Valley.

Undefeated SCHS girls one win away from 1B State

The Lady Knights made short work of Yakama Tribal last Friday to earn the District title, winning 82-40.

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School supplies

Knights playing for trip to Spokane this coming Friday at Eisenhower High

The Sunnyside Christian Knights will be competing against Colton High School this coming Friday at Eisenhower High School in Yakima for a chance to advance to the 1B State basketball tournament in Spokane.

Yakima Valley Farm Workers merges with Community Dental Care

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic announced recently it is merging with Community Dental Care of Sunnyside.

Infant CPR class slated for Feb. 27

YAKIMA – Parents of infants can gain the confidence to handle stressful and potentially dangerous situations by learning how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

Credit card limits increased

In action last night, Monday, the Grandview School Board approved raising the credit limit on several credit cards issued to personnel.

How will social security fit into your retirement income strategy?

Have you given much thought to collecting Social Security?

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Stonies hopes to fill local marijuana niche

GRANDVIEW – While the cities of Sunnyside and Grandview debate whether to allow retail marijuana sales, one man is moving forward with a plan to fill the market niche.

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Dorothy E. Phillips

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Advisory committee created to build partnership with agricultural community

Invitations have been sent to a broad array of agricultural interests to participate on the Washington Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) new agriculture and water quality advisory committee.

Sunnyside League Bowling Report

WEEK #23 & WEEK #24

Magdalena Toledo Mendoza

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Monday, February 24

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Lady Grizzlies Regional champs

It would come as no surprise if a construction crew had to be called in to reattach the roof to the Sunnyside High School gymnasium.

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Lady Greyhounds finish just short of Regionals

A fourth loser-out game in less than 10 days proved one too many for the Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team, which ended its season last Saturday with a 64-43 loss to West Valley.

Burglars take electronics

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a burglary reported yesterday afternoon (Sunday) from the 400 block of Outlook Road near Sunnyside.

Mabton School Board Agenda

Monday, February 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Mabton School District Conference Room

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday February 24, 2014 at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Mabton City Council Agenda

Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at Mabton City Hall

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

Window left unsecured, computer stolen

Police in Grandview are investigating a burglary report made this past Saturday night from the 500 block of Toivo Court.

Traffic stops top Mabton police blotter

Mabton traffic patrols issued four citations for driving violations this past weekend.

Man arrested on outstanding warrant after being reported for harming a dog

Sunnyside police had a relatively quiet weekend with investigations of suspicious circumstances and animal complaints topping their investigations.

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Happy hour at Sun Terrace

Marketing Director Cheryl Larrick conducts a tour of Sun Terrace Assisted Living for Mary Beth Tubbs and Ruth Stalcup from Sunnyside Community Hospital last Friday afternoon.

Program will help Washington schools serve healthy lunches

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) last week joined two award-winning Seattle chefs to show 30 elementary school children some delicious healthy “Superfoods” they soon could be eating in school lunchrooms under a new program in the Farm Bill that President Obama signed into law this month.

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Middle school girls gain encouragement at WE day

Helping parents prepare their middle school daughters for high school and college and giving the girls a glimpse of various careers formed the core of the Women Empowered (WE) Career Day last Saturday at Sierra Vista Middle School in Sunnyside.

Maria C. Gonzalez

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Dario Guizar

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Laurel Hopper

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Javier Hernandez

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Claude Leroy Roberson

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Grandview swimmers save their best for last

FEDERAL WAY – The two Grandview High School athletes who qualified for this past weekend’s 1A/2A State swim meet turned in personal bests.

Friday, February 21

Gov. Inslee priorities advance at session half-time

As the 2014 legislative session reaches the half-way point, key priorities of Gov. Jay Inslee’s have passed through the House or Senate.

Parents urged to attend senior booster meeting

The 2014 Sunnyside High School Show–n-Shine Car Show planning committee will meet Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. in the high school commons area.

Sunnyside United mulls statement on marijuana

During discussion yesterday, Thursday, Sunnyside United’s board accepted for consideration an official statement paper on marijuana issued by the Washington Association for Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention.

Grandview man dies in accident

The Washington State Patrol is reporting that Peter A LaPierre, 39, of Grandview, perished early this morning (Friday) in an accident on Van Belle Road just west of State Route 241, about three miles north of Grandview.

Yakima facility offers end of life comfort for Hospice patients

Carol Louden of Yakima became aware of a need for a quality hospice care facility when her son-in-law was suffering from a terminal disease.

Not much action for deputies yesterday

Yakima County Sheriff deputies received a report of threats yesterday afternoon (Thursday) from a resident living near Mabton, but determined the report to be unfounded.

Car fire under investigation

Police in Grandview are investigating a car fire reported shortly after midnight this morning (Friday) in the 900 block of West Fourth Street.

Sunnyside police have slow day

Sunnyside police had a relatively slow Thursday, investigating two reports of suspicious circumstances and two reports of possible fights.

Fire call cancelled en route

An automatic fire alarm reported from the 900 block of Ismo Loop called out the Sunnyside firemen Thursday afternoon.

Groundwater advisory working out differences

The evening began with a challenge and ended with consensus.

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Sharing cash all a part of Dairy Ambassador’s visit

February is turning out to be a busy month for Katie Hutchins. The Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador not only is making a number of personal appearances at the high school district and state championship contests, she is busy promoting dairy products locally.

Mr. SHS game rescheduled

The Mr. SHS basketball game between the candidates for the Mr. SHS title and the staff of Sunnyside High School has been moved to Thursday, March 13, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Lady Vikings keep Regional hopes alive

One more to go!

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First year MHS dance team qualifies for Districts

The Mabton High School Dance Team, after just one year of dance team competition, has qualified for the Dance/Drill Districts to be held March 15, at Pasco High School.

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DISTRICT CHAMPS!

Grandview advances to State Regionals with District title in hand

The Grandview boys basketball team celebrated winning the CWAC District championship last night after narrowly defeating Ephrata 69-65.

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Digging deep for solutions

Local group to address marijuana/alcohol use among teens

Stashing supplies in bathroom stalls and hiding in the high school auditorium curtains to get high are some of the ways Sunnyside teens are trying to cover up marijuana use on campus.

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Cooking a lifelong art for Bon Vino’s chef

Taking a cue from his mother, Kenny Harding has turned cooking into a career.

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High school artists’ works on display at regional art show

YAKIMA - Always one of the crowd-pleasing events on the South Central Washington arts calendar, the ESD 105 Regional High School Art Show moves to the JA World site in Yakima’s Terrace Heights area for the 41st edition of the annual exhibit that showcases the best creative work by our area’s high school art students.

Sunnyside church plans red wine and chocolate event

Miss out on last weekend’s red wine and chocolate event in the Yakima Valley or just want to experience it again?

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Tri-City Quilters’ show March 21-22

KENNEWICK - The Tri-City Quilters’ Guild will present its 31st annual show on Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

The Historic Columbia River Highway

Because of snow and avalanche control, the east-west passes are shut down as I write today.

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Earl M. Richardson

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Thanks for support

On behalf of the Sunnyside School District’s students, staff and Board of Directors, I would like to thank our voters for their support in approving the school bond to construct a new Washington Elementary School and make safety upgrades at other schools in our district.

Winter Olympics: the untold story

Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto (“Hot. Cool. Yours.”) sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit.

We all have those kind of weeks

We have all experienced life’s ups and downs. Sometimes we feel we have been knocked off our feet, but we know we can’t give up.

Green Rush Munchies

It’s easy to imagine an arena full of Phish fans raising and waving their lighters to honor U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for suggesting the feds might help states that legalize pot by allowing dispensaries to utilize banking services. Way to go, Super AG. That’s so incredibly righteous of you.

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I’m an Olympics widow

My husband is a huge Olympics fan, so I’ve spent the last two weeks sitting backseat to his watching all the events he can on TV.

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Virtual tour held at Yakima County Courthouse for voters

YAKIMA – Members of the League of Women Voters were treated to a virtual tour of the court system Thursday morning at the Yakima County Courthouse.

Zumba classes offered

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25, Zumba classes will be offered at the Sunnyside Community Center, located at 1521 S. First St.

Sukiyaki dinner slated March 2

WAPATO – The 53rd annual Sukiyaki dinner at the Wapato Buddhist Hall is slated for Sunday, March 2.

Annual doll show Feb. 22 in Yakima

YAKIMA – The 33rd annual Doll Show and Sale will take place at the Salvation Army, located at 310 N. 16th Ave. in Yakima, on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

YVCC presents ‘Teach, Tour & Taste’ March 5

GRANDVIEW – Yakima Valley Community College’s teaching winery, Yakima Valley Vintners and students in the wine marketing class invite the community to its annual open house at the only teaching winery in the region.

Maryhill Museum of Art showcases James Lee Hansen

GOLDENDALE – Mary­hill Museum of Art’s 2014 season will open on Saturday, March 15, with the special exhibition James Lee Hansen.

Crab feed fundraiser tomorrow night

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview High School DECA and FFA chapters are selling tickets for their second annual crab feed fundraising event.

Mardi Gras Pageant to benefit local church

A special benefit for St. Joseph’s Parish in Sunnyside is being organized by Teri Alvarez-Ziegler at St. Josph’s gym in Sunnyside.

Mabton School Board Agenda

Monday, February 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Mabton School District Conference Room

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday February 24, 2014 at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Library events

Thursday, February 20

Drone bill passes house

Under provisions of a bill passed by the state house this week, Washington would become one of the first states in the nation to adopt rules governing the use of unmanned aircraft systems, or “drones.”

Newhouse announces campaign for Congress

After mulling it over for a week, Sunnyside’s Dan Newhouse has thrown his hat into the ring, announcing today his decision to run for Congress

Knights to battle Eagles in Zillah for District title

The District playoff games scheduled this Friday between the Sunnyside Christian High School Knights and the Yakama Tribal Eagles have been moved from Goldendale to Zillah Middle School.

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Honeyford joins Senate to honor Civil Air Patrol

In what has become an annual Senate tradition, Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside joined his colleagues in honoring members of the Washington Wing of the Civil Air Patrol with a senate resolution this past Monday.

Slow day for G’view cops

Police in Grandview were not in high demand yesterday (Wednesday), handling fewer than 10 calls.

Dog attack reported to deputies

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s office responded last night, (Wednesday) to a report of dogs killing livestock in the 800 block of Bishop Road near Sunnyside.

City hiring new director of public works

The city of Sunnyside is currently recruiting a new police chief, but also is advertising for a new public works director and public works superintendent.

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A gift of reading

The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club, with help from the Sunnyside High School Key Club, delivered 600 books to all first graders in the Sunnyside School District this week.

Fire damaged house burglarized

Sunnyside police have received a report of stolen property taken from a house left vacant following a fire last Saturday.

House passes irrigation measure

In recent legislative action, the state’s House of Representatives passed a bill related to irrigation district administration.

Fundraising going strong for ‘Penny’ campaign

As of last Friday, Feb. 14, Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion in Grandview has collected $1,460.95 during the annual “Penny-a-Day” campaign.

Disability benefits what (severely) ails you

We all need protection, especially protection from an unexpected disability.

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Mabton FFA wins

Sunnyside, Grandview teams headed to Knowledge Bowl

Students from about a dozen area high schools are scheduled to engage each other in their own wintertime mental Olympics - with berths to State tournaments on the line - during the Regional Knowledge Bowl competitions that are coming up during the last half of February.

Charlotte F. Stuckel

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Ramona Ontiveros

DEATH NOTICE

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Fans support

The staff at Sunnyside’s New Image salon has replaced its “Go Seahawks” message with a salute and well wishes for the Sunnyside High School girls’ basketball team.

Sunnyside native singled out for recognition

Brian Bennett was looking for a career instead of a job when he enrolled in Perry Technical Institute’s instrumentation and industrial automation technology program.

Scholarship resource guide now online

A scholarship reference guide formerly distributed by The American Legion, “Need A Lift?” is now available on-line at www.needalift.org.

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Grandview DECA store earns honors

GRANDVIEW – “I wish I’d joined sooner,” said Miranda Ebbelaar of Grandview’s DECA Club.

Wednesday, February 19

Embarrassing moments

Have you ever done something silly and totally embarrassing and felt thankful that nobody was around to see it?

2014 tax season filing requirements for seniors

What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for seniors this tax season?

Why happy families require 12 great relationships (or maybe 11)

I love my family.

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Prosser Royalty named

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Sporting celebration

A new mural celebrating the Seahawks’ championship season now decorates the side of Electric Beach Tanning at the corner of Seventh Street and Decatur Avenue in Sunnyside.

Light in a dark world

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Thank you Julia Hart for sharing Buddy with us.

Urge enactment of carbon fee

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We, law and decision makers, are all concerned about adequate water for our agricultural crops, cities and rural homes. This prompts expansion of surface water storage.

Kinda nosy

The subject was love, of course, with Valentine’s Day upon us last week, and that’s why the grizzled and semi-grizzled members of the world dilemma think tank had settled upon it. Well, to be fair, they agreed to talk about someone else’s love life, naturally.

Celebrating George Washington’s birthday

Every February, it is customary for our children and grandchildren to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, or President’s Day, by learning about the Father of our Country.

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Buddy could be a snow champ

I must admit I love snow - in the hills, on the lawn, in the fields – everywhere except on the sidewalks and streets.

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Lady Grizzlies thump North Central

Host playoff game this Friday

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team came out firing last night on the way to a 70-43 home playoff victory over North Central.

STOP Violence Against Women Program agreement inked with city of Sunnyside

The city of Sunnyside is the recipient of $3,000 for its participation in the STOP Violence Against Women Program.

When ‘storms’ hit, Social Security has you covered

You’ve probably noticed the unusually cold and stormy weather we’ve been experiencing this year. That makes it more appropriate than ever to recognize National Umbrella Month this March.

Growers workshop planned this Friday

Innovations for water and nutrient management will be the focus of a growers workshop this coming Friday, Feb. 21, at Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery in Sunnyside.

Pot moratorium extended another six months

Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) extended its moratorium on the retail sales, production and processing of recreational marijuana by six months.

Grandview girls fall to Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG – Regular season CWAC champs Ellensburg proved too much last night, as the Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team fell 56-30 in Sub-Regional playoff action.

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Papa Murphy’s opening in Grandview this spring

Grandview residents can eagerly anticipate the opening of a Papa Murphy’s pizza store planned for the end of this coming April.

Parenting class starting Feb. 25

A class for parents on how to create strong families is being offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 25, at Pioneer Elementary School (2102 E. Lincoln Ave.) in Sunnyside.

Former prosecutor’s court appearance rescheduled

A Yakima County District Court appearance for Kathleen Morehouse, Sunnyside’s former city prosecutor, was moved to April 3.

Mabton police busy during past week

Mabton police were kept busy this past Monday investigating a series of suspicious activities occurring in the community’s neighborhoods.

Ground lease terminated

In action Monday night, Port of Sunnyside commissioners agreed to terminate a ground lease with American River Ag.

Loose cows only excitement for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies helped corral some loose cows yesterday morning (Tuesday) along Albro Road near Sunnyside, but otherwise had a quiet day in the Lower Valley.

Burglars strike in G’view

Police in Grandview are investigating a burglary reported yesterday (Tuesday) from the 500 block of West Concord Avenue. The victim reported electronics, jewelry and money was missing after the break-in.

Police aids livestock owner corral loose bulls

Generally, the animal complaints handled by the Sunnyside police tend to involve small animals, like dog or cats.

Local man sells the art of photography

Obbie Cruz has been practicing the art of photography since he was a boy in Hidalgo, Mexico.

Newhouse to announce possible candidacy

Dan Newhouse, a former state legislator and director of the state’s agriculture department, will announce his plans tomorrow, Thursday, on whether he will seek Doc Hastings’ Fourth District Congressional seat.

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New convenience store ready to cater to park visitors

Hoping to capture the foot traffic coming from Sunnyside’s Central Park and community events, Jose Sanchez of Sunnyside has opened the Parkside Mini Mart and JAS Gift Shop at the corner of East Zillah Drive and West Edison Avenue.

Tuesday, February 18

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‘Quit to Win’ makes winners of locals who stop smoking

More spending money and a fresh perspective are just some of the benefits 28 Lower Valley residents are experiencing after completing a smoking cessation program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Sunnyside.

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Ready for picnic weather

A senior project has earned Sunnyside High School senior Felipe Rivera the heartfelt appreciation of Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living Community residents in Sunnyside.

Port adds new bidding criteria

Just in time for preparations on work to construct the Port of Sunnyside’s anaerobic digester, the port’s commissioners last night approved a resolution to give the agency more input on the bidding process.

‘Don’t lie’ on tax returns, says tax expert

If there is one resounding message that Silvia Ramos of Taxes and More had for those attending last week’s Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce meeting, it is to always be truthful when filing tax returns.

Sunnyside EMTs handle 14 aids calls since last Friday

Sunnyside firemen have answered 14 aid calls since last Friday.

Auto theft investigated

A vehicle stolen from outside a business in the 400 block of Cemetery Road early this morning (Tuesday) is being sought by Sunnyside police.

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Grizzlies end season in home playoff contest

After a promising start, the Sunnyside Grizzly basketball team faltered last night on the way to an 82-56 home loss to Hanford.

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Greyhounds to play for District championship this coming Thursday

GRANDVIEW – In what was one of its best games this season, last night the Grandview boys basketball team has given itself a chance at winning the Dis-trict championship.

Vehicle prowl interrupted

Early this morning (Tuesday) Grandview police responded to a report of a possible vehicle prowl in the 200 block of Munson Lane.

Deputies look for burglars

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating two burglaries that happened over the holiday weekend.

Pirates out after District losses

GOLDENDALE – The dreams of the Bickleton Pirates ended this past Saturday after they lost two straight in the District playoffs in Goldendale.

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Snow smiles

Port of Sunnyside Commissioner Arnold Martin is all smiles, along with his colleagues on the commission, during a discussion last night about recent snowfall at Snoqualmie Pass.

Valenzuela, Binfet advances to State

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School swimmers Tavian Valenzuela and Micah Binfet both earned to State berths after being ranked 15th and 17th, respectively among swimmers in their event.

Lease rate change OK’d

In keeping with rates paid by other tenants at Golob Landing, Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night approved a new lease agreement with Gayle Hays, owner of Sunnyside Beauty Academy.

SHS athlete raising funds

A two-time State track and field qualifier, Elijah Pena of Sunnyside is in the process of raising funds to participate in an international track meet this coming July.

Social Security questions and answers

Question: It’s hard for me to get around because of my disability. Can I apply for disability benefits from home? Answer: Yes - in fact, the best way to apply for disability benefits is online.

Rodriguez narrowly loses out on trip to state swim meet

KELSO - Swimming well just wasn’t enough for Sunnyside High School swimmers this past weekend.

Monday, February 17

Lady Knights headed to Regional tourney

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights will be playing at the Regional tournament in two weeks, but don’t yet know if they will be headed in as the champions or in second place.

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Lady Vikes to play Connell this Thursday

The Mabton Lady Vikings, having had a poorly executed game this past Saturday in the District semi-finals against LaSalle, will need to win two more games if they are to advance to Regionals.

Grandview girls down Tigers

The Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team kept its season alive last Saturday with a 63-49 postseason win at Ephrata, according to the CWAC’s official website.

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Pushing forward

Despite a pair of losses last Friday and Saturday, the Sunnyside Grizzly basketball team will host a loser-out postseason playoff game tonight, Monday, at 6 p.m. against Hanford.

Knights qualify for District Friday’s championship game

This coming Friday Sunnyside Christian hoops fans will get to see the Knights compete for the District championship title.

Lady Grizzlies advance six to Mat Classic

Jessica Cardenas earned championship honors in the 170-lb. weight class to spark the Sunnyside girls during Regional wrestling competition last Saturday.

Gutierrez, Meza qualify for State

Both Noemi Gutierrez and Jesenia Meza of Mabton High School have qualified to compete at the Mat Classic in Tacoma this coming Friday and Saturday.

Two champions for Grandview

The Lady Greyhounds dominated their classifications at the Regional tourney at Wahluke High School this past Saturday, coming home with a championship for both of the wrestlers in the event.

Torres, Barajas spark Sunnyside at Regionals

Grizzlies qualify eight for State

Thanks to several clutch victories in consolation matches, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team grabbed fourth-place team honors during last Saturday’s Regional tourney at Glacier Peak High School.

Newhouse contemplates run at Doc’s seat

Though closer to a decision, Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside is still consulting with family and friends before officially running for Congressman Doc Hastings’ Fourth District seat this November.

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The color of education in Washington state

Juanita Tellez, 23, remembers not being able to do her homework in third grade.

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Alternate world

Salvador Urbina of Mabton tries to take the advantage over Matt Bartlett of Royal in the 195-lb. opening bout at Regionals in Zillah this past Saturday.

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‘D’licious

SHS Grizzlies Big Nine champs

For Sunnyside, there is no ‘I’ in team.

Free business leadership workshop set in Sunnyside

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley is hosting a free leadership workshop on Tuesday, March 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Best Western Grapevine Inn.

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Jill of all trades offers service with a smile

Ten years ago Barb Driesen held down a pair of part-time Sunnyside jobs to support her family, working in promotions for Mid-Valley Mall and as an employee for Curves.

Your spouse may be covered by Social Security

If you have a spouse who does not earn an income or who earns less than you do, your spouse may be entitled to Social Security spouses’ benefits based on your record.

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Pot of gold?

A rainbow arcs over the Daily Sun News early Monday morning.

Grandview sending three to State

Grandview sent four wrestlers to the Regional tourney this past weekend and came back with two championships and an unexpected runner-up.

Friday, February 14

Planning commission doesn’t recommend outright ban of recreational marijuana businesses

The Sunnyside Planning Commission has decided to move forward with its recommendation to control and limit retail marijuana businesses within Sunnyside with tighter zoning restrictions, despite an opinion issued by the state attorney general that may pave the way for cities to ban marijuana businesses altogether.

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What’s in a name?

Sunnyside’s new subcommittee on community development met for the first time last night and, after electing a chairman, discussed names for the new park near the Law & Justice Center.

‘Doc’ done end of year

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) announced that he will retire from Congress at the end of the year.

Governor appoints Yakima judge to Division III Court of Appeals

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee this week announced he is appointing Judge Robert Lawrence-Berrey Jr. to the Division III Court of Appeals, District II.

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Parade of Hearts

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The Underground provides a safe place for local youth to gather

The basement is a comfortable lounge, complete with a small stage, a kitchen, air hockey table and a foosball game.

Few calls to deputies

Sex education funding for Mabton

MABTON – The Mabton School District is one of 16 districts in Washington state to be awarded grant funding for sex education classes.

Burglary investigated

Quiet day for firemen

27th annual dinner theatre, auction set for March 1

YAKIMA - On Saturday, March 1, the Zonta Club of Yakima Valley will sponsor its 27th annual dinner theatre fundraiser at the Yakima Convention Center.

Winter birds event reset to March 1

BURBANK - Due to inclement weather, the winter birds event at McNary National Wildlife Refuge has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 1.

Annual doll show Feb. 22 in Yakima

YAKIMA – The 33rd annual Doll Show and Sale will take place at the Salvation Army, located at 310 N. 16th Ave. in Yakima, on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Engineering day for kids planned for March 1

YAKIMA – The Yakima Valley Community College Engineering Department in partnership with the Yakima branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers will host Engineering Day for Kids on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the HUB on the Yakima campus of YVCC.

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Mardi Gras Pageant set for March 2

A special benefit for St. Joseph’s Parish in Sunnyside is being organized by Teri Alvarez-Ziegler at St. Josph’s gym in Sunnyside.

Show ‘n Shine end of March

The 10th annual Sunnyside High School Show ‘n Shine Car Show will take place on Saturday, March 29, at Clem Senn Field.

Regional high school art show scheduled

YAKIMA – Education Service District 105 will be hosting the annual regional high school art show beginning Sunday, Feb. 23.

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For Valentine’s Day...a return to romance

For the past 40 years or so, a movement has been afoot to make men more like women and women more like men.

Bon Vino’s take over set for Feb. 28

The 11 young men vying for the Mr. SHS title, a fundraising benefit for Children’s Village, will take over Bon Vino’s Bistro & Bakery on Friday, Feb. 28.

Fee free weekend at Mt. Rainier

MT. RAINIER - Monday, Feb. 17, is President’s Day, a federal holiday. Mt. Rainier and other national park areas will be celebrating this holiday with a fee free weekend this Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15 through 17.

School levy support appreciated

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Interactive website launched

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has launched a new interactive website that allows the agency to provide improved public service and information about parks and programs.

The tale of two pots

The first pot with a tale to tell is the Teapot in Zillah.

Less, please, of Gov. Moratorium

So our Gov. Inslee is going all Obama on the state legislature and enacting his own executive privilege with a self-proclaimed moratorium on capital punishment.

Gospel music jamboree scheduled this coming Sunday

The next old fashioned Gospel Music Jamboree will be this coming Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. at Grace Brethren Church in Mabton, 216 B St.

Four Sunnyside churches unite for Taize services

Sunnyside’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 327 E. Edison Ave. will host a Taizé prayer service at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, and again at the same time on Sunday, March 16.

Hospital grows with new services and providers

Over the past 18 months, Sunnyside Community Hospital has undergone a significant, financial turnaround, and with its recent additions to inpatient and outpatient services, Lower Yakima Valley residents can continue to expect more quality health care options in the future.

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Daniel B. Rodriguez

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Wellness House event will be held March 7

YAKIMA – Wellness House in Yakima will host its 14th annual “Lunch Among Friends” event on Friday, March 7, at the Yakima Convention Center.

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Kathryne Smith

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Feb. 17-21

Deadline to apply for black bear hunt last day in February

Hunters may now purchase and submit applications for a 2014 spring black bear hunting permit, applicable to specific areas of western and eastern Washington.

Steelhead fishing underway this week

Effective yesterday, Thursday, steelhead fishing was opened on the upper Columbia River, as well as the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.

Mabton advances to District semi-finals

The Mabton girls basketball team is one game closer to a District championship.

Thursday, February 13

’HOUNDS ARE IN!

Holey smokes! Just when it looked like Selah had control of last night’s District tournament play-in game, the roof fell in on the Vikings.

BHS girls nearly corral playoff-bound Mustangs

Bickleton’s girls gave the 1B playoff-bound Trout Lake Mustangs a scare last night. “It was a great game for our girls to finish off their season with,” Bickleton Coach Emily Barnhart said of the closer than the 59-45 score indicated.

Lady Knights head into playoffs undefeated

The Lyle Cougars struggled to score against Sunnyside Christian’s defense as the undefeated Lady Knights rolled to an easy 71-8 victory last night.

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Sunnyside Christian manhandled by Lyle

It was a rough night for the Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team.

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Helen Jean Frank

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Haak receives Laureate honor

Alyssa Haak of Outlook has been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for fall semester 2013.

Council approves franchise agreement

The Grandview City Council Tuesday night formally approved a franchise agreement with Fatbeam LLC, allowing the company to install, operate and maintain the Grandview School District’s telecommunications system.

Public hearing set March 11

A public hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 11, allowing the Grandview City Council to consider a petition to vacate Warehouse Street.

Nouvella Club to meet Feb. 20

The Nouvella Club will meet on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Snipes Mountain Brewery in Sunnyside at noon.

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Yard sale

The Miss Sunnyside court will be holding a yard sale this coming Saturday, Feb. 15, to raise money for its expenses with the parade season.

Hit and run accident investigated

Police in Grandview are investigating a report of a hit and run accident made yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) in the 600 block of West Wine Country Road.

Tax filing issue could be fraud

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of fraud made yesterday afternoon, Wednesday.

Sunnyside police have busy day

Sunnyside police have been busy since yesterday (Wednesday) with a number of calls.

Fire department answers calls

The Sunnyside Fire Department responded to a public assistance service call Tuesday afternoon in the 800 block of East South Hill Road.

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Senate page

Toppenish High School sophomore Liliana Gutierrez worked as a student page for Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside last week in the Washington state legislature.

Deadline noted for dog permits

After less than a third of Mabton’s homes purchased dog licenses last year, and with issues of dogs roaming in the city, the Mabton City Council Tuesday night reminded residents that the deadline to purchase permits is March 31.

Civic center repairs likely

During a study session discussion this past Tuesday, the Mabton City Council opted to research possible costs for repairing and updating the civic center.

Lower Yakima Valley hospice agency switches out name to ‘Heartlinks’

Residents of the Yakima Valley have been using services provided by Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care since 1978.

Preserving farmland may have unforeseen consequences for taxpayers

A proposed change to a law aimed at preserving farmland and open space could result in higher taxes for some Washington property owners.

Defense against invasive species now one step closer

Sunnyside Sen. Jim Honeyford’s work to keep state waterways from being infested by non-native mussels received another boost this past Tuesday.

Only matter of time before new rural wells are metered

Water supply and water quality are at the forefront of Yakima County’s plans for 2014.

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Photo exhibit gives voice to local cancer survivors

For those who are diagnosed with and survive cancer the experience is a journey, according to Carmina Borrego.

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Quickly crafted bill addresses moratorium on death sentences

West side lawmaker accuses governor of misusing his constitutional powers

Sen. Steve O’Ban, a constitutional attorney from west Pierce County, has introduced a measure aimed at addressing Gov. Jay Inslee’s blanket moratorium on death row executions in Washington state.

Bickleton wins 1B league finale

The Bickleton Pirates are headed into District play riding a two-game winning streak after beating the Trout Lake Mustangs 52-48 last night.

Wednesday, February 12

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Approve the Keystone Pipeline

The Seattle Times headline said it all: “Obama running out of reasons to reject Keystone XL.”

The war against children

“…that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love…” - Mother Teresa

Chances are Buddy probably never will be an ambassador of goodwill

When interviewing foreign exchange students I always hope that I do not come off as the “Ugly American.”

We’re working to reform the Endangered Species Act

From endangered salmon to the Spotted Owl, the Pacific Northwest has been the poster child when it comes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

A win is a win!

Bickleton High Basketball

It wasn’t the win that Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts had planned, but it was a victory nonetheless for the Pirates hoop squad last night against Klickitat, 45-40.

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Greyhounds stop ’Stangs in winning CWAC league title

Boys Prep Basketball

There is a long-standing rivalry between Grandview and Prosser.

Brown, Alexander step up big against Klickitat Vandals

Out of commission for a full week – due to the cancellation of last weekend’s games because of icy road conditions – it’s no surprise the Bickleton High School girls basketball team had to shake off a little rust last night.

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GHS girls have shot at playoffs in tiebreaker games set for tonight

Girls Prep Basketball

The Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team punched its ticket to at least a piece of the postseason with a convincing 58-42 victory over Prosser last night.

School retirees meeting Feb. 18

The Lower Yakima Valley Unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association (WSSRA) will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Sabor Cafe, located at 150 Division St. in Grandview.

How to tell if you have prediabetes

Dear Savvy Senior, my 62-year-old sister was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was surprised when the doctor told her that she’s probably had it or prediabetes for many years. My question is what determines prediabetes and how can you know if you have it? - Surprised Senior

The surprising thing about people that shouldn’t be surprising

Why are we always so surprised when people are nice?

An expensive set-up

Here it is Valentine’s Day. Cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts will be given or received with great expectations.

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Sunnyside jewels

Audrina Campos, Jenny Hall and Brianna Garza of Sunnyside show off their winnings at last Saturday’s Pink Diamond Divas Pageant in Kennewick.

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Funeral home intern knows importance of listening to her clients

Despite the often asked question about working with those who have passed on, Teresa Smith says she enjoys her career as an intern funeral director.

Deputies kept busy

Yakima County Sheriff deputies have been busy in the Lower Valley the last two days, including handling five different reports of animal problems, three traffic incidents and two reports of malicious mischief.

Two thefts reported in Sunnyside

Since yesterday (Tuesday) Sunnyside police have investigated two thefts.

Two juveniles arrested after police follow tracks in snow

Officers in Grandview responding to a tip yesterday morning (Tuesday) arrested two juvenile males suspected of a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries.

Grandview City Council directs attorney to develop ordinance banning marijuana businesses within city limits

The city of Grandview is one step closer to an official ban of recreational marijuana retailers, processors and producers within city limits.

Mabton street crews get ‘late jump’ on snow removal

During the Mabton City Council’s regular meeting last night, Tuesday, Councilman Arturo DeLaFuente critiqued the city’s snow removal performance.

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Civil service commission appointments questioned at S’side Council meeting

Sunnyside City Manager Don Day’s appointment of Robert Barker to the Sunnyside Civil Service Commission created a bit of a stir this past Monday evening.

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Leading the way

Nearly 300 middle school students from around the Yakima Valley convened at Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School for a regional leadership conference.

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Kennewick firm lands contract to build new wastewater facility

The Mabton City Council took an important step forward last night when it awarded a contract to construct a new wastewater treatment plant.

Lower Valley voters supporting bond, levy requests

As of last night’s election count, the school bond in Sunnyside and the school levy in Grandview are both passing, but the final outcome will not be known until all the votes have been counted.

Governor puts hold on capital punishment

In a move that surprised state legislators, Gov. Jay Inslee held a press conference yesterday to announce he is imposing a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty in Washington state.

Tuesday, February 11

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Washington Elementary School Accelerated Readers of the Month

Fourth through Fifth grades

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Washington Elementary School Students of the Month

First through second grade

Sierra Vista second quarter honor roll students named

Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School saw 11 students earn perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the second quarter of the 2013-14 academic year.

Lower Valley students earn full-ride Heritage scholarships

TOPPENISH – Two Lower Yakima Valley high school students are among nine receiving full-tuition, four-year scholarships to Heritage University.

Sunnyside Christian second-quarter honor roll students named

The second quarter honor roll of the 2013-14 school year has been released by Sunnyside Christian High School.

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Seasonal slow down for building starts in city of Sunnyside

January may be a month to start a new year and new resolutions, but it’s not a month to start new building projects.

Downtown upgrades set to begin as early as next month

There are a lot of changes happening in Sunnyside...that’s the good news.

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New method of evaluating superintendent one focus of last night’s school board retreat

Quarterly school board retreats and superintendent evaluations twice each year are changes the Sunnyside School Board considered during a dinner retreat at Bon Vino’s last night.

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Plowing ahead

A city of Sunnyside rig plows snow on 13th Street yesterday, Monday, as part of the clean-up city crews are undertaking to clear local streets of snow and ice.

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John Hugh Brady

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Angel Castro

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Icing on the cake

Sunnyside High School senior Brianna Esqueda and SHS Coach Tina Peabody are all smiles at the WIAA 1A/2A/3A State Bowling Tournament at Narrows Plaza Bowl near Tacoma last Friday.

SHS dance team hip hop winners

The Sunnyside High School Grizzly dance team earned a pair of top honors last weekend at the Moses Lake dance and drill competition.

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Several GHS swimmers on bubble for State meet

No members of the Grandview High School boys swim team earned outright berths to the State swim meet at this past weekend’s 2A District 5/6/7 competition.

Lodging tax funding OK’d

The Sunnyside City Council Monday approved more than $10,500 in appropriations from the lodging tax fund.

Martin to serve on S’side Arts Commission

Sunnyside Councilman Spencer Martin at Monday’s City Council meeting volunteered to serve on the Sunnyside Arts Commission.

New blower, lights to save city money

The city of Sunnyside contracted with McKinstry a few months ago to conduct an energy efficiency analysis.

Six-year transportation plan amended

Following a public hearing during which there were no comments from the public on Monday, Sunnyside’s six-year transportation improvement plan was amended to include the installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters on North 16th Street.

Children left in vehicles a no-no

The cold weather always brings out the reminder that children should not be left alone waiting in vehicles.

Reward offered in Sunnyside bank robbery case

The FBI in conjunction with the Sunnyside Police Department continues to seek information about a bank robbery that occurred on Nov. 1, 2012, at Bank of America located at 401 S. Seventh St. in Sunnyside.

$9,000 gang prevention stop-gap OK’d by council

Yakima County will provide the city of Sunnyside with $9,000 for gang prevention and intervention services.

Concert canceled due to travel conditions

The Lower Valley Community Concert Association has canceled tomorrow’s (Wednesday) concert performance by pianist Andy Feldbau due to winter travel conditions.

USDA to conduct annual farmers survey

What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2014 as they finalize plans for planting this spring?

Recent snows not enough to ease worries

The snowfall area residents experienced last week is just a drop in the bucket compared to the amount that’s needed to get the state’s snowpack – and water outlook – back to normal for the coming year.

Firemen kept busy over the weekend

Sunnyside firemen were kept busy during the past 24 hours providing lift assists to Sunnyside residents.

Settlement reached with dairy defendant

One of five Lower Valley dairies sued one year ago reached a settlement in the suit brought by Outlook-based CARE (Community Association for Restoration of the Environment) and the Center for Food Safety from Washington D.C.

New land acquisition proposal criticized

Land acquisition by state agencies is draining county coffers, particularly in Okanogan County, said Washington Farm Bureau members and Okanogan County officials.

Monday, February 10

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Local schools want input on new logo

The Sunnyside School District is looking for public input on a new logo for the district to replace one that has been in use for more than a decade.

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100 years and counting

Since Evelyn Nieffer was born in 1914, there have been 17 U.S. Presidents, prohibition of alcohol came and went, vaccines were discovered, women earned the right to vote and electric stoves took the place of wood stoves.

Honeyford’s bills move through Senate committees ahead of deadline

OLYMPIA - As the deadline to get committee approval of Senate policy bills passed last Friday, it became clear that Republican Sen. Jim Honeyford had been successful in shepherding through a number of his proposals - nine in all last week alone for the Sunnyside solon.

Valentine’s deliveries at high school will benefit SHS seniors’ grad party

This year Sunnyside High School has incorporated a new policy regarding all Valentine’s deliveries.

‘Photovoice’ reception on Feb. 12 to highlight cancer survivors’ journey

A photographic exhibition to celebrate the courage of those who have been touched by the ravages of cancer

Sunnyside fends off Eisenhower Cadets

YAKIMA – The Sunnyside Grizzly basketball team pounded its way to a double-digit lead, then held on for a 50-41 victory at Eisenhower last Friday in CBBN action.

Vikes close out season with win against Cle Elum

MABTON – In a see-saw contest that saw both teams enjoy big runs, it was the Mabton Viking basketball team that finished on top in a 55-47 home win over Cle Elum last Friday.

Four champs for GHS

ELLENSBURG – The Grandview Greyhounds had four wrestlers make it to the championship finals at the District tourney in Ellensburg this past weekend.

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Mabton advances five grapplers to Regionals

GRANGER – Five Mabton wrestlers will compete this coming Saturday at Regionals in Zillah and Wahluke.

Lady Grizzlies District champs

RICHLAND – The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly wrestling team dominated the field on the way to winning the District team title last Saturday.

Sunnyside third at Sub-Regionals

RICHLAND – With 10 Sunnyside Grizzly grapplers punching their tickets to Regionals, the Sunnyside wrestling team earned third-place team honors last Saturday at Sub-Regionals.

Lady Vikes open playoffs Thursday

MABTON – The Mabton girls basketball team only had the opportunity to play one of its weekend games as Saturday’s game against Goldendale was canceled and will not be made up.

ONE MORE WIN!

Big Nine League title up for grabs this Friday

YAKIMA – Eleven…that’s the magic number for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team.

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Finders keepers

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

Bickleton hoop games rescheduled

BICKLETON – The basketball games scheduled this past weekend for Bickleton High School have been rescheduled due to the weather.

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Shirley J. Kirkham

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Friday, February 7

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It’s hard to fix stupid

While listening to the State of the Union address by the coolest president ever last week, I felt an odd chill go up my leg (because of the polar vortex) when I mused over why people loyally vote for and trust those who instinctively make things worse every time they try to fix something.

An ode to February

February is the shortest month, so it’s only natural I always feel like it rushes by faster than any other month of the year.

Makings of a connoisseur

Our resident cowboy, Steve, brought us the shocking news: cowpuncher Three-Chord Cortez, that bunkhouse balladeer, plans to study opera, in hopes an aria or three will make him even more attractive to girls during a serenade.

Projects and events for Washington 125

Nov. 11, 2014 is the 125th anniversary of Washington statehood. One anniversary project centers around the capsule keepers.

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Feb. 10 - Feb. 14

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Snow spike

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Alejandro Carrizales Molina

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Mia Christa Romero

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Wednesday burglary being investigated by police in Mabton

Mabton police are continuing to investigate a report of a burglary at a home in the 100 block of Washington Avenue. The incident occurred this past Wednesday. It is unknown what items were taken.

Food stamps reported stolen from parked vehicle

Sunnyside police are investigating a report of missing food stamps taken from a vehicle in the parking lot in the 2000 block of Yakima Valley Highway. The items were reported missing Thursday afternoon

Sunnyside League Bowing Report

WEEK #22

Tonight’s basketball games at Christian school gym canceled

The basketball games scheduled tonight, Friday, at Sunnyside Christian High School have been canceled due to the weather.

Sunnyside sends 28 to Sub-Regionals

Five Grizzlies secure No. 1 seeds

The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team doubled its contingent to Sub-Regionals today and tomorrow at Hanford High School.

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Lower Valley hospice worker knows first-hand how much end of life care helps

When her father passed away five years ago, Carmelita Alvarez took advantage of hospice services. She’d been working at Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care in Sunnyside for a couple of years at that point, and said she thought she was prepared.

Penny-a-day collection sites established

People who want to donate to the Grandview American Legion’s “Penny-a-Day” campaign during the month of February don’t have far to travel.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday February 10, 2014 at Sunnyside Law & Justice Center, 6:30 p.m.

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Downhill winter fun

Noe and Dominick Gonzalez (L-R) take advantage of the overnight snowfall and a two-hour school opening delay this morning (Friday) to enjoy a few hours of sledding at Sunnyside’s Central Park.

Sunnyside awards banquet March 8

Sunnyside’s best and brightest will take center stage on Saturday, March 8, when the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Spirit of Sunnyside Awards Banquet.

Spokane lawmaker proposes redefining ‘basic education’

Calling it a real game-changer, Sen. Michael Baumgartner this past Thursday introduced a bill to redefine what “basic education” means in Washington.

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Snow storms can cause power outages

With significant snow, ice and wind hitting all parts of the Northwest, Pacific Power is reminding its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

Funding nearly in hand for Port’s $7.3 million anaerobic digester project

If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.

Winter birds event set for tomorrow

The Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges is hosting its third annual winter birds event at McNary National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Dance for seniors set for next Wednesday

The Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way, will be the site for the annual Parade of Hearts semi-formal dance for area senior citizens.

Show ‘n Shine slated March 29

The 10th annual Sunnyside High School Show ‘n Shine Car Show will take place on Saturday, March 29, at Clem Senn Field.

Wellness House event March 7

Wellness House in Yakima will host its 14th annual Lunch Among Friends event on Friday, March 7, at the Yakima Convention Center.

Public’s help sought for Feb. 14-17 bird count

All over the world bird watchers will be participating in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count from Friday through Monday, Feb. 14-17.

Bon Vino’s take over scheduled for Feb. 28

The 11 young men vying for the Mr. SHS title, a fundraising benefit for Children’s Village, will take over Bon Vino’s Bistro & Bakery on Friday, Feb. 28.

Bison topic of lecture on Feb. 26

Yakima Val-ley Community College history instructor Dr. Ken Zontek will be presenting a special lecture on America’s bison in the Parker room at YVCC’s Yakima campus on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

‘Unleap Year’ savings offered for fairgoers

The Central Washington State Fair is still more than eight months away, but savvy savers looking for the best admission prices for this year’s fair might want to look into the purchase of the “UnLeap Year Special.”

‘Fairy Godmother’ seeks formal wear donations

Central Washington University’s Student Fashion Association is seeking prom dresses and formal wear for its “Fairy Godmother Project.”

Outdoor opportunities in February

Temperatures are warming, birds are singing and soon spring chinook salmon will be moving into the lower Columbia River in large numbers. Spring is still a ways off, but February offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Sneak peek

Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham provides a sneak peek of the training room in the new fire station.

More aid calls

Sunnyside firemen have responded to five aid calls in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of aid calls phoned in since last Tuesday to 12.

Missing vehicle recovered

A report of a vehicle taken from a residence in the Belma Road area yesterday afternoon (Thursday) turned out to be a case of a relative borrowing the vehicle without permission, according to a Yakima Sheriff’s Office report.

Grandview police field nine service calls

Citizens in Grandview made nine calls to the police department yesterday (Thursday).

Thursday, February 6

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Seahawk pride

Personnel at the Sunnyside Fire Department are proudly displaying their favorite colors.

Valley’s Concord grape growers receive help from USDA

This week, in response to a request from U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $11.5 million nationwide purchase of Concord grape juice, which is grown in the Yakima Valley.

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Janet L. Estelle-Graisy

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Daniel Licea

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County settles claim

Yakima County commissioners Wednesday approved a claim settlement with Lower Valley Memorial Gardens near Sunnyside.

Marijuana licensing moratorium extended

Although the Yakima County Commission on Jan. 21, 2014 voted to prohibit marijuana businesses from operating in unincorporated areas of the county, a moratorium is in place until the Yakima County codes are modified.

Agreement with consultant from Pasco amended

The Yakima County Commission yesterday (Wednesday) approved an amendment to the contract for consulting services for the Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area Advisory Committee.

American Red Cross in need of blood donors

The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to help restock the blood supply this February.

SVID aces audits

The Washington state auditor’s office recently completed two audits of the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District’s books.

Quitclaim deed earns approval

The Mabton City Council last week gave Mayor Mario Martinez permission to sign a quitclaim deed with Yakima County for a parcel near the city’s wastewater treatment facility.

Council revises city hall hours

In action last week, the Mabton City Council approved changing city hall’s business hours. City hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break.

Mabton cleans up accounts

In a bit of housekeeping last week, the Mabton City Council approved several moves to rename or eliminate some municipal accounts.

Shots-fired call unfounded

Yakima County Sheriff deputies had a very quiet day in the Lower Valley yesterday (Wednesday).

Minor incidents keep cops busy

Officers in Grandview responded to a report of a fight yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) near the intersection of West Third Street and Avenue H, but the suspects were gone when officers arrived.

Tire slashing incident ends in arrest

A domestic argument reported Wednesday morning ended with the slashing of tires on a vehicle.

Legislators want to capitalize on potential of industrial hemp market

Washington state farmers could soon be growing cannabis for use in a potentially profitable hemp industry.

Two injured on I-82

A Sunnyside woman and a passenger in the 1996 Honda Accord she was driving were injured last night as the result of an accident on I-82, approximately eight miles east of Prosser.

Legislative proposal could bring back lower-cost health insurance to Washington

Sen. Steve O’Ban this week told members of the Washington State Senate Health Care Committee that his legislation represents the best hope for people who have lost their medical insurance due to Obamacare.

Local charter school organizers optimistic about second attempt

“The comments were very encouraging,” Erin Martin, co-chair for Charter Schools of Sunnyside, said of last Thursday’s Washington State Charter School Commission meeting.

Wednesday, February 5

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Lodging tax advisory committee makes funding recommendations

Members of the Sunnyside lodging tax advisory committee voted to recommend that the city provide funding for eight of the nine proposals the committee reviewed at its meeting yesterday, Tuesday.

Grandview lands on list of safest cities

SafeWise, a security organization, has released its list of the 50 safest cities in Washington state, and Grandview is No. 31 on the list.

Water storage funding on minds of irrigators

With California’s winter drought currently in the headlines, federal and state lawmakers are mulling ways to help increase water storage.

Girl Scouts cookie sales on the immediate horizon

Whether it’s Thin Mints or Samoas, Girl Scout cookies are on their way to the Lower Valley.

County deputies called in to investigate burglaries

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are looking into a couple of burglaries reported over the weekend.

Suspect in theft nabbed by police in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview arrested Carlos Espana, 21, yesterday (Tuesday) after officers allegedly found him in possession of a stolen laptop and electronic notebook.

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Relationships help develop branch manager’s career

Just barely out of high school, Erika Aranda found herself in need of employment.

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Hanford rallies past SHS

A 39-24 run over the second and third quarters proved to be the difference for the visiting Hanford Falcons in rallying for a 69-60 win at Sunnyside last night.

’Hounds fend off East Valley in keeping grip on league lead

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview boys basketball team last night played a home game against East Valley and defeated the Red Devils, 63-53.

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SHS girls clip Hanford Falcons

In a sense, it was poetic justice. The only Sunnyside player the Falcons were able to contain last night - Selena Rubacava - was the one who burst Hanford’s final bubble.

Lady Knights still undefeated

WALLA WALLA – DeSales put up some amazing shots from three-point territory, but still fell to the undefeated Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights, 61-50 last night.

Sunnyside Christian wins 61-59 thriller in overtime on DeSales Irish home court

WALLA WALLA – Sunnyside Christian had its hands full against DeSales last night and had to battle to eke out a 61-59 non-league win.

Red Devils top Grandview

GRANDVIEW – In a key CWAC contest, the Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team lost at home last night to East Valley by a score of 49-43.

Pirates drop close game to Tribal

TOPPENISH – Nathan Powers led his team with 26 points, but despite his best efforts the Bickleton Pirates still lost to the Yakama Tribal Eagles, 67-58, last night in Toppenish.

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House Republicans stand ready to work with President in bipartisan way

Tuesday, Jan. 28th, Americans across the country watched President Obama deliver his fifth State of the Union address.

Three ways to deal with the poison person

Is your husband’s boss ruining your marriage?

Work-at-home employment opportunities for retirees

Can you recommend some popular work at home jobs for retirees?

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Seahawks, Wil(l)sons and Shermans, oh my!

This morning the Seahawks were celebrated with a victory parade in Seattle for the 43-8 Super Bowl whuppin’ they administered on the (former AFC West rival) Broncos.

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YOLO… you only live once

Popularly said among youth today is the acronym “YOLO,” or “You Only Live Once.”

Quasquicentennial

Great words float around our State Capitol building in Olympia!

Girls volleyball club fundraiser planned Feb. 9

Sunnyside Club Volleyball will host a kettle corn fundraiser Sunday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sunnyside’s Fiesta Foods.

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Kings for a cause

It’s tough sledding for youngest team in the league

TOPPENISH - It’s the youngest team in the Greater Columbia 1B League, with four eighth graders and three freshmen on the varsity. But Bickleton may have the biggest heart.

Can’t laugh…and can’t stop

The pastor’s wife called her: “Sue’s mother-in-law passed away. Her husband and his family do not attend church, and I wondered if you and your husband would be willing to just attend the funeral to support Sue.”

Tuesday, February 4

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New fire station, new police chief, new crime fighting tool focus of public safety confab

The Sunnyside City Council subcommittee on public safety covered a lot of ground at yesterday’s meeting, from the search for a new police chief to the status of the construction on the fire station to a new tool for citizens to help provide police with information on crimes.

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Adopting kids…one class at a time

The Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club has for a couple of years been looking at ways to support local youth.

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Nature’s majesty

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Sunnyside City Council debates whether to support anti-gang efforts

The Sunnyside City Council last night discussed the possibility of providing Sunnyside United with funding for prevention and intervention programs.

Grandview cops warn drivers to slow down in snowy weather

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are urging residents to use caution when driving in the snow after morning snowfall yesterday (Monday) caused three accidents in the city.

Sunnyside police nab suspect in early morning break-in attempt today

Sunnyside Police are continuing to investigate an attempted burglary reported early this morning (Tuesday) in the 1500 block of South Sixth Street.

Tax credits available to employers for hiring hard-to-place job seekers

Washington employers earned a record $82 million in federal tax credits in 2013 for hiring certain hard-to-place job seekers.

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Roofing bid for port project goes to Union Gap company

Monday night’s Port of Sunnyside meeting was an occasion for port commissioners to deal with a few housekeeping matters, namely the awarding of a bid for a new roof for the East Edison Avenue port administration building.

Pirates drop two games this past weekend in 1B play

BICKELTON - Bickleton High School’s girls basketball team didn’t fare well in its games this past weekend, losing first to Lyle-Wishram at home on Friday night by a 57-11 score, then falling to Sunnyside Christian High School on Saturday night, 80-18.

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Wizards and witches

No, these students aren’t attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Lady Greyhounds swept in CWAC play

The Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team dropped a pair of CWAC league contests last Friday and Saturday.

Irma G. Belloso

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Financial reporting award received

The Port of Sunnyside has earned yet another Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

Commissioners plan to visit local lawmakers

The Port of Sunnyside commissioners are making plans to attend Port Day at the state capital on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Milton-Freewater man top finisher

John Reed of Milton-Freewater, Ore. captured top honors this past weekend in the fourth annual Super Saturday Cribbage Championships, staged in Sunnyside.

Cynthia Eileen Lucki

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Bickleton names honor roll students for second quarter

BICKLETON – The second quarter honor roll of the 2013-14 school year has been released by the Bickleton School District.

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East Valley High School student seeks to do away with senior project graduation mandate in Washington

OLYMPIA - An East Valley High School student is seeking state lawmakers’ help to remove a state board of education requirement making senior projects a state mandated high school graduation requirement.

Monday, February 3

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28¢... that’s all that’s needed to help a military veteran

GRANDVIEW – Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion in Grandview is again embarking on an effort to help the national organization raise $1,000,000 for the National Emergency Fund, which supports veterans displaced by natural disasters.

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Hail to the chief

GRANDVIEW – Friends, family, city employees and fellow law enforcement officials gathered last Friday to celebrate the 42 years Grandview Police Chief Dave Charvet has served the community.

Motorist evades police following high speed chase

A high speed chase, which began in the 2600 block of East Lincoln Avenue Sunday night, resulted with the driver of the vehicle fleeing on foot in the Luther Road area, west of Sunnyside.

Gov. Inslee proposes more taxes in 2014

Plan would hike school spending by $200 million

OLYMPIA - Paying sales tax on bottled water and for janitorial services will be in the offing if Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to speed up K-12 funding finds approval in the legislature.

Honeyford bill would spare honeybee industry from sting of B&O tax

OLYMPIA - The Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee last Thursday considered a bill aimed at putting more buzz into the state’s honeybee industry.

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Local realtors afforded accolades

Nelson named Realtor of the Year

PROSSER – The Lower Yakima Valley Association of Realtors held its annual awards luncheon at the Horse Heaven Saloon in Prosser last Thursday and presented the following honors for 2013:

Non-injury vehicle accidents keep Sunnyside police busy

Sunnyside police had a full weekend of investigating a number of non-injury accidents.

State adopts clean air plan for wood stoves

The state’s Department of Ecology last week adopted changes to the statewide rule and plan for solid-fuel burning devices like wood stoves, fireplaces, pellet stoves and masonry heaters.

Free workshops being offered to Sunnyside families Feb. 8

“Access, Equity & Excellence,” a free summit for parents and community members, will be hosted by the League of Education Voters on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Sunnyside High School.

West Valley Rams class of field at Yakima Valley Championships

Grandview places seventh, SHS Grizzlies one spot back

YAKIMA – With junior Kian Hauskin pacing the Rams, via victories in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, West Valley emerged with top honors at last Saturday’s Yakima Valley Championships.

Grandview defeats both Selah, West Valley

The Grandview boys basketball team this past weekend won its games against Selah and West Valley.

Mabton gains split in pair of weekend road games

Following a 71-47 loss to a very good Naches Valley Rangers squad last Friday, the Mabton High School boys basketball team rebounded at Highland the following night and secured a 72-67 victory.

Bickleton boys absorb two 1B league losses

The Pirates couldn’t find the basket last Friday night on their home court, leading to a 58-23 loss against the Lyle-Wishram Cougars.

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Knights win twice

Lady Vikings notch two wins on the road

The Mabton girls basketball team this past Friday and Saturday won both its road games.

Dean Stewart Thornock

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Duane Eldon Stark

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Richard C. Loucks

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Jean Bates-Barfuss

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Board accepts donations

Two donations were accepted by the Mabton School Board last week.

Personnel changes OK’d

The Mabton School Board by a 4-0 vote approved personnel changes at last week’s meeting.

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Conference title showdown looms

Assuming the unlikely doesn’t happen in the final stages of conference play, the Valentine’s Day match-up between Sunnyside and Moses Lake will be for all the marbles.