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Friday, February 28

 

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.

February 28, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..
   

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.

February 28, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..


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.

February 28, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..
   

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.

February 28, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 28, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..
     

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.

February 28, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..


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.

February 28, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..
        

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.

February 28, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 28, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
     

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.

February 28, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 28, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

Thursday, February 27



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.

February 27, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
   

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.

February 27, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
     

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.

February 27, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 27, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
      

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?

February 27, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 26

   

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.

February 26, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

February 26, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

February 26, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
   

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.

February 26, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
    

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.

February 26, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
     

What next?

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

February 26, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
       

Vikes garner league honors

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

February 26, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

Simple pleasures

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

February 26, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 25



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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


Little leader

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

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


Firefighters get wage increase

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

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

February 25, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
        

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.

February 25, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 25, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
     

Monday, February 24



Sweet 16

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.

February 24, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
 

Burglars take electronics

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

February 24, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
       

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.

February 24, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 24, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 24, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
      

Friday, February 21

  

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.

February 21, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

February 21, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 21, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

February 21, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


Sunnyside police have slow day

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

February 21, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 21, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

February 21, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
  

DISTRICT CHAMPS!

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

February 21, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


Digging deep for solutions

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.

February 21, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 21, 2014 3:08 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 21, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
   

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.

February 21, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 21, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 21, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 21, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

Zumba classes offered

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

February 21, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 21, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 21, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
      

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.”

February 20, 2014 4 p.m. read more..
    

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.

February 20, 2014 4 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 20, 2014 4 p.m. read more..
     

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.

February 20, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
   

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.

February 20, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

Wednesday, February 19



Embarrassing moments

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

February 19, 2014 3:51 p.m. read more..
   

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.

February 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

Urge enactment of carbon fee

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.

February 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
     

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.

February 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

Ground lease terminated

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

February 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 19, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 18

 

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.

February 18, 2014 3:09 p.m. read more..


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.

February 18, 2014 3:08 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 18, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 18, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 18, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..


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.

February 18, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..


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.

February 18, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..


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.

February 18, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..


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.

February 18, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 18, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 17, 2014 3:17 p.m. read more..


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.

February 17, 2014 3:16 p.m. read more..


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.

February 17, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..


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.

February 17, 2014 3:11 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 17, 2014 3:07 p.m. read more..


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.

February 17, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..


Torres, Barajas spark Sunnyside at Regionals

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.

February 17, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..


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.

February 17, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 17, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
        

Friday, February 14

 

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.

February 14, 2014 3:13 p.m. read more..


‘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.

February 14, 2014 3:13 p.m. read more..
            

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.

February 14, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
      

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.

February 14, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 14, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 14, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
   

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.

February 14, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
      

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.

February 13, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..


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.

February 13, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
       

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.

February 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
      

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.

February 13, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 12

 

The war against children

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

February 12, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
  

A win is a win!

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.

February 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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

February 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

An expensive set-up

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

February 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

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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.

February 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 11

            

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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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.

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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.

February 11, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 11, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

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.

February 11, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 11, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


Monday, February 10

 

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.

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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.

February 10, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 10, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 10, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..


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.

February 10, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..


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.

February 10, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..


ONE MORE WIN!

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

February 10, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
     

Friday, February 7



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.

February 7, 2014 3:50 p.m. read more..


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.

February 7, 2014 3:48 p.m. read more..


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.

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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.

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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.

February 7, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

BE PREPARED...

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.

February 7, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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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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.

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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.

February 7, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


‘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.”

February 7, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 7, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 7, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 7, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


Thursday, February 6



Seahawk pride

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

February 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

County settles claim

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

February 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

SVID aces audits

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

February 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

February 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

February 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, February 5

            

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.

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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.

February 5, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..


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.

February 5, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
 

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.

February 5, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..


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.

February 5, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
            

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.”

February 5, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


Tuesday, February 4

          

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.

February 4, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..
         

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.

February 4, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

Monday, February 3

 

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.

February 3, 2014 3:48 p.m. read more..
 

Gov. Inslee proposes more taxes in 2014

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.

February 3, 2014 3:43 p.m. read more..
 

Local realtors afforded accolades

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:

February 3, 2014 3:39 p.m. read more..
     

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.

February 3, 2014 3:29 p.m. read more..
                

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.

February 3, 2014 3 p.m. read more..