Friday, February 28
Members of the state Senate yesterday, Thursday, passed the 2014 supplemental operating budget proposal, which was supported by Sen. Jim Honeyford.
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.
Jody Williams wears a couple of important hats at the Roza Irrigation District’s Sunnyside office as bookkeeper and assistant treasurer.
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 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.
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.
A bus carrying nursing home workers to the state capital in Olympia stopped this past Wednesday in Sunnyside to pick up workers here.
The Grandview community float needs a new trailer.
Yakima County Sheriff Office deputies are investigating a report of a robbery in the 2000 block of Murray Road near Sunnyside.
Heidi Vasquez of Grandview was injured this morning, Friday, following a single-vehicle rollover accident on I-82.
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.
To commemorate Ash Wednesday on March 5, three Sunnyside pastors are partnering for an outreach called “Ashes on the Go.”
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.
The city of Grandview is looking to refurbish a garbage truck using a vendor with which it is already familiar.
From Tin Pan Alley to Motown, “Grand Standard Time” is more than a “Sentimental Journey.”
OTHELLO – The 17th annual Sandhill Crane Festival in Othello is set to take place the weekend of March 28-30.
YAKIMA – Join the Larson Gallery and YVCC Playmasters for a unique drama experience.
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.
The largest Latino business, consumer, career and bridal expos in Washington will be staged on May 4 in Pasco and Sept. 14 in Yakima.
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.
GOLDENDALE – Mary-hill Museum of Art’s 2014 season will open on Saturday, March 15, with the special James Lee Hansen exhibit.
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.
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.
Sunnyside police patrols have fielded few calls since yesterday (Thursday).
If there was confetti I would have thrown it.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 27
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 Sunnyside businesses were cited for serving alcohol to minors last week, as a part of a city-wide alcohol compliance check.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lt. Brian Winter of the Yakima County Sheriff’s office this past Tuesday announced his candidacy for sheriff.
The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club will host a food handler’s class on Wednesday, March 19, at 6:40 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grandview police since yesterday (Wednesday) have investigated a reported assault and a theft, as well as responded to seven other calls for service.
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.
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.
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
Finding out less than a third of dog owners in Mabton have their pets licensed has been a wake-up call for this city.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 810 E. Custer Ave., 7:30 p.m.
Nearly 2,000 Pacific Power customers in the Sunnyside and Outlook areas were without power this morning, Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
A Sunnyside motorist was reminded yesterday (Tuesday) that parking in a handicap designated parking space without a permit is a traffic violation.
The Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary has scholarship help available for students interested in health care careers.
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.
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.
The Mabton City Council met in executive session last night, Tuesday, to discuss a personnel issue.
In action last night, Tuesday, the Mabton City Council approved a new travel voucher form.
Mabton, like other cities, has a six-year street plan.
Yakama Nation Legends Casino is inviting non-profit organizations to submit an application for its seventh annual distribution of charitable contributions in early May.
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.
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.
A major threat to Yakima County’s various municipalities is the possibility of an anhydrous ammonia release.
What constitutes age discrimination in the workplace, and where can I turn to for help if I think I’ve got a case?
When they said airplanes could fly, people shook their heads.
Do you have “Ultimate Influence?”
Just a Pinch
We must stop them.
Each year around Valentine’s Day, we think of hearts.
I’ve become a victim of fraud.
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.
With the winter sports season wrapping up, several Mabton High School athletes have been recognized by SCAC West coaches.
Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2014 multiple-season permit.
If there’s one thing you can honestly say about Delbert McLain, he’s as persistent as a winter cough.
Tuesday, February 25
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.
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.
Leading the flag salute at Monday’s Mabton School Board meeting was Artz-Fox Elementary School pre-kindergartener Angelo Prieto.
Personnel changes were approved last night (Monday) by the Mabton School Board.
The Mabton School Board last night approved amendments to six policies. The board also conducted first readings of three new policies.
Students who arrived in the United States illegally as children will soon be eligible to apply for college financial aid.
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.
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.
The Sunnyside City Council approved the collective bargaining agreement with International Association of Fire Fighters, Local No. 3542.
The Sunnyside City Council approved a bid for construction of the Sixth Street and Edison Avenue improvement project with Culbert Construction, Inc. of Pasco.
The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution Monday night authorizing an interlocal jail agreement with Kittitas County.
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.
In action last night, Monday, the Grandview School Board approved several changes in staffing.
While no action was taken, the Grandview School Board received background information last night about future network and computer-related needs.
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.
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.
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.
The Sunnyside City Council is continuing to investigate the possibility of installing a new skate park in town.
Monday night the Sunnyside City Council approved two resolutions that will move forward the work on the downtown revitalization and Sixth Street improvement projects.
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.
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.
Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to nearly a dozen calls from the Lower Valley yesterday (Monday), including two reports of livestock running loose.
A routine citizen’s contact led to the arrest of a man on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia by Sunnyside police yesterday morning.
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.
The day that changed her life, Linda Craig remembers having woken up feeling “funny.”
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.
The Lady Knights made short work of Yakama Tribal last Friday to earn the District title, winning 82-40.
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 Clinic announced recently it is merging with Community Dental Care of Sunnyside.
YAKIMA – Parents of infants can gain the confidence to handle stressful and potentially dangerous situations by learning how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.
In action last night, Monday, the Grandview School Board approved raising the credit limit on several credit cards issued to personnel.
Have you given much thought to collecting Social Security?
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.
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.
WEEK #23 & WEEK #24
Monday, February 24
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.
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.
Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a burglary reported yesterday afternoon (Sunday) from the 400 block of Outlook Road near Sunnyside.
Monday, February 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Mabton School District Conference Room
Monday February 24, 2014 at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center
Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at Mabton City Hall
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall
Police in Grandview are investigating a burglary report made this past Saturday night from the 500 block of Toivo Court.
Mabton traffic patrols issued four citations for driving violations this past weekend.
Sunnyside police had a relatively quiet weekend with investigations of suspicious circumstances and animal complaints topping their investigations.
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.
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.
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.
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
As the 2014 legislative session reaches the half-way point, key priorities of Gov. Jay Inslee’s have passed through the House or Senate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 had a relatively slow Thursday, investigating two reports of suspicious circumstances and two reports of possible fights.
An automatic fire alarm reported from the 900 block of Ismo Loop called out the Sunnyside firemen Thursday afternoon.
The evening began with a challenge and ended with consensus.
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.
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.
One more to go!
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.
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.
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.
Taking a cue from his mother, Kenny Harding has turned cooking into a career.
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.
Miss out on last weekend’s red wine and chocolate event in the Yakima Valley or just want to experience it again?
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.
Because of snow and avalanche control, the east-west passes are shut down as I write today.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25, Zumba classes will be offered at the Sunnyside Community Center, located at 1521 S. First St.
WAPATO – The 53rd annual Sukiyaki dinner at the Wapato Buddhist Hall is slated for Sunday, March 2.
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.
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.
GOLDENDALE – Maryhill Museum of Art’s 2014 season will open on Saturday, March 15, with the special exhibition James Lee Hansen.
GRANDVIEW – The Grandview High School DECA and FFA chapters are selling tickets for their second annual crab feed fundraising event.
A special benefit for St. Joseph’s Parish in Sunnyside is being organized by Teri Alvarez-Ziegler at St. Josph’s gym in Sunnyside.
Monday, February 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Mabton School District Conference Room
Monday February 24, 2014 at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center
Thursday, February 20
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.”
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
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.
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.
Police in Grandview were not in high demand yesterday (Wednesday), handling fewer than 10 calls.
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.
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.
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.
Sunnyside police have received a report of stolen property taken from a house left vacant following a fire last Saturday.
In recent legislative action, the state’s House of Representatives passed a bill related to irrigation district administration.
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.
We all need protection, especially protection from an unexpected disability.
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.
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.
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.
A scholarship reference guide formerly distributed by The American Legion, “Need A Lift?” is now available on-line at www.needalift.org.
GRANDVIEW – “I wish I’d joined sooner,” said Miranda Ebbelaar of Grandview’s DECA Club.
Wednesday, February 19
Have you ever done something silly and totally embarrassing and felt thankful that nobody was around to see it?
What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for seniors this tax season?
I love my family.
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.
Thank you Julia Hart for sharing Buddy with us.
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.
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.
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.
I must admit I love snow - in the hills, on the lawn, in the fields – everywhere except on the sidewalks and streets.
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.
The city of Sunnyside is the recipient of $3,000 for its participation in the STOP Violence Against Women Program.
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.
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.
Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) extended its moratorium on the retail sales, production and processing of recreational marijuana by six months.
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.
Grandview residents can eagerly anticipate the opening of a Papa Murphy’s pizza store planned for the end of this coming April.
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.
A Yakima County District Court appearance for Kathleen Morehouse, Sunnyside’s former city prosecutor, was moved to April 3.
Mabton police were kept busy this past Monday investigating a series of suspicious activities occurring in the community’s neighborhoods.
In action Monday night, Port of Sunnyside commissioners agreed to terminate a ground lease with American River Ag.
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.
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.
Generally, the animal complaints handled by the Sunnyside police tend to involve small animals, like dog or cats.
Obbie Cruz has been practicing the art of photography since he was a boy in Hidalgo, Mexico.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firemen have answered 14 aid calls since last Friday.
A vehicle stolen from outside a business in the 400 block of Cemetery Road early this morning (Tuesday) is being sought by Sunnyside police.
After a promising start, the Sunnyside Grizzly basketball team faltered last night on the way to an 82-56 home loss to Hanford.
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.
Early this morning (Tuesday) Grandview police responded to a report of a possible vehicle prowl in the 200 block of Munson Lane.
Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating two burglaries that happened over the holiday weekend.
GOLDENDALE – The dreams of the Bickleton Pirates ended this past Saturday after they lost two straight in the District playoffs in Goldendale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KELSO - Swimming well just wasn’t enough for Sunnyside High School swimmers this past weekend.
Monday, February 17
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.
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.
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.
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.
This coming Friday Sunnyside Christian hoops fans will get to see the Knights compete for the District championship title.
Jessica Cardenas earned championship honors in the 170-lb. weight class to spark the Sunnyside girls during Regional wrestling competition last Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Juanita Tellez, 23, remembers not being able to do her homework in third grade.
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.
SHS Grizzlies Big Nine champs
For Sunnyside, there is no ‘I’ in team.
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.
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.
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.
A rainbow arcs over the Daily Sun News early Monday morning.
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
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) announced that he will retire from Congress at the end of the year.
OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee this week announced he is appointing Judge Robert Lawrence-Berrey Jr. to the Division III Court of Appeals, District II.
The basement is a comfortable lounge, complete with a small stage, a kitchen, air hockey table and a foosball game.
MABTON – The Mabton School District is one of 16 districts in Washington state to be awarded grant funding for sex education classes.
YAKIMA - On Saturday, March 1, the Zonta Club of Yakima Valley will sponsor its 27th annual dinner theatre fundraiser at the Yakima Convention Center.
BURBANK - Due to inclement weather, the winter birds event at McNary National Wildlife Refuge has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 1.
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.
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.
A special benefit for St. Joseph’s Parish in Sunnyside is being organized by Teri Alvarez-Ziegler at St. Josph’s gym in Sunnyside.
The 10th annual Sunnyside High School Show ‘n Shine Car Show will take place on Saturday, March 29, at Clem Senn Field.
YAKIMA – Education Service District 105 will be hosting the annual regional high school art show beginning Sunday, Feb. 23.
For the past 40 years or so, a movement has been afoot to make men more like women and women more like men.
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.
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.
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 first pot with a tale to tell is the Teapot in Zillah.
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.
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.
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.
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.
YAKIMA – Wellness House in Yakima will host its 14th annual “Lunch Among Friends” event on Friday, March 7, at the Yakima Convention Center.
Hunters may now purchase and submit applications for a 2014 spring black bear hunting permit, applicable to specific areas of western and eastern Washington.
Effective yesterday, Thursday, steelhead fishing was opened on the upper Columbia River, as well as the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.
The Mabton girls basketball team is one game closer to a District championship.
Thursday, February 13
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.
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.
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.
It was a rough night for the Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team.
Alyssa Haak of Outlook has been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for fall semester 2013.
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.
A public hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 11, allowing the Grandview City Council to consider a petition to vacate Warehouse Street.
The Nouvella Club will meet on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Snipes Mountain Brewery in Sunnyside at noon.
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.
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.
Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of fraud made yesterday afternoon, Wednesday.
Sunnyside police have been busy since yesterday (Wednesday) with a number of calls.
The Sunnyside Fire Department responded to a public assistance service call Tuesday afternoon in the 800 block of East South Hill Road.
Toppenish High School sophomore Liliana Gutierrez worked as a student page for Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside last week in the Washington state legislature.
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.
During a study session discussion this past Tuesday, the Mabton City Council opted to research possible costs for repairing and updating the civic center.
Residents of the Yakima Valley have been using services provided by Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care since 1978.
A proposed change to a law aimed at preserving farmland and open space could result in higher taxes for some Washington property owners.
Sunnyside Sen. Jim Honeyford’s work to keep state waterways from being infested by non-native mussels received another boost this past Tuesday.
Water supply and water quality are at the forefront of Yakima County’s plans for 2014.
For those who are diagnosed with and survive cancer the experience is a journey, according to Carmina Borrego.
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.
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
The Seattle Times headline said it all: “Obama running out of reasons to reject Keystone XL.”
“…that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love…” - Mother Teresa
When interviewing foreign exchange students I always hope that I do not come off as the “Ugly American.”
From endangered salmon to the Spotted Owl, the Pacific Northwest has been the poster child when it comes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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.
Boys Prep Basketball
There is a long-standing rivalry between Grandview and Prosser.
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.
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.
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.
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
Why are we always so surprised when people are nice?
Here it is Valentine’s Day. Cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts will be given or received with great expectations.
Audrina Campos, Jenny Hall and Brianna Garza of Sunnyside show off their winnings at last Saturday’s Pink Diamond Divas Pageant in Kennewick.
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.
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.
Since yesterday (Tuesday) Sunnyside police have investigated two thefts.
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.
During the Mabton City Council’s regular meeting last night, Tuesday, Councilman Arturo DeLaFuente critiqued the city’s snow removal performance.
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.
Nearly 300 middle school students from around the Yakima Valley convened at Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School for a regional leadership conference.
The Mabton City Council took an important step forward last night when it awarded a contract to construct a new wastewater treatment plant.
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.
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
First through Third Grades
Fourth through Fifth grades
First through second grade
Third through fifth grade
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.
TOPPENISH – Two Lower Yakima Valley high school students are among nine receiving full-tuition, four-year scholarships to Heritage University.
The second quarter honor roll of the 2013-14 school year has been released by Sunnyside Christian High School.
January may be a month to start a new year and new resolutions, but it’s not a month to start new building projects.
There are a lot of changes happening in Sunnyside...that’s the good news.
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.
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.
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.
The Sunnyside High School Grizzly dance team earned a pair of top honors last weekend at the Moses Lake dance and drill competition.
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.
The Sunnyside City Council Monday approved more than $10,500 in appropriations from the lodging tax fund.
Sunnyside Councilman Spencer Martin at Monday’s City Council meeting volunteered to serve on the Sunnyside Arts Commission.
The city of Sunnyside contracted with McKinstry a few months ago to conduct an energy efficiency analysis.
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.
The cold weather always brings out the reminder that children should not be left alone waiting in vehicles.
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.
Yakima County will provide the city of Sunnyside with $9,000 for gang prevention and intervention services.
The Lower Valley Community Concert Association has canceled tomorrow’s (Wednesday) concert performance by pianist Andy Feldbau due to winter travel conditions.
What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2014 as they finalize plans for planting this spring?
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.
Sunnyside firemen were kept busy during the past 24 hours providing lift assists to Sunnyside residents.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
This year Sunnyside High School has incorporated a new policy regarding all Valentine’s deliveries.
A photographic exhibition to celebrate the courage of those who have been touched by the ravages of cancer
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.
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.
ELLENSBURG – The Grandview Greyhounds had four wrestlers make it to the championship finals at the District tourney in Ellensburg this past weekend.
GRANGER – Five Mabton wrestlers will compete this coming Saturday at Regionals in Zillah and Wahluke.
RICHLAND – The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly wrestling team dominated the field on the way to winning the District team title last Saturday.
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.
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.
Big Nine League title up for grabs this Friday
YAKIMA – Eleven…that’s the magic number for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall
BICKLETON – The basketball games scheduled this past weekend for Bickleton High School have been rescheduled due to the weather.
Friday, February 7
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 is the shortest month, so it’s only natural I always feel like it rushes by faster than any other month of the year.
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.
Nov. 11, 2014 is the 125th anniversary of Washington statehood. One anniversary project centers around the capsule keepers.
Feb. 10 - Feb. 14
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.
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
The basketball games scheduled tonight, Friday, at Sunnyside Christian High School have been canceled due to the weather.
Five Grizzlies secure No. 1 seeds
The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team doubled its contingent to Sub-Regionals today and tomorrow at Hanford High School.
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.
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.
Monday February 10, 2014 at Sunnyside Law & Justice Center, 6:30 p.m.
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’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.
Calling it a real game-changer, Sen. Michael Baumgartner this past Thursday introduced a bill to redefine what “basic education” means in Washington.
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.
If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.
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.
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.
The 10th annual Sunnyside High School Show ‘n Shine Car Show will take place on Saturday, March 29, at Clem Senn Field.
Wellness House in Yakima will host its 14th annual Lunch Among Friends event on Friday, March 7, at the Yakima Convention Center.
All over the world bird watchers will be participating in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count from Friday through Monday, Feb. 14-17.
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.
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.
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.”
Central Washington University’s Student Fashion Association is seeking prom dresses and formal wear for its “Fairy Godmother Project.”
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.
Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham provides a sneak peek of the training room in the new fire station.
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.
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.
Citizens in Grandview made nine calls to the police department yesterday (Thursday).
Thursday, February 6
Personnel at the Sunnyside Fire Department are proudly displaying their favorite colors.
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.
Yakima County commissioners Wednesday approved a claim settlement with Lower Valley Memorial Gardens near Sunnyside.
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.
The Yakima County Commission yesterday (Wednesday) approved an amendment to the contract for consulting services for the Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area Advisory Committee.
The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to help restock the blood supply this February.
The Washington state auditor’s office recently completed two audits of the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District’s books.
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.
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.
In a bit of housekeeping last week, the Mabton City Council approved several moves to rename or eliminate some municipal accounts.
Yakima County Sheriff deputies had a very quiet day in the Lower Valley yesterday (Wednesday).
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.
A domestic argument reported Wednesday morning ended with the slashing of tires on a vehicle.
Washington state farmers could soon be growing cannabis for use in a potentially profitable hemp industry.
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.
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.
“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
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.
SafeWise, a security organization, has released its list of the 50 safest cities in Washington state, and Grandview is No. 31 on the list.
With California’s winter drought currently in the headlines, federal and state lawmakers are mulling ways to help increase water storage.
Whether it’s Thin Mints or Samoas, Girl Scout cookies are on their way to the Lower Valley.
Yakima County Sheriff deputies are looking into a couple of burglaries reported over the weekend.
GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview arrested Carlos Espana, 21, yesterday (Tuesday) after officers allegedly found him in possession of a stolen laptop and electronic notebook.
Just barely out of high school, Erika Aranda found herself in need of employment.
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.
GRANDVIEW – The Grandview boys basketball team last night played a home game against East Valley and defeated the Red Devils, 63-53.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, Jan. 28th, Americans across the country watched President Obama deliver his fifth State of the Union address.
Is your husband’s boss ruining your marriage?
Can you recommend some popular work at home jobs for retirees?
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.
Just a Pinch
Popularly said among youth today is the acronym “YOLO,” or “You Only Live Once.”
Great words float around our State Capitol building in Olympia!
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.
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.
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
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.
The Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club has for a couple of years been looking at ways to support local youth.
The Sunnyside City Council last night discussed the possibility of providing Sunnyside United with funding for prevention and intervention programs.
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 are continuing to investigate an attempted burglary reported early this morning (Tuesday) in the 1500 block of South Sixth Street.
Washington employers earned a record $82 million in federal tax credits in 2013 for hiring certain hard-to-place job seekers.
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.
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.
No, these students aren’t attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team dropped a pair of CWAC league contests last Friday and Saturday.
The Port of Sunnyside has earned yet another Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
The Port of Sunnyside commissioners are making plans to attend Port Day at the state capital on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
John Reed of Milton-Freewater, Ore. captured top honors this past weekend in the fourth annual Super Saturday Cribbage Championships, staged in Sunnyside.
BICKLETON – The second quarter honor roll of the 2013-14 school year has been released by the Bickleton School District.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Sunnyside police had a full weekend of investigating a number of non-injury accidents.
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.
“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.
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.
The Grandview boys basketball team this past weekend won its games against Selah and West Valley.
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.
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.
The Mabton girls basketball team this past Friday and Saturday won both its road games.
Two donations were accepted by the Mabton School Board last week.
The Mabton School Board by a 4-0 vote approved personnel changes at last week’s meeting.
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.