Stories for January 2014


Friday, January 31

Lots of laughs…but sad commentary

I admit I dozed off once or twice.

Name field for local man


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Prestige employees picket at Grandview center

For the second time in three months, local Prestige Healthcare workers picketed to protest what they feel are unsafe working conditions.

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Pokémon champion moving up the ranks

She’s only been playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game for about a year, but Maria Herrera of Sunnyside recently earned two Pokémon city championships on the Premier Championship circuit, and hopes to do well at a regional competition in Utah in April.

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Attendance down at local Point in Time homeless count

Thursday found Lower Valley emergency service providers wondering where the homeless people were.

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Go ’Hawks

Audrey Brandsma’s students at Sunnyside’s United Methodist Pre-School, like the rest of the community, are in 12th Man mode for this coming Sunday’s Super Bowl game that pits the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos.

New curriculum

An updated Washington state history textbook and kindergarten through fifth grade music curriculum were approved by the Sunnyside School Board Thursday.

School district videos updated

The Sunnyside School District has added two videos to its YouTube page, one highlighting music programs in the district and the other covering a recent high school English class collaboration with kindergarteners to create an ebook.

Health center lease updated

An amended lease agreement with the Sunnyside hospital was approved with two school board members recusing themselves due to conflicts of interest.

Retreat days rescheduled

After canceling its Feb. 1 retreat, the Sunnyside School Board set two new dates to cover the material planned for the retreat.

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Seahawk heels

When Shadie Anciso of Sunnyside saw the cost of high heel pumps decorated in Seahawk colors, she knew she could do it for less.

Sunnyside charter school not among first seven approved

The Washington State Charter School Commission yesterday made its final decision regarding which will be the first charter schools approved in accordance with I-1240.

Grandview police kept hopping yesterday

Police in Grandview are investigating a car prowl reported yesterday afternoon (Thursday) from the 400 block of West Second Street. A car stereo was stolen.

Sunnyside cops kept busy with suspicious incident reports

Sunnyside police were kept busy Thursday investigating a variety of suspicious circumstances.

Gun rights discussion starts in Olympia with former Congresswoman Giffords testifying

A voter decision this coming November seems to be the only direction that the gun debate in Washington is heading.

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Rockin’ out at Chief Kamiakin while driving the bullies away

Singer and motivational speaker Joel Brantley sings with Chief Kamiakin Elementary School students on Wednesday of this week.

Cole’s contract renewed for three additional years

Sunnyside Schools Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole has been signed on for another three years. School board members approved his evaluation and contract last night by a vote of 4-0, with Director Michelle Perry abstaining.

Engaging parents in their child’s education comes with hefty price tag

Despite some concerns, the Sunnyside School Board approved a contract with Transformation Sunnyside Yakima Valley last night for a pilot program to improve parent engagement with schools. The contract was approved via a vote of 3-2.

Support your schools


Don’t hesitate, vote yes Feb.11


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Whenever my lack of mechanical prowess threatens to surface, I sure miss the solenoid.

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Fourth time a charm?

Three times, three close losses. That’s been the Super Bowl experience when my favorite teams have appeared in the big game.

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1964: Sheller’s book receives acclaim

Mr. and Mrs. Dunnington of Mabton were named best dressed couple at Sunnyside’s masquerade dance, held at the Moose lodge.

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A super-worthy app

With this installment of Apprageous! I’m making an exception to my usual policy of profiling apps that are free.

Birding basics class series at arboretum

YAKIMA – The Yakima Area Arboretum is offering a series of classes to help Yakima Valley residents learn the basics of birding.

Leavenworth ‘Leisure Games’ Feb. 15

LEAVENWORTH – Icicle Brewing Company in Leavenworth is sponsoring a special “Leisure Games” event on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Pruning class offered Feb. 22

YAKIMA - Local certified arborists and the experts at the Yakima Area Arboretum will be offering a pruning essentials for trees and shrubs class on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m.

Hospice Talent Show Feb. 7

Sunnyside High School will host its annual Hospice Talent Show on Friday, Feb. 7.

Show ‘n Shine slated March 29

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

Sukiyaki dinner set for March 2

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

GHS DECA, FFA crab feed fundraiser on tap for Feb. 22

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

Red wine, chocolate weekend scheduled

Wine Yakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its annual Red Wine & Chocolate event the weekend of Feb. 15-17.

Sunnyside City Council Workshop Agenda

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, Law & Justice Center, 6:30 p.m.

Spring chinook, white sturgeon fishing seasons scheduled

Anticipating a strong return of spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon this week set the initial 2014 fishing season to run through April 7 on the lower Columbia River.

Forfeits sink Vikes at double-dual match

Being short-handed this season, Mabton has had to look at its grapplers on an individual basis, not as a complete team, to see the silver lining in what is sometimes a rather ominous cloud.

Greyhounds win final CWAC match

For the most part this season, the Greyhounds have been victorious when they actually can get a wrestler out onto the mat.

Sunnyside League Bowling Report

WEEK #21

Sunnyside wraps up Big Nine play with easy win

Grizzlies finish in No. 2 spot behind unbeaten Moses Lake

The first bout was essentially host Wenatchee’s last hurrah, as the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team cruised to a 48-15 victory last night.

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12th Man spirit in Sunnyside

Sunnyside’s Sun Valley Elementary student body of more than 460 kindergarteners show their Seahawk support by creating their own version of the 12th Man.

Sunnyside Public Safety Subcommittee Agenda

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, Law & Justice Center Conference Room, 5:30 p.m.

Slow Thursday for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies only fielded a few calls yesterday (Thursday) in the Lower Valley.

Pianist to perform on Sunnyside stage

Hailed as a “romantic with a cool edge,” Andy Feldbau is a rising star on the world stage.

Canyon Lakes serving up Valentine’s Day dinner

KENNEWICK – Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick is hosting a special Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday, Feb. 14.

Thursday, January 30

Legislation sparks conflict about state’s role in regulating training for health care pros

Suicide is a leading cause of death in Washington state, especially for veterans, and now lawmakers are considering an expansion for mandatory suicide-prevention training.

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School district hopes new beacons will slow down motorists

New blinking safety beacons have been installed to remind drivers of the speed limit during school hours along North 16th Street near Sierra Vista Middle School and Sun Valley Elementary School.

Neighborhood argument ends in gunfire

An argument between neighbors in the 1700 block of Cascade Way ended with Sunnyside police taking one man into custody pending charges of multiple weapons violations.

Bids for gym repairs sought

The Mabton School Board on Monday authorized ALSC Architects and Hill International to advertise for bids to repair the old Mabton High School gym.

New technology on its way to Mabton schools

Students and teachers will have access to new technology in the near future.

SHS keglers’ season officially comes to a close

Girls Prep Bowling

There are two ways for high school bowlers to qualify to compete at the State tournament. The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies came up short on both attempts.

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G’view wrestlers grapple with forfeits

Prep Wrestling

Once again it was forfeits that made up the bulk of the scoring against the Greyhounds in their senior night loss against Ephrata Wednesday.

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David Beggs


Elvira Near


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School board appreciation

Mabton High School’s leadership class recognizes the Mabton School Board in conjunction with School Board Appreciation Week at Monday’s meeting.

Sunnyside students named to Gonzaga fall honor roll

Three Sunnyside students were named to the Gonzaga University honor roll for the fall 2013 quarter.

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SHS robotics team champs at East Valley

A team of three Sunnyside students, Cody Woodworth, Sebastian Castellanos and Ethan Partch, once again brought home a championship for the school from a robotics contest at East Valley this past Saturday.

Grandview police kept busy

Police in Grandview were kept busy yesterday (Wednesday) with more than a dozen calls, but none particularly serious.

Four-wheeler stolen last night

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating the theft of a child’s power four-wheeler from the 500 block of Rouse Road near Sunnyside reported last night (Wednesday).

Ag expo March 15

The third annual Women in Agriculture Conference will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations across three states.

Sunnyside man hurt in collision

A 26-year-old Sunnyside man, Ricardo Hernandez Villanueva, was injured yesterday afternoon as the result of a two-vehicle collision on SR-241, at the edge of the Sunnyside city limits.

Sunnyside firemen busy all this week

Sunnyside firemen have dealt with an electrical fire and a car fire this week.

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Planning commission says no to pot operations in Grandview

Grandview’s Planning Commission does not believe there is any benefit to allowing recreational marijuana merchants set up shop within city limits.

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Trapped in ice

Ice encapsulates the end of a tree branch in the Lower Yakima Valley as a result of freezing rain this past Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, January 29

S’side charter school likely won’t be OK’d

The news is looking bleak for Charter Schools of Sunnyside, but the grassroots effort is encouraged, according to Brittany Weaver, a founding member of the organization.

Council refrains from giving school bond its support

Mayor Jim Restucci reported to the Sunnyside City Council that it was asked by Sunnyside School District officials to write a letter of support for the school bond now before local voters, and asked if the council wished to get involved in electioneering.

Honeyford works to allow Selah facility to begin accepting new patients

OLYMPIA - To help protect the vulnerable residents who call the Yakima Valley School in Selah their home, Sen. Jim Honeyford has proposed a bill that would allow the residential care facility to begin admitting new patients again.

City seeks loan for new ambulance

Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham got approval from the city council Monday night to apply for a $150,000 loan for the purchase of a new ambulance.

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Mabton updates software

MABTON – While a Transportation Benefit District generates money specifically for road and street projects, it also adds accounting requirements.

Parks and rec plan to be updated

GRANDVIEW – The current Grandview Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan, which is required for the city to become eligible for Recreation and Conservation Office Grant Program participation, will expire at the end of this month.

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Special awards

Proposal provides digital eraser for social media users

OLYMPIA - The proliferation of social networking sites and online media has created a flood of personal information in the marketplace.

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Daily challenges keep engineer motivated

After earning a civil engineering degree from Washington State University nearly 25 years ago, Lori Brady became an employee of the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District.

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Super nails

Are you a philologist?

“Philologist” is an antiquated word meaning: someone who studies languages, their origins and meanings.

Managing the monkeys in the middle of management

Does your boss ever remind you of an ape?

SHS class of ’69 seeks addresses for reunion mailing list

The Sunnyside High School class of 1969 is planning a reunion late this summer in Sunnyside.

How to pick a financial advisor

Can you give me some tips on how to choose a good financial planner or advisor?

Take responsibility…when you see something, say something

We are a community of people. As people we have the right to make choices. Some choices are healthy, some are not.

Little Sisters vs. Goliath

New day dawns

Sunnyside School Board Agenda

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

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Loretta Cora (Bryant) Tayon


Franchise agreement under review

The Grandview School District has contracted with Fatbeam LLC for the purpose of updating the district’s fiber optic lines.

Public works contract OK’d

The city of Grandview and Teamsters Local No. 760 have agreed upon a contract for the city’s public works employees.

Additional public defender needed for G’view case

It was not specified for which criminal case the city of Grandview needed to hire an additional public defender.

Stormee rains down on 1A Burbank girls

For the first time in her career, Stormee Van Belle notched a triple-double. It came last night as the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights defeated the 1A Columbia Burbank Coyotes, 77-48.

Sunnyside loses District bowl-in match to Hanford

Win and in...that was the scenario for the Sunnyside and Hanford girls bowling teams yesterday afternoon.

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Leopards claw out win over Mabton

It was tough going last night, Tuesday, for the Mabton Viking basketball team in a 79-55 home loss to No. 2-ranked Zillah.

Panthers prevail against Sunnyside’s four-man team

Boys Prep Swimming

Sunnyside’s four-man crew didn’t stand much of a chance against Wenatchee yesterday, considering the Panthers have 21 swimmers on their roster.

Valenzuela surfaces with best performance for Greyhounds

Boys Prep Swimming

Grandview’s Tavian Valenzuela bested the field in the 50-yard freestyle sprint at yesterday’s four-school CWAC boys swim meet staged at Yakima’s Lions Pool.

Knights lose non-league game

Sunnyside Christian last night hosted 1A Columbia-Burbank and lost the non-league game, 58-45.

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Rising stars

Mabton’s Soila Zaragoza moves the ball past Zillah’s Natalie Winters in last night’s league game against the Leopards, currently sitting in the No. 2 spot in the SCAC standings.

Let’s vote YES on school bond


It’s time for a new school


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Grammy Awards not my cup of tea

I don’t always agree with others, but I can appreciate those who stand up for what they believe in.

Tuesday, January 28

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City Council questions chamber’s purpose while addressing funding request

A discussion of how to use lodging tax funds turned into a discussion about the purpose of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce at last night’s Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Former city manager files plea on felony charge

YAKIMA – A saga nearly 18 months in the making ended yesterday when Frank Sweet filed a plea to one felony charge of injury to public records.

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County commissioner shares current concerns with Sunnyside Rotary Club

At the forefront of the mind of Yakima County Commissioner Rand Elliott are several efforts that concern Yakima County residents.

New on-line services available for Sunnyside municipal court

The city of Sunnyside now accepts on-line responses to traffic infractions, eliminating the need to attend a hearing at traffic court, and also provides more information about hearing times on its website.

State’s Discover Pass revenues continue to grow

Increase still not enough to make up for budget cuts

OLYMPIA - Discover Pass revenue is going up, but not fast enough.

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New social worker at Prestige has deep roots in Sunnyside

The new social worker at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in Sunnyside cares for the people she serves.

Harrison second quarter honor roll students named

A total of 42 students at Sunnyside’s Harrison Middle School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the second quarter of the 2013-14 academic year.

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HMS students and 'Gabe' advance to robotic nationals

They may have finished second, but Harrison Middle School eighth graders Andrea Barcenas and Margarita Romero punched their ticket to nationals recently with a strong showing at a robotics competition.

David Arthur Beggs


Nominees wanted for distinguished alumnus

The Yakima Valley Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the annual Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health hires new medical director

Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health recently named Dr. Robert Doty its medical director.

New state app pinpoints radon risk

OLYMPIA - Washington residents now have a new online map to check and see if their neighborhood has a geological risk for the cancer-causing gas, radon, using a new state app.

Make an appointment for annual Sealant Day

YAKIMA – The Yakima Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Program is hosting the 21st annual Dental Sealant Day, Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Power outages raise carbon monoxide poisoning risk

Don’t use grills or gas generators in enclosed areas

Barbecue grills and gas generators may seem like they could double as an indoor furnace during a power outage, but that can be downright dangerous.

New Yakima clinic designed to be a purpose-built facility

YAKIMA - Memorial Physicians yesterday (Monday) announced plans to build a new Memorial Cornerstone Medicine facility, to be located in the Creekside Business Park on South 40th Avenue in Yakima.

Now is the time to prepare for tax season

Wise taxpayers may want to take advantage of winter months indoors to prepare for tax filing season this spring.

State unemployment rate drops to 6.6 percent

A significant drop in the seasonally adjusted rate of unemployment in December 2013, combined with an increase in estimated total jobs, provide reasons for optimism about the state’s labor market.

IRS encourages taxpayers to get a jump on their returns

To help people get a jump on their taxes before the Jan. 31 filing season opens, the Internal Revenue Service this week made available its Free File brand-name software for most taxpayers.

Investors can learn much from Super Bowl teams

If you’re a football fan (and probably even if you aren’t), you are aware that we’re closing in on the Super Bowl.

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Pre-Super Bowl rally

Sunnyside’s most enthusiastic Seattle Seahawks fans, Brad and Wendy Denson of South 15th Street, invited family and friends over for a 12th Man party this past Saturday.

Brown, Cardenas power Bickleton to first league win of year

Girls Prep Basketball

Bickleton chalked up a rare victory last Friday, its first in Greater Columbia 1B League play this season.

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Knights pull away with late 21-11 run

Boys Prep Basketball

The Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team last night improved its record to 11-3.

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Lady Knights lean on Van Belle in 51-33 win over DeSales Irish

Girls Prep Basketball

The state’s seventh-ranked class 2B team, the DeSales Irish, had no answer for Sunnyside Christian’s Stormee Van Belle last night.

Monday, January 27

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Pioneer Elementary School is seeing double

Fifteen sets of twins can be challenging for staff members

It’s a real life Doublemint commercial for students and staff at Sunnyside’s Pioneer Elementary School.

Elections, ag issues highlight legislative proposals from Lower Valley lawmakers

OLYMPIA - Directing agencies to work hand-in-hand with farmers on water quality issues and tightening the deadline for mail-in ballots are just some of the proposed laws introduced recently by Lower Valley legislators.

Homeless count scheduled for this Thursday

People who are homeless or just need a hand can find the services they need at the annual Project Homeless Connect event in Sunnyside this coming Thursday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center.

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Sunnyside native one of ESD 105’s new board members

YAKIMA - Connie Davis of Sunnyside and Karen Blankenship of Wapato are the newest members of the Educational Service District (ESD) 105 Board of Directors.

Hanford settlement reached with federal agency

RICHLAND - The Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Department of Energy have signed an Agreed Order to improve waste management practices in central Hanford.

Sunnyside notches double-dual sweep

The Grizzly wrestlers made the most of their home finale last Saturday by thumping Richland 49-22 and Prosser 77-6 in non-league double-dual action.

Wins far and few between for Lady Grizzlies

MABTON – A total of nine athletes from the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly wrestling team competed at the Mabton Invite last Saturday.

Grandview’s two wrestlers both secure top finishes at girls invite

TACOMA – The Lady Greyhounds took two No. 1 seeds to the second annual Greater Puget Sound Ladies Invitational at Henry Foss High School in Tacoma and brought home two championships.

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In a bind

Sunnyside one game out of Big Nine League lead

Alvarez heating up as season wears on

The thing about Sunnyside this season, on any given night each of the girls who suits up is capable of leading the offensive charge.

Grizzlies rally for CBBN split

It came down to a battle of third quarters for the Sunnyside Grizzly basketball team in earning a split in CBBN league action last Friday and Saturday.

SCHS gets two road wins

Sunnyside Christian was on the road this past weekend against Trout Lake and Lyle-Wishram. The Knights defeated Trout Lake 78-25 and Lyle 50-39.

Lady Knights remain undefeated

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights returned from their weekend road trip with two more victories under their belts.

Bickleton Pirates notch first league wins

The Bickleton boys earned their first league wins of the season with back-to-back victories against the Klickitat Vandals and Trout Lake Mustangs this past weekend.

Vikes earn split in SCAC contests

After a slow start last Friday in a 64-53 loss at home to LaSalle, the Mabton boys basketball team rallied for a 68-57 victory on Saturday over Lower Valley rival Granger.

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Canine clash

Lady Vikes take the sizzle out of Lightning

The Mabton girls basketball team this past weekend split its games against LaSalle and Granger, defeating the Lightning 56-52 on Friday and losing 54-42 to the Spartans on Saturday.

Mabton City Council Agenda

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Mabton City Hall

Loretta C. Tayon


Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

Friday, January 24

New life instills sense of hope in all of us

The birth of a baby always seems to bring a sense of joy, wonderment and hope to the lives of others. Yesterday, our office was filled with smiles at the news that a baby girl came into this world, joining the Wise family.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, Law & Justice Center, 6:30 p.m.

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Sleeping on the job

Pima, the kitty mascot for Del’s Feed and Farm Supply in Sunnyside, looks none too pleased to be caught cat-napping on the job yesterday, Thursday.

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Grandview swimmers collect three runner-up finishes against Walla Walla

Boys Prep Swimming

While not up to full strength in yesterday’s swim contest, the Grandview High School boys still managed to give the Walla Walla High School team a run for its money. Coach Patrick Elerding said the boys swam well.

’Hounds notch second win

Prep Wrestling

Finally facing a team as short-handed as their own, the Grandview Greyhounds showed their strength by winning four of the five matches actually wrestled last night at East Valley, three of them with quick pins.

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Eastmont Wildcats take two-of-three from Sunnyside girls

Girls Prep Wrestling

Fielding a team of just three wrestlers, visiting Eastmont won two of the tilts against the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies last night.

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Perez has big day for SHS Grizzlies at four-school meet

Boys Prep Swimming

Ricardo Perez of Sunnyside turned in a whale of an effort at a Columbia Basin Big Nine League boys swim meet yesterday at Yakima’s Lions Pool.

Moreno, Gutierrez only Vikes to shine last night

Prep Wrestling

It was the Lady Vikings who shined on the mat during a double-dual meet against Connell and Royal City last night.

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Looks like snow

Sunnyside firemen practice working with a substance that looks like snow as a part of their ongoing training in firefighting.

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‘They love to hear us play’

For 34 years, Fernando Farias and Victor Campos have played music every Monday night at nursing homes in the Lower Valley.

Bill would limit many prisoners’ access to courts in some civil cases

Paula Henry’s husband was murdered in 1995 in Tacoma. Lawrence Shandola, a former business partner, was convicted of Robert Henry’s murder in 2001, sentenced to more than 30 years in prison.

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12th Man rides the rails

Even the trains in Sunnyside are showing support for the Seahawks.

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‘Children can’t eat bananas because they’ll grow to eat poop’

Petra Wirrell’s years in Sierra Leone were devoted to teaching children how to read, training teachers and helping out in the local hospital, but she also faced interesting challenges as she learned to respect local beliefs while still challenging traditional thinking.

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Grizzlies claw out 56-16 victory over ’Cats

Boys Prep Wrestling

It may not have been the start Sunnyside hoped for, but it’s hard to quibble with a convincing 56-16 thumping of Eastmont in CBBN wrestling action last night.

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Comedy to be staged in February

Embroiled in a romp of mistaken identities in “Lend Me a Tenor” presented by Valley Theater Company are (L-R) Maggie (Aimee Coorengel), Julia (Heather Ruane), Max (Bill Boge) and the bellhop (Joseph Charvet).

What's Happening

$1 Zumba class next Monday

The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a special event entitled Zumba Buck Night on Monday, Jan. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center.

Dance for seniors on Feb. 12

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.

Groundhog Gala slated for Feb. 1

Heartlinks Lower Valley Hospice’s biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 1, when it will hold its annual Groundhog Gala.

Prom Show set for Feb. 5

Sunnyside High School senior Perla Alcantar has organized “Prom Show 2014” to be staged in the SHS auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Red wine, chocolate weekend scheduled

Wine Yakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its annual Red Wine & Chocolate event the weekend of Feb. 15-17.

Elvis to rock the house at Wildhorse

Pendleton, ORE –Wildhorse Resort and Casino on Thursday, Feb. 13, will host Justin Shandor, nationally recognized Elvis tribute artist, in the Rivers Events Center.

Tequila tasting event Feb. 22

Saturday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. the Yakima-Morelia Sister City Association (YMSCA) will host a night of food, drink and tequila tasting. Regional expert Luis Navarro will be at the event, featuring a gourmet dinner at the Yakima Valley Museum.

‘Cement Suitcase’ cast, crew in Prosser Friday, Jan. 31

The Princess Theatre and Airfield Estates invite movie fans to meet the cast and crew of an award-winning, independent movie prior to and after its showing on Friday, Jan. 31.

‘Evil Dead the Musical’ to be performed on stage in Walla Walla this April

The Gesa Power House Theatre and Last Chance Productions in Walla Walla will present “Evil Dead the Musical” on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12.

Allied Arts announces new Latino Cultural Film Series format

Allied Arts of Yakima Valley this week announced that, for the first time in the seven-year history of the Latino Cultural Film Series, the public will be given the opportunity to select the films presented.

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

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

‘Fish Washington’ launched

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) has some great ideas for people planning family vacations this year - and all of them involve fishing.

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Classical pianist performs in Sunnyside Feb. 12

Hailed as a “romantic with a cool edge,” Andy Feldbau is a rising star on the world stage.

School board asks for your vote

We would like to ask the voters of our community to join us in voting yes for the school bond.

Join me in voting YES for bond


I hope everyone joins me in voting yes for the Sunnyside School bond to replace Washington Elementary School.

YES vote won’t cost us any more


I am supporting the Sunnyside School District’s $10 million bond levy. This levy will be used to replace Washington Elementary School with a new, modern building.


Jan. 27 - Jan. 31

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2004: Grandview youngsters sign recording contract with California label

A look back in time from the files of the Sunnyside Daily Sun News and Sunnyside Sun

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Intentions are more fun than resolutions

Forget Perfect

This is the point when it all starts to slide. It’s that wicked time of year when good intentions hit real life.

Buddy’s new playmate a calming influence

Learning to play nice with others has been a difficult road for Buddy. It is not that he wants to fight particularly, but he does appear to want to argue a lot. And he always wants to be right.

Mabton School Board Agenda

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Mabton School District Conference Room

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Rush hour

It was three-lane traffic at the watering hole yesterday afternoon, Thursday, along Outlook Road.

Labeling of genetically modified food back after failure of I-522

The push to label genetically modified organisms - termed GMOs - is back on the table in Olympia.

Honda stolen in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police have investigated one vehicle theft, several reports of shoplifting and a report of missing recreational vehicle batteries during the past 24 hours.

Slow day for sheriff’s deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies only took seven calls from the Lower Valley yesterday (Thursday).

Arrest made after shoplifting

Police in Grandview arrested an adult female yesterday afternoon (Thursday) suspected of shoplifting more than $75 worth of fresh meat from a store in the 200 block of North Euclid Road.

Firemen answer aid calls

Sunnyside firemen were called to the 100 block of Radar Road yesterday morning to provide a lift assist.

Thursday, January 23

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Obamacare tops the list of U.S. congressman’s concerns

GRANDVIEW – U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) is preparing for the next congressional session during which President Barack Obama will be delivering the State of the Union Address.

Washington state’s health plan exchange frustrating consumers and brokers alike

In a scene George Orwell might have concocted, Monica Kennard found more than she bargained for with the state’s healthplan finder to obtain health insurance.

Flu blamed for 19 deaths in state

The flu has reached its peak, and 19 lab-confirmed flu deaths have been reported across Washington state since December.

Irrigation prep work underway

A fully automated irrigation system for the Port of Sunnyside’s spray fields is in the works for the 2014 watering season.

Mabton Library now offering literacy station

MABTON – Patrons of the Mabton branch of the Yakima Valley Libraries now have access to a new Early Literacy Station.

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Sunnyside DECA students medal at area competition

Sixteen members of Sunnyside High School’s DECA Club brought home a total of 24 medals from the Washington State Area 10 competition held in Yakima.

Girls career event set for Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista Middle School in Sunnyside will be the site of a career day for eighth grade girls on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Sunnyside League Bowling Report

Week #19-20

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Honeyford bill intended to keep invasive species out of state’s waters

OLYMPIA – “They’re coming to wreak havoc on Washington’s waterways unless state officials can stop them now.”

Port office roof bids sought

The Port of Sunnyside is currently in the process of seeking bids for a new roof for the port’s administrative offices at 2640 E. Edison Ave. (formerly the Horizon building).

Unincorporated areas of county not open to marijuana businesses

YAKIMA – There will not be any recreational marijuana businesses allowed in the unincorporated areas within Yakima County.

Training OK’d for Bickleton’s ambulance personnel

YAKIMA – Yakima County commissioners this past Tuesday inked an agreement with Klickitat County Fire District #2 to provide administrative services and training for Bickleton’s ambulance personnel.

Wednesday, January 22

How to get over Facebook envy

This is a story about how I ended up in a McDonald’s, in a bad part of LA eating a Happy Meal for Christmas lunch.

Driving myself crazy

For Christmas I bought myself a subscription to an online site called Lumosity.

Moreno, Gutierrez garner Mabton’s only wins at double-dual

MABTON – Not a single Viking was able to manage a victory against visiting Zillah and Cle Elum last night.

YES vote will help keep Sunnyside on the ‘grow’

The city of Sunnyside is growing – both population-wise and from an economic standpoint. Local citizens, beginning this week, have the opportunity to help ensure the community is prepared for continued growth.

Sunnyside Christian prevails at Bickleton

Put the defending State tournament runners-up on a court against a rebuilding team comprised of mostly eighth graders and freshmen, well, there’s not much chance for a competitive game.

Lupe C. Cruz


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China - a country of contrasts

Everything you’ve heard about China is true, according to Steve Hiatt of Prosser.

No hoodies


This might seem trivial, however, while driving around our Yakima Valley I find so many cars being driven by people wearing ‘hoodies.’

Government regulations stifle job growth

Every year, the federal government issues hundreds of burdensome regulations, covering everything from domestic energy production to the specific types of light bulbs you can buy to the dust found on a farm.

A few suggestions for liberals to consider in the coming year

Because things are not going well for liberals who have driven the Democrat Party out of the American mainstream, I thought it would be helpful to come up with a list of suggestions for them to consider in 2014.

Take responsibility

I’ve been a cat owner for two years.

Dinosaur-theme event open to general public this coming Saturday, Sunday

The city of Granger is home to dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. So it’s only natural the Granger Seventh-day Adventist Church is hosting two special meetings this coming weekend that focus on dinosaurs.

Port approves consulting deal

In action this past Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved a $2,400 contract with Fulcrum Environmental Consulting.

OIE consultant agreement gains Council OK

The Grandview City Council last week approved a consultant agreement with Huibregtse, Louman Associates for improvements to Old Inland Empire Highway.

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Oath of office

Newly elected Grandview City Council member Gloria Mendoza takes the oath of office at last week’s city council meeting.

Teen arrested after marijuana found on his school property

Police in Grandview arrested a 19-year-old Grandview student at Compass High School yesterday morning (Tuesday) after packages of marijuana were found by school officials in the student’s property. He will be arraigned in Superior Court.

Theft reports keep police busy

Sunnyside police have investigated three reports of thefts during the past 24 hours.

Daily Sun News regrets late deliveries

Daily Sun News subscribers did not receive their Tuesday editions until well after dark last night.

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Women’s luncheon goes to the birds

Isabelline Shrike, Demoiselle Crane, Ruddy Shelduck - the names sound like fictional characters from a soap opera or prime time drama.

Three of Yakima County’s elected officials stepping down end of this year

In a span of less than two weeks, three of Yakima County’s elected leaders announced they will retire at the end of this year.

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Farm workers clinic changing hospital affiliation to Sunnyside

It came down to remedying a struggling business model, says Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic CEO Carlos Olivares of the move to refer patients to Sunnyside Community Hospital instead of PMH Medical Center in Prosser.

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Strength without numbers

Greyhound Joesiah Saunders (above) handles Toppenish 145-pounder Joey Escobar enroute to a 3-1 decision over the Wildcat last night.

Pirates succumb to SCHS Knights, 79-43

BICKLETON – Sunnyside Christian charged past Bickleton last night, overwhelming the Pirates by a 79-43 score.

Playoffs loom

YAKIMA – The third time was not the charm for the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team.

Tuesday, January 21

Lawmakers introduce legislation to help immigrants afford college

Last week, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Investing in States to Achieve Tuition Equity (IN-STATE) for Dreamers Act to support tuition programs for low-income students, regardless of immigration status.

WSU names honor roll for 2013 fall semester

Washington State University recently released its President’s honor roll for the 2013 fall semester.

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Special recognition

At a Sunnyside High School assembly last Friday, teachers George Paulus and Teri Alvarez-Ziegler were honored for being named the Daily Sun News man and woman of the year for 2013.

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Using their heads

Several residents were recognized on crazy hat day at Sunnyside’s Sun Terrace Assisted Living & Retirement last Friday for their efforts at stylish headwear.

BHS Lady Pirates get off to rough start in 1B conference play

Girls Prep Basketball

The Greater Columbia 1B League opening twin bill was no walk in the park for the Bickleton Lady Pirates this past weekend.

Lady ’Hounds fall twice

Girls Prep Basketball

The Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team found tough going last Friday and Saturday in a pair of CWAC road defeats.

Grandview absorbs first loss

The Grandview Greyhounds this past Friday and Saturday were on the road.The team defeated East Valley on Friday, 61-59, but Saturday suffered its first loss of the season to Ephrata, 59-52.

Vikes stay in hunt for playoffs

The Mabton Vikings pulled off back-to-back wins last Friday and Saturday to stay in the hunt for a postseason berth.

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12th Man rewarded

Seattle Seahawk fans at Mabton’s Artz Fox Elementary School are interrupted by a few San Francisco 49ers fans (front and center) during a 12th man photo shoot held at the school last Friday.

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Lest we forget

Chuck Winters of Sunnyside remembers well the battle of al-Fallujah in November 2004.

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SHS grad enjoys working with kids

Working Stiff

Catalina Bazaldua started working part-time at Panda Bear Childcare while she was still a student at Sunnyside High School.

Use ‘tax diversification’ to help manage retirement income

You need to save and invest as much as possible to pay for the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.

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Grand Opening

No major fire calls in Sunnyside

Sunnyside firemen responded to an illegal burn report this past Sunday morning in the 200 block of West Edison Avenue.

Electrical short reported cause of G’view house fire

An electrical problem is the probable cause of a house fire which displaced a Grandview family early yesterday morning (Monday).

Annual homeless survey funding awarded

Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services in Sunnyside has been awarded $3,500 in grant funding for the annual Point In Time Homeless Count.

Cops busy in Grandview

Police in Grandview have handled two animal problems, two traffic problems, a report of a runaway juvenile, two reports of suspicious activity and a domestic call since yesterday morning.

DUI emphasis patrol over holidays results in 179 arrests in this area

In Yakima and Klickitat counties, 179 motorists were stopped and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), during a recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign.

Deputies unable to substantiate report of children with pistol

Yakima County Sheriff deputies conducted a search yesterday afternoon (Monday) for three juveniles reported as playing with a pistol and aiming it toward an open field near Artz-Fox Elementary School in Mabton.

Graffiti vandals strike

Sunnyside police are investigating a rash of malicious mischief incidents which were reported during the past 24 hours.

Farm wages on the rise

Despite working on average a little less than half the year, the number of ag workers in Washington state is up, as is their average salary.

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Packed house

Christian musician and vocalist Steve Green performs to a full house during his concert held last Saturday night at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Guests welcome to sit in for Coffee Break guest talk

At the Wednesday, Jan. 22, Coffee Break meeting held at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, missionary Petra Worrell will be the guest speaker.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony in the works for YV-Tech

A long-standing dream is on the cusp of reality for the Sunnyside School District, as a ribbon-cutting for the new YV-Tech Skills Center is just a couple months away.

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People For People provides more than just rides

The most visible sign of People For People are the buses that provide essential transportation services to people around the Lower Yakima Valley, but those efforts are only the tip of the iceberg for the service organization that has been helping people for nearly 50 years.

Carolyn R. Sorchych


Heritage releases its fall honor roll

Heritage University in Toppenish recently released the names of students named to its honor roll for the fall 2013 quarter.

Sierra Vista to host girls career conference

In coordination with Women Empowered Career Day 2014, Sierra Vista Middle School in Sunnyside will be the site of a career day for eighth grade girls.

Monday, January 20

Judge with Lower Valley ties nominated to serve on U.S. Eastern District Court bench

Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr., a former migrant farm worker in the Yakima Valley, has been nominated by President Obama to the United States District Court.

Three injured in separate crashes

A Saturday morning mishap on I-82 and a two-vehicle crash Sunday evening left three Lower Yakima Valley residents injured this past weekend.

Prestige Care event Wednesday

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce’s next business after hours event will be on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in Sunnyside.

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Open house for Charvet

The city of Grandview will hold an open house on Friday, Jan. 31, for Police Chief Dave Charvet, who is retiring.

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Active shooter training underway in G’view schools

School lockdowns are not working, according to Jon Ladines, a certified firearms instructor and school security activist.

Cold shooting Lady Vikes win twice

The Mabton girls basketball team pulled out a couple of convincing victories this past Friday and Saturday against Cle Elum and Goldendale.

Pirates lose twice

The Bickleton Pirates didn’t have the best weekend for basketball, losing both games, but Coach Jerry Roberts said his young team showed its mettle.

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Sunnyside Grizzlies earn split in Big Nine League contests

Following a disappointing loss on Friday at Wenatchee, the Sunnyside boys basketball team rebounded nicely with a clutch win at home against Eisenhower last Saturday.

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Two wins propel Lady Grizzlies into three-way tie for top spot in league

SHS Coach Rick Puente has more weapons at his disposal than a two-star general sending a full battalion into battle.

Knights sustain first 1B league loss of season

Sunnyside Christian High School Basketball

The Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team this past Friday and Saturday split its games against Yakama Tribal and Klickitat.

Smeenk tops 600-win mark

Sunnyside Christian High School Basketball

Not much has been able to faze the Lady Knight hoopsters this year, but on the night of Coach Al Smeenk’s 600th victory, the Yakama Tribal Eagles had a lead over Sunnyside Christian at the half.

Sunnyside girls fifth at Othello

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly wrestling team produced a solid showing last Saturday by placing fifth at the 29-school Othello invitational.

Bill seeks resolution for convictions during Fish Wars

Nearly half a century after hundreds of American Indians were arrested during the Northwest “Fish Wars”, a proposed state bill would give those who were convicted a chance to clear their records.

Greyhounds grapple with flu at tournament

Saunders still unbeaten

Joesiah Saunders remains undefeated on the season with a record of 23-0 after claiming four decisive wins at the Henry Foss Invitational in Tacoma this past Saturday.

SHS grapplers claim first tourney title of season

Barajas garners outstanding wrestler award at E’burg invite

A top-5 finish at Ellensburg last Saturday would have been considered a success for the injury-plagued Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team.

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Ready to conduct city’s business

Last week the Mabton City Council appointed Vera Zavala (R) to fill the council’s open Pos. 4 seat. Zavala, who has more than 20 years of experience in Mabton city government, was sworn into office, along with council members Oping Hutson (L), Sophia Sotelo and Mark Gourneau, who were all re-elected in last November’s General Election.

MLK Week proclaimed

Mabton Ciy Council Briefs

In action last week Mabton Mayor Mario Martinez issued a proclamation designating the week of Jan. 19-25 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week in Mabton in honor of the slain civil rights leader’s contributions.

Student to volunteer at city hall

Mabton City Council Briefs

The Mabton City Council learned last week that a Mabton High School senior will volunteer at city hall a few hours each week as part of a work experience program.

No action after executive session

Grandview School Board Briefs

The Grandview School Board met for 10 minutes in executive session during last week’s meeting to discuss negotiations regarding bid contracts. No action was taken.

Next school year starts Aug. 28

Grandview School Board Briefs

The 2014-15 school year will begin Aug. 28, following action taken by the Grandview School Board during last week’s meeting.

Fire chief re-appointed

Mabton City Council Briefs

In action last week the Mabton City Council re-appointed Luke Cussins as fire chief for 2014.

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Grandview School District Superintendent Kevin Chase thanks the District Board of Directors (L-R) Zuluma Ochoa and Alfonso Contreras for their hours of service to the education of Grandview children during a brief ceremony held during last week’s regular meeting of the board.

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Taking orders

Miss Sunnyside Alyson Spidle waits on her family during last Saturday night’s Miss Sunnyside Rocking around the Clock fundraiser held at Sunnyside’s Bon Vinos Bistro and Bakery.

Lots of calls keep cops busy

Police in Grandview had a busy but mostly calm weekend, handling four disputes between citizens, three reports of animal problems, four noise complaints, three accident reports, four parking problems, two reports of traffic hazards, six reports of suspicious activity, an automatic alarm, two reports of runaway juveniles, a report of trespassing, a report of harassment and two reports of juvenile problems.

S’side police have busy weekend

Sunnyside police investigated three reports of theft during the past weekend, including an incident in which the victim left her vehicle’s motor running and unattended. The incident occurred at a local gas station located in the 1300 block of East Lincoln Avenue. Missing from the vehicle were shoes, a red bag, family photos, a black binder and electronic cord, valued at more than $500.

Friday, January 17

Lodging tax committee gets new members

Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci this past Monday appointed Councilman Francisco Guerrero as chairman of the city’s lodging tax advisory committee.

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Tragedies can be averted with phone call to police

“People are too tolerant of parties,” Sgt. Bill Splawn of the Yakima County Sheriff’s office said at yesterday’s Sunnyside United meeting. “We can’t do anything if nobody calls us.”

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Groundwater efforts inching forward

Although it seems at times to be moving forward at a glacial pace, the work of the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area Advisory Committee continues to inch forward.

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Parks and Recreation Board needs additional members

Lack of membership was of concern to the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Board at this past Wednesday’s meeting.

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RV park unveils ‘welcome wagon’

A local business has brought out the welcome wagon, literally, to encourage more RV stays in the city of Sunnyside.

Missing wallet returned

Police in Grandview received a report of a stolen wallet yesterday morning (Thursday) that was later turned in as found property with nothing missing.

Vehicle left warming up in driveway reported stolen

Sunnyside police this morning (Friday) just after 5:30 a.m. were alerted to a vehicle theft reported in the 1300 block of South Sixth Street. The vehicle’s owner left the vehicle unattended while warming it up in the driveway, police say.

Sunnyside firefighters kept busy

The Sunnyside Fire Department has responded to five calls for service since yesterday (Thursday).

District touts benefits of school bond measure

Replacing Washington Elementary School, expanding parking at Outlook Elementary School, track improvements at Sunnyside High School and security upgrades are all on the horizon if voters in the Sunnyside School District approve a $10 million bond measure next month.

Interim police chief approved

The Sunnyside City Council approved a contract with Larry Dickerson for services as interim police chief for the city this past Monday.

Airport board appointments

Mayor Jim Restucci reappointed Lawrence Dolan and Gary Pira to the Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board at last Monday’s regular city council meeting.

Anciso joins planning commission

Mayor Jim Restucci has appointed Roy Anciso, former Sunnyside City Council member, to the Sunnyside Planning Commission.

Salary commissioner reappointed

Mayor Jim Restucci has reappointed Jesse Hernandez Jr., former Sunnyside City Council member, to the Sunnyside Council Salary Commission.

Additional appointments

The Sunnyside City Council at last Monday’s meeting chose Mayor Jim Restucci as delegate to the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments with Deputy Mayor Theresa Hancock serving as alternate. Restucci will also serve on the executive committee.

Grandview School Board approves staff changes

The Grandview School Board approved a large number of recommendations for employment with the district during last Monday night’s meeting.

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Vaccinations vital

An effort to eradicate polio in India has been wildly successful, and the World Health Organization is almost ready to declare the country free of the disease.

High notes and low notes

Home Country

If you ask Dud Campbell, it’s all right to take a break from the arts now and then.

Eliminate our transportation bottlenecks before the new Panama Canal opens

Improving Highway 167 could help change the face of global commerce and the future of Washington state. Really.

Our relationship with God

Religious Reflections

Due to confusion in some circles regarding the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), I would like to clear up some of that confusion. This column will help explain our beliefs regarding God and our relationship to Him.

Pomeroy woman finds true identity

Unfortunate choices in her youth and two bouts of cancer all helped Betsy Nemitz of Pomeroy find her true identity in Jesus Christ.

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Maxine Hickenbottom


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Crisoforo “Chris” Medina


Car found, burned

Yakima County Sheriff deputies recovered a black 2007 BMW less than an hour after it had been stolen last night (Thursday), however, the vehicle had already been burned.

Michael Dale Fisher


Football Snacks in a Snap

Big Game day snacking is an art form, with planning and preparations as elaborate as any other holiday feast.

Elvis to rock the house at Wildhorse

Wildhorse Resort and Casino on Thursday, Feb. 13, will host Justin Shandor, nationally recognized Elvis tribute artist, in the Rivers Events Center.

Grandview youth drop-in program underway

The youth drop-in program for ages 6 to 18 is underway at the Grandview Community Center.

Indoor walking program open to public

An indoor walking program is available at Harriet Thompson Elementary School in Grandview each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

S’side Library events set for Jan. 20-24

The Sunnyside Library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

What's Happening

Prom Show 2014 on Feb. 5

Sunnyside High School senior Perla Alcantar has organized “Prom Show 2014” to be staged in the SHS auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Zumba classes ongoing in Grandview

Zumba exercise classes, sponsored by the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department, are offered at the Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way.

Red wine, chocolate weekend scheduled

Wine Yakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its annual Red Wine & Chocolate event the weekend of Feb. 15-17

Zumba class $1 on Jan. 27

The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a special event entitled Zumba Buck Night on Monday, Jan. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center.

Acts wanted for talent show

Sunnyside High School leadership students will be holding auditions for Sunnyside’s Annual Hospice Talent Show on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 2:30 p.m.

Frenzy Friday program open to middle school students

Grandview Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Grandview School District, is offering the Frenzy Friday program for all Grandview Middle School students on early release Fridays from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

State Parks offers ‘free days’ in 2014

Washington State Parks announces Sunday, Jan. 19, and Monday, Jan. 20, are the first of 12 “free days” in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

Blankenship featured artist this Sunday

Returning artist Leroy Blankenship of Grandview will be the featured performer at this coming Sunday’s Gospel Jamboree in Mabton.

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Playing with the band

The standing-room-only crowd for Sunnyside’s Harrison Middle School concert last night, Thursday, was treated to a performance by special guests El Mariachi Tapatio.

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Lady Grizzly keglers bowled over

The Sunnyside High School bowling team hosted its final home match yesterday, but ended up with a 3-1 loss in the four-game match against Selah.

Sunnyside swimmers earn top honors in five events

In spite of a 117-52 loss, the Grizzly swim team wasn’t as overpowered as the score might reflect.

Grizzlies roll past Pirates

The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team took control from the outset and never let up in a 55-12 CBBN victory at Davis last night.

Greyhounds have individual success despite team loss

Despite fighting illness and a continuing lack of wrestlers, the Greyhounds managed to give the Selah Viking crowd a good show last night in a 54-24 loss to the home squad.

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Lady Grizzlies earn double dual split

Hosting 1A Kiona-Benton and 2A Othello last night, Thursday, the 3A Sunnyside Lady Grizzly wrestling team earned a split.

Celebrate school board members


In honor of January being School Board Appreciation Month, I ask that our community join me in celebrating and thanking our Sunnyside School District Board of Directors for all they do to support and lead our school district.

Simple math


I am writing to ask Sunnyside and Outlook voters to join me in voting YES on the upcoming school bond.

Vote for kids


Please join me in voting “Yes” for the $10 million bond on the Feb. 11 ballot. This opportunity continues the Sunnyside School District’s long history of giving the patrons of this community the best return on an investment in our kids and community.

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1914: Sunnyside fugitive captured

A look back in time from the files of the Sunnyside Daily Sun News and Sunnyside Sun

Thursday, January 16

Modern school security is high tech

Students and teachers arriving at Grandview Middle School must scan their ID cards to enter the building. Once inside, teachers are tracked through a Wi-Fi system that also gives them the ability to call security with the press of a button.

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One man’s objection widen zoning range for marijuana

A lone citizen’s plead to expand the zoning areas for future marijuana retail shops was heard during the Sunnyside Planning Commission’s public hearing regarding potential zoning regulations held last Tuesday night.

Roy Anciso joins city planning commission

Former Sunnyside City Councilman Roy Anciso was sworn in as the newest member of the Sunnyside Planning Commission at the commissioners’ Tuesday night meeting.

Beef franks recalled due to label problem

Cloverdale Foods Co. of Mandan, N.D. is recalling approximately 2,664 pounds of beef franks due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

Train track crossing arm malfunction stops traffic

Traffic was held up at the Yakima Valley Highway and Waneta Road intersection twice Wednesday afternoon when the railroad crossing arms malfunctioned.

Neglect, abuse charges likely in arrest of pair

Police in Grandview discovered deplorable living conditions at a house in the 900 block of Carriage Square after responding to a request for a welfare check on the location Wednesday morning.

Firemen have quiet day

Sunnyside firemen responded to four aid calls, made three transports and conducted two facility transports during the past 24 hours.

Unremarkable day for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies conducted a death investigation at an unattended death near Sunnyside yesterday morning, Wednesday.

Eastern Washington University releases Dean’s List

A number of Lower Valley students earned places on the Dean’s List at Eastern Washington University in fall of 2013.

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Washington Elementary December readers of the month

First, second and third grade

Free throw championship set for Granger

GRANGER - The Knights of Columbus will hold a free throw championship in Granger on Sunday, Jan. 26, starting at noon.

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Grizzly Dance Team wins high honors at Hanford competition

RICHLAND – The Grizzly Dance Team continues with the tradition of meeting high standards and expectations, qualifying for Districts after its first competition.

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Washington Elementary December readers of the month

Fourth and fifth grade

Grandview student makes EOU dean’s list

Gabino Medel of Grandview is among 531 students named to the Dean’s List at Eastern Oregon University for the 2013 fall term.

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Michael Edward Rasmusson


AG: Local governments can regulate against marijuana

‘Good news for citizens of Sunnyside,’ says city manager

The city of Sunnyside, Yakima County and other local governments desiring stricter limits or even an outright ban on the sale of marijuana are free to do so.

Wednesday, January 15

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It’s a tragedy the Fed has been around 100 years

On Dec. 23, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Owen Glass Act, creating the Federal Reserve. Looking back, what has the Fed accomplished during the last 100 years?

Obamacare needs to be repealed

It has become increasingly clear to hard working Americans that Obamacare was never ready for prime time.

Learning from ‘Beast Mode’

It was sure great last Saturday to see history repeating itself when Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch rumbled for a long TD run to clinch a playoff win.

Gov. Inslee issues challenge in State of the State address

Seeks minimum wage increase

Increased spending on transportation and education, as well as a hike in the minimum wage are priorities detailed by Gov. Jay Inslee during his State of the State 2014 address yesterday.

Wrong side of mountain

Food drive appreciation



One thing about cold: it drives folks indoors.

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Grandview Police Chief Kal Fuller last night introduces Kevin Glasenapp as the police department’s newest sergeant.

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Vibrant reflection

The Bleyhl metal storage units, located near South 16th Street and Yakima Valley Highway, appear as works of art cast in light of a winter sunrise.

Grandview aligns business license ordinance with state law

The Grandview City Council last night (Tuesday) revised the Grandview Municipal Code, retracting language in its business licensing code that may conflict with state law.

Mabton to revise police procedures

With an increased reliance on reserve officers, the city of Mabton is taking extra steps in training its officers.

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Special recognition

Pam Horner was presented last Tuesday with the city of Grandview’s Distinguished Service Award by Mayor Norm Childress.

Council OKs supplemental agreement

A supplemental Washington State Department of Transportation agreement between the city of Grandview and Huibregtse, Louman Associates was approved Tuesday by city council.

Utilities won’t be disconnected for $20 or less

The city of Grandview has had in place for several years a policy that wasn’t reflected in the Grandview Municipal Code.

Burglars steal antique utensils

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary report made yesterday (Tuesday) from the 4500 block of East Euclid Road near Mabton.

Skaters found trespassing on building roof

A citizen’s sighting of a couple of juveniles skateboarding on the roof of the old Washington Hills Winery building led Sunnyside police to issue trespass warning to the juveniles yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

Fencing stolen

Police in Grandview are asking anyone who has recently purchased chain link fencing or may have information regarding the theft of several hundred feet of six-foot fencing to contact police.

Mabton to allow marijuana permits

During a discussion at Mabton City Council’s study session last night, Tuesday, Mayor Mario Martinez shared the city will give the go-ahead for marijuana producer and processing business licenses within the city limits.

The power of clutter

I once worked in a law firm with four managing partners. It was a busy practice, with a long history and many clients.

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Port members at council

Representatives from the Port of Sunnyside were present at Monday night’s Sunnyside City Council meeting to conduct the annual business of the Sunnyside Industrial Development Corporation.

Soccer field names sought

The Sunnyside City Council is looking for suggestions on what to name the soccer fields at North First Street and Homer Avenue, next to the Law and Justice Center.

How to choose a continuing-care retirement community

Can you give me some tips on picking a good full-service retirement community that offers all levels of housing, from independent apartment-style to nursing home care?

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Sworn in

Councilman Dean Broersma is sworn into office at Monday night’s council meeting.

Committee assignments

Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci appointed Councilmen Dean Broersma, Craig Hicks and Jason Raines to the city council’s subcommittee on public safety. Raines was also appointed chairman pro tem of the committee.

New sewer pipe approved

The Sunnyside City Council authorized the installation of 1,700 linear feet of sewer lines along Decatur Avenue from South Sixth Street to South 11th Street.

Ellensburg to send inmates to Sunnyside

The Sunnyside City Council approved an agreement Monday night with the city of Ellensburg for housing inmates in the Sunnyside jail.

Prosecutors added at city courtroom

An amendment to the agreement with Kenneth Raber for prosecution services for the city of Sunnyside was approved by the city council Monday night.

Enjoy boxed lunch from the Soroptimists

Soroptimist International of the Lower Valley is hoping to turn local work places into picnic grounds for people around the area on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Development association contract renewed

The city of Sunnyside will be paying the Yakima County Development Association $7,000 annually to promote business in the area.

Mayor, deputy mayor elected

Mayor Jim Restucci this past Monday was unanimously elected by the Sunnyside City Council to another term.

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Greyhounds outnumbered, put in strong effort

GRANDVIEW – The shorthanded Greyhounds had a tough meet against the defending State champions from Othello, losing 58-19, including forfeits in five matches.

Mabton suffers dual losses at double dual

GOLDENDALE – The Mabton wrestling team traveled to Goldendale last night for a double-dual against the Timberwolves and Granger.

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Scotties nip Mabton in OT

MABTON – In a see-saw SCAC tilt, the Mabton Viking boys basketball team came up just short in a 64-61 overtime loss to visiting Highland last night.

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Lady Vikes dominate game against Highland last night

MABTON – In last night’s game against visiting Highland the Lady Viking basketball squad clearly took control of the game from the onset.

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Contest ready

Tuesday, January 14

School bond info meeting Thursday open to everyone

The Sunnyside School District will host a bond information meeting this coming Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the district board room at 810 E. Custer Ave.

Vendors sought for flea market planned at Compass High School March 1

Preparations are underway at Compass High School in Grandview for a spring indoor flea market to take place on Saturday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pump station progress reported

Plans to construct a pump station near King Tull Road are on track thanks to a cooperative effort with Benton County officials.

Grandview ag teacher nominated to national agri-science program

Ryan Maiden, a Grandview High School agricultural science teacher, has been nominated to be a national CASE lead teacher by the organization, which is responsible for developing agri-science curriculum nationwide, according to Grandview School District Superintendent Kevin Chase.

New legislative session opens with high hopes

State lawmakers began their 60-day legislative session yesterday, Monday, without having to reconcile a budget deficit.

City wants its money back from CH2M Hill

A request from the city of Sunnyside to the Portland CH2M Hill office regarding a contract local officials say was not fulfilled has not received a response.

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Impressive structure

Those attending this past Monday’s Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting tour the facilities at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, which was constructed last year.

Suicide likely in last week’s shootings

There are still plenty of questions, but the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office is at least a step closer to resolving a shooting near Bickleton last week that left one man dead and another seriously injured.

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Murder suspect also linked to Outlook-area shootings of four men in July of last year

Yakima County Sheriff’s Office detectives have linked a gang-related shooting in Outlook in July 2013 to the suspect in the murder of Carmen Johnson this past December.

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Yolanda P. Palomarez


Bobby Joe Hanson


Lil’ Vikings cheer camp on next week

The Mabton High School commons will be the site for the 2014 MHS Lil’ Vikings Cheer Camp set for Jan. 21-23.

Cheer camp to be held Jan. 21-22

Youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grades, who love to cheer, can take part in a special cheer camp being hosted by the Sunnyside High School cheerleaders on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 21-22.

Liberty Christian no match for S’side Christian

Sunnyside Christian went to Richland this past Saturday hoping for a challenge, but Liberty Christian didn’t provide the match-up the Lady Knights wanted.

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Lady Vikes split weekend games

Girls Prep Basketball

Alyssa Nash of Mabton pushes the ball up the floor while Kaley Roberts of Naches gives chase this past Saturday.

Indians best Pirates, 53-25

Girls Prep Basketball

Cierra Jo McKeown popped in more points for the Touchet Indians than the entire Bickleton High School girls basketball team scored last Friday.

Grandview girls break Mustangs, 66-44

Girls Prep Basketball

The Grand-view Lady Greyhounds basketball team built a 12-point lead at the half and never looked back on the way to a convincing 66-44 Central Washington Athletic Conference win at Prosser last Saturday.

Grandview notches two wins against Blackhawks

While last Thursday’s match-up between the Grandview High School boys swim team and Cheney might not have appeared to have been a win for the Greyhounds (score wise), the 51 team points the GHS swimmers brought home were well deserved.

Mabton’s Mireles, Rodriguez medal at Grandview invite

It was Gabriel Mireles and Emiliano Rodriguez of Mabton who fared the best at the Grandview Invitational from among their teammates.

Adult co-ed volleyball starts this week

An adult co-ed volleyball program in Sunnyside will start up tomorrow, Wednesday, and the following Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Gasoline stolen in Grandview

Police in Grandview are investigating a theft report made yesterday morning (Monday) from the 300 block of Washington Street. The victim reported gasoline had been taken.

Slow day for firemen

Sunnyside firemen responded to two aid calls, conducted two transports and made three facility transfers during the past 24 hours.

Sunnyside police field few calls yesterday

The three suspicious circumstances reported to the Sunnyside police during the past 24 hours all turned out to be some type of misunderstanding.

Monday, January 13

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Presbyterian Church members complete year-long adventure

By all accounts it was a journey that will leave its mark on the lives of those who lived up to the challenge.

Agricultural concerns may spark changes in federal government’s food safety policies

Members of the SVID board of directors heard what appears to be good news last Friday about the federal government’s plans to likely pull back on some controversial food safety proposals.

2014 water supply for irrigators sketchy

The state water supply is not looking positive, according to the Washington Water Supply Outlook Report for January.

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Windy weekend

Vehicle thefts top police weekend activity in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police are investigating two vehicle thefts which have occurred since last Friday morning.

Loose llama evades county’s sheriff deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies were summoned to hunt for a llama reported as running loose near the intersection of Division Road and Yakima Valley Highway near Grandview this past Saturday night.

Identity theft case prompts Grandview cops to warn people to check their credit reports

GRANDVIEW – An identity theft report made last Friday serves as a warning to people to check credit reports regularly.

Aid calls fill firemen’s weekend

Sunnyside firemen were kept busy during the past weekend responding to aid calls throughout the community.

Grizzlies swept in CBBN play

Despite a couple of strong starts, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys hoop team couldn’t sustain the momentum in a pair of CBBN losses last Friday and Saturday.

Pirates can’t find the hoop in loss to Touchet

TOUCHET – The Bickleton Pirates didn’t put up their best numbers against the Touchet squad last Friday, losing 60-27, but Coach Jerry Roberts did see positives despite the loss.

’Hounds eke out overtime nailbiter

PROSSER – “What a way to cap off a long, crazy week,” Grandview boys basketball coach Glenn Braman said of Saturday’s rivalry match-up against Prosser.

Sunnyside Christian picks up ugly victory

RICHLAND – It wasn’t looking very positive for the Sunnyside Christian Knights at Liberty Christian this past Saturday.

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Saturday drive

Short-handed Grizzlies sweep double-dual meet

RICHLAND - Missing wrestlers due to head, shoulder and back injuries, the Sunnyside Grizzlies leaned on its JV ranks to pull out a pair of dual match victories last Saturday.

Rodriguez notches best finish for Sunnyside at Kentridge invite

FEDERAL WAY – Fox Rodriguez managed to claim the top finish from among the small Sunnyside High School contingent at last Saturday’s Kentridge Boys Swim Invitational.

Crisoforo (Chris) Medina


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Pinning moves

Opportunity to grab league lead eludes SHS girls

Golden opportunities…they don’t come along all that often. But when they do, winners usually seize them and capture the moment.

Friday, January 10

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Sunnyside Transformation volunteers earn accolades

After much consideration and several years of watching local volunteers work on the Loving Sunnyside Initiative, in the community garden and youth ranch, at the farmers market and various other outreach programs, Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley held a special recognition and awards gathering last night (Thursday).

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Fading flakes

Lights out for incandescent bulbs, with some exceptions

The good news is that the ban on light bulbs that took effect at the beginning of this year won’t affect Easy-Bake Ovens.

Jobs still not at pre-recession levels

Lawmakers say making state more friendly to job creators must be top priority in 2014

OLYMPIA - More than six years after the December 2007 start of the economic downturn that eventually grew into the Great Recession, the state’s employment numbers have yet to fully recover.

Sunnyside city council agenda

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Two easy ways to make yourself happier at work

Everyone has bad days at work.

BBB issues warning on Seahawk ticket scams

The Better Business Bureau is using all the sports metaphors at its disposal to warn consumers about fake Seahawk playoff tickets.

Elegy for the incandescent bulb

Farewell, old friend. I am going to miss you.

Don’t make life easy for car thieves

It can be tempting on a cold day to start up your car, then run into the house to stay comfortable while the car warms up.

Thanks, Yakima

Sunnyside has earned a rap for turmoil and turnover in city government over the years and to an extent it’s been deserved.

Vote ‘yes’ for school bond


Free well testing offered


Why do you vote the way you vote?

Have you ever wondered why you vote the way you vote?

Why is life after birth cherished?


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Chiefs upend SHS grapplers

Moses Lake snaps lengthy win streak by Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team hadn’t lost a dual match in nearly four years, but that run ended last night in a 42-28 loss to visiting Moses Lake.

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Grandview storms past Top-Hi girls

Pushing out to a double-digit lead early, the Lady Greyhound basketball team wasted little time in dispatching Toppenish last night.

YVCC offers ‘Beer & Cheese 101’ workshop on Jan. 24

The Vineyard and Winery Technology program at Yakima Valley Community College’s Grandview campus will be providing community members with a unique workshop on Friday, Jan. 24.

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Food drive a success

The Green Olive Café in Sunnyside held its third annual non-perishable food drive during the month of December and the result was that patrons donated 188 food items.

Groundhog Gala set for Saturday, Feb. 1

Heartlinks Lower Valley Hospice’s biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 1, when it will hold its annual Groundhog Gala.

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Treat Yourself to The South’s Finest Pralines

Just a Pinch

Sharing Hometown Recipes, Cooking Tips and Coupons

Red Wine & Chocolate event on tap Feb. 15-17

Wine Yakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its annual Red Wine & Chocolate event the weekend of Feb. 15-17.

Living into the promise of a new heaven, new earth

Once again, the calendar has turned to a new year.


Jan. 13 - Jan. 17

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Greyhounds continue to roll with 73-52 win over Wildcats

“Toppenish is a scrappy, hard-playing team…they never quit,” Grandview boys basketball coach Glenn Braman said of last night’s home game against the Wildcats.

Annual ‘Parade of Hearts Dance’ planned for Feb. 12

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.

Elvis to rock the house at Wildhorse

Elvis in the building at Wildhorse Resort and Casino on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Rocking good time planned

Good eats and a chance to help support the Miss Sunnyside court’s travel fund is being offered on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Sunnyside’s Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery, 122 N. 16th St.

Lady Grizzlies competitive against West Valley Rams

Sunnyside rang up some of its best numbers of the season yesterday, but the effort went for naught as the West Valley High School girls bowling team prevailed by a 4-0 score in tightly contested games.

Kiona-Benton Bears claw out 60-9 victory against Mabton boys

The Mabton grapplers last night had a rough go of it on the mats against visiting Ki-Be.

What's Happening

Auditions for 'Annie' set for Jan. 19-20

Valley Theater Company will conduct open auditions for its spring musical “Annie” on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 19-20, with separate times for children and adults.

Social Security myths

Like any other successful and long-standing program or organization, there are a number of myths surrounding Social Security.

Thursday, January 9

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Sunnyside firefighters recognized for service

Three Sunnyside firefighters were recently lauded for their service to the community.

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Tribute tree

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No negative feedback last night to Sunnyside charter school proposal

YAKIMA – Despite nasty weather, more than a dozen supporters of the Sunnyside Charter Academy showed up at Perry Tech in Yakima last night to speak on behalf of the charter school application.

Numerous new state laws now in effect

The New Year is the time for new beginnings and 2014 is no exception, with several laws and parts of laws going into effect as of Jan. 1 in Washington state.

Tobacco-free contest kicks off next week

The Center for Community Health Promotion, also known as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Sunnyside is sponsoring a special contest to encourage smokers and users of smokeless tobacco to quit.

Are Social Security benefits taxable?

People who have recently begun receiving Social Security benefits or plan to apply in the near future may be wondering this tax season: are Social Security benefits taxable?

Spanish-language business tax seminar scheduled for Jan. 21

Rural Community Development Resources and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Yakima County are facilitating a free business tax seminar at Sunnyside’s WorkSource office on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Marijuana retail hopefuls on the rise in Lower Valley

The number of Lower Valley hopefuls seeking to open marijuana retail outlets has more than doubled in the last three weeks.

What you should know about your parents affairs

Dear Savvy Senior, My pastor recently suggested that I get informed on my elderly parents’ financial situation and end-of-life plans so I can be better prepared when something happens to them.

Bird enthusiast to speak at Nouvella meeting

The Sunnyside-based Nouvella Club will meet on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant.

Mabton firefighters provide meals for students

MABTON – During the winter break, Mabton students did not need to go without lunch.

YVCC President’s List accolades announced

This week YVCC announced its honor roll students earning Dean’s List recognition for fall quarter 2013.

Hazel Abigail Noble


YVCC names fall Dean’s List students

This week YVCC announced the names of its honor roll students earning Dean’s List recognition for fall quarter 2013.

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Joyce Marie Carrell


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Errors lead to Bickleton boys’ undoing

The 1B Bickleton Pirates fell to the Spartan JV squad last night, 57-43.

Wrestling match delayed

The GHS Greyhounds home wrestling meet against Ephrata last night was postponed until Wednesday, Jan. 29.

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Lady Pirates lose low-scoring contest

Maybe it was the frigid weather outside that caused both Bickleton’s varsity and Granger’s JV squad to put up ice-cold shooting numbers last night.

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SHS girls tame Lions

Sunnyside High School’s bowling team picked up its third victory of the season this past Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 8

Destined to be a dropout

I may have mentioned on occasion that my Yorkshire terrier, Buddy, while adorable, is a bit of a terror.

Congressional mailbag

Each month I receive thousands of e-mails, phone calls, letters, tweets and Facebook messages.

Community partnerships


Proud father

You can honor Jerry Haak’s life by practicing servant leadership

The fusion of two nouns, “servant” and “leader,” which form the catch-phrase “servant-leader,” is generally used to describe a person whose thoughts, actions and life’s work are imbued by a deep concern for others.

Early morning blaze claims 400 tons of hay

An estimated 400 tons of hay went up in smoke early this morning at the Bill DeRuyter dairy northeast of Sunnyside. Yakima County Fire District 5 personnel were called to the Lewandowski Road dairy at about 1:45 a.m. this morning (Wednesday).

One dead, another wounded in shooting near town of Bickleton

There are more questions than answers today as investigators attempt to unravel the series of events that led to a fatal shooting in Cleveland yesterday.

New face at Sun Terrace

Working Stiff

Lauren Hershberger is a newcomer to the Lower Valley area, but she likes what she sees, a lot.

G’view cops have light day

Police in Grandview responded yesterday (Tuesday) to two automatic alarms, three trespassing reports, a noise complaint, a report of fraud, a report of threats and a dispute between citizens.

Deputies find two stolen cars

Yakima County Sheriff deputies recovered two stolen vehicles yesterday, Tuesday.

World War II stories wanted from America’s ‘Rosie the Riveters’

Women who worked on the home front during WWII are being asked to preserve their stories and memories.

Local motorists warned to drive according to conditions

Tuesday night’s burst of icy winter weather has local police officers reminding motorists to slow down and drive for the nasty conditions.

Sheriff calls it quits

Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin at yesterday’s Yakima County commissioners meeting announced he will not seek re-election this year.

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Icy walkways

Even though Tuesday night’s snow and ice are expected to be melted off by this evening, Sunnyside city parks employee Mitch Ziegler was out early this morning clearing the sidewalks near Sunnyside’s Centennial Square.

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Mabton on the move

City poised for multi-million dollar improvements in 2014

The calendar says we’re barely into 2014, yet the city of Mabton already has improvement plans mapped out for this year and beyond.

Not a bad deal…at all

Day started slowly, after Steve and Snort were already through two big pastures and into the birth of the hills. Sure was pretty, too, he noticed.

Positive assets

A recent movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” is based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber.

Greyhound forfeits costly against West Valley

GRANDVIEW – Forfeits killed the Greyhound grapplers last night as they absorbed a 47-33 loss to visiting West Valley.

Snyder completes Air Force training

SAN ANTONIO, TEX. – Chase R. Snyder, the son of Todd Snyder of Grandview and Stephany Smith of Othello, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Tex.

Snow delays hoop games

The Sunnyside Christian High School boys and girls basketball games against DeSales scheduled for last night, Tuesday, have been rescheduled due to the inclement weather.

Wenatchee swimmers dunk SHS boys, 144-27

YAKIMA – Unable to garner a win in any of the 12 events staged yesterday at Yakima’s Lions Pool, the Sunnyside High School boys swim team fell by a 144-27 score to the Wenatchee Panthers.

Sunnyside League Bowling Report

WEEK #18

Bowling report

Fourth-quarter surge leads to 71-52 victory for ’Hounds

WAPATO – In what was a close game between the Wapato Wolves and visiting Grandview, it was a surge of successful shooting in the final quarter that led the Greyhounds to a 71-52 win.

Lady ’Hounds outlast Wapato with late rally

WAPATO - Trailing by seven points with just eight minutes to play, the Grandview Lady Greyhounds rallied for a key 80-69 road win at Wapato last night.

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John George Almaguer


Pirates square season record at 4-4

BICKLETON – Nathan Powers posted a double-double for the Bickleton Pirates in their 41-26 win over the Mabton JV squad last night.

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Angelina T. Ortiz


Carol Louise Smith


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Homer Wesley Greer


Tuesday, January 7

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New ‘Top Cop’ in Sunnyside...temporarily

Search for permanent police chief begins anew

Sunnyside City Manager Don Day has made a decision to start the search for a police chief “…from scratch.”

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Non-profit representing irrigation interests seeks ‘audit’ of Yakima Basin water resource plan

Concerned a $4 billion effort to conserve fish and store water in the Yakima Basin won’t provide enough capacity for irrigators, the Yakima Basin Storage Alliance is calling for an independent review of the state mandated plan.

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$10 million school bond on the table this February

The Sunnyside School District in February will be asking voters to approve a $10 million bond.

Port eyes funding options

With the federal Economic Development Administration turning down a funding request, the Port of Sunnyside is looking to other alternatives to paying for an anaerobic digester at its industrial wastewater plant.

Port at work on new website

The Port of Sunnyside is in the process of updating its website.

Port, council to meet Jan. 13

Port commissioners last night, Monday, were reminded that their annual joint Industrial Development Corporation meeting with the Sunnyside City Council will take place at 6:30 p.m. next Monday, Jan. 13, at the Law and Justice Center.

Contract OK’d

Taking an unprecedented step, Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night approved an employment contract with Executive Director Jay Hester.

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Egg-throwing vandals warned they are liable for damages

After a weekend spent responding to reports of vandals tossing eggs throughout Sunnyside, police want the egg-throwers to know that the damage caused by their malicious spree may cost them or their parents money in fines.

Deputies issue icy roads alert

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are warning motorists to drive slowly and allow plenty of time for trips due to overnight freezing rain in Yakima County.

Thefts plague Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Multiple thefts were reported to Grandview police yesterday (Tuesday), including two reports of shoplifting, the theft of a license plate from a vehicle, the theft of speakers from inside a home and a gray 1996 Honda Civic reported stolen from a parking lot in the 1000 block of Wallace Way.

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Intent listeners

Firemen have busy weekend

The past weekend Sunnyside firemen responded to 14 aid calls.

What’s your vision of retirement?

When you start out in your career, you’re probably not thinking much about retirement.

Social Security brain teasers

January is International Brain Teasers Month.

Be of service this Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Pearl Seebeck


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Don Camp


Lee Ashley Young


Angelina Ortiz


Crisoforo (Chris) Medina


More cash back offered for home energy upgrades

Pacific Power is returning cash to customers who make home energy upgrades.

Monday, January 6

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Heat seeking felines

Despite freezing temperatures, Sunnyside residents soaked up plenty of sunshine last weekend.

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Aiko Foshee


Pearl Seebeck


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Blood on the go

Melanie Koch donates blood in the Bloodmobile as it makes its first visit in 2014 to Sunnyside last Friday.

Car theft under investigation by deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated the theft of a purple 1997 Honda Civic last Friday morning from the 300 block of South Lester Road near Outlook.

Numerous arrests made in Grandview

Police in Grandview have made several arrests since last Thursday morning in a variety of incidents.

Egging spree keeps Sunnyside Police Department officers busy

Sunnyside police have in the past couple of weeks been kept busy investigating multiple calls related to vandals egging vehicles.

Latest Yakima County unemployment numbers up just slightly from a year ago

For only the second time in 2013, Yakima County’s unemployment numbers actually rose during the month of November.

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Sunny finale to holiday break

The final days of winter break from local school classrooms brought sunshine last Friday for youngsters like 8-year-old Cooper Mains of Bickleton, pictured playing at Sunnyside’s sun-splashed Central Park.

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Sunnyside experiences building boom in 2013

Value of new construction projects last year $29.7 million

Sunnyside’s Darigold plant is getting a jump start on 2014, as the site at 400 Alexander Rd. received a green light last month for a $5.2 million project to expand its milk receiving bays. That’s according to building permits issued by Sunnyside city officials during the month of December 2013.

Lady Greyhounds dominate tournament

SEDRO WOOLLEY – The Lady Greyhounds only took three wrestlers to the 2014 Sedro Woolley Womens Wrestling Invitational this past Saturday but still managed to place sixth overall out of 20 teams competing.

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Sunnyside falls to winless Mustangs

Visiting Prosser made an early run hold up last Friday, as the Sunnyside Grizzly hoop team fell 57-52.

Columbia-Burbank Coyotes topple Mabton, 64-33

BURBANK – The Mabton Vikings basketball team trailed by double digits early and never recovered in a 64-33 loss at Columbia-Burbank last Saturday.

Sunnyside Christian notches 52-39 win over Sherman County

MORO, ORE. – Sunnyside Christian this past Saturday traveled to Sherman County High School in Moro, Ore. to secure a 52-39 victory over the Huskies.

Pirates learn hard lessons at tourney

HELIX, ORE. – The Bickleton boys came away from the Helix basketball tournament with two losses and a better understanding of where they need to improve for the remainder of the season.

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SHS girls sting ’Stangs

Prosser brought little to the table last Friday, which opened the door for Sunnyside to feast on a 64-24 win.

Lady Knights make short work of Huskies

MORO, ORE. – The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights traveled south to Oregon to take on the Sherman County Huskies and came away with a resounding 69-19 victory last Saturday.

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Pushing through

Bickleton Lady Pirates split tournament games

HELIX, ORE. – Junior Lindsay Brown led the Bickleton High School girls basketball team to a 1-1 record at a holiday hoop tourney in Helix, Ore. last Thursday and Friday.

Pineda, Zaragoza spark Mabton to come-from-behind win

BURBANK – An early 12-3 lead this past Friday against Columbia-Burbank helped the Mabton Lady Viking basketball team secure a 51-47 win.

Friday, January 3

Hospital CEO provides details on newly funded psychiatric care services

As announced earlier this week by Washington state officials, Sunnyside Community Hospital has been awarded a $1.32 million grant to develop additional facilities for short-term inpatient psychiatric services.

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Sunnyside, Grandview buck real estate sales trends

Contrary to the rest of Yakima County, sellers are getting more for their homes in Sunnyside and the Lower Valley.

Ultimate goal of new law is to minimize school expulsions

The Washington state legislature wants the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to find out if school discipline is denying Washington state children their right to an education.

Parents of SHS seniors asked to help plan fundraisers for this year’s grad party

A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 8, to continue discussions on raising money for the graduation party of this year’s seniors at Sunnyside High School.

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Baby Jesus, puppy reported stolen in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police responded to a myriad of citizens’ complaints during the past 24 hours, including the theft of a baby Jesus figure from a residential nativity scene.

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Sales associate helps women ‘say yes to the dress’

Working Stiff

Every day is dress-up day for Yesenia Jalifi, a sales associate at Fashion Corner, a longtime Sunnyside business that specializes in formal wear for all occasions.

Postage rates likely to increase Jan. 26

It’s going to cost three cents more to mail a first class letter and an extra penny to send a postcard.

What's Happening

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Craft time

Sunnyside brothers Mario and Lino Alvarez celebrate the New Year working on crafts during the Sunnyside Public Library drop-in craft time held yesterday.


Monday, Jan. 6 - Friday, Jan. 10

Art exhibit reception opens next Thursday

An exhibition, entitled “Don Crook: Painting the West,” will be opened to the public at Yakima’s Larson Gallery on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

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In search of a meal

A hawk hunts near the State Wildlife Recreation Area near Sunnyside.

Getting the most out of 2014

Religious Reflections

Is time a random collection of minutes, hours and days, or is it more?

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1994: New Year’s reveler shoots himself in foot

A look back in time from the files of the Sunnyside Daily Sun News and Sunnyside Sun

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Top 10 comedic news stories of 2013

Be still, your beating hearts. As we exultantly find ourselves in this festive place once again. The most wonderful time of the year.

Volunteering ultimate exercise in democracy

There are so many things in life which are simply not fair. For example, it is not fair that Buddy, who is so very clever, can’t open the front door so he can go outside by himself.

Sunnyside youth baseball camps set to start Jan. 9

The Sunnyside Community Center will be the venue for several camps for youngsters wishing to improve their baseball skills.

IRS tax guide now online

Taxpayers can get the most out of various tax benefits and get a jump on preparing their 2013 federal income tax returns by consulting a newly revised comprehensive tax guide now available on

Sunnyside league bowling report

WEEK #17

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Alicia G. Beltran


Family game night planned for Jan. 10

The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Grandview Church of the Nazarene, will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, Jan. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way.

Thursday, January 2

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2013’s pioneer passages

Much like its namesake - the Roman deity Janus, which according to tradition has a face looking forward and another looking back – the month of January is a time to mark the birth of a new year but also to remember the past year.

Bouchey will chair Yakima County Commission in 2014

Yakima County commissioners earlier this week named Kevin Bouchey as the new chairman of the three-member county commission.

Aid calls phoned in

During the past 32 hours Sunnyside firemen have responded to 10 aid calls.

Yakima County deputies investigating home burglary

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported this past Tuesday night from the 1100 block of Bagley Drive near Sunnyside. The victims reported a television and a video game console were stolen in the break-in.

Grandview Police Department starts New Year with lots of bangs

Police in Grandview have not had a happy New Year so far, with more than 30 calls yesterday (Wednesday) on New Year’s Day and almost as many the day before.

Noisy New Year’s Eve for police officers in Sunnyside

Sunnyside New Year’s Eve revelers celebrated the coming of 2014 with a combination of gunshots and fireworks, which kept Sunnyside police checking out complaints from just after 10 p.m. until well after midnight.

Lawmaker pushes for Labor & Industries changes

Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry is disappointed but not surprised by the state Department of Labor and Industries’ announcement that it will raise workers compensation rates by 2.7 percent during 2014.

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Frosty first

The Lower Yakima Valley started 2014 with a foggy, frosty first, as captured in this leaf tangled in a bush along Grandview Avenue in Sunnyside on New Year’s Day.

Six injured in I-82 mishap

Six of seven family members who live in Buena suffered injuries on New Year’s Day when the 2007 Ford F-150 pick-up truck they were in veered out of control on I-82 near Sunnyside.

Hospital mum on new psychiatric care ward

Sunnyside Community Hospital is one of four health care providers awarded a portion of nearly $5 million in funds to support short-term psychiatric care.

Numerous appointments made to various Yakima County boards

The Yakima County commissioners this past Monday made several appointments to a number of county boards.

The end and the beginning

Many television programs and internet sites are talking about the notable news of 2013.

Five friends nobody needs

We’ve all got that friend.

Sunnyside firefighters to be trained by county

The Yakima County Department of Emergency Medical Services will provide training and certification services for personnel employed by the Sunnyside Fire Department.

Homeless service contracts OK’d

The Yakima County Commission Monday approved five contracts for services to the homeless.

Audit report clean for Yakima County

In a report issued recently, the Washington State Auditor’s office found that Yakima County came through with flying colors, in terms of an accountability review.

Grandview audit turns up squeaky clean

The Washington State Auditor’s Office recently released its accountability audit report for the city of Grandview with no findings against the city.

Commissioners approve jail agreement with Grandview

An interlocal agreement between Yakima County and the city of Grandview was last Monday approved by the Yakima County Commission.

Age-friendly telephones help seniors stay in touch

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good age-friendly home telephones for elderly seniors?