Stories for January 2014

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Friday, January 31

   

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.

January 31, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 31, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..


New curriculum

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

January 31, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..


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.

January 31, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..


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.

January 31, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..


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.

January 31, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..


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.

January 31, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..
         

Off-line

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

January 31, 2014 3:12 p.m. read more..


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.

January 31, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

A super-worthy app

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

January 31, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
  

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.

January 31, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..
        

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.

January 31, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

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.

January 31, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
    

Thursday, January 30

  

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.

January 30, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

January 30, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
     

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.

January 30, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

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.

January 30, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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).

January 30, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

January 30, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

January 30, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

January 30, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 29

 

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.

January 29, 2014 3:17 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 29, 2014 3:16 p.m. read more..


Mabton updates software

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

January 29, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..


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.

January 29, 2014 3:13 p.m. read more..
            

Are you a philologist?

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

January 29, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..
            

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.

January 29, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
     

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.

January 29, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

Tuesday, January 28

            

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Monday, January 27

  

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.

January 27, 2014 3:39 p.m. read more..
           

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.

January 27, 2014 3:11 p.m. read more..


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.

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

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.

January 27, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..
      

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.

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

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.

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

’Hounds notch second win

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.

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

Looks like snow

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

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

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).

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

$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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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

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.

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


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.

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

‘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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Rush hour

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

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

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.

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

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.

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


Thursday, January 23

              

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).

January 23, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, January 22

      

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.

January 22, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

No hoodies

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

January 22, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

January 22, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
     

Oath of office

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

January 22, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
      

Strength without numbers

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

January 22, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

Playoffs loom

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

January 22, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 21

  

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.

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


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.

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

Lady ’Hounds fall twice

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

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


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.

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

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.

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


Lest we forget

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

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

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.

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

Graffiti vandals strike

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

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


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.

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


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.

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

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.

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

Monday, January 20

  

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Smeenk tops 600-win mark

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.

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

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.

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


MLK Week proclaimed

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.

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


Student to volunteer at city hall

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.

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


No action after executive session

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.

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

Thanks

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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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

Friday, January 17

  

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.

January 17, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
  

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.

January 17, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

January 17, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 17, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

January 17, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

January 17, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

Salary commissioner reappointed

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

January 17, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

January 17, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

Our relationship with God

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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
   

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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
        

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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..
  

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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


Simple math

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

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

January 17, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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.

January 16, 2014 3:08 p.m. read more..
     

Firemen have quiet day

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

January 16, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..


Unremarkable day for deputies

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

January 16, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
       

Wednesday, January 15

  

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.

January 15, 2014 3:54 p.m. read more..
   

Huh?

One thing about cold: it drives folks indoors.

January 15, 2014 3:46 p.m. read more..


Promotion

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

January 15, 2014 3:44 p.m. read more..


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.

January 15, 2014 3:42 p.m. read more..
  

Special recognition

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

January 15, 2014 3:40 p.m. read more..


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.

January 15, 2014 3:38 p.m. read more..
  

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.

January 15, 2014 3:37 p.m. read more..


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).

January 15, 2014 3:36 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 15, 2014 3:35 p.m. read more..


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.

January 15, 2014 3:35 p.m. read more..


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.

January 15, 2014 3:34 p.m. read more..


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.

January 15, 2014 3:31 p.m. read more..


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.

January 15, 2014 3:29 p.m. read more..
 

Sworn in

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

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


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.

January 15, 2014 3:26 p.m. read more..


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.

January 15, 2014 3:24 p.m. read more..
       

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.

January 15, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
  

Tuesday, January 14

   

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.

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

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.

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


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.

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

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.

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

Indians best Pirates, 53-25

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

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


Grandview girls break Mustangs, 66-44

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.

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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.

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

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.

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


Slow day for firemen

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

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


Monday, January 13

        

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.

January 13, 2014 3:09 p.m. read more..
 

’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.

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

Friday, January 10



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).

January 10, 2014 3:23 p.m. read more..
  

Jobs still not at pre-recession levels

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.

January 10, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..
          

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.

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

Chiefs upend SHS grapplers

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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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.

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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.

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Social Security myths

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

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Thursday, January 9

    

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.

January 9, 2014 3:11 p.m. read more..


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?

January 9, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
                

Wednesday, January 8

     

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).

January 8, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
  

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.

January 8, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
   

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.

January 8, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.

January 8, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


Mabton on the move

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

January 8, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 8, 2014 3:08 p.m. read more..


Positive assets

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

January 8, 2014 3:07 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 8, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

January 8, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..


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.

January 8, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
       

Tuesday, January 7

   

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.

January 7, 2014 3:08 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 7, 2014 3:07 p.m. read more..


Contract OK’d

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

January 7, 2014 3:07 p.m. read more..
  

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.

January 7, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..


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.

January 7, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
          

Monday, January 6

   

Blood on the go

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

January 6, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
    

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.

January 6, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


Sunnyside experiences building boom in 2013

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.

January 6, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 6, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..
    

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.

January 6, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 6, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
  

Friday, January 3

           

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.

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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 IRS.gov.

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

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.

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

Thursday, January 2



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.

January 2, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
  

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.

January 2, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
  

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.

January 2, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

January 2, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

January 2, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
       

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.

January 2, 2014 3 p.m. read more..