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Monday, March 31



Money taken during home invasion

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a report of a robbery that happened early this past Saturday morning. The suspect entered a home in the 500 block of North Fourth Street near Grandview and took money from the residents.

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

Change orders approved

The Sunnyside School Board last week approved a $13,949 change order to the construction of the YV Tech Phase 3 Sunnyside branch campus.

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


Schools being inventoried

The Sunnyside School District is conducting an inventory of district assets and school conditions to meet state requirements.

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

Hospice to hold annual meeting

Heartlinks Hospice and Palliative Care will hold its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 a.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, 531 S. 16th St. in Sunnyside.

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


Friday night social at Sun Terrace

Enjoying a little sparkling cider and hors d’oeuvres at a wine and cheese social held last Friday at Sunnyside’s Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living Community are staff members Linda Dium, Cheryl Larrick, visitor Ryan Youngman, resident Harriet Wolf and her daughter Jennifer Wolf of Vancouver.

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


“Chico” given great send-off

Longtime Sunnyside Police Officer Chico Rodriquez was honored last Friday night for his 28 years of law enforcement services in ceremonies held at the Sunnyside Community Center. His retirement begins today (Monday).

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

Springtime fires keeping firemen busy

Sunnyside firemen responded to a report of a car fire in the 500 block of North Fourth Street in the early hours of Saturday morning. The car sustained an estimated $5,000 damage, according to the report. None of the nearby buildings were involved in the fire.

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

Busy weekend for G’view cops

Police in Grandview are investigating two thefts that were reported over the weekend. One was reported from the 300 block of East Wine Country Road last Friday morning, the other in the 300 block of Adams Street yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. No details on either incident were available.

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

Pond competes at Dolquist tournament

YAKIMA – Grandview High School’s Henry Pond was the lone Greyhound competing at last Friday’s Lee Dolquist Invitational at Yakima’s Apple Tree Golf Resort.

March 31, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..


’Hounds notch first win

TOPPENISH – The Greyhounds took drew first blood in a match this past Saturday against the Toppenish Wildcats, scoring 13 minutes into the game on their way to a 2-1 victory in the non-league encounter.

March 31, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..
  

Friday, March 28

   

Scouting fun set for April 12

The annual Chief Kamiakin District’s annual Scout ‘O Rama and Pinewood Derby will take place on Saturday, April 12, at Grandview Country Park and Fairgrounds.

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

Cop keeping busy in Grandview

Police in Grandview handled more than two dozen incidents in the last two days, including three animal problems, seven reports of suspicious activity, two reports of juvenile problems and a report of a theft.

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

Lions meet Helios

Sunnyside Police Department K-9 star “Helios” meets members of the Sunnyside Lions Club in the first of a series of public appearances the Sable German Shepherd will be making during the coming weeks.

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

Sunnyside remains unbeaten

Grandview keeper Antonio Garcia stops a scoring attempt made by Sunnyside’s Christian Chavez in last night’s soccer match between the two non-league rivals.

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


CEO lauds recent improvements at hospital

After two years as its chief executive officer, Sunnyside Community Hospital’s John Gallagher had a good report to give the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarians this past Wednesday morning.

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

Changes underway

Sunnyside motorists traveling to and fro, who typically traverse South Sixth Street to get from one destination to another have inevitably noticed their route of travel has become a construction zone.

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

Piano performance on tap for April 10

Hailed by the New York Times as “romantic with a cool edge,” pianist Andy Feldbau is a rising star on the world stage. He brings his talent to the Sunnyside High School auditorium on Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m.

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

Board supports Supreme Court ruling

The Sunnyside School Board is supporting the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools with a one-time $500 supporting payment and a resolution of support.

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

Logo a no-go

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs the Sunnyside School Board was not, in terms of selecting the new logo for the local school district.

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

A new beginning

I’ve always dreaded going to community meetings, fearing more negatives and fewer positives will be brought forth during hours and hours of repetitive discussion.

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

Our food also comes from the state’s waters

Monday morning a brief article in the newspaper caught my attention. In Seattle on Thursday there was to be a parade of nine wooden fishing vessels going from their winter home in Ballard down to South Lake Union. They are to be displayed there until Saturday’s opening exhibit at the Center for Wooden Boats.

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

Strike three for Grizzlies

After two one-run losses to open the season a week ago, the Sunnyside High School baseball team has suffered three straight spankings.

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

Thursday, March 27



Stove fire occurs here

A report of a stove fire in the 2300 block of Yakima Valley Highway called out the Sunnyside firemen at approximately 5 p.m. last night.

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

Getting in extra practice

The Grandview High School girls golf team was scheduled for a match against Prosser yesterday (Wednesday), but it was canceled and rescheduled.

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

WSP issues update on multiple accidents

In a report issued yesterday, the State Patrol notes that three collisions all involving passenger cars this past Tuesday on the Sunnyside-Mabton Highway were not just due to poor visibility from a dust storm.

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

Wednesday, March 26

 

Legion surveys veterans nationwide

As of this month, more than 2,500 veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have participated in the American Legion’s online survey that seeks to determine the effectiveness of treatments for these two conditions.

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


Rebuilding America

Ever heard of Skip Pescosolido? I hadn’t either until very recently, but I’m glad I did. Without Skip, we’d all be paying higher grocery bills.

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

Longer airport runway under review

To widen the runway or extend the runway, those are among the choices the Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board will be making in the next several months.

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

Sunnyside police kept hopping

Sunnyside police responded to a report of a burglary in the 200 block of SW Crescent Avenue last night. Upon examining the scene, officers determined that the wind blew open the door and a window. Nothing appeared to be missing at the residence.

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


How to fight age discrimination

Dear Savvy Senior, what constitutes age discrimination in the workplace, and where can I turn to for help if I think I’ve got a case? - Demoted at 64

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

Coach of the Year

Mabton High School wrestling coach John Kilian is presented one of two awards by Sue Sartain at this past Monday’s Mabton School Board meeting.

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


Patriots sweep S’side Christian

The rebuilding continues for Sunnyside Christian’s fastpitch program as yesterday the Lady Knights were swept 11-0 and 17-0 in a doubleheader at Liberty Christian.

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


A March flyer

For four months of the college basketball season I’m pretty much out of the loop on what’s happening with that sport.

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


Yakima County commissioners extend agreement

Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) approved an amendment that extends its agreement with the Yakima Health District for the purpose of working with the Yakima County Groundwater Advisory Committee.

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

Home delivery

Grandview Greyhound baseball hurler Anthony Ramirez delivers a pitch during a non-league home game yesterday, Tuesday, against Quincy.

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

Funds for new float trailer

Presenting a $5,000 check from the city of Grandview to the Grandview Chamber of Commerce and the Miss Grandview court this past Tuesday is Mayor Norm Childress.

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

Be very afraid

My attention was grabbed by a Yakima Herald Bulletin headline: “Wolf pack could be coming to this area but no one knows when.” I’m sure this warning will be helpful to livestock owners and other outdoor enthusiasts. It makes me wonder how I should prepare!

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

Twin bill losses

Grandview’s Sadie Ross slides under the tag to score a run in the opening fastpitch softball game against Wapato yesterday (Tuesday).

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


Painless therapy

As a prequel to the morning coffee inhalation down at the Mule Barn coffee shop, the members of the world dilemma think tank were found at the break of day, armed with fly rods, in their other guise as charter members of the Lewis Creek Piscatorial Pursuit Alliance.

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


Tuesday, March 25

 

CROP walk well attended

The Sunnyside Ministerial Association’s annual CROP Hunger Walk had a good turnout this past Saturday morning...

March 25, 2014 3:09 p.m. read more..


More oversight of advisory boards

The Sunnyside City Council amended the rules regarding certain advisory boards and commissions last night to make sure those boards have enough members and the council is regularly updated on the actions of the boards.

March 25, 2014 3:08 p.m. read more..


Sunnyside’s city finances still a mess

The city of Sunnyside still has a long way to go before it is financially secure with accounting processes that all employees understand and can use, but the current administration is continuing to make progress.

March 25, 2014 3:07 p.m. read more..
           

Grizzlies struggle at Knowledge Bowl

ARLINGTON – The Grizzly team at this year’s State Knowledge Bowl tournament didn’t score a lot of points, but according to advisor Paula Greene they still had fun.

March 25, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
             

Sworn in

Mabton’s newest school board member, Rebecca Martinez, is sworn in by Mabton School District Superintendent Minerva Morales (left) at Monday’s school board meeting.

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

Schoolin’ the staff

Students ruled the school last Friday in defeating the staff during an exhibition basketball game at Sierra Vista Middle School in Sunnyside.

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

Elks golfers tourney winners

The duo of Gary Hutchins and Perry Page, members of the Yakima Elks Country Club in Selah, emerged as the top golfers in the opening tournament of the 2014 season on the two Lower Yakima Valley courses.

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

Monday, March 24



‘Chico’ retiring end of this month

A familiar face on the streets of Sunnyside for more than 28 years, Sunnyside Police Officer Severiano “Chico” Rodriquez is ready to turn in his shield and the keys to his black and white cruiser.

March 24, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..


Lower Valley welcomes four new State troopers

GRANDVIEW – After completing more than 1,000 hours of training earlier this month at the Washington State Patrol Academy, four new troopers have been assigned to the State Patrol’s Sunnyside detachment:

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

Knights split jamboree games

Banging out 16 hits, four apiece by Luke Wavrin and Brant Bosma, the Sunnyside Christian Knights defeated the Seattle Christian Warriors by a 15-7 score last Saturday morning.

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

Burglar hunted

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a burglary reported yesterday (Sunday) from the 1300 block of Cherry Lane near Grandview. The victims reported electronics and jewelry were taken during the break-in.

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


Greyhounds earn split in season openers

“It took us awhile, we were nervous out there but we got in the comfort zone,” Grandview baseball coach Joe Mora said of his team’s ability to rally for a split against visiting Toppenish last Saturday.

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

Memorial held in Grandview for fallen cop

The Grandview Police Department hosted a memorial for Wapato Officer Derek Hansen last Friday. The retired officer passed away recently from injuries received in the line of duty. About 500 people attended the memorial.

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

Four-part harmony

Sunnyside and Toppenish soccer players seem to be in sync with their drive to gain control of the ball during the Grizzlies’ 2-0 home victory last Saturday.

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

Vikes blank Naches

The Mabton Viking boys soccer team has had a great start to the 2014 season, winning the first two games.

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

Friday, March 21

  

Grizzlies shoot past Rams

The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team broke out the long ball last night to earn a 2-0 victory at West Valley in non-league play.

March 21, 2014 3:53 p.m. read more..
     

Logo a go-go

Branding is key for all entities, whether public or private, for-profit or non-profit.

March 21, 2014 3:43 p.m. read more..
  

Why we walk

At the age of eight, I took what I was sure was the longest walk ever. With my family and the members of my church, St. Paul’s Lutheran of Rehburg, I walked the six miles from our country church building to the United Church of Christ building in town.

March 21, 2014 3:27 p.m. read more..


Auditor’s office details five findings against city

OLYMPIA – A week ago state auditors conducted an exit conference with the Sunnyside City Council and city staff, bringing to light numerous conditions that were significant enough to report as five official findings from the fiscal year 2012.

March 21, 2014 3:21 p.m. read more..
   

Marriage conference to be held in April

A conference on “Real Marriage and the Truth about Sex, Friendship and Life Together” will be held at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5.

March 21, 2014 3:19 p.m. read more..
           

Battle of the Bars on tap Friday, April 4

PENDLETON, ORE. – The Pendleton Round-up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame are hosting the fourth annual Battle of the Bars competition in the Let’er Buck Room on Friday, April 4.

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

Arbor festival on Tap April 12

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

March 21, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..


‘Go Green Olympics’ on tap March 25

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Grandview High School student David Cornejo will be offering the second annual Go Green Olympics on Tuesday, March 25, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center.

March 21, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


Artwork being sought for annual wine, food fair

PROSSER – The Prosser Chamber of Commerce is urging artists interested in showcasing their talent on promotional materials for the annual Prosser Wine and Food Fair to submit samples of their work by Friday, March 28.

March 21, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
         

Thursday, March 20



Propane theft investigated

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating the theft of about 500 gallons of propane from a wind machine in the 1500 block of Belma Road near Grandview . The theft was reported yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).

March 20, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


Keeping the beat

The 700-or-so seat capacity of the Sierra Vista Middle School gym bleachers were nearly filled this past Tuesday night for a school concert under the direction of Scott Waywell.

March 20, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


Gearing up for the fair

Get ready to “Flock to the Fair.” That is the message being promoted by the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Foundation Board.

March 20, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

Four from Iron Man club invite champs

Four of the 32 grapplers representing Sunnyside’s Iron Man Wrestling Club at an invite at Hanford High School last Saturday, March 15, returned home with first-place medals in hand.

March 20, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
        

Grizzlies put up strong marks at Hanford track meet

No team scores were kept and complete individual marks were not available, but the Sunnyside Grizzly track teams produced good efforts at Hanford during a meet that also included Prosser and Riverview, in addition to the host Falcons.

March 20, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


Car thief, and Jeep, ends up in canal

An attempt to steal a Jeep Wrangler Wednesday night landed both the jeep and the car thief in the canal near the 1500 block of South Fourth Street, according to a Sunnyside police report.

March 20, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
  

Broersma plans to attend Dordt

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Sunnyside Christian High School senior Brittany Broersma plans to attend Dordt College next year, joining the Defender volleyball and track programs.

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

Miss Sunnyside candidates wanted

The 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside court urges all high school sophomore girls living within the Sunnyside area who are interested in becoming a candidate for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside title to attend an informational meeting next Monday, March 24, at 2:35 p.m. at Sunnyside High School in the classroom of Teri Alvarez-Ziegler, room 131.

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

Wednesday, March 19



Smiling through a cloud

It’s a fact that many comedians and humorists live in a rather dark place and use their humor as a survival tool.

March 19, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..
     

Proposal to substantially tax e-cigarettes stalls in Olympia

Elmer Saez, 19, got hooked on tobacco when he was 13. Saez was able to quit smoking cigarettes last July, and he credits the use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping, as the reason why. He recently started work at the Vaporium, an e-cigarette store in Lakewood.

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


Fiddling around

The Gone Fiddling group of Yakima introduced a group of young fiddlers to the Sunnyside senior citizen community gathered at the Sunnyside Senior Citizen Center last Saturday afternoon.

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

Spring at the Square

Spring is abloom at Sunnyside’s Centennial Square as daffodils are making their appearance in full color at the city’s landmark.

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

Parking laws being enforced

Police in Grandview issued parking warnings last night (Tuesday) along Ash Street as part of a continuing effort to educate the public about the city’s parking laws.

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


Dental delight

Herb walked into O’Dontal Dental the other day, holding his hand against a swollen face. He hadn’t even made an appointment to see Perry first, and it became obvious why he hadn’t.

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

Deputies field few calls

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office responded to a handful of calls in the Lower Valley yesterday (Tuesday), including an automatic alarm and two animal problems.

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


Skipping school a no-no

A juvenile not wanting to take state-required school examinations earned an uncomfortable ride to school from the Sunnyside police Tuesday morning.

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

Year four of Obamacare: delayed deadlines

As we near the fourth anniversary of President Barack Obama signing his signature health care law, residents in Central Washington and throughout the country are now feeling the pains and unintended consequences of Obamacare.

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


Tuesday, March 18

 

Port approves variance

In action last night, Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved a variance for YV-Tech’s readerboard sign.

March 18, 2014 5 p.m. read more..


No kids hurt in school bus accident

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a bus accident at 6:45 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) near the corner of Green Valley and Snipe’s Pump roads.

March 18, 2014 5 p.m. read more..
 

Police urge public to help stop car prowls

Police in Grandview are urging citizens to lock their vehicles and keep valuables in their homes instead of their cars, or at least out of sight, after another small rash of vehicle prowling hit the city. Three incidents were reported over the weekend and another two yesterday (Monday).

March 18, 2014 5 p.m. read more..
    

Odor concerns raised at port district meeting

With a bid opening for the Port of Sunnyside’s anaerobic digester just days away, a concern was raised last night about odors from the port’s industrial wastewater treatment plant on Midvale Road.

March 18, 2014 5 p.m. read more..
  

Early spring

Signs of spring are bursting forth along Emerald Road, west of Sunnyside as cherry blossoms make their annual appearance.

March 18, 2014 4:58 p.m. read more..
     

Renovation project

Newly hired assistant coach Glenn Braman has been tasked with rebuilding the Grandview High School girls’ golf team.

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

Grizzlies surge past Grandview

After a taut defensive struggle, the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team exploded for four goals in the final 26 minutes to earn a 5-1 home win over Grandview last night.

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

Get online with Social Security

Social Security services are now available online through a “My Social Security” account, including a replacement for benefit statements formerly mailed out by the department.

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

Monday, March 17

   

Outdoor burning allowed

As of last Saturday, the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency opened the outdoor residential burning season for yard waste such as leaves and lawn trimmings.

March 17, 2014 4:10 p.m. read more..
 

Hypnotic head-banging

Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik gets volunteers to rock out on stage at last Friday’s performance sponsored by YVCC Grandview at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

March 17, 2014 4:09 p.m. read more..


Sunnyside man crucial in water rescue

The Yakima County Swift Water Rescue Team was called out last night (Sunday) after Art Gonzalez of Sunnyside noticed a car in the Yakima River as he was crossing the river along Donald Wapato Road.

March 17, 2014 4:08 p.m. read more..
  

Show-n-Shine meeting tomorrow

All SHS 2014 senior class parents are invited to a meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, to finalize plans for the 10th year of the Show-n-Shine Car Show.

March 17, 2014 3:31 p.m. read more..


Washington state’s wolf population expanding

Gray wolves established four new packs and expanded their territory in the state over the past year, state wildlife managers told the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at a public meeting recently.

March 17, 2014 3:30 p.m. read more..


Grizzlies strong in season opener

Forwards Christian Chavez and Alexander Marin combined for four goals and three assists to spark the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team to a 5-0 thumping of East Valley last Saturday.

March 17, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


SHS dancers bound for State

The Sunnyside High School Grizzly Dance Team this past Saturday won the District 5/6 championship title, qualifying the team for the State competition to take place Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

March 17, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
       

Friday, March 14



Dire financial straits

The city of Sunnyside has some serious problems, including a possible case of misappropriated funds from its public works department and five findings of serious issues in its 2012 accountability audit.

March 14, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..
        

Mystery dinner tomorrow night

Columbia Crest is hosting a special evening of entertainment, food and wine, as well as the opportunity to solve a mystery at its Café Murder event tomorrow (Saturday).

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

Arbor festival on tap April 12

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

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

Quilters show March 21-22

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

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

‘Go Green Olympics’ March 25

The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Grandview High School student David Cornejo will be offering the second annual Go Green Olympics on Tuesday, March 25, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center.

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

Tracking workshop set for May 3

Author, photographer, outdoor educator and expert tracker David Moscowitz will be teaching at a special workshop on tracking and finding signs of wildlife at the Yakima Area Arboretum on Saturday, May 3.

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


Happy Pi Day!

It’s March 14, better known to nerds like me as 3.14, which is the start of the value of the mathematical term π, also known as pi and pronounced the same as “pie.”

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


And the Effie goes to…

Last Saturday the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce held its annual Spirit of Sunnyside awards banquet and a week prior to that we had the Academy Awards.

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

Taxation without representation

I see our legislators are wanting to add another tax to all Washington state vehicle registrations to pay for another ferry. All residents would be required to pay this tax so that Seattle can have another ferry to use.

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


IRS scandal: nothing to see here…

During the March 5, 2014 House Oversight Committee hearing, former IRS official Lois Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment…again. If it were not for being a part of the most “transparent” administration, one might think she had something to hide.

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

Your choice of pie

“That’s a lot of pie and it’s all homemade,” according to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church volunteer Javier Rivera.

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Artwork being sought for annual wine, food fair

The Prosser Chamber of Commerce is urging artists interested in showcasing their talent on promotional materials for the annual Prosser Wine and Food Fair to submit samples of their work by Friday, March 28.

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

Thursday, March 13

  

Cable TV franchise extended

In action this past Tuesday, the Mabton City Council authorized Mayor Mario Martinez to sign a franchise extension with Charter Cable.

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


Marijuana public hearings scheduled

Yakima County will have two public hearings, giving the citizens of the county an opportunity to voice opinions regarding recreational marijuana businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county.

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

Mabton’s got character

Celebrating reading during Mabton Artz-Fox Elementary School’s recent “Read Across America” event are members of the school staff.

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

Aid calls keep firemen busy

Sunnyside firemen have responded to six aid calls since Tuesday. Additionally, they made five patient transfers and one facility transfer.

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

STEM showcase March 27

Harrison Middle School students will be hosting a STEM showcase on Thursday, March 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Harrison gymnasium.

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

Parking issues handled by cops

Police in Grandview cracked down on parking problems on Division Street this morning (Thursday), logging 11 incidents between 1:30 and 3:30 a.m. between the 100 and 300 blocks.

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

Priming the pump

The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District kicks off the spring and summer irrigation season next Tuesday, March 18, when it opens the head gate at the Sunnyside Division dam bright and early at 4 a.m.

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


Region’s top principal employed in Sunnyside

Sunnyside’s Kris Diddens is surrounded by children all day long as the lead administrator of Sunnyside’s Pioneer Elementary School. It’s a job she loves and her passion for her position has led to her being named a Washington State Regional Distinguished Principal for 2014.

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

Wednesday, March 12



Beaches and water areas closed near Wanapum Dam

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has closed five water access sites along the Columbia River behind Wanapum Dam, where the water level has been drawn down in response to a cracked spillway.

March 12, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


County deputies field few calls

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a death in the Lower Valley yesterday (Tuesday) and found it was apparently due to natural causes.

March 12, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

Transportation funds to be used for street projects

The city of Grandview’s Transportation Benefit District was established to determine how monies collected from a $20 car tab fee paid by motorists who reside within the Grandview city limits will be utilized on local projects.

March 12, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


Grandview woman on a cancer-fighting quest

Celebrating the re-birth of her mother 16 years ago by attempting to raise $4,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Nohelia Peterson of Grandview is hosting a veggie burger feed and silent auction this coming Saturday

March 12, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

$30,000 grant to aid Mabton water situation

In action last night, Tuesday, the Mabton City Council authorized Mayor Mario Martinez to sign an agreement with the Washington State Department of Health for a $30,000 grant related to city water projects.

March 12, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
 

Police station, museum plans get funding

The Grandview City Council at Tuesday’s meeting approved task orders that will allow Huibregtse, Louman Associates to proceed with a planning study for a new police department and preliminary designs for a new museum.

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Road rally racers

Roaring down the highways of Argentina behind the wheel of a 1935 Ford Phaeton touring car battling heat, freezing temperatures and car break-downs in remote areas and even confronting border police sounds like a scene from a pre-World War II movie.

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Pay attention to this

I happened to be doing a 20-hour road trip through Nevada in a rented car when Apple announced CarPlay, a system that will soon allow motorists to text, check email and be entertained via their mobile devices, while roaring down the highway.

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Tuesday, March 11

 

Apples and Oranges

The Sunnyside City Council decided last night to provide $30,000 in funding to Merit Resources Services and FIRME Outreach to provide gang resistance counseling to youth.

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Horse vaccinations available in late March

GRANDVIEW - An equine vaccination clinic, sponsored by the Wine Country Riders, will be held Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Grandview Country Park and Fairgrounds, Wallace Way.

March 11, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

Matson picked for parks and rec

Mayor Jim Restucci’s appointment of Doris Matson to the Sunnyside Board of Parks and Recreation was approved Monday night by the city council.

March 11, 2014 3:10 p.m. read more..


CPA contract gains approval

The Sunnyside City Council approved contracting with Rose Eilts, CPA, for accounting services related to the city’s 2012 financial report.

March 11, 2014 3:07 p.m. read more..


Lodging tax requests OK’d

The Sunnyside City Council voted on lodging tax funding Monday night, following the recommendations of the lodging tax advisory committee with one exception.

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Nominations for community awards sought

GRANDVIEW – The chamber of commerce in Grandview is seeking nominations for this year’s community awards, to be presented on Friday, April 25, at the Grandview Community Center at 6:30 p.m.

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RadioShack downsizing

RadioShack Corporation announced plans last week to close up to 1,100 stores as part of its effort to turn around its declining sales, but there is no word yet on whether the Sunnyside location will be one of them.

March 11, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..
    

Lucky readers

Thanks to the local Masonic Lodge, Sunnyside Christian School students Isabella Zecchino and Darrin Vander Meulen are now the proud owners of new bicycles.

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‘Well-rounded’

You can look in Webster’s to find the definition of versatile, or you can just look at the Lady Grizzly hoop roster, which has several girls who are multiple threats.

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Dust off your financial plan

Spring is just around the corner, but before you get started with your spring-cleaning perhaps another matter deserves some dusting off-that long-term financial plan.

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Local students enjoy clean sweep at State

You won’t see their names on stat sheets or in any game highlights, but Pioneer Elementary School students Olivia Puente and Alexia Mendoza played a part in last Saturday’s trophy-round basketball game at State.

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

Monday, March 10

        

PRIME TIME

“We’re a sisterhood! We did this for our school, our community and especially our parents!” Natalia Bazan gushed as she and her Lady Grizzly teammates stormed off the Tacoma Dome court last Saturday with a fourth-place trophy from the State 3A girls basketball tourney.

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Dome away from home

The city of Sunnyside annexed the Tacoma Dome last week. Or at least it sure seemed that way as hundreds of local residents flocked to the wooden wonder to cheer the Lady Grizzlies at last week’s 3A State girls basketball tourney.

March 10, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 7



Winter paradise

One of Leavenworth’s ambassadors blows the longhorn in the tradition of those living in the Alps.

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Whopper

The fishing is good right now in the Columbia River.

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Quilters show March 21-22

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

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From 1 to 21

“When I was a freshman we only won one game and we barely won that,” SHS senior Vanessa Alvarez says of her introduction to Lady Grizzly basketball.

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WISH confab March 14-15

The women of the Grandview Church of the Nazarene are inviting all women to attend their two-day confab, entitled WISH (Women Intently Seeking Him).

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Lenten soup lunches to begin

If it’s Lent it must be soup season as Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sunnyside is again offering its Lenten soup lunch program.

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

If I were the devil

If I were the devil, I would not rest until I had undermined the foundation of - and extinguished freedom’s flame from - America, the nation referred to as the world’s last great hope - that shining city on a hill to which other nations of the world aspire.

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


A 125-year-old book reveals a lot about our state

Each biennium of the legislature, a manual is published with the rules of the proceedings of the legislature and the people involved. Since we’ve been coming to Olympia, it has always been bound in red so is nicknamed the little red book.

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

It’s a long way to Nome

It’s the first Saturday in March, 1973, and more than 40 dog mushers are ready to leave the semi-pro baseball stadium in Anchorage and drive their teams more than 1,100 miles to Nome.

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Sunnyside girls lose to Wolverines

A nothing-but-net trey by Bellevue’s Mandy Steward just 20 seconds into the game set the tone as the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team lost a 3A State tourney quarter-final tilt to the Wolverines yesterday by a score of 66-58.

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


Mabton falls in quarter-finals to Borderites

When only three players can get the ball to drop through the hoop, and collectively a team makes just 16 percent of its shots from the field, a win is hard to come by. Especially so, if that team is playing at the WIAA Class 1A State Girls Basketball Tournament.

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Young musician chosen

Sunnyside Christian Middle School student Alyssa Martin (second row center) was recently invited to audition for the Washington Music Educators Association.

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‘Polaroid Stories’ to be staged at CWU

Avril Martinez, a 2008 graduate of Sunnyside High School, will work on the sound design crew for Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble production of “Polaroid Stories” to be staged the next two weekends.

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


EnTrust benefit set for April 3

EnTrust Community Services is hosting “Through our Eyes,” a community art show fundraiser to benefit disabled persons throughout Yakima County.

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Trophy time!

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team secured its first State trophy in nearly 25 years with a 67-54 consolation round victory over Lincoln today, Friday, at the Tacoma Dome.

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Thursday, March 6



On to State!!!

Just before receiving a police escort out of Sunnyside yesterday afternoon for the trek to the Tacoma Dome, the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team is all smiles.

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Teach, Tour & Taste

The fifth annual Teach, Tour & Taste event at Yakima Valley Community College’s teaching winery was a big success despite a rainstorm dampening the area Wednesday night.

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Broken window brings charges

A woman who got into an argument last night (Wednesday) and ended up throwing a rock through the passenger window of a friend’s car in the 600 block of South Euclid Road, then fleeing the scene, will be charged with malicious mischief, according to police.

March 6, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


Sunnyside cops have a quiet day

A two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning near the 1400 block of Yakima Valley Highway caused a traffic slowdown, but fortunately no one was injured, according to Sunnyside police.

March 6, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


Deputies take few calls

Yakima County Sheriff deputies handled a few small incidents in the Lower Valley yesterday, Wednesday, including a report of threats, two domestic calls and an automatic alarm.

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Middle school scientists excel

The top science fair projects from Sunnyside middle school students were singled out this past Tuesday night at Harrison Middle School, with the grand prize going to eighth-grader Michael Condie.

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Celebrating Lent

In the tradition of celebrating the beginning of Lent, Sunnyside residents Araceli Cazares and her young daughter, Hailey Garcia, stopped for “Ashes on the Go” yesterday.

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


Wednesday, March 5

 

Young and stupid

My friend sent me this on Facebook<strong>:<em> TO BE OLD AND WISE, YOU MUST FIRST BE YOUNG AND STUPID.

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2014 political animal awards

For all those who have spent the last couple of months shoveling out a car, you should know we’re at the tail end of awards season.

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


Senate budget includes money for nursing homes

While the initial supplemental budget released by the Washington State Senate last week did not include funding that Gov. Jay Inslee had put aside to help reimburse nursing homes for Medicaid payments, an amendment added the targeted monies before the budget was passed.

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

Groundwater budget increased

Yakima County Commissioners Kevin Bouchey and Mike Leita at Tuesday’s meeting approved an increase in the budget for the Yakima Groundwater Management Area Advisory Committee.

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Local group headed to expo

Today, Wednesday, a group that includes Jay Hester of the Port of Sunnyside, as well as representatives from the Port of Grandview and the Yakima County Development Association were scheduled to travel together to Anaheim, Calif. for the annual Natural Food Products Expo West.

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

Contract approved

In action on Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved a $9,063 contract with Ag Pro Repair and Fabrication, Inc. of Sunnyside to clear a shed and trees from property the port owns at 2711 Sunnyside/Mabton Hwy.

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


Executive session held

At the conclusion of their meeting this past Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners met in executive session for 10 minutes to discuss a personnel issue.

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Tuesday, March 4



Dam crack

For the past week engineers have been worried about a large crack discovered in the Wanapum Dam.

March 4, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..


Fruit growers plan meeting

The proposed 2014 domestic and foreign market programs will be among the topics discussed when the Washington State Fruit Commission Board of Directors next meets on Wednesday, March 12, at the W.L. Hansen Building, 105 S. 18th St., in Yakima from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

March 4, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..
 

Police chief search progressing

Updates on the search for new employees for the police department, the construction of the fire station and the budgets of Sunnyside’s police and fire departments were the main topics before the city’s subcommittee on public safety last night.

March 4, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..


Board retreat dates scheduled

The Sunnyside School Board will hold its board retreat Tuesday, March 11, preceded by a work session on Monday, March 10, at the district’s board room.

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Data center bill looks to create jobs

OLYMPIA – Last week the state Senate passed a bipartisan measure sponsored by Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry aimed at spurring economic development and job growth in rural Washington counties.

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

Four injured in rollover mishap

A one-vehicle rollover accident that happened early Sunday evening on I-82 near Sunnyside resulted in four Yakima residents being hospitalized in Sunnyside.

March 4, 2014 9:37 a.m. read more..


Monday, March 3



SHOW TIME

Coach Rick Puente’s assessment that all 12 girls on his roster contributed mightily in last Saturday’s 61-45 State Sectional win over Auburn Mountainview couldn’t ring more true.

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Making dreams come true...

The Lady Vikings haven’t seen a State tournament during their lifetime. Their parents may recall the thrill of it, but the last time a Mabton girls basketball team stepped foot on the courts at the State Hardwood Classic was in 1986.

March 3, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..
 

Knights take a bow

In what proved to be his last game for Sunnyside Christian hoops, senior Brant Bosma willed his team to stay in the game against Colton in last Friday’s State sectional contest.

March 3, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..


One-and-done

The Lady Knights suffered their first loss of the season last Friday. It couldn’t have come at a worse time.

March 3, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..
  

Sunnyside firm appealing DOE fine

Johnson Foods Inc. of Sunnyside has been fined $14,000 for a history of wastewater discharges that are excessively acidic and for other water quality violations at the food processing facilities the company operates in Sunnyside.

March 3, 2014 9:42 a.m. read more..