Stories for February 2007

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Wednesday, February 28

Briefs

1-Column

Cutting to the Core

Spring is right around the corner

Spring is right around the corner

Bickleton High School Lady Pirate named to Greater Columbia 'B' all-star team

BICKLETON - Bickleton's Katelynn Clinton has been named to the Greater Columbia B League Girls Basketball All Opponent Team.

1A State tourney opens in Yakima SunDome

Mabton boys lose heartbreaker to Cashmere

Mabton boys lose heartbreaker to Cashmere

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Christian school appreciative of local support

Christian school appreciative of local support

Obituary

MILDRED MILBY SMITH SCHLIEN

MILDRED MILBY SMITH SCHLIEN

Graffiti taggers caught in act

MABTON - An alert passer-by driving through town this past Tuesday afternoon called the police after spotting three juveniles spray painting graffiti in the heart of downtown at Mike's Machine Shop.

Mabton City Council ponders change in garbage collections

MABTON - A none-too-pleased manager of Yakima Waste Systems spoke at the regularly scheduled Mabton City Council meeting Tuesday night. He was there in reference to a story in a local newspaper where police officer Ruben Bayona was quoted as saying that garbage is becoming a problem in Mabton.

Gay Straight Alliance discussion results in packed house at school board meeting

The newly formed Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club at Sunnyside High School was the topic of discussion in a packed meeting at the Denny Blaine Building Tuesday night.

Guest Editorial

Song of guilt is the music of motherhood

Song of guilt is the music of motherhood

Tuesday, February 27

Death Notice

WILMA ALDERMAN

WILMA ALDERMAN

Obituary

MILDRED ELEANOR GUY

MILDRED ELEANOR GUY

From nuclear scientist to restaurateur

PROSSER - For most of his life, 30 years, Carlos Léon was a nuclear scientist, working for General Electric, instructing other nuclear scientists at facilities across the country after graduating from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. "In the nuclear industry, you can wear a lot of hats," Léon commented.

Computer upgrades being made in Mabton schools

MABTON - At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting this past Monday night, the Mabton School Board heard technology updates from technical support staff Jim Pinson and his assistant Carolyn Fisher.

Sunnyside farmer awaits Wednesday's visit by Prize Patrol

Most people would be beside themselves with excitement if they knew they were one of 210 people across the nation that might have won the Publisher's Clearing House $10 million sweepstakes. But Sunnyside's Brian Haas just looks at the situation with amusement.

Grandview Booster Club formally recognized by school board directors

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Booster Club, which was formed six months ago, approached the Grandview School Board this past Monday night to obtain recognition from the school district in order to obtain insurance.

Working Stiff

Cussins juggles farming and fire fighting

Cussins juggles farming and fire fighting

Monday, February 26

Sunnyside Wal-Mart helps hospital expansion

The Wal-Mart Super Center in Sunnyside announced last week that it will again support the Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation's annual golf tourney.

Grandview girls advance at 2A District tourney

YAKIMA - They had been beaten two times this season by the Wapato Wolves. The first time by 17 points and the last time by nine.

Yakima County Polar bears take the plunge

YAKIMA - It was cold. Hovering around 33 degrees with a wet snow falling, Yakima County residents showed up at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima last Saturday to participate in the sixth annual Yakima Sheriff's Office Polar Bear Plunge.

Sunnyside Christian 1B State champs!

YAKIMA - They've had a bulls eye on their backs all season long. Regardless, the Sunnyside Christian Knights lived up to their No. 1 ranking, capping off the school's first-ever undefeated season by capturing the 1B State title Saturday night in the Yakima SunDome.

OBITUARY

JUAN VEGA III

JUAN VEGA III

Lady Knights second at State

YAKIMA - Saturday night, Feb. 24, was a half-moon according to the calendar.

DEATH NOTICE

MELVIN EBEN PETERSON

MELVIN EBEN PETERSON

Vikings lose in 1A District championship game

MATTAWA - Mabton's incredible run through the SCAC District tournament came to an end Saturday night in Mattawa as the Riverview Panthers beat the Vikings 57-42 in the title game.

Greyhounds roll to District title game

ELLENSBURG - In a one-sided win that surprised even Greyhound Coach Scott Parrish, the Grandview boys basketball team knocked off host Ellensburg 52-38 last Saturday to advance to the CWAC District title game.

Friday, February 23

FORUM

YES vote a vote for local children

YES vote a vote for local children

Grandview tames Wildcats in District tourney

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview boys basketball team punched its ticket into the District semifinals with an 87-68 playoff win over Toppenish last night.

PAID OBITUARY

MARIA AURORA MARICHALAR CANTU

MARIA AURORA MARICHALAR CANTU

Mayra Serna looking to carry on tradition of Miss Cinco de Mayo

To be Miss Cinco de Mayo means a lot to 16-year-old Mayra Serna. The junior at Sunnyside High School thinks the title represents the Hispanic community and all of the obstacles the race has managed to overcome and still succeed.

Sukiyaki dinner set for March 4

WAPATO - The 46th annual sukiyaki dinner will be held Sunday, March 4, at the Buddhist Hall in Wapato, located at 212 W. Second St.

Tori Van Wingerden leads Lady Knights into State 1B semifinals

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian girls encountered a hornets nest before rallying for a 66-57 win over Inchelium in yesterday's State 1B quarterfinal contest in the SunDome.

DEATH NOTICE

MILDRED MILBY SMITH SCHLIEN

MILDRED MILBY SMITH SCHLIEN

S'side mayor appoints district commission members

A six-member panel has been appointed to research the possibility of city council district seats in Sunnyside.

I confess, I have a big mouth

Okay, so some people already know this but there are some who don't. I have a way of gabbing. It happens to be a fact of which I am not entirely proud. There are people who commonly refer to this condition as "diarrhea of the mouth."

Knights on track for fourth State title

YAKIMA - Last night's 74-37 thrashing of the Lummi Blackhawks advances the Sunnyside Christian Knights into Friday evening's 1B State tournament semi-final game against the Curlew Cougars.

At long last, downtown coffeehouse to open in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - After months of hard work, the transformation is complete: The Vineyard, an espresso and deli on one side and banquet hall on the other, will open its doors this Saturday.

Sunnyside's wrestling program has deep talent pool from which to choose

After placing four of its five wrestlers at State this year and earning a ninth place team finish, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team can look forward to a gaggle of talented wrestlers entering high school next year.

Thursday, February 22

S'side couple appeals SVID's plan to erect tower

A decision is expected in the next 10 business days on an appeal opposing a 120-foot radio tower proposed by the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District.

One down...three to go

Sunnyside Christian boys scratch out State tourney win over Odessa Tigers

Sunnyside Christian boys scratch out State tourney win over Odessa Tigers

Speaker offers hope for an imperfect life

PROSSER - Members of the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club learned Monday that it's okay not to be in total control of every aspect of life.

Police allegations on shaky ground?

A woman accused of living in the U.S. illegally said she was not issued a handgun by Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder.

Wednesday, February 21

Guest Editorial

Can you forgive a terrible parent?

Can you forgive a terrible parent?

Turnovers costly for 'Hounds in District tournament opener

PROSSER - After playing the Prosser Mustangs tough the first two times this season, the Grandview Greyhounds made poor decisions last night and let the Mustangs run away with a 64-44 win in the CWAC District tournament.

Aaron Van de Graaf co-player of the year

League leading scorer Aaron Van de Graaf has been selected as the co-player of the year for the 2006-07 season.

Non-renewal of principal's contract upheld by hearing examiner

MABTON - A hearing examiner has sustained the Mabton School District's decision to not renew former Artz-Fox Principal Fabian Castilleja's contract following the 2004-05 school year.

Sunnyside Christian girls win State tourney opener

YAKIMA - The first-ever 1B State girls basketball tourney started at 9 a.m. today, but the Sunnyside Christian girls started a few minutes later in rallying for a 34-32 win over Garfield-Palouse in today's State opener at the SunDome.

Eric Tellez named to SCAC first team

Mabton senior Eric Tellez was named to the SCAC all-league first team for boys basketball.

Jimenez SCAC all-league selection

Mabton High School sophomore Ana Jimenez has been named to the 2006-07 SCAC girls basketball all-league first team.

Grandview couple makes music together

GRANDVIEW - Between them they've been making music for more than 130 years.

Van Wingerden, Newhouse, Schutt earn all-star honors

Three members of the 2006-07 Greater Columbia 'B' League girls basketball all-opponent team are Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights.

Gross Point Blank

We're having a baby!

We're having a baby!

Former police sergeant points finger at Sunnyside police chief, deputy chief

Former Sunnyside Police Sergeant Jose Trevino contends that the city's police chief and deputy chief are guilty of wrongdoing.

G'view council ponders 1 percent utility bill increase

GRANDVIEW - Following the review of a five-year financial plan, the Grandview City Council is now mulling a 1 percent utility tax increase.

Forum

1-Column

'F' as in Frank

Getting in tune for Easter

Getting in tune for Easter

Tuesday, February 20

Finance director on board

Wapato native and resident Jordan Arreola is the city of Sunnyside's new finance director.

Yakamas put wild horses up for adoption

In an effort to adequately maintain land management, the Yakama Nation is allowing the adoption of young, wild horses that live on the reservation to non-tribal members.

Daughters of the American Revolution recognize PRIDE High School student

YAKIMA - The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held its annual scholarship and financial aid award banquet at the Red Lion Inn in Yakima on Feb. 10.

Camel focus of concern, for sale

GRANDVIEW - Serious concern is being expressed for a camel that lives on Tear Road near Grandview. More than just a novelty, Merlin, as he's called, is running out of folks to care for him.

Monday, February 19

SCHS Knights headed to State

GOLDENDALE - The top ranked Sunnyside Christian Knights (22-0) enter the 1B State tournament this coming Wednesday as the odds-on favorites to win it all.

Four Viking grapplers lead Mabton to 10th place finish at State

TACOMA - Four of the six wrestlers representing Mabton High School at the 2007 XIX Mat Classic in Tacoma last weekend placed in the top eight to help the Vikings to a 10th place finish this year.

Sunnyside's Romero brothers earn second place finishes at State

TACOMA - Steven and Isaac Romero led a contingent of five Sunnyside wrestlers with second place finishes at State to help Sunnyside place ninth at the 2007 XIX Mat Classic in Tacoma last weekend.

Mabton lands 'A' State tourney berth

Despite 16 percent field goal shooting in the first quarter, the Mabton Vikings used strong defense to come away with a win over Granger in the District semi-finals Saturday night.

'Ready for Kinder' classes to start Tuesday

MABTON - Parents of children ages birth to five years have a unique opportunity in "Ready for Kinder," a series of classes offered at Artz-Fox that incorporate learning and play.

S'side building starts nearly $3.5 million in month of January

New construction starts in Sunnyside for the month of January were valued just a shade under $3.5 million, at $3,499,053, to be exact.

G'view trio earns top 20 team finish at 2A State tourney

TACOMA - Joe Rodriguez overcame a disputed first-round loss to lead Grandview to a 19th place team finish at the State 2A wrestling tourney held last weekend in the Tacoma Dome.

On to State for Lady Knights

GOLDENDALE - They have 12 State trophies between them and they will meet in the very first game of the very first State 1B girls basketball tourney.

Friday, February 16

DEATH NOTICE

GILMER ALLAN LANGE

GILMER ALLAN LANGE

Across our State

Olympia's history dates back to 1792

Olympia's history dates back to 1792

Forum

Homosexuality

Homosexuality

'Red wine & chocolate' event this weekend

More than 50 Yakima Valley wineries are rolling out the red carpet for chocolate connoisseurs during the annual Red Wine and Chocolate weekend event taking place Feb. 17-19.

Gross Point Blank

A fish tale

A fish tale

OBITUARY

OSCAR SANCHEZ

OSCAR SANCHEZ

Frankie J lays his money down on 'Priceless'

If you like snappy rap rhymes and soulful love songs, then Frankie J's latest release, "Priceless," is a must have.

Retired woodworking craftsmen share hobbies with Nouvella Club

Retirement is more than shuffleboard and card games for Jim Hall and Al LaVoie.

Tougher penalties proposed in legislation designed to combat criminal gangs

OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna announced this week that new legislation to combat the activities of criminal gangs, a growing problem throughout the state, has now been introduced in both the state Senate and the House of Representatives.

Are men afraid of greeting cards?

In my own recent cocktail party surveys, I have yet to find a man who enjoys trolling the card aisle searching for just the right sentiment.

New chamber president focusing on communication, building business community

Named the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce president last month, Jesse Hernandez Jr. is focused on improving communication with and support for new and existing businesses.

Taste of Home delivers mouth-watering recipes

The two Taste of Home cookbooks recently published have a variety of great recipes for both new and classic tastes.

Home Country

The bell over the door at the Read Me Now bookstore jingled as Anita Thompson came in. Sarah looked up from the book she was reading.

Sunnyside lawmaker unveils tax relief package to give money back to taxpayers

OLYMPIA - Instead of always taking money from taxpayers, it's time government gave a little back to Washington families, according to Rep. Dan Newhouse. He joined fellow House Republicans today to unveil their plan to ease the tax burden on Washington taxpayers.

Leavenworth gears up for Choral Festival

LEAVENWORTH - Central Washington's Bavarian village will host the second annual Leavenworth Choral Festival on April 13-14.

Mabton upsets Connell in District quarter-finals

CONNELL - Winning for only the third time on the road this year, the Mabton Vikings made a statement last night with a 44-39 District tournament win over the Connell Eagles, the No. 2 team in the SCAC East division.

Thursday, February 15

Marquez trods a path leading to State championship

MABTON - Robert Marquez, a soft-spoken senior at Mabton High School, has a shot to do something that hasn't been done since 1978. The 215-lb. wrestler is hoping to be the first since Don Haak to bring home a State wrestling championship to Mabton.

Death Notice

CONNOR JAMES HECKERT ETHAN COLE HECKERT

CONNOR JAMES HECKERT ETHAN COLE HECKERT

Grandview 'Tree City USA' 10 years and counting

GRANDVIEW - For the 10th year Grandview has received the honor of being named a Tree City USA municipality.

Sunnyside police seek donations for Polar Bear Plunge

The Sunnyside Police Department this year will be participating for the first time in the Yakima County Sheriff's Office Polar Bear Plunge. Local officers are looking to the community of Sunnyside to help them raise $1,000 for the event.

Wednesday, February 14

Obituary

ANA MATTOS

ANA MATTOS

Interest grew at S'side bank for long-time lovebirds

He was a loan officer, she a bank teller in 1940s Sunnyside.

Cutting to the Core

Valentine's Day make-up

Valentine's Day make-up

Death Notice

GUSTAVO GODINEZ GONZALEZ

GUSTAVO GODINEZ GONZALEZ

Firearm charge pending against alleged gang member

A small group of alleged gang members were arrested yesterday by Sunnyside police.

Guest Editorial

Home Country

Home Country

Grandview's slide continues

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview girls basketball team hosted the Wapato Wolves last night, losing 45-36, which stretched the Lady Greyhounds' losing streak to seven games.

Grandview wins in OT, moves back into first place

GRANDVIEW - Shaking off last Saturday's loss to the Prosser Mustangs, the Grandview Greyhounds beat league leading Wapato 64-62 in overtime last night to grab a share of first place in the CWAC with one game remaining in the season.

Loss to Braves doesn't eliminate Sunnyside from postseason race

KENNEWICK - Despite dropping a gut-wrenching 64-60 decision to the Kamiakin Braves last night, which lowered Sunnyside's league record to 3-8, the Grizzly boys basketball team is still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Lady Grizzlies absorb 19th defeat of season

The Lady Grizzlies fell to the Kamiakin Braves at home last night, 51-41.

Gross Point Blank

Bad customer service

Bad customer service

Forum

No longer a simple dispute

No longer a simple dispute

Tuesday, February 13

Newhouse calls for more stringent measures in supervising felons released from prison

OLYMPIA - Failure to adequately supervise convicted felons after their release into the community has caused tragic consequences for innocent bystanders. As a result, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside) has joined Republican colleagues in sponsoring legislation to hold felons accountable while they are finishing their sentence outside prison.

Four men arrested in Sunnyside drug bust named

The four men arrested in a drug bust last week in Sunnyside have been identified by the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) Task Force.

Increased public involvement focus of new commission

The Sunnyside City Council was unanimous last night in stating that there was no need at this time to split council's seven seats into districts.

Grandview School Board Oks burying of time capsule

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board has approved the request of a high school student to bury a time capsule.

DEATH NOTICE

VELMA L. JOHNSON

VELMA L. JOHNSON

OBITUARY

LAURA JONES

LAURA JONES

Survey shows Sunnyside needs new housing stock

The Sunnyside City Council Monday night received a long-awaited housing survey conducted by the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG).

Monday, February 12

Young Grandview missionaries ready for three-year ministry

GRANDVIEW - Bethany Presbyterian Youth Pastor Nate Mazzuca, wife Crystal and sons Judah and Micah will leave this Thursday for a three-year mission trip to Swaziland in Africa.

OBITUARY

FRANKIE CORRAL JR. III

FRANKIE CORRAL JR. III

Helping those facing financial hardships makes work worth it for lending specialist

Eva Leon is not a member of a traditional financial institution. She helps people obtain financing when they have difficulties.

Grizzlies fourth at Regionals

Twenty teams converged on Sunnyside last Saturday for the Region IV 3A wrestling tournament.

Knights one win away from State

GOLDENDALE - Helter and skelter-as good as nicknames as any for the Brouwer brothers, considering the havoc they wreak on the defensive side of the ball.

DEATH NOTICE

EVELYN PRITCHETT

EVELYN PRITCHETT

Grandview boys split games

It was a tale of two games for the Grandview boys basketball team last weekend, romping at home on Friday over Quincy before losing at rival Prosser on Saturday.

Friday, February 9

Jennie's Journey

A moment in a Burkha, a moment of sadness

A moment in a Burkha, a moment of sadness

Mabton Vikings' victory averts loser-out game at District tourney

MABTON - In what turned out to be a must-win game for the Mabton High School boys basketball team, the Vikings stepped up to the plate and beat the Goldendale Timberwolves 53-47 last night to clinch the No. 3 seed in the SCAC District tournament.

Over the Shoulder

The grass patch

The grass patch

State to pull cigarette contract with Yakamas

The days may be numbered for Lower Valley residents to buy discounted price cigarettes at the Mabton Smoke Shop.

Guest Editorial

Dads' days as head of household numbered

Dads' days as head of household numbered

SunDome to host 2007 Central Washington Sportsmen Show

YAKIMA - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-18, the Central Washington Sportsmen Show returns to the Yakima SunDome.

Grandview leadership group meets, ID's community needs

GRANDVIEW - Approximately 35 community members met in Grandview last night to identify community challenges and resources.

Religious Reflections

Our eternal Valentine-God

Our eternal Valentine-God

Pirates advance to District

KLICKITAT - Following a 55-51 Sub-district tourney victory over Yakama Tribal last night, the Bickleton Pirates will now move into District play.

Bickleton girls victorious

KLICKITAT - Excellent defensive play garnered the Bickleton Lady Pirates a 47-26 Sub-district win over Yakama Tribal last night and earned them a shot at District play.

Obituary

FRANKIE CORRAL JR. III

FRANKIE CORRAL JR. III

Protect yourself, your identity...warn local police officers

The Federal Trade Commission has declared Feb. 4-10 National Consumer Protection Week and police in Sunnyside and Grandview have tips as to how you can avoid being a victim of fraud.

Lady Vikes close out season with 52-45 win

MABTON - Granted, the Mabton High School girls basketball team didn't qualify for this year's District tournament. But considering the Lady Vikings this season jumped from the Greater Columbia B League to the extremely tough class A SCAC West Division, all in all Mabton put together a pretty solid year.

Thursday, February 8

Obituaries

LEONARD DELEON

LEONARD DELEON

Driesen selected for People to People Leadership Summit

People to People International has selected Sunnyside High School student Tonnelle Driesen to attend a leadership summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

Nine girls vying for 2007-08 Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo title

Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant directors, board members and the current court gathered Wednesday at El Valle Restaurant in Sunnyside to welcome nine contestants who will vie for the 2007-08 title of Miss Cinco de Mayo.

Sunnyside, Tom Paul headed to court March 8

Prosser contractor Tom Paul and the city of Sunnyside are headed to court on March 8.

Gay students, supporters form club at Sunnyside High

With prodding from Washington state school officials and a group of local students, Sunnyside High School has formed the Gay Straight Alliance.

Five SHS students bring home awards from FBLA winter conference

Eleven students from Sunnyside High School's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club joined approximately 20 other schools in participating in the FBLA Southeast Region District Winter Conference held at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima Jan. 31.

Wednesday, February 7

Lady Grizzlies lose heartbreaker to Southridge

The Sunnyside girls basketball team's first win of the season was there for the taking last night, but the Lady Grizzlies couldn't finish off Southridge in a 48-43 loss.

Guest Editorial

Is your job making you fat?

Is your job making you fat?

Hernandez making gains in college ball

WENATCHEE - Jessica Schutt, athletic director and women's basketball coach at Wenatchee Valley College, had four years to watch Emily Hernandez play at Sunnyside Christian High School.

Death Notice

VERNON M. ANDREWS

VERNON M. ANDREWS

Obituary

LAVERNE BROWN

LAVERNE BROWN

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1-Column

Mabton's postseason hopes dashed by Highland Scotties

MABTON - Highland's in and the Mabton Lady Vikings are out.

Sunnyside Police aim to get tough on gangs

The Sunnyside Police Department is planning new measures to crack down on a growing problem in Sunnyside, gangs and graffiti.

Bickleton drops close sub-district decision to Vandals

KLICKITAT - Coming out of the gate sluggish in the third quarter cost the Bickleton Pirates a 52-47 decision in a sub-district match-up against Klickitat last night.

Lady Pirates fall to Trout Lake in sub-district tourney Tuesday

KLICKITAT - The Bickleton Lady Pirates fell to Trout Lake in sub-district play this past Tuesday night, 54-29.

Southridge Suns avenge earlier loss to SHS Grizzlies

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside boys basketball team couldn't shake a slow start last night in a 65-43 loss at Southridge.

Water supply outlook for Lower Valley good

Although still a month away from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's first official forecast on water availability for the 2007 season, members of the Board of Control for the Sunnyside Division of the Yakima Irrigation Project were told to expect a full supply.

'F' as in Frank

Turning a valley into a mountain

Turning a valley into a mountain

Emergency room expansion fund grows

When it came down to a donation request from Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation Development Director Bill Flower for the emergency room expansion project, it didn't take much to sway Shonan USA, Inc. CFO Doug Foth.

Vikes tied for third

MABTON - Using the fast break and being extremely stingy on defense, the Mabton Vikings jumped to a 20-12 first quarter lead en route to a 54-36 win over the Highland Scotties Tuesday evening. The win moved the Vikings into a three-way tie with Goldendale and Highland for third place in the SCAC West Division standings.

Tuesday, February 6

Grandview's rose garden needs community's help

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Rose Garden is in serious need of help from the community.

Leadership program under development in city of Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council members received a draft update last night for the Leadership Grandview program, which is currently under development and designed to create a stronger pool of leadership within the community.

Death Notice

JAMES M. FOX

JAMES M. FOX

Obituary

JO MARIE BALFOUR

JO MARIE BALFOUR

Mabton's Magana earns third seed into Regional tourney

ZILLAH - Needing an extra day to finish up the 171-lb. weight class seedings, Mabton's Adrian Magana defeated Goldendale's Darren Stelter yesterday (Monday).

Grizzlies' season comes to close at District meet

ELLENSBURG - The Sunnyside High School swim team had three swimmers at District competition at Central Washington University last Friday and Saturday. Alex Henry placed fifth at the competition in the 100-yard breaststroke for the Grizzlies.

Christian thrift shop reaches $1 million in sales

The Sunnyside Christian Thrift Shop announced that it reached $1 million in total sales during this past Christmas shopping season.

Dr. Allen to retire from clinic next month

March 16 will mark the end of an era for Sunnyside medicine as Dr. John Allen will retire on that date after 30 years as a family physician.

Mabton to appoint student rep to school board

MABTON - At their most recent meeting, Mabton School Board officials gave Superintendent Sandra Pasiero-Davis the go-ahead to appoint a student representative to serve as a non-voting member of the board.

Monday, February 5

Mabton places third at Districts

ZILLAH - Finishing in third place behind Goldendale and Granger, the Mabton Vikings advanced 12 wrestlers to Regionals from last weekend's District tournament.

Knights clinch Greater Columbia title with spanking of Eagles

It's getting to be routine.

A song for sweethearts

The Columbia Connection, a singing quartet from the Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines will offer Lower Valley sweethearts a song and a rose.

Bickleton girls fall late to Trout Lake

TROUT LAKE - A third quarter breakdown in defense cost the Lady Pirates the game against Trout Lake this past Saturday, 53-40.

Greyhounds grapplers taking nine to Regionals

OTHELLO - The Grandview wrestling team will take nine athletes (seven qualifiers and two alternates) to Regionals this weekend following the District tourney held Saturday in Othello.

Naches Valley, Granger too tough for Viking boys

After two straight wins, the Mabton Vikings fell twice last weekend, 51-47 against Naches Valley and 59-49 to Granger.

Former Sunnyside resident working on Middle Eastern book

By day, she's an analytical thinker. By night, former Sunnyside resident Jacqueline Dasso Haddad delves into her creative thoughts, working to develop a book that's been in the works for 15 years.

PP&L seeks 10 percent rate hike, public input

In a case pending before Washington state's Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC), Pacific Power and Light's parent company, Pacificorp, is seeking a 10 percent rate increase for electricity customers.

Four injured in single-car accident near Prosser

Four Mabton residents were injured last night in a single-car collision on I-82, at milepost 82, near Prosser.

Fun for all at 4-H Fun Fair

The Waneta Grange was the site last Saturday for the annual 4-H Fun Fair.

Bickleton drops game to Trout Lake

Coach Ben McBride attributed Saturday's loss to "simple mistakes."

Grizzlies advance six to Regional Tournament

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Grizzlies used a fourth-place finish at the sub-regional tournament in Spokane last weekend to advance six wrestlers to the Regional Tournament, which will be held in Sunnyside next Saturday.

S'side rally falls short to Hanford

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside boys basketball team rallied from a 17-point deficit to make things interesting, before losing 66-58 at Hanford this past Saturday.

Lady Vikes lose two over the weekend

MABTON - With only seven players suited up for action, the Mabton girls basketball team lost two contests over the weekend.

Lady Knights victory over Yakama Tribal dampened by DeSales loss

The Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team was victorious over Yakama Tribal last Friday night and suffered a non-league loss to 2B DeSales on Saturday.

Death Notice

LAVERNE (KING) BROWN

LAVERNE (KING) BROWN

Obituary

MARIAN GLADYS HAMMOND

MARIAN GLADYS HAMMOND

Friday, February 2

Across our State

Special trees

Special trees

Guest Editorial

With health care, there are no game-winning home runs

With health care, there are no game-winning home runs

Words From Washington

President addresses state of the union

President addresses state of the union

Canola boon

Sunnyside's Natural Selection Farms inks multi-million dollar deal with biodiesel producing firm

Sunnyside's Natural Selection Farms inks multi-million dollar deal with biodiesel producing firm

Home Country

President Home Country

President Home Country

Bickleton boys lasso Mustangs, 52-47

PROSSER - In a close contest over the Prosser Mustang 'C' squad last night, the Bickleton Pirates varsity team garnered a five-point victory, 52-47.

Forum

Sportsmanship

Death Notices

DON E. KUHN

DON E. KUHN

Gross Point Blank

Super bore

Super bore

Lady Pirates claim victory over Mabton girls

PROSSER - The varsity Lady Pirates plundered the Mabton Viking 'C' squad in non-league game played at Prosser last night, 39-29.

Sunnyside farm accident claims man's life

A worker for the Veiga Dairy near Sunnyside was killed last night when a large hay bale fell on him.

Obituaries

MARGARET A. MORGAN

MARGARET A. MORGAN

Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center receives $500,000 gift from Yakima businessman

PROSSER - The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center board of directors announced earlier this week the center has received a gift of $500,000 from a Yakima family in support of the Clore Center's capital campaign and its long term vision and mission.

Afghanistan topic of YVCC speaker's address

GRANDVIEW - Community members and students of Yakima Valley Community College were treated to a guest speaker at the Carl Stevens Senior Center in Grandview Tuesday night, Jan. 30.

Thursday, February 1

Work on Bickleton Carousel Museum nearly complete

BICKLETON - The dream of the Alder Creek Pioneer Association is close to being fulfilled as the final touches to the Bickleton Carousel Museum are being made.

Voices for the elderly lobby in Olympia for more funding

If there are millions and millions of excess dollars in the state's coffers, why not send a little portion of that money to the elderly folks residing in nursing homes? After all, they're the ones who helped make Washington state what it is today.

Grizzliettes headed to district competition

After practicing and working on their routines for more than nine months, the Grizzliettes are beginning to see the payoffs.

15-year-old juvenile nabbed after lockdown

Yesterday's Sunnyside High School lockdown was prompted by multiple reports to the Sunnyside Police Department of a student seen in possession of a handgun, according to police officials.

Grandview unhappy with county decision

GRANDVIEW - Planning commissioners in Grandview unanimously agreed last night to appeal the county's decision regarding an addition of property into Urban Growth Area boundaries.

Comments being taken on how to shape Hanford refuge

Four meetings, six alternatives. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is crunching those numbers to come up with a plan for a national refuge at the Hanford Reservation.

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IRENE CANAMORE

IRENE CANAMORE