Stories for December 2010


Friday, December 31

Guest Column

Congress keeps ceding power to the President

Congress keeps ceding power to the President

Jennie's Journey

We've all heard someone resolve to lose weight or lose some bad habit for the new year, but often the New Year's resolutions people make involve stamina and/or major commitments.

Entertainment Briefs

Winter may be here, but good fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities are plentiful

Grandview High girls sustain setback

GRANDVIEW - Some nights, nothing will fall. Such was the case for the Lady Greyhound basketball team Thursday evening.

Mabton's Mireles 125-lb. tourney titlist

FREEMAN - Vicente Mireles won a championship for Mabton High School in the 125-lb. division and the Vikings went on to post a sixth place finish at the Freeman Scottie Invitational yesterday, Thursday.

Simple fender bender escalates into alleged death threat

This past Sunday at about 2:30 p.m., a Sunnyside woman, who wishes to remain anonymous for safety reasons, was threatened by a male subject after a minor traffic accident in the Sunnyside Bi-Mart parking lot.

Toppenish no match for unbeaten Grandview Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School boys basketball team stayed undefeated for the season with a 78-60 thumping of the Toppenish Wildcats in a CWAC match-up last night, Thursday.

County, state officials unveiling plan that will address tainted drinking water

A pilot program to help treat drinking water that contains too many nitrates will be unveiled on Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Yakima dentists proceeding with plans to open new clinic in Sunnyside by spring 2011

You might say it is like an experience of going to Disneyland," said Apple Valley Dental Corporate Manager Leti Brownfield, whose dental offices are expanding to Sunnyside.

Thursday, December 30

Sunnyside well within its snow removal budget

With what seems a wetter than usual winter filled with snow in the Lower Valley so far, the city of Sunnyside is not terribly worried about its snow budget.

Restucci, Arteaga named to New Vision board

Two local city leaders, Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci and Grandview City Administrator Cus Arteaga, were recently elected to the board of New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association.

Parrish leads Lady 'Hounds past Selah, 57-47

SELAH - The Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team enjoyed a fast start on the way to a 57-47 CWAC victory at Selah last night, Wednedsay.

Turnovers prove costly for Lady Grizzlies

Costly turnovers and poor shooting doomed the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team last night (Wednesday) as the 3A Lady Grizzlies lost to 2A East Valley, 52-24.

Lady Vikes lose a heartbreaker

MABTON - The good news is that the Mabton Lady Viking basketball team held Naches' leading scorer, Justine Benner, to just 12 points through three quarters last night, Wednesday.

Fourth quarter rally not enough for Grizzlies

The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team made it interesting at the end, but ultimately couldn't overcome a large deficit in losing 64-55 last night to visiting East Valley.

Zumba classes offered at Sunnyside Community Center

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 4, the Sunnyside Community Center will feature Zumba fitness classes taught by Juan Lares.

Wednesday, December 29

Sunnyside man sentenced to jail time on charge of assaulting 27-day-old infant

This past Monday, Jonathan Juarez, 25, of Sunnyside was convicted of third degree assault of a child domestic violence.

Accomplices in murder case plead guilty

This past Monday, Dec. 27, two of the four suspects tied to the July 17, 2010 murder of 15-year-old David P. Baldonado of Sunnyside plead guilty in Yakima County Superior Court.

Mabton Council paves the way for $20 car tab fees

MABTON - It's official. The long talked about transportation benefit district has finally been formed in Mabton. The city council adopted a resolution last night, forming the district to help raise money for the upkeep and maintenance of city streets.

New firehouse dog, spots and all, on the job

Five-month-old Dottie Sue is an excitable, happy young Dalmatian pup, and why shouldn't she be? She has a new home, a new job and a great big family at the Sunnyside Fire Department.

State's traffic fatalities down during holiday season

In a good sign for New Year's Eve this coming Friday, drivers in Washington state gave each other the best gift possible over the Christmas weekend: a significant drop in highway deaths.

Auto theft a reminder to use an alarm, Grandview police say

GRANDVIEW - In activity since yesterday, Tuesday, the Grandview Police Department was alerted to a 1996 Honda Accord stolen from the 900 block of Acoma Drive. The car was stolen early this morning from in front of the victim's residence.


Sunnysiders praised for good deeds at Christmas time

Sunnysiders praised for good deeds at Christmas time

Empire of M

'Re-Kindle' the desire to read

'Re-Kindle' the desire to read




Tuesday, December 28

Midnight Live changes venue

It has been a 13-year staple of New Year's Eve for Sunnyside High School students, but this year's Midnight Live event will feature a number of significant changes.

Sunnyside surgeon earns recognition

Sunnyside General Surgeon, Dr. Steven Lee, has become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Sunnyside residents recycling with gusto

The overflowing recycling bins at Sunnyside's South Hill Park might be considered an eyesore to some, but the good news is it means residents are recycling.




Monday, December 27

Emergency i-Watch meeting tonight, Monday

Due to a recent incident where a Sunnyside resident was reportedly given a death threat, the i-Watch group has called an emergency meeting today, Monday, at 7 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church at Grandview Avenue and Taylor Street in Sunnyside.

Grandview resident victim of fraudulent Craig's List ad

GRANDVIEW - A fraudulent Craig's List advertisement resulted in a Grandview resident potentially losing $2,500.

Electric car options coming to Seattle

Wait and see approach in Yakima County

Wait and see approach in Yakima County

Grandview cancels city council meeting

GRANDVIEW - As many municipalities do each year, the Grandview City Council will cancel its regular meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, because of the holiday season.

Friday, December 24





Donors very generous in contributing to Mabton food bank

Donors very generous in contributing to Mabton food bank

Empire of M

Making new holiday traditions

Making new holiday traditions

Joy of the season

It's been the best of both worlds this Christmas season.

Winter recreation activities abound at Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga announced last week that the Paradise snowplay area is open for the season.

Sunnyside teen wraps up busy year at the piano

The year 2010 has been rewarding for pianist Jackie Kilian, 17, of Sunnyside.

Human trafficking battle takes Sunnyside High grad to South Africa

When it comes it stopping a $32 billion industry born from poverty and thriving on human weakness, Dianna Mendoza knows the most important thing she can do is pray.

Thursday, December 23

YVCC honor roll students announced

Yakima Valley Community College officials have released the names of the students who received honor roll status on the President's or Dean's List for fall quarter 2010.

Board approves travel plans

Sunnyside students received approval by the school board this past Tuesday evening for a number of school related trips.

Moratorium on adult businesses extended again in Yakima County

YAKIMA - The Board of Yakima County Commissioners agreed this past Tuesday to extend a moratorium on the licensing of adult businesses in Yakima County for another six months, commencing on Dec. 21.

New Mabton park in the works

MABTON - A $15,000 grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation has been awarded to Catholic Charities Housing Services for a new community park in Mabton.

Hillcrest Manor resident celebrates 100 years on earth

Surrounded by family and friends, Dorothy Looney celebrated her 100th birthday with a small party at Hillcrest Manor yesterday (Wednesday). The celebration was a bit premature as Looney won't officially turn 100 until Christmas Day this Saturday.

Census figures give Washington 10th legislative seat

The U.S. Census Bureau announced this week that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, at 308,745,538.

Freshman the catalyst in Lady Knights' 48-26 win

TOUCHET - Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk is expecting big things down the road from freshman Stormee Van Belle. He and the rest of the Lady Knight basketball fans who trekked to Touchet yesterday got a glimpse of that future potential greatness.

Grandview advances three wrestlers to tourney quarter-finals

PASCO - After going 2-2 in team competitions on Tuesday night at the Best of the West wrestling tournament in Pasco, the Greyhounds returned Wednesday for individual single-elimination competition.

Knights hold on for win against Touchet

TOUCHET - Despite having a let-down in the fourth quarter the Sunnyside Christian Knights used a large lead to absorb a Touchet comeback to beat the Indians 62-49 in a non-league matchup last night (Wednesday) in Touchet.

Cribbage tourney draws youngsters to Sunnyside

Students on winter break came from as far away as Yakima and Prosser this past Tuesday, for the first ever youth cribbage tourney in Sunnyside.




Wednesday, December 22

More Sunnyside students meeting state benchmark standards

The Sunnyside School District has been hard at work ensuring students are meeting state benchmark standards and some recent test results indicate something is working.

Health center may be in school district's future

The Sunnyside School Board gave district administrators approval to move ahead with a grant application that could bring in a health care center for Sunnyside students.

Sunnyside firefighters adopt seven families for the holidays

For many years, the Sunnyside Fire Department has teamed with Outlook Elementary School to provide gifts and food for local families in need during the holiday season. This year is no different and the fire department has selected to aid seven local families in the Sunnyside and Outlook area.

Nearly two dozen families aided by St. Joseph's parish this holiday season

Parishioners of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sunnyside adopted 23 families for the holiday season and are prepared to help many more through their food bank.

Grandview posts 2-2 record at Pasco tournament

PASCO - The Greyhounds lost 48-24 against Mountain View in the first round of the Best in the West tournament held yesterday (Tuesday) in Pasco.

SCHS thunders past Lightning

Despite playing a very physical 1A LaSalle Lightning team last night at home, the Sunnyside Christian Knights blew out the visiting team in the first half and then coasted to a 76-40 non-league win.

Mistakes prove costly in Lady Grizzlies' loss

A mistake-prone Sunnyside High School girls basketball team hosted the Davis Pirates last night, losing 68-45 to the bigger 4A school.

Lady Knights give undefeated LaSalle run for their money

Officially, last night's non-league game against the visiting LaSalle Lightning went into the record books as a loss for the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team.

4A Pirates outlast Sunnyside, 72-60

The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team couldn't overcome the depth of visiting state-ranked 4A Davis in a 72-60 loss last night, Tuesday.

Driver licensing offices will be closed December 24-27

Due to state budget reductions, Department of Licensing offices will be closed for business on Monday, Dec. 27, as Department of Licensing employees take a required temporary layoff day.

Former Boeing engineer to talk at Christian club meeting in mid-January

PROSSER - "Problem solving in an engineer's world" is the title of the speech that will be delivered by former Boeing engineer Martin Veeneberg at next month's meeting of the Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection.

Guest Column

Washington state Republicans failed in the 2010 elections

Washington state Republicans failed in the 2010 elections

Cutting to the Core

Let the Christmas fun begin

Let the Christmas fun begin

Tuesday, December 21

Valley Heating & Air Conditioning closed after 62 years

It is the end of an era in Sunnyside. For 62 years Valley Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has been taking care of the needs of Lower Valley residents. But on Nov. 30, the shop closed its doors for good.

Sunnyside Council divided in adopting 2011-12 budget

The Sunnyside City Council adopted its 2011-12 biennial budget last night, at a special meeting.

Sunnyside beefs up sign code enforcement

The holiday season isn't just busy for local merchants, it's also an active time for Sunnyside officials in enforcing the city's sign code.

Parrish's D leads Lady 'Hounds past Othello

OTHELLO - The Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball rallied from an early deficit to surge past host Othello 55-38 in CWAC action this past Saturday.

Sunnyside Community Center's holiday activities geared for all ages

School break is in full swing, but students and parents can find plenty of fun activities at the Sunnyside Community Center to fill those long winter hours.

Sunnyside Library offers holiday fun

Winter break is here, the kids are out of school and the search is on for something to do.

Monday, December 20

Three juveniles arrested during armed burglary in Sunnyside

Three juvenile males were arrested at gun point by Sunnyside police after a resident on Cascade Way reported being burglarized on Thursday, Dec. 16.

Concerns aired at city council retreat

The Sunnyside City Council and City Manager Mark Gervasi met this past Saturday at a council retreat to discuss topics such as city organization and what is expected from the city manager.

Sunnyside McDonald's hosts grand opening

Children turned out by the hundreds to help celebrate the grand opening of the Sunnyside McDonald's this past Saturday.

Gonzalez, Romero lead Grizzlies to first ever SunDome team title

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team continued to growl, tearing through the SunDome Mat Classic this past Saturday to earn first-place honors. It's the first time that Sunnyside has won the team title at the invite.

SCHS girls notch pair of non-league wins

One thing is certain about this year's young and inexperienced Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team...the Lady Knights know how to clamp down on the opposing players.

Vikings eke out two OT victories

The Mabton Vikings opened up league play this past weekend with wins over Riverview and Columbia-Burbank, wins that required Mabton to battle in overtime in both games.

Grizzlies swept to start league play

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team opened Big Nine League play with a pair of tough losses this past Friday and Saturday.







Friday, December 17

Guest Editoriol

We're not getting our money's worth

We're not getting our money's worth

Pay raises of city employees under special review

Sunnyside City Manager Mark Gervasi, who's only been on the job a few months and has barely gotten his feet wet, has been tasked with conducting a special review to determine if the pay raises of more than a half dozen city employees were given in accordance with all applicable regulations.

Grandview PD honors three of their own

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department honored three of its own as Officer of the Year, Reserve Officer of the Year and Dispatcher of the Year at an awards banquet held last week.

Homeless shelters open, but more volunteers needed

Two homeless shelters in Sunnyside are now open to provide services, but organizers are still looking for more volunteers to help man them.

SHS Lady Grizzly keglers notch first win of year

Junior YaYa Gonzalez and freshman Johanna Chumley stepped up their games yesterday, enough so to lead the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team to its first victory of the season after opening with eight consecutive losses.

Lady Pirates pounce on Leopards

ZILLAH - The Bickleton Lady Pirate varsity basketball team used a 26-8 third quarter run to pull away from the Zillah JV squad in a 65-40 victory last night, Thursday.

Mabton Vikings pick up first win of season

BURBANK - The Mabton High School wrestling team picked up its first win of the season last night against Columbia-Burbank, but first had to absorb a manhandling by Ki-Be in a double-dual meet in Burbank.

Grizzlies the stars in romp over Suns

The Sunnyside Grizzlies again made it look easy as they dismantled league foe Southridge 74-6 in a home wrestling match last night, Thursday.

Local churches offer Christmas events for everyone

Amid the decorated homes and Christmas trees, gift shopping and holiday cooking, local churches are offering Lower Valley residents a chance to remember the true meaning of the holiday season.

Local food banks staying busier than ever

State and federal dollars help more than 400 food banks in Washington, including two in Sunnyside.

Christian Connection speaker details personal transformation

PROSSER - Lynn Franz joked that in middle school she was 5-8 and weighed just 98 lbs. She was able to share a laugh about her attempts as a girl to plump up her image with the Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection this past Tuesday, during a luncheon meeting.

Gospel music quartet coming to Yakima soon

YAKIMA - One of gospel music's most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured at the Ahtanum Pioneer Church in Yakima on Saturday, Jan. 8. The quartet will share their unique, four-part harmony during an exciting event beginning at 5 p.m.

Guest Editorial

We're not getting our money's worth

We're not getting our money's worth

Jennie's Journey

Zingis Mongolian BBQ is A-OK

Zingis Mongolian BBQ is A-OK




Thursday, December 16

Port of Sunnyside director recognized for 20 years of service

When Amber Hansen first began working for the Port of Sunnyside, she was the lone administrative employee and her office was at Sunnyside city hall.

Hospital employees come through again with holiday spirit

Over the past four Christmas seasons combined, including this one, staff at Sunnyside Community Hospital have adopted nearly 100 needy families during the holidays.

Big plans for downtown building start with a vision

There is a vision for downtown Sunnyside and it means great opportunity for local business owners.

Local dirt bike racer 'Black Widow' runner-up

Harrison Middle School sixth grader Jaime Alvarez Jr. loves racing dirt bikes. And, he's pretty darn good at it. He recently earned second place honors in the Black Widow Motocross Championship Series 85cc class for 9-11 year old beginners at Horn Rapids Motosports Complex.

Santa breakfast this Saturday at S'side VFW

Sunnyside VFW Post 3482 will host a breakfast with Santa Claus event this coming Saturday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday, December 15

Grandview city budget includes small increases in utility fees

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council last night, Tuesday, approved a $4.82 million current expense fund budget for 2011.

Apartment construction tops building activity in Sunnyside

An apartment rebuilding project valued at more than $700,000 led the way in new building starts permitted in Sunnyside last month.

Sunnyside City Hall to be reopened on Fridays

The city of Sunnyside will be open for business five days a week starting next year.

Grandview girls fend off Jackrabbits

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team used a smothering pressure defense to overpower visiting Quincy last night, 54-46.

SHS Grizzlies ground Hanford Falcons, 63-9

For the second time in less than a week, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team held a league opponent to single digits as the Grizzlies rolled last night, Tuesday, with a 63-9 win over visiting Hanford.

Greyhounds secure 68-50 victory over Quincy

GRANDVIEW - The Greyhound boys basketball team prevailed 68-50 over the Quincy Jackrabbits last night.

Two injured in I-82 mishap

Two men, one from Bonney Lake and the other from Toppenish, were injured early this morning in a two-vehicle accident on I-82, near exit 67 just outside of Sunnyside.

22-year-old Grandview man dies in rollover

GRANDVIEW - The Washington State Patrol reports that 22-year-old Ricardo Cesar Uribe of Grandview died late last night in a one-vehicle rollover accident.

Cash prizes awarded to poets

Frances Potts of Sunnyside was one of three Yakima County residents who won cash prizes in the National Amateur Poetry Competition sponsored by Eber and Wein Publishing of Shrewsbury, Pa.


Why this last minute maneuver?

Why this last minute maneuver?

Forget Perfect

Seven tips for a miserable holiday with your family

Seven tips for a miserable holiday with your family

'F' as in Frank

Simply Christmas

Simply Christmas




Tuesday, December 14

City switches gears, approves annexation

Last night the Sunnyside City Council reconsidered and approved the annexation of Sunnyview Park and property owned by Gregg Marrs.

City council asked to slash public works director position

Adoption of the proposed 2011-12 biennial budget for the city of Sunnyside, totalling $56.3 million, hit a snag last night.

15th District legislators receive local to-do list

Local leaders laid out their Christmas wish list this morning, Tuesday, to state legislators during a breakfast meeting in Sunnyside.

Bickleton girls claim 58-40 win at Granger

GRANGER - The Granger Spartan girls JV basketball team last night felt the pressure by the visiting Bickleton varsity team.

Turnovers doom BHS Pirates

GRANGER - The Bickleton Pirates varsity boys basketball team faced the Granger JV team last night but came out on the short end of a 64-42 decision.

Heritage University project benefiting Mabton students, school board informed

MABTON - The Mabton School Board last night, Monday, received a report about a program called HU 105 that was implemented this fall.

New style of dining out offered at Zingis Mongolian BBQ

Tim Choi and his wife Esther have been in the restaurant business for a combined 12 years and were seeking new opportunities when they decided to open Zingis Mongolian BBQ in Sunnyside.




Monday, December 13

Radder among those testifying in favor of gang legislation

OLYMPIA - Led by Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna's office, several law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and others spoke in support of more advanced gang intervention and suppression activities last Friday in Olympia.

Lawmakers meet to slice state's budget deficit

OLYMPIA - The State Legislature convened a one-day special session this past Saturday in Olympia to cut up to half of a $1.1 billion expected deficit in 2011.

Plight of Grandview couple highlighted on E television show

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview couple struggling to cope with the after effects of war will be featured on the television program E! Investigates, on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Grizzly Grapplers dominate

FIFE - Not even a heavy snowfall could deter the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team from taking control of the Larry Brown Invite in Fife this past Saturday.

Lady Greyhounds hold off highly touted Ephrata

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball program showed signs of progress this past Friday night with a 65-58 home victory over Ephrata, expected to be one of the CWAC's best teams this season.

Grizzly rally falls just short

The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team had opportunities in the final minute to tie, but in the end fell 55-53 to visiting Moses Lake this past Friday night.

Greyhounds victorious in Ephrata

EPHRATA - Seven schools competed at the Ephrata Invite Saturday, Dec. 11, but Grandview wrestlers came out on top, earning a total score of 136.5.

Lady Vikes earn split in weekend play

MABTON - The first quarter meant everything to the Mabton Lady Viking basketball team this past weekend in a loss at Ranger and a win over Sunnyside Christian.

Unemployment benefits to drop

About 150,000 jobless workers in Washington state will take a pay cut this week with the expiration of a federal stimulus program that added $25 to weekly benefit checks.

'The Gift of the Magi' featured story at Sunnyside Library

The featured story to be read at the Sunnyside Library's adult story time this coming Wednesday will be The Gift of the Magi.

Volunteers needed for Sunnyside men's shelter

The men's homeless shelter in Sunnyside is in need of volunteers to help staffing needs. The situation is dire enough that if more volunteers don't come forward the shelter is in danger of closing.

Family places faith in God for home birth

Havala Froehlich was born at 2:05 a.m. on Nov. 18 in her family's Naches home. But unlike her eight siblings, the circumstances surrounding Havala's birth are a little unusual - Havala was delivered right into the hands of her father at home.

Sunnyside Museum hosts annual Christmas open house

This past Saturday the Sunnyside Museum hosted its annual Christmas open house, providing visitors a glimpse into Christmas' past.




Friday, December 10


Live on

Live on

Electric cars will be a shock to the grid

Electric cars are the new wave in automobile technology. Many see them as the way to cut greenhouse gas emissions because they plug in rather than fuel up. Nissan's Leaf and Chevrolet's Volt are coming to car showrooms, the first in what is expected to be a wide variety of electric vehicles.

Empire of M

College can fit into anyone's plans

College can fit into anyone's plans

World renowned violinist to perform in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Seventh-Day Adventist Church invites community members to attend a free Christian concert featuring Jaime Jorge, a world-class violinist, on Saturday, Dec.18, at 10:30 a.m.

Maria Juana's Gift: Irony with a purpose

The healthcare debate didn't start this year. It's been ongoing for decades.

Actors make The Family Man

GRANDVIEW - Playing with "role reversal" yesterday (Thursday) were the Grandview High School drama club members as they opened their production of The Family Man by Benjamin Bernard Zavin and Carl Leo.

Fight against human trafficking topic of special presentation

This past June Pacific Lutheran University student Dianna Mendoza of Sunnyside traveled to South Africa in an effort to fight human trafficking. She will be sharing her experiences in Sunnyside on Sunday, Dec. 19.

Grizzlies tame Kennewick Lions, 70-6

KENNEWICK - In one of the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling program's most dominant victories ever, the squad dominated host Kennewick 70-6 last night, Thursday, in the Big Nine league opener.

Airfield Estates expands to west side of mountains

PROSSER - In April of 2007 the Miller family of Sunnyside opened Airfield Estates Winery in Prosser. Three years later, in April of 2010, the Millers have expanded their operations to the west side of the mountains.

AG's office given special hearing to address gang bill

OLYMPIA - Lawmakers will be in Olympia this coming weekend for a specially called legislative session to deal with the state's growing budget deficit. Attorney General Rob McKenna is using the emergency gathering to pitch a bill he's proposing that is designed to reduce gang violence.

Bickleton boys claim first win of the season

PASCO - The Bickleton varsity boys basketball team traveled to Pasco yesterday (Thursday) and claimed their first win of the season against the Pasco sophomores, 47-35.

Chamber to fine tune Sunnyside's holiday parade

Last week's 22nd annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade in Sunnyside was bigger than ever.

Rams romp

Sunnyside High School junior YaYa Gonzalez turned in the Lady Grizzlies' top individual effort of the season yesterday.

Former Sunnyside resident returns to serve community

If Sunnyside residents are not familiar with new Sunnyside Fire Department firefighter/EMT Dave Riddle, they may recall his grandfather, former Sunnyside Major Don Hughes.

Thursday, December 9




Grandview police chief returns from European trip

GRANDVIEW - Whether it was rubbing shoulders with international law enforcement leaders in Cyprus or a leisurely visit in Venice, Grandview Police Chief Dave Charvet and wife Kelley enjoyed a trip to remember last month.

Grandview books given clean bill of health by auditors

GRANDVIEW - A recent review of the city of Grandivew's books was given a thumbs up by state auditors.

Sunnyside father-son team 11th at bowling tournament

RICHLAND - Sunnyside's father and son duo of Rob and Brandon Rice managed an 11th place finish at last Sunday's Central Washington Open doubles competition, staged at Richland's Atomic Bowl.

College football coaching next step for Grandview grad

MOSCOW, IDAHO - Though his football career at the University of Idaho is finished, 2006 Grandview High School graduate Brandon Artz will stay connected to the program next season as a coach.

Special investigative committee on pay practices formed by Sunnyside mayor

Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci, at this past Monday's city council workshop, appointed a temporary special investigative committee to review pay practices.

Wednesday, December 8




Jennie's Journey

Recovery ahead?

Recovery ahead?

Hospice remembers

Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care held an evening of remembrance yesterday, Tuesday, where employees, friends and families gathered to reminisce about those they lost over the past year.

1A Naches girls edge 1B Lady Knights

NACHES - Last night's non-league match-up between the Sunnyside Christian and Naches girls basketball teams was, quite simply, filled with bumps, bruises and a bit of spilled blood.

Grizzlies fall to Greyhounds

In a tale of two halves, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team rallied but couldn't make up a 31-7 deficit last night, Tuesday, in a 64-42 loss to rival Grandview.

Bruins claim win over Pirates in fourth quarter battle

WHITE SALMON - The Bickleton boys basketball team faced Columbia High School's Bruins yesterday, Tuesday, in a game that came down to the fourth quarter.

Bulldogs overcome Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhounds battled the Ellensburg Bulldogs yesterday and, although they put up a fight, the Ellensburg wrestlers walked away with a 34-28 victory.

Big first half keys Grandview girls' win

The Grandview and Sunnyside girls basketball teams met last night at Sunnyside High School in a mid-valley show down with the Greyhounds using a big first quarter run to key their first win of the season.

Jesus Huecias jump shot gives Mabton win at buzzer

YAKIMA - It was a tale of two halves last night, Tuesday, as the Mabton Vikings struggled with poor shooting against the Riverside Christian Crusaders, but Jesus Huecias proved to be the hero for the Vikings as he nailed a jump shot at the buzzer to give Mabton a 40-38 non-league win over the Crusaders.

Sunnyside girl recovering from brain surgery

Leslie Madrigal, a first grader at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School, underwent brain surgery Wednesday, Dec. 1, in an effort to control her seizures.

Toxic chemicals found in soil at Sunnyside airport

After receiving a tip late this past summer, the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) found DDT, DDE, toxaphene and dieldrin in concentrated levels at the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

Police officers honored for service at annual banquet

Last Friday, the Sunnyside Police Department hosted its annual awards banquet, honoring several officers for distinguished service.

Rotarians receive school expansion update

Sunnyside School District Construction Manager Braven Bendzak was the featured guest speaker at Monday's Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting and gave the Rotarians an update on the expansion at Sunnyside High School.

Tuesday, December 7




More than 60 entries judged in 22nd annual parade

Entries for the 22nd annual Lighted Farm Implement parade were up from last year. More than 60 floats traveled down Edison Avenue last Saturday and the parade results are in.

Use of lodging tax funds explained at city council workshop

Last night (Monday) the Sunnyside City Council at its monthly workshop was provided an account of how lodging tax funds included in the proposed 2011-12 budget will be utilized.

AmeriCorps volunteer new community center director in Sunnyside

AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Celeste Goulding has not been out of college for much more than six months, but youth belies experience when it comes to her devotion and service toward others.

Monday, December 6

Grizzlies shine at White River Classic

BUCKLEY - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team opened the 2010-11 campaign in fine fashion this past weekend with a second-place finish at the prestigious White River Classic.




Woodworth recognized for service

TACOMA - St. Clair Woodworth was last month at the annual Washington Public Ports Association meeting recognized for his service to the ports industry.

Sunnyside rolls to season opening wins

A fast start and strong finish combined to give the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team back-to-back wins this past Friday and Saturday.

Vikings finish sixth at West Valley Invitational

YAKIMA - With just eight wrestlers at Mabton Coach John Kilian's disposal, the Vikings were able to take sixth place honors at the West Valley Invitational with 51 points this past Saturday in Yakima. The tournament was won by Graham Kapowsin High School with 189 points.

SCHS girls' season starts with 49-25 victory

Despite some less than spectacular shooting numbers, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team opened the 2010-11 season last Friday with a convincing 49-25 win against the visiting Liberty Christian Patriots.

Grandview earns victory at SunDome

YAKIMA - The annual Hall of Fame Tip Off Classic at the SunDome in Yakima this past Saturday proved to be a success for the Grandview Greyhounds.

Gunfire reported in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A home in the 400 block of Forsell Road was struck by bullets this past weekend in one of two calls to Grandview police this past Saturday regarding gunfire.

Catholic Charities nearly finished with 44 homes, 18 more planned

Over the past five years Catholic Charities Housing Services has been providing low income families with homes of their own.

No suspects in shooting

Yakima County Sheriff's deputies are still looking for suspects in a shooting that happened on Saturday.

Friday, December 3

Cutting to the Core

The sad state of the world

The sad state of the world


Cemetery thieves shameful

Cemetery thieves shameful




Words from Washington

Decision on Yucca Mountain should not be held hostage by politics

Decision on Yucca Mountain should not be held hostage by politics




'The Family Man' debuts next Thursday

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School Drama Club's latest production, "The Family Man," is set to debut next Thursday, Dec. 9, at A.H. Smith Elementary School.

Book review

'The Patriot's Toolbox' great for the politically minded

'The Patriot's Toolbox' great for the politically minded

Bickleton boys face stiff competition at jamboree

KLICKITAT - The Bickleton boys basketball team opened its season at a jamboree in Klickitat two nights ago, playing two hard fought games.

Construction boo-boo not expected to delay SHS remodeling project

Though an error required recently poured concrete to be ripped up, construction at Sunnyside High School is still on target.

Water pipe break disrupts services at Sunnyside hospital

A broken water pipe is the culprit behind an interruption of services this week at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Sunnyside police budget at $9.9 million for 2011-12

Last night Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder and Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck explained the department's proposed $9.9 million two-year budget for 2011-12. The duo also shared with the Sunnyside City Council how 2010 monies were utilized.

Mother of four children first female firefighter at Sunnyside fire station

As one of the Sunnyside Fire Department's newest recruits, Holly van Schaick can officially say her dream job found her.

Thursday, December 2




Sunnyside given clean bill of health by state auditors

The Washington State Auditor's Office has released its most recent audit findings.

Bickleton girls fall twice at jamboree

KLICKITAT - The Bickleton girls basketball team traveled to the Klickitat Jamboree yesterday and faced the host Vandals to open the season.

Sunnyside High School's partnership with Gonzaga strengthens

The partnership between Sunnyside High School and Gonzaga University has strengthened and benefits are emerging for students at both schools.

Wet December predicted for Lower Valley

The good news is that Sunnyside appears headed for a break from temperatures in the teens and even lower.

Sunnyside awarded more than $110,000 for stormwater system

The city of Sunnyside has been awarded more than $110,000 to plan, design, maintain or build stormwater systems.

Sunnyside's Promise tackles sex trafficking

At a glance, the issues of gangs and sex trafficking would appear to be two different problems.

Wednesday, December 1







Empire of M

Don't pick and choose this holiday season

Don't pick and choose this holiday season

Guest Column

Fed up with the Fed

Fed up with the Fed

Grizzlies open 2010-11 with pair of close losses

Hoop fans were treated to two nail-biting contests last night, Tuesday, as the host Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team competed well before losing two jamboree games.

Golden anniversary celebration on tap for McBrides

Linn and Mary Jane McBride of Sunnyside will celebrate 50 years of marriage at an open house planned in the couple's honor this coming Saturday, Dec. 4.

Loving Sunnyside Initiative detailed for Rotarians

The vision for the Loving Sunnyside Initiative is simple. Bring change to the Sunnyside community through love as well as developing a community that loves the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while working to further God's kingdom.

Some good news in 2010 Sunnyside crime stats

The number of auto thefts in Sunnyside is down 40 percent compared to this point last year (from 121 to 71) and vehicle prowls have been cut in half (from 103 to 50).

Grandview man named Walter J. Clore award recipient

GRANDVIEW - Earlier this month, at the Washington Grape Society's annual meeting, two Grandview men were recognized for their contributions to the industry.