Stories for December 2012


Monday, December 31

Washington's alcohol ignition interlocks will include cameras starting first of the year

Starting tomorrow, alcohol ignition interlocks in Washington state will snap a picture every time the machine is used, verifying that the driver is the person who took the test.

Robbery suspect at-large

Sunnyside police officers are still looking for a suspect who attempted to rob a local business last Saturday evening.

Shooting suspect still on run

Sunnyside police are still looking for shooting suspect Armando Godinez Ramos, 31, of Sunnyside.

Farm Workers Clinic in Grandview receives major facelift and upgrades

GRANDVIEW - With 38,000 medical patients expected to walk through the doors at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Grandview clinic in 2012, an expansion and updates to the facility were in order.

Grizzlies notch third tourney title this month

RICHLAND - With 12 medalists, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team cruised to the team title at last Friday's Hanford Winter Cup invite.

Mabton High girls winners in Oregon

BOARDMAN, ORE. - Double-digit scoring performances by the trio of Mia Herrera, Alyssa Nash and Soila Zaragoza sparked Mabton to a 64-50 non-league victory over the Riverside High School Pirates last Saturday.







Friday, December 28


Food baskets appreciated at Christmas-time

Food baskets appreciated at Christmas-time

Sunnyside Council raids piggy bank to pay 2012's bills

In some of its final work for 2012, the Sunnyside City Council last night approved a budget amendment that grabbed $802,000 from a contingency fund to balance the books for 2011-12.

Several step forward in claiming $10,000 found at local Goodwill

A Sunnyside Goodwill donor may have accidentally given up a large sum of money, or perhaps it was an anonymous donation of large proportions.

Police looking for shooting suspect

Just after midnight last night, customers at the Dark Horse Inn were running scared as they heard shots fired inside the building.

Sunnyside residents will dig into their pockets to keep city running in 2013

It was a budget that council members claimed to dislike, but apparently learned to love as by a 6-1 vote the Sunnyside City Council last night approved the 2013 budget.

Auxiliary gym in Mabton will undergo major repairs

MABTON - The Mabton School Board in a special meeting yesterday morning (Thursday) approved an emergency resolution, authorizing the use of a sole source for shoring and repair work to be completed on the Mabton High School auxiliary gym.

Filling empty storefronts goal of downtown volunteers

A group of a half-dozen volunteers is working hard to help improve the downtown core by promoting vacant buildings in the area to potential new business owners.

Three Lady Grizzlies unbeaten at invitational

RICHLAND - Competing in a round-robin format at a wrestling invite at Hanford High School yesterday, three of the eight Sunnyside High School girls who made the trip to Richland returned home with unblemished records.

Mabton Vikings fare well at Hanford High invite

RICHLAND - Five Mabton wrestlers combined to post a 9-3 record yesterday, Thursday, during the first day of the Hanford Winter Cup wrestling tourney.

Church engages in year-long study of the Bible

Sunnyside's Presbyterian Church has accepted a challenge to study the entire Bible for a year.

Former mayor selected for school board

MABTON - Facing three vacancies on the Mabton School Board, the board didn't have to look far to fill one of those slots.

What's Happening


Fix-all cliff

Fix-all cliff

Don't know about you, but I spent part of Christmas morning assembling some of the gifts that Joni and I gave each other.

Dairy cliff is looming

So, will milk prices really double next month thanks to our do-nothing Congress failing to pass a farm bill?

Thursday, December 27

Doctors in training...residency clinic opening in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Originally scheduled to be based in Prosser, a new medical residency clinic will be operating at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic starting next June in Grandview.

Hospice chaplain retires

After seven years as a chaplain for Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Services, Rev. Dr. Allan Johnston has retired.

City employees changing back to five-day week

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, all city facilities in Sunnyside, including city hall, public works, police department, fire department and court, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sport sturgeon retention season approved for Bonneville Pool

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials announced last week that white sturgeon caught legally in the Bonneville Reservoir Jan. 1 to Feb. 10, 2013 can be kept by anglers.




Wednesday, December 26

Grandview doctor making time for Sunnyside

A new face has appeared at the Sunnyside location of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, one familiar to patients at Grandview Medical Center.

15th District lawmaker questions state-approved tribal wolf hunts

As the Colville tribes prepare for the authorized taking of up to nine gray wolves within their reservation boundaries, one Washington state lawmaker wonders why this effective lethal management tool is not being made available to all Washington state private property owners.

Contributions of retiring port director leave lasting impact on community

Port of Sunnyside Executive Director Amber Hansen has set her sights on Arizona, opting for fair weather and warm toes in her retirement years.

I-82 accident Christmas night injures woman

GRANDVIEW - A Christmas evening accident on I-82 near Grandview resulted in a 20-year-old Pasco woman receiving medical attention at Sunnyside Community Hospital.


Time to get back to values we once held

Time to get back to values we once held


Monson property purchase good example of why citizens should be engaged in city government

Monson property purchase good example of why citizens should be engaged in city government

Brace yourself, America!

No matter how partisan a person is, it seems no one is looking forward to falling off the "fiscal cliff."

Monday, December 24







Schools hope Santa will bring clothing for emergency bank

Children can often get messy, playing in the mud and enjoying the outdoors during the winter months.

Lady Knights triumphant in league openers

The Lady Knights started off league play with two wins over the weekend to finish out a tough pre-Christmas schedule.

Gonzalez, Elizondo earn tourney titles

OTHELLO - The Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzly grapplers came away with two individual titlists at last Saturday's Othello invite.

Lady Pirates storm back for one-point victory, 44-43

MABTON - In the final minutes of the game last Friday night, the Bickleton Lady Pirates were able to come back from a 14-point deficit against Mabton's JV basketball squad to eke out a 44-43 win.

Knights slay 1B league foes

Sunnyside Christian this past Friday and Saturday secured two more wins, improving the Knights' season record to 7-1.

Journey into Bethlehem re-enacted in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Mary and Joseph began searching for a room to sleep in. But the two were too late, the town of Bethlehem was full and there was no room for the couple to get in out of the night.

Pop goes the weasel at local Jack in the Box

A Sunnyside police patrol vehicle was damaged yesterday (Sunday) when a suspect struggled with an officer during an arrest at Jack in the Box.

Sunnysiders pay tribute to the 27 who perished in Newtown, Conn. tragedy

The 27 minutes that Betty Garza spent at Sunnyside's Mid Valley Mall last Friday morning will surely stay with her a long while.

Friday, December 21

Council eyes higher taxes, keeping police force intact

Sunnysiders can expect the double whammy of a utility tax hike and increased water/sewer rates in 2013.

Mabton breaks the ice with first league win

NACHES - "We had a fast start and didn't look back," Mabton girls basketball Coach Chris McCallum said of last night's 59-47 rout of Naches. It was the Lady Vikes' first win in SCAC play this season.

Lady Knights on runaway train at Waitsburg High

WAITSBURG - The 2B Waitsburg/Prescott girls basketball team, most years, puts up a pretty decent fight against its opponents. Apparently, the 2012-13 version of the Cardinals is hurting.

Greyhounds falter in final minutes against Wapato

GRANDVIEW - It was a nail-biter in Grandview last night as the 'Hounds took on the Wapato Wolves and lost a valiant battle at the very end, 68-58.

Visiting Wolves sock game away with big third quarter

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's go-to scorer, junior Payton Parrish, was smothered by the visiting Wapato Wolfpack last night. While holding the prolific scorer to just seven points, nearly 20 under what she normally pumps through the net each game, Wapato also used an impressive 18-8 run in the third quarter to steal a win from the Lady Greyhound basketball team on Grandview's court, winning 51-42.

Free parenting class starts Jan. 15

Raising a child is harder than ever in today's world but help is available to parents who want a strong relationship with their children that will weather the storms of modern life.

Helping organizations obtain funding for community projects suits consultant to a 'T'

Like most individuals who find themselves learning the ropes of writing grant proposals, Sunnyside's Sue Jetter got her start working for a non-profit organization.

What's Happening


Bavarian Ice Fest designed for those who enjoy winter

LEAVENWORTH - Dancing on the heels of Christmas, the village of Leavenworth continues the celebration of winter with the Bavarian Ice Fest, scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 19-20, 2013.


Scouts appreciative of local support

Scouts appreciative of local support

Off the Record

Apology accepted

Apology accepted

Christmas conjures up fond memories

Each Christmas families gather together to create memories.

A different Christmas

Our typical holiday involves spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Joni's family, weather and mountain passes permitting.

Take a moment to hit the pause button this Christmas

If you are reading this there's a very good chance the predicted apocalypse didn't happen...

Story Time

Christmas magic

Christmas magic

Thursday, December 20

$10,000 in shoebox turns up at Sunnyside's Goodwill store

The moral dilemma of whether to keep or report more than $10,000 found at a Goodwill store didn't even cross Chella Cardenas' mind.

Sunnyside among DOL offices that won't be offering testing for licenses

As of Jan. 1, 2013, the Washington State Department of Licensing will continue the expansion of a new program allowing driver training schools and school district driver training programs across the state to conduct driver knowledge and skills testing for new driver's license applicants.

Deputy police chief, Korean War vet nab burglary suspects

Suspects connected with two burglaries reported to Sunnyside police yesterday (Wednesday) were unsuccessful in making a clean get-away.

Excessive force suit filed by Sunnyside man settled

Yakima County commissioners agreed to a $155,000 settlement in a case involving a Sunnyside man who was injured while being arrested by Yakima County Sheriff deputies on Feb. 28, 2010.

Mabton library spruced up just in time for holiday break

MABTON - The Mabton Library is back in action just in time for the holiday break.

Ibex hunting trip unforgettable adventure

In a faraway country, mountainous and bordered by Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China is the country of Kyrgyzstan. The mountainous land offers an ibex hunting experience that is, for some, unforgettable.




Wednesday, December 19

Budget amendment leaves Grandview with $53,000 less than anticipated

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview's current expense fund for 2012 was last night amended to reflect $53,000 less in its ending balance than was estimated when the budget was approved last year.

15th District lawmakers receive committee assignment

OLYMPIA - As Washington State House Republicans announced committee assignments for the coming 2013 legislative session, it's apparent that the Yakima region will continue to be well-served in the state House.

'Cop shop' honors

The Sunnyside Police Department 2012 employees of the year awards were issued during the annual department Christmas party on Saturday, Dec.15, at the Red Lion in Yakima.

Grandview grapplers maul Ephrata Tigers

EPHRATA - The Grandview wrestling team last night defeated host Ephrata 50-22, improving the Greyhounds' league record to 4-0.

Bickleton claims road win

TOPPENISH - A 26-point scoring output by 6'4" senior Taylor Brown, who also pulled down 13 of his game-high 16 rebounds from the offensive glass, powered the Bickleton High School boys basketball team to a 67-61 victory over Yakama Tribal in the Eagles' home gym last night.

Lady Knights 56-18 winners

"It was not one of the prettiest games of the year," said Coach Al Smeenk of the Lady Knights' victory over the Liberty Christian Patriots last night.

State's No. 4 ranked Braves survive road trip to Sunnyside

Getting double-digit scoring performances from the trio of Jordan Rodriguez, Vanessa Alvarez and Monique Willingham - who together made 54 percent of their shots from the field on 20-of-37 shooting - the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team gave visiting Kamiakin all it could handle last night.

Grizzlies rally for win

Overcoming a slow start, the Sunnyside boys basketball team used a strong fourth quarter to key a 60-44 non-league win over Kamiakin last night.

Non-profit calling all hands on deck for shelters, food banks

A Sunnyside non-profit organization, Unlock You Dreams, and its director Tony Hidalgo is calling for all hands on deck this holiday season.


Police cuts not the answer

Police cuts not the answer


Gays, in fact, saved marriage

Gays, in fact, saved marriage




Tuesday, December 18

Additional 100,000 gallons of discharge from Darigold do-able, says port engineer

Darigold is considering adding a condensery to its existing systems in Sunnyside, which means an additional 100,000 gallons per day of wastewater would be discharged to the Port of Sunnyside's wastewater treatment plant.

Tough choices ahead in drafting 2013 city budget

Would residents of Sunnyside accept a 20 percent increase in utility rates if it meant fewer city employees would lose their jobs?

Old Carnation plant officially acquired by local port district

The Port of Sunnyside, having heard the prospective purchaser consent decree has been entered and the phase I environmental assessment has been delivered to the Department of Ecology with no changes, approved the acquisition of the former Carnation property yesterday.

Middle school dress code policy one step closer to being adopted

\GRANDVIEW - By this time next year, Grandview Middle School students could have a new uniform dress code policy in place.

Bickleton boys cage Bruins, 60-40

BICKLETON - The Pirates, getting a double-double from Bickleton High senior Justin Roberts last Saturday, cruised past the visiting White Salmon JV Bruins squad, 60-40.

Decision on police chief delayed until January

The choice of who will become Sunnyside's next police chief has been delayed until after the start of the new year, according to Interim City Manager Frank Sweet.

Toppenish wins big at robotics competition at Sunnyside High School

\With 22 teams representing nearly 10 schools throughout Central Washington, it was an all-in effort for the competitors at last Saturday's Washington Technology Student Association's regional competition held at Sunnyside High School.

Grandview firm earns family business honors

SEATTLE - Grandview-based Powell-Christensen was one of three finalists in the Large Business Category during an awards ceremony held last week in Seattle at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Monday, December 17

Sunnyside man charged in carjacking incident

Rafael Acosta-Urcino of Sunnyside was charged last week with two counts of first degree robbery and a count of car theft after being accused of tricking two men into an ambush in late November 2012 in which wallets, cell phones and a car were stolen from the victims.

New WSP trooper now in Sunnyside

OLYMPIA - At a ceremony held last week at the state capitol rotunda, 37 new Washington State troopers were sworn in and commissioned.

From homeboy to Harvard...motivational speaker tells Sunnyside youth they have choices

He was last Friday introduced as "Mr. Chocolate" (pronounced Choco-lotay), and the message he had for students at Sunnyside's Sierra Vista Middle School was one that he hopes will impact the lives of the youngsters.

Grizzlies top team at Sundome Mat Classic

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside wrestling team continued its early season roll with a first-place finish at the Sundome Mat Classic last Saturday.

Grandview smokes league foes

The Lady Greyhounds' trip to Othello was a pleasant one for the visiting team as Grandview dominated their hosts by a score of 73-18 last Friday.

Grizzlies earn split in CBBN league play

Depth was a big key that helped the Sunnyside boys basketball team win one of two CBBN games this past Friday and Saturday.

Friday, December 14

Rules on tourism fund expenditures could change next year

Up until 2007, hotel/motel tax monies in Washington state could primarily be spent just on advertising.

Rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors up in 2012

The number of Washington retailers illegally selling tobacco to minors has risen to its highest level in more than a decade.

'Punch list' details still being ironed out on $36 million expansion at high school

There are a few minor nips and tucks here and there, but for the most part the recent modernization project at Sunnyside High School is complete.

Yakima County receivess almon recovery funds

More than $1 million is headed Yakima County's way as part of a statewide salmon recovery grant program.

Small Mabton team puts forth great effort in double-dual

BURBANK - There was an additional Viking on the mat in Burbank last night, as Emiliano Rodriguez joined the four other Mabton grapplers who have been competing this season.

Chiefs leave S'side boys in their wake

MOSES LAKE - The best Sunnyside could muster up yesterday against the Moses Lake boys swim team was a second-place finish in one of the relay events.

Greyhounds continue to make progress

YAKIMA - The Greyhounds continue to improve their swimming skills as they competed last night at Lions Pool in Yakima against West Valley.

Greyhounds on a roll with third league win

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview wrestling team last night secured its third victory in league action.

Car tab fees meeting continued to Dec. 26

MABTON - At last Tuesday's Mabton Transportation Benefit District meeting, members of the city council and the board voted to continue the meeting until Dec. 26 at 5:50 p.m.

County inks deal for transit

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners this past Tuesday renewed a contract with People for People to provide transportation services to those age 60 and older.

Adventures in life are nothing like the adventure in Christ, says Christian women's speaker

PROSSER - A great adventure can change one's life, according to Marge Thompson of Starbuck.

Zillah author debuts book about a life-saving pit bull

ZILLAH - Earlier this year Pamela Rodriguez had to lay her best friend to rest.


Prosser doctor works wonders

Prosser doctor works wonders


Misdirected anger

Misdirected anger

Grateful remembrance

In Marcel Proust's seminal Remembrance of Things Past, there is a passage where the author dips a cookie into a cup of tea and the taste immediately recalls for him a forgotten early childhood memory about his aunt.




Parents urged to participate in suicide prevention program

Suicide is a topic many may not think about until it is perhaps too late.

Grandview schools get $457,274 in energy boosting grant

GRANDVIEW -Grandview School District campuses could soon see improvements to its buildings.

Honeyford to chair capital budget committee under new Senate plan

OLYMPIA - After years of one-party rule in Washington state government, Democrat and Republican senators announced earlier this week that they have formed a Majority Coalition Caucus to lead the Senate during the 2013 legislative session.

Groundwater advisory group making progress

The Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area advisory committee accomplished one goal last night and nearly finished another.

Sunnyside girls take Rams down to the wire

There was no waving of the white flag for the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team this time around against the West Valley Rams.




Wednesday, December 12

Outlook woman dies in pile-up

OUTLOOK - A three-vehicle pile-up on Yakima Valley Highway late yesterday morning claimed the life of 58-year-old Estella Z. Patterson of Outlook.

Mabton Council approves union contracts

MABTON - After nearly a year of contract negations, the city of Mabton finally came to an agreement on a contract with Teamsters, the union representing city employees.

Group seeks to build regional economy

GRANDVIEW - A need for more regional partnerships and work opportunities to retain young people were some of the needs highlighted last night during a Central Washington Economic Development Forum held in Grandview.

Fate of new neighborhood market now in hands of Sunnyside City Council

Despite strong community opposition to a proposal to rezone a property at the corner of 16th Street and Harrison Avenue to allow a new mini-market, the Sunnyside Planning Commission decided last night to send the proposal to city council.

Sunnyside notches historic victory

MOSES LAKE - The fourth time was a charm for the 3A Sunnyside boys wrestling team, as last night it knocked off 4A Moses Lake in a CBBN match-up.

Grandview now 2-0 in league play

PROSSER - The Grandview wrestling team earned its second league win last night in Prosser, defeating the home team 37-21.

Willingham, Alvarez lead SHS to rout of East Valley

It was all Sunnyside last night as the Lady Grizzly basketball team rolled big over the visiting East Valley Red Devils, 62-28.


Crafts fair ;support lauded

Crafts fair ;support lauded


Small change will cost billions

Small change will cost billions

Off the Record

Lighting up may be more trouble than it's worth

Lighting up may be more trouble than it's worth




Tuesday, December 11

City of Sunnyside ups tourism spending

Fresh off one of its most successful Lighted Farm Implement Parades, the city of Sunnyside is raising the ante in an effort to draw more visitors and spending here.

Mabton budget adopted for 2013

MABTON - The city of Mabton now has its 2013 budget squared away.

Motorist plows into Sunnyside home early this morning

Sunnyside police believe Jorge Luis Pacheco Jr., 20, of Sunnyside was driving while under the influence of alcohol when he drove into a home in the 1300 block of South Street early this morning (Tuesday).

Sunnyside science teacher earns place in aerospace course

Teri Alvarez-Ziegler, a science teacher at Sunnyside High School, has been accepted by the Museum of Flight to be an online academic evaluator and a summer residency academic facilitator.

Sun Terrace manager aims for "a good day every day"

Farm implements weren't the only big rigs moving around a week ago Saturday, Dec. 1, during Sunnyside's annual lighted parade.







Monday, December 10

Winery owners unveil local 'holiday getaway'

Seven years ago Grandview-area grape growers David and Susan Cowan branched out into winemaking, starting Cowan Vineyards.

Sunnyside couple lauded for barn preservation efforts

SPOKANE - An effort by Washington state to preserve its historic barns earned national recognition last month.

Grizzlies rally for first win

In an up-and-down game throughout, it was Sunnyside that ended up on the positive side of the scoreboard in an edge-of-your-seat 61-60 win at Davis last Friday.

Grandview wins league opener

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhounds split two games at home over the weekend, first defeating Ephrata soundly, 80-58, then losing to Ellensburg 72-65.

Lady Knights have good opening weekend

It was a good weekend for us," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk after his team won both weekend games decisively.

Girl struck by Sunnyside motorist early this morning

At approximately 7 a.m. this morning (Monday) Sunnyside police rushed to the scene of a traffic accident involving a child that was struck by a vehicle at South 16th Street and East Edison Avenue.

City employee steps away quietly

City of Sunnyside Administrative Assistant Pam Sandifer retired recently after nearly 15 years with the city.

Local bank manager enjoys serving a smaller community

GRANDVIEW - "We are small and mighty," said Debbie Southern, manager of the Grandview branch of Bank of America.




Friday, December 7

Feds warn that marijuana use illegal

The U.S. Attorney's Office has issued a statement regarding the use of marijuana in Washington and Colorado to remind people that possession, selling or growing the substance is still illegal under federal law.

Sweet settles up with former Selah businessman

YAKIMA - Sunnyside Interim City Manager Frank Sweet reached a settlement with a former garbage contractor during an appearance in small claims court this week.

Lower Valley grower wins partial court victory

A federal court has dismissed 14 sexual harassment claims at a Sunnyside ranch.

Sunnyside teens take big leap in the 'Relay' of faith

Despite a long battle with cancer, Sunnyside business owner Devri Russell has never given up.

Grizzly grapplers crush Cadets

YAKIMA - Winning 12-of-13 head-to-head matches, six of them by a pin, the Sunnyside boys wrestling team rolled to a 71-3 thumping of host Eisenhower last night, Thursday.

Lady Grizzlies show promise on the mat

YAKIMA - At its first match of the season, the Sunnyside girls wrestling team confirmed Coach Terry Shines' optimism about the season.

Sunnyside boys swim their hearts out

YAKIMA - Despite a narrow 67-49 loss against Eastmont, Sunnyside High School swimmers were able to notch several first place finishes yesterday.

Grandview awards banquet Feb. 19

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Community Awards Banquet for 2012 has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 and nominations are still being accepted.

Granger hosting Christmas light tour

GRANGER - This holiday season the Granger Chamber of Commerce is again making it easy to check out the city's neighborhood Christmas lights with a bus tour set for next Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Cocoa & Carols slated for Dec. 14

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's annual Cocoa & Carols event will be held Friday, Dec. 14, at Stokely Square.


Ring in the holidays Gangnam Style&quot

Ring in the holidays Gangnam Style&quot

Off the Record

Give a hoot

Give a hoot


The Mayan calendar, the end of the world and you

The Mayan calendar, the end of the world and you

Thursday, December 6

Up to 60,000 state residents to lose unemployment benefits at end of 2012

Up to 60,000 people in Washington state will be shut off of unemployment benefits when the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program ends on Dec. 29.

Sunnyside man sustains injuries in two-vehicle accident

Michael T. Adams, 49, of Sunnyside sustained injuries yesterday afternoon as a result of a two-vehicle collision that occurred about three miles west of Sunnyside on Yakima Valley Highway.

Proposals to generate revenues pitched in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview residents purchasing a new home are likely to pay additional Real Estate Excise Taxes (REET) and the city council will next Tuesday be presented with the resolution needed to impose that tax, as well as a resolution for a utility tax proposal.

Commercial addition topsbuilding starts in Sunnyside last month

An otherwise quiet month for new building starts in Sunnyside during November was led by a project to construct a new entryway for a commercial building at 521 Midvale Rd.

Free training class on dealing with sexual exploitation of children offered

A free training class on identifying the commercial sexual exploitation of children will be offered at the Sunnyside Community Center on Monday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

'Quilted Christmas' centerpiece of Christian club meeting

PROSSER - The Christian Women's Connection has chosen its theme for its Tuesday, Dec. 11, meeting at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser..."A Quilted Christmas."

Quilting club to meet Dec. 11

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley Horizon Quilters Club will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 S. Euclid Rd. in Grandview.




Wednesday, December 5

SVID proceeds with attempts to collect unpaid assessments

Thirty properties in the Lower Valley are headed for foreclosure and possibly the auction block in 2013.

Police seeking murder suspect find another felon in Sunnyside

Sunnyside police yesterday (Tuesday) were looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a homicide in another jurisdiction.

Public commentslead to retention 'bride' and 'groom' on marriage certificates

OLYMPIA - Revisions to Washington's marriage certificate to conform with the new same-sex marriage law gives couples a full range of options, including gender-neutral or gender-specific terms.

Bronze Society approves final touches on 'Our Bonnie'

Bonnie Dunbar will be making the rounds here in Sunnyside during the next week or so.

Ki-Be slips past Mabton

MABTON - It was a close game between the Mabton Lady Vikes and Kiona-Benton last night, but it was the visiting Bears who earned the win, 48-42.

Bickleton boys improve to 2-1

ZILLAH - With three players in double figures in the scoring column, the Bickleton High School boys basketball team picked up its second victory of the season last night.

Rivalry game goes Grandview's way in OT

The Sunnyside High School gym was rocking last night, as the long-time rival Grandview Greyhounds invaded the confines of the Grizzly den.

Greyhounds nip SHS boys

It was the very definition of a rivalry game, as Sunnyside and Grandview's boys hoop teams traded the lead 16 times before the Greyhounds finally came out on top 56-53 last night.


Christmas tree shopping with Dad

Christmas tree shopping with Dad

Budget process has been painful...but transparent

Budget process has been painful...but transparent




Tuesday, December 4

December should be wetter than usual

Sunnyside's weather in December is predicted to have near-normal temperatures but above normal precipitation.

Sunnyside man sentenced to four months for vehicular assault conviction

YAKIMA - Leopoldo Pena Rojas, 61, of Sunnyside was last Friday sentenced to four months in jail for a Nov. 26, 2009 car crash that resulted in injury to three women.

Few answers forthcoming in city's attempt to draft a balanced budget

The Sunnyside City Council meeting held last night was originally planned as the final budget workshop, but instead an eighth workshop has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 12, with the final vote on the new budget to be held at a special council meeting on Monday, Dec. 17.

Input wanted on economic development plan

Development groups and their partners in Yakima and Kittitas counties are building a new regional plan to strengthen the Central Washington economy and have invited the public to review ideas at several forums.

Entrust to move into current Port of Sunnyside office space

A swap of offices is planned at the beginning of the new year.

Student health center formally dedicated

This past Saturday the Sunnyside School District dedicated the new health center building on the Sunnyside High School campus that is named posthumously in honor of longtime substance abuse counselor John Hughes.

Lady Vikings back in action tonight following season opening loss Saturday

YAKIMA - This past Saturday the Mabton Lady Vikings officially opened their season at the Yakima Valley SunDome. Mabton competed against White Swan in a non-league match-up and was handed a 57-45 loss.

Five GHS wrestlers fare well at White River Classic

BUCKLEY - Five Greyhounds performed extremely well at this past Saturday's White River Classic.

Military honors on tap for Lower Valley veterans

Military honors will be provided for men and women who, in times of war and peace, have dedicated their lives to the defense of the U.S.




Monday, December 3

Officers urge citizens to stop leaving vehicles unattended

MABTON - Last Tuesday while getting ready for work, a Mabton resident watched as her car was driven away from the home.

Traffic stop leads to weapons charge against teenager

Daniel Maldonado, 19, was this past Saturday taken into custody on an unlawful possession of a firearm charge.

Mabton dairy goes hi-tech in manure recycling effort

MABTON - The Mensonides Dairy in Mabton has joined the digital age in recycling its manure, a process that separates water and solids in a multi-step process.

Auditions slated Dec. 8 for NBC's 'The winner is...'

SEATTLE - The producers of NBC's "The Voice" and "Deal or No Deal" promise its new show, "The Winner is...," is sure to be the whopper of all singing shows.

Work, school occupy Grandview native's life

Noe Gonzalez wishes he had time for a hobby.