News for Friday, December 6, 2013



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S’side chamber publishes calendar

The Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade can now be celebrated 12 months a year thanks to a calendar recently published by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.

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Parade preparations

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Grandview couple turns to community for help with rising medical expenses

GRANDVIEW – Having to face the removal of one brain tumor is frightening enough for anyone. But undergoing neurosurgery to remove not one, but three tumors within a space of 18 months is terrifying.

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Credit union, hospital making progress on expansions

On the surface, the 24 building permits issued by the city of Sunnyside for the month of November only amounted to a combined valuation of $447,726.

Grandview voters being asked to OK school levy

GRANDVIEW – Because the Grandview School District’s current maintenance and operation levy, approved by voters in 2009, will expire at the end of 2014 the Grandview School Board last night (Thursday) approved a resolution placing a replacement levy on the Feb. 11, 2014 Special Election ballot.

Board Approves New Contracts

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview School Board this past Thursday approved the hiring of five employees.

School board reorganized

GRANDVIEW – With changes to the Grandview School Board after last month’s General Election, the board this past Thursday named its officers for the 2013-14 school year.

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Oath of office

Same sex marriage statistics released by state

It’s the one-year anniversary of Washington state’s same sex marriage law, and the latest statistics shows same sex couples made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington in that time.

Freezing weather limits criminal activity

The freezing weather during the past couple of days seems to have limited the criminal activity in the Sunnyside community, according to the Sunnyside police report.

Deputies take burglary report

A burglary was reported to Yakima County Sheriff deputies last night (Thursday) from the 4300 block of Independence Road near Sunnyside. The victim reported that chrome wheels and a battery were stolen.

Burglary, theft being investigated

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview investigated a burglary report called in yesterday afternoon

Museum open house planned tomorrow

The Sunnyside Museum will host its annual Christmas open house event tomorrow (Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Adultery goes high-tech

Cheaters never prosper - but facilitators of cheaters laugh all the way to the bank.

Secret weapon

Janice Thomas hasn’t been the valley’s most innovative art teacher since the invention of dirt for nothing, you know.

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1983: Cabbage Patch dolls rolling off local store shelves

Over the Shoulder

Sunnyside residents were offended by an article written in an out-of-town publication that stated Sunnyside would not receive a railroad line.

Winter events planned in Yakima

YAKIMA - The calendar is full of family fun holiday festivities this December in downtown Yakima. Tonight (Friday) Yakima’s community Christmas tree will serve as the centerpiece during a free Light Up the Plaza celebration. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Millennium Plaza and will feature performances by Blake Noble, Planes on Paper and Cody Beebe and the Crooks.

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Esqueda’s efforts for naught yesterday

Sunnyside senior Brianna Esqueda far exceeded any realistic expectations by tossing a 347 two-game series yesterday afternoon against the visiting West Valley Rams.

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Brown posts double-double for Bickleton in loss at Mabton

MABTON – Lindsay Brown recorded a double-double by canning a team-high 14 points and scraping a game-best 20 rebounds off the glass. Unfortunately for Bickleton, it wasn’t enough.

Ballroom dance classes begin Jan. 7 in G’view

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a six-week session of ballroom dance classes every Tuesday, beginning Jan. 7.

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Pirates open with win

MABTON – The Bickleton varsity faced off against the Mabton Viking JV and came away with a 66-40 victory last night in the first regulation-length basketball game of the season for the Pirates.

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Keeping kids warm

Fannin Tourism Board

No, there is no official Fannin Tourism Board as described in the headline above.

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Building season

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

New Grizzly hoop coach stressing ‘D’

The Sunnyside School District didn’t have to look far for a new SHS varsity boys basketball coach, as Geoff LaBrant – an assistant in the program for the past three seasons – was named to the post.

Church offers free cookies during parade

Spectators at tomorrow night’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade are in for a treat as Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sunnyside will be distributing free, home-baked cookies.

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Olga Maria Cortez


Catholics celebrate the holidays with special services in S’side

The annual novena for the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration is underway at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 920 S. Sixth St., Sunnyside.

Most highly favored lady

Religious Reflections

Imagine gathering in a darkened stone sanctuary in early December. Outside, the sun is just setting. Inside, the electric lights are dimmed to a warm glow, matching the candles in the worship space.

Roland S. Pauley



Dec. 9th- 13th

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Crystal Mountain open for skiing

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN – Crystal Mountain was closed last week due to low snow levels, but re-opened this week for daily operations.

Businesses advised to be smart about holiday parties

It’s that time of the year again, and as it does every holiday-party season, the Small Business Legal Center of the National Federation of Independent Business is advising businesses to keep celebrations safe by watching out for two problem areas…intoxication and harassment.

Grandview ‘Cocoa and Carols’ Dec. 13

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Cocoa and Carols” event will take place on Friday, Dec. 13, at Stokely Square.

Tour of lights set for Dec. 17

GRANGER – The Granger Chamber of Commerce has planned the city’s annual Tour of Lights for Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Mabton’s fourth annual Winter Blast set for Dec. 19

MABTON – The Mabton FFA chapter, FCCLA, leadership and Link/Web Crew are hosting the fourth annual Winter Blast on Thursday, Dec. 19.

Brandon Cash to perform at Toppenish Eagles Dec. 7

TOPPENISH – A tribute to Johnny Cash will take place at the Toppenish Eagles Aerie lodge on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Christmas centerpiece class offered at arboretum

YAKIMA – The Yakima Area Arboretum will be providing a special class for those interested in learning how to create a Christmas centerpiece on Saturday, Dec. 21.