Stories for January 2013


Thursday, January 31

Honeyford, Chandler team up on water bills

OLYMPIA - Two 15th District lawmakers, Sen. Jim Honeyford and Rep. Bruce Chandler, recently submitted further proposals to address the Yakima Valley's water storage concerns.

Lower Valley rep takes on hot button issues in Olympia

OLYMPIA - They may not have much chance of becoming law this session, but three recent legislative proposals by 15th District Rep. David Taylor are addressing hot-button issues of debate between the right and left.

Additional funding secured to train sex trafficking task force in Sunnyside

Members of Sunnyside's Daybreak Rotary Club this past Wednesday morning learned the Center for Children and Youth Justice has selected Sunnyside and Yakima County to set up a sex trafficking task force.

Assistant police chief had 'a good ride'

GRANDVIEW - Anecdotes don't come easily to Grandview Assistant Police Chief Mark Ware, who is putting in his last day on the job today (Thursday).

Chumley bound for State

Turns out, the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team's season didn't come to a close with last week's District tourney loss to the Hanford Falcons.

Yan named to WWU honor roll

BELLINGHAM - Of the students attending Western Washington University in Bellingham, one Lower Valley student was named to the fall 2012 honor roll.

Heritage University honor roll students named

TOPPENISH - To qualify for the Dean's List at Heritage University students must be enrolled on a full-time basis and they must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Artz Fox Elementary School students make the grade

MABTON - Students earning principal's list honors during the 2012-13 second quarter at Mabton's Artz Fox Elementary School are kindergartener Alex Roth; third graders Andrez Zavala, Leo Calzada, Andrew McCallum, Josie Roth, Guillermo Arias, Jose Herrera and Andres Luna; fourth graders Noe Trujillo, Yalicsa Castaneda, Karina Garzon, Mercedes Becerra and Jessica Roman; fifth graders Jesus Mata and Jennifer Rodriguez; and sixth graders Naya Roettger, Keanu Reyna, Sergio Medina, Jorge Espinoza, Juliady Marenco and Bella Velasquez.




Wednesday, January 30




Cheese zombies bring lunches to life

I didn't know what a cheese zombie was until last week.

Is America's house divided again?

Having just viewed Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," and knowing that Lincoln's birthday is approaching, it seemed fitting to ponder one of Lincoln's most famous speeches, and perhaps a lesson for Americans today.

Mickelson chokes

Phil Mickelson choked on a gimme putt last week, but it wasn't on a golf course.

Mission trip leads to love of food, people of Mexico

"The important thing to know is to love everything," said Joel Crowther, speaking to the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club about his experiences on his two-year mission trip to Mexico.

Sunnyside cheerleaders compete at State

SEATTLE - The Sunnyside High School cheerleaders may not have earned a top 3 trophy, but they are happy for the experience of attending their first-ever State competition.

Lady Knights prove mettle against DeSales

Despite lower than usual scoring from some of the Lady Knights' top players, Sunnyside Christian defeated the DeSales Irish 51-38 last night.

Second time the charm for SCHS boys against Irish

At first blush it looks like 2B DeSales should have earned a second win this season over host 1B Sunnyside Christian last night.

Property owners shielded from prosecution under Senate proposal allowing wolf kills

OLYMPIA - Giving farm families the ability to protect their property and livestock from predatory wolves is a right protected by the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, claims Sen. John Smith (R-Colville) as he testified this past Tuesday before the Senate's Natural Resources Committee on legislation he's proposing to control the marauding animals.

Granger lawmaker proposes legislation to provide additional career ag opportunities

OLYMPIA - The food and agriculture business is a $40 billion industry in Washington, employing more than 160,000 people. Rep. Bruce Chandler wants to see this industry continue to flourish and provide meaningful work for more people in Washington.

Tuesday, January 29

Bickleton kids make the grade

BICKLETON - Honor roll students earning a perfect 4.0 GPA at Bickleton High School in the first semester of the 2012-13 school year include Kayli Padgett, Peter Clinton and Joshua Cummings.

No shortage of options for dealing with varicose veins

There was a time when the most common solution for varicose veins was painful surgery that stripped out the veins.

Tellez brothers bring new cuisine options to Sunnyside

Choosing to open a business in Sunnyside seemed like the perfect location for Fernando Tellez to carry out a lifelong dream of his.

Paulakis will leave council

Councilman Nick Paulakis announced Monday that he will soon be moving out of his district and at that point will no longer be able to serve on the Sunnyside City Council.

Legion provides tips for flying the U.S. flag in February

As part of their Americanism initiative, Grandview's Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion would like to remind the public of days the United States flag should be flown during the month of February.

Girl Scout cookie sales begin Feb. 8

Girl Scout cookie lovers can prepare to take delight. The annual Girl Scout cookie sales drive will begin on Friday, Feb. 8.

Personnel changes OK'd in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Before approving retirement requests, Grandview School Board Director Tim Grow noted that Patricia Bonnell and Kathy Lewis have been outstanding teachers over the years, and the board agreed they were sad to see them go.

Tribal deals Lady Pirates 55-40 defeat

BICKLETON - It was a hard-fought battle in last night's final game of the regular season for the Lady Pirate hoop team.

Mabton girls secure two SCAC victories

MABTON - The Mabton Lady Vikings, snapping a three-game losing streak, this past weekend secured a couple of wins to improve their SCAC standing to 7-5.

Mabton applying lessons learned from Bridgeport schools

MABTON - The closest thing to a doppelganger here in Central Washington for Mabton schools is likely Bridgeport.

Soapbox-type speeches bookend Sunnyside Council meeting

Two extraordinary speeches were presented at the Sunnyside City Council last night, one by a citizen at the beginning of the meeting and the other by a councilman at the end.

Utility bills will jump in January for local residents

The Sunnyside City Council last night approved both an ordinance to increase the ambulance utility rate and an ordinance to increase utility taxes.

Cheese zombies ready to invade local homes

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Boys Swim Team Booster Club is holding a cheese zombie fundraiser, which means people can take the tasty treat home to enjoy.







Monday, January 28

Running Start informational meetings planned for Lower Valley in February

Yakima Valley Community College will be hosting several informational meetings about the Running Start program for sophomores and juniors at local high schools.

Grizzlies take 13 JV grapplers for Sub-Regionals

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team nearly doubled its contingent to Sub-Regionals this coming weekend by advancing 13 JV wrestlers from a JV qualifier held last Saturday in Kennewick.

SHS Grizzlies swept in CBBN play

The rubber match went Davis' way last Friday, as the Grizzly boys hoop team fell 67-63 to the Pirates.

Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights conquer weekend conference foes

On the road all weekend, the undefeated Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights proved again that they are the team to beat in the Greater Columbia Gorge 1B league.

Bickleton takes three-game winning streak into playoffs

Closing out Greater Columbia 1B League play with a pair of dominating wins last Friday and Saturday, the Bickleton High School boys basketball team is now prepping for the postseason.

Greyhounds top personal bests at Yakima Valley Championships

YAKIMA - Grandview swimmers earned five personal bests and a team best as they competed at the Yakima Valley Championships this past Saturday at Lions Pool in Yakima.

Annual count of homeless this Thursday

The ninth annual Point In Time survey, which counts the number of homeless, will take place Thursday, Jan. 31, throughout Yakima County.

Life Options seeks to do 'more' in 2013

GRANDVIEW - Setting a theme of "more" in 2012, Grandview-based Life Options was able to expand its operations and save 150 lives last year.

Family of five loses home to evening blaze Sunday Night

GRANDVIEW - Having just gone to the hospital to visit a family member clinging to life, the Sanchez family had no idea their lives would be turned upside down in the span of about 20 minutes time last night.







Friday, January 25




Tracking Sunnyside's finances goal of staff, city council

Sunnyside's subcommittee on finance and administrative services met for the first time in 2013 yesterday evening to elect a chair and get a status update from city staff.

Olympia on-board for Yakima Valley water needs

OLYMPIA - The past 40 years have seen one plan after another try to address the Yakima Valley's water supply needs and environmental concerns.

Bulldog grapplers chew up SHS girls

PASCO - In a rare dual meet for the Sunnyside High School girls wrestling team, the Lady Grizzlies came up on the short end of the stick last night at Pasco.

Short-handed Grizzlies sunk at Wenatchee, 142-16

WENATCHEE - With only three Sunnyside swimmers making the trek to Wenatchee yesterday, the host Panthers scratched out an easy 142-16 victory against the visiting Grizzlies.

Grizzlies earn league three-peat

It was supposed to be a battle for the CBBN title but instead it became a rout as the Grizzly wrestling team administered a 53-12 thrashing of visiting Wenatchee last night.

Turkey tidbits provided to Rotarians

Egemen Aydinay is a Rotary exchange student currently being hosted by the Prosser Rotary Club.


Romeo and Juliet light up SHS stage

Romeo and Juliet light up SHS stage

Kestrel Vintners hosts Red Wine & Chocolate event Valentine's weekend

PROSSER - Valentine's Day is just around the corner and not everyone can treat their sweetheart on that special day, a Thursday.

Talent showcase slated for Jan. 31

Sunnyside High School performers are joining forces to showcase the wide variety of talent at their school.


Factual reporting?

Factual reporting?

Farm fresh

Farm fresh


The truth're still a jerk, Lance

The truth're still a jerk, Lance


A full first week

A full first week

Thursday, January 24

Engineers find more work than initially thought necessary at Euclid Lift Station

GRANDVIEW - When upgrading any older building or facility, there are often a few unknowns.

Dunbar one of three to be inducted into astronaut hall of fame

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Sunnyside/Outlook native and shuttle astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, Ph.D., along with Curt Brown and Eileen Collins, join an elite group of American space heroes as they will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 20, during a ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Organic farm memberships available

Although January is in its waning days and the Lower Valley is gripped in sub-zero temperatures, now is the time to start thinking about fresh, organically grown food over the summer from the Heavenly Hills Harvest farm.

Tally one for Talley

former SHS football coach named to state's hall of fame

former SHS football coach named to state's hall of fame

City vies for 2.6 acres to help accommodate sewer plant growth

MABTON - The Mabton City Council, on Tuesday of this week, agreed to begin the process of acquiring 2.6 acres of land adjacent to the city's wastewater treatment facility.

No 'grass' for Grandview employees

GRANDVIEW - All city of Grandview employees are prohibited from reporting to work when under the influence of marijuana, even when it is used under medical prescription.

The many hats of being a bartender

Though her job as a bartender sometimes has her wearing many hats, Laura Araujo's love of people from all walks of life is what gets her through.

Wednesday, January 23

Callers flood phone lines for town hall

Three of the 18 questions from the public that Rep. David Taylor and Rep. Bruce Chandler answered during their telephone town hall last night were about gun control.

Grandview voters will have a say in whether or not they want to pay higher private utility taxes

GRANDVIEW - Government entities at every level are trying to come up with new revenue, and the city of Grandview is no exception.

Grandview's Legion post needs only a 28ยข donation

GRANDVIEW - Local American Legion members are embarking on an effort to help its national organization raise $500,000 for Operation Comfort Warriors during the month of February.

Sunnyside officials report progress being made in reducing gang activity

YAKIMA - The Yakima County Gang Commission met yesterday afternoon for its first meeting of the year and heard updates from Toppenish, Sunnyside and Yakima officials regarding grant money the cities have received to form plans to combat gangs.

SHS keglers' season ends at District tourney

RICHLAND - That magical spark the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team captured at the end of the regular season went up in a poof of smoke at yesterday's District tournament match-up against the Hanford Falcons.

Stormee stopped, but Coyotes can't slow down SCHS

BURBANK - Despite their top scorer being shut down by the Coyote defense, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights still managed to beat Columbia-Burbank by a solid 56-21 score in last night's non-league game.

Greyhounds recover from three-match losing streak

GRANDVIEW - After suffering three losses this month to Othello, Selah and Toppenish, the Grandview wrestling team needed a win.

Pirates snap three-game losing skid

BICKLETON - A breakneck type speed contest that Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts indicated was won because of his team's effectiveness in closing the lid on the basket when Yakama Tribal had the ball snapped a three-game losing streak for the Pirates last night.

Vikings fall to state's No. 2 ranked Leopards

ZILLAH - The Zillah boys basketball team - undefeated in league play and ranked second in the state among 1A squads - was every bit as good as advertised last night in a 77-50 win over visiting Mabton.

Celebrating 10 years of service to the community...Nuestra Casa has come a long way since 2002

It's been 10 years since Sister Mary Rita Rohde and the staff at Sunnyside's Nuestra Casa first began opening doors for those in need.


School uniform issue should be re-examined

School uniform issue should be re-examined


Did the government drive Aaron Swartz to suicide?

Did the government drive Aaron Swartz to suicide?

Fishy prices

If you've ever watched chefs Gordon Ramsey and Robert Irvine on the television shows Kitchen Nightmares and Restaurant Impossible, you know these two experts insist that quality food, reasonable prices and good service are the basis of a successful restaurant venture.

Striking a presidential pose

Smile, you're the most powerful person on earth.










Tuesday, January 22

Sunnyside mourns loss of pioneering spirit

"He'll be missed, that's for sure," Jean Grubenhoff said of her father, Dr. Jack Hale.

SVID wraps up first phase of field office work

A project six months in the making came to an end recently when the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District completed the first phase of improvements to its field office at 1105 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

Police chief search hits snag

It's almost back to square one for the city of Sunnyside's search for a new police chief after one of the two finalists pulled his name from consideration.

SCHS remains unbeaten

BICKLETON - The Lady Knights trampled the Lady Pirates by a score of 76-14 in a lopsided game this past Saturday night.

Lady 'Hounds fifth at 19-team invitational

TACOMA - The Grandview girls wrestling team, all two of them, this past Saturday traveled to the Greater Puget Sound Ladies Invitational at Henry Foss High School, bringing home fifth place team honors and two individual championships.

Driving school moving to new office

Sunnyside-based Integrity Driving School will open a new office next month near East Edison Avenue.

Kiwanis Club puts a book into the hands of every student in Sunnyside's first grade classes

"Ooh, I want that one!" shouted an excited student in Mrs. Rivera's first grade class as she showed the class the books that the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club donated.

Sunnyside mechanic expanding from two-bay to five-bay operation

Esteban Medina, owner of Medina's Auto Repair in Sunnyside, has had more work than his small two-bay shop can handle.







Monday, January 21

15th District lawmakers submit proposals for new 2013 session

OLYMPIA - Repealing the Growth Management Act was just one of many proposals submitted recently by local lawmakers as they prepare for their second week of the new legislative session in Olympia.

State House, Senate ignite debate on health insurance abortion requirement

OLYMPIA - Two bills introduced early in this legislative session would require any health-insurance plan in Washington state that covers maternal care to also cover abortions.

Local health officials warn flu season puts everyone at risk

Flu season is in full swing in Washington state and flu activity is now classified as widespread, which means people are catching and spreading the flu in most areas of the state.

Service group folds, does away with several community minded events

Lower Valley fathers may be wondering why 'Almighty Dad's Day' hasn't been advertised yet this year.

New downtown location good fit for EnTrust

The Sunnyside EnTrust office recently moved to downtown Sunnyside from a larger facility on Barnard Boulevard, but is still committed to the goal of integrating people with challenges into the workforce, improving their lives.

Mabton's Mireles, Marquez runners-up at Mid Valley Classic

MABTON - Although Mabton has a short wrestling roster this season, there were two grapplers who earned runner-up honors at the team's annual tournament, the Mid Valley Classic, this past Saturday.

Grandview splits weekend CWAC games

The Grandview boys basketball team knew they were in for a tough weekend, and Coach Roy Garcia believed his team could defeat the state's No. 2 ranked Ellensburg Bulldogs if the Greyhounds could stay in the game mentally on Friday.

Grizzlies rally to earn split in CBBN action

Down 16-6 just four minutes into the game last Friday, the Grizzly boys hoop team rallied for a 58-57 last second home win over Moses Lake.

Lady Grizzlies stumble in key Big Nine games

More often than not the outcome of a basketball game is decided in the waning moments. Not so last Friday night.

Knights deal Bickleton boys second league loss of weekend

A 15-point loss at Lyle last Friday snapped the Bickleton High School boys basketball team's two game-winning streak in Greater Columbia 1B League play.

Event to help homeless set for Jan. 31 in Sunnyside

Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services will be hosting Project Homeless Connect in Sunnyside on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oasis Community Church.

Friday, January 18

Burn ban still in effect in Yakima County

Because the National Weather Service issued an air stagnation advisory last week, state officials say it is crucial for people to follow stage 2 burn ban procedures now in place in both the upper and lower Yakima county areas.

Groundwater group nearing consensus

It's taken more than six months, but a Lower Valley groundwater advisory committee last night almost reached agreement on what its work plan should be.

Perfect record in the air for retired cop

Dick Berk, a retired police officer and Sunnyside native, has seen a great deal of changes in his 86 years of life.

Sunnyside boys whip Wildcats, 43-19

EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team wrapped up at least a share of the CBBN title last night with a 43-19 victory at Eastmont.

OK Corral-type shootout goes Selah Vikings' way

YAKIMA - With neither club giving any quarter, both the Sunnyside and Selah bowling teams came out guns a'blazin yesterday afternoon in a fight for the No. 2 and 3 seeds into next Tuesday's District playoffs.

Mireles now 21-2 on the year

BENTON CITY - The Mabton wrestling team as a whole may have not fared well against Connell and Royal last night, but two of the Viking competitors did.

Let Jesus do the steering, says Christian club speaker

PROSSER - In keeping with a luncheon theme of bicycling, motivational speaker and author Juanita Hamilton described how she tried to ride solo through much of her life.

Grandview native son sharing message of health, faith, fitness

GRANDVIEW - He's played professional soccer in Mexico and today works with professional athletes around the globe.

Dinner/comedy show fundraiser Feb. 16

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley, also known as Transformation Sunnyside, will be hosting its first-ever dinner and a show fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Where art thou, Romeo?

Chemistry isn't just for the classrooms. The Sunnyside High School drama club has come up with a little chemistry of its own as the students prepare for their winter production.


Junk laws

Junk laws

Celebrate your life

A couple of evenings ago I attended the annual Lower Valley Relay for Life kick-off event, and organizers decorated the venue as though those attending were at a birthday party.

Internet lies

I met my husband online.




Thursday, January 17

Local dairy farmer nominated for prestigious award

I'm a big believer in cow comfort," said Sunnyside dairy farmer Dan DeGroot. "Cows are social creatures who like consistency so we milk, bed and feed them at the same time each day."

Goal of Lower Valley Relay for Life organizers is to celebrate more birthdays

Lower Valley Relay for Life organizers, in keeping with the American Cancer Society's slogan, 'Official sponsor of birthdays,' kicked off the fundraising season in a celebratory atmosphere at Snipes Mountain Restaurant and Microbrewery last night.

Rightful owner of $15,000 in cash inadvertently donated to Goodwill located

After the death of her husband, a Sunnyside woman decided it was finally time to go through her beloved's belongings.

New governor maps new direction

Inaugural address define Inslee's major goals

Inaugural address define Inslee's major goals

Grandview pummeled by Wildcats

TOPPENISH - This past Tuesday night marked three losses in a row for the Grandview wrestling team, which seems to have hit a slump since coming off the winter break.

Wednesday, January 16

'State is strong' Gregoire insists in farewell speech

OLYMPIA - Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire reflected on her eight years in office in her State of the State address at the Capitol Tuesday morning, her last official act before relinquishing the reins of that office to Governor-Elect Jay Inslee.

Sunnyside advisory board shuffles airport priorities

With a federal deadline looming, Sunnyside's Municipal Airport Advisory Board met last night to consider projects for 2013-14.

Three in a row for Sunnyside girls

ELLENSBURG - Quite honestly, Sunnyside's bowlers had nothing to write home about following yesterday's 4-0 sweep of the Ellensburg Bulldogs.

Vikings get a 'W'

ZILLAH - It's been a tough row to hoe this season for the Mabton wrestling team, but last night the team got a taste of what it's like to win.

Science camp this Saturday

Elementary school students in Sunnyside are invited to get excited about science at a camp to be held Saturday, Jan. 19, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in room 202 of Sunnyside High School.

Airport board names officers

The Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board kicked off 2013 last night, Tuesday, by naming officers for the new year.

Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services director seeks to serve even more victims

Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services in Sunnyside has come a long way since 1978.

Extra Mile Student Center geared to help youth

The Extra Mile Student Center in Grandview is in its second year of operation.


Beware of those anti-gunners advocating

Beware of those anti-gunners advocating

Off the Record

Jump on the anti-bully bandwagon

Jump on the anti-bully bandwagon

My crystal ball says...

My crystal ball says...


Despite separation of church and state,our hearts reach out to God in many faiths

Despite separation of church and state,our hearts reach out to God in many faiths




Tuesday, January 15

Opportunity to fund major street projects presented to council

Sunnyside has a chance to get an extraordinary amount of financing, which might mean the downtown revitalization project and other major street projects could be completed earlier than expected, according to Jeff Louman of Huibregtse, Louman Associates, Inc.

Bronze table statue presented to museum

A table model of the Bonnie Dunbar Bronze statue was presented to the Sunnyside Museum at last night's meeting of the Sunnyside City Council.

County Democrats elect officers

In a major changing of the guard, Yakima County Democrats elected party stalwart Dany Adolf as chair along with six other new officers at their biennial reorganization meeting yesterday (Monday).

Board votes no on school uniforms

GRANDVIEW - Middle schoolers in Grandview can hang on to their personal wardrobe for now.

Mabton claimsfirst league win

It was a tale of stops and starts for the Mabton boys hoop team with a strong start and win last Friday over visiting Cle Elum, and just the opposite last Saturday in a loss at Goldendale.

Four youngsters earn free throw shooting championship titles in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside H.S. Reinhold #14926 council of the Knights of Columbus this past Sunday sponsored a free throw shooting championship competition at St. Joseph's gym.

Pirates come up big in weekend contests

A strong effort on the boards back-to-back nights propelled the Bickleton High School boys basketball team to a pair of Greater Columbia 1B League victories this past weekend.

SHS cheerleaders at first-ever competition qualify for State contest

SELAH - The Sunnyside High School cheerleading squad for the first time ever competed in a cheerleading competition this past Saturday.

McIntire named to Dean's List

PORTLAND, ORE. - Warner Pacific College recently announced that Jessica McIntire of Sunnyside earned Dean's List honors for the fall quarter of 2012.

Sunnyside residents given temporary relief from rate hike

Of four increases to Sunnyside residents' utility bills included in the 2013 Sunnyside budget, two of them will not be implemented in January, according to Sunnyside City Manager Frank Sweet.

High school conferences on tap in early February

Conferences for parents of Sunnyside High School students will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, and Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the high school.

Free pancakes at IHOP Feb. 5

In celebration of National Pancake Day, IHOP restaurants nationwide will Tuesday, Feb. 5, offer each patron a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

L&I liaison urges local business owners to use state resources

Celia Nightingale admits most people do not look at the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) as an agency that wants to help business owners.







Monday, January 14

Sunnyside police searching for many who exposed himself to girl

Sunnyside officers are looking for a suspect who allegedly exposed himself to a juvenile female last Friday afternoon.

More teachers nationally certified

Washington public schools rank second in the nation for the most teachers who have earned prestigious National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Trip to Mexican orphanage in the works for Sunnyside teen

When asked to help at an orphanage this summer, saying no didn't even cross Cheree LaPierre's mind.

Honeyford out of gate quickly for start of new session

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Legislature begins a new session today, Monday, and Sen. Jim Honeyford already has two proposals for his colleagues to consider.

GHS girls pile up two more wins

The Lady Greyhounds earned two more league wins over the weekend in two close games.

Grizzlies close runners-up at Ellensburg invitational

ELLENSBURG - Missing two starters, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team had to settle for second-place honors last Saturday at Ellensburg's Westberg Invitational.

Unbeaten Lady Knights send very loud message

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights sent a message to the rest of the league over the weekend with two solid wins against strong teams.

Lady Pirates win twice

The Bickleton Lady Pirate basketball squad had an exciting weekend with twin victories against two tough opponents.




Friday, January 11

New assistant police chief has strong roots in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Newly named Assistant Police Chief Kal Fuller has been an officer in Grandview for about 23 years and graduated from Prosser High School.

Inslee focusing on education, job creation, budget as he enters first term as governor

OLYMPIA - Washington Governor-elect Jay Inslee addressed issues of job creation, the state budget, education funding and gun control as he outlined his policy goals for his first term, appearing at an Associated Press briefing session at the state capital yesterday morning (Thursday).

Greyhounds finish regular season with win

YAKIMA - Up against another small team, the Greyhound swimmers managed to score first-place finishes in nine events, leading them to a 66-29 win over East Valley this past Tuesday night.

Grizzly grapplers pounce on Pirates, 58-6

Winning all but two head-to-head matches, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team made quick work of visiting Davis last night in a 58-6 victory.

Gonzalez absorbs first loss of the season

Sunnyside Lady Grizzly grappler Kayla Gonzalez lost her first match of the season last night.

Sunnyside turns the tables on Selah Vikings

In early December 2012 the Selah High School girls bowling team ran roughshod over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies at Yakima's Minda Lanes, claiming a 4-0 whitewashing. Yesterday afternoon on their home lanes, the SHS bowlers got their revenge, fashioning a 4-0 sweep of their own against that same Viking squad.

Nouvella meeting set for Jan. 17 in Sunnyside

Sister Mary Rita Rhode will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, Jan. 17, Nouvella Club meeting at Snipes Mountain Microbrewery and Restaurant in Sunnyside.

Partnerships between ;non-profits can have much greater impact, according to Rotary club speaker

The new president of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Linda Moore, wants to develop partnerships with other non-profit organizations to create a greater impact on the community.

What's Happening



State app gets you where you're going

State app gets you where you're going


The fiscal cliff tells us a great deal about Congress

The fiscal cliff tells us a great deal about Congress

Do the math

It seems there has been some confusion since the Sunnyside City Council was provided the utility tax rates for neighboring communities.

Off the Record

Short changed?

Short changed?

Thursday, January 10

Firearms charges net Grandview man 16-plus years in prison

YAKIMA - Three months after striking a plea deal, Charles Thomas Wilmer Weems of Grandview will spend 16-and-a-half years in federal prison on three counts related to firearms.

Fundraisers to be held Friday for Grandview families of accident victims

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Girls Basketball Booster Club will be conducting two fundraisers to help the families of three students involved in a fatal accident this past Tuesday night.

SVID to again market property

Following the adage of if at first you don't succeed try again, SVID board members this past Tuesday agreed to lower the price for a parcel it had attempted to previously sell.

Assault of 2-year-old brings three-month jail term

YAKIMA - A Grandview man pled guilty to a charge of third-degree assault this past Tuesday and was sentenced to three months in jail.

Donations of clothing desperately needed at local schools

Sunnyside Washington Elementary School spokesman Linda Ihler has issued a public plea, asking for the community's help.

SVID continues on foreclosures

Of 30 properties originally headed to foreclosure, 21 will be auctioned off later this month.

Fireworks committee speaks out

MABTON - After last year's Fourth of July festivities, Mabton City Council members debated on whether or not to completely ban fireworks inside its city limits.

Local students earn Dean's List honors

CHENEY - Several students from Lower Valley communities recently earned Dean's List honors at Eastern Washington University for the fall quarter 2012.

SHS biology students learn about life at CWU

ELLENSBURG - Students from Sunnyside High School took part in a MESA sponsored tour and learning experience at Central Washington University last month.







Wednesday, January 9

Former state auditor will help Grandview transition from retiring treasurer to new hire

GRANDVIEW - With the impending retirement of Grandview City Treasurer John Myers at the end of this month, City Administrator Cus Arteaga last night proposed a back-up plan to help the city's new treasurer transition into the job.

Dairy exports on the upswing in Washington

Darigold on of industry's key contributors

Darigold on of industry's key contributors

16-year-old Grandview boys killed, another hurt in car wreck early last night

GRANDVIEW - Two Grandview teenagers were killed and another injured in an accident last night along Evans Road between North County Line and North Griffin roads.

New public safety committee starts off 2013 with status reports

Sunnyside's new members of the subcommittee for public safety met Tuesday afternoon for the first time this year and resolved to keep close track of the police and fire department budgets along with the normal duties of the committee.

Sunnyside nabs first win

EASTMONT - With just five swimmers on the roster last night, the Sunnyside High School Grizzlies came away with a two-point victory over Eastmont, 60-58.

Mabton wins ugly

COWICHE - The Mabton Lady Vikings last night may have won 48-39 over host Highland, but Lady Viking Coach Chris McCallum said it wasn't a pretty game.

Huskies take a bite out of Grandview winning streak

OTHELLO - Grandview's winning streak in CWAC action ended last night in Othello, as the Husky grapplers succeeded in winning 42-21.

Knights romp

Sunnyside Christian used a 17-0 second-quarter run to put away visiting Bickleton last night, 50-36, in boys hoop league action.

Grandview water main improvements to be completed

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council this past Tuesday approved two task orders, authorizing Huibregtse, Louman Associates to oversee improvements to two water mains.


City council made right move in feedlot acquisition

City council made right move in feedlot acquisition


Congressional mailbag

Congressional mailbag

Not-so-good to go

Recently the Washington State Department of Transportation breathlessly touted the one-year anniversary of tolls on the SR 520 bridge across Lake Washington.







Tuesday, January 8

Regional library patrons now have wireless access...except at Sunnyside branch

The regional network of Yakima Valley Libraries is kicking off 2013 with wireless access for its library patrons, except at the Sunnyside site.

Sunnyside, Grandview port officials hope to recruit new businesses at trade show

For the first time, officials from the ports of Sunnyside and Grandview will partner to attend and recruit industries at next month's ag expo in Tulare, Calif.

Two road victories puts Grandview boys back in playoff hunt

The Grandview Greyhound boys basketball team didn't let a pair of road games last Friday and Saturday serve as hurdles in securing two CWAC victories.

Pirates split tourney games

HELIX, ORE. - Senior Taylor Brown notched a double-double, 10 points and 12 rebounds, for the Bickleton Pirates in their tourney opening victory over the Klickitat Vandals last Friday.

Orchard House urges public to bag up their pills for medical review

GRANDVIEW - The public is invited to a Brown Bag Medication Review on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orchard House (2001 W. Fifth St.) in Grandview.

Library events on tap in January

The Sunnyside Library has several programs planned for the month of January.

All aboard the Arc work for the disabled

The Arc is an advocacy group that fights for the rights of citizens, Linda Fox, executive director of the Arc of Yakima County, explained to the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club on Monday.

ReStore manager aims to help customers

After being a stay-at-home mom for five years, Trina Brooks found herself reintroduced to the workforce at Habitat for Humanity.




Monday, January 7

Relay for Life gears up for 2013 event

Some people attend American Cancer Society Relay for Life events because they want a way to fight back; some have a personal tie to the disease of cancer.

Commercial upgrades lead building permits issued during December

In December, city of Sunnyside building officials issued 22 permits and though few were big ticket items, there were signs of businesses at work making upgrades.

Knights earn split on the road

The Sunnyside Christian Knight boys hoop team extended its win streak to seven games with a victory last Friday at Yakama Tribal, only to see it end with a loss at DeSales.

Lady Grizzlies move up to No. 2 spot in CBBN

Snapping a three-game losing streak, the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team claimed a pair of Columbia Basin Big Nine League victories this past weekend.

Greyhounds runners-up at 16th annual Winter Classic

GRANDVIEW - It was only fitting that the Grandview Greyhounds, at home on the mat in the GHS gym, finished with gusto, getting five of its own grapplers in the finals at the 16th annual Grandview Winter Classic.







Friday, January 4







Port's books clean, say state auditors

The Port of Sunnyside has once again received a clean accountability audit from the Washington State Auditor's Office, with no findings or assertions.

Yakima County audit gets thumbs-up

YAKIMA - After receiving an accountability audit for 2010 with one finding or issue to resolve, state auditors recently reviewed Yakima County's books and gave them a thumbs up.

Sunnyside man faces four-year prison sentence

YAKIMA - Armando Cortez Lopez, 29, of Sunnyside was sentenced to 44 months in prison for a crime committed last March.

Groundbreaking on new fire station still a few months from starting

Sunnyside firemen could soon see progress on upgrades to their station.

Sunnyside's hidden history lives on in remodeled, repurposed buildings

A topless building.

Shorthanded Vikes fall at Kiona-Benton

BENTON CITY - Although lacking enough wrestlers to win the match as a team, the Mabton Viking wrestling squad had strong individual efforts in a 58-24 loss last night at Kiona-Benton.

Wenatchee 4-0 winners against Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies

SHS junior Brianna Esqueda was on fire yesterday. The Sunnyside kegler rolled a match-best 351 two-game series against the visiting Wenatchee Panthers.

Suntown Coffee art show this weekend

Johnny Mendoza of Sunnyside describes his artwork as "subtle eerie," a description people can judge for themselves this coming weekend by viewing his work at Suntown Coffee in Sunnyside.


Waiting for the sequel

Waiting for the sequel

Off the Record

A healthier me in 2013

A healthier me in 2013

One resolution, courtesy Sunnyside's city council

Like a lot of folks, I make resolutions at the start of each year. Some I keep, but most don't make it past March.

Thursday, January 3

Valley's lawmakers weigh in on Gregoire's budget proposals

Though it likely won't look anything like the final end-product that passes the state legislature this spring, outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire recently produced a budget proposal for the 2013-15 biennium in accordance with state statute.

House fire victim in Mabton succumbs to injuries

MABTON - The woman burned in a house fire in Mabton on New Year's Day has passed away, according to Yakima County Deputy Fire Marshal Ron Rutherford.

Data on local teachers shows where they rank versus statewide peers

Sunnyside School District teachers received an average salary of $52,530 in the 2010-2011 school year, according to OSPI, compared to $49,210 in Grandview or $51,234 in Mabton.

YVCC releases names on fall quarter honor rolls

Yakima Valley Community College has announced the names of the students who received honor roll status on the President's or Dean's List for fall quarter 2012.

Business major working his way through college

Ahmad Sarameh has been helping at the family convenience store on South 13th Street for about six years.







Wednesday, January 2

Two hurt in New Year's fire

MABTON - Two people were injured, one severely, in a fire yesterday morning (Tuesday) that completely destroyed a home.

Fiscal cliff-saving deal addressed by the President

WASHINGTON D.C. - As widely reported by the Associated Press yesterday, federal lawmakers struck an 11th hour deal on New Year's Day that will, by some financial experts' predictions, at least delay America from plunging over the proverbial fiscal cliff.

Saunders standout for Grandview at Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno

RENO, NEV. - Compiling a 6-2 record at the Sierra Nevada Classic last Thursday and Friday, good for fourth-place honors in the 138-lb. weight class, Grandview's Joesiah Saunders led a stronger than expected effort by the Greyhounds wrestling team.

Saunders standoud for Grandview Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno

RENO, NEV. - Compiling a 6-2 record at the Sierra Nevada Classic last Thursday and Friday, good for fourth-place honors in the 138-lb. weight class, Grandview's Joesiah Saunders led a stronger than expected effort by the Greyhounds wrestling team.

Historic preservation a team effort in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - It may take a village to raise a child, as a popular book once contended, but it takes a city to preserve history.


Ode 2 2012

Ode 2 2012

Resolve to spend money locally in 2013

Well, here we are, in the new year.