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Friday, February 26

Hart may be out as principal of Sunnyside High School

If the Sunnyside School District successfully applies for school improvement grant funding, as approved by the school board, SHS principal Brian Hart could find he's no longer principal.

Sunnyside's American Legion Auxiliary to fold

After 90 years, Sunnyside's American Legion Auxiliary Unit 73 is in the process of turning in its charter due to lack of membership and financial problems.

Connell ends Mabton girls' season

KENNEWICK- The Mabton Lady Vikings' dreams of making it to the 1A State tournament were dashed by Connell last night, as the Eagles handed them a 43-32 defeat.

Defending State champs lay it on Bickleton girls

YAKIMA - Ask and ye shall receive.

Knights claim thriller, advance to semi-final tilt

YAKIMA - What's the chances of rallying from a 19-point deficit with just over a quarter and a half remaining in a game?

Two-point heartbreaker sends Christian girls into consolation loser-out game

YAKIMA - After 14 lead changes and four ties last night in the Yakima Sun Dome at the 1B State tournament, the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team suffered a 59-57 loss to the Almira/Coulee-Hartline Warriors.

Grandview man pleads guilty stemming from May 2009 gunfight

A Grandview man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree assault in Yakima County Superior Court this past Wednesday.

Gia shines with Shades

Listening to Gia Notte's latest effort, Shades, I got a few funny comments from co-workers.

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V-ball tourney successful

V-ball tourney successful

Guest Column

Fun goes downhill

Fun goes downhill

OBITUARY

ERMA RUTH SAINSBURY

ERMA RUTH SAINSBURY

Thursday, February 25

Bickleton drillers fined $7,500

BICKLETON - Delta Petroleum came up short last year in its test drilling for natural gas near Bickleton.

Civil Air Patrol open to young and old alike

Sunnyside's Daybreak Rotary Club learned the ins and outs of the Yakima Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol this past Wednesday morning courtesy of First Lieutenant Norm Kautz and mission pilot Jack Parker.

Grizzliettes second at regional event

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside High School Grizzliette Dance Team capture second place honors during a competition held this past Saturday at Kamiakin High School.

Lady Knights 62-25 winners in State opener

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian girls hoops went on a 20-point run in the opening quarter of yesterday's game against Northwest Yeshiva and never looked back.

Christian boys edge Pateros, advance to State quarter-finals

YAKIMA - With the exception of Steven Broersma, the Sunnyside Christian Knights played a nifty game of hide-and-seek with their fans last night.

TAZ fair a fun opportunity for honors biology students to prepare for Sunnyside science fair

Students in Teri Alvarez-Ziegler's honors biology class at Sunnyside High School are competent and willing to meet the challenges she places before them.

Wednesday, February 24

Controversy arises over decision to hire engineer for Mabton wastewater improvements

MABTON - Two engineering firms were interviewed by the city of Mabton for a project that would upgrade its wastewater management facility and the city council members were divided when deciding Tuesday with which firm to sign a contract.

Fair board welcomes new members, seeks more

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Board has welcomed four new members into the fold, but four positions remain vacant just six months out from fair time.

Bickleton wins 1B State opener

Clinton pours in State tourney record 35 points in victory over Lummi Blackhawks

Clinton pours in State tourney record 35 points in victory over Lummi Blackhawks

Farm Girls share rustic talents, skills

PROSSER - Being a farm girl is just a condition of the heart, it doesn't necessarily mean one lives on a farm. That's Rene Groom's mantra.

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We can rid our town

We can rid our town

Cutting to the Core

Punishment should fit for those who commit crimes

Punishment should fit for those who commit crimes

OBITUARY

CHRISTINE JENEAN VALENZUELA

CHRISTINE JENEAN VALENZUELA

DEATH NOTICE

EUNICE VANDELLA KINNEY

EUNICE VANDELLA KINNEY

Tuesday, February 23

Mabton schools in need of modern technological tools

MABTON - Last night (Monday) the Mabton School Board was told it needs to refocus on its technological needs.

Low achieving school qualifies Grandview for additional state funding

GRANDVIEW - Grandview School Board of Directors Monday night gave the thumbs up for Supt. Kevin Chase to move forward with applying for a school improvement grant.

Public safety committee formed to help rid Sunnyside of criminals

The Sunnyside City Council heard an earful of complaints from citizens at last night's meeting regarding safety in Sunnyside.

Sierra Vista Middle School announces honor roll

Administrators at Sierra Vista Middle School recently announced the school's honor roll recipients for the second quarter of the 2009-10 school year.

Harrison Middle School honor roll

It is often said that children and teenagers today are just too busy. With all the after school activities available, how could anyone find time to do their school work, too? The students of Harrison Middle School do not seem to have much problem keeping up their grades.

New photography studio capturing culture of Latinos

Hoping to help people document their 'barrio' lifestyles, sisters Madeline and Laura Alviso recently opened Firme509.com Studio in Sunnyside, located at 704 1/2 East Edison Avenue.

OBITUARY

PATRICIA HECKER

PATRICIA HECKER

Monday, February 22

Former Sunnyside fire chief injured in tractor mishap

James "Jim" Stanton, former Sunnyside Fire Chief, was last Friday injured after having been run over by a tractor.

Grandview police investigating shooting

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police are investigating whether or not a drive-by shooting in the area of Stassen Park and West Fifth Street yesterday morning (Sunday) resulted in injury.

Bronze committee seeks to immortalize local astronaut

Former President Ronald Reagan once said, "Those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look."

Mabton boys declaw Panthers, qualify for 1A State

ZILLAH - The Mabton High School boys basketball team is back in familiar territory after beating the Riverview Panthers 62-55 in the District 5 semi-finals this past Friday in Zillah.

Grizzly grapplers place two at State

TACOMA - The Sunnyside High School wrestling program may have fallen short of last year's fifth-place finish at the State 3A wrestling tourney, but the Grizzlies still proved plenty competitive.

Gutierrez falls at State, but gains valuable experience

TACOMA - For an athlete qualifying for the State wrestling tournament it is always a little nerve wracking. When you're a freshman carrying the weight of being the only one representing your school, the weight can be crushing.

Lady 'Hounds nip Toppenish Wildcats to claim District berth

You have to fight to the bitter end if you want to win.

Master Gardeners announce workshop series

YAKIMA - The Yakima County Master Gardeners will again hold their spring workshop series starting Wednesday, March 10.

Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo to hold auction

The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Board will hold a farm surplus auction next month to help raise funds for the annual event.

Friday, February 19

City looking to renegotiate contract for court prosecution services

The city of Sunnyside will be looking to renegotiate its contract with Kathleen Hitchcock for prosecution services at the Sunnyside Municipal Court.

Local residents get sneak peek at Grandview upgrades

GRANDVIEW - A $4.8 million project to spruce up downtown Grandview is moving ahead with construction this spring.

Sunnyside couple helping people recover in Haiti

Dan and Sherry Haak are not strangers to the adversity the people of Haiti have endured over the years, but the couple was called into action late last month when Heartline Ministries asked the couple to assist in relief efforts following the Jan. 12 earthquake.

City, Sunnyside's Promise explore partnership to reopen community center

It may very well be the only thing standing in the way of the long-hoped-for reopening of the Sunnyside Community Center is the lack of outdoor lighting.

Mabton loses nail-biter to Coyotes in District opener

BURBANK - "I always say we learn more when we lose than when we win...we learned a lot last night," said Mabton girls hoops coach Chris McCallum.

Fundraising quest begins for rodeo queen

BICKLETON - Bickleton High School junior Katelynn Clinton started her reign as the rodeo queen for the Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo on Jan. 1, 2010.

Sunnyside Police Department to host bone marrow drive

It's amazing to think a simple swab of the mouth could provide hopes of saving a life like that of eight-year-old Parker Brown.

31-year career coming to a close for school custodian

GRANDVIEW - Jimmy Carter was still President when Roy Montelongo started working as a custodian at McClure Elementary School in Grandview.

Free 'Family Game Night' slated for Feb. 25

If you're a Yakima County youth and you're ready to take on the world, or at least your community, trek to the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church Thursday, Feb. 25, between 5 and 8 p.m.

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Page program great for teens

Page program great for teens

Guest Editorial

Robbing Peter to pay Paul bad money management

Robbing Peter to pay Paul bad money management

Paper Clips

Spare change...mister?

Spare change...mister?

OBITUARY

CARMEN BARRETT

CARMEN BARRETT

Thursday, February 18

Assistant superintendent tenders resignation from Sunnyside School District

Gary Vegar, an assistant superintendent in the Sunnyside School District, has resigned from the post effective June 30.

Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board holds first-ever meeting

The Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board met for the first time last night, Wednesday, where board members selected a chairman and discussed things they would like to see done at the airport.

Sunnyside schools in state of flux

A "complete and thorough analysis" of the Sunnyside School District's organizational structure was recently completed, and Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole last night shared what the results of that analysis at his State of the Schools address.

Forensic students learn fingerprinting basics

Perhaps instead of calling it class, SHS students might be leaning toward referring to their science class as CSI: Sunnyside.

Wednesday, February 17

Honeyford pushes through bill to protect citizens, property from wildfires in 'no man's land'

OLYMPIA - A measure sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, that would help protect human lives and property from wildfires was unanimously approved by the Senate this past Monday.

22-year-old man shot early this morning

Jose Acevedo, 22, of Sunnyside suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of a bullet hitting his leg in a shooting incident that occurred at approximately 6:40 a.m. this morning (Wednesday) in the 1000 block of South 10th Street, according to Sunnyside police.

Grandview Council divided on right time to replace Scott Staples

GRANDVIEW - With the resignation this month of City Administrator Scott Staples, some Grandview City Council members are questioning whether a replacement should be hired.

Lady Pirates end three-decade drought by advancing to State girls basketball tourney

WHITE SALMON - Bickleton's Lady Pirates ended a nearly three decade drought last night, earning a State tourney berth by defeating nemesis Trout Lake, 54-39, and knocking them out of the 1B District tournament.

Grizzlies win tune-up for District tourney

The Sunnyside Grizzlies boys basketball team overcame a fierce first quarter push by West Valley last night (Tuesday) to beat the Rams 75-54, winning the last regular game of the season before starting District play on Saturday.

Vikings victorious in 1A District opener

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings boys basketball team moved within one victory of a State berth when they beat the Columbia-Burbank Coyotes 60-52 last night (Tuesday) in the opening round of Districts.

Ragamuffin girl now enjoying life's chocolates

PROSSER - Everybody knows that classic movie line, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." But if you think this saying from the 1994 film Forrest Gump is just Hollywood Fancy and has no significance in real life, Candy Troutman would kindly disagree.

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Public vote amendment was last means effort to soften new tax bill

Public vote amendment was last means effort to soften new tax bill

'F' as in Frank

Hearts for Haiti

Hearts for Haiti

Guest Editorial

Raising hell...isn't that what patriots do?

Raising hell...isn't that what patriots do?

DEATH NOTICE

LINDA THOMAS

LINDA THOMAS

Tuesday, February 16

Woman discovers bullet holes in her home

Just after 3 p.m. yesterday (Monday) a woman living in the 1600 block of Apricot Road near Grandview called the Yakima County Sheriff's Office stating she found a bullet hole in her bedroom. The hole led her to discover the bullet had traversed through the room. Further inspection led to the discovery of another bullet hole outside her home.

Administrator marking 25 years at Hillcrest Manor

Basic white walls and color coded uniforms were standard procedure when Mary Arthur began her duties as administrator for Hillcrest Manor and Rehabilitation Center in Sunnyside.

Burger Ranch veteran does it all for Bon Vino's

Whether it's catering, cooking, crafting espresso beverages or waiting tables, Mayela De La Cruz does a little bit of everything for Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery in Sunnyside.

Chief Kamiakin Elementary students raise money for American Heart Association

Students at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School recently gathered money to support efforts of the American Heart Association.

OBITUARY

EVELYN ARLENE KESSINGER

EVELYN ARLENE KESSINGER

DEATH NOTICE

PATRICIA A. HECKER

PATRICIA A. HECKER

Monday, February 15

Chandler remains cautious in addressing new economic forecast

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council issued a new economic outlook for the state last Friday, showing signs of economic stabilization.

Win over Falcons gives Sunnyside automatic berth to Regional tourney

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Grizzlies last Friday put an exclamation point on their best season in years as they beat Hanford for a regular season sweep of the Falcons. That gives the Grizzlies the No. 1 seed ranking at this coming weekend's District tournament.

Gonzalez, Barajas lead Grizzly contingent to State

YAKIMA - Seven Sunnyside High School wrestlers punched their tickets to the Mat Classic State Tourney in Tacoma thanks to qualifying performances at regional tourneys this past Saturday.

SCHS Lady Knights secure 1B State berth

The Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team defeated Klickitat 71-20 last Friday in the first round of Districts at Sunnyside High School. The Lady Knights carried the momentum into Saturday's game against Trout Lake/Glenwood and won 55-28.

Friday, February 12

DEATH NOTICE

FERN ERICKSON

FERN ERICKSON

House approves wildfire measure

OLYMPIA - The House of Representatives this past Wednesday passed a measure to improve communications during a wildfire, one of a series of bills aimed at addressing wildfire response.

Legislation would lessen truancy requirements for schools

OLYMPIA - The state House of Representatives this week approved a measure to ease student truancy requirements on school districts.

Mabton heads to Districts after 45-42 win over Lady Rangers

NACHES -The Mabton girls hoop team's hopes of making Districts was on the line as they traveled to Naches last night (Thursday).

Vikings edged by Naches Valley

NACHES - Trying to secure second place in the SCAC West all for themselves, the Mabton Vikings boys basketball team went into Naches with a mission. But Naches Valley's Wesston Parker came alive for 14 second-half points that helped the Rangers edge Mabton by one point, 39-38.

Life Options has a lot going amidst fundraising efforts

Life Options, located in Grandview and Sunnyside, has been busy this past month.

Valentin celebrating birthday on, what else, Valentine's Day

Chances are, Sunnyside Community Hospital volunteer Valentin Arriaga will give thought to his family history and the ever-handy almanac this coming Sunday.

Guerra's Coffee Co. to host art exhibit

Coffee lovers who just happen to delight in fine art will be pleased to know Guerra's Coffee Company in Sunnyside is hosting "Reflections From Nature: An Inner Journey," an art exhibit featuring the works of Rama Devagupta.

Book Review

'The End of Food' a stark look at realities associated with the food system

'The End of Food' a stark look at realities associated with the food system

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'In God We Trust'?

'In God We Trust'?

Jennies Journey

Valentine's Day elusive for some

Valentine's Day elusive for some

Across our State

Good roads...(Part II)

Good roads...(Part II)

Thursday, February 11

New pest that seems to prefer ripening fruit appears headed this way

PROSSER - A new pest with the power to destroy fruit as it ripens may very well be headed this way.

NewSunnyside human resources specialist focusing on many tasks at hand

Anna Bullock, Sunnyside's new human resource specialist, brings more than 25 years of experience to her new position. And she hasn't missed a beat since she began work two weeks ago.

Guidelines tightened on harvest of sturgeon from Columbia River

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission tightened conservation guidelines for Columbia River sturgeon and approved a new two-year package of sport fishing rules during its Feb. 4-6 meeting in Olympia.

Yakima Valley's new indoor football team detailed for Kiwanians

With the Yakima Valley Warriors' first football game of the season less than two months away, Wendy Culver, sponsorship and marketing representative for the team, gave a presentation about the Warriors to the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club this past Wednesday morning.

School district looking to fill openings on ethics committee

The Sunnyside School District is currently seeking community members willing to serve on the ethics committee.

Sunnyside florist gearing up for Valentine's Day

It's the busiest time of year, says Lindsey Canandoza, an assistant florist at Marti's Flower Carte in Sunnyside.

GHS student advances to state art show

GRANDVIEW - All Grandview High School's Chelsea Meyer needed to unleash a burst of fresh inner creativity was a Photoshop challenge issued by a friend via Facebook.

Wednesday, February 10

Grandview voters approve $4.85 million replacement levy

GRANDVIEW - The voters have spoken up for Grandview schools with a nearly 61 percent vote in favor of a $4.85 million replacement levy.

Grandview officer details gang activity for concerned citizens

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Police Officer Rob Colley identified what community members need to know about gangs to an attentive audience of about 50 residents last night, Tuesday.

Mabton hires police chief

MABTON - The city of Mabton has a new police chief, Rick Gutierrez, formerly a Selah police chief and 25-year law enforcement veteran.

Lady Vikings still in playoff hunt

MABTON - The Mabton girls basketball team's District hopes stay alive after winning last night, 47-40, over Cle Elum.

Lady Knights earn 42-30 win over Riverside Christian

"It was a very hard fought, physical game," Sunnyside Christian girls basketball coach Al Smeenk said of last night's 42-30 victory over the visiting Riverside Christian Crusaders.

Knights enter postseason play with 11-game winning streak

One of the three losses sustained by the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team this season was avenged last night.

Grizzlies can't hold off Wenatchee

The Sunnyside boys basketball team controlled the Wenatchee Panthers for the first three quarters of last night's CBBN Columbia Division match-up. But every game is four quarters and the Grizzlies suddenly couldn't find the basket in the final stanza and lost 55-48.

Sunnyside inks deal for city manager search

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday inked a deal with Prothman to help the city in its search for a new city manager.

Sunnyside Planning Commission approves annexation

The Sunnyside Planning Commission held a public hearing last night to receive citizen input on a property annexation submitted by Mike McSharry of MBM Development.

Millers celebrate 50 years together

Dale and Barbara Miller of Sunnyside are celebrating 50 years of marriage Saturday, Feb. 13. An open house reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Sunnyside United Methodist Church Memorial Hall, on 9th and Edison.

Miss Yakima County' program slated for mid-March

Eight young women, half of whom have Sunnyside ties, will vie for the title of Miss Yakima County come mid-March.

Paper Clips

Shopping on a budget

Shopping on a budget

Cutting to the Core

Is Sarah Palin retarded?

Is Sarah Palin retarded?

Tuesday, February 9

City Council shows interest in K-9 program here

With the thought of making Sunnyside a place criminals would want nothing to do with, the Sunnyside City Council last night, Monday, mulled over the possibility of starting up a K-9 program at a workshop held before the regularly scheduled meeting.

This year's hospice talent show may have been best yet

If you elected to stay home this past Saturday night instead of attending the 2010 Hospice Talent Show at Sunnyside High School, you missed an exciting and energetic community affair.

U.S. Congressman details for Rotarians objections to Obama's plans for U.S.

U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings, representing Washington's Fourth District, spoke to the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club yesterday (Monday) where he addressed issues such as health care, massive spending, and cap and trade.

Soroptimist women select 'Opportunity' award winner

Melissa Sanchez is the recipient of the Lower Yakima Valley Soroptimist Club's "Women's Opportunity Award" for 2010.

Jem's Coffee Corner serving beverages with flare

What's unique to Jem's Coffee Corner, located on the corner of South First Street and West South Hill Road, is the way the baristas decorate beverages.

Births

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

OBITUARY

JENNIE KLARENBEEK

JENNIE KLARENBEEK

Monday, February 8

Horses shot in Outlook area

Yesterday (Sunday) at approximately 9 a.m. the Yakima County Sheriff's Office was alerted to a shooting incident in which four horses were shot.

New Sunnyside finance director brings 25 years of experience to town

For those in Sunnyside wondering about all the recent rainfall, look no further than the city's new finance director, Bryon Olson.

Two suspects sought for Sunday shooting

The Sunnyside Police Department is seeking information leading to the arrest of Richard Bermudez, 27, and Crystal Navarro, 24, both of Sunnyside.

Gonzalez, Barajas lead Sunnyside to 4th place finish at Sub-Regionals

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team made its presence felt at the 3A Sub-Regional tourney in Spokane this past Saturday.

Maleesha Maltos competes at 3A State bowling tourney

UNIVERSITY PLACE - Sunnyside High School senior Maleesha Maltos, making her first and only appearance at the WIAA 3A State girls bowling tournament, managed a 44th place finish.

Lady Greyhounds suffer two setbacks

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School girls basketball team suffered a pair of setbacks this past weekend on its home court.

Bickleton scores two big wins

The Bickleton girls basketball team had something to cheer about this past weekend as they rolled over the Klickitat Vandals 70-58 Friday and plundered Yakama Tribal 52-41 Saturday.

Mabton Vikings muzzle Scotties, 46-31

COWICHE - Using good defense and offensive runs here and there the Mabton boys basketball team ran roughshod over the Highland Scotties this past Saturday, winning 46-31 in a SCAC West matchup.

Grizzlies take bite out of Bulldogs' bark

Bouncing back from a tough loss is always hard to do but the Sunnyside Grizzlies were up to the challenge this past Friday as they mauled the visiting Pasco Bulldogs boys basketball team 66-48 in CBBN Columbia Division play.

Health care scholarship applications now available

The Sunnyside Community Hospital auxiliary scholarships awarded each year to those interested in pursuing careers in health care range from $1,000 to $4,000.

OBITUARY

CATHERINE SMITH

CATHERINE SMITH

Friday, February 5

Price tag high for stimulus funded irrigation projects

The good news is that the Sunnyside Divison received $21.4 million from federal stimulus money to enclose large areas of its irrigation laterals this winter and next.

House committee approves wildfire response bill

OLYMPIA - One of Rep. Bruce Chandler's priorities for this year's session was making changes at the state level to provide a coordinated wildfire response for stranded land.

;Nominations being accepted for Spirit of Sunnyside awards

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Spirit of Sunnyside awards banquet on Saturday, March 13, at the Johnson Concentrates building.

Sixth annual 'Show 'N Shine' March 6

Sunnyside High School's annual "Show 'N Shine" car show will be held Saturday, March 6, at Clem Senn football field.

Book Review

Lisa Earle McLeod's book disappoints

Lisa Earle McLeod's book disappoints

Grandview High School students to stage 'The Apple Tree'

GRANDVIEW - Auditions have been held and the cast has been selected for Grandview High School Drama Club's spring production of "The Apple Tree."

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Online site helpful in keeping alive local memories

Online site helpful in keeping alive local memories

Story Time

Street maintenance utility tax is for the birds

Street maintenance utility tax is for the birds

Thursday, February 4

Vehicular homicide plea brings at least 41-month prison sentence for man responsible of killing Grandview woman

KENNEWICK - Edward Eusebio Castilleja of Prosser will serve at least 41 months in prison on charges of vehicular assault and vehicular homicide.

Pacific Power asks for community's 'HELP'

Pacific Power and the Salvation Army's Project HELP are asking anyone who can to help the state's most vulnerable residents meet their energy needs.

Friend or foe...introducing wolves into Washington state sparks debate

A vital link in Washington state's eco-system or a lethal threat to livestock?

Wellness events planned in February

Wellness Wednesdays continue this month in the Lower Valley, a partnership between the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Customer service top priority for Sunnyside merchant

Andy Bonzi knows who butters his bread and it isn't him. It's the loyal customers of Ace Postal Center, a Sunnyside business that Bonzi and his wife are gradually taking over.

Pioneer youngsters push for 'Change' in Haiti

Philanthropy knows no age limit.

Wednesday, February 3

OBITUARY

BEULAH MARGARET VOSS

BEULAH MARGARET VOSS

DEATH NOTICE

MARIA G. REYES

MARIA G. REYES

GUEST COLUMN

What makes a good politician?

What makes a good politician?

'F' as in Frank

Goofus and Gallant

Goofus and Gallant

Phinneys to celebrate 60 years of marriage

Lloyd and Ellen Phinney will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Sunnyside.

Knights secure 1B league title

Last night's game was never in doubt for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team, as the Knights stormed past the visiting Yakama Tribal Eagles, 91-31.

Water board of control names 2010 officers

The board of control for the Sunnyside Division of the Yakima irrigation project met yesterday and named officers and appointments for 2010.

Mabton names new school 'super'

GRANDVIEW - Growing up in the Lower Valley as the child of migrant farm workers, Mabton's newly named Schools Superintendent Minerva Morales learned the importance of perseverance and education.

Afghani sisters share tales of horror

Delta Kappa Gamma sorority members converged at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church on the hill in Sunnyside this past, Monday to hear two young women speak about Afghanistan horrors.

Tuesday, February 2

Man stabbed, unwilling to name suspect

Last night (Monday) at approximately 8:20 p.m. a man was brought into the Sunnyside Community Hospital emergency room with a stab wound to his back. The hospital alerted the Yakima County Sheriff's Office of the incident.

Warm weather trend to continue in Sunnyside

Relatively balmy temperatures in the Sunnyside area during January should continue into February.

Council gears up for new city manager search

At a special city council meeting held last night, council members looked into beginning a search for a permanent city manager.

Sunnyside paves the way for airport expansion

After two years of public hearings and planning commission meetings, the Sunnyside City Council adopted an airport overlay ordinance by a vote of 5-2 at last night's council meeting to protect the city's airport from encroachment.

Grandview eyes 2010 wish list

GRANDVIEW - Christmas may be a distant memory, but the Grandview City Council has a wish list with a good chance of coming true.

Grants pouring in to assist Sunnyside's gang reduction initiative

Community members involved in Sunnyside's gang reduction initiative and the programs that have resulted from the grassroots effort were last night informed Sunnyside's Promise continues to seek and receive grants.

Grizzliettes host dance competition

If there's one thing Melodie Griffin wants you to know, it's that the Sunnyside High School Grizzliettes aren't just a halftime show.

American West Bank seeking Valentine gifts for troops

Hoping to show their patriotic pride and celebrate the Valentine holiday, officials at American West Bank in Sunnyside are looking for public help in gathering gifts for American troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bickleton students make the grade

BICKLETON - Numerous Bickleton students made the grade for first semester, earning honor roll status with grade point averages of 3.0 or better.

The Hatchery has something for everyone

Nestled on Sheller Road less than two miles after getting off of Highway 241 lies perhaps one of Sunnyside's best kept secrets, as well as an antique lover/thrift shopping addict's delight.

OBITUARY

BEULAH MARGARET VOSS

BEULAH MARGARET VOSS

PAID OBITUARY

JESUS MATA

JESUS MATA

DEATH NOTICE

JOAN MARIE MILLS

JOAN MARIE MILLS

Monday, February 1

Phillip Paul's conditional release revoked

YAKIMA - A Yakima judge at a hearing held this past Friday ordered the conditional release of Phillip Paul to be revoked.

Habitat for Humanity refurbishes Granger home

GRANGER - It pays to be persistent, just ask Granger's Isidro Romero who, for two years, has faithfully and dutifully contacted Habitat for Humanity in hopes of acquiring a home.

Lady 'Hounds drop two league games

Grandview's Lady 'Hounds fell to the East Valley Red Devils this past Friday, 66-37, followed by a 49-44 loss to Othello on Saturday.

SCHS Lady Knights victorious twice

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights were on the road twice, but earned two league victories this past weekend, first at Bickleton (56-34) Friday and next at Klickitat (71-17) Saturday.

Grizzly cage team over-powers Southridge

The Sunnyside boys basketball team continued its strong season this past weekend with a win against the Southridge Suns on Friday at home but fell to the Kennewick Lions Saturday night on the road in overtime.

Cattlemen's annual banquet set for Saturday

PROSSER - Prime rib with all the fixings will be the meal of choice at the Benton County Cattleman's Association's annual banquet, scheduled for this coming Saturday, Feb. 6.

DEATH NOTICE

ARTHUR LEROY THOMPSON SR.

ARTHUR LEROY THOMPSON SR.