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Friday, March 29

MAKING SENSE

Churches...it's time to fight!

Churches...it's time to fight!

Off the Record

Easter...what a great time to be with family

Easter...what a great time to be with family

A good Friday, but it could be better

This isn't the column I want to write on Good Friday, but it's the column I feel I have to write.

What's Happening

FRIDAY

Suncadia announces 52 weekends of fun

ROSLYN - Suncadia Resort announced recently its schedule for what it calls "52 fun-filled weekends a year" with the launch of its new activities schedule.

Apprageous

Parks app a good start

Parks app a good start

BethanyPresbyterian Church welcomes new pastor

GRANDVIEW - Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview has welcomed a new interim minister.

East Valley Red Devils unable to muzzle Grandview

MOXEE - The Grandview soccer squad dominated most of yesterday's non-league match at East Valley, winning 5-1.

Late miscues costly for Sunnyside nine against 1A Rangers

Sunnyside had more base hits but couldn't translate that on the scoreboard in a 6-2 loss yesterday, Thursday, to 1A Naches.

More Moore could carry SCHS Knights far this season

Based on the contributions Brandon Moore made yesterday, the Sunnyside Christian High School varsity baseball team may be looking to the junior for even greater performances in the days ahead.

Selection of clinic providing dental screenings to local students questioned at school board meeting

Sunnyside School Board members received an ear full last night regarding the request for proposal (RFP) process procedures used when seeking dental screening services for the elementary schools in the district.

Sweet will have his say at public hearing on April 10

The Sunnyside City Council will be holding a public hearing regarding the termination of former City Manager Frank Sweet during a special meeting on Wednesday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center.

Lipstick on a pig?

Do you think pigs are downright cute? Are you creative enough to make a pig's snout twitch?

OBITUARY

BEATRIZ F. VILLANUEVA

BEATRIZ F. VILLANUEVA

DEATH NOTICE

DARLENE MERRY

DARLENE MERRY

Thursday, March 28

Addressing water right requests a work in progress

With a backlog of 20 years or more, the Washington State Department of Ecology is making some headway on answering requests for new water rights in the Yakima Basin.

County signs anti-gang funding agreements with schools

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside and Toppenish school districts have been officially given the nod to facilitate how Yakima County Gang Resistance and Intervention Project grant funds are used.

Downtown revitalization moving ahead

The downtown revitalization project in Sunnyside is moving forward after the city council approved the final design concept presented by HLA at Monday night's regular council meeting.

DEATH NOTICE

BEATRIZ VILLANUEVA

BEATRIZ VILLANUEVA

Free clean-up dump days for Grandview residents on tap

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview is holding its spring clean-up days on Saturday, April 13, and Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the public works shop (603 N. Willoughby).

Salmeron, Pena SHS leaders at four-team meet at Hanford

RICHLAND - Together, senior Eduardo Salmeron and junior Elijah Pena returned to Sunnyside yesterday from a four-school, non-scoring track and field meet at Hanford High School with five first-place finishes and a runner-up showing. Prosser and River View were the two other schools competing.

Johnston named to Dean's List

OXFORD, OHIO - Kealey Alexandra Johnston of Grandview was recently named to the fall 2012 Dean's List at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Nearly a dozen SHS girls collect 'Top 4' finishes at Hanford

RICHLAND - All told, 11 Sunnyside athletes earned 'Top 4' finishes at Hanford High School yesterday. Wednesday's girls track and field meet also drew teams from Prosser and River View.

Local students earn WSU degrees

PULLMAN - Several Washington State University students from the Lower Yakima Valley have earned undergraduate degrees for the fall 2012 semester.

Wednesday, March 27

GUEST COLUMN

The battle of the budgets

The battle of the budgets

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Obamacare...three years later

Obamacare...three years later

RAGING MODERATE

The GOP autopsy

The GOP autopsy

Kudos to the chief

Kudos to the chief

Improved SHS graduation rates result of team effort

Sunnyside High School Assistant Principal Dave Martinez and leadership class student Stefani Anciso Wednesday morning talked to the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club about improvements made at the high school.

Grizzlies break out the bats

Serl delivers big time for SHS

Serl delivers big time for SHS

Sunnyside nips Ike

Grizzlies still perfect on home pitch this spring

Grizzlies still perfect on home pitch this spring

'Hounds win slugfest against Zillah Leopards

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview nine started yesterday's baseball game sluggish, giving Zillah an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning.

Child killer convicted

YAKIMA - Nearly three years after initially being charged with beating a Sunnyside toddler to death, Juan Balverde Lopez of Sunnyside was found guilty yesterday of second-degree manslaughter.

City manager search six times more expensive than originally budgeted

The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with Colin Baenziger & Associates to find and recruit a new city manager for the city.

FruitSmart's growth beyond expectations

GRANDVIEW - FruitSmart in Grandview is growing beyond the expectations of its owners.

Shifting attitudes at heart of local transformation

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley held an informational meeting yesterday afternoon at the Grapevine Inn in Sunnyside to spread the word about its new initiatives and answer any questions the public might have about the organization's efforts.

DEATH NOTICE

EFREN ZARAGOZA

EFREN ZARAGOZA

Tuesday, March 26

Becoming better parents focus of six-week course

Sibling rivalry, concerns over drugs or alcohol and communication tools are just some of the topics to be addressed during a six-week Strong Families Parenting course to be held in both Sunnyside and Grandview.

Hospice volunteers sought

Throughout the history of the hospice movement, volunteers have played an integral role in the delivery of care to patients and families.

Glaucoma steals sight with no early symptoms

Glaucoma is the top cause of blindness worldwide," Dr. Michael Stapleton told residents at Sun Terrace Assisted Living & Retirement Community in Sunnyside last week.

Espresso shop owner in Mabton thinking big

MABTON - After a vehicle accident that landed 20-year-old Alexia Verduzco at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for nearly a week, she decided to make a lifestyle change.

Collaboration gives patients greater health care access

PROSSER - A new medical clinic and pharmacy will provide Lower Valley residents seeking medical services with better access to care.

MHS principal stepping down

MABTON - The Mabton School District today is looking for a new high school principal.

Barker reappointed to planning commission

Bernie Barker has been reappointed to the Sunnyside Planning Commission and had her reappointment approved by the city council.

Rollover near Granger claims life of woman from Richland

GRANGER - Early this past Sunday afternoon a one-vehicle rollover accident about two miles east of Granger on I-82 claimed the life of an elderly Richland woman.

Whalen leads first-place Tigers at 22-school boys golf invitational

Blaine, Selah linksters card low individual rounds

Blaine, Selah linksters card low individual rounds

Dress code under consideration at Artz-Fox

MABTON - Blue or purple? That's the color conundrum facing the Mabton School District as it weighs options for a possible dress code at Artz-Fox Elementary School.

Puente's seat may be on November ballot after all

Depending on when Sunnyside School Board President Miguel Puente's move to his new home is final, his position may be on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

New faces on Sunnyside council

In a 15-minute meeting before last night's regular meeting, the Sunnyside City Council decided to appoint Dean Broersma to Position 2 on the council, filling the seat vacated by former Mayor Mike Farmer.

Full military honors given to more than 40 local veterans

For those who have served in the U.S. armed forces it is tradition to receive full military honors at a funeral service.

OBITUARY

MARJORIE MCDANIEL

MARJORIE MCDANIEL

DEATH NOTICE

JOVITA SANTA MARIA GARZA

JOVITA SANTA MARIA GARZA

Monday, March 25

Wagner earns Mr.Grandview king's crown

GRANDVIEW - Perhaps winning the audience and judges over with a moving speech about patriotism, Mr. Grandview contestant Mitchel Wagner took home the king's crown this past Saturday night.

Clinton two-time winner for Bickleton

MORO, ORE. - It may not have had the largest contingent of athletes, but the Bickleton boys track team competed well last Saturday at the Sherman Invitational.

Greyhounds secure 2-1 win

GRANDVIEW - It was all crimson and gray at Rich Leenhouts Stadium in Grandview this past Saturday.

Lady Greyhounds continue winning ways

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhounds continued their winning ways behind the strong arm of pitcher Cali Castilleja, defeating the Toppenish Wildcats in both games of a doubleheader this past Saturday.

Wildcats pounce on Sunnyside

Sunnyside made a game of it for five innings before falling 10-3 to visiting Eastmont in the first game of a CBBN doubleheader last Friday.

School board president stepping down because of change in residential address

Sunnyside School Board President Miguel Puente will be moving outside the boundary for his position on the school board.

Terrified homeowner hides in bathroom during burglary

A burglary in progress was reported to Yakima County Sheriff deputies from the 2300 block of Phipps Road near Sunnyside last Friday morning. The female victim in the house hid in a bathroom until law enforcement units arrived and arrested two suspects. Medical attention was summoned for the victim, who was described by officers on the scene as "very shaken up."

County tables action on dairy air program

YAKIMA - The Yakima Clean Air Authority remains in a holding pattern on what to this point has been a voluntary air quality program for dairies.

Girl Scouts out in force at Lower Valley stores conducting cookie sales

It's the season for Girl Scout cookies in eastern Washington.

Friday, March 22

Ask your legislators to make education funding their top priority

On Jan. 5, 2012 the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in McCleary v. State that the State of Washington was not fulfilling its constitutional obligation to amply and equitably fund basic education for children across our state.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Ask your legislators to make education funding their top priority

Ask your legislators to make education funding their top priority

The lives of today's youth are documented on the internet

The lives of today's youth are documented on the internet

Let's hear from the candidates

Eight city managers in less than six years: Bob Stockwell, Mark Kunkler, Eric Swansen, Jim Bridges, Mark Gervasi, Frank Sweet, Aaron Markham and John Darrington.

Mr. SHS contestants vying for king's crown Saturday

A dozen Sunnyside High School boys have been extremely busy preparing for the annual Mr. SHS Pageant.

NW Nitro Nationals slated for April 26-28

The only professional motorcycle hill climb in Washington state, Northwest Nitro Nationals, opened the 2012 hill climb season last spring and is set to do the same in the coming weeks.

Believe in yourself...goal setters tell GMS girls

GRANDVIEW - A special assembly for girls attending Grandview Middle School was held last week.

SHS boys middle of pack at Hermiston Invitational

HERMISTON, ORE. - As much as a three-club difference thanks to gusting winds kept the scores relatively high at the Hermiston Golf Invitational yesterday.

Lady 'Hounds hold off Bears to stay unbeaten

GRANDVIEW - A late inning rally nearly sunk the Lady Greyhounds' perfect record yesterday, but Grandview managed to get out of a jam and win its fourth game against the Kiona-Benton Bears, 8-7.

Mabton Vikings succumb to Granger Spartans, 2-0

GRANGER - A few missed shots and a couple of miscues cost the Mabton Viking soccer squad last night. Playing at Granger, the Vikes were blanked, 2-0.

Late switch sparks Grizzlies past Grandview

For 76 minutes Sunnyside keeper Max Ramos' job was to prevent the visiting Greyhound soccer team from scoring a goal.

Federal judge accepts Sanchez plea agreement

YAKIMA - This past Wednesday Judge Edward F. Shea of the United States District Court Eastern District of Washington accepted a plea agreement between U.S. Attorney Mary K. Dimke and Manuel Sanchez of Sunnyside.

Education-related bills on the table in Olympia

OLYMPIA - With the Washington State Supreme Court's McCleary decision mandating full funding for education by 2018 and with policy bills out of the way, Washington state lawmakers have now moved the issue to the top of their budgeting priorities.

'Working groups' making progress in developing plan to rid groundwater of nitrates

GRANGER - The Groundwater Management Area advisory committee met in Granger last night to discuss progress of its working groups.

D.C. trip inspires Sunnyside businessman to bring about positive change

WASHINGTON D.C. - Learning about others' desires to make their communities a better place was what the National Association of Workforce Conference was all about.

OBITUARY

MARTIN CARL JONGSMA

MARTIN CARL JONGSMA

Thursday, March 21

DEATH NOTICE

CAROL L. PETERSON

CAROL L. PETERSON

Dean's list honors for Sunnysider

AZUSA, CALIF. - Sunnyside resident and Azusa Pacific University student Katherine E. Herndon recently made the academic Dean's List at APU.

OBITUARY

FREDERICK MILLER JR.

FREDERICK MILLER JR.

Sunnyside High student 'Turned' published author

Reading and writing are the two pastimes Sunnyside High School sophomore Karissa Nagle enjoys most.

Christian bats have more pop in second outing

NACHES - Sunnyside Christian's baseball team only mustered a pair of hits in its season opener, a 12-0 loss, this past Monday. Yesterday afternoon, however, the 1B Knights combined for 13 base knocks in a non-league twin bill against the 1A Naches JV on the Rangers' home diamond.

Grizzly boys blank Ike, Cadet girls return the favor

YAKIMA - Not one Sunnyside boy lost a match this past Tuesday against Eisenhower High School.

Stokes nets ace at Black Rock Creek

What nearly proved to be a missed opportunity resulted in Wanda Stokes' first ever hole-in-one this past Tuesday.

SHS students get taste of scientific humor

When the phone rang in Joyce Stark's science classroom and played a snippet of the theme from the Batman TV show from the 1960s, Dale Ingram told the two classes of science students that Batman's mother used to drive his school bus.

Little Grapplers win seven titles at Cheney tourney

CHENEY - A small contingent of the Sunnyside Little Grapplers wrestling team, just 20 in all, trekked to Cheney last Saturday to compete in a tournament.

Recreational opportunities in Sunnyside discussed at board's first meeting of year

Dorothy Aiken was elected chair and Robert Sarmiento vice chair of the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation board at the group's first meeting of the year Wednesday afternoon.

New interim city manager officially on board in Sunnyside

The city of Sunnyside has a new interim city manager this morning.

Wednesday, March 20

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Investing in SKILLS will help Americans get better paying jobs

Investing in SKILLS will help Americans get better paying jobs

FORUM

Thanks for attending soup, pie luncheons

Thanks for attending soup, pie luncheons

Airsoft games to be held this Saturday

The community is invited to come out for an airsoft fundraiser at the Sunnyside Airsoft field at 1900 Sunnyside-Mabton Road (behind Lava Rock Landscaping) this Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mabton High Vikings slip by Kiona-Benton, 3-1

MABTON - The Mabton boys soccer team last night struggled against the Ki-Be defense, but prevailed 3-1 at home.

Grandview blanks Selah in league opener

SELAH - Opening CWAC action last night in Selah with a win gives the Grandview boys soccer team a great start for the season.

Sunnyside High boys; Prosser/Zillah girls dominate invitational

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside Grizzlies, behind senior Eduardo Salmeron's three-victory effort, as well as a three-win performance by junior Elijah Pena, walked away with the lion's share of the first-place finishes in the boys events at yesterday's 34th annual Grandview Coed Track & Field Invitational.

Public consensus lacking, so far, on tax proposal

GRANDVIEW - Citizens here want more staffing at the Grandview Community Center. The question now is whether they're willing to pay for it.

OBITUARY

MARY JEAN PETERSON

MARY JEAN PETERSON

Tuesday, March 19

Familiar face is now Pacific Power regional community manager

Some people in the Lower Yakima Valley may remember Bill Clemens from the mid 1990s when he worked from the Sunnyside office that no longer is in operation.

Port considers move to expand on-site parking

The Port of Sunnyside is facing a pleasant problem these days in that traffic is picking up at Golob Landing with the arrival of Integrity Driving School.

Koreski aces No. 12 at Sunnyside golf course

Mark Koreski of Grandview picked up his first ever ace on the links this past Saturday, March 16.

Liberty Christian's one-two punch of Corbin, Lindquist too much for Knights

RICHLAND - From a fundamental standpoint, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team was doing all the right things in its season opener yesterday afternoon.

Gant's 8-over-par 80 leads Prosser over GHS

If nothing else, the Grandview High School boys golf team has been consistent in its two heads-up matches this spring. Last week at Ephrata and yesterday at home against Prosser, the Greyhound linksters tallied team totals of 509.

Not all Republicans 'Dream Act' advocates

Reflecting the split among Republicans in Olympia, local members of the party, too, are divided over HB 1817, known as the "Washington Dream Act."

Mabton paraprofessional named Regional Classified School Employee of the Year

Cynthia Cisneros, a special education paraprofessional at Artz-Fox Elementary School in the Mabton School District, has been selected as the Educational Service District 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year for 2013.

New ag director has Valley connection

OLYMPIA - Set to take office in little more than a week, Bud Hover is in transition mode as he prepares to become the 22nd director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Port eyes expansion for Bleyhl rail spur

Constructed a little over two years ago, a propane rail spur has proved so popular the Port of Sunnyside now wants to expand it.

Pope Francis energizing local Catholics

The first Pope selected from Latin America and the first Jesuit to be tabbed for the Catholic Church's top post.

OBITUARY

WARREN EDMUND HIGGINS

WARREN EDMUND HIGGINS

DEATH NOTICE

ROBERT HENRY SMITH

ROBERT HENRY SMITH

Monday, March 18

Loving Sunnyside Initiative spring event set for April 13

Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley's biannual Loving Sunnyside Initiative event will take place Saturday, April 13.

Sunnyside, Grandview tracksters fare well at Papa Wells invitational

MOXEE - Neither the Sunnyside nor the Grandview track and field teams brought home any first-place finishes from last Saturday's Eugene "Papa" Wells Invitational. Regardless, both the Grizzly and Greyhound tracksters held their own at the 34-school, non-scoring meet.

Grandview pulls out overtime victory, 3-2

OTHELLO - "In a game marred with some contentious refereeing decisions, it was the 'Hounds that emerged victorious in overtime," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden.

Grandview wins CWAC doubleheader

TOPPENISH - The Grandview baseball bats were warmed up after winning the first game of this past Saturday's double-header against Toppenish 9-1, giving the Greyhounds motivation to win the second game 22-8.

Mabton gets slice of $18 million energy pie

MABTON - Residents in Mabton will be able to see a little clearer after receiving a grant issued by Gov. Jay Inslee last week.

Spirit of Sunnyside awards draw full house

With a carnival theme backdrop, the Spirit of Sunnyside Awards Banquet last Saturday night honored a princess, a principal, a paper and a port official, among others.

OBITUARY

PAT SCHILPEROORT

PAT SCHILPEROORT

Friday, March 15

GUEST COLUMN

A conspiracy fact

A conspiracy fact

A Lenten tradition I've come to appreciate

A Lenten tradition I've come to appreciate

FORUM

Not a fan of local paper

Not a fan of local paper

Easter egg hunt in Sunnyside set for March 30

Sunnyside youngsters 12 years old and younger will be able to search high and low for Easter eggs filled with goodies at this year's Easter egg hunt at South Hill Park.

Mr. Grandview Pageant to be staged March 23

GRANDVIEW - The seventh annual Mr. Grandview Pageant will take place on Saturday, March 23, at Grandview Middle School.

Grandview churches share worship services

GRANDVIEW - It's not so much a merger as it is a meeting of the minds.

Police to crack down on dog owners

MABTON - At Tuesday night's Mabton City Council meeting, city clerk Ret Stewart told council members that of the many residents in town, just nine people have obtained dog licenses.

Rohman tops ladies field in golf play

Sunnyside's Lucille Rohman claimed top honors in Black Rock Creek 18-hole ladies play this past Tuesday.

Lady 'Hounds victorious against SHS girls

Except for a wild seventh inning, the Lady Greyhounds didn't allow the Lady Grizzlies to shine in last night's non-league fastpitch game hosted by Sunnyside.

SHS Grizzlies pummel Rams

What a difference a day off can make.

Is Washington's death penalty justice or revenge?

OLYMPIA - Is Washington state's death penalty for capital crimes justice or revenge?

Bills introduced to improve access to public lands

WASHINGTON, D. C. - Rep. Doc Hastings introduced three pieces of legislation this week to the House of Representatives that provide recreational access, tourism and fishing opportunities in Washington state.

Mabton School Board goes back to basics

With two of its five members appointed in just the last three months, the basics were in focus during the Mabton School Board's annual retreat held this past Wednesday in Sunnyside.

Firemen take 1,311steps for a cure to leukemia

SEATTLE - Area firemen climbed for a cure last Sunday at the annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb at the Columbia Center tower in Seattle.

OBITUARY

PAUL PAULAKIS

PAUL PAULAKIS

Thursday, March 14

Retreat focuses on progress being made by school board

Increased graduation rates, making sure students are ready for college, more parental involvement, improved class scheduling and bringing back a school librarian position.

School retirees urged to join local group

Any certified or classified employee who has worked in a school district in the state of Washington can join the Washington State School Retirees Association, whether they served as a superintendent, a school nurse, a teacher, a bus driver or in any other capacity.

Sunnyside native graduates from Perry Tech

YAKIMA - Isaias Ramirez of Sunnyside graduated from the Instrumentation & Industrial Automation Technology Program at Perry Technical Institute on Feb. 28.

Department of Ecology orders Sunnyside to investigate possible pesticide contamination

The Washington State Department of Ecology has drafted an order for the city of Sunnyside to conduct an investigation into toxic chemicals that were allegedly dumped on city property near the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

Hours of hard work pay off for Sunnyside science students

KENNEWICK - Last week the science projects so many Sunnyside students spent hours laboring over were transported to Columbia Center Mall for the Mid-Columbia Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

OBITUARY

GERARDO BAZALDUA

GERARDO BAZALDUA

Wednesday, March 13

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Now is the time to build the Keystone XL Pipeline

Now is the time to build the Keystone XL Pipeline

The bright sides of Extreme Maturity

Some fancy-dancy public-policy think-tank just released a brand-new study that speculates the legion of aging baby boomers will permanently redefine retirement. Mainly because so few of us will be able to afford to retire.

Down with daylight savings

The most confusing thing in the world for me is to convince my body that it's an hour later or earlier than it really is. Daylight savings is something I've never understood.

It's all in who you trust, says tragic crash survivor

PROSSER - "It's important to know whose hand you're holding," Phyllis Vavold of Nampa, Idaho told the Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection yesterday.

No more truck parking on city streets

GRANDVIEW - This past Tuesday the Grandview City Council approved an amendment to the city's parking ordinance, prohibiting large vehicles like semi trucks from parking on the streets in residential neighborhoods.

GHS girls host Prosser, Ephrata

The Grandview High School girls hosted 18 holes at Black Rock Creek Golf Course yesterday afternoon.

Vikings bury Naches with 11-1 victory

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings came out in full force last night, earning an 11-1 victory over Naches.

Transportation Benefit District approves use of funds for street projects

GRANDVIEW - Approximately $60,000 from Grandview's Transportation Benefit District will be used as matching funds for two pending street improvement projects slated for this year.

OBITUARY

COURTNEY DAVID ERICKSON

COURTNEY DAVID ERICKSON

Tuesday, March 12

Grandview teacher top tech educator in western states

GRANDVIEW - It takes a commitment to helping students pursue knowledge in technology through computers, robots and other resources to further their educational opportunities.

Sunnyside looking at outsourcing payroll, human resources operations

After listening to three presentations on payroll and financial services at Monday night's meeting, the Sunnyside City Council decided to request proposals while contracting with BIAS Software for month-to-month services.

Newhouse replaced as Washington's ag director

OLYMPIA - "It's not unexpected, but I certainly would like to have continued," is how Dan Newhouse describes the news today that he will be out as the state's ag director.

Little Grapplers win 10 individual titles at Sunnyside tourney

Of the 46 wrestlers this year on the Sunnyside Little Grapplers squad, 37 wrestled this past weekend at a tournament staged in Sunnyside. A total of 23 of the 37 grapplers placed in the top three of their respective age divisions and weight classes..

Greyhounds win rivalry match over Sunnyside, 2-1

GRANDVIEW - It was a close match throughout, but Grandview prevailed in yesterday's non-league rivalry match with Sunnyside by a score of 2-1 after a 5-4 shootout in overtime.

Road closure approved

A request to close Ninth Street at Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza on Monday, March 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for a military honors ceremony was approved by the Sunnyside City Council at Monday night's meeting.

Awards banquet in Granger slated for Saturday

GRANGER - The Granger Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet and silent auction on Saturday, March 16, in the Granger High School commons area.

SVID deems items surplus

In action last week, SVID deemed several items as surplus and approved them to be auctioned to the general public. The items include pick-up trucks, water trucks, a trailer and a tractor.

DEATH NOTICE

EVELYN M. COLGROVE

EVELYN M. COLGROVE

Monday, March 11

Local bar shut down after police say they discover handguns

Last Saturday morning at about 1:15 a.m., Sunnyside cops along with liquor control board officials conducted spot checks at Tequilas, located in the 500 block of South Sixth Street in Sunnyside. Officers say they located two handguns inside the establishment, in the back room of the bar, inside cases.

Two candidates file for seat vacated by Nick Paulakis

Two applicants, Francisco Guerrero and Galen Potter, have put in their names for the Sunnyside City Council position vacated by Nick Paulakis at the end of February.

Nuestra Casa celebrates 10-year anniversary

Nuestra Casa was the vision of one individual intent on providing educational services to immigrant women in the Lower Yakima Valley.

SHS Grizzlies searching for right mix on the pitch

MOXEE - Focusing as much or more on team chemistry than the final score, the 3A Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team played its first regulation match of the season last Saturday. The Grizzlies sustained a 1-0 non-league loss at 2A East Valley.

Grizzlies net three first-place finishes at Ike meet

YAKIMA - Getting into racing form and working out the kinks were the primary goals for the Sunnyside High School track and field team at last Saturday's season opener.

Walks do in Sunnyside girls at season opener

WAPATO - The Lady Grizzlies didn't fare well in their first outing of the season last Saturday, falling 5-2 to the Wapato Wolves and 4-3 to the Davis Pirates at the Wapato Jamboree. Both contests were shortened three-inning affairs.

Easter egg hunt to 'dye' for on tap March 30

GRANDVIEW - Area children will search high and low, under each nook and cranny, leg and peg, for that perfect egg on Saturday, March 30.

OBITUARY

REBECCA (BECKY) HILDERBRAND

REBECCA (BECKY) HILDERBRAND

Friday, March 8

Raising awareness about developmental disabilities a year-round task for the Arc

March is national developmental disabilities awareness month. But that's the goal year-round for Lower Valley agency the Arc.

Outlook couple praised for community spirit

Virgil and Susie Myers moving to Idaho

Virgil and Susie Myers moving to Idaho

Food handler's class to be held March 13

A food handler's class will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at 6:45 a.m. at Sunnyside's United Methodist Church, located at the corner of South Ninth Street and East Edison Avenue.

Shop supervisor recognizes being a good manager is helping develop skills of others

GRANDVIEW - When Coleman Rowland was laid off from his position at a locomotive re-build station, the welder wasn't certain about his future.

GHS to stage 'West Side Story'

GRANDVIEW - In the opening act, two rival teenage gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, dance through their conflict over who will control the neighborhood.

FORUM

What garbage account

What garbage account

GUEST COLUMN

My mother and father school the Senate

My mother and father school the Senate

Off the Record

Smokeless in Sunnyside

Smokeless in Sunnyside

DEATH NOTICE

RAMON AYALA JR.

RAMON AYALA JR.

Thursday, March 7

Gonzaga interns learn from Sunnyside High migrant students

The script was flipped earlier this week when a dozen Gonzaga University school counselor interns learned from Sunnyside High School students about progress at SHS.

Outlook man killed after allegedly pointing gun at police

An Outlook man is dead after allegedly pointing his gun at Sunnyside police yesterday. Sunnyside Police Department officials say at around 4 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, officers received a call reporting a man with a gun near the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue, next to TW Market.

Pole fire turns out the lights for nearly 900 customers

One Sunnyside-owned pet was prepped and ready to go for a minor surgery as the power went out yesterday near the Sunnyside Pet Health Clinic due to a pole fire in the 2200 block of East Edison Avenue.

Wednesday, March 6

Irrigation season around the corner

Irrigation water should be flowing to the Lower Yakima Valley by April 1, and that's no fooling.

Rotarians treated to sights of Antarctica

Sunnyside's Jeff and Erika Barrom last December traveled to Antarctica.

High school golfers hit the links for first outing of season

It was the first time out for Grandview, Mabton, Prosser and Sunnyside's high school golfers yesterday, providing the coaches an opportunity to see the youngsters in action on the links.

Special prom needs planners

PROSSER - Planning is about to start for this year's "Special Needs Prom," tentatively scheduled to be held Saturday, May 18, in Prosser.

Outlook couple to celebrate 40th anniversary

Joe and Donna Rodriguez of Outlook were married March 2, 1973 in Prosser, 40 years ago.

FORUM

Choose wisely

Choose wisely

WORDS FROM WASHINGTON

Protecting your identity and your privacy

Protecting your identity and your privacy

A world away, close to home

An era of new austerity and a nation turned upside down by turmoil within and without.

OBITUARY

LEONA MAE BYMA

LEONA MAE BYMA

DEATH NOTICE

DOROTHY KATHERINE DORRIS

DOROTHY KATHERINE DORRIS

Tuesday, March 5

Three candidates file for council vacancy

Three citizens have stepped forward and applied for the seat on the Sunnyside City Council vacated by Mike Farmer earlier this month: Dean Broersma, Sam Ramirez and Trish Combs.

A sober look back at many years of trials and triumphs

Grandview teacher announces etirement after 30 years with the district

Grandview teacher announces etirement after 30 years with the district

Viticulturist to discuss powdery mildew control

PROSSER - This month's grape fieldman's breakfast will be held at Café Villa, located at 602 Seventh St. in Prosser.

Port declines offer to manage airport

Given upheaval at city hall, Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night decided to decline the possibility of managing the Sunnyside Airport...for now.

PAID OBITUARY

ROSALIO ALVARADO

ROSALIO ALVARADO

DEATH NOTICE

JESUS R. GOMEZ

JESUS R. GOMEZ

Monday, March 4

SHS performance of 'Annie' a little flat

My expectations were high this past Saturday when I attended the Sunnyside High School production of "Annie."

Lady Knights fall to Wildcats in State 1B championship

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights made it to the championship game in the State 1B Hardwood Classic, but couldn't quite finish off the Colton Wildcats despite a very strong performance.

State champions!

SPOKANE - Just when it looked like Sunnyside Christian seemed poised to drop a nearly 20 point lead and a state title bid, Brandon Broersma came up big on the biggest stage to spark the Knights to the State 1B basketball title last Saturday night with a 44-36 victory over pesky Neah Bay in the championship game.

Local students work to increase Sunnyside's graduation rates

WAHINGTON D.C. - On average, students who are absent as little as 10 percent of the school year are said to be among the most likely to become a dropout statistic.

Misconduct investigation continues

One teacher resigns, second still officially on staff at Sunnyside High

One teacher resigns, second still officially on staff at Sunnyside High

OBITUARY

JAMES H. WHITIS

JAMES H. WHITIS

DEATH NOTICE

ALICE CRAWFORD LEVOLD

ALICE CRAWFORD LEVOLD

Friday, March 1

Weeding through public comment

YAKIMA - As a joke, Washington State Liquor Control Board chair Sharon Foster offered figurative "brownie points" for those who kept their comments under two minutes at last night's public forum on the implementation of I-502.

Schools, hospital sign health center lease agreement

Sunnyside Community Hospital will pay the Sunnyside School District $1 per year as per a lease agreement approved by the Sunnyside School Board last night.

Lady Knights win State tourney opener

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights are guaranteed at least fifth place honors in the State Hardwood Classic after defeating the St. John-Endicott Eagles, 52-37.

Killer Bs sting Kodiaks

SPOKANE - The Killer B trio of Alex Brouwer, Brian Broersma and Brant Bosma combined for 39 points to help the Sunnyside Christian Knights hoop team open with a victory yesterday at the State 1B boys basketball tourney.

Churches combine congregations

GRANDVIEW - Two Grandview churches have merged into one congregation. The first joint worship service is scheduled for this coming Sunday, March 3.

Artistry is in the blood for Show 'n Shine featured artist

Five years ago the selected artwork for the annual Show 'n Shine poster was designed by Sunnyside High School senior Jesus Mendoza, who had been designing artwork featuring cars since the sixth grade.

MAKING SENSE

Get out of the weeds

Get out of the weeds

Maybe the Russians are on to something

Maybe the Russians are on to something

OBITUARY

RICHARD ALEXANDER KIRK

RICHARD ALEXANDER KIRK

DEATH NOTICE

JUANITA FRANCES SCHMITT

JUANITA FRANCES SCHMITT