News for Friday, December 19, 2014



Pressing issues with school district’s athletic facilities

Even though the Sunnyside School District’s athletic levy went down to defeat in last month’s General Election, the district still needs to deal with pressing issues with its facilities for student-athletes.

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Consent order work in progress for local dairies

More than 18 months ago the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inked a consent order with five Lower Valley dairies to address sources of nitrate contamination in the groundwater.

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Tis the season in Sunnyside’s schools

In a fundraiser for the Sunnyside High School leadership program’s Relay for Life team, Santa Claus (Fabian Torres) visited the school at lunch yesterday, Thursday.

Not everyone all that thrilled with governor’s budget proposal

Gov. Jay Inslee, yesterday declaring “…it is time to reinvest in Washington,” released the details on the nearly $40 billion, 2015-17 budget he is proposing for the state of Washington.

State health officials advise that flu shots will protect loved ones this holiday season

Fall and winter usher in holiday travel and gatherings that create an opportunity for flu and other viruses to spread. But, according to state officials, there’s still time to get vaccinated to help avoid getting the flu while spending time with loved ones and friends this holiday season.

Four teens arrested in connection with armed robberies

Three Sunnyside teenage males were arrested Thursday in Sunnyside in connection with a series of armed robberies that began in Yakima in late October.

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Ponying up for Christmas

Sunnyside’s Sierra Middle School associated student body is helping to make some area youngsters’ Christmas a little brighter, thanks to a donation of little stuffed ponies.

Theft, burglary in Grandview

Police in Grandview started the day yesterday (Thursday) with a report of a theft in the 300 block of Wilson Highway and a burglary report from the 600 block of East Third Street.

Sheriff deputies handle alarms

Yakima County Sheriff deputies handled nine calls from the Lower Valley yesterday (Thursday), including three automatic alarms.

Volunteer farmers sought

Small farmers and ranchers in the Yakima Valley are needed to help WSU researchers answer the question, “What do you know about environmental health terms and risks?”

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Silvestre Odon Olmedo Jr.


Rosendo E. Garcia


Honeyford on ways and means committee

Sen. Jim Honeyford was renamed as vice-chair of the Washington State Senate Ways and Means Committee when lawmakers met to decide who would lead committees in 2015.

Bickleton girls drop road game

The Bickleton High School girls basketball team just couldn’t overcome the height and speed of the Moses Lake Christian Academy team, losing 56-23 last night on the road.

Cheney Blackhawks too strong for Grandview High boys swim team

The Cheney Blackhawks came away with wins in all 11 of the events staged at Yakima’s Lions Pool earlier this week.

Moon, Kinney spearhead Sunnyside’s win over Cadets

Senior Makayla Moon and sophomore Megan Kinney came through big time yesterday for the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team.

Sunnyside grapplers boot Pirates, 56-20

Claiming 18 team points in the first three matches of the night sparked the Sunnyside wrestling team to a 56-20 victory at Davis yesterday in CBBN action.

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Lady Grizzlies dominate at double-dual

Benefitting from several forfeits, the Lady Grizzly wrestling team cruised to a pair of victories at a double-dual match at home Thursday night.

Mabton comes away with three titles at tourney

Although not all Mabton wrestlers fared as well as they would have liked at the Kittitas Express Wrestling Tournament this past Wednesday night, three came out on top.

‘Blue Mountain Spanish Sound’ concert Saturday, Dec. 27

WALLA WALLA – The 2014 Direct Current Concert Series will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 27, with a concert by Blue Mountain Spanish Sound at the Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla.

‘BBQ Flats’ open to public next summer

ELLENSBURG – BBQ Flats, a pine forest south of Ellensburg, will soon be open to public access.

Ballroom dance classes to start

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a six-week session of ballroom dance classes every Tuesday beginning Jan. 6, 2015, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center gymnasium, located at 812 Wallace Way.

Washington Shining Star Pageant Feb. 8

PROSSER – Young girls who are “differently-abled” are encouraged to participate in the Washington Shining Star Pageant to be held in Prosser on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.

Carriage rides available in Prosser tomorrow

PROSSER – With the idea of majestic carriage rides and a winter wonderland for all to enjoy during the holiday season, Prosser’s 7 Degrees Floral is hosting a special event to benefit local food banks tomorrow (Saturday).

Christmas Eve services

Christmas Eve candlelight services will be conducted at Bethany Community (Presbyterian) Church in Grandview on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m.

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Winter music

A Christmas prayer

There is a curious phrase we use in Hospice: Actively Dying. It sounds counter-intuitive. Isn’t dying passive, the waning of life force, the giving back of the breath God gave us at birth?

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1994: Sunnyside weightlifter one step from making Olympic team

A look back in time from the files of the Sunnyside Daily Sun News and Sunnyside Sun

A Sunnyside scoop for Santa

With Christmas just six days away, here’s what I’d like to see Santa bring Sunnyside this yule season:

Empty seats at the Christmas table

I’m writing one of my infrequent serious columns, because I realize there is more to Christmas than non-stop holly jolly mirth.

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Leave us all alone ...we can’t breathe!

The last words out of the mouth of strangling victim Eric Garner are actually a metaphor for how libertarians feel about the entire welfare-warfare state under which modern-day Americans have been born and raised.