Stories for August 2004


Tuesday, August 31

Harle wins low net honors at PGA pro-am

EAST WENATCHEE - Black Rock Creek's Ron Harle tied for low net honors in amateur division #2 at last week's PGA pro-am event sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the Professional Golfers Association.

Swingers Nine results released

Results from Swingers Nine play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course have been announced.

Mother, two kids struck in hit-and-run

A 15-year-old Sunnyside boy has been charged with hit and run attended and second degree negligent driving. He is charged with hitting a mother and her two small children, one of whom was in a stroller.

S'side man faces attempted rape, burglary charges

A 24-year-old Sunnyside man is in Yakima for a preliminary hearing on charges of first degree attempted rape and first degree burglary.

Natural Selection Farms recognized for biosolids work

King County's wastewater treatment division was honored with a national seal of approval for its biosolids program, and among those listed as having helped the program achieve this prestigious goal was Sunnyside's Natural Selection Farms.

Meth, guns netted in routine traffic stop

A routine traffic stop, the result of a defective light on a vehicle, netted guns, crystal methamphetamine and a bundle of jewelry this morning.



Outlook Girl Scouts hold bridging ceremony

OUTLOOK - In six months the Daisy Scouts of Outlook Troop #397 completed what it takes most girls their age a year to complete.

Couples compete in weekly golf play

The winners in weekly golf play for couples at Black Rock Creek Golf Course have been announced for the month of August.

Monday, August 30

Sunnyside School Board Briefs


City approves insurance contracts

The Sunnyside City Council last week approved two insurance contracts.

Sunnyside teen gains better understanding about U.S. policy, politics at conference

WASHINGTON D.C. - For 10 days of his summer vacation Sunnyside High School senior Sean Meininger learned about United States policy and politics at the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.



Barb Kennedy finally calls it a day

After 38 years of going to work faithfully every day, Barbara Kennedy is finally calling it quits.

Heffron Road to be paved

Sunnyside Public Works Director Ken Ott had good news for the Sunnyside City Council last week.



Sunnyside Fire Department receives $131,599 FEMA grant

A $131,599 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant was awarded to the Sunnyside Fire Department last week. The grant is one of 8,000 awards worth nearly $750 million that are expected to be awarded over the next few months.

Friday, August 27

Sunnyside Chamber launches 'after-hours' program

In an effort to boost its image and to become better acquainted with its member businesses, the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is launching an "after-hours" program.

California congresswoman in town promoting Democratic platform

U.S. Representative Hilda Solis of California traveled north this week, spending two days touring the Yakima Valley, from Yakima to the Tri-Cities, promoting the Democratic platform and talking about presidential candidate John Kerry's plans for dealing with the rising costs of health care and education.

County commissioner stumps for votes

Incumbent Yakima County Commissioner Ron Gamache addressed members of the Sunnyside Republican Club Friday morning about the upcoming commissioner election.

Sunnyside School Board approves $50.1 million budget

Thursday evening, the Sunnyside School Board unanimously approved a $50.1 million budget for the 2004-05 school year. The newly approved budget is an increase over the $45.6 million budget school board members approved last year.

Raza Fest to showcase local talent

Everyday people with a special talent are invited to show off what they've got this weekend at the second annual Raza Fest set to take place in Sunnyside.

Miss Sunnyside Pageant tickets on sale Sept. 3

Tickets for the annual Miss Sunnyside Pageant will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Sept. 3, at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce office.

Hart Beat

Primary vote robs us of our rights

Primary vote robs us of our rights

Phillips embraces people, challenges

One personal attribute Miss Sunnyside Candidate Andrea Phillips is known for is how she gets along and wants to help people. But, Phillips, a 17-year-old Sunnyside High School senior, has been putting her people skills to an entirely new use lately.

Religious Reflections

Peace and progress

Peace and progress



Grant will be used to buy books, books and more books at Mabton library

MABTON - How much does $83,639 buy nowadays?

Guest Editorial

Meet Dino Rossi

Meet Dino Rossi

Entertainment Briefs


Thursday, August 26

Carpenter only Eastern Washington candidate in race for State Supreme Court position

Clarkston lawyer Gary Carpenter is the only Eastern Washington resident who has thrown his hat into the ring for a seat on the Washington State Supreme Court.

Citizens offered chance to voice opinions on road upgrade project

The city of Sunnyside is planning a major upgrade of South First Street, from the westbound I-82 off-ramp to Lincoln Avenue. Local citizens will be given an opportunity to voice their opinions about the project at an open house meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, Sept. 1.

City Council rejects Stockwell's plan for selling surplus property

Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell is going to have to go back to the drawing board with plans he had for making the city's ordinance regarding the surplusing of property more reflective of current state requirements.

Alsdorf one of six candidates running for State Supreme Court position

Robert H. Alsdorf is one of six candidates who have filed for position one in the race for Washington State Supreme Court.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Commissioners approve 20th amendment to agreement with jail architects

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved the 20th amendment to the agreement with the architectural firm working on the Yakima Valley Justice Center project.



World War II vet reounts memories

Sunnyside sailor recalls war times in the Pacific

Sunnyside sailor recalls war times in the Pacific

Wednesday, August 25

Storage units burglarized

Nine storage units in the 1200 block of South 11th Street in Sunnyside were broken into recently. Police are still seeking the owners of the items that were stolen. Investigating officer Melissa Rodriguez said she is having a difficult time tracking down the renters of the units.

SIED funds to help jump start wine and grape education center

GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Grape and Wine Education Center in Grandview is another step closer to completion, thanks to monies from the Supporting Investment in Economic Diversity (SIED) Fund.


Fill the Boot

Fill the Boot

Sunnyside ACT scores within national average

Even though only 24 Sunnyside High School juniors and seniors took the American College Test (ACT) this past year, the students' combined average on the test fell within the national averages, according to local school officials.

Teens sought for fire cadet program

Since February Sunnyside teens have been leaning first-hand what it means to be a firefighter. They have learned CPR and first-aid training and have been on ride-alongs to emergency calls.

Story Time

Choosing our leaders a difficult task

Choosing our leaders a difficult task

Suspected child molester arraigned

Genero Rosas-Perez, 29, of Sunnyside was arraigned Aug. 18, and officially charged with first degree child molestation in Yakima County Superior Court.

Sunday morning downpour downs Valley hop yards

Lower Valley hop growers woke up early this past Sunday morning to hear the snapping of hop poles just after dawn. The sudden weight created by an unseasonable rain storm on the vine-ripened Yakima Valley hops created enough strain to down seven hop yards, ranging in size from seven to 37-acre yards.

Lack of quorum sinks tonight's planning meeting

Tonight's Sunnyside Planning Commission meeting has been canceled.

County prepares for vehicle auction

Yakima County plans on surplussing more than 35 vehicles during an auction scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 25, at Heaverlo's Auctions, 1212 Keys Rd. in Yakima.

Guest Editorial

Don't mess up school year with alcohol and drugs

Don't mess up school year with alcohol and drugs

REC allocates $20,000 to four local groups

GRANDVIEW - Four Lower Valley organizations are now $5,000 richer thanks to the efforts of the Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (REC).

Tuesday, August 24

Council ponders ways to fund ambulance service

The discussion at Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting concerning the city implementing an ambulance utility fee went many different directions. But by the time everything was said and done, the Council reached a consensus of sorts that the public will eventually decide what kind of ambulance/fire department service it wants.

Denchel employees banding to help co-worker diagnosed with viral meningitis

For the past month, something has been missing at the Tom Denchel Ford dealership in Prosser, and that something is business manager and Sunnyside resident Jesse Villalobos.



Crack in sewer main leads to emergency G'view Council meeting

GRANDVIEW - All of the wastewater in Grandview at one time or another travels from the South Euclid Road pump station, under the Yakima River to the Grandview wastewater treatment plant. Wednesday, Aug. 11, crews at the local treatment plant noticed wastewater rising in the river during a routine check of the plant's back-up systems.

Support group meetings being held on Thursdays

GRANDVIEW - Support group meetings for caregivers of children with early attachment issues or fetal alcohol syndrome effects are now being held in Grandview on Thursday evenings.

Working Stiff

Real estate secretary no longer afraid to use computers

Real estate secretary no longer afraid to use computers

Steen regional teacher of the year

MABTON - Tamara Steen, an English teacher at Mabton Jr./Sr. High School, has been selected as Educational Service District 105's regional teacher of the year.



Monday, August 23

Dance organ delights seniors

Organ music was often heard throughout the streets of European countries in the early 1900s. But two world wars brought an end to the festive times provided by the dance organ.

Summer fire haze a concern for some in Lower Yakima Valley

Summer fires around Washington state have created hazy air conditions for most of the past two weeks. And for some, the high number of pollutants in the air have caused difficulty breathing. Those whose breathing is already compromised by illness, such as asthma or lung diseases, are most susceptible to increased risks during the hazy overcast caused by the forest fires.





Friday, August 20

Black Rock Creek golfers avenge 2003 'Ryder Cup' defeat to Mt. Adams linksters

Score one for the home team!

Tacitly Yours

Help, I'm suffering from Olympics-induced insomnia

Help, I'm suffering from Olympics-induced insomnia

Working Stiff

Ace Postal Center manager the adventurous type

Ace Postal Center manager the adventurous type

Arrests solve local burglary rash

The arrest of three juvenile males Thursday afternoon is believed to have solved a number of burglaries in Sunnyside over the past week.

Zillah winery hosts Leonardo exhibit

ZILLAH - It is fitting that paintings with titles like "Space Winds" and "Winds of Change" should be on display in a north Zillah gallery named for the area's "good air."

Kiwanians draw inspiration from Iron Man competitors

Several years ago Coach McCarthy of the Colorado Buffaloes was looking around a stadium filled with screaming fans and wondered what would happen if a stadium could be filled with men who came together to praise God.

Guest Editorial

Americans should be encouraged to arm themselves

Americans should be encouraged to arm themselves

Religious Reflections

Come join us for fellowship and food at annual Sunday picnic

Come join us for fellowship and food at annual Sunday picnic

Local inventor develops net to end car quandry

MABTON - Part-time landscaper and full-time father Vicente Mendoza, 25, has come up with an idea to help parents as they travel with small children.

London, Oxford and Legoland all part of Sunnyside family's English vacation

Spending 30 days abroad sounds like a long time, but it really isn't according to Maureen Allen of Sunnyside. She and her husband, Dr. John Allen, toured England last month as part of a cultural summer vacation they planned for their son, Nigel.


Sports physicals

Sports physicals



Miss Sunnyside candidate 2004

Pasillas sees the special side of people

Pasillas sees the special side of people

Winners at Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo announced

GRANDVIEW - The 2004 Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo in Grandview concluded one of its most successful runs in recent years earlier this week at the Country Park and Fairgrounds.

Palacios returns from national motocross race

With age and experience comes wisdom. Case in point, Damon Palacios of Grandview.

Entertainment Briefs


Heritage University celebrates milestone

TOPPENISH - Staff, students and friends of Heritage College gathered to celebrate as the four-year institution received its new recognition as a university.

Thursday, August 19



Police car damaged by fire

A Sunnyside police officer on his way to training this morning smelled smoke in his police cruiser and drove the vehicle to the Sunnyside Fire Department to be extinguished.

County awards demolition contract

Yakima County commissioners, during their Tuesday morning meeting, awarded a contract to Russell Crane Service, Inc. of Yakima for the removal and disposal of buildings on Riverside and Midvale roads, just outside of Sunnyside.

Grandview teen looks ahead to 2005 Presidential inaugural

GRANDVIEW - While most young people are eagerly awaiting the start of the new school year, Presidential Classroom Scholar Ashley Lara of Grandview is eagerly watching the presidential campaign between President George W. Bush and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

Andrus and Roberts ready to rebuild

A fire destroyed one of the warehouses at Andrus and Roberts Produce Company earlier this year. The owners of the Sunnyside business are getting ready to rebuild.

Bomb threat called in

CanAm Steel and Sun Building Systems were the targets of a bomb threat Wednesday morning.

1990 SHS grad stationed in Baghdad

A letter from their son's commanding officer both reassured and worried the Sunnyside parents of Air Force Capt. George Woodworth.

Grandview grads fulfill skydiving dream

RICHLAND- It started as two little girls' dream to celebrate their eventual release from high school.

Yakima County Briefs


Wednesday, August 18

Elerding grabs two top six finishes at Western Zone swim meet

We already knew his older brother Patrick can swim, but now Joey Elerding is making a name for himself as well.

Residency program focuses on training doctors for rural life

The process of becoming a doctor is a long, prolonged affair, and often times includes four years of medical school, plus an additional one or two years of post graduate training. However, this is not where training to become a doctor ends. Instead, doctors then must complete a residency, which for family practice physicians means an additional three years of training.

Sports Briefs




Kindergarten parent orientation evenings set

Realizing that the first day of school can be exciting and scary for the parents of kindergarten children, the Sunnyside Parent Information Resource Center is hosting a series of parent orientation meetings beginning Thursday, Aug. 19.

Fill the Boot fund-raiser Friday

Sunnyside Professional Firefighters Local #3542 and volunteer firefighters will be stopping cars at the intersection of Seventh Street and Edison Avenue, asking for money this Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Black Rock Creek team first place winners at PGA pro-am tourney

PENDLETON, ORE. - A five-man squad from Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course won the team competition this past Monday at a Central Washington chapter of the PGA pro-am tourney staged at Wildhorse Resort Golf Course.

Outlook troop doing its part to save Girl Scout Council

When Outlook Daisy Girl Scout leader Andrea Gatica learned that the Mid Columbia Council had to come up with $50,000 or face closure, she nearly fell over.

County OK's bond funding for S'side dairy

For the past few years Henry Oord of Oord Dairy has been thinking about expanding his operation. And recently, that expansion has begun to become a reality.

Tuesday, August 17

Community Calendar

4-calendar rev.

Science teacher Joyce Stark earns Albert Einstein Fellowship

For the first time since 1977, Joyce Stark won't be returning to her Sunnyside School District classroom when school starts up for the new year next week.

The Paper Tree opens to provide 'scrappers' with supplies

Taking their passion for scrapbooking and turning it into a business has been a dream come true for Martha Esparza and her aunt Carol Diaz.

Pangle lone applicant for school board seat

It looks as if Larry Pangle should be a shoo-in for a seat on the Sunnyside School Board.

Garcia newest Sunnyside councilman

Sunnyside Planning Commissioner Paul Garcia has been appointed to position #5 on the Sunnyside City Council.

Monday, August 16

Innovative pioneers stop off in Sunnyside on cross country trip

It's a story the late travel reporter Charles Kuralt would have loved. Three young men, all drops-out from corporate America, possessed by the idea of traveling cross country at the rate of 10 mph, are using as their mode of transportation a t-bar stuck atop a set of lawnmower-like wheels.

Curriculum developed detailing how Americans were forced from their homes and locked away in concentration camps

When Kara Kondo was a young girl she was taken from her home, forced to give up nearly all of her possessions and was escorted to a train by armed soldiers for a long trek to a concentration camp she would call home.

Man arrested on charges of imprisonment

Anthony Scott Snyder, 22, of Outlook was arrested by Yakima County Sheriff's deputies last Thursday night on charges of damaging a vehicle and unlawfully imprisoning a Spokane woman.

Suspect charged with child molestation

A 29-year-old Sunnyside man has been sent to Yakima County Jail, where he is awaiting a preliminary hearing on charges of first degree child molestation.

Friday, August 13

Schatz turns in low net round at PGA pro-am

PASCO - Bud Schatz of Sunnyside scored a first place finish at this past Monday's PGA pro-am tournament at Sun Willows Golf Course.

Knee excels at Junior Olympics

DES MOINES, IOWA - Katie Knee went into the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this month thinking that she would use the opportunity as a growing experience.

OMSI exhibit brings Jane Goodall's work to life

PORTLAND, ORE. - If it walks like a chimp, talks like a chimp and looks like a chimp, is it a chimp? Not necessarily...Sept. 28 the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will open "Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall," which gives visitors a chance to walk like a chimp, climb into a giant chimp nest and learn about primates.

Schuette new principal of Stanwood High School

A 17-year career in education in the Sunnyside School District came to an end at the beginning of August.

Food Fore Thought

Europe can't taste the future

Europe can't taste the future

Van de Graaf, Lesko 'triple threat' winners

The duo of Bill Van de Graaf and John Lesko won the "Triple Threat" competition at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past Sunday.

Sunnyside veteran headed back to Baghdad

Calling his short two-week leave from military service a "tease," Army National Guard Specialist Jesse Fierro is already headed back to Baghdad.

Entertainment Briefs





Lower Valley Hospice a blessing

Lower Valley Hospice a blessing



Hart Beat

I can master the art of waiting

I can master the art of waiting

Miss Sunnyside candidate: arts and crafts buff has plenty to smile about

It is rare you'll ever see Andrea Garcia without a smile on her face. There is good reason because Garcia has plenty to be happy about these days. She has a spot she loves on the Sunnyside High School cheerleading squad, she is involved with numerous school activities and taking up most of her time recently has been the Miss Sunnyside program.

Hospital receives grant for diabetes education

Sunnyside Community Hospital has received a $2,700 Rural Health Improvement grant from the Washington Health Foundation to implement a diabetes education program.

Community Calendar

4-calendar rev.

U.S. Senate candidate visits S'side, a big believer in regulatory reform

Who is Reed Davis? He will tell you, straight away, that he is the conservative in the race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Patty Murray.

Thursday, August 12

Grandview woman escapes injury in two-vehicle crash

TOPPENISH - A 38-year-old Grandview woman, driving a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer, was struck by an oncoming vehicle on State Route-22 last night. Somehow, she avoided injury.



Fire razes two Housing Authority apartments

Child playing with matches cause of Sunnyside blaze

Child playing with matches cause of Sunnyside blaze

Speaker notes fairs are a reflection of a community

GRANDVIEW - A fair, no matter where it's located, is more than just carnival rides and different food booths. Instead, it is a place where the community comes together to celebrate what makes the area special and unique.

Commissioners updated on Port'swastewater project

The Port of Sunnyside commissioners learned first-hand of the progress of the Sequence Batch Reactor (SBA) at the industrial wastewater treatment facility on Midvale Road Wednesday night.

Tribal police find lost tubers

PARKER - Early this morning (Thursday), rescue workers located three people who were reported missing after failing to return from an inner tube floating trip down the Yakima River near Wapato.

Wednesday, August 11

Vargas makes a splash at AAU Junior Olympic

DES MOINES, IOWA - Cristian Vargas had one goal when he went to the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa earlier this month. The goal for the 10-year-old Sunnyside swimmer was to make a name for himself and that is exactly what he did.

Rotary leader praises Sunnyside Noon Club's charity work

A story about a little girl's view of the seven wonders of the world was part of visiting Rotarian Derek Bottomley's message during his visit with the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club this past Monday.

Guest Editorial

Elections turn on turnout

Elections turn on turnout


Bush deserves our respect, support

Bush deserves our respect, support

$70,000 donation to Prosser hospital used to purchase 11 new defibrillators

PROSSER - A recent donation to Prosser Memorial Hospital will make it possible for the facility to purchase 11 new defibrillators, helping the local hospital standardize the care received by patients experiencing cardiac problems.

Open Mike

I've got too much on my mind

I've got too much on my mind

Fifth annual casino night scheduled for this Friday

Walking through the front door of the Sunnyside Senior Center this Friday evening will be like walking through a portal and finding yourself in glitzy Las Vegas.

1975 Sunnyside High grad tosses hat into Senate race

KENNEWICK - Brad Klippert of Kennewick, a 1975 Sunnyside High School graduate, has added his name into the hat as a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate race.

Tuesday, August 10



Sports Briefs


County approves agreement with state department of corrections

YAKIMA - This year, Yakima County could find itself housing as many as 50 inmates for the Washington State Department of Corrections, thanks to an agreement approved last week by Yakima County commissioners.

City puts a stranglehold on motorized scooters

The Sunnyside City Council enacted an emergency ordinance Monday night that immediately puts into effect special rules regulating the use of motorized foot scooters within city limits.

Big innings propel American League

Former players of the Lower Valley Men's Slowpitch Softball Association got together Monday night at SunnyView Park for a reunion game.

Commissioners approve revised right-of-way procedures

Last week, Yakima County commissioners approved revised right-of-way acquisition procedures for the Yakima County Department of Public Service.



New voting machines previewed at City Council meeting

Representatives from the Yakima County Auditor's Office were at Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting to make a presentation about changes the county will be implementing for the upcoming election season.

Monday, August 9



Granger woman claims giant soup ladle in menudo contest

GRANGER - A giant ladle, along with $200 in cash, were presented to Lupe Castro of Granger after her large crockpot of a spicy Mexican soup was deemed the best at the first annual Washington State Menudo Cook-off held in Granger this past Saturday.

Dr. Coke Smith full-time medical director at hospital

After being in private practice in Sunnyside for nearly 20 years, internal medicine specialist Dr. Coke Smith of Sunnyside will be stepping away from his private practice to be Sunnyside Community Hospital's full time medical director.

Grandview hoop tourney a slam dunk

GRANDVIEW - It has been a smashing success in Grandview for the last 11 years and this past weekend's annual Grand Hoops Fiesta 3-on-3 basketball tournament was no different.

Future teacher gained desire to work with kids as a teen city pool employee

Elementary education major Rachel Riojas learned of her desire to work with youth as a teenager working at the city pool.

Pacific Northwest Chile Festival attracts weekend crowds

With a new location slightly to the east of the former Maple Grove location, the Guerra family's Chile Festival still attracts more than 1,000 chile lovers to their two-day event.

Friday, August 6

1890's gold rush topic of Kiwanis meeting

Sunnyside attorney Steve Winfree recently returned from a five-day hike across the Chilkoot Pass in Alaska, a pass that was created in the 1890s as a way to get to the Yukon gold regions in Canada. He shared his 33-mile journey with the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Thursday morning.

Tacitly Yours

Regardless of the numbers, this girl is still an obsessive reader

Regardless of the numbers, this girl is still an obsessive reader

Miss Sunnyside candidate would like to argue for a living

Given her small physical stature, one could be a little taken back by Miss Sunnyside candidate Jamie Durbin's intent on wanting to argue in a courtroom some day. But, making a living as an attorney is exactly what the 16-year-old Sunnyside Christian High School junior wants to do.

Young teen's truck still missing

MABTON - The Salinas family of Mabton still has no word on who stole 13-year-old Angelo Salinas' pick-up truck early Wednesday morning.

Annual Prosser Wine and Food Fair offers new attractions

PROSSER - Want to sample some Singing Toad Late Harvest or Risky Business Ice wine?



Sunnyside City Council Agenda


Guest Editorial

Free market is the high road

Free market is the high road

Religious Reflections

A challenge to you

A challenge to you

Donation cans will aid man who had liver transplant

Friends and family members of Bobby Joe Hanson are encouraging Lower Valley residents to help him meet his medical expenses.

Entertainment Briefs


DVD links soldier to his family

Pictures of humvees rumbling through neighborhoods, soldiers dressed in fatigues surrounded by young children and palace-like buildings stripped of their elaborate decorations. These are the sights that greeted Dana Ortiz and her family.



Special needs children to be helped by hospital

Last week, the Sunnyside School Board approved an agreement with Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

District renews agreement with Sunnyside's Promise

The Sunnyside School Board renewed an agreement with the Sunnyside's Promise organization at last week's meeting.

Sharks hold season ending banquet

The Sunnyside swim team held its season ending banquet Thursday night at Central Park.

Update given on new middle school, concession stand

Sunnyside School District Executive Director of Business Dave Plesha provided the school board last week with a report on the progress being made at the new middle school. Plesha also updated the board on how the reconstruction of the concession stand at the high school is going.

Thursday, August 5

Murray's re-election campaign swings into the Valley Friday

"The mom in tennis shoes," who went on to represent Washington state in the U.S. Senate, kicks off her re-election campaign today and tomorrow.

State tells Mabton to not turn off the water

MABTON - Mabton city officials who have been shutting off the city water supply for short periods of time daily to conserve the precious resource have been told to leave the city's water supply on 24-7.

Gregoire bus tour leaves station today

The leading Democratic candidate for the Washington state governor's race will be in Eastern Washington today and tomorrow, Aug. 5-6.



Candidate withdraws from city council consideration

The field of candidates for the Sunnyside City Council seat vacated earlier this summer by Alex de la Cruz has narrowed by one. Friday, July 30, Michael Kantman withdrew his name from the running.

Sky high birthday wishes extended to 21-year-old Sunnyside woman

When planning her daughter's 21st birthday celebration, Pamela Kay Yarber of Sunnyside knew she needed to do something special.

Sunnyside city staff makes switch to four-day work week

The City of Sunnyside instituted new operating hours this week.

Our Valley and Beyond

Winchester home truly a mysterious marvel

Winchester home truly a mysterious marvel

School crosswalk volunteers needed

Are you looking for something to do with your spare time? Consider volunteering as a school crosswalk guard.



Disaster drill puts hospital staff to the test

Tuesday morning, Sunnyside Community Hospital medical personnel were dealing with the results of a bus-truck collision, with staff members responding as each new patient made their way through the emergency room doors.

Wednesday, August 4

Hess places twice at National Junior Olympic championships

EUGENE, ORE. - Annie Hess, who will be a senior at Bickleton High School this fall, made quite an impression at the National Junior Olympic Championships in Eugene, Ore., last week.

Van strikes horse, rider hospitalized

OUTLOOK - 45-year-old Ismael G. Diaz of Outlook was hospitalized last night after sustaining injuries when the horse he was riding was struck by a passenger van.

New women's store opens in Sunnyside

Juan Pascual's wife, Claudia, likes shopping. So in an attempt to keep his lovely wife out of the stores, Pascual joked that he decided to open Jireh Boutique in Sunnyside to curb his wife's shopping habits.

Bender fifth at PGA pro-am

YAKIMA - Jeff Bender, the club pro at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course, tied for fifth place honors in a PGA pro-am event staged this past Monday at Yakima Country Club.

Beyond The Norm-Mel

It's fair time

It's fair time

Working Stiff

Aparicio learns a lot working for the Port of Sunnyside

Aparicio learns a lot working for the Port of Sunnyside

Guest Editorial

Should we have faith in the government?

Should we have faith in the government?

Mabton teen's truck snatched by thief today

MABTON - The parents of 13-year-old Angelo Salinas of Mabton are asking Lower Valley residents to be on the lookout for their son's pick-up truck.

Hall winner of men's club event

Bob Hall of Sunnyside made up a two-stroke deficit this past Sunday, shooting a four-under 68, to win a Black Rock Creek Men's Club Association tournament.



Sweepstakes scam artist targets elderly Sunnyside woman

The Sunnyside Police Department is warning local residents to beware of any telephone callers who promise you a sweepstakes prize.

Tuesday, August 3

Lower Valley students holding steady when it comes to ITED

Students in the Lower Valley may not have scored as high as the state average when it comes to the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED), but students throughout the area are managing to keep their scores in line with not only other Lower Valley students, but the school's average in years past.

Jail trustees program benefits taxpayers

Some may be shocked to learn the amount of money jail trustees are saving local taxpayers.

Sunnyside School District's new director of learing formerly of Prosser

The Lower Yakima Valley is not a new and strange place to Gary Vegar.

G'view Council votes to spend $14,000 on lighting upgrades

GRANDVIEW - The lighting situation at the Grandview library has been a topic of conversation among city officials since Grandview City Council held a joint meeting with the library board in April. Monday night, Council voted to allot more than $14,000 to help alleviate lighting concerns at both Blehyl Community Library and the Grandview Police Department.

REC board approves use of funds to provide certified nurse training

Those people, young and old alike, who are interested in taking part in training to become a certified nurses assistant (CNA) will soon have another place to turn.

Remain vigilant...

Hastings tells Rotarians

Hastings tells Rotarians

National Night Out kick-off party draws large crowd

Lower Valley residents gathered at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center Monday evening for the annual National Night Out kick-off party.

Smith joins staff at Sartin Insurance

There is a new face at Ben Sartin State Farm Insurance at 1112 Yakima Valley Hwy. in Sunnyside. For the past month, new life and health specialist Sam Smith has been learning the ropes at the local insurance office.

Family-owned Tire Factory expands into new location

After three weeks in their new facilities, the Sunnyside Tire Factory staff still find themselves glancing around in awe of their new building in the 1400 block of Yakima Valley Highway.

Mabton 'Night Out' block party set for tonight

MABTON - The Mabton City Park in South Mabton will be the site for a community-wide National Night Out block party to be held tonight (Tuesday), according to local organizers.

Grandview City Council Briefs


Sharks second at championships

TOPPENISH - Despite not picking up a single point in the boys 14&U and 16&U events, the Sunnyside Sharks turned in a strong runner-up performance at this past weekend's Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championship Meet.

Monday, August 2

Host 'Hounds win Grandview tourney

GRANDVIEW - There's nothing quite like playing in the friendly confines of your own gym. Just ask the Grandview Greyhound boys basketball team.

Christian club meeting Aug. 16

PROSSER - "Hawaiian Holiday" is the theme of the Monday, Aug. 16, meeting of the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club.

School board seat open to applicants

Interested in setting policies when it comes to educating public school children in Sunnyside? If so, there is currently an opening on the Sunnyside School Board.

Sex ed classes to be scrutinized

The Sunnyside School Board decided at last week's meeting to establish a committee to review health, family life and sex education curriculum.

Sunnyside's objections to WASL to be heard by state leaders tonight

The Sunnyside School Board recently drew the attention of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson.



Shumway men's golf club winner Saturday

Ray Shumway of Prosser was on top of his game Saturday at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Grandview poultry barn damaged by fire

The roof of a 30x250-foot poultry barn was damaged by fire last Friday afternoon.

Plesha tearing up summer circuit

Sunnyside High School ace Danny Plesha has already established himself as a star of the tennis world in the 3A Mid-Valley League. But the Grizzly junior has also carved himself a niche in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) circuit.

GOP challenger for U.S. Senate seat makes campaign stop in Sunnyside

Questions about veterans benefits, renewal energy sources, immigration laws and even voter registration were levied at U.S. Senate candidate George Nethercutt of Spokane, who made Sunnyside a part of his campaign trail this morning.