Stories for July 2004


Thursday, July 29

Mabton school budget $9.1 million in 2004-05

MABTON - Mabton School District's new superintendent, Sandra Pasiero-Davis, attended her first Mabton School Board meeting Wednesday night, learning her budget for the coming year will be slightly smaller than last year's.

Historians want ice age floods path designated as national trail

Driving through Eastern Washington it is difficult to ignore the ever changing landscapes - the canyons, buttes and ridges that make the area so distinctive.

Federal grant will upgrade Mabton firefighting gear

MABTON - New firefighting equipment and portable radios for use in the field are among the items the Mabton Volunteer Fire Department will be purchasing with a $25,968 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

Visiting Dolphins fall to S'side Sharks

"Not in my house" could have easily been the call of the Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team last night. Defending their home turf, or in this case their home pool, the Sharks dunked the visiting powerhouse Selah Dolphins by a 425-384 score.

Four Lower Valley residents injured in crash

Three Granger residents and a woman from Sunnyside were injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday evening along the Columbia Gorge.

Fire displaces S'side family

Wednesday afternoon, the Sunnyside Fire Department responded to a fire that displaced a family in the Sunnyside Housing Authority housing complex at 1520 S. Sixth St. in Sunnyside.

Counterfeit $10 bills passed at local business

The assistant manager at the Dollar Tree in Sunnyside managed to confiscate two counterfeit $10 bills Tuesday evening.



Wednesday, July 28

Guest Editorial

Counterfeiting is costing Americans jobs

Counterfeiting is costing Americans jobs

Sports Briefs


Public invited to clown around

GRANDVIEW - A Lower Valley Clown Association meeting will be held Thursday, July 29, in Grandview.

Zillah resident newest addition to farm network

Since 2002 the Washington State University Farm Family Support Network has been helping farm families throughout the state, acting as an impartial third party and helping families tackle different issues that come down the pike.

Syverson second at PGA pro-am

RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Jack Syverson notched a second place finish this past Monday at a PGA pro-am event staged at Meadow Springs Country Club.

Reflections of visits from the White House

Life has become very interesting lately. Life has always been interesting, but it gets more so with each passing moment.

Washington state politicians respond to convention remarks

Fourth District United States Congressman Doc Hastings and Eighth District United States Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn were selected to lead the Republican response in Washington state to the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Working Stiff

Grandview woman finds her calling as children's pastor

Grandview woman finds her calling as children's pastor

Open Mike

Reflections of visits from the White House

Reflections of visits from the White House



Sharks chew up Tarpons, 560-269

TOPPENISH - Sunnyside's summer swim team found the Toppenish pool, the site of this coming weekend's championship meet, to its liking last night.

Water shortage exists in Mabton

MABTON - As the water pressure in Mabton continues to drop, the tempers in the small community are on the rise.





Tuesday, July 27

Hazzard chosen as Yakima Federal branch manager

Since mid-June Debbie Hazzard has been sitting behind a new desk at Sunnyside's Yakima Federal Savings and Loan. Hazzard was recently named the new branch manager, replacing Paul Erickson, who is now managing the Kennewick branch of the bank.

Vice President stumps for Rossi

KENNEWICK - As the Democratic National Convention was preparing to open its nearly week long convention of naming a candidate to unseat President George W. Bush, in Boston, Vice President Dick Cheney was in the Tri-Cities Monday afternoon stumping for Washington Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi.

Selection of new city councilman scheduled for Aug. 16

The seven civic-minded candidates who have stepped forward to claim a Sunnyside City Council vacancy will have just 10 minutes to impress the Council.

Steer clear of summer heat dangers

With Yakima Valley temperatures soaring into the 90s and even higher during the past week, the temperatures inside a car can exceed 125 degrees in as little as 20 minutes.

Dispelling vaccination myths

by Dr. Tim Thompson

Kids learn to quilt

Each noon hour for the past three weeks, drop-ins at the Sunnyside Community Center have been learning a truly American art form.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Palomarez works on outreach efforts for Planned Parenthood

For just a little over a month, Peggy Palomarez has been working to acquaint herself with Planned Parenthood and the myriad of different services the organization provides. Palomarez has been learning the ropes, preparing for her new position as a community service outreach nurse for the Lower Valley.

Monday, July 26

Seven seek de la Cruz's vacated city council seat

Community activism is alive and well in Sunnyside. Seven local residents met last Friday's deadline in submitting their applications to be chosen as Alex de la Cruz's replacement on the Sunnyside City Council.

Working Stiff

Woman's career change leads to new passion

Woman's career change leads to new passion

Four injured in Sheller Road wreck

A two-car pile-up at Sheller Road and SR-241, just outside the Sunnyside city limits, sent four people to area hospitals this past Saturday afternoon.



Friday, July 23



Tacitly Yours

Caller ID makes dialing wrong numbers a little more embarrassing

Caller ID makes dialing wrong numbers a little more embarrassing

More Forum


Sunnyside teen alternate to WJGA state championship

WALLA WALLA - Close, oh so close. That's what Sunnyside's Kevin Lick had to be feeling this past Tuesday at the Washington Junior Golf Association (WJGA) District 4 Championship.

Brown Sox tourney champs

WENATCHEE - Sunnyside's KFC/A&W Brown Sox got off to a slow start last weekend, but rallied hard down the stretch to win the Powerball V Men's Slo-pitch Softball Tournament.



Decorative fan blade maker Kiwanians' guest

Selah artist Jeff Hoppis found a calling in creating fine arts.

Sunnyside City Council Briefs


Annual chile festival to be held at Guerra farm's new location

The schedule of activities will be the same, only the location has been changed for the 10th annual Pacific Northwest Chile Pepper Festival.

Lower Valley National Night Out kick-off event set for Aug. 2

Wednesday nights for the past month have been a flurry of committee meetings centered on organizing the annual Lower Valley National Night Out kick-off.

Science enthusiast vying to represent community at Miss Sunnyside

Science is one field Miss Sunnyside candidate Megan Cornelius excels in right now. But the 17-year-old Sunnyside High School senior most desires to study the science of the mind.

Guest Editorial

Why can't we buy health insurance on-line?

Why can't we buy health insurance on-line?

North Avenue carport construction request approved

Guadalupe Munoz of Sunnyside has the city's go-ahead to construct a carport adjacent to his home in the 300 block of North Avenue. The approval was given without comment Thursday morning.

New Port finance officer brings human resource experience

Three days before M'liss Bierlink planned to leave her position as the Port of Sunnyside finance officer, her replacement began to learn the ropes.

Entertainment Briefs


Fairy tale adventure to be staged by young thespians

Twelve young actors will be taking the stage to perform Funny Sunny Fairy Tales Friday, July 30, as part of the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation summer children's theater program.

Voters' choice initiative qualifies for Nov. ballot

A people's initiative demanding voters be given a choice of candidates for partisan offices has received enough signatures to be placed on the 2004 General ballot.

Religious Reflections

Where is the happiness?

Where is the happiness?

Thursday, July 22

South First Street project hits a snag

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night learned of a possible delay concerning the start of the mammoth South First Street reconstruction project.

New construction in Sunnyside totals $2.8 million in June

Many residents of the Sunnyside Housing Authority will soon have a place to sit and relax in the shade during the hot summer days. For the past month, the Housing Authority has been working to build covered patios and locking outside storage areas for 40 of the units located along Federal Way.

Sunnyside Civil Service Commission amends lay-off rules for fire department

The Sunnyside Civil Service Commission last night changed the rules to how a personnel reduction will be handled by the Sunnyside Fire Department.

Kirkland storyteller touts the lives of America's female heroines

Standing before a room full of tiny listeners, storyteller Debbie Dimitre spins her tales of the lives of three famous Native American princesses.

Vehicular homicide charges pending in Shifflett's death

Gerardo Maciel of Toppenish, who is believed to be responsible for the crash that killed Sunnyside resident Ronnie Shifflett last Friday night, was arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 21

Maciel held on $500,000 bail in Shifflett death

Gerardo R. Maciel, 43, of Toppenish, the alleged driver of the van that last Friday evening struck and killed a bicyclist, 54-year-old Sunnyside resident Ronnie Shifflett, is scheduled to be arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court this morning (Wednesday).

Beyond The Norm-Mel

I want a nephew for my birthday

I want a nephew for my birthday

Bickleton School Board approves $1.5 million operating budget

BICKLETON - The Bickleton School Board approved an operating budget of $1,565,143 for the 2004-05 school year, which is the same amount of money the small school district spent last year to educate the community's children.

Sharks rally late to clip Prosser, 424-408

Trailing the visiting Prosser Piranhas by four points heading into the final event of the night, the 200-meter individual medley, Sunnyside's summer swim team gutted it out down the stretch and rallied for an exciting 424-408 victory Tuesday evening.

Guest Editorial

U.S. Senate needs Mike Ditka

U.S. Senate needs Mike Ditka

Highway name change pitched to city leaders

Sunnyside Inc. Executive Director Marshall Doak stepped before the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night to discuss a proposal of changing the name of Yakima Valley Highway.



Sunnyside school hosts parenting workshop

An important thing to remember when it comes to parenting is that there are no dysfunctional families. That was one of the messages delivered by Fran Love, a parent educator, led a workshop for parents Tuesday night at Pioneer Elementary School.

Veterans' medical care American Legion convention topic

BELLEVUE - The state of medical care at Washington's veteran medical centers was among the topics debated at the 86th annual Department of Washington American Legion convention held in Bellevue last week.

Tuesday, July 20



Lick competes at USGA public links sectional qualifier

SACRAMENTO - Kevin Lick of Sunnyside is no stranger to pressure golf. A senior at Sunnyside High School this coming fall, he's already played in three WIAA Class 3A State Golf Tournaments.

RE/MAX barbecue, ice cream social to benefit local kids

The barbecue is free, but Tom Biehl, owner of RE/MAX First Advantage located on Yakima Valley Highway, is hoping those who attend will donate money to help local children with special needs.

Gonzales Housing Authority board member

Jesse Gonzales received the full support of the Sunnyside City Council Monday night to serve on the Sunnyside Housing Authority Board of Directors.

Public comments at Council meetings to be limited

The Sunnyside City Council agreed this past Monday night to a change in procedures for its meetings.

Men assaulted, robbed today

TOPPENISH - The Yakima County Sheriff's Department is investigating the assault of two men, one from Granger, that reportedly occurred early this morning (Tuesday).

Port of Sunnyside Briefs


Yard sale benefit planned for Shifflett family

Saturday morning, Gale and Cris Owsley plan to host a community yard sale, hot dog sale and bake sale to help benefit the Shifflett family.

City Council cuts meetings to two a month

Most of the Sunnyside City Council members have agreed to try a new format for their monthly meetings. The lone exception this past Monday night was Mayor Pro-tem Mike Farmer, who wasn't too keen on what was being suggested.

Grandview City Council Briefs


Yakima attorney is Superior judge candidate

Yakima attorney Blaine Gibson has announced he will seek the Yakima County Superior Court position currently being held by Judge Heather Van Nuys.

Hospital purchases new tool to aid heart patients

Sunnyside Community Hospital's Nuclear Medicine Department has a new camera, which hospital officials say will help doctors better diagnose heart disease.

Monday, July 19

Sunnyside volunteer struck, killed by motorist

Sunnyside resident and community volunteer Ronnie Shifflett, 54, died Friday night after he was struck by a 1987 Ford Aerostar van in the 200 block of North Avenue in Sunnyside.

New Mabton superintendent looks forward to interpersonal contact with students, parents

MABTON - Making a full circle in her career, Sandra Pasiero-Davis is returning to make close contact with students and parents.



Sharks churn through Neptunes

GRANDVIEW - A computer printer breakdown last Thursday evening kept the results of the Sunnyside vs. Grandview meet up in the air. But late Friday morning, the Sharks learned they had handily bested the Grandview swim team, 515-296.

Grandview City Council cancels Aug. 16 meeting

GRANDVIEW - The City of Grandview recently announced that the Aug. 16 meeting of the Grandview City Council has been canceled due to lack of quorum.

The house that ammunition boxes built

GRANDVIEW - Walking into the garage it is easy to mistake the boxes lining the walls as a complex system of shelves that runs from floor to ceiling. Instead, the "shelves" are ammunition boxes made in the mid-1940s and were used as construction material to build the exterior walls of the Grandview home recently purchased by Rene Pedraza.

Cascade Natural Gas to upgrade meter reading system

Over the coming weeks the nearly 7,000 Cascade Natural Gas customers in the company's local seven-city district will be receiving a major upgrade in technology.

Chase takes the helm of the Grandview School District

GRANDVIEW - It has only been a few weeks since Kevin Chase moved into the Grandview School District and started his new position as Grandview superintendent. However, since taking on the position July 1, Chase said he has been busy working to learn the history and the traditions of the Grandview School District.

Westside church lends S'side church a constructive hand

A 100-year-old Sunnyside building was given a new lease on life last week, thanks to the efforts of a group of enthusiastic Westsiders.

Friday, July 16

Hess qualifies for National Junior Olympic track and field championship

Annie Hess has pretty much excelled in anything she has attempted. The Bickleton High School senior to be can add one more item to her already impressive resume.

Planning Commission schedules public hearing to establish city zoning definitions

The Sunnyside Planning Commission, meeting this past Wednesday night, agreed to set a date for a public hearing to consider more additions to the city's zoning ordinances. The public hearing will be held at the August meeting of the Planning Commission at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center, Homer Avenue.

Food fore Thought

One of agriculture's agonizing hypocrisies

One of agriculture's agonizing hypocrisies

Lick, Schutt earn berths to WJGA district tourney

A pair of high school seniors to be this fall, Kevin Lick and Andrew Schutt, have both qualified to compete next Monday and Tuesday at the Washington Junior Golf Association (WJGA) District 4 Championships.

Citizen feels minutes should be amended

Bob Leeds came before the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night asking the governing body to formally amend its meeting minutes of June 14.

Miss Sunnyside candidate: Alvarez wants to reach for new heights

Basketball has become a passion for her, but Miss Sunnyside candidate Vanessa Alvarez wants to jump through some new hoops.

USDA Rural Development at work in the Lower Valley

Although the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development office shares a logo with the branch of the USDA that deals with things like setting agriculture regulations and overseeing meat inspections, that isn't what rural development is all about.



Couples compete at S'side course

Results from the last three Wednesdays in couples play at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course have been announced.

Sunnyside grad ready to ship out...again

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - Sunnyside's Scott Carlson was 22 years old when he decided it was time to gather his things together and enlist in the Marine Corps.

R.E. Powell takes over Lower Valley Maid O'Clover stores

R.E. Powell Distributing in Grandview is taking over management of two Maid O'Clover stores, one in Grandview and one in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside man, found dead in canal, believed murdered

A Sunnyside man was found dead in the Roza Canal Thursday morning near SLI and Bethany roads.

Young Marine leaves battlefields behind

At age 22, Raul Vidaurri has already seen the world. He has climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan and spent a week in Spain. He has also spent time in the war fronts as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Entertainment Briefs


Planning Commission candidates' requirements clarified

The Sunnyside Planning Commission wants to clarify the residency requirements to be used as qualifiers for considering future commission members.

Hart Beat

Civic-minded Sunnyside women, now's your chance

Civic-minded Sunnyside women, now's your chance

Religious Reflections

Changing times, challenging times

Changing times, challenging times

Planning Commission OK's six-year road improvement plan

Keeping up with street improvements takes a lot of long-range planning, according to Sunnyside City Engineer Jim Bridges.

'Rip, Roarin' Fun' will be had at this year's Grandview fair

GRANDVIEW - The Wenatchee Youth Circus, the "biggest little circus in world" featuring clowns and entertainment for the whole family, will set the tone for the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Aug. 11-15 at Grandview Country Park.

Doctor released on own recognizance

Dr. John H. Dumbolton of Sunnyside refused extradition in Yakima County Superior Court and was released on his own recognizance Wednesday, July 14.

Thursday, July 15



Swinger's Nine results announced

The results are in from the last month in Swinger's Nine play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Fund-raiser planned for transplant patient

PROSSER - The friends and family of Joe Hanson, originally of Sunnyside, will be hosting a fund-raising yard sale this weekend.



Grandview City Council Briefs




Syverson to play for NAIA Division I school in Montana

Carly Syverson was a sensation on the hardwood for the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team. Now the 2001 local graduate is taking her game to the floor of Carroll College in Helena, Mont.

Civil service commission meeting lacks quorum

The Sunnyside Civil Service Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. was canceled due to a lack of a quorum.

Grandview campus welcomes new dean

GRANDVIEW - Lower Valley students attending summer courses at the Yakima Valley Community College Grandview campus were probably surprised to see this past Monday a new dean.

State leaders unhappy S'side School Board outspoken

Local directors seek alternative to WASL testing

Local directors seek alternative to WASL testing

S'side Planning Commission approves three annexation requests

After waiting more than two years to become a part of the City of Sunnyside, Gordan and Rhoda Giffen of McLean Road may finally get their wish.

City manager details changes being made here at Kiwanis meeting

New Sunnyside City Manager Robert Stockwell spoke to members of the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club Thursday morning, discussing issues such as a shortened work week for city employees to the ambulance service.

Parenting workshop offers insights into children's behaviors

"Growing up Again," a special workshop about parenting and child development, will be offered Tuesday, July 20, at Sunnyside's Pioneer Elementary School.

Landscaping ordinance workable, according to Sunnyside Inc. director

Admittedly, when the City of Sunnyside began the process of trying to adopt a landscaping ordinance for the community three years ago, the result ended up being a mess. Community members were presented with a small book detailing landscaping requirements that many didn't understand.

Engineering firm picked for wastewater treatment plant design

The price tag is rather hefty, but the Sunnyside City Council opted to move forward this past Monday night with the hiring of an engineering firm to complete the design of upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant.

Wednesday, July 14

City Council tables sheriff's sales tax proposal

Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin has a plan to generate additional revenues for the county and cities to combat funding problems with law and justice. While Irwin sees his proposal to implement a 3/10th of 1 percent sales tax in Yakima County as a viable solution, the Sunnyside City Council sees things a bit differently.

Automatic bill paying coming to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Paying your water bill will no longer necessitate a trip to city hall or the expense of a stamp. This fall, Grandview residents will have the option of having their utility bill automatically debited from their checking account.

WWII explosives found in Columbia Ave. home

A man cleaning out the basement of his father's Sunnyside home Tuesday found World War II explosives and, not knowing if they were live, he called the Sunnyside Police Department.

Naches swimmers no match for Sharks

In what has to go down as one of the most lopsided victories ever in Mid-Valley Summer Swim League action, the Sunnyside Sharks dominated the Naches Barracudas last night, 624-182.

Blake third at PGA pro-am

PENDLETON, ORE. - Buzz Blake of Prosser, representing Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course, scored a third place finish this past Monday at a PGA pro-am event staged at the Pendleton Country Club.

Schutt 16th at junior tourney

WALLA WALLA - Andrew Schutt of Sunnyside, who will be a senior at Sunnyside Christian High School this fall, tied for 16th place honors at the 2004 Banner Bank Junior Invitational Golf Tournament.

Open Mike

Sunshine Days draws little interest

Sunshine Days draws little interest

Mabton residents asked to conserve water

MABTON - Mabton residents are being asked to conserve water during the coming dog days of summer.

Community center topic of discussion

Antonio Santoy, who represents the City of Sunnyside on the board of directors of the Sunnyside Community Center, stepped before the Sunnyside City Council Monday night.

Guest Editorial

We need to position ourselves for the future

We need to position ourselves for the future

Hall top finisher in Black Rock Creek President's Cup play

Bob Hall Jr. bested the field this past weekend in 2004 President's Cup play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Rodeo arena back in business

PROSSER - Rodeo has always been a way of life for Prosser resident Marnie Gibbs. Growing up she remembers helping her mother do the secretarial work for the events and said her father has been providing stock for rodeos for years.



Grandview Chamber office moves into downtown location

GRANDVIEW - For the past month the Grandview Chamber of Commerce and the organization's one employee, Karla Baker, have been getting used to some new surroundings. June 6, the Grandview Chamber of Commerce moved its office from the Budget Car and Truck Sales building on Stover Road to a space downtown.

Doll-maker says dolls aren't just for kids

Deborah Clark believes you're never too old to have dolls.

Tuesday, July 13

Selection of new Council member to be open, public

Sunnyside residents have a little less than two weeks to submit their application to fill the vacant spot on the Sunnyside City Council.

Sunnyside doctor apprehended on unpaid child support charges

Patients of Dr. John H. Dumbolton had problems seeing the physician today (Tuesday).



Bronze "S" located in Sunnyside

Sunnyside Police Sgt. Preston Kelley had just returned from vacation at the end of June when he saw that the statue of Ren Ferrell had been vandalized. The "S" on the end of the branding iron had been removed from the bronze.

Grid Kid program to have sign-ups Wednesday

The Sunnyside Grid Kid football program will be holding sign-ups Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in front of the Sunnyside High School football field.

Sunnyside native makes foray into the real estate market

When Sunnyside native Cecelia Torres purchased a house from Prudential agents Dan Churchill and Isabel Bedolla-Roos, she knew she had found a field in which she was interested.

Council approves $15,500 expenditure for aquatics center project

GRANDVIEW - When Grandview City Council met three weeks ago it approved spending almost $12,000 to make improvements to the pathway that surrounds Dykstra Park.

Monday, July 12

Bienstar helps Lower Valley families get back on their feet

By 7:30 a.m. most mornings the halls of the Bienstar Transitional Housing center are quiet.

Yakima Fair commercial vendors sought

GRANDVIEW - Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo organizers are seeking commercial vendors to display their products at the five-day Lower Valley event to be held Aug. 11 through 15, at the Wallace Way fairgrounds in Grandview.

Council rakes over issues at retreat

What to leave off the plate and what to go after head-on was a point of major discussion by the Sunnyside City Council at its retreat last Thursday at Whistlin' Jack Lodge.

City manager announces staff reorganization

At last Thursday's Sunnyside City Council retreat at Whistlin' Jack Lodge, Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell announced some reorganization of staff within city hall.

Sunnyside girls win Yakima River League title

It is always nice to win a league title, but it is a bit sweeter when a team does it with an undefeated season.

Car drives into local grocery

A car went crashing through the front window and into the East Edison Food and Deli, located at the corner of Edison Avenue and 16th Street, at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Sharks finish second at Toppenish invite

TOPPENISH - The Sunnyside Sharks swim team placed second at the annual Toppenish Invitational this past weekend.

Sun Valley finishes sixth at Selah tournament

SELAH - It was rough outing for the pitching staff of the Sun Valley 16-to-18-year-old baseball team at the eight-team Selah tournament. Sun Valley finished sixth at the four-day tournament.

Storage building destroyed by fire

GRANDVIEW - A metal storage building at 2811 Bethany Road was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.

Friday, July 9

Tacitly Yours

Looking for a little inspiration

Looking for a little inspiration

Briefly in Entertainment


'Atta boys' all around

The late Ginger Steffen, a long-time editor of the Daily Sun News, was fond of handing out praise to hard-working community volunteers which she termed "atta boys!"

City hall to be closed on Friday

Starting in about a month, the Sunnyside City Hall will be closed every Friday.

Hydroplanes get ready to rip through the Tri-Cities

TRI-CITIES - Next weekend the shores of the Columbia River will be crowded, as fans gather to watch brightly painted unlimited hydroplane boats reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour as they compete for top prizes at the annual Budweiser Columbia Cup.

Missing animals common in Lower Valley

Riggs' Lucky Penny lived up to her name this past week.

Sharks splash down on the Whales

WAPATO - The Sunnyside swim team built an early lead that Wapato couldn't overcome last night as the Sharks went on to beat the Whales 457-356.

Entertainment Briefs


Parks and Recreation Briefs


Sunnyside City Council Agenda


Council to meet twice per month

During the retreat at Whistlin Jack Lodge Thursday, the Sunnyside City Council agreed to reduce the number of meetings it holds each month.

25-year-old arrested after mall confrontation

Javier Cervantes Trejo, 25, was arrested by the Sunnyside Police Department July 4, and initially charged with assault in the second degree and for possessing a stolen firearm.



Thursday, July 8

Pasiero-Davis sworn in as new Mabton superintendent

MABTON - A new superintendent begins work in Mabton today.

Grandview resident set to serve as principal of Nicaraguan school

GRANDVIEW - Today marks Grandview resident Narlly Solano's first full day in Nicaragua. The 22-year-old Pasco elementary school teacher is in the Central American country serving as the new principal and administrator of a school that was built with help from Compassion In Action.

Travel to China an adventure in history and culture

When Sunnyside's Howard and Ruth Rogers decided to make China the next destination on their list of countries to visit, they didn't know what to expect. Armed with stories of primitive accommodations, they were pleasantly surprised when they arrived in Beijing and found an "ultra-modern" city with all of the amenities.

The Outpost will soon be only Greyhound stop in the Valley

The end of next month will bring an end to Greyhound bus service in several Lower Valley locations. Effective August 18, Greyhound Lines Inc. will introduce a new route structure and schedule, which will mean buses will no longer stop in communities such as Grandview, Prosser, Toppenish, Wapato and Goldendale.

Vacation Bible School Briefs


Sunnyside man arrested in Tuesday night murder

Keith Wayne Sherrill, 57, whose reported address is 6241 Van Belle Rd. near Sunnyside, will be arraigned Friday on murder charges connected to the death of his 39-year-old companion, Teresa Lynn Hilton.

Shed fire causes $18,000 in damage

GRANDVIEW - A Wednesday morning shed fire at 204 Elm St. in Grandview caused $18,000 worth of damage.

National Night Out planning begins

Plans are now underway for this year's National Night Out (NNO) celebration to be held Aug. 2 and 3, in Sunnyside.



Wednesday, July 7

Hospital golf tourney Aug. 7

The Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation will be holding its annual golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 7, at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Sharks power past Tarpons

The defending Mid Valley League swim champion Sunnyside Sharks reconvened from the Fourth of July break well rested.



Emergency crews note Fourth of July quiet in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Things were quiet for emergency crews in Grandview over the Fourth of July holiday. Grandview is one of the few Yakima Valley communities where fireworks are not outlawed.

City Manager brings his philosophies to Daybreak Rotary

Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell has spent approximately 27 years in city management, and in that time he has worked in five states, two of them twice.

Sunnyside 58th largest city in the state

The number 58 may not seem that impressive, but Sunnyside residents should be boasting about that number.

Mabton School Board to name new super Thursday morning

MABTON - The Mabton School Board, which met in executive session Tuesday night, will meet in special session tomorrow morning (July 8) to name its new school superintendent, according to school authorities.

Sunnyside police still investigate bank robbery

The identify of the person who robbed the Sunnyside branch of Bank of America is still mystery to the Sunnyside Police Department.

Beyond the Norm-Mel

If dogs could talk; things would be easier

If dogs could talk; things would be easier

Basketball tournament postponed

The Summer Jam 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, scheduled for this weekend, July 10-11, has been postponed a couple of weeks.

Four injured in Mabton crash

MABTON - Four people were injured in a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Grandview Pavement and Mabton-Sunnyside Highway, two miles north of Mabton, early Tuesday morning.

Community Calendar

4-calendar rev.

Tuesday, July 6

Developer committed to bringing in restaurant

Lower Valley businessman Gary Christensen has always been a go-getter when it comes to business. Christensen is moving full steam ahead with plans to develop property he owns near The Outpost along Interstate 82.

Dutch WWII resistance member visits Sunnyside

Sixty-one years ago Les Amundson of Sunnyside and Wietze Eizenga of Leiderdolp, Netherlands met in a hayloft.





Toppenish residents injured in Van Belle Road accident

Two Toppenish residents were transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital for treatment following a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Beam and Van Belle roads at 11:45 p.m. Monday night.

Board approves grant writer agreement

The Sunnyside School Board approved an agreement last week between the local school district, Sunnyside Inc., the City of Sunnyside, the Port of Sunnyside and the Sunnyside Community Hospital Association for grant writing services.

Maid O'Clover nears end of bankruptcy court

The fate of two Maid O'Clover convenience stores in the Lower Valley are in limbo.

Prosser Memorial New computer system will help improve patient experience at Prosser hospital

PROSSER - Prosser Memorial Hospital (PMH) recently became "wired." The hospital achieved this new status through a technology project, expanding computer utilization at PMH from 36 to more than 100 computers, as well as through a newly integrated health information management system. All of these changes have come over the past two years.

Stokes win firecracker tourney

The brother and sister combination of Dave and Stephanie Stokes won the 2004 firecracker golf tournament at Black Rock Creek Golf Course over the weekend.

City gets ready to start search for new council member

People have approximately a week to think about throwing their hat into the ring, and trying for a seat on Sunnyside City Council.

Flory wins Mayor's Cup

Grandview City Councilman Bill Flory won the annual Mayor's Challenge Cup during the 2004 soap box derby race held over the Fourth of July weekend.

Monday, July 5

Local girl's art published in Sesame Street magazine

Sunnyside has a new, nationally recognized artist.

2004 Spirit of Sunnyside awards presented

Among the pomp and circumstance of this past weekend's Fourth of July celebration, four community members were honored for their commitment and contributions to Sunnyside.

Council retreat to take place at Whistlin' Jack Lodge

Sunnyside City Council will conduct a special meeting Thursday, July 8, beginning at 9 a.m. in the conference room of Whistlin' Jack Lodge, 20800 State Route 410 in Naches.

Teaching nun goes from private to public schools

Sister Lucia Hinojosa first felt the call to a life of ministry as a fifth grader growing up in the small Texas community of Taft.

Death Notice


Sunnyside girl killed in crash

TOPPENISH - Sunnyside resident Nancy Morfin, 10, was killed in a motor vehicle accident in near Toppenish Saturday, July 3, just before 9 p.m. Also killed in the accident was 9-year-old Stephanie Rodriguez of Wapato.

Sunnyside losing councilman Alex de la Cruz to Colorado market

After proving himself to be a progressive, energetic businessman and community leader, Sunnyside's Alex de la Cruz has attracted the national attention of one of the country's most popular leading fast food chains.

Soap box racers compete for bragging rights

More than 60 cars and drivers showed up earl Saturday morning for the annual Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Soap Box Derby held as part of the community's annual Come Back to the Country Fourth of July celebration.

Sunnyside School Board Briefs

Board votes to call for road improvement bids



Spectacular sparklers

Residents from around the Lower Valley gathered at Clem Senn Field for the 2004 fireworks display as part of the Sunnyside Fourth of July celebration Sunday night. See inside today's newspaper for additional photographs and results from the community's Fourth of July celebration.

Sunnyside man shot July 4, released from hospital

Sunnyside resident Jose Acevedo, 17, was treated and released at Sunnyside Community Hospital after he was shot early Sunday morning, July 4. He was treated and kept overnight for observation. He was released early Monday morning.

Friday, July 2

Hart Beat

Thank you Sunnyside for stepping up

Thank you Sunnyside for stepping up

Sunnyside girls still undefeated

The Sunnyside High School fastpitch softball girls team is still undefeated (13-0-1) in summer league play.

Teen sting

Valley's youths work undercover to prevent alcohol sales to minors

Valley's youths work undercover to prevent alcohol sales to minors

Religious Reflections

One nation under God

One nation under God

Entertainment Briefs


'Day Out with Thomas' scheduled for mid-July

SNOQUALMIE - All aboard for Thomas the Tank Engine, as the classic storybook friend rolls into Snoqualmie for a "Day Out with Thomas."

Port of Sunnyside receives $233,000 for wetlands study

Standing on the dry earth that will, over the course of the next several years be transformed into a wetlands and riparian area, Sen. Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) yesterday announced the passage of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which includes a $233,000 grant for the Port of Sunnyside's Yakima River Eco-System Restoration Project.

Grandview looks for ways to spruce up downtown image

GRANDVIEW - Some downtown areas across the country are struggling for an identity, but the message brought before a sparse crowd last night was the downtown area of Grandview isn't all that bad off as some might think.




It pays to advertise

It pays to advertise

Guest Editorial

Caution the key word when considering letting in apples from China

Caution the key word when considering letting in apples from China

Former S'side history teacher visits Russia

Sunnyside resident Jim Galbraith spent 32 years teaching Russian history, and this past spring he was able to experience the country first-hand as he and his wife traveled on a boat tour from St. Petersburg to Moscow.



Pioneers recall Sunnyside's first Fourth of July

Editor's Note: The following article appeared in the June 27, 1984 edition of The Sunnyside Sun. The article was reproduced verbatim from a story written by Mrs. Korah Mathieson in 1910, as it was read at a meeting of The Sunnyside Women's Improvement Club. The following is an excerpt on how Sunnyside celebrated its first-ever Fourth of July.

Story Time

Yeah, right, I'm going to visit Wal-Mart on my vacation next week

Yeah, right, I'm going to visit Wal-Mart on my vacation next week

Thursday, July 1

Outlook man new fire chief

Being a firefighter is a unique occupation. Even more unique is that Brian Vogel is fire chief of Yakima County Fire District #5, the largest fire district in the state of Washington.



Niemeyer second at Safeco contest

SEATTLE - Tyler Niemeyer, 12, of Sunnyside placed second this past Sunday at the Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship.

Bank robber not yet ID'd

The Sunnyside Police Department is still no closer to solving the case of who the person was who held up the Sunnyside branch of the Bank of America Monday afternoon.



Black Rock Creek, Mt. Adams golfers dominate PGA pro-am

TOPPENISH - More than two dozen golfers from Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course and Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club cashed this past Monday at a Central Washington chapter of the PGA pro-am event.

New fire truck showcased for G'view community

GRANDVIEW - A $100,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has helped the City of Grandview maintain its fire rating, as well as city residents' insurance premiums.

Grandview City Council


Sunnyside School Board Briefs


Prosser families celebrate having a house to call their own

PROSSER - Wednesday morning, Teresa Degante of Prosser proudly guided a parade of complete strangers through her beautiful new home.