Stories for August 2004


Tuesday, August 31


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.

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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.

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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.

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Monday, August 30


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.

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Friday, August 27


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.

August 27, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

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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.

August 27, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

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Thursday, August 26


Wednesday, August 25

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.

August 25, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 25, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 25, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 25, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 25, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 25, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 24, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Friday, August 20


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."

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Thursday, August 19


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.

August 19, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 19, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 19, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

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Wednesday, August 18


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.

August 18, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 18, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

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Tuesday, August 17


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.

August 16, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

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Friday, August 13


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.

August 13, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 13, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

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Thursday, August 12


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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, August 10


Monday, August 9

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.

August 9, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

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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.

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Friday, August 6


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.

August 6, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 6, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

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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.

August 6, 2004 midnight read more..

Thursday, August 5


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.

August 5, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

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Wednesday, August 4


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.

August 4, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 4, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 4, 2004 midnight read more..

Tuesday, August 3

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.

August 3, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 3, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 3, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

August 3, 2004 midnight read more..

Monday, August 2


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.

August 2, 2004 midnight read more..

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.

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