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.August 31, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 30, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 30, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
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.August 27, 2004 midnight read more..
MABTON - How much does $83,639 buy nowadays?August 27, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 27, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 26, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 26, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 26, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 26, 2004 midnight read more..
Robert H. Alsdorf is one of six candidates who have filed for position one in the race for Washington State Supreme Court.August 26, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
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..
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.August 25, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
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..
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.August 24, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 24, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 23, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 20, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 20, 2004 midnight read more..
Score one for the home team!August 20, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
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.August 18, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
We already knew his older brother Patrick can swim, but now Joey Elerding is making a name for himself as well.August 18, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 18, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 18, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 17, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 17, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 16, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
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..
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.August 13, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 13, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 12, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 12, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 11, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 11, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 11, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 11, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 11, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 10, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 10, 2004 midnight read more..
Last week, Yakima County commissioners approved revised right-of-way acquisition procedures for the Yakima County Department of Public Service.August 10, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
Elementary education major Rachel Riojas learned of her desire to work with youth as a teenager working at the city pool.August 9, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 9, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 9, 2004 midnight read more..
Friends and family members of Bobby Joe Hanson are encouraging Lower Valley residents to help him meet his medical expenses.August 6, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
The Sunnyside School Board renewed an agreement with the Sunnyside's Promise organization at last week's meeting.August 6, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
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.August 6, 2004 midnight read more..
PROSSER - Want to sample some Singing Toad Late Harvest or Risky Business Ice wine?August 6, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
"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.August 5, 2004 midnight read more..
When planning her daughter's 21st birthday celebration, Pamela Kay Yarber of Sunnyside knew she needed to do something special.August 5, 2004 midnight read more..
The City of Sunnyside instituted new operating hours this week.August 5, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 5, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 5, 2004 midnight read more..
The Sunnyside Police Department is warning local residents to beware of any telephone callers who promise you a sweepstakes prize.August 4, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 4, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
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..
The Lower Yakima Valley is not a new and strange place to Gary Vegar.August 3, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 3, 2004 midnight read more..
Lower Valley residents gathered at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center Monday evening for the annual National Night Out kick-off party.August 3, 2004 midnight read more..
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.August 3, 2004 midnight read more..
The Sunnyside School Board recently drew the attention of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson.August 2, 2004 midnight read more..
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..
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.August 2, 2004 midnight read more..