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Thursday, July 29

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, July 28



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, July 27

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Monday, July 26

   

Friday, July 23

         

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.

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Thursday, July 22

  

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, July 20

    

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.

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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).

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Monday, July 19

  

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.

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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.

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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.

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Friday, July 16

      

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.

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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.

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Thursday, July 15

         

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.

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Wednesday, July 14

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, July 13

    

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.

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Monday, July 12

    

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.

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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.

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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.

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Friday, July 9

  

'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!"

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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.

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Thursday, July 8



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Monday, July 5



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Friday, July 2

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Teen sting

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

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Story Time

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

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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.

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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.

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