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.July 29, 2004 midnight read more..
"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.July 29, 2004 midnight read more..
Driving through Eastern Washington it is difficult to ignore the ever changing landscapes - the canyons, buttes and ridges that make the area so distinctive.July 29, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 29, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 28, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 28, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 27, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 27, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 27, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 27, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 23, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 23, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 23, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 23, 2004 midnight read more..
The schedule of activities will be the same, only the location has been changed for the 10th annual Pacific Northwest Chile Pepper Festival.July 23, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 23, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 23, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 23, 2004 midnight read more..
Standing before a room full of tiny listeners, storyteller Debbie Dimitre spins her tales of the lives of three famous Native American princesses.July 22, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 22, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 22, 2004 midnight read more..
The Sunnyside Civil Service Commission last night changed the rules to how a personnel reduction will be handled by the Sunnyside Fire Department.July 22, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 21, 2004 midnight read more..
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).July 21, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 21, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 21, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 21, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2004 midnight read more..
MABTON - Making a full circle in her career, Sandra Pasiero-Davis is returning to make close contact with students and parents.July 19, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 19, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 19, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 19, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 19, 2004 midnight read more..
The Sunnyside Planning Commission wants to clarify the residency requirements to be used as qualifiers for considering future commission members.July 16, 2004 midnight read more..
R.E. Powell Distributing in Grandview is taking over management of two Maid O'Clover stores, one in Grandview and one in Sunnyside.July 16, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 16, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 16, 2004 midnight read more..
A Sunnyside man was found dead in the Roza Canal Thursday morning near SLI and Bethany roads.July 16, 2004 midnight read more..
Basketball has become a passion for her, but Miss Sunnyside candidate Vanessa Alvarez wants to jump through some new hoops.July 16, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 16, 2004 midnight read more..
Keeping up with street improvements takes a lot of long-range planning, according to Sunnyside City Engineer Jim Bridges.July 16, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 16, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 15, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 15, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 15, 2004 midnight read more..
Local directors seek alternative to WASL testingJuly 15, 2004 midnight read more..
"Growing up Again," a special workshop about parenting and child development, will be offered Tuesday, July 20, at Sunnyside's Pioneer Elementary School.July 15, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 15, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 15, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 14, 2004 midnight read more..
Bob Hall Jr. bested the field this past weekend in 2004 President's Cup play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.July 14, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 14, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 14, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 13, 2004 midnight read more..
Sunnyside residents have a little less than two weeks to submit their application to fill the vacant spot on the Sunnyside City Council.July 13, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 13, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 13, 2004 midnight read more..
Patients of Dr. John H. Dumbolton had problems seeing the physician today (Tuesday).July 13, 2004 midnight read more..
By 7:30 a.m. most mornings the halls of the Bienstar Transitional Housing center are quiet.July 12, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 9, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 8, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 8, 2004 midnight read more..
MABTON - A new superintendent begins work in Mabton today.July 8, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 8, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 7, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 7, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 7, 2004 midnight read more..
People have approximately a week to think about throwing their hat into the ring, and trying for a seat on Sunnyside City Council.July 6, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 6, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 6, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 6, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 5, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 5, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 5, 2004 midnight read more..
Sunnyside has a new, nationally recognized artist.July 5, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 5, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 2, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 2, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 2, 2004 midnight read more..
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.July 1, 2004 midnight read more..
PROSSER - Wednesday morning, Teresa Degante of Prosser proudly guided a parade of complete strangers through her beautiful new home.July 1, 2004 midnight read more..