Between them, the Plesha brothers hold the purse strings to school treasuries containing more than $64 million in federal, state and local funds.August 31, 2005 midnight read more..
Between them, the Plesha brothers hold the purse strings to school treasuries containing more than $64 million in federal, state and local funds.August 31, 2005 midnight read more..
MABTON - There were plenty of people interested in the open position No. 1 at-large Mabton School Board seat after director Peggy Zeebuyth opted not to file for re-election this past July.August 31, 2005 midnight read more..
The chemistry of a football team is one of the most important aspects in terms of success. This year, the chemistry of the Grizzlies' defensive unit is one of the concerns of Sunnyside High School football coach Mark Marro.August 31, 2005 midnight read more..
Maggie Alejandre is a driven, young woman. Articulate and polished, she is well on her way to earning a Bachelor's degree in business administration. As she nears her 2006 graduation date, Alejandre is already looking at a career in marketing.August 31, 2005 midnight read more..
Those people with outstanding traffic tickets or misdemeanor fines have a chance to get their debt paid off without having to pay collection fees and interest, thanks to an amnesty period being offered by the Yakima County District Court.August 31, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - As freshmen head back to class today, they are walking in with their heads held high. Instead of the high school being seen as a big, new place with a lot of upperclassmen, most freshman have a new outlook on things. The class of 2009 is already familiar with the layout of the school, has had a chance to meet fellow freshmen and even know an upperclassman or two.August 30, 2005 midnight read more..
The Sunnyside School Board last week decided it was worth a look to examine the possibility of the district moving to a year-round school schedule.August 30, 2005 midnight read more..
RENTON - For the past nine weeks, Maggie Ramirez has spent each day learning what it takes to construct a 737 airplane inside a large airplane hangar in the greater Puget Sound area.August 30, 2005 midnight read more..
MABTON - Both Elsa Sanchez and Gabriel Mireles Jr. feel that communication in the Mabton School District is lacking. And that is one of the reasons why both of them decided to throw their hat into the ring for an open seat on the Mabton School Board.August 30, 2005 midnight read more..
MABTON - There are two people vying for Mabton City Council position two. One candidate is political newcomer Shelley Luther-Mireles, while the other candidate is the illusive incumbent Ernesto Armendariz.August 29, 2005 midnight read more..
The actions of an alert Sunnyside police officer early this morning (Monday) led to the arrest of a Spanaway man who now faces felony and misdemeanor charges.August 29, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - It is not often that $250,000 in damages can be considered something positive to look at. This is the case, though, with a fire that could have easily done a lot more structural damage to the Snokist Growers warehouse at 614 West Wine Country Road if it had not been for the efforts of some 35 area firefighters.August 29, 2005 midnight read more..
WAPATO - It was a nice start to the season for both of the Sunnyside Grid Kid youth football teams this past Saturday. The only problem is that while playing relatively well for the first game of the season, neither of the local teams notched a win.August 29, 2005 midnight read more..
Sunnyside and Grandview firefighters will breathe easier thanks to more than $200,000 in Homeland Security grants.August 29, 2005 midnight read more..
While other mental health care providers across Washington have been forced by funding changes to not only cut services, but close facilities, Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health has managed to find a way to continue plugging along.August 29, 2005 midnight read more..
Sunnyside's Promise presented a child's toy nearly the size of a semi truck to the public during the Sunnyside School District's opening ceremonies celebrating the start of the new school year held at the Sunnyside High School auditorium yesterday (Thursday).August 26, 2005 midnight read more..
MABTON - Two Mabton residents have decided that after years of living in the community they were ready to test their political savvy and run for public office. Angel Reyna and Sophia Gutierrez-Sotelo, who are both running for Mabton City Council position three, are newcomers to the political arena.August 26, 2005 midnight read more..
John Fannin of Cle Elum has joined the news staff of the Sunnyside Daily Sun News.August 26, 2005 midnight read more..
Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved an amendment to its contract with Pacific Groundwater Group of Seattle, which will allow the company to monitor arsenic levels at the Cheyne Landfill.August 25, 2005 midnight read more..
Sunnyside residents are being asked to give of themselves while making plans for that last summer get-away over Labor Day weekend.August 25, 2005 midnight read more..
by John FanninAugust 25, 2005 midnight read more..
A study released this week shows that 22.7 percent of Americans are obese. That figure is up from a similar study conducted a couple of years ago, which reflected a 22 percent obese rate.August 24, 2005 midnight read more..
Who helps those who help us? Who helps a firefighter deal with the trauma of seeing a person tragically die before their very eyes? Who helps a police officer deal with the horrors that can sometimes be found at a crime scene? Who helps the nurse or doctor at the hospital sort through the death and injuries they see on a daily basis?August 24, 2005 midnight read more..
Some prep athletes are dedicated to the idea of having an outstanding collegiate career in their chosen sport. Others dream of a professional career one day. Anyone who has ever seen Sunnyside High School standout Danny Plesha play the sport of tennis might think he is gearing up for the latter.August 24, 2005 midnight read more..
MABTON - After graduating from Sunnyside High School in 1982, Dave Mendoza went to Washington State University to study international business. Boy, did he end up doing something completely different.August 24, 2005 midnight read more..
Right now it's just an idea, in the discussion stage, but a proposal for landscaping the south side of the Interstate-82 exit 67 could become a reality in the coming year.August 24, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - At just 22, Maria Armendariz is ready to take on an active role at city hall. For that to happen, though, she'll need to defeat incumbent councilwoman Joan Souders for Grandview City Council position 1.August 24, 2005 midnight read more..
MABTON- Above the sounds of audience chatter, the Mabton School board approved its new state-mandated nutrition and physical fitness policy.August 23, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - No football team shows everything it has at a pre-season scrimmage. And neither of the Sunnyside Grid Kid football teams proved to be the exception this past Friday night. But it was nice, felt the local coaches, for the football players to get out and knock someone around.August 23, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - At first, no one wanted to fill the seat left open by long-time Grandview School Board member Kirk Michels, who decided to not seek re-election this fall. Then during a special filing period by the Yakima County Auditors office, candidates started flooding in for the director district #2 seat on the local school board.August 23, 2005 midnight read more..
Two Lower Valley residents were awarded their degrees from Western Washington University during graduation ceremonies held this past spring.August 23, 2005 midnight read more..
Rene J. Ramos, 32, will face a felony charge of murder in the second degree in Yakima County Superior Court when his case goes to trial on Aug. 29.August 22, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - One believes she can make a positive change while the other feels things are running fine the way they are.August 22, 2005 midnight read more..
Eddica Castaneda of Saint James, Minn. knows she has family ties to the Yakima Valley, although where those relatives live is a mystery to her.August 19, 2005 midnight read more..
Helping her brother-in-law Herbert Dale Hendricks during meal times brings Mabel Hendricks of Sunnyside into contact with the staff at Sunnyside Hillcrest Manor and Rehabilitation Center on a daily basis.August 19, 2005 midnight read more..
Don't be surprised to see the intersection at Seventh Street and Edison Avenue near the post office clogged on Friday. The congestion won't be a bad thing, as members of the Sunnyside Fire Department will be out for their annual Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).August 18, 2005 midnight read more..
Officers from the Sunnyside Police Department are often the first to arrive on an emergency scene. And more often than not their first actions play a huge part in the outcome of what will happen to an injured person.August 18, 2005 midnight read more..
Lower Valley Vocational Technology Center planners learned yesterday (Wednesday) that 23 architectural firms have expressed interest in designing the Yakima Valley's new center for vocational technology training.August 18, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - A committee that was formed in Grandview at the request of Mayor Norm Childress to address the combat conditions that envelop the community every Fourth of July has decided it wants to keep allowing the public to discharge fireworks.August 17, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - Much of the Grandview City Council meeting last night was focused on slowing speeders in residential districts and the enforcement of the city's new nuisance ordinance.August 16, 2005 midnight read more..
The City of Sunnyside is one of 32 communities across the state to receive a $75,000 grant from the Department of Ecology (DOE) to help address a federal mandate to improve stormwater runoff.August 15, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - It took an extra go-around, but three candidates threw their hats in the ring last week for an open seat on the Grandview School Board.August 15, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - The Outlook Junior Grange, with a display dedicated to the agriculture bounty of the Yakima Valley, earned the Marie Combelic Memorial Trophy at the 78th annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo held in Grandview last week. The trophy is given to the best overall agricultural exhibit, according to Willard Mears, superintendent of the fair's agriculture division.August 15, 2005 midnight read more..
YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners voted to prioritize a list of 13 proposed public development projects. Creating a prioritized list will help open the doors for possible state and federal funding for the various projects.August 12, 2005 midnight read more..
SEATTLE - The Miss Sunnyside Court has done an outstanding job of representing the community this year, but the four young ladies on this year's court really put their best foot forward at the illustrious SeaFair Torchlight Parade.August 12, 2005 midnight read more..
Third graders throughout the Sunnyside School District will be getting a lesson in managing their money if the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) group from Heritage University has anything to do with it.August 12, 2005 midnight read more..
Sunnyside police served a search warrant on residents at 391 S. McLean Rd. late Wednesday afternoon, which resulted in the recovery of more than $70,000 worth of stolen property. Police believe the residence to be the center of an organized crime ring, which they say has been operating in the Lower Valley for the past five months.August 11, 2005 midnight read more..
The City of Sunnyside could very well be growing by more than five acres.August 11, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - Just two years ago the Grandview Chamber of Commerce was ready to close its doors and abandon its mission of promoting community business.August 11, 2005 midnight read more..
At this past Monday night's meeting, the Sunnyside City Council approved a request from the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce to assist with the 39th annual Sunshine Days celebration.August 10, 2005 midnight read more..
It's a formality, but one which the Sunnyside Port District's funding sources insist upon. In order to sell any of its property, the Port must declare it surplus, according to Sunnyside Port Manager Amber Hansen.August 10, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - Even though the number of open class entries are a bit down at this year's Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo, which opens today (Wednesday), the Beavan Building is filled with plenty of jellies, jams, pickles and canned vegetables, all competing for the many blue ribbons available to Lower Valley fair competitors.August 10, 2005 midnight read more..
The National League All-Stars won the annual Lower Valley's Men's Softball League season-ending all-star game Tuesday night.August 10, 2005 midnight read more..
There is a new effort being made to ensure that children riding bicycles through town are doing so as safely as possible. The Aaron Saunders Foundation is working with the Sunnyside Police Department to give away bicycle helmets to those who are currently riding around without the safety gear.August 10, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - A Grandview man is behind bars facing 11 counts, ranging from first degree rape of a child to child molestation, following a report made by two mothers.August 9, 2005 midnight read more..
Former City of Sunnyside Fire Chief Jim Stanton stood before the Sunnyside City Council Monday night encouraging the governing body to take a proactive approach when it comes to the safety of those in the community.August 9, 2005 midnight read more..
A construction company which has previously worked in the Sunnyside School District was awarded the $12.1 million contract to build the district's new Sierra Vista Middle School.August 9, 2005 midnight read more..
The school resource officer program the City of Sunnyside and the Sunnyside School District have partnered in for several years has been a huge success. That notable partnership will continue.August 9, 2005 midnight read more..
Although they haven't been signed into law yet, Congressman Doc Hastings points with pride to the energy and transportation bills that await President George Bush's signature.August 8, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - A five-year-old murder could be one step closer to being solved. Last Thursday, 63-year-old Daniel Sauber walked into the Grandview Police Department and told officers that he had killed a woman five years ago and buried her body behind his house at 471 Hickory Rd. in Grandview.August 8, 2005 midnight read more..
Finding someone who is proficient in English, German, Italian and French can be somewhat of a challenge. But Grandview High School graduate Joe Michels was required to learn the three romance languages, not for a trip around the world, but for his profession.August 5, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANDVIEW - The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo officially opens at noon Wednesday, Aug. 10, for the first of five days of fun at the Grandview Country Park Fairgrounds on Wallace Way.August 5, 2005 midnight read more..
by Rachel BottAugust 5, 2005 midnight read more..
Three juvenile boys were arrested Thursday afternoon shortly after Sunnyside firemen responded to a fire that destroyed the newly remodeled Sunnyside TV Towne store on Yakima Valley Highway.August 5, 2005 midnight read more..
MABTON - When Granger's William Russell first took over the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Mabton, membership numbers were dwindling and the post was in danger of losing its charter.August 5, 2005 midnight read more..
Meteorologists are warning that Washington and Oregon residents will continue to face above average temperatures and little or no rainfall in the coming weeks, which they say, will make it even more difficult to contain the major wildfires that have broken out recently.August 4, 2005 midnight read more..
GRANGER - Knowing she was finally going to retire her cheerleader uniform, the children of Brenda Ayling of Granger decided to throw the long-time Granger High School cheer squad advisor a surprise retirement party.August 4, 2005 midnight read more..
Last week marked the end of summer school for students throughout the Yakima Valley, and with only four more weeks of summer left there is still time to take a quick family vacation before school is back in session.August 3, 2005 midnight read more..
Ray Herd is a patient man. He doesn't mind waiting to ticket those who park on the wrong side of the street.August 3, 2005 midnight read more..
For many people the idea of taking a road trip with their children brings to mind hearing an endless string of "...are we there yets?," and having to break up sibling arguments in the back seat.August 3, 2005 midnight read more..
If you are wondering where the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is standing in the war on terror, contemplate the following: the ACLU wants U.S. courts to allow the Quran to be used instead of the Bible when administering the oath to Muslims in court.August 3, 2005 midnight read more..
Friday afternoon was a busy day at the Yakima County Courthouse, as candidates from throughout the Yakima Valley made the decision to run for office. In the Lower Valley, 15 candidates on Friday filed for election to offices from Granger to Grandview.August 2, 2005 midnight read more..
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved and forwarded the Combat Meth Act of 2005 out of committee and to the full Senate. The legislation would regulate the sale of pseudoephedrine by keeping products that contain it behind a pharmacy counter and allowing only a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to sell such products.August 2, 2005 midnight read more..
Hungry bears have no sense of humor, especially after waking up from a long winter's nap. Grandview businessman Gary Christensen found that out the hard way this past April while on a bear hunting trip to Russia.August 2, 2005 midnight read more..
The Lower Valley Hospice benefit auction, held Saturday night at Navarro's Family Community Center in Sunnyside, attracted more than 200 people. According to organizers, most everything up for bid found buyers, including a gently used John Deere lawn tractor and an adorable Golden Retriever. "Bidding was spirited," said co-chairman Carol Bos. "We don't know exactly how much money we grossed yet, but we are very happy with the event."August 2, 2005 midnight read more..
WAPATO - The first and second place finishers in each event at the July 29-31 Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championship Meet are listed below, as well as all the Sunnyside swimmers who earned team points by garnering a "Top 8" finish.August 2, 2005 midnight read more..
WAPATO - Paced by high point age division winners Toni Castillo, Jacob Hollander and Katie Knee, the Sunnyside Sharks garnered a third place finish this past weekend at the seven-team Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championship meet.August 2, 2005 midnight read more..
Juan Guerrero and Balbino Benitez, and Jeff Bender and Les Bender bested the field last week in a match-up between Black Rock Creek Golf Course members and visiting Desert Aire golfers.August 2, 2005 midnight read more..