Stories for July 2005


Friday, July 29


Miss Sunnyside hopeful: Sherran Garcia

With summer about midway over, young Sherran Garcia is starting to get nervous. And not just because she will start school as a junior at Sunnyside High School in late August.

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Bus inspection marks good

Sunnyside School District Transportation Department Supervisor David Taylor shared with the school board Thursday night some of the findings of a recent Washington State Patrol bus fleet inspection.

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Firemen promote cell phone program

Cell phones can serve many different purposes. They can be used to call for help when one is stranded or to even access the Internet. But the Sunnyside Fire Department is promoting a new use for cell phones, one that could very well save a person's life.

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Sunshine Days a definite 'go,' say organizers

Viewing a movie on the lawns surrounding Sunnyside Centennial Square, admiring automotive pride at a car show and browsing the work of Lower Valley craftsmen are all among the activities being planned for the 2005 Sunnyside Sunshine Days celebration.

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'Evening in the Park' features food, fun, Elvis

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation is seeking support from the community on Saturday, Aug. 27, tempting people first with a best ball golf tournament, followed by a gourmet dinner and a concert featuring Elvis impersonator Justin Shandor.

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Thursday, July 28


City Council told soccer fields need upgrade

If there was one message the Sunnyside City Council received this past Monday night, it is that something needs to be done about the playing conditions of the various fields within the parks system, especially at SunnyView Park.

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Greyhound summer classic this weekend

GRANDVIEW - It is a summer tournament that has only gotten better over the years. And the eighth annual Late Summer Classic Basketball Tournament in Grandview this weekend is expected to be even better than in years before.

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Working Stiff

For Grandview's public works director, there is no place he would rather be

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Mabton School Board approves $9.8 million budget

MABTON - With very little discussion given to the amount of money needed to operate the Mabton School District, the Mabton School board approved a $9.8 million operating budget for 2005-06 during its meeting held this past Monday night.

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City budget on track for the most part

With few exceptions, the City of Sunnyside is in good financial shape. At least that was the message delivered this past Monday night by new Sunnyside Finance Director Scott James.

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Wednesday, July 27

Yakima Regional Library board hears about Sunnyside growth

Deciding to hold its July board of directors meeting at the Sunnyside branch library gave members of the Yakima Valley Regional Library board an opportunity to learn what's going on in the Sunnyside community and its future impact on library patrons.

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More file for public office

There are a number of elected positions up for grabs this fall, and Tuesday morning seven more people decided to throw their hat in to the ring and seek public office.

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Midvale Road nearly complete

With just a few details to be ironed out in its irrigation system, the Midvale Road improvement project is for all intents completed, at least that is the word from the Port of Sunnyside office.

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Tuesday, July 26


Raabs 'Love Is' tourney winners

Robbi and Jennifer Raab of Yakima handily bested the field this past weekend in Black Rock Creek Golf Course's annual "Love Is" Couples Tournament.

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June bridge winners announced

The bridge winners for the local chapter of the American Contract Bridge League for the month of June have been announced. The winners are as follows:

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Fireworks task force created in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council chambers slowly started to fill with familiar faces Monday night, as the council decided what it's next step would be in dealing with the community's fireworks ordinance.

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Monday, July 25


High speed chase ends with capture in corn field

A Yakima man is cooling his heels this morning (Monday) in the Sunnyside jail after leading Lower Valley law enforcement officers on a late Friday night high speed chase. The pursuit, which started in Sunnyside, ended in a corn field near Boundary Road just outside of Mabton, when the suspect abandoned his vehicle and managed to temporarily avoid arrest.

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Friday, July 22

Local farm fined by DOE

A Lower Yakima Valley farm operation was recently fined $10,000 by the Washington State Department of DOE for drawing water out of two underground aquifers, an act that can affect water levels.

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Sunnyside Sharks deal Barracudas 463-150 loss

NACHES - At the expense of the under-manned Naches Barracudas, the Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team improved its league record to 9-1 last night. Sunnyside dominated the action in Naches' 25-yard pool, winning by a 463-150 score.

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Thursday, July 21


Wednesday, July 20


Highway to receive overlay

GRANGER - Tuesday morning, the Yakima County commissioners voted to authorize the advertisement of bids for a project that will improve a section of Yakima Valley Highway.

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Tuesday, July 19

Local man arrested on rape charge

Sunnyside police have arrested a Sunnyside man, 33, as a result of a rape which reportedly occurred in the 1400 block of Madison Avenue sometime after midnight last Thursday.

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G'view teen shot

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department had few details to provide from a shooting that occurred last night.

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Motel death ruled accidental

The death of 33-year-old Sunnyside businessman Christopher Leach, who was found dead in a local motel room last Friday morning, has been ruled accidental by the Sunnyside police.

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Monday, July 18


Businessman found dead in local motel

The body of a 33-year-old Sunnyside businessman was discovered early last Friday morning in a local motel, where Sunnyside police and firemen responded to a report of a room fire.

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Friday, July 15


Piranhas deal Sharks first defeat of season

PROSSER - Claiming all the first place finishes in the boys and girls 8&U events, as well as in the boys 14&U, 16&U and 18&U races, the Prosser Piranhas eked out a 406-368 victory over the Sunnyside Sharks last night.

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Sun Valley closes season with convincing win

MOXEE - Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball coach Dave Martinez has always carried the simple philosophy if you have two of either hitting, pitching or defense working for a team in a game, then most likely victory is in store.

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Thursday, July 14

Black Rock Creek squad ties for third at PGA pro-am

MOSES LAKE - The Sunnyside Black Rock Creek Golf Course squad of club pro Jeff Bender and amateurs Bob Hall, Ron Harle, Geoff Bowlsby and Robbie Goin earned a share of the third place prize in the team division at this past Monday's PGA pro-am tournament staged at The Links at Moses Pointe.

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Sunnyside Chamber/SEDA moving

Saying its new location will improve the image of the Sunnyside Economic Development Association (SEDA) and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, Rado Harrington, who serves as executive director for both groups, announced Wednesday that the two offices will be relocating to 700 S. Sixth St.

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Voc tech center plans pushed forward

Saying a recent trip to Washington D.C. proved to be very helpful, Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole is eager to proceed with the next step in making the Lower Valley Community Vocational Technology Center a reality.

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Wednesday, July 13


Tuesday, July 12

Murder suspect to be arraigned today

A man who turned himself in last Thursday in connection with the July 3 stabbing death of a 73-year-old woman will be arraigned today (Tuesday) in Yakima Superior Court.

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Still no charges filed in double homicide

The second of three shooting victims injured in the June 28 double homicide at Sunnyside Parkland Homes has been released from a Seattle hospital, but according to Sunnyside police, the man is not in custody.

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G'view to consider banning fireworks

GRANDVIEW - A "war zone" type celebration of the Fourth of July last week has prompted Grandview Mayor Norm Childress to schedule a public meeting to address the possibility of banning fireworks in that community.

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SVID reservoir ready to hold water

PROSSER - Eight months after ground was broken on the Sunnyside Canal Improvement Project's re-regulating reservoir, a handful of Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) employees stood at the rim of the reservoir Monday, located outside of Prosser, and watched as the first drops of irrigation water flowed into what looked like an empty, rocky lake bed.

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Monday, July 11


Sun Valley fifth at Big Stick tourney

SELAH - Despite a tournament filled with errors, the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team battled its way to a fifth place finish at the Big Stick eight-team tournament in Selah, which started last Thursday.

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Friday, July 8


Commissioners faced with some tough decisions concerning new justice center

YAKIMA - The Yakima County commissioners have several important decisions to make in the next two weeks. In that amount of time commissioners are expected to make a decision as to whether they will allow a shakedown or test run of the newly completed justice center and they will decide if they will move forward with testing the market to see if there are jurisdictions that would be interested in renting beds at the new facility.

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New playground equipment is ready for kids

GRANDVIEW - Nearly 20 children milled around Grandview's newest piece of playground equipment Thursday afternoon, figthing hard to control the urge to run up the steps and slide down one of the three new slides that make up the large toy.

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S'side Sharks clip Whales, 445-360

Sunnyside got the victories from its usual cast of top performers-Toni Castillo, Kaitlyn Broersma, Katie Knee and Jacob Hollander-but it was several other teammates who swung the outcome of the battle the Sharks' way last night.

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Thursday, July 7


Sunnyside School Board sets goals

Sunnyside's school directors have numerous goals they hope to accomplish in the near future. Topping the list, though, are increasing parental involvement, as well as creating as many volunteer opportunities as possible.

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Grandview to kick off National Night Out

GRANDVIEW - People from throughout the Lower Valley are invited to spend an evening at Westside Park in Grandview celebrating the kick-off of the National Night Out Against Crime event.

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Friends plan fund-raisers for Sunnyside youth

While Aaron Saunders, 17, is recovering from injuries received in a Scoon Road truck-bicycle collision on June 16, family and friends are planning fund-raisers to help the Saunders family with medical costs.

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Grape growers invited to tour local vineyards

As warmer temperatures begin to beat down on the Yakima Valley, the Washington State Grape Society is working to ensure that grape growers throughout the area are making the most efficient use of their water.

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Wednesday, July 6


Burgueno propels Sun Valley to victory

Going on one day's rest following a grueling Fourth of July holiday tournament, things didn't turn out too badly for the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team Tuesday afternoon.

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Sharks topple Tarpons

TOPPENISH - Sunnyside's girls won 29 of 32 races last night to spearhead the Sharks' dominating victory over the Toppenish Tarpons.

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G'view police search for shooting suspect

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police are seeking the whereabouts of Emeliano (Emiliano) V. Mendoza, 33, in connection with a shooting late Sunday night in which a 19-year-old Grandview male was injured.

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Tuesday, July 5

Warren, Hall, Bird, Chiprez Spirit of Sunnyside award winners

From a young lady who has been accepted to attend prestigious Stanford University this fall to a man best described as the go-to guy, from a pioneer of the sugar beet industry to a woman who was a community activist, this year's Spirit of Sunnyside Award winners truly reflect the best of what the community has to offer.

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Illegal fireworks keep Sunnyside police busy

The sounds of fireworks exploding well into the night kept Sunnyside police busy answering disturbance calls last night as Sunnyside residents chose to celebrate the Fourth of July by setting off illegal fireworks. There were even illegal fireworks displays being set off as the Sunnyside Lions Club hosted its annual community fireworks display Monday night from Sunnyside High School Clem Senn Field.

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Sun Valley celebrates fourth place finish

HERMISTON, ORE. - The Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team spent its Fourth of July weekend making a name for itself. The local diamond team turned some heads with its fourth place finish at the annual Fourth of July summer baseball tournament in Hermiston.

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Three injured in I-82 collision

BENTON CITY - Three Sunnyside residents sustained injuries last Saturday evening as the result of a two-vehicle collision on I-82, near Benton City.

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Friday, July 1


Port reaches settlement in Horizon building lawsuit

The Port of Sunnyside has reached a mediated settlement with B7 Engineering-T.W Bardell P.E. firm of Sunnyside after a day-long mediation session held Thursday behind closed doors at the law offices of Hart and Winfree in Sunnyside.

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