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Stories for July 2006


Monday, July 31

Sisters donate to Locks of Love

Seven-year-old Marissa Mirelez and her sister, 5-year-old Savannah Mirelez, did something last Friday they've never done before. They cut their hair.

July 31, 2006 midnight read more..

Sartin just misses out on top 20 finish

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Riding a rented horse, Sunnyside High School's Sammi Jo Sartin made up for a shaky start to finish 25th out of 138 girls at the National High School Rodeo Finals held last week in Springfield, Ill.

July 31, 2006 midnight read more..

Sharks complete perfect season

NACHES - After posting an unblemished 12-0 record in dual meets, the Sunnyside Sharks capped off the 2006 summer season with what appears to be a first place finish at the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships, staged in Naches this past weekend.

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G'view takes third at home tourney

GRANDVIEW - A total of 35 high school boys basketball teams from around the state played in the ninth annual Late Summer Classic hosted by Grandview High School this past weekend.

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Sunnyside schools set hiring record

The Sunnyside School District will have 60 newly hired certificated staff members-such as teachers and counselors-for the 2006-07 school year, the school board learned during a meeting last night.

July 31, 2006 midnight read more..

Johnny 'B' Good team owner wins national super street title

KENT - Hitting speeds of 155 mph in a quarter of a mile for two qualifying rounds and six elimination rounds was enough for Sunnyside's John Dalrymple to take home first place honors in the Shucks Auto Supply NHRA Northwest Nationals. The drag racing event was held last Sunday at Pacific Raceways in Kent.

July 31, 2006 midnight read more..

Thursday, July 27

Quick action saves Dark Horse Inn

Fire damage at the Dark Horse Inn in Sunnyside was limited to $2,500 due to quick action taken by a crew from Sunnyside Tire Factory and speedy response to last night's blaze by Sunnyside firefighters.

July 27, 2006 midnight read more..

Sharks finish 12-0

Sometimes the best things come in small packages. Such was the case last night for the Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team.

July 27, 2006 midnight read more..

Piranhas out-swim Neptunes

GRANDVIEW - The Piranhas were biting.....hard. The Grandview Neptunes found that out Wednesday night when they hosted the Prosser swim team, losing 558-248 in the last dual meet of the season for the Mid-Valley Swim League.

July 27, 2006 midnight read more..

Wednesday, July 26


Sunnyside Hispanics seeking to become U.S. citizens

Pending immigration laws that could shake up residents who have lived five, six and even 15 years in the United States-and Sunnyside specifically-have given birth to a citizenship class at Nuestra Casa at 1007 South Sixth Street.

July 26, 2006 midnight read more..

Tuesday, July 25


Monhollands win

Troy and Carol Monholland of Wapato ran away from the field at this past weekend's 2006 'Love Is' Golf Tournament, hosted by Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

July 25, 2006 midnight read more..

Monday, July 24

Gunmen enter S'side home

Five people, armed with guns and with their faces covered, walked into a Sunnyside home in the 200 block of North 13th Street just after midnight Friday night.

July 24, 2006 midnight read more..

Friday, July 21


G'view swimmers cut Barracudas down to size

GRANDVIEW - Barracudas are large, ferocious fish found in the Mediterranean seas that often grow to 10 feet in size. Last night, the Grandview swim team found a way to cut the Barracudas down to size.

July 21, 2006 midnight read more..

Hospice auction, dinner slated for Aug. 5

Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care and the Children's Hospital of Seattle will be holding an auction Saturday, Aug. 5. The auction is a major fundraiser that involves volunteers from surrounding communities working hard to prepare for this event.

July 21, 2006 midnight read more..

Thursday, July 20


Man charged with child rape

Roberto Quiroz Figueroa, 31, was arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon and charged with first degree rape of a child and first degree molestation.

July 20, 2006 midnight read more..

Louis places first at PGA pro-am tourney

LEAVENWORTH - Golfing for Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club team, Sunnyside's Aaron Louis earned a first place tie at this past Monday's Central Washington PGA pro-am event at Leavenworth Golf Club.

July 20, 2006 midnight read more..

Granger audience awed by slithery lessons

GRANGER - The Reptile Man took it easy on his Granger audience yesterday, easing them into the world of scales and slime with an introduction to a bullfrog, while exotic not too terribly terrifying.

July 20, 2006 midnight read more..

LEAD Task Force makes drug arrest

The LEAD Task Force (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) utilized a search warrant yesterday to enter a home in the 2600 block of Allen Road to arrest a 27-year-old Sunnyside man, charging him with delivery of a controlled substance.

July 20, 2006 midnight read more..

Wednesday, July 19


Nearby Boardman, Oregon making plans for NASCAR track

Tentatively it would go something like this. One hundred and forty-five thousand race fans would converge on Boardman, Ore. to see a NASCAR race at the recently built motor speedway. Some of those 145,000 spectators would undoubtedly need to stay in the Sunnyside area, using our hotels and restaurants and buying gas from Sunnyside stations.

July 19, 2006 midnight read more..

City of Sunnyside hires CWU graduate as intern

A 2005 graduate of Central Washington University, Nathaniel Gouk is putting his Bachelor of Arts degree in geography to use at the Sunnyside Planning Department. He has been working as a paid intern for the past month.

July 19, 2006 midnight read more..

Tuesday, July 18


Mabton chauffeurs offer rides in style

MABTON - For the past three years Colin and Cindy Mears have been offering tours around the Yakima Valley that feature the agriculture, recreation and history that the area has to offer. Since this past April, they have added wine tours to their array of services.

July 18, 2006 midnight read more..

SHS fastpitch team hammers Prosser

Improving its summer season record to 6-1 last night, the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team hammered the visiting Prosser Mustangs, 20-2.

July 18, 2006 midnight read more..

Monday, July 17


Friday, July 14


Sunnyside tops Tarpons, 496-326

TOPPENISH - Many of the Sunnyside Sharks are making major strides as the Mid-Valley Summer Swim League progresses. But perhaps none more so than Joslyn Ahumada.

July 14, 2006 midnight read more..

Bender fourth at PGA pro-am

PENDLETON, ORE. - Jeff Bender, the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek Golf Course club pro, tied for fourth place honors in the professional division at last Monday's PGA pro-am at Wildhorse Resort Golf Course.

July 14, 2006 midnight read more..

Governor's visit 3 p.m. Saturday

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will appear in Sunnyside at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday), Washington state Democrats confirmed yesterday afternoon.

July 14, 2006 midnight read more..

Truck stop rolling Granger's way

GRANGER - A full-fledged truck stop is coming to Granger, complete with a Subway sandwich shop, Chevron gas station, laundromat, showers and check cashing services.

July 14, 2006 midnight read more..

Thursday, July 13

Sunnyside police 'lock in' new employees

Hoping to protect the Sunnyside Police Department from short-term employees making lateral moves, the Sunnyside Civil Service Commission approved a pre-employment agreement for the police department Wednesday night.

July 13, 2006 midnight read more..

Fruit commission to meet July 26

WENATCHEE - The Washington State Fruit Commission has scheduled a Board of Directors meeting for Wednesday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Wenatchee.

July 13, 2006 midnight read more..

S'side swimmers harpoon Whales

WAPATO - The Wapato Whales had few answers for Sunnyside's Shark attack last night. Sunnyside's summer swim team rolled to a 530-282 victory over the Whales, improving its league best record to 8-0.

July 13, 2006 midnight read more..

Wednesday, July 12

Lightning ends Neptunes' bid to stop losing slide

GRANDVIEW - Trailing by 40 points with nine events still left in Tuesday night's swim meet, the Neptunes felt confident they would have a chance to overtake the Toppenish Tarpons and notch their second win of the season.

July 12, 2006 midnight read more..

Selah Dolphins suffer Shark attack

The visiting Selah Dolphins split last night's relay races with Sunnyside, but after that it was all the Sharks as they defended their home pool by claiming a 366-266 Mid-Valley Summer Swim League victory.

July 12, 2006 midnight read more..

New life breathed back into Monterey Estates

GRANGER - After sitting unfinished for 10 years, Monterey Estates is well on its way to being complete. Robert (Bob) Douglas and his wife, Donna, owners of Permanent Exteriors of Washington, Inc., have purchased 20 of 47 lots that are located in Monterey Estates.

July 12, 2006 midnight read more..

Summer enrichment program a success

MABTON - Displays of class projects were set up against the gym walls at Artz-Fox Elementary School Tuesday. There were Native American teepees, patriotic displays and other works. A color-guard from Post 10384 in Mabton was on hand. Parents, teachers, school administrators and students all assembled for the closing ceremonies of the summer program.

July 12, 2006 midnight read more..

Tuesday, July 11


Fastenal opens store in S'side

Open just over a week, the Fastenal Company is now doing business in Sunnyside at 1818 E. Edison Ave., next to Amerigas in the Eastway Shopping Plaza.

July 11, 2006 midnight read more..

Drowning toddler saved

A 2-year-old boy who fell into an above-ground swimming pool at a residence in the 700 block of 12th Street in Sunnyside Thursday, July 6, is recovering at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

July 11, 2006 midnight read more..

Monday, July 10


Infant receives support

This past Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. a car wash fundraiser was held in the Daily Sun News parking lot to help the family of "Little David" Miranda Jr. with medical expenses. Brittney Alvord gave birth to David when he was only 25 weeks old, and he is expected to stay at the University of Washington hospital until September.

July 10, 2006 midnight read more..

National Guard unit in Grandview gets hometown send-off

GRANDVIEW - Yesterday was a typical July day in the Yakima Valley, which meant that the 158 men and women of Grandview's Army National Guard 790th Chemical (Recon) Company stood sweltering under the sun in Grandview's Country Park for 45 minutes while they were honored at a departure ceremony.

July 10, 2006 midnight read more..

Winnebago helps local law enforcement with DUI arrests

UNION GAP - The slogan "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed takes on a whole new meaning with the Washington State Patrol's new mobile impaired driving unit. The Washington State Patrol presented its new DUI Winnebago last Friday in Union Gap.

July 10, 2006 midnight read more..

Friday, July 7


Sharks slide past pesky Piranhas, 475-359

PROSSER - Thanks to the likes of Heidi Vergara, Brittany Broersma, Alissa Martin, Katie Knee, Rachelle Durfey, Tim Stiteler and Jacob Hollander, the Sunnyside Sharks made a clean sweep of the Prosser Piranhas this season.

July 7, 2006 midnight read more..

Thursday, July 6

Police hope to 'pimp out' ride

The Sunnyside Police Department is in the process of trying to pimp out the police car driven by Joey Glossen, who has been driving it since October 2005. The idea came about when some students suggested it to Glossen, a school resource officer, and he then mentioned the idea to Police Chief Ed Radder, who liked the idea.

July 6, 2006 midnight read more..

Burglary, thefts reported in S'side

A burglar broke into a home in the 1400 block of Federal Way while the owner was away. The burglary was reported at 2:15 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday). No inventory of missing items was available.

July 6, 2006 midnight read more..

S'side High releases final 2005-06 grades

The numbers are in, albeit a bit on the tardy side, nonetheless they show a total of 23 students at Sunnyside High School earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages for the second semester of the 2005-06 school year.

July 6, 2006 midnight read more..

S'side Sharks bounce Barracudas, 692-120

It was over before last night's swim meet fully got underway. The host Sunnyside Sharks claimed one of the most lopsided victories ever in Mid-Valley Summer Swim League action, defeating the visiting Naches Barracudas by a 692-120 score.

July 6, 2006 midnight read more..

Wednesday, July 5


Dance in Mabton could lead to acting roles

MABTON - Benjamin Vargas, a 1994 Mabton High School graduate, is returning to Mabton Friday, July 7, in a search for bit actors for a movie he's planning to film in Mabton and Grandview later this summer.

July 5, 2006 midnight read more..

Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds close out 2006 summer play

RICHLAND - The most successful of Sunnyside's three Sun Valley baseball teams this summer, the local 14/15-year-olds finished up the 2006 campaign by winning one of three games this past weekend at the season ending postseason league tournament.

July 5, 2006 midnight read more..

Grandview residents jump the gun on fireworks

GRANDVIEW - Although Grandview is one of the few cities in the Lower Valley to allow fireworks on Independence Day, residents jumped the gun with 27 reports of fireworks violations received by police from 2:06 p.m. last Friday through 10:14 p.m. Sunday.

July 5, 2006 midnight read more..

Two autos stolen in Sunnyside

Two vehicles were stolen this past weekend. One was reported stolen from the Wal-Mart parking lot at 3:36 p.m. Friday. The other, a truck parked in the 400 block of West Edison, was reported stolen at 7:17 a.m. Saturday by a friend of the truck driver, who was out of town. No description of either vehicle was available.

July 5, 2006 midnight read more..

Hillcrest auction to benefit seniors

The residents at Hillcrest Manor and Rehabilitation Center have been busily cutting five inch squares of flannel fabric for a quilt that will be auctioned off later this summer.

July 5, 2006 midnight read more..

Monday, July 3