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Private road leads to Wenas Mammoth

It seems that making driveways and roads is a way to see the Yakima Valley’s pre-history. When Bronwyn and Douglas Mayo were having a private road put on their property …

Homeless kids: It’s not just an urban issue

A recent state report shows a 10 percent homeless rate among Native American youths in the county. That’s nearly triple the state average of 3.7 percent and greater than any …

Fire engulfs Prosser home where 3 were sleeping

One person was hospitalized and five pets are missing after an early morning fire tore through a Prosser home.

Scoring college entrance tests: How important are the SAT and ACT for gaining admission?

State and local educators say students may be giving undue weight to those scores, especially since their importance varies depending on where a student wants to attend college.

Study aims to find out if agriculture triggers asthma

Asthma was thought to be a disease more prevalent in densely populated urban areas where there’s more pollution from automobiles and large industry. Researchers are now focusing on children with …

UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

U.S. flag, memento of son slain in Afghanistan, was stolen months ago. Now it’s back home for the 4th of July.

In April, the flag and other items were stolen when someone broke into Marceau’s truck, parked at his home in White Swan. And then, the day before the Fourth of …

UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 12:53 p.m.

William O. Douglas’ Goose Prairie cabin nominated for National Register of Historic Places

Members of the Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation voted Friday to add the cabin to the Washington Heritage Register, an official listing of historically significant sites and properties …

Special-needs teachers in high demand in the Yakima Valley

Educators say the Yakima Valley isn’t immune to a growing statewide problem: It’s hard to hire, and even harder to retain, teachers who work with special-needs students.

Finding clues in the ashes: Investigating fires is another way to save lives

Yakima County Fire Marshal Chris Pederson often arrives after firefighters have started putting out the blaze. But the minute she gets there, she talks to the firefighters first on the …

State: Yakima taxpayers on hook for $157K in wildfire costs

Authorities say the city of Yakima will be held responsible for nearly $160,000 in firefighting costs related to a fire started by police officers last year.

Rattlesnake Ridge near Yakima still sliding, popping, squeaking — but nature may be hitting brakes

Rattlesnake Ridge, the slow-moving landslide near Yakima that spurred

Local Scouts are prepared for changes

Beginning Monday, girls will be able to join Cub Scouts. On Feb. 1, they’ll be welcomed to Scouts BSA – a name change for older Scouts that will take effect …

UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Oh say, did you hear? Yakima’s Freddie Garza will sing National Anthem at NBA Finals game on Friday

Freddie Garza of Yakima, an Air Force reservist known for singing at Mariners and Seahawks games, will perform at his first NBA Finals game on Friday.

UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 8:29 a.m.

Davis High School student charged with four counts of felony voyeurism released without bail

A 17-year-old Davis High School student has been charged with four counts of felony voyeurism after Yakima police say he took potentially hundreds of videos up the skirts of female …

Yakima high school student facing voyeur video charges

A 17-year-old Yakima high school student police say took videos up girls’ skirts is facing five felony voyeurism charges.

CSI: Yakima – What it’s really like to investigate crimes

Kristen Drury laughs when she thinks about TV portrayals of crime scene investigators. As the forensics lab supervisor for the Yakima Police Department, Drury collects physical evidence, analyzes it and …

Homeless, aging and ill: Respite programs can be a lifesaver, but space is extremely limited

Davis is part of a growing aging homeless population that is often in need of medical help in the Yakima Valley, where a service shortage sometimes can lead to death. …

UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Hundreds gather in Yakima seeking solutions for homelessness

An annual gathering aimed to get service providers and advocates from across the state together to share ideas on solving homelessness boasted a record attendance of about 800 people Tuesday …

Northwest Horticultural Council has the back of Washington’s tree fruit industry

In recent months, Yakima-based Northwest Horticultural Council has focused on representing the tree fruit industry in a number of key policy discussions including the ongoing renegotiation of the 24-year-old North …

UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson vows to fight for Dreamers

When state Attorney General Bob Ferguson stopped in Yakima on Monday to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he was surprised by the engagement he received from the …

Yakima farmworker complex biggest in Washington

Yakima’s North First Street will become home to the state’s largest single farmworker rental complex when Valicoff Fruit begins housing guest workers in a former 800-bed hotel next month.

UPDATED: Sun., May 13, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Everett student fueled by diesel and determination

When McKenzie Budrow arrived at the state SkillsUSA diesel competition in Yakima last month the only bathroom she could find in the vehicle workshop was for men.

Yakima woman finds herself in mixed martial arts world

At age 30, Clayton climbed into the cage for her first Mixed Martial Arts fight – she won by knockout in 40 seconds. From there, she built a 7-3 amateur …

Selah man sentenced to life in money-lending store slayings

A central Washington man who shot and killed two money-lending store employees two years ago will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

State employee suspected of molesting, raping children

A state Department of Social and Health Service worker whose job involved investigating child abuse and neglect has been arrested on suspicion of molesting or raping multiple children.

UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

Prosecutors say money was motive in double murder at MoneyTree store

Prosecutors argued Monday that the deaths of two women at a downtown payday lending store were the direct result of a Selah man’s need for money and his knowledge of …

U.S. Census: Yakima officials debate merits of White House decision to ask about citizenship

Critics say asking census respondents if they are U.S. citizens will lead to inaccurate counts and a resulting in drop federal funding, while supporters say it’s the only surefire way …

Yakima school looking to help students experiencing trauma

A tattered box with pencil punctures, holes cut with scissors and filled with miscellaneous paper – some crinkled and folded – sits atop a small desk in the vice principal’s …

UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 7 p.m.

Gov. Inslee visiting Yakima to sign bill establishing ‘Cesar Chavez Day’

Martin Yanez remembers Cesar Chavez as a labor leader with the courage to admit he didn’t have all the answers to farmworkers’ problems. Francisco Malgof recalls a man who oozed …

Yakima homeless shelter gets conditional OK; many neighbors vow to continue fight

Neighboring residents and business owners near a proposed permanent homeless shelter in Yakima say they don’t plan to accept Friday’s project approval without a fight.