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Stories tagged: Yakima


Projects to help fish: Salmon recovery efforts highlighted in Yakima Basin

Cowiche Creek is a good place to start when it comes to salmon and steelhead success stories in the Yakima Basin.


Yakima-area grower perseveres despite county pushback

Jamie Muffett continues his battle to grow cannabis in unincorporated Yakima County.


Five dead after shootings on Yakama Reservation

Five people have died after shootings at several locations in White Swan, on the Yakama Reservation in central Washington.


Bouncy castle with students inside swept away by wind

A bouncy castle at Zillah High School was swept away by wind Wednesday, injuring five students after landing back on the ground.


Yakima mayor drives SUV into Rite Aid building, no injuries

Authorities say Mayor Kathy Coffey wasn’t injured after driving her SUV into the Rite Aid building in Yakima.


Yakima County jail head: Little choice but to drop off inmates in parking lot

After complaints about dropping them off in a parking lot, a top Yakima County corrections official said King County prisoners being released from the North Front Street jail will be …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Uprooting cannabis: Officials stepping up enforcement of ban on recreational marijuana businesses

Brian Lehman has been scrambling to find a new location for his state-licensed cannabis farm since receiving a cease-and-desist order from Yakima County officials. Now, the county is seeking an …


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

Blizzard killed 1,850 cows, Yakima area farmers are reeling

Farmers in the Yakima Valley are still assessing the damage after a snow and windstorm a month ago left 1,850 dairy cows dead in the span of a few hours.


Twin girls were starved by mother, failed by state watchdog: Lawsuit filed

Two young girls who were nearly starved to death by their mother in 2015 are suing the state and a for-profit substance-abuse treatment provider.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

‘What next? Biblical plagues?’ Blizzard killed 1,850 cows, and Yakima Valley farmers are reeling

The unexpected blizzard that swept through the Yakima Valley on Feb. 9 was just one more clobbering for the region’s dairy farms.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

Yakima County prepares to shut down marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas

YAKIMA – Yakima County is taking legal action to shut down more than 20 banned recreational marijuana businesses operating in unincorporated areas of the county. County officials gave the businesses …


Two injured in shootout outside Wapato

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a gun battle between two vehicles outside Wapato that left two people hospitalized Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 5:52 p.m.

Window, door maker Jeld-Wen announces plans to close Yakima plant; 180 jobs affected

Window and door manufacturer Jeld-Wen will close its Yakima plant in April, a move affecting nearly 180 employees.


Yakima recycling options narrow as business cuts back

Central Washington Recycling will stop accepting aluminum, tin and plastic products Feb. 1.


Forum on farm worker housing in Yakima in the works

Efforts toward a collaborative policy on temporary farm worker housing in Yakima County are moving forward.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

Meeting set for Toppenish to address missing Native women

A second Yakima County meeting on missing Native women in Washington has been announced for early 2019.


Sheriff’s Office investigating assault, death at jail as a homicide

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Yakima County Jail inmate early Monday morning as a homicide, according to a news release.


Use of force review board: Yakima police officer ‘reasonable’ in kicking pepper-sprayed teen at fair

A Yakima police officer who was videotaped kicking a teenager who’d been pepper-sprayed has been put back on patrol and will not face administrative action after a use of force …


East Valley School District says teacher’s video of PE class routine, parent’s complaint unfounded

East Valley School District officials say a middle-school physical education teacher did nothing wrong by recording video of students doing a gym exercise with his personal cellphone.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 12:14 p.m.

First child porn suspect on FBI list pleads guilty

The first-ever child pornography suspect named to the FBI’s Most Wanted list cashed out his life savings and was fleeing law enforcement on a bus traveling across Montana last year …


As harvest begins, apple industry weighing its options amid tariffs

The Washington state apple crop that could be adversely affected by trade disputes. Tariffs have been implemented on U.S. apples by China and Mexico and also are planned by India. …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 12:40 p.m.

Yakima police chief Rizzi’s firing came after “disappointing” review found him “disengaged” from department

A performance review identified a number of issues the city manager had with Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi Jr. before Rizzi was fired last month, including attendance, relationships inside the …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

VIDEO: Yakima officer under investigation for kicking teen at fair

Yakima Police say an officer who used pepper spray on a teen and knocked him down while breaking up a fight has been placed on desk duty pending an investigation.


Murder of missionary student leads to new jail policy on reporting warrant information on suspects

A week after Saul Llamas Rios was sentenced to 27 years in prison for killing a Tieton missionary student, officials approved a new policy requiring the Yakima County jail to …


Yakima police chief to collect $106,827 after firing

Yakima police chief Dominic Rizzi Jr. may have about two months until his job is officially terminated, but he’s already out of the office.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 11:04 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene Vikings stay on task, thump Eisenhower 52-14 in lightning-shortened contest

Coeur d’Alene had all sorts of reasons to look past Eisenhower on Friday night.The visitors from Yakima were without starting senior quarterback Drew Kornegay. The Vikings have a huge showdown …


Yakima police chief fired, department looking to future

Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi, Jr.’s time in the city will soon come to an end.


Family keepsakes tell the story of Japanese-American life in Yakima Valley

Like others in the Lower Yakima Valley’s Japanese community, the Hides enjoyed a close relationship with the Yakama Nation citizens from whom they leased land. When Japanese immigrants began coming …


Once the flames are out, Yakima County fire investigator Chris Pedersen gets busy figuring out why the fire started

Yakima County Fire Marshal Chris Pedersen is the local equivalent to Sherlock Holmes, with two key differences: She investigates fires, not crimes; and she doesn’t have a Watson – at …


Body found in search for 82-year-old Yakima woman

Authorities said a body has been found during the search for an 82-year-old Yakima woman who disappeared while berry picking.