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UPDATED: Sat., June 20, 2020

More than 100 join chalk art gathering in Selah to promote diversity, equality

Bright colors, upbeat music and plenty of smiles fueled a positive environment Thursday night at Selah Middle School.

Pay is key issue in Yakima County fruit plant worker strikes

Negotiations between two separate fruit packing companies in Yakima, Washington and their employees are at a standstill over compensation.

Coronavirus, underlying issues drive fruit packing house workers to strike

Rosalinda Gonzalez was almost 22 years old when she started working at Columbia Reach Pack. Now at age 41, after 19 years with the company, Gonzalez is participating in her …

UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

Yakima Diocese priest among those who’ve tested positive for COVID-19

The Rev. Alejandro “Alex” Trejo, 48, is among the three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Grant County, the diocese said Sunday. Trejo presided over several worship services before testing positive …

Two cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Yakima County

Two cases of the COVID-19 have been confirmed in Yakima County, according to the Yakima Health District.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Man facing theft charges after he allegedly borrowed $2.8 million to insure fake companies

A Yakima man is facing theft charges after investigators say he borrowed $2.8 million from a Spokane insurance finance company to insure six fake businesses, and one real business that …

Former Walmart worker faces charges of bomb, death threats

A former Walmart employee in Washington state pleaded not guilty to charges he threatened to blow up one of the stores and kill two managers, according to court records.

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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.