Author: Matt Van Slyke

Local farmers markets: Fresh food, new rules

Farmers markets in Kennewick, Walla Walla, and Pendleton are opening in the next few days, joining a number of others in selling produce (and more) straight from the producers -- with some changes due to coronavirus concerns. The Historic Downtown…

Power outage affecting KAPP transmission site

Update: As of Sunday at 5 p.m., 7,000 customers have had their power restored with 8,300 expected to be back in service by Monday evening. --- YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. Power outages affecting thousands of customers in the greater Yakima area…

Walla Walla County now in Phase 2 of reopening plan

Walla Walla County has been granted a variance for reopening under Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start plan, county officials announced Wednesday morning. All businesses in the county prepared to follow Governor Jay Inslee’s guidelines are now allowed to reopen,…

Kittitas County: No word on Phase 2 until May 26

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Kittitas County will have to wait another week to see if it can move to Phase 2 of the governor's reopening plan. Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman told the Kittitas County Incident Management Team that the…

Another COVID-19 death, 16 new cases in Tri-Cities

Benton-Franklin Health District provided an update midday Friday on the coronavirus outbreak that has now infected more than 1,300 people. BFHD reported 16 new cases Friday for a total of 1,312 COVID-19 cases in Benton and Franklin counties combined; 36*…

Inmate with COVID-19 to be released from Yakima jail

The Sunnyside Jail inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 isn't the only person infected there, jail officials announced Friday -- and he's being released to live in Sunnyside. Yakima County Department of Corrections says Sunnyside's jail commander told the DOC…

Elk hoof disease found in Yakima County

A crippling disease has been discovered in an elk herd in Yakima County, state officials said Monday. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports samples from a juvenile elk in the Yakima herd were tested; results confirmed the presence…