Lower Valley

Yakima Valley mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics continue

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — The Yakima Health District is offering more than a dozen mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week across Yakima County. As of  last month, 57.8% of individuals 16 years or older countywide had initiated vaccination and 51.4%…

Wapato teenager hospitalized in accident on U.S. 97

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — A 17-year-old girl from Wapato was hospitalized on Monday morning after colliding with another vehicle on U.S. Route 97; roughly four miles northwest of Toppenish. According to a press release issued by the Washington State Patrol…

Fire destroys Brownstown Tavern, FBI investigating

BROWNSTOWN, Wash. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken charge of the investigation into a fire that destroyed an old tavern on the Yakama Reservation, just days after its owner testified in a federal murder trial. Firefighters responded just…

Prosser to celebrate Juneteenth with "History Hour"

PROSSER, Wash. — Experts and storytellers will come together for a Juneteenth celebration to educate people on the history of Washington state's most recently recognized holiday. According to a press release issued by Prosser Social Justice, visitors will gather at…

Company drops plan for $2.3B methanol plant in Washington

A company backed by the Chinese government says it is ending its seven-year effort to build one of the world's largest methanol plants along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington. Northwest Innovation Works on Friday told the Port of Kalama it will terminate its lease, ending the $2.3 billion project following several legal and regulatory setbacks. The company proposed to take fracked natural gas from Canada and convert it into methanol, which it would then ship to China to make ingredients for plastics. The state Department of Ecology denied a key permit for the project in January, saying it would create too much pollution.

29-year-old man fatally shot in Granger

GRANGER, Wash. — The Yakima County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting in Granger over the weekend that left a 29-year-old man dead. Granger police and surrounding law enforcement agencies responded about 10:30 p.m. Saturday to reports of shots fired…