Kittitas County brush fires close Vantage Highway

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. — Local authorities are urging travelers to avoid Vantage Highway east of Kittitas due to multiple brush fires in the area. Emergency first responders arrived on the scene in the afternoon to contain the spread of…

Yakima police to get 57 new patrol cars

YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakima City Council voted Tuesday to use $4.6 million in American Rescue Plan funds to purchase a new fleet of vehicles for its police officers. Yakima Police Lt. Ira Cavin said the department should receive 57…

Judge dismisses Washington state governor recall petition

Washington state officials have said a petition that was filed last month to recall Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic was dismissed this week. KOMO-TV reports the governor’s office said Wednesday that a judge ruled to dismiss the petition filed by a citizen group known as Washingtonians to Recall Inslee. The residents could appeal, but it wasn't immediately known if they planned to do so. The group alleged in its May petition that the governor’s order that limited activities in the state during the pandemic interfered with their rights to assemble, work freely and participate in religious activities.