Yakima

Billboard Ban Proposal Fails

Yakima City Council votes againsts a ban on billboards at last night's meeting. A proposal to ban more billboards from being placed around the city failed by 5 to 2. The city placed a moratorium on new billboards for past…

Newhouse Brings in Supporters

Congressional candidate Dan Newhouse holds a press conference with campaign supporters. Other representatives such as Norm Johnson and Curtis King showed their support for Newhouse -- who is currently running for the 4th congressional district seat, following Doc Hastings retirement…

Washington jobless rate holds steady

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state's unemployment rate is holding steady at 6.4 percent and remaining at the lowest point in more than five years.The state Employment Security Department said Wednesday that the unemployment rate held firm from January to February…

Washington State Fires Ken Bone after 5 seasons

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Washington State has fired men's basketball coach Ken Bone after five seasons during which he was unable to sustain the success of his predecessor Tony Bennett.Washington State athletic director Bill Moos announced the firing Tuesday. Bone…

Suspicious Device Leads to Legends Casino Evacuation

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office, along with tribal police, the ATF and the FBI investigating a suspicious device that forced the evacuation this morning of Legends Casino in Toppenish. Employees and patrons were evacuated after a suspicious device was found…

Yakima School District Superintendent's Annual Evaluation Completed

The Yakima School District Board of Directors has concluded its annual evaluation of the Superintendent's performance. This year's evaluation affirmed the Board's confidence in Superintendent Beraza's leadership of the Yakima School District. Improved student achievement across the district, especially in…

Goldendale Woman Dies as She Jumps From Moving Car

The Washington State Patrol is investigating a fatal incident on Interstate 82 near Zillah last night. According to the WSP, 44 year old Stephanie Lesko of Goldendale exited the vehicle she was a passenger in as the driver pulled over…

Sally Beauty Releases Details on Data Breach

Sally Beauty is reporting that a security breach discovered on March 5 affected fewer than 25,000 a credit and debit card accounts. The seller of beauty supplies is pursuing its investigation with a forensics firm and says that it's working…

DOE secretary meets with Washington state governor

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz met with Gov. Jay Inslee to present a draft cleanup plan for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.But Inslee said Monday the draft fell short of what the state expected.Inslee and Moniz met at…

Morning fire damages apartment in Yakima

A fire destroys a bedroom and its contents at an apartment unit in Yakima this morning. When firefighters arrived at the 600 block of North 6th Street around 8 this morning they found the bedroom fully involved in fire. They…

Citizen Assists Yakima Water Rescue in Saving Life

Yakima authorities are praising a good samaritan for aiding in the rescue of a man who had driven into the Yakima River. It happened yesterday evening near the 1700 block of Donald Wapato Road in Wapato. Art Gonzalez of Sunnyside…

Home & Garden Show Begins

225 vendors are set up and ready to go for the Central Washington Home & Garden Show. People walking through the SunDome will see everything from fixer-uppers, to outside landscaping projects. The event is put by the Central Washington Home…

Workers Picket Memorial Hospital

Workers at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital stage an informational picket this afternoon.Union members from SEIU are expressing concerns about working conditions for employees; they say the amount of work, and lack of employees is hampering the quality care they want…

Officials Investigating Former Officers Death

Officials are investigating a line-of-duty death after a former Wapato police officer dies this past weekend. Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins says officer Derek Hansen died Sunday after he collapsed at his home. An autopsy report shows Hansen died from…

Wash. House passes bill to allow hash sales

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's House of Representatives has passed a bill to allow sales of marijuana concentrates like hash oil at state-licensed pot shops.The measure also tweaks Washington's legal marijuana law to allow marijuana processors to sell to other…

Agriculture Jobs Grow in 2013

The Yakima County area sees a slight turn in unemployment numbers -- and a big increase in a certain job area. Overall, the county saw unemployment decrease from 8.1%, to about 7% between 2012 and 2013. However, the county saw…

Trial Continues in Sex Abuse Case

A sex abuse lawsuit against the Diocese of Yakima continues today in U.S. District Court. A judge heard testimony from social workers and foster family of the plaintiff, who goes by John Doe. Doe's attorneys are accusing the diocese of…

Ellensburg Captain Announces Candidacy for Sheriff

The candidate pool for Yakima County Sheriff continues to grow. Ellensburg police captain Jim Keightley announces he will run for the position -- he has served in the Ellensburg Police Department for 3 years, and over 25 years with the…