Latest Yakima News

State helping fight fire threatening WA homes, sewer plant

Aug. 11, 2022 21:31 PM EDT

GRANDVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A fire threatening homes, infrastructure and the a sewer plant in central Washington has prompted a state response, including aircraft. Interim State Fire Marshal Chad Cross said Thursday that the Canyon Road Fire near the small city of Grandview is burning...

Newhouse’s primary success rare among GOP impeachment voters

Aug. 11, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The 4th Congressional District in Washington state is a land of snow-capped volcanic peaks and lush irrigated orchards that produce most of the nation's apples. It's also home to one of the few Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump and then won his...

Ex-bank manager accused of stealing $1M from customers

Jul. 11, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (AP) — A former southwestern Washington bank manager is accused of stealing more than $1 million from vulnerable customers. The Columbian reports Brian Davie, 43, was arrested Friday in Yakima on charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to...

Crews conduct swift-water rescues on Yakima, Columbia rivers

Jun. 23, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Crews were busy Wednesday with two separate swift-water river rescue operations. Emergency crews pulled a man from the Yakima River after he fell from his raft near a diversion dam west of the Horn Rapids area in Richland, the Tri-City Herald reported. ...

Cyclist killed by hit-and-run driver was a nursing director

Jun. 14, 2022 08:40 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have identified the bicyclist who was struck and killed by a motorist in Yakima on Sunday morning. Wendy Baker, 66, of Yakima was riding her bicycle on Summitview Road when she was hit and killed by a maroon SUV, Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies...

Yakima formalizes team to improve domestic violence response

Jun. 09, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A team created to improve the response to domestic violence incidents in Yakima was made official Tuesday by the Yakima City Council. Over the last year, the Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team has developed a more cohesive and complete...

Man gets nearly 5 years in 2019 DUI crash that killed 4

Jun. 05, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Wapato man to nearly five years in prison for a 2019 driving under the influence crash that killed four citizens of the Yakama Nation. Leland James Finley, 28, had pleaded guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter and one...

Permit approved for large solar power farm in Yakima County

May. 25, 2022 08:15 AM EDT

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) — Plentiful sunshine, a nudge from the state of Washington, and even a few sheep will help a large solar power farm in eastern Yakima County begin operation sometime in 2024. Yakima County Hearing Examiner Gary Cuillier has approved a conditional use permit for...

Power outage at Yakima airport halts commercial flights

May. 20, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Commercial flights into the Yakima airport were temporarily shut down after a car crashed into the control tower early Friday morning. The Yakima Police Department said a driver was speeding on Washington Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. Friday and crashed into two...

Experts warn that drought will impact Northwest this summer

May. 19, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Drought is expected to impact much of the Pacific Northwest this summer, including areas in eastern Washington, southern Oregon and southern Idaho, according to climatology and water officials. A recent map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that about 54% of...