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Apple growers qualify for aid after challenging criteria

Jul. 10, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that apple growers are now eligible for relief aid through a coronavirus food assistance program. The department revised its criteria so apple growers qualify for payments, saying they experienced a sales price loss of at least 5% when...

Suspect indicted in triple murder in Parker

Jul. 9, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A 36-year-old Parker man has been charged in federal court with killing three people in Parker last month. The Yakima Herald reports a federal grand jury indicted Clifton Frank Peter on two first-degree murder counts and a charge of second-degree murder, as well as two counts of...

FILE - In this June 16, 2020, file photo, workers at an orchard pull on equipment as they prepare to thin apple trees in Yakima, Wash. While the coronavirus pandemic at first pounded the greater Seattle area, the epicenter has now moved east across the Cascade Range. Washington is seeing rising cases of COVID-19, driven in large part by increasing numbers in Yakima, Benton, Franklin and Spokane counties, the largest communities in eastern Washington. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Surge in state COVID-19 cases driven by eastern Washington

Jul. 3, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Cirio Hernandez Hernandez was thinning apple trees on a June morning in Yakima, grabbing a fistful of tiny apples and knocking off all but one that was left to grow to a marketable size. It wasn't the Yakima Valley's hot temperatures, or the strenuous work, that was causing him...

Yakama Nation to continue appeal against mining expansion

Jul. 3, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that the Yakama Nation can move forward with its lawsuit to halt the expansion of a gravel mining project that they say could disrupt a tribal cultural and burial site. The court ruled Thursday that the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the Columbia Basin College campus in the Tri-Cities on Tuesday June 30, 2020 about the spread of the coronavirus in Benton and Franklin counties. (Jennifer King/The Tri-City Herald via AP)

Inslee expands virus mask order for businesses statewide

Jul. 2, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that because of an increase in the rate of COVID-19 infection, starting next week, bar seating will no longer be permitted for counties currently in Phase 3 of the state’s four-stage reopening plan and businesses statewide will not be able to serve customers...

Family warned of jail time for Black Lives Matter chalk art

Jul. 2, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

SELAH, Wash. (AP) — A family in Washington state could face up to year in jail or be fined no more than $5,000 if they continue to draw chalk on their street in support of Black Lives Matter, a city attorney said. Selah City Attorney Rob Case warned Laura Perez, her family and her attorney Joseph Cutler in...

Selah city lawyer: Family could be prosecuted for chalk art

Jul. 2, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

SELAH, Wash. (AP) — A city attorney in a small town near Yakima said a family who has put Black Lives Matter chalk art on their street could face prosecution if they do it again. In a letter to Laura Perez’s attorney, Selah City Attorney Rob Case said using chalk to draw on a public street...

Body found at burned home near Yakima

Jun. 25, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

WHITE SWAN, Wash. (AP) — The FBI is investigating after a body was found at a home where a fire happened Monday near Yakima in White Swan. FBI spokesperson Steve Bernd provided few details about the incident or the body Wednesday, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. Bernd says the death is under...

Hana Morris, left, and Forrest Golic wear masks as they walk hand in hand Monday, June 22, 2020, in Yakima, Wash. Washington state will require people to wear facial coverings in most indoor and outdoor public settings, under a statewide public health order announced Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee in response to ongoing COVID-related health concerns. Yakima County, which has been among the hardest hit by the outbreak, has even more stringent requirements under a separate proclamation issued by Inslee that also takes effect Friday. (Amanda Ray / Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)

Washington issues statewide facial covering requirement

Jun. 23, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Citing ongoing coronavirus-related health risks, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced a statewide requirement for people to wear facial coverings in public settings. The public health order, issued by Secretary of Health John Wiesman, takes effect Friday. The order requires...

In this photo taken Wednesday, June 17, 2020, a sign declares off the highway in Yakima, Wash., declares the city the

Virus is taking big toll on farm county in Washington state

Jun. 22, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Fruit warehouse worker Armida Rivera says her days in Yakima County, Washington, are filled with the fear of getting the coronavirus. Sean Gilbert worries about the threat to his family's century-old orchard business in the county. And Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is struggling to help...