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Va. Tech students held in death of ‘awesome little girl’

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Two Virginia Tech students who had bright futures appeared before a judge Monday in the death of a seventh-grade girl who was active on social media and apparently climbed out her bedroom window.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Nation & World


Yakima police say woman attacked man with ax before shooting

YAKIMA — Yakima police say surveillance video shows a woman armed with an ax lunged at the man suspected of fatally shooting her before he pulled the trigger.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Northwest


Environmental group sues Indian Health Service

YAKIMA — An environmental group based on the Yakama Indian Reservation has filed a federal lawsuit against the Indian Health Service for failing to respond to records requests about groundwater nitrate pollution.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Northwest


Yakima program targets dangerous structures for demolition

YAKIMA — There are about 100 buildings left in Yakima that officials are working to get fixed up or demolished as part of a program to address abandoned and potentially dangerous buildings in the city.

Date: 01/11/2016 | Northwest


Yakima Basin water is 25% above normal, eases drought concerns

YAKIMA — The water outlook is good for the arid Yakima Valley this summer.The federal government says December storms have helped ease drought concerns.The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the region’s five reservoirs and mountain snowpack are about 25 percent above normal.

Date: 01/08/2016 | Northwest


Yakima City Council elects Hispanic mayor

YAKIMA — The city of Yakima, which has been embroiled in a voting rights lawsuit brought by the ACLU, has its first Hispanic mayor.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Northwest


Small earthquake reported west of Yakima overnight

PACKWOOD — The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is reporting a small earthquake near Packwood, Washington.The shallow quake measured a magnitude 3.1 around 8:50 p.m. Friday. It wasn’t enough to cause damage or injuries, but it did shake up the community near Mount Rainier.

Date: 01/02/2016 | Northwest


Washington growers produce record hop crop

YAKIMA — Despite drought and a heat wave this summer, Washington growers produced a record 59.4 million pounds of hops this year.

Date: 12/30/2015 | Business Wire


Judge: Yakima hospital violated Charity Care Act

YAKIMA — A judge says a hospital in Yakima has violated the state Charity Care Act by demanding payment from indigent patients.

Date: 12/20/2015 | Northwest


Patrol: 3 dead, 4 hurt in crash near Kennewick

YAKIMA — The state patrol says three people are dead following a two-vehicle crash near Kennewick.Four people, including a baby, were also injured in the crash that occurred on I-82 near the Benton County city of Kennewick shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Date: 12/09/2015 | Northwest


Woman accused of fatal shooting in Yakima to appear in court

YAKIMA — A homeless woman accused of fatally shooting another woman in Yakima County is scheduled to make an appearance in Yakima County Superior Court.

Date: 11/30/2015 | Northwest


Yakima might hire outside investigator for city employees

YAKIMA — Yakima may hire an outside consultant to investigate allegations of misconduct by city employees — including police officers.

Date: 11/27/2015 | Northwest


Woman sought in Yakima death arrested in Oregon

HILLSBORO, Ore. — A homeless woman wanted in a fatal shooting in Washington state has been arrested in North Plains, Oregon.

Date: 11/24/2015 | Northwest


Yakama man’s 1917 illegal fishing conviction overturned

YAKIMA — Justice can come slowly. In this case it has taken nearly a century.It is the story of treaty rights, Washington state’s belated efforts to correct wrongs and an 81-year-old Yakama man who sought for years to vacate his great-uncle’s 1917 conviction for illegally fishing.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Northwest


Federal prosecutor named as magistrate judge in Yakima

YAKIMA — A federal prosecutor has been selected to serve as magistrate judge in Yakima’s U.S. District Court to fill the vacancy of a retiring judge.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Northwest


3rd Latina elected to Yakima City Council

YAKIMA — Carmen Mendez is now projected to become the third Latina elected to the Yakima City Council this year.With all but a few ballots counted, Mendez increased her lead Thursday to 53.7 percent, to opponent Kelly Rosenow’s 45 percent.Rosenow conceded the race Thursday.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest


JBLM helicopter pilots may soon help fly unmanned drones

YAKIMA — Daniel Fernandez used to have a fast and dangerous mission on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army scout helicopter pilot.He’d fly over a target in his Kiowa helicopter, quickly take a photo of a threat and move on before anyone could fire a shot at him.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Northwest


Yakama tribe to get authority for some court cases

YAKIMA — Some civil and criminal cases involving members of the Yakama Nation will be returned to the tribe’s jurisdiction, after being handled for decades by the state.The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday granted the tribe’s petition for what is called “retrocession.”

Date: 10/20/2015 | Northwest


Load of manure spilled in train crash southeast of Yakima

MABTON — Officials say a truck driver spilled his load of manure but escaped injury after his vehicle collided with a train southeast of Yakima.

Date: 10/12/2015 | Northwest


Man pleads no contest to setting woman on fire in Yakima

YAKIMA — A man has pleaded no contest to charges related to dousing a woman with a flammable liquid and setting her on fire during an argument at an apartment in Yakima.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Northwest


Yakima man who met girls on Facebook pleads guilty to child rape charges

YAKIMA — A Yakima man accused of having sex with underage girls after befriending them on a social media site pleaded guilty to four counts of third-degree child rape.The Yakima Herald reported that Austin Bates entered the plea Friday in Yakima County Superior Court.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Northwest


Judge awards $5M to man abused by priest in Yakima

SPOKANE — A federal judge has awarded an Oregon man $5 million in damages stemming from sexual abuse by a Catholic priest in Yakima more than 30 years ago.

Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest


2 men burned in Yakima house fire sparked by hash oil operation

YAKIMA — Two men were badly burned in a house fire that Yakima officials say was sparked during the manufacture of hash oil.Yakima fire and police were called to a house fire early Tuesday.

Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest


Woman, 80, struck, killed by car in Yakima

YAKIMA — Yakima police say an 80-year-old woman is dead after she stepped into traffic on Saturday night.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Northwest


Yakima objects to cupcake bill from employee’s farewell party

YAKIMA — Officials in Yakima want a former city employee to pay back nearly $800 in taxpayer money she spent on cupcakes for her own office farewell party.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Northwest


State trooper dies on duty near Yakima

BELLINGHAM — A state trooper from Whatcom County died Thursday from an apparent medical emergency while on duty near Yakima.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest


Yakima guaranteed at least 1 Latino council member

YAKIMA — For the first time, a Latino candidate is guaranteed election to the Yakima City Council.Two Latinos advanced in the race for District 1, and three more advanced to the general election in other districts.

Date: 08/05/2015 | Northwest


Yakima hospital to affiliate with Seattle’s Virginia Mason

YAKIMA — Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital will proceed with an affiliation with Virginia Mason Health System.The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that the Memorial Hospital board voted Tuesday to proceed with the deal, subject to an agreement that would need to be approved by both boards.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Northwest


Data shows few Latino voters in Yakima so far

YAKIMA — A new elections system designed to increase the number of Latinos voting in Yakima so far isn’t generating much interest at the ballot box.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Northwest


2 Yakima County men sentenced for killing eagles

YAKIMA — A 21-year-old Yakima County man has been sentenced to three months of incarceration for illegally killing an eagle and offering feathers for sale.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Northwest


State cuts water rights on tributaries of Yakima River

UNION GAP. — Extreme drought conditions have caused state ecology officials to curtail water rights on tributaries of the Yakima River that date back to 1873.

Date: 07/24/2015 | Northwest


Yakima man dies in rollover crash east of Boise

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho State Police say a Yakima man has died in a single-vehicle rollover crash on westbound Interstate 84 about eight miles east of Boise.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest


Police seek teen after firearms stolen from Yakima store

YAKIMA — Yakima police say one man is in jail and police are looking for a 16-year-old boy after at least 98 firearms were stolen from an outdoor supply store last week.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest


Possible charges against tractor driver in fatal crash

YAKIMA — The Yakima County prosecutor will review the investigation of a fatal crash between a motorcycle and a spray rig attached to a tractor to see if criminal charges are warranted.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Northwest


Sen. Cantwell’s bill aims to address water issues in Yakima

YAKIMA — U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell has introduced legislation aimed at ensuring a reliable supply of water for farmers, municipalities, fish, tribes and others in the Yakima River Basin.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Northwest


Large chunk of ice falls from sky into home near Yakima

MOXEE, Wash. — Authorities believe a large chunk of ice that fell out of the sky and into a home near Yakima probably came from an airplane flying overhead.KOMO-TV reported no one was injured but the ice caused extensive damage when it fell Tuesday.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Northwest


Judge sentences 2 men convicted in fatal shooting of rapper in Yakima

YAKIMA — Two men convicted of killing an aspiring rapper outside the Seasons Performance Hall last year were sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Date: 06/13/2015 | Northwest


Suspect in Yakima man’s shooting death appears in court

YAKIMA — The suspect in a man’s shooting death is being held on a $2 million bond in the Yakima County jail.

Date: 06/02/2015 | Northwest


Storm packing heavy rain, hail, lightning hits central Wash.

YAKIMA — A storm packing heavy rain, hail and lightning has hit the Yakima Valley.The Yakima Herald-Republic said some flooding was reported Thursday night in the streets of downtown Selah, near Yakima. Scattered power failures were also reported.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Northwest


Man sentenced in Yakima for selling golden eagle feathers

YAKIMA — A man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for trying to arrange the illegal sale of golden eagle feathers.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Northwest


Yakima woman gets 10 years for starving twin girls

YAKIMA — A Yakima woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing her 8-year-old twins. The girls were found emaciated when they were rescued from the home.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Northwest


Family sues Yakima school district, alleges abuse on bus

YAKIMA — The father of an 8-year-old girl with Down syndrome is suing the Yakima School District, alleging his daughter was repeatedly molested by another student on a special needs school bus.

Date: 05/18/2015 | Northwest


Lawsuit settlement tightens rules for 3 Yakima dairies

YAKIMA — Three dairies in Yakima Valley are operating under stricter sanitation standards following Monday’s resolution of a years-long lawsuit.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Northwest


Yakima spends more than $981,000 on ACLU voting rights case

YAKIMA — Yakima has paid more than $981,000 in attorney fees and expert witness costs in its ongoing voting rights case with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Date: 04/24/2015 | Northwest


Road trip: Five breweries outside of Snohomish County to visit

Outside of Snohomish County there are a number of great breweries. Here's a few to put on your list:

Date: 04/24/2015 | Hops & Sips


Children discovered playing with mercury at Yakima home

YAKIMA — Federal officials say they have finished cleaning up a Yakima home where children were discovered playing with mercury, which is highly toxic.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest


Some Yakima River basin irrigators to receive 60% of normal water

SPOKANE — The water supply forecast for the Yakima River basin got worse in March.The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Monday that holders of junior water rights will likely get just 60 percent of their normal water.

Date: 04/06/2015 | Northwest


State seeks water to keep Yakima Basin streams flowing

YAKIMA — State water managers are looking to lease water from farmers to keep streams from running dry in the upper Yakima River Basin.

Date: 04/01/2015 | Northwest


Federal judge denies motion to reconsider Yakima case

YAKIMA — A federal judge has denied Yakima’s motion for reconsideration of its voting rights case with the American Civil Liberties Union.The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice denied the motion on Thursday.

Date: 03/20/2015 | Northwest


ACLU seeks more than $2.8M in legal costs from Yakima

YAKIMA — The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking more than $2.8 million in legal costs from the city of Yakima in the organization’s successful voting rights lawsuit.The Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper reported that the numbers surfaced in court filings late Tuesday.

Date: 03/03/2015 | Northwest


Moscoso says his state voting rights act would make handling complaints simpler

A Mountlake Terrace legislator says that the Washington Voting Rights Act, which he sponsored, would make complaints of denial of rights simpler and less expensive for both sides.

Date: 02/27/2015 | South County Politics


Federal judge adopts ACLU plan for Yakima redistricting

YAKIMA — A federal judge has adopted a plan by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington for boosting the voice of Latinos in Yakima elections.

Date: 02/17/2015 | Northwest




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