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Former Yakima police spokesman resigns; ‘No action’ planned after internal investigation

An internal investigation into the conduct of former Yakima Police spokesman Mike Bastinelli became moot when he resigned on Dec. 31, said city spokesman Randy Beehler. “With him resigning, that brings to a close that portion of the process,” Beehler said Tuesday. “There’s no action that’s going to


Winter weather advisory issued for Yakima Valley and surrounding areas

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Yakima and Kittitas valleys, with meteorologists advising residents to expect as much as four inches of fresh snow and sleet between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.


Employee in Yakima County clerk's office charged with theft of funds

YAKIMA, Wash. – A financial supervisor in the Yakima County Clerk’s Office has been charged with multiple counts of theft and misappropriation of money. The charges against Emmilee C. Lennart-Hassanin, 32, stemmed from a state audit that found $13,029 missing from the clerk’s office’s cash receipts


Yakima selects California firm to lead search for new police chief

Yakima officials hope to have a new police chief installed sometime in April now that a recruiting firm has been selected, city spokesman Randy Beehler said. Late last month the city chose Public Sector Search and Consulting of Rocklin, Calif., to recruit a new chief to oversee the Yakima Police Dep


Yakima Shopko to close its doors

YAKIMA, Wash.- One of the Shopko stores in Yakima is said to be closing its doors soon. Workers at the location on Summitview Ave tells Action News they know the store is closing soon, but an actual date has not been set.


Yakima looking to start North 1st Street project this spring

YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima City Council say they are moving forward with a project to clean up North First Street, a part of town known for crime, drugs and prostitution. Council members have been talking about a revitalization project on North First since 2011.


Yakima recycling options narrow as Central Washington Recycling cuts back amid industry upheaval

Mike Meils showed up to Central Washington Recycling on Second Avenue in Yakima on Tuesday with a car full of recyclable items, including a La Croix box, various newspapers and aluminum cans.


Weekend Pick: The best thing about WinterHop BrewFest is ...

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The best thing about the Ellensburg WinterHop BrewFest is that it takes place right when you need it most, providing a ray of golden light during the grayest time of the year.


Shopko Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Restructuring

The full release is below, but in the list of store closures, neither the Wenatchee or Quincy location was listed, so they will remain open for now. The Summitview Ave. location in Yakima is scheduled to be closed.


On the Bar: Break the rules with grapefruit-flavored vodka

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The scorn heaped upon vodka during this early 21st century cocktail renaissance made sense in the beginning. A nascent movement requires principles, and a rejection of The Old Ways must be among those principles. So when people like Sasha Petraske opened game-changing bars like New


Salt and Stone: Sunshine Sauce perfect for cold, gray days

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Does January feel like a million weeks long to anyone else out there? In all seriousness, how is it not March already?. Long before these cold, gray days hit and knowing I get a little stir-crazy in January, we made the decision to steal away for the weekend with our kids to go skii


Wenatchee Valley Tech students earn top honors at regional firefighting competition

EAST WENATCHEE — Student competitors from the Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center's fire sciences program took top honors Friday at the 2019 Skills USA Firefighting Competition.


Wintry mix possible, accumulating snow for some

Happy Wednesday! It's a quiet start with some dense freezing fog in places (especially around Pendleton and Walla Walla). Can't rule out a snow flurry or stray shower today, but most spots will stay dry. Look for afternoon highs a little warmer in the upper 30's.


Legislative Forum Set For Wednesday In Yakima

With the legislative session underway in Olympia this week you have a chance to speak to a local lawmaker without making a trip over the mountains. The Washington Policy Center on Wednesday will hold its Legislative Lunchbox Forum at the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce. It's set for noon. Eastern


Members sought for committee to review potential homeless facility

YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima City Council is seeking volunteers interested in serving on an ad-hoc committee being formed to review design elements for a potential homeless facility located in the City of Yakima.


Impending WSU report says cherry growers lost $106 million due to Chinese tariffs in 2018

Chinese tariff’s took a toll on the Washington cherry industry in 2018. According to the Capital Press, B.J. Thurlby of Northwest Cherry Growers in Yakima says the industry sustained a $106 million loss last year.


5 Reasons People Are Moving Away From Yakima

There are many reasons to make the move to Washington state and the city of Yakima, namely, that "fresh Yakima air"! All iCarly television show jokes aside, we boast a higher quality of life here in the Yakima Valley, as well as a high state minimum wage and an abundance gorgeous natural landscapes


Volunteers wanted in Yakima to help plan homeless facility

YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima City Council is looking for volunteers interested in serving on an ad-hoc committee that they want to form to review design elements related to a potential homeless facility located within the City of Yakima.


Eat This, Drink That: Mexiscramble makes for a really great brunch

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Sunday arrived with plans for brunch with Jenn, a close friend, confidante and fellow lover of everything on Bravo. We’d had several failed attempts to share a brunch, but were determined to make this one happen, regardless of the destination. When Backwoods Cafe was suggested, I ra


Davis High in lockdown, YPD investigates shots fired

YAKIMA, Wash. - Davis High School has been placed on a reccomended lockdown after Yakima Police responded to reports of shots fired in the area of the 400 block of S. 8th Ave. This is a devloping story.