City of Yakima

SunComm Staging 8th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

For the past seven years, the dispatchers and calltakers at SunComm, Yakima’s 9-1-1 emergency services agency, have put on a fundraiser during October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 8th Annual SunComm Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, October 6th.

What started out as a relatively small event has continued to grow each year. The 2014 fundraiser was no exception, generating more than $4,000.

“We try to raise more money every year than we did the year before,” said Stacey Garcia, a SunComm Public Safety Communications Supervisor who organizes the fundraising event along with co-worker Katy Ybarra.

Since the SunComm crew began staging the fundraiser seven years ago, all of the proceeds have gone to support the operations of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s ‘Ohana Mammography Center.

“We’re working very hard to increase the total amount that we’ll be able to donate to ‘Ohana this year,” said Garcia. “With the help of the community, we’re confident we’ll get there.”

This year’s fundraiser will take place on October 6th from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm in the Yakima Police Department Training Room located at 201 South 3rd Street directly across from the City’s Richard A. Zais Law & Justice Center.

As in past years, the event will include a hot dog lunch, complete with chips and soda, a nacho bar, and a bake sale featuring items prepared by SunComm employees, their friends, and family members. Pink hair extensions will also be sold during the fundraiser for $10.00 a piece and a 50/50 raffle will be held.

“We’ve had such wonderful participation by the entire community over the years that has kept this event going and growing,” said Garcia. “In addition to the contributions from SunComm employees, we have local businesses that make donations, school kids who raise money, and a lot of other people who step up and help out. That’s happening again this year and we are looking forward to another very successful fundraiser,” said Garcia.

Anyone interested in being part of the 8th Annual SunComm Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser by volunteering, donating baked goods, providing a direct donation, etc. can contact either Stacey Garcia or Katy Ybarra at SunComm at 575-3012.

SunComm Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the October 6th agenda include:

–     An appeal of a Hearing Examiner’s decision to approve expansion of the Union Gospel Mission

–     An agreement with Transpo Group of Kirkland for transportation planning assistance

–     Recognition of Officer Tarin Miller for 20 years of service

To see the complete agenda for the October 6th Council meeting, click on the following link

Yakima City Council regular agenda business meetings air live on Charter Cable channel 194 and are replayed at 7:00 pm the following day. The meetings are shown again at 9:00 am on the following Saturday and Sunday and are also available on the City of Yakima website –

Utility Work to Close a Portion of North 3rd Street

Installation of a water line will result in the closure of North 3rd Street between East “H” Street and East “I” Street on Friday, October, 2nd. The work will begin at 7:00 am and should be completed by 3:30 pm.

Because of heavy traffic volumes in the area, drivers can expect delays near the project area. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the work is completed.

Access to homes and businesses in the project area will be maintained as best as possible and emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project area if necessary.

As always, the schedule for this type of project is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

For more information about the project, contact Water Distribution Supervisor Emilio Lopez at 575-6196.

Water Line Installation – News Release

Road Repair Will Impact Traffic on Portions of 1st Street

Traffic on two sections of 1st Street will be impacted on October 1st while repairs are made to the roadway surface. The 1100 to 1200 block of North 1st Street and the 500 to 600 block of South 1st Street will both be reduced to one lane in each direction while the road repair projects are underway.

The projects will begin at 7:00 am on Thursday, October 1st and should be completed by about 3:30 pm that same day. Flaggers will be on hand to help drivers navigate the project areas, but drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible until the projects are completed.

Access to businesses in the project areas will be maintained as best as possible. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project areas as necessary.

As always, schedules for these types of projects are subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

For additional information about this project, contact Streets and Traffic Operations Manager Joe Rosenlund at 576-6430.

1st Street Road Repairs – News Release

Yakima City Council Study Session Review

The Yakima City Council held a study session on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at Yakima City Hall.

At the study session on September 29th the Council:

–     Referred a public market and business incubator proposal to the Council Economic Development Committee

–     Sent a proposed agreement with the YMCA for an aquatics center at Chesterly Park to the Council Built Environment Committee for additional review

Yakima City Council Study Sessions are aired live on Charter Cable Channel 194 and replays of the meetings are also available on Y-PAC and on the City of Yakima Website –

Changes in Downtown Parking Aimed at Maximizing Availability

As part of an ongoing effort to improve customer access to parking in Downtown Yakima, parking time limits will be changed in several City-operated parking lots as of October 1st. The Yakima City Council approved the parking time limit changes after a study was conducted last fall by a nationally-recognized consulting firm.

Five City-operated lots will now provide free, all-day parking. Employees of downtown businesses will be encouraged to park in the free, all-day lots so spaces in lots closer to the downtown core can be available for customers. The time limits in three other City-operated lots are changing from four hours to two hours to encourage more frequent turnover of spaces.

The free, all-day lots are located on 1st Street next to the Barrel House Restaurant, on 2nd Street next to Sig’s Office Machines, on the southeast corner of 3rd Street and Walnut Street, on the southeast corner of Naches Avenue and Chestnut Avenue, and on the northeast corner of S Sgt Pendleton Way and 4th Street.

Lots that will offer free, two-hour parking are located on the southeast corner of S Sgt Pendleton Way and 1st Street, the southeast corner of S Sgt Pendleton Way and 2nd Street, and north of Chestnut Avenue between 2nd Street and 3rd Street.

A map showing the new parking lot time limits and the locations of the City-operated lots can be found on the City’s website at A copy of the parking study that was completed in fall 2014 can also be downloaded from that same webpage.

The parking study, which was conducted by Carl Walker and Associates, a structural engineering and parking consulting firm, also recommended lighting upgrades be made in some City-operated lots and the conversion of multiple parallel parking spaces in Downtown Yakima to angled spaces to create additional parking. The lighting upgrades and the conversion of parallel spaces to angled spaces have already been completed.

Downtown Parking Changes – News Release

New Windows Alive! Art Display Starts October 2nd in Downtown Yakima

In 2013, the Yakima Arts Commission, an advisory group appointed by the Yakima City Council, developed an idea to harness the creativity of Central Washington artists to help invigorate windows of empty downtown storefronts by displaying their work as part of a new project called, “Windows Alive!”. Based on similar projects that have proven successful in other cities, Windows Alive! is part of an ongoing effort to bring new life and activity to Downtown Yakima.

Following a submission and evaluation process that took place earlier this summer, outstanding artists from the region were chosen to be part of the fall/winter 2015 “Windows Alive!” exhibition, which will run from October 2nd through January 29th. The exhibits will go on display at 5:30 PM on October 2nd as part of First Friday activities.

“Empty windows in unoccupied storefronts send a message that isn’t very positive,” said Yakima Economic Development Manager Sean Hawkins. “The idea behind Windows Alive! is to fill those storefront windows with beautiful art and create a more engaging and vibrant environment downtown. The project also gives local artists a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work,” said Hawkins.

The artists who were chosen for the latest Windows Alive! exhibition are Thomas Blaylock of Yakima (oil painting), Sandy Forman of Yakima (quilted glass), LuCinda Kimes of Selah (acrylic, oil & charcoal), Mary Portteus of Yakima (mixed media), Jahla Brown of Olympia (screen print), and members of the Heritage University Fine Arts Club from Toppenish. Each artist or organization will receive a $250 stipend.

In addition to the contributions made to the project by the Yakima Arts Commission, support has also been provided by the City of Yakima, JEM Development, Inc., Action Window Cleaning and David Lynx.

Additional information is available at


Windows Alive Project – News Release



Yakima City Council Study Session Preview

The Yakima City Council holds a study session on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015. The meeting begins at 10:00 am at Yakima City Hall

Items on the September 29th study session include:

  • Yakima public market and business Incubator feasibility study
  • Proposed agreements for the design, construction and operation of an aquatics center at Chesterly Park

Additional study session information is available at

Yakima City Council Study Session is aired live on Charter Cable Channel 194 and replays of the meeting are also available on Y-PAC and on the City of Yakima Website –

Triumph Actuation Systems Employees Help Spruce Up Randall Park

More than 100 employees from Triumph Actuation Systems – Yakima are expected to blanket Randall Park on Wednesday, September 30th to plant about 400 small trees and shrubs and 30 larger trees. Triumph Actuation systems Yakima has awarded the Yakima Parks and Recreation Division with a grant that will cover the cost of the shrubs and trees that will be planted by the volunteers. The plantings are part of an ongoing effort to update and improve Randall Park, one of the most used parks in Yakima.

The Triumph Actuation Systems – Yakima employees will be working at Randall Park from 9:00 am until about noon on September 30th. Katrina Strathmann from the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group and Yakima Parks & Recreation staff will be assisting the volunteers.

“We are so grateful for the tremendous amount of help that the Triumph employees are going to provide,” said Yakima Parks & Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson. “It’s no exaggeration to say that there would be no way to get this planting project done as quickly and efficiently if it weren’t for their help. Triumph Actuation Systems – Yakima is truly committed to our community and being part of this project is one way its employees are demonstrating that,” said Wilkinson.

Triumph Actuation Systems – Yakima, best known locally as Dowty Decoto, has a rich history and over the years has become a premiere manufacturer of hydraulic components for the aerospace industry. The company led the way in bringing high technology to the Yakima Valley in the 1940s, which brought with it new career opportunities. Today, Triumph Actuation Systems – Yakima support many military programs and is proud of its partnerships with Boeing (787 Dreamliner) and Airbus (A380).

Randall Park, which covers more than 40 acres south of Nob Hill Boulevard between 44th Avenue and 48th Avenue, is in the midst of a more than $1 million makeover. A recently approved $500,000 grant from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program is being combined with more than $600,000 in local donations and matching funds to address several significant issues at the park.

Triumph Volunteers Plant Trees at Randall – News Release

Sunfair Parade Kicks Off Fair Season in Yakima

For the 54th year in a row, the Yakima Sunfair Parade will follow its familiar route of more than one-and-a-half miles through Downtown Yakima on Saturday, September 26th. The parade is expected to include more than 500 participants as it makes its way down Yakima Avenue from 16th Avenue to Naches Avenue.

Presented by platinum sponsor Solarity Credit Union, the 2015 Yakima Sunfair Parade will begin at 10:00 am and is expected to last for about three hours. This year’s grand marshal is Greg Stewart, the longtime president and general manager of State Fair Park.

Beginning at 8:00 am on Saturday, no parking will be allowed on Yakima Avenue between 16th Avenue and Naches Avenue. Side streets along the parade route will also be closed to through traffic while the parade is underway. As the last entries in the parade pass by the closed side streets, they will be reopened to traffic.

Entries in the 2015 Yakima Sunfair Parade will be staged along 16th Avenue between Summitview Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard. That section of 16th Avenue will be closed to all traffic, as will side streets that intersect 16th Avenue, from 6:00 am until parade entries make their way onto the parade route.

Due to the parade, Yakima Transit will not start bus service on any routes on Saturday until 12:45 pm. Special shuttles to State Fair Park will run as scheduled while the parade is underway.

The annual Yakima Sunfair Parade is coordinated by the Yakima Sunfair Festival Association.

2015 Sunfair Parade – News Release