City of Yakima

New Roots & Vines Festival to Celebrate Craft Beverages and Music

Add another to the growing list of events that are spurring recent efforts to brand Downtown Yakima as an arts and entertainment destination. The inaugural Yakima Roots & Vines Festival will bring the Historic North Front Street District alive on Saturday, May 16th from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

“The Roots & Vines Festival has been created to highlight the ever expanding number of quality local wineries, breweries, and distilleries that Yakima is recognized for,” said City of Yakima Economic Development Manager Sean Hawkins. “And what goes better with great craft beverages than a lineup of top notch performers of Americana, roots, and bluegrass music? It’s going to be a good event,” said Hawkins.

The Yakima Roots & Vines Festival will feature two separate stages packed with high-quality, non-stop music. The lineup of performers will include Polecat, a Bellingham-based group known for high-energy shows and its unique take on roots music, Fruition, a string-infused quintet from Portland that embodies the sound of Americana, Hillstomp, a duo that’s also from Portland and is known for its blending of north Mississippi trance blues, punkabilly, and other musical forms, and Sleepy Man, a trio of young brothers (17, 16, and 13 years old) that have over 20 million views on YouTube, and have been featured on David Letterman Show and The Today Show.

Also appearing at the festival will be Missoula, Montana-based The Lil’ Smokies (bluegrass), Australian-born Blake Noble (percussive guitar), Vaudeville Etiquette (multiple genres) from Seattle, Yakima’s own The Common Deer (folk, blues, Americana), and John Dunnigan, a solo performer from Whitefish, Montana who is known for being an “offbeat” musician.

Local craft beverage makers that will showcase wine, beer, and spirits at the festival include Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Hop Nation Brewing Company, Yakima Craft Brewing Company, Berchman’s Brewing Company, Tieton Cider Works, Naches Heights Vineyard, Gilbert Cellars, Antolin Cellars, Lookout Point Winery, Kana Winery, Wilridge Winery, Swede Hill Distilling, and Glacier Basin Distillery.

Only people 21 years of age or older will be allowed on the festival grounds in the Historic North Front Street District. Free family viewing area will be accessible via Northtown Coffee House along with other family friendly activities. Tickets to enter the event will cost $10.00 in advance and $16.00 at the gate, the first 1,000 attendees will receive a commemorative beverage glass. Tickets for the festival can be purchased at the Capitol Theatre Box Office (19 S. 3rd Street), online at rootsandvinesfest.com, or by calling 853-ARTS. Scrip for craft beverages available at the event will be sold at various locations on the festival grounds. Food from a variety of local restaurants will also be on sale during the event.

The Yakima Roots & Vines Festival is being produced by Chinook Festival Entertainment, Seasons Performance Hall, and the City of Yakima. For more info including to purchase tickets, visit the website: www.rootsandvinesfest.com or find updates on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/rootsandvinesfest

Yakima Roots & Vines Festival – News Release

Drinking Water System Repair to Impact Traffic on Englewood Avenue

Water service repairs will disrupt traffic in the westbound and eastbound lanes on Englewood Avenue on. Tuesday, March 24th, 2015. The work will begin at 7:00 am and should be completed by 3:30 pm.

During the project, Englewood between 58th Avenue and 62nd Avenue will be restricted to one lane in each direction through the construction zone.

While the work is underway, westbound and eastbound traffic will be controlled and flagged around the work zone by stationed flaggers. Because of heavy traffic volume, drivers can expect delays in 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 when 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.

Englewood Avenue Water System Project – News Release – Revised

Portion of Fair Avenue to be Closed During Sewer Installation

The installation of new sewer service to a retail center will result in daytime closures of a portion of Fair Avenue during the first three days of next week.

Fair Avenue between Nob Hill Boulevard and Lafollette Street will be closed to all traffic from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on Monday, March 23rd and from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 24th and Wednesday, March 25th while sewer lines are extended to the Fiesta Foods retail center. That section of Fair Avenue will be open to traffic overnight on Tuesday.

A detour around the project area will route drivers along 6th Street to Wilson Lane and then back to Fair Avenue.

While the project is underway, drivers can expect delays on roads 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 when 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 Construction Supervisor Bruce Floyd at 575-6138.

Fair Avenue Sewer Project – News Release

Drinking Water System Repair to Impact Traffic on Nob Hill Boulevard

Water service repairs will disrupt traffic in the eastbound lanes of a section of East Nob Hill Boulevard on Monday, March 23rd. The project will begin at 7:00 am that day and should be completed by 3:30 pm.

While the project is underway, East Nob Hill between South Fair Avenue and South 12th Street will be restricted to one lane going east through the construction zone.

Because of heavy traffic volume, drivers can expect delays in 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 when 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.

Nob Hill Water Service Repair – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held its most recent regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015.

Action taken by the Council on March 17th included:

–     Seeking reconsideration of a federal court decision on the election process for Yakima City Council members

–     Allowing smoking at certain outdoor events where minors are not presen

–    Changing reporting requirements for pawn brokers, second hand dealers and precious metal dealers

Follow this link to watch Y-PAC coverage of the March 17th Yakima City Council meeting – http://bit.ly/1Cw30Ku

Yakima City Council regular agenda business meetings air live on Charter Cable channel 194 and are replayed at 7:00 pm the following night. 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 – http://www.yakimawa.gov/.

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the March 17th agenda include:

–    Possible action concerning a federal court ruling on the election process for Yakima City Council members 

–    Allowing smoking at certain outdoor events where minors are not present

–    Changing reporting requirements for pawn brokers, second hand dealers and precious metal dealers

–    A report on the YPD commercial vehicle inspection program

To see the complete agenda for the March 17th Council meeting, click on the following link http://bit.ly/1Cd3VQ2

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 – http://www.yakimawa.gov/

Volunteers Gather To Improve Wide Hollow Creek At Randall Park

A portion of Wide Hollow Creek running through the City of Yakima’s Randall Park will be receiving some special attention on Saturday, March 14th.

Volunteers from the Yakima County Master Gardeners program will be planting tree saplings and other native shrubs along the creek bank to help improve fish and wildlife habitat. The project is being spearheaded by the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, which is utilizing grant funding from the Washington State Department of Ecology to provide the plantings.

The work will start around 10:00 am on Saturday near 48th Avenue along Wide Hollow Creek close to the location where summer concert performances are conducted by the Yakima Valley Community Band.

As the plants grow and mature, they will provide park visitors with a small-scale example of a native riparian zone that provides habitat for birds, improves water quality, reduces soil erosion and creates a healthier environment for fish and other aquatic life.

“This is just another wonderful example of a partnership that will make Randall Park even better,” said Yakima Parks and Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson. “We couldn’t do it without the help of volunteers and others in the community.”

A number of other improvements are currently underway at Randall Park thanks to the generosity of local service clubs.

The Downtown Yakima Lion’s Club has provided $25,000 for a walking trail bridge and the Southwest Rotary Club is donating $60,000 in labor and money to build a new pond observation deck.

 

Wide Hollow Creek Randall Park News Release

Drinking Water System Repair to Impact Traffic on West Lincoln Avenue

Water service repairs will disrupt traffic in the westbound lane of West Lincoln Avenue on Wednesday, March 11th and Thursday, March 12th. The work will begin at 7:00 am on Wednesday and should be completed by 3:30 pm on Thursday.

West Lincoln Avenue between North 27th Avenue and North 28th Avenue will be restricted to one lane going west through construction zone.

Because of heavy traffic volume, drivers can expect delays in 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.

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.

West Lincoln Avenue Water Service Repairs – News Release

Demolition Starts Cleanup at Abandoned Tiger Mart in Yakima

Washington Department of Ecology – NEWS

March 9, 2015

 

Contacts:

Joye Redfield-Wilder, Ecology communications, 509-575-2610; @ecyCentral

Randy Beehler, City of Yakima communications, 509-901-1142

 

Demolition starts cleanup at abandoned Tiger Mart in Yakima

YAKIMA – Demolition at an abandoned gas station signals long-awaited cleanup and restoration at the former Tiger Mart at 24th Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard.

“This site has been an eyesore at a prime intersection in the city for many years. Now we’re turning a corner and readying it for a new commercial lease on life,” said Yakima City Manager Tony O’Rourke.

The city is partnering with the Washington Department of Ecology to clean up the former gas station and mini-mart after years of court battles with a previous owner. Petroleum that leaked from underground storage tanks remains floating on a shallow underground aquifer and continues to contaminate surrounding soils.

“We’re really pleased to be working with the city to get at the remaining pollution at a site that has vexed us for so long,” said Valerie Bound, Ecology’s toxics cleanup manager in Yakima. “It’s win-win and opens the door to redevelopment.”

Ecology provided $500,000 in grants to fund 90 percent of the current project. The work and funding dovetails with a legislative initiative to help communities get sites cleaned up for renewed economic benefit.

Court confirmed agreements to clean up the site were first entered into in 2004 with former owner Tiger Oil Corp., and its insurance company. When efforts to complete cleanup failed, the city agreed last year to purchase the site and three others owned by Tiger.

More than 16,000 gallons of gasoline has been recovered from the site. In addition, the leaking tanks and 700 tons of contaminated soil were transported off site.

Approximately 4,000 gallons of free-floating fuel and additional contaminated soil need to be removed before redevelopment can occur.

Gasoline saturated soil will be excavated and removed after the building is demolished. Oxygen-releasing compounds will be used to break down any remaining contamination in the soil and groundwater.

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Washington State Department of Ecology News Release