City of Yakima

Free Yakima Transit Bus Service to State Fair Park on 4th of July

Join in the 4th of July fun at the fairgrounds with Yakima Transit. Free Yakima Transit shuttle buses will be operating from Three Park and Ride lots -Gateway Center (on Fair Avenue in front of Office Max and Target) and Eisenhower High School’ (Parking Lot on Tieton Drive) and Wide Hollow Elementary School (72nd Ave and Nob Hill). Shuttle buses will run with 15-20 minute service from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 to 11:30p.m. Extra buses on duty after the fireworks to get everyone back to the Park and Rides quickly!

4th of July Yakima Transit PSA

Staying Healthy in Hot Weather

Yakima County, WA – With temperatures in the Yakima Valley forecasted to reach over 100˚F during the coming week, public health officials are encouraging people to take precautions to protect their health. Several medical problems may arise from hot weather, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke, especially in older adults and young children. People with a chronic illness are at a higher risk as well.
Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer for the Yakima Health District, warns that “Extended periods of time in the sun can lead to severe health problems. Yet, these health problems are easily avoided by simple actions such as drinking plenty of water, using sunscreen, limiting outdoor activity, and dressing in light-weight clothing”. Other prevention strategies include:
 Spending more time in air conditioned places. If air conditioning is not available at home, consider visiting a Mall, Movie Theater or other cool public places.
 Covering windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
 Drink water throughout the day, do not wait until you’re thirsty.
 Limiting direct exposure to the sun.
 Avoiding or reducing strenuous activity.
 Limiting outdoor activity to early morning and evening hours.
 Checking up on elderly neighbors and family members
 Never leaving infants, children, people with mobility challenges, or pets in a parked car– even with the window rolled down.
Heat exhaustion occurs when the body is not able to cool itself quickly enough. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting. People exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion should move to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool non-alcoholic beverage. If symptoms persist or worsen, seek medical attention immediately. Severe overheating can lead to heat stroke, which can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided immediately.
Symptoms of heat stroke include:
 extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
 red, hot, and dry skin
 rapid, strong pulse
 nausea, confusion and unconsciousness.
Please seek medical care immediately for heat stroke.

Heat Advisory Press Release – Yakima Health District

Road Repair Project Will Impact Traffic on Lincoln Avenue

A one-block section of Lincoln Avenue will be closed to all traffic for most of the day on Thursday, June 18th while portions of the road surface are repaired.

Lincoln will be closed between 6th Avenue and Pierce Avenue on June 18th from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm. Westbound traffic on Lincoln will be detoured onto 6th Avenue. Eastbound traffic on Lincoln will still be able to use Pierce Avenue to access MLK, Jr. Boulevard while the project is underway.

During the project, traffic delays in and around the project area are likely to occur. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the project is completed.

Access to homes and businesses in the project area will be impacted, but will be maintained when possible. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project area if necessary.

As always, the schedule for this type of a project is 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.

Lincoln Avenue Road Repair Project – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held its most recent regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015.

Action taken by the Council on June 16th included:

–     Special recognition of the award winning Yakima All-America City delegation

–     Adopting a six-year transportation improvement plan

–     Accepting revisions to the 2014-2017 collective bargaining agreement with International Association of Firefighters

–     Tabling “Memorandum of Understanding” agreements with the Yakima Police Patrolmans Association concerning vacation and sick leave issues

Follow this link to watch Y-PAC coverage of the June 16th Yakima City Council meeting – http://bit.ly/1Likpqa

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/.

June 2015 City of Yakima Issues Brief

Articles in the June 2015 edition of the City of Yakima Issues Brief e-Newsletter include: Take the Bus for Free to Take a Dip in the Pool This Summer –  Free Music and Movies to Fill Yakima Parks Again This SummerNew Communications Center Open and Operating in Union Gap.  Click the following link to see the latest edition of the City of Yakima Issues Brief e-Newsletter –

June 2015 City of Yakima Issues Brief

Drinking Water System Repair to Impact Traffic on East Nob Hill Boulevard

Water service repairs will affect traffic in the westbound lanes of East Nob Hill Boulevard on Tuesday, June 16th. The project will begin at 7:00 am and should be completed by 3:30 pm.

While the work is underway, westbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane on East Nob Hill between South Fair Avenue and South 13th Street near the fairgrounds.

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.

 

East Nob Hill Blvd News Release

Yakima Captures Second All-America City Award

Try, try again. That motto certainly applies to Yakima’s efforts to be named an All-America City.

During a ceremony tonight at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado, a group of 25 people from Yakima hugged, high-fived, and celebrated when Yakima was announced as one of the communities receiving a 2015 All-America City Award.

“Thrilled and proud,” was how Joe Mann described the reaction of the Yakima delegation. “We worked very hard for this. Congratulations are due the group who came to Denver and got the win and to everyone back home who had a hand in it,” said Mann, a local business owner and chair of both the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce and the 2015 Yakima All-America City Committee.

Last year Yakima was named a finalist for the coveted civic award but was not among the ten cities to receive the prestigious designation. Determined to give it another shot, a group of local leaders led Yakima back to the finalists’ competition in Denver again this year and got the result it was after.

Not giving up after falling just short of a win last year mirrors an effort about two decades ago that led to Yakima’s first All-America City Award. In 1993, Yakima was an All-America City Award finalist but did not end winning the sought-after designation. The next year, another campaign was mounted, Yakima became a finalist, and did win its first All-America City Award.

Billed as the oldest and most prestigious community recognition designation in the U.S., the All-America City Award has been presented by the National Civic League since 1949 to communities that utilize collaboration and innovation to address pressing local problems. Ten or more finalists receive the award each year based on an application, a 10-minute presentation to a jury of nationally-recognized private and public sector leaders, and a 10-minute question and answer period during which the jury asks presenters about their projects.

Yakima’s 2015 application and presentation highlighted the Yakima Gang Free Initiative, the Perfect Attendance Creates Excellence program, and the 100 Jobs for 100 Kids project.

Most of the Yakima delegation will return home tomorrow (Monday, June 15th) on a Horizon Air flight that is scheduled to arrive at the Yakima Airport at 5:40 pm. The group will have its 2015 All-America City Award in hand.

“The fact that Yakima has now won the All-America City Award twice is a testament to our community’s ability to take on its toughest issues and work together to solve them,” said Mann. “The All-America City Award is given to communities that don’t shy away from adversity, join forces to tackle difficult challenges, and never say quit. Those qualities definitely describe Yakima,” said Mann. “Winning the All-America City Award again absolutely confirms what a wonderful community Yakima is.”

To learn more about the All-America City Award and to see a complete list of the 2015 winners, click on the following link – http://www.nationalcivicleague.org/allamericacityaward/.

Yakima Captures Second All-America City Award – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the June 16th agenda include:

–     Special recognition for retiring Yakima Police Department employees

–     A public hearing to consider adoption of the six-year transportation improvement plan

–     Revisions to the 2014-2017 collective bargaining agreement with International Association of Firefighters

To see the complete agenda for the June 16th Council meeting, click on the following link http://bit.ly/1MwczcI

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/

Confident Group Heading to Denver for All-America City Competition

A group of 25 people representing the diversity of the Yakima community are heading to Denver, Colorado tomorrow to be part of the 2015 All-America City finalists competition. Most of the group will fly out of the Yakima Airport on the 10:50 am Horizon Air flight to Seattle.

The delegation that will be trying to bring home Yakima’s second All-America City Award includes, among others, several business owners, a teacher, a school counselor, a non-profit executive director, two ten-year-old elementary school students, a nurse, a retired therapist, and a hairstylist. The group will be competing for one of ten or more 2015 All-America City Awards that will be presented by the National Civic League.

“We are very confident that we are going to win this year,” said Joe Mann, longtime owner of Ron’s Coin & Books and the current chair of both the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce and the 2015 Yakima All-America City Committee. “We have an outstanding group of people who have worked very hard to bring back Yakima’s second All-America City Award.”

In 1993, community leaders led an effort that resulted in Yakima becoming an All-America City Award finalist, but did not end with the group winning the coveted designation. The next year, another campaign was mounted, Yakima became a finalist, and did capture an All-America City Award. In honor of the 20th anniversary of that win, the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce spearheaded the successful return of Yakima as a 2014 All-America City finalist, but, as in 1993, last year’s group fell just short of a win.

“We learned a lot from our experience last year,” said Mann. “We used that knowledge to try again this year and are absolutely excited to be a finalist again. This is our year.”

Considered the oldest and most prestigious community recognition designation in the U.S., the All-America City Award has been presented by the National Civic League since 1949 to communities that utilize collaboration and innovation to address pressing local problems. Ten or more finalists receive the award based on an application, a 10-minute presentation to a jury of national private and public sector leaders, and a 10-minute question and answer period.

Communities submit in their applications and explain during their jury presentations three community projects that demonstrate how, through volunteerism and cross-sector cooperation, they have taken on tough challenges. Yakima’s 2015 application and presentation will highlight the Yakima Gang Free Initiative, the Perfect Attendance Creates Excellence program, and the 100 Jobs for 100 Kids project.

Yakima will be the last of this year’s finalists to make its presentation to the All-America City Award jury on Sunday, June 14th at 10:25 am at the Sheraton hotel in Downtown Denver. The 2015 All-America City Award winners will be announced during a ceremony beginning at 7:00 pm that night. Most of the Yakima delegation will return home on the Monday, June 15th Horizon Air flight that is scheduled to arrive at the Yakima Airport at 5:40 pm.

To learn more about the All-America City Award and to see a complete list of the 2015 finalists, click on the following link – http://www.nationalcivicleague.org/allamericacityaward/.

 

Yakima All-America City Delegation – News Release

Downtown Summer Nights Series Returns for a Third Year

The Downtown Summer Nights Concert Series has grown in each of its first two years. After a successful debut in 2013, the series added more performers to its lineup for the 2014 season. This year’s 10-show series will include no less than 30 musical acts during its run from mid-June through late-August. Each show in the series will focus on specific genres.

Sponsored by Stewart Subaru and produced by the City of Yakima, Townsquare Media, and Chinook Entertainment, the free and family-friendly Downtown Summer Nights series will run every Thursday night from June 18th through August 20th on 4th Street behind the Capitol Theatre. All shows will begin at 5:00 pm and last until about 9:00 pm. Kids activities provided by Yakima Maker Space will take place in Yakima Community Health Kids Area and free face painting will be provided by Face Art Magic.

The 2015 series will get underway with a Blues Rock show on the West Valley Fitness Stage June 18th featuring nationally-known McTuff, Seattle-based Cracker Factory, and Yakima favorite Nikki J. The June 25th show focus on Rock and Indie music and will feature Van Eps, an eclectic band from Seattle, The Banner Days, a collaboration between Bradford Loomis and Beth Whitney, and Indigo Kidd, a Yakima group who just released it EP entitled Battle at the Fish Café.

On July 2nd, Country performers Brewer’s Grade (Oregon), Robbie Waldon (Spokane), and Kate Turner (Tri-Cities) will be featured. The July 10th will bring Soul and Blues music to Downtown Yakima with New England-based Jason Spooner, the Campbell Davis Band from Walla Walla, and Yakima signer/songwriter Chase Craig. Seattle trio Ayron Jones & The Way will head up the July 16th Blues Rock show and will be joined by the up and coming Daniel Kirkpatrick & The Bayonettes and Seattle Weekly’s “2014 Best Street Performer in the Northwest” Whitney Monge. The Downtown Summer Nights show on July 23rd will mix Indie Folk Rock and Country music with performances by Seattle’s Nick Foster Band, Yakima’s own The Common Deer, and the multi-talented Courtney Biggs from Spokane. The month will be closed out with an Americana show featuring the internationally-acclaimed Ian McFeron, Leavenworth’s The Hoyer Brothers, and Northwest singer/songwriter Emily Otteson on July 30th.

The Funk sounds of Down North (Seattle), Skyler Mehal (Seattle/Ellensburg), and Eden Moody (Wenatchee) will fill 4th Street on August 6th. Pop Country performers Aaron Crawford (Seattle), The Olson Brothers Band (Olympia), and Afton Prater (Sequim) will be featured on August 13th. The series will end its 2015 run with World Music and Bluegrass show featuring instrumentalist Blake Noble, Ellensburg’s Uphill Both Ways, and Yakima’s own These Guitars Say Sorry on August 20th.

Food vendors and a beer and wine garden will also be part of the Downtown Summer Nights events.

The Downtown Summer Nights website – www.downtownsummernights.com – includes a complete list of musical performers, information about how vendors can sign up for booth space, and other news about the series.