City of Yakima’s Largest Union Approves Contract Agreement

Members of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) Local 1122 have approved a contract agreement that does not include any pay increases for 2013 but does provide each of the 264 City of Yakima employees represented by the union a one-time cash payment, an additional paid day off, and the ability to … Continued

New Franklin Park Pavilion, Playground, and Picnic Shelters Dedicated

Three new Franklin Park facilities, the Yakima Sunrise Rotary Pavilion, the Downtown Yakima Rotary Playground, and two Southwest Yakima Rotary Picnic Shelters will be officially dedicated during a combined fundraiser and celebration on Wednesday, June 12th. Dedication of the pavilion, playground, and picnic shelters will take place during the invitation-only event at Franklin Park that … Continued

Rebuild and Expansion of 10-Block Section of River Road Getting Underway

Major improvements are being made to a heavily-used section of River Road that provides access to numerous businesses as well as to Yakima School District’s Stanton Academy.  The 10-block section of River Road between 6th Avenue and 16th Avenue will be reconstructed and widened, and new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, lighting, and stormwater system infrastructure will … Continued

Hardware Store Burglars Captured by Yakima Police

Officers from the Yakima Police Department were dispatched to 405 W Yakima Ave, Roy’s ACE Hardware, shortly after midnight on Wednesday, June 5th for a burglary in progress.  Witnesses on scene reported hearing a crash, and watched three subjects dressed in black and wearing backpacks, run north from the business.  Officers located a large rock … Continued

Yakima Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held its most recent regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, June 4th.  Action taken by the Council on June 4th included: –     Exempting the gambling tax on the first $15 thousand dollars for nonprofit corporations –     Approving the purchase of 74 police vehicles and replacing 70 firefighter air packs –     Clarifying … Continued

Cop on Top Event to Raise Money for Special Olympics

The 10th Annual Yakima Police Department Cop on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics is set to take place at Top Foods on South First Street in Union Gap on Thursday, June 6th and Friday June 7th.  (10:00am Thursday until 6:00pm Friday).  This event benefits Yakima Special Olympic athletes by enabling them to participate in a … Continued