Deadline Approaching for Sunfair Parade Entries

Plans are underway for the 56th annual Sunfair Parade on Saturday, September 23rd. More than 100 entries are anticipated for this year’s parade, said Brian Campfield, president of the Yakima Sunfair Festival Association. Retired car dealership owner Bob Hall will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal. “We’ll accept up to 125 applications,” Campfield said. “The … Continued

Yakima Transit Route 6 South Detoured Because of Sewer Main Project

Because of a sewer main interceptor construction project underway on Beech Street, Yakima Transit Route 6 South is being detoured temporarily.  As a result, Route 6 South will not include service to the Walmart Supercenter located at 1600 East Chestnut Avenue for the duration of the sewer main interceptor project. Instead of following their normal … Continued

Road Repair Project to Impact Traffic on Englewood Avenue

A road repair project will impact traffic on a section of Englewood Avenue for most of the day on Thursday, August 31st. As a result of the project, the section of Englewood Avenue between 66th Avenue and 74th Avenue will be closed on August 31st from 6:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Detour routes around the … Continued

Air Quality Alert Issued for Yakima Area

The Washington State Department of Ecology has issued an air quality alert for the Yakima area that is in effect until 10:00 am Thursday, August 31st. The alert is due to wildfires burning in the region, combined with forecasts that call for conditions that could cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels. Pollutants in smoke … Continued

Volunteer Opportunities on City Boards and Commissions

The Yakima City Council is seeking volunteers interested in serving on the City of Yakima Planning Commission, Community Review Board, Historic Preservation and the Board of Appeals. Each has one vacancy. There are seven members of the Planning Commission, all of whom serve four-year terms and must live within Yakima city limits or own a … Continued

City of Yakima Labor Day Closures

Most of the City of Yakima’s services and facilities will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 4th. That includes City Hall, Public Works, Y-PAC, and Parks and Recreation offices. Yakima Transit will not be running bus routes on September 4th and there will be no garbage pick-up that day by the … Continued

Utility Work to Close a Portion of South 3rd Street

Utility work will result in the closure of South 3rd Street between East Spruce Street and East Pine Street from Tuesday, August, 29th through Thursday August 31st.  Work hours on the project will be from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm each day. Because of heavy traffic volumes in the area, drivers can expect delays near … Continued

Finishing Touches Underway for Emergency Operations Center

The finishing touches are underway for the City of Yakima’s new Emergency Operations Center. Located upstairs in the Richard A. Zais, Jr. Law and Justice Center, it occupies office space previously used by SunComm’s 911 operations before it moved to a facility in Union Gap. A federal Homeland Security grant covered the nearly $17,000 required … Continued

Section of Beech Street to Close for Sewer Main Project

A section of Beech Street will be closed to all traffic 24-hours-a-day from Tuesday, August 29th through Friday, September 8th while work related to the installation of a sewer main interceptor is underway. Beginning at 6:30 am on August 29th, the section of Beech Street between 15th Street and the  I-82 underpass will be closed … Continued

Fall 2017 Bus Book Now Available

Yakima Transit has issued its new Fall 2017 Bus Book showing City bus routes, schedules, maps, fares, and helpful information on services such as Dial-A-Ride, Vanpool, and Bikes on the Bus. Schedules in the bilingual Fall 2017 Bus Book are effective from Monday, August 28th, 2017 to January 1st, 2018. Changes from the Summer 2017 … Continued