First Batch of General Election Returns Released

The first returns of the 2021 General Election have given an indication of which candidates are likely to be elected to the three open Yakima City Council seats on this year’s ballot. The Yakima County Auditor’s office conducts only one count of ballots on election night and, consequently, issues just one set of returns.  The … Continued

Parking Lot at Gardner Park to be Paved

City of Yakima crews will be paving the parking lot at the City’s Gardner Park beginning on Monday, September 27th.  The surface of the parking lot has been gravel for many years. While the project is underway, visitors to the park and residents in the area can expect some minor disruptions. Gardner Park is located … Continued

Yakima City Council Sept. 7th Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, September 7th, via Zoom. Agenda items for the September 7th regular meeting include: Holding a public hearing relating to the Transportation Benefit District Discussing the use of ARPA funds for behavioral health Receiving an affordable housing report Receiving an update on … Continued

Franklin Pool Remains Closed due to Unhealthy Air Quality

The City of Yakima’s Franklin Pool is closed today, Friday, due to unhealthy air quality caused by smoke from wildfires in the region, in particular the Schneider Springs Fire. The Air Quality Index for the Yakima area currently exceeds 300, which is considered hazardous. Click Washington Smoke Information: LOCAL SMOKEOUTLOOKS ( for a map that monitors air … Continued

New Finance and Budget Director Chosen

Yakima City Manager Bob Harrison has announced that Jennifer Ferrer-Santa Ines has been appointed as the City’s Finance and Budget Director.  Ferrer-Santa Ines replaces Steve Groom, who resigned from the City in mid-July to become the finance director for the City of Federal Way.  Groom was hired by the City of Yakima in 2018. “The … Continued

Yakima City Council July 20th Regular Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held a regular meeting yesterday, Tuesday, July 20th. Action taken by the Council yesterday included: Reading a National Night Out proclamation Directing staff to bring back resolutions regarding placing City Charter amendments on the November general election ballots concerning including one regarding removing Council members for failure to attend City Council … Continued

Storm Drain Project to Impact Traffic on SSgt Pendleton Way

A storm drain project will result in the closure of a section of SSgt Pendleton Way from Thursday, April 15th at 7:00 am through Monday, April 19th at 5:00 pm. During the project, the section of SSgt Pendleton Way between 8th Street and 9th Street will be closed to traffic. Access will be maintained as … Continued

Crosswalk Marking Project to Impact 40th and Chestnut Traffic

A crosswalk marking project will impact traffic at the intersection of 40th Avenue and Chestnut Avenue for a few hours in the morning on Monday, April 19th. From 9:30 am to about 11:30 am on April 19th, the northbound and southbound inside lanes of 40th Avenue at Chestnut Avenue will be closed.  The northbound and … Continued

Yakima City Council April 20th Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council will hold a regular meeting via Zoom at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 20th. Agenda items for the April 20th regular meeting include: Retirement recognition of Senior Engineer Bob Desgrosellier, who has worked for the City for 40 years A report from the City of Yakima Community Integration Committee A 2021 … Continued