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    Air quality alert in effect due to conditions reaching hazardous levels

    TRI-CITIES, Wa.- Benton Clean Air Agency has issued an air quality alert. Air Quality is reaching and may maintain at unhealthy, and very unhealthy levels because of the smoky conditions we are experiencing. The pollutant measured is PM2.5; particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns. Robin Priddy with the Benton Clean Air Agency said these are among the worst readings we have ever had in the Tri-Cities based on a cursory review of historical data. Wildfires burning in the...
  • Sinkhole confirmed on tank farm at Hanford Site

    A sinkhole has been confirmed in a tank farm at the Hanford Site. 

  • Local business under animal abuse investigation

    For the last month, NBC Right Now has been following allegations of animal abuse at a Pasco dog grooming salon.  

  • Retired Yakima K-9 "Flash" wins Police Dog of the Year

    A retired police K-9 from the Yakima Police Department is officially named "Police Dog of the Year." 

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    Fire near Yakima Training Center 100% contained

    Firefighters from Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, Yakima Fire and the training center are fighting a blaze north of Cold Creek.

  • As authorities search for suspected Yakima arsonist, community asked to keep alert

    Several arson fires have been set in Yakima - the latest one happening Monday morning. 

  • Level III sex offender residence notification: Ruben Edward Pangelinan

    The Benton County Sheriff's Office is issuing a transient Level III Sex Offender Alert for Ruben Edward Pangelinan. 

  • Women Writing the West conference in Walla Walla Oct. 25-28

    Women Writing the West will hold its annual conference October 25-28, at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, WA. 

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    Fire burning in Eltopia, mutual aid requested

    Witnesses have told NBC Right Now a wildfire is burning near Smith Canyon Road and Blanton Road in Franklin County. 

  • Family business: Major's Restaurant

    For over 18 years Major's restaurant has been serving up some of your favorite comfort food classics in the Yakima Valley using only locally grown ingredients. 

  • Former NASA astronaut speaks to and inspires Yakima youth

    Former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez came to the Yakima Convention Center to talk about the importance of education. 

  • Benton County Fire District #4 goes through swift water rescue training

    Benton County Fire District #4 suited up Thursday and jumped into the Yakima River, training to rescue anyone who might be caught up by the fast-moving current.

  • Keep our wildlife safe: clean up your fishing gear

    You need fishing line, lures, hooks... all sorts of stuff for your tackle box... and that's right where it should stay when you're not using it. 

  • Decline in ice cream vendors

    La Jalpita in Pasco sells delicious ice cream of all flavors to lots of fans... but with a lack of ice cream vendors to push the carts

  • Richland firefighters support MDA with annual Fill the Boot drive

    Richland Firefighters L1052 is showing its support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger. 

  • CRIME STOPPERS: Joseph L. Duncan

    Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers is looking for a Joseph L. Duncan. 

  • Body of missing Kennewick man recovered in Snake River

    On Saturday, deputies got called to Fishhook Park because Robinson fell into the water. Since then, deputies and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue have been searching for him.

  • Plan for Kennewick delays on northbound US 395 during Aug. 17-20 weekend

    Weekend drivers on northbound US 395 near the Columbia River should plan for delays and consider alternate routes, as one lane will be closed around the clock.

  • Red Cross experiencing blood shortage across the Pacific Northwest

    Red Cross locations across the Pacific Northwest are experiencing a blood shortage.

  • We Honor Vets program at Virginia Mason Memorial receives recognition

    Veterans often carry experiences from their military service that present unique health care challenges, and unfortunately, many of them may not know about, or have access to, specialized care. 

  • Hundreds of extras wanted for local full-length feature film shoot

    For the first time, one native filmmaker is shooting a full-length feature right here in the Tri-Cities. 

  • Yakima teachers rally for higher salaries

    Teachers with the Yakima School District joined a rally today for the purpose of supporting the Association of Education in Yakima. 

  • Yakima man in court for raping 12-year-old is linked to 2nd rape case

    A 29-year-old man is sitting in the Yakima County Jail for rape charges in a case prosecutors are calling horrific. The victim in this case - a 12-year-old girl. 

  • Maintaining your vehicle's air filters during wildfire season

    Not only should you be limiting your time outside with an unhealthy air quality in effect right now, but you should also be checking the quality of your air filters inside your car. 

  • Are your children vaccinated for school?

    As kids get ready to head back to school - parents, are you making sure your child has all the vaccinations they need?

  • KPD looking for woman who tried to record someone in bathroom stall

    Kennewick Police are looking into a voyeurism case that may have taken place at the Kennewick Winco on Clearwater Avenue.

  • Level III sex offender residence notification: Jason Andrew Wright

    Jason Andrew Wright is 46 years old with blonde hair and blue eyes. As a transient, he is required to check in weekly in Yakima County.

  • Elderly man in custody after fatally sideswiping Kennewick flagger in construction zone

    A 49-year-old Kennewick woman is dead after she was sideswiped by a vehicle while working as a flagger in a construction zone near Athena, OR.

  • Yakima PD introduces SafeCam: a new community action program

    The Yakima Police Department has introduced a new community action program designed to help solve crimes faster. 

  • Pasco arrest made for attempting to elude police

    Pasco Police made an Attempting to Elude arrest Wednesday morning, and the suspect was booked into Franklin County Jail. 

  • City of Yakima and Yakima County develop plan to address Cowiche Creek flood overflows

    The City of Yakima and Yakima County are approaching the final stages of the addendum to the 2007 Upper Yakima River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan.

  • Family business: Guarantee Carpet Cleaning and Dye

    Garry and Nash are a father and son that run Guarantee Carpet Cleaning and Dye, and have been working together for over 20 years. 

  • Meals on Wheels receives grant for pet support program

    People for People's Meals on Wheels program is known for being able to provide free, nutritious meals to seniors in the community.

  • Yakima Humane Society speaks out about pit bull ban, ties with City

    The Yakima Humane Society has spoken out about the pit bull ban Yakima has in place.  

  • 130-year-old home spared by Bofer Canyon Fire is rich in history

    Two brave people saved a historic home from the Bofer Canyon Fire on Saturday.

  • 34-year-old man lodged at Ephrata jail found dead

    Authorities are investigating the death of a 34-year-old man who was being held at Grant County Jail in Ephrata.

  • Yakima's Hotel Maison receives historic recognition

    When something is good, you want to keep it that way for as long as possible... and that's exactly what the property owner of Hotel Maison in Yakima have done. 

  • 23-year-old woman dead, 4 others injured after collision outside of College Place

    A 23-year-old woman is dead and others, including two infants, are injured after a four-vehicle collision on SR 125 just outside of College Place Monday morning.

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    You may have a mask for the smoke, but are you using it properly?

    Right now, there is an air quality alert in our region until noon on Wednesday. 

  • Public asked to weigh in on best plan for Hanford tunnel cleanup

    Beginning today, members of the public can add their voices to the decision on the best way to deal with a deteriorating Hanford tunnel filled with highly radioactive waste. 

  • Community comes together after Bofer Canyon Fire

    Firefighters hoped to have the Bofer Canyon Fire 80 percent contained overnight, from what they told NBC Right Now on Sunday.

  • Hops farming Carpenter Family six-generations strong in the Yakima Valley

    The Carpenter Family was one of the first to plant hops in the Yakima Valley over 150 years ago. 

  • Firefighters in Yakima investigate series of blazes over the last week

    Investigators are looking into two suspicious fires from Thursday morning.

  • Police investigating two shootings that land two people in the hospital

    TOPPENISH, Wa- Two people are in the hospital with guns shot wounds after 2 related shootings on Saturday night.  At 7:41pm, officers responded to what started off as a possible eluding in town. The vehicle failed to stop for Ofc. Sholtys of the Yakama Nation Police. The driver lead officers to Astria Toppenish Hospital. Officers quickly learned a 15 year old gun shot victim, from Toppenish, was inside of the vehicle. With the assistance of Zillah PD, Yakima County Sheriff's Of...

  • Search for missing man in Snake River now a recovery mission

    WALLA WALLA County- The search for a missing man who jumped into the Snake River Saturday has turned into a recovery mission. Around 2:40p.m. Saturday, deputies were called out to Fishhook Park for a 39-year-old man who had jumped into the water to retrieve a hat. According to witnesses, the man was not wearing a life jacket and began to struggle. Due to the heavy winds and the waves, several attempts to get him out of the water were unsuccessful.  WWSO Chief Deputy Richard Sch...
  • Suspects sought after drive-by shooting on Blue Bridge Friday afternoon

    Police are investigating after a drive-by shooting happened on northbound 395 on the Blue Bridge around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. 

  • Extreme heat forces Just Joel's among others to close up shop for worker safety

    You may be thinking people who work indoors are dealing with better conditions... but that's not always the case. 

  • Grant County Sheriff's deputies looking for driver involved in fatal hit-and-run

    Grant County Sheriff’s investigators are asking the public for help finding the driver of a vehicle they believes struck and killed a young man early this morning between Quincy and Ephrata.

  • 20-year-old Kennewick man arrested for 2 counts of child rape

    On Thursday, August 9 at about 8:00 p.m., 20-year-old Michael T. Denniston of Kennewick was arrested for 1 count of Rape of a Child in the 1st Degree and 1 Count of Rape of a Child in the 3rd Degree.

  • Red Flag Warning from 2 PM Friday to 11 PM Wednesday

    The Benton County Fire Marshal has announced a Red Flag Warning, which means all burning is prohibited, all current fires must be immediately extinguished, including permitted emergency ag-burning.  

  • Westbound lanes of I-90 near Ellensburg to close to traffic two nights next week

    The contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge decks near Ellensburg. 

  • Over 100 varieties of peppers at the Krueger Pepper Garden

    The Krueger Pepper Garden has been growing over 100 different types of peppers for over 80 years now. 

  • Woman says someone grabbed her while jogging in Richland

    Richland Police are investigating after a woman says a man grabbed her while she was jogging.

  • Man in Winco shooting booked on attempted murder charges

    A man from Umatilla is in custody after a shooting at the Winco in Richland Monday night. 

  • Stage 1 burn ban in Yakima Valley

    A Stage 1 burn ban has been called by the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency’s Air Pollution Control Officer due to wildfire smoke that continues to inundate the Yakima Valley.

  • Throwback Thursday: 73rd Anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb dropping

    For this week's Throwback Thursday; decades ago, Hanford workers helped produce plutonium for one of the atomic bombs that on this day 73 years ago was dropped on Nagasaki. 

  • Pasco logo: "Bridge"

    Public comment wanted on new City of Pasco logo concepts

    The City and its consultant are seeking public comment via an online poll to gauge a preference for the City’s new logo. 

  • Vacancy on Ellensburg City Council after Jill Scheffer resigns

    A position is now available on the Ellensburg City Council after the resignation of member Jill Scheffer.

  • Strong WRPS safety culture keeping workers safe, drawing national attention

    Employees of Washington River Protection Solutions are working safer than any time since safety statistics have been available for the Hanford tank farms, since the beginning of 1991. 

  • First responders and dealing with post-traumatic stress

    Firefighters see and deal with devastating events on a regular basis, and it can have lasting effects on their mental health. 

  • What to expect for this year's apple harvest crop

    With this heat, we might be forgetting fall is just a little over a month away, and so is apple harvest season.

  • New Yakima Valley College program hopes to combat teacher shortage

    Yakima Valley College has started a new program to help out with the teacher shortage. 

  • The hardships of working in extreme heat

    Can you imagine working outside with no shade in this heat?

  • Public's help sought in locating missing teenager

    The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing teenager. 

  • Expect weekend delays on US 395

    Beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, August 10, crews will close the right lane on northbound US 395 between N. Yelm Street and the off-ramp to Columbia Drive. 

  • Australian forces join the effort at the Miriam Fire

    The Miriam Fire two miles east of White Pass Ski Area is currently at 1,242 acres and is 9 percent contained. 

  • Work underway on new sidewalks in east Yakima

    The City of Yakima is installing new sidewalks just in time for the start of a new school year. 

  • Sundown in Tri-Town event canceled due to extreme heat

    Due to the extreme heat conditions of this week, the Sundown in Tri-Town event scheduled for Wednesday evening, August 8 has been canceled to ensure the safety of the vendors. 

  • Benton Clean Air Agency issues Air Quality Alert due to wildfire smoke

    Benton Clean Air Agency has issued an air quality alert. 

  • Yakima Humane Society ends city contract over pit bull ban

    The Yakima Humane Society is cutting ties with the City of Yakima over its ban on pit bull terriers. 

  • Catch and release season: what you're allowed to catch

    If you're planning on heading down to the Columbia River to go fishing anytime soon, then you'll want to know what you're allowed to catch. 

  • Good Samaritan alerts showering homeowner to gazebo fire

    A midday fire broke out near South Harrison Street and West 4th Avenue early Monday afternoon. s...

  • Make sure your home is properly insured this fire season

    Across the State of Washington, there have been nearly 1,000 wildfires this fire season. 

  • Walla Walla, surrounding areas under Air Quality Advisory starting Aug. 7

    Walla Walla County and surrounding areas are under an Air Quality Advisory starting Wednesday, August 7, 2018, in effect through Saturday, August 11th, 2018 when temperatures are expected to cool down. 

  • Yakima man says he couldn't stop for police because he had to poop

    A man in Yakima is full of it, at least that's what he's claiming.

  • Franklin and Benton Dispatch Center merger is finally complete

    It's been almost a decade in the making: the merger between the Benton and Franklin Dispatch Centers is finally complete. 

  • Health experts say tanning isn't worth it; indoors or outdoors

    With all this sun we're getting, our skin is getting a nice color... but have you asked yourself how much sun is too much? 

  • Female physicians may aid women in surviving heart attacks

    A new study finds women are more likely to survive a heart attack if they're treated by a female physician.

  • MSA's Chief Financial Officer to pay $124,440 for allegedly accepting kickbacks from Lockheed Martin

    Richard A. Olsen, Chief Financial Officer for Department of Energy prime contractor Mission Support Alliance LLC has agreed to pay $124,440 to resolve allegations that he violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Act when he took at least $40,000 in illegal kickbacks paid to him by Lockheed Martin Corporation. 

  • Behind the scenes with Tri-Cities Animal Control

    Animal Control officers are usually known for their role as dog catchers, but they say that's only about 15 percent of what they actually do. 

  • Walla Walla Police searching for shooting suspect

    WALLA WALLA- Police are still searching for a shooting suspect from Friday night. Around 6:30 p.m. police responded to the area of Par 72 Drive and Rees Ave after reports of shots fired. Through investigation police learned multiple shots were fired at two fleeing victims, who were able to escape unharmed. It is believed the victims were the intended targets of the assault and the motive does not appear to be gang related. Police have identified 26 year old Dylan Ray McQueen as a ...
  • Hometown Proud and Fun: Cowiche

    For this week's Hometown Proud and Fun, we revisited Cowiche... since we weren't able to go last week due to wildfires. 

  • Trios Health sale to RCCH HealthCare Partners finalized effective Aug. 4

    Officials at RCCH HealthCare Partners announced today that the partnership between RCCH and Trios Health will become effective August 4, 2018. 

  • Eastbound lanes of I-90 near Cle Elum to close to traffic two nights next week

    The eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 will close to traffic near Cle Elum two nights next week. 

  • Yakima County physician restricted; prohibited from going to or admitting patients to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

    The Washington Medical Commission has immediately restricted the medical license of physician Richard B. Boyd pending further proceedings. 

  • 22-year-old identified in fatal single car rollover north of Pasco

    A 22-year-old woman is dead after a single car rollover crash happened on SR 395 four miles north of Pasco around 3:44 a.m. Friday morning. 

  • Throwback Thursday: Declaration of Independence signing

    For this week's Throwback Thursday, we felt a little patriotic. 

  • Man wanted for warrant, vehicle thefts in Umatilla County area

    The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office is looking for a Zachary Lorance Bartz. 

  • Yakima Police app gets new update

    The Yakima Police Department app has been changed and updated and is available on i-Phone and Android phones. 

  • Stop by Dairy Queen to donate to Kid's Miracle Network

    Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard Treat and change a life! Thursday, Aug. 2 is Miracle Treat Day, and Dairy Queen restaurants will donate $1 from each Blizzard Treat purchase to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 

  • Umatilla bridge construction progress well underway

    With over two hundred days of work already completed, the Interstate 82 bridge along the Columbia River into Umatilla is already seeing major improvements.

  • Miriam Fire update: nearby camps safely evacuated

    All summer camps have been evacuated safely and children are being reunited with their parents in regards to the Miriam Fire. 

  • Pasco Police Department issuing all officers body cameras

    The Pasco Police Department is giving all of their officers body cameras. 

  • The do's and don'ts for preventing human-caused fires

    Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for all of Washington. 

  • Yakima County man pleads guilty to grandson's manslaughter

    A Yakima County man has been sentenced to two years in prison in the fatal shooting of his 10-year-old grandson outside their trailer in the city of Union Gap.

  • 17-year-old Yakima suspect to be tried as adult for murder of 19-year-old

    Yakima Police have identified the suspect in the death of a 19-year-old man found dead in the West Valley Middle School parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds.

  • Umatilla County burn ban in effect August 1

    On August 1, 2018, the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners declared a temporary burn ban on all burning within the unincorporated areas of Umatilla County.

  • Meet the clock genius of West Richland

    Al Nihart has been in the clock repair business for over 60 years now. 

  • Yakima Fire Department looking into several suspicious fires

    Just this past year, Yakima firefighters have responded to over 65 structure fires, and 43 of those are still under investigation. 

  • YVFWC grant to create learning centers with opportunities for local children

    Imagine never being outside the city you grew up in - that's the reality for some children right here in our communities.

  • Grant County Health District investigating confirmed case of Neisseria Meningitidis

    Grant County Health Officer, Dr. Alexander Brzezny, issues an alert about a confirmed case of Invasive Neisseria Meningitidis illness in a Grant County resident. 

  • KID service expected to continue after canal overtopping

    Kennewick Irrigation District would like to advise customers and the community that due to the failure of an automatic control gate in Badger Canyon, water overtopped the Badger East canal, near Reata Road, Candy Mountain Estates and Highway 82 around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

  • Walla Walla Air Quality Awareness Advisory in effect

    Walla Walla County and surrounding areas are under an Air Quality Awareness Advisory starting Wednesday, July 18, 2018. 

  • CBC offers training lab for Vit Plant work

    Today, in partnership with the Department of Energy and Bechtel, Columbia Basin College gave people a first look into the work they are doing to prepare chemists for potential jobs at the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant's analytical laboratory. 

  • CRIME STOPPERS: Rey DeJesus Garcia

    Pasco Police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are looking for a Rey DeJesus Garcia. 

  • Now is the best time to get your child's sports physical

    The 2018 school year is quickly approaching and summertime is the best time to get your child's sports physical done. 

  • Lake Wallula Fire is 65% contained

    An Incident Management Team has now taken over operations on the Lake Wallula Fire burning in Juniper Canyon. The fire is now more than 10,000 acres in size and continues to burn in steep terrain. Firefighters say Tuesday's efforts are focused on maintaining the fire lines that are already created before the winds pick up this afternoon. 

  • Look before you leap: don't dive into dirty pool

    With this heat, jumping into the pool sounds like the best idea... but before you do that, make sure it's a clean pool. 

  • Local baseball team hopes to make it big in Cal Ripken World Series

    With dreams of national glory, one local baseball team is about to hit the big time... traveling all the way to Indiana to compete for the Cal Ripken World Series Trophy. 

  • Hermiston seeking item donations for 50-year time capsule

    The City of Hermiston is seeking items from the public to include in a time capsule scheduled to be opened on September 8, 2068.

  • EPA signs $200M remedy for 100 D and H Area at the Hanford Reservation Superfund Site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, together with the Department of Energy and with concurrence from the Washington State Department of Ecology, has issued the Record-of-Decision, or Cleanup Plan, for the Hanford 100 Area D and H areas, which occupy approximately 7.8 square miles of the 586-square mile Hanford Reservation in south central Washington. The $200 million remedy includes removal, treatment, and disposal of contaminated soil and debris; upgradi

  • Reservation-wide burn ban effective immediately for Yakama Nation

    Yakama Nation Tribal Council has declared a Reservation Wide Burn Ban including the Closed Area, under authority T-127-18.

  • Deputies searching for suspect after attempted armed robbery in Hermiston

    On July 29, 2018 at about 4:15 a.m., a man armed with a rifle wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a dark green bandanna over his face attempted to rob the Short Stop Gas Station located at 32553 East Punkin Center Road in Hermiston. 

  • Don't wait to vaccinate; get back-to-school shots now, Health District says

    The Benton-Franklin Health District is urging parents to beat the rush and schedule back-to-school shots now.

  • Level III sex offender residence notification: Terry Wayne Barnett

    Terry Wayne Barnett is a Level III sex offender who is now a transient in Benton County, WA.  

  • Brush fire starts on railroad tracks and jumps to road

    JUNIPER CANYON- Highway 730 east of Umatilla will remain closed Sunday night while a fire burns in the terrain near the road. Emergency Management crews said the blaze is currently burning in an area that is tough to access and that large boulders are coming loose near the road. It started on the railroad tracks around 5:00 p.m. and quickly jumped to the roadway. Umatilla Rural Fire, Echo Fire, Emergency Management, and US Fish and Wildlife have responded. Right now the cause is un...
  • Man tries to outrun police by jumping into the Columbia River

    KENNEWICK- A man is in jail facing multiple charges after trying to outrun police by jumping into the Columbia River. On Sunday officers responded to a report of a male causing a disturbance on the Clover Island. When arriving in the area, Officers observed 33 year old Derick Young throw suspected narcotics into a parked vehicle. When he was told he was under arrest, he fled on foot and jumped into the Columbia River. The Kennewick Police Department along with the US Coast Guar...
  • Car ignites fire that slows traffic on I-90

    CLE ELUM- Fire investigators said a car is what ignited the Lower Cle Elum River Fire along I-90 Sunday. As of 9:00 p.m. the fire was roughly 10 acres in size as crews begin to secure the lines and start the mop up phase.  One firefighter suffered a heat-related injury and no structures were lost. The Department of Transportation is setting up barrels to block the right lane in the I-90 area of the fire overnight. Fire crews will work work through the night and hope by Monday ...

  • Woman arrested for DUI after vehicle vs. motorcycle collision in Kennewick

    On July 28 at 10:19 p.m., Kennewick Police officers were dispatched to a vehicle vs. motorcycle collision at the intersection of W 10th Ave and S Johnson St.  

  • One seriously injured after Blue Bridge pileup on Saturday morning

    Tonight we've learned that a man involved in a crash on the Blue Bridge Saturday is in serious condition. 

  • Man in critical condition after Richland motorcycle accident

    A 57-year-old man is in critical condition after a motorcycle accident on George Washington Way near Jadwin Sunday morning in Richland. 

  • Family incident mistaken for abduction in Yakima

    Yakima Police Officers are investigating a possible kidnapping after witnesses said they saw a man force a woman into a car and drive off. 

  • Yakima company spreading awareness about phone scams

    If you have a phone, chances are you've experienced a scam phone call once in your life. 

  • Local inmates set up Water Follies

    Setting up for Water Follies is a massive undertaking. People come from all over the area to help - but one group is rather unique. 

  • Throwback Thursday: Boat explosion at 2008 Water Follies

    For tonight's Throwback Thursday, we went back to the 2008 Water Follies. 

  • Franklin PUD slaps temporary ban on applications supporting crypocurrency mining

    Cryptocurrency mining is becoming more popular, especially here in Washington where electric rates are so low. 

  • Increase in EMS response to heat-related illnesses

    We’re no strangers to triple digit temperatures during this time of the year, but like clockwork, our first responders are getting called out to more and more heat-related issues. 

  • Residential burn ban issued for several areas in Franklin County

    With the current hot weather and extremely dry conditions, the fire danger in Franklin County is now at EXTREME. 

  • Sunnyside Police investigating a murder at Kiwanis Park

    Sunnyside Police are investigating a homicide reported on July 25th at approximately 11:00 pm. Police received a call that a man had been shot in Kiwanis Park, located at the intersection of Doolittle Ave and Reeves Way. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Scam designed to defraud people by threatening to have them arrested

    Outsmarting Scammers

    NBC RIGHT NOW- A number of Americans each year become targets of phone, internet, or even in-person scams. One of the most common scams in the Yakima area are grandparent scams. Normally you'll get a call from a fake grandchild saying they're in an emergency and they need money immediately wired to them. You may think this only happens at certain times in the year like tax season- but that's not the case.  "The grandparent scam, the lottery scam, the collection scam, there ...

  • Wilson Prairie Fire continues to burn, moves outside fire lines

    MORROW COUNTY-  Fire behavior increased late yesterday afternoon on the Wilson Prairie Fire, resulting in the fire moving outside the fire line on the southern portion of the fire. The fire, pushed by afternoon winds and warm temperatures spotted across the retardant lines into dry fuels. Three helicopters were used to drop water on hotspots while tankers were used to lay retardant lines in front of the fire to slow the spread so ground resources could engage and build fire line...
  • Gov. Inslee visits the Yakima Valley to speak about the community's health

    Washington Governor Jay Inslee spent the day in the Yakima Valley, checking out local projects and talking about people's health. 

  • Yakama Nation students get hands-on experience with simulated opioid overdose

    The opioid epidemic is a problem in America, the Northwest, and in our communities. 

  • Steps to avoid heat stroke

    If you're outside in this heat and start to feel dizzy, get a headache and feel nauseous... it could be a sign of heat exhaustion or even heat stroke! 

  • Two local boys fishing for scholarships and a national victory

    Two local boys are fishing for a scholarship - literally. .

  • CRIME STOPPERS: Jacenir Dasilva

    Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers is looking for a Jacenir Dasilva a.k.a. "Serio."

  • Vit Plant support buildings move into commissioning phase

    The Hanford Vit Plant is bringing more major utility systems online as the facility continues the transition from construction to startup and commissioning in support of the DOE's plans to begin treating tank waste through its DFLAW vitrification approach. 

  • Fire at Jefferson Elementary not expected to delay school's opening Aug. 28

    Around 9:30 pm on Tuesday, July 24, homeowners living near the new Jefferson Elementary alerted emergency responders to a fire at the school. 

  • Early morning fire destroys building in Yakima

    A large fire destroyed one building and damaged others nearby early Wednesday morning sending a large plume of black smoke into the sky.

    Yakima firefighters say it was a garage and residential building on the corner of 6th Ave. and Fruitvale Blvd.

  • Hydration Kits for Seniors

    YAKIMA- Forty percent of heat-related deaths occur in people aged 65 or older. 

  • Three West Valley firefighters recovering after heat-related illnesses

    Three West Valley firefighters needed medical attention after suffering from heat-related illnesses this week. 

  • YPD officers honor fallen Kent officer with bands across badges

    Kent Police Officer Diego Moreno, an 8-year veteran, is the officer who died over the weekend in the line of duty. 

  • WSP to conduct emphasis patrols for Water Follies weekend

    Washington State Patrol troopers will conduct traffic safety emphasis patrols for the Water Follies weekend, which runs from July 27-29, 2018. 

  • SR 240 lane restrictions planned for Water Follies weekend

    Lane restrictions will be in place westbound State Route-240 at the entrance to Columbia Park on both Saturday and Sunday during Water Follies weekend.

  • The Life Tour: starring Boy George & Culture Club cancels September 14 concert

    Sound Live Music has announced that due to unforeseen circumstances the upcoming concert for The Life Tour: starring Boy George & Culture Club with special guest Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey at the Toyota Center scheduled for Friday, September 14, has been canceled. 

  • Detectives seeking first-hand witnesses to Gorge assaults during Phish concert

    Detectives with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office are investigating two assaults which happened during Saturday’s Phish concert at the Gorge Amphitheater near George, Washington. 

  • Howard Amon Park shoreline improvements begin July 30

    Phase two of the Howard Amon Park Bank Stabilization and Beach Enhancement Project will begin Monday, July 30. 

  • Benton County Public Safety Sales Tax status update

    On May 3, 2018 the Board of County Commissioners held a Special Board Meeting to hear community organizations’ and County departments’ requests for funding from the Public Safety Sales Tax. 

  • Summer reading program at the Yakima Valley Library

    The Yakima Valley Libraries are making sure your kids get excited about summer reading this summer.

  • Local businesses benefiting from the heat

    The Yakima Recreation Center is benefiting from this heat. 

  • How firefighters conduct fire investigations

    How do firefighters find the source of ignition for fires? 

  • Husband and father of seven still missing

    It's been two weeks since a father of seven has gone missing, and his family still hasn't heard from him. 

  • Pegasus Project: Therapeutic horse riding for people with disabilities

    One local Yakima program has made the impossible possible when it comes to horseback riding. 

  • One dead in mass shooting in Canada

    The Latest: 1 victim dead after man shoots 14 in Toronto    TORONTO- Police say a gunman and one victim is dead after a man shot 14 people, including a young girl, in the Toronto neighborhood known as Greektown.    Toronto police chief Mark Saunders says a young woman was killed in the shooting Sunday night. He also says a young girl is in critical condition.    Police spokesman Mark Pugash says the condition of the other victims is not known yet. He says...
  • No criminal charges filed in deadly bike crash

    PENDLETON, Ore.- No criminal charges have been filed in connection with a collision that killed a 62-year-old Pendleton bicyclist last month.    The East Oregonian reports that Ann Wyatt was bicycling June 8 to her job at the U.S. Forest Service on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton when an SUV struck and killed her.    The Umatilla Tribal Police Department, which headed up the investigation, has not identified the driver or released other information. ...
  • Student sues districts for enabling child pornographer

    PROSSER, Wash.- A student has sued two school districts in south-central Washington, alleging officials knew a former educator engaged in grooming behavior with students yet allowed him to keep working.    The lawsuit names the Prosser and Granger school districts, where Stephen Castilleja worked.    Castilleja was sentenced last fall to 27 years for taking pornographic photos and video of children.    The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a former student w...
  • Gunman opens fire into backyard, killing one person

    SUNNYSIDE- Police are investigating after a man opened fire into the backyard of a home, killing one and wounding four others.  On Friday at approximately 11:45 pm, Sunnyside Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the 500 block of S 15th Street within the City of Sunnyside.  Upon arrival, officers encountered numerous victims and witnesses at what was an apparent party.  The event had the appearance of a family gathering with blow-up...
  • One dead in single car rollover crash near Pendleton

    PENDLETON- One person is dead after crashing early Sunday morning. Around 3:25 AM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on OR-11 at milepost 1.7. The preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevrolet SUV was traveling south bound on OR-11 when for an unknown reason veered off of the road and struck a power pole. The SUV rolled  multiple times.  The driver suffered fatal injuries and was pronoun...
  • Richland store gives away free backpacks filled with school supplies

    The countdown until kids head back to school is officially underway. Between the pencils, paper and books, we all know school supplies can be pricey. One local store is helping cut costs. 

  • 500 acre locust grove fire

    KENNEWICK: Multiple agencies respond to a 500 acre fire outside of Kennewick Saturday afternoon- damaging several wheat fields. The fire originally started inside the canyon near Locust Grove Rd. As soon as the fire caught the nearby sage brush and wheat field shortly after it started, that's when it picked up. Chief Lonnie Click with Benton County Fire District 1 says multiple agencies are responding to this fire and are still actively working to contain it. Nearby Structures are b...
  • FEMA provides Federal funds to help fight the Buckshot Fire

    State resources have been mobilized for the Buckshot Fire near Desert Aire and Mattawa. 

  • Two suspects at large after fatal shooting Thursday morning

    Two suspects are being sought after a man was fatally shot Thursday morning while on H Street in Yakima. 

  • L Road Fire temporarily closes SR 243 and SR 24

    Another big fire burning near the Vernita Bridge in Grant County is now at nearly 30,000 acres. 

  • "Tri-Cities Day" Seahawks tickets on sale next Friday

    Tickets for the 15th Annual Tri-Cities Day with the Seattle Seahawks go on sale on Friday, July 27. 

  • Boylston Fire

    Boylston Fire burns 70K acres; 15 percent contained

    The Boylston Fire that closed down all lanes of I-90 for most of the night Thursday night into this morning has burned 70,000 acres and is 15 percent contained.

  • Remains found in North Pasco positively identified as missing Michelle Hudnall

    The Franklin County Coroner has announced that the remains found on July 6 are that of the missing woman Michelle Hudnall.

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