Pure valley boy. Grew up in Yakima. Graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1982 and Seattle University in 1997. I've been reading, writing and producing news for KIT since 1992. I married my elementary school sweetheart and am the proud father of an 18-year-old daughter who attends Heritage University and is studying to be a doctor. When I'm not working, I'm skiing. Been on skis for the past 41 years.
Stabbing Victim In Critical Condition At Seattle Hospital
Yakima Police spokesman Mike Bastinelli says 55-year-old Mikel Ochoa and the suspect had a dispute over some private property at about 5:00 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Queen Avenue and Macleren Street.
Suspect Leads Deputies On Chase That Ends In A Crash
The suspect crashed the 4 wheel ATV into a guardrail during the chase and was injured. A Yakima County Sheriff's deputy was called to the Rimrock Lake, Russell Creek and Clear Lake areas on Tuesday to investigate several burglaries.
ATF Offers $10,000 Reward For Information On Arson Fire
Robert Almgren is the ATF Agent in Charge in Yakima who says so far the leads have been few so they're hoping a reward will push someone to talk.
Teachers and Staff of Yakima School District Vote to Strike
The teachers want the school board to offer better increases in pay. The union represents teachers and certified staff.
Yakima City Council Repeals City Pit Bull Ban
The Yakima City Council on Tuesday voted 5-2 in favor of an ordinance that repeals the city pit bull ban that's been in place for more than 30 years.
Firefighters Battling Brush Fire On Yakima Training Center
The fire was first reported at 300 acres near the center of the training facility.
Smoke Cancels Hot Shots Tournament This Weekend
Registrations will be refunded to the teams in full.
Yakima City Council Votes On Pit Bull Ban Tuesday
The council is expected to vote on an ordinance to repeal the ban that's been in place for more than 30 years.
Air Alert For Yakima Ends Thursday
The alert was issued Monday, August 20th and covers seven counties. It says the unhealthy air is due to large wildfires burning in the region.
Goodwill To Give Books To Educators This Month
Books will be available while supplies last. The increase in books and distribution sites this year (40K –vs- 35K) is thanks in part to a donation of additional books from the Fife School District.