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  • The ski season comes to an end at White Pass Ski area this weekend.

    Spokesperson Kathleen Goyette says the season started out slow with a lack of snow at resorts throughout the west, “And that always hurts our bottom line.”

    That lack of early snow contributed to a 20 percent decrease in visits this season when compared to last season. The snow did fall in late January and continued through last weekend.

    This weekend only the front side of the mountain will be open, and because of warming temperatures, the mountain will only be open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

  • A 16-year-old boy was arrested at Toppenish High School Wednesday morning after Toppenish Police found a pistol in his backpack.

    KNDO reports that authorities received a tip about a student at the school having a firearm in his backpack.

    When police got to Toppenish High School, they found the teen and an unloaded pistol in his backpack. Police say while they found the pistol in the backpack, the student had not made any threats to anyone.

    Officers arrested the teen on two charges, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds.

  • The city of Yakima is looking at expanding its panhandling ordinance.

    City Manager Tony O’Rourke says currently the ordinance bars people from stepping into the street to accept money at 15 city intersections that have the most traffic accidents.

    We want to expand that to the 15 or 20 intersections that also have the highest traffic volume. In some cases they are identical but there is some overlap.

    O’Rourke says the city is simply trying to create safe intersections where drivers are not distracted.

    The city council is expected to discuss the issue at its next council meeting May 6.

  • Two men were rescued from the Yakima River Saturday night.The Yakima County Swift Water Rescue Team and the City of Yakima Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team sent crews to an area upstream from Century Landing on Thorp Road at 5 p.m.

    One man was able to swim to shore after a fishing boat hit some trees and logs that were blocking the river. Deputies rescued the second man from a log in the middle of the river with a Sheriff’s Office jet boat.

    Medics checked both men, but neither needed medical attention. Deputies say neither was wearing a lifejacket.

  • Former Union Gap Mayor Jim Lemon is sitting in the Yakima County Jail today.Lemon was arrested Sunday morning after police were called to a local health care center on North 16th Avenue, where Lemon refused to leave. When police arrived, however, they found him at a nearby mini-mart, where he was taken into custody after being tased by officers.

    Lemon was arrested on trespassing and malicious mischief charges. It is his third arrest since November of last year.

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