• Yakima Avenue has brand new banners lining the streets as part of a brand new program to provide a fresh look for downtown.

    There are 75 different banner locations on the Avenue and they are being changed from the spring banners to the summer themed banners.

    Currently four different banners are up with pictures of a trout, cherries, butterflies and a sunflower. The city hopes the change of scenery will be noticed by locals and out of town visitors to the downtown area says economic development manager Sean Hawkins.

    The banners will be changed again later this year to a fall theme. Then the winter banners will go up and after that spring banners and so on.

    Another great part about the banners is that local artists at the Field Group designed all the pictures and it cost less than $10,000 total.

    It might be a little thing but the city is hoping that these small banners will help a big difference in the overall atmosphere downtown.

  • The American Red Cross in Yakima is helping people devastated by fires in the state.

    Yakima Red Cross Director Lisa Rhinehart Kapuza says the Yakima office has helped set up seven shelters throughout North Central Washington. She says the best way for Yakima residents to help is to donate cash to help people with the simple things.

    Glasses. Medicine. Shelter supplies. Food. Some of these homes are just gone.

    You can give right now at redcross.org, call 1-800-Red-Cross or text the number 90999 to make a $10 dollar donation. You can also stop by the Yakima office and donate.

    The office is located at 302 South Second Street.

  • We have seen 12 straight highs of 10 degrees above normal, 10 straight highs of 98 degrees, six highs of 100 degrees with a max of 107 on July 16 so far this month.

    We also experienced three record high temperatures and three record warm low temps.

    Those are the conditions many firefighters have been operating under. Forecasters now say the remainder of the month should see temperatures around an average 95 degrees.

  • Yakima Police are still investigating a crash that killed a 24-year-old Yakima man on Friday.It happened at about 7:30 p.m. at South 10th Avenue and West Viola.

    Authorities say Brandon Rossman was riding his 1999 Yamaha at a high speed when he failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the left rear of a Chrysler minivan that was southbound on 10th Avenue after stopping at the stop sign.

    Rossman died at a Yakima hospital.

    Police are asking for any information about the crash. If you can help, contact Yakima Police Sgt. Chance Belton at 576-6789.