Dog and Wine Walk and Cop Run Helping Charity, More Briefs
- You can enjoy some great wine and a walk with your dog during the 6th annual Yakima Valley Pet Rescue Canine and Wine Walk.
It is set for Saturday at the Cherry Wood Bed and Breakfast and Barn in Zillah.
The walk starts at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will occur from noon to 2:30 at Cultura Winery. There will be six wineries to walk with or without your dog as well.
Event organizers say it will be a “super fun day and a great way to raise much needed funds for the unwanted pets in the Yakima Valley!”
- The Yakima Police Department is inviting you to run from the cops at night in downtown Yakima.
Detective Illianna Salinas says it is a 5k run and a fundraiser for Special Olympics. It starts at 9 p.m. on June 6.
Salinas says it is being held at night because it is cooler not because that is when suspects run from cops.
Suspects run from the cops at all times.
Registration is open at the website at specialolympicswashington.org.
- A unit from Joint Base Lewis-McChord is drilling at the Yakima Training Center for a return deployment to the Middle East.
The 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment was previously deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan but the destination for the upcoming nine-month deployment has not been announced.
The 300 soldiers operate truck-mounted rocket batteries that are based in Kuwait and Qatar.
- The Yakima City Council Tuesday voted in favor of placing an issue on the November ballot that could put thousands of extra dollars into the City Parks and Recreation Department.
The vote places a charter amendment on the November ballot that, if approved, would require the city spend an additional $750,000 every year on city parks and recreation.
City Council members may also gave approval to a 10-year, $15-million bond to repair 92 lane miles of city streets this year. And the council Tuesday also approved a $1.35 million settlement with a contractor over the construction of the Lincoln Avenue underpass.
- Yakima County Clerk Kim Eaton has not yet announced if she will run for re-election in November.
There will be plenty of competition for the office however as on Tuesday 40-year-old Steve Driscoll who works for the Yakima County Probation Department announced his candidacy.
Two former clerks office employees Kathleen Carter and Janelle Riddle have already announced their candidacies.
- Teachers, parents, and students are encouraged to bike to school Wednesday to celebrate National Bike to School Day.
It is a nationwide event that encourages a bike-focused celebration and builds on the popularity of International Walk to School Day, celebrated in October. The event raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking. It also emphasizes the importance of physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion, and concern for the environment.
The Washington state Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to share the road and watch for young bicyclists and pedestrians, especially around school zones.
- The Yakima City Council meets for the first time this month Tuesday and on the agenda is a way to increase spending in the city Parks and Recreation Department.The measure is being pushed by Yakima City Councilman Rick Ensey.
The council might vote to place the charter amendment on the Aug. 5 primary ballot. The amendment would call for an additional $750,000 to be spent on city parks and recreation each year.
The council which meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall, might also give its approval to a 10-year, $15 million bond to repair 92 lane miles of city streets this year.
- If you are traveling over Snoqualmie Pass this week, be ready for slowdowns and closures, the state Department of Transportation warns.Spokesperson Megan McFadden says drivers should expect rolling slowdowns during the day today through Saturday. Crews will also be closing I-90 at 7 p.m. for about an hour today through Thursday for rock blasting.
Eastbound drivers will be stopped at Gold Creek and westbound drivers will be stopped at Price Creek. Drivers may also experience minor delays due to ramp closures at the Yellowstone Trail Road Interchange and the Hyak Interchange on I-90.