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Budget Cuts Mean County Jail Layoffs
Budget cuts in the county mean layoffs at the Yakima County Jail. Nine officers and two administrators were laid off this month. The cuts were made to help fill a million dollar shortfall in the jail budget. Staffing is at minimum requirements, and county officials say the jail is still safe...
Whooping Cough Still a Big Problem in Yakima County
While the numbers have slowed whooping cough is still a big problem in Yakima county and across the state. Marianne Patnode with the Yakima county health district says the push to vaccinate against the disease did help slow down the number of cases being reported this past summer and now in this fal…
Harper Murder Trial Costs $370,000
It was the plea deal that shocked Yakima; a year and a half after three people were found brutally beaten to death it their West Valley home, prosecutors decided they did not have the evidence to convict their prime suspect Kevin Harper...
A Week Away From Election, Night Get Your Ballot In
Voters in Yakima County are taking their time. About 29 percent of the 105,000 ballots have been returned to the auditor's office as of today. Yakima County Auditor Corky Mattingly says more ballots are coming in as we get closer to the election...
Don’t Delay. Election Day is a Week Away
Election Day is one week away. With so many issues on the ballot county elections officials say you voters should do it soon. The sooner voters hand in ballots into the county auditors, the earlier it will get counted after polls close. County Elections Manager Kathy Fisher says she expects 80 to 85…
Plea Agreement in The Kevin Harper Case
Kevin Harper's defense attorney made a surprising announcement, moments into a Tuesday status hearing for a special prosecutor's investigation.
"We have been extended an offer," said defense attorney Pete Mazzone. "We were hammering it out last night...
Yakima County Awarded a 3 Year Grant for Adult Drug Court Program
The Yakima County Superior Court was notified by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that Yakima County has been awarded a three year grant for a total amount of $973,515. The funding will be used to expand the present Yakima County Adult Drug Court program…

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