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State must protect Yakima Valley drinking water from cow manure

Lax Washington state dairy regulations are allowing cow manure to taint Yakima Valley drinking water.
Aug 23, 2016

Supreme Court rejects voting rights challenge: the Yakima connection

The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously rejected an effort from Texas to exclude non-citizens, non-voters and children from government representation.
Apr 4, 2016

Yakima to consider dropping Voting Rights Act appeal

The Yakima City Council may drop its appeal of a $1.8 million ruling against it in the federal Voting Rights Act lawsuit that reshaped its council majority.
Mar 17, 2016

Washington Voting Rights Act falters for fourth straight year

Last year, Yakima lost a federal court battle over whether its city council system suppressed representation of its significant Latino population.
Mar 9, 2016

Former Yakima mayor advocates for state Voting Rights Act

Micah Cawley was the mayor of Yakima when the city lost a federal suit accusing the city council election system of squeezing out Latino candidates.
Mar 2, 2016

Yakima council gets first Latina mayor; backs state Voting Rights Act

Avina Gutierrez, one of Yakima's first three Latina women to be elected to the city council, this week was promoted unanimously to mayor by her fellow council members.
Jan 8, 2016

Yakima elects first Latina city council members after Voting Rights case

Yakima voted in districts for the first time after a federal judge ruled the previous system marginalized Latinos and violated the Voting Rights Act.
Nov 4, 2015
More than 20 percent of the Colville Reservation burned in two major fires this summer. (Photo by Colton Miller)

When firefighting resources are thin, reservations are left to burn

As Washington raced to save million dollar homes from wildfires this summer, tribal land went up in flames.
Oct 27, 2015

Yakima set to elect first Latino city council member

Many of Yakima's Latino residents hope they'll finally have representation after a federal judge ordered new city council district elections.
May 29, 2015

Parents of missing Mexican students find support in Seattle, Yakima

Parents of two of the 43 missing Mexican students shared their anguish as they made stops in Seattle and Yakima seeking support for renewed investigation.
Apr 21, 2015

Language, culture divide brings challenges to Yakima church

St. Joseph Parish in Yakima is one church, split by two cultures. As in many other facets of life in Yakima, the Catholic congregation is split between Spanish-speakers and English-speakers — with very little crossover, reports Northwest Public Radio of Spokane, with little crossover between the two groups. Reporter Rowan Moore Gerety reports, “There are duplicate ministries […]
Jan 12, 2015

Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US, one water bottle at a time

It was the middle of that dark week before the New Year. Christmas cookies were growing stale in tins on the counter and emails had begun to pile up again. But the news of a plea for help from a forced labor camp in China cut through my holiday hangover. The Oregonian reported that a Portland […]
Jan 4, 2013