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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
The U.S. Supreme Court. Photo by Architect of the Capitol via USCapitol Flickr.

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
The Yakima City Council in 2016. (Photo by the city of Yakima.)

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
People in Yakima gather to support the Washington Voting Rights act, which aims to provide an alternative to federal voting rights lawsuits. (Photo by Eric Gonzalez Alfaro for OneAmerica.)

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
People in Yakima gather to support the Washington Voting Rights act, which aims to provide an alternative to federal voting rights lawsuits. (Photo by Eric Gonzalez Alfaro for OneAmerica.)

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
Avina Gutierrez was one of the first three elected Latina council members in Yakima. She because the citys first Latina mayor. Photo via Avina Gutierrezs campaign.

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
Dulce Gutierrez (left) and Avina Gutierrez (right) both led their races for city council positions. It was the first time that Yakima voted in city elections after a federal judge ruled the previous election system violated the Voting Rights Act, marginalizing the city's Latino population. (Photos via the campaigns)

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
People in Yakima gather to support the Washington Voting Rights act, which aims to provide an alternative to federal voting rights lawsuits. (Photo by Eric Gonzalez Alfaro for OneAmerica.)

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
Estanislao Mendoza Chocolate at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seattle with a portrait of his missing son, Miguel Ángel Mendoza Zacarías. (Photo by Janelle Retka)

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
A priest prepares the eucharist for Communion. (Photo by Lawrence OP via Flickr.)

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
Frustrated with the outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs, Ryan Clark and Tim Andis founded Liberty Bottleworks. The company makes recycled aluminum bottles locally using mostly US machinery, materials and labor. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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