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Yakima Palm springs sign (KNDU-TV)
Yakima Palm springs sign (KNDU-TV)
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Yakima “Palm Springs of WA” Sign Aimed at Seattle, Says Owner

Starting in 1987, people driving by Yakima on the Interstate began to notice a sign that read "Yakima-The Palm Springs of Washington."  Over the years, depending upon who you talk to, it's become a topic of conversation, support, ridicule, and humor.

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Yakima River Flooding, modern times (Benton County Emergency Services)
Yakima River Flooding, modern times (Benton County Emergency Services)
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1948 Yakima, Columbia River Flood Did $50 Million in Damages

The history of the Yakima River flooding spans many decades, but the 1948 flood that included the Columbia River was one of the biggest. This picture is from 6-7 years ago, from Benton County Emergency Services.

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Thieves steal thousands worth of electronics, digital equipment from charity (KNDU-TV)
Thieves steal thousands worth of electronics, digital equipment from charity (KNDU-TV)
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Shocking Burglary Steals Thousands From Non-Profit Group

Police from Yakima to Tri-Cities will be watching pawn shops and other online sales ads after someone (or a group of people) smashed through a door window and stole over $10,000 worth of computers and electronics donated to a Yakima non-profit group.

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Shattered storefront of Baskin Robbins in Yakima (KNDU-KNDO -TV)
Shattered storefront of Baskin Robbins in Yakima (KNDU-KNDO -TV)
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Burglar Crashes Truck Through Window to Steal ATM in Yakima

And, remarkably, he got away...but without his money!

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Postal Vote Counting In Marginal Seat Of Hasluck Continues
Ballots being counted (Getty Images)
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Why Are Some Yakima Voters “Not Voting” for President On Their Ballot?

Apparently some people in Yakima, and even Benton County, are a little confused.

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Now, officials say high school suspect unknown (Getty Images)
Now, officials say high school suspect unknown (Getty Images)
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UPDATE-Highland High ‘Clown Threat’ Suspects Unknown, Say Officials

Earlier this week, we reported two Yakima School District students were arrested in connection with the 'creepy clown' threat that resulted in Highland High School being closed as a precaution earlier this week. Now, Yakima School officials say they don't know who that perpetrator is.

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Ancient Italian map of the voyages of Columbus, from 1510 (Getty Images)
Ancient Italian map of the voyages of Columbus, from 1510 (Getty Images)
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No More Columbus Day in Yakima-What’s Replacing It?

Apparently a growing number of communities across the country are dropping Columbus Day in favor of celebrations often referred to as "Indigenous People's Day".

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Kennewick Schools respond to creepy clown reports (Getty Images)
Kennewick Schools respond to creepy clown reports (Getty Images)
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Kennewick Schools Respond to ‘Creepy Clown’ Reports

It all began with reports a few weeks ago around the nation about people reportedly dressing up as clowns, and wandering around in communities, triggering what have been called 'creepy clown sightings.'  It's been spread in part by social media, including Facebook. Our news partner KNDU-TV, reported Wednesday that the Highland High School in Cowiche, WA (near Yakima) was closed due to a specific social media threat made against the school and students, involving clown activity.

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Nasty Creek involved in 'nasty' accident near Yakima (KNDU-TV)
Nasty Creek involved in 'nasty' accident near Yakima (KNDU-TV)
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Woman Crashes Car into Nasty Creek (Actual Name)

Authorities say a woman driving near Yakima apparently had some sort of issue that cause her to drive into a fast-moving creek in the West Valley area.

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Investigation shows shooting was justified  (Getty Images)
Investigation shows shooting was justified (Getty Images)
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Investigation Shows Fatal Yakima Shooting Justified

It's becoming a recurring theme in the Columbia Basin, but also other parts of the country as well. Police being accused of over reaction when dealing with an armed, confrontational and dangerous suspect.

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