The Benton County Sheriff's department responded to a near-drowning emergency Sunday in the Yakima River near West Richland, eventually LifeFlight was called and airlifted the woman to a nearby hospital.
Yakima river floaters will finally have an official park to launch their tubes from in spring of 2017. The City of West Richland is building a river front park which will have parking and bathrooms and access to the Yakima river.
After the drought left farmers and homeowners frustrated last summer many wondered why we couldn't pull more water out of the Columbia River. A news analysis of proposed bills gives a disturbing insight into the process.