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Yakima County Briefs

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County confirms LEAD funding

In follow-up to action they took earlier this month, Yakima County commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan to distribute funds for the LEAD Task Force (Law Enforcement Against Drugs).

The joint effort of city, county, state and federal law enforcement officers is funded with a grant program administered by the state of Washington through the Yakima County Sheriff's office.

The grant amount received this year from the state department of Community, Trade and Economic Development tops $283,000, with just under $235,000 designated for task force enforcement and just over $48,000 set aside for prosecution.

Commissioners had already approved the contract to continue funding for LEAD. Their action yesterday confirmed how the money would be distributed between the state and the county, then to other LEAD participants.

Headquartered in Sunnyside, LEAD task force participants include law enforcement representatives from Sunnyside, Granger, Grandview, Selah, Wapato, the Yakama Nation, the county sheriff, state patrol and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Typical costs associated with the program include renting and outfitting an office in Sunnyside, maintaining equipment and a computer network, training, travel and overtime when officers perform work associated with the task force.

County puts land up for bid

A total of 24 parcels of land owned by Yakima County will be put up for bid during an auction set for Thursday, Sept. 14.

County commissioners approved the sale following a public hearing yesterday. The parcels will be up for bid because they are deemed surplus and no longer of use to the county.

Most of the land is in the Upper Yakima County area.

Parcels up for bid from the Lower Valley include land on Emerald Granger Road, minimum bid $1,440, and land south of the east end of B Street in Outlook, minimum bid $600.

Overall, the parcels range in size from a piece of land less than one-tenths of an acre to others with up to 40 acres.

The auction will take place at 10 a.m. on Sept. 14 at Taneum Youth Park in the Activities Building. For more information, contact the commissioners' office at 509-574-1500.

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