Today Yakima lost an incredible community leader and excellent broadcast manager. Ken Messer passed away this morning after a long batter with cancer. Ken had worked at KIMA-TV since 1982 until he retired in 2007. Ken didn't stay retired for very long, taking the job as General Manager for KYVE-TV the PBS affiliate here in town. Ken had received the Broadcaster of the Year award from the WSAB and was involved in countless community organizations. Ken impacted many lives in the Yakima Valley and he will be dearly missed by our community. He is survived by his wife, Yakima City Councilwoman Kathy Coffey and his 6 children and 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.