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Pickups collide near Sacajawea Park

PASCO — An evening crash tonight, Jan. 24, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Sacajawea Park Road is under investigation. And charges may be pending in 5:25 p.m. crash that injured a Richland man, the Washington State... — Updated 1/24/2022

Airport project receiving state funding support

PASCO — The Port of Pasco will receive state Community Economic Revitalization Board funding following approval Jan. 20. The Port will receive a $2.24 million loan and a $736,999 grant for its Tri-Cities Airport Business Center... — Updated 1/21/2022

Two drivers injured in Highway 12 crash

LOWDEN — A Pasco man received multiple citations following a crash on U.S. Highway 12 on Wednesday night, Jan. 19. Hippolito Gallegos Ponce, 34, was cited for following too close, no valid operator license and no insurance... — Updated 1/20/2022

Bill aims to help homeless, former foster college, technical students

OLYMPIA — Homeless students at community and technical colleges across the state will get the help they need if HB 1601 becomes law. If passed, the bill would provide homeless students and students who age out of the foster... — Updated 1/20/2022

Chemicals in cosmetics targeted in new law

OLYMPIA – For a large portion of Washingtonians, the use of cosmetic products is a part of their everyday routine, but some of those same household products often contain harmful chemicals that cause a variety of health risks.... — Updated 1/20/2022

Wrestlers may get to skip regionals

PASCO — Wrestlers may lose a regional tournament and qualify directly for the state Mat Classic tournament if a proposal before the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is approved later this week. On Tuesday, WIAA... — Updated 1/25/2022

And the winner is...

The awards for outstanding players in the NCAA divisions have been announced. The FBS winners are told prior to the bowl games in early December. The FCS awards are announced the... — Updated 1/20/2022

Steelhead fishing closed on Lower Snake

BURBANK — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the lower section of Snake River to steelhead fishing effective Jan. 4. The closure extends from the mouth of the river at Burbank upstream to Lower Granite Dam. Above... — Updated 1/5/2022

Special hunt drawing set for early reporters

OLYMPIA — Hunters who report their 2021 black bear, deer, elk, or turkey hunting results by Monday, Jan. 10, will have the opportunity to win one of nine deer and elk incentive permits for fall 2022. State Department of Fish... — Updated 1/5/2022

Columbia Grain International donates to communities

COLFAX – Columbia Grain International has donated to several areas. “Columbia Grain International cultivates growth across its broad footprint, which spans the northwestern tier of the U.S., including Washington, Idaho,... — Updated 1/20/2022

Urban Agriculture, Sentinel Lands and Watersmart program deadlines loom

SPOKANE VALLEY – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has set the application deadline for the Urban Agriculture, Sentinel Lands, and... — Updated 1/5/2022

Conservation Incentive Contract deadlihne set

SPOKANE VALLEY – The deadline to apply for a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program-Conservation Incentive Contracts is Jan. 24. The USDA set the application deadline today, Dec.... — Updated 12/21/2021

Airports to receive FAA improvement funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several Eastern Washington airports will receive federal grant funds thanks to the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program. The funds can be used to improve airport safety, capacity and security, as well as... — Updated 12/17/2021

Time to replace longterm care law

The first order of business when Washington state's Legislature convenes in Olympia is replacing the state's new long-term care law. It is fatally flawed. Gov. Jay Inslee and... — Updated 1/20/2022

Keep an eye on Legislature

My first session was way back in 1993, and as a freshman state representative, I was very humbled and excited about being elected to serve the people of the 9th District in the... — Updated 1/20/2022

America the Helpful

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Washington needs a competitive energy market

Washington motorists have choices when it comes to fueling their vehicles, thanks to the free market – but the benefits of competition, beginning with cost and quality, aren’t... — Updated 1/5/2022

Race inequity taught in public schools

Widespread and irresponsible claims you may have heard that Critical Race Theory (CRT) and race discrimination are not taught in public schools are false. Last month voters... — Updated 1/5/2022

Parents shouldn't indoctrinate children

As a university math teacher, then K-12 mentor in afterschool programs for 22 years in retirement, I can assure you that most white students in our country experience more psychological stress and anxiety when learning math than... — Updated 1/5/2022

Homeschooling will boom long after COVID-19

Public school student enrollment has nosedived as parental disgust with school COVID-19 policies, student learning losses and controversial curricula has gone through the roof. In the wake of this enrollment implosion,... — Updated 1/5/2022

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