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Pasco school officials "reviewing" coronavirus guidelines

PASCO — Two days after Gov. Jay Inslee reaffirmed his order requiring all public school employees and students to wear masks on campu to prevent coronavirs spread, the School District says it is “reviewing all of the new... — Updated 7/30/2021

Inslee orders students to remain masked

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday, July 28, ordered all public school districts in the state to require students and employees to wear masks on school grounds when classes resume in the fall. During a press conference,... — Updated 7/29/2021

Primary election winding down

PASCO — With primary election day looming, Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton is calling on citizens to vote. Ballots must be postmarked or returned to voting drop boxes by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, to be counted, under state... — Updated 7/29/2021

Two cited in four-vehicle crash

PASCO — A Kennewick man is charged with negligent driving after allegedly causing a four-vehicle crash at about 5:23 a.m. today, Thursday, July 29. Nicolas Perez Cruz, 38, of Kennewick, was eastbound on Interestate 182 in a... — Updated 7/29/2021

Pickup overturns on state Highway 17

MESA — A Soap Lake man is accused of following too close and causing a crash at 6:59 a.m. today, Thursday, July 29, on state Highway 17 near Paradise Road, about nine miles north of town. Thomas M. Barnes, 36, of Soap Lake,... — Updated 7/29/2021


Franklin County residents compete in Cheney Rodeo

CHENEY — Two Franklin County cowgirls were among the Cheney Rodeo contestants last weekend. Jennifer Casey of Mesa and Kaite Breazeale of Pasco were both on the ticket for... — Updated 7/13/2021

Othello receives state recreation grants

OTHELLO – The city was awarded $1,350,000 in grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, which will be used to improve Lions Park. The city plans to use the funding to replace 1950's playground... — Updated 7/13/2021

$14 million in ag relief awarded

OLYMPIA — More than $14 million in COVID-19 relief grants from the state Department of Agriculture were awarded to 839 businesses. The four main sectors include agritourism farms, farmers’ market organizations, craft beverage... — Updated 7/13/2021

Darigold to build protein and butter plant in Pasco

PASCO – Darigold Inc. announced today that it will be a new, state-of-the-art premium protein and butter plant here. The 400,000-square-foot, $500 million plant is being designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25%,... — Updated 7/2/2021


Partisan politics endangering our communities

The 2021 legislative session will go down in history as a precautionary tale of activist overreach and political capitulation as majority Democrats passed misguided, emotionally... — Updated 7/26/2021


Call out CRT radicals

Last week, the largest teacher's union in the country announced that it will conduct opposition research with regard to the growing grassroots campaign to stop Critical Race Theory... — Updated 7/21/2021


DNR using fire season to cover up failed management

On Tuesday, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz announced she was halting all public access to state Department of Natural Resources-managed lands in Eastern Washington... — Updated 7/21/2021


Time to overhaul or nix the Columbia River Treaty

Power shortages, rolling brownouts and blackouts? In the Pacific Northwest? One regional utility alone – Avista – had brownouts that affected 15,307 ratepayers last Monday,... — Updated 7/13/2021


Why is college debt so high?

A friend of mine, let's call her Mary, began college at the University of Washington in 1967 and graduated with an undergraduate degree in 1971. According to the university's... — Updated 7/13/2021


Franklin County students make Dean's List

CHENEY - Several Franklin County residents have been named to the spring Dean's list for their academic performance at Eastern Washington University. County students making the... — Updated 7/14/2021

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