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Connell police report March service calls

CONNELL – The Police Department has released information on its call s for service during the month of March. According to a department report, officers had 286 calls for service. Those calls included: 21 – Follow-up calls 18... — Updated 4/9/2021

Gov. Inslee threatens to move some counties backwards

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday, April 8, that moving a county backwards for at least three weeks in his phased reopening plan may provide the impetus to improve vaccination rates. During his press conference, the... — Updated 4/8/2021

Woman arrested in Taser attack on Warden couple

WARDEN – An Odessa woman is in jail in Grant County after allegedly attacking a man and woman with a Taser on Wednesday, April 7. Deborah Davidson, 41, of Odessa, is facing charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree... — Updated 4/7/2021

Johnson survives second termination attempt

PASCO – Franklin County Administrator Keith Johnson narrowly survived a second effort to terminate his employment during a commissioner meeting Tuesday night, April 6. Commissioners voted 2-1 to table discussion of firing... — Updated 4/7/2021

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Another conservative challenges Newhouse

PROSSER - Rep. Dan Newhouse's refusal to support former President Donald J. Trump in January may cost him his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the weekend, another... — Updated 4/7/2021

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Eastern, Idaho battle in regular season finale

CHENEY - There's plenty different now than when Eastern Washington and Idaho met to kickoff the winter/spring Big Sky Conference football season seven weeks ago. This time around,... — Updated 4/8/2021

Commission to set 2021-23 hunting seasons

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will set 2021-23 hunting seasons, establish state water mining rules and update its fish hatchery policy when it meets Friday, April 9. The commission is expected to approve new... — Updated 4/7/2021

Ringold steelhead fishery to open April 7

RINGOLD — The state is opening steelhead fishing from the shore beginning Wednesday, April 7. The fishery is open on the Franklin County shoreline from a quarter-mile downstream of the Ringold wasteway outlet to a halfmile... — Updated 4/7/2021

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Shantay Legans departs EWU for University of Portland

CHENEY — Eastern Washington's ever-improving basketball program has launched another coach out of Cheney. Fresh from guiding his team to only the program's third berth in the... — Updated 4/1/2021

Eagles volleyball closes with match losses at Southern Utah

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Eastern Washington University’s volleyball team wrapped up their regular season schedule with a pair of match losses on the road against Southern Utah University – including a tightly contested,... — Updated 4/1/2021

Lower Columbia sturgeon fishery slated

OLYMPIA — Starting May 10, anglers will have an opportunity to catch and retain legal-size white sturgeon in the lower 40 miles of the Columbia River. Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon agreed Thursday to open the... — Updated 3/26/2021

State, Oregon fisheries commissioners to meet

OLYMPIA — State and Oregon Fish and Wildlife commissioners will meet virtually next week to discuss policy for the shared waters of the Columbia River. Four members of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission and three of the... — Updated 3/26/2021

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Record-shattering performances earns Bowden Big Sky honors

CHENEY — Eastern Washington track and field senior Parker Bowden has been selected as this week’s Big Sky Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by the... — Updated 4/1/2021

Kansas' second-half rally dispatches Eastern Washington

INDIANAPOLIS — The ebb and flow, floods and drought found in the game of basketball are arguably unique in the sports world. And it was one of those things — a 25-7 stretch of the second half by the Kansas Jayhawks — that... — Updated 4/1/2021

New Avelo Airlines to offer Pasco route

PASCO – A new airline has announced it will include service between Pasco and Burbank, Calif., when its flights get off the ground later this month. Avelo Airlines will officially begin service April 28 between Santa Rosa and... — Updated 4/8/2021

Douglas Farms workers to get vaccinated

PASCO — Douglas Farms will provide a pop-up, outdoor coronavirus vaccination clinic for 250 farmworks Friday, April 9. Vaccinations will run from 8:30-11:45 a.m. at the Douglas packing facility, 110 Taylor Flats Road. "This is... — Updated 4/8/2021

Keeping America's semiconductor edge

Surprisingly, there is something U.S. Presidents agree upon — America’s economic and national security hinge upon maintaining our technology edge in semiconductors. Those tiny computer chips are the brains of modern... — Updated 4/1/2021

Dodging public vote on capital gains shows elitism

This will sound funny anywhere outside Olympia, but there is a question that for years has stumped half the Legislature. If an income tax is so good for the people of the state of Washington, why do they say no every time they... — Updated 4/1/2021

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State operating budget $5 billion in excess

Everybody associates March 17 with St. Patrick's Day, that one holiday in which we are all encouraged to wear green. Around the Capitol last week, March 17 brought a different... — Updated 3/26/2021

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Starter income tax is bad enough, collections rebound

Last week, the Legislature got a terrific piece of news. State tax collections have rebounded despite one of the worst economic situations we’ve ever faced. The latest projection... — Updated 3/26/2021

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Sheriff's Office names employees of the quarter

PASCO — The Franklin County Sheriff's Office recognized three individuals for their exemplary service during the first quarter of the year. Deputy Jack Dodson was named Deputy... — Updated 4/9/2021

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Adams County commissioners pass William Wills' resolution

LIND – Adams County commissioners have officially recognized the contributions of a local civic leader who passed away earlier this month at the age of 88. On March 15,... — Updated 3/26/2021

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