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Man injured in car-deer collision

CONNELL — A Pasco man was injured in an early morning collision with a deer. Edward L. Trowbridge, 47, was taken to a Richland hospital for treatment of injuries related to the 4:50 a.m. crash on U.S. Highway 395, about a mile... — Updated 4/29/2021

Pasco woman rear-ends Richland man

KENNEWICK — An elderly Pasco woman was injured Wednesday afternoon, April 28, after her vehicle rear-ended another. Marian A. Anderson, 70, was taken to a Richland hospital following the 1:30 p.m. crash on state Highway 240,... — Updated 4/29/2021

Sinoloa Cartel member sentenced

PASCO — A Sinaloa drug cartel member from Pasco has been sentenced on a number of trafficking and money laundering charges. Reynaldo Perez Munoz, 41, was sentenced April 21 by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Edward F. Shea to... — Updated 4/27/2021

Commissioners move ahead with drug possession ordinance

PASCO — Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond sparred verbally over drafting a controlled substance ordinance with Commissioner Lowell “Brad” Peck during a meeting this morning, April 27. Commissioners Peck, Rocky Mullen and... — Updated 4/27/2021

Pasco-Kahlotus Road paving bid awarded

PASCO – Franklin County commissioners this morning, April 27, unanimously awarded a $2.85 million repaving bid to a Richland-based company. Inland Asphalt Co. was selected as the most competitive bidder on Pasco-Kahlotus Road... — Updated 4/27/2021

Fishing season opens Saturday

ICE HARBOR DAM – The lowland lakes fishing season opens Saturday, April 24, with trout being the most sought-after species. Opening day also marks the opening day of the statewide trout derby, where fishermen can win more than... — Updated 4/20/2021


Moses Lake Gun Show set for this weekend

MOSES LAKE - Firearms enthusiasts will gather this weekend for the Moses Lake Gun Show. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grant County... — Updated 4/15/2021


Eastern tops Idaho, 38-31

CHENEY - The Eastern Eagles came from behind Saturday to top the Idaho Vandals, 38-31, in the final Big Sky season matchup of the year. Dennis Merritt, a graduate of Cascade High... — Updated 4/13/2021


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


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

'Feed lot' allowed to expand to 10,000 head

MESA — Franklin County commissioners unanimously approved a conditional-use permit allowing nearly triple the number of cattle on a rearing facility near Columbia Flats Dairy this morning, April 13. The permit will allow the... — Updated 4/13/2021

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


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


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


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


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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