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Gov. Inslee downplays lawsuits

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference today downplayed the lawsuits filed against him for his get vaccinated or be fired policy for health care and state workers, volunteers and contractors. At least two lawsuits... — Updated 9/23/2021

Inslee extends eviction moratorium

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon extended his coronavirus-related eviction moratorium through Oct. 31. Calling the moratorium a “bridge,” Inslee said his action will allow municipalities to put in place financial... — Updated 9/23/2021

Commissioners order attorney to rescind unilateral guilty plea

PASCO – Franklin County commissioners this morning ordered the county attorney to file a court motion rescinding a previous admission of guilt in a lawsuit over alleged voting discrimination. Chairman Clint Didier and Chairman... — Updated 9/23/2021

Connell man sues Gov. Inslee to halt vaccine enforcement

CONNELL – A local man has initiated a lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee and state Department of Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange over the Wuhan coronavirus vaccination mandate. Jeffrey Johnson, a corrections officer at Coyote... — Updated 9/23/2021

Commissioners call for Sant to recuse himself from redistricting process

PASCO – Call it a no-confidence vote. During a heated meeting Tuesday evening, Franklin County commissioners called on Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant to step down from involvement in county redistricting. By a 2-1 vote,... — Updated 9/16/2021

Additional sturgeon fishing days added

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. — Fishermen will be able to catch and keep sturgeon on a section of the lower Columbia River for four more days in September. Fisheries managers for Oregon and Washington announced Wednesday, Sept. 15, that... — Updated 9/16/2021

Chiawana football team ranked No. 5

PASCO - A local football team is ranked among the Top 5 among all divisions in Washington state. has ranked the Chiawana Riverhawks as the No. 5 team, behind... — Updated 8/27/2021

Toxic algae subsides in Scooteney

BASIN CITY — Recreational activities can resume on Scooteney Reservoir as a toxic algal bloom has subsided. The reservoir was closed Aug. 13 after water tests showed a high level of toxins, the Benton-Franklin Health District... — Updated 8/27/2021

Eagle's Nest plans fundraiser for Connell sports

CONNELL - The booster club for the Connell Eagles sports program will host a fundraising barbecue Sept. 2. The Eagle's Nest barbecue will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Connell... — Updated 8/24/2021

Pasco School district to launch 'Read and Rise'

PASCO — The School District is launching a five-week educational series Sept. 28 designed to help families overcome reading deficiencies of children. The "Read and Rise" program will run from 1-1:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays... — Updated 9/16/2021

Riverfest canceled, again

KENNEWICK — The 2021 RiverFest Celebration Festival at Columbia Park has been canceled. The event was scheduled for Oct. 9. “It is very unfortunate that for the second year in a row we have to cancel this fun celebration, and... — Updated 8/31/2021

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