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Kahlotus students will be on campus

KAHLOTUS — The School Board voted unanimously Aug. 6 to reopen the school campus this fall despite concerns over the Wuhan coronavirus. Students will return to daily on-campus classes Aug. 31, the first day of the 2020-21... — Updated 8/14/2020


Officials investigate fire that destroyed stolen pickup

PASCO - Officials are investigating a fire last night that destroyed a stolen truck and burned bursh near the intersection of U.S. Highway 395 and Selph Landing Road. The Franklin... — Updated 8/13/2020

EWU, union agree to faculty salary concessions

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University’s Board of Trustee’s approved a memorandum of understanding with the United Faculty of Eastern that would stave off declaration of a severe financial crisis. All of the trustee’s... — Updated 8/14/2020


Hot weather coming this weekend

PASCO — The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the region, with residents warned to expect "dangerously hot" hot temperatures from Sunday to... — Updated 8/14/2020


Almira fire contained to 50 acres

ALMIRA — An Aug. 10 wheat fire burned 50 acres near the intersection of Williams and Old Coulee roads, resulting in the total loss of a combine. Three fire districts — Lincoln... — Updated 8/14/2020

EWU moves all instruction online after Thanksgiving

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University has announced that will offer online only instruction after the Thanksgiving/Native American Heritage holiday break. In a news release today, Aug. 12, university officials said the move is... — Updated 8/13/2020


Illegal pot grow removed from Burbank area

BURBANK - The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office last week removed an illegal marijuana grow here. The agency was assisted by the Washington State Patrol Marijuana Eradication... — Updated 8/12/2020

Washtucna plans for on-campus classes

WASHTUCNA — Public school students in this small farm town will return to the classroom Aug. 31. Parents will have a choice to make -- three or four days of on-campus instruction while wearing masks, officials said. Parents not... — Updated 8/12/2020


Car runs into Pasco house

PASCO - Emergency crews were called to the intersection of West Marie Street and North 20th Avenue earlier today, Aug. 12, after a car hit a house. Pasco police confirmed that a... — Updated 8/13/2020

Idaho man injured in crash near Eltopia

ELTOPIA — A Moscow, Idaho, man was taken to a Pasco hospital earlier today, Aug. 12, after his vehicle veered onto the U.S. Highway 395 shoulder and flipped. According to the Washington State Patrol, Theodore V. Jarrett, 27,... — Updated 8/12/2020


Barriere and Taylor named Big Sky All-Conference

CHENEY – A pair of seniors on the Eastern Washington University football team have been selected to the 2020 Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team as announced Friday,... — Updated 7/31/2020

Commission to discuss Fish and Wildlife budget cuts

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss $30.8 million in proposed state Department of Fish and Wildlife budget cuts and agency legislative requests for the 2021 state legislative session during its July 30... — Updated 7/28/2020


WIAA adds fourth season to modified 2020-21 schedule

RENTON—It may sound weird to say, but “Friday Night Lights” won’t be taking place until March this year. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA)... — Updated 7/31/2020


Water Follies, Columbia Cup shutdown leaves waterfront empty

PASCO - It's traditionally the busiest weekend of the year. But this year is different. There are no hydroplanes across the river in Columbia Park, no high-speed action on the... — Updated 7/26/2020

Connell businesses take over downtown streets

CONNELL — It's a downtown block party, again. The city is blocking off downtown streets from Adams to Borah for an evening of outdoor shopping and dining. Streets close at 4 p.m.; the event begins at 5 p.m. Downtown roads are... — Updated 8/14/2020

Franklin County looking into mask harassment

PASCO — Franklin County officials are concerned Benton Franklin Health District employees may be “harassing” businesses that are not enforcing coronavirus-related face mask madates. Commissioner Clint Didier brought up the... — Updated 8/4/2020


Kennewick asks public's help with Waterfront District plan

KENNEWICK - What do you want to see in the Port of Kennewick's Waterfront District? Communities are asked to take part in developing the plan. The port is creating a Waterfront... — Updated 8/4/2020


Who is Dr. Raul Garcia?

It was a hot, sunny July 3rd morning. About 50 farmers and ranchers were sitting under a white canopy in Basin City. From a distance, it looked as though the participants were... — Updated 7/31/2020

Five girls compete for title of Miss Connell

CONNELL — Five girls are competing this year in the Miss Connell pageant. The contestants will be performing privately this evening, Friday, Aug. 14, in their attempt to represent the city and win scholarships. Constestants... — Updated 8/14/2020

School supply giveaway today in Connell

CONNELL — The Connell Church of the Nazarene is giving out school supplies today, Friday, Aug. 14. The giveway is from 1-3 p.m. by appointment only. In addition to school supplies, backpacks will be available for a cash... — Updated 8/14/2020

Library branches offer curbside services

PASCO — Mid-Columbia Libraries are offering curbside pickup from its locations and Bookmobile. The new service was announced Aug. 7. In Franklin County, curbside pickup is available in Basin City, Connell, Kahlotus, Pasco and... — Updated 8/13/2020


Franklin County girl only graduate to participate in Washtucna commencement

WASHTUCNA — A dark and mostly empty gymnasium didn’t take away from Calby Ann VanHollebeke’s evening Saturday. As the only member of the Class of 2020 to show up for... — Updated 8/4/2020

Fall Festival canceled

CONNELL — The Fall Festival Committe has canceled the 2020 event due to the continued coronavirus shutdown in Franklin County. The county remains in a "modified Phase 1" or reopening, under Gov. Jay Inslee's orders. Community... — Updated 7/27/2020

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