June 16, 2024

  • Fast food inflation: Which chains are hiking their prices the most?

    May 29, 2024

    It's no secret that things just keep getting more expensive. From home prices to personal goods, the cost of living in the U.S. has increased 22% since 2019, leaving consumers searching for ways to combat rising costs. As Americans scramble to find better ways to budget, one historically wallet-friendly option, fast food, is becoming less and less of a cost-saver. In fact, fast food price hikes have outpaced the national inflation rate in some instances, prompting backlash...

  • State employees recommend keeping rabbit on endangered list

    Franklin Connection | May 29, 2024

    PASCO – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on a review of whether to continue to list the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit on the endangered species list. "The Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit was considered extinct in Washington by 2004 but has since been reintroduced through captive breeding and translocation programs," state biologist Gerald Hayes said. According to Hayes, the agency is recommending the rabbit remain listed as endangered. The pygmy...

  • Oregonian sentenced to prison in Othello child-rape case

    Franklin Connection | May 22, 2024

    PORTLAND, Ore. — An Eastern Oregon man convicted of raping two children in an Othello hotel has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison. Albert Wayne Johnson, 42, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison and 10 years of probation. U.S. District Court documents show that on Aug. 8, 2022, deputies from the Clackamas County, Ore., Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of two minors abandoned at Barton Park in Boring, Ore. The children told the deputies they met Johnson on Snapchat and that he had driven...

  • Colorful aurora borealis

    May 10, 2024

    A G5 (extreme) geomagnetic storm resulted in one of the most brilliant displays of northern lights, scientifically known as aurora borealis, on Friday night, May 10. The colorful aerial display was visible across Eastern Washington. Pictured, the colorful sky silhouettes farm...

  • Wagner attends ag threat symposium

    The Journal | May 2, 2024

    RITZVILLE — Adams County Sheriff Dale Wagner attended an agriculture threats symposium April 22. Presenters at the event included Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, as well as the FBI’s Stephanie Normand, U.S. Agriculture Ambassador Greeg Doud and agriculture negotiator Kip Tom, among others. The symposium focused on the security of agricultural and rural communities. “This symposium is an invaluable opportunity to enhance our understanding of the challenges facing our agricultural sector and to collaborate on...

  • Combine Derby set for Lind

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection | Jun 4, 2024

    LIND - The town will roar to life this weekend as the annual Lind Grand Parade and Combine Derby return to town. The action begins Friday with car and pickup truck racing. Locals and visitors alike with "run what they brung" to Lion's Club Arena on state Highway 21. Racing is set to begin at 6 p.m. As of press time, racers were still able to get registered for the event by calling Eric Lund at 509-677-3432. Expect racers from across Whitman, Franklin, Adams, Lincoln, Spokane...

  • Free fishing weekend on tap

    Franklin Connection | Jun 3, 2024

    OTHELLO – Dust off those rods and reels and head to the PotHoles this Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, for a free fishing weekend. In accordance with the law creating the paid Discover Pass, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is opening up state waters for fishing without a license. Trout and warm water species may be caught and kept, as can shad. But fish requiring a catch card — salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, to name a few — still require an angler to have a license, officials said. State rules on size and...

  • Be respectful

    Dale Anderson | May 29, 2024

    The NCAA basketball tournament ended the first week in April. The all-time leading scorer in NCAA history is Cailtlin Clark from the Iowa Hawkeyes. She and her teammates were runner ups to the National Champions two years in a row. Clark, the three point making machine was selected number one in the WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever Now because of Clark the ratings for the tournament semi-final and final were record setting. People wanted to watch her play. Some for her success...

  • Okay, I had fun

    Dale Anderson | May 1, 2024

    I sometimes think that I am way too busy at my age but that can also be my fault. When a person retires they are supposed to do this or do that but whatever you do don’t sit around and do nothing. So I’m at least not doing nothing. This was a much anticipated weekend for some time now with the Invitational track meet on Saturday but also the EWU spring football game on Friday. My buddy Kenny G. came to town on Friday and we drove to Cheney for a reception pre-football...

  • Ag worker laws need reformed

    Madi Clark, Washington Policy Center | May 29, 2024

    Note: U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, contributed to this column. American farmers feel like the little red hen working alone to grow the wheat, mill the flour, and make the bread, as they struggle to meet labor demands across sectors. Few domestic workers find agricultural employment attractive and our nation's visa program to hire foreign workers for agricultural work simply does not work for employers or employees. From spring pruning to fall harvest farm labor demands go unmet across every crop and region, as...

  • Someone paid for your freedoms

    Roger Harnack | May 22, 2024

    Disappointingly, many Americans are worried about silly first-world problems like where to go boating or what to barbecue over the upcoming weekend. Too many view this upcoming three-day break as an excuse to eat, drink and party, never giving a thought as to why Memorial Day is observed. So while you’re anxiously awaiting the long weekend, take time to remember, understand and plan to observe Memorial Day. Memorial Day is dedicated to the men and women killed while serving...

  • Honor kin of those killed in service

    Don C. Brunell | May 22, 2024

    On Memorial Day, we traditionally honor Americans in our military who gave their lives in battle for our country. It is called the “Ultimate Sacrifice,” and they died protecting our freedoms and keeping us safe. In recent times, we have acknowledged our citizens in uniform who continue to suffer with permanent combat emotional and physical scars. They are alive largely because our battlefield survival is dramatically improving, and our accompanying rehabilitation expands....

  • Family caregivers won't benefit

    Elizbeth New | May 8, 2024

    The May 1 meeting of a WA Cares oversight commission should be must-see-TV, as it made one thing super clear: There is going to be a lot of disappointment if WA Cares remains a mandatory program funded by 58 cents (or more) of every $100 a worker earns. Not only will some workers not qualify for the money they're being told should give them peace of mind about possible long-term-care needs, Washingtonians who do qualify for a WA Cares benefit won't be able to fully choose how the money gets spent. There is the law that...

  • Consequences of breaching the Snake River dams

    Jason Mercier | May 8, 2024

    The Snake River dams are critical to the infrastructure of our region, providing not only reliable power but also many other economic benefits. Removing these dams would have many negative impacts. You don’t have to take my word for it. Here are some of the findings from the multi-year public process in 2020 conducted by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration:: “[Breaching] would not meet the objective to Provide a...

  • Representatives to be missed

    Don C. Brunell | May 1, 2024

    Too many pragmatic Democrats and Republicans in Congress are retiring at a time when we need them most. Two are from Washington: Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Olympic Peninsula, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers R-Spokane. McMorris Rodgers and Kilmer cut their political teeth in the state Legislature. While they faithfully followed their parties, they found ways to come together on issues vital to our state. McMorris Rodgers was elected to Congress in 2004 and Kilmer in 2012. Recently,...

  • Kahlotus Days set for Saturday

    Franklin Connection | May 29, 2024

    KAHLOTUS — The annual Kahlotus Days celebration is set for Saturday, June 1, throughout the community. There will be a 5K run/walk, parade, softball tournament and Kid Zone. The main event of the festival will be the Battle of the Bull, where cowboys and cowgirls will pit their riding skills against a mechanical bull. The winner will receive the coveted golden buckle. Vendors will also be in...

  • Lind Birthdays and Anniversaries

    May 22, 2024

    LIND – Residents celebrating birthdays and anniversaries from May 22-29 are: Anniversaries May 23 – Jerry and Debbie Knodel May 26 - Cory and Elissa Wagner May 28 - Alan and Shelley Strohmaier May 29 - Chris and Andrea Steinmetz Birthdays May 22 - Jerry Alan Branson and Laureen Reyling May 24 - Tresa LeAnn Ackley May 26 - Jennifer Sager May 27 - Krista Undeberg-Mercer and Danielle Jensen May 28 - Beau Fode and Caroline...

  • Bronco Day on tap for weekend

    The Journal | May 22, 2024

    RITZVILLE — Bronco Days will bring a mix of fun activities and a somber remembrance to the city this coming weekend. The celebration will include a parade, car show, live music, a cornhole tournament and vendors. There will also be a Fireman’s breakfast and a Memorial Day observance. The Friends of the Library Book Sale opens the weekend. Starting at 10 a.m. Friday, the book sale at The Learning Garden, 310 W. Main Ave., closes at 5 p.m., before running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. As the book sale closes for the...

  • Lind alumni banquet

    May 22, 2024

  • Lind Birthdays and Anniversaries

    May 1, 2024

    LIND — The following residents are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries from May 1-7: Birthdays May 1 Sharon Lobe, Barb Keith and Henry Hilsinger May 4 — Ian Youngren May 5 — Janet Phillips May 6 — Jeff Bell and Walter Crow May 7 — Carole Thorne and Isaiah Davis Anniversaries May 4 — Ray and Char Baker, and D.J. and Breanne Williamson May 6 — Craig and Jessica Cooper May 7 — Adam and Karissa...

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