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 By Abigail Beaton    News

Council discusses 'Paint Pasco' project

PASCO — The City Council discussed funding for the effort to regentrify the downtown areas. During a council meeting July 24, Community and Economic Development Director Jacob Gonzalez introduced two Framework Consulting... — Updated 8/1/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Legislators tour Franklin County election center

PASCO - A group of legislators joined Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs on July 25 to tour Franklin County's downtown election center to see the ballot process first-hand.... — Updated 7/27/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Council moves forward on Well No. 7

LIND — The Town Council approved a work order to provide an analysis of Well No. 7 during its meeting Tuesday, July 11. Work order No. 4 allocates $9,493 for labor toward the total $44.250 cost of the well project. The town has... — Updated 7/26/2023

 
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West Nile virus detected in mosquitos

PASCO — Benton Franklin Health District officials have issued a warning for the West Nile virus after detecting it in the Richland area. A mosquito in Richland tested positive for the virus July 21, officials said. More than a... — Updated 7/26/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Forum shines light on Lind candidates

LIND — While residents wound down after a sunny summer day, the race for town council position Nos. 4 and 5 began to wind up during a candidate forum July 17. Modeator Robert Meader gave the candidates an array of questions to... — Updated 7/26/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Resident calls for Lind transparency

LIND — A local woman believes town officials need to be more transparent when conducting the public’s business. During the July 11 Town Council meeting, resident Briana Osborn, who is also running for Town Council Position No.... — Updated 7/26/2023

 

Commodity prices rising, but not as fast as costs

ELTOPIA - With world politics and economics unstable, agriculture leaders are noting the value of local commodities has increased, but so have costs. The U.S. Wheat Association... — Updated 7/26/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Gonzalez: County expects more employees to leave

PASCO — County Administrator Mike Gonzalez expects county government to lose nearly a third of its employees in the coming months. During a Franklin County Commission meeting Tuesday, July 25, Gonzalez said 32.5% of county... — Updated 7/26/2023

 

Preparations underway for Columbia Cup

PASCO - Preparations are underway in Wade Park for the upcoming 2023 Columbia Cup hydroplane races. On-water action is set for July 28-30. While hydroplane race boats will be... — Updated 7/25/2023

 

National Night Out set for Basin City

BASIN CITY — Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will host its 40th Annual National Night Out at Memorial Park from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. National Night Out is a free... — Updated 7/17/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Funding allocated for North Franklin emergency services

ELTOPIA — Franklin County Public Hospital District No. 1's emergency services will receive a $1.5 million grant from American Rescue Plan Act funds. Franklin County commissioners... — Updated 7/14/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Sheriff's Office: Remains those of 2019 homicide victim

CONNELL — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed July 11 that remains found six miles east of the city are those of a 2019 homicide victim. The remains of Estella Torres-Rodriguez, 52, were recovered between Connell... — Updated 7/13/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Junior grangers can compete in county fairs

PASCO — An old organization is making a comeback in Washington state, bolstered by woke shifts in Washington State University Extension Office’s 4-H and school-based Future Farmers of America programs. Washington State Grange,... — Updated 7/11/2023

 

Museum to remodel condemned building

CONNELL — North Franklin Heritage Museum plans to remodel the condemned building that used to house a historical bank. The work will cost an estimated $400,000, so museum... — Updated 7/11/2023

 

School ag program tops state

RITZVILLE — The local middle and high school agriculture program has received a statewide honor. The Lind-Ritzville middle and high school agricultural program was recently selected by the Washington Association of Agricultural... — Updated 7/6/2023

 

Mobile clinic to visit Lind

LIND - An East Adams Rural Health mobile care unit will be here Thursday, July 27. The unit will park at City Park, 317 E. Second St. The clinic is taking new patients and will be... — Updated 7/6/2023

 

Basin City celebrates Fourth of July

BASIN CITY - Flags were flying high and proud at the annual Independence Day parade on July 4, only a mile from Freedom Rodeo grounds. The 90-minute parade through the community... — Updated 7/6/2023

 

Freedom Rodeo returns

BASIN CITY — Freedom Rodeo preparations are in full swing. This year, the rodeo returns to the July 4 holiday – performances are set for July 3-5 – after being moved up last year to be able to facilitate Professional Rodeo... — Updated 6/27/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

McMorris Rodgers, others tour Ice Harbor

BURBANK - Several Republican members of the congressional House Energy and Commerce Committee spent Monday in Eastern Washington, specifically to learn about the importance of dams... — Updated 6/27/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

More residents voice concern over increased property valuations

PASCO — Additional residents are voicing concern over the increase in assessed value of properties in Franklin County. During the Franklin County Commission meeting Tuesday, June 20, more speakers came to the microphone in... — Updated 6/23/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Pasco man sentenced to federal prison

PASCO — A local man has been sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison for drug trafficking. Tustuji Matu Wakauwn, 42, was sentenced after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and felon in... — Updated 6/23/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Despite lack of bike improvements, council approves transportation plan

PASCO — Despite the lack of bicycle and pedestrian improvements requested by the City Council, council members unanimously approved a six-year transportation improvement plan during a meeting Tuesday, June 20. City Interim Public... — Updated 6/23/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Prosecuting Attorney's Office faces lawyer shortage

PASCO — The Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is seeking recruits to replace workers moving on to other jobs. During a Tuesday, June 20 meeting, Franklin County Administrator Mike Gonzalez updated county... — Updated 6/22/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Pasco council approves additional funds for water plant project

PASCO — The City Council unanimously approved additional funding for Phase II of the Water Treatment Plant project during a Tuesday, June 20, meeting. City Deputy Public Works Director Maria Serra recommended approval of Change... — Updated 6/22/2023

 
 By Abigail Beaton    News

Pasco council approves additional funding for professional services

PASCO — Public Works Deputy Director Maria Serra presented an amendment to designing improvements for the historic downtown during a City Council meeting Tuesday night, June 20. The purpose of the project is to extend the... — Updated 6/22/2023

 

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