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 By Bill Stevenson    News

Governor declares drought

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee declared an emergency drought for most of the state July 14. The drought affects every county in the state but excludes an area that encompasses most of... — Updated 7/21/2021

 By Bill Stevenson    News

WSU pledge's death results in 15 charged

COLFAX – Fifteen people are charged with furnishing liquor to minors after a Washington State University (WSU) student died of alcohol poisoning in 2019. Samuel H. Martinez, 19,... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

Vaccination: It's your choice

It’s time to decide if you want a COVID vaccination. If you want to take a precaution to help you avoid contracting COVID, then you can accept a free vaccination. If you don’t w... — Updated 5/25/2021

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Washington State creates new 'firearm safety' agency

OLYMPIA – The Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention was launched March 25 to address community gun violence. It is part of the Department of Commerce and is a “statewide effort to coordinate evidence-based... — Updated 4/1/2021


WSU quarterback suspended after alleged DUI

PULLMAN – Washington State University starting quarterback Jayden de Laura was arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence on Saturday, Feb. 6, and has been... — Updated 2/9/2021

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Pasco woman injured in collision on U.S. 395

PASCO – A driver allegedly failed to yield to a car on U.S. Highway 395, about 4 miles north of the city, causing a collision Sunday afternoon. Ezequiel Briceno Morfin, 23, of... — Updated 2/8/2021

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Pasco man dies in collision with pickup driving wrong way on I-182

PASCO – A Pasco man died from a collision Saturday morning when a pickup was driving in the wrong direction on Interstate-182. The highway was closed during the investigation and... — Updated 11/9/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Explorers program offers young adults chance to learn law enforcement

PASCO – Learning to be a police officer can be a lot of fun. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office offers the Explorers training program for kids 14 and up to learn about roles in... — Updated 11/6/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Schoesler, Dye lead 9th Legislative District races

COLFAX — Incumbents Sen. Mark G. Schoesler and Rep. Mary Dye are leading the races for 9th Legislative District positions. Schoesler, R-Ritzville, is running unopposed after Democratic candidate Jenn Goulet dropped out of the... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

McFadden named as new Port of Pasco economic director

PASCO – New jobs and new companies is the intention of the Port of Pasco in hiring a new economic development and marketing director. Stephen McFadden replaces Gary Ballew at the... — Updated 10/30/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

SWAT finds suspect in crawl space after Pasco standoff

PASCO -- Police entered a Pasco home during a standoff to find the suspect hiding in a crawl space on Tuesday. A man wanted on arrest warrants barricaded himself in a Pasco home,... — Updated 10/30/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Students to transition back to Pasco schools

PASCO – Nov. 9 is the first day of school for Pasco pre-kindergarteners through second-grade, and then different grades follow at later dates. The Pasco School District Board of... — Updated 10/28/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Pasco car prowlers sought after using stolen credit cards

PASCO – A car in west Pasco was unlocked and two males stole a purse with credit cards, using them at two stores early Thursday morning. The car and cards owner reported the... — Updated 10/23/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Four hurt when three semi-trucks, a pickup, and a car collide on SR 395

CONNELL - Four people were hurt when three semi-trucks, a pickup, and a car collided on State Route 395 near the Adams County line Wednesday. Stephan W. Meuchel, 44, of Longview,... — Updated 10/23/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Nuclear plant sirens sound on Thursday

PASCO – The emergency sirens on Thursday are the annual tests. The alarms are to sound between 10 a.m. and noon, followed by test text messages on the CodeRed emergency... — Updated 10/14/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Pasco car prowlers nearly steal .44 pistol and ammo

PASCO – A stolen gun was dropped by a pair of car prowlers in Pasco when interrupted by a victim. A Charter Arms Bulldog Pug .44 revolver and box of Hornady Critical Defense ammo... — Updated 10/8/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Pasco K-9 finds man suspected of robbing woman

PASCO – A dog bite revealed a hidden suspect under a house on North Owen Avenue in Pasco on Wednesday afternoon. Antonio Lopez Alfaro, 34, of Pasco, was arrested for kidnapping,... — Updated 10/8/2020


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

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Mail-in ballot system safe in Franklin County

PASCO – Mail-in ballot security is not an issue for Washington State after 9 years of all elections using the system. Sending ballots by US Postal Service has become a national... — Updated 8/4/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Pasco police release May 17 shooting video

PASCO — Pasco police released a video with body camera footage of a police shooting on May 17 that left one suspect dead and another injured. The suspects were believed to have... — Updated 8/4/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Pasco police officer shoots suspect, regional investigators take over

PASCO - A Pasco police detective shot a man armed with a pistol, hiding in the back of a car, on Friday afternoon. Police officers stopped a vehicle on the offramp from highway 182... — Updated 8/1/2020

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Xbox buyer dragged by van in robbery

PASCO — The buyer of an Xbox was taken for a ride when the seller stole his cash and dragged him down the street on the outside of a minivan. The buyer said he would meet the sell... — Updated 7/27/2020


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