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Hatton fertilizer firm seeking USDA grant

HATTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering a grant award to a local company to expand fertilizer production. Perfect Blend, LLC, manufactures organic plant food at its 771 Kulm Road location northwest of Hatton.... — Updated 1/27/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Pasco man hospitalized following fatal crash

VERNITA — A Pasco man was hospitalized Thursday, Jan. 26, following a crash that killed another driver. The Washington State Patrol is withholding the name, age and hometown of the driver pending notification of next of kin. The... — Updated 1/27/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Senator: Fuel price rising

RITZVILLE — A local lawmaker says two environmental laws from the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee that took effect Jan. 1 are already causing a fuel price increase. Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler or... — Updated 1/26/2023


Wheat producer meeting looming

RITZVILLE — Dryland wheat producers will meet Jan. 24 to hear presentations from a number of speakers. The producer meeting runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the American Legion hall, 106 W. Broadway Ave. The program includes... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Proposed state budget includes rail funds

CONNELL — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2023-25 budget includes about $15 million for the Connell Rail Interchange Project. The budget includes $10 million previously approved by the Legislature in 2015 as well as an additional... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Othello pedestrian hit by car

OTHELLO — A local man was hospitalized Sunday night after he was struck by a car early Sunday morning, Jan. 15. Augustino P. De Los Santos, 23, of Othello, was transported to the local hospital after he apparently walked into... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Man jailed in crime spree

OTHELLO — A local man was booked into the Benton County Jail after being arrested for multiple crimes Jan. 5. Ruben Cantu Jr., 29, was booked into the jail on charges of second-degree vehicle prowl, second-degree theft,... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Dye introduces bill to help men, boys

RITZVILLE — A local lawmaker has introduced legislation to create the Washington State Commission on Boys and Men to address the well-being of boys and men across. “There are many issues that impact men and boys. Yet, there is... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

House bill helps level playing field

Washington state has high tax rates — gas, property, you name it. Government agencies collect billions of tax dollars annually from residents and businesses here. So why then are... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Othello residents injured in Warden crash

WARDEN — The Washington State Patrol is investigating an alleged alcohol/drug-related Sunday afternoon crash, Jan. 22, that left four people injured. Othello residents Breanna Rodriguez, 20, Rafael Sanchez Andrade, 24, Alvin... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Frigid temperatures settle in

RITZVILLE - It's going to be a cold, white Christmas. Adams County was under a Wind Chill Watch on Monday, with a Wind Chill Advisory kicking in until Friday morning, according to... — Updated 12/29/2022


Coyotes, Jaguars fall in Ritzville

RITZVILLE — The Bronco girls basketball team closed out the year with two wins the week before Christmas. The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington girls dunked Columbia (Burbank), 48-32, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, and edged... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Christmas magic alive and well

As a youngster, I looked forward to Christmas. I loved the food, the traditions and especially the presents — what kid doesn’t? In high school and college, the luster subsided.... — Updated 12/29/2022


Rancher, feds settle Snake River case

CENTRAL FERRY — The U.S. government has reached an agreement with a rancher accused of allowing his cattle to trespass on federally managed lands along the Snake River. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Benton City woman injured, cited in Pasco crash

PASCO — A Benton City woman is facing charges in a three-vehicle crash in which she was injured Thursday, Nov. 17, on Interstate 182. Helen L. Shuler, 57, was transported to a Richland hospital following the 7:06 a.m. crash near... — Updated 11/20/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

You have plenty to be thankful for this holiday

It seems like every time you open a webpage, turn on the TV or listen to the radio, you’re bombarded with negativity. We’re on the verge of nuclear war. The recession is upon us... — Updated 11/20/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Incumbents retain congressional seats

SPOKANE – Incumbent Congress-woman Cathy McMorris Rodgers easily defeated her 5th Congressional District challenger in the Nov. 8 general election. As of press time, McMorris... — Updated 11/20/2022


Jaguar harrier St. Hilaire wins boys state B title

PASCO - A local boy won a state B cross country title Saturday, Nov. 5, at Sun Willows Golf Course. Ciaran St. Hilaire, a junior at Tri-Cities Prepatory, took gold in the boys... — Updated 11/20/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Smiley leading 27 counties, but still losing

PASCO – Local farm girl turned political newcomer Tiffany Smiley securely has all 20 of Eastern Washington's counties in her corner. In fact, she had the lead in 27 of the... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

McMorris Rodgers leading in every county in district

SPOKANE – Incumbent Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers was easily out-distancing her challenger Tuesday night, Nov. 8, in her 5th Congressional District re-election bid. At the... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Rep. Newhouse likely to retain seat

SUNNYSIDE – Despite being censured by most Republican committees in the 4th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Dan Newhouse appears headed toward re-election. Newhouse, R-Sunn... — Updated 11/9/2022


Connell runners compete in state cross country meet

PASCO — Three Connell Eagles were among the hundreds of competitors Saturday, Nov. 5, vying for a state cross country title at Willow Springs Golf Course. In the boys division,... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Raymond has commanding lead in sheriff's race

PASCO – Voters appear to have given Sheriff Jim D. Raymond another term in office as the county’s top cop. At the end of the first day of counting in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election, Raymond had amassed nearly... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Didier leads Miller in Franklin County commissioner race

ELTOPIA – Incumbent Clint Didier has a comfortable lead in his re-election bid to the county commission. Didier, of Eltopia, was seeking re-election to the District No. 3... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Two Auditor's Office employees promoted

PASCO — Two employees in the Franklin County Auditor's Office have been promoted. Tim Anderson will serve as the new director of finance and Suleima Wallwin as the new election manager for Franklin County. Franklin County... — Updated 11/3/2022


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