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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Learn history; don't cancel it

Last week, Fairchild Air Force announced it was erasing Col. George Wright because the history surrounding him is considered by some as divisive. In place of his name being associat... — Updated 9/13/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Local boy arrested for stolen gun, stolen car

OTHELLO – A local boy is in custody after being arrested Monday morning, Aug. 29, at his home in connection with possession a a stolen handgun and stolen vehicle. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office has yet to release the name... — Updated 9/13/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Ag is the 'big kid on the block'

RITZVILLE – A new labor report by economist Donald W. Meseck shows agriculture remains the backbone of the economy in Adams County. According to the report, dry-land wheat,... — Updated 9/13/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Wright name 'canceled' at Fairchild Air Force Base

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE – The military leader who led U.S. Army troops to victory over northwest tribes in the Battle of Four Lakes and the Battle of the Spokane Plains is being... — Updated 8/24/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pasco boys injured in pursuit-related crash near Burbank

BURBANK — Two Pasco boys were injured early Monday morning, Aug. 22, after the car in which they were passengers crashed while being pursued by the Washington State Patrol. The 16-year-old driver, also from Pasco, was not... — Updated 8/24/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Senator to introduce 'parents' bill of rights'

GRAHAM — A state senator plans to introduce a parents' "bill of rights" package when the Legislature convenes in January for its 2023 session. Sen. Jim McCune, R-Graham, said Wednesday, Aug. 24, that its time schools address... — Updated 8/24/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pasco man dies from injuries in Matawa roundabout crash

MATTAWA — A Pasco man has died from injuries he sustained in a crash in the roundabout on state Highway 243. Roy L. Lomon, 80, was pronounced dead at Kadlec Hospital in Richland at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. The hospital... — Updated 8/18/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Five injured in crash west of Othello

OTHELLO – Five people were hospitalized after being ejected Wednesday, Aug. 17, from a vehicle that flipped near Milepost 49 of state Highway 24, west of the city. Othello residents Aleyssa J. Hernandez, 21; Victoria F.... — Updated 8/18/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Didier leading in campaign financial support

PASCO – At first glance at campaign finance records, it appears former Franklin County Commissioner Rick R. Miller is leading incumbent District No. 3 Commissioner and Chairman... — Updated 8/17/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Teens held on $500,000 bail in Pasco shooting

PASCO — Three teenagers are being held on $500,000 bail each in connection with the shooting death of a Pasco man. Angel Isaiah Garcia, Brian Armando Panduro-Valenzuela and Osman C. Morales Salto, all 18, were arrested Friday,... — Updated 8/16/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Newhouse eking out narrow primary win

PASCO — Incumbent Dan Newhouse appears to have eked out a narrow primary election win in the contest for the 4th Congressional District seat. But he only has the support of two... — Updated 8/12/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Person steps down as health officer

PASCO - After 11 years, Dr. Amy Person is stepping down as Benton-Franklin Health District's health officer. "Leaving Benton-Franklin Health District after more than 10 years of... — Updated 8/12/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Fire sweeps south of Lind

LIND - A series of fires broke out last week across Eastern Washington, including a blaze that destroyed several homes and outbuildings in rural Adams County and the Lind area on... — Updated 8/12/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Wildfire prompts closure of U.S. Highway 395

PAHA — U.S. Highway 395 is closed to traffic due to a wildfire in the Milepost 70 area of Adams County. The highway is closed from Cunningham Road, near Milepost 70, to Paha Packard Road, near Milepost 88, according to the state... — Updated 8/12/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Wagner leads Carlson in Adams County Sheriff's race

RITZVILLE — Incumbent Dale Wagner took an early lead in the race for Adams County Sheriff on Tuesday night, Aug. 2. Preliminary primary election returns showed Wagner, an Othello resident, with a 193-vote lead over challenger... — Updated 8/4/2022


Outdoorsmen expected to take state wildlife officials to task

OLYMPIA – Several outdoorsmen and Eastern Washington county commissioners are expected to take the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to task during its three-day meeting this week. Northeast Washington Wildlife Group spokesman... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Garza leads Thompson in race for Adams County Commission seat

RITZVILLE — Only 46 votes separate the two candidates in the Adams County Commission District No. 3 race. At the end of counting in the Tuesday, Aug. 2, primary election, Miguel "Mike" Garza had a 181-vote tally, for 56.04%. In... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Milne leads Peck

PASCO — A sitting Franklin County commissioner is trailing in his bid for a seat at the Republican party table following the Tuesday, Aug. 2, primary election. Lowell "Brad" Peck trails David Milne in their bid for the Precinct... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Smiley headed to Nov. 8 general election

PASCO - A local farmgirl appears to be headed to the Nov. 8 general election. Challenger Tiffany Smiley, R-Pasco, was sitting in second place in the race for a U.S. Senate seat... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Didier leads Miller in commissioner race

PASCO - A current Franklin County commissioner was dominating a former commissioner in the race for the District No. 3 seat after the first day of counting in the Tuesday, Aug. 2,... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Early returns show Newhouse leading

PASCO - Despite being censured by most Republican committees in the 4th Congressional District, incumbent Dan Newhouse holds a slim lead in the Tuesday, Aug. 2, primary after the in... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Three injured in Wallula crash

WALLULA – Three people were injured Sunday, July 30, in a crash on U.S. Highway 12 about 11 miles east of Pasco. Roger Q. Hoover, 33, of West Richland; Britni S. Branson, 37, of Montros, Colo.; and Javier Martinez Ortiz, 41, of... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

ICE employee arrested in child sex case

OTHELLO – An Immigration and Customs Enforcement employee is facing a series of child-sex charges. Koby Don Williams, 47, of Ellensburg, was booked into the Adams County Jail on July 26 and released on his own recognizance... — Updated 8/1/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Sen. Schoesler: Schools should keep testing

RITZVILLE – A local lawmaker is taking issue with educational moves being pushed by the state superintendent of public education. Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, who represents... — Updated 7/28/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Othello man facing DUI charge in Mesa crash

MESA – An Othello man was booked into the Franklin County Jail on Sunday, July 17, for a driving while under the influence charge after crashing his pickup. Narciso A. Gomez Sanchez, 53, of Othello, was booked into the Franklin... — Updated 7/18/2022


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