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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Pasco school officials "reviewing" coronavirus guidelines

PASCO — Two days after Gov. Jay Inslee reaffirmed his order requiring all public school employees and students to wear masks on campu to prevent coronavirs spread, the School District says it is “reviewing all of the new update... — Updated 7/30/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Inslee orders students to remain masked

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday, July 28, ordered all public school districts in the state to require students and employees to wear masks on school grounds when classes resume in the fall. During a press conference,... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Chiefs, sheriffs concerned over new laws

SPOKANE VALLEY - Leading law enforcement officers from across Eastern Washington are warning residents that new laws will make it difficult to serve the public on possible criminal... — Updated 7/26/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

DNR using fire season to cover up failed management

On Tuesday, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz announced she was halting all public access to state Department of Natural Resources-managed lands in Eastern Washington... — Updated 7/21/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Appellate court: Adults ages 18-20 have right to buy handguns

BELLEVUE — The Second Amendment Foundation is celebrating a U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that found laws preventing handgun sales to adults ages 18-21 unconstitutional. In a 2-1 decision Tuesday, July 13, the... — Updated 7/14/2021


Franklin County residents compete in Cheney Rodeo

CHENEY — Two Franklin County cowgirls were among the Cheney Rodeo contestants last weekend. Jennifer Casey of Mesa and Kaite Breazeale of Pasco were both on the ticket for... — Updated 7/13/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time to overhaul or nix the Columbia River Treaty

Power shortages, rolling brownouts and blackouts? In the Pacific Northwest? One regional utility alone – Avista – had brownouts that affected 15,307 ratepayers last Monday,... — Updated 7/13/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Not vaccinated? You're not alone in Eastern Washington

CHENEY - If you haven't gotten vaccinated against the 2019 Wuhan coronavirus, you're not alone, at least not in Eastern Washington. Overall in the 20 counties here east of the... — Updated 7/7/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Wildfires growing near Clarkston

CLARKSTON — Two area fire chiefs have asked for state assistance battling blazes today, Wednesday, July 7. Asotin County Fire District No. 1 Chief Noel Hardin has asked for help containing the Asotin Complex Fire. And Whitman... — Updated 7/7/2021


Darigold to build protein and butter plant in Pasco

PASCO – Darigold Inc. announced today that it will be a new, state-of-the-art premium protein and butter plant here. The 400,000-square-foot, $500 million plant is being designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25%,... — Updated 7/2/2021


Pasco man completes patrol academy

PASCO - A local man graduated today, Wednesday, June 30, from the Washington State Patrol Academy and received his assignment. Travis R. Hullinger completed more than 1,400 hours... — Updated 7/1/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Be proud you're American

This Sunday, our nation celebrates Independence Day. And on this 245th birthday of our United States, it's important to take time to remember why we mark July 4. Sure we celebrate... — Updated 6/30/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Hanford Site to be hottest place in nation today

HANFORD SITE - The National Weather Service is predicting the hottest temperature in the country today will be here on the former nuclear reservation. According to the agency, the... — Updated 6/30/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Haystack combusts at dairy

OTHELLO – A large haystack caught fire Friday night at DeGroot Dairy. Area fire crews and local farmers responded quickly to contain the blaze at 755 Radar Hill, about seven... — Updated 6/29/2021


Freedom Rodeo draws fans, despite heat

BASIN CITY - Thousands of rodeo fans turned out Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, to watch the second Freedom Rodeo. Temperatures neared 100 degrees at performance time Friday... — Updated 6/28/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Lind Fire update

UPDATE: Lind Fire Chief Kevin Starring corrected numbers released by the State Fire Marshal's Office yesterday. Starring said the fire was contained to 2,200 acres; the state... — Updated 6/28/2021


Pelican Fueling competes at Webb's Slough

ST. JOHN - Race fans may want to forgo hydroplanes and follow sprint boats. "It's so much better," Team Pelican Fueling owner and driver Dan Hatch of Pasco said. Hatch, son Dylan... — Updated 6/27/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Landlords not likely to be paid as eviction moratorium ends

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new eviction “bridge” program this morning, June 24, but landlords will not likely see rent payments any time soon. Inslee said the existing coronavirus-related eviction moratorium will... — Updated 6/24/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Endangered species: American Dad

There’s a lot of talk about endangered species. But the most important endangered species in America, may not be a plant or a wild animal. The most endangered species may... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Get ready for a heat wave

PASCO - The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch that will run from Friday afternoon through the end of the month. "Very hot temperatures are expected by the... — Updated 6/23/2021


Freedom Rodeo returns to Basin City

BASIN CITY - The second Freedom Rodeo returns to the arena Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, with two adult performances and a youth competition. The rodeo was the only one in Eastern Washington to buck Gov. Jay Inslee's... — Updated 6/21/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners approve final Hailey railroad project work

PASCO – Franklin County commissioners unanimously approved of closing out a $52,760 contract with Pavement Control Surfaces during their regular meeting Tuesday morning, June 8. The Hailey railroad crossing project was entirely g... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Red Flag warning in effect Friday

PASCO - The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 4. A Red Flag warning means weather conditions could lead to wildfire growth.... — Updated 6/3/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Vaccination rates much lower across Eastern Washington

PASCO - Despite Gov. Jay Inslee's efforts to encourage residents to get vaccinated against coronavirus, most Eastern Washington residents are not jumping on the bandwagon. On... — Updated 6/3/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Appellate court sides with Mesa woman

MESA — After 18 years, a local woman has won several arguments in a major round in court over being denied the right to video tape a City Council meeting and then being arrested. On Tuesday, June, 1, the state Court of Appeals,... — Updated 6/2/2021


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