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Police respond en masse to commissioner's home

PASCO - A large police contingent responded to Franklin County Commissioner Lowell "Brad" Peck's posh, riverfront home Tuesday, Nov. 24, after peaceful protesters showed up and... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
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Protesters call for opening businesses, schools

PASCO - You could say he was preaching to the choir. Patriot Prayer front man Joey Gibson of Vancouver provided the keynote address at a two-hour-long protest that attracted more th... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
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Franklin County certifies election results

PASCO — The Franklin County Canvassing Board rejected several ballots since the Nov. 3 general election en route to certifying the final tally today, Nov. 24. Following a meeting... — Updated 11/24/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee orders new shutdowns effective Monday

OLYMPIA — Calling the current status of the coronavirus outbreak the "third wave," Gov. Jay Inslee ordered more shutdowns this morning, Nov. 15. Indoor service at restaurants and bars is prohibited from midnight Monday through... — Updated 11/16/2020

 
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Oregon Gov. Brown orders "two-week freeze"

UMATILLA - Tri-City area residents won't be likely be headed to Oregon anytime soon to dine in their favorite restaurant or have a drink in their favorite watering hole. That's... — Updated 11/13/2020

 
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Gov. Inslee calls on travelers to quarantine 14 days

OLYMPIA — A day after Gov. Inslee told residents to have virtual Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations this year, he issued a travel advisory calling on travelers to quarantine 14 days. The governor’s advisory also suggests... — Updated 11/13/2020

 
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Governor, first lady call for residents to have virtual holidays

OLYMPIA — The governor and his wife tonight called on state residents to forgo Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations with family this year. Speaking together from a couch, Gov. Jay Inslee said we’re “going to have to... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
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Franklin County voters supporting Trump

PASCO – Franklin County voters are backing President Donald J. Trump tonight in his re-election bid. A preliminary tally shortly after 8 p.m. showed 56.92% of local voters were supporting President Trump and his running mate,... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
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Peck holding on to commissioner seat

PASCO — Embattle Franklin County Commissioner Lowell "Brad" Peck appears to have survived a challenge from a Democrat and from within his own Republican party. Preliminary results from tonight's general election show Peck... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
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Franklin County voters opposing 'seXXX ed'

OLYMPIA – Despite a parental uprising over an “inclusive” sexual education mandate, Referendum 90 was passings statewide after an initial election night tally Nov 3. Approval of R-90 reaffirms a law passed by Democrats in... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
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Petersen takes two-county judicial position

PASCO — Former Sen. Sharon Brown is out; attorney David Petersen is in. In prelimary returns in the race for the Benton Franklin Superior Court Position No. 1 judicial seat, Petersen had a 21,000-plus vote lead over Brown in the... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
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Gordon doubles up on Cochrane

PASCO — Bill Gordon is well on his way to winning the Franklin County Public Utility District, District No. 2 seat in the Nov. 3 general election. Preliminary ballot figures show Gordon received 16,163 votes, or 67.15%, in his... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
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Mullen holds commanding lead

PASCO — Republican political newcomer Rocky Mullen is well on his way to being a Franklin County commissioner. After Tuesday night's initial tally of ballots, Mullen had a comfortable 16,364-10,657 vote lead over Democrat Ana... — Updated 11/3/2020

 
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Didier pushes for in-person meetings

PASCO - Despite moving to Phase 2 of reopening, the Franklin County Commission continues to meet digitally. Prior to the start of the Tuesday, Oct. 20, meeting Commissioner Clint... — Updated 10/22/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Franklin County moving to Phase 2 of reopening

PASCO — Franklin County is moving to Phase 2 reopening status following an announcement today, Oct. 13, by Gov. Jay Inslee. The governor announced that he will also boost Benton, Yakima, Chelan and Douglas counties to the same... — Updated 10/13/2020

 
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Bauman raises more than $16,000 in one month

PASCO – In only about a month’s time, write-in candidate Steve Bauman has collected $16,000 in campaign funds in his bid for a Franklin County Commission seat. Bauman, a Republican, is facing off against disavowed Republican... — Updated 10/12/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Culp keeps Gov. Inslee on defense in debate

OLYMPIA — Republic Police Chief Loren Culp came out swinging and kept incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee on the defensive during their only planned gubernatorial debate Wednesday night,... — Updated 10/8/2020

 
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'Body cam' footage of contact with WSU coach released

PULLMAN - The Police Department has released the body-video camera footage of Washington State University basketball coach Kamie Ethridge issued a $150 citation Aug. 28 for... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Forbidden Fruit

MALDEN – While the Honeycrisp apples Gov. Jay Inslee brought here last Thursday continue to sit in the bin he presented the mayor with, others he delivered to Bridgeport and Omak... — Updated 9/18/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

County Republicans sideline one of their own

ELTOPIA - Franklin County Republicans disavowed one of their own incumbent candidates tonight, Thursday, Sept. 10, and decided to back a write-in candidate for Position No. 1 on the... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Chase running away with 4th Legislative District seat

SPOKANE VALLEY — Liberty state supporters have a new champion in Olympia following yesterday's general election. Republican Rob Chase of Spokane Valley will be filling the 4th Legislative District seat being vacated by Rep. Matt... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers leading congressional races

SPOKANE — Eastern Washington’s two incumbent Republican congressional representatives were leading by large margins following the initial general election tally Tuesday night. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane and Dan... — Updated 11/3/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

State to kill bighorn sheep

VANTAGE — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife expect to kill at least 15 bighorn sheep in the Quilomene herd in eastern Kittitas County due to a virus. They also expect to test at least another 10-15 animals in the 220-250... — Updated 10/12/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Malden apples test positive for maggot larvae

MALDEN – The Honeycrisp apples Gov. Jay Inslee brought to Babb Fire victims here were infested with maggot larvae. Whitman County Washington State University Extension Agent... — Updated 9/22/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Access still limited to Malden, Pine City

MALDEN - Access to the Whitman County towns of Malden and Pine City continues to be restricted as crews continue to mop up Babb Fire hotspots. The fire grew to 15,266 acres and was... — Updated 9/14/2020

 

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