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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Newhouse balks at contempt charge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - By a 229-202 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to hold President Trump ally Steve Bannon in contempt of congress for refusing to comply with a... — Updated 10/21/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Council overrules Lind mayor

LIND – A resident who was overcharged for water connection is getting thousands of dollars returned. Briana Osborn appeared before the Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 28, to plead her case for reimbursement of water connection... — Updated 10/11/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Ordering 4-H volunteers to get COVID vaccine goes too far

Talk about a bureaucrat with delusions of grandeur. On Sept. 3, Washington State University Extension Office Director Vicki A. McCracken took it upon herself to dictate that all... — Updated 9/28/2021

 

Palouse Falls plan ends camping, requires permits

OLYMPIA – A new plan for managing Palouse Falls State Park may end camping and require hiking permits if its approved. Washington State Parks officials will take comments on the... — Updated 9/28/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee downplays lawsuits

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference today downplayed the lawsuits filed against him for his get vaccinated or be fired policy for health care and state workers, volunteers and contractors. At least two lawsuits... — Updated 9/23/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Inslee extends eviction moratorium

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon extended his coronavirus-related eviction moratorium through Oct. 31. Calling the moratorium a “bridge,” Inslee said his action will allow municipalities to put in place financial... — Updated 9/23/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners order attorney to rescind unilateral guilty plea

PASCO – Franklin County commissioners this morning ordered the county attorney to file a court motion rescinding a previous admission of guilt in a lawsuit over alleged voting discrimination. Chairman Clint Didier and Chairman... — Updated 9/23/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Connell man sues Gov. Inslee to halt vaccine enforcement

CONNELL – A local man has initiated a lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee and state Department of Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange over the Wuhan coronavirus vaccination mandate. Jeffrey Johnson, a corrections officer at Coyote... — Updated 9/23/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners call for Sant to recuse himself from redistricting process

PASCO – Call it a no-confidence vote. During a heated meeting Tuesday evening, Franklin County commissioners called on Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant to step down from involvement in county redistricting. By a 2-1 vote,... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners continue to spar over masks

PASCO – The rift between Franklin County commissioners over Gov. Jay Inslee's mask edict continued during an evening meeting Tuesday in the Trade, Recreation and Agricultural... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Amazon to open two facilities in Pasco

PASCO – Amazon has announced that it will open two facilities in the city, bringing 1,500 jobs to the area. The new buildings will be across from each other, with one at 1351 S. Road 40 East and the other at 1202 S. Road 40... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

WSU orders 4-H volunteers to get vaccinated

PULLMAN – The Washington State University Extension Office is applying the governor’s Wuhan coronavirus vaccination requirement to all 4-H volunteers. In a letter dated Sept. 3,... — Updated 9/9/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Connell licensing office closes

CONNELL – Connell Auto Licensing is closing its door permanently today, Sept. 9. “I took another job,” owner Tearsa Cope said of closing the 133 N. Columbia Ave. office. Cope has owned the business since 2013, providing... — Updated 9/9/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners recess meeting after continued mask dispute

PASCO — The Franklin County Commission is in recess this morning, Tuesday, Aug. 31, after two commissioners objected to holding an in-person meeting with the chairman and an audience member maskless. The 9 a.m. session after a... — Updated 8/31/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioner storms out of meeting, citing illegality

PASCO - A Franklin County commissioner stormed out of this morning's meeting, calling the session "illegal" because another commissioner and most of the audience appeared without ma... — Updated 8/25/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee mandates vaccines for educators, school workers

OLYMPIA - If you work, volunteer or contract with a daycare, public school district, state community college or university, roll up your sleeve. Under a new gubernatorial... — Updated 8/18/2021

 

Pasco superintendent to lead state association

PASCO — School District Superintendent Michelle Whitney was elected Tuesday, Aug. 18, as the Washington Association of School Administrators 2021-22 president-elect. Next July,... — Updated 8/18/2021

 

Chiawana QB among Top 25 players

PASCO - One local football player is among the state's Top 25 seniors on the high school grid iron. MaxPreps.com ranked J.P. Zamora, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Chiawana quarterback as... — Updated 8/18/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

More than 450 protest student masking

SPANGLE — More than 450 people stood on the Liberty High School baseball field Thursday evening, Aug. 12, singing the National Anthem. A World War II-era P-51 fighter flew... — Updated 8/17/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Two candidates enter election during special filing period

PASCO — A special filing period last week for the Nov. 2 general election netted two candidates. According to Franklin County Bilingual Elections Program Coordinator Rosa Mariel Fernández, both candidates filed for the Fire... — Updated 8/17/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

WSU ending two vaccine exemptions upon FDA approval

PULLMAN — Washington State University will cancel any "philosophical" and "personal" Wuhan coronavirus vaccine exemptions for students if the FDA approves of any of the three experimental inoculations currently available in the... — Updated 8/13/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Reykdal: Teachers should be vaccinated or fired

OLYMPIA - As 9th Legislative District parents are demanding Gov. Jay Inslee rescind his public student mask rules, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal is... — Updated 8/12/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Lawmaker calls on Inslee to rescind mask edict

COLFAX — A local state lawmaker is calling on the governor to rescind his order requiring public school students to wear masks on campus. Ninth Legislative District Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, wrote a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee... — Updated 8/11/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Parents ready to "take back" schools

Parents of public school students in the 9th Legislative District have had enough of coronavirus-related mandates from Olympia. Shutter schools, curtail sports, wear masks, limit fi... — Updated 8/9/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Inslee: No vaccine, no job

SEATTLE — State workers who fail to get inoculated against the Wuhan coronavirus virus may be fired under an order from Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, Aug. 9. During a press conference, Inslee said he is now requiring most state... — Updated 8/9/2021

 

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