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 By Roger Harnack    News 

State may "reopen" June 30, Gov. Inslee says

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has set a target date of June 30 to allow the state to reopen in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. In the meantime, the governor will allow all 39 counties to be in his so-called Phase 3 of... — Updated 5/15/2021


Elk calves to be outfitted with radio-transmitters

DAYTON -- State biologists plan to begin capturing Blue Mountains elk calves next week to help determine why the herd is in decline. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes... — Updated 5/12/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pasco woman killed in crash

PASCO — A local woman was killed in a crash Sunday afternoon, May 9. Karli E. Moore, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Milepost 25 of U.S. Highway 395 at about 4:15 p.m. Moore was a passenger in a 2002... — Updated 5/10/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Sinoloa Cartel member sentenced

PASCO — A Sinaloa drug cartel member from Pasco has been sentenced on a number of trafficking and money laundering charges. Reynaldo Perez Munoz, 41, was sentenced April 21 by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Edward F. Shea to... — Updated 4/27/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners move ahead with drug possession ordinance

PASCO — Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond sparred verbally over drafting a controlled substance ordinance with Commissioner Lowell “Brad” Peck during a meeting this morning, April 27. Commissioners Peck, Rocky Mullen and... — Updated 4/27/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners rezone 39 acres

PASCO — Franklin County commissioners this morning unanimously approved the rezoning of more than 39 acres of agriculture land near the Columbia River during a quasi-judicial hearing this morning, April 27. The parcel at 6503... — Updated 4/27/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners back First, Second Amendments

PASCO —Franklin County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution voicing support of the First and Second Amendments of the U.S. Constitution during this morning’s meeting, Tuesday, April 20, but not without a dustup betwe... — Updated 4/20/2021


Fishing season opens Saturday

ICE HARBOR DAM – The lowland lakes fishing season opens Saturday, April 24, with trout being the most sought-after species. Opening day also marks the opening day of the statewide trout derby, where fishermen can win more than... — Updated 4/20/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee to sign bill to replace Whitman statues today

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign a bill today that would begin the process of removing statues of perhaps the state's most prominent figure from the Capitol building and the National Statuary in Washington, D.C. The... — Updated 4/14/2021


'Feed lot' allowed to expand to 10,000 head

MESA — Franklin County commissioners unanimously approved a conditional-use permit allowing nearly triple the number of cattle on a rearing facility near Columbia Flats Dairy this morning, April 13. The permit will allow the... — Updated 4/13/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners stop short of firing Johnson

PASCO — Franklin County Administrator Keith Johnson will keep his job. County commissioners today, April 13, decided not to resume discussion on terminating the county’s top manager after the issue was tabled last week. The... — Updated 4/13/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Johnson survives second termination attempt

PASCO – Franklin County Administrator Keith Johnson narrowly survived a second effort to terminate his employment during a commissioner meeting Tuesday night, April 6. Commissioners voted 2-1 to table discussion of firing... — Updated 4/12/2021


Douglas Farms workers to get vaccinated

PASCO — Douglas Farms will provide a pop-up, outdoor coronavirus vaccination clinic for 250 farmworks Friday, April 9. Vaccinations will run from 8:30-11:45 a.m. at the Douglas packing facility, 110 Taylor Flats Road. "This is... — Updated 4/8/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee threatens to move some counties backwards

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday, April 8, that moving a county backwards for at least three weeks in his phased reopening plan may provide the impetus to improve vaccination rates. During his press conference, the... — Updated 4/8/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Woman arrested in Taser attack on Warden couple

WARDEN – An Odessa woman is in jail in Grant County after allegedly attacking a man and woman with a Taser on Wednesday, April 7. Deborah Davidson, 41, of Odessa, is facing charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree assault,... — Updated 4/7/2021


Ringold steelhead fishery to open April 7

RINGOLD — The state is opening steelhead fishing from the shore beginning Wednesday, April 7. The fishery is open on the Franklin County shoreline from a quarter-mile downstream of the Ringold wasteway outlet to a halfmile... — Updated 4/7/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Another conservative challenges Newhouse

PROSSER - Rep. Dan Newhouse's refusal to support former President Donald J. Trump in January may cost him his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the weekend, another... — Updated 4/7/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

UPDATED STORY: Kennewick man killed in crash

CONNELL — A Kennewick man was killed today, Wednesday, March 31, when his vehicle overturned on U.S. Highway 395. Thomas K. Bailey, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene near... — Updated 3/31/2021


Local credit union buys naming rights to field inside WSU's Martin Stadium

PULLMAN — Washington State University has sold naming rights of the field in Martin Stadium to Tri-Cities-based Gesa Credit Union. The university and financial business have signe... — Updated 3/12/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Bill banning American Indian mascots a complete waste of time

It’s a solution in search of a problem. Lawmakers in Olympia appear to be fast-tracking House Bill 1356, which would ban the use of “racially derogatory or discriminatory... — Updated 3/3/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

No confidence in county administrator?

PASCO — Franklin County Administrator Keith Johnson narrowly survived what can only be called a vote of no confidence during a county commission meeting this morning, Tuesday, Feb. 23. A clash over county administration resulted... — Updated 2/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Soap Lake reserve and K-9 officer arrested

SOAP LAKE – A local reserve and K-9 police officer remains in the Franklin County Jail today after a drunken driving-related arrest last night, Feb. 18, north of Pasco. Reserve and K-9 Officer Shane Jones, 49, was arrested... — Updated 2/19/2021


Most area school sports delayed at least two weeks

UPDATE: On Saturday, Feb. 13, Franklin County and the surrounding area were moved to Phase 2, allowing football, and girls volleyball, soccer and slowpitch softball games to proceed as previously scheduled. PASCO — With Gov. Jay... — Updated 2/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

McKinney, McKay credited for area move to Phase 2

YAKIMA – Two Central Washington county commissioners are being credited for Saturday’s local move to “Phase 2” of Gov. Jay Inslee’s current coronavirus recovery plan. Yakima County Commissioner Amanda McKinney and Benton... — Updated 2/16/2021


Bill requiring classes for kayakers, paddleboarders may be scuttled

OLYMPIA – A bill that would've required boating classes for kayakers, canoeists, paddleboarders and even some surfers appears to have been scuttled. House Bill 1018 is the subject... — Updated 2/11/2021


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