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  • Franklin County residents compete in Cheney Rodeo

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Jul 13, 2021

    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 Saturday's nights peformance. Breazeale rode fourth in the performance, completing the cloverleaf pattern in 18.10 seconds. That run put her in the Top 10 for the three-day event, sending her home with $67. Officials breakaway roping results were not reported. In addition to the two Franklin County c...

  • Time to overhaul or nix the Columbia River Treaty

    Roger Harnack, The Journal|Updated Jul 13, 2021

    Power shortages, rolling brownouts and blackouts? In the Pacific Northwest? One regional utility alone – Avista – had brownouts that affected 15,307 ratepayers last Monday, 6,793 last Tuesday and another 602 last Wednesday. Other utilities, too, had brownouts. I know we’ve had a day or two of record-setting high temperatures. But that’s not an excuse to shut down power to residents and businesses here in Eastern Washington. Columbia River basin dams generate roughly 44% of...

  • Fire growing along Columbia River Gorge near Lyle

    Franklin Connection|Updated Jul 13, 2021

    LYLE — An early morning fire along the Columbia River Gorge has state and local fire fighters trying to keep it from reaching nearby homes and orchards. The Lyle Hill Fire was reported at 7:28 p.m. yesterday, July 12, burning in dry grass, shrub and timber in Klickitat County. Klickitat County Fire District No. 4 Chief David McCune requested state fire assistance at 5:30 a.m. today, July 13, after the blaze had reached 150 acres and was still growing. Two wildfire strike teams have been assigned to assist with the fire. L...

  • Blown tire leads to crash

    Franklin Connection|Updated Jul 13, 2021

    PASCO — A local woman was transported to an area hospital following a crash stemming from a blown tire at Milepost 10 on Interstate 182 today, July 13. Yessina Rojas Mondragon, 43, was taken to the hospital at about 1 p.m., the Washington State Patrol reported. Mondragon was eastbound on the interstate in her 1999 Mercury Moutaineer when a rear tire blew out, causing her vehicle to overturn, the patrol reported. She was not cited in the crash; and neither alcohol nor drugs were factors, the patrol reported. Mondragon was w...