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Odessa slaughter plant fires back up

ODESSA — The formerly shuttered livestock processing facility here has a new lease on life, with the new owners using the facility to help launch a direct-sales beef program.... — Updated 8/24/2020


Wheat Land Communities' Fair Jr Livestock Sale goes live

RITZVILLE — The Wheat Land Communities' Fair Jr Livestock Sale is now live with bids closing at noon Thursday, Sept. 3. "We have a committee of people who can assist with your... — Updated 9/16/2020


Gesa Credit Union sponsors Hunger Action Month

PASCO — Gesa Credit Union is sponsoring Hunger Action Month this month, including Hunger Action Day on Sept. 10. During the month, Gesa is matching every dollar donated up to $20,000, with the money focused on continuing to get... — Updated 9/1/2020


Broadband Internet may be coming to North Franklin County

CONNELL — A Hermiston, Ore.-based company may be bringing broadband internet to rural communities in North Franklin County. Blue Mountain Networks LLC officials said last week that the company is looking at the viability of... — Updated 8/24/2020


Irrigation shutoff dates announced

PASCO — The South Columbia Basin Irrigation District will cease full Saturday service on Sept. 12. Officials said that from Sept. 12-Oct. 19, ditchrider services will be... — Updated 8/24/2020


Connell businesses take over downtown streets

CONNELL — It's a downtown block party, again. The city is blocking off downtown streets from Adams to Borah for an evening of outdoor shopping and dining. Streets close at 4 p.m.; the event begins at 5 p.m. Downtown roads are... — Updated 8/14/2020


Kennewick asks public's help with Waterfront District plan

KENNEWICK - What do you want to see in the Port of Kennewick's Waterfront District? Communities are asked to take part in developing the plan. The port is creating a Waterfront... — Updated 8/4/2020


Franklin County looking into mask harassment

PASCO — Franklin County officials are concerned Benton Franklin Health District employees may be “harassing” businesses that are not enforcing coronavirus-related face mask madates. Commissioner Clint Didier brought up the... — Updated 8/4/2020


Gov. Inslee threatens Slidewaters with 'penalties'

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says he will pursue sanctions against a business that challenged the legality of his coronavirus-related shutdown orders. During a Thursday afternoon, July 16, press conference, the governor gloated in... — Updated 7/17/2020


LaCrosse valedictorian on the farm

KAHLOTUS – T.J. Harder is excited to be carrying on the farming and ranching tradition started by his family generations ago. After graduating as the LaCrosse Class of 2020... — Updated 7/15/2020


Reopening packs distributed at Pasco Farmers Market

PASCO — The city began handing out coronavirus reopening packs today, Wednesday, July 15, to businesses at the Pasco Farmers Market. The packs included 50 single-use face masks, floor markers for social distancing, entrance... — Updated 7/15/2020


Farmers who open land to hunting may be eligible for grant funds

MESA — Farmers and other land owners willing to provide hunting access on their land may be eligible to receive funding from the state. The state Department of Fish and wildlife has $2.7 million to help with hunting program costs... — Updated 7/2/2020


Stripe rust found in Whitman County wheat

WHITMAN COUNTY — Stripe rust has been discovered in varieties of winter wheat on the Palouse and actively producing spores. The rust was first spotted in Washington State University's experiment fields around Pullman. Dr.... — Updated 6/16/2020


Volvo truck dealership opens in Burbank

BURBANK -- A Volvo truck dealership has expanded its operation to serve the Tri-Cities area. Northwest Equipment Sales opened a new 30,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres. It is the company's fourth location. The Burbank location... — Updated 6/16/2020


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