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Most state residents can't afford a new home, building group says

TUMWATER — The majority of Washington residents are priced out of purchasing a new home, according to a report completed done by one of the largest home building organizations in America. The Tumwater-based Building Industry... — Updated 4/14/2022


Gimenez growing Back 40 BBQ

PASCO - For Back 40 BBQ owner James Gimenez cooking has always been a family tradition. "My aunts and my grandma were always cooking. We all had a passion for cooking, but catering... — Updated 4/6/2022


Senator: Fuel-price increase hitting farmers

RIZVILLE – “We’re north of a dollar more in diesel than where we were before the invasion,” Sen. Mark Schoesler began in a recent interview. Schoesler, a farmer himself, represents the 9th Legislative District, including... — Updated 4/6/2022


Schillinger honored on Senate floor

OLYMPIA – A Senate resolution honoring agronomist Bill Schillinger passed Feb. 21. Senate Resolution 8645 honors Schillinger for his service to farmers; it was introduced by Sen.... — Updated 3/3/2022


Start planting your spring garden today

That's right! Now is the time to start planting your spring garden, especially if you like playing in dirt! We know, it is still cold, with occasional snow, ice, and nasty weather.... — Updated 3/3/2022


Pasco Farmers Market opens March 11

PASCO – An incredible aroma flows out of the walk-up window at Brother's Cheese Steaks inside Pasco Specialty Kitchen, just across the street from the newly renovated Pasco... — Updated 2/27/2022


Columbia Grain International donates to communities

COLFAX – Columbia Grain International has donated to several areas. “Columbia Grain International cultivates growth across its broad footprint, which spans the northwestern tier of the U.S., including Washington, Idaho,... — Updated 1/20/2022


Urban Agriculture, Sentinel Lands and Watersmart program deadlines loom

SPOKANE VALLEY – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has set the application deadline for the Urban Agriculture, Sentinel Lands, and... — Updated 1/5/2022


Conservation Incentive Contract deadlihne set

SPOKANE VALLEY – The deadline to apply for a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program-Conservation Incentive Contracts is Jan. 24. The USDA set the application deadline today, Dec. 20.... — Updated 12/21/2021


Airports to receive FAA improvement funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several Eastern Washington airports will receive federal grant funds thanks to the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program. The funds can be used to improve airport safety, capacity and security, as well as... — Updated 12/17/2021


Board to re-advertise farm lease

OTHELLO – The Adams County Commission expected to open bids for the lease of 34 acres adjacent to the County Fairgrounds in Othello during its Nov. 15 meeting. But no bids were received. The property was granted to the county,... — Updated 12/1/2021


Businesses seek new liquor licenses

PASCO — Several businesses have applied to the state for new liquor licenses. Businesses applying for new licenses include: Mesa • Comedor Mari, 6850 Road 170, beer and wine license for restaurant. Applied Sept. 28. Pasco ... — Updated 10/21/2021


$14 million in ag relief awarded

OLYMPIA — More than $14 million in COVID-19 relief grants from the state Department of Agriculture were awarded to 839 businesses. The four main sectors include agritourism farms, farmers’ market organizations, craft beverage... — Updated 7/13/2021


Darigold to build protein and butter plant in Pasco

PASCO – Darigold Inc. announced today that it will be a new, state-of-the-art premium protein and butter plant here. The 400,000-square-foot, $500 million plant is being designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25%,... — Updated 7/2/2021


Martinez to highlight chamber luncheon

PASCO — Mayor Saul Martinez will be the keynote speaker today, June 14, at the Chamber of Commerce meeting. The meeting begins at 11:45 a.m.; Red Lion Hotel is hosting. Martinez was selected mayor in January 2020 by his peers on... — Updated 6/14/2021


Ribbon-cutting set for new pharmacy

PASCO — The Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5, for the new West Pasco Pharmacy. The ceremony will be part of an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 7505 Sandifur Parkway... — Updated 6/4/2021


New pumps to provide water for farming irrigation

WARDEN — A new pump station seven miles northeast of the city will provide irrigation water to nearly 10,500 acres of farmland. The EL 47.5 station was dedicated Thursday... — Updated 6/1/2021


E. Coli outbreak linked to Othello dairy

OTHELLO — State officials say they have linked an E. Coli outbreak to contaminated yogurt from a local dairy farm. The state Department of Health said the outbreak is connected to yogurt produced by Pure Eire Dairy, owned and... — Updated 5/18/2021


'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


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


New Avelo Airlines to offer Pasco route

PASCO – A new airline has announced it will include service between Pasco and Burbank, Calif., when its flights get off the ground later this month. Avelo Airlines will officially begin service April 28 between Santa Rosa and... — Updated 4/8/2021


Soft white top crop in Whitman County

COLFAX — The USDA Farm Service Agency reported the largest planted crop last fall in Whitman County is soft white winter wheat. About 95% of acreage was reported by Dec. 15, tracking a list of crops and other uses for land. The... — Updated 1/29/2021


Dollar General store opens

CONNELL — The new Dollar General store opened quietly in town Jan. 23. The store is located at 182 E. Hawthorn St. Reminiscent of general stores of yesteryear, Dollar General sports a variety of products, including housewares,... — Updated 1/28/2021


Minimum wage and salary threshold increase

OLYMPIA - As of Jan. 1, low-wage earners and some salaried employees are being paid more for their efforts on the job. Across Eastern Washington and some areas west of the... — Updated 1/5/2021


Caravan of Hay

COLFAX - Have you noticed the amount of hay trucks on Whitman County highways late this summer and fall? The harvested area for hay is up by 60,000 acres in Washington since 2019,... — Updated 10/30/2020


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