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 By Slim Randles    Community

Home Country

You know, it didn’t really seem like the day was so auspicious. It was cold. There was snow on the ground there on the baseball diamond. But then, it’s winter in Alaska … Anchorage, actually, and it should be cold. First... — Updated 3/3/2022

 By Rod Larse    Community

Former Lind resident establishes scholarship

MONROE – A memorial scholarship is being established in the name of Jackson David Weaver, who passed away from leukemia on Dec. 16, 2006. Jackson's father, Reid Weaver, is a 1979... — Updated 2/10/2022


Pasco School district to launch 'Read and Rise'

PASCO — The School District is launching a five-week educational series Sept. 28 designed to help families overcome reading deficiencies of children. The "Read and Rise" program will run from 1-1:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays... — Updated 9/16/2021


Riverfest canceled, again

KENNEWICK — The 2021 RiverFest Celebration Festival at Columbia Park has been canceled. The event was scheduled for Oct. 9. “It is very unfortunate that for the second year in a row we have to cancel this fun celebration, and... — Updated 8/31/2021


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


National Night Out comes to Basin City

BASIN CITY — The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is hosting a National Night Out program from 4-8 p.m. today, Tuesday, Aug. 3, in Memorial Park. The event will include a barbecue, face painting, a bouncy house, obstacle course... — Updated 8/3/2021


Koelzer selected to represent county treasurers

ELLENSBURG — Franklin County Treasurer Josie Koelzer was selected to represent treasurers statwide at the organization at Washington Association of County Officials functions. Koelzer was selected for the honor during the... — Updated 8/1/2021


Franklin County students make Dean's List

CHENEY - Several Franklin County residents have been named to the spring Dean's list for their academic performance at Eastern Washington University. County students making the... — Updated 7/14/2021


Pasco man completes patrol academy

PASCO - A local man graduated today, Wednesday, June 30, from the Washington State Patrol Academy and received his assignment. Travis R. Hullinger completed more than 1,400 hours... — Updated 7/1/2021


Sheriff's Office says hello to newbies, goodbye to a veteran

PASCO – The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is welcoming new deputies while also saying goodbye to a longtime employee. Over the last week, the office announced that Alexis... — Updated 6/30/2021


New tuition-free preschool to open in Pasco

PASCO — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is partnering with the city Housing Authority and Franklin County to open a tuition-free preschool here next year. The Bezos Academy would be the first tuition-free preschool in the Tri-Cities,... — Updated 6/18/2021


New veterans memorial unveiled

PASCO — City View Cemetery unveiled a new memorial honoring soldiers who died in war during a Memorial Day observance Monday. The observance included the playing of the "National Anthem," "God Bless America" and "Taps." Mayor... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Staff Report    Community

Virus tests for WSU students

PULLMAN — Washington State University students will be required to take a coronavirus test to return to the campus for the spring term. Testing will take place in Beasley Coliseum. Following testing, they will be quarantined in... — Updated 5/12/2021


Grow edamame for better health and nutrition

Add a bit of fiber to your garden and diet. Consider growing edamame (edible soybeans) in this year’s garden.  Soybeans help promote overall health reducing the risk of high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and high blood... — Updated 5/11/2021


Local students make Dean's List

CHENEY — The following students from Franklin County have made the Dean’s List at Eastern Washington University for the winter quarter: • Connell —Cheyenne Baxter, Rosario Castro and David Duenas • Kahlotus — Hailey... — Updated 5/10/2021


Sheriff's Office names employees of the quarter

PASCO — The Franklin County Sheriff's Office recognized three individuals for their exemplary service during the first quarter of the year. Deputy Jack Dodson was named Deputy of... — Updated 4/9/2021


Say goodbye to Stevens Middle School today

PASCO - The School District is hosting a "Farewell to Original Stevens" today from noon to 4 p.m. at Stevens Middle School, 1120 N 22nd Ave. The celebration as reconstruction... — Updated 2/11/2021


Employee of the Quarter

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has recognized Marizela Silva as Employee of the Quarter.... — Updated 1/28/2021


Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt takes place next week

PASCO - The governor's newest round of force shutdown mandates may not expire until Dec. 14, but it won't halt a weeklong scavenger hunt from taking place. The city Parks and... — Updated 12/4/2020


Huesitos Landscaping donates funds to Chiawana

PASCO - Chiawana High School students have a bit more in their financial coffers, thanks to a local company. Huesitos Landscaping hosted a fall sprinkler blowout fundraiser in... — Updated 12/4/2020


Basin City toy drive kicks off

BASIN CITY — The community has launched its annual toy drive to help indigent local families with children through the Christmas season. A collection box for “gently used” toys is located at Farm and Home Hardware, 50 N.... — Updated 11/24/2020


Pasco police, fire observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month

PASCO — Fire Department and law enforcement officers are sporting pink this month as part of their uniforms. The city agencies are participating in the Pink Patch Project this... — Updated 10/2/2020


Connell police observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month

CONNELL — Don't be surprised this month if you see pink on local police uniforms. That's because the Police Department is observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month by participating... — Updated 10/2/2020


Detective promoted to sergeant

PASCO - Franklin County Sheriff's Office detective Steve Warren was promoted to sergeant this morning, Friday, Oct. 2. According to the Sheriff's Office, Warren has been a... — Updated 10/2/2020


Free WiFi hotspots set up in Franklin County

PASCO — Franklin Public Utility District and Mid-Columbia Libraries have teamed up to offer free WiFi Internet hotspots around the county. The service is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in parking lots and sidewalks near... — Updated 9/2/2020


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