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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Commissioners may have to repay wages

PASCO – Two former and three current Franklin County commissioners may have to return nearly $89,000 in wages following an audit of payroll practices for the board. Commissioner... — Updated 5/26/2023


Candidates needed for elected offices

PASCO — A special filing period has been opened for elected offices that do not have any candidates for the Aug. 1 primary election. According to the Franklin County Auditor's Office, the special filing period will be from May 30... — Updated 5/25/2023

 By Olivia Harnack    News

Man accused in student slayings stands silent

MOSCOW, Idaho - The man accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death stood silent Monday, May 22, during his arraignment. Bryan Kohberger, 28, of Pullman, appeared... — Updated 5/22/2023


Lot drawing set for Franklin County candidates

PASCO — The Franklin County Election's Department will host a lot drawing for the order of candidates names to appear on the 2023 primary ballot. The drawing will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, May 22, in the Franklin County... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

State moves to downgrade wolves

OLYMPIA – Wolves may be downgraded from an endangered species to “sensitive” under a proposed reclassification by state Department of Fish and Wildlife staff. The gray wolf was already removed by the federal endangered... — Updated 5/19/2023


Washtucna teen injured

WASHTUCNA – A local teenager was injured Saturday evening, May 13, after crashing her pickup on state Highway 261. Mia A. Rouleau, 18, of Washtucna was transported to a Spokane hospital for treatment of her injuries, the... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Othello High School locked down

OTHELLO – The local high school was locked down Wednesday, May 10, after a reported threat. According to a report, city police and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the high school, 340 S. Seventh St., at 11:18... — Updated 5/19/2023


State repairing weight sensors

RITZVILLE – Travelers who use U.S. Highway 395 south were reminded to plan additional travel time Tuesday, May 16. The state Department of Transportation was planning to repair sensors at the weigh-in-motion site three miles... — Updated 5/19/2023


Robbery suspect sought

Othello police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect of a May 12 robbery on East Main Street. According to police, a Hispanic man had taken money and fled on... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Special session called for 'Blake fix'

RITZVILLE – Sen. Mark Schoesler and other state lawmakers will return to the Capitol for a special session beginning May 16. “After returning home to Ritzville early last week following the end of this year’s legislative... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Most charges dropped in Basin City attack

OTHELLO – All but two charges have been dropped against a local man accused of attacking a co-worker with a tree branch in an orchard near Basin City on May 2. Omar Eusebio Zuniga, 40, of Othello, remained in the Franklin County... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Man arrested in Othello burglary

OTHELLO – A local man was arrested and booked into jail Friday, April 28, after allegedly being caught after burglarizing a house in the 600 block of South Fourth Avenue. Angel... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor won't seek fourth term

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee won’t be seeking a fourth term. Inslee, a Democrat from Bainbridge Island, announced Monday, May 1, that he’s ready to move on. “Today I announced I will not seek a fourth term,” he said.... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Access road honors former mayor

WASHTUCNA – The access road to the new Waste Management landfill is being named in honor of a former longtime mayor who staunchly supported the development. The access road is... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Landfill breaks ground

WASHTUCNA – Near 50 people turned out Thursday, April 20, for a ground-breaking ceremony for a new landfill more than 30 years in the making. Waste Management managers and... — Updated 5/19/2023


Budget includes funds for area projects

RITZVILLE – The 2023-25 biennial capital budget includes funding for a few area projects. The budget cleared the last legislative hurdle Sunday, April 23, and is awaiting the governor’s signature. The budget includes $5... — Updated 5/19/2023


Pesticide commission name change signed into law

PASCO — A bill changing the name and membership of the Commission on Pesticide Registration sponsored by a local lawmaker has been signed into law. Senate Bill 5143, sponsored by... — Updated 5/19/2023


Bill providing aerial firefighting funds passes

OLYMPIA – Rep. Mary Dye’s bill to reimburse local fire districts for costs incurred during a wildfire is awaiting the governor’s signature to become law. Dye, R-Pomeroy, said the bill is necessary to help local fire... — Updated 5/19/2023


Lind man arrested after alleged threat

LIND – A local man was arrested Friday, April 14, after allegedly threatening an employee at East Adams Rural Health in Ritzville. Brian Sumer, 43, of Lind, was arrested and booked into the Franklin County Jail for felony... — Updated 5/19/2023


Fire in Lind

Local fire fighters were called to a house in the 200 block of East Third Avenue for a house ablaze Tuesday, April 17. One man was injured in the fire, officials said. His name and... — Updated 5/19/2023


More troopers out

RITZVILLE – The Washington State Patrol is stepping up its effort to get drivers to move over when emergency vehicles, road work crews and tow trucks are present. The “Move Over, Slow Down,” emphasis started Sunday, April... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Drew Lawson    News

Multiple schools get bomb threat

ST. JOHN - Whitman County deputies checked out schools in St. John, Endicott, LaCrosse and Lamont on Wednesday, April 12, following a bomb threat sent to 44 districts acrosss the... — Updated 5/19/2023


Legislature adjourns sine die

OLYMPIA – The Legislature adjourned April 23 after failing to approve a controversial bill setting drug possession penalties, raising the possibility of a special session in the coming weeks to resolve the issue. Drug possession... — Updated 5/19/2023


Police seek help finding missing girl

OTHELLO — Local police are seeking help from the public in locating a girl missing from Ephrata who is believed to be in Adams County. Alondra Evelyn Mata-Nunez, 15, was reported missing on Sept. 27, 2021, record show. Police... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Numerous new gun restrictions loom

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign multiple new firearms restrictions into law in the coming two weeks. House Bill 1143 passed the Senate 28-18 on Saturday, April 7. That bill is now before the governor. On the same... — Updated 4/12/2023


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