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Gov. Inslee downplays lawsuits

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference today downplayed the lawsuits filed against him for his get vaccinated or be fired policy for health care and state workers, volunteers and contractors. At least two lawsuits... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Inslee extends eviction moratorium

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon extended his coronavirus-related eviction moratorium through Oct. 31. Calling the moratorium a “bridge,” Inslee said his action will allow municipalities to put in place financial... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Commissioners order attorney to rescind unilateral guilty plea

PASCO – Franklin County commissioners this morning ordered the county attorney to file a court motion rescinding a previous admission of guilt in a lawsuit over alleged voting discrimination. Chairman Clint Didier and Chairman... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Connell man sues Gov. Inslee to halt vaccine enforcement

CONNELL – A local man has initiated a lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee and state Department of Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange over the Wuhan coronavirus vaccination mandate. Jeffrey Johnson, a corrections officer at Coyote... — Updated 9/23/2021

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Commissioners call for Sant to recuse himself from redistricting process

PASCO – Call it a no-confidence vote. During a heated meeting Tuesday evening, Franklin County commissioners called on Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant to step down from involvement in county redistricting. By a 2-1 vote,... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners continue to spar over masks

PASCO – The rift between Franklin County commissioners over Gov. Jay Inslee's mask edict continued during an evening meeting Tuesday in the Trade, Recreation and Agricultural... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Amazon to open two facilities in Pasco

PASCO – Amazon has announced that it will open two facilities in the city, bringing 1,500 jobs to the area. The new buildings will be across from each other, with one at 1351 S. Road 40 East and the other at 1202 S. Road 40... — Updated 9/16/2021


Two injured in plane crash near Palouse

PALOUSE – Two people were injured when a small plane crashed at a private airfield Sept. 15. The plane crashed at Schoepflin Airport on Ringo Road at around 11 a.m., according to... — Updated 9/16/2021


Truck tire blows, driver injured

MESA — A Kennewick truck driver was injured Wednesday, Sept. 15, in a crash resulting from a tire blowout. Angel M. Lule, 27, was transported to a Pasco hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the 3:10 p.m. crash on... — Updated 9/16/2021


Health officials testing for toxic algae

RICHLAND — Benton-Franklin Health District officials are investigating the deaths of three dogs after they swam in the Columbia River near Leslie Groves and Howard Amon parks, as well as upstream. The investigation includes the... — Updated 9/14/2021


Pasco man injured in crash

PASCO — A motorist was transported to a local hospital after his vehicle went off the road and overturned at 4:57 p.m. Monday. Soe M. Aung, 47, of Pasco, was cited for following too close leading to the crash, the Washington... — Updated 9/14/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

WSU orders 4-H volunteers to get vaccinated

PULLMAN – The Washington State University Extension Office is applying the governor’s Wuhan coronavirus vaccination requirement to all 4-H volunteers. In a letter dated Sept. 3,... — Updated 9/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Connell licensing office closes

CONNELL – Connell Auto Licensing is closing its door permanently today, Sept. 9. “I took another job,” owner Tearsa Cope said of closing the 133 N. Columbia Ave. office. Cope has owned the business since 2013, providing... — Updated 9/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners recess meeting after continued mask dispute

PASCO — The Franklin County Commission is in recess this morning, Tuesday, Aug. 31, after two commissioners objected to holding an in-person meeting with the chairman and an audience member maskless. The 9 a.m. session after a... — Updated 8/31/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioner storms out of meeting, citing illegality

PASCO - A Franklin County commissioner stormed out of this morning's meeting, calling the session "illegal" because another commissioner and most of the audience appeared without ma... — Updated 8/25/2021


Two injured when motorcycle his car

BURBANK — Two people were injured Thursday, Aug. 19, when their motorcyle struck a car. According to the Washington State Patrol, Randall S. Bliss, 57, of Sedro Wollley, and his passenger, Amanda L. Materie, 35, of Marysville,... — Updated 8/23/2021


Eastbound I-182 lane closed

PASCO – Drivers may experience minor traffic delays this week on eastbound Interstate 182 as maintenance crews make repairs to the roadway. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Monday, Aug. 23, state Department of Transportation crews... — Updated 8/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee mandates vaccines for educators, school workers

OLYMPIA - If you work, volunteer or contract with a daycare, public school district, state community college or university, roll up your sleeve. Under a new gubernatorial... — Updated 8/18/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

More than 450 protest student masking

SPANGLE — More than 450 people stood on the Liberty High School baseball field Thursday evening, Aug. 12, singing the National Anthem. A World War II-era P-51 fighter flew... — Updated 8/17/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Two candidates enter election during special filing period

PASCO — A special filing period last week for the Nov. 2 general election netted two candidates. According to Franklin County Bilingual Elections Program Coordinator Rosa Mariel Fernández, both candidates filed for the Fire... — Updated 8/17/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

WSU ending two vaccine exemptions upon FDA approval

PULLMAN — Washington State University will cancel any "philosophical" and "personal" Wuhan coronavirus vaccine exemptions for students if the FDA approves of any of the three experimental inoculations currently available in the... — Updated 8/13/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Reykdal: Teachers should be vaccinated or fired

OLYMPIA - As 9th Legislative District parents are demanding Gov. Jay Inslee rescind his public student mask rules, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal is... — Updated 8/12/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Lawmaker calls on Inslee to rescind mask edict

COLFAX — A local state lawmaker is calling on the governor to rescind his order requiring public school students to wear masks on campus. Ninth Legislative District Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, wrote a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee... — Updated 8/11/2021


Franklin County woman tests positive for West Nile virus

KENNEWICK — A Franklin County woman is the first to be infected with West Nile virus this summer in the area. The woman, in her 50s, lives in Franklin County, but works in Benton County and has traveled to Walla Wall, Benton... — Updated 8/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Inslee: No vaccine, no job

SEATTLE — State workers who fail to get inoculated against the Wuhan coronavirus virus may be fired under an order from Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, Aug. 9. During a press conference, Inslee said he is now requiring most state... — Updated 8/9/2021


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