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 By Katie Teachout    News 

Sen. Schoesler concerned by Capitol closure

OLYMPIA — Sen. Mark Schoesler is frustrated by the complete closure of the Legislative Building and other Capitol campus buildings to the public during the 2021 legislative... — Updated 1/20/2021


Pasco to purchase parcel for new fire station

PASCO – The City Council has approved of the purchase of 2.125 acres of land for development of a future fire station. During a meeting Jan. 19, the council agreed to a purchase contract to spend $255,000 for the acreage at 3733... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Four lawmakers file bill to create 51st state

SPOKANE VALLEY - Four Republican lawmakers have signed onto a new bill designed to encourage splitting Washington into two separate states. Reps. Bob McCaslin and Rob Chase, both... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Garth Meyer    News 

Whitman County opposes newest phased-in plan

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners are sending a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee asking him to reverse his recent virus-related reopening plan, "Healthy Washington-Roadmap to... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Patric Haerle    News 

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending, but it’s not enough for some parents and educators. They expressed frustration and claim the... — Updated 1/20/2021


Seattle man charged with trespassing on Governor's Mansion grounds

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Patrol has arrested a Seattle man in connection with trespassing onto the Governor’s Mansion grounds Jan. 6. Damon Huseman, 26, was arrested for second-degree assault, felony harassment and... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor's virus proclamations extended indefinitely

OLYMPIA – Following a state Senate vote, Gov. Jay Inslee’s coronavirus-related orders will remain intact indefinitely. Senate Concurrent Resolution 8402 passed the Senate along a partyline vote, 28-19, with the House... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Patric Haerle    News

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending, but many parents and educators have expressed frustration that the governor’s budget does not adequately... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Sydney Brown    News

Use of police force elicits emotional testimony

OLYMPIA — A proposed ban on the use of chokeholds, unleashed K-9 dogs and other use-of-force tactics by law enforcement is just the beginning of an effort by several state lawmakers to address alleged police violence. If passed,... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Newhouse votes to impeach Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eastern Washington's two Republican congressional representatives were on opposite sides of the House vote to impreach President Donald Trump for a second time. Fourth Congressional District Rep. Dan Newhouse o... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Didier concerned by governor's newest plan

PASCO — Franklin County Commission Chairman Clint Didier is concerned about the governor's attempt to strip health care authority away from local agencies. During the commission meeting Tuesday morning, Didier called on the... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Two arrested on opening day of legislative session

OLYMPIA – Two people were arrested this morning, Monday, Jan. 11, as the Legislature entered session behind locked gates. Early in the morning, a woman parked her RV in front of... — Updated 1/11/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Guardsmen, troopers ready for protests

OLYMPIA -- The Washington National Guard and the Washington State Patrol took up positions around the Capitol today in advance of the opening of the legislative session. Their... — Updated 1/10/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Protesters target Pasco liquor board office

PASCO — Call it a bartenders' version of the Boston Tea Party. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, approximately 40 protesters gathered in front of the state Liquor and Cannabis Board office,... — Updated 1/8/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Didier elected to lead Franklin County

PASCO – In his first vote as a Franklin County Commissioner, Rocky Mullen cast the deciding vote on who will lead the county for the next year. By a 2-1 vote Tuesday morning,... — Updated 1/5/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor offers another phased plan to reopen

PASCO - Area restaurants, bars and gyms may be able to reopen indoor services as soon as Jan. 11 under another coronavirus-related plan release by Gov. Jay Inslee during a press con... — Updated 1/5/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

McMorris Rodgers to oppose Electoral College

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eastern Washington's two U.S. House representatives will be on opposites sides of the vote to accept the Electoral College numbers when Congress meets in session Wednesday. Fifth Congressional District Rep.... — Updated 1/5/2021


Teenager injured in crash near Connell

CONNELL — A Pasco teenager was hospitalized early this morning after his vehicle overturned near Milepost 51 of U.S. Highway 395. Roy J. Diaz, 17, was transported to an area hospital following the 7:13 a.m. crash today, Jan. 5.... — Updated 1/5/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Franklin County Assessor Peter McEnderfer steps down

PASCO — Franklin County Assessor Peter McEnderfer announced his resignation this morning, Tuesday, Jan. 5, during a meeting of the county commission. “I am informing you of my resignation effective Jan. 31,” he said, in a pre... — Updated 1/5/2021


Man arrested for DUI after Pepiot Road crash

MESA - An area man was booked into the Franklin County Jail early this morning, Jan. 4, after crashing his car late Sunday night. Armando Montelongo Aranda Jr. was booked into the... — Updated 1/4/2021


Pasco man struck by car

KENNEWICK — A Pasco man was hospitalized Monday, Jan. 3, following a crash on U.S. Highway 397, near 10th Avenue. Manuel Guiterez, 29, was injured when he was struck by a car while walking across the highway at about 6:49 p.m.,... — Updated 1/4/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Protesters to rally in front of liquor board office

UPDATE: In addition to Pasco, a group of Spokane-area residents and restauranteurs will be protesting in the parking lot of the Liquor and Cannabis Board office, 1303 W. Broadway, S... — Updated 1/3/2021


Three-car crash leads to injuries

PASCO — A Kennewick woman and a child in her verhicle were hospitalized New Year's Day after being involved in a three-vehicle crash. Francelia Alvarez-Salgado, 45, and Jhalia Torres-Alvarez, 8, were taken to a local hospital... — Updated 1/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee extends shutdown to Jan. 11

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee this morning extended his coronavirus lockdown measures until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 11, “unless otherwise extended.” Jan. 11 is the opening day of the upcoming legislative session, and Democrats Sen. Andy... — Updated 12/30/2020


Pasco woman cited in Grandview crash

GRANDVIEW — A Pasco woman was hospitalized Christmas evening following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 82. Susanne N. Bos, 62, was taken to a Sunnyside hospital after the 7:04 p.m. crash, the Washington State Patrol reported.... — Updated 12/26/2020


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