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Connell police report March service calls

CONNELL – The Police Department has released information on its call s for service during the month of March. According to a department report, officers had 286 calls for service. Those calls included: 21 – Follow-up calls 18... — Updated 4/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee threatens to move some counties backwards

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday, April 8, that moving a county backwards for at least three weeks in his phased reopening plan may provide the impetus to improve vaccination rates. During his press conference, the... — Updated 4/8/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Woman arrested in Taser attack on Warden couple

WARDEN – An Odessa woman is in jail in Grant County after allegedly attacking a man and woman with a Taser on Wednesday, April 7. Deborah Davidson, 41, of Odessa, is facing charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree assault,... — Updated 4/7/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Johnson survives second termination attempt

PASCO – Franklin County Administrator Keith Johnson narrowly survived a second effort to terminate his employment during a commissioner meeting Tuesday night, April 6. Commissioners voted 2-1 to table discussion of firing... — Updated 4/7/2021


Shingles curbside treatment booked for the month

KENNEWICK — The Benton-Franklin Health District announced Monday, April 5, that appointments for curbside shingles vaccinations are full for the month of April. Future clinics will be announced when the district is able to replen... — Updated 4/7/2021


University president presents state of WSU 2021

PULLMAN — "OneWSU" was the word at the 2021 State of the University event, given Tuesday at the Lewis Alumni Centre. WSU President Kirk Schulz and Provost Elizabeth Chilton... — Updated 4/7/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Another conservative challenges Newhouse

PROSSER - Rep. Dan Newhouse's refusal to support former President Donald J. Trump in January may cost him his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the weekend, another... — Updated 4/7/2021


Sen. Schoesler opposes 'climate commitment' bill

OLYMPIA – Sen. Mark Schoesler, R- Ritzville, is opposing a bill passed by the Senate Ways and Means Committee last week, 13-10. Schoesler said the Democrat-sponsored "carbon cap... — Updated 4/1/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Washtucna plans Drive-Thru Easter Egg hunt

WASHTUCNA – The school's All Student Body will be sponsoring a Drive Thru Easter Egg Hunt from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, for youth in Washtucna and Kahlotus. Participants are asked to drive by the Washtucna school, and... — Updated 4/1/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Lind town council considers quiet zone

LIND – Councilman Jim Dworshak presented information on quiet zones at the March 23 Town Council meeting. Dworshak said for a quiet zone to be in place, the town would have to accept full accountability, and insurance would be... — Updated 4/1/2021


10-digit dialing coming to 509

PASCO — A change to 10-digit dialing is coming to the 509 area code in October. Mandatory dialing of the area code starts Oct. 24, according to the Federal Communications Commission. On that date, calls made without dialing the... — Updated 4/1/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Othello man pleads not guilty to manslaughter charges

RITZVILLE – An Othello man pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his son, in Adams County Superior Court on Monday, Mar. 22. Felipe Tapia-Perez, 27, remains in the Adams County Jail on $50,000... — Updated 4/1/2021

 By Bill Stevenson    News

Washington State creates new 'firearm safety' agency

OLYMPIA – The Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention was launched March 25 to address community gun violence. It is part of the Department of Commerce and is a “statewide effort to coordinate evidence-based... — Updated 4/1/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

UPDATED STORY: Kennewick man killed in crash

CONNELL — A Kennewick man was killed today, Wednesday, March 31, when his vehicle overturned on U.S. Highway 395. Thomas K. Bailey, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene near... — Updated 3/31/2021


Potential for damaging impacts

SPOKANE — National Weather Service officials are tracking a powerful cold front that will be passing through the region this weekend, bringing with it the potential for very... — Updated 3/31/2021


Trespassing suspect found after he crashes near Mesa

MESA – A 32-year-old man spent three hours in a pickup near Mesa trying to avoid being arrested on Saturday afternoon. It started with a Franklin County deputy responding to a... — Updated 3/27/2021


Remove studded tires by March 31

OLYMPIA – The deadline to remove studded tires from vehicles is Wednesday, March 31. State law requires the removal on that day; thereafter, drivers can be fined $136 for continuing to use studded tires. The law applies to... — Updated 3/26/2021


New gun violence office opens with $421,000 budget

OLYMPIA — The state's new Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention will coordinate intervention and prevention strategies to address community gun violence. The new office has an annual operating budget of $421,000. The... — Updated 3/26/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Washtucna may go to 4-day school schedule

WASHTUCNA — The School District is considering going to a four-day educational week on a permanent basis starting with the 2021-22 school year. A community forum is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 to hear from the community... — Updated 3/26/2021


Warden man killed in early morning crash

OTHELLO — A Warden man was killed early this morning, Friday, March 26, in a three-vehicle crash on state Highway 17 in Grant County. Froylan D. Valdivia, 57, of Warden, died at the scene before sunrise. The drivers of two other... — Updated 3/26/2021


Kennewick man injured in crash near Pasco

PASCO – A 1993 Ford Explorer ended up on its top in the median of Interstate-182 on Sunday night. Zachery T. Mead, 22, of Kennewick, was "driving too fast for conditions" when... — Updated 3/21/2021


Kentucky man loses tire, hits truck head-on

MESA – A head-on collision sent a Pasco man to the hospital Friday evening. Hayden F. Burgler, 29, of Pasco, was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center after his white 2019 Ford... — Updated 3/15/2021


Child injured in rollover wreck on I-182 Sunday

PASCO – A Kennewick child was injured Sunday afternoon when the car he was riding crashed at the exit from Interstate 182 to State Route 395. John M. Najera, 27, of Kennewick,... — Updated 3/15/2021


Inslee announces move to Phase 3

OLYMPIA -- At a news conference this afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that effective March 22, the entire state will enter Phase 3 of its Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery. He also said evaluation of COVID-19... — Updated 3/12/2021


Hey! There's a man buried under a hay bale

PASCO – Franklin County deputies found a 50-year-old man buried beneath hay on a farm northeast of Pasco Monday. The man was apparently stealing hay from a pile on private... — Updated 3/3/2021


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