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 By Roger Harnack    News 

State high court declines redistricting authority

OLYMPIA - The state Supreme Court this morning, Friday, Dec. 3, has declined to redraw new legislative and congressional maps. The decision follows a failed attempt by the Redistric... — Updated 12/3/2021

 

Texas man injured in DUI-related crash

PASCO — A Texas man was transported to an area hospital early this morning, Thursday, Dec. 2, after crashing his vehicle along Interstate 82. Tyson L. Kinsey, 24, of Tyler, Texas, was also cited for driving under the influence,... — Updated 12/2/2021

 

Sen. Cotton endorses Smiley

PASCO – A local "farm girl" running for a U.S. Senate seat here has received an endorsement from Arkansas. Political newcomer Tiffany Smiley of Pasco is challenging Sen. Patty... — Updated 12/1/2021

 

Inslee backs off vaccine order in emergencies

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has backed off his vaccination requirement for hospitals and other medical facilities when there is a need to address potentially life-threatening situations. Under an update to Proclamation 21-14 last... — Updated 12/1/2021

 

Passenger rail meeting set for Dec. 11

RITZVILLE – All Aboard Washington will host an online meeting Saturday, Dec. 11, to review actions being planned for next year in the organization’s effort to return passenger train service to several Eastern Washington cities... — Updated 12/1/2021

 
 By Rod Larse    News

Write-in candidates certified as Hatton winners

HATTON – Three write-in candidates have swept the local election in what appears to be an organized effort to unseat incumbents in ths small Adams County town just north of Connell. The official results were certified Tuesday,... — Updated 12/1/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Write-ins sweeping Hatton races

HATTON — Write-in candidates appear to have swept the election of town leaders here. Unofficial election returns show all three incumbents – Mayor Dell C. Palmer and Town Council members James Earl Van Patten and Linda Palmer... — Updated 12/1/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Rep. Dye has plan for carbon tax funds

POMEROY – A 9th Legislative District representative wants to use the state's new carbon tax revenue as a way to eliminate the Discover Pass and cut fees to access and use publicly... — Updated 12/1/2021

 
 By The Journal    News

Akins buys local store

RITZVILLE – Operating as Akins Fresh Market, John Akins and his Quincy-based Akins and Co. have acquired the local grocery store. Former owners Troy D. Adams and Terina R. Adams... — Updated 11/18/2021

 

Woman hospitalized following Burbank-area crash

BURBANK — A Kennewick woman was injured in a 6:55 a.m. crash today, Nov. 18, about five miles east of town. Tonya S. Rencehausen, 52, was transported to a Pasco hospital, the Washington State Patrol reported. Her condition was... — Updated 11/18/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners vote 2-1 to ban local income tax

PASCO – In a split vote, the Franklin County Commission voted Tuesday morning, Nov. 9, to pass a resolution banning a local income tax. The vote was 2-1 to approve the measure, with Commissioners Rocky Mullen and Chairman Clint... — Updated 11/9/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Othello motorist injured in crash

CONNELL — An Othello motorist was hospitalized Monday following a two-vehicle crash on state Highway 260 a mile west of town. Nicholas R. Johnson, 41, of Othello, was taken to a Richland hospital after the 6:39 p.m. crash, the... — Updated 11/3/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Kahlotus races look wrapped up

KAHLOTUS — The races for town leadership appear to have been decided. In the only contested race, Janelle Romeike has 19 votes (73.08%) and Marcia Robitaille has 7 votes (26.92%) in their bid to be mayor. Kelli Seibert was... — Updated 11/3/2021

 
 By Rod Larse    News

Bell leads Schmunk in Lind mayoral race

LIND — Incumbent Paula Bell has a 7-vote lead over challenger Jamie Schmunk, 59 to 52, in the mayoral race. Challenger London Dew trails incumbent Rosemary Elkington by 5 votes, 52 to 57 in the Town Council Position No. 1 race.... — Updated 11/3/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

State patrol loses troopers over mandate

CHENEY – As Gov. Jay Inslee’s get a shot or get fired vaccine mandate deadline passed Monday, Oct. 18, schools, health agencies started reporting the impact. On Tuesday, the... — Updated 11/3/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Torres has narrow lead over Perales

PASCO — Nikki Torres holds a narrow lead over Leo A. Perales in the only contested City Council race in the Nov. 2 election. As of the end of counting Tuesday night, Torres had received 1,029 votes, or 51.4%. Meanwhile, Perales... — Updated 11/3/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Christensen overwhelmingly leads Ledesma

PASCO — At least one of the two contested Pasco School Board races appear to have been decided. The initial tally of Nov. 2 general election ballots shows Steven Christensen with an overwhelming lead over Cynthia Ledesma in the... — Updated 11/3/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Smiley raises nearly $2 million in bid to unseat Sen. Murray

ELTOPIA - A local farm girl taking on entrenched Sen. Patty Murray for a U.S. Senate seat has raised almost $2 million in her campaign bid. Tiffany Smiley added several thousand... — Updated 11/2/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Newhouse balks at contempt charge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - By a 229-202 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to hold President Trump ally Steve Bannon in contempt of congress for refusing to comply with a... — Updated 10/21/2021

 

Ballots mailed last week

PASCO — Ballots in the Nov. 2 general election were mailed to registered voters last Tuesday, Oct. 12. Anyone who is not currently registered to vote in the state can register online at www.votewa.gov or by mail until Monday,... — Updated 10/18/2021

 

Five hurt in two-vehicle crash

MESA — Five people were injured in two-vehicle crash Sunday, Oct. 17, about 15 miles north of the city on state Highway 17. The Washington State Patrol identified the crash victims as Nayeli A. Esquivel-Castro, 19, of Tacoma;... — Updated 10/18/2021

 

Kennewick man injured in crash

MESA — A Kennewick man was injured when his vehicle crashed into a guardrail and overturned Monday on state Highway 17 about 2 miles north of the city. Carlos H. Silva Morales, 40, was taken to a Pasco hospital for treatment of... — Updated 10/18/2021

 
 By Rod Larse    News

Political activist arrested in attack on Sen. Schoesler

RITZVILLE – A political activist has been arrested in connection with an assault on Sen. Mark Schoesler. Glen R. Stockwell, 71, of Ritzville, a former candidate for various... — Updated 10/15/2021

 

Unsafe passing leads to crash, patrol says

BURBANK — Unsafe passing is being cited as the cause of a crash that resulted in one person being hospitalized Friday afternoon, Oct. 8. Virginia L. Carpenter, 83, of Walla Walla, was taken to a Pasco hospital for injuries she... — Updated 10/11/2021

 

Motorcade honors bus driver who was stabbed to death

PASCO - People lined 10th Avenue as more than 100 school buses and emergency vehicles paraded through the city in memory of bud driver Richard Lenhart on Saturday morning. Lenhart,... — Updated 10/11/2021

 

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