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Special election ballots in the mail

PASCO — The Feb. 14 special election is under way. The Franklin County Auditor's Office mailed ballots to eligible voters Tuesday, Jan. 24. Anyone who is not currently registered to vote in Washington State can still register in... — Updated 1/27/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Pasco man hospitalized following fatal crash

VERNITA — A Pasco man was hospitalized Thursday, Jan. 26, following a crash that killed another driver. The Washington State Patrol is withholding the name, age and hometown of the driver pending notification of next of kin. The... — Updated 1/27/2023


Bills would codify parental rights

OLYMPIA — A Pierce County senator has introduced the Parents Bill of Rights” bill designed to give parents more control over the raising their children in the face of increasing government overreach. “Parents know what is bes... — Updated 1/27/2023


Power, irrigation charges increase

RITZVILLE — Ratepayers power bills are going to get a little more expensive this year. Big Bend Electric Cooperative announced last week that its customers are going to see a rate increase effective April 1. The average 5% increa... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Senator: Fuel price rising

RITZVILLE — A local lawmaker says two environmental laws from the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee that took effect Jan. 1 are already causing a fuel price increase. Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler or... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Proposed state budget includes rail funds

CONNELL — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2023-25 budget includes about $15 million for the Connell Rail Interchange Project. The budget includes $10 million previously approved by the Legislature in 2015 as well as an additional... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Othello pedestrian hit by car

OTHELLO — A local man was hospitalized Sunday night after he was struck by a car early Sunday morning, Jan. 15. Augustino P. De Los Santos, 23, of Othello, was transported to the local hospital after he apparently walked into... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Man jailed in crime spree

OTHELLO — A local man was booked into the Benton County Jail after being arrested for multiple crimes Jan. 5. Ruben Cantu Jr., 29, was booked into the jail on charges of second-degree vehicle prowl, second-degree theft,... — Updated 1/26/2023


Bill proposes relaxing rules on low-dose cannabis drinks

OLYMPIA — Consumers will be able to purchase more low-THC liquid-infused products in a single purchase if a bill in the Legislature wins approval. “HB 1249 is necessary to ensure that the evolution of consumer preference, and... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Dye introduces bill to help men, boys

RITZVILLE — A local lawmaker has introduced legislation to create the Washington State Commission on Boys and Men to address the well-being of boys and men across. “There are many issues that impact men and boys. Yet, there is... — Updated 1/26/2023


Murray: Funds to improve childcare

OLYMPIA - Low-income families struggling to afford childcare will get some help thanks to a big bump in federal spending. U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Washington, was in Olympia... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Renee Diaz    News

Students push for dam breaching

OLYMPIA - A handful of Western Washington activists called for removing Snake River dams in an effort to "save our salmon." Washington Youth Ocean and River Conservation Alliance... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Othello residents injured in Warden crash

WARDEN — The Washington State Patrol is investigating an alleged alcohol/drug-related Sunday afternoon crash, Jan. 22, that left four people injured. Othello residents Breanna Rodriguez, 20, Rafael Sanchez Andrade, 24, Alvin... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Frigid temperatures settle in

RITZVILLE - It's going to be a cold, white Christmas. Adams County was under a Wind Chill Watch on Monday, with a Wind Chill Advisory kicking in until Friday morning, according to... — Updated 12/29/2022


Rep. Dye to serve in leadership

POMEROY - A 9th Legislative District representative has been selected to lead Republicans on the House Environment and Energy Committee. Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, represents... — Updated 12/29/2022


Power knocked out in Cunningham area

CUNNINGHAM -- A truck overturned and slid into a power pole Dec. 23, knocking out power in the area of Cunningham and Billington Roads. AVISTAS power crews were called to the scene... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Teren Kowatsch    News

Wolf Advisory Group holds meeting in Spokane Valley

SPOKANE VALLEY -- The state Department of Fish and Wildlife released its Monthly Wolf Report for November on Dec. 12. Included in the report was a meeting held by the Wolf Advisory Group (WAG) in Spokane Valley from Nov. 2-3 that a... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Teresa Simpson    News

Sen. Schoesler's plans for 2023 Legislative session

RITZVILLE — In an interview with Legislative District No. 9 Sen. Mark Schoesler on Thursday, Nov. 15, talked about some of his plans for the 2023 session, and some of the main issues he intends to address. “I will be the... — Updated 12/29/2022


Emergency supply kit

Extreme winter weather can make vehicle breakdowns especially dangerous. The National Safety Council encourages drivers to be prepared at all times by keeping these items in the trunk:  Properly inflatedspare tire, wheelwrench... — Updated 11/20/2022


Klippert a spoiler in Secretary of State race?

OLYMPIA — Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs may owe his re-election Nov. 8 to Rep. Brad Klippert. Hobbs defeated independent Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson to retain the office, the first time a Democrat has been... — Updated 11/20/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Benton City woman injured, cited in Pasco crash

PASCO — A Benton City woman is facing charges in a three-vehicle crash in which she was injured Thursday, Nov. 17, on Interstate 182. Helen L. Shuler, 57, was transported to a Richland hospital following the 7:06 a.m. crash near... — Updated 11/20/2022


Troopers step up patrols

PULLMAN – The Washington State Patrol has stepped up its patrols in advance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday and increased student travel to and from Washington State University. The increased patrols will run through Nov. 26, off... — Updated 11/20/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Election's Office alarm tripped

RITZVILLE – A tripped Adams County Election's Office alarm Friday afternoon, Nov. 11, had some residents concerned about ballot tampering. The "commercial burglary alarm" at 3:08... — Updated 11/20/2022


Winter is here! Did you winterize your car?

Winterizing your car entails more than just getting the studded tires out of the garage and rushing to have them installed. According to some commentators, there are a few basic... — Updated 11/20/2022


Prepare your car for winter

Summer and fall can stake their claim as road trip season, and even devoted drivers may admit that winter is generally a less desirable time to take to the open road. The elements... — Updated 11/20/2022


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