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 By Drew Lawson    News

Lincoln County sheriff charged for DUI coverup

DAVENPORT- Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers faces criminal charges for reportedly preventing DUI charges for his son. Magers is scheduled for an arraignment in Lincoln County... — Updated 6/12/2021


High court: No 'green card' after illegal entry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that illegal aliens claiming a temporary protected status are not eligible to apply to become permanent residents. Justice Elena Kagan wrote the opinion, noting those... — Updated 6/8/2021


Suspended drivers may be able to get back behind wheel

OLYMPIA – Drivers whose licenses were suspended because they didn't pay traffic fines may be able to get back on the road by June 16. A Thurston County Superior Court Judge has ruled that it’s unconstitutional to suspend a... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Commissioners approve final Hailey railroad project work

PASCO – Franklin County commissioners unanimously approved of closing out a $52,760 contract with Pavement Control Surfaces during their regular meeting Tuesday morning, June 8. The Hailey railroad crossing project was entirely g... — Updated 6/8/2021


Troopers search for man who fled crash

RICHLAND — Troopers are looking for a man who fled the scene of a June 4 crash that involved a Pasco woman. According to the Washington State Patrol, Deyma Garibay, 42, was eastbound on Interstate 182 when she swerved to avoid... — Updated 6/6/2021


Kennewick teen injured in DUI-related crash

PASCO — A Kennewick teenager is facing a DUI charge following a 4:27 a.m. crash Saturday, June 5, along Interstate 182 near the Road 68 interchange. Joe E. Vargas, 18, was taken to a hospital for treatment of crash-related... — Updated 6/6/2021


Couple hospitalized after Connell area crash

CONNELL — A couple was hospitalized Saturday, June 5, after crashing his car five miles south of town. Jose M. Hernandez, 28, of Los Angeles, Calif., was taken to an area hospital following his 7:44 a.m. crash near Milepost 51... — Updated 6/6/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Red Flag warning in effect Friday

PASCO - The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 4. A Red Flag warning means weather conditions could lead to wildfire growth.... — Updated 6/3/2021

 By John McCallum    News

Eastern now to require COVID-19 vaccination

CHENEY - Eastern Washington University has switched gears and is now requiring students, faculty and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The revised policy and reasons behind it were highlighted in a June 3 email from interim... — Updated 6/3/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Vaccination rates much lower across Eastern Washington

PASCO - Despite Gov. Jay Inslee's efforts to encourage residents to get vaccinated against coronavirus, most Eastern Washington residents are not jumping on the bandwagon. On... — Updated 6/3/2021


Patrol investigating fatal crash

DUSTY - One person is dead and another injured following a crash on state Highway 26 near Milepost 118. The Washington State Patrol reported the crash at about 3:09 p.m. One... — Updated 6/3/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Heat advisory issued through June 3

PASCO — Most of Eastern Washington will remain under a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Thursday night, June 3, as temperatures break into the 100s for the first time this summer. Acc... — Updated 6/2/2021


False bomb threat cleared

PASCO — A false bomb threat at The Truss Co. prompted an evacuation of two businesses for about three hours June 1. According to a police report, a manager at the 355 N. Commercial Ave. business called police to report a bomb... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Appellate court sides with Mesa woman

MESA — After 18 years, a local woman has won several arguments in a major round in court over being denied the right to video tape a City Council meeting and then being arrested. On Tuesday, June, 1, the state Court of Appeals,... — Updated 6/2/2021


New policeman in Connell

The Connell Police Department has a new officer patrolling the city. Andris Ahmed recently took his oath of office and began work.... — Updated 6/2/2021


Pasco woman involved in crash

EAST WENATCHEE – A Pasco woman was not injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on state Highway 28 east of the city about 9:45 p.m. Sunday night, May 30. Silvia Garcia, 32, of Pasco, was westbound on the highway... — Updated 6/1/2021


Hazardous weather predicted for much of Eastern Washington this weekend

RITZVILLE – The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for most of Eastern Washington for Memorial Day weekend. The outlook begins Thursday, May 26, and... — Updated 5/26/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Lind man sentenced for drug trafficking

COEUR d' ALENE – A man from Lind has been sentenced to over 26 years (322 months) in federal prison after being convicted by a federal jury on six federal drug and firearms... — Updated 5/25/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Local mask recommendations lifted

PASCO — The Benton-Franklin Health District this morning rescinded it's recommendation for businesses to require masks due to the coronavirus. “With the availability of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 disease... — Updated 5/25/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

School officials investigating allegations of racism at Connell basketball game

CONNELL - The North Franklin School District is investigating alleged racist remarks made by local students during a girls high school basketball game against the Zillah Leopards... — Updated 5/25/2021


Two men injured in crash

PASCO — Two men were taken to an area hospital this morning, May 25, following a crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 395 and Interstate 182. According to the Washington State Patrol, Milomir Djuric, 53, of Kennewick, and... — Updated 5/25/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

L&I: Businesses must verify vaccination

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Labor and Industries is requiring business owners to verify employees have been vaccinated. Under the new May 21 mandate, the agency is also requiring employers to create a “log of workers who... — Updated 5/25/2021


Driver avoids injury, but not canal near Basin City

BASIN CITY – A driver sneezed and struck two small apple trees, a pole, a water pipe, and landed his SUV in an irrigation canal on May 22. The water landing was at the... — Updated 5/22/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Multiple candidates file for office

PASCO – While a number have candidates have filed for office this week, so far there are not any competitive races. Candidate filing week started Monday and concludes Friday, both in-person and on-line. As of 1:30 p.m.... — Updated 5/19/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Palouse Falls hiker injured by falling rock

PALOUSE FALLS - A hikers was airlifted from Palouse Falls State Park to an area hospital Tuesday afternoon after he was knocked unconscious by a falling rock and hoisted from the wa... — Updated 5/19/2021


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