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Lot drawing set for candidate order

PASCO — The lot drawing procedure to determine the order in which the names of candidates appear on the 2022 Primary ballot will take place Monday, May 23. The 11 a.m. drawing will be in the Franklin County Courthouse Elections... — Updated 5/20/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Spokane man sentenced in child sex case

SPOKANE — A Spokane man was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after using social media to entice a 13-year-old to produce sexual images for him. U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Fainyan Kain James Kimmerly, 22,... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    News

Fentanyl 'epidemic' hits county

COLFAX – Fentanyl disguised as common pharmaceuticals are flooding Whitman County and leading to a rise in crime. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a drastic... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Teresa Simpson    News

Train derails near Hooper

HOOPER - A wheat train derailed along state Highway 26, west of the town of LaCrosse and east of Washtucna. Ten train cars derailed, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pasco receives $100,000 grant

PASCO — The city is receiving a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce to help alleviate the shortage of affordable housing. The city is among several in the area receiving funds from the agency's $1.7 million Housi... — Updated 5/19/2022


Cayuse Pass to open

MOUNT RAINIER – State Highway 123/Cayuse Pass is scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. Friday, May 27, in time for Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, winter weather with continued snowfall and high avalanche danger will keep state Highway... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pasco man injured in Toppenish crash

TOPPENISH — A Pasco man was transported to a local hospital after the vehicle in which he was a passenger overturned Thursday evening, April 21. Jesus Barajas Arechiga, 33, of... — Updated 4/22/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Golf ball-sized dent leads to political brouhaha

PASCO — A golf ball-sized dent turned into a politically charged brouhaha during the Franklin County commission meeting Tuesday morning. By a 2-1 vote, commissioners approved... — Updated 4/15/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Boise man injured in crash south of Mesa

MESA — An Idaho driver was injured Tuesday, April 12, after his car slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer on southbound U.S. Highway 395. Matthew C. Campbell, 39, of Boise,... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Raelynn Ricarte    News

Benton Franklin Transit board to consider tax cut

PASCO — A debate over whether Tri-Cities taxpayers should be given a break or extra revenue be invested in new transit projects is set to take place Thursday evening. The Benton Franklin Transit board meets at 6 p.m., Thursday, A... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    News

COLD CASE: 50 years later, local woman's death remains unsolved

PASCO — Joyce Margaret LePage was born Dec. 4., 1949, into a farming family that lived just outside the city. As an athletic and intelligent student, her decision to attend... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Schoesler receives True Patriot award

ELTOPIA - Sen. Mark Schoesler received the True Patriot award Saturday, April 9, during the Franklin County Republicans annual Lincoln Day Dinner. It was the third award of the... — Updated 4/13/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

County bans local income taxes

COLFAX — Whitman County is the most recent to join the bandwagon opposing a local income tax. On Monday, March 21, county commissioners unanimously voted to oppose any effort to implement a local income tax within its jurisdictio... — Updated 4/6/2022

 By The Journal    News

Delays expected at Lind interchange

LIND – Drivers on state Highway 26 and U.S. Highway 395 can expect delays as bridge maintenance begins. State Department of Transportation crews were scheduled to start cleaning and replacing bearings on pads on the Highway 26... — Updated 4/6/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Vetoes erase local input on wind, solar farms

POMEROY – Two Eastern Washington lawmakers are irate that Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing wind and solar farms on the region without providing for local input. Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy... — Updated 4/6/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

Regional transportation service plan to be updated

ELLENSBURG – Work is beginning on an update of the Quad-County Human Services Transportation Plan. The last update to the plan was 2018. The Quad County Regional Transportation Planning Organization is made up of Adams, Grant,... — Updated 4/6/2022


Driver injured when hits truck hits another truck

CONNELL — A disabled tractor-trailer was struck by another vehicle on northbound U.S. Highway 395 on Tuesday evening, April 5, resulting in one driver being transported to a hospital. Laurence W. Rials, 50, of Kennewick, was... — Updated 4/6/2022


April 26 special election ballots in the mail

PASCO — Ballots for the April 26 special election are in the mail. Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton said this morning, Wednesday, April 6, that ballots were sent to registered voters yesterday. Ballots have to be returned by... — Updated 4/6/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pasco woman injured in crash

PASCO — A local woman was injured following a crash last Wednesday night, March 30, on Interstate 182. Alma L. Camero, 59, of Pasco, was transported to a Richland hospital for treatment of injuries she sustained in the crash,... — Updated 3/31/2022


Spokane International adds carrier to service Southern California

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Avelo Airlines will soon be providing nonstop service from Spokane to Hollywood Burbank. The news announced in a March 10 press release will see introductory... — Updated 3/23/2022


Temporary judges bill passes

OLYMPIA – Rep. Mary Dye's bill to allow temporary judges in single-judge courtrooms is awaiting the governor's signature after clearing the Leglislature before it adjourned. Dye,... — Updated 3/23/2022


New trailhead discussion

RALSTON – Two Washington State Parks representatives will be in Ralston on Tuesday, March 15, to discuss opening a new trailhead for the Palouse to Cascade Trail. Beginning at 6:3... — Updated 3/23/2022


Magazine capacity gun ban advances

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee is considering a measure that would make it illegal to sell, manufacture and distribution so-called “high-capacity” magazines for firearms in Washington state. Senate Bill 5078 passed the House,... — Updated 3/23/2022


Four Othello residents injured in crash

OTHELLO – A three vehicle crash landed four Othello residents in the hospital Sunday afternoon, March 6. According to the Washington State Patrol, Myra L. Walter, 74; Evangelina Suarez, 35; and two juveniles were transported to... — Updated 3/23/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

Mask requirement rescinded

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee rescinded face covering requirements for most indoor spaces, effective March 12. The requirement remains in place for healthcare settings, long-term... — Updated 3/23/2022


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