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Two injured when motorcycle his car

BURBANK — Two people were injured Thursday, Aug. 19, when their motorcyle struck a car. According to the Washington State Patrol, Randall S. Bliss, 57, of Sedro Wollley, and his passenger, Amanda L. Materie, 35, of Marysville,... — Updated 8/23/2021


Eastbound I-182 lane closed

PASCO – Drivers may experience minor traffic delays this week on eastbound Interstate 182 as maintenance crews make repairs to the roadway. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Monday, Aug. 23, state Department of Transportation crews... — Updated 8/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee mandates vaccines for educators, school workers

OLYMPIA - If you work, volunteer or contract with a daycare, public school district, state community college or university, roll up your sleeve. Under a new gubernatorial... — Updated 8/18/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

More than 450 protest student masking

SPANGLE — More than 450 people stood on the Liberty High School baseball field Thursday evening, Aug. 12, singing the National Anthem. A World War II-era P-51 fighter flew... — Updated 8/17/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Two candidates enter election during special filing period

PASCO — A special filing period last week for the Nov. 2 general election netted two candidates. According to Franklin County Bilingual Elections Program Coordinator Rosa Mariel Fernández, both candidates filed for the Fire... — Updated 8/17/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

WSU ending two vaccine exemptions upon FDA approval

PULLMAN — Washington State University will cancel any "philosophical" and "personal" Wuhan coronavirus vaccine exemptions for students if the FDA approves of any of the three experimental inoculations currently available in the... — Updated 8/13/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Reykdal: Teachers should be vaccinated or fired

OLYMPIA - As 9th Legislative District parents are demanding Gov. Jay Inslee rescind his public student mask rules, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal is... — Updated 8/12/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Lawmaker calls on Inslee to rescind mask edict

COLFAX — A local state lawmaker is calling on the governor to rescind his order requiring public school students to wear masks on campus. Ninth Legislative District Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, wrote a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee... — Updated 8/11/2021


Pasco man involved in three-vehicle crash

BENTON CITY — A Pasco man was not injured in a three-vehicle crash early Friday morning, Aug. 6. Pedro Farias Cisneros, 38, of Pasco, was the third driver in the 5:48 a.m. pileup on state Highway 225 at Abby Avenue. The crash... — Updated 8/9/2021


Franklin County woman tests positive for West Nile virus

KENNEWICK — A Franklin County woman is the first to be infected with West Nile virus this summer in the area. The woman, in her 50s, lives in Franklin County, but works in Benton County and has traveled to Walla Wall, Benton... — Updated 8/9/2021


Special filing period opens Tuesday

PASCO — A special filing period will be open Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 10-12, for various elective offices in Franklin County that did not draw a candidate in the primary election. Filing is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.... — Updated 8/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

One dead, one injured in Burbank-area crash

BURBANK — One man was killed and another injured after a crash seven miles east of the city Friday, Aug. 6. Ricardo D. Ozuna Pena, 30, hometown unknown, was killed when his 2001 Honda Civic crossed the centerline and struck... — Updated 8/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Inslee: No vaccine, no job

SEATTLE — State workers who fail to get inoculated against the Wuhan coronavirus virus may be fired under an order from Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, Aug. 9. During a press conference, Inslee said he is now requiring most state... — Updated 8/9/2021


Airborne car hits train

PASCO — Police were called to a railyard late Tuesday, Aug. 3, after a car allegedly went airborne and struck train hopper cars. The driver was ejected and injured in the 11:20... — Updated 8/5/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Torres leads Perales by 101 votes in Pasco City Council race

PASCO — Leo A. Perales closed the gap between him and Nikki Torres after two days of ballot counting in the Aug. 3 primary election race for City Council. After Wednesday's count, the margin stood at 101 votes. The tally, so... — Updated 8/5/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Torres, Perales appear headed to general election

PASCO — City Council candidates Nikki Torres and Leo A. Perales appear to be headed to the Nov. 2 general election. The initial tally of tonight's primary election, shows Torres with 721 votes and Perales with 610, or 40.41% and... — Updated 8/5/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Phillips lead grows slightly in Pasco School Board race

PASCO — After two counts, Amy Freeman Phillips still leads the race for the School District No. 1, Position No. 5 seat. Phillips leads grew after Day 2 of counting. She leads Michelle Andres and John Kennedy by more than 400... — Updated 8/5/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Phillips leading race for Pasco School Board seat

PASCO — The initial tally of today's primary election shows Amy Freeman Phillips with a commanding lead in the race for the School District No. 1, Position No. 5 seat. Phillips leads Michelle Andres and John Kennedy by more than... — Updated 8/5/2021


Voters overwhelmingly recalling Sheriff Hatcher

KENNEWICK — Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher is on his way to being recalled from office. An initial tally of the Aug. 3 primary election results at 8:30 p.m., showed more than 75% of voters calling for his removal from the... — Updated 8/3/2021


West Nile virus spreads to Benton County

PASCO — The West Nile virus is spreading in the area. According to the Benton Franklin Health Department, mosquitos in Benton County have now tested positive for the virus. Previously, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties had... — Updated 8/3/2021


Heat, air quality advisories issued

PASCO - Another heat advisory has been issued for Franklin County. The new advisory runs from 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, to 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. According to the National... — Updated 8/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Speakers: Shift Adams, rest of Walla Walla Counties to 5th Congressional District

CHENEY - During a state Redistricting Commission public outreach meeting July 24, speakers overwhelmingly backed changes that would shift two counties east. With the population... — Updated 8/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Voter turnout at less than 14%, so far

PASCO — With only one day left in the primarily election, voter turnout appears low in Franklin County. As of today, Monday, Aug. 2, the Franklin County Auditor's Office had received only 5,533 ballots, according to the agency's... — Updated 8/2/2021


Nearly 3 tons of hay stolen

RITZVILLE - Police are looking for assistance in finding the thieves that stole approximately 5,000 pounds of hay last week from the Wheatland Community Fairgrounds. Chief Dave... — Updated 8/1/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pasco school officials "reviewing" coronavirus guidelines

PASCO — Two days after Gov. Jay Inslee reaffirmed his order requiring all public school employees and students to wear masks on campu to prevent coronavirs spread, the School District says it is “reviewing all of the new update... — Updated 7/30/2021


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