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 By Abigail Beaton    News

Resident calls for Lind transparency

LIND — A local woman believes town officials need to be more transparent when conducting the public’s business. During the July 11 Town Council meeting, resident Briana Osborn, who is also running for Town Council Position No.... — Updated 7/26/2023


Wheelchair purchasers eligible for tax exemption after July 23

SPOKANE VALLEY — People buying motorized wheelchairs or other mobility-improving equipment will pay less thanks to Senate Bill 5218, which makes such equipment tax-exempt. The Senate and House unanimously approved SB 5218. Introd... — Updated 7/20/2023


Connell City Council Candidate

Name: Stephanie Hallman Age:53 Employment/Business/Other Experience: Nurse Case Manager for Reliable Healthcare/Nurse 30 years m Community Service: American Red Cross Education: BS Occupational Safety and Health, BA Troy... — Updated 7/20/2023


Connell City Council candidate for Position No. 6

City of Connell – City Council Position No. 6 Name: Shelly Harper Age: 52 Employment/Business/Other Experience: Nutrien Ag Solutions-Administrator, Grace United Community Church... — Updated 7/20/2023


Connell City Council Candidate

Name: Patrice Hebel Age: 56 Employment/Business/Other Experience: General Manager at M&M Motel in Connell for 9 years. Community Service: I am board member elect on Chamber of... — Updated 7/20/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Fires burning near Ritzville, Sprague

RITZVILLE – Smoke from multiple wildfires is creating near-whiteout conditions along portions of Interstate 90, prompting the state Department to of Transportation to close the... — Updated 7/17/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

Funding allocated for North Franklin emergency services

ELTOPIA — Franklin County Public Hospital District No. 1's emergency services will receive a $1.5 million grant from American Rescue Plan Act funds. Franklin County commissioners... — Updated 7/14/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

Sheriff's Office: Remains those of 2019 homicide victim

CONNELL — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed July 11 that remains found six miles east of the city are those of a 2019 homicide victim. The remains of Estella Torres-Rodriguez, 52, were recovered between Connell... — Updated 7/13/2023


Connell primary election ballots mailed

CONNELL — Ballots for the Aug. 1 primary election were mailed July 11 to registered voters in the city. Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton said registered voters should already be receiving them, as well as a voter pamphlet the... — Updated 7/13/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

Junior grangers can compete in county fairs

PASCO — An old organization is making a comeback in Washington state, bolstered by woke shifts in Washington State University Extension Office’s 4-H and school-based Future Farmers of America programs. Washington State Grange,... — Updated 7/11/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Three officers placed on leave

HATTON – Three Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been placed on administrative leave in connection with shooting death of a suspect Sunday, June 25. According to Sheriff Dale Wagner, two road deputies and a sergeant... — Updated 7/6/2023


Voting equipment test slated for July 10

PASCO — The Franklin County Auditor's Office election staff will be testing ballot-counting equipment and software July 10 in advance of the primary election. Franklin County Auditor, pursuant to RCW 29A.12.130, WAC 434-335-300... — Updated 7/6/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Identity of man killed by deputies released

HATTON – The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a Warden man was killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers Sunday, June 25. Ramon O. Morfin, 29, of Warden, was pronounced dead at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday... — Updated 6/27/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

McMorris Rodgers, others tour Ice Harbor

BURBANK - Several Republican members of the congressional House Energy and Commerce Committee spent Monday in Eastern Washington, specifically to learn about the importance of dams... — Updated 6/27/2023


Fireworks sale, use legal June 28 to July 5

PASCO – Personal fireworks sales off reservations is allowed from noon today, Wednesday, June 28, through 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 5. From June 29 to July 4, fireworks may be sold from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. On July 5, fireworks... — Updated 6/27/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Officer shoots suspect near Hatton

HATTON – An independent investigation is reviewing an officer-involved shooting Sunday, June 25, near Kulm Road in this tiny community just west of U.S. Highway 395. According to Grant County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kyle... — Updated 6/27/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

More residents voice concern over increased property valuations

PASCO — Additional residents are voicing concern over the increase in assessed value of properties in Franklin County. During the Franklin County Commission meeting Tuesday, June 20, more speakers came to the microphone in... — Updated 6/23/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

Pasco man sentenced to federal prison

PASCO — A local man has been sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison for drug trafficking. Tustuji Matu Wakauwn, 42, was sentenced after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and felon in... — Updated 6/23/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

Despite lack of bike improvements, council approves transportation plan

PASCO — Despite the lack of bicycle and pedestrian improvements requested by the City Council, council members unanimously approved a six-year transportation improvement plan during a meeting Tuesday, June 20. City Interim Public... — Updated 6/23/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

Prosecuting Attorney's Office faces lawyer shortage

PASCO — The Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is seeking recruits to replace workers moving on to other jobs. During a Tuesday, June 20 meeting, Franklin County Administrator Mike Gonzalez updated county... — Updated 6/22/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

Pasco council approves additional funds for water plant project

PASCO — The City Council unanimously approved additional funding for Phase II of the Water Treatment Plant project during a Tuesday, June 20, meeting. City Deputy Public Works Director Maria Serra recommended approval of Change... — Updated 6/22/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

Pasco council approves additional funding for professional services

PASCO — Public Works Deputy Director Maria Serra presented an amendment to designing improvements for the historic downtown during a City Council meeting Tuesday night, June 20. The purpose of the project is to extend the... — Updated 6/22/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

County leases road grader

PASCO – Franklin County commissioners unanimously approved a five-year lease/purchase agreement with Caterpillar Motor for a road grader. During their June 13 meeting, commissioners heard from Public Works Director Craig Erdman... — Updated 6/19/2023

 By Abigail Beaton    News

Residents concerned over property tax hike

PASCO –– Franklin County commissioners are hearing from residents concerned over an increase in property valuation assessments and related taxes to be paid in 2024. During the June 13 meeting of commissioners, Commission... — Updated 6/16/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Hat Rock fire burns 8,500 acres

TOUCHET — The state is providing support to local fire crews fighting the Hat Rock Fire. Walla Walla County Fire District No. 6 Chief Rusty Watt requested state help at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night, June 13. The fire started... — Updated 6/14/2023


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