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 By Brent Johnson    News

Lind ag pilot killed in plane crash

LIND – An experienced local crop-dusting pilot was killed in a plane crash Saturday, July 2. Pilot Gavin Morse, 38, of Lind, was pronounced dead at the scene in a field west of to... — Updated 7/18/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Combine Derby brings thrills to Lind

LIND – A couple Whitman County entries are listed among the competitors in the annual Combine Derby this weekend. Two day of thrills will dominate Lind on Friday and Saturday,... — Updated 7/8/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Embezzlement or simple mistake?

PASCO – Did the Franklin County prosecuting attorney embezzle more than $6,000 over the last 10 months or was it a simple mistake? That’s a question referred to the State Auditor’s Office on June 28; the agency has been... — Updated 7/8/2022


Plane crashes near LaCrosse

LACROSSE - Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating two airplane crashes over the Independence Day weekend, including... — Updated 7/8/2022


Boy arrested in shooting death

OTHELLO – An Othello teenager is being held on $1 million bail in connection with the shooting death of a local man. Arturo Pineda-Feliciano, 16, is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree unlawful possession of a... — Updated 7/8/2022


Senator Schoesler calls for sales-tax freeze

RITZVILLE – Sen. Mark Schoesler is calling on the governor to freeze sales taxes after last week’s announcement the state will collect $1.46 billion in additional revenue this biennium. “If Gov. Inslee and Democratic leaders... — Updated 7/8/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

State board admonishes Adams County judge

OLYMPIA – The state Commission on Judicial Conduct has admonished an Adams County judge for his behavior in a year-old Whitman County hearing. In a six-page admonishment June 24, the commission found that Adams County Superior... — Updated 7/8/2022


Elections Department to conduct logic and accuracy test

PASCO — In accordance with state law, the Franklin County Auditor's Office will conduct a logic and accuracy test at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Franklin County Election Center, 116 N 3rd Ave. The test is used to validate... — Updated 7/8/2022


Teens sought in Othello shooting

OTHELLO -- The Adams County Sheriff's Office is seeking two teenagers in connection with a Charla Road shooting Sunday. Investigators want to talk to Arturo Pineda-Feliciano, 18, and Gustavo Pineda-Feliciano, 16, in connection... — Updated 6/28/2022


Inslee rejects Biden's call for gas tax holiday

OLYMPIA – It looks like there will be no state gas tax holiday for Washingtonians despite President Joe Biden’s endorsement of the idea. On Wednesday, June 22, the president asked that Congress suspend the 18.4 cents per... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Oregon man injured in Wallula crash

BURBANK — A motorcyclist was taken to a Richland hospital Tuesday after his Harley-Davidson struck another vehicle. Rodney D. Sackett, 64, of Irrigon, Ore., was eastbound on state Highway 730 at 6:38 a.m. on his 2008... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By The Center Square    News

State allows axe-throwing at businesses with liquor licenses

OLYMPIA — The state Liquor and Cannabis Board voted to allow axe-throwing inside liquor establishments as early as July 9. Previously, bars and taverns were prohibited from having axe-throwing in the state. The rule change was... — Updated 6/20/2022


Military, overseas ballots mailed

PASCO — Franklin County election staff has mailed the military and overseas ballots for the Aug. 2nd primary election. We anticipate mailing ballots to all Franklin County registered voters no later than Friday, July 15,... — Updated 6/20/2022


State gas prices fifth-highest in nation

OLYMPIA – The per-gallon price of gasoline in Washington reached a new average high of $5.49, the fifth-highest in the nation behind California, Nevada, Illinois and Hawaii. The state average price for a gallon for unleaded gas... — Updated 6/9/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    News

Heavy rains bring flooding, harvest delays

GARFIELD – Heavy rains over the last week brought more than just water, localized flooding and mudslides to the area. They also may have brought a delay in the harvest season for... — Updated 6/9/2022


House legislation would protect four Lower Snake River dams

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eastern Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, helped get legislation approved by the U.S House of Representatives on Wednesday night that includes language to protect four Lower Snake River dams.... — Updated 6/9/2022


Court refuses injunction on mask mandates

PASCO – Despite a Thurston County Superior Court judge's refusal last week to grant an injunction against two gubernatorial mask mandates, the Silent Majority Foundation is vowing to continue its legal fight. Attorney and Pasco... — Updated 6/9/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

Stockwell sentenced for assaulting Sen. Schoesler

DAVENPORT—A Ritzville man charged with fourth-degree assault, harassment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident involving state Sen. Mark Schoesler last October was sentenced for one charge last week. Glen Roy... — Updated 6/6/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Combine Derby brings thrills

LIND – Two day of thrills will dominate town Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, as the annual Lind Combine Derby returns after a two-year hiatus. “It’s a good time,” Lind Lion’s Club member and derby spokesman Mike Doyle... — Updated 6/6/2022


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


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