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Ballots mailed last week

PASCO — Ballots in the Nov. 2 general election were mailed to registered voters last Tuesday, Oct. 12. Anyone who is not currently registered to vote in the state can register online at or by mail until Monday,... — Updated 10/18/2021


Five hurt in two-vehicle crash

MESA — Five people were injured in two-vehicle crash Sunday, Oct. 17, about 15 miles north of the city on state Highway 17. The Washington State Patrol identified the crash victims as Nayeli A. Esquivel-Castro, 19, of Tacoma;... — Updated 10/18/2021


Kennewick man injured in crash

MESA — A Kennewick man was injured when his vehicle crashed into a guardrail and overturned Monday on state Highway 17 about 2 miles north of the city. Carlos H. Silva Morales, 40, was taken to a Pasco hospital for treatment of... — Updated 10/18/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

Political activist arrested in attack on Sen. Schoesler

RITZVILLE – A political activist has been arrested in connection with an assault on Sen. Mark Schoesler. Glen R. Stockwell, 71, of Ritzville, a former candidate for various... — Updated 10/15/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Council overrules Lind mayor

LIND – A resident who was overcharged for water connection is getting thousands of dollars returned. Briana Osborn appeared before the Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 28, to plead her case for reimbursement of water connection... — Updated 10/11/2021


Unsafe passing leads to crash, patrol says

BURBANK — Unsafe passing is being cited as the cause of a crash that resulted in one person being hospitalized Friday afternoon, Oct. 8. Virginia L. Carpenter, 83, of Walla Walla, was taken to a Pasco hospital for injuries she... — Updated 10/11/2021


Motorcade honors bus driver who was stabbed to death

PASCO - People lined 10th Avenue as more than 100 school buses and emergency vehicles paraded through the city in memory of bud driver Richard Lenhart on Saturday morning. Lenhart,... — Updated 10/11/2021


Elections officials to conduct a logic and accuracy test

PASCO — The Franklin County Auditor's Office will conduct a logic and accuracy test of election tabulating equipment at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Franklin County Election Center, 116 N 3rd Ave. The test is required under Revised... — Updated 10/6/2021


Alleged stabbing suspect held on $1 million bail

PASCO – The man charged with fatally stabbing a school bus driver in front of students last Friday remains in the Franklin County Jail held on $1 million bail. Joshua Dian Davis, 34, of Richland, will be in court to enter a plea... — Updated 9/29/2021


Teen cited in crash

PASCO — A local teenager was ticketed for driving too fast and causing a crash Monday, Sept. 27. Lincoln R. Smart, 17, of Pasco, was eastbound near Milepost 7 on Interstate 182 at 4:45 p.m. when he failed to slow for traffic,... — Updated 9/28/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee downplays lawsuits

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference today downplayed the lawsuits filed against him for his get vaccinated or be fired policy for health care and state workers, volunteers and contractors. At least two lawsuits... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Inslee extends eviction moratorium

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon extended his coronavirus-related eviction moratorium through Oct. 31. Calling the moratorium a “bridge,” Inslee said his action will allow municipalities to put in place financial... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners order attorney to rescind unilateral guilty plea

PASCO – Franklin County commissioners this morning ordered the county attorney to file a court motion rescinding a previous admission of guilt in a lawsuit over alleged voting discrimination. Chairman Clint Didier and Chairman... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Connell man sues Gov. Inslee to halt vaccine enforcement

CONNELL – A local man has initiated a lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee and state Department of Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange over the Wuhan coronavirus vaccination mandate. Jeffrey Johnson, a corrections officer at Coyote... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners call for Sant to recuse himself from redistricting process

PASCO – Call it a no-confidence vote. During a heated meeting Tuesday evening, Franklin County commissioners called on Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant to step down from involvement in county redistricting. By a 2-1 vote,... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners continue to spar over masks

PASCO – The rift between Franklin County commissioners over Gov. Jay Inslee's mask edict continued during an evening meeting Tuesday in the Trade, Recreation and Agricultural... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Amazon to open two facilities in Pasco

PASCO – Amazon has announced that it will open two facilities in the city, bringing 1,500 jobs to the area. The new buildings will be across from each other, with one at 1351 S. Road 40 East and the other at 1202 S. Road 40... — Updated 9/16/2021


Two injured in plane crash near Palouse

PALOUSE – Two people were injured when a small plane crashed at a private airfield Sept. 15. The plane crashed at Schoepflin Airport on Ringo Road at around 11 a.m., according to... — Updated 9/16/2021


Truck tire blows, driver injured

MESA — A Kennewick truck driver was injured Wednesday, Sept. 15, in a crash resulting from a tire blowout. Angel M. Lule, 27, was transported to a Pasco hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the 3:10 p.m. crash on... — Updated 9/16/2021


Health officials testing for toxic algae

RICHLAND — Benton-Franklin Health District officials are investigating the deaths of three dogs after they swam in the Columbia River near Leslie Groves and Howard Amon parks, as well as upstream. The investigation includes the... — Updated 9/14/2021


Pasco man injured in crash

PASCO — A motorist was transported to a local hospital after his vehicle went off the road and overturned at 4:57 p.m. Monday. Soe M. Aung, 47, of Pasco, was cited for following too close leading to the crash, the Washington... — Updated 9/14/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

WSU orders 4-H volunteers to get vaccinated

PULLMAN – The Washington State University Extension Office is applying the governor’s Wuhan coronavirus vaccination requirement to all 4-H volunteers. In a letter dated Sept. 3,... — Updated 9/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Connell licensing office closes

CONNELL – Connell Auto Licensing is closing its door permanently today, Sept. 9. “I took another job,” owner Tearsa Cope said of closing the 133 N. Columbia Ave. office. Cope has owned the business since 2013, providing... — Updated 9/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners recess meeting after continued mask dispute

PASCO — The Franklin County Commission is in recess this morning, Tuesday, Aug. 31, after two commissioners objected to holding an in-person meeting with the chairman and an audience member maskless. The 9 a.m. session after a... — Updated 8/31/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioner storms out of meeting, citing illegality

PASCO - A Franklin County commissioner stormed out of this morning's meeting, calling the session "illegal" because another commissioner and most of the audience appeared without ma... — Updated 8/25/2021


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