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Tri-Cities COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations surge over the weekend

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Though it may feel like the pandemic is nearing its end, the Tri-Cities are suffering another spike in coronavirus transmission with 200 new cases reported in the last weekend alone. According to COVID-19 metrics from the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD), Benton County added 128 new cases from...
Washington StateTri-City Herald

State closes Eastern Washington land to camping. Corps parks still open

All Eastern Washington wildlife areas managed by the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife will be closed at night starting Friday in response to the high fire risk and worsening drought. That includes water access areas within wildlife areas, according to the state. Nighttime closures include the Sunnyside-Snake River...

Tri-Cities now among the highest COVID case rates in WA state, West Coast

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Health officials with the Benton Franklin Health District (BFHD) held a press conference Thursday morning alerting the community that COVID case numbers are continuing to rise despite Washington’s population hitting 70% fully vaccinated. In the Tri-Cities, only 38% of Benton County’s total population is fully vaccinated. Franklin...
Washington StateWalla Walla Union-Bulletin

Walla Walla, Umatilla counties topping COVID-19 spread list

Walla Walla, Benton and Franklin counties are leading the state of Washington and most of Idaho and Oregon in recent new cases of COVID-19, according to data from the Brown University School of Public Health. Walla Walla County has the highest rate in the three states, with 28.5 new cases...
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Road Work on Keene in Richland Starts Today

It's amazing how backed up things can get when you shut just one lane down, and here it comes for those of us who travel on Keene Rd. every day. They've already done some patchwork on Keene between Queensgate and Dupourtail going one direction, now it looks like they're gonna flip it and do the other side. Either way, I think it affects both directions, as they make both sides one lane and use the center lanes for city repair vehicles. Their not tearing up all the pavement to repave, though. They're filling in cracks with that hot, black goo. Fixing a few potholes, too. If you travel all the way up Keen to Van Giesen, remember they are constructing a new police facility for the West Richland Police Department there. There are plenty of orange cones and there is road widening in progress. Reduced speed limits around there, also.

Port of Pasco closes deal for 55 acres

Another Franklin County farm is being plowed under to meet Pasco’s growing appetite for industrial land. The Port of Pasco will establish a new industrial center off Highway 395 after closing a $4.4 million deal to buy 55 acres from Cox Family Land LLC. The port will operate the property...