Kennewick, WAKEPR

Kennewick family changes stance on vaccine after getting Covid-19

KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A Kennewick family is sharing their story, hoping it can help save at least one life. The Johnsons considered themselves anti-vaxxers until the young, healthy family came down with Covid-19. The family is now celebrating what they’re calling a second chance at life and want to share how...
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Walla Walla County, WAWalla Walla Union-Bulletin

Walla Walla SWAT team used to arrest two local men with warrants

The Walla Walla Regional SWAT Team was used Tuesday, July 20, to arrest two men with outstanding warrants, according to a release from the Walla Walla Police Department. Elliott W. Barnes, 36, of Walla Walla and Troy M. Hays, 26, of Milton-Freewater, were both arrested on outstanding warrants, at a home in the 200 block of Malcolm Street, according to the release. One other person sought by police was not at the residence.
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Washington StateKEPR

TRAFFIC ALERT: Water Follies impacting traffic on SR 240

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Washington State Patrol has issued a traffic alert for State Route 240 Saturday and Sunday, caused by Water Follies. The main entrance to Columbia Park at Westbound SR 240 will be closed. The off ramp from westbound SR 240 to Edison will also be closed. This will...
Prosser, WAKEPR

Celebration of Life for Prosser teen after battle with cancer

PROSSER, Wash. -- Hundreds are expected to attend the celebration of life for a Prosser teen who passed away in November of 2020 after a battle with cancer. Jazzy Guillen's fight inspired Benton County commissioners to declare "Jazzy Guillen day" and Prosser City Officials to declare "Jazzy Guillen Month" pointing to the rate of childhood cancer cases , the need for research, and the inspiration Jazzy's "strength, courage and faith" has had on the community.
Yakima, WAPosted by
102.7 KORD

Is the Yakima River OK for Water Play? Absolutely and Hell No!

A Tri-Cities native recently asked a question on the Facebook group, You Know You're From the Tri-Cities When.... She says that she grew up with the mindset that the Yakima River is too polluted or dirty or gross to be in! Like for floating or paddleboarding. She asks if anyone knows if this is still true she says she has friends who think she's crazy for saying she doesn't want to be on the Yakima River. So, obviously, her friends think it's okay. She says that paddling on the Columbia on the weekends has just been too crowded. Well, here's what folks are saying. Below are just some of the many answers responding to her question. And if you're not following You Know You're From the Tri-Cities When... it's good information and entertainment!
Tri-cities, WAKEPR

Crews practice for HAPO "Over the River" Airshow

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Lots of action happening this weekend out on the Columbia River and in the sky. Along with the Columbia Cup, the HAPO "Over the River" Airshow will also kick off Friday and run all weekend. A total of six planes will be featured in the show, including...
Kennewick, WAKOMO News

EPA orders $65,250 penalty for pesticide company

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Administration has ordered the J.R. Simplot Co. to pay a $65,250 penalty for pesticide safety violations south of the Columbia River. The penalty covers problems cited by EPA at its Umatilla, Oregon, and Moreland, Idaho, facilities where large amounts of pesticide are stored...
Tri-cities, WAFOX 11 and 41

Water Follies River closures for hydroraces

TRI-CITIES, WA- The Columbia River is about to get busy and will close down for the Water Follies Columbia Cup this weekend. The Columbia River will be closed from the Blue Bridge to Hydro Island at River Marker 332 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Here is...