COVID-19 Comeback: Local health districts report cases rising

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Several health districts from Washington and Oregon came out Tuesday with new information showing COVID variants are taking hold, powering local infection spikes. TRI-CITIES. The Benton-Franklin Health District reports,”Case counts have more than doubled over June 2021 (222%) and hospitalizations have more than doubled since this time...
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County wins right to complete Airport Road project in Hermiston area

HERMISTON – The lawsuit against Umatilla County and the city of Hermiston involving the Airport Road improvement project ended earlier this month, and the county and city were the winners. Christopher and Monique Waine contended the project was taking their land. The county, which was performing the improvements to the...
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New COVID cases, hospitalizations double from June in Tri-Cities area

TRI-CITIES -- The Benton-Franklin Health District announced that new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the Tri-Cities area have doubled since this time in June. On Tuesday, the Benton-Franklin Health District announced 133 new cases of coronavirus in the Tri-Cities region. 88 new cases of coronavirus were announced in Benton County.
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National Night Out festivities kick off in Hermiston

HERMISTON — It’s time to put on your thinking caps and start searching as the National Night Out treasure hunt is set to begin in Hermiston. Annual National Night Out activities have been going on across the country for 37 years and this is Hermiston’s 22nd year of participating. Cpl. Tim Miears, training officer/evidence custodian with Hermiston Police Department, said neighborhood camaraderie occurs when people hang out and get to know each other, which helps in reducing crime.

City of Hermiston Doles out More Than $27,000 in Grant Money

The Hermiston Recreation Project Advisory Committee awarded $27,525 in grants to five local organizations. The grants come from the Transient Room Tax or TRT fund and represent about 15 percent of 5/8ths of the Transient Room Tax collected in the prior year. The Hermiston City Council approved the grant selections...
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Tri-Cities COVID count: 326 new cases in three days

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Benton-Franklin Health District on Monday released new data showing more than 300 new cases of COVID-19 in the Tri-Cities area since Friday. Close to 2,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Benton and Franklin counties since June 21. During the test dates of July 4-17, the...
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Washington researchers developing new wildfire data tool

Fires in the American West are getting bigger and more dangerous, fueled by a record megadrought this year, and decades of human-caused climate change. Now, federal researchers are developing a new tool to give fire managers an eye in the sky, and hopefully, more information to battle these massive blazes.
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Letter writers weigh in on Aug. 3 election

For those of us who had, or now have, the misfortune of working for Jerry Hatcher, we all know just how much of a narcissist he is. Over the years one of his favorite words to use has been “accountability”. He would use this word over and over while berating and lecturing us. He made the office so toxic and unbearable that many of us left or retired. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, which was once a great agency, has been totally destroyed by Hatcher!