Northwest News

Newhouse Leading in Dist. 4 Congressional Race

With all seven counties reporting, Dan Newhouse (51.67%) is leading in the Dist. 4 Congressional race over Clint Didier (48.33%) by 3,034 votes. Newhouse thanked supporters for carrying him to victory. "I also want to thank my opponent for running…

Ballot Returns Around 32% in Our Area

As of yesterday, the Office of the Washington Secretary of State says more than 1.1 million ballots have been received in Washington's 39 counties. That's 28.5% of 3.9 million issued. Returns in our area of the state are a little…

Inmate Escapes From Klickitat County Jail

GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) -- The Klickitat County sheriff's office says an inmate escaped about 5 a.m. Monday from the county jail in Goldendale. Charlie W. Loyd, also known as Charles W. Foley, had been jailed on robbery, burglary, kidnapping and…

Third School Shooting Victim Dies

SEATTLE (AP) -- One of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting has died, raising to four the number of fatalities from the moment when a student opened fire in a cafeteria. Officials at Providence Regional Medical…

Ballot Returns Around 20%

As of Thursday, the Office of the Washington Secretary of State says more than 860,000 ballots have been received in Washington's 39 counties. That's 22% of 3.9 million issued. Here's a look at our area of the state: Benton Co.…

'Fall Back' This Weekend

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.Officially, the change comes at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people usually set their…

Panel Finds Problem with Hanford Vapors

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A new report concludes that the U.S. Department of Energy does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site. Dozens…

Last Day to Mail Election Ballots in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon secretary of state's office says Thursday is the last day for residents to put their ballots in the mail if they want them to arrive in time for Tuesday's election. An election day postmark…

Washington Launches Health Exchange for Businesses

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington small businesses that want to offer health insurance to their employees can use a new marketplace just opened in the state. More than 20 health plans are available through the business arm of Washington Healthplanfinder. Small…

China to Buy Washington Apples Again

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- After a two-year market closure, China will once again buy Washington apples. U.S. agriculture officials say China will once again import Red and Golden Delicious apples from Washington, starting immediately. The Washington Apple Commission made the…

Inmate Escapes from Geiger Corrections Center

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Law enforcement officers are looking for a man who escaped from the Geiger Corrections Center outside Spokane. 33-year old Danny T. Kolle escaped from the jail on Tuesday around 5:40 p.m. The Spokesman-Review says a preliminary…

Palouse One of America's Top 10 Scenic Drives

A scenic road trip along U.S. Highway 195 serves up some of the world's most fertile and uniquely scenic farmland. That's why Washington's Heart of the Palouse has been selected as one of the 10 most picturesque country drives in…

1 in 5 Oregonians Have Returned Ballots

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- One in five Oregonians has returned a ballot with one week left before the Nov. 4 deadline. Figures from the Oregon Secretary of State's Office show that Democrats and Republicans are voting at about the same…

Craft Beer Created for CWU Alumni

Central Washington University's Homecoming is this weekdend, so why not celebrate with a good beer? Ellensburg's own Iron Horse Brewery created the Alumni Pale Ale for all you of age Wildcats. The idea has been around for awhile and the…

Buddy the Parrot turns 30 today in Ellensburg

Buddy the Parrot turns 30 today in Ellensburg An unofficial mascot for the city, this bird has quite the personality. Owner of the Ellensburg Pet Center, Randy Wheeler, says he got the bird when he bought the store ten years…

Washington Unemployment Rate 5.7%

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state's unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.7 percent last month. Numbers released Wednesday by the state's Employment Security Department show that the September jobless rate was up from August's 5.6 percent rate. The Bureau of…

Alert Issued For Possible Stabbing Victim

Details on a report of an endangered or missing person: Today at 3:08 PM, a man identifying himself as Max K Wood, born on 9-16-58 called Jefferson County dispatch on a non-emergency line and said he'd been stabbed overnight at…

Voters' Pamphlet Mailed to 3.2M Washington Homes

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington residents can expect to start seeing the state general election voters' pamphlet in the mailbox. The state Elections Division is putting them in the mail this week. They should arrive by Oct. 22. The pamphlets…

Idaho Same-Sex Couples Can Begin Marrying On October 15

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says Idaho's stay banning same-sex marriage dissolves 9 a.m. Wednesday. According to court documents filed Monday, the court's decision comes after Idaho's attorney general dropped its opposition to the stay.…

EWU Sets Record Enrollment

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) -- Eastern Washington University says its fall enrollment has set a record for the sixth consecutive year. The headcount for fall quarter is up 662 students, thanks mostly to a big jump in freshmen enrollment. School officials…