Northwest News

Washington State Patrol hoping to recruit more troopers

The Washington State Patrol has had problems in the past with retaining employees in the department. A study conducted in 2015 by the Washington State Joint Transportation Committee showed most troopers left the state patrol because of low pay, benefits, and issues with management.

Big Pines recreation site fully open

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has fully opened all the campsites at its Big Pines recreation site within the Yakima River Canyon. The partial closure happens every winter due to reduced off-season staffing and lower visitor use.