Northwest News

Hundreds flee 'raining ash,' raging flames in 4 western states

(CNN) -- Thousands of firefighters battled raging flames fueled by extended drought and scorching heat in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and California.The wildfires left a trail of destruction, including plunging 9,000 homes into darkness in Washington state after blazes engulfed utility…

DNR Asking For National Guard Help

OLYMPIA - As the season's worst fire conditions continue in eastern Washington and nine large fires burn uncontained across the state, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has requested assistance from the Washington National Guard. Two National Guard…

West Nile Death Reported in Benton County

PRESS RELEASE: WA Dept. of Health OLYMPIA - The first person to die from West Nile virus in Washington this year was reported in a Benton County man who was in his 80s. He was hospitalized before his death and…

State Fined for Lack of Education Funding

Update:Gov. Inslee statement on state Supreme Court's order on the McCleary case"Today's order from the Supreme Court acknowledges that significant progress has been made toward meeting the state's obligation to adequately fund basic education. But everyone understood that even with…

Double Murder Investigation Continues

PRESS RELEASE: Walla Walla PoliceDetectives are continuing their investigation into the shooting deaths of Janette Rojas Balderas,34, and Jon Cody Cano, 38, both of 40 E. Walnut St. Calls came in to 9-1-1 just after midnight,Saturday morning, of shots being…

'Free Day' for State Parks on Aug. 25

PRESS RELEASE: Washington State Parks OLYMPIA - Aug. 10, 2015 - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Tuesday, Aug. 25 is a state parks 'free day.' Day-use visitors will not need a Discover…

Memorial Service for Fallen WA Trooper Set for Tuesday

PRESS RELEASE: Washington State Patrol WSP Announces Memorial Service for Fallen Trooper Brent Hanger- Public Memorial set for Tuesday Aug. 11th, 1:00pm-Marysville -- The Washington State Patrol announces the memorial service for fallen Trooper Detective Brent Hanger.The service will be…

Central Washington State Fair Looking For TV Extras

PRESS RELEASE: Central Washington State Fair If you would like to appear as an extra in a television commercial and earn a free admission into this year's Central Washington State Fair, here is your chance. On Tuesday, August 11 producers…

More Guns Found in Yakima Passanger Carry-On Bags

PRESS RELEASE: Transportation Security Administration YAKIMA, Wash. - Officers with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Yakima Air Terminal (YKM) discovered two firearms during routine screening of carry-on bags over a three-day period this week. TSA officers detected the…

Roosevelt Fire Continues To Burn

State Fire Services have now been mobilized in the Hwy 8 Fire located 1 mile north of Roosevelt in Klickitat County. PRESS RELEASE: State Fire Marshal, Washington State PatrolState fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services…

National Night Out Events Tonight

Tuesday, August 4 is National Night Out, the "annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live." Here is a list of events happening around our area: BENTON CITY National…

American Pickers Coming to Washington

PRESS RELEASE: Washington is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout Washington State. Filming is scheduled for October. AMERICAN PICKERS is a…

Worst Wildfire Weather So Far This Summer

PRESS RELEASE: WA Department of Natural Resources OLYMPIA - The most dangerous wildfire weather of the year has arrived today in Washington, with crackling-dry forests and grasslands, soaring temperatures and increased probability of multiple large fires from now through the…

National Night Out Events Tuesday, Aug. 4

Tuesday, August 4 is National Night Out, the "annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live." Here is a list of events happening around our area: BENTON CITY National…

CWU Awarded $1.4 Million Grant

PRESS RELEASE: Central Washington University ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Central Washington University's TRIO Student Support Services grant has been renewed for another five-year cycle. With the $1.4 million award ($281,219 per year), CWU can continue to help low-income, first-generation, and students…

Central Washington University drops tuition 20 percent

Central Washington University announced the university will drop tuition 20 percent over the next two years on Tuesday. The reduction was approved by the state legislature in June and will reduce the price of a bachelor's degree by $1,686."This price…

WA Gov. Taking Action on Carbon Emissions

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Inslee's Communications Office Gov. Jay Inslee today directed the state Department of Ecology to step up enforcement of existing state pollution laws and develop a regulatory cap on carbon emissions. Inslee said Washingtonians have too much at…