Lourdes Counseling will provide crisis response services in Benton and Franklin Counties after the counties themselves stop handling mental health emergencies at the end of September. Greater Columbia Behavioral Health says Lourdes will use the same building and workers as the Benton-Franklin Human Services District.
JoAn and Leonard “Len” Shure were killed Oct. 23, 2015, when their car was hit from behind while stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 82 near Union Gap, Wash. The other driver, Brent A. Owens, pleaded guilty in Yakima County Superior Court to being high on drugs when his truck smashed into their car. Len Shure was a sergeant at the Franklin County jail in Pasco, Wash.
The Tri-City unemployment rate jumped in July as state and local government agencies dropped 800 jobs. The unemployment rate rose to 6.6 percent in July, up three-tenths of a percent from June and four-tenths of a percent from one year ago. Unemployment fluctuations aside, the Tri-City economy has now been growing for 40 continuous months, according to the Washington Employment Security Department.
The Benton PUD commission has approved a 4.9 percent electricity rate hike starting Sept. 1. The average monthly residential bill will increase $5.50 a month for Benton PUD customers. Higher BPA power costs have contributed to the rate increase.
The Washington State Department of Ecology issued nine fines for burning prohibited materials in Mid-Columbia counties in the second quarter of 2016. Fines were issued by the Department of Ecology for burning prohibited materials in Franklin, Columbia and Grant counties.
Demolition of the Hanford 324 Building, which sits over a highly radioactive spill just north of Richland, will be discussed at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Richland Public Library. The Department of Energy contractor for the project expects to require seven years for cleanup work.
A dedication ceremony will be held from 5-6 p.m. Aug. 24, 2016, at a new park in the Tierra Vida neighborhood in east Pasco, Wash. The park is being gifted to the city of Pasco by Community Alliance for Service and Advancement, or CASA LLC.
A replacement for outgoing Prosser City Council member Humberto Rodriguez could be chosen Tuesday. Five candidates — Rebecca Grove, Stephanie Groom, John Schroeder, Joe Castillo and Rebecca “Reba” Fink — are scheduled to be interviewed by City Council members
A brief chase took place Tuesday southbound down Broadmoor Boulevard and Road 100 until Rodriguez’s green Dodge Grand Caravan hit a stop sign on a corner at Willow Way. Pasco police helped state troopers arrest Rodriguez.
Kahlotus, Washington, residents remain without power and phone service as 200 firefighters continue to fight a fire that started near Highway 260 on Aug. 21, 2016. The blaze, which started at Copp Road near Connell, Washington, and spread toward Kahlotus, has burned about 5,900 acres and was about 60 percent contained as of 11 a.m. Aug. 22, said Franklin County Emergency Management officials.
McElroy joined West Richland police in June 2010 during what was called “a time of great change for the agency,” according to a a news release from the city. He is credited for reorganizing the department, strengthening regional partnerships and improving training programs.
About 275 people came to the Aug. 22 opening of the fifth fire station on South Kellogg Avenue and West 10th Avenue in Kennewick, Washington. The 12,553-square-foot station cost $3.775 million and was built to improve response times to fires and medical emegencies.
A series of wildfires were burning across Eastern Washington state on Monday, including a massive wildfire in Kahlotus. Areas near Spokane, Toppenish and Eastern Oregon, as well as Idaho, were also battling wildfires that have destroyed buildings.
Two kids who have been living with a foster family in Minnesota for eight years have been ordered back to the Tri-Cities, Wash., for a six-day visit with their parents. Ella and Ryslan Shved were removed from their Pasco, Wash., home in June 2006 over claims of child abuse by their parents. Olga and Boris Shved have fought to be reunited with their kids.
David Chavey-Renaud has joined the Tri-City Development Council as a business recruitment specialist. In his new post, he will coordinate TRIDEC’s efforts to recruit new companies to Benton and Franklin counties.
This year's Fair & Rodeo Queen Rebekah Schuh introduces some of her favorite parts of fair week before leading the fair parade through downtown Kennewick on Saturday morning. The annual Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo starts on Tuesday August 23 and continues through Saturday August 27. See http://www.bentonfranklinfair.com for a full schedule and details.
Sarah GordonTri-City Herald
Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Parade
House fire in Richland
Final Honors Ride brings unclaimed remains of deceased veterans to final resting place
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talks energy jobs at PNNL