Bird flu found in Western Washington

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) says a backyard flock in Pacific County has tested positive for pathogenic avian influenza – better known as ‘bird flu.’

Omicron variant detected in the Tri-Cities area in early December

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in the Tri-Cities area, according to public health officials. The specimens were first collected by local health leaders between December 4 and 8. According to the Benton-Franklin Health District…

AMBER Alert canceled for missing 3-month-old in Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakima Police Department has canceled an AMBER Alert for a 29-year-old woman and a 3-month-old child. The Yakima Police Department posted about the AMBER Alert on Facebook just before 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The alert was canceled…

Aplets and Cotlets orchard remaining open with purchase imminent

CASHMERE, Wash. — Families throughout the Pacific Northwest rallied around Liberty Orchards, the company behind Aplets and Cotlets, when it announced its closure earlier this year. The expectation was that the orchard would shut down operations at the start of this…

Missing Richland siblings found safe, AMBER Alert canceled

RICHLAND, Wash. — Two missing children from Richland have been found safe. An AMBER Alert was issued around 9 a.m. Wednesday. It was canceled about an hour later. Richland Police said 13-year-old Emaleigh Paier left home in her parents' car…

Slide stolen from Pasco playground recovered three months later

In December 2020, the Pasco Police Department (PPD) announced that a playground slide was stolen from Tierra Vida park at 3325 Tierra Vida Ln. Very little information regarding the suspect was provided, making it a particularly difficult case to crack. Luckily, they aren’t the only local law enforcement group protecting Eastern Washington.

Yakima schoolteacher named finalist for presidential award

First-grade teacher Julie Fry of Yakima’s Roosevelt Elementary is no stranger to the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). She’s been nominated for the award on numerous occasions in her longstanding tenure in the Yakima School District.

WA food insecurity doubles during COVID-19 pandemic

The need for food assistance in Washington state has doubled this year as the COVID-19 pandemic caused record high unemployment rates. The Washington state Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that the state is experiencing a 50% increase in food insecurity.…