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11/24/2020   YakTriNews
RICHLAND, Wash. –  At Ethos Bakery and Cafe, preparing for Thanksgiving is a marathon. “A lot of chaos and craziness but there’s also just this energy in the room and I think everybody who’s here is just so focused to make it a great day and we love being a part of everybody’s holiday tables,” Co-owner Angela Kora said. This...
11/24/2020   YakTriNews
PASCO, Wash. — In a unanimous decision during their Nov. 24 meeting, Pasco School District Board members voted to stick to remote learning for middle and high schoolers indefinitely. The decision came after board members reviewed current local and state numbers as well as Benton-Franklin Health District’s recent recommendations. RELATED: New recommendation for Tri-Cities schools: Grades 6-12 should stay home...
11/24/2020   YakTriNews
YAKIMA, Wash. — The Harman Center in Yakima is looking to keep in touch with its seniors by having a virtual Thanksgiving celebration Wednesday afternoon via Facebook. Recreation Program Supervisor Leslie Richards says COVID-19 restrictions have made it difficult to keep up with their seniors, but she’s looking forward to reconnecting. “With the shutdown, we’ve been missing them so much...
11/24/2020   YakTriNews
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — There were a record number of voters participating in this month’s election, but the overall turnout percentage fell just shy of the record 84.6% set in 2008. While 84.8% of the state’s nearly 4.9 million voters returned a ballot for the Nov. 3 general election, the final rate Tuesday hit 84.1% after county canvassing boards reviewed ballots that...
11/24/2020   YakTriNews
KENNEWICK, Wash. – Today’s release from the Benton-Franklin Health District announced 242 new cases of COVID-19 in the area. Public health officials revealed that Benton and Franklin Co. individually surpassed noteworthy milestones. The total number of cases in Benton Co. passed the 7,500 case threshold with 148 new cases as of Nov. 24. Meanwhile, Franklin Co. added 94 new positive...
11/24/2020   YakTriNews
11/24/2020   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
UMATILLA COUNTY, OR - Hermiston Parks and Recreation wants to know where they should go looking for amazing Christmas lights and holiday decorating. Is it at your house? If you decorate your home for the holidays this year, we want…
11/24/2020   YakTriNews
A list of nominees in the top categories at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy. RELATED: List of winners at the 2020 American Music Awards — Album of the year: “Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko; “Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition),” Black Pumas; “Everyday Life,” Coldplay; “Djesse Vol. 3,” Jacob Collier; “Women In Music Pt. III,” HAIM; “Future Nostalgia,”...
11/24/2020   YakTriNews
On Friday, Charter College hosted it first regional graduation for students from Eastern Washington.  The campuses included were East Wenatchee, Pasco and Yakima. The regional campus President, Mellinda Renteria welcomed and congratulated the students over a ceremony over Youtube Live.  “We are very proud of all of our graduates and the hard work that led them here today,” said Renteria....
11/24/2020   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
Hospitals closed all visits for COVID positive patients, limited to other patients.
11/23/2020   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
PASCO, WA - Effective Tuesday November 24 at 8:30, the NEW ENTRANCE for the COVID testing site at CBC is now on FARM ROAD and Argent.
11/23/2020   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
"This second time around, I think this is going to be a tough one. I'm not really sure if we are going to make it through or not," Isidro Ortiz, owner of Fiesta Restaurants said.
11/23/2020   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
WALLA WALLA, WA — The city of Walla Walla recently received notice of a grant award in the amount of $2,554,000 from the state of Washington’s Transportation Improvement Board for the Poplar Street/Alder Street — South Colville Street to Howard…
11/23/2020   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
RICHLAND, WA - A local favorite, the Tri-City Bible Bookstore, announced Monday that they will be closing their doors December 23, 2020. The shop said in a statement to NBC Right Now, "After much prayer, consideration and looking at all…
11/23/2020   COVID-19 News
Reports of a cluster of deaths from an undiagnosed disease were notified on 1 November 2020 through Event Based Surveillance in two states, Delta and Enugu, located in southern Nigeria.
11/23/2020   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
OREGON - An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody (AIC) died November 23, 2020.
11/23/2020   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
LANE COUNTY, OR - On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at approximately 1:37 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers received reports of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driving northbound in the southbound lanes on Interstate 5 near milepost 163.
11/19/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

An inquiry about extending sewer lines to boathouses at the Clover Island Yacht Club has prompted a strong response from the Port of Kennewick.  Boathouses are for boats, not people. Living on boats or in boathouses is not allowed by the port or the Army Corps of Engineers  The port leases the marina land, including submerged lands, from the Corps and in turn…

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11/19/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

A military-grade cyberattack seized the Port of Kennewick’s computer system on Nov. 16, cutting off email and other systems.   The port said it will not pay the $200,000 demanded to restore access to its servers, which were encrypted by sophisticated digital “military–grade” ransomware.  The attack is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Washington State Office of…

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11/19/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

The Port of Kennewick is in an awkward position after the death of a tenant who held a lifetime right to occupy port–owned property in east Kennewick. Audrey Bouton died Sept. 14 in San Tan Valley, Arizona, where she had moved to be cared for by a daughter. She was 90 and held the right to occupy a 4.5-acre site…

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11/18/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Map geeks rejoice! The city of Richland has launched a web page where it posts maps that detail how the community works. Curious about utility lines? There’s a map for that. What routes do snowplows use in winter? There’s a map for that. In fact, there’s a map for just about every conceivable community activity…

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11/17/2020   COVID-19 News
On 18 November 2020, the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared the end of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur Province.
11/16/2020   COVID-19 News
The Ministry of Health in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) reported a human case of infection with an avian influenza A(H5N1) virus. The case is a one-year-old female who developed symptoms of fever, productive cough, difficulty breathing and runny nose on 13 October 2020. She was hospitalized for her illness on 16 October and discharged on 19 October. As part of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) sentinel surveillance, a specimen was collected on the date of hospitalization and confirmed to be positive for avian influenza A(H5N1) on 28 October by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) at the National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE).

Among the close contacts of the patient, one contact developed fever and cough after the onset of illness in the case. Specimens collected from all household contacts, including the symptomatic contact, were negative for influenza A viruses.
11/13/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Port hires new economic development director Stephen McFadden, an economic development leader and an Adams County newspaper publisher, has joined the Port of Pasco as director of economic development and marketing. McFadden succeeds Gary Ballew, who left to join Greater Spokane Incorporated. McFadden comes to Pasco from Adams County, where he led economic development efforts…

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11/12/2020   COVID-19 News
The Ministry of Health (MoH) notified WHO that between 13 September and 1 October 2020, eight cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) including seven deaths were confirmed in animal breeders. Districts affected include Tidjikja and Moudjéria (Tagant region), Guerou (Assaba region) and Chinguetty (Adrar region). Laboratory confirmation of RVF infection was performed using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) at the National Institute for Public Health Research (INRSP) in Nouakchott. The age of infected patients varied between 16 and 70 years old and included one woman and seven men. All seven deaths occurred among hospitalised patients with fever and haemorrhagic syndrome (petechia, gingivorrhagia) and vomiting.

Between 4 September and 7 November 2020, a total of 214 people were sampled and their samples have been sent to the INRSP for laboratory testing with a total of 75 testing positive for RVF (RT-PCR and serology by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Positive cases have been reported in 11 of 15 regions of the country: Brakna, Trarza, Gorgol, (on the border with Senegal), Adrar, Assaba, Hodh El Gharby, Hodh El Chargui, Guidimaka (on the border with Mali) and Nouakchott Sud, Nouakchott Ouest and Tagant. The Tagant region is the most affected (38/75, 51%) with principal hotspot districts being Tidjikja and Moudjeria. Thus far a total of 25 deaths have been reported from this outbreak.
11/12/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

When the city of West Richland bought the former Tri-City Raceway in 2019, it saw a spot to build its new police station and a place to steer commercial development. But a team of fans, including the raceway’s former operator, see something different. Instead of tearing out the raceway and what is left of its…

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11/12/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Marineland Village, the storied Kennewick shopping center known for its sea otter statue, marine theme and a landscape that once featured palm trees, has changed hands for the final time after 15 years. Vancouver-based Inland Ocean LLC, consisting of Jane Schmid-Cook and her partner and former husband, Rod Cook, promises to bring stable ownership to…

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11/12/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

The Port of Benton is seeking a new operator for Prosser’s Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center after the nonprofit that established the wine industry showplace vacated the property because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The port, which owns the taxpayer-funded wine and event center, pledged to move quickly to find a new partner to continue…

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11/05/2020   COVID-19 News
Since June 2020, 214 human cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Denmark with SARS-CoV-2 variants associated with farmed minks, including 12 cases with a unique variant, reported on 5 November.
10/24/2020   COVID-19 News
On 13 October 2020, the French health authorities officially reported 13 laboratory-confirmed cases of Mayaro fever in French Guiana, France.

In September 2020, the Institut Pasteur de la Guyane (IPG) (member of the French National Reference Laboratory for arboviruses) identified two cases of Mayaro virus infection (MAYV) confirmed by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and one probable case found positive for Mayaro antibodies. The case-patients presented dengue-like symptoms and joint pains, and tested negative for dengue by RT-PCR.