Local & Regional

Local Costs to fix Wanapum Dam estimated at $86.5 million Costs to fix Wanapum Dam estimated at $86.5 million
That total is about $25 million over the original estimate of $61 million for repairs to Wanapum, mitigation and lost revenue due to the need to lower the water levels behind the dam.
Local Yakima Basin drought forces early use of stored water Yakima Basin drought forces early use of stored water
The federal Bureau of Reclamation has had to start using stored reservoir water to supplement natural flows early because of a worsening drought in central Washington's Yakima Basin.
Local Why your neighborhood won't get speed humps Why your neighborhood won't get speed humps (Video)
Most people would say no one drives slow enough on streets where kids could be playing. A handful of Richland neighborhoods have been vocal in their demands for change, even paying for their own signs to show how fast you're going. If your neighborhood has dreams of adding speed humps to slow people down, KEPR learned why the city won't put them in.
Local Walla Walla considers smoking ban in parks Walla Walla considers smoking ban in parks
City officials plan to discuss the possibility at a community meeting Tuesday. A previous meeting drew passionate pleas from people on both sides of the debate.