Local & Regional

Local Benton PUD to build the first local community solar Benton PUD to build the first local community solar
Participation is available to Benton PUD customers for $250 a unit. In return, participants receive a proportionate credit on their electricity bill for solar power produced by the project as well as the state energy production credits.
Local Mystery figure in scandal has long ties to state auditor Mystery figure in scandal has long ties to state auditor
As a part-time employee hired two years ago, Jason Jerue is so little known around the Washington state auditor's office that some colleagues said they were hard-pressed to recall seeing him. He now finds himself a central figure in a scandal surrounding the agency.
Local No public tours on Rattlesnake peak until tribes consulted No public tours on Rattlesnake peak until tribes consulted
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should have consulted with tribes before expanding wildflowers tours to Rattlesnake Mountain, a sacred place with cultural and religious significance for the area's tribes, a federal judge has ruled.
Local Consumer Reports: Pesticide risk in fruits and vegetables Consumer Reports: Pesticide risk in fruits and vegetables
Pesticides in produce are especially a concern for children. Consumer Reports says organic fruits and vegetables always have a lower risk for pesticides, but some conventional produce is about as safe.