Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

By Roger Harnack

'Non-essential' residents sue Gov. Inslee

Governor extends quarantine until May 31 as protests erupt statewide


April 30, 2020

PASCO – Franklin County cherry orchardist and pilot Dave MacHugh was landing his private airplane at Tri-Cities Airport after a four-hour trip to Tacoma and back Friday afternoon, May 1.

Unbeknownst to him, as his plane touched down and taxied to the hangar, Gov. Jay Inslee was in the process of ordering Washington state to remain under quarantine until at least May 31.

Although the weather was ideal for a general aviation flight, MacHugh wasn't on a pleasure trip. He had flown eight passengers across the mountains; four of them - farmer and Franklin County Commissioner Clint Didier and b...

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