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Newhouse eking out narrow primary win

PASCO — Incumbent Dan Newhouse appears to have eked out a narrow primary election win in the contest for the 4th Congressional District seat. But he only has the support of two... — Updated 8/12/2022

Person steps down as health officer

PASCO - After 11 years, Dr. Amy Person is stepping down as Benton-Franklin Health District's health officer. "Leaving Benton-Franklin Health District after more than 10 years of... — Updated 8/12/2022

Troopers step up patrols as WSU resumes

PULLMAN —The Washington State Patrol has announced that it will be conducting emphasis patrols beginning Aug. 9 through the 20th. As Washington State University students return to Pullman for fall semester, troopers in Whitman,... — Updated 8/12/2022

Fire sweeps south of Lind

LIND - A series of fires broke out last week across Eastern Washington, including a blaze that destroyed several homes and outbuildings in rural Adams County and the Lind area on... — Updated 8/12/2022

Sheriff's Office vehicle sustains minor damage

OTHELLO - An Adams County Sheriff's Office vehicle sustained minor damage Thursday, Aug. 4, when a deputy tried to apprehend the driver of a stolen car. The driver and occupants of... — Updated 8/12/2022

Eagles' Clements earns All-America status

CHENEY — Long snapper Cody Clements represents Eastern Washington University on the FCS Preseason All-American football team, earning third team honors at his position. He was also selected to the second team on the preseason... — Updated 8/12/2022

Bigger than the game

Anytime we hear about a death of someone in the sports world sadness is the first thing we all think about. Last week we lost two within a couple of days Bill Russell was 88 and... — Updated 8/12/2022

Outdoorsmen expected to take state wildlife officials to task

OLYMPIA – Several outdoorsmen and Eastern Washington county commissioners are expected to take the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to task during its three-day meeting this week. Northeast Washington Wildlife Group spokesman... — Updated 8/3/2022

Mea Culpa

The first thing I need to do is apologize for something I said in the column last week about Root Sports. Evidently the information I received second or third hand was not right.... — Updated 7/28/2022

Sockeye fishing to open at Lake Wenatchee

WENATCHEE – Amid a record return of sockeye salmon to the Columbia River, sockeye fishing in Lake Wenatchee and the Wenatchee River is opening. As of July 22, more than 23,000... — Updated 7/28/2022

Irrigation water shutoff date announced

BASIN CITY — With the end of the growing season looming, the South Columbia Irrigation District will be shutting off water Friday, Oct. 21. The announcement made Friday, Aug. 12, also came with the announcement that ditchrider... — Updated 8/12/2022

USDA offering conservation grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award up to $12 million to increase the use of conservation practices on grazing lands. Ranchers and farmers can apply for the grants through Sept. 22. “Privately... — Updated 8/12/2022

Get ready for more expensive gas

Next year, one of the state’s newly adopted climate policies, the low-carbon fuel standard, will take effect in our state. The legislation requires companies to blend biofuels or... — Updated 8/12/2022

Gas engines part of reducing CO2

Implausible as it may seem, gasoline powered vehicles can be part of reducing carbon emissions. They need to be part of the solution and not brushed aside. Take for example,... — Updated 8/12/2022

Revive federal assault weapons ban

Who has more mental problems – the perpetrators of gun violence or congressional Republicans, including our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who lacks normal compassion and regard for human life, even of young children?... — Updated 8/12/2022

State's hospitals in financial trouble

A report released last week by the Washington State Hospital Association indicates that virtually every hospital in the state is in financial trouble. (here) A recent survey... — Updated 8/12/2022

Spokane voter supports Tiffany Smiley

I just listened to a campaign ad for Patty Murray, who is seeking another term as our senator. She stated she will fight for us for lower prescription prices, inflation, high gas prices, public safety and a cornucopia of problems... — Updated 8/4/2022


Franklin County voters have several candidates to choose from in the Aug. 2 primary election. While many candidates are busy trying to distinguish themselves for the right reasons, two congressional incumbents have made names for... — Updated 7/28/2022

Restoring America's semiconductor manufacturing edge

Surprisingly, recent U.S. Presidents and congressional Democrats and Republicans agree America’s economic and national security hinge upon tiny, yet powerful semiconductors.... — Updated 7/28/2022

Meetings to be scheduled for veterans concerns

SPOKANE – Two members of the state’s congressional delegation will hold town hall-styled meetings in October and November relating to veterans. The meetings will take place in Spokane and Walla Walla; the times, days and days... — Updated 7/28/2022

Gardener program expands knowledge

Being a volunteer in the Master Gardener Program has expanded my universe. The more I have participated in the program activities and educational offerings over the years, the more... — Updated 7/28/2022

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