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PDC records show business, ag support for Didier

PASCO — Business and agricultural support is growing for the candidacy of incumbent Franklin County Commissioner Clint Didier in his re-election bid, according to Public Disclosure Commission records. Meanwhile, former... — Updated 10/4/2022

Voting accuracy test today

PASCO — The Franklin County Auditor's Office will test election equipment at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 4. The test is required under Revised Code of Washington 29A.12.130, and Washington Administrative Codes 434-335-300 and... — Updated 10/4/2022

Deputy retires after 29 years

PASCO - After 29 years on the job, Franklin County Sheriff's Office deputy Shane Grieb is retiring. "We're grateful for your many years of service to our community," Sheriff Jim... — Updated 10/4/2022

Hibbs to ride at Iron Legacy

RITZVILLE – Saddle up. The Iron Legacy Ranch will host a fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 2, to help Miss Rodeo Washington Lexy Hibbs. The event will run from 1-5 p.m. at the ranch, 651... — Updated 10/4/2022

Maverick gas station coming to Ritzville

RITZVILLE - As early as spring of next year, Ritzville will have a new Maverick gas station. "Maverick has told us they will build in the spring of 2023," according to Julie... — Updated 9/29/2022

Name your price

I think we are all looking at the rising cost of living and we’re wondering where it will end or if it will end. I think it is frustrating when those people in power have a... — Updated 10/4/2022

Eric Logan wins all-around cowboy honors

OTHELLO – Eric Logan received the all-around cowboy honors from the Othello Rodeo on Sept. 16-17. Logan took home a total of $1,039 in prize money after taking second in steer wrestling and sixth in team roping. Overall,... — Updated 9/29/2022

Turkey season coming to Turnbull in fall of 2023

CHENEY – Turkey hunting is coming to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in the fall of 2023. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are opening 1,883 acres in the Long Lake Unit... — Updated 9/29/2022

Webb's Slough results

ST. JOHN – Here are the results of the final sprint boat race of the season Saturday, Aug. 27, at Webb's Slough: Modified Class – Pour Decisions, driver Jason Perkins of Cheney... — Updated 9/13/2022

Bulls buck into Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK – Professional Bull Riders will buck into town for the Sept. 9-10 Tri-Cities Classic. The Toyota Center event will include some of the best bull riders in the world and... — Updated 9/13/2022

State seeks input on Columbia River white-tailed deer

GOLDENDALE — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on its draft status review for the Columbian white-tailed deer. The agency is recommending re-classifying Columbian white-tailed deer from... — Updated 8/24/2022

Finding roots

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had read some history about my mom’s family. It is interesting to envision how life was over 100 years ago. Life was certainly not easy... — Updated 8/24/2022

Delta Waterfowl to host banquet

SPOKANE – The Eastern Washington Chapter of Delta Waterfowl will host its second banquet Oct. 1 at the Shriners Event Center. The event will include dinner, drinks, raffles, games, auctions and more. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.;... — Updated 8/15/2022

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

USDA offers conservation help

PASCO – The deadline to apply for the 2023 USDA Conservation Stewardship Program is Oct. 13. The program is open to producers seeking technical and financial assistance with conservation efforts. Under the program, farmers can... — Updated 8/18/2022

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

Garbage, an important energy source

If you live in Spokane, you know about its waste-to-energy facility which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity---enough to power... — Updated 9/29/2022

Seattle needs herculean effort for drugs, crime

Over the years, Seattle leaders faced “Herculean” challenges yet found the will, resources, and determination to come together and tackle them. Today’s conundrum is to... — Updated 9/29/2022

Innovators can increase fresh water

In Washington, this year we’re fortunate to have escaped the historic droughts plaguing other parts of the world. The Columbia River basin water system has been at normal levels... — Updated 9/13/2022

Fair taxes; amend the constitution

I recently had the opportunity to review all 50 state constitutions and confirmed an important fact for the current capital gains income tax litigation in Washington. Although most... — Updated 9/13/2022

Learn history; don't cancel it

Last week, Fairchild Air Force announced it was erasing Col. George Wright because the history surrounding him is considered by some as divisive. In place of his name being... — Updated 9/13/2022

Chicken labeling can be confusing

My husband and I recently got into a discussion about the differences in the labeling of chicken. He saw a post on social media outlining the supposed differences between... — Updated 9/13/2022

Guns do kill people

Who has more mental problems – perpetrators of gun violence or congressional Republicans, including our own Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who lack normal compassion and regard for human life, even of young children?... — Updated 8/24/2022

Sen. Schoesler omitted info on police pursuits

In a recent op-ed, state Sen. Mark Schoesler, alluded to a new “bad law” that prevents law enforcement from pursuing criminal suspects in most situations. He cherry-picks a paragraph from an op-ed in a Seattle newspaper... — Updated 8/24/2022

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

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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