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Special election ballots in the mail

PASCO — The Feb. 14 special election is under way. The Franklin County Auditor's Office mailed ballots to eligible voters Tuesday, Jan. 24. Anyone who is not currently registered to vote in Washington State can still register... — Updated 1/27/2023

Pasco man hospitalized following fatal crash

VERNITA — A Pasco man was hospitalized Thursday, Jan. 26, following a crash that killed another driver. The Washington State Patrol is withholding the name, age and hometown of the driver pending notification of next of kin.... — Updated 1/27/2023

Bills would codify parental rights

OLYMPIA — A Pierce County senator has introduced the Parents Bill of Rights” bill designed to give parents more control over the raising their children in the face of increasing government overreach. “Parents know what is... — Updated 1/27/2023

Power, irrigation charges increase

RITZVILLE — Ratepayers power bills are going to get a little more expensive this year. Big Bend Electric Cooperative announced last week that its customers are going to see a rate increase effective April 1. The average 5%... — Updated 1/26/2023

Dye introduces bill to help men, boys

RITZVILLE — A local lawmaker has introduced legislation to create the Washington State Commission on Boys and Men to address the well-being of boys and men across. “There are many issues that impact men and boys. Yet, there... — Updated 1/26/2023

Sturgeon retention halted in Dalles, John Day pools

OLYMPIA — Recreational retention fishing for white sturgeon on two sections of the Columbia River mainstem will close over the next week, fishery managers from Oregon and Washington announced Tuesday. The Dalles Pool (between... — Updated 1/27/2023

Smelt rules input sought

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking public comment on an environmental analysis of a plan to manage eulachon — commonly known as smelt — in the Columbia River basin. Eulachon are a small forage... — Updated 1/27/2023

Hunting class offered

RITZVILLE — A Hunter Educational course will be offered Jan. 30-Feb. 2. The classroom portion of the program will take place at the Washington State University Extension Office, 205 W. Main Ave., from 5-8:30 p.m. After... — Updated 1/26/2023

Coyotes, Jaguars fall in Ritzville

RITZVILLE — The Bronco girls basketball team closed out the year with two wins the week before Christmas. The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington girls dunked Columbia (Burbank), 48-32, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, and edged... — Updated 12/29/2022

Another year

I’ve seen a few Sci-Fi movies about time travel and how someone can change history. But, of course, we really can’t and neither can the folks in the movies. I look at time... — Updated 12/29/2022

A few things

I have a few things to talk about today so bear with me. A couple of days ago I was driving on the freeway where doesn’t really matter. Anyway I was in the left lane and there... — Updated 12/29/2022

Hatton fertilizer firm seeking USDA grant

HATTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering a grant award to a local company to expand fertilizer production. Perfect Blend, LLC, manufactures organic plant food at its 771 Kulm Road location northwest of Hatton.... — Updated 1/27/2023

Bill on farm internship program passes

OLYMPIA - The state Senate has unanimously approved Sen. Nikki Torres' legislation to expand the state's farm internship program. Torres' legislation is the first Republican bill... — Updated 1/27/2023

Wheat producer meeting looming

RITZVILLE — Dryland wheat producers will meet Jan. 24 to hear presentations from a number of speakers. The producer meeting runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the American Legion hall, 106 W. Broadway Ave. The program includes... — Updated 1/26/2023

Rancher, feds settle Snake River case

CENTRAL FERRY — The U.S. government has reached an agreement with a rancher accused of allowing his cattle to trespass on federally managed lands along the Snake River. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of... — Updated 12/29/2022

Professors should be enlightening public

When Americans go to the polls, we most often don’t know who or what we are voting for. We have little knowledge of candidates or of history, problems our founding fathers and mothers did not have. Our ancestors read serious... — Updated 1/27/2023

Schoesler: Address school maintenance

For the fifth straight year, I’ve introduced a bill that aims to help school districts in Washington address their building-maintenance needs. Senate Bill 5403 would allow school... — Updated 1/26/2023

House bill helps level playing field

Washington state has high tax rates — gas, property, you name it. Government agencies collect billions of tax dollars annually from residents and businesses here. So why then are... — Updated 1/26/2023

False spring: Maybe not this time

You’ve heard it said in the Pacific Northwest that, during the winter, we see a long stretch of bleak weather followed by a temporary rise in temperatures around mid-January, a “false winter” as it is sometimes called.... — Updated 1/26/2023

Poor now?

The legislative session is in full swing, which means a lot of lawmakers are interested in picking winners and losers. Instead of creating equal opportunities, an equality of outcome is being sought. The Washington Future Fund,... — Updated 1/26/2023

Data Centers Looking to capture heat

Coupled with rapid growth of data centers we rely upon for internet service and information storage is an increased demand for electricity to power millions of computers and cool... — Updated 1/26/2023

New Year's Resolutions

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Threat to Democracy

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State should simplify some regulations

Former state senator and current state Director of Commerce Lisa Brown rightly describes the difficulties a small business startup faces in Washington. Brown says the state... — Updated 12/29/2022

Onward and Upward

As the dawn of a new year approaches, it is important to pause and take stock of ourselves, and of the many mercies and comforts we enjoy. After all, “Gratitude,” Cicero said, “is not the greatest of the virtues, it is the... — Updated 12/29/2022

MTV comes to Ritzville

RITZVILLE - The MTV production team has chosen a South Washington Street home to film scenes for an upcoming reality show. One of Music Television's main participants was in Moses... — Updated 12/29/2022

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