June 20, 2024

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  • BREAKING NEWS: Biden creates Columbia River Task Force

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection | Jun 19, 2024

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Biden Administration on Tuesday, June 18, announced the creation of a new Columbia River Task Force to guide efforts to breach dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Simultaneously, the administration released a Department of the Interior report finding that the dams are detrimental to American Indian tribes in the region. The Biden Administration named Democrat operative Nik Blosser to lead the task force. Blosser is the former chief of staff for Oregon Governor Kate Brown and a former Biden...

  • Two injured in Pasco crash

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection | Jun 19, 2024

    PASCO — A one-vehicle crash at the U.S. Highway 395-Court Street interchange left two people hospitalized Tuesday night, June 18. Diego A. Galvez-Gutierrez, 20, and Luciano M. Galvez, 64, both of Pasco, were injured and transported to a Richland hospital. According to the Washington State Patrol, both men were wearing seatbelts when the northbound 2006 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Galvez-Gutierrez struck a guardrail. Galvez-Gutierrez swerved and overcorrected, causing the crash, the patrol said. Neither drugs nor alcohol...

  • Gainer joins Free Press newsroom

    Cheney Free Press | Jun 19, 2024

    CHENEY – A longtime local resident and former mayor has joined the newsroom staff at the Cheney Free Press. Allan Gainer, 62, brings eight years as a newspaper editor and television reporter for Navy Broadcasting to the local newspaper. He gained his experience while serving in the U.S. Navy. "I like being part of this community," Gainer said. "It's a great town. "I want to tell the stories of the people of Cheney and Medical Lake." "Allen's knowledge of the area and the...

  • Fast food inflation: Which chains are hiking their prices the most?

    May 29, 2024

    It's no secret that things just keep getting more expensive. From home prices to personal goods, the cost of living in the U.S. has increased 22% since 2019, leaving consumers searching for ways to combat rising costs. As Americans scramble to find better ways to budget, one historically wallet-friendly option, fast food, is becoming less and less of a cost-saver. In fact, fast food price hikes have outpaced the national inflation rate in some instances, prompting backlash...

  • State employees recommend keeping rabbit on endangered list

    Franklin Connection | May 29, 2024

    PASCO – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on a review of whether to continue to list the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit on the endangered species list. "The Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit was considered extinct in Washington by 2004 but has since been reintroduced through captive breeding and translocation programs," state biologist Gerald Hayes said. According to Hayes, the agency is recommending the rabbit remain listed as endangered. The pygmy...

  • Oregonian sentenced to prison in Othello child-rape case

    Franklin Connection | May 22, 2024

    PORTLAND, Ore. — An Eastern Oregon man convicted of raping two children in an Othello hotel has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison. Albert Wayne Johnson, 42, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison and 10 years of probation. U.S. District Court documents show that on Aug. 8, 2022, deputies from the Clackamas County, Ore., Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of two minors abandoned at Barton Park in Boring, Ore. The children told the deputies they met Johnson on Snapchat and that he had driven...

  • Colorful aurora borealis

    May 10, 2024

    A G5 (extreme) geomagnetic storm resulted in one of the most brilliant displays of northern lights, scientifically known as aurora borealis, on Friday night, May 10. The colorful aerial display was visible across Eastern Washington. Pictured, the colorful sky silhouettes farm...

  • I had a good reason

    Dale Anderson | Jun 19, 2024

    I find it interesting how we determine who our favorite players are. I know that as a young Dodger fan that lived in a home with other Dodger fans it was easy to have Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale as your go to favorites. But when it came to the NBA it was different in the 1960s. There weren’t a lot of college or even NBA games on TV. I know that today we have ESPN, TNT, ABC and may other ways of watching basketball games so a young fan can gravitate to...

  • Hard work ahead

    Dale Anderson | Jun 19, 2024

    A couple of months ago I was asked by several eighth-grade boys that I had the opportunity to coach the last two falls and winters if I would give the promotion address for their class. These are 14 year olds, so I told them that if they were serious I would certainly do it. Well, it turns out they were serious. I also had the opportunity to substitute teach for these classes when they were in sixth and seventh grades, so I got to know most of the girls, as well. I have to tell you that it is an honor to be asked because it...

  • Eastern volleyball schedule set

    Paul Delaney, Franklin Connection | Jun 11, 2024

    CHENEY — Eastern Washington University volleyball is back at Reese Court this fall as the team released its schedule. Head Coach Jon Haruguchi announced the 2024 slate, with the regular season starting on Aug. 30 on the road. Eastern has nine home matches for the upcoming season, with seven against Big Sky opponents. The Eagles will play an exhibition game on Aug. 24 at Central Washington. Eastern’s first regular season matches are in Orem, Utah in a two-day tournament hosted by Utah Valley on Aug. 30-31 and also...

  • Eastern soccer season scheduled

    Paul Delaney, Franklin Connection | Jun 11, 2024

    CHENEY — Eastern Washington women’s soccer announced its full 2024 schedule as head coach Missy Strasburg begins her fourth year leading the Eagles. In preseason, Eastern hosts Washington (Aug. 5) and Thompson Rivers (Aug. 8) for a pair of exhibition matches at EWU Soccer Field. Eastern Washington University has an extended road trip to begin the fall schedule, with the first official game at Troy on Aug. 15. The team next travels for games at Kennesaw St. (Aug. 18), South Dakota (Aug. 25) and Southern Utah (Aug. 29)....

  • Combine Combat

    Matthew Strissel, Franklin Connection | Jun 19, 2024

    LIND - Thousands of fans turned out Saturday, June 8, to witness the destruction of farm equipment during the 35th annual Lind Lion's Club Combine Derby. Weekend festivities also also featured a car show, parade through town, a barbecue in the park, car racing, and pickup and grain truck races, including an Australian Pursuit and powder puff races. The weekend was capped off with a live performance Fred Bauer band in the arena. The Combine Derby is a demolition-style derby,...

  • Baldwin heading to Calgary

    Franklin Connection | Jun 10, 2024

    CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — After spending a decade developing quarterbacks for the Canadian Football League, Beau Baldwin decided to join the league as the quarterbacks coach for the Calgary Stampeders. Baldwin is one of seven Eastern Washington University Eagles playing or coaching in the league, to go along with a pair of former Washington State Cougars and one Idaho Vandal. At Eastern, Baldwin helped develop future Canadian Football League quarterbacks Matt Nichols, Bo Levi Mitchell and Vernon Adams, Jr., as well as...

  • Combine Derby set for Lind

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection | Jun 19, 2024

    LIND - The town will roar to life this weekend as the annual Lind Grand Parade and Combine Derby return to town. The action begins Friday with car and pickup truck racing. Locals and visitors alike with "run what they brung" to Lion's Club Arena on state Highway 21. Racing is set to begin at 6 p.m. As of press time, racers were still able to get registered for the event by calling Eric Lund at 509-677-3432. Expect racers from across Whitman, Franklin, Adams, Lincoln, Spokane...

  • Free fishing weekend on tap

    Franklin Connection | Jun 3, 2024

    OTHELLO – Dust off those rods and reels and head to the PotHoles this Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, for a free fishing weekend. In accordance with the law creating the paid Discover Pass, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is opening up state waters for fishing without a license. Trout and warm water species may be caught and kept, as can shad. But fish requiring a catch card — salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, to name a few — still require an angler to have a license, officials said. State rules on size and...

  • Be respectful

    Dale Anderson | May 29, 2024

    The NCAA basketball tournament ended the first week in April. The all-time leading scorer in NCAA history is Cailtlin Clark from the Iowa Hawkeyes. She and her teammates were runner ups to the National Champions two years in a row. Clark, the three point making machine was selected number one in the WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever Now because of Clark the ratings for the tournament semi-final and final were record setting. People wanted to watch her play. Some for her success...

  • Trail Life offers anti-woke scouting

    Family Policy Institute of Washington | Jun 19, 2024

    You may have heard the news that the beloved Boy Scouts organization is rebranding for the sake of inclusion. Their new name is “Scouting America,” which allows not only all girls, but the so-called “transgendered” girls who think they are boys. The rebrand includes a concerted effort to recruit more LGBT members in the organization. This shift is a direct result of the dominance of the so-called “woke culture.” Why, you may ask, is this shift necessary? After all, girls who are interested in becoming scouts...

  • Paid leave costs increasing annually

    Elizabeth New, Washington Policy Center | Jun 19, 2024

    The number of people tapping the taxpayer-provided Paid Family and Medical Leave fund is increasing every year. The paid-leave program was launched in 2020. It imposes a tax on employers and workers, whether or not the workers ever use the program. The money is used to allow some workers taxpayer-paid time off if they have a serious health condition, need to care for people or want to bond with a new child on taxpayers' dimes. If you build it they will come. And they did. The...

  • Change Growth Management Act

    Mark Harmsworth, Washington Policy Center | Jun 19, 2024

    Demographia has just published a study, authored by Wendell Cox, that compares the affordability of housing in the international marketplace. The conclusions show that while Washington state isn't the most expensive, it is on its way to the top spot. What's sad is it's all avoidable with some simple changes to state policy. Currently, Seattle ranks 73 out of 100 of the most affordable major cities to live. The study summarizes that the high prices are "largely the product of...

  • Employee ownership succeeds

    Don C. Brunell | Jun 19, 2024

    Who would have thought that a small Oregon natural grain mill owner’s death would make national news or be the subject of a lengthy feature article in the New York Times? However, 94-year-old Bob Moore’s passing in February did. The Times is published just off Broadway in the heart of Big Apple’s network television and theater district. Moore, with his white beard, wire-rim eyeglasses, newsie cap and bolo tie became a “food poster person” approaching the notoriety...

  • Remember Dodd on Sunday

    Allan Gainer, Cheney Free Press | Jun 19, 2024

    The origin of Father's Day can be traced back to the early 20th Century in the U.S. The credit for its establishment is often given to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane. The story goes that in 1909, Dodd's father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran, raised Dodd and her siblings single-handedly after their mother passed away during childbirth. Dodd wanted to honor her father for his selfless devotion and sacrifices in raising his children. Inspired by the newly established...

  • Ag worker laws need reformed

    Madi Clark, Washington Policy Center | May 29, 2024

    Note: U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, contributed to this column. American farmers feel like the little red hen working alone to grow the wheat, mill the flour, and make the bread, as they struggle to meet labor demands across sectors. Few domestic workers find agricultural employment attractive and our nation's visa program to hire foreign workers for agricultural work simply does not work for employers or employees. From spring pruning to fall harvest farm labor demands go unmet across every crop and region, as...

  • Someone paid for your freedoms

    Roger Harnack | May 22, 2024

    Disappointingly, many Americans are worried about silly first-world problems like where to go boating or what to barbecue over the upcoming weekend. Too many view this upcoming three-day break as an excuse to eat, drink and party, never giving a thought as to why Memorial Day is observed. So while you’re anxiously awaiting the long weekend, take time to remember, understand and plan to observe Memorial Day. Memorial Day is dedicated to the men and women killed while serving...

  • Honor kin of those killed in service

    Don C. Brunell | May 22, 2024

    On Memorial Day, we traditionally honor Americans in our military who gave their lives in battle for our country. It is called the “Ultimate Sacrifice,” and they died protecting our freedoms and keeping us safe. In recent times, we have acknowledged our citizens in uniform who continue to suffer with permanent combat emotional and physical scars. They are alive largely because our battlefield survival is dramatically improving, and our accompanying rehabilitation expands....

  • Family caregivers won't benefit

    Elizbeth New | May 8, 2024

    The May 1 meeting of a WA Cares oversight commission should be must-see-TV, as it made one thing super clear: There is going to be a lot of disappointment if WA Cares remains a mandatory program funded by 58 cents (or more) of every $100 a worker earns. Not only will some workers not qualify for the money they're being told should give them peace of mind about possible long-term-care needs, Washingtonians who do qualify for a WA Cares benefit won't be able to fully choose how the money gets spent. There is the law that...

  • Consequences of breaching the Snake River dams

    Jason Mercier | May 8, 2024

    The Snake River dams are critical to the infrastructure of our region, providing not only reliable power but also many other economic benefits. Removing these dams would have many negative impacts. You don’t have to take my word for it. Here are some of the findings from the multi-year public process in 2020 conducted by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration:: “[Breaching] would not meet the objective to Provide a...

  • Kahlotus Royalty

    Jun 19, 2024

  • 'I'm praying for you'

    Bill Cox, Ritzville Foursquare Church | Jun 19, 2024

    “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32 This is the beginning of a story that most of us have heard about, especially the ending when the rooster crowed and Peter denied Jesus three times. I would like to take some time to encourage you and say, Jesus is praying for you as you read this article. He might not be praying what we want him to be praying. We may want him...

  • Inspiration from the Garden

    Margaret A. Swenson, WSU Master Gardeners | Jun 19, 2024

    I don’t need more inspiration to write a gardening article than to see the efforts my plants are making to insure my happiness. Forsythia and lilacs have finished their show, bridal wreath spirea blossoms have dropped to make room for the fragrant mock orange bushes and honeysuckle vines, and vibrant magenta blooms on the peonies and gorgeous colors of iris have all but erased the memory of tulips and daffodils. The transition to summer finds the frenzy of spring chores much less demanding. Analysis is the order of things...

  • Kahlotus Days set for Saturday

    Franklin Connection | May 29, 2024

    KAHLOTUS — The annual Kahlotus Days celebration is set for Saturday, June 1, throughout the community. There will be a 5K run/walk, parade, softball tournament and Kid Zone. The main event of the festival will be the Battle of the Bull, where cowboys and cowgirls will pit their riding skills against a mechanical bull. The winner will receive the coveted golden buckle. Vendors will also be in...

  • Lind Birthdays and Anniversaries

    May 22, 2024

    LIND – Residents celebrating birthdays and anniversaries from May 22-29 are: Anniversaries May 23 – Jerry and Debbie Knodel May 26 - Cory and Elissa Wagner May 28 - Alan and Shelley Strohmaier May 29 - Chris and Andrea Steinmetz Birthdays May 22 - Jerry Alan Branson and Laureen Reyling May 24 - Tresa LeAnn Ackley May 26 - Jennifer Sager May 27 - Krista Undeberg-Mercer and Danielle Jensen May 28 - Beau Fode and Caroline...

  • Bronco Day on tap for weekend

    The Journal | May 22, 2024

    RITZVILLE — Bronco Days will bring a mix of fun activities and a somber remembrance to the city this coming weekend. The celebration will include a parade, car show, live music, a cornhole tournament and vendors. There will also be a Fireman’s breakfast and a Memorial Day observance. The Friends of the Library Book Sale opens the weekend. Starting at 10 a.m. Friday, the book sale at The Learning Garden, 310 W. Main Ave., closes at 5 p.m., before running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. As the book sale closes for the...

  • Lind alumni banquet

    May 22, 2024

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