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Teens sought in Othello shooting

OTHELLO -- The Adams County Sheriff's Office is seeking two teenagers in connection with a Charla Road shooting Sunday. Investigators want to talk to Arturo Pineda-Feliciano, 18, and Gustavo Pineda-Feliciano, 16, in connection... — Updated 6/28/2022

Inslee rejects Biden's call for gas tax holiday

OLYMPIA – It looks like there will be no state gas tax holiday for Washingtonians despite President Joe Biden’s endorsement of the idea. On Wednesday, June 22, the president asked that Congress suspend the 18.4 cents per... — Updated 6/22/2022

Oregon man injured in Wallula crash

BURBANK — A motorcyclist was taken to a Richland hospital Tuesday after his Harley-Davidson struck another vehicle. Rodney D. Sackett, 64, of Irrigon, Ore., was eastbound on state Highway 730 at 6:38 a.m. on his 2008... — Updated 6/22/2022

State allows axe-throwing at businesses with liquor licenses

OLYMPIA — The state Liquor and Cannabis Board voted to allow axe-throwing inside liquor establishments as early as July 9. Previously, bars and taverns were prohibited from having axe-throwing in the state. The rule change was... — Updated 6/20/2022

Military, overseas ballots mailed

PASCO — Franklin County election staff has mailed the military and overseas ballots for the Aug. 2nd primary election. We anticipate mailing ballots to all Franklin County registered voters no later than Friday, July 15,... — Updated 6/20/2022

Dinner and golf with Eastern coaches

Last week, the Eastern Washington University Eagle coaches came to Ritzville for golf and steak dinner hosted by the Ritzville Lions Club. The event has been going on for a long... — Updated 6/20/2022

Combine Derby draws thousands to Lind

LIND – With names like "General Lee," "Let's Go Branden" and "The Bandit," politics were on full-display Saturday along state Highway 21. Dozens of "Trump Country," Trump 2024"... — Updated 6/20/2022

Gonzaga baseball coach arrested for DUI in Reardan

REARDAN — Gonzaga head baseball Coach Mark Andrew Machtolf was arrested by Reardan Police and booked into Lincoln County Jail on a charge of driving under the influence late... — Updated 6/10/2022

'Free fishing weekend' set for June 11-12

COLFAX — Fishermen won’t need a license, vehicle pass or two-pole endorsement this coming weekend if they head to the water. That’s because Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, are a “free fishing weekend.” The free... — Updated 6/9/2022

Sports combine approved

LIND – The combined Lind and Ritzville school boards unanimously approved adding the Harrington to the existing Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna athletic combine during a meeting... — Updated 6/6/2022

State seeks comments on cougar hunting

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking written comments on a proposed cougar hunting rule change. The proposed rule would increase the cougar bag limit for individual hunters in the areas where... — Updated 5/19/2022

Chinook fishery extended

WALLULA – With the best spring Chinook run since 2015, the state has extended the fishing season. The extension begins May 24, officials said, noting the run forecast for spring Chinook upstream of the dam will be about 180,000... — Updated 5/19/2022

Proposed 'odor management' rule creates controversy farms

OLYMPIA – The state Board of Health is wading into manure management with a proposed “odor management” rule. But farmers are calling bull, noting its duplicative and unnecessary overregulation of animal waste by the state.... — Updated 6/22/2022

Be counted in the 2022 Census of Agriculture

MESA – Rural residents are encouraged to sign up and be counted in the 2022 Ag Census. Agriculture producers who did not receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture and do not receive other USDA surveys or censuses have until June... — Updated 6/20/2022

UW employees visit Schoesler farm

RITZVILLE – University of Washington faculty visited Sen. Mark Schoesler's farm recently to learn about Eastern Washington agriculture. "I was more than happy to meet Wednesday... — Updated 6/20/2022

Heavy rains bring flooding, harvest delays

GARFIELD – Heavy rains over the last week brought more than just water, localized flooding and mudslides to the area. They also may have brought a delay in the harvest season for... — Updated 6/20/2022

State allows axe-throwing at businesses with liquor licenses

State allows axe-throwing at businesses with liquor licenses The Center Square OLYMPIA — The state Liquor and Cannabis Board voted to allow axe-throwing inside liquor establishments as early as July 9. Previously, bars and... — Updated 6/9/2022

9th Circuit ruling against Washington state couple could mean more federal wealth taxes

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A recent ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals against a Washington state couple challenging the Mandatory Repatriation Tax could open the door to all manner of wealth taxes, a lawyer representing... — Updated 6/9/2022

High court strikes at bureaucratic rule

"But the Constitution does not authorize agencies to use pen-and-phone regulations as substitutes for laws…" U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote that and more in his... — Updated 7/1/2022

Drones can help scorched forestlands

Regenerating millions of western forested acres scorched by large wildfires is a herculean task costing hundreds of billions. However, healthy growing woodlands are essential to... — Updated 6/20/2022

Lower Snake River dams' power hard to replace

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray, both Democrats, issued a draft report which estimates that breaching the four lower Snake River dams and replacing their electricity and... — Updated 6/20/2022

COVID-19 clawback spurs robotics

Prior to the corona virus outbreak, economies in the industrial world were moving along fairly smoothly-— reliable supply chains with “just in time” component arrivals,... — Updated 6/9/2022

On the trail, when it reins, it pours

Jockeying up for the opportunity to ride with the John Wayne Pioneer Riders and Wagons last week excited me. I left home early in the morning, encountering the sweet smell of... — Updated 6/9/2022

Limiting police pursuits doesn't make sense

Many of you are aware that public safety in our state took a major hit last year when Democrats in the Legislature passed a “police reform” law that prevented law enforcement... — Updated 6/6/2022

Hopeful messages on long-term-care fall short; exemptions continue

Administrators of Washington state’s long-term-care law are hitting news outlets and providing health care writers with messages of hope about a social program they say will provide “peace of mind,” even though it does... — Updated 6/6/2022

Dreaded Moment

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Gov. Inslee, Sen. Murray targeting wrong dams

Gov. Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams... — Updated 5/19/2022

Fernandez named 'Accessibility All-Star'

PASCO – A Franklin County Election’s Department worker has received a Secretary of State’s Accessibility All-Star Award. Rosa Fernandez was announced as an award recipient Thursday, June 23, by Secretary of State Steve... — Updated 6/23/2022

Everybody loves a parade

LIND – Thousands of people lined the downtown streets Saturday morning, June 11, for the town's annual Kiddie and Grand parades. The parades drew dozens of entries, including... — Updated 6/20/2022

New Master Gardeners sought

Ever thought about becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer? Approximately every other year, classes are held to train new volunteers. The training is offered through Washington State University, with instruction held here in Grant... — Updated 6/6/2022

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