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Lot drawing set for candidate order

PASCO — The lot drawing procedure to determine the order in which the names of candidates appear on the 2022 Primary ballot will take place Monday, May 23. The 11 a.m. drawing will be in the Franklin County Courthouse Elections... — Updated 5/20/2022

Pasco receives $100,000 grant

PASCO — The city is receiving a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce to help alleviate the shortage of affordable housing. The city is among several in the area receiving funds from the agency's $1.7 million... — Updated 5/19/2022

Spokane man sentenced in child sex case

SPOKANE — A Spokane man was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after using social media to entice a 13-year-old to produce sexual images for him. U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Fainyan Kain James Kimmerly,... — Updated 5/19/2022

Cayuse Pass to open

MOUNT RAINIER – State Highway 123/Cayuse Pass is scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. Friday, May 27, in time for Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, winter weather with continued snowfall and high avalanche danger will keep state... — Updated 5/19/2022

Train derails near Hooper

HOOPER - A wheat train derailed along state Highway 26, west of the town of LaCrosse and east of Washtucna. Ten train cars derailed, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman... — Updated 5/19/2022

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

Northeast Washington whitetail hunting in jeopardy

The Northeast Washington Wildlife Group is very concerned about the whitetail deer in District 1 of Region 1 in Northeast Washington. The harvest numbers for the area in 2019 and... — Updated 4/6/2022

Hillclimb racing returns to Rattlesnake Ridge

VERNITA – Hillclimb racing returns to Rattlesnake Ridge from May 6-8 following two years of being shuttered. The Washington Nitro Nationals returns with gasoline, methane and... — Updated 4/6/2022

White sturgeon fishing to open on lower Columbia

IWACO — The state will open white sturgeon season on the lower 40 miles of the Columbia River beginning May 11. State Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are working with their counterparts in Oregon to allow fishing for... — Updated 3/31/2022

Most state residents can't afford a new home, building group says

TUMWATER — The majority of Washington residents are priced out of purchasing a new home, according to a report completed done by one of the largest home building organizations in America. The Tumwater-based Building Industry... — Updated 4/14/2022

Gimenez growing Back 40 BBQ

PASCO - For Back 40 BBQ owner James Gimenez cooking has always been a family tradition. "My aunts and my grandma were always cooking. We all had a passion for cooking, but catering... — Updated 4/6/2022

Senator: Fuel-price increase hitting farmers

RIZVILLE – “We’re north of a dollar more in diesel than where we were before the invasion,” Sen. Mark Schoesler began in a recent interview. Schoesler, a farmer himself, represents the 9th Legislative District, including... — Updated 4/6/2022

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

Worst Seat - Now I'm listening

Last year, the NCAA approved student-athletes being able to earn money for their name, image and likeness or NIL. I think that a lot of fans thought it was a good idea since... — Updated 5/19/2022

Fairchild 'fueled' my military excitement

As a young lady in her infancy of writing news here in Colfax, and who is in the process of enlisting in the U.S. Army, my experience while flying with the Thunderbirds last... — Updated 5/19/2022

Milling trees can pay to reduce wildfire risks

Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much-needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and... — Updated 5/19/2022

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Capital gains backers spying

Proponents of the unconstitutional capital gains income tax are working overtime to prevent voters from weighing in. First, there was the game last year with the emergency clause... — Updated 5/19/2022

Who cares about the immuno-compromised?

Why haven’t we read or heard more about the immuno-compromised who are dealing with the decision to remove mask mandates by a newly-appointed 33-year-old Florida U.S. District judge deemed unqualified by the American Bar... — Updated 5/19/2022

Inslee attacks natural gas, again

In recent years, environmentalists have targeted natural gas, even though it is an affordable energy source for so many. Their efforts have failed in the Legislature. But,... — Updated 5/19/2022

Laminated products reduce fire risk

Wood buildings are making a comeback in the Pacific Northwest thanks to new laminated timber products. Even very large buildings are now constructed with laminated beams and are... — Updated 5/19/2022

Plastic bag ban is only a scam on shoppers

I’ve never been a fan of the new ban on plastic bags and straws in our state. Subconsciously, I always knew it was a designed scheme to get more money out of people shopping in... — Updated 5/19/2022

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