Inslee alleges profiteering by oil, gas companies

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee wants legislation to investigate the possibility fossil fuel companies are profiteering from high gas prices in the state. “Well, people are tired – are sick and tired – of oil and gas companies... — Updated 9/13/2023

Gas prices decline in state

OLYMPIA – Washington state fuel prices fell for the first time in months, but still remain above $5 a gallon. Despite the decrease, the Evergreen State still has the second-highest gas prices in the nation, behind only... — Updated 9/13/2023

Fair and Rodeo return to Othello

OTHELLO – The annual Othello Fair and Rodeo returns to Adams County this week, with events running from today through Saturday, Sept. 13-16. The fair brings a midway, carnival rides, live music, livestock, 4-H and FFA projects.... — Updated 9/13/2023

Hearing loss may be due to COVID 'vaccines'

PULLMAN – A $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will help Washington State University researchers determine if new drugs used to treat COVID-19 may be linked to hearing loss. There are no reports of... — Updated 9/13/2023

Job fairs set for Othello, Ritzville high schools

OTHELLO —The Adams County Development Council is planning two career days for students. The Career Showcase is set for Oct. 19 at Lind-Ritzville High School in Ritzville and Oct. 24 at Othello High School in Othello, according... — Updated 9/13/2023

Judge Libey grants PAC-12 restraining order

COLFAX - Whitman County Superior Court Judge Gary Libey issued a temporary restraining order Monday, Sept. 11, preventing PAC-12 members from meeting until further notice. The... — Updated 9/13/2023

Ritzville Rodeo results announced

RITZVILLE – Organizers have announced the official results of the Ritzville Rodeo, which took place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1 and 2. Here are the results: Bareback – 1.... — Updated 9/13/2023

What it takes

We are a couple of weeks into the football and volleyball season and fans can start to see where the experienced teams are and where those that maybe rebuilding will eventually end... — Updated 9/13/2023

Wildlife board rejects spring bear hunt

OLYMPIA – It took only a minute Friday, Aug. 11, for the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to reject a petition to resume spring bear hunting in 2024. The commission’s almost-immediate, unanimous rejection of spring bear... — Updated 8/15/2023

Sturgeon season set for Lake Roosevelt

SEVEN BAYS – Fishermen will begin hitting Lake Roosevelt this fall in hopes of catching a large fish species that has existed for more than 175 million years. The state... — Updated 8/15/2023

Sucks to be you

On Halloween day in 1992 my brother Larry and I went to the UW-Stanford football game in Seattle. I could get complimentary tickets as a coach and let’s just say that Larry was... — Updated 8/15/2023

Othello receiving $850,000 for park

OTHELLO – Kiwanis Park will benefit from two grants approved by the state Recreation and Conservation Office. The agency has awarded $500,000 to add a water park and renovate trails. A second grant of $350,000 was awarded to... — Updated 8/15/2023

Preparations underway for Columbia Cup

PASCO - Preparations are underway in Wade Park for the upcoming 2023 Columbia Cup hydroplane races. On-water action is set for July 28-30. While hydroplane race boats will be... — Updated 7/25/2023

The Value System

I watched some of the Major League baseball draft live from Lumen Field in Seattle on Sunday. It was interesting to see how many high school seniors were drafted. I’m sure that a... — Updated 7/13/2023

Campfires banned at Lake

DAVENPORT — Heading to Lake Roosevelt to go camping? Officials there say bring a cook stove and leave your firewood at home. Due to extreme conditions, all fires at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area will be prohibited... — Updated 7/11/2023

Conservation project applications due Oct. 20

SPOKANE VALLEY – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s deadline for environmental incentives applications is Oct. 20. The environmental incentives program is a voluntary, technical... — Updated 8/15/2023

Commodity prices rising, but not as fast as costs

ELTOPIA - With world politics and economics unstable, agriculture leaders are noting the value of local commodities has increased, but so have costs. The U.S. Wheat Association... — Updated 7/26/2023

School ag program tops state

RITZVILLE — The local middle and high school agriculture program has received a statewide honor. The Lind-Ritzville middle and high school agricultural program was recently selected by the Washington Association of Agricultural... — Updated 7/6/2023

Workers deserve right to work

As you shop for back-to-school supplies for your kids, consider this: The clerks, shelf stockers, truck drivers and factory workers who make that possible can all be legally forced to pay money to a union or else be fired. You... — Updated 9/13/2023

Military service to America avoids student debt

With students returning to college campuses, it is time to consider other ways for them to pay for tuition, books and living expenses. Too often, they resort to borrowing. Now,... — Updated 9/13/2023

Do you feel safer?

Over the past few years, our state has witnessed a steady rise in several types of crime. This has caused serious harm in many communities on both sides of the state, and many... — Updated 9/13/2023

State score low on freedom index

Pullman Washington-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories recently published its 2023 Index of Freedom report. The report ranks all 50 states based on government efficiency,... — Updated 9/13/2023

'Gag order' issued on gas rates

For several months, drivers and businesses have had to endure the sharp increase in fuel prices since the state’s cap-and-trade program – or “cap-and-tax,” as I like to... — Updated 9/13/2023

Trump fulfills emotional needs for supporters

Early in Barack Obama’s presidency, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his most important achievement would be to make Obama a one-term president. Ever since, McConnell has opposed anything Democrats... — Updated 9/13/2023

Bypass meat counter; hit fair

Washington is home to 65 fairs featuring everything from livestock and horse events to “still life” entries like photography and fresh vegetable displays. The bounty on display... — Updated 8/15/2023

It's summer in Eastern Washington, not 'climate change'

The National Weather Service predicts we will see the hottest temperatures of the summer this week. It’s even gone so far as to declare an “excessive heat warning” until 11... — Updated 8/15/2023

Pennies at the pump add up

It’s been a tough week around the farm with equipment failures that have delayed harvest a few days. I’ll get back on track. But while repairs are underway, I can’t help but... — Updated 8/15/2023

Kudos for Holden Mine site cleanup

Today, good works are often brushed aside or ignored – especially, if done by one of the world’s largest mining companies. However, Rio Tinto deserves kudos for its... — Updated 8/15/2023

National Night Out set for Basin City

BASIN CITY — Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will host its 40th Annual National Night Out at Memorial Park from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. National Night Out is a free... — Updated 7/17/2023

Eastern announces spring Dean's List

PASCO — Thirty area students qualified for Eastern Washington University’s 2023 Spring Quarter Dean’s List. To make the list, undergraduate students must earn 12 credits and maintain a 3.50 or better grade-point average.... — Updated 7/14/2023

Museum to remodel condemned building

CONNELL — North Franklin Heritage Museum plans to remodel the condemned building that used to house a historical bank. The work will cost an estimated $400,000, so museum... — Updated 7/11/2023

Mobile clinic to visit Lind

LIND - An East Adams Rural Health mobile care unit will be here Thursday, July 27. The unit will park at City Park, 317 E. Second St. The clinic is taking new patients and will be... — Updated 7/6/2023

Two graduates receive AgWest scholarships

RITZVILLE – Two Lind-Ritzville High School graduates will receive scholarships from AgWest Farm Credit. Taylor Galbreath, the daughter of John and Cari Galbreath of Ritzville; and Alexis Melcher, the daughter of Rodney and Jani... — Updated 7/6/2023

Basin City celebrates Fourth of July

BASIN CITY - Flags were flying high and proud at the annual Independence Day parade on July 4, only a mile from Freedom Rodeo grounds. The 90-minute parade through the community... — Updated 7/6/2023

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