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Klippert a spoiler in Secretary of State race?

OLYMPIA — Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs may owe his re-election Nov. 8 to Rep. Brad Klippert. Hobbs defeated independent Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson to retain the office, the first time a Democrat has been... — Updated 11/20/2022

Prepare your car for winter

Summer and fall can stake their claim as road trip season, and even devoted drivers may admit that winter is generally a less desirable time to take to the open road. The elements... — Updated 11/20/2022

Winter is here! Did you winterize your car?

Winterizing your car entails more than just getting the studded tires out of the garage and rushing to have them installed. According to some commentators, there are a few basic... — Updated 11/20/2022

Emergency supply kit

Extreme winter weather can make vehicle breakdowns especially dangerous. The National Safety Council encourages drivers to be prepared at all times by keeping these items in the trunk:  Properly inflatedspare tire, wheelwrench... — Updated 11/20/2022

Benton City woman injured, cited in Pasco crash

PASCO — A Benton City woman is facing charges in a three-vehicle crash in which she was injured Thursday, Nov. 17, on Interstate 182. Helen L. Shuler, 57, was transported to a Richland hospital following the 7:06 a.m. crash... — Updated 11/20/2022

Jaguar harrier St. Hilaire wins boys state B title

PASCO - A local boy won a state B cross country title Saturday, Nov. 5, at Sun Willows Golf Course. Ciaran St. Hilaire, a junior at Tri-Cities Prepatory, took gold in the boys... — Updated 11/20/2022

Connell runners compete in state cross country meet

PASCO — Three Connell Eagles were among the hundreds of competitors Saturday, Nov. 5, vying for a state cross country title at Willow Springs Golf Course. In the boys division,... — Updated 11/9/2022

Too early to play the odds

I was reading the sports page this morning and saw the odds posted for basketball games that would be played later in the day. This early in the season there are a lot of games... — Updated 11/9/2022


As the college football season continues into the last third of the season you can see how fortunes have changed for some teams. My Eastern Eagles have fallen on hard times as... — Updated 11/3/2022

Golfing for law and fire

The Othello Golf Course recently hosted a fundraiser in support of Adams County Fire District No. 5 and the Adams County Sheriff's Office. The fundraiser included an auction, with... — Updated 11/3/2022

Long game ended too soon

It was quite the season that the Seattle Mariners had. It helps that there are more Wild Card teams otherwise the M's may have had to wait another year to make the playoffs. I... — Updated 11/3/2022

Eagles face Hornets in Homecoming game

CHENEY – The Eastern Washington University community hopes Homecoming spirit will lift the Eagles football team back into its winning ways this Saturday. The Eagles (1-4) are off... — Updated 10/12/2022

Columbia Basin Project gains momentum

RITZVILLE – It all started a hundred years ago. Back then, government officials and others saw great potential in the high desert lands of Adams County and surrounding areas. Originally, the Columbia Basin Project — with... — Updated 11/20/2022

Turkey Tweet

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You have plenty to be thankful for this holiday

It seems like every time you open a webpage, turn on the TV or listen to the radio, you’re bombarded with negativity. We’re on the verge of nuclear war. The recession is upon... — Updated 11/20/2022

Free Press endorses Didier for commissioner

When the halls of government offices exude consensus and the hive mind takes over, the good ole boy network is usually at play. To open the doors of transparency, it takes new leadership willing to stand up to the closed-minded... — Updated 11/4/2022

Washington's constitution has broadest definition of property in the country

I recently had the opportunity to review all 50 state constitutions and confirmed an important fact for the current capital gains income tax litigation. Although most state... — Updated 11/3/2022

Political Ad Monster

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Throw the bums out!

You and I may not always agree on who the bums are, but we know that “You’re out!” is a cornerstone of our democracy. Lobbyists, dark money and blind ambition can be thwarted, but only If we vote, and this November, only if... — Updated 11/3/2022

Responding to Schoesler

Partisan state senator Mark Schoesler misses the mark again when he complains about the supposed tax and services imbalance between the two different sides of Washington. He calls free public transportation for west side children... — Updated 11/3/2022

Recycling Lithium Batteries Must Accelerate

Demand for Electric Vehicles (EV) is soaring---accelerated by climate change concerns. EVs reduce tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and buses which are responsible for 30... — Updated 11/3/2022

Crimes increase while student learning decreases

It’s no secret that crime has worsened throughout Washington in recent years, thanks to laws passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature and a decrease in the number of... — Updated 11/3/2022

New payroll tax in July 2023

A window to apply for an exemption from a payroll tax that begins in July 2023 is still open, but it will only be open for about two more months. It closes Dec. 31. If you’re one of the people who has private long-term-care... — Updated 11/3/2022

Try deep-frying or smoking your turkey

Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday. Families may have their own unique Thanksgiving traditions, but one staple of this kickoff to the holiday season is bound to make its way to Thanksgiving dinner tables no matter how unusual... — Updated 11/20/2022

Welcome to My Kitchen

Thanksgiving menus are on the minds of many area cooks. Turkey, beef roast, ham, or a combination? What sides and desserts will fit in range and refrigerator space? What oven dishes will cook in the meat standing time? Fresh... — Updated 11/20/2022

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