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Commissioners may have to repay wages

PASCO – Two former and three current Franklin County commissioners may have to return nearly $89,000 in wages following an audit of payroll practices for the board. Commissioner... — Updated 5/26/2023

Candidates needed for elected offices

PASCO — A special filing period has been opened for elected offices that do not have any candidates for the Aug. 1 primary election. According to the Franklin County Auditor's Office, the special filing period will be from May... — Updated 5/25/2023

Man accused in student slayings stands silent

MOSCOW, Idaho - The man accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death stood silent Monday, May 22, during his arraignment. Bryan Kohberger, 28, of Pullman,... — Updated 5/22/2023

Lot drawing set for Franklin County candidates

PASCO — The Franklin County Election's Department will host a lot drawing for the order of candidates names to appear on the 2023 primary ballot. The drawing will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, May 22, in the Franklin County... — Updated 5/19/2023

State moves to downgrade wolves

OLYMPIA – Wolves may be downgraded from an endangered species to “sensitive” under a proposed reclassification by state Department of Fish and Wildlife staff. The gray wolf was already removed by the federal endangered... — Updated 5/19/2023

Chinook season open from The Dalles to Wallula

WALLULA – The spring Chinook salmon fishing season is open for only a week between The Dalles Dam and Wallula Junction. From about 1,300 feet upstream of The Dalles Dam to the Orgon-Washington border, salmon may be retained... — Updated 5/19/2023

Soon to be a memory

In a month from now school will be out and the Lind Combine Derby weekend will bring a bunch of crash test dummies to town. We still have some spring sports to follow before the... — Updated 5/19/2023

Explosive racing at Nitro

Hundreds of motorcyle racers from across North America the braved Rattlesnake Ridge near Vernita during three days of action during the Washington Nitro Nationals from May 6-8.... — Updated 5/19/2023


Last week I talked about some of the changes that were made to the game of baseball in order to speed it up a bit. But I left out a couple of big changes that really need to be... — Updated 5/19/2023

The good fan

The basketball tournaments are over and we local fans should be happy that our teams played on for a while. Getting to playoff time is always fun. We get to brag about our team and... — Updated 5/19/2023

Fishing season opens April 22

PASCO — The lowland lakes fishing season opens Saturday, April 22, and along with it, the annual trout derby begins. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks trout in lakes throughout the year. Some of those catchable... — Updated 4/12/2023

House passes two Torres' bills

OLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives advanced a pair of agricultural bills today, April 12, sponsored by a Pasco Republican. By a vote of 97-0, the House approved Senate Bill 5156, sponsored by 15th Legislative District... — Updated 4/12/2023

Old-Time Plowing Bee slated for this weekend

COLFAX - The Palouse Empire Threshing Association Spring Farming Days will occur this weekend, April 15-16, at the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds on state Highway 26, west of Colfax,... — Updated 4/12/2023

Republicans threaten democracy

President Joe Biden is seeking re-election. I wish he were younger and I might favor other Democrats — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and 2020 presidential contenders Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker come to mind. But Biden’s... — Updated 5/19/2023

It's That Time of the Year

Some would argue that spring is the most wonderful time of the year in Washington. Throughout our state fruit trees blossom, vibrant tulip fields bloom, and colorful lentils... — Updated 5/19/2023

Failure to act legalizes drugs

The state Legislature is headed back to Olympia this week for a special session specifically to deal with the prospect of all drugs becoming legal July 1. Sen. Mark Schoesler,... — Updated 5/19/2023

My parting thoughts from session

Beef Day is the second-best day of the legislative session, next to the last day. Probably the best news about the 2023 legislative session is that we adjourned on time, although... — Updated 5/19/2023

Public safety failures the legacy of 2023

This session saw some bipartisan successes as lawmakers and citizens were in Olympia together for the first time in nearly three years. That in-person interaction is always key for working relationships and good workable... — Updated 5/19/2023

Carefully weigh energy tradeoffs

President Biden is unwisely “throttling up” plans to ditch carbon fuels unilaterally despite the extreme consequences of doing so. He wants to accelerate replacement of... — Updated 5/19/2023

Lawmakers refrain from raising taxes

A miracle of sorts took place under the Capitol dome on April 23. The state Legislature adjourned its 2023 legislative session without raising taxes. I want to point it out because... — Updated 5/19/2023

Impaired driver bills advance

In recent years, drunk and drug-impaired driving has become a greater problem on Washington’s roads and highways. It is a major reason for the alarming increase in accidents and... — Updated 5/19/2023

Earth Day isn't about politics

On Earth Day this year, I will be planting two trees in a local park. This is not a political act. And yet, there are many who will see it that way because it occurs on a day... — Updated 5/19/2023

Gun measures miss causes

On the Saturday before Easter, the state Senate's majority Democrats passed what they call an "assault weapons ban." In reality, the bill targets several of the most popular sporting and self-defense firearms in the country,... — Updated 5/19/2023

Lind High School alumni gather

LIND – Graduates of the former Lind High School gathered Saturday, May 6, to honor several classes as well as this year's local Lind-Ritzville graduating seniors. The Lind... — Updated 5/19/2023

Lind Alumni Banquet reunion set

LIND — The annual Lind Alumni Banquet luncheon will take place Saturday, May 6, at Lind-Ritzville Middle School, formerly Lind High School. The 1 p.m. program will be in the gymnasium, 507 N. E St. This year’s honored classes... — Updated 5/19/2023

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