Fog to bring air stagnation this week

RITZVILLE - The National Weather Service has issued an air stagnation warning until 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. The service said freezing, foggy conditions will trap pollutants and... — Updated 11/30/2023

Pasco woman sentenced in fentanyl case

PASCO — A local woman has been sentenced to 108 in prison after pleading guilty to drug-dealing charges. Amy Lynn Loza, 38, of Pasco, was sentenced after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more... — Updated 11/30/2023

Several close election races decided

HATTON – It took three weeks for the declared candidates in the town of Hatton to win their seats, but certified Nov. 7 general election results show they pulled it out – barely. In all of the town’s races, declared... — Updated 11/30/2023

Othello has new assistant chief

OTHELLO – During a Nov. 13 City Council meeting, a life-long resident was promoted from school resource officer to the city's No. 2 position in the Police Department. Sgt. Aaron... — Updated 11/30/2023

Man sought in alleged assault

LIND – The Adams County Sheriff's Office is looking for information on the whereabouts of a Ritzville man wanted in connection with a domestic violence incident. According to the... — Updated 11/30/2023

Free-access days set for park visits next year

OLYMPIA — In accordance with the law establishing the paid Discover Pass, state officials have announced free-access days for 2024. On free-access days, a Discover Pass isn’t needed to access a state-managed parks or land... — Updated 11/30/2023

Wrapping up fall sports

Before I get into this week’s sports update, let me wish all of you faithful readers of this column a very Happy Thanksgiving. And may I remind you to not eat too much — but... — Updated 11/30/2023

Let the Firing begin

There were a couple of interesting events that took place following Saturday’s college football games. On Sunday, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher was fired after a 51-10 shellacking... — Updated 11/18/2023

Sports fans time of year

Well, it looks like the last of the warm weather will be leaving us until spring. We always seem surprised, but we shouldn’t be. Once October is past the midway point, we should... — Updated 11/1/2023

USDA earmarks $40 million for ground water diversion

OTHELLO – The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing $40 million in grants to three projects designed to divert Columbia River water into irrigation canals... — Updated 11/7/2023

USDA: Supplant Odessa aquifer use

OTHELLO – The USDA is moving ahead with a plan to draw water out of the Columbia River for irrigation in an effort to curtail aquifer groundwater depletion. In an announcement Wednesday, Nov. 1, the agency said it will accept... — Updated 11/7/2023

Area solar projects receive grants

OTHELLO – More than $1 million has been earmarked to help four area businesses develop and maintain solar arrays to generate power for agricultural use. The USDA has announced Othello-based Basin Farmworks, Weyns Farm and Sage... — Updated 11/7/2023

Rebel Flat trestle dedicated

WINONA — The new Rebel Flat Cree trestle on the Palouse-Coulee City railroad line was dedicated Thursday morning, Nov. 2. Speakers included 9th Legislative District Sen. Mark... — Updated 11/7/2023

Trestle back in operation

WINONA — Trains are running over Rebel Flat Creek only two months after the Winona Fire destroyed the train trestle here. On Friday, Oct. 20, state officials announced that the... — Updated 11/1/2023

Health care professionals work to make us healthier

Physicians and health-care workers across the state have experienced unprecedented stress and hardship over the past several years. Despite this, physicians in Davenport and Odessa took and continue to take the time to help train... — Updated 11/30/2023

'BIG WIRES' Act provides power benefits for Americans

The Building Integrated Grids With Inter-Regional Energy Supply (BIG WIRES) Act is a promising bipartisan bill in Congress that offers a wide range of benefits: reducing the risk of electrical power outages, lowering carbon... — Updated 11/30/2023

Making their way to America

As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, we must be grateful for what we have and focus on our needs rather than fixate on what we want and crave. Being thankful starts with an... — Updated 11/30/2023

GAO: Bad water is the problem

Aren’t you sick and tired of hearing Gov. Jay Inslee and his ilk blaming Columbia and Snake River dams for the decline in Puget Sound salmon and orca populations? Despite... — Updated 11/18/2023

Never forget our veterans

While the last veterans who survived the “surprise” Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are dwindling rapidly, we cannot let their sacrifices and the memories of that horrific day... — Updated 11/18/2023

Return of the sockeye salmon

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake located deep in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains---the end of his... — Updated 11/7/2023

Sex offenders may hide in plain sight

Thirty-five attorneys general throughout the nation, including Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, have banded together in opposition to a proposal by the American Law Institute that would put an end to sex offender... — Updated 11/1/2023

Paid leave is too high for wage earners

What's the hourly wage of a Paid Family and Medical Leave recipient in Washington state? It's higher than I'm comfortable with. Lawmakers should explain to all workers why they... — Updated 11/1/2023

Traffic to get worse regardless of tolls

The Interstate 405 and state Highway 167 toll lane experiment is losing money. Now, the state Transportation Commission is considering increasing tolls by up to 80% to $18 each way... — Updated 11/1/2023

Require supermajority for tax hikes

If there’s one thing Americans can still agree on, it’s that tax policy is one of the most consequential decisions our government makes that impacts our economy and family... — Updated 11/1/2023

Lind Birthdays and Anniversaries

LIND – Residents celebrating birthdays and anniversaries from Nov. 22-28 are: Anniversaries Nov. 24 – Gary and Sharon Lobe Birthdays Nov. 22 – Scott Branson, Curtis Gering, Al Strohmaier, Karlee Kerr and Allison Ritz Nov.... — Updated 11/30/2023

These kids know their potatoes

LIND — The Lind-Ritzville Middle School Future Farmers of America competed Nov. 15 in the state Potato Evaluation Career Development competition with 45 other middle and high... — Updated 11/30/2023

Welcome to My Kitchen

New friends and family have steered my culinary interests toward gluten and dairy free recipes. For health and wellbeing, some folks must avoid certain ingredients or ingredient properties. Until recently, those avoiding gluten... — Updated 11/18/2023

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