Sen. Schoesler concerned by Capitol closure

OLYMPIA — Sen. Mark Schoesler is frustrated by the complete closure of the Legislative Building and other Capitol campus buildings to the public during the 2021 legislative... — Updated 1/20/2021

Pasco to purchase parcel for new fire station

PASCO – The City Council has approved of the purchase of 2.125 acres of land for development of a future fire station. During a meeting Jan. 19, the council agreed to a purchase contract to spend $255,000 for the acreage at... — Updated 1/20/2021

Whitman County opposes newest phased-in plan

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners are sending a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee asking him to reverse his recent virus-related reopening plan, "Healthy Washington-Roadmap to... — Updated 1/20/2021

Four lawmakers file bill to create 51st state

SPOKANE VALLEY - Four Republican lawmakers have signed onto a new bill designed to encourage splitting Washington into two separate states. Reps. Bob McCaslin and Rob Chase, both... — Updated 1/20/2021

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending, but it’s not enough for some parents and educators. They expressed frustration and claim the... — Updated 1/20/2021

Seattle man charged with trespassing on Governor's Mansion grounds

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Patrol has arrested a Seattle man in connection with trespassing onto the Governor’s Mansion grounds Jan. 6. Damon Huseman, 26, was arrested for second-degree assault, felony harassment and... — Updated 1/20/2021

Governor's virus proclamations extended indefinitely

OLYMPIA – Following a state Senate vote, Gov. Jay Inslee’s coronavirus-related orders will remain intact indefinitely. Senate Concurrent Resolution 8402 passed the Senate along a partyline vote, 28-19, with the House... — Updated 1/14/2021

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending, but many parents and educators have expressed frustration that the governor’s budget does not... — Updated 1/14/2021

Use of police force elicits emotional testimony

OLYMPIA — A proposed ban on the use of chokeholds, unleashed K-9 dogs and other use-of-force tactics by law enforcement is just the beginning of an effort by several state lawmakers to address alleged police violence. If... — Updated 1/14/2021

Newhouse votes to impeach Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eastern Washington's two Republican congressional representatives were on opposite sides of the House vote to impreach President Donald Trump for a second time. Fourth Congressional District Rep. Dan Newhouse... — Updated 1/13/2021

Chiawana girl graduates early to play hoops for OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has signed a high school girls basketball player to its roster for this spring. Talia von Oelhoffen, a 5-foot-11 guard, will graduate... — Updated 1/20/2021

Minimum wage and salary threshold increase

OLYMPIA - As of Jan. 1, low-wage earners and some salaried employees are being paid more for their efforts on the job. Across Eastern Washington and some areas west of the... — Updated 1/5/2021

Gov. Inslee, 'tear down this wall'

Protests are nothing new in Olympia. Each year, thousands of protesters converge on legislative sessions to rally for special causes, object to government activities and generally... — Updated 1/13/2021

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