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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

Dam compact words matter

Let’s take a few words that should be on the minds of all Eastern Washingtonians concerned over efforts to breach Snake River dams — agreement, restoration and sovereign, to... — Updated 2/29/2024


Burbank boy competes in Mat Classic

TACOMA - A Burbank wrestler competed in the state Mat Classic XXXV tournament Feb. 16-17 in the Tacoma Dome, but came home empty-handed. Wrestling at 113 pounds in the boys 1B/2B... — Updated 2/22/2024


Three Chiawana wrestlers win silver medals at state

TACOMA - Chiawana wrestlers brought home several medals from state Mat Classic XXXV, including three silvers and a bronze in the boys 4A division Feb. 16-17 in the Tacoma Dome.... — Updated 2/22/2024

 By Roger Harnack    News

Three dead in Othello crash

OTHELLO — Three Warden residents were killed in a crash Thursday, Feb. 15, on state Highway 17 a mile east of the city. Manuela Franco Huerta, 44, Daniel Gama Perez, 14, and Brini Moran Flores, 44, all died of injuries they... — Updated 2/22/2024


Othello girls take fourth at state

TACOMA - The Othello Huskies girls wrestling team finished fourth in the state Mat Classic XXXV tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17, in the Tacoma Dome. The Adams... — Updated 2/22/2024

 By Roger Harnack    News

McMorris Rodgers won't seek re-election

SPOKANE - The 5th Congressional District will have an opening next year. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, announced Thursday, Feb. 8, that she is not seeking... — Updated 2/14/2024

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pursuit reaches 150 mph on U.S. 395

HATTON — A Portland, Ore., man was arrested shortly after noon Sunday, Feb. 4, after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase in excess of 150 mph. Issac D. Burks Jr., 33, of Portland, Ore., was arrested near the... — Updated 2/14/2024

 By Roger Harnack    News

Moses Lake man killed in Highway 17 crash

WARDEN — The Washington State Patrol is looking for information on the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal crash early Sunday morning, Feb. 4, on state Highway 17. Jeremiah T. Gregg, 36, of Moses Lake, was killed in the... — Updated 2/14/2024

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

State parks failing at Palouse Falls, Lyons

Two years ago, Washington State Parks bureaucrats in Tumwater hatched a plan to address so-called "overcrowding" at Palouse Falls. The plan was to close and relocate the campground... — Updated 1/31/2024

 By Roger Harnack    News

Kitsap court to hear attempt to keep Trump off ballot

OLYMPIA – Eight Kitsap County residents have filed a lawsuit to try to remove former President Donald Trump from the March 12 primary election ballot. The lawsuit (Kitsap County Superior Court case No. 24-2- 00075-18) was filed... — Updated 1/12/2024

 By Roger Harnack    News

Snake River salmon pact filed in court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden Administration and environmental activists formalized an agreement Dec. 14 on plans to manage and improve salmon populations on the Snake River. A “memorandum of understanding” was filed with... — Updated 1/3/2024

 By Roger Harnack    News

Ephrata woman arrested in burglary

RITZVILLE – An Ephrata woman is facing multiple charges in connection with an attempted theft. Tianna Gene Marie Trumble, 19, of Ephrata was arrested Dec. 6 in the 1100 block of... — Updated 1/3/2024

 By Roger Harnack    News

Secret dam-breaching pact released

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Biden and Inslee administrations have been colluding secretly with extremist environmental groups and four tribal governments on plans to breach dams on the... — Updated 1/3/2024

 By Roger Harnack    News

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

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

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


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


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


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

 By Roger Harnack    News

Write-ins leading races in Hatton, Kahlotus

HATTON — For the second time in the last three general elections, the new mayor and town council members may all be write-in candidates. At the end of the first day of counting Tuesday night, Nov. 7, "write-in" was leading in... — Updated 11/7/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pedestrian found dead on U.S. 395

LIND – Southbound U.S. Highway 395 reopened Monday afternoon, Oct. 30, after a body was discovered near Milepost 81. Authorities have identified the body as that of Nicholas A. Cooper, 31, of Lakewood. Cooper was pronounced... — Updated 11/1/2023


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

 By Roger Harnack    News

Sonny's slated to reopen Thursday

WASHTUCNA – A longtime, iconic eatery will officially reopen Thursday afternoon here, three years to the day after it closed. Sonny’s Tavern, 250 S.W. Main St., will host a soft opening from 4-11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, for... — Updated 11/1/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Encephalitis case confirmed in Franklin County

PASCO — Local health officials have confirmed a rare St. Louis encephalitis case in Franklin County. According to the Benton County Health District, a county resident is believed to have contracted the mosquito-borne disease... — Updated 11/1/2023


Broncos cage Tri-Cities Prep, 36-12

PASCO – The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague boys football team remains undefeated this season after rolling over Tri-Cities Prep, 36-12, during a non-league matchup at Chiawana High School on Friday, Sept. 15. It was the closest matchup s... — Updated 9/26/2023


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


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