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 By Roger Harnack    News

Spokane man sentenced in child sex case

SPOKANE — A Spokane man was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after using social media to entice a 13-year-old to produce sexual images for him. U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Fainyan Kain James Kimmerly, 22,... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Plastic bag ban is only a scam on shoppers

I’ve never been a fan of the new ban on plastic bags and straws in our state. Subconsciously, I always knew it was a designed scheme to get more money out of people shopping in... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pasco receives $100,000 grant

PASCO — The city is receiving a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce to help alleviate the shortage of affordable housing. The city is among several in the area receiving funds from the agency's $1.7 million Housi... — Updated 5/19/2022


Chinook fishery extended

WALLULA – With the best spring Chinook run since 2015, the state has extended the fishing season. The extension begins May 24, officials said, noting the run forecast for spring Chinook upstream of the dam will be about 180,000... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pasco man injured in Toppenish crash

TOPPENISH — A Pasco man was transported to a local hospital after the vehicle in which he was a passenger overturned Thursday evening, April 21. Jesus Barajas Arechiga, 33, of... — Updated 4/22/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Golf ball-sized dent leads to political brouhaha

PASCO — A golf ball-sized dent turned into a politically charged brouhaha during the Franklin County commission meeting Tuesday morning. By a 2-1 vote, commissioners approved... — Updated 4/15/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Boise man injured in crash south of Mesa

MESA — An Idaho driver was injured Tuesday, April 12, after his car slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer on southbound U.S. Highway 395. Matthew C. Campbell, 39, of Boise,... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Schoesler receives True Patriot award

ELTOPIA - Sen. Mark Schoesler received the True Patriot award Saturday, April 9, during the Franklin County Republicans annual Lincoln Day Dinner. It was the third award of the... — Updated 4/13/2022


Hillclimb racing returns to Rattlesnake Ridge

VERNITA – Hillclimb racing returns to Rattlesnake Ridge from May 6-8 following two years of being shuttered. The Washington Nitro Nationals returns with gasoline, methane and... — Updated 4/6/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

County bans local income taxes

COLFAX — Whitman County is the most recent to join the bandwagon opposing a local income tax. On Monday, March 21, county commissioners unanimously voted to oppose any effort to implement a local income tax within its jurisdictio... — Updated 4/6/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Vetoes erase local input on wind, solar farms

POMEROY – Two Eastern Washington lawmakers are irate that Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing wind and solar farms on the region without providing for local input. Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy... — Updated 4/6/2022


White sturgeon fishing to open on lower Columbia

IWACO — The state will open white sturgeon season on the lower 40 miles of the Columbia River beginning May 11. State Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are working with their counterparts in Oregon to allow fishing for... — Updated 3/31/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pasco woman injured in crash

PASCO — A local woman was injured following a crash last Wednesday night, March 30, on Interstate 182. Alma L. Camero, 59, of Pasco, was transported to a Richland hospital for treatment of injuries she sustained in the crash,... — Updated 3/31/2022


Coyotos finish sixth in state 2B boys basketball

SPOKANE - The Columbia (Burbank) boys basketball team entered this morning's fourth-place trophy game optimistic about its chances against the Colfax Bulldogs. But Colfax put on a... — Updated 3/5/2022


Othello wrestlers win medals

TACOMA – Four Othello grapplers brought home to Adams County medals Feb. 19 from the state Mat Classic XXXIII wrestling tournament in the Tacoma Dome. Alexis Monday grabbed silver... — Updated 3/3/2022


Haney wins state wrestling title

TACOMA - A Chiawana girl won the state girls 135-pound wrestling title Saturday, Feb. 19, at Mat Classic XXXIII in the Tacoma Dome. Alanna Haney, scored 30 team points, was the... — Updated 2/28/2022


Chiawana boys win state wrestling team title

TACOMA - The Chiawana boys wrestling team won the state 4A title Saturday, Feb. 19. The Riverhawks amassed 166.5 points, beating Sunnyside, 149 points, for the title. South Kitsap... — Updated 2/25/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee: Statewide mask mandate ends March 21

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that he’ll drop the statewide coronavirus-mask mandate March 21. Inslee said that’s the day when he believes it’ll be safe to remove mask mandates and not overwhelm hospitals. “It w... — Updated 2/17/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Superintendents: End of masks, contact tracing at schools

SPOKANE VALLEY – Following the lead of the Kettle Falls and Richland school boards, superintendents from across Northeast Washington sent a letter late Tuesday night, Feb. 15, to Gov. Jay Inslee requesting an end to mask mandates... — Updated 2/16/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Coronado advances to state Mat Classic

CONNELL – One local girl is headed to the state Mat Classic wrestling tournament this Friday. Nilaya Coronado qualified for state Saturday, Feb. 12, by placing fourth in the... — Updated 2/14/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Hiking trails should remain open at Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls has long been one of my favorite places to hike. Over the years, I've hiked the mile or so trek to the top of the main falls on numerous occasions. I've hiked it by... — Updated 2/10/2022


Steelhead smolts escape Lyons Ferry Hatchery

STARBUCK — Approximately 64% of the Lyons Ferry Hatchery Wallowa summer steelhead stock has been lost due to equipment failure. Hatchery workers lost roughly 249,770 steelhead smolts late last week, officials said, noting the... — Updated 2/10/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee eases some COVID-19 edicts

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday, Feb. 9, backed off some of his coronavirus mandates during a press conference. Inslee announced he is ending his call-up of the Washington National Guard, will allow non-emergent surgeries... — Updated 2/10/2022


Wrestlers may get to skip regionals

PASCO — Wrestlers may lose a regional tournament and qualify directly for the state Mat Classic tournament if a proposal before the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is approved later this week. On Tuesday, WIAA s... — Updated 1/25/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pickups collide near Sacajawea Park

PASCO — An evening crash tonight, Jan. 24, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Sacajawea Park Road is under investigation. And charges may be pending in 5:25 p.m. crash that injured a Richland man, the Washington State... — Updated 1/24/2022


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