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 By Roger Harnack    News

Hart, Hebel advance to general election

CONNELL - The race for City Council Position No. sure has a lot of "pH." That's because today's certification of Aug. 1 primary election results determined Preston Hart and Patrice... — Updated 8/15/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

It's summer in Eastern Washington, not 'climate change'

The National Weather Service predicts we will see the hottest temperatures of the summer this week. It’s even gone so far as to declare an “excessive heat warning” until 11... — Updated 8/15/2023


Othello receiving $850,000 for park

OTHELLO – Kiwanis Park will benefit from two grants approved by the state Recreation and Conservation Office. The agency has awarded $500,000 to add a water park and renovate trails. A second grant of $350,000 was awarded to... — Updated 8/15/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

One dead, six injured in Mesa crash

MESA – An Othello man was killed and six others injured in a five-vehicle pileup Aug. 7 about three miles north of town. Jesus Camacho-Augustine, 21, of Othello, was pronounced dead at the scene near Milepost 10 of state Highway... — Updated 8/15/2023


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

 By Roger Harnack    News

Connell man among five arrested after trying to pay for sex

OTHELLO – A Connell resident is among the five men arrested July 29 in a reverse prostitution sting. Cesar Chavez-Alcala, 28, of Connell, is facing charges in Othello District Court, along with Victorina Garcia, 45, of Mattawa;... — Updated 8/1/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Schmunk, Weidemann lead Lind primary election races

LIND - Preliminary primary election returns show Jamie Schmunk and Jim Weidemann leading Town Council races. At the end of counting Tuesday night, Aug. 1, Schmuck had 62 votes... — Updated 8/1/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Hart dominating Connell council race

CONNELL — Candidate Preston Hart has a commanding lead in the Aug. 1 primary election race for City Council Position No. 5. but it's a dead heat to see who will be the runner-up. After the end of the first day of counting... — Updated 8/1/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Othello man arrested for child rape

OTHELLO – A local man is facing a child rape charge after being caught in bed with a child. Manuel Trinidad-Ortiz, 32, of Othello, was booked into the Franklin County Jail following his July 19 arrest for first-degree child rape... — Updated 7/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Fires burning near Ritzville, Sprague

RITZVILLE – Smoke from multiple wildfires is creating near-whiteout conditions along portions of Interstate 90, prompting the state Department to of Transportation to close the... — Updated 7/17/2023


Freedom Rodeo results announced

BASIN CITY – One of the top bull riders to come out of Eastern Washington won All-Around Cowboy honors at the Freedom Rodeo on July 3-5 . Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee took home $5,777 for his performance in the saddle bronc and... — Updated 7/11/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Our state's fireworks law needs updating

Like most Americans, I enjoy watching – and lighting – fireworks on Independence Day. America’s “birthday” should stand out among all national holidays. And the colorful,... — Updated 7/6/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Three officers placed on leave

HATTON – Three Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been placed on administrative leave in connection with shooting death of a suspect Sunday, June 25. According to Sheriff Dale Wagner, two road deputies and a sergeant... — Updated 7/6/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Identity of man killed by deputies released

HATTON – The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a Warden man was killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers Sunday, June 25. Ramon O. Morfin, 29, of Warden, was pronounced dead at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday... — Updated 6/27/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Officer shoots suspect near Hatton

HATTON – An independent investigation is reviewing an officer-involved shooting Sunday, June 25, near Kulm Road in this tiny community just west of U.S. Highway 395. According to Grant County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kyle... — Updated 6/27/2023


Combines to battle this weekend in Lind

LIND – The city roars to life Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, as the 34th annual Combine Demolition Derby Days brings thousands of residents and visitors out for weekend of smashing fun. The highlight of the event is the... — Updated 6/14/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Two injured in Othello-area crash

OTHELLO – Two people were transported to area hospitals Thursday afternoon, June 8, following a crash on state Highway 26. Perejitei E. Bekewe, 26, hometown unknown, was transported to Richland Hospital. Anthony J. Williamson,... — Updated 6/14/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Spend time with dad Sunday

From cars to bigfoot to high-speed sprint boats, you don’t have to look very far to find something to do this weekend. But dad won’t care if you take him somewhere or just... — Updated 6/14/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Hat Rock fire burns 8,500 acres

TOUCHET — The state is providing support to local fire crews fighting the Hat Rock Fire. Walla Walla County Fire District No. 6 Chief Rusty Watt requested state help at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night, June 13. The fire started... — Updated 6/14/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

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 6/14/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

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 from... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Othello High School locked down

OTHELLO – The local high school was locked down Wednesday, May 10, after a reported threat. According to a report, city police and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the high school, 340 S. Seventh St., at 11:18... — 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

 By Roger Harnack    News

Special session called for 'Blake fix'

RITZVILLE – Sen. Mark Schoesler and other state lawmakers will return to the Capitol for a special session beginning May 16. “After returning home to Ritzville early last week following the end of this year’s legislative... — Updated 5/19/2023


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