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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


WSU Cougars host Cal Bears

PULLMAN — The Washington State Cougar football team will host only its second home game Saturday as California rolls into town. The Cougars, 1-2, and banking on freshman quarterback Jayden de Laura to be the deciding difference... — Updated 12/22/2020


Hunters can win an incentive permit

SPOKANE — Hunters reporting their 2020 black bear, deer, elk or turkey results by Jan. 10 will have the opportunity to win one of nine deer and elk incentive permits for fall 2021. State Department of Fish and Wildlife Game... — Updated 12/22/2020


Hanford Reach steelhead fishery to close

RICHLAND — The Hanford Reach steelhead fishery will close Jan. 1. The closure is from the Interstate 182 bridge upstream to the old Hanford townsite powerline crossing over the Columbia River. It will remain in effect iuntil... — Updated 12/22/2020


Small schools call for sports to resume

REARDAN - More than 70 small school coaches and educators are calling on the governor to allow them to resume sports post haste. In a letter penned Dec. 10 by Superintendents Eric... — Updated 12/16/2020


Cable Bridge Run set for Dec. 19-20

PASCO — The 42nd annual Lampson Cable Bridge Run will take place in person Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20. The event includes 1 mile, 5k and 10k races, with waves starting... — Updated 12/14/2020


Only 25 boats had zebra, Quagga mussles

ELTOPIA — Out of 32,000 boat inspections here along U.S. Highway 395 and in Spokane County, only 25 vessels were found to have invasive zebra and Quagga muscles. In addition to the mussels, Fish and Wildlife employees said they... — Updated 11/30/2020


Spring bear hunts, fishing and more on tap

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to consider approving a land transaction and hear updates on a wide variety of topics during its Dec. 3-5 virtual commission meeting. The commission will begin with... — Updated 11/30/2020


WIAA delays start of winter sports

RENTON — The pandemic has struck another blow to local athletics. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Assiation voted to delay the start of winter sports to Feb. 1, 2021,... — Updated 11/22/2020


Connell's Radke signs with Eagles volleyball

CHENEY – Connell volleyball standout Alyssa Radke of Mesa was one of four players to sign letter of intent to play for the Eastern Washington University volleyball team on the... — Updated 11/12/2020


Women's roughstock events gain renewed interest

They may be on a bucking horse in Montana, or riding bulls in Colorado or parking their gear bag behind the chutes at practice pens near Reardan. They are sometimes smaller than the... — Updated 11/4/2020


Open Season

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Cougars to return to gridiron Nov. 6

PULLMAN - The Rolovich era will begin in 2020 after all for WSU football as the Pac-12 CEO Group voted Thursday, Sept. 24, to resume athletics competition Nov. 6. The team will... — Updated 10/23/2020


Proposed bear season changes

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a proposed spring black bear season rule change. The proposed rule modifies season dates, permit numbers in some areas and removes two private... — Updated 10/22/2020


Ritzville athletes back in training

RITZVILLE – High school athletic training camps began again this week, after the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association opened up the coaching window from now through the end of November. "Starting Monday, we are... — Updated 10/22/2020


Sunrise salmon

A salmon fishing boat floats the Columbia River near Vernita Bridge on Saturday morning. A "fishing village" has grown at the bridge over the last few weeks as salmon runs make... — Updated 10/12/2020


Salmon fishery updated

PASCO — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has released an update on the salmon fishery. Through Oct. 15, fishermen between The Dalles Dam and the U.S. Highway 395 bridge (the Blue Bridge) at Pasco may catch up to six... — Updated 10/2/2020


Tribal gillnet fishery to open

DALLESPORT — A tribal treaty gillnet fishery will open at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, along the Columbia River. According to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, commercial tribal gillnetting will be allowed until 6 p.m.... — Updated 10/2/2020


Campfire restrictions remain in some areas

OTHELLO — While the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is lifting it's ban on most agency-managed lands, some restrictions will remain in place in South-Central Washington. According to agency Lands Division Manager Cynthia... — Updated 10/2/2020


Meeting set on public lands

YAKIMA — The Department of Fish and Wildlife will host an online meeting on the role of public lands for people and wildlife in Yakima, Kittitas, Franklin and Benton counties from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. Agency Director Kelly... — Updated 9/23/2020


Scooteney reopens to swimmers

BASIN CITY — A ban on swimming in Scooteney Reservoir was lifted today, according to the Benton-Franklin Health District. The reservoir was closed to swimming Aug. 10 when a toxic algal bloom increased the amount of toxic... — Updated 9/22/2020


Chinook, Coho season opens on mainstem of the Columbia River

PASCO — Chinook and Coho salmon fishing opens on the mainstem of the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the Blue Bridge (U.S. Highway 395) on Saturday, Sept. 19. Fisheries officials announced the opening Thursday. All Coho retained... — Updated 9/18/2020


Chinook, Coho fishery opens for three days

PASCO — State fisheries officials have updated season rules for catching salmon the next three days. From Sept. 11-13, fishermen may keep one Chinook or one Coho salmon between Hood River Bridge and Pasco. The minimum size is 12... — Updated 9/11/2020


Special pheasant hunts loom

MESA — The early general archery deer and elk hunting season has opened in many areas of Washington state. But two special pheasant hunts loom. From Sept. 19-20, a special pheasant hunt for residents younger than 16 is on tap... — Updated 9/2/2020


Chinook, steelhead fishery opens

PASCO — The Snake River opened today, Tuesday, Sept. 1, for fishermen to catch and keep fall Chinook salmon and steelhead. The Chinook fishery will close Oct. 31, state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said. Chinook... — Updated 9/1/2020


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