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Firearms restrictions, hunting closures on tap

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission may implement new firearms restrictions and hunting closures when it meets virtually Oct. 21-22. In addition, commissioners will discuss a new rule on importing and retaining dead... — Updated 10/18/2021


Citrus fundraiser starts for Bulldogs boys basketball

PASCO - A citrus-flavored boys basketball fundraiser has kicked off in support of the Pasco Bulldogs hoops programs. Fans, supporters and others can order citrus from today, Oct.... — Updated 10/11/2021


Palouse Falls plan ends camping, requires permits

OLYMPIA – A new plan for managing Palouse Falls State Park may end camping and require hiking permits if its approved. Washington State Parks officials will take comments on the... — Updated 9/28/2021


Additional sturgeon fishing days added

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. — Fishermen will be able to catch and keep sturgeon on a section of the lower Columbia River for four more days in September. Fisheries managers for Oregon and Washington announced Wednesday, Sept. 15, that... — Updated 9/16/2021


Chiawana football team ranked No. 5

PASCO - A local football team is ranked among the Top 5 among all divisions in Washington state. has ranked the Chiawana Riverhawks as the No. 5 team, behind... — Updated 8/27/2021


Toxic algae subsides in Scooteney

BASIN CITY — Recreational activities can resume on Scooteney Reservoir as a toxic algal bloom has subsided. The reservoir was closed Aug. 13 after water tests showed a high level of toxins, the Benton-Franklin Health District... — Updated 8/27/2021


Eagle's Nest plans fundraiser for Connell sports

CONNELL - The booster club for the Connell Eagles sports program will host a fundraising barbecue Sept. 2. The Eagle's Nest barbecue will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Connell... — Updated 8/24/2021


Chiawana QB among Top 25 players

PASCO - One local football player is among the state's Top 25 seniors on the high school grid iron. ranked J.P. Zamora, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Chiawana quarterback as... — Updated 8/18/2021


Berquist takes second at College National Finals

CASPER, WYO. — LaCrosse's Caleb Berquist took second-place in tie-down roping at the College National Finals Rodeo on June 19. A junior at Montana State University, Berquist was... — Updated 8/17/2021


Franklin County residents compete in Cheney Rodeo

CHENEY — Two Franklin County cowgirls were among the Cheney Rodeo contestants last weekend. Jennifer Casey of Mesa and Kaite Breazeale of Pasco were both on the ticket for... — Updated 7/13/2021


Othello receives state recreation grants

OTHELLO – The city was awarded $1,350,000 in grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, which will be used to improve Lions Park. The city plans to use the funding to replace 1950's playground... — Updated 7/13/2021


Freedom Rodeo draws fans, despite heat

BASIN CITY - Thousands of rodeo fans turned out Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, to watch the second Freedom Rodeo. Temperatures neared 100 degrees at performance time Friday... — Updated 6/28/2021


Pelican Fueling competes at Webb's Slough

ST. JOHN - Race fans may want to forgo hydroplanes and follow sprint boats. "It's so much better," Team Pelican Fueling owner and driver Dan Hatch of Pasco said. Hatch, son Dylan... — Updated 6/27/2021


Freedom Rodeo returns to Basin City

BASIN CITY - The second Freedom Rodeo returns to the arena Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, with two adult performances and a youth competition. The rodeo was the only one in Eastern Washington to buck Gov. Jay Inslee's... — Updated 6/21/2021


Hydroplane racing is back on

PASCO — Just a few weeks after canceling the annual hydroplane races here, Water Follies officials have announced the races are back on. The hydroplane races will take place July 23-25 on the Columbia River, upstream from the... — Updated 5/25/2021


Hike the falls

PALOUSE FALLS - The visitor area and trails around Palouse Falls are open to visitors. The main waterfall is the focal point of Palouse Falls State Park. Trails lead daring hikers... — Updated 5/18/2021


Elk calves to be outfitted with radio-transmitters

DAYTON -- State biologists plan to begin capturing Blue Mountains elk calves next week to help determine why the herd is in decline. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes... — Updated 5/12/2021


Eastern restocks basketball roster

CHENEY — With their ranks decimated by the “out” door of the NCAA Transfer Portal, new Eastern Washington University men’s basketball coach David Riley welcomes a handful of transfers back to the team. Rylan Bergersen... — Updated 5/11/2021


Fishing season opens Saturday

ICE HARBOR DAM – The lowland lakes fishing season opens Saturday, April 24, with trout being the most sought-after species. Opening day also marks the opening day of the statewide trout derby, where fishermen can win more than... — Updated 4/20/2021


Moses Lake Gun Show set for this weekend

MOSES LAKE - Firearms enthusiasts will gather this weekend for the Moses Lake Gun Show. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grant County... — Updated 4/15/2021


Eastern tops Idaho, 38-31

CHENEY - The Eastern Eagles came from behind Saturday to top the Idaho Vandals, 38-31, in the final Big Sky season matchup of the year. Dennis Merritt, a graduate of Cascade High... — Updated 4/13/2021


Eastern, Idaho battle in regular season finale

CHENEY - There's plenty different now than when Eastern Washington and Idaho met to kickoff the winter/spring Big Sky Conference football season seven weeks ago. This time around, i... — Updated 4/8/2021


Ringold steelhead fishery to open April 7

RINGOLD — The state is opening steelhead fishing from the shore beginning Wednesday, April 7. The fishery is open on the Franklin County shoreline from a quarter-mile downstream of the Ringold wasteway outlet to a halfmile... — Updated 4/7/2021


Commission to set 2021-23 hunting seasons

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will set 2021-23 hunting seasons, establish state water mining rules and update its fish hatchery policy when it meets Friday, April 9. The commission is expected to approve new... — Updated 4/7/2021


Shantay Legans departs EWU for University of Portland

CHENEY — Eastern Washington's ever-improving basketball program has launched another coach out of Cheney. Fresh from guiding his team to only the program's third berth in the... — Updated 4/1/2021


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