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Combine Derby draws thousands to Lind

LIND – With names like "General Lee," "Let's Go Branden" and "The Bandit," politics were on full-display Saturday along state Highway 21. Dozens of "Trump Country," Trump 2024"... — Updated 6/20/2022


Dinner and golf with Eastern coaches

Last week, the Eastern Washington University Eagle coaches came to Ritzville for golf and steak dinner hosted by the Ritzville Lions Club. The event has been going on for a long... — Updated 6/20/2022


Gonzaga baseball coach arrested for DUI in Reardan

REARDAN — Gonzaga head baseball Coach Mark Andrew Machtolf was arrested by Reardan Police and booked into Lincoln County Jail on a charge of driving under the influence late... — Updated 6/10/2022


'Free fishing weekend' set for June 11-12

COLFAX — Fishermen won’t need a license, vehicle pass or two-pole endorsement this coming weekend if they head to the water. That’s because Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, are a “free fishing weekend.” The free... — Updated 6/9/2022

 By Rod Larse    Sports & Rec

Sports combine approved

LIND – The combined Lind and Ritzville school boards unanimously approved adding the Harrington to the existing Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna athletic combine during a meeting... — Updated 6/6/2022


State seeks comments on cougar hunting

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking written comments on a proposed cougar hunting rule change. The proposed rule would increase the cougar bag limit for individual hunters in the areas where monitoring... — 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


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


Northeast Washington whitetail hunting in jeopardy

The Northeast Washington Wildlife Group is very concerned about the whitetail deer in District 1 of Region 1 in Northeast Washington. The harvest numbers for the area in 2019 and 20... — 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


Fish and Wildlife offices reopen

SPOKANE -- The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will reopen most of its facilities to the public starting Monday, March 21. "When we closed our offices and hatcheries to the public in March 2020 due to the pandemic, I hoped... — Updated 3/23/2022


Time flies

Sorry about not having a column for a few weeks. I’ve had last minute commitments on the day I normally write this column therefore I miss the deadline. Oh sure I could have... — Updated 3/23/2022


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


Kupp recognized by state Senate

OLYMPIA – The Super Bowl’s most valuable player, an Eastern Washington native, was celebrated in a Senate resolution this week. Cooper Kupp, a Yakima native and former Eastern Washington University football standout, was... — Updated 3/3/2022


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


Coyotes fall in first round at state

SPOKANE — The Columbia (Burbank) boys fell to the top-ranked Kalama Chinooks, 61-57, in their Class 2B state-opening game at the Hardwood Classic today in Spokane Veterans Memoria... — 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


Time for common sense

I’m not sure if you saw the news this past week that showed some very young elementary school students in Nevada. These youngsters were told by their teacher that starting the ver... — Updated 2/25/2022


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 Rod Larse    Sports & Rec

Fundraising under way for coach with leukemia

RITZVILLE – The Bronco and athletics communities are coming together to help a local county and his family. As of press time, a donation account for Jason Hilzer had raised more than $7,000 from 60 donations. The funds come as... — Updated 2/10/2022


Is that all there is?

Trying to find a great sporting event to watch on Sunday was not easy. Sure there were a few college basketball games that were televised but I can’t say there was one team that... — Updated 2/10/2022


Students pass hunter education

RITZVILLE – Several area youth completed their hunter education requirements Saturday, Feb. 5, during a class at the Ritzville Gun Club. The 11 students received certificates... — Updated 2/10/2022


Comments sought on shortening bear season

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking written comments on a proposed spring black bear special permit rule change from Feb. 2 to March 12. The proposed rule would establish spring black bear special... — 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


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


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