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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


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


And the winner is...

The awards for outstanding players in the NCAA divisions have been announced. The FBS winners are told prior to the bowl games in early December. The FCS awards are announced the... — Updated 1/20/2022


Steelhead fishing closed on Lower Snake

BURBANK — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the lower section of Snake River to steelhead fishing effective Jan. 4. The closure extends from the mouth of the river at Burbank upstream to Lower Granite Dam. Above... — Updated 1/5/2022


Disappointing decision regarding 2B football playoffs

Last week, the WIAA unveiled its state tournament allocations for fall sports. These allocations determine how many teams each district gets to send to the state playoffs in these... — Updated 1/5/2022


Special hunt drawing set for early reporters

OLYMPIA — Hunters who report their 2021 black bear, deer, elk, or turkey hunting results by Monday, Jan. 10, will have the opportunity to win one of nine deer and elk incentive permits for fall 2022. State Department of Fish and... — Updated 1/5/2022


Fish and Wildlife commissioner resigns

OLYMPIA – There are now two vacancies on the state Fish and Wildlife Commission. In a letter Monday, Dec. 13, to Gov. Jay Inslee, Commissioner Fred Koontz, Ph.D. of King County resigned form the at-large seat on the nine-member... — Updated 12/14/2021


Shortage of officials interrupting local sports

RITZVILLE – A shortage of officials here and across the nation are interrupting middle and high school sports. According to Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna Athletic Director Greg Whitmore, the shortage has prompted the... — Updated 12/9/2021

 By Rod Larse    Sports & Rec

Broncos hoops teams lose to Tri-Cities Prep

RITZVILLE – The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague boys (0-1) and girls (0-2) basketball teams both fell to Tri-Cities Prep on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The Bronco boys lost to the Jaguars, 57-54.... — Updated 12/9/2021


Connell girls eliminated in six sets

YAKIMA - The Connell girls volleyball team was swept from the state 1A volleyball tournament Friday, Nov. 12, in six straight sets. The losses ended the season for the No.... — Updated 11/16/2021


Jaguar girls go two-and-out at state

YAKIMA – The Tri-Cities Prep girls volleyball team went two and out at the state 2B volleyball tournament Nov. 11 and 12 in the Yakima Valley SunDome. The No. 12-seeded Jaguars... — Updated 11/16/2021


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


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