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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

House Bill helps level playing field

Washington state has high tax rates — gas, property, you name it. Government agencies billions of tax dollars annually from residents and businesses here. So why then are... — Updated 1/26/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Christmas magic alive and well

As a youngster, I looked forward to Christmas. I loved the food, the traditions and especially the presents - what kid doesn't? In high school and college, the luster subsided. As... — Updated 12/23/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

The Bell tolls for Odessa

MOSES LAKE - Liberty Bell will make its first appearance in a state title football game after upending No. 1-ranked Odessa, 70-24, on Saturday, Nov. 26 on Lion's Field. Mountain... — Updated 12/2/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

County sign recovered

RITZVILLE—The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the thefts of multiple traffic signs last week. Investigators received information that led them to a location in the 1800 block of East Franz Road. During execution... — Updated 12/1/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Smiley leading 27 counties, but still losing

PASCO – Local farm girl turned political newcomer Tiffany Smiley securely has all 20 of Eastern Washington's counties in her corner. In fact, she had the lead in 27 of the... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Rep. Newhouse likely to retain seat

SUNNYSIDE – Despite being censured by most Republican committees in the 4th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Dan Newhouse appears headed toward re-election. Newhouse, R-Sunn... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

McMorris Rodgers leading in every county in district

SPOKANE – Incumbent Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers was easily out-distancing her challenger Tuesday night, Nov. 8, in her 5th Congressional District re-election bid. At the... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Two locals named NE2B All-League

REARDAN – Two local girls have been named to the Northeast 2B All-League teams. Senior Coalie Whitman was selected to the 1st Team and senior Justine Flett was named to the 2nd Team. No Davenport girls were selected for the... — Updated 11/4/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Get kids off electronics and on the field

Six-man football. I’d never heard of it before mid-August. When I played football, it was the traditional, 11-man variety. Heck, I didn’t even know there was anything else. Play... — Updated 10/13/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

More Lincoln County Rodeo pictures

Dozens of local athletes competed in the annual Lincoln County Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27. Here are photos of some of them.... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Take time to learn history; don't cancel it

Last week, Fairchild Air Force announced it was erasing Col. George Wright because the history surrounding him is considered by some divisive. In place of his name being associated... — Updated 9/1/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Looking for a few correspondents

Over the last several decades, many journalists saw hometown community columns as quaint links to how newspapers once operated. But with few journalists left in the Pacific... — Updated 8/11/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Enjoy a ride through the Palouse

The back roads of the Palouse are beautiful this time of year. But there’s a lot more to see if you traverse them on a motorcycle. Last week, after looking at the cost of gas and... — Updated 7/21/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Supreme court takes on agency 'law-making'

“But the Constitution does not authorize agencies to use pen-and-phone regulations as substitutes for laws…” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote that and more in... — Updated 7/14/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Squatchin' in Metaline Falls

Like the old Olympia beer commercials used to say, “I seen ‘em.” No, I’m not talking about “them there artesians” brewing beer in Washington state. I’m talking about... — Updated 7/7/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Combine Derby draws thousands to Lind

LIND – With names like "General Lee," "Let's Go Brandon" and "The Bandit," politics were on full-display Saturday along state Highway 21. Dozens of "Trump Country," Trump 2024"... — Updated 6/16/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Five file to run for sheriff

DAVENPORT – The race is on for several Lincoln County offices as political newcomers and incumbents square off following filing week. The window for formally file to run for... — Updated 5/26/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Gorilla girls win district title

LIBERTY LAKE – The Gorilla track and field times brought a one-two finish home from the 2B District 7 meet Saturday, May 21, from Ridgeline High School. The Davenport girls won... — Updated 5/26/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Reardan's season ends in the rain

SPOKANE – Heavy rainfall, thunder and an overwhelming opponent didn't prevent the Reardan girls fastpitch softball team from having a little fun Saturday, May 21, in Franklin... — Updated 5/26/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Plastic bag ban is only a scam on shoppers

I’ve never been a fan of the new ban on plastic bags and straws in our state. Subconsciously, I always knew it was a designed scheme to get more money out of people shopping in... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Thousands turnout for Desert 100

ODESSA – A temporary "city" of campers, RV and motorcyclists became the largest community in Lincoln County last weekend and thousands crowded into sage-filled field for the... — Updated 4/8/2022


Old-Time Farming Days planned for April

DAVENPORT – Farming is the backbone of every country. And organizers of the upcoming Old-Time Farming Days want people to understand the importance of farming and ranching. Old-Ti... — Updated 4/7/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Off-road racers return for Desert 100

ODESSA – Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts and racers are expected to ride into the area this weekend as the Stumpjumpers Motorcycle Club's 50th anniversary Desert 100 pits... — Updated 4/2/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Vetoes erase local input on wind, solar farms

POMEROY – Two Eastern Washington lawmakers are irate that Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing wind and solar farms on the region without providing for local input. Rep. Mary Dye,... — Updated 3/31/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Odessa motocross racing season opens

ODESSA – Racing season is on. The 2022 motocross season officially kicks off here this weekend with the Frostbite Grand Prix on Saturday and the White Knuckle Grand Prix on... — Updated 3/24/2022


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