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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

HB 1356 panders to PC power brokers

It’s a solution in search of a problem. Lawmakers in Olympia appear to be fast-tracking House Bill 1356, which would ban the use of “racially derogatory or discriminatory... — Updated 3/4/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Regionalization doesn't work

Have you bought into Gov. Jay Inslee’s newest coronavirus recovery scheme, his “Healthy Washington-Roadmap to Recovery?” If you haven’t, you’re not alone. In fact, many... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Lincoln County moving to Phase 2 on Monday

UPDATE: Hours after the press conference, the Governor's Office announced that areas moving to "Phase 2" can do so Sunday, Feb. 14, to allow restaurants, bars, taverns and theaters... — Updated 2/12/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Odessa 1B football team ranked #1

ODESSA – At least one athletics organization is ranking the Odessa Tigers as the top 1B football team to beat in Washington state. In a preseason ranking released earlier this... — Updated 2/4/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Nelson letters response to Inslee

ODESSA – The local high school principal has taken Gov. Jay Inslee to task for the unfair treatment of local student athletes. Principal Jamie Nelson spelled out local... — Updated 2/4/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Whitman statues should remain in Capitol building, part of history

The culture, heritage and history of Eastern Washington — indeed all of Washington and Oregon history — is under fire again in Olympia. I’m talking about an effort this year... — Updated 2/4/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Billig: Shutdown edict may loosen

OLYMPIA – Sen. Majority Leader Andy Billig said Wednesday night that Eastern Washington residents will be “glad” about changes in coronavirus edicts relating to business opening expected to be announced today. “There is... — Updated 1/28/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Gov. Inslee, 'tear down this wall'

Protests are nothing new in Olympia. Each year, thousands of protesters converge on legislative sessions to rally for special causes, object to government activities and generally... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Trestle work

Workers continue their inspection of the railroad overpass across state Highway 28 just outside of the Odessa town limits, near the Dobson Road outlet.... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Protestors rally in Olympia, public access restricted

Protests are nothing new in Olympia. Each year, thousands of protesters converge on legislative sessions to rally for special causes, object to government activities and generally... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Newhouse votes to impeach Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eastern Washington's two Republican congressional representatives were on opposite sides of the House vote to impreach President Donald Trump for a second time. Fourth Congressional District Rep. Dan Newhouse... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Two arrested on opening day of legislative session

OLYMPIA – Two people were arrested this morning, Monday, Jan. 11, as the Legislature entered session behind locked gates. Early in the morning, a woman parked her RV in front of... — Updated 1/11/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Guardsmen, troopers ready for protests

OLYMPIA -- The Washington National Guard and the Washington State Patrol took up positions around the Capitol today in advance of the opening of the legislative session. Their... — Updated 1/10/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee extends shutdown to Jan. 11

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee this morning extended his coronavirus lockdown measures until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 11, “unless otherwise extended.” Jan. 11 is the opening day of the upcoming legislative session, and Democrats Sen. Andy... — Updated 12/30/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Call it Prohibition 2.0

On Dec. 18, 1917, Congress proposed the 18th Amendment, which would later make it illegal to make, buy, sell or drink alcohol. Two years later, after ratification Jan. 16, 1919,... — Updated 12/17/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Coronavirus vaccinations may start Tuesday

OLYMPIA – Health care workers in the state could start receiving a Wuhan coronavirus vaccine as early as Tuesday. During a press conference this morning, Sunday, Dec. 13, Gov. Jay Inslee said doses of a vaccine should arrive... — Updated 12/13/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor extends shutdown orders to Jan. 4

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee essentially canceled Christmas and New Year's celebrations today, Dec. 8, by ordering coronavirus quarantine orders to remain in place through the end of... — Updated 12/13/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor unveils virus notification application

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a new cellphone-based coronavirus exposure notification system Monday. During an afternoon press conference, Inslee touted the new "WaNotify" application designed in corroboration with... — Updated 12/4/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Oregon tops WSU 43-29

PULLMAN - The Washington State University Cougars showed Saturday night that they can play with the best in the NCAA. But a strong first half wasn't enough to keep the No. 11... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Clay shoot canceled in wake of shutdown

ST. JOHN – Rock Lake Sporting Clays has canceled its fund-raising shoot for this Saturday, Nov. 21. Gary Newton, owner of the Rock Lake Sporting Clays on Stevens Road, confirmed the cancelation Monday. “Due to the governor’s... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Davenport to get snow; Odessa may be spared

DAVENPORT — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory as heavy snow is expected to move into Northern Idaho and Northeast Washington. The advisory runs fro... — Updated 11/13/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee calls on travelers to quarantine 14 days

OLYMPIA — A day after Gov. Inslee told residents to have virtual Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations this year, he issued a travel advisory calling on travelers to quarantine 14 days. The governor’s advisory also suggests... — Updated 11/13/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor, first lady call for residents to have virtual holidays

OLYMPIA - The governor and his wife tonight called on state residents to forgo Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations with family this year. Speaking together from a couch, Gov.... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Snowfall expected overnight

DAVENPORT– Drivers should expect wintry conditions and slick roads overnight tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for 10 p.m. tonight to 10... — Updated 11/9/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Chase running away with 4th Legislative District seat

SPOKANE VALLEY — Liberty state supporters have a new champion in Olympia following yesterday's general election. Republican Rob Chase of Spokane Valley will be filling the 4th Legislative District seat being vacated by Rep. Matt... — Updated 11/6/2020

 

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