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  • Someone paid for your freedoms

    Roger Harnack|Updated May 23, 2024

    Disappointingly, many Americans are worried about silly first-world problems like where to go boating or what to barbecue over the upcoming weekend. Too many view this upcoming three-day break as an excuse to eat, drink and party, never giving a thought as to why Memorial Day is observed. So while you’re anxiously awaiting the long weekend, take time to remember, understand and plan to observe Memorial Day. Memorial Day is dedicated to the men and women killed while serving i...

  • On lunch break, man flees burglary trial

    Roger Harnack, The Record-Times|Updated May 2, 2024

    RITZVILLE - A Spokane Valley man being tried in connection with an Adams County burglary case failed to return to court in the middle of his trial Thursday, April 25. As a result, the Adams County Sheriff's Office is seeking public assistance in locating John Michael Daigneault. 50, who was subsequently convicted in absentia of burglary, court records show. Daigneault was one of two people arrested in connection with the burglary of an Odessa-area farm in the 1900 block of...

  • Race Time! Desert 100 race set for April 7

    Roger Harnack, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    IRBY — Start your engines! The 52nd annual Stumpjumpers Desert 100 race takes over the sage-steppe area north of State Highway 28 on Sunday, April 7. Several thousand dirt bike racers are expected to compete in 50-mile, 100-mile and relay races. The major event of race weekend — April 4-7 — takes place Sunday. Following an 8:30 a.m. riders meeting, racers will make there way to the start line, which will span more than a half-mile. Once on the line, dirt bike racers will be awaiting the firing of a cannon to signal the start...

  • State unveils pike 'rapid response' plan

    Roger Harnack, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    LAKE ROOSEVELT - The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has released a "rapid response" plan to take extraordinary measures to kill northern pike found in waterways like Lake Roosevelt. Released last week, the plan would allow state officials and tribes to draw down reservoirs, using Rotenone to poison the fish, netting and seining, quarantining waterways and more after declaring a northern pike emergency. State Aquatic Invasive Species Policy Coordinator Justin Bush...

  • Dam compact words matter

    Roger Harnack|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    Let’s take a few words that should be on the minds of all Eastern Washingtonians concerned over efforts to breach Snake River dams — agreement, restoration and sovereign, to name a few. Last Thursday in the White House, President Joe Biden signed onto the “Commitments in Support of the Columbia Basin Restoration Initiative and in Partnership with the Six Sovereigns” agreement. The so-called “sovereigns” refers to the states of Washington and Oregon, and four tribes — th...

  • Forest bill offers welcome change

    Roger Harnack|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Funny how it took a move into the country before a Democrat would support efforts to clean up our forests. Last week, Senate Bill 6121 passed the Senate unanimously. The bill sponsored by Sen. Kevin Van De Wege — a Democrat who now lives at Lake Sutherland — encourages the removal of downed timber and other “fuel” that could feed a wildfire. He should be commended for being the first Democrat to step out of the party box and recognize the importance of removing downed timber,...

  • State parks failing at Palouse Falls, Lyons

    Roger Harnack|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Two years ago, Washington State Parks bureaucrats in Tumwater hatched a plan to address so-called “overcrowding” at Palouse Falls. The plan was to close and relocate the campground to Lyons Ferry, require permits to visit Upper Palouse Falls and to end hiking and exploring in and around the main Palouse Falls basin. The effort also eliminated kayaking access on the upper Palouse River. And to make the effort sound legitimate, those city-dwelling bureaucrats called Palouse Fal...

  • Reardan wrestlers bring home medals

    Roger Harnack, The Record-Times|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Two Reardan boys brought home bronze medals from the Tri-County Classic wrestling tournament Thursday, Dec. 21. Sterling McLaughlin was third at 190 pounds and Carson Durbin third at 215. Other Screaming Eagles winning medals included Alex Matusik, fourth at 120, and Joey Matusik, sixth at 113. As a team, Reardan amassed 83 points, good enough for an eighth-place finish out of 20 teams. Mead won the tournament with 169 team points, followed by Central V...

  • Conway, Cash compete at M2 Mallet

    Roger Harnack, Record-Times|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE – Two Gorilla girls represented Davenport at the M2 Mallet Girls on Saturday, Dec. 23. But neither Stormy Conway nor Emma Cash brought home a medal. Wrestling at 110 pounds, Conway lost her first two matches. She was pinned by Hunter Edmondson of Sand Point in 51 seconds and then eliminated from the tournament by Layla Smith of Hanford, who pinned her in 17 seconds. Cash, wrestling at 135 pounds, faired better. She opened with a major decision victory, 12-3, over H...

  • Looking a lot like Christmas

    Roger Harnack|Updated Dec 21, 2023

    The Christmas tree is decorated. The gifts are wrapped. There may not be snow outside, yet, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And I, for one, am looking forward to our family traditions. Every family has its own traditions; our starts with cutting down a tree, something we did a week or two ago. With the tree up and the lights already on, we’ve moved onto music and movies. Oh, the Christmas movies … Break out the classics – “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Mir...

  • GAO: Bad water is the problem

    Roger Harnack|Updated Nov 22, 2023

    Aren’t you sick and tired of hearing Gov. Jay Inslee and his ilk routinely blame Columbia and Snake River dams for the decline in Puget Sound salmon and orca populations? Despite voluminous information to the contrary, Inslee, Sen. Patty Murray and other extremist environmental politicians continue to push a narrative on salmon decline that is patently false. There should be penalties for being so disingenuous. While there isn’t a penalty for false statements made to app...

  • One killed in DUI-related crash

    Roger Harnack, The Record-Times|Updated Nov 16, 2023

    SPRAGUE – Drugs and/or alcohol were factors in two unrelated crashes that left one person dead and three injured Saturday and Sunday. At about 12:28 p.m. Saturday, a driver was injured and his passenger killed when their vehicle overturned in the median of Interstate 90. Then on Sunday night, a wrong-way driver caused a head-on crash near Milepost 240; two people were injured. The Washington State Patrol listed alcohol or drugs as factors in both crashes. In the Saturday c...

  • Papers change to winter hours

    Roger Harnack|Updated Nov 9, 2023

    Like many businesses across Eastern Washington, Free Press Publishing is going to winter hours. Effective Nov. 8, our Whitman County Gazette office will resume Wednesday closures through cold-weather months. And beginning Nov. 10, our Cheney Free Press office will be closed Fridays. Our Lincoln County Record-Times and Ritzville Adams County Journal offices are already closed Fridays. Closing our offices one day a week for the winter doesn’t mean you have any less news coverage...

  • Spring bear hunting rejected, again

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    OLYMPIA – It took only a minute Friday, Aug. 11, for the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to reject a petition to resume spring bear hunting in 2024. The commission’s almost-immediate, unanimous rejection of spring bear hunting followed a very short presentation by state Department of Fish and Wildlife Game Division Manager Anis Aoude. “From our position as a department … we’re recommending you deny this petition,” he said. “There really isn’t a reason to revisit.” The state’s presentation and commissioner’s fast...

  • Greatest show on dirt

    Roger Harnack, The Record-Times|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    DAVENPORT - Cowboys and cowgirls from across the region turned out Friday and Saturday nights, Aug. 25 and 26, for the open Lincoln County Rodeo. In fact, so many turned out for the event that a third performance - slack - took place after the Friday night show. The slack performance featured nearly 75 additional competitors who didn't make it into the main events. Saturday night's rodeo featured a full card, including 11 bullriders and 9 bronc riders. A local gal, Zoe...

  • Gray Fire prompts traffic detour through Edwall, Reardan

    Roger Harnack, Lincoln County Record-Times|Updated Aug 19, 2023

    EDWALL - With the Gray Fire growing along Interstate 90 between Cheney and Medical Lake, state transportation officials are detouring traffic through Lincoln County. With the fire active along Interstate 90 near the Tyler, Salnave Road and Four Lakes exists, the roadway was closed at Geiger Heights and Sprague Saturday afternoon, Aug. 19. Westbound traffic was being diverted onto U.S. Highway 2 west through Airway Heights to Reardan, the south on state Highway 231 through...

  • Fireworks law needs update

    Roger Harnack|Updated Jul 27, 2023

    Like most Americans, I enjoy watching – and lighting – fireworks on Independence Day. America’s “birthday” should stand out among all national holidays. And the colorful, aerial explosions showcase the freedom and independence for which the U.S. stands. But why then do only tribes have the ability to sell and use the “good” fireworks – you know: firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, mortars and more. There’s nothing magical about the imaginary line on a map suggesting...

  • McMillan wins All-Around Cowboy

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jul 13, 2023

    CHENEY – An Odessa-Soap Lake area cowboy was named All-Around Cowboy at the Cheney Rodeo. Caleb McMillan won the title and with it, $2,193 for his performance in bull riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. McMillan was the top bull rider, scoring 80.5 points atop Day Time Crime. He was the only bull rider with a qualifying time. So, he took home a $6,748 purse. McMillan was eighth overall in steer wrestling with a time of 6.3 seconds, which earned him an additional $...

  • Fuel prices are unacceptable

    Roger Harnack|Updated Jun 29, 2023

    A short three years ago, motorists in Eastern Washington could buy regular unleaded gasoline for as little as $1.97 per gallon in several areas – George, Pasco, Quincy, to name a few. Diesel didn’t cost much more. Farmers could afford to fill their fuel tanks and shipping companies could keep their trucks moving at a reasonable price. And you and I could afford to drive personal vehicles – a necessity when you live and work in Eastern Washington. As a result, rural resid...

  • Spend time with dad Saturday

    Roger Harnack|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    From cars to bigfoot to high-speed sprint boats, you don’t have to look very far to find something to do this weekend. But dad won’t care if you take him somewhere or just spend time with him. For dad, Father’s Day isn’t about spending money, it’s about time – time to connect, reflect and enjoy each other’s company. Dads spend a lifetime taking care of the needs of their children. Through their children’s formative years into college, fathers bring structure, discipline, log...

  • Combine Derby slated for Lind

    Roger Harnack, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    LIND – The city roars to life Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, as the 34th annual Combine Demolition Derby Days brings thousands of residents and visitors out for a weekend of smashing fun. The highlight of the event is the Lions Club Combine Demolition Derby, in which area farmers, fans and others put their fortified combines to the test in a demolition contest, with the last combine running crowned the victor. But the weekend also includes a car show, barbecue, car and pickup truck racing, grain truck racing, camping, m...

  • Governor won't seek fourth term

    Roger Harnack, The Record-Times|Updated May 4, 2023

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee won’t be seeking a fourth term. Inslee, a Democrat from Bainbridge Island, announced Monday, May 1, that he’s ready to move on. “Today I announced I will not seek a fourth term,” he said. “We’ve made Washington a beacon for progress for the nation, and now it’s time to pass the torch.” Born and raised in Seattle, he was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1989, then elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1993. The 72-year-old Inslee was elected to lead the state in 2013...

  • Davenport racers complete Desert 100

    Roger Harnack, Record-Times|Updated Apr 6, 2023

    IRBY -Two Davenport dirt bikers were among the racers to complete the grueling Desert 100 on Sunday, April 2. Codi Williams and Curtis Tanner each took more than four hours to complete the 100-mile course through sagebrush, basalt ridges and grass. The race was the culminating event for several days of poker runs and races that started just off Irby road, about 10 miles west of Odessa. Williams placed 65th overall and 21st in Open Class racing with a time of 4:26:15.548....

  • Course a challenge for racers

    Roger Harnack, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 6, 2023

    IRBY - This year's start line faced north, away from State Highway 28. On the line, racers spread out a half-mile wide, awaiting the boom of a cannon and the ensuing cloud of pink smoke. The 921 course took competitors on a northerly route through sagebrush to a slight left-hand turn through the first gate, which was only about 50 feet wide. Once through, they raced down an embankment to Ott Road and Crab Creek. There, racers jostled for position to cross one of two, small...

  • House Bill helps level playing field

    Roger Harnack|Updated Jan 26, 2023

    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 government agencies taking Washington taxpayer dollars and buying goods and services out-of-state, goods and services that are readily abundant in Washington? Those agencies are penalizing state taxpayers (residents and businesses) for paying the high taxes the agencies collected under burdensome r...

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