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 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Reardan brings home three medals

SPOKANE VALLEY – Reardan wrestlers brought home three silver medals from the Tri-County Classic on Dec. 23 at Central Valley. Vaea LaMoureaux took silver in the girls 120-pound... — Updated 12/30/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Grinch has slipped into schools

Merry Christmas! There. I said it. Not happy holidays, but Merry Christmas. It’s Christmas time here and around the world. Throughout our region, families are shopping for... — Updated 12/22/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Schoesler examines longterm care options

OLYMPIA – A Ritzville lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that would require the state to study the private long-term care market before implementing a new tax set to begin Jan. 1.... — Updated 12/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Reardan boys edge Tekoa-Rosalia

REARDAN – Four seconds. That's what was left on the clock when the Reardan boys pulled ahead of the Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves in a basketball matchup Friday night, Dec. 3.... — Updated 12/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Water rights should remain private, local

Under the guise of water conservation, the state Department of Ecology is once again moving to take water rights from farmers, ranchers and other private holders. Last month, the... — Updated 12/8/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

High court declines redistricting duty

OLYMPIA – The state Supreme Court on Friday, Dec. 3, declined to redraw new legislative and congressional maps. The decision follows an attempt by the Redistricting Commission to... — Updated 12/8/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time to recall, reconnect, give thanks

The last 20 months have been exceedingly difficult for most Americans. Across the country there have been coronavirus mandates, riots, increasing taxes, job losses and more. The... — Updated 11/24/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time for businesses to object

The last week has not been good for small businesses in our part of the state. The U.S. Postal Service began slowing “snail mail” services. Stores were ordered to stop using... — Updated 10/13/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Inslee extends eviction moratorium

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon extended his coronavirus-related eviction moratorium through Oct. 31. Calling the moratorium a “bridge,” Inslee said his action will allow municipalities to put in place financial... — Updated 9/23/2021


Overkill, Gold Rush repeat as winners

ST. JOHN – Several thousand race fans turned out Saturday for the second installment of Sprint Boat racing at Webb’s Slough. The fastest time was posted by the No. 69 boat,... — Updated 9/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Looking to score

Davenport junior Brenick Soliday looks past Dayton-Waitsburg strong safety Monte Pettichord toward the goal line in last Saturday’s jamboree in Ritzville.... — Updated 9/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Odessa ranked No. 1 by ScorebookLive

ODESSA - It's going to be a banner year for District 7 NE 1B football teams, if preseason rankings by hold up. In the Class 1B (eight-man) football rankings... — Updated 8/24/2021


Lamont man named to Washington Wheat Growers board

LAMONT - A local man was named in June as a board member for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. Dave Swannack replaced Randy Suess as Whitman County president and on the... — Updated 8/24/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Parents push back against covid mandates

Parents of public school students in the 9th Legislative district have had enough of coronavirus-related mandates from Olympia. Shutter schools, curtail sports, wear masks, limit fi... — Updated 8/12/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Reyes has commanding lead for Odessa Town Council

ODESSA — Candidate Alberto Reyes racked up nearly double that of his opponents combined Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the initial count of the primary election. Reyes receivd 140 votes, or 65.73%, in the first day of counting. Candidate... — Updated 8/3/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

In Ritzville, one incumbent leads, one trails

RITZVILLE - One incumbent candidate is leading and another trailing in two separate races for city leadership positions in the Aug. 3 primary election. In the race for mayor, incumbent Linda Kadlec had a commanding lead over... — Updated 8/3/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Colville man named All-Around Cowboy

CHENEY – A Colville man was named All-Around Cowboy after taking home the most money from the three-day Cheney Rodeo. Travis James Eller, took home $2,058 after competing in... — Updated 7/15/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Power shortage or money grab?

One regional utility alone – Avista – had brownouts that affected 15,307 ratepayers last Monday, 6,793 last Tuesday and another 602 last Wednesday. Other utilities, too, had... — Updated 7/8/2021


Thousands attend Freedom Rodeo

BASIN CITY - Thousands of rodeo fans turned out Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, to watch the second Freedom Rodeo. Temperatures neared 100 degrees at performance time Friday... — Updated 7/2/2021


Our nation's independence

This Sunday, our nation celebrates Independence Day. And on this 245th birthday of our United States, it’s important to take time to remember why we mark July 4. Sure we celebrate the holiday with barbecues and fireworks,... — Updated 7/1/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

High heat expected to smash records

SPOKANE – It's going to be a record-setting day, in terms of high temperatures that is. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Laurie Nisbet in Spokane, the region... — Updated 6/30/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Landlords not likely to be paid as eviction moratorium ends

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new eviction “bridge” program this morning, June 24, but landlords will not likely see rent payments any time soon. Inslee said the existing coronavirus-related eviction moratorium will... — Updated 6/24/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Honoring and thanking fathers this weekend

There’s a lot of talk about endangered species. But the most important endangered species in America, may not be a plant or a wild animal. The most endangered species may... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Heat advisory issued through June 3

PASCO — Most of Eastern Washington will remain under a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Thursday night, June 3, as temperatures break into the 100s for the first time this summer. Acc... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

L&I: Businesses must verify vaccination

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Labor and Industries is requiring business owners to verify employees have been vaccinated. Under the new May 21 mandate, the agency is also... — Updated 5/27/2021


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