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 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

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Lincoln County represented at state

SPOKANE – A boys 1B basketball team with Lincoln County players with a second-place state finish Saturday, March 5, in Spokane Veteran Memorial Arena. Almira-Coulee/Hartline... — Updated 3/10/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Frostbite, White Knuckle races loom

ODESSA – The Stumpjumpers Motorcycle Club will tune up for the 2022 season with the Frostbite Grand Prix on Saturday, March 26, and the White Knuckle Grand Prix on Sunday, March... — Updated 3/10/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee: Indoor mask mandate ends March 21

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that he’ll drop the statewide coronavirus-mask mandate March 21. Inslee said that’s the day when he believes it’ll be safe to remove mask mandates and not overwhelm hospitals. “It w... — Updated 2/17/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

School leaders: End the mask mandate

DAVENPORT – Following the lead of the Kettle Falls and Richland school boards, superintendents from across Northeast Washington sent a letter late Tuesday night, Feb. 15, to Gov. Jay Inslee requesting an end to mask mandates for... — Updated 2/17/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Palouse Falls trails should remain open

Palouse Falls has long been one of my favorite places to hike. Over the years, I’ve hiked the mile or so trek to the top of the main falls on numerous occasions. I’ve hiked it... — Updated 2/10/2022

 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

 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


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