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2020 Odessa Athletics Hall of Fame inductees announced

ODESSA - Eight individual athletes, two teams and one coach are among this year's inductees into the Hall of Fame. Athletes earning the honors and the year they graduated are being... — Updated 6/1/2020


Federal agency: Athletes must compete as birth gender

OLYMPIA — A U.S. Department of Education ruling could effect scholastic sports in Washington's middle and high schools and colleges. In a ruling Thursday, May 28, the agency found that a Connecticut policy that allows... — Updated 5/29/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Preliminary decisions in quarantine lawsuits may be on horizon

WENATCHEE — Supporters and opponents of Gov. Jay Inslee’s quarantine measures will have to wait a little longer to see if the shutdowns will remain intact. Of the at least seven lawsuits seeking to end Inslee’s orders, two... — Updated 5/28/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News 

Davenport mostly reopens

DAVENPORT- With Lincoln County firmly in Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phased plan to reopen the economy, most downtown businesses have reopened their doors. Subway, Tribune Smo... — Updated 5/28/2020


Coronavirus update

OLYMPIA — More counties have been approved to move on to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to reopen the Washington economy. Kittitas, Thurston and Walla Walla counties are the latest to join Phase 2. As of press time, 22... — Updated 5/28/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News 

Lincoln Hospital resumes surgeries

DAVENPORT - About a month after asking some employees to accept volunteer standby unemployment due to reduced income during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lincoln Hospital has recalled all... — Updated 5/28/2020

 By John McCallum    News 

Name change proposed for state Highway 902

MEDICAL LAKE — A local veterans group has submitted a proposal to rename State Route 902 through Medical Lake as the “Gold Star Memorial Highway.” The Eastern Washington Veterans Task Force has submitted the proposal to... — Updated 5/28/2020

 By Jana Mathia    News 
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Nails enters gubernatorial race

COLFAX – Stay home orders have prompted people to pursue a variety of activities they may not have otherwise. For Dylan Nails, 20, Colfax, that includes running for Washington... — Updated 5/28/2020

 By Brock Hires    News

Lawsuit against Gov. Inslee delayed

OKANOGAN — A lawsuit filed Friday in Douglas County against Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order was continued to 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, in Okanogan County Superior Court this morning. The case was moved to Okanogan County... — Updated 5/27/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

Lincoln County Fair canceled

DAVENPORT — The Lincoln County Fair and Rodeo will not take place this year, officials announced citing concerns relating COVID-19. The fair was planned for Aug. 20-22. “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the... — Updated 5/27/2020


Extra patrols on the roads this holiday weekend

RITZVILLE — The Washington State Patrol is planning extra patrols for the Memorial Day weekend. District 4 troopers from Ritzville, Colfax and Spokane detachments will be looking for speeding, distracted driving and seat belt... — Updated 5/21/2020


Sheriff's Office seeks DOC escapee whereabouts

SPOKANE — The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Task Force is asking for the public's help to find the following wanted fugitive. Douglas J. Farmer is wanted for... — Updated 5/21/2020


LocalTel opens local office

ODESSA - LocalTel is officially Odessa's newest downtown business, having just finished remodeling its office space at the southeast corner of the First Avenue-Division Street... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By Brock Hires    News

Consumers: "Where's the beef?"

OKANOGAN – President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep red meat and poultry processing facilities open during the coronavirus pandemic. But for some ranchers, the shortage of meat on store shelves is an indication... — Updated 5/21/2020


Investigators seek help finding stolen cars

SPOKANE — Investigagtors are enlisting the public’s help in finding two stolen Mercedes-Benz cars. The two vehicles were taken from the Inchelium area and were reported as stolen to the Colville Tribal Police Department.... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Sturgeon fishery opens June 15

DAVENPORT — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will allow fishermen to catch white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt beginning Jun 15. The opening remains in effect from Grand Coulee Dam in Grand Coulee upriver to the China Bend... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

Phase 2 reopening evolves in Lincoln County

OLYMPIA - Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee's "Smart Start" plan to reopen the Washington economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be adjusted on almost a daily basis. After first... — Updated 5/21/2020


Cheney hit with unemployment fraud

CHENEY – A financial fraud apparently launched in Africa has found its way to the West Plains. According to police, so far at least nine incidents have been reported of an unemployment scam authorities are calling very... — Updated 5/21/2020


Workgroup to discuss Columbia River salmon issues

OLYMPIA — The Columbia River Salmon Fishery Policy Workgroup will host a virtual public meeting May 27 to review the state Fish and Wildlife Commission’s policy on Columbia River basin salmon management. The workgroup will... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

State seeks comment on shooting rules

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking the public to submit written comment on a proposed target shooting rule update by June 10. The proposed rule update defines recreational target shooting, identifies... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News


PORTLAND, Ore. - A man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his father in Ritzville remained in the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on Tuesday morning, booked on several... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By The Journal    News

Flag tradition carries on for Memorial Day

RITZVILLE — Flags will be put up to honor veterans in observance of Memorial Day at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ritzville Memorial Cemetery, followed by placement of flags at the... — Updated 5/21/2020


Business help available

COLVILLE — The Tri-County Economic Development Dis-trict has $5,000 “Microenterprise Opportunity Grants” to assist small businesses in Lincoln Countty effected by COVID-19. Qualifying businesses in Ferry, Stevens, Pend... — Updated 5/21/2020


Davenport commodities

DAVENPORT — The latest cash grain market here shows Soft White Wheat is at $5.34 Hard Red Winter is down at $5.05 Dark Northern Spring is at $5.89 Barley remains at $110 per ton.... — Updated 5/21/2020


Thunderstorms hitting area hard

HATTON -- The National Weather Service is reporting a largely stationary line of thunderstorms stretching from Hatton to near the Ritzville area this evening, May 18. A funnel cloud was also reported in the Colfax area. The... — Updated 5/18/2020


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