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 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor's coronavirus mandates extended indefinitely

OLYMPIA – Following a state Senate vote, Gov. Jay Inslee’s coronavirus-related orders will remain intact indefinitely. Senate Concurrent Resolution 8402 passed the Senate along a partyline vote, 28-19, with the House... — 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 o... — Updated 1/13/2021

 
 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    News

Lifelong area farmer killed in crash

PASCO — A prominent Eastern Washington businessman and lifelong farmer was killed in a head-on crash Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, on Interstate 182. Gale A. Easterday, 79, of... — 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 12/16/2020

 
 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 12/10/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Protesters turn out to Koko's Bartini

KENNEWICK — Hundreds of supporters turned out Saturday night to help Dana Slovak in his fight to keep his restaurant and bar open amid unconstitutional coronavirus mandates. Outsi... — Updated 12/10/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Hyde Out cited by liquor board

COLFAX — A local couple has shut down their tavern after being threatened by fines and revocation of their liquor license for not complying with coronavirus mandates. Dale and... — Updated 12/10/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Local lawmaker stepping down

RITZVILLE – A local lawmaker is stepping down from his leadership position in the state Senate, but he is not retiring. Sen. Mark G. Schoesler, R-Ritzville, confirmed Tuesday... — Updated 12/3/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

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... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

WSU falls in home-opener

No. 11 Oregon topped Washington State University, 43-29, in the Cougars' home-opener in Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Nov. 14. The Ducks got on the board first when Oregon... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee orders new shutdowns effective at midnight

OLYMPIA — Calling the current status of the coronavirus outbreak the "third wave," Gov. Jay Inslee ordered more shutdowns this morning, Nov. 15. Indoor service at restaurants and bars is prohibited from midnight Monday through... — Updated 11/17/2020

 
 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

Adams County under winter weather advisory

RITZVILLE — While the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of the region, Adams County is expected to be sparred much of the predicted snowfall.... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 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. Jay Inslee said we’re “going to have to... — Updated 11/12/2020 Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Snow expected to fall overnight

RITZVILLE - The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook in advance of expected snowfall overnight. The outlook was issued at 3:06 p.m. today, Monday, Nov.... — Updated 11/10/2020

 
 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

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Adams County voters supporting Trump

RITZVILLE – Adams County voters were overwhelmingly supporting Republican President Donald J. Trump in his re-election bid for the U.S. presidency. An initial Tuesday night count of ballots here showed Trump receiving 67.88% of... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

More than 70% here support Culp

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee declared victory in the general election Tuesday night, Nov. 3, over Republican challenger Loren Culp. “I cannot express the honor I feel to be... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers leading congressional races

SPOKANE — Eastern Washington’s two incumbent Republican congressional representatives were leading by large margins following the initial general election tally Tuesday night. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane and Dan... — Updated 11/3/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

WDFW looks to create regulation amidst fires

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife already manages about a million acres of publicly owned lands statewide. Now, the agency is trying to use recent wildfires as an excuse to... — Updated 10/9/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Culp keeps Gov. Inslee on defense in debate

OLYMPIA — Republic Police Chief Loren Culp came out swinging and kept incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee on the defensive during their only planned gubernatorial debate Wednesday night,... — Updated 10/8/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Send a message with advisory votes

We’re only about three weeks until our ballots arrive in the mail for the Nov. 3 all-mail-in election. So far, the focus has been on the presidential race between Republican... — Updated 10/1/2020

 

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