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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Bill would end advisory votes

OLYMPIA — Four Western Washington senators apparently don’t want to hear what voters think of tax and fee increases approved by the Legislature. They are co-sponsoring a bill to do away with public advisory votes, also known... — Updated 2/12/2020

 

Bronco wrestlers finish fourth at District

SPANGLE - The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos wrestling team finished a distant fourth-place in the 1B/2B League-South wrestling tournament Thursday night, Feb. 6, at Liberty High... — Updated 2/12/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

Bill would keep boys out of girls sports

Boys are boys and girls are girls. There's no in-between, at least when it comes to sports. I know it's not politically correct to say that in this day and age. But genetically... — Updated 2/12/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Liberty (Spangle) wins NE1B/2B-South district wrestling title

SPANGLE - The Liberty Lancers wrestling team took top district honors Thursday night, Feb. 7, with 297 points in the Northeast 1B/2B-South tournament. The Lancers had six... — Updated 2/7/2020 Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Coronavirus quarantine site opening in Snoqualmie Pass

SNOQUALMIE PASS — In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy off Interstate 90 has been designated as a quarantine site for... — Updated 2/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Washtucna woman killed in crash

WASHTUCNA — A local resident was killed and another injured in a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 5. Sally J. Graves, 76, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Milepost 57 on state Highway 261, the Washington... — Updated 2/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Odessa's Moffett named Athlete of the Week

ODESSA -- Senior Odessa Tiger basketball standout Ryan Moffet was named WIAA male Athlete of the Week on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Moffet scored 98 total points in recent wins over... — Updated 1/30/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Stevens County resolution moves to nullify I-1639

COLVILLE — Stevens County commissioners returned fire on Western Washington gun-control advocates earlier this week, unanimously voting to back a resolution to nullify Initiative... — Updated 1/30/2020 Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Eastern Washington Council of Governments to meet Friday

DAVENPORT - The Eastern Washington Council of Governments will hear from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and discuss regional issues when it meets at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31.... — Updated 1/30/2020 Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Counties' Republicans want Rep. Shea reinstated

SPOKANE VALLEY – As the Legislature opened its 60-day session, Republicans outside Olympia lined up behind Rep. Matt Shea, saying he's being "Trumped" by Democrats and Republican... — Updated 1/28/2020 Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Bill would protect child entrepreneurs selling lemonade

OLYMPIA – A bill has been introduced in the state House of Representatives that would protect child entrepreneurs wanting to sell lemonade in the summer or hot chocolate in the... — Updated 1/27/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Wilken named 2019 Sprague Citizen of the Year

SPRAGUE – Sprague Chamber of Commerce President Tim Wilken was named 2019 Citizen of the Year during the organization's annual banquet Monday night at Sprague Elementary School.... — Updated 1/23/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Bill mandates controversial 'inclusive' sex ed starting with kindergarten

OLYMPIA – A bill that passed the state Senate today, Jan. 22, could mean young public schools pupils will be exposed to "inclusive" sex education. In a 28-21 vote, Engrossed... — Updated 1/22/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Liberty girls wrestle at Othello

OTHELLO – The Liberty (Spangle) girls wrestling team finished 20th Saturday in the Lady Huskies Invite. The Lancers girls came home with 56 team points, the best of any 1B/2B... — Updated 1/21/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Registration looms for wheat meeting

RITZVILLE – The annual Washington State University Dryland Wheat Producer meeting will take palace Jan. 23. The event will take place at the local American Legion, 106. W.... — Updated 1/17/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Sprague Chamber event to announce Citizen of the Year

SPRAGUE – The Sprague Chamber of Commerce will announce the community’s Citizen of the Year during a celebration Monday, Jan. 20. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Sprague School, S. 512... — Updated 1/16/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Washtucna, other rural districts delay start of school

WASHTUCNA — Several rural school districts are delaying the start of school today due to road conditions following overnight snow. The Washtucna School District is on a two-hour... — Updated 1/14/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Newhouse praises U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian general

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The congressman representing Adams County says the airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds... — Updated 1/3/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

State minimum wage increases to $13.50

RITZVILLE – Area businesses will be paying their lowest-tier employees at least 12.5% more beginning Wednesday, Jan. 1. That's when the state minimum wage climbs $1.50 per hour to... — Updated 1/2/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

LRS wrestling squad hits the mat for pair of holiday tournaments

North Okanogan Holiday Invitational Two Lind-Ritzville/Sprague grapplers brought home gold medals Dec. 21 from the annual North Okanogan Holiday Invitational wrestling tournament.... — Updated 1/2/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Column: WDFW needs to back off of land acquisitions

Earlier this month, state Department of Fish and Wildlife Director officials said they needed an additional $26 million to effectively manage its existing lands and programs. They s... — Updated 12/19/2019

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Washington Bankers Association suing state Legislature

OLYMPIA – Bankers are suing the state Legislature for enacting unlawful taxes under a “title only” bill. On Nov. 5, the Washington Bankers Association, represented by former... — Updated 11/21/2019

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Column: Campaign reform needed to protect taxpayer funds

To taxpayers, it’s just plain common sense. Elected officials, public employees and supporting boards and agencies cannot use taxpayer resources to campaign for or against a... — Updated 11/7/2019

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Column: Vote yes on I-976, reject R-88

Amid the myriad of topics and candidates on this year’s general election ballot, voters in our state already have a 20-year tradition when it comes to two measures. Statewide,... — Updated 10/27/2019

 

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