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 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    News

'Body cam' footage of contact with WSU coach released

PULLMAN - The Police Department has released the body-video camera footage of Washington State University basketball coach Kamie Ethridge issued a $150 citation Aug. 28 for... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Malden apples test positive for maggot larvae

MALDEN – The Honeycrisp apples Gov. Jay Inslee brought to Babb Fire victims here were infested with maggot larvae. Whitman County Washington State University Extension Agent... — Updated 9/18/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee says wildfires should be called "climate fires"

MALDEN - Don't call them wildfires. Call them "climate fires." That was the message Gov. Jay Inslee gave reporters during a brief appearance about noon today, Thursday, Sept. 10,... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Man shot in Medical Lake

MEDICAL LAKE – One person is in serious condition at an area hospital and two others are being questioned in connection with an early morning shooting today, Aug. 27. The... — Updated 8/27/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Pullman police to enforce mask, social distancing orders

PULLMAN — Police Chief Gary Jenkins has authorized officers to ticket individuals who refuse to wear a mask while coronavirus orders from Gov. Jay Inslee remain in effect. In a press release Wednesday, Aug. 19, on the decision... — Updated 8/21/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Republicans narrow gap slightly in bid to unseat Gov. Inslee

OLYMPIA - After counting of almost 500,000 late-arriving ballots, Republican candidates have cut into incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee's lead in the Aug. 4 primarily. As of 6:15 p.m.... — Updated 8/7/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor 'strongly recommends' students study from home

CHENEY — Gov. Jay Inslee “strongly recommends” public and private students in 34 of the state’s 39 counties stay home this fall. His recommendation came during a press conference this afternoon, Aug. 5, in which he was join... — Updated 8/6/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

'SeXXX ed' on hold until after November election

OLYMPIA - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal last week suspended implementation of the controversial new "inclusive" sexual education requirements, at least fo... — Updated 7/31/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Amid virus mandates, 'seXXX ed' requirements, interest in homeschooling quadruples

SPOKANE – In the wake of the coronavirus and new state requirements to begin teaching “inclusive” sex ed to students as early as kindergarten, it’s shaping up to be a banner year for homeschooling. Last week, the... — Updated 7/30/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor orders closure of indoor bar service, entertainment areas

OLYMPIA — The governor today followed Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s lead today, July 23, in cracking down on restaurants, bars and gyms, as well as expanding mask-wearing requirements. During a press conference, Gov. Jay Inslee... — Updated 7/23/2020

 
 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    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

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Forbidden Fruit

MALDEN – While the Honeycrisp apples Gov. Jay Inslee brought here last Thursday continue to sit in the bin he presented the mayor with, others he delivered to Bridgeport and Omak... — Updated 9/18/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor visits Malden after wildfire

MALDEN – Don't call them wildfires. Call them "climate fires." That was the message Gov. Jay Inslee gave reporters during a brief appearance about noon today, Thursday, Sept. 10,... — Updated 9/17/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Wildfires hit Franklin County

BASIN CITY - A wildfire raced along the edge of the city Monday, Sept. 7, destroying at least two homes. The homes were located along North Canal Boulevard and Loen Drive, but... — Updated 9/15/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee's press conference in Malden

MALDEN - Here's a video of Gov. Jay Inslee's press conference with media only Thursday, Sept. 10. A video of his speech to Malden residents will be posted separa... — Updated 9/11/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

75% of Malden buildings destroyed

MALDEN — High winds and dry weather conditions propelled a wall of flames southwest across rural Spokane and Whitman counties Monday, leveling homes, businesses and government off... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time for a Washington special session

Last week, the Idaho House of Representatives approved legislation calling for Gov. Brad Little to end his state’s emergency declaration. Shortly thereafter, the Idaho Senate... — Updated 9/2/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Fire burns along Waukon Road

EDWALL – A fast-moving fire burned about 40 acres of wheat and sagebrush shortly before lunchtime Wednesday, Aug. 19. The fire on Waukon Road, northwest of the Tyler Road... — Updated 8/26/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Dams appear safe for now

Dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers provide an appropriate balance between the economic needs of Eastern Washington and fish protections. While we already knew that here in... — Updated 8/13/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

From 'Tucna to 'Zoula

WASHTUCNA – A dark and mostly empty gymnasium didn't take away from Calby Ann VanHollebeke's evening Saturday. As the only member of the Class of 2020 to show up for graduation,... — Updated 8/7/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Campaign funds expose likely trends

SUNNYSIDE – If campaign finance paints a true picture of the outcome of an election, the Congressional District No. 4 incumbent will win the Aug. 4 primary in a landslide. A check of the Federal Election Commission reports shows... — Updated 8/6/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Congressional incumbents sweeping aside challengers

SPOKANE — Eastern Washington's incumbent Republicans are dominating initial returns in the Aug. 4 primary election. As of the end of counting Tuesday night, Rep. Cathy McMorris... — Updated 8/4/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Fake endorsement letter concerns Franklin County Republicans

ELTOPIA — A fake, 21-page endorsement of candidates has the Franklin County Republican Central Committee and the now-defunct Tri-Cities Tea Party concerned over an apparent fraudulent effort to influence the primary election.... — Updated 7/24/2020

 

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