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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion    January 26, 2023 

Questions should be asked about WARNS survey

WARNS. Interesting acronym for a survey being pushed by the state Department of Education, Washington State University and public schools statewide. The Washington Assessment of the Risks and Needs...

 

Rancher, feds settle Snake River case

CENTRAL FERRY — The U.S. government has reached an agreement with a rancher accused of allowing his cattle to trespass on federally managed lands along the Snake River. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington approved the...

 

Petrovich no longer CFO

SPOKANE — Spokane County’s chief financial officer is out of a job. After more than a decade as the Whitman County administrative director and just two years as Spokane County’s chief financial officer, Gary Petrovich is unemployed. He was...

 

Christmas magic alive and well

As a youngster, I looked forward to Christmas. I loved the food, the traditions and especially the presents — what kid doesn’t? In high school and college, the luster subsided. As a wrestler,...

 

Wrestling season opens at Reardan

REARDAN - Colfax, Garfield-Palouse and Tekoa-Rosalia opened their 2022-23 high school wrestling seasons Thursday, Dec. 1, at the annual Reardan Takedown Jamboree. Team scores were not kept at the even...

 

You have plenty to be thankful for this holiday

It seems like every time you open a webpage, turn on the TV or listen to the radio, you’re bombarded with negativity. We’re on the verge of nuclear war. The recession is upon us. Inflation is high...

 

Nighthawks girls headed to state

OAKESDALE - The defending 1B girls volleyball state champion Nighthawks spiked a familiar opponent Thursday night, Nov. 3, downing league rival St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse in three sets. Set scores...

 

Liberty tells cancer victim she's not alone

SPANGLE - Liberty boys football team took time before the District 6/7 crossover game to tell a local woman she's not alone in her fight with cancel. Prior to the start of the Friday night, Nov. 4,...

 

Lancers reach state playoffs

SPANGLE - Sometimes, a football game is decided solely on turnovers. Such was the case Friday night, Nov. 4, when the Liberty Lancers held off the visiting Lake Roosevelt Raiders, 15-6, to advance to...

 

Bulldog girls sweep Granger in state-opener

YAKIMA – The Northeast 2B girls volleyball teams competing at state all advanced to the state quarterfinals with wins this morning, Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Yakima Valley SunDome.... Full story

 

Liberty girls eliminated from state tournament

YAKIMA - The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington girls avenged a district loss to Liberty (Spangle) this morning, Friday, Nov. 11, by eliminating the Lancers from the state 2B volleyball...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    November 8, 2022

McMorris Rodgers leading in every county

SPOKANE – Incumbent Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers was easily out-distancing her challenger Tuesday night, Nov. 8, in her 5th Congressional District re-election bid. At the end of the first... Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    November 8, 2022

Rep. Newhouse likely to retain seat

SUNNYSIDE – Despite being censured by most Republican committees in the 4th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Dan Newhouse appears headed toward re-election. Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, had a comman...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    November 8, 2022

Smiley leading 27 counties, but still losing

PASCO – Local farm girl turned political newcomer Tiffany Smiley securely has all 20 of Eastern Washington's counties in her corner. In fact, she had the lead in 27 of the state's 39 counties in...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    November 3, 2022

Parking lot melee ends Homecoming game

ROSALIA – It was a Homecoming to remember, both on and off the field. The Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves football team had its best game of the season, topping the Lakeside (Plummer, Idaho) Knights,...

 

Nighthawk girls headed to state

OAKESDALE – The defending 1B girls volleyball state champion Nighthawks spiked a familiar opponent Thursday night, Nov. 3, downing league rival St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse in three sets. Set scores w...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    November 3, 2022

Murray headed toward re-election

PASCO – Local farm girl turned political newcomer Tiffany Smiley securely has all 20 of Eastern Washington’s counties in her corner. In fact, she had the lead in 27 of the state’s 39 counties in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election. Yet, she w...

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    News    October 13, 2022

Latah man killed in crash

FAIRFIELD – Excessive speed and possibly alcohol are believed to be factors in a crash here that killed a Latah man late Saturday evening, Oct. 8. Anthony J. Silva, 27, of Latah, was pronounced dead at the scene at the intersection of State...

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    News    October 13, 2022

Three injured in collision near LaCrosse

LaCROSSE – Three people were transported to a Colfax hospital on Friday, Sept. 7, following a crash on State Highway 26 about 4 miles west of town. Kaitlyn R. Harris, 18, of Tacoma, Shaniah Roberts, 18, of Lakewood, and Joyce M. Kubitza, 90, of...

 

Get kids off electronics and on the field

Six-man football. I’d never heard of it before mid-August. When I played football, it was the traditional, 11-man variety. Heck, I didn’t even know there was anything else. Playing for Kiona-Bento...

 

Liberty rolls over Colfax, 47-6

SPANGLE – The Liberty Lancers leaped into the football rankings this week with a resounding 47-6 win over the Colfax Bulldogs on Friday, Sept. 17. The Lancers (3-0) moved up to No. 3 in the state...

 

Turkey season in Turnbull

CHENEY – Turkey hunting is coming to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in the fall of 2023. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are opening 1,883 acres in the Long Lake Unit of the refuge for...

 

Learn history; don't cancel it

Last week, Fairchild Air Force announced it was erasing Col. George Wright because the history surrounding him is considered by some divisive. In place of his name being associated with a housing...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 25, 2022

Wagner Road Fire contained to 7,381 acres

EWAN – A fire that broke out Thursday afternoon was in patrol status on Monday, Aug. 22. The Wagner Road Fire broke out at about 2:04 p.m. Aug. 18 and grew to nearly 800 acres by late Thursday evening, officials said. The blaze was burning in dry...

 

'Pirates of Penzance' coming to St. John

ST. JOHN – Several families are combining their stage skills for three performances of "The Pirates of the Penzance" this coming Friday and Saturday. Directed by Eastern Washington University...

 

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