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On the Hot Seat: A roundabout is not necessarily a done deal

Washington state transportation employees are roundabout-mad. So, it was only a matter of time before that unwanted madness was injected into Colfax. At issue is whether the two U.S. Highway 195...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    February 15, 2024 

McMorris Rodgers won't seek re-election

SPOKANE — The 5th Congressional District will have an opening next year. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, announced Thursday, Feb. 8, that she is not seeking re-election. “It’s been the honor and privilege of my life to...

 

Mathia to regionals

SPOKANE – One St. John-Endicott wrestler is headed to the regional tournament Saturday, Feb. 10. Cameron Mathia finished third at the district tournament last Saturday at 113 pounds in the Spokane...

 

State parks failing at Palouse Falls, Lyons Ferry

Two years ago, Washington State Parks bureaucrats in Tumwater hatched a plan to address so-called “overcrowding” at Palouse Falls. The plan was to close and relocate the campground to Lyons...

 

Campbell finishes fourth

COLBERT – A St. John-Endicott wrestler finished fourth Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Crusader Classic at Northwest Christian. Steven Campbell finished fourth at 175 pounds. Campbell is one of only two...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    January 11, 2024

Kitsap court to hear attempt to keep Trump off ballot

OLYMPIA – Eight Kitsap County residents have filed a lawsuit to try to remove former President Donald Trump from the March 12 primary election ballot. The lawsuit (Kitsap County Superior Court case No. 24-2- 00075-18) was filed in both Kitsap and...

 

Two Whitman County wrestlers win silver

SPOKANE – Two Whitman County wrestlers came home from the M2 Mallett tournament at Roger High School with silver medals. Cooper Phillips of Colfax took second in boys 126 pounds and Alexis Taylor of...

 

Two Colfax boys bring home medals from Tri-County

SPOKANE VALLEY – Two Colfax boys brought home medals from the Tri-County Classic on Thursday, Dec. 21. Isaac Nelson led the Bulldogs with a fifth place medal at 190 pounds. The other medalist, Cody...

 

Jones wins gold medal at tournament

SPOKANE VALLEY – Grace Jones won gold Thursday, Dec. 21, in the Tri-County Wrestling Tournament at Central Valley High School. Jones was the only girl wrestling for the Bulldogs. In additional to winning the 115-pound weight class, she...

 

Vikings wrestlers eliminated in two bouts

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Garfield-Palouse boys wrestling team came home from the Tri-County Classic wrestling tournament win-less Thursday, Dec. 21. Neither Walker Montgomery at 132 nor T.J. Fox at 215 could get a win in the tournament that featured...

 

Jones, Taylor get quick pins

SPANGLE – Two Whitman County girls pinned all of their competitors Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the second girls wrestling meet of the season. Colfax senior Grace Jones and Tekoa High School's Alexis Tayl...

 

Snake River salmon pact filed in court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden Administration and environmental activists formalized an agreement Dec. 14 on plans to manage and improve salmon populations on the Snake River. A “memorandum of understanding” was filed with U.S. District Court in...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    December 7, 2023

Secret breaching pact unveiled

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Biden and Inslee administrations have been colluding secretly with extremist environmental groups and four tribal governments on plans to breach dams on the Snake and Columbia...

 

Secret meetings, agreement leaked on dam breaching

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Biden and Inslee administrations have been colluding secretly with extremist environmental groups and four tribal governments on plans to breach dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. A “confidential mediation document ...

 

Trestle back in operation

WINONA – Trains are running over Rebel Flat Creek only two months after the Winona Fire destroyed the train trestle here. On Friday, Oct. 20, state officials announced that the trestle has been...

 

Rosalia art teacher exhibits works at the Center

COLFAX — Whitman County Library has a new exhibit from Alexis Maki. “A World in Color” is on display at The Center, 1-4 S. Main St., adjacent to the library. The exhibit will run through Halloween, organizers said. Maki was raised in Colfax...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    October 19, 2023

Winona trestle replacement installed

WINONA – An important wheat link in the railroad network spanning Adams, Lincoln, Spokane and Whitman Counties is nearly complete. "It's pretty much finished," state Department of Transportation's...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    October 19, 2023

Tekoa candidates square off

TEKOA – More than 50 residents turned out to the Empire Theater on Sunday, Oct. 15, to hear from candidates vying for city offices in the Nov. 7 general election. Ten political hopefuls participated, explaining their positions on roads and...

 

Oakesdale Nighthawks top Liberty in season-opener

SPANGLE – The two-time defending state champion Nighthawks won their season-opening, nonconference volleyball game, 3-2, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Liberty High School. Liberty (0-1) took the first and fourth sets, 25-21 and 27-25, respectively....

 

Hooper man uninjured in fatal incident

EASTON – A Hooper man is among four drivers who struck two pedestrians on Interstate 90 on Sunday night, Sept. 10. Both pedestrians died at the scene, the Washington State Patrol reported, their names are being withheld pending notification of kin....

 

Busby crowned all-around cowboy

COLFAX - Garrett Busby was crowned all-around cowboy of the Palouse Empire Rodeo. Busby competed in tie-down and team roping during Professional Rodeo Cowboy Assocation event Sept. 7-8 at the Palouse...

 

Local cowgirls, cowboys face off against dirt bikers in show of Pure Horsepower

COLFAX – The Saturday night, Sept. 9, performance of the Palouse Empire Rodeo featured local cowboys, cowgirls and dirt bike riders. Thousands of fans crowded into the stands to see local...

 

Plummer man killed in crash near Tekoa

TEKOA – A Plummer, Idaho, man was killed in a crash Monday evening, Sept. 4. Bruce Spencer, 69, of Plummer, was pronounced dead at about 6 p.m. on East Poplar Street. The next of kin has been... Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 24, 2023

Appellate court upholds drug conviction

PULLMAN — A state appellate court has affirmed the conviction of a local man arrested after a January 2022 social media sting intended to catch drug dealers. On Aug. 17, the state Court of Appeals Division III filed an unpublished opinion affirming...

 

Traffic issue highlighted a lack of preparation

A quip on a social media post said it all: “Harrington has never been so busy.” That tongue-in-cheek post was in reference to the diversion of Interstate 90 traffic between Spokane and Sprague...

 

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