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Ketscher won All-Around Cowboy at rodeo

COLFAX - Cowpokes competing in the Palouse Empire Rodeo took home more than $21,500 in prize money Sept. 9-10. More than $18,000 was paid out to Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    September 16, 2021 

State forces 4-H to be vaccinated

PULLMAN - The Washington State University (WSU) Extension Office is applying the governor's COVID vaccination requirement to all 4-H volunteers. In a letter dated Sept. 3, Extension Office Director Vi...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    September 16, 2021 

Davidson fair Superintendent of the Year

COLFAX — For the second time in three years, a local woman was named Superintendent of the Year by the Palouse Empire Fair. Mary Davidson, 62, was notified of her selection Saturday morning while...

 

Tekoa-Rosalia boys to face three ranked teams

TEKOA — The Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves face a tough gridiron schedule when they take the field this fall. The boys football team is competing in the 1B Southeast (eight-man) league this season....

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 19, 2021

New member for Wheat Growers board

LAMONT - A Lamont man was named as a board member for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. Dave Swannack replaced Randy Suess as the Whitman County president in June, the association reported...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 19, 2021

Legislators ask Inslee to stop masks

COLFAX — A local state lawmaker is calling on the governor to rescind his order requiring public school students to wear masks on campus. Ninth Legislative District Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax,...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 19, 2021

Reykdal: Teachers get vaccinated or be fired

OLYMPIA - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal is calling on the governor to require teachers to be vaccinated. In an Aug. 12 letter, Reykdal says he is "strongly encouraging" the...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 19, 2021

More than 450 protest masks in schools

SPANGLE — More than 450 people stood on the Liberty High School baseball field singing the National Anthem on Aug. 12. A World War II-era P-51 fighter flew overhead, piloted by Jared Segebartt, of...

 

Rally set for parents to be heard

Parents of public school students in the 9th Legislative district have had enough of coronavirus-related mandates from Olympia. Shutter schools, curtail sports, wear masks, limit field trips, and...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 12, 2021

Masks now mandated in Pullman, Richland

PULLMAN — At least two Eastern Washington cities have instituted mask mandates for everyone entering indoor areas. The Pullman police chief announced the new mask mandates on the city website earlier today, Tuesday, Aug. 17. It follows an announcem...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 5, 2021

Governor Inslee requires masks at schools

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee ordered all public school districts in the state to require students and employees to wear masks on school grounds when classes resume in the fall. Inslee blamed the need t...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 5, 2021

Shift Adams County to 5th District?

CHENEY — Speakers overwhelmingly backed changes to shift two counties east into the federal 5th District in Washington state. A state Redistricting Commission public meeting was held on July 24....

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    July 29, 2021

Hay Watch

SPANGLE — A farmer along East Spangle Waverly Road erected a “Bay Watch” parody using haystacks. His “Hay Watch” depicts a man with a hairy chest wearing swim trunks and a woman with long...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    July 29, 2021

Officers concerned over police reform laws

SPOKANE VALLEY — Law enforcement officers from across Eastern Washington are warning residents that new laws make it difficult to serve the public on possible criminal activities. Nine police chiefs and eight sheriffs gathered at Center Place July...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports    July 15, 2021

Colville man named All-Around Cowboy in Cheney

CHENEY - A Colville man was named All-Around Cowboy after taking home the most money from the three-day Cheney Rodeo. Travis James Eller took home $2,058 after competing in tie-down roping and team ro...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion    July 8, 2021

Electricity should be for locals first

Why are there power shortages, rolling brownouts and blackouts in the Pacific Northwest? One regional utility alone – Avista – had brownouts that affected 15,307 ratepayers on June 28, then 6,793 the next day, and another 602 on June 30. Other...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion    July 1, 2021

Be proud you're American

This Sunday, our nation celebrates Independence Day. And on this 245th birthday of our United States, it’s important to take time to remember why we mark July 4. Sure we celebrate the holiday with b...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports    July 1, 2021

Thousands turn out for Freedom Rodeo, despite heat

BASIN CITY — Thousands of rodeo fans turned out June 25-26 to watch the second Freedom Rodeo. Temperatures neared 100 degrees at performance time Friday night and topped 105 degrees at the start of...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    July 1, 2021

Wildfires growing near Clarkston

CLARKSTON — Two area fire chiefs have asked for state assistance battling blazes today, Wednesday, July 7. Asotin County Fire District No. 1 Chief Noel Hardin has asked for help containing the Asotin Complex Fire. And Whitman County Fire District...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports    June 24, 2021

St. John race boat flips

ST. JOHN - A local sprint boat race team ended a qualifying run upside down in Webb's Slough, rebuilt the motor, and finished inside the Top 8. More than two dozen North American Sprint Boat...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    June 24, 2021

Landlords not likely to be paid as eviction moratorium ends

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new eviction “bridge” program this morning, June 24, but landlords will not likely see rent payments any time soon. Inslee said the existing coronavirus-related eviction moratorium will expire June 30....

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    June 24, 2021

High heat expected to smash records

SPOKANE – It's going to be a record-setting day, in terms of high temperatures that is. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Laurie Nisbet in Spokane, the region should set all-time...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion    June 17, 2021

Honor the American father

There’s a lot of talk about endangered species. But the most important endangered species in America may not be a plant or a wild animal. The most endangered species may be in your home or a...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    June 17, 2021
Here is a bird's eye view of race day at Webb's Slough.

Spring boat racing returns to St. John

ST. JOHN — Sprint boat racers return to the water on June 19, after nearly two years of hiatus. "It's going to be chaos," Dennis Hughes, owner of the No. 69 DeLeon Taco and Bar-sponsored boat,...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    June 10, 2021

Rosalia Trestle work may finish June 23

ROSALIA - Crews working on the Rosalia Trestle restoration project expect to finish around June 23. Motorists on Rosalia Road should expect delays of up to 20 minutes between Pine City-Malden Road...

 

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