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Rebuilding will require unity

MALDEN - Local leaders called for unity and cooperation Tuesday in the "arduous" task of rebuilding the community in the wake of the Babb Fire. More than 150 people turned out Tuesday afternoon for a...

 

Residents: Siren never sounded

MALDEN — Angry residents wanted an answer Tuesday on why the city's fire siren never sounded on Labor Day when the Babb Fire swept through town. During a meeting that attracted more than 150...

 

Gov. Inslee, Rep. McMorris Rodgers visit Malden

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, in one of two citie...

 

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 contain maggot...

 

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 Stephen Van Vleet...

 

'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 violating Gov. Jay...

 

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 offices. Approximately...

 

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 winds driving flames...

 

Update: Clean up continues at Malden

MALDEN -- Access to the towns of Malden and Pine City continues to be restricted as crews continue to mop up Babb Fire hotspots. The fire grew to 15,266 acres and was 90% contained, according to...

 

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 followed suit, albeit...

 

I-1639 ruled constitutional

TACOMA -- A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that gun-control measure Initiative 1639 is constitutional. U.S. District Court of Western Washington Judge Ronald Leighton, a Whitworth University...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 20, 2020

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 to allow enforcement...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 13, 2020

Gubernatorial primary analysis

REPUBLIC — A Monday, Aug. 10, update from the Secretary of State’s Office shows Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Loren Culp picking up another Western Washington county — Grays Harbor — in...

 

Study Maintains Status Quo

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 Eastern Washington, the...

 
 By Roger Harnack    People    August 6, 2020

Valedictorian the only graduate to attend Washtucna graduation

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, VanHollebeke, took the...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 6, 2020

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. Thursday, Aug. 6,...

 

I-1114

Gov. Jay Inslee may order quarantines and business shutdowns, but he cannot enforce them. In agreeing with that argument — presented by attorneys for the governor — U.S. District Court Judge...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    July 30, 2020

'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 for the fall. In a...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    July 30, 2020

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 Rodgers, R-Spokane,...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    July 30, 2020

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 joined by State Superin...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    July 30, 2020

Inslee, Culp divide up the state

REPUBLIC — Despite more than three dozen candidates in the gubernatorial field, only two divided up the state's 39 counties in the initial tally of the Aug. 4 primary election. After counting more...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports    July 23, 2020

WIAA postpones football, volleyball, boys' soccer

RENTON -- Fall is usually synonymous with prep football and volleyball in rural Eastern Washington. Not this year. Due to the coronavirus scare, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports    July 9, 2020

Berquists make show in Freedom Rodeo

BASIN CITY - What do you call it when more than 3,000 rural residents get together for the Fourth of July to rodeo, parade, dance and shoot off fireworks? Well, rodeo clown turned Freedom Rodeo...

 
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Tracking?

Are government agencies and big tech tracking your every move via your smartphone? The answer is maybe. Gov. Jay Inslee has repeatedly said the state is using smartphone data to track interactions and...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    June 25, 2020

Order: Masks required statewide

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that residents statewide will be required to wear a face mask effective Friday in an attempt to slow the coronavirus spread. “This is something we can...

 

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