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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...


Schoesler: Address school maintenance

For the fifth straight year, I’ve introduced a bill that aims to help school districts in Washington address their building-maintenance needs. Senate Bill 5403 would allow school districts to...


False spring? Maybe not this time

You’ve heard it said in the Pacific Northwest that, during the winter, we see a long stretch of bleak weather followed by a temporary rise in temperatures around mid-January, a “false winter” as...


Poor now?

The legislative session is in full swing, which means a lot of lawmakers are interested in picking winners and losers. Instead of creating equal opportunities, an equality of outcome is being sought....


Back in Olympia

By Sen. Mark Schoesler Rep. Joe Schmick and Rep. Mary Dye We are back at the state Capitol for the 2023 legislative session, which began Jan. 9 and is set to last 105 days, ending April 23. After being forced to endure a virtual legislative session...


Colfax Rotary Club

The Colfax Rotary Club is a service organization serving the Colfax community. Our club was established in 1950. Colfax Rotary has owned and maintained the Daniel W. Henry Little League Field since the early 1950’s. As a kid I remember playing on...


Welcome the stranger

Oh those caravans of invaders coming across the Southern Border. We must deal with them by sending them back to fix their countries of origin; leaving them to suffer and be harassed at the border; and/or transporting them to Democratically-run...


European Data Centers Looking to Capture Heat

Coupled with the rapid growth of data centers we rely upon for internet service and information storage is an increased demand for electricity to power millions of computers and cool the mammoth build...


Schoesler: Fuel price rising

CHENEY — A local lawmaker says two environmental laws from the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee that took effect Jan.. 1 are already causing a fuel price increase. Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler of Ritzville, who represents...


Audit recommendations still not followed

The Washington State Auditor has completed a performance audit of the Employment Security Department and has found the agency still has not corrected its systemic performance and fraud problems...


Americans need a new political party

Throughout history, there have been two political parties — one for the people, and one for the aristocracy. At times, the party for the people has been snuffed out. This is one of those times. The “Democrat/RINO” party and...


Onward and upward

As the dawn of a new year approaches, it is important to pause and take stock of ourselves, and of the many mercies and comforts we enjoy. After all, “Gratitude,” Cicero said, “is not the...

Carrie Belle Black

Carrie Belle Black

Carrie Belle Black, 87, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2022, at Orchard Crest in Spokane Valley, Washington under hospice care. She was born January 28, 1935, to Earl and Emma (Ousley) Miller... Full story


Veterans' Wreaths Spread Across America

The Holiday Season is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving lost loved ones. Evergreen wreaths placed on veterans’ graves across America help to ease that pain. More than 2.5 million...


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,...


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