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 By Roger Harnack    Sports 

High jump

Lancer junior Mark Watson clears 5-02.00 in the 2B District 7 Championship track meet Friday, May 20, at Ridgeline High School in Liberty Lake. Watson finished eighth overall and... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Old-Time Farming Days coming to Colfax

COLFAX – Farming is the backbone of every country. And organizers of the upcoming Old-Time Farming Days want people to understand the importance of farming and ranching. Old-Time... — Updated 4/8/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Desert 100

More than 1,500 racers signed up to compete Sunday in the Desert 100 West of Odessa. Riders raced in a team 100-mile, 50-mile or team event.... — Updated 4/8/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Vetoes erase local input on wind, solar farms

POMEROY – Two Eastern Washington lawmakers are irate that Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing wind and solar farms on the region without providing for local input. Rep. Mary Dye,... — Updated 3/31/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

County bans local income taxes

COLFAX—Whitman County is the most recent to join the bandwagon opposing a local income tax. On Monday, March 21, county commissioners unanimously voted to oppose any effort to... — Updated 3/31/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Upside down at Latah Motors

A Ford pickup truck came to rest on its roof after overturning in front of Latah Motors, 126 W. Market St., Latah, on March 11. The driver left a note on the pickup's tailgate... — Updated 3/17/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee: Indoor mask mandate ends March 21

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that he’ll drop the statewide coronavirus-mask mandate March 21. Inslee said that’s the day when he believes it’ll be safe to remove mask mandates and not overwhelm hospitals. “It w... — Updated 2/17/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Superintendents: End of masks, contact tracing at schools

SPOKANE VALLEY – Following the lead of the Kettle Falls and Richland school boards, superintendents from across Northeast Washington sent a letter late Tuesday night, Feb. 15, to Gov. Jay Inslee requesting an end to mask mandates... — Updated 2/16/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Palouse Falls trails should remain open

Palouse Falls has long been one of my favorite places to hike. Over the years, I’ve hiked the mile or so trek to the top of the main falls on numerous occasions. I’ve hiked it b... — Updated 2/10/2022


Sprague business leaders

The Sprague Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual banquet and fundraiser Monday night. The event included the installation of officers. From left, they are President Tim Wilken,... — Updated 1/24/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

No shortage of press problems

The last year ended with a bang. Well, more accurately, 2021 ended in smoke, at least here at the newspaper. That smoke came from the meltdown of our labeling system. And as a... — Updated 1/6/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Five Liberty wrestlers medal at Tri-County

SPOKANE VALLEY – Five Liberty (Spangle) wrestlers brought home medals Thursday, Dec. 23, from the Tri-County Classic. Kariyah Strobel brought home gold in the girls 145 pound... — Updated 12/30/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Grinch has slipped into schools

Merry Christmas! There. I said it. Not happy holidays, but Merry Christmas. It’s Christmas time here and around the world. Throughout our region, families are shopping for... — Updated 12/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Commissioners oppose local income tax

SPOKANE – Spokane County commissioners have joined the no income tax bandwagon. During their meeting Tuesday, Dec. 14, commissioners unanimously approved a resolution opposing... — Updated 12/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Schoesler prefiles bill to examine longterm care options

OLYMPIA – A Ritzville lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that would require the state to study the private long-term care market before implementing a new tax set to begin Jan. 1.... — Updated 12/16/2021


Sen. Schoesler calls for tax relief

RITZVILLE --  Following Friday’s national inflation news that shows prices are 6.8% higher than a year ago, Sen. Mark Schoesler called on the state elected officials to provide... — Updated 12/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Two freshmen wrestlers win gold

MEAD – Two Cheney boys brought home gold from the Joe Ridlington Freshman Invite wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 11. Trenton Moore won all of his bouts at 182 pounds and... — Updated 12/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Cheney girls notch first win

CHENEY – The Blackhawks girls basketball team won its first game of the season Wednesday, Dec. 8, with a 41-33 victory over the Shadle Park Highlanders. The win came between... — Updated 12/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Car hits tree

A one-vehicle crash Monday, Dec. 13, ended when car slammed into a tree on the side of Cheney-Spangle Road, near Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. The vehicle was northbound toward Cheney,... — Updated 12/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Four straight

Tekoa-Rosalia’s Morgun Martin is fouled during a layup against Upper Columbia Academy. The Timberwolves boys have won four straight games.... — Updated 12/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

State high court declines redistricting duty

OLYMPIA – The state Supreme Court on Friday, Dec. 3, declined to redraw new legislative and congressional maps. The decision follows an attempt by the Redistricting Commission to... — Updated 12/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Take 'em down

Medical Lake’s Mason Holt sprawls as Tekoa-Rosalia grappler Bryce Casey shoots a single leg during Friday night’s season-opening Reardan Takedown Tournament. Individual results... — Updated 12/9/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Water rights should remain private, local

Under the guise of water conservation, the state Department of Ecology is once again moving to take water rights from farmers, ranchers and other private holders. Last month, the... — Updated 12/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Rep. Dye has plan for carbon tax funds

POMEROY – A 9th Legislative District representative wants to use the state's new carbon tax revenue as a way to eliminate the Discover Pass and cut fees to access and use publicly... — Updated 12/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time to recall, reconnect, give thanks

The last 20 months have been exceedingly difficult for most Americans. A-cross the country there have been coronavirus mandates, riots, increasing taxes, job losses and more. The... — Updated 11/24/2021


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