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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Adams County coronavirus tally reaches 23

RITZVILLE -- Adams County health officials Saturday evening reported that a total of 23 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. Of those cases, 19 are in Othello, with 10 connected to a single family, officials said. There are two... — Updated 4/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

Infected number rises in Othello

OTHELLO -- The number of Wuhan coronavirus cases is rising, with almost half of the cases connected to a single family. As of Sunday afternoon, Adams County health officials were reporting 23 cases in the city, 11 of which were in... — Updated 4/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

Senate Minority Leader Schoesler reacts to quarantine extension

RITZVILLE - Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler doesn't agree with extending the statewide quarantine until May 4 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Responding to Bainbridge Island... — Updated 4/3/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Magnitude 6.5 quake shakes Central Idaho

BOISE — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and five aftershocks shaking Central Idaho starting about 5:53 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 31. The main quake struck about 43 miles west of Challis, in... — Updated 3/31/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Spangle man killed in crash on U.S. 195

SPANGLE — A local man was killed early Saturday morning when his pickup crossed the centerline and hit a tractor-trailer head-on. Shane M. Remp, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:31 a.m. near Milepost 75 of U.S. Highway... — Updated 3/31/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Boys have to compete as boys in Idaho

BOISE — Female athletes may not have to compete against so-called “transgender” women — in other words, biological males — in Idaho . That’s because Gov. Brad Little signed House Bill 500, the Fairness in Women’s... — Updated 3/31/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee suggests tattling on those who don't comply with stay-home order

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee called on residents to tattle on friends, neighbors and businesses that fail to comply with his order to stay home during the state's coronavirus outbreak.... — Updated 3/31/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

$30 car tabs on hold, again

SEATTLE - The city of Seattle and King County continued their lawsuit against the electorate earlier this week by requesting an emergency extension of an injunction blocking... — Updated 3/30/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee suspends portions of public meetings, records laws

OLYMPIA - With no fanfare or disclosure, Gov. Jay Inslee quietly amended a month-old coronavirus-related proclamation, so that it now strips residents and news organizations of the... — Updated 3/28/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Plowing halted on scenic passes

MAZAMA — Eastern Washington residents wanting to use highways through scenic mountain passes to get to the Puget Sound area or Pacific Ocean are going to have to wait. On Thursday, state Transportation Secretary Roger Millar orde... — Updated 3/27/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Bait jars could send a message to Fish and Wildlife

Unintended consequence or bureaucratic power grab? Given the things being ordered behind locked doors of government offices, I’ll take the latter. Tonight, March 25, when the... — Updated 3/26/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

I-976 could go into effect Friday

SEATTLE -- The King County judge who initially blocked the $30 car-tab cap denied most of the challenges to the taxpayer-approved measure. Superior Court Judge Marshall Ferguson rul... — Updated 3/25/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Public barred from entering state parks, Fish and Wildlife lands

OLYMPIA -- The state earlier today announced all publicly owned lands managed by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Department of Fish and Wildlife are closed to the public. The closure will last at least two... — Updated 3/24/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

We're still here, but we've made some changes to our coverage

As a member of the “Fourth Estate,” our newspaper staff regularly comes in close contact with people from all walks of life. Knowing that, we are doing our part to help prevent... — Updated 3/19/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee issues moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19

OLYMPIA — Residents who become unemployed due to government actions to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronovirus won’t have to worry about being evicted, at least for the next month. During a press conference this... — Updated 3/19/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Judge partially vacates I-976 injunction

PASCO - "We won!" That was the reaction from Franklin County Commissioner Clint Didier earlier today, March 12, after a King County judge vacated most of a previous injunction on... — Updated 3/12/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Statebound

CHENEY — The Blackhawks district champion wrestling team ran into tough Yakima Valley competition at regionals Saturday, finishing third overall in their home gymnasium. But two... — Updated 2/20/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

High-capacity magazine ban bill 'dead'

OLYMPIA — A bill that would have limited the number of rounds of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold is “dead” for this legislative session. Substitute House Bill 2240 was on the docket for a second reading in the House,... — Updated 2/20/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Apartments may be coming to your single-family home neighborhood

OLYMPIA – Larger cities and counties would be prohibited from creating single-family neighborhoods under a Senate Bill introduced by a King County Democrat. Substitute Senate... — Updated 2/15/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Boys should compete against other boys

Boys are boys and girls are girls. There’s no in-between, at least when it comes to sports. I know it’s not politically correct to say that in this day and age. But genetically... — Updated 2/13/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Liberty (Spangle) wins NE1B/2B-South district wrestling title

SPANGLE - The Liberty Lancers wrestling team took top district honors Thursday night, Feb. 6, with 297 points in the Northeast 1B/2B-South tournament. The Lancers had six... — Updated 2/7/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Franklin County Republicans back Rep. Shea

PASCO — Franklin County Republicans joined the growing call Tuesday night, Feb. 4, to have Rep. Matt Shea reinstated to his previous party and committee statuses. The embattled Shea, accused of being a domestic terrorist, was pre... — Updated 2/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Four senators apparently don't want to hear directly from voters

OLYMPIA — Four Western Washington senators apparently don't want to hear what voters think of tax and fee increases approved by the Legislature. They are co-sponsoring a bill to... — Updated 2/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Washtucna woman killed in crash

WASHTUCNA — A local resident was killed and another injured in a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 5. Sally J. Graves, 76, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Milepost 57 on state Highway 261, the Washington... — Updated 2/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Liberty (Spangle) girl selected as WIAA Athlete of the Week

SPANGLE -- A local Liberty High School girl has been selected as a WIAA Athlete of the Week. Wrestling at 115 pounds, junior Maizy Feltwell was selected Wednesday, Feb. 5, after remaining undefeated on the mat this season.... — Updated 2/5/2020

 

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