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 By Roger Harnack    News

Newhouse votes to impeach Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eastern Washington's two Republican congressional representatives were on opposite sides of the House vote to impreach President Donald Trump for a second time. Fourth Congressional District Rep. Dan Newhouse... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Two arrested on opening day of legislative session

OLYMPIA – Two people were arrested this morning, Monday, Jan. 11, as the Legislature entered session behind locked gates. Early in the morning, a woman parked her RV in front of... — Updated 1/12/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Guardsmen, troopers ready for protests

OLYMPIA -- The Washington National Guard and the Washington State Patrol took up positions around the Capitol today in advance of the opening of the legislative session. Their... — Updated 1/10/2021

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    News

State releases new regional COVID-19 plan

CHENEY — Area restaurants, bars and gyms may be able to reopen indoor services as soon as Jan. 11 under another coronavirus-related plan release by Gov. Jay Inslee during a press... — Updated 1/7/2021

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    News

Pushing back against bureaucratic harassment

SPOKANE - Extortion, blackmail and harassment. That's what the more than 50 area restaurant and tavern owners and their supporters called Liquor and Cannabis Board officers' threats... — Updated 1/7/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

McMorris Rodgers to oppose, Newhouse to approve, Electoral College results

UPDATED Jan. 5, 2021 at 3:56 p.m. -- CNN has just released a statement from 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers that after witnessing the pro-Trump violence in Washington D.C.... — Updated 1/6/2021 Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Spokane protesters to rally at liquor board office

SPOKANE - Protesters are expected to pack the parking lot of the Liquor and Cannabis Board office at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, to rally for restaurants and taverns trying to keep indoor table service - and their businesses -... — Updated 1/5/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee extends shutdown to Jan. 11

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee this morning extended his coronavirus lockdown measures until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 11, “unless otherwise extended.” Jan. 11 is the opening day of the upcoming legislative session, and Democrats Sen. Andy... — Updated 12/30/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

The Black Diamond still offering inside service

SPOKANE VALLEY — Despite 447 coronavirus-related complaints about businesses in Spokane Valley between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15, at least one local entrepreneur is keeping his doors open for inside eating and drinking. The Black... — Updated 12/30/2020

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Call it prohibition version 2.0

On Dec. 18, 1917, Congress proposed the 18th Amendment, which would later make it illegal to make, buy, sell or drink alcohol. Two years later, after ratification Jan. 16, 1919,... — Updated 12/30/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Coronavirus vaccinations may start Tuesday

OLYMPIA – Health care workers in the state could start receiving a Wuhan coronavirus vaccine as early as Tuesday. During a press conference this morning, Sunday, Dec. 13, Gov. Jay Inslee said doses of a vaccine should arrive... — Updated 12/13/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Hyde Out cited by liquor board

COLFAX — A local couple has shut down their tavern after being threatened by fines and revocation of their liquor license for not complying with coronavirus mandates. Dale and... — Updated 12/10/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor unveils virus notification application

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a new cellphone-based coronavirus exposure notification system Monday. During an afternoon press conference, Inslee touted the new "WaNotify" application designed in corroboration with... — Updated 12/3/2020

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    News

Schoesler steps down as Senate minority leader

RITZVILLE — A local lawmaker is stepping down from his leadership position in the state Senate, but he is not retiring. Sen. Mark G. Schoesler, R-Ritzville, confirmed Tuesday... — Updated 12/3/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee orders new shutdowns effective Monday

OLYMPIA — Calling the current status of the coronavirus outbreak the "third wave," Gov. Jay Inslee ordered more shutdowns this morning, Nov. 15. Indoor service at restaurants and bars is prohibited from midnight Monday through... — Updated 11/16/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee calls on travelers to quarantine 14 days

OLYMPIA — A day after Gov. Inslee told residents to have virtual Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations this year, he issued a travel advisory calling on travelers to quarantine 14 days. The governor’s advisory also suggests... — Updated 11/13/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Snow on the way overnight

CHENEY - The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory as heavy snow is expected to move into Northern Idaho and Northeast Washington. The advisory runs from 11... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor, first lady call for residents to have virtual holidays

OLYMPIA — The governor and his wife tonight called on state residents to forgo Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations with family this year. Speaking together from a couch, Gov. Jay Inslee said we’re “going to have to... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Snowfall expected overnight

CHENEY – Drivers should expect wintry conditions and slick roads overnight tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for 10 p.m. tonight to 10... — Updated 11/9/2020

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    News

Spokane County voters reject R-90

OLYMPIA – Despite a parental uprising over an “inclusive” sexual education mandate, Referendum 90 was passing after an initial election night tally Nov 3. Approval of R-90... — Updated 11/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse have comfortable leads

SPOKANE — Eastern Washington’s two incumbent Republican congressional representatives were leading by large margins following the initial general election tally Tuesday night.... — Updated 11/5/2020

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    News

County voters back Trump

SPOKANE – Spokane County voters were backing Republican President Trump in his re-election bid by a narrow margin following an initial count in the general election.... — Updated 11/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee declares victory over Loren Culp

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee declared victory in the general election Tuesday night, Nov. 3, over Republican challenger Loren Culp. “I cannot express the honor I feel to be... — Updated 11/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers leading congressional races

SPOKANE — Eastern Washington’s two incumbent Republican congressional representatives were leading by large margins following the initial general election tally Tuesday night. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane and Dan... — Updated 11/3/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Westbound I-90 closed in Spokane due to fatal crash

SPOKANE — Interstate 90 westbound is closed between Freya and altamont avenues due to a fatal crash. According to the Washington State Patrol, the crash occurred at 12:59 p.m. and the interstate's three westbound lanes are... — Updated 10/31/2020

 

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