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 By Roger Harnack    News

Man arrested in asphalt truck theft

RITZVILLE - A West Richland man is facing multiple charges after allegedly stealing an asphalt truck from the state Department of Transportation's Washtucna shop Tuesday, Sept. 19,... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Cheney boys, girls win Apple Ridge Invite in Yakima

YAKIMA – The Blackhawks boys and girls cross country teams dominated the Apple Ridge Run Invite on Saturday, Sept. 16, winning both divisions. Cheney won the boys division with a... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Broncos rout Lancers, 60-14

RITZVILLE – The Broncos showed why they're ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 2B football Friday night, Sept. 9, routing Northeast 2B rival Liberty (Spangle), 60-14. "Not good... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Lancers volleyball sweep Grizzlies, 3-0

SPANGLE – The Liberty Lancers girls volleyball team topped the Newport Grizzlies in three straight sets Monday night, Sept. 11. Set scores were 25-19, 25-20 and 25-12. The... — Updated 9/14/2023


Oregon Road Fire raging east of Elk

ELK - On Monday evening, the Oregon Road Fire grew into the largest blaze in the regional over the last week. At least one person had died in the blaze, officials said. Evacuation... — Updated 8/25/2023


Fire chars Medical Lake

MEDICAL LAKE - Rain Tuesday, Aug. 22, gave fire crews a break in their effort to stop the growth of the Gray Fire. As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, fire officials said the blaze was 48%... — Updated 8/25/2023


Fire detours snarl traffic for miles

CHENEY — As emergency officials pushed traffic off Interstate 90 and into the city, traffic backed up for miles. At times Saturday and Sunday, traffic was bumper-to-bumper from... — Updated 8/25/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Traffic issue highlighted a lack of preparation

A quip on a social media post said it all: “Harrington has never been so busy.” That tongue-in-cheek post was in reference to the diversion of Interstate 90 traffic between... — Updated 8/25/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Appellate court upholds drug conviction

PULLMAN – A state appellate court has affirmed the conviction of a local man arrested after a January 2022 social media sting intended to catch drug dealers. On Aug. 17, the state... — Updated 8/25/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Emergency response fund established

SPOKANE — Innovia Foundation has opened a Wildfire Emergency Response Fund to support nonprofit organizations, businesses and community organizations working to meet the needs of those impacted by the Grays, Oregon Road and... — Updated 8/23/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Fire containment date set as Aug. 30

CHENEY - The incoming incident management team hired to oversee Gray Fire response doesn't expect to have the blaze contained until Aug. 30. In an update on the fire released at 8... — Updated 8/19/2023


Franz may visit Medical Lake, Cheney

CHENEY — Fire officials are expecting gubernatorial candidate and State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz to visit the fire-ravaged areas in Medical Lake and Cheney on... — Updated 8/19/2023


Fires erupt in Spokane and Whitman Counties

MEDICAL LAKE - Multiple fires exploded Friday afternoon across both Spokane and Whitman Counties, leaving at least one person dead and burning thousands of acres. Evacuation... — Updated 8/19/2023


Fire officials expand recommended evacuation areas

CHENEY — An area here that was under a Level 2 evacuation notice has been upgraded to Level 3 because of the encroaching Gray Fire. This includes the area east of Interstate 90 so... — Updated 8/19/2023


Detours snarl traffic throughout Cheney

CHENEY – Traffic has been lined up for hours throughout the city as the Gray Fire continues to burn near Interstate 90. Currently, the fire is most active in the Salnave area... — Updated 8/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Air quality deteriorates across region

MEDICAL LAKE - Smoke from the growing Gray Fire has prompted the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency to advise residents to reduce steps to reduce their exposure. The fire had grown... — Updated 8/19/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Wildlife board rejects spring bear hunting, again

OLYMPIA – It took only a minute Friday, Aug. 11, for the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to reject a petition to resume spring bear hunting in 2024. The commission’s almost-immediate, unanimous rejection of spring bear... — Updated 8/17/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

It's summer, not 'climate change'

The National Weather Service predicts we will see the hottest temperatures of the summer this week. It’s even gone so far as to declare an “excessive heat warning” until 11... — Updated 8/17/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Idaho woman killed in interstate crash

FOUR LAKES – An Interstate 90 crash Monday evening, Aug. 7, has left an Idaho woman dead. Suzanne M. Twete, 77, of Post Falls, Idaho, was killed in the 5:30 p.m. crash near Milepost 268 south of Four Lakes. According to the... — Updated 8/17/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Jaripeo set for Cheney

CHENEY – It’s not your everyday rodeo. But Jaripeo Rodeo and Dance will feature a whole lotta of Western action Sunday, July 30, in the 14310 S. State Highway 904 arena north of... — Updated 7/27/2023

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Cheney man wins multiple races

PATEROS -- A Cheney man was the man to beat in the annual Apple Pie Jamboree watercross races Friday and Saturday, July 15-16. Only nobody could beat him. On a hot weekend on... — Updated 7/20/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Wildfire erupts near Fishtrap

FISHTRAP – Fire crews from Adams, Lincoln, Whitman and Spokane counties have contained the Fishtrap Lake fire to about 500 acres. The blaze burned mostly in Lincoln County, but... — Updated 7/20/2023


Little buckaroo

Wearing a hat that's too big, Wyatt Pierson of Cheney takes in Cheney Rodeo action during the Friday night, July 7, performance. The youngster was among many who got an... — Updated 7/20/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Fires burning near Fishtrap, Ritzville

FISHTRAP – Smoke from multiple wildfires is creating near-whiteout conditions along portions of Interstate 90, prompting the state Department to of Transportation to close the... — Updated 7/17/2023


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