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 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

There are ways to guarantee your cellular privacy

Are government agencies and big tech tracking your every move via your smartphone? The answer is maybe. Gov. Jay Inslee has repeatedly said the state is using smartphone data to... — Updated 6/25/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Order: Face masks required statewide beginning Friday

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that residents statewide will be required to wear a face mask effective Friday in an effort to slow the coronavirus spread. “This is something we can get use to,” Inslee said, noting... — Updated 6/23/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Basin City bucks state's reopening denial

BASIN CITY -- Local cowboys are buckin' the state's rejection of reopening Franklin County as the Fourth of July approaches. Despite the state's rejection of Phase 2 reopening in the wake of the coronavirus, residents are planning... — Updated 6/23/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Washingtonians can exercise freedom and caution

Gov. Jay Inslee had to know a showdown was coming with Eastern Washington. State law allocated him 30 days in which to operate under emergency authority, unless the Legislature... — Updated 6/8/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Despite shutdown order, Airway Heights tavern to reopen Wednesday

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The owners of a local tavern plan to be open from 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday despite the coronavirus quarantine. Village Tavern co-owner Jean Moore hopes other bars and restaurants will join her in opening in def... — Updated 6/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Preliminary decisions in quarantine lawsuits may be on horizon

WENATCHEE — Supporters and opponents of Gov. Jay Inslee’s quarantine measures will have to wait a little longer to see if the shutdowns will remain intact. Of the at least seven lawsuits seeking to end Inslee’s orders, two... — Updated 5/28/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

State will be tracing infected residents' movements, personal interactions

OLYMPIA — If you test positive for conoravirus, be prepared to be quarantined at home. That’s the message Gov. Jay Inslee shared during a Tuesday afternoon press conference on his plan for “contact tracing” of the virus.... — Updated 5/13/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Palouse Falls, Potholes among places to reopen

KAHLOTUS - Washington State Parks has released a list of the parks that will be opening May 5 for outdoor recreation, provided visitors keep their distance. In Eastern Washington,... — Updated 5/2/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

'Non-essential' residents sue Gov. Inslee

PASCO – Franklin County cherry orchardist and pilot Dave MacHugh was landing his private airplane at Tri-Cities Airport after a four-hour trip to Tacoma and back Friday... — Updated 5/2/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Dusty named appropriately

DUSTY — A duststorm caused near-zero visibility and led to at least three crashes in the area Monday, April 27. According to the Washington State Patrol, three people were cited... — Updated 4/30/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Area lakes to reopen May 5th

FOUR LAKES – Fishing will resume here and on other lakes and rivers statewide beginning May 5. Following two weeks of growing protests over the state’s ban on fishing, Gov. Jay... — Updated 4/30/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Local business owners attend Spokane protest against quarantine

SPOKANE – An April 22 protest against Gov. Jay Inslee’s quarantine orders was led by several Cheney-Medical Lake area residents and business owners. More than 300 people turned... — Updated 4/30/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Schoesler says he won't extend some quarantine orders

RITZVILLE - The state Senate majority leader said Wednesday, April 23, that he will refuse to extend quarantine rules on "low-hanging fruit." Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said... — Updated 4/23/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Business leaders, others protest quarantine

SPOKANE -- More than 300 people turned out shortly after lunch Wednesday, April 22, to tell Gov. Inslee to reopen the state now. As the crowd grew at the corner of North Lincoln... — Updated 4/23/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Franklin County: Gov. Inslee, your time is up

PASCO — Gov. Jay Inslee's time has expired, at least in Franklin County. Five minutes into the county commissioners’ 9 a.m. meeting today, April 21, commissioners voted... — Updated 4/21/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Hundreds protest state's boating, fishing ban

RICHLAND — Under the watchful eye of a city park ranger, hundreds of protesters from across Eastern Washington launched boats and filled Columbia Point Park today calling on Gov.... — Updated 4/21/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Cracks growing in Gov. Inslee's 'stay home' quarantine order

RICHLAND — Cracks are growing in Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay safe” quarantine east of the Cascades. And the Tri-City area — the second most populous area east in Eastern Washington— is at the center of the... — Updated 4/17/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Investigators identify law enforcement, subject in fatal shooting

RITZVILLE - The Columbia Basin Investigative Team has identified the man shot and killed by police Saturday night as Shawn Lee. Lee, 49, hometown not released, was shot in the... — Updated 4/14/2020

 
 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

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

$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

 

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