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 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Cheney Rodeo underway

CHENEY - Rodeo action got underway this afternoon, Friday, July 9, with matinee slack competitions in Tie-Down Roping and Barrel Racing. Slack is offered when too many competitors... — Updated 7/9/2021

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    News

Fires erupt near Cheney

CHENEY - The Andrus Fire continued to burn Tuesday night, prompting evacuation notices to remain in effect north of the city and east of Four Lakes. The cause of that blaze - the... — Updated 7/8/2021

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Columbia River Treaty needs renegotiating

Power shortages, rolling brownouts and blackouts? In the Pacific Northwest? One regional utility alone – Avista – had brownouts that affected 15,307 ratepayers last Monday,... — Updated 7/8/2021

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    Sports

Thousands turn out for Freedom Rodeo

BASIN CITY — Thousands of rodeo fans turned out Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, to watch the second Freedom Rodeo. Temperatures neared 100 degrees at performance time Friday... — Updated 7/1/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

High heat expected to smash records

SPOKANE – It's going to be a record-setting day, in terms of high temperatures that is. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Laurie Nisbet in Spokane, the region... — Updated 6/29/2021

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    Sports

Local boat racer wins Unlimited Class

ST. JOHN - A local sprint boat race team that ended a qualifying run after landing upside down in Webb's Slough rebuilt the top half of a motor and finished the high-speed event... — Updated 6/25/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Flammable venting

Spokane County Fire District 3 firefighters monitor a vent pipe for a fuel tank at a Medical Lake home along State Route 902 that was destroyed by fire last Wednesday afternoon.... — Updated 6/24/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Importance of fatherhood should be celebrated everyday

There’s a lot of talk about endangered species. But the most important endangered species in America, may not be a plant or a wild animal. The most endangered species may... — Updated 6/18/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Importance of fatherhood should be celebrated everyday

There’s a lot of talk about endangered species. But the most important endangered species in America, may not be a plant or a wild animal. The most endangered species may... — Updated 6/17/2021

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    News

Rosalia Trestle work may finish June 23

ROSALIA - Crews working on the Rosalia Trestle restoration project expect to wrap up around June 23. In the meantime, motorists on Rosalia Road can expect delays of up to 20... — Updated 6/10/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Mennonite cyclists riding cross-country

TEKOA – A Mennonite cycling group crossing the U.S. to race awareness for climate action rode out of the state on Saturday, June 5, after spending the last several days in... — Updated 6/10/2021 Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

John Wayne riders arrive in Tekoa

TEKOA - The John Wayne Trail Riders have reached their final destination. Riders have been arriving here all day today, June 3, following a trek along the 285-mile John Wayne... — Updated 6/7/2021

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    News

Fewer south county residents vaccinated

SPOKANE COUNTY — Fewer residents in southern Spokane County are getting vaccinated against the coronavirus than their neighbors further north. According to the tentative figures... — Updated 6/3/2021

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    News

Eight-vehicle pileup blocks Interstate 90

SPOKANE – Interstate 90 was closed to traffic for a short time Tuesday evening, May 25, following a crash involving eight vehicles. According to the Washington State Patrol, the c... — Updated 6/3/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Heat advisory issued through June 3

PASCO — Most of Eastern Washington will remain under a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Thursday night, June 3, as temperatures break into the 100s for the first time this summer. Acc... — Updated 6/2/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

L&I: Businesses must verify vaccination

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Labor and Industries is requiring business owners to verify employees have been vaccinated. Under the new May 21 mandate, the agency is also... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Emergency response

Cheney police and first responders were called to Bruchi's, 2630 First St., Tuesday afternoon. Police were on scene first with a man sitting outside of the business. Details of the... — Updated 5/27/2021

 

Eastern programs on budget chopping block

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University Interim President David May is recommending several programs be eliminated going into the 2021-23 biennium. The recommendations stem from a... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Filing week produces contested Cheney races

CHENEY — Filing week produced only two races that will be contested in the Aug. 3 primary election The battle for Cheney City Council Position No. 3 is the most contested race in... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Small engine tech shutting down

CHENEY – The owner of a small engine repair shop is calling it quits, thanks to coronavirus mandates and shutdowns. Scott Rautio is in the process of closing his business, Cheney... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

E. Coli outbreak linked to Othello dairy

OTHELLO — State officials say they have linked an E.Coli outbreak to contaminated yogurt from a local dairy farm. The state Department of Health said the outbreak is connected to yogurt produced by Pure Eire Dairy, owned and... — Updated 5/25/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Won in less than 30 seconds

In the NE2B culminating league track meet Thursday, May 13, Liberty’s Ellie Fisk of Spangle wins her heat in the girls 200 meter with a time of 29.49 seconds, her personal... — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

It's time for Washingtonians to get back to work

Masks are coming off. Most residents wanting a coronavirus vaccination have gotten one. Sports are on and students are back in the classroom. It’s not a coronavirus emergency that... — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Take a hike

The hiking trails and overlook area of Palous Falls State Park are open to visitors. While the park is open for day use, the camping area remains closed. The park is located... — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Governor recall petition filed

PASCO — Five voters led by a Pasco City Councilman have filed a petition to recall Gov. Jay Inslee from office for abusing the powers of his office during the coronavirus... — Updated 5/20/2021

 

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