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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Bill mandates controversial 'inclusive' sex ed starting with kindergarten

OLYMPIA – A bill that passed the state Senate today, Jan. 22, could mean young public schools pupils will be exposed to "inclusive" sex education. In a 28-21 vote, Engrossed... — Updated 1/22/2020 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    Sports 

Liberty girls wrestle at Othello

OTHELLO – The Liberty (Spangle) girls wrestling team finished 20th Saturday in the Lady Huskies Invite. The Lancers girls came home with 56 team points, the best of any 1B/2B... — Updated 1/21/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Counties' Republicans want Rep. Shea reinstated

SPOKANE VALLEY – As the Legislature opened its 60-day session, Republicans outside Olympia lined up behind Rep. Matt Shea, saying he's being "Trumped" by Democrats and Republican... — Updated 1/18/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Puget Sound Democrats ask high court to hear income tax case

OLYMPIA – Several Western Washington lawmakers on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to overturn case law and allow an income tax to be imposed statewide. Fifteen Democrats... — Updated 1/13/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Stranger Pack wolf killed in Idaho

HUNTERS – A Stranger Pack wolf that wandered into Idaho has been killed. According to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife's report Monday, the wolf was “legally... — Updated 1/13/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Cheney mayor lays transit funding shortfall on voter passage of I-976

CHENEY – Mayor Chris Grover on Wednesday, Jan. 8, blamed voter approval of the $30 car tab tax cap for an expected transit funding shortfall and possible increased traffic... — Updated 1/10/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Congressman Newhouse supportive of drone strike that killed Iranian general

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The congressman representing Adams County says the airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds... — Updated 1/7/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Weather warnings issued for much of Eastern Washington

CHENEY – The National Weather Service has issued warnings for potential severe weather overnight across most of Eastern Washington. A wind advisory has been issued for Stevens, Pe... — Updated 1/3/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Truck crash leaves highway blocked by crushed cars

CONNELL -- State Highway 17 reopened about 3:15 p.m. today, Jan. 2, after crews finished cleaning up debris from a tractor-trailer crash that left crushed cars on the roadway.... — Updated 1/3/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Minimum wage slated to rise Jan. 1

CHENEY – Area businesses will be paying their lowest-tier employees at least 12.5 % more beginning Wednesday, Jan. 1. That’s when the state minimum wage climbs $1.50 per hour... — Updated 1/2/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

State agency should back off land buys

Earlier this month, state Department of Fish and Wildlife Director officials said they needed an additional $26 million to effectively manage its existing lands and programs. They s... — Updated 12/31/2019

 By Roger Harnack    News

Snow blankets area in time for New Year's Eve

CHENEY – Area residents are awaking this morning to a Winter Weather Advisory issued for Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens and portions of Lincoln counties. The advisory was issued... — Updated 12/31/2019

 By Roger Harnack    News

One dead in Interstate 90 crash

FOUR LAKES -- A crash near Milepost 269 of a snow-covered Interstate 90 has claimed the life of a motorist. The Washington State Patrol is still on-scene at the site of the... — Updated 12/27/2019 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News

Snow-covered highways, crashes reported

FOUR LAKES – The state Department of Transportation is reporting slick conditions on rural roadways this morning following overnight snowfall. Multiple collisions were reported on Interstate 90 between Mileposts 257-279, the... — Updated 12/27/2019

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gun advocate files recall of state Attorney General Ferguson

OLYMPIA — Despite the overwhelming objection of new gun control laws across most of Eastern Washington, State Attorney General Robert “Bob” Ferguson is pushing for more. As a result, Ferguson is now the subject of both... — Updated 12/18/2019 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News

Advisory group to recommend new pay-per-mile tax

OLYMPIA — The state Transportation Commission voted Tuesday to recommend the state implement a new pay-by-mile road tax. The commission recommendation is expected to be presented... — Updated 12/18/2019

 By Roger Harnack    News

Ferguson pushes for more gun control legislation

SEATTLE – Despite an ethics complaint and overcoming thousands of affidavits of complaining witness earlier this year for his involvement in anti-gun Initiative 1639, State... — Updated 12/13/2019 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News

Rally, hearing set on I-976

SEATTLE – The judge who issued an injunction on Initiative 976 will hear a motion from measure sponsor Tim Eyman to have State Attorney's Office attorneys removed from the case.... — Updated 12/12/2019 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News

Pierce County to consider intervening in I-976 lawsuit

TACOMA – Initiative 976 sponsor Tim Eyman is calling on supporters to pack a meeting Tuesday as the elected Pierce County Council considers intervening in a lawsuit over the... — Updated 12/10/2019

 By Roger Harnack    News

Three Eastern Washington wolves tracked out-of-state

ELK – State officials say three wolves from Eastern Washington have been tracked out-of-state. According to state Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf report released Monday,... — Updated 12/9/2019

 By Roger Harnack    News

Deputies seek help identifying suspects

SPOKANE - Deputies are asking for the public to help identify two men suspected of using stolen credit cards to buy merchandise in Spokane County. Det. Chuck Haley said Thursday... — Updated 12/5/2019

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

The State of King - now that's a great idea

For more than a century, Eastern Washington has sought separate statehood. Proposals included the state of Lincoln, Columbia and Liberty. Now, there’s a different twist on... — Updated 12/5/2019

 By Roger Harnack    News

Donation allows Cheney Food Bank to hand out turkeys

CHENEY – A regional effort to provide a Thanksgiving meal to indigent residents is feeding more than 100 local families this holiday. The 2nd Harvest Tom’s Turkey Drive will... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Title-only bills don't pass constitutional muster

The Washington Bankers Association has taken the mantle on an issue all state taxpayers should be outraged over — the Legislature’s use of title-only bills. In the waning days... — Updated 11/21/2019

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

'Title only' bills subject of banking industry lawsuit

OLYMPIA – Bankers are suing the state Legislature for enacting unlawful taxes under a “title only” bill. On Nov. 5, the Washington Bankers Association, represented by former... — Updated 11/21/2019


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