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  • Reichert to stump in Tekoa

    Roger Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    TEKOA - The effort to bring candidates for public office to town to interact with area voters and present their platforms has landed a gubernatorial candidate. The Event Center on Crosby Street will host a meet-and-greet for former Congressman Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Food and beverages will be available from C&Ds Tekoa Bar and Grill. Following the relaxed event, the 73-year-old Reichert will head down the street to Empire Theater, 126 S. Crosby St....

  • McMorris Rodgers won't seek re-election

    ROGER HARNACK, Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    SPOKANE — The 5th Congressional District will have an opening next year. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, announced Thursday, Feb. 8, that she is not seeking re-election. “It’s been the honor and privilege of my life to represent the people of Eastern Washington in Congress,” she said. “After much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided the time has come to serve them in new ways. I will not be running for re-election to the People’s House.” The 5th Congression...

  • Two Cardinals head to state

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    QUINCY – Two Medical Lake boys qualified for the state Mat Classic tournament after placing in the Top 4 at regionals Feb. 10. Wrestling at 215, True Cole brought home a third-place finish to qualify. And at 157, Carsen Buenzli finished fourth to secure the final spot. Cole's regionals saw him with pins over Lizando Sanchez of Cashmere in 49 seconds, D.J. Frerks of Quincy in 1:46 and Brady Martin of Riverside (Nine Mile Falls) in 2:49. His only lost was in the semifinals, wher...

  • State parks failing at Palouse Falls, Lyons Ferry

    Roger Harnack|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Two years ago, Washington State Parks bureaucrats in Tumwater hatched a plan to address so-called “overcrowding” at Palouse Falls. The plan was to close and relocate the campground to Lyons Ferry, require permits to visit Upper Palouse Falls and to end hiking and exploring in and around the main Palouse Falls basin. The effort also eliminated kayaking access on the upper Palouse River. And to make the effort sound legitimate, those city-dwelling bureaucrats called Palouse Fal...

  • Trump's name remains on ballot

    Roger Harnack, The Journal|Updated Jan 26, 2024

    OLYMPIA – For the second time in a week, an effort to remove former President Donald J. Trump’s name off of the March 12 primary ballot has been tossed out of court. Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Bassett refused to hear the case in his court on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Then on Thursday, Jan. 18, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson tossed the challenge. The lawsuit was filed by eight Kitsap County residents who alleged the former president isn’t eligi...

  • Girls league

    Roger Harnack|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    The Northeast Washington girls wrestling league meet Tuesday, Jan. 16, featured schools from across the region, including Cheney and Ridgeline, pictured above. The meet was just getting underway at press time. Results were not available....

  • Kitsap court to hear attempt to keep Trump off ballot

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jan 12, 2024

    OLYMPIA – Eight Kitsap County residents have filed a lawsuit to try to remove former President Donald Trump from the March 12 primary election ballot. The lawsuit (Kitsap County Superior Court case No. 24-2- 00075-18) was filed in both Kitsap and Thurston counties on Wednesday, Jan. 10, records show. A hearing on the matter has been set for Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Kitsap County Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges Trump, a Republican, is ineligible to be on the ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. C...

  • Strobel wins gold medal for Liberty girls

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jan 4, 2024

    RICHLAND – With flu affecting the Liberty girls wrestling team, only Kariay Stobel made the trip to the Varsity Girls Winter Cup at Hanford High School. Wrestling at 140 pounds, she made the most of the trip, winning the gold medal and a pair of Winter Cup shorts. Strobel, a senior from Fairfield, pinned all of her opponents en route to the title. She pinned Marlen Eiaz of Tonasket in 43 seconds to open the tournament. She then pinned Emma Beltran of Sunnyside in 54 seconds t...

  • Area wrestlers place at Freeman Winter Classic

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Jan 4, 2024

    FREEMAN – The West Valley boys wrestling team finished third Dec. 30 at the Freeman Winter Classic. The Eagles scored 152.0 points to finish behind Post Falls with 178.5 points in first and Riverside with 156.5 in second. Freeman finished 9th with 94.5 points and University finished 15th as a team with 30 points. Several Spokane Valley area wrestlers placed in the tournament including Freeman’s Levi Vetter at 106, Logan Allen at 132, Chase Smith at 138, Zachariah Lynn at 157...

  • Area wrestlers place at Freeman Winter Classic

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Jan 4, 2024

    FREEMAN – The West Valley boys wrestling team finished third Dec. 30 at the Freeman Winter Classic. The Eagles scored 152.0 points to finish behind Post Falls with 178.5 points in first and Riverside with 156.5 in second. Freeman finished 9th with 94.5 points and University finished 15th as a team with 30 points. Several Spokane Valley area wrestlers placed in the tournament including Freeman’s Levi Vetter at 106, Logan Allen at 132, Chase Smith at 138, Zachariah Lynn at 157...

  • Man sentenced in Spokane Valley robbery

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A Spokane man has pleaded guilty in connection with a 2022 robbery in Spokane Valley. Christopher Bruce Gooch, 46, of Spokane, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to robbery affecting commerce, court records show. U.S. Senior District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Gooch to four years in prison to be followed by three years of probation, records show. When imposing the sentence, Peterson noted Gooch’s lifelong criminal history beginning at age 11. According to court documents, on the night of Aug...

  • Man arrested after high-speed chase

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A local man is facing multiple charges after attempting to flee from police Dec. 11. Chandler K. Barton, 24, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of attempting to elude law enforcement, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, driving while under the influence, two counts of reckless endangerment and second-degree driving while license suspended. Barton was arrested after a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted an unlicensed Audie run a red light at the intersection of Sprague Avenue and...

  • Cardinal champions

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Medical Lake had a pair of wrestlers win championships at the Tri-County Classic on Dec. 21 at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley. True Cole improved his season record to 18-3 with a win at 215 pounds, pinning Skyler Harty of Central Valley in 4:30. Hudson Raulston (17-3) took the 126-pound title for the Cardinals, also winning the title bout by fall in 1:13 over Sam Drake of Kettle Falls....

  • Liberty boys, girls basketball teams top Broncos

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    RITZVILLE – The Liberty (Spangle) boys and girls basketball teams brought home wins Dec. 12 over Northeast 2B rival Lind-Ritzville/Sprague. The boys won, 68-57; the girls, 51-41. In the boys game, a fourth quarter Liberty rally lifted the Lancers to victory. In that quarter Liberty put up 22 points, but the Broncos could only muster 9. Lance Williamson led all scorers with 22 points for the Broncos. Liberty’s Thomas Domrese led his team with 21. In the girls game, the Lancers came out on fire, racking up a 13-point lead in...

  • Salmon pact filed in federal court

    Roger Harnack, The Journal|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden Administration and environmental activists formalized an agreement Dec. 14 on plans to manage and improve salmon populations on the Snake River. A “memorandum of understanding” was filed with U.S. District Court in an attempt to curtail lawsuits over salmon and efforts by environmental activists to breach the four Lower Snake River dams. The agreement was formally announced Thursday, Dec. 14, by the Biden Administration, more than two weeks after a leaked document was released to the public by 5t...

  • Local boys medal at M2

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE – The University boys wrestling team finished fourth overall among nearly 30 teams in the M2 Mallet tournament on Saturday, Dec. 23. Moscow, Idaho, won the boys division with 213.5 points, followed by Ferris with 209.5 in second. Third went to Shadle Park with 158 points and fourth to University with 152.0. Central Valley finished a distant 10th with 96.5 and Ridgeline 11th with 92.5. East Valley finished 19th with 54.0 points....

  • Two area girls medal at M2 Mallet

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE – Two Spokane Valley girls won medals Saturday, Dec. 23, at the M2 Mallet wrestling tournament at Rogers High School. Wrestling at 190 pounds, Emma Brimwell of Ridgeline won a silver medal. And at 135 pounds, Samara Wienstock of University won bronze. The Quincy girls won the team title with 119.5 points. University finished 14th with 23.0 points and Ridgeline was 16th with 21.0. East Valley didn't score any team points. Brimwell opened the tournament in the s...

  • Ridgeline girls wrestling

    Roger Harnack|Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Jayden Snyder of Ridgeline runs an arm bar for a near fall and pin over Cora Murray of Mount Spokane during the Dec. 19 girls league wrestling meet at Rogers High School. More than 130 girls turned out for the competition. Girls wrestling returns to Rogers on Saturday for the M2 Mallet tournament....

  • Girls Wrestle-In

    Roger Harnack, Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 14, 2023

    East Valley High School hosted the opening girls league wrestling meet Thursday, Dec. 7. The East Valley Girls Wrestle-In attracted more than 150 wrestlers from throughout Northeast Washington. Pictured, East Valley's Emily Totino stands up for an escape attempt against Brooklyn Cooper of Deer Park in a girls 140-pound match. Cooper won the bout, 8-4....

  • Season-opening victory

    Roger Harnack|Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Cloie Isley led the Valley Christian girls to victory in their season-opening game at Tekoa-Rosalia on Thursday, Nov. 30. The Wildcats (1-0) won, 57-37. The Valley Christian girls will play their second game of the season at Chesterton Academy (1-0) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Chesterton Academy is coming off a 45-26 win over Tekoa-Rosalia on Tuesday, Dec. 5....

  • Details of lost hunter rescue emerge

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Nov 30, 2023

    TYLER – Two weeks after a missing hunter was found safe along the Columbia Plateau Trail, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office documents are painting a picture of the rescue effort. While hunting Tuesday, Nov. 14, Robert D. Alexander, 53, of Winthrop, became lost in the Ballinger Lake area and called emergency dispatchers for help about 4:50 p.m. He was found at 8:48 p.m. and declined medical assistance, records show. During his initial call, Alexander told dispatchers that he had...

  • One killed in crash

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Nov 16, 2023

    SPRAGUE – Drugs and/or alcohol were factors in two unrelated crashes that left one person dead and three injured Saturday and Sunday. At about 12:28 p.m. Saturday, a driver was injured and his passenger killed when their vehicle overturned in the median of Interstate 90. Then on Sunday night, a wrong-way driver caused a head-on crash near Milepost 240; two people were injured. The Washington State Patrol listed alcohol or drugs as factors in both crashes. In the Saturday c...

  • Lancers win one game at state

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Nov 16, 2023

    YAKIMA – The Liberty (Spangle) girls volleyball team made a respectable showing in the state 2B tournament Nov. 8-9 in the Yakima Valley SunDome. Coming in as the No. 13 seed, the Lancers shocked No. 4-ranked Goldendale in their state-opener, sweeping the Timberwolves, 3-0. Set scores were 25-13, 26-24, 25-18. With the win, the Lancers advanced to the quarterfinals to face league rival and No. 5-ranked Lind-Ritzville/Sprague. The Broncos had dominated the Lancers all s...

  • Bad water is the problem, according to the GAO

    Roger Harnack, Publisher|Updated Nov 16, 2023

    Aren’t you sick and tired of hearing Gov. Jay Inslee and his ilk routinely blame Columbia and Snake River dams for the decline in Puget Sound salmon and orca populations? Despite voluminous information to the contrary, Inslee, Sen. Patty Murray and other extremist environmental politicians continue to push a narrative on salmon decline that is patently false. There should be penalties for being so disingenuous. While there isn’t a penalty for false statements made to app...

  • Running with wings

    Roger Harnack|Updated Nov 9, 2023

    The Medical Lake girls cross country team earned a fourth place podium spot during the state competition held in Pasco on Nov. 4. Team members are Athena Faye, Madison "Madi" Griffis, Hazel Grubaugh, Katelyn Hoffer, Hannah Luzier, Kaylee Dennler, Mya Gardner, Autumn Trout, Kaitlyn Wile. Full article and more photos on page B1....

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