State buys ranch for sharp-tail grouse habitat

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved the final phase of a 20,000-acre land acquisition to conserve critical wildlife habitat and support public recreation in Douglas County seven miles downstream from Grand Coulee Dam.

February 20, 2018 11:21 a.m. read more..

Bill would compensate Spokane Tribe for dam impact

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has passed legislation that would compensate the Spokane Tribe for the past and continued use of tribal lands by the federal government for power generation by Grand Coulee Dam.

February 20, 2018 11:19 a.m. read more..

Bill addresses 'lunch shaming' in schools

Legislators are considering a bill to ban school “lunch shaming” and ensure access to healthy meals for all students, but local school officials say they’re not aware of any area districts that allow such a practice.

February 20, 2018 11:12 a.m. read more..

Group wants to form 51st state

A 51st state, consisting of Washington counties east of the Cascade crest, would be a place free of property taxes, with fewer government regulations and an attitude favoring conservative, Christian values.

February 20, 2018 11:10 a.m. read more..

Winthrop ponders library expansion

The Winthrop Public Library, intended to be temporary, falls 6,000 square feet short of the American Library Association’s recommendation for its valley service area.

February 20, 2018 11:08 a.m. read more..

Forest crews find damaged roads

U.S. Forest Service crews have found road damage from forest recreationists driving on groomed snowmobile routes and around road barricades.

February 20, 2018 11:07 a.m. read more..