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Man hospitalized, charged with DUI after crash in Pend Oreille County

A 26-year-old man was hospitalized and charged with driving under the influence Monday after crashing his car on a highway in Pend Oreille County.


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Highway in Pend Oreille County closed due to water runoff

State officials closed a highway in Pend Oreille County because of water runoff that submerged the roadway Monday morning.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:33 a.m.

Northeast Washington silicon smelter plans raise concerns

Last year, a Canadian company announced plans to build a $325 million silicon smelter in northeast Washington, which would bring about 150 permanent jobs to the area. But some local …


Noisy Creek Fire near Sullivan Lake grows to about 1,700 acres; no structures threatened

A fire burning far north of Spokane in Pend Oreille County near Sullivan Lake grew to about 1,700 acres Monday night.


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

New road problems reported in Ferry, Pend Oreille counties

Wet weather and high water have created new road closures in Ferry and Pend Oreille counties.


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

New autumn train excursion in NE Washington replaces popular ride halted last year

A new tourist train excursion in northeast Washington will begin this summer, taking riders along the Pend Oreille River from Newport to Usk.


Semitruck hauling diesel fuel crashes on Highway 211; puppy partly to blame

A semitruck hauling about 9,300 gallons of diesel fuel has crashed on Highway 211 near milepost 6 in Pend Oreille County and is currently leaking fuel.


Former Pend Oreille County paramedic focus of state case concerning stolen painkillers

A former paramedic suspected of stealing dozens of boxes of painkillers from his employer, Pend Oreille County Fire District 2, for personal use is the focus of a state Department …


Washington wildfires ‘creeping’ in improved weather

The cooler weather with occasional rain showers this week has slowed the advance of numerous wildfires in the region, allowing crews to devote more efforts to create fire lines to …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 29, 2015, 8:14 p.m.

Evacuations downgraded for Tower Fire near Priest Lake

Officials overseeing the Tower fire in Pend Oreille County escalated evacuations this afternoon as high winds made tracking the 29-square-mile fire difficult.


Zodiac Aerospace workers return to work after July explosion

The Newport, Washington, aerospace production plant that closed after an explosion last month is now open. The explosion on July 14 sent five employees of Zodiac Aerospace to the hospital. …


Five injured in explosion at Newport aerospace plant

NEWPORT, Wash. – An explosion that ripped through an aerospace company in Newport late Tuesday night injured five employees, including one critically, and could have implications for the local economy. …


Sullivan bighorn sheep boost to other herds

A small but tenacious herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in northeastern Washington is being tapped once again to boost a struggling herd elsewhere in the state. Washington Department of …


South End Project aims to enlarge ATV access while protecting Colville National Forest land

For years, human activity has trashed the pristine ecosystem of Phillips Lake. Campsites are strewn with human waste and beer cans. Signs and fences have been shot, pushed to the …


Landers column: Too many slaps on wrist and not enough tough punishment for poachers

Pend Oreille County District Court has dinged Charles Isaiah Fraley, 27, of Ione $6,193 for using a rifle to kill a six-point bull elk during the September archery season. A …


Pend Oreille sheriff, deputy rescue woman who had fallen through ice

A collision with a logging truck didn’t prevent the Pend Oreille County sheriff and a deputy from rescuing a 60-year-old woman who had fallen through the ice into the Pend …


Teenager dies in Pend Oreille County shooting

A 16-year-old boy died of a gunshot wound in rural Pend Oreille County on Friday.


Bowhunter prevails in double jeopardy with cougars

After taking cover and blowing cow elk calls Monday morning, two bowhunters had a one-in-a-million hunting experience in Pend Oreille County when they lured in a pair of mountain lions. …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2013, 12:20 p.m.

W. Wash. man dies in Pend Oreille County crash

Stuart Lacy, 49, of Monroe, Wash., died after the 2006 Chevy Express van he was driving rolled trying to turn along state Highway 20 north of Usk on Tuesday afternoon, …


Landers: Wolf presentation focuses on gray areas

State agencies charged with managing wolves that are naturally repopulating their range in Washington are poked like dead meat in every direction by sportsmen, ranchers, wolf-loving zealots and rural district …


Waves of change

Ted Kardos Sr. has lived in Pend Oreille County for 50 years and says he’s seen the county’s lakes, streams and rivers negatively affected by development. That’s why Kardos is …


Help sought to find missing Cusick man

A Cusick, Wash., man is missing and the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating him.


Local Trail Angels: Back Country Horsemen

Along with similar groups in Idaho and Montana, Back Country Horsemen of Washington was founded in 1976 by trail- riding horsemen dedicated to preserving the rights of people to use …


Back Country Horsemen tend Pend Oreille park trails

Land managers were in high gear last week, working to get Inland Northwest campgrounds open for Memorial Day weekend, which traditionally ushers out the season’s first big wave of outdoor …


U-Hi teacher receives jail term

University High School teacher Michael Cronin was placed on paid administrative leave in August and has been sentenced to serve nearly a year in jail after being found guilty of …


Bill lets 4 counties drop growth act

OLYMPIA – The state’s environmental community is fighting a plan to allow four lightly populated Eastern Washington counties to opt out of the Growth Management Act. But in trying to …


Sentence too long in stabbing case, high court says

Stabbing a man in the neck, leaving him paralyzed below the chest and in a wheelchair for life, isn’t grounds for an exceptional sentence, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled, …


For Rainbow Family, forest gathering is foretaste of 2011 festival

COLVILLE NATIONAL FOREST – A U.S. Forest Service ranger sat cross-legged on the dusty ground, holding a wildflower as a symbol of his right to speak to the circle of …


County fair hosting baking contests

It’s not too late for Pend Oreille County bakers to get in on some blue-ribbon action. Head to the fairgrounds next Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to enter …


Car crash on Highway 20 sends driver to hospital

A Cheney man was airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Tuesday morning after being injured in a traffic accident in Pend Oreille County. Kenneth R. Engel, 22, is facing …