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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

Williams Flats Fire 90% contained; smoke expected to linger

Firefighters have mostly contained the Williams Flats Fire, which had burned 44,515 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation as of Wednesday, making it the largest wildfire in the state this …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019

Crews work to stop Colville Reservation fire from jumping the Columbia, prepare for the possibility it will

The main source of Spokane’s smoky air, the Williams Flats Fire, reached the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt on Thursday morning. As of noon, it had burned 34,178 acres and was …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019

More evacuations ordered on Colville Reservation due to wildfire that’s expanding, making Spokane air unhealthy

Temperatures soared in Spokane on Wednesday to 98 degrees, the highest recorded temperature this summer, as wildfire smoke settled across the region. That made air quality unhealthy. And conditions are …


Crews battle wildfires in Franklin County and Colville Reservation

The Sulphur Fire in Franklin County had burned 1,000 acres and the Williams Flats Fire in Ferry County in the Colville Reservation was estimated at 400 acres Friday afternoon.


Pronghorns released on Colville Reservation doing well

Pronghorns and the State of Washington aren’t often used in the same sentence. There was a time, many decades past, when Washington did have pronghorns but they were essentially extirpated …


100 years ago in Spokane: U.S. marshal seeks permission to hang murderer from scaffolding on roof of downtown post office

The U.S. marshal in Spokane raised an alarming possibility: a hanging on Riverside Avenue. Marshal James E. McGovern confirmed that he had applied for permission to build a scaffold on …


Buyback program offers $25 million to private landowners on Colville Reservation

Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have received offers worth $25 million to sell their ownership in private land on the reservation back to the tribe’s government.


Colville Tribes to disperse $13.4 million to its members

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will distribute its portion of a $940 million settlement with the U.S. Department of the Interior to members next Monday.


Census Bureau calls off 2017 test on Colville, Standing Rock reservations

The U.S. Census Bureau has canceled planned field operations tests next year on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas due …


EPA fines lumber mill on Colville Reservation for clean-air violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined a lumber mill on the Colville Reservation $89,000 for repeated clean-air violations.


Pronghorn reintroduced to north-central Washington

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has released 52 pronghorn to the southwest corner of the reservation. Pronghorn were native to central Washington, but were hunted to extinction by …


Colville Reservation residents still displaced as wildfires burn

OMAK, Wash. – Their wives and children had evacuated earlier, packing in haste and driving down dirt roads obscured by smoke from the advancing fire. “Don’t worry about the flat-screen …


Sally Jewell visits fire burning on Colville Reservation

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is in Washington state Monday to get a firsthand account of a wildfire that has torched about 320 square miles in north-central Washington.


Tribal fisheries beckon anglers to the Rez

A group of excellent fishing waters will open April 11 for non-tribal members on the Colville Indian Reservation, but anglers don’t have to wait that long to wet a line. …


Nespelem fire an accident

A fire that destroyed the Colville Reservation’s headquarters in Nespelem on Monday was an accident, the tribal chairman said fire investigators have ruled. “The best scenario is that it was …


Colville headquarters collapse after fire

NESPELEM, Wash. – Though black plumes of smoke unfurled from the charred remains of the Colville Reservation’s Headquarters on Monday, tribal members just across the street from the ruins lifted …


Columbia hatchery opening set for today

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will celebrate the opening of a $50 million salmon hatchery today on the Columbia River. The Chief Joseph Hatchery will raise chinook salmon …


Fire that destroyed longhouse confirmed to be electrical

Investigators confirmed an accidental electrical fire is to blame for the destruction of the Chief Joseph Nez Perce Longhouse.


Fire destroys longhouse on Colville Reservation

By the time firefighters arrived at the Chief Joseph Nez Perce Longhouse early Wednesday morning it was too late: flames were destroying the building. An electrical fire broke out at …


Wildfire threatens Indian school near Omak

A wildfire fanned by gusty winds is threatening an Indian boarding school on the Colville Reservation east of Omak in north central Washington.


Wolves fitted with tracking collars on reservation

Two gray wolves were trapped on the Colville Reservation this week and outfitted with tracking collars.


Cartels stretching tribal police

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Matt Haney, police chief of the Colville Confederated Tribes, has two officers by day and three by night to patrol the 2,275 square miles of reservation under …


Tribal police: Cartels drive reservations’ drug problems

Matt Haney, police chief of the Colville Confederated Tribes, has two officers by day and three by night to patrol the 2,275 square miles of reservation under his jurisdiction.


Sophisticated pot fields a growing problem in Washington

Some of the most innovative farming techniques in the Northwest are being applied to a cash crop that isn’t wheat, apples or grapes. It’s a low-tech but high-stakes, high-risk venture …


Colvilles to fund hatchery for year

The Colville Confederated Tribes will pay $108,000 to keep a state hatchery in northeast Washington open for the next 12 months. The Colville Fish Hatchery raises rainbow trout and kokanee …


Work to begin on casino

The business arm of the Colville Confederated Tribes will break ground Monday on a 58,000-square-foot casino on reservation land near Omak, Wash. The $24 million project, expected to be completed …