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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

PacWest: Plans for proposed Newport smelter on hold

After months of limited communication between PacWest Silicon and Pend Oreille County officials about a proposed silicon smelter near Newport, the company confirmed in a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee …


Newport smelter company quiet as Pend Oreille officials end agreement

The controversial silicon smelter project is tied up in multiple lawsuits and its parent company has been mum on its future plans with officials at the local and state level. …


Multiagency effort spawns giant forest, recreation project in Pend Oreille County

Twenty years ago, the proposal being presented at public meetings in January for forest restoration and recreation projects on 90,700 acres in Pend Oreille County would only have been a …


As Navy works to keep flight paths clear for fighter jets, cities and counties plan for growth

A Navy representative has been meeting with county and city leaders throughout the state to show them route maps and areas used for training by the Naval Air Station on …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Commissioners reject zoning change that would pave way for Newport silicon smelter

The Pend Oreille County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to shoot down the proposed comprehensive plan amendment, which would redesignate some 65% of land in the county from “public land” to …


Newport smelter clears hurdle after appeal of county zoning change is denied

Responsible Growth*Northeast Washington, the group that filed the appeal, responded by vowing to fight on, while PacWest Silicon, the company behind the smelter project, promised patience to see the project …


‘We can’t afford to lose this’: Pend Oreille County communities face health care challenges

Newport has a hospital and a new care facility. An hour north, towns struggle to hire a single doctor.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Spokane County helicopter crew rescues injured motorcyclist near Cusick

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said it received a request for assistance at about 5:30 p.m. after a man crashed his dirt bike on a mountainside in the Batey-Bould Off-Road …


UPDATED: Sun., July 14, 2019

Crews battle small brush fires throughout Inland Northwest on Sunday afternoon

At least three fires measuring less than 25 acres required firefighter response throughout the Inland Northwest on Sunday afternoon, one of which sent a gray plume of smoke up over …


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019

Pend Oreille County braces for economic losses after closure of last major rock mine

The Pend Oreille Mine a couple miles north of Metaline Falls has shut down before, and for years there have been warning signs it would happen again. But the reality …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019

Spokane woman killed in crash north of Newport; husband faces charge of vehicular homicide

A woman from Spokane was killed Monday afternoon when a car she was in rolled down a steep embankment north of Newport in Pend Oreille County.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

Two hospitalized after crash in Pend Oreille County

A 56-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man were hospitalized Tuesday morning after the teen failed to yield at a highway intersection near Cusick in Pend Oreille County.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019

Kalispel Tribe opens casino in Cusick

The Kalispel Tribe has opened a new casino in Cusick that is part of a more-than $10 million economic development project that also includes an RV park, storage facility, gas …


Pend Oreille County prosecutor Dolly Hunt wins over voters

Dolly Hunt may appear to be a ball of contradictions, but Pend Oreille County voters and her legal peers know her as a fair and tough prosecutor.


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

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

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

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

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

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 …