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Great Northwest Wine: Chardonnay is an important player in Washington

Appreciation for Washington chardonnay is on the rise. The Washington State Wine Commission lists the plantings of chardonnay at 7,403 acres. That amounts to about 13% of the state’s 58,000 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

College baseball: Troy Johnston, Slade Heggen lead Gonzaga past Washington State

Troy Johnston hit a two-run home run, Slade Heggen singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and Gonzaga defeated Washington State 8-5 Tuesday at the Patterson Baseball Complex.


Washington state raises smoking age to 21

Washington has become the ninth state in the nation to raise the smoking age to 21, after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that also limits electronic cigarettes. Supporters say …


State restrictions on cannabis packaging worry producers

Since starting Fairwinds, a Vancouver-based cannabis company, in 2014, James and Wendy Hull said they’ve heard from customers who’ve praised their products for helping them with pain, anxiety and other …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

Washington legislators roll out school safety proposals

School resource officers, threat assessment and statewide school safety are the topics of five new bills in Olympia. The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee heard public testimony on …



UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 8:45 p.m.

Spokane health district urges vaccinations as Washington measles cases rise to 34

No measles cases have been confirmed in Spokane County as Washington’s statewide number hits 34, but the threat is growing and vaccinations are urged, health officials said. The number of …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

Then and Now: Thinking ahead of Expo ’74, U.S. Pavilion takes shape

Even before the world’s fair, Expo ’74, closed down, the city of Spokane was embroiled in discussions of what to do with the 100-acre site. There was a strong movement …


Washington state electors challenge fine for anti-Trump bid

Three Democratic electors from Washington state who joined a longshot effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency in 2016 are challenging the $1,000 fines they received for breaking their pledge …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

EWU quarterback Gage Gubrud narrows transfer search down to Washington State and Utah

Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud, who recently


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

State Democrats decry Schultz idea to run as independent in 2020

News that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz might run for president as an independent isn’t sitting well with the top Democratic official in his home state.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

So-called ‘murder insurance’ policies backed by the NRA for self-defense shootings deemed illegal in Washington

Insurance coverage backed by the NRA that would assist gun owners who later claimed self-defense in a shooting may no longer be sold in Washington state, regulators announced Tuesday. The …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in Washington, 12 other states

A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Washington regulators won’t reconsider decision to deny Avista sale to Hydro One

Washington state regulators have declined to reconsider the proposed sale of Avista Corp. to Toronto-based Hydro One Ltd.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 9:34 p.m.

WSU investigation finds Jason Gesser violated sexual harassment policy

Alyssa Bodeau didn’t know how her life would change after she decided to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against former Washington State University quarterback Jason Gesser.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

WSP ramping up Apple Cup, Thanksgiving patrols

Thanksgiving break for Washington State University is right around the corner, as is the highly anticipated Apple Cup in Pullman, and troopers will be ramping up their patrols in response …


Upon reflection, Washington State stayed golden thanks to sequence of big plays

The scoreboard reflected a 19-13 win for No. 10 Washington State on Saturday night. But only a couple of key plays allowed the Cougars to celebrate a win over the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Area volleyball: Female coaches leading area college volleyball programs for first time in 37 years

It’s been a banner year for area volleyball, with Washington State in the top 20, Idaho and Whitworth chasing titles in their respective conferences and Community Colleges of Spokane closing …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 7:25 p.m.

Area volleyball notebook: WSU volleyball hoping for ESPN GameDay boost for its matches this weekend

Whenever Washington State has a corresponding home football and volleyball weekend, it assists the volleyball program. Add ESPN GameDay’s first visit to Pullman for Saturday’s WSU-Oregon showdown, and the smile …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 11:29 p.m.

Washington State’s Deion Singleton has career night replacing ejected Skyler Thomas

Washington State backup safety Deion Singleton was about to have career day. But it came as a result of a rather bizarre play: a fumble review that resulted in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

Area volleyball notebook: Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch off to impressive 20-0 start in NWAC

Community Colleges of Spokane volleyball coach Jenni Hull has been on the job since 2005, so she knew she had the makings of a good team. Roughly four weeks into …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Idaho Vandals Hall of Fame basketball player Don Newman dies at age 60

Don Newman set the tone in his two seasons as Idaho climbed the Big Sky Conference ladder by winning 11 and 17 games, respectively, setting the table for coach Don …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:41 p.m.

Big Sky picks: Pac-12 foes loom for Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Southern Utah and UC Davis

EWU beat writer Ryan Collingwood predicts this week’s Big Sky Conference games


Family finds way forward after QB Tyler Hilinski’s suicide

Tyler Hilinski was expected to be the Cougars’ starting quarterback this year, and his Jan. 16 death will hang over the program throughout the upcoming season. No matter the wins …


College volleyball preview: Washington State, Idaho poised for big seasons

Washington State volleyball coach Jen Greeny can’t recall welcoming back a bigger group of experienced players in her eight years on the job.


UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

David Brown leads by one over Derek Bayley, Russell Grove entering final round of Rosauers Open

David Brown went low with a 7-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead over amateur Derek Bayley, who went even lower with a sizzling 62 on Saturday at Indian Canyon, …


Washington ban belies national efforts to license online poker

Local poker players have hope for the first time in a dozen years, as legal rumblings at the national level are putting pressure on Washington state lawmakers to reconsider the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Area roundup: WSU’s Kaile Keefe runs lifetime best, just misses NCAA finals

Keefe ran a lifetime-best 4 minutes, 15.39 seconds in a semifinal heat of the 1500-meter run at History Hayward Field, finishing sixth. The top five advance to Saturday’s final.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 7:10 p.m.

Geoff Baker: Capitals’ T.J. Oshie in rare company for hockey players from Washington

Wayne Hicks took a rather unorthodox route to becoming the only Washington-born hockey player to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. He could soon have company, as forward …


2 women die in rough surf while digging for clams on Washington state coast

Two women died Friday on the Washington state coast after rough surf swept them off the beach while they dug for clams, according to the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office.