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I'm a 25-plus-year radio veteran with a passion for talk radio and democracy. I grew up in Tri-Cities and studied journalism at Whitworth University. I love sports, particularly the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR. I threw hammer and played college ball. I've been at Newstalk since 2005. Very lucky, because the wife loves football and NASCAR as well! Five great wonderful kids, ranging from 26 to 7 years old.
Eco group suing ove lubricants used on Grand Coulee Dam (Getty Images)
Eco group suing ove lubricants used on Grand Coulee Dam (Getty Images)
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Eco Group Sues Feds for Not Properly Lubricating Their Shafts (Dam Turbines)

No, we're not making this up. The latest lawsuit from Columbia Riverkeeper, a controversial environmental group, is going to make them the butt of jokes all over the Pacific Northwest.

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Water levels should be good for irrigation this summer (Getty Images)
Water levels should be good for irrigation this summer (Getty Images)
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It’s Early, But Irrigators Say No Drought Or Restrictions This Summer

Thanks to vastly improved weather conditions, and other factors, the Kennewick Irrigation District issued word Thursday that will have homeowners, and farmers breathing somewhat of a sigh of relief.

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Hanford union says they're being blackballed over safety concerns at Tank Farm (Oregon.gov)
Hanford union says they're being blackballed over safety concerns at Tank Farm (Oregon.gov)
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Is Union Being Blackballed For Insisting on Safety at Hanford Tank Farm?

A Hanford pipefitters union believes they are being blackballed, or passed over when it comes to contracts, because they are insisting their workers wear protective gear at all times when working near the Hanford tank farms. This image shows the double-shell storage tanks under construction at Hanford in the 1960's.

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Accident victims taken to hospital (Townsquare Media- TRIOS)
Accident victims taken to hospital (Townsquare Media- TRIOS)
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Head On Crash in Kennewick Likely Caused by Stoned Driver-UPDATE

Kennewick police say the driver who likely caused a major head on collision appears to have fallen asleep behind the wheel. New information has come to light from police, who now say the suspect driver smelled heavily of pot.

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Family grieving 3-year-old locked in cemetery (Brendan Hoffman)
Family grieving 3-year-old locked in cemetery (Brendan Hoffman)
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Family Purposely Locked in Coeur D’Alene Cemetery While Visiting Son’s Grave

For the last five years, the Griffin family of Coeur D' Alene Idaho has spent part of the 4th of July visiting the grave of their late 3 year old son, Eli. But this year, they were locked in by an employee who refused to wait for them to pay their respects.

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Fish and Wildlife plan would remove the narrow causeway or path that joins island to shore (KNDU-TV)
Fish and Wildlife plan would remove the narrow causeway or path that joins island to shore (KNDU-TV)
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State Wants to Cut Off Your Access to Bateman Island in Favor of Fish

Technically Bateman Island isn't really a true island, it's joined to the shore of the Columbia River, just south of the merger between the Yakima and Columbia Rivers. There's a narrow causeway, or path, that allows people to access the area. But a plan to breach the causeway to help fish might change that.

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Abbey Road LIVE band coming to Clover Island July 6th to launch Thunder On the Island (courtesy Abbey Road LIVE)
Abbey Road LIVE band coming to Clover Island July 6th to launch Thunder On the Island (courtesy Abbey Road LIVE)
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Beatles Tribute Band Will Rock Clover Island July 6

You just can't get enough of the Beatles, and these guys will make you remember all their great music. Thunder On the Island returns!

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