April 21, 2015

Late snowfall turns butte white

Steptoe Butte snow Fresh snow capped the upper portion of Steptoe Butte on Tuesday morning. Snow showers were forecast for the early morning hours but quickly melted as temperatures warmed. Weekend temperatures are predicted to be warmer.

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Inattentive driving caused fatality

The cause of the April 4 accident that took the life of Dina Williamson, 27, WSU graduate student who resided in Colfax, was believed to be probable inattentive driving, according to a report issued Tuesday by Whitman County Coroner Pete Martin. He said the investigation determined that Williamson, who was killed in the accident, drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic as she was driving northbound at 8:51 p.m. while driving a 2003 Ford Focus. The accident was at mile marker 27 on Highway 195 near the top of what is known as Round Barn Hill. Martin said witnesses saw the Ford drift across the center line into the oncoming lane of traffic. The car Williamson was driving was struck by a southbound 2003 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Lana Fonnesbeck, Lewiston, who sustained critcal injuries and was flown by helicopter to Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. The coroner said the investigation determined that Williamson was not attempting to pass and not sleeping at the time of the accident. Two teens in the Fonnesbeck car were also injured and treated at Pullman Memorial Hospital A third vehicle involved in the accident was a 2003 International van that was being driven southbound by Reggie Jones, 27, Colfax. The van hit the Suburban which had spun to a stop across the southbound lane of the highway. Jones and seven passengers in the van were not injured.

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Plowing bee set for this weekend

By Sally Ousley Gazette Reporter Teams of horses and mules can be seen working the land at the Old Time Farming Days Plowing Bee next to the Palouse Empire Fairground this weekend. Starting Saturday, April 18, at about 10 a.m., teams will begin spreading dry fertilizer on the ground and then plow. After smoothing the ground to get it ready for seeding, the teams will then pull spring tooth and harrow equipment over it and then seed it. About 15 acres of ground will be seeded to wheat and barley, according to Tom Hennigar, one of the organizers. The bee will continue on Sunday as crews finish seeding. The Colfax bee is the third in a series of events that honor the way the land used to be farmed. Other bees were held earlier in the month in Pomeroy and Odessa. Hennigar said that 60 to 80 horses and mules participate in the bee with up to eight head on a team. Jenny Meyers of Endicott Food Mart will serve lunch in the Community Building at the fairground. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the bee will be canceled and held at a later date.

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Colton edges Orofino, Asotin

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