February 20, 2017

Clearing the smoke

fire response

Colfax firefighters responded to the scene of an apartment fire at the Riverview Apartments in Colfax Tuesday afternoon. Upon arrival, the firefighters discovered an apartment filling with smoke after a resident, who was not home, had left a burner on. A dog was in the apartment. Colfax Police Officer Perry Tate assisted at the scene by removing the dog from the apartment. Fire Chief Steven Thime said there was enough smoke in the apartment that the dog would have succumbed to the smoke had they not responded.

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Rosalia ready to fuel electric cars

By Kara McMurray Gazette Reporter

Avista Utilities has been working with the Town of Rosalia to bring an electric vehicle (EV) charger to the community, and it is now ready to show the equipment to the public. Avista is sponsoring a commissioning event in Rosalia next week where there will be a light luncheon and a forum to learn about the future of electric vehicles. The commissioning event is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Texaco Chamber Visitor Center on Whitman Avenue. The visitor center is the site of the first DC Fast Charger in Whitman County. Rosalia was chosen as one of the pilot communities for Avista’s EV project, which is a two-year pilot program, during which Avista plans to install seven electric charging stations at strategic locations – three of them being DC Fast Chargers. Paul Kimmell, business and public affairs representative for Avista, said Rosalia was chosen because it is about halfway between Pullman and Spokane, but there was also another reason for choosing the town.

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Endicott studies vacated buildings issue

By Kara McMurray Gazette Reporter

Endicott Town Council has been discussing unused buildings at its recent sessions with the discussion focusing on the possibility of condemning abandoned buildings and houses in the town. Mayor David Bilow told the Gazette some residents have come forth with concerns regarding buildings. “There’s a group of vocal residents who are rightfully wanting these cleaned up,” he said. The mayor said he is not sure which direction the town, which is on a tight budget, should go at this time. “If it does become successful to condemn the building, the town would have to fix it up,” Bilow said, addressing one specific building. “We’d have to properly bring the property back into the standard of today or pay to get rid of the building. If we brought it back, we’d have to sell it to recoup the costs, or we would just have to get rid of it and turn the property into another park which we would then have maintenance costs.

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Sports

Colton girls meet Pirates for District 9 championship

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Opinion

At least, jaywalkers listened

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