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Rural fire department growing with local help

DIAMOND—New vehicle, coveralls and members, oh my! The Diamond Fire Department has seen a lot of improvement since the Labor Day fires, mostly due to support of other fire departments in Rural Fire District #11 and a Rural Community Grant....

New twist on old scam

COLFAX—Scammers have a new angle from which to extract vital information from victims. A Colfax resident called Whitman and Latah county sheriff’s after receiving a call from someone posing as a Medicare representative. He was told Medicare was...

Road department looks to keep snowplow crew free of virus

COLFAX - With winter coming on, Whitman County Public Works looks to withhold plow drivers from quarantine by keeping crews separated from each other. If they lose a group at one shop, another crew from another has to fill in. “If we get hit hard...

Pullman pupils migrating to rural schools

COLFAX —With the Pullman school board holding off on a return to in-person education until Jan. 4, some families are looking to send their kids elsewhere in Whitman County. Colfax Superintendent Jerry Pugh reports 12 students have transferred...

Sheriff: Man tried to burn Rosalia church

ROSALIA — A local man was booked into the Whitman County Jail on Monday, Nov. 16, after allegedly attempting to burn down a church. Samuel Owens, 45, will make his first appearance in Whitman County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon. He was...

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Two injured in crash

COLFAX - Two area residents were injured in a 7:30 a.m. crash Friday, Nov. 13, near Milepost 33 of U.S. Highway 195, about three miles south of the city. Jackie D. Wright of Colfax and Jennavieve G....

Commissioners get marijuana proposal

COLFAX — The Whitman County Planning Commission is recommending new rules regarding commercial marijuana production, processing and sales. “We’ve never debated something like this,” County Planner Alan Thomson said after the commission...

Poll watchers concerned by restrictions

COLFAX — A heightened awareness of the election process has some poll watchers questioning why their abilities were hampered in Whitman County. Poll watchers for both Democrats and Republicans noted they were put in an exterior room removed from...

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Handy continues to lead Kinzer in commission race

COLFAX - Whitman County Commission challenger Tom Handy is leading incumbent Dean Kinzer in a race that has yet to be decided. As of 4:55 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 9,153 votes (50.25%) were tallied for...

Vote changes slow tally

COLFAX — The Whitman County Elections Office is expected to continue processing ballots into next week as staff work through duplicates. “It’s very time consuming,” Auditor Sandy Jamison said The Washington Administrative Code defines...

Commissioners discuss hiring county health director

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners continued discussing when to advertise the health director position when they met Monday, Nov. 16. Troy Henderson resigned; his last day was Nov. 15. Chris Skidmore was named interim director. Skidmore...

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Colfax businessman buys Potlatch NAPA

COLFAX - Potlatch, Idaho, is becoming a lot cooler. Or, at least the NAPA store is, with Tyler Kuhl, owner of the Colfax and Pullman NAPA, taking over at the beginning of November. "A lot of project...

'Hansen' Road name corrected

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners approved a road name change Monday, correcting a spelling mistake going back to the early 1980s. When the county put names on its previously only-numbered roads, it named a gravel road east of Oakesdale...

Library district to receive grant

COLFAX — The Whitman County Rural Library District has been selected to receive a Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund grant. Details of the grant have yet to be released. However, it is among 421 organizations to divvy up $9.4...

Rock Lake Clay shoot canceled

ST. JOHN — Rock Lake Sporting Clays has canceled its fund-raising shoot for this Saturday, Nov. 21. Gary Newton, owner of the Rock Lake Sporting Clays on Stevens Road, confirmed the cancelation Monday. “Due to the governor’s order to shut...

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Oregon tops WSU, 43-29

PULLMAN - The Washington State University Cougars showed Saturday night that they can play with the best in the NCAA. But a strong first half wasn't enough to keep the No. 11 ranked Oregon Ducks from...

All-mail election needs immediacy

Over the last few months, all eyes have been on Washington’s 16-year-old vote-by-mail system. National media has been holding it up as an example of what should become the norm nationwide. But should it? Yes, we have fastidious local election...

Coronavirus spurring air cargo growth

It’s no secret that airlines and airplane manufacturers have been clobbered by the coronavirus pandemic. Particularly hard hit are international flights traditionally flown by jumbo jets. Borders are closed and people aren’t flying. There is a...

Shopping Small

It’s no secret that the Coronavirus pandemic has made a huge impact on how Washington retailers and restaurants operate. With additional restrictions implemented at the start of the holiday season as cases surge, it’s another challenge for...

Depot receives $100,000

PULLMAN — The Pullman Depot Heritage Center recently received a $100,000 donation from a local resident. Mary Schweitzer donated the funds toward the Fix the Bricks campaign to finance the beginning phase of Northern Pacific depot restoration....

Wreath sponsors sought in Steptoe

STEPTOE — Donations are being sought to sponsor wreaths for veterans at Bethel Cemetery. Bethel is one of more than 1,640 cemeteries nationwide participating in Wreaths Across America on Dec. 19. Veterans buried at Bethel Cemetery served in the...

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DYW scrambles to get in performance

COLFAX - A sound man in a McGregor shirt hurried up the aisle. Eleven girls paraded in to the song, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," the first girl approaching the microphone for introductions. Her...

Family finishes canning

Barb and Bruce Wollstein, Lacey, spent some time with her parents Dick and Helen Appel. They came to help butcher lambs. Barb also assisted with the greenhouse clean-up and making tomato sauce. Canning is completed for this season. Gena Jones,...

Births: November 19, 2020

At Pullman Regional Hospital PULLMAN — The following births were reported by Pullman Regional Hospital: Mason Gergory LaRoy, a boy, born Nov. 11, 2020, to parents Gustave and Jenifer LaRoy of Pullman. He weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces. He is welcomed...

Good Old Days: Nov. 19, 2020

125 years ago The Commoner November 15, 1895 Whitman County had a wholesale jail delivery on Sunday night, Jailer Newcomer being disarmed, bound and gagged and six prisoners walked out of the jail. The men thus attempting to escape were Frank...

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