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Farmers use infrared to reduce chemicals

Whitman County farmers this summer can use a selective weed spraying unit, WEEDit, to more effectively spray for weeds and drastically reduce the cost of chemicals. Brian Bell, Whitman conservation...

Food insecurity programs in county call for more volunteers, less stigma

Reports from the past few years show Whitman County with high rates of food insecurity and poverty. To help combat those issues there are several food programs that help serve those struggling in the county. However, program managers have expressed...

Man proposes flag for City of Palouse

A Palouse flag may soon fly over Old Glory and possibly others. Moses Boone, a Palouse resident and farmer, briefed the city council June 11 on flag designs and symbolism, culminating in his proposal...

Colfax council okays McNannay mediation

Colfax City council Monday night voted 7-0 to begin mediation talks in an attempt to resolve the appeal of former Police Chief Rick McNannay. The motion was approved after the council concluded a 15-minute executive session at the end of Monday...

Pullman issues call for July 4 donors

Pullman Chamber of Commerce seeks volunteers to help with this year’s Fourth of July celebration. Volunteers will help with the merchandise booth and popcorn, beverage shelter, cotton candy stand, and the food line. Volunteers also are needed to...

Palouse river trail plan takes turn

The City of Palouse awaits a Shoreline Substantial Development permit from the Washington State Department of Ecology before going out to bid on a revamped plan for trail work along the river to be paid for by a county .09 fund grant. Palouse...

Per diem rates up

Whitman County commissioners approved June 3 an increase in per diem rates for county employees when traveling. The original schedule of $12 for breakfast, $15 lunch and $25 dinner is now $15 for breakfast, $20 for lunch and $25 for dinner. “We...

Detour to be set for Thornton bridge

A detour was set to go in place Wednesday for the wood bridge on Sunset Road in Thornton with a temporary bridge in place. The detour will be used for an estimated four weeks. Workers began at the site June 13 by placing signs for road work and the...

Commissioners, staff discuss variety of topics

County commissioners and employees discussed recycling costs and improvement projects for Whitman County at a workshop session Monday morning. Commissioner Dean Kinzer reported an update from the recent Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting. He...

Bulletin Column: June 20, 2019

These reports are from the previous four issues of the Daily Bulletin in Colfax. They are reprinted here for the benefit of Gazette readers who reside outside of Colfax. Some accounts have been updated. FORMER ACE SELLS FOR $3.1 MILLION Sale of the...

LaCrosse Farmer's Festival will honor local veterans

The LaCrosse Farmer’s Festival returns this weekend with food, events and contests for both kids and adults. Things rev up Friday, June 21, with barbecue 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bank of Eastern Washington. Festivities will commence Saturday with...

'Remarkable' Film to debut at LaCrosse festival

A new film debuts at this weekend’s Farmers Festival in LaCrosse . “Remarkable People and a Remarkable Land: A World of Fire and Ice” is the feature film for the new Ice Age Flood Museum, which opens Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Besides...

Mobius shows at Uniontown

Mobius Science Center of Spokane will visit Uniontown with a planetarium show as part of this year’s library summer reading program Friday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Uniontown’s Community Building. Families may meet at the Uniontown...

Commissioners approve 5-year solid waste plan

Whitman County commissioners approved interlocal agreements on a new five-year county Solid Waste Management Plan with seven towns Monday. The list includes Colton, Lamont, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, Endicott and Colfax. The plan, required by the...

Crop forecasts drop 1 percent

A report released from the National Agricultural Statistics Services on June 11, dropped winter wheat crop predictions in Idaho and Washington down one percent from last month. Washington winter wheat is forecasted to produce 114 million bushels,...

Patriots split with Mt. Spokane, book 4-1 at Tri-Cities slugfest

Pullman Patriots returned to league play Tuesday with a split against Mt. Spokane at McDonald Park in Colfax. The guests nipped the Pats 5-4 in the opener, but the locals took a 3-0 shutout in the second game. The two games at Colfax followed a 4-1...

Austin Stanley

Babe Ruth team books 1-3 run

Colfax Babe Ruth team now stands at 7-6 after sustaining a rough 1-3 run this week in league competition. They are now shooting for a top four finish in the league with one league game early Saturday...

Nicole Brown Dawn Davis

Great day at Webb's Slough

Ideal racing conditions with a strong entry field and a giant crowd made for a great day Saturday at St. John's Webb's Slough. Amanda Webb reported one measure of the size of the crowd was a total of...

Timberwolves' spring sports

Tekoa/Rosalia track coaches Jennifer Roetcisoender, Rosie McLain and Cory Schulz present an award to Isaac Leighton at the Timberwolves spring sports awards banquet May 28 in Tekoa. Twelve TR athletes made it to district track competition this...

Track meet brings 230 competitors

St. John Elementary hosted the annual elementary track meet for about 230 students from Endicott, LaCrosse, Washtucna, Tekoa, Rosalia and Oakesdale May 31. Third through sixth graders competed in the throwing, high jump, long jump, relays and other...

Body camera dispute at Spokane raises questions

A lead story in the Spokesman Review June 1 projected a different view of where police body camera footage can be seen. The report included a photo of the kind of camera Spokane Police wear when they go on duty. The story involved body camera...

Pet Peeves And Okeydokes: June 20, 2019

YYYY David Nails, who voted no to spend more taxpayer-funded money for the Colfax School District. #!*! Where were the flags on Flag...

The Game Show

Let's play "Jeopardy," where the answers are questions. If Alex Trebek were to ask contestants to specify "A glaring contrast between Queen Elizabeth II and President Donald Trump," the correct response would be "What are class and crass?" Of...

CEOS for Abortion

Clarity of thought and expression about moral issues is not a core competency of CEOs. If anyone had any doubt, look no further than the "historic" pro-abortion statement by nearly 200 CEOs that ran in a full-page ad in The New York Times. It is a...

Fifty CHS grads of '69 attend 50th reunion

The 50th Reunion of the Colfax High School Class of 1969 started with events at Colfax's First Thursday Golf, BBQ luncheon at the Colfax Golf Club, and karaoke at The Eagles concluded activities...

Presto the Magician books 4 library stops

As a part of the 2019 Summer Reading Program, the Friends of Neill Public Library invite the public to enjoy an incredible performance by Presto the Magician of Portland, Ore. Presto will entertain Tuesday, June 25, at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the...

Bob Maxwell Chris Franklin

Pullman Chamber donates $10,000

Pullman Chamber and Visitor Center Community Investment Committee has awarded a $10,000 grant to Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase sensors, which will provide...

Bench project earns Girl Scout gold

Annalynn Randall, recent Pullman High School graduate, received the highest Girl Scout honor, the Gold Award this spring. To receive this award, Randall had to complete a project in the community. She created and installed “Buddy Benches” at...

Shane Monroy Sander Carren

Thrills and spills at the Slippery Gulch egg toss

Sander Carren and Shane Monroy took the Tekoa Slippery Gulch egg toss Saturday, June 15, winning $50 each. Monroy, 35, won one other time just after high school, an event which he's participated in...

Endicott prepares for 4th of July festivities

Endicott Parks and Recreation and the Endicott Community Club are busy working on the July 4th celebration. The event will start at 5 p.m. July 4. There will be food, a children’s parade, games, a dunk tank, pie booth, ice cream social and...

LaCrosse gold grads set for reunion

Denise Kendall, Tacoma, spent the weekend helping prepare for the 50th year reunion of the LaCrosse class of 1969. They gathered at the home of Doreen and Tom Riedner, where the reunion will be next weekend. They prepared the shop for the reunion...

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