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Former fire chief honored by many first responders

COLFAX — First responders from as far as Whidbey Island gathered in Colfax to honor long-time Colfax Fire Chief Jim Krouse as he took his last ride. On Sept. 10, 46 apparatus from around the state...

Kitchen fire damages Tekoa apartments

TEKOA — Three of Wheatland Apartments units in Tekoa were damaged during a fire on Sept. 9. “A neighbor called it in and said there was fire coming out the windows,” said Whitman County Fire...

Davidson fair Superintendent of the Year

COLFAX — For the second time in three years, a local woman was named Superintendent of the Year by the Palouse Empire Fair. Mary Davidson, 62, was notified of her selection Saturday morning while...

State forces 4-H to be vaccinated

PULLMAN - The Washington State University (WSU) Extension Office is applying the governor's COVID vaccination requirement to all 4-H volunteers. In a letter dated Sept. 3, Extension Office Director...

Head-on collision on US 195 injures two

ROSALIA - A gray 2019 Acura ILX was heading north when it crossed the centerline in front of a semi-truck on U.S Highway 195, about 13 miles north of Rosalia, on Sept. 10. The head-on collision... Full story

Palouse works to repair water main leaks

PALOUSE - Two water leaks and a broken sprinkler valve are being repaired in Palouse. On Mohr Street, a galvanized water pipe is leaking underground. "There's been some leaks and they put bands on...

Colfax schools receive funds to fight drug use

COLFAX - The Colfax School District is designated to receive $90,000 to combat drug and alcohol use by kids. The money is from the Washington Health Care Authority's Division of Behavioral Health and...

Funding available for expanding small businesses

SEATTLE - Business Impact NW and Ventures received $200,000 and $187,900 in grants to help low-income entrepreneurs get financing to establish and expand their small businesses. The money comes from...

Palouse preps to repair city hall roof

PALOUSE - The Palouse city hall roof is receiving a coating to help patch leaks. "It's been an ongoing problem. The roof is in poor shape and needs some attention," said city public works Director...

Crash on SR 26 injures driver

WASHTUCNA - A Kennewick man was injured when he crashed his car on State Route 26, about 7 miles from Washtucna, on Sept. 5. Mugtaba Y. Kori, 23, of Kennewick, was taken to a Spokane hospital,... Full story

Emergency drought funds to aid livestock transportation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its plan to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing. The Emergency Assistance for Livestock,...

Ketscher won All-Around Cowboy at rodeo

COLFAX - Cowpokes competing in the Palouse Empire Rodeo took home more than $21,500 in prize money Sept. 9-10. More than $18,000 was paid out to Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)...

Bulldogs comeback after fair start

COLBERT – Colfax Bulldogs football players trickled into the game against the Northwest Christian Crusaders from the Palouse Empire Fair. The rescheduled game began Saturday at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11...

Indians take down SJEL Eagles

ST. JOHN – Rain grounded the St. John-Endicott-LaCrosse (SJEL) Eagles football teram during their loss to the Touchet Indians on Sept. 10, 32-6. "The rain was terrible," said SJEL Coach John...

Garfield-Palouse runs at Seaport Invite

CLARKSTON – The Garfield-Palouse Vikings girls cross country team raided the Seaport Invite to take third on Sept. 1. The girls' team earned third place with a score of 70, behind first place...

Eagles ran the Valley Christian Jamboree

SPOKANE VALLEY – The St. John-Endicott-LaCrosse (SJEL) Eagles cross country team would have taken third, but the jamboree was a practice. Six Eagles ran the 3,350-meter course on Sept. 9 and they...

Colfax, Tekoa-Rosalia teams make 'mud run'

COLBERT – A Tekoa-Rosalia girls cross country runner took third and a Colfax Bulldogs' boy ran for fourth place at a jamboree on Sept. 7. The teams met at the Josh Wright Memorial Jamboree, also...

Garfield-Palouse Vikings raid Prescott

PALOUSE – The Garfield-Palouse Vikings grabbed the Prescott Tigers by the tail to win three volleyball games on Sept. 7. In their first games of the season, the Vikings won 25-17, 25-18, and 25-12,...

Oakesdale sweeps Odessa Tigers

OAKESDALE – The Oakesdale Nighthawks made it look easy as they beat the Odessa Tigers in three games on Sept. 7. Oakesdale won 25-19, 25-10, and 25-14, according to Athletic Director Ken Lindgren....

Palouse Days Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 7 am – 10 am: Lions Club Pancake Breakfast – West Main Street 8 am – 11 am: Palouse River Run 9 am – 2 pm: Xenodican Club Book Sale – Palouse Library & Across...

Heatons celebrate 60th anniversary

TEKOA — Lifelong Tekoa residents Larry and Virginia Heaton are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this weekend with a family dinner hosted by their children, John Heaton and Kellie Coffey,...

New exhibit added to the Libey Gallery

COLFAX — A new photo collage of the World Trade Center is installed at the Libey Gallery The Libey Gallery is in The Center, adjacent to the Colfax Library at 102 S. Main Street. Artist Tom Mohr...

Regional Theatre of the Palouse reopens Sept. 30

PULLMAN – "Sunset Boulevard," a play based on the Billy Wilder film with Andrew Lloyd Weber music, is presented by the Regional Theatre of the Palouse. After 18 months of being closed due to COVID,...

Pull String art kits available at library

COLFAX - Pull String art kits are available for tweens and teens at the Colfax Library Sept. 20-24. "Pull String art is easy to do and only requires paint, string, and paper," stated Nichole Kopp,...

Dusty News

Linda and Larry Fry were home this week from California and manned the Homestead Ministries booth at the Palouse Empire Fair, along with other valuable local volunteers. Homestead Ministries deliver...

Jacqueline Imojean Stephens obituary

Jacqueline Imojean Stephens

Jacqueline Imojean (Starkey) Stephens was born in Malden, Washington, at home on October 5, 1930. She graduated from Pine City High School in 1948 and attended Kinman Business University in Spokane,... Full story

Gretchen Peringer obituary

Gretchen Peringer

On August 11, 2021, Gretchen Peringer loving mother, sister, aunt, daughter and friend died from complications related to dementia at the age of 73. Gretchen was born August 21, 1947, in Pontiac,... Full story

Theodore A. Bohlmann obituary

Theodore A. Bohlmann

Theodore A. Bohlmann, 84, of Colfax, Wash., passed away August 29, 2021, at Whitman Medical Center in Colfax from natural causes. Ted was born July 27, 1937, in Minnesota to Albert and Ruby (Knapp)... Full story

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