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No decision made in residents' suit against Inslee:

OKANOGAN – There was no decision Friday in a lawsuit filed by nine Douglas County residents against Gov. Jay Inslee over his stay-at-home order. The case was heard before Okanogan County Superior...

Too many cooks in the kitchen?

Pullman Police responded the afternoon of May 28 to a domestic dispute call of two cooks fighting at the New Garden Restaurant on Grand Ave. Whether the fight occurred in the kitchen or not was not...

Census workers sought

An additional 423 applicants are needed in Whitman County for temporary Census takers. The U.S. Census Bureau is continuing to recruit for the position in advance of its Nonresponse Followup Operation for the 2020 Census. The primary purpose of the...

Weekend weather brings potential for hail, damaging wind

Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible Saturday following a day of high heat. Tonight's overnight lows are expected to stay in the 50s to 60s, bringing little cooling relief before Saturday with temperatures getting up in the 80s or 90s. These...

County below COVID-19 average

According to a report from the Washington Department of Health, the latest statewide modeling report shows COVID-19 transmission trending downwards in western Washington and upwards in eastern...

Discover Passes for loan

Whitman County Library has eight Discover Passes available for checkout. The passes are available for one to two weeks and are required at all state parks, including Steptoe Butte and Palouse Falls....

Preliminary decisions in quarantine lawsuits may be on horizon

WENATCHEE — Supporters and opponents of Gov. Jay Inslee’s quarantine measures will have to wait a little longer to see if the shutdowns will remain intact. Of the at least seven lawsuits seeking to end Inslee’s orders, two could have...

Lawsuit against Gov. Inslee delayed

OKANOGAN — A lawsuit filed Friday in Douglas County against Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order was continued to 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, in Okanogan County Superior Court this morning. The case was moved to Okanogan County because Douglas...

Fox sighted, readers respond

Whitman County Gazette readers responded after the Gazette published accounts of fox sightings in Pullman. Pullman police received multiple reports. Cody Jess had to gather physical evidence to prove...

Rain fall passes 2 inches

COLFAX – Rain gauge readings the morning of May 21 at the NRCS office in Colfax measured more than two inches of precipitation in the previous 48 hours. The May 20 deluge dropped 1.4 inches on top of Tuesday’s rainfall for a total of 2.25...

Tekoa faces Public Records Request suit

TEKOA – A lawsuit has been filed against The City of Tekoa by Eric Hood, Langley, Wash., alleging that the city withheld requested records from a public records request in April 2019. The state Public Records Act requires that all public records...

County salaries stay same

COLFAX – The Citizen’s Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials met on May 19 to decide on the salaries for the county’s elected officials for 2021.The Salary Commission sets the salaries for the auditor, assessor, county clerk,...

Dylan Nails

Nails enters gubernatorial position race

COLFAX – Stay home orders have prompted people to pursue a variety of activities they may not have otherwise. For Dylan Nails, 20, Colfax, that includes running for Washington State Governor. "I...

Graduate tally holds steady for 2020

WHITMAN COUNTY – While graduation ceremonies aren’t as typical this time around for Whitman County seniors, this summer will mark the graduation for 329 students. This year’s Class of 2020 remains the same count as the Class of 2019. Past...

Federal agency: Athletes must compete as birth gender

OLYMPIA — A U.S. Department of Education ruling could effect scholastic sports in Washington's middle and high schools and colleges. In a ruling Thursday, May 28, the agency found that a Connecticut policy that allows athletes to compete as the...

Unexpectedly similar

While chatting with a high school chum, I asked him about the outbreak in his neck of the woods. He lives in an East Coast city which has received national news coverage for its COVID-19 infection and response. I was surprised by the comments he...

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Pet Peeves: No little flags on gravestones at cemetery. Rain. Okeydokes:...

Politicians Are Always Political

I have been watching news reports of the efforts to curb the virus and more recently the efforts to ease restrictions to reopen the economy. Initially, I sensed a wave of nationalism that united all of us against the growing pandemic. This unity...

Good Old Days: May 28, 2020

125 years ago The Commoner May 31, 1895 Rumors of a change in the line of the O. R. & N., between here and Spokane, in order to avoid the Alto hill at which so many accidents have occurred, are current. A Dayton dispatch says: “It is thought...

A little heaven on earth

Joe Rupe, Colfax Cemetery sexton and groundskeeper has worked for the cemetery for the past five years. Rupe weed eats around more than 10,000 headstones and mows the 21 acres. Rupe does receive...

Pullman reunion set back one year

PULLMAN- Oscarfest2020, an all classes Pullman High reunion set for this July, has been rescheduled to July 23 and 24, 2021, due to uncertainty of Phase IV reopening. Those already signed up are grandfathered in.Those who haven’t signed up, are...

Battle Days 2020 surrenders

Due to the current pandemic, the Battle Days Association Board of Directors has decided to cancel its events for 2020. Those events are: the main parade, kiddie parade, all vendors associated with Battle Days. The board has been convinced that it...

Stubbs named Presidential Scholar

Lauren Stubbs is a 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education. She is one of 161 students from across the nation selected and is one of only 20 designated at CTE Presidential Scholars. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program...

Weekend fun in Dusty

Andrew Nolan and his daughter Murphy, Spokane, and Hanna Monsen, Colbert, were guests at the Karen Broeckel home Saturday. Sunday, they joined Greg, Gwen and Jason Nolan for some fishing at Largent's Lagoon on Musgrave Road. Jason caught two good...

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