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Two hurt in Central Ferry collision

Drivers of two cars involved in a collision on the Walla Walla Highway near Central Ferry were transported to Whitman Hospital in Colfax Sunday morning. According to the Washington State Patrol...

Unit train of 100-plus cars makes impact on Endicott

Railways in Endicott will continue to stay busy as the new grain shipping routine goes into effect. After the merger of Whitgro and Northwest Grain Growers, Endicott has become a direct shipping...

Colfax school year starts after cleanup scramble

Colfax schools started at 8:20 a.m. Sept. 9 for the 2019-20 school year, as planned. Final cleaning from a summer of construction lasted into Sunday night, Sept. 8, with Superintendent Jerry Pugh,...

Work starts on office building

A Palouse River Rock crew from Colfax this week started excavation for the new office building which will house the dental practice of Dr. Matt Mellor. The new office building will be located on the...

Palouse Days adds bands, events

The annual second-weekend-in-September Palouse Days celebration returns Friday with events to run until Sunday at noon. Along with the Saturday morning parade and 37th annual Palouse Show and Shine...

Public hearing set for Port property

A Port of Whitman County hearing has been slated Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. in the Port of Whitman office at Colfax to declare property which was the object of a $1.258 milion purchase offer from a housing developer based in Austin, Texas, surplus. Aspen...

Colfax chief lists squad car woes

At the Sept. 3 city council session, Police Chief Rick McNannay reported the department now has two operating squad cars, and they have reached a point where the number of officers on duty can sometimes be more than the number of vehicles...

Tidbits from the Palouse Empire Fair 2019

At the fair’s main gate, wasn't it strange not to see the late John Henry of the Colfax Rotary Club taking tickets? Friday night's rodeo ran late, with an extended list of barrel racers, and Wylie and the Wild West was supposed to play at about 9...

Farmington names Brian Oliver new town mayor

Brian Oliver, a two-year city councilman, was sworn in Aug. 19, to take the place of Dave Baker, who resigned earlier this year after three years as mayor. Councilman Mark Hellinger served as mayor pro-tem in the interim. The city council will...

Masten will return to Garfield Church

Dr. Dave Cole will conduct an installation service in which Martin Masten will formally become the pastor at the Garfield Community Church Sept. 15. The service will be at 10 a.m. in Garfield at California and 5th Avenue. It will be attended by the...

Big fair Saturday, rainy Sunday

A steady rain Sunday took a toll on the Palouse Empire Fair and shut down harvest in many areas for the second time in four days. The NRCS rain tally Monday morning was at .2 for precipitation logged Sunday and early that morning. LaCrosse weather...

Port approves rail grant application

Port of Whitman commissioners Thursday approved a motion to apply for the Freight Rail Assistance Program which would be in effect for 2020. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, FRAP is a grant program open to applicants...

Palouse Shady Lane project underway

A pathway to the river project funded by county .09 funds is expected to begin in Palouse this week with contractor Jesse Parkins and Palouse Hills Excavation. The $30,000 project will cut two pathways to the Palouse River from Shady Lane across...

Lauren Stubbs wins fair queen crown

LaCrosse candidate Lauren Stubbs topped five other contestants Thursday, Sept. 5, to win the Miss Palouse Empire title for this year in competition at the fair's community building. Stubbs performed...

TR Timberwolves hammer Springdale in season opener

Tekoa/Rosalia rolled to Springdale and defeated the Chargers 76-28 in their season opener Friday. The two teams played close in the first quarter, but TR opened it up with 36 points in the second frame. Junior QB Anthony Gehring hit three TD for...

Ellensburg breakaway roper takes top purse at fair rodeo

Annie Minor of Ellensburg was the top event money winner for the Palouse Empire Rodeo with a time of 2.77 in breakaway roping for a $1,204 first-place purse. Dusti Crenshaw of Touchet finished at 2.8...

Oakesdale wins V-ball opener

Oakesdale volleyball team rolled to Waitsburg Tuesday and booked a sweep. They booked the win with 25-16, 25-14 and 25-6. It was the first match for the Nighthawks under Coach McKinzie Turner who was hired to take the coaching spot vacated by...

Today's 2040 agenda lists airport tour

Pullman 2040 is set to host its third leadership speaker series, today, Sept. 12, at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. The event features speakers from around the Pullman community including Anne McCoy, deputy director of athletics/SWA at...

Colfax runners book team wins

Colfax boys and girls booked team wins Tuesday in the Josh Wright Memorial cross country opener at Northwest Christian. The Bulldogs boys finished with a 42 for an 16-point edge over number-two Valley Christian. Other team scores were NW Christian...

SJEL beats Colton to start season

The Eagles opened with a victory for the 2019 football season. St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse beat Colton 48-26 at Colton Sept. 6. The win matched the Eagles’ total wins for last year (not counting a forfeit). “It was nice,” said coach Rich...

Bulldogs detonate early for blowout win over Mules

Colfax Bulldogs unloaded 29 unanswered points in the first quarter against the Wahkiakum Mules for a big start of the football season Friday afternoon in the non-league game at Liberty. The Bulldogs...

Colfax net jamboree scratched Saturday

The three-match volleyball jamboree at Colfax was called off Saturday because of a construction derailment. Athletic Director Gina Hopkins reported they had to cancel after learning the rest rooms were not hooked up to function for the event....

Palouse Bike Week events set

For the week of Sept. 16 through Sept. 21, the community is invited to participate in events that promote cycling on the Palouse. The Pullman Chamber of Commerce, City of Pullman, Washington State University, The City of Moscow and University of...

Eagles volleyball beats Davenport

The St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse volleyball team opened the season with a comeback win at home over 2B Davenport Tuesday, 19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-4. The team lost six key seniors to graduation and returns a mix of two seniors, five juniors,...

Low level high priority

The climate change debate continues. Democrat contenders for the party’s nomination for the presidency presented their views on the problem in a long town hall on CNN last week. The proposals and the suggestions varied. The presentation was one...

Safety in America

I had a wonderful opportunity in 2000. I was selected as part of Spokane’s sister city educational exchange, and taught English in the Japanese public school system. One of my students was considering applying to be an exchange student in...

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

#!*! People who live in a farming community and complain about the train. #!*! County painting lane stripes and then filling potholes over the new paint. #!*! People who make U-turns on Main Street! #!*! Still no new trees on Main Street. Only more...

It is Time to Talk About Our National Debt

Our nation is on an unsustainable borrowing trajectory and it could get much worse unless voters start asking politicians: “How are taxpayers going to pay for what they promise!” We now owe over $22.5 trillion to lenders of which nearly half...

Androids Rule

I have gotten to the point that every time my cellphone blasts its generic ringtone, I assume it's a robocall. My algorithm favorites are the recorded voices that start out saying, "Can you hear me?" and then pause a few seconds before continuing....

The Threat of Red Britain

Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson has, to his credit, seized the initiative in the battle over whether Britain will truly exit the EU, and on what terms. But no one can know how this high-stakes gamble will turn out. Johnson just lost his slender...

Letters: September 12, 2019

Rights In response to Mr. Carl M. Ogren’s anti-gun rant in last week's WCG, please allow me to paraphrase Voltaire when he said “I wholly disapprove of what you say―but will defend to the death your right to say it.” Yes, I know there is...

WI Symphony sets first concert

Washington Idaho Symphony’s first concert of the season will be Sept. 14 and 15 with a celebration of the Music of the Stage and the Silver Screen. They will perform broadway favorites, and feature music from John Williams. Music will include...

Carper, Mohr photos on display in Libey Gallery

Libey Gallery in downtown Colfax announced the arrival of two new exhibits by popular local photographers, Ken Carper from Pullman and Tom Mohr from Colfax. Carper's exhibit is called "Palouse in...

Regional Theatre of the Palouse updates

All individuals eight and older are invited to enroll in Regional Theatre of the Palouse Performing Arts School. Fall workshop enrollees can save up to 10 percent by enrolling before Friday, Sept. 13. Participants will learn to work as a cast and...

Sager duo attends Flying Farmer confab

Art and Colene Sager were delegates at the International Flying Farmer Convention in Wichita, Kan. Colene received an award for “Woman of the Year” based on her participation in both Washington-Oregon Region and the International Flying...

Reusable bags, cups support for local groups

Moscow Food Co-op donated $1,681 to Animal House Ferals and the Palouse Land Trust with funds gathered by the Co-op’s Dime in Time program. Co-op customers also donated $418 to a third, permanent Dime in Time beneficiary, the Co-op Community...

Clara Jo Beyer

Cat show teaches showmanship

When it comes to showing animals at the Palouse Empire Fair, the first thought many might have is of children showing steers, pigs, sheep, goats and other varieties of livestock. There is another...

Births: September 12, 2019

At Pullman Regional Hospital Grace, Amelia Lynn, born Sept. 2, 2019, at seven pounds, nine ounces, to Sarah Sperry and Darien Grace, Moscow. Baby joins sister Sabrina, two. Twitchell, Dakota Wesley Samisoni, born Sept. 3, 2019, at seven pounds, 14...

My Favorite Recipes: September 12, 2019

Eight years ago I had an allergy panel done in an attempt to control my severe environmental allergy symptoms with shots. I jokingly told the technician that if I turned up positive for chocolate...

Etcetera: September 12, 2019

Portals exhibit now up at The Center The Molly Rice exhibit "Journey through the Portals," is now in the Libey Gallery South in The Center at Colfax Library. There are varied canvases, acrylics, and...

Good Old Days: September 12, 2019

125 years ago The Commoner Sept. 14, 1894 The grand championship tournament of the northwestern division of the League of American Wheelmen was held Wednesday afternoon at Colfax trotting park, with about a thousand people in attendance. A...

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