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County rolled back to Phase 2 restrictions

OLYMPIA — Whitman County was rolled back to COVID Phase 2 restrictions by Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday. Whitman joins two others, Cowlitz and Pierce counties, set back because the number of new COVID...

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Handy questions economic development

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioner Tom Handy would like more information before agreeing to a two-year contract extension for the county's economic development agency. He talked about Southeast...

Tekoa man ordered to receive mental health care

COLFAX — A Tekoa man is receiving mental health aid instead of facing criminal charges in Whitman County Superior Court. Ryan G. Keller, 31, was arrested on March 30 after he allegedly resisted Whitman County deputies and assaulted his...

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Schoesler's bill helps ambulances in Garfield

OLYMPIA — It's easier to hire ambulance drivers for Garfield and Farmington due to a new law. Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5198 into law allowing ambulance services by an association to hire...

House passes $11 billion transportation budget

OLYMPIA — The Washington House of Representatives passed a $10.94 billion transportation budget with some bipartisan support 87-11 on April 2. The budget pays for improved roadways and expanded “green” transportation. Construction of a...

Whitman County receives $33 million for projects

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers passed a $6.23 billion capital budget in a unanimous vote April 2, earmarking millions in funding for investments in community projects and public works. “We’ve put together a budget that not only provides for the...

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Tekoa repairs streets and sidewalks this summer

TEKOA — The streets and sidewalks of Tekoa are being upgraded this summer. Six blocks of Main Street are to be resurfaced with 3-inches of asphalt by Auburn-based POE Construction. They were the...

County considers COVID reduction efforts

COLFAX — COVID reduction efforts by vaccinations and Washington State University (WSU) were discussed by Whitman County commissioners. Whitman County Public Health Director Chris Skidmore spoke with county commissioners April 5 morning about...

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New law makes Seattle plant trees to battle heat

OLYMPIA — A new law will increase the strategic planting of trees in urban areas of the state thanks to Rep. Mary Dye, R-9th District. She authored the House bill that was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee...

April 27 election ballots for schools, fire district mailed

COLFAX — Ballots were mailed last Friday with three items to vote on for the April 27 election. Proposition 1 seeks a replacement for the educational programs and operations levy for the Lamont School District. It could generate $130,000 in 2022...

Senate passes carbon cap after debate on green energy

OLYMPIA — A controversial statewide cap on carbon emissions scraped through the Legislature in a 25-24 vote late April 8 after lawmakers passed a Climate Commitment Act. The majority Democrats say it will boost the state’s economy and address a...

Three injured in collisions in snow

PULLMAN — An April snowstorm led to three vehicles colliding, sending three people to hospitals. A vehicle going north on State Route 195, about 8 miles south of Pullman, went out of control in the snow, according to Sgt. Michael Jordan, of the...

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Colfax student count increases in 2021

COLFAX — Enrollment in the Colfax School District continues to increase. They are now just 4.84 full-time equivalent students under its forecast from last July. Student counts dropped significantly...

News Briefs

Oakesdale annual Old Mill Days cancelled OAKESDALE — The annual Old Mill Days was cancelled by the Oakesdale Historical Society. The event is normally scheduled in July and features bingo, fun run, triathlon, pancake feed, parade, music, and...

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Colfax places five on All League volleyball list

COLFAX — The league champion Colfax Bulldogs volleyball team placed five players on the Bi-County 2B All-league team, including League MVP Anni Cox. Sophie Klaveano, Asher Cai, and Justice Brown...

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Vikings' Cook named WIAA Athlete of the Week

PALOUSE — Garfield-Palouse Vikings' senior Ethan Cook was named a WIAA Athlete of the Week after setting personal-best marks. He competed in three sprint events, the 100 meters, 200, and 400...

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Bass, walleye, catfish policy comment period extended

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is extending the window to comment on a policy to guide management of game fish. The comment period was extended from to May 5...

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Colfax golf returns Thursday

COLFAX — The Colfax High School golf team begins its season with a nine-hole match on April 15 at Wilbur-Creston. Returning to action after last year was cut short in week two of practice due to...

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Vikings softball returns with a junior core

GARFIELD — The Garfield-Palouse softball team is back with their strong freshmen class of 2019, unseen in 2020, now returning as juniors. They started with a double-mercy rule showing on April 1...

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College football feats

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Because freedom matters

We are now less than two weeks away from end of the 2021 legislative session. It’s been a very busy time, wrapping up work in committees and marathon evening and weekend sessions voting on bills on...

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Schmick discusses budget approval

The state House of Representatives passed a $58.2 billion 2021-23 operating budget that relies on an unnecessary, unpopular, and likely unconstitutional income tax on capital gains. As I've said...

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Why is Olympia still locked down?

The world is beginning to unfreeze after more than a year of physical and economic lockdowns. Many states have ended mask mandates, citing increasing vaccinations and decreasing cases. Others are...

Supports keeping dams

My letter is in response to Bill Forhan, of Leavenworth, in last week’s paper. At last, a brave individual is willing to come forward to intelligently address the actual need to keep the dams exactly where they stand. All of us benefit. Get a...

Public works answer not good enough

I’m by no means a mathematician but when the public works director and county commissioner come out and say they gave out $150,000 in additional rock budget and spent $300,000 on crushing that adds up to $450,000. Where is the other $1 million...

Colfax requires dogs be leashed

My guide dog needs to stay focused when we are walking to be able to keep us safe. She loves her work. What bothers her is when other dogs run up to us. I did not think this was going to be a problem, since we have a leash law here in Colfax. I...

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Teen poet's work is on display in Tekoa, Oakesdale

TEKOA — Teen Poetry Share is a celebration of Tekoa and Oakesdale teenagers' writing during Poetry Month. Teens' original poetry is on display at the Tekoa and Oakesdale libraries through April 30,...

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Fealy, Meyer named Distinguished Young Women of Garfield-Palouse, Colton-Uniontown

PALOUSE — Denni Fealy is the Distinguished Young Woman of Garfield-Palouse and Maggie Meyer for Colton-Uniontown. Maci Brantner was named first runner-up and Samantha Snekvik second runner-up for...

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