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SWAT vehicle rolls to training

COLFAX - The Whitman County SWAT vehicle rolled through Colfax on Nov. 18 with several patrol cars on their way to training. The SWAT unit is made of Whitman County sheriff's deputies, and officers...

Tekoa seeks new councilmember

TEKOA — Tekoa seeks a new councilmember to replace John Jaeger after he resigned. Jaeger served 15 years as a councilmember and mayor. Anyone wishing to serve as a Tekoa councilmember can fill an application at city hall during business hours....

Tekoa ambulance service in need of more volunteers

TEKOA - A posted sign warns Tekoa residents of long waits for an ambulance if there aren't more volunteers. Retired EMT Jim Gordon's signature is on a sign in a store window. "You could lose your...

Controversial laws prove problematic for sheriff's office

COLFAX – Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers finds three controversial bills adopted last summer to be problematic with their impact on his office. The two House bills and a Senate bill were to change the way police operated in Washington. The...

Police buy former state patrol SUV

COLFAX - The Colfax police are buying a former Washington State Patrol SUV to replace two older vehicles. The city council unanimously approved purchasing the 2017 Ford Explorer for $10,500. The...

Hospital names three to officer roles

PULLMAN - Pullman Regional Hospital and Clinic Network named three physicians to serve on the Chief Medical Officer team. Dr. Stephen Hall, Dr. Pete Mikkelsen, and Dr. Edwin Tingstad share the duties...

Wheat ambassadors selected

RITZVILLE - Two Davenport students are selected as the 2021 Washington Association of Wheat Growers ambassadors. Tate Nonnemacher and Cadence Zellmer were selected after an initial written...

High court finds Gov. Inslee's veto to be unconstitutional

OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court found Gov. Jay Inslee’s partial vetoes of the 2019 transportation budget unconstitutional by a 7-2 ruling on Nov. 10. The decision came after the governor vetoed a sentence in the budget bill regarding fuel...

Redistricting plan could split Adams County

RITZVILLE – Adams and Franklin counties could be dived between two different legislative districts if the state Supreme Court approves a new redistricting map previously supported by a state...

Reminder of Palouse's snow plowing policy

PALOUSE — Palouse reminds residents of their responsibilities when it snows and their priority in plowing streets. The city policy lists residents’ responsibilities when it snows. Vehicles are to be parked off the street or they could prevent...

WSP conducts emphasis patrols

COLFAX — The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is conducting emphasis patrols for speeding, driving too fast for conditions, distracted and impaired driving. The extra patrols end on Nov. 28. District 4 troopers in Spokane, Whitman, and Adams...

Wheat tariff in Vietnam ending

ARLINGTON, VA — The Vietnam government is eliminating a 3% tariff on U.S. wheat on Dec. 30. The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) noted their appreciation for the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural...

Restrictions on hunters follow disease outbreak

SPOKANE — State game officials are worried about chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, moose and caribou implemented restrictions on hunters bringing meet into the state. Washington residents hunting in Idaho and Manitoba may only bring meat into...

Democrat to replace Wyman

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee named a Lake Stevens Democrat to replace a Republican stepping down as secretary of state. Sen. Steve Hobbs replaces Republican Kim Wyman in the statewide post that oversees...

Fewer people are receiving unemployment benefits

OLYMPIA — Continued unemployment claims decreased by 13,163 to a total of 50,848 at the end of October. “This total is the lowest four-week moving average for regular continued claims since the start of the pandemic,” stated a spokesperson...

Time to recall and give thanks

The last 20 months have been exceedingly difficult for most Americans. Across the country there have been coronavirus mandates, riots, increasing taxes, job losses and more. The crime rate in many...

Rep. working to reverse unwanted tax

Many of you have contacted my office expressing frustrations with the long-term care tax going into effect Jan. 1. I understand and share your concerns. When the Democrat majority in the Legislature passed HB 1087 back in 2019, many of us fought...

Seeks slaughter free meat

Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell can help create a slaughter-free America, with all the good that entails, by increasing federal funding for cultivated-meat research. For readers who are unfamiliar with the term, cultivated meat is grown...

Caregivers deserve appreciation

November is Caregivers month. I was recently reminded of the importance of caregivers because a friend’s mom, a real sharp lady, fell and hit her head. This caused a brain bleed and other complications which have impaired her ability to care for...

Looking forward to green future

What would we see if we traveled into a green future? It might not look that different. Perhaps we’d notice things more by their absence: The sky is clear. No more open fires polluting the air we breathe, no more smoke burning our eyes and...

Two-dimensional news reporting

Television news broadcasts rarely deviate from a low standard of journalism that provides the who, what, where, and how, but rarely the why. What is left out is the significance of our news events. Reporters sometimes pass along what “experts...

Lenticular Cloud

A lenticular cloud hangs low over Steptoe Butte on Nov. 10. Photographer Casey Lowder said the clouds are rare and exceptionally fleeting. The name 'lenticular' refers to the lens-shaped character of...

Warm help

Order of the Eastern Star Malden Chapter #149 donated 51 caps, 17 Afghans, and five fleece blankets for kids at Shriners Hospitals. Chapter members include (left to right) Maureen, Shriners Hospital...

Vintage Christmas set for Dec. 4, 11

COLFAX – Perkins House volunteers were joined by five Washington State University (WSU) students to decorate the old Colfax home for the holidays. A vintage open house was set for the first two...

Endicott library invites folks to make journals

ENDICOTT — Families are invited to create gratitude journals at the Endicott library through November. This project is open to people of all ages — kids, teens, adults and seniors. Materials are pre-printed and ready for assembly. If people...

Pullman student receives Fulbright research award

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Pullman native Marisol Contreras is one of nine University of Iowa students to receive a Fulbright award. She's a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering and was chosen from more...

Christmas Potluck and Party returns to Ralston

RALSTON — The Christmas Potluck and Party returns this year at Ralston Grange No. 943 on Dec. 5, after a one-year hiatus. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the grange hall on State Route 261 and is open to everyone, grange spokesman Randy Roth said....

Colfax library listed on national register

COLFAX – The Whitman County Library building in Colfax is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. "As a public institution, the nominated building is integral to the intellectual...

Sandra L. Peterson obituary

Sandra L. Peterson

Sandra L. Peterson, 73, passed away on November 12, 2021 at The Courtyard in Colfax, Washington. She was born on October 9, 1948 to Del and Laurie (Cotant) Pool in Colfax, Washington. Sandi graduated...

Gary Clanton Eccles obituary

Gary Clanton Eccles

Gary Eccles died on Friday, November 12, 2021, at age 80 of lymphoma at Avalon Care Center in Spokane, Washington. Gary was born on Sept. 19, 1941, in Endicott, Wash., to Clanton and Elma Fowler...

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