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Viral trend could start school in distance learning mode

COLFAX--A spike this week in positive COVID-19 case has prompted the Health Department to consider keeping county schools closed at the start of the semester. Nine new cases were announced today,...

Republicans narrow gap slightly in bid to unseat Gov. Inslee

OLYMPIA — After counting of almost 500,000 late-arriving ballots, Republican candidates have cut into incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee's lead in the Aug. 4 primarily. As of 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6,...

WSU students bringing coronavirus to county

PULLMAN — Returning university students are bringing the coronavirus with them. Whitman County has 105 total positive COVID-19 tests, with eight cases added Aug. 6. That brings this week's total to...

Handy widens lead

WHITMAN COUNTY--Tom Handy, the challenger for the Whitman County Commissioner District 2 seat, widened his lead over incumbent Dean Kinzer in the subsequent ballot count. The county elections office added 1,802 ballots to the election night count,...

Colfax enacts burn ban

COLFAX--A burn ban was issued by Colfax Fire Department Aug. 3 due to dry conditions and high heat advisories. The ban is regularly put in place during the months of August and September which prohibits all open burning. The ban will remain in...

Volz, Graham, McGarry and Zappone advance to general election

SPOKANE -- Early primary election results Tuesday night, Aug. 4, indicate that incumbent Republican Rep. Jenny Graham should face Democrat challenger Tom McGarry in November's General Election in the race for the 6th District state Representative...

Seeks to identify internet gaps

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Broadband Office and state Public Works Board have launched a mapping initiative to identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs. Residents to are to perform a one-minute...

Whitman County election night results

Local races and top vote recipients. Whitman County Commissioner Dist. #2 Tom Handy: 490 Dean Kinzer: 460 TOTAL: 957 FARMINGTON Prop. No. 1: Yes: 21 No: 19 Prop. No. 2: Yes: 22 No: 18 GARFIELD Prop No. 1: Yes: 70 No: 41 State Representative Dist. 9...

Public Health supports school return

WHITMAN COUNTY—Public Health is supportive of county schools resuming in-class instruction, as long as the viral load continues to remain low, according to Public Health Director Troy Henderson. “I think the superintendents have a pretty good...

Colfax's Kari Largent 2020 state DYW

COLFAX--Kari Largent, born and raised in Colfax, a farm girl from 17 miles south of town, was named Distinguished Young Woman of Washington Saturday. The daughter of Gary and Lisa Largent, she won a...

Handy leads Kinzer in preliminary count

COLFAX--Primary elections night counted 23.11% of the 22,267 Whitman County eligible voters with next count due for Wednesday. There were 5,147 ballots counted with an estimate 3,000 left. Colfax...

Mystery seeds from China

COLFAX-An international concern is showing up in local mailboxes. Unsolicited packages of seed from China have been sent to people across the country. Even Whitman County has not been spared this...

Births: August 6, 2020

Oliver Gene Korbel was born at Pullman Regional Hospital July 31, weighing seven pounds and one ounce, to parents Braunwyn Haverfield-Korbel and Daniel B. Korbel of Moscow. Paternal grandparents are Kevin and Christine Korbel of Orofino. Maternal...

Hearing set on marijuana moratorium

COLFAX – Will the county commissioners extend the six-month moratorium on new marijuana operations in the county for a third time? An online/call-in public hearing has been set for Aug. 31 at 10:30 a.m. to decide. The Whitman County planning...

Big Sky pushes conference season to fall

OGDEN, Utah — A conference football season in which Big Sky powers Montana, Montana State and Weber State were slated to visit Eastern Washington University's newly-turfed Roos Field will have to...

Study Maintains Status Quo

Dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers provide an appropriate balance between the economic needs of Eastern Washington and fish protections. While we already knew that here in Eastern Washington, the...

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes: August 6, 2020

Okeydokes: Whitman County Road Department’s work paving Steptoe Street and old 195 in Steptoe! Atta boy! To Inland Asphalt - great job! Plenty of sunshine and cooler weather! Pet Peeves No toilet paper or lights on at Schmuck Park women’s...

'Trolls is trolls'

One of the ways high school honors English class has scarred me is it has left me forever analyzing stories. With five kids at home, those stories are often animated movies and cartoons. It’s an interesting juxtaposition when you apply college...

Good News Which Undoubtedly Would Please Scoop Jackson

America desperately needed some positive news and a reprieve from the coronavirus pandemic and rioting which is ripping apart our country---most notably in Seattle, Olympia and Portland. We needed reaffirmation that our political leaders can come...

Freedoms

There he goes again, Publisher Harnack with another anti-government editorial. I don’t dispute his right to his opinion. Was it Mark Twain or A.J. Liebling who said “Freedom of the press belongs to he who owns one.” Initiative 1114 seeks to...

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