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Winter storm warning through Saturday morning

COLFAX – Heavy snow for Whitman County is predicted for Friday by the National Weather Service. The warning is in effect from Friday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 24, at 5 a.m. "Heavy...

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Captain America visits Colfax

COLFAX-Captain America was strolling through town Nov. 22, adorned with shield and a POW flag on his bag. Under the mask, however, wasn't Steve Rogers of Brooklyn, it was Allen Mullins of Dalton,...

Bridge Day goes virtual

ROSALIA - The 2020 Bridge Day celebration is going virtual this year. It is set for Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. The fourth annual presentation of local railroad heritage and local history and which has in the past included a history hike on the former...

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Speed limits dropped on four county roads

COLFAX - Whitman County drivers were slowed down on four roads Monday. The Board of County Commissioners approved speed changes, dropping speed limits from 50 mph to as low as 35 mph because of signs...

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Cars destroyed in Babb Fire being recycled

MALDEN - Junk cars removal in Malden is on a roll with about half of them gone. The collaborated efforts are cleaning up the area following the Labor Day fire. There is still all lot to do, but there...

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Caravan of Hay

COLFAX - Have you noticed the amount of hay trucks on Whitman County highways late this summer and fall? The harvested area for hay is up by 60,000 acres in Washington since 2019, according to the...

Missing scholarship money mars 2017 Palouse Empire Fair audit

COLFAX - Three checks for the Palouse Empire Fair royalty scholarship were cashed in May 2017 and the $1,350 vanished. “Those checks were cashed, but the funds were not deposited into the county’s bank account. The vendors provided copies of...

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Helping neighbors and beyond

ST. JOHN - After the Labor Day firestorm left many of their neighbors homeless and with only the clothes on their back, donations of needed items flooded into town. To manage the outpouring, citizens...

Palouse St. Elmo's makes state's Endangered list

SEATTLE — A nineteenth century hotel in Palouse came closer to being saved from demolition. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation announced the St. Elmo’s building in Palouse is being added to their list of Washington’s Most...

Tractor-trailer hits restaurant

PULLMAN — The southwest corner the Racho Viejo Mexican restaurant was damaged when a tractor-trailer crashed into it Wednesday morning. The truck hauling an empty lowboy trailer was attempting to turn from northbound Grand Avenue right onto...

LaCrosse FFA earns eighth place in nationwide contest

RITZVILLE – The LaCrosse Junior FFA program joined the Lind-Ritzville FFA team in the NILE Virtual Livestock Judging Contest in Billings, Mont., Oct. 8. LaCrosse took 8th place as a team. Ellie Pearson placed 8th as an individual, with a score of...

Cookie sales lead to a Uniontown garage

UNIONTOWN—A Habitat for Humanity house will receive a garage door thanks to a donation from the Pullman Girl Scout Troop 3210. The troop is donating more than $1,000 from its cookie sales proceeds ar to purchase a garage door. The troop will...

Man missing from Paul's Place

COLFAX — Whitman County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing person last seen just after noon on Sunday at Paul’s Place. The missing person is Mason J. Clevenger. He is a 42 year old white male, and was last seen wearing dark pants and a...

Pioneer Ports meeting shares some good news

The Port of Whitman County met virtually with commissioners and staff from the Port of Clarkston and the Port of Lewiston with each sharing some positive news in a regular Pioneer Ports meeting Monday night. “It was an amazing harvest this...

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Youth hunts underway outside Colfax

COLFAX - A 10-year-old boy with cancer came from Zillah got to hunt for the first time thanks to Youth Outdoors Unlimited. Izaiah Trillas' hunt was held near Colfax this week as a four-day...

COVID impact on wrestling, basketball offers challenges

COLFAX – Some questions remain about the impact of COVID-19 on the basketball and wrestling seasons for this year. Not everything is settled about what will be allowed in which counties in Washington or even if the state will permit high school...

Genesee football season ends with another positive test

GENESEE – The Genesee High School football season ended after a player tested positive for COVID-19 last Saturday. It came before the team’s rescheduled game at Prairie on Monday night, one of two games left in the regular season. The timing of...

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes: October 22, 2020

Okeydokes Pumpkin spice season is here! Color changes brought on by autumn. Pet Peeves Pumpkin spice...

Universe of Ballots

I’ve lived in two exclusive vote-by-mail states during my time as an eligible voter. My first ballot ever cast was via the mailbox in Oregon. There, the ballots are due in the hands of election officials by 8 p.m. election day to be counted. Now...

RVs in the work-from-home economy

People have changed their travel preferences to minimize their COVID-19 exposure. Travel trailers and motorhomes are iconic symbols of campgrounds in our “great outdoors.” Meanwhile, outdoor recreation increased once the initial lockdowns were...

Supports Kinzer

I wholeheartedly support Dean Kinzer for reelection to the Whitman County District 2 commissioner position. Dean is a business owner/farmer, has knowledge of the business climate and economy of the county. He is an instrumental board member and...

Opposes Referendum 90

I am writing in opposition of Referendum 90. This is a sex education bill that is inappropriate for K-12 children. It is supported by Planned Parenthood, World Health Organization, and LGBTQ community groups. The Office of Superintendent of Public...

Supports Kinzer

We have a serious threat in the Whitman County commissioner race. Tom Handy is running against incumbent Dean Kinzer. Mr. Handy is an outspoken backer of the CAP (Colfax, Albion, Pullman) Trail, along the idle rail line. In a recent letter in the...

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Plowing Bee draws Caterpillars

COLFAX - The 29th Annual Morgan Family Plowing Bee drew many old-time tractors, including four 60 Caterpillar tractors. The event was Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Kennedy Place. Plowing with the...

More senior vaccine clinics scheduled

COLFAX – After more people tried to sign up than time slots available, three more influenza vaccine clinics have been scheduled for Whitman County library branches. The curbside adult and senior vaccines are administered by Deanna Claybaugh,...

Passmore potluck

Last week Tuesday, Fran Jones, Terri Guenthner, Vicki Broeckel, Diane Monson and Linda Hennigar gathered at the home of Sandy Passmore for a potluck lunch and an afternoon of...

Grandmothers gift $3,050

COLFAX–The Thrifty Grandmothers granted four requests, mostly to schools, at their Oct. 12 meeting, totaling $3,050. Two of those recipients were the Colfax School District; $500 to the Jennings Elementary Compassion Fund which supplies students...

Athenaeum Club goes high-tech

COLFAX – Fifteen members joined Zoom for Athenaeum’s first electronic meeting. Rita Ackerman was welcomed as the newest member. Nancy Herrygers, presented a program on card games children play. Athenaeum’s next meeting will be Nov. 6 via...

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