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Refusal to wear a mask led to Pullman arrest

COLFAX — A man didn’t want to wear a mask on a Pullman bus and argued with the driver before allegedly punching a police officer in the face. Jason A. Johanson, 43, of Pullman, was charged with two counts of assault in the third degree in...

Girl struck by semi-truck near Colton

COLFAX — A 15-year-old girl was struck by a semi-truck on State Route 195 Thursday night and was flown to Spokane to be treated. A family disturbance at a home near Colton drew Whitman County Sheriff’s Office deputies at 8:40 p.m., according to...

St. John-Endicott classes shuttered due to COVID

ENDICOTT — St. John-Endicott School District’s top educator is optimistic students will return to campus full-time on May 3 following a two-week hiatus. Superintendent Suzanne Schmick confirmed Tuesday that campuses in both the cities of St....

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WSU accused of stealing Selah company's secrets

SPOKANE — The research into a new genetic test for beef tenderness may have been stolen by Washington State University, according to Selah-based Tenet Beef. A federal lawsuit was filed against WSU...

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Plane crashes near Pullman, no injuries

PULLMAN — A plane crashed in a Pullman field, ended upside down, and the pilot walking away. The pilot was the only person in the single-engine plane and was not injured. It crashed around 6:340...

Health director discusses possible school impacts

COLFAX — More Whitman County schools could return to online education because of increasing COVID cases. Whitman County Health Director Chris Skidmore updated county commissioners Monday on the virus and vaccines. Cases are down “quite a bit...

News Briefs

Borders resigns from Jennings grade school COLFAX — Jennings Elementary School principal Andrew Borders submitted his resignation, effective June 30. It was accepted by the school board April 12. Borders has been in the job since July 2020. The...

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Commissioners extend economic development contract

COLFAX — Southeast Washington Economic Development Agency (SEWEDA) will be Whitman County's Associate (economic) Development Organization for the next two years. County commissioners approved the...

Facebook helps arrest Pullman couple

PULLMAN — A couple allegedly stole tools and a robot vacuum together from two Pullman stores, and was caught thanks to Facebook. Kirsten N. Green, 20, of Asotin, and Gabriel A. Nichols, 23, of Lewiston, were charged separately with organized...

Colfax holds off on chicken vote, seeks input

COLFAX — The request to have chickens in the city came back to the Colfax city council Monday night. “I’m just tired of the council getting bounced around by the chicken issue,” said councilmember Tom Huntwork. A presentation on a requested...

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Garfield-Palouse softball player honored by WIAA

GARFIELD — Kenzi Pedersen is humble about her achievements as a Vikings pitcher in softball, but her efforts got her noticed with a statewide honor. “She’s a humble person and doesn’t like to...

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Timberwolves cheer squad is WIAA Team of the Month

TEKOA – The Tekoa-Rosalia football cheer team was named a Team of the Month for March. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the Dairy Farmers of Washington name teams of...

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Knights ride over Colton Wildcats

COLTON – The Colton Wildcats baseball team continues their learning season with two losses against Sunnyside Christian on April 17. "Coming off the COVID year, I think it's hard for a lot of teams....

Lowland fishing season opens Saturday

LaCROSSE – The lowland lakes fishing season opens Saturday with trout being the most sought-after species. Opening day also marks the opening day of the statewide trout derby, where fishermen can win more than 1,000 prizes totaling more than...

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Tekoa-Rosalia golf finishes first match

TEKOA – Timberwolves golf joined seven teams in Wilbur for their first match of the stunted season on April 15. "It was the first night out for the entire team ... we got to take all eight kids,"...

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Vikings split doubleheader with Liberty Christian

GARFIELD – The Garfield-Palouse Vikings softball endured a rough doubleheader at home with the Liberty Christian Patriots and split the games at home on April 17. The first game was tight and the...

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Tekoa-Rosalia splits games with Touchet

ROSALIA – Tekoa-Rosalia softball pitcher Elise Wilkins stole third and home for the winning run in the second game against Touchet Indians on April 17. The Timberwolves won their second game of...

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Colfax Bulldogs hit links for first golf match

WILBUR — The first golf match for Colfax High School was more of a practice round since the team didn't keep scores. The six Bulldogs traveled to Wilbur to play 9-holes on April 15. Two players did...

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Legislature raising taxes, lowering safety

The 2021 legislative session, which is scheduled to end April 25, will be remembered for several things - some good, some bad. The candidates for the "bad" column may include a variety of new or...

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North American ports remain closed to large cruise ships

While European cities are welcoming large cruise ships again, many of the same ship owners are canceling calls to North American seaports because of continued stringent COVID restrictions. In March...

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Annual plowing bee (photos)

Births

Delany A. Huff was born April 5.2021 to Jacquelyn and Jude Huff, of Palouse. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. Grandparents are Elaine Huff, of Colville, and Cathy Oakley and Rich Brown, of Potlatch, Idaho. She joins her brother, Emmet Huff (3)....

Recap: Last week in Dusty

Saturday, Denise Broeckel Kendall, Tacoma; Doreen Broeckel Riedner, Dusty; Sheri Shaffer Hatley, Oakesdale; Paula Morris Meyer, Colfax; and Kristal Krom Kirpes, Colton, were guests at The Parsonage Bed and Breakfast in Dusty. This was their...

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Bruce Bailey

Bruce Lyle Bailey, 70, of St. John, Wash., passed away April 9, 2021, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. Bruce was born January 4, 1951, at St. Ignatius Hospital in Colfax, Wash., to...

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Bruce Johnson

Bruce M Johnson passed away on April 4, 2021, in Grandview, Wash., at The Orchards where Bruce was living with his wife of 57 years, Norma Bruce Johnson. The Orchards staff as well as Heartlinks...

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Doug Thompson

Our world lost an entertaining, candid friend when Doug Thompson passed away on April 9, 2021, at his home in Pasco, Wash. Born on June 17, 1952, Doug always spoke fondly of his childhood and felt...

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Angeline Elizabeth Bauer

We have lost our Matriarch. Angeline Elizabeth Bauer, 98, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon April 5, 2021, from complications due to a stroke at Pullman Regional Hospital. The oldest of six,...

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Gerald Slind

Gerald Walli Slind died April 12, 2021, of a combination of respiratory and cardiovascular issues. Gerald was born November 1, 1936, near LaCrosse, Washington. He was the second of five children born...

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