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Malden apples test positive for maggot larvae

MALDEN – The Honeycrisp apples Gov. Jay Inslee brought to Babb Fire victims here were infested with maggot larvae. Whitman County Washington State University Extension Agent Stephen Van Vleet...

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Forbidden Fruit

MALDEN – While the Honeycrisp apples Gov. Jay Inslee brought here last Thursday continue to sit in the bin he presented the mayor with, others he delivered to Bridgeport and Omak contain maggot...

EWU, Cheney issue coronavirus enforcement notice

CHENEY – While education is their preferred first choice of enforcement, Cheney and Eastern Washington University law enforcement are prepared to take sterner measures with students who continue to violation safety protocols spelled out by the...

Stepping from the ashes

COLFAX—Volunteers spent the weekend sorting and dispersing donations which have overwhelmed locations in Colfax and Rosalia. Volunteers report there is no need for used clothing, linens or underwear. Fire survivors do not have space in which to...

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Babb Fire destroys 121 homes

MALDEN — Eight days after the firestorm that brought a little bit of hell on earth to Whitman County and destroyed homes around the county, all fires are considered 100% contained and state...

Manning Fire claims 3 homes

COLFAX—The Manning Fire was reported 100% contained Tuesday. The fire destroyed three single family homes, the Manning Covered Bridge and one other structure, according to the Southeast Washington Type 3 Inter-Agency Team which is managing the...

County building work going

COLFAX—Work continues this week on Whitman County jail sewer lines, fixtures and electrical, along with roofing improvements at the courthouse, marking $2,084,097 in projects. At the jail, a crew from McKinstry Co. of Spokane has begun to install...

303 acres burned Saturday

COLTON — A wildfire in Wawawai Canyon was reported about 1 a.m. Sept. 12. No structures were damaged and no one was hurt by the blaze which was state mobilized and is now 100% contained, officials said. The fire was located near Boone Hill Road,...

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Gov. Inslee, Rep. McMorris Rodgers visit Malden

MALDEN — Don't call them wildfires. Call them "climate fires." That was the message Gov. Jay Inslee gave reporters during a brief appearance about noon today, Thursday, Sept. 10, in one of two...

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Residents: Siren never sounded

MALDEN — Angry residents wanted an answer Tuesday on why the city's fire siren never sounded on Labor Day when the Babb Fire swept through town. During a meeting that attracted more than 150...

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Rebuilding will require unity

MALDEN - Local leaders called for unity and cooperation Tuesday in the "arduous" task of rebuilding the community in the wake of the Babb Fire. More than 150 people turned out Tuesday afternoon for a...

Colfax district down 56 students from forecast

COLFAX—The Colfax School Board met Monday night to field a variety of items, including a drop in enrollment and subsequent impact on the budget, a construction update and the resignation of longtime junior high/high school girls basketball coach...

Tree on power line credited for fire start

Wind, tree, power line, spark, seem to be the order of events for the ignition of the Babb/Malden Fire Sept. 7. According to an AP report, Avista Utilities has sighted the tree contacting a power line as the apparent start of the wildfire which...

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Genesee now 3-0

COLTON-The Genesee Bulldogs are 3-0, ending a two-year Whitepine League football losing streak with a win over Potlatch Sept. 11. A year after going 1-8, the Genesee team has five additions from...

The next level of support

Donation are overwhelming facilities, so great has been the outpouring of support from people within and out of Whitman County for the victims of last week’s firestorm. So many items have been given, so many tangible blessings, cups are...

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Malden/Pine City Fire

"Are you guys ok?" It's the first thing we say to each other in the Malden/Pine City area these days. Once that question is answered, it is immediately followed by, "Is your house ok?" We lost so...

Caring for people

After reading and watching the news online and on TV, it appears that our country is divided into those who care about property and those who care about people, and most astute observers could easily identify which political party caters to each...

Endorses Democrats

The heyday of the Republican majorities in Congress occurred in 2017. They spent their political capital to reduce taxes, mostly for the rich and the ultra rich. Money is power, power is money, and both work to undermine democracy. All of this is...

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