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Congressional bill to open CRP land to grazing

DAVENPORT — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect live cattle markets throughout the country, many ranchers and feedlot owners are looking for grazing land to hold animals that are awaiting slaughter. According to the U.S. Department of...

Faces 5 charges from break-in

A Lewiston man is facing five charges after allegedly breaking into vehicles at Pullman Building Supply earlier this year and taking items including tools, electronics and credit cards. According to the affidavit of probably cause, police responded...

County passed 50 COVID mark

Whitman County has reached 52 positive COVID-19 cases. The Emergency Operations Center announced three more positive cases today, bringing the total to 52. There have been 13 positive cases announced...

Youth market show planned

A youth livestock exhibition has been organized to provide Whitman County youth a market show and sale. A committee of 18 parents, youth leaders, booster organizers, sale committee members and barn...

Whitman County rates highest percent of working poor

WHITMAN COUNTY – A recent study shows Whitman County with the highest rate of ALICE–formerly known as "working poor"–households in Washington state. According to the study released by United...

Bridge replacement underway outside Oakesdale

Work is underway on the Seltice-Warner bridge replacement project seven miles east of Oakesdale. The county Public Works bridge crew of Bob Sevedge, Dawson Messersmith, Lorn Steen and Robby Johnson...

Jail attack sends officer to ER

COLFAX – A Whitman County Corrections Officer was transported to Whitman Hospital and Medical Center emergency room July 2 after allegedly being assaulted by an inmate. According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, Officer Morgan Scharff was...

Endicott celebrates 4th with parade, fireworks

It wasn't advertised to keep attendance down. Those who did come were met with signs advising them they were there at their own risk and to observe social distancing. But, while subdued, the...

New Colfax crosswalk signals to arrive

COLFAX – Work has begun in preparation of new crosswalk signals being installed for four Main Street intersections. City crews are prepping corners at Upton, Stevens, Cooper and Thorn streets for the solar-powered, pedestrian activated crossing...

K-9 passes away

COLFAX – The Whitman County Sheriff's office announced July 3 that retired K-9 Bosco passed away due to old age. Bosco began his Whitman County law enforcement career in 2005. In 2011, Bosco...

Citizen report ends in drug arrest

ROSALIA – A Spokane woman was arrested for possession of heroin after a citizen reported to Washington State Patrol. According to the arrest report, on June 30 the reporting party stated people were smoking crack in a vehicle at a rest stop on...

Man booked on two assault counts

COFLAX – A Whitman County man was booked into the jail July 5 for two counts of assault and domestic violence. According to the arrest report, officers responded when a friend of the victim reported the victim had been threatened by her husband....

Return of juries prompts order

COLFAX – Jury trials in Whitman County will resume July 13 with some noticeable differences. Superior Court Judge Gary Libey issued courtroom safety orders last week for the courtroom and jury...

Signs to direct trucks from Fairview

COLFAX – Monday night's city council meeting discussed signage that is going up to direct semi traffic away from Fairview Street. Once the “Local Deliveries Only” signage is up, the city will have enforcement options and be able to cite...

Fish and Wildlife employees on furlough Friday

OLYMPIA — Most state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees will be furloughed Friday, July 17, to reduce agency expenses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The furlough day is the third of four planned — the fourth occurs Friday, July...

Summer baseball starts

The AAA (19-under) Palouse Coyotes have begun playing independent summer baseball, five games in after the American Legion canceled its regular program in April due to the virus. The Palouse team is led by Kevin Agnew, Pullman High School coach,...

Berquists make show in Freedom Rodeo

BASIN CITY - What do you call it when more than 3,000 rural residents get together for the Fourth of July to rodeo, parade, dance and shoot off fireworks? Well, rodeo clown turned Freedom Rodeo...

Kirkpatrick hits hole-in-one

Allen Kirkpatrick of Colfax hit a hole-in-one at Colfax Golf Course July 2 on No. 8, a 168-yard par-3. Using a five-iron, it was his first hole-in-one on a course Kirkpatrick has played for more than 60 years. Randy Davis and Yogi Teevens...

Wanted: Solutions

In case you didn't know, we've got a lot of problems in the world right now. And those problems are voiced very loudly, sometimes even violently. We have division, brutality, political differences and even strong opinions both ways about face...

American Privilege

Sixty-six years ago, racism was part of the fabric of America, especially in the deep south. Few of us actually experienced separate water coolers, segregated bathrooms, or all white schools. I am glad that I did not. The Supreme Court ruling in...

America is out of control

Has America lost its mind? Perhaps 2020 will be best described in history books as the year a virus from China caused a global pandemic, massive riots erupted across the country, the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum, and there was an...

Story

Did you hear about the right wing protester who went to a liberty rally and was filmed yelling he is not going to bow down to any of Inslee’s unconstitutional rules, and he will never wear a stupid mask either? Did you hear he got the Covid-19...

Eloquent editorial

This was one eloquent editorial (Lisa Meyer, June 25, 2020) I would love to see it sent to the WSJ or a big national newspaper. Jeanne M. Prier, Portland,...

Surveillance response

Rather than emphasizing personal, individual freedoms, perhaps the leaders of our civilized society should focus on establishing and assuring fair and effective rules that protect the freedom of all individuals. Necessarily this means that all...

Presidential faililng

Let's review our national time since November 2016: "Tyranny." "Fake news." "Hoax." "Enemy of the people." Have you noticed that these and his other accusations apply more to our president than anyone/anything else? The president does not know many...

Good Old Days

125 years ago The Commoner July 12, 1895 Elberton is nothing if not progressive. The “Asphodel of the Palouse” during its short life has always been reaching out for more worlds to conquer and more business to do and is still at it. Its last...

Charles the Clown performs

Friends of Whitman County Library presents an online family performance Tuesday, July 14, at 4:30 p.m. filled with books, comedy and magic. Watch as Charles becomes a clown before your eyes. The program is designed to intrigue and entertain a wide...

Colfax High School Class of 2020 scholarships

Students of the Colfax High School Class of 2020 received the following scholarships: Shyah Antoine: Colfax Schools Foundation Scholarship - $1,000, Colfax High School Class of ‘52 Scholarship - $1,000, Konnor Stirling Memorial Girls Basketball...

Free face masks as library prepares for reopening

Area residents can obtain a free, reusable face mask curbside from any branch of Whitman County Library District. Provided by Washington State Emergency Management, the masks are adult sized and...

No Swim the Snake

LYONS FERRY – The eighth annual SWIM the SNAKE, originally planned for Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, is another recreational event falling by the wayside this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is sponsored by the Blue Mountain Resource...

Pullman PD fields calls on the 4th

PULLMAN – Pullman Police received a variety of calls on July 4, some of an unusual nature. A man called at 11:50 a.m. to file a report about protestors being "Anti-American" and stated he thinks it is illegal. A female called at 1:55 p.m., upset...

A nice day on the river

Almost lost in the magnitude and scale of her surroundings, a lone paddleboarder enjoys the weather while venturing down the Snake River July...

LaCrosse scholarship Corrections

Lauren Stubbs was Salutatorian of the LaCrosse class of 2020. The LaCrosse High School Career Honor Roll Award is for students who received a 3.5 or better for all their secondary...

Getting a COVID-19 antibody test can benefit others

COLFAX – Do you think you had COVID-19 and want to find out? You may be able to do so and help area hospitals at the same time by donating blood. The local blood bank is now including COVID-19 antibody testing of all donations. Antibody proteins...

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