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SR 195 partially blocked near Rosalia

ROSALIA – A semi-truck crashed on State Route 185, six miles south of Rosalia, and is partially blocking the highway on Thursday, July 29. The Washington State Patrol is responding. They are...

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Steptoe Canyon Fire contained at 2,605 acres

COLTON — The Steptoe Canyon Fire was contained on July 25 after torching 2,605 acres. A handful of firefighters continued mopping up hotspots for a couple days to finish extinguishing the fire. The...

Officers concerned over police reform laws

SPOKANE VALLEY — Law enforcement officers from across Eastern Washington are warning residents that new laws make it difficult to serve the public on possible criminal activities. Nine police chiefs and eight sheriffs gathered at Center Place...

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School board hears about masks

COLFAX — About 80 people attended the Colfax School District board meeting to comment on mandatory mask-wearing, critical race theory, and more. The meeting was moved to the school auditorium on...

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Colfax superintendent Pugh responds to critical race theory

COLFAX — Critical race theory drew people to make comments at the Colfax School Board meeting on July 26. The district moved the meeting to the gym to accommodate about 80 people attending. In an...

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Progress report bleak for wheat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington spring wheat isn't doing well, according to the July 19 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crop Progress report. The spring wheat condition is the percentage of...

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All libraries close for week of maintenance

COLFAX - All 14 branches of Whitman County Library are closing for annual maintenance Aug. 2-8. "During the weeklong closure, special projects will be performed that are difficult to complete when...

Body recovered from Snake River

GRANITE POINT – Andrew M. Amuna, 27, of Pullman, drowned at Granite Point on the Snake River on July 24. “Amuna recently relocated from North Carolina to Pullman for employment,” said Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers. The new Schweitzer...

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County port announces broadband internet project

MALDEN — A fiber optic internet network is coming to Malden and Pine City. The Port of Whitman announced the award of $1.7 million from the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Community...

Chapman named Colfax fire chief

COLFAX — Colfax Fire Chief Craig Corbeill resigned July 19 and named his successor, Michael Chapman. Speaking at the city council meeting, Corbeill said he needed to resign to spend time working at the Bruning Funeral Home. The company acquired a...

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Hay Watch

SPANGLE — A farmer along East Spangle Waverly Road erected a “Bay Watch” parody using haystacks. His “Hay Watch” depicts a man with a hairy chest wearing swim trunks and a woman with long...

Tacoma man faces four drug charges

COLFAX – Arrested in Pullman for assaulting a woman in March, a Tacoma man is charged with possession of four types of drugs. Demetrius R. Robinson, 34, of Tacoma, was charged in Whitman County Superior Court on July 8 with four counts of...

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Single-use plastic bags ban approaches

OLYMPIA — Single-use plastic bags are in the last months of unrestricted use as a statewide ban takes effect on Oct. 1. The new law bars the distribution of plastic, single-use bags by entities...

Red Cross seeks volunteers

SPOKANE — Red Cross volunteers are sought to support people affected by wildfires in the northwest. “July has already been an incredibly busy month for the Red Cross with hundreds of disaster workers responding to help people whose lives were...

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Colfax mobile home burns Friday

COLFAX — A mobile home was partially destroyed by fire last Friday morning on East Tyler Street, across from the Colfax R.V. Park. The Colfax Fire Department and Whitman County Fire District 11...

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Scaroni rolls to Tokyo Paralympics

CHAMPAGNE, ILL. — Susannah Scaroni wasn’t even racing. She was pushing road miles in a wheelchair as a freshman and sophomore at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Then her chemistry professor told...

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Colfax swim team falls to Pullman

COLFAX — Sixteen-year-old Corbin Burt won six swim races at the Tri-County Swim League meet on July 22 against Pullman. Burt races in the boys age 15-18 category. His first-place finishes included...

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Wildfire conditions cause closures to wildlife areas

SPOKANE — Eastern Washington wildlife areas are closed to overnight use because of high wildfire danger. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced closures started on July 23....

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Police reform bills endanger communities and police

The 2021 legislative session will go down in history as a precautionary tale of activist overreach and political capitulation as majority Democrats passed misguided, emotionally driven partisan bills...

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Olympic Athletes comic

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Participating in meetings gives voters more say

Everywhere I go, I start conversations about politics. In these conversations, people often ask me “What can I do to make a difference?” One elderly gentleman even told me, “I’m terrified...

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'Bumper car therapy' could solve some issues

Over the last 40 years our family has vacationed at the same place on the beach. While the buildings have been refurbished, the complex remains largely unchanged. The exception was last year when...

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McClintocks gather after park renamed

COLFAX - Family members of Stan and Lynne McClintock gathered to honor the couple at the park renamed for them. "Stan and Lynne McClintock Lookout Park" is the new moniker of the former "Don...

Baronesse Barley Harvest Day accepting reservations

COLFAX — A reservation is needed to attend the free Baronesse Barley Harvest Day on Aug. 14. “Stand in the field where the barley is grown while enjoying brews and spirits made with Baronesse Barley,” organizers state on the Colfax-bases...

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Rosalia Garden Club receives state honor

ROSALIA - The Rosalia Garden Club received the highest number of points for working with youth for the second year in a row. The Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs determined Rosalia was the...

Jehovah's Witnesses global event is virtual

COLFAX — Jehovah’s Witnesses annual 6,000 conventions in 240 countries are going to be virtualn for a second time. Jehovah’s Witnesses from Eastern Washington, the Idaho Panhandle, and Western Montana gathered in the Spokane Arena for their...

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Births

Paislee R. Garrertt was born July 20, 2021, to Ashlee Schwab and Paul Garrett, of Moscow, Idaho. She weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces. Sloane Burke was born July 20, 2021, to Jeremy and Christina Burke, of...

Linfield University Dean's List

McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Two Whitman County students were named on the Spring 2021 Dean’s List for Linfield University. Caitlyn Blumenshein, of Saint John, and Raina Parsons, of Colfax, were among more than 600 students placed on the list. The...

University of Idaho graduates

MOSCOW — The University of Idaho released a list of 2021 graduates on July 14. The school presented 1,522 degrees during in-person ceremonies in May, according to Brian Walker, communications coordinator of University of Idaho. The following...

SFCC releases spring honor roll

SPOKANE — Spokane Falls Community College announced its honor roll for the spring quarter of 2021, The college lists 972 students on its honor roll. Spokane Falls Community College serves about 7,600 students. Students must have a grade point...

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Eric Lee Parker

Eric Lee Parker, 59, of Palouse, Washington, passed away suddenly July 21, 2021, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. Eric was born June 30, 1962, in San Luis Obispo, Calif., to Robert &... Full story

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Joann Barry

Joann Barry, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and great aunt passed into eternal rest on July 21, 2021. She was born in LaCrosse on April 13, 1930. She lived there her entire life other than... Full story

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Dorothy J. Elkins

Dorothy J. Elkins, life-long Oakesdale resident, passed away July 21, 2021, at the Whitman Health & Rehab Center in Colfax. She was 84. Dorothy was born October 29, 1936, in Oakesdale to Eugene... Full story

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Patricia M. Dretke

Patsy broke free from the chains of dementia on Sunday, July 18. Free to fly, mind and body whole again. Patsy was born February 3, 1942, in Tonasket, Washington, the oldest of Dora and Fred Jaeger's... Full story

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