Area wheat seedings down two percent

Statistics are out for wheat seedings for the 2021 crop in the United States. Washington winter wheat growers seeded an estimated 1.75 million acres of winter wheat for harvest in 2021. This is down...

Man sentenced for collecting wildlife parts on another's property

Dylan A. Doneen, 28, was given a $250 fine Friday morning in District Court for hunting, collecting wildlife parts on another’s property – along with a $43 crime conviction fee and $50 public defender recoup. Judge Patrick Johnson ruled it a...

Power outage

Multiple outages reported

COLTON - High winds early Wednesday morning knocked out power to hundreds of Avista Utilities customers across the Palouse region and much of Eastern Washington. At press time, the Spokane-based...

Pugh: Students on campus full-time Feb. 1

COLFAX — Schools Superintendent Jerry Pugh said Monday he intends for all students to be back for daily, in-person learning Feb. 1. Addressing the School Board – which will need to formally...

Small aircraft crashes at Palouse Airport

PALOUSE - A small airplane overturned after touching down at 2:05 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at a private airstrip two miles east of town. Two people - a flight instructor and presumed student pilot -...

Session opens

RITZVILLE - Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler was sworn in Friday, Jan. 8, in the Adams County Courthouse for his fifth term representing the Ninth Legislative District in the state Senate. Adams County...

Paradise Creek rising rapidly

MOSCOW, Idaho — The National Weather Service reported a sharp rise in Paradise Creek late Tuesday night. The rising water hit 6.46 feet at the University of Idaho, the weather service said. The creek was expected to continue to rise in the...

County sets assignments

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners confirmed committee assignments Jan. 4 in their first meeting of the year. New commissioner, Tom Handy, was sworn in Dec. 22, replacing Dean Kinzer on a list of committees and assignments, with the addition...

Representative backtracks on electoral vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Both Eastern Washington representatives in Congress voted last week to uphold the Electoral College vote after protesters entered the Capitol last Wednesday, Jan. 6. Republican Reps. Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside and Cathy McMorris...

County discusses health post

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners Monday discussed plans for the county’s public health director job and the interim position of Chris Skidmore. A proposal from Gov. Jay Inslee may revamp health districts into one regional director with...

Coroner confirms cause of jail death

COLFAX — An inmate found dead in the Whitman County Jail died of “cloth ligature hanging.” On Thursday, Jan. 7, Whitman County Coroner Annie Pillers released her findings in the Dec. 26 death of Jose Noe Chagollan Flores, 35 of Pullman. He...

Autopsy shows shooter died of self-inflicted gunshot to head

OAKESDALE — An autopsy determined that resident Chester David Hathaway’s death was the result of suicide. Whitman County Coroner Annie Pillers released the autopsy findings in Hathaway’s death...

Clarkston man held in jail after chase

CLARKSTON - A local man is being held in the Whitman County Jail on $75,000 bail after attempting to elude law enforcement last week. Steven K. Young, 35, is facing charges of felony eluding,...

WIAA: 'Fall' sports may begin Feb. 1

RENTON — The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board voted to amend its season schedule Jan. 6, moving traditional fall sports to the 2020-21 Season 1 while choosing to review Seasons 2 and 3 at its Jan. 19...

Interim hoops coach named

COLFAX — Michael Dorman has been appointed interim Colfax High School girls basketball coach. Colfax High School Principal David Gibb announced the appointment of Dorman, a social studies teacher in his second year at the junior-senior high...

Roller derby league to show 'Zebra Love'

PULLMAN — The Palouse River Rollers roller derby league will show how much they care about officials with their annual Zebra Love event. This year, the event will be online due to coronavirus shutdown. Zebra Love is designed to retain and grow...

Gov. Inslee, 'tear down this wall'

Protests are nothing new in Olympia. Each year, thousands of protesters converge on legislative sessions to rally for special causes, object to government activities and generally just remind lawmakers who they work for. I cannot recall a time that...

Work from home here to stay

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? However, it is not an either/or question, said Stanford Professor Nicholas Bloom,...

Capitol Riots

The riots around our nation’s Capitol were instigated by a president who — in imitation of the great dictators of Europe such as Mussolini, Hitler and Franco — could convince, without a stitch of evidence, millions of Americans that the...

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