Hospital CEO asks staff to put patients above political opinions

COLFAX –– There is a place for political commentary, but CEO Hank Hanigan doesn't think it should be at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center. "We try extremely hard to provide the best...

Zip's Drive-Ins fined for mask violations

COLFAX — Zip's Drive-In restaurants here and in Ritzville and Spokane Valley were among several businesses fined by the Department of Labor and Industries for public mask violations. The state...

New boxes for ballot returns

COLFAX –– The November general election is projected to be so big that Whitman County is adding ballot drop boxes. General election ballots were mailed Oct. 9 to Whitman County voters and Auditor Sandy Jamison is anticipating 20,000 ballots to...

Bill Stevenson

Gazette gets new editor

COLFAX –– Bill Stevenson feels at home behind the editor's desk at the Whitman County Gazette. The "new" editor brings 27 years of journalism with him, most of it being while in Eastern...

Hammer seeks doubling fee for concrete river panel

COLFAX – Public Works Director Matt Hammer has proposed increasing the monthly stormwater fee from $2.30 to $5 to pay for the replacement of a 10X15, 8-inch thick concrete slab at the river by Jennings Elementary School. The estimated $30,000...

Colfax junior-senior hybrid-learning on

COLFAX – With clearance from the Whitman County Health Department, Colfax Junior-Senior High School brought back students Oct. 5 for in-person learning in a hybrid model. Kids in grades 7-12 with last names in the first half of the alphabet go to...

Man injured in Kia towing roll

COLFAX – One man was transported to Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics with lacerations yesterday after the vehicle he was in overturned. Police officer Joey McCollum said the man was steering a vehicle being towed to a mechanic garage. The Kia...

Online WSU forestry "field" day helps woodland owners care for trees

PULLMAN – Owning land with a forest of trees can be easier with education provided by Washington State University, Snohomish Conservation District, and the Society of American Foresters. The 2020...

Lewiston man accused of carrying concealed pistol, using heroin

COLFAX – A Lewiston man, charged with possession of drugs and guns, is back in the Whitman County Jail on a bench warrant arrest, awaiting his next court visit on Friday. Taylor Forsman, 28, was initially booked into Whitman County Jail March 26,...

Bulldogs continue practicing

COLFAX –– Week 2 is underway for resumed football practice as the Bulldogs finish their allotted practice time, cut off in the summer after a surge of virus cases in Washington. The practices are...

Coaching window extended

RENTON –– The WIAA Executive Board voted at its Oct. 8 meeting to extend the current WIAA Open Coaching Window through December 19. The Coaching Window was previously set to close on Nov. 30, however, many schools around the state are still...

Genesee football loses two in blowouts

COLTON –– The Genesee High School football team – and its five Colton players – went down twice to blowouts in the last week, its first two losses of the year. On Monday night at home, the Bulldogs lost 56-6 to Clearwater Valley. Last...

Deer hunters to face logging in Asotin Creek area

ASOTIN – Outdoorsmen who hunt in Asotin Creek Wildlife Area’s Weather Unit may want to make alternative plans for the general firearm deer hunting season-opener this coming weekend. It’s because the unit has a logging operation going on,...

Colfax City Council talks free pool use

COLFAX – The 2021 city budget is being developed with possible free pool admission and a study for next year. The Colfax City Council met Oct. 5 through a digital meeting for a 2021 budget workshop presented by Public Works Director Matt Hammer....

Parks fire restrictions lifted

COLFAX – Fire restrictions ended Oct. 12 for all Whitman County managed parks and trails. This includes Kamiak Butte, Wawawai, Klemgard, and the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail. Campfires are now allowed. All park visitors should still remain prepared...

No excuses

Ballots are in the mail. By this time next week, you could have already filled out and returned your ballot either via the mail or at a dropbox location. There are only two candidates for each position with a handful of other levies, initiatives...

President uses rare order to break China's hammerlock on critical metals

To the average American, China’s control of the world production, processing technology and stockpile of critical metals is not their concern. However, to our military and high-tech leaders, it is a very big deal. Our government has a list...

Opposes Referendum 90

To voters who still have a conscience, please be aware that our current Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal is in support of the sexualization of young children. To the thousands of people in Washington State who signed the petition...

Supports Handy for county commissioner

I am urging you to vote for Tom Handy for Whitman County commissioner, and here’s why. I worked as a citizen for 13 years to develop the now beloved Chipman Trail, and I am in favor of the county building a new trail that will extend our existing...

Opposes Referendum 90 – sex education bill

We had the opportunity to talk to an individual who had firsthand knowledge of the Washington State sex education bill. Here were his comments: #1. The main problem with the bill that passed was the teaching of explicit and graphic material to...

No speed limit change needed

Dear county commissioners, When you consider imposing a 30 mph speed limit on Draper-Brown Road, please consider that it is approximately 4 miles in total length. Of that, about 1.5 miles is basically a straight road heading due north and south....

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