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Police buy former state patrol SUV

COLFAX - The Colfax police are buying a former Washington State Patrol SUV to replace two older vehicles. The city council unanimously approved purchasing the 2017 Ford Explorer for $10,500. The...

 

Controversial laws prove problematic for sheriff's office

COLFAX – Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers finds three controversial bills adopted last summer to be problematic with their impact on his office. The two House bills and a Senate bill were to change the way police operated in Washington. The...

 

Tekoa ambulance service in need of more volunteers

TEKOA - A posted sign warns Tekoa residents of long waits for an ambulance if there aren't more volunteers. Retired EMT Jim Gordon's signature is on a sign in a store window. "You could lose your...

 

Tekoa seeks new councilmember

TEKOA — Tekoa seeks a new councilmember to replace John Jaeger after he resigned. Jaeger served 15 years as a councilmember and mayor. Anyone wishing to serve as a Tekoa councilmember can fill an application at city hall during business hours....

 

SWAT vehicle rolls to training

COLFAX - The Whitman County SWAT vehicle rolled through Colfax on Nov. 18 with several patrol cars on their way to training. The SWAT unit is made of Whitman County sheriff's deputies, and officers...

 

Eagles come back to win third

YAKIMA - The trophy says third place at the state volleyball tournament and the St. John-Endicott-LaCrosse (SJEL) Eagles are proud of earning it. "I am very, very proud of (my team). They deserved...

 

SJEL's Archer signs with university

ST. JOHN – Eagle Ashlynn Archer signed a letter to play volleyball for Sacramento State university one week after winning third place at the state tournament. Her family, friends, and St. john-Endic...

 

Colfax volleyball claims fifth at state

YAKIMA - The Colfax Bulldogs returned with the hardware showing they won fifth place at the 2021 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) state volleyball tournament. Sixteen teams...

 

Oakesdale volleyball wins state!

YAKIMA - The Oakesdale Nighthawks are the 2021 1B State Volleyball champions. "We've had our setbacks this season with car accidents and COVID and health issues ... I had a baby in July ... we had a...

 

Garfield-Palouse runs to be regional champions

PALOUSE - In five years the Garfield-Palouse cross country program went from brand new to become the 2021 1B/2B District 7 and 9 Regional Champions. It was a long road ran in a short distance. "Words...

 

Colfax football's last game was canceled

COLFAX — The Bulldogs were ready for their cross-league football game against the Tonasket Tigers, but the other team canceled. “It’s a hard way to end the season to expect a game and learning on Thursday afternoon that there’s no ball...

 

Garfield-Palouse, Colfax, Colton run at state Nov. 6

PASCO - Garfield-Palouse had the most runners at the state championship cross country meet from Whitman County and the girls team took fourth place. Cross country runners gathered for the 1B/2B...

 

District champion Bulldogs are off to state

SPANGLE - The Colfax Bulldogs volleyball team is heading to state after beating the Lind-Ritzville-Sprague Broncos on Nov. 4. Colfax (17-0) won in three sets (25-12, 25-17, 25-19) to remain...

 

Thank you, veterans

Thank you, veterans. It's that simple. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day and a time to thank everyone still alive for serving our country in a war. We will honor our dead soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines...

 

Colfax wins first district game

COLFAX - The Colfax Bulldogs volleyball won their first round of District 11 2B Bi-County playoffs against the Reardan Indians. The Bulldogs beat the Indians in three sets (25-11, 25-20, 25-11) at...

 

15 runners head to state

COLFAX - Colfax hosted 164 cross country runners for the District 7 and 9 1B/2B Regional Championships on Oct. 30 at the Colfax Golf Club. The Garfield-Palouse girls team won with a score of 56 and...

 

SJEL Eagles football defeats Yakama Nation

ST. JOHN - Feathers flew as Eagles fought with the St. John-Endicott-LaCrosse (SJEL) Eagles defeating the Yakama Nation Eagles 32-30 on Oct. 29. SJEL took the lead in the first half and held on to...

 

Bulldogs football loses by 1 point

COLFAX - The Colfax Bulldogs football sought to upset the Lind-Ritzville-Sprague (LRS) Broncos to make the district playoffs but came up short by one point. The Broncos won 15-14 on Oct. 28 in...

 

Colfax volleyball wins again

COLFAX – The Colfax Bulldogs are going to the state tournament. Colfax defeated Upper Columbia Academy on Wednesday at home in four sets (25-20, 24-26, 25-17, 25-25-18). "They just outplayed us in...

 

Silent election

The silence of this general election is deafening. For years I have covered elections of officials to all levels of government from the smallest towns to the U.S. president. All year people talk,...

 

Why aren't you working?

Why aren’t you working? I have read and heard enough from “experts.” I am hoping to hear from the people who are not returning to their jobs or trying to get one after being laid off. I have...

 

Colfax football outruns Reardan for win

REARDAN - Colfax football ran over the Reardan Indians with two players rushing for more than 100 yards each in their 42-19 victory on Friday. The Bulldogs racked up 274 yards rushing on 43 plays....

 

Eagles score 72 points

TOUCHET - It was all offense between the St. John-Endicott-LaCrosse Eagles football team and the Touchet Indians. The Indians won 86-72 in a shortened game on Friday. The game started at 3 p.m....

 

Genesee-Colton football beats Kendrick

KENDRICK - Two points separated the Genesee-Colton Bulldogs and Kendrick Tigers in the 8-man football game on Oct. 21. The Bulldogs won 24-22. "It was kind of back and forth until the fourth quarter...

 

Whitman County keeps the teachers

COLFAX - The governor's ultimatum for teachers and school staff to have COVID vaccinations by Oct. 18 has passed and Whitman County didn't lose anyone. Gov. Jay Inslee required all school employees...

 

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