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 By Bill Stevenson    News    July 29, 2021 

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...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    July 29, 2021 
Firefighters watch flames climb a hill along Steptoe Canyon Road on July 22.

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...

 

White House approval needed for free speech

It’s shaping up to be the year for conspiracy fans. UFOs are confirmed by the U.S. military and now government censorship through social media platforms. “We are in regular touch with social...

 

Governor declares drought emergency

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee declared an emergency drought for most of the state on July 14. The drought affects every county in the state but excludes an area that encompasses most of King County, half...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    July 15, 2021

Albion man pleads guilty

COLFAX — James S. Olson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and is no longer facing the felony charge of rape. Olson, 30, of Albion, pleaded guilty in Whitman County District Court assault in the fourth degree – domestic violence on...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    July 15, 2021

Colfax man joins the sheriff's office

COLFAX - Randy Miller served Colfax as a volunteer firefighter for years and now he is the newest deputy for the Whitman County Sheriff's Office. "I've known of him for the last 10 years through the f...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    July 15, 2021

Smoke from wildland fires rolls over Clarkston area

CLARKSTON - Smoke could be seen from Clarkston as three wildland fires merged into two, one being 100% contained on Monday. The closest is the Silcott Fire, which is 2 miles west of Asotin and was bur...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    July 15, 2021

Governor declares drought

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee declared an emergency drought for most of the state on July 14. The drought affects every county in the state but excludes an area that encompasses most of King County,...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    July 8, 2021

Woman charged with hitting guard

COLFAX — A Pullman woman is accused of punching a Whitman County Jail guard to escape. Brianna McCabe, 26, of Pullman, was charged in Whitman County Superior Court on June 21 with the felony of custodial assault of a corrections officer. McCabe is...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    July 8, 2021

Fireworks severely injures Pullman man

PULLMAN — A Pullman man nearly lost his life as a firework launch tube braced on his thigh exploded on the Fourth of July. The tube was for an aerial display. Neighbors of the man in his 20s came to his rescue. The people in the 300 block of NW...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    July 8, 2021

Prostitution, robbery and gunfire lead two to jail

ROSALIA — A Spokane man meeting a prostitute at a rest area had two women steal his wallet, flee, and fire a gun at him. On July 5 at roughly 3:30 a.m. the Lewiston man called 9-1-1 to report a woman he met in Spokane stole his wallet while they we...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    July 1, 2021

McMorris Rodgers introduces MALDEN Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A proposed federal act’s acronym is named after Malden since it is designed to help rural communities find government aid after a disaster. The Making Aid for Local Disasters Equal Now (MALDEN) Act is designed to speed up...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    July 1, 2021

High heat until Fourth of July

COLFAX — Whitman County finally broke a record high on Tuesday after a week of triple-digit temperatures setting records across Eastern Washington. Tuesday’s record high was 95 degrees in 2008...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Sports    July 1, 2021

Rosalia hosts RHRA rodeo weekend

ROSALIA — Cowboys and cowgirls gathered to rope, wrestle, and ride at the Rosalia Rodeo Grounds for two competitions on June 19-20. Each day was a separate rodeo for competitors of all ages. Parents...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 24, 2021

Heatwave is poised to beat record

COLFAX - A heatwave is predicted to hit triple-digits and could break the 2015 record of 105 degrees for Whitman County this weekend. "We're looking for the initial temperature arriving around Saturda...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 17, 2021

Pullman teen fights father after break-in

COLFAX — A man released from jail is accused of stealing an SUV, threatening family members, breaking into a Pullman home, and fighting his teenage son. Stephen M. Baumgardner, 44, of Pocatello, Idaho, was charged in Whitman County Superior Court...

 

Culture of Drunk: WSU's tragic problem

Alcohol is just part of life at any university. Every campus has its problems. It's nothing new. But sometimes it takes a tragedy to evaluate just where the line is between a good time drinking...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 10, 2021

Facebook video leads Pullman police to suspect

PULLMAN – Tyler Knight found that if you post a video of your crime to Facebook, the Pullman police are going to find it. Tyler S. Knight, 23, of Pullman, was charged on May 25 in Whitman County Superior Court with robbery in the first degree. On...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 10, 2021

Tekoa pool expected to open June 28

TEKOA – The Tekoa pool is opening for the first time in two years on June 28 due to state COVID protocols and maintenance issues. The city pool normally opens on June 12, the last day of school,...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 10, 2021

Costs rising for Palouse to replace three water mains

PALOUSE – Improving water mains on three streets in Palouse continues planning with a concern for rising material costs. The city is looking to find funding to help pay $1 million to improve the...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 10, 2021

WSU pledge's death results in 15 charged

COLFAX - Fifteen people are charged with furnishing liquor to minors after a Washington State University (WSU) student died of alcohol poisoning in 2019. Samuel H. Martinez, 19, of Bellevue, was a...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 3, 2021
Pine City; Babb Road fire; Malden fire

Pine City stone church deemed total loss

PINE CITY - The Babb Road Fire in 2020 destroyed the Pine City rock church so completely, even the rocks are unusable. Spokane-based Belsby Horrocks Engineering volunteered a structural engineer to...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Sports    June 3, 2021

Five towns, two teams, one game

ROSALIA - St. John-Endicott-LaCrosse Eagles boys met the Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves on the hardwoods to win 71-50. The two teams, representing five Whitman County communities, played basketball on...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 3, 2021

Tributes honor fallen soldiers

COLFAX - A new memorial in Endicott, a ceremony in Colfax, and a 13 mile march from Malden to St. John all paid tribute to fallen military personnel. Ruck for the Fallen was a march of flags from the...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Chaos of a short sports season

Sports are important for more than entertainment. For our young student-athletes, it helps them be healthy, learn the importance of teamwork, how hard work can pay off with success, and how to cope...

 

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