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 By Garth Meyer    News    November 15, 2018 

Railroad reclaims site of Tekoa's horse arena

The Iron Horse Arena in Tekoa will soon be no longer, at least in its original location just east of the base of the Tekoa trestle. It was on land leased from Union-Pacific by the city of Tekoa. The railroad terminated the lease Nov. 1. “Union...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 15, 2018 

Tekoa Parks & Rec board to own pool site

Ownership of Tekoa parks properties is in the process of being transferred after a year-long process between the city and the Tekoa Parks Board. After a mudslide last November resulted in a major cleanup project, in the process of working with their...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    November 15, 2018 
Aliya Rutledge and Desiree Brown

Oakesdale takes fourth consecutive state title

Las Vegas had Celine Dion and Britney, with Aerosmith and Lady Gaga next. In Yakima, the Nighthawks-in-residence at the SunDome is held over for another year – Oakesdale winning its fourth...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    November 15, 2018 

What's that song on the radio?

(To the tune of The Rolling Stones' “Miss You”) Wazzu holding out so long, football season predicted for a Gong but then Minshew Oohh ohhooo oooh hoo ooo hoo, ooo hooo oo oohoo Debt been rising at the gate, Minshew comes along of late: says “Ma...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 8, 2018

Palouse prepares budget for 2019

Palouse city council members were set to consider a preliminary 2019 budget at their Tuesday night meeting, a year after approving an eight percent raise for city employees. Later this month, public hearings will be held for input on the budget Nov....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 8, 2018

Tekoa's John Jaeger resigns after eleven years as mayor

John Jaeger resigned Oct. 31 after 11 years as Tekoa mayor. The city council has 90 days to appoint a successor. Troy Wilson is now the acting mayor as mayor pro-tem. Jaeger was elected to his third term in 2016. Never opposed in election, he first...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    November 8, 2018
Ely Hawkins

Lyle/Wishram takes out Garfield/Palouse

The 2018 Garfield/Palouse football season ended on the Vikings' field Tuesday night in a first round playoff game against Lyle/Wishram, two towns across the river from the Dalles, Ore. The Cougars,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    People    November 8, 2018
Daniel Moore

Dusty farmer Daniel Moore authors 'Billy the Balloon'

Daniel Moore, a fourth-generation farmer near Dusty, has written a book which came out of what he has seen in the fields. Often, he would spot an old balloon laying on the stubble during harvest or at...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 8, 2018

Haunted Palouse net estimated highest ever

Numbers are coming in for the 17th annual Haunted Palouse, held the weekends of Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 in Palouse. Total paid attendance was 4,006, the fourth-highest total in the event’s history, with the final night this year bringing in...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 1, 2018
Emily Ruskovich

From a trip for firewood to an acclaimed debut novel: Emily Ruskovich to visit for "Everybody Reads"

The summer after Emily Ruskovich got her Master's Degree, back home visiting Hoodoo Mountain, Idaho, she went with her parents in a truck to a clearing to retrieve a stack of firewood. "I felt this...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    November 1, 2018

1B football: Gar/Pal, Sunnyside Christian remain tied for first

In the last week of the regular season for Southeast 1B league football, Garfield/Palouse and Sunnyside Christian held in a first-place tie after both teams won Oct. 26. Gar/Pal handled Pomeroy 78-40 while Sunnyside Christian beat St....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 25, 2018
Sandy Jamison

Commissioner, auditor's race: Largent-Mahnkey, Jamison-Fejeran answer questions at Pullman forum

Whitman County political candidates gathered in Pullman Oct. 18 for a League of Women Voters forum at Trinity Lutheran Church, featuring two races with one taken off the slate. The...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 25, 2018

Suess presents 150 signatures on junk vehicles

Steptoe resident Kirk Suess presented to county commissioners Monday a list of 150 signatures as part of a request for an ordinance on unlicensed vehicles, yard debris and trash in unincorporated areas. Suess brought in a notebook with five pages of...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 25, 2018

Colfax school board sets next year start date after fair

The Colfax school board met Monday night and approved a list of items, beginning with the hiring of Ron Shirley, musical set manager; Demetria Bryson, musical costumes, and Shonda Nelson, junior high yearbook advisor. Further, they approved a $2,100...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    October 25, 2018

1B football: GP, Sunnyside each win

With two weeks remaining in the regular season for Southeast 1B league football, Garfield/Palouse and Sunnyside Christian remain tied for first place after each won Oct. 19. The Knights of Sunnyside Christian (7-1) got a forfeit against Touchet...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 25, 2018

Swannack goes to D.C. for local-federal meeting

Whitman County Commissioner Art Swannack traveled to Washington, D.C., Oct. 12 for the Oregon-Washington White House Conference of Intergovernmental Affairs. A group of 120 county elected officials – commissioners, three sheriffs and others ...

 
 By Garth Meyer    People    October 25, 2018

27th Morgan Ranch plowing dry, warm

An estimated 200 people converged on farm ground off Manning Road northwest of Colfax Oct. 20 for the 27th annual Plow Day at the Morgan Ranch. Started by David Morgan, 86, and son Alan, 66, the event...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 18, 2018

Fall cleanup awaits building repairs

The annual October fall cleanup week at Whitman County landfill may yet still happen this year after the three-year-old garbage intake building was damaged in a fire on Aug. 3. The cleanup week, normally done in the second week of October, reduces...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 18, 2018

Annual process begun: County budget requests said almost $1 million over

The path to decide next year’s county budget took another step Tuesday as county commissioners met for a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. workshop to figure how to cut a projected $996,000 deficit in preparation to pass a balanced 2019 county budget by Dec. 31. Th...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 18, 2018

Palouse will launch 17th annual haunt

The imagineers of Palouse are at work again. Truckloads of lumber were brought out from the city flathouse. Hundred-foot rolls of heavy black plastic arrived. Pathways were taped on the floor of the old firehouse and printing museum. After weeks of...

 
 By Garth Meyer    People    October 18, 2018
David Gillman

Winona's Gillman receives Quilt of Valor

An old C-130 mail plane dropped him off at Can Tho, Vietnam, and they took him to the base at Ben Thuy – an Army combat engineer assigned to join a company maintaining a 200-truck supply unit for...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 18, 2018
Royce Taylor

St. John owner/driver wins NW funny car title

They go from zero to 100 MPH in one second. In race format, the funny car that clocks closest to 6.70 seconds for the quarter-mile track is the winner. That top car for the 2018 season of the NWBBFC...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    October 18, 2018

Gar/Pal loses at Sunnyside, drops into first-place tie

The top two teams in the Southeast 1B league met Oct. 12 and came out tied for first as Sunnyside Christian handled Garfield/Palouse at Sunnyside – avenging a September loss at Palouse. With three w...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 11, 2018

Planning panel postpones Dusty zone change request

Whitman County Planning Commission last Wednesday, Oct. 3, voted to postpone the continuation of a zone change hearing on behalf of McCoy Land Company, which asked to stay their request following a meeting Sept. 5 on their proposed four-pad grain...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 11, 2018

Garfield Plaza marks opening in old Mitz's Cabinets building

A new business incubator opened in Garfield last weekend in the former Mitz’s Cabinets shop. Garfield Plaza, a 5,000 square-foot space with booths, dividers and an open common area in the middle, marked its grand opening Saturday with 327 tickets...

 

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