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 By Garth Meyer    News    January 16, 2020 
Jessica Pelissier; Jim Pelissier; Gina Wilson; Wraylee Flodin

Resurgence at the county sheriff's posse

A comeback is underway for the Whitman County Sheriff's Posse, with three new officers elected and a sharp rise in membership, after it dropped to five people in 2017. Seven-year co-captains Barb...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 16, 2020 
Julie Baljo

1B girls basketball: Eagles girls go after goals

In a makeup game from last Friday's snow-out, Colton played at home Monday against St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse and picked up another league win, 76-44. Rylee Vining led with 19 points while Josie...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 16, 2020 

1B boys basketball:

Gar/Pal-Oakesdale 2020 begins Friday night at Oakesdale, the first meeting of the two teams which last year added a chapter to Whitman County basketball lore, in three games, the first two won by Gar/Pal and the third, for the district championship,...

 By Garth Meyer    News    January 9, 2020
Dan Rogers

Longevity holds at county road department

Whitman County Commissioners gave a standing ovation Monday to Dan Rogers on his last day at work for the county road department, retiring after 30 years and four days. "Dan has been an exemplary...

 By Garth Meyer    News    January 9, 2020

Whitman County Parks 2020 preview

The new year is set for Whitman County Parks, with a few new projects to start in 2020 and others carrying over from last year. First, early in 2019, the Parks Department hired Northwest Management of Moscow to create a forest management plan for...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 9, 2020
Ryan Henning

Colfax wins at Oakesdale, 68-61

On a quiet Christmas break evening Jan. 2 at the Oakesdale gym, Colfax held off the previously unbeaten Nighthawks in a 1B/2B county showdown. John Lustig, sophomore guard for Colfax, led all scorers...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 9, 2020

Pomeroy girls down Colton

Colton and Pomeroy played for the first time this year – two teams which met in the last two state 1B championship games, both times Pomeroy finishing second. Last season all four of its losses were to Colton. That is no longer. Pomeroy, at home,...

 By Garth Meyer    News    January 2, 2020
Brian Becker; Erica Anderson

Colfax school board marks transition at last 2019 meeting

The Colfax School District board met Monday night, Dec. 23, swearing in a new board member and saluting two departing members, 12-year veteran Robert Smith and five-year representative David Nails....

 By Garth Meyer    News    December 26, 2019

Whitman County Public Works preview for 2020

Plans for 2020 in the county Public Works department include the large-scale Almota Road Phase Four reconstruction, a possible overlay of a half-mile of Steptoe Street and Sholz Road east of Steptoe, remodeling and two additions made to the...

 By Garth Meyer    News    December 26, 2019
Joe Rupe

Markers for infants' graves uncovered at Colfax Cemetery

After a newborn died last August in Colfax, preparations were made for burial. Joe Rupe, sexton for Colfax Cemetery, as part of standard procedure, probed a spot of ground with a long metal rod,...

 By Garth Meyer    News    December 26, 2019

Cardboard recycling bin will be removed at Colfax

What remains of the community recycling bins at Empire Disposal in Colfax will be gone at the end of the year. Effective Dec. 31, the dumpsters for cardboard will be taken out, following glass and paper bins last April. The reason is the reversal of...

Madi Cloninger; Sidni Whitcomb; Taylor Thomas

Pomeroy holds off Oakesdale girls 43-40

The Oakesdale and Garfield/Palouse boys won more games last weekend to keep their claim as the top two teams in the Southeast 1B league. For the girls, Pomeroy kept that claim with a narrow win at...

 By Garth Meyer    News    December 19, 2019
Michael Echanove

Mayor Echanove concludes 26 years at Palouse city hall

At the conclusion of the Palouse city council meeting Dec. 10, Mayor Michael Echanove read thank you notes, swore-in new mayor Chris Cook, effective Jan. 1, and said he would entertain a motion to...

 By Garth Meyer    News    December 19, 2019
Michael Largent; Tyler Kuhl

"Convicts" bailed out for cause at Colfax bank

Eight people were incarcerated the morning of Dec. 13 in a high-ceilinged nook of Columbia Bank, with bars made of black ribbon. By 10 a.m., six had been bailed out, leaving County Commissioner...

 By Garth Meyer    News    December 19, 2019

Palouse planning panel reports on survey results

Compiling responses from 155 residents, the Palouse Planning commission has finished its community survey, the first in seven years. Jim Fielder, commission chair, presented results to the city council Dec. 10. “We were pleased,” Fielder said, no...


Gar/Pal girls start off 2-1

The Garfield/Palouse girls and their four returning starters have begun the season with wins over Potlatch and Tekoa/Rosalia, and a loss to Pomeroy. Back for 2019-20 for the Vikings are Paige Collier, now a junior point guard; Lexi Brantner, a...

Austin Jones

Oakesdale, Gar/Pal lead league as break nears

Oakesdale and Garfield/Palouse are both 2-0 in league with more games this weekend before Christmas tournament play. Oakesdale (5-0 overall, 2-0 league) first is set to play at Asotin Thursday – a...

 By Garth Meyer    News    December 12, 2019
Rick Wekenman

Wekenman retires after 19 years on Palouse council

Rick Wekenman, 19-year Palouse city council veteran, cast his last vote Tuesday night, capping one of the longest terms in the town's history. Appointed in the years after the flood of 1996, Wekenman...

 By Garth Meyer    News    December 12, 2019

Garfield advances plan to oust trailers for RVs

The Town of Garfield aims to call for bids in January for tear-down and removal of remaining mobile homes at its trailer park located across from the city park. Once cleared, the town will open an RV...


1B basketball:

The Jones boys return to stalk the gyms of southeast Washington. Blake, a senior forward, and Austin, the junior point guard at Garfield/Palouse, start together for the third year, returning after last year ended at Spokane Arena with an opening roun...


Oakesdale boys beat LRS Broncos, now 3-0

Is a train-a-comin' from Oakesdale? They lost four starters from last year but is it time nonetheless to reinforce the walls of gyms around the Southeast 1B league? At 3-0 to start the year, with two...


New era for Colton girls

The newest of a new season has begun for Colton girls basketball, with just one returning starter for the Wildcats, coming off their tenth state 1B championship in 11 years. Coach Clark Vining again leads the team, in his 15th season, with an...

 By Garth Meyer    News    December 12, 2019

Oakesdale girls season begins with new coach

Down by a point Tuesday night with less than 20 seconds to go, Oakesdale had three attempts near the basket but could not get a last shot to fall against Lind/Ritzville/Sprague. Oakesdale then fouled with .04 remaining. The foul was ruled intentional...

 By Garth Meyer    News    December 5, 2019
Bill Grimes

D.O.C. study starts for Palouse to Cascades Trail

Bill Grimes from SCJ Alliance Consulting Services in Spokane spoke to county commissioners Monday about a new study of the Palouse to Cascades Trail – formerly known as the John Wayne Iron Horse...

 By Garth Meyer    News    December 5, 2019

$3,000 riverfront lot:

The Palouse city council has approved the sale of its riverfront Brownfields site, the Main Street lot which was the subject of a state and federal environmental cleanup of a former gas station. A group of six residents, three couples, got together...


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