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 By Garth Meyer    News    July 18, 2019 

Palouse on-call police pay dispute goes to committee

A matter of on-call pay for the Palouse Police department – which also covers Garfield – is in the hands of the city’s policy and procedures committee to study, after an extensive debate at the July 9 city council meeting. At issue is pay for...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 11, 2019

Old Mill Days starts Friday

By Garth Meyer Gazette Reporter It starts in August with a first meeting two weeks after the previous year’s celebration. Then, in the fall, calls start coming in to Oakesdale school Superintendent Jake Dingman’s office asking when Old Mill Days...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 11, 2019

State's canola crop up by 8,000 acres from last year

The past month's yellow fields on the Palouse reflect in statewide canola numbers released June 30 by USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service. For both winter and spring canola in 2019,...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 11, 2019

Business incubator site slated to open in Colfax

The Colfax Downtown Association and Chamber of Commerce aim to open a business incubator in part of the former Higginson Furniture building the first week of August. The project, named "Colfax...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    July 11, 2019

Cougars stack games, wins

The Whitman County Cougars pushed further into the American Legion season (ages 13-16) with a series of wins and losses in the past week to put their record at 20-10-1, (12-2 league). On Monday, July 8, they beat the Moscow Junior Blue Devils 6-5....

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 4, 2019

Fourth blasts around county

Fourth of July events around Whitman County include the following annual rites: the impromptu Johnson parade, Albion parade, fireworks and bands at Pullman's Sunnyside Park and the day-long events and fireworks at Endicott. In Johnson, on the...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 4, 2019

Beeson Road local talks road safety

Whitman County commissioners took in comments Monday from a rural county resident regarding the Beeson Cut-Off Road and Estes Road, halfway between Pullman and Palouse, toward the Idaho border. John Chaplain, a longtime WSU track coach, noted that...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 4, 2019

Palouse police officer terminated from job

The Palouse Police Department, which also covers Garfield, is down to two officers again after Leighton Cox, hired on April 3, was terminated June 20 for violating department policy. “There was cause,” said Chief Jerry Neumann. “There were...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 27, 2019

State staff checks Rosalia trestle hazard

The Washington State Parks Department has begun a process to evaluate the 1915 concrete Rosalia trestle after concerns about pieces falling onto the road below. The trestle, owned by State Parks as part of the Palouse-to-Cascades Trail (formerly...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 27, 2019

Hills of yellow return with canola bloom

Canola is in bloom once again in Whitman County with its bright yellow petals taking over hills for a crop that keeps increasing in this area. In 2012, seven Whitman County farms grew canola. Five...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 27, 2019
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Penwells selected for Harvard study

Andrew and Ronda Penwell, Colfax Junior-Senior High School teachers, have been chosen in a group of 77 teachers across the country to go to a summer workshop at Harvard University. The all-expenses...

 By Garth Meyer    Editorial    June 27, 2019

Biden, Trump and the mainstream

What segment of voters will decide the next presidential election? The same people who always do – the mainstream. Two decisions in the last two weeks may underline this. Joe Biden's announcement to change his longtime support for the Hyde amendmen...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 20, 2019

Commissioners approve 5-year solid waste plan

Whitman County commissioners approved interlocal agreements on a new five-year county Solid Waste Management Plan with seven towns Monday. The list includes Colton, Lamont, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, Endicott and Colfax. The plan, required by the s...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 20, 2019

Palouse river trail plan takes turn

The City of Palouse awaits a Shoreline Substantial Development permit from the Washington State Department of Ecology before going out to bid on a revamped plan for trail work along the river to be paid for by a county .09 fund grant. Palouse receive...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 20, 2019

Man proposes flag for City of Palouse

A Palouse flag may soon fly over Old Glory and possibly others. Moses Boone, a Palouse resident and farmer, briefed the city council June 11 on flag designs and symbolism, culminating in his proposal...

 By Garth Meyer    People    June 20, 2019
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Thrills and spills at the Slippery Gulch egg toss

Sander Carren and Shane Monroy took the Tekoa Slippery Gulch egg toss Saturday, June 15, winning $50 each. Monroy, 35, won one other time just after high school, an event which he's participated in...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 13, 2019

Slippery Gulch back at Tekoa for 92nd edition

By Garth Meyer Gazette Reporter For the 92nd year, Tekoa Slippery Gulch Days arrived Monday and will culminate this weekend with a series of events, both new and perennial. It all started June 10 with the kids’ Fishing Derby in Hangman Creek....

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 13, 2019

Colfax school administrators, year-round staff get raise

The Colfax school board approved a raise May 28 for district principals and administrative year-round staff. They include the superintendent, principals at the high school and elementary school, transportation supervisor, technology director,...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 13, 2019

New store opens in Tekoa

A new store has opened in Tekoa at the site of the former Thompson Barn – which continues as a 10x20 space within Homestead General Store, open since May 8, on Crosby Street. The store is owned by Jim and Diedre Lee, along with Chet and Susie...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    June 13, 2019

Commentary: Again, how to fix Major League Baseball

Nightly highlights for Major League Baseball ran on ESPN Wednesday, June 5. An impossible throw from third to first for an out in Toronto, a catch against the fence in Philadelphia, Boston's Chris Sale striking out a series in Kansas City. Then...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 13, 2019

Selah vice principal chosen for Colfax slot

The Colfax school board Monday approved hiring David Gibb of Selah as principal for the junior/senior high school. Gibb spent the past four years as assistant principal/career and technical education director at Selah, a 2A school of 1,100 students....

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 13, 2019

Colfax school construction ramps up

Colfax Superintendent Jerry Pugh reported to the school board Monday about summer construction, now that students and staff have cleared out of the buildings. The top backside of the Jennings Elementary has been stripped of siding for roof...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 13, 2019

Recycling drop-off shrinks; Colfax, Pullman begins fees

Those taking recycling to the Colfax drop-off center on Sumner Street next to Empire Disposal may have noticed a difference. The dumpsters for glass, plastic and aluminum are gone. They were taken away April 1. “The market is really bad right...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 6, 2019

Discussions underway on rural road tax hike

Discussions are underway between county commissioners and Mark Storey, Public Works director, about putting the question to voters whether to raise the road tax collection rate for residents of unincorporated areas. The county’s annual road levy...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 6, 2019

Right-of-way quest takes county reps to Puget Sound hospital

Last agreements are coming in on the delayed Almota Four road work, including one which county agents obtained from a hospital patient in Puget Sound. On Tuesday, two county representatives, one of which is a notary, drove west, where an Almota Four...


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