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 By Garth Meyer    Sports    April 8, 2021 

Bulldogs softball prepares for their first game back

COLFAX — Colfax softball returns April 13. The team lost its season last year due to the pandemic and subsequent shutdowns. They are back with new coach Tracy Imler succeeding Michelle Miller. The 2019 team played at state, losing in the early...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    April 8, 2021 

Colfax spring sports returns for first time in two years

COLFAX — The Colfax High School baseball, softball, golf and track seasons are set to begin competition on April 13. The baseball team opens at Liberty, to start a Tuesday-Saturday slate of games that run until May 4. The abbreviated regular...

 By Garth Meyers    News    April 8, 2021 

WSU spike leads to gathering limits in Pullman

COLFAX - A new gathering limit of 10 people was placed within Pullman as part of an emergency order issued by the Whitman County Health Department on April 2. The move is in response to rising...

 By Garth Meyers    News    April 8, 2021 

Port of Whitman County may re-vamp WSU steam plant

PULLMAN — An old steam plant could see new life for the Port of Whitman and Washington State University. The port is seeking $45 million from the federal government to develop the 1935 electricity plant. It features a tall smokestack at the...

 By Garth Meyers    News    April 8, 2021 

Public Works director explains tax money use

COLFAX — A letter to the editor in last week’s Gazette about spending a levy increase drew a response from Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey. He talked to county commissioners about it at a workshop Monday. “I have no problem...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    April 1, 2021

Colfax football season ends

COLFAX - The Colfax Bulldogs were ready for more football, but instead turned in their gear. They were set to gather Tuesday for their last week of practice and to prepare for a one-shot playoff game...

 By Garth Meyer    News    April 1, 2021

More room at landfill considered

COLFAX — A fifth cell may be added to make more room at the Whitman County landfill. An engineering study meeting will be held Wednesday for the project which may add another expansive area for dumping and eventually be sealed and monitored when...

 By Garth Meyer    News    April 1, 2021

County may be forced to refund drug case fines

COLFAX - Whitman County may have to refund fines to people formerly convicted of drug offenses going back 50 years. County officials discussed the possibility on Monday, which stems from the state...

 By Garth Meyer    People    March 25, 2021

Uniontown to add two Habitat houses

UNIONTOWN — Two new houses will be new homes here courtesy of Habitat for Humanity. The organization made the announcement Wednesday. Two parents and a three-year-old girl will move into one house, while a single father and a 6-year-old boy will...

 By Garth Meyer    News    March 25, 2021

County commissioners mull state legislative issues

COLFAX — New gas tax, mental health hotline, regional health districts, shifting litter control funds, and a carbon tax were disused by the Whitman County commissioners. The commissioners took in the latest report from its lobbyist for the state le...

 By Garth Meyer    News    March 25, 2021

Transformer fails at dam, oil leak contained

STARBUCK — An electrical incident at Little Goose Dam on March 19 resulted in oil loss, which was captured in a secondary containment and did not reach the Snake River. The cleanup was conducted along with oil recovery operations. A T2 transformer...

 By Garth Meyer    News    March 25, 2021
Colfax High School, March 23 2021

State testing may not happen for students

COLFAX — The Colfax School District may not have to undergo annual tests after a year of hybrid, online and in-person learning. Superintendent Jerry Pugh updated the school board on Monday night....

 By Garth Meyer    News    March 25, 2021

Whitman County receives $9.8 million from stimulus act

COLFAX — An expected $9.8 million is coming to Whitman County as part of the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress last week. Half of the money will arrive over the next 60 days with the other half no earlier than one year after the first...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    March 25, 2021
Jaisha Gibb and Asher Cai block against Clarkston.

Colfax Bulldogs volleyball suffers first loss

CLARKSTON — The Colfax High School volleyball team took its first loss March 20 at Clarkston High School. Playing without Asher Cai, the Bulldogs were swept (20-25, 17-25, 17-25). "They were a good...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    March 25, 2021

Jenkins edges out Colfax with an interception

CHEWELAH — Reardan Coach Eric Nikkola said it was going to be a "heck of a matchup." When Colfax went to Chewelah last Friday night to play Jenkins High School, it was as advertised. It had blocked...

 By Garth Meyer    News    March 18, 2021

Tekoa phone warning system looming

TEKOA — It was two years ago when someone had seen a suspicious person walking on school grounds and a Tekoa school went into lockdown. Resident Wendy Sienknecht got a call at home from the school’s notification system, since her husband is a...

 By Garth Meyer    News    March 18, 2021

Rosalia's Battle Days canceled this year

ROSALIA — Battle Days has been canceled for 2021. Its board of directors announced the decision for the annual town event, which marked its 50th anniversary in June 2019. “Public safety is number one in our mind. Given the rate of (vaccine)...

 By Garth Meyer    News    March 18, 2021

Palouse fair 'Back in the Saddle'

COLFAX — “Back in the Saddle” is the theme for the Palouse Empire Fair 2021 and plans on moving forward one stirrup at a time. Scheduled to run from Sept. 9-12, the fair board began preparations while slowing down the process until things...

 By Garth Meyer    News    March 18, 2021

Downtown association streamlines storefront remodel grant program

COLFAX — The Colfax Downtown Association announced a Rural Regeneration Project Grant with applications due March 26. The funding is offered to Colfax business owners or building owners to improve storefronts in an effort to lift the aesthetic...

 By Garth Meyer    News    March 18, 2021

Colfax receives $280,000 to cover drop in students

COLFAX — The Colfax School District will receive $280,000 in federal relief funds to address its drop in enrollment and other costs attributed to COVID-19. Superintendent Jerry Pugh gave a report to the school board Monday night. The grant is part...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    March 18, 2021
The undefeated Oakesdale Nighthawks 2020-21 varsity girls volleyball team.

Oakesdale ends season unbeaten

OAKESDALE - The Nighthawks wrapped up the 2020-21 season undefeated by sweeping Colton at home March 13. The 11-0 girls lost only one set of 33 played this season. The set loss was to Colton. "It was...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    March 18, 2021
Jacob Brown leaps over a Reardan defender during 46-6 win on Friday, March 13.

Bulldogs devour Reardan

COLFAX — The Bulldogs chewed up yardage and the scoreboard in a 46-6 route of the Reardan Indians on Friday, March 13. Jacob Brown was among the offensive leaders for Colfax, running up the middle...

 By Garth Meyer    People    March 11, 2021

Snake River Family Festival adds 30 days

BOYER PARK — The annual Snake River Family Festival will be a socially-distanced event for 2021. Held at Boyer Park and Marina for its fourth year, it is organized by the Port of Whitman. This year the formerly one-Saturday event in May will run th...

 By Garth Meyer    News    March 11, 2021

Johnson & Johnson vaccine bypassing Whitman County

COLFAX — The Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID vaccine will not be coming to Whitman County anytime soon. “We’re pretty low down on the priority list to get the Johnson & Johnson because we are so fast getting shots into arms,” Chris...

 By Garth Meyer    News    March 11, 2021

Grant helps pay to replace three Boyer Park docks

BOYER PARK — Three original docks at Boyer Park and Marina will be replaced. The work is paid for in part by a $1 million grant from the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) to the Port of Whitman. The port made the announcement...


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