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 By Garth Meyer    News    July 2, 2020 

Crowd weighs in, Palouse flag policy debate moves ahead in Palouse

PALOUSE – The City of Palouse continues its discussion over whether to adopt a flag policy – and what kind – after an estimated 70 people gathered at Hayton Greene Park June 23 for a public forum. Two days later, the city council's policy and...

 
 By Garth Meyer    People    July 2, 2020 

Senior meals stay with delivery

COLFAX/PALOUSE – A plan to resume senior meals in person July 6 in Colfax and Palouse has been held back, with the county needing to be in Phase IV before the change would be allowed. Instead, delivery of the weekly or twice-weekly meals will...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    July 2, 2020 

Contractors pull trucks:

WHITMAN COUNTY – Another week of rock work was on the schedule for Almota Road south of Colfax last week, nearing the opening of the road to passenger cars by the Fourth of July. “Then the contractor pulled all of his trucks for a week,” said...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    July 2, 2020 

Late Rosalia veteran saluted at park

A funeral for Kenneth Robert Hames, who died at age 91 in April, was held Friday, June 26, at the Rosalia Veterans Park, which he helped bring into existence. At Hames' request, the service took...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 25, 2020

Almota Road damaged by construction

COLFAX – Friendly damage ensued on Almota Road last week. "Did you get the scrapers unstuck?" asked County Commissioner Art Swannack Monday morning during a work session. "Yes and no," said Mark...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 25, 2020

Bid set for solid waste building additions

COLFAX – The re-bids are in for the remodeling/expansion of the Moderate Waste Building at the county landfill. The new lowest bidder is $812,278 from Mangum Construction of Clarkston, for the project that originally went out to bid in March. The...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 25, 2020

County Mayor's Roundtable convenes virtual meeting

COMPUTER SCREENS – A couple dozen county officials gathered by teleconference Thursday night, June 18, for a Whitman County Mayors' Virtual Roundtable. Hosted by Paul Kimmel, regional business manager for Avista, the two-hour session covered...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 25, 2020

Fair committee mulls stock sale options

WHITMAN COUNTY – The Palouse Empire Fair's stock sale committee will meet Monday night, June 29, to discuss options for 4H and FFA kids raising animals for a county fair that will not take place....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 25, 2020

Love bows out as port commissioner

Port of Whitman County Commissioner John Love has announced his retirement after 24 years on the board. He is a retired/retained Navy Reserve Rear Admiral Flag Officer. Retained? "If something comes...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 18, 2020

State expects in-person learning in fall

WHITMAN COUNTY – County school districts are working on plans to re-open in the fall after State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced last week the intention from state offic...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 18, 2020

Colfax city council confers, until next time

COLFAX – The Colfax city council gathered Monday night on Google Meet for the last time, with two representatives missing, until COVID-19 guidelines for public meetings revert June 17. City Councilman Tom Huntwork was absent while Mark Mackleit...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    June 18, 2020

New SE 1B league to begin

The Southeast 1B League is in place for 2020-24 as a 12-team league divides into East and West. The East division will be largely what the league has been the past four years, with the addition of Tekoa/Rosalia dropping back to 1B from 2B. The East w...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    June 18, 2020

Colton football to play with Genesee

The Colton School District has announced a co-op agreement with Genesee for football, to allow Colton students to play for the Idaho Class 1A-1 Bulldogs, similar to how 1B (Washington) Oakesdale kids have the opportunity to play football for 2B...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    June 18, 2020

WIAA suggests fall sports direction

Plans for fall high school sports took a step forward last week as the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board set what is known as philosophical guidelines for the 2020-21 school year. Meeting June 7 by teleconferenc...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 18, 2020

Thin Blue Line flag matter arises in Palouse

PALOUSE – The Palouse City Council's policy and administration committee was set to meet Tuesday night after flags flown over the weekend capped days of discussion about whether one particular flag...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 11, 2020

Springs shift Almota Road work

Springs found on the dirt hills of the Almota Road project last week slowed down the ahead-of-schedule road-expansion as heavy equipment works in mud, hauling and placing basalt rock to form the base of the widened road. “The hill just starts...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 11, 2020

New depression treatment office to open in Colfax

A new medical treatment office will open in Colfax this week, following an open house Thursday for Northwest Neurological TMS. The Spokane-based practice, operated by Dr. David Greeley, will offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatments...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 11, 2020

Johnson, Albion parades canceled for Fourth

The Johnson Fourth of July Parade has been canceled. For the first time since the impromptu event began with a group of Druffel siblings in 1967, there will be no parade – which has grown to attract thousands of spectators to the route from the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    People    June 11, 2020

Library Summer Reading Program underway, with some changes

The Whitman County Library's Summer Reading Program commenced June 1 with no in-person performances this year but some substitutes. The 10-books-or-10-hours-to-get-a-free-book activity for kids continues while previous summers' visiting jugglers,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    People    June 11, 2020
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Roger Beck retires in St. John after 52 years

ST. JOHN – He has taught in seven decades; the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s and '20s. Last Thursday, Roger Beck delivered caps and gowns to graduating seniors in St. John and Endicott,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    People    June 11, 2020

Pugh advocates for local control over fall school re-opening

The Colfax School board met Monday night by Google Meet and covered items such as adoption of a new math and science curriculum, two resignations and a discussion of what may come next in lifting school COVID-19 restrictions. “What I am advocating...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 11, 2020

Colfax graduates 41 at fairgrounds

COLFAX – It started with a week's delay for construction and ended with a two-and-a-half month closure, capped by a fairgrounds drive-up graduation for the Colfax High School Class of 2020....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 11, 2020

Gas tax shortfall hits county

COLFAX - A drop in statewide gas taxes – due to less driving during the stay-at-home orders – has led to a $1.2 million shortfall in gas tax so far this year coming to Whitman County. The county...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 4, 2020

Colfax city council talks pool, chickens, trucks

The Colfax city council met by Google Meet call-in and online feed Monday night for the first of its two June meetings. Items discussed included tentative plans to open the city pool July 6, chicken...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 4, 2020

Fonk's investigation starts up, stops again

COLFAX – Fire investigation resumed last week at the Fonk's building in Colfax, then shut down again due to a partial second-floor collapse and shift in the building's walls. The building was...

 

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