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 By Garth Meyer    News    January 10, 2019 

Almota Road project to highlight 2019 county work

The new year is underway for the Whitman County Public Works department, with a slate of work to be dominated by the $5 million Almota Road Phase Four reconstruction project. Phase Four follows one and two, which have already reconstructed 5.3 miles...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 10, 2019 
Ty Meyer, Bill Ryan, Dick McNeilly and Walter “Sonny” Riley

Cattlemen and the Army Corps on the Snake River

A group of cattlemen landowners along the Snake River appeared in front of county commissioners Dec. 31 to ask for their signatures on a letter of support for their cause to acquire a piece of ground...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 10, 2019 

Plan to take top off Tekoa building underway

A new owner and a new plan is underway for the site of a roof cave-in at the former Cohn Motor Company's red brick building in Tekoa. Eric Bretz last fall took over as owner from Keith Andersson,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 10, 2019 

Gar-Pal, Oakesdale boys to clash Friday

The showdown of the season so far comes to Palouse Friday night for Garfield/Palouse vs. Oakesdale, both unbeaten in Southeast 1B league boys basketball. The two expected, senior-heavy contenders for the 2018-19 season crown have both beat Colton...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 10, 2019 

Colton girls back to win column, lead SE 1B league

After its first two-game losing streak in 10 years, the Colton girls returned to the win column this week, remaining in first place in the Southeast 1B league with a record of 5-0, 10-2 overall. Pomeroy holds second at 11-1, 5-1, their only loss to...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 3, 2019

County parks targets three big projects in 2019

The new year for Whitman County Parks started with new board members and three large projects set for 2019. In early December, Angela Taylor, a Pullman engineer, replaced Parks board member Tom...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 3, 2019

Feds add $151,000 to grant for Almota Road rebuild

Whitman County commissioners Dec. 17 approved an amendment to the county’s six-year transportation improvement plan to add $151,000 from the Federal Highway Infrastructure program, part of a planned allocation that sent $18.1 million to counties...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 3, 2019

1B girls basketball: Oakesdale wins Reardan tourney, Colton loses two at Spokane Valley

The Oakesdale girls had four days off from practice over Christmas and then regrouped to win the Reardan tournament Dec. 28-29. Opening with a 55-38 win over the hosts, Logan Reed led with 25 points while Lizzy Perry added 14 and freshman guard Bree...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 3, 2019

Wins, losses for Oakesdale, Colton

The Oakesdale boys went to the Reardan tournament Dec. 27-28 and lost in the first round to the hosts. Reardan led by four points at halftime, then by one at the end of the third quarter before Oakesdale took a two-point lead with three minutes left...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 27, 2018

Commissioners approve $2 Public Works pay hike

Whitman County Commissioners approved a resolution Dec. 17 to add $2 per hour in wages for all Public Works employees, union and non-union, following a presentation Nov. 19 by Jeff Stehr, District 1 superintendent, asking for a pay increase to help...

 

1B boys basketball: Vikings beat Colton again

The Garfield/Palouse boys blew out Colton for the second time in just over a week, Dec. 22, this time in the consolation round of the Wildcats’ Christmas tournament. Ely Hawkins scored 16 points and 10 rebounds while Tanner Anderson added 13...

 

Colton edges Wahkiakum to extend winning streak

The final of the Colton Christmas tournament was a present. The No. 1-ranked RPI girls team in Washington from 1B met the No. 1 for 2B and it came down to the last possession. Colton (8-0, 3-0) won 56-54 over Wahkiakum (9-1, 1-0) after the Mules...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 20, 2018

BoCC approves budget

Whitman County Board of Commissioners approved the 2019 budget Monday, culminating a months-long process for a total budget of $62,303,720, representing a $1,765,280 decrease from 2018. The largest fund is the road department at $19,243,000 and the s...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 20, 2018

Dam task force proposal nets GOP response

Washington Governor Jay Inslee put forth his $54.3 billion budget proposal Dec. 13, including $750,000 for a state task force to study possible breaching of the Lower Snake River dams – and other options in the name of efforts to protect salmon...

 
Emily Schultheis

Colton dismisses Pomeroy, who dismisses Oakesdale

The top three remain in place for the Southeast 1B league girls as Colton holds first after beating Pomeroy in their opening meeting of the season Dec. 15. The Pirates dropped to 3-1 in league, 6-1...

 
Ely Hawkins and Riley Pedersen

1B boys basketball: Viking boys run Colton, even record

They switched from Nike to Under Armour for uniforms, added more facial hair and a tattoo. Their point guard is listed at three inches taller than last year and they started 0-3. The Garfield-Palouse...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 20, 2018

Palouse again advertises for third police officer

Palouse city council approved advertising for the position of police officer at the council’s Dec. 11 meeting. The department, which also covers Garfield in an agreement between the two towns, now has two full-time officers with a reserve officer,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 13, 2018

Planning department will now assign rural addresses

When a new house is built in Whitman County, who sets the address for it? Previously, for unincorporated areas, this was done by Whitcom. It will now be handled by the county planning department, under Public Works. Members of the Public Works...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 13, 2018
Tekoa Trestle

Tekoa trestle Christmas lights go up with State Parks approval

Tekoa volunteers Fred Wagner and Ivan Mercer put up the first section of Christmas lights on the Tekoa Trestle Tuesday. Turned away because of weather after stringing up 200 feet of lights and a...

 

1B girls basketball: Reed, Perry lead 'Hawks' 4-0 start

The Oakesdale girls are 4-0 to start the 2018-19 season, with three starters back from last year’s third-place finish in the Southeast 1B league. The Nighthawks have won all four games handily: a 66-29 home win over Asotin Tuesday night, 61-49 at...

 

1B boys basketball: Young Eagles team begins 1-2

The St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse boys are off to a 1-2 start, opening their season Dec. 4 with a 43-36 win over Waitsburg. Losses followed to Pomeroy and Oakesdale to begin league play. Second-year coach Mario Adams guides the Eagles, who graduated...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 6, 2018

New Tekoa ag barn takes shape

Volunteers led by the Tekoa Fire Department near completion on a new school 4H/FFA ag barn funded by local donations, the school district and a small grant. The 30x70 painted metal pole building,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 6, 2018

Sewer rate hike set at $5: Palouse set to approve 2019 budget, rate hike

The Palouse city council conducted its final 2019 budget hearing Nov. 27 on its way to final approval, due by state law Dec. 31. After no public comments were offered in last week’s hearing, Mayor Michael Echanove closed it and later the council di...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    December 6, 2018

1B boys basketball: Three seniors lead Colton back

Last year started with seven losses. The year before started with four. The 2018-19 season for the Colton boys began with a 14-point comeback win against Logos. A core of three seniors return from a team which finished third in the Southeast 1B...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    December 6, 2018

1B girls basketball Wildcats, Vikings get off to strong start

Colton and Garfield/Palouse both opened the season with a stretch of wins as games got underway last weekend across Whitman County. Colton took down two 2B schools, St. George’s and Colfax, while Gar/Pal won at Potlatch and at home against...

 

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