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 By Garth Meyer    People    January 21, 2021 

Top Dogs named for October, November

COLFAX — Colfax Junior-Senior High School has released the names of its Top Dog award-winnners for October and November. The October winners are senior Madison Fairbanks, mathematics; junior...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 21, 2021 

Forest work planned for county parks

COLFAX – To lower the risk and effects of wildland fire, Whitman County Parks may execute a forest management plan this year. The effort is to reduce fuel load and improve fire resiliency at...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 21, 2021 

Exemption sought on Steptoe Butte

STEPTOE - A private nature preserve may be sold to the state after a meeting to determine if communications towers fees can be used for weed control. Steptoe Butte native prairie land bought in 2016...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 21, 2021 

Colfax City Council discusses annexation

COLFAX — Under the direction of Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Kackman, the City Council discussed a possible land trade Tuesday night between Hill-Ray Plaza and the Church of Jesus Crist of Latter-day Saints -- which would re-draw city limits on the hill at th...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 14, 2021

Interim hoops coach named

COLFAX — Michael Dorman has been appointed interim Colfax High School girls basketball coach. Colfax High School Principal David Gibb announced the appointment of Dorman, a social studies teacher in his second year at the junior-senior high...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 14, 2021

WIAA: 'Fall' sports may begin Feb. 1

RENTON - The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board voted to amend its season schedule Jan. 6, moving traditional fall sports to the 2020-21 Season 1 while choosing...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 14, 2021

County discusses health post

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners Monday discussed plans for the county’s public health director job and the interim position of Chris Skidmore. A proposal from Gov. Jay Inslee may revamp health districts into one regional director with...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 14, 2021

Pugh: Students on campus full-time Feb. 1

COLFAX — Schools Superintendent Jerry Pugh said Monday he intends for all students to be back for daily, in-person learning Feb. 1. Addressing the School Board – which will need to formally approv...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 7, 2021

Colfax Council passes two ordinance updates

COLFAX — The City Council met Monday night and passed two ordinances, one a nuisance code update and the other regarding home businesses. For the nuisance code – which deals with derelict properties — the process for enforcement will now...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 7, 2021

State Parks to repair historic Rosalia train trestle

ROSALIA — Washington State Parks will open bids Jan. 21 for a project to repair the historic train trestle here after incidents in recent years of small pieces of concrete falling to the Old State Highway 271-Rosalia Road below. The project will...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 7, 2021

Fire department gets emergency funding for EMT

COLFAX — The City Council committed Monday night to extend up to $10,000 to the Fire Department for an emergency staffing fund to cover another daytime shift to help with an increase in calls due to COVID-19. “We’re being stretched pretty...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 7, 2021

WSU falls to Arizona in double-overtime

PULLMAN - What would decide a double-overtime game between two PAC-12 early season contenders last Saturday night in Pullman? A ball thrown off an opponent's thigh to save a possession? A tip-away...

 

Changes in air as high school sports planned start nears

With a letter to the governor, and concurrent revised recommendations from his office about returning more kids to in-person learning, the approaching date to begin delayed high school sports in 2020-21 is a just over a month off. Are its chances to...

 

Oakesdale basketball second and fourth at state

OAKESDALE - A lifelong point guard who was needed inside, brother and sister coaches, double-overtime survival in the first round, year two of a classic rivalry, a sequel to an unforgettable state vol...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 31, 2020

Kinzer recognized for years of service

COLFAX - Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers and Public Works Director Mark Storey presented a wood-carved American flag with a county logo on it to outgoing county Commissioner Dean Kinzer on Monday...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 31, 2020

Commissioners pass ordinance

Whitman County commissioners approved a marijuana ordinance Monday, concluding an almost two-year process with a final discussion of amendments. Late-stage changes made to what will be new county code are a ban on outdoor growing and processing of...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 31, 2020

Colfax school board considers expansion of in-person learning

The Colfax School board met Monday night, Dec. 21, for its final meeting of the year, appointing officers and taking in a report from Superintendent Jerry Pugh on what may come next year for more in-person learning. Pugh first filled in the board...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 24, 2020

Colfax R.V. park to expand

Colfax — A plan is underway to remodel and expand the R.V. park at the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds from 82 spots to almost 140. In a discussion with county commissioners Monday, Bill Tensfeld, fair director, said it would take an estimated $300,000...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 24, 2020

Public gives final pot plan input

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners Monday morning had the first of two sessions of a final public hearing for their coming decision on a proposed marijuana ordinance. With commissioners stating they would like to vote on the matter Dec. 28, a...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 17, 2020

New building codes to arrive in February

COLFAX — New statewide building codes take effect Feb. 1. Items the new code will affect include types of heat pumps, water heaters, insulation, heat-recovery ventilation and the amount of required panes in windows. “The significant changes are...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 17, 2020

Commissioners dig into marijuana proposal

In a two-hour and 15-minute virtual work session Monday, Whitman County commissioners got into the particulars of what may be voted on next week about marijuana. With county prosecuting attorney Denis Tracy joining on screen - approaching a Dec. 21...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 10, 2020

Marijuana hearing slated

COLFAX — The public will have two opportunities to provide testimony on lifting the marijuana business ban in Whitman County during a public hearing Dec. 21. Whitman County commissioners decided Monday to accept public testimony at 11 a.m. and 6...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 10, 2020

Colfax approves $3.88 million budget

COLFAX — The City Council approved a $3.88 million budget Monday night for the 2021 fiscal year. The budget totals $3,877,232, which is $74,991 more than last year. The extra expenditure mostly goes toward paying for another police officer. The...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 10, 2020

County commissioners approve budget

COLFAX — Commissioners approved a $59 million county budget for 2021. At $58,989,074, the budget is down from $64,002,692 for 2020. “It’s definitely been a journey,” Administrative Services Director Jessica Jensema said. “Considering the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 10, 2020

Flights to Denver:

COLFAX — A new airline may be flying into Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport in the near future. During a meeting Monday, Dec. 7, Whitman County commissioners approved a $400,000 request for a profit guarantee for SkyWest/United Airlines to fly from...

 

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