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 By Garth Meyer    News    September 12, 2019 

Palouse Days adds bands, events

The annual second-weekend-in-September Palouse Days celebration returns Friday with events to run until Sunday at noon. Along with the Saturday morning parade and 37th annual Palouse Show and Shine...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 12, 2019 

Colfax school year starts after cleanup scramble

Colfax schools started at 8:20 a.m. Sept. 9 for the 2019-20 school year, as planned. Final cleaning from a summer of construction lasted into Sunday night, Sept. 8, with Superintendent Jerry Pugh,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 12, 2019 

Palouse extends on-call pay to public works to match police

The City of Palouse approved a retroactive $5 per hour on-call stipend for its Public Works Department Aug. 27 to match what they did previously for the police. Both stipends ended Sept. 1 as the city council and administrator Kyle Dixon now work on...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 12, 2019 

Palouse Shady Lane project underway

A pathway to the river project funded by county .09 funds is expected to begin in Palouse this week with contractor Jesse Parkins and Palouse Hills Excavation. The $30,000 project will cut two pathways to the Palouse River from Shady Lane across...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 12, 2019 

Tidbits from the Palouse Empire Fair 2019

At the fair’s main gate, wasn't it strange not to see the late John Henry of the Colfax Rotary Club taking tickets? Friday night's rodeo ran late, with an extended list of barrel racers, and Wylie and the Wild West was supposed to play at about 9...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    September 12, 2019 

Eagles volleyball beats Davenport

The St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse volleyball team opened the season with a comeback win at home over 2B Davenport Tuesday, 19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-4. The team lost six key seniors to graduation and returns a mix of two seniors, five juniors, thr...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    September 12, 2019 

SJEL beats Colton to start season

The Eagles opened with a victory for the 2019 football season. St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse beat Colton 48-26 at Colton Sept. 6. The win matched the Eagles’ total wins for last year (not counting a forfeit). “It was nice,” said coach Rich...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 5, 2019

Commissioners take flak, but extend pot moratorium

Following a contentious public hearing, Whitman County commissioners voted Tuesday to extend the county marijuana moratorium for six more months. The vote was unanimous. Commissioners Art Swannack, Mi...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 5, 2019

Fair entertainment promises variety

Fair entertainment this year will include a mix of veteran Palouse Empire Fair acts along with some new faces. Perennial hypnotist Jerry Harris will again perform at the fair for 2019. He aims for a family-friendly, educational nature to his shows,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 5, 2019
Kyle Johnson; Kyle Richard

Colfax's Kyle Johnson returns with guitar, songs

Kyle Johnson pushed the ball up the floor for Coach Reece Jenkin as a starting guard for Colfax High School on the 2012 2B state championship basketball team. He then played a year for Spokane Communi...

 

Eagles return veteran group for 2019 football

The St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse Eagles are back on the football field, set to open the 2019 season at Colton Friday at 7 p.m. Practice started on Aug. 21 with harvest taking players away at various...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 29, 2019
Karen Johnson

Colfax business incubator grand opening Saturday

The Colfax Mercantile business incubator will hold a grand opening Saturday, Aug. 31, with free frozen yogurt from 11 a.m to 3 p.m., paid for by an anonymous donor. It may be open before, too. "If...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 29, 2019

School construction in home stretch

As the number of vehicles parked outside have increased, the number of workers inside Colfax Junior-Senior High School has also as construction enters the final stretch before students return for a late start of Sept. 9. An estimated 35...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 29, 2019

Colfax school board gets report on new year

The Colfax School Board met Monday night and approved a new athletic director, set plans for the coming school year and heard an update on school construction. The construction crew has 48 regular workday hours remaining until the Sept. 9 opening...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    August 29, 2019

Wildcats start new on football field

Colton returns to the football field this fall with new faces – a coach, aassistant and a quarterback after its slated starter, senior Jon Bean, moved to Nampa, Idaho with his family two weeks ago. The team lost 13-year coach Clark Vining from...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 22, 2019

Pre-moratorium permit: Marijuana grower deemed 'vested' by county officials

Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey briefed county commissioners Monday on a decision he and Prosecutor Denis Tracy made on whether a marijuana operation outside Pullman is allowed to grow the crop – amidst a six-month moratorium...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 22, 2019

County, Pullman reach district court agreement

Whitman County commissioners expressed approval Monday for a new criminal justice services agreement with the City of Pullman. Commissioner Art Swannack met with Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson and City Administrator Adam Lincoln to work out the terms...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 22, 2019

Hearing to keep county tax $$ for housing

Whitman County commissioners Monday set a hearing on the intent to adopt state house bill 1406, passed May 9, to take part of the tax collected in the county to be used for affordable housing. The held back state sales and use tax could amount to...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    August 22, 2019

Oakesdale signs Turner, Perry to fill coaching vacancies left by Browns

New high school coaches are set for Oakesdale for the coming school year, following the departure of Brandy Brown, girls volleyball coach, and Dan Brown, girls basketball coach, earlier this summer. McKinzie Turner returns for the volleyball team,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 22, 2019

Colton, Oakesdale receive $25,000 for ag programs

The Oakesdale and Colton school districts have both been awarded $25,000 grants from a Monsanto-Bayer ag education program, announced earlier in August. Oakesdale applied for the grant specifically to add another greenhouse, for use by Jessica...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 15, 2019

St. John Hardware approved for stateline site

The Whitman County board of adjustment approved a conditional use permit Aug. 8 to allow St. John Hardware and Implement to open a location on the former Hawkins property just west of the Washington-Idaho border. No one spoke against the project at...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 15, 2019

Lentil Festival offers many events

The 31st annual Lentil Festival returns to Pullman Friday and Saturday with events to span the weekend. It begins Friday at 9 a.m., with the Tase T. Lentil Mini Golf Tournament at Airway Hills Golf Center. Friday’s main events start at 5 p.m. at Re...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 8, 2019

Hearing set for second marijuana halt

Nearing the end of the six-month moratorium on new or expansion of marijuana businesses in Whitman County, commissioners set a hearing on whether to extend it for Sept. 3 at 10:30 a.m. Board chairman Art Swannack noted that commissioners await a...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 8, 2019

Board approves $1.6 million in .09 projects

Whitman County commissioners Monday approved $1 million from the .09 economic development fund to go to the fiber-to-the-home and rural fiber extensions to transmitter sites project for the Port of Whitman. Another $600,000 was approved for the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 8, 2019

Palouse delays compliance date for welding shop tidying

The Palouse city council voted July 23 to postpone a compliance date from Aug. 7 to Oct. 9 for Palouse Welding & Machine, a longtime local business which drew some complaints to city hall for things laying out on its lot near Main Street/Highway 272...

 

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