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 By Garth Meyer    News    November 14, 2019 

Garfield, Steptoe assemblies honor veterans

Veterans were honored at assemblies Friday, Nov. 8, in Garfield and Steptoe. Ozzie Knezkovich, US Army, retired, spoke at Garfield Middle School. He is the Spokane County Sheriff. "We are about to...

 By Garth Meyer    News    November 14, 2019 

Commissioners asked for input for road project nominations

The Whitman County Public Works Department and County Commissioners will consider area paved roads that may need work as the biennial state County Road Administration Board (CRAB) submission period approaches. Counties around the state submit...

 By Garth Meyer    News    November 14, 2019 

Five definitions restored to critical areas ordinance

Whitman County Commissioners approved Nov. 4 an update to the county's critical areas ordinance – adding five definitions that were inadvertently left out of the document's April 1 final draft. Joan Folwell, Steptoe Butte native and a Palouse...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    November 14, 2019 

Oakesdale takes title, on to state

Oakesdale and Pomeroy met for the district volleyball championship match Nov. 9 at tournament host Pomeroy and Oakesdale won 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19. The Nighthawks now advance to state in Yakima, beginning Thursday, as District Nine's top seed. P...

 By Garth Meyer    News    November 14, 2019 

Council decision to follow:

Tekoa city council has set a bid opening for Nov. 18, for proposals from small-works contractors to tear down the Cohn Motors building – the red-brick former auto dealership whose roof caved in by snow in January 2017. Tekoa Mayor Troy Wilson...

 By Garth Meyer    News    November 7, 2019

Garfield Plaza, In-C Store becomes Schaut Market

The Garfield Plaza and In-Convenience Store has sold and re-opened Oct. 31 under a new name, the Schaut Market. Sonja Hall founded the store in 2015 in a former storage room of Mitz’s Cabinets. “We were getting successful to the point of...

 By Garth Meyer    News    November 7, 2019

Tekoa costs too high for hook-up to lots

The question of former Tekoa resident Ted Blaszak’s property near the Tekoa trestle – and whether someone could legally live in a houseboat and trailer on site without a water and sewer hook-up – appears closer to resolved, after the city last...

 By Garth Meyer    News    November 7, 2019

Urrea to bring Mexican-American family story to the Palouse region

Luis Alberto Urrea, born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, who beforehand registered him as a US citizen born abroad, will come to the Palouse Nov. 12-15 in support of Everybody...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    November 7, 2019
Mathew Logen; Jonathan Logen; Bobby Holtzinger

Southeast 1B football: Last week of regular season arrives

The final week of the regular season for Southeast 1B league football is here, with top teams looking to secure playoff seeds as others vie for a chance to keep playing. Lyle/Wishram, Tekoa/Rosalia an...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    November 7, 2019

State slots decided Saturday

Early November, nearing the second week and Christmas stuff glares in store windows. Have they no respect for what season it really is? District volleyball playoffs – with the 1B/2B state high school tournament in Yakima seven days away. The...

 By Garth Meyer    People    November 7, 2019

New clerk in Uniontown

A new town clerk is settled in at Uniontown. Kris Lockie began in June, after joining the Uniontown Post Office in September 2018, and then training at city hall to take over for Lynda Devorak – as she was to go out on medical leave in January....

 By Garth Meyer    News    October 31, 2019

Colfax buildings owner opens sewing/alterations shop

K's Bridal opened Oct. 17 near the corner of Main Street and Canyon Street in Colfax to offer sewing, tailoring and alterations. For just wedding dresses? "More than that," said Kim Nguyen. "I do...

 By Garth Meyer    News    October 31, 2019

Palouse adds air after fire

The Palouse Fire Department bought three new oxygen cylinders following an early morning house fire Oct. 21. “So we can bring more air with us,” said Scott Beeson, fire chief. The quick-change cylinders are rated for 45 minutes of oxygen ...

 By Garth Meyer    News    October 31, 2019

Colfax school board hears county student transfer report

The Colfax School board met Monday night for its regular twice-per-month meeting and fielded items such as a transfer/home school report. Superintendent Jerry Pugh opened the meeting with comments, noting a district levy committee meeting would be...

 By Garth Meyer    News    October 24, 2019

Farmers, neighbors avoid worst

The late pulse crop harvest – garbanzos and lentils – continues on the Palouse, with some fields abandoned, some seeded right over the top for next year's wheat and some cut. The delays were due to waiting out moisture; farmers hoping that beans...

 By Garth Meyer    News    October 24, 2019


A marijuana grow facility south of Lamont appears to be clear to pursue its operation after consideration by County Prosecutor Denis Tracy on the matter of an I-502 fence being built before the county marijuana moratorium started. Mark Storey,...

 By Garth Meyer    News    October 24, 2019

Roads vacation placed on hold

Whitman County commissioners held off on deciding whether to vacate sections of two dirt roads northeast near St. John after a public hearing Monday. Jim Davis Road and Gene Nelson Road are local access, mostly seasonal roads. A total of five miles...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    October 24, 2019
Chais Anderson

Pomeroy raids SJEL homecoming; Tom Sherry visits

Another of the Pomeroy brothers Gwinn came to St. John Friday, Oct. 18, for the St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse homecoming game and trained the Eagles to land on his shoulder and obey, 62-6. But SJEL did...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    October 24, 2019
Payton Davis

1B volleyball District

The Southeast 1B volleyball standings are Pomeroy still on top at 10-0, followed by Oakesdale at 10-1 – their one loss to Pomeroy - Colton (6-5), St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse (5-6), Touchet (4-7),...

 By Garth Meyer    News    October 17, 2019

Site drawing shows possible expanded grain pads at Dusty

The McCoy Land Company/PNW grain pile project at Dusty continues in its first phase of construction at the intersection of Highway 26 and 127. The project was granted a conditional use permit earlier this year for four grain piles, truck scales, util...

 By Garth Meyer    News    October 17, 2019

First WASL visit will focus on math to improve test scores

Superintendent Jerry Pugh opened the Colfax School board meeting Monday night saying the Washington State Leadership Academy's first site visit to Colfax will focus on math. “The first day of really mining data,” Pugh said. He later talked about...

 By Garth Meyer    People    October 17, 2019

The Originals

It started with a flooded museum. The Roy M. Chatters Newspaper and Printing Museum in Palouse had been closed since the flood of 1996, when the building was under two feet of water. It remained shut...

 By Garth Meyer    News    October 10, 2019

Work going on Dusty site

The McCoy Land Co./PNW grain pads project is underway at Dusty, after a process that brought public comment, attorneys and controversy, ultimately going to a hearing examiner who granted a...

 By Garth Meyer    News    October 10, 2019

Almota Four bid accepted, funding package decided

After further review, documents all checked out from M.A. DeAtley of Clarkston’s bid for the Almota Four road project. County commissioners accepted the bid Monday, of $5,561,284. The difference between the bid and the engineer's estimate of $4.9...

 By Garth Meyer    News    October 10, 2019

From Tekoa to Sasquatch

A member of the Tekoa High School class of 1992 has self-published a book. Jason Burke, a Washington State Parks ranger for nearly 10 years and Eastern Washington University graduate in journalism,...


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