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 By Garth Meyer    News    March 7, 2019

$12,551,921: Colfax Schools project goes to Oregon contractor

Colfax school board Tuesday night approved a base bid of $12,551,923 for school construction work from Wellens Farwell Construction of Enterprise, Ore. The number represents a base bid, which was submitted along with a list of 17 alternate bids,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 7, 2019

Selway rescinds zone request

Selway Holdings, LLC, Pullman, notified the county planning department at 11:30 a.m. last Wednesday, Feb. 27, that they were withdrawing their application for a zone change from agricultural to light industrial on Country Club Road. Subsequently,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 7, 2019

Colfax district monitors snow

As snow has fallen and fallen again throughout February, Colfax school district's summer construction calendar has remained despite a series of late session starts. The schedule, which puts the start...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    March 7, 2019
Taylor Thomas

Colton girls take tenth state title

Not a word was said during the shootaround before the second half. The Colton girls were down 31-15 to Pomeroy in the 1B state championship game at Spokane Arena. The mission was set, the four senior...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    March 7, 2019
Wesley Castanon

Oakesdale finishes sixth in state

Their first opponent was drifting snow. Their second was Tulalip Heritage, which Oakesdale beat in a first round elimination game at Spokane Arena on their way to a four-game run at state, finishing s...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    March 7, 2019
Blake Jones

Gar/Pal eliminated in first round

A shifting lineup and a late push by Garfield/Palouse to re-take the lead – coming from 10 points down – ended in a 54-51 loss to Naselle, eliminating the Vikings in the first round at state at...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 28, 2019
Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy

Marijuana zone change meeting Monday: Tracy advises board; crowd listens

Whitman County Commissioners will schedule a session for Monday afternoon to consider a moratorium on new marijuana-related businesses after being briefed by County Prosecutor Denis Tracy Monday in...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 28, 2019

Palouse lagoon plan could require county code change

The quest by the City of Palouse to meet new requirements of the Washington State Department of Ecology for its wastewater treatment system took another turn two weeks ago as a plan for a lagoon will require a change in county code. The realization...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 28, 2019

Late snow battle chews into budget

Whitman County Public Works is now in its fourth week of consistent snow operations, its main costs coming from sand, salt, de-icer and overtime wages for plow drivers. The county road department...

 

Colton girls hunt for 10th title

The Colton girls met the Concordia Christian Hawks in Spokane Valley Saturday evening and led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter. It went from there, Colton and its stable of three-year starters, defending state 1B champions, on the road back to...

 

Lopez Island team no problem for Gar/Pal boys

It opened with Van Halen's “Panama” before the tip and Garfield/Palouse pressed. Ely Hawkins denied a Lopez Island shot under the basket for no foul. Blake Jones scored on a long drive and it was quickly 11-2 Vikings. Another Blake Jones steal...

 
Kieron Anderson

Oakesdale outlasts Concordia Christian

It started tight and loud. Concordia Christian led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter after Matt Hockett got the ball stolen from him, stole it back and drew a foul. On Saturday night, Feb. 23, in...

 
Kit Hockett

1B regionals: Three county teams on to state

The Oakesdale and Garfield/Palouse boys and Colton girls will all play at the state 1B tournament at Spokane Arena this week. At regionals Feb. 23 at West Valley High School in Spokane Valley, the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 21, 2019

Farmington weighs future for land parcel

The Town of Farmington will consider what to do with a 4.5-acre parcel of land at the southeast edge of town after a local resident made a proposal at the town council meeting Jan. 21. Brett Lisenbee seeks to lease the parcel, which was leased to...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 21, 2019

Fate of St. Elmo's Hotel building unknown

Justin and Lindsay Brown, owners of the St. Elmo’s building in Palouse, appeared before the city council Feb. 12 to discuss plans for the 1888 former hotel on Main Street. The Browns bought the building last year with plans to refurbish it. At the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 21, 2019

Many speak out on Selway marijuana re-zone request

Whitman County Commissioners took comment from a crowd Tuesday after setting a date of March 4 for a public meeting on a proposed zone change to allow a marijuana research facility at the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 21, 2019

Palouse denied park link grant

The City of Palouse has been turned down on its grant application to the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board to build a pedestrian bridge to cross the Palouse River from Heyton Greene Park to near Ancel Jeffers Lions Club Park. The...

 

Southeast 1B league/district tournament: Oakesdale takes Vikings in title game

Oakesdale did it. After a 24-hour delay and canceled school due to snow, on Thursday night, Feb. 14, with snow piles on the streets leading to the Colfax gym, the Nighthawks and Garfield/Palouse...

 
The 2019 Southeast 1B/District Nine champions

Wildcats seeded no. 1 in state/regionals: Colton outlasts Pomeroy for district title

Nervous moments made no appearance in two regular season games between the Colton girls and Pomeroy. They arrived, however fleeting, on the night of the district championship game, as the Pirates cut...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 14, 2019

Seventh Cabin Fever Brewfest brings 650

On a snow-draped seventh annual Palouse Cabin Fever Brewfest Feb. 2 no beer lines froze. Organizers for the colder-than-usual indoor/outdoor event in Palouse made concessions for weather, adapting...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 14, 2019

Variety of items: Colfax Supt. Pugh updates board on his Olympia trip

The Colfax School board met Monday night with a modified agenda due to snow, postponing a Jennings Elementary board appreciation event at the school library. Board members instead gathered in their regular meeting room and Superintendent Jerry Pugh o...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 14, 2019

Habitat for Humanity will build houses in Palouse, Uniontown

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity will build its 2019 house in Palouse, its third there since the chapter formed in 1992. It has also bought land in Uniontown for its 2020 project. In Palouse this spring, volunteers will break ground on...

 

1B girls basketball districts: Colton-Pomeroy girls set to meet for title

The No. 1 seed Colton girls advanced to meet No. 2 Pomeroy for the Southeast 1B league/District Nine championship game Wednesday night in Colfax, with the winner going to regionals. The two teams have been first and second all season in the league...

 

Gar/Pal, Oakesdale on to district title game

Garfield/Palouse and Oakesdale have been the class of Whitman County 1B boys basketball for the past two years. Last season, the Vikings beat Oakesdale at Oakesdale in the district playoffs to send the Nighthawks into the loser’s bracket where...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 7, 2019

Commercial scale repairs near finish at transfer station

After being damaged by an August 2017 lightning strike, the commercial scale has been repaired and tested for a return to service at the county landfill. The scales were added in 2015 with the new recycling building. County staff conferred with the...

 

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