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Be prepared

If you don’t have a plan in case of emergencies, now is the time to do so. Like, right now. Why wait? Because it can’t happen to you? Because fire will never reach your doorstep? Because no one in your family will ever have a heart attack? Becaus...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    September 24, 2020 

Ground breaking on Ice Age Flood Museum

LaCROSSE-Representatives from LaCrosse Community Pride, Port of Whitman County, Whitman County Library, Whitman County Commissioners and The McGregor Company gathered Friday morning for the ground...

 

WSP vehicle saves citizen after being burned

PINE CITY—A Washington State Patrol vehicle that was claimed by the fires near Pine City is being credited with saving the life of an evacuee. The 2020 Ford Explorer ended up in the ditch to be claimed by the fire while the trooper driving it was...

 

Neighbors took fast action against fire

COLFAX—Joann Rizzi knows exactly what time she made the call. Just before making the call, she had been outside her home on West Street. She heard a popping sound and saw sparks shooting from a power pole, then there was a weird smell life...

 

The next level of support

Donation are overwhelming facilities, so great has been the outpouring of support from people within and out of Whitman County for the victims of last week’s firestorm. So many items have been given, so many tangible blessings, cups are...

 

Lost but not gone

Sitting at the dinner table Monday night, the topic of evacuation came up. One town had been evacuated, one was being evacuated, another was being told to prepare for the order to evacuate. A wall of smoke took up the sky every time we looked out...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    September 10, 2020

Homes, shop lost in fire

COLFAX—Fire crews responded Monday at 10:40 a.m. to fire on the west hill. Exact cause is undetermined, yet it is reported to have started as a brush fire. The fire started between Cromwell and West streets and spread southwest across the hillside...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    September 10, 2020

Spike brings tickets, testing to Pullman

PULLMAN – A rural mobile medical clinic that visited county towns earlier this year is now parked in Pullman as part of an increased effort in COVID testing by Washington State University. The William A. Crosetto Mobile Health Care Unit visited...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    September 3, 2020

McCoy opens after damage

ROSALIA — Rosalia Fire District No. 7 responded to multiple smoldering fires at McCoy Grain Terminal on Saturday afternoon. The fires caused “significant damage” to the structure, with fires from one end to the other which shut down operation...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    September 3, 2020

High wind fans flames on lentils Saturday

GARFIELD-Every fire district in the county and Potlatch responded to a field fire Saturday, battling high winds as the fire spread from lentils to standing grain, stubble and railroad tracks,...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    August 27, 2020

COVID spike sets new one day record

COLFAX–A new one-day total record has been set with 49 new positive COVID-19 cases announced Aug. 25. This brings the total to date to 261. All are stable and self-isolating. Despite the case count, Public Health Director Troy Henderson is not...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    August 27, 2020

Tractor ignites fire near Shields Road

ST. JOHN – Twelve units responded Tuesday afternoon to a tractor fire that spread to the stubble and windrow straw the tractor had been baling. St. John Fire District responded with three trucks...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    August 27, 2020

Wind fans flames on lentils

GARFIELD—Every fire district in the county and Potlatch responded to a field fire Saturday, battling high winds as the fire spread from lentils to standing grain, stubble and railroad tracks, destroying a trestle. Fire crews were one scene about...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    August 20, 2020

Steptoe Battle-linked relics recovered in Rosalian's backyard

ROSALIA—The Rosalia Museum has some new displays after a homeowner’s improvement project unearthed items believed to connect to the Steptoe Tohotonimme Battle in 1858. While digging a hole for a drain pipe, a Rosalia family discovered a...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    August 20, 2020

Winds spread fire beyond 1,000 acres

Wawawai Road-A 25 acre fire that had been contained is now spread across about 1,400 acres after overnight winds picked up Aug. 17. Although the fire was zero percent contained Monday morning, it was...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    August 20, 2020

Bruning receives state award

COLFAX-Bruning Funeral Home was awarded the Funeral Home of the Year award Aug. 14. "Oh wow," said Craig Corbeill, funeral home director and owner upon receiving the news. The award was presented by...

 
 By Jana Mathia    People    August 13, 2020

Roberts awarded at pageant

COLFAX–Anna Roberts was third runner up at the Miss Washington for American pageant Aug. 8 in Olympia. She was also presented the Making a Difference award and People's Choice award which was voted...

 

Passing like a kidney stone

I love food--good food. I think it’s safe to say that all humans like to eat. (Unless you have some other issues, but we’re not going there.) As humans, we are biologically prone to certain foods like sweets and salty things. Food companies have...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    August 13, 2020

Recommends distance for middle, high schools

The Whitman County Public Health Director released his recommendation Tuesday regarding school reopening in the county. A spike in cases last week moved Whitman County in to the High Risk category and prompted him change his pending recommendation of...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Opinion    August 6, 2020

'Trolls is trolls'

One of the ways high school honors English class has scarred me is it has left me forever analyzing stories. With five kids at home, those stories are often animated movies and cartoons. It’s an interesting juxtaposition when you apply college leve...

 
 By Jana Mathia    People    August 6, 2020

Roberts competes for state crown

Anna Roberts from Colfax, daughter of Chris and Tammy Roberts of Dusty, will represent Whitman County this Saturday, Aug. 8, at the state pageant in Olympia for the title Miss Washington for America....

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    August 6, 2020

Mystery seeds from China

COLFAX-An international concern is showing up in local mailboxes. Unsolicited packages of seed from China have been sent to people across the country. Even Whitman County has not been spared this biza...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    August 6, 2020

Handy leads Kinzer in preliminary count

COLFAX--Primary elections night counted 23.11% of the 22,267 Whitman County eligible voters with next count due for Wednesday. There were 5,147 ballots counted with an estimate 3,000 left. Colfax...

 

Colfax's Kari Largent 2020 state DYW

COLFAX--Kari Largent, born and raised in Colfax, a farm girl from 17 miles south of town, was named Distinguished Young Woman of Washington Saturday. The daughter of Gary and Lisa Largent, she won a...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    August 6, 2020

Public Health supports school return

WHITMAN COUNTY—Public Health is supportive of county schools resuming in-class instruction, as long as the viral load continues to remain low, according to Public Health Director Troy Henderson. “I think the superintendents have a pretty good...

 

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