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 By Jana Mathia    News    May 16, 2019

State will spend $11.3 million plus on area rails

After years of bandaid fixes, the Palouse River & Coulee City Railroad is on track for repair and rehabilitation to make it a solid rail system. “It is kind of exciting,” said Bob Westby, PCC rail system manager. The rail line now has...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 9, 2019

Commissioners weigh in on state wolf status review

The current status and future planning for managing the wolf population was discussed Monday afternoon with a regional director from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife meeting with Whitman County Commissioners. WDFW Region 1 Director...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 9, 2019

County, port boards discuss road, marijuana topics

The Port of Whitman County conference room was more crowded than normal Monday afternoon as port commissioners and staff were joined by their counterparts from Whitman County for their quarterly joint...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 9, 2019

Lyons Ferry campground to return

Lyons Ferry Park has had a rough road for the past two decades, but is on its way back to its former glory. With funding from the recently passed state budget, the park is set to have its campground reestablished. “Things are good to go at...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 9, 2019

My Two Cents: Going small: Journalism students visit rural towns

While newspapers around the country were struggling, there was one group that kept on pretty much as it always had. They were the weekly papers that cover the local news―papers like the Whitman...

 By Jana Mathia    People    May 9, 2019
Keith Niehenke

Local boys place 1, 2 at regional contest

Twins Cash and Rye Niehenke of Oakesdale placed first and second in the Northwest Regional Fiddle Contest in Spokane April 27-28. They will now advance to the national competition in June at Weiser,...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 2, 2019

Legislature's session leaves little help for counties

Zak Kennedy, lobbyist for counties at the state legislature, did not have many good things to report to Whitman County Commissioners Monday morning about the fate of county interesst in the legislative session which closed at midnight Sunday....

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 2, 2019

Liberty state proposal presented

“It is easier to divide the state than it is to fix it,” is the motto of the movement to split Washington state and create a new state, Liberty. “We’re not about a revolt. We want to return to principles that have served our country well,...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 2, 2019

Contest seeks to update Malden description

The Malden community rural identity contest is seeking entries about the town to be considered for the community section of the Whitman County website. The contest is the brain child of Malden resident Colleen Cross who began the Malden Positivity...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 2, 2019

Volunteer ombudsmen sought to assist elderly, disabled

Whitman County is in need of people who can listen and speak up for those whose voices are fading or hard to hear. Volunteer ombudsmen help residents in adult family homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have a better quality of life...

 By Jana Mathia    People    May 2, 2019
Dr. Shannon Merry

Traveling Tails providing in-home veterinary care in greater Pullman area

After years in a traditional veterinary clinic setting, Dr. Shannon Merry is now providing the same services sitting on living room floors in homes around the Palouse and loving it. "I am...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 25, 2019
Cathy McMorris Rodgers

McMorris Rodgers talks trade, energy at Colfax stop

Fifth District Congressional Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers addressed constituents Monday morning at the Public Service Building in Colfax as part of a tour of the district. The main topics...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 25, 2019

Pioneer ahead of schedule on fiber optic installation

Last year, almost 70 miles of new fiber optic lines were laid in the second year of Pioneer Telephone’s $8.5 million project. That contrasts with the scarcely more than 20 miles laid the year before. “We’re ahead of schedule,” said Dallas...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 25, 2019

Port considers petition for avgas at Colfax airport

A list signed by seven petitioners advocating installation of fuel service at the Port of Whitman Business Air Center at Colfax prompted discussion by port commissioners April 18. Port Chair Kristine Meyer noted the board would like to grant the...


Still Hope

A trend in American society has been sliding away from the religious toward secular or just spiritual. Easter is a prime example with the Easter bunny gaining more popularity while the Christian observation just spikes attendance at church for the...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 25, 2019

Website provides more news for county

Whitman County residents have another resource for reporting on local issues thanks to Whitman County Watch. “Journalism has a long tradition of public service – amplifying the voices of concerned citizens, holding local officials accountable, ch...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 25, 2019

Appear in Seattle area: White-nose syndrome threatens bat population

With the emergence of spring, many animals are coming out of winter hibernation. One of those creatures is the only true flying mammal, the bat. While the benign night feeder has intrigued and stirred the imaginations and fears of humans for...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 18, 2019

Garden club, seed bank support local gardeners

With spring in the air, it is time to start thinking about what seeds are going in the ground. To encourage those with green thumbs of all shades, a new garden club has sprouted and the dormant seed bank project is blooming once more. Malden library...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 18, 2019
Science on Ice

Science on Ice: LaCrosse students learn physics, science, skating at Palouse ice rink

How does an ice skater spin? What is friction and how does it work? What is the difference between regular ice and dry ice? LaCrosse fifth through eighth graders now have a better understanding of...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 11, 2019

Dusty rancher receives $33,861 for Alkali Creek project

The Whitman Conservation District was awarded $33,861 by the Washington Department of Ecology to protect and improve water quality in Alkali Flat Creek. The funds cover the costs associated with...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 11, 2019

Regional housing report shows need for affordability

Some of the first information from the Palouse Regional Housing Needs Assessment was presented at the Inland Northwest Partners meeting March 27, covering housing availability and affordability in...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 11, 2019

Observers serve as eyes, ears at gov't meetings

While most public government meetings don’t usually draw a big crowd of spectators, there is a group of people who shoulder the responsibility of keeping government open, sitting through meetings as possibly the only representative of the...

 By Jana Mathia    People    April 11, 2019

Mellow Monday Crew revives Rosalia's 'welcome wagon'

New residents to Rosalia will soon be receiving a greeting from the town's Welcome Wagon program which is being taken over by a group of women who started meeting together weekly to work on their...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 4, 2019
Lance Bishop

Bishop begins as new IT director

Lance Bishop, wife Alice and their three children rolled onto the Palouse from Mississippi Friday. Monday, Bishop went to his first day of work as the new Whitman County IT Director. The Whitman...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 4, 2019

Summer set to bring new art to Colfax

Colfax is about to get a lot more colorful. The Colfax Arts Council has announced two art projects that are set to bring a lot of art to the downtown area. One will spread murals on the sides of local business buildings while the other aims to...


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