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Bringing the dark to light

The Chinese have landed on the dark side of the moon, something never before accomplished. It is not a lucky break; they have been taking the necessary steps and setting up the critical pieces to communicate with the far side to bring about this feat...


One Thing

In the 1991 movie “City Slickers”, the old cowboy Curly tells the protagonist the secret to life is “one thing.” “Just that one thing. You stick to that and everything else don't mean sh**,” he says. What that one thing is is up to him...


From hype to help

During a recent visit to Colfax, my son asked about the pink X things. I told him it was to raise people's awareness of breast cancer and the people who pass through that ordeal. There sure are a lot of the pink ribbons; people must really be aware,...

 By Jana Mathia    News    August 30, 2018

Old school learning at Jones School

For those struggling with common core arithmetic, a reprieve is available at the Jones Schoolhouse at the Palouse Empire Fair this year. “We’re not teaching new math at the schoolhouse,” said Kathy Meyers, a long-time Whitman County Historical...

 By Jana Mathia    News    August 23, 2018

My Two Cents: Geocaching provides family adventure

It can be hard to find activities to do with the kids while they are home for the summer that aren't expensive or take a lot of time; especially when you live in a rural Whitman County town already removed from so much. There are the staples:...

 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    July 19, 2018

Making the blue line bolder

A current trend sweeping social media is the police lip sync challenge. Law offices across the country are posting videos of anywhere from one person to the entire department―staff and support personnel included―mouthing along to songs from...

 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    July 5, 2018

Canine hip dysplasia and other complex matters

It seems the natural tendency and desire of the populace to find quick, simple answers and fixes to problems. Things are just so much easier when the answer is cut and dry and to the point. However, sometimes we can over-simplify things and forget th...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 24, 2018

Local cancer patient fighting for insurance changes

Top: Marcia McNannay, center, with husband Rick, right, and Randall, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance employee who helped her every day of her treatment, after her graduation from treatment. Bottom:...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 24, 2018

Palouse photographers guide now available

Copies of the 14-page ‘The Palouse, Jewel of the Inland Northwest, A Photographers’s Guide’ by Otto Stevens are now available at the Whitman County Library in Colfax. Plans are for the guide to be located at all library branches as soon as... Full story

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 24, 2018

Palouse Tables project finds creativity key to improving food security

The Palouse Tables Project, a collaborative effort by Community Action Center, Backyard Harvest and others, has been meeting with residents in towns in Whitman and Latah counties to discover food needs and solutions. “We find people are pretty crea... Full story

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 17, 2018

Endicott, Colfax youth hike Kamiak Butte

Endicott second/third graders at Kamiak. When the month of May moves in, Janel Goebel at the Whitman County Parks Department rolls to elementary classes in Endicott and Colfax to teach the three-day...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 17, 2018

Niehenke twins advance to fiddling grand national

From left, Keith, Cash, Rye and Julie Niehenke on stage. Rye and Cash hold their prizes from placing in the Regional Fiddling Contest. It is safe to say that twins Cash and Rye were born into music....

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 17, 2018

Interlocal hostage situation: Spokane County causing confusion for local county, port commissioners, boards

Two interlocal agreements with seemingly no connection are being tied together and causing consternation for Whitman County commissioners at the county and port. The two interlocals are for the PCC Rail Authority and Martin Hall Juvenile Center. The... Full story

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 10, 2018

Kuhl duo from Oregon buys Colfax, Pullman NAPA stores

Tyler, Hannah, Hayden and Jak Kuhl at NAPA Kuhl Auto Parts. Tyler and Hannah Kuhl from the Williamette Valley area in Oregon have purchased the NAPA stores in Colfax and Pullman from Terry and Tricia...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 10, 2018

Rosalia youth surpass goal for March of Dimes

The Rosalia School District raised $3,285.57 to benefit the March of Dimes during Trot for Tots at the school grounds April 27. “I think there is a good lesson to learn, that life’s not all about...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 10, 2018

Pups & Cups Cafe´ invites pets and people

Four legged customer enjoys the ambiance. Bring Your Own Pet is now an option for pet owners looking to hang out at a cafe´ in Pullman. Pups & Cups Cafe´ is located in part of the former Audian... Full story

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 10, 2018

Regional COAD closes, remains in county sights

The Palouse Clearwater COAD voted to disband in April, but the county emergency management hopes to do something at the county level with the same intent. COAD stands for Community Organizations Active in Disasters. According to the Red Cross, a... Full story

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 3, 2018

Junior show prepares tomorrows ag leaders

Alex McGregor speaks on the importance of rural roots. Supporting youth at the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane and recognizing the impact the show has made on area youth was the focus of an open...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 3, 2018

First Interstate Bank, Montana, set to buy INB

Montana-based First Interstate Bank has entered a definitive agreement with Inland Northwest Bank which has branches in Colfax, Oakesdale and Rosalia. “We try to make it as less disruptive as...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 3, 2018

Search begins for new agent : Schanzenbach, Burnham plan to retire from licensing

For 36 years, Kerry Schanzenbach has operated the Department of Licensing Vehicle and Vessel sub-agency in Rosalia and for 33 of those years, Dixie Burnham has been the one to greet and help customers. Both are set to retire from the state agency Jul... Full story

 By Jana Mathia    People    April 26, 2018

Possiblities for PIP-West: Port signs contract for CAI consult

Port of Whitman commissioners signed a contract for consulting services with Community Attributes Inc., of Seattle April 19. The contract covers a scope of work over a six month timeline focused on building a strategic plan for the Port’s Pullman I... Full story

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 19, 2018

Sisters to surgeons: Whitman Hospital celebrates 125 years in Colfax

Whitman Hospital and Medical Center today. Over 125 years the fortunes of the hospital in Colfax have been much like the hills of the Palouse, rising and falling again and again. Yet, even at the...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 19, 2018

St. John hosts fair, stock show

Jogging hogs and stick horses are some of the sights to be seen this year at the St. John Community Fair and Stock Show April 26-29 at the St. John fairground. This year the spotlight is on the Hog Jog which marks its 40th year. The event will honor...

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 19, 2018

Mental Health First Aid course Saturday

A graphic from The #3 Memorial Fund provides information for those struggling with mental health issues or suicidal thoughts. The #3 Memorial Fund is offering a Mental Health First Aid course to help... Full story

 By Jana Mathia    News    April 12, 2018

In memory of Mom: Colfax tavern-owner to shave her head for St. Baldrick's fundraising

Liz Mann, co-owner with husband Dale of the Palouse Hyde Out tavern in Colfax, will have her head shaved to help raise money for the upcoming St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. St. Baldrick’s Foundation...


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