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 By Jana Mathia    News    April 2, 2020 

Six more positive tests for COVID-19

The total of positive tests for COVID-19 is now up to eight in Whitman County Tuesday as testing capabilities increase in the county. Whereas the first two cases were determined to be infected outside of the county, the third was a case of community...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    April 2, 2020 

Crop outlook good, so far

An early spring has allowed Whitman County farmers to get a jump on spring work, with those in the western part of the county already mostly through with spring planting. "Crop conditions for the...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    April 2, 2020 

Clinics offer virtual visits

Whitman Medical Clinics and Whitman Orthopedic Clinic are now offering virtual visits for those seeking care. "It's an awesome tool," said Clinic Director Keith Walde at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center. Those wishing to utilize the virtual visit...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    April 2, 2020 

Patient towns "irrelevant" as tests don't reflect virus location

The communities where the eight positive COVID-19 patients live is not among information the Public Health Department will be releasing, stated Health Director Troy Henderson. He noted that whether a positive test has come back from a certain...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    April 2, 2020 

Sheriff Myers advises on construction rules during shutdown

The Governor's Stay Home order has resulted in more calls to local law enforcement about construction projects underway. "There's a broad leeway of what can be done," said Sheriff Brett Myers who has been receiving more calls about on-going projects...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    March 26, 2020

Infected outside county:

Two people living in Whitman County have now tested positive as of Tuesday afternoon. The first case was reported Sunday. The patient is a female in her 20s. She has recovered and is self-isolating at home. The second confirmed case was announced...

 

Tomorrow's history today

An area teacher encouraged her students that while they are stuck at home, they write down what is happening and how they are feeling. She pointed out that they are living what will be history someday and should document it. The old adage is, those...

 

Staying connected during social distancing

Study after study shows the importance of social connection to overall health, especially mental. With the current emphasis on social distancing and fears of spreading disease, it can be easy to forget the importance of maintaining that aspect of our...

 
 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...

 

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