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 By Olivia Harnack    People    May 25, 2023 

Colton local takes on Palouse Empire Fair Manager position

COLTON - The Palouse Empire Fairgrounds welcomed new Fair Manager, Ashley Reisenauer, of Colton, just two short months ago. Reisenauer will assume the duties of coordinating and planning various...

 By Olivia Harnack    Opinion    May 25, 2023 

In remembrance of those who fell

An “aha” moment – a time when make that brilliant “I’m going to do it” decision. I got mine after reading “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell and studying up on my favorite Purple...

 By Olivia Harnack    Records    May 25, 2023 

Man fakes death to avoid brutal mob

COLFAX - On January 7, 1898, a mob of 20 to 30 men stormed the Whitman County Jail, in Colfax, with the intent of lynching two murder suspects. One suspect is lynched, but the other successfully...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 25, 2023 

Port of Whitman awarded $1.1 Million to grow broadband Services

COLFAX — Port of Whitman was one of 16 Counties awarded funds from The Washington State Broadband Office. The Port of Whitman was awarded $1,135,475 for the Port of Whitman FTTx Project to build fiber infrastructure for approximately 104 homes on...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 25, 2023 

Aerial fire suppression bill signed by Gov. Inslee

COLFAX — Gov. Jay Inslee signed Rep. Mary Dye’s aerial suppression bill into law Monday, May 15, culminating a seven-year effort to get the state to reimburse local fire districts for their costs of using helicopters and airplanes to attack a...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 25, 2023 

St. Ignatius sees another break-in over weekend

COLFAX - Two weeks, two break-ins, nine arrests. Several Spokane County residents are facing charges after traveling to Colfax, where they allegedly broke into the "haunted" St. Ignatius Hospital....

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 25, 2023 

Man accused in student slayings stands silent

MOSCOW, Idaho - The man accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death stood silent Monday, May 22, during his arraignment. Bryan Kohberger, 28, of Pullman, appeared before Latah Count...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 25, 2023 

Pullman Duplex Engulfed in Flames

PULLMAN — A grass fire aided by 25 mph winds damaged two Pullman’s College Hill structures yesterday afternoon. The fire displaced a family of six and had firefighters treating three residents for smoke inhalation. Firefighters were called...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 22, 2023

Man accused in student slayings stands silent

MOSCOW, Idaho - The man accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death stood silent Monday, May 22, during his arraignment. Bryan Kohberger, 28, of Pullman, appeared before Latah Count...

 By Olivia Harnack    People    May 18, 2023

St. Ignatius spooks paranormal investigators

COLFAX - St. Ignatius Hospital once again was featured as the subject of another acclaimed paranormal television show. "Ghost Hunters" previously filmed the episode in October of 2022, and the...

 By Olivia Harnack    Records    May 18, 2023

Crime Corner: Poker Game Turns Deadly in Tekoa

TEKOA — Tekoa was a wild-west country during the railroading days of Whitman County’s history. One of the most notorious crimes in Tekoa was the deadly poker game that occurred on August 24,...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 18, 2023

Pullman Highschool threat found to be a hoax

PULLMAN— Pullman Police Officers were dispatched to 510 NE Greyhound Way at Pullman High School on Wednesday, May 10, at 9:55 a.m. after receiving a report that someone threatened to kill everyone...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 18, 2023

Car chase speeds away on backroads

GARFIELD — A car chase involving a Blue Kia Optima sped away on the back roads at 8:05 a.m. along Farmington Garfield Road and Dry Creek Road on Wednesday, May 10. The incident started when Joe...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 18, 2023

Man accused in student slayings stands silent

MOSCOW, Idaho - The man accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death stood silent Monday, May 22, during his arraignment. Bryan Kohberger, 28, of Pullman, appeared before Latah Count...

 By Olivia Harnack    Sports    May 11, 2023

SJEL sees loss in doubleheader against Touchet

St. John –– The St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse (SJEL) Varsity Eagles baseball team took the loss against Touchet Varsity Redhawks in a doubleheader on Thursday, May 4. In a no-hitter defeat, the...

 By Olivia Harnack    Sports    May 11, 2023

Colfax Nabs Win Against Kettle Falls Bulldogs

COLFAX –– Colfax Varsity Bulldogs secured a victory over Kettle Falls in the second inning, where Colfax coughed up several runs, finalizing a 16-4 win on Thursday, May 4. In the first inning, Colfax Varsity Bulldogs started their offense when...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 11, 2023

St. Ignatius burglarized

COLFAX - St. Ignatius was broken into last night, Sunday, May 14, at 11 p.m. Four unidentified people were caught on camera sneaking into the building. Many items were stolen from the gift shop,...

 By Olivia Harnack    Records    May 4, 2023
Kristen David

The Chilling Unsolved Murder of Kristen David

Asotin –– The haunting story of a young girl last seen on her bike near a brown van has rocked the county and cities of Clarkston and Lewiston for decades. Kristen David was 22 years old and a...

 By Olivia Harnack    Sports    May 4, 2023

Colton takes win in landslide victory against Gar-Pal

COLTON –– Both Colton Varsity Wildcats and Garfield-Palouse (Gar-Pal) softball teams had their offenses going on Saturday, but the Wildcats eventually prevailed in a 12-9 victory. The...

 By Olivia Harnack    Sports    May 4, 2023

St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse Eagles fall to Pomeroy

St. John –– The St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse (SJEL) Varsity Eagles couldnt keep up to the power from Pomeroy in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 29. The Eagles fell 15-0 in the first game of the day. Creighton Kauffman in the first inning was a po...

 By Olivia Harnack    Sports    May 4, 2023

Garfield-Palouse takes loss against Colton baseball

GARFIELD –– The Garfield-Palouse (Gar-Pal) Vikings baseball team was overwhelmed 16-8 in Saturday’s league outing with the visiting Colton Wildcats. The doubleheader was a set home game for...

 By Olivia Harnack    Sports    May 4, 2023

Colfax softball finishes strong against NWC

COLFAX –– A late score in a close softball game against Northwest Christian (NWC) cost the Colfax Softball Varsity team the win. The Bulldogs lost 9-6 in their first game against NWC when Lauren...

 By Olivia Harnack    Sports    May 4, 2023

Colfax Bulldogs baseball takes fall in doubleheader

COLFAX –– The Colfax Highschool Baseball Bulldogs played a doubleheader against Northwest Christian (NWC) Varsity this past Saturday, April 29. The Bulldogs lost the doubleheader against NWC in...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 4, 2023

Vehicle Stolen in St. John

ST. JOHN — The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office is looking for leads on a stolen vehicle taken from a residence in the St. John area. The vehicle stolen is a 2004 Ford F-350. The vehicle is a tan four-door truck. The vehicle was stolen sometime...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 4, 2023

Fatal crash just outside Uniontown

UNIONTOWN- A fatal car collision on I95 occurred on Sunday, April 30. The Washington State Patrol Reported that at 7:13 p.m., Munir Daud, 80, of Pullman, veered across the southbound lane of travel and went off the roadway. Daud was traveling...


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