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 By Reid Thompson    News    August 10, 2023

Washington State University receives grants to aid students

PULLMAN — Washington State University’s Office of the Dean of Students has been awarded two grants totaling $680,000 to assist students facing housing and food insecurity. These grants, funded by the Washington State legislature and coordinated...

 By Reid Thompson    News    August 10, 2023

WSU researchers warn of in-bound invasive beetle species

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recently issued a warning to residents as the invasive Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) has been discovered in the state. These destructive pests pose a threat to more than 300 plan...

 By Reid Thompson    News    August 10, 2023

Colton daycare center nears completion

COLTON — The Colton School District is on the brink of unveiling its latest addition to its campus – a brand-new daycare center located adjacent to the Colton High School building. District Superintendent Kevin Graffis revealed that discussions...

 By Reid Thompson    News    August 10, 2023

Environmental groups to sue Army Corps of Engineers over Snake River dams

COLFAX — Four conservation and fishing groups, including Columbia Riverkeeper, Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Conservation League, and the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, have announced their intention to file a lawsuit over the issue of...

 By Reid Thompson    News    August 10, 2023

Whitman County crop yield dips below 10-year average

COLFAX — As harvest season gets underway in the Palouse region, farmers are reporting an unimpressive crop yield in the face of high heat and low precipitation. Cory Christensen, Grain Merchant at Northwest Grain Growers, expressed his concerns abo...

 By Reid Thompson    News    August 10, 2023

Road repaving project on US-195 underway

COLFAX — The Washington State Department of Transportation has announced a road repaving project on U.S. Highway 195 between Albion Road and Colfax. The project, spanning approximately 8 miles, is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 7, and...

 By Reid Thompson    News    August 10, 2023

Thousands stolen from Pullman ATMs

PULLMAN — A thief employed power tools to forcefully breach a pair of ATMs housed within Adams Mall, situated atop Pullman’s College Hill, resulting in the theft of $2,600 of cash. Authorities were alerted to the burglary by mall personnel on...

 By Reid Thompson    People    August 3, 2023

Chief's Choice: Erica Warren brings her law enforcement expertise to Colfax

COLFAX - Meet Erica Warren, the newest addition to the Colfax Police Department. At 39 years old, Officer Warren has already accumulated prior experience in several law enforcement roles. Upon graduating from the Idaho Police Academy in 2015, she...

 By Reid Thompson    People    August 3, 2023

Palouse Music Festival a success

PALOUSE - The Palouse Arts Council brought the Hayton-Greene Park alive on Saturday, July 29th, with the Palouse Music Festival, a celebration of local musicians and diverse musical styles. From tradi...

 By Reid Thompson    News    August 3, 2023

Palouse launches feasibility study for St. Elmo Hotel Renovation

PALOUSE - The City of Palouse recently announced the initiation of a feasibility study for the renovation of the iconic St. Elmo hotel building on East Main Street. With a $50,000 grant from the...

 By Reid Thompson    News    August 3, 2023

Almota Road construction nearing completion

COLFAX — The Almota Road widening and resurfacing project has entered its final phase and is on track to be completed in September. The project, covering the stretch from milepost 5.82 to milepost 7.96, aims to enhance safety and traffic flow...

 By Reid Thompson    News    August 3, 2023

Pullman Planning Commission votes against quarry

PULLMAN — On Wednesday, July 26, the Pullman Planning Commission voted against the rezoning of a proposed rock quarry located less than 1,000 feet from Kamiak Elementary School in a residential neighborhood. The project is being initiated by Mader...

 By Reid Thompson    News    August 3, 2023

Ceremony celebrates USDA and WSU partnership

PULLMAN - On Tuesday, July 26th, U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Plant Sciences Building that will be the home to scientists...

 By Reid Thompson    News    August 3, 2023

Fatal crash slows traffic on US 195

PULLMAN — A fatal collision between a car and a semi-truck on Wednesday, August 2 resulted in the temporary closure of US 195 in both directions at Milepost 25.92, just north of the Pullman/SR 270 interchange. The accident, which occurred three...

 By Reid Thompson    News    July 27, 2023

Kiwanis Club hosts 15th annual "Stuff the Bus"

COLFAX — The Colfax Kiwanis Club is gearing up for its 15th annual “Stuff the Bus” school supplies drive, scheduled to take place from August 10-12 in the Colfax Rosauers’s parking lot. The event will run for three days, with specific...

 By Reid Thompson    People    June 8, 2023

Albion hosts pie social

ALBION — The Guy-Albion Historical Society will be holding its annual Pie Social event on June 17 at the Albion Community Church from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will be entertained with live music from the Pioneer Ramblers from the Lewis-Clark...

 By Reid Thompson    People    June 8, 2023

Countdown to Snake River Family Festival

COLFAX — The Port of Whitman will be holding its annual Snake River Family Festival at Boyer Park and Marina Saturday, June 10 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The festival, which will celebrates the vitality of the Snake River to the region’s crops...

 By Reid Thompson    News    June 1, 2023
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Becky Buri Hired as county's Veterans Service Officer

COLFAX –– Former servicemember and Colfax community member Becky Buri was hired by the Whitman County Commissioners as the County's new Veterans Service Officer (VSO) on May 24. In her new role,...

 By Reid Thompson    People    May 25, 2023

Memorial Day events planned across the county

COLFAX — Across Whitman County, service members will be honored in ceremonies over the course of the Memorial Day weekend. Colfax The Colfax American Legion Post will be placing small American flags at the graves of veterans at the Colfax Cemetery...

 By Reid Thompson    People    May 25, 2023

Garfield May Day keeps tradition alive

GARFIELD - After three months of planning, the community of Garfield commemorated its annual May Day Celebration this past weekend with music, lively parading down Main, and candy by the handful. "It...

 By Reid Thompson    People    May 25, 2023

Uniontown teen works to repair tennis courts

UNIONTOWN – When it came time for Colton High School senior Alyssan Kerr to decide on her senior project, she had her community's wellness in mind. The town of Uniontown recently witnessed the...

 By Reid Thompson    People    May 25, 2023

Whitman County competitors dominate Junior Livestock show

SPOKANE — Several Whitman County youth livestock ranchers returned as champions from the 88th Annual Junior Livestock of Spokane last Monday, May 15. Held at the Spokane County Fair and Exposition Center, over 440 youth livestock exhibitors travell...

 By Reid Thompson    News    May 25, 2023

Local rancher finds bull mutilated near Rock Lake

ROCK LAKE – A local rancher is perplexed by the castration and slaughter of one of his bulls on or about May 12. State Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Staci Lehman said the carcass was initially reported as a slain moose. But after a...

 By Reid Thompson    News    May 25, 2023

Election season kicks off in Whitman County

COLFAX — This year, Whitman County has 154 local seats that are up for election. The filing period, which closed Friday, May 19, has attracted contenders seeking various positions, including mayoral hopefuls, council members, and other significant...

 By Reid Thompson    News    May 25, 2023

Three candidates compete in Pullman mayoral race

PULLMAN — The filing period for the upcoming mayoral race in Pullman saw an influx of three new candidates. The Whitman County auditor’s office officially opened the filing period on May 15, inviting individuals to throw their hats into the...


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