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 By Staff Report    People    March 4, 2021 
U.S. Army veteran Gary Stinson is draped in his presented Quilt of Valor.

Quilts of Valor Presented

COLFAX — Quilts of Valor were presented to two veterans last Friday at Colfax United Methodist Church. The first went to Richard (Rick) Collingsworth, of Colfax, who served in the Navy from...

 
 By Staff Report    People    March 4, 2021 

4-H carries through 2020, adds new leaders to roster

COLFAX — 4-H has persevered and grown during the pandemic in Whitman County. Janet Schmidt, county director and 4-H youth educator for WSU Extension, gave a report on the extension office to county commissioners Monday. She noted a total of 434...

 
 By Staff Report    People    March 4, 2021 
‘The Spark’ will now be known as PACCAR Lecture Hall.

New name for WSU lecture hall

PULLMAN - A lecture hall at Washington State University (WSU) has a new name, following a corporate donation. The Spark Academic Innovation Hubs' lecture space is now known as the PACCAR Lecture Hall,...

 
 By Staff Report    People    March 4, 2021 
Pictured, left to right are; Meghna Dutta (Pullman High School), Carter Casten (Colfax High School) and Benji Sobeloff-Gittes (Moscow High School).

High school robotics return

MOSCOW – Members of the 4-H Palouse Area Robotics Team, the Sciborgs, meet in limited sessions at a private shop near Pullman as they work to build a robot for this year’s F.I.R.S.T. Robotics...

 
 By Staff Report    People    March 4, 2021 

New watercolor exhibit at Dahmen Barn

UNIONTOWN — “Artists with a History” is a new exhibit opening at the Dahmen Barn on Sunday, The featured artists will be present Sunday from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Artists include Byron Saneholtz, Bobbi Kelly and Peggy Conrad, all of whom went to...

 
 By Staff Report    News    March 4, 2021 

Regular unemployment claims up slightly

OLYMPIA — A total of 143,403 initial regular claims marked a 3.2 percent uptick from last week in Washington. For all claims, in all unemployment benefit categories, the number was 462,218, a weekly increase of 3.3 percent. All statistics are...

 
 By Staff Report    News    March 4, 2021 

Pullman hospital receives grant

PULLMAN - Pullman Regional Hospital is the recipient of a $300,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation for its proposed Family Medicine Residency Program. It's part of a post-medical school...

 
 By Staff Report    News    March 4, 2021 

Pullman High last to return to classrooms

PULLMAN — Pullman High School students returned to the classroom in a hybrid format Monday, for the first time in nearly a year. They are the last K-12 students in the Palouse to return to in-person learning since the pandemic began. Middle school...

 
 By Staff Report    Sports    March 4, 2021 

Whitman County football teams upended

ROSALIA — A brief hail and snow storm may have halted football action in the first quarter of play here Thursday, but it didn’t stop the defending state 1B champion Odessa Tigers from running away with a big win. The Tigers juggernaut team...

 
 By Staff Report    Sports    March 4, 2021 

Baerlocher second, Cook fourth at Slough

ST. JOHN - Lola Baerlocher, of Colton, took second place in cross-country with a time of 20:59 at Webb's Slough in St. John on Feb. 27. Kennedy Cook took third for Garfield/Palouse at 21:42. For...

 

Post-It note art competition

COLFAX — The junior high art club will hold a Post-It Note Art Competition during March. Junior-senior high school staff and teachers are eligible to enter. All artworks are to be completed on a “Post-It” note, and will be displayed in the art...

 

Blood drive set for March 4

COLFAX — The Colfax School District will hold a STEM Grant Blood Drive March 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Center on Main Street. The district needs to reach 30 donors to receive a $2,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)...

 

Spirit Week at Colfax High School

COLFAX — Colfax Junior-Senior High School will hold Spirit Week March 1-3. Monday: Pajama Day Tuesday: Teacher Tuesday (“Dress like your favorite teacher”) Wednesday: Decade Day Prizes will be given to best-dressed female and male from each...

 

Seven Colfax kids place at FBLA regionals

COLFAX — Results are in for the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) regional competition with seven Colfax students placing in the event held online. Corbin Burt took first place in Introduction to FBLA; Madeline Tate placed third in Job...

 

Uniontown Sausage Feed pickup-only

UNIONTOWN — The 68th annual Uniontown Sausage Feed will be a curbside pick-up event for 2021. It’s held at the community center on March 7. Organizers made the announcement due to state virus restrictions for in-person dining. The drive-through...

 

Colfax Police Log

COLFAX — Here are the Colfax Police Department logs for Feb. 15 - Feb. 16. Monday, Feb. 15 2:15 p.m. – Oak Street – An officer conducted a welfare check. 5:02 p.m. – Dalla Street – An officer responded to a disabled semi-truck. 5:26 p.m....

 
 By Staff Report    News    February 25, 2021

Rock crushing bids opened

COLFAX — A bid of $198,000 is in to crush 40,000 tons of rock at the Whitman County-owned Cherry Cove quarry north of Winona. County commissioners opened two bids Monday for the gravel project. Lewiston-based DeAtley Crushing Company submitted the...

 
 By Staff Report    News    February 25, 2021

Downtown Association restructured

COLFAX — The Colfax Downtown Association has announced a restructuring, under Executive Director Whitney Bond, owner of Truly You Clothing and More. Bond said the restructuring has to do with new policies and procedures. Current officers include...

 
 By Staff Report    News    February 25, 2021
Stan McClinton Lookout Park

City park may get expanded name

COLFAX - A Colfax city park will likely get a new name. The city council briefly discussed a request by the parks board on behalf of the McClintock family on Feb. 16. They asked to add the name Lynne...

 
 By Staff report    News    February 25, 2021

Video meetings are affecting bills impacting Whitman County

OLYMPIA — Bills affecting Whitman County may move faster to the Legislature floor. The county’s lobbyist Zak Kennedy gave a report to county commissioners on Monday. “This is a really weird legislative session,” he said. He told...

 
 By Staff Report    News    February 25, 2021

WDFW: Keep bird feeders down for another month

OLYMPIA - Wild bird feeders should not be put out for another five weeks, advises the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Because of a series of reports of sick or dead birds at backyard...

 

Replacement batting cage maybe covered

COLFAX — Covered batting cages may be coming to Colfax as a replacement. City parks boardmember Jerry Pugh gave an update Monday night of a new batting cage yet to be installed to replace an earlier one damaged by a windstorm. The board discussed...

 

New high school softball coach approved

COLFAX — A new high school softball coach and junior high head football coach were approved by the school board Monday night. The board accepted the resignation of a junior high football assistant. Tracy Imler will take over for Bulldogs softball,...

 

WIAA Athlete of the Week program to accepts nominations

RENTON — The WIAA Athlete of the Week has returned. Beginning this week the WIAA will honor outstanding student-athletes for sporting performances as well as contributions to their communities. People wishing to nominate someone may do so at the...

 
 By Staff Report    News    February 18, 2021

Sentence in attempted church arson

ROSALIA — Samuel Owens, 45, of Rosalia, pleaded guilty Feb. 12 in Whitman County Superior Court to felony second degree attempted arson, according to a report by Pullman Radio News. Owens was accused of trying to burn down Community Baptist Church...

 

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