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 By Victoria Fowler    News    January 16, 2020 

December taxes surpass $1 million

At Monday’s county commissioner workshop, Chris Nelson, county treasurer updated the commissioners on this past tax season. “I am happy to say as of Dec. 31 we, for the first time that I’ve seen in our records, we collected over 98 percent of...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    January 16, 2020 

Study shows dam breaching costs, impacts

The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association recently released a study that states the removal of the Lower Snake River Dams will cost the country $2.3 billion over the next 30 years. PNWA contracted with FCS Group, an economic and financial...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    January 16, 2020 

Whitcom budget gets positive view

The Whitcom finance committee called a special meeting Monday to discuss the budget for this year. Whitcom is the regional emergency dispatch center. Dispatch services cover seven counties in Washington and Idaho. Lisa Strenge, Whitcom employee,...

 
Austin Storm; Laura Storm

Bully for You expands in Colfax

On Dec. 5, Bully for You held its first monthly sale in its future home on 220 N. Main St., former long-time location for furniture stores. Austin and Laura Storm, owners of Bully for You and The Stor...

 

Vaccine verification rule will change this year

Whitman County Health Department released a notice informing parents that starting Aug. 1, 2020, it will be required to have medically verified immunization records for school and child care entry. Medically verified records may be a Certificate of...

 

Port staff updates on Broadband LLC

At the first port meeting of the new year, Kara Riebold, chief operating officer, updated the port commissioners on the status of the new Broadband LLC cooperative. Riebold reported that as of Dec. 19, Port of Bellingham signed on to join the LLC....

 

New county website slated for April debut

At the Monday commissioners' workshop County Information Technology Director Lance Bishop updated the county commissioners on the status of the new county website. “The timeline we are looking at for the new website is April,” Bishop said. “We...

 

Bully for You plans big move

Bully for You has started the process of moving from its current location at 103 S Main St. to 220 N Main St., former long-time location for furniture stores. The new site is marked with a FAIR glass...

 

Port vote postponed on staffing changes

At their Dec. 19 port meeting, Port of Whitman commissioners delayed their vote on a resolution which enables the port’s executive director to sell port property at a value less than $10,000 in 2020, to the Jan. 2 meeting. This authority to sell...

 

Palouse Conservation District will hold annual meeting Jan. 30

The Palouse Conservation District’s annual meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Gladish Community Center’s View Room in Pullman. This meeting will give a recap of what the conservation district has been doing in 2019 and will also gather...

 

Christmas tree disposal after the holiday season

The tree needles have fallen, the smell of Christmas fades and live Christmas trees begin to become bare as the Christmas season comes to a close. When it comes time for the tree to go there are a few options for disposal in the county. Pick-up:...

 

Port land sale goes to city

Pullman Planning Commission conducted the continuation hearing for the potential rezone of Port of Whitman property south of the Pullman-Albion Road and west of Highway 27 on Wednesday, Dec. 18. At the previous hearing on Nov. 20, the planning...

 

Port gets update on water proposal

At Thursday's port meeting, Properties and Development Manager Debbie Snell, updated the port commissioners on a joint water project between the port and the City of Colfax. The water project between the city and the port is to add a port well at...

 

Port Airport project receives four bids

A pre-bid meeting session was hosted at the Port of Whitman office Dec. 5 regarding the Port of Whitman County Business Air Center realignment and drainage project at Colfax At the Dec. 19 port meeting, Debbie Snell, Port of Whitman properties and...

 

Whitcom panel eyes strategic planner hire

At Monday’s commissioner workshop, Commissioner Dean Kinzer, who also serves on the Whitcom executive board, reported on the discussions from Friday’s Whitcom finance meeting. Whitcom is the regional emergency dispatch center. Dispatch services c...

 

Board discusses historic preservation

Whitman County Commissioners Monday discussed the possibility of opening the historic preservation fund at their morning workshop. Commissioner Michael Largent reported he has been asked about interest in using the historic preservation fund for a...

 
Artis Brannon

Artis Brannon to close out 44 years on the job

Forty-four years ago Artis Brannon was hired by Bill Munson to work at the Colfax Grange in the grocery department. Over the years, Brannon has watched the Colfax Grange store turn into the auto...

 

Possible changes coming to ceilings at the courthouse

On Monday, Dec. 16, Brandy Dean, county facilities management director, brought ideas of possible changes to the courthouse before the county commissioners at their Monday workshop. Dean mentioned that with the proposed new HVAC system they are...

 

Whitman County Humane Society receives Petco grant

Whitman County Humane Society was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Petco Foundation as part of its Holiday Wishes campaign. The grant was awarded through the Moscow Petco outlet. In its seventh year,...

 

Port finalizes activation into broadband cooperative

Port of Whitman commissioners Dec. 5 approved resolution 19-19 that activates the port’s participation in the new Broadband LLC cooperative. The motion was passed on a 2-1 vote. Port Commissioners Kristine Meyer and John Love voted in favor of the...

 
Cliff Miller; Kathy Mayer

A total of 66-plus years: Miller, Mayer will finish long careers at Les Schwab

Cliff Miller has been with Les Schwab Tire Center for 33 ½ years; he has been at the Colfax Les Schwab for 13 ½ years. Kathy Mayer, born and raised in Colfax, has been with Les Schwab...

 

New memory care unit opens at Whitman Health and Rehabilitation

On Friday, Dec. 6, Whitman Health and Rehabilitation Center hosted the grand opening for its new memory care unit. The unit is designed specifically for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related conditions. The space for this new unit was once...

 

Port works with PNWA on river promotion effort

The Port of Whitman has been working with Pacific Northwest Waterways Association on a river communication effort to support the dams along the Snake River. At Thursday's port meeting, Brenda Stav, port communications director, said the port is...

 

Past due property tax reminders sent out in county

At Monday’s Whitman County commissioner workshop, County Treasurer Chris Nelson gave an update regarding delinquent accounts for this tax season. Delinquent accounts occur when a due date for a tax return has passed and the amount due remains...

 

2020 budget marks 3 percent increase

On Monday, Dec. 2, County Administrative Director Gary Petrovich presented the final 2020 county budget to the county commissioners. The final 2020 budget came out to $64,002,692. “The 2020 budget is a three percent increase from the 2019 adopted...

 

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