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 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

National, county fire departments face shortage of volunteers

It’s estimated that 240 million calls are made to 911 in the US each year. As more people have access to phones and emergencies increase, the number of first responders has not. Nationwide, in communities of 2,500 or less, they have seen a reductio...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

Bid for fiber to home project

The Port of Whitman County staff received a bid for the materials and procurement for the fiber-to-home project in Rosalia. Back in August, the port was awarded $1 million from Whitman County’s .09 funds to design and construct a fiber-to-the-home...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

Courthouse phone revival stalls on format matchups

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Lance Bishop, county information technology director, reported to county commissioners that as of Monday afternoon, the automated process of moving the phone numbers to the new system has been rejected twice. “This data is...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

LaCrosse FFA members earn honors at nationals

The LaCrosse FFA made a strong showing at this year's 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo on Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, in Indianapolis, Ind. The LaCrosse marketing team placed 4th overall in the National Marketing Plan Career Development Event. Members...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

Port of Whitman set to join Northwest River Partners

On Nov. 8, a motion was brought before the port commissioners to join the Northwest River Partners (NWRP) as an affiliate member for $500. NWRP advocates for the bettering of our communities, our...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

Fraternity member death at WSU

On Nov. 12, at Washington State University fraternity Alpha Tau Omega, 19-year-old Samuel Martinez, fraternity member was found dead. Martinez was a freshman and from Bellevue, Wa. Preliminary investigation states that the death may be...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 
Kathleen Parker

LaCrosse nonprofit supports troops overseas

It was more than just a one-time thing for Lana and Roger Myers of LaCrosse when they sent their first military care package in November of 2018. Their personal ties to those serving in the armed forc...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

Port to join Maritime Blue

At Thursday's port meeting, port commissioners agreed to join Washington Maritime Blue organization as a Public/Organizational Partner. There is no cost to the port for joining this organization. Other organizations that have joined WMB are Port of B...

 

Port of Wilma may see upgrades

Port and county commissioners Monday conducted a joint workshop session on port and county related issues. Mark Storey, public works director, and Marc La Vanway, county project engineer, brought befo...

 

Whitcom board weighs answers to staff shortage

The Whitcom Executive Board met in a special session Thursday, Oct. 31, to discuss the organization’s staffing concerns. There are currently 12 full-time employees, one part-time and three in training. A full staff would ideally have 22 people....

 

Air stagnation advisory extended until Friday

Air stagnation advisory has been extended to remain in effect until Friday at noon. The original advisory went in effect last Friday, Nov. 1, and was supposed to conclude Tuesday, Nov. 5. The majority of the region is included in this advisory. Air...

 

New website coming to Whitman County in 2020

The motion was passed by the county commissioners, Monday, Nov. 4, to authorize the County Information Technology Director, Lance Bishop, to purchase a new website and its services. Craig Wines, county network administrator, explained in the Monday...

 
Zach Edge; Matt Edge; Duane Francisco

Youth Outdoors Unlimited:

On Oct. 17-19 Youth Outdoors Unlimited held one of its camps in Colfax to assist a child with their dream of deer hunting. Two camps were in Colfax this year. Founded in 2011, Youth Outdoors...

 
Cashup Davis

Cashup Davis meet and greet set Nov.14

A documentary and book are in the works to commemorate and showcase the life of Cashup Davis and assistance is being sought from Whitman County residents who might have information for the project. A...

 
Brittney Hanson

New management makes changes at Cornerstone

New management is in place at Cornerstone on Main Street in Colfax. With new management, new changes are also being put in place. The new manager at Cornerstone is Brittney Hanson, with April...

 

Wreaths for veterans to mark second year at Steptoe

Memorial wreaths will be placed on graves of veterans buried in the Bethel Cemetery at Steptoe Dec. 14 as part of the national Wreaths Across America observance. This will be the second year of the observance at Steptoe. The cost to sponsor a wreath...

 

Port vows support for railcar funding

Port of Whitman commissioners Thursday approved a motion to give support to PNW Co-op on their Freight Rail Assistance Program application and match $100,000 with approval of the application. The support was passed on a 2-0 vote, with Port...

 

Proposed 2020 Whitcom budget meets resistance

At Monday's workshop, commissioners continued their discussion on continuing challenges with Whitcom. Commissioner Dean Kinzer was able to attend a finance committee meeting Wednesday, Oct. 16, to discuss the proposed 2020 budget for Whitcom....

 

Wreaths will honor veterans again at Bethel Cemetery

Memorial wreaths will again be placed for veterans buried at Bethel Cemetery at Steptoe Saturday, Dec. 14, as part of the the national Wreaths Across America. The ceremony will take place at noon....

 

Port of Whitman discusses agency transparency

Port of Whitman County Commissioners and staff discussed at Thursday's meeting ways, as an agency, they can better improve their transparency. Discussions on this subject have been brought up briefly in previous port meetings on whether or not the po...

 
Cathy McMorris Rodger

Ribbon cutting marks takeoff for Pullman Airport runway

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport ended a month-long closure and three-year construction project with a ribbon-cutting event on the new 7,100 foot runway. The airport was closed for a month to...

 

Palouse aquifer water usage down

Changes, both positive and negative, are continuing in water use and conservation as 2018 water reports were presented at the 16th annual Palouse Basin Water Summit Oct. 10 in Pullman. The Palouse...

 
Chris Reykdal

State school superintendent visits at Palouse, Colton

Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, stopped in Palouse and Colton last Thursday, Oct. 10, for visits with students and administrators. Garfield/Palouse High School...

 

St. John residents rally support for Bob Simpson

St. John residents are rallying behind Bob Simpson and his fight with cancer. Simpson was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Simpson works at St. John-Endicott High School as head of maintenance. “He is often referred to as the 'main chief' here at...

 

Whitcom funding remains a concern for commissioners

County commissioners continued the discussion of Whitcom concerns at their Monday workshop session. “Whitcom worries me,” said Commissioner Michael Largent. At the beginning of 2018, it was noted that there would be budget cuts to Washington... Full story

 

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