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 By Victoria Fowler    News    June 4, 2020

LaCrosse W.H.E.A.T. partnership continues

LACROSSE – W.H.E.A.T. has joined with two veteran-founded organizations to help send packages to troops overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the circumstances, both monetary and product don...

 By Victoria Fowler    People    June 4, 2020

Whitman County represents FFA State Officers

WHITMAN COUNTY – On Sunday, May 31, positions for the new 2020-2021 state officers were announced. Three of the new state officers are from Whitman County. The new officers are Cole Baerlocher, Colfax, president; Gunnar Aune, Colfax, secretary and...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    June 4, 2020

Port plans website changes

COLFAX – The Port of Whitman staff presented to port commissioners a project that would allow better management of the port website. At the beginning of the year in a Port Strategic Planning meeting, it was discussed whether the port should move fo...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    June 4, 2020

Port discusses level of support for media campaign

COLFAX – On Thursday, May 21, Port of Whitman County staff presented a new media campaign from Northwest RiverPartners that is directed towards Generation Z and millennials. The staff is requesting support for this campaign from the commissioners...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 28, 2020

Borders: new Jennings Elementary principal

COLFAX – The Colfax School District has hired Andrew Borders as the new principal for Jennings Elementary School. Borders will officially take his new position on July 1. “Borders is well equipped to continue to lead Jennings Elementary School...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 28, 2020
Tom Handy

Contested race for county commissioner

PULLMAN – There is a contested race for County Commissioner District Two, as incumbent Republican Dean Kinzer is being challenged by Independent Tom Handy. Handy, 63, owner of Paradise Creek...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 28, 2020

Jennings: new LaCrosse PreK-12 principal

LACROSSE – The LaCrosse School District has hired Jordan Jennings from the Moses Lake School District as the new PreK-12 principal for the 2020-2021 school year. “Jennings was picked because he was the best fit for what our school needs right...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 28, 2020

Graduate tally holds steady for 2020

WHITMAN COUNTY – While graduation ceremonies aren’t as typical this time around for Whitman County seniors, this summer will mark the graduation for 329 students. This year’s Class of 2020 remains the same count as the Class of 2019. Past...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 28, 2020

Tekoa faces Public Records Request suit

TEKOA – A lawsuit has been filed against The City of Tekoa by Eric Hood, Langley, Wash., alleging that the city withheld requested records from a public records request in April 2019. The state Public Records Act requires that all public records...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 21, 2020

Almota Road construction continues, ahead of schedule

COLFAX – The Almota Phase Four reconstruction road project is moving along despite weather conditions in the county. Dean Cornelison, county assistant engineer, said progress on Almota Road has gone surprisingly uninterrupted given the storms that...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 21, 2020

Commissioners make final decision on upgrades

COLFAX – Whitman County Commissioners decided on which scenario they would like for the courthouse/jail upgrades at their May 18 board meeting. With a unanimous vote, the commissioners decided to go with the first scenario they received, from...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 21, 2020

DOH gives graduation guidance for Class of 2020

WHITMAN COUNTY – The decision to host safe and socially distanced graduation ceremonies will remain at the discretion of local school boards and superintendents, stated the Washington Department of Health in a release providing various scenarios...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 21, 2020

High fashion at HOTFLASH

PALOUSE – HOTFLASH, a pop-up espresso shop with The Congress in Palouse, went high fashion on May 16 and 17. The pop-up shop made its first appearance in Palouse on the weekend of The Congress's...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 14, 2020

Mt. St. Helens blast 40 year anniversary

WHITMAN COUNTY – Kristal Krom Kirpes, then a freshman at Eastern Washington University, took a trip home to Dusty on the Walla Walla Highway for the weekend to celebrate her 20th birthday. What she...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 14, 2020

Stripe rust presents in county wheat

WHITMAN COUNTY – Stripe rust has been discovered in varieties of winter wheat on the Palouse and actively producing spores. The rust was first spotted in Washington State University's experiment...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 14, 2020
Todd Vanek

College of Engineering and Architecture:

PULLMAN – Former Colfax Mayor Todd Vanek was named as director of the Engineering Technology Management (ETM) and Online Learning Programs in Washington State University's Voiland College of...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 14, 2020
Art Swannack

County candidate filing positions

COLFAX – On Monday, May 11, at 9 a.m. candidate filing for Washington state opened. For those interested in filing for candidacy, the deadline is Friday, May 15, at 4 p.m. In Whitman County,...

 By Victoria Fowler    People    May 14, 2020

Scholarships awarded to eastern Washington FFA members

COLFAX – Preceding the start of the virtual Washington State FFA Convention, the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation announced recipients for its 2020 scholarships. Eastern Washington FFA members were well represented in awards....

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

Commissioners discuss possible county variance

COLFAX – At the Monday, May 4, Whitman County Commissioner workshop, county commissioners discussed what it would take for Whitman County to apply for county variance. County variance would allow Whitman County to have the opportunity to move to...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

WHMC gets SBA loan

COLFAX – Whitman Hospital and Medical Center was approved for a $3,303,562 Small Business Administration loan through the Paycheck Protection Program. In a special meeting with the Commissioners of...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

Hit the trail:

WHITMAN COUNTY – On Tuesday, May 5, Washington State Parks and lands managed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife were allowed to reopen. As warm weather sets in and the feeling to get...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

Commissioners receive final options for upgrades

COLFAX – Whitman County Commissioners received two final courthouse/jail upgrade scenarios from McKinstry Co. at their Monday, May 4, workshop. The first scenario presented included roofing upgrades to the courthouse and plumbing and lighting...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

Solid Waste Facility reopens to self-haul waste

COLFAX – As of Monday, May 4, the Whitman County Solid Waste Facility is accepting "self-haul" waste from residents who use credit/debit cards for payment. "The previous exchange of either cash or...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

Auditor offers alternatives for candidate filings

COLFAX – With the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order from Governor Inslee extended until the end of May, Whitman County Auditor Sandy Jamison said the Auditor's office will continue to accommodate those who need their assistance, but will be...

 By Victoria Fowler    People    May 7, 2020

Suicide prevention:

COLFAX – In the fall of 2019, a countywide community-based task force was established to build resiliency within communities, educate and train community members to identify early-on common mental health issues, develop effective interventions and...


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