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 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020 

County departments report preparations

COLFAX – Whitman County Commissioners met for their weekly workshop before a live and web audience Monday. To help promote social distancing, county commissioners set up a Zoom video conferencing service for those who would like to attend the works...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020 

Emergency essentials:

COLFAX – As concerns for being quarantined sweeps across the county, grocery stores in the area are finding shelves, which used to be stocked with toilet paper, pasta, canned foods, etcetera, swept...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020 

New building coming to Colfax

COLFAX – Planned for the gravel lot behind Rosauers on Mill Street, S&L Rentals will be building a 6,000 square foot office space designed for three to four tenants. The building currently has two...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020 

River system comment period remains open

COLFAX – The first phone-in public comment meeting on the Draft Environmental Impact Study regarding the Columbia River System was held Tuesday, March 17. Three additional phone-in meetings...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 19, 2020

Emergency declared:

Whitman County Commissioners authorized an emergency declaration for COVID-19 in Whitman County with an unanimous vote from all three commissioners Monday morning. This emergency declaration is primarily meant to open up additional resources for...

 

Schools begin plans for six-week closure

With all schools in Washington closed from March 17 through April 24 due to COVID-19, Whitman County school districts have begun plans to continue food service, education and more. COLFAX Colfax will...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Presidential Primary brings narrow results

Bernie Sanders leads as the Democratic Presidential Primary for Washington and had the highest amount of votes in Whitman County as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 with a 20.37 percent voter turnout. The...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Coronavirus preparation in Whitman County

As of 4 p.m. Monday, March 9, there have been 162 positive confirmations of the coronavirus in Washington, along with 22 deaths. While many of these cases are surfacing in western Washington, with the...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Discussions continue on courthouse upgrades

Brandy Dean, county facilities management director, Monday presented to the county commissioners an update on the courthouse and jail upgrades and replacement project that is planned for later this year. The upgrade and replacement projects are to be...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Boyer Park set to open April 1

On Monday, March 9, Sarah Highland, port communications director, presented to the Port Commissioners the opening day for Boyer Park and planning updates for the Snake River Family Festival. Boyer Park and Marina/Snake River KOA will have its season...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Possible grading project to Port property in Pullman

Debbie Snell, port properties development manager, shared with the port commissioners the possibility of developing a grading plan on the port retained lots at Pullman Industrial Park West. The retain...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Endicott Community Garden to start its first year this spring

The new Endicott Community Garden will be holding a planning session on Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the Endicott Library. The garden project in Endicott was started by the Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District, headquartered in St. John, and it...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Eagles/Wildcats Booster Club receives donation

On Tuesday, March 3, the Eagles/Wildcats Booster Club received a sports equipment grant from Good Sports providing eight pairs of baseball cleats and 12 pairs of batting gloves to the organization. Am...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 5, 2020

River system study open for comment

On Feb. 28, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration released the Columbia River System draft Environmental Impact Study. Now that the EIS has been m...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 5, 2020

Palouse Knowledge Corridor receives funding from county .09 funds

On Monday, March 2, during the Whitman County Commissioner Board meeting, commissioners passed the motion to award $10,000 per year for the next two-years in public facilities .09 funds to the Palouse Knowledge Corridor for help and funding a...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 5, 2020

Bunyard Automotive closes doors in Colfax

On Feb. 27, Bunyard Automotive closed its two year run in Colfax after setting up July 2018 in the former location of Lube Plus. Jacob Bunyard, owner and founder of Bunyard Automotive, said the change...

 

BoCC talks update project funding

On Feb. 18, the county commissioners held an afternoon workshop to discuss possible financing scenarios for upgrades and replacements coming to the courthouse and jail. The main purpose of the meeting was to see how much cash from the general fund...

 

Preparation underway for 2020 Census

County Commissioner Dean Kinzer reported to the commissioners Monday morning on a 2020 Census session he attended this past week. He said this session covered details related to the upcoming census and the importance of the numbers collected. “It...

 

New murals possibly coming to Colfax

Whitman County Commissioner Michael Largent presented to the rest of the board at its Monday morning workshop that the Colfax Arts Council is interested in putting a mural on the side of the Public...

 

Automated flaggers to be tested this upcoming summer

At the Monday morning commissioners workshop, Mark Storey, Whitman County public works director, brought before the commissioners the idea of purchasing an automated flagger for this summer's road construction season. An automated flagger is a...

 

Possible new developments coming to POWBAC

At Thursday's Port of Whitman County meeting, future building plans were discussed at the Port of Whitman Business Air Center. The reason behind new buildings at POWBAC came from an anonymous local company that was interested in space at POWBAC....

 

Torry's Country Store obtains fuel pumps, real estate

Torry Shepherd, owner of Torry’s Country Store in St. John, knew before even moving to St. John that the CHS Primeland Country store would need some help if it was to survive. In September 2012, Shepherd and his wife Amy moved their family to St....

 

Colfax grad featured on helicopter magazine

Derek "Deke" McClintock, Colfax, son of Don and Elaine McClintock, found himself front and center of the February/March issue of Vertical Magazine flying the H145 helicopter for San Diego Gas &...

 

Tough As Nails holds successful first community workshop

On Feb. 8, Tough as Nails held its first community workshop entitled "Share the Love" at the Rosalia Middle School gym. The goal of the event was to assemble 60 activity kits for hospital donations....

 

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