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 By Will DeMarco    News    September 6, 2018

Whitman County moves to install GIS to manage public data

After years of consideration, Whitman County is moving to implement a geographic information system (GIS) to better manage and present a wide variety of public data. GIS is a digital data management system used extensively by local governments...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 30, 2018

New Whitcom director named

The Whitcom Executive Board named its new executive director during a special closed meeting last week. Tara Murker, a Puyallup resident with almost 25 years of experience in the field, was selected to head the county's 911 dispatch center in...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 30, 2018
The Misner family

Pastor Phil Misner and family say farewell

Local pastor Phil Misner said his goodbyes this month after announcing his upcoming departure to serve as assistant to the bishop in Spokane. Phil has led Sunday services at both Peace Lutheran in...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 23, 2018

Revised outdoor amusements ordinance gets county approval

The Whitman County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a “complete re-write” of the Outdoor Amusements or Assemblies Ordinance at their Monday meeting. The ordinance aims to regulate large events and gatherings in the unincorporated areas...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 23, 2018

Pullman teachers get raise in face of looming budget funding deficit

Pullman teachers struck a tentative deal last week to raise their pay 17 percent over the next two years. If approved, Pullman instructors will see a 15 percent pay increase in the upcoming school year, along with a two percent increase for the...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 16, 2018

Crops looking strong as harvest continues

As the 2018 harvest rolls on, growers are reporting encouraging crop numbers. Pacific Northwest Farmers Co-op Grain Division Manager David Weitz at Colfax said the area's harvest this year is 20-30...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 16, 2018

Lentil Festival marks 30th year

The 30th National Lentil Festival will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18, throughout Pullman. The Tase T. Lentil mini golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the Airway Hills Golf Center, with tee times running throughout the day. Teams of...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 16, 2018
Jonathan Buri and Michelle Crook

Bellevue Healthcare buys Buri's Medical Equipment

Buri's Medical Equipment in Colfax has sold its assets to Washington-based Bellevue Healthcare. Buri's has served the area for more than 21 years, but owner Angela Buri says it's time to spend more...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 16, 2018

New administrative team starts Rosalia school year

Following the retirement of the Rosalia School District principal, secretary and part-time superintendent in June, three administrators have joined the district. Matthew McLain is stepping in to replace Darrel Kuhn as Rosalia principal, bringing...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 9, 2018
Rich and Dyann Nelson

Bunyard Automotive donates car to Colfax residents

Bunyard Automotive in Colfax this week donated a car to a local family. As part of their new autoclub program, owner Jacob Bunyard purchased a Ford Focus from an online seller in Spokane, fixed up a...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 2, 2018

First Thursday returns with new events

Colfax Chamber of Commerce will add two events to the August edition of its First Thursday event today from 3 to 9 p.m. in Colfax. Beginning at 6:30 a kids race inaugural popsicle fun run will debut. Participants will run, walk or jog a short distanc...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 2, 2018
Shelley Germain Calissendorff

PAL campaign aims at mental health stigma

The Palouse Advocacy League (PAL) last week sat down with residents at local eateries for conversations about mental health and suicide prevention as part of its "Three Days in July" campaign. The...

 By Will DeMarco    News    August 2, 2018

Historic Pullman train depot to undergo conversion

The Northern Pacific train depot in Pullman is getting a makeover – one that will tell the story of the town and its co-evolution with the railroads that spanned more than a century. With hopes to...

 By Will DeMarco    News    July 26, 2018

Port debates backing I-5 fiber project

In a split vote last Thursday, Port of Whitman County Commissioners signed a letter of intent to collaborate with ports from across Washington on a telecommunications conduit along the I-5 corridor and tentatively pledged to contribute $800,000 to th...

 By Will DeMarco    News    July 26, 2018
Mary Dye, Jenn Goulet, Joe Schmick and Matthew Sutherland

Candidates for judge, state representative give views at PLWV forum Wednesday

Candidates running for District 9 State Representative and Whitman County District Court Judge set forth their views and fielded audience questions at the League of Women Voters of Pullman forum at...

 By Will DeMarco    News    July 26, 2018

Structural damage found in Public Service Building

After learning an inspection found severe structural damage localized in two sections of the Public Service Building in Colfax, Whitman County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday for funds for...

 By Will DeMarco    News    July 19, 2018
LaCrosse stone houses

Stone buildings at LaCrosse in line for restoration work

Efforts by LaCrosse Community Pride and the Whitman County Library to restore LaCrosse's historic rock houses have transformed the structures in recent years, and there's much more to come. Built...

 By Will DeMarco    News    July 19, 2018
Colfax Candidate Forum

Candidates outline views at Colfax forum

Candidates running in Washington's primary election laid out their views during the Pullman League of Women Voters forum Tuesday night at the Colfax library. In the congressional race, Democrat Lisa...

 By Will DeMarco    Sports    July 12, 2018
The first 'Try'athlon

First 'Try'athlon raises $5,000 plus

Organizers of the first annual "Try"athlon in St. John Monday, June 23, said the event had a strong initial showing and will be returning in 2019. According to event organizer Amy Swannack, the...

 By Will DeMarco    Sports    July 12, 2018
Jordan Paddock

Garfield/Palouse senior to compete in bull riding at high school nationals

Garfield/Palouse High School student Jordan Paddock has qualified for Washington's National High School rodeo team and will soon compete in bull riding at the national high school finals July 15-21...

 By Will DeMarco    News    June 28, 2018
Fourth of July

Tradition reigns for Fourth of July

The Johnson parade, the traditional kickoff event for the county will start again at 10 a.m. at the north end of Johnson. Kathy Wolf of Uniontown, one of the Johnson organizers, noted the Johnson...

 By Will DeMarco    News    June 28, 2018
fruit tree fire blight

Fruit tree fire blight hits county with wet spring

Fire blight, a disease that affects apple, pear and other fruit trees, has taken a harsh toll this year due to an unusually wet spring. The disease thrives during growing seasons with particularly...

 By Will DeMarco    News    June 28, 2018

Advocacy League lists local mental health providers

The Palouse Advocacy League has released a comprehensive list of mental health providers in Whitman and Latah County. The organization was previously called The #3 Memorial Fund which was created after the death last January of WSU quarterback Tyler...

 By Will DeMarco    News    June 21, 2018
Kat Wiley, Brody Langston

Mural brings color, character to St. John

Visitors to St. John can catch a glimpse of our region's scenery not just in the rolling hills that surround them, but in the colorful mural being painted by Kat Wiley. A June graduate of St....

 By Will DeMarco    News    June 21, 2018

LaCrosse Farmers Festival offers a variety of attractions

The annual LaCrosse Farmers Festival Saturday, June 23, will offer an array of entertainment and food options for all ages. Festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with a flea market put on by Route 26 on West 2nd Street. At 9 a.m., there will be a quilt...


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