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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...

 
Scott Pittman; Bud Pittman

Pittmans change helm at Colfax Body Repair

After 50 years as part of the Main Street business scene in Colfax, Scott Pittman of Colfax Body Repair will undergo a change of status. As of the first of the year, Pittman has turned over the...

 

Moscow man faces Walmart burglary charges

David W. Long, 28, Moscow, has been summoned to appear in court here Jan. 10 after being charged with seven counts of second-degree burglary for allegedly taking items from Walmart in Pullman. The arrest report said Long committed the seven thefts...

 

Workshop sessions for Snake dams proposal set

The first of three public workshop dates on the governor's Lower Snake River Dam Stakeholder Engagement program has been scheduled for the Quality Inn at 700 Port Drive in Clarkston Jan. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. Ninth District State Representatives Joe...

 

Early year snow, costs strain county

The six-weeks snow deluge of February and March led to county expenditures of $850,000, including a few dollars in January. The county averages a yearly expenditure of $300,000-$400,000 for snow and i...

 

Police chief saga rocks city hall

The “unfiring” of Colfax Police Chief Rick McNannay topped the city hall news list for 2019. McNannay was put on administrative leave in October of 2018, and was subsequently fired by Colfax Mayor Todd Vanek Jan. 17. The firing was announced at...

 

New grandstand debuts at PE fair

A project which has loomed for years became a reality in 2019, with the debut of a new grandstand. The 2,483-seat facility was assembled at Mockonema during the summer and was the site for two...

 

Wildcat girls win 10th state basketball title

Cameras snapped and Colton girls basketball players and coaches held up all 10 fingers. In the first week of March, at Spokane Arena, the Wildcats won their 10th state 1B championship in 11 years....

 

Landslide cuts railroad service

The late winter of 2019 threw a pointed punch at the PCC railroad system when heavy runoff Jan. 23 caused a slide which closed down the line along Highway 26 near Pampa. The runoff slide along the...

 

U.S.-Japan wheat deal

Averting what may have been a major hit to Whitman County wheat exports, the United States and Japan announced Sept. 24 drops in tariffs that would amount to 55 cents less per bushel of U.S. wheat, including Whitman County western white wheat and...

 

Almota Four road work held off for year

The Almota Four road reconstruction project set for the summer of 2019 was delayed completely for a year after a series of setbacks, mainly eight months in negotiating right-of-way payments to landowners along the 3.5-mile stretch. The project is...

 

Colfax school construction

A summer of construction concluded at Colfax Junior-Senior High School with a delayed start to the school year – after the Palouse Empire Fair – and a full push Sept. 8, the night before the first...

 

Legumes harvest compromised

The deep snows of February and March meant wet fields for weeks afterward, then lingering rain followed, which led to late planting for crops across the Palouse. In September, the traditional time...

 

Echanove retires

Palouse Mayor Michael Echanove adjourned a city council meeting for the last time Dec. 10, after 18 years as mayor and eight as a city councilman. He began as mayor in 2001, appointed to the office before he first won election in 2002. Echanove and...

 
Glenn Johnson; Bill Lambert

Ribbon cutting marks takeoff for Pullman Airport

2019 debuted the ending of a three-year construction project and month-long closure of the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. The award at the end was a new 7,100 foot runway. The airport was closed...

 

Pot moratorium starts, extended

Whitman County Commissioners put a six-month moratorium on new marijuana businesses in the county in March, then extended it another six months in September. In a series of standing-room only meetings, commissioners Art Swannack, Michael Largent and...

 

Port advances with Broadband LLC contract

The extended Port of Whitman County debate on forming a Port Broadband LLC ended at the port’s Sept. 19 meeting when the port commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of making the move. Last year there was a potential Port cooperative project, with...

 

County coroner rules on WSU death

Whitman County Coroner Annie Pillers Dec. 24 reported the death of Samuel Martinez, 19, WSU student, was caused by acute alcohol poisoning. Martinez was determined to be dead after Pullman medics responded to a call Nov. 12 at the Alpha Tau Omega...

 

Wheat growers plan Jan. 6 meeting

Whitman County Association of Wheat Growers will meet Monday, Jan. 6, at Eddy's Restaurant in Colfax at noon. Drew Lyon, WSU endowed chair in small grains, will discuss resistant weed management. For further information contact Randy Suess at...

 

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