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 By Kara Davidson    News    January 3, 2019

Crop numbers show 2018 very good for wheat

Whitman County has been the nation’s top producer of wheat since 1978. Washington state is the fourth largest producer of wheat, following North Dakota, Kansas and Montana. According to the...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 3, 2019

Port gets report on calls for fiber bids

Port of Whitman County commissioners received an update at their Dec. 20 meeting following a request for services which were issued in November for the fiber to the home projects. The port has...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 3, 2019

County parks targets three big projects in 2019

The new year for Whitman County Parks started with new board members and three large projects set for 2019. In early December, Angela Taylor, a Pullman engineer, replaced Parks board member Tom...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 3, 2019

Policy change allows transfer of sick leave

A policy change occurred at the commissioners meeting Monday, Dec. 31, due in part to the new County Treasurer, Christina Nelson. Earlier in December Nelson, who has been the IT director for the...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 3, 2019

New software provides port with improved fiber mapping

Port of Whitman County has new fiber mapping software, VETRO FiberMap, which was demonstrated at the Dec. 20 port meeting by Kara Riebold, the chief operating officer at the port. A viewer version of...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 3, 2019

Feds add $151,000 to grant for Almota Road rebuild

Whitman County commissioners Dec. 17 approved an amendment to the county’s six-year transportation improvement plan to add $151,000 from the Federal Highway Infrastructure program, part of a planned allocation that sent $18.1 million to counties...

 

Good Old Days: Jan. 3, 2019

125 years ago The Commoner, Dec. 22, 1893 Justice of the Peace Truax Tuesday sent Daniel McDonald to the county jail for 40 days for selling a pint of whisky to two Indians. 100 years ago The Colfax Commoner, Dec. 20, 1918 The influenza epidemic...

 

Four towns will receive state T.I.B. street funds

The Town of Oakesdale will undertake surveying and engineering in 2019 for road reconstruction projects to be paid for by a grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board. The annual grants were announced in November. The $329,497 grant for...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 3, 2019

Volunteer orientation set: Warming shelter opens at Pullman city hall site

Nathan Weller, co-coordinator and Pullman City Council member, has announced that the Pullman Warming Center will have a Volunteer Orientation Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. before the warming center’s reopening...

 

Births: Jan. 3, 2019

At Whitman Hospital and Medical Center Pruitt, Michael Joseph, born Dec. 30 at seven pounds, to Jordon Huckaby and Michael Pruitt, Colfax. Paternal grandparents are Heather Soppe, Eldon, Mo., and Mike Beardsley, Oakesdale, Wash. Maternal... Full story

 

St. Ignatius tours return

Two tours of the former St. Ignatius Hospital building Colfax have been scheduled for this month, according to Val Gregory, unified executive director for Colfax Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Association. The tours of the building have been a...

 
Braeden Rogers and Steven Toland

Bulldog wrestlers battle at Pomeroy, Freeman

Augie Allenbach booked a win Friday in the 220 class at the Pomeroy Christmas tournament and followed it up with a number-two finish at the big Freeman Classic tournament on the next day to lead the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 3, 2019

1B girls basketball: Oakesdale wins Reardan tourney, Colton loses two at Spokane Valley

The Oakesdale girls had four days off from practice over Christmas and then regrouped to win the Reardan tournament Dec. 28-29. Opening with a 55-38 win over the hosts, Logan Reed led with 25 points while Lizzy Perry added 14 and freshman guard Bree...

 

Liberty, NWC bring big marks to Colfax

Liberty girls will bring a 9-1 record to Colfax Friday after posting a 63-50 win over Mountain Home Saturday in the last day round of the Eagle Holiday Classic at West Valley. Maisie Burnham hit 30 points against the Idaho club. Colfax girls stacked...

 

Bulldogs crank up for big return

Basketball action will return to the Colfax gym with two home games over Friday and Saturday in the local gym which last saw hoop action Dec. 20 before the holiday break. Bulldog teams will return to the home boards after three road trips. The...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 3, 2019

Wins, losses for Oakesdale, Colton

The Oakesdale boys went to the Reardan tournament Dec. 27-28 and lost in the first round to the hosts. Reardan led by four points at halftime, then by one at the end of the third quarter before Oakesdale took a two-point lead with three minutes left...

 

Bulletin Column: Jan. 3, 2019

These reports are from the previous four issues of the Daily Bulletin in Colfax. They are reprinted here for the benefit of Gazette readers who reside outside of Colfax. Some accounts have been updated. LEWISTON-SPOKANE SPEED CHASE A high-speed...

 

2018's top stories: Cedar Street, Highway 195 projects marked 2018 summer construction year

Road construction projects in Colfax and on Highway 195 marked a big year with overall costs of the two projects finishing in the $7 million range. The Colfax project on the North Flat was done by...

 

2018's top stories: Summer of judges

It was the summer of judges in Whitman County in 2018, with prominent, visible campaigns from three candidates running to succeed the retiring Doug Robinson as District Court judge. From parades across the county, to signs in even amounts at...

 

2018's top stories: Colfax passes $18.9 million school bond

After 13 months preparing and presenting what became an $18.9 million bond measure for the Colfax School District, it passed Feb. 13 with 73 percent of the vote. The high margin was noted by many...

 

2018's top stories: Port approaches 25-year Boyer upgrade

Port of Whitman County commissioners signed a 25-year lease last January with the Army Corps of Engineers for Boyer Park and Marina. The lease was required before the port could receive a $198,000...

 

2018's top stories: Tekoa's Jaeger resigns

After 11 years as Tekoa mayor, John Jaeger resigned Oct. 30, leaving the city council 90 days to appoint a successor. Mayor pro-tem Troy Wilson took over and was himself appointed mayor Nov. 19. Jaeger was elected to his third term in 2016, never...

 

2018's top stories: 'Weedstock' in rancher's field

A never-before event took place in Whitman County last year. "Weedstock 2018" got underway on the afternoon of April 20 on land owned by the Gilchrist family near Klemgard Park between Colfax and...

 

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