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December taxes surpass $1 million

At Monday’s county commissioner workshop, Chris Nelson, county treasurer updated the commissioners on this past tax season. “I am happy to say as of Dec. 31 we, for the first time that I’ve seen in our records, we collected over 98 percent of...

 

Study shows dam breaching costs, impacts

The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association recently released a study that states the removal of the Lower Snake River Dams will cost the country $2.3 billion over the next 30 years. PNWA contracted with FCS Group, an economic and financial...

 

"Little Mermaid" preparation to start

Drama/play production classes will resume Jan. 16 at Colfax Junior-Senior High School as the remodeling of the auditorium is near complete. The annual production, delayed from the traditional...

 

Whitcom budget gets positive view

The Whitcom finance committee called a special meeting Monday to discuss the budget for this year. Whitcom is the regional emergency dispatch center. Dispatch services cover seven counties in Washington and Idaho. Lisa Strenge, Whitcom employee,...

 

Colfax Chamber declares First Thursday changes

Colfax Chamber of Commerce Monday announced a change in First Thursday promotions for the upcoming year. Each First Thursday this year will have a different promotional theme with the events starting earlier in the year than previously. Ladies Night...

 

Six properties sold:

Real estate sale affidavits filed last week on six tax foreclosure sales conducted by the treasurer’s office indicated a gain in the annual routine. Treasurer Chris Nelson and staff opted to place the county’s foreclosure sale online at the...

 

Schmick bill would help developmentally disabled

Legislation proposed Jan. 14 in Olympia would allow law enforcement, social workers and first responders the ability to quickly ascertain those with developmental disabilities. House Bill 2463, sponsored by Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, would provide...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 16, 2020
Jessica Pelissier; Jim Pelissier; Gina Wilson; Wraylee Flodin

Resurgence at the county sheriff's posse

A comeback is underway for the Whitman County Sheriff's Posse, with three new officers elected and a sharp rise in membership, after it dropped to five people in 2017. Seven-year co-captains Barb...

 

Bond project on budget, 60 percent done:

The Colfax school board Monday night elected officers for the new year, approved a large bus purchase and took in updates on school construction and the upcoming levy. It was the first meeting with new board member Erica Anderson. Superintendent...

 

Legislature begins 60-day session

The Washington state legislature began its 60-day 2020 legislative session Monday. Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) is the new speaker of the house, Washington's first female speaker. Rep. Frank Chopp (D-Seattle) resigned last summer after serving as...

 
Blake Holman; Spencer Gehring; Drew Kelly

Colfax zaps LRS; takes thumping at Spangle

Colfax boys roared during the second half Saturday on their home court to defeat the LRS Broncos literately in the final second of the game, 50-49. After the home win over the Broncos, the Bulldogs...

 
Perry Imler; Dakota Killian

Colfax girls endure glum week to end league round

Colfax girls sustained two big defeats this week to finish up the first round of league action with a 2-3 record. The Bulldogs were crunched 64-31 Saturday in a home game with the LRS Broncos, and...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 16, 2020
Julie Baljo

1B girls basketball: Eagles girls go after goals

In a makeup game from last Friday's snow-out, Colton played at home Monday against St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse and picked up another league win, 76-44. Rylee Vining led with 19 points while Josie...

 
Braeden Rogers; Caden Noha; Kolby Slate; Trentin Ensley

Noha adds win at LRS

Caden Noha picked up another win in the 195-pound class at Saturday's tournament hosted by the Broncos at Ritzville. Other placers for the Bulldogs were Kolby Slate, second in the 160 class; Braeden...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 16, 2020

1B boys basketball:

Gar/Pal-Oakesdale 2020 begins Friday night at Oakesdale, the first meeting of the two teams which last year added a chapter to Whitman County basketball lore, in three games, the first two won by Gar/Pal and the third, for the district championship,...

 

T-wolves, UC Academy split at Rosalia gym

Tekoa/Rosalia teams host Upper Columbia Academy Tuesday in the Rosalia gym and booked a split. The TR boys took a win in a game which burned up the scorebook. Final score was 95-83 for the hosts. Riley McClain hit 38 points to lead the T-wolves in...

 

Briefs: January 16, 2020

HAYES PLEADS NOT GUILTY Phillip A. Hayes, 59, Lamont area resident, pleaded not guilty in superior court Friday to charges of drive by shooting and second degree assault Jan. 2. Hayes remains in jail in lieu of posting bond for pre-trial release....

 

Bulletin Column: January 16, 2020

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. UNDERSHERIFF CHARGED Whitman County...

 

Joint Solutions?

Over 300 people attended a workshop in Lewiston on the Snake River dams. The meeting was designed to give various views on the future of the dams, fish runs and alternatives. The third and last of the workshop meetings was in Pasco. A panel...

 

Different Presidents, Same Distractions

The president is smack-dab in the middle of impeachment politics. Suddenly, he orders a bold but perilous military action. His defenders vehemently argue that petty politics is getting in the way of his exercising his hugely important duties as comma...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    January 16, 2020

Colin Kaepernick's Stupid Lie about America

In the torrent of idiotic commentary unleashed by the killing of Qassem Soleimani, Colin Kaepernick's deserves a place of honor. The NFL washout and Nike persona who makes sure the company doesn't produce any overly patriotic sneakers tweeted,...

 

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