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 By Garth Meyer    News    January 24, 2019

Footbridge could link parks

A possible pedestrian bridge at Hayton Greene Park in Palouse may be on its way. The city was nominated in November for a grant as part of a new program of the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board called “The Complete Streets...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 24, 2019

Board seeks input: Junk cars, trash, roads slated for Steptoe meet

A special meeting will be in the Steptoe Elementary School cafeteria from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 4 to review a petition covering zoning and ordinances, road conditions, non-running vehicles, trash and...

 

'Findings of dishonesty': Mayor fires Chief McNannay; civil service review next

Colfax Police Chief Rick McNannay, who was placed on administrative leave Oct. 16, was officially fired last Thursday by Mayor Todd Vanek. The firing was reported by City Attorney John Kragt who read a prepared statement at the close of Tuesday's...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 24, 2019
Toni Poffenroth

Sheriff's Sgt.Toni Poffenroth retires after 30-year career

After 30 years as a corrections officer with the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Toni Poffenroth retired Jan. 16. "Today I am officially retired!" she said."I thank everyone that has been on...

 

NASDA offers prizes for women

A prize of as much as $20,000 is the top prize in the new Women Farm to Food Business Competition. The competition, which closes Jan. 31, is sponsored by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), and promotes a new...

 

Palouse issues call for panel

The City of Palouse seeks a new member for its board of adjustment. Those interested are asked to submit a note of interest to City Hall. The board of adjustment hears and decides applications for conditional use permits and variances in the town....

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 24, 2019

Postage rate increases set for big hike next week

Cost to mail a first class letter will increase five cents from 50 cents to 55 cents Jan. 27, a hike which is believed to be the largest postage jump in U.S. history. The first class stamp, which...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 24, 2019
Sandy Jamison with Judge Gary Libey

Sandy Jamison: New county auditor, staff work to improve service

When Eunice Coker last year announced her intention to retire, Sandy Jamison was approached by several people in the county to run for the county auditor position. Before making a decision, Jamison,...

 

Public Works sets surplus vehicle sale

Whitman County commissioners Tuesday approved a public hearing for Feb. 4 for a list of Public Works surplus vehicles and equipment, including old-style snowplows that the county has been replacing for the past 10-15 years. Three 2006 Ford F-250...

 

Am I Hungry seminar

Brenna VanDalsen, a licensed Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating facilitator in Colfax, is offering an eight-week program starting Jan. 29 at noon at the Colfax Library. The program will cost $40 for materials. Participants will discover how to reconnect...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 24, 2019

Inspector calls for more clusters: Gladwill gives fourth quarter, year-end report

Whitman County Building Inspector Dan Gladwill gave a fourth quarter and year-end building report to county commissioners Tuesday. For the fourth quarter of 2018, he noted 54 permits were issued for a total valuation of $1.4 million. “Kind of a...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 24, 2019
Annie Pillers

Coroner Annie Pillers finds position calls for many skills

At the 2018 November election Annie Pillers ran unchallenged for the position of county coroner. Pillers had been appointed coroner earlier in February of last year after the former coroner, Peter...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 24, 2019

New landfill office delayed

The Whitman County Public Works department is still preparing specifications for a small, new office building at the county landfill off Carothers Road. Mark Storey, Public Works director, informed county commissioners Tuesday that they will rent a p...

 

Innovia announces scholarship round

Innovia Foundation for Eastern Washington and North Idaho announced the application round is now open for the 2019-2020 school year scholarship program. Scholarship awards are typically between $500 and $2,000 and help students in Eastern Washington...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 24, 2019

Local fishing 2019 update

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Jan. 16 announced effective on that date through March 31, the daily limit of hatchery steelhead caught on the Snake River has been reduced from three to...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 24, 2019

Pullman received grants to help replace nine buses

Of the $28.4 million the state received from Volkswagen for violating the state’s Clean Air Act, $12 million of it was allocated to be used to help pay for clean emission school buses throughout...

 
Craig Muelller

Bulldog boys win 3 in 2nd league round

Colfax boys stacked three league wins over five days in the second round of the NE-South league with the hoop season winding down. The Bulldogs finished the run Tuesday on the home court with an...

 
Kolby Slate and Nick Mcleod

Bulldogs place third at Kittitas classic

Colfax wrestlers placed third Saturday at the Kittitas Coyote Classic tournament with 115 points behind the 159 win by Lake Roosevelt. Nolan Burrill in the 120 class and Augie Allenbach in the 220...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 24, 2019
Logan Reed, Julie Baljo and Lizzy Perry

1B girls basketball: Colton beats Pomeroy again

The Colton girls picked up two more dominant wins in the Southeast 1B league last week to extend their record to 8-0, 13-2 overall. In the second meeting of two league teams which played in the state...

 
Asher Cai

Colfax girls add 2 wins, bow again to Broncos

Colfax girls advanced their record to 6-2 in the NE-South race with two wins and one loss in the second round. The Bulldogs topped Tekoa/Rosalia 70 -36 Tuesday night on the home court. They stopped a...

 

TR logs tough run

Tekoa/Rosalia boys sustained two defeats in NE-South league games over the weekend to drop to 3-4 in league standings and 11-5 overall before Tuesday’s trip to Colfax. Friday, the Timberwolves were nipped 56-51 at Reardan in a close battle. Craig...

 

Grandstand plan gets $1.4 million

A project to replace the grandstand at the Palouse Empire Fairground received a big boost Jan. 7 when Whitman County Commissioners pledged $1.4 million for the project at a meeting with fair board members and support groups. The funds will come from...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 24, 2019
Ryan Henning

1B boys basketball: 'Hawks handle Pirates, edge Tigers

Coach Carl Crider asked if he was ready and no. 11 got up and went and sat on the open bleachers in front of the scorer's table at the Oakesdale gym. The Southeast 1B league standings hung high on...

 

Bulletin Column: Jan. 24, 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...

 

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