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Change to inmate medical coverage at jail

County Sheriff Brett Myers brought before the county commissioners, during their Monday workshop, the status of medical providers for inmates at the jail. “We are in the middle of medical contract providers for inmates,” Myers said. “Probably...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 30, 2020

Recycle costs county $47,000 in 2019

Whitman County commissioners learned Jan. 21 costs for 2019 recycling. The county lost $47,000 on single-stream recycling. The total represents out-of-pocket costs, not including equipment or labor....

 

Courthouse project cost estimates jump

Brandy Dean, county facilities management director, and Gary Petrovich, county administrative director, Monday presented to the county commissioners the cost and possible upgrades and replacements at the courthouse and jail. The project presented...

 
Patricia Casey; Eliot Casey

Casey first baby of year, decade

Eliot Robert Casey arrived at 1:16 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, to win first baby honors and prizes at Whitman Hospital. He is the seventh child born to Patricia and Robert Casey of Rosalia. In addition...

 

Colfax council okays settlement

After a 15-minute executive session Jan. 21, Colfax city council members re-convened and approved a settlement sum offer of up to $85,000 for alleged damages sustained by Chief Rick McNannay as a result of his firing and subsequent re-hiring last...

 

Frat arson inmate locked down

Issac DePaolo, the Cheney resident who was sentenced to a year in jail July 12 after he pleaded guilty to charges of second degree arson and reckless burning of the Theta Chi fraternity on College Hill in Pullman, was the subject of a lengthy report...

 

Cosmic Crisp arrives

The Cosmic Crisp apple is front and center at Safeway in Pullman Jan. 24. The cosmic crisp is a hybrid between Honeycrisp and Enterprise apples. It was created to have the texture and juiciness of...

 

Ladder truck passes test

The aerial ladder on the 1979 Maxim Fire truck for the Colfax Fire Department underwent a series of tests Thursday in the rain and passed, according to Assistant Chief Tim Tingley. The truck had been scheduled for the Underwriter Laboratories test....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 30, 2020

Fourth quarter, full-year building reports released

Dan Gladwill, county building inspector, delivered year-end and fourth-quarter building reports to county commissioners Jan. 21. “A little short of most of the years past,” Gladwill said of the last quarter. For the year-end, it was as expected....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 30, 2020
Terry Huber; Jennifer Hauser; Jerry Pugh

Jennings kids showcase work to school board

Jennings Elementary staff and students put on a school board appreciation session in the school library Monday night, with each class presenting something about what they are now learning. To begin,...

 

WSU Interfraternity Council sets alcohol guidelines

The Washington State University Interfraternity Council passed its first executive order of 2020 Jan. 26, which will restrict social events with alcohol following the death of WSU fraternity Alpha Tau Omega member, 19-year-old Samuel Martinez,...

 

W.H.E.A.T. seeks zone change at LaCrosse site

Whitman County commissioners have set a public hearing for a requested zone change at LaCrosse for W.H.E.A.T (We Honor Every American Troop). The change would create a new limited light industrial zone on a two-acre property with an existing...

 
Stacie Archer; Billy Ray Jr.

Happy umpah birthday

Stacie Archer is honored with a big bass happy birthday solo played by SJE Band Director Billy Ray Jr. Saturday night at St. John before varsity games....

 

Palouse raises sewer rates

Following a public hearing, Palouse city council Jan. 14, voted to raise its residential sewer rates from $39 to $44 per month. The change is part of the city's preparation to fund required upgrades to the city's wastewater treatment facility. City...

 

Palouse's Dixon joins state advisory panel

Palouse City Administrator Kyle Dixon has been appointed to the Association of Washington Cities' Small City Advisory Committee. Named in December, he was set to go to his first meeting Tuesday in Olympia. The group advocates for the interests of...

 

Tough As Nails to host first community workshop

Tough As Nails will conduct its first community workshop called “Share the Love” Saturday Feb. 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rosalia Middle School gym to assemble 60 activity kits for hospital donation. “This event is not limited to Rosalia mem...

 

One open seat:

Palouse Mayor Chris Cook Jan. 14 swore in new city council members Steve Alred and Mary Welcome, along with re-elected council members Bill Slinkard and Katie Cooper. The same night the council accepted the resignation of Will Perry for seat no. 5,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 30, 2020
Blake Jones; Owen Swannack

Oakesdale, Garfield/Palouse continue hold at top of 1B boys league

With two more Southeast 1B wins each last week, Oakesdale and Garfield/Palouse remain in first and second place in league standings for boys basketball – Oakesdale ahead because of a narrow win...

 
Layne Gingerich; Aiden Kieffer

Bulldog boys add two wins, face tough games to end league

Colfax boys put on the pressure Friday at Reardan to top the Indians in the second half and take a win that moved them up a notch in the end-of-season district playoff grid which will start next week...

 
Annie Cox

Bronco girls nudge Colfax in wild overtime round

Colfax girls Friday ripped to an early lead in a showdown game at Reardan, but they lost traction in the second half and the Broncos booked a two-point win in overtime. It was the second Bronco win...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 30, 2020
Lizzy Perry

1B girls basketball:

The Oakesdale girls took down unbeaten Pomeroy 38-37. On Jan. 24, in the Pirates' gym, the Nighthawks evened the series, the two teams now tied at the top of the Southeast 1B. Oakesdale led by 12...

 

Liberty wins big over Tekoa/Rosalia

Liberty’s Lancers continued to dominate the league Friday when they bounced both Tekoa/Rosalia teams at Tekoa Friday. The Lancer boys posted a 83-39 win with Jake Holling hitting 21 points and Tayshawn Colvin hitting 26. Riley McLain led TR with...

 

Bulletin Column: January 30, 2020

LEVY BALLOTS HIT MAIL Ballots for this year's school levy arrived at Colfax Saturday and Monday. The ballots were mailed out of Tacoma Friday by a contractor. Colfax district has approximately 2,800 registered voters. The programs and operation...

 

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