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$1.5 million: Fair launches plan for new grandstand

After an injection of $1.4 million from the county's .09 sales tax fund, the Palouse Empire Fair has launched a plan to install a new grandstand at the fairground over this summer and have the new facility ready for September's fair. Bill Tensfeld,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 31, 2019

School levies test state's limit

School levies to go before voters in Colton and Oakesdale in two weeks are against the law. Last February, the Colton school board approved a levy for 2019 at $3.08 per thousand dollars of assessed property value. In June, the Washington state...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 31, 2019

Port gets boost in funds for fiber

Chief Operating Officer Kara Riebold reported to Port of Whitman County commissioners Jan. 24 that the Community Economics Revitalization Board (CERB) has increased the Port’s loan and broadband...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 31, 2019
Riley Griffiths and Kylie Kackman

School board appreciation night: Colfax board approves construction bid documents

The Colfax School board approved 1,775 pages of bid documents Monday night for a year-and-a-half of upcoming construction, paid for by the $18.9 million bond passed last February. The documents, which...

 

Correction: Colton tank levy was filed on time

A report in a recent Gazette noted that a Colton special levy for the ballot Feb. 12 did not make it on the ballot last November “due to timing of its filing with the Whitman County Elections department.” The Town of Colton filed the request on...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 31, 2019

Port eyes rail work

Port of Whitman County’s Chief Operating Officer Kara Reibold, recently received a phone call for an option to improve the rail inspections and maintenance for the county. A former employee of Watco...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 31, 2019

LaCrosse students earn ski trip to Bluewood

Students in grades four through twelve at LaCrosse went on a ski trip Jan. 3 to Bluewood near Dayton. This was the school's third year taking students skiing as part of their Student of Character...

 

Palouse approves car charger site at rest area

The Palouse city council Jan. 22 approved Heritage Park, a small grass space with restrooms next to the Palouse Market on Main Street, as the site for a coming electric vehicle charger. The council discussed other proposed sites as a spot by Palouse...

 

McNannay gives account of pre-firing events

Rick McNannay, who was terminated as Colfax police chief Jan. 17 after serving in the position since mid 2012, Friday said he was told he was fired for dishonesty which related to what he terms hiring mistakes at the end of 2016. McNanny, who was giv...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 31, 2019

Colfax sets official Bulldog logo

Beginning in December, Colfax Junior/Senior High School Principal Carrie Lipe sent out a Google online survey to an estimated 900 junior/senior high students, staff and parents. It included four...

 
Braeden Rogers

Grapplers take aim at top four finishes

Colfax wrestlers will head for Pomeroy Saturday with a goal of placing in the top four weight slots to advance on the road to state. Pomeroy will be the site of the southern side of the all-B elims...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 31, 2019
Eliza Lundberg

Final weekend commences for regular hoops season

Going into the last weekend of regular season basketball in the Southeast 1B league, Colton remains at the top followed by Pomeroy, Oakesdale and St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse – which has a secure path...

 

Bulldogs seek to nail down NE-S top slot

Colfax boys, now rolling on an 8-1 record in the NE-South league, will travel to Liberty Friday night and attempt to nail down the top slot finish in the league. A number-one finish would put the Bulldogs in a top spot in the brackets for the NE...

 

Colfax girls top Reardan, bow to Pomeroy Pirates

Colfax girls Friday night pegged a 48-29 win over Reardan to advance their NE-South record to 7-2 going into the last league round at Liberty. The Bulldogs, who have lost both of the league games to the LRS Broncos, will attempt to finish in the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    January 31, 2019
Kameron Greenhalgh

Boys tied-for-first: Oakesdale and GP meet Saturday

A big game arrives this weekend, high stakes and a Roman numeral at the end: Garfield/Palouse-Oakesdale II. The Gar/Pal boys basketball team won 46-34 the first time, at Palouse Jan. 11. On Saturday,...

 

Bulletin Column: Jan. 31, 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...

 

Measles

Measles were officially eradicated in 2000 in the United States. The viral disease was a scourge for young kids, killing thousands. Since the concerted effort to vaccinate children, the disease in the states was eliminated, although it remained a vir...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Jan. 31, 2019

Pet Peeves Laws against dwarf tossing. What’s going on at City Hall, and what’s it gonna cost us all? Okeydokes The man putting wood chips along dike between McDonald Park and Golf Course. Colfax PD for continuing to serve us despite slim...

 

A Different Brexit

Maybe British Prime Minister Theresa May needs to change her country's Brexit focus. Instead of severing ties with the European Union, maybe she should address the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States, and disunite them. It w...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    January 31, 2019

Get Over It – Trump's Not Going Anywhere

The walls supposedly are always closing in on Donald Trump. The end is always beginning. He's going to quit. He's going to be impeached and removed. He's going to decide not to run again. Somehow or other, he's going to relieve everyone of the...

 

Guns in schools

There has been shootings at schools for decades, but none like the shootings of today. The first mass school shooting was at the University of Texas, with 17 people killed, which included the shooter, Charles Whitman. He went to school with the...

 

Steptoe session

I would like to encourage every concerned Whitman County resident to attend the meeting on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Steptoe School, when a petition will be reviewed with the county commissioners concerning zoning and ordinances, road conditions,...

 

Letter to editor

Frank Watson (Jan. 24, 2019, "Declaration of a Non-Candidate"), your self-admitted deficits would make you the perfect GOP candidate. Frank, you underestimate your potential. --Mark Olson, Seattle...

 

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