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 By Garth Meyer    News    February 6, 2020

St. Elmo's closer to tear-down

Plans appear to be set in Palouse for the demolition of the St. Elmo's building, the 1888 former hotel on Main Street, for which its private owner has deemed further remodeling unfeasible. The City...

 

River System study ready to be released

County and port commissioners discussed port and county-related issues at a joint workshop session Monday. Port Commissioner Tom Kammerzell reminded all that at the end of the month a draft of the Environmental Impact Study will be released by the...

 

School districts seek to renew levies

Voters have until Tuesday to return the ballots for school funding requests made by nine districts in the county. Many districts are asking voters to approve levies for educational programs and operations which will replace levies that will expire...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 6, 2020

County Public Works plans culvert grading process

The Whitman County Public Works Department has begun a process to create a full inventory of thousands of metal culverts which cross under roads in the county. The existing list goes back to the late...

 

Palouse Conservation District plans for next five years

Palouse Conservation District held its annual meeting Jan. 30 at the Gladish Community Center in Pullman. The purpose of the annual meeting is to recap the 2019 year and to gain feedback on how to...

 

W.H.E.A.T. zone at LaX approved

Whitman County commissioners approved a zone change request Monday for a two-acre lot just southwest of LaCrosse, now owned by W.H.E.A.T. (We Honor Every American Troop). The property, originally zoned as agricultural, has an existing warehouse and...

 

Staircase Rapids hike

The Palouse Falls chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute plans a March 7 spring hike along the upper rim of Staircase Rapids, north of Washtucna. The hike will be approximately 3.5 miles. The group's spring hike last year was scratched because of...

 

Coroner reports on Palouse death

Whitman County Coroner Annie Pillers Jan. 28 issued a cause report on the unattended death of Adam Michael Smith, 35, Palouse. She determined Mr. Smith died Jan. 16, 2020, at his residence in Palouse of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Manner of...

 

Fair sets theme for the year

The theme for this year's Palouse Empire Fair will be "Wagon Teams to Western Dreams," Fair Manager Janel Goebel announced at Monday night's fair board meeting. Goebel noted they received a lot of nominations for the unique 2020 year, but decided to...

 

Whitman Hospital still going strong

On Jan. 8, 2020, Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima announced that it would be closing its doors due to continual financial struggles. With the recent announcement of ARMC closing, Laurie...

 

Bulldog girls fend off Bronc rally for win

Colfax girls fought off a last quarter rally by the Broncos to take a big win at Ritzville Tuesday night. The Bulldogs stacked a 29-18 lead in the first half and then held on while the lead was gradually erased and the hosts came within range in the...

 

Bulldogs wrestlers aim at district slots

Colfax wrestlers will roll to Liberty today for the district elimination, the first step to the state matt classic at the Tacoma Dome. The top four finishers at Liberty today will compete in the regional round next Saturday at Reardan, and the top...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    February 6, 2020
Saige Smith; Kara Bloomberg

1B girls basketball: Colton girls throw wrench into league top

The Colton girls dropped more doubt over the top of the Southeast 1B basketball standings last weekend with a 52-45 win over Oakesdale – the team that just beat undefeated league leaders Pomeroy...

 
Riley McLain

McLain tops 1,000 career points

Rosalia senior hoopster Riley McLain topped the 1,000-point career mark Saturday in the league game against Reardan. He finished with 15 points in the Timberwolves 55-65 loss to Reardan at Rosalia....

 

Timberwolves book split as league winds down

After battling to a 26-26 tie in the first half Friday night at Asotin the Tekoa/Rosalia Timberwolves stacked a 10-point lead in the third frame and fought off a late rally by the Panthers for a 58-54 win. Garrett Naught and Riley McLain each hit 17...

 

Broncos charge bags win in second Colfax thriller

Colfax boys, who took an amazing comeback win over the LRS Broncos when the two teams locked up at Colfax, sustained a five-point loss Tuesday at Ritzville. The Broncos charged late and took the win 57-52. The battle went to the final buzzer in a...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    February 6, 2020

Shot at districts on line for SJEL

With two league games left, if the St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse boys basketball team beats Touchet Saturday, they will advance to a neutral-site playoff game against Pomeroy, to decide the fourth and...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    February 6, 2020

1B boys basketball Oakesdale-Gar/Pal II set for Friday

All roads lead to the Palouse gym Saturday night in Whitman County. The last time the Oakesdale and Garfield/Palouse boys basketball teams played may have sent Dawson Dugger to Mr. Landle's room at...

 

Briefs: February 6, 2020

PARVIN ROAD-195 CRASH ZONE A total of five different accidents were investigated Monday morning when drivers encountered ice on Highway 195 near the Parvin Road intersection, south of Colfax. All the accidents were logged at 6:12 a.m. None of the...

 

Bulletin: February 6, 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. COLFAX MARKS ADU TWO NIGHT Discussion of a...

 

Positive and progressive impact?

I can't think of any previous Super Bowl where I had to Google who was booked for the halftime show. The honor went to Shakira and Jennifer Lopez this year. I'll start off by saying kudos for having two Spanish-speaking singers headlining the show...

 

Schiff for President?

Let's discuss the fantasy that so many desperate Democrats are having. In their minds, they're asking, "Is it too late for Adam Schiff to run for president?" Actually, since his dynamite performance as lead House of Representatives counsel advocating...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    February 6, 2020

Trump Removal Would Be Insane

It's easy to forget what the Senate impeachment trial is supposed to be about. It's not a fight over whether the Senate will call a couple of witnesses that the House couldn't, or didn't bother to, obtain on its own. The underlying question is...

 

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