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Ordinance route unlikely: Steptoe junk meet draws comments

An estimated 60 people gathered in the Steptoe School gym Monday night for a special meeting with Whitman County commissioners to hear input on a petition signed by 150 people, which calls for a count...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    February 7, 2019

Port, BoCC meet

The Whitman County Commissioners and the Port of Whitman County Commissioners had a combined workshop Monday. At the workshop, the port gave presentations on a couple of projects for which they would...

 
 By Alysen Boston    News    February 7, 2019

Giant new Pullman complex will offer shuttle to WSU

With a private shuttle dropping them off on campus, future residents of the Hills on Grand, an off-campus student housing complex with an estimated $62 million value, will benefit from something no other Pullman rental agency has done yet. Pete...

 
 By Alysen Boston    News    February 7, 2019

Health director says mortality report not a concern on individual level

A new study by Washington State University's medical school in Spokane found higher mortality rates on the eastern side of the state, but health officials say the subject is a lot more complicated...

 

Rosalia mayor seeks support for Olympia

Rosalia Mayor Lee Root posted on both his personal and public Facebook pages Tuesday a request for support from the town’s residents in securing state funding to repair or replace its failing water and sewer infrastructure. Root and the town...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 7, 2019

Commercial scale repairs near finish at transfer station

After being damaged by an August 2017 lightning strike, the commercial scale has been repaired and tested for a return to service at the county landfill. The scales were added in 2015 with the new recycling building. County staff conferred with the...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    February 7, 2019
Kyle Hooper and Curtis Scholz

Kyle Hooper joins staff at Edward Jones in Colfax

Kyle Hooper from Santa Clarita, Calif., has joined Curtis Scholz, his father-in-law, as a financial advisor at the Edward Jones office in Colfax. He received a welcome party at the office last...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    February 7, 2019
Greta White

Greta White follows Smith on school directors state board

Greta White from Endicott is one of four new Washington State School District Association (WSSDA) board members. She replaced Harmon Smith from LaCrosse. WSSDA board members are nominated and elected...

 
 By Alysen Boston    News    February 7, 2019

Pullman Chamber releases 2019 legislative agenda

In the first edition of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee newsletter, the committee outlined its goals for the 2019 legislative agenda — the first time it has been shared outside of the chamber’s board and the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 7, 2019

Palouse Brewfest again sold out

It takes no advertising. If you have to ask how to get in on it, you are likely too late. It is the seventh annual Palouse Cabin Fever Brewfest Feb. 9 at the Palouse Community Center. Each year, tickets go on sale the day after Thanksgiving at four...

 
Asher Cai

Bulldog girls bound back in NE district start at WV

Colfax girls bounced back Tuesday with a 50-26 win over Wilbur/Creston in the first-round action for NE district action at West Valley. The Bulldogs posted a 26-10 lead at the half with a balanced...

 

Colfax wrestlers win at Pomeroy; target state mat tickets

It will be a case of one more time Saturday at Liberty when the Colfax wrestlers hit the mats for the regional tournament in a quest for tickets to the mat classic in Tacoma the following week. All but one member to the team bagged a top-four finish...

 
Bryan Rubin

Bulldogs top NE-South, face Broncos at district

Colfax boys will travel to West Valley today to play the LRS Broncos in the second round of the 12-team district tournament, which offers three slots to the state regional round and a possible ticket...

 

TR boys top Wildcats, face Dragons

Tekoa/Rosalia boys, who landed in the south side number-five slot after a loss to Asotin Friday, defeated Wilbur/Creston 69-51 in first round action at the NE district show at West Valley on Tuesday. The Timberwolves will face St. George's, the 18-2...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    February 7, 2019
Austin Jones

One for the ages in Whitman County: Vikings take Oakesdale, league on last shot

It came down to two deep shots from Austin Jones, the last of which left his hands with 4.8 seconds remaining. In the crowded Oakesdale gym Saturday night, Feb. 2, with double-doors behind the stage...

 

Colton girls, Gar/Pal boys top seeds in league tourney

The Southeast 1B league tournament starts Friday in a new four-team format, reduced from six last year. For the boys, no. 1 seed Garfield/Palouse will host no. 4 Pomeroy at home Saturday, Feb. 9. Tip-off is 6 p.m. No. 2 seed Oakesdale will host no....

 

Bulletin Column: Feb. 7, 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 updated. SNOW STORM CLOSES SCHOOLS St. John and...

 

State of the Union

After threats and counter threats, invitations and disinvitations, the State of the Union Address finally occurred. President Trump gave his speech from the House of Representatives Tuesday night. Behind him, Nancy Pelosi sat listening, sometimes...

 

Collateral Damage

There's an expression we hear or see all too frequently, one that is particularly odious: "collateral damage." Some military types, or civilian leaders who are pursuing their own ambitions, use that phrase to sterilize the death and maiming of...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    February 7, 2019

In Defense of the MAGA hat

The fundamental offense of the Covington Catholic High School kids wasn't so much allegedly mobbing, mocking or getting in the face of an American Indian drummer at the Lincoln Memorial. It was wearing red Make America Great Again hats. That was the...

 

Please vaccinate

It’s not likely they colluded. Yet on Jan. 31, publisher Gordon Forgey of the Whitman County Gazette and managing editor Devin Rokyta of the Daily News published editorials on the dangers of ignoring vaccinations. The reason? Washington State’s...

 

Yay! Frank

Dear Editor, Frank Watson wrote a powerful column (1-31-19) regarding the prohibition of marijuana and other drugs. He said, "The argument that made the most sense to me was, 'What we are doing now isn't working.' " That's what I tried to say....

 

Student Debt Draining Retired Income

A lot is written about students exiting college saddled with hefty student loans; however, the impact on retired parents went largely unnoticed. Recently, Wall Street Journal writer AnnaMaria Andriotis reported Americans over 60 years old are coming...

 

Nation of Law

Four Washington state counties announced they will not enforce Initiative 1639, and more may follow. I don’t understand. I was taught in high school civics class we are a federal, constitutional democracy. I remembered the words but didn’t quite...

 

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