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Proprietor Witt-Miller: Cougar Country will be back 'stronger than ever'

After KXLY News in Spokane reported Friday an employee claimed Cougar Country, Pullman's beloved drive-in diner, was closing, the rumor hit social media with people who described themselves as...

 

Residents approve levies above legal cap

In a landmark election, Whitman County voters approved levies violating the state’s legal limit, continuing a precedent set by other school districts. School districts in Oakesdale and Colton each asked for programs and operations levies that are...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 14, 2019

Seventh Cabin Fever Brewfest brings 650

On a snow-draped seventh annual Palouse Cabin Fever Brewfest Feb. 2 no beer lines froze. Organizers for the colder-than-usual indoor/outdoor event in Palouse made concessions for weather, adapting...

 

C & C Fund seeks president

In order for the Colfax and Community Fund to continue, a new president is needed. Many local non-profits including the Council on Aging, Boy Scouts, Palouse River Counseling, Families Together,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 14, 2019

Variety of items: Colfax Supt. Pugh updates board on his Olympia trip

The Colfax School board met Monday night with a modified agenda due to snow, postponing a Jennings Elementary board appreciation event at the school library. Board members instead gathered in their regular meeting room and Superintendent Jerry Pugh o...

 

Driver hits power pole

Amanda Madlin, Spokane, sustained minor injuries Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, when the vehicle she was driving went off Highway 27 north of Garfield and collided with an Avista power pole. The accident report said the pole snapped in two places and...

 

Assault charges cite county jail fight

Assault charges filed Monday against a Whitman County jail inmate included a detailed account of an alleged assault that took place in the women's section of the Whitman County jail Jan. 24. Randi Keene, 35, was charged with assaulting inmate Ashley...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 14, 2019

Habitat for Humanity will build houses in Palouse, Uniontown

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity will build its 2019 house in Palouse, its third there since the chapter formed in 1992. It has also bought land in Uniontown for its 2020 project. In Palouse this spring, volunteers will break ground on...

 

Session set Feb. 20 on procurement

A workshop on government contracting will be Wednesday, Feb. 20, from noon until 3 p.m., at Umpqua Bank, 225 N Grand Ave. in Pullman. The meeting is free to Pullman Chamber members, and $10 for non-members. Please reserve by Friday, Feb. 15. The...

 

Sheriff asks drivers to leave contact info in stuck vehicles

Whitman County Sheriff's Office has come across a number of vehicles stuck in snowbanks and abandoned along sides of the road after the recent influx of snow. Most often the vehicles are stuck in a...

 

Selway launches website to support rural zone change

Selway Holdings, LLC and Dewey Scientific have set up a website to promote their bid for a zone change on a land parcel southwest of Pullman. Selway Holdings wants to rezone 3.5 acres of an 8.4 acre...

 
Cameron Hiatt

Asotin stops Bulldogs short of NE title game

Asotin's Panthers edged Colfax 54-51 Tuesday at the NE semi-final round at West Valley to end a Colfax bid to get into the title game. To remain on the road to state action, the Bulldogs will now...

 
Kierstyn York

Liberty drops Colfax again to advance to NE title tilt

Liberty's Lancers took control in the last quarter Tuesday night for a 56-52 win over Colfax in the NE semi-final round at West Valley. The Lancers out-scored Colfax 13-6 in the last quarter to get...

 

1B girls basketball districts: Colton-Pomeroy girls set to meet for title

The No. 1 seed Colton girls advanced to meet No. 2 Pomeroy for the Southeast 1B league/District Nine championship game Wednesday night in Colfax, with the winner going to regionals. The two teams have been first and second all season in the league...

 

Snow storms change state wrestling finals

Snow storms across the state last week wound up knocking out the normal regional round of the state finals for the wrestling campaign. Facing reports of bad roads and school closures, WIAA last week called off the regional eliminations and developed... Full story

 

Gar/Pal, Oakesdale on to district title game

Garfield/Palouse and Oakesdale have been the class of Whitman County 1B boys basketball for the past two years. Last season, the Vikings beat Oakesdale at Oakesdale in the district playoffs to send the Nighthawks into the loser’s bracket where...

 

Hoop campaign ends for TR

Davenport’s Gorillas booked a 60-53 win over Tekoa /Rosalia Tuesday at West Valley to end a strong hoop season for the Timberwolves. The two teams hooked up after the elimination game was stopped twice by snowstorms. They had been booked to play...

 

1B tournament begins new format

A new league/district tournament format began this week for county 1B basketball. The four-team tournament for the Southeast 1B league opened at home sites Friday and concludes Saturday at Colfax, with two boys teams and two girls teams advancing to...

 
Kathryn Vogler

Bulletin Column: Feb. 14, 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...

 

Another shutdown?

It is still up in the air. The long awaited compromise to avoid another government shutdown is in the works. It is being cautiously called an agreement “in principle.” A tentative agreement may be a better description. As of this writing,...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Feb. 14, 2019

Okeydokes Palouse mayor should school Colfax! The county commissioners, who trekked out to meet constituents at the Steptoe school, came to listen and not to direct. It was a very good meeting. Our lovely friend who gave us the beautiful copper... Full story

 

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