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Gazette changes hands

Gordon Forgey, publisher of the Whitman County Gazette and Colfax Daily Bulletin, has announced the sale of the papers to Free Press Publishing based in Cheney. Forgey, publisher since 1985 and owner since 2001, said the new owners will take over...

 

BoCC talks update project funding

On Feb. 18, the county commissioners held an afternoon workshop to discuss possible financing scenarios for upgrades and replacements coming to the courthouse and jail. The main purpose of the meeting was to see how much cash from the general fund...

 

Possession Oakesdale

The Oakesdale vs. Gar/Pal boys basketball rivalry culminated in a 47-43 overtime win for the Nighthawks Feb. 21 in Walla Walla for the district title. See story and photos from that tournament and...

 

Preparation underway for 2020 Census

County Commissioner Dean Kinzer reported to the commissioners Monday morning on a 2020 Census session he attended this past week. He said this session covered details related to the upcoming census and the importance of the numbers collected. “It...

 

67th Uniontown Sausage Feed returns Sunday

On the calendar since 1954, the Uniontown Sausage Feed returns Sunday, March 1, a benefit for the community center which serves plates of sausage, applesauce, mashed potatoes, green beans and sauerkraut. Pie completes the meal, beginning 10 a.m....

 

Feel the luck March 5 with First Thursday

Ring in March with a little luck by participating in the Chamber of Commerce First Thursday celebration of shopping local with the chance to win. Titled Leprechaun Luck, March’s First Thursday will give participants the chance to win $500 in cash...

 

Marijuana code moves closer

The Whitman County Planning Commission’s work on a proposed new code for marijuana is nearing a home stretch, with a proposed ordinance under SEPA review (State Environmental Policy Act) in Olympia with a public comment period to begin Feb. 27,...

 

Bulletin Column: February 27, 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. SEPA CLEARS PROPOSED MARIJUANA ORDINANCE The...

 

Whitman County SWAT adds MRAP vehicle

The Whitman County Sheriff's Office has officially rolled out its newest tactical vehicle, designed to provide increased safety for the community, and SWAT team members, when responding to high risk...

 

New murals possibly coming to Colfax

Whitman County Commissioner Michael Largent presented to the rest of the board at its Monday morning workshop that the Colfax Arts Council is interested in putting a mural on the side of the Public...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 27, 2020

Modern Plantsman to move

The plant store in Colfax is moving. A Modern Plantsman, which opened on Canyon Street last March, is expected to re-open again in the coming week at a new corner spot on Main Street and Wall, the...

 

Temporary meeting date changes for Friends of Whitman County Library

The Friends of Whitman County Library meetings have been changed to the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Norma McGregor meeting room at Whitman County Library. This temporary change runs through May 5, after which the group will return...

 

Workshops offered for college-minded

Thinking of college for yourself or a family member but unsure where to start? Spokane Falls Community College has partnered with Neill Public Library to offer free how-to workshops for getting a college education. The Pullman campus of Spokane...

 

Automated flaggers to be tested this upcoming summer

At the Monday morning commissioners workshop, Mark Storey, Whitman County public works director, brought before the commissioners the idea of purchasing an automated flagger for this summer's road construction season. An automated flagger is a...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 27, 2020

Sciborgs, Vikotics robotics season to start

The high school robotics season nears its start again for 2020, with teams around the northwest – and the world – preparing for first competitions, to begin this weekend. The Palouse Area...

 

WCHS meets new docent

Last week the Whitman County Historical Society enjoyed the hospitality and vintage surroundings of the Perkins House for its board meeting. One highlight of the meeting was the introduction of Jill...

 

Possible new developments coming to POWBAC

At Thursday's Port of Whitman County meeting, future building plans were discussed at the Port of Whitman Business Air Center. The reason behind new buildings at POWBAC came from an anonymous local company that was interested in space at POWBAC....

 

Auditor explains:

Sandy Jamison Whitman County Auditor Why is Washington State holding a presidential primary on March 10, 2020? Back in March of 2019, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation that would move the presidential primary in 2020 to March...

 
Carl Crider; Kevin Young

Oakesdale takes district in O.T.

Was it the only open shot of the fourth quarter? It wasn't even the fourth quarter anymore, it was overtime. In a fierce fight in Walla Walla Friday night, Feb. 21, Oakesdale's Tyler Bober caught a...

 

Five county teams to play in regionals Saturday

Regional round basketball games will be played around the state Saturday with five county teams still alive. The 2B Colfax boys are the no. 9 seed, set to meet no. 16 Oroville at University High Schoo...

 
Caden Noha; Lucas Ashley

Colfax's Noha takes second in state

At the Mat Classic XXXII at the Tacoma Dome Feb. 21-22, Colfax High's Caden Noha took second place in the state 1B/2B ranks at 182 pounds. Noha, a junior, started with a bye, then pinned his first...

 
Maddy Dixon; LouEllen Reed

Pomeroy girls handle Oakesdale for title

The Pomeroy girls and their long-missing star guard Emma Severs beat Oakesdale 50-39 last last Friday in Walla Walla to take the District Nine title and advance to regionals. Oakesdale, which split...

 

Colton girls' 13-year state run ends

What if a basketball team made it to state 13 years in a row? What if they won the championship eight times in row? What if they lost in the semifinals the next year and then won the championship two...

 

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