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 By Garth Meyer    News    February 28, 2019
Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy

Marijuana zone change meeting Monday: Tracy advises board; crowd listens

Whitman County Commissioners will schedule a session for Monday afternoon to consider a moratorium on new marijuana-related businesses after being briefed by County Prosecutor Denis Tracy Monday in...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 28, 2019

Palouse lagoon plan could require county code change

The quest by the City of Palouse to meet new requirements of the Washington State Department of Ecology for its wastewater treatment system took another turn two weeks ago as a plan for a lagoon will require a change in county code. The realization...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 28, 2019

Late snow battle chews into budget

Whitman County Public Works is now in its fourth week of consistent snow operations, its main costs coming from sand, salt, de-icer and overtime wages for plow drivers. The county road department...

 

Port board lists efforts to keep rivers open

“It’s important that our people know that we’re spending a lot of money to try and keep that river open,” said Port of Whitman Commissioner John Love at the Feb. 21 port meeting. The port...

 

Funds available for livestock losses

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications from agricultural producers in Yakima, Franklin, Benton, Adams, Kittitas, Grant and Whitman counties who were impacted by snowstorms that resulted in livestock losses....

 
the Sciborgs team

SciBorgs finish robot prior to competition

Robotics season is back as the SciBorgs, a multi-school team, finished their robot by the Feb. 19 deadline prior to their first competition round. The 4H team competes in the F.I.R.S.T. (For...

 

New GP bus still coming

Three Whitman County school districts received grants from the Washington State Department of Ecology to replace old buses with new ones with an idle reduction system to lower emissions. The state...

 

Port of Whitman approves fiber pact with Pomeroy port

Two proposed agreements to assist the Port of Garfield with its fiber optics project were approved at the Feb. 21 meeting of the Port of Whitman board. The service agreement is expected to take effect...

 

State blog features county non-profits

Happy Pastures out by LaCrosse and the Council on Aging and Human Services were both spotlighted on the Washington Nonprofits February website blog. Washington Nonprofits supports groups throughout...

 
Brenda Stav

Brenda Stav joins Port staff

Brenda Stav has been named the Port of Whitman's new communications and media coordinator. Stav moved to Pullman from Seattle four years ago with her husband, Brett, when he got a job at Washington...

 

Rep. issues call for art entries

Spring brings a renewal of many things, and among them is a nationwide high school visual art competition. Sponsored by the Congressional Institute, the competition recognizes and encourages artistic talent throughout the nation. Students from...

 

Chief Heston earns CFO designation

Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston has completed the process that awards the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer, one of only 1,344 CFOs worldwide. Sponsored by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, the program is designed to recognize indi...

 
Lindsay Webber

Webber to perform at CDA, Spokane

Lindsay Webber, a 2013 Colfax High School graduate, now pursuing a masters of music in vocal performance at the University of Cincinnati, will sing in the Inland Northwest at two separate events in...

 

News Briefs: Feb. 28, 2019

SUSPECT FACES NEW CHARGES New charges alleging a break-in at a Colfax apartment were filed last Thursday in superior court against Sheridan A. McGill, 20, Pullman. The charges follow three drug charges filed against McGill, and they played a part in...

 

Colton girls hunt for 10th title

The Colton girls met the Concordia Christian Hawks in Spokane Valley Saturday evening and led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter. It went from there, Colton and its stable of three-year starters, defending state 1B champions, on the road back to...

 

Lopez Island team no problem for Gar/Pal boys

It opened with Van Halen's “Panama” before the tip and Garfield/Palouse pressed. Ely Hawkins denied a Lopez Island shot under the basket for no foul. Blake Jones scored on a long drive and it was quickly 11-2 Vikings. Another Blake Jones steal...

 
Kieron Anderson

Oakesdale outlasts Concordia Christian

It started tight and loud. Concordia Christian led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter after Matt Hockett got the ball stolen from him, stole it back and drew a foul. On Saturday night, Feb. 23, in...

 

Druffel signs as preferred football walk-on at Idaho

Parker Druffel of Colton signed with the University of Idaho football program Feb. 6 as a preferred walk-on for next year. Druffel, a two-year starter at quarterback, threw for 2,444 yards and 30 touchdowns in his senior season last fall. He rushed...

 
Kit Hockett

1B regionals: Three county teams on to state

The Oakesdale and Garfield/Palouse boys and Colton girls will all play at the state 1B tournament at Spokane Arena this week. At regionals Feb. 23 at West Valley High School in Spokane Valley, the...

 
Augie Allenbach

Bulldog wrestlers compete at Mat Classic

Colfax Bulldog wrestlers rolled up 101 points to place sixth in the all-B division at the state Mat Classic at Tacoma Feb. 15-16. Senior Augie Allenbach topped the team effort with a third-place...

 

National service versus the military draft

The draft has had a tumultuous history ever since the draft riots during the Civil War. More recently, draft riots rocked the nation during the Vietnam War. Although the Selective Service mechanism for drafting citizens into the military has...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Feb. 28, 2019

Okeydokes The lady in the pickup who picked me up walking up the hill towards the hospital. Do a random act of kindness for someone....

 

BS Words

It's already begun. With the first serious discussion of "Medicare-for-all," meaning government-financed health care, and with the introduction of the so-called Green New Deal, those on the right, and even those who get away with describing...

 

Sherrod Brown is Not an Idiot

The day has arrived in the Democratic Party when Sherrod Brown is a kind of moderate. The impeccably progressive Ohio senator who has long occupied a spot on the left flank of the Democratic caucus is declining to sign up for the fashionable radical...

 

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