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 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Presidential Primary brings narrow results

Bernie Sanders leads as the Democratic Presidential Primary for Washington and had the highest amount of votes in Whitman County as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 with a 20.37 percent voter turnout. The...

 

Moses Lake PD K9 receives escort

On March 4 at 10:50 a.m., Moses Lake K9 Unit dog "Chief" was escorted through Colfax on his way back to Moses Lake after surgery at Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Coronavirus preparation in Whitman County

As of 4 p.m. Monday, March 9, there have been 162 positive confirmations of the coronavirus in Washington, along with 22 deaths. While many of these cases are surfacing in western Washington, with the...

 

Tekoa will not add police hours

The City of Tekoa has decided to hold off on adding more police patrol hours. After further discussion at its March 2 meeting, the city council decided not to pursue an added 10 hours per week from the Whitman County Sheriff's Department, which...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Discussions continue on courthouse upgrades

Brandy Dean, county facilities management director, Monday presented to the county commissioners an update on the courthouse and jail upgrades and replacement project that is planned for later this year. The upgrade and replacement projects are to be...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Boyer Park set to open April 1

On Monday, March 9, Sarah Highland, port communications director, presented to the Port Commissioners the opening day for Boyer Park and planning updates for the Snake River Family Festival. Boyer Park and Marina/Snake River KOA will have its season...

 
Becky Dickerson; Bob Ingalls

Warmth and comfort added to Whitman Hospital

Friends of Hospice added a layer of comfort to Whitman Hospital's Reflection Room with the gift of an electric fireplace used previously at the Serenity House in Pullman. Hospice President, the Rev....

 

WSU considers moving classes to online only

Washington State University is preparing to possibly move all classes online for the rest of its spring semester due to the coronavirus after spring break. WSU's spring break runs from March 16 to March 20. After the break there are seven weeks...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Possible grading project to Port property in Pullman

Debbie Snell, port properties development manager, shared with the port commissioners the possibility of developing a grading plan on the port retained lots at Pullman Industrial Park West. The retain...

 

Opening on Palouse Planning Commission

The Palouse Planning Commission seeks a new member to fill a vacancy. The planning commission investigates, reviews and makes recommendations to the city council on matters relating to land use planning and zoning. Interested residents of the City...

 

Garfield/Palouse Distinguished Young Women program March 15

The Garfield/Palouse Distinguished Young Woman program will be held Saturday, March 15, at 4 p.m. at Garfield School, with five participants competing. Each a junior at Garfield/Palouse High School, they are Olivia Knauff, Paige Collier, Rachel...

 

Guardian Angel-St. Boniface auction, dinner March 21

The 40th annual Guardian Angel-St. Boniface School dinner and auction will be held March 21 at the Colton Gun Club, featuring prime rib from Jacob's Bakery. The evening will include an auction, casino, bar and games. Price is $40. The event runs...

 

Congressional Candidate Chris Armitage to visit Whitman, Columbia counties

Airforce Veteran Christopher Armitage, who is running to represent Washington’s 5th congressional district, will be visiting several locations in the district next week. These events are part of Armitage’s district-wide listening tour, during...

 

WIAA honors Colfax's Mckinley at state game

Colfax High School sophomore Jonathan "JonJon" Kinley was honored with the 2020 Jace Malek award Saturday at Spokane Arena, at halftime of the state 2B boys basketball state championship game. The awa...

 

Murrow Symposium canceled

With concerns regarding the coronavirus, Washington State University has canceled its 45th Annual Murrow Symposium. Corrie Wilder, chairperson on the symposium committee and director of marketing and communications for WSU Murrow College of...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Endicott Community Garden to start its first year this spring

The new Endicott Community Garden will be holding a planning session on Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the Endicott Library. The garden project in Endicott was started by the Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District, headquartered in St. John, and it...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 12, 2020

Eagles/Wildcats Booster Club receives donation

On Tuesday, March 3, the Eagles/Wildcats Booster Club received a sports equipment grant from Good Sports providing eight pairs of baseball cleats and 12 pairs of batting gloves to the organization. Am...

 

Sex education bill

Engrossed Senate Bill 5395, the sex education bill mandating “inclusive” curriculum beginning in kindergarten has been hotly contested this legislative session in Olympia. But with the House and Senate both backing the bill, it’s likely to beco...

 

Coronavirus Testing Telecommuting Effectiveness

Nobody knows how deep the impact of the coronavirus will be, but one thing that it is destined to test is how effectively people will work from home. Washington is at the point of the spear. Of the 22 U.S. deaths attributed to COVID-19, there are 19...

 

Russia gets a vote

I want to suggest for future elections we provide a space on the ballot for Russia to indicate who we should vote for. This would be a great benefit to our legislators so they wouldn’t have to spend the next four years and millions of tax dollars...

 

That dam issue again!

Hey – we showed up in 2016 and let them hear our voices, we must show up and/or send comments again on this dam initiative. Let them know how we feel about this talk of taking them out. The squeaky wheel gets the grease – every time. Let’s...

 

Ice Age?

I’m pessimistic enough to believe that our carbon based energy production will overheat our planet. I’m also pessimistic enough to wonder if the planet will heat up on it’s own, somehow, no matter what we do. Imagine my excitement when I heard...

 

Bulletin Column: March 12, 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. DRIVER FALLS ASLEEP IN COLLISION ON MAIN...

 

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