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 By Roger Harnack    News    March 19, 2020

Inslee orders Washington residents to "Stay home, stay safe"

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered resident to stay home for the next two weeks as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, also known as Wuhan Flu. The order takes effect March 25. “Tonight, I am issuing a stay home order to...

 

Whitman County's second positive COVID-19 result

Whitman County received its second positive test on Monday, March 23, 2020, 70-79 year old female. Public Health Department is investigating close contacts. More information to follow as available. The Whitman County Health Department regularly updat...

 

Gov. Inslee COVID-19 Update

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee today chastised Washingtonians for not doing enough to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but stopped short of ordering residents to stay in their homes. “I won’t be issuing any legally binding orders...

 

Mathia named Gazette Editor

COLFAX — A veteran journalist and longtime area resident has been named editor of the Whitman County Gazette and Colfax Daily Bulletin. Jana Mathia, 37 of Endicott, will replace former longtime managing editor Jerry Jones. Jones has officially... Full story

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 19, 2020

Colfax The Fonk's Building Burns on Main Street Tuesday

The Fonk's building in Colfax burned Tuesday night, its roof collapsing in a fire still being investigated Wednesday morning with no cause yet determined. Three people were sent to the hospital in...

 

Confirmed COVID-19 case in Whitman County

Pullman, Washington—Whitman County Health Department received a positive test result for COVID-19 in a Whitman County resident.  Patient is female between the age of 20 – 29.  Patient has recovered and is self-isolating at home.  We are...

 
 By Chris Person    News    March 19, 2020

Lincoln County Prepares for Covid-19

The Davenport School District released a statement earlier this week addressing issues that could arise in connection with coronavirus. “Although it is unlikely that we close, we are at the very least going to do our due diligence in the event... Full story

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 19, 2020

Emergency declared:

Whitman County Commissioners authorized an emergency declaration for COVID-19 in Whitman County with an unanimous vote from all three commissioners Monday morning. This emergency declaration is primarily meant to open up additional resources for...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    March 19, 2020

Gazette takes measures, continues coverage

As a member of the “Fourth Estate,” our newspaper staff regularly comes in close contact with people from all walks of life. Knowing that, we are doing our part to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, colloquially dubbed...

 

Still no 'WuFlu' cases in Adams County

RITZVILLE -- While there are 19 confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases confirmed in neighboring Grant County, there are not any in Adams County. "Medical facilities in Adams County have tested over 30 county residents for COVID-19," Community Health... Full story

 

Schools begin plans for six-week closure

With all schools in Washington closed from March 17 through April 24 due to COVID-19, Whitman County school districts have begun plans to continue food service, education and more. COLFAX Colfax will...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 19, 2020

Spring school sports shuttered, could return

With high school sports shut down statewide from March 17 through April 24, what will happen over the next five weeks is on the mind of players, coaches and fans. “We’re in uncharted territory right now,” said Ken Lindgren, athletic director,...

 

COVID-19 prompts cancellations

PCT goes dark Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pullman Civic Theater will be canceling its upcoming productions until further notice. The Theater had planned on opening its first Main Stage Show of the year, The Importance of Being Earnest, on April 2...

 

Closure, speed limits approved for Almota Four

Whitman County Commissioners approved a partial closure of Almota Road and a speed limit change on another section for the coming Almota Road Phase Four Reconstruction. The closure will go from milepost 7.96 to Stevick Road, running from March 30 to...

 

Moderate risk facility project moves forward

Whitman County Commissioners approved a coming bid process for remodeling of the moderate waste facility building at the county landfill for an estimated $800,000 - $900,000. The operation is for household hazardous waste, including paint,...

 

Wood planks bought for bridge work

County commissioners approved a $17,000 bid Monday from Bridgewell Resources in Tigard, Ore. for wood planks for replacements on the county’s 24 wood bridges. “Every year we do planking,” said Storey. The new 4-inch by 12-inch planks, made of...

 

Virus effect at Public Works?

Will the statewide restrictions affect Whitman County Public Works projects at all? “I think gas tax receipts are going to drop dramatically,” said Storey, referring to the average monthly $380,000 check from Olympia, which represents shared...

 

County spring clean-up announced

Whitman County’s annual two-weekend spring cleanup is set for April 17-18 and 24-25, with reduction in rates to drop off loads at the waste transfer station. “This might be a moot point,” said Storey, referring to things being canceled due to...

 

Staying connected during social distancing

Study after study shows the importance of social connection to overall health, especially mental. With the current emphasis on social distancing and fears of spreading disease, it can be easy to forget the importance of maintaining that aspect of our...

 

TP Shortage is Tip of Iceberg

If you think the run on toilet paper is just an American thing, think again. On March 10, Business Insider (BI) reported: “The spread of the coronavirus has brought with it panic-buying of food and household essentials, despite the attempts of... Full story

 

Sex education – spare me

Sex education is complicated because biology is complicated. We should base education on truth, to the extent that we can discern the truth. I'm not going to give an opinion, because my mind can not encompass the intricacies of genetics. Here's what...

 

Auditor's office operations update

Sandy Jamison Whitman County Auditor Beginning March 18, 2020, the Auditor’s Office will be closed to the public. This includes the Department of Licensing Desk, the Recording/Marriage License Desk and the Elections Office. While we are regularly...

 

REAL ESTATE

4 Investments LLC, Pullman, to Zhongwci Tang and Xin Wang, Pullman, house on NW Venture Dr., Pullman, $141,000, Feb. 31. Gary and Chris Sheets, Cheney, to Gordon Greenleaf, Cheney, house on Wells Road, Rosalia, $141,000, Feb. 25. Donna Clark,... Full story

 

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