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Articles from the March 21, 2019 edition

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Cellphone reach causes crash

Driver of the laundry service box truck which collided with a Motley & Motley truck and trailer unit Thursday, March 14, on Main Street in Colfax, has been cited with inattentive driving. The...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    March 21, 2019

County board eyes salary rule changes

According to County Commissioner Art Swannack, Washington Labor and Industries will soon publish changes to the executive, administrative and professional wage rules. In the state of Washington, the...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    March 21, 2019

Salzman serves as Endicott mayor

Steve Salzman has been appointed in a unanimous decision by the town council to serve as mayor for Endicott for the remainder of this year. He has served on the Endicott city council since 2013....

 

County vacates two short roads

Whitman County commissioners Monday approved two road vacations. The first is for Sauve Road, a field road of 0.21 miles south of Uniontown. It was once part of the old state highway up until the 1930s. The second is Randell Road, north of Johnson,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 21, 2019
Mark Storey

County engineer Storey attends D.C. meetings as representative of 11 states

Whitman County engineer Mark Storey went to Washington, D.C., earlier this month representing 11 western states, as one of nine executives for the National Association of County Engineers (NACE)....

 

Railroad line repair cost set at a half million dollars

Repair of the embankment slide which has closed the railroad serving the west and north sections of Whitman County is expected to cost in the range of a half million dollars. Larry Rasmussen, engineer at the Spokane DOT district office in Spokane,...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    March 21, 2019

Commissioners discuss moratorium, district court

Pass Marijuana Moratorium resolution County Commissioner Michael Largent motioned a resolution to the marijuana moratorium. This resolution expresses legislative intent on the adoption of the...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    March 21, 2019

Experience International looking for local host families for exchange visitors

Experience International is a non-profit educational international work-study program that has partnerships with 26 other countries for development in agricultural and natural resources related...

 

Zinc deficiencies limiting Palouse crop yields

Nearly half of the world’s cereal crops are grown in zinc-deficient soils. As an essential element found in several plant growth hormones such as auxin, zinc is absolutely critical to plant growth and development, according to Cat Salois, director...

 
SciBorgs

Local robotics teams will compete at West Valley

This Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 30 high school robotics teams from around the northwest will compete at West Valley High School for this year's challenge, "Destination Deep Space," presented...

 

Legislators slate tele 'town hall'

Ninth District Representatives Joe Schmick of Colfax and Mary Dye of Pomeroy will conduct a telephone ‘Town Hall’ meeting tonight, Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. They will open the meeting with updates on the legislative session before...

 

Events set for April dates

The annual fundraising basket for the Colfax & Community Fund is back April 2-7. The basket will be on display at Rosauers in Colfax from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The funds from the basket’s raffle are to help the many non-profits in the...

 

Myott will retire from Palouse post

Longtime Palouse Public Works employee Don Myott has announced his retirement as of April 30 after 34 years with the city. He serves as the waste (water) treatment operator and assists Public Works superintendent Dwayne Griffin in all matter of...

 

Palouse interviews police candidate

The City of Palouse is in the midst of an interview process for a new police officer. The candidate, from Wasilla, Alaska, went through a Skype interview last week with Palouse Police Chief Jerry Neumann, and the city council’s police, fire and...

 

Lining up for swim season

Return of spring temperatures made life a little easier for geese along the North Fork of the Palouse River. This scene was along the bank about a mile downstream from Glenwood....

 
Nate Akesson

Bulldogs baseball finally gets into action

Second-year coach Scotty Parrish this week said the late snow which put a dent in the start of baseball means a lot of things still need to be sorted out for the season's campaign. Players have been...

 

Young Colfax softball team rallies for win in late opener

Colfax softball team stacked a 19-9 win over Pullman in the late season opener Monday at the cleared-off Valley playing fields in Pullman. Freshman Jorga Koerner started on the mound for Colfax, and Justice Brown, also a freshman, relieved her in...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    March 21, 2019

All starters return for Colton softball year

Everyone is back. Many are seniors and they finished out of the placing last year at state in Yakima. The Colton girls softball team returns for another spring guided by 13th year coach Brad Nilson, looking to push the result from 2018. “Got to...

 

Six seniors awarded honors at boys' hoop banquet

Final chapter of Colfax hoops for the boys team ended Monday with six seniors at the head table. The senior crew played a big role in the year's campaign which saw the Bulldogs take the NE-south title...

 
 By Emma Scher    News    March 21, 2019

Carbon fee back on the table for Washington

Despite past voter rejection of similar proposals, Senate Transportation Committee chair Steve Hobbs rolled out a comprehensive funding package that would impose a carbon pollution fee and gas tax increase to fund transportation projects statewide....

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    March 21, 2019

Daylight saving all the time proposed in state senate

Washington residents could vote to make daylight saving time year-round under a bill state senators passed on Tuesday, March 12. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5139 was approved in a 46-3 vote, just two days after clocks were set forward. The...

 

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