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TWO MORE POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Whitman County received two more positive test results for COVID-19 today. Both of the new cases are males in their 50s. Like the other positive cases, the men are stable and isolating at home. Public Health Department is investigating close...

 

United Way Launches COVID-19 Community Relief and Recovery Fund

Whitman County, WA - United Way of Whitman County has launched a community fund to provide immediate assistance for those affected by COVID-19. Resources from this fund will be deployed to address the urgent health and economic needs of impacted indi...

 

Teen girl tests positive for COVID-19

COLFAX -- A teenage girl is being reported as Whitman County's third positive coronavirus patient today, Thursday, March 26. The Public Health Department is investigating whom the girl may have come in contact with; her name has not been released....

 

Inslee issues Stay Home order

Gov. Jay Inslee stated in a press conference he will sign a statewide order requiring everyone in the state to stay home for at least the next two weeks. “Tonight, I am issuing a stay home order to fight this virus,” Inslee said in a televised...

 

Confirmed coronavirus tally climbs to eight

COLFAX — Health officials reported Monday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county has climbed to eight. All of the patients are stable and self-isolating, officials said. In the two most recent cases, patients Nos. 7 and 8 are...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020

Port offers support for WSU project

COLFAX – Washington State University recently completed a United States Department of Agriculture grant application to establish an agricultural innovation center and is requesting financial support from the Port of Whitman County. A motion was...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 26, 2020

Fonk's building burns, owners plan to re-open

The Fonk's building in Colfax stands condemned, a week after a three-alarm fire burned its interior and roof to the ground, its owners vowing to rebuild as the investigation is held back, the...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    March 26, 2020

Gov. Inslee suspends portions of public meetings, records acts

OLYMPIA - With no fanfare or disclosure, Gov. Jay Inslee quietly amended a month-old coronavirus-related proclamation, so that it now strips residents and news organizations of the right to attend...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 26, 2020

City, McNannay reach settlement; chief resigns

The City of Colfax and Police Chief Rick McNannay reached a settlement on his pending lawsuit March 16, which included an $85,000 payment from city funds and the chief’s resignation. “He resigned and retired,” said Mayor Jim Retzer. The...

 

SEWEDA launches survey

As part of its response to the current economic situation, the Southeast Economic Development Association is surveying business owners and managers to gauge impacts, and to estimate both future issues and proactively find responses to them. SEWEDA...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    March 26, 2020

Infected outside county:

Two people living in Whitman County have now tested positive as of Tuesday afternoon. The first case was reported Sunday. The patient is a female in her 20s. She has recovered and is self-isolating at home. The second confirmed case was announced...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020

County departments report preparations

COLFAX – Whitman County Commissioners met for their weekly workshop before a live and web audience Monday. To help promote social distancing, county commissioners set up a Zoom video conferencing service for those who would like to attend the works...

 

Sheriff responds to Stay at Home

Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers released a statement Tuesday stating the Sheriff’s office will honor Gov. Inslee’s stay at home order and strongly encourages citizens to stay home when not preforming a necessary or essential function. “We...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020

Emergency essentials:

COLFAX – As concerns for being quarantined sweeps across the county, grocery stores in the area are finding shelves, which used to be stocked with toilet paper, pasta, canned foods, etcetera, swept...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020

New building coming to Colfax

COLFAX – Planned for the gravel lot behind Rosauers on Mill Street, S&L Rentals will be building a 6,000 square foot office space designed for three to four tenants. The building currently has two... Full story

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020

River system comment period remains open

COLFAX – The first phone-in public comment meeting on the Draft Environmental Impact Study regarding the Columbia River System was held Tuesday, March 17. Three additional phone-in meetings...

 

Tomorrow's history today

An area teacher encouraged her students that while they are stuck at home, they write down what is happening and how they are feeling. She pointed out that they are living what will be history someday and should document it. The old adage is, those...

 

'Condolences, Colfax'

I want to express condolences to all of us for recent losses in our local and regional community: 1. The retirement of Gazette Editor Jerry Jones, whose name became synonymous with the Colfax Gazette (Whitman County Gazette) and who was the trusted...

 

The high value of our Gazette's local journalism

My second job out of college was editing a weekly newspaper, The Honeoye Falls Times, in a village outside Rochester, NY. That was 1962, light- years ago. Today, in the Age of Internet, I still appreciate the homespun quality of hometown newspapers....

 

Jerry Jones

“Uh, this is Jerry Jones here at the Gazette,” how many times I’ve heard that over the years. Jerry Jones wanted his stories to be accurate and thorough. Many times, as did others, I got a call from Jerry, wanting to verify and add to...

 

Stay at home

I am writing to implore you in your editorial work about the coronavirus outbreak to impress upon people in no uncertain terms that they must take this seriously. We are going to be in a world of hurt anyway, but ignoring the Governor’s STAY AT...

 

Immense disappointment

I am writing to express my immense disappointment in the decision to include references to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan flu” or “WuFlu”, as included in the “Gazette takes measures, continues coverage” article in the March 19, 2020, edition of...

 

Stay at home ― stay informed on the Snake River dams

The efforts to contain COVID-19 have disrupted basic aspects of daily life across southeastern Washington―and for good reason. But if we’re not vigilant, this virus will wreak more social and economic damage than it must. It will distract us. Rec...

 

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