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School closure remains for entire school year

OLYMPIA ― Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal Monday announced the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The order keeps bot...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    April 9, 2020

Colfax hospital reduces staff hours to weather financial crisis

COLFAX–With Gov. Jay Inslee's order for hospitals to suspend non-essential services, local hospitals are tightening their financial belts in preparation of the shutdown impacting their bottom line....

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 9, 2020

Property tax help still available

Whitman County Treasurer Chris Nelson notified the county commissioners that she has received three applications from those who need an extended amount of time to turn in their property taxes. “When applications are turned in it's reviewed by me,...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 9, 2020

Port enacts special council for telecommunication projects

In an effort to help draft bid packages and contracts for future port telecommunication projects, the port commissioners approved the motion to allow the executive director to move forward with hiring a special council. This recommendation was...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 9, 2020

Grocery provider shifts for rural county stores

During this worldwide pandemic, grocery stores all over the county are finding its shelves bare as customer frequency has increased and the amount that people are buying has increased. Many local grocery stores are not only having to battle with the...

 

Booked for burglary

James Sharrard, 28, Orofino, was booked into the Whitman County Jail April 2 after deputies responded to a call of a disorderly person outside a home on Almota Road screaming that he had coronavirus and trying to get into another person's car. When...

 

Quiet title filing alleges fraud

ST. JOHN — A local woman is alleging her husband defrauded her and induced her to sign a quit claim dead. In a Friday filing in Whitman County Superior Court alleges Lila Novak claims her husband, John Novak, used fraudulent inducement and undue...

 

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES WINNERS

Three winners have been announced for the Colfax Chamber of Commerce's Post a Picture contest. The contest was announced on the chamber's Explore Colfax Facebook page April 1. For entry in the contest, residents were asked to post a picture of "how...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 9, 2020

Fonk's fire:

On March 17, a three-alarm fire burned the interior and roof of the Fonk’s building to the ground. While Fonk’s Coffeehouse has been deemed unsafe to enter, two other businesses on Main Street, Leftovers and Whitman Family Dentistry, may be safe...

 

McClusky 5K benefit run goes virtual

The McCluskey Run for Campus Safety, originally planned for an April 4 race at Reaney Park in Pullman, has made the transition to make the 5K race virtual. "We are sad to announce that due to...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 9, 2020

Open comment remains available for Snake River Dams

Open comment remains available until April 13 on the Draft Environmental Impact Study on the Snake River Dams. The draft EIS rejects dam breaching, stating the approach of breaching the dams would destabilize the power grid and increase overall...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 9, 2020

County officials plan for cost saving measures

Recent conservations at the Whitman County Courthouse between county commissioners have been in regards to revenue flow into the county during this time and throughout the year. “We continue to not have a crystal ball for what the remainder of the...

 

350 masks donated to EMS

A delivery of 350 handmade face masks were received Friday by Whitman County Emergency Management. Bill Shuler of Masks for Spokane Healthcare delivered the bags of fabric masks to the Emergency...

 

Stay Home order extended

Gov. Jay Inslee increased the length of his Stay Home shutdown order through May 4. The extension keeps all gatherings banned and non-essential businesses closed for the next month. The order could be lifted May 5. "Epidemiological modeling from the...

 

COVID-19 positives reach 12

Four more people in Whitman County have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 12. With the exception of the most recent case, Public Health has completed contact tracing for the patients. Those who have been identified as having...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    April 9, 2020

Balancing Act

Moderation in all things is a pretty good code to live by–even in politics. Or maybe it should be especially in politics. Citizens should constantly be checking themselves and their elected officials, regularly questioning actions and asking, "Is...

 

Protecting from virus

Roger Harnack's April 2nd editorial quotes Benjamin Franklin about giving "up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety...," which was not written at the time of a pandemic, even though Roger wrote that our nation's forefathers were...

 

Friday fast

I am grateful to have grown up and raised my family in Whitman County. In this strange, pandemic world, I am especially glad that I still call this quiet corner of the world home. Mr. Obama is certain COVID-19 is a result of global warming. Maybe....

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 9, 2020
Nick Wright

Purpose Roasters finds new home

Sharing a space with Flowers, Decor and More, Purpose Roasters is officially moved in and open for business at its new location. "I am all moved in and very excited about it," said Nick Wright, the... Full story

 

1918 Lesson

I have not seen a comparison of the 1918 flu epidemic to the one we are experiencing now. That one was devastating, too. There are very few folks around who could relate stories from then. I heard one my father, Harvey Barr, told many times and will...

 

Prohibition's market

Me: "Prohibition's drug pushing has gotten out of hand. We need to return drugs to a legal and regulated market." Them: "Legalize drugs? When you become a parent, you will become more conservative." Facebook post by a niece: "Having children, is...

 

Ag appreciation

Enjoyed Agriculture 2020 tab in March 26, 2020, Gazette. Especially appreciated "Voyage of a blueberry." Good research/story by Garth Meyer. Tim Marsh, McMinnville, Ore....

 

Self isolation then and now

Many of us old folks who grew up in the 30s and 40s lived in isolation and social distancing, it was called living on a farm. Entertainment was scarce so we made our own. We cranked up the Victrola, played a lot of checkers, and if we were lucky...

 

Caucus continues

Do you want to be a delegate or alternate to the Washington State Democratic Congressional Caucus or State Convention? Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Executive Committee of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee has cancelled...

 

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