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 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 16, 2020

Next phase Almota Road construction underway

The extensive Almota Phase Four road construction project kicked-off March 30, closing the road for 12 weeks until July 31. The Almota Road closure is for a stretch between Union Flat Creek to...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 16, 2020

Combined effort:

The McGregor Company has begun production of 3D printed face shields to donate to Whitman Hospital & Medical Center. Christian Hille, engineer and manager of the Plant Nutrient Center for The...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 16, 2020

Spokane Jr. Livestock Show goes virtual

The 2020 Junior Livestock Show of Spokane will be taking showmanship to the computer screens with a virtual experience for exhibitors. Due to the cancellation of all scheduled events for May at...

 

No eggs, but still get the treats

Endicott youth received bags of goodies at Trinity Lutheran Church Saturday. When the town's annual egg hunt was canceled, members of the church chose to bag the goodies usually hidden in the eggs...

 

Fields lit for seniors, athletes

Colfax was one of many towns across Whitman County that turned on its football field lights Friday evening as part of a nationwide campaign to celebrate the senior class of 2020 and spring sports...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    April 16, 2020

Patients recovering:

Only one new positive case was reported in the past week for COVID-19, bringing the total to 13. The first four patients have fully recovered and are cleared from isolation. While most people focus on the number of positive cases reported, Whitman...

 

Elude attempt ends with spike strip

Shane Ellingsworth, 48, of Albion, was booked into Whitman County Jail Saturday for attempting to elude, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and two warrants. The chase began Friday night at about 11:20 p.m. when Whitman County Sgt....

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 16, 2020

Transportation Improvement Board projects continue

Whitman County has 10 active projects under the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) that are currently being worked on or in the approval process to get started. All projects in the county are under a “green” status, meaning these projects do...

 

Rural road chase ends in surrender

Andrew Arland, 34, of Garfield was booked into Whitman County Jail Monday afternoon for eluding, driving with a suspended license and three pre-existing warrants. Arland turned himself into deputies after several hours of eluding law enforcement on...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 16, 2020

Palouse continues monthly open mic night

For more than 15 years on the first Friday of each month, downtown Palouse has hosted an open mic night for residents to enjoy food, drinks and music together. Although, with the current "Stay Home,...

 

Senior meals increase

COLFAX — Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Council on Aging and Human Services has increased the availability of its senior meals. Meals are now available in Colfax for pick up or delivery on Monday and Thursday. On Tuesday meals are available in...

 

Drive by party

A parade of local law enforcement and fire responders made its way down Poplar St. Saturday to help Madelyn Nolt celebrate her fifth birthday. Organized by Mayor Jim Retzer, who is also a trooper with Washington State Patrol, the parade left a bag...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 16, 2020

Gar-Pal plant sale still on

The Gar-Pal FFA is continuing with its annual plant sale, although the format will be different than in previous years. The sale will take place on April 25 and 29 and May 2 and 6, by appointment only due to COVID-19 concerns. “Here at Garfield...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    April 16, 2020

Call for interested delegates from eastern Washington

Presidential election season begins far before November for the country as delegates are selected and conventions held the spring and summer before nationwide voting takes place on the first Tuesday of November. In the 9th Legislative District the...

 

Back to basics

One of the positives to come out of the current crisis is that people are realizing what the most important things are. When you only have resources for the top priorities, those priorities have to be more clearly defined. As the model for schooling...

 

Goodbye Gazette

After over 30 years of buying, subscribing and reading the Whitman County Gazette, I am through. The editorial in the April 2 edition is just too much for me. The transfer of reason from Mr. Fogerty to Mr. Harnack is a deal breaker. To make it...

 

America's coronavirus expert

Dr. Anthony Fauci warns us we need to fear the virus will return when cooler weather comes back in the fall and winter. Now is the perfect time to stop all the “global warming epidemic nonsense”. Use the “so called” warmer temperature in...

 

Statement of Solidarity

I solemnly express my vote of solidarity with you the American people during this inordinate storm of CORONAVIRUS whose negative ramifications have reverberated across the breadth and length of the globe and history bears footprints of the...

 

Government overreach

Gov. Jay Inslee’s house-arrest order for the populace, Proclamation 20-25, is in conflict with the Bill of Rights. Our rights of the free exercise of religion, of the people to peaceably assemble, of due process of law, as well as our Ninth...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    April 16, 2020

What do we do when it's over?

I continue to adhere to the stay-at-home order. I have been following orders all my life, although I find them to be easier to follow when they make sense. Much of the Governor’s restrictions are common logic; others, however, are hard to...

 
 By Brett Myers    Opinion    April 16, 2020

Pot of Gold

Even in the most difficult of challenges we can find our pot of gold. I have spent most of my life chasing the infamous “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow, only to find the rainbow now on another horizon in the distance and no pot of gold....

 

Moves to reopen the economy

More than 230,000 small businesses across our state have been shut down since March 25 by order of Gov. Inslee. While the executive branch does not view these employers as being essential, I and my Senate Republican colleagues recognize the value of...

 

On the Record: April 16, 2020

COLFAX BUILDING PERMITS Gloria Laufoff, furnace exchange, Cedar St., $3,486.26, March 2. Ken Cochran, sewer line replace, Oak St., $9,325.95, March 10. Caleb Bravard, addition/finish basement, Lake St., $22,530, March 10. Scott Steiger, ADU with... Full story

 
 By Jana Mathia    People    April 16, 2020

55 years at Gazette:

COLFAX - In June 1965, newly-hired reporter Jerry Jones went to cover his first City Council meeting. "Here we go again," he would think every June thereafter when he would sit down to cover yet...

 

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