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 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

Commissioners discuss possible county variance

COLFAX – At the Monday, May 4, Whitman County Commissioner workshop, county commissioners discussed what it would take for Whitman County to apply for county variance. County variance would allow Whitman County to have the opportunity to move to...

 News    May 7, 2020
Juan Villegas; Michele Beckmann

Right to work: Protesters rally

About 25 people gathered outside the Whitman County Courthouse at 3 p.m. May 1 as part of the Freedom is the Cure rally protesting the governor's Stay Home order. Business owners showed up to hold...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

WHMC gets SBA loan

COLFAX – Whitman Hospital and Medical Center was approved for a $3,303,562 Small Business Administration loan through the Paycheck Protection Program. In a special meeting with the Commissioners of...

 By Jacob Jones    News    May 7, 2020

Sheriff's office down $200,000, other depts cut 5 percent

More than half of Whitman County’s initial $338,000 in spending cuts in response to COVID-19 budget impacts will likely come from the Sheriff’s Office as other departments also planned for reductions of up to 5 percent. County Administrative...

 News    May 7, 2020

Signs of the season

The flora and fauna of Steptoe Butte and the surrounding land soak up the sunshine and make for prime targets for photographer Kent Bassett....

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 7, 2020

Why are some summer events already canceled?

COLFAX – The cancellation of the Perkins House Ice Cream Social, set for June 21, was announced April 20. Yet plans are still in the works for Colfax Crazy Days July 11. Why are the fates of two events so close together so different? The answer...

 News    May 7, 2020

April showers light

Precipitation in April came in almost one inch below average. A total of 0.54 inches was measured at the NRCS station with eight recorded rain days in the month. Average at the station is 1.5 inches for April. Top precipitation days were April 23 at...

 News    May 7, 2020

Pullman school benefits from VW settlement

The Pullman School District will receive $275,000 from a Volkswagen settlement for an electric school bus. The funds come via a state Department of Ecology grant, part of $12 million from a VW...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

Hit the trail:

WHITMAN COUNTY – On Tuesday, May 5, Washington State Parks and lands managed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife were allowed to reopen. As warm weather sets in and the feeling to get...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 7, 2020

Spring fishing, hunting options

WHITMAN COUNTY – With the ban on hunting and fishing lifted May 5, sportsmen are already able to finally get outdoors to engage yet again in the struggle of man versus nature. This time of year, the...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

Commissioners receive final options for upgrades

COLFAX – Whitman County Commissioners received two final courthouse/jail upgrade scenarios from McKinstry Co. at their Monday, May 4, workshop. The first scenario presented included roofing upgrades to the courthouse and plumbing and lighting...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

Solid Waste Facility reopens to self-haul waste

COLFAX – As of Monday, May 4, the Whitman County Solid Waste Facility is accepting "self-haul" waste from residents who use credit/debit cards for payment. "The previous exchange of either cash or...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 7, 2020

Auditor offers alternatives for candidate filings

COLFAX – With the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order from Governor Inslee extended until the end of May, Whitman County Auditor Sandy Jamison said the Auditor's office will continue to accommodate those who need their assistance, but will be...

 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    May 7, 2020


For anyone familiar with geocaching, the May 5 lifting of the ban on outdoor recreation is like a late anniversary gift as it was May 3, 2000, when the original geocache was placed in Beavercreek, Ore. Now this union of treasure hunt and great...

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Unemployment Payments Provide Necessary Cushion for Jobless Americans

America’s unemployment rate is suddenly approaching historic levels. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began almost two months ago, roughly 30.3 million people have filed for jobless benefits. “That is more people than live in the New York and Chicago...


Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Pet Peeves People who talk all the time and don’t listen. People that talk ALL the time and do not do their work. Talk less...work more... QUIT TALKING!!! LISTEN FOR ONCE!! The new publishing of the district court filings. When strangers...


On The Record

Colfax building permits: David Bennett, sewer line repair, W. Cooper St., April 2. Purpose Roasters, install gas piping and vent, S. Main St., $500, April 7. Spencer Clawson, 8,000 square foot pole barn, N. Palouse River Rd., $75,000, April 8.... Full story

 By Jana Mathia    People    May 7, 2020
Bruce Blood

Retired trooper Blood fills as chief

COLFAX – Bruce Blood has worn one uniform or another the majority of his adult life. Now he is donning another as the interim Chief of Police. Blood was born and raised in Spokane. When he...


Kenneth Hames

Kenneth Robert Hames, 91, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on April 27th, 2020, at the VA community living center in Spokane, of natural causes. Ken was... Full story

 By Victoria Fowler    People    May 7, 2020

Suicide prevention:

COLFAX – In the fall of 2019, a countywide community-based task force was established to build resiliency within communities, educate and train community members to identify early-on common mental health issues, develop effective interventions and...


U-Haul stop ends in heroin arrests

PULLMAN – Two women were booked into Whitman County Jail for possession of heroin April 30 following a traffic stop. Whitman County Deputy Tyler Langerveld pulled over a U-Haul vehicle on SR 195 near Armstrong Road for speeding just after 12:30...


Feline warrant rescues ill cats

ALBION – Whitman County deputies served a search warrant May 1 to seize any and all cats from a home in Albion. Deputies worked with the Whitman County Humane Society and Pullman Animal Control to retrieve 20 cats that day from the home. Approximat...


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