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Pittmann wins X-Factor Trip

Collin Pittmann, Rosalia seventh grader, was one of three finalists selected in the X-Factor television tryouts last week in Spokane. Pittmann was among 150 performers who took part in the regional...

 News    May 8, 2013

Bruce Cameron

Editor’s Note: The following column was originally published in 2008. My ancestors come from Scotland, a place known for cold, wet weather, men wearing plaid dresses and a musical instrument that makes the sound you’d get if you sat on a bag of c...


Don Brunell

Even some of its strongest supporters now say that the federal Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is going to be a train wreck. The question is, what are we going to do about it? According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, cost... Full story


Rich Lowry

Abraham Carpenter Jr., a farmer in Grady, Ark., has more insight into human nature than the average sociologist. “Anytime you are going to throw money up in the air,” he told The New York Times, “you are going to have people acting crazy....


Gordon Forgey

The United States Senate in a bi-partisan vote passed the on-line sales tax bill. This would require all retailers to collect and pay appropriate taxes to the states from where the merchandise was purchased. Currently, if an out of state customer buy...


Nighthawks miss playoffs

The T.O.R. softball team came up 11 runs short of the postseason. Playing at Asotin Tuesday night in a game for the last seed into the District 9 playoffs, the Nighthawks lost 10-0. Finishing in six innings, T.O.R. had four hits and six errors while...


Robertson picks George Fox

Colton High School senior Nick Robertson has committed to the George Fox University football program. A tailback, wide receiver and defensive back for the Wildcats, Nick was an All-State defensive back as a junior and an All-State honorable mention...


Mackleit ties for golf win

Colfax senior Paige Mackleit tied for first with Sadie Garner of NWC in the girls sub district rouind at Liberty Lake Monday. The two leaders finished with 84s . Colfax boys placed second in the District 7 sub-district round at Meadowood Monday. The...


Colton girls beat Genesee, wait for playoffs

The Colton girls softball team picked up a 4-1 win over Genesee on Monday before beginning an eight-day wait for the District 9 playoffs. Freshman Zoe Moser went 2 for 2 at the plate to lead the Wildcats while Winnie Schultheis and Kaitlin Druffel... Full story

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    May 8, 2013

Colton runs Pomeroy in 1B first round playoffs

The Colton Wildcats baseball team began their 2013 playoff push with 16-1 win. Playing at home vs. Pomeroy in the No. 1 vs. No. 4 seed game, the Wildcats showed why they had the upper slot. A season-high seven extra-base hits filled the stat sheet,...


Scaroni wins Bloomsday

Susannah Scaroni, 21, of Tekoa took first place in the women’s wheelchair division at Bloomsday in Spokane Sunday. She has raced in Bloomsday every year since she was 12. This year was her first time winning it. Scaroni is now a junior at the... Full story


Colfax tracksters collect wins

Colfax Bulldogs posted a strong showing in the NE league meet at Mt. Spokane Tuesday. Coach Jason Cooper noted the Bulldogs qualified in all relay events and are expected to send 25 competitors to the regional qualifier next week at Riverside. The...


LaCrosse-Washtucna tennis players advance to districts

The LaCrosse-Washtucna tennis team will play Thursday and Friday at the 1B/2B District 9 Tournament in Spokane. Competing at West Valley High School will be three singles players and one doubles team. At the No. 4 seed is L/W’s two-year No. 1 boys...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    May 8, 2013

SJELW track aims for districts

The road to sub-districts for the St. John-Endicott-LaCrosse-Washtucna track team is a loop. Competing at Walla Walla last week in a five-team meet May 1, the team posted several top finishes before they returned to Walla Walla Wednesday for...


Colfax stacks playoff win

Colfax softball players crunched Liberty 15-3 over five innings in the first playoff round Tuesday night at McDonald Park. The win puts Colfax in the number-two slot for the district round next week... Full story

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    May 8, 2013

Spartans advance in playoffs

When the bus went through Dayton on the way there, the sign at the bank read 93 degrees. It stayed that way when the Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia team arrived at Waitsburg to take a 7-4 playoff win and... Full story

 By Sally Ousley    News    May 8, 2013

McGregor proposes scientific studies as solution for cattle ranchers, corps

Alex McGregor, president of the McGregor Company, asked for support from Whitman County commissioners in an attempt to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ regulations regarding cattle grazing on corps’ land along the Snake River. He asked... Full story

 By Garth Meyer    News    May 8, 2013

Projects coming to Farmington parks

Farmington’s gazebo, bell tower and basketball court projects are moving ahead. The gazebo and bell tower roofs will be replaced this summer with money donated by the Farmington Harvest Festival committee. The 1940s basketball court will be... Full story

 By Sally Ousley    News    May 8, 2013

Malden mayor’s newsletter relays dog poisoning threat

When Roxanne Hartman received her monthly newsletter enclosed with her Malden utility bill, she became angry. It was not her normal reaction. Mayor Ted Maxwell’s newsletter referred to a phone call the mayor’s wife received from a man who’s... Full story

 News    May 8, 2013

Letting the light shine

Jesus Cons of the Washington Department of Transportation performs annual maintenance on LED traffic lights in downtown Colfax Tuesday afternoon.... Full story

 By Garth Meyer    News    May 8, 2013

Tekoa truck bypass study nears end

The feasibility study for the proposed Tekoa truck bypass is nearing completion. Sometime in June, the city council expects to get a report from Dave Kliewer of J.U.B. Engineering and Joe Tortorelli of Economic Development Northwest who began the stu...

 News    May 8, 2013

Emergency management: Tensfeld gets county job offer

The Whitman County commissioners on Monday morning approved offering Bill Tensfeld the position of Emergency Management/ Communications Director. Tensfeld, if he accepts the position, will replace...

 By Sally Ousley    News    May 8, 2013

Moorage, camping fees going up at Boyer Park and Marina

Boyer Park Concessionaire Dave Peterson last Thursday reported to Port of Whitman commissioners that so far this year business has been slow. He said he blames the cooler than normal spring weather and higher gas prices for decreased business. The...

 News    May 8, 2013

What happened at the Bank of Whitman? Inspector General’s report outlines causes for bank failure

Causes of failure of the Bank of Whitman based in Colfax have been listed in a review conducted by the Office of the Inspector General for the Federal Reserve Board. Posted on the Federal Reserve Boar... Full story


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