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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 21, 2020

Brighter Future for Papermakers

In recent years, papermakers in Pacific Northwest have been losing ground. However, today there is a ray of hope. Surprisingly, that optimism results from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first days of the pandemic, grocers couldn’t keep toilet paper...

 

Pros and Cons

Roger Harnack, Publisher, To communicate effectively, a speaker or writer needs to know his/her audience. I believe the new Publisher does not understand his Whitman County reader audience. This county, north to south, east to west has one of the...

 

Mask decision support

As Whitman County begins the now-expedited process of re-opening, I believe the next tension will exist between those who chose to wear a mask and those who don’t wear one. I am not extremely interested in debating whether or not you chose to;...

 

Need Cooperation

Dear Mr. Harnack: I write to deplore the attitude expressed in your editorial of May 14th, which I would summarize as an objection to the measures contemplated by Washington State Government in its attempt to manage a return to the social and...

 

Adele comeback?

Adele Ferguson used to write wonderful opinion pieces for the WHITMAN COUNTY GAZETTE. She really had an inside track on Washington state politics. I would love to hear her take on Governor Inslee’s response to the coronavirus if you can coax her...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    May 21, 2020

The Art of Listening

If you listen to a person long enough, you gain a better understanding of them and can facilitate stronger camaraderie among all parties. That's not to say they will agree any more or less with each other, but allowing people to speak and listening...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Pet Peeves: Whitman County Gazette? What is this? Not a newspaper. Children in charge? The state of the Pampa Pond bathrooms Trashy yards in town. Okeydokes: A kind customer of Rosauer’s who made all the staff very cool, quality masks with fruit...

 

On The Record: District Court Filings May 21, 2020

District Court log Hart, Aaron, for DUI/Physical Control with a BAC .13. Sentenced to 364 days of jail with 334 days suspended. Ordered to pay fines and fees of $1,893. Nguyen, Tony, for negligent driving first degree. Sentenced to 90 days in jail... Full story

 

On The Record: Sheriff's Log, May 21, 2020

May 13 Albion, Sheriff's Deputy responded to deliver a message. Palouse, Cited & Released for DWLS: Jimenez Axume, Francisco O, a 36 year old male out of Pullman. Uniontown, Sheriff's Deputy and EMS responded. No patient transport. Pullman,... Full story

 

On The Record: Real Estate, May 21, 2020

Jean Paul Strozewski and Jessica Jackson to Brittany Sanders, Pullman, house on NW Polaris Street, Pullman, $262,000, March 27. Timothy Thompson to William and Edith Connor, Endicott, house on G Street, Endicott, $55,900, March 27. Jason and Mindy... Full story

 

Legal Notices: May 21, 2020

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Carothers Road MRW Facility Remodel BID NO. XEW36 Sealed Bids for the Whitman County Carothers Road MRW Building Remodel Project will be received in paper copy form by Whitman County Board of County Commissioners, State of... Full story

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 21, 2020

Almota Road construction continues, ahead of schedule

COLFAX – The Almota Phase Four reconstruction road project is moving along despite weather conditions in the county. Dean Cornelison, county assistant engineer, said progress on Almota Road has gone surprisingly uninterrupted given the storms that...

 

Census work resumes

WHITMAN COUNTY – 2020 Census questionnaire packets will be dropped off at front doors in Washington state again. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due...

 

Sheriff's Office sees increase in unemployment benefit fraud

WHITMAN COUNTY – The Whitman County Sheriff's Office has seen a significant increase in reports of unemployment benefit fraud. Most of the reports have been from teachers and school administrators from across the county. The Sheriff's office...

 

Old school tools in school-age hands

Cooper Schwartz drives a tractor and harrow at Mockonema as part of the seeding operation. While the Palouse Empire Threshing Association normally plants the field using horse-drawn implements, the...

 

The Courtyard victim of hit and run

COLFAX – Paul Potts, 63, Lewiston, was booked into Whitman County Jail May 10 for three charges including hit and run after allegedly hitting The Courtyard and a city crosswalk flag holder and walking away from the scene. According to the arrest...

 

Alleged drug activity lands seven in jail

OAKESDALE – Seven adults were booked into Whitman County Jail May 17 on a variety of drug charges after Whitman County deputies discovered methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia in an Oakesdale home. On the evening of May 16, deputies from...

 

Bridge projects receives approval

COLFAX – At the Monday, May 18, County Commissioner Board meeting, the commissioners approved two county road bridge projects presented by Public Works Director Mark Storey. The first project approved was for the McKivor Bridge, an old wooden...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 21, 2020

Commissioners make final decision on upgrades

COLFAX – Whitman County Commissioners decided on which scenario they would like for the courthouse/jail upgrades at their May 18 board meeting. With a unanimous vote, the commissioners decided to go with the first scenario they received, from...

 

DUI accident sends one to hospital

COLFAX – Whitman County Deputies and EMS personnel from Fire District 14 and Lewiston Fire responded to a report of a two-vehicle injury accident near Granite Point on the Snake River May 17 around 3 p.m. According to the Sheriff's Office, Nathan...

 

Charged for Red Brick break-in

ROSALIA – Formal charges of second degree theft and burglary were filed against Ashley Baird, 26, Rosalia. Baird is being charged for unlawfully entering the Red Brick Cafe in early December, 2019, and stealing multiple items, including electronic...

 

Jumper concern dissolved

COLFAX – A report of a potential jumper was resolved without incident Tuesday evening. City, state and county vehicles responded to a welfare check just after 4 p.m. May 12 at the rail bridge over SR 26 near Morley Road. The RP expressed concern...

 

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