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 By Madysen McLain    News    May 23, 2019

Port eyes project at Air Center

The Port of Whitman is taking the next step in improving roads and the drainage system at the Port of Whitman Air Center. The Flightline Drive Realignment/Drainage Improvement Project would include paving existing airport access roads and installing...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    May 23, 2019

Heavy tick infestations in local areas

The blood-feeding parasites known as ticks are showing up at a rapid pace as the weather warms up. Dusty farmer Kimberley Gustafson said she noticed tick infestations were heavy along the Alkali Creek and a large number were found on her cattle and...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    May 23, 2019

Echanove proposes Palouse develop its Brownfields site

The city of Palouse may take on the redevelopment of its Brownfields environmental cleanup site. Mayor Michael Echanove made a pitch at the May 14 city council meeting. The city advertised for requests for proposals in 2018 and expanded the scope in...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    May 23, 2019
Andy Brown

Weather forecaster reports radar missed Pullman flood

A National Weather Service meteorologist last week reported their radars did not catch the rain storm that led to flooding of N. Grand Street in Pullman. Warning Coordination Meteorologist Andy Brown...

 

Reps urge Gov. Inslee to scratch dams study

Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse released a joint statement urging Washington Governor Jay Inslee to veto the $750,000 line item in the capital budget that would commission a state-funded study on breaching the federally-owned and...

 

Today last day to file: Lamont tops candidate gap

The town of Lamont tops the listing for seats still needing candidates for the fall election, according to a list posted by the auditor's office at the start of a three-day extended filing session which started at the election office Tuesday. The...

 

Osborne leaves $208,000 for scholarships

The estate of Robert Osborne, long-time host of the Turner Classic Movies television series, has left $200,000 to the Colfax Schools Foundation, a fund which generates revenue for presentation of scholarships to Colfax High School graduates. The...

 

Palouse filings: Cook files for Palouse mayor

Chris Cook, Palouse city councilman and school board member, has filed to run for mayor to succeed four-term mayor Michael Echanove, who announced earlier this year he would not seek a fifth term. Cook is a 14-year Palouse resident and seven-year...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    May 23, 2019

Commissioners' session: Interest sweep, credit card charges on agenda

Whitman County commissioners discussed topics, like sweeping interest to the Public Works fund and adjusting credit card fees during a workshop session Monday morning. Washington made changes several years ago to allow county commissioners to take...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    May 23, 2019
Brad Bowman

Board of Health discusses measles outbreak

The Whitman County public health officer updated the Whitman County Board of Health on Monday about preparation in the event measles were to come to eastern Washington. Brad Bowman, Whitman County...

 
Jordyn Moehrle

Colton student awarded with WIAA scholarship

Jordyn Moehrle of Colton High School Monday was named one of two recipients of the seventh annual Smart Choices Scholarship which is presented by Washington Interscholastic Activities Association...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    May 23, 2019

Two Tekoa races: Ex-mayor Jaeger files for council

John Jaeger, who resigned last October after 11 years in office as Tekoa's mayor, filed to run for city council. He will vie for position no. 3, held by Bethany Fletcher, who also filed for election to the nonpartisan office. Fletcher was appointed...

 

Suppliers submit bids for new guardrails

County commissioners opened bids for two parts of countywide road safety improvement projects Monday. For guardrails they chose the apparent low of $386,419 from M2 Industrial, Inc., of Ellensburg. A total of three bids came in, the other two from...

 

Public Works plans meeting to model new waste facility

Whitman County Public Works department will hold a meeting May 29 at the county's solid waste facility off Highway 195 between Colfax and Pullman on plans for a new moderate risk waste (MRW) facility. The operation would be for household hazardous...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    May 23, 2019

Snow-damaged fence costs on county table

Whitman County commissioners took in an update Monday from Mark Storey, Public Works director, on a stalled resolution involving a fence damaged during the snows of February and early March. On both sides of Belsby Road, at the northwest edge of the...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    May 23, 2019

Paving project starts on 195

A summer-long paving project on Highway 195 between Rosalia and Plaza Road started Monday. Richard Shelling, WSDOT assistant project engineer, said construction crews will grind off the top asphalt surface and then will repave the 7.8-mile stretch...

 

Two charged in frat ouster

Charges of second-degree assault filed May 15 in superior court relate to a Feb. 22 Pullman Police investigation of a fight at the SAE fraternity house on NE B Street on College Hill in Pullman. Charged with second-degree assault were Markus...

 

Rosalia records said missing

A state audit report issued May 13 on a three-year audit for the Town of Rosalia reported auditors were unable to audit town records for 2016 because they could not locate the files for that year. The records were believed to have been boxed up at th...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    May 23, 2019

State records grants extended indefinitely

The Local Records Grant Program, which provides funding to Washington counties and towns to organize records, was extended indefinitely last Tuesday with a law signed by Governor Jay Inslee. The grant program had a set amount of years which has now...

 

USDA opens signup for new on-farm trials

Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting proposals through July 15, 2019, for on-farm trials, a new sub-program created by the 2018 Farm Bill for the USDA’s conservation innovation grants program. Trials include a soil health demo...

 

Earns GSU fellowship

Ashley Rockwell of Pullman was awarded a Jacqueline Boles Graduate Teaching Fellowship from Georgia State University. Now studying for a doctorate degree, she is a sociology major and was recognized this spring during college honors...

 
Amber Jones and Kennedy Cook

Oakesdale girls stack big win at CV regional meet

Oakesdale girls stacked an amazing 184.5 points Friday and Saturday at the regional qualifier on the Central Valley track to pave their way back to the state finals at Eastern Washington University...

 
Jon Kinley

Bulldog boys nip Asotin for 2B regional title

Colfax boy nipped Asotin by one-half of a point when the long regional meet was over Saturday at Central Valley. The slim win was tallied after Colfax was credited for a half point from a tie in the...

 

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