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Articles from the June 20, 2019 edition

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 By Madysen McLain    News    June 20, 2019

LaCrosse Farmer's Festival will honor local veterans

The LaCrosse Farmer’s Festival returns this weekend with food, events and contests for both kids and adults. Things rev up Friday, June 21, with barbecue 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bank of Eastern Washington. Festivities will commence Saturday with...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    June 20, 2019

Food insecurity programs in county call for more volunteers, less stigma

Reports from the past few years show Whitman County with high rates of food insecurity and poverty. To help combat those issues there are several food programs that help serve those struggling in the county. However, program managers have expressed...

 

Crop forecasts drop 1 percent

A report released from the National Agricultural Statistics Services on June 11, dropped winter wheat crop predictions in Idaho and Washington down one percent from last month. Washington winter wheat is forecasted to produce 114 million bushels,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 20, 2019

Commissioners approve 5-year solid waste plan

Whitman County commissioners approved interlocal agreements on a new five-year county Solid Waste Management Plan with seven towns Monday. The list includes Colton, Lamont, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, Endicott and Colfax. The plan, required by the s...

 

'Remarkable' Film to debut at LaCrosse festival

A new film debuts at this weekend’s Farmers Festival in LaCrosse . “Remarkable People and a Remarkable Land: A World of Fire and Ice” is the feature film for the new Ice Age Flood Museum, which opens Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Besides...

 

Colfax council okays McNannay mediation

Colfax City council Monday night voted 7-0 to begin mediation talks in an attempt to resolve the appeal of former Police Chief Rick McNannay. The motion was approved after the council concluded a 15-minute executive session at the end of Monday...

 

Pullman issues call for July 4 donors

Pullman Chamber of Commerce seeks volunteers to help with this year’s Fourth of July celebration. Volunteers will help with the merchandise booth and popcorn, beverage shelter, cotton candy stand, and the food line. Volunteers also are needed to...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    June 20, 2019
Brian Bell

Farmers use infrared to reduce chemicals

Whitman County farmers this summer can use a selective weed spraying unit, WEEDit, to more effectively spray for weeds and drastically reduce the cost of chemicals. Brian Bell, Whitman conservation...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    June 20, 2019

Commissioners, staff discuss variety of topics

County commissioners and employees discussed recycling costs and improvement projects for Whitman County at a workshop session Monday morning. Commissioner Dean Kinzer reported an update from the recent Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting. He...

 

Per diem rates up

Whitman County commissioners approved June 3 an increase in per diem rates for county employees when traveling. The original schedule of $12 for breakfast, $15 lunch and $25 dinner is now $15 for breakfast, $20 for lunch and $25 for dinner. “We...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 20, 2019

Palouse river trail plan takes turn

The City of Palouse awaits a Shoreline Substantial Development permit from the Washington State Department of Ecology before going out to bid on a revamped plan for trail work along the river to be paid for by a county .09 fund grant. Palouse receive...

 

Detour to be set for Thornton bridge

A detour was set to go in place Wednesday for the wood bridge on Sunset Road in Thornton with a temporary bridge in place. The detour will be used for an estimated four weeks. Workers began at the site June 13 by placing signs for road work and the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 20, 2019

Man proposes flag for City of Palouse

A Palouse flag may soon fly over Old Glory and possibly others. Moses Boone, a Palouse resident and farmer, briefed the city council June 11 on flag designs and symbolism, culminating in his proposal...

 
Nicole Brown Dawn Davis

Great day at Webb's Slough

Ideal racing conditions with a strong entry field and a giant crowd made for a great day Saturday at St. John's Webb's Slough. Amanda Webb reported one measure of the size of the crowd was a total of...

 

Patriots split with Mt. Spokane, book 4-1 at Tri-Cities slugfest

Pullman Patriots returned to league play Tuesday with a split against Mt. Spokane at McDonald Park in Colfax. The guests nipped the Pats 5-4 in the opener, but the locals took a 3-0 shutout in the second game. The two games at Colfax followed a 4-1...

 

Track meet brings 230 competitors

St. John Elementary hosted the annual elementary track meet for about 230 students from Endicott, LaCrosse, Washtucna, Tekoa, Rosalia and Oakesdale May 31. Third through sixth graders competed in the throwing, high jump, long jump, relays and other...

 
Austin Stanley

Babe Ruth team books 1-3 run

Colfax Babe Ruth team now stands at 7-6 after sustaining a rough 1-3 run this week in league competition. They are now shooting for a top four finish in the league with one league game early Saturday...

 

Timberwolves' spring sports

Tekoa/Rosalia track coaches Jennifer Roetcisoender, Rosie McLain and Cory Schulz present an award to Isaac Leighton at the Timberwolves spring sports awards banquet May 28 in Tekoa. Twelve TR athletes made it to district track competition this year....

 

Pillars in place

Installation of concrete footings for the new Palouse Empire Fair grandstand is completed. The project included pouring square footings with concrete columns which will support the steel grandstand...

 

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