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 By Jana Mathia    News    June 25, 2020

Colfax Crazy Days' concert, run canceled

COLFAX – COVID-19 restrictions have claimed another event. The Colfax Chamber of Commerce announced this week it has decided to cancel the Crazy Days festivities. "I totally thought a lot of these counties would not be in Phase I," said Colfax Unif...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 25, 2020

Almota Road damaged by construction

COLFAX – Friendly damage ensued on Almota Road last week. "Did you get the scrapers unstuck?" asked County Commissioner Art Swannack Monday morning during a work session. "Yes and no," said Mark...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 25, 2020

Bid set for solid waste building additions

COLFAX – The re-bids are in for the remodeling/expansion of the Moderate Waste Building at the county landfill. The new lowest bidder is $812,278 from Mangum Construction of Clarkston, for the project that originally went out to bid in March. The...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 25, 2020

County water projects allotted almost $3 million

WHITMAN COUNTY – Five entities in Whitman County have been approved for nearly $3 million in funding from the state Department of Ecology for clean water projects. Municipalities of Tekoa, Oakesdale, Endicott and Garfield and the Palouse...

 

State Department of Health corrects reports

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Health announced changes in reporting of COVID-19 deaths and negative test results. According to a DOH release, when a death has been reported as a COVID-19 death,...

 

Threats at Boyer

BOYER PARK – Whitman County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of campers at Boyer Park and Marina being threatened by an allegedly drunk man. According to the police report, four campers reported a man as intoxicated yelling at them and...

 

Gun grab add charges

PULLMAN – A Pullman man was booked June 22 on five charges including one for allegedly attempting to disarm an officer after he was handcuffed. According to the police report, Pullman Police arrested Darien Armstrong, 22, of Pullman, June 22 for tr...

 

Booked for threatening

LAMONT – Levi Graham, 22, of Lamont, was booked into Whitman County Jail June 16 for threatening to kill. According to the police report, Whitman County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a disorderly subject where in the reporting party...

 

Highway U-turn results in collision

UNIONTOWN – Washington State Patrol responded at 1:49 p.m. June 18 to a one semi, two car collision one mile from the state line south of Uniontown. According to the collision report, the two vehicles were parked on the northbound shoulder of...

 

Booked for bat assault

PULLMAN – Pullman Police responded June 20 to a domestic dispute. Police were advised a female had struck a male with a baseball bat. Officers arrived on scene and interviewed both parties. According to the police report, the couple had been...

 

Structure fire downgraded

ENDICOTT – Area fire districts were paged June 17 regarding a structure fire on Grove Road in the Endicott area. Fire District 6 out of Endicott was the first to arrive on the call which went out at 7:13 p.m. The call was downgraded when...

 
Roger Harnack

Tracking?

Are government agencies and big tech tracking your every move via your smartphone? The answer is maybe. Gov. Jay Inslee has repeatedly said the state is using smartphone data to track interactions and...

 

Optimistic

It has been a difficult spring on many fronts. I’ve been reassured, though, by the community spirit displayed on the Palouse. From patrons purchasing gift cards to help struggling businesses, to restaurants providing free dinners for those in...

 

Flag support

I'm disappointed and disgusted with the city of Palouse for caving to the mob of 4 people to even consider dishonoring police. Is the city of Palouse such a hotbed of controversy that they can't stand with law enforcement by proudly flying the BLUE...

 
 By Lisa Meyer    Opinion    June 25, 2020
Lisa Meyer

A Tribute to Ebony and Ivory

As a white mom with four adopted black children I would like to pause and celebrate ebony and ivory or black, white and everything in between. The chaos of the last weeks has been perplexing at best...

 

On the Record: June 25, 2020

District Court Filings Johnson, Dalton, negligent driving first degree. Sentenced to 90 days in jail with 89 suspended. Ordered to pay fines and fees of $1,577.24. McBride, Ashley, solicitation to possess a controlled substance. Sentenced to 364...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 25, 2020

County Mayor's Roundtable convenes virtual meeting

COMPUTER SCREENS – A couple dozen county officials gathered by teleconference Thursday night, June 18, for a Whitman County Mayors' Virtual Roundtable. Hosted by Paul Kimmel, regional business manager for Avista, the two-hour session covered...

 
 By Katie Teachout    People    June 25, 2020

Three Whitman County students graduate from Sprague

SPRAGUE - Family members and friends observed from the school lawn or their vehicles as eight students received their high school diplomas Saturday, June 20. Parker Cappel, Erik and Ethan Hughes,...

 

Whitman County Library seeking Historical Register nomination

Whitman County Library is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the construction of its Colfax Branch by seeking recognition from the National Register of Historic Places for its unique Expressionist...

 
 By Jana Mathia    People    June 25, 2020

Dylan's tuba: Fundraiser honors passed student, family

A former Colton music teacher's fundraiser for a recently deceased student has surpassed its goal and will be benefitting the family of the student. "I never imagined it would blow up like this," said AJ Miller. Miller taught music at Colton until...

 

Seniors Menu: Week of June 29-July 4

Colfax Monday, June 29: Cook's Choice Thursday, July 2: Grilled Chicken Wrap with lettuce, cheese, tomato, bacon, avocado and spread vegetable tray spinach and strawberry salad dessert Endicott Tuesday, June 30: No meal LaCrosse Tuesday, June 30: No...

 

Gross named to Dean's Honor List

CEDARVILLE, OH -- Jocelyn Gross of Pullman, majoring in Mech Engineering, was named to the Cedarville University Dean's Honor List for Spring 2020. This recognition required Gross to maintain a 3.75 GPA and carry a minimum of 12 credit...

 

Maxwell named to Dean's List

ITHACA, NY – Ithaca College student Madeline Maxwell was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2020 semester. Madeline Maxwell is a Journalism major of Pullman....

 

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