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Hayton 100th Memorial Slated

A centennial memorial will be for Lester Dean Hayton at the Hayton-Greene Park in Palouse at 1 p.m. July 14, 2019, during the Palouse Ice Cream Social. Hayton was a Palouse resident who went missing in action during the Battle of Chateau-Thierry in...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 27, 2019

State staff checks Rosalia trestle hazard

The Washington State Parks Department has begun a process to evaluate the 1915 concrete Rosalia trestle after concerns about pieces falling onto the road below. The trestle, owned by State Parks as part of the Palouse-to-Cascades Trail (formerly...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    June 27, 2019

Cannabis questions remain: Moratorium headed for 6-month extension

Whitman County commissioners met with County Planner Alan Thomson to discuss progress on an ordinance for marijuana operations during a workshop session Monday morning. Commissioners had previously placed a moratorium on any new or expansion of...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 27, 2019

Hills of yellow return with canola bloom

Canola is in bloom once again in Whitman County with its bright yellow petals taking over hills for a crop that keeps increasing in this area. In 2012, seven Whitman County farms grew canola. Five...

 

Taser used in Colfax arrest

Paul Higginson, 49, Colfax, was booked into jail here June 19 after he was arrested in a house on the 500 block of Cromwell Street in Colfax. Probable charges listed with the arrest were residential burglary, malicious mischief and resisting arrest....

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    June 27, 2019
Mike Heston

Emergency management team hosts tabletop drill

About 40 representatives from several counties came together for an emergency management exercise Monday morning at the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds. Hannah Kimball, Pullman Regional Hospital...

 

Wuestney unhurt in truck spill

Riley Wuestney, 18, Colfax, was unhurt early June 19 when the truck he was driving fell off the Long Hollow Road about five miles south of Onecho. Deputy Jim Pelissier reported Wuestney had pulled the Kenworth truck over to the side of the road to...

 

Trooper change at Colfax

Washington State Patrol Trooper Brandon Kendall has transferred to Spokane after duty at the Colfax detachment. Taking his place on the Colfax roster will be Trooper Katelyn Baxter who has been serving at the Monroe WSP office. Eight troopers are...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    June 27, 2019
Ian McMichael Corrin McMichael Hans McMichael

Lutheran churches hire pastor

Trinity Lutheran Church in Endicott and Peace Lutheran Church in Colfax welcomed Ian McMichael as the new pastor to lead Sunday services for the two churches this week. McMichael moved from Florida...

 

Four new reserve officers complete academy training

Saturday afternoon marked the completion of training for four newly-trained law enforcement officers after completing an eight month Basic Law Enforcement Reserve Academy which began last November....

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    June 27, 2019

Firm releases demographics report

At last Thursday's Port of Whitman meeting, Debbie Snell, Port properties and development manager, relayed a report on demographics for 2018 which was presented at the annual Palouse Commercial Real Estate conference in Moscow. Their market review...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    June 27, 2019
Tom Kammerzell Joe Poiré Kara Riebold Brenda Stav

Port okays design for docks at Boyer Park

Port of Whitman commissioners June 20 approved the final alternative design for the dock replacement project at Boyer Park. The approved design includes replacing docks one and two and installing a he...

 

Battle Days shirts available

Mike Day now has leftover Battle Days t-shirts available for $5 each. They can be purchased at the Texaco, which is normally open on weekdays, starting at 10 a.m. In another Battle Days followup, an autographed football was donated by the Seahawks,...

 

Fire restrictions set

The Bureau of Land Management placed several fire restrictions on public lands, which went into effect last Saturday, June 22. Counties including Whitman, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla...

 

First mural on the wall

The first of four wall murals is now in place on the Fonk's Building. Colfax Artist Henry Stinson has blocked in his “American Gothic on the Palouse” mural on the south side of the Fonk’s building next to the drive through for Washington...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 27, 2019
Andrew Penwell Rhonda Penwell

Penwells selected for Harvard study

Andrew and Ronda Penwell, Colfax Junior-Senior High School teachers, have been chosen in a group of 77 teachers across the country to go to a summer workshop at Harvard University. The all-expenses...

 

Pullman ranks high on Washington list

Pullman was ranked number one in Washington as the best city to live in for 2019 by ChamberofCommerce.org. According to their website, Pullman was awarded first for housing Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and W.S.U. Pullman has “Lush natural...

 

Trail proposal raises concerns

Councilman Blaine Golden reported to the city council June 17 liability was the big concern involved with the proposal to build a trail along the Colfax Golf Course between the McDonald Park walkway and the North Flat trail. Members of the city park...

 
Nate Akesson

Patriots bounce back with 2 league shutouts

After an 0-4 run in the Palouse Summer series last week, the Pullman Patriots bounced back with two league shutouts over the Spokane Bandits Tuesday night at Quann Field in Pullman. The league wins...

 

Colfax track team wins state para-combo trophy

Colfax High School track season ended with a trophy from the state track meet at Cheney. The Bulldogs received the team para-combined trophy for racking up the most points with finishes in ambulatory...

 

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