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 By Will DeMarco    News    June 28, 2018
Fourth of July

Tradition reigns for Fourth of July

The Johnson parade, the traditional kickoff event for the county will start again at 10 a.m. at the north end of Johnson. Kathy Wolf of Uniontown, one of the Johnson organizers, noted the Johnson...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 28, 2018
Proposed Palouse water tower

Cultural report wrap-up next step for Palouse water tower plan

Completion of a cultural report for the site of a proposed water tower in Palouse now goes forward after Whitman County Superior Court approved lots to be removed from designation as cemetery land at...

 
 By Will DeMarco    News    June 28, 2018
fruit tree fire blight

Fruit tree fire blight hits county with wet spring

Fire blight, a disease that affects apple, pear and other fruit trees, has taken a harsh toll this year due to an unusually wet spring. The disease thrives during growing seasons with particularly...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 28, 2018
Jeff Marshall, Art Swannak and Dean Kinzer

Marshall named state project manager of year

Whitman County commissioners presented a plaque from the Washington State Association of County Engineers June 18 for State Program/Project Manager of the Year to Jeff Marshall, a project engineer for...

 

Candidates correction

Both candidates for the Whitman county auditor, Republican Sandy Jamison of Garfield and Democrat Eric Fejeran of Pullman, have opted to use the mini-reporting option which allows candidates who expect to raise less than $5,000 for a campaign to not...

 

Briefs

DRUFFEL ALLOWED RELEASE Tyson Druffel, 38, Colfax resident who was jailed June 15 after an early-morning speed chase in Colfax and on Almota Road, pleaded not guilty in superior court Friday morning to charges of taking a motor vehicle, drunken...

 
 By Will DeMarco    News    June 28, 2018

Advocacy League lists local mental health providers

The Palouse Advocacy League has released a comprehensive list of mental health providers in Whitman and Latah County. The organization was previously called The #3 Memorial Fund which was created after the death last January of WSU quarterback Tyler...

 

Corps extends review date for LG Dam plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, extended the public comment period for the draft revised Lower Granite Project Master Plan and accompanying Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment for two weeks for...

 

WSU expects record number of freshmen

WSU expects a record-breaking freshman class on campus this fall, estimated at around 4,300 new students. If the estimates are correct, the incoming class of 2022 would exceed the record-high of approximately 4,200 first-year students set in 2015....

 

Kelly makes plan to get a job

Michael J. Kelly, 24, Spokane, was allowed release from jail Friday after he read his plan for finding a job in court. Kelly has been in jail for 17 days after he was arrested for failing to make payments in connection with his a 2015 conviction for...

 

Dr. Hiller to talk on Olympics

Dr. Doug Hiller, new orthopedic surgeon at Whitman Hospital, has been scheduled to talk at Whitman Library July 10 at 7 p.m. about his service as a chief medical officer with the Olympic Triathlon team in Greece. He will also talk on his role as...

 

Hoop camp draws 40 teams

Colfax girls basketball camp wrapped up June 21 after a four-day run at the Colfax gyms. Coach Corey Baerlocher said an estimated 300 girls from sixth grade through seniors participated with 40 teams listed. The team traveling the longest distance ca...

 

Hawkins to play in Australia

Garfield/Palouse High School senior-to-be Ely Hawkins will represent the State of Washington on a high school basketball team which will make a 10-day trip to Queensland, Australia, beginning July 16. Under a program called Down Under Sports, U.S....

 

Patriots split with North Stars after tough run in the S series

After a tough run in the Palouse Summer Series with three defeats over the weekend, the Pullman Patriots returned to league play Tuesday night to split a doubleheader with the North Stars from Mead at Shadle Park. The Pats took the first game 8-5 wit...

 

Gunnar Aune named to WIAA state panel

Colfax High School student Gunnar Aune is among nine juniors-to-be around Washington to be selected for the LEAP (Leadership through Education Activities and Personal Development) Committee, by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association....

 
Library gets Hubbard collection

Bulletin Column

These reports are from the previous four issues of the Daily Bulletin in Colfax. They are reprinted here for the benefit of Gazette readers who reside outside of Colfax. Some accounts have been...

 
 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    June 28, 2018

'Don't it always seem to go'

Two reports last week about the same neighborhood in Pullman call to mind the anchor lyrics from Joni Mitchell's 1970 “Big Yellow Taxi” hit song: Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got `til its gone The Department of Trans...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    June 28, 2018

A NAFTA World Cup?

I'm totally puzzled: How could the United States, Canada and Mexico have successfully convinced FIFA, the international soccer governing body, to award the 2026 World Cup competition to North America, the first time in history that the hosts will be...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Harvard's Bias Against Asian-Americans

The Harvard University admissions process appears to be an ongoing microaggression against Asian-Americans. A group called Students for Fair Admissions is suing the school for alleged racial discrimination and has filed documents in federal court...

 

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