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Pleads guilty to rape

TEKOA—A 34-year-old man charged with third degree rape of a child submitted a plea of guilty July 24 in Whitman County Superior Court. Clayton Weaver was booked into Whitman County Jail May 30 for allegedly raping a teenage girl. Another charge of...

 

Intent to deliver trial begun

COLFAX—Superior Court jury trial is underway this week for Dillon Armstrong, 20, on charges of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Armstrong was arrested in Sept. 2019 for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver after...

 

Police respond to animal calls

A horse was discovered running loose on Southview/Valleyview the morning of July 22. The painted equine was identified and returned to its home pasture east of Thorn Hill. Members of the animal kingdom made it on to the Pullman Police log July 23....

 

I-1114

Gov. Jay Inslee may order quarantines and business shutdowns, but he cannot enforce them. In agreeing with that argument — presented by attorneys for the governor — U.S. District Court Judge...

 

Print pamphlet?

Several subscribers have complained in the paper that there is no state voters pamphlet. There is, but only on line. Those in the county without computer access are out of luck since our library system has had to be shut down. Given the importance...

 

Immigrants

Truth to tell, there are some immigrants we would be much better off without; and I am not afraid to name them. They include Russian knapweed, field bindweed or morning glory, dogfennel, rush skeletonweed, kochia, Canada thistle (all natives of...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    July 30, 2020

The President made a mistake

Sending federal marshals into Portland, Chicago, and other cities will go down as one of the President’s biggest mistakes. It hurts him politically, it harms the already tarnished image of the police, and it works against the rule of law and...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Okeydokes: New paint on Colfax Main Street. My body. My choice. NO mask. All the parking lot fixes done by local businesses. Pet Peeves: My body. My choice. Birth control. People who don’t mind their own business about others not wearing masks....

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    July 30, 2020

WIAA sets 2020-21 four-season sports plan

It starts when it is hot and ends when it is cold. For 2020-21, it will start when it’s cold and end when it’s warm. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced July 21...

 

Viking Crew golf scramble Saturday Aug. 8

The Garfield/Palouse Viking Crew will hold its annual 18-hole golf scramble Saturday, Aug. 8, at Colfax Country Club. Sign-in is at 8 a.m. for a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $140 for a team of four. Proceeds go to support student clubs,...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    July 30, 2020

About-face: 80% COAST funding lost, returned

COLFAX—There was no explanation of why Washington State Department of Transportation announced it planned to cut COAST’s funding last week and none when it pivoted on that decision Saturday to mak...

 

Missing Hay man found

HAY—Friday night, July 24, at approximately 8 p.m., deputies from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office located William “Bill” Betcher near his home in Hay. Betcher, 81, had been missing for several days and had not returned from a trip to...

 

Ballot returns begin

The elections office has received about 3,000 primary ballots of the more then 23,000 it mailed out earlier this month. Primary Election Day in Aug. 4. Ballots must be postmarked on or before that date or deposited in elections drop boxes by the...

 

Mercantile receives Main Street award

COLFAX-The Colfax Mercantile received the Economic Vitality Award from the Washington State Main Street Program during a virtual ceremony July 20. The Colfax Mercantile was first imagined by a...

 

NWS forecasts 'dangerous heat' this week

SPOKANE -- The National Weather Service is projecting temperatures to reach well into the high 90s and even low triple digits this week. According to a July 27news release, the high temperatures...

 

Girls compete in Distinguished Young Women pageant

PULLMAN — Ten high school seniors are competing to represent the state of Washington in the 2021 America's Distinguished Young Women Program. Participants include Ruth Bresee of Coulee City, Molly W...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    July 30, 2020

'SeXXX ed' on hold until after November election

OLYMPIA — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal last week suspended implementation of the controversial new "inclusive" sexual education requirements, at least for the fall. In a...

 

Abduction ends in stabbing

Law enforcement officers from the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, Pullman Police Department and Washington State University Police Department responded to the report of an abduction and stabbing...

 

Ballots due by day's end

Primary election ballots are due today. For those who have not already submitted their ballots, for your vote to be counted, ballots must be postmarked today or dropped of in a designated ballot box or with the elections office. A ballot deposit box...

 

No peaches at Penawawa

There will be no fruit for sale at Warm Springs Ranch this year. According to Bryan Jones manager of the orchard, a late frost around Mother's Day killed off the crop. Temperatures hit 28 degrees....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 30, 2020

Cullinan steps down at EWU

CHENEY — Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan has announced she is retiring from her position, effective immediately. The university's Board of Trustees has named Provost and Vice...

 

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