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 By Will DeMarco    News    August 2, 2018

First Thursday returns with new events

Colfax Chamber of Commerce will add two events to the August edition of its First Thursday event today from 3 to 9 p.m. in Colfax. Beginning at 6:30 a kids race inaugural popsicle fun run will debut. Participants will run, walk or jog a short distanc...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 2, 2018

Colfax school build plans advance

The Colfax School Board took another step toward bond construction Monday night, approving design schematics for the junior-senior high school presented by district architect Ned Warnick. The approval for the designation-of-space drawings will now...

 

National Night Out Aug. 7 in Tekoa, Palouse

Tekoa The third Tekoa National Night Out will be Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., to be joined this year by Palouse, which will bring back their own National Night Out at Hayton Greene Park. Tekoa’s event began in 2016, when the city approached...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 2, 2018

Keeping tab: Commissioners get six-month report

Whitman County Administrative Director Gary Petrovich presented a six-month budget report Monday to county commissioners, noting an overall positive assessment with an area of concern over the pace of grant money coming in from state agencies. Total...

 

Colton pump back on-line

Water use restrictions for Colton were lifted Monday after the repairs were made to the town's number-one pump, and the water reservoir was filled. However, the town is still operating with just one pump and has posted a lawn watering schedule for...

 
 By Will DeMarco    News    August 2, 2018
Shelley Germain Calissendorff

PAL campaign aims at mental health stigma

The Palouse Advocacy League (PAL) last week sat down with residents at local eateries for conversations about mental health and suicide prevention as part of its "Three Days in July" campaign. The...

 
 By Will DeMarco    News    August 2, 2018

Historic Pullman train depot to undergo conversion

The Northern Pacific train depot in Pullman is getting a makeover – one that will tell the story of the town and its co-evolution with the railroads that spanned more than a century. With hopes to...

 

Huntley will leaves farm land to WSU

Whitman County land in the Thornton area which was farmed by the late Sen. Elmer (Bud) Huntley and wife, Necia, has been donated to Washington State University. Transfer of the land was recorded in a transfer affidavit filed July 12 in the county...

 

News Briefs

HAUSER SEEKS ZONE CHANGE A hearing on a proposed zone change for 14 lots has been scheduled for Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. before the Colfax Planning Commission in the city hall chambers. Zoning on the property is now commercial and Bob Hauser has...

 
Donnie Johnson

Pullman, GPOP figure to battle again in novice swim league finale

Pullman Barracudas and Garfield/Palouse/ Oakesdale/Plummer figure to battle again Saturday for the league's Cluckey Cup at the swim season's final meet at the Colfax pool. Both teams have rolled up...

 

Palouse Patriots end season on 1-2 run at AAA finals

Palouse Patriots, a team which this year revived AAA Legion action for Whitman County players, came to the end of the line Monday when they were derailed by the North Stars. The loss ended the state title bid at 1-2 in the double elimination state...

 

University ends state bid for Posse at Spokane

Pullman Posse’s entry in the AA Legion state playoffs at Spokane also ended Monday when they lost 1-6 to University of Spokane in an elimination game. Posse finished 1-2 in state action. The loss ended the Posse campaign for the summer season at...

 

Results for July 24 swim meet at Colfax with Pullman, Pomeroy

Pullman Barracudas 714, Colax 334, Pomeroy 240 100-Yard Freestyle: Girls 12 & Under: 1.Bree Myers-Pl 1:10.13, 2. Mary Jentz-Pm 1:17.69, 3. Josephine Belzer-Pl 1:20.53, 4. Taylor Gilbert-Pm 1:36.16, 5. Jackie Smith-Pl 1:43, 6. Page Cocking-Cx...

 

Swim the Snake will mark 6th year

The sixth annual Swim the Snake event has been scheduled for Aug. 11 beginning at 11 a.m. at Lyons Ferry State Park. The event will be between Lyons Ferry Marina on the south side of the river and Lyons Ferry State Park on the north side. A new...

 

Junior golf set at Colfax

Colfax junior league golf will start next week for boys and girls between eight and 12 years or third through sixth grade. The league fee of $60 will include green fees for three tournaments and up to six clinics, a T-shirt and the youngster’s fee...

 

'Very active' yellow butterfly boom in Washington state

Yellow butterflies almost half the size of a human hand have transformed parts of the Evergreen state into a big garden party. They are called tiger swallowtails. And while they're commonly seen in ou...

 

Liquor, cannabis retailers get pointers for safer sales

Members from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) and Pullman Police Department met with business owners and employees from local bars and cannabis shops July 18 at Pullman High School to review state laws governing the sale of...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 2, 2018

Colfax school budget set for the 2018-19 year

Colfax School board approved a budget for the 2018-19 school year Monday night for a total of $17,156,792, with Business Manager Reece Jenkin telling the board they will likely need to go into reserves next year as the new local levy revenue will be...

 

Heads and tails

It's settling in. After eight years of one thing, we now have the flipside. Millions of Republicans simply could not take President Obama and now millions of Democrats just cannot take Trump. It's an even exchange, and it’s both of their fault....

 

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