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 By Will DeMarco    News    August 16, 2018

Crops looking strong as harvest continues

As the 2018 harvest rolls on, growers are reporting encouraging crop numbers. Pacific Northwest Farmers Co-op Grain Division Manager David Weitz at Colfax said the area's harvest this year is 20-30...

 

Rembert gains in second count

Rob Rembert of Pullman widened the gap over Dan LeBeau by 129 votes for the number-two finish in the race for district court judge after 2,593 more ballots were counted late Friday by the elections office. John Hart, the leader of the three-way...

 
 By Will DeMarco    News    August 16, 2018

Lentil Festival marks 30th year

The 30th National Lentil Festival will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18, throughout Pullman. The Tase T. Lentil mini golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the Airway Hills Golf Center, with tee times running throughout the day. Teams of...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 16, 2018

County air quality reading hits red zone

The Whitman County Department of Public Health advises residents to take caution as air quality monitors graded conditions in the “red” Tuesday morning for the first time this year. Devices in Rosalia and Pullman deemed the air “unhealthy,...

 
 By Will DeMarco    News    August 16, 2018
Jonathan Buri and Michelle Crook

Bellevue Healthcare buys Buri's Medical Equipment

Buri's Medical Equipment in Colfax has sold its assets to Washington-based Bellevue Healthcare. Buri's has served the area for more than 21 years, but owner Angela Buri says it's time to spend more...

 

Colton council switch

Chuck DeMeeleer resigned his Colton city council position number one at the town’s July 2 meeting. He was replaced by Scott Miller, who was appointed to the position at the same meeting. DeMeerleer has moved to Johnson....

 

Whitman County General Election Preliminary Results

Results for federal and statewide races here only include the county totals. County top vote getters may differ from federal and statewide vote getters. FEDERAL OFFICES U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell 4,319, 51.4% Susan Hutchinson 1,896, 22.6% Keith...

 
 By Will DeMarco    News    August 16, 2018

New administrative team starts Rosalia school year

Following the retirement of the Rosalia School District principal, secretary and part-time superintendent in June, three administrators have joined the district. Matthew McLain is stepping in to replace Darrel Kuhn as Rosalia principal, bringing...

 

Inland Cellular customers face disruption of service

Inland Cellular reported Tuesday that the company was working toward a goal of at least partial voice service restoration that evening after a power outage caused disruption in service since Friday, Aug. 10. On Monday, Aug. 13, due to smoke from...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 16, 2018

WSU considers van pool for east side employees

An effort is underway by WSU Transportation Services to start a van pool for campus workers living in the Palouse, Garfield and Potlatch areas. An eight-passenger van has been designated to pick up and drop off riders in Palouse for a departure time...

 

2018 football season cranks up

Colfax High School football practice was scheduled to begin Wednesday with a double session starting at 6:45 a.m. The team will practice until noon with a break between sessions. First practice with pads will be Saturday morning with a family...

 
Rosalia Boy Scout Troop 588

Rosalia Scouts complete 50-miler

Rosalia Boy Scout Troop 588 completed a 55-mile hike and float trip in July. They hiked 31 miles on the Kettle Crest Trail, northwest of Kettle Falls, followed by 24 miles of kayaking/canoeing on...

 
 By Jerry Jones    Sports    August 16, 2018

Two Indy drivers 60 years apart: Danica Patrick never met Ed Elisian

A pre-season lull in the high school sports action provides a little space to revive topics which went rolling past without time or space when they were on the table. One of those topics was the retirement of Danica Patrick who raced in the Indianapo...

 

Football officials issue recruit call

Southeastern Washington Football Officials Association is recruiting and training men and women to officiate at the junior high and high school games. The next training meetings will be Tuesday, Aug 21, and Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the...

 

Chinook fishing season opens on Snake River Saturday

Fall chinook fishing season will be allowed in the Snake River Aug. 18 through Oct. 31. Daily limit will be six for adult hatchery chinook and jack chinook 12 inches or longer. Washington licensed anglers must cease fishing for salmon and steelhead...

 

Thumbs Up

There is a letter in the Gazette Aug. 9 issue, entitled "Thumbs down," criticizing the lack of information about candidates in this year's election. I am sure the Gazette and other newspapers would not object to publishing political ads, either. I...

 

Encouraged

Recently I sent a letter to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Part of the letter says: ‘I just needed to tell you how encouraged I was when I met some young people from your campaign at the anti-racism rally at the County Courthouse on Aug. 2...

 

Bellevue Patent Infringement Win Gives Small Investors Hope

In America, when people invent things, they expect their trade secrets to be protected by federal law when their government patents are approved. However, that isn’t always the case. Patent infringements are life and death for inventors especially...

 

Fairness and Taxes

A few weeks ago, I was in a serious discussion with a young friend who claimed that the Washington State tax system is unfair to the poor. I asked how he came to that conclusion, and he said the rich in Washington pay a lower percent of their income...

 

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