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 By Garth Meyer    News    August 22, 2019

Pre-moratorium permit: Marijuana grower deemed 'vested' by county officials

Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey briefed county commissioners Monday on a decision he and Prosecutor Denis Tracy made on whether a marijuana operation outside Pullman is allowed to grow the crop – amidst a six-month moratorium...

 

Two more yes votes nail down Farmington levies

Two more yes votes for each of the Town of Farmington measures kept the two proposals over the 60 percent required for approval after the last primary election toll Monday. The funding proposals were needed to maintain the town of Farmington which...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 22, 2019

County, Pullman reach district court agreement

Whitman County commissioners expressed approval Monday for a new criminal justice services agreement with the City of Pullman. Commissioner Art Swannack met with Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson and City Administrator Adam Lincoln to work out the terms...

 

Lighthearted lentils

A reminder for the crowd at the 31st National Lentil Fesitval parade in Pullman Aug. 17. For more Lentil Fesitval coverage, see page 18....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 22, 2019

Hearing to keep county tax $$ for housing

Whitman County commissioners Monday set a hearing on the intent to adopt state house bill 1406, passed May 9, to take part of the tax collected in the county to be used for affordable housing. The held back state sales and use tax could amount to...

 

Mass casualty simulation

Whitman Hospital and Medical Center staged a mass casualty incident drill Thursday, Aug. 15. The scenario was a simulated bus crash where 10 patients were transported to the hospital in Colfax....

 

Wylie will debut new fair grandstand

Wylie and the Wild West has been booked to perform at the Palouse Empire Fair after the Friday night rodeo performance Sept. 6. Gustafson and his band will play in front of the fair’s new grandstand which will be dedicated just before the rodeo...

 
Taylor Clark; Tyler Zonnerveld

Malt barley harvest day includes band, brewers

A large crowd attended the Baronesse Barley harvest day celebration Saturday morning in the barley field located on a hilltop of a field along Danaher Road south of Steptoe. Approximately 300 people...

 

Pilot, passenger hurt in crash near Hooper

Two men were injured in a single engine airplane crash at approximately 10:30 a.m Friday in a field on the Hammer Grade Road on the western edge of Whitman County. Sheriff Brett Myers reported the...

 

New lights go up around fair grandstand

Seven light standards are now in place around the rodeo arena at the Palouse Empire Fair. The galvanized steel light standards were put in place by a crew from Avista Aug. 14. Belt harnesses were...

 

Football players start early practice grind

In his pre-season letter to the players, Coach Mike Morgan planted “one last thought” for players to consider before they hit the practice grind for the first time Wednesday. Morgan noted the Bulldogs last year had five games where they won or...

 

Webb's Slough takes aim at even bigger race day

Webb's Slough at St. John marked its biggest race day ever with its June 16 event this year, and Saturday they hope to bump that record. Saturday's race day will mark the 25th race event at St. John...

 

Colfax x-country returnees aim at strong 2019 season

Colfax cross country team will start its season with a first turnout Monday. Coach Jamie Kinley will welcome many runners back from the two squads which marked a high point for the program when both the boys and girls teams placed sixth in the state...

 

RMEF donates to WSU elk project

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to assist with construction of its elk hoof disease research facility. Construction began in May on campus in Pullman....

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    August 22, 2019

Oakesdale signs Turner, Perry to fill coaching vacancies left by Browns

New high school coaches are set for Oakesdale for the coming school year, following the departure of Brandy Brown, girls volleyball coach, and Dan Brown, girls basketball coach, earlier this summer. McKinzie Turner returns for the volleyball team,...

 

Junior Golf report

Results from Thursday’s play over nine holes: 8-10 year olds: Kaitlynn Ward 52, Vivian Riley 61. 11-12 year old: Jacob Ward 59....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 22, 2019

Colton, Oakesdale receive $25,000 for ag programs

The Oakesdale and Colton school districts have both been awarded $25,000 grants from a Monsanto-Bayer ag education program, announced earlier in August. Oakesdale applied for the grant specifically to add another greenhouse, for use by Jessica...

 

On The Record: August 22, 2019

MARRIAGE LICENSES Jesus Roberto Lopez, 22, and McKenzie Marie Wells, 22, both Pullman, July 31. Ryan William Kirkpatrick, 25, and Lauren Augusta Beckley 26, both Pullman, Aug. 1. Ryan Thomas Schmitch, 35, and Katelyn Denise Brown, 29, both Pullman,...

 

Colfax swim pool will close Aug. 31

Final day of operation for the Colfax swim pool will be Aug. 31. The last free midnight swim will be Friday, Aug. 30, with Greg’s Electric and the Colfax Chamber of Commerce as sponsors. Colfax youngsters this year will face an eight-day gap...

 

Bulletin Column: August 22, 2019

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 updated. McGREEVY RITE SET AUG. 31 Margaret (Maggie)...

 

Changes for the Good

Some very nice changes have been accumulating along Main Street in Colfax. The city still has some vacant storefronts, but the feel and atmosphere has been improved. It is, in fact, more welcoming. A few years ago a woman from Texas purchased...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Age-Old Gaffes

When Joe Biden says he's running for president, he means it literally. He likes to be seen jogging around at his various campaign events. Obviously, that's his way of showing that at 76, he's not too old for the grueling physical and mental challenge...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Epstein Was Allowed to Game the System

The Jeffrey Epstein case establishes beyond a doubt that if you're a sexual predator, it pays to be a rich and connected sexual predator. Epstein, now dead of an apparent suicide before his accusers had their day in court, worked the system and...

 

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