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 By Will DeMarco    News    August 23, 2018

Revised outdoor amusements ordinance gets county approval

The Whitman County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a “complete re-write” of the Outdoor Amusements or Assemblies Ordinance at their Monday meeting. The ordinance aims to regulate large events and gatherings in the unincorporated areas...

 

Panel increases pay for county elected officials

Pay raises ranging from three to 10 percent were listed Monday in a report from the county's Citizens Committee on Salaries for Elected Officials. The report was relayed to the public by County Auditor Eunice Coker. The salary adjustments are based...

 

August fog

Devices in LaCrosse and Rosalia deemed the air "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" Tuesday due to smoke from wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and Alberta. The improvement followed...

 

New commercial drop-off rule: Transfer station repairs underway following fire

Recovery and repair continues at the Whitman County Waste Transfer Station after an early morning fire Aug. 3 took the three-year-old garbage transfer building out of commission. A Belfor of Spokane cleaning crew is on hand this week to scrub smoke...

 

Speed said in excess of 150 mph: Trial date set for Spokane rider after high-speed motorcycle chase

Formal charges of attempting to elude and driving with a suspended or revoked license were filed Aug. 16 against Emery E. Reeves, 32, Spokane Valley. Reeves was arrested late Aug. 14 as a suspect in an alleged high speed motorcycle pursuit on...

 

Asphalt overlay set on Farmington Road

The second half of a hot-mix asphalt overlay project on Farmington Road is scheduled for around Sept. 10. A county Public Works crew is slated to cover five miles of road from Tekoa south to the intersection of Warner Road, at Seltice. The estimated...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 23, 2018

Palouse will apply for electric car charger

The Palouse City Council voted Aug. 14 to authorize City Administrator Kyle Dixon to apply to bring an electric car charger to Palouse through an Avista program which has placed several throughout the region in the past two years. Electricity cost...

 

Sheriff seeks applicants for reserve training

Whitman County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for a few good men and women to join its Reserve Deputy Program. The deadline for application has been extended to Aug. 31. The office is now accepting applications for the position of Reserve...

 

Mural artist Katerina Wiley will be honored at St. John

Katerina Wiley, a recent graduate of St. John High School, has been planning on getting the Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting, for years. Kat, as she likes to be called, decided that her project would be painting a m...

 

Yellow jackets, wasps mark big comeback year

Equipped with sharp stingers, craving sugar and searching for water sources in a parched landscape, yellow jackets and paper wasps have been increasingly visible since a run of hot weather kicked in...

 
 By Will DeMarco    News    August 23, 2018

Pullman teachers get raise in face of looming budget funding deficit

Pullman teachers struck a tentative deal last week to raise their pay 17 percent over the next two years. If approved, Pullman instructors will see a 15 percent pay increase in the upcoming school year, along with a two percent increase for the...

 

Transfer station building plans

The Whitman County Public Works department has moved up a capital project set for 2019 to build a modular office building at the Waste Transfer Station that would house a training room/conference room, storage space, break room and rest rooms with...

 

Hart, Rembert advance to judge's race last lap

John Hart and Robert Rembert, both of Pullman, will advance to the November general election after finishing one-two in the Aug. 7 primary. After Tuesday’s last count, Hart finished with 3,969 votes for more than 43 percent of the returns, and...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    August 23, 2018

My Two Cents: Geocaching provides family adventure

It can be hard to find activities to do with the kids while they are home for the summer that aren't expensive or take a lot of time; especially when you live in a rural Whitman County town already removed from so much. There are the staples:...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 23, 2018

Palouse receives bid on river trail project

The City of Palouse has received one bid so far for the river trail project on donated land along the North Fork of Palouse River through downtown. The city received a $26,530 grant from the county's .09 tax program in the spring for the trail projec...

 

Bulldog football staff looks to fill back slots

Colfax Coach Mike Morgan and staff greeted 34 football players for the start of practice season which has been hampered by smoke conditions. The Bulldogs Monday opted for light practice in the gyms...

 

New Colfax net coach faces rebuild challenge

New Colfax volleyball coach Molly McNeil greeted 21 recruits Monday for the first turnout of the season. A WSU grad, McNeil has 11 years of coaching and teaching experience. She came to Colfax after stops in Okanogan and Tillamook, Ore. McNeil faces...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    August 23, 2018

Colton returns nine lettermen to gridiron

It ended last November in the scrublands of Almira/Coulee/Hartline in the first round of the state 1B playoffs. This year, senior quarterback Parker Druffel and receiver Luke Vining, another senior, lead Colton back to football with four other...

 

Central Ferry boat launch open

Paving work on a boat launch on the south side of the Snake River in Garfield County has been completed. The project was funded by grants over two years, according to an article in the Aug. 2 East Washingtonian at Pomeroy. The boat launch in...

 

Colfax junior golfers mark bests at tournament

Results for Aug. 17 play at Colfax Golf Course: 10-12 years: Tyler Pederson 55, Jacob Ward 60, Cooper Phillips 103; 8-9 years: Kaitlynn Ward 63, Cody Phillips 73. All entrants posted personal best scores....

 

XC team grows with Oakesdale

Coach Jaime Kinley has a roster of 19 runners for the Bulldog cross country team this year. The team has welcomed five Oakesdale runners who have combined ranks with the Colfax returnees to start the year. Coach Kinley, who is starting her 10th...

 

Webb's slough claims record race boat entry

Webb’s Slough at St. John expects to greet a record number of boats Saturday for their second race day of the season. Amanda Webb reported they have signed 34 boats to compete in the all-day event. The entry is expected to top the mark set back in...

 

Arrest nets 16 guns, drugs in car search

A total of 16 guns and drugs were confiscated in the arrest of Christopher W. Bounds, 35, Lind, last Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 15, at the top of the Lewiston grade. The arrest was conducted at about 4 p.m. by Quad Cities Drug Task Force members with...

 

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