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 By Garth Meyer    News    August 30, 2018

Palouse turns down funding package for water tower

After an e-mail arrived Friday morning, Aug. 10, at Palouse City Hall with an offer of $2.7 million in funding from the USDA for a water tower project on the south side of Palouse, Mayor Michael Echanove turned it down due to the terms of the...

 

Superintendent slots full: Fair office moves to fairground

The Palouse Empire Fair office has moved its headquarters out to the fairground. As of this week, all fair operations will be handled from the fairground location instead of the county offices located in the Public Service Building in Colfax. This in...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 30, 2018

Beginning $40,760, top pay $78,000: Deal reached, approved for Colfax teacher pay

The Colfax school district board approved a new salary agreement Monday night with the Colfax Education Association (CEA) – the teachers union – after negotiations since the spring between Superintendent Jerry Pugh, CEA President Christopher...

 
 By Will DeMarco    News    August 30, 2018

New Whitcom director named

The Whitcom Executive Board named its new executive director during a special closed meeting last week. Tara Murker, a Puyallup resident with almost 25 years of experience in the field, was selected to head the county's 911 dispatch center in...

 

Last Colfax open swim Friday

The last open swim for the season was Friday night at the Colfax swim pool. The swim will be sponsored by Greg's Electric and Colfax Thrifty Grandmothers. The Aug. 17 open swim drew 98 people. It was the third swim under the city's new policy of...

 

Online licensing, elections temporarily unavailable

Washington licensing offices will be closed and elections services will be down over the Labor Day weekend because of a system modernization project at Washington Department of Licensing. Vehicle licensing offices will be unable to do vehicle...

 

Call for Entries: Inspired Palouse 2018

You are cordially invited to enter "Inspired Palouse" sponsored by The Colfax Arts Council. The event is based on a classic plein-air painting competition but with a few fresh twists: 1. It is open to ALL MEDIA - painting, fabric art, sculpture,...

 
 By Will DeMarco    News    August 30, 2018
The Misner family

Pastor Phil Misner and family say farewell

Local pastor Phil Misner said his goodbyes this month after announcing his upcoming departure to serve as assistant to the bishop in Spokane. Phil has led Sunday services at both Peace Lutheran in...

 

Sentence given for Lamont break-ins

Travis S. Walters, 24, Lamont, was sentenced to 45 days in jail Friday morning in Whitman County Superior Court after pleading guilty to charges related to break-ins at Lamont July 21. Walters pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary and one charge...

 

'Cinderella' set for CHS

Director Cary Cammack has announced "Cinderella" will be the fall musical production for Colfax High School. The show will run during the week prior to Thanksgiving break, Nov. 15 through Nov. 21 Cammack, who retired as Colfax vocal music teacher...

 

Frazier endorses Hart for district court judge

Retired Whitman County Superior Court Judge David Frazier has endorsed John Hart to be the next district court judge. Frazier concluded a 34-year stint as a judge at the start of 2017 when he administered the oath of office to Judge Gary Libey. He...

 

New traffic policing agreement filed

Whitman County commissioners approved Monday, Aug. 20, a traffic policing agreement with the county Sheriff's department to cover the cost of a sheriff's deputy who performs commercial vehicle inspection and enforcement. “This is basically tidying...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 30, 2018

School board approves hirings, overnight trips, dairy and fuel

Classes started in Colfax Monday morning, and the school board met that night for a full agenda. Among a list of items approved included $472,916 in accounts payable/payroll, for the budget status report; the hiring of Heidi Koenig, para-educator at...

 

Target shooting incident near Malden area

Deputy Chris Olin responded Aug. 22 to a report of target shooting on Squires Road, which intersects with the Malden/Pine City road. Target shooting is now prohibited under the state burn ban which is in force in the county....

 

Vagrant found in park

Officer Joe Handley Aug. 21 responded to a report of a vagrant sleeping in Schmuck Park. The 25-year-old man told officers he had been living on the streets in Spokane and met a Colfax resident who told him it was easier to reside in that mode in...

 

Building check urged

Inclusion of an international maintenance code in the city's building code regulations was discussed at the Aug. 20 city council session. City council members have been presented with an updated version of the code which is part of a statewide...

 

Spokanite arrested after high-speed chase

Shane Lawrence Hagedorn, 37, Spokane, was booked into jail here Aug. 22 after a high speed chase which went through downtown Pullman and downtown Palouse. The chase extended over 19 miles, and ended when Hagedorn climbed out of the silver Dodge...

 

Colfax junior golf championship set for Tuesday

Colfax Junior Golf results from Friday, Aug. 24, include: Age 10-12, Jacob Ward led with a 66, followed by Tyler Peterson, 73, Eric Christiansen, 75 and Paul David Buri, 109. For age 8-9, Kaitlyn Ward shot 69. The Colfax Junior Golf championship...

 

Garfield man charged with drug possession

Everett C. Johnson, 63, Garfield, has been summoned to appear in court Aug. 31 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. The charge was filed against Johnson Aug. 17. According to the investigation report, Johnson was taken into custody March 14...

 

Too-late ballots

The auditor's canvassing board rejected 87 mailed primary election ballots which arrived with postmarks too-late for the Aug. 7 primary election deadline. The board also rejected 995 ballots which were returned as undeliverable by the post office....

 

Voter registration continues

During a Department of Licensing (DOL) system upgrade scheduled for Labor Day weekend, online voter registration and updates will be unavailable at myvote.wa.gov. However, Washington residents can still make and update voter registrations via...

 

Missing Buick arrest

Loran C. Bacon, 22, Spokane, was formally charged Aug. 22 with possession of a stolen vehicle, driving with a suspended or revoked license and two counts of theft. Bacon was arrested Aug. 18 on Highway 195 north of Colfax by Colfax Officer Perry...

 

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