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 By Garth Meyer    News    September 10, 2020

A flight's reprise

In 1935, a five-year old boy rode in his uncle's lap in the open cockpit of a biplane over Joliet, Ill. Eighty-five years later, he did it again. Colfax resident Jeremiah Shea, 90, a retired Pan-Am...

 

Dust storm causes crashes

RITZVILLE — A duststorm that began just before noon caused multiple crashes, prompting area road closures through early evening hours Monday, Sept. 7. Washington State Patrol Sgt. Ethan Wynecoop said the multiple car crashes, which were all...

 

Citizen Act of Bravery awarded

COLFAX-The Whitman County Sheriff's Office announced it has recognized Isabelle Fowler and Jordan Campbell of Pullman for their courage and bravery last month during a serious domestic violence...

 

Students believed involved in bestiality video bomb

PULLMAN — School officials and police are investigating a case of someone hacking into a Lincoln Middle School Zoom class and playing a video of bestiality Sept. 3. According to reports, the perpetrator hacked into an eighth-grade band class...

 

August one-fifth usual rain

August 2020 precipitation logged less than one-fifth the historical average for that month. According to the rain gauge at the NRCS office, 0.12 inches was recorded, most of that Aug. 6 when .09 inches was logged....

 

Violation nets arrest for alleged robbery

PULLMAN—A man accused of robbing a Pullman couple at knifepoint in August on a walking path has been arrested after being identified violating a no-contact order. According to a report, Pullman Police received a call from a man and woman Aug. 20 at...

 

Not abandoned

PULLMAN—A Pullman man is being charged with burglary and possession of methamphetamine after allegedly taking items he claimed were abandoned in an apartment. According to the police report, Pullman Police responded to a report of items being...

 
 By Drew Lawson    News    September 10, 2020

Rising gun sales lead to ammunition shortfall

DAVENPORT - Gun owners anticipating the fall hunting season or hoping to get in some target practice are having more difficulty than normal acquiring the ammunition necessary to operate their firearms. National media reported in early August that...

 

70,000 acres burn near Davenport

A fast moving fire consumed over 70,000 acres in Lincoln County yesterday as high winds made the fire hard for crews to contain. The fire, also being referred to as the Hawk Creek fire, is currently burning in the areas of Hawk Creek Road,...

 

75% of Malden buildings destroyed

MALDEN — High winds and dry weather conditions propelled a wall of flames southwest across rural Spokane and Whitman counties Monday, leveling homes, businesses and government offices. Approximately...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    September 10, 2020

Homes, shop lost in fire

COLFAX—Fire crews responded Monday at 10:40 a.m. to fire on the west hill. Exact cause is undetermined, yet it is reported to have started as a brush fire. The fire started between Cromwell and West...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    September 10, 2020

Spike brings tickets, testing to Pullman

PULLMAN – A rural mobile medical clinic that visited county towns earlier this year is now parked in Pullman as part of an increased effort in COVID testing by Washington State University. The...

 

Combine accident takes Colton life

COLTON—Whitman County Sheriff’s Office has reported a Colton man died Sept. 6 following a combine accident west of Colton and Uniontown. At 3:50 p.m., Whitman County Deputies and District 14 Fire and EMS were advised of an unconscious person who...

 

Organizers seek specific donations for fire victims

Donations have been pouring in to locations throughout the county, some being overwhelmed by the outpouring. According to Deanne Noel of Rosalia who is coordinating local efforts, the greatest need at this time is toiletries including vitamins,...

 

Manning Fire claims 3 homes

COLFAX--The Manning Fire is now 25% contained with control line in place and fire crews focusing on hot spots. The fire destroyed three single family homes, the Manning Covered Bridge and one other structure, according to the Southeast Washington...

 

Malden Fire destroys 121 homes

MALDEN — The Babb/Malden Fire is now credited with burning 17,781 acres, 1,000 of which were in Spokane County. Crews are performing their final assessments of the Malden and Pine City communities....

 

Gov. Inslee visits Malden

MALDEN - Gov. Jay Inslee was in Malden this morning, Sept. 10, to view the damage and talk to residents. He met with citizens separate from media, telling them Washington had its arms around Malden....

 

Wildfires hit Franklin County

BASIN CITY - A wildfire raced along the edge of the city Monday, Sept. 7, destroying at least two homes. The homes were located along North Canal Boulevard and Loen Drive, but winds driving flames...

 

Air quality to deteriorate over weekend

SPOKANE -- Officials at the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency are warning residents in the region that, depending on the winds and fire activity, air quality over the next several days is expected to...

 

Update: Clean up continues at Malden

MALDEN -- Access to the towns of Malden and Pine City continues to be restricted as crews continue to mop up Babb Fire hotspots. The fire grew to 15,266 acres and was 90% contained, according to...

 

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