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Whitcom fund could face "substantial decrease"

County commissioners Monday discussed setbacks in funding for Whitcom. “It’s projected for 2019 Whitcom is going to receive $677,000. This is 56 percent of what Whitcom received in 2016. It is a substantial decrease,” Commissioner Dean Kinzer s...

 

Petition to ban marijuana carries 400 signatures

With the current moratorium in place, giving more time for the Whitman County Planning Commission to consider potential zoning regulations, it doesn’t mean time is stopped for others to come and discuss with the county commissioners how they feel...

 

Barge traffic comes to a stop for dam repairs

On Sept. 5 a crack was found in the concrete sill of the navigation lock at the Bonneville Dam located on the Columbia River. The time it takes to repair the sill will have the locks closed until 10 a.m. on Sept. 30, according to the report from the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 19, 2019

Hearing set for two proposed vacations

Whitman County commissioners approved a notice of intent Monday and set a hearing for Oct. 21 on the proposed vacation of parts of two roads northeast of St. John. The local access dirt roads are Jim Davis Road and Gene Nelson Road, for which...

 

Pullman CC will debut FieldFest

Pullman Chamber of Commerce will put on a music, food and beer festival, “Pullman’s FieldFest” Saturday, Sept. 28, at the corner of Tucannon Court and Clearwater Drive, just behind Pullman Regional Hospital. Music will feature Kendell Marvel,...

 

State auditors report 2018 findings

The 2018 county audit exit conference was Monday at the commissioners work session. The purpose of an exit conference is to communicate audit results to management and obtain management’s comments on proposed findings and recommendations before...

 

Two Spokane cases confirm lung disease from vaping

Washington State Department of Health officials Tuesday confirmed two new cases of severe pulmonary disease linked to vaping. These cases were identified by the Spokane Regional Health District and are both currently living in Spokane County. “The...

 

Chief Krouse recalls first duty

Colfax Fire Volunteer Jim Krouse, who was honored for 50 years of service at Sunday’s fire department open house, noted his first attempts to join the department stalled out because he was unable to get away from his job during the day to respond...

 

Updates coming for Whitman County Mitigation Plan

After six years the Whitman County Hazard Mitigation Plan will be getting a facelift. This project will be funded by a planning grant from FEMA. “The FEMA grant will be approximately $48,750,” said Bill Tensfeld, director of the emergency...

 

Colfax cereal drive tops 1,000

Colfax Food Pantry had a record "cereal drive" at Rosauers last week. The previous record for the number of boxes purchased by customers for the food pantry was 560. This time volunteers, Monica...

 

County fall clean-up set for Oct. 4-12

Whitman County's annual Fall Cleanup will be Oct. 4-12, with prices reduced to drop-off residential waste at the Waste Transfer Station south of Colfax. Minimum charge is $15. The price per ton will be reduced from $110 to $35 Year-round free...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 19, 2019

Holes on old 95 get new fill test

A Whitman County Public Works crew filled hundreds of holes on a half-mile of the old concrete highway through Steptoe the week of Sept. 9, as well as a short stretch in Rosalia. Crews rented a special machine and filled the one- inch to six-inch...

 

Hargraves misconduct trial enters 7th day

As the Gazette was going to press Wednesday morning, the trial of Sgt. Dan Hargraves started its seventh day with Hargraves testifying in his own defense before a jury of nine women and three men. Defense attorney Roger Sandberg began a line of...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 19, 2019

Palouse compiles results of survey from residents

The city of Palouse planning commission has started to compile results of a town survey, collected in May and June bringing in 156 responses. The questionnaires were filled out online through Survey Monkey. Helpers were made available for computers...

 

First Palouse Driver safety summit at Marriott

Palouse Regional Transportation Planning Organization will conduct its first driver safety summit Friday, Sept. 20, at the Courtyard Marriott in Pullman. This focus will be on driver safety in our region. The summit will be just one day of sharing...

 

Haunted Palouse will return for 18th edition

Palouse Chamber of Commerce announced the 18th annual Haunted Palouse, a four-night Halloween haunting, will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Haunted Palouse is rated in The Daily Evergreen as...

 
Caden Brown

Fast start Bulldogs top Freeman 29-15

Colfax for a second week came out with a fast start with 21 unanswered points and refused to let Freeman get back in the Saturday home opener on the Schmuck Park field. The 29-15 win put the Bulldogs...

 
Anais Mills

Slate, Mills win XC run on Colfax golf links

Kolby Slate of Colfax and Anais Mills of Garfield Palouse posted wins Tuesday in the league cross county run on the Colfax golf course. Slate clocked 17:31 for the 3.1-mile run to finish five seconds...

 

Timberwolves top Pirates in comeback at Pomeroy

Tekoa/Rosalia Timberwolves charged for 36 points in the second half Friday at Pomeroy to roll out a 56-30 win over the Pirates in SE league play. The TR team trailed the hosts 20-30 at halftime. Coach Jay Scholz credited his defense with digging in...

 

Lyle/Wishram tames Eagles

Boys from the two towns across the river from the Dalles, Ore., came to LaCrosse Sept. 13 for a 54-16 football win over the Eagles. Playing at LaCrosse for a home game, St. John/ Endicott/LaCrosse lost to the team that ended Garfield/Palouse’s seas...

 

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