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Hospital wraps clinic merger

Whitman Hospital and Medical Center and Whitman Medical Group Tuesday concluded negotiations for the hospital to acquire the clinic operation. They also signed a professional services agreement for doctors and advanced practitioners to staff the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 3, 2019

BoCC rejects 'Liberty State' test vote

Two Whitman County Commissioners listened to a request for an advisory vote on the proposed “Liberty State” Monday. Kevin Akesson of Colfax spoke to Art Swannack and Michael Largent on the effort...

 

WSU group seeks Hargraves retrial

A retrial is being called for former Pullman Police Sergeant Dan Hargraves. After the jury returned a hung verdict, the judge declared a mistrial Sept. 19. The retrial is sought by the Associated Students of Washington State University. Hargraves...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 3, 2019

U.S., Japan confirm wheat trade deal

On the side of the U.N. Assembly, a deal was made. “Hey, it’s fantastic. It’s gonna put us back on par with Canada and Australia. That’s what we’ve been shooting for,” said Gary Bailey, a...

 

Bonneville dam reopens early

A few days ahead of schedule, the Bonneville Dam reopened to river traffic on Friday, Sept. 27. The original scheduled reopen date was Sept. 30. Traffic along the river has been stopped since Sept. 5, when a crack was found in the concrete sill of...

 

Malden seasonal cheer said to be under scrutiny

Colleen Cross of Malden is calling for holiday and seasonal cheer in the community. Back in October of 2014, Cross started a Positivity Campaign which she said included repainting the park's welcome sign and weeding in the park garden. According to...

 

First Thursday run wraps today

The final First Thursday installment of the Colfax summer series will be today, Oct. 3, culminating in D.J. music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the Beer Mile Fun Run at 6 p.m. Billy Swank will also play drums. Vendors will open on Main Street at 3 p.m....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 3, 2019

Tekoa increases mayor salary

The Tekoa city council voted to increase its mayor’s monthly salary from $100 to $450 Sept. 16. The matter came on request from Mayor Troy Wilson, who told the council this spring that the job...

 

Briefs: October 3, 2019

CONVICTION ON DRUG COURT EXIT Jessica Reudink, 34, Maple Valley, pleaded guilty in superior court Friday morning to charges of identification theft and possession of methamphetamine in a case dating back to Oct. 19, 2018. Reudink was arraigned on...

 

DoH launches app for people who vape

The Washington State Department of Health is announcing a new smartphone app to help teens and young adults quit vaping. Developed collaboratively with 2Morrow Inc., the app is available for free to Washingtonians at doh.wa.gov/quit and is accessible...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 3, 2019

Tekoa debates, sets rates for community center

Tekoa has set new rates for use of its community center after debate at the Sept. 16 city council meeting. The matter began with Mayor Troy Wilson asking the council if they wanted to discuss the...

 

Building set will go up at waste transfer station next week

The county bridge work crew is expected to start next week laying foundation and a septic vault for a new office building at the county's waste transfer station off Highway 195 south of Colfax. They will also extend a water line for what will be a 14...

 

Moscow man faces five charges

Five charges were filed Sept. 24 against Matthew D. Donald, 28, Moscow, who was booked into jail Sept 22. He was arrested in Pullman after officers responded in the early morning hours Sunday to an apartment on NW True Street in Pullman. Donald was...

 
Scott Kruse; Sarah McKnight

Ruck honor flag launch at Colfax

An honor flag which is expected to make a cross-country journey made a launch at Colfax Sept. 25 as part of the "Rucks for the Fallen" program initiated by Sgt. Mitch Kriebel, Garfield/Palouse...

 

Support for local dams in D.C.

Tom Kammerzell, port commissioner, shared his time in Washington, D.C., supporting the dams and river system, at the Sept. 19 port meeting. Just days before Kammerzell's trip to D.C., the Bonneville Dam was closed due to a broken sill in the...

 

Move over reminder for Whitman County drivers

On Friday, Sept. 27, the Whitman County Sheriff's Office shared a state law reminder on social media reminding those in the county about moving over for emergency vehicles. In the post it shows that...

 

United Way name change to reflect county-wide effort

United Way of Pullman is changing its name to United Way of Whitman County. Eric Fejeran, board president, said that this name change was a long time coming. “Our partner agencies and programs serve the community throughout Whitman County and not...

 

Almota Four road project low bid comes in at $5.5 million

Bids for the extensive Almota Four road project were opened Monday with six companies submitting. Lowest bid came from M.A. DeAtley of Clarkston, for $5,561,284.75. The county's Public Works Department will now review each of the six bids before...

 
Trista Bogenreif; Elise Wilkins

Bulldog V-netters finish first league round at 4-1

Colfax volleyball players booked two league sweeps on their home court over the week to finish out the first lap of NE-South league play at 4-1. The Bulldogs took out the LRS Broncos in three...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    October 3, 2019
Chris Wolf

Colton holds off SJEL

Colton and St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse met again on the football field for the second time this season last Friday and Colton evened the series 1-1. This game counted in the Southeast 1B league...

 

Bulldog girls place 2nd at Chewelah NE race

Colfax girls placed second with 61 team points Saturday in the NE cross country race at Chewelah. Kettle Falls had the first three finishers and took the team honors with 48 team points. St. George’s took the boys race with a 66 team score. Davenpo...

 

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