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 By Garth Meyer    News    October 24, 2019

Farmers, neighbors avoid worst

The late pulse crop harvest – garbanzos and lentils – continues on the Palouse, with some fields abandoned, some seeded right over the top for next year's wheat and some cut. The delays were due...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 24, 2019

Moratorium:

A marijuana grow facility south of Lamont appears to be clear to pursue its operation after consideration by County Prosecutor Denis Tracy on the matter of an I-502 fence being built before the...

 

Port vows support for railcar funding

Port of Whitman commissioners Thursday approved a motion to give support to PNW Co-op on their Freight Rail Assistance Program application and match $100,000 with approval of the application. The support was passed on a 2-0 vote, with Port...

 

Fire destroys Winona elevator

A fire Tuesday destroyed the Knott grain elevator located in Winona. Fire crews received the alarm at about 1 p.m. and the top of the elevator was engulfed in flames by the time Endicott volunteers ar...

 
Jerry Hennigar; Roger Miller; Jim Lyle; Jim Kincaid; Garin Monson

Two unusual bid rounds at PEF market sale

Two unusual bid rounds were logged at this year's junior market sale at the Palouse Empire Fair. One was an impromptu call for pledges to help fund a 4Her who lost his dad to cancer last May and the...

 

Proposed 2020 Whitcom budget meets resistance

At Monday's workshop, commissioners continued their discussion on continuing challenges with Whitcom. Commissioner Dean Kinzer was able to attend a finance committee meeting Wednesday, Oct. 16, to discuss the proposed 2020 budget for Whitcom....

 

Wreaths will honor veterans again at Bethel Cemetery

Memorial wreaths will again be placed for veterans buried at Bethel Cemetery at Steptoe Saturday, Dec. 14, as part of the the national Wreaths Across America. The ceremony will take place at noon....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    October 24, 2019

Roads vacation placed on hold

Whitman County commissioners held off on deciding whether to vacate sections of two dirt roads northeast near St. John after a public hearing Monday. Jim Davis Road and Gene Nelson Road are local...

 

State health board bans vaping

Washington State Board approved Oct. 9 an emergency rule banning the sale of flavored vapor products or any products that will be used to create a flavored vapor product. The rule took effect Oct. 10 and will last for 120 days. “This is a critical...

 

State's new 'VoteWA' system includes voter precinct review

Sandy Jamison, Whitman County auditor for almost 10 months, and staff are currently implementing the new state-wide VoteWA voter registration system. "This is new in 2019 and has been very challenging for our staff. The purpose of this new system is...

 

Courthouse loses telephone service

Courthouse telephones went into a sixth business day of no service Tuesday morning with negotiations near complete on getting a new provider via the internet. Lance Bishop, county information technology director for the past six months, said he is...

 

Port of Whitman discusses agency transparency

Port of Whitman County Commissioners and staff discussed at Thursday's meeting ways, as an agency, they can better improve their transparency. Discussions on this subject have been brought up briefly in previous port meetings on whether or not the po...

 

Red line flag goes to Pullman dept.

Laura Lautenslager, operations coordinator for Rosalia Fire District 7, Sarah McKnight, co-founder and board member of Ruck for the Fallen, presented the red line flag to Pullman Fire Chief Heston...

 

St. John Hardware tops third quarter permit report

Whitman County Building Inspector Dan Gladwill delivered a third quarter building report to county commissioners Monday, noting a large impact by the St. John Hardware project near the stateline. “Commercial construction this quarter was most of...

 

Candidates answer questions in Colfax

The "Meet the Candidate" session Oct. 16 at The Center in Colfax drew a large audience, and attendees were able to submit questions for the candidates. Format called for the two candidates for each position to answer questions which were submitted...

 

Colfax roars past Asotin in hunt for title

Colfax roared for 25 unanswered points in the second half Friday on their home grid to defeat Asotin and remain on top of the NE-South race. The Bulldogs' 39-7 win ended a string of Panther grid...

 
Helena Hahn

Bulldog V-squad books three wins

Colfax volleyball players booked three league wins over five days to remain on top of the NE-South race. The Bulldogs now stand at 8-1 on the south with a trip to Tekoa today for a match against the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    October 24, 2019
Chais Anderson

Pomeroy raids SJEL homecoming; Tom Sherry visits

Another of the Pomeroy brothers Gwinn came to St. John Friday, Oct. 18, for the St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse homecoming game and trained the Eagles to land on his shoulder and obey, 62-6. But SJEL did...

 

District 7 title run set at Harrington

NE district runners will return to the Harrington Golf course Saturday for the District seven qualification run, the first step on the road to the state chase. Colfax will head for the district seven race after competing in the Lake Spokane...

 

Timberwolves top Irish for 6-1 record to date

Tekoa/Rosalia and DeSales waged a points war Friday with the Timberwolves tagging a 36-20 lead at the half and a 54-26 win when the clock ran out. The road win leaves TR with a 6-1 record with their lone loss to Almira/Coulee/Hartline in the third...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    October 24, 2019
Payton Davis

1B volleyball District

The Southeast 1B volleyball standings are Pomeroy still on top at 10-0, followed by Oakesdale at 10-1 – their one loss to Pomeroy - Colton (6-5), St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse (5-6), Touchet (4-7),...

 

Mills wins at St. John

Anais Mills posted another big win to lead Garfield/Palouse Oct. 15 in the District 7/9 league meet at the St. John golf course with a time of 21:02. Liberty freshman Angelina Widman place second with 22:34, and SJEL’s Catherine Treis placed third...

 

Not forgotten

Towels lined up on the bench with Konnor Stirling's number Friday night during the Colfax football game against Asotin. The seniors wanted to honor their friend who died of Leukemia. Stirling was...

 

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