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Measures lag in election return

See page 4 for a complete listing of the first election counts. First count for Tuesday's general election shows Pullman's $29 million hospital proposal and the county roads levy lid lift proposal both lagging. The first count of the ballots on...

 

Third runaway crash renews move to make highway safer

Two men were hurt Saturday when the brakes failed on a 1990 Honda Accord while they were descending the Palouse Highway grade into Colfax and crashed into the S. Palouse River flood control channel....

 

Port of Wilma may see upgrades

Port and county commissioners Monday conducted a joint workshop session on port and county related issues. Mark Storey, public works director, and Marc La Vanway, county project engineer, brought befo...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 7, 2019

Garfield Plaza, In-C Store becomes Schaut Market

The Garfield Plaza and In-Convenience Store has sold and re-opened Oct. 31 under a new name, the Schaut Market. Sonja Hall founded the store in 2015 in a former storage room of Mitz’s Cabinets. “We were getting successful to the point of...

 

Whitcom board weighs answers to staff shortage

The Whitcom Executive Board met in a special session Thursday, Oct. 31, to discuss the organization’s staffing concerns. There are currently 12 full-time employees, one part-time and three in training. A full staff would ideally have 22 people....

 
Gunnar Aune

WAWG names seniors Aune, Miller Washington Wheat Ambassadors

Two high school seniors have been selected to represent Washington wheat farmers and will serve as the Washington Wheat Ambassadors for the upcoming year. Spencer Miller of Ritzville and Gunnar Aune...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 7, 2019

Tekoa costs too high for hook-up to lots

The question of former Tekoa resident Ted Blaszak’s property near the Tekoa trestle – and whether someone could legally live in a houseboat and trailer on site without a water and sewer hook-up – appears closer to resolved, after the city last...

 

Air stagnation advisory extended until Friday

Air stagnation advisory has been extended to remain in effect until Friday at noon. The original advisory went in effect last Friday, Nov. 1, and was supposed to conclude Tuesday, Nov. 5. The majority of the region is included in this advisory. Air...

 

Realtors back Pullman challengers

Washington Association of Realtors have donated $1,000 to each of the challengers in the two Pullman City Council races, according to listings from the state’s Public Disclosure Commission. Francis Benjamin, a former council member, challenged...

 

Police note Drone Safety Week

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins issued a notice that the week of Nov. 4-10 will be National Drone Safety Awareness week. He noted aircraft between 8.8 ounces and 55 pounds must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. Jenkins said...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 7, 2019

Urrea to bring Mexican-American family story to the Palouse region

Luis Alberto Urrea, born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, who beforehand registered him as a US citizen born abroad, will come to the Palouse Nov. 12-15 in support of Everybody...

 

County tax count now at 91 percent

At the Monday Whitman County commissioner workshop, Chris Nelson, county treasurer, gave an update on this year's tax season. Payments as of the October second-half deadline totaled approximately $17 million. “We are currently at 91.14 percent...

 

Guardrail project to extend 8,000 feet

Contractor M2 Construction, of Ellensburg, started Monday on installing 8,000 feet of new guardrail work on Pullman-Wawawai Road and Wawawai Road. The project was approved in May as part of a package funded for $650,000 from the federal Highway...

 

Al-Anon group now in Garfield

A new Al-Anon group is now meeting on Tuesdays from noon – 1 p.m. at the Garfield Christian Fellowship Church, 303 N. 3rd Street, Garfield. Al-Anon provides help and hope for families and friends of alcoholics. For more information call...

 

Whitman County General Election November 5, 2019

Results for statewide races here only include the county totals. County top vote getters may differ from statewide vote getters. WHTMAN COUNTY RURAL ROADS Rural road levy lid lift to $2.25 per $1,000 assessed property valuation from present levy...

 
Justice Brown

Bulldogs sweep W/C for NE semi-final slot

Colfax volleyball team swept the Wilbur/Creston Wildcats Tuesday night to advance to the semi final round of the NE playoffs which will be today at Liberty. The Bulldogs will play Northwest Christian,...

 

2B football: Colfax will host LRS Broncos in battle for state playoff ticket

Colfax football team will host the LRS Broncos Friday for a chance to qualify as one of the 16 teams around the state to get a ticket to the first round of the state playoffs. The Colfax-LRS matchup surfaced after final south side league games went...

 

Mills tops XC qualifiers for state run at Pasco

Garfield/Palouse senior Anais Mills led a field of 66 runners for the top finish in the regional run Saturday on the Chewelah Golf Course. Mills, who won the SE district race here last week, clocked...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    November 7, 2019
Mathew Logen; Jonathan Logen; Bobby Holtzinger

Southeast 1B football: Last week of regular season arrives

The final week of the regular season for Southeast 1B league football is here, with top teams looking to secure playoff seeds as others vie for a chance to keep playing. Lyle/Wishram, Tekoa/Rosalia an...

 

Colfax, Oakesdale teams named to fall academics list

Colfax football team and boys cross country team have been named to receive the WIAA award for top scholastic honors for the fall sports season. Also, Oakesdale’s volleyball team won the academic award in the 1B division. The Colfax boys cross...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    November 7, 2019

State slots decided Saturday

Early November, nearing the second week and Christmas stuff glares in store windows. Have they no respect for what season it really is? District volleyball playoffs – with the 1B/2B state high school tournament in Yakima seven days away. The...

 

Bulletin Column: November 7, 2019

These reports are from the previous four issues of the Daily Bulletin in Colfax. They are reprinted here for the benefit of Gazette readers who reside outside of Colfax. Some accounts have been update...

 

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