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Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Ballot tally at 25 percent: Hart, McMorris Rodgers post early election leads

First ballot count for Whitman County Tuesday night turned up a strong lead for John Hart in the race for district judge and a seven percent lead for Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the high profile race...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    November 8, 2018

County considers consultant's report on insurance costs, claims

Whitman County Commissioners Monday reviewed a report on the county’s liability insurance coverage and costs and have scheduled a Nov. 19 meeting date for a decision on whether or not to change...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 8, 2018

Palouse prepares budget for 2019

Palouse city council members were set to consider a preliminary 2019 budget at their Tuesday night meeting, a year after approving an eight percent raise for city employees. Later this month, public hearings will be held for input on the budget Nov....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 8, 2018

Tekoa's John Jaeger resigns after eleven years as mayor

John Jaeger resigned Oct. 31 after 11 years as Tekoa mayor. The city council has 90 days to appoint a successor. Troy Wilson is now the acting mayor as mayor pro-tem. Jaeger was elected to his third term in 2016. Never opposed in election, he first...

 

Bank of Eastern Oregon acquires four Umpqua Bank branches

Bank of Eastern Oregon, a subsidiary of BEO Bancorp, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Umpqua Bank branches in Colfax, Dayton, LaCrosse and Pomeroy. Jeff Bailey, President and CEO for Bank of Eastern Oregon,...

 

Commissioners okay two rock contracts

Whitman County commissioners approved two new rock crushing contracts to Seubert Excavators of Cottonwood, Idaho, which submitted the winning bid for Doneen Quarry, east of Oakesdale, and a Pullman South stockpile site to be determined. For Doneen,...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    November 8, 2018
Red Brick Café

Red Brick Café in Rosalia once again open for business

After an eight-month delay, The Red Brick Café had its official soft opening Oct. 22. The delay was caused by what owner/manager Kris Sheets referred to as 'newbie naivete.' They needed to finish...

 

Washington Federal assists COA van program

Jolie Pierce, left, and Kay Riebold, right, present a $1,000 Washington Federal Foundation check to Christine O'Keefe, manager of Coast Transportation, for the Council on Aging and Human Services....

 

Garfield Veterans' assembly scheduled for November 9

The Garfield/Palouse Middle School will hold its annual Veteran’s Day assembly Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. in the gym. The itinerary features keynote speaker Colonel Douglas B. Salmon, U.S. Air Force, retired, along with introduction of veterans and the Pa...

 

WHMC to dedicate new Vets Memorial

A newly revamped Veterans Memorial will be dedicated Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center. Ceremonies will begin at 3 p.m. in the hospital lobby with an open house and refreshments served until 6 p.m. The event is open to the...

 

Whitman County General Election: Preliminary results, as of Nov. 6, 2018

STATE MEASURES Initiative Measure No,. 1631 Concerns pollution. Charge pollution fees on sources of green house gas pollutants and use revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy and address climate impacts under oversight of a public board....

 

Attorney alleges USC of 'cleanse the record' tactic

An attorney representing the WSU student who received a $40,000 settlement agreement on his suit alleging damages after colliding with a University of Southern California football player after last fall's football game in Martin Stadium, has alleged...

 
Gavin Merritt, Austen Apperson and Noah Phillips

Merritt places third; Bulldogs teams place 6th

Rosalia senior Gage Merritt finished his high school cross country career with a third-place finish Saturday in the all-B state race at Sun Willow golf course in Pasco. The top qualifier from the...

 
Desiree Brown

Oakesdale returns to state; Pomeroy finishes No. 2

Oakesdale and Pomeroy, the two SE foes during V-net campaign, rolled into the SunDome with two SE entries for the state finals at Yakima. Oakesdale topped Pomeroy in a four-game battle Friday on the...

 
Augie Allenbach

Chewelah ends Colfax grid year on 35-0 verdict

Football season for the Colfax Bulldogs came to end Friday at Chewelah where the Cougars, top team on from the north side of the NE League, blanked Colfax 35-0 in the crossover round. Chewelah,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    November 8, 2018
Ely Hawkins

Lyle/Wishram takes out Garfield/Palouse

The 2018 Garfield/Palouse football season ended on the Vikings' field Tuesday night in a first round playoff game against Lyle/Wishram, two towns across the river from the Dalles, Ore. The Cougars,...

 

Panthers, Broncos end Colfax v-net season

State volleyball finals will crank up at Tacoma's SunDome today without the Colfax Bulldogs, a fixture in the 2B finals, absent. The young Colfax team spun out in their bid for another trip to the...

 

Widespread fear

It is amazing, but true. The American people are in agreement on a political issue. Consensus is overwhelming. It is something not seen in a long time. This goes beyond Tuesday’s election results. In fact, it may be more fundamental than who won an...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Nov. 8, 2018

Pet Peeves Christmas decorations on Main Street, a Christmas tree at the Public Service building, it’s Nov. 8....

 

The Violent Presidency

Republicans have always justified their preferential treatment of the super-wealthy by trotting out the bogus "trickle-down theory." They argue that as the rich get richer, they will spend more on jobs, etc., and the financial benefits will "trickle...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    November 8, 2018

America's Loser Problem

It's not any less awful for being so familiar. The last three high-profile attacks that have convulsed the nation, two in recent weeks, have been carried out by fringe loners who fit the stereotype of the perpetrators of such crimes precisely --...

 

Military Also Adjusting to Worker Shortages

When our military is viewed as an employer, it has the same problem as the private sector; attracting qualified people to fill jobs. In today’s vibrant economy, there is an abundance of “Help Wanted” signs. Even though our armed forces have...

 

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