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Don Brunell - It is time to raise revenue, not taxes

Now that voters have rejected I-1033, the spending limit initiative, the talk in Olympia has turned to raising taxes. Hiking taxes would be the wrong thing to do. Our economy is just showing signs of recovery. Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) hit the nail on...


Adele Ferguson - Speaker Pelosi’s health bill: it’s a turkey

NOW THAT the super duper trillion dollar health care plan has passed the House, I await with trepidation an explanation from someone I trust as to exactly what’s in it. All I’m sure of at this point is that it is 1,990 pages long, weighs 19.6...


Pet Peeves and Okeydokes - Nov. 19, 2009

++++ The churches which rotate monthly giving services at the nursing home. !#@%#! Doesn’t the county auditor know there is a budget deficit? !#@%#! Someone who blasts a person by name (Roger) and does not have the courage to sign their own name.... Full story


Opinion - Black Friday and local merchants

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. The day after is almost as famous. It is Black Friday. That is when, at least in theory, holiday sales start and retailers start to turn a profit, going from the red into the black. It is the day when the news is full... Full story


Good old days - Nov. 19, 2009

125 years ago November 21, 1884 The members of the Colfax brass band are industriously practicing and improving rapidly. They are now able to render a number of pieces to their satisfaction. Glove fights are now prohibited, they being regarded as...


extra! (pgA9, 11-19-2009

Trucker Collides With Moose Dominic Petrovich, 36, was unhurt Thursday night when he collided with a moose on Highway 27 1.5 miles south of Oakesdale. According to the Washington State Patrol report, Petrovich was traveling northbound in a 1983... Full story


The world - Nov. 19, 2009

THURSDAY The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that the H1N1 swine flu killed an estimated 3,900 Americans from April to October, including more than 500 children. Better data than was previously available shows the flu pandemic has infected...

 By Joe Smillie    News    November 19, 2009

Port approves budget with operating losses

Port of Whitman commissioners Monday adopted a $2,960,600 budget for 2010 that will need tax receipts to offset operating expenses for the second time this decade. The port’s 2010 budget is down four percent from the $3,092,500 2009 budget....

 By Joe Smillie    News    November 19, 2009

Parks Department eyes parking at Hole in the Ground

Every summer vehicles line Belsby Road at Hole in the Ground, as boaters launch their boats into Hole in the Ground Creek for access to Bonnie Lake. Cars and trucks of boaters line the road near the single launch point. They are then left on both...

 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    November 19, 2009

Kamiak gets new trail segment in prairie restoration project

Approximately 1,200 feet of the Kamiak Butte trail has been relocated with the former section of trail returned to natural prairie land. The new piece of the trail on the 3.5-mile loop is situated higher, along the ridge of the butte, and allows...


Charges allege teacher threat

A charge of harassment with a threat to kill was filed Nov. 12 in juvenile court against a 14-year-old Colfax boy. A report by Colfax Officer Robert Wride, filed with the charge, alleges the youth was expelled under emergency provisions from Colfax...


Grenz appeals conviction

Kevin E. Grenz, Farmington resident who was sentenced Oct. 16 in superior court to 89 months in prison after a jury convicted him of child molestation in a 2001 case, has filed a notice of appeal to the state’s Division III court in Spokane. An...

 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    November 19, 2009

School changes meet policy

The Colfax school board Nov. 9 voted to approved policy changes related to special meeting notices to the public. The new policies spell out the board’s existing meeting policies. Under the new policy, the board can now call a special meeting if...

 By Joe Smillie    News    November 19, 2009

Endicott switches on new water system

Engineer Don Adams, Endicott maintenance supervisor Mike Isaacs and Mayor Verne Strader, from left, watch a pressure gauge shortly after switching on the pump at the town’s new well. With the flick of a switch and a gush of water, Endicott christen... Full story


Library okays number-2 bid

Whitman Library District directors late Nov. 10 voted to award the bid for renovation of the Colfax headquarters building to Blews Construction, Inc., of the Spokane Valley. The Blews bid, including six alternative projects which are expected to be...


Wildcats face Cusick test

Colton Wildcats will face an undefeated Cusick in the quarterfinal round of the state-eights playoff after eliminating Columbia of Hunters 40-8 Friday in the SE-NE playoff round at Colton. Colton will play Cusick, the NE power team which was... Full story


Surprise Colfax foe emerges

Colfax linemen Ryan Conrad and Austin Neu grip Cardinal quarterback Zach Barlow’s mud-stained uniform as they try to sack the signal-caller in the third quarter of Saturday’s 39-0 win. Next foe for Colfax on the football playoff trail will be a...


Nighthawks battle back for 5th

TEKOA/OAKESDALE collected the fifth place 2B trophy at the SunDome after battling back through the consolation bracket. In front are Courtenay Perry, Managers Haley Brown and Madison Shrope, Katherine Goom, Kim Pakootas, Kaela Dewan, Alex Overton,...


Eagles, Tigercats, Wildcats book 1-2-3 at SunDome run

A five-game battle between two Whitman County neighbors ended the SunDome volleyball show late Saturday night with the SJE Eagles taking their first state title. The battle ended with the Eagles finally carving out and edge in the fifth game in the...


County gridders named to All League squad

Twelve Whitman County athletes were selected to the District 9 All League football teams for this season, league officials announced Monday. All SE League offensive honors in the 1B class went to Colton halfback Sam Robertson and...


Pullman girls also bring home trophy

Pullman girls Saturday topped out Whitman County’s run in the state volleyball finals with a win in the 2A division. Coached by David Weitz, the Greyhounds out-battled Archbishop Murphy in five games at the 2A finals in Kennewick. Pullman led all...


Bulldog ‘express’ returns with sixth straight trophy

COLFAX volleyball players flash a six to mark the sixth straight year the Bulldogs have brought home a first-place trophy from the SunDome. Seniors in front, from the left, are Danielle Herne, Rachel Johnson, Carmen Hall, Kayla Johnson, Megan...


Seven drivers wreck in Friday snowstorm

Washington State Patrol Troopers were called out Friday to seven reportable accidents as a winter storm hit the area late in the afternoon. The storm made driving hazardous during a high-volume traffic flow related to Dads’ weekend festivities on t... Full story


Haunted Palouse earns $49,672 for six groups

When the streets of Palouse opened up to all manner of madness for this year’s Haunted Palouse, people were not just frightened, they were generous. Net income for the event hit $49,672, the biggest year yet for the seven-year-old Halloween fest....


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