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EMS volunteer shortage in Whitman County

Emergency Medical Services treat approximately 25-30 million patients per year in the United States. Response times in urban areas are generally seven minutes, but in rural areas the average time is...

 

Planning director opposed:

Pullman Planning Commission conducted a hearing Nov. 20 on a potential zone change for Port of Whitman property south of the Pullman-Albion Road and west of Highway 27. Prior to this meeting, Pete...

 

Winterfest wonder set for Thursday

Colfax holiday season will launch with Winterfest next Thursday, Dec. 5, with a visit from Santa Claus, the Festival of Trees at the library, a lighted parade, fireworks and store specials. Santa will hear children’s gift requests at the library...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 28, 2019

Area conservation districts receive $5.5 million renewal

With a renewed grant and six-fold increase of employees in the last five years, the Palouse Conservation District has grown and looks to sustain its current level. Based in Pullman, one of four conservation districts in Whitman County, the...

 

Port advances CERB road fund application

Port of Whitman Commissioners Monday learned the port's application for a Community Economic Revitalization Board grant has been approved in the first round of evaluations. The application will advance to a second tier application, and if approved...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 28, 2019

City of Palouse 2020 budget process underway

The City of Palouse is at work on its 2020 budget, with Mayor Michael Echanove submitting a proposal Nov. 12 which includes raises above the three-percent-for-all-staff planned for three years ago. He asked for eight percent for Dwayne Griffin,...

 

Tekoa accepts $15,000 bid to tear down Cohn building

The City of Tekoa approved one of two bids Nov. 18 to demolish and remove the red-brick former Cohn Motors building on Crosby Street. A snow load three years ago caused the roof of the building to cave in. Ladd Construction of Liberty Lake submitted...

 

Whitman Hospital receives Press Ganey excellence award

Whitman Hospital has been named a 2019 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. The award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95th percentile or...

 

Port decides on 2020 budget

Port of Whitman commissioners approved their 2020 budget after three different versions were presented. The motion passed for budget version three with a 2-1 vote. The first budget reviewed was a proposed budget that the port had previously made...

 

VIKotics offer U-cut spruce trees in Farmington

Garfield-Palouse High School Robotics team will sell U-cut Christmas trees at Nelson's Farm, 202 Ryde Road, Farmington. Spruce trees are available from 4 to 20 feet tall. Minimum donation is $30 for any tree. Christmas trees will be available...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 28, 2019

Colfax school board approves $900,000 two-year levy request

The Colfax school board Monday approved a two-year maintenance and operations levy which will go before district voters in February. The levy for 2021 and 2022 would collect $900,000 per year. The board approved the number Monday night after a volunt...

 

Status update on Palouse grade signal

Colfax mayor-elect Jim Retzer reported to the city council Nov. 18 that the city's request to return some type of alert system on the Palouse Highway grade into Colfax faces a tough test to get funding. City concern about the absence of an alert...

 

Lone May bid rejected:

At Monday's port meeting, Debbie Snell, Port of Whitman properties and development manager, updated the port staff and commissioners on the status of the Port of Whitman County Business Air Center realignment and drainage project. Back in May, the...

 

Tuesday will start season of giving

Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be Giving Tuesday, a global day that harnesses philanthropy to celebrate generosity nationwide. The Dec. 3 date this year will kick off the season of giving in the county. Paige Collins,...

 

Cup O' Joe topic: See the numbers

Adam Jones of Pullman Marketing and Aziz Makhani, advisor for the Small Business Development Center, will talk at the next session of Cup O’ Joe on the Palouse Dec. 4 at Columbia Bank in Pullman from 10 to 11 a.m. They will introduce "dashboard"...

 

Fuel spill on Main Street

A Colfax fire crew responded at 10:06 p.m. Nov. 20 to a report of a gas spill at Cougar Food Mart, 805 N. Main. The gas was coming out of a vehicle at the station and was believed to be leaking out of a faulty fuel pump. The car was parked at the...

 

Colfax gridders wrap 7-3 season at award night

Colfax football banquet Tuesday began with a lineup of all team members and presentation of varsity certificates to all players. Coach Mike Morgan explained under state WIAA rules, teams which advance...

 

Bulldog boys face team rebuild

Colfax Coach Reece Jenkin can move to the head of the line for a license to use the term “rebuild” for the upcoming hoop season. A check of the Bulldogs’ roster from last year shows five seniors. All five of those players had a key role last...

 

Hoop launch set at Colton

First basketball action will be Dec. 3 when Bulldog boys and girls varsity teams travel to Colton. They will be at Pomeroy Dec. 6, and the first home games will be Dec. 7 with the Lakeside Eagles. Next home action for the hoop teams will be Dec. 17...

 

East side shut out

West side 2B teams dominated in the state football quarter-finals and shut down all contenders from the east side of the state. Chewelah, the lone NE team to advance to the quarter-finals, was stopped 35-13 by Adna. Chewelah went into the...

 

Bulldogs earn all-league honors

Five Colfax football players were named for first-team honors on the NE-South all opponent league. Three were named to both offense and defense on the first teams. They included Caden Brown, both...

 

Nighthawk boys look for encore

The Oakesdale boys return to the basketball floor next Tuesday night, Dec. 3, against Asotin. The season opener follows the 2018-19 run which concluded at Spokane Arena on the fourth day of the 1B state tournament, for a sixth-place finish. Gone are...

 

NE league will drop north-south divide

Format for football season next year will return to a single NE league lineup. The north and south divisions of the league will be dropped because of the number of teams which have dropped out and made one lineup of league schools small enough to fit...

 

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