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Port finalizes activation into broadband cooperative

Port of Whitman commissioners Dec. 5 approved resolution 19-19 that activates the port’s participation in the new Broadband LLC cooperative. The motion was passed on a 2-1 vote. Port Commissioners Kristine Meyer and John Love voted in favor of the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 12, 2019
Rick Wekenman

Wekenman retires after 19 years on Palouse council

Rick Wekenman, 19-year Palouse city council veteran, cast his last vote Tuesday night, capping one of the longest terms in the town's history. Appointed in the years after the flood of 1996, Wekenman...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 12, 2019

Garfield advances plan to oust trailers for RVs

The Town of Garfield aims to call for bids in January for tear-down and removal of remaining mobile homes at its trailer park located across from the city park. Once cleared, the town will open an RV...

 
Cliff Miller; Kathy Mayer

A total of 66-plus years: Miller, Mayer will finish long careers at Les Schwab

Cliff Miller has been with Les Schwab Tire Center for 33 ½ years; he has been at the Colfax Les Schwab for 13 ½ years. Kathy Mayer, born and raised in Colfax, has been with Les Schwab...

 

Transport teeters atop Buck Canyon

Officers were called to the scene of this accident early Wednesday morning. The driver of a car transporter truck lost control on the curve at the top of Buck Canyon grade and went into the...

 

Gessler charges dropped

Drug charges filed Nov. 27 against Travis Gessler, 27, former Moscow resident, were dismissed because he was misidentified in the Nov. 19 arrest at Uniontown. Gessler had nothing to do with the incident, and the prosecutor's office agreed to drop...

 

Ban set for selling tobacco, vaping items to those under 21

Whitman County Public Health Department reminds the public that Engrossed House Bill 1074 goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, when it will become illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to anyone under 21. In 2018, one in five Washington 10th graders...

 

Grain spill at Chambers

A spout broke off which caused a grain spill near the pit of Chambers elevator, south of Pullman Monday. The truck driver was not able to stop the spill by himself. A repair crew from PNW Co-op...

 

New memory care unit opens at Whitman Health and Rehabilitation

On Friday, Dec. 6, Whitman Health and Rehabilitation Center hosted the grand opening for its new memory care unit. The unit is designed specifically for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related conditions. The space for this new unit was once...

 

Lord resumes treasurer posts at Garfield and Farmington

Cody Lord has returned to serve as clerk/treasurer for Garfield and Farmington, beginning the first week of November. Lord returned after living in Tampa, Fla., for two and a half years. He re-started his old job with new office hours. In Garfield,...

 

Innovia seeks grant applications to encourage census participation

Innovia Foundation, in partnership with Washington nonprofits and Washington State Office of Financial Management, is seeking grant applications from community-based organizations to support events and programming that will encourage 2020 Census...

 

Governor appoints Kiessling to state's Council on Aging

Former Pullman Mayor Karen Kiessling has been appointed to the Washington State Council on Aging by Governor Jay Inslee. Kiessling served as Pullman's mayor from the 1976 to 1980. The council advises the governor and state agencies on the needs of se...

 

Port works with PNWA on river promotion effort

The Port of Whitman has been working with Pacific Northwest Waterways Association on a river communication effort to support the dams along the Snake River. At Thursday's port meeting, Brenda Stav, port communications director, said the port is...

 

Bank of Eastern Washington offers school debit card here

Bank of Eastern Washington has announced its school mascot debit card program in association with Colfax High School. “This program is a great way for local Bulldog parents, fans and students to show support for Colfax high school and it...

 

Crews halt Colfax brush fire Dec. 3

Colfax fire crews responded to a grass and brush fire along Almota Road past the hospital Dec. 3 at 1:43 p.m. A Rural District 11 pumper and a city pumper responded to the scene. Members of a department ambulance crew who had completed a run to the...

 

State ag, WSU to conduct two year soil health survey in 2020, 2021

Scientists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture and Washington State University are collaborating to survey the soil health of seven specialty crops grown in our state. The project is funded through the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant...

 

Gas, tool thefts Residents start watch program in Oakesdale

Residents have begun a neighborhood watch program in Oakesdale after a series of thefts of gas and tools over the past year. After an increase in October, a group organized by Michelle Wright of the Wright Place service station went to the town...

 
John Lustig; Crosby Geisa; Ecan Homen

Colfax boys launch year with two big wins

With a new lineup of starters on the court, Colfax boys proved up in a big way over the weekend with two big wins. Friday, Colfax rolled south and clubbed Pomeroy 74-39, and Saturday they opened...

 
Trentin Ensley; Luke Martin

Wrestling for the win

Trentin Ensley of Colfax works for win over Luke Martin of Post Falls in the 170 class at the Potlatch Invitational tournament Saturday. The Colfax team finished with 28 team points in the big meet....

 
Justice Brown; Nina Chittum

Bulldog girls lose to Pirates, top Eagles

Bulldog girls will face another big-school test Friday when Colfax hosts Columbia of Burbank. The Bulldogs will host after extending their record to 2-1 on the season with split results last weekend....

 

1B basketball:

The Jones boys return to stalk the gyms of southeast Washington. Blake, a senior forward, and Austin, the junior point guard at Garfield/Palouse, start together for the third year, returning after las...

 

Bloomberg: The Power and Pitfalls of Money

This will be sacrilege to "Never Trumpers," but Michael Bloomberg and Donald Trump share some similarities. It is true that Bloomberg's charitable foundation actually does good work, while Donald Trump had to pay a $2 million fine for basically...

 

Oakesdale boys beat LRS Broncos, now 3-0

Is a train-a-comin' from Oakesdale? They lost four starters from last year but is it time nonetheless to reinforce the walls of gyms around the Southeast 1B league? At 3-0 to start the year, with two...

 

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