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 By Garth Meyer    News    December 13, 2018

Planning department will now assign rural addresses

When a new house is built in Whitman County, who sets the address for it? Previously, for unincorporated areas, this was done by Whitcom. It will now be handled by the county planning department, under Public Works. Members of the Public Works...

 

U.S. wheat to Japan vulnerable under CPTPP

With the 11-nation Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) set to take effect Dec. 31, U.S. Wheat Associates President Vince Peterson Monday urged the U.S. Trade Representative to seek a fast solution for...

 
Sgt. Keith Cooper and Lilly

WSP academy graduate Lilly begins K-9 duties

Last May Whitman County Sheriff's office lost a deputy to cancer. The German Shepherd K9 officer, Unix, was nine years old when he died from an aggressive form of cancer. He had served with the...

 
Roger Beck

Roger Beck, St. John teacher for 50 years, gets state awards

Roger Beck, business teacher and yearbook instructor at St. John/Endicott High School, received three separate awards at the Washington State Business Education Association's fall meeting in October....

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 13, 2018
Tekoa Trestle

Tekoa trestle Christmas lights go up with State Parks approval

Tekoa volunteers Fred Wagner and Ivan Mercer put up the first section of Christmas lights on the Tekoa Trestle Tuesday. Turned away because of weather after stringing up 200 feet of lights and a...

 
Art Among the Trees

Art Among the Trees, Libey Gallery dedication set

Whitman County Library has announced that the third annual "Art Among the Trees" will be in Colfax on Dec. 19. "Art Among the Trees" is an event featuring trees festively decorated by community...

 
Hope in the Hills Counseling Services

Colfax native opens mental health counseling center

Sarah Sevedge, a fourth generation resident here on the Palouse, has opened a new counseling center in Pullman. Hope in the Hills Counseling Services is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. six days a week. Sevedge...

 

County lists priorities for snow plowing efforts

With Sunday night’s snowfall, Whitman County began snow plowing season for 2018-19, following fits and starts the past three weeks. The county Public Works department, which handles snow plowing on county roads, has a priority list as follows:...

 

Grant helps COAST meet demand

The Council on Aging and Human Services has received a grant from Innovia Foundation for COAST Transportation in the amount of $30,000. Ryan Avery, transportation coordinator, was the lead grant...

 
Lydia Berquist and Kierstyn York

Colfax girls top Dragons to snap 0-3 start on season

Colfax girls Saturday pegged an early lead over the St. George's Dragons and fought off a comeback from the guests to finish with their first win of the season Saturday in the home court. The...

 
Garrett Naught

TR adds 2 more wins

Tekoa/Rosalia boys added two wins over the weekend with a 71-33 crunch over Mary Walker in Tekoa Thursday night and a comeback win on the road at Kettle Falls Saturday. Both games were non-leaguers...

 

1B girls basketball: Reed, Perry lead 'Hawks' 4-0 start

The Oakesdale girls are 4-0 to start the 2018-19 season, with three starters back from last year’s third-place finish in the Southeast 1B league. The Nighthawks have won all four games handily: a 66-29 home win over Asotin Tuesday night, 61-49 at...

 
Dan Rigsby, Bryan Rubin and Kelan Becker

Dragons put big stop in early Colfax string

An early season run of Colfax solid hoop wins came to a halt Saturday in the home gym when Coach Ryan Peplinski brought down a veteran St. George's team, also undefeated on the new season. The guests...

 

1B boys basketball: Young Eagles team begins 1-2

The St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse boys are off to a 1-2 start, opening their season Dec. 4 with a 43-36 win over Waitsburg. Losses followed to Pomeroy and Oakesdale to begin league play. Second-year coach Mario Adams guides the Eagles, who graduated...

 

Gridiron award correction

The football player on the left end of last week’s photo of special award winners was Brandon Lustig who was named most improved player for the undefeated Colfax junior varsity. The player was incorrectly identified in the photo caption last...

 

Three Bulldogs win at Liberty Invitational

Colfax wrestlers placed third Saturday by rolling up 120 team points in the big Liberty Invitational meet. Host Liberty took the team win with 149 points, and St. Maries placed a close second with 145.5 points. Colfax had three first-place winners...

 

Bulletin Column: Dec. 13, 2018

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...

 

The people who made it go

In 15 or 20 years, some of the youngsters who watched the Christmas Parade last Thursday make its loop on Mill and Main streets in Colfax are certain to be marking Christmas elsewhere. They might be off at a distant military base, or they might be wo...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Dec. 13, 2018

Pet Peeves Businesses closed on weekends & weekday shutdowns 2-6 p.m. Okeydokes Winterfest parade, petting zoo and multiple places for hot cocoa. Colfax should be proud....

 

The Fake Potpourri

The word "potpourri" has a few definitions, but for a columnist it means writing about a bunch of unrelated stuff because he's too lazy to come up with an overarching theme. Instead, he'll take a superficial look at several developments. I have long...

 

Sorry, You Can't Protect Mueller

Mitch McConnell just did our constitutional order an enormous favor by burying the so-called Robert Mueller protection bill, hopefully never to rise again. There's been much harumphing about how Republicans are in the tank for President Donald Trump...

 

Community's request

A reason the petition (Malden petition misses budget vote-Nov. 28) was necessary is because, even after the results of the Felton Hall Survey with many citizens sharing their ideas/comments, even after multiple families spoke at a council meeting...

 

Good Economic News Sprinkled with Caution

The good news is Washington’s revenues continue to grow, and projections for the next couple of years appear promising. That is welcome news, but it is sprinkled with caution about introducing new taxes. Our state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast...

 

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