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Senior meal changes set for 2020

Changes in senior meal service around the county are scheduled to go into effect at the start of the new year. The Council on Aging plans to drop the meal service in Rosalia, expand the service at Colfax to twice a week and introduce meals at...

 

Whitcom panel eyes strategic planner hire

At Monday’s commissioner workshop, Commissioner Dean Kinzer, who also serves on the Whitcom executive board, reported on the discussions from Friday’s Whitcom finance meeting. Whitcom is the regional emergency dispatch center. Dispatch services c...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 19, 2019
Michael Echanove

Mayor Echanove concludes 26 years at Palouse city hall

At the conclusion of the Palouse city council meeting Dec. 10, Mayor Michael Echanove read thank you notes, swore-in new mayor Chris Cook, effective Jan. 1, and said he would entertain a motion to...

 

Board discusses historic preservation

Whitman County Commissioners Monday discussed the possibility of opening the historic preservation fund at their morning workshop. Commissioner Michael Largent reported he has been asked about interest in using the historic preservation fund for a...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 19, 2019
Michael Largent; Tyler Kuhl

"Convicts" bailed out for cause at Colfax bank

Eight people were incarcerated the morning of Dec. 13 in a high-ceilinged nook of Columbia Bank, with bars made of black ribbon. By 10 a.m., six had been bailed out, leaving County Commissioner...

 
Al Vorderbruegen; Todd Vanek

Mayor Vanek, Vorderbrueggen sign off from Colfax

Colfax Mayor Todd Vanek and Councilman Al Vorderbrueggen both signed off Monday night after finishing their terms of office. Both decided not to seek another term when filing opened for this year's...

 
Artis Brannon

Artis Brannon to close out 44 years on the job

Forty-four years ago Artis Brannon was hired by Bill Munson to work at the Colfax Grange in the grocery department. Over the years, Brannon has watched the Colfax Grange store turn into the auto...

 

Pullman C of C presents awards for 102nd year

Pullman Chamber of Commerce hosted its 102nd annual awards luncheon Dec. 10. New chamber board president Andrew Flabetich thanked outgoing president Jill Bielenberg for her service to the chamber. Ginger Flynn, new board member, was introduced and...

 

New landfill office set to arrive Dec. 30

The pre-built new office building for the county landfill is set to be delivered on or about Dec. 30. The structure, from Pacific Steel Structures of Greenacres, will be placed on a concrete foundation poured in October by the county bridge crew....

 

Slide-offs block 27

Washington State Patrol last Thursday night posted a notice of closure of Highway 27 two miles north of Rockford. Multiple slide-off accidents were reported on that segment of the highway and one accident reportedly was blocking both lanes of the...

 

Les Schwab correction

In the Gazette's Dec. 12 issue in the article “A total of 66-plus years: Miller, Mayer will finish long careers at Les Schwab” it was stated Cliff Miller has been with Les Schwab Tire Center for 33 ½ years. The correct total amount of time he...

 

Possible changes coming to ceilings at the courthouse

On Monday, Dec. 16, Brandy Dean, county facilities management director, brought ideas of possible changes to the courthouse before the county commissioners at their Monday workshop. Dean mentioned that with the proposed new HVAC system they are...

 

Jazz band makes stops

Colfax High School Jazz Band made stops to play Christmas music Tuesday morning. They played first at Hill-Ray and then finished the tour at The Courtyard. The band included music students from...

 

Farming workshop slated in Pullman

“Little things: Big impact,” a workshop for farmers and interested residents in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, will be presented by the WSU Extension Farmers Network, starting at 7:45 a.m. Jan. 15 at The Courtyard Marriott in Pullman. It...

 

Sentencing given for molestation case

Shiloh Johnston, 20, Mountlake Terrace, was assigned a three-year sex offender alternative sentence Dec. 11 in superior court on a conviction for child molestation. Johnston pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 8, and the Dec. 4 sentencing followed a...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 19, 2019

Palouse planning panel reports on survey results

Compiling responses from 155 residents, the Palouse Planning commission has finished its community survey, the first in seven years. Jim Fielder, commission chair, presented results to the city counci...

 

Trucker crashes into guardrail

A southbound truck driver lost control of a vehicle transporter at about 4 a.m. last Wednesday, Dec. 11, and crashed into the guardrail at the top of Buck Canyon grade on Highway 195. The truck and...

 

Whitman County Humane Society receives Petco grant

Whitman County Humane Society was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Petco Foundation as part of its Holiday Wishes campaign. The grant was awarded through the Moscow Petco outlet. In its seventh year,...

 

Lewiston firm lands rock crushing contract

Opening three manila envelopes, Whitman County commissioners took in bids Monday for 80,000 tons of rock crushing at Repp Quarry near St. John and Union Center Quarry. The first bid was from Western Construction of Lewiston for $673,561. The next...

 
John Lustig; Layne Gingerich

Colfax edges TR with double OT comeback

Colfax and Tekoa/Rosalia rattled through two overtimes Tuesday in the first league match of the season for the boys at Colfax. The Bulldogs, who trialed the Timberwolves through most of the game,...

 

Timberwolves win 2 at home

Tekoa/Rosalia boys took wins over two teams from the north side over the weekend. They defeated Kettle Falls 52-50 with a final-second shot at Rosalia Friday. Scoring for the Timberwolves were Garrett Naught 9, Anthony Gehring 18, Mitchell Billings...

 

Colfax girls stack three wins

Colfax girls stacked three straight wins during the week to stretch their season record to 5-1. The Bulldogs defeated a determined Columbia of Burbank team 45-39 on the Colfax court Friday night....

 

Gar/Pal girls start off 2-1

The Garfield/Palouse girls and their four returning starters have begun the season with wins over Potlatch and Tekoa/Rosalia, and a loss to Pomeroy. Back for 2019-20 for the Vikings are Paige...

 

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