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 By Garth Meyer    News    December 20, 2018

BoCC approves budget

Whitman County Board of Commissioners approved the 2019 budget Monday, culminating a months-long process for a total budget of $62,303,720, representing a $1,765,280 decrease from 2018. The largest fund is the road department at $19,243,000 and the s...

 

Remembering vets at Christmas

Graves of 117 veterans buried in the Colfax cemetery were included in the "Wreaths Across America" remembrance ceremony which was conducted in approximately 1,400 cemeteries in the United States...

 

Possible change in court pact: Pullman plans to exclude court space

Pullman has no plans at this time to put a courtroom or district court offices in its new city hall building, leaving the county commissioners to debate whether to move all district court sessions to...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 20, 2018

Dam task force proposal nets GOP response

Washington Governor Jay Inslee put forth his $54.3 billion budget proposal Dec. 13, including $750,000 for a state task force to study possible breaching of the Lower Snake River dams – and other options in the name of efforts to protect salmon...

 

Grant will fund habitat structures in Steptoe creek

The grant of $42,000 from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office's Salmon Recovery Board will help add post and log structures to a section of Steptoe Creek to make the area more...

 

Endicott receives grants for projects

Endicott has received a $150,000 grant/loan from the Department of Ecology to study the inflow and infiltration issues in town. The city knows there is a problem due to spikes in the treatment plant...

 

Tekoa city council adds two members

The City of Tekoa added two new city council members Monday night, appointing Bethany Fletcher and Alyssa Heaggy. Heaggy returns to the council after losing a re-election bid in November 2017. They filled city seats vacated by Troy Wilson, who...

 

Rosalia students collect 657 pounds of food

Rosalia students collected 657 pounds of non-perishable food in their food drive Dec. 3-7. Using Hunger Games as the theme for the second year in a row, the school divided into six different...

 

Coroner reports on two deaths

Whitman County Coroner Annie Pillers Dec. 7 issued cause of death findings on two men who died at separate locations Dec. 4 of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Manner of death in both cases was determined to be suicide. Benjamin P. Perkins, 47, died...

 
Judge Douglas B. Robinson and Marlynn Markley

Judge Robinson targets bar exam after 18 years as district court judge

Judge Doug Robinson said last week one of his goals for retirement will be to re-take the state bar examination so he can serve as judge pro-tem when needed around the area. He needs to pass the...

 

Flook faces charges here following Asotin trial

Roger Flook, the Endicott resident who was convicted of child molestation by an Asotin County jury last week was charged here in October of 2017 with dealing in child pornography and voyeurism. The investigation report alleges the crimes took place...

 

Taser assault reported

A female employee at West Side Pizza in Colfax was reported to have been assaulted the night of Dec. 12 while going out the back door of the business after closing time. The woman was reported to have been hit in the neck by a taser gun after she...

 
Emily Schultheis

Colton dismisses Pomeroy, who dismisses Oakesdale

The top three remain in place for the Southeast 1B league girls as Colton holds first after beating Pomeroy in their opening meeting of the season Dec. 15. The Pirates dropped to 3-1 in league, 6-1...

 
Kaitlyn Cornish, Rachel Brown and Sydney Berquist

Colfax girls bow to Broncos, crunch Asotin

Colfax girls booked a split over the weekend with a loss Friday on their home court to the LRS Broncos and a big win over Asotin Saturday on the Panthers' court. The split leaves Colfax 1-1 in the...

 
Bennett Gray

Bulldog boys add two wins, host Wahkiakum tonight

Colfax boys booked two wins in the NE-south league start over the weekend to bump their record to 5-1. The Bulldogs stopped LRS Broncos 44-36 Friday night in the south side opener on the home court...

 

Tekoa/Rosalia boys book weekend split

Tekoa/Rosalia boys booked a split over the weekend to bump their record to 3-3. The Timberwolves were out-paced by Liberty on the Lancers court Friday 67-51, but they defeated Reardan 67-51 in the Saturday round at Rosalia. Craig Mueller led TR with...

 
Ely Hawkins and Riley Pedersen

1B boys basketball: Viking boys run Colton, even record

They switched from Nike to Under Armour for uniforms, added more facial hair and a tattoo. Their point guard is listed at three inches taller than last year and they started 0-3. The Garfield-Palouse...

 

Bulletin Column: Dec. 20, 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...

 
Jerry and Eunice Coker

Whitman County Auditor Eunice Coker retires

County Auditor Eunice Coker's retirement party was in the commissioners chambers Tuesday afternoon with cookies, cupcakes and cake pops provided by the auditors staff. Raised in Colfax, Coker had a...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 20, 2018

Palouse again advertises for third police officer

Palouse city council approved advertising for the position of police officer at the council’s Dec. 11 meeting. The department, which also covers Garfield in an agreement between the two towns, now has two full-time officers with a reserve officer,...

 

Hospice Serenity house begins serving residents

Every part of Serenity House was designed with consideration for who its residents would be. Licensed to be occupied, Serenity House is a three bedroom, high quality care, end-of-life residence....

 

News Briefs: Dec. 20, 2018

CONVICTION IN 2015 CASE April Alice Byer, 30, Moscow, was sentenced to 45 days in jail Friday morning in Whitman County Superior Court after she pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment with a threat to kill. The charges actually dated back to June...

 

Yes, Virginia ...

A famous letter: Dear Editor— I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? --Virginia O'Hanlon 115 West Ninety Fifth...

 

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