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Uniontown:

The Town of Uniontown’s tied city council race was resolved Wednesday, Dec. 18, with the drawing of a name out of a hat. County prosecutor Denis Tracy pulled the name of Jack Espy, the incumbent, deciding the race after a 57-57 vote tie on Nov. 5,...

 

Port land sale goes to city

Pullman Planning Commission conducted the continuation hearing for the potential rezone of Port of Whitman property south of the Pullman-Albion Road and west of Highway 27 on Wednesday, Dec. 18. At the previous hearing on Nov. 20, the planning...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 26, 2019

Whitman County Public Works preview for 2020

Plans for 2020 in the county Public Works department include the large-scale Almota Road Phase Four reconstruction, a possible overlay of a half-mile of Steptoe Street and Sholz Road east of Steptoe, remodeling and two additions made to the...

 

State parks department outlines timeline for four P-C trail projects

A timeline for funded projects on the Palouse to Cascade Trail has been issued by Washington State Parks and Recreation Department. Two of the projects in Whitman County, the Tekoa Trestle and the Malden-Rosalia Trail segment, are now scheduled to...

 

Firefighters toybox serves 267 Whitman County youth

Final count of the number of youngsters served by the Firefighters' Toybox was 267 after four days of operation. Fire Chief Craig Corbeill said the total compares with 240 youngsters which were...

 

Letters to Santa

Dear Santa, How are you Santa? How is Mrs. Claus and the raindeer? Santa I have been kind of good Well let's move on Santa. I want a science kit and a camera too. Can I have a microswpe. Thank you Santa. Can I have a locker for my doll? thank you...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 26, 2019
Joe Rupe

Markers for infants' graves uncovered at Colfax Cemetery

After a newborn died last August in Colfax, preparations were made for burial. Joe Rupe, sexton for Colfax Cemetery, as part of standard procedure, probed a spot of ground with a long metal rod,...

 

Port gets update on water proposal

At Thursday's port meeting, Properties and Development Manager Debbie Snell, updated the port commissioners on a joint water project between the port and the City of Colfax. The water project between the city and the port is to add a port well at...

 

Flook trial set Feb. 18

A Feb. 18 jury trial was scheduled for Roger W. Flook Jr., 58, formerly of Endicott, after he pleaded not guilty on Dec. 13 in superior court to charges of dealing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and voyeurism. The charges h...

 

Pullman Regional Hospital acquires Palouse Health Center

Pullman Regional Hospital recently acquired Palouse Health Center in Palouse. Sandra Schorzman, who has been providing care at Palouse Health Clinic for the past 20 years, plans to retire at the end of the year to conclude a 42-year career in health...

 

McMorris Rodgers issued statement

Fifth District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Wednesday issued a statement after her vote against the two articles of impeachment of President Donald Trump, which were approved Wednesday by the House of Representatives. "Plain and simple, this...

 

Port Airport project receives four bids

A pre-bid meeting session was hosted at the Port of Whitman office Dec. 5 regarding the Port of Whitman County Business Air Center realignment and drainage project at Colfax At the Dec. 19 port meeting, Debbie Snell, Port of Whitman properties and...

 

Fuchs trial delayed

A trial of charges against Kim Fuchs, 63, Tekoa, was halted Dec. 17 in superior court when Defense Attorney Steve Martonick realized he faced a possible conflict of interest because he had previously represented one of the potential witnesses listed...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 26, 2019

Cardboard recycling bin will be removed at Colfax

What remains of the community recycling bins at Empire Disposal in Colfax will be gone at the end of the year. Effective Dec. 31, the dumpsters for cardboard will be taken out, following glass and paper bins last April. The reason is the reversal of...

 
Madi Cloninger; Sidni Whitcomb; Taylor Thomas

Pomeroy holds off Oakesdale girls 43-40

The Oakesdale and Garfield/Palouse boys won more games last weekend to keep their claim as the top two teams in the Southeast 1B league. For the girls, Pomeroy kept that claim with a narrow win at...

 

Fast launch at Asotin nails big Colfax win

Colfax boys set a quick pace Friday night with a 17-5 score in the first quarter at Asotin on the way to a 55-42 win over the Panthers in the second league matchup for the Bulldogs. Final score for...

 

Bulldog girls roll out big win at Asotin Friday

Colfax girls Friday took control of the action in the second quarter at Asotin and stacked a 70-28 win over the the Panthers. Colfax led by just a point after the first quarter, but added 20 points to their lead with a 25-5 second quarter. Coach...

 

Oakesdale places 4 on all-state V-ball team

County volleyball players named All-State by the Washington State Volleyball Association Dec. 13 including girls from Oakesdale, Colton, St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse and Colfax. For 1B, Oakesdale had four players named first-team All-State; freshmen...

 

Yes, Virginia

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 Virginia, your little friends are...

 

Boris and Donald The

How fitting it was that on Friday the 13th, Boris Johnson trundled over to Buckingham Palace and received permission from the queen to form his government. Fitting because it was bad luck for those who had fading hopes of somehow stopping Brexit...

 

Homeless Encampments and the Constitution

The Supreme Court just ensured that the nation’s homelessness crisis will continue. The court declined to take up an appeal of a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, covering the western United States, that homeless encampments are a de fact...

 

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