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Conservation Stewardship Program offered

SPOKANE VALLEY – Agricultural producers wanting to enhance conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for a Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Classic contract. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners...

 

Pesticide credits offered in-person, remotely

PULLMAN — The last chance to re-certify for pesticide credits this year is Dec. 10. Washington State University (WSU) and the University of Idaho (UI) offer the program from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clarkston Campus of Walla Walla Community Colle...

 

Six are elected to hospitals' boards

COLFAX — Each hospital district in Whitman County has a board of representatives to guide the direction of business. The results of the November general election were certified on Nov. 23 and are final. Positions with four Whitman County hospital...

 

New school board members win elections

COLFAX — School board members face elections to represent the schools and help guide policies. The results of the November general election were certified on Nov. 23, making the election results final. COLFAX SCHOOL DISTRICT Mark Clinton is the...

 

Pullman Regional Hospital District boundary remains unchanged

PULLMAN — Voters rejected the Pullman Regional Hospital District annexation resolution. The “no” vote means no change for the hospital’s taxing district. It continues to end at the Pullman city limits, according to Alison Weigley, director of...

 

Library offers free COVID rapid test kits

COLFAX — Free COVID rapid test kits are available through the Whitman County libraries. People can pick up test kits at any of the 15 branches of the of the Whitman County Library system after Dec. 6, while supplies last, or tests can be ordered on...

 

Man arrested for drug trafficking

COLFAX — A vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation and deputies found illegal drugs, paraphernalia, and a firearm in downtown Colfax on Nov. 22. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office used a search warrant and found approximately 150 fentanyl...

 

Tekoa connects with fiber optic internet

TEKOA — Tekoa is now connected to the internet through a high-speed fiber-optic system. Ziply Fiber and the Port of Whitman County added the fourth Whitman County city to the fiber optic system and there’s one to go. Oakesdale joins in December....

 

Christmas tree fundraiser for robotics team

FARMINGTON — The Garfield-Palouse High School robotics team receives funds from the sale of Christmas trees. The robotics team is selling you-cut trees at Nelson’s Farm at 202 Ryde Road in Farmington from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12....

 

Cook together family activity bags available

PULLMAN — Family cooking bags are available at the Neill Public Library in Pullman. The activity bags include cooking utensils, supplies to make brownies, a recipe book filled with City of Pullman staff favorites, and a gift card to Grocery Outlet...

 

16th Annual Christmas Tree Raffle returns

PULLMAN — The Pullman Regional Hospital Auxiliary is holding its 16th Annual Christmas Tree Raffle to support patient comfort and care items through Dec. 11. The 3-foot prize-packed trees were donated and decorated by businesses and hospital...

 

Red Cross donated to the Pine Creek rebuilding effort

SPOKANE — The American Red Cross is providing $750,000 to help Malden and Pine Creek area restoration efforts. The 2020 Labor Day wildfires scorched thousands of acres, destroying homes, in Whitman and Okanogan counties. The American Red Cross...

 

Winterfest takes place Dec. 4

COLFAX — A lighted parade and fireworks show are added to Winterfest 2021. The Colfax Chamber of Commerce and The Colfax Downtown Association teamed up to host Winterfest 2021 on Saturday, Dec. 4. “People can look forward to a revival of the...

 

General election determines who serves in office

COLFAX — Numerous city and town council members were elected in November and the results were finalized Nov. 23. PORT OF WHITMAN COUNTY The elected commissioners are Karl Webber 98.09% of the votes, and Tom Kammerzell 96.71%. They ran unopposed....

 

Whitman County voters approve tax increases

COLFAX — All of the propositions to increase property taxes and a county sales tax increase were approved by voters. Whitman County had a high turnout of voters in November with nearly 43% casting ballots. The election was certified as final on...

 

Keeping it small

TEKOA - Shop Small had smaller crowds with the rain, but it didn't stop Tekoa from enjoying a sense of community. Small Business Saturday offered hayrides, "Elf" at the Empire Theater, tree lighting,...

 

Fewer people are receiving unemployment benefits

OLYMPIA — Continued unemployment claims decreased by 13,163 to a total of 50,848 at the end of October. “This total is the lowest four-week moving average for regular continued claims since the start of the pandemic,” stated a spokesperson for...

 

Democrat to replace Wyman

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee named a Lake Stevens Democrat to replace a Republican stepping down as secretary of state. Sen. Steve Hobbs replaces Republican Kim Wyman in the statewide post that oversees...

 

Restrictions on hunters follow disease outbreak

SPOKANE — State game officials are worried about chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, moose and caribou implemented restrictions on hunters bringing meet into the state. Washington residents hunting in Idaho and Manitoba may only bring meat into t...

 

Wheat tariff in Vietnam ending

ARLINGTON, VA — The Vietnam government is eliminating a 3% tariff on U.S. wheat on Dec. 30. The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) noted their appreciation for the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service...

 

WSP conducts emphasis patrols

COLFAX — The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is conducting emphasis patrols for speeding, driving too fast for conditions, distracted and impaired driving. The extra patrols end on Nov. 28. District 4 troopers in Spokane, Whitman, and Adams counties...

 

Reminder of Palouse's snow plowing policy

PALOUSE — Palouse reminds residents of their responsibilities when it snows and their priority in plowing streets. The city policy lists residents’ responsibilities when it snows. Vehicles are to be parked off the street or they could prevent...

 

Redistricting plan could split Adams County

RITZVILLE – Adams and Franklin counties could be dived between two different legislative districts if the state Supreme Court approves a new redistricting map previously supported by a state commiss...

 

High court finds Gov. Inslee's veto to be unconstitutional

OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court found Gov. Jay Inslee’s partial vetoes of the 2019 transportation budget unconstitutional by a 7-2 ruling on Nov. 10. The decision came after the governor vetoed a sentence in the budget bill regarding fuel type...

 

Wheat ambassadors selected

RITZVILLE - Two Davenport students are selected as the 2021 Washington Association of Wheat Growers ambassadors. Tate Nonnemacher and Cadence Zellmer were selected after an initial written...

 

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