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 By Victoria Fowler    News    January 23, 2020 
Tammy Lewis; Angie Collins; Peggy Zaring

Homestead Ministries expands distribution with local bagging

Homestead Ministries hosted its fourth soup bagging at the First Baptist Church in Colfax Thursday, Jan. 16, where they bagged 3,000 packages of soup for a Central Washington group. The soup packets...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    January 23, 2020 

Mobile health clinic plans to sweep county

The Mobile Medical Unit will be making its rounds in Whitman County the last week of January and in the last week of March. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the clinic will be at LaCrosse Library from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the Endicott Library from 1 to 5 p.m....

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    January 23, 2020 

Tekoa Parks and Rec seeks way to pay county loan

Whitman County commissioners Tuesday met with members of the Tekoa Parks and Recreation board to discuss a loan the county extended Tekoa parks and recreation that is due Dec. 1, 2020. The loan was originally granted in 2019 to help cover swim pool...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    January 23, 2020 

CERB board approves grant for Port of Wilma road work

On Thursday, Jan. 16, the Port of Whitman Community Economic Revitalization Board grant application was approved Jan. 16 with a $750,000 loan and $250,000 grant for the Port of Wilma road improvements. Mark Storey, county public works director, told...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 23, 2020 

Planning panel nears finish on new marijuana ordinance

Whitman County Planner Alan Thomson reported to county commissioners Tuesday that the county planning commission is nearly done with its work to write a new ordinance for commercial marijuana operations in the county. Thomson noted that the group's...

 

Council on Aging & Human Services holds annual meeting

The Council on Aging & Human Services Board of Directors held their annual meeting Tuesday morning at the Colfax Pantry building. They strategized on how to serve both the nutrition clients and...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    January 23, 2020 

Support continues for Port of Clarkston

Port of Whitman County commissioners approved the re-commitment of matching funds for the Port of Clarkston Economic Development Administration grant. The approval was on a 3-0 vote. Last March, Jerry Klemm, commissioner for the Port of Lewiston,...

 

Tekoa seeks to add more patrol hours

The City of Tekoa is considering adding sheriff’s patrol hours stemming from a discussion at the city council meeting Dec. 16. “The council wants to spend more money for the police force,” said Tekoa Mayor Troy Wilson. The town now contracts... Full story

 

WSU signs 'Roundtop' for Palouse Ridge space

The new eatery at WSU's Palouse Ridge Golf Club will be Roundtop Public House, operated by JW Links, LCC. The JW derives from the first names of Jim Harbour and Wade Dissmore, who also own and operate South Fork Public House in Pullman and Fork in...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    January 23, 2020 

Design work underway for Port fiber-to-home project

Port commissioners received an update regarding the fiber-to-the-home project at their meeting Jan. 16. In August 2019, the port received $1 million from Whitman County’s .09 funds to design and construct a fiber-to-the-home network in five rural...

 

Building permits total 154 for 2019

A total of 154 permits were issued by the Colfax building inspector during 2019. Total revenue from permit fees was $126,931. The permit sales included 74 mechanical permits for $4,840; 17 building permits including two houses for $17,904; nine...

 

Rural Development Initiatives leads to flags, Tekoa idea, Thursday meet

Flags posted around parts of northern Whitman County since last fall are a project of a Rural Development Initiatives leadership class given last year in Fairfield. The flags read, “The Palouse: Small Towns, Big Hearts.” The organization put on...

 

Food for Fines to mark 20th year at area libraries

Whitman County Library's Food for Fine campaign, which will run through February, will mark its 20th year. Residents can exchange food donations for up to $10 in fines. All donations at branches around the county will go to the nearest food bank....

 

U.S.-Mexico-Canada pact, China trade deal applauded

U.S. wheat advocacy groups applauded two developments on the trade front last week. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) praised the U.S. Senate for passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Jan....

 

Bulletin Column: January 23, 2020

These reports are from the previous three 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 updated. ADU ZONING ON CITY AGENDA Proposed zoning for...

 

December taxes surpass $1 million

At Monday’s county commissioner workshop, Chris Nelson, county treasurer updated the commissioners on this past tax season. “I am happy to say as of Dec. 31 we, for the first time that I’ve seen in our records, we collected over 98 percent of...

 

Study shows dam breaching costs, impacts

The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association recently released a study that states the removal of the Lower Snake River Dams will cost the country $2.3 billion over the next 30 years. PNWA contracted with FCS Group, an economic and financial...

 

"Little Mermaid" preparation to start

Drama/play production classes will resume Jan. 16 at Colfax Junior-Senior High School as the remodeling of the auditorium is near complete. The annual production, delayed from the traditional...

 

Whitcom budget gets positive view

The Whitcom finance committee called a special meeting Monday to discuss the budget for this year. Whitcom is the regional emergency dispatch center. Dispatch services cover seven counties in Washington and Idaho. Lisa Strenge, Whitcom employee,...

 

Colfax Chamber declares First Thursday changes

Colfax Chamber of Commerce Monday announced a change in First Thursday promotions for the upcoming year. Each First Thursday this year will have a different promotional theme with the events starting earlier in the year than previously. Ladies Night...

 

Six properties sold:

Real estate sale affidavits filed last week on six tax foreclosure sales conducted by the treasurer’s office indicated a gain in the annual routine. Treasurer Chris Nelson and staff opted to place the county’s foreclosure sale online at the...

 

Schmick bill would help developmentally disabled

Legislation proposed Jan. 14 in Olympia would allow law enforcement, social workers and first responders the ability to quickly ascertain those with developmental disabilities. House Bill 2463, sponsored by Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, would provide... Full story

 

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