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 By Kara Davidson    News    January 17, 2019 

Port gets update on Boyer project

Debbie Snell, properties and development manager for the Port of Whitman County, reported on the Boyer Park and Marina project at the port meeting Thursday, Jan. 10. “The design drawings are going...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 17, 2019 
Michael Echanove

18 years as Palouse mayor: Michael Echanove plans to step down

Beginning his 18th year as mayor of Palouse, Michael Echanove has announced this year will be his last in office. He will not seek re-election when his term expires at the end of the year. He told...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 17, 2019 

Three school districts get grants for low emissions bus

Rosalia is one of three local school districts that have received a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to help pay for new buses. The buses must include an idle reduction system to...

 

Cruz is first baby of 2019

Whitman Hospital and Medical Center welcomed its first baby of the year Monday, Jan. 14. Caleb Ryder Cruz was born at 9:26 a.m. to Brielle Lubbess and Carlos Cruz Mendez from Tekoa. Born at six...

 

Hardy takes helm at Colfax Foodmart

Brenda Hardy, an employee of Cougar Foodmart for the past 22 years, and husband Dan have purchased the business from Brian and Jolene Jacobs, who now reside in Post Falls. Transfer of the business became official at the start of the year. Hardy has...

 

P1FCU now operating: Hometown Colfax grad heads new credit union in old bank building

Potlatch First Federal Credit Union opened its new branch in Colfax last week with a hometown manager at the helm. Anne Ellithorpe McRae, who has been in the banking business for the last six years, has been named to head the new branch. The daughter...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 17, 2019 

School board delays review of construction documents

An expected review Monday of documents in advance of the Colfax bid call for school remodeling did not happen Monday night; Superintendent Jerry Pugh reported the work has not yet been finished. “A little postponement,” Pugh said of the project t...

 

Colton seeks levy to paint water tank

The town of Colton will seek voter approval of a special levy on Feb. 12 for $30,000 to fund painting the inside of the town's water tank. The proposal was planned to go to voters last November, but did not make it on the ballot due to timing of its...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 17, 2019 
Eric and Gretchen Heise

Eric's Auto Body installs 80 solar panels to shop

Eric's Auto Body in Colfax has become the first "solar" collision repair center in the area. Another one of the few shops is located in southern Idaho. "We capitalize on the sun," said proprietor Eric...

 

Food Summit for 2019 set at Latah county fairground

The 2019 Food Summit, hosted by Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition, will be Friday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Latah County Fairground and Events Center, 1021 Harold St., Moscow, Idaho. The program will start at 9 a.m. The annual event...

 

Palouse will take over testing at Brownfields site

The City of Palouse has changed its request for proposals for its Brownfields state environmental cleanup site. Instead of asking that potential developers continue to test the site for contaminants, the city has decided it will take over the...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    January 17, 2019 

Poire reports on state ports meeting

Port of Whitman Executive Director Joe Poiré attended a Washington Public Ports Association session on telecommunications in Tacoma Jan. 9. In a report to the port here last Thursday, Poiré noted...

 

News Briefs: Jan. 17, 2019

BAIL REDUCED ON PROWL SUSPECT Bail for pre-trial release of Hunter Haley, 25, Reardan, was reduced from $10,000 to $1,000 cash Friday morning in Whitman County Superior Court. Haley faces six charges of second-degree theft related to an...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    January 17, 2019 

County commissioners keep committee jobs

Whitman County commissioners will again keep their committee assignments the same to carry over into the new year. The roles often remain from year-to-year as the three commissioners’ work takes them to meetings around eastern Washington and to...

 
Bailey Hall and Olivia Shuttles

Bulletin Column: Jan. 17, 2019

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...

 
Andra Kliewer

Rural Alliance Art Show highlights students

The Rural Alliance Art Show returned to the Libey Gallery at The Center at Colfax Library Jan. 5-11. This exhibit showcased the best paintings, drawings, pottery, collage and sculpture created by 60...

 

LaCrosse FFA team places second at Western Roundup

The LaCrosse High School FFA team finished second at the Western National Roundup in Denver last weekend. Team members included Alynn Harder, Jasmin Watson, Trey Fleming, Ty Harder and TJ Harder. Thei...

 

WSU extension plans soil health workshop

A “Management Matters for Soil Health,” workshop will be presented by WSU Extension at 7:45 a.m. Jan. 22, at Banyan’s Pavilion isn Pullman for farmers and interested residents. It will cover management insights on cropping systems and...

 

Steptoe Butte Park reopened

Steptoe Butte State Park Heritage Site was opened again Monday, Jan. 14, after closing due to inclement weather earlier in the month. Residents are advised to regularly check the Washington State Parks website for alerts, as hazardous conditions...

 

Library MLK closure

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library will close Jan. 20-21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Due dates for library materials have been extended in anticipation of the closure and no late fines will be charged for these days. Drop boxes...

 

Pritchard photo exhibit shows Guatemalan migration factors

An exhibit of photos that explores the factors driving residents of Guatemala from their homes in search of a better life opened Jan. 16, at the University of Idaho’s Prichard Art Gallery in collaboration with the university’s Martin Institute....

 

Etcetera: Jan. 17, 2019

'Get Out & Play' set at 3 sites Together with the Active Minds student chapter at the University of Idaho, the Palouse Advocacy League plans a fundraiser Jan. 26 at Zeppoz in Pullman, the Wild at Art ceramics and painting studio in Moscow, and... Full story

 

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