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 News    July 2, 2020 

First COVID hospitalization; count up

WHITMAN COUNTY – The first report of a patient being hospitalized for the virus was reported June 26 by the Emergency Operating Center. According to the press release, a previous case was hospitalized due to complications associated with COVID-19 i...

 News    July 2, 2020 

New quarry approved at Rock Lake

ST. JOHN – Whitman County Commissioners initiated Monday a new rock-crushing project at Glorfield Quarry, off of Rock Lake Road northwest of St. John. The $500,000 for 60,000 tons of rock will go to gravel roads, paid for by the road levy lid lift...

 News    July 2, 2020 

Booked for multiple calls

PULLMAN – Trevor Osborne, 28, was booked into Whitman County Jail after alleged activity on Highway 270 and WSU campus. Whitman County Sheriff's Office received a call Wednesday morning, June 24, from Atlas Concrete that someone had gone through...

 News    July 2, 2020 


The office of the Whitman County Gazette on Main Street in Colfax moved last week after how many years? 90? Clockwise from top left, Gazette co-owner Bill Ifft confers with bookkeeper Nancy Ross in...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 2, 2020 

Crowd weighs in, Palouse flag policy debate moves ahead in Palouse

PALOUSE – The City of Palouse continues its discussion over whether to adopt a flag policy – and what kind – after an estimated 70 people gathered at Hayton Greene Park June 23 for a public forum. Two days later, the city council's policy and...

 News    July 2, 2020 

Berrett named new Whitcom director

COLFAX – Wendy Berrett, the operations manager at Whitcom, was chosen June 25 as the new executive director of the regional emergency dispatch agency. Berrett has been with the agency for more than 20 years. “We are delighted that Wendy has...

 News    July 2, 2020 

'Uncle's' truck determined stolen

UNIONTOWN – Two people were booked into Whitman County jail June 28 after it was determined the vehicle they were driving was stolen. The blue Chevrolet truck was stopped by Uniontown Police Officer Joe Handley on Sunday about noon for alleged...

 News    July 2, 2020 

Where they stash the bodies

WHITMAN COUNTY – Hitting a deer while driving on Whitman County Roads is an ever real and present danger; some times of the year more than others. Those periods of increased car versus deer occurrences are right after harvest and our current...

 News    July 2, 2020 

Whitman County receives $60,000+ PILT

COLFAX – The Department of the Interior disbursed 2020 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program funding totaling more than $3.8 million for Eastern Washington counties. Whitman County received $60,381 for 21,748 acres of federal lands. PILT are...

 News    July 2, 2020 

Changes come to fair gate

Although the fair has been nixed for the year, the fair board is still meeting and planning for the fair and other events. Fair Manager Janel Goebel stated at the meeting Monday night there has not been negative feedback about the cancelation....

 By Jana Mathia    News    July 2, 2020 

Sales committee votes to pick up the tab for youth

COLFAX – The sales committee of the Palouse Empire Fair Board voted to cover the costs of a youth stock sale from its own coffers. The sales committee met prior to the fair board. Main discussion was offering a show and sale and on helping youth...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 2, 2020 

Contractors pull trucks:

WHITMAN COUNTY – Another week of rock work was on the schedule for Almota Road south of Colfax last week, nearing the opening of the road to passenger cars by the Fourth of July. “Then the contractor pulled all of his trucks for a week,” said...

 News    July 2, 2020 

County holding in Phase III

COLFAX – Gov. Jay Inslee and state Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced June 27 the state is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase IV. Eight counties, of which Whitman County is one, are eligible to move to Phase IV. The state...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 2, 2020 

Late Rosalia veteran saluted at park

A funeral for Kenneth Robert Hames, who died at age 91 in April, was held Friday, June 26, at the Rosalia Veterans Park, which he helped bring into existence. At Hames' request, the service took...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    July 2, 2020 

World War II warbirds flyover Eastern Washington

SPOKANE VALLEY – A small piece of history will pass through eastern and central Washington skies on July 4. Five World War II vintage aircraft owned by Hangar 180 air museum in Lewiston will be...

 By Daily Bulletin    News    July 2, 2020 

City, county officers respond to scams

COLFAX – Local law enforcement agencies are seeing reports of new scams in Colfax for bank account numbers and social security information. A Colfax resident was scammed by a man claiming to be from the Secret Service in Alaska with...

 By Daily Bulletin    News    July 2, 2020 

Relocation snags

The Whitman County Gazette and Colfax Daily Bulletin are now operating out of new offices at 418 S. Main. At this time, new phones have not been connected to the new office. Gazette staff is attempting temporary fixes to the problem until connected...

 By Daily Bulletin    News    July 2, 2020 

Summoned for theft

PULLMAN – A summons for a Pullman man was filed June 24 in Superior Court on the charge of alleged residential burglary. Luke Benton, 22, has been summoned for a July 10 hearing. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Benton and Alisyn...

 By Jana Mathia    News    June 25, 2020

Colfax Crazy Days' concert, run canceled

COLFAX – COVID-19 restrictions have claimed another event. The Colfax Chamber of Commerce announced this week it has decided to cancel the Crazy Days festivities. "I totally thought a lot of these counties would not be in Phase I," said Colfax Unif...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 25, 2020

Almota Road damaged by construction

COLFAX – Friendly damage ensued on Almota Road last week. "Did you get the scrapers unstuck?" asked County Commissioner Art Swannack Monday morning during a work session. "Yes and no," said Mark...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 25, 2020

Bid set for solid waste building additions

COLFAX – The re-bids are in for the remodeling/expansion of the Moderate Waste Building at the county landfill. The new lowest bidder is $812,278 from Mangum Construction of Clarkston, for the project that originally went out to bid in March. The...

 By Jana Mathia    News    June 25, 2020

County water projects allotted almost $3 million

WHITMAN COUNTY – Five entities in Whitman County have been approved for nearly $3 million in funding from the state Department of Ecology for clean water projects. Municipalities of Tekoa, Oakesdale, Endicott and Garfield and the Palouse...


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