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 By Garth Meyer    News    September 12, 2019 

Palouse Days adds bands, events

The annual second-weekend-in-September Palouse Days celebration returns Friday with events to run until Sunday at noon. Along with the Saturday morning parade and 37th annual Palouse Show and Shine...

 

Board reviews drafts for clinic change

Whitman Hospital district board members met in a special session last Wednesday, Sept. 4, in the hospital’s administration wing to review progress for acquiring the medical clinic and reaching agreement with physicians of Whitman Medical Group to...

 

Big fair Saturday, rainy Sunday

A steady rain Sunday took a toll on the Palouse Empire Fair and shut down harvest in many areas for the second time in four days. The NRCS rain tally Monday morning was at .2 for precipitation logged Sunday and early that morning. LaCrosse weather...

 

Unit train of 100-plus cars makes impact on Endicott

Railways in Endicott will continue to stay busy as the new grain shipping routine goes into effect. After the merger of Whitgro and Northwest Grain Growers, Endicott has become a direct shipping...

 

Two hurt in Central Ferry collision

Drivers of two cars involved in a collision on the Walla Walla Highway near Central Ferry were transported to Whitman Hospital in Colfax Sunday morning. According to the Washington State Patrol...

 

Shrine raffle winners

Winners of the Whitman County Shrine Club raffle that supported 4H and FFA exhibitors at the Whitman County Fair are: 1st prize Roxanne Scharffer. 2nd prize Sydney Philips, 3rd prize Barb Wachter, 4th prize Scott Philips and 5th prize Cheryl Van...

 

Correct speaker ID

In last week’s Gazette article “Commissioners take flak, but extend pot moratorium” (Sept. 5), it was incorrectly stated that Lisa Brown, director of Washington State’s Department of Commerce, would speak at a Whitman County planning...

 

Colfax chief lists squad car woes

At the Sept. 3 city council session, Police Chief Rick McNannay reported the department now has two operating squad cars, and they have reached a point where the number of officers on duty can sometimes be more than the number of vehicles available....

 

Farmington names Brian Oliver new town mayor

Brian Oliver, a two-year city councilman, was sworn in Aug. 19, to take the place of Dave Baker, who resigned earlier this year after three years as mayor. Councilman Mark Hellinger served as mayor pro-tem in the interim. The city council will...

 

Lauren Stubbs wins fair queen crown

LaCrosse candidate Lauren Stubbs topped five other contestants Thursday, Sept. 5, to win the Miss Palouse Empire title for this year in competition at the fair's community building. Stubbs performed...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 12, 2019 

Colfax school year starts after cleanup scramble

Colfax schools started at 8:20 a.m. Sept. 9 for the 2019-20 school year, as planned. Final cleaning from a summer of construction lasted into Sunday night, Sept. 8, with Superintendent Jerry Pugh,...

 

Truck-combine accident report

Trooper Katelynn Baxter responded to a report of an accident involving a combine and semi truck Saturday three miles east of Colfax on Highway 272. According to the report, Larry C. Smith, Colfax, was driving a 2012 John Deere combine eastbound on...

 

Port approves rail grant application

Port of Whitman commissioners Thursday approved a motion to apply for the Freight Rail Assistance Program which would be in effect for 2020. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, FRAP is a grant program open to applicants...

 

Public hearing set for Port property

A Port of Whitman County hearing has been slated Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. in the Port of Whitman office at Colfax to declare property which was the object of a $1.258 milion purchase offer from a housing developer based in Austin, Texas, surplus. Aspen...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 12, 2019 

Palouse extends on-call pay to public works to match police

The City of Palouse approved a retroactive $5 per hour on-call stipend for its Public Works Department Aug. 27 to match what they did previously for the police. Both stipends ended Sept. 1 as the city council and administrator Kyle Dixon now work on...

 

Masten will return to Garfield Church

Dr. Dave Cole will conduct an installation service in which Martin Masten will formally become the pastor at the Garfield Community Church Sept. 15. The service will be at 10 a.m. in Garfield at California and 5th Avenue. It will be attended by the...

 

Port okays $500 support for Ag Expo

Port of Whitman commissioners last Thursday agreed to continue sponsorship for the PNW Farm Forum in the 2020 Spokane Ag Expo. For this upcoming year, the sponsorship will remain at $500. “Just a few years ago one of the featured clinics was the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 12, 2019 

Palouse Shady Lane project underway

A pathway to the river project funded by county .09 funds is expected to begin in Palouse this week with contractor Jesse Parkins and Palouse Hills Excavation. The $30,000 project will cut two pathways to the Palouse River from Shady Lane across...

 

Work starts on office building

A Palouse River Rock crew from Colfax this week started excavation for the new office building which will house the dental practice of Dr. Matt Mellor. The new office building will be located on the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 12, 2019 

Tidbits from the Palouse Empire Fair 2019

At the fair’s main gate, wasn't it strange not to see the late John Henry of the Colfax Rotary Club taking tickets? Friday night's rodeo ran late, with an extended list of barrel racers, and Wylie and the Wild West was supposed to play at about 9...

 

Bulletin Column: September 12, 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 updated. HARGRAVES TRIAL GETS UNDERWAY Jury selection fo...

 

Fair run kicks off

The annual four-day run of the Palouse Empire Fair begins Thursday morning, with gates open at 8 a.m. The 2019 fair will feature the dedication of the new rodeo grandstand, with ribbon cutting Friday at 6:30 p.m. before the opening rodeo session. Fol...

 

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