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Emergency drought funds to aid livestock transportation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its plan to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing. The Emergency Assistance for Livestock,...

 

Crash on SR 26 injures driver

WASHTUCNA - A Kennewick man was injured when he crashed his car on State Route 26, about 7 miles from Washtucna, on Sept. 5. Mugtaba Y. Kori, 23, of Kennewick, was taken to a Spokane hospital,... Full story

 

Palouse preps to repair city hall roof

PALOUSE - The Palouse city hall roof is receiving a coating to help patch leaks. "It's been an ongoing problem. The roof is in poor shape and needs some attention," said city public works Director...

 

Funding available for expanding small businesses

SEATTLE - Business Impact NW and Ventures received $200,000 and $187,900 in grants to help low-income entrepreneurs get financing to establish and expand their small businesses. The money comes from...

 

Colfax schools receive funds to fight drug use

COLFAX - The Colfax School District is designated to receive $90,000 to combat drug and alcohol use by kids. The money is from the Washington Health Care Authority's Division of Behavioral Health and...

 

Palouse works to repair water main leaks

PALOUSE - Two water leaks and a broken sprinkler valve are being repaired in Palouse. On Mohr Street, a galvanized water pipe is leaking underground. "There's been some leaks and they put bands on...

 

Head-on collision on US 195 injures two

ROSALIA - A gray 2019 Acura ILX was heading north when it crossed the centerline in front of a semi-truck on U.S Highway 195, about 13 miles north of Rosalia, on Sept. 10. The head-on collision... Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    September 16, 2021 

State forces 4-H to be vaccinated

PULLMAN - The Washington State University (WSU) Extension Office is applying the governor's COVID vaccination requirement to all 4-H volunteers. In a letter dated Sept. 3, Extension Office Director Vi...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    September 16, 2021 

Davidson fair Superintendent of the Year

COLFAX — For the second time in three years, a local woman was named Superintendent of the Year by the Palouse Empire Fair. Mary Davidson, 62, was notified of her selection Saturday morning while...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    September 16, 2021 

Kitchen fire damages Tekoa apartments

TEKOA — Three of Wheatland Apartments units in Tekoa were damaged during a fire on Sept. 9. “A neighbor called it in and said there was fire coming out the windows,” said Whitman County Fire...

 

Former fire chief honored by many first responders

COLFAX — First responders from as far as Whidbey Island gathered in Colfax to honor long-time Colfax Fire Chief Jim Krouse as he took his last ride. On Sept. 10, 46 apparatus from around the state...

 

Dusty News

Family helped David Stueckel celebrate his birthday Saturday. Daughter Karen and son-in-law Larry Light arrived from their home in Portland Thursday and stayed until Sunday. The rest of the group arrived at David’s home for the party on Saturday....

 

Avista seeks to raise natural gas prices

SPOKANE — An increase in rates for natural gas of 10% and a 0.3% decrease in electricity rates start Nov. 1 for Avista customers. Avista requested permission for two annual rate adjustments with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commissio...

 

Utility bills resume as moratorium ends

OLYMPIA — Protection from having electricity, water, natural gas, sewer service from being shut off ends on Sept. 30. An emergency measure proclamation by Gov. Jay Inslee was to ease the financial pressure of people who lost their jobs during the C...

 

Retired police chief keeps working

PULLMAN — Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins continues working for another year after his announced retirement in June. Mayor Glenn Johnson announced the change on Thursday after meeting with City Administrator Mike and Jenkins. “Jenkins...

 

Farm equipment shortcut leads to hospital

ENDICOTT — A disagreement about a shortcut across private property ended with a man being transported to the Whitman Hospital on Aug. 24. Ronald D. Schaal, 78, of Endicott, was taken to the hospital and faces a possible charge of criminal...

 

Less than 1% of Washington residents died of COVID

OLYMPIA — COVID has killed 0.087% of Washington residents with 6.73% have contracted the virus and been treated by health care professionals. The Washington Department of Health (DOH) announced the latest counts of people contracting COVID and...

 

Vintage quilts on display

COLFAX — The Perkins House Museum offers an exhibit of vintage quilts featuring stories about historical figures and tales of friendship. One quilt saved a local soldier’s life in World War I, stated organizers. The quilts are on display ON Oct....

 
 By David Scott    News    September 9, 2021

Spirituality helps front-line COVID health workers

SPOKANE - Before the pandemic, a typical workday for nurse Brianna Ripley was spent caring for patients recovering from an injury, a trauma, or an illness. Then COVID-19 changed everything. Ripley's u...

 

Students rally for freedom

COLFAX - More than 60 students rallied in front of the Colfax High School on their first day back against state COVID vaccination and mask mandates. The Associated Student Body (ASB) organized the...

 

Sheriff's posse honors fallen soldiers

POTLATCH, Idaho - The Whitman County Sheriff's Posse joined the Latah County Sheriff's Office in honoring the 13 fallen soldiers killed during the evacuation of Kabul, Afghanistan. Posse members were...

 

Return of the Palouse Empire Fair

Gates opened for the Palouse Empire Fair on Thursday. The sheep barn (top) and mosaics made of grains (bottom) were ready and waiting for people to arrive. After skipping a year because of COVID-19...

 

Two injured in head-on collision on US 195

ROSALIA – A gray 2019 Acura ILX was heading north when it crossed the centerline in front of a semi-truck on U.S Highway 195, about 13 miles north of Rosalia, on Sept. 10. The head-on collision...

 

Two injured in plane crash near Palouse

PALOUSE – Two people were injured when a small plane crashed at a private airfield near Palouse on Sept. 15. The plane crashed at Schoepflin Airport on Ringo Road at around 11 a.m., according to...

 

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