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 News    March 26, 2020 

TWO MORE POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Whitman County received two more positive test results for COVID-19 today. Both of the new cases are males in their 50s. Like the other positive cases, the men are stable and isolating at home. Public Health Department is investigating close...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

United Way Launches COVID-19 Community Relief and Recovery Fund

Whitman County, WA - United Way of Whitman County has launched a community fund to provide immediate assistance for those affected by COVID-19. Resources from this fund will be deployed to address the urgent health and economic needs of impacted indi...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

Teen girl tests positive for COVID-19

COLFAX -- A teenage girl is being reported as Whitman County's third positive coronavirus patient today, Thursday, March 26. The Public Health Department is investigating whom the girl may have come in contact with; her name has not been released....

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

Inslee issues Stay Home order

Gov. Jay Inslee stated in a press conference he will sign a statewide order requiring everyone in the state to stay home for at least the next two weeks. “Tonight, I am issuing a stay home order to fight this virus,” Inslee said in a televised...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 26, 2020 

Fonk's building burns, owners plan to re-open

The Fonk's building in Colfax stands condemned, a week after a three-alarm fire burned its interior and roof to the ground, its owners vowing to rebuild as the investigation is held back, the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 26, 2020 

City, McNannay reach settlement; chief resigns

The City of Colfax and Police Chief Rick McNannay reached a settlement on his pending lawsuit March 16, which included an $85,000 payment from city funds and the chief’s resignation. “He resigned and retired,” said Mayor Jim Retzer. The...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    March 26, 2020 

Gov. Inslee suspends portions of public meetings, records acts

OLYMPIA - With no fanfare or disclosure, Gov. Jay Inslee quietly amended a month-old coronavirus-related proclamation, so that it now strips residents and news organizations of the right to attend...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    March 26, 2020 

Infected outside county:

Two people living in Whitman County have now tested positive as of Tuesday afternoon. The first case was reported Sunday. The patient is a female in her 20s. She has recovered and is self-isolating at home. The second confirmed case was announced...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020 

County departments report preparations

COLFAX – Whitman County Commissioners met for their weekly workshop before a live and web audience Monday. To help promote social distancing, county commissioners set up a Zoom video conferencing service for those who would like to attend the works...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

Sheriff responds to Stay at Home

Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers released a statement Tuesday stating the Sheriff’s office will honor Gov. Inslee’s stay at home order and strongly encourages citizens to stay home when not preforming a necessary or essential function. “We...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020 

Emergency essentials:

COLFAX – As concerns for being quarantined sweeps across the county, grocery stores in the area are finding shelves, which used to be stocked with toilet paper, pasta, canned foods, etcetera, swept...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020 

New building coming to Colfax

COLFAX – Planned for the gravel lot behind Rosauers on Mill Street, S&L Rentals will be building a 6,000 square foot office space designed for three to four tenants. The building currently has two...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    March 26, 2020 

River system comment period remains open

COLFAX – The first phone-in public comment meeting on the Draft Environmental Impact Study regarding the Columbia River System was held Tuesday, March 17. Three additional phone-in meetings...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

Foundation donates $250,000 to COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

SPOKANE -- The Gates Foundation announced today a donation of $250,000 to the Eastern Washington COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to deploy resources to community-based organizations. This commitment from the Bill & Melinda Gates...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

Public Lands Closed

OLYMPIA -- The state announced Tuesday, March 24, that all publicly owned lands managed by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Department of Fish and Wildlife are closed to the public. The closure will last at least two weeks,...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

20% OF FRIDAY'S COUG STORE PURCHASES TO BE DONATED TO PULLMAN REGIONAL HOSPITAL'S COVID-19 FUND

PULLMAN, Wash. — If you’re a Washington State University alumnus/alumna, student, professor, administrator, family member or fan, consider making a purchase of officially licensed WSU Cougars merchandise online at cougstore.com this Friday, March...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    March 26, 2020 

Plowing halted on scenic passes

MAZAMA — Eastern Washington residents wanting to use highways through scenic mountain passes to get to the Puget Sound area or Pacific Ocean are going to have to wait. On Thursday, state Transportation Secretary Roger Millar ordered plowing halted...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

TRAFFIC STOP YIELDS GUNS, DRUGS

A Lewiston man, Taylor Forsman, 28, was booked into Whitman County Jail yesterday after the discovery of two guns, heroin and methamphetamine when he was stopped for speeding in the south end of Colfax. According to the police report by Deputy Cory...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    March 26, 2020 

$30 car tabs on hold, again

SEATTLE - The city of Seattle and King County continued their lawsuit against the electorate earlier this week by requesting an emergency extension of an injunction blocking implementation. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 26, 2020 

Layoffs coming at Eastern Washington University services

CHENEY -- Eastern Washington University officials have indicated there will be some layoffs in response to changes on campus resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The layoffs will take place in the housing and dining services due to a reduced number...

 

Whitman County's second positive COVID-19 result

Whitman County received its second positive test on Monday, March 23, 2020, 70-79 year old female. Public Health Department is investigating close contacts. More information to follow as available. The Whitman County Health Department regularly updat...

 

Gov. Inslee COVID-19 Update

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee today chastised Washingtonians for not doing enough to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but stopped short of ordering residents to stay in their homes. “I won’t be issuing any legally binding orders...

 

Mathia named Gazette Editor

COLFAX — A veteran journalist and longtime area resident has been named editor of the Whitman County Gazette and Colfax Daily Bulletin. Jana Mathia, 37 of Endicott, will replace former longtime managing editor Jerry Jones. Jones has officially...

 

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