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 By Staff Report    News    March 4, 2021 

Regular unemployment claims up slightly

OLYMPIA — A total of 143,403 initial regular claims marked a 3.2 percent uptick from last week in Washington. For all claims, in all unemployment benefit categories, the number was 462,218, a weekly increase of 3.3 percent. All statistics are...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 4, 2021 

Hinrichs CEO says no layoffs with sale

PULLMAN — The pending sale of Hinrichs Trading Company will mean growth and no layoffs. Phil Hinrichs, CEO and president, spoke to the Gazette Monday after the announcement of the sale of the Pullman-based garbanzo beans (chickpeas) processor to...

 
 By Staff Report    News    March 4, 2021 

Pullman hospital receives grant

PULLMAN - Pullman Regional Hospital is the recipient of a $300,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation for its proposed Family Medicine Residency Program. It's part of a post-medical school...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    March 4, 2021 

Olympia man charged with two Pullman sexual assaults

COLFAX – A Pullman woman claims her ex-boyfriend sexually assaulted her twice after they broke up and he now faces charges of indecent liberties. Kaybean C. Anderson, 24, of Olympia, is charged with two counts of the felony indecent liberties in...

 
 By Staff Report    News    March 4, 2021 

Pullman High last to return to classrooms

PULLMAN — Pullman High School students returned to the classroom in a hybrid format Monday, for the first time in nearly a year. They are the last K-12 students in the Palouse to return to in-person learning since the pandemic began. Middle school...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 4, 2021 

Colfax school sports return bringing restrictions for fans

COLFAX — The Colfax School District set conditions for sports spectators to comply with state health guidelines. They are as follows: • Required symptom-check verification • Agreement to wear a mask before entering the gym or other facility...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 4, 2021 

Texas' 'Juneteenth' to become new Washington State holiday

OLYMPIA – State representatives approved a bill to make “Juneteenth” a state holiday to honor the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom. On June 19, 1863 Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and told the slaves...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    March 4, 2021 

Moscow sex offender charged for sexting teen

COLFAX — A registered sex offender faces felony charges for sending sexual text messages to a Moscow teenager while staying in LaCrosse. Austin T. Johnson, 23, of Moscow, Idaho, is charged with two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral p...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 4, 2021 

Ardent Mills to buy Hinrichs Trading Company

PULLMAN - Hinrichs Trading Company will soon be acquired by Ardent Mills. The Denver-based flour-milling and ingredient company declared its intent to buy the family-owned garbanzo bean (chick peas)...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    March 4, 2021 

Repair work scheduled for the Rosalia trestle

ROSALIA — Repair work is scheduled for the Rosalia trestle in March. Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey gave a report to county commissioners Monday. Storey attended a...

 
 By Joseph Claypoole    News    March 4, 2021 

Clean fuels bill approved by the House

OLYMPIA – A low carbon fuel bill passed the state House of Representatives Feb. 27 in a 52-46 vote with Republicans voting no. Its next stop is the Senate. The bill directs the Department of Ecology to institute rules requiring gasoline and diesel...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 4, 2021 

House approves ban on certain police use-of-force tactics

OLYMPIA — A ban on the use of chokeholds, military equipment, and most types of car chases by law enforcement passed the House of Representatives after lawmakers voted along party lines in a 54-43 vote Feb. 27. HB 1054 was the subject of much...

 
 News    March 4, 2021 

Commissioners to consider vacating roads

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners will consider vacating a list of roads from public maintenance. Mark Storey, public works director, presented the names to commissioners Monday morning. The county continues are to decide whether to maintain...

 
 News    March 4, 2021 

Fire department training event burns old Dr. Bryant house

COLFAX - A house was burned down in Colfax over the weekend was a training event. Volunteers from Colfax Fire Department and Whitman County Fire District 11 gathered Feb. 27 in the 1200 block of...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    March 4, 2021 

Colfax High School went to lockdown after tip

COLFAX — Colfax Junior-Senior High School went on lockdown for less than five minutes Wednesday after an anonymous call claimed a student was bringing a gun. “We determined there was never a...

 
 By Mike Day    News    February 25, 2021

Labor Day fire relief group issues notice

MALDEN — The Pine Creek Community Restoration Long Term Recovery Operations (LTRO) has issued a notice of weblinks regarding their efforts to help Malden and Pine City residents impacted by the Labor Day Fire. The main link is:...

 
 By Staff Report    News    February 25, 2021

Rock crushing bids opened

COLFAX — A bid of $198,000 is in to crush 40,000 tons of rock at the Whitman County-owned Cherry Cove quarry north of Winona. County commissioners opened two bids Monday for the gravel project. Lewiston-based DeAtley Crushing Company submitted the...

 
 By Staff Report    News    February 25, 2021

Downtown Association restructured

COLFAX — The Colfax Downtown Association has announced a restructuring, under Executive Director Whitney Bond, owner of Truly You Clothing and More. Bond said the restructuring has to do with new policies and procedures. Current officers include...

 
 By Staff Report    News    February 25, 2021
Stan McClinton Lookout Park

City park may get expanded name

COLFAX - A Colfax city park will likely get a new name. The city council briefly discussed a request by the parks board on behalf of the McClintock family on Feb. 16. They asked to add the name Lynne...

 
 By Staff report    News    February 25, 2021

Video meetings are affecting bills impacting Whitman County

OLYMPIA — Bills affecting Whitman County may move faster to the Legislature floor. The county’s lobbyist Zak Kennedy gave a report to county commissioners on Monday. “This is a really weird legislative session,” he said. He told...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 25, 2021

Weight limits lifted on county roads

COLFAX — Weight restrictions were lifted on county roads last Friday. “We’ve already been flooded with requests for permits,” said Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey. The public works department institutes weight restrictions...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 25, 2021

Public records of video meetings discussed

COLFAX — Public records storage of remote meetings on video is becoming an issue for Whitman County. The topics of storage and retrieval were discussed Monday morning virtually by various county representatives during a commissioners’ work...

 
 By Staff Report    News    February 25, 2021

WDFW: Keep bird feeders down for another month

OLYMPIA - Wild bird feeders should not be put out for another five weeks, advises the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Because of a series of reports of sick or dead birds at backyard...

 
 By Drew Larson    News    February 25, 2021

Lincoln County seeks COVID vaccinations in Whitman County

DAVENPORT - Lincoln County's loss of COVID vaccinations was found in Whitman County. Lincoln County Health Department Public Health Administrator Ed Dzedzy discussed what happened with Lincoln County...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    February 25, 2021

Event center project moves ahead

COLFAX - A new event center may go up at the Colfax Golf Course later this year, depending on fundraising and a bid process for the estimated $165,000-$180,000 project. Boardmember Al Kirkpatrick...

 

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