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 By Garth Meyer    News    September 17, 2020 

Colfax district down 56 students from forecast

COLFAX—The Colfax School Board met Monday night to field a variety of items, including a drop in enrollment and subsequent impact on the budget, a construction update and the resignation of longtime junior high/high school girls basketball coach...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    September 17, 2020 

Rebuilding will require unity

MALDEN - Local leaders called for unity and cooperation Tuesday in the "arduous" task of rebuilding the community in the wake of the Babb Fire. More than 150 people turned out Tuesday afternoon for a...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    September 17, 2020 

Residents: Siren never sounded

MALDEN — Angry residents wanted an answer Tuesday on why the city's fire siren never sounded on Labor Day when the Babb Fire swept through town. During a meeting that attracted more than 150...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    September 17, 2020 

Gov. Inslee, Rep. McMorris Rodgers visit Malden

MALDEN — Don't call them wildfires. Call them "climate fires." That was the message Gov. Jay Inslee gave reporters during a brief appearance about noon today, Thursday, Sept. 10, in one of two citie...

 

303 acres burned Saturday

COLTON — A wildfire in Wawawai Canyon was reported about 1 a.m. Sept. 12. No structures were damaged and no one was hurt by the blaze which was state mobilized and is now 100% contained, officials said. The fire was located near Boone Hill Road,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 17, 2020 

County building work going

COLFAX—Work continues this week on Whitman County jail sewer lines, fixtures and electrical, along with roofing improvements at the courthouse, marking $2,084,097 in projects. At the jail, a crew from McKinstry Co. of Spokane has begun to install...

 

Manning Fire claims 3 homes

COLFAX—The Manning Fire was reported 100% contained Tuesday. The fire destroyed three single family homes, the Manning Covered Bridge and one other structure, according to the Southeast Washington Type 3 Inter-Agency Team which is managing the...

 

Babb Fire destroys 121 homes

MALDEN — Eight days after the firestorm that brought a little bit of hell on earth to Whitman County and destroyed homes around the county, all fires are considered 100% contained and state mobiliza...

 

Stepping from the ashes

COLFAX—Volunteers spent the weekend sorting and dispersing donations which have overwhelmed locations in Colfax and Rosalia. Volunteers report there is no need for used clothing, linens or underwear. Fire survivors do not have space in which to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    September 17, 2020 

EWU, Cheney issue coronavirus enforcement notice

CHENEY – While education is their preferred first choice of enforcement, Cheney and Eastern Washington University law enforcement are prepared to take sterner measures with students who continue to violation safety protocols spelled out by the...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    September 17, 2020 

Forbidden Fruit

MALDEN – While the Honeycrisp apples Gov. Jay Inslee brought here last Thursday continue to sit in the bin he presented the mayor with, others he delivered to Bridgeport and Omak contain maggot...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    September 17, 2020 

Malden apples test positive for maggot larvae

MALDEN – The Honeycrisp apples Gov. Jay Inslee brought to Babb Fire victims here were infested with maggot larvae. Whitman County Washington State University Extension Agent Stephen Van Vleet...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 10, 2020

A flight's reprise

In 1935, a five-year old boy rode in his uncle's lap in the open cockpit of a biplane over Joliet, Ill. Eighty-five years later, he did it again. Colfax resident Jeremiah Shea, 90, a retired Pan-Am...

 

Dust storm causes crashes

RITZVILLE — A duststorm that began just before noon caused multiple crashes, prompting area road closures through early evening hours Monday, Sept. 7. Washington State Patrol Sgt. Ethan Wynecoop said the multiple car crashes, which were all...

 

Citizen Act of Bravery awarded

COLFAX-The Whitman County Sheriff's Office announced it has recognized Isabelle Fowler and Jordan Campbell of Pullman for their courage and bravery last month during a serious domestic violence...

 

Students believed involved in bestiality video bomb

PULLMAN — School officials and police are investigating a case of someone hacking into a Lincoln Middle School Zoom class and playing a video of bestiality Sept. 3. According to reports, the perpetrator hacked into an eighth-grade band class...

 

August one-fifth usual rain

August 2020 precipitation logged less than one-fifth the historical average for that month. According to the rain gauge at the NRCS office, 0.12 inches was recorded, most of that Aug. 6 when .09 inches was logged....

 

Violation nets arrest for alleged robbery

PULLMAN—A man accused of robbing a Pullman couple at knifepoint in August on a walking path has been arrested after being identified violating a no-contact order. According to a report, Pullman Police received a call from a man and woman Aug. 20 at...

 

Not abandoned

PULLMAN—A Pullman man is being charged with burglary and possession of methamphetamine after allegedly taking items he claimed were abandoned in an apartment. According to the police report, Pullman Police responded to a report of items being...

 
 By Drew Lawson    News    September 10, 2020

Rising gun sales lead to ammunition shortfall

DAVENPORT - Gun owners anticipating the fall hunting season or hoping to get in some target practice are having more difficulty than normal acquiring the ammunition necessary to operate their firearms. National media reported in early August that...

 

70,000 acres burn near Davenport

A fast moving fire consumed over 70,000 acres in Lincoln County yesterday as high winds made the fire hard for crews to contain. The fire, also being referred to as the Hawk Creek fire, is currently burning in the areas of Hawk Creek Road,...

 

75% of Malden buildings destroyed

MALDEN — High winds and dry weather conditions propelled a wall of flames southwest across rural Spokane and Whitman counties Monday, leveling homes, businesses and government offices. Approximately...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    September 10, 2020

Homes, shop lost in fire

COLFAX—Fire crews responded Monday at 10:40 a.m. to fire on the west hill. Exact cause is undetermined, yet it is reported to have started as a brush fire. The fire started between Cromwell and West streets and spread southwest across the hillside...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    September 10, 2020

Spike brings tickets, testing to Pullman

PULLMAN – A rural mobile medical clinic that visited county towns earlier this year is now parked in Pullman as part of an increased effort in COVID testing by Washington State University. The William A. Crosetto Mobile Health Care Unit visited...

 

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