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 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

National, county fire departments face shortage of volunteers

It’s estimated that 240 million calls are made to 911 in the US each year. As more people have access to phones and emergencies increase, the number of first responders has not. Nationwide, in communities of 2,500 or less, they have seen a reductio...

 

Ballot count tops 10,000:

Ballot count for the Nov. 5 election reached 10,001 as of 5:13 p.m. Tuesday night with the auditor's election staff estimating 450 more ballots remain to be counted. The tally amounts to slightly more than 40 percent of the registered voters for the...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

Bid for fiber to home project

The Port of Whitman County staff received a bid for the materials and procurement for the fiber-to-home project in Rosalia. Back in August, the port was awarded $1 million from Whitman County’s .09 funds to design and construct a fiber-to-the-home...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 14, 2019 

Garfield, Steptoe assemblies honor veterans

Veterans were honored at assemblies Friday, Nov. 8, in Garfield and Steptoe. Ozzie Knezkovich, US Army, retired, spoke at Garfield Middle School. He is the Spokane County Sheriff. "We are about to...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

Courthouse phone revival stalls on format matchups

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Lance Bishop, county information technology director, reported to county commissioners that as of Monday afternoon, the automated process of moving the phone numbers to the new system has been rejected twice. “This data is...

 

Passport to Colfax now underway for shopping

Colfax Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to shop local by starting their fourth annual Passport of Colfax event; all cards must be returned before Dec. 5. Passports can be picked up at most chamber businesses. On the back of the card are...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

LaCrosse FFA members earn honors at nationals

The LaCrosse FFA made a strong showing at this year's 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo on Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, in Indianapolis, Ind. The LaCrosse marketing team placed 4th overall in the National Marketing Plan Career Development Event. Members...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

Port of Whitman set to join Northwest River Partners

On Nov. 8, a motion was brought before the port commissioners to join the Northwest River Partners (NWRP) as an affiliate member for $500. NWRP advocates for the bettering of our communities, our...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 14, 2019 

Commissioners asked for input for road project nominations

The Whitman County Public Works Department and County Commissioners will consider area paved roads that may need work as the biennial state County Road Administration Board (CRAB) submission period approaches. Counties around the state submit...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

Fraternity member death at WSU

On Nov. 12, at Washington State University fraternity Alpha Tau Omega, 19-year-old Samuel Martinez, fraternity member was found dead. Martinez was a freshman and from Bellevue, Wa. Preliminary investigation states that the death may be...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 14, 2019 

Five definitions restored to critical areas ordinance

Whitman County Commissioners approved Nov. 4 an update to the county's critical areas ordinance – adding five definitions that were inadvertently left out of the document's April 1 final draft. Joan Folwell, Steptoe Butte native and a Palouse...

 

Ruck for Fallen books big day in Oakesdale Nov. 30

Ruck for the Fallen: March for the Heroes will be Saturday, Nov. 30, in downtown Oakesdale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to honor past and present military, law enforcement and first responders. Ruck for the Fallen is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 
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LaCrosse nonprofit supports troops overseas

It was more than just a one-time thing for Lana and Roger Myers of LaCrosse when they sent their first military care package in November of 2018. Their personal ties to those serving in the armed forc...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    November 14, 2019 

Council decision to follow:

Tekoa city council has set a bid opening for Nov. 18, for proposals from small-works contractors to tear down the Cohn Motors building – the red-brick former auto dealership whose roof caved in by snow in January 2017. Tekoa Mayor Troy Wilson...

 
 By Victoria Fowler    News    November 14, 2019 

Port to join Maritime Blue

At Thursday's port meeting, port commissioners agreed to join Washington Maritime Blue organization as a Public/Organizational Partner. There is no cost to the port for joining this organization. Other organizations that have joined WMB are Port of B...

 

Good Old Days

125 years ago The Commoner Nov. 16, 1894 The campfire at Grand Army hall Saturday evening, under the auspices of Nathaniel Lyon Post, was well-attended and was an enjoyable affair. The old boys in blue were out in force with their families, and they...

 

Bulletin Column: November 14, 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. JUMP PACK CONVICTION Castulo Costilla, 30,...

 

Measures lag in election return

See page 4 for a complete listing of the first election counts. First count for Tuesday's general election shows Pullman's $29 million hospital proposal and the county roads levy lid lift proposal both lagging. The first count of the ballots on...

 

Third runaway crash renews move to make highway safer

Two men were hurt Saturday when the brakes failed on a 1990 Honda Accord while they were descending the Palouse Highway grade into Colfax and crashed into the S. Palouse River flood control channel....

 

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