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Woman charged for cutting father's face

COLFAX — A woman was upset at being denied the use of her parents’ car and smashed her father in the face with a wine glass. Brianna McCabe, 26, of Pullman, was charged In Whitman County Superior Court on June 10 with assault in the third...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 17, 2021 

Pullman teen fights father after break-in

COLFAX — A man released from jail is accused of stealing an SUV, threatening family members, breaking into a Pullman home, and fighting his teenage son. Stephen M. Baumgardner, 44, of Pocatello, Idaho, was charged in Whitman County Superior Court...

 
Wheat harvest on the Palouse during the 2020 harvest season.

State winter wheat yields to drop 28%

OLYMPIA — The USDA Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts a 28% drop in winter wheat production in Washington for 2021. Statewide winter wheat is expected to come in at 96.3 million bushels,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 17, 2021 
Tekoa Slippery Gulch Days egg toss

Slippery Gulch Days return to Tekoa

TEKOA — Slippery Gulch Days returns to town for 2021 after a year off because of COVID-19. The theme is "Tekoa's Roots." "I'm very glad we're going to have it back this year. I am so happy we're abl...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    June 17, 2021 
Here is a bird's eye view of race day at Webb's Slough.

Spring boat racing returns to St. John

ST. JOHN — Sprint boat racers return to the water on June 19, after nearly two years of hiatus. "It's going to be chaos," Dennis Hughes, owner of the No. 69 DeLeon Taco and Bar-sponsored boat,...

 

Pullman discourages public from park on Fourth of July

PULLMAN — Pullman and the chamber of commerce are asking people to refrain from gathering in Sunnyside Park on the Fourth of July. “This year’s celebration has been modified to ensure the health and safety of our Pullman community, as we work...

 

Campfires banned at Wawawai Park

COLFAX — No campfires are allowed at Wawawai County Park until further notice. Charcoal or gas grills are permitted for cooking. People cooking at the park are asked to keep water on hand....

 

Palouse blood drive

PALOUSE — An urgent need for donated blood is being addressed with the Garfield-Palouse schools blood drive on June 21. “We are now officially in a critical shortage. We need your help more than ever,” said Joe Fairbanks, manager for Vitalant....

 

County parks begins fire restrictions

COLFAX — Fire restrictions began June 14 at all Whitman County managed parks and trails Parks Kamiak Butte, Wawawai, and Klemgard are under the restrictions. “Campfires and smoking on trails will not be permitted within park boundaries....

 

Republicans seek applicants for county assessor

COLFAX— The Whitman County Republican Central Committee is seeking applicants for the Whitman County assessor following the death of Robin Jones. The party asks for letters of interest from candidates seeking the appointment to be the county...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 17, 2021 
Crews conduct mop-up operations on the Barry Point Fire in Oregon.

Wildfire prevention measures start with landscaping

COLFAX - Whitman County homeowners may consider changes to further safeguard their property with preventive landscaping. "It's going to dry out a lot sooner than usual. Everyone should be extremely...

 

Pullman teen crashes, blocking SR 27

PULLMAN — A 17-year-old Pullman male was injured when his car rolled sideways along State Route 27, about four miles north of Pullman, on June 11. The Washington State Patrol withheld the teenager’s name. He was taken to Sacred Heart Medical...

 

Motorcycle collided with pickup on SR 27

TEKOA — A group of motorcycles rode over a hill on State Route 27 and the last rider struck a pickup driving in the wrong direction on June 13. Joel French, 42, of Plummer, Idaho, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado south in the northbound...

 
 By Charlotte Baker    News    June 17, 2021 
The mill is set to employ 100 people when running at full capacity.

Columbia Pulp reopening

STARBUCK — Columbia Pulp began the re-start process of its wheat straw pulp mill in Lyons Ferry, on June 1. The facility began to introduce wheat straw into the system on June 1 after the prolonged...

 
 By Drew Lawson    News    June 17, 2021 

Sheriff Magers charged with obstruction

DAVENPORT—Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers is scheduled for an arraignment in Lincoln County District Court Wednesday, July 7 after the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney charged Magers with obstructing a law enforcement officer, making false...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 10, 2021

Facebook video leads Pullman police to suspect

PULLMAN – Tyler Knight found that if you post a video of your crime to Facebook, the Pullman police are going to find it. Tyler S. Knight, 23, of Pullman, was charged on May 25 in Whitman County Superior Court with robbery in the first degree. On...

 

Pullman chamber receives $10,000 grant

PULLMAN — The Pullman Chamber of Commerce is receiving a $10,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) for its COVID-19 Relief and Recovery efforts. The chamber applied for the grant in April. Executive Director Marie...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 10, 2021

Comprehensive plan update underway

COLFAX - The Whitman County Comprehensive Plan is being updated. The comprehensive plan is a guiding document for all zoning codes, covers land use, transportation, public services, economic development, public services, parks, trails and...

 

Fireworks return to Pullman

PULLMAN – Pullman's Annual Fourth of July fireworks show returns to Sunnyside Park in 2021. "The location of the fireworks detonation was moved in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions and the desire...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 10, 2021

Tekoa pool expected to open June 28

TEKOA – The Tekoa pool is opening for the first time in two years on June 28 due to state COVID protocols and maintenance issues. The city pool normally opens on June 12, the last day of school,...

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 10, 2021

Costs rising for Palouse to replace three water mains

PALOUSE – Improving water mains on three streets in Palouse continues planning with a concern for rising material costs. The city is looking to find funding to help pay $1 million to improve the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    June 10, 2021

New Colfax police officer starts field training

COLFAX - Tyler Paris is the newest member of the Colfax Police Department after graduating from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the youngest eligible age. No one in his extended family had been...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    June 10, 2021

Rosalia Trestle work may finish June 23

ROSALIA - Crews working on the Rosalia Trestle restoration project expect to finish around June 23. Motorists on Rosalia Road should expect delays of up to 20 minutes between Pine City-Malden Road...

 

Ease the Squeeze set to buy curved paddle

COLFAX – The Whitman Hospital Auxiliary is raising $5,000 to pay for a new curved mammography paddle to ease the discomfort of having breast examinations. About 800 women are examined with a routine scan of breast tissue that squeezes their...

 

LaCrosse raffles quilt

LaCROSSE – LaCrosse Community Pride is raffling a handmade quilt on June 26. The 84-inch by 70-inch quilt was donated by the LaCrosse Quilters. The drawing is on June 26 at the gazebo in the park...

 

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