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By Roger Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Rebuilding will require unity


September 17, 2020

Roger Harnack | Free Press Publishing

More than 100 people turned out for a community meeting on rebuilding Malden.

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 post-fire planning meeting at the makeshift Town Hall on a grassy field next to Mayor Chris Ferrell's home. Whitman County commissioners, Mayor Ferrell, Town Council members, residents and volunteers attended.

Endicott pastor Fred Tribble led the discussion on recovering from the Babb Fire, which destroyed all but 21 of the town's homes.

Officials said they estimated 40%-60% of properties destr...

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