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Whitman County Planning issued a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) under the State Environmental Policy Act Rules (Chapter 197-11 WAC) for the following project: Steptoe Adult Family Home, LLC, owned by Damian Unogu & Purity Kapeen. The applicants propose to provide care for people with disabilities in an adult family home in Steptoe, WA. They plan to operate the business in their single-family residence at 62 Water Street, serving a maximum of six to 8 clients plus staff. Surrounding property owners have signed a waiver stating they do not object to the proposed business. The property can be found at Lot 17 of Block 13, Section 35, Township 18N., Range 43E., W.M., Whitman County, WA.

After review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file, the Planning Office determined this proposal will not have a probable or significant adverse impact on the environment. Copies of the DNS are available at no charge from the Planning Office on the second floor of the Whitman County Public Service Building. Interested persons may submit environmentally-focused written comments on the SEPA decision by 5PM on Thursday, December 29, 2022.

The Board of Adjustment has a scheduled hearing for the proposed conditional use permit at 7PM on Thursday, January 12, 2023. The hearing will be held in the auditorium on the first floor of the Public Service Building located at 310 N. Main St., Colfax, WA 99111. Interested persons may submit comments regarding the proposed zoning action before 5PM on Thursday, January 12, 2023, or attend the hearing in-person or virtually. To virtually attend, please use this direct ZOOM link:


Grace Di Biase

Assistant Planner

files: CU 22-06 & SEPA 22-09

Published Dec. 15

Pioneer Telephone Company provides local phone and Internet services to LaCrosse, Endicott, Hay, Hooper, Central Ferry, Dusty, Winona, Riparia, and surrounding areas.

Our basic services include voice residential, single-line business, and multiline business voice-grade access to the public switched network at $18.00 per month.

Access to long distance-services, 911 emergency services, minutes of use for local service, and toll-limitation services to qualifying low-income consumers are offered at no additional charge.

Other services offered include broadband and broadband-only lines, priced depending upon package, long distance, and many optional features that complement personal and business phone service needs.

For more information and a complete list of services and prices, visit or call 509-549-3511.

Published Dec. 15

Pioneer Telephone Company participates in the federal Lifeline program. This program lowers the monthly cost of phone service by providing a discount to eligible low-income customers. The current discount rate is $5.25 per month, and is available for one telephone service per household.

To qualify, subscribers must have an income of 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines, or must participate in at least one of the following federal assistance programs:

• Medicaid

• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

• Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)

• Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension

More information about Lifeline is available at or by calling Pioneer Telephone Company at 509-549-3511.

Published Dec. 15

ORDINANCE No. 410 2022-12


WHEREAS, the Town Council has made estimates of the amount required to meet the expenses of the Town of LaCrosse for the ensuing year and the amount necessary to be raised by taxation; and

WHEREAS, following the filing of the preliminary budget with the Clerk, notice has been published designating the dates September 8, 2022, October 13, 2022 and November 10, 2022 for a hearing for the purpose of fixing the final budget and copies of the preliminary budget have been made available to interested taxpayers at the Clerk’s office; and BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LACROSSE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1: The budget appropriates for the Town of LaCrosse for the year commencing January 1, 2023, are hereby adopted as follows:


Current Expense 197,900

Cemetery 51,900

Street 352,292

Cemetery Reserve 50,000

Criminal Justice 6,000

Municipal Cap Impr 60,000

Water 130,500

Water Reserve 50,000

Sewer 112,500

Sewer Reserve 50,000

Water Deposit 4,400

Water Debt Redemption 43,500

Sewer Debt Redemption 16,500

TOTAL $1,125,492

Section 2: The council herby finds and affirms a 6% salary increase for the Clerk/Treasurer, Public Works Maintenance Supervisor/Building Inspector, and Park/Cemetery Maintenance employees.

Passed at the regular meeting of the Town Council of the Town of LaCrosse, and approved by the Mayor on the 8th day of December 2022.


Randy Camp, Mayor



Angela Broeckel,


Published Dec. 15


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