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County health officer now recommending students study at home

COLFAX — A spike this week in positive COVID-19 cases has prompted the Whitman County Health Department to consider recommending schools in Whitman County keep campuses... — Updated 8/7/2020

Medical Lake students will study from home this fall

MEDICAL LAKE — Local students will be starting the school year mostly online learning model, School District Superintendent Tim Ames announced today, Aug. 7. The decision followed state and regional health recommendations for... — Updated 8/7/2020

Harrington schools may cut sports, staff

HARRINGTON – In a July 29 budget meeting, School Board members faced the reality of their budget projections for the next four years. The district that serves just over 100 students in one building was considering a shortfall... — Updated 8/7/2020

WSU students bringing coronavirus to county

PULLMAN — Returning university students are bringing the coronavirus with them. Whitman County has 105 total positive COVID-19 tests, with eight cases added Aug. 6. That brings... — Updated 8/7/2020

Republicans narrow gap slightly in bid to unseat Gov. Inslee

OLYMPIA - After counting of almost 500,000 late-arriving ballots, Republican candidates have cut into incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee's lead in the Aug. 4 primarily. As of 6:15 p.m.... — Updated 8/7/2020

Adams County Land Transactions & Building Permits

July 15 Marvin J. Klinker, Marge B. Klinker and Steven R. Brown and Christina L. Brown, Fairfield, Montana, to Adams County Farm, LLC, Raleigh, North Carolina – tax parcel 2100491790100, no situs address per assessor’s... — Updated 8/6/2020

Adams County Court House Opens

John McCloy of Phoenix Protective Services check's Eric Biersner's temperature before allowing him inside Adams County Courthouse, Thursday, July... — Updated 8/7/2020

Teenager injured in DUI

ADAMS COUNTY – A 19-year-old was taken to Sacred Heart hospital when the vehicle she was riding in rolled over shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Cloe D. Dunham was a passenger in Terri E. Pierce’s vehicle traveling east on... — Updated 8/6/2020

Revitalize Ritzville Project

Students from Washington State University's Rural Communities Design Initiative presented conceptual designs for "revitalizing Ritzville" in a Zoom meeting July 22, including this... — Updated 8/6/2020

Campaign funds expose likely trends

SUNNYSIDE – If campaign finance paints a true picture of the outcome of an election, the Congressional District No. 4 incumbent will win the Aug. 4 primary in a landslide. A check of the Federal Election Commission reports... — Updated 8/6/2020

Big Sky pushes conference season to fall

OGDEN, Utah — A conference football season in which Big Sky powers Montana, Montana State and Weber State were slated to visit Eastern Washington University's newly-turfed Roos... — Updated 8/7/2020

WIAA adds fourth sports season

RENTON – Last week, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association created a fourth sports season to accommodate concerns over close contact high school fall sports like football and wrestling. This week, it moved all... — Updated 8/6/2020

Long, strange trip

It seems forever ago when the state basketball tournament played out in Spokane. Sure, we were aware of the C-19, but felt pretty good since there were a couple of guys... — Updated 8/6/2020

Political Cartoon

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Alaska Airlines positions for a comeback

It is no secret that airlines were clobbered by the coronavirus pandemic. What started as a promising year quickly went south. The COVID-19 outbreak has all but shut down travel. Today, airlines operate at a fraction of capacity.... — Updated 8/6/2020

Initiative aims to limit Governor's power

Gov. Jay Inslee may order quarantines and business shutdowns, but he cannot enforce them. In agreeing with that argument — presented by attorneys for the governor — U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle ruled last Friday... — Updated 8/6/2020


Claassen on Dean’s List Lauren Ashley Claassen of LaCrosse was named to the Dean’s Academic Honor List at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, for the spring 2020 semester. Claassen is enrolled in the School of Education at... — Updated 8/6/2020

Thayne Fowles

Thayne C Fowles, March 11, 1936 - July 29, 2020 Thayne passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 29, 2020 after a battle with cancer. Thayne was born on March 11, 1936 in Hooper,... — Updated 8/6/2020

Gerry Schoesler

Gerry Schoesler left us peacefully on July 30 in Spokane, WA to return to his heavenly Father. Gerry was born March 4, 1936 near Harrington, WA. He moved with his parents Elmer and... — Updated 8/6/2020

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