Colfax Explorer Scouts and other volunteers put in long hours over the weekend during a cleanup project at the former St. Ignatius Hospital. Police Chief Rick McNannay worked in front of the building to cut shrubs and brush on what was once the front lawn of the hospital. In the lower picture, Alex Martinez, Johaunna Koyama and Kendra Cornelius were among those who were cleaning debris.
By Sally Ousley Gazette Reporter “Sow It! Grow It! Show It!” is the theme for this year’s St. John Community Fair which begins today and runs through Sunday. St. John’s fair kicks off the county’s run of town celebrations which lasts throughout the summer. Submission of entries for the St. John Fair starts today at 8 a.m. with food, sewing, adult arts and crafts, photography and flowers accepted until noon. Livestock entries are accepted from noon to 5 p.m. The Cook Shack opens at 11 a.m. Judging will be from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Home Economics building which will open at 5 p.m. to the public for evening viewing. On Friday, fitting and showing classes begin at 9 a.m. with FFA first. Sheep are at 9 a.m., goats at 9:45 a.m., swine at 10 a.m. and beef at 11 a.m. The Cook Shack and Community Building opens at 9 a.m. Confirmation classes begin at 1 p.m. with FFA first. Beef starts at 1 p.m., followed by sheep at 2 p.m., meat class goats at 3 p.m. and swine at 3:30 p.m. Round Robin follows the last class. On Saturday, a Cowboy Breakfast will be served at the Cook Shack from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Hog Jog registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. and the jog starts at 8:30 a.m. The 4H and FFA Horse Show starts at 9 a.m. with the 4H, FFA and adult livestock judging starting at 9:30 a.m. Demonstrations begin at 10 a.m. The Community Fair Parade will be at noon on the Main Street of St. John. Games at the Livestock Show Arena and fairgrounds start at 1 p.m. along with awards presentations. The Shriners Dixieland Band performs at the fairgrounds starting at 1 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., the 4H and FFA Horse Show continues. On Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. the Cook Shack opens and the Saddle Club Play Day starts. Registration for the Pig Putt at the St. John Golf Course will start at 9 a.m. with play beginning with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.
By Sally Ousley Gazette Reporter Port of Whitman County Commissioners were apprised of updates to Boyer Park and Marina by port staffer Kara Riebold on April 16. Although the new concessionaires, Leo and Terri Haas, took over in the middle of the first quarter in 2014, most of Boyer’s operations have seen increases over the same time period. Camping fees increased from $22,854 in the first quarter of 2014 to $28,008 this year so far. Port Executive Director Joe Poire said that the long term camping is full because of all the construction workers at Lower Granite Dam. Motel income increased from $3,325 to $15,440. The motel was remodeled and cleaned, Poire said. Construction workers also are staying there. Restaurant income has doubled from $10,187 to $20,981. “This is the first time ever that a restaurant hasn’t been in the red,” Poire said. Store income increased from $874 to $5,238. Fuel sales also have increased. The only items that have not seen increases are fishing license fees and moorage fees. Poire said the port pays the concessionaires $45,000 annually and the port receives $5,000 annually. The concessionaires keep all the revenue, but they also must pay maintenance costs and electricity fees. The port also has invested $250,000 in plumbing upgrades this year and will add four new rustic cabins to the park along with more RV campsites this year. Riebold reported that the restroom fixture replacements which included sinks and mirrors are complete. The first phase of replacing signs has been finished and the second phase is underway. Electrical upgrades to RV pedestals in the main park are also complete. Fire pits for the main RV park and public park grills also are finished. Picnic tables have been repaired, and replacing rubber bumpers on the docks will be completed soon. The port also invested in concrete trash cans for the main RV park and boat launch. Commissioners plan to make their annual inspection of Boyer on May 7.