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State parks awarded grants

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board announced July 3 it will award almost $4 million to Whitman County for preservation of parks, forests and trails. The grants will go through 2020. The Washington Department of Natural...

County sends counter offer for district court

Whitman County Commissioner Art Swannack proposed a counter offer in letter form for the Pullman District Court location Wednesday. The letter was sent to the Pullman City Council and Mayor Glenn Johnson to review. The city of Pullman’s offer was...

Business incubator site slated to open in Colfax

The Colfax Downtown Association and Chamber of Commerce aim to open a business incubator in part of the former Higginson Furniture building the first week of August. The project, named "Colfax...

School districts, towns get state audit reports

Washington State Auditor's Office released results from this year's audits for several Whitman County school districts and towns. Dates for the audit reports ranges from May 29 to June 20. Audits were released for the Colfax, Tekoa, Rosalia,...

Pullman Regional to run bond

­The Pullman Regional Hospital Board July 3 decided to give their expansion bond proposal another run this fall. The hospital ran the $29-million bond proposal in last April's special election and it failed to get the required voter turnout for...

Palouse ice cream social Sunday

The annual Palouse ice cream social will be Sunday, July 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at Hayton Greene Park. A benefit for the Palouse Community Center, the afternoon social includes a 1 p.m. memorial ceremony for Lester Dean Hayton, a Palouse resident...

Colfax panel reinstates Chief McNannay

After a two-hour session July 2 the Colfax Civil Service Commission voted 3-0 to reinstate Rick McNannay to the position of police chief. McNannay was ordered to return to duty Aug. 1 and will receive full pay. McNanny has been out of his office...

State's canola crop up by 8,000 acres from last year

The past month's yellow fields on the Palouse reflect in statewide canola numbers released June 30 by USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service. For both winter and spring canola in 2019,...

Port of Whitman approves funding for City of Tekoa airport fuel

Port of Whitman commissioners approved to execute a loan/grant agreement with the city of Tekoa to assist with the airport fueling station at their meeting Wednesday morning, July 3. In early June, Tekoa Councilman Roy Schultz requested funding...

Goal suggestions sought for Pullman

Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson issued a call last week for Pullman residents to contact city hall and list emergent issues that they would like to see the city consider as priorities. He noted the city would like to know what issues are out there and...

Old Mill Days starts Friday

By Garth Meyer Gazette Reporter It starts in August with a first meeting two weeks after the previous year’s celebration. Then, in the fall, calls start coming in to Oakesdale school Superintendent Jake Dingman’s office asking when Old Mill...

Briefs: July 11, 2019

FIVE JUVENILES LINKED TO CRIME SPREE Five Colfax juveniles, ages 12 to 15, have been identified in an investigation that included alleged break-in of the Rotary fireworks stand at Rosauer’s and the city pool. Also, early Thursday morning, Colfax...

Bulletin Column: July 11, 2019

These reports are from the previous four issues of the Daily Bulletin in Colfax. They are reprinted here for the benefit of Gazette readers who reside outside of Colfax. Some accounts have been updated. MOTORHOME BURNS ON 195 A 1985 Dolphin...

Patriots plug L-C Twins after 2-3 W-bats run

Palouse Patriots plugged a 17-3 win over the Lewis-Clark Twins at Harris Field in Lewiston for the biggest win of the summer’s AAA Legion campaign. The Pats rolled for 13 runs in the last two innings of the win. The big win, which countered a...

Barracudas return for big season launch

Pullman Barracudas booked a big launch on the new novice swim league season with a big win Tuesday night at Endicott. The Pullman club rolled up 610.5 points in the three-way meet. Host St....

Colfax will host swim meet today

Colfax swim team will host the first of four home meets today with Pomeroy and the GPOP (Garfield/Palouse/Oakesdale/Plummer) teams visiting. Five teams are back in the league again this year with Pullman, Pomeroy, GPOP (Garfield/P...

Cougars stack games, wins

The Whitman County Cougars pushed further into the American Legion season (ages 13-16) with a series of wins and losses in the past week to put their record at 20-10-1, (12-2 league). On Monday, July 8, they beat the Moscow Junior Blue Devils 6-5....

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Four from county to compete in National High School Finals Rodeo

All roads lead to Rock Springs, Wyo., July 14-20 for the 71st annual National High School Finals Rodeo, to include competitors from the United States, Mexico, Australia and Canada. Among them are...

Celebrating with a bang

Riley Hayes lines up his sights in the .22 rifle portion of the Endicott Gun Club's Fourth of July Sportsman's Challenge. Eleven people came out to participate in the event which shot deer rifle at...

More consequential than 1992

Ross Perot died this week. He was 89. Perot is best known for his independent run for president in 1992. He garnered 19 percent of the popular vote. He, it has been claimed, cost incumbent George H.W. Bush his reelection and put Bill Clinton in...

Service Dogs

My television viewing is normally limited to the news, Mariner’s baseball and Gonzaga basketball. Shut in by bad weather a few weeks ago, I found myself temporarily out of library books, so I was daydreaming while a drama series played on my TV....

None of Your Business

President Donald Trump's itinerary at the G-20 summit in Japan included a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government is accused of using dirty tricks to interfere in the U.S. election to sway things Trump's way. As Trump was...

Pet Peeves And Okeydokes

YYYYY Endicott fireworks were amazing, and it was outstanding that they had it set to music! #!*! Pothole at Zips, someone's going to break an axel. #!*! Retail clerks who call customers “dear,” “honey,” “sweetie,” etc. YYYYY Beautiful...

American Beauty

We live in an era of public ugliness, of architects who deliberately make their forms unsightly and inhuman, and of public art installations that are invariably ridiculous. The most obvious exception is the ballpark, which has gotten more beautiful...

China's Mighty Migrating Mandate

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. In fact, when it comes to tough new garbage and recycling restrictions, they may migrate elsewhere sooner than you might think. For example, Shanghai is one of the world’s largest cities with...

Gary Simpson

Vintage engine/tractor Hall of Fame honors Gary Simpson

Gary Simpson of Pullman will be inducted into the National Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association Hall of Fame during the regional meeting of the organization in Shelton July 12-14, 2019....

Council, attorneys convene

Colfax city council members and city attorneys met for 45 minutes in executive session July 1 after rolling through the meetings normal agenda in 15 minutes. Included in the executive session were City Attorney John Kragt and Spokane attorney...

Chance on kayaks offered to donors

Donors for the Vitalant blood drive at the Colfax Library July 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. can be entered to win a pair of kayaks. A mobile collection unit from Vitalant will be on hand to screen applicants and accept donations of blood. Appointments can...

Quilt show, Saturday markets set for Rosalia

The first annual “Harvest of Quilts” show has been scheduled for July 27 at Rosalia. The show will feature quilts which will be on display along the downtown area and shops at other buildings. Marianne Morkve, a member of the Rosalia Third...

Summer reading deadline Aug. 16

Summer reading programs for children across Whitman County are in full swing. Reading logs must be returned by Aug. 16 to receive a free book, pizza certificate and a chance at a number of grand prizes including STEM baskets from Schweitzer...

Etcetera: July 11, 2019

Dahmen shows exhibit on body A collection of works exploring strengths and frailties of the body by Moscow artist Jennifer Rod will be on exhibit at Dahmen Barn in Uniontown from now until July 28. A painter, sculptor and teacher who does... Full story

Good Old Days: July 11, 2019

125 years ago Weekly Commoner July 13, 1894 The city of Oakesdale has for some time past had only one saloon within its limits. Recently the license of that saloon expired, and the proprietors complied with the ordinance of Oakesdale governing the...

Healthcare grant program

LC Valley Healthcare Foundation opens second year of grant cycle Representatives of the Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation announced it opened its second year grant cycle July 1, 2019. In addition to the impact grants awarded last year, they...

Richard Olson

The funeral for Richard (Dick) Olson, 80, native resident of Colfax, was Monday, July 8, at 1 p.m. at the Colfax Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Don Moore officiating. Burial was in the Colfax Cemetery. Mr. Olson died Thursday, July 4, 2019, at... Full story

Kirk Christensen

Kirk Christensen

Kirk Douglas Christensen passed away May 16, 2019, in Colfax, Wash., from complications of acute pancreatitis. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; children, Annika and Erik; brothers, Randy (wife... Full story

Thoral Sinkbeil

Thoral Sinkbeil

Thoral Ann Sevedge Sinkbeil, a long-time resident of Colfax, passed away at her home on July 5, 2019. Thoral was born on October 30, 1929, in Wenatchee, Wash., to Vance and Lana Urness. When she was... Full story

Ruth Pittmann

Ruth Pittmann

Ruth Eleanor Pittmann, longtime Oakesdale resident, passed away July 4, 2019, at The Courtyard in Colfax. It was her 94th birthday. Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 15th, at 11:00 a.m. at... Full story

Beverly Harvey

Beverly Harvey, 92, long-time resident of Steptoe, died Friday, July 5, 2019, at The Courtyard in Colfax A graveside service was Monday in the Bethel Cemetery at Steptoe with The Rev. Bob Ingalls officiating. Born June 20, 1927, near Oakesdale to... Full story

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