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Pufferbelly engine departs Pullman after 10-year stay

The small railroad steam engine which made a stand at the former Pufferbelly Depot in Pullman for the last 10 years has departed. The Whitman County Historical Society donated it to the Inland...

Celebration Oct. 16 in Uniontown: 'Sharing Corner' to start at Uniontown, Colton

A new community resource will kick off Oct. 16 in Uniontown for a program that will also start in Colton and is intended to expand from there across the Palouse. “Sharing Corners” was begun by a group of people who took a class last winter at...

Ackermans sell to Lewiston Lennox dealer

After 30 years in business on Main Street, Scott and Lori Ackerman have sold Ackerman Heating and Air Conditioning to a Lewiston firm. Ackerman, who has headed the business since he was 24 years old, said he feels his team of 12 employees has...

Speed limit dropped to 25 mph at Palouse

A Highway 27 speed limit at the south end of Palouse is back to 25 miles per hour, three years after adjacent neighbors first requested a reduction, only to see the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) raise the speed limit instead. The...

Palouse, Uniontown agree on officer

The Palouse city council voted Sept. 25 to approve a hold harmless agreement with Uniontown to allow Palouse Police Officer Joe Handley to work part-time as an officer for Uniontown. Handley also works in Colfax part-time. He remains full-time with...

News Briefs: Oct. 11, 2018

PULLMAN ACE TO DEPART Ace Hardware in Pullman Oct. 3 started a closing sale with discounts of up to 75 percent. The business, located in the former Safeway space at the Wheatland Mall, was started by Paul and Jan Strohbehn of Dayton 12 years ago....

Kara Riebold, Jill Cocking and Paul Kimmel

Bulletin Column: Oct. 11, 2018

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...

School board approves design for school construction project

The Colfax School board Monday night approved the design development phase of the school bond construction project after a presentation by Amy Browne-Minden and Ned Warnick of Design West in Pullman,...

Paving goes down on Colfax project

The end of a long construction summer came near close last week for residents on Cedar and Oak Streets in the North Flat section of Colfax. Crews from Motley & Motley put 2350 tons of asphalt mix on...

Garfield Plaza marks opening in old Mitz's Cabinets building

A new business incubator opened in Garfield last weekend in the former Mitz’s Cabinets shop. Garfield Plaza, a 5,000 square-foot space with booths, dividers and an open common area in the middle, marked its grand opening Saturday with 327 tickets...

NewsBank free service available

Residents across Whitman County can now read and research an unprecedented amount of information from more than 11,000 news sources, including the Spokesman Review, thanks to a new partnership among Washington State Library, NewsBank and local...

Port accepts initial funding offer to extend broadband to 5 towns

The Port of Whitman Commissioners at their meeting last Thursday, Oct. 4, voted unanimously to accept the initial offer of financial aid from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) for the Port’s rural broadband...

Planning panel postpones Dusty zone change request

Whitman County Planning Commission last Wednesday, Oct. 3, voted to postpone the continuation of a zone change hearing on behalf of McCoy Land Company, which asked to stay their request following a meeting Sept. 5 on their proposed four-pad grain...

Logan Reed

Oakesdale sweeps Colton to extend string

Oakesdale Nighthawks advanced their SE league record to 9-0 Tuesday night with a three-game sweep over Colton on the home court. Line score was 25-22, 25-20 and 25-20. Brooklyn Henley hit 22 kills...

Colfax again faces test at Asotin

Asotin’s Panthers, a team which has twice shut the door on any Colfax bid to get to the state playoff rounds, will again host the Bulldogs Friday in another key test. Both teams will go into Friday’s league tilt with 4-2 records. Last year,...

Chase Anderson

1B Football: Garfield/Palouse, Sunnyside Christian face off again Friday

First and second-place teams in the Southeast 1B league, Garfield/Palouse (6-0) and Sunnyside Christian (5-1) meet again Friday at Sunnyside. Gar/Pal took the first game between the two 30-20 Sept....

Merritt wins at Asotin

Gavin Merritt of Tekoa/Rosalia booked another big win Tuesday in the 5000 meter run at Asotin, but the host Panthers dominated the team scores with big wins over the Colfax Bulldogs. Merritt clocked 16:20.13 for a margin of more than 16 seconds...

Colfax V netters return home to face Genesee

Colfax volleyball players, who have been on the road since the end of September, will return home today to face Genesee in a non-league match. The Bulldogs will also host Ferris from the GSL Saturday and then have a league showdown with Asotin, the...

12 years left

Time is running out. And, it is running out fast. That is the crux of the new United Nations climate report. According to the report, dramatic changes in the output of carbon gases will need to be achieved by 2030. Unless enough is done to curtail...

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Oct. 11, 2018

Pet Peeves My rights! No dogs in the local grocery store! For heavens sakes, please go back to the two section...

Atticus Finch Was on the Wrong Side

It's time for "To Kill a Mockingbird" to give up its treasured place in American culture. The 1960 novel by Harper Lee was published to instant acclaim, has sold more than 30 million copies and is ubiquitous in high school curricula. The 1962 movie...

Grass Roots Democracy

'Tis the season. We have four seasons in Eastern Washington: basketball season, dry season, fire season, and political season. We are slowly making it through the season for politics. As bad as it seems, it could be worse. We could be in a...

Carbon Fee Hurts Business and Families

Give Gov. Jay Inslee and backers of Initiative 1631 credit. They are persistent in their quest to invoke a fee on carbon emissions. Voters will decide its fate on Nov.6. Since Inslee was first elected, he pushed to reduce CO2 discharges---a...

The Last Laugh

So now we know what Donald Trump will do for a living when he leaves office, whenever that is. He will be busy: In addition to continuing his television career by doing commercials for products that you can get by calling a 1-800 number, he'll also...

Just a puppet

Let’s just put aside the juvenile name calling by Cathy McMorris Rodgers and VP Mike Pence of Lisa Brown as Liberal, for the moment. What has Cathy McMorris Rodgers done that is consistent with Conservative Republican values? As far as I know,...

She said, he said

SHE SAID that the most hurtful part of the sexual assault was the sound of the laughter of the two young men assaulting her. HE SAID he didn't do it, but was not willing to talk with investigators. He claimed that she was a part of a conspiracy to...

Mitigating effects

I applaud Publisher Gordon Forgey for his editorial “Climate refugees.” In it he describes a phenomenon – the flood of refugees into our country from climate change – as likely to be “slower in coming,” yet longer-lasting than Dust Bowl...

Nancy Pelosi?

If you want Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the house, then vote for Lisa Brown. I support Cathy. --David Stueckle,...

Everett Martin and Dale Lyon

Dale Lyon will be inducted into tractor Hall of Fame

Whitman County resident Dale Lyon, who resides in the Johnson area, will be inducted into the National Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 13, at the quarterly...

My Favorite Recipes: Meet Korah Pedersen

Korah Pedersen was born on an Air Force base in California. One of six kids in the Pedersen family, she has had the opportunity to live in many places, including Alaska, Montana, Japan, Colfax and,...

Phyllis Kincaid, Nancy Rothwell, and Sharon Helmick

Athenaeum presents gift to Perkins House

A donation from Athenaeum Club to the Perkins House made it possible to cover the costs of framing a very special infant shirt in the collection of the Whitman County Historical Society. In 1840, the...

Many attend rite for John Krom

Many friends and family attended the memorial service for Dusty native John Krom at Onecho Bible Church last Thursday. Denise Kendall, Tacoma, drove over Wednesday evening, spent the night at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Doreen and...

Good Old Days: Oct. 11, 2018

125 years ago The Commoner, Sept. 29, 1893 Members of the Colfax Wheelmen's Club have in contemplation the holding a grand bicycle tournament during the Whitman County race meeting at Colfax Trotting Park about the middle of next month. The bicycle...

Savvy Senior: What To Do When a Loved One Dies

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on picking an all-inclusive residential retirement community that offers independent housing along with assisted living and nursing care? My husband and I are looking to downsize and simplify, but we...

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