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Whitcom funding remains a concern for commissioners

County commissioners continued the discussion of Whitcom concerns at their Monday workshop session. “Whitcom worries me,” said Commissioner Michael Largent. At the beginning of 2018, it was noted that there would be budget cuts to Washington...

Cathy McMorris Rodger

Ribbon cutting marks takeoff for Pullman Airport runway

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport ended a month-long closure and three-year construction project with a ribbon-cutting event on the new 7,100 foot runway. The airport was closed for a month to...

Palouse aquifer water usage down

Changes, both positive and negative, are continuing in water use and conservation as 2018 water reports were presented at the 16th annual Palouse Basin Water Summit Oct. 10 in Pullman. The Palouse...

Chris Reykdal

State school superintendent visits at Palouse, Colton

Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, stopped in Palouse and Colton last Thursday, Oct. 10, for visits with students and administrators. Garfield/Palouse High School...

Haunted Palouse returns Friday

The 18th annual Haunted Palouse arrives Friday with change in the air. Many of the original 12 residents who founded the four-night event, and have worked it each year since, are stepping back as a new generation will take over much of it in 2020....

Public comment open for Boyer Park project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla district seeks public input on the proposed Boyer Park dock replacement project. The public comment period is open from Oct. 11 to Nov. 11. The request for the project came from the Port of Whitman...

Pullman open forum tonight

Neill Public Library, in conjunction with the Pullman League of Women Voters, will host an open forum of candidates running for Pullman City Council and the Pullman School District. The forum will be today, Oct. 17, beginning at 6 p.m. Candidates...

A view from the bridge

Hikers on the former Milwaukee Railroad bridges at Rosalia Saturday had this view of the spans as they looked back from the east end. The arch bridges span Pine Creek. The concrete bridge was unique...

Bulletin Column: October 17, 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. BALLOTS GO OUT FRIDAY Ballots for the Nov. 5...

First WASL visit will focus on math to improve test scores

Superintendent Jerry Pugh opened the Colfax School board meeting Monday night saying the Washington State Leadership Academy's first site visit to Colfax will focus on math. “The first day of really mining data,” Pugh said. He later talked...

Dusty Attic will expand to second location on Main Street, Leftovers

Dusty Attic is making space for furniture with a second location called Leftovers. Leftovers is scheduled to open by Oct. 19 and will run similar hours as Dusty Attic, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The new store will be across the street from Dusty Attic, at...

Site drawing shows possible expanded grain pads at Dusty

The McCoy Land Company/PNW grain pile project at Dusty continues in its first phase of construction at the intersection of Highway 26 and 127. The project was granted a conditional use permit earlier this year for four grain piles, truck scales,...

St. John residents rally support for Bob Simpson

St. John residents are rallying behind Bob Simpson and his fight with cancer. Simpson was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Simpson works at St. John-Endicott High School as head of maintenance. “He is often referred to as the 'main chief' here...

Jacob Brown; Jake Holling; Hadlee Brown

Bulldogs comeback keys 33-20 win over Lancers

Colfax charged for 12 points in the last quarter for a 33-20 win over Liberty in Friday's homecoming game. The win advanced the Bulldogs record to 5-1 with another NE-South battle set here Friday...

T-Wolves will roll to Walla Walla

Tekoa/Rosalia Timberwolves will travel to Walla Walla Friday to play DeSales in an SE football showdown. The TR team will make the trip after booking another SE win Friday with a 64-20 win over Colton on the Rosalia field. DeSales last week rolled...

LouEllen Reed; Kaylee Hinnenkamp; Troy Morgan

Oakesdale, Pomeroy keep up SE league net pace

Oakesdale traveled to Colton Tuesday and booked a sweep over the Wildcats in SE volleyball action, 25-21, 25-19, 25-13. Gianna Anderson hit 17 kills for the Nighthawks, and Jessie Reed hit five aces...

Eagles beat Touchet, lose to Oakesdale

The St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse volleyball team swept Touchet Tuesday night on the road to avenge a loss three weeks ago to the Indians. Scores were 25-14, 25-15, 25-14. Ashlynn Archer led SJEL with three aces, 17 kills and eight blocks while Roxy...

Crowd goes wild

Colfax volleyball fans celebrate after the Bulldog girls pulled out a dramatic finish over Liberty in the Thursday homecoming match. The Bulldogs scratched out a 16-14 edge in the fifth game after...

Eagles blank Touchet

The St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse Eagles went to the far edge of Walla Walla County last Friday looking to get back into the win column, and did it, beating Touchet at their Homecoming, 12-0. “Touchet came out fighting, but when it came down to it,...

Sophie Klaveano; Asher Cai; Annalee Cox

Bulldog girls bump Liberty in five-game comeback

Down 1-2 in a showdown battle last Thursday with league rival Liberty, the Bulldog volleyball girls came back to tie the tally 2-2 and then came back again to win the match in a fifth-game decider...

T-Wolves nets book split

Tekoa/Rosalia volleyball players came back from a 0-2 set score to defeat Reardan in five in a NE-south league match last Thursday at Tekoa. The Timberwolves finished the rally with a decisive 15-9 in the short fifth game tie-breaker. Reardan...

Sean Spicer, the dancer

The Sean Spicer show continues. Remember Sean? He was the press secretary for President Donald Trump. He was contentious and madly loyal to Trump. Spicer was the one who claimed that the crowd for Trump’s inauguration was the largest ever. This...

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

YYYY Men that still open car doors for women. #!*! Stop with the Christmas lights, Christmas anything. Let us have Fall,...

Not Ready for Democracy

In his "Gettysburg Address," Abraham Lincoln described a "government of the people, by the people, for the people." The problem for any democracy is that those people can make a mistake -- a dangerous mistake -- by electing someone who's severely...

Wildfire Season That Wasn't

The Oregonian characterized the 2019 wildfire season as the “season that wasn’t!” That’s good news for west coast states; however, it doesn’t mean we are permanently “out of the woods!” Worldwide wildfires are down as well. According...

The NBA Salutes Its Chinese Overlords

Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Mass., in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords. The NBA disgraced itself kowtowing to Beijing after the...

Unions

The United Auto Workers Union strike against General Motors has entered its second month with no end in sight. They are using tactics developed years ago when the big three automakers ruled the industry. Rather than strike across the board, the...

Letters: October 17, 2019

It is time It would be wonderful to see President Trump’s tax returns and a breakdown of all expenses of his and his family’s trips to their golf courses and hotels since taking office, along with a tally of the profits he is making while...

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