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Inslee extends Stay Home order

Gov. Jay Inslee increased the length of his Stay Home shutdown order yesterday through May 4. The extension keeps all gatherings banned and non-essential businesses closed for the next month. The order could be lifted May 5. "Epidemiological...

County officials modify Public Records Act

Temporary changes to the county’s compliance with the Public Records Act were announced by Whitman County officials in accordance with the Governor’s revised proclamation. The modifications state that in-person submission for, inspection of or...

Sheriff Myers advises on construction rules during shutdown

The Governor's Stay Home order has resulted in more calls to local law enforcement about construction projects underway. "There's a broad leeway of what can be done," said Sheriff Brett Myers who has been receiving more calls about on-going...

County property tax deadline remains intact

COLFAX – Whitman County Treasurer Chris Nelson updated the county commissioners during their Monday workshop regarding county property tax deadlines. Nelson said the first half of property taxes, by law, are due April 30 and the county will be...

Jim Retzer

Retzer settles in as Colfax mayor

Jim Retzer has been mayor of Colfax for almost three months. "It's been really good. Everybody's been really helpful and open to a lot of things," Retzer said, a first-time office holder and veteran...

Patient towns "irrelevant" as tests don't reflect virus location

The communities where the eight positive COVID-19 patients live is not among information the Public Health Department will be releasing, stated Health Director Troy Henderson. He noted that whether a positive test has come back from a certain...

Internet usage slows during stay-at-home order

COLFAX – On Wednesday, March 25, Whitman County IT Director Lance Bishop sent out a press release regarding Internet issues in the area, while many are practicing social distancing and staying home. “I imagine that with so many people...

Clinics offer virtual visits

Whitman Medical Clinics and Whitman Orthopedic Clinic are now offering virtual visits for those seeking care. "It's an awesome tool," said Clinic Director Keith Walde at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center. Those wishing to utilize the virtual...

County commissioners reconsider courthouse and jail renovations

COLFAX – At Monday's county commissioner workshop, Whitman County Commissioners expressed their concern for continuing forward with upgrades to the county courthouse and jail. The project is estimated to cost $8.6 million with the county putting...

Bulletin Column: April 2, 2020

EXTRA FOOD DISTRIBUTION THURSDAY An “extra” food distribution is set for today, April 2, at the Colfax Pantry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The food bank is located on the corner of Main and Wall streets. All food items, including bread, bakery,...

Joseph's Grainery sees record sales

While many businesses have had to limit business hours or close entirely due to the coronavirus, Joseph's Grainery has seen record-setting business these past few weeks. Joseph's Grainery sells whole...

Donations in a time of need at hospitals

Hospitals in the area are working overtime to test those with possible coronavirus symptoms as well as keep those with other emergencies healthy and safe. While hospitals are working more to keep patients and the community safe, there has been a...

Motor home fire singes Colfax Corner Chevron

The Colfax Fire Department responded to a call at 3:11 p.m. Monday for a motor home on fire in the parking lot on the south side of the Chevron gas station. The motor home was fully engulfed by the...

Crop outlook good, so far

An early spring has allowed Whitman County farmers to get a jump on spring work, with those in the western part of the county already mostly through with spring planting. "Crop conditions for the...

Six more positive tests for COVID-19

The total of positive tests for COVID-19 is now up to eight in Whitman County Tuesday as testing capabilities increase in the county. Whereas the first two cases were determined to be infected outside of the county, the third was a case of...

Essential Liberty

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” —Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote often arises in the context of government overreach. In this age of...

Mark Schoesler

Small Town Investments

Some years back, in the biggest town in a small county outside our 9th District, there was a clothing store. Upstairs was the office of the area's weekly newspaper. Week after week, year after year,...

Pet Peeves and Okey Dokes

Pet Peeves: Colfax Park Department hiring extra help so they don’t have to work themselves. Bring back the full page trivia! Especially while everyone is stuck at home. Send your pet peeves and okeydokes to Whitman County Gazette P.O Box 770,...

Supports Armitage

Chris Armitage is running as a Democrat for Representative in the 5th Congressional District against Cathy McMorris Rodgers. He is well-educated with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a Master’s degree in homeland security. He has...

Democrat complaint

Washington State Democrats have submitted a bill (SB 5395) to mandate sex education in schools grades K to 12 without the approval of parents or guardians. This should be a big help for those Democrats who want our children to learn that if they...

Misleading comparisons

Car accidents and the seasonal flu differs significantly from COVID-19 that comparing the deaths from them is dangerously misleading. The two key differences are the time span during which they impact our healthcare system, and the second is how...

Affront

I very much agree with Kiah Miller’s letter regarding the immorality of calling COVID-19 the “Wuhan Flu”. So I was dismayed to see 2 articles in the same issue written by the new WCG publisher, Roger Harnack, again repeating this phrase. Mr....

Library celebrates 75th anniversary

When Whitman County Library planned the celebration of our 75th anniversary, who would have thought that all 14 branch locations would be closed for business due to a worldwide pandemic? Thankfully,...

Oakesdale players named to all-tournament teams

WIAA announced its players for the all-tournament teams. Matt Hockett of Oakesdale was named to the 1B boys first team. Hockett was also the WIAA/Wendy’s State Athlete of the Week for the last week of the season. He led the 1B State Tournament in...

Dean Hall; Jaymee Finke

Engagement

Dane Robert Hall, 19, son of Dean and Carla Hall of Colfax, became engaged to Jaymee Elizabeth Finke, 20, daughter of Jason and Amy Finke of Spokane on Nov. 9, 2019. They plan to be wed on June 28,...

Kathy Neilson

Meet Kathy Neilson, Colfax

Kathy Neilson met her husband, Brent, about five years after she divorced her first husband, while Brent was up from Texas visiting his brother in the greater Seattle area and looking for work. Both...

Etcetera: April 2, 2020

REALTORS offer scholarship Whitman County Association of REALTORS is once again offering a $1,000 scholarship to graduating Whitman County high school students who will attend Washington State University in the fall. Applications must be submitted...

Aeschliman earns corn honor

Colfax farmer John Aeschliman earned a first-place state award in the 2019 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) National Corn Yield Contest. Aeschliman is honored as one of the highest corn yield...

Hill-Ray annual meeting

Hill-Ray Plaza held its 31st annual meeting with equity holders and residents Feb. 18. Administrator Gary Young opened the meeting with Ann Emerson giving a prayer and Kathy Wride leading everyone in the flag salute. This was followed by...

Births: April 2, 2020

At Pullman Regional Hospital Magrath, Evan, born March 16, 2020, at six pounds, 12 ounces, to Leah and Jordan Magrath, Pullman. Paternal grandparents are Karla and Matt Magrath, Lynden. Maternal grandparents are Susan and Jay Gordon, Elma, Wash....

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