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Poire reports on state ports meeting

Port of Whitman Executive Director Joe Poiré attended a Washington Public Ports Association session on telecommunications in Tacoma Jan. 9. In a report to the port here last Thursday, Poiré noted...

County commissioners keep committee jobs

Whitman County commissioners will again keep their committee assignments the same to carry over into the new year. The roles often remain from year-to-year as the three commissioners’ work takes them to meetings around eastern Washington and to...

P1FCU now operating: Hometown Colfax grad heads new credit union in old bank building

Potlatch First Federal Credit Union opened its new branch in Colfax last week with a hometown manager at the helm. Anne Ellithorpe McRae, who has been in the banking business for the last six years, has been named to head the new branch. The...

Eric and Gretchen Heise

Eric's Auto Body installs 80 solar panels to shop

Eric's Auto Body in Colfax has become the first "solar" collision repair center in the area. Another one of the few shops is located in southern Idaho. "We capitalize on the sun," said proprietor...

Food Summit for 2019 set at Latah county fairground

The 2019 Food Summit, hosted by Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition, will be Friday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Latah County Fairground and Events Center, 1021 Harold St., Moscow, Idaho. The program will start at 9 a.m. The annual event...

Hardy takes helm at Colfax Foodmart

Brenda Hardy, an employee of Cougar Foodmart for the past 22 years, and husband Dan have purchased the business from Brian and Jolene Jacobs, who now reside in Post Falls. Transfer of the business became official at the start of the year. Hardy has...

Three school districts get grants for low emissions bus

Rosalia is one of three local school districts that have received a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to help pay for new buses. The buses must include an idle reduction system to...

Michael Echanove

18 years as Palouse mayor: Michael Echanove plans to step down

Beginning his 18th year as mayor of Palouse, Michael Echanove has announced this year will be his last in office. He will not seek re-election when his term expires at the end of the year. He told...

Etcetera: Jan. 17, 2019

'Get Out & Play' set at 3 sites Together with the Active Minds student chapter at the University of Idaho, the Palouse Advocacy League plans a fundraiser Jan. 26 at Zeppoz in Pullman, the Wild at Art ceramics and painting studio in Moscow, and...

Bailey Hall and Olivia Shuttles

Bulletin Column: Jan. 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...

Pritchard photo exhibit shows Guatemalan migration factors

An exhibit of photos that explores the factors driving residents of Guatemala from their homes in search of a better life opened Jan. 16, at the University of Idaho’s Prichard Art Gallery in collaboration with the university’s Martin Institute....

Cruz is first baby of 2019

Whitman Hospital and Medical Center welcomed its first baby of the year Monday, Jan. 14. Caleb Ryder Cruz was born at 9:26 a.m. to Brielle Lubbess and Carlos Cruz Mendez from Tekoa. Born at six...

LaCrosse FFA team places second at Western Roundup

The LaCrosse High School FFA team finished second at the Western National Roundup in Denver last weekend. Team members included Alynn Harder, Jasmin Watson, Trey Fleming, Ty Harder and TJ Harder....

News Briefs: Jan. 17, 2019

BAIL REDUCED ON PROWL SUSPECT Bail for pre-trial release of Hunter Haley, 25, Reardan, was reduced from $10,000 to $1,000 cash Friday morning in Whitman County Superior Court. Haley faces six charges of second-degree theft related to an...

Kelan Becker and James Barris

Timberwolves stop Colfax bid for league sweep

A run for a Colfax sweep of the first lap of the NE-south hoop league was derailed Saturday night at Tekoa when the host Timberwolves charged over the last two quarters. Tekoa/Rosalia erased most of...

Steve Swinney

Vikings beat Oakesdale, lose to Prescott

For two years in a row, Garfield/Palouse went to Prescott and got a record scratch. Last year, after beating undefeated Pomeroy on a Friday night in January, they went to Prescott and lost on...

Kaitlyn Cornish

Colfax girls post two wins for 4-1 over NE-S first lap

Colfax girls defeated Reardan 60-41 on the home boards Friday night and Tekoa/Rosalia 65-37 at Tekoa Saturday to wrap up the first lap of the SE-South league with a 4-1 record. Lone league loss for...

Broncos drop Timberwolves

The LRS Broncos Friday roughed up the Tekoa/Rosalia team in a league round at Ritzville. The LRS boys rolled out a 38-27 halftime lead on the way to a 78-47 win with Bryce Kelly hitting 21 and Drew Kelly hitting 15. Scoring for the T-wolves were...

Dylan Meithof and Jacob Sisk

Bulldog grapplers place 5th at Crusader Classic

Colfax wrestlers placed fifth among 26 teams Saturday at the Northwest Christian Crusader Classic tournament with 117.5 team points. Winning team was Colville with 174.5 points. Deer Park, Rogers and...

SJEL girls tied for 4th

The St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse girls basketball team is tied for fourth-place in the Southeast 1B league, vying for one of four spots in this year’s district tournament in February — down from a six- team format in previous years. With an 8-6...

Temperance Day

Washington state celebrated Temperance and Good Citizenship Day on January 16. It has been a long standing requirement for schools to observe. The day was initiated in 1923. Ostensively, it was to push prohibition and avoidance of alcohol. That...

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Jan. 17, 2019

Okeydokes 2019 looking forward to electing a new...

East Coast Seaports Ramping Up Capabilities

While many eyes are on trade talks between our country and China, America’s port leaders are positioning their seaports to compete for increasing volumes of container traffic. After container shipments surged in November---primarily from...

The Government is Broken

It looks as if the current government shutdown will set a new record with no end in sight. President Trump has avowed that he will not end the standoff unless there is funding for his wall. Nancy Pelosi is just as adamant that there will be no...

Truce With No Truth

Wouldn't it be astounding if we read the morning news one day and the headline was "Everything President Trump Said Yesterday Was Entirely True"? Put that one in the "not likely" category. Donald Trump has made lying an art form (a crude art form,...

Millennial Socialism 101

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's so-called Green New Deal makes the obligatory nod to the original New Deal, but FDR's handiwork is much too modest an antecedent. The Green New Deal calls for a top-down revolution in the operation of American society so...

Common goal

Credit to the Gazette for choosing to include “Colfax students walk out in wake of gun violence, others stay inside” as one of 2018’s top stories published in the Whitman County Gazette. In joining many other students across the country who...

Births: Jan. 17, 2019

At Pullman Regional Hospital Shelly, Jaykob Ryan, born Dec. 30 at eight pounds, eight ounces, to Autumn and Solomon Shelly, Pullman, Wash. Paternal grandparents are Kyle and Aletha Shelly, Pullman, Wash., and Jennifer and Ron Buechner, Bonners... Full story

BB club makes quilts

A week ago Wednesday, Jan. 16, eight members of the Dusty B.B. Club met in the parish hall of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in LaCrosse, where they spent the day making approximately 30 baby blankets for the free maternity clinic at Sacred Heart...

My Favorite Recipes: Meet Lacie Bunyard

Lacie Bunyard remembers meeting a boy named Jacob when she was a teenager, but she had no idea that 10 years later that man would become her husband. Together, Lacie and Jacob Bunyard are happily...

Gonzaga names honor students

Fall President's List The following students have earned placement on the Gonzaga University President's List for fall semester 2018. Students must earn a 3.85 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed. Zoe Metzer, Colfax, and Sara Whelchel, Diamond....

Good Old Days: Jan. 17, 2019

125 years ago The Commoner, Jan. 12, 1894 The record of events in Colfax during the present week has been sensational in the extreme. The report Monday morning that Cashier Chas F. Russell of the First National Bank, had disappeared from the city,...

Fog sets in for shoot

For Endicott Gun Club's weekly trap shoot on Jan. 13 visibility wasn't great, with dense fog most of the day. The scores are as follows: Open-Connor Pelissier 25, Jim Pelissier 24, Ed Scultz 24, Larry Garrett 23; Ladies-Jessica Pelissier 21, Lacey...

Claassen on Baylor honor roll

Lauren Ashley Claassen of LaCrosse was named to the Dean's Academic Honor Roll for the 2018 fall semester at Baylor University. More than 4,400 Baylor University students were named to the Dean's Academic Honor Roll for the 2018 fall semester....

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