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Junk site removed after 17-year county effort

Troy Henderson, Whitman County Public Health Director, reported a 17-year long solid waste issue was resolved at a Board of Health meeting Monday afternoon. Henderson said the first complaint about...

Colfax grad opens chiropractic office

Nicole Heilsberg, a member of the Colfax High School class of 2003 opened the doors of her chiropractic office in April for the first time after running her business out of her home since 2015. "It's...

Runaway hay truck, trailer crashes in alley next to channel

A semi truck and trailer, which sustained brake failure while descending the Palouse Highway hill into Colfax early Monday morning, came to a halt in the west alley behind the Almota Elevator Co....

BOCC eyes support for airport runway

Whitman County commissioners discussed funds for the Moscow-Pullman Airport runway project and received an update from the facilities director during a workshop session Monday, July 15. Commissioner Art Swannack said he talked informally with Tony...

Palouse on-call police pay dispute goes to committee

A matter of on-call pay for the Palouse Police department – which also covers Garfield – is in the hands of the city’s policy and procedures committee to study, after an extensive debate at the July 9 city council meeting. At issue is pay for...

Grant for $24 million said last for Pullman-Moscow runway project

Fifth District Congressional Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers announced July 8 the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport received a $24 million grant from the Department of Transportation to help construct a new runway. This grant secured the last...

Carl Osborne

Tribute paid Palouse soldier under park gate with his name

The ultimate sacrifice Lester Dean Hayton made for his country 101 years ago was detailed by Brad Pearce of Palouse on Sunday beneath the gateway entrance for Hayton-Greene Park in Palouse. Hayton...

Clean water projects receive state funding

Washington State Department of Ecology announced Whitman County will receive about two million dollars in grants for clean water projects. Jessica Self, Palouse Conservation District grants and development manager, said the Whitman County...

St. John boutique: Gracie Miller will retire for sure this time around

Gracie Miller, owner of T.O.G. Boutique in St. John, will say farewell to her shop at the end of August as she moves on to retirement. The T.O.G. Boutique has provided St. John residents with...

Empty gas tank alters birth plan

A Colfax ambulance crew was dispatched at 12:07 p.m. July 9 by a report of a pending birth of a baby on the Airport Road at mile one west of Colfax. The crew learned upon arrival at the scene that the couple had run out of gas on the way to the...

Bulletin Column: July 18, 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...

Thornton Bridge close to done

Assistant County Engineer Dean Cornelison reported to county commissioners Monday only one guardrail remains to be put in for the new Thornton depot bridge. County workers will install the guardrail this week. “We're hoping to have the bridge...

Second quarter building registers four-year high

Whitman County Building Inspector Dan Gladwill delivered a second quarter 2019 building report to County Commissioners Monday, highlighting a jump in numbers from recent years. “A high average,” said Gladwill. “The last couple have been a...

New doctor to serve county clinics, ER

Dr. Peter Edminster will take the place as a family practitioner and OB for Dr. Anthony Lundberg, who has practiced in St. John for 19 years. Dr. Lundberg plans to move to St. George, Utah, where he will join the Veterans’ Administration program....

Briefs: July 18, 2019

JURY CONVICTS OAKESDALE MAN A superior court jury July 9 convicted Thomas R. McBride of Oakesdale guilty of a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. The jury rendered a verdict after just 61 minutes of deliberation after...

Adelyn Little

GPOP defeats Colfax, Pomeroy in second swim round

The GPOP combo swim team picked up another win after rolling out 555.5 points last Thursday at the Colfax pool. Host Colfax team totaled 416 points, to place second and Pomeroy placed third with...

Patriots earn top slot in Legion AAA playoff

Palouse Patriots finished on top of the Spokane Legion AAA baseball campaign and will start the district playoffs today against the number-two Shadle Park Shockers at 7:15 p.m. The winner will advance to the district championship game which will be...

Marker takes sixth at Nationals in goat-tying

Caden Marker, 15, placed sixth in goat-tying at the Junior High National Finals Rodeo in Huron, S.D., June 23-29. An estimated 200 kids competed in goat-tying at the Finals which spans the U.S.,...

W.C. Cougars take no. 1 seed in American Legion postseason play

The Whitman County Cougars got two more wins in Spokane on Friday, July 12, to finish the American Legion (ages 13-16) regular season for first place in the standings. They beat Mead 21-2 and 12-1. The first game ended after six innings when the...

Tennis court closures

Tennis courts at Kruegel and Sunnyside Parks will be closed July 17 until Sept. 1 while construction takes place to refurbish the existing tennis courts and install pickle ball courts in both...

LaCrosse will host Rutgers bike riders

LaCrosse is now making plans to host 11 students from Rutgers University in New Jersey who plan to stop in LaCrosse Aug. 7. The group is making a 3,500-mile cross country bicycle ride from New Jersey to Portland to raise funds and awareness for...

Oakesdale draws athletes

Oakesdale hosted the Old Mill Wheatman Triathlon Saturday as part of the Old Mill Days festivities. The race involved a 340 meter swim, 10 mile bike ride and 5K run. Top three finishers Old Mill...

Colfax Junior Golf

July 11 results: 11-12 years playing from yellow tees: Jacob Ward 65, Cooper Phillips second. 8-10 years from junior tees: Kaitlyn Ward 49, Cody Phillips...

Why can't we?

In 1961, President John F Kennedy proclaimed that America would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. That promise came to pass. The Eagle, NASA’s lunar lander, touched down on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969, fifty years ago, in...

Pet Peeves And Okeydokes: July 18, 2019

#!*! If Public Works really wants a response to its survey, try sending a first class letter without threats and blame for the postage...

Worth of the Moon Mission

Shortly, after Apollo 11 landed on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong took his famous first steps on the dusty lunar surface, some comedian in our army unit at Ft. Knox, KY, posted a sign in our barracks: “Sorry, Drill Sgt., No Green...

Letters: July 18, 2019

Slavery Wayne Olson, of Moscow, wants to rewrite history. He wants us to believe that the Civil War was all about states' rights, and not about the enslavement of Africans. (Letter, Lewiston Tribune, July 9, 2019). Granted: There were competing...

The future past tense

Let's give the highest praise possible to President Donald Trump: He didn't mortify his country on Independence Day. Other than his Revolutionary War airport thingy, he stuck to the script and gave a vanilla salute to the nation, which tries to...

The U.S. Women are winners, not victims

The women of the U.S. national soccer team are famous for being extraordinary athletes, repeat world champions -- and plaintiffs. The team's lawsuit alleging pay discrimination against the U.S. Soccer Federation has done much to define its...

My Favorite Recipes: Meet Michelle Crook, Colfax

Born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Michelle lived all over the northwest before settling in Colfax 13 years ago after graduating from Post Falls High School in 2005. "I moved almost every year of my...

Paintings at Hengen's barn

Friends of the Whitman County Library recently attended a presentation by Nona Hengen in her gallery and restored heritage barn. Hengen of Spangle is a teacher, historian and accomplished artist who...

Neill displays Jacqueline Daisley oil paintings

Neill Library in Pullman will exhibit oil paintings by local artist Jacqueline Daisley who is inspired by the vibrant colors of the Palouse region as she depicts farm scenes, old trucks and...

Idaho lists spring grads

Katherine G. Woodhouse of Colfax, graduated with a degree in landscape architecture following the spring term at the University of Idaho. Amber C. Korvales, Palouse, graduated with a masters degree in landscape architecture. Graduates from Pullman...

Appels gather for Fourth

Dick and Helen Appel had guests for the Fourth of July. Bruce and Elaine Appel and Spencer, Spokane; Logan Appel and friend Kiera, Mass.; Kate Wollstein, Moscow; Drew Donaldson, Ore.; and Eric and Shannon Appel, Kyle, Sarah and Sidney, Dusty. Logan...

Theatre camp set at Empire

Heavier Than Air Children’s Theatre will conduct a theatre camp Aug. 5-9 for children ages 7-18 at the Historic Empire Theatre, 126 South Crosby, Tekoa. The production will be Shel Silverstein’s ‘Where The Sidewalk Ends.’ Cost will be $40...

Etcetera: July 18, 2019

Lincoln to read at Neill library Pullman City Administrator Adam Lincoln will be the next aloud reader in Neill Library’s Heritage addition as part of the 2019 summer reading program. Young children and their families/caregivers are invited to...

Good Old Days: July 18, 2019

125 years ago July 20, 1894 Weekly Commoner The Whitman county Democratic central committee convened in the courthouse at 1 o'clock this afternoon, and about 200 representative Democrats from...

St. James plans annual park rite

St. James Episcopal Church of Pullman will conduct its annual Eucharist-in-the-park followed by dessert Saturday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. in McGee Park on Lybecker Road. The event celebrates the feast day of St. James, the patron saint of the church....

Endicott sewing day

Elizabeth Circle of Trinity Lutheran Church met July 9 at the Parish Hall for a sewing day. They worked on quilts and went over inventory of items to be sent with the quilts this fall. Attending were Barbara Huntley, Carol Hannas, Jerine Grey,...

Barbara Willey

Barbara Willey

Willey, Barbara Jean was born May 13,1935, in Rosalia, Wash., to Walter and Fern Roellich. Barb passed away July 5th, 2019, in Spokane Valley, Washington. Barb was proceeded in death by her parents...

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