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Virtual Reality Wednesdays will start at library

Virtual Reality Wednesdays at Whitman County Library will begin March 27 in the TEK Center at Colfax Library with two experiences, Dreamdeck and First Contact. Additional experiences will be added weekly. Appointments will run from 10 a.m. to 7:30...

Mark Storey

County engineer Storey attends D.C. meetings as representative of 11 states

Whitman County engineer Mark Storey went to Washington, D.C., earlier this month representing 11 western states, as one of nine executives for the National Association of County Engineers (NACE)....

Railroad line repair cost set at a half million dollars

Repair of the embankment slide which has closed the railroad serving the west and north sections of Whitman County is expected to cost in the range of a half million dollars. Larry Rasmussen, engineer at the Spokane DOT district office in Spokane,...

County vacates two short roads

Whitman County commissioners Monday approved two road vacations. The first is for Sauve Road, a field road of 0.21 miles south of Uniontown. It was once part of the old state highway up until the 1930s. The second is Randell Road, north of Johnson,...

Commissioners discuss moratorium, district court

Pass Marijuana Moratorium resolution County Commissioner Michael Largent motioned a resolution to the marijuana moratorium. This resolution expresses legislative intent on the adoption of the...

Bulletin Column: March 21, 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...

Palouse interviews police candidate

The City of Palouse is in the midst of an interview process for a new police officer. The candidate, from Wasilla, Alaska, went through a Skype interview last week with Palouse Police Chief Jerry Neumann, and the city council’s police, fire and...

SciBorgs

Local robotics teams will compete at West Valley

This Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 30 high school robotics teams from around the northwest will compete at West Valley High School for this year's challenge, "Destination Deep Space," presented...

Cellphone reach causes crash

Driver of the laundry service box truck which collided with a Motley & Motley truck and trailer unit Thursday, March 14, on Main Street in Colfax, has been cited with inattentive driving. The...

Myott will retire from Palouse post

Longtime Palouse Public Works employee Don Myott has announced his retirement as of April 30 after 34 years with the city. He serves as the waste (water) treatment operator and assists Public Works superintendent Dwayne Griffin in all matter of...

Zinc deficiencies limiting Palouse crop yields

Nearly half of the world’s cereal crops are grown in zinc-deficient soils. As an essential element found in several plant growth hormones such as auxin, zinc is absolutely critical to plant growth and development, according to Cat Salois,...

Legislators slate tele 'town hall'

Ninth District Representatives Joe Schmick of Colfax and Mary Dye of Pomeroy will conduct a telephone ‘Town Hall’ meeting tonight, Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. They will open the meeting with updates on the legislative session before...

Cattlemen offer scholarships

Whitman County Cattlemen’s Association will offer one or more scholarships this year. The application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2019. Applicants must reside in Whitman County, be a graduating high school senior (or home school...

Etcetera: March 21, 2019

Spring celebration slated at Palouse Bank Left Gallery and Open Eye will feature a wine event with art, food and antiques March 30, from noon until 2 p.m. Heidi Kite, Nelson and Pamela Duran and artist in residence, Louanne Deerkop, will greet...

Salzman serves as Endicott mayor

Steve Salzman has been appointed in a unanimous decision by the town council to serve as mayor for Endicott for the remainder of this year. He has served on the Endicott city council since 2013....

All starters return for Colton softball year

Everyone is back. Many are seniors and they finished out of the placing last year at state in Yakima. The Colton girls softball team returns for another spring guided by 13th year coach Brad Nilson, looking to push the result from 2018. “Got to...

Six seniors awarded honors at boys' hoop banquet

Final chapter of Colfax hoops for the boys team ended Monday with six seniors at the head table. The senior crew played a big role in the year's campaign which saw the Bulldogs take the NE-south...

Young Colfax softball team rallies for win in late opener

Colfax softball team stacked a 19-9 win over Pullman in the late season opener Monday at the cleared-off Valley playing fields in Pullman. Freshman Jorga Koerner started on the mound for Colfax, and Justice Brown, also a freshman, relieved her in...

Nate Akesson

Bulldogs baseball finally gets into action

Second-year coach Scotty Parrish this week said the late snow which put a dent in the start of baseball means a lot of things still need to be sorted out for the season's campaign. Players have been...

Identification or art?

There was a time when a total of 50 different license plates adorned cars in America. That was one for each of the 50 states. Many a family trip was saved by the kids in the back seat trying to find as many different ones as they could on long road...

A Universal Living Wage

Homelessness has been cussed and discussed with no solution in sight. With no viable plan most officials wring their hands and hope the problem will go away. The latest suggestion is to pay them a living wage. Thus the unfortunate street people...

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: March 21, 2019

Pet Peeves Be kind about where people park. Not all disabilities are visible. Okeydokes The nice man who washed my car for me at Jim’s Service Center on...

Oil companies betting on electric technology

Across the pond, London-based BP and Netherlands-headquartered Shell are looking to invest in innovative electric technology which is very good news. The two international oil giants, both of which have oil refineries in northwest Washington,...

Yes, there's a crisis at the border

We interrupt the talk of the president "manufacturing" a crisis at the border with this hair-raising report about the crisis at the border. Alarming new numbers about border apprehensions from U.S. Customs and Border Protection should puncture the...

The Political Kennel

Donald Trump definitely is not introspective. If he thought about it, he'd probably decide that such self-reflection is navel-gazing and a total waste of time. But, of course, since he's not introspective, he's never thought about it. Whatever...

Vaccines are safe

Measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, you name it – vaccines are safe, despite what social media would have you believe. But don’t believe me; believe some people who know. In an extraordinary, if not unprecedented event, the three presidents of...

Brooke Bankus

Brooke Bankus wins Garfield/ Palouse title

Brooke Bankus of Garfield was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Garfield-Palouse March 10, and awarded $2,875 in cash scholarships during the program at the Silver Creek Connection building in...

Colton's Patchen tops SR small school honor list

Colton’s Dakota Patchen led four players from Whitman County named to the Spokesman-Review’s regional honors for the 2018-19 high school basketball season. Patchen, a senior guard, was named Player of the Year for small schools, A/2B/1B....

Fulfs tops Colfax DYW contest

Hayden Fulfs won the Colfax Distinguished Young Woman contest Saturday at the CHS auditorium and will represent Colfax in the state competition set for Aug. 3 in Pullman. Miya Ensley was named first...

Carolyn Arnett

My Favorite Recipes: Meet Carolyn Arnett, Colfax

Picture an hourglass. You are the narrow point in the middle. One side is all your ancestors and the other is all your descendants. This is the example Carolyn Arnett would start with when teaching...

Births: March 21, 2019

At Pullman Regional Hospital Oni, Simone Folakunmi, born March 6 at seven pounds, 10 ounces, to Samuel and Anne Oni, Pullman, Wash. Maternal grandparents are Richard and Pearl Oladele, Lagos, Nigeria. Baby joins sister Samantha, 3, and brother...

Good Old Days: March 21, 2019

125 years ago The Commoner, March 16, 1894 The investigating committee appointed by the popular mass-meeting of March 3, met in the jury chamber of the courthouse at 1 o’clock Monday afternoon, all members being present except Frank Brown, who...

Many attend Broeckel service

Karen Broeckel was in the Tacoma area last weekend to attend the memorial services Saturday at Spanaway Lutheran Church for her sister-in-law, June Sather Broeckel, who died Feb. 8, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She is survived by...

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