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Faces ID theft charges

Makayla Morrison, 21, Colfax, has been summoned to appear in superior court Dec. 14 after she was charged with three counts of identity theft. Morrison is charged with using credit card identification from two other people to make purchases at...

Bulletin Column: Dec. 6, 2018

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...

Wheat groups applaud revised NAFTA pact

U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers released a joint statement last week in response to the Nov. 30 signing of the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now called the United States-Mexico-Canada...

New Pullman city hall will lack courtroom

Whitman County commissioners learned last week that Pullman does not plan to include a courtroom at the new city hall. Pullman sessions of district court have been conducted in a room at the present city hall. The commissioners Monday discussed...

Fair cuts down trees

Twenty trees along the Palouse Empire Fair's RV park on Fairgrounds Road were scheduled to be removed this week, Bill Tensfeld, fair executive director, reported Friday. A check of the trees by an...

Pullman voting precincts reflect county's switch to Democratic

Whitman County’s finish in the Democrats’ column for the Nov. 6 general election is reflected in the solid return on the blue side for candidates in all 27 Pullman precincts. The return for this year’s general election follows a county return...

Hargraves resigns from Pullman PD

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins Nov. 29 reported that Police Sgt. Dan Hargraves resigned from the department on Nov. 26, which was a day before he was scheduled to be interviewed by Pullman Police Department investigators who conducted an...

Dan Felton

St. Maries boosters induct Dan Felton to hall of fame

Dan Felton, who was raised in Malden and has been the proprietor of Felton's Auto Sales in St. Maries, Idaho, for the last 20 years, was inducted into the St. Maries Lumberjack Booster Club's Hall of...

Accident on Hwy. 26

Carissa Slater, Spanaway, was injured last Thursday morning when she lost control of a 2000 Land Rover Discovery on Highway 26 east of Dusty. She was transported to Whitman Hospital in Colfax. According to the Washington State Patrol report, she...

Jury convicts Pullman resident

A superior court jury Nov. 27 convicted Tyler T. Bagby, 24, Pullman, on all four charges filed against him after Pullman Police responded in the early morning hours last Feb. 4 to a series of calls reporting a break-in and assault at two different...

Port of Whitman will seek to expand fiber

Port of Whitman Chief Operating Officer, Kara Riebold, received a phone call Thursday, Nov. 29, from the Community Economics Revitalization Board (CERB) in the Department of Commerce. The phone call reported CERB had voted to increase construction...

Detour takes toll on Hatton

The December shutdown of Highway 26 has taken a big toll on Hatton. The small Adams County town is located southwest of the Highway 26 bridge across the Burlington Northern Santa Fee tracks. Work on the bridge deck started Oct. 15 and Highway 26...

Haunted Palouse nets a record

Final numbers are in for proceeds of the 2018 Haunted Palouse, which ran over two weekends in October. Total net proceeds were $70,603, a record for the event which marked its 17th year. Recipients of the money this year are as follows: Palouse...

Adult exercise class will start Monday

“Move it or Lose It!” A free adult exercise class will come to the Colfax Library each Monday and Wednesday, from 10-11 a.m., courtesy of Whitman Hospital and Medical Center’s physical therapy department. Classes for adults 18 and older begin...

1B boys basketball: Three seniors lead Colton back

Last year started with seven losses. The year before started with four. The 2018-19 season for the Colton boys began with a 14-point comeback win against Logos. A core of three seniors return from a team which finished third in the Southeast 1B...

Awards rite marks end to Bulldog football season

The Colfax football season, which started with a long road trip to Cathlamet to play Wakiakum on a non-league opener, came to a close Thursday with a revised format for season-end awards. Between the...

Dakota Patchen

Pomeroy, Colton girls defeat Bulldogs in basketball season start

Pomeroy and Colton, the two SE teams which collided in the state girls B championship game at the Spokane Arena last March, both defeated a young Colfax team to open the new hoop season at Colfax....

Timberwolves honored

Tekoa-Rosalia held its fall sports banquet Nov. 26. List of honorees: Cross-Country: Trinity Bingaman – state finisher (only two eighth-grade girls in state), Gavin Merritt – Third in state,...

Timberwolves top Wilbur/Creston

Tekoa/Rosalia’s Timberwolves fought off a charge by Wilbur Creston Saturday on the home court to book a 79-75 win in an offensive show. The win left TR with a split over weekend after they lost to Riverside at Chattaroy 51-56 in the Friday round....

Kieron Anderson

Bulldog hoop squad blasts off new season

Colfax boys blasted off for the new basketball season over the weekend by booking two big wins against non-league foes from the SE neighborhood. The Bulldogs crunched Pomeroy 82-38 Friday night in...

Bulldogs place at Potlatch

Colfax wrestlers placed seventh out of 13 teams Saturday at the Potlatch Invitational. Augie Allenbach placed second in the 220-pound weight class. Jacob Sisk placed third in the 98-pound class, and Gabe Ahmann placed third in the 152-pound class....

1B girls basketball Wildcats, Vikings get off to strong start

Colton and Garfield/Palouse both opened the season with a stretch of wins as games got underway last weekend across Whitman County. Colton took down two 2B schools, St. George’s and Colfax, while Gar/Pal won at Potlatch and at home against...

Bush, 41

George H. W. Bush, our 41st president, died last week. He was 94. He had an illustrious career. Although from a patrician family, at 18 he volunteered for the military to become a pilot during World War II. Later he served in the House of...

Health Care Top of Mind

When Congress convenes next year lawmakers must focus on the cost and quality of health care. In November, voters made it clear, health care was on top of their minds. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation a third of voters said it was the...

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Dec. 6, 2018

Pet Peeves People who put studded tires on pickups, you don’t need them, cars do! Adults who gossip about children and judge their parents. Especially school employees Okeydokes The...

The Media Was Wrong About the Caravan

It's roughly the one-month anniversary of CNN reporter Jim Acosta repeatedly telling President Donald Trump at a press conference that the migrant caravan is "hundreds and hundreds of miles away" and "not an invasion," and objecting to a campaign...

Discrimination for the Ages

Forgive my self-indulgence, but at the very start I need to point out that while I may not be young, I am immature. The immature part is familiar to anyone who knows me. But what's important here is that I'm old. So I freely admit that what I'm...

Hub of research

The newly released National Climate Assessment highlights the growing and extreme dangers of climate change in every region of the U.S. This week, a bipartisan bill – the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act - was introduced by three...

Eighty eight percent

The Council on Aging & Human Services is pleased to report that in fiscal year 2017, 88 percent of all donations and grants entrusted to COAHS went directly to program services. The Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, Don Cox, Duane...

Zoning

In response to Mike Largent’s recent letter I’ll take the opportunity to explain Mike’s failure to fully explain circumstances of two (2) commissioner meetings. The first meeting regarding waste/trash, right-of-way encroachment, junk cars and...

Chiara Brunialti

My Favorite Recipes: Meet Chiara Brunialti

Chiara Brunialti has always loved traveling and seeing the world, seeing new places and learning about different cultures. She was born and raised in Recoaro Terme, Italy. Chiara began studying...

Santa, holiday events slated for LaCrosse

Santa will be at the Gathering Place in LaCrosse Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 until 11:30 a.m. The LaCrosse Business Group will provide muffins, juice and a stuffed animal for all the kids, plus pictures with Santa. The LHS senior class will serve...

Mrs. Ed Fulfs and Mrs. Harold Upshaw

Good Old Days: Dec. 6, 2018

125 years ago The Commoner, Nov. 24, 1893 Louis Cartlong, a Frenchman, was sent to the county jail in his failure to obtain bondsmen who would go with his security in a promise to keep the peace for...

Births: Dec. 6, 2018

At Whitman Hospital and Medical Center Casey, Ashlynn Rose, born Nov. 27 at five pounds, three ounces, to Shawn Kinzer and and Bridgette Olsen, Colfax. Paternal grandparent is Sue Casey, Kamiah, Idaho. Maternal grandparents are Teresa and Dave... Full story

Tapestry lists show schedule

Linda Hennigar and Diane Monson of Dusty are members of the Tapestry musical group which will present a program of Christmas music at the following dates, times and locations: The Perkins House in Colfax on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 12:30 p.m.; Hill-Ray...

Yule logs become a feature for Rosalia floral shop

When Robin and Robert Adams moved to Whitman County in 2005, Robin was invited to decorate Ditzy's Coffee shop. Among the decorations was a flower arrangement with a chunk of log as the base. Robin's mother had an eye for flower arrangements that...

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