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Extorting WSU student ends with prison

COLFAX — A Georgia man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for threatening to expose a woman’s nude photos if she didn’t send him more. Jordan Bowen, 24, of Newman, Georgia, pled guilty on April 30 in Whitman County Superior Court to...

Communications tax to go before voters

COLFAX — Whitman County voters will decide on a 1/10 of 1% sales tax increase for emergency communications on the November ballot. Whitman County commissioners confirmed the action Monday, which would go to pay for equipment including Whitcom...

Open house in Palouse on Saturday

PALOUSE — The Palouse Chamber of Commerce hosts an open house on Saturday. The day features outdoor vendors, sidewalk sales, restaurant specials, and a business scavenger hunt for a chance to be entered into a drawing to win one of three $100...

Plans for Colfax pool take shape

COLFAX — Plans are set for a June 10 opening of the Colfax city pool. Regular admission prices are in place after no charges last year, due to COVID-19. The city is hiring lifeguards now and has received a $75,000 grant to renovate the pool’s...

Minor sent to hospital for overdose

COLFAX — An 18-year-old male was taken by ambulance to the Whitman Hospital after being found at a party in Colfax. A Whitman County deputy responded to a report of trespassers having a party in a vacant apartment on East Golgotha Street on April...

Jennings to hold annual book fair

COLFAX — Jennings Elementary School will hold its Scholastic Book Fair through Friday at the school library. Only students are allowed to shop in person. Parents may send money with kids to shop during school hours. Parents can also set up an...

Sprint boat races return to Webb's Slough

ST. JOHN — Organizers announced sprint boat races return to Webb’s Slough on June 9 and August 28. The races were absent last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. This year the races will be allowed depending on state guidelines. Differences for...

Colfax Eagles vote to stay open with changes

COLFAX — The Colfax Eagles club remains and the building re-opened Wednesday. Closed since April 17 as members reckoned with whether to close the charter and sell the building, they decided at a meeting Sunday afternoon to continue. “I felt...

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Colfax schools face multiple staff changes

COLFAX - Kathryn Vogler announced her coming retirement at the Colfax School board April 26 after 30 years teaching math and science in the district. "I love teaching students and now children of...

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Mobile homes destroyed by reckless burning

ROSALIA - Three Rosalia mobile homes were destroyed by fire on April 29 after fires set to burn tall grass got away from the landowner. Tracy Porter, 65, of Rosalia, was arrested for reckless burning...

Pullman man accused of stealing from couple in jail

COLFAX — A Pullman man is accused of entering the home of two people and taking things, while they are in jail facing charges of selling methamphetamine. Nicholas I. Woltering, 35, of Pullman, was charged on May 5 in Whitman County Superior Court...

Colfax city council bans chicken ownership

COLFAX — Colfax city council went against citizens wishes and voted 4-3 to ban chicken ownership in the city. Statistics from a public poll showed a 4-1 margin in support, but city councilman Jim Kackman made a motion to pass the ordinance, which...

County lobbyist talks about gas taxes, carbon initiative

OLYMPIA — The potential impacts of new laws raising gas taxes and other environmental issues is unclear. Whitman County lobbyist Zak Kennedy reported to county commissioners Monday on the April 25 conclusion of the legislative session. “The...

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WSU to require COVID vaccination by this fall

PULLMAN - Washington State University will require COVID-19 vaccination for employees, students, and volunteers for the 2021-22 academic year. The announcement was made Wednesday by WSU President...

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Fiber optic internet to reach new areas of Whitman County

COLFAX - A Port of Whitman collaboration to bring fiber internet to new areas in Whitman County is expected to finish this summer in Rosalia, Tekoa, Oakesdale, Garfield and Palouse. Target date for...

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Colfax track hosts, compiles more wins

COLFAX - The Colfax High School track team is in the midst of a flurry of meets in a shortened season, acting as a home fill-in location for teams not permitted to host. On May 1 in Davenport, the...

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Colfax softball beats the Davenport Gorillas

COLFAX - Colfax Bulldogs softball remains undefeated after beating Davenport Gorillas at home last Saturday, 13-1 and 12-2. Next up was a trip to Northwest Christian for a showdown against the 8-0...

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Jaguars mauled the Bulldogs for two losses

PASCO - The Colfax Bulldogs baseball team took its first losses of the season, 10-0 and 11-7, from the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars in Pasco on May 1. "They're a good team, one of the top two-three teams...

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Nighthawks and Vikings track on to championships

POMEROY - Oakesdale Nighthawks and Garfield-Palouse Vikings took more wins at a twilight meet in Pomeroy leading to the two-league Southeast 1B-Northeast 1B joint track meet. On April 30, against...

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Colton softball breezes unbeaten to playoffs

COLTON - The Colton Wildcats swept the Garfield-Palouse Vikings on May 1 to go to 14-0 on the abbreviated season. They now turn to the playoffs. Colton is set to play at Pioneer Park in Walla Walla...

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Colfax golfers join Timberwolves in Tekoa

TEKOA – The Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves hosted Colfax and several high school golf teams for a match on April 29. The 9-hole course is a par 35. "It was nice to get a majority of the kids out," said...

Corrections: May 6, 2021

In the April 29 edition of the Whitman County Gazette a quote was incorrect. A reference to the number of Eagles clubs closing around the state should have been months not...

Lawmakers wanted an income tax lawsuit

Public records show lawmakers plan to use the capital gains income tax to set up a lawsuit to try to impose a broad-based graduated income tax. They're going to get not one, but two. It could be years, however, before we know if the state Supreme...

Colfax doesn't allow chickens

Chickens are part of a farm community. They are laying eggs for food, helping children raise FFA and 4-H animals for the fair and some people like them as pets. The usual opposition when city councils consider letting people keep chickens at home...

COVID politics punishes Whitman County

Whitman County was placed in Phase 2 restrictions three weeks ago and we waited for a return to Phase 3, but now that isn’t going to happen. Gov. Jay Inslee chickened out. Facing a massive rollback to Phase 2 for Western Washington, meaning...

Police training needs to be changed

As if the black and brown lives that have been snuffed out by police without justification isn’t enough, there are other recent events that reveal the inadequate training and/or integrity of some police and law enforcement personnel. A...

Support EICDA to slow down climate change

What is the right answer on the climate solutions quiz, the great test of our time? Top-down directives for green infrastructure? Not if we want to keep American jobs secure, energy reliable and affordable, and technological ingenuity strong,...

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