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Colfax High School went to lockdown after tip

COLFAX — Colfax Junior-Senior High School went on lockdown for less than five minutes Wednesday after an anonymous call claimed a student was bringing a gun. “We determined there was never a...

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Fire department training event burns old Dr. Bryant house

COLFAX - A house was burned down in Colfax over the weekend was a training event. Volunteers from Colfax Fire Department and Whitman County Fire District 11 gathered Feb. 27 in the 1200 block of...

Commissioners to consider vacating roads

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners will consider vacating a list of roads from public maintenance. Mark Storey, public works director, presented the names to commissioners Monday morning. The county continues are to decide whether to maintain...

House approves ban on certain police use-of-force tactics

OLYMPIA — A ban on the use of chokeholds, military equipment, and most types of car chases by law enforcement passed the House of Representatives after lawmakers voted along party lines in a 54-43 vote Feb. 27. HB 1054 was the subject of much...

Clean fuels bill approved by the House

OLYMPIA – A low carbon fuel bill passed the state House of Representatives Feb. 27 in a 52-46 vote with Republicans voting no. Its next stop is the Senate. The bill directs the Department of Ecology to institute rules requiring gasoline and...

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Repair work scheduled for the Rosalia trestle

ROSALIA — Repair work is scheduled for the Rosalia trestle in March. Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey gave a report to county commissioners Monday. Storey attended a...

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Ardent Mills to buy Hinrichs Trading Company

PULLMAN - Hinrichs Trading Company will soon be acquired by Ardent Mills. The Denver-based flour-milling and ingredient company declared its intent to buy the family-owned garbanzo bean (chick peas)...

Moscow sex offender charged for sexting teen

COLFAX — A registered sex offender faces felony charges for sending sexual text messages to a Moscow teenager while staying in LaCrosse. Austin T. Johnson, 23, of Moscow, Idaho, is charged with two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral...

Texas' 'Juneteenth' to become new Washington State holiday

OLYMPIA – State representatives approved a bill to make “Juneteenth” a state holiday to honor the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom. On June 19, 1863 Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and told the...

Colfax school sports return bringing restrictions for fans

COLFAX — The Colfax School District set conditions for sports spectators to comply with state health guidelines. They are as follows: • Required symptom-check verification • Agreement to wear a mask before entering the gym or other facility...

Pullman High last to return to classrooms

PULLMAN — Pullman High School students returned to the classroom in a hybrid format Monday, for the first time in nearly a year. They are the last K-12 students in the Palouse to return to in-person learning since the pandemic began. Middle...

Olympia man charged with two Pullman sexual assaults

COLFAX – A Pullman woman claims her ex-boyfriend sexually assaulted her twice after they broke up and he now faces charges of indecent liberties. Kaybean C. Anderson, 24, of Olympia, is charged with two counts of the felony indecent liberties in...

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Pullman hospital receives grant

PULLMAN - Pullman Regional Hospital is the recipient of a $300,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation for its proposed Family Medicine Residency Program. It's part of a post-medical school...

Hinrichs CEO says no layoffs with sale

PULLMAN — The pending sale of Hinrichs Trading Company will mean growth and no layoffs. Phil Hinrichs, CEO and president, spoke to the Gazette Monday after the announcement of the sale of the Pullman-based garbanzo beans (chickpeas) processor to...

Regular unemployment claims up slightly

OLYMPIA — A total of 143,403 initial regular claims marked a 3.2 percent uptick from last week in Washington. For all claims, in all unemployment benefit categories, the number was 462,218, a weekly increase of 3.3 percent. All statistics are...

Colfax volleyball wins twice more

COLFAX — The Colfax High School volleyball team is 3-0 after two sweeps to close last week. Playing at home Thursday and Saturday, Colfax first beat Kettle Falls 25-4, 25-15, 25-11 as Justice Brown had 14 assists and three aces. Anni Cox...

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Baerlocher second, Cook fourth at Slough

ST. JOHN - Lola Baerlocher, of Colton, took second place in cross-country with a time of 20:59 at Webb's Slough in St. John on Feb. 27. Kennedy Cook took third for Garfield/Palouse at 21:42. For...

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Oakesdale volleyball beats Colton and Pomeroy

COLFAX - In the abbreviated 2020-moved to-2021 volleyball season, teams play matches almost as much as they go to practice, putting on uniforms three nights per week. Now entering the last third of...

Whitman County football teams upended

ROSALIA — A brief hail and snow storm may have halted football action in the first quarter of play here Thursday, but it didn’t stop the defending state 1B champion Odessa Tigers from running away with a big win. The Tigers juggernaut team...

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Liberty tops Colfax to win

SPANGLE - A Colfax fumble recovered in the end zone led to the only touchdown of the night Friday, Feb. 26, as the Liberty Lancers topped the Bulldogs, 10-0, in a 2B football conference matchup....

Democrats have many proposals

Democrats in Washington’s Legislature traditionally haven’t been shy about raising taxes. This legislative session is no different. In fact, there are several Democrat-sponsored proposals that would increase existing taxes or create new ones....

Austin's tax incentives and friendliness is working

These days the mere mention of tax incentives for factories touches off a major firestorm in Seattle and you’d better be looking for an expeditious way out of town. Not so in Austin where major international corporations are receiving millions in...

BREACHING DAMS

I am writing in regard to the recent statement by Whitman County Commissioner Michael Largent in regard to the dam breaching proposal by Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson. The Nez Perce Tribe and its people have had a treaty of 1855 in place since before...

CARBON FEE AND DIVIDENDS

With the clock ticking on our opportunity to limit global warming to the critical 2 degree increase by 2030, we need a bill in Congress that is both effective and bipartisan. A carbon fee and dividend policy, where a fee is assessed on carbon fuels...

Births: March 4, 2021

Cash D. Dennis was born Feb. 26 to Stephanie and Levi Dennis of Lamont. He weighed 10 pounds and 2 ounces. Grandparents are Stacy Clay, of Uniontown, and Scott Zuger, of Clarkston, and Joe and Doreen Dennis of St. John. He joins his brother, Clay,...

Dusty News: March 4, 2021

DUSTY — A group of local women have started meeting monthly, whenever possible, for a potluck luncheon. February’s gathering was at the home of hostess Diane Monson last Tuesday. People attending were Terri Guenthner, Vicki Broeckel, Linda...

New watercolor exhibit at Dahmen Barn

UNIONTOWN — “Artists with a History” is a new exhibit opening at the Dahmen Barn on Sunday, The featured artists will be present Sunday from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Artists include Byron Saneholtz, Bobbi Kelly and Peggy Conrad, all of whom went to...

Colfax 'Top Dogs' awarded for February

COLFAX — Top Dog award winners at Colfax Junior-Senior High School for February are as follows. Peyton Gosney, freshman, fine arts; Layne Gingerich, senior, history; Canyon Pierce, sophomore language; Ella Jones, freshman, career and technical...

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High school robotics return

MOSCOW – Members of the 4-H Palouse Area Robotics Team, the Sciborgs, meet in limited sessions at a private shop near Pullman as they work to build a robot for this year’s F.I.R.S.T. Robotics...

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New name for WSU lecture hall

PULLMAN - A lecture hall at Washington State University (WSU) has a new name, following a corporate donation. The Spark Academic Innovation Hubs' lecture space is now known as the PACCAR Lecture...

4-H carries through 2020, adds new leaders to roster

COLFAX — 4-H has persevered and grown during the pandemic in Whitman County. Janet Schmidt, county director and 4-H youth educator for WSU Extension, gave a report on the extension office to county commissioners Monday. She noted a total of 434...

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Quilts of Valor Presented

COLFAX — Quilts of Valor were presented to two veterans last Friday at Colfax United Methodist Church. The first went to Richard (Rick) Collingsworth, of Colfax, who served in the Navy from...

Senior Menus: March 8 - March 12

COLFAX Monday, March 8: Blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast fruit Thursday, March 11: Chicken fajitas, refried beans, green salad, fruit, dessert ENDICOTT Tuesday, March 9: Corned beef and cabbage, buttered red potatoes, salad bar,...

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