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Tekoa to conduct active shooter drill

Tekoa Chamber of Commerce will conduct an active shooter response training Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tekoa Empire Theatre. Trainer John Guidice from the Whitman County Sheriff’s office will help teach area business owners and employees,...

Royce Taylor

St. John owner/driver wins NW funny car title

They go from zero to 100 MPH in one second. In race format, the funny car that clocks closest to 6.70 seconds for the quarter-mile track is the winner. That top car for the 2018 season of the NWBBFC...

News Briefs: Oct. 18, 2018

USC FOOTBALL SUIT SETTLED A civil suit filed Feb. 1 against the University of Southern California and one of its football players has been settled in July with USC agreeing to pay $40,000 to the plaintiff. WSU student Kyle Departee filed the suit...

Volunteers douse accidental Colfax grass fire

A total of six trucks responded Sunday to a grass fire at the residence of Fire Chief Craig Corbeill Sunday on the east hill. The Corbeills reside in the former Tribbett residence which is along the...

Five houses make county treasurer tax sale list

All five of the properties listed for the county's tax foreclosure action this year are houses. The annual tax foreclosure petition was filed in court Sept. 26 with notices posted by publication. A sixth property which was initially listed, a lot...

Colfax council declines to alter buffer rule for Main St. marijuana store

A proposal for a downtown cannabis shop sustained a setback Monday night when city council members decided not to shrink "buffer zone" requirements for the proposed location. The current buffer zone requirement of 1,000 feet makes the store...

RTOP gets grant for alley work

Regional Theatre of the Palouse in Pullman has received a $5,000 grant from Pullman Chamber and Visitor Center’s Community Investment Committee. The grant funds will be used to beautify a back alley which is shared by the theater, Stewart Title,...

Bike & Brew launch

Three Forks Bike & Brew will introduce a new concept for Pullman, a do it yourself bike tuning/education station integrated into a small and personal café space today, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at Edison Mall, 588 SE Bishop Blvd.,...

Bulletin Column: Oct. 18, 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 updated. “GAMEDAY” TO PROVIDE BOOST Mayor Todd...

Fall cleanup awaits building repairs

The annual October fall cleanup week at Whitman County landfill may yet still happen this year after the three-year-old garbage intake building was damaged in a fire on Aug. 3. The cleanup week, normally done in the second week of October, reduces...

Palouse will launch 17th annual haunt

The imagineers of Palouse are at work again. Truckloads of lumber were brought out from the city flathouse. Hundred-foot rolls of heavy black plastic arrived. Pathways were taped on the floor of the old firehouse and printing museum. After weeks of...

Food pantry correction

Distribution day for the Rosalia Food Pantry is the fourth Tuesday of each month. A story on the pantry’s one-year anniversary in the Oct. 4 Gazette listed the incorrect...

Specialist will give help in Colfax for WorkSource

Business assistance and advice for job seekers will be available by appointment Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Colfax Library. WorkSource Washington specialist Tim Rubio is scheduling appointments from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help with Employee recruitment,...

'Hollywood and the Homefront' scheduled for six library stops

"Hollywood and the Homefront, Tinsel Town’s Contribution to World War II" by John Jensen will come to six library locations across Whitman County under sponsorship by Humanities Washington and Friends of Whitman County Library. Jensen will share...

Kierstyn York

Colfax V-ball crew pegs revenge win over Asotin

Colfax volleyball players pegged a solid three-game win over Asotin on the home court Tuesday night to revenge a loss sustained at Asotin earlier in the season. The Bulldogs Tuesday downed the...

Gar/Pal loses at Sunnyside, drops into first-place tie

The top two teams in the Southeast 1B league met Oct. 12 and came out tied for first as Sunnyside Christian handled Garfield/Palouse at Sunnyside – avenging a September loss at Palouse. With three...

Reardan will bring solid load to Colfax Friday

Colfax football Friday will face a tough foe when they host the Reardan Indians in their last NE-South league home battle. The two teams will collide as the league goes down the chute for the final rounds to determine the top three finishers from...

Nighthawks, Pirates set for net collision

Oakesdale volleyball players, who had a bye in the SE league round Tuesday, will head south to face the Pirates tonight in what figures to be a battle. Oakesdale will travel to Pirateville with an undefeated league record at 10-0, and they have an...

Pullman's first GameDay

GameDay is coming to Pullman. It’s a big deal. GameDay is the ESPN television show that airs on Saturday mornings before most college football games are played. It is the ideal show for rabid football fans, with facts, figures, replays and...

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Oct. 18, 2018

Pet Peeves Hunters who shoot over the neighbors house over pasture with cows in it and at your house. Okeydokes No dogs in the local grocery...

The Nation's Road Ruts

"Country roads, take me home, To the place I belong, West Virginia, mountain mama, Take me home, country roads." If John Denver were to write that song these days, its lyrics might become "Trump country roads." After all, Donald Trump won West...

The Left's Foolhardy Attack on the Senate

Democrats suffered a stinging loss in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, and have concluded that the constitutional system is to blame. You see, if only the Founders hadn't forged the Great Compromise between large states and small...

This is why

I support Robert Rembert for Whitman County District Court Judge and this is why. Rob’s integrity, intelligence, and fairness are unmatched. I have had the privilege of working with Rob for over 20 years. During that time, I have had the...

Observations

Having served in the Washington State Legislature with both Cathy McMorris-Rogers and Lisa Brown for eight years, I would like to share some observations. First, they share many good qualities. They are both intelligent and articulate, they both...

Crucial experience

I have known Michael Largent for 15 plus years, dating back to before he first ran for county commissioner. The job was demanding and had a pretty steep learning curve as he expressed to me. I don't think it's time to remove someone from office...

Best steward

Sandy Jamison is the most qualified candidate to serve as Whitman County Auditor. Jamison earned her MBA and also is a CPA with over 30 years of accounting, management and auditing experience. In addition to acting as the financial manager for her...

Clock is ticking

So many issues clamoring for attention as we prepare to vote for town, county, state and national leaders. For me, it’s come down to the planet’s future, or lack thereof. I’m not going to consider any candidate or party that denies climate...

Yes for District No. 11

On November 6th the voters of Fire District #11, which is the rural area around Colfax and Albion and the communities of Diamond and Steptoe, will be asked to raise the levy lid. The commissioners have not asked for a special levy since 1991 and...

Impressive credentials

When I send in my ballot early next month, I will be pleased to vote for Sandy Jamison for Whitman County Auditor. She will bring impressive credentials to the job. She's a CPA with a lot of fiscal management experience–as a director of finance...

Pay now or later

Last week’s Gazette provided an interesting juxtaposition of ideas. Page 8A’s editorial by Gordon Forgey, “12 years left,” faced page 9A’s column, “Carbon Fee Hurts Business and Families,” by Don Brunell. The editorial depicted...

Quality

Two Pullman lawyers are running for Whitman County District Court Judge. John Hart, a public defender and part-time Municipal Court Judge in Colfax, and Rob Rembert, who’s been practicing law here since 1996. John Hart may have more time on the...

Unintended

There has been a lot of discussion revolving around law lately: the Supreme Court/Kavanaugh debacle, assaults on the rule of law, concerns about law enforcement (profiling, militarization, use of deadly force, etc.), as well as the ongoing...

My Favorite Recipes: Meet Jennafer McCutchen

Jennafer McCutchen grew up in Walla Walla before the family relocated to the Palouse three years ago when Jennafer transferred over to WSU where she completed her bachelor degree in Philosophy....

Endicott women make mammogram trip

A group of women from the Endicott area had their mammograms at Whitman Health and Medical Center Friday, Oct. 12. They have been meeting each year since 2004 for this event. They go together for...

Births: Oct. 18, 2018

At Whitman Hospital and Medical Center Elliott, Frances Clark, born Oct. 9 at seven pounds, 10.5 ounces, to Jessiann Loomis and Stuart Elliott of St. John. Maternal grandparents are Steve and Donna Loomis of St. John. Paternal grandparents are... Full story

David Gillman

Winona's Gillman receives Quilt of Valor

An old C-130 mail plane dropped him off at Can Tho, Vietnam, and they took him to the base at Ben Thuy – an Army combat engineer assigned to join a company maintaining a 200-truck supply unit for...

Eli Smith

Smith among NOAA honorees

Eli Smith, son of Robert and Liane Smith of Colfax, was among Gold Medal recipients at the 70th annual honor awards program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington,...

Homestead, Logos volunteers load 10,000 soup mixture bags

Homestead Ministries’ first event of the year was Friday at Logos Christian School in Moscow. With the help of 450 students plus some adults, their goal of assembling 10,000 soup mixes was met. The packets will be distributed from Spokane south...

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