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Jail building, roads: Board approves two state of emergency declarations

Whitman County Commissioners approved Monday two emergency declarations, the first for the jail building which houses the coroner’s office and information technology after a problem with sewage backup. The second was for incorporated and...

Bud Hut manager jailed as cohort in robbery

Jeremy D. West, 45, Troy, Idaho, was booked into jail here at 9:33 a.m. Monday on a probable charge of first-degree theft. West was the clerk at the Bud Hut marijuana store on the Moscow-Pullman Highway who reported he had been robbed the previous...

Deputy Justin DeRosier

DeRosier killed on duty: County pays tribute to former deputy

Blue ribbons were tied in front of the courthouse Monday morning in tribute for Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier who was fatally shot while on duty Saturday night. DeRosier, 29, a 2012 WSU...

Lentil Festival receives top honors

The 2018 National Lentil Festival at Pullman received six awards at the 2019 Washington Festival & Event Association’s Summit Awards in Bellevue, Wash., on April 4. The festival was awarded first place awards for best rack card, PR/media...

Science on Ice

Science on Ice: LaCrosse students learn physics, science, skating at Palouse ice rink

How does an ice skater spin? What is friction and how does it work? What is the difference between regular ice and dry ice? LaCrosse fifth through eighth graders now have a better understanding of...

Etcetera: April 18, 2019

Libraries plan for Earth Day Samantha DeMars and Nicole De La Cruz will talk about the do's and don'ts of hiking Monday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the Garfield Library. Discussion will include clothing, footwear, gear, safety and local favorite hiking...

Bulletin Column: April 18, 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...

Molly Welsh

Lost, but not forgotten arts at Dahmen Barn

A collection of craftsmen demonstrated their skills at the Lost Arts and Crafts annual demonstration day at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown...

Colfax north flat project passes heavy water test

The April 9 heavy rainfall turned out to be a test for the new street drain system which was installed last summer on Cedar Street. Public Works Director Matt Hammer said the new surface drain system worked well to get the surface runoff water from...

CHS spring bands concert

Colfax bands jam in gym

Five Colfax bands performed their annual spring concert in the high school gym Monday night because remodeling work is underway in the CHS auditorium. Director Mike Morgan said this was the first...

Garden club, seed bank support local gardeners

With spring in the air, it is time to start thinking about what seeds are going in the ground. To encourage those with green thumbs of all shades, a new garden club has sprouted and the dormant seed bank project is blooming once more. Malden...

Colfax church offers self-defense class

A self-defense class in a style popularized by the Israeli military will be taught April 27 at the First Baptist Church in Colfax with a class for men and women each. “I’m excited. I think it will be fun,” said Tammy Lewis, co-coordinator for...

County adds $100,000 to grandstand project

Whitman County commissioners Monday approved an extension of .09 funds to the Palouse Empire Fair, a total of $100,000 for additional over-excavation work at the fairgrounds on the new grandstand project. Workers have determined that a more...

Nate Akesson

Bulldogs blank Pirates at Pullman

After being rained out of a league double with Liberty Saturday, Colfax baseball player rolled out a 10-0 shutout Tuesday in a non-league round at Pullman. The Bulldogs stacked 13 hits against the...

Kaylee Hinnenkamp and LouEllen Reed

Both 10th at Nike-Van Kuren: Colfax boys, Oakesdale girls bag track wins

Colfax boys topped 170 points Tuesday to edge Asotin in a nine-team meet that turned out to be the season opener for the Schmuck Park track. Oakesdale girls scored 149 points to edge Asotin by over...

Jorja Koerner

Colfax softball squad books 2-1

Colfax softball players finished off a 2-1 run for the week with a 10-2 win on the road Tuesday at Pomeroy. The win over the Pirates follows a split last Friday against league foe Liberty on the WSU...

1B baseball: Vikings beat Touchet, lose to Pomeroy

Playing Tuesday night against Touchet at Asotin (because of field conditions), the Garfield/Palouse baseball team won 15-5 to put their record at 4-1 for the season. At bat, junior Blake Jones went 3-for-4 with a home run for Gar/Pal and five RBIs....

Gray tops field at Chewelah

Colfax senior Bennett Gray carded a 77 to win medalist honors Tuesday in a district round on the Chewelah course. Augie Allenbach of Colfax and Kristoff Pankey of Davenport finished two strokes back of Gray to share runner-up honors. Gray’s 77...

Colton softball beats Potlatch

The Colton softball team swept a doubleheader Monday at home against Potlatch to total four games played in the 2019 season. The date was April 11. Spring break has already happened. Prom has already happened. The team has gotten in three practices...

Not smart enough?

Despite the calendar, tax season is not over. Bernie Sanders has released his returns. Much to his embarrassment and the embarrassment of some of his supporters, he is a millionaire. He has spent much of his career railing against millionaires....

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: April 18, 2019

Okeydokes Congratulations to Tiger...

The Trump Whack-a-Mole

President Donald Trump obviously loves playing whack-a-mole. You know, like the amusement-park game where once a thingy is knocked back into a hole, another one pops up somewhere nearby. Trump is a political whack-a-mole wizard. Just as his...

Retrieving Ocean Trash Is Only First Step

People across our planet are increasingly aware of the growing amounts of trash floating in our oceans. While we are finding new ways to collect it, the more vexing problem is what to do with it. The garbage is accumulating in “gyres” which are...

The McCarthyite Crusade Against Chick-fil-A

The fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is wanted on suspicion of aiding and abetting Christian organizations. The home of the "original chicken sandwich" was banned from its second airport in two weeks for the offense of contributing to Christian groups...

Litter tally

The front page article in the Spokesman-Review on Thursday, July 13, 2017, entitled "Tubbs Hill Battle" opened up "Pandora’s Box" starting with Rosalia’s Pandora's Road into northern Whitman County. Pandora's Road, much like Tubbs Hill Battle,...

Californians

And then there's the Californians. We used to camp, hunt, fish, shoot, swim and ride horses, bikes and motorcycles and take road trips all over the place. And we didn't burn down the forest or leave our trash all over the place. Now when we go to...

Terry Snead

An Actor and an Officer

The officer will become the actor again. Terry Snead of the Palouse Police Department will leave his position for the 10th year next week to go to Roanoke Island, North Carolina, to act in summer...

My Favorite Recipes: Meet Amanda Rella of Rosalia

Amanda Isaacs Rella lives in Rosalia with her husband, Kurt, and their three children. Growing up in St. John, Amanda has known small town living from birth. "Now that I have kids, I see that there...

Tayma Vanek earns DAR honors

Esther Reed Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution presented Tayma Vanek of Colfax a Good Citizen Award and Scholarship April 13. The Good Citizen scholarship winner is selected from senior high school students nominated by their high...

Churches host pastor applicant

Trinity and Peace Lutheran Churches call committees visited with a pastor candidate and his wife, Ian and Corrin McMichael. The committees were made up of members from both churches and include...

Births: April 18, 2019

At Pullman Regional Hospital Dressel, Kira LaRue, born April 6 at seven pounds, seven ounces, to Kristopher Dressel and Jaclyn Dvorak, Rosalia, Wash. Paternal grandparent is Sheri Neiman, Moscow, Idaho. Maternal grandparents are Jamie and Cindy... Full story

Good Old Days: April 18, 2019

125 years ago The Commoner, April 13, 1894 The Commoner is gratified today to make the formal announcement that the Bank of Colfax resumed business on Monday morning last. The institution closed when the great financial panic struck the country....

LaCrosse girls of '79 conduct mini reunion

This weekend, the mini-reunion of women of the LaCrosse High School class of 1979 was at The Parsonage Bed and Breakfast. This is the 20th year they have held this spring event. Participating were Doreen Broeckel Riedner, Dusty; Denise Broeckel...

Lifeguards sought

LaCrosse Parks and Recreation Board is now hiring lifeguards for the 2019 summer season at the LaCrosse pool. To qualify, applicants must be 15 years old on the date when they finish the lifeguard course. Beginning wage will be $12 per hour....

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