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WSU signs 'Roundtop' for Palouse Ridge space

The new eatery at WSU's Palouse Ridge Golf Club will be Roundtop Public House, operated by JW Links, LCC. The JW derives from the first names of Jim Harbour and Wade Dissmore, who also own and operate South Fork Public House in Pullman and Fork in...

Support continues for Port of Clarkston

Port of Whitman County commissioners approved the re-commitment of matching funds for the Port of Clarkston Economic Development Administration grant. The approval was on a 3-0 vote. Last March, Jerry Klemm, commissioner for the Port of Lewiston,...

Tekoa Parks and Rec seeks way to pay county loan

Whitman County commissioners Tuesday met with members of the Tekoa Parks and Recreation board to discuss a loan the county extended Tekoa parks and recreation that is due Dec. 1, 2020. The loan was originally granted in 2019 to help cover swim pool...

Design work underway for Port fiber-to-home project

Port commissioners received an update regarding the fiber-to-the-home project at their meeting Jan. 16. In August 2019, the port received $1 million from Whitman County’s .09 funds to design and construct a fiber-to-the-home network in five rural...

Council on Aging & Human Services holds annual meeting

The Council on Aging & Human Services Board of Directors held their annual meeting Tuesday morning at the Colfax Pantry building. They strategized on how to serve both the nutrition clients and...

Tammy Lewis; Angie Collins; Peggy Zaring

Homestead Ministries expands distribution with local bagging

Homestead Ministries hosted its fourth soup bagging at the First Baptist Church in Colfax Thursday, Jan. 16, where they bagged 3,000 packages of soup for a Central Washington group. The soup packets...

Mobile health clinic plans to sweep county

The Mobile Medical Unit will be making its rounds in Whitman County the last week of January and in the last week of March. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the clinic will be at LaCrosse Library from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the Endicott Library from 1 to 5 p.m....

Tekoa seeks to add more patrol hours

The City of Tekoa is considering adding sheriff’s patrol hours stemming from a discussion at the city council meeting Dec. 16. “The council wants to spend more money for the police force,” said Tekoa Mayor Troy Wilson. The town now contracts...

Rural Development Initiatives leads to flags, Tekoa idea, Thursday meet

Flags posted around parts of northern Whitman County since last fall are a project of a Rural Development Initiatives leadership class given last year in Fairfield. The flags read, “The Palouse: Small Towns, Big Hearts.” The organization put on...

CERB board approves grant for Port of Wilma road work

On Thursday, Jan. 16, the Port of Whitman Community Economic Revitalization Board grant application was approved Jan. 16 with a $750,000 loan and $250,000 grant for the Port of Wilma road improvements. Mark Storey, county public works director,...

Planning panel nears finish on new marijuana ordinance

Whitman County Planner Alan Thomson reported to county commissioners Tuesday that the county planning commission is nearly done with its work to write a new ordinance for commercial marijuana operations in the county. Thomson noted that the group's...

Building permits total 154 for 2019

A total of 154 permits were issued by the Colfax building inspector during 2019. Total revenue from permit fees was $126,931. The permit sales included 74 mechanical permits for $4,840; 17 building permits including two houses for $17,904; nine...

Food for Fines to mark 20th year at area libraries

Whitman County Library's Food for Fine campaign, which will run through February, will mark its 20th year. Residents can exchange food donations for up to $10 in fines. All donations at branches around the county will go to the nearest food bank....

Bulletin Column: January 23, 2020

These reports are from the previous three 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. ADU ZONING ON CITY AGENDA Proposed zoning...

Jacob Anderson; Ethan Hawkins; Tyler Bober; Matt Hockett

Last shot in and out, Oakesdale beats Gar/Pal

It was in the hands of the three seniors at the end. Matt Hockett for Oakesdale hit a 19-foot shot for 46-44 Oakesdale with 13 seconds remaining. Austin Jones, Gar/Pal's junior point guard pushed the...

John Lustig; Kenneth Lenoir

Bulldog boys hammer Asotin to cap three-game win string

Colfax boys cranked up the speed and dropped Asotin 64-38 Tuesday in another league round. The home win advances Colfax to 6-2 in league play with a game Saturday at Reardan. The Indians are one of...

Bulldog girls link three big hoop wins

Colfax girls returned to the home boards Tuesday and rolled out a 57-30 win over Asotin to finish a run of three big wins over the week. The win advances the Bulldogs' league record to 5-3 with...

Jessie Reed

Oakesdale-Pomeroy girls showdown set

The Southeast 1B powers will meet a second time. Playing at Pomeroy Friday night, Oakesdale will go against the unbeaten Pirates, whom they lost to 43-40 at home Dec. 20. With five league games...

Grapplers stack 50 at Clearwater Classic

Colfax wrestlers scored 50 points to place 12th at the big Clearwater Classic meet Saturday at Lewiston. Host Lewiston took the team honors with 168.5 points, and Kennewick placed a close second with 164 points. Caden Noha battled all the way to...

Broncos defeat Timberwolves

The LRS Broncos defeated Tekoa/Rosalia in league matches at Ritzville Tuesday night. The Bronco boys booked a 64-41 win with a strong finish in the second half. Spencer Gehring led the Broncos with 17 points. Garrett Naught hit a game high 18 to...

Good Riddance

Mike Leach, Washington State University head coach for eight seasons, has left to be head coach at Mississippi State University. Good riddance. The football coach of any university is often the face of the football program, and more notably, the...

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes: January 23, 2020

Okeydokes! Thanks to all of the Colfax and outlying communities that came out for a great cause to make over 3,000 soup packets with Homestead...

Dams are the Northwest Flood Busters

A year ago, much of America’s heartland was inundated by Missouri River flood waters. At least 1 million acres of US farmland in nine major grain producing states were under water. More than 14 million people were impacted. Damage exceeded $1...

Snowed In

I got snowed in last week. I was at our cabin on the Pend Oreille River where it was quiet, and I could do some writing with no interruptions. There was an unfinished poem running around in my head that I just couldn’t quite get a handle on. I...

Newsbiz and Showbiz

Pardon my sharing a personal preference, but I don't give a rat's patootie about the opinions of some showbiz notables because, notwithstanding their star power, they usually don't really know what they're talking about. Once, I was covering a...

Neither Neocon or Isolationist

Donald Trump isn't George W. Bush. That should be obvious to everyone by now, but his critics and even some of his supporters immediately acted as if it were 2003 on the cusp of the Iraq War when Trump took out Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani....

Letters: January 23, 2020

Colfax Levy I want to encourage fellow citizens to support the Colfax School’s levy request. It is both a privilege and responsibility to invest resources wisely if younger generations are to serve well when their time comes. The proposal is...

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