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Gov. Inslee orders all K-12 schools closed for remainder of year

OLYPMIA, WASH. - Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced on Monday that plans for on-site schooling at K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic,...

PURPOSE ROASTERS NEW LOCATION

Purpose Roasters is getting cozy in its new home at Flowers, Decor and More. According to Flowers, Decor and More owner Shelly Elkins, coffee bean roasting has already started in the space Purpose Roaster's new owner Nick Wright is renting at the...

New Case; Recommends Mask

The Emergency Operations Center has announced one more positive COVID-19 test, bringing the total now to 12. The new patient is a female in the 40-59 age range; her status is unknown as of press time. Whitman County Public Health is investigating....

Infected number rises in Othello

OTHELLO -- The number of Wuhan coronavirus cases is rising, with almost half of the cases connected to a single family. As of Sunday afternoon, Adams County health officials were reporting 23 cases in the city, 11 of which were in one family. There...

Kettle Falls woman killed in crash

LIND -- A Kettle Falls woman was killed Sunday morning when her pickup overturned. Kristen K. Icenogle, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene near Milepost 70 on southbound U.S. Highway 395, the...

Spokane County COVID cases top 200

SPOKANE -- COVID19 cases in Spokane County have topped 200, with the death toll from the severe acute respiratory disease rising as well. In an April 4 news release, Spokane County Department of Emergency Management officials said the total number...

Kalispel Tribe, Northern Quest file suit against 3M, Tyco Fire Products

AIRWAY HEIGHTS --The Kalispel Tribe of Indians, its economic authority and the Northern Quest Resort & Casino have filed a $21.27 million lawsuit against companies including 3M and Tyco Fire Products along with the United States government over...

Senate Minority Leader Schoesler reacts to quarantine extension

RITZVILLE -- Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler doesn't agree with extending the statewide quarantine until May 4 due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Responding to Bainbridge Island Democrat...

Seamstresses pitch in for public safety

RITZVILLE — Area seamstresses have been sewing fast and furiously to get cloth masks donated to area hospitals, medical facilities, senior centers and other organizations. Their work has also been...

Adams County coronavirus tally reaches 23

RITZVILLE -- Adams County health officials Saturday evening reported that a total of 23 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. Of those cases, 19 are in Othello, with 10 connected to a single family, officials said. There are two cases each in Lind...

County officials modify Public Records Act

Temporary changes to the county’s compliance with the Public Records Act were announced by Whitman County officials in accordance with the Governor’s revised proclamation. The modifications state that in-person submission for, inspection of or...

Sheriff Myers advises on construction rules during shutdown

The Governor's Stay Home order has resulted in more calls to local law enforcement about construction projects underway. "There's a broad leeway of what can be done," said Sheriff Brett Myers who has been receiving more calls about on-going...

County property tax deadline remains intact

COLFAX – Whitman County Treasurer Chris Nelson updated the county commissioners during their Monday workshop regarding county property tax deadlines. Nelson said the first half of property taxes, by law, are due April 30 and the county will be...

Jim Retzer

Retzer settles in as Colfax mayor

Jim Retzer has been mayor of Colfax for almost three months. "It's been really good. Everybody's been really helpful and open to a lot of things," Retzer said, a first-time office holder and veteran...

Patient towns "irrelevant" as tests don't reflect virus location

The communities where the eight positive COVID-19 patients live is not among information the Public Health Department will be releasing, stated Health Director Troy Henderson. He noted that whether a positive test has come back from a certain...

Essential Liberty

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” —Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote often arises in the context of government overreach. In this age of...

Mark Schoesler

Small Town Investments

Some years back, in the biggest town in a small county outside our 9th District, there was a clothing store. Upstairs was the office of the area's weekly newspaper. Week after week, year after year,...

Pet Peeves and Okey Dokes

Pet Peeves: Colfax Park Department hiring extra help so they don’t have to work themselves. Bring back the full page trivia! Especially while everyone is stuck at home. Send your pet peeves and okeydokes to Whitman County Gazette P.O Box 770,...

Supports Armitage

Chris Armitage is running as a Democrat for Representative in the 5th Congressional District against Cathy McMorris Rodgers. He is well-educated with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a Master’s degree in homeland security. He has...

Democrat complaint

Washington State Democrats have submitted a bill (SB 5395) to mandate sex education in schools grades K to 12 without the approval of parents or guardians. This should be a big help for those Democrats who want our children to learn that if they...

Misleading comparisons

Car accidents and the seasonal flu differs significantly from COVID-19 that comparing the deaths from them is dangerously misleading. The two key differences are the time span during which they impact our healthcare system, and the second is how...

Affront

I very much agree with Kiah Miller’s letter regarding the immorality of calling COVID-19 the “Wuhan Flu”. So I was dismayed to see 2 articles in the same issue written by the new WCG publisher, Roger Harnack, again repeating this phrase. Mr....

Library celebrates 75th anniversary

When Whitman County Library planned the celebration of our 75th anniversary, who would have thought that all 14 branch locations would be closed for business due to a worldwide pandemic? Thankfully,...

Oakesdale players named to all-tournament teams

WIAA announced its players for the all-tournament teams. Matt Hockett of Oakesdale was named to the 1B boys first team. Hockett was also the WIAA/Wendy’s State Athlete of the Week for the last week of the season. He led the 1B State Tournament in...

Dean Hall; Jaymee Finke

Engagement

Dane Robert Hall, 19, son of Dean and Carla Hall of Colfax, became engaged to Jaymee Elizabeth Finke, 20, daughter of Jason and Amy Finke of Spokane on Nov. 9, 2019. They plan to be wed on June 28,...

Kathy Neilson

Meet Kathy Neilson, Colfax

Kathy Neilson met her husband, Brent, about five years after she divorced her first husband, while Brent was up from Texas visiting his brother in the greater Seattle area and looking for work. Both...

Etcetera: April 2, 2020

REALTORS offer scholarship Whitman County Association of REALTORS is once again offering a $1,000 scholarship to graduating Whitman County high school students who will attend Washington State University in the fall. Applications must be submitted...

Aeschliman earns corn honor

Colfax farmer John Aeschliman earned a first-place state award in the 2019 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) National Corn Yield Contest. Aeschliman is honored as one of the highest corn yield...

Hill-Ray annual meeting

Hill-Ray Plaza held its 31st annual meeting with equity holders and residents Feb. 18. Administrator Gary Young opened the meeting with Ann Emerson giving a prayer and Kathy Wride leading everyone in the flag salute. This was followed by...

Births: April 2, 2020

At Pullman Regional Hospital Magrath, Evan, born March 16, 2020, at six pounds, 12 ounces, to Leah and Jordan Magrath, Pullman. Paternal grandparents are Karla and Matt Magrath, Lynden. Maternal grandparents are Susan and Jay Gordon, Elma, Wash....

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