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City of Colfax asks citizens to reduce water usage

COLFAX— The City of Colfax is asking customers to reduce irrigation in order to conserve water in a press release by Public Works Director, Matt Hammer on Wednesday, August 3. The City is currently in the process of replacing the Clay Street Well...

Oakesdale Food Pantry evicted

OAKESDALE – The Oakesdale Food Pantry is in search of a new home after receiving an eviction notice Friday, July 15. The community pantry was given one month to move out after almost seven years at...

Idaho man injured in garbage truck crash

PULLMAN – An Idaho man was hospitalized following a July 28 garbage truck crash on U.S. Highway 195 between Pullman and Colfax. Richard Becker, 60, of Post Falls, Idaho, was airlifted to Sacred...

Rosalia man convicted in child-porn case

SPOKANE – A Rosalia man was sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 2, to 10 years in federal prison in a child-pornography case. Philip Mario Harhill, 74, of Rosalia, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Washington for coercion and...

Humane Society officials reacts to mass exodus

PULLMAN – Whitman County Humane Society directors reacted Monday, Aug. 1, to allegations of mismanagement raised by the July 25 mass exodus of several employees and others. “At this point, the board of directors of WCHS has multiple current...

Aug. 2 primary election initial tally

COLFAX - Here are the preliminary results of ballots counted in Whitman County on Tuesday night, Aug. 2, in the primary election: Whitman County Assessor Wraylee Flodin 96.25% Auditor Sandy Jamison...

Pullman Regional Hospital to expand and remodel

PULLMAN – Pullman Regional Hospital’s Board of Commissioners approved a funding proposal for a patient care expansion and remodel project of approximately 80,000 square feet, including minor medical equipment. The project is estimated to cost...

Hit-and-run incident reported

PULLMAN – Whitman County Sheriff's Office deputies responded at 8:30 a.m. to a report of a hit-and-run at Davis Way and Old Wawawai Road on Monday, July 25. WHITCOM radioed the report and said Brent Damery, of Colfax, was hit by a silver 2008...

Horse helps emergency crews locate injured rider

PULLMAN – A horse helped emergency responders find its injured rider near Pullman last Thursday, June 28. Whitman County Sheriff’s Deputies and Fire District 12 Volunteers responded to a missing person report around noon on Thursday. The...

Red Cross offers chance at free gas for August donations

PULLMAN – A decline in blood donations this summer has the American Red Cross offering would be donors a chance to win a $6,000 gas card. All donors from Aug. 1-31 are receive an entry into the giveway. The Red Cross blood supply has shrunk...

Power outage planned for Colton and Uniontown

COLTON – Avista electric customers in Colton, Uniontown, and the surrounding area are expected to experience a scheduled power outage starting Thursday, Aug. 11. The power outage will last from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Aug. 11-12 while Avista crews...

Pomeroy swimmers top Pullman

PULLLMAN — The Pomeroy swim team topped the Pullman Barracudas, 530-469, during a meet last Thursday. The Pomeroy girls scored 331 points, while Pullman girls only scored 188. For the boys teams, Pullman topped Pomeroy, 281-199. Here are the...

Colfax Bullsharks win swim meet

COLFAX – Local swimmers won their home meet against St John-Endicott-LaCrosse-Washtucna and Garfield-Palouse-Oakesdale-Plummer last Thursday July 28. The Colfax Bullsharks scored a total of 456...

Dickinson named Rosalia pool manager

ROSALIA — The local public pool has a new manager. As the pool manager, Piper Dickinson, 38, will coordinate activities at the pool and adjacent park. Dickinson grew up in Oakesdale, and has lived...

Outdoorsmen expected to take Fish and Wildlife to task

COLFAX – Several outdoorsmen and Eastern Washington county commissioners are expected to take the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to task during its three-day meeting this weekend. Northeast...

Spokane voter supports Tiffany Smiley

I just listened to a campaign ad for Patty Murray, who is seeking another term as our senator. She stated she will fight for us for lower prescription prices, inflation, high gas prices, public safety and a cornucopia of problems we face daily. The...

Commissioner Largent understands our county

Mike Largent has put his personal life on hold in order to give Whitman County the expertise which we are used to. He has proved in the past he has all the qualifications Whitman County needs in a county commissioner. Whitman County is an...

Time to leave for 'Boot Camp'

I officially began my internship at the Whitman County Gazette in January. I was 19 years old, a sophomore in college and contemplating what my future would look like. I came from Detroit to...

State's hospitals in financial trouble

A report released last week by the Washington State Hospital Association indicates that virtually every hospital in the state is in financial trouble. (here) A recent survey revealed that hospital...

National Night Out

TEKOA - The community celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2, with first responders talking with children and providing hot dogs and...

Fall Musical Back on Stage

COLFAX – The Colfax School District will bring back the annual fall musical with a production of "Oliver!" on Nov. 18-23, 2022. Auditions for the show will be the first week of school. This year the cast will need 25-30 junior and senior high...

Startin wins Small Town America Civic Volunteer honors

LACROSSE – Community Pride, Angela Broeckel, Mayor Randy Camp, and the LaCrosse City Council nominated community leader Lois Startin for the National Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award last october. An award more than seven hundred people...

County students make Eastern Dean's list

WHITMAN COUNTY – The Eastern Washington Dean’s list is released after every fall, winter, and spring quarter. The fall and spring quarter lists also includes students on the semester system. An undergraduate student who earns 12 quality hours...

Palouse Music Festival

PALOUSE - Dozens of people turned out Saturday, July 30, for the annual Palouse Music...

Quilts of Valor ceremony honors eight men

COLFAX - The Quilts of Valor Foundation presented Vietnam veterans with commemorative lapel pins and quilts in a ceremony at the Colfax Methodist Church last Friday, July 29. The Foundation's mission...

Hall-Clinton wedding

Carmen May Hall, daughter of Dean and Carla Hall of Colfax, and Michael Richard Clinton, son of Mark and Cheryl Clinton of Colfax, were united in marriage on Saturday, April 3, 2022, at Colfax Church...

Kathryn Lou (Miller) Kramer

Kathryn Lou (Miller) Kramer was born Dec. 27, 1951, in Colfax, Wash., to Harold and June Miller and passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 27, 2022, in Spokane Valley, Wash. Kathy is survived by...

Polly Lynn Zehm

Polly Lynn Zehm passed away on July 1, 2022, at her home in Olympia, Wash. She was 64 years old. Polly was born Oct. 30, 1957, in Spokane, Wash., to Leonard and Mona Zehm (Lundstrum). Polly grew up in the Palouse, graduating from Liberty High...

Robert "Bob" Davidson

Robert "Bob" Davidson, 78, passed away on July 21, 2022 at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center. Bob was born on August 25, 1943 in LaCrosse, Wash. and was the 3rd child of JB and Sarah Davidson. He...

John A. Novak Sr.

John A. Novak Sr., passed away on July 30, 2022 at his home in St. John at the age of 82. John was born on May 7, 1940 to Joseph and Vivienne (Crowder) Novak. He was born in Berwick, PA and raised in...

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