Gov. Inslee to sign bill to replace Whitman statutes

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign a bill today, April 14, that would begin the process of removing statues of perhaps the state's most prominent figure from the Capitol building and the National Statuary in Washington, D.C. The...

County awaits new phase designation

COLFAX — Whitman County could drop a phase in the state virus reopening stages. Whitman County Public Health Director Chris Skidmore gave an assessment to county commissioners Monday morning....

Governor threatens return to Phase 2

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday, April 8, that moving a county backwards for at least three weeks in his phased reopening plan may provide the impetus to improve vaccination rates. During his press conference, the governor said there has...

Tekoa man jailed for mental health issues

TEKOA — A 31-year-old Tekoa man faces criminal charges for threatening and attacking his grandparents despite their insistence he is mentally ill. Ryan G. Keller was arrested on March 30 after he allegedly resisted Whitman County deputies and...

Public Works director explains tax money use

COLFAX — A letter to the editor in last week’s Gazette about spending a levy increase drew a response from Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey. He talked to county commissioners about it at a workshop Monday. “I have no problem...

Port of Whitman County may re-vamp WSU steam plant

PULLMAN — An old steam plant could see new life for the Port of Whitman and Washington State University. The port is seeking $45 million from the federal government to develop the 1935 electricity plant. It features a tall smokestack at the...

WSU spike leads to gathering limits in Pullman

COLFAX - A new gathering limit of 10 people was placed within Pullman as part of an emergency order issued by the Whitman County Health Department on April 2. The move is in response to rising...

Three new bridge projects announced

COLFAX — Three new bridges are being built this summer. In Belmont a 30-foot wood bridge on Black Road will be replaced with a steel span at an estimated cost of $180,000, according to Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey. On Hume...

County Library starts April programs

COLFAX — Whitman County Library released its schedule of programs for April. Events include a program for seed packets called “Just Grow With It!” “Magic Tricks to Go” is for kids to pick up magic tricks packets from area branches. “Toy...

Renewable Energy Pilot Program, USDA seeks input

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests public input in an effort to help create a “Rural Renewable Energy Pilot Program.” “When we invest in creating new sources of renewable energy, we invest in rebuilding the...

Gazette remains County paper for legal ads

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners unanimously accepted a bid to publish all legal and public notices in both the Whitman County Gazette and Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Commissioner Michael Largent moved acceptance of the joint bid submitted by...

Deadline this week for fire relief

MALDEN — Malden and Pine City area residents have until April 12 to submit a U.S. Small Business Administration application. Or, they will likely be ineligible for further disaster relief assistance after the fire last Labor Day. More information...

Pullman police support mental health app

PULLMAN — The Police Department has partnered with Cordico to create an app to provide officers with access to mental health services. The nature of police work leaves officers at high risk for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and...

State acreage estimates released for 2021 harvest

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Winter wheat planting is down while spring wheat increased for 2021, according to estimates from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. In Washington, winter wheat planted...

Vaccines to be available for 16 and older

OLYMPIA — Washington residents 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 15. Gov. Jay Inslee made the announcement Wednesday. Washington follows more than a dozen states making vaccines available to anyone 16 and older....

Pullman/Moscow TSA Hiring

Eagles' Johnson named Coach of the Year

POMEROY — The Southeast 1B All-league volleyball team was named for the 2020-moved-to-2021 season. And a Whitman County woman was named Coach of the Year. “I’m surprised and honored,” Jenn Johnson, of St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse, said....

Timberwolves split with DeSales

WALLA WALLA — The Tekoa-Rosalia girls won one and lost one March 30 in a fast pitch softball doubleheader at DeSales. The Timberwolves (1-3) lost the opener to the Fighting Irish, 18-8. Individual stats were not reported. They then rallied to top...

Colton softball girls remain undefeated

TOUCHET — The Colton Wildcats remain undefeated in fast pitch softball after sweeping Touchet on March 31. The Colton (4-0) girls topped the home Indians (0-2) by scores of 18-2 in the opener and 13-0 in the nightcap. Individual stats were not...

Colton/Garfield/Palouse boys remain winless

TOUCHET — The Colton/Garfield/Palouse baseball team remains winless this season after being swept by Touchet on March 31. The Vikings (0-6) lost the opener, 17-13, and the nightcap, 10-6, to the undefeated Indians (4-0). Individual stats were not...

Eagles win first baseball game of the season

SUNNYSIDE — The St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse boys came home with their first victory of the baseball season April 1. The team opened a doubleheader at Sunnyside Christian (1-3) with a 12-1 win. The Knights (1-3) then took the nightcap, 23-12....

Colfax spring sports returns for first time in two years

COLFAX — The Colfax High School baseball, softball, golf and track seasons are set to begin competition on April 13. The baseball team opens at Liberty, to start a Tuesday-Saturday slate of games that run until May 4. The abbreviated regular...

Bulldogs softball prepares for their first game back

COLFAX — Colfax softball returns April 13. The team lost its season last year due to the pandemic and subsequent shutdowns. They are back with new coach Tracy Imler succeeding Michelle Miller. The 2019 team played at state, losing in the early...

Democrats can't resist higher spending

The Senate operating budget for 2021-23 was approved on April 1 by a 27-22 vote, with two Democrats joining all Republicans in opposition. It is fitting this plan (Senate Bill 5092) was passed on April Fools’ Day. The sharp spending increase...

Teaching racism to end racism fallacy

Just the other day I was catching up with a friend and he shared with me a surprising experience. He said his daughter is attending law school and one of her professors has been rabidly vocal about how our justice system needs to be reformed to...

Prime Motivation Club

Appreciation for union leadership and workplace improvements cannot mean that every business must therefore subscribe to the union. While willingness to raise standards, offer education and training, and ensure onsite safety are excellent qualities...

Telephone companies should be responsible

Today I received three phone calls. When I returned the calls according to my caller ID app on my telephone each one was fraudulent. The numbers they gave me were ‘no longer in service,’ according to the message by the phone company. A...

Real problem with salmon

Declining salmon runs, just like global warming/climate change is just another misunderstood problem that could be solved without removing any dams or spending small fortunes employing lawyers and environmentalists that do not understand the...

Tekoa third-graders round the corner to their next scavenger hunt clue.

Easter Fun in Whitman County

Hallie Galbreath and Mitch Jamison

Wedding Announcement

GARFIELD — Mitch Jamison, of Garfield, is engaged to be married April 24, 2021, in Spokane to Hallie Galbreath, of Ritzville. Jamison is the son of Russell and Sandra Jamison. Galbreath is the...

“Notebook of a Scavenger Series” by Gerri Sayler

'Phoenix Rising' opens in Uniontown gallery

UNIONTOWN — The new group exhibit "Phoenix Rising" is on display at the Artisans at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown. The Palouse Women Artist offers the exhibit until April 25. 'Phoenix Rising' is...

Penny drive for library starts April 4

COLFAX — The Whitman County Rural Library System is having a Penny Drive from April 4 to April 30. Each of the 14 library branches collects money to fund programs or projects, according to Sheri Miller, representing the Whitman County Library....

Builders in the kitchen of the new home of Diana (Merriman) Totten in Malden.

Montana church builds new home in Malden

MALDEN — Builders from the Western Antibaptist Missionaries of St. Ignatius, Mont., gather in the kitchen of the new home of Diana (Merriman) Totten in Malden. The group built two houses in two...

Vanek siblings win state essay contest

COLFAX — Eighth-grader Liana Vanek and her brother Arri Vanek, fifth-grade, both of Colfax, were named state winners in this year’s Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest. The topic for 2020-2021 was having students put themselves...

Bible quiz champions

Bible Quiz Champions

In Step Bible quizzing team placed first overall in their Inland Northwest Bible Quiz league, which runs from September to March. Individually Karmen Akesson placed second, Kirsten Akesson placed...

Colton High School Honor Roll

COLTON — Colton High School announced students listed on the Honor Roll for grades sixth through twelfth. HIGHEST HONORS 4.0 GPA Wyatt Baysinger Meredith Bell Joey Heminghaus Russel Jackson Maggie Meyer Clair Moehrle Avery Peters Addyson Purnell...

100 years ago

A crowd, estimated at 1,000 people packed every corner of the community hall and over-flowed to the entrance and stairs Tuesday evening when Collins and Harlan, well-known Metropolitan entertainers, presented a “Miracle Concert.” Mr. Harlan...

75 years ago

That he will enforce the state anti-gambling laws by stopping the playing of slot machines, punch boards and other games of chance is evidenced in the following statement by County Prosecutor Claude Irwin, issued Wednesday: “I have been asked to...

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