Fraternity member death at WSU

On Nov. 12, at Washington State University fraternity Alpha Tau Omega, 19-year-old Samuel Martinez, fraternity member was found dead. Martinez was a freshman and from Bellevue, Wa. Preliminary investigation states that the death may be...

Bid for fiber to home project

The Port of Whitman County staff received a bid for the materials and procurement for the fiber-to-home project in Rosalia. Back in August, the port was awarded $1 million from Whitman County’s .09 funds to design and construct a...

Port of Whitman set to join Northwest River Partners

On Nov. 8, a motion was brought before the port commissioners to join the Northwest River Partners (NWRP) as an affiliate member for $500. NWRP advocates for the bettering of our communities, our...

Port to join Maritime Blue

At Thursday's port meeting, port commissioners agreed to join Washington Maritime Blue organization as a Public/Organizational Partner. There is no cost to the port for joining this organization. Other organizations that have joined WMB are Port of...

Passport to Colfax now underway for shopping

Colfax Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to shop local by starting their fourth annual Passport of Colfax event; all cards must be returned before Dec. 5. Passports can be picked up at most chamber businesses. On the back of the card are...

Ruck for Fallen books big day in Oakesdale Nov. 30

Ruck for the Fallen: March for the Heroes will be Saturday, Nov. 30, in downtown Oakesdale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to honor past and present military, law enforcement and first responders. Ruck for the Fallen is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization...

Council decision to follow:

Tekoa city council has set a bid opening for Nov. 18, for proposals from small-works contractors to tear down the Cohn Motors building – the red-brick former auto dealership whose roof caved in by snow in January 2017. Tekoa Mayor Troy Wilson...

Garfield, Steptoe assemblies honor veterans

Veterans were honored at assemblies Friday, Nov. 8, in Garfield and Steptoe. Ozzie Knezkovich, US Army, retired, spoke at Garfield Middle School. He is the Spokane County Sheriff. "We are about to...

Commissioners asked for input for road project nominations

The Whitman County Public Works Department and County Commissioners will consider area paved roads that may need work as the biennial state County Road Administration Board (CRAB) submission period approaches. Counties around the state submit...

Bulletin Column: November 14, 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 updated. JUMP PACK CONVICTION Castulo Costilla, 30,...

Kathleen Parker

LaCrosse nonprofit supports troops overseas

It was more than just a one-time thing for Lana and Roger Myers of LaCrosse when they sent their first military care package in November of 2018. Their personal ties to those serving in the armed...

LaCrosse FFA members earn honors at nationals

The LaCrosse FFA made a strong showing at this year's 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo on Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, in Indianapolis, Ind. The LaCrosse marketing team placed 4th overall in the National Marketing Plan Career Development Event. Members...

Five definitions restored to critical areas ordinance

Whitman County Commissioners approved Nov. 4 an update to the county's critical areas ordinance – adding five definitions that were inadvertently left out of the document's April 1 final draft. Joan Folwell, Steptoe Butte native and a Palouse...

Good Old Days

125 years ago The Commoner Nov. 16, 1894 The campfire at Grand Army hall Saturday evening, under the auspices of Nathaniel Lyon Post, was well-attended and was an enjoyable affair. The old boys in blue were out in force with their families, and...

National, county fire departments face shortage of volunteers

It’s estimated that 240 million calls are made to 911 in the US each year. As more people have access to phones and emergencies increase, the number of first responders has not. Nationwide, in communities of 2,500 or less, they have seen a...

Model Home Furnishings

First state ticket since 2013:

Colfax football players have earned a ticket to the state football playoffs as one of the top 16 teams in the state, and they have been rated among the top eight teams in the state. Colfax will host...

Bulldog V-ball team faces Brewster in state 2B opener

Colfax volleyball players received a sendoff Wednesday morning before they departed for the Yakima SunDome for the state 1B volleyball tournament where they will play Brewster today in the first...

Oakesdale takes title, on to state

Oakesdale and Pomeroy met for the district volleyball championship match Nov. 9 at tournament host Pomeroy and Oakesdale won 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19. The Nighthawks now advance to state in Yakima, beginning Thursday, as District Nine's top seed....

Mills places 2nd at state XC; Colfax, GP teams place

Garfield/Palouse senior Anais Mills placed second in the all-B state cross country race on the Sun Willows course at Pasco, and the Colfax girls team placed ninth in the state final which totaled 112...

Regional races could bring 400-plus runners

Colfax will be host to an estimated 400 to 470 college runners Friday when WSU hosts the NCAA Western Regional cross country races at the Colfax Golf Course. The event is expected to be approximately twice the size of the Pac-12 Conference race...

1B football:

Tekoa/Rosalia will enter the 1B football playoffs as the no. 6 seed in the eastern region, set to play Southeast 1B league foe Lyle/Wishram, the no. 5 seed, at Lyle Friday at 5:30 p.m. The two teams played each other Nov. 1 at the same location,...

Teen-Aid

Historic period

The country is entering a historic period. The House of Representatives is conducting hearings for its impeachment inquiry against the president. The hearings started Wednesday. Ostensively, the hearings are to determine if there is enough evidence...

Beto's Evaporation

Here's the thing about those bright, shiny human objects that are so irresistible to those of us in media: The truth is that, like so much bling, they are merely fool's gold, soon tarnished by reality. The overexposure reveals that there's little...

'Nationalism' Shouldn't be a Dirty Word

If there's one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it's that nationalism is a very bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has demonstrated its potency in recent years,...

Greatest Generation Slipping into History

Just before Veterans Day, the last known survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor died at age 98. With the passing of George Hursey of Massachusetts, it closed that chapter of World War II---the world’s most deadly conflict in which over...

The Voice of the People

The 2019 election is history. The results are in except for a few stragglers left to count; not enough to change the outcome. Before the 2020 campaign engulfs us, we have a brief opportunity to examine the latest results to see what we can learn. I...

Stone Soup

“Go ahead and drop it in.” I watched in bewilderment as my classmate unloaded several large pebbles into the empty cauldron, which resounded with a cacophony of metallic clangs. I sat waiting my turn in line with my can of sweet corn amongst...

A movement away?

The House Executive Rules Committee is a five-member committee within the Washington State House of Representatives consisting of the Speaker of the House; the House Majority Leader; the House Majority Caucus Chair; the House Minority Leader; and...

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