Layoffs coming at Eastern Washington University services

CHENEY -- Eastern Washington University officials have indicated there will be some layoffs in response to changes on campus resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The layoffs will take place in the housing and dining services due to a reduced... Full story

$30 car tabs on hold, again

SEATTLE - The city of Seattle and King County continued their lawsuit against the electorate earlier this week by requesting an emergency extension of an injunction blocking implementation. The... Full story

Plowing halted on scenic passes

MAZAMA — Eastern Washington residents wanting to use highways through scenic mountain passes to get to the Puget Sound area or Pacific Ocean are going to have to wait. On Thursday, state Transportation Secretary Roger Millar ordered plowing... Full story

20% OF FRIDAY'S COUG STORE PURCHASES TO BE DONATED TO PULLMAN REGIONAL HOSPITAL'S COVID-19 FUND

PULLMAN, Wash. — If you’re a Washington State University alumnus/alumna, student, professor, administrator, family member or fan, consider making a purchase of officially licensed WSU Cougars merchandise online at cougstore.com this Friday,...

Public Lands Closed

OLYMPIA -- The state announced Tuesday, March 24, that all publicly owned lands managed by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Department of Fish and Wildlife are closed to the public. The closure will last at least two weeks,...

Foundation donates $250,000 to COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

SPOKANE -- The Gates Foundation announced today a donation of $250,000 to the Eastern Washington COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to deploy resources to community-based organizations. This commitment from the Bill & Melinda Gates...

River system comment period remains open

COLFAX – The first phone-in public comment meeting on the Draft Environmental Impact Study regarding the Columbia River System was held Tuesday, March 17. Three additional phone-in meetings...

New building coming to Colfax

COLFAX – Planned for the gravel lot behind Rosauers on Mill Street, S&L Rentals will be building a 6,000 square foot office space designed for three to four tenants. The building currently has two...

Emergency essentials:

COLFAX – As concerns for being quarantined sweeps across the county, grocery stores in the area are finding shelves, which used to be stocked with toilet paper, pasta, canned foods, etcetera, swept...

Sheriff responds to Stay at Home

Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers released a statement Tuesday stating the Sheriff’s office will honor Gov. Inslee’s stay at home order and strongly encourages citizens to stay home when not preforming a necessary or essential function. “We...

County departments report preparations

COLFAX – Whitman County Commissioners met for their weekly workshop before a live and web audience Monday. To help promote social distancing, county commissioners set up a Zoom video conferencing service for those who would like to attend the...

Infected outside county:

Two people living in Whitman County have now tested positive as of Tuesday afternoon. The first case was reported Sunday. The patient is a female in her 20s. She has recovered and is self-isolating at home. The second confirmed case was announced...

City, McNannay reach settlement; chief resigns

The City of Colfax and Police Chief Rick McNannay reached a settlement on his pending lawsuit March 16, which included an $85,000 payment from city funds and the chief’s resignation. “He resigned and retired,” said Mayor Jim Retzer. The...

Fonk's building burns, owners plan to re-open

The Fonk's building in Colfax stands condemned, a week after a three-alarm fire burned its interior and roof to the ground, its owners vowing to rebuild as the investigation is held back, the...

Inslee issues Stay Home order

Gov. Jay Inslee stated in a press conference he will sign a statewide order requiring everyone in the state to stay home for at least the next two weeks. “Tonight, I am issuing a stay home order to fight this virus,” Inslee said in a televised...

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Tomorrow's history today

An area teacher encouraged her students that while they are stuck at home, they write down what is happening and how they are feeling. She pointed out that they are living what will be history someday and should document it. The old adage is, those...

Palouse River Beef

Don't be a crab

I would like to thank, as Mr. Rogers would say, all the "helpers". I apologize because I will overlook someone. Thank you to those who work in healthcare, garbage collectors, all school employees, grocery store, post office, firefighters,...

Stay at home ― stay informed on the Snake River dams

The efforts to contain COVID-19 have disrupted basic aspects of daily life across southeastern Washington―and for good reason. But if we’re not vigilant, this virus will wreak more social and economic damage than it must. It will distract us....

Immense disappointment

I am writing to express my immense disappointment in the decision to include references to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan flu” or “WuFlu”, as included in the “Gazette takes measures, continues coverage” article in the March 19, 2020, edition of...

Stay at home

I am writing to implore you in your editorial work about the coronavirus outbreak to impress upon people in no uncertain terms that they must take this seriously. We are going to be in a world of hurt anyway, but ignoring the Governor’s STAY AT...

Jerry Jones

“Uh, this is Jerry Jones here at the Gazette,” how many times I’ve heard that over the years. Jerry Jones wanted his stories to be accurate and thorough. Many times, as did others, I got a call from Jerry, wanting to verify and add to...

The high value of our Gazette's local journalism

My second job out of college was editing a weekly newspaper, The Honeoye Falls Times, in a village outside Rochester, NY. That was 1962, light- years ago. Today, in the Age of Internet, I still appreciate the homespun quality of hometown...

'Condolences, Colfax'

I want to express condolences to all of us for recent losses in our local and regional community: 1. The retirement of Gazette Editor Jerry Jones, whose name became synonymous with the Colfax Gazette (Whitman County Gazette) and who was the trusted...

Library not accepting requests for materials

Due to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay at Home” order, Whitman County Library’s online catalog can no longer accept requests for materials. Library staff will mail the items that patrons have already requested through Wednesday, March...

Whitman County primary election counts certified

On Friday, March 20, Whitman County Auditor Sandy Jamison certified the Presidential Primary election counts for the county. In total, from this election, 11,218 ballots were submitted of the 24,687 registered voters, with a voter turnout of 45.44...

Cup O' Joe webinar

SEWEDA will host Cup O’ Joe on the Palouse via webinar with Pullman Marketing on April 1 at 10 a.m. Jeff Perry, founder of More Than Engineering, will be discussing “A Magnified Mindset for the Small Business Owner: Strengthening working...

Tucker Senter

My Favorite Recipes: March 26, 2020

Tucker Senter became a published author at the age of 15. Now 16 as of Sunday, he's working on writing a couple more books. Tucker's first book, "Frank Morris: The Man Who Escaped Alcatraz" is a...

Sagers fly to Joseph

Art and Colene Sager flew their plane to Joseph, Ore., a week ago Thursday. It was a beautiful day and the Wallowa Mountains were majestic with the sun shining on the snow. It was warm enough that they sat outside on a street bench eating their...

Pullman playground closure

The playground equipment and restrooms within the City of Pullman park system have closed due to COVID-19 concerns. The move was deemed necessary for the health and safety of the community. For questions or more information, call Pullman Parks,...

Tina Scholz resigns after 26 years teaching in Colfax

A routine item for required approval on the March 12 Colfax School Board agenda was the resignation of Tina Scholz. “Can we not approve a resignation?”asked board member Terry Huber. Scholz had announced earlier she will not sign a new teaching...

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