BoCC talks update project funding

On Feb. 18, the county commissioners held an afternoon workshop to discuss possible financing scenarios for upgrades and replacements coming to the courthouse and jail. The main purpose of the meeting was to see how much cash from the general fund...

Gazette changes hands

Gordon Forgey, publisher of the Whitman County Gazette and Colfax Daily Bulletin, has announced the sale of the papers to Free Press Publishing based in Cheney. Forgey, publisher since 1985 and owner since 2001, said the new owners will take over...

Sciborgs, Vikotics robotics season to start

The high school robotics season nears its start again for 2020, with teams around the northwest – and the world – preparing for first competitions, to begin this weekend. The Palouse Area...

New murals possibly coming to Colfax

Whitman County Commissioner Michael Largent presented to the rest of the board at its Monday morning workshop that the Colfax Arts Council is interested in putting a mural on the side of the Public...

Centenarian club still supporting local library

A 100 years ago, the Palouse Xeondican Club founded the Palouse Library. In 1925 the City of Palouse began to contribute financially to the library as well, and in 1947 Palouse contracted with...

Marijuana code moves closer

The Whitman County Planning Commission’s work on a proposed new code for marijuana is nearing a home stretch, with a proposed ordinance under SEPA review (State Environmental Policy Act) in Olympia with a public comment period to begin Feb. 27,...

Modern Plantsman to move

The plant store in Colfax is moving. A Modern Plantsman, which opened on Canyon Street last March, is expected to re-open again in the coming week at a new corner spot on Main Street and Wall, the former site of Colfax Computer. “We just needed...

Colfax applies to add water for airport

A Port of Whitman request to use more water for the Business Air Center at the Colfax airport is being considered by the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) and Department of Health (DOH). At present, the airport well uses less than 5,000...

Workshops offered for college-minded

Thinking of college for yourself or a family member but unsure where to start? Spokane Falls Community College has partnered with Neill Public Library to offer free how-to workshops for getting a college education. The Pullman campus of Spokane...

Auditor explains:

Sandy Jamison Whitman County Auditor Why is Washington State holding a presidential primary on March 10, 2020? Back in March of 2019, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation that would move the presidential primary in 2020 to March...

Whitman County SWAT adds MRAP vehicle

The Whitman County Sheriff's Office has officially rolled out its newest tactical vehicle, designed to provide increased safety for the community, and SWAT team members, when responding to high risk...

The Birds of Play

The Birds of Play, original Americana, at Dahmen

The Birds of Play perform at the Artisans at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown on March 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food, beer and wine available for purchase. The cost is $15, tickets...

Bulletin Column: February 27, 2020

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. SEPA CLEARS PROPOSED MARIJUANA ORDINANCE The...

67th Uniontown Sausage Feed returns Sunday

On the calendar since 1954, the Uniontown Sausage Feed returns Sunday, March 1, a benefit for the community center which serves plates of sausage, applesauce, mashed potatoes, green beans and sauerkraut. Pie completes the meal, beginning 10 a.m....

Feel the luck March 5 with First Thursday

Ring in March with a little luck by participating in the Chamber of Commerce First Thursday celebration of shopping local with the chance to win. Titled Leprechaun Luck, March’s First Thursday will give participants the chance to win $500 in cash...

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Caden Noha; Lucas Ashley

Colfax's Noha takes second in state

At the Mat Classic XXXII at the Tacoma Dome Feb. 21-22, Colfax High's Caden Noha took second place in the state 1B/2B ranks at 182 pounds. Noha, a junior, started with a bye, then pinned his first...

Colton girls' 13-year state run ends

What if a basketball team made it to state 13 years in a row? What if they won the championship eight times in row? What if they lost in the semifinals the next year and then won the championship two more times back-to-back? If it was true, it...

Carl Crider; Kevin Young

Oakesdale takes district in O.T.

Was it the only open shot of the fourth quarter? It wasn't even the fourth quarter anymore, it was overtime. In a fierce fight in Walla Walla Friday night, Feb. 21, Oakesdale's Tyler Bober caught a...

Five county teams to play in regionals Saturday

Regional round basketball games will be played around the state Saturday with five county teams still alive. The 2B Colfax boys are the no. 9 seed, set to meet no. 16 Oroville at University High School in Spokane for an elimination game at 2 p.m....

Maddy Dixon; LouEllen Reed

Pomeroy girls handle Oakesdale for title

The Pomeroy girls and their long-missing star guard Emma Severs beat Oakesdale 50-39 last last Friday in Walla Walla to take the District Nine title and advance to regionals. Oakesdale, which split...

Sale of the Gazette

I have sold the Gazette and Daily Bulletin. The new owners will take over on March 1. The papers will officially become part of the Free Press Publishing group in Cheney. It has been a big decision, but I am confident that the change will give the...

Colorado River Water Problems Worsening

Last week, we visited the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. It is part of our National Parks “bucket list.” The trip was a real eye-opener. The Canyon is spectacular. It is hard to believe over a billion years ago it was flat...

The Low Barr

President Donald Trump is right that he does “have, as president, the legal right” to meddle in Department of Justice decisions. However, when he makes public comments, or when it can be shown that he has privately discussed any federal...

William Barr Is His Own Man

Can the republic survive Attorney General William Barr? That's the question that has seized the media and center left, which have worked themselves into a full-blown panic over an attorney general who is, inarguably, a serious legal figure and one...

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Okaydokes Local business owners who endure in a labor of love to serve their...

Offensive cartoon

Gary Varvel’s political cartoon on the opinion page of the Gazette on Feb. 20, 2020, depicting presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a wheelchair with a Soviet Union flag draped over his lap, being pushed off a cliff by a donkey, is offensive...

Human mind greatest resource

I have just read Carl M. Ogren’s letter where he hyperventilates over the coming climate warming catastrophe. I have also just read a 2020 report from NASA predicting a coming ice age. I worked for “The Mother Earth News” in the late...

Pandemic lethality

With all the news about the coronavirus, many are wondering about the impact of a truly global-wide pandemic on world population. I got to thinking about the population implications of such pandemics and ran a few numbers. The Spanish flu is...

Political tribal stances

Frank Watson’s article showing his skepticism about climate change issues brought to mind something that has become apparent to me over the last few years. People in general believe in the validity of science except when it comes to choosing...

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