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Pullman teen crashes, blocking SR 27

PULLMAN – A 17-year-old Pullman male was injured when his car rolled sideways along State Route 27, about four miles north of Pullman, on June 11. The Washington State Patrol withheld the...

Riders complete John Wayne trail

TEKOA – "My horse and I are tough enough." That was the mantra of John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders who completed the grueling 200-plus-mile, two-week trail ride on June 4. The wagon train and...

Colfax Class of 2021 graduates

COLFAX - The scoreboard time clock was set to 20:21 and a gusting wind caused graduates to hold on to their mortarboards. It's how 48 students completed their education at Colfax High School....

WSU pledge's death results in 15 charged

COLFAX - Fifteen people are charged with furnishing liquor to minors after a Washington State University (WSU) student died of alcohol poisoning in 2019. Samuel H. Martinez, 19, of Bellevue, was a...

County assessor Robin Jones dies

COLFAX - Whitman County Assessor Robin Jones died early Saturday morning, June 5, of cancer. She was 48. Jones worked for 27 years in the assessor's office, serving as assessor since her appointment...

Pullman police chief retires

PULLMAN – Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins retired after 47 years in law enforcement. Jenkins was the chief of the Pullman Police Department since July 2010. He came to Pullman after serving 33...

Swim lessons available at Palouse pool

PALOUSE – Summer swim lessons at the Palouse pool run July 5-15 and July 19-29. City hall is accepting reservations for the lessons. Private lessons are also available. Students living in the city...

LaCrosse raffles quilt

LaCROSSE – LaCrosse Community Pride is raffling a handmade quilt on June 26. The 84-inch by 70-inch quilt was donated by the LaCrosse Quilters. The drawing is on June 26 at the gazebo in the park...

Ease the Squeeze set to buy curved paddle

COLFAX – The Whitman Hospital Auxiliary is raising $5,000 to pay for a new curved mammography paddle to ease the discomfort of having breast examinations. About 800 women are examined with a routine scan of breast tissue that squeezes their...

Rosalia Trestle work may finish June 23

ROSALIA - Crews working on the Rosalia Trestle restoration project expect to finish around June 23. Motorists on Rosalia Road should expect delays of up to 20 minutes between Pine City-Malden Road...

New Colfax police officer starts field training

COLFAX - Tyler Paris is the newest member of the Colfax Police Department after graduating from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the youngest eligible age. No one in his extended family had been...

Costs rising for Palouse to replace three water mains

PALOUSE – Improving water mains on three streets in Palouse continues planning with a concern for rising material costs. The city is looking to find funding to help pay $1 million to improve the...

Tekoa pool expected to open June 28

TEKOA – The Tekoa pool is opening for the first time in two years on June 28 due to state COVID protocols and maintenance issues. The city pool normally opens on June 12, the last day of school,...

Fireworks return to Pullman

PULLMAN – Pullman's Annual Fourth of July fireworks show returns to Sunnyside Park in 2021. "The location of the fireworks detonation was moved in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions and the desire...

Comprehensive plan update underway

COLFAX - The Whitman County Comprehensive Plan is being updated. The comprehensive plan is a guiding document for all zoning codes, covers land use, transportation, public services, economic development, public services, parks, trails and...

Rosalia's Beach ends rowing career at nationals

SARASOTA, FLA. - Rosalia's Hannah Beach rowed with seven other women from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) to a fifth-place finish in the NCAA Division III national crew championships. PLU made it...

Local girls top season track marks

RENTON - Three local athletes were recorded as top 1B league performers during the abbreviated 2021 track season by Athletic.net. Oakesdale sophomore Jessie Reed posted the top time in the 100 with...

Colfax basketball defeats Asotin

COLFAX - The Colfax High School boys and girls basketball teams are both 6-2 after winning at Asotin on June 1. For the Colfax girls, they beat Asotin 73-47. Junior guard Asher Cai led with 30...

Mennonite cyclists riding cross-country

TEKOA - A Mennonite cycling group crossing the U.S. to race awareness for climate action rode out of the state on June 5, after spending the last several days in Eastern Washington. The group of 16...

State liquor control board wants more power

Does your favorite restaurant or bar have a liquor license? If it serves alcoholic drinks, it does. A good restaurant is often the heart of a small community, bringing families and friends together for food and fellowship. That’s true in our...

Thank Trump for vaccines

Former President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed succeeded. He brought us today’s miracle vaccines. He wants you all to get it. He said, “I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 vaccine, that if I wasn’t president,...

Toxic tv culture

The decline of American culture can be seen clearly in the self-absorbed characters in daytime soap operas and the outlandishly excitable contestants in daytime game shows. The 50-60 year runs of shows like “General Hospital,” “Days of Our...

Thank you for the flags

I give a special thanks to all those who maintain Colfax Cemetery, and do such remarkable work in preparing it for celebrating Memorial Day. We honor not only those who served in uniform on that day, but also our family and friends who have...

Good Old Days

125 years ago The Commoner June 5, 1896 Tekoa is talking of organizing a fire department. Rosalia will have a harness and saddlery establishment in the near future. J.T. Lobaugh, ex-postmaster of Pullman, is going into the grocery business in that...

Dusty News

The Dick Appel children celebrated their mother Helen’s June 5th birthday. Those attending were Caroline and Rob Kunkel, Kae, Ellie and Luciene; Neil and Liz Appel, Josh, Noemi, Isaac, John Paul, Grace, Michael and Charlote; and Lisa and Travis...

Births

Elizabeth M Johnson was born May 21, 2021, to Nathan and Kim Johnson of Colfax. She weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Grandparents are Mark and Robyn Johnson, of Colfax, and Mike and Carol McPartland, of...

Library starts reading program for everyone

COLFAX - Whitman County Library's 2021 Summer Reading program is "Tails and Tales" and runs from June 14 to Aug. 31 for readers of all ages. The library system is offering five $25 gift certificates...

Death Notice for Pete Schmick

Pete Schmick passed away peacefully at his home on May 25, 2021. He was born in Colfax, Wa in January of 1927 to Peter K and Katie Schmick. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Marilyn K, his two sons John Schmick and Greg Formanack, his younger... Full story

Shirley Galloway Memorial Service

Shirley (Carroll) Galloway passed away in April of 2020, while living at the VA Home in Walla Walla. She was born in Colfax to John and Geneva Carroll. Shirley spent her life serving and caring for others, starting work at the Colfax Hospital in... Full story

Memorial Service for Douglas H. Thompson

Douglas H. Thompson passed away on April 9, 2021 in Pasco, Washington. A memorial service and burial will be held in Garfield, WA on Saturday, June 19, 2021 for friends and family. The service will begin at 12 pm at the Garfield Cemetery (Whitman... Full story

Colfax High School students 'prank' retiring teacher

COLFAX – Colfax High School science teacher Kathryn Vogler was caught off guard by her students' prank on June 3. The seniors were not the only ones saying goodbye to Colfax High School. Vogler is...

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