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 By Garth Meyer    People    August 12, 2021

Perkins House looks to next phase of renovations

COLFAX - The Perkins House aims for Phase Three of renovations to the 1886 structure. The organization is seeking $30,000 to create two drain fields to pull water away from the foundation of the...

 By Garth Meyer    News    August 12, 2021

Colfax chamber welcomes new president

COLFAX — A new Colfax Chamber of Commerce president started on Aug. 1. Molly Keogh, formerly of Sammamish, moved to town last year and was approached about the position by Suzy McNeilly, Whitman County director of Southeast Washington Economic...

 By Garth Meyer    News    August 12, 2021

McDonald Park restroom problems addressed

COLFAX — Concern about the condition of McDonald Park restrooms were brought to the Colfax city council by two people on Aug. 2. It led to assurances that it's being addressed by the city. Mayor...

 By Garth Meyer    News    August 12, 2021

Commissioners pass camping ban

COLFAX - A new ordinance bans camping on Whitman County right-of-ways along a 27-mile stretch of the Snake River. Passed unanimously by county commissioners on Aug. 2. The move followed a public...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    August 12, 2021

Dangerous Curves debuts at Webb's Slough

WEBB'S SLOUGH - A debut is in the making for the next sprint boat races in St. John on Aug. 28. Dangerous Curves is a team of locals, Mike Thomas and Clint O'Keefe, who formed last year and waited...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    August 12, 2021

Colfax football readies for approaching season

COLFAX - Weightlifting ends early because harvest started early. Colfax High School football players finish at 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday weights workouts this week, unless they are already lost...

 By Garth Meyer    News    August 12, 2021

Colfax school board passes budget

COLFAX - The Colfax School District board approved a 2021-22 budget on July 26, based on a projection of 534 students, up to five from last year. The total includes $8.6 million in the general fund,...

 By Garth Meyer    News    August 12, 2021

Son of Rosalia

ROSALIA - "Where's my picture?" "How come it didn't get in?" "It better get in next week. Put it on the front page." Mike Day, of Rosalia, has been a contributor to the Whitman County Gazette since...

 By Garth Meyer    News    August 5, 2021

Swannack joins call to promote COVID vaccination shots

COLFAX - Whitman County Commissioner Art Swannack was in a call with Gov. Jay Inslee on July 26 to promote COVID-19 vaccinations. The state Secretary of Health and 15-20 others joined as state...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    August 5, 2021

Swim league Cluckey Cup on Saturday

COLFAX - Tri-County League youth swimming heads toward the 56th annual Jerry Cluckey Memorial championship meet on Aug. 7. St. John-Endicott-LaCrosse-Washtucna (SELW) is at the top of the standings...

 By Garth Meyer    News    August 5, 2021

Palouse Empire Fair is 'Back in the Saddle'

COLFAX - Plans for the return of the Palouse Empire Fair are moving forward and is six weeks away. New features of the "Back in the Saddle" fair in its return from last year's cancelation are a...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    July 29, 2021

Colfax swim team falls to Pullman

COLFAX — Sixteen-year-old Corbin Burt won six swim races at the Tri-County Swim League meet on July 22 against Pullman. Burt races in the boys age 15-18 category. His first-place finishes included...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    July 29, 2021

Scaroni rolls to Tokyo Paralympics

CHAMPAGNE, ILL. — Susannah Scaroni wasn’t even racing. She was pushing road miles in a wheelchair as a freshman and sophomore at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Then her chemistry professor told...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 29, 2021

Chapman named Colfax fire chief

COLFAX — Colfax Fire Chief Craig Corbeill resigned July 19 and named his successor, Michael Chapman. Speaking at the city council meeting, Corbeill said he needed to resign to spend time working at the Bruning Funeral Home. The company acquired a...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 29, 2021

County port announces broadband internet project

MALDEN — A fiber optic internet network is coming to Malden and Pine City. The Port of Whitman announced the award of $1.7 million from the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Community...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 29, 2021

Progress report bleak for wheat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington spring wheat isn't doing well, according to the July 19 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crop Progress report. The spring wheat condition is the percentage of kern...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 29, 2021

Colfax superintendent Pugh responds to critical race theory

COLFAX — Critical race theory drew people to make comments at the Colfax School Board meeting on July 26. The district moved the meeting to the gym to accommodate about 80 people attending. In an in...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 29, 2021

School board hears about masks

COLFAX — About 80 people attended the Colfax School District board meeting to comment on mandatory mask-wearing, critical race theory, and more. The meeting was moved to the school auditorium on Jul...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 22, 2021

Construction returns to average

COLFAX - Second-quarter construction in Whitman County returned to previous averages after a bump for the period in 2020. New Whitman County Building Inspector Ginny Rumiser reported on Monday to...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 22, 2021

County considers a ban on camping

COLFAX — Concerns about a camp have Whitman County commissioners considering a camping ban along part of the Snake River. The county may ban camping within 500 feet of the centerline of Wawawai Road along a 27- mile stretch, except for places...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 22, 2021

Revamping Council on Aging office front

COLFAX - A new look takes shape for the Whitman County Council on Aging and Human Services and COAST Transportation offices on Main Street in Colfax. The work replaces a brown metal facade and...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    July 22, 2021

Family rodeo returns to Rosalia

ROSALIA - The Rolling Hills Rodeo took place in Rosalia on July 17-18. With rodeos in June, July, and August, the Rolling Hills Rodeo Association (RHRA) is only inviting members to compete this year d...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 22, 2021

St. Ignatius transformation begins

COLFAX - St. Ignatius Hospital's transformation to an events center and hotel is underway. Owner Austin Storm plans to include a restaurant, artist studios, and classrooms. Storm is starting by...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 22, 2021

Malden voters' forum draws variety of topics, candidates

MALDEN - Candidates for Malden town council and mayor offices offered a wide assortment of information and answers from corruption to the way of life. The League of Women Voters organized the...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 22, 2021

Highway passing lane project delayed

COLFAX — Two new passing lanes on State Route 26, between Colfax and Dusty, have been delayed. Originally set for construction this summer, the start date was pushed to next year due to delays related to the pandemic, according to Ryan Overton, pub...


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