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 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    July 2, 2020 

Deal with it

Are you stressed? Well, deal with it. No, seriously, deal with it. For the sake of yourself, your family and your community, people need to acknowledge if they are stressed and find healthy ways to cope and manage that stress. There are some life...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Sports    July 2, 2020 

Rodeo goes pro, queen extends

COLFAX – The Palouse Empire Rodeo Association (PERA) received word earlier this month that it has been approved to host PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) events. “It’s huge,” said Kay Riebold, PERA treasurer. The local association...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    July 2, 2020 

Sales committee votes to pick up the tab for youth

COLFAX – The sales committee of the Palouse Empire Fair Board voted to cover the costs of a youth stock sale from its own coffers. The sales committee met prior to the fair board. Main discussion was offering a show and sale and on helping youth...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 25, 2020

Colfax Crazy Days' concert, run canceled

COLFAX – COVID-19 restrictions have claimed another event. The Colfax Chamber of Commerce announced this week it has decided to cancel the Crazy Days festivities. "I totally thought a lot of these counties would not be in Phase I," said Colfax Unif...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 25, 2020

County water projects allotted almost $3 million

WHITMAN COUNTY – Five entities in Whitman County have been approved for nearly $3 million in funding from the state Department of Ecology for clean water projects. Municipalities of Tekoa, Oakesdale, Endicott and Garfield and the Palouse...

 
 By Jana Mathia    People    June 25, 2020

Dylan's tuba: Fundraiser honors passed student, family

A former Colton music teacher's fundraiser for a recently deceased student has surpassed its goal and will be benefitting the family of the student. "I never imagined it would blow up like this," said AJ Miller. Miller taught music at Colton until...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 25, 2020

Million-dollar rain: June timing key for crops

COLFAX – June rainfall is already above average, promising excellent conditions for crop growth. "We're in good shape," said USDA Soil Conservation Technician Dave Weber. "It's really been a great...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 18, 2020

Grant will expand Colfax police force

COLFAX – The Colfax Police Department will receive $250,000 from a Department of Justice grant to hire two new police officers. "It's exciting for us," said Interim Police Chief Bruce Blood. Chief Blood has been looking to hire lateral officers...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 18, 2020

Avista structures replacement

WHITMAN COUNTY – Avista is replacing about 140 structures between Marengo and Shawnee as part of a 115kV transmission rebuild. The approximately 68-mile section is part of a rebuild that began in...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 18, 2020

Demolition begins

COLFAX – Demolish of the Fonk's building began today after a permit was granted this morning. Chain-link fence barriers were erected around the building and into Main Street in anticipation of the...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 18, 2020

2020 Palouse Empire Fair canceled

Whitman County Commissioners have voted to follow Fair Board recommendation to cancel the Palouse Empire Fair this year. "This is no one's choice," said Commission Chair Michael Largent during...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    June 11, 2020

Answering the coffee guys' question

Many people have asked-whether directly or secondhand-about the page count at the Gazette since the virus hit. It all boils down to business practices, the bottom line and trying to keep our heads above water during what the economists have...

 
 By Jana Mathia    People    June 11, 2020

Young hawk returned to nest

A young Red Tailed Hawk was returned to its nest after being taken to the WSU veterinary school. Pullman Police responded June 3 to a report of and injured juvenile hawk. The young hawk was taken to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital exotic...

 
 By Jana Mathia    People    June 11, 2020

Riding virtual shotgun with John Wayne riders

Although the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons & Riders canceled its normal cross-state ride this year, riders and the public are still able to enjoy the trail vicariously thanks to a virtual ride posted...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 11, 2020

Whitman County enters Phase III reopening

COLFAX – Whitman County was approved to Phase III by the state Secretary of Health Saturday with conditions. One condition is that an individual Phase III business sector (such as movie theaters, libraries, and museums) may reopen only after the...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 11, 2020

Understanding COVID-19 spread and secondhand exposure risk

WHITMAN COUNTY – Thursday: Al has been sick with a stomach bug for the past week. His buddy Bill comes over to bring soup and visit. Then Bill goes to his sister Cindy’s to talk about taking his son to a family campout. Friday morning: Bill...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 4, 2020

County eyes move to Phase III

COLFAX – Whitman County Commissioners and Board of Health will meet Friday, June 5, to consider and possibly take action on requesting a variance to move into Phase III of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan. “The application package is pretty...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 4, 2020

Whitman County below eastern average

COLFAX – According to a report from the Washington Department of Health, the latest statewide modeling report shows COVID-19 transmission trending downwards in western Washington and upwards in eastern Washington. The report is based on data from M...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    June 4, 2020

Hospital board discusses VBAC service

The question of providing vaginal birth after cesarean service was discussed in a special meeting of the hospital board Monday night. While doctors at the hospital have provided the service in the past, there is no set hospital policy. Two are...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    May 28, 2020

Fire department trains, fights structure fires

COLFAX – Colfax volunteer firefighters were called out to a structure fire on Morley Road May 20 less than 12 hours after structure fire training less than half a mile from the location. At 5:03...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    May 28, 2020

Unexpectedly similar

While chatting with a high school chum, I asked him about the outbreak in his neck of the woods. He lives in an East Coast city which has received national news coverage for its COVID-19 infection and response. I was surprised by the comments he made...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    May 28, 2020
Dylan Nails

Nails enters gubernatorial position race

COLFAX – Stay home orders have prompted people to pursue a variety of activities they may not have otherwise. For Dylan Nails, 20, Colfax, that includes running for Washington State Governor. "I...

 
 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    May 21, 2020

The Art of Listening

If you listen to a person long enough, you gain a better understanding of them and can facilitate stronger camaraderie among all parties. That's not to say they will agree any more or less with each other, but allowing people to speak and listening...

 
 By Jana Mathia    People    May 21, 2020

In search of a name for butcher shop bull mascot

GARFIELD – A bull stands sentinel over SR 27 in Garfield. Although he is almost 100 years old, he has not been given his own name – until now. Garfield Meats is accepting submissions of a name for...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    May 21, 2020

Palouse Empire Fair: Board offers chance

COLFAX – There is still a chance for some version of a Palouse Empire Fair 2020. Whitman County Commissioners met Tuesday, May 19, to determine whether there would be a fair this year based on the recommendation of the Palouse Empire Fair Board....

 

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