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Taking away Boeing pride

Some day, maybe two, three or 10 years from now, a comprehensive book on the Boeing disasters will be written and published. How did a company with all its design experience, corporate skill, money and pride fall to where it is today? The primary...


Taking a train to the Apple Cup

Contrasts between the east and west sides of Washington State can be identified in many shapes and forms. This one deals with modes for going to a football game, and probably other games. November's...


Please stand for the jury

During a jury trial in superior court, all people in the courtroom are asked to stand to recognize members of the jury when they file into the room and take their seats in the jury box. The practice is a recognition of the power which has been...


Super fair run in the works

Reports during the countdown indicate this year's edition of the Palouse Empire Fair should start and finish with a high rating. The fair always generates its own momentum as entrants and competitors arrive with exhibits and talent for display and...

 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    June 20, 2019

Body camera dispute at Spokane raises questions

A lead story in the Spokesman Review June 1 projected a different view of where police body camera footage can be seen. The report included a photo of the kind of camera Spokane Police wear when they go on duty. The story involved body camera...

 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    June 13, 2019

Graduation Day 40k away

The WSU board of Regents last Friday approved a 2.4 percent increase in annual tuition for undergraduates in a meeting at the Tri-Cities campus. The higher rate is slated to be in place for next semester. For the academic year, the cost pencils out...

 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    April 4, 2019

Considering the HRC candidate

Nadine Woodward, the newly-retired Spokane T.V. news anchor who is now running for mayor of Spokane, was on the other side of the cameras Tuesday to announce her campaign. Judged from the perspective of a weekly news person from the outer perimeter,...


The people who made it go

In 15 or 20 years, some of the youngsters who watched the Christmas Parade last Thursday make its loop on Mill and Main streets in Colfax are certain to be marking Christmas elsewhere. They might be off at a distant military base, or they might be wo...


The girl who was pushed

The wonders of television news programming surfaced again last week with "the girl who was pushed off the bridge." The episode rocketed to the national news level when a cell phone video showed a young girl hesitating about leaping off a bridge and...

 By Jerry Jones    Sports    August 16, 2018

Two Indy drivers 60 years apart: Danica Patrick never met Ed Elisian

A pre-season lull in the high school sports action provides a little space to revive topics which went rolling past without time or space when they were on the table. One of those topics was the retirement of Danica Patrick who raced in the Indianapo...


Whitman votes blue again

It was only a paritial count in what amounts to a sample election, but Tuesday night's return for the primary election put Whitman county back on blue side for the big race. Democrat Lisa Brown had 215 more votes than Republican incumbent Cathy...

 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    July 26, 2018

Hey, thanks for voting freebie

Last Tuesday, three days before ballots for the primary election hit the mail, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman brightened the news keyboards with word that for the first time voters will be able to cast their ballots and return them through t...

 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    June 28, 2018

'Don't it always seem to go'

Two reports last week about the same neighborhood in Pullman call to mind the anchor lyrics from Joni Mitchell's 1970 “Big Yellow Taxi” hit song: Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got `til its gone The Department of Trans...

 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    June 21, 2018

Whoa back, Mariners

The hard charge to date by the Seattle Mariners has left more than a few of their fans in the dust, or maybe the infield dirt. Longtime Mariner loyalists need time to catch up. It's like needing reverse attitude adjustment. The Ms are winning at a...

 By Jerry Jones    News    December 21, 2017

My Two Cents: It's not the real Christmas music

Gazette Editor It’s not anything to get Grinchy about, but it calls for a little Yuletide clarification, possibly a little review to put things in order, or closer to order. Christmas comes with its own background music. Speakers in stores and...

 By Jerry Jones    Opinion    June 1, 2017

So you want a city council seat?

Gazette Editor Three rookies will take seats on the Colfax City Council at the start of next year. Each applied for a seat that failed to attract other candidates. The three new council members and short-term appointee Sarah McKnight will make up a... Full story

 By Jerry Jones    Opinion    May 25, 2017

What's the "McCleary Promise"?

Gazette Editor “Keep the McCleary Promise” was enclosed in a logo design which was included in an advertisement in Sunday’s editon of the Spokesman Review. In the center of the logo was “Education is a civil right.” The advertisement...

 By Jerry Jones    Opinion    May 18, 2017

Stalled Hawkins site carries $2 mil load

It's still there. A large piece of real estate on the north side of the Moscow-Pullman Highway on the Washington side of the state line. It's pretty close to the expansive Palouse Empire Mall which runs along the highway on the Idaho side. Eight... Full story

 By Jerry Jones    Opinion    May 11, 2017

Troop 305: a tribute to early riders of ‘the link’

Gazette editor "From the Cascades to the Bitteroots" was one of the slogans on their shirts. The slogan derived from their ride which started at North Bend and went across Washington on the John Wayne Trail, into Idaho on the Trail of the Coeur...

 By Jerry Jones    News    August 14, 2013

$3.2 million Airport Road re-opens

Gazette Editor After four years of planning and two construction seasons, Airport Road opened for traffic late Friday after DeAtley crews finished three days of paving. The road was opened after... Full story

 By Jerry Jones    News    March 20, 2013

Council questions city ordinance

Gazette Editor Colfax City Council Monday night conducted an extensive review of a draft to update the city’s critical areas ordinance. The draft was presented by Don Brigham of Clarkston who has been hired by the city to update the ordinance....

 By Jerry Jones    Sports    March 6, 2013

Bulldogs take second, singed in final

A Colfax team which found its own indentity and picked up steam during the long playoff run made it all the way back to the state 2B championship game Saturday night at the Spokane Arena. (Left to right) Colfax’s Brady Ellis, Brandon Gfeller, John...

 By Jerry Jones    Sports    March 6, 2013

Colton sets record at five

Gazette Editor The Colton girls ventured where no Washington state team has gone before when they disposed of an early 10-point run by Sunnyside Christian and rolled past the Knights in the second half of the 1B girls championship game at the...


Colfax girls fall to White Swan, 41-40

Gazette Editor Season ends one point short of the state tournament Matched up against a torrid team of Cougars who were backed by a big home area crowd Friday night at Sunnyside, Colfax girls came within one bucket and 11 seconds of getting to this...


Colfax, St. George’s cruise at Regionals

Gazette Editor Colfax and St. George’s, defending champs and top–rated contender, thundered past foes in the Saturday regional eliminations at Mt. Spokane to top an NE sweep for slots in the three-day hoop finale at the Spokane Veterans...


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