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 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 21, 2011

Pullman engineering firm to design Palouse water plan

Taylor Engineering of Pullman has been selected to design the new water system plan for the town of Palouse. On July 11, representatives from Taylor Engineering, the Spokane office of the state Department of Health (DOH) and members of the town’s... Full story

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 21, 2011

Commissioners delay signing contract with health officer

County commissioners have put off signing of an employment contract for Public Health officer with Dr. Tim Moody because of a snag in health insurance coverage. Moody, who left his in-house position at the county health department July 11, will be...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 21, 2011

Police report trail goes cold on fiery mammoth departure

Palouse artist Thad Froio poses next to the wooden mammoth he and fellow artists constructed in the spring time. Froio was upset to learn it had been burned to the ground the night of July 10 in an apparent act of arson. The Palouse Police...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 21, 2011

Loan completes funding package: Spokane builder lands contract for Palouse Community Center

After years of fund-raising, the first day of construction for the planned Palouse Community Center will be July 25. “It’s going to be a fabulous Christmas present for Palouse,” said Janet Barstow, a member of the center’s board, pointing...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 21, 2011

Schools still wait for New World fix on reports snag

School districts around Whitman County are one more month into a four-month delay on seeing their monthly financial statements from the county treasurer’s office. The county switched to New World software in early April, but a problem with the... Full story

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 21, 2011

Shaina Johnson of Rosalia wins gold at national rodeo

Shaina Johnson cleared the fastest breakaway time at the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev. Here, she is pictured on the 2.39 second run that won, on her 12-year-old stock-bred paint horse Hank. She lives in Rosalia. Sixteen-year-ol... Full story

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 14, 2011

Colfax grad to speak on Rwandan mission

Scott Edinger, a 1995 graduate of Colfax High School, is speaking this Sunday at the Country Bible Church in Dusty about a two-year mission to Rwanda on which he and his family will embark early next year. Currently, Edinger is the family life... Full story

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 14, 2011

John Wayne Trail grant draws local and state comment

Different stakeholders in the future of the John Wayne Trail spoke with the Gazette this week about the recent funding awarded to plan upgrades to the state-wide trail. The Washington State Parks Department has been recently awarded a grant for $96,0...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 14, 2011

County public health officer plans long distance service from California

The county’s public health officer, Dr. Tim Moody, is taking a full-time health services job in California while still maintaining his position with the county. Dr. Moody told the Gazette he’ll be working long-distance advising the county on...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 14, 2011

WSP: July 5 car crash victim stable but still unconscious

The Prosser man critically injured in a three-car accident south of Colfax July 5 was still listed in serious condition as of Wednesday morning at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle. “He still has not regained consciousness,” said Washington...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 14, 2011

Grant aims to develop habitat for hunters, fishers

Pheasant hunting in Whitman County stands to see a significant boost in the next two years if all goes as planned under a new federal grant recently awarded to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. A $993,231 grant from the U.S. Department...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 14, 2011

Palouse Mammoth goes up in flames

The wooden mammoth erected in downtown Palouse went up in flames Sunday night in an apparent act of arson. Palouse Police chief Jerry Neumann said the structure was torched around 8 p.m. Sunday. “It’s just a shame. It’s just a complete lack of...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 7, 2011

Funding now raised for eight solar roof panels

The funds have been raised for at least eight solar panels in memory of Palouse’s Mike Carlton. The solar panels will be on the roof of the soon-to-be-built Palouse Community Center and will partially provide the electrical needs of the building.... Full story

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 7, 2011

State parks receives grant for John Wayne trail

Washington State Parks and Recreation was recently awarded a grant for $96,000 to prepare a plan for repairs and upgrades to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. The grant will develop a site plan and secure local permits for the development of trailheads...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 7, 2011

Unwanted trash clogging Palouse’s compost pile

Inappropriate materials thrown into the Palouse compost pile are back-logging the city’s time using the chipper to process the materials. City staff has found big logs, bottles and root balls in the compost pile, matter which cannot be chewed up by... Full story

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 7, 2011

Four ‘Self - Help’ homes being built in Palouse

Community Action Center is constructing four houses for low-income families along Palouse Cove Road outside of Palouse. Foundations and frames of the stick-built homes are partially completed. “It allows a moderately paid person to get into home-ow...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 7, 2011

Relay For Life

The 2011 Whitman County Relay for Life kicks off tomorrow, July 8, at the Colfax High School track. Eighteen teams will participate in the all-night event. Many team members hail from other small Whitman County towns, including a team from St. John/...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    July 7, 2011

Three-car crash south of Colfax sends victim to Seattle Hospital

A Prosser man sustained life threatening injuries in a three-car collision south of Colfax Tuesday morning. Christopher Beaver, 29, Prosser, was flown by Life Flight helicopter to St. Joseph Medical Center in Lewiston and then flown to Harbor View...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    June 30, 2011

Colfax food pantry stocks running low

The Colfax food pantry is now in need of even the most basic supplies. A record year of requests has left the shelves of the pantry barren of essentials like Top Ramen, spaghetti sauce and mayonnaise. “What we really need is a group that would...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    June 30, 2011

Palouse Arts Council plans to depart Grange building

Palouse’s Grange Hall building will officially close Aug. 1. The Palouse Arts Council made the decision to close the hall after they decided the price to buy the building was too high. One more wedding has been booked at the building before it clos... Full story

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    June 30, 2011

School map plans to handle teacher pay cuts

As schools around Whitman County begin to see the state’s 1.9 percent cut in funds to pay teacher salaries, it falls to each district how to accommodate that loss of funding. Many school districts issued reduction in force, or layoffs, in early...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    June 23, 2011

Downtown Elberton gets historical sign

Gazette Reporter A sign with a brief description of the history of Elberton was recently erected in the former town, which is now a county park along the North Fork of the Palouse River. Park board member Dennis Cartwright of Elberton installed the... Full story

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    June 23, 2011

Counseling office opens in Oakesdale

Erina McGuckin has opened a counseling office in Oakesdale offering trauma counseling for children, adolescents and adults. Her office, La Bramasole, is located in the former Root 66 Studios office on Steptoe Avenue. “There are a lot of studies out...

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    June 23, 2011

Mitz’s Cabinets will move to downtown Garfield

Mitz’s Cabinets of Colfax is moving to Garfield. After the original cabinet shop burned down last November, owner Craig Mitzimberg has been running his business temporarily out of a space in the former Inland Power Building just north of Colfax on... Full story

 
 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    June 23, 2011

Student bottle notes from 2004 make their way back to Garfield

In 2004, Connie Brown, school counselor at Garfield, tossed a bottle filled with student notes into the Selway River in Idaho. Seven years passed. This May, the school received all the notes back in an envelope in the mail. Brown said she was...

 

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