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 By Olivia Harnack    People    May 12, 2022 

Mountian music coming to Colfax

COLFAX – Folk Mountain Gospel will be performing at Colfax United Methodist Church on May 15. The group features husband and wife Don and Donna Mohl of Scott Hill, Tenn., playing a variety of instru...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 12, 2022 

Farmington man held on firearms charges

FARMINGTON — A local man is being held on $5,000 bail or a $50,000 surety bond after being arrested last Friday. Michael Keller, 48, of Farmington, is facing probable charges of second-degree assault and 14 counts of unlawful possession of a...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 12, 2022 

Renovations near fruition

COLFAX – Renovations at the Whitman County Courthouse starting to come to fruition after about nine months of construction. Many upgrades and features have been added including a Americans with... Full story

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 12, 2022 

Man pleads in St. Ignatius vandalism case

COLFAX — A Spokane Valley man pleaded guilty and was sentenced for charges stemming from the burglary and vandalism of St. Ignatius Hospital. Louis Hibbs, 20, of Spokane Valley, entered his guilty plea in Whitman County Superior Court during a hear...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 12, 2022 

Job fair, community events set for Tekoa

TEKOA – A free community event hosted by the Tekoa Chamber of Commerce will take place Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14. Tekoa Chamber of Commmerce Vice President Melinda Wilkins said she is excited to open up to the community and host a number...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    People    May 5, 2022

Zonky Jazz to perform music written by Tekoa woman

TEKOA — Zonky Jazz Band will play music written by Tekoa’s Mildred Bailey at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the Empire Theater. Friends of the Theater is eager to assist with hosting the event, said Suzie Creger, president of Friends of the...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 5, 2022

Tapestry Women's Choir returns to local stage

COLFAX – After a multi-year hiatus, the local Tapestry Women’s Choir is back. The group performed Monday night, May 2, at United Methodist Church. The choir was directed by Liza Dailey and the choir performed 14 songs. “We were really happy...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 5, 2022

Fentanyl 'epidemic' hits county

COLFAX – Fentanyl disguised as common pharmaceuticals are flooding Whitman County and leading to a rise in crime. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a drastic rise in the last year....

 
 By Olivia Harnack    People    May 5, 2022

Women's choir returns to Colfax stage

COLFAX – After a multi-year hiatus, the local Tapestry Women's Choir is back. The group performed Monday night, May 2, at United Methodist Church. The choir was directed by Liza Dailey and the...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 5, 2022

County accepts bid from Gazette, Daily News

COLFAX – The Whitman County Gazette and Moscow-Pullman Daily News will continue in a shared newspaper of record contract. On Monday, May 2, county commissioners accepted the legal printing bid submitted by Gazette Co-owner/Publisher Roger Harnack...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    Sports    May 5, 2022

Koerner named WIAA Athlete of the Week

COLFAX – A Colfax girl has been named as the girls Class 2B statewide Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athlete of the Week. Jorja Koerner was awarded WIAA’s Athlete of the Week...

 

Good Ol' Days

125 Years Ago From the Colfax Gazette Friday, April 30, 1897 SHOT FILLED TRAMP Oakesdale Chicken Thief Has a Narrow Escape. Hugh Boyle's Neck, Head, and Back Bespattered With Shot -- Bound Over to Sup...

 

Tapestry choir plans to perform

COLFAX – The Tapestry Women’s Choir will be performing three shows again after a several year hiatus. Liza Bailey of Colfax started directing the group in 2017 after it disbanded in the 90s. “I got a call about a Christmas concert,” Bailey...

 

Teen night set for Garfield Library

GARFIELD – Teen night will be hosted for the first time at the Garfield Library at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29. Teen night will provide snacks and entertainment for attendees. The event is free and available for tweens and teens ages 10 and up....

 

Colfax girls first, boys second at Liberty track meet

SPANGLE – The Colfax girls were top dog at the NE2B league track meet Tuesday, April 19, at Liberty High School. The local girls finished first as a team with 91 points. The Bulldogs led the pack with the Kettle Falls Bulldogs second with 70 team...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    April 28, 2022

Rosalia plans town-wide yard sale for May 7

ROSALIA – A town-wide yard sale is planned for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7 . Several families have volunteered to participate, officials said. Local residents Marcy Campbell and Tina Page are...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    April 28, 2022

Lowland lake season opens

COLFAX – The state lowland fishing season opened Saturday, April 23, kicked off with a statewide trout fishing derby. The season kickoff ignited excitement in the fishing community as well as introd...

 

All-70s class reunion slated

COLFAX – The 1970s return for Colfax High School. Colfax is hosting a 1970s all-class reunion June 24-26 for all graduates, staff and family of graduates from 1970-79. Organizer Janet Ray, Class of 1974 graduate. said she is eager to see all of...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    April 21, 2022

Experience virtual reality at Colfax library

COLFAX – Free experiences in virtual reality will be at the Whitman County Library 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20. Adults and youth ages 13 and older can participate in the VR event. Participants can explore the Titanic, visit the world with Google...

 

Colfax farmer wins state corn-yield award

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Colfax farmer John Aeschliman earned a first-place state award in the 2021 National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest. The award was announced today, Monday, April 18. Aeschliman is one of the highest corn yield...

 

Good Ol' Days

125 Years Ago From the Colfax Gazette Friday, April 23, 1897 NEW TIME CARD Colfax Has Not a Single Daylight Train The new time card on th O. R. & N. went into effect on Wednesday, April 21. The...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    April 21, 2022

Sheriff Myers: Vehicle thefts increasing

COLFAX - A law limiting police chases to cases only involving a potential violent offender has led to an 88% increase in vehicle thefts. With the number of vehicle thefts skyrocketing statewide,...

 

Colfax's Pastor Moore retiring

COLFAX – Pastor Don Moore is retiring after 34 years of pastoral service at Colfax's Church of the Nazarene. Moore, 75, moved from Atlanta, Texas, to Colfax 34 years ago after traveling across the...

 

Good Old Days

125 Years Ago From the Colfax Gazette Friday, April 16, 1897 CAUGHT IN THE ACT Earl Hodges and Arthur Baird Convicted of Theft Gaines' Store Watched for Several Nights and One Culprit Caught Robbing...

 

Gazette hires new ad, marketing specialist

COLFAX - A Tekoa resident has been hired as the new sales and marketing specialist serving local businesses at The Whitman County Gazette. Chelsea Smoke, 26, of Tekoa, began her first day Monday,...

 

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