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Mental strength before anything else

COLFAX – A strong mind and body are crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I learned this while recently completing basic training for the United States Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. I was...


Palouse Music Festival

PALOUSE - Dozens of people turned out Saturday, July 30, for the annual Palouse Music Festival....


Time to leave for 'Boot Camp'

I officially began my internship at the Whitman County Gazette in January. I was 19 years old, a sophomore in college and contemplating what my future would look like. I came from Detroit to...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    August 4, 2022

Hit-and-run incident reported

PULLMAN – Whitman County Sheriff's Office deputies responded at 8:30 a.m. to a report of a hit-and-run at Davis Way and Old Wawawai Road on Monday, July 25. WHITCOM radioed the report and said Brent Damery, of Colfax, was hit by a silver 2008 Ford...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    July 28, 2022

Historic Barron's Mill faces deconstruction

OAKESDALE - J.C. Barron's Mill has stood in Oakesdale since its construction in 1890. The old wooden mill was built in 1890 by J.G. Porter and was sold to Harvey Gray, then to Joseph C. Barron Sr. in...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    July 28, 2022

Elected officials get pay raises

COLFAX — The Whitman County Citizens Comission adjusted salaries for all elected officials in June, with nearly all comissioned positions recieving a 10% increase for the 2023 year. County Comissioners signed on to their salaries at a June...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    July 21, 2022

Libraries to close Aug. 1-7

COLFAX — All 14 branches of the Whitman County Library District will close from Aug. 1-7 for annual maintenance. During the weeklong closure, special projects are performed that are difficult to complete when the library is open, officialssaid....

 By Olivia Harnack    News    July 21, 2022

Cyclist killed after being hit by Toyota Highlander

PULLMAN — An Idaho man was killed on state Highway 270 while walking his bike across the road Monday, July 11. Jason Wallace, 49, of Moscow, was later pronounced dead at Gritman Hospital in Moscow, Idaho, following the 8:45 p.m. crash near...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    July 21, 2022

New diner opens in Tekoa

TEKOA - A father-daughter team has opened a new diner here. Jeff Lohmiller, 61, and Crystal Taylor, 40, officially opened the doors of Frostys Diner at 205 N. Crosby St. on Friday, July 1. The new...


Skidmore: New variant already in county

By Gazette Reporter COLFAX – Whitman County commissioners discussed concerns over the new BA.5 COVID-19 variant during their meeting Monday, July 18. Whitman County Public Health Director Chris Skidmore brought commissioners up to speed just as...

 By Olivia Harnack    People    July 14, 2022

Hurry up and wait finally over

It began with a phone call from my recruiter, Sgt. Elizabeth De Hoyos, two weeks ago. The long-awaited news finally came about from the medical waiver I needed to enter the U.S. Army National Guard. I...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    July 14, 2022

Man booked for molestation, child sex crimes

PULLMAN — A local man is being held on $250,000 bail for alleged multiple child-sex crimes. Douglass Martin, 61, of Pullman, was arrested at 10 p.m. Friday, July 1 on rape of a child, child molestation and dealing depictions of a minor engaged in...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    July 14, 2022

Downing pleads guilty in WSU cold rape cases

COLFAX – An Elk man has pleaded guilty in several decades old rape cases. Kenneth Downing, pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree rape and one coun of second-degree assault with sexual motivation. Downing will spend 213-283 months (17-23.5...

 By Olivia Harnack    Sports    July 14, 2022

Tri-County Swim League season begins in Palouse, Endicott

PALOUSE — The Tri-County Swim League summer season got underway at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, July 12, with meets taking place in Palouse and Endicott. The results of the first meets of the year were not available by press time. The league manager...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    July 7, 2022

Tekoa pool parts arrive

TEKOA — The city pool closed June 17 after a pipe in the pool broke during a private party manager and lifeguard Ava Rambo said. “People noticed the water level was going down. It’s an older part but we don’t know why it’s broken,” she...

 By Olivia Harnack    People    July 7, 2022

Garfield Park hosts Lego competition

GARFIELD — A hands-on Lego building challenge is set for noon Monday, July 11, in Garfield Park. Adults and children ages 5 and older can compete on teams of 2-4 people. All creations will be on display at State Bank for one month. Members of the...

 By Olivia Harnack    People    July 7, 2022

Clarkston woman: 'There are still angels' in Colfax

COLFAX — A Clarkston woman who lost her anniversary ring while traveling through Colfax is thankful for “angels” here. Kerri Young lost her anniversary ring June 9 when she stopped at Cougar Foodmart. She had taken her anniversary and wedding...


Plane crashes near LaCrosse

LACROSSE - Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating two airplane crashes over the Independence Day weekend, including one just off state...

 By Olivia Harnack    People    July 7, 2022

One dead, one injured in unrelated ATV crashes

COLFAX - Two unrelated ATV crashes over the July 4 weekend left one man dead and another injured. Alfred Laponza Jr., 50, of Seven Hills, Ohio, was pronounced dead at an crash scene near Colfax on...

 By Olivia Harnack    People    June 30, 2022

Tate awarded Realtors scholarship

COLFAX - A recent graduate has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Whitman County Association of Realtors. Katherine Izette Tate, 17, of Colfax, received the award for her civic and social...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    June 30, 2022

County offices have new move-in projection

COLFAX — Construction on the courthouse continues with a new move-in date set for sometime in August. Facilities Management Director Brandy Dean said ceiling installation, and floor preparation, and installation on the second floor were to be...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    June 30, 2022

Small plane crashes near LaCrosse

LaCROSSE - A small, general aviation airplane crashed before 2 p.m. Friday, July 1. The aircraft, a N5546D Beechcraft Bonanza went down near Milepost 104 of state Highway 26. The Washington State...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    June 23, 2022

Man acquitted, committed to Eastern State Hospital

COLFAX — A Pullman man was acquitted June 14 of drive-by shooting charges. Jamil Fields, 27, of Pullman, was found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of drive-by shooting, second-degree kidnapping with a firearms enhancement and five...

 By Olivia Harnack    News    June 23, 2022

Animal cruelty charges filed against Pullman residents

PULLMAN — First- and second-degree animal cruelty charges were filed against two local residents Friday, June 17, in Whitman County Superior Court. Carson Hammer and Sydney Weston, both of Pullman, were charged with multiple counts, records show....

 By Olivia Harnack    News    June 23, 2022

SWAT arrests local woman

FARMINGTON - A local woman is being held in the Whitman County Jail following a standoff with authorities. Jamie Carosino, 30, is being held on $250,000 bail. She will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday,...


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