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A Summer Well-Spent

They say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, but in my book, the city of Colfax has been an exception to that rule. My first impression of the city was formed over a decade...

 

Over $1,000 donated to Tekoa Pantry

TEKOA – From 1960 to 1974, Tekoa couple Milo and June Yale owned and operated Yale’s Food Store with the help of their six children. Long after the store’s closure, friends, neighbors, and class...

 
 By Reid Thompson    News    August 18, 2022

Rock Lake area fires extinguished

EWAN - Volunteer firefighters from across the county were pitted against two wildfires this past week, successfully extinguishing both with the help of state fire services. On Thursday, Aug. 11, volun...

 
 By Reid Thompson    News    August 18, 2022

Volunteer firefighters douse Wawawai car fire

PORT OF WILMA – Rapid responses from Whitman and Asotin County fire departments prevented a burning vehicle on Wawawai Road from spreading to nearby brush on Sunday, Aug. 14. At 4:52 in the...

 
 By Reid Thompson    News    August 18, 2022

Moscow-Pullman Airport expands

PULLMAN – In a ceremony Wednesday, local dignitaries officially broke ground on the Moscow-Pullman Regional Airport’s new terminal. The airport’s recent construction comes after years of planning and fundraising, which brought in $82 million...

 

Take a hike on the Colfax Trail

COLFAX – Less than a mile northwest of Colfax's downtown, hikers looking for an easy excursion will find the Colfax Trail. The trail hugs the southern bank of the Palouse River for 2.5 miles,...

 

Over $1,000 donated to food pantry in memory of Tekoa man

TEKOA — From 1960 to 1974, Tekoa couple Milo and June Yale owned and operated Yale’s Food Store with the help of their six children. Long after the store’s closure, friends, neighbors, and classmates of the Yale family say they continue to spea...

 
 By Reid Thompson    News    August 11, 2022

Colfax senior crowned DYW state representative

COLFAX - The city's own Olivia Ng is set to represent the Evergreen State next June at the Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Ala. The Colfax High School senior topped a field of...

 

Two ceremonies planned to honor late Colfax fire chief

COLFAX – Late Colfax Fire Chief Jim Krouse will be honored in two upcoming events this month. Krouse, who fell in the line of duty August 28, 2021, was Colfax’s longtime fire chief. At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, the Colfax Fire Department...

 

Take your kids fishing at Garfield Pond

ELBERTON - Some of the best juvenile fishing in the county can be found at Garfield Pond, located along Elberton Road between Colfax and Garfield. Tucked away among the pines of Silver Creek,...

 
 By Reid Thompson    People    August 4, 2022

Quilts of Valor ceremony honors eight men

COLFAX - The Quilts of Valor Foundation presented Vietnam veterans with commemorative lapel pins and quilts in a ceremony at the Colfax Methodist Church last Friday, July 29. The Foundation's mission...

 
 By Reid Thompson    News    August 4, 2022

Horse helps emergency crews locate injured rider

PULLMAN – A horse helped emergency responders find its injured rider near Pullman last Thursday, June 28. Whitman County Sheriff’s Deputies and Fire District 12 Volunteers responded to a missing person report around noon on Thursday. The...

 
 By Reid Thompson    News    August 4, 2022

Oakesdale Food Pantry evicted

OAKESDALE – The Oakesdale Food Pantry is in search of a new home after receiving an eviction notice Friday, July 15. The community pantry was given one month to move out after almost seven years at...

 
 By Reid Thompson    People    July 28, 2022

Rosalia celebrates quilts and crafts

ROSALIA - The Harvest of Quilts outdoor show brought colored fabrics and new faces to town on July 23. After enduring two years of pandemic cancellations and cutbacks, organizers say this year's...

 
 By Reid Thompson    News    July 28, 2022

Auctioneer competes internationally

COLFAX — Local auctioneer and junior at Oklahoma State University, Cotton Booker, will be competing in the National Auctioneers Association International Auctioneer Championship in San Diego this Friday, July 29. Booker, who won the NAA Junior...

 
 By Reid Thompson    Sports    July 21, 2022

Colfax hosts inaugural Eddie Olson Wrestling Clinic

COLFAX - COLFAX - The inaugural Eddie Olson Wrestling Clinic kicked off Monday, July 18, at Jennings Elementary School on Monday, July 18. According to wrestling coach Jack McBride, 55 wrestlers ages...

 
 By Reid Thompson    People    July 21, 2022

Allen to lead Library District

COLFAX —Whitman County Rural Library District’s new director Cody Allen is no newcomer to the Palouse. Born and raised in Lewiston, Allen began his career at Clarkston’s Asotin County Library before attending Whitworth College in Spokane,...

 
 By Reid Thompson    People    July 21, 2022

Oakesdale's Old Mill Days draws crowd

OAKESDALE - Leading up to Old Mill Days, Mayor Dennis Palmer could be seen sweeping the streets in preparation for the return of the community festival two years in the making. After cancellations in...

 
 By Reid Thompson    News    July 21, 2022

Man arrested in theft

ROSALIA — Whitman County Sheriff’s Office deputies apprehended a man with $10,000 worth of stolen property at the Horn School Rest Area in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 14. Brian G. Funk, 53, of Spokane, was caught pulling a trailer...

 

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 Reid Thompson    People    July 21, 2022

Old Mill Days returns

Oakesdale’s Old Mill Days returned this past weekend after a two-year pandemic hiatus, bringing in crowds for parades, local history and classic cars, such as this 1958 Oldsmobile Super...

 
 By Reid Thompson    People    July 14, 2022

Old Mill Days revived

OAKESDALE — The Oakesdale Historical Society and McCoy Valley Museum are preparing to celebrate this year’s Old Mill Days from July 15-16. After two years of cancellations, the community celebration is expected to bring in several hundred people...

 
 By Reid Thompson    News    July 14, 2022

Primary ballots mailed

COLFAX – Registered Whitman County voters should begin receiving their Aug. 2 primary ballots later this week. Ballots are scheduled to be in the mail by Friday, July 15, according to county elections officials. Voters who have not received their b...

 
 By Reid Thompson    News    July 14, 2022

Pullman area rancher jailed for animal cruelty

COLFAX — Pullman area rancher Marcus Jacobson, 71, is facing two years in jail after failing to sell his cattle herd as punishment for two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Jacobson was found guilty last month after two cows were noticed to be...

 
 By Reid Thompson    Sports    July 7, 2022

Colfax man shooting for world record

HAMILTON, Mont. — A Colfax man may have broken a shooting world record June 4. Paul Gylling, 67, of Colfax, placed first in several events at the National Bench Rest Shooting Association Varmint for Score competition. While Gylling’s final score...

 

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