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 By Teresa Simpson    News    September 22, 2022 

Story of Kay M. Bates

COLFAX – Colfax resident and children's author Kay M. Bates, 33, bounced around a lot growing up. Starting in California and the Seattle area, it was when her father went to WSU that she found what...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    September 22, 2022 

Traffic stop in Colfax nets guns, fentanyl

COLFAX – Amber Sitter, 31 and Raymond Cooper, 37 both of Spokane Valley were arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    September 22, 2022 

Rosalia's Red Brick Cafe shuts doors

ROSALIA – Owner's of the Red Brick Cafe in Rosalia, Kris Hemenway-Sheets, 69, and husband Gary Sheets, 70 have made the reluctant decision to close their doors for the winter. The cafe will be offic...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    September 22, 2022 

Ruck for the Fallen takes on Steptoe Butte

OAKESDALE – This weekend, Saturday, Sept. 24, ruckers will be gathering at Steptoe Butte to honor the fallen. Starting at Steptoe Butte at 7 a.m. there will be a 10K on Ragon/Hume Road at 10:30...

 

Colfax Fly-In lands at Air Center

COLFAX – The seventh annual Colfax Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Port of Business Air Center, 707 Flight Line Drive. The family-friendly event is free, featuring experimental to antique...

 

Authors of Cashup Davis visit library for book reading

Whitman County Library Colfax branch hosted the authors of “Cashup Davis: The Inspiring Life of a Secret Mentor.” The author's Jeff Burnside and Gordon Davis, Davis’ great-grandson, read from...

 

Palouse Empire Fair a success

After all the restrictions of the pandemic, Palouse residents and surrounding communities were excited to celebrate at the Palouse Empire Fair Thursday Sept. 8-11. The Palouse Empire Fair's mission...

 

Diesel stolen at local ranch

COLFAX – Local Colfax ranch owner Tess Griffiths reported to the cops that 12 hundred dollars worth of diesel, a thousand gallons, was stolen from her families ranch on Friday or Saturday night. “I reported it yesterday. I made a police...

 

Malden, Pine City celebrate recovery from 2020 firestorm

MALDEN – The communities of Malden and Pine City, located in northern Whitman County mostly destroyed by a firestorm in 2020, hosted a public event on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 2 -5 p.m. celebrate recovery efforts. Two years ago the Babb Road Fire...

 

Library hosts local artist Rothwell exhibit

COLFAX – Local painter Nancy Rothwell's "Chaos in the Ukraine," is being exhibited at The Libey Gallery M-F 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat. 1-5 p.m. Rothwell's acrylic collage, inspired by an interview...

 

CJ Clark: Local spotlight

GARFIELD – Current Garfield-Palouse high school assistant FFA advisor for Garfield-Palouse, CJ Clark, 22 had more than the pandemic to deal with in the last four years. Originally from Richland,...

 

Colfax FFA member named national finalist

COLFAX – Colfax FFA member Cotton Booker has been named an American Star finalist in the Agribusiness category. The National FFA American Start Award represents the best of the best among thousands...

 

Pullman residents face charges for robbery

GARFIELD—On the evening of Sunday, Sept. 4, deputies with the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home in Garfield, WA where one of the residents was allegedly robbed at gunpoint. Deputies believed the couple was traveling...

 

Women's Guild hosts annual Non-Profit Night

PULLMAN – The Pullman Regional Hospital women’s Leadership Guild is hosting its annual Non-Profit Night on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the WSU Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center, at 6 p.m. Seven non-profit agencies have applied for $2,000 in grant funding...

 

Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation seeks new executive director

PULLMAN – Chief Development and External Relations Officer, Reuben Mayes, at Pullman Regional Hospital has taken a new positions with Seattle Children’s Hospital as the Regional Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer. Reuben’s last day is Sept....

 

Brooke Russell represents the best sport

This year Brooke Russell, 17, from Hayden Idaho, is spearheading the rodeo as the Palouse Empire Fair’s rodeo queen. For Russell representing the palouse and being the face of the Palouse Rodeo Association is an honor. “I have definitely loved...

 

Bert Davis Rodeo Clown

COLFAX – This year's Palouse Empire Fair Rodeo is hosting Rodeo Clown, Bert Davis. Davis has spent forty-three years as a rodeo performer starting his career performing in 1974 at the age of 16 as...

 

Rodeo queen advisor speaks on her 22 years through rodeo association

COLFAX – Rodeo royalty advisor and the Secretary of rodeo association, Diana Moser, 47 has been advising future rodeo queens for the last 22 years. “I coordinate the royalty program every year. I am there advisor throughout their whole reigning...

 

Palouse Empire Fair slated for Sept. 8-11

COLFAX – Get ready for some good old-fashioned fun next week. The Palouse Empire Fair is set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 8-11, and local agriculture will be on full display at the fairgrounds west of Colfax. There will be carnival rides and...

 

Boat racers memorialize locals

ST. JOHN – Two area men were remembered following the Saturday, Aug. 26, sprint boat races at Webb's Slough. The ashes of Richie Baltierra of St. John were spread on the waters after the racing....

 

State Bank Northwest opens new branches

SPOKANE – The State Bank Northwest has announced the bank opening in Whitman County and South Spokane. The Colfax and Rockford full service branches will open September 1. Hours will be 8:30 am -...

 

Therapeutic court program receives grants

COLFAX — Additional funding has been awarded to the Whitman County District Court to expand therapeutic services. The court recently received grants include: • $115,000 to support a community justice counselor/director position. • $232,000 for...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    August 25, 2022

Serial rapist sentenced to life in prison

PULLMAN – A serial rapist convicted in a number of 19-year-old Pullman rape cases has been sentenced to life in prison. Kenneth Downing was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole for at least 214 months, during a Friday, Aug...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    August 25, 2022

Superintenent Reykdal releases work-study plan

OLYMPIA – Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) State Superintendent, Chris Reykdal announced his plan for high school students ages 16 and over to earn elective credits...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    August 25, 2022

Auto Dealers for Health celebrates ten year partnership

PULLMAN – The Auto Dealers for Health program has raised more than $250,000 in funds for Pullman Regional Hospital since 2012. This year they celebrate ten years of partnership with Wysup Chrysler...

 

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