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 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 8, 2023 

Colfax celebrates Class of 2023

COLFAX- The Colfax High School hosted graduation at the auditorium decked out in gold and blue to celebrate the graduating class of 2023 Saturday, June 3. Forty-Five graduates started a processional a...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 8, 2023 

Library summer reading program

COLFAX — The Whitman County Library (WCL) started its summer reading program Thursday, June 1, themed “All Together Now.” Those wishing to participate can enter the program challenge through August 31. Programs and activities planned include...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 8, 2023 

Meals on Wheels fueled by community support

COLFAX — Council on Aging (COA) Director Paige Collins is thankful for the community volunteers who deliver Meals on Wheels. Collins stated that there are several great volunteers, including Barry Folsom, owner of the local ACE hardware store in...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 8, 2023 

Veteran's Corner: Jerry Coker

COLFAX — Jerry Coker grew up in a small farming community in north Missouri, and like his wife, he explained that there were only a few opportunities there. “Most of the kids went to college or stayed and got a job,” he said. Mr. Coker noted th...

 By Teresa Simpson    Sports    June 8, 2023 

Rosalia local pool receives multiple upgrades

ROSALIA - The Rosalia pool has undergone several new upgrades due to closing early last year and is up and running this year, confirmed Pool Manager Piper Dickenson. Dickenson stated they could get...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 8, 2023 

Whitman County 2023 graduates

COLFAX — Several small high schools across Whitman County hosted commencement ceremonies for high school seniors June 2-4, and more are yet to come. Here's a brief synopsis of each school's...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 1, 2023

The Humane Society of the Palouse hosts annual Kitten Shower

MOSCOW — The Humane Society of the Palouse is hosting its annual Kitten Shower supply drive Sunday, June 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the 1912 Center Great Room, located at 412 E. 3rd Street in Moscow. The event functions like a baby shower, emphasizing...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 1, 2023

Colfax High School hosts Future Farmers of America Ag Day

COLFAX - The Colfax FFA Chapter held its first Ag Day for Jennings Elementary students since 2019 Friday, May 26. FFA Advisor Michael Heitstuman stated that they couldn't do it in 2020 because of the...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 1, 2023

PRH names 2023 excellence awards

PULLMAN — The Pullman Regional Hospital recognized Nadia Rivas, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the Emergency Department, as the outstanding Employee for 2023. Stephanie Knewbow, Registered Nurse and Director of the Emergency Department, with...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 1, 2023

Rosalia set for annual Battle Days event this weekend

ROSALIA — Rosalia will host their annual Battle Days from Friday, June 2, through Saturday, June 3. Events kick off on Friday at 5 p.m. with a family night at Rosalia Park featuring music by “Just Plain Darin,” with hot dogs and beverages avail...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 1, 2023

Veteran's Corner: The Cokers - Part One

COLFAX - Local Veterans Jerry and Eunice Coker met square dancing and were married in 2001. Mrs. Coker explained that she was taking lessons and looked around at the following round dance and...

 By Teresa Simpson    News    June 1, 2023

Local pushes for rails-to-trails path in CAP corridor

PULLMAN - Pullman local Rich Wesson has been working for almost eight years to move forward a rails-to-trails project that would put a walking path along the South Fork of the Palouse River in the rur...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 1, 2023

Rosalia Garden Club host plant sale during Battle Days

ROSALIA - The Rosalia Garden Club will host their annual plant sale Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the mini park during Battle Days. The fundraiser pays for expenses with the mini park, and plant donations come from members' gardens. The...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    May 25, 2023

Oakesdale students place at FFA State Convention

OAKESDALE - Oakesdale FFA students participated in the 93rd State FFA Convention from Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 13. Oakesdale FFA Advisor Jessica Moore shared the following winners of...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    May 18, 2023

Habitat for Humanity taking applications for house in Palouse

PALOUSE — Habitat for Humanity is taking applications for the Habitat Home they are building in Palouse, Washington; the application deadline is Wednesday, May 31. Habitat for Humanity Director Jennifer Wallace stated that they broke ground Tuesday...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    May 18, 2023

Family Gospel Quartet to play in Colfax Sunday

COLFAX — The Church of the Nazarene will host Family Gospel Quartet “The Craguns” Sunday, May 21, at 6 p.m., 1103 North Morton Street. Church of the Nazarene Office Secretary Donna VanTine explained that The Craguns are part of the Church of...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    May 18, 2023

Council on Aging free vouchers for farmer's market coming soon

COLFAX — The Council on Aging (COA) gives senior vouchers for farmer’s markets to those over 60, annually. This year, they will probably be in their hands in the next two weeks, stated Council on Aging Executive Director Paige Collins on...

 By Teresa Simpson    News    May 18, 2023

Rosalia and LaCrosse receive grants

LaCrosse — LaCrosse and Rosalia received grants for several projects, including LaCrosse Park and Recreation, LaCrosse Community Outreach, and Rosalia Volunteer Firefighters Association. LaCrosse Park and Recreation received $8,955 for a main pump...

 By Teresa Simpson    News    May 18, 2023

Palouse gas line project

COLFAX — In a public hearing at the Palouse Community Center with a representative from Avista on Tuesday, May 9, Palouse City Administrator Misty La Follett confirmed that the city council determined the significance of a 4-inch steel gas line...

 By Teresa Simpson    News    May 18, 2023

Budgeting on the events center pushes project forward

COLFAX - Construction started on an events center located at the Colfax Golf Course last year in June; with several donations and $72,000 allotted to the project through the Capital Budget, the...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    May 11, 2023

SFCC releases Winter Honor Roll List

COLFAX — Spokane Falls Community College announced its Winter Quarter honor roll for 2023, listing several Whitman County locals with a grade point average of 3.0 or above at the end of March. Albion locals include Nathanael Zink, Benjamin...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    May 11, 2023

SCC Honor Roll list

COLFAX — Several Whitman County locals made the Spokane Community College honor roll for the 2023 Winter Quarter, obtaining a 3.0 or above grade point average. Piper Cai and Deron Duncan are Colfax locals who made the honor roll. Oakesdale local...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    May 11, 2023

Rosalia installs new readerboard

ROSALIA - The Rosalia Lions Club and SignCorp, of Spokane have set up a new electronic readerboard for Rosalia. Lions Club member Dr. Mary Widman said they hope connections for the electrical...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    May 11, 2023

Couple from Colorado rework Endicott property into an animal sanctuary

ENDICOTT — Clark and Colleen Winchester lived in Colorado before moving to Pacific Northwest to be near relatives. Mrs. Winchester is an agriculture engineer who worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Center (NRCS) in Colorado. “Colorado g...

 By Teresa Simpson    People    May 11, 2023

Girlfriends Gather event next week

PULLMAN — The Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Women’s Leadership Guild is hosting their annual Girlfriends Gather event on Tuesday, May 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center in Pullman. The guild aims to raise and give...


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