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  • A tea party to remember hits The Center

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX -The Center was packed and decorated bringing in mothers, grandmothers and granddaughters dressed in their Sunday best for a tea party on Saturday, May 11. The Friends of the Libraries annual Afternoon Tea and Silent Auction brought in a good turnout this year according to Whitman County event Organizer Nanette Nebe. "I feel like the news of the tea from last year has spread," she said, adding that this year they were able to see families bringing in three generations. For several it was...

  • "Train Dreams" filming comes to Tekoa

    Teresa Simpson|May 16, 2024

    TEKOA - The film crew for "Train Dreams" filled Henkle Street Wednesday, May 8, bringing in spectators to watch movie making magic unfold. Crew members could be seen dumping dirt across the road for the first scene, which featured extras being thrown out of "The Mercantile," Tekoa's old bank building that had been remade into a general store. Amongst the crowd was the drama class from Oakesdale, who were able to take the day off school to watch as the scenes were filmed. The class got to talk ab...

  • Colfax holds final jazz band concert for the school year

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX- The Colfax Junior/High School held their final Jazz Band Concert for the year on Monday, May 13. First up was the smaller group including the students that compete, with a setlist including "Fancy Pants", "In a Sentimental Mood", and "Secret Love". Soloists were Lauryn York on the trumpet for "Fancy Pants"; Darin Repp on the trumpet and Walter McGraw on tenor sax for "In a Sentimental Mood", and Winona McGraw on trombone for "Secret Love". A total of 37 band members were on stage for...

  • Eagles to host benefit

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX - A local family seeking justice for the death of their mother, Shannon Kambitsch, 58, of Deer Park, will go to trial after two and a half years of six continuances in the homicide case in Spokane County. A new readiness trial date is set for Tuesday, May 28, and the trial date is set for June 17. Shannon Kambitsch's son James Campbell and his wife Angela Campbell have been raising funds to pay for court costs, and are holding a benefit from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 18, at...

  • Aurora brings community together for light show

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX - A rare occurrence brought residents of Whitman County and Eastern Washington out on Friday, May 10, to stare up in wonder as the Aurora Borealis filled the night sky with vibrant radiating colors. The show of nature had been reported earlier Friday, as The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement relaying updates the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center to alert of an ongoing geomagnetic storm. Spokane National Weather...

  • Girlfriends Gather coming to WSU

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    PULLMAN — The Women’s Leadership Guild is aiming to raise and give away $10,000 at its Girlfriends Gather event taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the Lewis Alumni Centre on the Washington State University campus. For a $100 donation, each attendee nominates an eligible non-profit to take home all the donations of the evening. For a non-profit to be eligible, it must align with the mission to serve women’s and children’s health and wellness. “I love Girlfriends Gather, and it keeps getting better and better as more people he...

  • Garfield's annual May Day is around the corner

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    GARFIELD — Another year of live music, a beer garden and festivities for the whole family is coming up next weekend for Garfield’s annual May Day Celebration. Public Relations Community of Garfield Association Sarah Anderson said that the festivities will start at 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, with live music by Arron Kelly Rager and the Backcounty Blues Badasses. There will be a beer garden sponsored by Palouse Brewing Company, food trucks, a pie auction and several vendors set up downtown. “Saturday is the big family day,” Anderson said, with wi...

  • St. John Community Fair 4-H/FFA class results

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    ST. JOHN- The annual St. John Community Fair saw 4-H and FFA classes showing livestock with several winning Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion titles. Fitting and showing began at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 26, with Beef, Sheep, Goats, and Swine. The results are as follows: Beef In 4-H Senior Class 1 the three winners were Issac Clinesmith, Cole Thornton-Schlunger and Matthew Clinesmith. For 4-H intermediates class 2, the four winners were Bennet Repp, Garrett Kane, Taylee Taylor and Ava...

  • Auditor seeks committee members

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    COLFAX —Whitman County Auditor Sandy Jamison is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write “against” committee statements for the August 6, 2024, Primary Election Local Voter’s Pamphlet. According to a press release from the Auditor’s Office, two district’s did not appoint an “against” committee to prepare a statement for the local voters’ pamphlet. RCW 29A.32.280 states that the auditor has to seek out and appoint up to three members to form the committee. The auditor is appointing committee members to write an “agai...

  • "Train Dreams" filming begins in Tekoa

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    TEKOA — Tekoa is the set for a ride through history as filming for a movie titled “Train Dreams,” was underway as of Wednesday, May 8. The film is an adaptation of Denis Johnson’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated novella about a man named Robert Grainer, who worked a day laborer in the American west at the beginning of the 20th century. The set will use two locations in Tekoa that has been completely renovated to look like the time period of the American West, including The Empire Theater and a block of Henkle Street. Tekoa Clerk Treasurer Eliza V...

  • Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport terminal opening

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    PULLMAN - The new 50,000 square-foot Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport terminal will be open for business on Wednesday, May 22. The terminal project cost approximately $90 million, with $75 million from the federal government, including coronavirus relief funds. Pullman Mayor and Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport Board Chair Francis A. Benjamin said that the project as a whole was approximately $250 million. The $92 million terminal took two years to construct, featuring three gates in all....

  • Onecho hosts "Adventure Thursdays" summer program

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 2, 2024

    COLFAX - The Onecho Church unveiled a new summer program, "Adventure Thursdays", taking place in June at Shmuck Park. The outdoor camp will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., each Thursday in June. "The evening VBS program will give parents the option in joining their children for some outdoor fun," said one of the summer program leaders Rosemarie Aeschliman. The camp is designed for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, and will include Nerf shooting games, painting, woodworking projects,...

  • Firefighter storytime at library

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 2, 2024

    COLFAX - The local branch of the Whitman County Library hosted the firefighters from the Colfax Fire Department for an educational storytime about firefighters. For its Thursday early morning storytime on April 25, the library had a special storytime with Assistant Fire Chief John Lautenslager, and a guest firefighter Ginny Millar Children gathered around to hear a story about the day in the life of a firefighter before seeing the different gear that firefighters wear. The kids were invited to...

  • Drug task force seizes fentanyl

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 2, 2024

    CLARKSTON — A search warrant led to the arrest of a Clarkston man Thursday, April 25. Detectives from the Quad Cities Drug Task Force, with assistance from the Lewiston Police Department and the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office, executed a narcotics related search warrant at a residence located in the 1400 block of Pound Lane in Clarkston. Richard Almeida, 62, of Clarkston, was arrested by detectives after the search warrant led them to locating 700 fentanyl pills and 1.5 ounces of packaged fentanyl powder. According to a Facebook post by Whi...

  • Yakima man sentenced

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 2, 2024

    COLFAX — A Yakima man arrested for leading deputies on a car chase in a stolen vehicle pled guilty in Superior Court, Friday, April 26. Christopher Lee Cornelius, 33, of Yakima, went before Superior Court Judge Gary Libey on Friday, April 26, and was sentenced to a year in prison for felony eluding and unlawful possession of a firearm. Cornelius was booked into the Whitman County Jail on Friday, April 13, for eluding deputies in a stolen vehicle. According to reports, deputies from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office identified a stolen veh...

  • Locals speak on turbines at Commissioner's workshop

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 2, 2024

    COLFAX -Members of the public gathered for two workshops Whitman County Commissioners held presenting the process, code, and laws surrounding the possible development of a proposed wind turbine farm near Kamiak Butte. Workshop presentations County Planner Alan Thompson spoke at the morning meeting addressing the process that the planning department goes through with applicants. During the afternoon session Public Works Director Mark Storey was there to explain in his place. Thompson clarified...

  • Whitman County Prom 2024

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 25, 2024

    COLFAX - Whitman County Prom Royalty was announced during the dance on Saturday, April 13, at the Whitman County fairgrounds. The 2024 Colfax Prom Queen title went to Haley Demler, and this year's Prom King was JP Wigen. This year's Princess and Prince for the Colfax freshman class were Sunisa Dail and Connor McAnally. Sophomore Princess and Prince were Adalynn Penwell and Cooper Watt. Karly Wigen took junior Princess for this year's Prom royalty and Alton Burt was named junior class prince....

  • "Medication Take Back" this Saturday

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 25, 2024

    COLFAX — The Substance Use Prevention Education and Resources (SUPER) program for Colfax is hosting its “Spring Medication Take Back Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Colfax library patio, 102 South Main Street. Everyone is invited to clean out their medicine cabinets to get rid of all the medications that they no longer use in a safe way. Attendees can bring their unused, expired or unneeded medications for the take back. Attendees can also drop off pet medications and vape devices with the batteries removed. There...

  • FFA plant sale coming soon

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 25, 2024

    COLFAX — The Colfax High School FFA Chapter is gearing up for another year of plant sales starting Friday, May 3, through Saturday, May 4. Colfax FFA teacher Michael Heitstuman said that this year’s dates will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 3, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4. Heitstuman said that they will run until things sell out, but those are the official times for the sales. “Last year went really well,” Heitstuman said, “The community is always super supportive of the plant sale, which is appreciated.” The annual FFA plant sale helps...

  • St. John Community Fair this weekend

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 25, 2024

    ST. JOHN —The 2024 St. John Community Fair is slated for this weekend Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28. The objective of the community fair is to promote, develop and improve the agricultural, livestock, business and home life of the people in St. John. “By conducting our exhibits and other education programs and activities, we are working to meet these objectives,” states the 2024 St. John Community Fair Book. Events start on Friday, April 26, at 9 a.m., with the community building opening and fitting and showing of chickens and r...

  • Plowing Bee seeds crops for harvest

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 25, 2024

    COLFAX - The Palouse Empire Threshing Association had a successful annual Plowing Bee last weekend. The old fashioned plowing bee took place at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday April 20-21, in the field across from the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds on state Highway 26. Co-organizer Eric Reiber said the first day was great due to good weather. "We didn't finish the seeding, but everything else got done," he said of the second day. "The seed bed got prepared and that was the main thing." Reiber said...

  • Sheriff's Posse seeks members

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 25, 2024

    COLFAX — The Whitman County Sheriff’s Posse is seeking new members of all skill levels and experiences to serve the community by contributing to search and rescue missions. The Sheriff’s Posse invites all interested to attend their next meeting on May 14, in the Colfax Community Building, Active member of the Sheriff’s Posse Tucker Senter said the group is looking for those willing to serve their community on foot or horseback and those who who want to wear the dress whites and go through parades. “If you have a skill or interest, chances a...

  • Schools release trout raised in classroom

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 25, 2024

    OAKESDALE- Students from St. John Elementary, Endicott Middle School and Oakesdale school had the chance to release over 454 rainbow trout that they had raised in the classroom into Garfield Pond and Rock Lake. Oakesdale Science and FFA Teacher Nathan Moore brought 35 students to release the trout they raised on Thursday, April 11, into Garfield Pond. St. John Endicott Elementary Teacher Jenny Miller's third grade class followed, releasing the trout they raised in the Garfield Pond on Friday,...

  • Commissioners plan meeting on wind turbines

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 25, 2024

    COLFAX — Whitman County Commissioners held a lengthy discussion about plans for the Monday, April 29, meeting to have presentations regarding county code and the proposed Wind Turbine project near Kamiak Butte. Commissioners plan meeting During the regular county commissioner workshop, Monday, April 22, Commissioner Art Swannack mentioned plans for the April 29 meeting, and possibly having a later meeting so that community members could express their views. Swannack stated that the intention for the meeting is to convene workshop at 9 a.m., t...

  • Hospital works to remedy downed sterilizer

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 25, 2024

    COLFAX — Dr. W. Douglas B. Hiller, MD informed the Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics Board of Commissioners that hospital sterilizer had been down for over two months during the Wednesday, April 17, regular commissioners’ meeting. Manager of Administration Services Laurie Gronning confirmed that the hospital’s large sterilizer has been out of service. A sterilizer is a medical device used to sterilize surgical instruments using steam, dry heat, radiation, ethylene oxeide (EtO) gas, vaporized hydrogen peroxide and other sterilization metho...

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