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 By Teresa Simpson    News    July 21, 2022

Barber shop reopens

COLFAX - Three people have joined forces to reopen Barbershop on Main. Formerly owned by longtime barber Terry Lee Vietz, the shop at 209 N. Main St. reopened Tuesday, July 19. Vietz passed away Feb....

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    July 21, 2022

Colfax to celebrate 150 years of history

COLFAX - The much-anticipated Colfax 150th Celebration kicks off Saturday, July 23, with a dedication in Eells Park. Volunteers are already decorating the community in preparation for the event....

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    July 21, 2022

Association of Washington Cities CEO presents Colfax a gift for 150 Celebration

COLFAX- The newly appointed CEO of the Association of Washington Cities (AWC), Deanna Dawson, visited Colfax on July 14 to recognize Colfax's 150 Celebration, "We just wanted to congratulate Colfax...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    July 14, 2022

Good Ol' Days

125 Years Ago From the Colfax Gazette, July 16, 1897 CITY WINS ITS CASE Colfax has the right to Reassess for Street Improvements As Olympia dispatch of July 9 says: "The supreme court has handed down...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    July 14, 2022

Council discusses roof, road

COLFAX— The City Council discussed City Hall roof repairs and Morton Street upgrades during its July 5 meeting. City Hall’s roof leaks 2-3 times a year, officials said. “I thought the bid was around $125,000-$126,000, roughly in that range,...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    July 14, 2022

Colfax history: Historical buildings, fraternity block

COLFAX — The three-story Fraternity Block building was designed by A.F. Perry of Walla Walla and constructed in 1889 at a cost of $12,000. In many historic pictures of Main Street, the building can be seen as a centerpiece. This three-story...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    July 14, 2022

Colfax's Clay Street well project delayed

COLFAX— The City Council discussed the ongoing Clay Street well project delay during its July 5 meeting. Officials said the project is delayed due to COVID-19 and delayed delivery of the pump. The issue initially came to light Tuesday March 8, when...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    July 7, 2022

'Bones' retires after nearly 50 years of machinery work

STEPTOE - A local man who has provided nearly a half-century of service to area farmers and others is retiring. Don "Bones" McClintok retired from Pape Machinary after working with Arrow Machinery...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    July 7, 2022

Fourth of July in Endicott

The town of Endicott hosted an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration on Monday, July 4. The highlight of the day, other than fireworks, was the annual parade. Above, two patriotic riders move...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    July 7, 2022

Fireworks fundraiser

The Colfax Bulldogs softball and baseball teams sold fireworks in the parking lot of Rosauers last week to raise funds for their programs. The funds will be used to help purchase uniforms and...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    July 7, 2022

Colfax - Thriving city and automobiles

COLFAX — Since it’s 1870s start, Colfax settlers up through the 1880s discovered the productivity of the Palouse. With the sawmill, then the creation of the wheatmill in 1872, Colfax quickly became a huge producer of wheat in 1886 with a...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    July 7, 2022

Fire in the sky

The town of Endicott hosted an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration on Monday, July 4. The event culminated with fireworks. For more photos, see Page 5....

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 30, 2022

Mural in the Works

A mural for the July 23-24 celebration of Colfax history is currently being painted on the north wall of the Whitman County Public Works building next to Jim’s Service Center, 322 N. Main St....

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 30, 2022

Reliving history

Palouse Hills Muzzleloaders brought history to life Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, at their encampment outside Colfax. In addition to keeping history alive, they also competed in shooting and axe...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    June 30, 2022

Garfield native buys local meat shop

GARFIELD - After more than 25 years, owner Tom Tevlin has sold Garfield Meats. The new owner is 40-year-old Garfield native Robby Riedinger. Tevlin, 60, originally from the Tri-Cities, bought the meat...

 

Wheat becomes future of Colfax

COLFAX — Trains may have spurred growth in Whitman County and launched what today has become the city of Colfax. But even in the 1880s, residents knew wheat was in their future. The Palouse Gazette from October 1881 gave what local farmers and the...

 

A speeder ride through time

On Saturday the 18th, I set out from my Main Street apartment in Colfax at 7 a.m. to the train depot for a speeder I would be riding to Hooper. I grew up in Lamont. As a kid, I would play around the o...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 23, 2022

Muzzleloaders take shot at keeping history alive

COLFAX — The Palouse Hills Muzzleloaders will be in Colfax on June 24-26 for their 32nd annual rendezvous. The encampment will be 2.5 miles off Manning Road. “Go up the hill by Les Schwab, where the old covered bridge was,” said Muzzleloader...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    June 23, 2022

Colfax history - railroad arrives

COLFAX — On Nov. 10, 1883, the first Columbia and Palouse Railroad train arrived in Colfax. By 1916, three rail lines (the Northern Pacific, Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company, and...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    June 23, 2022

Flash flood water recedes

PALOUSE — City Public Works Superintendent Mike Wolf said Tuesday, June 21, that flood waters have receded and life is returning to normal. He was talking about water from the flash flooding that...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 16, 2022

Snake River Family Festival set for Boyer Park

COLFAX - Boyer Park and Marina will host the annual Snake River Family Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18. The annual festival at 1752 Granite Road is free and features a barbecue...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    June 16, 2022

Colfax history celebration slated

Editor's NOTE: This is the first in a six-part series on the history of Colfax leading up to a July 23-24 celebration. COLFAX - On July 10, 1870, James Perkins and Thomas Smith claimed land at the jun...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    Sports    June 16, 2022

Peterson named Most Valuable Teammate

By Teresa Simpson Gazette Reporter COLFAX - Bulldogs baseball player J.D. Peterson was awarded the Most Valuable Teammate by his coaches. The MVT award was made in honor and named after former local...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 9, 2022

Good Ol' Days

125 Years ago, Friday, June 11, 1897 Fishing for Squirrels E.R. Barrell, a hardware merchant of Colfax was in Spokane on business Tuesday. Among other things he purchased while there was a quantity...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    People    June 9, 2022

Riders raise funds for Malden

MALDEN - John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders raised nearly $5,000 for local use during their 17-day cross-state trip that concluded Sunday, June 5. The wagon train started its 41st ride in Easton on...

 

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