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  • Jamie Wilson-Spray case confirmed homicide

    The Gazette|May 2, 2024

    COLFAX — In a press release from Saturday, May 4, Whitman County Coroner’s Office confirmed the manner of death of 25-year-old Jamie Wilson-Spray as homicide. The coroner’s office confirmed the cause of Wilson-Spray’s death was asphyxia due to the compression of the neck. Wilson-Spray was found in a trailer March 26, at Sevdy’s, a trailer park at 605 N.W. Fish St. According to police records, Wilson-Spray had scratches and bruising on her neck. Jacob Erik Spray, 36, of Pullman faces a charge of murder second-degree, for allegedly killing h...

  • Resident inducted by Honor Society

    The Gazette, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 21, 2024

    MOSCOW — Pullman resident Hala Zahalqa was initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at University of Idaho. Zahalqa is among approximately 25,ooo students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into the honor society each year. Membership to the society is by invitation only and requires a nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Phi Kappa Phi’s headquarters is located in Baton Rouge Louisiana....

  • Miss Tekoa

    The Gazette, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 21, 2024

    TEKOA -The Miss Tekoa crown was passed to Lulu Taylor during a pageant Saturday afternoon, March 16. Before a crowd of more than 60 residents, family members and visitors, 2023 Queen Carrie Sanchez crowned Taylor at the end of a 90-minute pageant in the historic Empire Theater. It was Sanchez's final act as the 2023-24 Tekoa queen. "I've always wanted to be a queen," Taylor said after the coronation. "When I was younger, I would go to the parades and I always wanted to be like them. "I want to...

  • Ritzville Akin's Market sells winning Powerball ticket

    The Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    RITZVILLE – The local grocery store sold a $50,000 prize-winning lottery ticket in the Powerball drawing Dec. 13. According to the Washington State Lottery, the winner turned in a winning Powerball ticket last week. The state Lottery Commission could not provide the name of the winner before deadline. Lottery officials said the ticket was purchased at Akins Fresh Market, 610 W. First Ave. The winner matched 4-of-5 white balls, plus the Powerball number in the drawing, lottery officials said, noting the odds of winning $50,000 is 1 in 9...

  • UPDATE- Whitman County natural gas outage

    The Gazette|Nov 9, 2023

    PULLMAN- Avista provided an update today, Friday, Nov. 10, regarding restoring natural gas services to an estimated 37,000 natural gas customers in the Pullman Moscow Region and Lewiston Clarkston Region. Senior Communications Manager for Avista, Jared Webley, said that they've had the help of over 400 crew members and over eight partner utilities across the state in going home to home to relight natural gas appliances. "Some of the messaging we are emphasizing over and over is asking the customers not to turn on their gas," Webley said,...

  • WSU Researchers create T-Cell Machine

    The Gazette|Nov 2, 2023

    PULLMAN – Researchers from Washington State University have developed a mini-fridge sized reactor that rapidly grows T-Cells, a cancer fighting white blood cell. The machine manufactures the white blood cells 30% faster than current technologies, at a maximum growth rate of 95%. The currently used cells, derived from cattle, were developed by Bill Davis of WSU’s Veterinary College, and are speculated to work similarly on human cells. Four decades of research into centrifugal bioreactor development lead to the instrument, which keeps the gro...

  • Jail Log

    The Gazette|Nov 2, 2023

    Jail Log COLFAX—The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals booked from Oct. 24 – Oct. 28 Oct. 24 Tristan Eritt Paul, 25, one count of assault 2 nd degree, 2 counts of 4 th degree assault. Paul is being held without bail through Superior Court. David Anthony Tyner, 25, warrant for possessing meth. Tyner is being held through Latah County District Court. Oct. 25 Kevin Daniel Brotherton, 38, burglary 2nd degree, malicious mischief 3rd degree, making or having burglar tools, theft in the 3rd degree. Brotherton is being held wit...

  • Colfax Police Log

    The Gazette|Nov 2, 2023

    COLFAX – The Colfax Police Department responded to the following calls from Oct. 19 – Oct. 24: Oct. 19 4:38 p.m.- Found property on North Morton Street. Oct. 20 9:03 a.m.- Abandoned vehicle Mill Street. 10:05 a.m.- Civil call Harrison Street. 5:07 p.m.- Civil call, drive. Oct. 21 7:19 a.m.- Welfare check 612 South Lake Street. 10:08 a.m.- Other law enforcement call Mill Street. 3:26 p.m.- Citizen ride Mill Street. 6:19 p.m.- Suspicious person/circumstnce Thorn Street. 8:32 p.m.- Traffic violation SR 195 milepost 26, northbound, Pullman. Oct...

  • Sheriff's Log

    The Gazette|Nov 2, 2023

    COLFAX – The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls from Oct. 24 – Nov. 1 Oct. 24 11:04 a.m.- North Mill Street, Colfax. Civil call. 12:05 p.m.- Tennessee Street, Steptoe Elementary School. DARE. 1:52 p.m.- East Pine Street, Colfax. Communications problem. 1:54 p.m.- North Mill Street, Colfax. Fingerprints. 2:28 p.m.- Fonner Street and Church Street, Endicott. Civil call. 3:34 p.m.- West Desire Street, Tekoa. Report of checkbook stolen. 5:09 p.m.- Granite Road, Colfax. 911 hang up. 7:01 p.m.- Uniontown. Suspi...

  • District Court

    The Gazette|Nov 2, 2023

    COLFAX — Whitman County District Court reported the following criminal conviction sentences from Oct. 27 Oct. 27 • Kandi M. Rodriguez, was found guilty of criminal trespass 1st degree, and theft 3rd degree. Therefore, the defendant is sentenced to 10 days of jail, with credit for 1 day served to be completed by Nov. 30, 2023. The defendant shall pay the clerk of the court a total of $225.81 in fines. Defendant must have no criminal violations of law or alcohol-related infractions, and serve 12 months of probation. Supervised probation to end...

  • Land Transactions

    The Gazette|Nov 2, 2023

    Land Transactions COLFAX— The Whitman County Assessor’s Office reported the following land transactions from Oct. 23 – Oct. 25 Oct. 23 Walter Powers, Bainbridge Island, Wash., sold household sing family units, to Marilyn Powers, Murfreesboro, Tenn., parcel 142200013150000, assessed value $100, Quit Claim Deed. Oct. 25 Leon and Patricia A Sadler, Airway Heights, Wash., sold 304 E. Chestnut Street, Farmington, Wash., to Ben and Joan Smith, Farmington, Wash., parcels 10300085010000, 103300005020000, undisclosed value, gift, Quit Claim...

  • Senior Menus

    The Gazette|Nov 2, 2023

    Colfax Thursday, Nov. 2 Pork chops, applesauce, potato coins, caesar salad, fall birthday cake Monday, Nov. 6 Lasagna, caesar salad, green beans, apricots, brownies Colton Wednesday, Nov. 8 Cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato, baked beans, potato salad, no bake cookies LaCrosse Tuesday, Nov. 7 Pork chops, applesauce, potato coins, caesar salad, birthday dessert Palouse Wednesday, Nov. 8 Cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato, baked beans, potato salad, dessert Pullman Friday, Nov. 3 Cheesburger with lettuce and tomato, baked beans, potato...

  • Pullman police respond to stabbing

    The Gazette|Sep 7, 2023

    PULLMAN — The Pullman Police Department was dispatched to a stabbing in the 1000 block of Northeast Williams on Wednesday, Sept. 6, reports a press release. Reports show Tiffany Dennison, 29, of California, was armed with a knife and actively assaulting an adult female when officers arrived on the scene. According to reports, the two victims, both Pullman residents, were located by officers inside the apartment. An adult male was transported to Pullman Regional Hospital with critical injuries. Reports say the male is expected to survive. R...

  • Heavy snow expected this evening

    The Gazette|Dec 8, 2022

    COLFAX—The National Weather Service reports several inches of snow is expected this evening through Friday. The heaviest snowfall is expected this evening through Friday, with periods of light to moderate snowfall. 3 to 6 inches expected, and winter driving conditions are predicted to impact tonight’s evening commute. NWS reports a potential for more widespread significant snowfall Saturday, Dec. 10, with drier and colder weather through next weekend....

  • Dog found in Palouse

    The Gazette|Dec 8, 2022

    PALOUSE — Dog found loose on the North Hill in Palouse. If anyone knows who this dog belongs to contact Officer Anderson at (509)-999-6016....

  • Tekoa High School to move to remote learning

    FROM THE GAZETTE|Dec 8, 2022

    Due to a variety of respiratory illnesses in the school, Tekoa High School will convert to virtual learning Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9. The move comes from a recommendation from the Department of Health, who recommended a hybrid model to the school as a result of 25 percent of the students being absent from classes this past week as a result of the illnesses. The decision to move the remote learning for Thursday and Friday was made to help limit the spread of illnesses to the rest of the school and Tekoa community. The absent students...

  • Rosalia Park and Recreation hosts Halloween Party

    THE GAZETTE|Oct 13, 2022

    ROSALIA— Rosalia park and recreation will host a Halloween party and fall carnival from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, October 15 at the Rosalia community center. There will be games, prizes, activities, face painting, a costume contest, and more at the event. Dinner will be provided, including boiled fingers in buns, chips, and drinks. The current board members have been working hard to make this event possible for their community, a press release from Sept. 28 states. Board members are Jessie Johnson, Val Bryan, Kelley Messinger, Jake Dickinson, and P...

  • Palouse water shut off notice

    The Gazette|Sep 29, 2022

    PALOUSE—Water will be shut off west of Division Street at approximately 8 a.m. starting Monday, Oct. 3, for about 6 to 10 hours. The City of Palouse recommends that residents of this area have enough water to supply their needs during this period. If you leave your house during this time, the city suggests residents make sure their faucets and fixtures are off to prevent flooding when the water is turned back on. It is also advised to shut the power off to the water heater. Run cold water taps for a few minutes to clear the line air and c...

  • Fire damages Edison Center in Pullman

    The Gazette|Sep 29, 2022

    PULLMAN— Pullman firefighters fought through thick black smoke Monday, Sept. 26, at the Edison Center, located at 588 Southeast Boulevard, reports say. Firefighters managed to keep the fire and damage confined to that portion of the building that was undergoing repairs. A dollar estimate of the damage is pending a review by the building’s insurance company. Pullman Fire Marshal, Darren Jones, and Assistant Fire Marshal, Tony Nuttman pinpointed the cause of the accidental fire as spontaneous com...

  • Pick a Pumpkin in Pullman

    The Gazette|Sep 29, 2022

    PULLMAN—Washington State University Eggert Family Organic Farm, located directly behind the WSU bear research, education, and conservation center on Animal Science Road, will host U-Pick pumpkin times starting later this month. Fri. Sept. 30, visit the farm from 3-6 p.m. or Sat. Oct. 1., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm will be open at the same times the weekend after, Oct. 7 and 8. There are several varieties of pumpkins available, including minis, pies, and jack-o-lanterns. All pumpkins are pre-priced and can be purchased after picking on t...

  • Discussion of Palouse quartzite

    The Gazette|Sep 29, 2022

    ROSALIA— Travis Morton (EWU Geosciences and STRATA Geotechnical Engineering,) will be hosting a discussion of his senior research project at EWU Geosciences determining the age of quartzite buttes in the Palouse region, Sat. Oct 1, at the Budding Rose Gallery in Rosalia, 510 South Whitman Avenue. The lecture will start at 10 a.m., followed by a hike from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will be free, and open to everyone. Morton will explain what these windows into the older geology of our area tell us about the Palouse’s past. After the lec...

  • News Briefs

    The Gazette|Sep 22, 2022

    Cow shot near Malden/Rosalia ROSALIA— Investigation is underway to identify a person that shot a cow Friday, Sept. 2 on the Wiryick’s ranch. “There’s a lot of rumors who did it,” said Jeff Wiryick, noting that the Sheriff’s station was looking into the culprits. The lead investigator, Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Miller, was not available for comment before time of press. Chamber hosts coats for kids drive, business classes COLFAX — The Colfax Chamber of Commerce is hosting a drive to collect coats for kids through Oct. 21. Yesterday, Wed,...

  • Community Briefs

    The Gazette|Sep 22, 2022

    THRIFTY GRANDMOTHERS NOW ACCEPTING DEBIT AND CREDIT COLFAX – The Thrifty Grandmother Shop, 118 North Main Street is now accepting debit and credit card payments. After more than fifty years of running a cash-only thrift shop, the grandmothers have purchased a new card processing machine. The machine accepts contactless payments via cards and phones. The grandmothers invite everyone to come see, and use their new card machine. They are thankful to all their customers and donors of merchandise, At least half of the income from sales at the T...

  • Garden club starts seasonal meetings

    The Gazette|Sep 22, 2022

    ROSALIA – Rosalia Garden Club will start the first fall meeting on October 5th at the Rosalia Community Church. Refreshments start at 9:30 am with a special guest program speaker at 10:00 am. Margaret Swenson from Cheney who is a Spokane County WSU Master is also a writer on gardening subjects for local newspapers. Margaret’s topic at RGC will be “Planting in the Fall for Spring Blooms” which include many pollinator plants for a xeriscape garden.” October 5th is a guest day and anyone interested may attend the meeting. New Officers for the 2...

  • Smoky skies persist

    The Gazette|Sep 15, 2022

    COLFAX – Smoke from Pacific Northwest wildfires continued to linger Tuesday evening, prompting area health officials to issue an air quality alert. The alert was expected to remain in place through 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 14, in Adams, Spokane, Lincoln and Whitman counties, among other places. "When air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups,sensitive persons may experience health effects and should limit prolonged or heavy exertion and limit time spent outdoors," the alert said. "...

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