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  • Elaine Krouse

    Elaine Krouse

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    Elaine Krouse, longtime Colfax resident, passed away Monday, December 18, 2023, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She was 80. A Memorial Service will be Tuesday, January 9th, at 1:00 PM at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Colfax. Pastor Michael Birnbaum will officiate. Interment will follow at the Colfax Cemetery. Mildred Elaine Morris was born March 17, 1943 in Milan, Missouri, to Eldon and Mildred Cotter Morris. She was the fourth child of six to bless their family. Elaine moved... Full story

  • Everett Clark Johnson

    Everett Clark Johnson

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    Everett Clark Johnson, 68, a resident of Garfield, Wash., passed away at his Garfield Home on Dec. 14, 2023. Clark was born on April 14, 1955, at Colfax, Wash., to Donald M. Johnson Sr. and Doris (Woolverton) Johnson. Clark attended his schooling at Garfield and Graduated from the Garfield High School in 1974. He later attended Eastern Washington University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Business. Clark was employed at State National Bank as a teller and later became the IT manager. He... Full story

  • Barbara "Bobbe" Marie Hollenbeck

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    Barbara Marie Hollenbeck "Bobbe" died peacefully November 16, 2023 in Bellevue, Washington, at the age of 91. Bobbe was born December 10, 1931, to Herman and Melvina Chappell in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. A precocious child she entered the first grade at age four spending her early years in north Idaho where her father was a logger before moving to Spokane where she attended North Center High School for one year. When the family moved to Tensed, Idaho to open Chappells restaurant, bar and dance... Full story

  • Patrick W. Maley

    Patrick W. Maley

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    Our beloved Patrick passed away at Sacred Heart Medical Center after a fatal respiratory arrest with his family by his side. He is now at rest with his Lord Jesus Christ. He was the sixth of seven children born to Leslie Wayne Maley and Marilyn Lou Dollarhide. The first baby born in the new Whitman Community Hospital in Colfax, Washington, he was in such a hurry to arrive that a nurse, not a doctor, delivered him upon entry into the foyer. He lived the rest of his life in a hurry as well. He... Full story

  • Daniel Lee Soss

    Daniel Lee Soss

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    Daniel Lee Soss passed away on November 28, 2023, in Hospice care at home. He was lovingly cared for by his children through his death, where he died peacefully in their arms. He was 92 years old. Daniel was the first born son of Walter and Ethelyn Soss. Born at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington, on May 30, 1931, he spent his childhood and young adult years growing up in the Buckeye, North Howard neighborhood of Spokane. He graduated from North Central High School in 1950 and went on to... Full story

  • Senior Menus

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    Colfax Thursday, Jan. 4 Braised short ribs with demi glaze, roasted red potatoes, vegetables, pears, strawberry cheesecake Monday, Jan. 8 Sweet and sour pork, rice, asian style vegetables, mandarin oranges, fortune cookies Endicott Wednesday, Jan. 10 Meatloaf, baked potato, salad bar, fruit, dessert Colton Wednesday, Jan. 10 Potato bar; chili, cheese, bacon bits, onions, sour cream; broccoli; tropical fruit; magic peanut butter cookies Palouse Wednesday, Jan. 10 Beef and barley soup, green salad, fruit, brownies Pullman Friday, Jan. 5 Braised...

  • Births

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    Pullman Regional Hospital Soren James Thomas, a boy, was born Dec. 24, 2023 to parents Emily Anne Rusin and Tyler Jeffrey Thomas, of Pullman. He weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces. Paternal Grandparents are Jeff and Theresa Thomas, of Sheridan, Wyo. Maternal Grandparents are Janice Rusin, of Skillman N.J....

  • Adult Bingo

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    COLFAX— The local branch of the Whitman County Library is hosting an Adult Bingo Night next Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The free event is open to anyone ages 18 and older, and attendees are encouraged to bring friends, win fun prizes, and enjoy light refreshments. Whitman County Library Adult Services, Cydney Selk, said that having started in June, this is the first Adult Bingo she is hosting. “I believe they did senior bingo a few times,” she said. Selk said that prizes include coupons for free books from the book sale, calen...

  • Good Ol' Days

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    8 Years Ago From the Colfax Gazette, Friday, January 6, 1899 HEAD ROLLED AWAY Conductor Gilbert Decapitated By a Car Wheel Fell With His Neck Across a Rail and Was Caughty by a Wheel Conductor Henry L. Gilbert of the Spokane & Palouse train from Pullman to Genessee, was beheaded at the Pullman yards about 10 o’clock Saturday morning by a car wheel of his train. His head was cut as squarely off as it would have been possible with a guillotine. His son, Emery Gilbert, who was a brakeman on the same train, was standing near and witnessed the t...

  • Palouse library hosts food drive

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    PALOUSE — The Palouse branch of the Whitman County Library starts 2024 with a New Year Food Drive running until Wednesday, Jan. 31. Palouse librarian Sarah Bofenkamp said it’s a 24-hour shelf available at the Palouse post office. Those who want to donate can drop off unexpired, unopened, nonperishable foods at the Food Bank shelf at the Palouse Post Office, 300 East Main Street. The drop-off is accessible 24 hours a day for both drop-off and pick-up. Bofenkamp said that the drive has been going on for years and was initially started by the lib...

  • Colfax Kiwanis Club clothing drive helps locals

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    COLFAX- The Kiwanis Club held its Clothing Drive, which ended on Friday, Dec. 15. Kiwanis member Sara Golden said that the drive had changed slightly due to the club's partnership with the Council on Aging and the food pantry. "They have received a lot of shipments from places like Walmart," Golden said, noting that they can get shipments including hats, gloves and shirts. Golden said that many of the local clothing needs were already met due to shipments. "We looked at other needs that we...

  • Dairy farmers pushing green cow power

    Don C. Brunell, Business Analyst|Jan 4, 2024

    In the 1990s, “things go better with Coca Cola” was the catchy slogan that dairy farmers dreaded. At the time, milk producers were in a head-to-head battle with soft drink giants and losing market share. Milk consumption had steadily declined over the previous two decades. One key reason was aggressive advertising by bottlers of iced tea, water, and soda pop. By 1993, nationwide milk consumption declined 20 percent and was down to less than one cup per person per day, reported. So,...

  • Put gas money back in your pocket

    Rep. Mary Dye, 9th Legislative District|Jan 4, 2024

    On Tuesday, Rep. April Connors, R-Kennewick, and I introduced House Bill 2040, also known as the Carbon Auction Rebate program. The bill seeks to provide rebates to Washington motorists suffering from our state’s high gas prices. This past summer, for the first time, Washington surpassed California for the highest gasoline price in the nation. With the summer travel season behind us, our gasoline prices have fallen, but they are still much higher than our surrounding states. The average price f...

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  • Jail Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    COLFAX—The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals booked from Dec. 27 – Jan. 3 Dec. 27 Paul David Bilderback, 83. Driving while license suspended 3rd degree. Held on a $250 bond or $250 cash bail through District Court. Devin Michael Rydeen, 25. Assault 2nd degree. Held without bail through Superior Court. Austin Thomas Sijer, 26. DUI. Held without bail through District Court. Gerena Gullermo, 34. Latah County 2 nd judicial district violation conditions of release, warrant. Held without bail through other court. Dec. 28 Tia Jad...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    COLFAX – The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls from Dec. 22 – Dec. 30: Dec. 22 8:21 a.m.- Albion Parvin Road, .25 mile north of Pullman. Suspicious vehicle. 9:10 a.m.- Margin Street, Endicott. Civil call. 11:23 a.m.- John Wayne Trail, Tekoa. Agency assist . 12:23 a.m.- SR 26 milepost 131, Colfax. Traffic violation. 1:55 p.m.- Garfield Farmington Road, Farmington. Civil issue. 2:49 p.m.- 411 North Mill Street, Sheriff’s Office, Colfax. Transportation detail. 4:36 p.m.- Omer Brown Road and Elberton Road, Garfiel...

  • Public Works looks at 2024 projects

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    COLFAX — The Public Works department for Whitman County has yet to see a very heavy winter but has been keeping busy getting ready for 2024 by maintaining roads and planning for future projects. Public Works Director Mark Storey said since the winter has not hit very hard, they have focused on sanding and de-icing roads. Storey said the department has four roads they put de-icer on, including Colfax Airport Road, Albion Road, Pullman Albion Road and Pullman Airport Road. “There’s been some morning frost,” Storey said, noting that when the wea...

  • Pullman woman charged for biting infant

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    PULLMAN — The woman charged with Assault of a Child in the Second Degree took her seat in Whitman County Superior Court on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Tia Jade Brown, 19, was charged for allegedly biting her six-month-old infant nephew, Grazon J.B. Hollingstead Pinnel while babysitting in a highly intoxicated state. Reports say her BAC test measured at .194% at the time of her arrest. The Pullman Police Department reports that on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at approximately 7:43 p.m., Police Officer Heidi Lambley responded to a residence on North West Webb S...

  • University of Idaho demolishes scene of murders

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    MOSCOW - Demolition of the 1122 King Road house near the University of Idaho (UI) campus, where four University of Idaho students were murdered on Nov. 12, 2022, began early in the morning on Thursday, Dec. 28. Germer Construction of Moscow was the general contractor and overseer for the demolition project. In addition, Germer Construction demolished the building at a reduced cost to the university while performing site rehabilitation, grading, utility disconnection and demolition assistance. Th...

  • Senator Schoesler seeks to recognize Glenn Johnson

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    PULLMAN— Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville) announced Thursday, Dec. 29, 2023, that he plans to introduce a resolution recognizing the contributions and service of Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson, retiring after 20 years in that office. Schoesler said Johnson is a dedicated public servant who has been integral to the community and Cougar Nation for decades. “Glenn has done so many positive things for Pullman and Washington State University over the years, but he did not do them for the money. He did them because he always strived to do the right thi...

  • County airports receive grants

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    COLFAX - On Nov. 5, Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure law which along with the Airport Improvement Program funded improvements at 37 airports across Washington in 2023, allotting $73,527,274 to Eastern Washington Airport projects, including the Port of Whitman Business Air Center Airport and Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport. A total of $8,410,206 in grants went to the Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport Gate. The boarding bridge for the new terminal received $6,365,000 in funds, and the...

  • Swannack takes over for Largent, county looks at Veterans Relief Fund

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    COLFAX — The Board of County Commissioners met for their regular board meeting for the first time in the 2024 new year on Tuesday, Jan. 2. For the 2024 year, the committee assignments were updated, with Commissioner Art Swannack taking over the position of Chair of the Board from Commissioner Michael Largent. “Normally, every year, we elect a new chair,” Swannack said, noting that Commissioner Tom Handy is now the Vice Chair. The Commissioners discussed Veterans Relief Fund policy, procedures, and form updates in other business. Accor...

  • Superior Court Judge Gary Libey will not seek re-election

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    COLFAX — Whitman County Judge Gary Libey has announced that he will not seek re-election after his 2024 term expires. Libey also endorses Court Commissioner Roger Sandberg as replacement Whitman County Superior Court Judge. Reports say Libey has served as Whitman County Superior Court Judge since January 2017. Before serving as Superior Court Judge, Libey practiced law in Whitman County for 40 years. “Life is good. It has been my honor to serve as Judge for the last seven years and my pleasure to have practiced law in this wonderful community f...

  • Garfield-Palouse Vikings perfect in tournament play

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 4, 2024

    GARFIELD - The Garfield-Palouse boys basketball team ended 2023 on an extreme high, taking three-straight games in a Colton Christmas tournament. The boys took down Genesee to start their tournament, then defeated Deary before earning a victory against Valley Christian. The Vikings were 2-3 in their last five games heading into Christmas break, and emerged with a 5-3 overall record, giving the team much needed momentum heading into the later stages of the season. All three of the Vikings games...

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