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Legals Jan. 7

NOTICE TO VENDORS AND CONTRACTORS Whitman County, Washington is soliciting vendors and contractors for placement on the following lists: 1) General Government - Office/Data Processing Equipment 2) General Government - Building Maintenance/Park and...


Obituaries Jan. 7

Hobert Warren Black Hobert Warren Black, 79, retired Oakesdale area farmer, died last Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at the Tekoa Care Center where he had made his home for the past four years. Born Sept. 14, 1936, in Oakesdale to Hobert and Etta Louise...


Savvy Senior: How to Keep Tabs On an Elderly Parent with Video Monitoring

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good home video monitoring devices that can help my sister and me keep an eye on our elderly mother? Over the holidays, we noticed that her health has slipped a bit, and would like to keep a closer eye on...


Good Old Days Jan. 7

125 years ago The Commoner Jan. 2, 1891 In conversation with a Commoner reporter, one day last week, in reference to the state agricultural college, Hon. T. J. Smith said: “The committee having in charge the matter, being unable to decide on the...


Library Calendar Jan. 7

Thursday, Jan. 7 Colfax, LaCrosse, Malden & Tekoa – Preschool Classes – Educational activities for children ages 0 to 6. Check the online Events Calendar for times. Colfax – Yoga – Two different classes to meet your needs and fitness level....


Births Jan. 7

Whitman County Gazette Jan. 7, 2016 AT PULLMAN REGIONAL HOSPITAL Cole, Josiah Jackson, born Dec. 21 at seven pounds, seven ounces, to Benjamin and Teresa Cole, Pullman. Paternal grandparents are Tim Cole and Lisa Colwell, both Danville, Ill....


RTOP productions set to launch soon

"I Do, I Do!" and "The Last Five Years" tickets are on sale now. The shows open Feb. 11-21. "I Do, I Do!" starring Tina McClure and Dennis McGreevy is a heartwarming, musical look at marriage at the turn of the last century. Based on the award...


Food distributions slated for January

Locations for a state and federal emergency food distribution: Tuesday, Jan. 12: Colfax Pantry, 121 S. Main, 3 to 6 p.m.; Malden/Pine City, Town Hall, 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13: LaCrosse, 110 N. Main, 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21: Rosalia... Full story


New classes now at library

Whitman County Library has announced a new lineup of classes from Community Colleges of Spokane as well as fitness classes from local providers. Upcoming CCS classes include World War II, eBay Basics, watercolor painting workshops, ukulele...


Wedding vows set for July

David and Benay Lyman of Colfax and Carl and Jodi Lautenschlager of Endicott have announced the engagement of Kaysha Renae Lyman to Cody Jacob Lautenschlager. Kaysha will graduate from Eastern...


Chamber luncheon coming Jan. 27

The Colfax Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a luncheon with residents welcome Jan. 27 at 12 p.m. at Kincaid Real Estate. Those attending are asked to park in the Kincaid parking area and not at Subway. On the agenda will be Chamber updates and... Full story


Appel family gathers

Dusty Guests at the Dick and Helen Appel home for Christmas dinner included Bruce, Elaine, Logan, Charlie and Spenser Appel, Spokane; Phil and Sabrina Appel with guests Leslie and Kellie, Spokane; Caroline, Rob, Zack, Kade, Elly and Luciene Kunkel,... Full story

 By Anne Lowe    People    January 6, 2016

Shooting sessions begin in Endicott

Endicott The Endicott Gun Club started their competition shooting Jan. 3. They will shoot every Sunday through March 13. The Gun Club will be open and shooting to start at 10 a.m. The scores for this week: Class A: Ed Schultz 23, Jim Pelissier 22;... Full story


Hooper hosts Yule guests

Hooper Pat and Howard Morris hosted daughter Angela Morris, her husband Larry Savage and their daughter Emma, all of Wenatchee, over the Christmas holiday. They all traveled to LaCrosse and celebrated Christmas Day with their son and brother, Ryan...

 By Linda Marler    People    January 6, 2016

My Favorite Recipes: Meet Katie Martin, LaCrosse

Katie Martin, who works at Whitman Medical Group, is very active in Homestead Ministries. Katie is a local Whitman County girl who grew up in LaCrosse and graduated from LaCrosse High School. She... Full story


Resolution keeping: Advice from Fit and Peak Fitness

Fit gym awaits the yearly onslaught of workout patrons exercising their freshly minted New Year’s resolutions. January 1st is a big business day for fitness centers, and that was no different for...


March 12 vows planned for Spokane

Bob and Leanne Bafus of LaCrosse announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Samantha Annell Bafus, to Jaelen Michael Pace, son of Doug and Susie Pace of Spokane. The bride-elect... Full story

 By Kara McMurray    News    January 6, 2016

Inaugural Firefighter's Ball at Pullman slated for Jan. 16

Bringing back an event that has not happened in more than 50 years, the Pullman Firefighter's Union will host a ball at Banyan's in Pullman Jan. 16. The “Inaugural Firefighter's Ball” will benefit the Pullman Firefighters Benevolent Fund, which... Full story


First baby on hold

A wagon stuffed with baby goodies is waiting at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center for the first baby of the new year at the hospital. “I have got a huge red radio flyer wagon just overfilled with goodies for this baby,” said Kristie Schindler,...


Water meter spurt

Chris Clark of Colfax Public Works stifles a spewing water meter at 213 N. Main Street Monday afternoon. The water meter was spitting water to approximately one foot above the sidewalk. Here, Clark... Full story

 By Garth Meyer    News    January 6, 2016

Whitman Recycling Division will adjust to cuts for 2016

Following the first fall cleanup last October in many years without a Tire Amnesty Day, Whitman County Solid Waste and Recycling Division hopes to have the event restored in this year's budget ...


Odessa Hunter found dead in Palouse River near St. John

Scott Heimbigner, 59, Odessa, was found dead at about noon Dec. 30, southeast of St. John after an 18 hour search which started the night before when a hunting partner reported him missing. Heimbigner was found partially submerged in the Palouse...


Station calls hit 1,000 for first time

Calls for response by Colfax fire and ambulance crews hit a new record early Dec. 31 when a call came in for an ambulance to respond to a sick person in Albion. That was the 1,000th call for the year for the department. Call 999 came in the early mor...


Bulletin Column Jan. 7

These reports are from the previous three issues of the Daily Bulletin in Colfax. They are reprinted here for the benefit of Gazette readers who reside outside of Colfax. Some accounts have been...


Big Sky names Gfeller

Colfax hoop grad Brandon Gfeller has been named Big Sky Player of the Week after his University of Montana team opened conference play last week with wins on the road at Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Gfeller, a junior at Montana, averaged 22.5... Full story


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