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  • Legals Jan. 7

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 Recreation 3) General Government - Professional Services 4) Public Works Department - Materials, Equipment, Supplies, Etc. 5) Public Works Department - Contractors 6) Public Works Department - Professional Services Whitman County maintains current rosters of vendors and contractors from which...

  • Obituaries Jan. 7

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 Best Black, he was raised in the Oakesdale area where his parents farmed. He attended schools in Oakesdale and graduated from Oakesdale High School in 1954. Following high school, he farmed with his father. Warren married Joann Klarren in the early 1960’s, and the couple had two daughters, Shellie a... Full story

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

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 her. Worried Daughters Dear Worried, There are lot’s of great video monitoring cameras that can help families keep a watchful eye on an elderly parent from afar, but make sure it’s OK with your mom first. Many seniors find this type of “I’m watching you” technology to be an invasion of privacy,...

  • Good Old Days Jan. 7

    Jan 6, 2016

    8 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 location of the agricultural college, that duty will devolve upon the legislature. Just what action that body will take in the matter I am unprepared to say.” “What do you think of Whitman's chances?” asked the reporter. “I think,” replied Mr. Smith, “that Whitman's chances for the prize are as good,...

  • Library Calendar Jan. 7

    Jan 6, 2016

    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. Visit the online calendar or call 397-4366 for more information. Friday, Jan. 8 Colfax, Endicott, Malden, Palouse, St. John & Uniontown – Preschool learning is fun, teaching reading readiness for ages 0 to 6 and their caregivers. Check the calendar or call your library for times and themes. Saturday,...

  • Births Jan. 7

    Jan 6, 2016

    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. Maternal grandparents are Bruce and Diane Manchester of Eugene, Ore. Baby joins sister Gabriella. Hunt, Ali James, born Dec. 26 at six pounds, 10 ounces, to Levi and Kimberly Hunt, Troy. Paternal grandparents are Alvin and Barbie Hunt of Sandpoint, Idaho. Maternal grandparents are Jim and Paula Spence of...

  • RTOP productions set to launch soon

    Jan 6, 2016

    "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 winning play "The Fourposter", this is a great Valentine's Day date night. "The Last Five Years" starring Nate and Kelli Barham, is an exploration of the modern relationship. This award winning musical is featured in RTOP After Dark. The musical was recently adapted to film with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy...

  • Food distributions slated for January

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 United Methodist Church, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Colfax Pantry, 121 S. Main, 3 to 6 p.m. Wed, Jan. 27: Rosalia United Methodist Church, 9 to 11 a.m.; St. John Methodist Church, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Palouse Community Center, 1 to 3 p.m.; LaCrosse, 110 N. Main, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan.... Full story

  • New classes now at library

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 instruction, Savory Soup Cooking and Advance Care Planning. The five-week World War II series will be led by Gonzaga history professor and Colfax resident Steven Balzarini. Last year, his course on World War I was so popular his class persuaded him to teach about World War II. The CCS series also features...

  • Wedding vows set for July

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 Washington University this spring with a degree in applied developmental psychology. She plans to attend graduate school at Eastern next fall to pursue a degree in school counseling. Lautenschlager graduated from Columbia Basin College in Pasco where he earned a degree in automotive studies. He is...

  • Chamber luncheon coming Jan. 27

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 information, an update from Chamber President Nancy Cochran, information about the Main Street Program and information about Startup Whitman. “This is a way to keep our general members in the loop,” said Valoree Gregory, Colfax's unified executive director. “It is our way to keep them involved.” Gregory... Full story

  • Appel family gathers

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Jan 6, 2016

    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, Pullman; Lisa, Travis, Miriam, Rachel, Emma and Colette Frei, Palouse; Steve and Dianne Appel, Dusty and Dave, Alice and Charlie Appel, Colfax. Arriving Dec. 26 for hog butchering were Bruce and Barb Wollstein, Lacy; Dave, Beth and Kristin Lohrmeyer, Gig Harbor; Kate and Elliott Moon, Corvallis;... Full story

  • Shooting sessions begin in Endicott

    Anne Lowe, Gazette Correspondent|Jan 6, 2016

    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; Class B: Willy Lowe 16; Class C: Randy Whelchel 22, Clark Miller 17; Sub. Junior: Joe Vietz 22, Carsten Miller 15; Junior: Connor Pelisier 24; Ladies: Jessica Geissinger 18. Trinity Lutheran and Community Bible Church will continue with their community Bread and Soup dinners on the first and third... Full story

  • Hooper hosts Yule guests

    Jess McGregor, Gazette Correspondent|Jan 6, 2016

    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 Morris and his family. Keith and Carla Danielson celebrated Christmas on the 22nd with their children, Tim and Erin Mock and girls, Ali, Jill and Kate of Gig Harbor; Megan and Ryan Belfore of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Andy Mock and Lindsay Papich of Spokane. The group also made a trip to Palouse...

  • My Favorite Recipes: Meet Katie Martin, LaCrosse

    Linda Marler|Jan 6, 2016

    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 feels that her combined family was fairly rare when she was a kid, but such families are far more common now. With three brothers and one sister, she has lots of family and a number of nieces and nephews to enjoy. Two of Katie’s brothers have military careers and are on active duty. Jared Martin, U... Full story

  • Resolution keeping: Advice from Fit and Peak Fitness

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jan 6, 2016

    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 Peak Fitness and the newly-opened Fit gym in Colfax. Losing weight and getting healthier tops two resolution lists: the most made resolution and the most broken resolution. That is according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, which found that 45 percent of Americans make resolutions and eight p...

  • March 12 vows planned for Spokane

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 graduated from LaCrosse High School and from the University of Idaho with a degree in business. She is now employed in Spokane. Pace graduated from Ferris High School in Spokane and is now also employed in Spokane. They plan a March 12 wedding in Spokane.... Full story

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

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jan 6, 2016

    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 is a fund used to sponsor community events such as “Firefighter Science Day” at the Palouse Discovery Science Center as well as cancer research, according to the announcement the group posted on Facebook for the event. The ball will start at 6 p.m. Gabriel Benmoussa, a member of the Pullman Firefig... Full story

  • First baby on hold

    Jan 6, 2016

    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, obstetrics director at WHMC. The first baby of the year does not always come on the first day of the new year, and this year has proved no exception, with no babies born as of Tuesday afternoon. Schindler told the Gazette that she had one woman due Jan. 2, but the mother delivered a few weeks ear...

  • Water meter spurt

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 pumps the excess water onto the street after turning the meter off. Public Works Director Matt Hammer said the meter was fitted with a freeze plate that is designed to break if the meter freezes, and Clark installed a new one. He added that to avoid a frozen meter during sub freezing weather... Full story

  • Whitman Recycling Division will adjust to cuts for 2016

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Jan 6, 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 – while other parts of their work are reduced because of additional budget cuts. Tire Amnesty Day is funded by a specific grant for which counties are told each August whether they can be reimbursed for disposing of tires. Last year the funding was denied. Also, last summer the announcement came for the J...

  • Odessa Hunter found dead in Palouse River near St. John

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 River in the area where he had been bird hunting. Sheriff Brett Myers said it appeared he had slipped and fallen into the water while hunting along the frozen banks of the river. He was believed to have died from exposure to the extremely low temperatures after falling into the river. His hunting dog,...

  • Station calls hit 1,000 for first time

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 morning hours of Dec. 30, when volunteers were asked to assist in the search for a missing hunter along the Palouse River. The 1,000th call Dec. 31 is the first time the station’s log book has hit four digits during a year. The log book for last year totaled 861 calls. The department has a roster of 32...

  • Bulletin Column Jan. 7

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 updated. Breaking out the heavy equipment After low snowfall last winter, county crews brushed off the dust and broke out the snowplows to liberate county residents trapped by recent storms. The snow was a blessing for farmers as it insulated crops from recent freezing temperatures. Temperatures are...

  • Big Sky names Gfeller

    Jan 6, 2016

    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 points in the two conference wins. He hit 24 to lead all scorers in the double-overtime win over Northern Arizona. Gfeller shot 57 percent from the field and 58 percent from behind the three-point line.... Full story

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