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  • Bulldog wrestlers place 6th at Warden

    Jan 6, 2016

    Colfax wrestlers placed sixth at the Jeremiah Schmunk Invitational in Warden, 70 points behind the 212.5 first-place finish by the host Warden team. The Garfield-Palouse contingent was booked for 11 points which, if combined with the Bulldogs, would have put the locals into fifth place ahead of Brewster. Other team scores for the invitational included Tonasket 153, Kittitas 127, Concrete 123, Brewster 71, Okanogan 66.5, Lake Roosevelt 66, Mt. Baker 65, Connell 30, Pateros 11 and Riverview 12. Mitch Barney led Colfax with a second-place finish a... Full story

  • County hoops back in action

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jan 6, 2016

    BOYS GAMES Asotin 61, Oakesdale 47 Oakesdale boys could not hold Asotin despite three strong quarters after Asotin started the action with a dominant first quarter in which they outscored the Nighthawks 24-3. The Asotin defense held Oakesdale's top shooter Tanner Dingman to 10 points. Oakesdale moved to 2-8 on the season. Gar-Pal 68, Prescott 41 The Gar-Pal boys played at home Tuesday, keeping their perfect season record intact with a win over Prescott. The boys moved to 11-0 on the season with their 68-41 victory. GIRLS GAMES Colton 59,...

  • Colfax boys extend winning streak

    Jan 6, 2016

    Kenton Lyman of Colfax wraps up a rebound between Kade Holling, left, and Cooper Angelo of the Timberwolves in Saturday's game at Colfax. Colfax boys pegged an early lead against the Davenport Gorillas Tuesday night and went on to roll out a 48-33 win on the home court. The big edge marked the fifth straight win for the Bulldogs, who had a rough start in NE league action. Saturday, the Bulldogs had another runaway win over Tekoa-Rosalia to wrap up the first round of action in the south division...

  • Bulldog girls derail Gorillas

    Jan 6, 2016

    Ashtyn Aune of the Bulldogs pulls down a rebound Saturday between Tekoa-Rosalia's Logan Dempsey, left, and Gensen Merritt. Colfax girls derailed a strong Davenport team 54-48 Tuesday night with a big fourth-quarter comeback. The Bulldogs stopped a young Davenport team, which rolled up a 9-1 record on the season and posted a 6-0 mark in the first round of the NE league. Colfax used a high energy defense and a stronger bench to stop the Gorillas who started the game with just eight players on the... Full story

  • Don C. Brunell: Holiday Shoppers Booted Scrooge Out of Christmas

    Jan 6, 2016

    It was good to be a merchant this Christmas, but it was even better to be a shopper. According to MasterCard Spending Pulse, retail sales were up eight percent over 2014 while the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ price index shows that product prices were three percent lower. Interestingly, a National Retail Federation (NRF) analysis reveals that while fewer dollars than expected came in because of deep pre-holiday discounts, the volume of purchases were up. Simply, while lower prices for sweaters, toys or electronic gadgets brought in less per uni...

  • Letters Jan. 7

    Jan 6, 2016

    Cause to celebrate We greet the New Year with the good news that you reported in a recent issue, namely that State Rep. Joe Schmick has abandoned his efforts to close the John Wayne Trail. This is a cause for celebration. Just a few short months ago he was committed to introducing legislation to correct the typo that thwarted his previous proviso. Now rather than hand over 6,000 acres of the only cross-state trail in Washington to adjacent landowners, the John Wayne Trail will remain open. It's a beautiful, epic trail, stretched over 280 miles...

  • Rich Lowry: The Year of Hysteria

    Jan 6, 2016

    We should be glad that 2015 has passed into memory, because it was a year when we could barely hold it together. It was a year when we freaked out over symbols and scared ourselves with fake statistics. It was a year when the facts weren't allowed to get in the way of a good, overwrought slogan. It was a year when we convinced ourselves that Earth was nearly beyond saving. It was a year of the safe space and micro-aggression. It was, in short, a year of hysteria. By now, we should be familiar with the workings of hysteria, since – usually w... Full story

  • Bob Franken: Unhappy Old Year

    Jan 6, 2016

    "Happy new year." That's what we holler as we replace our calendars. It's the rite of passage where we're supposed to dismiss from our minds the darkness of the past and look forward to a brighter future. Well, you can try to repress all you want, but wouldn't it be more honest to simply admit that we seriously resent much of what took place since we last went through this annual subterfuge? Forget the personal grudges we're supposed to let go of but never do – let's face it, 2015 also left some indelible stains on our collective lives. W... Full story

  • Bowl Wandering

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Jan 6, 2016

    The second year of the College Football Playoff is almost complete. What follows are the errant thoughts of one fan trying to stay interested to the end. • The four-team playoff last year brought the biggest ratings in cable TV history. But those were just cable ratings – and it was basically the first time cable ever aired major championship games. • One key element lost in the playoff system is the potency of the regular season. Simply put, before the Playoff, it was two-and-a-half months of p...

  • Colfax Arts Council plans new projects in 2016

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jan 6, 2016

    Colfax Arts Council President Lannette Ring poses at Abundant Faith Studio with the 'crack art' poster the council made to introduce one of its new projects. This poster is now at the studio for anyone who is interested to learn about crack art and how to become involved with it. Colfax Arts Council has been keeping busy and is full of ideas for the upcoming year. Its plans include a revival of the street banner contest, sprucing up upstairs windows in downtown buildings and creating “crack a...

  • Wawawai roof job among parks projects

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Jan 6, 2016

    Completion of a new shelter roof at Wawawai Park, adoption of a five-year comprehensive plan and appointing a new Parks board member are on the horizon for Whitman County Parks in 2016. County Parks begins the year with a new tenant and caretaker in the Klemgard Park house, taking over from the previous park caretakers who lived at the house for 45 years. For the transition, County Parks painted, replaced carpet and appliances. Also last year, the Parks department began a project to replace a 35...

  • County, Pullman tax sharing now in full effect

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jan 6, 2016

    The tax sharing agreement approved between Whitman County and Pullman last summer is now fully in effect as of Jan. 1. One part of the agreement calls for the county to discontinue cluster development within the tax sharing area, which officially began at the new year. “There won’t be any more in the tax sharing area,” said Alan Thomson, Whitman County planner. “Possibly we could have some more outside of the tax sharing area.” There may even be some more cluster development within the area, if the latest applications are approved. Those intere...

  • County road work in low gear for ‘16

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Jan 6, 2016

    Whitman County Public Works forecasts a quieter run for the new year. “There are no big reconstruction projects at all,” County Public Works Director Mark Storey reported this week. Instead, a summer of more chip sealing and fewer overlays will feature three smaller projects, bridge reconstructions on Sand Road near Pullman and Steptoe Canyon Road and a series of road safety improvements following an extensive study of the county’s paved roads. Last year, the $700,000 Hatley Bridge repla...

  • New Chamber digs

    Jan 6, 2016

    The Chamber of Commerce has a new home. Valoree Gregory, Colfax’s unified executive director, has moved her office from Main Street to the Perkins House. The move will allow the Perkins House to maintain regular hours and allow the Chamber to host meetings at the house as well. Gregory said it was important for the Chamber and the Whitman County Historical Society to establish her office in a way that did not take away from the house. She is set up under the stairway in the front entry, using t...

  • The Center receives $20,000

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jan 6, 2016

    Six years ago, former Colfax resident Don Steiger was seeking a way to have his wife’s memory carry on through the Colfax library. He and Bettie, who died in 2008, had been supporters of the library during their time in Colfax, and Don sought for that to continue, though the couple had long since moved away. He purchased the former Hamilton Drug Store, which had previously sat empty for several years after its closure, for $80,000 and donated it to the library to be renovated as a community space. Several improvements have now occurred at t...

  • Largent in third term as chairman

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jan 6, 2016

    Commissioner Michael Largent at the helm. The Board of Whitman County Commissioners, in keeping with their annual rotation, changed seats at their regular meeting Monday, naming Commissioner Michael Largent as the new chairman. Commissioner Dean Kinzer of Pullman served as the chair for 2015. Commissioner Art Swannack was appointed as the vice chairman, making this the second time he has been in that seat. This is Largent’s third time as the chair since he was first elected to office in 2006. A... Full story

  • New year, same old nuts

    Jan 6, 2016

    Despite the bright new day at the start of a new year encouraging locals to be bright eyed and bushy tailed, some Colfax residents found themselves still cleaning up the seeds and leavings of the past year. Although new years are supposed to invite new opportunities and challenges, this squirrel in south Colfax is just as happy so long as his feeder remains fully-stocked through the winter snow and chill.... Full story