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  • My Two Cents

    Jan 8, 2015

    Bing Crosby Rediscovered, an American Masters program which was featured last month on KSPS in Spokane, provided an extra Christmas attraction for the season. The KSPS Prevue publication pointed out Crosby remains as the singer who had more hit singles than any other performer. Crosby each year returns to the Christmas shopping scene when his Christmas CD appears on supermarket and drug store shelves with "White Christmas" as the feature song. The "Rediscovery" title of the program applies to that part of the audience which remembers Crosby,... Full story

  • Menus

    Jan 8, 2015

    AT COLFAX SCHOOL: Monday: Corn dog, nachos, fresh carrots, broccoli, cucumber, fruit. Tuesday: Teriyaki chicken, rice, Caesar salad, fruit. Wednesday: BBQ beef on a bun, fries, fruit, corn. Thursday: Hot dog on a bun, chili, Sun Chips, green salad, fruit. Friday: Grilled cheese, tomato soup, fruit, brownie. AT COLTON SCHOOLS: Monday: Chicken patty on a bun, sweet potato fries, corn, fruit. Tuesday: Mini corn dogs, fries, mixed veggies, fruit. Wednesday: Burritos, refried beans, Mexi fries, fruit. Thursday: Hamburgers, fries, fruit. Friday:...

  • Savvy Senior

    Jan 8, 2015

    Dear Savvy Senior, A coworker was recently telling me about a tax credit she got last year for simply contributing to our company’s 401(k) plan. What can you tell me about this, and who’s eligible? Over 55 Dear Over, It’s called the “retirement saver’s tax credit,” and it’s a frequently overlooked credit that’s available to low and moderate-income individuals and families who make saving for retirement a priority. Here’s how it works. If your contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA, or an employer sponsored plan like a 401(k), 457, 403(...

  • Busy week ahead for library programs

    Jan 8, 2015

    All 14 branches of Whitman County Library provide programs for grade school youngsters. Activities include crafts, science experiments, games and snacks provided by community donations to the Friends of the Library. The week of Jan. 12 will be especially busy with 12 programs scheduled over just three days. LaCrosse students are invited to a 3 p.m. program Jan. 13 in the large new library. Wednesday is an early release day for many county schools, and after-school programs are set Jan. 14 for... Full story

  • Obituaries

    Jan 8, 2015

    *For full obituaries, please see the weekly pages section for this week's paper. Beverly Wilson Hale Joyce L. Morasch __________________ A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Dale Brannan, 88, former Pullman resident who moved to the Lewiston-Clarkston valley in 1970, will be Saturday, Jan. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Quality Inn of Clarkston. Mr. Brannan died Jan. 1, 2015, at the Clarkston Care Center. Born April 6, 1926, in Colfax to Harold R. and Nita Willoughby Brannan, he was raised on the family farm north of Pullman and attended... Full story

  • Good old days

    Jan 8, 2015

    8 years ago The Commoner Jan. 10, 1890 A correspondent asks whether it is best to plow stubble under or to burn it off. That depends on circumstances. If the stubble is light, it does not matter. If heavy enough to interfere with a good job of plowing, or if the burning would destroy the weed seeds, we would burn it off. The manurial value of a crop of dry stubble is not very great, and the stubble is sometimes liable to do as much harm as the manure good. Tekoa is not on a standstill because of the winter and the severe weather, nor will...

  • New lineup of classes set at Colfax Library

    Jan 8, 2015

    A new line-up of classes is now available at the Colfax Library through a partnership with Community Colleges of Spokane. These ACT 2 programs run through March and provide low cost, non-credit classes that range from history and technology to cooking and music. The first class being offered is Introduction to Digital Photography with Lisa Soranka. The class is each Tuesday, Jan. 13 through Feb. 10 from 3:30-5 p.m. Cost is $16. Back to teach Sensational Savory Soups Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be Kelli Collins of Joseph’s G...

  • High school art show opens Jan. 10 at library

    Jan 8, 2015

    The Rural Alliance high school art show will run Jan. 10 through Jan. 23 at the Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library. Artwork will fill two floors of the library with hundreds of student creations, from paintings and drawings to pottery and collage. A catered artists reception will be Monday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m., with the public invited. Participating artists range from 12-19 years of age with most coming from schools in the library district outside of Pullman. Entries in an open class will feature home school teens, those not registered in...

  • Exhibit opens today at Dahmen

    Jan 8, 2015

    An exhibit of both whimsical and serious oil paintings opens today, Thursday, Jan. 8, at Artisans at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown. The paintings, all with an animal subject, are by Randi Evans, a member of River Ridge Association of Fine Art in Spokane, Cape Cod Art Association and the International Equine Artist’s Association. The artist reception will be Sunday, Jan. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibit continues through Jan. 31. Evans’ work has been shown at the Lancaster Art Museum in Lan...

  • Library Calendar

    Jan 8, 2015

    Thursday, January 8 Colfax and Tekoa — Storytime — Educational fun with your little one! Check with the location for more information. Farmington — 7:30 p.m. — Mom’s Night Out — Crafts, treats and some grown-up time. Friday, January 9 Endicott, LaCrosse, St. John and Uniontown — Storytime — Stories, crafts and social interaction for young children and their parents. Check the calendar for times. Colfax — 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Sears Academy of Dance — Variety of children’s dance classes. Check the online calendar or call 1-887-733-3375 for spec...

  • Etc. Column

    Jan 8, 2015

    CLUBS & YOUTH GROUPS Athenaeum Twenty six members gathered Dec. 5 for their annual Christmas luncheon. Tables were decorated with Christmas greenery and all members received a red cardinal ornament gift. Lunch was served by the Methodist women. The next meeting will be Jan. 16 at Pauline Gebhart’s home. FCCLA Colfax FCCLA chapter participated Dec. 6 in the Palouse Cares Food Drive. Members went from house to house with others to collect donations for the Colfax Food Bank. Pearl Griffiths and Ysabeaux Ng attended the Dec. 18 Colfax Rotary C... Full story

  • Palouse-Rock Lake CD meet slated

    Jan 8, 2015

    The Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District’s annual meeting will be Jan. 13 beginning with coffee and donuts at 7:30 a.m. at the St. John Community Building. Presentations will be given by Chad Atkins of the Department of Ecology, Lauren Young of WSU on data using the stripper headers and Jim Davis of the University of Idaho on winter canola variety local plot data. Dr. Dave Huggins will conclude the day with information on soil health and nutrient utilization. Lunch will be sponsored by CHS Primeland, St. John. Please RSVP by calling 5...

  • Friends of Hospice donate books

    Jan 8, 2015

    Whitman County Library staff members Giovanna Martinez and Sarah McKnight (front right) recently accepted a donation of books from Friends of Hospice volunteer Bob Ingalls, Director Annie Pillars, and volunteers Larry Gunn and Rita Ackerman, left to right in back. Friends of Hospice provide many helpful resources through both Whitman County and Neill Public libraries. The books relate to Hospice services....

  • Food distributions slated for January

    Jan 8, 2015

    Locations for a state and federal emergency food distribution: Wednesday, Jan. 28: Palouse Community Center, 1 to 3 p.m.; Rosalia United Methodist Church, 9 to 11 a.m.; St. John Methodist Church, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., LaCrosse 110 N. Main. 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18: Albion City Hall, 4 to 6 p.m.; Garfield Legion / Grange Hall, 2 to 6 p.m.; Malden/Pine City Town Hall, 8 to 10 a.m.; Oakesdale Baptist Church, 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Endicott 7th Day Adventist Church 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Tekoa City Hall, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19: Colfax and...

  • Bushnells mark 65th anniversary

    Jan 8, 2015

    Dale and Marian Bushnell of St. John celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Dec. 25, 2014. Sixty-five years ago on Christmas Day, 100 family members and friends watched them exchange vows in the evening at a church in Spokane. They married on Christmas Day to honor Dale’s parents who were also married on Christmas. From this marriage four children were born; Callie Moore, Carrie Colyar, Candy Behrens and Bruce Bushnell. Dale and Marian also have eight grandchildren and 11 g... Full story

  • Hospital Foundation dinner, auction scheduled Jan. 24

    Jan 8, 2015

    Whitman Community Hospital Foundation board members and auction committee members are preparing items for auction at their annual dinner, An Elegant Evening, on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Hill-Ray Plaza. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7. The gourmet dinner this year features prime rib of beef and chocolate cassis cake with fresh raspberries, with accompanying hors d’oeuvres, salad and sides. Wines and sparkling ciders are included. Butch Booker is the auctioneer, and t... Full story

  • Christmas guests at Hooper

    Jess McGregor, Gazette Correspondent|Jan 8, 2015

    Hooper Guests at the home of Keith and Carla Danielson over the Christmas holiday were Andy Mock of Spokane, and Tim and Erin Mock of Gig Harbor with their daughters, Ali, Jill and Kate. Angela Morris and Larry Savage and daughter Emma of Wenatchee were guests of Howard and Pat Morris for the long Christmas weekend. All visited the home of Ryan and Dawn Morris, and children Cherish, Austin, and Grace in LaCrosse for a Christmas Eve dinner and celebration.... Full story

  • Endicott honors Sue Bafus

    Anne Lowe, Gazette Correspondent|Jan 8, 2015

    Endicott Endicott town council members, friends and neighbors gathered at the Endicott Food Center to honor Sue Bafus on her retirement from her position as Town Clerk after 40 years of service. Mayor Verne Strader said a few words about her years of service and how many mayors she had served under. The group enjoyed appetizers and cake after the ceremony. Carol Mitcham, former resident of Endicott now from Bainbridge Island, returned to Endicott Dec. 31 to visit. She attended the Peace Makers Quilt group at the home of Anne Lowe on that day....

  • Vogler duo reports on trip to Texas

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Jan 8, 2015

    Dusty Mark and Kathryn Vogler spent Christmas Day in Seattle with Anna, Chad and Iris Assareh, their daughter’s family, and the extended Assareh family. They then watched the second in the L.B.J. series, “The Great Society” at the Seattle Repertory Theater with Sandy and Chris Mcdade, Mark’s Whitman College friends. They had seen the first L.B.J. play, “All the Way”, in late November at the Rep with the Mcdades. The two couples flew to Austin, Texas, where they spent time at the L.B.J. Presidential Library, ate all manner of barbecue an...

  • Garfield/Palouse singers at LaDow

    Jan 8, 2015

    Garfield/Palouse singers, directed by Rebecca Hemphill, performed the National Anthem before the WSU Cougars basketball game Dec. 28 at Beasley Coliseum. They also performed this year at LaDow Court in Garfield (above) and are slated to sing before the Seattle Mariners/Houston Astros baseball game April 22....

  • It's a little overdue!

    Jan 8, 2015

    Whitman County library staff member Sara Garza looks over "The American Twenties," a book which was returned to the library after being more than 60 years overdue. The library recently agreed to waive 60 years of late fees in order to secure return of the book. An anonymous caller asked about the library's policy on overdue books and explained they have a book which was really overdue. When returned, the book’s due date card showed it should have been returned Oct. 13, 1954. Policy at the t...

  • Costs, supreme court ruling among factors in trail concept

    Jan 8, 2015

    Heavy traffic on North Palouse While Colfax officials discuss improvements to the North Palouse River Road, the river itself still provides a pleasant commute for a variety of waterfowl on a frosty winter day. A potential pulling of the rails on the inactive railroad between Colfax and Pullman has led to a review of the railroad property’s potential use as a trail. The fate of the Colfax-Pullman link is expected to be one of the items in an overall strategy plan now being prepared for the PCC r...

  • On the record

    Jan 8, 2015

    Real estate sales The Byers 1999 Revocable Living Trust, Prosser, to Ronald Phil Konene, Genesee, bare land, $8,905, Dec. 29. Michael W. and Marci Ann Sontgerath, Pullman, to David E. and Debra A. Bordenkircher, Pullman, house on SW Winter Circle in Pullman, $155,000, Dec. 29. David L. and Leslie R. Swannack, Lamont, to Steven W. and Ann M. Swannack, Lamont, land near Lamont, $91,554, Dec. 30. Steven W. and Ann M. Swannack, Lamont, to David L. and Leslie M. Swannack land near Lamont, $50,633.70, Dec. 30. Larry A. Kuehner, Harrisburg, Ore., to...

  • Bruce Cameron

    Jan 8, 2015

    Editor’s Note: The following column was originally published in 2010. Dear Daughter: Though you are over 21, I am denying you permission to go on vacation to Guam, of all places, for the following reasons. 1. I never heard of anyone going to Guam for vacation. People go to Guam to fight the Battle of the Pacific. I’ve seen your pictures of their luxury hotels and fabulous beaches, but what the tourist bureau hasn’t told you is that you’ll have to wade ashore with an M-1 rifle. 2. In the movie “Taken,” the daughter goes to Europe against her...

  • Don Brunell

    Jan 8, 2015

    When my parents graduated from high school in 1936, a college education was too expensive for the son of a copper miner and the daughter of a plumber. Eighty years ago, our country was in the middle of the Great Depression and teens took odd jobs to help put food on the table and pay the family bills. In those days, no bank would lend money to college students. Following World War II, there was new hope. The GI bill paid for veterans to complete their college or trade school education. My father, for example, graduated from trade schools in Sea... Full story

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