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  • Lorraine Hattie (Schmick) Beardemphl

    Lorraine Hattie (Schmick) Beardemphl

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    Lorraine Hattie (Schmick) Beardemphl passed away peacefully on December 11, 2023, at 88 years old. She was born March 15, 1935, in Endicott, Wash., to Conrad and Hattie (Meineke) Schmick. She was the youngest of seven children and lived on the family homestead until her father retired when she was seven and they moved to town – first Endicott for three years then Colfax until she graduated from Colfax High School in the class of 1954. Lorraine graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in T... Full story

  • Esther Deen

    Esther Deen

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    Esther Deen, a long-time Colfax resident, passed away at The Courtyard in Colfax on January 7, 2024. She was 92 years old. A memorial service will take place on Thursday, January 18th, at 11 a.m., at Peace Lutheran Church in Colfax. A family burial will precede the service at the Colfax cemetery. Esther was born in Richardton, North Dakota to Andreas and Julianna Enzi. She was the youngest of seven children. She grew up on a farm close to Hebron, North Dakota. After graduating from high school i... Full story

  • Marilyn Annette Walli

    Marilyn Annette Walli

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    Marilyn Annette Walli was born November 30, 1942, in Colfax, Washington. She was the only child of John and Agnes (Thompson) Walli. She died December 31, 2023, following a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. Her paternal grandparents, John and Anna Walli, immigrated from Selbu, Norway, to the area near La Crosse, Washington, in 1907, a few months before their son John was born. The Norwegian-American community centered around Selbu Lutheran Church was an important element of her family... Full story

  • Garfield Community Dinner

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    On Thursday, Jan. 18, Garfield will host their community dinner. Dinner will include chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, green salad and more. The dinner will take place at the 211 E. Main St., Garfield. The dinner is free to the pubic, with donations of $3 suggested to help cover expenses....

  • Senior Menus

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    Colfax Thursday, Jan. 11 Homemade pizza, green salad, fruit, german chocolate cake Monday, Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - CLOSED Colton Wednesday, Jan. 17 Fiesta taco salad; chips, cheese, olives, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream; sliced peaches; churros LaCrosse Wednesday, Jan. 17 Meatloaf, roasted red potatoes, jell-o and pear salad, carrot and celery sticks, sugar cookies Palouse Wednesday, Jan. 17 Meatloaf, roasted red potatoes, vegetables, pears, dessert Pullman Friday, Jan. 12 Fiesta taco salad; chips, cheese, olives, tomatoes, salsa,...

  • Whitman County Libraries team up with Veterans Service Officer

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    COLFAX— The Whitman County library is teaming up with Whitman County Veteran Service Officer Becky Buri, to give information Veterans Affairs presentations at several libraries across Whitman County. A Veteran’s Service Officer is a VA trained and accredited advocate for veterans who assists in obtaining benefits earned through military service. Presentations will include information about resources including navigating eligible benefits, claims and pensions; health care, eligibility and registration; VocRehab, Education, training and emp...

  • Palouse Habitat for Humanity to host ribbon cutting for ReStore

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    MOSCOW— Palouse Habitat for Humanity is hosting a ribbon cutting for a nearly complete renovation of the Surplus sale store, similar to building supply, on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at 304 North Main Street in Moscow. The multi-year renovation project was started in 2019 and is a $1.5 million project to enhance the building that houses the store and administrative office. Palouse Habitat for Humanity Director Jennifer Wallace said they are now bigger and have rebranded with a new name, Palouse Habitat ReStore. “Our Surplus Sale store now...

  • Births

    Jan 11, 2024

    Pullman Regional Hospital Emmaleia Nicole Crotto, a girl, was born Dec. 29, 2023 to parents Taylor and Dallas Crotto, of Moscow. She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces. Emmaleia joins sister Emberlee, 4, and brother Emmett, 3, at home. 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, Wy. Maternal Grandparents are Janice Rusin, of Skillman, Nj. Steven Earl Morgan, a boy, was born Dec. 30,...

  • Whitman Hospital Foundation hosts 34th annual dinner and auction next Saturday

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    COLFAX — The Whitman Hospital Foundation is hosting its 34th annual dinner and auction on Saturday, Jan. 20, with a social hour, dinner, and silent and live auctions. Event Coordinator Desiree Chappell said this year’s theme is “Lights Camera Auction,” and it will be a red carpet event at the Hill-Ray Plaza, 801 South Vista Point Drive, in Colfax. “The stars will be our sponsors and community members of Whitman County,” she said. Chappell said the event will start at 4 p.m. with a social hour...

  • Biden Needs to Expose Secret Snake River Dam Plan to Reality

    Don C. Brunell, Business analyst|Jan 11, 2024

    The $33 billion secret Snake River Dam plan that President Biden and friends cooked up in the White House basement needs to be exposed to the light of day and thoroughly aired by all. It is time to assess how it might work in the real world rather than wait and see what happens once it is implemented. While $33 billion may seem like “walking around” money to a President who tosses around trillion-dollar programs like horseshoes at the church picnic, the amount is equal to the yearly ope...

  • Legislative priorities this year

    Rep. Mark Schoesler, 9th Legislative District|Jan 11, 2024

    Monday featured opening-day ceremonies in the Senate and House chambers, followed by a joint legislative session in the House chamber on Tuesday for Gov. (Jay) Inslee’s final state of the state address. Because this is considered a “short session,” fewer bills will be introduced and considered than in last year’s 105-day session. The main objectives for legislators this year will be to create and pass supplemental operating, capital and transportation budgets. For me and my 9th District seatmat...

  • White House Murder

    Jan 11, 2024

    This is my reply to Nancy from Cheney’s Letter in the edition of the Gazette of December regarding her wish for peace in Gaza, the Holy Land, especially this time of year. Well, if you remember there was a solid and joyful peace in Gaza that for once as everyone, both Israelis and Palestinians could, after so many years and so many political promises, was here to stay! It was created and enforced by non-politician and pro-business President of this County, Donald Trump who used our excess in oil production to force Arabs to the peace table. U...

  • Reintroduce bill to ban dwarf-tossing

    Jan 11, 2024

    Persons who have dwarfism (also referred to as “little people”) frequently experience employment discrimination. Although they can perform any job task well – often needing only a stool – employers frequently reject them during interview. Bars and strip clubs exploit the resulting financial problems by hiring “LPs” for dwarf-tossing events, where bar patrons pay to physically throw an them in front of a crowd of laughing and jeering customers. LPs very frequently have skeletal (especially spinal) issues requiring multiple surgeries....

  • Breaching dams isn't the answer

    Jan 11, 2024

    Monumental Dam has a concrete fish ladder. Its lock works for barge. Rather than breach the dam – or others on the Lower Snake River – how about using a tunnel-boring machine to notch an on the side an additional zig-zag fish ladder? The answer is cooperation or compromise – not contempt or hard-headed, extremism on breaching. Sen. Murray, Gov. Jay Inslee and President Joe Biden need to step back and look at the whole picture. Errol Kramer Odessa/Ritzville...

  • Police Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    COLFAX—The Colfax Police reported the following calls from Dec. 20 – Jan. 2 Dec. 20 11:48 a.m.- Court order violation Oak Street. 1:21 p.m.- Fuel spill Main Street. Dec. 22 6:56 p.m.- Harassment James Street. Dec. 23 2:24 p.m.- Traffic violation Walla Walla Highway. 8:48 p.m.- Suspicious person West Street. Dec. 24 8:11 a.m.- Theft Mill Street. 10:02 a.m.- Welfare check Cooper Street. 9:26 p.m.- Animal noise complaint Clay Street. Dec. 25 10:50 a.m.- Welfare check. 12:21 p.m.- Theft 3rd Street. 1:18 p.m.- Animal problem Lake Street. 8:10 p.m...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    COLFAX – The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls from Jan. 2 – Jan. 8 Jan. 2 12:17 a.m.- Albion Road, milepost 3, Pullman. Traffic offense. 6:01 a.m.- Pine City Malden Road, area, Rosalia. Non-injury accident. 9:19 a.m.- Hume Road, 1.5 North of 195, Colfax. Non-Injury accident. 9:31 a.m.- Controlled substance problem. 12:21 p.m.- West 3rd Street, LaCrosse. Abnormal behavior. 1:57 p.m.- Sheriff’s Office, Colfax. Suspicious package. 2:38 p.m.- 411 North Mill Street, Colfax. Sex offender registration. 2:59 p.m.- 4...

  • Jail Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    COLFAX—The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals booked from Jan. 2 – Jan. 8 Jan. 2 Basseth Abdul Salamjohn, 24. Driving under the influence. Goodtime release Jan. 4, 9:45 a.m. Jan. 3 Alexander Travis Johnson, 38. Driving with license suspended 3rd, warrant. Held on a $1,500 bond or $1,500 cash bail through Colfax municipal. Samantha Lucille Sanders, 35. Criminal trespass, warrant. Held on a $25,000 bond or $2,500 cash bail through District Court. Jan. 4 John David Smith, 19. Driving under the influence. Goodtime release Jan...

  • Land Transactions

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    Dec. 20 Judith Witte Maley Family Limited Partnership, a Washington Limited Partnership, Thorton, Wash., granted agriculture classified under current use chapter, to David B. Maley, Thornton, Wash., and Paula J. Thaut, Diamond, Wash., parcel 2000043196900, assessed value $255,520, Quit Claim Deed. Judith Witte Maley Family Limited Partnership, a Washington Limited Partnership,Thornton, Wash., granted agriculture classified under current use chapter, to William E. Maley, Thornton, Wash., parcels 2-0000-43-19-29-3900, 2-0000-43-19-29-4901,...

  • LaCrosse adopts final 2024 Budget

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    LACROSSE — The Town of LaCrosse passed Ordinance number 4133 2023-12, Dec. 14, 2023, adopting the final 2024 budget beginning Jan. 1, 2024, with fund appropriations coming to a total of $1,428,157, a $302,665 increase from last year’s adopted budget total of $1,125,492. The current expense was appropriated $108,620 for the 2024 year, an increase of $89,280 from last year’s total of $197,900. The cemetery was allocated $2,100 more than last year, totaling $54,000 for the 2024 year, compared to the previous year’s total of $51,900. The town’s...

  • Parental 'bill of rights' signature verification underway

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    OLYMPIA – An initiative to combat “woke” agendas in public schools is undergoing signature verification. Secretary of State Steve Hobbs confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 9, that Initiative 2081 has enough signatures to be presented to the Legislature or to voters, provided the signatures meet state requirements established under state law. Initiative 2081 would create a “parents bill of rights” countering efforts to limit parental input and decision-making in alternative sexual lifestyle discussions on campus. Sponsors submitted 423,399 signature...

  • Oakesdale 2024 Current Expense Fund increase

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    OAKESDALE— The Town of Oakesdale released its 2024 Budget totals. At a population of 400 as of 2023, Oakesdale maintains a current expense fund according to RCW 35.37.010, which the Washington State Legislature requires any town with less than twenty thousand inhabitants to maintain. Town of Oakesdale Clerk/Treasurer Mary DeGon said that the current expense is one of those funds you hope you make money off of because it is the fund borrowed from, “you always want a healthy balance,” DeGon said. Current expense fund revenues come to a total...

  • Pullman unveils flood board artwork

    Justin Slayton, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    PULLMAN – At 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5., the resident of the City of Pullman gathered at the Pine Street Plaza to showcase artwork by local students for the city's new flood panels. Students from six local schools, Jefferson, Kamiak and Sunnyside Elementary; Pullman High School, Pullman Christian School and Pullman Community Montessori, would create a total of 16 pieces of art on 4'x8' flood boards. On Nov. 14, 2023, the Pullman City Council created a one-time rule allowing for the flood pane...

  • Supreme Court rules in favor of WSU in Title IX case

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    PULLMAN –– The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday, Jan. 4, that Washington State University (WSU) no longer has to protect a student who was sexually assaulted in an off-campus home despite the school’s knowledge of prior complaints made against the convicted assailant. Five justices agreed and said that WSU had no protective custody over students and, therefore, had no duty to control decisions or actions away from the WSU campus. In addition, the justices also said that the school could neither predict nor control the perpe...

  • Port set for presentation of Pullman Arterial

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    COLFAX — Public Works Director Mark Storey updated the Whitman County Commissioners during their regular business meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, on the Pullman North Arterial planning progress, and Solid Waste Management Plan. Storey told the commissioners that he had spoken with Executive Director of the Port of Whitman County Kara Riebold regarding the North Arterial and Kirekendahl Road and that he would give an update at the Tuesday, Jan. 16 Port Commissioners and County Commissioners combined meeting. Storey said that they had asked him to g...

  • Steptoe Butte to receive updates, removals

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 11, 2024

    STEPTOE - According to the Washington State Parks website, the Road Improvement Project at Steptoe Butte State Park Heritage Site is likely to begin this year in May, along with the permanent removal of the summit rest room. The project includes the removal of the old road surface and the installation of the new road. Construction will result in a four-month park closure and removal of the summit rest room, leaving the only available rest room in the lower parking lot. Concerned park visitor...

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