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  • Patricia Halvorson

    Patricia Anne Halvorson

    Jan 12, 2023

    Patricia Anne Halvorson was born August 26, 1932, in Polson, Montana, to Louisa H. (Anderson) Murphy and Anthony P. Murphy. Her early years were spent at Elmo, Montana, on the shore of Flathead Lake where her Grandmother owned and operated a store, post office, bus stop and fueling station. This was during the Great Depression and her extended family came together to live and help each other. As a result, she spent many happy days with her sister and young cousins on "Grandma's Lake" helping... Full story

  • Legal notices

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    NOTICE OF A RESCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARING FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT The Board of Adjustment has a rescheduled hearing for a proposed conditional use permit for Steptoe Adult Family Home, LLC. The original hearing date for January 12th has changed to January 26th. The applicants, Damian Unogu & Purity Kapeen, propose to provide care for people with disabilities in an adult family home in Steptoe, WA. They plan to operate the business in their single-family residence at 62 Water Street, serving a maximum of six to 8 clients plus staff. The...

  • Dwight Fowler

    Dwight Lynn Fowler

    Jan 12, 2023

    Dwight Lynn Fowler of St. John, WA, passed away December 28, 2022 at Avamere South Hill in Spokane, WA. He was 78 years old, and his passing leaves a massive void that his boisterous laughter and extraordinary love of life once filled. Born December 14, 1944 in Colfax, WA, to Ralph and Hetty Fowler, Dwight graduated from Colfax High School in 1963 and immediately enlisted in the Army National Guard and served until 1967. In fall of '64 Dwight started Whitworth University, but he nearly didn't... Full story

  • Richard (Dick) Alan Semler

    Richard (Dick) Alan Semler

    Jan 12, 2023

    Richard (Dick) Alan Semler, 67, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph C. Semler (Clete) and Darlene B. Semler (Carpenter), and his brother, Leeroy C. Semler all of Colton, Wash. Dick was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Lewiston, Idaho. on September 26,1955. He attended school at Guardian Angel St. Boniface and graduated from Colton High School in 1974. He grew up on his family farm on Wawawai Road in Colton. There were many memories of driving... Full story

  • Gail Edward Henning

    Gail Edward Henning

    Jan 12, 2023

    Gail Edward Henning, passed into the arms of his Savior on November 18, 2022. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after battling lymphoma. Ed was born on May 7, 1939, in Colfax, Wash. He grew up on a farm near Colfax and graduated from Colfax High School in 1957. He farmed in the Colfax area for several years. In 1963, he married Karen Scholz and they moved to Cheney, Wash., where he attended Eastern Washington University. During college, he was influenced by two respected profess... Full story

  • Senior Menus

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    Colfax Thursday, Jan. 12 Beef and barley soup, green salad, fruit and brownies Monday, Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day – CLOSED LaCrosse Tuesday, Jan. 17 BBQ Chicken, potato salad, Jell-O and pear salad, carrot and celery sticks and sugar cookies Palouse Wednesday, Jan. 18 Meatloaf, roasted red potatoes, vegetables and pear dessert Pullman Friday, Jan. 13 Fiesta taco salad, chips, cheese, olives, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, sliced peaches and magic peanut butter cookies Wednesday, Jan. 17 Sweet and sour pork, rice, asian style v...

  • Births

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    Pullman Regional Hospital Oliver Wayne Schmidt, a boy, was born Jan. 3, 2023 to parents Andrew and Kaelee Schmidt of Lewiston. He weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces. Paternal Grandparents are Patrick and Doreen Schmidt of Peck, Idaho. Maternal Grandparents are Lynelle Maninha, Branson Missouri, and Jeri Stracener of Madison Mississippi. Oliver joins sister Clarissa Belle, 2, at home. Declyn Mitchell Stolz, a boy, was born Jan. 8, 2023 to parents Kaycee and Zack Stolz of Potlach. He weighed 7 pounds, and 1 ounce. Paternal Grandparents are Jeff and...

  • Good Ol' Days

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    8 Years Ago From the Colfax Gazette, Friday, January 14, 1898 A Disgraceful Act The duty of chronicling as deplorable an affair as was the tragedy enacted at the Whitman county court house in the early hours of Saturday morning is a painful one to The Gazette. As coldblooded as was the murder of Orville Hayden on that dark Octover night, it was not mroe brutal than the crime enacted in the early hours of Saturday, when Chadwick Marshall was made to pay the penalty of either his guilt or...

  • Colfax Plymouth Church hosts mission trip to Mexico

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    COLFAX—Colfax Plymouth Church pastor Michael Birnbaum has been a veteran Mexico mission administrator for years, and is leading a mission trip to Baja Mexico Feb. 20 through the 26. Birnbaum stated that though this is an outreach of the members of the Colfax Plymouth Church, others from different churches have also been joining. There are four spaces left. “It is a great combination of mission service and fun,” said Birnbaum, “Everyone has the option of doing what they are up to doing,” adding that siesta time is also available. Any Colfax re...

  • PRH hosts Free Science Night

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    PULLMAN—Pullman Regional Hospital’s Center for Learning and Innovation is sponsoring a free Family Science Night Thursday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m. at Palouse Discovery Center. Palouse Discovery Science Center’s EveryBODY healthy exhibit is a lifelike hospital experience that provides an opportunity for children to dress up as doctors and care providers to learn about the body. The exhibit offers a life-six game of Operation sponsored by the PRH Center for Learning and Innovation, and was designed and built in partnership with the Washington State...

  • Registration open for PRH 16th annual Gala

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    PULLMAN— Reservations for Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation’s 16th annual Gala are being accepted. The hospital’s fundraising event will be held at the SEL Event Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. The event is present by Avista. It will start with a social, wine and beer tasting experience, followed by a served dinner, program, and dancing to classic rock. Funds raised through the Gala will support the highest needs of Pullman Regional Hospital. Foundation Board members, hospital staff...

  • Colfax High School December "Top Dogs"

    Justin Slayton, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    COLFAX –– Colfax High School staff voted for students to be named Top Dog for December. The Top Dog program honors Colfax High School students excelling in each department for effort, attitude, hard work, and helping others. Teachers in each department nominate students and vote to determine the winners. For the character award, any staff member may nominate a student, and the whole staff votes. The Colfax Top Dogs are: Science - Abigail Stilson, History - Jessa Patnode, Math - Kamela Larson, Language - Wyatt Phillips, Fitness - Lauryn Yor...

  • Colfax Rotary Club

    Jan 12, 2023

    The Colfax Rotary Club is a service organization serving the Colfax community. Our club was established in 1950. Colfax Rotary has owned and maintained the Daniel W. Henry Little League Field since the early 1950’s. As a kid I remember playing on that field in the early 1960’s and attending their annual Little League Breakfast, which continues still today. There is also a soccer field and a few years ago, a softball field was added. The Rotary club took tickets at the Palouse Empire Fair for many years. The club sells fireworks each Fourth of...

  • Welcome the stranger

    Jan 12, 2023

    Oh those caravans of invaders coming across the Southern Border. We must deal with them by sending them back to fix their countries of origin; leaving them to suffer and be harassed at the border; and/or transporting them to Democratically-run cities in the north where it is freezing cold, and they know no one. What an absurd way to “welcome the stranger”. Meanwhile, there is a labor shortage – older people are not working to full retirement age of 70; others are not interested in jobs that are not suitable because of hours, location, wages...

  • European Data Centers Looking to Capture Heat

    Don C. Brunell, Business analyst|Jan 12, 2023

    Coupled with the rapid growth of data centers we rely upon for internet service and information storage is an increased demand for electricity to power millions of computers and cool the mammoth buildings in which they operate. Data center computers are integral to our everyday life and store everything from cooking recipes to complex engineering blueprints. They are heavy power users consuming 10 to 50 times the energy per floor space of a typical commercial office. Energy inflation combined wi...

  • Schoesler: Fuel price rising

    Jan 12, 2023

    CHENEY — A local lawmaker says two environmental laws from the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee that took effect Jan.. 1 are already causing a fuel price increase. Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler of Ritzville, who represents the 9th Legislative District, said the Washington Independent Energy Distributors Association is reporting the increase in less than a week of new laws taking effect. Wholesale gasoline and diesel prices have risen statewide as a result of the “cap-and-tax” law and the law creating a low-carbon fuel...

  • Looters

    Jan 12, 2023

  • Speaker of the Season

    Jan 12, 2023

  • Colfax Jail Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    COLFAX—The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals being booked from Jan.. 3 to Jan.. 8: Jan. 3 Darien Leaf Armstrong, 24, was arrested and booked into the Whitman County Jail for criminal trespass. Armstrong has a bond of $5,000 or $500 in cash through Whitman County District Court. Jan. 4 KC Scott Becker, 25, was arrested and booked into the Whitman County Jail being held for the Department of Corrections. Becker is being held without bail through another court. Levi Allan Christenson, 28, was arrested and booked into the W...

  • Whitman County Sheriff's Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    COLFAX – The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls from Jan.. 3 to Jan.. 9: Jan. 3 7:29 a.m.- Hume Road, milepost 5, Oakesdale. The Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a non-injury accident. 8:39 a.m.- West Elizabeth Street, Tekoa. The Sheriff’s Office contacted a subject regarding a fraudulent charge on RP’s credit card. 12:41 p.m.- Wells Road, Rosalia. The Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of the theft of a check from a mailbox. 3:42 p.m.- 411 North Mill Street, Colfax. The Sheriff’s Office provided fing...

  • Interview with Representative Joe Schmick

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    COLFAX — In an interview with 9th Legislative District Representative Joe Schmick (R), he spoke on several different topics that the state legislature would be addressing in the next session. In terms of Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandates Schmick stated that it was an overstep on the Governor’s part, stating that when he voted for emergency powers he had never thought about a virus, “We thought earthquake, tsunami, fire, flood, that type of thing,” he said. He further stated that it needs to be changed, “we need to put the legislature back involved wi...

  • Suspect in Moscow homicide to face second pretrial

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    MOSCOW — Suspect in the Moscow homicide, Bryan Kohberger, 28, was extradited back to Idaho the night of Wednesday, Jan. 4 after his arrest the morning of Dec. 30. Kohberger’s had his first court appearance Thursday, Jan. 5, and the probable cause affidavit of the case was released to the public. The affidavit was provided by Corporal (CPL) Brett Payne who is employed by the Moscow Police Department. The affidavit states that Payne was assisted by members of the Idaho State Police and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Payne sta...

  • Habitat for Humanity re-opens 2023 applications for Palouse house

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    MOSCOW—Palouse Habitat for Humanity has re-opened the application period for the 2023 home in Palouse. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, Jan.. 31 at 5 p.m. Applicants must currently live in Latah or Whitman County, and have a willingness to partner with habitat. As well as meet the income guidelines. Those applying have to be facing some kind of challenge in their current living situation, which includes having rent over 30 percent of their monthly income, structural issues, or o...

  • Hole causes Almota Docks bridge delays

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    COLFAX— A press release from Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) states that those who plan to travel on the Almota Docks bridge on SR 194 at milepost 0.1, south of Colfax, will have possible delays due to the bridge being restricted down to one lane as of Monday, Jan.. 9. Reports state that a hole spanning through the bridge deck has formed between the two lanes. “The bridge is structurally sound, so there are no safety concerns,” said WSDOT Communications Manager, Ryan Overton, adding that the bridge has very low traff...

  • Vikings defend home court against Wildcats

    Teren Kowatsch, Whitman County Gazette|Jan 12, 2023

    PALOUSE - The Garfield-Palouse Vikings boys basketball team was still searching for its first win of the season Jan. 7 at home against the Colton Wildcats. Garfield-Palouse was able to get that ever-elusive win, beating Colton 54-45 in a 1B league matchup. "This first half of our schedule has been tough," Garfield-Palouse head coach Nate Holbrook said. "And if you look at the first half of our schedule, there's no one playing a tougher schedule at the 1B level this first half of the season....

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