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Colfax places 3rd at state after battling Braves

The unprecedented Colfax title run in state volleyball action at Yakima came to an end Saturday in the semi-final round of the 2B tournament, but the Bulldogs kept on battling and finished with the third place trophy. Their semi foe was La Conner, a...


The world - Nov. 11, 2010

THURSDAY Shi’ite Nuri al-Maliki was re-nominated as Iraqi prime minister as fractious politicians ended an eight-month deadlock that raised fears of renewed secretarian warfare. Animal rights activists protested South Korea officials for using...


Colfax Fire Chief files $500,000 claim

A claim of $501,494 for damages and attorney costs has been submitted to the City of Colfax by Ross White, Spokane attorney who represented Chief Ralph Walter in the appeal of his dismissal as Colfax Fire Chief. The claim, which has been forwarded...

 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    November 18, 2010

Tekoa to overhaul water system with $3 million plus

The Tekoa city council is moving forward with a $3 million-plus plan to overhaul the city’s water system. The council Monday night voted to sign a contract that would bring in enough funding to replace all of the old pipes in town and provide new... Full story


High winds wreak havoc in Whitman County

Fast winds swept across the Palouse Monday night, leaving limbs and shingles littered along city streets and cutting electrical service to thousands. Power poles were knocked over and lines snapped all across the Inland Empire, leaving 45,000 people... Full story

 By Joe Smillie    News    November 18, 2010

Palouse woman denies allegations in youth’s death

Alexandra Neiman, the 21-year-old friend of Dylan Mayhan-Treese, the 16-year-old Palouse boy who committed suicide last month, says her only crime was befriending the troubled teen. “I wanted to save him. He was my best friend,” said Neiman in a...

 By Joe Smillie    News    November 18, 2010

Palouse: Town looks for answers in teen’s suicide

Protestors question task force about alleged drug den Nearly two dozen Palouse residents rallied in front of what they believe to be a drug den sanctioned by the Quad Cities Drug Task Force on West Mohr Street last weekend. Task force officials and...

 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    November 18, 2010

Colfax: School board signs super for two years

Colfax school board voted unanimously Monday night to retain Superintendent Michael Morgan for another two years and the superintendent accepted the offer. The board’s vote followed heated debate Monday and at their previous session Oct. 18.... Full story


Legals - Nov. 18, 2010

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR A VARIANCE The public is notified of a hearing for Keith Kopf before the Board of Adjustment on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the Public Service Building, 1st floor auditorium, N. 310 Main Street, Colfax,...


Bulldogs, Broncos will collide again in quarter-final

Colfax Bulldogs and the Lind-Ritzville-Sprague Broncos, the two top finishers in the NE, will collide again Saturday at 5 p.m. on the artificial turf at Gonzaga Prep in north Spokane. The all NE matchup evolved after the two contenders booked big...


NE teams stop local eights

State football bids for three county eight-man teams ended Friday and Saturday when NE contenders booked a sweep to advance to the next round. Friday, Columbia/Inchelium posted a 22-16 win at St. John to stop the Eagles, and Wilbur/Creston nipped...


Wildcats finish fifth; Nighthawks finish sixth

Colton’s Wildcats booked another fifth place trophy after following the same track in the 1B state net tourney at Yakima, and the Tekoa/Oakesdale Nighthawks finished in sixth place after advancing to the semi-final round. Both of the Whitman...


On the record - Nov. 18, 2010

Marriage Licenses Aditya Bagade, 28, W. Richard and Sindhu Nair, 30, Pullman, Nov. 12 Building Permits Spokane Seed, gas piping and unit heater, $2,360, 1204 Clay Street, Nov. 12 Warwick Building, gas furnace, $3,877, 409 N. Main, Nov. 15 Spokane...

 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    November 18, 2010

Colfax jog to raise funds for an adoption

A three-mile run and walk is going down this Saturday, Nov. 20 at Schmuck park to raise funds for a Colfax family adopting two Ethiopian children. The Knox family is looking to raise $26,000 to adopt a brother and sister pair from an orphanage in...

 By Joe Smillie    News    November 18, 2010

First Wind impact draft available for review

A study of the environmental impacts of First Wind’s proposed wind farm is available today, Thursday. Boston-based First Wind, through its Palouse Wind offshoot, has applied to build a 55-turbine wind farm on Naff Ridge and Granite Butte northwest...

 By Joe Smillie    News    November 18, 2010

Auditor reports 2011 deficit

First glance at Whitman County’s 2011 budget shows a deficit of less than $100,000, Auditor Eunice Coker said Monday. As the 2011 spending plan begins to take shape, initial figures look better than anticipated. Coker cautiously told a room full...

 By Joe Smillie    News    November 18, 2010

Graduate students from Scotland collect geologic samples on the Palouse

Beneath some of the richest topsoil on the planet lies a treasure of geologic data that helps tell the story of the world’s formation. Often times, however, that story goes overlooked by locals as they pass by the exposed sections of earth that...

 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    November 18, 2010

Methodists offer up free Thanksgiving

A free Thanksgiving dinner cooked and served by the United Methodist church members will be held Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. Volunteers are putting together a turkey extravaganza complete with mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, pie and...


Lamont Church celebrates harvest fest

Lamont Lamont Community Church celebrated its annual Harvest Festival Sunday. The potluck was at the community center with about 35 people attending. Dave Rajala sang several of his songs and accompanied himself on the guitar. Also, young pianists Em...


County web site goes down

Whitman County returned to the World Wide Web Tuesday after a week and a half absence. The web site clicked out of order Nov. 6 after two hard drives failed. They were part of a series of hard drives that contains a database of information for the... Full story

 By Jeslyn Lemke    News    November 18, 2010

Hunting violations said on the increase in county

An increase in the illegal practice of hunting from the road has been observed over the the past two years by Bob Weaver, Fish & Wildlife officer for Whitman County. “In the last two years it’s really increased quite a bit,” Weaver said....


W. Bruce Cameron - Remote Possibilities

I have seven remote controls for my television set that I keep in a basket — I’ve nicknamed the basket “the remote jungle.” At night, when I’m asleep, the remotes like to escape the jungle and burrow deep into the couch cushions. This is...


Don Brunell - The legacy of Lonesome Larry

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, the end of his migratory journey. Biologists dubbed him “Lonesome Larry.” This year, the...


Adele Ferguson - Should Obama travel before lame duck season? begin

IT ISN’T SO MUCH the cost of President Obama’s 10 day trip to Asia, it’s what’s he doing going over there in the first place? Hasn’t he got enough to do here at home? He didn’t negotiate those airplane contracts with India, etc. That was... Full story


Pet Peeves and Okeydokes - Nov. 18, 2010

++++ “Educational Backbone Bowl” final score: District-1 Lynch Mob-0 +++++ Pullman Girls winning state volleyball title on Saturday. Send your Pet Peeves and Okeydokes to the Gazette P.O. Box 770 211 N. Main St Colfax, Wa 9911...


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