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Virginia L. Baldwin obituary

Virginia 'Ginny' L. Baldwin

Virginia "Ginny" L. Baldwin, 84, of Lewiston, Idaho, and formerly of Pullman and Colfax, Wash., passed away Jan. 27, 2022, at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in Colfax, Wash. Ginny was born March... Full story


Scooter Brannan

Eugene A. "Scooter" Brannan, longtime Colfax resident, passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, at Whitman Hospital in Colfax. He was 95. Scooter was born Dec. 31, 1926, in Pullman, Wash., to Fred and Vera (... Full story


District 7 2B bracket set

Spokane Valley--The basketball postseason has arrived in the Northeast 2B League, with all 11 boys and girls teams earning their spots in the double-elimination tournament beginning Monday, Feb. 7...

Clifford DeYoung

Clifford 'Jack' DeYoung

Clifford "Jack" DeYoung, longtime Steptoe area resident, passed away Jan. 15, 2022, at his home in Steptoe. He was 81. Memorial Services will be planned at a later date. Jack was born Nov. 19, 1940,... Full story

Hetty Fowler obituary

Hetty Fairchild Fowler

Hetty Fairchild Fowler was born Feb. 6, 1927, to Virgil and Lyla Stilson in Colfax. After a brief illness she passed away suddenly on Jan. 31, 2022. She grew up on a farm near Steptoe and Married... Full story

Lucile A. Miller obituary

Lucile A. Miller

Lucile A. Miller, 94, rejoiced as she joined her Savior face to face on January 31, 2022. Lucile was born Feb. 8, 1927, to Milton and Merle (Arrasmith) Ensley in Colfax, joining three older brothers,... Full story

DeWayne Normington obituary

DeWayne Leroy Normington

DeWayne Leroy Normington, resident of Hay, Wash., passed away early Sunday morning, Jan. 30, 2022, at Whitman Hospital. He was 89. DeWayne was born Oct. 15, 1932, in Moscow, Idaho, to Ernest and... Full story

Edward Richard Smith Jr. obituary

Edward Richard Smith Jr.

Edward Richard Smith Jr. passed away Feb. 3, 2022, at home peacefully surrounded by family. A celebration of life service will be held Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church i... Full story

Mavis Lust Jensen obituary

Mavis Lust Jensen

Mavis Lust Jensen, born on Sept. 19, 1936, at St. Ignatius Hospital, Colfax, Wash., to Frank and Zella (Bell) Miller, has passed away Feb. 3, 2022, of her long-time battle with cancer. Mavis lived in... Full story


Top Dog winners for January

COLFAX - Colfax High School staff voted for students to be named Top Dog for January. The Top Dog program honors Colfax High School students excelling in each department for effort, attitude, hard...


Natural to complain about the cold

COLFAX — It’s natural to mumble nasty things about the cold weather. We all do it from time to time. But even the cold has its merits. One big plus is that it makes fireplaces a reasonable addition to our lives. In cold weather, we can build a...


Colfax students' art on display

COLFAX — The public is invited to the Jennings Elementary Art and STEAM Exhibit showing through Feb. 25 at the Libey Gallery. The exhibit is sponsored by the Colfax Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and features artwork and STEAM (Science,...


Good Old Days

125 Years Ago Colfax Gazette Friday, February 5, 1897 THE BREWERY BURNED Fire Supposed to be Caused by Overheating Shafting Shortly after seven o’clock Tuesday evening the Colfax Brewery, in the north end of the city, was discovered on fire and an...


ORCA plan offers solutions

It was heartbreaking when the Nooksack River submerged Whatcom County farming communities, swept livestock away and decimated dairies, farmland and homes. Equally sad was when heavy rains overflowed...


Drop assault on natural gas

Last year, Gov. Jay Inslee attempted an end run around the legislature by banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings via the state’s building codes. It was a bad idea. Now, some...


Reopen Palouse Falls Hiking

Palouse Falls has long been one of my favorite places to hike. Over the years, I’ve hiked the mile or so trek to the top of the main falls on numerous occasions. I’ve hiked it by myself, with frie...


Pullman receives grant

PULLMAN – The city has received $54,000 to expand summer outdoor education programs for school-aged kids. The funds help with the Summer Experiences and Enrichment for Kids program, which serves school-aged youth....

 By Juan Morfin    News    February 10, 2022

Police restraint gets clarification in House bill

OLYMPIA – Those suffering mental health issues and juveniles could be restrained by law enforcement responding to crises. That is the thrust of House Bill 1735, which passed the state House with a 90-5 vote and is now under consideration in the...


Pesticide class set for Feb. 22

PALOUSE – The Washington State Department of Agriculture and Palouse Conservation District offers a Palouse Pesticide credit course on Feb. 22. Two credits are available. Presentations will include: • Herbicide Resistance: Implications for PNW...


Dam visitor area center closes

CLARKSTON – The Lower Granite South Shore Visitor Center is closed Feb. 7-9 for maintenance work at the facility. The public will not have access to visitor services, including restrooms and access to drinking water. Tours are not being conducted,...


Well pump needs replaced

PALOUSE – Palouse could pay $2,000-$3,000 for a new well chlorine pump. Public works Superintendent Mike Wolf told the city council the chlorine pump for well three broke and need replacing. It adds liquid sodium chlorine to the water to make it...


Pickup crashes near Endicott

ENDICOTT – A Northwest Grain Growers pickup crashed with two people in it, rolling sideways off of Kackman Road near Endicott on Feb. 2. The driver, of the Ford F-150, looked down to pick something up and lost control, said Whitman County...


Palouse raises staff salaries

PALOUSE – Palouse city employees are getting a 3% raise for 2022. Resolution 2022-01 was approved by the council on Jan. 25. A budget committee suggested the increase for all city staff and a $2,500 increase in the public works superintendent’s...


House passes Rep. Dye bill

OLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday by Rep. Mary Dye that would allow a temporary judicial officer to be designated to step into the courtroom of a single-court judge if the presiding judge becomes unavailable,...


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