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  • Gazette: Feb. 25, 2021

    Feb 25, 2021

  • Legal Notices: Feb. 25, 2021

    Feb 25, 2021

    PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 9th, 2021, has been canceled. Mark Storey, Director of Public Works 8/1 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Whitman County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing to be held in their Chambers, Whitman County Courthouse, Colfax, Washington, on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 10:45 a.m. The purpose of the hearing is to receive an overview of the Community Development Block Grant – Public Service (CDBG-PS) 2019-2020 public service grant f...

  • Larry Brown

    Larry Brown

    Feb 25, 2021

    Larry Brown passed away on Feb. 9, 2021, at the age of 67 at his home surrounded by his family and friends, after his continuous battle with cancer. He was born on April 29, 1953, in Colfax. Larry was a lifetime resident of Oakesdale, Wash. He graduated from Oakesdale High School in 1971 then attended Spokane Community College. When Larry's father passed away suddenly in the spring of 1972, Larry came home to farm the family ground with his brother Mike. Larry then began his lifelong dream of fa... Full story

  • Sharon Lynne Provost

    Sharon Lynne Provost

    Feb 25, 2021

    Sharon Lynne (Curtis) Provost was born on October 20th, 1936 in St. John Wash. to Lynn Curtis and Geraldine (Feenan) Curtis, the oldest of six children. She died on January 2, 2021 at East Adams Rural Hospital in Ritzville. Sharon was Valedictorian of the 1954 graduating class at St John High School. She served as Grand Worthy Advisor in Rainbow and was a member of Eastern Star. She will be remembered for her love of animals and hard work ethic. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and... Full story

  • Homer Kenneth Hopkins

    Feb 25, 2021

    Homer Kenneth Hopkins, 92, passed quietly away Thursday, February 18, 2021, while sitting on the porch at his residence in Lacrosse. Born November 10, 1928, and raised on the family farm near Lacrosse, he was the youngest son of Elijah and Hattie (Broyles) Hopkins. Homer attended school in Lacrosse until deciding to stay home and help on the family farm. Raised at a time when horses were used to farm, it became a lifelong passion. Homer married the late Loris Claire German of Colfax, and they were married for 26 years while raising a family of... Full story

  • Donald Gifford

    Feb 25, 2021

    On January 27, 2021, Donald Gifford, loving son, brother, and uncle, passed away at the age of 85. Don was born on October 14, 1935 in Grand Junction, Colorado to Milton and Blanche (Gray) Gifford. Don graduated from Garfield High in 1954. He served in the U.S. Navy, which afforded him many adventures traveling outside the country that he so enjoyed telling stories about in his later years. He also enjoyed his years with the U.S. Forest Service, working and living all over the Pacific Northwest. Don was preceded in death by his parents and his... Full story

  • Good Old Days: Feb. 25, 2021

    Feb 25, 2021

    8 years ago The Commoner Feb. 21, 1896 The city of Pullman has a good-sized sensation which has kept the town all agog for several weeks. The excitement and agitation is caused by an assault, and by one of the most peculiar judicial transactions on record. The story is as follows: On Tuesday morning of last week Irvin Griffith, an old man, came to town and soon became intoxicated. In the evening while in a saloon he annoyed justice of the peace Gammon by continually calling the latter’s name, and as the two had previously had trouble G...

  • Senior Menus: March 1-5

    Feb 25, 2021

    Colfax Monday, March 1 Tater Tot casserole with extra vegetables, green salad, fresh fruit, dessert Thursday, March 4 (Birthday party) Fish fillet, baked potato, cooked vegetables, roll, birthday dessert Endicott Tuesday, March 2 No meal LaCrosse Tuesday, March 2 (Birthday party) Fish fillet, baked potato, cooked vegetables, roll, birthday dessert Palouse Wednesday, March 3 (Birthday party) Fish fillet, baked potato, cooked vegetables, roll, birthday dessert Pullman Tuesday, March 2 Homemade macaroni and cheese with ham, mixed vegetables,...

  • Post-It note art competition

    Staff Report|Feb 25, 2021

    COLFAX — The junior high art club will hold a Post-It Note Art Competition during March. Junior-senior high school staff and teachers are eligible to enter. All artworks are to be completed on a “Post-It” note, and will be displayed in the art hallway....

  • Blood drive set for March 4

    Staff Report|Feb 25, 2021

    COLFAX — The Colfax School District will hold a STEM Grant Blood Drive March 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Center on Main Street. The district needs to reach 30 donors to receive a $2,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education grant....

  • Spirit Week at Colfax High School

    Staff Report|Feb 25, 2021

    COLFAX — Colfax Junior-Senior High School will hold Spirit Week March 1-3. Monday: Pajama Day Tuesday: Teacher Tuesday (“Dress like your favorite teacher”) Wednesday: Decade Day Prizes will be given to best-dressed female and male from each class....

  • Seven Colfax kids place at FBLA regionals

    Staff Report|Feb 25, 2021

    COLFAX — Results are in for the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) regional competition with seven Colfax students placing in the event held online. Corbin Burt took first place in Introduction to FBLA; Madeline Tate placed third in Job Interview; Jacob Brown was fourth in Organizational Leadership; Caden Noha, fifth in Organizational Leadership, Anthony Becker, sixth in Organizational Leadership; Gabby Rabaiotti & Sunni Ng, first in Critical Thinking (Middle Level); and Dory Duty, second in Elevator Speech....

  • Uniontown Sausage Feed pickup-only

    Staff Report|Feb 25, 2021

    UNIONTOWN — The 68th annual Uniontown Sausage Feed will be a curbside pick-up event for 2021. It’s held at the community center on March 7. Organizers made the announcement due to state virus restrictions for in-person dining. The drive-through line is set to begin at the Uniontown Co-Op complex at the north edge of town and proceed to the community center pick-up location. Food is being served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The event’s traditional meal is ¾ pound of sausage from a secret recipe, green beans, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, apples...

  • Colfax Police Log

    Staff Report|Feb 25, 2021

    COLFAX — Here are the Colfax Police Department logs for Feb. 15 - Feb. 16. Monday, Feb. 15 2:15 p.m. – Oak Street – An officer conducted a welfare check. 5:02 p.m. – Dalla Street – An officer responded to a disabled semi-truck. 5:26 p.m. – Main Street – A person reported that their “ferret yelled at them.” 7:10 p.m. – Morton Street – An officer responded to a complaint from a person whose neighbor ws blowing snow behind their car. Tuesday, Feb. 16 7:56 a.m. – Main Street – An officer conducted a welfare check. 11:01 a.m. – Mill Street – An o...

  • Whitman County Sheriff's Office

    Feb 25, 2021

    COLFAX — Here are the Whitman County Sheriff's logs for Feb. 12 - 20. Friday, Feb. 12 5:20 p.m. – Brayton Road, Pullman – A deputy responded to a non-injury collision. 5:55 p.m. – A Street, Colfax – A deputy responded to a report of a burglary. 7:221 p.m. – Main Street, Colfax – A K-9 narcotics dog conducted a search. 7:29 p.m. – Rosalia Road, Rosalia – A deputy investigated a person driving while their license is suspended. 11:34 p.m. – Canyon Street, Colfax – Pedro Arguelle, 36, of Colfax, was arrested for DUI. Saturday, Feb. 13 12:...

  • Hydrogen gaining momentum as a possible replacement fuel for trucks

    Don C. Brunell|Feb 25, 2021

    In the coming decade, European Union leaders are investing heavily in hydrogen fuel research, believing it is a key to eliminating CO2 discharges from vehicles. One new technology is called pyrolysis. It is hoped the technology will allow Europeans to pipe hydrogen much like natural gas now travels long distances across country and under water. Hydrogen created by pyrolysis is an adaptation of an industrial process developed over the years. It was designed to remove CO2 from the process creating charred wood and organic matter. Currently, 95...

  • Retroactive overtime for farmworkers is an uncalled for expensive fiction

    Pam Lewis, Washington Policy Center|Feb 25, 2021

    OLYMPIA – Imagine paying off the mortgage to your home in full and on time. Then, a month later, receiving a letter from the bank outlining an additional three years of payments owed because the bank decided your interest rate changed after you’d paid your mortgage off. That is the discussion playing out in agriculture during this legislative session. Instead of mortgage it is farmworker wages, and instead of interest rates, it is the seeking of additional wages related to a court case. Substitute Senate Bill 5172 would require all agr...

  • Activist seeks help fighting politicians

    Tim Eyman|Feb 25, 2021

    OLYMPIA – In the past 22 years, by working together with our thousands of heroic supporters, we've qualified 17 statewide initiatives for a public vote. They all limited the governments' power over us and have saved taxpayers $46.9 billion. And our four 2/3-vote-to-raise-taxes initiatives have saved taxpayers billions more by stopping and deterring tax increases. While other initiatives spend $1.2 million to qualify, we averaged $672,000 because we run a tight ship and I often risked my own money. After two decades of effort, vehicle tabs a...

  • Double masks

    Feb 25, 2021

  • Labor Day fire relief group issues notice

    Mike Day, Gazette Correspondent|Feb 25, 2021

    MALDEN — The Pine Creek Community Restoration Long Term Recovery Operations (LTRO) has issued a notice of weblinks regarding their efforts to help Malden and Pine City residents impacted by the Labor Day Fire. The main link is: If a case manager has not contacted an affected resident, the resident is asked to send a message to to request a call. For short-term housing needs, contact Community Action Center of Whitman C...

  • Rock crushing bids opened

    Staff Report|Feb 25, 2021

    COLFAX — A bid of $198,000 is in to crush 40,000 tons of rock at the Whitman County-owned Cherry Cove quarry north of Winona. County commissioners opened two bids Monday for the gravel project. Lewiston-based DeAtley Crushing Company submitted the low bid. Seubert Excavators, of Cottonwood, Idaho, bid $213,160. By law, commissioners take the lowest qualified bid. Commissioners intend to award the project March 1, after a standard review....

  • Downtown Association restructured

    Staff Report|Feb 25, 2021

    COLFAX — The Colfax Downtown Association has announced a restructuring, under Executive Director Whitney Bond, owner of Truly You Clothing and More. Bond said the restructuring has to do with new policies and procedures. Current officers include President Dominic Villareal from A Modern Plantsman and Vice President Mary Davidson of Dusty Attic. The organization now seeks a volunteer treasurer and volunteer secretary....

  • Stan McClinton Lookout Park

    City park may get expanded name

    Staff Report|Feb 25, 2021

    COLFAX - A Colfax city park will likely get a new name. The city council briefly discussed a request by the parks board on behalf of the McClintock family on Feb. 16. They asked to add the name Lynne to "Stan McClintock Lookout Park" on Valley View Ave. Lynne, the late Stan's wife, worked with him and their children Don, Lori and Trudy, on the city parks system. The new name would be "Stan and Lynne McClintock Lookout Park." The city council will meet again March 1....

  • Video meetings are affecting bills impacting Whitman County

    Staff report|Feb 25, 2021

    OLYMPIA — Bills affecting Whitman County may move faster to the Legislature floor. The county’s lobbyist Zak Kennedy gave a report to county commissioners on Monday. “This is a really weird legislative session,” he said. He told commissioners about further remote meetings effects on the virtual session, saying that more bills will be worked out on the floor of the statehouse rather than in committees. “We’re probably going to be surprised at a lot on the floor,” Kennedy said. He summed up a couple bills on their effect on Whitman County and ot...

  • Weight limits lifted on county roads

    Garth Meyer, Whitman County Gazette|Feb 25, 2021

    COLFAX — Weight restrictions were lifted on county roads last Friday. “We’ve already been flooded with requests for permits,” said Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey. The public works department institutes weight restrictions on roads every year as roads thaw in the late winter. The limits are posted to contain damage to the roadways. Once lifted, hinged road signs set a 19,500-pound load limit. The decision to flip signs is made each year by Storey after conferring with his supervisors about frost conditions. Weight limits...

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