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  • Land Transactions

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    Feb. 15 Charles and Rachel Relat, Sacramento, Calif., sold 2100 NW Yates Street, Pullman, Wash., to Cody and Liela Browne, of Pullman, Wash., parcel 1-0965-00-35-01-0000, selling price $445,900, Statutory Warranty Deed. Feb. 20 Gretchen and Dale Sowders, Holland, Mich., sold 1220 NW State Street, Unit 32, Pullman, Wash., to National Residential Services, Inc., Morristown, N.J., parcel 1-0850-00-17-12-0032, selling price $190,000, Warranty Deed. National Residential Services, Inc., Morristown, N.J., sold 1220 NW State Street, unit 32, Pullman,...

  • How a national shortage of truck parking impacts more than just truckers

    Stacker, Dom DiFurio, Data Work By Emma Rubin|Feb 29, 2024

    In 2023, a Greyhound bus exiting an Illinois highway collided with three semi-trucks parked along an exit ramp, killing three bus passengers. That same year, a woman in Modesto, California, crashed into a parked truck and subsequently died. In 2021, a man in North Carolina was hospitalized after hitting a trailer while swerving to miss a parked semi-truck. His car then caught fire. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there is only one truck parking space for every 11 truck driver...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    COLFAX – The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls from Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Feb. 20 7:26 a.m.- Fulfs Road, Pullman. 911 static call. 12:06 p.m.- West Nob Hill Street, St. John High School. DARE. 2:27 p.m.- East Alder Street, Tekoa. Court order violation. 3:23 p.m.- South Crosby Street, Tekoa. Court order violation. 3:55 p.m.- Northeast Airport Road, Pullman. Theft of a debit card. 6:46 p.m.- East Mohr Street, Palouse. Citizen assist. 7:16 p.m.- Southeast Aerie Street, Malden. Suicidal subject. 8:53 p.m.- South Crosb...

  • Colfax Police Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    COLFAX—The Colfax Police reported the following calls from Feb. 14 – Feb. 21: Feb. 14 10:57 a.m.- Agency assist Main Street. 11:28 a.m.- APS referral Hillcrest Drive. 2:39 p.m.- Traffic violation Main Street. 3:56 p.m.- Found property Hillcrest Drive. 11:10 p.m.- Transportation detail. 11:11 p.m.- Theft Main Street. Feb. 15 2:57 p.m. - Welfare Check East Street. Feb. 16 8:08 a.m.- Communications problem Main Street. 10:24 a.m.- APS referral Riverside Lane. 12:14 p.m.- Domestic dispute James Street. 7:07 p.m.- Suspicious activity Main Str...

  • Jail Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    COLFAX—The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals booked from Feb. Feb. 20 Kyle Milton Carrigan, 54, possessing controlled substance marijuana, possession with intent to use paraphernalia warrant. Held without bail through Kootenai County District Court. Feb. 22 Matthew Thomas Flory, 38, pets-take, conceal, kill. $500 bond or $500 cash bail through District Court. Feb. 23 Cynthia Lee Dvorak, 56, burglary first degree, resisting arrest, controlled substance knowingly possessing methamphetamine, obstructing law enforcement o...

  • Joanne D. Scott-Groom-Knopes

    Joanne D. Scott-Groom-Knopes

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    Joanne was born February 16, 1934, in Tekoa, Washington to Grant and Helen Smith Scott. She passed away February 11, 2024, just five days shy of her 90th birthday. She was the youngest of four girls. She married George Groom in 1953 and they made their home in Tekoa, raising six children. The marriage ended in divorce, and she later married Alan Knopes residing in the Colfax area. Alan passed away in 2000 and Joanne moved back to Tekoa area and then back to Colfax as a long-term resident of the... Full story

  • Carol Joy Link Sullivan

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    Carol Joy Link Sullivan went to her Lord on February 20, 2024. She is survived by her daughters, Debra (Rick) Kelley and Evon (Mike) Jones, son-in-law Joe McKeirnan, daughter-in-law Heather Sullivan McKay, her grandchildren; Keith (Tim Hung) Sullivan, Bo Sullivan, Ethan Kelley, Jack Kelley, Blake Jones, Austin Jones, Madeline Sullivan, Holly Sullivan, Kayle McGuire (Deck), and Matt McKeirnan, great-grandchildren; Jaxson and Parker, her sister Elaine Bell, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48...

  • James "Jim" Ike Thompson

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    Jim Thompson of Steptoe, Wash., passed away peacefully at home on Monday January 29, 2024. James (Jim) Ike Thompson was born March 1, 1963, in Colfax, Wash., to Ike and Mary Thompson of St. John, Wash. He grew up in St. John and Sunset, Wash., with his sisters Reatha and Theresa. Growing up Jim enjoyed playing football for St. John Eagles and was part of the FFA. He had a love for muzzleloading and hunting. He loved his 1968 Chevelle. Jim also worked for different farmers throughout high school. He graduated from St. John high school in 1981....

  • Norma Lee Johnson

    Norma Lee Johnson

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    Norma Lee (Bruce) Johnson, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 2, 2024, at her home in Yakima, Wash. Norma was born on May 6, 1945, in Tensed, Idaho, to Lawrence & Violet Bruce. She and her three siblings grew up in Farmington, Wash. Norma graduated from Oakesdale High School in 1963, and on October 3, 1964, she married Bruce M. Johnson. They were married for 57 years before his passing on April 4, 2021. After they were married Bruce and Norma settled in Spokane where they both...

  • Michael R. Finch

    Michael R. Finch

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    Michael R. Finch of Moses Lake, Wash., was born on January 11th, 1944, as the first child of Eldie and Margaret Finch in Yakima, Wash. Michael passed away on February 5, 2024, following a pneumonia infection complicated by lymphoma cancer in addition to heart and kidney failure at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, at the age of 80. His family lived in the Nob Hill area of Yakima before moving to Kelso in 1948. Michael grew up on Mt. Brynion outside of Kelso, Wash. Mike and his brother Dennis... Full story

  • Rose Mary "Rocky" Henson

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    Rose Mary "Rocky" Henson, age 79, of Sprague, Wash., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. She was born on July 28, 1944, in Spokane, Wash. Rocky enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, and many friends. She was a member of the Sprague City Council and was active in the Lutheran Church After School Program and the Annual Sausage Feed. Her favorite vacations involved family or visiting the Oregon coast. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Lonnie L. Henson; daugh... Full story

  • Senior Menus

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    Colfax Thursday, Feb. 29 Homemade pizza, green salad, sliced peaches, M&M cookie bar Monday, March 4 Fish filet, baked potato, cooked vegetables, green salad, oreo cheesecake Colton Wednesday, Mar. 6 Fish filet, baked potato, cooked vegetables, roll, oreo cheesecake LaCrosse Tuesday, Mar. 5 Homemade mac and cheese with ham, mixed vegetables, apple slices, dessert Palouse Wednesday, Mar. 6 Fish filet, baked potato, cooked vegetables, roll, birthday dessert Pullman Friday, March 1 Homemade mac and cheese, mixed vegetables, apple slices, brownies...

  • Birth Announcements

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    Pullman Regional Hospital Riven Bates, a girl, was born Feb. 24, 2024 to parents Tyeton and Tiearra Bates, of Moscow. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Paternal Grandparents are Cameron Bates, of Mount Vernon, Wash., and Cathy Bates, of Blaine, Wash. Maternal Grandparents are Patrick Journey and Tracy Bolyard, of Moscow. Brinley Geneve Chandler, a girl, was born Feb. 21, 2024, to parents Rachel and Koy Chandler, of Pullman. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. Paternal Grandparents are Travis Chandler and Angela Davidson, of Rupert, Idaho. Maternal...

  • Uniontown Sausage Feed this weekend

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    UNIONTOWN — The 70th annual Uniontown Sausage Feed is set for this Sunday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Uniontown Community Building, South Washington Street. The feed is a fundraiser for the community building, with all proceeds returning to the building maintenance and utilities. The sausage feed will be a drive-through again this year, due to restructuring how the Uniontown Community Building operates. Event planners are working to bring back an in-person sausage feed in 2025. The drive-through line will start at the Uniontown Coop...

  • Gladish Brewfest slated for Saturday

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    PULLMAN — The Gladish Center hosts the Gladish Brewfest this Saturday, Mar. 2, at 2 p.m., 115 Northwest State Street. This year, the festival will have brews and wines from Paradise Creek Brewery, Another Round Brewing Co., Moscow Brewing Company, and Merry Cellars. The event coordinator at the Gladish Center, Aryn Vance, said they are excited to host the 3rd annual Gladish Brewfest to bring the community together to celebrate the craftsmanship of local brewers and winemakers. “This year’s lineup is exceptional and will include live music...

  • Friends of Hospice opens up grant applications

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    PULLMAN— Friends of Hospice opened its 2024 grant cycle to provide funding that supports palliative, end-of-life care, or bereavement projects in Whitman County. Friends of Hospice awarded $20,000 to four nonprofit groups on the Palouse last year, including Circle of Caring, Willow Center, Pullman Regional Hospital and Palouse Paws. Circle of Caring was able to use funds to help purchase a new patient van to transport adults with specialized needs. Willow Center received a grant to expand grief services for Whitman County youth and families t...

  • Kincaid Real Estate marks 25-year milestone

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    COLFAX — Kincaid Real Estate is celebrating 25 years of being in business. Owner C.D. “Butch” Booker said he purchased the business in 2007. Booker said the business was founded by Mike and Gail Kincaid and opened on Feb. 16, 1999. “I had worked as in those days, they called you an agent,” Booker said, adding that now they’re called brokers. Booker had his license under the Kincaids for seven or eight years, and when they retired, they offered him the opportunity to purchase the business, and he did. Booker said that they’ve always held t...

  • Public Records

    Feb 29, 2024

    Public records must remain open and accessible A special report urges the mobilization of civic leaders, organizations, businesses and all residents to work together to save the state’s Public Records Act. The report is available online for viewing and downloading at State lawmakers and the courts continue to whittle away at the landmark public records law, which was adopted overwhelmingly with a citizens’ initiative in 1972. Since then, state legislators have passed more than 650 exceptions and have tried repeatedly to exempt them...

  • House Bill 2114, rent control, appears to have died in the Washington State Senate

    Mark Harmsworth, Washington Policy Center|Feb 29, 2024

    House Bill 2114 (HB 2114), otherwise known as rent control, that passed the Washington State House of Representatives February 13 on a party line vote, appears to have died in the Senate and failed to pass out of committee. HB 2114 would have limited rent and fee increases to 7% and would have increased the notification period to 180 days for increases over 3%. The tenant would have been able to terminate a lease within 20 days and if the increase is over 7%, the tenant would have received damag...

  • Let Washingtonians be heard

    Rep. Joe Schmick, 9th Legislative District|Feb 29, 2024

    It is with a mix of encouragement and disappointment that the Senate majority leader says four of the six citizen initiatives to the Legislature “might” have public hearings scheduled before the end of the 2024 session. But don’t hold your breath. We are now nearly two-thirds into a 60-day session, with only a handful of committee meetings remaining before adjournment March 8. Despite repeated efforts by Republicans asking for majority Democrats to hold hearings on the initiatives, we’ve...

  • Dam compact words matter

    Roger Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    Let’s take a few words that should be on the minds of all Eastern Washingtonians concerned over efforts to breach Snake River dams — agreement, restoration and sovereign, to name a few. Last Thursday in the White House, President Joe Biden signed onto the “Commitments in Support of the Columbia Basin Restoration Initiative and in Partnership with the Six Sovereigns” agreement. The so-called “sovereigns” refers to the states of Washington and Oregon, and four tribes — the Yakama in Washington, W...

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  • Whitman County spring sports season underway

    Jake Hull, Whitman County|Feb 29, 2024

    COLFAX - The spring sports season has officially started, with first practices taking place Monday, Feb. 26. In Colfax, the track and field team began their season with their first official practice. Many schools in the Whitman County area began practice Monday, Feb. 26, with other schools waiting until the conclusion of the boys and girls basketball state championships, where spring sport athletes are currently competing in basketball. Colfax baseball have a jamboree on Saturday, Mar. 9, in...

  • Hunters may comment on proper rule changes

    Whitman County Gazette|Feb 29, 2024

    OLYMPIA — Hunters can comment on a proposed rule change governing seasons for the next three years. State Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are proposing changes to game-management unit boundaries, landowner hunting permits, pelt inspection and sealing requirements, weapon and hunting attire requirements, trapping and various rules related to big and small game and gamebirds. A substantial number of changes are proposed and can be reviewed online at

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