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Theda Marie Schauble obituary

Theda Marie 'Tedi' Schauble

Our beautiful mother was born March 30, 1930, to Donald Albert Currier and Addie Luelling Stevens Currier at Forest, ID. She passed away peacefully February 23, 2022, at the Community Pride Assisted... Full story

 
Jade Hodgson obituary

Jade Hodgson

"You are a pioneer of thought and action of the younger generation but do not let the mind run ahead of the body and exhaust it." - Glenice Gertrude Quam, Jade's Mother Jade Hodgson originally... Full story

 
Joan Wilhelm Willson obituary

Joan Wilhelm Willson

Joan Wilhelm Willson, longtime Colfax resident, passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at her home in Colfax surrounded by her loving family. She was born Sept. 13, 1936, in Endicott, Wash., to Herman... Full story

 
 By Karen Broeckel    People    March 3, 2022

Dusty News

Carrie Pitts, daughter of Kim and Cindy Pitts, married Jeremy Davis of Yakima at the Apple Tree Inn in Yakima on Sunday, February 20th, the same wedding date as her great grandparents Pitts who married in 1901. It was a lovely, sunny outdoor...

 

Palouse Writers Guild hosts writers' festival in June

MOSCOW, Idaho – The Palouse Writers Guild is hosting the Palouse Writers Festival on June 18. Registration is open for the annual one-day writers' festival at the 1912 Center in Moscow, Idaho,...

 

Distinguished Young Woman of Colfax returns

COLFAX – The Distinguished Young Woman of Colfax 2023 title scholarship program returns in person on March 19. The program starts at 7 p.m. in the Colfax Junior and Senior High School Auditorium. Participants are Kendall Clinton, Olivia Ng, Ellie...

 

Colton students make the Honor Roll

COLTON – Colton High School announced the latest Honor Roll for students achieving a 3.0 GPA or better. Students making the High Honors list for GPAs of 3.4 to 3.99 are: Rachel Becker, Daniel Bell, Gracie Biggins, Eloise Clark, Grace DeMeerleer,...

 

The Gazette welcomes new college intern

COLFAX - The Whitman County Gazette has a new editorial intern. Olivia Harnack, 19, of Detroit, Mich., began her internship Monday, Feb. 21. She is currently a sophomore at the College for Creative...

 

Stephens shifts to local advertising

COLFAX - A Cheney woman with a part-time residence here has been hired as the new advertising representative for the Whitman County Gazette. Sarah D. Stephens, 45, of Cheney, began working in Gazette...

 

WSU president moves office off campus

PULLMAN – The office of the Washington State University (WSU) president is moving off campus to downtown Pullman. “This move is just one of many we are undertaking as part of the OneWSU strategy that emphasizes the system-wide role of the...

 

Local bankers graduate

HEPPNER, Ore. – Three Whitman County bankers graduated from the Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) Northwest Bank Operations School and Commercial Lending Boot Camp. Bank of Eastern Washington graduates from the Northwest Bank Operations are Karlie...

 

January home sales improved from last year

COLFAX – More homes were selling at a higher price in January when compared to 2021. The average price for a home sold in Whitman County in January is higher than a year ago at $259,400. It’s $14,700 higher, according to the Housing Report by...

 

School hosts STEAM night on March 3

ST. JOHN – St. John and Endicott students are displaying projects to demonstrate what they’ve learned from their STEAM education tonight, March 3, in the St. John school building. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., preschool to seniors in high school are...

 

Pullman Depot receives anonymous gift for restoration

PULLMAN – The Pullman Depot Heritage Center received a gift of $200,000 from an anonymous local donor. The center is a Whitman County Historical Society project. “Such a sizeable donation will go a long way to support plans for the total...

 

Rosalia man charged with raping a child

COLFAX – A Rosalia man is accused of raping a girl for six years. Kaleb M. Hafner, 23, of Rosalia, was charged with the rape of a child in the first degree in Whitman County Superior Court on Feb. 7. He pleaded not guilty on Feb. 11. Hafner was...

 
 By Rod Larse    News    March 3, 2022

Judges recuse; Stockwell trial moved to Lincoln County

RITZVILLE – The trial of a man accused of attacking state Sen. Mark Schoesler was moved to a different county. Glenn R. Stockwell, 71, of Ritzville, allegedly assaulted Schoesler, R-Ritzville, last October. His trial on related charges was moved...

 

Schoesler opposes transportation measures

OLYMPIA – A trio of transportation bills passed by the Senate received "no" votes from 9th District Sen. Mark Schoesler on Feb. 25. The bills included the chamber's supplemental transportation...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    March 3, 2022

Colfax artist exhibiting in area galleries

COLFAX - A local artist has a new exhibition that will be featured in the surrounding area. Nancy Rothwell, 77, currently has paintings featured at the downtown Libey Gallery and has several...

 
 By Ruth Williams    Opinion    March 3, 2022

Mask mandates should continue

The fact that Gov. Jay Inslee is dropping mask mandates in our state is horrifying. Hospitals are running low on supplies. Medical staff are exhausted. Disabled, immunocompromised, and chronically ill people (including children who cannot be...

 

Dam breaching makes sense

In a recent column, Don Brunell proposed that the discussion of restoring Snake River salmon and steelhead be expanded to include the entire Snake River drainage. However, the issue of immediate importance is the survival of endangered and...

 

Pen is mightier than sword

Applause to Free Press Publishing at the Whitman County Gazette for publishing what we need to hear concerning current issues. Guest columnists, Rep. Joe Schmick and others are giving us giving us refreshing facts on the Opinion Page. The facts are...

 

Forests need to be thinned

Washington’s Board of Natural Resources is considering banning timber harvesting on state lands. That is extremely unwise. Instead, the Board must insure its healthy forest policies incorporate all...

 

Riparian zone bill fails, more bad bills looming

The house of origin cutoff was this week, meaning all House bills not necessary to implement the budget must pass the House and be sent over to the Senate (and vice-versa) or else they are considered...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Sports    March 3, 2022

Whitman County basketball teams go 5 for 5

COLFAX – Five Whitman County high school basketball teams made it into the regional round of the post-season. By Saturday, all five had earned a state-berth. In boys action, the Colfax and Pullman...

 

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