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  • Bonnie Cecil Mays Swannack obituary

    Bonnie Cecil Mays Swannack

    Mar 10, 2022

    Bonnie Cecil Mays Swannack passed away on March 1, 2022. She was born November 21, 1938. Bonnie grew up in Hooper, WA and graduated from Lacrosse High School, May 31, 1956. After graduation, Bonnie attended Whitworth College to pursue a career in nursing. She graduated from Deaconess School of Nursing on September 15, 1961 and Whitworth College June 3, 1962. Bonnie went on to work as a registered nurse at Deaconess Hospital where she met her husband, Bill Swannack, who just happened to be a... Full story

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  • Land transactions

    Mar 10, 2022

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  • District Court

    Mar 10, 2022

    Mickaila Martin is guilty of driving while license suspended in the third degree and sentenced to 90 days in jail with 90 days suspended, fined $1,000 with $500 suspended, fees $43, and 12 months unsupervised probation. Jeffrey Hobbs is guilty of driving while licenses suspended in the third degree and sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, fines waived, fees waived, and 12 months unsupervised probation. Matthew Rotter is guilty of two counts of violating a domestic violence no contact order and sentenced to 364 days in jail with...

  • Jail

    Mar 10, 2022

    Ivan Cortes Ibarra, 30, booked Feb. 28 for rape in the third degree – domestic violence. Bail $100,000. Xavier N. Pogue Thompson, 24, booked March 1 for five counts of vehicle prowl in the second degree and theft in the third degree. No bail. Jessica A. Vanveen, 36, booked for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, reckless endangerment, attempted assault, obstruction of law enforcement, and possession of methamphetamine. Bail $100,000. Jose A. Alvarez Renteria, 21, booked March 1 for DUI. No bail. Samuel T. Adewale, booked on March 3...

  • Sheriff's Office

    Mar 10, 2022

    Monday, Feb. 28 12:02 p.m. – Steptoe Avenue, Oakesdale – John C. Couch, 32, of Oakesdale was arrested on a warrant. 12:07 p.m. – Bluebird Street, Malden – A deputy requested a case number for “civil calls.” 1:17 p.m. – Sheriff’s office – A deputy requested a case number for a suspicious person. 4:11 p.m. – Howard Street, Tekoa – A deputy responded for a report of a physical domestic dispute. 4:53 p.m. – Sheriff’s office – A deputy requested a case number for a violation of a court order. 7:44 p.m. – Cass Road, Steptoe – A deputy responded...

  • No more at Kenworthy

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    MOSCOW, Idaho — The Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, 508 S. Main St., no longer requires masks or social distancing at events. The center is operating in accordance with the current Center for Disease Prevention and Control and Latah County, Idaho, according to center Director Colin Mannex....

  • 'Murder on the Orient...' on tap

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewiston Civic Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” Performances are at 7 p.m. on April 1-2, 8- 9 and at 2 p.m. on April 3. Performances are at the Normal Hill Campus, 1114 Ninth Ave....

  • 'Bird Brained' exhibit opens

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    UNIONTOWN - The new "Bird Brained" exhibit is on display at Dahmen Barn through March 27. "Bird Brained" features artists from the Palouse Women Artist organization, which is made up of 35 members with a range in skill, age and background. A variety of mediums are explored in the gallery. Julie Hartwig, a curator at The Dahmen Barn, assisted the Palouse Women Artist Organization in the collection and display of more than 40 pieces featured at the gallery, 419 N. Parkway....

  • Pings celebrate 70 years

    Mar 10, 2022

    LaCROSSE – Don and Marie Ping are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this month. They were married March 16, 1952, at the Methodist Church. A small family celebration will be attended by their children, Julie and Gary Simpson, Steve and Wendy Ping, Dawn and Bob Sinclair, with many special wishes from their seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren....

  • Dube speaks to Rosalia club

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    ROSALIA — Carley Dube provided the keynote address during the March 2 Rosalia Garden Club meeting. Dube, who teaches greenhouse gardening, discussed the importance of heat mats, lighting, watering and seeds during the program. Garden club members start many seeds for their upcoming plant sale in June. Dube is a retired teacher and has been gardening in a backyard greenhouse for many years....

  • Honor rolls announced

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    ST. JOHN – The elementary and high schools have announced honor rolls. At St. John elementary, fourth-graders making the Honor Roll are Eli Cook, Daiquani Johnson, Emma Loomis, Aubree Mackey, Bennett Repp, Olivia Rieck, Landen Stach and Rylie Taylor. Fifth-graders are RyanDeFord, Thomas Logen, Zaiden McSpadden, Peyton Organ, Grady Quigley, Liam Shawgo, Jose Torres, Isabelle Venegas and Hadley Watt. St John-Endicott High School's Honor Roll is based on students' grade-point. In the first semester, the following students had a 4.0 GPA: Seniors -...

  • County residents graduate from University of Idaho

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho announced winter 2021 graduates last week. According to the university, 422 Washingtonians were among the Dec. 11 graduates, inclindg: Dean’s List Graduates: Colfax — Derek D. Hall, business; Elizabeth G. Harwood and Jenna L. Harwood, art and architecture; and Sasha Rabaiotti, curriculum and instruction. Pullman — Amy K. Stanley, plant sciences; Avery G. Reneau and Tyler R. Kneller, music; Hasan D. Ikiz and Steven R. Burkett, art and architecture; Katherine M. Pry, curriculum and instruction; Nathan Leiter,...

  • Washtucna band in Clarkston

    Mar 10, 2022

  • Senior Menus: March 14-18

    Mar 10, 2022

    Colfax Monday – Homemade mac and cheese with ham, mixed vegetables, apple slices, apple enchilada dessert Thursday – Irish stew, green salad, cornbread, dessert LaCrosse Tuesday – Irish stew, green salad, cornbread, dessert Oakesdale Wednesday – Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad bar, dessert Palouse Wednesday – Irish stew, green salad, cornbread, dessert Pullman Tuesday – Irish stew, green salad, cornbread, dessert Friday – Meatless Spaghetti, Roasted Vegetables, Garlic bread, Carrot Cake Uniontown Wednesday – Corned Beef and Cabbage, Butter...

  • Distinguished Young Women contestants announced

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    COLFAX – Four local girls are competing for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Colfax. They are Kendall Clinton, Olivia Ng, Ellie Nails and Cadence Monson. Clinton is the daughter of Mark and Cheryl Clinton. Her talent is sign language. Ng is the daughter of Eddy Ng and Molly Ng. She performs playing the piano. Nails is the daughter of David and Lori Nails. Her talent is singing and playing ukulele. Monson is the daughter of Kent and Jessica Monson. She is playing the piano. The p...

  • Budget record, but no tax cut

    Rep. Joe Schmick, 9th Legislative District|Mar 10, 2022

    The majority party in the House passed their supplemental operating budget proposal. It represents the largest spending plan in state history. Their supplemental budget is almost 10 times more expensive than any previous supplemental budget. As a reminder, our state operates on a two-year (biennial) budget that is adopted in odd-numbered years. During even-numbered years, the Legislature passes a supplemental budget to cover unforeseen expenditures or emergencies. With the supplemental budget...

  • Inslee broke ag relationship

    Pam Lewison, Washington Policy Center|Mar 10, 2022

    It is not often Gov. Jay Inslee directly addresses the state’s agricultural community. Last week, an Oregon publication ran a cover story featuring our governor doing just that. The interview revealed how out of touch Inslee has become with farmers and ranchers of our state and, yet, how certain he is of his own ability to maintain an agriculture relationship. When asked how he would “characterize his relationship” with agricultural, the governor responded: “Maybe it’s a little easier for me to...

  • Gigantic Shadow

    Mar 10, 2022

  • Patriotism alive and well in Ukraine

    Don C. Brunell, Business Analyst|Mar 10, 2022

    Patriotism alive and well in Ukraine It’s not often that we see an athlete at the top of his (her) game walk away from a multi-million dollar payday to go home and fight for his (her) country. However, that is exactly what world heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk did after Russia invaded Ukraine. Usky postponed his championship rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua and returned to war-torn Ukraine. He enlisted in the homeland defense force; however, he’s not alone. Fellow boxers Vasiliy...

  • Mayor offers 'State of the City'

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    COLFAX — Mayor James Retzer provided the “State of the City” to Colfax Chamber of Commerce members and guests during a lunch meeting Tuesday, March 8. Retzer addressed several issues in town. According to the mayor, the city will have to replace two pumps for Thornhill water and irrigation systems. Another pump will have to be replaced at the Clay Street Well, he said. With hopes of receiving funding from the American Rescue Plan, Retzer estimates this project to be expensive. “We estimate the Clay Street well project to cost roughly $318,00...

  • Tysz appointed to board

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    COLFAX – During the Monday, March 7, county commissioner meeting, David Tysz was appointed to the Whitman County Water Conservancy Board. The Whitman County commissioners selected the Tekoa man as an alternative member of the board after it dropped from five members to three. Tysz volunteered to help maintain the three seats on the board. The commissioners conducted other business at the same March 7 meeting. County commissioners opened bids for the 2022 liquid asphalt contract and the Doneen Quarry Crushing Project. Idaho Asphalt Supply o...

  • Colville motorist arrested in chase

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    COLFAX – A Colville man is accused of fleeing Whitman County Sheriff’s Office deputies at speeds of more than 100 mph in a stolen car Sunday. Gary Engebretesen, 37, of Colville, was arrested for an active state Department of Corrections warrant for felony escape, possession of a stolen vehicle and felony eluding, records show. His arrest followed a high-speed chase after a deputy spotted a 1995 Ford Crown Victoria swerving, committing several traffic infractions, and looking like the driver might be under the influence of alcohol, Sheriff Bre...

  • Trio charged in St. Ignatius vandalism

    Bill Stevenson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    COLFAX – Three Spokane men are accused of breaking into St. Ignatius Hospital, vandalizing the building and fleeing police at speeds of more than 100 mph. Christopher B. Cooper, 20, of Spokane, Louis Hibbs, 20, and Nick Perez, 20, both of Spokane Valley, were arrested. Cooper was charged on March 3 with second-degree burglary, second-degree malicious mischief, carrying a concealed pistol, and reckless driving in Whitman County Superior Court. He will be arraigned March 11. Hibbs and Perez were charged with second-degree burglary and second-degr...

  • Chief Neuman fired in Palouse

    Bill Stevenson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 10, 2022

    PALOUSE – Palouse police Chief Jerry Neuman was fired after an investigation claims he broke the law and city policy multiple times. Clear Risk Solutions, a government insurance and risk management company, investigated Neuman on behalf of the city and issued a 39 page report concluding with seven allegations of misconduct. Neuman is accused of: • Falsely claiming overtime for police callouts he did not conduct • Incorrectly issuing concealed pistol licenses • Not completing reports for all law enforcement calls he worked • Failing to respon...

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