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Slide along Willow Creek shuts down railroad line

Plans for repairs of a washout which has shut down the railroad service on the line which links the western part of the county with the rail network on the Snake River advanced last week with the open...

 

Filings cite arguments in firing of chief

First filings of the civil service appeal of former Colfax Police Chief Rick McNannay have been made public and provide a look at arguments involved in the dispute. The McNannay appeal to the three-member Colfax Civil Service Commission is scheduled...

 

Precipitation .2 short in February

Actual precipitation total for February at the NRCS station in Colfax was charted as 1.79 inches which is two-tenths below the 1.99 average for the month and continues the string of below-normal months. The late snow storms started in February and...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    March 14, 2019
Steve and Beth Beck

LaCrosse Café re-opens

LaCrosse Café opened under its new management March 5. Beth and Steve Beck of Endicott have taken over the business which had closed Dec. 29, 2018. "It's a little weird," said Beth. "It took a...

 

Rosalia car prowls net sentence

Hunter H. Haley, 26, Reardan, was sentenced to six months in jail Friday in connection with the string of car prowls in Rosalia last November. Haley was booked in jail here Nov. 20 after he was arrested at Reardan by deputies from Whitman and Lincoln...

 

Drug arrest in Colfax results in booking

Anthony Emerson, 44, was booked into jail Saturday after an early morning arrest in Colfax. Emerson was stopped for an equipment violation and deputies learned a warrant was outstanding for his arrest. A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle...

 
Andrew Stewart, left, and Dominic Villareal

Grand opening at plant shop

Andrew Stewart, left, and Dominic Villareal show a few of the plants in their inventory at their new shop. Located in one of the Canyon Street spaces in the former Rose Theater building, the shop has...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    March 14, 2019

Snow berms make airport dangerous for low wing planes

Buildup of snow plow berms along runways at the Colfax Airport has become a concern, particularly for airplanes with low wings. Plowing of the runways has been somewhat restricted because of landing...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    March 14, 2019

Port debates added support for cruise line impact study

Port of Lewiston Commissioner Jerry Klemm, and the CEO of Valley Vision, Karl Dye, attended last Thursday’s Port of Whitman County commissioner’s meeting. Last November, Commissioner Klemm...

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    March 14, 2019
Stephen Johnson

New face at Colfax NRCS

The Natural Resources Conservation Services at the USDA Service Center in Colfax has a new face. Stephen Johnson is Whitman County's new resource conservationist, filling in a position that has been...

 

Colfax wrestlers wrap season with pizza, awards

Colfax wrestlers, who logged a sixth-place finish in the all lB division of the state mat classic at Tacoma, wrapped up their season with a family team pizza feed Tuesday in the CHS cafeteria. The...

 

Bulldog track competitors fight off winter blues

Colfax Track Coach Jason Cooper and his coaching crew this year find themselves surrounded by a lot of talent and also by a lot of snow. The team, which has had one outdoor practice so far this year,...

 

News Briefs: March 14, 2019

HONOR CONCERT AT COLFAX More than 100 student musicians and choir members gathered at Colfax High School Monday for the SE Washington Music Educators' Association honor band and honor choir concert....

 
 By Kara Davidson    News    March 14, 2019

Fights cancer, supports animals: Annual bowling, auction event at Zeppoz sets record

The 15th annual benefit bowling tournament at Zeppoz in Pullman brought in a record high return this year at the games last Saturday. “It was awesome!” said Ron Morgan, who, with his wife...

 

Bulletin Column: March 14, 2019

These reports are from the previous four issues of the Daily Bulletin in Colfax. They are reprinted here for the benefit of Gazette readers who reside outside of Colfax. Some accounts have been...

 

Big money scam

A scam affecting some elite universities has revealed how far the rich will go to get their children in prestigious schools. Apparently, those with money have been working with a so-called charity to phoney up student admission applications. It is...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: March 14, 2019

Pet Peeves Winter and snow!!! Okeydokes The commissioners for placing a six month moratorium on marijuana....

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    March 14, 2019

Reform School

Reform is inevitably a difficult process, and not just for the reformees. It's particularly painful for the reformers, no matter how meritorious their cause. Who would admit opposing fundamental changes to a health care system in this country that is...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    March 14, 2019

Don't Root for a Trump Primary Challenge

The race for 2020 is taking shape, although there are still significant unknowns, including whether Donald Trump will get a serious primary challenge. His fiercest Republican critics say, "Yes -- please, please, yes." They are probably wrong, and...

 

Trade Issues Coalesce Washington's Delegation

Historically, international trade issues have galvanized our state’s congressional delegation. Many wondered if that would still be the case today. Fortunately, it seems to be. While Democrats and Republicans are at one another’s throats on most...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    March 14, 2019

Preseason

I didn’t think it was quite time for political season, but it seems to have started. I was just sitting down to dinner when my phone rang. If it had been thirty seconds later, I would have let the answering machine take it even though I was...

 

Joke's on us

I should lighten up and tell a joke. The definition of insanity is doing something over and over, while expecting different results. Every year since 1915, we have tried drug prohibition; year after year, over and over, while expecting a drug free...

 

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