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  • Land Transactions

    Mar 17, 2022

    COLFAX — The following land transactions were reported by the Whitman County Assessor’s Office between Feb. 26 and March 7: Feb. 26 Citizen Homes, LLC, of Spokane, sold an undisclosed home on Valley View in Pullman to Jeffrey and Brianne Kensrod, of Pullman, parcel 8-1500-00-00-00-0015, selling price $370,000, statutory warranty deed,. Feb. 28 Rodney and Cathrine Spencer, of Clarkston, sold a 1983 FTWD mobile home to Jennifer Baumgartner, of Lapwai, Idaho, parcel 3-5260-00-05-17-2010, selling price $2,000. Nathan and Susan Nehls, of Gal...

  • District Court

    Mar 17, 2022

    Noah B. Williams is guilty of possession of a false identification and was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 30 days suspended, fined $1,000 with $1,000 suspended, fees $500, 8 months unsupervised probation, and 8 hours of community service. Jeremiah Woods is guilty of being a minor operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 89 days suspended, fined $1,000 with $750 suspended, fees $343, 12 months supervised probation, obtain an alcohol assessment, and attend a DSUI victims panel. Derick Boadi...

  • County Jail

    Mar 17, 2022

    COLFAX — The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals in custody from March 7-13: Francisco Real, 32, booked March 7 for a Long Beach District Court warrant regarding murder and prohibited firearm access. Bail $3 million. Brandon J. Mason, 36, booked March 9 for a Washington Department of Corrections warrant regarding a violation of community custody. No bail. Michelle M. Greene, 33, booked March 9 for a Washington Department of Corrections warrant regarding a violation of community custody. No bail. Terresa L. Welden, 39, b...

  • Colfax police

    Mar 17, 2022

    March 7, Monday 1:26 a.m. – Hillcrest Drive – An officer arrested Roy Wolfe. 12:51 p.m. – Hillcrest Drive – A person was reported to be tampering with a power unit at a residence. 5:49 p.m. – Oak Street – An officer responded to a report of a drunk driver. 11:01 p.m. – Main Street – An officer assisted a different agency. Tuesday, March 8 7:42 a.m. – Main Street – A burglary was reported. 12:39 p.m. – Main Street – An officer responded to a report of a suspicious person. 1:29 p.m. – Main Street – An officer picked up a wallet that had been f...

  • Sheriff's office

    Mar 17, 2022

    March 7, Monday Dispatch records not reported. Tuesday, March 8 2:34 a.m. – Main Street, LaCrosse – A deputy responded with EMTs for a report of a suicidal person. One person was taken to the hospital. 9:56 a.m. – Sheriff’s office – A sex offender registered. 11:51 a.m. – Fountain Street, Colton – Fraud was reported. 12:21 p.m. – St. John High School – A deputy conducted the DARE program. 1:23 p.m. – Broadway Street, Tekoa – A deputy responded to a hang-up 9-1-1 call. 2:37 p.m. – Stevens Street, Steptoe – Fraud was reported. 3:00 p.m. – She...

  • Good Ol' Days

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    8 Years Ago From the Colfax Gazette March 19, 1897 All Home Talent Opera to be Produced by Colfax Amateurs Next Week What promises to be by far the best amatuer performance ever given in Colfax will be put on at the opera house Thursday and Friday nights of next week, March 25 and 26. It is the original comic opera entitled "The Merry Students," or "Tit for Tat." The words of the opera were written by Bert Hargrave and the music composed by Prof. L. C. Read. It is a masterpiece and over...

  • Scholarship offered to local students

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    COLFAX – The Whitman County Association of Realtors is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating Whitman County student to attend Washington State University next fall. The applications deadline is April 29. Applications are available electronically at

  • Food for Fines raises $3,100

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    COLFAX – The Whitman County Library District collected more than $3,100 worth of food and items during its 24th annual Food for Fines in February. Instead of paying cash for library fines, readers were able to pay in non-perishable food or household items. Cash donations were also accepted. Only 5% of the donations were in exchange for library fees, officials said, noting 72 readers participated. The Colfax branch received $2,515 in monetary donations to benefit the Colfax Food Pantry....

  • Dusty News

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Mar 17, 2022

    Karen Broeckel spent a week house and critter sitting for her sister Patty Wieber in Spokane while Wieber and her son Brett were in Las Vegas to attend the WCC Basketball tournament. The Wiebers are avid Gonzaga fans. Broeckel took advantage of her time in the big city to run errands, had a two night sleep-over with her great-great niece, Murphy Nolan, enjoyed an evening at Chuck E. Cheese with Murphy and had lunch and a good time visiting with former Dustyite, Carol Kyllo. Kyllo sends greetings to her Whitman County relatives and...

  • Births

    Mar 17, 2022

    Ty J. Cochran was born on Feb. 28, 2022, to Brandon and Cheyenne Cochran, of Pullman. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces. He joins his sister Grace (10), sister Maylee (8), sister Louella (7) and brother Chandler (3). Amaya P. Lathrop was born on March 1, 2022, to Eric and Morgan Lathrop, of Moscow, Idaho. She weighed 6 pounds, 14.3 ounces. Grandparents are Eric and Jenn Lathrop, of Bitterroot Valley, Mont., and Blake and Shauna Munson, of Bitterroot Valley, Mont. She joins sisters Tinsley (4) and LaKyn (1). Evelyn L. Pfaff was born on March 5,...

  • Senior Menus: March 21-25

    Mar 17, 2022

    Colfax Monday – Biscuits and Gravy, Sausage, Eggs, Fruit Thursday – Oriental Chicken Salad, Sliced Peaches, Rolls, No Bake Cookies Colton Wednesday – Oriental Chicken Salad, Sliced Peaches, Rolls, No Bake Cookies Endicott Tuesday – Stew, Corn bread, Salad Bar, Dessert LaCrosse Tuesday – NO MEAL Oakesdale Wednesday – Pancakes, Cinnamon Roll, Bacon, Salad bar, Dessert Palouse Wednesday – Hot Turkey Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, Fruit, Dessert Pullman Tuesday – Oriental Chicken Salad, Sliced Peaches, Rolls, No Bake Cookies Friday...

  • Whitman County libraries challenge readers

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    COLFAX – Readers are facing two challenges by the Whitman County Rural Library District. Both the Genre Challenge and the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten use the library’s online reading to track books read. The app is called Beanstack, Interim Director Sheri Miller said. “Beanstack’s website and app serve as an interactive home for reading challenges created by (Whitman County Library). Tring to serve patrons through COVID, (we) jumped on the online reading bandwagon last spring,” Miller said. “Even prior to COVID, many public libraries t...

  • St. Patty's storytime

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    Today, Thursday, March 17, will bring kids and families of all ages to the library for a St. Patrick's Day read. Interim and youth services director Sheri Miller is excited for the upcoming story time. The event "encourages literacy and teaches pre-reading skills," she said. "We play songs, finger plays, and have many activities. It's a great opportunity for kids to make friends. It's not just sitting around and listening to stories. It's an engagement with stories," Miller said. Story Time is...

  • Aeschliman, White wed in Montana

    Special to the Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    HAMILTON, Mont. - Melissa Aeschliman and Jonathan White were married on May 22, 2021. Aeschliman is the daughter of John Corwin (Cory) and Rosemarie Aeschliman, of Colfax, and White, son of Eric and Janice White, of Mountlake Terrace, was celebrated on May 22, 2021 amidst the trees of a mountain log cabin venue in Hamilton, Mont. Early in the ceremony, the fathers of the couple read from the Bible, Ephesians 6:10-13, about putting on the whole armor of God: one in Afrikaans and the other in Engl...

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  • February Top Dogs announced in Colfax

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    COLFAX – Colfax High School staff voted for students to be named Top Dog for February. The Top Dog program honors Colfax High School students excelling in each department for effort, attitude, hard work, and helping others. Teachers in each department nominate students and vote to determine the winners. For the character award, any staff member may nominate a student, and the whole staff votes. The Colfax Top Dogs are: Art – Luka Carrico Character – Marchele McNeilly CTE – Madeline Tate History...

  • Paint Nights on tap at libraries

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    LaCROSSE - Paint Nights at Whitman County libraries returns at the LaCrosse and Endicott branches this March. The public services manager at the Whitman County Library, Catalina Flores, is hopeful that the lifting of the mask mandate will bring more people to area libraries. "We are hoping more will come out and enjoy these programs we offer," Flores said. "We are excited to host these classes." Flores, a Colfax local, was disappointed to see the classes end in Oakesdale and Garfield during the...

  • Year 3 starts under gubernatorial edict

    Jason Mercier, Washington Policy Center|Mar 17, 2022

    Sorry to break the news, Washingtonians, but Year 3 of living under emergency orders by the governor will continue without meaningful legislative oversight. The House officially killed Senate Bill 5909 before adjourning. Although that bill as passed by the Senate was essentially fake reform, several amendments were introduced for the House floor debate to bring the policy back in line with what exists in the rest of the country by requiring affirmative legislative approval for emergency orders...

  • Looking back at the Legislative session

    Rep. Joe Schmick, 9th Legislative District|Mar 17, 2022

    The 2022 legislative session has ended. Throughout the past 60 days, your voice has been heard as I try to represent our collective priorities as best I can. What follows is a quick recap of some of the larger issues of the session. 2nd Amendment Senate Bill 5078 – bans firearms magazines of more than 10 rounds. This new law goes into effect July 1. It bans the sale, transfer and import of so-called “high-capacity magazines,” although most of us gun owners know it really bans standard magaz...

  • American LNG could replace Russain gas

    Don C. Brunell, Business Analyst|Mar 17, 2022

    There is an old saying: Don’t let the “perfect” be the “enemy” of the good! That is important to remember as we work our way out of the energy crisis exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. While the Russians are razing the country and killing thousands of innocent people, many world leaders are slapping Moscow with heavy economic sanctions. Embargoing Russian oil and natural gas are examples. With the prohibition of Russian oil imports, there is a crude shortage in our country. Co...

  • Fallen Idol

    Mar 17, 2022

  • Commission meets briefly

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    COLFAX – Whitman County commissioners Monday, March 14, to discuss the general welfare of Whitman County and business previously recessed at the last meeting. No new or pending motions were discussed in the meeting. The board commented on the COVID-19 updates, with one commissioner saying, “We are excited to have the mask mandate lifted....

  • Hearing set on surplus land

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    PULLMAN – The Port of Whitman County will accept public comment March 24 on a proposal to sell an undeveloped lot within Pullman Industrial Park to Merry Cellars Winery. “Merry Cellars Winery proposed purchasing Lot 9, adjacent to its current facility in Henley Court, for $345,000,” port officials said in a report. “The proposed use is development of a 16,000 square-foot building for wine production, aging, storage and sales.” To declare the land surplus, the port is required to have a public hearing and receive comments. That hearing i...

  • Police, EMTs called to site

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    PALOUSE – Police were recently called to a construction site twice, once for attempted theft and one for a drug overdose. Thieves tried to enter a trailer used by the construction company, where a vet clinic is being built, according to Interim Police Chief Joel Anderson’s report to the City Council last week. The trailer door was damaged by an attempt to get in, he said, estimating repair costs at $500. A car stopped at the site before midnight when the trailer was damaged, he said, noting the attempted theft is being investigated. Anyone wit...

  • Whitman County history on display

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 17, 2022

    COLFAX – Historical photos of Whitman County are on display through March 26 at The Center, inside the Colfax branch library. The Whitman Heritage Digital Collections Exhibit provides views of local history. The photos were contributed during several scan days at the libraries in Albion, Colfax, Colton, Endicott and Rosalia. A special presentation of the latest photos by the Whitman Heritage team is set for 1-4 p.m. March 24 at the library, 102 S. Main St. The project was supported by a grant f...

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