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  • Evelyn Thaves

    Evelyn Thaves

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    A graveside memorial service for Evelyn Thaves, age 89, will be on Sunday, March 26, 2023, 1:30 P.M. with Pastor Levi Hatch officiating at Goldenrod Cemetery in Tekoa, Washington. Mrs. Thaves passed away January 29th in St. Maries, Idaho. She was a former longtime resident of Tekoa, WA. Evelyn was born November 22, 1933, at Plummer, Idaho to Rolland and Georgia (Winchester) Weaver. She attended schools in Plummer, Idaho and Tekoa, Washington. Evelyn married Robert E. Thaves on February 19, 1950...

  • Legal notices

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    Request for Proposals Whitman County, Washington is requesting proposals from qualified public entities and non-profit organizations to be designated as the Whitman County Associate Development Organization (ADO) for the two-year period of July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2025. Whitman County will decide on the designee on April 10, 2023. The Request for Proposals document is available at the Whitman County Commissioners Office, online www.whitmancounty.org Commissioners page or can be requested by contacting the Clerk of the Board,...

  • Sharon Lyn Sullivan

    Sharon Lyn Sullivan

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    Sharon Lyn Sullivan McKeirnan lost her battle with cancer on March 16, 2023. She leaves behind her beloved husband, Joe McKeirnan, sons Keith (Tim Hung) Sullivan, Bo Sullivan, and Matt McKeirnan, and daughter Kayla (Deck) McGuire, her grandchildren Jaxson and Parker, mother Carol Sullivan, and her sisters Debbie (Rick) Kelley and Evon (Mike) Jones, her sister-in-law Heather Sullivan-McKay, and several nieces, nephews and friends. Sharon was preceded in death by her father Clark Sullivan and her...

  • Senior menus

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    Colfax Thursday, March 23 Tuna noodle casserole with veggies, cabbage patch salad, peaches, no bake cookies Monday, March 27 Clam chowder, tortilla roll-ups, vegetable platter, sliced pears, 7 layer bar Colton Wednesday, March 29 Homemade mac and cheese with ham, mixed vegetables, apple slices, blueberry muffins Endicott Tuesday, March 28 Stew, corn bread, salad bar, dessert Palouse Wednesday, March 29 Oriental chicken salad, sliced peaches, rolls, dessert Pullman Friday, March 24 Tuna noodle casserole with veggies, cabbage patch salad,...

  • Veteran's Corner - Tom Carmody

    Teresa Simpson, Gazette Reporter|Mar 23, 2023

    COLFAX - Local Veteran Tom Carmody served as a Navy Corpsman E-6 Petty Officer 1st class during the Vietnam Era. “I went to boot camp in 1957,” Carmody said, after which he would go to Great Lakes Naval Station. “I went to hospital corpsman school in Great Lakes, Illinois,” he said. After completing his training at Great Lakes, Carmody was transferred to the Naval Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina were he spent over a year. Carmody explained that after the Naval Hospital he went to Portsmouth Virginia for a while before going on his first...

  • Palouse Area Robotics Team takes 12th place at Yakima event

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    By Gazette Reporter YAKIMA-The Palouse Area Robotics Team (PART) competed in Yakima against 26 teams from the FIRST Pacific Northwest District, including Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, March 17 through 18, ranking 12th and making it to the playoffs. The PART SciBorgs consists of 33 members total from Colfax, Pullman, Moscow, and the surrounding Palouse area. 22 students were able to go to compete at the event in Yakima, and after 23 matches the team was ranked 12th, and as the first pick of...

  • Palouse Habitat for Humanity Hero Award

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    MOSCOW— Palouse Habitat for Humanity has awarded the 2023 Habitat Hero Award to Jim and Dawn Fazio, owners of Woodland Enterprises. The award is given annually to a business, individual or organization whose support has improved the Habitat’s ability to meet the needs of low to very low income residents of the Palouse. “Jim and Dawn made the Palouse Habitat surplus sale possible,” Executive Director of Palouse Habitat for Humanity, Jennifer Wallace said. Wallace explained that the surplus sales has grown to be Habitat’s largest single fu...

  • Births

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics Ivy Rose Lomax, a girl, was born March 3 at 11:43 p.m. to parents Hailey Lomax and Neil Strevy, of Colfax. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, 21.5 inches. Paternal Grandparents are April and Mike Strevy, of Oakesdale. Maternal Grandparents are Amber and Jarred Lomax, of Colfax. Pullman Regional Hospital Caleb Grayson Steen, a boy, was born March 14, 2023 to parents Olivia Luzitano, and Caleb Steen, of Pullman. He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Paternal Grandparents are Lana Kay Garcia, of Wichita, Kan. Maternal...

  • A week at the Capitol

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    Tekoa High School sophomore Alexis Taylor, 15, served as a page in the state House of Representatives from 19-24 at the state Capitol in Olympia. Taylor was sponsored by Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy. The student lives in the 9th Legislative District represented by Dye. During her tenure as a House page, Taylor wrote a mock bill for a later school start to give students more time to sleep in and be well-rested for their classroom studies....

  • Gender Pay Gap

    Mar 23, 2023

    Tuesday, March 14, is Equal Pay Day, which honors the ongoing struggle to see everyone paid fairly for their energy, time and labor. In 2022, women in the U.S. earned 82 cents for every dollar earned by men, and on average women earned $10,150 less than men, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This gap varies by state, and surprisingly, Washington State has the undesirable privilege of joining ranks in the second to the worst category ($12,500 to $14,999) with North Dakota, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Alabama, among others. Furthermore, women of...

  • Colfax teen serves as Senate Page

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    COLFAX - Local teen, and freshman at Colfax High School, Paul David (PD) Buri, son of David and Becky Buri, served as a Senate page during the week of March 13 through 17 sponsored by Sen. Mark Schoeseler, R-Ritzville. Buri was one of 14 students to serve as a Senate page during the tenth week of the 2023 legislative session. "My dad is a lobbyist and so he told me about the page program," Buri said, noting that he thought it would be a great opportunity if he decided to pursue politics later...

  • Regarding Bill Evans

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    In reading the death notice on Bill Evans in last week’s Gazette, I wanted to add a couple of things that not everybody might have known about bill. For one, he was generous to a fault and he also had served two tours of duty as a United States Marine. Thank you Bill, for your service and friendship. Denny McDonald, Colfax...

  • Skilled Worker Shortage Could Derail "Electrify Everything"

    Don C. Brunell, Business analyst|Mar 23, 2023

    In the race to “Electrify Everything” there are glitches which may derail the plan over the next 20 years. One is a shortage of skilled electrical workers needed to rewire homes, make grid modifications, and install new electrical capacity. President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, signed in August, contains billions of dollars to help Americans electrify their homes, buy electric vehicles, replace natural gas stoves, and install solar panels. “The problem is most houses aren’t wired to...

  • Record profits

    Mar 23, 2023

  • Protect local pharmacies

    Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, represents the 7th Legislative District|Mar 23, 2023

    In small communities across Eastern Washington, the local pharmacy is a business you rely on. Often it is the only outlet for miles around where you can get your prescriptions filled and find a well-stocked selection of over-the-counter medications. Imagine what you would do if it closed. This is the troubling prospect facing many independent pharmacy owners today, due to a convoluted business model that has put them at the mercy of a handful of firms that process benefits for health insurers....

  • Disaster flick

    Mar 23, 2023

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  • Public safety needs more than a step

    Sen. Judy Warnick, Rep. 13th Legislative District|Mar 23, 2023

    Law enforcement in our region continue to serve the people with professionalism, dedication and compassion. The brave men and women behind the badge are an integral part of our communities and are doing everything they can to keep our communities safe despite the unfortunate restrictions placed on them and the shortage of needed resources and staffing. We are fortunate that on our side of the mountains that the types of crime and spikes in violent offenses haven’t quite reached the extreme level...

  • District Court Filings

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    COLFAX — Whitman County District Court reported the following criminal conviction sentences from March 9 to March 16: March 15 • John Hoyt was found guilty of criminal trespass in the 1st degree, therefore the defendant is sentenced to 30 days of jail, 28 suspended. The defendant must serve 2 days in jail, and no violations of law. Unsupervised probation for 12 months. March 16 • Michael Titus, was found guilty of DUI, therefore the defendant is sentenced to 364 days of jail, 362 suspended, and a fine of $2,000, $750 suspended. The defen...

  • Colfax Police Log

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    COLFAX – The Colfax Police Department responded to the following calls from March 7 to March 19: March 8 7:43 a.m.- E. Wawawai Unattended Death 11:31 a.m.- S Mill Offense/Complaint 8:14 p.m. S Main. Suspicious Person/Circumstance March 9 7:26 a.m.- SR 195. Accident Non-Injury. 1:27 p.m.- E Upper A. Theft 3:49 p.m.- S Mill. Stolen Vehicle. 8:10 p.m.- S Mill. False Information to Police. March 10 8:17 a.m.- W A Ave. Theft 11:54 a.m.- S Mill Parking Problem 10:46 p.m.- W B Ave Welfare Check March 11 11:40 a.m.- N Morton Parking Problem March 12 4:...

  • Whitman County Jail Log

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    Whitman County Jail Log COLFAX—The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals being booked from March 14 to March 20: March 14 Katelyn May Peterson, 27, was arrested and booked into the Whitman County Jail for theft of a motor vehicle. Peterson is being held on a $5,000 bond or $500 cash bail through Whitman County Superior Court. March 15 Quentin Marcellus Smith Pierre, 24, was arrested and booked into the Whitman County Jail for FTA for theft. Smith Pierre is being held on a $20,000 bond or $2,000 cash bail through Whitman C...

  • Land Transactions

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    Margery Brink Revocable Trust, of Palouse, Wash., sold 415 Park St., Palouse, Wash., to Steve Brink, of Palouse, Wash., parcels 10770000000001, 126609910000000, 126609902000002, selling price $200,000, Quit Claim Deed, Feb. 16, 2023. Randal Russell, William Russell, and Ashley Diaz, of Pullman, Wash., sold Marle, 1995, to Connie Upton, of Yakima, Wash., parcel 3-5238-00-04-60-0045, selling price $35,000, Affidavit, Feb. 17, 2023. Rebecca and Melissa Solen, of Pullman, Wash., sold 1810 NW Arcadia Dr., Pullman, Wash., to Jeffrey Musburger, and...

  • WSDOT rideshare grant program

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    COLFAX—The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is now accepting applications for the 2023 through 2025 Public Transit Rideshare Grant program. The application is available on the Grants Management System on the WSDOT website, and are due by Tuesday, April 18, at 3 p.m. The grant provides funds to expand rideshare fleets, replace aging vehicles, and provide incentives to employers to increase ridership. Funding allows transit agencies to purchase rideshare vehicles with alternative fuel types, which includes low-emission p...

  • Avista Utilities to check power pole conditions near Tekoa

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    TEKOA — Survey work of power poles outside the city will begin sometime in March and last through April. VentureSum, an Avista-authorized contractor, will conduct inspections. They will be easily recognizable by their bright yellow VentureSum safety vests and identification badges. VentureSum will be parked with signs along roadways with white SUVs. The company started to document and survey products in January 2023. Avista’s power poles use third-party cables attached to phone, fiber, or cable television....

  • Bolu Olawuyi

    WSU College of Medicine celebrates residents

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    SPOKANE - Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and Pullman Regional Hospital celebrated Friday, March 17, three residents who will begin providing patient care this summer as part of the new three-year WSU Family Medicine Residency Program in Pullman. The three residents that were selected are Bolu Olawuyi, MD, a graduate of Windsore University School of Medicine from Leduc, Alberta; Jeffrey Ward, a medical student at William Carey University College of Osteopathic...

  • Palouse Planning Commission to improve walking trails

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 23, 2023

    PALOUSE—The Palouse Planning Commission has a proposed walking trails project in the works that began about a month ago. “We’re in a very preliminary and exploratory phase to this,” Palouse Planning Commission Secretary Chuck Stemke said. Chair of the Palouse Planning Commission Tony Wright stated their goal is to improve the recreational walking paths. “There’s a lot of people who walk,” Wright said, adding that he is one of the several people who walk that would want to improve the trails. Stemke explained that the commission is undecided how...

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