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  • Jeanne Ellis obituary

    Jeanne Hanseena (Hansen) Ellis

    Mar 24, 2022

    On March 16, 2022, Jeanne Hanseena Hansen Ellis left this world for her Forever Home at the age of 103 years, 3 months and 21 days. Jeanne was born the daughter of Hans Adolph and Ethel Belle (Polson) Hansen on November 25, 1918 at the family home near Oakesdale, Washington. She married Harold Owen (Toots) Ellis on September 17, 1938 in Natches, Washington. They farmed and lived in and around Oakesdale all sixty-three years they were married. Toots died October 7, 2001. Five months later, Mom... Full story

  • Todd Dean Bloomfield obituary

    Todd Dean Bloomfield

    Mar 24, 2022

    Todd Dean Bloomfield, 61, of Pullman, WA, beloved father, son, brother, significant other, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2022 at Pullman Regional Hospital. Todd was born on February 24, 1961 to Dean and Jane (Keifer) Bloomfield and raised in Pullman, WA. Todd spent some of his young adult years in Tucson, AZ; Greely, CO, and Port Angeles, WA, before swiftly returning to Pullman after his first 100 degree summer in Arizona. Todd was a graduate of Pullman High School in 1979 where he enjoyed... Full story

  • Senior Menus: March 28 - April 1

    Mar 24, 2022

    COLFAX — Senior menus for Whitman County from March 28 to April 1 are as follows: Colfax Monday – Clam Chowder, Tortilla Roll-ups, Vegetable Platter, Sliced Pears, 7 Layer Bar Thursday – Hot Turkey Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, Fruit, Pie Colton Wednesday – Homemade Mac and Cheese w/Ham, Mixed Vegetables, Apple Slices, Blueberry Muffins Endicott Tuesday – NO MEAL LaCrosse Tuesday – NO MEAL Oakesdale Wednesday – Cheeseburger & Roasted Potatoes, Salad Bar, Dessert Palouse Wednesday – Oriental Chicken Salad, Sliced Peaches, Rolls,...

  • 'Stop the Kiss' to be staged March 25-26

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 24, 2022

    PULLMAN – “Stop the Kiss” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. March 25-26 at the Nye Street Theater, 1220 N.W. Nye St. The event, the first “Shows on the Side” presentation in two years at the theater, is open only to those showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Shows on the Side is a secondary season, Artistic Director Kristin Lincoln said. “This meaningful story about love, friendship, and humanity cannot be missed,” she said of the upcoming performance....

  • LaCrosse church plans Lent services

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 24, 2022

    LaCROSSE — Selbu Lutheran Church has announced its Lent activities for the upcoming month. Here’s what’s planned for Lent by the 6004 Mud Flat Road church: • Soup Supper — Soup suppers and brief worship services are planned for 6:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church on March 23 and April 6. A Methodist soup supper is planned for 6:30 p.m. March 30. • Palm Sunday – The Palm Sunday servic is at 11 a.m. April 10 • Good Friday – The Good Friday service is at 7 p.m. April 15 • Easter Service – The Easter Sunday Resurrection service is at 11 a.m. April 1...

  • Dusty News

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Mar 24, 2022

    Sunday, Andrew Nolan and Hanna Monsen, Colfax, and Karen Broeckel, Dusty, were in Spokane to help Nolan’s daughter Murphy celebrate her 6th birthday. The party started at Pattison’s Roller Skating Rink in north Spokane where the birthday girl got to try out her new roller skates. It continued back at her family home with cake and presents with family and friends enjoying the Halloween theme Murphy had requested as decorations....

  • Children, dogs and teddy bears to gather at WSU

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 24, 2022

    PULLMAN — A Teddy bear surgery clinic and a 5K dog run are set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal, scrub in with veterinary students and assist with “surgery” at Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Teddy Bear Surgery Clinic, 205 Ott Road, organizer Emma Potter said. The event includes the Royal Canin Canine Canter 5K run and other events. Check-in for the run is at 8 a.m.; racetime is 8:30 a.m. Prizes are awarded to the Top 3 finishers and for the best dog and...

  • Four vets honored with quilts

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 24, 2022

    COLFAX - Four men were recognized for their service to the country by receiving Quilts of Valor. The handmade quilts were presented to them at the United Methodist Church during a ceremony on March 18, according to Diana King. David Bilow served in the Air Force as a sergeant and was with the security police. He served in 1970-1973. Bilow was stationed in Montana and Alaska. Gregory Burns was a captain in the Air Force from 1966-1972 and involved with the Minute Man Missile program. Burns was...

  • Good Ol' Days

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 24, 2022

    8 Years Ago From the Colfax Gazette, Friday, March 26, 1897 Kicked by a Horse. Tuesday forenoon the 17-year-old son of James Small, living 11 miles south-east of Colfax on Spring Flat, was kicked by a horse and badly injured. The boy was in the barn and passing behind the horse, the animal lashed out with its hind feet, both hoofs striking the boy in the head, a deep three inch gash being cut in the forehead above the right eye, and another deep gash just above the point of the chin. Drs....

  • Tekoa FFCLA qualifies for nationals

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 24, 2022

    WENATCHEE - Four Tekoa High School Family, Careeers and Community Leaders of America chapter members are bound for nationals. Ziyon Marsh, Julian Meredith, Eliona McElderry and Kailey McElderry all received gold in their STAR events and the state FCCLA Conference on Wednesday-Friday, March 16-18, at Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel. Member Lulu Taylor attended the event, but couldn't compete due to illness the day of the state-qualifier. The four local scholars competed on two teams; both needed a...

  • Urban lawmakers lack farmer respect

    Pam Lewison, Washington Policy Center|Mar 24, 2022

    About six weeks ago, I had a “cardiac episode.” As I laid in the emergency room, thinking about my to-do list and wondering what I could do for the people who were contacting me regularly asking for help with policies in Olympia that threatened their farms or ranches, the irony of my “heart problem” was entirely lost on me. I have not worked in public policy for very long, but I have been a farmer my entire life. Even when I’ve held other jobs or lived elsewhere, when I came home, I was a farmer...

  • Repeal - only real fix for long-term care

    Elizabeth Hovde, Washington Policy Center|Mar 24, 2022

    As predicted, there was a whirlwind of activity in the first few weeks of the legislative session related to the WA Cares Fund. That’s the name of a new social program the state’s legislative majority created in 2019 — and that voters said “no” to in an advisory vote. It will soon bring workers in our state a new payroll tax of 58 cents for every $100 of wages. A delay of the long-term-care law that mandates the program and its tax was secured in the passage of House Bill 1732. Gov. Jay Insle...

  • Walkabouts

    Mar 24, 2022

  • Bolster defenses in Alaska

    Don C. Brunell, Business Analyst|Mar 24, 2022

    Return Alaska to Russia? A month ago, such lunacy wasn’t news worthy, but after Russia shockingly invaded Ukraine, anything is possible. The assault on Ukraine has been massive and brutal. Civilians continue to be targeted and thousands have been killed. Apartment complexes, stores, and nuclear power plants are being bombed and hospitals, orphanages and children’s theaters are being shelled. Just as worrisome is Vladimir Putin threatens to use nuclear weapons. The game changer may be Rus...

  • Births

    Mar 24, 2022

    Pendleton J. R. Frazier was born on March 19, 2022, to Ian and Lindsay Reasoner-Frazier, of Tekoa. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Grandparents are Wayne and Casandra Reasoner, of Idaho, and Patrick and Marlee Frazier, of Redmond, Ore. He joins his sister Ruby and brother Porter....

  • County Jail

    Mar 24, 2022

    Zachary T. Freeman, 24, booked March 14 for DUI and ignition interlock violation. No bail. Edwina E. Grote, 34, booked March 14 for a Spokane County Superior Court warrant for failing to appear regarding charges of residential burglary, theft in the second degree, and malicious mischief in the third degree. No bail. Vincent D. Lovejoy, 53, booked March 16 for domestic violence court order violation and a King County Superior Court warrant regarding assault in the third degree – domestic violence and violation of court order. Bail $25,000. S...

  • Colfax police

    Mar 24, 2022

    Monday, March 14 5:24 p.m. – Mill Street – An officer assisted another agency. Tuesday, March 15 10:18 a.m. – Main Street – An officer assisted the coroner with a person who died. 11:12 a.m. – Middle Street – An officer responded to a report of suspicious circumstances. 12:43 p.m. – Fairview Street – An officer assisted another agency. 2:12 p.m. – Vista Point Drive – An officer was advised of an Adult Protective Services referral. 5:18 p.m. – Meadow Street – Animals were running loose. Wednesday, March 16 (No reports) Thursday, March 17 3:05 a....

  • Sheriff's office

    Mar 24, 2022

    Monday, March 14 8:08 a.m. – Undisclosed, LaCrosse – There was a report of a juvenile not behaving. 8:52 a.m. – SR 270, Pullman – A deputy received a report of an alarm. 11:34 a.m. – Jail – An inmate damaged a cell. 5:24 p.m. – Jail – A deputy assisted corrections officers with a disorderly inmate. (No reports for 15 hours) Tuesday, March 15 9:08 a.m. – SR 26, LaCrosse – A deputy requested a case number for an “animal problem/complaint.” 12:20 p.m. – St. John High School – A deputy conducted the DARE program. 12:33 p.m. – Tidwell Road, Palous...

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  • LaCrosse man arrested for domestic violence

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 24, 2022

    LaCROSSE — A local man is accused of assaulting two people and holding them prisoner Saturday, March 19. Darin R. Barry, 51, was booked into the Whitman County Jail for second-degree assault, third-degree assault-domestic violence, two counts of interference with reporting domestic violence, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, two counts of harassment/threats to kill and second-degree malicious mischief, according to jail records. The arrest follows the report of an incident in the 300 block of North Main Street. Two people at a home called 9...

  • Schoesler getting reacquainted

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 24, 2022

    RITZVILLE – With the close of the 2022 legislative session, Sen. Mark Schoesler is getting re-acquainted with constituents in-person back home in Eastern Washington. Last week, the Ritzville Republican hit the road, traveling to Pasco, Moses Lake and Pullman. "After spending most of 2022 in Olympia for the recently ended legislative session, it's been great to be back home in Ritzville, where I'm focusing on farming and catching up with friends and others around town and the 9th District," S...

  • Law limits "active-shooter" drills

    Brooklynn Hillemann, WNPA|Mar 24, 2022

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a bill that limits how schools conduct “active-shooter” drills involving life-like simulations. House Bill 1941, signed into law last week, requires any drills to be “trauma-informed and age and developmentally appropriate ” for students. In addition, the measure requires school employees to notify all students, teachers and staff before conducting any shooting-safety lockdown drills. “Active-shooter drills are associated with increases in depression, anxiety and fears about death among children as...

  • Incumbent auditor seeks re-election

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 24, 2022

    COLFAX - The Whitman County Auditor has announced her intention to seek a second term. Sandy Jamison, 59, of Garfield, said she is seeking re-election for the post that oversees licensing, elections and other county functions. "It has been an exhilarating ride, and a steep learning curve," she said Tuesday. "But I do believe that the Auditor's Office is in a good place now and I'd like to continue to see it grow and prosper." In the last four years, Jamison said she has accomplished her goals...

  • Prosecuting Attorney Tracy looking for sixth term

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 24, 2022

    COLFAX - Whitman County's five-term prosecuting attorney has put his hat in the political arena again. Denis Tracy, 59, of Pullman, is seeking re-election after 20 years already in office. "I started in 2003. At the end of this year, I will have been in office for about 20 years," Tracy said. "I like the job. "It allows me to make a difference in the community and to do the most good that I have." After receiving a law degree, Tracy began as a deputy prosecuting attorney and eventually went...

  • Rep. McMorris Rodgers plans to meet constituents

    Whitman County Gazette|Mar 24, 2022

    SPOKANE VALLEY — Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be visiting several communities over the next couple months to talk to constituents in public sessions. She will open her tour at 10 a.m. Friday, March 25, in the Southeast Washington Economic Development Agency Office, 1013 Bridge St., Clarkston. In April, the Spokane Republican representing Washington’s 5th Congressional District will be in Republic, Spokane Valley, Pomeroy, Dayton, Davenport and Newport. Her April schedule is as follows: • April 4 —10 a.m., Northern Inn, 852 S. Clar...

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