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Gerald Slind obituary photo

Gerald Slind

Gerald Walli Slind died April 12, 2021, of a combination of respiratory and cardiovascular issues. Gerald was born November 1, 1936, near LaCrosse, Washington. He was the second of five children born... Full story

Angeline Bauer obituary photo

Angeline Elizabeth Bauer

We have lost our Matriarch. Angeline Elizabeth Bauer, 98, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon April 5, 2021, from complications due to a stroke at Pullman Regional Hospital. The oldest of six, Ang... Full story

Doug Thompson obituary photo

Doug Thompson

Our world lost an entertaining, candid friend when Doug Thompson passed away on April 9, 2021, at his home in Pasco, Wash. Born on June 17, 1952, Doug always spoke fondly of his childhood and felt... Full story

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Bruce Johnson

Bruce M Johnson passed away on April 4, 2021, in Grandview, Wash., at The Orchards where Bruce was living with his wife of 57 years, Norma Bruce Johnson. The Orchards staff as well as Heartlinks... Full story

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Bruce Bailey

Bruce Lyle Bailey, 70, of St. John, Wash., passed away April 9, 2021, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. Bruce was born January 4, 1951, at St. Ignatius Hospital in Colfax, Wash., to... Full story


Senior Menus: April 26 - April 30

Colfax Monday, April 26: Sweet and sour chicken, rice, oriental vegetables, chocolate zucchini cake Thursday, April 29: Biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, fruit Endicott Tuesday, April 27: Stew, cornbread, salad bar, dessert LaCrosse Tuesday, April...


Recap: Last week in Dusty

Saturday, Denise Broeckel Kendall, Tacoma; Doreen Broeckel Riedner, Dusty; Sheri Shaffer Hatley, Oakesdale; Paula Morris Meyer, Colfax; and Kristal Krom Kirpes, Colton, were guests at The Parsonage Bed and Breakfast in Dusty. This was their...



Delany A. Huff was born April 5.2021 to Jacquelyn and Jude Huff, of Palouse. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. Grandparents are Elaine Huff, of Colville, and Cathy Oakley and Rich Brown, of Potlatch, Idaho. She joins her brother, Emmet Huff (3). Julia...


Land Transactions

JoAnn Grainger sold 1035 SW Meyer Street in Pullman to Wesley and Stephanie Blundell, of Pullman, parcel 1-1563-00-00-02-0000, selling price $580,000, warranty deed, April 16...


District Court

Jesse B. Dyer is guilty of harassment and sentenced to 364 days in jail with 364 suspended, fined $43, and 24 supervised probation. David Timmemans is guilty of negligent driving in the first degree and sentenced to 90 days in jail with 90...


Jail Bookings

Jordan M. Smith, 31, booked April 13 for DUI, operating a vehicle without a registration, and a Department of Correction warrant. No bail. Mickaila Martin, 26, booked April 14 for DUI. No bail. Jason A. Johanson, 43, booked April 14 for assault in...


Colfax Police

Monday, April 12 7:42 a.m. – Fairview Street – An officer assisted another law enforcement agency. 11:18 a.m. – Cedar Street – An abandoned vehicle was found sitting in the same place since November 2020. 1:10 p.m. – Fairview Street – A...


Sheriff's Office

Monday, April 12 2:46 a.m. – Fifth Street, Rosalia – A deputy responded to a landlord and tenant problem. 10:01 a.m. – Dusty Road, LaCrosse – An abandoned vehicle was found. 10:38 a.m. – Alder Street, Farmington – A deputy responded to a...

Don C. Brunell

North American ports remain closed to large cruise ships

While European cities are welcoming large cruise ships again, many of the same ship owners are canceling calls to North American seaports because of continued stringent COVID restrictions. In March 20...

 By Jeff Holy    Opinion    April 22, 2021
Sen. Jeff Holy

Legislature raising taxes, lowering safety

The 2021 legislative session, which is scheduled to end April 25, will be remembered for several things - some good, some bad. The candidates for the "bad" column may include a variety of new or...

 By Garth Meyer    News    April 22, 2021

Colfax holds off on chicken vote, seeks input

COLFAX — The request to have chickens in the city came back to the Colfax city council Monday night. “I’m just tired of the council getting bounced around by the chicken issue,” said councilmember Tom Huntwork. A presentation on a requested...

 By Bill Stevenson    News    April 22, 2021

Facebook helps arrest Pullman couple

PULLMAN — A couple allegedly stole tools and a robot vacuum together from two Pullman stores, and was caught thanks to Facebook. Kirsten N. Green, 20, of Asotin, and Gabriel A. Nichols, 23, of Lewiston, were charged separately with organized...

 By Garth Meyer    News    April 22, 2021
Suzy McNeilly, SEWEDA managing director

Commissioners extend economic development contract

COLFAX — Southeast Washington Economic Development Agency (SEWEDA) will be Whitman County's Associate (economic) Development Organization for the next two years. County commissioners approved the...

 By Staff Report    News    April 22, 2021

News Briefs

Borders resigns from Jennings grade school COLFAX — Jennings Elementary School principal Andrew Borders submitted his resignation, effective June 30. It was accepted by the school board April 12. Borders has been in the job since July 2020. The sch...

 By Garth Meyer    News    April 22, 2021

Health director discusses possible school impacts

COLFAX — More Whitman County schools could return to online education because of increasing COVID cases. Whitman County Health Director Chris Skidmore updated county commissioners Monday on the virus and vaccines. Cases are down “quite a bit” a...

 By Staff Report    News    April 22, 2021
A small plane crashed in Pullman near Kamiak Elementary School on April 14.

Plane crashes near Pullman, no injuries

PULLMAN — A plane crashed in a Pullman field, ended upside down, and the pilot walking away. The pilot was the only person in the single-engine plane and was not injured. It crashed around 6:340...

 By Staff Report    Sports    April 22, 2021
Hayden Ewing practicing at the Colfax Golf Course.

Colfax Bulldogs hit links for first golf match

WILBUR — The first golf match for Colfax High School was more of a practice round since the team didn't keep scores. The six Bulldogs traveled to Wilbur to play 9-holes on April 15. Two players did...


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