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  • Gerald Slind obituary photo

    Gerald Slind

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 to Gilbert and Magna (Walli) Slind, which included three other sons, Oris, Alan, and Marvin, and a daughter, Irene Ann. Gerald grew up in a Norwegian-American community centered around Selbu Lutheran Church, which was only a few miles from his family's farm outside of LaCrosse, Wash. He was baptized... Full story

  • Angeline Bauer obituary photo

    Angeline Elizabeth Bauer

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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, Angie was born July 7, 1922, to Sylvester and Anna Heitstuman of Uniontown, Wash. The Great Depression played a big role in her formative years, learning the value of family, hard work and thrift. Mom was practicing recycling and re-purposing way before it became trendy. Her love and loyalty to Gonzaga... Full story

  • Doug Thompson obituary photo

    Doug Thompson

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 fortunate to have been raised during simpler times in the small farming communities of Tekoa and Garfield, Wash. As a youth, he loved listening to radio personalities on Spokane stations, KHQ, KXLY, KNEW, and KJRB among many others. He would talk disc jockeys, artists and their music until someone got... Full story

  • Bruce Johnson obituary photo

    Bruce Johnson

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 Hospice Care and Prosser Hospital all provided excellent care in his last days. Anyone who knew Bruce will remember his drive to fix or modify everything he touched. Even as his body aged and his hands froze up - he was still modifying his walker and customizing his homemade cane. As a kid Bruce ran... Full story

  • Bruce Bailey obituary photo

    Bruce Bailey

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 Lyle & Marylu (Loomis) Bailey. He grew up and attended school in St. John where he graduated from high school. Bruce enlisted in the US Army serving one year and ten months until his honorable discharge. He was a team leader for Special Weapons and was part of the 317th Atomic Demolitions Munitions... Full story

  • Senior Menus: April 26 - April 30

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 27: No meal Palouse Wednesday, April 28: Cobb salad, wheat roll, cottage cheese with fruit Pullman Tuesday, April 27: Homemade mac and cheese with ham, mixed vegetables, apple slices, dessert Friday, April 30: Cheeseburger with fixings, potato salad, baked beans, fresh fruit, dess...

  • Recap: Last week in Dusty

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Apr 22, 2021

    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 twenty-second year of celebrating “Girls’ Weekend”. The women are all from the LaCrosse High School class of 1979. The traditional things were done...a “Dusty Fire Drill” was performed at the Keebler cookie elf’s home (also known as Karen Broeckel) , had dinner prepared this year by Paula Meyer, spent their...

  • Births

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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). Juliana was born April 7, 2021 to Yadira and Dragan, of Pullman. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Grandparents are Slavica and Bane, of Pirot, Serbia, and Ramona and Thomas, of Kennewick. Zayd A. Hogue was born April 8, 2021 to Mol K. Hogue-Ome and Tanjina Rhaman, of Pullman. He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounce...

  • A mule team pulls a harrow.

    Annual plowing bee (photos)

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

  • Land Transactions

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 suspended, $1,000 fine with all of it suspended, $43 in fees, 24 months supervised probation, get a substance abuse evaluation, and attend a DUI victim panel....

  • Jail Bookings

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 the third degree, three Whitman County District Court warrants for failing to appear in court for assault in the fourth degree, criminal trespassing in the first degree, and criminal trespassing in the second degree. Bail $7,500. Karey B. Romaneschi, 60, booked April 15 for possession of illegal...

  • Colfax Police

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 caller asked about getting an abandoned vehicle removed. 4:58 p.m. – SR 195 – An officer assisted another law enforcement agency. 6:29 p.m. – Main Street – Two people were arrested for DUI. Tuesday, April 13 5:55 p.m. – SR 195 – An officer assisted a deputy with a disabled vehicle. 6:22 p.m. – Main Street – An...

  • Sheriff's Office

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 report of a “speeding” combine. 10:45 a.m. – Rock Springs Road, LaCrosse – A loose bull was found and the owner was contacted. 10:46 a.m. – SR 26, LaCrosse – Chad E. Smith, 27, of Clarkston, was ticketed for driving while his license was suspended. 4:50 p.m. – SR 195, Thornton – Cody W. R. Rohrich, 29, of...

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  • Don C. Brunell

    North American ports remain closed to large cruise ships

    Don C. Brunell, Business Analyst|Apr 22, 2021

    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 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a "No Sail and Suspension of Further Embarkation" order. The 2020 cruise season abruptly ended. Since then, the order has been only slightly modified. However, Canada's shutdown has been extended through February 2022. Both directives apply to vessels...

  • Editorial Comics

    Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

  • Sen. Jeff Holy

    Legislature raising taxes, lowering safety

    Jeff Holy, Washington State Senator, 6th District|Apr 22, 2021

    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 increased taxes and fees that will hit your pocketbook in different ways. For instance, a higher state gas tax and a new "cap and trade" tax that would hit motorists hard, and a higher cellphone tax. Also, before the Legislature wraps up its 105-day session, it's likely to pass Senate Bill 5096, which...

  • Colfax holds off on chicken vote, seeks input

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Apr 22, 2021

    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 ordinance change followed a pitch to the council in early March by planning commission member Donna Huntwork to revisit whether to allow chickens inside city limits. The ordinance would allow five hens at any one property, no roosters, all kept in ventilated coops with shade and protection from element...

  • Facebook helps arrest Pullman couple

    Bill Stevenson, Gazette Editor|Apr 22, 2021

    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 retail theft in the second degree, theft in the third degree, and burglary in the second degree in Whitman County Superior Court on April 13. Store security reported the thefts and shared surveillance video with the police of two people stealing items from the Pullman Walmart and Pullman Building Supply, a...

  • Suzy McNeilly, SEWEDA managing director

    Commissioners extend economic development contract

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Apr 22, 2021

    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 designation Monday. Following comments in last week's Gazette by commissioner Tom Handy, who sought more detail to SEWEDA's plans for the county, Whitman County SEWEDA Managing Director Suzy McNeilly spoke to the commissioners. "I was completely caught off guard (by the Gazette's phone call last w...

  • News Briefs

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 school district is advertising the position with a closing date of May 4. Superintendent Jerry Pugh will organize interviews to include staff, community members and perhaps students. He said he hopes to have a recommendation for the school board by the end of May. Efforts to reach Borders for comment wer...

  • Health director discusses possible school impacts

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Apr 22, 2021

    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” at WSU, while an increase has come in outlying communities in Whitman County, specifically among K-12 student populations. Skidmore said much of it could be traced to an April 1 local sporting event that included different schools from around the county. Schools in St. John and Endicott both went back to o...

  • A small plane crashed in Pullman near Kamiak Elementary School on April 14.

    Plane crashes near Pullman, no injuries

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 p.m. on April 14 near Kamiak Elementary School in Pullman and ended on its top. Big Country news reported witnesses saying it was flying low and gusty wind may have been a factor. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating....

  • Hayden Ewing practicing at the Colfax Golf Course.

    Colfax Bulldogs hit links for first golf match

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 22, 2021

    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 not attend. The team consists of two girls and seven boys. Leading the Colfax boys was Hayden Ewing and leading the girls Kennedy Schmidt. "We didn't really track scores," said Coach Michael Heitstuman. "None of my kids have been in an official golf match because we got shut down last year (due to C...

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