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Pullman hospital levy lacks turnout

A first count Tuesday night for the special levy election showed the proposed $29 million levy for Pullman Regional Hospital far short of the voter turnout needed to validate. The count after the polls closed Tuesday totaled 2,077 ballots cast for...

 

St. John Fair events continue

St. John will celebrate “A Proud Tradition” commemorating 80 years of the St. John Community Fair this week at the St. John fairground. Today the animals arrive and the main building will open for viewing at 5 p.m. following judging. Everyone...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    April 25, 2019

Spokane teacher layoffs loom: Pugh reports Colfax 'healthy financially'

With the news of projected layoffs coming from the Spokane School District, is there a chance that could happen in Colfax? The Spokane district approved teacher pay raises in the 13 percent range last August, soon after Colfax teachers signed a new...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    April 25, 2019

Colton-Uniontown fair set for Friday

The annual Colton-Uniontown Fair returns Friday to Colton School for a day of fitting and showing animals, home arts and still-life crafts by kindergarteners to seniors in high school. The event, held in the ag building and parking lot of the school,...

 

Suspect found dead: St. John standoff ends after 5-year-old released

A day-long standoff in St. John ended late Tuesday when officers entered a residence in St. John and discovered the suspect, Justin P. Robertson, 41, dead. He reportedly had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Robertson at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesd...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    April 25, 2019
Cathy McMorris Rodgers

McMorris Rodgers talks trade, energy at Colfax stop

Fifth District Congressional Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers addressed constituents Monday morning at the Public Service Building in Colfax as part of a tour of the district. The main topics...

 
Sheri Hatley

Officers depart for DeRosier rite in Portland

A contingent of officers and spouses departed from Colfax at 10 a.m. Tuesday to attend the memorial service for Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier who was fatally shot while on duty in the Kalama...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    April 25, 2019

Pioneer ahead of schedule on fiber optic installation

Last year, almost 70 miles of new fiber optic lines were laid in the second year of Pioneer Telephone’s $8.5 million project. That contrasts with the scarcely more than 20 miles laid the year before. “We’re ahead of schedule,” said Dallas...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    April 25, 2019

Port considers petition for avgas at Colfax airport

A list signed by seven petitioners advocating installation of fuel service at the Port of Whitman Business Air Center at Colfax prompted discussion by port commissioners April 18. Port Chair Kristine Meyer noted the board would like to grant the...

 
Sydney Berquist and Anni Cox

Colfax FFA plant sale nears

Colfax Junior-Senior High School FFA members will put on their annual plant sale May 3-4. At work on the project since January in the greenhouse, the students will offer plants from ivy geranium...

 

Asbestos removal done at CHS

The first part of asbestos removal at Colfax Junior-Senior High School was finished Monday. “Construction is moving along, going great,” Jerry Pugh, superintendent, told the school board Monday night. An asbestos abatement crew of 10 finished...

 
Perry Imler

Colfax softball wraps league run on 4 wins

Colfax girls finished their run through the NE-south league this week with four straight wins on the home turf at McDonald Park. The Bulldogs took both sides of a double bill Saturday with Asotin,...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    April 25, 2019

Gar/Pal drops two to Pomeroy, sweeps SJEL

The Garfield/Palouse baseball team played their home opener Tuesday, April 23, for a doubleheader win over St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse. After weeks of home games cancelled or moved to playable fields elsewhere, Gar/Pal (6-3) took the field in...

 
Layne Gingerich

Bulldog baseball squad finishes NE-south league run

Colfax baseball team posted two solid wins over Liberty at McDonald Park Tuesday to finish out the NE-South league race. The Bulldogs posted the pair of wins over the Lancers after being iced...

 

Colfax, Oakesdale teams repeat at Liberty meet

Colfax boys and the Oakesdale girls racked up another set of wins Tuesday in district competition when tracksters competed at Liberty. The Bulldog boys rolled up 137 points with a 36-mark over host Liberty, and the Oakesdale girls stacked up 134...

 

Pankey tops golfers at DP

Davenport’s Kristoff Pankey booked a par 72 Monday at Deer Park to win the district golf round. Bennett Gray of Colfax finished fifth with a 78, and Augie Allenbach finished sixth with an 81. Both Colfax seniors are off their normal games because...

 

Colfax places 13th at Mooberry relay

Colfax boys booked 14 points to tie for 13th place in the giant Mooberry track meet at Rogers in Spokane Saturday. Mead topped the meet with 96.5 points. Cameron Hiatt had the best finish for the Bulldogs with a 20-1 in the long jump to place fourth...

 

Colton girls beat Touchet 20-2

The Colton High School softball team went to Touchet April 23 for a 20-2 win in three innings. Colton totaled 13 hits in the game. On the mound for the Wildcats, pitcher Emily Schultheis threw five strikeouts and allowed two Touchet hits. Taylor...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    April 25, 2019
Mitch Kriebel

Garfield's Kriebel to run "Ruck" for fallen officers

Mitch Kriebel, U.S. Army master sergeant, originally of Garfield/Belmont, will run a 31-mile trail run in New Auburn, Wis. Saturday with a ruck sack on his back to honor the late Ryan Thompson, the...

 
Jason Ransdall

Bulletin Column: April 25, 2019

These reports are from the previous four issues of the Daily Bulletin in Colfax. They are reprinted here for the benefit of Gazette readers who reside outside of Colfax. Some accounts have been...

 

Still Hope

A trend in American society has been sliding away from the religious toward secular or just spiritual. Easter is a prime example with the Easter bunny gaining more popularity while the Christian observation just spikes attendance at church for the...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: April 25, 2019

Pet Peeves Landlords that expect an 80-year-old woman to mow lawns around their apartment building. First person to say it is too hot. Okeydokes The flowering trees on Mill Street. Onecho Good Friday Easter Cantata. Wonderful....

 

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