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  • Legals April 27

    Apr 27, 2017

    NOTICE OF A MITIGATED DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE (M-DNS) Whitman County Planning issued a Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (M-DNS) under the State Environmental Policy Act Rules (Chapter 197-11 WAC) for the following project: Kelly and Raelynn Farnsworth propose to build a livestock exclusion fence and a buried pipeline for livestock watering purposes along the Dry Creek. The project also includes the installation of a Riparian Forest Buffer, planted to a width of 35 feet adjacent to the Dry Creek to lower water temperatures...

  • Good Old Days April 27

    Apr 27, 2017

    8 years ago The Commoner April 22, 1892 Thursday of last week, two droves of horses herded by half breeds with covered wagons passed through Colton en route to some point south. The first drove, which numbered about 40 head, passed through at about 9:30 a.m., and the second drove, numbering about 20, a few hours later. At 6 o'clock Saturday evening, a couple of men from the Potlatch reservation arrived in the town looking for stolen horses. They claimed that a party of half breeds had taken from them 20 head of horses. The description given...

  • Chamber plans Wine & Beer Tasting, auction

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Apr 27, 2017

    Tickets are now on sale for the Colfax Chamber of Commerce 17th annual Wine & Micro Beer Tasting & Auction. The event is planned for Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds. Individual tickets cost $25, and tables can be sponsored for $150. Tables include eight tickets. Tickets can be purchased online or at Rosauers or Hen House Chicks. Valoree Gregory, Colfax unified executive director, said the event is being moved to the fairground for several reasons. “We moved it to the fairgrounds because first of all they are h...

  • Images conviction

    Apr 27, 2017

    Mathew P. Parsons, 21, Pullman, was sentenced to 17 days in jail April 19 in superior court after he pleaded guilty to a charge of disclosure of intimate images. Parsons was actually sentenced to 364 days in jail with all but the 17 suspended. He was ordered to begin serving the jail time by May 5. The charge against Parsons stems from a report by a Pullman woman who said Parsons, who was hired to replace a broken screen on her iPhone, had discovered nude pictures of her on the phone and texted them to his phone. The victim told Pullman Police...

  • Burglary suspect arrested

    Apr 27, 2017

    Alvord P. Verley, 31, Spokane, another suspect in the Nov. 23 break-in at the Larry Hood residence south of Pullman on Highway 195, was booked into the county jail here April 19. Verley, who had been wanted on an arrest warrant, was charged Jan. 21 with first degree burglary and robbery, kidnapping and attempted burglary. Bail on the warrant had been set at $50,000. Arrest reports in the case allege suspects broke into Hood’s residence, tied him up, took items from the house and stole Hood’s truck. The truck was later found abandoned in Col... Full story

  • Motorcycle gathering

    Apr 27, 2017

    Motorcycle riders are scheduled to assemble at the First Baptist Church parking lot starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 29, for the ninth annual Tail of the Snake Ride sponsored by Christian motorcyclists Palouse 3N1 Ridaz. The ride, which can attract 40 to 80 riders depending on the weather, has started from the church lot for the past three years. Entry will be free, but participants can make a donation with riders getting a door prize ticket for every $5 donation. Riders will be able to select from between two routes which can be covered in...

  • Lawyers move into new office

    Apr 27, 2017

    City Attorney John Kragt reported to the city council April 17 that the Carpenter, McGuire & DeWulf law firm officially moved into its newly remodeled office on S. Main Monday. The building is the former long-time location of Glaser’s Jewelry. Its office, which totals 2,200 square feet, has undergone extensive remodeling over the winter months. Based in Ritzville, the law firm moved its Colfax office from the Warwick Building at 206 N. Main. The office there was the previous location of the Libey, Ensley & Nelson law firm. The Carpenter, M... Full story

  • "H'Art of the Palouse" Street banner exhibit slated

    Apr 27, 2017

    Ivy Workman holds the 2014 winning banner. The official logo that adorns the back of every street banner. May is "H'Art of the Palouse" month in downtown Colfax with a variety of ways to participate in the annual banner contest sponsored by the Colfax Arts Council. A month-long exhibit, "Experience H’Art of the Palouse Banner Paintings: the First 5 Years” will be on display the entire month of May at The Center at Colfax Library. This exhibit features many of the actual banners that have ado...

  • Garfield/Palouse High School to erect new greenhouse

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Apr 27, 2017

    Ground is set to be broken in May at Garfield/Palouse High School for a new greenhouse. The estimated $65,000 project for the 30x40-foot structure will be paid for by the school district, a $25,000 grant from Monsanto's math and science in rural communities program, $5,000 from Northwest Farm Credit Services and $5,000 from Gar/Pal FFA boosters and alumni. “It's been a process, but we're now ready to roll,” said Mike Patrick, ag science teacher. Originally planned as an 18x36 building, Dis... Full story

  • Colfax senior pass price cut

    Apr 27, 2017

    The Colfax School Board approved a new fee schedule Monday night which includes a cut from $40 to $20 for a senior citizens' annual sports pass. The pass allows for a year's entry to basketball, wrestling, volleyball and football. “We value our senior citizens and want them at the games,” said Superintendent Jerry Pugh. The change comes after a controversy last fall when a longtime practice of giving out free senior citizens' “Bulldog Passes” was abruptly ended. The new policy went into effect at the start of the 2016-17 school year, after d...

  • Palouse residents seek to open alley

    Apr 27, 2017

    An alleyway in Palouse is the subject of a request by adjacent residents to be opened for vehicle travel and identified as city property. The lane between Alder and Church Street had been a subject of previous discussions by neighbors. Homeowners Nelson and Pamela Duran spoke at the April 11 Palouse City Council meeting to advocate for the clear establishment of the alley. “Somehow over the years it's evolved so it never gets used for vehicle use,” said Palouse Mayor Michael Echanove. “Adjacent property owners have probably taken liberty with...

  • Savvy Senior: How Medicare Covers Therapy Services

    Apr 27, 2017

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you explain how Medicare covers physical therapy services? I’m a new beneficiary, and would like to get some treatments for my back. Need Help Dear Need, Medicare covers a variety of outpatient therapy services including physical, occupational and speech therapy, if you meet their coverage criteria. Here’s how it works. Medicare Coverage To get Medicare (Part B) to help cover your physical therapy, it must be considered medically reasonable and necessary, and will need to be ordered or prescribed by your doctor. You can...

  • Obituaries April 27

    Apr 27, 2017

    Patrick Schweiger A celebration of life and covered dish dinner for Patrick Schweiger, 67, former LaCrosse area farmer who resided at Asotin since 2008, will begin at noon Saturday, April 29, at Hell's Canyon Resort, 35909 Snake River Road in Asotin. Mr. Schweiger died July 23, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston from complications of leukemia. Born April 10, 1949, in Colfax, to Walter and Eleanor Schweiger of LaCrosse, he moved with his family to Clarkston and attended Clarkston schools and graduated from Clarkston High Sch... Full story

  • Menus: Week of May 1-5

    Apr 27, 2017

    AT COLFAX SCHOOL: Monday: Bulldog burger, cheese slice, fries, baked beans, fruit. Tuesday: Corn dog, nacho chips, green salad, fruit. Wednesday: Teriyaki chicken, rice, green beans, sunshine bar, fruit. Thursday: Sloppy Joe, Caesar salad, fruit. Friday: Taco hot pocket, corn, fruit, brownie. AT ENDICOTT SCHOOL: Monday: Hamburger with lettuce and tomato, fries, orange slice. Tuesday: Eggs, hash brown, pancakes, cucumber sticks, grapes. Wednesday: Sweet and sour chicken, rice, salad and veggies, pineapple. Thursday: Chicken Alfredo, noodles, gre...

  • Oakesdale roll for third quarter

    Apr 27, 2017

    4 GPA: 6th grade-Marilla Hocket, Jessie Reed; 7th grade-Abigael Lobdell; 8th grade-Tyler Bober, Isabella Henley, LouEllen Reed, Gavin Shrope; 10th grade-Brooklyn Henley, Amber Jones, Logan Reed; 12th grade-Danielle Young. 3.5-3.99 GPA: 6th grade-Shawn Bober, Elimie Buhl, Austin Goyke, Jackson Perry; 7th grade-Madison Belland, Olivia Booth, Carley Castanon; 8th grade-Kuryn Beardsley, Kit Hockett, Jamie Thomas; 9th grade-Julie Jo Baljo, Madison Dingman, Elisabeth Perry; 10th grade-Meaghan Belland, Desiree Brown, Evan Henning, Luke Jones, Aliya...

  • GPHS Drama Club performs 'Charlotte's Web'

    Apr 27, 2017

    Garfield/Palouse High School Drama Club performed E.B. White's Charlotte's Web. The small cast included Lauren Welch as Wilbur, Victoria Welch as Fern, Emmy Gregg as Charlotte, Rachel Lund as the sheep, Tulip O'Neill as the gander and Mrs. Zuckerman, Emily Bagott as the goose and Mr. Arable and Levi Teare as Mr. Zuckerman and Templeton. The show also featured Elvis Gregg, Korri Kemper and Evelyn Echanove. The play was directed by Tiana Gregg-Holmes....

  • Etcetera April 27

    Apr 27, 2017

    Yoga class will benefit Center This month's Yoga for a Cause Tuesday, May 2, from 5:30-7 p.m. will benefit the restroom project in The Bettie Steiger Community Enrichment Center at Colfax Library. In lieu of class fees, donations will be accepted to benefit the project. The class is ideal for beginners and experienced Yogi’s with the first hour consisting of a Vinyasa flow and the last half hour moving into a restorative/relaxation phase. Participants can stay for the entire class or use the break to come and go. Fundraising for the r...

  • Library Calendar April 27

    Apr 27, 2017

    Thursday, April 27 Colfax – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Build Your Own WordPress Website – Josh Wade offers this technical class covering the basics of building/designing, creating account, customization, functions, and enough education to get you working independently. For additional information or to register, please contact Sarah McKnight, Whitman County Managing Director at SEWEDA at 509-288-1317. Friday, April 28 St. John – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – St. John Fair – Drop by the library booth at the fair to spin the prize wheel and/or learn more about... Full story

  • Mike Day returns home

    Mike Day, Gazette Correspondent|Apr 27, 2017

    Rosalia Rosalia's Mike Day returned to his residence here April 19 after more than two months of hospitalizations and rehabilitation recovery. Day underwent major surgery in Spokane and then resided at Whitman Health and Rehab in Colfax. He then underwent additional surgery and resided at a recovery center in Post Falls. He later returned to the Colfax rehab site until he was allowed to return to his residence in Rosalia. Day said he looked forward to resuming his stint as Rosalia's official...

  • Debut dates set for 6th-grader film

    Apr 27, 2017

    A date has been set for June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Colfax High School auditorium for a public debut of a documentary film on the history of Colfax. The film was created by sixth graders at Jennings Elementary. Students began work on it in December with interviews beginning in January. Teacher Tim Young was advisor for the project. Jennings Principal Travis Howell reported to the school board Monday night that Young has secured a drone which he hopes to use for a long shot over Main Street to include in the film....

  • LWV drone response forum scheduled

    Apr 27, 2017

    The Pullman League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum to assist the Pullman Police Department in gaining public input on the development of a policy regarding Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones). Gary Jenkins, Pullman Chief of Police, and WSU Professor Matthew Taylor, who specializes in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics, will provide information on the proposed policy and respond to questions. The forum will be Wednesday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. at Umpqua Bank, 225 N. Grand Ave., Pullman....

  • Anderson wins fund drive basket

    Apr 27, 2017

    Polly Anderson was the winner of the Colfax and Community Fund What A Basket. The event raised $830 this year. Colfax and Community Fund is an organization which raises money for eight non-profit agencies that provide services to the people of Colfax and the surrounding area. Meetings are at noon on the second Wednesday of the month in the conference room at Umpqua Bank....

  • My Favorite Recipes: Meet Marcy Campbell

    Apr 27, 2017

    Marcy Campbell was born in Texas, but has spent much of her adult life in Pine City, Rosalia and Malden. She is the secretary for the Rosalia Chamber of Commerce, where she coordinates the Battle Days Children’s Parade each year. “Build A Better World” is the summer reading theme for the Rosalia and Malden libraries this year, and librarian Marcy Campbell is busy overseeing toddlers, teens and adults in exploring the topic. Marcy came to library work like most librarians - because of her love...

  • Colfax survey underway

    Apr 27, 2017

    The City of Colfax street survey conducted by Parametrix Inc. began April 17 and will continue until May 12. The crew will survey between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. The survey is along Oak and Cedar streets, for which the City of Colfax was awarded a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant in November of 2016. The first step in the work is analyzing the topography of the streets, including acquiring existing elevations of sidewalks, driveway aprons, natural ground, pavement, curbs, utilities and other physical features. In some cases,...

  • LaCrosse grads of '79 stay at Dusty Parsonage

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Apr 27, 2017

    Dusty Doreen Broeckel Riedner, Dusty; Denise Broeckel Kendall, Tacoma; Paula Morris Meyer, Colfax, and Sheri Shaffer Hatley, Oakesdale, held their 15th annual mini-reunion of the Class of 1979 of LaCrosse High School this past weekend at the Parsonage Bed and Breakfast. They took a drive around the Dusty and LaCrosse communities, stopped at the home of Karen Broeckel for a supply of chocolate chip cookies, visited and generally had a good time. They were joined by Sheri’s mother, Darlene Shaffer of LaCrosse, at breakfast Sunday morning and a...

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