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  • Alan F. Wride

    Alan F. Wride

    Apr 29, 2021

    Alan F. Wride, 88, a resident of Garfield, Wash., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at LaDow Court Assisted Living in Garfield, Wash. Alan was born on Dec. 5, 1931, at Farmington, Wash., to Robert J. and Edna (Trimble) Wride. Alan attended the Garfield Schools and graduated from Garfield High School in 1949. Alan joined the United States Army and served in Korea. He was discharged as a Sergeant on Dec. 24, 1953. He married Donna Opstrup on June 3, 1955, at Garfield and the couple farmed... Full story

  • Phyllis J. Schaefer

    Phyllis J. Schaefer

    Apr 29, 2021

    Born July 23, 1928, in Harrold, South Dakota, to Daniel and Ethel Heintz, Phyllis J. Schaefer passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Spokane Valley, Wash. Married to LeRoy Schaefer in 1946 in a double wedding with their good friends, Phyllis's primary occupation throughout life was in Civil Service working as a postal worker. Phyllis was the happiest when she was cleaning and organizing. The home was spotless with each drawer containing folded and ironed articles of clothing and household... Full story

  • Thomas K. Goodwin

    Thomas K. Goodwin

    Apr 29, 2021

    Thomas K. Goodwin was called home to heaven on Saturday, February 6, 2021. The youngest of four children, Tom was born in Missoula, Mont., on April 4, 1945, to John and Marie Goodwin. He graduated from High School in Moscow, Idaho, in 1963. In September of 1965, he married his first wife, Elaine Grieser and they had three wonderful children: Karen, Sherri, and Brian. Tom was an entrepreneur from a young age and demonstrated it by owning and operating his first Chevron service station in St.... Full story

  • Good Old Days: April 29, 2021

    Staff Report|Apr 29, 2021

    8 years ago The Commoner April 24, 1896 A case of wholesale horse stealing is reported by J.C. Lloyd of Rebel flat, which, although not exactly a local affair, is nevertheless of much interest. Saturday evening when Mr. Lloyd went home from this city he met a number of men on Rebel flat driving a band of about 30 or 40 head of fine horses. One of the men asked Mr. Lloyd where they could procure hay to feed the animals, and after hay had been procured with the assistance of Mr. Lloyd the latter was told the following story by the man in...

  • Senior Menus: May 3 - May 7

    Apr 29, 2021

    Colfax Monday, May 3 Fiesta taco salad, chips, cheese, olives, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, sliced peaches, no-bake cookie Thursday, May 6 Roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit, birthday dessert Endicott Tuesday, May 4 No meal LaCrosse Tuesday, May 4 Birthday Party Roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit, birthday dessert Palouse Wednesday, May 5 Birthday party Roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit, birthday dessert Pullman Tuesday, May 4 Fiesta taco salad, chips, cheese,...

  • Births

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    Levi Luck was born April 17, 2021, to Kyle and Brittany Luck, of Pullman. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Grandparents are Carl and Lisa Luck, of Camano Island, and Bruce and Wadber, of Arlington. He joins his sister Elana Luck (6), brother Ethan Luck (4), and brother Carson Luck (2). Cayden E. Doreen was born on April 22, 2021, to Kristin and Dylan Doreen, of Oakesdale. He weighed 5 pounds, 10 pounces. Grandparents are Heidi and JR Doreen, of Oakesdale, and Greg Weber, of Genesee, Idaho. He joins his brother Tucker James (2). Logan Galbreath...

  • Third-graders give art to brighten folks' days

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    COLFAX – Drawings adorn the walls in The Courtyard at Colfax to brighten the assisted living residents' days during the pandemic. Third-grader students from Jennings Elementary School created the art and dropped them off, said Executive Director Jennifer Broeckel. "It brightens our hallways and special to the residents," she said. "They bring them to us to brighten our hallways." Since COVID began the students started delivering artwork during the holidays. Before the pandemic of COVID, the f...

  • Lorien Smith

    Fill the boot to help fight opioid abuse

    Bill Stevenson, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    COLFAX – A little bit goes a long way to help people end or avoid opioid drug abuse. Lorien Smith, Miss Colfax for America Strong 2021, is organizing a "Fill the Boot" fundraiser and awareness building event in Colfax on May 16. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. in the parking lot next to Rosauers grocery store at 632 N. Main Street, Colfax. "This will be the first time I have organized one," Smith said. "I am literally just making this up as I go." She's asking people to drive by and drop a d...

  • Colfax March 'Top Dogs'

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    COLFAX — Colfax High School’s “Top Dog” winners for March were announced. They are as follows. Anna Cocking, junior, fine arts; Jacob Brown, senior, science; Drew Van Tine, sophomore, math; J.D. Petersen, sophomore, history; Jaisha Gibb, sophomore, language; Lucas McAdams, senior, PE; Kari Largent, senior, character; Katherine Tate, junior, career and technical education. The Top Dog program honors students who excel in each department for effort, attitude, hard work and helping others. Teachers in each department nominate students and vote on...

  • Jail bookings

    Apr 29, 2021

    Stella L. Crumpton, 33, booked April 20 for DUI. Bail $500. Travis L. Chertudi, 42, booked April 20 for driving while license suspended in the first degree and ignition interlock violation. No bail. Jordan T. Ashraf, 20, booked April 22 for DUI. No bail. Ashley B. Cunningham, 26, booked April 19 for harassment. Bail $50,000. Cody W. R. Rohrich, 29, was booked April 23 for assault in the fourth degree – domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment. Bail $50,000. Trevor T. Livengood, 30, booked April 23 for a warrant for failing to appear on a c...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Apr 29, 2021

    Monday April 19 6:30 a.m. – Sand Road, Pullman – There was a report of q safety hazard. 9:00 a.m. – Washington Street, Tekoa – A deputy responded to a 9-1-1 hang-up call. 10:34 a.m. – Morton Street, Colfax – There was a complaint about a perking problem. 10:41 a.m. – SR 27, Oakesdale – There was a one vehicle crash. The driver was taken to the hospital for injuries. 11:04 a.m. – Main Street, LaCrosse – A debit card was found. 12:20 p.m. – Cedar Street, Colfax – A deputy responded to a hang-up 9-1-1 call. 2:13 p.m. – Wawawai Road, Clarkston ...

  • Suspects reasons for virus, unrest

    Apr 29, 2021

    A well-orchestrated plan, or an unimaginable set of events that just fell into place with the United States front and center... You tell me! Scare people with a virus, force them to wear masks then place them in quarantine. Count the number of dead every second of every day in every headline. By the way, 0.8 % gets the virus, recover. About 0.1-0.2 % of who get it die. Most all of them have other medical problems. Did you catch that? Less than .02% die. Close businesses and 5 million instantly unemployed. Remove entertainment and prohibit...

  • Rethinking natural gas bans in Washington state

    Don C. Brunell|Apr 29, 2021

    Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Thankfully, the legislators ended their session in Olympia and left that bad idea on the table. However, it is destined to come back next year. The issue is complicated and expensive. Earlier this year, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) unveiled it as part of a package to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It included a phase out of natural gas for space and water heating by forbidding the use of fossil...

  • Legal pot, now for legalizing prostitutes

    Greg James|Apr 29, 2021

    In 2012, state voters decided to go where no other state ever had - they legalized adult-use marijuana, reversing 70 years of policy that by most measures was a waste of time and money. The prohibition against marijuana consumption had virtually no effect on its price, availability, or use. And yet, in that same time period, we taxpayers had to foot the bill for enforcement and incarceration. For many - like me the vote to legalize marijuana was not a vote to endorse its use. It was a vote to act in a pragmatic manner. Simply put, a lot of the...

  • Castaways

    Apr 29, 2021

  • Infrastructure

    Apr 29, 2021

  • Spill begins for juvenile Snake River steelhead

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    LOWER GRANITE DAM - An annual water spill began on the Snake River to aid juvenile steelhead and salmon migration to the Pacific Ocean. The spill operation began April 3 on the lower Snake River dams. The purpose of the juvenile fish passage is to reduce the number that passes through turbines and cut down on passage delay at the dams. Fish travel time through the Snake River is reduced. Specific "Flex Spill" operations at the dam are put in place by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Spilling fo...

  • New single-family homes in county increases 17%

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    COLFAX — A total of 17 single-family home building permits were applied for in Whitman County for the first quarter of 2021, a boost contributing to $6.3 million in total valuations. Total fees amounted to $76,774. The jump in home-building is attributed to the Feb. 1 start of new statewide building codes regarding residential energy. “We got most of the years building all in January,” stated Dan Gladwill, Whitman County building inspector. Three of the new houses are in Malden. The county averages 12-20 new single-family homes per year. The p...

  • Candidate filing period starts May 3

    Staff report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    COLFAX — The filing period begins Monday for political candidates in Whitman County to be on the ballot for the November election. A series of deadlines take effect for people wanting to run for election or re-election. Candidates may file by mail from May 3-21 or in-person at the county elections office. Online filing runs from May 17-21. If any offices have no declared candidates, a three-day special filing period is from May 25-27. Offices open for election in November include: • Albion – 2 councilmembers • Colfax – 2 councilme...

  • Kyle Dixon

    Palouse city administrator headed to Liberty Lake

    Staff Report|Apr 29, 2021

    PALOUSE — Palouse City Administrator Kyle Dixon is leaving to become the finance director for Liberty Lake. Dixon worked for the City of Palouse since he was hired by former mayor Michael Echanove in 2016. He started as city clerk and then city administrator. "A real kudo to him and the quality of work he does," said Echanove. "He is going to be missed sorely in Palouse. He's a natural." Dixon's last day is April 30....

  • Colfax council gives $5,000 to softball field improvements

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    COLFAX — The Colfax city council approved a $5,000 grant from the hotel-motel (lodging) tax fund to the Colfax Rotary for improvements to their fast-pitch softball field, adjacent to the Colfax Golf Club. Total work includes a new backstop, bleachers moved to a concrete pad, fencing, and more. The full project is estimated to cost about $13,000....

  • Annual FFA plant sale to open Friday

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    COLFAX — The Colfax Junior-Senior High School FFA holds its annual plant sale Friday and Saturday at the ag shop parking lot. FFA students have tended to the plants in the greenhouse since January. Varieties include Wave Petunias, Ivy Geranium baskets, Coleus, Succulent boxes and more. New basket varieties and bedding plants are also on offer. The sale starts at 3 p.m. Friday, to run until 6 p.m., resuming Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m....

  • Port of Whitman meetings rescheduled

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    COLFAX — The Port of Whitman rescheduled its strategic planning meeting to May 6 at 12:30 p.m. It will be a combination of remote and in-person meeting. In another change, the port commissioners have a joint meeting on May 3 with county commissioners. The meeting starts at 4 p.m., an hour later than originally scheduled....

  • Volunteers upgrade Little League Park

    Bill Stevenson, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    COLFAX - The Colfax Little League Park is getting a facelift thanks to volunteers and a city donation. A flurry of work is being performed by volunteers through the Rotary of Colfax, according to member Carl Ogren. He spoke about an update provided by Al Kirkpatrick. Most of the efforts are to improve the softball field. Ken Arthur replaced a broken pressure relief valve after they found it was broken when the water was turned on for the field and the bathrooms on April 14 by Don McClintock....

  • Tekoa looks to add internet to community center

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Apr 29, 2021

    TEKOA — Tekoa city council agreed to gather pricing on internet services to add it to the newly remodeled community center. A few groups using the center need access to provide presentations, said city Clerk Kynda Browning. Once prices from all of the available internet service providers is gather, the council can select one to use. Council also to set wages at $15 per hour for part-time city employees, designated to clean the center after the extensive remodeling. The center was remodeled for $62,000 from a Whitman County economic d...

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