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Legals May 4

NOTICE OF JOINT MEETING Notice is hereby given that a joint meeting of the Whitman County Commissioners has been called by the Board and will take place on Monday May 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Southfork Restaurant, located at 1680 S... Full story


Good Old Days May 4

125 years ago The Commoner April 29, 1892 Dr. N. G. Blalock, president and executive commissioner of the world's fair commission, is about to plant a great many acres to watermelons. Speaking of the matter he said: “Those people back east don't...


Obituaries May 4

Mary Dayton A graveside service will be held for Mary Dayton, 79, retired Colfax nurse, Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m. at the Colfax Cemetery with the Rev. Don Moore officiating. Mrs. Dayton died April 25, 2017, at Whitman Hospital in Colfax. Born May...


Menus May 4

AT COLFAX SCHOOL: Monday: Chicken nuggets, rice, fresh carrots, fruit. Tuesday: Straw hats, refried beans, fruit, cookie. Wednesday: Maple bites, egg patty, tater stick, fruit. Thursday: Mac and cheese, fruit, smokies, green beans, breadstick.... Full story



AT COLFAX SCHOOL: Monday: Chicken nuggets, rice, fresh carrots, fruit. Tuesday: Straw hats, refried beans, fruit, cookie. Wednesday: Maple bites, egg patty, tater stick, fruit. Thursday: Mac and cheese, fruit, smokies, green beans, breadstick....

 By Karen Broeckel    People    May 4, 2017

Family, friends fête Donna Camp’s 90th

Dusty An open house to celebrate Donna Camp’s 90th birthday was at the Courtyard in Colfax Saturday afternoon. About 40 friends and family attended. Barb Kinzer of Pullman made a delicious carrot cake for the celebration. Later, almost 50 family... Full story


Etcetera May 4

Mythologia show slated at Dahmen "Mythologia," an exhibit of paintings by Beth Rimmelspacher and Linda Hyatt Cancel, will be on display at the Dahmen Barn from May 7 through 28. The opening reception will be May 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Rimmelspacher has...


Rosalia projects underway

Rosalia Tanya Charles Mike Day is back home and busily rounding up prizes for his annual Battle Days raffle. He will be selling tickets, and the drawings will be June 3 during Battle Days. Visit Mike at Lee’s Garage on the corner of Whitman and...

 By Kara McMurray    People    May 4, 2017

State is proposing herbicide rule changes

Changes are being made to rules for the restricted use of herbicides, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is currently seeking public comments on the proposed changes. Drew Lyon, endowed chair in small grains extension and... Full story


Endicott holds annual town cleanup day

The Endicott Library marked its annual town cleanup day last week as an after-school program. This year, older kids and adults assisted the younger ones with the project....


Local genealogical society wins state award

Judy Standar McMurray (left), Whitman County Genealogical Society newsletter editor, and Monica Bartlett Peters, assistant editor, are pictured holding the plaque and certificate recently awarded by...


Tekoa's little free library opens

The Tekoa Little Free Library “Tekoa Abstraction” has officially opened to the public at Ruhl Park, 605 N Crosby St., in Tekoa. Patrons are encouraged to stop by and take a book or leave a...

 By Mary Collins    People    May 4, 2017

My Favorite Recipes: Meet Troy Henderson

Troy Henderson is an avid fisherman, as evidenced by this June 2007 photo of the trophy marlin he caught on an offshore fishing adventure. Troy Henderson is the director of the Whitman County Departme...


Elm trees planted

LaCrosse DEBBIE CASEY Gazette Correspondent The LaCrosse fifth and sixth graders planted 30 elm trees alongside the LaCrosse track field border April 28....


Pierce wins Mr. Oakesdale title

Contestants for "Mr. Oakesdale" Friday, April 28, at Oakesdale High School were Evan Henning, Cal Gregory, Ian Pierce and Wesley Castanon. Madison Shrope and Hayden Brown organized the event. The...


Energy aid tour set for libraries

Whitman County Library and Community Action Center are partnering to bring energy assistance to local towns around Whitman County. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program offers a one-time payment to help qualified residents make their energy bills...

 News    May 4, 2017


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 updated. Courthouse phones knocked out Whitman County co...


Don C. Brunell: Time to Ax Amtrak Passenger Service to Chicago

Last month, a Wall Street Journal editorial hit the nail on the head recommending Amtrak focus its limited funds on shorter more heavily traveled routes between Washington, D.C., and Boston. The money is needed to prevent more derailments. The...

 News    May 4, 2017

Bilderback avoids third strike

Bobby J. Bilderback, 48, Malden, was sentenced to a 13-month state prison term April 21 after he pleaded guilty to amended charges of third degree assault and possession of methamphetamine. The conviction followed a plea bargain agreement in which th...


My Two Cents: Free SEWEDA class provides value

Mike Neves Gazette staffer SEWEDA is a familiar acronym to many folks in Whitman County. It stands for Southeast Washington Economic Development Association. The organization is a 501c3 non-profit,...


Rich Lowry: A Trump Victory on the Border

Donald Trump's saber rattling may or may not deter Kim Jong Un, but it's had an effect south of the border. In the first few months of this year, illegal border crossings have dropped precipitously. It is an early proof of concept that yes, it is...


BOB FRANKEN: First 100 Days

Those who worry that they are closed-minded because they can't conceive of agreeing with anything Donald Trump says or does can stop beating up on themselves. He's finally come up with something sensible, calling the intense focus on any president's... Full story


Frank Watson: Veterans Are Ordinary People

I read a magazine article the other day that claimed to describe how veterans see the world. I agreed with part of it but decided that the underlying objective of the article was to solicit for organizations that may or may not help veterans. The... Full story


Bulldogs beat Wildcats, advance

Logan Gingerich slides home on a passed ball as Wilbur/Creston pitcher Jason Townsend covers the plate. Colfax baseball players scored all eight of their runs in the third inning Tuesday at McDonald... Full story

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    May 4, 2017

Colton sweeps Colfax, Pomeroy

On Tuesday night, Colton hosted 2B Colfax for a softball doubleheader and swept, 10-7 and 11-1. In game one, Colton gave up 12 hits and got eight of its own. At bat, Emma Schultheis went 2-for-3 and D...


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