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Bruce Davidson

Bruce W. Davidson

Bruce Wade Davidson passed away May 1, 2021, in Colfax, Wash. Born Dec. 27, 1954, in Spokane, Wash., to Robert and Mable (Crane) Davidson. He attended schools in Valleyford, Steptoe, and Colfax,... Full story

 By Staff report    People    May 6, 2021

4-H volunteers clean Perkins House yard

COLFAX - The Mockonema 4-H club brought more than 30 volunteers to the Perkins House yard on April 25. After two hours, they left with a trailer full of weeds pulled from the flower beds and the yard...

 By Staff Report    People    May 6, 2021

Rosalia Garden Club honors Pat Voge

ROSALIA – Pat Voge's garden was chosen as the Garden of the Month for May by the Rosalia Garden Club. "The selection committee was attracted to the many different flowers in bloom," said Rosalia...

 By Staff Report    People    May 6, 2021

PTO student art show starts

COLFAX — The 2021 Colfax Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) student art show runs through May 7 at The Center on Main Street. Featured are oil pastel and pencil work from students in kindergarten through junior high. The Center is part of the...

 By Anne Lowe    People    May 6, 2021

Endicott News

The Endicott Community Club and Cemetery District have been working at the cemetery installing the veterans’ memorial. The funds for this memorial were raised from prior German dinners and silent auctions. They are planning a dedication of this...

 By Karen Broeckel    People    May 6, 2021

Dusty News

April 19, six members of the Colfax High School ASB Leadership, along with Heidi Lowe, came out to the home of Tom and Doreen Riedner. They had lunch and then assembled 1,000 soup bags for Homestead Ministries. These students made Colfax High School...

 By Staff Report    Calendar    May 6, 2021

Senior Menus: May 6, 2021

Colfax Monday, May 10 Pork chops with apple sauce, butternut squash, fruit salad, vegetable tray, dessert Thursday, May 13 Pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, vegetable tray, fruit, rice pudding Endicott Tuesday, May 11 Fried chicken, potatoes and...

 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion    May 6, 2021

COVID politics punishes Whitman County

Whitman County was placed in Phase 2 restrictions three weeks ago and we waited for a return to Phase 3, but now that isn’t going to happen. Gov. Jay Inslee chickened out. Facing a massive rollback to Phase 2 for Western Washington, meaning...

 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion    May 6, 2021

Colfax doesn't allow chickens

Chickens are part of a farm community. They are laying eggs for food, helping children raise FFA and 4-H animals for the fair and some people like them as pets. The usual opposition when city councils consider letting people keep chickens at home are...

 By Staff Report    Editorial    May 6, 2021

Corrections: May 6, 2021

In the April 29 edition of the Whitman County Gazette a quote was incorrect. A reference to the number of Eagles clubs closing around the state should have been months not years....

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    May 6, 2021

Lawmakers wanted an income tax lawsuit

Public records show lawmakers plan to use the capital gains income tax to set up a lawsuit to try to impose a broad-based graduated income tax. They're going to get not one, but two. It could be years, however, before we know if the state Supreme...


Support EICDA to slow down climate change

What is the right answer on the climate solutions quiz, the great test of our time? Top-down directives for green infrastructure? Not if we want to keep American jobs secure, energy reliable and affordable, and technological ingenuity strong, argues...


Police training needs to be changed

As if the black and brown lives that have been snuffed out by police without justification isn’t enough, there are other recent events that reveal the inadequate training and/or integrity of some police and law enforcement personnel. A 73-year-old...

 By Staff Report    Records    May 6, 2021

District Court

Rance Bohlman is guilty of DUI and was sentenced April 30 to 364 days in jail with 363 suspended, fined $5,000 with $4,000 suspended, restitution $357, fees $1,472, 48 months supervised probation, alcohol assessment, attend DUI victim panel, and his...

 By Staff Report    Records    May 6, 2021

Jail bookings

Larry J. Brennan, 54, booked April 26 for a state Department of Corrections warrant regarding five counts of ID theft in the second degree and theft in the second degree. No bail. William Gerena-Ortiz, 60, booked April 27 for possession of...

 By Staff Report    Records    May 6, 2021

Colfax police

Monday, April 26 11:26 a.m. – West Street – An officer conducted a welfare check. 12:22 p.m. – Mill Street – An officer found someone’s property. 2:49 p.m. 3:11 p.m. – Thorn Street – An officer responded to a report of a stray dog....

 By Staff Report    Records    May 6, 2021

Sheriff's office

Monday, April 26 8:55 a.m. – Carothers Road, Pullman – A suspicious vehicle was in the area. 9:33 a.m. – Main Street, Colfax – A stray dog was running loose. 10:17 a.m. – C Street, Endicott – A deputy responded to a complaint of harassmen...

 By Staff Report    News    May 6, 2021

USDA offering loans to farmers, ranchers

SPOKANE VALLEY - Underserved or beginning farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank have a resource to turn to - the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FS...

 By Garth Meyer    News    May 6, 2021

Fiber optic internet to reach new areas of Whitman County

COLFAX - A Port of Whitman collaboration to bring fiber internet to new areas in Whitman County is expected to finish this summer in Rosalia, Tekoa, Oakesdale, Garfield and Palouse. Target date for...

 By Staff Report    News    May 6, 2021

WSU to require COVID vaccination by this fall

PULLMAN - Washington State University will require COVID-19 vaccination for employees, students, and volunteers for the 2021-22 academic year. The announcement was made Wednesday by WSU President...

 By Garth Meyer    News    May 6, 2021

County lobbyist talks about gas taxes, carbon initiative

OLYMPIA — The potential impacts of new laws raising gas taxes and other environmental issues is unclear. Whitman County lobbyist Zak Kennedy reported to county commissioners Monday on the April 25 conclusion of the legislative session. “The best...

 By Bill Stevenson    Sports    May 6, 2021

Colfax golfers join Timberwolves in Tekoa

TEKOA – The Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves hosted Colfax and several high school golf teams for a match on April 29. The 9-hole course is a par 35. "It was nice to get a majority of the kids out," said...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    May 6, 2021

Colton softball breezes unbeaten to playoffs

COLTON - The Colton Wildcats swept the Garfield-Palouse Vikings on May 1 to go to 14-0 on the abbreviated season. They now turn to the playoffs. Colton is set to play at Pioneer Park in Walla Walla...

 By Staff report    Sports    May 6, 2021

Nighthawks and Vikings track on to championships

POMEROY - Oakesdale Nighthawks and Garfield-Palouse Vikings took more wins at a twilight meet in Pomeroy leading to the two-league Southeast 1B-Northeast 1B joint track meet. On April 30, against...


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