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  • Bruce Davidson

    Bruce W. Davidson

    May 6, 2021

    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, Wash., before serving in the U.S. Air Force. He returned to Colfax after serving; later marrying Sherrie Zimmerman and becoming an instant father to her three boys: Shane, Travis, and Josh. Bruce worked various jobs over the years including construction, millwork, tree trimming, farming, along with many... Full story

  • 4-H volunteers clean Perkins House yard

    Staff report|May 6, 2021

    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 at the historic Colfax home. Perkins House Museum volunteers joined them to perform the work. "The Whitman County Historical Society is most grateful to the club for their hard work to benefit the yard at Perkins House Museum," said Nancy Rothwell. Various flower bulbs were sold with proceeds going...

  • Rosalia Garden Club honors Pat Voge

    Staff Report|May 6, 2021

    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 Garden Club Publicity Chairman MarvaLee Peterschick. "An added bonus in the garden was a special eagle statue, who appeared to be protecting the flower blooms." Voge visited the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, where she was drawn to purple tulip in blooms so she purchased some for her garden. "There are m...

  • PTO student art show starts

    Staff Report|May 6, 2021

    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 Colfax Library and open Monday through Wednesday 10 am. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m....

  • Endicott News

    Anne Lowe, Gazette Correspondent|May 6, 2021

    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 memorial on Saturday, May 29, at the cemetery. A schedule will be coming out later this month for those that would like to attend....

  • Dusty News

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|May 6, 2021

    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 and their community proud. Harm and Jan Smith, Art Sager, Blake, and Carmen Heaton, Larry Brink, and classmates Vicki Broeckel and Linda Hennigar were among the many friends and family who attended graveside services April 24 in LaCrosse for Richard Barry who passed away Feb. 7 from complications...

  • Senior Menus: May 6, 2021

    Staff Report|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 gravy, rolls, salad bar, dessert LaCrosse Tuesday, May 11 No meal Palouse Wednesday, May 12 Pork chops with apple sauce, butternut squash, fruit salad, vegetable tray, dessert Pullman Tuesday, May 11 Fish fillet, baked potato, cooked vegetables, green salad, roll, lentil brownie Friday, May 14 Lentil and...

  • COVID politics punishes Whitman County

    Bill Stevenson, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 Seattle, Everett, and Olympia, he announced his decision to take a two-week pause on changes to counties’ COVID restrictions. Instead, all 39 counties in Washington will continue with their current phase designation. It means Whitman County remains stuck with Phase 2 restrictions until future notice. If the...

  • Colfax doesn't allow chickens

    Bill Stevenson, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 concerns over noise, smell, and bugs, Cities have ordinances already in place to police the problems. It’s unfortunate when the public presents feedback in a public meeting and a city-sponsored online poll, and it’s ignored. The City of Colfax polled people about allowing chickens and 81.8% are in...

  • Corrections: May 6, 2021

    Staff Report|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....

  • Lawmakers wanted an income tax lawsuit

    Jason Mercier, Washington Policy Center|May 6, 2021

    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 Court decides to uphold its numerous rulings saying that you own your income or if they'll instead reverse course. Just days after the Legislature approved Senate Bill 5096, which institutes an income tax on capital gains, the Freedom Foundation filed a lawsuit in Douglas County. A separate group, The...

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  • Support EICDA to slow down climate change

    May 6, 2021

    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 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, lead Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Instead, we need market-led innovation in the energy sector. Which resource do we tick, then? Wind and solar? Hydro? Nuclear? Surely not fossil fuels. “All-of-the-above,” she tells us. Hold on. Before choosing that la...

  • Police training needs to be changed

    May 6, 2021

    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 woman in Colorado left Walmart without paying for $14 worth of goods, probably because of her dementia, and was tackled and handcuffed, later providing entertainment for those police. People who have mental disabilities are met with violence by law enforcement, as probably the case of the 70 y...

  • District Court

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 driver’s licenses is suspended for 90 days. Isabella MacMillan is guilty of DUI and was sentenced April 30 to 364 days in jail with 334 suspended, fined $5,000 with $3,750 suspended, fees $2,243, 48 months supervised probation, 24 months unsupervised probation, alcohol assessment, attend DUI v...

  • Jail bookings

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Bail $100,000. Nadine M. Reiber, 50, booked on April 27 for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Bail $50,000. Travis L. Chertudi, 42, booked April 27 for driving while license suspended in the first degree and an ignition interlock violation. No bail....

  • Colfax police

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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. Tuesday, April 27 12:31 p.m. – Mill Street – A male was seen standing in front of a house for hours, wearing black clothes and black rubber gloves. 5:15 p.m. – City dump – An officer assisted a citizen. 5:55 p.m. – SR 195 – An officer arrested John Nessmith for DUI. Wednesday, April 28 10:33 a.m. – James Street...

  • Sheriff's office

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 harassment. 10:32 a.m. – Green Spot Road, LaCrosse – A theft was reported. 1:56 p.m. – Pine City-Malden Road, Malden – A deputy contacted several people who were reported to be trespassing. 3:13 p.m. – Pine City-Malden Road, Malden – Larry J. Brennan, 54, of Spokane, was arrested on a warrant. 3:48 p.m. – John Henry Roa...

  • USDA offering loans to farmers, ranchers

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 (FSA). FSA is offering two types of direct and guaranteed loans: farm ownership loans and farm operating loans. Repayment terms for the latter are scheduled from 1 – 7 years while financing for the former cannot exceed 40 years, with interest rates for direct loans set by the government's cost of borro...

  • Fiber optic internet to reach new areas of Whitman County

    Garth Meyer, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 completion is before Labor Day. Construction began last fall as Kirkland based-Ziply Fiber built infrastructure while the port agreed to pay a $1.3 million in a right-of-use fee, which grants the port the right to use the system for 20 years. They can sell its connections wholesale to internet...

  • WSU to require COVID vaccination by this fall

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 Kirk Schulz. Exceptions will be permitted for religious, medical, and personal reasons. For students participating in activities or classes on campus, proof of vaccination will be required, by the start of the fall semester in August. Students, who live on campus, will also need proof of vaccination,...

  • County lobbyist talks about gas taxes, carbon initiative

    Garth Meyer, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 thing about the session is that it’s over,” said Kennedy. “They can’t keep doing what they were doing to us.” He ran down some of the items which passed, including climate change measures, a capital gains tax, police reform, and more. “Now we need all the attorneys to wade through the legislation,” K...

  • Colfax golfers join Timberwolves in Tekoa

    Bill Stevenson, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 Colfax Golf Coach Michael Heitstuman. "Ayden Miller had a good outing." Colfax Bulldogs fielded six players. Senior Ayden Miller shot the team best 53, followed by senior Kennedy Schmidt with a 55, and sophomore Austin Miller with a 63. Sophomore Daemon Butler shot a 57, senior Gavin Wells a 70, a...

  • Colton softball breezes unbeaten to playoffs

    Garth Meyer, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 for a four-team Southeast 1B league playoff. No. 1 seed Colton would meet No. 4 Garfield-Palouse or Pomeroy. Next, the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, Liberty Christian and DeSales, play. The final follows. "I've never played on this field," said Colton Coach Brad Nilson. "There ain't nothing the same for...

  • Nighthawks and Vikings track on to championships

    Staff report, Whitman County Gazette|May 6, 2021

    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 eleven teams, Oakesdale's Tyler Bober won the 400 meters, followed by Ethan Cook of Garfield-Palouse in second. For the girls, the Vikings' Kennedy Cook took first in the 400 and the 200, while Jessie Reed won the 100 for the Nighthawks. The top 16 competitors through regular Southeast 1B competition...

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