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  • Carol Ann Kjack

    Carol Ann Kjack

    May 9, 2024

    Kjack, Carol Ann (age 88) passed away on February 3, 2024, in Spokane, Wash. Carol was born on November 6, 1935, to Frank and Margaret Tupling in Chewelah, Wash., where she joined her sisters Elizabeth, Stella, Ethel, and June, and brother, William (Bill). In the fall of 1944, the family moved to Rosalia, Wash. Carol graduated from Rosalia High School in 1953, after which she attended Kinman Business University. Upon graduating from Kinman, she worked at Centennial Mills on Trent Avenue in... Full story

  • Harold E. Knopes

    Burial Notice: Harold E. Knopes

    May 9, 2024

    Harry's family and friends will gather at the Colfax Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, to lay their beloved brother, colleague and friend to rest. We will celebrate Harry's life and all he meant to this community and to our nation. Harry served in the Air Force. He was a decorated Corrections Officer. Harry was known far and wide as the consummate harvester of wood. A reception will follow at the Best Western.... Full story

  • Grant Edward Burke

    Grant Edward Burke

    May 9, 2024

    Grant Edward Burke lost his battle with addiction on May 1st, 2024, in Lacrosse, Wash. He was born on February 9th, 1990, in Spokane, Wash., to Damon and Karen Burke. Grant was so much more than the addiction that took his life, from a young boy he displayed just how big his heart was and how gentle of a soul he had. He Grew up in Hooper, Wash., along with his older brother Marshall and younger sister Taylor. There they shared many memories of running along the creek and through the surrounding... Full story

  • Todd Jensen

    Todd Jensen

    Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    Todd Jensen has been described as the kind of man who could hunt a bear with a stick. He was big, he was brave, and he gave those around him a sense of safety and security. Todd was born May 30, 1984, to Tim & Rita Jensen of South Pine Creek, Tonasket, Wash., on a fifth-generation sheep ranch. At the age of 10, his family transitioned to breeding and raising horses, which Todd would tell you suited him much better; others remain skeptical. In elementary school, Todd's "backpack" consisted of a w... Full story

  • David Craig Powell

    David Craig Powell

    Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    David Craig Powell, born in Colfax, Washington, February 25, 1948, to Harold and Katie Powell, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a valiant fight against brain cancer on April 29, 2024. Raised in Colfax, he spent a fair amount of time in his father's shop, Powell Plumbing & Heating. He graduated from Colfax High School in 1966 and went on to study Civil Engineering at Washington State University. During his time at WSU, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Af... Full story

  • Garfield-Palouse Vikings show at meet

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    PALOUSE — The final league meet of the 1B 2024 track and field season saw the Garfield-Palouse Vikings girls team take first overall. The St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse Eagles would shine as well on the day, taking second overall for both the boys and girls divisions. The meet took place on Tuesday, April 30, in Pomeroy. The Viking girls scored 137 team points, followed by the Eagles with 87 team points. The Oakesdale Nighthawks had 43 team points for fifth place, and the Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves scored 35 team points. For the boys, the Eagles t...

  • Colton shut-out by Irish

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    COLTON – The Colton Wildcats were shut-out 11-0 by the DeSales Irish in their opening district game. The game was played on Tuesday, May 7, in Colton. Colton came into the game ranked number one in the district, with DeSales at number two. The Irish took down the Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves 13-3 in the opening game to advance themselves against the Wildcats. With the win over Colton, DeSales will play for the district championship, as well as automatically qualifying for the district 7/9 c...

  • Garfield baseball knocked out

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    PALOUSE - The Garfield-Palouse Vikings season has ended after a 18-6 loss to DeSales in the opening district game. The game was played on Friday, May 3, in Dayton. The Vikings led 5-2 after one inning, but allowed nine runs in the second inning to see the game end. "I'm very pleased with the performance of our team this year. We have lots of talented underclassmen that came in this year and even more next year," said Garfield-Palouse Vikings head coach Gabe Cocking....

  • Pomeroy hosts Cinco De Mayo Twilight Meet

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    OAKESDALE — The Cinco De Mayo Twilight track meet saw teams blow off some steam before regionals and state championships in the coming weeks. The meet was held on Friday, May 3, in Pomeroy. “Last meet was super fun to end the season. So fun and costumes in Pomeroy help blow off some tension and also connect with the athletes from the other schools. Everyone had fun. I think the coaches relay may have been the highlight,” said Oakesdale head coach Cap Perry. In the meet, Valley Christian took both the men’s and women’s titles, scoring 154.5 poi...

  • Ward advances

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    COLFAX — Jacob Ward advances to the district golf match after qualifying with a round of 85. The meet was held on Thursday, May 2, which took place in Deer Park. Connor McAnally also competed for the Colfax Bulldogs in the match, he shot a 99, failing to qualify for the district meet. Ward will compete in the district tournament, which takes place Wednesday, May 8, in Meadow Wood. All League will take place Tuesday, May 14, at Red Golf Club in Clarkston....

  • Colfax win opening district game

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    COLFAX - The Colfax Bulldogs baseball team opened their district tournament with a 13-3 victory over the Kettle Falls Bulldogs. The game was played on Thursday, May 2, in Colfax. "I thought we did a great job at the plate the entire game. We were patient when we needed to be, but still aggressive when we needed to be as well. Drawing eight walks, scoring in each inning and picking up the timely two out hits was key. Really proud of the way some of the young guys stepped up as well. We've been...

  • Bulldogs track host rainy district championship meet

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    COLFAX - In the final regular season 2B team championship track meet, the Colfax Bulldog boys took third. The meet was held on Tuesday, April 30, in Colfax. St. George's were the overall boys winner in the meet with 109 team points, followed by Reardan with 95, and Colfax with 73. The overall girls winner was Davenport with 159 team points. Colfax finished 10th with 32 total team points. Results for the Colfax Bulldogs are as follows: Boys 100-meter- Zachary Cooper, 2nd. SR, 11.39; Ryan Robinson...

  • Colfax softball walk off on senior night

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    COLFAX – The Colfax Bulldogs defeated the Asotin Panthers in straight games, 9-3, 13-12. The games were played on Tuesday, May 7, in Colfax. Colfax recognized their softball seniors between games. The first game saw the Bulldogs score two runs in both the first inning and second innings, as well as four runs in the sixth inning to dominate against the Panthers, winning 9-3. Gracie Bofto pitched all seven innings played for Colfax. She allowed three runs, all earned, on six hits with two s...

  • Senior Menus

    Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    Colfax Thursday, May 9 Fiesta taco salad; chips, cheese, olives, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream; sliced peaches, bavarian cream filled churros Monday, May 13 Homemade chicken noodle soup, tomato and cucumber salad, homemade rolls, fruit salad, scotcharoos Endicott Tuesday, May 14 Beef stew, corn bread, salad bar, fruit, dessert Palouse Wednesday, May 15 Homemade pizza, green salad, fruit, ice cream sundae Pullman Friday, May 10 Pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, vegetable tray, mandarin oranges, oatmeal butterscotch cookies Tuesday, May 14 Greek...

  • Births

    Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    Pullman Regional Hospital Raegan Lou Beale, a girl, was born April 27, 2024, to parent Cameron and Lex Beale, of Pomeroy. She weighed 7 pouns, 6.3 ounces. Paternal Grandparents are Bill and Robyn Beale, of Pomeroy. Maternal Grandparents are Paul Coleman, Grants Pass, Ore., and Kari Coleman, Pomeroy. Raegan joins brother William, 4, at home....

  • Girlfriends Gather coming to WSU

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    PULLMAN — The Women’s Leadership Guild is aiming to raise and give away $10,000 at its Girlfriends Gather event taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the Lewis Alumni Centre on the Washington State University campus. For a $100 donation, each attendee nominates an eligible non-profit to take home all the donations of the evening. For a non-profit to be eligible, it must align with the mission to serve women’s and children’s health and wellness. “I love Girlfriends Gather, and it keeps getting better and better as more people he...

  • Garfield's annual May Day is around the corner

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    GARFIELD — Another year of live music, a beer garden and festivities for the whole family is coming up next weekend for Garfield’s annual May Day Celebration. Public Relations Community of Garfield Association Sarah Anderson said that the festivities will start at 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, with live music by Arron Kelly Rager and the Backcounty Blues Badasses. There will be a beer garden sponsored by Palouse Brewing Company, food trucks, a pie auction and several vendors set up downtown. “Saturday is the big family day,” Anderson said, with wi...

  • St. John Community Fair 4-H/FFA class results

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    ST. JOHN- The annual St. John Community Fair saw 4-H and FFA classes showing livestock with several winning Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion titles. Fitting and showing began at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 26, with Beef, Sheep, Goats, and Swine. The results are as follows: Beef In 4-H Senior Class 1 the three winners were Issac Clinesmith, Cole Thornton-Schlunger and Matthew Clinesmith. For 4-H intermediates class 2, the four winners were Bennet Repp, Garrett Kane, Taylee Taylor and Ava...

  • Sen. Padden deserving of award

    Sen. Mark Schoesler, 9th Legislative District|May 9, 2024

    You might recall that a few weeks ago, I wrote about my colleague, 4th District Senator Mike Padden of Spokane Valley, who announced he is retiring when his current term ends, rather than seeking reelection in November. Although he cares about several legislative issues, Mike especially has been focused on crime and public safety, which is why he has served as either the chair or ranking Republican on the Senate Law and Justice Committee for many years. During our years together in the Senate,...

  • So Washington lost a farmer

    David Boze, Washington Policy Center|May 9, 2024

    WPC's Center for Agriculture Director Pam Lewison's recent special to The Seattle Times, "WA is losing farms and food-producing land. Does anyone care?", touched a nerve in many parts of Washington. For some it tapped into frustrations they have with state policy and policymakers who seem divorced from the realities to agricultural work and keeping a farm alive during difficult times (and times are almost always difficult in one way or another in farming). For others, it was confirmation of...

  • Washington benefits from Alaska oil leasing

    Don C. Brunell, Business analyst|May 9, 2024

    Recently, President Biden launched the second phase of his attack on domestic oil and gas production by effectively blocking leases in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve. That follows last year’s reimposed ban on exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. Both actions are ill-advised. In the Wall Street Journal, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, a Republican, quipped: “the Biden Administration has imposed more sanctions on Alaska than it has on Iran.” The Interior Department just blocked new oil and gas leasing on 13.3 million acres in Alas...

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  • Auditor seeks committee members

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    COLFAX —Whitman County Auditor Sandy Jamison is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write “against” committee statements for the August 6, 2024, Primary Election Local Voter’s Pamphlet. According to a press release from the Auditor’s Office, two district’s did not appoint an “against” committee to prepare a statement for the local voters’ pamphlet. RCW 29A.32.280 states that the auditor has to seek out and appoint up to three members to form the committee. The auditor is appointing committee members to write an “agai...

  • Downtown Association hosts Meet and Mingle

    Justin Slayton, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    COLFAX –– On Wednesday, April 29, Colfax locals gathered at 203 N. Main Street for the annual Meet and Mingle event hosted by the Colfax Downtown Association. During the event, Colfax Downtown Association Director Whitney Bond discussed developments in several projects, upcoming events and programs for locals, as well as filling of several open seats on the association’s board. The meeting began with an introduction to the current board, followed up with several motions to fill vacant positions. A motion was started to elect Colfax School Distr...

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