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Patricia Anne Porter

Patricia Anne Porter, 86, passed away April 30, 2021, at the Spokane Hospice House. Patty was born in Oakesdale, Wash., on January 21, 1935, to the late George Schley and Sidonia (Wiemer) Littleton.... Full story


Howard Grover Morris

Howard Grover Morris was born January 30, 1942, in Colfax, Wash., and passed away on May 3, 2021, in Colfax at the age of 79. He was the son of Warren and Alice Howard Morris. He attended Colfax schools and graduated with the class of 1960. Howard ma... Full story


Julie Ann Manner

Julie Ann Manner, Colfax resident, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 7, 2021, in the emergency department of Whitman Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack. She was 49. Julie was born August 17, 1971, in Modesto, Calif., to John... Full story

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Susan Lynn Westacott

Susan Lynn Westacott, 56, formerly of Potlatch, Idaho, died Sunday, April 25, 2021, from ovarian cancer at the Hospice of North Idaho Schneidmiller House in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Susan was born... Full story

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Eileen M. Brayton

The Good Lord waived Eileen M. Brayton around 3rd base, May 9, 2021, and brought her home. Born January 31, 1928, to Clara and Ray Lyman in Kirkland, Washington, Eileen passed away, like a whisper at... Full story

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Robert M. Lemon

Robert "Bob" M. Lemon, 79, a resident of Colfax, Wash., went to be with his bride on Monday, May 3, 2021, at his home in Colfax. Bob finished his race with his family by his side and passed on his... Full story


Funeral Services

Janet Camp Celebration of Life Come join us for fellowship, a meal, and sharing memories. Ralston Grange Hall, June 5, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. RSVP [email protected] Sharon Provost Burial Service Burial service for Sharon (Curtis) Provost will be... Full story

 By Staff Report    People    May 13, 2021

Births: May 13, 2021

Jaxson L. V. Enfield was born April 26, 2021, to Paola Esqueda and Jonathan Enfield, of Moscow, Idaho. He was 6 pounds, 13 ounces. William R. Steiner was born April 29, 2021, to Ashley and Aaron Steiner, of Palouse. He was 6 pounds, 13 ounces....

 By Staff Report    People    May 13, 2021
James Woomack is happy to receive a Quilt of Valor.

Farmington's Woomack given Quilt of Valor

GARFIELD — James Woomack was recently presented with a Quilt of Valor during a meeting of the American Legion Post 24 in Garfield. Woomack, of Farmington, served in the Navy from 1967 - 1993 during...

 By Staff Report    People    May 13, 2021
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Whitman County students make Eastern Washington University's Dean's List

CHENEY — The 2021 Dean's List for Winter, at Eastern Washington University (EWU), was released recently. Students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher and are taking a minimum of 12 hours of instruction per...

 By Staff Report    People    May 13, 2021
Writers can gain advice and tips at the Writers Festival in Moscow, Idaho.

Writers Festival, Books and Brews set for June 26

MOSCOW — The Palouse Writers Guild announced it is hosting its second annual Writers Festival on June 26 at the 1912 Center in Moscow, Idaho. The event includes workshops, panel discussions, and...


Land transactions

Donald and Carolyn Anderson, of Oakesdale, sold 206 Pearl Street ion Oakesdale to William V. Anderson, of Hauser Lake, Idaho, parcels 1-0645-00-23-08-0000, 1-0645-00-23-07-0000, selling price $0, quit claim deed, April 26 Bailey Short, of Pullman,...


Jail bookings

Lonny G, Skow, 67, booked May 3 for DUI. No bail. Ashley B Cunningham, 26, booked May 3 for harassment. Bail $10,000. Kyler J. Paine, 22, booked May 3 for malicious mischief in the second degree and a warrant from Whitman County District Court for...


Colfax police

Monday, May 3 5:42 p.m. - Main Street – A loose dog was found in a front yard. The homeowner was bitten by the dog before. 6:01 p.m. – Thorn Street – An officer conducted a welfare check. 6:45 p.m. – Oak Street – An officer responded to a...


Sheriff's office

Monday, May 3 6:28 a.m. – Albion Road, Pullman – There was a non-injury crash. (No reports for seven hours) 1:43 p.m. – Little Goose Dam Road, LaCrosse – A deputy responded to a civil court matter. 3:57 p.m. – McGrady Road, Colfax ...


Good Old Days: 125 years ago

Warden Mosgrove has issued the following circular letter to the wheat growers: STATE PENITENTIARY, WALLA WALLA-WASH., May 5, 1896 – To Wheat Growers: – The price of grain bags manufactured at the state penitentiary has been reduced from $49 per...


Good Old Days: 100 years ago

The first National Hospital Day ever observed in America, May 12, brought hundreds of visitors to St. Ignatius hospital in this city, where visitors were received from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors were...


Disagrees with idea of legal prostitution

The prostitution opinion article missed one “small” detail. What about design? As an example, dad bought this really nice Case IH Quadtrac. The engine is designed to run on diesel, though, it will run on gasoline. I’d get serious acceleration...

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Unemployment insurance as a bridge between jobs

When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs through no fault of...


DANGEROUS RHETORIC – Stop asking me that

It has become the fashion for people in our town to start conversations with the question “Have you gotten your vaccine yet?” It’s happened to me several times in the last week, and I’m...

 By Joe Schmick    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Legislature session ends with concerns

In a previous update to you, I talked about the trifecta of proposals that could drastically increase the price we all pay at the pump. This could raise costs for those that can least afford it,...

 By Bill Stevenson    News    May 13, 2021
The three destroyed mobile homes were abandoned on Summit Street in Rosalia.

Rosalia man pled guilty to setting fire

COLFAX — Tracy Porter pled guilty to reckless burning for lighting five fires to burn tall grass in Rosalia that spread to three abandoned mobile homes. Porter, 65, of Rosalia, was charged with...

 By Staff Report    News    May 13, 2021

Candidate filing period starts May 17

COLFAX — The online filing period for political candidates begins May 17 for Whitman County. Applications to run for office are due by 4 p.m. on May 21 to be on the ballot for the November election, according to the Whitman County Auditor’s...


Idaho man enters plea for trying to flee from the Garfield marshal

COLFAX – A man accused of fleeing the Garfield town marshal pled not guilty on May 7 to the charge of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. Taylor Shell, 27, of Moscow, Idaho, was charged...


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