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 By Garth Meyer    News    May 16, 2019

May Day 2019 dawns in Garfield

Garfield’s annual May Day celebration returns Saturday, beginning with breakfast from the Boy Scouts and Awana youth group at the Garfield/Palouse Middle School cafeteria, followed by a “Color Explosion” fun run put on by Garfield Parks &...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    May 16, 2019
Richard Ellis

First graders tour hospital

Jennings Elementary School first graders celebrated National Nurse's Week with a trip to Whitman Hospital last Friday afternoon. A total of 42 youngsters were able to attend the hospital walk this...

 

Senator shares post-session views

Ninth District Senator Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, stopped by the Gazette office Monday afternoon and fielded a few questions. First up was the state's school funding problem, which surfaced after state funding was changed in the wake of the...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    May 16, 2019

Work on water mains now underway in Rosalia

Construction on replacement of water lines in Rosalia commenced last week. Layne Merritt, J-U-B Engineers area manager, said the project received funding to replace water pipes that run from Fairview...

 
 By Jana Mathia    News    May 16, 2019

State will spend $11.3 million plus on area rails

After years of bandaid fixes, the Palouse River & Coulee City Railroad is on track for repair and rehabilitation to make it a solid rail system. “It is kind of exciting,” said Bob Westby, PCC rail system manager. The rail line now has...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    May 16, 2019

Hearing examiner approves Dusty grain storage pads

The verdict is in from the land-use examiner on the conditional use permit request for the Dusty grain storage pads project. Land-use hearing examiner Andy Kottkamp delivered his decision May 8 in a 12-page document approving the application by the...

 

Retzer, incumbents file for mayor seats

Jim Retzer, a member of the Washington State Patrol detachment based in Colfax, filed for the open mayor's seat Monday morning after filing opened for the fall elections. Colfax Mayor Todd Vanek announced April 1 that he did not plan to seek a third...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    May 16, 2019

Blood donors can help obtain school grants

A blood drive in LaCrosse Friday could award the local school a $2,000 grant if 36 donors participate. The blood drive will be from noon to 6:15 p.m. Friday at the LaCrosse Town Hall. “All blood collected will go toward the local hospital to save...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    May 16, 2019
Dr. Erin McGillic and Cindee Carlson

New veterinary clinic to open in Colfax

A new veterinary clinic is set to open in Colfax in June. Moscow-based Affordable Veterinary Care will offer a satellite branch with hours announced as Mondays, Thursdays and the second Saturday of...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    May 16, 2019
Whitman County Commissioners

Board hears aging services report

A representative of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington gave a report Monday morning to Whitman County Commissioners about services provided in 2018. Lynn Kimball, executive director for...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    May 16, 2019

Lipe resigns as Colfax principal

Colfax Junior-Senior High School principal Carrie Lipe has resigned. The school board approved the resignation Monday night, to take affect after this school year is completed. Lipe’s contract ends in mid-June. The job opening will be posted this...

 
LaCrosse FFA Ag Sales team

County FFA entrants win state contests

­­­The annual Washington state FFA convention took place on campus at WSU last weekend with a list of first-place winners from Whitman County. Colfax junior Cotton Booker took state for top...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    May 16, 2019

Board approves curriculum, resignations

The Colfax school board took in its second-to-last meeting of the shortened 2018-19 school year Monday night, beginning with a work session on new curriculum for elementary science and high school culinary arts. Jennings Elementary Principal Travis...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    May 16, 2019

Palouse area to host grain confab for first time

Pullman and Moscow with host the Inland Northwest Artisan Grains Conference for the first time ever in July. Aba Kiser, project manager for WSU Food Systems, said since 2013 the conference has been held on the west side of Washington. She said...

 

Coroner issues report

County Coroner Annie Pillers determined after investigation Haley Aleia Ferguson, 21, died May 4, 2019, at her residence in Pullman from a a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The manner of death was suicide....

 
Layne Gingerich

Bulldogs bump both NE top finishers to advance to state regional round

Colfax baseball players will head for the state regional round at Ferris High on Spokane's south hill Saturday after pegging back-to-back wins last Saturday in the showdown rounds for NE district...

 
Anni Cox

Colfax defeats Davenport for top slot at Franklin

Colfax hammered Davenport Tuesday 13-1 at McDonald Park to advance to the semi-final round of the NE District tournament which will resume Saturday at the Franklin Park complex in north Spokane. The...

 

Colfax golfers advance to state finals at Tumwater

All three Colfax senior golfers qualified for the state finals next week after the second round of district finals Monday on the par-72 MeadowWood course at Liberty Lake. Seniors Augie Allenbach and Bennett Gray each carded 75s to finish behind...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    May 16, 2019

Colton softball wins two, state seeding game next

Playing at Spokane Friday, May 11, Colton beat Selkirk 15-0 and Inchelium 12-4 to advance to a state seeding game. They will meet Almira/Coulee/Hartline at 6 p.m. Friday at Franklin Park in Spokane to decide the no. 1 and no. 2 seed for the state...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    May 16, 2019
Jackson Meyer

1B baseball state quarterfinals next next: Colton comeback just shy

They met for the state 1B championship last year, Almira/Coulee/Hartline winning it 8-4. A year later, last Saturday in Colbert, it was Colton-A/C/H again, the same two pitchers, for a game to decide...

 

The knock out punch?

The deepest solo ocean dive ever made was to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. It was made in a titanium-hulled submersible on May 1. The depth of the dive was more than 35,800 feet. Four new deep sea species were discovered. Als...

 

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