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  • Ella Louise Elkins Ellis "Wheezie"

    Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    Ella Louise Elkins Ellis "Wheezie", 89, passed away on May 10, 2024, at Pullman Regional Hospital. She was born August 11, 1934, to George and Esther (Eurich) Black in Spokane, Wash. She grew up in Oakesdale graduating with the class of 1952. She married Frank N. Elkins in 1952 and together they welcomed four children; Dana, Marian, Terry, and Kelly. She enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother and homemaker. After the kids were older, Louise went back to school earning her education degree from... Full story

  • Katie Schmick

    Katie Schmick

    Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    Katie Schmick passed away peacefully in Colfax, Washington on May 7, 2024. She lived a full life to the age of ninety-six. She was born in Corvallis, Oregon, on January 28, 1928. She grew up in Spokane and attended WSU. There she met her husband to be, Lloyd Schmick. They settled in on the farm outside of Colfax where they raised four children: Kirk (Debbie) of Spokane, Jim (Lyndi) of Seattle, Mary of Colfax, and Gary (Ann) of Elk. City girl Katie became a farm wife and mother every child... Full story

  • Paul Andrew Schluneger

    Paul Andrew Schluneger

    May 16, 2024

    Paul Andrew Schluneger, lifelong area resident, passed away May 8, 2024 at his Colfax home from cancer. He was 74. Paul was born December 10, 1949 to John and Veronica "Joey" Schluneger in Colfax. He was one of seven children raised in the Onecho area. He attended Colfax High School, graduating in 1968. He attended one year at Yakima Valley College, before returning home to marry his high school sweetheart, Anna Therrien in 1969. Paul was a self-employed semi-driver, hauling grain and... Full story

  • William Keith Zaring

    Service Notice: William Keith Zaring

    Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    Friends and family are invited to a graveside service for William Keith Zaring, to be held at the LaCrosse Cemetery at 10 a.m. on June 1, 2024. Keith was born September 30, 1929 in Baker City, OR to Paul Rider and Effie Jane (Smithpeter) Zaring. He was raised in Lacrosse where he attended school and graduated with the class of 1947. He met Leila Allen Perkins, who was also serving in the Air Force. They wed on August 26, 1952, in Washington, DC. Following the Korean War, they moved to the...

  • Senior Menus

    Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    Colfax Thursday, May 16 Pot roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrots, pears; apple, cranberry, pear crisp Monday, May 20 Homemade pizza, green salad, peaches and blueberries, ice cream sundae bar with toppings Colton Wednesday, May 22 Fiesta taco salad, chips, cheese, olives, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream; apricots; no bake cookie Palouse Wednesday, May 22 Pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, vegetable tray, fruit, dessert Pullman Friday, May 17 Baked potato bar with chili, cheese, onions, sour cream, salsa; broccoli; peaches; s’mores cookie bars T...

  • Births

    Whtiman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    Pullman Regional Hospital Paul Gerhardt Graham, a boy was born May 5, 2024 to parents Shawn and Susan Graham, of Pullman. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces. Paternal Grandparents are R. Jeannine Graham, of Taos, New Mexico. Maternal Grandparents are Roderick and Sandra Duesterhoeft, of Hutchinson, Minn. Paul joins sister Annabelle, 16 months, at home. Easton Miller Jones, a boy, was born May 5, 2024 to parents Monica Miller and Kaden Jones, of Moscow. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Paternal Grandparents are Galen Jones, of Julieaetta, Idaho., and...

  • Mike Day holds Battle Days raffle

    Justin Slayton, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    ROSALIA – Local denizen Mike Day is gearing up for Rosalia’s Battle Days celebration with his annual raffle. Day puts on the raffle every year for the town’s summer event, receiving donations from local businesses and residents for the prize pool. This year, Battle Days will be held on June 1. The funds accrued from the raffle are donated to local businesses to help keep money in the community. Last year, Mr. Day raised over $500 and donated the funds to the Rosalia CommUnity Church. This year’s recipients will be the Tekoa-Rosalia schools...

  • Gospel concert in Colfax this weekend

    Justin Slayton, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX –– The family gospel quartet, “The Craguns” will be making a stop in Colfax for a concert at the Colfax Church of the Nazarene. The Craguns consist of husband and wife, Jordan and Elena Cragun, Ray Cragun and Savannah Cragun, who began the music group in 2013. Since then, the group has gone to tour the United State from east to west coast, release albums, perform in major venues and on radio and television. The group has been performing in Colfax for almost a decade according the Colfax Church of the Nazarene. Colfax Church of the Naz...

  • A tea party to remember hits The Center

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX -The Center was packed and decorated bringing in mothers, grandmothers and granddaughters dressed in their Sunday best for a tea party on Saturday, May 11. The Friends of the Libraries annual Afternoon Tea and Silent Auction brought in a good turnout this year according to Whitman County event Organizer Nanette Nebe. "I feel like the news of the tea from last year has spread," she said, adding that this year they were able to see families bringing in three generations. For several it was...

  • Colfax local awarded prestigious FFA award

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX - A local high school student was awarded the Washington State Star in Placement award during the Thursday, May 9 to Saturday, May 11, Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Convention. The state-level competition was held at Washington State University. J.P. Wigen, 18, of Colfax, earned the title of State Star for his work on his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project, which he connected to his love for farming. "I really do love farming, and it gave me a good time frame to...

  • State Board of Education pushes for more charter schools and calls for equitable funding

    Liv Finne, Washington Policy Center|May 16, 2024

    The State Board of Education (SBE) just published its seventh Annual Report on the performance of Washington’s 18 charter public schools. These innovative community-based schools serve a total of about 4,800 students. As in past years, the State Board finds that children who attend a charter public school receive an education that is as good or better than the one provided at most traditional public schools. Charter schools are popular. Many parents regard them as the best option for their children. Most charters have waiting lists, and attenda...

  • Pause, please: Misspending is a bad word

    Elizabeth Hovde, Washington Policy Center|May 16, 2024

    This news story on KUOW gave me a hot flash: “‘Menopause is not a bad word.’ New bill aims to increase awareness, reduce stigma.” It highlighted a proposal to expand federal research on menopause, establish a national public awareness program and support improved training for health care providers. The price tag for the Senate bill titled the Advancing Menopause Care and Mid-Life Women’s Health Act? $275 million over five years. This is exactly the sort of putting wants ahead of needs that only...

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  • "Train Dreams" filming comes to Tekoa

    Teresa Simpson|May 16, 2024

    TEKOA - The film crew for "Train Dreams" filled Henkle Street Wednesday, May 8, bringing in spectators to watch movie making magic unfold. Crew members could be seen dumping dirt across the road for the first scene, which featured extras being thrown out of "The Mercantile," Tekoa's old bank building that had been remade into a general store. Amongst the crowd was the drama class from Oakesdale, who were able to take the day off school to watch as the scenes were filmed. The class got to talk ab...

  • Colfax holds final jazz band concert for the school year

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX- The Colfax Junior/High School held their final Jazz Band Concert for the year on Monday, May 13. First up was the smaller group including the students that compete, with a setlist including "Fancy Pants", "In a Sentimental Mood", and "Secret Love". Soloists were Lauryn York on the trumpet for "Fancy Pants"; Darin Repp on the trumpet and Walter McGraw on tenor sax for "In a Sentimental Mood", and Winona McGraw on trombone for "Secret Love". A total of 37 band members were on stage for...

  • Colfax end baseball year

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX - The Colfax Bulldogs baseball team watched as their season ended after a 3-2 defeat against the Asotin Panthers. The game against the Panthers was played on Wednesday, May 8, in Spokane. In the game, Asotin would strike first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Colfax would respond with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at two, however, the Panthers scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth to end the Bulldogs season. Senior pitcher JP...

  • Colfax week three adult golf league results

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX — After three sunny weeks in Colfax, the mens golf league results and standings are as follows: A-Bracket Almota Elevator: Nathan Johnson, 9, Steve Warwick (sub), 6, Tyson Rogers (sub), 12, Jeff Batterton, 11, total, 38. The McGregor Company: Matthew Scholz, 11, Phil Hergert, 13, Steve Evans, 11, Randy Lindbo (sub), 8, total, 43. Medical Micro Machining: Scott Snodgrass, 13, Jake Hahn, 10, Jonathon Morgan, 6, Rob Whitmore, 11, total, 40. Idaho Forest Group: Bye. Whitman Family Dental: Al Kirkpatrick, 9, Ken Arthur, 12, Ken McGreevy, 6...

  • Pullman Tennis district champs

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    PULLMAN — The Pullman Greyhounds boys tennis program defeated the Clarkston Bantams 6-1, winning the district each year since boys tennis was introduced in Pullman. Pullman athletic director also announced that the boys tennis team were named academic state champions for the second time in the last three seasons. Results for the boys match against Clarkston is as follows: Singles — Mir Park, Pul, def. Cole McKenzie 6-4, 6-4; Reed Newell, Pul, def. Haven Morfin 7-5, 6-2; Nathan Sutton, Pul, def. Logan McKarcher 6-0, 6-0; Svanik Bose, Pul, def...

  • Soza homers as Colton advances to crossover

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLTON - After being shut-out 11-0 by DeSales in the district semifinal game, the Colton Wildcats responded. Colton would defeat the Dayton Bulldogs 8-2 in a loser-out match on Monday, May 13, in Spokane, advancing them to their next match, and automatically qualifying the team for district crossover matches. Colton scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to propel them to victory over the Bulldogs. Kiya Soza pitched all seven innings for the Wildcats in the game against Dayton. She...

  • Jail Log

    Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX—The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals booked from May 7 through May 13: May 7 Michael Chad Shaffer, 50, Warrant DUI. $50,000 bond or $5,000 cash bail through District Court. May 10 Mathew Tomas Martiniz, 38, residential burglary, malicious mischief 3rd degree. $10,000 bond or $1,000 cash bail through Superior Court. Gino Gonzaga Rodriquez, 61, USMS hold, federal violation. Held without bail through Federal Court. Clayton Meade Sprouse, 33, two charges of harassment previous conviction or death threat or criminal just...

  • Colfax Police Log

    Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX — The Colfax Police Department responded to the following calls from May 3 to May 6: May 3 12:08 a.m.- Welfare check East Golgotha Street. 12:34 p.m.- Welfare check North Main Street. 2:30 p.m.- Parking problem South East Street and East Cooper Street. 3:10 p.m.- SR 195 traffic violation. 10:18 p.m.- Parking problem North Main Street. May 4 12:35 a.m.- Burglary East James Street. 8:28 a.m.- Civil call North Mill Street. 6:40 p.m.- Suspicious vehicle North Mill Street. 7:39 p.m.- Controlled substance problem West Fairview Street. May 5 1...

  • Sheriff's Logs

    Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX – The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls from May 7 to May 13: May 7 8:33 a.m.- North Mill Street, Colfax. Other law enforcement calls. 9:13 a.m.- North Mill Street, Colfax. Fingerprints. 9:20 a.m.- North Mill Street, Colfax. Fingerprints. 11:41 a.m.- North Ramsey Street, Tekoa. Abnormal behavior. 12:03 p.m.- West Spring Street and North High Street, Uniontown. Suspicious person. 12:08 p.m.- West Nob Hill Street, St. John. DARE. 1:44 p.m.- Hume Road and Scholz Road, Colfax. Two loose cows. 6:39 p.m.- Col...

  • Land Transactions

    May 16, 2024

    COLFAX — The Whitman County Assessor’s Office reported the following land transactions from May 1 to May 9: May 1 The Gristmill, LLC, a Washington limited liability company, Moscow, Idaho., sold NNA Front Street, Oakesdale, Wash., to Innovia Ignite Foundation, Inc., a Washington corporation, Spokane, Wash., parcels 8-0710-00-00-00-0184, 8-0710-00-00-00-0193, selling price $150,000, Statutory Warranty Deed. Leads Petro, LLC, a Washington limited liability company, Pullman, Wash., sold Petroleum refining and related industries to RYLN Pro...

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