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 By Teresa Simpson    News    May 19, 2022

Sol Vallharta owners planning to retire

COLFAX — The owners of the local Mexican restaurant are hoping someone steps up to buy their business. Owners Felipe and Luz Guitron are planning on retiring after 28 years in business here, they...

 

Virgil 'Glenn' Vannice

In Loving Memory of Virgil "Glenn" Vannice passed away May 5, 2022 in Pullman, Wash., at the age of 89. Glenn was born July 23, 1932, on the family homestead in Garfield, Wash., to William and Nina...

 

Robert 'Bob' Max Hinrichs

"Every life is noted and is cherished, and nothing loved is ever lost or perished." - Madeleine L'Engle Robert "Bob" Max Hinrichs, 90, of Pullman, Wash., died peacefully at home May 9, 2022,...

 

Dorothy A. Bowman

Dorothy A. Bowman, 85, passed away May 10, 2022, at her home in Tekoa, Wash. Dorothy was born Aug. 12, 1936, in Medicine Lodge, Kan., to Jesse and Thelma (Fussel) Wortman. She attended school in...

 

Diane Lynn (Abegglen) Berger

Diane Lynn (Abegglen) Berger, 77, passed away May 11, 2022. She was born in Tekoa, Wash., to Hugh and Lois Abegglen on Nov. 26, 1944. She resided in Colfax, Wash., until the family relocated to...

 

Stan Bischoff

A celebration of life for Stan Bischoff will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22. Stan passed away Dec. 15, 2021. He was born Nov. 15, 1943. The celebration of life will take place in the Palouse High School gymnasium, 600 E. Alder St., Palouse....

 

Nancy Stanard

A celebration of life for Nancy Stanard will be at 2 p.m. June 11, 2022, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 321 S. Main St., Colfax, Wash....

 

Births

PULLMAN – Norah Shea Taylor, a girl, was born Friday, May 13, 2022, at Pullman Regional Hospital. Norah weighed 7 pounds 9.4 ounces. She is the first child born to her parents, Ayla and Austin Taylor, and they reside in Clarkston. Her paternal...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    People    May 19, 2022

Krolls celebrate 50th anniversary

COLFAX - A local couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, May 12. Jim Kroll and Kathy Grimm started dating in 1969. "Its a pretty special thing that doesn't happen too often...

 
 By Roger Harnack    People    May 19, 2022

'Beauty and the Beast' coming to Tekoa

TEKOA — Local elementary school students will present their version of “Beauty and the Beast” on stage at Empire Theatre on Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1. “We’ve been working very...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 19, 2022

Gov. Inslee, Sen. Murray targeting wrong dams

Gov. Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams with fish passages...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    Opinion    May 19, 2022

Fairchild 'fueled' my military excitement

As a young lady in her infancy of writing news here in Colfax, and who is in the process of enlisting in the U.S. Army, my experience while flying with the Thunderbirds last Thursday in advance of Sky...

 

Commissioners allocate $80,000 to health district

COLFAX – Whitman County commissioners unanimously voted to give Whitman County Public Hospital District No. 2 funds to help mitigate COVID-19. The decision to give the agency $80,000 came during the commissioners’ Monday, May 16, meeting....

 

Memorial Day ceremony slated for May 30

COLFAX — The local FFA Chapter, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other volunteers will be placing more than 300 flags on local graves in advance of Memorial Day. An observance of Memorial Day is set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 30. Flags and crosses are to...

 

Garden event set for St. John on Saturday

ST. JOHN— The annual Spring Garden Event is slated for Saturday, May 21. The event will take place throughout the day at Eccles Community Hall, 9752 State Highway 23. There will be house and garden plants, succulents, bee keeping, master...

 

Photo montage set for city's birthday in July

COLFAX— For the 150th birthday celebration of the city, the Colfax Chamber of Commerce and Tom Mohr are putting together a photography show. The show will run from July 1-31 at 104 S. Main St., and include of photographs taken by residents showing...

 

May Day on tap in Garfield this Saturday

GARFIELD – May Day celebrations are in full swing and planned for Saturday, May 21. A full day of activities is planned, starting with a breakfast from 6-9 a.m. A baking contest will be at 9 a.m. and a kid’s parade at 10:30 a.m. Immediately...

 
 By Kenzie Ries    Records    May 19, 2022

Sheriff's Office

May 10 1:12 a.m. – North Madison Street, Tekoa — Deputy responded for a 911 call. Deputy determined there was no emergency. 11:42 a.m. – Milepost 47, State Highway 195, Colfax — Undersheriff...

 
 By Kenzie Ries    Records    May 19, 2022

Colfax Police

May 6 9:39am – Stray animals. Officer tooka stray black lab to the pound. 11:30am – Communications problem. Officer reponded for a 911 hang up. 3:42 p.m. – Civil calls. Officer responded. 4:47 p...

 

County Jail

• Francisco Real, 32, booked May 7, for Long Beach Judicial District Murder/Prohibition Firearm access. Bond is set at $3,000,000. • Darien Leaf, 23, booked May 12, for State Department of Corrections warrant, second-degree burglary. Held...

 

District Court

May 10 Adam Shelton, third-degree driving while license suspended. Defendant is sentenced tp 30 days of jail, suspended 30 days, and of fine of $1000 with $500 suspended. Total fines of $54, $500 may be converted to community service and must be...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    People    May 19, 2022

Old Iron

JOHNSON – The Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club returns for its annual tractor drive Saturday, May 21, through Whitman County. Starting at 9:30 a.m., a caravan of antique tractors will depart from Johnson Schoolhouse. “The guys have refurbished all...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    May 19, 2022

Train derails near Hooper

HOOPER - A wheat train derailed along state Highway 26, west of the town of LaCrosse and east of Washtucna. Ten train cars derailed, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Janet Matkins said...

 

Toddler drowns in unused pool near Endicott

ENDICOTT — A 2-year-old girl drowned in an unused concrete swimming pool Tuesday. The girl had been playing with siblings Tuesday evening when her parents noticed she was missing, Sheriff Brett Myers said. After about 15 minutes of searching, she...

 

FFA chapters place at state

KENNEWICK – Future Farmers of America members from Whitman County schools brought home multiple first-place awards May 14 from the state FFA Convention and Expo. From Colfax, the Ag Sales team of...

 

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