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  • Garfield-Palouse Vikings capture district title

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    PALOUSE - After the two-day 1B and 2B district championship track meet, the Garfield-Palouse Vikings girls stood alone atop the podium. The meet was held Wednesday, May 15, and Saturday, May 18, in Ritzville. Wednesday was primarily the finals for most of the field events, with a few happening Saturday. The meet Saturday was primarily the finals for the running events, with top times heading to the state meet in Yakima, Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25. The Viking girls scored 147.5 team...

  • Palouse swim team to host orientation

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    PALOUSE — The swim team is back in action this summer under coach Andres Sena of Palouse. The summer season kicks off with an orientation meeting for parents and swimmers at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 7, at Palouse Park. “We will have a discussion on the continuation of the program, hand out and turn in paperwork, answer questions and enjoy popsicles,” said Sena in an announcement. Weekly practice will begin at 11:45 a.m. on Monday, June 17, at the Palouse pool and will last until 1 p.m. There will not be practice on days of swim meets. Tryouts wi...

  • Colton softball to state

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    COLTON- For the first time since the 2021-22 season, the Colton Wildcats softball team will participate in the state tournament. The tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, in Yakima. Colton will be guaranteed two games on Friday, and advance to play Saturday with one win needed from their two games Friday, May 24. To advance to state, Colton had to upset Almira-Coulee-Hartline, which they did. The game was played on Friday, May 17, in Spokane. Colton scored four runs in the...

  • Bulldog softball eliminated

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    COLFAX - After making the state tournament last season, the Colfax Bulldogs failed to qualify in the 2023-24 season. The team was knocked out of the district tournament Friday, May 17, with a 13-10 loss to the Asotin Panthers. The game was played at Dwight Merkel Complex in Spokane. Asotin had 12 hits in the game with nine errors, where as Colfax had just nine hits with three errors. Colfax would score eight total runs in the first three innings, leading by three. Asotin would answer with a...

  • Six Bulldogs head to college for athletics

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    COLFAX - The Colfax Bulldogs senior graduating class of 2024 celebrated Thursday, May 16. The ceremony celebrated all the graduating seniors who are moving on to other endeavors after high school. Of the many seniors signing to attend college, trade school or the work force, six seniors signed to participate in collegiate sports as well. Seth Lusting will play basketball at Walla Walla Community College. Lustig was the point guard for the Bulldogs, including this past season where he was a...

  • William Keith Zaring

    William Keith Zaring

    May 23, 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...

  • Cheryl Anne McCoskey

    Cheryl Anne McCoskey

    Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    Cheryl Anne McCoskey of Garfield, Washington passed away on May 13, 2024. She was born in 1955, and is survived by her sisters Sue, Janice, and Cindy; her children Jacob and Jessie; and her grandchildren Miya, Trentin, Maddox and Cullen. Cheryl's husband Jeff, passed away in 2022. Cheryl, affectionately called Sherrie by many, grew up in Chicago, Ill. She then moved to Moscow, Idaho, finally settling in Garfield, Wash. Cheryl was a nurse for over 30 years. She worked in both nursing homes and...

  • Nina L. (Littleton) Gregory

    Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    NINA L. (LITTLETON) GREGORY A graveside memorial service will be held June 5, 2024, 1:00 pm at the Oakesdale Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life reception at the McCoy Valley Museum, downtown Oakesdale....

  • Shirley Jean Schultheis

    Shirley Jean Schultheis

    Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    Shirley Jean (Grieser) Schultheis, 95, died peacefully at Bishop Place Senior Living in Pullman, on Thursday, May 16, 2024. Born July 10, 1928 in Genesee, Idaho, to Martin and Julalia (Esser) Grieser, she was the second of five children. She came from humble beginnings on the farm, helping alongside her family to bring in the harvest and make ends meet. In 1948, Shirley and her sister, Joyce, were in the inaugural class of women students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where she...

  • Senior Menus

    Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    Colfax Thursday, May 23 Oven baked chicken, gourmet mac and cheese, grape and broccoli salad, blueberry cream cheese muffins Monday, May 27 Closed - Memorial Day Colton Wednesday, May 29 Tater tot casserole with veggies, fruit salad, tomato cucumber salad, fudge pops Endicott Tuesday, May 28 Tater tot casserole, salad bar, fruit, dessert Palouse Wednesday, May 29 Pullman visiting, pot roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrots, pears, brownies Pullman Friday, May 24 Pot roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrots, pears, cranberry orange...

  • Pullman Regional Hospital

    Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    Raegan Lou Beale, a girl, was born on April 27, 2024 to parents Cameron and Lexi Beale, of Pomeroy. She weighed 7 pounds, 6.3 ounces. Paternal Grandparents are Bill and Robyn Beale, of Pomeroy. Maternal Grandparents are Paul Coleman, of Grants Pass, Ore., and Kari Coleman, of Pomeroy. Raegan joins brother William, 4, at home. Madeline Mack, a girl, was born May 11, 2024 to parents Ryan and Ashley Mack, of Genesee, Idaho. Madeline joins brothers Shawn, 10 and Declan, 1, and sister Brooklyn, 4, at home. Lincoln George Morgan, a boy, was born May...

  • Veteran's Corner: Ronald Harder

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    PALOUSE — Born at the old St. Ignatius Hospital and raised in Colfax, Ronald “Ron” Harder , 79, of Palouse, joined Washington State University ROTC to learn how to fly helicopters, going onto serve in Vietnam. Harder said during his military service he had to take two years training at Washington State University ROTC “They promised to teach me to be a pilot, so I went two more years ,” he said. Becoming a second lieutenant after training, Harder then went to his next training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as an armor officer. He married his wife...

  • Pat's Books closing

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    ROSALIA — Pat’s Books and combined business Just Stuff is closing after over 20 years of being in business. Rosalia local and owner Pat Voge said that she is in the process of closing and will be getting rid of the books her store has collected since 1998. “I will be open for Battle Days and then a couple days after that, and we’ll be trying to eliminate things out of here,” Voge said. Voge said that she started out small, with just the front of the building, but had expanded. The business started when Duplicates, a bookstore that had close...

  • County students place at State FFA Convention

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    COLFAX - Students from around Whitman County competed in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Convention from Thursday, May 9, to Saturday, May 11. Colfax High School emerged as the leading school at the convention, with 22 students winning various awards, including competitions, degrees and the prestigious Star Farmer in Placement Award. Garfield-Palouse FFA had the second most placing students in the county, with 14 students placing. Oakesdale High School took home the most first-place...

  • Farmworker wage suit against DOL grossly misinterprets H-2A program rules

    Pam Lewison, Washington Policy Center|May 23, 2024

    It is illegal to hire farmworkers on an H-2A visa instead of qualified local farmworkers. That simple fact undermines the latest attempt to dramatically increase farm labor costs and harm family farms across Washington state. The federal H-2A visa program is an often-misunderstood foreign worker program. For years, there have been calls to reform the complex program that requires extensive cooperation between state and federal employment agencies. Perhaps the latest suit filed to undermine the...

  • Honoring families of those making ultimate sacrifice

    Don C. Brunell, Business Analyst|May 23, 2024

    On Memorial Day, we traditionally honor Americans in our military who gave their lives in battle for our country. It is called the "Ultimate Sacrifice," and they died protecting our freedoms and keeping us safe. In recent times, we have acknowledged our citizens in uniform who continue to suffer with permanent combat emotional and physical scars. They are alive largely because our battlefield survival is dramatically improving, and our accompanying rehabilitation expands. This Memorial Day we...

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  • Students clean up cemetery

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    FARMINGTON - Sophomore students from the Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle helped out at the Farmington Cemetery on Wednesday, May 8, cleaning up and power washing headstones. Farmington Mountain View Cemetery District Commissioner Wes Wagner said that the students do their community service four times a year, and the program is ran by Curtis Anderson. "I was interested in having them come help clean up some of the old gravestones from the early to lat 1800s," said Wagner. HOPE Task Force Coordi...

  • Pullman honors teacher

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    PULLMAN — The Pullman Board of Directors awarded the Dedicated Teacher Award for the year 2024 to Heather Strader during their Wednesday, May 8, meeting. Franklin Elementary Principal, Stephanie Bray nominated Strader who is currently a second grade teacher at the school. “When I first started at Franklin, she was Kindergarten and she moved to second grade,” Bray said during the meeting. Bray read some of the letter for her recommendation stating that Strader is pivotal at Franklin, and is not only a member of the district but on several teams...

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spark wildfire

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    COLTON — On Monday, May 13, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ranger’s failed attempt to safely discard hot coals sparked a small wildfire on the Snake River bank. Whitman County Fire District 14 Volunteer Firefighters from Colton and Uniontown were called to a small blaze between Wawawai Landing and Granite Point. Volunteers quickly extinguished the fire that burned brush along the waterline. District 14 officials say the rangers called in the fire. Reports say the federal workers were cleaning out the fire pits along the river when they acc...

  • Albion women sentenced for drug dealing

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    ALBION — A 51-year-old local was sentenced to 20 months in prison for drug dealing on Friday, May 17. Lameece Dillsi, of Albion, pleaded guilty to three felony charges related to narcotics distribution and received the maximum allowable sentence under standard sentencing guidelines. The charges against Dillsi stemmed from an incident in October, during which Whitman County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant at her residence as part of an ongoing investigation. The search revealed a substantial quantity of illegal substances, inc...

  • Alleged drunk driver crashes on US 195

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    PULLMAN — A 32-year-old Pullman woman is facing charges after allegedly driving drunk on U.S. Highway 195, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15. According to the Washington State Patrol (WSP), Chelsea Davis, 32, of Pullman, was driving a SUV southbound, north of Pullman, when her vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic, resulting in a head-on collision with a sedan. The sedan’s driver, Katrina Siddons, 44, of Potlatch, sustained injuries and was transported to Pullman Regional Hospital. Davis was also injured and taken to Pullman Regional Hospital. Acc...

  • Woman dies in crash

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    PULLMAN — A 45-year-old woman died in a crash involving a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 95 in Southern Benewah County on Tuesday, May 14. Idaho State Police (ISP) reports the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m., south of De Smet, Idaho. Destiny Martin, 45, of Pullman, was driving an SUV and had a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer driven by an Ohio man. The 31-year-old semi-driver suffered critical injuries and was flown to a local hospital. Reports say Martin died at the scene. The crash closed the highway between Potlatch and Tensed for a...

  • Haunted Palouse might make a comeback

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    PALOUSE — The Halloween event that brings hundreds of people to town may return this fall after being post-poned last September. Haunted Palouse will meet periodically this summer to discuss the upcoming fright fest in five months. The non-profit organization will also be under new leadership this year, as Will Perry of Palouse has assumed the newly created director role. Haunted Palouse will see new changes this year due to last year’s postponement. Volunteers from Whitman County gathered in Palouse’s Community Center on East Main Stree...

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