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 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 28, 2020

Borders: new Jennings Elementary principal

COLFAX – The Colfax School District has hired Andrew Borders as the new principal for Jennings Elementary School. Borders will officially take his new position on July 1. “Borders is well equipped to continue to lead Jennings Elementary School...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 28, 2020
Tom Handy

Contested race for county commissioner

PULLMAN – There is a contested race for County Commissioner District Two, as incumbent Republican Dean Kinzer is being challenged by Independent Tom Handy. Handy, 63, owner of Paradise Creek...

 By Victoria Fowler    News    May 28, 2020

Jennings: new LaCrosse PreK-12 principal

LACROSSE – The LaCrosse School District has hired Jordan Jennings from the Moses Lake School District as the new PreK-12 principal for the 2020-2021 school year. “Jennings was picked because he was the best fit for what our school needs right...

 By Jana Mathia    News    May 28, 2020

Fire department trains, fights structure fires

COLFAX – Colfax volunteer firefighters were called out to a structure fire on Morley Road May 20 less than 12 hours after structure fire training less than half a mile from the location. At 5:03...


COVID-19 count hits 20 in county

COLFAX – Whitman County has received another positive COVID-19 result, bringing the county total to 20 after three were reported last week. The new case is a male in the 20 to 39 age range. Investigation into the case in on-going. The other three n...


Unusual police calls

PULLMAN – Pullman Police responded May 22 to a report of a subject wearing skis and ski boots riding on the roof of a vehicle on South Street. Pullman Police received a call just after midnight May 22 reporting something was falling out of the sky...


Possible burglary ends in drug arrests

COLFAX – Whitman County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a possible burglary at a residence north of Colfax on SR 195 May 24, at approximately 8 p.m. A woman and man were seen by the RP at a neighbor’s house walking around and trying the...


Motions made in Oakesdale drug cases

OAKESDALE – Motions to suppress and dismiss have been made by two of the seven individuals booked May 17 for drug use in an Oakesdale home. Keenen Keller, 26, was charged with possession of controlled substances of methamphetamine and heroin. His...


Charged for drugs in jail

COLFAX – Charges of violation of the uniform controlled substances act and possession of controlled substance while in a correctional facility were filed against Katrina Taylor, 50, last week when she was allegedly found in possession of heroin...


Heineken heist

PULLMAN – Alexander Taylor Kamara, 30, was booked into Whitman County Jail May 15 for burglary and theft. According to the Pullman Police report, Walmart surveillance video allegedly showed Taylor Kamara take a six pack of Heineken from the shelf...

 By Jana Mathia    Editorial    May 28, 2020

Unexpectedly similar

While chatting with a high school chum, I asked him about the outbreak in his neck of the woods. He lives in an East Coast city which has received national news coverage for its COVID-19 infection and...

 By Frank Watson    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Politicians Are Always Political

I have been watching news reports of the efforts to curb the virus and more recently the efforts to ease restrictions to reopen the economy. Initially, I sensed a wave of nationalism that united all of us against the growing pandemic. This unity...


Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

Pet Peeves: No little flags on gravestones at cemetery. Rain. Okeydokes: Rain!...


On The Record: May 28, 2020

District Court Filings Bruegeman, Dylon, for negligent driving first degree. Sentenced to 90 days in jail with 89 suspended. Ordered to pay fines and fees of $1,643. Boller, Spencer, for negligent driving first degree. Sentenced to 90 days in jail... Full story


Births; May 28, 2020

Whitman County Gazette, May 28, 2020 At Pullman Regional Hospital Kaul, Thiya, born May 10, 2020, at seven pounds, 14 ounces, to Abhishek Kaul and Akshita Chawla, Pullman. Paternal grandparents are P. K. and Prit Kaul, New Delhi, India. Maternal... Full story

 By Karen Broeckel    People    May 28, 2020

Weekend fun in Dusty

Andrew Nolan and his daughter Murphy, Spokane, and Hanna Monsen, Colbert, were guests at the Karen Broeckel home Saturday. Sunday, they joined Greg, Gwen and Jason Nolan for some fishing at Largent's Lagoon on Musgrave Road. Jason caught two good...

 By Debbie Casey    People    May 28, 2020

Stubbs named Presidential Scholar

Lauren Stubbs is a 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education. She is one of 161 students from across the nation selected and is one of only 20 designated at CTE Presidential Scholars. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was...

 By Mike Day    People    May 28, 2020

Battle Days 2020 surrenders

Due to the current pandemic, the Battle Days Association Board of Directors has decided to cancel its events for 2020. Those events are: the main parade, kiddie parade, all vendors associated with Battle Days. The board has been convinced that it is...


Garden Club to sponsor "Garden of the Month"

ROSALIA – Garden Club members are bringing back the contest that was held a few years ago in Rosalia. Nominations can be made for an outstanding garden in Rosalia. It must be within the city limits...


Pullman reunion set back one year

PULLMAN- Oscarfest2020, an all classes Pullman High reunion set for this July, has been rescheduled to July 23 and 24, 2021, due to uncertainty of Phase IV reopening. Those already signed up are grandfathered in.Those who haven’t signed up, are...


A little heaven on earth

Joe Rupe, Colfax Cemetery sexton and groundskeeper has worked for the cemetery for the past five years. Rupe weed eats around more than 10,000 headstones and mows the 21 acres. Rupe does receive...


Library Calendar: May 28, 2020

Thursday, May 28 Virtual Trivia Night at 5:30 p.m. Visit the Whitman County Library Facebook page for a live, 5 question test of your historical, literary, scientific, and just-for-fun knowledge. Hosted by WCL’s Sarah Phelan. Book Club Online at 6... Full story


Senior Menus: May 28, 2020

Colfax Monday, June 1: Chicken parmesan pasta with garlic butter, beets, carrots, caesar salad, birthday dessert Thursday, June 4: Sweet and sour pork, rice, baked zucchini, fruit, banana bread Endicott Tuesday, June 2: No meal LaCrosse Tuesday,... Full story


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