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  • Gazette Week 22 May 28, 2020

    May 28, 2020

  • Borders: new Jennings Elementary principal

    Victoria Fowler, Gazette Reporter|May 28, 2020

    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 to achieve and exceed academic expectations for the school,” said Superintendent Jerry Pugh. “He is a caring individual who will take the time to get to know our students and their families.” The position initially had 11 people interested with nine applying. The district narrowed the applicant...

  • Tom Handy

    Contested race for county commissioner

    Victoria Fowler, Gazette Reporter|May 28, 2020

    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 Brewery, filed late Friday, May 15, to run for County Commissioner District Two. Handy is currently serving on the Coeur d'Alene Lake Shore Property Owners Association board, President of the Cottonwood Bay Lane Property Owners Association and a founding board member and President of the Downtown Pullman A...

  • Jennings: new LaCrosse PreK-12 principal

    Victoria Fowler, Gazette Reporter|May 28, 2020

    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 now,” said LaCrosse Superintendent Doug Curtis. Jennings's most recent professional experience includes working for the Moses Lake School District for the past five years. During this time he worked as a K-5 music teacher while also being a principal designee and substitute for the past two years for M...

  • Fire department trains, fights structure fires

    Jana Mathia, Gazette Editor|May 28, 2020

    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 a.m. May 20, fire crews from Fire District 11 and Colfax were dispatched to a structure fire on Morley Road. The single family dwelling was fully engulfed upon arrival. Water tender trucks from District 7 Rosalia, District 12 Pullman and District 4 Palouse responded to the scene to assist with water d...

  • COVID-19 count hits 20 in county

    May 28, 2020

    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 new cases since the county entered Phase II are stable and isolating at home. All of the newer cases have been in the same age range. Pubic Health now posts a graphic on its COVID-19 web page showing the risk of spread. Similar to the fire danger dials, the graphic includes green-low, yellow-limited, o...

  • Unusual police calls

    May 28, 2020

    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 in the Grand Ave., Chase area of Pullman. Officers were unable to locate. May 21 a Pullman officer responded to State Street for a squirrel trapped in a bathroom. Pullman Police responded to a request for welfare check May 14. Officers located the subject playing video games....

  • Possible burglary ends in drug arrests

    May 28, 2020

    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 door, but left when confronted by the RP's husband. While enroute deputies observed a northbound vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle. Deputies stopped the vehicle near McMeekin Road on SR 195 and made contact with the driver and passenger who both admitted to being in the driveway a...

  • Motions made in Oakesdale drug cases

    May 28, 2020

    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 attorney has filed a motion to dismiss, stating that Keller called 911 to receive emergency help for another man who had overdosed. According to RCW, a person acting in good faith who seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug-related overdose shall not be charged or prosecuted for p...

  • Charged for drugs in jail

    May 28, 2020

    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 after being booked into Whitman County Jail. Taylor, of Clarkston, was booked into the jail April 30 after the traffic stop of a U-haul resulted in the discovery of heroin. According to the police report, after being booked, Taylor asked to use the bathroom. When she returned, a jail sergeant noticed s...

  • Heineken heist

    May 28, 2020

    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 and walk out without attempting to pay. Taylor Kamara, who is listed as homeless, has a lifetime Walmart trespass order from 2013 against him. The case was filed in Superior Court and then moved to District Court....

  • Unexpectedly similar

    Jana Mathia, Gazette Editor|May 28, 2020

    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 response. I was surprised by the comments he made throughout the conversation: "There have been a lot of deaths and hospitalizations but compared to the population still very low... So among people I know I haven't heard of anyone even getting sick." "To me there is no real visible crisis at all- j...

  • Politicians Are Always Political

    Frank Watson, Freelance Columnist|May 28, 2020

    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 lasted for about three days after the first cases were discovered in a Seattle nursing home. Our Governor began to blame the Trump administration for lack of preparedness. As the outbreak spread to ravish New York, Governor Inslee found an ally and both Governors blamed the federal government for all...

  • Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

    May 28, 2020

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

  • What do you see?

    May 28, 2020

  • On The Record: May 28, 2020

    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 with 89 suspended. Ordered to pay fines and fees of $1,783.17. Diggs, Austin, for driving under the influence with BAC of .14. Sentenced to 364 days in jail with 334 suspended. Ordered to pay fines and fees of $1,893. Richartz, Joseph, for driving under the influence with BAC of .14. Sentenced to 364... Full story

  • Births; May 28, 2020

    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 grandparents are K. K. and Dadma Chawla, Dehradun, India. Gutierres-Alcala, Illan, born May 12, 2020, to Sandra and Javier, Pullman. Paternal grandparents are Carmen and Javier, Madrid, Spain. Maternal Grandparents are Concha and Angel, Madrid, Spain. Baby joins sister, Zoe, 5. Linn, Sutton M. L., born... Full story

  • Weekend fun in Dusty

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|May 28, 2020

    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 sized trout and Murphy caught one. Afterward, the group went to the home of Greg and Gwen Nolan for a barbecue to celebrate Jason's birthday. Sylas Rohner, Spokane, joined the group for birthday cheesecake....

  • Stubbs named Presidential Scholar

    Debbie Casey, Gazette Correspondent|May 28, 2020

    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 established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015,...

  • Battle Days 2020 surrenders

    Mike Day, Gazette Correspondent|May 28, 2020

    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 best for the Battle Days Association to cancel the above-mentioned events at this time, due to the uncertainty of what the next months have in store, the Governor’s guidelines and concern for the safety of those who come to enjoy the events. The a...

  • Garden Club to sponsor "Garden of the Month"

    May 28, 2020

    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 of Rosalia and nominations for the month of June must be made by June 28. You may nominate an outstanding garden by calling President Penni Barringer at 509-523-3684 or by emailing Garden of the Month Chairman Laura Fulton at Because garden club members are the s...

  • Pullman reunion set back one year

    May 28, 2020

    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 urged to do so at the current price of $119 per person. This price will remain in place for the remainder of this year, yet next year’s prices may be subject to change due to catering cost fluctuations. For more information on how to sign up visit

  • A little heaven on earth

    May 28, 2020

    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 assistance from one part-time helper and the occasional volunteer. His job also includes tree trimming, water system repair and maintenance and mower and equipment maintenance and repair. "He works very hard and tirelessly for the cemetery," said Craig Corbeill, owner of Bruning Funeral...

  • Library Calendar: May 28, 2020

    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 p.m. Join the conversation by emailing We will be discussing “Between Shades of Grey” by Ruta Sepetys (but don’t worry, you can still join even if you haven’t read it yet). Online Teen Trivia at 7 p.m. Sign up for the Zoom teen trivia at Be sure t... Full story

  • Senior Menus: May 28, 2020

    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, June 2: Chicken parmesan pasta with garlic butter, beets, carrots, caesar salad, birthday dessert Tuesday, June 2: LaCrosse Cafe senior meal every Tuesday at noon throughout the pandemic, suggested donation of $4.25 Friday, June 5: LaCrosse Cafe senior meal every Friday at noon throughout the pandemic,... Full story

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