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Colfax High School students 'prank' retiring teacher

COLFAX – Colfax High School science teacher Kathryn Vogler was caught off guard by her students' prank on June 3. The seniors were not the only ones saying goodbye to Colfax High School. Vogler is...

Edna Grace Parrish Countryman

Edna Grace Parrish Countryman

Edna Grace Parrish Countryman passed away on May 25, 2021, at the age of 96, with family members by her side. A longtime resident of St. John, Wash., Edna was born in the family home on March 15, 1925... Full story

Claudia Rae Myers

Claudia Rae Myers

Claudia Rae Myers, 68, of Colfax, Wash., died Monday, May 31, of multiple organ failure at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. Claudia was born July 2, 1952, in Mt. Clemens, Mich., to Claude H. and Betty... Full story

Robin Lyne Jones

Robin Lyne Jones

Robin Lyne Jones, Whitman County Assessor, passed away of natural causes early Saturday morning, June 5, 2021, in Colfax. She was 48. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held Friday, June 11, begi... Full story

Jean Vivienne Davis

Jean Vivienne Gresham

Jean Vivienne Davis was born in Salinas, Kansas, on May 5, 1927. She moved with her parents, Edward and Esther, and older brother Lloyd to Everett, Washington in 1938. After graduating from high... Full story

Dorthy A. Mader

Dorthy A. Mader

Loved and supported by her family and many friends, Dorthy A. Mader, 93, of Lewiston, Idaho passed away Monday, May 24, 2021, in Lewiston. All are invited to a celebration of her life Tuesday, June... Full story


Memorial Service for Douglas H. Thompson

Douglas H. Thompson passed away on April 9, 2021 in Pasco, Washington. A memorial service and burial will be held in Garfield, WA on Saturday, June 19, 2021 for friends and family. The service will begin at 12 pm at the Garfield Cemetery (Whitman... Full story


Shirley Galloway Memorial Service

Shirley (Carroll) Galloway passed away in April of 2020, while living at the VA Home in Walla Walla. She was born in Colfax to John and Geneva Carroll. Shirley spent her life serving and caring for others, starting work at the Colfax Hospital in her... Full story


Death Notice for Pete Schmick

Pete Schmick passed away peacefully at his home on May 25, 2021. He was born in Colfax, Wa in January of 1927 to Peter K and Katie Schmick. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Marilyn K, his two sons John Schmick and Greg Formanack, his younger... Full story


Senior Menus

Colfax Monday, June 14 Beef stroganoff, peas and carrots, fruit salad, dessert Thursday, June 17 Pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted carrots, apple sauce, dessert Endicott Tuesday, June 15 No meal LaCrosse Tuesday, June 15 Meatloaf, baked...


Library starts reading program for everyone

COLFAX - Whitman County Library's 2021 Summer Reading program is "Tails and Tales" and runs from June 14 to Aug. 31 for readers of all ages. The library system is offering five $25 gift certificates...



Elizabeth M Johnson was born May 21, 2021, to Nathan and Kim Johnson of Colfax. She weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Grandparents are Mark and Robyn Johnson, of Colfax, and Mike and Carol McPartland, of...

 By Karen Broeckel    People    June 10, 2021

Dusty News

The Dick Appel children celebrated their mother Helen’s June 5th birthday. Those attending were Caroline and Rob Kunkel, Kae, Ellie and Luciene; Neil and Liz Appel, Josh, Noemi, Isaac, John Paul, Grace, Michael and Charlote; and Lisa and Travis...


Jail bookings

Jesse C. Clark, 44, booked May 31 for assault in the fourth degree – domestic violence. No bail. Taquiddin I. Khalid, 28, booked June 2 for a US Marshals Service hold. No bail. Eric D. Sherod, 26, booked June 5 for driving while license suspended....


Colfax police

Monday, May 31 7:38 a.m. – Valleyview Road – An officer responded to a report of a missing person. 3:44 p.m. – Sixth Street – Some items were found. (No reports made available for June 1-June 6)...


Sheriff's office

Monday, May 31 9:58 P.M. – Granite Road, Colfax – A deputy responded to a crash. 3:21 p.m. – Granite Point, Colton – A deputy responded to the Army Corps of Engineers. 7:37 p.m. – SR 193, Clarkston – Some items were found and reported to...


Good Old Days

125 years ago The Commoner June 5, 1896 Tekoa is talking of organizing a fire department. Rosalia will have a harness and saddlery establishment in the near future. J.T. Lobaugh, ex-postmaster of Pullman, is going into the grocery business in that...


State liquor control board wants more power

Does your favorite restaurant or bar have a liquor license? If it serves alcoholic drinks, it does. A good restaurant is often the heart of a small community, bringing families and friends together for food and fellowship. That’s true in our...


Culture of Drunk: WSU's tragic problem

Alcohol is just part of life at any university. Every campus has its problems. It's nothing new. But sometimes it takes a tragedy to evaluate just where the line is between a good time drinking...


Thank you for the flags

I give a special thanks to all those who maintain Colfax Cemetery, and do such remarkable work in preparing it for celebrating Memorial Day. We honor not only those who served in uniform on that day, but also our family and friends who have preceded...


Toxic tv culture

The decline of American culture can be seen clearly in the self-absorbed characters in daytime soap operas and the outlandishly excitable contestants in daytime game shows. The 50-60 year runs of shows like “General Hospital,” “Days of Our...


Thank Trump for vaccines

Former President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed succeeded. He brought us today’s miracle vaccines. He wants you all to get it. He said, “I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 vaccine, that if I wasn’t president,...

 By Bill Stevenson    News    June 10, 2021

Facebook video leads Pullman police to suspect

PULLMAN – Tyler Knight found that if you post a video of your crime to Facebook, the Pullman police are going to find it. Tyler S. Knight, 23, of Pullman, was charged on May 25 in Whitman County Superior Court with robbery in the first degree. On...


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