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  • Legals: June 22

    Jun 22, 2017

    NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in accordance with an order heretofore entered on the 5th day of June, 2017, by the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Whitman, State of Washington, directing sale of real property hereinafter described, acquired by the said County of Whitman, for delinquent taxes under foreclosure suite and sale, I the undersigned County Treasurer of said County, will on the 30th day of June, 2017, commencing at the hour of 9:00 a.m. and continuing until the hour of 4:00 p.m. of said day, unless the...

  • Two passing lane bids submitted

    Jun 22, 2017

    Two bids were opened June 14 by the Department of Transportation for phase one of the Highway 195 passing lane project slated for this summer. Sellend Construction Company of Wenatchee was the apparent low bidder for the project. The other bidder was West Company of Medical Lake. Amount of the bid has not been reported because the bids are still under consideration, according to Al Gilson, district DOT spokesman. Phase one of the project involves the passing lanes along the highway north and south of Steptoe. Project engineers at a Department... Full story

  • Opportunities offered by youth theater program

    Starla Meighan|Jun 22, 2017

    Youth actors at Pullman Civic Theatre rehearse for the July production of James and the Giant Peach. Gazette Staff Pullman Civic Theatre (PCT) and Regional Theatre of the Palouse (RTOP) provide year-round opportunities for adults and children to experience the benefits of participating in theatrical production. In the summer and early fall, both groups offer programs tailored for youth involvement. From set and costume design to live performance, community theatre gives kids an opportunity to ex... Full story

  • Savvy Senior: How to hire a home helper

    Jun 22, 2017

    Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like house keeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and keeping her company. But mom doesn’t require personal/physical caregiving nor does she require any home medical care. Any tips to help us find someone? Looking for Mom Dear Looking, Getting your mom some help at home to handle some of her household chores can make a big difference keeping her independent longer. Here’s what you should know, along wit...

  • Rock contractor sought

    Jun 22, 2017

    Whitman County commissioners June 5 approved establishment of a rock-crushing project at the county's leased Bauer Quarry near Uniontown. Bid documents will now be put together by the Public Works department to seek a contractor to crush nearly 50,000 tons of rock into gravel to use on county roads for chip-sealing, sanding and general maintenance. The preliminary estimate for the project is $350,000. The work may be done by later this summer....

  • Senior Menus: June 22

    Jun 22, 2017

    Colfax Wednesday, June 28: Salmon fillet with dill sauce, rice, tomato and cucumber salad, tropical fruit, cookie bar. Palouse Wednesday, June 28: Hawaiian burger with ham and pineapple, zesty pasta salad with vegetables, fruited jello. Pullman Friday, June 23: Egg salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, fruit salad, relish tray, dessert. Monday, June 26: Potato bar, chili, cheeses, bacon bits, onions, sour cream, fruit, dessert. Rosalia Tuesday, June 27: Fiesta taco salad, chips, cheese, olives, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, sliced peaches,...

  • Pullman fire seeks comment

    Jun 22, 2017

    Pullman Fire Department will conduct the first of three public meetings June 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the meeting room at Pullman Regional Hospital to seek comments on a strategic plan for the department that has been developing for the past year. Fire Chief Mike Heston said the department wants to let the public know the department has been planning for the future and also get comments on the plan and expectations of service from the fire department. Heston said the plan reflects comments from all the firefighters, officers, reserve...

  • Library Calendar: June 22

    Jun 22, 2017

    Thursday, June 22 Rosalia – 10:15 a.m. – Summer Reading Program – Families are invited for fun, learning challenges, games and snacks. Tekoa – 12 p.m. – Summer Reading Program – Kids will be building a better world through preparedness with the Red Cross. Children will make a pillowcase project and emergency readiness kit in preparation for a natural disaster. Colfax – 4 to 5 p.m. – Drawing Classes for Kids – Join Molly Rice for a beginners drawing class for kids ages 8 and up. Cost is $15 per day with materials provided. Register ASAP wit... Full story

  • Obituaries: June 22

    Jun 22, 2017

    William (Bill) Dawes, 86, former manager of LaCrosse Grain Growers, died June 10, 2017, of pancreatic cancer in Dayton. Mr. Dawes had made his retirement home in Waitsburg where he resided for the last 20 years. Born to Lucille and Charles Dawes June 18, 1930, in Salem, Ore., he was raised in Beaverton, Ore., and graduated from Beaverton High School in 1948. He attended Oregon State College, now Oregon State University. When he was at LaCrosse in the '70s he could attend Beaver games in the... Full story

  • Malden OES awards two 50-year pins

    Jun 22, 2017

    Karen Loesch, left, and Lorna Burns receive 50-year pins from Worthy Matron Jean Flanigen. Malden OES chapter 149 awarded 50-year pins at the May meeting to Lorna Bell Burns, who was initiated into Emerald Chapter in LaCrosse, and Karen Hereford Loesch, who was initiated into Rosalia chapter. The chapters merged with Malden, which today is the last chapter in Whitman County. Lorna has served as worthy matron of both Emerald and Malden chapters, and Karen has served as worthy matron of Rosalia....

  • Olmstead publishes 4th novel

    Jun 22, 2017

    Lois Olmstead Lois Olmstead, who writes as L.A. Malby, has published her fourth novel, "Beyond Sugar Time," which is the sequel to "Sugar Time" published in 2015. Her first book, "Family Ways,” was published in 2014 and her third, "Family Matters," came out last year. Olmstead began her writing career after she and her husband, Chuck, retired to their hometown of LaCrosse, after an absence of 40 years. “The Palouse Hills spark my creativity and are an inspiration to me. Living in a small tow...

  • My Favorite Recipes: Meet Suzanne St. Pierre

    Jun 22, 2017

    Scotty and Suzanne St. Pierre of Pullman. Suzanne is an avid gardener as well as a volunteer at the Pullman Community Action Center food bank. Suzanne St. Pierre is a Pullman native. She graduated from Pullman High School in 1977 and WSU with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture in 1983. Her vocation and avocation have always been one and the same…to garden. Right after graduation from WSU she purchased her parents' nursery, Pullman Garden Center. In 1985 she and her husband, Scotty, moved t... Full story

  • Knaack earns physics degree

    Jun 22, 2017

    Hannah Marie Knaack of Colfax graduated from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., May 14, 2017. Knaack received a bachelor of science degree with a major in physics. She graduated with distinction and departmental honors in physics. Harvey Mudd College is a member of The Claremont Colleges consortium....

  • Heatons visit Florida to see daughter, grandsons

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Jun 22, 2017

    Dusty Recently, Blake and Carmen Heaton spent 10 days with daughter and grandsons, Heather, Valente, Jeronimo and Xico in Islamorada, Fla. They attended Valente and Jeronimo’s last spring football game. This is the second season for them to play American football and both will be on varsity in the fall. They also attended Xico’s last baseball game, at which his team won the league championship and Xico qualified for the All-Star game. Xico has since played in that game and won All-Star pitcher and third baseman. This was his second season to... Full story

  • CHS lists semester two honors

    Jun 22, 2017

    All A grades, 4.0 grade average: Hailey B. Aase, Gabriel M. Ahmann, Kyle R. Appel, Gunnar G. Aune, Chase W. Baerlocher, Cole C. Baerlocher, Caden L. Brown, Kaitlyn M. Cornish, Hope A. De Avila, Miya A. Ensley, Jenna L. Harwood, Abigail K. Huber, Kylie M. Kackman, Daniel J. Robinson, Cassidi J. Shindler, Alexie T. Smith, Lilly M. Swan, Tayma R. Vanek. Highest honors, 3.75-3.99 grade average: Benjamin J. Ahmann, Madelyne A. Avila, Caleb S. Berquist, Cotton R. Booker, Caleb M. Brown, Jayden P. Burt, Breeaunna B. Byrd, Lauren A. Claassen, Madison...

  • Etcetera: June 22, 2017

    Jun 22, 2017

    Traveling Lantern Theatre tour set Friends of Whitman County Library and The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will present “The Ribbles Build a Residence” at various locations including the Tekoa Empire Theatre June 26 at 2 p.m., the Malden park at 6 p.m., the library in Colfax June 27 at 4 p.m. and the LaCrosse park June 28 at 10 a.m. Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining youth all over the country since 1985. They bring stories to children while drawing them into an active theater experience. These engaging plays are cre... Full story

  • McGregor Land & Livestock marks 135th year at Hooper

    Jess McGregor, Gazette Correspondent|Jun 22, 2017

    Hooper Alex McGregor gives his speech with the new flag. The McGregor Company and the town of Hooper hosted a celebration Saturday, June 17, to mark the 135th anniversary of the McGregor Land and Livestock Company. Several hundred people attended, including local family members and friends, along with many former residents. Many antique memorabilia items and pieces of equipment were on display, including a 1912 steam engine that was driven around the park under its own steam power. Wylie and... Full story

  • Endicott reunion brings 200 plus

    Anne Lowe, Gazette Correspondent|Jun 22, 2017

    Endicott Endicott's all-school reunion was Saturday at the Endicott School. The event was planned by Diane (Repp) Munger, Jane (Helt) Veter, Rick Repp and Dan Lust. More than 200 attended the all-day event. Honored graduates were Vic Wakefield, oldest at age 101, Dale Smick and Lloyd Morasch. Trinity Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School is being held this week. Youths from Lutherhaven are running the event. Today, June 22, the community is invited to attend a barbecue and bring a side dish. The menu will be hamburgers, hot dogs and pulled...

  • Palouse skate park, garden work now underway

    Jun 22, 2017

    Palouse Arts Council volunteers prepare the skating area for a mural. Work at Palouse Skate Park and Tony Kettel Skate Gardens is picking up as summer begins. Expected to be added in the next month are an 80-foot sidewalk, an aluminum fence, a smaller concrete skate bowl and a mural. Gravel has been compacted for an ADA-accessible sidewalk to be poured as soon as this week. This sidewalk will have planting circles for perennials, and the Garfield/Palouse FFA students assembled six benches to be...

  • Parks, developmental service joins with emergency management

    Jana Mathia, Gazette Reporter|Jun 22, 2017

    Whitman County commissioners Monday approved reorganization of the county Parks and Recreation Department and Developmental Disabilities Department to combine them with Emergency Management/Emergency Communications. Bill Tensfeld, emergency management director, will take on some additional responsibilities, including reporting to the commissioners on the departments. There will be no change in department services. “We looked at a variety of scenarios,” said Janel Goebel, who has been ser...

  • Bright sights on hazy day

    Jun 22, 2017

    The Palouse River sits as a backdrop for early summer flowers along Elberton Road. The renowned Palouse blue skies have been elusive this week for seasonal photographers.... Full story

  • Big weekend lines up in Colfax

    Jun 22, 2017

    Colfax will be the scene of two big events this weekend. Saturday morning vintage and specialty airplanes are expected to land at the Colfax Airport for another edition of the Colfax Fly-in. A Ryan PT 22 and a Cessna 195 are among planes expected. The Cessna, owned by Mark Lange, was a formal people's choice winner at the air show. Colfax Rotary will serve breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Sunday the Perkins House Ice Cream Social will be back from 1 to 4 p.m. with its combination of ice cream, pie, music by the Snake River Six and a fashion show... Full story

  • On the record: June 22

    Jun 22, 2017

    REAL ESTATE SALES Amber Waves Estates, Bellevue, to Harold and Lisa Nichols, Pullman, lot 4 in LLC Kitzmiller Cluster short plat, $45,800, June 1. Quality Loan Service Corp., Seattle, to US Bank National Association, house on Montgomery, Uniontown, $66,625, June 1. Heirs of Ronald Braun, Redmond, to Eric and Robin Jones, house and lots on Chase Street, $120,000, June 1. Ryan Itani and Gabrielle Bedoyan to Elizabeth Howlett, Fayeville, Ark., house on SW Alene Court, Pullman, $389,900, June 2. NDLASN Clark Family LLC, Pullman, to Nicole McArthur,...

  • Letters: June 22

    Jun 22, 2017

    Fair wages It was with sadness that I read the Teamsters wage notice in the Gazette on June 8 and then the article regarding the same from last week. I worked as a registered nurse at the County for 24 ½ years and while I decided to leave for a number of reasons, the poor wage was certainly one of the main issues. County employees have fought for fair wages for decades. This is sadly not a new fight. Years ago, one of my co-workers addressed the commissioners at that time with her concerns regarding fair wages and she was told to go get... Full story

  • Rich Lowry: The Age of Unilateral Rule

    Jun 22, 2017

    The Trump administration has been exhaustingly eventful, but almost none of the events have involved Congress. The beginning of Donald Trump's presidency has been an extension of the last six years of the Obama administration, when Capitol Hill was largely a sideshow to the main event in the executive branch in general and the Oval Office in particular. Barack Obama and Donald Trump have almost nothing in common, except their modes of governance. Obama was coolly cerebral and deliberative to a fault, whereas Trump is blustery and impulsive....

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