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Shigeko Sakamoto

Shigeko Sakamoto

Shigeko (Butsuya) Sakamoto, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, in Spokane on the morning of June 4, 2021, after a 5-year battle with lung cancer. She was 80. She was born on September... Full story

Ray L. Fry

Ray L. Fry

Ray L. Fry, 85, of Republic, Ohio, passed away on May 1, 2021. Ray attended Old Fort High School, excelling in baseball and track. After graduation in 1953, Ray enlisted in the US Marine Corps, traini... Full story

Yvonne Weber

Yvonne Weber

Yvonne Weber passed away on June 20, 2021, at the age of 88, in the peaceful surroundings of her family home with family members by her side. A longtime resident of Colfax, Wash., Yvonne was born in... Full story

Donald Herbert Cowan

Donald Herbert Cowan

Donald Herbert Cowan passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord early Thursday morning, June 10, 2021. Don was born August 26, 1922, to Alma Schuster Cowan and James Cowan at Naches, Washington.... Full story

Vivian Myrna Harder

Vivian Myrna Harder

Vivian Myrna Harder, 83, passed away at her home on June 16, 2021. Vivian was born to Edward and Mildred Hamilton in Colfax, and raised on her family's farm in Endicott. She graduated from Endicott... Full story

Mary Louise Laughton

Mary Louise Laughton

Heaven welcomed a very special person on June 11, 2021. Mary Louise Laughton, 84, passed away at Pullman Regional Hospital surrounded in love with her daughters, sisters and brother beside her.... Full story


LaCrosse announces scholarships, awards

LaCROSSE – LaCrosse High School announced their graduating class scholarship and award recipients. The scholarship money award totaled $95,056. The seniors presented Jeffrey Gates with the LaCrosse Community Award. Here are the recipients: Zoe...


Colton High School releases honor roll

COLTON – The second semester is complete for 2021 and Colton High School released the list of honored students. Students achieving the Highest Honors roll had 4.0 GPAs. They were: Sixth-grade – Wyatt Baysinger, Mederith Bell, Avery Peters...

 By Garth Meyer    People    June 24, 2021

Watch Colfax's Distinguished Young Woman compete

COLFAX - New Colfax High School graduate Kari Largent competes virtually at the 64th annual National Distinguished Young Women finals. Colfax First Baptist Church is hosting a viewing party on June...



Khyreen C. McFarlane was born on June 2, 2021, to Cecilia Bueno and Michael McFarlane, of Pullman. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Penelope A. Bruno was born on June 8, 2021, to Lauren and William Bruno, of Pullman. She weighed 8 pounds....

 By Anne Lowe    People    June 24, 2021

Endicott news

The Endicott Community Club is working on the Fourth of July celebration for this year. The activities for the Fourth are as in the past with some new additions: Parade and kids parade, car show, BBQ Saturday evening and a flea market on Saturday....

 By Karen Broeckel    People    June 24, 2021

Dusty news

Recent house guests at the Dick and Helen Appel home were Nancy Calvert, Enumclaw, and her daughter Missy Calvert.  Nancy is Helen’s sister.  Several days were spent visiting and reminiscing....

 By Garth Meyer    People    June 24, 2021

Monroy, Carren repeat at Slippery Gulch egg toss

TEKOA - Brothers-in-law Shane Monroy and Sander Carren won the 28th Slippery Gulch egg toss after fending off a new Tekoa graduate and a visiting videographer. The annual spectacle returned to Crosby...


Support peace for Palestine

Where did the mainstream media report the major atrocities taking place in Israel and occupied Gaza? Of course, we heard about the bombing and destruction of the building housing Associated Press and Al-Jazeera and the numbers killed, but we...


America's goose that lays the golden eggs

America's research and development institutions have long been the envy of our competitors, flourishing at the top of global rankings. But our state-of-the-art innovation capabilities – responsible...


'Conspiracy Theories' turn out to be true

Over the past year, there has been a methodical and systemic assault on free speech across all media platforms. It's considered a great sport to accuse anyone who disagrees with the "expert" media...


Family tree farms key to cutting greenhouse gases

As climate change concerns grow, researchers are turning to small tree farmers for help. Actually, they have been helping for nearly a century, but their efforts have largely gone unrecognized. For de...


Farmer's Festival livens Lacrosse

LACROSSE — The LaCrosse Farmer’s Festival is June 25-26. It features events including a parade, band at the park, pit barbecue sandwiches for lunch, free swimming at the pool, and kids races at the football field. Vendors start offering Italian...


WSU family medicine receives $250,000 gift

PULLMAN — Pullman Regional Hospital received a new $250,000 gift for its future Family Medicine Residency program. The donation comes from Tom and Linda Nihoul, Washington State University (WSU) alumni and wealth management professionals. “The Ni...


Colfax pool navigates chlorine shortage

COLFAX — The Colfax city pool remained open after an equipment failure at a plant, which supplies chlorine for the local pool, causing a need to find a different type. City Administrator Chris Mathis went to Ellensburg this morning to pick up a...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 24, 2021

Sheriff's posse receives search and rescue training

ENDICOTT - The Whitman County Sheriff's Posse underwent search and rescue training last Saturday, June 12, at the Escure Ranch Recreation Area northwest of Endicott. The lost hiker simulated search...

 By Garth Meyer    News    June 24, 2021

Garfield to overhaul town pool

GARFIELD - The Garfield pool is set for major repairs, renovation, and new features in 2022. Administrators spent two-and-a-half years to gather a grant and matching funds of $500,000 each. The push...


Whitman County unemployment rate at 4.2%

OLYMPIA — The May unemployment report was released today with Whitman County at 4.2%, among the lowest in Washington. The numbers are according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. The highest rate was 7.7% in Pacific County on...


Maui church youth group arrives in town

COLFAX — A youth group arrived from Maui, Hawaii on Wednesday for 13 days of service to the Colfax community. They are led by Pastor Mark Gudmunson, of the Pukalani Church of the Nazarene, in Maui. Gudmunson is a Colfax native. Groups from...


Commissioners lift county travel restrictions

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners lifted all travel restrictions for county employees on Monday. Employees were under essential travel-only rules for more than a year. Commissioner Art Swannack explained the state is re-opening and county...


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