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Rick Squibb

A memorial service for Rick Squibb, age 61, was held Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 3 p.m. at the Empire Theater in Tekoa. Chris Smith officiated at the service. Urn burial followed at Goldenrod... Full story


Lynn Greenwalt

Lynn Greenwalt went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, June 23, after a courageous battle with cancer. While cancer poisoned her body, it could not diminish her spirit. Lynn... Full story


Don Lee Comstock

Don Lee Comstock, 92, was born to George and Wayve (McBride) Comstock on January 7, 1929, at his parent's home on Riverside Hill Southwest of Potlatch, Idaho. At the time their address was Palouse,... Full story


District Court

Alex Smith is guilty of being a minor operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and was sentenced on June 25 to 90 days in jail with 90 days suspended, fined $1,000 with $1,000 suspended, $775.71 in fees, 24 months of supervised probation,...


Jail Bookings

David J. Murray, 64, booked June 22 for two counts of assault in the fourth degree and vehicle prowling. No bail. Richard J. Veltri, 80, booked June 23 for assault in the fourth degree – domestic violence. No bail. Daniel A. Marquez, 33, booked...


Colfax Police

Monday, June 21 No records were available. Tuesday, June 22 8:15 a.m. – Mill Street – An officer investigated a vehicle prowl. Wednesday, June 23 12:15 a.m. – Park Street – An officer assisted a citizen. Thursday, June 24 10:47 a.m. ...


Sheriff's Office

Monday, June 21 12:44 a.m. – Main Street, Colfax – A deputy responded to a report of a trespass. 8:52 a.m. – Rock Springs Road, LaCrosse – There was a report of stray animals. 9:48 a.m. – SR 128, Clarkston – A gas can was found on the...



Odin M. J. Ruff was born on June 21, 2021, to Mike and Michelle Ruff, of Albion. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Grandparents are Sharon Ruff, of Moxee, and Timothy Tyree, of Orting, and Linda...


Senior Menus July 5-9

Colfax Monday, July 5 Closed Thursday, July 8 Picnic at Schmuck Park: Homemade cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato, potato salad, baked beans, fruit, chocolate chip cookie Endicott Tuesday, July 6 No meal LaCrosse Tuesday, July 6 Birthday party:...

 By Karen Broeckel    People    July 1, 2021
The Dusty Elevator seen from the Dusty Cemetery.

Dusty News

Gena Jones returned to her home in Italy on June 23rd after spending several weeks visiting her mother Fran Jones and brother Bryan. While here, Gena and Bryan drove to Kalispel, Montana, where they s...

Oakesdale Library

Oakesdale, Tekoa libraries seek homes for pet rocks

OAKESDALE — Homes are needed for pet rocks. "These obedient pet rocks are guaranteed to listen to the commands stay and sit," stated Shelly Ausmus, the Oakesdale and Tekoa libraries branch manager....

Paul Bilderbach

Four honored with Quilts of Valor

COLFAX — Quilts of Valor were awarded on June 21 at the Colfax United Methodist Church. Paul Bilderback, 81, of Colfax, served in the Army and Army Reserves from 1957-1977, as an E7, in Germany,...

 By Jean Hall    Letters    July 1, 2021

Job requirements versus pay

What if you worked for a local company that requires you to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and hazmat endorsement on your driver’s license? Job requirements – handle all kinds of hazardous chemicals, do any mechanical that comes up,...

 By Lydia Fletcher    Letters    July 1, 2021

Show true compassion to LGBTQ

As I’ve been listening to the discussions around gay pride month, the argument I’ve heard that troubles me the most is the notion that we need to celebrate the LGBTQ lifestyle as a way to show love and inclusion to those who practice that lifesty...

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion    July 1, 2021

Be proud you're American

This Sunday, our nation celebrates Independence Day. And on this 245th birthday of our United States, it’s important to take time to remember why we mark July 4. Sure we celebrate the holiday with b...


Service for Bruce Davidson

Graveside service for Bruce Davidson at the Steptoe cemetery on July 10, at 11:00 AM. The family would welcome any and all.... Full story


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...


Sunnyside Park fireworks organizers seek donations

PULLMAN — Organizers of the Pullman Sunnyside Park Fourth of July fireworks show seek donations to reach their fundraising goal of $16,000. The Pullman Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the event every year, is not having a barbecue or concert...


County non-profits receive virus grants

LACROSSE — Whitman County non-profits LaCrosse Community Pride and the Regional Theater of the Palouse (RTOP) in Pullman received grants from federal coronavirus relief funds. Lacrosse received $15,000 and RTOP $22,500. The Department of Commerce...


Bites send vaccine lapsed dogs to pound

COLFAX — Two separate dog-bite incidents in Colfax led to two dogs going to the pound for 10 days for observation. The rabies vaccinations for both animals were expired. Colfax Police Chief Bruce Blood reminds residents to make sure their pets...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 1, 2021

Colfax school board hears from concerned parent

COLFAX — Two citizens appeared at the Colfax school board meeting Monday to give input on critical race theory, inappropriate materials, and mask policies. Brenda Gingerich read a statement in her allotted time of three minutes for public input....


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