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  • Boating course slated next week at Pullman

    Jul 6, 2016

    Whitman County Sheriff’s Office will offer a free boater education course, mandatory for Washington boaters, July 13-14, at the Pioneer Center, 240 SE Dexter, Pullman, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. each night. This seven-hour course will provide boaters the basics of safe boating that all recreational boaters should know. This course was developed specifically for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and is taught by Deputy John Giudice. The course manual and exam will be provided at the class. State law requires Washington residents b...

  • Lentil Fest tournaments open for registration

    Jul 6, 2016

    Pullman Parks and Recreation announced Friday, July 1, that the annual Lentil Festival 3-on-3 basketball tournament and co-ed softball tournament have opened for registration. Both events will take place on Aug. 20 as part of the three-day Lentil Festival, slated for Aug. 19-21 in Pullman's Reaney Park. The basketball tournament will pit boys and girls teams against each other, with the team members being in grades third through eighth. Team members can come from any school or area, said Kurt Dahmen, Parks and Recreation superintendent. Dahmen...

  • Humane Society mototcycle cruise set for July 17

    Jul 6, 2016

    "Cruzin' for Critters," a motorcycle Poker Run fundraiser to benefit the Whitman County Humane Society in Pullman, which serves all of Whitman County, will be July 17 at Zeppoz Bowling Alley and Casino in Pullman. Check-in time is at 10:30 a.m. and departure at 11. The ride will go through several local communities and some of the most scenic parts of the county. Entry fee will be $20 for drivers, $15 for passengers, plus a critter care item. All donations to WCHS are tax deductible. WCHS cares for hundreds of animals each year, including dogs...

  • Pullman Posse wraps up top slot for districts

    Jul 6, 2016

    Alex Pan gets a greeting from Posse team members as he returns to the dugout in the fifth inning after hitting a two-run double to put the local club in the lead in the second game of a double bill with North Central. The Pullman Posse team took two wins at McDonald Park June 29 before the Fourth of July break to extend its league record to 8-0. The opening 9-0 shutout win over Mt. Spokane nailed down a first place slot in the district playoff which will start in two weeks. Mt. Spokane, the...

  • Oakesdale '66 grads gather at Sandpoint

    Jul 6, 2016

    From the left: Dorothy Holloway Nilles, Larry Hoffman, Janice Bennett Roberts, Art Dobal, Judy Abbott Howe, Dennis Pittmann, Sheryl Gardner, Carol Gardner Pittmann, Sharon Hawk Williams, Ann Murphy Monge, Rick Robinson, Priscilla Reel Peterson and Greg Partch. The Oakesdale class of 1966 gathered in Sandpoint June 25 for its 50th class reunion. They had a picnic in the city park, followed by a two-hour cruise on the lake and then dinner at Trinity Restaurant. Attending were Dorothy Holloway...

  • Colfax swimmers win big in opener

    Jul 6, 2016

    Colfax swimmers rolled up 581 points for a big win Tuesday in the opening round of the Tri-County meet at Colfax. The St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse/Washtucna combo team was second with 373.5, and Dayton placed third with a 260.5. Girls Events 100-YARD FREESTYLE. 12 & Under: 1. Kendall Clinton-C 1:28.37, 2. Anna Cocking-C 1:30.5, 3. Olivia Kjack-SELW 1:41, 4. Samantha Larson-C 1:46, 5. Jorga Koerner-C 1:50.6 14 & under: 1. Isabel Shepherd-SELW 1:31.81, 2. Madison Roberts-C 1:49.35. 15 to 18 1. MacKenna Roberts -C 1:21.28, 2. Alexis Maki-C 1:23.35,...

  • Lindgren makes WWCC honor list

    Jul 6, 2016

    Alexa Lindgren, 2014 graduate of Oakesdale High School, was named to the Walla Walla Community College president's list for all-A grades in the winter and spring quarters. She played softball for the Warriors this spring and was also named to the NWAC academic list....

  • Bids absent for Winona tear-down

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Jul 6, 2016

    Whitman County Public Works received no bids for a project to take down an abandoned Winona building. A deadline of July 1 passed for the Endicott Road property. Public Works Director Mark Storey reported on the matter to county commissioners Tuesday, explaining that since the building is next to another structure, it is more than a simple tear-down. It requires an engineer. “It's not something I really want to do with county forces,” said Storey. The bid packet sought a contractor to abate the...

  • Passing lane project moving forward

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jul 6, 2016

    The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is moving forward with its plans to add passing lanes at locations on Highway 195 between Colfax and Spangle. WSDOT has conducted public forums and recently issued a determination of non-significance relating to environmental impacts of the project. “What we look at is what those impacts are and how they can be mitigated,” said Rebecca Smith, environmental document coordinator. “We've avoided wetlands. There are a number out there. And we'll need to expand some culverts.” Smith said th...

  • Country Bible plans to join park service

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Jul 6, 2016

    Dusty There will be no morning worship services at the Country Bible Church on Sunday, July 10. Instead, the congregation will join other area churches for the annual “Worship Services in the Park” at 10:30 a.m. in Schmuck Park in Colfax. Everyone is invited to attend. Lunch will follow the services with hamburgers and hot dogs being provided. Families are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and a side dish or dessert to share. A large crowd attended funeral services for Dusty native Oscar Broeckel at the Country Bible Church Friday afternoon....

  • Power outage hits 1,600 Pullman customers

    Meghann Ferguson|Jul 6, 2016

    Gazette intern reporter Residents of southern Pullman and some outlying areas of Pullman experienced a short power outage Tuesday, July 5, from 10:30 a.m. to about 12:15 p.m., according to Avista Utilities employees. The major outage was primarily on the Sunnyside and Pioneer hills and left many businesses without power, including Walmart, Safeway and Pullman Building Supply. Restaurants on that side of town were affected, too, and parts of the Washington State University campus were dark as well. Pullman Regional Hospital, which is located in...

  • Hooper fireworks return

    Jess McGregor, Gazette Correspondent|Jul 6, 2016

    Hooper The annual Hooper fireworks show returned with a bang Monday, July 4, after a hiatus last year. The community hosted a potluck for current and former residents on the Hotel Glenmore Lawn, followed by sparklers for the kids, and a fireworks show to cap off the evening. Visiting guests included Alex and Linda McGregor, Pullman; Kate and Scooter Lyle, and children, Cheney; Mary McGregor and John Bolles, Moscow, and their friends Ivy Sacks and Steve of Vashon Island; Tawnya and Terry Miller and family, LaCrosse; Tim and Erin Mock and girls...

  • DOE deadline nears on Garfield sewer plant

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Jul 6, 2016

    Garfield's 90-day notice to hire a Level II Operator for its wastewater treatment plant ends July 13. Soon after, the state Department of Ecology is expected to evaluate the situation. “I imagine there will be some flexibility in there,” said DOE spokesperson Brooke Beeler. “That week or the following, we'll do some follow-up with them.” Ellie Key is the DOE permit panager for the Garfield plant. She and Diana Washington, water quality section supervisor, eastern region, appeared before the Gar...

  • Another water main burst hits Pullman

    Jul 6, 2016

    Pullman faced its third water main break in as many months Sunday morning when the main under Main and Spring streets burst, flooding the intersection there. The burst impacted a couple of businesses, which had water shut off while city crews repaired the main. Water was turned off to the businesses and turned back on later in the day. No businesses were flooded as a result of the standing water on the street. Public Works Director Kevin Gardes said it took about seven hours to repair the main,... Full story

  • Snap Fitness re-opens after major flood

    Meghann Ferguson|Jul 6, 2016

    Gazette intern reporter When a Pullman city water main near Dissmores ruptured April 19, businesses in the Tractor Town Square on Grand Avenue were flooded. One of those businesses, Snap Fitness, re-opened Friday. The rupture drained more than one million gallons of water from water towers on Military and College hills and flooded all of the businesses in the square. Snap Fitness had about three inches of standing water. “We had to install new flooring, drywall and repaint all of the walls,” said Megan Hammer, facility manager. “We had to ha... Full story

  • Rosalia's Texaco to get electric charging station

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jul 6, 2016

    --Nanette Konishi photo The Rosalia Texaco station, a popular tourist destination, will soon offer an electric charging station for vehicles. Rosalia's Texaco station will soon be getting a little boost not only to the station, but one that will benefit residents and visitors in the area. Avista Utilities is in the early stages of installing a fast-charge charging station for electric cars at the Rosalia Texaco, a converted visitor's center on Whitman Avenue. Mayor Nanette Konishi said she is... Full story

  • Council on Aging receives $5,000 grant

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jul 6, 2016

    Council on Aging Executive Director Paige Collins, left, Washington Federal Branch Manager Kay Riebold and Division Manager Doug Smithgall pose with a $5,000 grant award Washington Federal gave to the COA to aid in renovating the kitchen space at the former Elk’s Club building. The COA hopes to renovate this kitchen space and use it for the senior meals in Colfax every week, as well as community events and cooking demonstrations. The estimated cost to renovate the space is $19,000. Savannah S...

  • Tekoa candidate stop

    Jul 6, 2016

    Karen Porterfield, state commissioner of Public Lands candidate, will visit Tekoa today (Thursday), with a stop at E-Clair’s Coffee Shop from 11 a.m. to noon. Porterfield will discuss her plan to restructure and revitalize the Department of Natural Resources. She is a former associate dean at Seattle University and former vice president of United Way of King County....

  • Colfax airport fly-in trophy winners named

    Jul 6, 2016

    Art Sager of Dusty received the “best contemporary” trophy among entries at the fly-in June 25 at the Colfax Airport. Sager brought his new Mooney 20 J to the show. Brock Hill of Palouse won best classic honors with a 1955 Cessna 180, and Lonnie Roth of Spokane won best experimental honors with a 2004 RV 6. The 1928 Boeing 40C flown down from Felts Field in Spokane by Addison Pemberton received the best antique trophy and the overall People’s Choice. The Ryan PT 22 flown up from Lewiston by Jay Cawley and the Bucker Jungmann flown from Deer...

  • Old Mill Days

    Jul 6, 2016

    Fit Farm owner Ken Lindgren flexes next to wife Karen in last year’s Old Mill Days parade....

  • Colfax Metropolitan Parks District: County chooses not to back city’s proposal

    Jul 6, 2016

    The Board of County Commissioners Tuesday issued a letter to Colfax Mayor Todd Vanek and the Colfax City Council in response to the city’s proposal to form a Metropolitan Parks District that would encompass Colfax city limits and rural portions of the Colfax School District. The county has chosen to not submit this measure to voters. In the letter, the board detailed its efforts in the past few months to research the matter. “Although we have never received a formal request from the Colfax City Council to take action, this has not been a stu... Full story

  • Concrete River Festival set this weekend

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jul 6, 2016

    Crazy Days will make its return to Colfax with this week’s Concrete River Festival celebrations. The four-day festival begins today with the Colfax Chamber of Commerce’s First Thursday. First Thursday, themed “Red, White and Win!” this month, begins at 3 p.m. on Main Street with Farmer’s Market vendors up and down the street. Live entertainment will be from 3-7 p.m. on Spring Street by the Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library. Entertainment will be Wolves and Men from 3-5 p.m. and The Palouse Project from 5-7 p.m. When a customer purchas...

  • Old Mill Days adds Friday festivities

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Jul 6, 2016

    The fourth year of the revitalized Old Mill Days will kick off in Oakesdale Friday night. Added events to the formerly one-day celebration now make it two, with 6 p.m. bingo and pulled pork sandwiches Friday at the McCoy Valley Museum, followed by the opening of the beer and wine garden at the town shop from 7 to 10 p.m. The expanded schedule also includes a triathlon for adults, a softball game, egg toss, music and more. Acts playing Saturday evening include Blue Highway and the Intentions. Sat... Full story

  • Bombs bursting in air

    Jul 6, 2016

    Fireworks and other July 4 festivities lit up the skies and eyes of county residents and guests Monday as with these fireworks in Pullman. Celebrations for Independence Day took place in Johnson, Albion, Pullman and Endicott. For more July 4 coverage see pages 6A, 12A and 3B.... Full story

  • Population shows increase of 690 in Whitman County

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Jul 6, 2016

    The Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) released its annual population estimate figures for counties statewide last week, with Whitman County estimated to have gained 690 residents. The OFM population estimates are used to determine state program administration and the allocation of selected state revenues. Most of the county increase was attributed to two areas: Pullman, where the OFM estimates a gain of 540 new residents through April 1 of this year, and rural areas which increased from 6,084 to 6,240 for a gain of 156, or... Full story