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  • Robert "Bob" Kelly

    Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    Bob's life journey began Nov. 27, 1929, born in Spokane, WA, to Joseph & Louise Kelly. He joined older brother Bill. They enjoyed fishing at Newman Lake while growing up together. Bob graduated high school at Gonzaga and joined the Coast Guard. Stationed in Plymouth, MA. In 1948, he met Marge Pinto, his soon to be forever wife, they married in 1949. They were married 63 years until Marge's passing in 2012. They had four children, daughter Debbie & John Mountain of Finley, WA; and three sons,... Full story

  • Yolanda "Carol" Sanders

    Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    Yolanda "Carol" Sanders, of Cheney, Wash., passed away surrounded by friends and family on March 21, 2023, in Minneapolis, Minn., from complications with cancer. Carol was born on May 8, 1953, in Burlington, Wash., to Joyce and Lawrence Adamek. She was a graduate of Burlington-Edison High School in 1971, and was the third of four siblings, including two older sisters and a younger brother. Carol was born and raised in western Washington, where she attended business school, took cake decorating... Full story

  • Ed Schluneger

    Ed Schluneger

    Jul 6, 2023

    Ed Schluneger, longtime Onecho area farmer and rancher, died at his Colfax home on June 24, 2023. He was 87. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 8th, with a graveside service at the Onecho Cemetery at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at the Onecho Bible Church at 11 a.m. Viewing for Ed will be on Friday, July 7th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Corbeill Funeral Home in Colfax. He was born James Edwin Schluneger on July 3, 1935, in Colfax, to Albert and Evalina Schrag Schluneger....

  • Frances Katherine Taufen

    Frances Katherine Taufen

    Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    Frances Katherine Taufen, 96, was born April 23, 1927, near Uniontown, Wash., to Richard D. and Catherine M. Sprenger Stout. She passed away on June 25, 2023, at The Courtyard in Colfax, Wash. Cause of death was infirmities of age. A Memorial Mass for her and her son Stephen who preceded her in death will be Friday, July7th, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colfax. Reception to follow, then burial in the Colfax Cemetery. She attended the Hall School in the country near her family...

  • Senior Menus

    Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    Colfax Thursday, July 6 County Wide Picnic: Cheeseburger with Lettuce and Tomato, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Fruit, Chocolate Chip Cookie Monday, July 10 Chicken Caesar Salad Cucumber, Broccoli, Cheese, and Hard Boiled Egg; Homemade Roll ; Cottage Cheese with Fruit Colton Wednesday, July 5 Ham & Cheese Sliders, Pasta Salad with veggies, Fruit Salad, Birthday Dessert Wednesday, July 12 Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables, Spinach Salad, Peanut Butter Cookies Endicott Tuesday, July 11 Ribs, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Salad Bar,...

  • Births

    Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    Pullman Regional Hospital Lydia Kathleen Shawn Overtoom, a girl, was born June 26, 2023 to parents Nik and Stacey Overtoom, of Pullman. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. Paternal Grandparents are Janet Farrow, of Manhatten, N.Y. Maternal Grandparents are Mike and Norma Williams, of Plano, Texas. Nik Overtoom is a professor at WSU and Stacey is a realtor with Keller Williams. Maddox Zenner Reaves, a boy, was born June 29, 2023 to parents Chris Reaves and Jamie Zenner, of Lewiston. Paternal Grandparents are Frederick Reaves, and Mana Paulsen, of...

  • Garfield Library hosts Lego competition

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    GARFIELD — One of the biggest hits at the Garfield Library is the annual Lego competition. Wednesday, July 19, will see the Garfield Library light up with different Lego designs to be put on display. The competition opens at 12:30 p.m. Teams of 2-4 people, which can vary in age from 5-105, will be competing in a Lego challenge to work together to create their Lego creation. This year’s theme for the build will be any project based off their favorite book. “I am hoping to display the book with each Lego creation,” said Sarah Anderson, Garfiel...

  • Palouse Community Center Annual Ice Cream Social coming soon

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    PALOUSE — Palouse is hosting its annual Ice Cream Social fundraiser for the Palouse Community Center Sunday, July 9, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Palouse City Park. The event will include homemade pies donated by Xenodican and Round Table clubs and ice cream available for purchase and donated by Palouse Slots and Hobbies. The Distinguished Young Women of Palouse will serve the ice cream to attendees. Attendees can purchase burgers, fries, and beverages through the Palouse Lion’s Club. Event organizer Cheryl Sanders explained that they sta...

  • Oakesdale Old Mill Days celebrates history

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    OAKESDALE —Just around the corner is Oakesdale’s Old Mill Days celebration. This event this year starts on Friday at 5 p.m. with a Beer and Wine Garden at the old Fire Station. Pulled pork sandwiches will be available at 1st Street and Steptoe Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. and Bingo at the Museum from 7 to 9 p.m. “One thing different this year is that we have live music Friday night and Saturday night,” Event Coordinator Gail Parsons said, adding that before, they’d only ever had it on Saturday night. The Suits will entertain Friday night from 7 un...

  • Colfax High School Class of '63

    Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

  • Good Ol' Days

    Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    1 Years Ago From the Colfax Gazette, Friday, July 6, 1923 COUNTY PUPILS RECEIVE HONORS Tekoa School Awarded Banner Margaret Schreiber gets Medal “Mike” J. Grady wielded the gave at the Tuesday Meeting of the Kiwanis club and the attendance prize was won by O. C. Glaser. The program chairman announcer that at the next meeting there would be some of the Chautauqua talent present, but would not announce where they were. Mr. HI. A. Ellis gave a report o the Pullman meeting, stating that their percent of attendance was on a par with the att...

  • SEWEDA hosts Business Basics Lunch and Learn classes

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    COLFAX — The Southeast Washington Economic Development Association (SEWEDA) is partnering with Walla Walla Community College offering an eight-week series of one-hour Business Basics Lunch and Learn classes that started Wednesday, June 21. Executive Director for SEWEDA Erika Stricker stated that the Business Basics Lunch and Learn series is geared towards individuals just starting to explore opening their businesses. “We are very grateful to have such a stellar group of community leaders and industry experts volunteering their time to pro...

  • Lane closures and lane shifts expected on SR 26

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    COLFAX — Due to the construction of climbing lanes, single-lane closures started July 5 on SR 26 from Dusty to Colfax. Flaggers will direct travelers through the work zone in both directions, and drivers should expect intermittent lane closure and lane shifts. The $11.15 million project creates three truck climbing or passing lanes for vehicles traveling along SR 26 between Dusty and Colfax. Shamrock Paving has been working on the project, and they are adding one climbing lane westbound and two eastbound on SR 26. The rural farm-to-market r...

  • Colfax locals reminisce at Spokane Hoopfest

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    SPOKANE - Spokane saw the streets light up as the annual Hoopfest tournament took place June 24 and 25. The event is advertised as the largest 3-on-3 tournament in the world. Annually, around 250,000 competitors play in the tournament, shutting down 45 blocks in the city of Spokane, and 422 courts that help keep the competition flowing for 31 years and counting. Amongst competitors in this years tournament are Whitman County locals Will Hatley, Justin Berarducci, Jared Berarducci, and Kyle...

  • Colfax local Brynn McGaughy headlines Spokane Youth Sports Awards

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    SPOKANE — The Spokane Youth Sports Awards ceremony returned June 20, ending the four-year hiatus. The event was held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, celebrating top high school athletes, as well as coaches in the Southwest Washington area. With the four-year hiatus, the awards organizers changed some of the awards, as well as tweaking and modifying some categories and descriptions of awards. Awards were broken up by Metro and Regional awards. McKinzie Turner, Oakesdale volleyball coach, won the Region Coach of The Year award. T...

  • 15th Annual Peter Zornes Memorial Golf Tournament slated to tee off on July 8

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    COLFAX — The Peter Zornes Memorial Golf Tournament will be held in Colfax on July 8. This will be the 15th annual tournament, the first tournament took place in 2008. The tournament benefits the Peter A. Zornes Memorial Neuroscience Scholarship at Washington State University. The scholarship has been awarded to 21 deserving students to date, with the students spread across the nation and world, contributing to the health and well-being of the community. Peter Zornes was raised in Oakesdale, graduating from Oakesdale High School in 1999 as t...

  • Whitman County swim teams begin 2023 summer season

    Jake Hull, Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    COLFAX — With summer officially underway, many local towns in Whitman County have begun their summer swim season. Areas like Colfax, Palouse, Oakesdale, St. John-Endicott, and Pullman all have swim teams for the summer. One swim team this year is GPOP. This is a combined team, with athletes competing from Garfield, Palouse, Oakesdale and Plummer. There is also a SELW team, which consists of athletes from St. John, Endicott, LaCrosse, and Washtucna. For Colfax, their swim team began June 5, as they had their first official parents meeting and r...

  • Celebrating Independence every day

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    With Independence Day having happened Tuesday, everyone is probably sorting through pictures of fireworks shows and family gatherings while reflecting on the time they spent celebrating. When I think of Independence Day, I think of all the times I spent with my family camping and watching fireworks. July 3 was my late aunt’s birthday, and we’d all gather to celebrate the Nation’s birthday and hers. So this holiday has always been special to me. Besides the celebration, bright fireworks, and t...

  • School choice is on the rise

    Liv Finne, Center for Education Director, Washington Policy Center|Jul 6, 2023

    School choice is on the rise across the nation. Pennsylvania governor Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, just announced his support for Lifeline scholarships, a state voucher program that will allow students to use public funds to attend a private school of their choice. If enacted, his bill will help families assigned by local officials to the lowest-performing public schools because these families will be able to choose a better alternative for their children. Governor Shapiro’s bold initiative is the...

  • Our state's fireworks law needs updating

    Roger Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    Like most Americans, I enjoy watching – and lighting – fireworks on Independence Day. America’s “birthday” should stand out among all national holidays. And the colorful, aerial explosions showcase the freedom and independence for which the U.S. stands. But why then do only tribes have the ability to sell the “good” fireworks – you know: firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, mortars and more. There’s nothing magical about the imaginary line on a map suggesting fireworks perform different...

  • Lost in Translation

    Jul 6, 2023

  • Land Transactions

    Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    Gray Lane Properties LLC, of Moscow, Idaho., sold multiple family residence, Pullman, Wash., to Tyler LaVoie, of Colfax, Wash., parcel 1-1230-00-01-03-0001, selling price $200,000, Warranty Deed, June 21, 2023. Jon Taylor, of Colton, Wash., sold Buddy 1978, to Shirley Schultheis, of Colton, Wash., parcel 351900001112015, selling price $10, Affidavit, June 23, 2023. Ryan and Kaela Hamilton, of Colfax, Wash., sold 1720 Panorama Drive, Pullman, Wash., to Matthew and MacKenzie Renaldi, of Pullman, Wash., parcel 1-1439-00-02-10-0000, selling price...

  • Jail Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    COLFAX—The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals being booked from June 22 to June 26: June 22 Chaia Amina Lucille Powaukee, 19, was arrested and booked into the Whitman County Jail for Malicious Mischief in the 2nd degree, Residential Burglary, Theft in the 1st degree, and Posession of Stolen Property in the 3rd degree. Powaukee is being held through other court. Tomothy Edward Foy, 56, was arrested and booked into the Whitman County Jail for Ventura County California Court of FTA Control/Possession of a Firearm, FTA C...

  • Police Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    COLFAX – The Colfax Police Department responded to the following calls from June 16 to June 29: June 16 7:09 a.m.- Crestview Dr, Stray Animals 9:37 a.m.- Morton St, Suspicious Person/Circumstance 2:03 p.m.- Fairview St, APS Referral 4:23 p.m.- Main St, Suspicious Person/Circumstance 6:25 p.m.- West St, Suspicious Person/Circumstance 9:08 p.m.- Main St, Animal Problem/Complaint June 17 10:52 a.m.- Mill St, Unconscious Person 2:48 p.m.- 6th St, Other Law Enforcment Calls 3:50 p.m.- Mill St, Suspicious Person/Circumstance 4:05 p.m.- A Ave, A...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Jul 6, 2023

    COLFAX – The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls from June 27 to July 3: June 27 7:24 a.m.- S Leslie St, Tekoa, Domestic Dispute 7:43 a.m.- Whelan Rd, Pullman, Suspicious Person/Circumstance 8:45 a.m.- N C St, Albion, Traffic Violation 9:46 a.m.- N F St, Albion, Suspicious Person/Circumstance 9:56 a.m.- L Schultheis Rd, Uniontown, Truck Inspections 10:49 a.m.- N Mill St, Colfax, Fingerprints 11:15 a.m.- N Broadway St, Tekoa, Attended Death 11:35 a.m.- N Mill St, Colfax, Assault 11:39 a.m.- S Leslie St, Tekoa, Welfar...

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