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  • Colfax class of ‘74 gathers

    Jul 17, 2014

    The Colfax High School Class of 1974 held its 40th reunion on July 11-12. Classmates from other graduating years also joined in the activities. An ice breaker was held at the Hyde Out on July 11. Golf, a tour of the high school, a book signing by Mark Hart and then dinner at the Colfax Golf Course were highlights of Saturday's events. Forty members of the class attended. Sitting in the front row left to right are: Todd Scholtz, Colfax; Dan Obenchain, Spokane; Gary Hatley, Colfax; Debbie Carroll...

  • County library calendar

    Jul 17, 2014

    Thursday, July 17 Colfax – Noon – Gentle Yoga with Suzy McNeilly – Pay by the month or by the class. Endicott – 7 p.m. – Book Club – Join the discussion of Jamie Ford’s, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” Everyone’s invited. Friday, July 18 St. John – 9:30 a.m. – Junior Summer Reading – A special reading program for younger children with activities and crafts. Colfax – 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Play & Learn – Creative play and sharing for toddlers, preschoolers and parents every Friday. Uniontown – 10 a.m. – Lapsit Storytime – Infants age... Full story

  • Ice cream social set July 23 at Tekoa

    Jul 17, 2014

    The annual Tekoa Community Ice Cream Social will be at Tekoa High School Wednesday, July 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by Tekoa Community Church, all are welcome for vanilla ice cream and a range of toppings, highlighted by fresh strawberries. Tables will be set outside and in the multipurpose room of the high school. “I think the theme is ‘beat the heat,’ said volunteer Hal Whitman. This will be the second year that the new ice cream makers will go on line. For many years volunteers used a custom machine built by Gene Krell. It remains in th...

  • Tekoa golden grads return

    Jul 17, 2014

    In front, from left, are Dale Simon (teacher), Tekoa, Sharla and Wayne Stevens (teacher), Oldtown, Idaho; Kay and John Miller (teacher), Colville. In the second row, from the left, are Dorothy Simon (teacher's wife), Tekoa, Peggy Boyer Sieveke, Spokane Valley; Linda Clem McAdam, Greenville, N.C.; Vicki Homer St. John, Farmington; Monica Bartlett Peters, Pullman; and Maribeth Phelps Johnson, Lynnwood. In the third row, from the left, are Doug Brede, St. Maries; Connie St. John Brandt, Tekoa;...

  • Obituaries

    Jul 17, 2014

    John Joseph Myers (see weekly pages section) ------------------- A memorial service for David Allen Futchko, 32, Colfax, will be Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Colfax. Mr. Futchko, 32, died unexpectedly July 9, 2014, while swimming at the Colfax City Pool. Born Sept. 5, 1981, in Spokane to Steven and Arlene (Howard) Futchko, he grew up and attended schools in Spokane. When he was a boy he ran around with a group of kids known as the “Krazy Style Players.” As a teenager David really developed his int... Full story

  • Savvy senior

    Jul 17, 2014

    Dear Savvy Senior, Since retiring, my husband and I love to travel but hotel costs eat up our budget so fast we can’t stay as long, or go as often as we’d like to. I’ve heard that there are alternative lodging options like short-term apartment rentals or even house sitting that offer a much cheaper way to travel. How can we find these? Retired Travelers Dear Travelers, If you’re willing to do a little research and preplanning, there are a number of ways you can lower (or eliminate) your travel-lodging costs and live more like a local when you t...

  • Holiday guests at Hooper

    Jess McGregor, Gazette Correspondent|Jul 17, 2014

    Hooper Jill and Kate Mock, twin daughters of Tim and Erin Mock of Gig Harbor spent June 30 through July 5 visiting Grandparents Keith and Carla Danielson at Hooper Crossing Ranch. The girls were joined by their parents and older sister, Ali, for the 4th of July celebration in Hooper. Alex McGregor and family hosted a fireworks show for the community. Out-of -town guests included Kate, Scooter, Claire, Collin, and Adele Lyle of Cheney, Linda, Emily, Isabella and Elizabeth McGregor of Pullman,...

  • Menus

    Jul 17, 2014

    SENIOR MENUS Colfax-Plymouth Congregational Church: Wednesday - Chicken salad on a bun, carrot and raisin salad, melon, dessert. Rosalia-Methodist Church: Tuesday - Chicken salad on a bun, carrot and raisin salad, pasta salad, melon, dessert. Palouse-Palouse Community Center: Wednesday - Chicken salad on a bun, carrot and raisin salad, melon, dessert. Pullman-Pullman Senior Center: Monday - Spaghetti and meatballs, Caesar salad, corn, breadstick, strawberry shortcake. Friday - Chicken salad on a bun, carrot and raisin salad, melon, dessert....

  • St. John entrant

    Jul 17, 2014

    Mekenzie DeLong, daughter of Joe and Sara DeLong of St. John, will compete in the National American Miss Washington competition at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma Aug. 8-10. MeKenzie, 15, will be in the junior teen division....

  • CASA program needs volunteers

    Jul 17, 2014

    Whitman County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program needs volunteers. There are currently 10 CASA volunteers in the county and the organization needs to add five more, according to Jill Whelchel Wahl, program manager. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for a child involved in the foster care system. “No special background is required to become a CASA Volunteer. We’re looking for people who have the desire and commitment to make a difference,” Wahl continued. CASA volunteers dedicate between 10 to 15 hours p...

  • Engagements

    Jul 17, 2014

    Duane and Deborah Groom of Tekoa announce the forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Becky, to Max Aquino, son of Victor and Mary Aquino of Maple Valley. A 2009 graduate of Tekoa High School, Becky will be graduating from Eastern Washington University with a degree in teaching at the pre-school level. She currently is employed at The Trike Stop in Edmonds. Aquino is a 2005 graduate of Washington State University whre he earned a degree in electrical engineering. He is currently employed at... Full story

  • Sheriff's reserve names scholarship recipients

    Jul 17, 2014

    Recipients of Whitman County Sheriff's Reserve Association Scholarships this year are Samantha Bailey, St. John/Endicott, $500, and Mattie Jo Johnson, Oakesdale, $250. Each year the association sends out applications for scholarships to schools. Each applicant is asked to present their academic transcript, recommendations by teachers and staff, and their community service projects. Winners this year were selected from among eight applications....

  • Harp attends session

    Jul 17, 2014

    Diane Harp of Tekoa attended the summer institute "Weaving Hope and Concern: Establishing a Foundation to Improve Health & Safety" July 8-11 in Big Sky, Mont. She learned about positive community norms. The institute class is expected to help the Healthy Tekoa Coalition express concern about the issues Tekoa faces while maintaining a positive, hope-based frame. Student assistance specialist, Carrie Hubert, who works in Tekoa and Oakesdale schools, received training prior to working in HTC and was instrumental in developing many posters put up...

  • Final three classes slated at library

    Jul 17, 2014

    Signups are underway for the final three classes of the summer at the Colfax Library. Printmaking is set for July 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Magic of Disney July 31 from 6-9 p.m. and Painting with Watercolor Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. These non-credit classes are sponsored by Community Colleges of Spokane. Registration and class descriptions are available at

  • Pajama storytime

    Jul 17, 2014

    Pajama storytime sessions with Nichole Kopp will be at the Colfax Library July 23 and Aug.13 at 7 p.m. with the whole family invited. Stories, songs, and rhymes that support early literacy development will be featured.... Full story

  • Heaton reunion includes Salmon River rafting

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Jul 17, 2014

    Dusty Christopher, Erica, Miss Blayke and Justus Heaton recently visited his parents, Blake and Carmen Heaton, for a week. Also arriving for the summer were Heathermarie, Valente, Jeronimo and Xico Reynoso Heaton from Mexico City. Before coming from Mexico, Heather and the boys spent a week with Jaime, their husband and father, in Key Largo where he is shooting a television series. While in Key Largo, the boys experienced swimming with dolphins. The two families plus Justin and Katy Heaton, Wade Heaton and Blake and Carmen went to Riggins,...

  • My favorite recipes

    Jul 17, 2014

    Carla Hall doesn’t have just one home town. As a minister’s daughter, she grew up in several towns, including Spokane, Selah, Kellogg and Moses Lake where she graduated from high school. Colfax is truly the place she calls home because she has lived here for 24 years. Carla met Dean at church family camp at Deer Lake. Dean taught her and many other kids to water ski. They saw each other every year at camp becoming very good friends. After many years of friendship, they decided to see if the... Full story

  • Sunset reunion brings 47

    Angel Colyar, Gazette Correspondent|Jul 17, 2014

    St. John Nineteen St. John residents joined friends and other former residents at the Sunset Community Reunion at the Harvester Restaurant in Spangle. Many tales of growing up in tiny towns were shared by the 47 people who attended. A picnic buffet was served. Next year's reunion will be July 15. Contact Joan Williams for more information.... Full story

  • Blood drive set for July 25 at Rosalia

    Mike Day, Gazette Correspondent|Jul 17, 2014

    Rosalia A Rosalia Community blood drive has been scheduled next Friday, July 25, at the Rosalia Fire Station with the Inland Northwest Blood Center mobile unit. Hours will be from 1:45 to 4 p.m. People who arrive to donate blood will get a free summer T shirt. They will also receive in entry ticket on a drawing for a one-year lease on a new BMW sedan. INBC needs an average of 200 blood units every day to meet the demand for 35 area hospitals. Donors must be 16 years of age, weight at least 110... Full story

  • Five finalists named for lentil fest recipes

    Jul 17, 2014

    Five finalists have been named for the legendary lentil cook-off in Pullman for the National Lentil Festival, Aug. 23. They were selected from among 114 lentil recipe entries from 24 states. The top five recipes include Warm Weather Watermelon & Lentil Gazpacho, submitted by Margee Berry of White Salmon; Lentil Hummus Stuffed Mini Peppers submitted by Renata Stanko of Lebanon, Ore.; Lentil Sweetato Streusel Muffins, submitted by Nancy Judd of Alpine, Utah; Lemony Lentil Scones, submitted by Terri Crandall of Gardnerville, Nev., and Caramel...

  • Paragliding

    Jul 17, 2014

    Paragliding group swoops into St. John last week for a landing on the football field at St. John High School....

  • Mid Columbia Producers joins McCoy LLC

    Jul 17, 2014

    Addition of a third partner to increase the value of the McCoy Grain Terminal operation was announced this week by Bill Newbry, chief executive officer for Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative. The new partner is Mid Columbia Producers based in Moro, Ore. Mid Columbia joins Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative, based in Genesee, and Cooperative Agricultural Producers, which is based in Rosalia. The McCoy Loader Terminal between Oakesdale and Rosalia marked the start of a second year of operation June 1. First year results exceeded...

  • Relay for Life marks 19 years of fighting cancer

    Jul 17, 2014

    (Additional photos in the weekly pages section) Relay for Life marked its 19th year in Colfax Saturday with a new noon to midnight format. In the top photo, cancer survivors walk in front of the display of past Relay for Life shirts on the fence of the football field. At left, Dylan and Grace Lee of Spokane, grandchildren of Darlene and Sid Lee, try out two of the water cannons which were part of the relay items designed to beat the heat. The middle picture at right shows the cancer survivors... Full story

  • On the record

    Jul 17, 2014

    Real estate sales Sieveke Farms, Inc., Spokane Valley, to McHargue Land Company, LLC, Tekoa, grain tanks only on a parcel of land on Sieveke Road near Tekoa, $35,000, July 8. Peggy Boyer Sieveke, Bradley J. Sieveke and Tricia Sieveke, Spokane Valley, to McHargue Land Company, LLC, Tekoa, two parcels of land on Sieveke Road near Tekoa, $427,500, July 8. Vernon D. and Carol A. Henning, Colfax, to Boca Grande Agricultural, LLC, Kirkland, a parcel of land near Colfax, $188,000, July 8. Josh and Valerie Bryan, Rosalia, to Robert H. and Sharon A....

  • Don Brunell

    Jul 17, 2014

    If you are looking for a family-wage job these days, there is no better place to look than the Dakotas . . . but for entirely different reasons. While both states rely on agriculture, North Dakota’s Bakken oil field is driving that state’s economy, which boasts a 2.7 percent unemployment rate. It is the lowest among the 50 states, and there are thousands of jobs unfilled. Propelled by well-paying jobs in its western oil-producing counties, the state’s average annual pay has jumped a whopping 44 percent since 2007. Workers in the oil and natur...

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