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Palouse hosts dual swim meet

The Gazette PALOUSE – The visiting St. John-Endicott-LaCrosse-Washtucna swim team took home top honors in a dual meet win over Garfield-Palouse-Oakesdale-Plummer on July 21. SELW swimmers amassed 700 points. Meanwhile, GPOP swimmers earned 346....

 

Bullsharks win home swim meet

By Olivia Harnack Gazette Reporter COLFAX - Local swimmers picked up a win over Pomeroy and Pullman last Thursday, July 21, in their home tank. The Colfax Bullsharks scored a total of 494.5 points....

 

Nicole Pick Ropeter

Nicole Pick Ropeter left this earthly world on Friday, July 22, 2022. She was 40 when she transitioned into eternity. Nicole illuminated wherever she went and whomever she embraced, we are all better...

 

Larry Kjack

Larry Kjack, 66, of Valleyford, died April 28, 2022. Larry was born Oct. 20, 1955, and was a lifelong resident of Spokane County. He graduated from University High School in 1974 and went on to...

 

John A. Schoeff

John A. Schoeff passed away from ALS May 8, 2022. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at Dusty Bible Church....

 

Roger Dean Imler

Roger Dean Imler was born in Colfax, Wash. on 7-8-55 to parents Dan Imler and Audrey Siegel Imler Tyree. He passed away on 7-6-22 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Spokane Valley, Wash. Roger grew up...

 

MaryBett Townsend

MaryBett Townsend, a lifelong resident of Pullman, Wash., passed away July 6, 2022 at the age of 81. She was born Sept. 24, 1940, to James L. and Virginia (Vollmer) McMackin. MaryBett was the fourth...

 

Karen Gloria Broeckel

Karen Gloria Broeckel, long time Dusty resident, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho. She was 80. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 30th, at 10:00...

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion    July 28, 2022

Experience the Palouse from atop a motorcycle

The back roads of the Palouse are beautiful this time of year. But there’s a lot more to see if you traverse them on a motorcycle. A couple weeks back, after looking at the cost of gas and the...

 

Restore U.S. semiconductor edge

Surprisingly, recent U.S. Presidents and congressional Democrats and Republicans agree America’s economic and national security hinge upon tiny, yet powerful semiconductors. Semiconductor computer c...

 
 By Pam Lewison    Opinion    July 28, 2022

Ruralites left out of suicide hotline

For people considering self-inflicted death, there is an opportunity of 10 minutes or less to intervene and potentially change that course of action. July 16 marked a milestone in the national mental...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    July 28, 2022

Staffing, board and budget woes hit local Humane Society

PULLMAN — The monthly Whitman County Humane Society board meeting July 25 opened with the resignation of the senior management team of Animal Haven, the society’s animal shelter. Animal Haven Director Annie Lindsey resigned, citing increasing...

 
 By Reid Thompson    People    July 28, 2022

Rosalia celebrates quilts and crafts

ROSALIA - The Harvest of Quilts outdoor show brought colored fabrics and new faces to town on July 23. After enduring two years of pandemic cancellations and cutbacks, organizers say this year's...

 

Car prowler sought

COLFAX — On July 25 at 2:51 a.m., the Whitman County Regional Communications Center received a report of an attempted vehicle prowl downtown. According to the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, a blonde woman traveling in a blue 4-door sedan was...

 
 By Reid Thompson    News    July 28, 2022

Auctioneer competes internationally

COLFAX — Local auctioneer and junior at Oklahoma State University, Cotton Booker, will be competing in the National Auctioneers Association International Auctioneer Championship in San Diego this Friday, July 29. Booker, who won the NAA Junior...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    July 28, 2022

Historic Barron's Mill faces deconstruction

OAKESDALE - J.C. Barron's Mill has stood in Oakesdale since its construction in 1890. The old wooden mill was built in 1890 by J.G. Porter and was sold to Harvey Gray, then to Joseph C. Barron Sr. in...

 

County Jail

COLFAX — The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals booked into custody between July 20-26: July 20 Bryce Julian Morrell, 27, reckless endangerment, and aiming/discharge of a firearm. $10,000 bond. Lewis Benjamin Johnson, 53,...

 

District Court

COLFAX — Whitman County District Court reported the following dispositions: • McKenzie Archer, first-degree negligent driving. Defendant is sentenced to 90 days of jail with 89 days suspended and a fine of $1,000 with $500 suspended. Defendant...

 

Sheriff's Office

COLFAX — The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls for service from July 19- 24 July 19 10:01 a.m. – East Church Street, Uniontown. Property damage, Deputy requested a case. 10:28 a.m. – North Broadway Street,...

 

Land Transactions

COLFAX — The Whitman County Assessor’s Office reported the following land transactions between July 19-26: July 19 Thomas L. Kammerzell of Colfax, land in Whitman County, to Thomas L. Kammerzelll, $0. Thomas L. Kammerzell of Colfax, land in...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    July 28, 2022

Wheat-based food prices on the rise

COLFAX — The USDA Wheat Outlook report released July 14 shows consumer prices for cereal products rose during January to June 2022 period about 11% from the same period in 2021 as measured through the Consumer Price Index, marking the largest...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    July 28, 2022

Excessive heat warning in effect

COLFAX— The National Weather Service is forecasting that its going to get hotter. “We are looking at the potential for some dangerous heat to come in. It will start to get hot on Sunday,” Meterologist, Steven Van Horn said in a July 22...

 
 By The Gazette    News    July 28, 2022

Longtime columnist passes away

DUSTY — Longtime columnist Karen Gloria Broeckel of Dusty passed away Sunday, July 24, in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 80. Broeckel, a native of Dusty, will be laid to rest Saturday, July 30. A...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    July 28, 2022

Elected officials get pay raises

COLFAX — The Whitman County Citizens Comission adjusted salaries for all elected officials in June, with nearly all comissioned positions recieving a 10% increase for the 2023 year. County Comissioners signed on to their salaries at a June...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    July 28, 2022

Drought declaration lifted in Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA— The state Department of Ecology has canceled the drought declaration for Eastern Washington due to the second-wettest May-through-June here since 1895. No part of the state is experiencing drought conditions, and water supply conditions...

 

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