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  • County library calendar

    Aug 7, 2014

    Thursday, August 7 Rosalia 11 a.m. Summer Writing Series with Childrens Author Marcy Campbell Learn how to use words, colors and emotions to convey action and plot elements. Children grades 4 and up are invited to this free event. All materials are provided by the Friends of the Rosalia Library. Friday, August 8 All fourteen branches of Whitman County Library will be closed for Annual Maintenance Week. Many online services will still be available through the librarys website. Saturday, August 9 All branches will be closed for Annual... Full story

  • The life and times of N. S. Golding, lead researcher for WSU’s famous ‘Cougar Gold Cheese’

    Tim Marsh|Aug 7, 2014

    Since Cougar Gold Cheese from the Washington State University (WSU) Creamery in Pullman was developed in the 1930s and 1940s, its production, sales and fame have increased over the years. But, cheese namesake Norman Shirley Golding is not as famous as the cheese he helped develop as lead researcher at what was then Washington State College (WSC). For the record, the name “Cougar Gold,” honoring Norman Golding and Butch, WSU’s cougar mascot, was the result of a campus-wide contest, according to the Spokane Chronicle. The youngest of 13 child... Full story

  • Spokane honor rolls

    Aug 7, 2014

    Area students listed in the spring honor roll for Spokane Community Colleges with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are listged below: Spokane Community College: Colfax: Dalton McNeilly, Abigail Murphy. Colton: Zackary Hudson. Farmington: Brett Wagner . LaCrosse: David Oles. Malden: Tamra Vandyke. Oakesdale: Jordan Eberle. St. John: Morgan Anderson, Michael Johnson. Rosalia: Erin Braun, Chandra Richardson, Dillon Stewart. Thornton: Kimberly Witte. Uniontown: Dustin Devorak. Spokane Falls Communiy College Albion: Sherol Cusano. Colfax:...

  • Savvy Senior

    Aug 7, 2014

    Dear Savvy Senior, I run a community counseling program for needy families and am frustrated that so few eligible seniors take advantage of the food stamp program. Can you write a column on this to help educate seniors to this underutilized benefit? Reaching Out Dear Reaching, It’s hard to imagine that a government program serving more than 46 million Americans each month is considered severely underutilized. But that’s the reality of the federal Food Stamp Program when it comes to serving seniors. Nationwide, food stamps (now called the Sup...

  • Etc Coumn

    Aug 7, 2014

    Rosalia Oakesdale museum The McCoy Valley Museum in Oakesdale will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Labor Day. Last year the museum celebrated its 25th anniversary during Old Mill Days and had another influx of visitors during this year’s town festival July 26. Admission is free. Garden Club Garden of The Month honors for this month goes to Stewart and Sandi Nereim. Their front yard features clematis, hibiscus, roses and sunflowers. The back yard has raised beds with a retaining wall including roses, lilies, echinacea and g...

  • Food distributions slated for August

    Aug 7, 2014

    Locations for a state and federal emergency food distribution: Wednesday, Aug. 27: Palouse Community Center, 1 to 4 p.m.; Rosalia United Methodist Church, 9 to 11 a.m.; St. John Methodist Church, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28: Malden/Pine City, Town Hall, 8 to 10 a.m.; Garfield Legion/Grange Hall, 2 to 6 p.m.; LaCrosse, 110 N. Main, 3 to 6 p.m.; Tekoa City Hall, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Oakesdale Baptist Church, 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Endicott City Hall, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29: Colton-Uniontown, Uniontown Community Building, 8 a.m. to n...

  • Avista grant award

    Aug 7, 2014

    The $10,000 grant from Avista to Friends of Whitman County Library for The Center project was among grants awarded in the first of two distributions this year. Total grants in the first distribution was $49,750. The Center project in the former Hamilton Drug building will house educational, cultural, entrepreneurial and social activities.... Full story

  • Obituaries

    Aug 7, 2014

    For full obituaries, see the weekly pages section for this weeks paper. William Kackman Beverly Stanczak Marilyn Edgren A graveside inurnment for Virgil R. Culton, 86, will be Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, 10 a.m., at the Garfield Cemetery with Forrest Miller officiating. Mr. Culton died Sunday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2014, at his Garfield home. Born June 30, 1928, at Viola, Idaho, to Guy and Marietta (Brown) Culton, he attended the Flannigan Creek Country School near Potlatch. At an early age, he started working for the railroad on the section crew. He... Full story

  • Good old days

    Aug 7, 2014

    8 years ago The Commoner Aug. 9, 1889 Five blind horses belonging to the elevator company arrived in Colfax this week. Three of them are for work in the elevator here and one goes to Pampa and the other to Mockonema. Two carloads of these blind animals were brought to the coast by the company from Iowa for use in their different elevators. The Colfax Milling Company is now busily engaged in the construction of a new water flume to the Eagle Roller mills which will give the mill greater capacity by reason of having a better head of water. Othe...

  • Pullman donations support fire victims

    Aug 7, 2014

    Members of the Community Congregational United Church of Christ and The Thrift Shop gathered bagged and labeled a load of “almost new” items, listed by Red Cross volunteers, to help small towns of Twisp, Winthrop and Carlton who are in the process of cleaning up and rebuilding from the fires. A lot of work clothes, boots, work gloves, masks, electrical cords, duct tape, battery operated lights and barbecue equipmentwre among items bagged. While The Thrift Shop had some of these items, the “most wanted” goods included things that are not typical... Full story

  • Junior harvest helpers

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Aug 7, 2014

    Dusty Dick and Suzy McNeilly have had their three grandsons, Gavin (5), Mason (5) and Aidan (3), visiting for the past three weeks. They will be heading back East after spending time harvesting and sharing their unlimited energy. Their traveling companion was mom to Mason and Aidan and aunt to Gavin, Christina Cain. Gina and Jason with son Micah, have been harvest visitors at Harm and Jan Smith’s home. Micah will stay through this week for a longer visit. Harm’s brother, Walt, and son, Parker, with friend James, were also visiting last wee...

  • Cluckey daughters gather for 50th meet

    Aug 7, 2014

    The four daughters of the late Jerry Cluckey were present Saturday for the start of the 50-year edition of the novice league meet at the Colfax swim pool. At right from the right are Lynn Van Vliet, Spokane; Tenny Brannan, Colfax; Kim Williams, Denver, and Sharon Hall, Steptoe. In the family photo, the two older girls, Lynn and Tenny, are in swim suits to compete in Spokane before the family moved to Colfax. Kim and Sharon, the youngest, are in front. The two older girls later swam in the USS...

  • Sixth daughter born

    Jess McGregor, Gazette Correspondent|Aug 7, 2014

    Hooper Ian and Jessica McGregor welcomed their sixth baby girl last Monday morning. Willa Skye was born at 7:12 a.m., weighing seven pounds, five ounces. Jessica's parents, Marty and Alicia Cramer of Winnemucca, Nev., spent the weekend in Hooper visiting the new baby as well as celebrating Genevieve McGregor's birthday on Saturday afternoon....

  • Wedding Announcements

    Aug 7, 2014

    Henry Vogler, son of Mark and Kathryn Vogler of Dusty, and Cari Thompson, daughter of Randy and Janet Thompson of Boise, were married Sept. 14, 2013, at Sanders Estate in Auburn. Henry works as a product manager for Substantial Inc., a technology firm in Seattle. Cari works for the international team in Seattle. They have just purchased a home in Bellevue. The marriage ceremony uniting Gregory Michael Doornink, son of David and Debby Doornink of Yakima, and Tiffany Christine...

  • Pullman entrant tops DYW

    Aug 7, 2014

    Rose Jao of Pullman, daughter of Jun and Wei-Chi Jao, is Washington’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2014-15 after placing first at the annual program at WSU’s Beasley Coliseum last Saturday night. In the 57th edition of the event, formerly known as Junior Miss, fifteen high school seniors-to-be competed in the state competition for the national program. Allison Hyer of Moses Lake was named first runner-up, and Lindsey Heflin of Clarkston took second runner-up. Heflin also won the Spirit awa... Full story

  • My favorite recipes

    Aug 7, 2014

    eMegan Dorman has spread her wings and traveled far and now she and her husband Mike are happy to be living in Whitman County. Colfax folks have known her since she moved here at the age of five when her mother, Sue Doering, became Colfax High School’s head volleyball coach. Eric and Sue lived in Spokane when Megan was born. Megan’s brother Kyle, now 27, and sister Kinsey, 24, were born in Colfax. In high school, Megan loved sports, playing volleyball and softball all four years and bas... Full story

  • Onecho harvest bee attracts world audience

    Sally Ousley, Gazette Reporter|Aug 7, 2014

    The Onecho Bible Church’s harvest bee attracted guests from all over the world this year. Besides the farmers and families who participated in the bee, 40 international students from Washington State University and a group of photojournalists led by Jack Lien attended the bee on Long Hollow Road about six miles south of the church. Lien’s tour group included photographers from Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Darrel Claassen told the story of how the church received the donation of... Full story

  • Don Brunell

    Aug 7, 2014

    For decades, radio newsman Paul Harvey gave us a side of the news that we either hadn’t heard or hadn’t considered. His “Rest of the Story” commentaries provided an in-depth look at the news behind the headlines. Today, all the headlines are about the negative impacts of fossil fuels. But when you dig deeper, as Paul Harvey did, you get the rest of the story. For thousands of years, food, water, clothing and shelter were the basic necessities of life. Today, we need to include electricity. In China and India, home to more than a third of the...

  • Bruce Cameron

    Aug 7, 2014

    Editor’s Note: The following column was originally published in 2009. Today, you can fly on one of two types of airlines, depending on whether you’d rather go Chapter 7 or 11. Before deregulation, air carriers didn’t go broke very often, and there were commercial routes to every airport in the world, including a direct flight from New York to a cow field outside of Duluth. Tickets were expensive, though, so the only people who were up in planes were the type of people who tended to look down upon others anyway. That all changed in 1978, when...

  • On the record

    Aug 7, 2014

    Real estate sales Mark and Marci Johnson, Vancouver, to Wesley and Linda M. Howell, Pullman, house on NW Yates Street in Pullman, $195,000, July 29. Susan Shoup, Palma Valley, Calif., to James W. and Sherry V. Orton, Oakesdale, three parcels of undeveloped land on W. Jackson in Oakesdale, $9,600, July 29. Jesse J. Hemphill, Alpine, Calif., to Roxanne and Cal G. Hodges, Pullman, house on W. 1st Street in Albion, $144,500, July 30. Sara J. White, Wenatchee, to Leslie L. and Carolyn L. Lien, Colfax, house on N. Hauser Avenue in Colfax, $216,000,... Full story

  • Letters

    Aug 7, 2014

    Sad facts We tell our young people that alcohol and marijuana are bad for them and then we voted to make alcohol more available than it had been previously. Then 56% of the registered voters (who voted) passed a law to make weed available in many different forms so that non-smokers could escape reality. The laws about alcohol and marijuana were written so that most people didn’t understand them. Alcohol is more expensive and weed will be more expensive until supply matches demand! The sad facts about both situations are that we have a lot of p...

  • Cougar creamery wins second national contest

    Sally Ousley, Gazette Reporter|Aug 7, 2014

    The Cougar creamery has done it again. Washington State University Creamery’s Apple Cup Crisp won a second national award, the 2014 Progressive Dairyman magazine’s Flavor Faceoff. The creamery’s entry topped ice cream entries from 12 other universities The WSU Creamery and Ferdinand’s Ice Cream will be featured in the Sept. 12 edition of Progressive Dairyman. Last year, the creamery’s Huckleberry Ripple topped a national contest, according to creamery assistant manager John Haugen. The creamery ran out of that flavor after the award was annou...

  • Rich Lowry

    Aug 7, 2014

    If an Israeli high-level official were caught on a hot mic candidly commenting on Secretary of State John Kerry’s ill-fated act of Israel-Hamas peacemaking, he might call it “a hell of a diplomatic foray.” Kerry was caught sarcastically describing the Israeli offensive into Gaza as “a hell of a pinpoint operation” during his round of Sunday-show interviews two weeks ago, before telling his aide over the phone, “We’ve got to get over there,” and “It’s crazy to be sitting around.” Kerry’s belief in himself as the Indispensable Man is to... Full story

  • Bob Franken

    Aug 7, 2014

    Yes, I know. How many times have we been told “We are a nation of immigrants”? The welcome, after all, is right there on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.” And in fact, millions of people have sought refuge and thrived here, including my parents. But the tradition gets obliterated in all the angry debate about those who try to breach our borders ... even the children we see today, trying... Full story

  • Gordon Forgey

    Aug 7, 2014

    The Organization to Void Illegal Conduct is disbanding. It was created in 2012 in response to the county’s contract to increase its financial support for the Hawkins Co. shopping mall at the Idaho border. Already contracted for $9.1 million for infrastructure at the center, the county proposed increasing its commitment by another $5.9 million. It was money the county did not have. Concerned residents of the area attended what was billed as an open forum to express their disagreement with the proposed deal. Suddenly, former Commissioner Greg P...

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