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 By Teresa Simpson    News    August 25, 2022

Serial rapist sentenced to life in prison

PULLMAN – A serial rapist convicted in a number of 19-year-old Pullman rape cases has been sentenced to life in prison. Kenneth Downing was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole for at least 214 months, during a Friday, Aug...

 

Harvest underway

The wheat harvest is underway across Whitman County. Pictured, a Tekoa-area farmer uses his combine to harvest wheat alongside state Highway 27 north of town....

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    August 25, 2022

Wagner Road Fire contained to 7,381 acres

EWAN – A fire that broke out Thursday afternoon was in patrol status on Monday, Aug. 22. The Wagner Road Fire broke out at about 2:04 p.m. Aug. 18 and grew to nearly 800 acres by late Thursday evening, officials said. The blaze was burning in dry...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    August 25, 2022

Superintenent Reykdal releases work-study plan

OLYMPIA – Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) State Superintendent, Chris Reykdal announced his plan for high school students ages 16 and over to earn elective credits...

 

'Pirates of Penzance' coming to St. John

ST. JOHN – Several families are combining their stage skills for three performances of "The Pirates of the Penzance" this coming Friday and Saturday. Directed by Eastern Washington University...

 

Records

Sheriff’s Office August 16 8:57 a.m. - North Main Street, Rosauers; Behind, Colfax. The Sheriff's office assisted the Colfax Police Department with a call. 9:57 a.m. - North Madison Street, Tekoa Care Center, Tekoa. The Sheriff's office received a...

 
 By The Gazette    News    August 25, 2022

Whitman Family Dental hires dentist

COLFAX – Local 2013 high school graduate, Bradyn Ellis, 28, is returning to the area as a dentist at Whitman Family Dental. After graduating from Corban University, a private Christian University...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    August 25, 2022

Auto Dealers for Health celebrates ten year partnership

PULLMAN – The Auto Dealers for Health program has raised more than $250,000 in funds for Pullman Regional Hospital since 2012. This year they celebrate ten years of partnership with Wysup Chrysler...

 

A Summer Well-Spent

They say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, but in my book, the city of Colfax has been an exception to that rule. My first impression of the city was formed over a decade...

 
 By Liv Finne    Opinion    August 25, 2022

Inslee's decision to close schools for COVID-19 caused harm

Gov. Jay Inslee responded to the national COVID-19 health crisis by closing the public schools in Washington state to in-person instruction from March 2020 to September 2021 and allowing them to reopen sporadically the fall of 2021. The governor...

 
 By Pam Lewison    Opinion    August 25, 2022

What's in a name? Chicken labeling can be confusing for consumers

My husband and I recently got into a discussion about the differences in the labeling of chicken. He saw a post on social media outlining the supposed differences between “pasture raised,...

 

Letters to the Editor

Column touched hearts of volunteers I am the Washington State Coordinator for the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Frank Watson wrote a beautiful column in the recent edition of the Whitman County Gazette. He offered kind words honoring the many...

 

Whitman Heritage presentations and scanning events

COLFAX – During the month of September the Whitman Heritage Digital Collections team will be hosting presentations about Whitman County Library's online digital photo collection. Presentations are o...

 

Over $1,000 donated to Tekoa Pantry

TEKOA – From 1960 to 1974, Tekoa couple Milo and June Yale owned and operated Yale’s Food Store with the help of their six children. Long after the store’s closure, friends, neighbors, and class...

 
 By Slim Randles    People    August 25, 2022

Home Country

Hi there, Pard. Yep, it’s me, Alphonse Wilson, the one they call Windy. But this ain’t pertickler a good day for ol’ Windy. Fact-a-matter is, if I was to study how to do that depression stuff? This’d be a good day to start. Ya see, it’s...

 

Whitman County Birth Announcements

Whitman hospital and Medical Clinics • Wyatt Walker Barnett, a boy, was born Aug. 17 at 6:45 a.m., to parents Max and Tera Barnett of Colfax. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Paternal Grandparents are Beverly and Kelly...

 

MaryEllen (Faulkner) Laughary

MaryEllen Laughary (Faulkner) of Spokane was born 6-14-1943 and died 8-18-2022 after a nine-year battle with multiple myeloma. In her life, MaryEllen graduated from Shadle Park High School and EWU,...

 

Kathy (Zarkarison) Snyder

Kathy (Zakarison) Snyder, 63, passed away August 7, 2022 in Colorado. Kathy was born April 3, 1959 to Cliff & Ann Zakarison. As a young girl growing up in Pullman, WA, she participated in 4H working...

 

Nancy Rae (Bowen) Garrett

Long-term Eastern Washington resident, Nancy Rae (Bowen) Garrett, passed away on August 10, 2022 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. Nancy was born on January 15, 1935 in Spokane,...

 

Donald D. Anderson

Donald D. Anderson, 96, a resident of Ivy Court in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho passed away on Aug. 15, 2022 at his home at Ivy court where he has made his home for 3 years. Don was born on Sept. 27, 1925...

 

Richard Allen Utke, 67

Richard Allen Utke, 67, passed away on August 21, 2022 at his home outside of Colfax. He was born on August 31, 1954 to LeRoy and Wilma (Gering) Utke. No services are being planned. Corbeill Funeral Home in Colfax is caring for the...

 
 By The Gazette    People    August 25, 2022

Update on Hamilton Park House Fire

COLFAX – The fire house fire located at 611 S. Meadow Street on Saturday Aug. 12 is completely destroyed, confirmed Fire Chief Michael Chapman in an interview Thursday, Aug. 18. “It was unfortunately a total loss,”said Chapman. The cause of...

 

Legal Notices

OWNER/LOCAL AGENCY: Town of Malden, Washington PROJECT: Malden Well 3 Drilling and Testing Contract No: PE21-96103-000 ENGINEER: TD&H Engineering 303 E. 2nd Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 622-2888 Estimated Cost of Project: $400,000 - $450,000...

 

Classifieds

Employment 3 Program Representative-Payroll: This position is responsible for compiling, processing and preparing the County payroll program with speed and accuracy, exercising confidentiality. Creates and submits monthly, quarterly and annual...

 

Good ol' Days

125 Years Ago From the Colfax Gazette, Friday, August 27, 1897 Broke Out of Jail Monday night at Pullman, three men whose names were not known, were seen breaking into the residence of J. M....

 

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