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 By Garth Meyer    News    August 29, 2019
Karen Johnson

Colfax business incubator grand opening Saturday

The Colfax Mercantile business incubator will hold a grand opening Saturday, Aug. 31, with free frozen yogurt from 11 a.m to 3 p.m., paid for by an anonymous donor. It may be open before, too. "If...

 

Fair grandstand finished; lights switched on

Monday’s Palouse Empire Fair board meeting at the fairground patio ended with Bill Tensfeld, executive director, turning on the new arena lights around the the new grandstand. “It’s finished,” Tensfeld succinctly reported on the project near...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 29, 2019

School construction in home stretch

As the number of vehicles parked outside have increased, the number of workers inside Colfax Junior-Senior High School has also as construction enters the final stretch before students return for a late start of Sept. 9. An estimated 35...

 

U.S.-Japan wheat trade announced in principle

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Aug. 25 a trade agreement in principle between the two countries to keep exports of U.S. wheat going to a major buyer. Negotiations have been on to counter the effect of the...

 

Harvest bee will start fair action

Members of the Palouse Empire Threshing Association have been tuning up their vintage equipment and recruiting teamsters for their annual Labor Day threshing bee across from the fairground. Mike Schwartz, vice president of the group, estimates...

 

Lower Cheney-Palouse scabland field trip set

A free lecture about the southern half of the Cheney-Palouse scabland Tract of the Missoula Floods will be Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Connell Library and Sept. 27 and at 7 p.m. in the Ritz Theatre at Ritzville. A paid field trip will be offered Sept....

 

Canvass board makes ballot determinations

Fourteen mailed ballots were rejected Aug. 19 by the county's election board because they were mailed after the Aug. 6 primary date. The board found another 12 returned ballots were undeliverable. Two ballots were returned unsigned and one was...

 
 By Madysen McLain    News    August 29, 2019

Fair photograph gets new focus

The photography department of the fair usually brings in a lot of entries, and this year some changes are coming, Mary Davidson, multipurpose building superintendent, said. She said a class for black/white photos and one for color will be...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    August 29, 2019

Colfax school board gets report on new year

The Colfax School Board met Monday night and approved a new athletic director, set plans for the coming school year and heard an update on school construction. The construction crew has 48 regular workday hours remaining until the Sept. 9 opening...

 

Camp trailer suspect arrested

William R. Zaikowsky, 48, Clarkston, was arrested Aug. 17 on probable drug charges related to a camper trailer which had been parked at the Nisqually John Campground along the Snake River. Deputy Tyler Langerveld in his arrest report said he responde...

 

Semis sideswipe on 26

Jose Deleon, Othello, was injured Aug. 20 in an accident involving two semi trucks on Highway 26 just west of Colfax. According to the report by State Patrol Trooper Keith Pigott, Deleon was driving a 2001 Kenworth semi tractor trailer eastbound on...

 

Bulldogs will get grid sample Friday at LRS Broncos' jamboree

Colfax coaches expect to get an inkling of what the new season will hold when the team travels to Ritzville Friday for the Broncos' jamboree. Coach Mike Morgan said they won't know until later in the...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    August 29, 2019

Wildcats start new on football field

Colton returns to the football field this fall with new faces – a coach, aassistant and a quarterback after its slated starter, senior Jon Bean, moved to Nampa, Idaho with his family two weeks ago. The team lost 13-year coach Clark Vining from...

 

Spokane duo again logs top time at Webb's Slough

Dennis Hughes and daughter Samantha of Spokane again led the field Saturday in a large card of boat racers at Webb's Slough in St. John. The Hughes duo in their Overkill 69 boat were the only team to...

 

Meet the Bulldogs set for tonight

Thursday, tonight, will be Meet the Bulldogs night with coaches introducing players for the upcoming season. The cheerleaders will be serving food starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. at the football field. Coaches and players for the football, cross...

 

On The Record: August 29, 2019

MARRIAGE LICENSES Timothy Charles Baker, 31, and Tasha Louse Smith, 21, both Pullman, Aug. 22. Jake Austin Aune, 25, and Maya Jane Wahl, 33, both Endicott, Aug. 23. REAL ESTATE SALES Jayson Dobley, Renton, to Mathew Klabfliesch, Pullman, house on SW... Full story

 

Bulletin Column: August 29, 2019

These reports are from the previous four issues of the Daily Bulletin in Colfax. They are reprinted here for the benefit of Gazette readers who reside outside of Colfax. Some accounts have been updated. PUBLIC SERVICE MEASUREMENTS Measurements of...

 

Super fair run in the works

Reports during the countdown indicate this year's edition of the Palouse Empire Fair should start and finish with a high rating. The fair always generates its own momentum as entrants and competitors arrive with exhibits and talent for display and...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    August 29, 2019

Greenland Isn't a Trump Folly

President Donald Trump has broached the idea of purchasing the massive and largely frozen island of Greenland from Denmark. Cue the laughter. My Montreal-raised wife tells me that in the nearly uninhabitable frozen tundra country of her youth, she...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    August 29, 2019

Throwing America Under the Bus

Beto O'Rourke has taken the measure of America and found it wanting. "This country, though we would like to think otherwise," he intoned, "was founded on racism, has persisted through racism and is racist today." This is now a mainstream sentiment...

 

Letters: August 29, 2019

Fleeced Well pilgrims, we've just been fleeced once again. Your no-carbon-footprint-governor just wasted more of our hard earned money. I'm sure he didn't ride a horse or bicycle back east to campaign and debate. Of course a bicycle would be out of...

 

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