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  • Obituaries: Aug. 31, 2017

    Aug 31, 2017

    A memorial service for Donald E. Cochrane, 67, Princeton, Idaho, will be Friday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. at Grace Community Church in Potlatch with the Rev. Kathy Lee Kramer officiating. Potlatch VFW Post and the United States Navy will provide military honors. A luncheon will follow the service. Mr. Cochrane died Aug. 17, 2017, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane where he was being treated after an ATV accident near his Princeton home Aug. 11. Born Dec. 29, 1949, at Moscow, Idaho, to Foy and Joan (Marsh) Cochrane, he attended... Full story

  • 2017 Fair Edition

    Aug 31, 2017

  • Good Old Days: Aug. 31, 2017

    Aug 31, 2017

    8 years ago The Commoner Aug. 26, 1892 When it was asserted by observing farmers and others familiar with wheat growing in the Palouse grain belt, and by the newspapers, just prior to the opening of harvest, that the crops of the country were not in nearly so serious a condition as had been bruited about, the more pessimistic declared that such talk was for buncombe only; that the crops in no locality were any more than half so good as they should be. Nevertheless, the binder, the header and the thresher tell a story which backs up the... Full story

  • Library Calendar: Aug. 31, 2017

    Aug 31, 2017

    Thursday, Aug. 31 Colfax – 12 to 1 p.m. – Flex and Flow Yoga – Focus on foundation and breath while building strength, flexibility and focus. Albion – Knit Night – 5 to 7:30 p.m. – Learn to knit or bring any craft project you are working on and join us as we work together. Colton – 6 p.m. – Book Club – Join our lively discussion of "Painted Horses" by Malcolm Brooks, who visited us last fall. Rosalia – 7 p.m. – Starry Night Storytime – Kids of all ages are invited to join us for fun, songs, snacks and stories celebrating a sky full of wonders....

  • Pullman Hospital plans open house

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Aug 31, 2017

    An open house tour has been scheduled at Pullman Regional Hospital for Friday, Sept. 8. The open house and tour will show the public the most recent remodeling and renovation of the surgical suites at the hospital. The hospital recently underwent a $2.3 million surgery expansion project, which included the addition of a fourth operating room. Technology upgrades were also included and will soon be completed. Megan Guido, chief marketing and community relations coordinator for the hospital, said one of the technology upgrades is the addition of... Full story

  • Etcetera: Aug. 31, 2017

    Aug 31, 2017

    Tekoa Trails gala slated at Mansion Tekoa Trestle and Trails Association plans a “Gala at Tekoa Mansion” Saturday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening will include live music, gaming tables, silent auction, door prizes, appetizers and beer and wine from the no-host bar. All proceeds will benefit the Tekoa Trail and Trestle Association to improve the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Cost for the 21 and older event will be $20 person or $35 per couple for advance tickets, which are available at Tekoa Hardware, Banner Bank, Eclair's and Tekoa Mar...

  • Peters duo marks 50th anniversary

    Aug 31, 2017

    Don Peters and Monica Bartlett were married Sept. 1, 1967, at Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ in Spokane. Don was born and raised in Pasco, and Monica in Tekoa. They met on their first day of college at Washington State University in the fall of 1964. After they both graduated from WSU in February of 1969, they moved to Georgia where Don attended signal officer basic training. They lived for a short period in New Jersey and then moved back to Georgia. While Don served in... Full story

  • MY FAVORITE RECIPES By Mary Collins: Meet Rhonda Anderson

    Aug 31, 2017

    Rhonda Anderson of Albion takes a break from tending to the Albion Community Garden. She also volunteers at the food pantry and helps with the summer lunch program. The first time Rhonda Anderson moved to Albion she was in middle school and her family was relocating from the central part of the state. After graduating from Pullman High School in 1970 Rhonda joined the Navy where she served as a yeoman for three years. She then joined the Air National Guard where she served in Air Operations.... Full story

  • Library adds collection on opioid addiction

    Aug 31, 2017

    The Federal Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis reports approximately 142 Americans are dying every day from the current opioid crisis. In response, Whitman County Library announced the addition of 69 titles to the Overdrive eBook and audiobook collection. Called "Dealing with Addiction,'' the titles were donated by Overdrive and are featured on the main page of its catalog. Readers can access the Overdrive collection from the library’s website: www.whitco.lib.wa...

  • Elevator photos will be next library exhibit

    Aug 31, 2017

    Photographs by Don Witmer of the grain elevators of Whitman County will be on display in The Center at Colfax Library for the next two months. For the exhibit, Witmer photographed more than 60 sites and nearly every elevator across Whitman County. His photographs describe the continuing evolution as many small elevators are being replaced by large grain transportation and storage facilities. One of the larger facilities featured in the exhibit is the new McCoy Grain Terminal. During Witmer’s visit in mid-August, McCoy was handling a...

  • Rothwell tops Inspired Palouse exhibit

    Aug 31, 2017

    A trio of entrants enjoy the “Inspired Palouse” art reception Saturday at The Center in Colfax. They are, from left, Francisco Aguilar, Colfax, third prize winner; Rob Stanard, Colfax, two honorable mentions, and Gayle Havercroft, Spokane, second prize and Artist’s Choice award winner. Nancy Rothwell of Colfax took the $300 top prize, and Carla Danielson of Hooper won the People's Choice award. The Inspired Palouse art entries, which were displayed with prices for purchase, generated stron...

  • Appel gets 80th b-day fête

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Aug 31, 2017

    Dusty The Appel family celebrated Dick Appel’s 80th birthday with a family picnic at the home of Dick and Helen Appel. Attending were Bruce and Elaine Appel, Spokane Valley, and sons Charlie and Spenser; Phil Appel, Cheney; Eric and Shannon Appel, Dusty, and Connor, Sarah, Kyle and Sidney; Caroline and Rob Kunkel, Pullman, Elly and Luciene; Neil and Liz Appel, Dusty, Josh, Noemi, Issac, John Paul, Grace and Michael; Lisa and Travis Frei, Colfax, Miriam, Rachel, Emma and Colette; Kate Wollstein, Moscow; Sheryl and Randy Smith, Steptoe; Jim a... Full story

  • Bulletin Column: Aug. 31, 2017

    Aug 31, 2017

    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. BOMB THREATS SUSPECT ARRESTED Jose Andres Tecuatl, 19, was booked into jail in Colfax at 10:40 p.m. Monday on three probable charges of threatening to bomb. According to the court warrant issued for his arrest, Tecuatl was residing in Stimson Hall on the WSU campus. An alternate address was listed as Tustin, Calif. Tecuatl was also booked on a... Full story

  • The crown sacked

    Aug 31, 2017

    The longtime Best Western crown logotype was replaced with a new look this week in Colfax, with a new and higher sign on Highway 195....

  • On The Record: Aug. 31, 2017

    Aug 31, 2017

    MARRIAGE LICENSES Elias Isaiah Driessen, 26, Brewster, Wash., and Sidney Lenore Huber, 22, Colfax, Aug. 22. Drew Donald Chance, 31, and Cristina Abad Palacius, 28, both Garfield, Aug. 24. Robert Michael McPherson, 52, and Amy Elizabeth Allen, 44, both Pullman, Aug. 28. Dior Tumbur Siahaan, 31, and Ani Ayu Dahlia, 45, both Pullman, Aug. 28. REAL ESTATE Sara Sewall and David Luttiner, Bremerton, to Mark and Lisa Evatz, as trustees, 1996 Fleetwood 40x20 mobile home on NW Golden Hills Drive, Pullman, $35,500, Aug. 1. L. Leroy and Linda Johnson to...

  • Don C. Brunell: Taxing Robots to Slow Down Worker Displacement

    Aug 31, 2017

    Last February, the European Parliament rejected a tax on robots, but took the first steps to regulate their development and deployment. The legislation also aims to establish liability for the actions of robots including self-driving vehicles. Europe’s governing body, while rejecting the tax to be dedicated to worker training, overwhelmingly passed a resolution to study regulating robots. In an interview with, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said he believes that the government should tax companies’ use of robots. That would tem...

  • Frank Watson: Happy Birthday

    Aug 31, 2017

    I had a birthday last week the same day as the eclipse. It was kind of neat that most of America celebrated and looked skyward with anticipation during my birthday. Most of my many birthdays aren’t any big deal. They just come and go without a lot of fanfare. We didn’t celebrate birthdays much when I was a kid. We acknowledged them, but there were so many seats around our dinner table that we would have been celebrating much of the time. There is one, however, that stands out. It was my 28th. I was in Viet Nam flying Shadow Gunships. We had...

  • Rich Lowry: Yes, Work for Trump

    Aug 31, 2017

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took the highly unusual step over the weekend of publicly explaining why he won't resign. He responded to Yale classmates who had written an impassioned open letter urging him to quit in protest over what they called (ridiculously overstating their case) President Donald Trump's "support of Nazism and white supremacy." There was no reason for Mnuchin -- a busy man and one of the most important economic officials on the planet -- to bother replying unless he feels a little defensive. After Charlottesville, the...

  • Bob Franken: Alt-Universe

    Aug 31, 2017

    So, we have the "alt-right," the "alt-left" and a president who is clearly not "alt-there." What Donald Trump is fast becoming is alt-isolated, as the accumulated disgust for his constant degradation of the office has boiled over. After days of vacillating, his news conference tantrum -- where he argued that there is a moral equivalence between Nazis, Klansmen and other violent white nationalist haters and those who fight them -- revealed the depths of his immorality, amorality or just plain stupidity. That was the last straw for many who had...

  • Harvey hits Texas

    Aug 31, 2017

    Hurricane Harvey smashed into the Texas Gulf Coast. The predictions were dire. Almost every hurricane computer model predicted the storm would make landfall and then stall out, drenching the coast and Houston in particular. The computers were right, although ‘drenching” is hardly the word for what is happening in Texas. Early on, it was estimated that 11 trillion gallons would fall on Houston. Some places have suffered from approximately 50 inches of rain in just a few days. And, the rains continue. As of this writing, the storm, after lea... Full story

  • Eagles back with promise of new year

    Aug 31, 2017

    Coming off an 0-8 season in 2016, the now official St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse co-op high school football team is back with four more players on the roster and three returning seniors. Chase Schluneger returns at running back/linebacker, with Dustin Fox and Levi Bailey at tight end/defensive back. Other key returning players are Trey Fleming, a sophomore quarterback; Brady Pitts, sophomore, and junior Grant Harrison, who will vie to start at center, and sophomore Jonathan Logan at running back. “As young as we are, we’ve got a top-shelf tea...

  • Colton Wildcats return 10 starters

    Aug 31, 2017

    Last year ended with the scoreboard full on a November night in Grandview; a 60-58 loss in the state 1B quarterfinals to Sunnyside Christian. Double zeroes have now returned for fall 2017 for Colton football, which returns 10 starters from last year’s 8-4 (3-2 in league) team that took fifth in state. Who they will not have are three major performers for the past three seasons: Brady Chadwick, Grant Kinzer and Peter Schultheis. All were three-year starters, with Chadwick finishing at quarterback, Kinzer haunting defenses at receiver and S...

  • SJEL sports co-op now official

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Aug 31, 2017

    When students from St. John and Endicott suit up for the upcoming sports season, they will be joined by students from LaCrosse. An official sports cooperative was agreed upon between the school districts over the summer months. “It’s underway, with the exception of volleyball,” said LaCrosse Principal Jeff Pietila. Pietila said the LaCrosse district approached the St. John and Endicott districts about forming an official cooperative earlier this year. “We already had football and baseball and some junior high things with them,” he said. Mak...

  • SE 8-man football: GP Vikings return core of 9 juniors

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Aug 31, 2017

    They are not young anymore. The Garfield/Palouse High School football team returns for 2017 with a group of nine juniors who played as underclassmen in 2016 on a roster of only two seniors. One of them was four-year starter Mason Bates and the other tailback Cameron Springstead. To replace them, the Vikings will move Daniel Orfe, a junior returning to football, to starting tailback. Ely Hawkins, last year’s bruising runner in place of the injured Springstead, will move to tight end. Behind c... Full story

  • Hughes, Cox, Swindahl win

    Aug 31, 2017

    Dennis and Sam Hughes of Spokane zapped three consistent elimination rounds in less than 46 seconds to take the unlimited class Saturday before another giant crowd at the sprint boat races at Webb’s Slough in St. John. The win nailed the season’s championship for Hughes who placed second in the unlimiteds at the June 15 races at St. John. Scott and Cari Jensen of Maple Ridge, B.C., actually went up and over one of the banks in their Bad Fish boat at the west end of the Webb's Slough course ear...

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