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Obituaries: 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...


Good Old Days: Aug. 31, 2017

125 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... Full story


Library Calendar: 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...


Pullman Hospital plans open house

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... Full story


Etcetera: 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...


Peters duo marks 50th anniversary

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... Full story


MY FAVORITE RECIPES By Mary Collins: Meet Rhonda Anderson

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... Full story


Library adds collection on opioid addiction

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...


Elevator photos will be next library exhibit

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....


Rothwell tops Inspired Palouse exhibit

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...


Appel gets 80th b-day fête

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,... Full story


Bulletin Column: 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... Full story


The crown sacked

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

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,...


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

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....


Frank Watson: Happy Birthday

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...


Rich Lowry: Yes, Work for Trump

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...


Bob Franken: Alt-Universe

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...


Harvey hits Texas

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,... Full story


Eagles back with promise of new year

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...


Colton Wildcats return 10 starters

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...


SJEL sports co-op now official

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,...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    August 31, 2017

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

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... Full story


Hughes, Cox, Swindahl win

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...


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