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  • Legals - 9/1/11

    Sep 1, 2011

    NOTICE OF DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE (DNS) The Whitman County Public Works Department issued a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) under the State Environmental Policy Act Rules (Chapter 197-11 WAC) for the following project: Whitman County Public Works 2011 Solid Waste Management Plan which addresses the management and disposal of municipal solid wastes currently generated in the county. The plan pertains to waste generated in the entire county with the facility located at Carothers Road Solid Waste Facility, 252 Land fill Road,...

  • Good Old Days 9/1/11

    Sep 1, 2011

    8 years ago Sept. 3, 1886 Will Smith reports he has averaged over 1000 bushels a day since starting up his machine near Palouse City. Peter Jacobs of Uniontown hauls water two miles for use in brewing beer. E.P. Dorris is ready to commence tinning on the new roof on the Pioneer Hotel in Farmington. 100 years ago Sept. 1, 1911 Carl Weems, a suspect in a Colfax shooting, learned by letter that his mother in Tifton, Ga., was trying to locate him. Mrs. Weems, a widow, wrote to Deputy Sheriff William Cole and asked him to quiz Weems about his... Full story

  • Flashback 9/1/11

    Mick Harper|Sep 1, 2011

    FLASHBACK 1. Name the band that was the first to release the famous “Tequila” instrumental. 2. What was the follow-up song that Shelley Fabares released after her No. 1 hit “Johnny Angel”? 3. Which group wrote and released “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” and when? 4. What was Chicago’s first No. 1 hit single? 5. Name the big 1980 hit by Lipps Inc. 6. Who released “Black Velvet” in 1988? What’s the song about? Answers 1. The Champs, in 1958. The song won a Grammy. Numerous groups have covered “Tequila,” including Dr. Feelgood. 2. “Johnny Lo... Full story

  • Trivia Test

    Fifi Rodriguez|Sep 1, 2011

    1. ANCIENT HISTORY: Who were the opponents in the Trojan War? 2. GEOGRAPHY: Which nation’s most important river is the Vistula? 3. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which U.S. president was the target of an attempted assassination in Sacramento, Calif.? 4. MUSIC: What was the full name of Bill Haley’s band, which recorded the hit “Rock Around the Clock”? 5. LITERATURE: Who wrote the book “Mary Poppins”? 6. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: When did the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, Germany, begin? 7. FORMER NAMES: Where was the ancient kingdom of Cumbria located? 8.... Full story

  • This Is A Hammer 9/1/11

    Samantha Mazzotta|Sep 1, 2011

    THIS IS A HAMMER Cleaning Up “Rusty” Concrete Q: My concrete driveway has several bright-orange stains that look like rust. How did this happen, and how can I clean it up? — Jane C., Winter Park, Fla. A: There are several ways that rust finds its way onto concrete to stain it: a metal tool left sitting on the driveway in the rain, rust washing off of a vehicle parked on it, and so on. The good news is that most rust stains can be cleaned off of concrete fairly easily. Home-improvement stores sell an array of cleaners that specifically addre...

  • U-twon duo faces 2 sets of charges

    Sep 1, 2011

    Two Uniontown men who made a first appearance in court on charges of burglary and theft Aug. 25 returned to court Monday for a first appearance on an additional charges of burglary. Judge David Frazier set bail Thursday afternoon at $10,000 for pre-trial release for Shaun L. McArthur, 29, and Eric M. Burnet, 24, and the same bail figure was set for the new charge which involved a welder allegedly taken from a residence on Staley Road. According to a report from Sgt. Keith Cooper, the Staley Road charges evolved from follow-up interviews. The... Full story

  • County okays 'road' vacations; three petitions still in limbo

    Sep 1, 2011

    Three recent road vacation petitions from the Public Works Department were approved by County Commissioners in successive hearings Monday, but three long-standing petitions, which have been left at the same juncture, are expected to possibly be moved back to the front burner. Commissioners Monday approved vacations of a remnant of the Winona West Road, the T.W. Walters Road just north Colfax and the Emerson Road which is located off Highway 195 near its end at the Idaho line. Unlike previous road vacation rounds, none of the petitions drew oppo...

  • W. Bruce Cameron 9/1/11

    Sep 1, 2011

    Vote for Me! W. BRUCE CAMERON I am pleased to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America and will now open the floor for questions. Q: What are your qualifications for president? A: Well, first, I have to say I resent this sort of “gotcha” question that immediately puts me on the spot. Why not ask me the surface temperature of Mars, or whether I can find Canada on a map? It is an insult to my intelligence, and I refuse to dignify it with an answer. I didn’t come here to talk about anything from my past, I came to talk...

  • Strange But True 9/1/11

    Samantha Weaver|Sep 1, 2011

    STRANGE BUT TRUE • It was revered American comedian Bill Cosby who made the following sage observation: “Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.” • Here’s a disturbing statistic for parents: If your child is like the average American youth, between the ages of 5 and 15 he or she will see approximately 13,500 people killed on television. • Most languages change dramatically over time. If we in modern America were to try to read “Beowulf” (which was written in Old English), for instance, only those who...

  • Collision on highway 23

    Sep 1, 2011

    Bryant L. Smick, 89, St. John, sustained possible neck injuries in a car-truck collision on Highway 23 about 10 miles southeast of St. John Tuesday, Aug. 23. According to the Washington State Patrol report, Richard A. Landers, 78, St. John, pulled a 2000 Freightliner grain truck onto Highway 23 from a field access as Smick was driving a 2010 Prius northbound on 23 at 3:50 p.m. Smick was taken by ambulance to Whitman Hospital in Colfax....


    Sep 1, 2011

    Bob Reynolds, Palouse Empire fair manager, reported to the fair board Aug. 22 that the fair has received additional requests from rodeo groups to use the Palouse Empire fair rodeo arena and grounds this year. He noted the fair’s rodeo facility has gained popularity with rodeo groups, probably because the facilities have been maintained and the fairground offers lots of camping and parking space. Reynolds said he had to turn down the requests because the proposed rodeo dates fell after the fair’s water system for the grounds will be shut off... Full story

  • Deer Hit on 195

    Sep 1, 2011

    Joel D. Hurley, 34, Moscow, was unhurt when the 2000 Toyota Camry he was driving collided with a deer on Highway 195 about 10 miles south of Colfax at 5:45 a.m. Aug. 25. According to the Washington State Patrol report, Hurley was driving northbound when the deer jumped into the northbound lane in front of the Camry.... Full story

  • Treatment time erases sentences

    Sep 1, 2011

    Antonio P. Herrera, 23, Bridgeport, was sentenced to 20 months in jail last Friday, Aug 19, after he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of indecent liberties. However, Herrera was allowed release from jail because he was credited with time spent in confinement since he was arrested Feb. 11, 2010, in Okanogan County. Much of the confinement was at Eastern State Hospital where Herrera was ordered confined for treatment to restore competency to undergo trial. Herrera was initially charged with rape after a WSU student told officers she was attacke...

  • WSU pep rally to launch season

    Sep 1, 2011

    WSU athletics and the Pullman Chamber of Commerce will continue the tradition of First Down Friday Night for an evening of activities for students, alumni and fans as the Cougars prepare to kick off the 2011-2012 home football season at 4 p.m. Saturday against Idaho State University at Martin Stadium. Activities start Friday, Sept. 2, at 5 p.m. on Olsen Street, next to Neill Public Library. This free community event will have inflatables for the kids, food and ice cream from Porky’s Pit BBQ and Ferdinand’s Dairy, and live music provided by Mem...

  • Bulletin Column

    Sep 1, 2011

    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. HALLOWEEN ASSAULT NETS FIVE DAYS Kirk Tyler Magill, 24, Spokane Valley, was sentenced to five days in jail and ordered to pay fines and fees of $1,450 after entering an Alford plea Friday, Aug. 26, to an amended charge of assault in the fourth degree. Magill was charged with an assault which happened outside of the Thai Ginger bar in Pullman last Halloween. He was sentenced to...

  • Rich Lowry 9/1/11

    Sep 1, 2011

    The country’s op-ed pages have been full of condemnations of the dysfunction of American politics, what with all the populist clamor and partisan disagreement. So, a thought experiment: What if we were governed by a sophisticated transnational elite that operated outside of normal political channels as much as possible and, sharing similar values, forged compromises relatively easily? What if the elite were high-minded and visionary? What if they succeeded in doing “big things”? In Europe the past couple of decades, this hasn’t been a fancifu... Full story

  • Response to Irene is not Katrina-like

    Sep 1, 2011

    Hurricane Irene slammed ashore in North Carolina last week. Predictions put it at a Force 4 storm with a northerly track over major cities, including New York. The predicted track was correct, although the storm’s ferocity diminished as it barreled up the coast. It was eventually down graded to a tropical storm. Every conceivable preparation for Irene was made. Cities, states and counties enforced mandatory evacuations. Airports, roads, subways, ferries and train service were closed. Irene was predicted to be the hurricane of a lifetime. The s...

  • Don Brunell 9/1/11

    Sep 1, 2011

    Americans can learn from Poland’s past People don’t appreciate what they have until they lose it. For example, if your water line breaks and you go without showers for a couple of days, you have a whole new appreciation for the water company.Too often, Americans focus on what we don’t have, and we take the simple things in life for granted. But the freedoms and standard of living we’ve always known are not guaranteed. Just look at what has happened in other places around the world. For example, today Gdansk and Gdynia are vibrant port cities in...

  • Library Card Sign-Up offers prize chance

    Sep 1, 2011

    September is “Library Card Sign-up Month.” at Whitman County Library. Studies show that children who read, or are read to, perform better in school, according to Sheri Miller, youth services manager. Library card applicants are required to provide proof of residency in Whitman County. Youngsters who use the library are more likely to continue to use the library as adults for a source of lifetime learning and entertainment. As an additional bonus for signing up in September, all new cardholders will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift cer...

  • Bee rolls for Smart

    Sep 1, 2011

    Oakesdale, Tekoa and Steptoe area farmers Wednesday planned to launch a harvest bee for Oakesdale farmer Jerry Smart to cut more than 550 acres at three locations. Harvest sites were planned along the Hume road. A total of more than 20 combines are expected to harvest the crop starting at about 9 a.m. Smart was hospitalized Aug. 15 at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane after sustaining rib fractures. and other injuries when he was thrown from a forklift which subsequently pinned him. He was placed in the intensive care unit. The...

  • Historic Preservation seeks nominees

    Sep 1, 2011

    Old barn owners in Spokane County or the surrounding area may want to know about the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative. A program of the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, this initiative established the Heritage Barn Register, a statewide list of historically significant barns. Owners of historic barns more than 50 years old that retain a significant degree of historic integrity can nominate their barn to be designated as a Heritage Barn and be included in the statewide register. Additionally, owners of...

  • Pastor's Corner 9/1/11

    Sep 1, 2011

    One Loving Action For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die Ecclesiastes 3.1,2 As Christians we are called to be agents of God’s love. We’re called to love God, to love our neighbor, to love the stranger and even to love our enemies. As important as these commands are, in this column I want to address one way we can love those people who are closest to us: our spouse, our brothers and sisters, our children. This ‘way’ has to do with the end of our life’s journey. Intellectual... Full story

  • Guests for barbecue

    Jess McGregor, Gazette Correspondent|Sep 1, 2011

    Hooper Megan Mock of Phoenix, Andy Mock of Spokane and Aaron Werner of Souix Falls, S.D., spent Sunday enjoying a BBQ at the home of Keith and Carla Danielson. Anna May Tobin spent several days last week visiting daughter Cathy Blankenship and family in Washtucna. They had a big family gathering to celebrate the many August birthdays in the family.... Full story

  • LaCrosse Library News

    Sep 1, 2011

    The Summer Reading program at the LaCrosse Library saw 18 children sign up and fifteen complete their pledges to read ten books or ten hours during the months of June and July. Winners of the Summer Reading drawing were Jordanne Webb and Alex Binks. This year the kids took a trip around the world and explored different countries and their cultures. Jazlynn Webb was the winner of the Sprint Boat race ticket. The lucky winner of our adult reading program prize was Marion Bay. LaCrosse Library is getting geared up to start fall children’s p...

  • Kammerzell retires after 25 years at JES

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Sep 1, 2011

    Tom Kammerzell is retiring after 24.66 years as a custodian at Jennings Elementary. It was easy because his start date was easy to remember, the day after Christmas, 1986. He began at Jennings as an assistant, and five years later, after the previous head of custodial maintenance was injured in a ladder fall, he was named custodian. His years in the elementary and middle school’s halls included two school remodeling projects with the last one adding the junior high addition and the second g...

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