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Articles from the September 6, 2018 edition

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 By Garth Meyer    News    September 6, 2018

Tekoa pool run ends post mudslide

Tekoa swim pool completed its summer run for 2018 Friday after a mudslide last winter made for much work to ensure the season would happen. Opening on June 12, the last day of school, the pool was ready after thousands of buckets of mud were taken ou...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 6, 2018

Suess pushes for fix on junk cars

Steptoe resident Kirk Suess requested time to speak to county commissioners Tuesday and came in with a couple things on his mind. He opened with one. “The old state highway through Steptoe is in drastic need of some attention,” Suess said....

 
Steve Henning

Two people injured in chain crash at Thornton work zone

Two people were injured Tuesday morning when a truck driver failed to stop at the Highway 195 passing lane project at Thornton and started a chain accident involving three other vehicles. The first...

 
 By Will DeMarco    News    September 6, 2018

Whitman County moves to install GIS to manage public data

After years of consideration, Whitman County is moving to implement a geographic information system (GIS) to better manage and present a wide variety of public data. GIS is a digital data management system used extensively by local governments...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 6, 2018

Palouse broaches utility rate increase

The prospect of a future utility rate increase in Palouse was broached at the city council meeting Aug. 28. Kyle Dixon, city administrator, attended an Association of Washington Cities municipal budget conference in Leavenworth the week before and...

 

Port seeks public comment on Boyer docks modification

The Port of Whitman County will host an open house Monday, Sept. 17, seeking public input on proposed upgrades to the Boyer Park Marina near the Lower Granite Dam. The meeting will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Whitman County Library in Colfax....

 

League seeks help to sign-up voters

Pullman League of Women Voters seeks volunteers to help register voters on the following dates and at these locations: *Sept. 25 at the WSU CUB on campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Oct. 4 in Colfax at the Library. Contact Deb Olson , service chair for...

 

Torres sentenced for summer Beasley Coliseum damage

Estavan V. Torres, 22, Pullman, was sentenced to 180 days in jail Friday with 173 suspended after he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of malicious mischief in the third degree. Torres was charged with kicking two windows out of the Beasley...

 

Sprint boat correction

On the front page of last week’s Gazette, a sprint boat that rested on the top of a Jeep at Webb’s Slough in St. John was misidentified as that of Scott Jensen. The driver of the boat that inadvertently parked it on top of the Jeep was Rick...

 

Correction: Tom Hennigar heads threshing association

Tom Hennigar of St. John is president of the Palouse Empire Threshing Bee Association, and Stan Riebold is vice president. The article in last week’s fair edition incorrectly listed the officers. Also, donors of header boxes to the association in...

 
Tom Simpson and Jim Woomack

Fair preparations underway

Grangers and others worked on five grain mosaics in the Display Building at the Palouse Empire Fairground over the weekend. Ewartsville-Whelan and Pine Grove granges worked on their entries and will...

 

National Preparedness Month draws focus to variety of actions

September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide campaign, now in its 15th year that aims to remind households, businesses and communities of the importance of preparing for all kinds of catastrophes. Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins urges...

 

Colfax opts out of duty for WSU

Colfax Mayor Todd Vanek Tuesday night reported to the city council that the city has opted out of game day duty for WSU games. The university's athletic department issues contracts to area police agencies to supply officers for security duty on game...

 

Wahkiakum Mules blank Bulldogs in NE-SE game

Embarking on their first football opener against a non-league foe, the Colfax Bulldogs Saturday afternoon sustained a 0-14 loss to the Wahkiakum Mules at Cathlamet. The game was one of two booked between NE and SE leagues. Colfax and Liberty headed...

 

Oakesdale tops D/W volleyball

Oakesdale volleyball players swept Dayton/Waitsburg in three games Tuesday for their season opener. Scores were 25-9 25-12 and 25-18. Top scorers for Oakesdale were Logan Reed with 17 kills and four aces, Brooklyn Henley with 14 kills, four aces and...

 

Garfield/Palouse to meet Sunnyside Christian Friday

After a bye week due to Touchet not having enough eligible players for a game Aug. 31, Garfield/Palouse will start their football season Friday at home against Sunnyside Christian. The game is the debut of new head coach Garrett Parrish, a four-year...

 

Colfax runners race at NWC

Colfax cross country team started their competition season at the Josh Wright Memorial run at Northwest Christian Tuesday. The Bulldogs had 16 runners in the varsity race which didn’t log times or placings. Sophomore Kolby Slate finished among the...

 

Ward wins junior golf title

The 2018 Colfax Junior Golf Championship took place Tuesday, Aug. 28, as Jacob Ward took first place in the age 10-12 category with a 61. Tyler Peterson followed in second-place with 65 and Eric Christensen, third with 77; Paul David Buri, 85, and...

 

Wildcats fall to Sunnyside Christian

Colton traveled to Granger, Wash., Aug. 30 to meet Sunnyside Christian in the season-opener for both and the Wildcats went down 64-34. In a Southeast 1B league game, Colton lead early before Sunnyside Christian put together seven consecutive...

 

Colfax school begins "Go Beyond"

Colfax Junior-Senior High School held a Back to School assembly Aug. 29 in which teachers and student leaders wore blue and gold T-shirts with a design for “Go Beyond” printed on them. Principal Carrie Lipe introduced the program during the...

 

Idaho announces performances

The Lionel Hampton School of Music at University of Idaho has announced its September performance schedule, beginning Saturday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. for the Vandal Marching Band. On Sept. 13, the Faculty Chamber Music Recital will be held at Haddock...

 

Lewis & Clark defeats Colfax

Colfax volleyball players traveled north Tuesday to face Lewis & Clark in their opening match. The Tigers, a 4A school in the Greater Spokane League, took the match in three games, 25-21 25-21...

 

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