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 By Garth Meyer    News    September 13, 2018

Palouse Days returns with full slate of events

Palouse Days will be back Sept. 14-15 with no blade of grass unclaimed for the annual Palouse Days Show and Shine in Heyton Greene Park. With the perennial comes the new, the first annual lip sync battle to be held at Palouse Caboose at 6 p.m....

 

Fair marks gate gains after run of four-days

The Palouse Empire fair Monday tallied up an increase at the gate after four days of run in solid fair weather. The tally at the gate, including wristbands and other advance sales totaled $65,116 this year compared to $63,687 last year. Those...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 13, 2018
Mark Heid

Heid begins as new Tekoa super

The Tekoa School District has a new superintendent. Mark Heid began Aug. 7, coming to the district after 11 years as superintendent in Goldendale and continuing a career in education that started at...

 

Two road projects listed for state funds

Whitman County commissioners approved Sept. 4 what Public Works has listed for its latest Rural Arterial Program (RAP) final prospectus. Done every two years, the prospectus has a limit of five country road projects to submit for state funding....

 

Fair stock winners top market sale bill

Winners were named for market stock classes after the first day of judging at the fair. The FFA and 4H entrants had 329 animals on the auction block for the Junior Market Sale Saturday with Butch Booker of Colfax as auctioneer. On the sale bill were...

 

Marijuana grain mosaic covered

The grain mosaic entered by Pomona Grange for the Palouse Empire Fair was covered over in the first day of the fair after it was determined to be in violation of a fair policy to avoid promotion of drugs, alcohol or narcotics in fair displays. The...

 
Mikki Tague, left, and Wanda Alderman

Prizes conclude summer reading

Friends of Whitman County Library members Mikki Tague, left, and Wanda Alderman, draw the prize winners for the wrap up of the summer reading program. Attendance at children's programs topped 2,375...

 

Judge Libey "wins" pig smooch

Superior Court Judge Gary Libey was the "winner" of this year's Kiss the Pig contest which was announced at noon Sept 7 at the Palouse Empire Fair. The winner is determined by donations which go into contribution jars that have been placed around...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 13, 2018

Colfax school count drops by 38 students

Colfax school board met Monday night and fielded several items in their second meeting of the new school year. They approved the September enrollment report of 544.16 full-time equivalent students in the district, its lowest September number of the...

 

Health office gets start on flu shots

Adult flu vaccines have arrived at Whitman County Public Health Offices ahead of the 2018-2019 flu season and they are now administering vaccinations in Colfax and Pullman, according to Community Health Nurse Deanna Claybaugh, LPN. The department...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    September 13, 2018

Parent asks Colfax school board to improve bus service, safety

A parent of students at Jennings Elementary School, Eva Marie Dhillon, spoke to the school board Aug. 27 saying there were three incidents last spring on a Colfax school bus which her three children ride to and from Thorn Hill. “What is going to...

 

Port plans open house

The Port of Whitman County will host a public input session on proposed upgrades to the Boyer Park Marina near Lower Granite Dam at the Colfax library Monday, Sept. 17, from 4 until 7 p.m. The port is redesigning the Boyer Park Marina and is looking...

 

St. Ignatius back on market, now $199,000

The former St. Ignatius Hospital building in Colfax has again been listed for sale. City council member Crystal Christopherson, who is an agent with Windermere Realty in Pullman, announced the building is again on the market with the price listed at...

 

County to add office building at landfill

Whitman County commissioners passed a resolution Sept. 4 to establish the project for a 1,100 to 1,200 square foot building to go up at the waste transfer station to house space for two offices, a training room, break room, restrooms and small...

 

Farmington Bank promotes Thygeson

Jerry Klossner, chairman of the Farmington State Bank board of directors, reports that Tanya Thygeson is Farmington State Bank’s new president. Tanya has worked at the bank for 25 years, rising from cashier to bank operations officer, to her...

 

Correction: Hospice Sessions will begin Sept. 25

An advertisement in last week’s Gazette listed Sept. 18 as the starting date for the Grief Support Group, but the next session actually begins Sept. 25 and runs through Nov. 13. For more information, contact Annie Pillers at 332-4414 or...

 
Dakota Hall

Colfax comeback nails 21-14 win at Freeman

Colfax Bulldogs clicked for two scores in the third quarter at Freeman Friday night to erase the Scotties' first half lead in the way to a 21-14 win over the A division hosts. "We hung tough for the...

 
Reece Jones

Fair rodeo nets $19,435 for winners

Moses Lake's Jacob Stacey posted wins in two events, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling, at the Sunday session of the Palouse Empire Rodeo at the fair. Stacey led winnings in both of those...

 
Molly McNeil

Colfax battles Gonzaga Prep, hosts Lancers today

In their home opener Tuesday, Colfax volleyball players waged another battle with a powerful GSL team and sustained a loss. Gonzaga Prep, pegged to be a top tier team in the Greater Spokane League...

 

Vikings beat Sunnyside Christian in Parrish debut

Working livestock in the morning at the Palouse Empire Fair switched to working the line of scrimmage in a big opening game for the Garfield/Palouse football team, which beat Sunnyside Christian, 30-20, at Palouse Friday, Sept. 7. Sunnyside...

 

Oakesdale volleyball rolls to 3-0 start

Playing at St. John Tuesday night, Oakesdale moved their record to 3-0 on the season 25-14, 25-12 and 25-10. Logan Reed rapped a league-high 18 kills in the round and had three block. Brooklyn Henley hit eight kills and had seven digs, and LouEllen...

 

Eagles start year with new coach

The St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse volleyball team has begun a new year with first-year head coach Jenn Johnson, who began as an assistant when her seniors were freshmen. “I'm loving it but extremely sad about it,” said Johnson. “It's a great...

 

Who is to do it?

Last week was tough on President Trump. Advance copies of Bob Woodward's new book were released. Then an anonymous letter was published in the New York Times criticizing Trump and declaring that some of his subordinates were actively trying to...

 

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