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Articles from the September 23, 2021 edition


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  • Arnold F. Stueckle

    Sep 23, 2021

    With saddened hearts, the Stueckle family says goodbye to Dr. Arnold F. Stueckle: a man who exemplified kindness, faithfulness, compassion, goodness and joy. On September 3, 2021, Arne went home to his savior, Jesus Christ. If you had ever been with Arne, he would greet or say goodbye with these two words "Keep smiling" - always trying to encourage, uplift, and affirm anyone in his presence. So as you read this celebration of life, "Keep Smiling"; for his 88-year mantra was, "I'm third" (Jesus C... Full story

  • Robert Lawrence (Larry) Ellis

    Sep 23, 2021

    On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Robert Lawrence (Larry) Ellis, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at the age of 72, while residing at Manor Care in Spokane, Wash. Larry was born to John L. and Lorna A. Ellis on December 16th, 1948, in Anamosa, Iowa. The Ellis family moved to Colfax, Wash., in 1952, where John went to work for Gene Foley helping run his concrete business. Larry graduated from Colfax High School in 1966 and went on to attend the University of Montana in Missoula.... Full story

  • Justin Lee Shahan

    Sep 23, 2021

    Justin Lee Shahan, Colfax realtor, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City where he had been a patient for approximately two weeks. He was 46. The family will have a private burial service in the Bethel Cemetery at Steptoe next week. All are invited to a Memorial Service for Justin on Thursday, September 23rd, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Colfax. Justin was born July 22, 1975 in Pullman to Ronald and Rita... Full story

  • Gary Moore

    Sep 23, 2021

    Gary Moore passed away September 13, 2021, from a five-year battle with cancer. He was 78 years old. Gary, the son of the Bud and June Moore, was born in Lewiston, Idaho, on August 5, 1943, and raised in Colfax. After graduating from Colfax High School, Gary studied at Washington State University completing his Bachelors of Science degree. Following graduation from WSU, Gary worked at Old National Bank and Cominco American before returning to the farm to work with his father. Gary met Judy... Full story

  • Roma Gail Morrison

    Sep 23, 2021

    Roma Gail Morrison, long time St. John area resident, passed away September 16, 2021, at the Spokane Hospice House. She was 105. A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 25, at 11 a.m. in the St. John Cemetery. Roma was born on a farm in rural Moorefield, Nebraska on August 11, 1916, to Ernest and Hazel Ealy McLaughlin. She was the fourth child of eight born to her parents and grew up on the farm. The family moved to Sundance, Wyoming, when she was a child and that is where Roma... Full story

  • David Frederick Gfeller

    David Frederick Gfeller

    Sep 23, 2021

    David Frederick Gfeller, 88, passed away September 20, 2021 at his home in Colfax. He was born July 27, 1933 in Spokane, WA to Fred and Elizabeth (Mettler) Gfeller. He was the youngest of three siblings, Barbara Gfeller and Mary (Gfeller) Stender. The family farmed near Ralston at the time where they stayed until he was four years old. The family purchased their current homestead in Steptoe in 1937. David attended schools at Steptoe and Firwood, graduating from LaConner in 1951. He turned down... Full story

  • John E. Love

    Sep 23, 2021

    With saddened hearts, the John E. Love family says goodbye to their beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, John Edward Love – a man who exemplified kindness, faithfulness, compassion, integrity and righteousness. On September 17, 2021, John was called home by his savior, Jesus Christ at the age of 88. John was born November 11, 1933, in Vaughn, Wash. At the age of three he was placed in the Spokane Children's Home and at the age of six was adopted by Stella and James Love of... Full story

  • No fees on US Forest Service lands Sept. 25

    Whitman County Gazette|Sep 23, 2021

    PORTLAND – The U.S. Forest Service is waiving day-use fees in Washington and Oregon on Sept. 25 for National Public Lands Day. Fees are also being waved on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. “The forest service offers several fee‐free days annually to encourage Americans to explore the outdoors and visit their public lands,” stated a spokesperson. The fee waiver includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, or other permits still apply. Fees continue to be charged at recreation sites operate...

  • Salmon fishing to close on lower Columbia River

    Whitman County Gazette|Sep 23, 2021

    OLYMPIA — Salmon fishing on the Columbia River below the Bonneville Dam is closed. The state closed fishing to protect Chinook salmon making their way back up the river to tributaries, stated Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials. From Rocky Point to the Bonneville Dam are closed to salmon and steelhead fishing. “Fishing has been good, particularly in the Cowlitz River mouth area. Unfortunately, they have exceeded expectations, and our lower river … catch limits have been met,” said Ryan Lothrop, Columbia River WDFW fi...

  • Deutchesfest!

    Sep 23, 2021

  • Davidson fair Superintendent of the Year

    Roger Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Sep 23, 2021

    COLFAX - For the second time in three years, a local woman was named Superintendent of the Year by the Palouse Empire Fair. Mary Davidson, 62, was notified of her selection Saturday morning while volunteering in the 4-H barn at the Palouse Empire Fair. "I just found out," Davidson, said. Davidson served as the superintendent of the 4-H building, managing entry divisions including 4-H, vegetables, flowers, photography, and art. Davidson grew up in a 4-H family and has been involved ever since....

  • Land transactions

    Sep 23, 2021

    Jonathan Recknagle, of Albion, sold 301 D Street in Albion to Brook Cathey, of Albion, parcel 1-0010-00-13-08-0000, selling price $107,670, quit claim deed, Aug. 27 Julie Grote, of Pullman, sold 1030 Clifford Street in Pullman to Bradley Grote, of Glendale, Calif., parcel 1-1315-00-03-11-0100, selling price $269,000, quit claim deed, Aug. 27...

  • Jail bookings

    Whitman County Gazette|Sep 23, 2021

    Bryce Z. McFarland, 27, booked Sept. 14 for manufacturing or delivering methamphetamine, Bail $10,000. Tracy L. Porter, 66, booked Sept. 15 on a state Department of Corrections hold. No bail. Cody J. Varner, 25, booked Sept. 16 for theft of a firearm. Bail $50,000. Tyler S. Knight, 23, booked Sept. 16 for a Whitman County Superior Court warrant for failing to appear regarding charges of robbery in the first degree. No bail. Michael G. Baldwin, 50, booked Sept. 17 for residential burglary and a Benewah County warrant regarding judicial...

  • Colfax police

    Sep 23, 2021

    Monday, Sept. 13 3:04 p.m. – Main Street – An officer assisted a citizen. 11:22 p.m. – Main Street – An officer responded to a domestic dispute. Tuesday, Sept. 14 (No reports available) Wednesday, Sept. 15 4:21 p.m. – Mill Street – The chief responded to a report of a break-in at an abandoned building. 5:15 p.m. – Main Street – The chief responded to a report of a person driving over the centerline. Thursday, Sept. 16 11:48 a.m. – Undisclosed – An officer spoke to a person about a restraining order. 11:58 a.m. – Deanway Street – An officer a...

  • Sheriff's office

    Sep 23, 2021

    Monday, Sept. 13 1:45 a.m. – Main Street, Colfax – A man was chasing after an ambulance and yelling. 7:13 a.m. – Ryan Road, Pullman – A deputy responded to a one-vehicle crash. One person was taken to the hospital. 8:03 a.m. – Thorn Creek Road, St. John – Cows were on the road. 8:31 a.m. – Mill Street, Colfax – A deputy assisted the Colfax police. 8:50 a.m. – Main Street, Colfax – A person was reported to be sleeping in a U-Haul. 9:56 a.m. – F Street, Albion – A deputy responded to a report of harassment. 11:48 a.m. – Main Street, Colfax – A d...

  • Individual risk vs. community risk during a pandemic

    Kathy Crispell, Colfax-based telemedicine|Sep 23, 2021

    It is human nature to think of risk in terms of how it pertains to us as individuals. It is understandable how one might think that their own risk is very low of being infected by SARS COV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID19 disease, when only 10% of those who become infected in the USA develop symptoms severe enough to be hospitalized. An individual may also believe that their own risk is very low if they are generally healthy, not obese, not elderly, not a diabetic, or do not have other...

  • Inslee has broken our state government

    Nancy Churchill, Dangerous Rhetoric|Sep 23, 2021

    How the pandemic started: “Fifteen days to slow the spread.” How it’s going: “There is no accommodation we can provide for their religious exemption requests,” Inslee said to the Washington State Patrol. When the pandemic started, you were laughed at if you predicted that governments were going to use it as an excuse to trample on individual rights and freedom. This week, that evil day has arrived. The right to medical privacy and freedom has been eliminated for state and federal employees...

  • 4-H shot order goes too far

    Roger Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Sep 23, 2021

    Talk about a bureaucrat with delusions of grandeur. On Sept. 3, Washington State University (WSU) Extension Office Director Vicki A. McCracken took it upon herself to dictate that all 4-H volunteers now have to be “fully vaccinated” to continue in their position or face being “inactive.” She cited Gov. Jay Inslee’s edict that everyone connected to education, from preschool through the university system, must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18. Apparently, neither McCracken nor Inslee have attended t...

  • Less radical

    Sep 23, 2021

  • Dusty news

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Sep 23, 2021

    Family visitors at the homes of Bryan and Fran Jones, Dusty, were Meggie Perron of Vermont, who has recently moved here to Washington. Gena Jones and her husband Mario of Chatillon, Italy, are spending a week with the Joneses after visiting with her son Damien, his wife Rachel, and their daughters in Kalispell, Mont. Warren and Julie Jones, Hauser, Idaho, joined the family on the weekend. Bruce Jones, Keesville, N.Y., returned to his home on Tuesday, Sept. 21....

  • Births

    Sep 23, 2021

    Rebel J. Flemmer was born on Sept. 7, 2021, to Jason and Taylor Flemmer, of Lewiston. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces. Grandparents are Paul and Rhonda Flemmer, of Thomson Falls, and Jim and Kelly Johnson, of Lewiston. He joins brother Raylan (3) and sister Roxanne (2). Keen A. Solbrack was born on Sept. 8, 2021, to Jeff and Sarah Solbrack. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces. He joins brother Noble (5) and brother Loyal (2). Xavier A. Port was born on Sept. 12, 2021, to Dylan Port and Emilie Reiner, of Pullman. He weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces....

  • Senior menus

    Sep 23, 2021

    Colfax Monday, Sept. 27 Taco casserole, green salad, fresh fruit and dessert Thursday, Sept. 30 Cook’s choice Endicott Tuesday, Sept. 28 Ham, harvest potatoes, roll, salad bar, dessert LaCrosse Tuesday, Sept. 28 No meal Palouse Wednesday, Sept. 29 Club sandwich, spinach salad, vegetable tray, zucchini bread Pullman Tuesday, Sept. 28 French toast, sausage, eggs fruit Friday, Oct. 1 Cube steak, w/brown gravy, sauteed mushrooms, riece pilaf, cooked carrots, birthday dessert...

  • Rosalia reunion

    Sep 23, 2021

    Sixteen of the 34 graduates from the Rosalia Class of 1961 gathered in Spangle for a reunion on June 10. They are (front, left to right) Ruthie Robertson Warner, Lana Buergel Widman, Diana Burke Hall, Diane Sprinkle Froese, Dorothy Kay Jaeger Feldman, Patty Jo Smith Lautenslager, (back row) Janice Widman Wolfe, Ginger Schilling Rosebrook, Jim Pittman, Allen Russel, Ellen Weldon Williams, Bob Goldsworthy, Rosie Tye Millspauge, Byron Freese, Charles Reed, and John Jaeger....

  • Cheering in style

    Sep 23, 2021

  • Pullman church receives guest preacher

    Staff Report, Whitman County Gazette|Sep 23, 2021

    PULLMAN - Peacemaker Award recipient Reverend Gail McDougle is serving as guest preacher at the Community Congregational United Church of Christ (CCUCC) in Pullman from Oct. 3 through Dec. 26. She's preaching while the current pastor Steve Van Kuiken is on sabbatical, according to Outreach Coordinator Megan Guido. McDougle's approach to preaching aligns with the progressive theology and social justice emphasis of CCUCC. In 2009, she received the Salem Peacemaker Award for years of service to...

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