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  • Savvy Senior

    Oct 30, 2014

    A Guide to Finding Affordable Dental Care Dear Savvy Senior, I had dental insurance through my work for many years but lost it when I retired. Where can retirees find affordable dental care? Need a Dentist Dear Need, Finding affordable dental care can be challenging for seniors living on a tight budget. Most retirees lose their dental insurance after leaving the workplace, and original Medicare does not cover cleaning, fillings or dentures. While there’s no one solution to affordable dental care there are a number of options that can help cut y...

  • Etc Column

    Oct 30, 2014

    Dahmen exhibit features three artists Three artists who have rediscovered the fun of painting will exhibit pastel and water colors at the Dahmen Barn in November: They are Linda Shewey and Sharley Schenk of Clarkston and Franceen Hermanson from Pullman. They all met while taking a pastel class taught by Judy Fairley. The women travel the area together to photograph material for their art. The exhibit will run Nov. 6 through 30 and the reception is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. CLUBS & YOUTH GROUPS Rosalia Garden Club Annual...

  • Good Old Days

    Oct 30, 2014

    8 years ago The Commoner Nov. 1, 1889 A Commoner representative paid a brief visit to the towns of Farmington and Tekoa this week. He found them both in an apparent flourishing condition, and their citizens in good spirits. The latter place has made a rapid growth this summer, and now contains about thirty substantial business houses and many residences. The business directory of this new town now comprises a good hotel, two restaurants, four well-stocked general merchandise stores, two drug stores, one hardware and furniture store, two...

  • First Wind supports local libraries

    Oct 30, 2014

    Miguel Rosales, First Wind’s Western Region Operations Manager who is based in Temecula, Calif., stopped in Rosalia to present a check supporting the Rosalia and Oakesdale branch libraries. Pictured left to right are Rosalia Mayor Nan Konishi, Rosalia Library manager Karen Wallace, Rosales and Becky Dickerson, Whitman County Library trustee. In its second year of funding, First Wind supports Rosalia’s Saturday hours and 24 community programs each year at the Oakesdale library...

  • St. John Library prepares for Halloween

    Oct 30, 2014

    In preparation for Halloween, 31 children came to the St. John Library for ghost stories and spooky crafts. Pictured is Librarian Clancy Pool reading one of her favorite scary picture books, “Cold Feet” by Cynthia DeFelice. This was one of a series of programs held in St. John on early release Wednesdays for grades 1-6.... Full story

  • Obituaries

    Oct 30, 2014

    * For Full obituaries, please the the Weekly Pages section for this week's paper. Alma Marle Knopes Neil B. VanTine Blaine W. Hinderer Elizabeth DeLong _____________________________________ A double memorial service for Potlatch residents Lamont and Brenda Bartlett, 72 and 51 respectively, will be Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, Princeton, Idaho, with the Rev. Larry Veith and the Rev. Kathy Kramer officiating. A potluck luncheon will be served following the service. The Bartletts died at Gritman Medical Center in... Full story

  • Library Calendar

    Oct 30, 2014

    Thursday, October 30 Colfax — Noon — Gentle Yoga with Suzy McNeilly — Pay by the month or by the class. Palouse — 3:45 to 5 p.m. — The Center for Civic Engagement (WSU) students are available to assist third graders and up with their homework. Afterwards, enjoy some down time with games. Friday, October 31 Colfax, Malden, Oakesdale and Palouse — Trick-or-Treaters visit the library for a special treat! Visit the online calendar for times. Monday, November 3 Garfield — 4 to 6 p.m. — SHIBA Open House — Free and impartial information tailo...

  • Symphony will feature Barnaton

    Oct 30, 2014

    Washington-Idaho symphony will feature pianist Inon Barnatan in for November concerts at Pullman and Clarkston. The program will include works by Rossini, Chopin, and Dvorak. Concert dates will be Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m, in the WSU Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall on the WSU campus and Nov. 9 at 3 p.m in the Clarkston High School auditorium....

  • Tekoa/Rosalia homecoming royalty

    Oct 30, 2014

    Tekoa High School Homecoming king and queen Cooper Angelo and Kim Groom at halftime of the Tekoa-Rosalia vs. Springdale football game Oct. 24. Rosalia High School Homecoming king and queen Dillon Jacobs and Kadine Coffey smile for the cameras....

  • Colton homecoming royalty

    Oct 30, 2014

    Colton High School homecoming royalty was introduced during half-time of Friday's football game. Left to right are Senior Prince/Princess Austin Meyer and Courtney Hoyle; Senior Royalty Court Sam Faerber and Winnie Schultheis, Cody Meyer and Kamryn Nuttman; Junior Royalty Carter Dahmen and Rachel Meyer; Freshman Royalty Georgia Meyer and Tom Wolf; and Sophomore Royalty Anthoney Staley and Danielle Davis....

  • Dog trainers conduct 3-day event at Hooper

    Jess McGregor, Gazette Correspondent|Oct 30, 2014

    Hooper Members of the West Coast Spinone Italiano Club conducted a three-day dog training event in Hooper from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5. The Spinone Italiano is a wire-haired pointer that originated in Italy. The Hooper training event was hosted by Andy and Susan McGregor of Port Townsend. She is a former Hooper resident. Sixteen club members from as far away as Colorado participated, along with 15 Spinoni, three English Pointers and one Field Spaniel. Two Belgian Sheepdogs owned by the McGregors were...

  • My favorite recipes

    Oct 30, 2014

    Mary Bertrand returned to LaCrosse, feeling that her heart was calling her there, in 1997. She still owned the family home at LaCrosse and after many years in big and busy cities, she decided to come home. Mary’s family moved to LaCrosse in 1945, where her father worked as a foreman for Union Pacific Railroad. In those days, Union Pacific was a major factor in Whitman County, moving vast amounts of freight, employing many people and paying generous taxes into county coffers. Her father a...

  • Five generations at Farmington

    Oct 30, 2014

    This five-generaton photo was taken Saturday at the Farmington Community Center. Brynlie Chappell and her mother KaeCie Lowley from Farmington are in back with grandmother Diana Lowley of Farmington. Seated in front is great-great-grandmother Ruth Pittmann of Oakesdale, left, and great-grandmother Doris Johnson of Farmington at right. The baby's father is Charlie Chappell of Farmington....

  • Rosalia volunteers get TransCanada grant

    Oct 30, 2014

    Rosalia Fire Chief Bill Tensfeld, left, and Volunteer Pat Brown hold a check for $12,000 which Whitman County Fire District 7/Rosalia Fire Department received from the TransCanada Corporation to support the upgrade of rescue equipment. The department applied for the grant from the corporation which operated a pump station for the natural gas transmission lines at Rosalia. Brown is employed with TransCanada. Currently, the department requires two responders to utilize complex tools to free...

  • Alice Stover gets 90th birthday fete

    Anne Lowe, Gazette Correspondent|Oct 30, 2014

    Endicott About 70 friends and family of Alice Stover helped her celebrate her 90th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 26. The get-together was at Trinity Lutheran Church with a luncheon and birthday cake. The scarecrows, witches, goblins and pumpkins are ready for Halloween around Endicott this Friday night. The Community Bible Church will be having Candy Land that evening with activities for children and coffee for adults.... Full story

  • Bankers advise students on publishing project

    Debbie Casey, Gazette Correspondent|Oct 30, 2014

    Lacrosse Every Friday, LaCrosse third and fourth graders have been working with the seventh and eighth graders to study economics. The group is collaborating to start a book publishing company where the students will set up a business structure, survey their target market, write the stories and publish their book. Last Friday, the group had a special guest speaker come to assist them with their start-up business. Ryan Hamilton, the manager of the Colfax and LaCrosse Umpqua Bank branches, spoke to the students about everything they would need...

  • Veterans assemblies set at Garfield, Colfax

    Oct 30, 2014

    Garfield and Palouse schools will host their annual Veterans Day Assembly in the Garfield middle school gym at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 7. The event honors our veterans and reminds all of our students and families of the great service and sacrifices that these men and women have made. The assembly will feature the Garfield-Palouse Singers and the Washington State University Madrigals Singers. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ryan Kennedy will be a special guest speaker, and USAF T Sgt. Susan Cardwell (Ret.) and Cheri Knox (US Army, Ret.) will be the...

  • Dusty visitor attends Gonzaga reunion

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Oct 30, 2014

    Dusty Recent guests of Fran Jones were her daughter Gena Jones of Chatillon, Italy, and two of her friends, Nicoletta and Maria. While here, Gena attended her 30th class reunion from Gonzaga University and visited her brother Warren and Julie Walker in Hayden, Idaho. They also spent part of a day in Sandpoint where they visited with Gena’s friend and classmate from G.U., Mary Jones. Other day trips included two to Walla Walla where they visited with Gena’s daughter Meggie who is attending Walla Walla Community College. Dick and Helen Appel att... Full story

  • Happy Halloween

    Oct 30, 2014

    Sandra and Preston Ritter of Oakesdale created this Halloween display titled “A Farmer’s Work is Never Done.” It can be seen at 1232 Warner Rd. in Oakesdale.... Full story

  • McGregor cited for civic support

    Oct 30, 2014

    McGregor Company of Colfax is among four Washington companies that have been selected for recognition as businesses that make helping the community a priority. Secretary of State Kim Wyman will present the companies with a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award. McGregor Co. was one of two winners of the large-company category with more than 100 employees. Wyman will present the award to Alex McGregor on Nov. 15. The McGregor Company was nominated by Whitman County Library for supporting multiple library renovations. The...

  • Channel work resumes

    Oct 30, 2014

    A city crew returned to work clearing flood debris from the S. Palouse River channel Monday. The crew obtained permission from state Fish & Wildlife officials to resume cleanup work on the channel. City Administrator Michael Rizzitiello said the city still needs permits to start work on a plan to install erosion control barbs in the North Fork of the Palouse River. Rock taken from the S. Fork has been designated for the N. Fork barbs project....

  • Magazine lists Palouse in top 10

    Oct 30, 2014

    The November issue of Country Magazine lists the Palouse country among the top scenic attractions in a “Great Sights are Just Around the Bend” article. The listing notes “some of the world’s most fertile and uniquely scenic farmland lies along Heart of the Palouse, also known as U.S. Highway 195. Thousands of square miles of undulating hills are studded with friendly farm towns, soaring raptors and Steptoe Butte, a towering remnant of an ancient mountain top.” To compile the list, Country Magazine asked some of America’s best scenic phot... Full story

  • Colfax Winter Fest Dec. 13

    Oct 30, 2014

    Colfax Winter Festival date has been changed from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13. The date was moved back a week when Chamber of Commerce officials realized the Colfax date would conflict with the traditional date of the St. John Winter Festival and state football. Chamber of Commerce officials decided this year to move the Colfax event from a Thursday night to a Saturday. Mayor Todd Vanek Monday told the city council the move was made in an attempt to attract out-of-town residents to the Colfax event.... Full story

  • Changing look

    Oct 30, 2014

    Fall vista shows the gradually changing colors on the Palouse. The photograph was taken on Enos Road in the eastern part of Whitman County....

  • On the record

    Oct 30, 2014

    Real estate sales G. Michael and Nancy Malcolm, Pullman, to Daniel and Melissa Fontenot Francik, Pullman, house on NW Clifford Street in Pullman, $189,000, Oct. 17. Elizabeth J. Gabe, Odessa, to Richard C. and Barbara B. Petura, Pullman, condominium on NW State Street, $115,000, Oct. 17. Jacob and Angela Anderson, Pullman, to Travis Jared Woodland and Frank Edward Hobden IV, Pullman, house on SE Harvest Drive in Pullman, $265,000, Oct. 20. Darrin and Rae Ann Fleming, Ritzville, to Donna J. Walker, LaCrosse, house on SR 26 near LaCrosse,...

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