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  • Gazette: Week 44

    Oct 31, 2019

  • Fair financial report shows rain impact

    Oct 31, 2019

    Palouse Empire Fair board members received a financial report which reflected the impact from the rain storm which doused the grounds on the last day of the fair. The fair’s gate revenues were down $4,692 from the previous year for a drop of about seven percent, and the attendance total was down 1,259 from the previous year. Proceeds from the carnival were down $652 from the previous year, Fair Administrator Bill Tensfeld reported to fair board members at Monday night’s meeting. The Sunday rain hit after the fair marked a strong day at the gat...

  • Kay Meyer

    Wildcat flag in the wind

    Oct 31, 2019

  • Voting underway on local issues

    Oct 31, 2019

    Staff members in the county elections office had received approximately 2,050 ballots for the Nov. 5 election as of Monday. They had about 1,600 processed as of Friday and another 450 arrived in the mail Monday. The return is just more than eight percent of the 25,220 ballots which were mailed out for the general election Oct. 18. Under state election changes, voters who have moved or new voters can register up until the election ends Tuesday. A sample ballot of all the measures up for a decision covers a full two broadsheets of paper. Other...

  • Zach Edge; Matt Edge; Duane Francisco

    Youth Outdoors Unlimited:

    Victoria Fowler|Oct 31, 2019

    On Oct. 17-19 Youth Outdoors Unlimited held one of its camps in Colfax to assist a child with their dream of deer hunting. Two camps were in Colfax this year. Founded in 2011, Youth Outdoors Unlimited is a central Washington based non-profit, giving those with life-threatening physical disabilities a chance to live their dream of hunting and fishing. Deer and elk hunting are offered in the fall and bear hunting in the spring. Y.O.U. Camps have been going on in Colfax since 2012. Hunting in...

  • Colfax buildings owner opens sewing/alterations shop

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Oct 31, 2019

    K's Bridal opened Oct. 17 near the corner of Main Street and Canyon Street in Colfax to offer sewing, tailoring and alterations. For just wedding dresses? "More than that," said Kim Nguyen. "I do everything, anything, patching, hemming, sewing and seamstress, I'm the woman who can take care of that. Men, women and children. My hobby, also my talent, with 48 years experience." Nguyen, who has owned six buildings in Colfax since 2016, previously had a bridal shop in Seattle's Rainier...

  • Palouse adds air after fire

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Oct 31, 2019

    The Palouse Fire Department bought three new oxygen cylinders following an early morning house fire Oct. 21. “So we can bring more air with us,” said Scott Beeson, fire chief. The quick-change cylinders are rated for 45 minutes of oxygen – while that varies depending on how active a firefighter is. A cylinder holds 4,500 pounds of air. Beeson ordered three more $1,000 cylinders to be paid for out of the department’s capital fund, so it will now have six air packs and 12 cylinders. A cylinde...

  • Crop Insurance deadline set for November 20

    Oct 31, 2019

    Idaho, Oregon and Washington producers, late fiscal filers for Whole-Farm Revenue Protection can obtain their (WFRP) policy by Nov. 20, 2019, for the 2020 crop year. Calendar and early fiscal filers have until March 15, 2020. Individual yield crop insurance policies provide protection against production losses due to natural perils. The Actual Revenue History and WFRP policies provide revenue protection. Producers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details. Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely...

  • Veteran assembly set at Garfield

    Oct 31, 2019

    The annual Garfield Veteran's Day assembly will be Nov. 8 at the Garfield/Palouse Middle School gym at 9:30 a.m. Keynote speaker is Sgt. Ozzie Knezkovich, U.S. Army, retired. Featured singers will be the Garfield/Palouse High School Wind Ensemble with “And Evermore Shall Be,” the Garfield/Palouse/Oakesdale singers with “Thank You Soldiers” and Jim Swobody singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” A reception for veterans and guests will follow in the gym....

  • Winter hours begin at Nez Perce Park

    Oct 31, 2019

    Winter hours begin at Nez Perce National Historical Park visitor center beginning Sunday, Nov. 10. The visitor center will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All 38 park sites will remain open and accessible daily. Upcoming events include a Museum Collections Day on Saturday, Nov. 23, and the 23rd Annual Beadwork Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Spalding Visitor Center is 12 miles east of Lewiston at 39063 US Highway 95. For more information, please contact Nez Perce National Historical Park at 208-843-7009 or visit...

  • Shirts back Bob Simpson

    Oct 31, 2019

    Elementary and high school students in St. John gather to show their 'In this town, no one fights alone' T-shirts in support of Bob Simpson and his fight with leukemia. Simpson works at St. John-Endicott High School as head of maintenance. Distribution of pre-ordered shirts is currently underway. Photo courtesy of Amy Watt....

  • WSU students dedicate mural to Kamiak Elementary

    Oct 31, 2019

    Two temperature-sensitive paintings will be among four murals created this fall through a collaboration between WSU artists and chemists for public display at Kamiak Elementary School in Pullman. The innovative paintings were dedicated to the new elementary school and surrounding community Oct. 21. "Our goal was to create an outdoor mural, inspired and informed by chemical science, that is both educational and interactive," said Amy Nielsen, clinical assistant professor of chemistry, who co-led...

  • Cashup Davis

    Cashup Davis meet and greet set Nov.14

    Victoria Fowler, Gazette Reporter|Oct 31, 2019

    A documentary and book are in the works to commemorate and showcase the life of Cashup Davis and assistance is being sought from Whitman County residents who might have information for the project. A meet and greet for residents to bring in photos, documents, information or stories about Davis will be Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Perkins House in Colfax. "He was such an eccentric person," said Jeff Burnside, award-winning investigative reporter. Burnside will be working alongside...

  • Colfax school board hears county student transfer report

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Oct 31, 2019

    The Colfax School board met Monday night for its regular twice-per-month meeting and fielded items such as a transfer/home school report. Superintendent Jerry Pugh opened the meeting with comments, noting a district levy committee meeting would be Tuesday night, run by volunteer Wes Claussen, for the district's regular two-year enrichment maintenance and operations levy. The board would need to approve and file to hold the levy by Dec. 13. Next at the meeting was a school construction update,...

  • Tobacco, vapor ban goes into effect beginning of new year

    Oct 31, 2019

    Washington State Department of Health sent out a reminder that House Bill 1074 goes into effect Jan. 1 when it will be illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to anyone under 21. This reminder comes amid a state investigation into lung illness related to vaping which has identified 12 cases to date and a recent State Board of Health emergency rule banning the sale of flavored vapor products. In 2018, one in five Washington 10th graders and almost one in three 12th graders reported using vapor products. Tobacco kills more than 8,000...

  • Brittney Hanson

    New management makes changes at Cornerstone

    Victoria Fowler, Gazette Reporter|Oct 31, 2019

    New management is in place at Cornerstone on Main Street in Colfax. With new management, new changes are also being put in place. The new manager at Cornerstone is Brittney Hanson, with April Phillips as the night manager. Brittney Hanson has been with Cornerstone since July and started taking over in September. "The managers stepped down and the owners asked if I would step up and run it," Hanson said. "It's me and April Phillips, the owners' daughter, that run the restaurant." One of the...

  • Wreaths for veterans to mark second year at Steptoe

    Victoria Fowler, Gazette Reporter|Oct 31, 2019

    Memorial wreaths will be placed on graves of veterans buried in the Bethel Cemetery at Steptoe Dec. 14 as part of the national Wreaths Across America observance. This will be the second year of the observance at Steptoe. The cost to sponsor a wreath on a grave is $15. This money is due by Veteran's Day, Nov. 11., allowing enough time for the wreaths to be ordered and shipped for the ceremony. Unlike last year's ceremony, this year families who purchase a wreath to honor a family member buried at Bethel Cemetery will be able to place the wreath...

  • Collin Weaver; Benji Sobeloff-Gittes

    Palouse robotics visit Cougs in Space

    Oct 31, 2019

  • Haunted Palouse brings in 3,590

    Oct 31, 2019

    The early numbers for Haunted Palouse are in with total attendance of 3,590 over the four nights for a gross of $87,972. This year featured an increase in ticket price from $20 to $25. Net dollar numbers are not yet available. Haunted Palouse was held the last two weekends of October. Last year's total total attendance was 4,006. In 2018, total net proceeds were a record $70,603.48 in the event's 17th year....

  • It's go time

    Oct 31, 2019

  • Pullman house hit with three acts of vandalism

    Oct 31, 2019

    Three episodes of vandalism to an unoccupied house in northwest Pullman were alleged in an investigation report filed in superior court with formal charges against Cody J. Gludt, 20, Moscow. He has been summoned to appear in court Nov. 8 after charges were filed against him Oct. 17 by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Dan LeBeau. Gludt is one of six suspects listed in an investigation report by Pullman Officer Ryan McNannay which was filed in court with the charges. The other five suspects are juveniles according to the report. Gludt has been charged wit...

  • Bulldog XC runners aim at state final entries

    Oct 31, 2019

    Colfax runners will travel to the Chewelah golf course Saturday with a goal of nailing down tickets to the state all B run which will be back at Sun Willows in Pasco Nov. 9. Teams from the NE district run will compete with finishers from the SE 1B race for the tickets to state. Colfax girls will make the state trip to Chewelah after placing third among seven teams Saturday in the NE District race at the Harrington Golf Course. The Bulldogs totaled 64 points behind the 49 team win posted by St. G...

  • Jude Hahn

    Reardan derails Bulldogs 23-22 in final six seconds

    Oct 31, 2019

    Fate for the Colfax football playoff season, which last week seemed to be on track for a top entry slot, was derailed Friday at Reardan when the Indians put together the final piece of a comeback charge with a go-ahead score in the last six seconds. The win left the Bulldogs holding a 3-1 record while the other four teams in the league booked the last round. Asotin and Reardan go into the last round with 2-1 records and one or both of them could finish with a 3-1 mark to match Colfax. Liberty,...

  • 1B volleyball:

    Oct 31, 2019

    It came down to the draw of a number at the start of the school year. Pomeroy and Oakesdale both ran through the Southeast 1B league volleyball schedule, losing to no one but each other, culminating in Oakesdale’s home sweep of the Pirates Oct. 24. Would that mean the Nighthawks take the no. 1 seed into the district tournament? No - Pomeroy will because their name was drawn higher than Oakesdale’s by the WIAA District Nine Director at a September athletic director’s meeting. With the tiebreaker decided, no. 1-seed Pomeroy will host no. 4 St. J...

  • Mills, Marconi win at SE district race

    Oct 31, 2019

    Garfield/Palouse took both sides of the 1B District 9 race Friday at the Colfax Golf course. Led by winner Anais Mills, the Garfield/Palouse girls scored 15 team points with five finishers. They included Mills, at 20;17, Kennedy Cook, 2nd at 22:49: Samantha Snekvik, 5th at 23:31; Laynie Southern, 6th at 24:28, and Jessica Olson, 8th at 26:10. The four finishers for St. John were Lauren Stubbs, 3rd at 23:14; Ellie Tollett, 4th at 23:23; Catherine Tries, 7th at 24:42, and Marianne Tries, 9th at 28;40. Viking boys took the boys side with 21...

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