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  • Legals Nov. 17

    Nov 16, 2016

    SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR WHITMAN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATES OF JOSEPH W. STANEK and, FRANCES J. STANEK, Deceased. No. 16 4 00128 38 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of these estates. Any person having a claim against the decedents must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal...

  • Etcetera Nov. 17

    Nov 16, 2016

    Grange will serve benefit breakfast Members of the Whelan-Ewartsville Grange will serve a benefit pancake breakfast Saturday morning at the Whelan Grange on Highway 27 just north of Pullman from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Admission price will be $8. A soup packing session with Homestead Ministries will follow the breakfast to benefit the new food bank which has opened in Potlatch. Library to close for Thanksgiving All 14 branches of Whitman County Library will close Nov. 24-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Due dates for library materials have been...

  • Powell kids celebrate Veterans Day

    Nov 16, 2016

    Ima Powell, Aubrey Powell and Clint Powell, from the left, have worked hard to earn money this year. They funded their own garden and purchased runt wiener pigs. They have been raising and selling their produce and will be selling pork. They started a Facebook group called "3 Kid's Faith Gardening" so extended family and friends could follow their adventures. This picture was taken next to their hog pen and posted to the Facebook group on Veterans Day with the caption "Thank you veterans." They...

  • Obituaries Nov. 17

    Nov 16, 2016

    Francis Hendrickson Francis Hendrickson, 77, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at Paul's Place in Colfax where he resided. A Colfax ambulance crew was called out at 12:51 p.m. by a report of an unconscious man in front of Paul's Place, and they determined he was deceased. Mr. Hendrickson is believed to have been rocking in a chair, one of his favorite activities, at the time he was stricken. The coroner was called to investigate the unattended death, and Bruning Funeral Home is in charge of... Full story

  • St. John Crazy 8's finale at library

    Nov 16, 2016

    Kids and librarians in St. John were feeling especially crazy before the library's Crazy 8's program Monday. The eight-week program, which concluded Nov. 14, is designed to help students in the first three grades enjoy mathematics. A new series will start in February thanks to support from Left to right are Hadley Watt, Peyton Organ, Kailyn Thomas, Owen Trump, Devin Kile, Zane Webb, Maleah Cook, Loren Loomis, Alexia Brewer and Ember Brewer. Back row: Katie Trump, Trinette...

  • Children’s theatre has rehearsals set for Tekoa

    Nov 16, 2016

    Missoula Children's Theatre, a non-profit organization based in Montana which travels to several NW communities to allow local children to develop skills in the theatre arts, began rehearsals Nov. 14 after school in Tekoa to prepare for a presentation of "Aladdin" at the Empire Theater. The presentation will be Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. A matinee presentation is slated for Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are adults $8, senior/military $6, students (ages 3-18) $4....

  • Many attend Dusty 90-year church anniversary Sunday

    Karen Broeckel, Gazette Correspondent|Nov 16, 2016

    Dusty Sunday, Nov. 13, the Country Bible Church celebrated the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the church building. The church started out as St. John's German Congregational Church. The church was built in 1926 after out-growing family homes and a former schoolhouse. In 1972, they withdrew from ties to the German Congregational affiliation and became an independent church known as the Country Bible Church. Visitors came from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia for the celebration. Pastor Steve Szasz gave the history of the bui... Full story

  • Ten earn all-As at Oakesdale

    Nov 16, 2016

    Ten students topped the honor roll for the first term at Oakesdale with all-A grades for listing on the superintendent's roll. They included Madison Belland, Tyler Bober, Marilla Hockett and LouEllen Reed in the middle school, and Meaghan Belland, Hayden Brown, Brooklyn Henley, Lindsey Lindgren, Logan Reed and Danielle Young in the high school. Other honor roll students are as follows: Middle School Nighthawk Honor Roll - 3.5 to 3.99 GPA: Kuryn Beardsley, Shawn Bober, Olivia Booth, Emilie Buhl, Carley Castanon, Emily Dingman, Garrett Dingman,... Full story

  • Grandparents, vets get school recognition

    Anne Lowe, Gazette Correspondent|Nov 16, 2016

    Endicott Endicott school's Grandparents Day and Veterans Day programs were Nov. 10. In the morning, the school paired up students with their grandparents and surrogate grandparents. Classes were adjourned and they all enjoyed lunch in the cafeteria. At 12:15 p.m. all the students and guests went to the gym for the Veterans Day program. Principal Bruce Porubek welcomed everyone to the event. All branches of the military were present including the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. The classes and the high school band performed a...

  • Rosalia rite honors vets

    Mike Day, Gazette Correspondent|Nov 16, 2016

    Rosalia Rosalia Chamber of Commerce President Pat Voge Friday opened the annual Veterans Day ceremony with a welcome at the Rosalia Veterans Park. She thanked those making the event possible including Ken and Veva Hames and Bill and Alice Hofmann. Mayor Nan Konishi welcomed those in attendance. Rosalia Boy Scouts in Troop 588 led all in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Veterans Day Prayer was given by Assembly of God Pastor Pat Atchison. Karl Diseldorff sang the national anthem. Rosalia art...

  • My Favorite Recipes: Meet Nancy Ross, Diamond

    Linda Marler|Nov 16, 2016

    Mike and Nancy Ross of Diamond with Nancy’s sons Justin, left, and Charles Hoskins. After years away living in Portland and Spokane, moving to Whitman County was coming full circle for Nancy Ross. “Living on the farm was like coming home to me,” she said. Nancy grew up and graduated from Washtucna. Her father was a wheat farmer. About age 10 she started to help her mother cook meals for the harvest crew of around 10 people. “That's where I learned part of my cooking skills.” With that many peopl...

  • Gar/Pal school program honors local veterans

    Nov 16, 2016

    Keynote speaker William O. Barefield, a retired 26-year Army chaplain, addresses the crowd at the assembly. World War II veteran Don Schmick, 94, of Colfax is honored in a special presentation at the Garfield Middle School assembly Nov. 10.... Full story

  • Dinner set for Judge Frazier

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Nov 16, 2016

    The Whitman County Bar Association has set details for a retirement party for Whitman County Superior Court Judge David Frazier, who will retire at the end of the year. Jenna Brozick, an attorney in Pullman and vice president of the bar association, said the celebration will include a slide show with photographs of Frazier as judge, during his college days and in his law school days. She said she expects attorneys from Whitman, Asotin and Latah counties will be attending, as well as people who Judge Frazier interacts with in the community. She...

  • Community Current issues final edition at St. John

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Nov 16, 2016

    After 22 years of publishing, the final issue of the St. John Community Current was published by Becky Dickerson last week. Dickerson began the publication after she moved to St. John with her husband Todd Dickerson. She had graduated in journalism and communications from Eastern Washington University. She told the Gazette in September that owning and operating a newspaper was her “dream.” “It was my dream since I was a little girl to own a newspaper,” she said. “I fell in love with and married a farmer, and I wanted to use my degree. I worked...

  • Barn calendars for 2017 feature photos from locals

    Nov 16, 2016

    The Barns of Whitman County 2017 calendars are now on sale and feature photos from area residents. The calendars are available for $8 at any branch of Whitman County Library, Tick Klock Drug and Rosauer's in Colfax and the Pullman Chamber of Commerce. The calendars have sold out every year so residents are advised to buy them soon. Proceeds from calendar sales benefit Friends of the Library programs and projects in all 14 branches. Over the past seven years, Steve Van Vleet from WSU’s Whitman County Extension department has donated his p... Full story

  • Garfield restrooms still open

    Nov 16, 2016

    The Garfield public restrooms in the park remain open beyond their normal Oct. 1 closing date. “It's been so extremely nice,” said Garfield Mayor Ray McCown. “We still have flowers blooming that would normally be frozen. It's really exceptional.” The Garfield park restrooms do not have heat. Last year, another exceptionally warm fall, the restrooms still closed Oct. 1. This year, McCown is working with Public Works Assistant Mark Phillips. He advises Phillips week-to-week. “We'll watch it for another week,” McCown said. “When the weather gets... Full story

  • Palouse Conservation District partnership: Fund increase will expand project list

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Nov 16, 2016

    The Washington state legislature and Washington State Conservation Commission recently upped funding for the Palouse Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The program seeks farmers, producers and landowners to voluntarily enroll in incentive-based conservation practices. Funding was increased by $350,000 to bring the total to $850,000 for the year. “Prior to that, we had $500,000,” said Laura Heinse, conservation partnership manager with the Palouse Conservation District. “We can fund 14 additional projects with these... Full story

  • Film to be shot on the Palouse

    Nov 16, 2016

    A Los Angeles film production is underway on the Palouse. The team which produced “The Mooring” – a feature released by Lionsgate to DVD in 2012 – will be at locations in Garfield, Moscow and elsewhere over the next two months. Billed as a family sports drama, the new project is titled “The Last Champion,” to be directed by Glenn Withrow, a longtime actor (“The Outsiders,” “Rumblefish”) who also directed “The Mooring,” filmed at locations on Lake Coeur d'Alene and surrounding areas. The “Last Champion” production has rented the closed Garfi... Full story

  • Scouts collect food for pantry

    Nov 16, 2016

    Boy Scouts in both Colfax troops collected 1,865 pounds of food around town Saturday for the Colfax Food Pantry. Carson Cloaninger, left, and Austin Gunnel, right, are in front next to the scale. In back are Assistant Scoutmaster Todd Scholz, left, and Scoutmaster Mark Clinton....

  • Pegram returned to jail

    Nov 16, 2016

    Scott Pegram, 61, Colfax, was booked into jail Nov. 9 on a probable charge of trespassing. Pegram was arrested after he was reported to be at Paul’s Place on S. Mill Street. Pegram has been banned from Paul’s Place by the court as part of a resolution of a case in which he was initially charged with grabbing a female employee who was working at the group home....

  • Fairview storm drain project

    Nov 16, 2016

    A Colfax city crew started work last Thursday on clearing a street drain which was described as a potential hazard for motorists at the top of the Fairview Street hill. The drain is located at the corner of Fairview and Hillcrest streets. The plugged drain caused rain water to flow down the Fairview Street hill, and it was viewed as a hazard which could get worse in freezing temperatures. Public Works Director Matt Hammer reported the cause of the plug was discovered to be a board which had become lodged against a pipe.... Full story

  • LaCrosse school plans robotics day

    Kara McMurray, Gazette Reporter|Nov 16, 2016

    The LaCrosse School District is planning its annual robotics day for Saturday, Dec. 3. The WSU Robotics Club, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Garfield/Palouse High School Robotics Club will be on hand with the LaCrosse Robotics Club for the day. The event, which is open to the public, will feature hands-on activities and demonstrations. “It’s a chance for the kids to experience something they wouldn’t normally have the chance to experience,” said Matt Wysock, science and engineering teacher at LaCrosse. Wysock said he feels the technol...

  • On the Record Nov. 17

    Nov 16, 2016

    MARRIAGE LICENSES Gail Wayne Parsons, 67, and Heather Anne McIntee, 51, both Oakesdale, Nov. 9. REAL ESTATE SALES Kristi Evans, Gilbert, Ariz., to Eric and Kendra Trump, house on S. Jennings Street, St. John, $50,000, Sept. 30. Kim Anderson, Pullman, to Christopher Conway and Stephanie Martinez, Pullman, house on NW Arcadia Drive, Pullman, $228,000, Sept. 30. Margaret Davis, Auburn, to Bobby and Dorothy Sullivan, Crane Hill, Ala., house on SW Viento Drive, Pullman, $240,000, Sept. 30. Tara Medina to Chris and Sarah Carlisle, Middleton, Calif.,...

  • Frank Watson: The People Have Chosen

    Nov 16, 2016

    As the election approached, my anxiety level was as high as it has ever been. I wondered where our country was going and if it would withstand a presidency of either candidate. As I watched the results pour in on CBS news, I was somehow comforted that my anxiety was due to lack of confidence in the American people. The first thing that struck me was the utter confusion of the CBS commentators. “How could we have gotten it so wrong?” I have thought for some time now that the three long running network news programs should be registered as left w...

  • Letters Nov. 17

    Nov 16, 2016

    Economic assets Once again, the value of the Snake River system is going to be reviewed, but this time with a twist. In May, Judge Simon, in his ruling related to the Snake River Biological Opinion, has now brought the entire river system, including the dams on the Columbia, into the discussion. This is new territory. The public is being given the opportunity, until January 17, 2017, to weigh in on the diverse value of the entire river system. As the dialogue continues with regard to the damage done to salmon numbers, it should be noted that th...

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