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  • Jail Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    COLFAX—The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals booked from Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nov. 7 Kandi Marie Rodriguez, 40. Organized retail theft 2nd degree, reduced charge theft 3rd, 2nd degree theft. Good time release Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. Nov. 11 Angelo Roberto Trevino, 24. Driving under influence. $500 bond, or $500 cash bail through Whitman County District Court. Nov. 12 Roman Markian Petruncio, 20, 2nd degree rape, reduced charge 4th degree assault with sexual motivation. Goodtime release Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 Mairead Ros...

  • Colfax Police Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    COLFAX – The Colfax Police Department responded to the following calls from Nov. 1 – Nov. 8 Nov. 1 9:37 a.m.- Parking Problem Main Street. 11:08 a.m.- Parking problem Mill Street. 4:17 p.m.- Traffic violation. 6:01 p.m.- Welfare check West Street. 8:22 p.m.- Unknown injury accident SR 195 milepost 40. Nov. 3 5:18 a.m.- Suspicious person/circumstance Main Street. 2:30 p.m.- Theft Main Street. Nov. 4 8:00 p.m.- Court order violation Mill Street. 9:33 p.m.-Agency assist. Nov. 5 2:42 p.m.- Domestic dispute West Street. Nov. 6 8:15 a.m.- Other law...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    COLFAX – The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls from Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nov. 7 3:52 p.m.- North Madison Street, Tekoa. APS referral. 4:27 p.m.- Southwest Panorama Drive, Pullman. Controlled substance problem. 5:00 p.m.- Ringo Road, Palouse. Burglary alarm. 7:13 p.m.- North Ramsey Street, Tekoa. Court order violation. Nov. 8 12:15 a.m.- Northeast Harvey Road and Northeast Stadium Way, Pullman. Phillip Ray Cisneros, 37, arrested for knowingly possessing a controlled substance. 2:12 a.m.- Northeast Whitman Stree...

  • Alva May Jordan

    Alva May Jordan

    Nov 16, 2023

    Alva May Jordan passed away November 9, 2023. She was 104 years old and full of life and good conversations. Alva May was born to Jack Peter (JP) and Grace Alice (Hench) Glorfield on September 16, 1919, at the Old Black Place, St. John, Wash. She was the second oldest of six children and was only 14 when her mother (Grace) died of pneumonia. With her older sister Doris, already in college, the care of her 5 younger siblings, Jack, Benny, Lila, and Patsy, fell to Alva May. Despite the additional... Full story

  • Daniel L. Becker

    Daniel L. Becker

    Nov 16, 2023

    DANIEL LEE BECKER, 68, beloved husband of Kimberly J. Small Becker, passed away Saturday morning, November 4, 2023 in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Dan was born and raised in Colfax, Washington. He was a graduate of Eastern Washington University and began his career in the nuclear field at Hanford in Richland, Washington in 1979. In 1991 he relocated to South Carolina where he would continue his successful career at Savannah River Site. In 2008 Dan and Kim would move again...this... Full story

  • Max Eugene Wilhelm

    Max Eugene Wilhelm

    Nov 16, 2023

    Max Eugene Wilhelm passed away in Spokane after an extended illness at the age of 83. He was born in Colfax, Washington, to Herman and Beulah (Miller) Wilhelm on December 6, 1939. Max was the middle child of three. He lived in St. John, Washington and graduated from St. John High School in 1958. Max attended Columbia Basin Community College. He lived and worked in Boise, Idaho and Huntington Beach, California before returning to the Spokane Valley. Max drove trucks for Garrett Freightlines and... Full story

  • Gunder Wigen "Bud" Aune

    Nov 16, 2023

    A Celebration of Life for Gunder Wigen "Bud" Aune, a lifelong farmer and cattleman in the Lacrosse-Hay area, will be held at Selbu Lutheran Church on November 27 at 11 a.m. Pastor John Cross will officiate. Bud passed away on the morning of November 8, at Bishop Place in Pullman, with daughter Julie and beloved wife Judy at his side. He was 86 years old. Bud was born on May 11, 1937, in Colfax, to Gunder and Beatrice (Wigen) Aune. He grew up on Akili Flat, east of Hay. Graduating from Lacrosse...

  • Washington's failure on recycling shows how unserious state's environmental goals are

    Todd Myers, Washington Policy Center|Nov 16, 2023

    Politicians like Governor Inslee frequently boast about their commitment to the environment, but too often their actions and results fall far short of their rhetoric. Recently, Susannah Frame of KING 5 TV in Seattle highlighted that on many of the environmental issues highlighted by the Inslee Administration, they are missing their goals badly. However, one metric Frame mentioned in passing – Washington’s recycling rate – shows just how unserious the governor and agency staff are about meeti...

  • Building relationships for our farmers

    Rep. Mary Dye, 9th Legislative District|Nov 16, 2023

    Last month, I attended joint meetings for the National Association of State Conservation Agencies and the National Watershed Coalition in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the request of Washington state conservationist, Roylene Comes-At-Night. Just as in previous annual meeting in Spokane two year ago, this was an opportunity to build relationships with national U.S. Department of Agriculture leadership, understand programs and funding opportunities better, and to work together for the benefit of our...

  • Cowardice of politicians

    Nov 16, 2023

    Dear Editor, Before I vent, I want to thank Mr. Myers for reminding us of the cowardice of politicians. (Column, 11/9/23) Politicians/appointees ordered utilities and fuel suppliers to not tell their customers that the fuel price increase is from climate policy. Let’s keep the deceitful nature of the political beast in mind. The rest of the column is a deception. He raised my hopes with this: “To achieve Washington’s CO2-reduction goals, there are two competing approaches. First, he gives us the government’s approach: raise the price of carb...

  • True Foundation of Law

    Nov 16, 2023

    Dear Editor, Is it illegal to restrict the hospital privileges of a surgeon to prevent harmful, specialized cross-gender surgeries? This question is pertinent to our local Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics. What is the true foundation of law? Are current legal systems the result of billions of years of random, undirected iterations of ideas advanced by evolutionary forces resulting in highly refined systems, which will one day perfectly address the evil that plagues us? No. Quoting from the ESV translation of God’s Word, the following law st...

  • Pothole Horror

    Nov 16, 2023

  • New sign for old building

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    COLFAX - On Nov. 1, Lewiston-based Sign Crafters placed a Standard Oil sign on the old DOT complex located on Clay Street. John Damery oversaw the placement of the sign. The entire process took approximately five hours to install the new sign....

  • Ruck for the fallen

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

  • Rosalia celebrates service members

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    ROSALIA - The Rosalia Veterans Park hosted its annual Veterans Day Program on Saturday, November 11, at 11 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Park behind the Texaco Station Visitor Center on Whitman Avenue. The welcome was made by volunteer coordinator Lee Hames, opening by saying good morning and welcoming everyone in attendance. Hames thanked Pat Voge for her time taking care of everything that went into keeping the park in top condition. "She wanted to step down and asked if Sherry and I would tak...

  • Senior Menus

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    Colfax Thursday, Nov. 16 Turkey dinner with gravy, stuffing, roasted rainbow carrots, homemade roll, pie Monday, Nov. 20 Club sandwich, fruit salad, vegetable platter, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting Colton Wednesday, Nov. 22 Crispy chicken wrap with veggies, fruit salad, cookie bar LaCrosse Tuesday, Nov. 21 Turkey dinner, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cooked vegetables, roll, pie Palouse Wednesday, Nov. 22 Chef salad with tomato, ham, turkey, cucumber, cheese, and hard boiled egg; multi grain bread, cookie Pullman Friday, Nov. 17 Turkey...

  • Births

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    Pullman Regional Hospital William Gustar Kelly, a boy, was born Nov. 8, 2023, to parents Michelle and Michael Kelly, of Pullman. Paternal Grandparents are Brand and Martina Kelly, of Manassas, Va. Maternal Grandparents are Peggy Essex, of Pullman, and James Loukides, of Bonney Lake. William joins brother Joseph, 10, and sister Charley, 4, at home. Violet Linette Faye, a girl, was born Nov. 10, 2023 to parents Emily and Cody Bivens, of Clarkston, Wash. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Violet joins brother Jameson Robert, 3, and sister Luna...

  • Rosalia News

    Mike Day, Gazette Correspondent|Nov 16, 2023

    ROSALIA –– Mike Day reports that during Halloween he had over 170 children trick-or-treating. In other news, the Rosalia Boy Scout Troop 5588 is in competition with Cheney and South Hill troops for their dog and cat food drive. Winners will receive money for their troop, up to $1,000 for first place. Contact Justin Fuchs, 509-220,8536 if interested in donating....

  • Garfield honors veterans

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    GARFIELD - Garfield honored veterans during an assembly on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. Veterans, students, faculty, and community gathered in the Garfield Middle School gym to recognize and honor the veterans. Gar-Pal Middle School Language Arts teacher Phil Weagraff gave the opening, "I'd like to welcome you here today and to let you know you are the reason we're here today, and we deeply appreciate the efforts you took to serve our nation, and that has not gone unnoticed." The elementary...

  • Steptoe holds Veterans Day program

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    STEPTOE - The Steptoe School invited the public to attend an assembly to honor veterans on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. The event coordinator, Diana King, said the event brought in approximately 100 people, and they presented 14 veterans with a quilt of valor. King said every year, she finds the response they get from veterans heartwarming. "They're very appreciative of what we do for them as far as giving them quilts," she said. Also in attendance at the event was a representative from Congre...

  • U of I holds vigil for victims

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    MOSCOW — University of Idaho students held a vigil to honor the lives and memories of Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen on Monday, Nov. 13, one year after the students were slashed in the off-campus dorm off of King Road. The vigil began at 6 p.m. on the Administration Lawn on the University of Idaho campus. The event focused on honoring and remembering the lives of the four students. Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen were stabbed and killed in an off-campus home in the early m...

  • Public Works winter maintenance priorities

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    COLFAX — This year’s annual Whitman County Department of Public Works letter for winter snow and ice control was sent to school superintendents and U.S. Post Offices. Public Works Operations Manager Brian Wilson said that the letter is something they send out every year to most of the towns and schools. “It’s an annual reminder we send out,” he said, noting that it’s also to let those new to the county who may have taken on new positions, new residents, and people who may never have seen it. The letter states that the order of priorities...

  • Fiber internet coming to more communities

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    MALDEN — In a press release from the Port of Whitman County, the Port announced that a multi-year project to install fiber-to-the-home around Pine City and Malden has recently been completed. The project was funded by a $1,734,921 CERB grant from the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund and $433,730 from the Washington State Broadband Office’s Match Grant Program. The launch of the fiber optic network began in October, as construction of fiber to the homes was completed. The project provided service to approximately 70 homes in the area pre...

  • Prince takes lead Tekoa Council Position 1

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    TEKOA — During this year’s General Election, the vote counts have fluctuated between Mandi Prince and Todd Jensen running for the City of Tekoa Council Position 1 since Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7 first count. As of Tuesday, Nov. 14, the Thursday vote count came out to a total of 256 votes, with Prince taking the lead from an earlier tie at 137, 53.1%. Prince gained 73 votes during the Monday, Nov. 13 vote count. Jensen fell behind at 119 votes, 46.12%. Jensen jokingly told the Gazette on Tuesday, Nov. 14, “I only bought two votes. I would...

  • Avista relight progress

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 16, 2023

    PULLMAN — Avista reported Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m., that they had restored natural gas appliances for 32,000 customers in all Palouse and Lewiston/Clarkston Valley service zones affected by the damage to the Williams Pipeline at the intersection of US 195 and Albion Road to Pullman on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Reports state that an excavator struck the gas line about 1 mile south of Carothers Road at milepost 27 at approximately 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, causing a leak. At time of press Tuesday, Nov. 14 Avista reported less than 250 customers r...

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