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  • Alexander "Al" Lazarus Birch

    Nov 23, 2022

    Birch, Alexander Lazarus "Al" age 98 of Spokane, entered into rest on November 4th, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. Born in Parkland, WA to Burgess and Ruth Birch on April 9th, 1924, he attended school in Parkland, working summers in the berry patches. Al had a spirit for adventure and hitchhiked across the country to visit his brother in Baltimore. He kept notes of his travels and the people he met. He loved making new friends. He also loved to watch the airplanes take off and land at the... Full story

  • Legal notices

    Nov 23, 2022

  • Olivia Harnack

    Harnack competes Army basic training

    Nov 23, 2022

    COLFAX - A Free Press Publishing reporter has graduated from U.S. Army basic training at Fort Sill, Okla. PFC. Olivia Harnack, 20, graduated Oct. 21, after approximately 10 weeks of training. Harnack has since been transferred to Fort Huachuca, Ariz., for advanced training. Once she completes training next spring, Harnack is expected to return to Whitman County to work as a reporter at the Whitman County Gazette, a division of Cheney-based Free Press Publishing, through the summer of 2023....

  • Keith Deaton

    President Lincoln visits Colfax library

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    COLFAX- Friends of the library and Colfax Chamber of Commerce welcomed Keith Deaton as President Lincoln Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Center. Whitman County Library Executive Director Cody Allen, stated that the impersonator looks remarkably like Abraham Lincoln, "He is in character and knows his life in intimate detail," Allen said, noting that the impersonator was available for people to talk with. There was a reception with drinks for the 16 President of the United States at 5:30 p.m for adults....

  • Daniel Botkin

    Secret concert as St. Ignatius

    Nov 23, 2022

  • Firefighters host Toy Box Drive

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    COLFAX — The Colfax Volunteer firemen are presenting their Firefighters’ Christmas Toy Box Drive. Whitman County Fireman of Colfax has served the children of the county for more than 30 years. The Colfax Fire Department is seeking donations to continue serving Whitman County families. Toys purchased will be given to local families. Donations can be made to Vol. Firemen Inc’s Toy box PO Box 226 Colfax, Washington or in person at Colfax Fire Department, 400 North Mill Street. Family regis...

  • Raising funds in Tekoa

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    The Tekoa Volunteer Fire Association raised approximately $19,000 in support of the community swimming pool and other local needs during a gala celebration Friday night, Nov. 18, in the Tekoa Community Center. The event included dinner, and a live and silent auction. Donovan Chase, co-owner of C&Ds in Tekoa and a volunteer fireman, served as emcee. He was presented a T-shirt sporting the words, "with a BODY LIKE THIS, who needs HAIR," for his efforts....

  • Tekoa Winter Wonderland

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    TEKOA—Tekoa Chamber of Commerce is hosting it’s Tekoa Winter Wonderland small business Saturday, Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to shop at local businesses. There will be the chance to take photos with Santa, craft vendors to buy from, kids crafts, and hay rides. As well as a gingerbread display that can be voted on. There will be the chance to look at the museum, a free movie, and much more. There is food and drinks at all four of Tekoa’s local eateries. Presi...

  • Palouse Round Table Christmas Bazaar

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    PALOUSE — Palouse is hosting its Round Table Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Palouse Community Center, located at 220 East Main Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Palouse community member, and organizer Laura Aichele explained that it has been since 2019 since the bazaar was held. There will be coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or apple juice with the choice of pie or a cinnamon roll for five dollars. “It is normally very popular,” Aichelle said, “we usually get maybe 75 to 100 people there....

  • Senior menus

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    Colfax Monday, Nov. 28 Cheeseburger w/lettuce and tomato, baked beans, potato salad and dessert Colton Monday, Nov. 23: Crispy chicken wrap w/veggies, fruit salad, dessert Wednesday, Nov. 30: Tomato soup, grilled cheese, fruit salad, vegetable platter and dessert Endicott Tuesday, Nov. 29: Stew, cornbread, salad bar and dessert LaCrosse NO MEAL Palouse Wednesday, Nov. 23: Chef salad w/ tomato, ham, turkey, cucumber, cheese, and hard boiled egg, multi grain bread and cookie Wednesday, Nov. 30: Cook’s Choice Pullman Tuesday, Nov. 29 Crispy c...

  • Palouse Turkey Leg fundraiser

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    PALOUSE — Palouse is hosting their annual Palouse Turkey Leg Fundraiser Thursday Nov . 24 at 8 a.m. All proceeds will fund new books and programming in Palouse. There will be free coffee and donuts provided by Palouse Family Foods and the Palouse Federated Church....

  • Good Ol' Days

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    8 Years Ago From the Colfax Gazette, Friday, November 26, 1897 AN INSANE WOMAN Roaming the Country Through the Rain and Snow An apparently demented woman appeared at the Northern Pacific section house at Garfield at daylight Sunday morning, bedraggled, wet and cold from the stormy night. See could give no account of herself and her actions were such that J. Kidwell, the special deputy sheriff at Garfield, was sent for. The officer took her in charge and wired the sheriff's office for instructi...

  • Late Fire Wildfire Season Points to Need for Better Forest Management

    Don C. Brunell, Business analyst|Nov 23, 2022

    Last summer, our state’s wildfire season was below normal---a welcome relief for firefighters and smoke-choked Washingtonians, especially city dwellers. However, that all changed this fall. First, the 15,000-acre Bolt Creek fire erupted in early September near Skykomish along Highway 2. Heavy smoke blanked the densely populated Puget Sound area causing Seattle to have the some of the worst air quality in the world. Then in mid-October the 2,000-acre Nakia Creek blaze ignited north of Camas f...

  • Abortion stories built on lies

    Brad Payne, Family Policy Institute of Washington|Nov 23, 2022

    More than ever, our country is suffering due to moral relativism – the idea that truth itself is relative. This leads to situations where, confronted with the same reality, people can't agree on what the facts are, let alone the moral judgments that come about as a result of those facts. Nowhere is this more true than the debate over abortion. You would think that as a society that has become obsessed with the latest science, there would be interest in hammering down a firm set of agreed upon d...

  • You have plenty to be thankful for this holiday

    Roger Harnack, Whitman County Gazette Publisher|Nov 23, 2022

    It seems like every time you open a webpage, turn on the TV or listen to the radio, you’re bombarded with negativity. We’re on the verge of nuclear war. The recession is upon us. Inflation is high. Every storm is “historic.” Race-based politics are invading every inch of our educational system and lives. And if that’s not enough, the 2024 election season has already begun. It’s enough to get you down, and keep you there. But cheer up. You have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here in...

  • Turkey Tweet

    Nov 23, 2022

  • Whitman County Jail Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    COLFAX—The Whitman County Jail reported the following individuals being booked from Nov. 15 to Nov. 21 Nov. 16 Rocky Carl Disney, 40, was booked into the Whitman County Jail on a warrant arrest for harassment threats to kill. Disney is being held without bail. Nov. 19 Michael Logan Gordon, 20, was booked into the Whitman County Jail for assault in the fourth degree, and held without bail through Whitman County District Court. Carson Eugene Hammer, 22, was booked into the Whitman County Jail for animal cruelty in the second degree. Goodtime r...

  • Colfax Police Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    COLFAX – The Colfax Police Department responded to the following calls from Nov. 10 to Nov. 17 Nov. 10 9:38 a.m.- South Lake Street. Officer responded to an abandoned vehicle. 2:16 p.m.- South Mill. Officer advised of APS referral. 5:01 p.m.- Morton Street. Officer responded to an illness. 11:57 p.m.- West Fairview. Officer responded to a report of disorderly/disruptive subject. Nov. 11 8:01 a.m.- South Main. Officer responded to a report of harassment. 12:02 p.m.- South Lake. Officer responded to a suspicious person/circumstance, and one s...

  • Whitman County Sheriff's Log

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    COLFAX – The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls from Nov. 15 to Nov. 20 Nov. 15 8:17 a.m.- Union Street, Colton High School, Colton. Deputies requested a case number for a DARE presentation. 9:49 a.m.- Hardy Road and SR 23, on hardy, Lamont. Deputies responded to a report of a non-injury accident. 10:08 a.m.- Steptoe Street, Guardian Angel School, Colton. Deputies requested a case number for a DARE presentation. 10:14 a.m.- North Madison Street, Tekoa. Deputies responded to an APS Referral request regarding pos...

  • Machtolf pleads guilty to reckless driving

    Drew Lawson, Record-Times|Nov 23, 2022

    DAVENPORT — Gonzaga head baseball coach Mark Andrew Machtolf pleaded guilty to one count of reckless driving in Lincoln County District Court Monday, Nov. 21. The 58-year-old Nine Mile Falls man gave his plea that stems from a DUI incident in Reardan last June. Machtolf was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for one day served, a $1,500 fine and 24 months supervised probation by presiding judge Carolyn J. Benzel of Adams County. He was originally arrested by the Reardan Police Department for driving under the influence June 10 after h...

  • Boyer Park boat-launch fees eliminated

    Teren Kowatsch, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    COFLAX — The Port of Whitman County has eliminated boat-launch fees for Boyer Park. Port commissioners decided to end the fees last week as it begins a $6 million upgrade of boating amenities at the park on the Snake River. Previously, the launch fee was $6 per day or $60 for the annual season. The port is upgrading docks installed in 1975, officials said. The upgrades include constructing three new aluminum and fiberglass docks. The fuel dock is also being replaced, officials said. Other new amenities include a restroom near the boat ramp a...

  • Mason Gilchrist ends season with honors

    Teren Kowatsch, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    COLFAX - As fall sports conclude and winter sports get underway, Colfax High School senior Mason Gilchrist and the rest of the Bulldogs basketball team are practicing and hope to continue off the momentum of last season, where the team finished fourth in the 2021 WIAA 2B State Tournament. If Gilchrist has the level of impact on the hardwood as he did on the gridiron, then Colfax improving on its fourth place finish could be a possibility. Gilchrist recently made two First-Team All-League...

  • Colfax players named to All-League team

    Teren Kowatsch, Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    COLFAX - What was an overall down year for the Colfax Bulldogs football team still saw several players receive recognition for great performances on the season. There were four total 2B District 7 All-League selections for the Bulldogs – two on defense, two on offense, two First-Team and two Second-Team. Senior running back/linebacker Mason Gilchrist has received First-Team All-League honors for both sides of the ball, and his third in a row for the running back position. Gilchrist had s...

  • All-League 1B volleyball teams announced

    Teren Kowatsch, The Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    The 1B District 9 volleyball season ended with a state championship for the Oakesdale Nighthawks and several teams in the league placing or making appearances at the state tournament at the Yakima SunDome in Yakima. The Southeast 1B volleyball league was separated into two divisions: Wheat and Grape. The Whitman County teams had occupancy of the Wheat division, and received multiple All-League honors. Oakesdale had seven total All-League honors. Senior outside hitter Gianna Anderson received Fir...

  • Tekoa High School lockdown

    Whitman County Gazette|Nov 23, 2022

    TEKOA—Tekoa High School had a perceived lockdown Friday, Nov. 18 when law enforcement were outside the school. Tekoa High School Principal, Yolanda Bone stated that it was not really a lockdown, “I saw some law enforcement outside, so had the teachers keep the students in the Ag building,” Bone said, noting that once she talked to the law enforcement they said that there was nothing to worry about. Bone stated that she then let the students go back to their normal schedules. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that there was no reco...

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