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Santa booked for many stops as season rings in

Santa booked for many stops as season rings in. The holiday season will launch today at Colfax and other locations around the county on Saturday. Two parades, three fireworks displays and a lot of goodies have been booked for the Santa stops. Colfax...

 

2020 budget marks 3 percent increase

On Monday, Dec. 2, County Administrative Director Gary Petrovich presented the final 2020 county budget to the county commissioners. The final 2020 budget came out to $64,002,692. “The 2020 budget is a three percent increase from the 2019 adopted...

 

Palouse city will honor Echanove, Wekenman

Mayor Michael Echanove and Councilman Rick Wekenman will be hanging up their city government hats at the end of this year. Between them they have served the citizens of Palouse for 45 years. Mayor Echanove first served on the council from Jan. 1,...

 

De-icer truck tips on Albion Road

Brandon Kruger, Whitman County roads operation manager, reported to county commissioners Monday about a de-icing truck which turned over on Albion Road last Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the lead-up to the Thanksgiving travel weekend. Spreading de-icing...

 

Christmas lights return to tree on Main St.

The large Blue Spruce on the south side of P1FCU in the 500 block of South Main Street was decorated by volunteers Monday and lights were applied. Colfax FFA students, an Avista crew and others worked...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 5, 2019
Bill Grimes

D.O.C. study starts for Palouse to Cascades Trail

Bill Grimes from SCJ Alliance Consulting Services in Spokane spoke to county commissioners Monday about a new study of the Palouse to Cascades Trail – formerly known as the John Wayne Iron Horse...

 

November turns out dry

With precipitation recorded for just five days, November turned out to be a very dry month. Total precipitation for the month was .51 inches at the NRCS station in Colfax. That compares with an average of 2.68 inches of precipitation for the month....

 

County sells oil trailer

Whitman County commissioners Monday approved the surplus sale of a waste oil trailer to the town of Endicott. The trailer was stored at the county shop near the Colfax Airport where Endicott Mayor Steve Salzman is a long-time senior shop mechanic....

 

Toy Box correction

In the Gazette's Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 editions, an advertisement ran for residents to register their family for the Firefighters' Christmas Toy Box Drive to benefit children in Whitman County. The registration deadline on the advertisement was Nov. 6....

 

Oakesdale's first ruck run attracts crowd

Oakesdale's first "Ruck for the Fallen: March for the Heroes", a benefit 5K and 10K run/ruck, in which participants had the option to carry weighted rucksacks with pictures of late soldiers and first...

 

Tax sale auction will go on-line

Whitman County Treasurer's annual sale of tax foreclosure properties will convert to an on-line format this year. The properties will be posted and a bid period will be opened from Dec. 13 until Dec. 16. Foreclosure sales have been done in a bid...

 

P1FCU participates in season of giving event

P1FCU has been running their Season of Giving campaign from Nov. 1 and will end on Dec. 21. At the Colfax location, employees are wearing their Season of Giving shirts raising awareness for residents to donate this season. This year, P1FCU is asking...

 

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America will hold its national event noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at Bethel Cemetery in Steptoe. Memorial wreaths will be placed for veterans buried at Bethel Cemetery. The mission of...

 

On the Record: November 5, 2019

REAL ESTATE SALES Erik Ostrum, Evelyn Martinez, and Marcella Ostrom, Richland, to Henry and Emi Evans, house on S.W. Summer, Pullman, $260,000, Nov. 25. Andre and Danielle Hamstra, Parker, Colo., to Shenghau Xu, house on S.W. Domonic Court, Pullman,... Full story

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 5, 2019

$3,000 riverfront lot:

The Palouse city council has approved the sale of its riverfront Brownfields site, the Main Street lot which was the subject of a state and federal environmental cleanup of a former gas station. A group of six residents, three couples, got together...

 

Holiday book fair today for WSU Press

Washington State University Press will host its 28th annual holiday book fair Thursday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Terrell Library Atrium on the Pullman campus. The fair highlights books published throughout the year. Festivities include...

 

Tough as Nails in Colfax

The Tough as Nails group from Rosalia was in Colfax Wednesday, Dec. 4, to assemble folded origami paper swan kits which will be delivered to hospitals in the area for distribution to patients at the end of December. The goal is to send out 1,000 of...

 

Packages to the troops:

Lana and Roger Myers, founders of W.H.E.A.T. - We Honor Every American Troop, a nonprofit in LaCrosse which sends care packages to troops overseas, plans to send 25 packages this month for the holiday season. Roger Myers, president of W.H.E.A.T.,...

 

Colfax nips Colton to start season

Colfax Bulldog girls posted an early lead, faded in the second quarter and then won a race in the second half to pull out a 50-46 win over Colton Tuesday on the Wildcats’ home court. The game was a season opener for both teams. Colton hosted...

 

Oakesdale boys cruise in opener

Oakesdale opened its four-game home stand to start the 2019-20 basketball season with a 59-33 win over Asotin. Coach Seth Paine and the 2B Panthers arrived with a younger group – losing eight...

 

Oakesdale girls nail Asotin

Oakesdale girls opened the season with a 15-3 first quarter over Asotin Tuesday at Oakesdale. The Nighthawks kept up the pace for the duration of the game and finished with a 17-2 run in the last... Full story

 
 By Garth Meyer    Sports    December 5, 2019

SJEL boys return with new look

The St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse boys basketball team is back on the floor for 2019-20 but something is different. They return three seniors, including T.J. Harder, who missed almost all of last year with a foot injury. New coach Mike Stubbs takes...

 

Vikings book split in border battle

Garfield/Palouse teams booked a split Tuesday when they headed over the border to play Potlatch to open their season. The Gar/Pal girls banked a 41-28 win, and the Potlatch boys took their side of the matchup 61-37. The Viking girls were led by 20...

 

Eagle teams bag wins over DW Bulldogs

Both SJEL teams posted solid wins Tuesday in their season openers at home with Dayton-Waitsburg on the guest list. The Eagle girls posted a 30-point win, 58-28, with Brooklyn Bailey hitting 15 and Olivia Kjack 13. Other scorers were were Kyra Holt...

 

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