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  • Takota Smith

    St. Nicholas smile

    Dec 6, 2018

  • Santa, holiday events slated for LaCrosse

    Debbie Casey, Gazette Correspondent|Dec 6, 2018

    Santa will be at the Gathering Place in LaCrosse Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 until 11:30 a.m. The LaCrosse Business Group will provide muffins, juice and a stuffed animal for all the kids, plus pictures with Santa. The LHS senior class will serve breakfast from 8 until 10 a.m. at The Gathering Place. Also, a craft fair will be in the LaCrosse Café building from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. A pool tournament will be that evening at the Pastime Tavern. A signup sheet is located at the tavern. Entrants can also call Allan Thompson. An ugly Christmas...

  • Wheat groups applaud revised NAFTA pact

    Dec 6, 2018

    U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers released a joint statement last week in response to the Nov. 30 signing of the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The two organizations applauded the agreement’s provisions for wheat farmers. The USMCA retains tariff-free access to imported U.S. wheat for longtime flour milling customers in Mexico. “That is a crucial step toward rebuilding trust in U.S. wheat as a reliable supplier in this imp...

  • New Pullman city hall will lack courtroom

    Kara Davidson, Gazette Reporter|Dec 6, 2018

    Whitman County commissioners learned last week that Pullman does not plan to include a courtroom at the new city hall. Pullman sessions of district court have been conducted in a room at the present city hall. The commissioners Monday discussed possible options for a new district court site. The first option they discussed was moving all court sessions to Colfax. The second option discussed was to rent a space in Pullman for court sessions. Commissioner Art Swannack said he doesn’t like the i...

  • Port of Whitman will seek to expand fiber

    Kara Davidson, Gazette Reporter|Dec 6, 2018

    Port of Whitman Chief Operating Officer, Kara Riebold, received a phone call Thursday, Nov. 29, from the Community Economics Revitalization Board (CERB) in the Department of Commerce. The phone call reported CERB had voted to increase construction project limits and recipients were being called to let them know they may qualify for an increase. The limits had been $1 million and were being increased to $2 million. The Port in September received a grant-loan from the CERB Rural Broadband Program...

  • 'O Christmas stump'

    Dec 6, 2018

  • New Tekoa ag barn takes shape

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Dec 6, 2018

    Volunteers led by the Tekoa Fire Department near completion on a new school 4H/FFA ag barn funded by local donations, the school district and a small grant. The 30x70 painted metal pole building, framed by 6x6 wood boards, is on the site of the original quonset hut ag barn that was torn down in September after the Palouse Empire Fair. The goal is to complete the new barn in time for hogs to arrive later this month in preparation for next May's annual Junior Livestock Show of Spokane. The new...

  • Hargraves resigns from Pullman PD

    Dec 6, 2018

    Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins Nov. 29 reported that Police Sgt. Dan Hargraves resigned from the department on Nov. 26, which was a day before he was scheduled to be interviewed by Pullman Police Department investigators who conducted an internal investigation to determine whether Hargraves violated department policy. Hargraves has been scheduled for a Jan. 14 trial in superior court after he pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual misconduct with a female WSU student March 31, after she had been taken into custody. Chief Jenkins said that...

  • Dan Felton

    St. Maries boosters induct Dan Felton to hall of fame

    Kara Davidson, Gazette Reporter|Dec 6, 2018

    Dan Felton, who was raised in Malden and has been the proprietor of Felton's Auto Sales in St. Maries, Idaho, for the last 20 years, was inducted into the St. Maries Lumberjack Booster Club's Hall of Fame Friday, Nov. 30. Felton was born in Spokane and raised in Malden to be a third generation conductor for the Milwaukee Railroad. Malden's Felton Hall, a former Catholic church turned into a community center, was named after his father, who was one of the first babies born in Malden. "It was a...

  • Largent will keep legislative role

    Dec 6, 2018

    While the county commissioners had previously discussed Michael Largent turning over attending Legislative Steering Committee meetings to another commissioner, and Art Swannack had said he’d be willing to take on the task, there will be no change in who is attending the meetings. Largent was discouraged from lessening his involvement in the LSC, a sub-committee of the Washington State Association of Counties which lobbies and advocates for WSAC and does a lot of the background work during the legislative session....

  • Sewer rate hike set at $5: Palouse set to approve 2019 budget, rate hike

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Dec 6, 2018

    The Palouse city council conducted its final 2019 budget hearing Nov. 27 on its way to final approval, due by state law Dec. 31. After no public comments were offered in last week’s hearing, Mayor Michael Echanove closed it and later the council discussed the budget. Some items still being considered are $3,000 proposed by councilman Chris Cook for painting the interior and exterior of the city pool, as part of a longer-term proposal of improvements to the facility. Another item is a $5,000 tran...

  • Pullman voting precincts reflect county's switch to Democratic

    Dec 6, 2018

    Whitman County’s finish in the Democrats’ column for the Nov. 6 general election is reflected in the solid return on the blue side for candidates in all 27 Pullman precincts. The return for this year’s general election follows a county return for the Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. Whitman County was the lone county east of the Cascade ridge in the state to log a return in the blue category Clinton took Washington state with 54.4 percent of the vote in 2016 with strong returns in the west side of the state. Spokane Democ...

  • Vote turnout here behind overall state mark

    Dec 6, 2018

    Out of Whitman county’s 25,130 registered voters, 17,565 cast ballots in this years general election for a turnout at 69.9 percent. That is almost two percent lower than the overall state turnout of 71.83 percent. The percent of all registered voters who cast ballots in 2018 nearly topped the midterm record turnout of 71.85 percent set in 1970. Participation by 1,101 more voters would have set a new turnout record. According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, of the total population of eligible voters in Washington, 60 percent participated. W...

  • Fair cuts down trees

    Dec 6, 2018

    Twenty trees along the Palouse Empire Fair's RV park on Fairgrounds Road were scheduled to be removed this week, Bill Tensfeld, fair executive director, reported Friday. A check of the trees by an arborist determined 75 percent of the stand is showing signs of stress, and the trees have out-lived their expected life span. Tensfeld said public safety is the top priority in deciding to remove the trees. Avista crews, volunteers and staff members participated in the tree removal. The RV park is...

  • Kieron Anderson

    Bulldog hoop squad blasts off new season

    Dec 6, 2018

    Colfax boys blasted off for the new basketball season over the weekend by booking two big wins against non-league foes from the SE neighborhood. The Bulldogs crunched Pomeroy 82-38 Friday night in the home opener and came back Saturday to defeat a fast-moving Oakesdale team 58-32 in an afternoon game. Colfax will travel to Burbank Friday and then return home Saturday to play St. George's. The game against the Dragons will be a non-leaguer because the NE hoop campaign, like football run, will be...

  • Dakota Patchen

    Pomeroy, Colton girls defeat Bulldogs in basketball season start

    Dec 6, 2018

    Pomeroy and Colton, the two SE teams which collided in the state girls B championship game at the Spokane Arena last March, both defeated a young Colfax team to open the new hoop season at Colfax. The Pirates crunched Colfax 57-28 in the Friday opener, and Colton departed Colfax Tuesday with a 69-58 win after fighting off a Colfax charge early in the second half. Pomeroy booked a 10-point lead in the first quarter on the way to the 57-28 crunch on the Bulldogs' court Friday in the season...

  • Bulldogs place at Potlatch

    Dec 6, 2018

    Colfax wrestlers placed seventh out of 13 teams Saturday at the Potlatch Invitational. Augie Allenbach placed second in the 220-pound weight class. Jacob Sisk placed third in the 98-pound class, and Gabe Ahmann placed third in the 152-pound class. Coach Dennis Gransbery noted several Bulldog wrestlers were missing from the lineup. Colfax will head to the Liberty invitational Saturday. The Liberty show will include a girls tourney on Friday with sophomore Riane Jones expected to compete....

  • 1B boys basketball: Three seniors lead Colton back

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Dec 6, 2018

    Last year started with seven losses. The year before started with four. The 2018-19 season for the Colton boys began with a 14-point comeback win against Logos. A core of three seniors return from a team which finished third in the Southeast 1B league last year, their season ending in a fight in Walla Walla with favored Garfield/Palouse for the last spot to advance. Gar/Pal won, but not before a series of nervous moments against the Wildcats. This year, Colton All-league, three-year starter,...

  • Awards rite marks end to Bulldog football season

    Dec 6, 2018

    The Colfax football season, which started with a long road trip to Cathlamet to play Wakiakum on a non-league opener, came to a close Thursday with a revised format for season-end awards. Between the two dates, Colfax rolled up a 4-5 record, and again finished one win short of a state playoff slot. Coach Mike Morgan Thursday pointed out four of the teams who defeated Colfax during the season wound up in state playoff action. That included Heppner which landed in the Oregon playoffs. Heppner,...

  • Timberwolves honored

    Mike Day, Gazette Correspondent|Dec 6, 2018

    Tekoa-Rosalia held its fall sports banquet Nov. 26. List of honorees: Cross-Country: Trinity Bingaman – state finisher (only two eighth-grade girls in state), Gavin Merritt – Third in state, Isaac Leighton – state finisher, Most Improved – Harleigh Phillips-Carden and Bryce Cason, Most Inspirational – Violet, Jaedyn Norwood, Captain award – Lillian Shaw, Gavin Merritt, Coaches award – Eric Lazcano, Trinity Bingaman. Cheer: Paige Brown, Megan Billings, Lori Mehain, Gwynn Razo, Trista Bogenreif, E...

  • 1B girls basketball Wildcats, Vikings get off to strong start

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Dec 6, 2018

    Colton and Garfield/Palouse both opened the season with a stretch of wins as games got underway last weekend across Whitman County. Colton took down two 2B schools, St. George’s and Colfax, while Gar/Pal won at Potlatch and at home against Lakeside and Tekoa/Rosalia. Colton will play again Saturday at Touchet. The Vikings meet Prescott at home in Palouse Friday. Game time is 6 p.m. Colton 64, St. George’s 53 Colton began the 2018-19 season at home Nov. 30 against St. George’s of Spokane and s...

  • Timberwolves top Wilbur/Creston

    Dec 6, 2018

    Tekoa/Rosalia’s Timberwolves fought off a charge by Wilbur Creston Saturday on the home court to book a 79-75 win in an offensive show. The win left TR with a split over weekend after they lost to Riverside at Chattaroy 51-56 in the Friday round. Craig Mueller hit 28 in the win over the Wildcats and Garrett Naught hit 23. Other scores in the home win were Anthony Gehring 10, Noah Beach 8, Riley McLain 2, Mitchell Billings 6, and Keegan French 2. Billings topped TR at Riverside with 13. Also scoring for TR were Naught 9, Beach 2, McLain 8, M...

  • Adult exercise class will start Monday

    Dec 6, 2018

    “Move it or Lose It!” A free adult exercise class will come to the Colfax Library each Monday and Wednesday, from 10-11 a.m., courtesy of Whitman Hospital and Medical Center’s physical therapy department. Classes for adults 18 and older begin Monday, Dec. 10, with instructors Erin St. Pierre and Kasey Vitto, the newest members of the hospital’s therapy team. This program is designed to meet each participant at his or her individual fitness level.

  • Bush, 41

    Gordon Forgey, Publisher|Dec 6, 2018

    George H. W. Bush, our 41st president, died last week. He was 94. He had an illustrious career. Although from a patrician family, at 18 he volunteered for the military to become a pilot during World War II. Later he served in the House of Representatives, ambassador, chief of the Central Intelligence Agency and vice president under Ronald Reagan. Then, he was elected president. Wednesday was a National Day of Mourning for him. Since his death, he has been widely lauded for his diplomacy, civility and kindness as well as for his internal...

  • May They Live in Peace

    Dec 6, 2018

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