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$5.7 million from BUILD: PCC Railroad gets grant for bridge, track upgrades

Palouse River & Coulee City Railroad has received a $5.7 million Federal Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grant. Three of PCC rail’s branch lines will be improved to allow them...

 
 By Garth Meyer    News    December 27, 2018

Commissioners approve $2 Public Works pay hike

Whitman County Commissioners approved a resolution Dec. 17 to add $2 per hour in wages for all Public Works employees, union and non-union, following a presentation Nov. 19 by Jeff Stehr, District 1 superintendent, asking for a pay increase to help...

 
Dan Helt

Dan Helt brings storybook light displays to Endicott

Year after year, Endicott has a fantastic Christmas lights display at one house in particular. Camels are making their way down a hill to a nativity; carolers are singing outside a lit church;...

 
Rosalia Garden Club members

Dates back to 1935: Rosalia Garden Club keeps cheer baskets tradition going

Rosalia Garden Club members gathered at the Rosalia Methodist Church basement to assemble 50 cheer baskets. They were intended for people who recently experienced a death in the family, illness or an...

 

Student art from five schools set for show at The Center

The Rural Alliance Art Show will return to the Libey Gallery at The Center January 5 through 11, during Colfax library's regular open hours. This exhibit showcases the paintings, drawings, pottery, collages and sculptures created by 60 middle and...

 
Gary and Trudy Libey

Honors, awards granted at The Center

A crowd turned out Dec. 19 for the Art Among the Trees event at The Center next to the library. Gary and Trudy Libey pulled down the cover over the plaque honoring Don and Bettie Steiger and family an...

 

Hospital CEO will talk at Pullman CC

Pullman Regional Hospital CEO Scott Adams will be the speaker during the Pullman Chamber of Commerce January general membership luncheon at noon Jan. 8 at Banyan’s on the Ridge in the Pavilion. Lunch will be catered by Banyan’s, and the cost is...

 

Pullman warming shelter seeks more volunteers

Family Promise of the Palouse is looking for volunteers to help at the warming shelter in Pullman through January 31, 2019. The warming shelter this year is in the basement of the new Pullman City...

 

Board targets January call for bids

Colfax school district board approved a list of new staff and volunteers Dec. 21 and received a construction update from District Supt. Jerry Pugh. The board convened in a rare morning session due to Christmas break and basketball games the night...

 
Bryan Rubin

Bulldogs fight off Mules, bow to Eagles

Colfax boys booked a split in pre-holiday action with a strong fourth quarter against Wahkiakum on the home court last Thursday and a loss on the road to Lakeside at Nine Mile Friday night. The loss...

 
Hannah Baerlocher

Colfax soars past Eagles after loss to Mules

Colfax girls last week booked a 1-1 for their last two hoop games prior to the Christmas break. The Bulldogs were crunched by a strong Wahkiakum Thursday 73-46, but they turned around and downed the...

 

1B boys basketball: Vikings beat Colton again

The Garfield/Palouse boys blew out Colton for the second time in just over a week, Dec. 22, this time in the consolation round of the Wildcats’ Christmas tournament. Ely Hawkins scored 16 points and 10 rebounds while Tanner Anderson added 13...

 

Bulldogs place 6th at Central Valley

Colfax wrestlers placed sixth out of 18 teams Friday at the Tri-County tournament at Central Valley. Nolan Burrill at 120 and Augie Allenbach at 220 placed second after advancing all the way to the title round. Colby Slate placed sixth in the 138...

 

Colton edges Wahkiakum to extend winning streak

The final of the Colton Christmas tournament was a present. The No. 1-ranked RPI girls team in Washington from 1B met the No. 1 for 2B and it came down to the last possession. Colton (8-0, 3-0) won 56-54 over Wahkiakum (9-1, 1-0) after the Mules...

 

Reed named MVP for 1B

Logan Reed of Oakesdale has been named as the Most Valuable Player for the 1B state volleyball tournament in Yakima. Reed led Oakesdale to their fourth consecutive title. LouEllen Reed and Brooklyn Henley of Oakesdale were also named to the first...

 

TR adds two wins

Tekoa/Rosalia boys added two strong wins last week before the Christmas break. The Timberwolves powered past SJEL 72-42 in a non-leaguer Dec. 19 and rolled over Valley Christian in another non-leaguer Dec. 20 on the Tekoa court to advance the record...

 

Bluewood starts skiing season

Bluewood ski resort east of Dayton opened for the skiing season over the Christmas season and will be open daily through Tuesday, Jan.1. They will then operate on their standard schedule, Wednesday through Sunday and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day,...

 
Colfax High School jazz band

Bulletin Column: Dec. 27, 2018

These reports are from the previous four issues of the Daily Bulletin in Colfax. They are reprinted here for the benefit of Gazette readers who reside outside of Colfax. Some accounts have been...

 

One Thing

In the 1991 movie “City Slickers”, the old cowboy Curly tells the protagonist the secret to life is “one thing.” “Just that one thing. You stick to that and everything else don't mean sh**,” he says. What that one thing is is up to him...

 

Lame-Duck Mucking

OK, I get it. After an election, when the incumbent is about to be transformed into the former, we need a transition period. All in all, it's a good idea. It allows for a smooth changeover. Yada, yada, yada. But like all bright ideas, this one is...

 

Does Trump Care That He's President?

The office of the presidency is known for wearing down the mere mortals who hold it. At the very least, it prematurely ages its occupants. Often, it humiliates them, forcing them to rehabilitate their reputations later (George H.W. Bush and Jimmy...

 

Get Over the Wall

Our President is crude, crass, undiplomatic and rude. I agree with many of the things he has done, but I have real issues with the way he does them. I think his America First policy is spot on. We have allowed other countries to walk on us too long....

 

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