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Susan Lynn Westacott

Susan Lynn Westacott, 56, formerly of Potlatch, Idaho, died Sunday, April 25, 2021, from ovarian cancer at the Hospice of North Idaho Schneidmiller House in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Susan was born...

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Eileen M. Brayton

The Good Lord waived Eileen M. Brayton around 3rd base, May 9, 2021, and brought her home. Born January 31, 1928, to Clara and Ray Lyman in Kirkland, Washington, Eileen passed away, like a whisper at...

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Robert M. Lemon

Robert "Bob" M. Lemon, 79, a resident of Colfax, Wash., went to be with his bride on Monday, May 3, 2021, at his home in Colfax. Bob finished his race with his family by his side and passed on his...

 By Staff Report    People    May 13, 2021 

Births: May 13, 2021

Jaxson L. V. Enfield was born April 26, 2021, to Paola Esqueda and Jonathan Enfield, of Moscow, Idaho. He was 6 pounds, 13 ounces. William R. Steiner was born April 29, 2021, to Ashley and Aaron Steiner, of Palouse. He was 6 pounds, 13 ounces....

 By Staff Report    People    May 13, 2021 
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Whitman County students make Eastern Washington University's Dean's List

CHENEY — The 2021 Dean's List for Winter, at Eastern Washington University (EWU), was released recently. Students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher and are taking a minimum of 12 hours of instruction per...

 By Staff Report    People    May 13, 2021 
Writers can gain advice and tips at the Writers Festival in Moscow, Idaho.

Writers Festival, Books and Brews set for June 26

MOSCOW — The Palouse Writers Guild announced it is hosting its second annual Writers Festival on June 26 at the 1912 Center in Moscow, Idaho. The event includes workshops, panel discussions, and...


Land transactions

Donald and Carolyn Anderson, of Oakesdale, sold 206 Pearl Street ion Oakesdale to William V. Anderson, of Hauser Lake, Idaho, parcels 1-0645-00-23-08-0000, 1-0645-00-23-07-0000, selling price $0, quit claim deed, April 26 Bailey Short, of Pullman,...


Sheriff's office

Monday, May 3 6:28 a.m. – Albion Road, Pullman – There was a non-injury crash. (No reports for seven hours) 1:43 p.m. – Little Goose Dam Road, LaCrosse – A deputy responded to a civil court matter. 3:57 p.m. – McGrady Road, Colfax ...

 People    May 13, 2021 

Good Old Days: 100 years ago

The first National Hospital Day ever observed in America, May 12, brought hundreds of visitors to St. Ignatius hospital in this city, where visitors were received from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors were...

 By Staff Report    News    May 13, 2021 

Candidate filing period starts May 17

COLFAX — The online filing period for political candidates begins May 17 for Whitman County. Applications to run for office are due by 4 p.m. on May 21 to be on the ballot for the November election, according to the Whitman County Auditor’s...

 News    May 13, 2021 

Idaho man enters plea for trying to flee from the Garfield marshal

COLFAX – A man accused of fleeing the Garfield town marshal pled not guilty on May 7 to the charge of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. Taylor Shell, 27, of Moscow, Idaho, was charged...

 News    May 13, 2021 

News Briefs

Libraries to partially close Friday for training COLFAX — Each of the 14 branches of the Whitman County Library closes Friday morning for staff training. Some branches open again Friday afternoon. Book returns and free public Wi-Fi will be...

 By Bill Stevenson    Sports    May 13, 2021 

Vikings earn post-season spot, lose playoff game

WALLA WALLA — Garfield-Palouse softball Coach Rochelle Pedersen is sporting an unusual look – a notched eyebrow to show the Vikings won a post-season game. She told the team she would notch her eyebrows for every post-season win. It was...

 By Bill Stevenson    Sports    May 13, 2021 

Garfield-Palouse drop final games of season

COLTON — The last doubleheader of the season for Garfield-Palouse left the Vikings tied for fourth place with the Pomeroy Pirates heading into the post-season. The Viking went to Colton on May 1...

 By Roger Harnack    News    May 13, 2021 
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Crew continues repairing Rosalia Trestle

ROSALIA — Work continues on the Rosalia Trestle with the application of shotcrete to shore up damaged concrete. The work is being completed by Bend, Ore.-based Rock Supremacy, said Washington State...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    May 13, 2021 

Colton takes league title in two shutouts

COLTON — The day after Colton swept the four-team league softball playoffs to finish 11-0, Wildcats Coach Brad Nilson woke up past 3 a.m. “All dressed up and nowhere to go,” he said he was...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    May 13, 2021 
Kennedy Cook set a new school record for the 400-meter run.

Cook siblings shine for Garfield-Palouse track

RITZVILLE - Kennedy and Ethan Cook led Garfield-Palouse to second and sixth place team finishes at the May 7 district meet. For the Vikings, Ethan Cook won the 400 meters and finished second in the...

 By Karen Broeckel    People    May 6, 2021

Dusty News

April 19, six members of the Colfax High School ASB Leadership, along with Heidi Lowe, came out to the home of Tom and Doreen Riedner. They had lunch and then assembled 1,000 soup bags for Homestead Ministries. These students made Colfax High School...

 By Staff Report    Calendar    May 6, 2021

Senior Menus: May 6, 2021

Colfax Monday, May 10 Pork chops with apple sauce, butternut squash, fruit salad, vegetable tray, dessert Thursday, May 13 Pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, vegetable tray, fruit, rice pudding Endicott Tuesday, May 11 Fried chicken, potatoes and...

 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion    May 6, 2021

COVID politics punishes Whitman County

Whitman County was placed in Phase 2 restrictions three weeks ago and we waited for a return to Phase 3, but now that isn’t going to happen. Gov. Jay Inslee chickened out. Facing a massive rollback to Phase 2 for Western Washington, meaning...

 By Staff Report    Records    May 6, 2021

Colfax police

Monday, April 26 11:26 a.m. – West Street – An officer conducted a welfare check. 12:22 p.m. – Mill Street – An officer found someone’s property. 2:49 p.m. 3:11 p.m. – Thorn Street – An officer responded to a report of a stray dog....

 By Staff Report    Records    May 6, 2021

Sheriff's office

Monday, April 26 8:55 a.m. – Carothers Road, Pullman – A suspicious vehicle was in the area. 9:33 a.m. – Main Street, Colfax – A stray dog was running loose. 10:17 a.m. – C Street, Endicott – A deputy responded to a complaint of harassmen...

 By Garth Meyer    News    May 6, 2021

Fiber optic internet to reach new areas of Whitman County

COLFAX - A Port of Whitman collaboration to bring fiber internet to new areas in Whitman County is expected to finish this summer in Rosalia, Tekoa, Oakesdale, Garfield and Palouse. Target date for...

 By Garth Meyer    Sports    May 6, 2021

Colton softball breezes unbeaten to playoffs

COLTON - The Colton Wildcats swept the Garfield-Palouse Vikings on May 1 to go to 14-0 on the abbreviated season. They now turn to the playoffs. Colton is set to play at Pioneer Park in Walla Walla...

 By Staff report    Sports    May 6, 2021

Nighthawks and Vikings track on to championships

POMEROY - Oakesdale Nighthawks and Garfield-Palouse Vikings took more wins at a twilight meet in Pomeroy leading to the two-league Southeast 1B-Northeast 1B joint track meet. On April 30, against...


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