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 By Madysen McLain    News    July 18, 2019 

New doctor to serve county clinics, ER

Dr. Peter Edminster will take the place as a family practitioner and OB for Dr. Anthony Lundberg, who has practiced in St. John for 19 years. Dr. Lundberg plans to move to St. George, Utah, where he will join the Veterans’ Administration program....

 By Madysen McLain    News    July 18, 2019 

BOCC eyes support for airport runway

Whitman County commissioners discussed funds for the Moscow-Pullman Airport runway project and received an update from the facilities director during a workshop session Monday, July 15. Commissioner Art Swannack said he talked informally with Tony...

 News    July 18, 2019 

Runaway hay truck, trailer crashes in alley next to channel

A semi truck and trailer, which sustained brake failure while descending the Palouse Highway hill into Colfax early Monday morning, came to a halt in the west alley behind the Almota Elevator Co....

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 18, 2019 

Palouse on-call police pay dispute goes to committee

A matter of on-call pay for the Palouse Police department – which also covers Garfield – is in the hands of the city’s policy and procedures committee to study, after an extensive debate at the July 9 city council meeting. At issue is pay for...

 News    July 18, 2019 

Grant for $24 million said last for Pullman-Moscow runway project

Fifth District Congressional Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers announced July 8 the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport received a $24 million grant from the Department of Transportation to help construct a new runway. This grant secured the last...

 By Madysen McLain    News    July 18, 2019 

Clean water projects receive state funding

Washington State Department of Ecology announced Whitman County will receive about two million dollars in grants for clean water projects. Jessica Self, Palouse Conservation District grants and development manager, said the Whitman County...

 By Madysen McLain    News    July 18, 2019 

Keep pets, youngsters out of locked cars during summer

The National Weather Services advises to never leave a child or pet in a locked car during the summer because temperatures inside a car can increase to 140 degrees in a matter of minutes. According to the Animal Legal & Historical Center, a law...

 News    July 18, 2019 

Empty gas tank alters birth plan

A Colfax ambulance crew was dispatched at 12:07 p.m. July 9 by a report of a pending birth of a baby on the Airport Road at mile one west of Colfax. The crew learned upon arrival at the scene that the couple had run out of gas on the way to the...

 News    July 18, 2019 

Thornton Bridge close to done

Assistant County Engineer Dean Cornelison reported to county commissioners Monday only one guardrail remains to be put in for the new Thornton depot bridge. County workers will install the guardrail this week. “We're hoping to have the bridge open...

 By Madysen McLain    News    July 18, 2019 

St. John boutique: Gracie Miller will retire for sure this time around

Gracie Miller, owner of T.O.G. Boutique in St. John, will say farewell to her shop at the end of August as she moves on to retirement. The T.O.G. Boutique has provided St. John residents with...

 By Madysen McLain    News    July 18, 2019 

Junk site removed after 17-year county effort

Troy Henderson, Whitman County Public Health Director, reported a 17-year long solid waste issue was resolved at a Board of Health meeting Monday afternoon. Henderson said the first complaint about a...

 News    July 18, 2019 

Second quarter building registers four-year high

Whitman County Building Inspector Dan Gladwill delivered a second quarter 2019 building report to County Commissioners Monday, highlighting a jump in numbers from recent years. “A high average,” said Gladwill. “The last couple have been a...

 By Madysen McLain    News    July 18, 2019 

Colfax grad opens chiropractic office

Nicole Heilsberg, a member of the Colfax High School class of 2003 opened the doors of her chiropractic office in April for the first time after running her business out of her home since 2015. "It's...

 News    July 18, 2019 

Nominees sought for NASS annual award

Each year, the office of the Secretary of State calls for nominations for the "Corporations for Communities" award. Now in its 10th year, the award program recognizes for-profit businesses that give back to communities. “One of the highlights of...

 News    July 18, 2019 

Primary to feature new security system

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is reminding lawmakers of emerging cybersecurity threats in an open letter to legislators and county election officials. The state’s top election official underscored why modernizing technology this year is...

 News    July 18, 2019 

Bulletin Column: July 18, 2019

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...

 News    July 18, 2019 
Carl Osborne

Tribute paid Palouse soldier under park gate with his name

The ultimate sacrifice Lester Dean Hayton made for his country 101 years ago was detailed by Brad Pearce of Palouse on Sunday beneath the gateway entrance for Hayton-Greene Park in Palouse. Hayton...

 News    July 18, 2019 

Briefs: July 18, 2019

JURY CONVICTS OAKESDALE MAN A superior court jury July 9 convicted Thomas R. McBride of Oakesdale guilty of a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. The jury rendered a verdict after just 61 minutes of deliberation after...

 By Garth Meyer    News    July 11, 2019

Old Mill Days starts Friday

By Garth Meyer Gazette Reporter It starts in August with a first meeting two weeks after the previous year’s celebration. Then, in the fall, calls start coming in to Oakesdale school Superintendent Jake Dingman’s office asking when Old Mill Days...


Palouse ice cream social Sunday

The annual Palouse ice cream social will be Sunday, July 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at Hayton Greene Park. A benefit for the Palouse Community Center, the afternoon social includes a 1 p.m. memorial ceremony for Lester Dean Hayton, a Palouse resident...

 By Madysen McLain    News    July 11, 2019

County sends counter offer for district court

Whitman County Commissioner Art Swannack proposed a counter offer in letter form for the Pullman District Court location Wednesday. The letter was sent to the Pullman City Council and Mayor Glenn Johnson to review. The city of Pullman’s offer was...


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