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 By Teresa Simpson    News    May 12, 2022 

Sudznscissors owner reflects on first months

COLFAX- A local woman said her 6-month-old pet grooming business is taking off. Jennie Griffin, a Merritt, Mich.-native, opened Sudzniscissors in November at 107 Canyon St. Last week at her shop,...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    May 12, 2022 

'Yarn Bomb' to color Colfax

COLFAX —The Colfax Arts Council is planning a colorful assault on downtown July 23-24. The temporary “Yarn Bombing” street art event will feature knitted and crocheted squares covering downtown lightpoles, trees and more. The event is planned...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 12, 2022 

Farmington man held on firearms charges

FARMINGTON — A local man is being held on $5,000 bail or a $50,000 surety bond after being arrested last Friday. Michael Keller, 48, of Farmington, is facing probable charges of second-degree assault and 14 counts of unlawful possession of a...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 12, 2022 

Renovations near fruition

COLFAX – Renovations at the Whitman County Courthouse starting to come to fruition after about nine months of construction. Many upgrades and features have been added including a Americans with...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 12, 2022 

Man pleads in St. Ignatius vandalism case

COLFAX — A Spokane Valley man pleaded guilty and was sentenced for charges stemming from the burglary and vandalism of St. Ignatius Hospital. Louis Hibbs, 20, of Spokane Valley, entered his guilty plea in Whitman County Superior Court during a hear...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 12, 2022 

Job fair, community events set for Tekoa

TEKOA – A free community event hosted by the Tekoa Chamber of Commerce will take place Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14. Tekoa Chamber of Commmerce Vice President Melinda Wilkins said she is excited to open up to the community and host a number...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    May 12, 2022 

Blood drive on tap in Colfax

COLFAX — The Colfax branch library is hosting a blood drive from 1-4:30 p.m. May 18 at The Center, 104 S. Main. Appointment times are still available. Photo identification is required for walk-ins. Appointments are given priority and can be booked...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 5, 2022

Tapestry Women's Choir returns to local stage

COLFAX – After a multi-year hiatus, the local Tapestry Women’s Choir is back. The group performed Monday night, May 2, at United Methodist Church. The choir was directed by Liza Dailey and the choir performed 14 songs. “We were really happy...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    May 5, 2022

Main Street Books closing

COLFAX—Main Street books is closing down. Joan Claussen has donated many of her books to Anna Ogden Hall, a christian based home for ladies and kids in Spokane, and many large print books to Hill-Ray Plaza in Colfax. “Bruised books came in and...

 
 By Karen Broeckel    News    May 5, 2022

Dusty News

DUSTY — Easter dinner guests at the Dick and Helen Appel home were Bruce, Elaine, Charlie and Spencer Appel, Spokane; Eric, Shannon, Connor (Richland), Kyle and Abby (Pullman) and Sidney , Dusty; Caroline, Elly and Luciene Kunkel, Pullman; Neil,...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 5, 2022

Fentanyl 'epidemic' hits county

COLFAX – Fentanyl disguised as common pharmaceuticals are flooding Whitman County and leading to a rise in crime. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a drastic rise in the last year....

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    May 5, 2022

Colfax adopts Juneteenth

COLFAX — The city is establishing a new holiday — Juneteenth. During the Monday, May 2 City Council meeting, members discussed and approved establishing Juneteenth as a legal holiday in the city. The holiday is set for June 19. As a result, City...

 
 News    May 5, 2022

New pedestrian signs coming

COLFAX — The City Council on May 2 approved an ordinance for new pedestrian safety signs. With a budget of $45,000, there will be flashing pedestrian signs installed at Main Street, Island Street and in front of the courthouse. Each is expected to...

 
 News    May 5, 2022

City to improve Clay Street well

COLFAX — A Troy, Idaho, company was the low bidder to improve a summertime well. During it’s Monday, May 2 meeting, the City Council awarded a $322,417.33 not including tax contract to KME Specialties of Troy for improvement of the Clay Street...

 
 News    May 5, 2022

Washington Federal to close

COLFAX — The local branch of Washington Federal Bank is closing. Bank officials confirmed the branch at 102 N. Main St. will close its doors at 2 p.m. July 13. Local operations will be combined with the Pullman branch....

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    May 5, 2022

County accepts bid from Gazette, Daily News

COLFAX – The Whitman County Gazette and Moscow-Pullman Daily News will continue in a shared newspaper of record contract. On Monday, May 2, county commissioners accepted the legal printing bid submitted by Gazette Co-owner/Publisher Roger Harnack...

 
 By The Gazette    News    April 28, 2022

Kitten Shower benefits cat care

MOSCOW – The Kitten Shower is coming. The Humane Society of the Palouse is hosting its annual Kitten Shower supply drive from 1-4 p.m. May 15 at 1912 Center Great Room, 412 E. Third St. The event...

 
 By Teresa Simpson    News    April 28, 2022

Nature art being exhibited

UNIONTOWN - The Confluo Exhibit of nature art will be on display at Dahmen Barn from May 1-29. Four artists — Linda Hyatt Cancel of Colville, Beth Ann Rimmelspacher of Clarkston, Theresa Henson of C...

 
 By Olivia Harnack    News    April 28, 2022

Rosalia plans town-wide yard sale for May 7

ROSALIA – A town-wide yard sale is planned for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7 . Several families have volunteered to participate, officials said. Local residents Marcy Campbell and Tina Page are...

 
 By Roger Harnack    News    April 28, 2022

Inslee visits windfarm

RALSTON – A month after vetoing sections affirming local input into development of solar and wind farms, Gov. Jay Inslee tried last week to put a positive spin on his move. The governor spent part o...

 

Woman arrested after home raid

CLARKSTON — A Clarkston woman was arrested after the drug task force raided her home. Tiffany K. Brown, 35, of Clarkston, was booked into the Asotin County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin and hydrocodone with intent to...

 

Swerving car report ends safely

COLFAX – A 9-1-1 call reported a car swerving across the centerline and onto the shoulder of the Walla Walla Highway. A deputy found the car not too far from Colfax on April 18 and spoke with the driver, according to a Whitman County Sheriff’s...

 

Lost college student sent home

MALDEN – A man called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious vehicle and a man trespassing on his Belsby Road property April 19. The homeowner said the vehicle passed by his home on a private driveway. When he went to investigate, he found the vehicle...

 

May the Fourth be with you

COLFAX – Star wars is celebrated with May the Fourth Be With You at the Colfax library. Kids ages 8 and up are invited to The Center at the Colfax library on May 4 from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a star Wars-themed STEAM event “Create your own...

 

Transit rescinds mask mandate

PULLMAN — The local transit system was among the last in Eastern Washington to require masks to board a bus. But, the Pullman Transit no longer requires masks for employees and riders on buses and Dial-A-Ride vehicles. The change follows the...

 

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