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  • Pullman honors teacher

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    PULLMAN — The Pullman Board of Directors awarded the Dedicated Teacher Award for the year 2024 to Heather Strader during their Wednesday, May 8, meeting. Franklin Elementary Principal, Stephanie Bray nominated Strader who is currently a second grade teacher at the school. “When I first started at Franklin, she was Kindergarten and she moved to second grade,” Bray said during the meeting. Bray read some of the letter for her recommendation stating that Strader is pivotal at Franklin, and is not only a member of the district but on several teams...

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spark wildfire

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    COLTON — On Monday, May 13, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ranger’s failed attempt to safely discard hot coals sparked a small wildfire on the Snake River bank. Whitman County Fire District 14 Volunteer Firefighters from Colton and Uniontown were called to a small blaze between Wawawai Landing and Granite Point. Volunteers quickly extinguished the fire that burned brush along the waterline. District 14 officials say the rangers called in the fire. Reports say the federal workers were cleaning out the fire pits along the river when they acc...

  • Albion women sentenced for drug dealing

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    ALBION — A 51-year-old local was sentenced to 20 months in prison for drug dealing on Friday, May 17. Lameece Dillsi, of Albion, pleaded guilty to three felony charges related to narcotics distribution and received the maximum allowable sentence under standard sentencing guidelines. The charges against Dillsi stemmed from an incident in October, during which Whitman County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant at her residence as part of an ongoing investigation. The search revealed a substantial quantity of illegal substances, inc...

  • Alleged drunk driver crashes on US 195

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    PULLMAN — A 32-year-old Pullman woman is facing charges after allegedly driving drunk on U.S. Highway 195, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15. According to the Washington State Patrol (WSP), Chelsea Davis, 32, of Pullman, was driving a SUV southbound, north of Pullman, when her vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic, resulting in a head-on collision with a sedan. The sedan’s driver, Katrina Siddons, 44, of Potlatch, sustained injuries and was transported to Pullman Regional Hospital. Davis was also injured and taken to Pullman Regional Hospital. Acc...

  • Woman dies in crash

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    PULLMAN — A 45-year-old woman died in a crash involving a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 95 in Southern Benewah County on Tuesday, May 14. Idaho State Police (ISP) reports the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m., south of De Smet, Idaho. Destiny Martin, 45, of Pullman, was driving an SUV and had a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer driven by an Ohio man. The 31-year-old semi-driver suffered critical injuries and was flown to a local hospital. Reports say Martin died at the scene. The crash closed the highway between Potlatch and Tensed for a...

  • Haunted Palouse might make a comeback

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    PALOUSE — The Halloween event that brings hundreds of people to town may return this fall after being post-poned last September. Haunted Palouse will meet periodically this summer to discuss the upcoming fright fest in five months. The non-profit organization will also be under new leadership this year, as Will Perry of Palouse has assumed the newly created director role. Haunted Palouse will see new changes this year due to last year’s postponement. Volunteers from Whitman County gathered in Palouse’s Community Center on East Main Stree...

  • Crime Corner: Oregon man fakes drowning in Snake River

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    COLTON - On the evening of September 13, 1998, Wawawai Landing was disrupted by a distress call that would unravel a web of intrigue and deception. Whitman County Sheriff's Deputy Douglas W. Hurlburt responded to a report of a potential drowning at approximately 9:10 p.m. Reports say that he observed a man, Joseph S. Tanner, 26, of Lewiston, in an upset state. Tanner reportedly relayed a troubling narrative to the deputy as he described a boating excursion with his friend, Gwydyn Stryder...

  • Tekoa fills empty city council seat

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    TEKOA — The open city council seat for position five closed on Monday, May 20, after a local woman was appointed. Shelly Ausmus, of Tekoa, was appointed after submitting an application and answering three questions for the board. The seat was opened after B.J. Sperber submitted his letter of resignation for unspecified reasons. Ausmus was voted 4-2 against Brad Chandler of Tekoa. She previously applied and ran against Roy Shulz for the mayoral election, but lost. One other candidate, Stephanie Apple-Clark of Dusty, also applied but received zer...

  • 4 year-old struck by truck, in recovery

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    GARFIELD - A GoFundMe webpage has been set up to raise money to help the family of the four-year-old boy who was hit by a vehicle in Garfield on Saturday, May 11. Avery Eldridge, 4, of Garfield, was reportedly riding his bike on the sidewalk when he was hit by a neighbor who was attempting to back out of his driveway. Eldridge sustained severe, however not life-threatening, injuries, according to the Whitman County Sheriff's Office. Reports say the rear tire of the truck ran over Eldridge's...

  • Shooting halts Lilac Festival parade

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 23, 2024

    TEKOA - The Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade procession was halted when a shooting broke out in a convenience store along the parade route on Saturday, May 18. Reports say the shooting occurred at 9 p.m. over ice cream near Washington Street and Sprague Avenue. The shooting resulted in the hospitalization of two individuals. Police arrested Charles H. Michael, 32, on suspicion of first-degree assault after he received treatment at a local hospital for a head wound due to the...

  • Memorial Day events around the county

    Teresa Simpson, Gazette Reporter|May 23, 2024

    COLFAX — Cemeteries across the county will fly the flag in remembrance of service men and women who gave their lives for their country. The annual Colfax event will be held at 10 a.m. at the cemetery, 804 State Route 272. Resident funeral director and longtime volunteer Craig Corbeill said they the call the program put on by the FFA students the Flag Program. Corbeill said that the program has happened for over 20 years, and that this year’s program will start with a service led by Pastor Bob Engles with singing provided by Craig and Kri...

  • Kohberger alibi "too broad,"

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    MOSCOW, Idaho — The man charged with murdering four University of Idaho students in 2022 has had his alibi called into question after being described as “too broad” by prosecution. Bryan Kohberger, 29, faces four charges of first-degree murder and the single count of burglary relating to the deaths of four University of Idaho students, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, that occurred on November 13, 2022. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf in May 2023. Prosecution is seeking the death penalty. Despi...

  • Eagles to host benefit

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX - A local family seeking justice for the death of their mother, Shannon Kambitsch, 58, of Deer Park, will go to trial after two and a half years of six continuances in the homicide case in Spokane County. A new readiness trial date is set for Tuesday, May 28, and the trial date is set for June 17. Shannon Kambitsch's son James Campbell and his wife Angela Campbell have been raising funds to pay for court costs, and are holding a benefit from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 18, at...

  • 4-year-old life flighted after hit by vehicle

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    GARFIELD — A four-year-old child was transported via Life Flight after sustaining serious injuries following a hit from a neighbor's vehicle. Reports say Whitman County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched at approximately 8:25 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, to an injury accident on Union Street involving a four-year-old. Reports say deputies determined a homeowner was attempting to back their vehicle into their driveway from Union Street, and a 4-year-old child, who lived next door, was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk near the driveway e...

  • Aurora brings community together for light show

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX - A rare occurrence brought residents of Whitman County and Eastern Washington out on Friday, May 10, to stare up in wonder as the Aurora Borealis filled the night sky with vibrant radiating colors. The show of nature had been reported earlier Friday, as The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement relaying updates the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center to alert of an ongoing geomagnetic storm. Spokane National Weather...

  • Schmick faces contenders in election

    Olivia Harnack, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    COLFAX — Election filings for 2024 have ended, and many new candidates filed from Monday, May 6, to Friday, May 10. This year, two notable filings oppose local State Representative Joe Schmick, who has run unopposed for the last six years for the ninth district. Two Democrats filed on Friday, May 10. Arianna Arends and Pam Kohlmeier, both of Spokane, will challenge Schmick in the primary. The top two vote-getters from the August primary will advance to the November general election. “I welcome the opportunity to engage with fellow can...

  • Oakesdale seeks support for J.C. Barron Mill

    Justin Slayton, Whitman County Gazette|May 16, 2024

    OAKESDALE –– On Monday, May 13, residents gathered at the Oakesdale Fire Department for an evening meeting discussing the future of the iconic J.C. Barron Flour Mill, commonly called the "Old Mill". The meeting was held in conjunction with the Town of Oakesdale, the Innovia Foundation and the Port of Whitman County. Constructed in 1908, the flour mill is the last of its 18 counterparts still standing in Whitman County. Since it was put up for sale in 2022 by previous owner MaryJane Butters, the...

  • Auditor seeks committee members

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    COLFAX —Whitman County Auditor Sandy Jamison is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write “against” committee statements for the August 6, 2024, Primary Election Local Voter’s Pamphlet. According to a press release from the Auditor’s Office, two district’s did not appoint an “against” committee to prepare a statement for the local voters’ pamphlet. RCW 29A.32.280 states that the auditor has to seek out and appoint up to three members to form the committee. The auditor is appointing committee members to write an “agai...

  • Downtown Association hosts Meet and Mingle

    Justin Slayton, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    COLFAX –– On Wednesday, April 29, Colfax locals gathered at 203 N. Main Street for the annual Meet and Mingle event hosted by the Colfax Downtown Association. During the event, Colfax Downtown Association Director Whitney Bond discussed developments in several projects, upcoming events and programs for locals, as well as filling of several open seats on the association’s board. The meeting began with an introduction to the current board, followed up with several motions to fill vacant positions. A motion was started to elect Colfax School Distr...

  • "Train Dreams" filming begins in Tekoa

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    TEKOA — Tekoa is the set for a ride through history as filming for a movie titled “Train Dreams,” was underway as of Wednesday, May 8. The film is an adaptation of Denis Johnson’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated novella about a man named Robert Grainer, who worked a day laborer in the American west at the beginning of the 20th century. The set will use two locations in Tekoa that has been completely renovated to look like the time period of the American West, including The Empire Theater and a block of Henkle Street. Tekoa Clerk Treasurer Eliza V...

  • Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport terminal opening

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 9, 2024

    PULLMAN - The new 50,000 square-foot Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport terminal will be open for business on Wednesday, May 22. The terminal project cost approximately $90 million, with $75 million from the federal government, including coronavirus relief funds. Pullman Mayor and Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport Board Chair Francis A. Benjamin said that the project as a whole was approximately $250 million. The $92 million terminal took two years to construct, featuring three gates in all....

  • Martonick announced candidacy

    Whitman County Gazette|May 2, 2024

    COLFAX — Long-time Whitman County Defense Attorney, Steve Martonick announced his candidacy for Superior Court Judge on Tuesday, April 30. Martonick has been a defense attorney for more than 20 years, and has represented thousands of adults and juveniles in criminal defense, personal injury and administrative law cases. In addition to his career as a defense attorney, Martonick has contributed to the legal profession by serving as a instructor at the University of Idaho law school sharing legal expertise with aspiring attorneys. Martonick h...

  • Drug task force seizes fentanyl

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 2, 2024

    CLARKSTON — A search warrant led to the arrest of a Clarkston man Thursday, April 25. Detectives from the Quad Cities Drug Task Force, with assistance from the Lewiston Police Department and the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office, executed a narcotics related search warrant at a residence located in the 1400 block of Pound Lane in Clarkston. Richard Almeida, 62, of Clarkston, was arrested by detectives after the search warrant led them to locating 700 fentanyl pills and 1.5 ounces of packaged fentanyl powder. According to a Facebook post by Whi...

  • Yakima man sentenced

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 2, 2024

    COLFAX — A Yakima man arrested for leading deputies on a car chase in a stolen vehicle pled guilty in Superior Court, Friday, April 26. Christopher Lee Cornelius, 33, of Yakima, went before Superior Court Judge Gary Libey on Friday, April 26, and was sentenced to a year in prison for felony eluding and unlawful possession of a firearm. Cornelius was booked into the Whitman County Jail on Friday, April 13, for eluding deputies in a stolen vehicle. According to reports, deputies from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office identified a stolen veh...

  • Locals speak on turbines at Commissioner's workshop

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|May 2, 2024

    COLFAX -Members of the public gathered for two workshops Whitman County Commissioners held presenting the process, code, and laws surrounding the possible development of a proposed wind turbine farm near Kamiak Butte. Workshop presentations County Planner Alan Thompson spoke at the morning meeting addressing the process that the planning department goes through with applicants. During the afternoon session Public Works Director Mark Storey was there to explain in his place. Thompson clarified...

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