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  • Humanity shines as Gray Fire hit Medical Lake area

    Drew Lawson|Aug 24, 2023

    On Friday afternoon, Aug. 18, our spirits were high. I’d just finished work for the day and was planning to grill some brats and cook baked beans for an enjoyable barbecue dinner. Summer weekends were running out, and we wanted to make them count. Little did we know, that naive plan was about to go out the window. After resurfacing from my home office on the north side of Medical Lake, I noticed a massive plume of smoke to the south. I instantly knew it was a wildfire, and my first instinct was...

  • A Summer Well-Spent

    Reid Thompson, Gazette Reporter|Aug 25, 2022

    They say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, but in my book, the city of Colfax has been an exception to that rule. My first impression of the city was formed over a decade ago on a snowy Saturday spent at the Colfax High School Gymnasium. On that fateful morning, my elementary basketball team tipped off against the Bulldogs, expecting an easy win to add to our undefeated record. In the months leading up to that weekend, the dominating performance of the 2011-12...