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Colfax High School students 'prank' retiring teacher

COLFAX – Colfax High School science teacher Kathryn Vogler was caught off guard by her students' prank on June 3. The seniors were not the only ones saying goodbye to Colfax High School. Vogler is...


Memorial Service for Douglas H. Thompson

Douglas H. Thompson passed away on April 9, 2021 in Pasco, Washington. A memorial service and burial will be held in Garfield, WA on Saturday, June 19, 2021 for friends and family. The service will begin at 12 pm at the Garfield Cemetery (Whitman... Full story


Shirley Galloway Memorial Service

Shirley (Carroll) Galloway passed away in April of 2020, while living at the VA Home in Walla Walla. She was born in Colfax to John and Geneva Carroll. Shirley spent her life serving and caring for others, starting work at the Colfax Hospital in her... Full story


Death Notice for Pete Schmick

Pete Schmick passed away peacefully at his home on May 25, 2021. He was born in Colfax, Wa in January of 1927 to Peter K and Katie Schmick. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Marilyn K, his two sons John Schmick and Greg Formanack, his younger... Full story


Library starts reading program for everyone

COLFAX - Whitman County Library's 2021 Summer Reading program is "Tails and Tales" and runs from June 14 to Aug. 31 for readers of all ages. The library system is offering five $25 gift certificates...



Elizabeth M Johnson was born May 21, 2021, to Nathan and Kim Johnson of Colfax. She weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Grandparents are Mark and Robyn Johnson, of Colfax, and Mike and Carol McPartland, of...

 By Karen Broeckel    People    June 10, 2021 

Dusty News

The Dick Appel children celebrated their mother Helen’s June 5th birthday. Those attending were Caroline and Rob Kunkel, Kae, Ellie and Luciene; Neil and Liz Appel, Josh, Noemi, Isaac, John Paul, Grace, Michael and Charlote; and Lisa and Travis...


Good Old Days

125 years ago The Commoner June 5, 1896 Tekoa is talking of organizing a fire department. Rosalia will have a harness and saddlery establishment in the near future. J.T. Lobaugh, ex-postmaster of Pullman, is going into the grocery business in that...



Granger L. Siebert was born on May 9, 2021, to Justin and Bethany Siebert, of LaCrosse. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Grandparents are Jeff Siebert, of LaCenter, Brenda and Jim Craun, of Gresham,...

 By Karen Broeckel    People    June 3, 2021

Dusty News

Denise Broeckel Kendall, Tacoma, spent Memorial weekend with her sister and brother-in-law, Doreen and Tom Riedner.  They also stopped in for a visit with their brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Angela Boeckel.  Kendall returned to her home...

 By Staff Report    People    June 3, 2021
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Pandemic art and COVID craft exhibit opens

UNIONTOWN – A collection of work from artists Richard Domey and Judith Marvin open for display at Artisans at the Dahmen Barn. It begins with a reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 6. The...

 By Staff Report    People    June 3, 2021

Three veterans receive Quilts of Valor

COLFAX - Three Quilts of Valor were presented on May 14 at Colfax United Methodist Church. Keith Zaring, 89, of LaCrosse, served in the Air Force from 1950-54 as a staff sergeant, stationed in...

 By Garth Meyer    People    June 3, 2021
The old awning Cougar Graphics has been removed and new paint applied.

Cougar Graphics get new owners, awning and mural

COLFAX – Rachelle and Earl Marshall have plans for their new Colfax businesses. They are the new owners of Cougar Graphics and plan to open a second business in the same building, Marshall...

 By Staff Report    People    June 3, 2021

'Second Saturdays' start June 12 in Palouse

PALOUSE — “Second Saturdays” runs in Palouse from May through October. The Palouse Chamber of Commerce hosts the all-ages events featuring outdoor vendors, live music, restaurant specials, and sidewalk sales. On June 12, the Palouse Arts...

 By Staff Report    People    June 3, 2021

Miss Palouse Empire Rodeo Queen's fundraiser

COLFAX – A breakfast of eggs, sausage, and pancakes is offered as Miss Palouse Empire Rodeo Queen’s fundraiser. The breakfast is served on June 12 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Palouse Empire Fair Grounds Community Building. There is limited...


Colfax names Top Dogs for April

COLFAX — Colfax High School’s “Top Dog” winners for April were announced. The Top Dog program began this year to honor students excelling in each department for effort, attitude, hard work, and helping others. Teachers in each department...


Ronald Olson Celebration of Life

The family of Ronald Olson invites you to a celebration of life on Saturday, May 29, at 11 a.m., at the Colfax Golf Course. Bring your best stories to share. Food will be provided.... Full story


Janet Camp Celebration of Life

Come join us for fellowship, a meal, and sharing memories. Ralston Grange Hall, June 5, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. RSVP [email protected] Full story

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Sam Mellor, Brent Conrad graduate from medical school

COLFAX - Two young men from Colfax finished medical school this month. Sam Mellor, a member of the Colfax High School class of 2010, graduated from University of Washington Medical School in Seattle...


New Tom Mohr show honors Druffel gazebo

COLFAX - A new show by Colfax photographer Tom Mohr pays tribute to "Mike's Gazebo," an installation on a farm near Johnson by the late Mike Druffel. Mohr's four 60 X 60 panels are on display in the...


American Legion donates flags

COLFAX - The Colfax American Legion Todd-French Post 41 donated 78 U.S. flags to the city to be displayed on Main Street lamp posts for Memorial Day weekend. Seventy flags are 3 x 5 feet and eight...


Births: May 27, 2021

Samaya Sajan was born on May 13, 2021, to Sajan K. Sadanandan and Sorya Thyagarajan, of Pullman. She weighed 6 pounds, 13.3 ounces. Grandparents are P.T. Sandanandan and P.K. Ponnamma, of Bhilap,...

 By Karen Broeckel    People    May 27, 2021

Dusty News

Recent weekend visitors at the Dick and Helen Appel home were there to give their Mother a special Mother’s Day gift.  The children and grandchildren weeded, trimmed and planted her flower beds.  Those helping were Barb and Bruce Wollstein of...


Good Old Days: May 27, 2021

125 years ago The Commoner May 22, 1896 Mrs. Julia E. McClung died near Palouse May 7 of quick consumption. Edward Powe and Winnifred Chapin were married Near Kamiak May 13. The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. McQueen of Farmington died Sunday May...


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