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Bulletin Column: Nov. 15, 2018


November 15, 2018

HEAD-ON COLLISION ON N. MAIN Christopher J. Young, 45, Colfax, was transported to Whitman Hospital Nov. 7 from the scene of a head-on collision on Main Street, Assistant Police Chief Perry Tate said. Elias F. Ruonavaara, 60, Asotin, was driving a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder southbound on Main Street and fell asleep while entering Colfax at 12:26 p.m. The Pathfinder crossed the highway and struck a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado pickup being driven northbound by Young. The head-on collision was at the intersection of First and Main in front of Zip's Drive-in. Tate said a motorist who had been driving behind Ruonavaara noticed the Pathfinder begin to travel across the centerline as they were entering Colfax and attempted to rouse Ruonavaara by honking the horn in the vehicle she was driving.

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 updated.


Total precipitation for October at the NRCS recording station at Colfax was .78 inches, which is just more than half of the 1.52 inch average precipitation for the month. The low rainfall for October follows a scant .02 total for September, which has a 1.04 inch average total for the month.

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