Gazette hires new ad, marketing specialist
Tekoa’s Smoke to assist businesses with advertising
April 14, 2022
Olivia Harnack | Whitman County Gazette
Chelsea Smoke, 26, of Tekoa, began her first day Monday, April 11. She replaces Sarah Stephens, who accepted a job in Spokane.
The new career is a good fit for Smoke, who says she enjoys working with people.
"I am really looking forward to meeting people," she said. "The people in Colfax have already been so kind and welcoming."
"Chelsea will be a great addition to our Colfax team," Publisher/Co-owner Roger Harnack said. "The fact Chelsea is a county resident is a bonus."
Smoke grew up in Milford, Dela.
She moved to Germany with her husband, Curtis Smoke, who was serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Airway Heights, Curtis Smoke
retired from active duty three years ago, and the couple began looking for a home.
The couple has two dogs, Ajax and Nani, and like the quiet and peaceful town of Tekoa, Chelsea Smoke said
"Tekoa is really nice," Chelsea said.
Chelsea has been a fan of the print media world and was in awe when first touring Free Press Publishing's printing press in Cheney.
"I like to see the big printing presses. The printing press was so cool to see," she said, noting it sold her on the job in Colfax.
"The paper in Colfax is really old, which is also really interesting to me."
The Gazette is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the state, having printed its first edition in 1877, when the county was still part of the Washington Territory.
In her free time, Chelsea enjoys exploring her artistic side.
"I paint a lot and make new outfits out of re-purposed clothing I find at thrift stores," she said.
"I really enjoy pottery, too," she noted.