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  • Out of this World

    Teresa Simpson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Apr 18, 2024

    ROSALIA - Donning special eclipse-viewing glasses, Rosalia Elementary School fifth-graders took the opportunity Monday, April 8 to see the solar spectacle through dense glasses. Their "eclipse party" was the culmination of a morning of fun, educational activities. Fifth-grade teacher Robyn Fjelseth spent the week before Spring Break teaching her pupils all about eclipses and having them prepare an educational event with other elementary students. Fjelseth fifth-graders made...

  • Keeney recognized for 40 years in LaCrosse

    Teresa Simpson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    LaCROSSE - Public Works Supervisor Don Keeney has been on the job for 40 years. On Thursday, March 14, the Town Council recognized him for his years of service and commitment to LaCrosse. “It’s something you have to like to do, or you wouldn’t stick with it,” Keeney said, of being supervisor. “You have to love the work.” Town Clerk and Treasurer Angela Broeckel said Keeney started working March 12, 1984. Keeney said he wouldn’t have stayed so long if it weren’t for the fact that LaCrosse is his hometown. He grew up and gra...

  • Hospital board continues birthing services

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    COLFAX — Whitman Hospital and Medical will continue to offer obstetrics services while working with the state to meet abortion requirements. In the public Whitman County Hospital District Commission meeting last night, Wednesday March 20, four commissioners voted to continue obstetric services. Commissioner Kathy Wride abstained from the vote. The meeting took place in the administrative annex at the hospital. Only about 10 people were allowed; many of those seats were occupied by hospital employees, forcing the public o...

  • Tekoa students directed to shelter-in-place

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    TEKOA — The School District directed students to shelter-in-place this morning, Wednesday, March 20, with all students required to remain inside buildings. A notice went out to parents that campus closure was underway, but details were not immediately released. "As of 9:00 am this morning we have placed the district in a secure situation," the notice said. "Which means that we are staying inside the building due to precautionary measures. There is no threat at this time. "Please be aware when you come to the school that we ar...

  • Malden celebrates new building

    Teresa Simpson, Gazette Reporter|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    MALDEN - A packed crowd filled the new town Fire Station on Thursday, Feb. 15, to cut a ribbon commemorating completion of the new building. Community members, supporters and officials were present to celebrate the construction of the new Town Hall, which houses the Fire Station, post office and clerk's office. Those and other town structures were lost in the Babb Road Fire on Sept. 7, 2020. Mayor Dan Harwood said the building was funded by the Federal Emergency Management...

  • Rock Lake restocked with trout

    Teresa Simpson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 12, 2023

    EWAN — Rock Lake will receive 27,000 rainbow trout this fall, courtesy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Spokeswoman Staci Lehman said the rainbow trout come from Lyons Ferry Fish Hatchery and cost approximately 4 to 5 cents per stocked fry, or fingerling. Catchable-size fish cost about $1.75 each. “The larger the fish, the more it costs,” she said, noting they require a longer stay at the hatchery to grow bigger, which requires resources such as food, electricity, and more. “Rock Lake is the only lake being s...

  • Malden city revival celebration considered a success

    Teresa Simpson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Sep 21, 2023

    MALDEN - Between 60-70 people attended the second Malden and Pine City Revival on Saturday, Sept. 16. Event organizer and The Pine Creek Community Restoration Long-Term Recovery Organization spokeswoman Chandelle Frick said the event was catered by Rattling The Pans BBQ of Rosalia. It commemorates the revival of both the towns of Malden and Pine City, much of which were destroyed in the Babb Road Fire on Sept. 7, 2020. "Any additional funding goes back to the Fire...

  • Rebel Flat Creek train trestle destroyed

    Teresa Simpson, Free Press Publishing|Updated Aug 25, 2023

    WINONA - The Winona Fire, which burned 2,535 acres over the weekend, completely destroyed the Rebel Flat Creek railroad trestle. The fire broke out Friday and destroyed the trestle as it raced through dry grass and sage down a slope to the creek and railroad tracks. After the fire had passed, only rails remained in the span over the creek. State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Janet Matkin said Tuesday, Aug. 22, the wooden trestle bridge was about 200 feet long and...

  • Fire damages Palouse airport

    Teresa Simpson, Free Press Publishing|Updated Aug 25, 2023

    PALOUSE — An airstrip on Grinnell Road north of town caught fire the night of Wednesday, Aug. 16, damaging a large hangar building. Local volunteer firefighters out were paged at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Palouse Fire Chief Wil Edwards said. Volunteer firefighters responded from Garfield, Albion, Colfax, Endicott and Farmington, he said. Palouse firefighters were cleared around 11:30 p.m. “So, we were out there around 3 hours,” Edwards said, adding that no one was injured in the fire. Garfield Fire Chief Chris McCully was on sc...

  • New hair salon opens in Rosalia

    Teresa Simpson, Gazette Reporter|Updated Aug 25, 2023

    ROSALIA - A Salon and Barber is open in Rosalia right across from the Welcome to Rosalia town sign on 317 North Whitman Avenue. Owner Lisa Hill, 56, Spokane, has been a hairdresser for 38 years. She explained that she feels there's a need for a salon in Rosalia, and many community members had approached her saying they were tired of driving so far to get a haircut, "and just how expensive gas was," she said. Hill's husband, a Rosalia native since he was a high school junior,...

  • Rosalia Battle Days

    Teresa Simpson, Gazette Reporter|Updated Jun 1, 2023

    ROSALIA — Rosalia will host their annual Battle Days from Friday, June 2, through Saturday, June 3. Events kick off on Friday at 5 p.m. with a family night at Rosalia Park featuring music by “Just Plain Darin,” with hot dogs and beverages available. Battle Days Secretary Lori Furman stated that this is the first year they’ve added the Family Fun Night, and the city pool is open for the entire weekend. Rosalia Pool Manager Piper Dickenson shared that the pool will have several games they’re sponsoring Friday and Saturday eveni...

  • Malden water line project underway

    Teresa Simpson, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 25, 2023

    MALDEN - Main Street is reopen after the town's water project main lines were installed. Mayor Dan Harwood explained the work. "We are expanding our fire hydrant number around the town," he said, adding crews also are installing an additional water main. Harwood noted that the mainline on Main Street and Broadway would connect to the city's new well. Harwood stated that the Department of Commerce Public Works Board is funding the project. "It's sorely needed," he said of the...

  • Rosalia reader board in the works

    Teresa Simpson, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 12, 2023

    ROSALIA - The Rosalia Lions Club and SignCorp, of Spokane have set up a new electronic reader board for the community. Lions Club member Mary Widman said they hope connections for the electrical connections will happen next week. The Lions Club came up with the idea to pursue funding for an electronic reader board in the early 2000s, Widman said. There wasn't adequate funding, so they dismissed the idea. After Babb Road Fire raced across Whitman County on Sept. 7, 2020, Widman...

  • Empty gas tank leads to arrest

    Teresa Simpson|Updated Mar 2, 2023

    COLFAX—Two suspects were arrested for eluding and theft after running out of gas in an attempt to avoid being taken into custody. The two suspects, Corey Ness, 41, and Tamia Kimball, 55, both of Spokane, were taken into custody the evening of Monday, Feb. 20, for retail theft in the 2nd degree. According to a Whitman County Sheriff’s Office press release from Tuesday, Feb. 21, Monday evening deputies were advised of a theft in progress at Walmart in Pullman. The Pullman Police Department located the suspect vehicle, and att...

  • Largent leads Mahnkey in Whitman County

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Updated Nov 9, 2022

    COLFAX — A rematch for a county commissioner seat is looking much like the first go-round. Preliminary results in the Nov. 8 general election show incumbent Michael Largent, a Republican, taking the lead over challenger John-Mark Mahnkey, a Democrat. When contacted after the first count, Largent was positive about how the results are looking, so far. “It appears to be a mirror image of the primary,” he said, “At this stage of the game, it’s too early to call it one way or another. It looks positive, so far.” Opponent Ma... Full story

  • Colfax FFA member named national finalist

    Teresa Simpson, Gazette Reporter|Updated Sep 8, 2022

    COLFAX – Colfax FFA member Cotton Booker has been named an American Star finalist in the Agribusiness category. The National FFA American Start Award represents the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. The award recognizes members who developed skills in agriculture through the completion of a supervised agricultural experience project (SAE). "There's only been very few people who have gotten the honor in the state of washington," said FFA a...

  • St. John Sprint Boat Racers Memorialize late Michael Dixon

    Teresa Simpson, Gazette Reporter|Updated Sep 1, 2022

    ST. JOHN – Two area men were remembered following the Saturday, Aug. 26, sprint boat races at Webb’s Slough. The ashes of Richie Baltierra of St. John were spread on the waters after the racing. Baltierra passed away two years ago. The ashes were spread by local sprint boat racers Michael Thomas and Clint O’Keefe, who drive and pilot the Dangerous Curves boat. “His wife asked us to spread just a little bit,” Thomas said, noting his boat also sported a memorial for local resident and his friend Michael Dixon. “That was...

  • Conservation District awarded grant for Little Hangman Creek

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Updated Jun 2, 2022

    TEKOA — Better fishing and other recreational opportunities may be on the horizon for Little Hangman Creek. Last month, the Terry Hussman Account awarded a $50,000 grant to the Pine Creek Conservation for fish restoration, bank stabilization and habitat improvements. The funds will be used to help clean up bacteria in Little Hangman Creek that make the water risky for people to swim, wade, float or fish in. Moneys will also be used to create a better forested habitat in an 8-acre segment of the watershed. “We are working wit...

  • Rosalia Battle Days on tap

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Updated Jun 2, 2022

    ROSALIA — The annual Battle Days celebration will highlight the community’s 150th birthday Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5. The event — a tradition that started in 1970 — commemorate the 1858 Battle of Pine Creek. Battle Days marks the victory of the Coeur d’Alene, Palouse and Spokane Indians over U.S. Army forces near the current townsite. The victory was short-lived, however, as the Army dispatch more troops and crushed tribal warriors at the Battle of Four Lakes just outside Cheney, opening the door for settlers,...

  • Train goes off track near Hwy 26

    Teresa Simpson, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 19, 2022

    HOOPER - A wheat train derailed along state Highway 26, west of the town of LaCrosse and east of Washtucna. Ten train cars derailed, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Janet Matkins said Tuesday, May 17. At least four covered hoppers were among the cars off the tracks. One spilled wheat. Matkins confirmed the Union Pacific train was hauling wheat, out-bound from Endicott. Watco, the company that operates the Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad, is investigating...

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