Week of July 18, 2024

Pomeroy: A Farming Community

Naomi Scoggin

POMEROY––Ben Dixon and his wife Ashley are the sixth generation of Dixons in Garfield County and the fifth on Dixon Ranches in the north part of Garfield County, continuing a long and storied legacy of forbears who sailed the Atlantic Ocean from England and then crossed the fledgling United States in a train of covered wagons. Their children, Harper, Jace and Samuel, mark the seventh generation of Dixons in Garfield County. They run cattle, mostly Angus with some Hereford and Charolais...

Keener resigns; Slaybaugh named hospital CEO

POMEROY–Mat Slaybaugh will serve as the Garfield County Hospital District (GCHD) CEO following the resignation of Co-Chief Executive Officer Jayd Keener, the GCHD announced this week. The leadership change will be effective August 1, 2024. Keener resigns the position after five years of dedicated service as Co-CEO, the news release indicated. She made the challenging decision to leave the executive position, but will remain as Director of Nursing Services. The GCHD Board of Commissioners...

Nurturing Soil Health: The Importance of Liming for Optimal Yields

By Joao Antonangelo, Ph.D. Washington State University PULLMAN–Soil health is the cornerstone of sustainable agriculture, and maintaining an optimal pH level is a crucial aspect of nurturing healthy soils. One of the key practices in managing soil pH is liming, which plays a vital role in enhancing soil fertility and supporting robust crop yields. A recent article on No-Till Farmer emphasizes the significance of maintaining a close-to-neutral soil pH for promoting healthy soil and achieving...

New tombstone dedication ceremony

Charlotte Baker

STARBUCK–Fort Walla Walla Camp 3 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will hold a dedication ceremony of a new tombstone for the Union Veteran George Wood at the Starbuck Cemetery on July 27 at 11:30-11:40 a.m. Lunch and business meeting at the Starbuck Church is open to the public at 12:15 p.m. For those who have questions, or need more information, contact Don Jameson, Camp Commander FWW 3 at 509-945-0549 or...

Fire danger mitigation may result in power outages in areas of high winds and heat

Naomi Scoggin

POMEROY––The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed an announcement from Pacific Power, discussed county issues with Representative Joe Schmick and opened fuel bids at their meeting on July 8. Pacific Power announced June 1 that they will be taking precautions during the fire season to help mitigate danger by cutting power during times of high winds or heat. Commissioner Justin Dixon stated that if a county resident experiences a power outage, protection from fire...

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. South wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66. West wind around 8 mph becoming south in the evening. Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 65. Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 105. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68. Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Monday:...

Community Economic Forum meeting set

Charlotte Baker

POMEROY–The public is invited to the Community Economic Forum meeting at the Pataha Flour Mill on Tuesday, July 23 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Community Economic Forum will feature topics on childcare in Pomeroy, Summer Market, and updates from the Chamber of Commerce, City of Pomeroy, and...

Kid Survival Camp

Charlotte Baker

DAYTON–The Dayton Adventist Church will host “Kid Survival Camp” each Wednesday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds beginning July 17 through August 7 at 9 a.m., and at the Adventist Church at 1525 S. 4th. St, on August 14 at 9 a.m. This unique Vacation Bible School study of the biblical character Daniel, the great survivor will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office talking about personal and water safety along with a free lifevest; the...

Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

Naomi Scoggin

Ten Years Ago July 23, 2014 Blue Mountain Artisan Guild's kids' art classes have been a popular summer attraction for the past month. Guild president Mary Flerchinger and Brenda King led the group through three projects last week at the gallery on Main Street. The young artists made crayon and tempera scratchboards, string paintings, and decorated placemats. Twenty-Five Years Ago July 21, 1999 The board of directors of Pomeroy School District has appointed high school Principal Jim Kowalkowski...

Pastor's Corner

Greg Brownell

A well-known picture of Jesus knocking at the door has special meaning. There is no door knob on the outside of the door. It must be opened from within. Jesus doesn't barge in. He doesn't use a wrecking ball to gain entrance. His posture is relaxed and implies that He is gently knocking, intently awaiting our decision to His invitation. The painting illustrates the scripture in Rev. 3:20 "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in, and...

Quote of the Week

“You are remembered for the rules you break.” – Douglas...

Pirate Youth Golf Camp is huge success

POMEROY–The first Pirate Youth Golf Camp was held at Crystal Springs Golf Course for 14 young golfers on Jun 22 and 29. The Youth Golf Camp had 14 2nd-8th grade players who learned basic skills and safety for two hours each day. Pirate head coach Al Damron organized and headed the staff of Tom Ruchert, John Eaton, and Scott Young. "These kids showed some real potential as golfers and everyone had a real positive experience," said...

  • Guest Commentary

    By Bob Cox POMEROY––We have lost too many good people lately in Garfield County to sickness and illness – people who devoted their lives to Garfield County. Working on Main Street for 20 years, I saw the hard-working people that kept Pomeroy alive and well. All were volunteers who helped make Pomeroy a better town to live in and who honored those who gave back to our community. Whether it was the Chamber or Pomeroy Partners or SWEDA, they all worked for the good of our special place to...