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Articles from the January 12, 2023 edition

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  • Road Crew Chief Rodney Norland retires

    Naomi Scoggin|Jan 12, 2023

    POMEROY–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) fare welled retiring Road Crew Chief Rodney Norland, and passed two resolutions at their meeting on January 9. The BOCC installed McKenzie Lueck as Clerk of the Board and discussed parking solutions for the Spring Jackpot show with representatives of the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum and the Jackpot at their meeting on January 3. Rodney Norland is retiring after 33 years with Garfield County. His position has been filled by S...

  • Looking Back at 2022

    Jan 12, 2023

    With the year 2022 distinctly in the rear-view mirrors of Garfield County, Pomeroy and its residents, we offer this look back at the previous year and those events, activities and other newsworthy happenings that appeared in the pages of your community newspaper, the East Washingtonian. January 6: The Garfield County Board of Commissioners signed an agreement to match a grant from the Washington State Department of Agriculture Fair Project. The grant amounts to $81,000 and will be used for...

  • Local wolf update

    Jan 12, 2023

    OLYMPIA–The Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reports the year-end minimum population count for 2021 was at least 206 known wolves in 33 known packs including at least 19 breeding pairs. Annual wolf population surveys are conducted in the winter because wolf populations experience the least amount of natural fluctuation during this time. Counting the population at the end of each year allows for comparable year-to-year trends at a time of year when the wolf population is most stable. The y...

  • Quote of the Week

    Jan 12, 2023

    “Gray skies are just clouds passing over.” – Duke Ellington... Full story

  • Commentary

    Charlotte Baker|Jan 12, 2023

    An act of unselfish commitment to the love of God and Country was viewed by millions at an unlikely venue, an NFL Monday Night Football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. Number 3, Damar Hamlin, the Bills’ safety, experienced a heart attack after bouncing up after making a tackle. After walking a couple steps, Hamlin collapsed, which resulted in him being resuscitated by a medical team on the field. It was a shock to all who watched this healthy, strong, 24-year-old, fall to the ground, lifeless. In my observation and o...

  • Olympia Update

    Sen. Mark Schoesler|Jan 12, 2023

    OLYMPIA–Two environmental laws from the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee that took effect Jan. 1 are already causing fuel prices in Washington to rise, says state Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville. Schoesler, who represents eastern Washington’s 9th Legislative District, said he was notified by the Washington Independent Energy Distributors Association. that wholesale gasoline and diesel prices have risen in Washington as a result of the “cap-and-tax” law and the law creatin...

  • Gun Club

    Larry Bunch|Jan 12, 2023

    POMEROY–The Pomeroy Gun Club started the 10–week Camas Prairie Trap competition on Saturday January 7 for Juniors, and Sunday January 8 for the Senior Club. The Juniors faced a strong east wind that made for tough conditions on Saturday, but several youth shooters shot decent scores. In the 12-year-old and under 16-yard competition, Luke Collier had the top score of 17 X 25 and he was followed closely by Rowdy Cole and Carter Barron with scores of 16. Collier had an even better Handicap sco...

  • Innovia grants open for application

    Jan 12, 2023

    SPOKANE–Innovia, the community foundation serving 20 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, is currently accepting applications for funding through its annual Community Grants Program. Grants totaling more than $1 million will be awarded in the following impact areas: Arts and Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Economic Opportunity, Education and Youth Development, and Quality of Life. Applications are due by February 16, and awards will be announced on May 22. The maximum award amount is $20,000, with most grants in the range of $2,500 ...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Naomi Scoggin|Jan 12, 2023

    Ten Years Ago January 9, 2013 Garfield County Sheriff's Office added two volunteer chaplains after a commissioning ceremony Nov. 28, 2012. The Rev. Dan Lewis of Pomeroy Nazarene Church and the Rev. Justin Townley of Pomeroy Methodist Church joined the Rev. Roger Pedersen in the Sheriff's Office Chaplaincy. Pastor Roger initiated the chaplaincy program January 2012 after a discussion with Sheriff Ben Keller. Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum received a $3,500 grant from Puget Sound Energy...


    Jan 12, 2023

    Edward Dee Sullivan August 20, 1941–December 28, 2022 Edward Dee Sullivan passed away peacefully from kidney cancer in his home in Pomeroy Wash., on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. He was 81. He was born on August 20, 1941 in Corbin, Kentucky to Ilene and James Sullivan. Ed moved to Pomeroy when he was 8 and attended Castle Heights Military Academy before graduating from Pomeroy High School in 1960. While training at the academy, he took flying lessons and obtained his private pilot's license. Ed...


    Jan 12, 2023

    Terence C. Dixon February 20, 1942–December 23, 2022 Terence (Joe) C. Dixon, born February 20, 1942, peacefully passed away in his home on December 23, 2022. Joe was born and raised in Pomeroy, Wash., to Ruth and Carl Dixon. He attended Gonzaga University and later graduated from Kinman Business University in Spokane, Wash. He dedicated his life to farming. After retiring from the farming business, he owned and operated a video store in Pomeroy, where he became known as “Video Joe.” In his later years, he enjoyed working for Jim’s Fertili...

  • Lady Pirates continue winning ways

    Loyal Baker|Jan 12, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–The Lady Buccaneers fended off a fourth-quarter surge by the Lady Irish to take a 41-39 non-conference win here last Saturday, and clobbered Tekoa-Rosalia 69-28 at home Friday to own a 2-2 league record, 4-4 overall. Pomeroy hosted Touchet last Tuesday, and travels to Palouse for a Friday the Thirteenth contest against the Lady Vikings. Liberty Christian will visit on Saturday on the home hardwood. "This was a great win for us," said Head Coach Tai Bye of the win over DeSales, "...

  • Big first half lifts Bucs over Timberwolves

    Loyal Baker|Jan 12, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–After a big, 67-60 league win over Tekoa-Rosalia the night before, the Pomeroy Pirates couldn't contain DeSales's Spencer Green, who buried six three pointers on the way to the Irish's 63-41 win over Pomeroy here Saturday. The Pirates are 4-3 overall, 3-1 in league. After last Tuesday's non-league tilt versus Touchet, the Pirates will visit Garfield-Palouse on Friday, Jan. 13, then meet Liberty Christian Saturday night in the Pomeroy gym. They visit Dayton-Waitsburg in Dayton Jan. 1...

  • Cannon has good day at Colfax match

    Loyal Baker|Jan 12, 2023

    COLFAX–Pirate wrestler Peyton Cannon rallied to win two of three matches at an All-League Meet here January 5. The Pirate Girls' Team journeyed to Newport for a girls-only competition Jan. 10, and tonight, Jan. 12, Pomeroy competes in Davenport at League Meet No. 2. Saturday the action is the Crusader Classic at Colbert, and next Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Pirate girls wrestle at Mead in Spokane. "Peyton looked tough, going 2-1 on the night," commented Head Coach Mat Slaybaugh. One-hundred s...