Articles from the February 1, 2024 edition

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 By Naomi Scoggin    News    February 1, 2024

Pomeroy' triple-threat sports announcer has five decades of experience

POMEROY-Over five decades, spectators and participants of football games at Lybecker Field and basketball games at Pomeroy High School's gym have cheered along to John Gates' booming voice as he...

 
 By Naomi Scoggin    News    February 1, 2024

Public Works Director, James Wege, resigns

POMEROY-The Garfield County board of commissioners (BOCC) accepted James Wege's resignation letter, approved a support letter, and approved payment of Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC)...

 

Painting on denim topic of upcoming BMAG class

POMEROY–The Blue Mountain Artisan Guild (BMAG) has scheduled an art class called Jean-O-Ology 101 Saturday, February 17 at 10 a.m. The class will use a canvas covered with denim to paint a scenery scape. Paintings using this method are hanging at t...

 

Two P.H.S. grads make EWU 2023 Fall Dean's List

CHENEY–Two Pomeroy High School graduates attending Eastern Washington University have been named to the 2023 Fall Dean's List. The pair are Clara Jentz and Kaylee Schmidt. Rose Burris-Ramirez of Dayton and Anahi Morfin of Prescott were also named t...

 
 By Larry Bunch    Sports    February 1, 2024

Better weather highlights third CPT shoot

POMEROY–Pomeroy Gun Club enjoyed beautiful weather compared to the first two week of the Camas Prairie Trapshooting competition, but the improved conditions were not reflected in a lot of good scores in week three. On Saturday the Youth shooters h...

 
 By Naomi Scoggin    News    February 1, 2024

Spring's a-comin'

Found by Marvin Scoggin on January 28 at his home on Scoggin Ridge approximately 15 miles south of Pomeroy, this buttercup holds the record as the earliest one he has seen. Scoggin recalled having...

 

Quote of the Week

“The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.” – William Inge... Full story

 

COMMENTARY

WAITSBURG– A giant in the community left us last week, but not without leaving a legacy for future generations. S. R. Hevel, M.D., "Rog," died peacefully at his Orchard Street home in Waitsburg on J...

 

Olympia Update

OLYMPIA–When Washington's voters adopted the state's Public Records Act (PRA) under Initiative 276 in 1972, they wanted to make sure that state, county, and city governments operate openly and are t...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, Residents of Dayton School District and Citizens of Columbia County, your vote is a personal decision. The results of elections have consequences. Some consequences are more quantifiable than others. Taxes collected that help fund the...

 

Free senior health workshops

DAYTON–The Columbia County Health System (CCHS) will offer health education workshops at the Senior Center each beginning February 6, ending December 2. The CCHS have scheduled eleven free monthly community health education workshops during the l...

 

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Rain likely, mainly before 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 55. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Thursday Night: A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a...

 

McCune's 'Understanding the Pledge' bill receives committee hearing

OLYMPIA–On Thursday the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee held a hearing on Sen. Jim McCune's measure to require school districts to offer instruction in the meaning and history of the Pledge of Allegiance. "This is a bill that w...

 

Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago February 6, 2014 After an absence of almost four decades, the Pomeroy Pirate wrestling team claimed the top step of the awards podium of a post-season tournament on Saturday. The...

 

Two P.H.S. students accepted to HearMeWA

POMEROY–Applications from two local high school students Melinda Tuck and David John Tejero and members of the Pirate Partners Youth Coalition for the HearMeWA advisory group, were accepted "The H...

 

The rules about leap years

It's widely accepted that a year is 365 days long. However, that statement is not entirely accurate. In fact, it takes Earth a little more than 365 days (365.24223 days to be precise) to orbit the sun. A calendar cannot accommodate that small...

 

Izzy the Camel, local celebrity, ambles into sunset

PRESCOTT–Izzy, the camel, passed away on January 24, 2024. He was 18 years old. So many have experience Izzy the camel and looked forward to his appearances at local and area events over the years. B...

 

Did you know?

Falls pose a significant threat to the senior population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says someone age 65 or older suffers a fall every second of every day in the United States. This makes falls the leading cause of injury and...

 

Bill that would help strengthen communities and neighborhoods unanimously passes out of committee

OLYMPIA–The role of cafes in neighborhood settings has long had a significant impact on communities. These establishments provide a unique social space for people to gather, connect, and relax, fostering a sense of belonging and safety. In recent y...

 

Keep brain engaged

Keep brain engaged A more active, engaged brain could help delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease in aging individuals by a significant amount of time. A study published in the journal Neurology in 2021 found that high levels of cognitive activity...

 

Jr. Hi Wrestling 2024

POMEROY––Walking off the bus last Tuesday with fifteen wrestlers was a tremendous feeling. This group works hard and is truly fun to coach. If this continues, Pomeroy wrestling is going to be super exciting. Our team wrestled at Jenifer Junior High s...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Sports    February 1, 2024

Pomeroy record 10-1 as season wraps up

POMEROY––The Pirates hold a 10-1 record along with Oakesdale with Gar-Pal in third with an 8-4 record and Tekoa-Rosalia fourth at 5-6 as the regular season closes out this weekend with a road gam...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Sports    February 1, 2024

Lady Pirates eying post season

POMEROY––The Lady Buccaneers are gaining experience and improving, according to Head Coach Brian Koller, with the team holding a 4-6 record and fourth place in the SE1B League behind 7-2 Colton, 8-2...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Sports    February 1, 2024

Buc wrestlers head to District

POMEROY––After the final regular-season match at Almira Coulee Hartline High School last week, the Pirate Wrestling Team is headed to the district tournament next Saturday in Spokane. "The guys all wr...

 

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