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Articles from the March 16, 2023 edition


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  • Pomeroy FFA scores well at Sub-Districts

    Charlotte Baker|Mar 16, 2023

    POMEROY–The local FFA took first, second and third places in several categories at the Sub-District FFA Contest held here with teams from Clarkston, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, LaCrosse, and Dayton, on March 8. All teams qualify for the district competition in Asotin on March 23. Pomeroy FFA members placed first in Parliamentary procedure, first and second places in Creed recitation, first and second in Public Speaking, and first, second and third places in Conduct of Chapter Meetings. In addition,...

  • PHS All-Class Reunion seeking someone to take the lead

    Mar 16, 2023

    POMEROY–The Pomeroy High School Alumni committee seek someone with leadership and organizational skills to guide the All-Class Alumni Reunion annual weekend events into the future. This year, with the retirement of Wayne and Sharon Davis as co-chairs, the committee is looking for someone or organization to step into a leadership role to help organize and plan the event if it is destined to continue. There is a willing group of volunteers to help with the event, but at this time, no one is e...

  • Port commissioners accept lease terms for shop

    Naomi Scoggin|Mar 16, 2023

    POMEROY–The Port of Garfield County commissioners accepted terms of a lease, authorized potential acceptance of a capital improvement bid, and approved a change order at their meeting on March 7. The Port has been negotiating with the United States Forest Service for a lease renewal of the Port’s shop building. The commissioners accepted terms of $1,500 per month, firm for five years. If the lease is maintained for over 10 years, the price will go up $5 per square foot. The shop roof and doo...

  • Spinners egg hunt venue approved by City Council

    Naomi Scoggin|Mar 16, 2023

    POMEROY–The Pomeroy City Council approved two requests for use, and discussed grant applications and discussed warehousing at their meeting on March 7. The council approved a request from Pomeroy Spinners to use the Lybecker Football Field and Crystal Springs Golf Course for their annual Easter egg hunt. They also approved a request from Pomeroy Community Center to close 9th Street on June 9 for the Wine & Stein. The council has applied for a 2023 community grant through the Innovia F...

  • GCHD rules changing with ending of federal public health emergency

    Naomi Scoggin|Mar 16, 2023

    POMEROY–The Garfield County Hospital District board of directors announced the ending of the Covid-19 public health emergency and listed a van as surplus at their meeting on March 6. The federal public health emergency related to Covid-19 will end on March 11. The effect the ending will have on the Garfield County Memorial Hospital will be the ending of a standing order for Covid-19 testing in the Hospital parking lot, charges on all non-state provided vaccines and booster shots, and an end t...

  • Quote of the Week

    Mar 16, 2023

    “The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” – George Bernard Shaw... Full story

  • Olympia Update

    Rep. Joe Schmick|Mar 16, 2023

    OLYMPIA–As Washington state seeks to find a financial solution to fund road construction projects, address backlogs in transportation maintenance and preservation needs, and fix crumbling infrastructure like bridges, one idea that has gained traction (pun intended) is the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax. The VMT is a fee charged to drivers based on the number of vehicle miles traveled, regardless of fuel efficiency. Typically, a user-based approach is a more fair and equitable way of levying f...

  • Guest Commentary

    Mar 16, 2023

    By Eric E. McKeirnan Guest Columnist Since this administration has yet to have one good idea, let us kick around forgiving student debt for a while, because the odds are, in this deluded person’s favor, that someday he will get something right, if only by accident. The students who are begging for forgiveness of the loan that they knowingly took out fall into two major categories: first, Doctors, lawyers and some other fields that will have an annual income potential equaling a small truckload of cash; second, the under achievers who only went...

  • OPINION

    Elizabeth Hovde|Mar 16, 2023

    Masking requirements for Washington’s health care, long-term care and correctional facilities will end April 3, says the Washington state Department of Health. The ability for those facilities to continue mask precautions and the ability for individuals to keep wearing masks remains, of course, as should be the case. But a state policy requiring what these facilities do about mask-wearing is ending. Meanwhile, Jaime Smith, executive director of communications for the governor, tells me, “There is no current discussion about changes to employee...

  • HOSPITAL UPDATE

    Mar 16, 2023

    POMEROY––Garfield County Hospital District is proud to announce Anna Wessels as Employee of the Year, Certified Phlebotomist, Laboratory Technician. Anna was voted Employee of the Month in August, and previously in May of 2020. She shares this coveted Employee of the Year award with another co-worker, Travis McFarland, who is also a two-time Employee of the Month winner. Both were awarded with plaques commemorating this outstanding achievement. She was nominated by her co-workers who state, "Sh...

  • Broomstick Pool starts Friday evening

    Mar 16, 2023

    POMEROY–The Pomeroy Spinners' Saint Patrick's Day tradition of Broomstick Pool at Maple Hall begins with qualifying rounds at 6 p.m. Friday, March 17, in Spinners Maple Hall, with competition getting under way at noon, Saturday, March 18. Doors open an hour prior to competition both days. There are around 30 two-person teams anticipated to play in the tournament where finely crafted and balanced pool cues are exchanged for broomsticks, making the rounds of play more fun and unexpected. The S...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Naomi Scoggin|Mar 16, 2023

    Ten Years Ago March 20, 2013 Pomeroy School Board proposed administration restructuring got mixed reviews from the audience. Chairman Bart Gingerich said the board had "worked a few months on this" plan, which called for one full-time administrator and utilizing a "lead teacher" in each building with assigned administrative duties and responsibilities. Presently the superintendent serves as the elementary school principal and the high school has a full-time principal. Twelve members of the Holy...

  • Sunshine smiles on shooters

    Larry Bunch|Mar 16, 2023

    POMEROY–The final week of the Camas Prairie Trapshooting competition greeted Pomeroy Gun Club shooters with bright sunlight on the first day of daylight savings and a stiff east breeze. The result was no shooter being able to break a perfect 25 but nine shooters missing one target for scores of 24. On Saturday of the final weekend the 12-year-old and younger shooters were led by the 21X25 score shot by Rowdy Cole in the 16-yard event. Rowdy also broke the best Handicap score for the youngest s...

  • Kimble, Severs on All Conference First Team

    Mar 16, 2023

    The SE 1B District 9 Boys Basketball All League 2020 selections for the Wheat Division included, front row: Logan Brown, Oakesdale; Rory Maloney, SJEL; Jadin Campbell, TR; Lane Collier, Gar-Pal, Will Lanius, Oakesdale; Bryce Pfaff, Gar-Pal. Standing: Coach of the Year: Carl Crider, Oakesdale; Morgan Martin, TR; Trevin Kimble, Pomeroy; Jackson Perry, Oakesdale; Ollie Severs, Pomeroy; Tanner Fleming, SJEL; Player of the Year Isaac Bone, TR. -Submitted photo...

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