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Articles from the July 30, 2020 edition


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  • Saluting Our Farmers

    Charlotte Baker|Jul 30, 2020

    POMEROY–The East Washingtonian's second "Saluting Our Farmers" Special Edition, which spotlights a Garfield County ag producer with an extensive feature story and photographs, is in this issue. This year, we profile Dixon Land and Livestock, who recently made their first cut of the 2020 harvest (at left), along with messages of well wishes and support wrapped around it-all local firms who work hand-in-glove with Garfield County farmers and ranchers-sending their best to all local operations, w...

  • Port, broadband contractor agree to part ways

    Connie Boyer|Jul 30, 2020

    POMEROY––The contract between M&L Construction, the company building the broadband system, and the Port of Garfield was terminated by mutual agreement, and approved by Commissioners at the July 21 meeting. Port Director Diana Ruchert also requested that the Port return to having two meetings per month until the broadband project is completed. She is hopeful that more frequent meetings may help avoid any more delays in the completion of the project. The meetings will be on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. The next mee...

  • City approves $80k fix to street project

    Dotty Van Vogt|Jul 30, 2020

    POMEROY––Soft spots discovered during construction of the Fifth to Sixth Street Project will be properly addressed thanks to an $80,000 infusion from the state, and the City Council opted to not replace 350 feet of water main due to the logistical and timeline issues, the Pomeroy City Council decided at its July 21 meeting. County Engineer Grant Morgan contacted the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) explaining the problems at the worksite and his assistance led to TIB approving up to $80,000 to be spent towards repair of the soft spo...

  • Two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Garfield County

    Connie Boyer|Jul 30, 2020

    POMEROY––Garfield County’s two confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus have had little and no contact in the community, are both doing well, and are being isolated at home or out of the county, reported Garfield County Health District Administrator Martha Lanman to Garfield County Commissioners (BOCC) at the Health District’s regular monthly meeting, July 20, 2020. The first case was reported July 9 and involved an individual over 50 years of age who recovered at home. The second positive test was received at Public Health on July 14 regardi...

  • Quote of the Week

    Jul 30, 2020

    “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Dotty Van Vogt|Jul 30, 2020

    Ten Years Ago July 28, 2010 The northwest area of Garfield County has become the home of constant activity as facilities are developed to build the roads to and foundations for the Lower Snake River Wind Power Project wind turbines expected to go up in 2011. Twenty-Five Years Ago August 2, 1995 Garfield County Hospital District has negotiated a three-year contract with Dr. Scott Bartlow to work at Pomeroy Medical Clinic. Garfield County Board of Commissioners decided to abandon further planning for a multi-use path from Pomeroy to the...

  • A. F. Branco

    Jul 30, 2020

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  • OPINION

    Jason Mercier|Jul 30, 2020

    Members of the forgotten branch of government during the COVID pandemic, the legislative branch, continue to make their voices heard concerning the need for a special session. Sen. John Braun, ranking member on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, sent this letter on July 13 to his fellow lawmakers: “I write to you deeply concerned that we are ceding our role too easily to the executive branch. The state constitution explicitly endows our branch with the legislative authority. It is we who have the power to make laws and spend funds. It is a p...

  • On the Edge of Common Sense

    Baxter Black|Jul 30, 2020

    The other day on the internet, I saw an old commercial of a semi truck that had these words painted on the side: JONNY KAT, KITTY LITTER. For some reason that had a profound ffect on me. Imagine a semi full of kitty litter! 40,000 pounds of scented, colored, and packaged cat box contents! That has to say something about our affluent society, about the shape of our civilization. Some of our past inventions are quite practical and ingenious. The self-sealing, puncture proof tire, mercury lights,...

  • Superior Court jury trials will be held at Fairgrounds

    Connie Boyer|Jul 30, 2020

    POMEROY––Allowing Superior Court jury trials to be conducted at the Fairgrounds buildings was approved by the Garfield County Board of Commissioners (BOCC), following submission of a resolution by Matt Newburg, Garfield County Prosecutor. A fringe benefit of the move will be funding to extend the Port of Garfield’s fiber-optic network to the fairgrounds. The Washington Supreme Court had already given approval for the resolution, which will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. The resolution was necessary because the courtroom is not c...

  • Hospital Update

    Jul 30, 2020

    POMEROY––Garfield County Hospital District (GCHD) is proud to announce June's Employee of the Month, Christina Bales. She was nominated by her co-workers who stated, "She is a great asset to this facility." Christina is originally from the beautiful city of Bonner's Ferry, Id., where she was born and raised. She graduated from Bonner's Ferry High School in 2001. Her hard work ethic began early in life. While still attending high school classes, she worked in a photo lab as a school project, dev...

  • A Teen's Take

    KayLee Schmidt|Jul 30, 2020

    POMEROY––Everyone has different opinions on what the state should do about schools reopening and how to handle the Covid-19 situation. Personally, I do not like online school at all, but it would give me the opportunity to work year-round and experience more than the four walls of the school. On the other hand, we would be completely missing out on part of our high school experience and lacking that social component of school. One of my friends is completely heart-set on going back to sch...

  • Transit awaiting Supreme Court ruling

    Connie Boyer|Jul 30, 2020

    POMEROY––The Garfield County Transportation Authority (GCTA), and a number of other counties in the state, are awaiting a ruling from the Washington State Supreme Court, GCTA commissioners heard at its July meeting. Jeff Ruchert, GCTA Manager, stated the Supreme Court held a hearing about the lawsuit on June 20, 2020, but no announcements have been made yet as to any decisions made by the Court. The effect of the initiative would remove a substantial amount of needed funding from the State for the GCTA. The GCTA has been involved with sev...

  • New owner has plans for Pirate Pit Stop

    Connie Boyer|Jul 30, 2020

    POMEROY––The Pirate Pit Stop and Café, formerly known as PDQ, is under new ownership and management, and she is a familiar face. Leslie Schmidt, who at an earlier time operated PF Express in the same location, says she has plans for the local convenience store. Although the store looks the same, there are some changes being made. Schmidt will continue to use the same vendors with whom PDQ had established business. But, only one PDQ employee chose to stay with the Pit Stop. However, Schmidt has hired back many of the PF Express crew memb...

  • SALUTING OUR FARMERS

    Charlotte Baker|Jul 30, 2020

    POMEROY–It is a once-upon-a-time type of story when John Dixon met Laura Barr, wed, produced three beautiful children, a herd of show cattle and a generous wheat farm. As we fast forward 21 years to 2020, a look at the evolution of their farming practices, cattle and family can be called inspirational. Laura Barr Dixon was born to Clay and Sandra Barr in the late winter of 1976 and is no stranger to wheat farming. Her great-grandparents and grandparents farmed in the Hooper, Wash., area. But h...

  • SALUTING OUR FARMERS

    Charlotte Baker|Jul 30, 2020

    Part of the Dixon family's succession plan is not to necessarily proclaimed to one of their children, now we are going to teach you all there is to know about farming in 10 easy steps. Instead, succession begins as time goes by and interest grows through living it. This year, with the COVID shutdown and the closure of school, the Dixons implemented real-time, hands-on education for their ten-year-old, entering-fifth-grade son Tyler John Dixon, who usually goes by Tye. He has successfully...

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