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Articles from the August 13, 2020 edition


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  • And the race is on...

    Charlotte Baker|Aug 13, 2020

    POMEROY–In the Primary Election held on August 4 here, three local races were determined as to who will have placement on the November ballot. Advancing to the 2020 General Election on the Garfield County ballot for District 1 County Commissioner Pos. 1 will be Jim Nelson (R) and Vonni (Vonda) Mulrony (R). The primary set the stage for the Asotin, Columbia and Garfield Superior Court Judge candidates Brooke Burns and G. Scott Marinella to be decided in November. The only candidates for County C...

  • Save the Gazebo at the City Park

    Jack Peasley|Aug 13, 2020

    By Jack Peasley Special to the East Washingtonian POMEROY–Efforts are being expedited to raise $25,000 to "Save the Gazebo" and City Park makeover now that Fall is just around the corner. The City of Pomeroy and the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association have joined in this fundraising effort and Jack Peasley is designated as point person on the project. Plans for a makeover of the Pomeroy City Park are rapidly coming to a head, including much needed repairs to the 111-year old h...

  • BOCC considers canceling Fair

    Connie Boyer|Aug 13, 2020

    POMEROY-Sara Lunsford, Garfield County Fair Board President reported that the Fair Board had voted to cancel the 2020 Garfield County Fair with the exception of the market sales and livestock showing with animals already weighed and tagged to the Garfield County Board of Commissioners (BOCC), at the meeting August, 3. These events would follow strict guidelines and the Fair Board needs to know the number of participants for these two events. County Commissioner Bob Johnson reiterated the Governor’s current limit for gatherings of 10 people a...

  • School begins August 31

    Aug 13, 2020

    POMEROY–The first day of the 2020-21 school year begins Monday August 31. Junior and Senior high school students (7-12) classes begin at 8:15 a.m. and are dismissed at 3:05 p.m. Elementary students start at 8:20 a.m. then dismissed at 3 p.m. Elementary students new to the Pomeroy School District may pre-register at the Elementary School office, located at 121 10th St., starting August 17. Registration time is 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Please bring immunization records, birth c...

  • Fuchs donates to "Wigs for Kids"

    Dotty Van Vogt|Aug 13, 2020

    POMEROY–Natalie Fuchs, 15 in September and a local high school student, cuts and donates 12 inches of her hair to an organization "Wigs for Kids. It seems teenagers are often portrayed as being wrapped up in themselves and not giving a thought about others. This is an example of just the opposite. A few weeks ago, Fuchs had 12 inches of her hair cut off and donated to an organization called, "Wigs for Kids." She had wanted to do this for some time and was just waiting for her hair to be long e...

  • Quote of the Week

    Aug 13, 2020

    “If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. – Tallulah Bankhead...

  • First round of COVID Relief applications reached 27k

    Dotty Van Vogt|Aug 13, 2020

    POMEROY–Jack Peasley of the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association (SEWEDA) told the council that the Department of Commerce has had 27,000 applications for assistance in dealing with the COVID-19 virus restrictions. Garfield County was given an allotment to help businesses here impacted negatively by the shutdown. Businesses must meet three criteria before they are eligible to receive this aid, which are: 1) businesses must be up to date on their taxes; 2) businesses must have been in business for at least a year; and 3) b...

  • A. F. Branco

    Aug 13, 2020

  • On the Edge of Common Sense

    Baxter Black|Aug 13, 2020

    I played in a celebrity golf tournament in Oklahoma City a while back. Now, I’ve been to a few celebrity team ropings, a couple celebrity stock dog trials, a million brandings and one celebrity rock pickin’ - but this was my first celebrity golf tournament. Generous people paid a lot of money to play golf with well-known folks. The money was donated to help the blind. I got in the golf cart with a feller named Phil. He asked me what my handicap was. I couldn’t think of anything real bad excep...

  • OPINION

    Chris Cargill, Eastern Washington Director, Washington Policy Center|Aug 13, 2020

    Young Washingtonians are pissed off. Though we've made incredible gains as a society, far too many people are being denied access to jobs, healthcare, even affordable housing. We need to tear down what's broken in our politics. We need to destroy the barriers standing in the way of a better world. What if the answer to so many of our challenges actually lies in the very thing so many consider a major source of our problems? What if free markets did more than fill our Amazon carts? What if...

  • Hospital Update

    Aug 13, 2020

    Garfield County Hospital District (GCHD) is proud to announce July's Employee of the Month, Activities Coordinator and Certified Nursing Assistant Sandy Peralta. She was nominated by her co-workers stating, "She is a great asset to GCHD." Sandy is originally from the rural city of Lodi, Calif., where she was born and raised. She graduated from Tokay High School. Her interest in the medical field began early on in life while still attending in high school volunteering as a candy striper, which...

  • A Teen's Take

    KayLee Schmidt|Aug 13, 2020

    POMEROY–As most of you have heard and observed on the news there was a huge explosion in Beirut, Lebanon with over 150 deaths and more than 4,000 injuries. The vast majority of people in the affected area, were left homeless; some lives will never be the same, forever. It is absolutely insane to think how life can change in just an instant. The people of Beirut never expected the last thing they said to their loved ones, would be, the last thing they ever said to them. Incidents like the r...

  • Repairs to U.S. Forest Service building estimated at $44,485

    Connie Boyer|Aug 13, 2020

    POMEROY–The Port of Garfield Director Diana Ruchert, reported to the Port of Garfield Board of Commissioners the cost for the U.S. Forest Service building maintenance repairs is approximately $44,485: painting services $28,485, paint $8,000, and patio concrete $8,000. Per terms of the lease agreement, the Port is responsible for the repairs. In addition, the termination of the construction contract with M&L Construction has prompted Port Director Ruchert to place an advertisement for c...

  • Library Book Sale Project at Fairgrounds

    Dotty Van Vogt|Aug 13, 2020

    POMEROY–Each year during the Garfield County Fair, the Friends of Denny Ashby Library hold a used book sale inside the Flower and Vegetable building. This event is quite popular with area readers and is the primary money maker for the volunteer branch of our local library. In past years, tables were loaded with books from romance novels to cookbooks and it was always a rather crowded area. At the suggestion of the Fair Board, the Friends agreed to replace the tables with bookshelves, choosing a Made-In-America company. With a little help f...

  • Death Notice

    Aug 13, 2020

    Richard Ames Richard Ernest “Dick” Ames, 76, passed away at his home from cancer on July 25, 2020. He is in the care of Hennessey Valley Funeral Home....

  • Bank of Eastern Washington sponsoring school supply drive

    Aug 13, 2020

    POMEROY–Bank of Eastern Washington (BEW) is collecting school supplies for local elementary students here and at four other Washington branches. These supplies will be distributed to local schools. “Students need supplies, whether they are at school or studying from home,” says Becky Kindle, Chief Banking Officer. “We welcome you to join with your local branch and celebrate the spirit of your hometown: bring your school supply donations to any branch.” Each branch will hold a drawing on August 26 for several backpacks filled with supplies...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Dotty Van Vogt|Aug 13, 2020

    Ten Years Ago August 11, 2010 Members of Garfield County Health Foundation presented a check for $26,000 to Garfield County Hospital District to assist in purchasing of a new portable x-ray machine. Pomeroy Swim Team captured the County Meet championship for the fourth consecutive year. After swimming to an undefeated regular eight-meet season, Pomeroy sent 37 swimmers to the County Meet in Colfax and swam away with the team trophy with a score of 431½. Twenty-Five Years Ago August 16, 1995 Mike McKeirnan, 16, was listed in serious condition at...

  • Maintenance to hospital roof and air ducts cost under $10k

    Connie Boyer|Aug 13, 2020

    POMEROY–Garfield County Hospital District (GCHD) co-CEO Mat Slaybaugh has reported to the Garfield County Hospital Board of Commissioners on August 3, the cost for the hospital roof repair and duct cleaning, is estimated at $9707.70. He stated two bids have been received to repair the roof leaks on the hospital side of the building. The finance committee recommended one slightly higher bid for $8,507.70 because it contained a longer warranty period. Slaybaugh also said three bids were also r...

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