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Articles from the August 20, 2020 edition

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  • Summertime Construction

    Aug 20, 2020

  • The show must go on

    Connie Boyer|Aug 20, 2020

    POMEROY–The Garfield County Fair livestock show and sale must go on in some form, according to Garfield County Commissioner Justin Dixon. In order to access some reimbursement of allocation money from the state. Dixon is concerned that a "cancellation" of the fair would cause the County to lose some funding, and cautioned against using that term. Instead, he suggested, it should be called a "restructure" of the traditional Fair. There will not be any attendance allowed, other than a limited n...

  • McCabe recommends Fire Chief as EMD

    Connie Boyer|Aug 20, 2020

    POMEROY-A search to replace resigning Garfield County Emergency Management Director (EMD) John Hisch has been initiated and Garfield County Commissioner Wynne McCabe has recommended the new Fire Chief James Cleveland. The resignation of John Hirsch, Garfield County Emergency Management Director (EMD), which is effective August 31, 2020, has ignited a search for a replacement. McCabe suggested to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the meeting on August 10, that the newly hired Fire...

  • Hamilton resignation creates opening

    Connie Boyer|Aug 20, 2020

    POMEROY–Garfield County Sheriff Drew Hyer announced the resignation of Deputy Richard Hamilton effective August 14, 2020. Hyer will be testing for new deputies on August 29, 2020. He also informed the Garfield County Commissioners he intends to sign on with a regional task force and officer-involved shooting team, and deadly force investigation regional team. It will include Pullman Police Dept., Washington State University, State Patrol, Fish and Wildlife, Whitman County, Asotin County, Clarkston Police Dept., and the City of Asotin. The t...

  • BOCC and Port Reach Agreement on Broadband to the Fairgrounds

    Connie Boyer|Aug 20, 2020

    POMEROY- The Port of Garfield will seek an estimate for the design work to add the fairgrounds to the broadband fiber construction in phase one after receiving approval from the Garfield County Commissioners during the meeting August 10. Grant Morgan, Garfield County Public Works Director, said the County gave their approval to the Port to get an estimate for the design work needed to add the Fairgrounds to the phase one construction of the Port’s broadband fiber project. To expedite construction, Morgan plans to give the County Public Works p...

  • Scott Wolf Cattle Company joins American Angus Association

    Aug 20, 2020

    SAINT JOSEPH, MISSOURI–Scott Wolf Cattle Company, Pomeroy, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered here. The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 19 million registered Angus. The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop in...

  • Quote of the Week

    Aug 20, 2020

    “The question isn’t who is going to let me: it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand... Full story

  • Guest Commentary

    Lori Burns, Conservative Blogger|Aug 20, 2020

    Many of us are turning off the news–despairing at the discouraging headlines. Months of horrifying headlines about COVID 19 and now civil unrest. I have tried to do the same, but have only succeeded in reducing my consumption, not turning it off completely. It is because I am insanely curious about what is going on around me, but my main motivator at present is my lack of trust, both in the media and in our political “leaders”. As Rahm Emanuel famously stated, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Evil people are doing that very thing, today in...

  • A. F. Branco

    Aug 20, 2020

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  • On the Edge of Common Sense

    Baxter Black|Aug 20, 2020

    There is a common belief among many urban folks that a cowboy rides around all day and sings to cows. John Wayne and Tom Mix added “Drifting Ranch Saver” to their résumé. “Don’t worry, Nell, Black Bart will never get your ranch as long as Silver and I remain compassionate!” Marlboro turned him into a person who chases horses all over the place and relaxes around the chuckwagon in a yellow slicker. We cowboy poets have augmented the picture of the cowboy as a Shakespearian throwback with green...


    Mark Harmsworth|Aug 20, 2020

    Recent information exposed by whistleblowers at the State Employment Security Department (ESD) have re-enforced the need to improve transparency in the process and the criteria used to approve unemployment claims. As reported by Shift Washington and the Puget Sound Business Journal, the department has repeatedly changed the claim qualification criteria with little explanation to the public as to the reason why. In the most recent policy change, Shift Washington reports that ESD has relaxed the...

  • WWCC fall quarter features flexible learning model

    Aug 20, 2020

    CLARKSTON–Walla Walla Community College offer a new learning model that incorporates both in-person instruction, as well as real-time and on-demand streaming classes beginning this fall. When the Fall Quarter begins on Sept. 21, WWCC will offer a combination of in-person and online instruction to allow for continuity of learning that prioritizes everyone’s health and safety. Faculty will provide live instruction during scheduled class hours and classes will be posted for students who need to catch up later. The College will also continue to...

  • Census deadline approaching

    Aug 20, 2020

    POMEROY–The 2020 Census deadline is just around the corner on September 30, 2020 and the power to shape Garfield County and southeastern Washington for the next ten years lay in your hands. The census provides information about public services like healthcare, law enforcement, employment and training, agriculture, food programs in school and SNAP, childcare, special education, transportation, roads, emergency assistance, and community development. Most emergency funds, such as the COVID pandemic...

  • A Teen's Take

    KayLee Schmidt|Aug 20, 2020

    POMEROY–Making decisions is hard, especially when you are young and inexperienced. That is where I am today. I am faced with deciding whether to take online school or if I want to attend in-person classes like I would any other new school year. It comes down to my dedication to sticking with a schedule, getting my work completed on time on my own and not seeing my friends or if it is more helpful to have interaction with teachers and peers in-person. It seems I would get the same education e...

  • Hospital Update

    Aug 20, 2020

    Extreme heat can be dangerous, so we thought we would pass along information with excerpts from the websites of Centers of Disease and Control (CDC) and the Washington Department of Health (DOH) on how to prevent heat-related illnesses. Extreme heat is defined as temperatures that are much hotter and/or more humid than normal. According to the CDC, “Heat exhaustion or heat stroke can happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself.” Sweating is the body’s normal response to cooling itself down but it might not always be enough. Durin...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Dotty Van Vogt|Aug 20, 2020

    Ten Years Ago August 18, 2010 With Russia’s wheat crops devastated, Garfield County producers are riding the upswing in prices worldwide. Though the county’s 2010 harvest won’t match last year’s numbers, most will have a “decent” year, according to Pomeroy Grain Growers manager Bob Cox. A new heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit was delivered to the long-term care wing of Garfield County Memorial Hospital and installed onto the roof using a large crane. Twenty-Five Years Ago August 23, 1995 After six months, Dr. Nancy Rodway, the firs...


    Aug 20, 2020

    Walter William "Bill" Wolf, 94, passed away at Memory Manor in Pomeroy on Monday, August 3, 2020. Bill was born to Frank Joseph Wolf and Elizabeth M. (Feider) Wolf in Pomeroy, Wash., Tuesday, January 5, 1926. He grew up on the family farm on Washboard Road along with his brothers and sisters. He attended grade school in the country at the Bratcher Schoolhouse and then attended high school in Pomeroy. He and his elder brother, Dick, farmed with their father. They raised wheat, barley, dry land...


    Aug 20, 2020

    Ruby Alice Roberts April 26, 1926–August 6, 2020 Our mother, Ruby Alice Roberts passed away on August 6, 2020. She was born April 26, 1926 to James and Elma Jenkins in Nez Perce, Idaho. She was the youngest of nine children. She met our father in Lewiston while he was on a weekend pass from the Navy and they were married July 16, 1944. They moved to Orofino, Idaho and 17 months later a daughter Shirley was born, a son Lloyd followed 20 months later. In 1950 Dad took a job with McMonigle C...

  • Second Annual Night Golf Scramble set

    Aug 20, 2020

    POMEROY–The 2nd Annual Night Golf Scramble is held at the local golf course on August 29. Check in begins at 8:30 p.m. and teams will tee off at 9 p.m. Again, community members and visitors have a chance to participate in a two-person golf scramble and proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Pirate High School Boys Basketball team. Golfers are asked to bring their own glow or LED ball; there may be a few golf balls for purchase. Spots will be limited due to social distancing and safety. If p...

  • The McGregor Company Receives ResponsibleAg Certification

    Aug 20, 2020

    POMEROY–The McGregor Company here, among five of its retail branches in Clarkston, Wash., Colfax, Wash., Lewiston, and Twin Falls, Idaho, received a certification from ResponsibleAg. on July 28. The ResponsibleAg Certification Program is the only program in the nation that provides a voluntary comprehensive assessment of agricultural facilities that store and handle farm input supplies such as fertilizer, crop protection products, seed and fuel. Certification requires that a facility meet stringent regulatory-based criteria, implement industry-...

  • Rattlesnake Fire update

    Aug 20, 2020

    POMEROY–The Ranger District here has reported two new ignitions on Tuesday, August 25. Firefighters staffed both fires at less than a quarter of an acre in size. The Rattlesnake Fire had minimal spread and is still estimated at five acres. The fire is located 20 miles south of Pomeroy in rugged terrain. Access to this fire is limited due to flood damage within the Tucannon watershed. Firefighters were able to monitor the fire yesterday while they continue to work on safely gaining access into t...

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