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Articles from the September 1, 2022 edition


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  • Father-son team new owners of Pomeroy Food Center

    Naomi Scoggin|Sep 1, 2022

    POMEROY––The local grocery store, Pomeroy Foods, previously owned and operated for 34 years by Mark Schmidt, was recently purchased by Dave Swearingen and Jason Hill of Entiat, Wash. The store will have a new name: Pomeroy Food Center. The new owners are a father and son team. Swearingen is not new to the grocery retail trade: his father went into the grocery business in 1984 when he bought a store in Entiat. In 2004, Swearingen and his wife Renee went into business with his parents in the Ent...

  • Weeds overgrowing ditch repair

    Naomi Scoggin|Sep 1, 2022

    POMEROY–The Garfield County board of commissioners (BOCC) discussed weed growth and wind damage repair at their meeting on August 29. Ditch repair on the Lewis Road that was done earlier in the year has overgrown with weeds and the commissioners discussed possible strategies to deal with them with County Road Crew Chief Rod Norland. Cutting weeds with a grader, spraying, rogueing, and seeding grass were discussed. An electrical support at the Garfield County Fairgrounds was damaged, likely by w...

  • WWCC selected for $650,000 grant award

    Sep 1, 2022

    WALLA WALLA–The United States Department of Education has awarded Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) $654,889 through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Supplemental Support under the American Rescue Plan (SSARP) program. The award provides support to low-income and high-need WWCC students, and it reinforces the college's efforts to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate Education Committee and a senior member of the Senate A...

  • Pirates open 2022 fall season tonight

    Sep 1, 2022

    POMEROY––A schedule change finds Pirate football opening its season tonight against the Orofino Maniacs with a 7 p.m. kick off at Lybecker Field. Lady Pirate Volleyball will sidestep the Clarkston Jamboree this week, Toddette McGreevy, athletic director, said. Practice counts did not permit the team to compete. The volleyball season opens Wednesday, September 7 at DeSales, first serve at 6 p.m. The Pirate Cross Country schedule is in the process of being finalized, McGreevy said. See the com...

  • Congresswoman reacts to Inslee/Murray dam study

    Sep 1, 2022

    SPOKANE–Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) weighed in on Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray's published report and recommendations leaving the door open for breaching the Lower Snake River dams. "The report and recommendations released by Governor Inslee and Senator Murray are a welcome step back towards reality, but the fight is far from over. For months, they led a sham process paid for by Washington taxpayers and pandered to radical environmen...

  • Quote of the Week

    Sep 1, 2022

    “Thinking: the talking of the soul to itself.” – Plato... Full story

  • OPINION

    Todd Myers|Sep 1, 2022

    Washington State Attorney Bob Ferguson recently announced he opposes the expansion of a natural gas pipeline in Washington state, claiming “This pipeline is bad for the environment and bad for consumers.” He is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject the energy project. A look at the math of his claims demonstrates, however, that the expansion of the pipeline would have no impact on total greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state. His effort to block the expansion would not...

  • Reality on the Governor's Snake River dam report

    Todd Myers|Sep 1, 2022

    Todd Myers, Environmental Director at the Washington Policy Center and member of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council, released this statement regarding the release of the governor's report on the Snake River dams. "The governor's report on the Snake River dams ignores the consensus science on salmon and the Snake River dams, and puts politics before true salmon recovery efforts. Destroying the dams would divert funding from salmon runs at greater risk, would not help Southern Resident...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Naomi Scoggin|Sep 1, 2022

    Ten years ago August 29, 2012 With the 2012 harvest in Garfield County just about done, Pomeroy Grain Growers general manager Bob Cox’s evaluation is that it’s “another good year” for county farmers. Bob estimated that 85% of the fields had been harvested as of last week and that everything should be “in the bin” by Labor Day. Though 2012’s yields are “not quite as good” as the record yields of 2011, they’re still above average. And prices are $2.00 higher this year, and the $9.00 Portland quot...

  • Man Cave reception

    Charlotte Baker|Sep 1, 2022

    POMEROY–The Blue Mountain Artisan Guild (BMAG) kicks off the “Man Cave” art show with a reception scheduled at the gallery on September 8 at 5-7 p.m. The “Man Cave” art exhibit and reception sponsored by Jaril Lynn Farms, will display various creations of many different mediums from local adult men artists and craftsmen. They will be joined by junior artists Conrad, Corbin and Colver Nelson, and Nick Hastings. Mark your calendar and invite your friends and family to this special event....

  • 6th-8th Girls Basketball

    Sep 1, 2022

    6th-8th Girls Basketball Sept. 15 @ All Saints 4:30 p.m. 19 @ Gar-Pal (Garfield) 4:30 p.m. 22 Colfax 4:30 p.m. 26 ESJL 4:30 p.m. 29 Asotin 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3 Colton 4:30 p.m. 10 Oakesdale 4:30 p.m. 13 @Tekoa/Ros 4:30 p.m. 17 All Saints 4:30 p.m. 20 @ ESJL (Endicott) 4:30 p.m....

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