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Articles from the October 5, 2023 edition


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  • Columbia Pulp assets sold

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    SEATTLE–The sale of the assets of the defunct straw-to-pulp Columbia Pulp I, LLC is complete except for a judge's final order approving distribution of the funds, and there's good news for Columbia County: tax obligations owed to the county are first in line for payment from the proceeds of the sale. A hearing on a motion that would authorize distribution of the proceeds by receiver Paladin Management Group, LLC's Lance Miller is set on October 23 in King County Superior Court, Judge Coreen W...

  • Nonpayment of taxes affected County taxing districts

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    DAYTON–With the impending receipt of over $2 million in back taxes just around the corner, the effect of several years of unpaid taxes by Columbia Pulp I, LLC, did have an adverse effect on Columbia County, says Carla Rowe, County Treasurer. “Budgets were short,” Rowe said of the impact the now-defunct company’s lack of tax payments, “especially for smaller districts, like Fire District No. 1.” The uncollected tax for the fire district which serves the Starbuck area was shy 36.57%, Rowe noted. “We only collected 63% of the taxes – that’s pret...

  • 4-H volunteers needed

    Oct 5, 2023

    POMEROY–The Garfield County 4-H program needs adult volunteers to be club leaders for all interest areas. In addition, volunteers are especially needed for family living clubs which includes cooking, sewing, crafting, knitting/crochet. There has been an expressed interest in robotics, shooting sports and photography. The 4-H programs are for kids who live in the country, kids in the city and kids everywhere in between. 4-H welcomes both boys and girls and all races and religions. More boys a...

  • BOCC approves grant application to replace Fairgrounds grandstands

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 5, 2023

    POMEROY–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) approved a grant application, an inter-fund transfer, and a master application for ancillary insurance policies at their meeting on October 2. The application for a Capital Improvement grant from Washington State Department of Agriculture in the amount of $66,589.60 is to potentially cover replacements of the grandstands at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The current wooden grandstands present a safety risk to fair-goers and others w...

  • Superintendent and staff strive for academic improvement

    Charlotte Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    POMEROY–The School Board heard discussion on attendance and academic improvement; approved a retirement; new and returning hires and an out-of-field teaching assignment; upcoming events; and heard other school business, according to the September 26 meeting minutes. David Tejero has been working on various events, including strategizing on how to improve attendance, especially at the high school level. Superintendent Rachel Gwinn will begin observing teachers and students in October and according to the minutes, affirms communication between h...

  • Fall Festival and Historic Home Tours this weekend

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    DAYTON–It's Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Station and a great time to visit town and tour some of Our Fair City's most stately and historic homes this weekend. The Blue Mountain Station's Fall Family Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the 700 Artisan Way location. Gather there for Oktoberfest food and drink, live music and family-oriented activities. This year's event features Oktoberfest fare at the Co-op as well as food and drink from Smash Tacos, R&B BBQ, Cedar Rain Spirits, R...

  • West Nile Virus detected in neighboring counties in late September

    Oct 5, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–The Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (WWCDCH), Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD), and the Washington State Department of Health have confirmed two cases of West Nile virus in residents from Walla Walla and Franklin counties, diagnosed within the last week of September. Both people were most likely exposed within their county of residence. In addition, WSDA also announced two horse cases of West Nile virus, in Grant and Benton counties most likely exposed w...

  • Former Spokane Co. sheriff to speak here

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    DAYTON–Former Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will give the keynote address when the Columbia County Republican Central Committee holds its annual Lincoln Day Dinner here Saturday, October 14 at the Fairground Pavilion. The annual celebration in honor of the sixteenth president of the United States will also feature updates from local legislators Rep. Mary Dye (R-9-Pomeroy) and Rep. Joe Schmick (R-9-Colfax), a representative of the Washington State Republican Party, National Republican Co...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Oct 5, 2023

    Prior to his conversion, the Apostle Paul (under the name of Saul) was responsible for the imprisonment of Christians, some of them being put to death. The Lord got ahold of him and he became a new creation in Christ. Paul referred to himself as "the chief of sinners" to whom God had shown His long-suffering mercy. There may be times when we need to be reminded that the Lord loves every person and desires them to be saved, regardless of what they've done or how horrible they have been. There...

  • Quote of the Week

    Oct 5, 2023

    “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” – Thomas A. Edison... Full story

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 5, 2023

    Ten Years Ago October 9, 2013 The homecoming royalty were introduced: Homecoming Queen Neosha Ren and Mr. Football Cody LaMunyan; Senior Princess Annakah Schuroff and her escort Wyatt Hyer; Junior Princess Rafaella Regoni-Macera and her escort Taylor Lewis; Sophomore Princess Ally Bott and her escort Riley Bott; and Freshman Princess Lora Lyle and her escort Tyler McGreevy. Twenty-Five Years Ago October 7, 1998 Timothy Bishop, executive director of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, advised th...

  • Free Chipper Day and combined Tire and Appliance Amnesty Day

    Oct 5, 2023

    POMEROY–Garfield County will hold a combined Appliance Amnesty, Tire Amnesty and free Chipper Day for county residents on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. the old rock pit off Gould City-Mayview Rd. Disposed items must fall within the following guidelines. Tires should have rims removed and be free of dirt and water. NO combine tires. Appliance items such as dishwashers, hot water heaters, stoves, air conditioners, refrigerators, washer/dryers, and freezers will be accepted. No TVs. What can you bring? Clean yard and garden debris will be...

  • Beekeeping 101 program at Library

    Charlotte Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    POMEROY–The Friends of the Denny Ashby Library and the Denny Ashby Library offer Beekeeping 101, a free community presentation by Barbara DeHerrera at the Senior Center on Monday, October 16 at 1 p.m. Barbara DeHerrera will elaborate of beginning beekeeping; the who, what, why, how, and when to get started on this hobby. Honeybees pollinate and are essential to crops such as fruit, nuts and vegetables in our gardens and fields each year. Without these beneficial pollinators, fresh produce w...

  • Pirates make quick work of Touchet

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    TOUCHET–The Redhawks didn't have much of an answer for the Pomeroy Pirates, who counted four first-quarter touchdowns and another four in the second quarter to speed through the second half for a S.E. 1B win by 46-6. Pomeroy is 4-1 overall, 3-1 in conference. The Pirate defense held Touchet to four first downs and a total offense of 87 yards while amassing 494 yards of offense, 314 on the ground, 180 via the airwaves. Next up for the Pirates are the Dayton Bulldogs this Friday at Lybecker F...

  • Lady Bucs lose pair of five-set road battles

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–The Lady Irish led the third set 23-8 but the Lady Pirates rallied to take a 2-1 lead before dropping the next two sets and the match to DeSales here Sept. 28, one of two road-trip, five-set losses last week. "We made the biggest comeback that I could remember coaching in over 20 years [of volleyball]" said Head Coach Adam Van Vogt. "Colton had played really good ball this year and DeSales is in first in their league so we got to play quality opponents and almost won both on the r...

  • Jr. Hi Pirates win at SJEL

    Oct 5, 2023

    LACROSSE–Both A and B Middle School Pirate Girl's Basketball teams were winners over SJEL here Sept. 20. The A Squad won 31-17 with Reagan McKeirnan leading scoring with 13. Kiara Marquez 6, Sidney Wolf 4, Peyton Newberg, 2, Lilaina Severson 2, Hollie Van Vogt 2, Daphne Waldher 2. "We saw a zone defense for the first time this year and I was very happy with how the girls adjusted," said Coach HayLee Dudley. "Several of our younger girls saw substantial court time and did a great job." The B...

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