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Articles from the October 15, 2020 edition

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  • Hospital considering major projects

    Connie Boyer|Oct 15, 2020

    POMEROY–Garfield County Hospital District Co–CEO Mat Slaybaugh informed the Garfield County Hospital District Board of Commissioners on October 5, the Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) upgrade and CT scanner housing project budget is estimated at $3,055,000 and expected to reach approximately $3.5 million with the purchase of the CT scanner. Co-CEO Mat Slaybaugh presented to the board the architect cost projection of $3,055,000 for the proposed HVAC upgrade and new CT Scanner project, which includes the construction of an add...

  • Quote of the Week

    Oct 15, 2020

    “The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin... Full story

  • How to do Halloween 2020

    Connie Boyer|Oct 15, 2020

    POMEROY–– Recommendations for Halloween celebrations and how to identify those locales following the suggested safety measures have been issued by the Washington State Department of Health (WADOH), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Garfield County Health District (GCHD). All three agencies continue to recommend the use of cloth face covering, one that fits snugly over the nose and mouth; avoid confined spaces, outdoor activities are safer; avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spa...

  • Wanted felon, stopped in Garfield County, apprehended in Lewiston

    Charlotte Baker|Oct 15, 2020

    LEWISTON–Local police have apprehended an at-large subject, Michael Coronado, in the area of St. Johns Way near St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center here on October 8, 2020. The suspect eluded Garfield Sheriff's deputies during a routine traffic stop at Highway 12-mile post 419 on October 6 at 8:30 p.m., fleeing on foot from the scene. Asotin County deputies, Washington State Patrol, and Walla Walla County K9 unit were called in to assist with the search. Life Flight also helped by flying o...

  • Bowles makes a donation to Park Gazebo fund

    Connie Boyer|Oct 15, 2020

    POMEROY–A City Park make-over and Gazebo restoration project donation of $5,000 was presented to the Bank of Eastern Washington customer representative Ashlyn Deatherage by Susie Bowles on Oct. 7, 2020. Bowles and daughters, Heather and Erika Bowles, decided together to make the donation in honor of Larry Bowles, because the gazebo holds such fond memories of their late husband and father. The former Garfield County Sheriff spent more than 30 years performing as the master of ceremonies for the...

  • Port broadband project zeroing in on completion

    Connie Boyer|Oct 15, 2020

    POMEROY––Progress on the construction of the Port’s broadband system–underground and overhead portions of work–is approximately 75% complete, reported by Port of Garfield Director Diana Ruchert, at the October 6 meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Contractor ZeroDB has been visible all over town and was said to be making great progress. The new deadline set for the project, after switching contractors, is December 31, 2020. However, representatives from ZeroDB contend they will be completed by early December, if not earlier. Ruchert a...

  • A. F. Branco

    Oct 15, 2020

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 15, 2020

    To the editor, I’m writing in support of Scott Marinella for Superior Court Judge. I have appeared in the Superior Courts of the three counties and recognize the uniqueness of each. I have also had the opportunity to work with Marinella as an attorney and a judge on a number of matters throughout my career. I believe Marinella has the experience and temperament to be a fair and impartial judge in each court. In addition to having more experience, Marinella is the only candidate who is not named in the pending litigation against Scott Gallina a...

  • On the Edge of Common Sense

    Baxter Black|Oct 15, 2020

    I was sittin’ in the back row of a beautiful little church in a mountain town in the Rockies. I was there for the wedding of a daughter of good friends. As the service progressed, my attention was drawn to a banner that hung on the wall. It was handmade, cut from cloth and intended to be inspiring. It read, Mount Up With Winos. Many thoughts went through my mind as I tried to absorb the full meaning of this elaborate banner. I had come to realize over the years that many Protestant churches have...

  • A Teen's Take

    KayLee Schmidt|Oct 15, 2020

    POMEROY–How do we choose what we want to do with our lives. Are we supposed to make the sacrifices and take the logical route? Are we meant to take the risky route and choose to do what we really want? What do you want to do when you graduate high school? How are we supposed to decide by the time we’re eighteen anyways? These are questions over half of us are unable to answer at this time. I understand having a few ideas is a good start, but how do we narrow it down to one or even two pos...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Dotty Van Vogt|Oct 15, 2020

    Ten Years Ago October 13, 2010 The Garfield County Business/Services Committee has completed the development of a comprehensive business gaps assessment. Work continued last week on the exterior of the courthouse, with parts of the front façade taken down to the frame, then re-sheathed. Twenty-Five Years Ago October, 18, 1995 Pomeroy School District will be asking voters to approve a bond issue request for $3.6 million to upgrade the “good solid” elementary school building to meet current standards. Fifty Years Ago October 15, 1970 A Spok...


    Oct 15, 2020

    Elton Eugene Brown December 26, 1945–September 10, 2020 Elton Eugene Brown, 95, of Pomeroy, Wash., passed away Thursday Sept. 10, 2020, a couple months shy of his 96th birthday. Elton was born on Dec. 1, 1945, to Dewey and Lois (Dixon) Brown in Pomeroy. He and Barbara "Bobbie" Wallace were married on Dec. 26, 1945, in Coeur d'Alene. They moved to a ranch near Dayton, Wash., where they lived until returning to Pomeroy in 1953. They had two children, Christina "Tina" and Doug. They also adopted s... Full story


    Oct 15, 2020

    Brent Carl Koller February 8, 1964–August 18, 2020 Brent Carl Koller, 56, died, August 18, 2020 in Amarillo Texas. He was born February 8, 1964, in Lewiston, Id., to Larry and Nelda Watson Koller and lived there for a short time before moving to a farm north of Pomeroy. He attended Pomeroy schools, graduating in 1982. Brent was active in football, wrestling, 4-H and FFA. He qualified for the state wrestling tournament three years, placing his junior and senior years. Brent attended Washington S...


    Oct 15, 2020

    Samuel "Sam" James Weimer December 17, 1938–September 30, 2020 Samuel James Weimer passed away September 30, 2020 at the age of 81. Sam was born in Pomeroy, Wash., to James L. Weimer and Ardis Irene (Ruark) Weimer on December 17, 1938. His sister, Sharon joined him October 31, 1943. He was raised in Pomeroy and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1956. Sam was united in marriage to Sally Ann Wade on June 28, 1958 and welcomed Shelly and Sheila. The family lived in Pomeroy until a job t...

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