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  • General Election ballots to mail Friday

    Charlotte Baker|Oct 19, 2023

    POMEROY–Ballots will mail Friday, October 20, 2023 for the Garfield County, State of Washington, General Election on November 7, 2023. Ballots may be returned by mail or in-person and postmarked or deposited no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. Deposit boxes are available to the east of the Garfield County Courthouse at 789 Main Street in Pomeroy, and inside the Auditor's Office. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special Election Day hours are from 8:30 a.m. t...

  • City of Pomeroy candidates

    Oct 19, 2023

    In my position with SEWEDA, I have had the opportunity to work closely with the citizens and business owners of Pomeroy. As I have said previously, I recognize the issues that many would like to see addressed. Available and Attainable housing, a more vibrant Main Street, a reliable Child Care system, and job availability for future generations are all very high on the list. These things may not be fixed overnight. It has taken nearly seven years since the Garfield County SEWEDA Board first...

  • City of Pomeroy candidates

    Oct 19, 2023

    Hello my name is James R. Fuchs. I am running for reelection for the position of Pomeroy City Councilman No. 2. I am a Pomeroy native, born and raised here and have raised my family here. I am very active in the community. I am a janitor for the Pomeroy School District, van driver for the Garfield County Transportation, and a volunteer for the Garfield County Food Bank. Over the years that I have been on the city council, I have seen a lot of positive improvements. Bridge improvements, street...

  • City of Pomeroy candidates

    Oct 19, 2023

    Greetings, My name is Kurt Tetrick, and I am running for Pomeroy City Council Position 3 to continue my life goal of public service. I grew up in Garfield County and have always felt a need to pay back to this community that has given me so much throughout my life. The people of this community are strong, resilient, hardworking friends. Pomeroy has a rich heritage of people making a difference in other people's lives.Our community has sacrificed and given much to make sure our school, hospital...

  • City of Pomeroy candidates

    Oct 19, 2023

    Professional Experience: Served in the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer and UH-1 Huey Gunship Pilot, City of Spokane Firefighter for 24 years, Garfield County Reserve Deputy, Garfield County Emergency Manager and Garfield County MSAG Officer. Education: 1976 Graduate of Delhass High School in Bristol, PA, and 1980 Graduate of Virginia Military Institute. Community Service: In June 2023 I was appointed to the Pomeroy City Council to finish out the seat vacated by Susie Bowles, I have served...

  • Cloudwalker Wind Project to cover 30k acres

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 19, 2023

    POMEROY–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) heard a presentation on the Cloudwalker Wind Project and approved a contract and agreement at their meeting on October 16. Enel Green Power North America has leased the wind rights to 30,000 acres in northeast Garfield County for the project. Enel has conducted several economic and cultural surveys, and will conduct several more before designing and construction begins. Construction is loosely expected to begin mid-2025, with a go-live da...

  • Mail carrier injured, walks a mile for help

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 19, 2023

    POMEROY–United States Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier Dawn Jentz, serving this city, was injured while on her delivery route, in a rollover accident on October 6. Though injured, Jentz left the accident scene and walked over a mile to the nearest residence for assistance after her vehicle rolled over on Heaton Gulch Road three miles north of Pomeroy. She was transported to Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston for treatment of her injuries. The mail was recovered and delivered, aside from...

  • Quote of the Week

    Oct 19, 2023

    “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” – Blaise Pascal... Full story

  • Inspections to temporarily close two Col. Co. bridges

    Oct 19, 2023

    DAYTON–Two bridges in northern Columbia County will be temporarily closed on October 24 for annual inspections, the Columbia County Public Works Department advises. The Starbuck Bridge at the north end of Kellogg Hollow Road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. until 12 noon on October 24, and the Vernon Smith Bridge, on Rose Gulch Road, will be closed from 12 noon until 5 p.m. Users of those roads and bridges should plan to travel alternate routes while the bridges are being inspected....

  • School Board Candidates

    Oct 19, 2023

    My name is Ashley Koller. I have been a proud member of the Pomeroy community since 2012. I moved here to support my husband on the family farm and grow our family in small-town roots. My husband, Nick, and I are raising two boys; a 2nd grader and a kindergartener. They are just starting to become involved in school activities, which we are thrilled about. Nick and I both believe in giving back and have been enthusiastic to volunteer as coaches. I graduated from Eastern Washington University...

  • School Board Candidates

    Oct 19, 2023

    My name is Allison McKeirnan and I am currently a school board director for the Pomeroy School District 110. I was born and raised in a rural town in southwestern Montana. It was there, in Dillon that I learned the value of growing up in a small, close-knit community. My experience allowed me to establish strong roots seeded in family values, hard work, and loyalty. I attended college at Gonzaga University where I earned a bachelor's degree in science in nursing. I met my husband; Bryan at GU...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 19, 2023

    Ten Years Ago October 23, 2013 Pomeroy residents Lonnie and Inez Cannon are using their yard and the Halloween holiday to collect donations for the financially hurting Garfield County Food Bank. The Cannons invite the community to visit their heavily decorated front yard to celebrate Halloween, and make a canned food donation to the Food Bank. Twenty-Five Years Ago October 21, 1998 The Bell Telephone System-Suzanne Beale said that she owes Jo Todd a thank you. She comes to the Center every once...

  • Obituary

    Oct 19, 2023

    Mark D. McGee September 19, 1968–October 8, 2023 On Sunday, October 8, we suffered the loss of a son, brother, father, uncle, cousin, and good friend, Mark Darin McGee. Mark was born on September 19, 1958, in Walla Walla, Wash., to Donald and Donna McGee. They later moved to Cheney and later welcomed Mark's younger brother, Scott. Don, Donna, Mark, and Scott then moved to Pomeroy, Wash., and they welcomed Mark's sister Melissa into the family. Mark lived in Pomeroy until he graduated in 1977. I...

  • Playoffs may be on line against DeSales here Friday

    Loyal Baker|Oct 19, 2023

    ROSALIA–For the Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves, superstitious Friday the Thirteenth was no help at all against their opponents. The Pirates dominated in all three phases of football, pouring on 44 first-quarter points and marking the third-highest scoring game in Pirate football history in this 90-0 runaway. "Our young guys got some great game experience and moved the ball well versus T-R," said Head Coach Kyle Kimble. "We also held them to -22 yards of total offense for the game, the second week in...

  • Junior High Football undefeated

    Oct 19, 2023

    POMEROY––The Pomeroy Junior High Football team-small in numbers but potent in play-has won four games with a final game against Touchet remaining October 23. The Pirates defeated DeSales Jr. Hi 44-0 in the first game, then won a home stand versus Tekoa-Rosalia 52-0. At St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse, the Pirates chalked up a 45-7 win. In Richland, the Liberty Christian Jr. Hi was no match for Pomeroy, winning 30-7 against a team with 20 players on the sidelines compared to Pomeroy nine. At DeS...

  • Volleyball ready for post season

    Loyal Baker|Oct 19, 2023

    POMEROY––Pirate volleyball ended its seven-match road stretch by playing at Dayton and Asotin, handing the Lady Bulldogs a 3-1 loss and dropping the match to Asotin by the same score. The Lady Pirates host Colton this week and SJEL for Homecoming Spirit Night on Tuesday, October 24, finishing the regular season against Tekoa-Rosalia next Thursday at home. The team is in the thick of it, holding down third with a 6-4 league mark behind SJEL at 7-2 and Oakesdale at 10-0. Times and locations for...

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