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  • Columbia Pulp resumes production

    Oct 21, 2021

    STARBUCK–Columbia Pulp LLC has resumed operation of its first-of-its-kind mill located in here Idled between April, 2020 and June, 2021 due to the pandemic, the company used that time to implement numerous process improvements and has resumed production. Columbia Pulp is now steadily increasing wet lap production and improving quality for delivery to customers. In addition to a compelling sustainability story, the company has created over one hundred family-wage jobs while providing a revenue b...

  • Special Health District meeting called to address administrator changes

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 21, 2021

    POMEROY–Garfield County Health District Administrator Martha Lanman announced her resignation as Columbia County's Public Health District Administrator at a special Health District meeting on October 12. As per the inter-local administrative services agreement between Garfield and Columbia counties, Lanman will no longer be operating as Garfield County's administrator when her 30 days' notice at Columbia County expires. To address this, the Health District board has passed Resolutions 2...

  • Non-vaccinated firefighters will not be allowed on Fire District vehicles

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 21, 2021

    POMEROY–Garfield County Fire District No.1 commissioners announced the cut-off date for Covid-19 vaccinations at their meeting on October 12. Non-vaccinated staff without exemption alternatives already in place will no longer be able to ride on District vehicles starting midnight on October 18. The commissioners voted to change the date of the release of yearly stipends. The stipends will be part of November's payroll, instead of the December payroll. Two training conferences have been s...

  • Pomeroy Assist awarded Shepherd Foundation grant

    Charlotte Baker|Oct 21, 2021

    POMEROTY–The Harold and Helen Shepherd Foundation (Shepherd Foundation) awarded the Pomeroy Assist Garfield County Humanitarian Association with $3,000 to obtain and erect a new shed and help with water bills and operations for Emergency Housing in Pomeroy. Pomeroy Assist Executive Director Rachel Anderson, wrote a grant application for Pomeroy Assist Garfield County Humanitarian Association to help with water bills and operation expenses of emergency housing. It also included a request for f...

  • Voting tabulation system test results accurate

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 21, 2021

    POMEROY–Garfield County Auditor McKenzie Lueck performed a logic and accuracy test on the courthouse’s voting tabulation system on October 12. A test matrix was created by a hypothetical election result and test ballots. The matrix included the number of votes cast for each candidate, pre-determined double votes, and sections where the vote was not filled in. The test results matched the matrix exactly, indicating that the system is clear of errors and tampering. The system used by Garfield Cou...

  • Quote of the Week

    Oct 21, 2021

    “The gain is not the having of children; it is the discovery of love and how to be loving.” – Polly Berrien Berends... Full story

  • Commentary

    Sen. Mark Schoesler|Oct 21, 2021

    Inslee is still targeting Snake River dams It’s no secret that Gov. Inslee is not a fan of the four dams on the lower Snake River. I think it had been a few months since our governor last said anything about these dams, but his silence ended somewhat dramatically when I read a story in today’s Spokesman-Review that said the guy told a group of environmentalists at a virtual fundraiser yesterday that he and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray are exploring options to breach the Snake dams “and replace the b...

  • A. F. Branco

    A. F. Branco|Oct 21, 2021

  • On the Edge of Common Sense

    Baxter Black|Oct 21, 2021

    Do you ever give much thought to where your weaner steers and heifers go when you load’em on the truck or take ’em to the sale? You think maybe it’s like goin’ off to college? Stay in the dormitory, have a nice roommate who doesn’t bawl or stay up all night talking about the cute Charolais they met in the cafeteria. Maybe join a fraternity or sorority, Milka Dama Cow. Play intramural head butting, horn wrestling or pin the tail on the Holstein? They can learn a foreign language like Corriente...

  • Garfield County to change medical insurance providers

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 21, 2021

    POMEROY–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) made a decision to change the County's medical insurance provider at the meeting on October 18. Washington Rural Counties Insurance Fund, the current provider, has raised their premiums by 55%. The board decided to change to Public Employee Benefit Board, whose premiums will be a 16% raise for similar coverage. The board responded to the employee group request with a 4.5% cost-of-living raise and covering medical deductibles. The G...

  • BMAG celebrates Fall Colors

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 21, 2021

    POMEROY–The Blue Mountain Artisan Guild celebrated their 2021 Fall Colors show with an opening reception on September 23. The show features artist Phil Rider and the featured junior artists are the BMAG's Summer Class artists Aubree, Josiah, Brooklyn and Mackinzie Ledgerwood. Pomeroy Fitness Physical Therapy sponsored the show....

  • Candidate profile

    Oct 21, 2021

    Healthcare is an essential component of a well-functioning community, and remains extremely important as we continue navigating the chaotic and uncertain realities all of us have faced for the last two years. Great healthcare services in Garfield County are a priority for me. My name is Erica Stallcop and I am running for the Garfield County Hospital District Board. I have been a registered nurse for 11 years and also have my Master's Degree in Nursing with a focus in Leadership and Management....

  • OBITUARY

    Oct 21, 2021

    Barbara Jeanette Bartels February 25, 1935–October 6, 2021 Barbara Jeanette Bartels was born February 25, 1935, dying peacefully Oct. 6, 2021 of a stroke, surrounded by family. A lifelong Pomeroy resident, Barbara married Darrel Bartels. After raising three children, she enjoyed a long career as a third-generation rural mail carrier, intrepidly descending the Blind Grad and ascending the Marengo in blistering heat or white-out snow storm. "The mail must go through!" Barb enjoyed family, n...

  • Obituaries

    Oct 21, 2021

    Robert (Bob) Edward Feider March 12, 1942–December 11, 2019 Diane Marlene (Ferguson) Feider June 30, 1937–May 26, 2021 Robert Edward Feider passed away on December 11, 2019 in Sun City Arizona. Bob was born in Pomeroy Wash., to Edward and Dorothy Feider on March 12, 1942. Bob was raised on his family farm with his two siblings, Pat and Annie. He enjoyed hunting and fishing from the backdoor of the farm. In high school, he played varsity basketball among other sports, was actively involved in...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 21, 2021

    Ten Years Ago October 19, 2011 Pomeroy High School’s Tory Knebel and Diana Burt were in the top four in the 5th annual Warrior Athletic Association’s High School Awards presented October 12. Pomeroy Christian Church will host a 125th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, October 23. There will be a special Sunday school program at 8:45 a.m. and Worship Service at 10 a.m. Dinner will be at 11:30 a.m. A reception will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by a musical program including the Golden Girls and...

  • Pirates fly past DeSales Irish in high-scoring game

    Loyal Baker|Oct 21, 2021

    POMEROY––It was a record-setting night for Pirate senior Trent Gwinn as he and the Pirates scored prolifically to defeat the DeSales Fighting Irish 76-44 and continue their unbeaten record in the 1B Southeast League. Pomeroy visits Yakama Tribal School next Friday at Toppenish Middle School, facing the 1-3 team with a 3 p.m. kick off. The Pirates and Sunnyside Christian are tied atop the league standings with identical 4-0 league and 7-0 overall records, portending a championship-deciding sho...

  • Volleyball schedule squeezes in double headers down the stretch

    Loyal Baker|Oct 21, 2021

    POMEROY––In eight days between Wednesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 28, the Lady Pirate Volleyball Team will shoe-horn in eight matches to finish the 2021 campaign which was upset by positive covid tests last week. The Lady Pirates played at Oakesdale on October 20, recovering from their covid outbreak to get the season back on track earlier than reported last week. Colton's Lady Wildcats visit Friday, Oct. 22 for a 6 p.m. match, and the Lady Buccaneers host the Nighthawks of Tek...

  • XC Pirates set new PRs

    Loyal Baker|Oct 21, 2021

    ST. JOHN–Pomeroy High School’s Cross Country team competed in an event in St. John on October 12 with four Pirate harriers finishing in the aft part of the pack. Competing in the boy’s varsity event, Trevin Walton, a junior, finished 27th out of a field of 45 runners, notching a time of 21:43. Teammate Samuel Lamb, also a junior, trailed Walton by less than a minute and a half, coming in 35th with a time of 23:10. Brady Bott, another P.H.S. junior, was about a minute later, in 39th place with a 24:09 time. Rounding out the Pirate XC runners was...

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