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  • City of Pomeroy candidate

    Oct 26, 2023

    My name is John Hirsch and I am running for City Council. VMI instills in its graduates the desire to pursue careers in public service, not just in the military but as "Citizen Soldiers," to serve our country and our communities. I have tried to live up to that throughout my adult life. I have lived in Pomeroy for 20 years and have worked with the Sheriff's Office, Emergency management, 911, and Garfield County Transportation. I have lived in many parts of the U.S. and can say that I am proud...

  • Pink Out at Pomeroy High School

    Oct 26, 2023

    Cheerleaders keeping the Pomeroy Pirate rooting section loud and supportive were also sporting pink attire to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention this week in Pomeroy. Some of the cheering contingent included Sidney Wolf, Peyton Newberg, Myka Horal and Daphne Waldher, in the front row, and the three furthest to the right in the back row are Nola Claassen, Allie Gingerich and Allie Van Vogt. Numerous others were pitching in with lots of cheering and commotion as the Pirates downed the...

  • County resident brings concerns over third-party vote counting

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 26, 2023

    POMEROY-The Garfield County board of commissioners (BOCC) approved a memorandum of understanding and the purchase of an internet switch, as well as heard election concerns from a county resident at their meeting on October 23. Jeff Barnett brought his concern over election equipment, particularly the use of computers for ballot counting, and the inaccessibility of information about them to the board. He stated he was concerned about third party vote counting, and the opportunity for...

  • Water and sewer charges for vacant properties to begin in January

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 26, 2023

    POMEROY–The Pomeroy City Council announced that they will begin charging 25% of current water and sewer rates for vacant properties, heard a request for alley vacation, and approved an application for a Department of Health Drinking Water State Revolving Fund grant at their meeting on October 10. The council announced that software issues that delayed collection of vacant property water and sewer fees of 25% of current rates have been fixed and collection will begin January 1. The decision to c...

  • VSP receives $47,000 for monitoring water quality

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 26, 2023

    POMEROY–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) approved an amendment to the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) contract with Washington State Conservation Commission, a quote for a ballistic barrier for the judge's bench in the Garfield County Courthouse, and an emergency vacation cash-out at their meeting on October 10. The approved amendment to the VSP contract provides Garfield County with an additional $47,000 to be used for monitoring water quality. According to board c...

  • CTA surplus van offered to runner-up after winning auction bidder backs out

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 26, 2023

    POMEROY-The Garfield County Transportation Authority (CTA) discussed a van listed as surplus last month, as well as proceeding plans for a proposed building at their meeting on October 23. The 2015 Ford Transit van E507 that was listed for auction after September’s CTA meeting was bid upon, but the winning bidder backed out after the auction was closed. The van will be offered to the runner-up bid at $16,500, only $100 less than the winning bid. The designing for the joint CTA and Garfield C...

  • November 1 last Second Harvest visit of the year

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 26, 2023

    POMEROY-The Garfield County Public Health District discussed Second Harvest visits and passed two resolutions at their meeting on October 23. Second Harvest’s mobile food bank will come to Pomeroy for the last time in 2023 on November 1. There is planning for it to return in 2024. The District passed resolution 2023-18, a contract for 2023-2024 school nursing programs for both Pomeroy and Starbuck school districts. They also passed resolution 2023-19, to surplus a RICOH printer to the G...

  • Quote of the Week

    Oct 26, 2023

    “Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.” – C. S. Lewis... Full story

  • The Pacific Northwest, one of seven America's First Clean Hydrogen hubs

    Oct 26, 2023

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released $7 billion to launch seven Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) across the nation and accelerate the commercial-scale deployment of low-cost, clean hydrogen-a valuable energy product that can be produced with zero or near-zero carbon emissions. The Pacific Northwest is one of seven hubs selected. Funded by President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the seven H2Hubs will kickstart a national network of clean hydrogen producers,...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 26, 2023

    Ten Years Ago October 30, 2013 Submitted by Pastor Roger Pedersen-Besides the evolution of human culture, politics and economics, there is also an unfortunate evolution in the use of language. Things that were clearly understood 50 years ago can mean something entirely different today. For example, the word "martyr" today in the postmodern period is applied to a person who straps on an explosive vest and kills innocent people "for" his cause and "for" a great reward after his suicide. But this i...

  • Gallery ushers in holidays with memories

    Charlotte Baker|Oct 26, 2023

    POMEROY–The Blue Mountain Artisan Guild (BMAG) will present the "Holiday Memories" two-month show starting on November 1. A reception is planned at the gallery on November 2 at 5-7 p.m. In this show, BMAG Board members are the Adult Featured Artists. For this show there will not be a Junior featured artist. A reception sponsored by JD Brown Studios will begin at 5 until 7 p.m. Plan to kick in your holiday season with a visit to the BMAG Holiday Memories show....

  • Walla Walla woman injured in accident

    Oct 26, 2023

    An 82-year-old Walla Walla woman was airlifted to the hospital after a two-vehicle accident on SR 12 between Dayton and Pomeroy on October 11. Unnur Halldorsdottir Murdoch's 2013 Ford SUV was passing a semi tractor trailer with an oncoming vehicle, and she clipped a 2013 Kenworth driven by Adrian Sanchez of Stanfield, Ore., according to the Washington State Patrol. She was wearing a safety belt and will receive a citation for improper passing. -Chronicle photo...

  • A Story

    Naomi Scoggin|Oct 26, 2023

    Bright wooden splinters lay smashed into the dust. Sam Morgan knelt in his neighbor's empty corral, studying the prints. "Wilma and I stayed in Kirby with her sister last night," Orville Wilkins said. "All I can tell is something scared my horses through the fence. Cougar, maybe." Sam stood, brushing dirt from his knee. "Maybe." He had only seen horse tracks, but a cat would scare them without entering the corral. "Tough break." He looked down the draw, trying to guess where they might have gone...

  • Innovative new dental school to open

    Oct 26, 2023

    YAKIMA–Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) is receiving $12 million in grant funding from Delta Dental of Washington to help launch its new school of dental medicine, making it the second dental school in the state. The innovative new dental school, expected to open to students in fall 2025, will be uniquely focused on training dental students committed to serving rural and other medically underserved communities which are increasingly experiencing a critical dental w...

  • Pirates take decisive win over DeSales Irish; eye postseason

    Loyal Baker|Oct 26, 2023

    POMEROY––The Pirates took control of their destiny–and post-season play–by defeating DeSales 44-22 in SE1B action here Oct. 20. Pomeroy holds a 6-1 record, second place behind Liberty Christian at 7-0, and ahead of Garfield-Palouse at 5-2. The Pirates host fifth-place Sunnyside Christian (4-3) Friday at Lybecker Field for Pomeroy's Homecoming and Senior Night. "I'm super proud of our guys and how they approached the preparation this week," commented Head Coach Kyle Kimble. "They were fully c...

  • Lady Pirate volleyball comes home–finally

    Loyal Baker|Oct 26, 2023

    The Lady Pirate Varsity volleyball team played their first home match in a month when they took on Colton on Tuesday, October 17 and the team is looking forward to post-season play. This week the Lady Pirates will host two crucial games on the Pomeroy court, St. John/Endicott-LaCrosse and Tekoa-Rosalia. Pomeroy is in fourth behind second-place SJEL and ahead of sixth-place T-R. Back in September at Colton, the Lady Pirates played five games with them and this home match provided just as much vol...

  • Junior High Football undefeated

    Oct 26, 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...