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  • Supreme Court overturns $30 vehicle tabs

    Connie Boyer|Oct 29, 2020

    POMEROY–The Washington State Supreme Court overturned voter-approved Initiative 976 on October 15. The Garfield County Transportation Authority (GCTA) heard this announcement at the October 19 meeting. Washington State voters elected to approve initiative I-976 in November, 2019, which would hold vehicle license tabs to $30. In protest, the GCTA joined in a lawsuit led by Seattle-area governments to overturn the initiative that would have cut an estimated $4.2 billion in revenue over the next six years. This initiative, if enacted, could h...

  • Food Bank shelves lack supplies

    Charlotte Baker|Oct 29, 2020

    POMEROY–Local food bank is down on its luck with low food and commodity stock due to shortages of certain items, delivery changes and delays and the impacts from COVID-19 shutdown and slow recovery. The local food bank is seeking help restocking shelves with food, dry goods, cleaning products, toiletries and holiday extras. According to Susie Bowles, Garfield County Food Bank Manager, the shelves have one month of stock left for October, which is far less than the standard three-month supply r...

  • High-speed chase crosses county line

    Charlotte Baker|Oct 29, 2020

    By Charlotte Baker POMEROY-Garfield County Undersheriff Calvin Dansereau became involved in a high-speed motorcycle pursuit with Paul Edward Hines, 51, of Richland, Wash., starting in Garfield County and ending in Columbia County, resulting in a non-fatal injury, one-vehicle collision on October 18, 2020. Undersheriff Dansereau pursued a Honda motorcycle driven by Hines in a high-speed chase at 11:57 p.m., Sunday night which proceeded west on Highway 12 at milepost 395, involving speeds up to...

  • Congresswoman pays virtual visit to Garfield County BOCC

    Connie Boyer|Oct 29, 2020

    POMEROY––Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers telephonically attended the regular meeting of the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on October, 26, 2020, to touch base with the County and allow meeting attendees to ask questions about issues with which they are concerned. She acknowledged that COVID-19 certainly remains a top priority with everyone, and thanked the citizens of Garfield County for everything they have been doing to keep the community safe. She reported that additional financial help is still being worked out...

  • Quote of the Week

    Oct 29, 2020

    “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist. – Oscar Wilde... Full story

  • Port budget contains wage increase

    Connie Boyer|Oct 29, 2020

    POMEROY–A preliminary Port of Garfield 2021 budget was discussed at the recent Board meeting. Diana Ruchert, Port of Garfield Director requested a merit wage increase of four percent for Tina Keller, stating she has taken on more responsibility by assisting Doug Leuck with some of his duties, as well as assisting Ruchert with the additional sanitizing of the USFS offices according to COVID-19 requirements. Ruchert added there was enough extra work to justify hiring another person, but because Tina has pitched in, there was no need. She e...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 29, 2020

    To the editor, For at least thirty years, I have known Scott Marinella as a friend, a co-counsel in lawsuits, an opponent in lawsuits, a judge, and a co-member of a committee. I have observed him as Judge of the Columbia County District Court and as a Judge Pro Tem of the Superior Court in the last year and one half because of the absence of the elected judge. Scott possesses the qualities of patience, courtesy, reason, common sense, and studiousness necessary for an excellent judge. I have endorsed him for Superior Court Judge of Asotin,...

  • On the Edge of Common Sense

    Baxter Black|Oct 29, 2020

    It was a bad day at Black Rock that fateful Halloween. It all began the week before, the call had seemed routine. “I’ve got a mare needs checkin’, Doc, I b’lieve the sweetheart’s bred.” “I’ll swing by there this afternoon,” Good Doctor Kelly said. The mare was mincing round the stall as Kelly donned the sleeve. “This should only take a second,” his assessment was naive. “She’s just a little nervous, Doc, but...I guess I would be too. If you were pointin’ that at me I’d kick you to Timbucktu!...

  • Garfield County Fair a success

    Dotty Van Vogt|Oct 29, 2020

    POMEROY–Garfield County Fair Board President Sara Lunsford found the consensus of the 2020 Garfield County Fair and Livestock Sale to be in general a success, considers funding through fundraiser and grants a priority, and sparking a new theme for next years’ fair part of the discuss at the recent Board meeting October 10. Jamie Hames and Larry Ledgerwood gave a recap of the Youth Livestock Show and Sale indicating the weekend went as planned with good cooperation from participants, their families, volunteers and buyers. Comments related to...

  • A Teen's Take

    KayLee Schmidt|Oct 29, 2020

    POMEROY–Someone very close to my heart said to me “If you can only think about the possibility of failure, how can you ever hope to see success?” Fear is such a powerful idea, but if that is all it is, an idea, why is it so powerful? This notion we call fear, prevents us from doing so many things, good and bad. It stops us from breaking the rules or making a not-so-wise decision that could change our lives forever. It can also stop us from starting something new, letting us expand our world...

  • $16,357 conferencing equipment purchase approved

    Connie Boyer|Oct 29, 2020

    POMEROY–The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) gave Grant Morgan, Garfield County Public Works Director approval to move forward with the purchase of conferencing center multi-media units costing $16,357 at the October 19 meeting. Morgan had been asked to seek some references of the specific conferencing center multi-media units being considered for purchase. He reported he spoke with a community college that had purchased the same type of equipment and had been using it for quite a while and were pleased. The purchase price o...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Dotty Van Vogt|Oct 29, 2020

    Ten Years Ago October 27, 2010 Two months into the $2 million renovation project, the interior of the county courthouse has been pared down to studs and brick walls. “Pictures of Garfield County Homesteads,” volumes I and II, published by Quest and Neil Keatts, are on display at Garfield County Museum. The photos, taken by the late Neil Keatts, are great for viewing and reference material, according to museum volunteer Muriel Bott. Twenty-Five Years Ago November 1, 1995 The Pomeroy boys’ cross country team, competing against nine Class A teams...

  • OBITUARY

    Oct 29, 2020

    Kathleen Gail Douglas April 9, 1059–October 22, 2020 Kathleen Gail Douglas of Pomeroy passed away at her home on October 22, 2020. She was 61. Kathy was born April 9, 1959 to James and Dorothy (Snelson) Douglas in Moses Lake, Wash. She was the eldest of four children. James and Dorothy moved to Pomeroy, Wash., when she was a child where she attend Pomeroy Schools all the way to her graduation in 1977. She then moved to central Washington where she worked for the Orchard farmers. In 1981, she wel...

  • OBITUARY

    Oct 29, 2020

    Gerald H. Mock January 8, 1929–October 22, 2020 Gerald Harget Mock died on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Memory Manor in Pomeroy, Wash. Jerry was born at St. Mary's Hospital on January 8, 1929, in Walla Walla, Wash., to Frank Arnold Mock and Sarah Jesstina Harget Mock. Jerry grew up on the family farm on Robinette Mountain outside of Dayton until he was 16. He and his mother moved to Pomeroy in 1946 after Jerry's dad passed away. After moving to Pomeroy, Jerry met the love of his life, M...

  • A. F. Branco

    Oct 29, 2020

  • Letter to the Editor

    Oct 29, 2020

    To the editor, It is my pleasure to endorse Scott Marinella for the position of Superior Court Judge in Asotin, Columbia and Garfield Counties. I have known Scott and his wife Sue for forty years. I know of and can attest to Scott’s integrity, honesty and abilities as a lawyer and a judge. He is fair-minded and listens to others. He will follow the law and make his decisions within it. Scott, served as a board member and later as president of our state’s District and Municipal Judges Association. He is a proven leader of his constituents. Sco...

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