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  • Commissioners approve road program; postpone decision on Pataha street vacations

    Charlotte Baker|Dec 10, 2020

    POMEROY–The Public Works Resolution 2020-19 the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Annual Construction Program was approved by the Garfield County Commissioners after a 10 a.m. hearing December 7. Public Works Director Grant Morgan presented an overview of the annual road projects set for the Six-year TIP, spelling out in detail to the Board of County Commissioners the areas needing attention to bring them up to standard. Determinations on which roadways get priority preference are based on key components such as a...

  • Sailor Lucore receives Quilt of Valor

    Charlotte Baker|Dec 10, 2020

    POMEROY–In recognition of Cassandra Lucore, Navy, who serves this great country valiantly, selflessly and with integrity, the Quilt of Valor (QOV) was presented on November 29, 2020, by her family during a visit here that weekend. Lucore is the daughter of Pomeroy residents Jeff and Jaril Pietras. Lucore's Quilt of Valor was pieced by Cindy Klaveano, quilted and bound by Alice Gwinn. Lucore presently serves in the United States Navy, 2012, where she serves as a Petty Officer 2nd Class and M...

  • McMorris Rodgers selected as Republican leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee

    Dec 10, 2020

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) was selected by House of Representatives colleagues as the Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “I’m honored to have earned the support of my colleagues to serve as the Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee,” McMorris Rodgers said. “This committee is critical to addressing the issues that matter to people in Eastern Washington, like bridging the digital divide, bringing doctors to rural communities, keeping energy ra...

  • Nursing student Mimier awarded

    Dec 10, 2020

    CLARKSTON–The annual Washington State Association of College Trustees "Transforming Lives Award" was presented to Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) Clarkston nursing student Brionna Mimier. The WWCC Board of Trustees selected her in recognition of the value education has made itself in her life. Created in 2012, the Transforming Lives Awards program recognizes current and former students whose lives have been changed by pursuing higher education at a community or technical college and i...

  • City of Pomeroy 2021 Budget ready for approval

    Dotty Van Vogt|Dec 10, 2020

    POMEROY–The City's final preliminary public hearing was held December 1, to address any changes to the 2021 budget before submitting it to the board for approval. The City 2021 budget public hearing was opened to questions and comments by Mayor Paul Miller with council members Adam Hodges, Susie Bowles, Mike Cassetto and James Harris in attendance. Requests earlier submitted to the mayor had been addressed and with no questions or comments made during this final public hearing, no further a...

  • Quote of the Week

    Dec 10, 2020

    “Grief can take care of itself but to have the full value of a joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.” – Mark Twain... Full story

  • Wyman responds to claims of voting "anomalies"

    Dec 10, 2020

    OLYMPIA–Secretary of State states no reported anomalies found in voting during the 2020 General Election. Following a Facebook Live video posted by gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp, in which attorney Stephen Pidgeon, Ph.D., alleged over 800,000 votes were tallied than eligible voters who appear in the voter registration database, Secretary of State Kim Wyman issued the following statement: “Gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp, and now attorney Stephen Pidgeon, have made sweeping claims about alleged voter fraud committed in the 2020 Gen...

  • A. F. Branco

    Dec 10, 2020

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  • OPINION

    Jason Mercier|Dec 10, 2020

    Despite the fact state revenues are forecasted to increase 10.7% during this biennia and 7.2% for 2021-23 (showing continued growth every year), a draft bill to impose a statewide "employer compensation tax" is circulating for the 2021 session. The intent of the draft bill is unclear with this current placeholder text: "TBD." According to the draft bill: "Beginning January 1, 2022, an employer compensation tax is imposed on employers engaging in business. The tax imposed by this chapter is levie...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dec 10, 2020

    To the editor, Merlin the magician was hired by Doris Democrat, the “election stealing” Donkey, to win 2020 elections. Merlin hired Santa Claus and his tiny reindeer, what better way to cover the entire nation in a night. Merlin had demonstrated to Doris how he could change a ballot marked for Trump or any other Republican into a ballot marked for Biden or any other Democrat. He showed her how he could make sure “dead people” voted and change post marks on ballot envelopes. One of his greatest talents was to cause dedicated election officia...

  • On the Edge of Common Sense

    Baxter Black|Dec 10, 2020

    I’m takin’ you back to the summer of 2003. Out of the blue I got a call from Patrick Gottsch, a member of the well-known Nebraska ag family. He told me he was building a TV channel dedicated solely to agriculture and the rural community. I asked if he had any programs lined up? He said, “Yes, we are filming the entire National FFA Convention!” I admit it made me raise an eyebrow. My Oklahoma family were farmers. It is in my blood. I joined the Las Cruces, New Mexico FFA. On to New Mexico...

  • East Washingtonian History Mystery

    Dec 10, 2020

    There are a number of unidentified portraits in the archives of the Garfield County Musuem...and their identities are unknown. If you know the names of the people in this photo, please contact the East Washingtonian. 509-843-1313. ––Photo provided by the Garfield County Museum...

  • A Teen's Take

    KayLee Schmidt|Dec 10, 2020

    POMEROY–It is so very important to have a person or people close to you, someon you can rely on. For me, I have one person and she is my absolute best friend. She will call me out on poor behavior or choices and speak honestly with me about what I am about to do or not do. She’ll spend four hours making a gingerbread house with me and laugh at all of my embarrassing moments, of which there are quite a few to date. If it came down to it, she is the person I would want by my side during the zom...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Dec 10, 2020

    There are certain signals we all recognize that warn us Christmas is on its way. The day after Thanksgiving families bust out the Christmas decorations and house lights. Many rush off to the busiest shopping day of the year looking for the perfect presents. Holiday music is playing on Main Street, advertising is everywhere we look and in everything we hear. It seems like even the weather won’t let us forget what’s just around the corner. The most significant indicator that a special day is drawing near is the beginning of Church’s Adven...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Dotty Van Vogt|Dec 10, 2020

    Ten Years Ago December 8, 2010 Denny Ashby Library’s Pomeroy Heritage digital collection has 288 new items documenting local history, including collections of Garfield County schoolhouses and tramways. The Silvery Moon Sale, created by Tom Meyers three years ago, has become Pomeroy’s most popular holiday retail event and will be held Thursday in several downtown businesses. Twenty-Five Years Ago December 13, 1995 Pomeroy Chamber of Commerce presented the musical highlight of the season downtown when businesspeople performed “The 12 Days of Ch...

  • Making a joyful noise

    Dec 10, 2020

    POMEROY–The Scoggin family held an hour-long singing worship of thanksgiving on the Courthouse lawn Thursday afternoon, December 3. The courthouse lawn was the scene of singing and rejoicing by the Scoggin family–Sarah, Naomi, Westelle, and Merritt–Thursday evening. The group filled the air with worship songs and praises unto God, pulling passersby into the rejoicing affair. Drivers rolled their windows down as they passed the courthouse and truckers honked their horns to join in making a "...j...

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