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 By Charlotte Baker    News    January 14, 2021 

Commissioners approve HSA contribution for employees

POMEROY–The Garfield County Commissioners approved the Health Saving Account (HSA) contribution payment of $400 per employee per month at the January 11 regular meeting. The amount subsidizes the $5,000 deductible for the HSA at the back,...

 
 By Charlotte Baker    News    January 14, 2021 

Return to Phase 1 and vaccine on the horizon

POMEROY–The community is experiencing low COVID case number; Two active cases as of January 11 with some testing happening at the hospital but not much which is a good sign for our community. Even t...

 
 By Charlotte Baker    News    January 14, 2021 

Pomeroy Partners awarded $125,000 grant

POMEORY–The Drug Free Communities $125,000 grant was recently awarded to the Pomeroy Partners for Health Families. They are one of 201 coalitions in the United States receiving the annual funds for...

 

Wilbur-Ellis expands Central Ferry storage

CENTRAL FERRY–Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness has invested $4.5 million to better serve its Pacific Northwest customers with three new million-gallon tanks, adding efficiency to area distribution...

 

2020 - Year in Review

This is the January 14 installment of the East Washingtonian's look back at 2020. -Charlotte Baker Publisher & Editor MAY 21). Garfield County had been granted approval to move forward to Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start recovery plan....

 

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Majority already moving forward toward state income tax By Sen. Mark Schoesler WASHINGTON STATE–Majority Democrats are looking to fast-track state income tax and once again trying to call it anything but an income tax by using the term “excise...

 
 By Larry Bunch    News    January 14, 2021 

First Camas Prairie shoot successful

POMEROY–The first of the Camas Prairie 10-week shoot for the Pomeroy Gun Club launched the weekend of December 9–10. Using the new stipulations under the COVID–19 protocols, the start of the season was fairly successful. The Junior shooters...

 

When could you get the vaccine?

WASHINGTON STATE–The government roll-out of vaccine distribution which began before Christmas, has met management issues fostering inoculation delays or holds. The federal government's "Operation...

 

Commissioners make committee assignments

Chairman Justin Dixon named committee assignments in the first commission meeting of 2021 this week. Dixon will continue as chairman in addition to representing Garfield County on the Washington Counties Risk Pool, Washington Counties Insurance...

 

First to connect

POMEROY–Inland Cellular began fiber optic installation this week, starting with the Jack Peasley residence on Arlington Street here Monday. He and a neighbor across the street will be able to test...

 

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Employment opportunities for SNAP participants WASHINGTON, D.C.–The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a final rule enhancing employment and training opportunities for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants. SNAP...

 

5 Quit Smoking Tips to Be Tobacco-free in the New Year

The American Lung Association wants 2021 to be a quit smoking success! CHEYENNE, WY–One of the most popular resolutions at the beginning of each year is the desire to quit smoking, with more than 70% of smokers reporting they want to quit. Smoking...

 

Commissioners approve 2021 budget

POMEROY–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) approved Resolution 2020-27, Garfield County 2021 budget for all departments, in the amount of $16,472,927.93, and all supplemental...

 

Dye is Republican leader of House Environment and Energy Committee

OLYMPIA–When the 2021 legislative session begins January 11, Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, will lead the House Environment and Energy Committee for the state House Republicans. Committee assignments...

 

Community and Arts & Culture grants available

SPOKANE–Garfield County is eligible to apply for the Innovia Foundation Community Grants Program and Arts & Culture Recovery Grants programs to organizations impacted by COVID-19 and summer wildfires. These two grant programs are open through...

 

Hospital experiences first in-house COVID positive tests

POMEROY–Garfield County Hospital District had the first in-house patients test positive for COIVD-19 November 17. In response, facility-wide testing of all patients and staff was done using rapid...

 

PPHF awarded $625,000 grant

POMEROY–Pomeroy Partners for Healthy Families will receive $625,000 in funding as one of the 201 awardees of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug Free Communities (DFC) $25 million grant program. The funding of this...

 

Fire District hires Kyson Fruh

By Loyal Baker POMEROY––Firefighter/EMT intern Kyson Fruh will help bolster the community's fire and ambulance coverage in the coming year. Fruh was hired by Garfield County Fire District No. 1...

 

BOCC approves District Court Judge's salary increase

POMEROY–The Garfield County Commissioners (BOCC) heard arguments for and against District Court Judge salary increase and approval, and Fairground fee schedule updates, and approved Resolution 2020-23. Resolution 2020-23 Treasures Change Fund...

 

County Fair gate prices to increase

POMEROY–The Garfield County Fair Board (GCFB) approved increased fair ticket prices for one-day passes to: Senior–$5; Adult–$8; and Three-day passes to: Single–$15; and Family–$30, at the...

 

Columbia Fifth to Sixth Street project complete

POMEROY–City Council approved the 2021 Budget, final payments of $67,002.31 to TD&H Engineering and Nelson Construction for the Columbia Fifth to Sixth Street project, and attorney rate increase. They also approved an increase in pool rates,...

 

BOCC approves Res. 2020-20 for $30,000

POMEROY–The Garfield County Commissioners approved Resolution 2020-20, drafted and signed a letter to the Department of Ecology, released the RV spots at the fairgrounds to the Fair Board and interviews for the job opening at the Extension office...

 

Commissioners approve road program; postpone decision on Pataha street vacations

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...

 

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

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...

 

Nursing student Mimier awarded

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...

 

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