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 By Charlotte Baker    News    August 13, 2020 

And the race is on...

POMEROY–In the Primary Election held on August 4 here, three local races were determined as to who will have placement on the November ballot. Advancing to the 2020 General Election on the Garfield...

 
 By Jack Peasley    News    August 13, 2020 

Save the Gazebo at the City Park

By Jack Peasley Special to the East Washingtonian POMEROY–Efforts are being expedited to raise $25,000 to "Save the Gazebo" and City Park makeover now that Fall is just around the corner. The City...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    August 13, 2020 

BOCC considers canceling Fair

POMEROY-Sara Lunsford, Garfield County Fair Board President reported that the Fair Board had voted to cancel the 2020 Garfield County Fair with the exception of the market sales and livestock showing with animals already weighed and tagged to the...

 

School begins August 31

POMEROY–The first day of the 2020-21 school year begins Monday August 31. Junior and Senior high school students (7-12) classes begin at 8:15 a.m. and are dismissed at 3:05 p.m. Elementary students...

 
 By Dotty Van Vogt    News    August 13, 2020 

First round of COVID Relief applications reached 27k

POMEROY–Jack Peasley of the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association (SEWEDA) told the council that the Department of Commerce has had 27,000 applications for assistance in dealing with the COVID-19 virus restrictions. Garfield County...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    August 13, 2020 

Repairs to U.S. Forest Service building estimated at $44,485

POMEROY–The Port of Garfield Director Diana Ruchert, reported to the Port of Garfield Board of Commissioners the cost for the U.S. Forest Service building maintenance repairs is approximately...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    August 13, 2020 

Maintenance to hospital roof and air ducts cost under $10k

POMEROY–Garfield County Hospital District (GCHD) co-CEO Mat Slaybaugh has reported to the Garfield County Hospital Board of Commissioners on August 3, the cost for the hospital roof repair and duct...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    August 6, 2020

School plans for in-person classes

POMEROY–The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has issued official guidance for reopening Washington schools for the 2020-2021 school year, specifying employee and student safety requirements for reopening schools during the...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    August 6, 2020

School Board adopts $5.7m budget

POMEROY–School District Business Manager Kelly McKeirnan presented the 2020-21 school budget of $5,588,119, based on projected enrollment of 290 students, which was approved by the School Board following the public hearing July 27. In addition,...

 

COURT REPORT

June 24 Garfield County District Court–Judge Tom Cox: Rickelle W. Ladd, of Walla Walla, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor of Introducing Contraband 3rd Degree. Ladd was sentenced to two days jail; must pay $143; and will be on unsupervised...

 

Passing Thunderstorms Ignite Multiple Fires in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington

JOHN DAY, PENDLETON, BAKER CITY, LA GRANDE, PRINEVILLE, Ore. - Fire crews in northeast Oregon and southeast Washington are responding to multiple reports of smoke and fire following passing...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    July 30, 2020

Port, broadband contractor agree to part ways

POMEROY––The contract between M&L Construction, the company building the broadband system, and the Port of Garfield was terminated by mutual agreement, and approved by Commissioners at the July 21 meeting. Port Director Diana Ruchert also...

 
 By Dotty Van Vogt    News    July 30, 2020

City approves $80k fix to street project

POMEROY––Soft spots discovered during construction of the Fifth to Sixth Street Project will be properly addressed thanks to an $80,000 infusion from the state, and the City Council opted to not replace 350 feet of water main due to the...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    July 30, 2020

Two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Garfield County

POMEROY––Garfield County’s two confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus have had little and no contact in the community, are both doing well, and are being isolated at home or out of the county, reported Garfield County Health District...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    July 30, 2020

Superior Court jury trials will be held at Fairgrounds

POMEROY––Allowing Superior Court jury trials to be conducted at the Fairgrounds buildings was approved by the Garfield County Board of Commissioners (BOCC), following submission of a resolution by Matt Newburg, Garfield County Prosecutor. A...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    July 30, 2020

Transit awaiting Supreme Court ruling

POMEROY––The Garfield County Transportation Authority (GCTA), and a number of other counties in the state, are awaiting a ruling from the Washington State Supreme Court, GCTA commissioners heard at its July meeting. Jeff Ruchert, GCTA Manager,...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    July 30, 2020

New owner has plans for Pirate Pit Stop

POMEROY––The Pirate Pit Stop and Café, formerly known as PDQ, is under new ownership and management, and she is a familiar face. Leslie Schmidt, who at an earlier time operated PF Express in the same location, says she has plans for the local...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    July 23, 2020

Palace Meats and Deli opens

POMEROY- Al Damron and his wife, Vickie, have opened a new restaurant here called Palace Meats and Deli, located at 847 Main Street on July 13, 2020. Excitement was as thick as the delicious smells fl...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    July 23, 2020

Attempted Burglary at Pirate Pit Stop

POMEROY–An attempted burglary occurred at The Pirate Pit Stop and Café, formerly known as Pomeroy PDQ, on July 15 at approximately 3 a.m. Allegedly, early Wednesday morning, a young male was observed by an employee who was working in the store,...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    July 23, 2020

GCFD Hires New Fire Chief

POMEROY-The Garfield County Fire District (GCFD) announced during the Tuesday, July 14 meeting, that James Cleveland has accepted their offer to be the Fire Chief for the district. The annual salary...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    July 23, 2020

BOCC approves new courtroom sound system

POMEROY-The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) made the final decision to approve $44,000 for the new sound system for the courtroom at the County Courthouse, at their meeting on July 13, 2020. The...

 
 By Charlotte Baker    News    July 16, 2020

Primary ballots to be mailed this week

POMEROY—Garfield County residents will cast their votes for local and state candidates in the 2020 mid-term primary election, using mail-in balloting concluding on August 4. Ballots are scheduled to be mailed out no later than Friday, July 17,...

 

COIVID-19 has come to Pomeroy

POMEROY–The Garfield County Health District has been notified on July 9, of the first COVID-19 case here. The person is over 50 and presently recovering at home. The District has also started...

 

Primary Election to decide three-way Commissioner race

With the retirement of Bob Johnson from the Garfield County Commission, a position on the three-man governing body is now open. Bob has represented the county well. Now I would like to fill the void...

 

Primary Election to decide three-way Commissioner race

The lyrics to the song "Country Roads" have always resonated with me. The roads could be in our beautiful Garfield County home, where a strong work ethic and traditional values remain. I'm Vonni (Vond...

 

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