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 By Connie Boyer    News    October 15, 2020 

Hospital considering major projects

POMEROY–Garfield County Hospital District Co–CEO Mat Slaybaugh informed the Garfield County Hospital District Board of Commissioners on October 5, the Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) upgrade and CT scanner housing project budget...

 
 By Charlotte Baker    News    October 15, 2020 

Wanted felon, stopped in Garfield County, apprehended in Lewiston

LEWISTON–Local police have apprehended an at-large subject, Michael Coronado, in the area of St. Johns Way near St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center here on October 8, 2020. The suspect eluded...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    October 15, 2020 

Port broadband project zeroing in on completion

POMEROY––Progress on the construction of the Port’s broadband system–underground and overhead portions of work–is approximately 75% complete, reported by Port of Garfield Director Diana Ruchert, at the October 6 meeting of the Board of...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    October 8, 2020

Crafting of 2021 County budget underway

POMEROY–The Garfield County Employees Group presented the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) with a request for wages and insurance benefits for 2021, during the meeting on October...

 

Census response deadline extended to October 31

By Rachel Anderson Special to the East Washingtonian GARFIELD COUNTY–Census 2020 has been extended through October 31, 2020, for those who have not attended to their form. Presently, sixty percent o...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    October 8, 2020

Pomeroy Schools meeting challenge of reopening

POMEROY– Since in-person classes began on August 31, 2020, students and staff are meeting the challenge of following the new safety requirements and guidelines, Pomeroy School District...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    October 8, 2020

Vital Records changes at Health District

POMEROY– New rules regarding birth and death records are being implemented, said Martha Lanman, Garfield County Public Health District administrator, (PHD) at the September 28 meeting. Vital records can only be requested by a family member...

 

Medicare Open Enrollment starts soon

By Rachel Anderson Special to the East Washingtonian POMEROY–It’s that time of year again, Medicare Part D open enrollment starts October 15 continuing through December 7. Please remember, it is very important to check your prescription plan to...

 

The best way to mark your ballot

Follow directions: use black or blue ink, or #2 pencil lead. Only vote for one candidate per each office, only vote yes or no/reject or accept when appropriate, fill in the oval, as well as writing...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    October 8, 2020

School provides alternative sports opportunities

POMEROY–The Pomeroy School District began a “Summer Session” on Sept. 28, 2020, as an alternative athletics program due to the changes in sports for the 2020-2021 school year mandated by the WIAA during the pandemic. The session will be a...

 

Tucannon River Road work to begin October 5

POMEROY–Contractors will begin additional repair work on the Tucannon River Road as early as October 5. The repair work will be ongoing for two to three weeks with the objective of reopening motorized access on Forest Service Roads (FSR) 47, 4712...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    October 1, 2020

BOCC approves Block Grant

POMEROY-A Community Development Block Grant Agreement in the amount of $17,552, was approved and signed by the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the regular meeting September 28, 2020. The Block Grant Agreement is a contract...

 
 By Connie Boyer    News    October 1, 2020

GCTA adopts six-year transit plan

POMEROY-The Garfield County Transportation Authority (GCTA) presented their 2020 Transit Development Plan to the Board of Directors which was passed at their meeting September 21, 2020. The plan covers six years (2020-2025) of operating data,...

 

Inland Cellular and Emerge Technologies opens here

POMEROY–Inland Cellular and Emerge Technologies kicks-off new store with a grand opening event here last Friday, September 25. The move into Pomeroy, Inland Cellular and Emerge Technologies can...

 

Swartz new Safety Coordinator

STARBUCK– Columbia Pulp, LLC has named Dustin Swartz as Safety Coordinator at the Lyons Ferry plant. Swartz has been with Columbia Pulp for over a year as a Production Operator and Power Utility...

 

Area closure to be lifted on the Rattlesnake Fire Road closures remain in place due to flood damage

POMEROY–With improved weather conditions and reduced suppression activities, the Umatilla National Forest will lift the area closure for the Rattlesnake Fire on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, to provide access into that portion of the Wenaha-Tucannon...

 

Tina Meier appointed Garfield County EMD

POMEROY–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) appointed Tina Meier as Garfield County Emergency Management Director (EMD) at its regular weekly meeting September 21, 2020. Meier, who is...

 

Matt Herres, new Port commissioner, appointed

POMEROY–Matt Herres was appointed and sworn in as the new Port of Garfield Commissioner at the September 15, 2020, meeting. The appointment fills the seat vacated by Cody Bye. A second candidate,...

 

City forms a plan to utilize $42,000 CARES funding

POMEROY–During the City Council continuance meeting on Tuesday evening, September 15, they discussed how to use $42,000 of the CARES Act funding. Jack Peasley of the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association (SEWEDA), elaborated on a...

 

James Cleveland, new Fire Chief, has arrived

POMEROY––New Fire Chief James Cleveland started his new position the week of August 31, 2020, following a lengthy process of long-distance interviews, an in-person visit to Pomeroy, and a moving...

 

Garfield County Fair adapts to COVID-19 by holding Youth Livestock Show and Sale

POMEROY–The restructured Garfield County Fair Youth Livestock Show and Sale, which is not open to the public, will take place this coming weekend September 17-19. The Garfield County Fair is not able to be held in its traditional format due to...

 

County receives additional COVID-19 funding

POMEROY-Garfield County has received notice of an additional $50,000 coming the State as part of extended COVID-19 relief funds, bringing the total to $300,000. During the meeting September 8, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has asked for...

 

GCFD enforces mask policy

POMEROY–Due to recent COVID-19 activity, the Garfield County Fire District (GCFD) has reiterated its policy on wearing masks to all employees and volunteers. At the monthly meeting of the GCFD on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, a statement by GCFD...

 

Bridge and Street project complete

POMEROY– Rachel Anderson, representing the Garfield County Aging and Disability Resource Center (GCADRC) was contacted by the City Council regarding a Subrecipient Agreement for COVID-19 funds. Anderson said that with the city portion of this...

 

Secret Life of the Forest–Streaming on-demand

WALLA WALLA–Blue Mountain Land Trust launches the online premiere of Blue Mountain Television’s “Secret Life of the Forest: The Northern Blue Mountains,” on September 21. The 13-part series explores the natural history of the northern Blue...

 

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