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  • Keener resigns; Slaybaugh named hospital CEO

    Jul 18, 2024

    POMEROY–Mat Slaybaugh will serve as the Garfield County Hospital District (GCHD) CEO following the resignation of Co-Chief Executive Officer Jayd Keener, the GCHD announced this week. The leadership change will be effective August 1, 2024. Keener resigns the position after five years of dedicated service as Co-CEO, the news release indicated. She made the challenging decision to leave the executive position, but will remain as Director of Nursing Services. The GCHD Board of Commissioners appoint...

  • Pomeroy: A Farming Community

    Naomi Scoggin|Jul 18, 2024

    POMEROY––Ben Dixon and his wife Ashley are the sixth generation of Dixons in Garfield County and the fifth on Dixon Ranches in the north part of Garfield County, continuing a long and storied legacy of forbears who sailed the Atlantic Ocean from England and then crossed the fledgling United States in a train of covered wagons. Their children, Harper, Jace and Samuel, mark the seventh generation of Dixons in Garfield County. They run cattle, mostly Angus with some Hereford and Charolais blo...

  • Fire danger mitigation may result in power outages in areas of high winds and heat

    Naomi Scoggin|Jul 18, 2024

    POMEROY––The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed an announcement from Pacific Power, discussed county issues with Representative Joe Schmick and opened fuel bids at their meeting on July 8. Pacific Power announced June 1 that they will be taking precautions during the fire season to help mitigate danger by cutting power during times of high winds or heat. Commissioner Justin Dixon stated that if a county resident experiences a power outage, protection from fire may...

  • Community Economic Forum meeting set

    Charlotte Baker|Jul 18, 2024

    POMEROY–The public is invited to the Community Economic Forum meeting at the Pataha Flour Mill on Tuesday, July 23 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Community Economic Forum will feature topics on childcare in Pomeroy, Summer Market, and updates from the Chamber of Commerce, City of Pomeroy, and SEWEDA....

  • New tombstone dedication ceremony

    Charlotte Baker|Jul 18, 2024

    STARBUCK–Fort Walla Walla Camp 3 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will hold a dedication ceremony of a new tombstone for the Union Veteran George Wood at the Starbuck Cemetery on July 27 at 11:30-11:40 a.m. Lunch and business meeting at the Starbuck Church is open to the public at 12:15 p.m. For those who have questions, or need more information, contact Don Jameson, Camp Commander FWW 3 at 509-945-0549 or www.suvpnw.org...

  • Weather Forecast

    Jul 18, 2024

    Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. South wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66. West wind around 8 mph becoming south in the evening. Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 65. Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 105. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68. Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Monday:...

  • Nurturing Soil Health: The Importance of Liming for Optimal Yields

    Jul 18, 2024

    By Joao Antonangelo, Ph.D. Washington State University PULLMAN–Soil health is the cornerstone of sustainable agriculture, and maintaining an optimal pH level is a crucial aspect of nurturing healthy soils. One of the key practices in managing soil pH is liming, which plays a vital role in enhancing soil fertility and supporting robust crop yields. A recent article on No-Till Farmer emphasizes the significance of maintaining a close-to-neutral soil pH for promoting healthy soil and achieving t...

  • Primary ballots scheduled to mail

    Charlotte Baker|Jul 11, 2024

    GARFIELD and COLUMBIA COUNTIES–Ballots are scheduled to be mailed on July 19 for the August 6, 2024, Primary Election. County election officials advise voters, when the ballot is received and the voter is ready to vote, that the instructions be carefully followed. If you are unsure of the signature on your registration record, call the Elections Office in your county. If you are out of town during the election period, Garfield County residents should call 509-843-1411 and Columbia County r...

  • Landkammer firework show dedicated to Angie Roosevelt-Lytle

    Naomi Scoggin|Jul 11, 2024

    POMEROY-The Alvin Landkammer Firework Show blasted through the sky above the Garfield County Fairgrounds on the night of July 5. This year the show was dedicated to the memory of Angie Roosevelt-Lytle, a long-time supporter of the firework show and sales. Approximately a week before the Fourth of July, the spangled booth went up in the parking lot of the Pirate Pit Stop on Main Street. The fireworks sales proceeds go toward next year's Alvin Landkammer Memorial Scholarship. The 2024 winners of...

  • Traditional 4th of July picnic makes a comeback

    Naomi Scoggin|Jul 11, 2024

    POMEROY–The City Park was the site of the first annual Independence Day Celebration at the Park and community picnic on July 4. The program included the invocation by Westelle Scoggin, singing of the Star-Spangled Banner by Gail Hill of Starbuck and readings of the Declaration of Independence by Derek Shawley and the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Jerry Bartlow. The picnic featured free hot dogs, a truckload of watermelon, bottles of water, and ice cream bars. The celebration activities i...

  • Governor candidate Dave Reichert makes campaign stop in Dayton

    Loyal Baker|Jul 11, 2024

    DAYTON–Former King County Sheriff and Eighth Congressional District Congressman Dave Reichert made a campaign stop here June 25, outlining what he'll do for Washington state if elected to some three dozen local people. Reichert is one of seven Republican candidates for the governorship and he stated he's polling well on the west side against Democrat Bob Ferguson. There are 28 candidates on the Primary Election ballot. Prior to serving in Congress for 14 years, Reichert was sheriff of King C...

  • Gubernatorial candidate Mark Mullet makes Dayton campaign stop

    Jul 11, 2024

    DAYTON–Candidate for governor Mark Mullet, speaking to a local group of voters here June 10, supports the notion held by a majority of Washingtonians in eastern Washington, that Olympia's approaches to dam removal and employee overtime rules are not in the state's best interests. Mullet, an Issaquah businessman who represents the Fifth Legislative District, is vying for votes against a field of eight other Democrat candidates, including Attorney General Bob Ferguson, in the upcoming August 6 P...

  • Burn ban in effect

    Charlotte Baker|Jul 11, 2024

    POMEROY–Garfield County summer burn ban is in effect midnight, July 6 through September 30, 2024. The threat of wildfire is heightened now that temperatures are high and the dry days of summer prevail which present a serious safety threat to public safety, private property, and wildlife habitat. Every person must take precautions to avoid sparking a wildfire and minimize the large expenditures of public resources to fight them. What is allowed during this season are any type of outdoor s...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Dr. Bernadine Bank Dr. Bernadine Bank was born into a large working-class Catholic family in Joliet, Illinois. She attended public school from K-8, and then an all-girls Catholic high school. During her senior year in high school, she was a Rotary International Exchange student for a year and lived with four different families in Australia. While in Australia, she was accepted into the University of Illinois - but needed money to pay for it. She received a job assisting farmers in the rural...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Bob Ferguson I have spent my entire career in public service fighting to advance the cause of justice and improve the lives of Washingtonians. I am running for Governor to improve public safety, lower skyrocketing housing and grocery costs, and protect our essential freedoms. I want to change the culture of our state government to center the interests of the people of our state. That is why I reject contributions from corporations and large corporate PACs. I've worked on both sides of the...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Mary Dye Representative Mary Dye, who was appointed in 2015, serves the 9th Legislative District of Washington State and is the ranking member of the House Environment and Energy Committee. She and her husband, Roger, own and manage a third-generation wheat farm in Garfield County. Mary has a Bachelor of Science in plant science and crop management and has been active in the farm's day-to-day operations for 37 years. Since taking office, Mary has worked to create better opportunities for the...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Mark Schoesler Mark Schoesler has faithfully served the 9th District in Olympia for over three decades. He has served in the state Senate for the past 20 years after spending 12 years in House of Representatives. During his two decades in the Senate, Mark served as Senate Republican Leader from 2013 to 2020, including three years as Senate Majority Leader. For the past two years, he has been the lead Republican on the Senate capital budget. As a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee,...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Bob Hagglund Elected Experience: Snohomish County Republican Chairman and Legislative District Committee Chairman; Precinct Committee Officer. Other Professional Experience: Professional experience in Data Science, Machine Learning, Online Services, and Business Intelligence serving Healthcare, Manufacturing, Software Development, and Information Security businesses and government. Commercial clients include UnitedHealth, Kaiser, MultiCare, Microsoft, Ernst-Young, Nike, and Altria. Government...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Mike Pellicciotti Elected Experience State Treasurer, 2021-present; State Representative, 2017-2021. Other professional Experience An economic crimes prosecutor (Assistant Attorney General), Mike managed a unit of financial examiners, auditors, and analysts that returned $30 million to taxpayers from financial fraud and government waste. As a legislator, he created laws to get "dark money" out of politics and combat corporate crime. Education Bachelor's Degree (Business Administration, economics...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Dale Whitaker Dale Whitaker is a dedicated and passionate candidate running for the position of Secretary of State in Washington. Having made Spokane his home since 2008, Dale emigrated from the United Kingdom to the United States and embraced his new life with vigor. In 2015, he proudly became a U.S. citizen, solidifying his commitment to his adopted country. Together with his wife, who runs a small cleaning business, Dale has established strong roots in Spokane, where they both operate...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Chris Reykdal I grew up the youngest of eight children, and it was my public education that gave me a chance to break the cycle of poverty. I went on to be the first in my family to go straight to college. I put myself through college with multiple jobs, scholarships, grants, and student loans. It led me to teaching, graduate school, higher education administration, and service in the Washington State Legislature and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The truth is, nobody does t...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Jaime Herrera Beutler Jaime Herrera Beutler has worked hard throughout her career for policies that ensure future generations can enjoy Washington's beautiful land, waters, and traditions. Serving as Southwest Washington's representative in Congress from 2011-2023, Jaime was repeatedly recognized for her effectiveness in promoting responsible forest management and preserving the beauty of our state. She helped advance bipartisan legislation to curb the threat of wildfires and helped pass new...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Jonathan Hendrix I'm Jonathan Hendrix and I'd like your vote to be the next Washington State Insurance Commissioner as an independent voice for the people, communities and businesses here who buy, maintain and use insurance. The Office of Insurance Commissioner approves the rates insurance companies can charge and regulates pivotal market activities. The Commissioner leads a dedicated team in Olympia who accomplish this constitutional mission, and routinely interacts with market stakeholders....

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Marty Hall A bit about myself and why I would like your vote this fall in my run for Columbia County Commissioner Disttrict No. 2. Although my elected experience is limited, I am completing my first term in this office as Commissioner. I have served on various local groups including the Columbia County Cattleman's and our church board at Starbuck Community Church. I served two terms as a Fire Commissioner in Walla Walla when I lived there prior to moving to Columbia County in 2005. After...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Roger Dye Pataha Precinct POC Roger Dye, a third-generation wheat producer, has farmed in Garfield County since taking over the farming operation of his Grandfather in 1978. He is a Coug Allum in Ag Business and has deep ties to the community he serves. Roger has been elected Precinct Committee Officer and served as State Committeeman from Garfield County on the Washington State Republican Party since 1992 when Winnie Kucklick appointed him. He served on the WSRP executive board from 2000-2004....

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