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High holiday heat brings burn bans

With the extremely hot and dry conditions, Fourth of July campers in North Idaho and Eastern Washington should consider their campouts fire-free unless they have a fire ring inside a designated recreation site. It’s not as if any people will want a fire with temperatures on Saturday expected to be 97 degrees, but anyone on public land in Washington and Idaho, and on Potlatch-owned lands in Idaho, will face fire restrictions on one of the busiest camping weekends of the year.

Ex-LC wrestling coach Phil Pomeroy dies

Former Lewis and Clark wrestling coach Phil Pomeroy died Sunday from issues stemming from a heart attack four years ago. He was 75 and lived in Spokane. A Montana native, Pomeroy accepted a math teaching position and head wrestling coach position at Lewis and Clark in 1969. In 1981, Pomeroy led the Tigers to their first state championship and the first for a Greater Spokane League school. Two of Pomeroy’s athletes – Mike Dotson (141 pounds) and Rick Ellingson (158) – captured individual titles.

Straughan comes through with 30 points, helps put Colton in title game

Jake Straughan stood at midcourt, hands on hips, as his teammate walked off the court with five fouls with more than 3 minutes left to play in Colton’s semifinal battle with Shorewood Christian Friday evening. Dalton Patchen had stepped into the middle of the lane ahead of a driving Lion and was whistled for a blocking foul, and the player who had carried the Wildcats on his back in the quarterfinals took a seat.

Rural hospitals seek Rx for survival

POMEROY, Wash. – It is autumn in this small town along Pataha Creek, tucked into the rolling hills south of the Snake River. The downtown is populated with a handful of shoppers, pickups and minivans. It boasts nine churches and two bars. This wheat farming town also has the distinction of being the seat of Garfield County – with 2,400 people, the state’s least populous. These aren’t heady times for Pomeroy. The price of wheat is down, big-box stores in larger towns lure away local dollars, and the recession has delivered a wallop. Yet there’s a bit of rejoicing about the arrival of the town’s newest resident. After two years of searching, Pomeroy has a local doctor again.