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April 17, 2014  RSS feed
Celebrating Waitsburg Pride
Queen Candidate Megan Morrison is on the job!

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg Celebration Days Weekend – May 17-18 -- is still in the planning stages, but one young lady has been hard at work, actively representing Waitsburg and Celebration Days for months. Queen Candidate Megan Morrison was selected to the Celebration Days Royalty Court in November and will be crowned Queen in a May 6 coronation ceremony. More...

Holt is New Chamber Director
Andrew Holt is former tourism service director for Tourism Walla

DAYTON – The Dayton Chamber of Commerce has named Andrew Holt as its new Executive Director. Holt started on April 7th. He replaces Brad McMasters, who resigned in January. More...

Local PIO Helps Out at Slide
Dian Ver Valen reflected on her trip to help residents of Darrington

to serve as a temporary PIO in Darrington, Wash., last week. Columbia County Commissioners gave their blessings as Ver Valen left her local post to work in the small town that was ravaged by the effects of the recent landslide on State Route 530 near Oso, Wash. More...

Touchet Valley News

WEEKLY CALENDAR
     17 KiwanisDelaney Building12 p.m. Teen Literature DayPrescott LibraryThe library will be giving a prize to anyone whochecks out a teen/youngadult book. 18
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Flag Lowering for Landslide Victims and Survivors
     WA L LA WAL LA COUNTY -- In compliance with a request by Governor Inslee to acknowledge the terrible losses from the March 22 Oso, Wash. landslide, Walla Walla County will lower flags at county buildings from noon on April 15 through Tuesday, April 22.
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CASA Volunteers Needed
     TOUCHET VALLEY – The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program recruiting volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children Walla Walla and Columbia counties. On April 22-23, 137 pinwheels will be placed on the Walla Walla County Courthouse lawn to represent each child in need.
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Opinion


Ken Graham: From the Editor
A Town in Need
     The town of Darrington, Wash. sits in a beautiful spot in the Stilliguamish River Valley in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, northeast of Seattle. Its population is roughly the same as Waitsburg’s. When a giant landslide wiped out a small community called Oso just down the road, Darrington became a town in crisis.
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What I Did On Spring Break
     I couldn’t believe the fabulous deal I found for our Spring Break vacation. It was a brandspankin’ new, top-rated, 3-star hotel within walking distance of Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane.
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Sports

Tour of Walla Walla this Weekend
Races will start in Waitsburg Friday and Sunday
     WAITSBURG – The rural roads of Walla Walla and Columbia Counties will again host hundreds of competitive cyclists this weekend during the 18th annual Tour of Walla Walla Bicycle race. Races will start and finish at Waitsburg on Friday afternoon and Sunday.
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Matbirds Host Tourney and Place at State
     WAITSBURG – The Matbirds have been busy the last two weekends – first hosting a Little Guy Wrestling Tournament in Waitsburg on April 5, then heading to the State Tournament in Spokane on April 12.
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11th Annual Waitsburg Elementary Chess and Checkers Tournament Winners
      Chess: (l to r) 1st Cason Nichols, 2nd Kevin Murphy, 3rd Seamus House, 4th Zac Bly, 5th J.J. Dunleavy, 6th Theo Anderson, 7th Kadin McGee, 8th Koby Harris
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Obituaries

Deborah Diane Williams
1951 - April 10, 2014
     Deborah Diane Williams passed away at 63 on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Walla Walla, Wash. She is survived by her mother, brother, sister, four children and 15 grandchildren. Debbie lived in the Waitsburg and Dayton areas from approximately 1993 to 2008 and loved the area. She will be laid to rest near her family in Logan, IA.
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Touchet Valley Life

Gary Hofer: Market Bullets
Putin’s Manifest Destiny
     Last Friday Chicago wheat May futures closed at $6.59 per bushel. By the close of Tuesday’s trading session, the price of wheat had moved up 42 cents, a move that does not completely reverse the downtrend, but decisively takes back all but about 6 cents of the downward move that started back on March 20.
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Waitsburg Students Get a Visit from the “Aquari-van”
     WAITSBURG – Representatives from the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Ore. visited elementary schools in Waitsburg and Walla Walla, Monday morning. Because many children do not have an opportunity to visit the coast, the Aquarium’s outreach time hits the road during the school year to bring interactive marine science education to students across the Pacific Northwest.
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PIONEER PORTRAITS
     Ten Years Ago April 22, 2004
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