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January 29, 2015  RSS feed
Columbia Pulp to Break Ground in Spring

DAYTON – Columbia Pulp plans to break ground at its building site on Highway 261 near Lyons Ferry this March or April, according to Company President John Begley. “And it will be about a year until we’re up and running,” he told The Times last week. More...

Planning Commission ‘Disapproves’ Plat Application
COMMISSION EXPECTS CITY COUNCIL TO REJECT RECOMMENDATION AND ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION

WAITSBURG - Up against a deadline to make a recommendation regarding the preliminary plat proposal for the Whoopemup Meadows subdivision here, the Waitsburg Planning Commission chose to recommend disapproval on Sunday evening. More...

“WORKING ON WORKING”
Waitsburg Life Skills Students provide services to district and community

WAITSBURG -- Early this school year, Waitsburg High School special education teacher Patty Hazelwood happened upon a small dresser desperately in need of refinishing. It occurred to her that such a project would be ideal for her life skills students: Coe Richards, Austin Baker and Rachel Gradwohl. More...

Touchet Valley News

WEEKLY CALENDAR
     30 Knowledge Bowl Open Practice The Q Grill 7:30 a.m. The public is invited to watch (or compete with!) the Waitsburg Knowledge bowl team as they practice. Soup for the Soul
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GARY HOFER: MARKET BULLETS
Pressure From a Strong Dollar
     I n the 23 trading sessions following Dec. 18, 2014, the Chicago March wheat futures contract dropped $1.22 per bushel. The average bid for Pacific Northwest white wheat in Portland also declined by about 90 cents (approximately 73% of the Chicago move).
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Officers Named in Masons Officer of the Year Awards
FOUR OFFICERS ARE SELECTED IN SECOND ANNUAL AWARD CEREMONY
     WALLA WALLA - The Blue Mountain Lodge #13 Free and Accepted Masons will present awards to top officers from four local agencies in their 2014 Officer of the Year Awards ceremony on Feb. 4.
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Opinion


KEN GRAHAM: FROM THE PUBLISHER
Top Ten Facts About the Seahawks
     10. According to a fan poll by the web site Reddit.com, the Seattle Seahawks are the most hated NFL team in the state of California. We’ll take that as a compliment. (The most hated team in the Pacific Northwest is the San Francisco 49ers.) 9. The Seahawks’ all-time regular season record against the 49ers is 16-15.
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EMMA PHILBROOK: STUDENT LIFE
Vacations Happen; Even to Me
     “S o, Mom,” I said. “Yeah?”
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Sports

Cardinals Roll Over Asotin,TCP
WP BOYS CLIMB TO TIE FOR THIRD IN LEAGUE AFTER FIVE STRAIGHT WINS
     WAITSBURG – The Waitsburg-Prescott boys’ basketball team is heating up as the season draws to a close. With their fourth and fifth straight wins over the weekend, the Cardinals are now 4-4 and tied for third in the Southeast 2B standings with Asotin and second-place Tri-Cities Prep. Their overall record is 10-6.
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WP Wrestlers Show Strength at Davenport Duals Meet
     DAVENPORT – The WP wrestling team traveled to Davenport on Saturday, Jan. 24, where two of the three competing grapplers walked away with wins. “The WP wrestlers showed a lot of improvement. They were making the moves happen!,” said Coach Lanny Adams.
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DeSales Girls Outlast Dayton, 39-35
LADY ‘DOGS BOUNCE BACK SATURDAY TO STIFLE ASOTIN, 44-29
     DAYTON – The Dayton girls’ basketball team went on the road Friday to DeSales, and fell to the league-leading Irish, 39- 35. The following night, however, the Lady ‘Dogs easily defeated the Asotin Panthers at home, 44-29. Against DeSales, Dayton fell behind early and was never able to catch up. They trailed 10-4 after the first quarter and 18- 12 at the half.
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Touchet Valley Life

Valley Experiences 911, Phone Outage
Last week’s CenturyLink outage affected phone and Internet across Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, Franklin and Umatilla counties for hours
     DAYTON - Residents of the Touchet Valley and across southeast Washington lost phone and Internet service for several hours on Friday when a CenturyLink fiber line was reportedly cut.
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DEATH LEAVES VACANCY ON PRESCOTT CITY COUNCIL
     PRESCOTT – Two-term city council member Marion “Gene” Alandi passed away at his home in Prescott on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at age 65.
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BLACK DOG RESCUE FUNDRAISER
     WAITSBURG - The Waitsburg High School National Honor Society will be raising funds and sponsoring a pet food drive for Black Dog Animal Rescue at the Jan. 31 home basketball game against Dayton. NHS members will serve a taco salad and dessert dinner for $5, with all profits going to Black Dog Rescue. At the same time, they will take in donations of cat and dog food to be used at the rescue.
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