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Articles from the July 2, 2015 edition

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 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 2, 2015

Two Dayton Homes Lost to Fire

Investigators are still searching for the cause of a fire late Sunday night that destroyed two homes on East Washington Avenue in Dayton. "Honestly I don't know if we'll ever find out what started...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    July 2, 2015

Council Considers Fairgrounds Plan

WAITSBURG – Two years ago, Councilman K.C. Kuykendall approached Waitsburg’s city council with a proposal to transfer management of the horse facilities at the Waitsburg Fairgrounds to a nonprofit...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    July 2, 2015

'Breaking the Code'

SEATTLE – It may be a challenging trip, but 94-year-old Murray Fisher didn't hesitate a moment when he was invited to be honored by the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field as part of their "Salute to...

 

VBS in Starbuck

Forty-five children, eight youth helpers and many adults made Starbuck's annual Vacation Bible School a success this year. Fifteen children reportedly received the Lord as their savior during the...

 

Pioneer Portraits - July 2, 2015

Ten Years Ago July 5, 2015 Jessica Hofer, past worthy advisor of Waitsburg Assembly No. 68, Order of Rainbow for Girls, was selected to fill the office of Grand Nature at the Grand Assembly held in Tacoma, June 23-25. She is the daughter of Terry...

 

Weekly Calendar

July 3 Super Science Friday Dayton Memorial Library 1 p.m. 4 Waitsburg 4th of July Parade & Picnic Main Street/Preston Park 12 p.m. Bring flags and join the parade then bring a dish to share at a potluck at the city park, afterwards. 4th of July...

 

Police Notes - July 2, 2015

Waitsburg Nothing to report. Dayton June 21 Cell phone reported lost at Columbia County Fairgrounds. Wallet located in alley on W. Dayton Avenue; returned to owner. Caller reported someone sleeping in the Dayton Post Office; subject was escorted...

 

Birthdays - Week of July 2

July 3: Edna Ruley and Sara Leid Heggen. July 4: Tucker Alleman, Kelly Rice, Dona Jean Smith, Suzanne Robert, James White, John McCaw. July 5: Gina Wilson, Karen Gilson, Neil Carpenter, Sierra Segraves. July 6: Roger Beckel, Leo Cobb, Donna Groom,...

 

Waitsburg Pool Temporarily Closed

WAITSBURG – The Waitsburg City Pool will be closed until further notice due to unforseen problems with the new liner....

 

Walla Walla County Burn Ban

WALLA WALLA COUNTY – Anticipated triple-digit temperatures Walla Walla County Commissioners have declared a burn ban, running from Friday, June 26, through Sunday, July 5. The ban may extended, if warranted. During this time all burning, including...

 
 By Ken Graham    Commentary    July 2, 2015

Remember, Only You Can Prevent…

I grew up in the heyday of Smokey the Bear. Smokey drilled into our heads the message that we needed to stir our campfires until they were dead out, and that we must never ever throw a lit cigarette...

 

My Exotic Species Research

I’ve always loved studying environmental science for two basic reasons. One is the large amount of impressive vocabulary you pick up and can use in everyday contexts– e.g., “That’s...

 

Fire Danger is Real, Firefighters are Ready

Dear Editor, Take a moment and thank your volunteer firefighters in Columbia and Walla Walla County (Waitsburg). They are on duty for us, providing first class, responsive fire and property protection, including education for rural forest...

 

Fireworks Safety Urged

WALLA WALLA COUNTY – With high temps and a burn ban in effect, Walla Walla County commissioners and fire officials are urging citizens to take extra precautions this 4th of July. Statistics state that the 4th of July results in more than $35...

 

Summer Bluegrass in the Park

WAITSBURG – Current, aspiring, and might-be-interested kid-musicians are invited to to learn and jam together in Preston Park each Wednesday morning (weather permitting) at 11 a.m., beginning July 15. For more information, call Kate Hockersmith at...

 

Sweets Tickets Available, Hinchliffe to Throw First Onion

WAITSBURG – As part of Waitsburg Celebration Days, the city sponsored a promotional night at the July 6, Walla Walla Sweets baseball game against the Yakima Valley Pippins at Walla Walla’s Borleske Stadium. As part of the promotion, the City...

 

Prescott Hosts Steel Drum Band

PRESCOTT – The Prescott Joint Parks & Rec. Department is once again hosting the Tri-Cities Steel Drum who will perform a concert in the Prescott Park on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. The band is back by popular demand following last year’s...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 2, 2015

'Best Job Ever'

DAYTON – Many people in Columbia County know what it's like to wake to the sound of roosters crowing. Even in some parts of town. For the caffeinated at heart in Dayton, a rooster in the morning...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 2, 2015

CCHS Set to Hire Architect Soon

DAYTON – Executives with the Columbia County Health System are in the final stages of hiring an architect for the Dayton General Hospital upgrade approved by voters with a $5.5 million bond levy...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    July 2, 2015

Pockets with Purpose

WAITSBURG – "But where do we put it?" That is the first questions parents ask insulin pump representatives, doctors, and diabetes educators when setting up a small child with a pump or continuous...

 

Patriotic Parade & Potluck

WAITSBURG – John and Marilyn Stellwagen are once again hosting Waitsburg's unofficial Fourth of July Veterans March parade followed by a community potluck at Preston Park. The event continues to...

 

Waitsburg School Board Minutes - June 17, 2015

Board members: Ross Hamann, Christy House, Marilyn Johnson, Randy Pearson, Greg Zuger. *The board was presented with expected costs of facilities priorities as determined by architects in preparation for upcoming capital projects bond request. The...

 
 By Ken Graham    Sports    July 2, 2015

Aboard the USS Turner Joy

Last weekend, while all of you were marinating in record triple-digit heat, I was relaxing on Puget Sound, enjoying temperatures in the mid-80s and mild breezes off the water. The official purpose of...

 
 By Ken Graham    Sports    July 2, 2015

Puget Sound Navy Museum

BREMERTON - The Bremerton Naval Shipyard is one of the largest U.S. Navy facilities. Approximately 190 acres was purchased on Sinclair Inlet in 1891 for what was to be a repair facility. With the adve...

 

Truck Flips Near Dayton

DAYTON – A single-vehicle accident on Highway 12 west of Dayton blocked traffic for several hours on Monday morning. At approximately 10 a.m., a caller reported that a semi-truck traveling eastbound on the highway hauling produce had drifted off...

 

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