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Where is the District 2 fire chief?

This past week, it has been noticed that the newly hired fire chief for Columbia-Walla Walla (CCWW) County Fire District 2 has been missing. Waitsburg residents have noticed an increase in activity...


One woman's story about her journey with COVID-19

DAYTON-Elizabeth Jagelski is known for being a vivacious, musically gifted person with a kind heart. She has contributed her directorial expertise to six of the Touchet Valley Art Council (TVAC)...


Harris signs RC car deals for the second year

As he enters into his third year of racing, Koby Harris will represent three racing companies WAITSBURG-Waitsburg's favorite remote-control car racer has signed yet another racing contract as he...


Inside the Sheriff's Office during the COVID-19 pandemic

DAYTON-Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm's overarching goal is to get back to the fundamental basics of law enforcement; through proper staffing, handling calls appropriately, providing deputies with...


Dozier, Klicker officially sworn into office

Republican Mark Klicker was officially sworn into office as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives to serve the 16th Legislative District on Friday, January 8, 2021. "I am very...

SBA and Treasury announce PPP Re-opening; issue new guidance

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) would re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP... Full story


NFL Division round preview

Due to the Seahawks upset last week, Green Bay will host the Rams instead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Los Angeles Rams had three key players injured last week. John Wolford is day to day with a...

Letter to the editor

Dear Waitsburg Parents, We want you to know that we are thinking of you every day. We thank the reporting from the Waitsburg Times which helped us do that. We have copied the pictures the paper published of each of your elementary children, and...



Over the last four years, there has been an increased narrative that the mainstream media and print journalism are purveyors of ‘fake news.” The news media has repeatedly been presented as... Full story


February goodie bags right around the corner

Waitsburg Presbytarian Church has been handing out monthly goodie bags to Waitsburg kids. January's bag included gloves, coloring pages, and craft kits. The next bag...


Pursuit ends in arrest near Waitsburg

WAITSBURG—A Walla Walla man was arrested last week near Waitsburg after leading law enforcement on a chase from Columbia County. On January 7, 2021, at approximately 7:30 p.m, Walla Walla County...

Public Urged to attend upcoming fire, city council meetings

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg community members are encouraged to attend this month’s Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 Fire Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Call information is available by emailing...


"Understanding your grief" series at Walla Walla Hospice

A safe, comfortable space is being prepared for those who are grieving a loved one at Walla Walla Hospice. Following the writings and journals of Dr. Alan Wolfelt, “Understanding Your Grief” is...

WSSRA scholarships available to high school, college students

WALLA WALLA—The Washington State School Retirees Association is currently accepting applications for three scholarships. The Robert J. Handy and Washington State School Retirees Foundation scholarships are available to high school seniors who are...


BMLT offers The Blues V

The Blues V, John Day Country by the Blue Mountain Land Trust is the fifth book in their series area landscape photography. The edition features dramatic landscapes of the John Day River Basin and...


People age 70 and older next in line for COVID-19 shots

DAYTON—At a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, the Columbia County Health Department released new information from the Washington Dept. of Health for vaccination phases. There has been a change...


Where There's Food, Eat It

WALLA WALLA-Once a month, my husband and I try to make a point to go into Walla Walla without our kiddo. Our 'evening out' typically consists of a strategically-planned grocery trip followed up by a...


Gardener's Grove: Lucky bamboo

PLANTAE KINGDOM-Our garden beds have been tucked in with dry leaves to overwinter in a frosty slumber. Next season's plantings are but a dream. In the interim, let us look around the indoor landscape...


Puzzling art at Wenaha

DAYTON—In celebration of January, a month known for inclement weather, the Wenaha Gallery is featuring fine art jigsaw puzzles as their 3D Art Event. The gallery has puzzles big and small- ranging...


My Recipes, Luke Chavez

While the country I love feels painfully divided, I have been focusing on what unites us, and to my mind, food has always been the great unifier. Our nation's rich diversity makes it hard to define a...


The show must go on: Patti Jo Amerein

Patti Jo Amerein lives a relatively quiet life in rural Columbia County. She rides dressage, keeps chickens, and teaches Pilates. But in the 1980s and 90s she lived another life as a Las Vegas show...



Ten Years Ago January 13, 2011 [Photo caption] Jeff Jenkins, a Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy, displays drug paraphernalia at Dayton schools last week. After Claudia Nysoe and her husband, Dain,...


Routines, rituals and Shabbat dinner

I am confident that Daniel and I, like most people (and dogs), have daily routines. Ours usually start with Daniel making his tea while I let Mugsy out the back door to bark at the squirrels he...


Tech Talk: Internet speed test

Happy New Year, Techies! Auld lang syne and all that jazz. Welcome to 2021. If getting the most out of what you already pay for is on your resolutions list, then let's have a look at our internet...


Our Capitol in better days

On the right, a photograph from the House Collection capturing a snowball fight outside the Capitol in 1923, a tradition for House and Senate Pages. On the left is a photograph of a young John... Full story


Vital skills

On Tuesday, Students in Nicole Abel's Animal Science class learned how to check vital signs on their dogs. Abel's two dogs also volunteered for the class activity. Wildlife... Full story



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